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These are my Daughters and these are their names

What’s in a Name?

Naming another human has got to be one of the hardest things to do. What if they grow up and don’t like it? (I guess they can change it) What if other people don’t like it? (I’m guilty of judging people for what they call their kids—not their business anyway).

Let me tell you a little story though to preface why I love to hear my kids names spoken by others and themselves.
On March 23, 2012 I received the most devastating news. The baby I was carrying had to be terminated. The baby *girl* was not going to survive. I had just found out about a week prior that she was a girl, and still hadn’t got used to referring to her as she.
The next 36 hours were painful and heartbreaking. It wasn’t real. Except, it was.
I could have waited to name our little angel baby. In fact, perhaps I should have waited to share her name with others. Because it took a very long time (not sure exact time, but probably close to a year or more) to refer to her as anything other than “baby” after the fact.
When I would hear other people say her name before I could, my heart would ache. Thoughts of “Why do they get to say her name out loud when I can’t?” Because I seriously couldn’t. And when I did, it was too much.
Time truly does heal wounds. Eventually, I started referring to her as Olive and even though I can say her name without wanting to crumble, it is still so special to me that I don’t say it often.

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January 24, 2016

Angé’s Milestones
 This week we had a lot of firsts. She turned 10 months too!
 She was babysat for the first time by a real babysitter (aside from Halen and family). She went to story time at the Provo library.
 We are pretty sure she knows the word “Dog”! And she says it when she is around our dogs.

Week 1 of Tidying Up
 I’ve managed to go through all my close but shoes and underwear. Yesterday we took 3 large garbage bags and 1 box to DI. I’m excited to get to the end of decluttering clothing so I can move on to the next categories: books, papers, misc and collectables.
 School is in full swing. I try to keep my head down and push forward. It’s not easy but I’m so close to the end.
 Perry has finished applying for all four grad schools…now we play the waiting game to hear back. We probably won’t hear back on any of them until April or May.
 I wasn’t as active as I wanted to be this week, but it was pretty busy. There is always room for improvement right?
 I can definitely see a difference in my face as result from being more active:

New Semester, New Achievements For Baby, New Insecurities

Well, a new semester begun last week. I am enrolled in 5 classes: PR Capstone,  Business Marketing, Senior Writing, and two online religion courses.

So far. So good. (And yes, I realized its only been the first two weeks)

I joined an indoor soccer team last week. My first game I felt great. I didn’t let a single goal into the net. Last night was a little harder. The opposing team was really fast and there were a few shots where I didn’t do my best as goal-keeper. But, I want to get better and am going to keep a good attitude.

Little Ange’ is getting into everything. She had a lot of firsts this week, some more fun than others: She went to her first InstaCare visit after having a fever for a day and through the night that wouldn’t break (just a pre-infection that we caught before it was too bad). She is totally confident with crawling and today she pulled herself up to her feet for the first time. She also tested out dog for the first time as well…

I haven’t told Perry about that yet.


Two Sundays ago I started working on some goals I wanted to make for 2016. I went pretty in-depth. On the first day of school I had Halen watch Ange’. When I picked her up I mentioned some of these goals to Halen, namely, getting my house organized.

She brought up a Japanese method of where you organize your stuff by category, verses, going room-to-room. This is not the first time I’ve heard of this method. Intrigued–I decided to find what this method was all about.

“The magic of tidying up” aka KonMari method is what it’s called. I spent all last week reading the book and finished it! I had decided that last Sunday I would begin the journey (but I held off because Ange was sick) of KonMari tidying.

There is a methodology that she urges people to follow to the T. It is easy to remember:

Declutter before organizing: Most of us have far more items than we need and can take care of. In order to organize everything in the house, we have to know everything we own! We begin decluttering by category because we often came items from the same category in different places. It is hard to decide what to keep or get rid of if you can’t do the same category all at once. 

When it comes to choosing which items to keep, it can be tricky. Most of us become very analytical thinking: “it would be a waste” “this was a lot of money” “I might wear it again.” But we have to lead with our heart and keep only the items that truly make us happy.

  1. Hold each item in your hand and ask “Does this spark joy?” If it the answer is not an immediate yes then you should probably discard it
  2. If you have a hard time discarding ask what purpose it filled/fills, thank the item for being there when you needed it and discard it.

I have a lot of items–whether it be clothes or miscellaneous– that I’ve formed an emotional attachment with. I worry if I get rid of the item then I will forget the memory that goes with it.

It’s time to make changes. It’s time to be in the present.

When it’s time to organize: Store items vertically, in drawers if possible, so you can always see your items. It’s easy to forget you have an article of clothing if you have put it somewhere you never see. Store items categorically as well so you don’t fall into the trap of accumulating more items.

How to avoid rebounding: Do all the steps I’ve mentioned, but most importantly Make sure everything has it’s own place. 

I am so excited for that one. The idea of knowing where all my items are will save me time! It will decrease stress!

Speaking of other benefits, the author of the book discusses how tidiness can have an effect on other aspects of our life. I really believe this will happen.

In fact, it is already happening. Just by trying to take in some of her methods and way of thinking (thanking my items after I use them everyday, trying to put things back where they belong, etc) has made our house feel more put together. I’ve been able to stay caught up on laundry. I have felt like being home!

I have a long road ahead and it’s going to start on Saturday. First thigns first: blouses, shirts, pants, skirts, jackets, underwear. Then we move onto books, papers, makeup, hair stuff, miscellaneous and then the hardest — photographs, trinkets, collectables etc.

I can do this.


Family trip to Arizona 2014

Halfway stop in Vega, 12/28
We made our first, full family road trip with Ange! We left Utah December 28th nice and early.  Ange was such a champ in the car, with very little crying (despite her teeth trying to cut btw).

We stayed in a condo with the extended Burton family (aside from Lear who is serving a mission in California).

On our first day we went bowling with everyone, Perry smoked us all. Later that night we met with Karen’s family friends, the Knudsens, at the Mesa Arizona temple. It was fun to see all the lights and Ange seemed to enjoy all the colors.

On Wednesday we went to the “Hall of Flame” with Gray. It is a big museum with a bunch of old Fire Trucks! It was really cool to see how they’ve developed over the years and it was just fun to do something different and unique.

On Thursday we went to The Lost Dutchman State Park and did a 2.5 miles hike. Ange did pretty well, but she got pretty crappy and eventually cried herself to sleep. It was nice to be able to be outside in the middle of winter and feel the sun on our faces. Later that day we took Ange swimming, which she LOVED. She showed no fear in the pool.

Daddy carrying Ange on the hike, 12/31
Beautiful hike in The Lost Dutchman state park, 12/31
On Friday me and Perry took a walk and got the chance to talk about life in Arizona, if we decided it as an option for grad school. Arizona is a fun place and it would definitely be a place we could see ourselves living. One fun thing about their cities is that nothings is centralized. You have everything you need in your city. Another great thing is there are a lot of Church members in Arizona so we’d definitely have a community to help us in finding housing and welcome us to a new place.

Friday we got to go swimming again and even submerged Ange all the way, just once. Perry was nervous of me doing this, but I totally believe in getting kids comfortable in the water as soon as possible. If you can create positive experience around the pool it makes them more confident in the water. And, she did great. I blew on her face, put her under and popper her out! She only coughed a little bit but I think it was mostly from shock.

Ange’ loved splashing around, 1/1/15
Ange reaching up to Grandma Burton, 1/1/15
We had a pretty easy drive home. Ange was again a peach. A few times she got fussy I just reached back and held her hand, and that would calm her down.

I can’t believe how much Ange is progressing. During this trip she officially learned to crawl (before she was just doing a little worm scoot thing). While we were waiting for teeth 5 and 6 to cut on the top, she had a third tooth cut through on the bottom! That is almost 7 teeth already!! And just today she pulled herself onto her knees near the couch. The time for baby proofing the house has come.

Playing around with Gray's and Mommy's hair
Playing around with Gray’s and Mommy’s hair

I loved creating memories together on this trip. It really makes me look forward to creating more as a family. I don’t do new years resolutions, but I definitely thing there are things I could be working on, but I’ll leave that for another entry.


ProvoRocks #FindersKeepers

OK so I am a huge Justin Timberlake fan. Not only is he cute, talented, but also hilarious. This is not a post about him..sorry

During his last tour her left #finderskeepers prizes in different places. He posted a photo of the location on Instagram, and then let the fans go and find them!

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And then he would post his fans with the loot, but he would leave a hint to the next place as well. Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 2.25.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 2.25.22 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 2.26.23 PM

It would be really fun to do this with SnapChat. We can announce that #finderskeepers will be going on with SnapChat across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (For Mayor and Provo City) and their Website.

We can use influencers to help announce the contest on their channels, but the hints to the places would be through snap chat. We could give away the limited edition T Shirts that are usually only sold during the Roof Top Concert Series, or other provo swag from businesses.

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We can use iconic place in Provo and have hints as to where it will go next. The Sequence could go something like:

Provo City Art Building
City Hall
Start Up Building – doesn’t Hawaii sound like a nice place to visit?
Hokulia Shaved Ice – no beards allowed
BYU Campus – Stay clean cut
Drew Danbury Barber Shop
Provo High School
Timpview High School
Rock Canyon Park
The Y!

I just need help thinking of clever ways to hint to them!

Reddit Quiz

1) Subreddits are categories on reddit /r/loseit, for example is a subreddit for weight loss tips. It is a way for users to filter categories they are interested in, and avoid the ones they don’t to see.

2) i am a _____”Ask Me Anything” subreddit. Big name celebrities from actors to businessmen have used reddit’s AMA subreddit, including Chris Rock, Will Ferrill, Bill Gates and Daniel Radcliffe to name a few. I actually read through some of theirs and I can hear their voices in the text. They’ve been getting more news because they’ve been filming these people as well.

3) A) Don’t just jump in right away with testing out the waters. Users are scored just as much as posts, if you get downvoted as a user you will be discredited and be lost into the oblivion. B) Take a day or two just looking through reddit before trying to make posts. 3) Use material from your website, but “redditfy it”.

4) I don’t remember exactly, but I know that it supports the redditt financially. Is it a way to become a subsriber? There were a lot of terms .