Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Bruce!!!

Brookers :)
Today is my cute sisters birthday!
I freaking love this girl.
She is:
So fun
cute
hilarious
giving
kind
loving
awesome mom
honest
loyal
helpful
and one of my very best friends!
She is always there to listen, talk, and give great advice!
I am so grateful for her and for everything she has taught me!
Happy Birthday sis! Love ya!

Favorite Christmas Memory

Christmas is my FAVORTIE holiday!
                     I love EVERYTHING about it!
      Today has been such a fabulous day but there was one major highlight.
I slept at my sisters last night so I woke up and saw her little boys open an early christmas present.
So cute.                        So fun.
                                                    After that, I came home, got ready, and went to breakfast with the fam.
We have a tradition where every year we all go to breakfast at Mimi's Cafe and wear something crazy.
                              Last year was ugly sweaters.
             This is was festive hats.
It was so much fun and definitely one of my favorite parts of christmas!
                   After breakfast I ran to the doctor and then headed to the hospital for a little service activity
Some of my cousins and my sister and her husband went to Costco and bought a bunch of food to take to people who are sitting in the waiting rooms at the hospital.
        My sister had a girl in her ward tell her about this and said it was the best thing she had ever done so we decided to give it a try.
                                            Honestly the best thing I have EVER done.
                        We went to the U of U hospital and headed up to the ICU.
There was a room full of people who were tired, hungry, and so sad.
         It absolutely broke  my heart to see everyone there.
They stared at us as we walked in each carrying a load of food.
                                                                 They all looked so confused.
                  And some of them even looked a little annoyed or upset.
     They didn't get it.
                                               My cousin told them that we were all very sorry for their circumstances but that we wanted to bring them some food and sing them a christmas song or two.
                                                                   A lady looked up with tears in her eyes and said, "seriously?"
             And I was expected to sing at this moment? Yea. Right.
                   Anyone who knows me and my family, you know that we are all VERY emotional people.
No one could sing.
       We all just stood there, crying. Smiling. It was the best feeling.
    They were all so happy.
We left and went to a second waiting room.
                          There were two families there. And they too were so confused when we walked in.
    They asked us who sent us and where we came from.
                                             They had both just recieved the news that the people they were there for hadrecieved lungs for a lung transplant so they were all so happy. So grateful.
             It was so exciting. They had been waiting for so long and we, in a way, got to celebrate that miracle with them.
                                              We stopped at one more waiting room.
So sad.
     It was a burn unit.
Enough said.
                                            There was one family there.
They were all so sad. and looked SO exhausted.
As we walked into the waiting room and set everything down on the tables, a lady walked in and said. "Sorry we will move our stuff out of your way so you guys have room too."
                    It was so sad.
     We explained to her what we were doing and her daughter walked in and they just sobbed.
The feeling there was unlike any other.
So sad, but yet so happy.
      I have never done something so rewarding in my life.
I could've done it all day.
                                    It was by far my favorite Christmas memory.
                      These people are going through some very hard times. I can't even imagine how are feeling, but yet they are so grateful for everything they have.
                      I want to be just like them. All of them.
                                                                                                         This opened my eyes so much.
                                                 I learned so much from this experience.
It's about serving.Letting someone know you care.Being gratefulBeing humble.Cherishing every moment.   Realizing how much you have.Smiling.Looking out for others.Feeling.Listening.Understanding.Its about giving.
It's Christmas.
If you are wanting to start a new tradition for you and your fam, I would highly recommend it.
                    The night ended with a birthday dinner for the sis at Asian Star, gingerbread house contest, and opening new pajamas. :)
                                                          Now time to get a little shut eye so Santa can come!
                           I love this time of year.
Merry Christmas!!!! :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Simply Lemonade.

Mmmmm.
I am addicted.
I have a major "not drinking" problem.
I NEVER drink water... or anything else.
Because of this, I get super bad headaches on a daily basis.
So the other day I decided to go to the gas station during work and pick out a drink that I had never tried before.
SIMPLY LEMONADE. (The raspberry kind.)
It is now my very favorite thing ever.
I now tend to have a problem with drinking "too much" ever since I discovered this great invention.
If you are in the mood to try something new,
or you want a good, refreshing drink,
I HIGHLY recommend it. :)
Mmmmmmmmm.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Golfing :)

Yesterday I went golfing for my first time..
Jared Hansen, one of my good friends, promised me three years ago that he would teach me how to golf.
So.. yesterday was the day and it. was. sweet :)
We went to the Murray golf course and because Jared used to work there, we played for free and they let us drive their sweet new cart!
I have been to the range a few times with some of my family and some friends and i've never really gotten into it but i LOVED it yesterday!
I NEVER thought I would say that!
My brother-in-law is a huge golfer and I have never understood the excitement!
It seems so...boring. And way too quiet for me but yesterday was the first time I have been able to somewhat understand...:)
I decided after we finished that I just might be changing my profession ;)
Ha! I wish.
Anyway, it was bomb.
Thanks Jared for takin me!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Love to See the Temple...

Lately, I have had such a strong desire to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead.
Last saturday I decided I was going to go but things just kept getting in the way.
Different things came up, I was tired and wanted to sleep in, I didn't know exactly where my recommend was, blah blah blah.
As I started thinking about this I realized that I couldn't let someone stop me from doing this.
My desire started out strong and it was going to stay that way so that was my decision. I was going.
I woke up to my alarm so frustrated and down.
I had the WORST dream.
I had a dream that I went to the temple and everything possible went wrong.
I choked on my gum while I was saying the prayer.
My clothes were to small.
I tripped down the stairs.
A guy was upset with me.
EVERYTHING! And I didn't understand! I was so discouraged!
I decided to get up and go anyway (thanks to Corbin) and it was the best ever.
I was so happy there. It felt so right. COMPLETELY opposite from my dream.
Ever since then I feel like I hear about temples so often and I know there is a reason for that.
I was talking with my grandparents about the fact that Corbin will be going through the temple soon and I am the only one in my family who won't get to go. It made me feel a little sad but my Grandpa said, "Just think, when you go through everyone will get to be there with you."
So cool! It made me so excited.
The thing that stood out to me the most about temples and testimonies of temples took place last Thursday.
I was babysitting my nephews, Lincoln and Carter. 
Brooke had told me earlier that day that when she was driving home, she could hear Linc quietly singing, "I  Love to See the Temple."  so cute!
When I was taking them home, I could hear little Linc singing so I turned down the radio and sure enough, "I Love to See the Temple."
I didn't want him to know I was listening because I knew if he did he would stop so I acted like I wasn't but my heart melted. Completely.
This 3 year old little boy strengthened my testimony so much.
That night I was helping Brooke put them to bed so we asked Linc to sing us that song.
He got so excited and he sang the whole song :)
He would finish and say, "hey carli, do you want to sing it with me?"
We sang it over and over and over.
It was definitely one of my most favorite memories with this little one.
We were lucky enough to get it on camera...highly recommend you watch it!

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I love this little boy. He is such a stud and already as such a strong testimony. It's so cute to hear him ask questions and get so excited about the temple! Thanks little Linc for being such a great example to me!
I am also so grateful for the temple and the opportunity I have to serve there!  I'm grateful for the blessings that come from that and all of the amazing examples in my life!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Erica Virginia Pitts and the USU weekend!

Erica and I were great friends off and on through middle school and high school. We had our rough times but she is freaking adorable, so funny, so nice, and I absolutely love talking to her!
We have both wanted to go to Utah State F O R E V E R because both of our sisters went/ go there and it didn't work out so well for me but she's there and lovin it!
We just talked for the first time in a long time a few weeks ago and this weekend she came home friday and was going back up to Logan today so I decided to follow her up and hang out for the weekend! It was so fun driving behind Erica because she danced in her car the ENTIRE way!!! So funny!
It has been so much fun!
I absolutely LOVE it here!!!
We hung out at her apartment with her freaking cute roomates (April, Ashlee, Shacy, and Brittney! Love them!) for a while, went to the marketplace to see some high school friends, went to the aggie basketball game (they beat SUU!! yes :)) and then went to Wingers to eat and say hello to shacy!
After that I went to see my cute sister and then back to ericas.
It's been sooooo fun! I wish more than anything I lived here so I could party with all of these cute girls!
Thanks Erica for letting me follow you up and stay at your apartment! It's been so fun and I love ya to death! :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

You Raise Me Up.


