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Did that just happen? 2009, I mean. Like, the whole year.


January: Spent zero dollars on clothing. That’s a fact.

February: Visited Michelle in Nebraska! Who would have ever thought I would visit Nebraska… not me. But it was awesome. Started Sweet Somethings with my momma.

March: Went to the Festival of Colors with Aub Bob. Won a photo shoot! Dressed up in 80’s garb and danced the night away.

April: Bought Screamin’ Mimi… aka my scooter. I love her.

May: Happy birthday to me! I got my adorable bicycle, Gigi. Ran my second ever half marathon. Bought my Nikon D60.

June: One word: Hawaii. I don’t even care about anything else that happened in June.

July: I love July. I love the 4th of July. I also love the 24th of July because I live in Utah. July holidays = Bliss.

August: Hong Kong. Macau. Bangkok, Thailand. Epic adventures.

September: Started a photography class, chopped my hair. I love both.

October: Took lots of pictures. Dressed up as a bumble bee.

November: Turkey, mashed, stuffed, etc. Times two.

December: Said good-bye to Elder Nash. Hello house fire. Christmas. New Year’s Eve.

If you’re lucky I’ll post about how I did on my goals for 2009 and fill you in on my goals for 2010. But only if you’re lucky.

Love you all!

xoxo Cambria

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Christmas of 2009 is a Christmas to remember. Forever.

Why, you ask?

Is it because…?

  • I spent Christmas in a hotel
  • I received perfect gifts
  • Three days before Christmas, our furnace burst into flames (hence the hotel stay)
  • I worked on Christmas Eve for the first time in… ever maybe?
  • No Christmas morning scones
  • No reading of the Polar Express on Christmas Eve
  • There was snow!
  • I didn’t get any of my friends Christmas presents finished or delivered (fire)
  • My room (and the majority of the basement) flooded from a melted pipe from the fire
  • Did I mention I received perfect gifts for Christmas?
  • I made a tiny step towards mending a damaged relationship
  • Mom and I may have gone a little overboard on present giving for one of our favoritest families- it was fun!
  • Even though we weren’t home, Christmas was spent with family

None of these reasons, good or bad, are why this Christmas will be memorable this year. The reason really doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas itself. 

Christmas will be memorable because I felt so much love! Yeah, my house caught on fire and flooded, but so many people have offered help in so many ways. A friend I don’t know very well offered her wardrobe since she was pregnant and couldn’t wear any of it anyway (she might not have gotten any of it back!). A friend who’s a pro-face at computers offered help with data recovery if we needed it. I can’t count how many friends offered a bed to sleep in, or a home to celebrate Christmas in. I received phone calls, texts, and messages on Facebook filled with concern, sympathy, encouragement and love. A very good friend of mine was one of the firemen who showed up at my house at 3:00 am, he took a second to give me a hug before he went into my smoke-filled house, and gave me another one before he left. My uncle got up in the middle of the night to just be with his sister, niece and nephew since my dad was hours away working. My aunt prepared some beds for us to sleep in, made us breakfast, and helped us get eight loads of laundry started. My cousin’s wife folded our laundry and even started ironing our clothes!

It’s the simple things.

The thoughts.

We didn’t lose much of anything in the incident, and we were very fortunate but that didn’t stop so many people offering whatever they could.

I’ve been blown away!

This is maybe the first Christmas ever I felt such a strong, honest, simple spirit of giving.

Thank you, everyone, for making 2009 the most memorable Christmas ever.



Current NFS:

Dream, by Priscilla Ahn

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I don’t remember when I decided, but for as long as I can remember I have had a favorite Christmas song.  Wait, scratch that.  For as long as I can remember I have a favorite verse in a Christmas song… maybe just a favorite line, even.  If I were a poet and could express my inner most feelings through rhyme and song, I feel like this is what would come out.  I’m like the littlest angel from Handel’s Dream in The Forgotten Carols who wants to sing with the chior of angels at the birth of the Christ Child, but doesn’t have the ability to sing like the rest of the angles.  Away in a Manger is the song my little heart wants to sing.

Away in a manger,
no crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus
lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the heavens
looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus,
asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing,
the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus,
no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus,
look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle
till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay,
Close by me forever,
and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children
in Thy tender care
And fit us for heaven,
to live with Thee there.


These words make my soul leap with joy.  I can’t even recite the lines without my voice cracking and tears swelling.  Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay, close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

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I love snow as much as the next snowboarding, Best Snow on Earth, Utah born and raised snow bunny, but come on!!!  Where were all the snow plows this morning? 

(*note: As I’ve mentioned before I work at a hospital.  This hospital (like ssoooooo many others) has limited parking but we have a parking terrace a block north and ride a shuttle bus to the hospital campus.  Because I’m a good employee I do this even though it’s a pain and technically could park in the parking lot if I so pleased.) 

Back to this morning… lovely beautiful white fluffy snow :). On the roads :(. I was slipping and sliding all over the place this morning. I swear we have snowplows for this kind of thing. I got to the terrace only to find my spot occupied… along with every single spot surrounding it.  Boo.  I circle up all 6 levels of the parking terrace only to find car after car parked in stall after stall.  Where do all you people park when the weather is nice????  I stopped counting double parked cars after the sixth one.  Who do you think you are?  I circled all the way back down the terrace and backtracked to the hospital to park in a perfectly snowy spot in the north 4o, trekked through the snow in my heals, entered the hospital at the opposite end from my office, punched in, and began the walk through the hospital feeling rather Mr. Scrooge-ish (that’s what I call a run-on sentence). All of the sudden something pierced through my grumpy state… children’s voices singing Christmas songs. 

“Here come Santa Clause, here come Santa Clause, right down Santa Clause Lane…”

A phone picture was the best I could do, but aren’t they darling?  I stopped with the small crowd of employees, volunteers and visitors to listen to the rest of their song and joined the the applause once they finished. They completely turned my day around… thank you children for spreading the spirit of Christmas to this Scrooge!

Now it’s time to listen to the Christmas playlist I made last year while I work.  I haven’t had time to update the songs that don’t work anymore, but there are still plenty of fantastic Christmas tracks on there.

Merry Christmas, readers!  And remember… be good because “Santa Clause is coming to town!”

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Wow!  What a year!  2008 has been one for the history books.  Well, at least the history books of Cambria.  This year I:

Traveled to Chicago/Nauvoo with my family to pick up Mike!





Ran my first half marathon.




Went to San Fracisco with Erica.





Started dating Beau.


Won a Rock Band competition with my siblings.


Went to Flaming Gorge with my ward.



Went to So Cal to visit Amber and Ty with Beau.



Sold lots of lotions to friends and family.


Lots of what happened can be summed up in our 2008 Christmas card.


Okay so that was last year… now on to this year.  My resolutions are:

  • Beat my time (by a lot) at the Ogden Half.  I wanna get around 2 hr 15 min.  (Did I mention I’m a slow runner?)
  • Get out of debt and stay on a budget using this.
  • Complete a triathlon sprint.  Maybe a full tri.  We’ll see.
  • Move out by my birthday (sorry mom).
  • Abstain from buying any clothing for the month of January.  We’re taking this resolution one month at a time. Ha.
  • Grow my lotion business!

And that’s it.   Wish me luck!

Current NFS:

I don’t know!!

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Saturday, December 6th


Jen Hanson’s



Jen’s Jewelry

Children’s basic shirts and Nursing covers  www.thelovewraps.com

Shelby Bows & Flowers by Lichelle www.shelbybows.blogspot.com

Shannon Garber Photography www.shanzphotoblog.blogspot.com

Cambria’s Lotions 


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I might be impared… I can’t get the playlist to show up on here.  But if you click on the “Pop-Out Player” my playlist will come up in a new window!

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