Party in the L-A-O!

So I put my hands up, They’re playing my song,
And the Butterflys fly away,
Noddin’ my head like yeah! Movin’ my hips like yeah!
And I got my hands up, They’re playing my song,
I know I’m gonna be okay!

Yeah! Party in the L-A-O!

Yeah! Party in the L-A-O!!!

Slim-Fast Diet, Day 1: Starving

Almost every summer I go on slim-fast.  I actually think the chocolate shakes are pretty good, but usually I never lose any weight because of several reasons:

1. I eat anything and everything on the weekend.  For example, this weekend is the 4th.   You’ve gotta be nuts if you think I am missing out on the parade candy and family BBQ!

2. Little opportunities to snack come up during the day.  Today, it is “Ice Cream Day” in our office.  How can I say “no” to Ice Cream day!?!

3. Lastly, I would virtually starve if I stayed on the 3-2-1 Slim-Fast plan!  So far today, I have had 1 shake for breakfast, 1 for lunch.  Lunch just ended and I’m still starving!

Anyway, I’ll keep you all posted on how long this continues.  Please comment and let me know if you have any tips on staying strong when those little snacking opportunities come up. Or if you have any other tips to lose weight let me know because as soon as our honeymoon started, I started picking up pounds!


Whenever I see a TV show or a movie that is extraordinarily amazing, I like to say, “Chills,” out loud.

Well, here are two things that will indeed make you say, “Chills!”




Kadanalana Ding Dong

Dear Danica Budge,

YOU are leaving for Wales on Friday for the rest of the summer (in case it hasn’t hit you yet).  The office, and life in general, just won’t be the same without you.  No more updates, no more Cocoa Bean Runs, no more drive-bys, no more Wendy’s, no more accidents in the office, no more advice to Christopher on dating, no more TV gossip.  No more Danica.  Until FALL!

Although you’re just leaving for a month and a half, it kind of feels like you’re dying, or at least, quitting your job.  So to mourn your loss, I have created a poem just for you!

D is for Daring.

This is because you walk on the edge, dance in the streets, and take those little dares that make your life just a little more fun and filled with gossip.

A is for Audacious.

This is because you’re spunky.  No one can deny that you’ve got that extra little attitude, making you who you are and why you probably could have been named “Jordan” or “Taylor”.

N is for Noteworthy.

This is because you always make an impression.  That’s why the employees at the Cocoa Bean remember your name (and not mine), that’s why people in the office are always saying, “Hey did you hear about Danica?” and that’s why you have a billion people who love you b/c you’re just that awesome.

I is for Interactional.

This is because you’re social and social doesn’t start with an S.  You are the life of the party, but know when to lie low when the time is right.

C is for Classy.

This is because you love Gossip Girl.  Almost as much as me.

A is for Alluder

Although alluder is not a word, it should be.  This is because you are constantly referencing quotes and stories from TV shows and movies.  What would we do if we didn’t have those quotes to describe other stories and things going on in our life?  It just wouldn’t be the same.

Okay, so this turned out to be wayyyyyy more sentimental, but since I heard you cried in Dear John, I thought I could try to make you cry.  I doubt it worked, but the point IS: WE WILL MISS YOU!  But you’ll be back soon and maybe we can even go on a road trip together again!




When I say Tri-date, I don’t mean T.J. and I are going on a triple date.

I mean, Hannah Judd….

+ Katie Derrick….

are going on a date with Jacob Black



Lyrics to New Music

When my mom was my seminary teacher for a few years, one morning we began by singing a hymn but with another hymn’s text.  I can’t remember any specific examples of the ones we sang in seminary, but this past weekend, T.J. figured out a new one.

The song is “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus”–from our Children’s hymnbook:

“I’m trying to be like Jesus;
I’m following in his ways.
I’m trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.”

Now, press play on this YouTube video, and start singing along…..]

Pretty Cool huh!?!


So we left D.J. Zoomba at the dealership and… wait for it…

We bought a new car!!!

It’s a Hyundai Elantra.  It’s dark purple, but T.J. thinks that a purple car is too feminine so we have to call the color eggplant (I think calling it the name of a vegetable is even more femmy).

Anyway, we’re really excited to have a car that doesn’t break down at lights, leak oil all over the driveway, and tells us how fast we are going.

11 Movies I Know Word-for-Word


  1. What About Bob
  2. Ghost Town
  3. Mamma Mia
  4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  5. Baby Mama
  6. Jaws
  7. The Parent Trap
  8. Princess Diaries
  9. High School Musical 1
  10. High School Musical 2
  11. High School Musical 3



Isn’t this awesome?  Apparently it’s been on YouTube forever and I’m the last person to see it, but I thought it was pretty neat.

What It’s all About: Family

The family is central to everything.  That’s why we are here on earth and that’s why it is so important for us to go to the temple as much as possible.

Today I had the experience to witness T.J.’s cousin marry and be sealed in the Mt. Timpanogos temple.  In the sealing room, the two families sat across from each other, disconnected.  But once the couple entered the room and knelt across the alter from one another, not only did the couple unite, but also the two separate families became a link in an eternal chain.

What a great blessing it is to be a part of that.  As I grew up, I always envied the big families with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins.  It is what made me want to, one day, have a large family of my own so my kids can feel the love and happiness of a large family.

T.J. has a great-grandfather who is over 100 years old.

But now, my family and I have eternally been joined into another large family, one that keeps growing as others marry and have children.  T.J. has countless cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family.  It is truly amazing to me that I now have all of those cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family as well.

Before the sealer began, he asked if there were any grandparents witnessing the sealing. Both sets of the groom’s grandparents were in attendance.

Both sets.

This may not seem unusual for a lot of you.  But for me, just to have grandparents this late in life, is unbelievable, seeing that mine have all been gone for a while.  And then, to have them there with you for the most exquisite day of your life is also remarkable.  If they wouldn’t have been sealed years ago, none of this would have happened today.

To finish, I just want to communicate to you all the importance of family.  We need to make sure our family relationships are strong because those are the ones that mean the most.  It doesn’t matter who they are–parents, siblings, cousins, in-laws.  We need to continually build all of those relationships because we will have those for eternity.

Anyway, I know this post was pretty scattered, but I just had to share those thoughts.  Do all you can so you can always be worthy to enter the temple.  That’s where the family starts.