The title says it all.
Life is hard.
Harder than it has ever been.
Satan has never worked so hard.
I have never had to make so many decisions, decisons that will shape my life.
And I don't know how I could do it without my Savior. My best friend.
The one who is always there for me.
The one who loves me, unconditionally.
The one who is real, so real.
The one who hurts when I hurt, who smiles when I smile.
The one who knows and understands me.
The one who will never give up on me, who has faith in me.
The one who accepts me for who I am and for what I want to become.
The one who gives me trials to make me stronger.
The one who blessed me with the most amazing parents and family.
The one who gives me never ending chances.
The one who forgives.
The one who keeps me holding on.
The one who holds on.
The one who lifts me up when I am down.
The one who watches over me.
The one who blesses me everyday of my life.
The one who I can talk to anytime, anywhere.
The one who always listens.
The one who believes, in me.
Thank you. Thank you for your never ending love. Thank you for helping me through these tough times. Thank you for never giving up on me, and thank you for giving me strength when my own is not enough. Thank you for the countless chances to be forgiven and to become a better person. Thank you for making me strong and for understanding. I could never do this without you. Thank you for being so real and so true. Always.
I love you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Little Marriage Hungry.



Okay before you get too stuck on the title this is a temporary thing. VERY temporary. Marriage is really not something I am looking for anytime soon but today has just been one of those days where I've heard and seen so many things that just make me want to find a man... thee man and live happily ever after. :) Blogs, facebook, newly weds, ahhh!! I am a little jealous. I have my wedding all planned out in my head. Ring. Dress. Colors. Hair style. My handsome man. The reception. The temple (of course) The car I want to ride away in (or the carriage :)) The honeymoon. EVERYTHING!! Ridiculous. I know. And It's probably a little pointless that I have it all planned out like this because I'm sure a lot will change by the time I'm ready to get married. but its still fun to dream :) There is no such thing as a perfect wedding without the perfect man. I want my man to match up to...this:
Handsome. 
Funny.
Easy to talk to.
Hard worker.
Honest.
Honorable priesthood holder.
Return missionary.
Dependable.
Loyal.
Respect for women. ALL women.
Good smile.
Caring.
Loving.
Fun.
Loves kids.
Family oriented.
Smart.
Stud. Stud. Stud.
Anyway, you get it. :) I hope i'm not asking for too much! Although I am SO far from being ready to become a wife.. a mother.. Now is the time for me to prepare and become this person so I deserve someone that great! The day will come. One day. For now.. the fairytale will remain in my mind each day when I see that cute couple walking and  holding hands...the fun wedding pictures...Honeymoon pictures... hear the term..Newlyweds...cute little families...the list goes on. oh man. I'm jealousI can't wait!
Hope you all had a great Tuesday!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Zachary David Sharp

Today I had the priviledge of attending my little nephews baby blessing.
Zachary David Sharp is number 13 of the nieces and nephews in our family and he is the sweetest little boy.
The blessing was so special and the spirit was so strong.
This is one thing I look forward to so much with each of the babies that come into our family.
It was so much fun spending the afternoon with family today.
I'm so grateful that this little guy is a part of our family, he is such a blessing and I love him so much!



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The boy got the call.

I know I am a little late with this one and I know you've all heard, but the boy got the call.
Oh man.
Last Wednesday the twin recieved his mission call.
Elder Sharp will be serving the lord for a period of 24 months. (That's TWO whole years people! I'm gonna die.)
He has been assigned to Labor in the Thailand Bangkok Mission.
He will prepare to preach the gospel in the Thai language!
Haha. I can't help but laugh a little everytime I think about that.. the boy.. speaking Thai! I can just hear it!
I am so proud of him and soooooo excited for him but boy am I going to miss him!
Love!
That right there is the definition of a true stud :)

Halloween 2011.

Nerd :)
Me and the Little Pirate :)



Halloween was so great this year! A little school, work, family party, visit with the Grandparents, and hangout with the friends! :) Sorry the pictures are a little boring but I hope you all had a super fun Hallloween!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I just want to know.

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Today has just been one of those days.
So much on my mind.
Happy, sad, angry, excited, content, depressed.
So many emotions.
Life is a blur.
I just want to know.
I want to know where I am going in life.
What's ahead of me
What I am supposed to do.
What is going to make me happiest in life.
I want to know all of it.
Job, school, friends.
Everything.
Anyway, sorry. I just had to let it out.
I hope everyone is having a great tuesday!
Happier post to come with fun halloween pictures :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!



I love love LOVE halloween. EVERYTHING about it! Carving pumpkins, dressing up, eating candy, going to parties, seeing the cute kid costumes, haunted houses, the list goes on!
    When I was a little one I never really cared for halloween but as I have gotten older it's become one of my very favorite holidays.weird. I know.
As I was looking through my pictures from last halloween, I found a picture of me and my favorite Sara Harris at a halloween party :) love it. Hope you enjoy! :)
Anyway, I hope you all have a super fun halloween! Eat lots of treats and candy! Oh, and don't forget to dress up! :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Change.






I had a hard time sleeping last night because I have so much on my mind.
This weekend I had a couple very good talks with different people that I can't get off my mind.
These people are all people I look up to and admire so much.
I want to be like them.
I want to be a trustworthy, honest person.
I want to be an open book.
And right now, I'm not.
I'm ready to be that person and prove myself wrong.
I'm ready to do this because it's what I want and what I need to be happy.
I'm ready.
Right now.
I'm sick of waiting for the "right time" or the "perfect moment".
That "right time" is NOW.
Today.
It's going to take a while for me to make all the changes I need to make but
I am doing it.

Thank you for always being such great examples to me and for making me have this desire to change. Family, friends, I couldn't do it without you.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Playing House: Day 1

My little buddies :)
Yesterday my cute sister Brooke and her husband Derek went on a little trip to Vegas and St. George. I have been able to have the awesome privledge of helping watch their two adorable boys. 
When I was a little one, my favorite thing to do was play "house". I LOVED baby dolls and LOVED to pretend that I was a mom. My dream has finally come true!
 Yesterday after work I went to Brookes house to watch the kids when they left. The kids were both napping so I just hung out for a bit until they woke up. When they were both awake, we played with some toys, packed up the bags, and headed to Grandmas. We ate some McDonalds and then I went to institute for a few hours. When I got home, my mom and I got the kids in their pajamas and then I loaded them in the car and we headed back to their house. We read some books, said prayers and we were ready for bed! 
Carter just turned 2 and he is the funniest little boy ever! When I took him to bed he told me all the songs he wanted me to sing to him. Happy Birthday, Sunshine (You are my sunshine) and Popcorn (Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree) This was my FAVORITE! I would sing each song and then he would sing them. So cute! After we were done singing, I layed him down and he was out! Such a good little boy!
Lincoln is 3 and is such a likeable dude. When I took him to his bed, he asked me to lay by him for a little bit. He told me story after story, gave me lots of kisses, and right before falling asleep he said, "You're my best friend and I love you so much." :) Perfect way to end the night.
I will definitely be writing more about my fun advertures this week! 
Hope today was a fantastic day for everyone! 
P.S. Corbin got his mission call today!!! :) Post and pictures to come :) 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Life is so fragile.


I was trying to find a day that would match this post and the one that was closest is day 25, The person I know that is going through the worst times.
I work for my Dad at Sharp's Tarps doing secretary work. The other day, a customer came in to get his tarp repaired and he wanted it done within a pretty short amount of time. Sometimes I find myself getting a little annoyed with people like this because I feel like they aren't always very understanding as far as priority goes, I feel like they get a little demading,  and i feel like they don't understand that they aren't the only customer that we do work for. I soon realized that it was me who didn't understand priority and that there was a lot more to this situation than I could've imagined. 
 My Dad was working with him and being very patient and told him that we would do our best to get it done as soon as possible. Still having a little bit of a negative attitude towards him, I got his information and he asked me where the nearest store was. He explained to me that wasn't from here, he was actually here from Idaho because his wife was at the Huntsman Cancer Institute going through treatment. Yikes. My heart dropped. I. felt. terrible. Here i was being so selfish and negative towards this man not even realizing what he was going through. My attitude changed immeditately. I let him know how sorry I was for him and his family and he was on his way.
This man came into work today to pick up his tarp repair. My Dad came up front and asked him how things are going. He looked up, red eyes, and said, "Not good. Not good at all. Cancer is a nasty thing. Now i'm just trying to figure out how I am going to tell my family." I broke. I couldn't imagine how he was feeling. He explained that he just had a son return from a mission, a daughter that is married, and a few other children. He told us that they were going to have one more meeting with the Huntsman Center on Friday morning to see if there was ANYTHING else they could do. He sounded so desperate, so sad, so hurt, but he was so grateful. You could tell that he was so proud of her and so honored to be her husband. You could tell that he has faith that he will be able to return to live with her again some day. You could tell that this guy was one very strong guy.
As I watched him drive away I felt so sad for him, my heart ached for him. I wished that there was something I could do to help this man even just a little bit but i realized that this man had helped me so much. He helped me realize the importance of not being so quick to judge, how truely fragile life is,  the importatnce of family and making sure your family knows how much you love and care about them, the importatnce of cherishing small moments and taking everything you can get, the importance of staying strong and having faith even through the hardest times, and he helped me realize how truely grateful I am to have to gospel in my life.
I honestly don't know where I would be without the gospel in my life. I feel so blessed to be a member of the church and to know that I can live with my family  forever. There are so many opportunities each day to do good. There are people all around us who are being tried and tested and it is important that we do all we can to help people in need.
I hope you all are having a great Tuesday! :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Day 1: My Best Friend

Corbin :)


This boy.
This boy has been my 2nd half for the whole 18 years of my life.
He is funny,
loyal,
fun,
honest,
dependable,
a worthy priesthood holder,
a stud,
a utah fan,
hardworking,
loving, 
caring,
mellow,
sensitive,
a good friend, 
and most of all the best twin ever.
He is supposed to be getting his mission call this Wednesday. I'm not too sure how I feel about this yet but one thing is for sure, I have so much respect for this boy. He has been such a great example to me in choosing to sacrifice 2 years of his life to serve the Lord. This boy is going to be one amazing missionary. He has such a strong testimony which brings me to one of my very favorite memories with him.
Ever since we were just little ones, we have gotten up and bore our testimonies in every fast and testimony meeting. Even though he doesn't always want to, the second I get up I can count on this one following right behind me. It has become such a tradtiton to us and the people in our ward that the bishop has joked about not ending the meeting until we get up.
A few weeks ago I went to my sisters ward in Logan and it happened to be on a fast Sunday. When I walked in I began to panick a little bit. How in the world was I going to bare my testimony without this boy? I decided that I better start getting used to it now :( I made sure to text him and remind him to bare his testimony in our ward and I did it in the Logan ward. I was happy to be able to do it but it just wasn't the same. I felt more nervous thatn normal and just.. not the same. I am going to miss this so much! These next few months are going to be some special ones!
Anyway, to sum it all up... I love him, I'm so grateful for him, and I am going to miss him so much but it will be so exciting to write and receive letters! :)
Hope you all have a great Monday! :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Today is the day.

I have wanted to start a blog F O R E V E R.
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Actually, I have had a blog page for about 2 months now and just haven't done anything with it. I guess I keep waiting for the perfect moment to come so I can have something way cool to write about but when I look back I have soooo many things that I could write about and I decided that waiting for the perfect day was just an excuse not to start.
 So friends, here it goes! I want to use this little template as a guideline for things to write about but let me prepare you now, I will most likely not stick with it. I'm kind of all over the place so i'll just write what ever my little heart desires!


Day 1 — Your Best Friend
Day 2 — Your CrushDay 3 — Your parents
Day 4 —Your sibling (or closest relative)
Day 5 — Your dreams
Day 6 — A stranger
Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush
Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend
Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet
Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to
Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain
Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you
Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from
Day 15 — The person you miss the most
Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country
Day 17 — Someone from your childhood
Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be
Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad
Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest
Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression
Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to
Day 23 — The last person you kissed
Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory
Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times
Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to
Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day
Day 28 — Someone that changed your life
Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to
Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror