Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Lake Powell trip gone Horribly bad!

I have these two friends. I love them with everything I have, they mean the world to me. Below is a random picture that I took last night after we went out for sushi. We were celebrating our friendship :) You will know why after I tell you this story. Below that is a picture of a tube. I will never as long as I live set foot on one of these as I experienced a horrible accident at Lake Powell on Monday, June 23rd.

Jessie, Abbey and Megs. 3 Peas in a Pod!

Not a good idea!

I just wanted to say that I am lucky to have Megan Burger with me today. We went down to Lake Powell immediatly following my Wasatch Back relay race. I was excited to unwind and enjoy the rays. Lake Powell is my favorite place on earth. We arrived Sunday afternoon and I was so excited I could barely contain myself. It had been years since I experienced the whole house boat thing. Monday morning we decided to go out and tube because it was not good wake boarding water. We had a blast! We worked our way over to Swim rock. This is an incredible site. I was amazed by the beauty. We had a chance to play in the water for about an hour and laugh our butts off. On the way back to the houseboat, Megan and I decided we were going to just sit on the tube and get a ride. We didn't want to go all crazy! As we approached the houseboat, Megan mentioned that she was tired of holding on to the tube. I told her that we were almost there. As we got closer to the houseboat, they decided to take one more circle around the bay. I told Megan to hold on....well we hit a wave. Megan came off of the tube and landed back on the tube hitting her nose and giving her a good hard hit. She looked up at me and said, "I'm ok!" I said are you sure? I than saw that her nose was bleeding. I motioned for the boat to pull us in...I than looked up and saw something that I will never forget in my lfe. Megan's eyes rolled back in her had and she passed out falling into the water. I screamed! I jumped in to grab her and pulled her towards the boat. I begin wiping the blood off of her face. I had never seen my Megs in this condition. We got her on the boat and hauled her to the dock. She was not really responding. We gave her a priesthood blessing and I was so grateful to have that available. Megan was still not responding. Jessie and I kept telling her to keep her eyes open. We got her to the doctor and they put oxygen on her face. She started breathing really fast and screaming. I could not watch it, I walked out of the room and went outside to wait and sat with Jess while we just sobbed. We couldn't believe this happened to Megs. The doctor came out and told us that Megan was ok and she wanted to see us. We went in and she again started breathing out of control and screaming. I knew she was not ok. I had so much anxiety! To make the long story short, Megan was ok. We ended up cutting our Lake Powell trip short and left that night. She didn't have anything wrong with her and I know it was because of the priesthood blessing she recieved. The doctor told us she was very lucky! I love Megan and Jessie and I am so grateful to have them both in my life! It brought us together and I will always know that they will be for me if I needed them in a time a need.

Please think twice before you take a tube ride. The smallest wave can knock you out. Better luck next time! I am just grateful to have my friend!

Ragnars Wasatch Back Relay June 20-21st 2008. "The RUNAMOK DIVA'S"

This was one of those races I could say when I was finished,"I AM EXHAUSTED" This relay consists of two vans,12 runners and a route that starts in Logan and ends in Park City Utah. 100 miles total! I went 32 hours without sleep and I have never run so hard in my life! I ran through heat, cold, and gave my teammates sponge baths along the way. I was fortunate to be apart of an amazing team! The Runamok Diva's do not mess around. We finished 72nd place overall with a total of over 500 teams. We also finished 7th overall in Womans open teams. Thanks Andrea for asking me to be apart of this great experience. I will never forget it as long as I live! I already cannot wait for next year. Here are some pictures!

Abbey, Natalie, Jenn, Andrea, Katrina and Alicia! RUNAMOK DIVA'S

Waiting for Andrea to come in so that we could send Jenn on her way!

Ready to rock n' roll. My first run consisted of a 6.7 mile run in 90 degree heat! GIDDY UP! Who knows why I had that weird lookin smurk on my face. YIKES!

Abbey and Deb! She was on another team "A Pretty Pace" She works as an instructor with me at Life Time and I love this person! Their team rocked!

"A Pretty Pace" Quick shot as they were driving to meet their runner.

Runamok Diva's Car...we did some art work all over the windows.

Andrea Martinez! She is an AMAZING runner! She is the reason why I was on this team. I loved this vest and I could not wait to wear it! I had a few more hours until I had the great oppertunity!

My Team! Abbey, Natalie and Alicia! I had so much fun with these girls!

Andrea hot stuff!

