I love you (x 26)

Today is my husband’s 26th birthday! So here are 26 things I love about Steven Burk Johnson –

  1. Steven is SO passionate about everything!
  2. Steven is a hard worker in everything that he puts his mind to.
  3. I love that Steven loves sports (especially basketball)
  4. I love that Steven lets me be ME and doesn’t judge me when I talk in my baby voice.
  5. I love that Steven is kind to everyone!!
  6. I love that Steven is not a picky eater
  7. I love that Steven is close to his family (One of the reasons why I wanted to marry him)
  8. I love that Steven works so hard in his church callings
  9. I love that Steven likes to set goals
  10. I love that Steven likes to cook with me and cook for me 😉
  11. I love that Steven is the cutest uncle with his nieces & nephews
  12. I love that Steven goes to bed as the same time as me (10PM because i’m an old lady)
  13. I love that even though we are sometimes soooo tired to read scriptures, he reminds us that we need to at least a couple verses before we go to bed.
  14. I love that Steven doesn’t get mad when I knee him in the butt when we are sleeping hahahah
  15. I love that Steven treats my best friends as if she was his little sister he’s trying to protect
  16. I love that Steven pushes me everyday to keep going with my small cake business
  17. I love that Steven is creative and has an entrepreneurial mindset
  18. I love that Steven prays with me every day and night
  19. I love that Steven makes me laugh until my stomach hurts
  20. I love that Steven can “pivot” when things unexpectedly happen to us
  21. I love that Steven is so cuddly 🙂
  22. I love that Steven watches Grey’s Anatomy & How to Get Away With Murder with me
  23. I love that Steven dances with me in our little tiny kitchen
  24. I love it every time Steven sings in the shower
  25. I love that Steven is so loving and will jump at every opportunity to help someone in need
  26. I love that Steven will be my eternal companion forever and ever ❤

So we just got back from a little trip to Moab! A long time ago, Steven told me that he’s never been! I couldn’t believe it because he LOVES hiking. So I booked us a hotel and we were on our way to Moab.

We got to our hotel (Comfort Suites) and it was SO nice.  We were so tired of driving and it was so great to get to a hotel that is so clean and we had a king bed. (FYI we sleep on a queen bed right now and a king makes ALL the difference) The last time we were in a hotel was at our honeymoon and it felt like a 2nd mini honeymoon! We ordered Paradox Pizza and they delivered it to our room and we literally ate pizza in our bed.

Today we went to Arches National Park and ended up buying an annual pass for all the national parks in the United States so that’s pretty cool. We hiked Delicate arch and Landscape arch… so fun!! The hikes were pretty easy (which i love) and it was so fun to see Steven’s face when we got to the arches. Also, the drive is soooo pretty at the park.

I’m grateful that Steven was born 26 years ago! I’m excited to see what this year brings for the both of us and to see where we are. We’ve been talking about our future a lot and we honestly have no clue where we’ll be in 3 months – it’s all a blur to us.  So stay tuned on what we are doing in the next couple of months!! Happy Birthday Steven, I love you!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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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!

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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Coronado, California

Yesterday, we had the chance to explore Coronado, California with our friends Lindsay and Luke Murray! Oh and we can’t forget Bentley! (I love that cute curly haired kid.)

We drove from Carlsbad to Lindsay’s Grandpa’s condo right by Hotel Del Coronado and the view is AMAZING from their condo. Lindsay’s sister Mary and her husband Zack and their baby Stella were there also. It was nice to catch up with everyone! The last time I saw them were at our wedding and that day was so busy that I barely talked to anyone! Steven is the sweetest for letting us go visit them in Coronado because I get to see Lindsay in 10 days hahaha in Mesa!!

Luke ordered a HUGE pizza and we caught up more. For all of those who don’t know Lindsay, she’s one of my very best friends. We met at BYU during the fall of our freshmen year.  We became roommates at Helaman Halls winter semester and it’s been Lizzie & Lindsay (and 6 chicks) ever since!!! Lindsay got married to Luke in 2011 so she’s been married forever now but we’ve still been friends with everything that has happened in our lives. If only we moved to Mesa then our kids could grow up together hahaha

After pizza, Lindsay, Luke, Bentley, Steven and I took a lonnngggg walk to the dog park at the end of the beach and it was a ton of fun catching up with Lindsay and looking at all of the cute beach front houses. We got to the dog park and there weren’t that many dogs because it was raining but it was fun seeing Bentley get licked by all the dogs!!

We walked back to the condos in the rain and it was just an awesome day with some of our great friends. We are definitely thankful for great friends like Lindsay and Luke who will always be lifelong friends to us.

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(Their amazing view from their condo)

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(Sorry for the overload pics on Bentley, I just love this little guy)

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(Hotel Del Coronado… Can we stay here one day Steven?)

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(Love her! From freshmen roommates, graduating together, marriage and a baby!!)

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#CoupleGoals

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(Looking for the dogs)

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(What a hottieeeee)

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(Carrying Lindsay’s baby bag and walking away from me saying.. “I am not INSTAGRAM HUSBAND)

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

Our Wedding Day

Okay, so it’s been exactly 4 months since our wedding day! I know I know… I’ve procrastinated. Please forgive me.

If you follow me on Instagram or you are my friend on Facebook, you’ve already seen a LOT of photos from our favorite day ever. Also, this is my first post on this new blog.  My New Year’s Resolution is to be consistent for an entire year on this blog! I know if I am consistent in 2016 it’ll help me later on in years to come.  Yes, this is my 3rd blog but I have a feeling this will be my best blog yet!

I’m focusing on a “lifestyle blog.” Yeah yeah… Lifestyle.. that can be anything right? My main focus is on my family, the adventures we go on, the food we cook in our home, and whatever I want my life to be hahaha I’m starting this as like my online journal for Steven & I. If it gets big, then yay! If not, totally fine.

