Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Premature Romantic Dinner

Sometimes I sit up at night and rack my brain for something to blog about. That's when I know either I'm not having enough fun or I'm not bringing my camera around enough. I feel like I've been doing a lot of fun things lately, so it must be the latter.

Saturday I went on a date with my friend Adam to the Spanish Fork Rodeo. I made us dinner before and my sweet best friend Jenny picked a few things up from the store for me for our dinner because I was at a family reunion. When I came home I found that she had also set the table for me! She included a vase of pink and red roses, floating candles and rose pedals all over the table, wine glasses and a Lego candy heart. What a good friend wouldn't you say?

Unfortunately it is a little too early to be having a romantic dinner with my friend Adam, so I laughed and then quickly re-arranged our table setting, switched the cups, moved the roses and destroyed the Lego heart. My roommate Mikayla came home and saw the table setting before I had and she told me she was thinking "oh no Abby, that's TOO much you can't do that!" She was glad to hear it wasn't me after all.

Here are some incredibly attractive pictures of Jenny and I at my b-day celebration a few weeks ago:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Freedom Run

This year for the 4th of July I decided to celebrate my freedom by running a 10k. I didn't feel like it would really be much of a celebration unless I got some kind of prize at the end. So I went ahead and came in 2nd place out of 97 women in my age division. They gave me a sweet crystal with an eagle and American flag inside of it. Actually, I didn't plan on placing, I was just running so fast that it kind of happened. In reality it wasn't THAT fast but fast enough compared to everyone else running in my age division. I made a patriotic tutu which you can see in the pictures below. I swear that is what made me run so fast. Will I ever place again in a race? Probably not, but heck at least I did it once in my life right?

Also to celebrate the 4th I watched 10 people take an oath of citizenship and finally become citizens of the United States of America. It was so patriotic.

This is Mallory and me up at Stewart Falls--I just thought I'd throw this one in to the mix.

Here is my tutu and the shirt we got for running the race. I'm trying to have a really patriotic face in this picture.

Jenny, Stephen (my friend), Me, and Thomas (Jenny's cousin, so practically my cousin too).

This is my victory crystal.

I AM PECULIAR (this is a permanent post. If you have already read it, scroll down to see my latest)

Those of you who read my blog could probably make a list of all the reasons that you think I am a bit peculiar. No worries, I would be the first to shout an amen to everything you could think of. I know I’m peculiar; but let me tell you the number one thing on my list that I think makes me a peculiar person.

I know where I come from, why I am here and where I am going. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of you will know me as a “Mormon” although that is just a nickname. The word ‘Saint’ just means ‘member’ in this context. I believe in God the Eternal Father, that I am a daughter of God, and that He loves me and wants me to be happy. I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life, atoned for my sins, died and was resurrected all that I might enjoy the blessing of being forgiven of my sins, and having my body and spirit reunited after death. I know that just as God called prophets in the Old and New Testament times that He has in fact called a prophet to lead and guide us today. I believe that families can live together for eternity; death does not have to be the end of our relationships with the ones we love. Some of you may wonder how on earth I can know these things. As I learn more and more from the Bible and other scriptures and actually live what I learn I see the promises the Lord has made being fulfilled in my life, and I feel the Holy Spirit bear witness that these things are true.

I know, I’m peculiar, but thankfully there are over 13 million other peculiar members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with each year that number grows. I feel so much joy and happiness in my life because of this knowledge. If you want to know more depth about anything I have said that makes me peculiar, visit This website explains in detail much of what I have just professed to believe and more.