Tuesday, December 28, 2010

22 and Acne?!

Yup! HUMBUG! after years of beautiful skin I have acquired the look of 15-year-old pubescent! A month ago I started breaking out over my left cheek; which is weird for me because I never have gotten acne on my cheeks! I tried everything I could for it, including the most ridiculous diet of absolutely NO SUGAR! So not only was I breaking out but I was restraining myself from my favorite treat of Hot Cocoa! I then thought that perhaps it was just all the stress of eight months that had caught up to me! As soon as the semester ended I assumed my face would clear up; what with a two week stress free break and all! However, NO that did not happen! I have loads to be grateful for and I really don't have as bad of acne as lots of other people, but I am 22-years-old for crying out loud and acne can really prove to be a damper in your day! So I booked myself a trip to the doctor...which turned out to be a very big slice of humble pie for me. You see, my mom had instructed me that I not wear any make-up to the doctor so he could see the extent of the acne! Picture this...a 22-year-old girl walks in with no make-up and acne! However, my doctor was amazingly nice and informed me that I did not have typical blackhead acne, but rather a nasty case of cystic acne, which means I had a nasty infection in my face! lovely, AN INFECTION IN MY FACE! I was prescribed a months worth of Tetracycline antibiotic (taken orally) to kill the infection from the inside, and five months worth of Retin-A cream (acutane in cream form) to break up the infection on the skin. So one more dose of humble pie in a trip to the local Walmart pharmacy and back home to enjoy a guilt free cup of Hot Cocoa! I'll keep you posted on the results!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I needed a little pick me up and have been dying to watch Eat.Pray.Love starring Julia Roberts. I watched it tonight and cried almost the whole way through. Though my travels around the world to find myself are going to have to wait, I feel as though I have taken my own internal journey and have found myself a little more! One bit of advice I loved from this movie was when Liz (Julia Roberts), confides in a friend that she is still in love and missing the boyfriend she got in a relationship after her divorce. And her friend tells her love him and miss him...send him love and light every time you think of him and then drop it.

More of my favorite lines:

"If you want to get to the castle you have to swim the mote."

"You have to learn how to select your thoughts the same way you select your clothes every morning."

"If you can't master your thoughts you're in trouble forever."

"Believe in love again."

"The only way to heal is to trust."

"I am so sick of people telling me I need a man" "You don't need a man, you need a champion."

"In the end I've come to believe in something I call the physics of the quest. A force in nature governed by laws is as real as the law of gravity. The physics of the quest goes something like this. If you're brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter old resentments, and set out on a truth seeking journey, being externally or internally. And if you are truly willing to regard everything on that journey as a clue. And if you accept everyone you meet on the way as a teacher. And if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself then the truth will not be withheld from you."


"Ruin is a gift, ruin is a road to transformation. We must always be prepared for endless waves of transformation."
-Eat. Pray. Love

Monday, December 6, 2010


What's worse than being single is being married to the WRONG person!

Lately I have been noticing a lot of girls/boys who are wishing upon a star that they had a boyfriend/girlfriend oh so badly! I think that every single one of us "longs" for that intimate relationship of marriage because we are not meant to go through this world alone! BUT, enjoy the time you have being SINGLE. Yes I know that at times it is not ideal, especially on VALENTINES day! But there is JOY to be found in every stage of our lives!!! And from personal experience it is better to be single (honestly I love it) than to be married to the WRONG person! So DO NOT settle for anything less than that which is worthy of a Goddess/God!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving in California!

My first Thanksgiving in "warm" weather! I loved it! For Thanksgiving day we went to Disneyland! It was such a blast. We ran around California Adventure & Disneyland from sun up to sun down! It was Rachel's first time to Disneyland so Caleb (who always has so much energy!) made sure that we hit up every ride! I just had to throw in a few pictures of how much detail Disneyland puts into everything!
Can't wait until I have my own kiddos so I can run around Tarzan's treehouse!

The haunted house was decked out perfectly for christmas! It's always one of my favorites!
Jared and Kai! Kai was so much at Disneyland! He did not want to be in the stroller one bit so we all took turns lugging around this chunky monkey!:)

Kai and Karen reading while we all went on tower of terror!
I wanted to show my mom just how buff I have become since doing P90X!

Girls + Photoshoots = LOVE!
I fell in love with the New York feel street, and had to get a few pictures!
The upsetting part to our Thanksgiving Holiday was the BYU loss to Utah! By one measly point, ugh!! But look at how cute the BYU fans are?!
Big thank you to Jared & Karen for hosting a wonderful weekend at their house! It was really cozy!

Wednesday morning Karen's sister Liliana dropped off her little girl Sarah! Kai & Sarah are best friends/cousins and were so much fun to play with that morning!
Sarah was so cute and cuddly! She wanted to be best friends with everyone!
Sorry these pictures are all out of order! BACK to our day at Disneyland!
Pirates of the Carribean is one of my favorite rides! It was one of the few rides we could take Kai on with us! He cried a little bit when we wouldn't let him get in the water, but I think otherwise he was completely entertained!
Caleb & Rachel with our newest nephew Jaxxon! The whole reason we decided to go to California for Thanksgiving this year was because Karen would not have been able to travel with the possibility of having a new baby right before, during, or after Thanksgiving! So problem solved we all went to California!
Kai & Sarah love this singing dog! Kai is so cute calling dogs "Bow Wows"! Karen and Jared are going to have to get Kai a dog sometime!
Both Sarah and Kai became very interested in my camera! They loved seeing pictures of themselves after I took the picture!
And BACK TO DISNEYLAND AGAIN! I promise I really should not have been this disorganized! Sorry!
Girl photo-op while waiting for the boys to get us fast passes!
Caleb looks like a little model in this picture!
More pictures inside of Indiana Jones-which happens to be my dads favorite ride!

And more pictures of the haunted house!

Cute mamma and Pappa!
How beautiful is this picture!
Disneyland Castle! I love how all out Disneyland when on their Christmas decorations!
They were so excited to go to Disneyland!
Here are a few of my photography shots from the weekend!
Jaxxon William Stones

Family Pictures!

And that is the END!