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The Happiest Place on Earth

Now that I’ve finally caught up with life (thank goodness) this is what’s going on!

Last week was a DREAM.  I flew from Vegas to San Diego to meet up with Steven! I had the chance to spend New Year’s with him and his family.  Unfortunately, it went by TOO fast.  His family is SO FUN.

I flew in the morning of the 30th to Sunny San Diego.  & there was Steven, patiently waiting for me at the airport.  I was ECSTATIC to see him.  8 days apart? It was killer. HAHA sorry this is so sappy.  If you don’t care just close this window ASAP. That day we drove forever long to his hometown La Canada from San Diego.  It was a LONG drive because of traffic.  I HATE LA TRAFFIC. But, finally we got to his hometown with his dad, Kim and Steven (Houghton, Kim’s Fiancé).  & it was the cutest town! Obviously, we had to stop at Chipotle since their favorite restaurant Donna Maria’s was not open till later.  But, who doesn’t love Chipotle?! (Craving some right now)

After lunch, the couples separated & Steven drove me around La Canada (I kept calling it a “Hometown” date – Thanks to the Bachelor lol).  His dad is an Architect and he has been designing houses in LA for a while & he has designed the houses that they lived in.  Steven showed me a couple of the houses he lived in when he was in high school & elementary school.  It was pretty sweet to see where he grew up!  Maybe a little too much reminiscing about his basketball glory days, but I love hearing Steven talk about his past and the things that he loves to do.

Before it got dark, Steven drove me to a canyon that him and his friends used to go up to during High School.  It was really cloudy/foggy that day, so you couldn’t see much of a view, but it was cool to be up there with Steven! A couple of weeks ago in Utah, I knew that I was seriously falling for him.  Which is WEIRD because, 1) I’ve never been in love & 2) I don’t even know what love is!! How am I supposed to feel, what it’s like and blah blah blah.  I was freaking out! He’s probably gonna kill me for writing this blog post but, I truly care about him and our relationship.  & I don’t care who knows it.. I’M IN LOVE!!! This is still so crazy to me. So I was going to wait till we went to Disneyland that week and tell him during the fireworks, but I couldn’t help it! It just needed to come out – I couldn’t wait to tell him any longer. & good news everyone – He said I LOVE YOU back! It was absolutely perfect.

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I really wanted a pic on this memorable canyon, but no one else was there to take it of both of us and I hate selfies so… here’s a pic of me. HAHAHA XOXO love ya Steven (also I cut 4 inches off my hair)

That night, we decided to take Steven’s dad out to dinner! We went to The Americana in Glendale & it’s the CUTEST shopping center.  There was a HUGE Christmas tree, lights everywhere, and a perfect setting for dinner at The Americana.  We went to a fancy little Italian Restaurant & it was fun to talk with his dad and get to know him better.  I talked about some things in my life (my conversion story, how I write in my journal everyday, etc).  It was a great night with Steven and his dad!

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The Americana with my babe!

For New Year’s Eve – it was a pretty relaxing day.  One BIG thing that happened was that Steven and I were in charge of dinner for his whole family! We decided to make dumplings because when I was at home for Christmas, my mom taught me an easier/faster way to make them. So here we are making over 100 + dumplings and fried rice for his family! Honestly, it was so much fun! All of his brother-in-laws & sisters were interested on how to make a Chinese potsticker! So everyone was helping out. & guess what? It was a huge success!! Everyone liked them! CHINESE DUMPLINGS FOR THE WIN!! (clapping emojis all around)

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Greg, Steven, Tyler & I making homemade dumplings 🙂

After dinner, we played Heads up & other games before the clock strike midnight for the New Year! It was super fun because Netflix had a thing where they were showing a “fake” kids New Year countdown so they can go to sleep before all of the grown ups. Then it was our turn for the real countdown & I got my first New Year’s kiss!

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Happy New Year Everyone! Hip Hip Hooray for 2015!

