Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ready for a Vacation

I'm just chilling at work again. Enjoying another graveyard shift. I'm trying to find the motivation to finish up my application for the MFT program at USU. I don't know why but for some reason I just don't want to write it. Don't worry I will because I have to send it tomorrow but I hate essays. Especially when the subject is myself.

I've been working lots of hours the last couple weeks. I'm tired and a need a break. My job is stressful and unfortunately some circumstances make it more stressful than it needs to be. I'll spare you the details because I hate whiners and I don't like to say bad things about other people. Not to mention that none of us are getting paid near what we deserve for the kind of work we are doing, but at least I have a job. Eight more months and I will be off to graduate school and afterwards hopefully I'll have a job with a salary and some benefits and I'll try real hard to never complain.

Christmas was fabulous as Britt already detailed. I love Christmas. Mostly I love being with family and taking a break from the mundane. Life gets so repetitive sometimes and I love holidays and vacations. I'm looking forward to stopping by in Las Vegas and going to visit Blaine, Brooke and Allie in Bakersfield!

I think I'm obsessed with vacations. I love them. I can endure a lot if I know I have one to look forward to. If I ever get rich traveling is one thing that I would definitely spend my money on. Fancy cars and a big house aren't really a huge draw for me but I love an adventure! They are even better now that I have someone I love to share them with!

Well I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and remember what matters most in life. Hint: It's not your bank account or your grades

and of course GO COUGARS!! and jazz!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Reason for the Season

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

What a Christmas!

We have had such a fun-filled couple of days! We didn't take as many pictures as we should have... But we still had a good time.

Wednesday, I got off work a few hours early, and we drove down to Price to visit Grandma Hanson. It was fun to spend time with her, as well as Uncle Dennis, Aunt Sandra, Ryan, Lindsay, Ellie and Bracken! We spent the night down there, and drove back on Thursday morning.

After that, Kyle and I went out Christmas shopping. Then we drove up to West Jordan to celebrate Holly's (Kyle's mom) birthday as well as Christmas Eve a day early. We had a good time chatting, eating, and being together.

Friday was Christmas Eve. Kyle worked in the morning while I wrapped presents, made Jello salad, and cleaned the house a little bit. Holly and Evan came down, and we all drove to my mom's to celebrate Christmas Eve. Lots of good food and company :) We also opened our presents from Mom and Charity, and they opened ours. 

Yesterday was Christmas of course! Kyle worked from 7-11 am, so I slept in, and showered before he got home. Then we were able to open our presents from one another, as well as ones from Kyle's mom and dad. We got some neat stuff! I got a couple new pairs of shoes, some clothes, some perfume, a scentsy holder,  a couple of books, and Inception! Kyle got a BYU backpack, a giftcard to Cafe Rio, the new Weezer CD, and some clothes as well. We also opened our last two sets of dishes, lots of candy, yoga dvd's, and "Santa" (aka Kyle) brought us a soft serve ice cream maker! It's pretty awesome! We tried it out today and it made yummy ice cream. I'm such a sucker for soft serve, yum! (I'm probably forgetting some presents... But that's ok - we're grateful for everything we received!) 

(Not sure why this one won't flip...)

 My mom then came over, and we drove up to Nathan and Melanie's. We watched Despicable Me, and Inception, and ate dinner, and played with presents. Nate and Mel had us for the gift exchange, and they gave us yoga mats, to go along with the yoga DVD's we received, yay!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Here's my favorite Christmas song, sung by Celine Dion.
I love her, she's so amazing... And I've been listening to her Christmas album nonstop.

I hope you all have a 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Here are....

... some photos from the MG party on Sunday!

Kyle and I! Stef took a picture of every couple that came.

Kyle and I vs Bon and Aaron in the candy cane pick-up game. Obviously I had no clue how to do it.

Aaron and Kyle being partners in the ornament conveyor belt game. So hilarious!

Us vs the Herrmann's playing the ornament hang-up game. Kyle just picked me up! Ha!

Parties Galore!

I wish I was more creative.

With that out of the way, let me tell you about my life...
Work is crazy, but that's a given.

Saturday night, I went with Ayisha to Casey's birthday/Christmas party. It was so fun! White elephant won? A box of baby wipes.

