Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sara Without an H

Someone asked me recently if I still blogged and it got me thinking about this little corner of the internet I claim. I kind of laid off for awhile because my life isn't at all special or significant really so why take the time to try and entertain people? But really, I don't keep this blog for anyone else. I gave up on my journal awhile ago because that darn thing contains far too much whining for my taste and I was frankly starting to bother myself. But this blog here is different, because there's the chance that others are reading it, I am happy on it most the time. Now that's the kind of journal worth keeping. So while I make no promises to revive this baby and have no expectations of anyone really reading it, here's a brief update on Sara Without an H because there has been some serious growing up and changing going on since this thing started nearly 4 years ago.  

  • I'm a college graduate. That time sped by and was a little anticlimactic when all you really get is a piece of paper but as more time passes, it feels like a serious accomplishment. 
  • I'm a little high maintenance and I completely own it. I like what I like and what I like happens to be sparkly most of the time. 
  • I'm a Diet Coke addict. The most sincere gift is a fountain Diet Coke.
  • The Katy Perry Movie makes me cry, every time and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. 
  • While I will always be an east coast girl at heart, I am becoming converted to the west more and more.
  • My Snow family often refers to me as "the princess" and there couldn't be a better nickname.
  • I'm not very brave. It's something I'm working on and don't really show but a little courage goes a long way around here.
  • I really want a tattoo. The likelihood I will ever get one is zilch but something has come over me lately.
  • Life gets harder as you get older, everyone has lied to you that it gets better. But you also get stronger and smarter so you can handle it.
  • I don't wash my hair all that often. Dry shampoo is a girls best friend.
  • I want a puppy so bad I could cry. One day...
  • I'm independent and prefer to take a lot on alone but completely dependent in that I need support to follow through on things.
  • I'm a serious worrier. I love when people trust me with their stories but sometimes it is a lot for me to handle.
  • Lipstick makes everything better.
  • Karma is a real thing. 
  • I never have food at my house. It's a rare occasion when I go to the grocery store.
  • "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
  • My pinterest boards very accurately describe my personality
  • I really love sports actually. I will rarely sit down to watch a game unless I'm with other people but I love it.
  • There are some songs that I love so much I can hardly contain it. "All of me"- John Legend, "Fix You"- Coldplay, "Love on Top"- Beyonce.
  • Which brings me to a favorite saying that Annie O can back me up on- "What would Beyonce do?"
  • Me getting on a treadmill used to be the funniest idea, but it is one of my favorite stress relievers. Ironically so are milkshake runs but they kind of cancel each other out.
  • My life is a mess. It's hilarious actually the laughter that comes from talking about my life. We're all enjoying the joke. Seriously though. 
  • Texting conversations with your best friends bring some of the best joys.
  • Also group texts with my family. Thank you iphone. 
So that's some random collection of facts about Sara Without an H. Welcome back to the blog, at least for this one post. Maybe I'll see you in another few months. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Ever have days that you just can't seem to stop laughing at yourself? That was today... okay wait that's most the time these days. I find myself shaking my head, laughing and uttering "my life..." more often than is probably normal. Today was the epitome of that...

  1. Every Friday Quincy, Katherine and I go to Zumba. I slept through it and forgot so there went our dance party work out.
  2. I then got ready to go to the gym a little bit later, got in the car and on my way decided to stop for breakfast. Then... I went home to eat it. No gym. 
  3. Katherine called to see if I wanted to go to lunch, and I said a quick "yes" once she suggested Chick fil a. I also told her that I had not showered yet for the day so I threw on some clothes and threw my greasy hair into a sweet little bun. Obviously I looked gooooooood.
  4. We ran over to get pedicures where we then quickly bumped them and ruined it. Of course. I blame winter.
  5. Later I decided that it was time for a serious car wash. Of course on the way I stopped at Sodalicious for a dirty Diet Coke. On the way to the car wash I dropped my drink in my lap. Diet Coke EVERYWHERE. We couldn't stop laughing and I couldn't sit down in my seat. So we dangerously continued on our way to the car wash with me basically standing trying to drive. 
  6. While waiting for my car, we diagnosed my wet butt and everything I sat on got soaked. Whoops!
  7. Had to rush home to get cleaned up where Katherine and I had the following conversation...
Katherine: Shower with newly painted toes? Nervous.
Sara: I've gotta pick my battles. Sticky butt trumps painted toes.

