Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fall fun

Fall is clearly over, especially with how much it snowed last weekend!

I have been failing as a blogger lately, FAILING. It is time for me to catch up!

Well, I am 25 years weird. I need time to freeze for just a few more years please!
My coworkers are the BEST at decorating for creative! They know I love chips and salsa, and oatmeal. So what did they do? They gave me the tastiest salsas, and hung oatmeal from the ceiling.

Carving pumpkins at the Prowse house! Brett didn't finish his.... and Blaine obviously doesn't take this pumpkin carving stuff seriously.

We planned a weekend in Logan with the Godfreys. It was so fun! Aggies game, swimming, donuts, and first time to the Logan temple. (Manti is still my favorite)

That about sums it up for fall activites! Winter is going to be soooo exciting!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mexico 2012

It takes me forever to upload pictures on this I though a slideshow would be easier! Here are lots of our pictures from our cruise!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it. -Knute Rockne

So...this post is mainly sort of just a journal entry and random thoughts. It might be boring for you.
This past week or so, I’ve had many thoughts about sports…and the negative-ness involved. Anyone that knows me, knows I’d rather do almost anything than watch sports on TV. I like to attend sporting events, mainly to people watch, or be jealous of the cheerleaders. Well, these thoughts all started last Saturday, when Brett got home from reffing little league football. (I love that he does this, it is such a great way to make some extra cash!) Every Saturday he comes home, he usually has some crazy story to tell me from his day. About 2 weeks ago, was probably the most outrageous story I have heard from him so far:
I can’t remember what the play was, that part didn’t really matter to me (again, I’m not a sports fan). But Brett had made a call that everyone was upset about. Even the other refs were telling him that he made a wrong call. So Brett apologized to the coach that was most upset. He admitted that he made a mistake, but this coach had absolutely ZERO amount of forgiveness in his heart. Throughout the entire game, this man continued to verbally abuse Brett, telling everyone on the sidelines that this is the ref who ruined the game for them. So many horrible things were said to Brett and about Brett. This coach has no idea who Brett is…yet, he thought it was perfectly fine to say these things to a complete stranger. And also thought it was perfectly fine for these younger, little league kids to see him acting this way.
(sidenote: when Brett got home, he checked the rules, he was actually correct on the call he made, everyone else was wrong. Go Brett!)
Well, as coincidence would have it, Elder Holland told a story very recently, that reminded me so much of this football game. He talked about a boy, that went to a school out of state for basketball, and came back to Salt Lake to play against his former team. And just like Brett, this was a young man who was : "a Latter-day Saint, a return missionary, newlywed who paid his tithing, served in the Elder’s quorum, gave charitable service to the youth in his community, and waited excitedly for a new baby coming to him and his wife" (doesn’t apply).
Elder Holland continues to say: “What was said, and done, and showered upon him that night on his wife and his parents, should not have been experienced by any human being, anywhere, anytime. Whatever his sport, whatever his university, or whatever his personal decisions. His coach, turned to him and said “What is going on here? You are the hometown boy who has made good, these are your people, these are your friends. Aren’t most of these people members of your church?”
He then talks about what happened the day after the basketball game:
“One young man said in affect: ‘We pay good money for these games, we can act the way we want. We check our religion at the door.’ We check our religion at the door? YOU NEVER CHECK YOUR RELIGION AT THE DOOR. That kind of discipleship cannot be, it is not discipleship at all….No true disciple of Christ can check his religion at the door. We stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places.
It’s easy to be righteous when things are calm, and life is good and everything is smooth. The test is when there is real trial or temptation. When there is pressure and fatigue. Anger and fear. Or the possibility of real transgression. Can we be faithful then?”
All of this reminded me of a talk I heard a few years ago from President Uchtdorf. He said:
“I confess there are times when the lack of civility in sports is embarrassing. How is it that normally kind and compassionate human beings can be so intolerant and filled with hatred toward an opposing team and its fans?
I have watched sports fans vilify and demonize their rivals. They look for any flaw and magnify it. They justify their hatred with broad generalizations and apply them to everyone associated with the other team. When ill fortune afflicts their rival, they rejoice.”
Just repeating in my head... When ill fortune afflicts their rival, they rejoice. This statement is so true.

I sometimes like to watch Kathie Lee and Hoda on my lunch breaks. Today they were talking about last night's game, the Packers and another team I can't remember..(they have really awesome uniforms though). They were even talking about the bad example that people are in sports. It's not just me that thinks this!! Whether it's the coaches that are ticked off, or the fans that think their life has just ended, sports is bringing out the most negative in people. BYU-Utah for example....I could not believe the horrible things that were said before, during, and especially after the game! It kind of just makes me want to cry a little bit. Like Hoda said "Where is the sportsmanship?"
I think that's why I like the Olympics sooooo much. You never see this bad sportsmanship going on (at least I don't). If an athlete is upset, they're usually upset with themselves, and they usually congratulate the winner. Why? because that winner has worked just as hard! It's not like they lied and cheated their way to win! Why can't sports be like this all of the time, not just the Olympics?
I could go on and on about this...but I think my point is made. I just want people to be happy, because sports should be a happy, positive thing.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pictures that I meant to blog, but never did:

I take a lot pictures, but never do anything with them, and don't know how to explain them. So here they are, with no explanations or stories!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My second half

I ran my second half marathon last weekend! It was awesome. I love it...I think I may become addicted. Comparing the two, the East Canyon half was much harder I think. This one was uphill for the first 4 miles, then downhill the rest of the way. Obviously, the uphill kicked my butt. I walked most of the way. The downhill was a-maz-ing!!! Except when I got a sideaches all over at mile 7...and they never went away. My body was feeling so great the entire time except for the stupid sideaches! Grrr. One of these days...I hope to figure out what is wrong with my insides.

My goal was to beat my last time, which I did by 2 minutes. Not a huge difference, but still, at least it wasn't longer! I am so grateful that Kami ran this with me! As always, she rocked it! She is my biggest motivator!
Shout out to Brett for dropping us off at the start of the race so early in the morning!
Another shout out to Blaine for driving up to the finish, to save us when Kam forgot her car key! haha. And for bringing us donuts!

Exhausted, but still smiling! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I hope they call me on a mission!

I haven't blogged in while, I guess it's time! I was reading a talk by Elder Holland today, it is no secret that he is my favorite apostle. They are ALL SO GREAT!, but Elder Holland speaks right to my heart, every time.
You can read this talk here. This same talk was used for one of the newest Mormon Messages.

Since last October when he gave this talk, I have listened to it a dozen times. It really does get better and better. It gets me so excited for one day, being able to serve a mission with my Brett. Skip the whole....finishing school, getting a career, having kids/grandkids, buying a house, blah blah blah, I just want to go now!

I remember the day Brett got home from his mission, we went to the church so he could be released as a missionary, and there was an older couple at the church (waiting to have an interview), who had served 8 missions together!! And they were getting ready to serve another one! Hello!! How awesome is that?!

I just can't wait.

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
- Matthew 28:19

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I ran a halfy!!!

It was so fun! I've already signed up to do another one!
I didn't get the best time, but I did better than I thought I would. Basically, my goal was just to finish, and I FINISHED! Woot woot!! Brett, Kami, and Blaine did absolutely amazing. One day....I hope to be as awesome as them!

The finish line!!
Brett was trying to give me a kiss....and I was way too exhausted to even realize it!

Brett got 10th place overall! AMAZING!

 Blood blister popping party!!! (ewwww)

Luann and Grandpa were super tired from watching us run.

Cutie Ryko!!!!

A Bangerter family reunion? We drove by and saw a Bangerter trailer. Carly??

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Goodbye my Shadow

My sweet cat Shadow has passed away. At least...I think he has. The last time my mom saw him was Sunday. He has never ever just... left, in the 15 years that he's been in the family. I keep finding myself looking outside to see if he's there..wah!!

It's crazy how attached you can get to a little animal, it makes me wonder how attached he was to us. This past year or two, he's gotten very slow, and very skinny. We knew this was coming, but it still breaks my heart.

He wasn't the best cat in the world, he was actually kind of the neighborhood bully to the other cats. He scratched and bit me in the first few years of his life. He shed more than any dog on the planet.
But he loved to cuddle. He loved to be pet, or get the slightest bit of attention. He loved trying to sneak in the house to be around us. He loved tuna fish, but would throw it up after...

Anyway, this is probably the most boring blog post ever...but I needed to talk about it!

10 years old. December, 1997. (this was my tomboy stage)
rockin the corduroy's and turtleneck.

December, 2011

 Goodbye to one of my best friends. Love you Shadow!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Another year, another mud run!

I've done 2 mud races in the past few weeks, and they have been a blast! I never thought I would actually pay to get all muddy. But as long as they give me a shirt, it is well worth the money!

While Brett was away in Las Vegas, Steph invited me to race with her family! It was soo fun!  
Go Team McGee!!!!

The Dirty Dash! I have to say, it was a lot easier than last year! I'm hoping it's because I'm in better shape, and they didn't just make the course easier. But let's face it, I will never be as amazing as Kami, Blaine and Brett. They are awesome runners!
(These pictures are $16 each...NOT worth it)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spring Vacation, 2012

First stop: the temple
Did you know Santa Monica has a mall? The most amazing mall ever, that puts City Creek to SHAME! We spent two evenings here.

And the most spectacular Nike store ever.

The happiest place on earth really was the happiest! We had such a good time. Brett even said he would've liked to go for a second day! Now THAT is a BIG DEAL!

Most boring ride ever.

Brett won this time!

The Mad Hatter

Oh how I love these pictures!

And finally...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Romney for President!

I've never been a huge political person...let's be honest, I actually try to avoid it because it gets people so fired up. But I came across an article a couple days ago that seemed interesting, so I kept reading. Romney makes me happy. He said some awesome things to Liberty University.

American values, he said, “may become topics of democratic debate from time to time. So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.”

“What you believe, what you value, how you live, matters,” Mr. Romney said.

“What we have, what we wish we had — ambitions fulfilled, ambitions disappointed, investments won, investments lost, elections won, elections lost — these things may occupy our attention, but they do not define us,” he said. “Our relationship with our maker, however, depends on none of that. It is entirely in our control, for he is always at the door, and knocks for us. Our worldly successes cannot be guaranteed, but our ability to achieve spiritual success is entirely up to us, thanks to the grace of God. The best advice I know is to give those worldly things your best but never your all — reserve the ultimate hope for the only one who can grant it.”

Friday, May 11, 2012

There are no words....

Kate Middleton continues to blow me away with her beauty. This may be my favorite dress she has ever worn. It's tie between this and her lacey blue.
Goodness gracious.

I think if could be anyone in the whole world, it would be her. Or T Swift.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

This weekend...

We get to spend time with our grandparents:
Best picture of them, ever.
 We get to see this beautiful family:
Even though we can't speak a word to each other. I need to learn Spanish.
 We get to go here:
I can't even explain why this is my favorite building at Disneyland.