I love Cinco De Mayo, because I love a good excuse to eat allllll the Mexican food I can get my hands on, haha. 
Originally, it was just going to be my friend Rachel and I celebrating by going to Los Hermanos or something,
 but my parents offered to make some enchiladas and tacos, and we were sold!
My dad makes the BEST enchiladas. I could eat them for every meal, I swear. 
 It ended up turning into a little family party, complete with sombreros, mustaches, 
virgin margaritas, and a game of Mexican Train Dominos. 



This weekend my niece had her end-of-year dance recital with her hip-hop studio. It was something that I definitely didn't want to miss, so I asked my sister-in-law Kenzie to drive down with me. Lizzy did such a great job! It was so much fun watching her dance, see her confidence come out, and watch her having so much fun with it! I honestly was so proud of her, like I constantly am. She's always trying new things. She's so brave. 

Being in St. George was exactly what I needed this weekend! The warm weather, acting immature with my sister at church (she totally started it...) and playing nonstop with the cutest nieces and nephews in all the land make for one perfect weekend.

I got home on Sunday just in time to play with more nephews out on the trampoline before it got too cold and dark. We ate ice cream cones and played trampoline dodgeball until my legs gave out, haha. They're always getting me outside, and I love it. 

I have a bad cold now that may have stemmed from going nonstop this weekend (and I probably caught something from Nathan too) but I really can't complain with a life this good!



I feel like I'm always talking about how Nathan is sick. That poor guy. His condition makes it so that he gets sick easily and frequently, and this time it's pneumonia. I am always amazed by my incredible parents and their ability to stay optimistic, even though they spent so many nights awake with Nathan all night because of his constant coughing and difficulty breathing at some points. Despite him being sick, I still wanted to spend Tuesday night hanging out with him. He was really tired and slept most of the time, but it means a lot to me to be there with him anyway. So he sat next to me, sleeping, while I played (and lost...) Hand N' Foot with my parents. I have been thinking a ton lately about how amazing family is. It's the most important thing. 

I'm also especially grateful for friends that basically become family. This is the case with a few good friends, and I feel this way about Berkley and Rachel. I grew up in St. George with them, and even after mostly losing contact for a few years, when we reconnected, it was as if no time had passed at all! Now I see them at least twice a month, and it's so good for me! It's a beautiful thing, getting older and having real friendships and making them a priority. I have a hard time letting people go, haha, so I've felt a lot of heartache over the years of this young adult life, as people come in and out of my life so frequently and easily. I hang on to people, and it's always a good feeling when people hang on to you too. These two check up on me all the time, and I know I can count on them for anything. Seriously, I'm so blessed with the friends I have! 

Wednesday night we decided to do all the girly things, haha. We went and got manicures/pedicures and then went to Ulta so Rachel could find some things. As always, the night left me feeling uplifted and refreshed from being with such great people. 

And today I'm running away to St. George to watch my niece's dance recital! Hope you all (mom) have a fun weekend!




This winter weather has really been getting to me lately, so this past weekend I decided to take a trip down to St. George to visit my sister and her cute family! Being among the red rocks that I'm obsessed with and people that I love so much was exactly what I needed. We played outside at the park, wrapped up in blankets and played the worm game, and ate all the bad food that fit in our stomachs. I never feel more at home than when I'm in St. George. There's no better place.

I've been thinking a lot lately about tender mercies. I don't know how else to put it, so I'll just say that life has been a little bit...weird...for me lately. And I found myself in the position where I really needed to start looking for those tender mercies in my life. But I have to tell you, when I started looking, they were everywhere! I think I had been inadvertently ignoring the many small good things happening for me and going on all around me. 

While I murmur about this stuff I've been calling my "quarter-life crisis," (haha, drama queen over heeeeree) 
I really can't complain. 
I love life. I love my family. I love my friends. 
When I say "I'm 'working'," it means I'm either taking videos or editing them, and that means I'm really lucky. 
Maybe there are many places (geographically + situationally speaking) that I'd rather be right now, 
but I do know that the future is bright, and the things I'm learning right now will take me far in life. 

Patience, young Padawan. 
(Star Wars marathon, anyone??)



1: I need to take more/better photos so that I can use them to blog with. This is just disappointing.
2: Today was the Monday-y-est Monday of all the Mondays. 
3: But it ended with everything falling into place, and reminding me that that's how life usually goes, if only I'd learn a little patience. Totally easier said than done.
4: I've been really grateful for sincere friendships lately. I'm finding out more and more which ones are the real ones, and I'm in awe by the incredible people in my life.
5: I've been listening to the same song on repeat since Friday. I'm too embarrassed to say what it is.
6: Snowboarding is still one of the best things in the world, and I'm craving it like no other. If you follow me on Insta, then you already know that I woke up at 5:00 a.m. the other day, put on all my snowboarding gear, and then just sat around in it for an hour. Literally can't wait to take it out on some fresh pow-pow. powder. snow.
7: Can I just say how grateful I am to have a Heavenly Father that always has my back? I know I disappoint him about 99% of the time, but he is there for me anyway. Ugh. I'm so undeserving, but so grateful.
8: I made my bed today. You don't realize how proud you should be of that. I don't really believe in making beds.
9: Lately I've been feeling a complete and utter lack of confidence in knowing exactly how to get to where I want to be. Anyone who is qualified in life lessons should come give me some. Will pay in hugs and also maybe food that I steal from my parents house. Cause I don't grocery shop. Hence--I need life lessons. Did this just go around in a full circle? 
10: I'm feeling restless and ready for some change. Again. So I'm moving. Again. For the 6th time this year. lol @ me. 

Go kill your Tuesday, everybody! Only 13 more days until Christmas!! 



"You are the finest, 
loveliest, tenderest, 
and most beautiful person 
I have ever known--
and even that is an understatement." 
-F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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It was so good being with family over Thanksgiving. Early on during the week of Thanksgiving, I was feeling pretty sick, so it was a relief to feel better by Thursday and get to hang around the people I love most! I honestly felt a little overwhelmed the entire weekend because I have so much to be grateful for. 

My gratitude list for the month of November is simple:

I am grateful for the family I have. I am grateful that each member of my family seems to have been hand-picked just for me.

I am grateful for my loving Father in Heaven, who is SO aware of the challenges and obstacles I face every single day, who gives me not just what I want, but what I need--knowing it will be for my best and teaching me to trust in Him.

I am grateful for my perfect Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for His mercy, His example, His love, and His strength.

I am grateful for opportunities. I am grateful for passion. I am grateful for change.