Among all this messy day, Katherine found out she got into her top choice grad school! Yay for growing up! So naturally we celebrated by eating some more, Chilis for the win! Secret's out... I am in love with Chili's. 

While it may sound like a bad thing, I am perfectly happy with my laughable life. My sweet friends often shake their heads and laugh with me. Thank heavens for them, as always. It may be messy, but it's going pretty well I'd say. 

Baby Girl

Last summer my best friend Julie shared the news that she was expecting, I couldn't have possibly been more excited. We were having a baby! A baby girl! I love all things pink and sparkly and Julie so you know that baby girl was going to be spoiled! We had a little shower to celebrate, just a breakfast with some friends and pink gifts.

Then I waited on pins and needles the day that she was due to come. I couldn't have been more excited. Once I got a picture of our baby girl I just kept pulling it up on my phone because she was just too perfect! I texted the picture to my family immediately and my dad responded by saying, "it feels like we're having a grandchild!" So true, baby girl has been dubbed my first "niece".

The day after she was born I stormed the hospital with treats ready to snuggle sweet Alexandra. I couldn't stop staring at her! She's perfect and Julie and Cam were immediate natural parents. I haven't stopped spoiling the Hardy's since. I can't help but keep buying her clothes. She is going to be the most stylish girl if I have anything to say about it!

A couple weeks ago Maddy and I were talking about how we might just be actual grown ups now. Baby A may just be evidence of that. We've got a baby! I love that sweet little girl and I cannot WAIT to continue to spoil her. 

My Sister's Wedding: Annie & Josh

Your best friends getting married and you sister getting married? Whole different ball game. I feel like it was almost my wedding it kept me so busy! Shoe shopping, photographer browsing, manicures, bridal showers and dress fitting. Oh my.

There were 4 bridal showers: friends in Utah, family in Utah, ward friends in Virginia and family friends in Virginia. 3 Wedding receptions: Utah, DC, and Colorado. 2 very happy newly weds and 1 exhausted sister.

There's not much to say about all the events other than it was a great time. Annie and Josh know how to throw a party and keep it going for weeks. They are so happy and we're thrilled to have Josh be a part of the family.

I'll just do a little photo story (all pics stolen from the fabulously talented Griffin Harrington)...

First things first- manicures and pedicures. What else is there to do the day before the wedding? Getting pampered was followed by lunch and exploring in Park City. Annie had a couple friends fly in from Virginia so we had to see the sights!

The night before wedding day after we had a family dinner we explored Temple Square. Of course with the Christmas lights it's the best time to visit.

Morning of we got up bright and early, made a bagel run and started getting ready. My dear friend Amelia came and helped with our makeup and Annie had a friend help her out with her hair. We stayed right next to Temple Square so it was quite convenient. 

After last minute airport runs, make up touchups and finally the sealing ceremony we got to congratulate the newly weds! It had been snowing all morning so we were being careful with the dress and freezing our butts off.

Then the party got started. The dancing got started early and probably would had never stopped if Grandpa Turner had anything to say about it! He was the life of the party. My dad made a sweet video too (that had everyone in tears I might add) and made the daddy daughter dance especially special for Annie. We had a great time!

After recovering from our post wedding colds, a honeymoon, and Christmas- we had the DC reception. It was at a place called Top of the Town with the most beautiful views of DC. It was really fun to celebrate again in our hometown with some of our dear friends. Especially in Annie's shorter dress that was actually my mom's that she got altered. 

There was a Colorado reception too but I wasn't able to make it (nor was Griffin haha). I'm sure that was also fun. :)

We had a great time celebrating and now the newlyweds are settled in Provo starting their lives together. Congrats to Annie and Josh Burton!