Sunday, Kyle and I went up to the MG Christmas party, also a blast! White elephant won? A Christmas decoration - a snowman on a tricycle, I actually really love it! Steph took a lot of pictures, and I'll have to steal some when she posts them - these are the only three I took. Bonnie and Aaron are our married bff's, for real. We love them! (PS, Bon is prego with a baby boy named APOLLO. So excited for them!)

Last night was the Bishop family Christmas party. So fun! I love them so much. White elephant gifts won? The  four original Batman movies on DVD and a plate of Christmas goodies. We had a lot of fun playing with the kids, chatting, and eating! No pictures were taken at this one though :(

Today snow decided to take over Utah. Seriously, it was nuts! You would think we would've gotten a snow day at work... And maybe at any normal time we would have, but we're launching our new program in a week and a half, so there is no time for a snow day! Tomorrow we're planning on going down to Price in the afternoon to visit Grandma Hanson - hopefully we still can! Kyle's a safe driver, so we'll see. We'll probably stay over night there, and come back on Thursday morning. Thursday we are planning on finishing up our Christmas shopping, then heading over to Nathan and Mel's.

Oh! And you want to know the biggest Christmas gift/miracle EVER? I passed Physics (!!!). SO happy about that! Now I can celebrate my holidays in peace.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


As of two days ago (the 17th) Kyle and I have been together 18 months. Where does the time go? Every day I'm reminded of how amazing he is, and how lucky I am. I married the absolute perfect guy for me. And the absolute best thing is that we were sealed in the Temple, and because of that, if we do all we can do, we will be together forever.

Yesterday, we went to my friend Whitney's sealing in the Manti Temple. Everything about it was wonderful. Kyle and I both love the Manti Temple. It's my next favorite (there shouldn't be favorites...) after the Salt Lake. Kyle's Grandpa Hanson was also a sealer there, and he and his wife were temple workers there for many years; it has an extra special spirit to it because of that, to us. The majority of mine and Kyle's families were sealed there as well. Anyway, Whitney and John were sealed in room number 7 - which is the highest sealing room, all the way up the top of the spiral staircases. It was amazing. During the sealing I was remind of some amazing truths. And I was overcome with such gratitude for Kyle, and the blessing that is having the Gospel in our life. I also had an experience that reminded me that we should not judge others, ever. 
So thank you, Whitney and John for asking us to be apart of your special day. 
And for helping my testimony grow. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

I'm Obsessed with Pictures of my Toddler Self

(What will I be like when I have kid?!)


I finished my last final today. At about 7 pm.
I'm so relieved to be done.
And to have a break from school.
This week has been crazy! But also, a good one.
And the fun just keeps coming.

This week we...
worked, (I've) taken tests, gone Christmas shopping, sent off packages, wrapped presents, visited the lights at Temple Square with my mom and sister, (I) went to the MoTab and David Archuleta concert, done laundry, made cookies, delivered cookies, (I) went to the Voice Male concert, snuggled, listened to Christmas music, and lots of other stuff.

Next up?
My dear friend Whitney's wedding in the Manti Temple tomorrow, a Christmas party at Casey's tomorrow, an MG party on Sunday, a Bishop (Kyle's mom's side) family party on Monday, work, visit Grandma Hanson in Price on Wednesday, finishing up our Christmas shopping, and spending time with our families...

Last night at Temple Square

Day 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

Day 26- A song to match your current mood
Currently listening to: Poker Face - Glee Cast

Day 27-A photo of the item you last purchased
Urm, Christmas presents! 

Day 28-Something you're proud of in the past few days
Finishing finals TODAY!
And only have one major breakdown.

Day 29- Something you could never get tired of doing
Being with my wonderful husband.
And reading.

Day 30-Plans/dreams/goals you have 
Oh, so many.
Graduate in August.
Go with Kyle to grad school.
Work in treatment centers or family crisis centers.
Be a mommy.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 24, 25, and 26

Day 24-What's in your makeup bag?

Day 25- Your celebrity crush...

I don't really have a celebrity crush, per se. 
But here's a list of celebrities I've crushed on at some point.

Josh Harnett
Ryan Gosling
Jake Gyllenhaal
Channing Tatum
Josh Duhamel
Christian Bale
Ben Affleck
Brad Pitt

Day 26- A song to match your current mood...

Currently Listening to : Marry Me - Bruno Mars

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 21, 22, and 23

Day 21-A photo of an animal you'd love as a pet...

I think these little guys are so cute :)

Day 22-Something you crave a lot...

Food :)
Mostly... Fries, milkshakes, and chocolate.
and of course, Dr. Pepper.

Day 23- What's in your purse?

My To-do List

It looks something like this...

-Address and send out Christmas cards
-Clean bathroom
-Make dessert for our ward party tomorrow night
-Do Laundry
-Take a final
-Go Christmas shopping
-Take a final
-Clean room
-Sell back books
-Take two more finals
-Send out a couple of packages
-Wrap presents

Does yours look similar?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Taking a Breather

First of all, let me just say...


Holly is my wonderful mother-in-law, and Kyle and I are so grateful for her! We hope she had a great day... And we're excited to see her and Evan in a couple of weeks for Christmas!

Well, today was my last day of classes.
I got all my papers turned in, and all my midterms taken.

Tonight I'm just relaxing.
Taking a little breather.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Almost.... Done...

This week has been freaking insane!

I've been so stressed out the last few days that it made me sick. I couldn't get up and go to work yesterday or today. The good news is that I turned in 2 papers, and a practice test.
What do I have left?
One more paper, and one midterm.
And then it's on to finals.
Finals I can handle.
Having 3 papers due and a midterm all within a few days of each other is not ok, or healthy.

I feel like I have a much better handle on things now, though.
And, luckily, I have an amazing husband who will clean, and make me food, and rub my back, and let me sleep in, and support me.
I love him.

So that's where I've been the past few days. Grumpy, ornery and running around like a madwoman. My to-do list is still a mile long, but seems much more manageable. I"ll be grateful for the "break" that is finals week. And then... There really is a break! Except from work, that is.

I probably have a few more things to catch up on.... But that can wait until the weekend.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 20-A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 20-A picture of something that makes you happy...

(Can it be a someone?)

This guy rocks my world.
and makes me so happy.
and I am so grateful for him!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 18 and 19

Day 18-Nicknames you have and why you have them

First, my full name is Brittanny. Yes, two t's, two n's. It's actually Brit-tin-ny. And, I was named after Great Britain (where my mom's from) and the region of Brittany, France, since my dad served his mission in France. 
My mom had never heard the name before, although it was the #3 baby name in the US that year. (So, yes, my name is original, haha). 

Nickname One: Britt - clearly it's a nickname of Brittanny. I've been called this my whole life. (Britts is also common).
Nickname Two: B - just the letter. Missy and Nancy started calling me this in high school, and it just stuck. 
Nickname Three: Britters - Leanna gave me this nickname. Apparently, since I'm so small, I make her think of a critter - hence, Britters. 
Nickname Four: Fun-size - this was the nickname Kyle came up with for me before we started dating. He still calls me this sometimes :)

Day 19-A photo of something you ate today

I made these today, peanut butter temptations!
(Basically peanut butter cookies with a peanut butter cup in the middle of them, yum!)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You Know That Feeling...

when you realize that there is one and a half weeks of classes left, and you realize that you have like 382497109 things left to turn in

when you're looking forward to Christmas

and a vacation

and a break from school

when you are so close to graduation, and don't want to go to school every again

when all you want to do is spend time with your husband

when work is stressing you out a little bit

when you wish you could just be a stay at home wife

or a stay at home mommy

or when you wish you could at least be working in your field of study

when all you want to do is study Physics, but you have too much other stuff to focus on too

when you want to serve others

and bake

and sleep in

that's how I feel.

Day 16 and 17

Day 16-Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

Honestly, I can't think of someone who I would legitimately want to trade places with. Not a real live human being, anyway. We all know I'd love to be Hermione for a day. 

Day 17-A photo of your favorite place to eat

Oh, I like to eat a lot of places.
 Here are two favorites...

I also love Wendy's, and Arby's.
You know, for fast food purposes.