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Hello Mr. Richie

Concerts, especially outdoor concerts in the summer, are one of my all time favorite things to do! Pair that with one of my all time favorite singers and we have a perfect night!

I have actually wanted to see Lionel Richie for a long time. Every time I looked up tickets online they were either sold out or incredibly expensive, and not anywhere near me. So when I got a little alert from Groupon on my phone that you could by a ticket for $25 I jumped at the chance. And seriously, the man lived up to every expectation I had for him. We couldn’t leave without these classic overpriced shirts that were worth every penny!

 

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Twins Take Utah

I have the cutest little nieces… twins that were so excited to visit me this summer! It was fun having them around for a couple of days and do some exploring with them! We went to Sundance, Took the Alpine Loop, cascade springs, the Homestead, Sundance, the new Natural Curiosity Museum and they especially thought that it was cool that they could go see two temples.  It was rather busy weekend to say the least.

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Girls Camp – 2014

This week the Young Women from my ward at church went to girls camp, and while I didn’t spend the entire week with them, I did spend the entire week thinking about them and reminising about the memories I made at the girls camps I had the opportunity to attend as a youth.

As a leader, girls camp didn’t seem as much fun to me. That is the old age in me leaking out, I guess. I loved girls camp as a girl. I had a total blast. The game “spoons” holds some very cherished memories! However, as I spent the closing night with my girls, we had the traditional testimony meeting, with all of our ward leaders there. Its was exactly the same as I remembered this night to be in my younger years.

Its amazing what a week in the great outdoors can do for the soul. Discussing the gospel, a little pondering time, a sky full of amazing stars, and building relationships with your peers and leaders can only lead to great things. As I got to camp I realized how much the leaders that did spend the entire week there sacrificed to be with these young ladies. My heart went out to them in gratitude and that may have been the start of my emotional evening.

One of our camp directors decided to start a new tradition, instead of “secret sisters” where the girls at camp give little gifts to each other, we had the “single sister project.” We asked the single women in our ward to each “adopt” a young woman from the ward for the week. Most of these women were elderly, lonely and widowed. Being on the leadership side, I got to see how excited these sisters were to serve these young women. They had a $2.00 limit per day and needed to include a letter of inspiration, a lesson learned, advice and on the last night they revealed who they were. The girls were opening the letters upon my arrival, most of which were very heartfelt. The young women were so excited to get back home and meet these ladies in person.

As the night grew dark and the testimony meeting began, it was exactly as if I was a teenager sitting there again. The spirt in that meeting is so strong and so familiar. I was amazed by these young women! Its so refreshing to realize that the things we have tried to teach them, and sometimes assume go in one ear and out the other, really have stuck with them. They are so eager to learn and serve our savior. One can only hope that they never forget what the way they felt at that meeting, the things they shared and the testimonies that grew this week.

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Hi Mom!

My mom is going to be most excited for this post…

My desire to blog again is back! What a perfect day to start blogging again, August 1st, And while I will make no promises as of to how long this desire will last, I do hope it sticks around this time. As the month rolled over last night I couldn’t help but think how fast this summer is flying by. I still have the majority of my “summer must do list” to go… Hopefully I can squeeze in some more play time and enjoy the great outdoors before Utah becomes a frozen tundra for the winter. I looked over a my extensive summer list and weeded out a couple of my priorities I want to make sure I do.

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Day trip to Mirror Lake
BYU Education Week
Take a Canoe Ride
Float the Provo River
Go Fishing

I know I can’t be the only person out there with a summer to do list.. if these are still unchecked on your list too, let me know, I’d love to have you join me! Here is to life and adventure, especially in finishing out this years summer!

Production Run!

Its in my blood! I really can’t help it. I move from one business idea to the next. I just got some production pictures of my next project I am working on since I can’t be there in person to watch.  Its one step closer to a final product! All this wood is bamboo! Be excited!