So on to our wedding day! Wow. I can’t believe it’s been 4 months already. Time definitely goes by fast when you get to spend everyday with your best friend. Steven and I got sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on August 22nd, 2015. A day I want to relive over and over.

The day before we took bridals and did the “first look” photos at El Matador State Beach in Malibu, CA.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and it was SO MUCH FUN! Some of my favorite photos are from the beach. That night we had our really relaxed rehearsal dinner at one of Steven’s groomsmen’s home in La Cañada, CA.  After the rehearsal dinner, Jaime, Emilee, my photographer Hunter, My make up girl Tiffany, and My videographer’s assistant stay in my teeny tiny but cute hotel room.  I got to share my last night being single with some of my best friends though!

August 22nd, 2015 –

I woke up SO EARLY because our sealing time was at 9:30 – AKA you had to be at the temple an hour AND A half before it started so 8AM. I woke up around 5:45AM, showered, blow dried my hair (which takes forever), and woke up Tiffany to start doing my hair & make up! Thank goodness for best friends who bring you breakfast from the hotel kitchen AND blow dry your dress from you since they washed it the night before to get all the sand out. If you could see the sight of our little hotel room, you would die laughing. Steven came to pick me up and it was all getting SO REAL. Like I was getting MARRIED. Seriously mind blowing.

Steven and I got to the temple and I met up with Sis. Paul (Meagan Paul’s mom who’s like my 2nd mom) because she was my escort throughout the sealing and helped me in the Brides-room to get ready! This was my first time inside the Los Angeles temple and it’s just so BIG and so beautiful.

Our sealing was amazing.  Words can’t even describe the feelings that I had when I walked in the room and saw all of my closest family and friends. Funny story: I started tearing up and when I blinked… it was like BOOM. Black makeup just running down my face. I guess my makeup girl forgot to put waterproof eyeliner on me lol oops. I looked like a wreck.  But, thankfully Steven wiped those tears away so I wouldn’t get black on my dress.  It was a perfect PERFECT sealing.

After the sealing, Sis. Paul was helping me get ready and I put my wedding dress on and I was so excited!! But, all of my makeup was ruined! Tiffany, my makeup girl wasn’t endowed yet so she couldn’t go inside the temple but luckily she gave all of her makeup to Kari and she saved the day! Thank you Kari! Steven and I were supposed to be the first couple to come out but since i took forever to get ready, we were the last couple (there were 7 couples I think?) Luckily, we went last because that means more time on the stairs for family pictures!

The temple workers were so friendly and when it was our time to step out to see all of our family and friends.. they said “Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Johnson!!” We came out of the temple doors and it was like one big party!!! Oh man, I loved seeing everyone I knew outside the temple! The first person to hug me was my mom.  She looked so happy and that’s when I knew I just did something right! Since my family are not members of the church, they were not able to go inside the temple to witness my sealing.  They patiently waited outside and I greeted all of them with big hugs.

Then we took photos.. lots of them.  Hunter was so fast and efficient that we were done with family photos in minutes! Then we took bridesmaid & groomsmen photos. Also props to Hunter for working with 14 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen! it was a huge party! I’m glad I had that many bridesmaids because when are we all going to be together in one place ever again? I love all of those girls so much!

Steven and I took Bride & Groom photos around the temple and it was so fun just being newlyweds! I’ve dreamed about this day my entire life and I can’t believe it was happening! After the temple, we went to Diddy Riese so Justin can film us eating our favorite dessert! When we got there our friends were already there! As we were walking out of Diddy Riese, the pizza place next door – Pieology were in aww that we just got married! We went inside because Hunter & Tiffany went and got pizza and they were like “We are so glad you came in!!! Here, come.. order a pizza, it’s on us!!” Tender mercies because we were STARVING! and they were so fun! We took pics with them in the kitchen and got to make our own pizza!!

After Pieology,  we drove to Vista Hermosa Natural Park because of the great views of the city. It was a little hike up to this bench where it’s the best place to take photos and film.  Google did not lie and the view was breathtaking of the city.  Steven and I were kinda tired and it was really hot so we were only there for about 30 minutes. Then we were on our way to our ring ceremony!!

Our ring ceremony was located at the same backyard our reception will be.  We got there and the caterer was still setting up so we had time to freshen up and relax before the ring ceremony.  The backyard looked AMAZING by the way.  It was everything I pictured.  Black & white stripes, lots of colors, flowers, everything was what I wanted. The ring ceremony was supposed to start around 5:15 because the reception was at 6PM.  We only invited our close friends and family because we wanted this to be more intimate.  But, my dad was running late!! So we decided to have my stepdad walk me down the aisle.

The ring ceremony was perfect.  it was what my family needed to see to know for sure that we actually got married since they couldn’t go inside the temple.  I’m really glad we had a ring ceremony because it made our non-member friends participate in some type of wedding event. Steven and I told each other why we love each other and yes, I cried.  I always cry lol

The Reception –

The reception was so fun!!! We had a pasta bar, crepes, mini doughnuts on top of shot glasses of milk, photo booth, lots and lot of dancing! So many of my friends from high school came and it was so great to see all of them! It was like a mini reunion. I loved dancing the night away with steven and all of my friends and family! So many people came from everywhere!! Honestly, i was so shocked but I love everyone that came and the people that I met as well! We had a bubble exit & we were off to our hotel in Pasadena!

Thank you all so so much for making our day so perfect.  We couldn’t have done it without any of you.  We feel so loved and we are definitely blessed to have the most amazing friends and family. It’s been a great 4 months of marriage and I can’t wait for the many more months we get to spend with each other! Enjoy the photos and our wedding video!!

xoxo,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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