Friday, November 30, 2012

This happened yesterday!



More details are later to come once I have time to blog.
I realize I have had hardly blogged about life this semester.
It's been a crazy one!
I'm sure it will be an overload once I graduate in... 2 WEEKS!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I have to post this it is just too good.



The Laboratory of Sports

"Perhaps there is no better laboratory to observe the sin of pride than the world of sports. I have always loved participating in and attending sporting events. But I confess there are times when the lack of civility in sports is embarrassing. How is it that normally kind and compassionate human beings can be so intolerant and filled with hatred toward an opposing team and its fans?
I have watched sports fans vilify and demonize their rivals. They look for any flaw and magnify it. They justify their hatred with broad generalizations and apply them to everyone associated with the other team. When ill fortune afflicts their rival, they rejoice.
Brethren, unfortunately we see today too often the same kind of attitude and behavior spill over into the public discourse of politics, ethnicity, and religion.
My dear brethren of the priesthood, my beloved fellow disciples of the gentle Christ, should we not hold ourselves to a higher standard? As priesthood bearers, we must realize that all of God’s children wear the same jersey. Our team is the brotherhood of man. This mortal life is our playing field. Our goal is to learn to love God and to extend that same love toward our fellowman. We are here to live according to His law and establish the kingdom of God. We are here to build, uplift, treat fairly, and encourage all of Heavenly Father’s children."  - Pride and the Priesthood DIETER F. UCHTDORF October 2010
I attend Brigham Young University in Provo, UT as most know where 99% of people who attend belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Our rival school (although now not so sure how long they will be considered a rival) is the University of Utah who has between 50 to 60% LDS students. I never really realized how big of a deal this rivalry was until I was introduced to my husband who is a hard core Utah fan. Since I have been married to him I have noticed the ways both students who attend these schools can be extremely hateful and intolerant about the other school and its students. Coming from Iowa, I grew up having a completely unbiased view to the rivalry. I never understood why these people hated each other so much and especially those who are members of the church. Why would some people hate a school that their own church has funded and established to raise up strong intelligent people? Why would some people who go to a religious school openly hate another just because they don't go to a religious school? It really does not make sense to me at all. I don't understand it and probably won't ever as the rivalry was never instilled in me through out my childhood. I really really loved this talk from Elder Uchtdorf and especially this section about the laboratory of sports. I feel like I can relate to it so well. I'll ask anyone who is reading this... "Should we not hold ourselves to higher standards? We must realize all of God's children wear the same jersey. Our goal really is to learn to love God and to extend that same love toward our fellowman." People say God does not care about sports nor who wins... if that is true, then why do sports make it ok to put our goal aside and have conditions in which fellowmen to love? If God doesn't care about the outcome of sports then I am pretty sure it doesn't matter if the activity involves sports or not. It really is not ok to treat or talk about others poorly just because they go to rivalry schools.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Openness.


One thing that I really love about my major is all of the things I learn about human behavior. I always mention this but I am a Human Development major and learn A TON about a lot of different types of behavior. One that is pretty dang drilled into my head is aggression. Although I love my major and feel as though it has been one of the largest blessings in my life I sometimes equally feel as though it is a curse because I am extremely analytic of behavior. It just comes as second nature for me. Because of this I feel as though I can really tell when people are being relationally aggressive... which is the curse. But I will come back to why in a second. 
(for those who don't know what relational aggression is, it is behavior that involves name calling, gossiping, ignoring, belittling, manipulating, excluding, ostracizing etc. -- hope you get the point. Girls do this a lot more than boys, typically.) 
One of my favorite things I have learned about a way to overcome or not accept relational aggression is DEFENDERS. Defenders are kids on the playground who will stand up to that bully picking on that innocent kid who is all alone. Being a defender is pretty rare but I feel they are extremely valuable in helping those kids who cannot protect themselves. In my opinion (as well as some professors) being a bystander can be almost just as bad as the bully itself. 

Anyway, I say it is a curse that I notice relational aggression because since I feel as though I have the skills to recognize rather subtle acts of it, it is so hard for me to sit back and pretend it is ok for someone to treat people that way. It is even harder when it can be a grown adult woman who is picking on younger women as if they were back in the high school lunch room. I have battled this a lot with people who have come into my life. Sometimes I think of advice from high school health classes that tell girls to get out of toxic relationships as fast as possible. No one deserves to be emotionally, physically, or mentally abused... yet when the case is someone who is close to you and you have no option to walk away how do you bare it? 