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2014 – Watts Family Photos

So when you are the only family member that lives out of state make sure you clarify what “bring something blue” means. In my mind, blue is more dark, hence the shirt I chose to bring with me and not the sea blue everyone else chose to wear.

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Sisters!

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I look more and more like my mom every time we take a family photo.

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Papa Jim

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Hi Mom and Dad!

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And… the whole family!

So do love each and everyone of them!

 

 

Simple Valentine’s Day Gifts

I spent way to much time today looking for Valentine’s Day gifts. I happen to love celebrating Valentine’s Day! Even as a single girl. I think it is fun to celebrate the ones you love especially in the middle of winter! We all need a little extra warmth and love!

Here are the ideas that I came up with this year!

For the young ones… I went with some of my favorite books from when I was a kid! Little Critters just happened to be my all time favorite!

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For my sister I found this priceless little gem! “Grow a Boyfriend

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And for all the other people I love… I made these. I found some rather inexpensive heart necklaces and these cute little glass message bottles , added some twine and they turned out so cute!

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I am so excited to get these in the mail! I have been purchasing vintage cards from eBay and just waiting for them to arrive!

 

 

 

Taylor Swift

I really enjoy a good, fun, clean concert… and seriously, I couldn’t have been more pleased with how fun of a show Taylor Swift put on in Salt Lake City.  Its amazing that she writes, plays and sings her own songs. Its a pretty amazing talent. I know all her songs are about her emotions, past boyfriends and such, which lots of people joke about… but deep down inside, you have to admit that a lot of times her lyrics are spot on to reality.

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Taylor did do a lot of talking between her songs and was super interactive with her entire audience from the front row to the top row. Her stage set was pretty amazing as well.

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This song is the moment I realized I was old. When the entire crowd was signing about being 22 at the top of their lungs… the reality of 32 being right around the corner set in and put me with the older crowd at the concert. Oh Joy! I still feel about 24 on the inside though. Thats what counts right?

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Check out her stage… pretty cool, huh!

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Her stage really did make the show. It was pretty impressive.  I will admit that I can sing along to almost all of her songs… probably because they are played on the radio so much, which makes a concert so much more fun. My favorite Taylor song has to be “Mean” I really like the reminder that you really don’t have to be so mean. (Especially the fact that all of these high school girls love and adore her and hopefully they will listen to Taylor tell them to be nice.) Anyway, it was such a fun night to be a part of!

For the Love of Washi Tape

I was given a 3 pack of Washi tape as a cute little thank you gift a couple of months ago and since that day, I have become completely addicted to washi tape. I am convinced that the would would be a better place if everyone had a roll or two. Pretty much everything I make or own now has a little flare of washi tape. Gift wrapping and tags are me personal favorite thing to use washi tape on. I just made these cute owl tags for a friends birthday. She loves owls… I love washi tape…. we are both delighted!

They are super simple to make…

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I picked up these pre cut blank tags and owl brads at Hobby Lobby, that happened to both be 50% off, which is always a good surprise.

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Just added three rows of tape at the bottom of the tag, with three different varieties of wash tape. Poked the owl brad through up at the top and we were done!

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See how cute and simple it is.

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I also found this owl ribbon at Hobby Lobby… could not have asked for a better match.

I love how simple it is to make this gift just a little more personable and special for the person I am giving it too.

Now, be honest, I can’t be the only one addicted to wash tape… how many rolls do you own?

Memorial Day 2013

 I think that I have been MIA for long enough on my little ol’ blog…. so what have I been up to you ask?? For starters, there was Memorial Day Weekend. I was lucky enough to have my sister up for the weekend. We stopped by to visit so family members at the cemetery in Salt Lake and deliver some flowers.

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We also went to the Red Butte Cafe on our way home in honor of our Grandma. We use to frequent there with her.

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I still find it hard to believe that my Grandpa was born in the 1800′s

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My sister taking some time to stop and smell the flowers. :)

 

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I find the views from here to be so peaceful and beautiful. And I am so grateful that families are forever!