Thursday, January 29, 2009

my week of Skiing!!

I love skiing!! I think my parents put me on skis pretty much as soon as I could walk! Last year was quite a tragic year - it was the first year in my life that I didn't go skiing one all season!! Determined to not let that happen ever again, I scheduled a ski trip to make sure that I got some good ski-time in this year!

I was in Utah for 7 days, and went skiing for 5 of them! Not too shabby! And the sore legs are totally worth it!

Day One: Snowbird with Madre.
It was sunny and warm for most of the day - the only day we had like that!

Day Two: Alta with Madre
Cold, windy, and pretty bad lighting. But the snow was great, and we found a few awesome bump runs that we did over and over and over until we couldn't walk anymore!

Day Three [Friday]: no Skiing
I got up early and went out to breakfast with Sheri, then hurried back home to change and head to the Draper Temple Open House with my mom and Grandma. Matthew and his sister met us there for a tour of the beautiful new temple. Back up to Matt's house to get some stuff for him for the weekend, then visited my friend Kevin, and back to my parents house for a quick nap before dinner with Scott and Emma!!! [sorry for the lack of pictures of anything else this day. My camera battery died at the Temple!]

Day Four: Skiing at Snowbird with Davie and Matthew.
It was a pretty cold day, and was snowing most of the day, but we still had fun. Poor Matt doesn't like being cold, but he was such a good sport about skiing with me all day! After skiing, we showered and got ready, then went on a double date with our friends Lacey and Nate. We went to dinner at Teppanyaki [no idea how to spell it!] and then bowling. We all had a blast, and it was probably one of the funnest dates we've been on in a long time!

Day Five: Happy Birthday Matthew!! It was great to be able to spend the whole day with Matthew - especially since he was in Portland for my birthday! Went to my home ward in Alpine, then headed up north to be with his family. When to church with them, and then had all the birthday celebrations - Dinner, presents and cake! His mom made Matthew and I these shirts cause we love the movie Wall-E!! After the festivities, Matt and I went to his aunts house and relaxed in the hot tub. And wow did it feel amazing on all my sore muscles!

Day Six: Skiing at Alta with Madre and Matthew
It had snowed pretty much all day on Sunday, so the snow was great!!

Day Seven: Skiing at Snowbird with Madre
My last day of skiing, and it was SO windy! In the above picture, those are not clouds, it is the snow blowing off the top of the mountains!! When we woke up Tuesday morning, it was 4 degrees at Snowbird - but the sun was shining and we had on extra layers, so we stayed plenty warm!
Me and Madre on my last ride up the chairlift for the trip!!

Even though it was cold most days, the skiing was great! Maybe I'll have to try and squeeze in a Spring skiing trip to enjoy some warmer days on the mountain!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

2008 in review

. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?

Lived on my own, saw Cirque du Soleil, bought food to feed 1,000 people, went to a professional Lacrosse game, rode in a limo, was in a few photo shoot, actually dressed up for Halloween, spend Thanksgiving without my family

. Did you keep your New Year resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
For the most part. And yes, I made really good ones this year :)

. What countries did you visit?
None :( so sad. This will change in 2009!!

. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

Foreign countries - haha! And trying to have less stress in my life

. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 9th – a surprise visit to Utah for Mother’s Day

August 25th – the day we left for Hawaii

October 11th – the beginning of something I wasn’t necessarily expecting to happen ;)

. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving life on my own – and not burning down my new apartment

. What was your biggest failure?

I can’t think of any HUGE failures, just multiple little ones

. Did you suffer illness or injury?
With the exception of getting sick on Christmas, nothing. Well, there was a painful root canal in January, but I’m not sure that counts!

. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My own apartment, visits from a certain Boy, and vacations with friends

. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder? Happier times five!!
ii. Thinner or fatter? Probably about the same

iii. richer or poorer? Um… about the same

. What was the best thing you bought?
Hm…. A plane ticket to Hawaii, my kate spade bag, living/dining/kitchen furniture and stuff

. Where did most of your money go?
Playing :) [includes eating out with friends, going to multiple shows, Seattle, Hawaii, and a few trips to Utah]

. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Meeting new people, reading

. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time online

. How did you spend Christmas?
With family, and Matthew, playing in the snow and being sick

. Did you fall in love in 2008?
yes :)

. What was your favorite TV program?
So You Think You Can Dance – I can’t wait for it to start again this year!!

. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Weird question. But I don’t think so

. What was the best book you read?
Believing Christ. Secret Life of Bees. Stargirl.

. What did you want and get?

My own apartment, a big bookcase, amazing friends, and a boyfriend!

. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Spent it with Matthew, Church, and spent the evening with my friends – I turned 24

. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If Bri didn’t have to spend 2008 in Idaho, and could have been here in Portland!

. What kept you sane during the year?
Friends, laughing, and keeping the Bigger Picture in mind

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I love Reese Witherspoon. Love her!!

. What was a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
The greatest think you’ll ever learn in just to Love and be loved in return

In Cambodia

In Cambodia
January 2007

A DAY AT THE PORTLAND ZOO!!! (June 1, 2007)

A DAY AT THE PORTLAND ZOO!!!            (June 1, 2007)
on a tricycle for elephants