Our Gang

Memorial Day. Not only is it a day to reflect on the veterans and soldiers of the wars of conflict in our world, but also to remember. Remember the good and blessings we have in our lives.

Ah. Just look at us. Our last time together before the boys starting leaving and the rest of us went off to another year of college. Of course, we are missing a few faces to complete Our Gang, but here's our little group on a summer day.

The boys? Serving from Brazil, to Cali, to Africa, to Paraguay. Wow. I miss them like crazy. You better believe they're rockin' every moment of their missions. How I wish I could be a fly in each of these places and buzz around their little missionary experiences and see them at work with Elder Harmon, Elder Roundy, Elder Jones, and Elder Hill on their chests.

What examples they were are to me, even now. I {more than literally} look up to them all and cherish they're hearts of gold. These are amazing men. You better believe their wives are gonna faint every morning just for the pure fact that they married such babes/brilliant men. :) These are real men. I will never forget the impact and special part they played into being a piece of the puzzle that formed Ally Best into who she is.

The girlies? Well, 2 of them are now happily married forever with their sweethearts, I'm on my way, and one already has a million men everywhere and that one special one is right around the corner. She's such a gem that no one will ever really deserve her. :) But I guess I'll live with whoever ends up with my beautiful and most radiant friend. Us girls are just sailing along...and beginning new adventures right and left. It's funny how that happens. Life really does go on...but we never leave each others hearts, really. I think about these girls constantly. Not to mention the ones that weren't present in the picture. They're my sisters. Seriously. And I miss them like crazy. My plan? When we all get married, we'll all just so happen to live in the same ward and see each other ALL the time! Agreed? Agreed. :)

Thank you...to all of them for making my life so brilliant. So splendid and magnificent. You put the color in my life. :)

You have my love ALWAYS.
Little Besty


Up at the Bird

This weekend, our little ole Fam took a one night getaway to SnowBird resort up the canyon by Salt Lake. We have a time share there and decided just a quick one night-er would do everyone a bit of good.

And kids? It was much MUCH needed. 

Reading through other blogs and such, it seemed we're all a little bit stressed, yet finding joy in the little moments. It's what gets us through, huh?

I realized something while I was sitting in a sauna and then watching the cool mist come over the mountains-something I've realized time and time again in my life. I have a beautiful family. Not just physically {which is completely true ;)}. But we just....work. We fit perfectly, so we find the perfect moments to laugh at the silly joke...the moment to catch the awkward look given across the table...to understand them. To understand WHY we love. Why our love was put together in a big "BEST" package. It's amazing to discover our purpose together. 

My brothers make me laugh. My fiance makes me feel. My mother makes me love. My sister makes me do. My daddy makes me grow. And Baby Robertson makes me hope. 

I love that.

Yes. Time away always makes the ticking of the clock go a little smoother. Give some oil to the gears. 



I Said YES!

Okay, so I know that many of you have probably watched the whole showdown of how I got proposed to on Facebook, thanks to my fiance and his video savvy self. But, for the record and for posterity sake, I must write the whole ordeal- so sorry to those who already know the story first hand or other sources. You just get to enjoy it again. ;)

Alright. Haha...oh boy. Who knows why I started crying just barely. It's just a really amazing thing, folks. It only happens once, and when it's the real one, your forever....it's just the greatest thing. And I know "the greatest thing" sounds super lame, but it's just not explainable! What can I say.

So, now that I've wiped my eyes and got mascara all over my face, let's get started. ;)


I was in Washington D.C. on choir tour with UVU Chamber Choir.

I'm 5th from the left, front row. ;) Do you like our minty green shirts? No, we weren't selling toothpaste.
Chad and I ALWAYS read scriptures together every single day, whether together or over the phone, so he was making his daily phone call. He asked if we could go to the Salt Lake Temple the day after I got back {Tuesday, May 8} and take pictures at Memory Grove Park, one that we had gone to for our Homecoming date in high school. I've also gone with my family before and what not. It's a gorgeous park. Go. 
I got suspicious then, because I had said before I left to choir tour, "If we aren't engaged withing 2 days of me getting home from tour, I'm going to kill you". Yes, I know. I actually said that. In jest, of course. But, if you know us well, you know that half of you said, "FINALLY" when he actually did. Everyone knew it was coming, the date had already been set, we were just waiting for Mr. Chad to get on it and propose!

