A minor case of nostalgia.

This was my favorite Christmas song this year. 
I can't believe this is the last Christmas that I will be waking up in my little bed, running upstairs to wish my parents Merry Christmas, and walking side by side with my brother into the living room to see if the "fat man came." (See song above.) 
Here's to one last childhood Christmas! 


It's beginning to look a lot like...

Oregon? What is with the rain in December? Quite strange but yet, I shouldn't be surprised at the bipolar weather we have in Utah anymore. No matter if it's raining, snowing or 90 degrees, the Christmas spirit is in the air and I can't help but have joy! I've been trying extra hard this year to focus on Christ instead of worrying about what Santa is going to bring me. I want to spend less time at the mall or in line at Target and more time with the people I love and more time serving others.
I have so much to be grateful for. I have a fiance who I love more than I could possibly imagine. I have a loving family who support me and bring me so much happiness. I was privileged to attend the school I was hoping to attend and happened to meet some of the most incredible people who I will never forget. I am extremely fortunate to have the gospel in my life. To be preparing to enter God's temple and to be sealed to my best friend for eternity.
I came across this video today and wanted to share it. These people describe Christ's love so beautifully.
Merry Christmas!


About that time.

Well, we're engaged so I guess that means we need to have a blog now! I'm pretty excited to join this world of crazy bloggers. Fiance and I have been engaged for one month and 13 days and we have 200 days until our wedding. Yes, we know. "Wow, that's a long engagement," "are you going to make it that long?" That seems to be our plan so let the countdown begin!

October 17, 2010.
This day seemed to be going extraordinarily normal. Started with church, lounging at my house, dinner at Mike's with his parents. It wasn't until after dinner that things started to get interesting. Mike and I were sitting downstairs with a handful of his nieces and nephews when his phone rang and I heard my Dad's panicked voice, "Mike!" Mike got up and walked into the other room for a few seconds before he returned and said, "Liz! A sprinkler pipe at your house just broke and it's flooding your basement, we have to go right now." I obeyed and began to put my boots on rather casually when he repeated,"Right now!" OK, ok. He's normally not this pushy. We rushed out of his house, into his car and sped to my house. I have no idea how he kept his cool throughout this. Mike is not the greatest liar/actor. Not that I'm complaining. So when we got to my house, he opened the garage door parent's cars are gone. What? Why would they leave if the basement is flooding?! (How did I not catch on?) We go inside, he rushes out the door onto the deck while I take my sweet time putting my stuff on the counter. When I finally make it to the door, I look out and see Mike smiling at me and a beautiful framed picture of the Salt Lake temple sitting at end of the deck. (Immediate thought: Are they taking things out of the basement because of the flood?) I look up and all around the deck railing are lit candles. I look to my right and there are pictures of us with candles burning underneath. It hit me all at once what was going on. I felt as though the wind was knocked out of me. Mike said he had never seen that reaction out of me. He took my hand and led me down the stairs into the yard where our families had put lights up in all of our cute new trees. Along with candles all around the yard and a bench underneath the apple tree. He walked me to the bench and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He's so cute. Of course I said yes. We celebrated and basked in the moment for a while before he told me he had a couple more surprises for me. Our friend's James and Kelly walked out of my house and came down to take some pictures of us. After that we went inside where he had a video slideshow of pictures of the two of us. This is where I just lost it! The tears were irrepressible! The rest of the night was spent celebrating with family and friends until late hours before we eventually crashed in our beds from over exhaustion of all the excitement. My fiance is remarkably romantic and I couldn't have asked for a better proposal.