We Love Visitors!!

Last week we had a couple of visitors come visit us here in good ol’ Provo, Utah!! Our first pair of visitors was my friend Lucy Ye & her boyfriend Jerry! I met Lucy while I was interning at Hill Holliday in Boston! Lucy is originally from Boston so while I was out there Summer 2014, she showed me around some of the sites like the best ramen restaurant in Cambridge & Six Flags New England!

Lucy accepted a new job at Square in San Francisco so she made the LONG drive from Boston to SF.  She texted me a pic of her google map showing the route & the line went through Salt Lake City! I immediately texted her and told her YOU HAVE TO COME STAY WITH ME IN PROVO.  I don’t know how they drove so fast but they got to Provo in 3 days… CRAZY. They got to provo really really late and luckily we had their room set up with our handy queen air mattress for them. We let them sleep in and Lucy asks “what’s that donut place you are always posting about?!” UH HI. PROVO BAKERY!!!!!  We obviously had to take them there. After some yummy donuts & driving around downtown Provo showing them Center St, the new Provo City Temple & BYU campus we headed back to our apartment to go night skiing!

We went night skiing up at Sundance Resort & it snowed the day before and it was raining in Provo so there was SO MUCH fresh powder.  I’ve never skied or snowboarded in any fresh powder before.  Granted this was my 2nd time skiing.. haha I’m not the best at skiing but Sundance was so much fun and Steven is a good teacher 😉 We skied mostly greens but our last run was a blue and we did it!! I only fell once! After skiing we were STARVED and Lucy & Jerry have never been to In&Out before so we took them there!!

They decided to stay another night in Provo and while Steven & I had school & work, they went to SLC and visited Temple Square! When we got back we drove to the Midway Ice castles! I’ve never driven through a blizzard and in Provo Canyon I could not see the road in front of me.  It was SO scary! I had my hazard lights on and I went like 15 mph.  It was my first time at the ice castles and it was a ton of fun! Cold, but fun!  Going back home was scary also… sooo much snow! I was driving slow but some other cars passed me super fast and 25 min later they drove in a snow bank… SAD. We are so grateful that we made it home safely.  We loved having Lucy & Jerry stay with us in Provo and we can’t wait to hang out them again soon!

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This past weekend we had my stepsister Dana and her boyfriend Cole come visit us! During Christmas, Dana was talking about how she really wanted to go to Sundance Film Festival end of January and when tickets went on sale, I texted her and asked her if she really wanted to come! Luckily, everything worked out and her & Cole came up Saturday night and met up with us at Tower Theatre in SLC and we watched one of the Shorts Program movies. You never know what you’re going to get at Sundance because nothing is rated hahaha Shorts Program is where they compile 5-6 different short movies into one program. The cool thing about the movie was that all of the directors were there to do a Q&A! It was super cool to be there!

After the movie, we made reservations to Market Street Grill because a ton of my friends RAVE about it. But, I wasn’t a big fan.  It was good food but WAY expensive. We ordered the clam chowder and Steven ordered a fish & chips meal.  Dinner was a good time to catch up with Dana & Cole. It was weird actually having her up here because usually she is up here with our parents for a special occasion or something! After dinner, we drove to Park City to walk on Main St. We literally drove through a blizzard to get there but made it there safely! There were a ton of people because it was a Saturday night.  I think I saw someone famous and I think we looked at each other because he was about to get in a black SUV and all of his body guards were like “you good, man?” But, I didn’t recognize his face hahaha

We had so much fun with Lucy/Jerry & Dana/Cole! I’m grateful for amazing friends and family.  It’s crazy how I interned with Lucy in Boston and a year and a half later she’s here with us in Provo! I try and make an effort to not lose contact with people that I meet because you never know if they need a place to stay on their long drives from the east coast to the west coast!! Sorry for the long post!! Thanks for reading!