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My cute date for the first day of 2015 @ Ruby’s Diner at Oceanside Pier. I love him and his adorable smile 🙂

DISNEYLAND DISNEYLAND DISNEYLAND DISNEYLAND DISNEYLAND!!!! Steven took me to The Happiest Place on Earth!!! & it was his Christmas gift from his parents that he wanted to share with me! We only had the one day park pass to Disneyland but it was so fun! The park was SO crowded though.  His brother-in-law, Greg gave us really good advice on to just have fun and not stressing about all of the rides you have to go on.  Just have fun and explore Disneyland! & he was so right.  We went in with that mindset to just have fun together and we did! We went through the cute Disney stores and took a ton of pics.  We went on Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Teacups, Buzz Lightyear, Haunted Mansion, and It’s a small world. We also ate AMAZING Disney food.  Dole Whip floats are to die for, their beef stew at The French Market in a big Sourdough bread bowl and a Mickey Mouse Pretzel.

We stayed late to see the fireworks and they were AMAZING.  I felt like a little girl so amazed when the castle lit up and they started blowing fake snow on us. hahahah.  Anyways.. Disneyland was so much fun with Steven.  We were miserable at the end because standing all day sucks, but it was so worth it.  At the end of the night, we bought minnie & Mickey mugs & a photo frame to remember this day!

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I love him 🙂

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Post Disney withdrawals back in Utah!!

Thanks for reading this mushy blog post!  I usually don’t open up about stuff like this, so I’m surprised I even shared this blog.. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Do something exciting! Be someone great!!!

XOXO,

Liz

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2014 – Year in Review

Hi Everyone! WOW. It’s been SO long since I’ve blogged on my personal blog.  A lot of things have happened since my half marathon! Instead of writing smaller posts to catch everyone up, I thought I would write my year in review blog post of all of 2014.  I’ll try to make it short & sweet, but 2014 was a BIG year for me.

January – 

Started my LAST first day of school @ BYU!

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I was a Bridesmaid for my best friend Devin’s wedding!! Also, Erich & I set them up on a blind date – so they are forever indebted to us. HAHAHA

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Attended the Sundance Recruiting Fair with my Advertising program and met with recruiters to get a job!

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February –

Traveled to San Francisco for a BYU Basketball game and toured the city with some of my best friends!

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Traveled to Chicago for my Senior Capstone class & worked with Leo Burnett

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If you know me – I love throwing parties! I threw a surprise Waffle Party for my friend Logan for his Birthday!

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Scored an internship at an awesome creative boutique called Super Top Secret as a Production Intern –

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March – 

Backpacked 10 miles to Havasupai with amazing friends!! It was such a cool experience.  I recommend this trip to EVERYONE.

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Planned my first ever “Puppy Party” for my ward.  We rented out 6 puppies from Puppies for Rent and it was a huge success!

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At the end of March, I threw a Mustache themed party for Mustache March!

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April – 

April was definitely a BIG month for me. Lots of exciting things like winning the Redbull DJ contest!! HAHAHA Thanks to my fanz!!!

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The next week, my friends – Emilee, Summer & Kim decided to join the Questival. Probably the BEST decision ever made. A 24 hour race (kinda like The Amazing Race) in Utah to win a Humanitarian Trip to Kilimanjaro.  We did not take this seriously at all until we found out we were one of the top all-female teams in the event.  Wanna know the best part? WE WON!!!!!!! I still can’t believe it & looking back, it was one of the best memories I’ll never forget.

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I met Andy Grammer on my last day of school!

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I graduated COLLEGE!!! WHAT?! CRAZY. #BYU

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The day after graduation – I moved to NYC.  What an adventure!

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May – 

Started working as a Project Management Intern at Young & Rubicam in NYC! I was on their Colgate account.

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Exploring NYC throughout the month of MAY. I miss it every single day.

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Enjoying Grimaldi’s at the Brooklyn Water front. SO YUMMY

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Winning Lottery Tickets to WICKED. AMAZING AMAZING show.

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Doughnut Plant. Just GO.

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The Highline is one of my FAVORITE places in NYC.

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Times Square – (AKA Tourist Central AKA Hell)

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Touring Columbia University!

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Madison Square Eats – We saw Carly Rae Jepson!

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Exploring at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – SO BEAUTIFUL.

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Our coveted 125th Subway stop in Harlem. AKA HOME.

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“Something something IN THE HOUSE!!”

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Bryant Park with my babies

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Manhattan Temple is my favorite.

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Sunday Central Park picnics!

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We waited in line for Once & every time I get “Falling Slowly” stuck in my head.

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Flat Iron District!

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Ballet. Juliard. Lincoln Center. AMAZING.

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ACHMED!!!!! (lol & Kenzie)

DUCK BEACH 2014!!!!!

(CLICK ABOVE TO READ MY BLOG POST ABOUT IT)

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June – 

Attended my first MLB game! GO YANKEES!

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THANKS RICARDO!

Moved to BOSTON! Shout out to Ammon Orgill for helping me move in!

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Kayaking at Jamaica Pond!

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The North End!

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Harvard – we’re smart

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Biking – Charles River

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Started my internship at Hill Holliday as a MAIP Intern in Account Management –

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July –

Won a trip with my friend Brooke Weber through PacSun’s Golden State of Mind Contest! They flew us out to LA and San Francisco for a free trip & shopping spree during 4th of July week!

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Explored Boston, made new friends and just had a GRAND time –

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August – 

Finished my internship and attended the Multicultural Advertising Internship Program Face of Talent in NYC –

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Instead of going to Kilimanjaro, we won our Questival trip to Ecuador!!!! Kilimanjaro had some armed crime going on in the area we were supposed to stay so they re-routed us to a safer place! Kim and Emilee were the best girls to go with. Seriously HILARIOUS moments every single day hahaha OH MY GATO – read Emilee’s blog about the trip!

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September –

I started my full-time job as an Account Manager at Plaid Social where we brand clients on YouTube. It’s been a fun job so far!

My brother Mark got married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! & my whole family traveled to the East Coast for a lil’ family trip! & I celebrated my 22nd birthday in our Nation’s Capital!

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September 25th, 2014 – Went on my first official date with Steven Johnson – AKA my BOYFRIEND. what?  He took me on a drive to Alpine Loop and then to Macaroni Grill.  Let’s just say it was a night to remember 🙂

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Ended the month of September with a road trip to South Dakota! It’s been a much needed trip for Jaime for like 2 years now… so it happened! All the roommates drove to Mt. Rushmore!

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October – 

October is my anniversary month for being baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!! 11 years ago! Don’t forget about this pic 😉

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Running my first Nike Half Marathon in San Francisco!!!! What an AMAZING trip! Read about it here.

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Kari finished her first half marathon & Steven & I took our first Vegas road trip together to visit family!

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November – 

Friendsgiving – Pilgrims vs. Indians!

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My best friend Kristine got married to Roger!!!!! & Lindsay came to visit with her new baby Bentley!IMG_2897IMG_2926

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Spent Thanksgiving in Vegas with both of our families!

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Started a new adventure blog with my best friend, Emilee! We are called The Yesmads. We go out and do so you can too!

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December – 

LIL NUGZ WON THEIR INTRAMURAL FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!!!! I finally won a shirt!

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We love all of our fans!

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My #1 Fan! Steven came to all of my games!

Yesmads adventures at the German Christmas Market, botanical gardens, giveaways, Salem Pond lights & big scones!

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First New Year’s Eve kiss. EVER!

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Sorry for the LONG blog post.  I needed to catch everyone up on everything! If you are still reading – good for you. & you are probably one of my best friend’s that actually cares. But really this post was mostly for me to keep track of everything.  2014 has been an AMAZING year. I definitely grew a ton and learned a lot about myself this year.  I do miss the East Coast every day, but I’m glad to be in Utah with wonderful friends and with Steven.  I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

XOXO,

Liz

P.S. Disneyland was technically beginning of 2015 – but, whatever.  I love this pic and this guy 🙂

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