Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wavin Flag

This is my 2nd post about this song.
It just makes me feel so good inside.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Need help, once again

I love that I can post to my blog and ask my followers for help! Blogs are awesome!
First of all, I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas! This was mine and Brett's favorite Christmas so far since we've been married! (out of the 2) We spent time with our families, and were stuffed with delicious food! Me & Brett spoiled each other big time....I surprised him with Jazz tickets against the Spurs and Lakers, and a Treadmill! He surprised me with beautiful jewelry, Nike's, movies, and a new camera lens! How on earth did we get the money to buy ourselves this stuff? I have no idea! But we are very blessed!

ANYWAY, to the topic that I need help with....
Me and Brett FINALLY have saved up all the money we need to go on a cruise. (Most of it came from Brett reffing football). Now...I just need to actually PURCHASE the tickets. We know exactly which cruise, and what day we're going on, I just don't know which website/company to buy it from. Does that make sense?
We are doing the Mexico Riviera cruise, with Carnival, sailing out of Long Beach, (Brett's favorite place in the world). So...does anyone have any advice? Experience? Where to purchase the tickets? I really don't want this to be a painful process. I'd like it to go as smooth as possible, and since this is mine and Brett's first cruise, we could really use the help!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm a Mormon

I love these Mormon videos, of people telling their life stories. At first, I'll admit, I thought they were kind of silly and cheesy. I didn't think it was something that would last. But now, I think I've watched every single one that has been made. The people that they've featured are very interesting, and different. I just love it. I even find myself getting all teary eyed sometimes. (but I'm definitely a cry baby)
I'm a 'fan' of the Mormon.org page on Facebook, and this one was uploaded today. It's probably my favorite so far. But I'm a sucker for love stories!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Luck

So....this is ANOTHER brag blog post....but Brett said this DESERVED to be blogged about! Remember that depressing post this past summer, about all of my bad luck and payments I had to make in 1 month? Here it is to remind you.....

  • tuition
  • rent
  • car payment
  • car crash...
  • 'improper lookout' ticket
  • replace Brett's lost wedding ring
  • Horrible job with horrible hours, so I never saw Brett.
Looking at that list....it doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but I remember being in the moment, it was so depressing.

Well, with all of the bad luck that comes my way, A LOT of good luck comes also, to even it out.
I LOVE listening to the radio, and try to win stuff.

In the past 1.5 years, here is the list of things I have won
  • Einstein Bagels and Vitamin water for the office, May 2009
  • Kenny Chesney tickets, June 2009
  • Stadium of Fire tickets (Carrie Underwood) July 2010
  • $100, July 2010
  • Movie tickets, (that was a horrible rated R movie, so we didn't go, but it still counts!) October 2010
  • Disney on Ice tickets, November 2010
  • $500 (but really $400 from taxes) November 2010
Most of this comes from Kbull 93, they are my favorite. Johnson & Johnson and Shotgun Jackson are so fun to listen to, and have the best personalities for the radio.

On Saturday, I was caller 13 to win tickets to Phil Vassar on Thursday, and I've been DYING to hear him sing again, since I heard him in 2007 at the Country Fest.
Winning that contest, I was entered into the 'Grand Prize drawing', and I needed to listen for my name at 11:20am on Monday.

Well, at about 8:30am on Monday, I got texts from 2 different people, saying they heard my name on Kbull....and I was VERY confused.
1-because the guy told me to listen at 11:20
2-because i did not think it was possible to win a grand prize.

So I called and called and called, FINALLY got through to Johnson & Johnson, and...............
I WON A TRIP TO LAS VEGAS!!!!
airplane, and 2 nights in a hotel. Not sure what hotel yet. And they don't know yet when it will be.
But how cool is that?? a free trip! I do wish it was somewhere like....Florida, or Hawaii....especially since Nationals is in LasVegas in February....haha. But it'll be cool to go there and not have to worry about the cheerleaders.

YAY!!!!
I love good luck!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Nieces

Brag blog post...(the kind that Brett doesn't like)
I Love my nieces, they are the cutest girls in the world! I got to take pictures of them today, up in the snowy mountains.
Aren't the highlites in Savannah's hair awesome?!

Emma being so cute!

I wish I had Becca's eyes....she is beautiful!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sing Noel

This is my favorite Christmas song of all time. It is very hard to find on the internet, and the video somebody made of it on youtube has weird pictures, so I wanted to make my own video with my favorite pictures of Jesus Christ.
I hope you all like it!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Shopping Friday

I don't like calling it 'black' friday. It sounds evil? Maybe it is evil...cuz that day steals everyone's money. But shopping is one of my favorite things to do. So I'd like to think it's not evil.