I have been thinking about this a lot in the past year. I have really really struggled this battle of wanting to stand up for what is right and not let a person bully everyone around but it has actually really ended up backfiring and has cost me my own respect for myself. 
Now I wonder, is it right to stand up for what is right? Is it really truly right to be that defender or is it better to be the bystander and let others get hurt? 

With a lot of console from my husband who has such a different perspective than me (which is such a testament to me as how much we complement each other), he has really helped me understand what it means to be the best person you can be. Although sticking up for what is right at the right moments are necessary at times, you've got to choose your battles and somethings just are not worth the pain that comes from standing up to someone who is the master at relational aggression. Sometimes you just have to be kind and ignore the insults because it will not make a difference what you say anyway. People who are manipulative can turn anything around and make any good person look bad. The important thing is to not let those things they think be true. 

I have to admit, those things could be true and that is hard to accept but the only thing that could free me from the guilt and sorrow I have felt from my own behavior is the atonement and forgiveness. I have needed to forgive myself and know that the Lord loves me and His plan is here to allow me to change and become a better person. His atonement is here to let me heal and become better. Although, some people may never accept that you're better and may not even give you a chance to be better, that doesn't matter because you must know the intent of your own heart and your relationship with the Lord. You know what you've been though, where you've gone, and the progress you are at today. 

It's been a hard thing for me to overcome because I'll be honest, I care a lot about my relationships with people which means I care a lot about what people think of me. I saw this quote on Pinterest and just thought it was so perfect, at the end of the day I truly believe no matter what it is always better to be kinder than you feel.
In everything Christ did to stand up for people he was always Kind. He is my ultimate example and I really am trying so hard to be more like him. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Love we need it now.


Sometimes I listen to songs on repeat for HOURS a day because I literally cannot get enough of them. 
Does this happen to anyone else? 

It has become a serious problem in my life.
Such a big problem that it has interfered with my daily functioning. 
I can only do things that I would normally be able to do while listening to music like
looking for things for my sisters wedding, looking for and even contacting apartments in Salt Lake, checking my emails, cleaning a little, looking for birthday presents for Clark online, pinterest, reading blogs, paying bills, uploading pictures, writing blog posts.... everything except the main thing I need to do
HOMEWORK!
Ahhhh this is crazy. 
But I love this song so much.
someone please help me... I've lost it. 

On another note.. I might as well show you a picture that I uploaded (and edited on paint!.. ya i'm cool, wish I had photoshop... or instagram) 


Clark and I voted yesterday and it felt really good. 
Heck ya Orrin Hatch!

Friday, November 2, 2012

I could just bawl my eyes out.

BYU contemporary dance department is where it's at. 
This is so beautiful and powerful to me.
Even more in person if I say so myself but I am just so happy they made a music vid for it so I could share it to the world.


(the girl was also my TA for beginning jazz, cool huh?)

Just curious, does this speak to anyone else? 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

2012 Presidential Debate



I just really want to write a blog post about this debate that just happened tonight. I have to admit I am a Mitt Romney fan, not because he is Mormon, but because I truly believe he has what it takes to give America and its citizens what it needs right now.

People say Mitt Romney won the debate tonight and by winning what does that mean? To me it means he said exactly what  needs to be done to fix our country. It's not the fact that he was "more confident" or "more composed" by any means... he won because of the words he spoke. These words he spoke are not only just words but policies and ideas he and those in his campaign have researched and thought a great deal about that will HELP every single one of the people in this country. I feel like I am constantly wishing that what meant something to me meant something to everyone else which is never going to happen because we are all different and have different preferences and desires of what we want and need in our country. With that being said I by no means feel as though one party is "smarter, superior, or more politically sound" than another. If that were the case then we would not have both parties representing us in congress, as the president, in the supreme court, or in our local governments. It is OK to be a republican, it is OK to be a democrat... enough with this battle between the two parties. I am not trying to battle anyone on here anyway.

Something politics is suppose to do is to bring different viewpoints together and I feel like Mitt Romney would lead a government that could do that. That is what I want anyway. I want my government to try its hardest to best represent me, and not only me but my neighbor as well. I think what really made me feel most supportive of Mitt tonight is that I think he does really well with being a middle man. I think he takes views from both parties and combines them into the best options for our country which I LOVE. My biggest dilemma with politics is the fact that I agree with some liberal views as well as some conservative views. Due to my family and my religion though I feel I almost naturally draw to the conservative side because of tradition. I have always wished though that we could use ideas from both sides because both have wonderful views which I really think Mitt Romney is trying to do.

I don't think President Obama has given ME what I need from my government. I am graduating in December and don't have a job lined up yet due to there not being a surplus of jobs available that I have experience for. I know I am not the only person my age stuck in this situation. I have had friends, in-laws, and family members in this same situation as well. I also don't think Obama helped the people in the country by bailing out the banks because the banks never replenished that funding to the people who it was indebted to. This resulted in people not getting their loans who then couldn't pay its workers for the jobs they did and supplies they purchased which resulted in people losing their homes, cars, etc. (I know because I have had people very close to me experience this). Obama's plan hasn't worked for me or the people arround me so I want to give Mitt a chance. I think tonight he proved he has what it takes to lead our country. I think his experience as governor of Massachusetts is solid and valid proof that he knows government, economics, and the people. I truly and honestly believe he cares about this country and its citizens and will do all he can to help us. This is what he said so profoundly in his debate tonight that resonates that:

"First, life and liberty. We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none. I do not believe in cutting our military. I believe in maintaining the strength of America's military. Second, in that line that says we are endowed by our creator with our rights, I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country. That statement also says that we are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose. I interpret that as, one, making sure that those people who are less fortunate and can't care for themselves are cared by -- by one another. We're a nation that believes that we're all children of the same god and we care for those that have difficulties, those that are elderly and have problems and challenges, those that are disabled. We care for them. And we -- we look 
for discovery and innovation, all these things desired out of the American heart to provide the pursuit of happiness for our citizens. But we also believe in maintaining for individuals the right to pursue their dreams and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals. And what we're seeing right now is, in my view, a -- a trickle-down government approach, which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And it's not working. And the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. The proof of that is 1 out of 6 people in poverty. The proof of that is we've gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps. The proof of that is that 50 percent of college graduates this year can't find work."

 I just hope we can all recognize what it is WE need outside of the perspective of a party. Look into what you need and want from your government and vote for yourself.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gratitude

Couple of things I am grateful for:
1. This freaking adorable kitten who likes to sleep in our driveway and visit us in the evenings.
 Why am I grateful for him? Because I am so deprived of animals and baby things right now it saddens me to death! I miss my puppy. I miss my kittens. I miss my nieces. And I miss my nephews so much... ahh i can't stand it. It's ok, I know I'm crazy. What I love about this kitten is the fact that he looks almost exactly like my kitty Polly from home (home as in Iowa). Not only does he look like her but he acts like her too. He just begs for loves and petting constantly (as you can see from the picture he is on my lap, wrapping his little arms around me... this was all done by his choice). He use to be afraid of us but has slowly warmed up and now meows his head off at just the sight of us for some attention. I have to admit, I love him. 


2.This freaking sexy husband off on his way to school. (note: he did not want me to take this picture of him which is what he is saying which is why his mouth is open)
He is taking two classes currently -- while working about 60 hours a week mind you-- and is at his class right now which won't get over until 10! He took his first test this weekend and got 100% on it! Wow talk about good student. I am so proud of him for how well he is doing in everything in his life. He works so hard at work everyday all day long and then just gives it his all at school. Love him. Such a good example to me.

 3. Getting this paper today on my way up to campus! If you want to know more about it go to my media blog and check out my post about it today. Don't worry I'm not too blog crazy... This blog is a requirement for one of my classes.

4. The Damien Rice Pandora Station.  I have been in music withdrawals lately. I don't know about cool music like I use to in high school and the beginning of college. I don't live with roommates anymore to keep me updated or cute little sisters. I hardly listen to the radio and am just so sick of my old music. I needed some soft deep music tonight so I decided to get on the old Pandora and check out Damien Rice (my go to soft deep music guy). Love all of the songs I have heard especially I Was Just Thinking by Teitur

Those are the things I am most grateful for in this moment. I have many many other things to be grateful for the list could go on forever. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Today.

Well... here I am. Standing in front of my door ready to start my last semester of my undergraduate career EVER.
Slightly sad. Slightly exciting. 
After attending my MWF classes, I am already in absolute love with my classes this semester.
(which, hopefully I get into Abnormal Psych-- #2 on the waiting list!) 
A girl asked me today, how will I stay motivated this semester? Honestly, I feel more motivated than ever. It is my last semester and I am ready to finish it strong! 


I bought the BYU planner today in the bookstore and found the best quote on the first page I opened up to:
"What will you take with you when you finally leave BYU? First intellectual discipline. Second, I hope you will develop a spirit of fellowship, a social ease, the capacity to mix and mingle with people wherever you meet them, of low caste or high caste, recognizing their strengths and powers and capacities and goodness. Third, I hope you will take with you an unassailable spiritual strength.
-Gordon B. Hinckley"
Obviously that quote was meant to be. I looked up the {talk} it came from, which was clearly even more amazing and it was given 2 days after I was born! ... even more meant to be :). I have LOVED my time at BYU. Absolutely loved it. I love this school so much and especially what it stands for. I really think I have gained and better developed all three of the things President Hinckley mentioned during my time at BYU.
Anyway, I am sure I will blog more about my feelings of graduating as well as my love for BYU more this semester.

On a different note, here is a picture of what I made for {dinner} tonight, Chicken Curry in a Hurry. Absolutely delicious.   


Ok, over and out.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Flourishing Families Project

As the majority of people know, I was a research assistant for a research study this summer through BYU. The study was called The Flourishing Families Project and was SERIOUSLY the best job I have ever had. There is a really good article that goes into pretty intensive detail about the project if anyone is interested click {here}. (I would recommend it!)
I'll just fill you in a little. It is a study that has been going on for 6 years. We have 500 families in Seattle, WA and 200 here in Provo, UT that we have been tracking. This summer I was personally responsible for 45 of the Seattle families. I had to contact them, get them to want to continue in the study this summer, pester them throughout the summer to get them to remember to take their 45 minute survey online and then do all the office work that went along with that. I had 36 of the Provo families that I was responsible for in a team of 3. We had to get these families to take the surveys plus we would go into their home, hook the kids up to electrodes that monitor their physiological changes in their body (kinda like an EKG), run through a few different tasks with them while videotaping them and then do that office work too. It was seriously an opportunity of a lifetime because it is so rare that undergraduates get this type of hands on research experience. 
A lot of people have asked me what they have found from the study. There are 8 professors on the study and all write research articles based on their specific focus. If anyone reading this is interested just let me know and I could refer you to some really interesting articles! They go anywhere from dad's helping their kid's learn persistence to violent video games leading to aggression.  
I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I have had this summer. It has meant so much to me and taught me A LOT. I have made amazing connections as well as some of the best, hard working friends I'll ever know. It has better prepared me for graduate school as well as has solidified my desire to further my education. I would recommend EVERYONE to get an experience like this. Find a professor and ask if you can do research with them. A lot are looking for students to help and the time you spend working with them will be well valued, I promise! 
I could really discuss this for days because I have loved this project so much this summer. They are looking for new research assistants for next summer (or will be later in the fall) so anyone interested let me know and I'll tell you how to get in contact with the field director. 
Anyway, here is some documentation of our team this summer :) 
Love them. 

This is us in our office on our last team meeting day. We work in the JFSB which is BY FAR the sweetest building on campus :) 

We wanted to have some team bonding time so we went up to City Creek in Salt Lake. It was so much fun!

Our absolutely delicious cheesecake at the cheesecake factory. Have to admit... it was my first time ever eating there and was amazing of course. I LOVED it!




This is Chantel, she was on my little Provo team. I loved working with her so much and am so sad (yet proud of her) she graduated this summer and is going on a mission. Definitely a friend I will always remember!

 Official :) 

Loved them. Loved this summer. Loved the project. Love families that flourish. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Final Composition

Last Monday I finished one of my favorite classes I took at BYU, contemporary dance. 
I did not grow up dancing... I actually grew up doing just the opposite. In high school I was an athlete, I played volleyball and ran track. Once I came to college though, I wanted to try something new and decided dancing would be a lot of fun. I started out with a History of dance class then took beginning ballet my freshman and sophomore year. My junior year I decided to switch it up since I wasn't quite getting the ballet technique down and took beginning jazz. I have always had an  interest in contemporary dance as that is probably the closest style to my crazy dancing at home so my senior year I decided to try contemporary out. 
I absolutely loved it!
Since my freshman year I've had a goal of performing in front of an audience sometime before I die.
I can proudly say I have finally accomplished that goal :) 
At the end of my contemporary class we had a final composition which was a 2 minute dance we had to choreograph our selves and perform in front of the class as well as others who were invited. Here is the dance my group choreographed. I was really happy about how it turned out!
Just a little disclaimer: the girls I danced with have been dancing for 20 years so try not to compare... I'm clearly not good but I can say I had so much fun doing it and although not good I at least feel a lot more confident!  
BTW I am the one starting on the left.   

