Saturday, July 25, 2009


I realized that I never blogged about the Jack's Mannequin and The Fray concert. We went on Saturday night and then I left at like 5:30 a.m. on Sunday so I never had time. We had a big group and we had tons of fun. The traffic leading into the concert was not fun and we were already kind of cutting it close time wise. We had fun taking some pictures in the car. And Hailey enjoyed checking out the guys in the car behind us!Luckily we made it just in time to see Jack's Mannequin. They were amazing and extremely fun to watch perform. I also liked watching Ashley watch them. She looked soooo happy.
Here are some pictures of everyone at the concert.
Jonny with all the girls! Katie, me, Jonny, Hailey, Karlie, Ashley, Elsie, Brit.
We enjoyed just lounging on the lawn and relaxing while listening to great music.I was surprised how few of the songs I knew by The Fray but that is okay, they were still great.We left a little early cause Karlie locked her keys in her car and needed to find a cop to open it. We sat in Hailey's car so we weren't just leaving them there. While we were waiting Hailey decided to leave a note for the guys who were behind us driving in that she thought were cute. She gave them her number and told them to give her a call.
She left the note for the driver and later that night the passenger called and said sorry but the driver is married. Hailey told them to just take it as a compliment. So that was pretty much our evening.

Friday, July 24, 2009


About every 2 years (sometimes every year) we have a family reunion with my mom's family. By this I mean with all of her cousins and their kids, so I don't really know how I am related to them (I'll just call the cousins to make it easier). I think it is like second and third cousins but I don't know for sure. Anyway, we always go to Carpinteria for camping at the beach. Caprinteria is about 15 miles south of Santa Barbara. Taryn, Grant, Jonny and I left Provo at like 6 on Sunday morning, the drive was supposed to take about 10 hours but ended up taking about 13 because my car started overheating again! Makes me really glad we spent $400+ to fix it! We were about 30 miles outside Vegas when we had to pull off on the side of the road and fill it with water. It was like 110 degrees and we were just sitting waiting for the engine to cool down. We even tried driving with the heater on to cool it down more. So we were driving on the freeway in the middle of Nevada in 110 degree heat with the heater on and our windows down.It was not the most pleasant experience ever but we made it to Vegas and we were able to fill the car with more water. We decided to keep driving and we were able to make it the second half without much problem. We had to fill the car once or twice and it did overheat once more but it was only 90 degrees this time so and we were in a neighborhood with shade. So we surprised everyone at camp by getting in at 7 instead of 11 (we kinda led them to believe we were still in Vegas).
So despite the not great start the week was great. We laid out on the beach everyday, went boogie boarding, walked down the beach, played games, had fun with family, and sat around the campfire. We got to see dolphins (Jonny and I went out to the beach right when we got there and saw them that evening and then saw them again the next day). We tried to swim out to the dolphins but they moved before we got there. We also saw seals or sea lions I don't know which. Jonny caught a little crab and some sand crabs.
We had fun playing with the little kids that were there. All of my older cousins now have little kids of their own. Jonny and I helped them find sea shells and stuff like that. He Had a laser pointer and the little kids loved chasing it around and trying to catch it. It was really funny.
Jonny playing with the little girls. Livee, Taryn and Elle.
This is little Taryn and me. She is little Taryn so as not to be confused with my sister and because she is (and always has been very little.) She is such a cutie. Jonny and I always look forward to seeing her. She is eight now.We really enjoyed spending time at the beach. Luckily we didn't get sunburned this year! I know how this picture looks but I swear we are not at a nude beach and we ARE wearing swimsuits!I finally got to wear my beach outfit!
We also got to go boogie boarding. I love it. I realized this trip that I think I was supposed to be a surfer. I just love the feeling when you watch a wave building and then you feel the pull of the undertoe and you know it is going to be a good wave. Then when it picks you up and you drop down the face of the wave. ahhh I seriously love it! The first day the waves were kinda lame but they got better and better. On one my board nose dived and flipped me off. It was fun. Another one Jonny came close to me and accidentally knocked me off. It was so fun though. So here are some pictures of us boogie boarding! I always love spending time at the beach and I love spending time with all of my super extended family. I was so glad we were able to go and I'm already looking forward to the next trip.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Love is...

"Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived... You never know, lightning could strike."
This quote is from the movie Meet Joe Black.
It is one of my all time favorite movies. I think the reason I love it so much is because of what it says about love. The quote I put in is a father talking to his daughter and telling her the type of love he wants her to find. In another scene he talks about the first time he saw his wife, he remembered exactly what she was wearing and everything. It is not often these days that movies talk about love the way this one does. That you have to be open to love and not be afraid to get hurt.Another quote talks about how with love you know the worst thing about the other person and it doesn't matter. If you haven't seen it you should and if you have you should watch it again. It really is great and I highly recommend it. Remember..."You never know, lightning could strike."

Friday, July 17, 2009

Last weekend Jonny and I decided to go to Salt Lake City to see the Joseph Smith movie and just spend some time together. We got all dressed up and headed out. About half way there my car started making a weird noise. Then, the check engine light came on. (The noise and light were actually unrelated, the noise was just my dashboard.) When I said the check engine light had come on Jonny looked over and told me to pull off as soon as I could because the temperature was all the way in the red. I then noticed their was smoke coming out of the engine. We pulled off, Jonny had to push me into the gas station nearby and we popped the hood. The "smoke" turned out to be steam, the water that is supposed to be cooling my engine was boiling and the cap had popped off. After making some phone calls we refilled the car with water and tried to head home. Within seconds of getting on the freeway the car overheated again and I pulled off on the side of a road and called a tow truck. We took it to get fixed. It turned out that my radiator (that was just replaced last summer) was full of junk and something was wrong with the thermostat. I just had to put up with a few days without my car, which I didn't like, but overall it wasn't too bad. Then today I snapped my door handle (it was already broken I just broke it more) and now I can't get it open from the inside. Jonny can get it open I just can't. Despite all of this I lvoe my car. It has been amazing and runs great, especially considering it is 16 years old! So that was my weekend adventures. Sorry for the lack of pictures. This weekend I have a concert and then head to Carpenteria for the week!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Jolly Burger

Jonny and I were at Costco the other day and got a bunch of hamburger patties. Then we went to Wal-Mart and were trying to think of ways to make the burgers amazing. We got bacon, onion rings, BBQ sauce, cheese and potato bread buns. We also got the match light coals, which are amazing and completely worth the extra money. All of these ingredients came together to form the Jolly Burger (Jolly because it is Jonny and Holly combined.) They were amazing.
Jonny made two of them for himself but only made it through one. These pictures do not do them justice. They were great and I am already looking forward to making them again!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Celebrating the Land of the Free

I love the 4th of July. I was slightly disappointed to begin the day because Jonny's old roommate had given us tickets to Stadium of Fire and the Jonas Brothers were performing, which we were very excited about. But the guy who gave them to us was able to sell them so we had to give them up. But we had fun hanging out with my roommates instead. Provo gets very into the 4th and there are things going on the whole weekend to celebrate. We started celebrating by going to a place in Springville called Kranky Franks. They have really good hot dogs. I somehow shot myself in the eye with the ketchup in mine. It hurts, I don't recommend trying it. We went to the Freedom Festival and looked around at all the art stands on the 3rd which was really fun. It is almost as good as the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. It was really hot but we still enjoyed it.
On the 4th we woke up early and went to the parade. I haven't been to a parade in years, even then it was just the Picnic Day Parade in Davis which was never very big. The parade was fun. The surrounding cities all had floats and the high school bands performed. It rained for about 5 mins and then cleared up for the rest of the day.
I took a nap after the parade and then we went to Hailey's house for a BBQ. It was so fun and there was so much food. We ate some amazing burgers, corn (which I have missed not being home), potato salad, homemade ice cream, cake and we made jello and jello/pretzel salad. We were pretty much stuffed. We played on the trampoline, watch a movie and played games before heading back to Provo for fireworks.This was our cute idea that failed because the sun was too bright.

We watched the Stadium of Fire fireworks from afar. They were alright. We kind of think something went wrong because they stopped for about 5 mins halfway through. I know the show is better from inside the stadium but they are supposed to be pretty great from the outside too. Honestly I was a little disappointed, Davis' fireworks are better or at least past years in Davis have been better than this year's in Provo. It was still a great day. However, I missed my family and the traditions we have for the 4th. Happy Independence Day!