In the middle of the night..waiting to run my night leg. We were starting to get really tired by now. Good Times!

I just wanted my blankie and a place to rest my head before it was time to run again, and again.

These memories will go down as some of the best of my life. It was so fun to see a lot of people that I knew from around Utah joining in the awesome fun! There was over 7,000 runners. Despite the lack of sleep and the tears of pain I shed during this was well worth it. I grew more as a person and it definetly tested my strength. I still think about it and wonder how the heck I did this, but I could not have done it without the support of all my friends and team mates. I LOVED IT!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Well after a few months of arriving back from one of the greatest times of my life, I am finally posting pictures. To recap, this trip was probably one of the greatest oppertunities I could experience with Life Time Fitness. This job is my passion in life. Going to Minnnesota only helped me gain a deeper gratitude for what I do each day. While I was there I was chosen to be on the Board of Directors by Braham Akradi the CEO himself...what an experience! I will never forget it! I will also never forget laughing so hard till my stomach was about to burst. I met people that have influenced my life and I am so lucky to have them as friends. Thanks Kaycee again for choosing and having in confidence in me to be a part of this awesome weekend! I LOVE MY JOB!

Kaycee and Abbey while getting our butts kicked by Braham as he engaged us in our first cycle class of the three day summit! We had no idea what we were in for..AHHH! Those are not smiles of joy, they are smiles of pain...Kaycee would have to agree!

Amazed and taking everything in!

Getting ready to ride!

WOW so much fun!

Another rock star cycle instructor Tara from Dallas Texas.

Braham Akradi the CEO of Life Time Fitness! Teaching us how to uh...sweat!

Braham and Kimberly. Kimberly is the Group Fitness Department Head for Life Time Fitness! Awesome person!!

The gang

Emily, one of the coolest girls I met at the summit

Rob Glick, he is big time!

Braham's personal DJ. Roberto Costas! He is so dang cool! He provided our music for the week! He can make some mad remix's!

Rob Glick again...
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Summit Attendees!

More and More and More of us!

Dana and the girls! We were all in the same van and boy did I have fun with all these girls.

So there you have it! Those are some of the best times of my life! I can't wait to continue this amazing journey with Life Time Fitness!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Its just Monday

Ok time for a new post. I was browsing amongst some friends blogs and took this one from Anika's blog. I hope you guys enjoy more interesting facts about my life at a glance. Also, my nieces can't get enough of my new camera phone. They are obsessed with taking yet more pictures with my nieces. I don't mind they are my angels.

Joys- Oh the Joys of my life, I have so many but here are a few that stick out in my mind.

1. Friendships- Nothing like friends that always know how to lift you up on a bad day or knowing they are there for you no matter the situation for support, advice or a good time. A few stick out in my mind. Jessie and Megan these two are the definition of a friend and I am so grateful for them. I hope they never forget. Katie is a good friend because she relates to everything that I am going through. She is someone I can call on that will always understand. Heather Mcdonald and Heidi Pferdner are friends that no matter how long we don't talk they would be there for me in a minute if I needed them. I love you two! They will be my friends forever. The Morrills, they are a family that I have come to know more this past year. Their cute girls brighten my life and I look forward to every chance I get to hang with them. My Life Time family every one of my friends I work with and the friendships I have made in the last year over there, truly amazing group of people! My awesome family is the best friends that anyone could ask for and I am so blessed to have such a great support system in my life.

2. Accomplishments, crossing a much awaited finish line. Seeing family and friends there to support you as you finish. Amelia running in with me at the St. George marathon when I had nothing to give and I did not think I would qualify. She held my hands and guided me as she ran with me to the end. She had the strength I needed to finish and I qualified.
Ethan's face when he saw me finish Lotoja in 2006, he looked at me as if I was his hero. He walked my bike for me and I truly knew that he looked up to his aunt that night. Watching the Pogues jump up and down as I finished Lotoja the same night. (They were much faster)
When I finished the SLC Marathon the hardest race I have had in 2004 my friend jumped the ropes and ran me to the finish in her barefeet down the road as I was in pain.
Watching others accomplish hard goals is so inspiring. Half of the stuff I have attempted to accomplish and have accomplished is because of the inspiration of watching others. Lotoja-A friend, Boston Marathon-My Dad, Eventually I want to take on the biggest accomplishment of my life and that is to become a good mother and I watch and learn from my own mom and sisters example.

3. Teaching a successful class and watching others learn and become stronger from what I give and what I am truly passionate about, its an amazing feeling.

4. The Gospel is my true definition of Joy because it is everlasting

5. Climbing a long canyon on my road bike and then descending down with only the small of my tire and road to seperate me from literally flying.

6. The little angels in my life: Savannah, Sarah, Ethan, Madelyn, Vincent, Mason, and Dylan (My nieces and nephews!) CONGRATS to Allison my sister, Dylan was born today 6/16 at 7:30 this morning. YAY! Another one to spoil!

My other little angels: Maddie, Brie, and CeCe Morrill. Christopher. Shawn Armstrong and cute Maddie from Lifetime. KIDS are absolutly the joy in my life.


1. Never finding love, yes this is a real fear of mine. I have so much to give but I hope I get the chance to find that special person to share it with and I really want to be a mommy!

2. Airplanes. I am getting better, I have a few things that have to occur while I am flying. A. I have to sit in a window seat B. I have to listen to my music perferably Sarah Mclachlan or Ronan Hardiman C. I need to take a valume! D. I need to check out the pilots to make sure they look nice. D. Nobody can talk to me during take off. E. Pray Pray Pray.

Although the last time I took a flight it was with Kaycee and she did not allow for me even to think about being scared she chatted and made jokes the whole time and I was not by a window seat. So we just listened to her laptop and I did pray still ;) Thanks Kaycee! She had no idea how scared I really was to fly. There is something wierd about being 30,000 feet above ground in a tube.

3. Heights, I'm not too fond of heights...I have this re ocurring dream that I am on top of a sky scraper in NY and I am hanging on for dear life and no! Spider man is not there to save me. Anyone that knows about dreams, can you interpret that for me?

4. Not reaching my highest potential and goals. I am really hard on myself, so that scares me. I want to live my life but really LIVE my life!


1. To be a awesome wife and mother someday to a beautiful family.

2. To finish a Iron Man triathalon sometime in the next couple of years. Couer d'Alene. To do well in all of my races, prepare myself accordingly to place and break records :)

3. To write a successful novel that will one day be on the Oprah book club list. Or atleast a few! I would like to travel the world and become a motivational speaker.

4. To continue on my awesome group fitness path. To keep pursuing this dream and become more and more passionate with what I do, if it is even possible. The growth is endless and I love it!

Current Obsessions

1. Sushi! I don't know what has come over me but I can't get enough. There a few places that I have discovered where I like to get my sushi. Harmons and Ginza! Wow, incredible!

2. My road bike, I think it has always been my obsession.

3. I am obessed with the tv show "So you think you can dance" Its is one of the highlights of my week.

Random Facts About Me

1. I will say it how it is...sometimes I need to watch what I say, but I am blunt! No beating around the bush!

2. I'm into New Age and World Music. I LOVE the LION KING soundtrack, that music just is incredible.

3. I have a really good sense of what is right and wrong and sometimes it bugs the crap outta me. I want to live more on the wild side.

4. I am very observant, I can observe a lot about people and I am a good judge of character. I have a strong intuition

5. My favorite thing to do is sit in bed with my lap top and watch T'vo at the same time.

6. I love Cinnamin Tea

7. I love being with kids

8. I was a children's ski instructor for 3 seasons, good times!

9. I lived in Scotland for a year

10. I have my own language called Scodiax


12. I can stand on my head

13. Lake Powell is my number one choice vacation spot

14. Roller coasters make me really sick


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Good OL Highschool Days!

Just me and my cute niece Sarah last night hanging out together!

Thinking back on the Red and Black days!!!! I stole this from Heidi's blog so have fun reading it! I had some funny stories!

1. Did you date someone from your school? No, I just chased one guy throughout highschool, big big big mistake.

2. Did you win anything in Senior's Who's Who? I don't think we had seniors who's who's

3. What kind of car did you drive? sophomore year Allison and I shared her 97 Honda accord for a little while. I drove my Grandma Daws old 87 Jeep Cherokee Loredo my Jr. Year, I named it Buffalo Soldier and I put fog lights on it. I think at one time I wanted to put a lift on it, I wanted to totally pimp it out. Fog lights is as far as I went and that was bad. Senior year I drove a new 99 Red Jetta, my dream car at the time.

4. It's Friday night. With Heather Mcdonald, Ashleah Williams, Jamie Shurtleff, Kristin Stowers and Heidi Pferdner causing mischief somewhere. Usually at Zanes pool or at the mall, Ashleahs..who knows! We had fun though.

