Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best of 2014

Albums I Bought in 2014:
  • Alex and Sierra: It's About Us
  • Eric Clapton and Friends: The Breeze
  • Into the Woods
  • Lea Michele: Louder
  • Maroon 5: V
  • The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 2
  • The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1
  • Pentatonix: That's Christmas To Me
Best Books I Read in 2014:
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Best Movies I Saw in 2014:
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  3. Fault in our Stars
  4. Edge of Tomorrow
  5. Captain America: Winter Soldier
  6. Frozen 
  7. The Book Thief
  8. Saving Mr. Banks
  9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
Best 2014 Songs:
  • Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
  • Break Free by Ariana Grande
  • Fancy by Iggy Azalea
  • Somethin' Bad by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
  • Scarecrow by Alex and Sierra
  • Stay with Me by Sam Smith
  • Problem by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea
  • All about that Bass by Meghan Trainor
  • Happy by Pharell Williams
  • Love Runs Out by OneRepublic
Best TV Shows I Watched For the First Time:
  • Chuck
  • The Fosters
  • Gotham
  • Greek
  • Happy Endings
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Marry Me
  • The 100
  • Red Band Society
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


We decorated the house for Christmas.

We drove around Layton Park, looking at the lights.

I made some icicle ornaments out of an old garland.

We went to the Ward Christmas Breakfast. We had ham, hashbrowns, danishes, and fruit.  They had the primary children sing carols as the entertainment.

I made 11 loaves of Cherry bread with a cherry almond glaze for our neighbors as gifts.

We drove past the Ogden Park Lights and little decorated houses.

We went to the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City.

We drove past the Municipal park in Roy.

The sister missionaries came over to our house for dinner.  I made chicken, baked potatoes, rolls, and peas.  Dad cooked a caramel apple pie for dessert. 

Each night in December, we read a short story from these books, Christmas Classics: A Treasury For Latter-Day Saints and A Christmas Treasury for Latter-Day Saint Families.

On Christmas Eve, Ryan and Sara flew into town. We had our usual Christmas Eve Feast.  I made peanut blossom cookies, strawberry jello salad,  deviled eggs, lil smokies, shrimp, chips and dip, crackers and a cheesball.  We watched the movie, The Family Man.

Thursday was Christmas.  I got Dad a gift card to Harbor Freight tools.  I got Mom some of her favorite movies on DVD, and a plush snowman. I got Neve a red plaid dress and some roller animal toys. I got Ryan some restaurant gift cards and one of his favorite Christmas movies on DVD. I got Sara a cobalt blue necklace and a gift card to TJ Maxx. Mom and Dad got me some clothes, pillows, jewelry, headphones, and gift cards.  We had ham, funeral potatoes, rolls, and asparagus for dinner.  I made a pumpkin pie for dessert.  We walked around the christmas village in Ogden and drove past Roy municipal park.

On Friday, Ryan went snowboarding.  We took Sara shopping for some clothes for Neve.  We went to City Creek and had dinner at Blue Lemon.  Ryan's friend, Josh met us there.  We walked around Temple Square and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.  


On Saturday, Mom and I went with Ryan and Sara to Park City.  We went to the Tangier outlets.  We had our annual family Christmas party at my dad's office building.  We were in charge of the party this year.  We cooked two turkeys and a ham for sandwich meat.  We played a candy cane game.  We guess numbers to win a bowl made by Uncle Keith.  We played a white elephant game with trading gift tags.

On Sunday, I made turkey enchiladas for dinner.  We watched the movie, The Proposal.  

On Monday,  We went to Crown Burger for lunch.  Dad took Ryan and Sara to the airport so they could fly home.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Lights

Places which have my favorite Christmas light displays or giant trees:

  • The Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City:

  • City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah:

  • Layton Park in Layton, Utah

  • Ogden Park in Ogden, Utah:

  • Roy Fire Station and Park in Roy, Utah:

  • Station Park in Farmington, Utah:

  • Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah:

  • Trolley Square in Salt Lake City:

  • Downtown Disney in Anaheim California:

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines:

  • Pier in San Francisco:

  • Cozumel:

  • Carnival Cruise Lines

  • Santa's Enchanted Forest in Miami, Florida:

  • Disneyland in California: