Barclay is my bestie behind the camera, but it’s awesome when you have a fellow camera nerd who’s also a fab modeler. My winter has been so much fun because of this gal! Here are some of our evening garage roof shoot.


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Anne Lost in MeadowsIn Disney’s cartoon Alice in Wonderland, Alice tells her cat what her world would be like. She starts to sing (like in all Disney movies) and lies in the daisies. When she lies down, the flowers completely cover her as if no one is there. I loved that scene. I wished I could find a meadow of flowers where I could disappear. I wanted to lie down and see the flowers above me.

Spencer took this picture of me at Fish Lake. There’s hair in my eyes and my arm is bending awkwardly, but I love it because I’m in the meadows and it’s yellow and it makes me happy.

The real reason I’m posting this is so I can pin the picture and add it to my “Lost in Meadows” board on Pinterest. I have a whole board of girls in meadows so I can partly satisfy my childhood Alice in Wonderland fantasy.

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Did you have any childhood fantasies like this?

On another note, I searched “Alice in Wonderland lying in daisies” and Google said “Did you Mean: Alice in Wonderland laying in daisies?”

No, I didn’t. Idiot.


One of the million things that make me anxious is fall. Fall brings its radiant leaves during the busiest time of school–when I can’t get my butt up the canyon. I’m nervous that I’m going to “miss” fall, that I’m not going to enjoy the leaves as much as I want.
It’s true that the leaves only stay until a wind picks up or until it rains. But on Monday we still got to see a lot of the golden trees up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Anytime I go up the canyons I remember why Utah is so, so beautiful. This is only twenty minutes away from my house.
Spencer was trying to be dorky and pose a few of his “contemplation” faces. I just think he’s hot.
I finally bought something with the $20 Down East gift card I got from winning the 5K and bought this rad sweater. I’ve worn it everyday since.

We went around two thirds of the lake with the cool breeze and didn’t expect to see this at the end. It looks like Narnia!

Ugh, look at that yellow. Look at the mountain.
My last day of school before fall break was last Thursday. That night I pulled an overnighter trying to get a group project and some of my watercolor paintings done. I knew as I was walking into my watercolor class that I had done the painting wrong and I hadn’t spent a lot of time on it. Heavenly Father, cut me some slack. I’ve been working on that darn group project for 14 hours. Please, please, cut me some slack.
Diana got to my painting that was pinned on the wall along with the others. She chewed me out.
Why didn’t you save me? Gosh, that was so embarrassing. I haven’t slept at all and I’m so tired, I just want to cry. Why didn’t you help me out here? Helloooooo?
At the end of class period, Diana said, “You know what? I really want you guys to master this, so if there are some who don’t feel great about their paintings, you can redo them over fall break. If you’re not happy with these ones, they won’t be counted against your grade. Enjoy your break!”
Oh. Right. On Your time. That was even better. Oops. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Oh gosh, thank You.
I’ve been sick since Thursday, trying to get back to my sleeping habits after that all-nighter. I also haven’t been running and it’s killing me. We have still been super busy, but I think today I’ll get a nice break. I think I’ll work on something around the house–something that I’ve been wanting to work on. Or I’ll go on a run. What are you doing today?
Have a lovely Wednesday.

My mom texted me the other weekend and said, “Do you want to have a picnic on the beach?”

For half a second I thought Mom, my sister and I would transport to California and spend a miraculous evening on the beach, watch the sunset, and then transport back to Utah. But then I remembered I live in Utah. And there are no beaches. Except for the Great Salt Lake.

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We spent Friday evening and Saturday at Pineview with the Gayla and Lloyd family. Mira came along. It was the first time I felt like I did everything right on the wakeboard. I stood up straight and I felt completely in control.
Spencer and I woke up early on Saturday to watch the sunrise. We walked by the lake, hung out with the horses, and stood under the giant willow tree on the property. It was a perfect getaway.

Before we left for the ward camp out, I charged my camera battery so I could take pictures (duh). But I pulled a typical Anne and brought my camera without the battery that was still sitting on the kitchen counter, fully charged.So my pictures are from anyone’s iPhone I could grab at the time. Woop dee doo.

Although the campout was a church activity, there were so many neighbors that came who are not LDS. I love our ward because we are so close with everyone in our boundaries. Besides, who could pass up a day at Pineview with free breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
We had Chuck be the grill master (are you surprised?), we sat by the fire and made s’mores with Reese’s cups, our tents were too close together and we heard odd, bodily sounds from Joey. And of course te next day–boating.

^Spencer needed to be pushed off the tube in this picture.

Heidi and I rock!!