So I totally thought it was gonna happen then. Well then he picks me up from the airport after my trip, and when we get in the car, he says, "Oh, by the way, don't plan ANYTHING on Monday, May 14th". {Which was the next Monday}

Now, here's the thing. Chad Edward can NEVER lie to me. He gets that little smile on his face, and his eyes get all suspicious... like he's praying and hoping I won't find out his devious plans. So he totally did that about Monday! So I thought, "Oh....well maybe tomorrow {Tuesday, May 8th} really is just a date..."...or so I thought. ;)

We got in the car, all dressed up to go to the temple. Well, when we got to the parking lot of the park, Chad Edward pulled out a blind fold and said to put in on. So, of course, I think, "DUDE. Chad wouldn't just ask me to put on a blind-fold for a date. Well, maybe, but not right now. He's TOTALLY gonna propose."

Right after my splendid discovery, Chad Edward locks the keys in the car.

And he was happy about it.

Now, I love Chad Edward forever, but sometimes in these type of circumstances, he would get all onry and upset and such, but he was just as happy as happy could be. The keys were legitimately locked in the car. It wasn't planned. And we called Salt Lake police but they just so happen to not carry the stuff to unlock cars for liability reasons. Wha??? Whatev. So we discover we're gonna have to call a lock smith and all that...and Chad is STILL just as happy as can be.

He must be proposing. There's no other explanation for his over the brim happiness.

No offense, sweetheart. :)

So he says we should just go ahead and take care of it later and that we're gonna go eat dinner. Where? How? He says, "You'll see".

Side note: Luckily he had the ring and camera out of the car BEFORE he locked the keys in the car, or else this wouldn't have really happened...haha.

We proceed to go down a bugillion steps, while I'm blindfolded, and in heels, and ya. I actually fell once, don't worry. He almost killed me before he proposed! That would have been fun. Proposing to a gushing blood and slightly unconscious Ally Pally. Anyway.

So finally he tells me to sit down, and I'm convenently on a blanket. He goes away for a bit {setting up the camera, I found out later}, then tells me to take off the blindfold. In front of my is a guitar and a bouqet of my favorite flowers with a picnic basket, and we're in the middle of the park.

{Side Note #2: That blanket? I had showed my mom that at Target and said I would love it for our bedspread when we got married. Don't worry. She just totally went and bought it for the proposal, so now we have a bedspread! Thanks, Mommy!}

I'm totally confused when I see the guitar because Chad Edward doesn't play guitar. Not even a little. Nodda, nothing. So then he picks it's up, and I say, "You're gonna play that?"-and he says, "You'll see". And he proceeds to play "Your Guardian Angel" by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, only one of my favorites in junior high and had it posted on my wall in my room. And it was GREAT! He claims he messed up, but I was just in such shock that he was playing guitar that I didn't even notice.

And the fact that I knew I was getting proposed to. ;)

It was so sweet. And we even had an audience! You can see some of them on our video on Facebook of the proposal, but there were more not in the view of the camera. :) I tried not to notice them, but it was still cool to have a crowd.

Once he was done...he picked me up, gave me a smooch, and then got down on his knee....

My heart stopped. My vision got blurry. Wait. This was THE moment. The one I had dreamed about and talked about for only my entire life. He was on his knee...and he was going to ask one of the most important questions he would ever ask in his eternity. No biggie. Whew. Little tears burst into my eyes. Wow.

Then he reached into his pocket. Breathe, Ally. Breathe.

And pulled out a beautiful navy blue box with gold detail....

...and opened it. The most gorgeous ring in the universe lay inside. The ring we had picked out a {here comes confession}, a month after he got home. Haha...oh boy. The ring he had sitting at his brother's apartment since January. It was perfect. Beautiful. Stunning. And sitting in that box...for me.


Somewhere in the distance I heard, "Will you marry me?!"

:) Time stopped. Think, Ally. Think. You're supposed to say something. Oh yes!

So you know how I'm crazy and imagine everything in my head years in advance? Well, I decided long ago I wasn't just gonna say "yes", but ask HIM a question {bwa hahaha..}, and I decided that would be, "Is this gonna be forever?". Let's be real, that's a big deal, kids.

In the fog of being asked the question of all questions, by only the most magnificent man in the universe, I remembered my decision for myself. I asked, probably more timidly then I imagined in my head and minus the fireworks from my eyeballs, "Is this gonna be forever?"...and I looked into those hazel, surrounded by blue eyes, and HE said YES. ;)

10 points for Gryffindor!

So then I was completely stupid and just said, "ok."

Wait. Dumb Cat. You gotta say YES, kid!

Oh ya! "YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

He pulled the ring out of the box, threw the box aside, and placed it on my finger. :)
Then we did what any other couple would do after that kinda commitment. ;) Muah!*

In the words of my now-to-be-nephew, Jayden Crew Pont, "Did you guys kiss?"

