from Monticello High School Mustang to Brigham Young University Cougar
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can." ~John Wesley~

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BYU Fall 2010 Wrap-Up


I still love those 4 crazy girls I live with. I think I've come to realize that they may have been a huge part of the reason why I was supposed to come to BYU. I have learned specific lessons from each one of them that I wouldn't have learned on my own. I love our apartment. It's pretty drama free and we are always having a lot of fun. I love Rachel, Davi, Kara, and Courtney!


Well I learned what all college freshman have to learn.... the proper balance between playing and studying. Let's just say I was not on the end that my grades benefited. I need to study more and vow to do better next semester. The jury is still out and I don't know what in the world my grades will be, but we'll see. It should be pretty interesting.


Oh golly. Can't live with them don't wanna live without them. It was a really fun semester. I got to go on a lot of great dates and I really enjoyed myself. Gariet was super sweet to me and spoiled me to death. He was a great boyfriend, but now it's time for him to prepare for a mission. To quote one of my favorite young womens leader's it's also time to, "put on my big girl panties and try some different flavors of ice cream". So I'm gonna date around, figure out what I do and do not like in a guy..... or at least that's the goal for next semester.

In General

In general fall was a lot of fun. I learned a lot and adjusted well to the whole college and adult lifestyle. Of course there are some things that I'm going to work on and change for the winter semester, but overall it was great. More than anything I'm soooo ready to go home for a visit!

Here's a Video of My Fall 2010 Experience

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1 year, 3 months, and 2 days later

It had been 1 year, 3 months, and 2 days, since my brother left on his mission when I got to see him. He had knee surgery which reconstructed his ACL and removed part of a non-cancerous tumor. I was thinking about how weeks before his mission he was acting out the story of Aamon complete with Lamanites with only one arm, and terrified sheep. I was surprised to find that at the core my brother hasn't changed at all. He's still a goof, he's just a goof spreading the gospel with the same enthusiasm that he's lived his entire life. It was slightly awkward though, not gonna lie. There was very little catching up on the year that he's missed, which for me have been the most life-changing year of my life, it was as if nothing had happened and we just lived in the moment. It was refreshing to see him, but it's weird to know he's only 20 minutes away and I can go see him whenever, but he's still on a mission.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Grown Up Christmas List Post #1

So I've been thinking about this lately, which probably sounds weird but whatever.... on my grown up Christmas list I want a happy marriage.
I've seen great examples of a happy marriage, but I feel like it's getting harder and harder to find. People are more content to just hang out now, and it seems like the old ideal courtship has become lost. Sometimes I lose faith that there is such thing as true love, but then I take a step back and see it all around me. Many of my friends think I'm an idiot to believe in love, but I do. I believe in love. I know there is someone out there for me, and together we'll have our very own fairy tale. Now don't get me wrong I know that no marriage is perfect. Every person is different and there will be arguments and things to work out along the way. I also know that there is a way to make it work, that marriage is about compromise.
I guess as jumbled as my thoughts seem that I know I want to be married, I know I want my own version of a fairy tale. I just want a happy marriage.
Grown Up Christmas List #1
God bless me with an eventual happy marriage

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Introducing the "Grown-up Christmas List Month"

So the tender mercy month is over, but I have to come up with something to do for the month of December before Christmas, or I would completely forget to blog which has become my journal.... so this month I'm going to be bloggind about my "Grown-up Christmas List".

I got this idea from a Sunday School lesson where we made a "Christmas List for Life" and the things we wanted when all was said and done.... so here's what my list looked like
  • happiness regardless of where life takes me
  • a degree (Mrs. and at least Bachelor's degree)
  • a "forever family"
  • ect.

So here's how this month will go.... every day I will add something to my grown-up Christmas List.... things that are important to me.... bigger than I would like a scarf, a necklace, a car, and other material things.... and I'll explain why I want them in my life, and how I plan on achieving it. Slightly corny but hey it's about as Christmas-ey as I can get the day after Christmas!

Tender Mercy Day 31 and 32

Day 31:
Wednesday- sleeping in.... something I rarely get to do.... I slept until nearly 12:15 it was great! I wish that's how my life was all the time!

Day 32:
Thursday- Thanksgiving..... so here's a list of tender mercies and thankfullness
  • my sister- it's her 25th birthday and she is AMAZING! she takes such great care of me
  • good friends- I woke up to a telephone call from one of my favorite people on the entire earth, Brach Burton! although it was just to talk about the Turkey Bowl it made my day, and good friends in general I've truly got the best set of friends here in Utah and at home in Virginia
  • family- I got to talk on the phone with a lot of my family today.... I sure do love them and miss them a lot! They are amazing
  • my roommates- I couldn't have asked for 4 better people to live with
  • not being effected by the Heritage Halls flood- thank goodness I live one story up from all the damage, that would be a sucky way to come home from Thanksgiving
  • a wonderful boyfriend- he truly is such a great guy.... and no I have not complained or been obnoxious because he's away for just under a week (in case you were wondering)
  • for the beautiful country i live in- where else is it so different from coast to coast and a place of freedom where i can pursue happiness and prosperity
  • the gospel- the peace and happiness it brings to my life

there's a million more things that I am grateful for, but that seems like a good last post for my "Tender Mercies" Blog Month

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 29-30

Day 29:
Monday's tender mercy.... Sister Woodger's Living Prophets Class... she always teaches things that I need to hear. I truly just love that class and it makes Monday and Wednesday's bearable.

Day 30:
Tuesday's tender mercy.... STACEY! She came and rescued me from Provo before the crazy snow. She is great and totally takes care of me and my sister! I love Stacey!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 22-28

This week I identified tender mercies, but never got a chance to actually post them, so here we go a weeks worth of tender mercies.....

Day 22:

Monday- Today I was thankful for trying new things, yes this is intentionally vague. New things can at first be scary or uncomfortable, but it expands you... your comfort zone, your knowledge.... somehow new things are helpful. So today I'm grateful for trying new things.

Day 23:

Tuesday- Cleanliness! We have a cleaning check on Thursday, and I finally "caved" and cleaned my room. It's amazing how a clean room can help. I can actually get work done in my room and focus! It's great. Cleanliness=Productivity

Day 24:

Wednesday- My long day of classes. Me and Court went and visited Josh W. which was great! I honestly love being able to run over to 32 Felt and hang out! Those guys are great! So today's tender mercy thank heaven for Felt 32.

Day 25:

Thursday- Harry Potter!!! It would be really dumb to say today's tender mercy is Harry Potter, but it was still fun! The tender mercy today is truly just getting to spend quality time with my sister. It might seem like a dumb birthday present to give, but I love being with my sister and so Harry Potter tickets are a great gift especially when it means getting a whole weekend with her.

Day 26:

Friday- Third Graders! Today I spent the day in 3rd grade with my sister. I love hands-on experience. Today's tender mercy is knowing what I want to do. I'm glad that unlike most college kids who change their major a million times that I know that I want to teach in an elementary school. It's going to save a lot of time and tears, and I love having a direction instead of feeling like I'm blowing in the wind from one major to the next

Day 27:

Saturday- Simplicity! Today I got to go on one of the best dates ever! We went and watched Despicable Me at the dollar theater. I loved it! It was cute and fun! I have finally learned that I don't need a dozen roses, I don't need to be taken to dinner at a fancy restaurant. I love simplicity. I am happy just to be on a date regardless of how simple. It was also so much fun after the date just to play the "What if?" game! I love simple dates with Gariet! I love having fun and I don't need a lot to have fun.

Day 28:

Sunday- Watching snow fall! Tonight me and Gariet walked up to the Bell Tower to watch the snow fall. It was so cool.... I could see the snow falling down on campus, hear the kids tunnel singing, and even got to "ice skate" on the old layer of snow that had gotten slightly icy. I loved it! The snow is so pretty. Heavenly Father thank you for snow and for winter time!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 21

Today's tender mercy... is thank heaven for Aurora... she is so loveable and always listens to me complain and moan about dumb things! I sure do love her, and I love what a great friend she is!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 19 and 20

Day 19: Today I'm grateful for relaxation. I feel like I get entirely caught up in the pace of college life and truly have 0 time to just chill out! Friday night though I got to chill at home with a good book and my teddy bear while my roommates were at a basketball game and my boyfriend took a test. It was sooo relaxing. After my alone/relax time I got to simply go on a walk with Gariet and just talk. I love simple things like relaxing and walks!

Day 20: Today's tender mercy came from getting to know new people! After a hectic morning of hair cuts, disney princess stickers, and time with my sister I got to go to the ward activity. I was last to leave with an apartment from my building... 45 Fox! They are so fun and adorable that I really don't know how/why I hadn't gotten to know them yet. I love making new friends and I truly love those girls! Yay for making new friends!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 17 and 18

Day 17:
Today I'm grateful for good friends. I spent 3 hours at Gariet's apartment without Gariet there. I love that apartment of guys, they are a lot of fun and all around great guys. Josh showed me magic tricks which completely blew my mind, and then Eric and Josh and I communicated in our Southern Accents which I normally try desperately to hide. We listened to some of the best country songs ever, and it was decided that they would be singing a song at my wedding. Look up the song.... Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman.... Although it completely distracted me from my homework, I had a lot of fun. Tonight truly reminded me how much I love the social atmosphere of BYU, and the fact that there are such great people here! So Heavenly Father, thank you for the amazing people in my ward here at BYU!

Day 18:
I've been thinking about my daddy lately! Probably because I've listened to that Cinderella song about a million and one times. I absolutely adore my Dad. I've probably said it a million times, but because I have such an amazing Dad who loves me to death I can imagine in a small part just how much my Heavenly Father loves me. I miss my daddy so much, and really can't wait to see him when I go home for Christmas! Today's tender mercy, Heavenly Father thank you for my Daddy!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 16

So today's tender mercy is PRODUCTIVITY! I have one of the most productive days since I've arrived at BYU. I was able to get a huge chunk of my homework done, and I know have clean laundry so I can go back to jeans instead of using my limited supply of dress slacks! I realized just how lucky I am that I can sit down and focus! Did I get everything I could have/should have done? No, but I made progress! So today, Heavenly Father thanks for the ability to focus and be productive!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 15

Today's tender mercy is for good friends like Dana!
Dana is the sweetest FHE sister ever! She is so easy to talk to and I love our walks! She is a convert but I swear you can't tell if you listen to her testimony, she knows it! She's such a great example to me! The small thing that triggered this post was Dana helps me grocery shop often! She'll walk with me to the creamery watch me pick out random stuff and help me carry everything home. What a sweet girl! Heavenly Father thank you for Dana!

Jump On It!

What a fun date!!! Gariet planned an amazing date to Jump On It! We started the night by making some really yummy pizza's (I'll have to steal some pictures off facebook to show you just how beast the pizza Gariet made is). After pizza's we went to Jump On It! Which is in Lindon I think... close to Pleasant Grove. It was a lot of fun, although Eric and Gariet scared me multiple times with their tricks. Then we went to the Creamery for ice cream, way fun and way yummy! It was such a fun date, and I had a great time!

Missionary Week Recap

So here's how I did on the goals
  1. No facebook.... I did pretty good, no status updates, but I did have to get on long enough to pull off some pictures
  2. No youtube... I passed that goal with flying colors
  3. No naps.... I took significantly fewer naps, I only took 2 all week.
  4. I didn't watch any movies and I avoided Psych and Glee, but I did watch some random little things with Courtney
  5. The dress was pretty good... I ran out of skirts Friday, but every other day I wore Missionary Clothing
  6. Limited Access to Boys... that went fairly well, I wasn't at Felt everyday visiting boys in the ward, but I didn't do a boyfriend fast at all.
  7. I participated in as much as I could fit into my schedule.... but I realized like most missionaries do that there is only so much you can do in one day
  8. Fasting.... didn't do... I did pray for people back home, but Thursday morning rolled around and I was going about my normal schedule including breakfast when I realized... CRAP I'm not supposed to eat, I'm fasting.
  9. I only went to the Creamery for groceries on Monday... it was difficult, but I made it!

Missionary week was a good experience! I felt more intune with the Spirit and more importantly I felt a connection with my friends and brother who are out on missions. I got a small glimpse of what they sacrifice! It was a valuable experience for me!

Tender Mercies Day 13 and 14

Day 13:
Saturday! I love Saturday's! Today's tender mercy will seem really silly.... today I'm thankful for juice! I came home from the game and opened the fridge to see a brand new jug of juice with my name written all over it, Davi had bought me a brand new jug of juice! Seriously a simple thing that made me extraordinarily happy. My roommates basically told me that my reaction was priceless. It was really sweet and made me happy!

Day 14:
Sunday! Fast and Testimony Meeting! Today's tender mercy is just for peaceful moments.... Sunday's frequently feel like the most hectic day of the week, and this Sunday would fit in that category. All though it felt frantic I loved the peaceful moments of the day.... sitting in a CES fireside, holding hands, talking with Court, and socializing with Bowen 24. Just the small moments where I wasn't running around like a mad woman. Another cute little tender mercy was that on my way to the CES Fireside I was running late so the bishop gave me a ride. It was sweet and helpful... and a small tender mercy!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Birthday President Uchtdorf

Today is President Uchtdorf's birthday and as a special little surprise Latter-day Saints around the globe are posting their testimonies on their blogs and on facebook!
I personally have a hard time relating my feelings on spiritual things, but I'm going to try my best. I know that I have a Heavenly Father. I know that he is watching over me and knows me on such a personal and individual level. It used to be hard for me to comprehend how God could know everyone personally but I know that he is so powerful that he knows each of our personal circumstances. I know that Heavenly Father loved us so much that he sent a Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. I know that I would be cut-off from God's presence if it wasn't for the infinite and eternal atoning sacrifice of Christ. I know that when I live my life accordingly I can have the Holy Ghost with me. I know that God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are 3 seperate and distinct personages, although they have a common purpose. (to bring to pass the eternal life and salvation of man)
I know that the Lord loves enough to give us a living prophet today. I know that prophet is Thomas S. Monson, and I know he leads and guides the Lord's true church by inspiration and revelation. I know that the Lord entitles us all to revelation. I know that when I have questions I can sincerly ask him in prayer, and he will help me to know what I ought to do. I know that without a shadow of a doubt. I was sure I was going to Utah State, it made sense financial and I really liked the campus, but when I prayed about I received the impression to go to BYU. I listened and I know now that it was the right thing for me to do, I have been meeting people that I needed to meet in my life who are helping me to be a better person.
I know that God is a God of miracles, and I love looking for the daily miracles he places in my path!
I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church and that it is led by Christ. I know that we are few in numbers and that there are many misconceived notions about the LDS people, but I also know that if you truly read the Book of Mormon with an open heart and ask of God, you will know that it is true, and because the Book of Mormon is true Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, then God must still be talking to his people, and we are the only church who believes in a living prophet. I know that God speaks to man today because he is still powerful, we still need him, and he still loves us!
I'm grateful for my knowledge and for my faith. I know that I can truly be with my family forever because of celestial marriages and the atonement. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen

Tender Mercy Day 12

So today's post was written yesterday but I never got around to posting it, considering I scribbled it down on a napkin in the kitchen at about 2:30am when I finally got in. Yesterday was hectic! I went to my classes, worked with my English group on our paper, tried to tackle the mountain of homework I've been putting off, went to Aurora's for a small visit, went to dinner and shopping at Macey's with Gariet and his parents, played a bunch of night games!

Yesterday's scribbled tender mercy read like this,
"Today I'm grateful just to be me! Not that I'm perfect or even close, but as I played night games with random people from my ward tonight I realized that I have a pretty fun life! Where else can you party and laugh as much as we do, and still be able to wake up the next morning and remember exactly what happened. I love my BYU bubble! I love that I feel so safe and don't have to worry about drunk roommates or people doing inapporopriate things in bedrooms. I love the Honor Code, I love that we all obey it! I love that my roommates love me for me! I love that no one is trying to change me! All of high school I was running around and trying to grow up faster than I needed to, but now I'm content! Content to be me, content to be in this stage of life, content to have things stay the same, content to go with the flow!"

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 11

Today I'm grateful for..... Kara! She's so sweet and fun! I have really gotten to spend a lot of time with her the past few days and I absolutely adore her. She even came to rescue me today as my Writing Group was working on our group research project! I love Kara, and she fills my life with tender mercies.... So Heavenly Father... thank you for Kara as a roommate

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 10

It's hard for me to find the hand of the Lord on days that are as hectic as this. Today has seriously felt like a non-ending race that started at 8:20... run to English, run home, run to Living Prophets, run to the Freshman Mentoring Office, run home, run to Music and Civilizations, run to Aurora's, run to the book store, run back to Aurora's, run home, run back to Aurora's, run to devotional, sit in devotional and write a blog because we are an hour early, potentially run to the Relief Society Activity, run to the library, run home, and then go to sleep.
But, it's days like this that I understand that I honestly need to look a little harder for something to be grateful for and to actually look for the Lord's hand in my life. It's a no brainer that my mind would turn to missionaries as I prepared to attend the pre-missionary fireside. I'm grateful for missionaries... if it had not been for missionaries my grandmother would not have joined the church, wouldn't have married my grandpa, and wouldn't have raised my mom who in turn raised me. I also know how much a mission actually helps the missionary. It has been such a blessing to watch my brother Tyler as he serves the people in Ogden, Utah. He has truly grown up so much, and has become a better person. So today's tender mercy.... Heavenly Father thank you for missionaries!

Winter Semester 2011

yep, I'm taking World Dance

Here's my Schedule for Winter 2011
9:00-9:50 Geography and World Affairs
10:00-10:50 Biology 100
12:00-12:50 Book of Mormon Part 2 (not on Friday)
Monday Evening Class
5:00-6:40 Missionary Prep (with Bott!)

Wednesday Evening Class
4:00-6:30 Intro to Music

9:00-9:50 World Dance (I know I swore I would never take a dance class, but my roommates talked me into it)

Tuesday/Thursday Evening Class
4:00-5:30 University Chorale

Thursday Lab
12:00-1:50 Bio 101 Lab for Elementary Ed Students

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mothers Who Know! Tender Mercies Day 9

This week I've been thinking a lot about mothers and motherhood. Especially after our Relief Society Lesson, I've been wanting to read Sister Beck's talk "Mother's Who Know!" So I did... so here's my tribute to Mom's!

"Mothers Who Know Bear Children."
I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for that amazing woman right there, my mommy! I love her sooo much!
"Mothers Who Know Honor Sacred Ordinances and Covenants."
I love that my mom and dad were married in the temple, they are such a great example to me and I totally want to be like them!
"Mothers Who Know Are Nurturers."
Sister Beck said that Nurturer is synonymous with Home-maker! If there is a word that describes my mom it is a home-maker, if I can be half as good as her I'll be a great mom.
"Mothers Who Know Are Leaders"
Mothers are to be examples of good leaders to their children, and I hope I can do that.
"Mother Who Know are Teachers"
I can attest that I never learned anything at church that I had not already learned in the home from my mommy!
"Mothers Who Know Do Less"
Basically, mothers have their priorities straight and don't have to do everything to feel accomplished.
"Mothers Who Know Stand Strong and Immovable"
My mom is such a righteous woman and is such a great example of a woman who stands strong and immovable!
Here's some pictures of the women I want to emmulate when I become a mom:

Of course my own mommy, she's great!
These are my beautiful cousins Linds, Jami, my aunt Brenda, Kim, and Mel... they are such great moms and are such great examples to me!

and my other sweet cousin back home in VA, Mychael-Ann!

so I had other pictures of my role models picked out, but blogger has a limit of pics which sucks.... but I'll at least name them

  • my grandmother
  • Hillory Dahle
  • My other cousins: Cori, Dana, Dixie, and Taryn
  • April Burton
  • Amanda Davis

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tender Mercy Day 8

My tender mercy today... I guess Heavenly Father knew that I just couldn't handle it all today. I was seriously about to cry as I tried to figure out how I was going to get everything done this week and my computer wasn't working and I had a pile of dishes to do from the weekend since I am assigned to Monday dishes. Although the dishes weren't magically washed and put away and although all of my assignments didn't disappear, he did fix one thing for me... my laptop.

Missionary Week

I was called to serve as a Heritage Halls Prospective Missionary in the Spain Madrid mission! For those of you who don't get it... it's not for real, I'm not actually going on a mission, and I'm not actually going to Spain. But the purpose of this one week experience is to further my understanding of what missionaries do, and to let me see if I'd be interested in serving a mission when I turn 21.
So here are my goals for Missionary Week 2010
  1. No facebook! I caved this morning, but no more from now until Friday at 5pm
  2. No youtube unless it's Mormon Messages and Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  3. No naps! Missionaries don't take naps, so for one week I don't get to take naps.
  4. Limited use of media, that means one week of no Glee and no Psych and no movies unless it's like God's Army or The Other Side of Heaven
  5. Missionary Dress.... that's right skirts or dresses with tights and flats every day.
  6. Limited Access to Boys, I will not live in Felt this week, even when I'm bored I'm not gonna run over to the FHE Brothers to visit, and yep no promises on a boyfriend fast.... basically I'll be more focused on school and missionary work and scripture study then I will be on boys... ALL BOYS! (but I'll still see them and say hi and be happy and friendly and still hang out if they invite me)
  7. I will participate! That's right... I'm going to Devotional, the Fireside, the Relief Society Activity, the temple, Zone Meeting.... whatever I can fit in my schedule I'm going to do!
  8. I'm going to fast on Thursday for someone, not chosen yet, back home who I would like to give a Book of Mormon to with my testimony in it.
  9. I will only go shopping once.... Monday is my P-Day (preperation day) so what laundry and grocery shopping I don't get done today will not get done until next Monday.

I'm hoping that this will be a great experience and I'm really excited!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 5-7

Oops... so I didn't blog them but I saw them, so here's my catch up blog post.

Friday: Heavenly Father thank you for hugs. I love hugs! and my Heavenly Father is so aware of me and knows exactly when I need a hug. I walked in Friday night not so happy at about 2 am... by not so happy I mean crying. And my roommate Davi just comes in my room and gives me the world's biggest hug. I needed to be comforted and Heavenly Father knew I didn't have my mommy to run to, but instead he sent the next best thing, a roommate who cares and is aware of my needs.

Saturday: Heavenly Father thank you for Courtney. Courtney went to stay at her grandparents house on Friday night, and when she came home you would have thought she had been gone for an entire year by the way I reacted. She is one of my closest friends here in Utah, and I feel like I can trust her with everything. We stayed up sooo late just talking about everything last night too! So Heavenly Father thank you for Courtney.

Sunday: thank you for church! I loved today's church. I felt the Spirit, and I heard things that I needed to hear. I honestly feel that now since I'm taking notes at church I get more out of it, and I feel the spirit stronger. Today was great, we talked about motherhood and it was just so sweet and made me miss my mom and want to be a great mom when I grow up. I love church and it makes me a better person, so Heavenly Father thank you for church and especially for my ward!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 4

Today I'm grateful for Mom's specifically my Mom. I missed her today as I saw my FHE brother Taylor with his family. I love my Mommy... she's my best friend and I can't wait to hug her and squeeze her when I go home for Christmas.... so today God thank you for mothers!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 3

So right now is a really hard time for me to come up with a tender mercy. I seriously just burnt my finger while making Courtney some brownies.... like really bad.... there's a blister and everything. But since that put me in a bad mood I decided now would be the perfect time to write a tender mercies blog for today. So today's tender mercy... the ability to express yourself! I feel lucky that I am able to write and speak as often as I do... and I know some of you are nodding your heads going yep she talks a whole lot. But I was thinking about that yesterday as I watched a member of one of my classes struggle to express himself due to a disability, and then it came to mind today as we were talking about our argument papers in English. I am so blessed to be able to talk, and more blessed to be able to sing.... my world would be entirely different if I was unable to do those things. I'm also blessed to have been raised in a home where education is important. I love to write and it's one of the easiest ways for me to express my thoughts. So today's tender mercy.... God thank you for being able to talk and express myself!

Cornbelly's and Group Dates

I pretty much planned the best group date ever with the help of my roommate Courtney! We decided to take 5 couples to the Cornbelly's Cornmaze at Thanksgiving Pointe! I went with my boyfriend Gariet, my cousin Alyson went with her boyfriend Seth, I set my roommate Kara up on a blind date with my cousin Bryant (I'm the best blind date "setter-upper" ever), Courtney went with her friend Michael, and we invited our friend Shelley from upstairs and she went with Erick from our ward! It was soooo much fun! There was a non-haunted and a haunted cornmaze, duck races, bounce houses, awesome jack-o-lanterns, a bumpy hayride, and fun straw slides. My favorite part, surprisingly, was the haunted corn maze. It was slightly creepy, and the room that spun was awesome! Some of the stuff was so real and yep probably the scariest thing I've been to. I loved every minute of the date! It was actually worth the money we spent (it was slightly pricey for college kids). The night ended with a stop at In and Out for some milkshakes and talking in the basement lobby until it was time for the boys to go home!

Here's some pictures of our awesome Date:
michael, erick, shelley, and courtney
me and gariet.... both pictures we took one of us made a silly face
some of the group in the giant rocking chair

the "blind daters" I did such a good job

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 2

Today's tender mercy could only be observed in Utah this early in the year! SNOW! It was light and didn't stick around, but it was beautiful! I love seeing the snow on Mt. Timp, it's beautiful! I couldn't have picked a prettier campus to come to. There is just something perfect about waking up from a nap to warm poor mans stoup, snow, and hot chocolate. It's also the perfect temperature, not to hot and not too cold, perfect for a jacket and scarf but not so cold that you feel like you're frozen solid. So today's tender mercy is, God thank you for the snow!

Fall 2010 Part 1 Highlights

So the first half of the first semester of my freshman year at BYU has officially ENDED! I have lived through scary midterms, and came out alive, but with a very sad blog to show for it. So, although it would be fun to give the details on everything I'll just give the highlights

Roommates and FHE Family:
I lucked out in both categories this semester. I seriously have the 4 best roommates: Courtney, Kara, Davi, and Rachel! We get along so well, but we are totally not cookie-cutters of each other! I love being with them, they are so much fun, and they make me want to be a better person! We have the 7 most amazing FHE brothers, and 5 wonderful FHE sisters. Our FHE family is the bomb! We have fun together, and I know I can run to any of my FHE siblings for advice, and to my FHE brothers for blessings!

Well my very first "date" of the semester was going to watch P.S. I Love You at the Bean Science Museum with this guy named Gariet from my ward. One thing lead to another and Gariet became my boyfriend. He is great! Sweet, funny, and a gentleman! Totally a great guy! He makes me laugh, and yep he's great! We've been on a couple really fun dates and outings since we started dating. We've gone star gazing which is fun, although I'd rather make up my own constellations then try to figure out the real ones. He also taught me this crazy game... Commando.... sounds bad but isn't. Seriously so much fun, it's the most intense game of tag, hide-and-go-seek, and man-hunt smashed together. I love it! I also got to meet some of his family, they are soo sweet and so fun. My favorite date though was going to the Cornbelly's Maze at Thanksgiving Pointe! It was the best group date I've ever been on. There was soo much to do and see, and we seriously went with the best group. I even faced my fear of haunted corn mazes.

I took 13 credit hours this semester, not a lot, but still a full time student. I'm doing well in the majority of my classes, but I'm going to be spending some more time in the library to solidify my grades! The best part about BYU is that they offer religion classes. I love that I can go and be spiritually strengthened in a class setting Monday through Thursday! Book of Mormon is great but I really love my Living Prophets class with Sister Woodger, she's one of the most amazing professors here in my opinion.

the Cougs were a little disappointing so far, by a little I mean a lot. Due to random going-on's I've had to miss a few of the home games, but the few that I've been to were fun none-the-less. We won our first home game, although I only stayed for half. The best was going for homecoming. I went with a group from our ward and we did facepainting and it was just a blast! We even ended up winning! The best part of football season so far though was driving to Denver for the Air force game and getting to see my cute cousin Cori's family!

Miss Birdy:
Already this semester I got to go see my sister and her classroom at Heber Valley Elementary school. Her students called me, Miss Chelsea, not Miss Birdy. It was seriously one of the best days! Her 3rd graders were sooo excited to see me, and I really got some hands-on experience which makes me so excited to get my own classroom. The Miss Birdy part comes from Carter! The Ailshie's are some of Mallory's closest friends in Heber, and when I go to visit her I usually get to see them too. I love the Ailshie's too and they are definitely a highlight of any Heber trip!

Visitors and Draper:
The first half of the semester was full of visits to Draper and visitors to Provo. My first visit to Draper was the weekend before Conference. I had stayed in Provo with Mallory and we decided that it was about time I went to go see my cute Aunt Brenda and Uncle Lewis. It was really fun, and we even got to go shopping with Mel for craft supplies for Ash's b-day party and I love going off campus to shop so I couldn't resist a black cartridge and 2 headbands. The second visit to Draper was the following weekend for Ash's b-day party! It was so fun, I honestly felt like I was in young women's again with all those 12 year old girls. They were so sweet and fun! Then there were visitors to Provo! I got to have Alyson stay in my dorm room 2 weekends in a row. I think I got her super excited for college, and I really just loved having her around. While her family was here they took me to Temple Square for the first time which was soo amazing, and we went to Draper again where I got to see all the cool stuff Mel is selling... let's just say I know what I want for Christmas. I had one other visitor to Provo, even if it was just for an afternoon. Halle came to look at schools and although I only got to see her for about an hour, I totally loved every minute of it!

Basically I'm happy and healthy in Provo. Loving college and loving life!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tender Mercies Day 1

So I stink at blogging, but after Sunday's amazing church, I decided to challenge myself to blog once a day, a short blog. Just to record the tender mercies of the Lord that are present in my life. I'm hoping that it will teach me to better recognize it, and it will give you a small glimpse into my daily life at BYU.

So Sunday's tender mercy:
Sunday I got set apart by Brother Graves. The setting apart in and of itself was really sweet, but it was what he said afterwards that really made me go, "Oh my gosh, you are the sweetest man ever." As I was walking out he said, "You have the most beautiful smile, keep smiling." It may not seem like much, and may be a slightly lame tender mercy, but I think it was fitting for Sunday. I am grateful that Heavenly Father has placed me in such a great ward to start my freshman year, with such a great bishopric. I really feel like I needed those 3 men in my life right now. I've learned so much, and most importantly being away from home, I feel like I can turn to them whenever I need help.

Monday's Tender Mercy: Roommates!
I love my Roommates! And I think I have taken that fact forgranted. There are plenty of people who are as sweet as can be but still don't get along with their roommates. I really noticed it today that one of God's tender mercies to me this year was providing me with such awesome roommates! Here's just a little reason why I love each of them...
Rachel-- Our roommate and RA! I don't know what else to say other than, she is the spiritual giant I needed in my life. She makes me want to be a better person. She is so kind, and so righteous, and is so fun! I love when she teaches Sunday School, I know she loves the gospel and I know she loves the Savior, and she makes me want to grow and to love as much as she does!
Davi-- she is so spunky! She seems to always be genuinely happy! You cannot feel sad around Davi, she truly is like a ray of sunshine on my cloudy days. She gives the best hugs, and her smiles light up the room. I also love that we love to share... I love to hear, "Do you think that I should try some of that?" when I'm cooking in the kitchen, it makes me laugh and I just love her!
Kara-- she is so funny! She is so witty and makes me laugh all the time. Although she can be a goof ball she is also so sweet and considerate. I love getting notes from Kara. She seems to know exactly what I need to hear, and always comes up with a cute way to remind me she cares when I'm feeling down! She gives great advice and she's so sweet!
Courtney-- my room roommate, who feels like a sister. I can tell her absolutely everything and know that not only will she not judge me, but she'll actually listen and give me advice. She is so easy-going and I cannot get mad at her regardless of how hard I try. She gives great advice and is always there for me!

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Student Orientation

I moved in on August 25th... and just like my parents thought I redecorated a millions time before Sunday when my roommate came, so here's a quick tour of my room...
My missionary wall made it along with my rebel USU sticker!!! (PS THE CLOSETS ARE TINY)

Here's My Half of the Desk... it's kinda tiny

Here's my bed it used to be made... but ummm bad college kid habit

Here's my unmade bed again and part 1 of my picture wall

Look at that crazy stack of books... nearly made me cry... and of course I had to bring Bailey Bear, Harley the Tri-M Music Mascot, and my cute froggie and duck just in case you know...

That's the rest of my picture wall basically and yeah it's totally awesome
The past couple of days were sent at New Student Orientation it was pretty awesome and I met some pretty awesome people who I hope will totally be my BFF's....

But so far I totally love my roomies and all is well!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Goodbyes and Getting There

I honestly can't believe I'm writing a blog post from somewhere in Kansas as we cruise at a little over 70 mph towards my cousin Cori's house.... isn't wireless and my sisters little 3G card awesome?
It still hasn't sunk in that we're dropping me off at college this time... this just feels like yet another long road trip to Utah. The only difference is this time I'm the one with 4 bags instead of 1/2 of a bag. The last week and a half has been spent running myself ragged trying to pack and see everyone. I was fairly successful but I know there are already some things I forgot and people that I just didn't get the chance to see. Some of the goodbyes were harder than others, but I keep reminding myself that these are truly only "see ya later"s.
The trip out here has been, like always, LONG... and we're still in Kansas (thank goodness for a weekend break at cousin Cori's I'd seriously freak if I had to sit in this car much longer.... here are the highlights of the trip (I tried to pick one thing out from each state)
  • West Virginia... we ate breakfast and couldn't figure out why the cemetery across the street from the Hardy's didn't have names on them until we realized that hey it's a gravestone shop
  • Kentucky... my dad became a geocaching nerd (with help from Mal) and I slept
  • Indiana... Mallory and Dad stepped on a nasty mattress as they were geocaching and me and mom joked that they had pee and STD's on their feet, me and mom were also caught on film dancing to "Single Ladies", I learned why the Lion's den is for adults only... oh the educational billboard signs
  • Illinois... there was a really freaky storm we couldn't see more than a car length ahead of us (sometimes less) and at the rest stop all the trash cans had been blown over and the shingles of the building looked like they were going to blow off
  • Missouri....We got to see the Gateway to the West and we checked in to a hotel on the west side of St. Louis, and we all still slept like babies
  • Kansas... the longest and most painful part of our journey. I hate Kansas, sorry but there weren't even sunflowers to look at just the occasional buffalo (and by occasional I mean a farm every 200ish miles) The only semi-memorable experience was wasting a butt load of time driving to the OZ museum for Mallory to do a cache and to not go into the museum.... and that's still with 200ish miles to go

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Total Transformation

My brother before his mission was no offense to him but a complete and total hot head. If something happened to make him sad or mad there would be holes in a wall and lots of angry outbursts. I was never truly afraid when he got mad because he never touched me but I'm sure the wall and the punching bag thought differently.
Last night we had to call Tyler to tell him that one of his dear friends had passed away that morning, I was expecting the worst. Hole through a wall, knocked down door, companion with a black eye something. However the responce we got was just the opposite. It was quiet on his end of the phone as it sank in and then the next questions out of his mouth were: 'How'd it happen?'; 'How's his family?'; 'How's his friends?'; 'What's the ward doing about it?'; 'Can I write his family a letter?'....
I basically sat in shock at the total transformation of my brother. He's less focused on him and how things effect him and more focused on others and their well-being

Monday, August 2, 2010

My Guilty Little Pleasures

So over this summer I have indulged in my two guilty little pleasures...
the first is the show Desperate Housewives of New Jersey...
I absolutely love it, the drama is just over the top and that Danielle character is absolutely insane. And Kim G is trying to get on the show so badly.
...Desperate Housewives guilty pleasure number 1
the second guilty pleasure is the facebook game Frontierville
It is a complete and total waste of time but yet in it's own right completely addicting
... I blame my sister and an abundance of free time for guilty little pleasure #2

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Youth Conference and Young Womens Conference

I have spent the past 2 weekends at Youth Conference and Young Womens Conference respectively. The theme for both came for the mutual 2010 theme Joshua 1:9 "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

Youth Conference:
We worked with the Virginia Special Olympics and put on a non-competitive day of events focused on them. I was soo touched by their sweet spirits and how simply happy they were. I learned a lot about gratitude and I honestly felt so bad about being a brat to those around me when I am totally blessed. When I looked at how happy they were even when they couldn't talk, see, walk, or couldn't comprehend everything I took time to seriously reflect upon how lucky and blessed I am.

Young Women's Conference:
I was originally devastated when I found at that Girls Camp was not going to be the same format as it has always been. But honestly the workshops and activities were so uplifting and strengthening. And I LOVED my YCL's there was a such a special bond between us all this year.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Adventures in the Charlottesville Singles Ward Part 1

Today I went to Singles Ward for the very first time. It was not as bad as I had been made to believe. The majority of the guys didn't wear pocket protectors, the girls didn't have venom hanging from fangs looking to kill whatever girl gets in the way of their goal... a ring. It truly didn't even seem like anyone was begging for a ring. Sunday School was not taught by a guy who listed all the qualities he had that would make a good husband and all the qualities he was looking for in a wife. Relief Society was not centered on how to become a better cook, and there were few if any I hate my roommate stories. It was nice to know that all the things I heard were FALSE!
Honestly it was kinda nice. It was reverent and so easy to focus because there weren't any crying babies and it was rare that someone got up to leave. Also, since everyone was roughly the same age the talks were relatable and interesting.
There were even some noteworthy ideas and comments that I want to remember.
~God is never disappointed in us
~There is a difference between patience and idleness
~The alagory of the marshmellow and the fallen tree
~Be the type of friend that Jonathan was to Saul... in other words, be the type of friend that when people desire unrighteous things you gently direct them back to the path of righteousness.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blog Haters and Lunch

So today I met the first official blog haters for lunch. Since they just got back from Europe I went out to lunch with Aileen, Nick, and Alex. I've missed them a lot and I was truly looking forward to it. But, as lunch progressed I found out that they thought my blog was funny but not in a good way funny. Like a why do you have a blog funny.... BLOG HATERS. Seriously, not nice....but this will handle one part of their complaints.... Aileen and Nick you have your very own blog post about just you, and how much you don't like my blog ;P
Seriously though I like blogging it's kinda like my own personal journal and for those who want to keep up with what I do when I go to BYU they can get the gist of it on here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Advice about Boys

My mom and Sandy Trujillo gave me some of the funniest advice ever about boys...

And I quote, "Don't go cleaning, or ironing, or typing, or cooking, or baking, or anything for those BYU boys unless they're sucking face with you.... they'll hook you. They'll give you a side hug and you'll say oh he really likes me... but a side hug looks like a hook, it hooks you into baking more brownies and typing more papers, nothing else."

I mean I kinda get the whole don't be a sucker and let anyone (not just boys) take advantage of me and stuff, but honestly I love to bake. And I don't see any problem baking for my FHE bro's, my hometeachers, my roomies (My poor roomies, I sure hope they aren't like health nut dieting types, cause I love baking, but not eating what I bake... they will gain weight), or anyone else for that matter.... baking is not a marriage proposal.

It was funny cause 1) my mom said sucking face, 2) Sandy's facial expressions, and 3) there seems to be an underlying message that my mom is sending me to BYU to suck face ;D

haha love you mom!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Tribute to the Holloways

I love it when any of my family comes to Virginia to visit. So, I was so excited when the Holloways came to town. I absolutely love Cori and Mike's family! It was so fun to spend so much time with them! From Kings Dominion to the pool... we had a lot of fun!
Now here is why I love each of the Holloways:

Mike: is hilarious and although some (aka Alyson) may think his jokes are lame, he keeps me laughing. Cori for sure picked a winner.

Cori: is so much fun and is incredibly kind and generous. She reminds me a lot of my own mommy (in case you were wondering that's a very good thing)... she is so sweet to her kids and sweet to everyone around her.

Alyson: my closest cousin, in age and everything else. The question is probably what don't I love about her. She has a great sense of humor, she's fun to be with, she's easy to get along with, and she is gonna attend BYU... in other words she's perfect. (She should be my roomie in 2 years ;D )

Bryant: "Girls (making out) are like shoes, you gotta try them on until you find the right ones" Honestly he's hilarious, and unlike most teenage boys it doesn't seem like he's trying to be. Bry is easy to get along with and a lot of fun, I could truly talk to him forever.

Dawson: is all grown up, that's what truly struck me this time. I can't believe he's already a deacon. Daws reminds me so much of Ty when Ty was that age. Funny, unpredictable, and always up for a good time.

Emilee: Is adorable, plain and simple. I can't believe how big she's gotten. Cori was so right when she said how can anyone not love Emilee. She's too darn cute and sweet not to want to hug her.

Jarett: again, when did he get so big? I still remember all the fun memories of him when he was younger and they spent a few weeks at our house, but now he's all grown up. Still as cute and sweet as ever and a blast to be with. He totally surprised me with how fearless he was at Kings Dominion.

The tales of feeling unwelcome and being offended...

