Tuesday, November 30, 2010

i see you...

so there's this boy who has been complaining for weeks on end about how he's never on my blog. stuey baby. 

so today i will feature a funny story about me and stu. last week we went to the cannon for lunch and ate with drew babay and then we had to get maura a birthday present so we went to the book store. we found a card first, which is why i have an avatar song on this post. the card was avatar themed and when you opened it, it played super intense music from the movie avatar, so obviously stu and i had to keep opening the card every time we entered a new area of the store so the music would play. stu then decided to take it to the next level and act as if he were emerging from a beautiful, blue avatar forest. we had some good laughs. "is there a matching sweater vest for this...?"


I'm always grateful for Thanksgiving time because, obviously, it's a time to reflect and think about everything I'm grateful for. my parents and quinn and caroline came which was exactly what i've needed. i think i've been waiting for that day since i drove away from my house in august. it was so much fun to see them and just spend time with my entire family. i have been so blessed with a family that loves me, puts up with me, and are my best friends. i was so sad to see them go but now it's less than three weeks until i go home so i'm going to be okay. 

unfortunately the week wasn't all laughs as my grandma wanda passed away on Friday. we all had known the time was coming soon as she had had a bad fall last year and her health was continuing to fail, but it was still difficult to hear that she had passed. since my grandma on my mom's side, leonora, had died a month before i was born, grandma wanda was the only grandma i knew on my mom's side. she was one of the most amazing women i have ever met. she had the sweetest heart, was so funny and sassy. i never heard her speak ill of anyone, always ate the most delicious food at her house, and always felt so loved. she was so good to my grandpa and i am so grateful for the wonderful example she set for me. i love you grandma and will miss you. 

Wanda Miller (Empey) Cannon 1926 ~ 2010 Wanda Miller Empey Cannon passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on November 26, 2010. Born July 3, 1926, in Mammoth, Utah, to Frederick LeRoy Miller and Edna Maria Brown. She graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Married Clair B. Empey in 1946, and had seven children. In 1993, she married Emerson Cannon; they joined two families, sharing 15 children, 68 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. Wanda earned an RN degree from Weber State College while raising her family. She was recognized for her distinguished service in her nursing career. It has been said by all that knew her that she served others with a genuine Christ like love and compassion. She used her many talents and gifts to lift and strengthen all those around her. She found joy in serving three full time LDS missions with Emerson; in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nauvoo, Ill., and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Her family and friends have truly been blessed by her enduring love, her caring example, and her testimony. She spoiled her family with her chocolate eclairs, candy, and Christmas tea rings. Wanda had a great appreciation for the spirit and power of music, especially musicals including her favorite, "The Sound of Music". Her favorite Christmas movie was "Its A Wonderful Life". Thank you to our wife, mother, grandmother, and friend for a most Wonderful Life, lived in love and service to each of us. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, sister Edna, and Kevin Thygerson(grandson). She is survived by her husband Emerson Cannon, sister Evalyn Sandberg, and children Melanie Thygerson, Karen (Craig) Chambers, David (Lisa) Empey, Drew (Karen) Empey, Roger (Vickie) Empey, Chad (Nannette) Empey, Carl (Lisa) Empey, Tristan (Stephanie) Cannon, Nelson (Shirin) Cannon, Laura (Cordell) McCarrey, Rebecca (Richard) Bruggeman, Clinton (Diane) Cannon, Corinne (James) Jackson, Cynthia (Dan)Williams, Renee Cannon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


look at this little princess. it's her 21st birthday!! just a shout out to my fave older sister. 

mojay is always ready for a picture, even if no one else is.


happy birthday mojay!! i love you and you are going to make the greatest russian missionary the world has eva seen!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

let me transfer my success to you real quick...

so there's this thing called eye contact. and sometimes it's just so hard to keep. 
it kind of goes along with how you avoid talking to someone by pulling out your cell phone...
when someone's walking past you, regardless of whether you know them or not, you look down. you'll look up right before you pass if you know them and smile or say hi, but otherwise you both look down just so you can avoid one thing: eye contact
why is it so intimidating to just look someone in the eyes? 
in the movie baby mama, steve martin's character at one point says to tina fey's character, "congratulations. i want to reward you with five minutes of uninterrupted eye contact". 

just the thought of that makes me cringe. your eyes can tell so much about what you're thinking that i feel really exposed when i hold eye contact for a long time. anyways. eye contact makes me laugh sometimes and that's all i wanted to share. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

onesies and martinellis

jordan miller came to utah this weekend! here's just a little synopsis of our weekend:

lucy and i on our way to pick jordy up from the airport

just hanging out in the cannon

home opener basketball game

buying onesies at walmart..

tumbling gym

so basically it was wonderful to be reunited with our bff and im just glad she got to experience utah, a place that lucy and i have been talking about our entire lives. luv yewwww j mill

Monday, November 15, 2010

Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light

i was talking to my mom yesterday on the phone and the topic of forgiveness kind of came up. then today in book of mormon our teacher showed us this video and i just thought i'd share. i've never really had a huge thing that i needed to forgive but seeing this and how amazing the process of forgiveness can be, i can only hope that i would be able to do the same. so much of it is pride and being able to let go, learn, and move on. it's what the atonement is all about. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

it's me...eleanor...jackson...

so in the past twenty four hours, i have had three encounters with people i have met on several previous occasions. (quick side-note before i say this: if i've met you and spoken to you before, chances are almost 100% that i'll remember you. i just have a creepily good memory.) 

anyways, situation #1: went to dinner with some minnesota girls last night and afterwards, we went to yo-zone for frozen yogurt and to meet liz wilson there so she could hang out with us for a bit. she brought along her friend that i had met before, but i could definitely tell she had no recollection of meeting me so i just pretended i hadn't met her before either. 

situation #2: i was out on the spanish steps last night with my friends and there was bud todd. i have met him three times. i was in j-hall for visiting hours one night and he even showed me his room with two taylor swift posters. yet last night he chose to not remember who i was. even though i knew he knew who i was. but he decided to not show that and make me feel like a loser. but we be cool now so no worries buddy boi.

situation #3: i was walking up the hill this morning to my american heritage lab and i passed one of melissa's friends that i have met three times (three times the charm?). we actually just met AGAIN sunday night. i said hi to him and i could tell immediately that he had no idea who i was but just kind of blew it off. THEN on my way home from lab, i ran into him walking up the hill while i was walking DOWN and i said hi again. once again im pretty sure he wasn't even sure i was saying hi to him and he said an awk hello and looked away, which led me to laugh hysterically by myself the whole way back to my dorm because apparently no one can remember....it's me....eleanor...jackson....


"Often the most difficult times of our lives are essential building blocks that form the foundation of our character and pave the way to future opportunity, understanding, and happiness. Patience means to abide in faith, knowing that sometimes it is in the waiting rather than in the receiving that we grow the most."