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XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

 

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Chinese Hot Pots

Don’t know what hot pots are – here’s the definition I found on via Urban Dictionary:

“Can be considered an East-Asian variety of stew. Usually consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table, and several meats, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafoods sitting around it. Food is both cooked and served at the table. Meat is thinly sliced and takes about 15 to 30 seconds to cook. The cooked food is usually eaten some kind of dipping sauce.”

On Thursday, Steven and I went over to our friends Sam & Emily Rosen’s new home for homemade Chinese hot pots! We met Sam & Emily in our ward here at Wyview, but they recently moved out & bought a home in Orem!

Before we got to their home, I made a quick stop to the Asian Market on 500 W by Center St. close to the freeway.  I always drive by that market but I’ve never been in it before! I went in & it just reminded me of home so much.  Growing up, I would always go grocery shopping at Chinatown in Vegas with my mom every week. We would go into soooo many Asian markets for different kind of Asian foods and vegetables. I wish my mom taught me how to cook but my mom always thought it would just be faster if she made it on her own real quick instead of having to teach me (I know.. sad.. hahaha) but, the lady at the Asian market here in Provo told me the same thing! Her mom never taught her how to cook because it’s just easier not to!

So while I was at the Asian market, I wanted to make a type of dipping sauce my mom would always make when she did homemade hot pots in our home.  It was like a peanut butter kind of dipping sauce.  I actually FaceTimed her the whole time and she would show me on the phone what to buy and which ingredients were the right ones. It was actually pretty awesome. I felt this bonding connection that we’ve never shared before.  We both love cooking so it’s crazy that I was just starting to learn how to cook my mom’s Chinese food at the age of 23!! Anyways… I bought Bok Choy, Fish Cod balls, Fish tofu, and thin slices of beef for hot pots at the Rosen’s!

We got to Emily & Sam’s new home in Orem and it’s the cutest place. It’s crazy how much more room they have now instead of Wyview (where we live.) It was fun doing hot pots with them because it was a little mix of USA and Chinese foods. So I brought what was listed above, there was also sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, meatballs, pork, and rice noodles! It was a fun mix! Hot pots are known for socializing – a lot of articles say: “Don’t eat hot pots with people you don’t like.” It’s because you have to socialize while the food is cooking! SMART huh?

It was a fun night with the Rosen’s and we hope to do it again soon! Enjoy the photos!

xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Quick Trip to Arizona!

This past weekend I flew from Provo, Utah to Mesa, Arizona to visit my best friend Lindsay Murray & her family! I bought my tickets on Allegiant a month ago because I just felt like it’s been too long since I haven’t seen Lindsay! But, then we saw her, Luke & Bentley in Coronado, California over Winter break!

I arrived at the Mesa airport Friday night & Lindsay, Luke & Bentley picked me up and brought yummy pizza from MOD Pizza.. YUM! It was a pretty chill night and it was nice to just catch up with all of them.  I love LOVE playing with Bentley.  I don’t think he remembered me from Coronado but slowly he caught on that I wasn’t some crazy Asian lady always wanting to hold him. Lindsay and I stayed up late and just chatted about our lives and how crazy life has been since we were little freshmen at the Helaman Halls together. So, Lindsay and I were roommates Freshmen year at the dorms and then Fall semester at Liberty Square! Then she got married to Luke and now has Bentley!! I’m honestly so grateful for a best friend like Lindsay because without her I don’t know where i’d be without her freshmen year!!

On Saturday, it was honestly just a chill day! We went to run some errands in the morning, saw the new Gilbert LDS temple, fed ducks at the park, picked oranges at Lindsay’s family’s farm and ate dinner at Joe’s Farm Grill! It was an awesome time hanging out with Lindsay and Bentley.

On Sunday, I got breakfast with my friends Nolan and Stephen! I met them at my days at King Henry and now they live in Mesa. It was awesome catching up with them.  I don’t know how I got so lucky in the friend department. I’m also grateful that I’ve kept in touch with so many people throughout my time at BYU.  I was excited to get back to Provo because it was my first time away from my hubby! We’ve been together every day since who knows when!! Now you can stop reading and enjoy the photos!

Xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Lions, Tigers, Bears, OH MY!

Over Winter break, Steven and I went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California! We went with Steven’s sister Kelly, her husband Greg & their kids Ryan and Briella. It was a great day to be at the zoo because all of the animals were awake!

Santa got me a Canon Rebel EOS T5 Camera (Or whatever you call it) for Christmas so I brought my camera to the zoo to take photos of all the animals! It came with a zoom lens so when we got on the tram the photos turned out SO GREAT with the zoom lens. We saw Rhinos, Giraffes (my favorite), Antelope, flamingos and tons of other animals that I don’t remember what they’re called but it was SO COOL. I haven’t been to the zoo since I was a little girl so it was fun reliving those childhood memories.

One of the funniest parts of our zoo trip was when we were feeding the Lorikeets AKA they look like parrots. We bought this $4 nectar so we can feed them and to enter into the Lorikeet cage, you had to go through 2 gates.  One gate had to be closed at all times.  So we entered the first game and since the first gate was opened because more people were filing in the 2nd gate to the actual cage was locked in…. THEN Steven and I just felt this huge drop of something wet and gross and this lorikeet literally just dumped on us!!! I just started screaming and the worker in the cage said “you’re in the wrong place if you don’t want to get pooped on!!” UGH haha it was horrible. But, then we started feeding the lorikeets and got some good photos so then I was fine about that.  We still had to dodge all the birds peeing on the trees. We got out of there fast after feeding them!

Then we saw the gorillas and the baby gorilla was jumping around and playing on the ropes! It was so fun to watch them interact with each other.  It was like one big happy family of gorillas 🙂

The zoo was awesome with Steven and his sister Kelly & her family! You can also pay for more adventures like caravan rides & feed the giraffes, or “roar & sleep” where you can go camping with the wild animals!! One day I want to do that with Steven and our family once we have kids. I recommend going to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park anytime of the year!! Enjoy the photos!

xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

P.S. Sorry for the bad quality photos – the file size was too big and it was taking foreverrrrr to upload so I had to shrink them 😦

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Hello? It’s 2016.

Hi Hi! We are back in good ol’ Provo currently watching Grey’s Anatomy (I’m OBSESSED) and settling back into work life & school life (for Steven).  It’s Steven’s last semester on campus!!! So, I’ve procrastinated on this post because I had no clue what my New Year’s Resolutions are.. Then I read my friend Sarah Tripp’s blog – Sassy Red Lipstick on her New Year’s Resolutions and I loved that she picks a “word” to focus on each year. I started talking to Steven about her blog post and a word that came up that day was CONFIDENCE.

Now, it got me thinking.. I want to have a word of the year too!! (Because I could not think of any resolutions besides reading my scriptures daily)… I thought of this word because when I got back to work on Monday, I said “I’m scared” probably about 3 times to my boss. & I’ve been at my job for almost a year and I don’t know why I was scared! But, I know I needed more confidence in the work place.  Sharing this because #vulnerable and maybe this can help someone too!

Anyways, then I talked to Steven about how I was scared to do certain things at work.. and nothing way bad something like my boss said “Go talk to so and so and ask her about this” and I said “I don’t know her, I’m scared” or something like that! At the end of the day, I was shocked at myself for being scared at doing this little thing and miss an opportunity to meet a new co worker. Then this word CONFIDENCE got me thinking.. that confidence can mean many things for the new year.

Be CONFIDENT in the choices that we make in the near future –

Steven and I have NO CLUE where we’ll be after graduation. & there will be hard choices that we will have to make deciding what jobs to take if we have to move, deciding where to live, and the list goes on.

Be CONFIDENT in the work place

Be CONFIDENT in the gospel

Be CONFIDENT in my relationships with friends & family

So there you go, mine & Steven’s New Year’s Resolution for 2016. I’m confident that this year will be one of the best!! (haha get it?)

Xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson