Monday, December 21, 2009

I'll Be Home for Christmas!

Yay! I'll be home in less than 24 hours : ). I am so excited. I miss my family lots and can't wait to be home.

This weekend I watched :

love it. 

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.  ~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

Christmas is forever,
not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
~Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 197

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Brrrrrrrrr...Lately it's been cold outside. Despite the snow and the below freezing temperature I love this time of year.

 Reasons I love Christmastime:
~ family
~food (cookies, hot cocoa)
~cheerful people
~ Most importantly people remember the Savior

Finals are here...I can't wait til they are over. 9 days until I go home!  

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
- Martha Washington 

"what lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...

I can't believe it's December already and that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away!
One week of classes left, two weeks til finals and 18 days until I go home!  I can't wait to see my family and friends back home!
It has been freezing lately, I kinda wish it would snow so it will warm up a little!
I love the Holidays and everything about them! 2009 has been a great year I'm excited to see what 2010 will bring.

Here are some pics of the Mesa, AZ temple Christmas lights. It was absolutely beautiful! I have to admit, I'm a sucker for Christmas lights : )

I love Christmas!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

thank you notes...

dear family: I miss you dearly. Thanks for helping me become who I am today. I love you.
dear brother: I had a great Thanksgiving break with you. Thank you for putting up with me this weekend and through the are the best! love you lots!

dear mesa, az: I'm sorry I doubted you are a great place with magical malls. I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship. 

dear village inn pumpkin pie: you are amazing. best I ever had. I should have wore looser pants : )

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are a few pics of my Thanksgiving vacay in Mesa, AZ. 

I'm a cow girl baby... hahaha

yummy pumpkin pancakes for breakfast!

Our Homemade thanksgiving dinner!


Monday, November 23, 2009

tidbits of wisdom

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. ~ Swedish Proverb

Whatever you are, be a good one ~Abraham Lincoln

Happiness: when what you think, what you do and what you are are in harmony. ~Ghandi

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well.

Gordon B. Hinckley Quotes:
"Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others...By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves."

"Life is to be enjoyed, not endured"

"My plea is that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life we 'accentuate the positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort."

"The only way to get anything done is to get on your knees and plead for help and then get on your feet and go to work."

"It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. i say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us,...if we put our trust in Him, if we pray to Him, if we live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I know it's early but I couldn't resist

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Baby, It's cold outside...

My clinical rotation on the Psych unit has been interesting... the staff is pretty laid back and chill and the patients have been pretty friendly. I'm excited for clinicals to be OVER in a couple of weeks. I've been a little grumpy lately, and it's almost Thanksgiving so here a list of things I'm grateful for this week in no particular order...
1. my faith
2. my family and friends (will be on every one of my lists)
3. Packages from home
4. pumpkin anything
5. chocolate oranges : )
6. hot cocoa, a warm blanket, and a good book when it's snowing outside
7. the sun
8. meteor showers
9. butt warmers (in the car)
10. boots

Crystal got baptized on November 14, 2009. I'm so happy for her!

roomies @ Crystal's baptism

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Falling for Fall

ICU clinicals are DONE! I miss them dearly, Psych has been interesting so far. The next week will be crazy busy, but I know I can do it!
I know I'm usually a Utah hater, but something about the fall makes even Utah magical. : )
Here are some pics I took on a walk around P-town.

I know Halloween is over, but this picture is so cute that I couldn't resist

Are these just adorable? Owl cupcakes!

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more. ~Brother David Steindl-Rast

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others. ~Buddha

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I'm really not the biggest fan of Halloween, but I wasn't gonna sit at home all night...
This Halloween I wanted to be a Trauma victim...
with the help of my Amazing roomies, Crystal and Amy ( mostly Crystal) it happened.
We really aren't scary people. It was just for a night : )

Crystal and I were dead, Hannah was T-pain

the look on crystal's face is pretty scary...

despite the scariness of our costumes, we really are a happy bunch..most of the time

Here are some other pics from a church Halloween party:
roommate love

me + t-pain hat= willy wonka

I went as a catholic school teacher : )
Hope you had a great Halloween too!
xoxo, v

Saturday, October 17, 2009


This week has been interesting to say the least.
To be honest it's been an emotional roller coaster
I've laughed, cried, and been sacred out of my mind
but"Come what may and Love it"
Life is still good
I have so many things to be grateful for (in no particular order) :
1. my family
2. nursing buddies
3. roomies (ex-roomies)
4. nursing school
5. old and new friends
6. Hot chocolate on a cold morning
7. laughing
8. fall (leaves changing)
9. the gospel
10. music

xoxo, v

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Come Fly with me....

Came across this lovely pic while bored at work today
Things have been going pretty well. I didn't have clinical so it was magical. : )
This week I:
Took two midterms
stole a pumpkin, saved a pumpkin
met new people
went to superchina market
ate pho
celebrated hannah's 21st
watched and loved GLEE
did I mention NO Clinical!?!

live, laugh, love
xoxo, v

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
- Mildred Barthel.

Happiness is a form of courage.
- Holbrook Jackson

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Addicted to...

Gossip Girl.

chace crawford.
Nuff said.

little lovelies

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."

All good things are wild and free

However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society.

~Henry David Thoreau

don't worry, be happy

Things have been a little rough lately, but instead on dwelling on that I've deciding on the things I am grateful for. School has been going pretty well. I love this semester so far.

Things that put a smile on my face:
1. the smell of grass after it rains
2. watching magical movies
3. anything chocolate
4. cupcakes
5. my family
6. crystal's cooking
7. watching gossip girl/brothers and sisters with amy
8. catching up with old friends
9. eating pho and sushi
10. making someone smile

Sunday, September 20, 2009


once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” —ralph waldo emerson
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” -Mark Twain

...So let's do this...

I've had this blog for a WHILE now and have never really used it...until now...
This past week I had a clinical rotation in the ER. I loved it.
Here are some of the things that I absolutely loved about the ER
~the nurses
~the staff
~the mds
~traumas that came in
~less paperwork
~the snacks
~the "chill" environment

I think I've rediscovered why I wanted to be a nurse again. Yay me!