Does anyone know of any amazing deals going on?? Anywhere?? I would love to go to the mall at midnight, but there's nothing there I can think of that I need. So please help me think of something! And Brett has even said that he would like to go shopping with me. In the middle of the night!!!!! This is huge, cuz he NEVER wants to go shopping.
Also, I would love to wake up early, and stand in line for a doorbuster, but again, I can't think of anything I need.

Me and Brett would like a nicer/bigger TV....but it's not something we really need. But if there was an AWESOME BLOSSOM EXTRA AWESOME deal on one, I might just give in..

Oh!! We do NEED a treadmill. We're hoping to get lucky, and find a good one on KSL. But the good ones always go so quick!

And, I do need a new pair of running shoes....I think my feet have grown slightly, because the shoes I have now hurt. But WHY do they have to be so darn expensive??
I've also been thinking about a different brand of shoes besides Nike.....I've always had Nike. Most of you know the eternal love I have for the Nike brand. I'm just wondering if there's something else out there that makes my feet more comfortable. I feel like I'm betraying Nike by saying this.

Anyways.....let me know if you know of ANY good deals whatsoever!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HP


Seeing this on Saturday!
I am so excited!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Wedding Book

So...I want to make a wedding book, of ALL of the pictures from mine & Brett's wedding. Something like this...

I'd rather do this than print out a 4x6 of each picture, and stick them all in an album, you know?

Does anyone have any recommendations of good websites to do this?
The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Shutterfly.
I'm not so worried about the price. I just want a great quality book, that is really, really, good looking. Not cheap looking.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Golden Birthday

i forgot to blog about my birthday!! I turned 23 on the 23rd! Which I guess is called my Golden birthday??!! I had never heard of this until one of my cheerleaders pointed it out. And when it's your Golden birthday, you're supposed to receive that same amount of gifts...hmmmm. I did NOT receive 23 presents, but that's okay. We would be broke if Brett would have done that!

The night before, the Sommerville's took us out to TGIF, yummy food!! and we walked around SouthTowne Mall.
My actual birthday wasn't super eventful, but it was perfect!
I had cheer from 8-1, the cheerleaders wanted to put me through a spanking machine, cuz that's what we do to them. Umm, no thank you! I'll pass.
I came home, and relaxed until Brett got home from reffing football all day. We went shopping at FashionPlace, then ate at the Cheesecake Factory, and had a not so great waiter! Seriously, me and Brett have the WORST luck with waiters.
Then the day after, my family cooked us some yummy steak!

It was a great birthday.

I need to take more pictures of these events.....my blog is so boring without any pictures.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Motivation Needed!

So....I need to lose weight.
I just don't have the right motivation. There's days I will workout like a madwoman, and days I could care less.
Like...last night, I was sitting on my butt scrapbooking, watching Hellcats (never have watched it before, first time) and it's a bunch of cheerleaders walking around in their sports bras and spankies. THAT gave me motivation. I would love to be able to do that, not that I ever would...
Then the other days (which are most of the days) I feel like, I could never, ever get back to the way I looked in high school. So I don't even try.
Sweets are such a temptation for me. I feel like there are ALWAYS desserts around me. And, lucky me, I am in charge of filling the candy bowl at work, so I sit next to tempting candy all. day. long.

Some people don't realize how much weight I've gained, either that, or they just straight up lie to my face, haha. Grandma Carrie was just visiting last weekend, and everytime I see her, she always make a comment about how tiny I am...she's so sweet, but she's either lying or she's blind. I'm gonna go for blind, cuz I doubt she'd ever lie.

ANYWAY.....does anybody have anything that's super motivating for you?? what do you do???
Be a good friend and help me out!!!!!

I've been thinking, working out in the morning is probably better than waiting til night time. I need to work on that.
"Early to bed,
Early to rise,
Makes a woman Healthy,
and Wealthy, and Wise!"
I found this article on a random website...not sure how legit it is, but it sounds good!
START YOUR DAY ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Rise and shine, my friend, because training in the morning definitely has its benefits. Let's start with the obvious ones.
First of all, training in the morning will free up the rest of your day, allowing you to focus on work and enjoy your evening activities.
By completing your workout early in the morning, you're also guaranteeing that you'll actually do it. My point is, after a long painful day at work, it's easier to make excuses or other plans in order to skip a workout. In the morning, your body and mind are fresh and ready to rock 'n' roll. Just remember that being disciplined is the key to staying fit, so start losing your snoozing habits.
As you may know, exercise increases mental acuity. By training in the morning, you'll wake up faster and be mentally alert at the crack of dawn. It'll also give you time to plan your day effectively before getting to work.
In addition, a good morning workout provides that rush of adrenaline and a sense of accomplishment that will stick with you throughout the day.
Finally, have you ever noticed how healthy you feel after a workout? And how you become turned off by greasy, unhealthy food? That said, training in the morning will force you to start watching what you eat from the first meal of the day. It will help regulate your appetite and set a "healthy mindset."
So do morning workouts burn more fat?
Enough fluff already. I know that all you really care about is whether morning training will help you shed pounds quicker. The answer is "yes," morning training has been proven efficient for weight loss.
The reason is simple: Training in the morning will help "jump-start" your metabolism and keep it elevated for up to 24 hours, thus burning more calories throughout the day.
Again, don't expect miracles. Training in the morning alone won't make you thin overnight. You'll need to carry out a good training routine, maintain a healthy, low-fat diet, and acquire good sleeping habits.
More specifically, the key to losing weight is to carry out a cardiovascular routine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you're feeling a little weak, sip a small cup of black coffee or a glass of orange juice. It will help you get started.
Now, here's why cardio training in the morning is a great way to blast fat:
Your levels of muscle and liver glycogen (also called stored carbohydrates) are normally very low when you wake up first thing in the morning. With depleted glycogen and lower blood sugar, you'll give your body the perfect environment to burnfat instead of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates or glycogen are your body's primary and preferred source of energy. When they're low, your body will tap into your secondary energy reserve, which is your body fat. The idea here is similar to when the engine taps into the car's reserve tank because it's low on fuel.
Obviously, your body is way more complex than your car's gas tank. It always burns up a combination of carbohydrates and fat. However, the less carbohydrates you have, the more fat your body will burn.
Are you convinced yet? If so, great -- but expect an adjustment period. The same way you're jet-lagged after an overseas trip or drowsy when you suddenly have to switch from the graveyard shift to a regular 9 to 5 shift, training in the morning will require some lag time.
Normally, it should take approximately three weeks for your body to fully adjust to the time change. You'll start feeling fully energized; you'll wake up more easily and will generally be more alert.
Now all you need is a louder alarm clock to help you get up those first few weeks. Before you know it, you'll be a lean, mean, morning machine. Good luck and keep on pumpin'.
So, after I read this article, I read a different article, saying that you should workout at 4 or 5 in the afternoon, cuz that is when the average persons energy is at its highest......so you'll do better?
who knows. I know I do better workingout in the evenings, but like the first article says...I'll most likely do it if I make the commitment in the mornings.
Okay, this is the longest blog post EVER. so i'll be done now.

Friday, October 8, 2010

New Gap Logo



They need to stick to the original.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Career

There are MANY things I've wanted to be when I grow up...
  • Vet
  • Photographer
  • Painter
  • Mechanic
  • Pediatrician
  • Miss Usa/model for Nike, or some other awesome brand
  • Olympic Gymnast
  • Short...so I could've cheered in college
  • Clothing designer
  • Farmer
  • Teacher
  • Skyscraper window washer
  • Hair stylist
  • Full time nanny
  • Buy stuff, then sell it for more money on eBay
  • be a Disney Princess, or be an important part of Disney, or just own Disneyland
  • or just somehow get paid to do what I love....like...rockclimbing or playing with dogs or something.

I'm sure there are more things that I am forgetting to put on this list. It started when I was in elementary school. And obviously, there are things on this list that are not at all possible.
But the point is...I still don't know what I really want to do with my life. And I need to figure it out so I can go back to school!
Brett is so brave...it seems like when I put the idea in his head that he should be an orthodontist, he decided right away that he would do it.
I wish I could just decide on something and DO IT. But I am the worst decision maker EVER.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Heaven & Hell

I saw this picture being passed around on facebook. It's the Timpanogos Temple, with the huge fire in Herriman on Sunday.
I thought it was pretty! (even tho it's a very sad thing)

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Married Blog

Since I recently just changed my name (FINALLY), I figured it's about time I start a new blog as well. I know it's called BrettandAnnika.....but it will probably just be me that ever EVER posts anything on here. If you don't remember me saying before, Brett hates blogs. haha.
But I kept the same theme.... hakuna matata. It's the best!

I know my last blog post was a bit of a downer....but slowly, things have been getting better.

  • My car is fixed! the front of it looks brand new! Now Brett thinks he gets to be the one to drive it from now on.....since i'm the one that crashed it. hmmm.
  • My sister Abby felt bad for all of my bad luck, so she sent me some pretty scrapbook paper in the mail! and it came in perfect condition!I
  • I got a calling! I am a Sunday school teacher for the 12-13 year olds. I get to teach my little brother for the next few months!
  • I got a job!!! I am a receptionist, and sort of an assistant for one of the 'head guys' and so far....I LOVE IT!! Full time, benefits, super close to home, and the most awesome part....
  • They gave me an iphone! and are paying for the data plan! How awesome is that? Brett thinks he gets to use my iphone on the weekends....haha.
  • We bought Brett a new wedding ring from designbands.com. It's a tiny bit different from his first one, and cheaper! I love it.

Hopefully the good luck will keep on coming my way! Like....getting a good pay check or something, to help us pay for all of those bills. That would be good!

p.s. I never knew how awesome the templates and backgrounds are on the actual blogger! I love it!