video

I just hope this can motivate other people to get out there, try something new, and accomplish your goals because really anything is possible no matter the age you start it :) 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Anniversary

A year ago yesterday was our 1 year anniversary! I can't believe it has already been a year since we got married. We have definitely gone through a lot in the past year that has brought us way closer.


Let me tell you, I have been so excited for our anniversary! The night before I was laying in bed unable to fall asleep as if it was my birthday or something. After thinking about that for a while I realized it is our little family's birthday! I love that idea. It's so fun to be able to share this "birthday" with the one person I love more than anything. I am so happy Clark and I took the step of faith a year ago and decided to conjoin our lives and merge them into one. It has been a crazy year that is for sure but I know it has made me a much better person. I can honestly say I have learned to become more selfless and recognize what is best for US and not just me and my life. I know being with Clark has made me recognize how I treat people as well as what things matter most in life. Clark has really shown me how to see the best in people and to give them the benefit of the doubt. More than anything Clark has made me feel good about who I am. I know the confidence I have in myself has increased exponentially because of Clark of which I am so grateful for. This has been something I have struggled with most of my life and I feel like I can finally see myself coming out of my shell and being comfortable with who I am around everyone.
I love how Clark has had that effect on me. 

Anyway... enough about my feelings... I can talk about them for days. 
Here is a little look into how our anniversary went. Clark sure did spoil me this weekend. 

 Swimming at our hotel, the Chateaux, in Deer Valley 

Walking around Deer Valley's little village.
I tried out the red lipstick look that night... not sure what I think about it yet 


We had THE most amazing dinner I have ever had out! It was a delicious 3 course meal for $100!! --Clark knows how to find the deals though and got it for $30. Proud of my man. 

Here is a pic of our asiago cheese bread. It was to die for. 

Oil and vinegar with thyme

Our drinks! 

My appetizer, Creminelli's fine meats with baguette, goat cheese, and marmalade. 

Clark's appetizer, fried clams with a mustard sauce and lemon juice. I am proud to say I really liked it!

My main dish, pork tenderloin with spinach and almond salad.

Clark got the steak

Such a cutie


My dessert, a chocolate pudding cake with berries. It was SO good. Way better than it looks in the picture.

Clark's, homemade blueberry gelato 

We hit the night on Main Street. Have to say I was a very happy girl. 

Love him. 

We later watched our wedding video and ate our wedding cake. Have to say it was so good even after being frozen for a year! If anyone wants some let me know cause we have a lot left and it's just too good not to share!

The picture we took yesterday for our 1 year. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cooking Adventures

Like I said in the last blog post I am taking a cooking class right now and today we had something they like to call 
THE MAGNIFICENT MEAL
We have been preparing for it all semester by learning how to cook and home make things in the kitchen. 
Here is the meal that my group prepared today for the magnificent meal. 
The menu consisted of a focaccia bread (which is actually what I made) that we dipped in oil and vinegar as a side along with a pear salad and homemade poppy seed dressing.
The main course was actually a recipe I suggested and have made before (which is Clark's favorite dinner btw) which was Greek yogurt marinated chicken with rice, cucumbers and tomatoes (we would have had onions too but it went above budget...) feta cheese and of course homemade pita bread. 
Then for dessert we had a peach yogurt parfait. 
Along with making all of the food from scratch we had to come up with table decor to go along with the theme. We tried really hard to keep a Greek theme and I think we actually did pretty good with what we could find! 
I provided the leaves on the table complementary of the walnut tree outside our house as well as plums also from a plum tree along side our house. 
The coolest thing about this meal we had to make was we had to keep it to $3.00 per person, all together we had 6 people so this meal was a total of $18! 
A couple of things I really learned from this class is the fact that
1. Cooking things from scratch is actually really easy
2. Cooking things from scratch is actually really fun
3. Cooking things from scratch is actually really cheap! 