Yes, boy, yes we did. ;)

Then we were all mushy and stuff, and we'll spare our poor children. Haha!

After our crown dispersed, my mom and Chad Edward's mom came out from the bushes {wha?}, where they had witnessed the whole thing! Ah, shucks. We hugged and laughed and hugged and laughed. Then took some love-dove pictures! Obviously. After our mommys left, we dug into some yummy Kneaders food and called family and friends. :)

The whole thing was magical and absolutely perfect for me.-for us. I'm SO SO SO happy. That's an understatement. This guy, my future hubbie and now FIANCE {ah!}, is only my most bestest of all friends and the most sweetest of sweethearts. I love him to pieces and could never imagine a more perfect match for me. :) Forever is gonna ROCK with him!

{And no, these pictures below of moments after the proposal are NOT our engagements. :)}

There ya have it, folks. August 14, 2012 is the day we'll become hubbie and wifey FOREVER! I'm more than ecstatic. Oh my lanta. You better believe it!

Love you, all. Really. ;)

The Future Alison Best Johnson {ah!}


Before & After

I thought this would be kinda fun to share. :) The first photo, on the left, is about a month before Chad left on his mission. Though they both were graduated, Chad squared took Mallory Ash and I to Homecoming, and part of our day date was to go to Memory Grove in Salt Lake and take pictures.
The photo on the right is right after he proposed to me in Memory Grove, equaling 3 years later. :) Look how much we've grown! I had no idea in the first picture that I was going to be marrying him. We were just best friends. But...as they always say...you marry your best friend. ;)



Put a Ring On It

It's so odd....
that I'm actually writing this.


Ok, folks. 
So only the most craziest and happiest moment
of my life has actually happened. 

I just...you know this day is coming and you see it
forever and ever from when you're a wee little thing...
and now that it's actually happening?

I'm a bit lost for words. 

I was planning on being all poetic and what not
when breaking the news, 
but dude-

I'm just plain pumped and...well...
the world is sort of still spinning with stars
and butterflies now, 
so I'll let you know when I'm back down to earth 
and can talk real sense. :)

But I guess I better get on with it
before I'm slaughtered for 
"delay of biggest thing of her life"ness.


Dear Universe, 
On May 8, 2012
at approx. 7:00 PM, 

And I'm sort of freakin' out about it.

Seriously, folks and especially girls. 
We all know we've {girls} been planning this
wedding on either a small or large scale for awhile.
Some sooner than others. 
I realize not every girl is as insane as I am
as far as planning since 9 yrs. old goes. 

But that it's actually happening?
I mean, I got a ring on it. :)
So....its gonna happen.

And I know that half of universe 
is screaming, "Hallelujah! FINALLY!"
I mean, if you didn't know Chad Edward and I
were on the road heading to marriage by now...
I just laugh at you. 
With love, of course.

Now, you may have seen pictures plastered all over
facebook from Chad Edward and I,
but you're just gonna have to see them all over
again on here-obviously!

I'll get to that post,
filled to the brim with
knitty gritty details of the proposal
really really soon.
For now, enjoy some of the photos Chad Edward
and I'll talk to ya'll in a few days!


Guess what?!


Love Always.


Back to D.C.

Yeah for D.C.! Wow. I can't believe I'm going again...but mostly that it's been 4 YEARS since then! Man. I feel so old. I know, I know. I'm like 3, but still. Time just flashes by so quick.

Looking at the girls in the very top pic? Gee I miss them. We're all at different stages and going on all sorts of adventures...just not quite together anymore. It's a weird thing. Let's be real. I stalk all of them on facebook and their blogs. Serious. I miss 'em like crazy. For how we used to be...and just missing their spirits.

3rd picture down? Ally squared and Chad squared. Ha! Look how young we are. Aly's married now....The Chads are back from their missions...and one in particular is pretty close to my home ;)...it's just crazy. Look at me! I got the brace-face and everything!

4th picture down. One is married. Rest of us? Doing our thang. Gee.

Last one. My Ser Bear. Oh my goodness I love her more than anything in this universe and miss our notebooks, laughing at the top of our lungs, hugs, talking about our crushes....all of it.

And the 2nd pic? Blossoms. Oh how I adore the D.C. blossoms. That's what I'm MOST excited for above anything else this visit. I hope they're in full bloom!

Just for the filler info, I'm a member of the Chamber Choir at UVU, which is directed by the marvelous Dr. Reed Criddle. Seriously, folks. He is the most phenomenal Dr. out there, and I love his guts. Genius. He's just a genius. Anywho, we're going on tour! To D.C.!!! And it's gonna be spectacular to be there again with another choir. It's what I do. ;)

Here's to a week in D.C.!