5. Were you a party animal? No I would consider myself a goody goody in highschool. I thought driving down State Street was bad.

6. Were you considered a flirt? No, I was a horrible flirt. Allison my sister tried to teach me how to flirt and at the time I worked at Zuka juice and I liked one of my co-workers. She asked me what I did to flirt with him and I told her that I tugged on his apron to try and pull it off. That is how I flirted because I wanted to make out in the Zuka Juice Ice Cream and Fruit freezer in the back. Trust me the tuggin on the apron thing never worked, I never made it to the freezer. Instead I got asked to Homecoming by a real cutie that I worked with and I'm not mentioning names. He wanted to take me on our date activity to Zuka Juice the place were we rekindled our love. YIKES! To this day, I'm not the best flirt. Will someone please teach me! :)

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? No, I thought that was for nerds. Now come to think of it, I would have loved to play the violin or something in orchestra. Back in the day being part of the school band just meant that you carried a black clarinet case or guitar case around and sat with the nerds at lunch.

8. Were you a nerd? I was not a nerd I don't think, but I did some lame things that now that I look back, pretty nerdy. We won't mention Miss Otis Regrets in front of my Senior Class at a B-Ball game. I had a good group of friends and I had good times!

9. Did you get suspended/expelled? No. I will mention that Heather and I got kicked out of a few classes. Seminary for one which I feel bad, Bro Whitmer loved us at first but than I started bringing Albertsons french bread to class and gold fish and passed them around the class by throwing it to people. Did not go over so well. We also got kicked out of Preschool Mrs Toronto's class, because I talked too much to Tiffany and Heather. I did make a awesome rudolph song prop at Christmas that my potential preschool little hawk would have loved..but she/he never got to meet me. SAD! Heather, those were the days! Oh and I will never forget when Miss Dahle said the F word to me in English at the computer lab cause she hated my poem I wrote. Heather and I also paid a girl from the softball team, the teachers aide that liked us to change our grades for English our senior year. Noonne ever found out and it was Heather and I's secret. Whoops, we learn from our mistakes. We had like every class together and I have no idea how we pulled it off.

10. Can you sing the fight song? Nope

11. Who were your favorite teachers? Mrs. Wrathall our craft design teacher. She was weird. But she loved our table. Heather, Heidi, Rick, Jamie, Ashleah, Rory and I hope I'm not forgeting anybody. We had a blast! I also loved Mrs Stites, she loved me...even though she cut me from the basketball team. I was the best team manager and she will always say that about me. I did suck at basketball though and she will say that churchball was the place for me to shine.

12. Where did you sit during lunch? At Wendy's!! The Larry H Miller one on State Street. We went there every day. I remember the drive through lady had really green eyes. If we went inside to eat the down syndrome worker was always there to hang with us, but sometimes he got really mad at us for no reason and I will never forget when he chased Jamie and Jackie around the tables and they knocked over.

13.What was your school's full name? Alta High School

14. School mascot? Hawk

15. Did you go to Homecoming and who with? Holy yes, worst dance of my life. HIs name was Dan and I actually saw him at the gym tonight. We went to the circus. I wore the ugliest dress and I did not want to go my mom I remember thought we were like a match made in heaven but I did not want to go and I did not have fun, I sound like a brat but really I just remember him almost hitting the concrete wall on the freeway on the way to the circus and I was praying for my life.

16. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Never, but I will never forget the memories and my best friends.
17.What do you remember most about graduation? That I did not iron my gown. I took it straight out of the box. I had to flap it out the window on the freeway to try and get the wrinkles out but that only made it worse. I felt like a idiot, I walked on stage a wrinkled mess, but at least i was not the only one..Jason Judd didn't iron his either and he was my really good friend so it made me feel ok. Pepperwood party like usual and I can't remember anything else.

18. Where did you go senior skip day? Every day was senior skip day. we would all pile in my jetta and take off or Jamie's jeep.

19 Were you in any clubs? SC for life..but I was not a true member

20. Have you gained some weight since then? No I think I have actually lost weight.

21. Who was your prom date? Well, his name was Brian Mitchell and he was like 7'9 he played center for the basketball team and he was tall. Heather said no to him so he asked me..which made me feel even better about myself. His friend nate asked me in a tux on my doorstep with a banana that said I will go bananas if you go to prom with me. Heather was sleeping over and we laughed our guts out but I said yes and when he picked me up..Jenny, Amelia and Heather sat in my living room laughing because they said he had tap shoes on. I actually had a nice time at prom with Brian..Heather you missed out! I did like my dress this time around. Thats a plus

22. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? Only if Heather will come with wouldn't be the same. I also sure hope I am married by then, its ok if I don't have kids but please Abbey lets just get you married before your reunion.

So there you have it! Please don't judge my experiences, It would not have been as fun without them and without Heather. Holy cow! Awesome!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Life is good! I have no complaints this week

I am the favorite Aunt Abbey! Right Now that is my title in life, to be the best aunt in the world until I can have some munchkins of my own. These are my little monkeys and I don't know what I would do without Sarah and Madelyn in my life. I love these girls and I am thankful I get to be their aunt every day. I am so blessed! Here are a few pictures and yet again another week in review! Enjoy!

Well Let me just review. It is now Tuesday evening and I have time to blog tonight. I would like to blog about the week we just came out of and take in all that I was thankful for and what kept me smiling into this week.
*Megan Burger and Jessie Shurtleff, now I may get emotional as I write about these two friends of mine. I will just say that these friends have been there for me through thick and thin. I had a fun hanging out with them this week. Jessie was sick and It felt nice to go sit with her at her house while she layed in misery on her couch. I felt proud to be her friend and I even helped her drink her soda with a straw because she could not even move.
*The 2nd week of "So you think you can dance!" This is a weekly party with my friends and I, we love watching TiVo. Yes, we do watch the Bachelorette and Jeremy and Jason are hot! Good job to Shelly my team mate at Lifetime. She tried out for "So you think you can dance" and was put through to Vegas. Watch for her next week! Awesome job girl!
*Nose Surgery scheduled..drum roll please......SEPT 16th 2008! I am so excited!
*I started my new job on Wednesday at Black Bottom Cycle. I love it! I work with a great bunch. Matt, Allie and Jay. I love anything to do with biking so this is the perfect job in my book. Even if I do sit at a computer most of the day. It was a highlight!
*The Chronicles of Narnia. What an amazing amazing movie. I am a big fan of C.S. Lewis and I enjoyed every minute of it, I even saw it twice. The soundtrack is a must buy!
*The Burgers treat drawer after a long day of work. There is nothing better than this drawer. I love Good and Plenty's!
*My Mom is always a highlight
*Cinnamin Tea
*Climbing Suncrest on my road bike with Jen. The weather was beautiful!
*Teaching all of my classes is always a weekly highlight of mine.
*Discovering another place to find sushi in Draper. Ginza! This place is incredible. Try the X roll!
*My Brother Garrett
*Working so hard on Saturday to get my new Fusion release choreographed. Thank you Jen and Rachelle for meeting me at Life Time late Saturday night, so I could run through it with you.
*Sunday was the most incredible day of my week. I was really worried that my hard work would not pay off as I was pretty worried about my new Fusion that I worked my butt off on all week. Sunday's class was nothing less than perfect. The experience I had with 50 people in my class that morning I will never forget. In 6 years of teaching, I have never had a class like this one. It was crazy to stop and realize that the Fusion I created and worked my butt off on looked so beautiful! Especially when we were all doing the Tai Chi. It overwhelmed me to the point where yes everyone, I shed a couple tears. I have never had this happen to me, but the class was beautiful. I love my job, the passion I share with these members is so magical. I love all of those that come and support my classes. I am so lucky to have my job! I was and still am overwhelmed with how amazing this felt. The hard work did pay off and it was worth the long long nights and days of choreographing this baby.
*The Harley ride my dad took me on, it is nice to just be with my Dad. I never get alone dad time. Thanks Dad, it is my favorite thing in the world.
*Testimonies at church and it even felt nice to bare my own this time.
*The Gospel
*Friendships,Megan, Katie, Jessie, Ryan, Amanda,Emily,Melissa, Kaycee and my entire Lifetime family
*Frozen pizza
*Harmons, I swear this an addiction!
*Music-Goo Goo Dolls "Acoustic number 3"
*I was truly thankful for my Gifts and Talents this week that I have been blessed with in my life
*The Sun
*Talking with Katie tonight over sushi. This person is so beautiful and has amazing things coming her way. I know it!
*The picture Maddie my little friend from Life Time gave to me. It was so beautiful! I love kids!

Well thats all folks. This week so far so good! I'll write soon, but for now..Happy Blogging.
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