my fake fall break

California dreaming

actually more like California wishing


guys. this weekend was a dream.

this totally rad California trip was planned the second I found out that I had a Friday off from student teaching in october. it was so awesome to have a little fall break (cough cough BYU get with the program) even though it definitely didn't last as long as I wanted it to.

So anyway, Mike and I started our weekend off at the beach in Santa Cruz. the little boardwalk was so adorable, it looked like a movie scene with all the palm trees and old pastel rides. 

I love beachin it. I mean really you can't hate it. the sun, sand, waves, feels and emotions that connect me with the ocean overwhelm me sometimes. this little beach in Capitola was so nice. we dipped our toes in the water, danced around on the sand, soaked up the sunshine and had a nice German couple take our picture.

our next stop was good old San Francisco.

seriously this view tho.

it was so fun to just have all the time in the world to explore Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf. I had a Princess Diaries moment in the Musée Mécanique with the arm wrestling Luchador game.


and for the record IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY HARD! so props to Queen Clarisse of Genovia for winning that game with grace.

after that humiliating loss, we drove up to Lombard street and enjoyed the prettiest pastel sunset sky as we zig zagged our way out of the city. 

Mike had free movie tickets and so OF COURSE we used them after we left San Francisco. I was so giddy and happy that we had enough time on our hands to go and see an actual movie. dating long distance means that every time we get together--every. single. second. counts. 

but because I flew out thursday night,we felt like we had all the time in the world! it was such a happy feeling going to a movie and guess what? I didn't even pass out the whole time! (it was Dracula Untold so yeah not the best decision on my part.....but yolo)

saying good bye to Mike on sunday was really hard. this was the first time I had to say goodbye because I was the one leaving. (and also driving the 11 hrs back to provo made it a little worse)
but how does that quote go again? smile because it happened or something super cheesy?

well anyway, overall it was a wonderful trip and I'm STOKED to go back again soon!


how to cheer up in 10 easy steps (more or less)

  1. Pray
  2. laugh. make yourself laugh. Look up jimmy fallon or Ads without Context twitter or voiceover vines to help you release some endorphins.
  3. Get someone to hug you for 60 seconds. Make sure it is someone you’re comfortable with because one whole minute is quite actually a loooong time.
  4. Write down a list of all your blessings. It’ll most likely be endless and make you feel guilty for complaining hahahaha 
  5. Buy a new shirt. Retail therapy is real. jk wait--actually don't buy anything until you do THIS to your wardrobe
  6. Eat your favorite thing. Mine is a dang good margarita pizza and a pear. 
  7. Watch the sunset and cry a little. Then wipe your tears, listen to Beyonce ‘Get me Bodied’ and dancewalk your way home.
  8. Reminisce of all the beautiful and wonderful places you have seen and plan the next trips you want to take
  9. Socialize. Or don’t if you don’t feel like it
  10. Get outside of yourself and SERVE SOMEONE
My brother Jefferson uh i mean Elder Brimhall is serving people RIGHT NOW in the Philippines and he sounds way happy so serving others is basically guaranteed to help you cheer up. 
Here's a photo of our whole fam chatting with him before his flight left--our smiles ah! We miss him so much!

going over to Sarah Kay and Derek's apt is my favorite time of day (except for the time of day when I get to crawl into my bed and sleep.....) but anyway!

 I was really sick last week and couldn't come over because even the tiniest germs can hurt Sarah Kay's immune system immensely. so anyway, yesterday I finally got over my cold and headed over to be with my sister!

I love to clean, organize and tidy up their apartment. It makes me feel like I am helping in some small way. I'm their professional maid and I LOVE IT REALLY I DO! not being sarcastic here. serving my family members cheers me up. a lot.
if you wanna know how she's doing read her blog here


inside my iPhone

this weekend we ran up in the canyon.
we picnicked, created flower crowns, made a music video and basked in the colorful landscapes of these gorgeous mountains.