If anyone would like any of these recipes please let me know and I'll just post them along with.
Also, if any BYU students are interested in this class its SFL 110 and take it from Smith.
:) 





Monday, July 30, 2012

Reminiscing

Sunday, Aug 5 is Clark's and my 1 year anniversary. 
So crazy to think we have been married almost a year.

I've just been listening to the songs Clark sang to me the night we got engaged and thought i'd share them on here. The last two are especially cheesy and the music vids are very dramatic but I have to admit they make my heart drop every time I hear them.  
So fun :) 

I can't wait for our anniversary!








Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bear Lake, Baking, & Birthdays

For any of you guys not from Utah reading my blog, Utah has this really cool extra holiday in the summer, Pioneer Day. It celebrates the day when the pioneers arrived in Salt Lake City. 
It's also really cool because pretty much everyone in the state celebrates it which means NO SCHOOL AND NO WORK! Clark and I really try to make the most out of these days but it landed on a Tuesday so our fun had to be limited to one day. Well, we decided to spend the day with my sister Ashley and her family. We all went up to Bear Lake. It was so beautiful. The water was crystal clear and pretty warm, which was nice because as you can see from the picture it was overcast pretty much the whole time we were there. 


So cute, we love them. 


A few weeks ago all of the Brimhall kids in Utah celebrated my father-in-laws birthday at Chili's and then went to the Sound of Music at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley. I would DEFINITELY recommend that one! It was very entertaining (have to admit I almost started tearing up at some points) plus if you haven't been to this theater it's really cool because it's a round stage. 


This past weekend Clark and I just stayed in Provo and ran some errands. I have to say the days we just stay here and do our own thing are my favorites. I feel like Clark and I get so much closer and I love it. It's crazy after knowing him for over 4 years now that there's a possibility of loving him more and more but I can honestly say my love for him grew even more just from this weekend. He is my best friend and my most favorite person to be with. I do not know what I would do with out him in my life. 
Best husband ever. 


We got breakfast at this cute little waffle place near our house. Way yummy!


Not sure if I've said this yet on the blog but I am taking a cooking class this summer.
(funny to think this is a class that goes towards my bachelor's degree)
But I love it so much and seriously am learning a ton plus getting some awesome recipes.
I've just gotta brag about this one because let me say I am pretty dang proud of making my very first homemade pie from absolute scratch! 
Here are the before and after baking shots :) 



mmmm so good. 
(also want to note I have been feeding Clark a lot better than I was earlier this summer from the class--double score) 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

We Love Weekends.


 Last Saturday was a way fun day!
We started the day off with deep cleaning our kitchen... ahh have to admit it is soooo nice having a clean home!
Then we went up to Bell Canyon in Sandy. Before we went there we wanted to get water shoes at walmart. They didn't have any our sizes so Clark got big women shoes and I got little boy shoes. We thought it was pretty funny that we could fit into those shoes. Once we got to the reservoir at Bell Canyon we jumped in and it felt sooo nice! We went up to this creek that was flowing into the reservoir and found wild raspberry bushes and ate away. It was my first experience of actually finding raspberries on the bushes so I was way excited to actually eat them! Later we just laid on one of the rocks in the creek and got our tan on. 





After Bell Canyon we got cleaned up and went to Temple Square in SLC. It was such a beautiful day at Temple Square. It's so fun going back to the temple we got married in. If anyone is making a trip out to Salt Lake City I would definitely go to Temple Square if you've never been. There are a lot of visitors centers that give a lot of history and information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that I don't think you can get anywhere else. Plus it is SO gorgeous! 
And something a little fun for people who know what I'm talking about. We were in the Joseph Smith Building (where our wedding luncheon was) and this cute older sister missionary asked us if we wanted to see something cool. She took us to this very fancy ballroom on the bottom floor that was so beautiful. I felt like I was back in Spain in the Castle in Segovia. later she told us to go around and explore other rooms so we went up stairs and checked out the rest of the rooms. So cool! 




After Temple Square we went to City Creek. We love City Creek and think it was such a great thing to attract people to Down Town. We at at the Bluelemon for the first time and were both pleasantly satisfied with everything. We got to pay when we ordered (meaning we didn't have to wait 5 hours to get a check at the end), got our food 5 minutes after we sat down (no joke!), got to eat outside, was really cheap, and SO delicious! We will definitely be going back there! 
(if anyone else is planning on it you should really try the artichoke cheese dip for your side... it was outstanding!)



We ended the night seeing some friends at Clark's best buddies house. 
It was a very wonderful weekend :)