Valentine’s Day 2016

Valentine’s Day is one of my FAVORITE holidays. I was so excited because it was my year to plan it! My best friend Lindsay and her husband Luke would always switch off because it wouldn’t be fun if just the husband planned it EVERY single year!! So we decided to copy them since Steven planned last year’s V-day.

If you know me… I love planning things ahead of time.  Since Valentine’s was on a Sunday this year, I planned everything on a Saturday. So keep reading to see what we did!

In the morning, I picked up some of our favorite doughnuts from Provo Bakery and ordered the ones that spelled out “I love you.” I definitely surprised Steven because he thought they were just normal assorted doughnuts!!

Steven surprised me with a HUGE 4″ teddy bear, yummy yummy chocolate caramels and the cutest love letter. I know everyone always says “Why is Valentine’s different than any other day with your companion??” Obviously, I love Steven every day but I feel like with holidays like Valentine’s Day you can just go over the top and be as cheesy as you want!

Around 1PM, we went to Steven’s niece’s 5 year old birthday party at a gymnastics gym and it was so fun! So many little 5 year olds jumping around everywhere. After the party, I planned a couples massage at Art of Massage.  It caught my eye a month ago because the couples massage came with a chocolate buffet!! So, we got there and it’s just in a little basement in someone’s house.  We kinda awkwardly waited until the other couple finished but once we got in the massage felt sooooooo great. & the chocolate buffet? HEAVEN.

Obviously, dessert before dinner right? So after the chocolate buffet I had a reservation for us at La Jolla Groves at the Riverwoods! We try not to eat out a ton and when we do we try to go all out. La Jolla Groves was on point that night & we ate everything on our plates haha! Our Valentine’s Day was such a great day. It was relaxing and everything that I planned worked out!

For the real Valentine’s Day – we went to church and then made a TON of sugar cookies to give out to people in our ward. It was difficult making the sugar cookies because the dough was SO STICKY but somehow with lots of flour, we did it!! It was fun running around our apartment complex giving the cookies out 🙂

Until next time everyone… Next year Steven is planning Valentine’s!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Happy Birthday Cambri!!!

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We made SO many cookies for people in our ward. So fun though!

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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

Christmas in Carlsbad & Las Vegas

Our first “married” christmas together! Steven and I left Provo Wednesday, the 23rd and headed south to sunny Las Vegas, NV! We spent 2 days with my family before heading down to Carlsbad! It was nice because my mom and stepdad made an effort to actually have some sort of “Christmas” at our house for Steven.  Growing up, we would always have a Christmas tree but not a lot of presents under the tree because my parents would just give my brother and I money in a Chinese Red envelope. My parents worked the graveyard shifts at the Casinos so they were always asleep Christmas morning.  (I know, so sad..) Anyways, we brought gifts for my family and my family had gifts under the tree for Steven and I! We had the chance to open our gifts on Christmas Eve and it was a ton of fun! It was a special time for me especially because my parents put the effort in to make sure we had a Christmas in our home before we left for Carlsbad. My mom really loves Steven and it’s tender to see that I married the right guy who loves my family and vice versa!

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(That’s Shark Fin… A Chinese delicacy… worth $2,000)

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We also had the chance to spend time with my baby brother George, my dad and my stepmom Sandy! We had a huge FEAST at their home with Sandy’s family as well. After spending time with my dad’s family, we went to Erick Yamagata’s annual family Christmas party.  They are basically like my second family and every year i’ve gone to their family Christmas party! I brought Steven (Obviously) & introduced him to everyone of Erick’s family. I’m glad Erick & Tricia could get to know Steven better!

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Christmas Day –

We left Vegas and drove South another 5 hours to Carlsbad, CA where Steven’s parents live! We got to open presents with his family and it was a ton of fun seeing his nieces & nephews open their gifts! The BEST gift that was given was fart silly putty. hahaha you press your fingers down into this putty stuff and it makes a loud fart noise.  The kids were going crazy and Steven’s dad bought it for $.99 at the dollar store!! Also, Steven’s family stays in their Christmas PJ’s all day for Christmas.  But, when you’re married you buy your own PJs and Steven forgot about that so… sweatpants & leggings for us hahaha next year we’ll get matching PJs.

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(Steven’s dad in his Darth Vader ONESIE LOL)

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(I helped Ethan, Kylie & Lexi make their gingerbread house!)

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(First Christmas with my husband was perfect.  I can’t wait for many more!!)

I love love spending time with both of our families. I’m grateful for this Christmas season that reminds us of what matters most in life & how we can spread cheer to everyone that we see! Check out this AWESOME video and I hope you all have a great holiday break with your families wherever you may be!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson