December 20, 2013

Open When Missionary Letters

I've had a few people ask for the exacts of what I put into the "Open When" letters I recently put together for one of my good friends, so here they are!

#1 Open Now:
     letter explaining how the envelopes work

#2 Open When It's Your One Year Mark:
     Balloons with messages written on them
     Party Poppers

#3 Open When You're Lonely

#4 Open Just Because
     Spiritual Assistance Directory


#5 Open When You've Had a Bad Day
      Talk- "Behold we count them happy that endure" by Robert D Hales

#6 Open When You've Had a Great Day


#7 Open When It's Christmas Eve
     Christmas Talk - "Christmas is Love" by Thomas S Monson
     Twas the Night Before Christmas
      Hot Cocoa
      Candy Canes
      Christmas Card


#8 Open When You Need To Know Someone Loves You
     Talk - "The Power of God's Love" by John H Groberg
     Talk - "You Matter to Him" by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
     30 awesome things about them
     Heart cut outs "Heart Attack"

#9 Open When You Need An Extra Push
     Motivational Quotes
    Talk - "Endure and Be Lifted Up" by Russell M. Nelson
     Pep Talk from Kid President CD


#10 Open When You Need a Laugh
     Cheesy Laffy Taffy Jokes
     List of Funny Memories


#11 Open When You're Worried About the Future
     Talk - "Beautiful Mornings" by Bruce D Porter

Hopefully that helps! If you have any questions feel free to comment below. 
Love P

November 17, 2013

The four things I'm most thankful for right now

 Friday I made a last minute decision to spend the weekend at home. Even though my roommates still give me a hard time that I am always going home, this weekend was exactly what the doctor ordered. I went to dinner with my parents on Friday and had so much fun just talking to them and hearing about all the funny things going on at home.

Both of mine are so great. Chantell (who is the sassiest and cutest girl ever) is really growing up and it's so fun to see her personality coming out. She loves to be the center of attention, and it's so great to be around her. Caitlin is living in Hurricane again, and it is so fun to be able to see her on a weekly basis. This weekend we helped her move into her new house, which is ADORBS, and it was so great to spend a day helping her.

 Last week my should-be-sister Kelci and I went to the temple to do baptisms for the dead. There were so many people there, that they were turning some away. Luckily a member of a bishopric snuck us in (which i don't know if that's good or not... ahah) but it really helped me enjoy my time there knowing that I had been blessed to be able to be there. I am so glad that I live so close to a temple. It seriously has been such a blessing in my life, and being able to go with friends is a double win.

Basically 200% of my friends are on missions right now, and hearing from them each monday is such a good way to re-charge my spirits. They are all doing so well, and it's so fun to hear from them. Christine, Tyler, and Logan are just taking mission life by the storm, and I'm so proud of them. They really strengthen my testimony by sharing all the experiences that they are having.

Sorry I've been totally off the map lately.
Hopefully I can be better (; 
Have a glorious sunday!
Love P

October 23, 2013

O is for October, Orange, and Oldest friends

 [for carly, we missed you tons. just imagine you are in the middle of this embrace]

This past weekend was pure heaven, mainly because I got to spend every minute with my family. There's nothing quite like being around 50 other people in orange, eating cinnamon rolls and seeing how many clay pigeons you can shoot. October is definitely one of the best months around, and this one has definitely been a good one. 

Love P

October 10, 2013

[ A & A ]

  • When people try to correct me about swimmers itch is. Like please. I didn't spend 10 gazillion hours in the desert of Hell telling people about swimmers itch for nothing. PLEASE don't try to tell me what it is. I WILL LAUNCH INTO MY 3 MINUTE SWIMMERS ITCH SPEECH. And it's not very pretty. (; 
  • The fact that every boy at college is either a pre-mish, married, or a foreign exchange student. THE ODDS ARE NOT IN MY FAVOR.  Okay, so there is one boy who maybe has potential, but naturally, I'm must my awkward self and we've had like.... two conversations. Oi. Maybe I should just stay inside all day and watch One Tree Hill and not do my homework. Oh wait.... thats what I do all day erryday. 
  • Okay, three words. Miss SUU Pageant. On Tuesday I went with Haylee and Jess and between the over-excited opera singer and the girl who said her best two qualities were her hair and her humor, it was just an all around awkward-fest. I'm just glad I wasn't up there. Much better to laugh at other people's awkwardness from down below than be the awkward one up on stage. 
  • Having to watch a documentary on the process of becoming a Castrato in my music class. Don't know what that is? Go ask your mom. 
  • Being late to sunday school and having to sit on the front row because there were no other seats and then the lesson was on the law of chastity. And everything was so much more awkward because I was on the front row and the entire time it felt like it was just me getting taught. SO AWKWARD. 

  • Our Conference-half time Family Football Showdown that took place this weekend. And I'm proud to say, my PAT's are coming along quite nicely [minus the one I shanked clear into the boonies], and guess what??? I punted a ball further than my mom, which is like the ultimate award because she is seriously a football goddess. Also, shoutout to my little bro Caleb who can throw a better spiral than all of us. 
  • Conference weekend. It was so great to be spiritually reboosted and hear from the prophets and apostles. 
  • Going to dinner at Pizza Factory with Jess and Haylee, and then devouring some delicious apple pie + ice cream afterwards
  • Staying up into the wee hours of the night sharing date horror stories, embarrassing moments, and other hilarious tales with the roomies
  • Saran-wrapping {that was probs spelled totally wrong} Hailey's bed and then duct taping it so that she couldn't go to bed. You could say we are the ultimate pranksters
  • Cancelled classes that make it possible for me to stay snug in my bed and listen to the rain tap against my window. #HEAVEN

 Have a good week. Good luck with midterms and life and all that jazz! 
Love P

September 28, 2013

Up The Canyon


photo via katie hoggan

 It's finally fall here in Southern Utah and we decided to welcome it in with a good ole cookout at Navajo Lake this weekend. Even though it was a last minute decision, and we forgot the essentials like drinks, matches, and firewood, we made the best of our situation and ended up with a pretty great evening up in the mountains. It is so beautiful here in the fall, and the trees have just started to turn those vivid colors of autumn. We sat under some orange quaking aspen trees and roasted ourselves some hot dogs and smores. All in all it was a great Saturday with some of my new favorite people.
Welcome fall! Its good to have you back friend.
Love P

September 14, 2013

manti with my girls



 Today we set out on THE longest drive ever to get to Manti and do baptisms at the Manti Temple. It was a beautiful day and I got to spend it with some of my favorite people. I had never seen this temple, and holy. moly. IT WAS A STUNNER. Even though I think I am a little biased and love the St. George temple the most, this came pretty close to being the best. Aren't we so lucky to be able to have these beauties around? 

More about college life [which i'm loving btw] coming real soon. 
Love P

September 5, 2013

Not Forgotten

Today I came across this little clip, and from the moment I started playing it, I burst into tears. This week has been so hard. There have been so many things that have gone horribly wrong, and at times I have felt so alone. But this was such a good reminder that Heavenly Father is always here for us.  I just wanted to share this, mainly because I know that there are a lot of people out there who are also having a bad week. So this is for you. Please remember that Heavenly Father loves you, and he never forgets you. You are so important to this world, and your life brings life to others. You are not forgotten. I love you. 
Love P

August 29, 2013

Lessons Learned week #1

Things I've learned at College in the first week:

  1. There is no shame in crying when you're mom leaves on move in day
  2. Single rooms are like the holy grail of college 
  3. On your first few days you will feel like throwing up, laughing, and crying all at the same time, and its perfectly normal.
  4. The dollar store will become your best friend. You can get all your food and billions of other things and guess what?! It's all a dollar!!! 
  5. The sooner you be yourself around the roomies the better.
  6. You are totally in charge of your own education. Your mom isn't here to make you get out of bed for your 8:30 class and you have to be totally responsible for all the academic stuff.
  7. Free food is everywhere. Even if you have to pretend you want to become a Buddhist monk, ITS WORTH IT. The less money you have to spend on food the better!
  8. Always make sure you've bought the right math book. Otherwise you will not only have done all the homework wrong, but you'll have to sell your internal organs to buy the right textbook. (yes. I'm talking from experience)
  9. The best of friendships can come with the most unlikely people
  10. The boy to girl ratio is about 30 to 1 and half the boys are either not attractive or taken. Oi. 
  11. Institute is one of the best parts of the week. It's so nice to get away from all the craziness of campus and go feel the spirit for an hour! Plus, cute boys are in there so who wouldn't want to go right?!
  12. There are so many different people on this earth. I've already met so many interesting and different people here its crazy. 
  13. BE YOURSELF. If you feel pressure to be something you're not, just walk away. You don't have to change one bit to fit in. There are so many people out there, you don't have to conform to how a group of people act.
  14. Take what you've been given and try to make the best out of the situation. Things might not always be easy, but I promise Heavenly Father doesn't give us things we could not succeed at. 
  15. College is great. The sooner you decide to love it, the better it will be.
I've already learned so much in the last seven days.
I know that this is where i'm supposed to be, even if it's hard!
Have a great week!! 
Love P

hello from suu

So, once upon a time I thought it would be easy to just bust out blog posts every day when I started college.... Yeah. Obviously that isn't going as well as I was hoping, but I'll try and catch you up on life here at SUU.

Last Wednesday I packed up all my stuff and drove to Cedar with my momma and moved into my apartment. It is on campus and such a good place to be. I lucked out and got my own room, which turns out is the best thing that's happened since pb & j. The first few days here were some of the hardest i've ever had and I was so homesick. I just wanted to hop in my car, get on I-15 and never come back to college. I hadn't quite gotten to know my roommates very well and I basically felt so lost. But then Saturday night it was like the world had done a total 360 and everything started getting so much better! After a quick visit home to be reassured that I could still survive college, I came back and went to a crazy fun dance at the centrum and HOLY COW. I have never danced so crazy in my life. It was so fun and I hung out with my roommates all night, who turn out to be the greatest, funniest, best girls i've ever known. I dont know what I did to deserve such great roommates but I am just so thankful I don't have a crazy meth head or something living in the apartment with me.

I am finally starting to get a hang of this college thing, and I'm actually loving it at times. It is still a big adjustment, but it's getting better all the time. Classes started on monday and I haven't committed suicide yet, so BONUS.

Well, I won't keep boring you with all my meaningless rambles. But just know I'm alive and well and I'll try to post more often about college life.

Love P

August 14, 2013

Awks and Awesome: End of Summer Edition


  • Accidentally sending a snapchat to the wrong person. Which normally wouldn't be that big a deal right? WRONGO. Because the picture I sent was in the middle of an ugly face competition and instead of sending it to Christine, I sent it to Logan, which made for an even more awkward apology snap to try and fix my pride. 
  • The fact that I've done that ^^^ more times this week than I care to count.
  • Belting out Phantom of the Opera songs with Christine at work, and having a customer walk in right at the big chorus. And Christine just zoomed right out of sight and into the backroom and left me all alone to look like a complete idiot while I frantically tried to pause the song. Then even more awkward was the fact that I tried to act like he had not just witnessed me doing dreadful dance moves and said "What can I do for you?" in my sweet little work voice. 
  • Writing Christine's phone number on one of the receipts at work, and accidentally handing it to our old principal KPed. hahahahahaahahahahahahaahahah. And then he looked at it, then back at me, and I just slammed that sliding door and tried not to pee my pants all over the newly swept floor. 
  • going to the softball field last night to turn on the lights before our little get together and finding two people making out. hardcore. And I just said a little "hi guys" and they just went back to business and I just went on with my own business and it was like a little wierd bonding moment of being a third wheel in the strangest way. Ten points to Gryffindor!!! 
  • Watching ghost videos on YouTube and being so jumpy that when a fly buzzed near my head I screamed bloody murder. 
  • How much junk I had in my room all these years. I've started the packing process, and you wouldn't believe how many love notes, young women handouts, and ticket stubs have been hiding out in my room. On the plus side though, those love notes gave me some pretty great laughs.


  •  Getting to spend Christine's last day of work with her. And boy did we ever go out in style. There were cinnamon rolls, mustache pictures, celine dion songs, long chats about boys, and lots of laughs. It was seriously one of the very best days of work EVER.
  • The peaches on our trees are ready to eat! I've already consumed probably 156 pounds of fresh peaches, but hey. That's the best part of August right? 
  • talks that last long into the night
  • playing again with all my girls under the lights these last few weeks. It's like a little piece of home has been found again. So many laughs, jokes, and Dotson imitations it's not even funny. 
  • Not having to go to school with all the other kids today, because guess what? I'm done with high school! AH YEAH. 
  • I'm getting so excited to go up to cedar in a few weeks. I am just ready for some new faces, new adventures, and new things to learn. 
Have a most awesome Wednesday, and be a little awkward will ya? 
Love P 

August 9, 2013

Cabins, Canoes, and a Catch-up


I have been meaning to get these lovely pictures up for a while now, and I'm just now getting around to it. Anyways, last Sunday after church and work we snuck up to the cabin and had ourselves a nice little mini-vacation. It was BEAUTIFUL there and guess what? It was 65 degrees. I know. Perfect right?
We spent most of the evening at the lake canoeing our little hearts out and singing Pocahontas songs as we glided across the glassy water. The boys hopped in one and us girls hopped in another canoe, and it was like we were the only ones alive out there on that little lake of paradise. 


The best part of it all was spending time with my sweet family and making memories that will always be around. Have a lovely day! Oh. and some A&A's are just around the corner. 
Love P

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