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Stadium of Fire – 2014

At this point, I don’t know what my July 4th would be like without the Stadium of Fire. I anxiously await for them to announce the performer, count down the days to the tickets being released and find it exciting year after year! This year it was Carrie Underwood. I love her. Always have and always will. I remember voting for her when she was on American Idol. And even though I have seen her perform a few times now, I will never get tired of her. She ended her performance with her version of “How Great Thou Art”  I tear up every time I hear it.

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Stadium of Fire wouldn’t be the same with out having Biz in town!

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Yes, I would take her legs any given day!

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Biz Loved the fiddler! I will have to admit.. he is pretty dang good!

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And As always, after all the performances the night ends with the most amazing fireworks show. In fact, the largest stadium fireworks show in the nation. Its always impressive!

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July 2014

I am a little sad that summer has come and (almost) gone again. I know July seems like it was forever ago, but lets take a little trip back in time to July… I love July and don’t want to forget it!

We started the patriotic weekend off with a little 1812 Overture by the Utah Symphony up at Thanksgiving Point. Its become a tradition to see it and I LOVE it.

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After the symphony is over they have a pretty impressive fireworks show over the waterfall in the gardens. Its literally right above you.

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These twinkly gold fireworks are my absolute favorite.. I find them to be rather magical!

To continue with the festivities I decided to run in the freedom run this year… I had no idea how many people ran this! It makes it so much fun!

 

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My sister actually came up from Arizona to join me… here is our horrible, we just finished “selfie.”

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Since we were already down in Provo we figured we might as well stay for the parade. I hadn’t been to this parade in years.. in fact, the last time that I went I was at a summer camp at BYU.. so it had to have been 20 years of so. Seriously, where does time go?

 

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This horse carriage with the miniature ponies was adorable.

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They also had all the missionaries that were currently at the Missionary Training center walking together. It was impressive to see how many there were!

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Then right behind them was the senior missionaries. Everyone stood up with excitement when all the missionaries passed by. It was pretty fun to watch.

After about 90 minutes of parade excitement we headed home to take a nap and get ready for the festivities of that night!

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!