Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 3

Day 3-A picture of you and your friends

These ladies are my very best friends. 
We grew up together.
We went to college together.
We got married within 2 years of each other.
We had babies within 5 months of each other.
I love these women!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 2

Day 2-The meaning behind your Blog name

When thinking of a name for this blog I really wanted it to reflect me. I thought a lot about things I am passionate about. I brainstormed for a while and thought of words that described my personality, interests, talents, desires, and my life. 

These are the words I thought of:

woman, mormon, wife, mother, love, family, inspire, create, parenthood, 
happiness, spacesfriendship, dance, ballet, simple, organizing, 
design, writing, thoughtsdevelop, movement, sisterhood, 
photos, life, memories, experiences

After beginning several different blogs with different titles so I could see what they really looked like, I slowly narrowed it down, one-by-one, until creating simple was left. 

Why creating

One of my favorite speakers is President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

This short talk and video has always stuck with me
I know that I have always had a desire to create...

Why simple

Simple is one of my favorite words. In all its forms.
Simple, simplify, simplicity...
Simple means real, honest, true, uncomplicated.
That is exactly how I want to be, and how I want my life to be. 
I want to create simple.

"If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, 
then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on 
what matters most."  
-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf         

Look to the Light

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's That Time!

Well it may, in fact, be a bit past that time.... so I suppose it's time to quickly send out Christmas cards

Since we are an official family of three this Holiday Season I really want to send a classy Christmas card to our many friends and family members living far away from us. Things always seem so busy and hectic, and I can see why it's often easier and simpler not to have to worry about finding a photo, printing one you like, finding cards, stuffing envelopes, etc. 

What better way to keep things simple than to have your card and photo all-in-one!

 Shutterfly is doing a Holiday card promotion for 50 free photo cards! I heard of this promotion from a few of my blogger friends, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity! Shutterfly has hundreds of cards to choose from, on cardstock or photo paper, with flat or folded options.

The hardest part will be choosing one because they are all so lovely

I was also happy to know that they also make personal calendars, thank-you cards, photo mugs, and other stationary

I'm excited to see Baby's chubby cheeks on one of these great cards. I'm excited to save our first family Christmas card for Baby and future children to see. I am excited to "join the ranks" with the official families who send Christmas cards. :) I'm excited to send them to my grand-parents, parents, aunts and uncles, best friends and siblings. 

I'm excited not to have to run to Kinko's to print off pictures. I'm excited not to have to drag Baby to Target and look through boxes of smashed Christmas cards while avoiding crowds of people and shopping carts. I'm excited not to have to buy 4 boxes of cards just to have enough to send! 

Thank you to the friends who shared this promotion! 


Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 1

Day 1-Recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

1. I actually don't really find myself interesting at all. In fact, I would say I'm quite dull. Oh but I don't mind. I will be the first to admit I'm a rather boring person.

2. I enjoy listening. I'm not shy, but I am quiet. I don't really care to talk much. I'm usually not the first person to start a conversation, and it's often hard for me to keep one going. My husband is one of the few people who might tell you that I actually like to talk a lot.

3. I've never broken a bone (knock on wood).

4. In 4th grade a boy in my class punched me in the face. He wouldn't get off the slide, and I wanted to go on it, so I kicked him off. Enough said. 

5. I am the oldest of 10 children. I have 6 "real" siblings, 2 step-siblings, and 1 half-sibling. 

6. As a child I was quiet, imaginative, thoughtful, and obedient. You could probably find me alone in my room, wearing a princess dress, playing house or princesses. I always wanted to obey my parents. I was afraid of getting in trouble or doing something wrong.

7. I have always been a very modest person (especially in my clothing choices). As a little girl I remember crying because I felt so uncomfortable in a dress that showed my collar bones. Seriously. To this day I am always worried about things being too tight, low-cut, too short, and too trendy.

8. I have traveled a lot for dance: Russia, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, and all over the country. 

9. I will gladly skip out on amusements parks, lines, crowds, loud music, horror movies, and crude humor. 

10. I get really angry with myself when I'm late, and I also have a really hard time being patient when others are late. 

11. I've only had 1 "real" job in my life. In high school I danced nearly all day and didn't have time to work. In college my first job was dancing professionally with Utah Regional Ballet. After quitting ballet to focus on school I got my first real job at an organization/retail store. I also designed closets for people. The next, and only other, jobs I've had have been teaching dance. 

12. My first kiss was at age 18, after high school, and it was a dare.

13. I really like to vacuum. That's all I wanted for Christmas one year in college.

14. I like grapenuts in yogurt. 

15. According to one personality/color test. I am 45% white, 50% blue, 4.999% red, and less than 1% yellow. Yes, I told you I was boring! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Something New

A friend of mine found this idea from her sister, and it looked like a great way to change things up. I'm always looking for new things to blog about. I will probably do it over more than 30 days; with some different posts in there too. I will also probably use these ideas more as guidelines and inspiration.


30 Day Challenge
Getting to know me.

Each day of the month, write a blog post according to these guidelines:

Day 1-Recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 2-The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 3-A picture of you and your friends
Day 4-A habit that you wish you didn't have
Day 5-A picture of somewhere you've been
Day 6-Favorite super hero and why
Day 7-A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 8-Short term goals for this month and when you'll accomplish them
Day 9-Something you're proud of in the past few days
Day 10-Songs you listen to when you're bored, happy, sad, mad, hyped
Day 11-Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12-How you found out about blogger and why you have one
Day 13-A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14-'A picture of you and your family
Day 15-Put your ipod or shuffle on-first 10 songs that play
Day 16-Another picture of yourself
Day 17-Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18-Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19-Nicknames you have and why you have them
Day 20-Someone you see yourself marrying or being with in the future
Day 21-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22-What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23-Something you crave for a lot
Day 24-A letter to your parents
Day 25-What I would find in your bag
Day 26-What do you think about your friends
Day 27-Why you are doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28-A picture of you from last year and now-how have you changed?
Day 29-In this past month, what have you learned?
Day 30-Your favorite song

Sunday, December 5, 2010


My friend Aaron was one of the dancers in this video.
 I've never seen anything quite like it. 
It's absolutely lovely. 

Thought of You from Ryan Woodward on Vimeo.