Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Be Nice.

I got this from my friend Rachael's blog. She has an amazing blog full of adventure and creativity. She is very crafty and sells the cutest hats, headbands, paintings, ect on Etsy. Her blog is, You should all visit!!
Anyways, this has such a good message I thought might as well get as many people to read it as possible. I hope she wont mind me sharing it. It really made me think if I am doing everything I can to be the best person Im able to be. I hope if I was in any of these situations I would act accordingly.

Five Lessons About How To Treat People

-- Author Unknown

1. First Important Lesson - "Know The Cleaning Lady"

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. Second Important Lesson - "Pickup In The Rain"

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3. Third Important Lesson - "Remember Those Who Serve"

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "50¢," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "35¢!" she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4. Fourth Important Lesson - "The Obstacles In Our Path"

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand - "Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition."

5. Fifth Important Lesson - "Giving When It Counts"

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save her."

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My cheeks look like a chipmunks...

The last two days I have been feeling like this...

Or this...
And sometimes even this.
My wisdom teeth are growing in!!! My mouth is in A LOT of pain, and my cheeks are REALLY swollen. They look even chubbier than normal. I swear I look like this baby. I really need to get them taken out, but I don't have insurance. Does anyone know anywhere thats kind of cheap or even any research studies? Let me know!
Im sick of these cheeks!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Elie Belle

Meet Elie.
(Aka Elie Belle)
I love this little girl.

Isn't she a cutie??
She is an adventurous little thing!
I could barely get a photo because she always wants to explore!
Tomorrow she turns 2!!!
I wish her boots fit me. I'd totally borrow them.
But let's face it.... they look much cuter on her.

She pretty much has the prettiest blue eyes I've ever seen...
I love the faces she makes:)
Happy 2nd Birthday Elie!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Labor Day Lift Ride

On Labor Day some of the fam went up to Sundance to ride the lift. It was such a beautiful day and perfect weather for riding the lift!
The beautiful mountainside.
The mountain bikers about to head out.
Rocky and Cher tearin' up the trail
The classic 4 Generations pic
Elie smiling at Sarah on the way down the lift
G. Phyl, Cher and Ricker on the top chair, and Roman and Michelle below.

The Pink Ladies enjoying their suckers Grandpa Ricker bought them at the bottom of the lift.
Totally content. They had never been so quiet.

Timpanogos looking awesome as ever....

I feel so lucky to live so close to such beauty. Just a few minutes and I can enjoy sights like this. There is such peace found in the mountains. I do not see how anyone could be in a bad mood when surrounded by this!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


This is the Elder Family. My sister in law Heather, her husband Cale and their little one, "Bean," came and visited us from Boston. We haven't seen them since Christmas so it was fun to get the whole family together. We were able to hang out a lot over the two weeks. These are some pics of some fun stuff we did.
We all went up to Tibblefork where we had a picnic and went around the lake in the paddle boat.

Danny and Bean taking the dogs for a walk around the lake.

Danny and I before it started pouring rain...

Cute Bean! I freaking love this kid.
He is in the middle of saying, "Hiiiiii!" in this pic.
I really wish we got to see him more. It was so cute how he would give Boldie and Stitch hugs and boss them around. He is the sweetest funniest little man!

Rach and I jumping into the FAREEEEEZING cold lake right after it rained.
We're the Rachels of the fam and we're intense.

Rick with the fruits from his summer fishing in Alaska. We had a totally legit fish fry that was AMAZING. Oh my mouth is watering thinking about it...
I played croquet for the first time.
Let's just say there's always room for improvement.
Steph and Bean on the hammock

We ate so much good food while Heather was in town. Her and Pam were definitely busy in the kitchen. They are gourmet cooks and never disappoint! I am lucky to have in laws that are good at cooking. I always look forward to meals at their house!

My mouth is watering again...
Cary celebrated his birthday!
(I love this pic:)
We drove our scooters all over Alpine. This is my brother in law Cale, notice the Mtn. Dew 12 packs on our scoot rack.

My adorable nephew Michael G. and me:)
The boys were SO into shooting the mice in the aviary. These boys get very competitive in two areas: Halo kills, and Mice kills.
We had so much fun spending time with the whole family. It was great to get Rick home from Alaska and fun to have Heather and Cale in town for a few weeks!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Baby Simon

Simon is already two weeks old and getting cuter by the second...
I have never taken photos of a newborn, and with Mindy's help I was able to take my first set.
My model was at an ultimate level of cuteness, but I may be biased...
How can ya not fall in love with this little guy???

He's so tiny! Does he not look like a toy doll?
I LOVE his little chin in this one...

I love the little fur on his shoulder:)
His hair keeps growing...

And so do his feet!

I like to call this one, "Stroke Victim."
I cant get enough of those cheeks!

He's such a good baby and was an awesome model for my first newborn shoot! But honestly, I don't think this little guy could take a bad pic.
We love Simon!


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