So, I haven't been able to sleep well lately. Jordan, on the other hand, has been passing out at around 10 every night, leaving me with my computer. Alone. All alone. This is not a good thing since every time I pick up my computer and there isn't anything or anyone distracting me, I end up spending hours browsing/stalking websites and blogs. I have been wanting to make something for my sisters for a really long time and figured Pottery Barn would have some fun things to look at.

While browsing, I came upon this little guy:

Cute, right? Oh, by the way, it costs $129. Do you think it's cute now? I can't believe how expensive things are. Who would pay $129 for that? It's ludicrous.

I ventured out to Porters the next day and bought all of my supplies for $5. The canvas was on sale for $2.99 and I bought a couple pieces of pink paper (my sister's room is pink and zebra). After that I went home and talked to my sister about what quotes she wanted for it. I predicted she wouldn't want some of the cheesy quotes about love, and she did indeed make it very clear to leave most of them out. I don't blame her. She's 12 and the last thing that is on her mind is that ""love conquers all". After coming up with some of our own words and phrases, and picking ones she liked from the original, I typed up the quotes, printed them, and cut them out.

Is it illegal to use the quotes they have on there? Because I'm pretty sure I could have thought those up on my own. Or I could have used the help of some 9 year olds to think of the phrases like "Life is awesome!" and "Sparkle and shine!".

First, I organized all my phrases and words on wax paper because it was easy to move them around how I wanted (I tried to lay them out on the canvas, but the papers would stick and it was really frustrating). Once I had them all where I wanted them, I busted out the modge podge. The end. (I may or may not tie a zebra or black ribbon around it somewhere. I don't know where I would tie it if I decide to. Suggestions?)

I guess this means I saved $124, even though I would never buy that full price. Or half price. Or half of half price.



On Wednesday, I threw my very first baby shower for our Relief Society president with A LOT of help from my friend Monica. She made delicious cake pops and chocolate covered pretzels and helped out in a billion other ways. Oh, and I can't forget about my other helper and friend - the internet. Good thing there are so many talented, generous people out there who create really cute things for other people to steal. After we decided on colors, I found a banner, cupcake toppers, and really cute invitations from a blog that matched perfectly. To whoever made these adorable elephant printables, thank you!

I also played in my very first championship volleyball game at BYU-Idaho last night. It’s only for the competitive league, so it’s not really legit, but it was still a great game. Jordan was the best fan ever. He got all our fans in the stands to chant and clap for us, and he yelled so loud the whole night that his voice was gone after the game. Although we lost, I had a lot of fun. My team played great, but the other team’s defense was ridiculous. If you know me, you know I’m really hard on myself and only think of the mistakes I make rather than the good stuff. All I can think about are the things I could have done better or differently last night. So, I just keep watching this video over and over again to keep myself from getting too depressed:

I’ll miss playing volleyball at BYU-Idaho, but at least Jordan and I were both able to make it to the championships while we were here (Jordan actually won his). We’ll have to find a league to play in wherever we end up because I know we’ll die without volleyball.

Spring Has Sprung


Today we woke up to the sun. For once, my spring wreath actually looks like it is supposed to be hanging on my door.

Thank you, Spring, for deciding to show up.



During conference, there was one particular talk that was such a blessing for me to hear. I felt like it was written just for me and my family, although I know there are probably thousands of others who probably felt the same. I am so thankful that I was able to hear a talk that so perfectly answered all of my prayers as I have recently thought about life and why we are required to go through such difficult and unexpected trials. I am thankful for revelation and that we have prophets and apostles that tell us what God would tell us if He were here. I loved all of conference, but there are always a couple of talks that really touch me. This was definitely one. I love the gospel.
The Atonement Covers All Pain

I Love Burlap


Burlap is a mess to work with...

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