Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lake Mohave 2008

Last weekend I was invited to crash my little brother and sister's wakeboard trip to Laughlin. We had so much fun and did just about everthing there is to do behind a boat. I rode the wakeboard, kneeboard, slalom ski, tube, and even tried my brother's skim. Now that was interesting! Next time we'll be bringing the wakesurf. I'm already looking forward to Lake Mohave 2009.

For a more detailed album of my trip, visit my page on Facebook.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Off to another weekend adventure . . .

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


It sounds much worse than it really is. I promise. Tuesday morning my roommate Katie and I joined fellow wardies Seth and Adam for their version of early morning Boot Camp. For a couple of months these two have been kicking their own butts down at Strands Beach in Dana Point and this morning, Katie and I decided it was time to get our butts kicked too.

We started our work-out with a brisk jog along the sand that quickly turned into a brisk walk (we're not in that great of shape yet). The boys left us in their dust, but while they finished their 3 mile run, the girls tightened their assets with some lunges. Oh man, my butt hurts.

After our cardio we met the boys at the picnic tables where Seth led us in a series of circuits which included sit-ups, push-ups, jumping rope, strength bands, and whatever else he could think of to torture us. At the end of the work-out we made the hike back up the hill to our cars where Katie and I basically passed out. But the craziest part about it all...I loved it! I can't wait for another butt kicking tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Go see this movie . . .

Monday night for Family Home Evening, our single's ward was invited to the sneak preview of the movie Forever Strong. I went into the theater not knowing much about the movie other than it's the story of the Highland Rugby team from Salt Lake City, and that a few of my friends from the BYU rugby team had cameos in the film. It was actaually a fantastic show. I laughed. I cried. I even had a crush on the lead actor, Rick Penning, played by Sean Faris. What a babe! I hope you get a chance to see him...I mean, the movie! It hits theaters nationwide September 26th. You'll love it!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Seasons Change

Just as the seasons of the earth must change, so do the days of our lives. With this, the first day of Fall, I begin a new season in my own life. This past week I lost a job I loved. It was a dream to design and built fantasy homes and be a part of a legacy that will be left in Newport Coast. But the dream for me will still live on. I love this quote by Edward Kennedy: "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die."

A close friend of mine who recently met the same demise shared this thought with me: "When your neighbor looses his job they call it 'recession.' When you loose your job they call it 'depression.'" But I'm not going to let it get me down. I have been blessed with a talent that I know will carry me through this trial and lead me to something even more wonderful. How brilliant is the mind of Nobel Prize winner, Albert Camus, who said “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”

Though the door may have closed, a window has already begun to open. I was recently commissioned to design a re-model of a home in Trabuco Canyon and will possibly begin working on another in Laguna Beach. I truly believe that the possibilities for success in this world are endless and I intend on being a part of it all. “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cake for Katie...& Seth!

One year older and wiser too!
Happy you!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A "WICKED" Awesome Saturday!

The hostess with the mostest!

This weekend I joined Miss Christa Woodall and nine of her friends in LA to see "WICKED" for the first time. I honestly can't believe I waited so long to see this show! It was absolutely fantastic! I loved the costumes, the set, the music, everything! My favorite songs from the night were definitely "Defying Gravity" and "Changed For Good." After the show ended we all made our way over to the Farmer's Market for some yummy food. Parking was a nightmare, but well worth the wait! And yes, the stories are true. I did get out of the car and direct traffic for a moment until we got a parking spot. They needed me! But really, its such a fun place to go on the weekend. I was feelin' the Brazilian Barbecue which turned out to be absolutely delicious! And the man behind the counter wasn't too shabby either. Brazilian boyfriend, if you're reading this, I'm the girl who asked for an extra slice of beef! Wink, wink. Call me! Thanks Miss Christa for a fabulous night out on the town. We'll have to do it again soon.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sing my blues away

“Any problem you can't solve with a good guitar 
is either unsolvable or isn't a problem.”

I have no idea who said this, but it sounds good to me. I feel like music is a great way to escape life's little letdowns and well, right now I could use some escaping. (I know, my life's not perfect - what a shocker!)

While I've played the piano for almost 20 years, secretly I've always wished I could play the guitar. So, this weekend I finally took some action. I bought my little brother's guitar off him. I am now the proud owner of a beautiful, slightly used, but very loved, Fender. She's a looker! I have no idea how to play the thing yet, but I'm gonna learn . . . just as soon as these dumb acrylics grow off my nails! Then maybe, just maybe, all these problems will start solving themselves.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Baja "Hood-lums"

This place is proof that God still does love his children! Thursday night for our weekly San clemente 5th ward dinner, we gathered at Laguna Niguel's best kept secret: Baja Fish Taco. I've been a Baja lover since High School and now my roommates and I hit this place up at least once a week. So bad, but so good. They probably have the most delicious Blackened Fish Taco you will ever have the pleasure of eating. And their salsa, don't even get me started. I was born to eat this stuff.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Katie!

Yes, it's true. My roommate is hotter than your roommate.
"Wild thing, you make my heart sing, you make everything . . . GROOVY!"
Enjoy your special day Katie!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Traveler's Gift

Its Book Club time again! This month for our Corona Del Mar book club, we read an engaging novel called The Traveler's Gift, an extraordinary tale of a man named David Ponder who receives a second chance at life as he learns "the Seven Decision for Success."

I really enjoyed the author's insights and the small lessons learned at the end of each journey. One of these journeys included a visit to the late Anne Frank, a girl whose famous diary has linked us to the mind of an adolescent who experienced first hand one of the most tragic events in the world's history. As he talks with Anne in Nazi Germany, she shares with him her secret for success:

David asked, "What do you complain about?"

"I do not complain," Anne said."Papa says complaining is an activity just as jumping rope or listening to the radio is an activity. One may choose to turn on the radio, and one may choose not to turn on the radio. One may choose to complain, and one may choose not to complain."

David stared at the sincere little girl for a moment, then said, "I don't mean any offense to what your father has taught you, but have you taken a look around here? These are pretty rough conditions for anyone, never mind a girl of your age. How can you not complain?"

Anne tilted her head to the side as if she were having difficulty understanding. Sweeping a lock of hair from her eyes, she said patiently, "Our very lives are fashioned by choice, Mr. Ponder. First we make choices. Then our choices make us."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Baby Avery

This last weekend Emily finally brought me home to meet the parents. Things are getting pretty serious. Haha! Saturday evening we enjoyed a nice family dinner at their Beach House in Newport and I just died over this little one! Meet baby Avery. I love the way she's staring at my devious smile. It's as if this little Cabbage Patch look-a-like can see right through me. I can almost hear her saying "Oh honey, you're so baby hungry its ridiculous." Good thing my little nephew will be here in 5 weeks. Hurry up little buddy!

Good Bye My Lover

Today is a sad day for Orange County singles. Miss Charity Kartchner is returning back to the land of her inheritance. A land where milk, honey, and young single men flow a plenty. I'm talking about Utah. Can I just say shame on all you men here in Southern California for letting this incredible catch get away...

To celebrate our beloved friend and to say our final good byes, Saturday night a few friends gathered at The Yard House in Newport Beach. Brad was obviously very sad to see her go. It's too late Brad! You had your chance! You have to let her go...

It's always tragic when a girlfriend leaves you, but thankfully I still have some awesome girls left to keep me company. Amanda and Emily, don't ever leave me! What can Utah offer you that I can't! Think about that one.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Putting It Into Perspective

I love waking up every morning to a beautiful view of the Dana Point harbor. As I see sail boats come in and out I am reminded of the safe harbor found in living the gospel of Jesus Christ and at that moment I begin to count my many blessings.

"Home is where the HARBOR is."

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said:

"Many today feel troubled and distressed; many feel that, at any moment, the ships of their lives could capsize or sink. It is to you who are looking for a safe harbor that I wish to speak today, you whose hearts are breaking, you who are worried or afraid, you who bear grief or the burdens of sin, you who feel no one is listening to your cries, you whose hearts are pleading, 'Master, carest thou not that I perish?' To you I offer a few words of comfort and of counsel.

"Be assured that there is a safe harbor. You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you. Your Heavenly Father—who knows when even a sparrow falls—knows of your heartache and suffering. He loves you and wants the best for you. Never doubt this. While He allows all of us to make choices that may not always be for our own or even others’ well-being, and while He does not always intervene in the course of events, He has promised the faithful peace even in their trials and tribulations.

"In our own storms in life the Savior is our solace and our sanctuary. If we seek peace, we must come unto Him."

- Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Finding a Safe Harbor,” Ensign, May 2000, 59

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Magical Kingdom

I've been to Disneyland almost a hundred times and somehow I never tire of it. There's just something about this place that brings out the kid in me!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Miss you Kambria!

Doesn't she just have the face of an Angel? I love this little girl! I only wish she lived closer so I could kiss those chubby cheeks everyday! Muaaahhh!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Loving Memory

9-11. A day the world will never forget. 
God bless our troops. God bless America.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

i-phone 3G

Whoever said "money can't buy love" LIED!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

"I love it when we're cruisin' together!"

Me and my ladies just got back from our wicked awesome cruise to Mexico. Lots more pictures to follow . . .

Friday, September 5, 2008

Stunna Shades

I got me some new sunglasses yesterday...for FREE! That's right baby. While I was vacationing in San Francisco, my most favoritest pair of Coach Sunglasses decided to quit on me. Ok, I broke them. But I didn't do anything, they just broke. Honest Mom! Good thing I bought them at Nordstrom. I just brought them back with the case, gave them the Credit Card I bought them on and TA-DA! New stunna shades. Thanks Nordies. You're just in time for my trip to Mexico this weekend. Now I can cruise to Ensenada in style. The singles are sending out summer with a bang!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Meet Kambria . . .

Thursday night I enjoyed a little reunion with my High School friend and college roommate Jennifer Rolph. While living in Provo she married a wonderful man, moved away to Illinois, and gave birth to this little cutie. Kambria Joy Rolph.

I've had to wait 11 long months to meet this adorable little girl and last night when I finally did she was nothing but smiles. The highlight of the night was watching Kambria learn to walk and hearing her talk for the first time. She already says words like "baby" and "what?" She is so stinking cute. It got me even more excited to be an Auntie next month!

It was so good to see you again Jen. Can't wait for my trip out to Nauvoo this spring when we can play again.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I Left My Heart In San Francisco

Its true. I've fallen in love with this FABULOUS city. It was my first time to the Bay Area and I loved every minute of it. We managed to see 6 cities in 3 days. Now that's hard to do!

The trip was thrown together last minute when I found a cheap flight from travelzoo and realized I had no big plans for the long weekend. A few friends were invited and within 5 days we had booked a flight, a hotel room, rental car, tickets to Alcatraz, and a long list of things to do and places to see. Here are a few of the fun things we did and saw:

Saturday morning we woke up early to be at our Alcatraz tour. It was an incredible experience to be there and learn the story of the infamous criminals that escaped from the inescapable prison. I was also impressed by the beauty of the grounds . . .

After our tour of "The Rock" we hit to the streets and saw the Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghiradelli Square, Lombard Street, some beautiful cathedral, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge . . .

After an exhausting day in the city we piled back in the mini-van and headed for San Jose to stay at April's house. And what a house it was. We spent the evening in the hot tub and all fell asleep in the theater room.

Sunday morning we were up early again and went to church in Saratoga where Brad's little niece Chloe was blessed. Afterwards we joined his famliy for a luncheon and then it was back on the road again. We spent the afternoon traveling to Monterey and Carmel on the most beautiful 17 mile drive of my life. We even packed a picnic for fun . . .

Monay we slept in, enjoyed a delicious breakfast, played some tennis, jumped on the trampoline one last time, packed our bags, and then hit the road for Stanford University and the Oakland Temple . . .

Like all good things, the trip had to come to an end and we headed back to San Francisco for our last supper and a quick drive to Coit Tower on Knob Hill to say our goodbyes to the city.

Such a fantastic trip. I'll miss you San Francisco!!! Thanks for all the great fun and memories.