This is a short bunch of stories that I've seen, that truly make me sad. For the sake of those involved I've changed their names, but however it's hard to change the setting but I tried. The goal of this whole blog post (not that any of them read it) is to hopefully one show those who are feeling this way that people notice and try to change it, and two show those who are causing the hurt that they are wrong.

Tale 1: Christie and Julie
Christie and Julie are not brand new to the area, but you can tell they haven't lived here their whole life. Christie and Julie are both great girls once you take the time to get to know them. However Christie and Julie found themselves in the mix of a bunch of Judgemental Judy's. These girls have been together most of their lives, and can't seem to find room for Christie and Julie in their circle of friends. The girls (hopefully unknowingly) push Christie and Julie to the back of the room, in a row by themselves, or outside of the circle of conversation. Now as the narrator, I'm not entirely sure if Christie and Julie notice it or how they feel about the situation, but if I was in their shoes I'd be offended. For Christie and Julie's sake I hope that the girls try to be more "Christlike" and include others.

Tale 2: Ashley
Ashley has a different opinion then Jane. Jane feels as if you must do everything you are asked, including accepting jobs that you cannot fulfill. Jane constantly tells Ashley that she is wrong and makes her feel like a bad person in front of others, because Ashley can't always do everything. Ashley does quite a lot of extra things in her life, and as everyone else gets stressed. Ashley knows that only she knows how much is too much, but Jane keeps pushing and making Ashley feel bad about saying no, especially when it comes to church assignments. Having talked to "Ashley"- she feels offended and wishes that Jane would lay off.

Tale 3: Jennifer
Jennifer and Grace have been friends their entire lifes. But Grace gets special treatment by one of the adults in their lifes. Jennifer is constantly put down and belittled by the adult who makes everything about Grace. Grace doesn't notice how Jennifer is treated, nor does she try to comfort or standup for her friend. Jennifer has said that she doesn't think that the adult cares for her as much as she cares for Grace, but Grace seemed to ignore Jennifer. Grace seems to thrive on the attention regardless of if it hurts Jennifer. I don't know how Jennifer handles it, but if I were in that situation I'd be hurt and offended.

Tale 4: Lydia
Lydia seems to be the goody goody two shoes. But just like everyone else Lydia has her personal struggles, and can't be perfect in everything. (No one can, in case you were wondering) Lydia tries her best to do the right thing. Brittany made a bad choice that could greatly effect other people and Lydia found out. Lydia told the teacher about Brittany's bad choice with the understanding that Brittany wouldn't find out that Lydia said it. The teacher told Brittany what Lydia said, and that Lydia was the one who said it. Brittany proceeded to turn everyone against Lydia, and Lydia felt so alone that she stopped attending that class for a while.

So basically the goal is not to reveal the identities of Lydia, Brittany, Grace, Jennifer, Jane, Ashley, Christine or Jane. Its more of a cautionary tale... directed mainly towards teenage girls in high school. In retrospect I wish for a few things...
1) I wish I would have been more careful with what I said, so as to not cause offense.
2) I wish I would have gone out of my way to make others feel welcome and included.
3) I wish I would have been slower to take offense, although I know it isn't entirely avoidable.

Here's the kicker for the Mormon girls who read my blog... yes school friends you can learn from this too... everyone causes offense and gets offended. But here's my words to LDS girls.... be careful what you say and what you do specifically to the girls in your wards and stakes... people get offended and I've seen many families and individuals leave the church and lose their testimonies over offensive comments... here's the biggest kicker of them all... if you read the scriptures, if you're a real Christian at heart you know two things... Judge not that ye be not judged and love thy neighbor as thyself. Don't judge people and make them feel unwelcome, and you don't like being offended so don't offend others.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Day at Kings Dominion

****Caution Caution Bad Spelling and Grammar Ahead****
(what do you expect at midnight)

It was a blast from the past... some of my Dudley cousins and I headed for a day at Kings Dominion just like we used to do when I was basically a baby and could only ride the Scooby Doo rollercoaster (which they renamed after Snoopy... sad day). The crew consisted of: Jared, MA, Gwen, Noah, Ryan, and Gracie Pelo; Mike, Cori, Alyson, Bryant, Dawson, Emilee, and Jaret Holloway; Jay, Katie, Brandy, Eric, Gavin, and Tiffany Dudley and me of course. Here's the day in retrospect:
~ I'm always early, good habit but can be inconvenient for the other people it effects.... I was roughly 30 minutes early to the Pelo's.... seriously I was excited but not that excited, I'm just always early.
~Drove down in the girl car (Ai ai, Tiff, Gwen, Emilee, Cori, me and poor Mike had to drive us).. jammed away to Tiffy's iPod... complete with Taylor Swift and Justin (yes we are on first name basis :-D )
~Went on the Berseker, the traditional starter of every Kings Dominion Trip
~Did a marathon of freaky coasters with Jay and the teenagers (Dawson on up).... the Dominator, The Volcano, and The Flight of Fear.... It was fun, but the Volcano will get a story of it's very own.
~Waited patiently while Ai ai, Jay, and Gavin rode the Intimidator (whice was too intimidating for me)
~Had a yummy lunch
~Road the log plum with Ai ai, Tiffy, and Ryan
~Did a marathon of rollercoasters with Jared, Mike, and the big kids (Jaret and Noah + Teenagers)... Grizzley, Hurler, Rickashay (I spelt that wrong), Andacanda, Drop Zone, Avalanche, and the really awesome wooden roller coaster that I can't remember the name of.
~Wrapped up the day with a nice relaxing and soaking ride on the Kings Dominion Version of Roman Rapids

My favorite keepsakes.... memories
~Tiffy's face on the Berseker was priceless. She hadn't been upside down before, and did this cute breathing technique. It was hilarious and she forgave me for laughing.
~Only seeing Noah and Jaret's little bitty hands on half of the rides.
~"We're gonna be close cousins after this one" ~Tiffy~ (in responce to the fact that you basically sit on each others lap during the Avalance ride)
~Nearly chickening out of the Volcano but somehow through peer pressure making it through it.
~Alyson's frequent bathroom pitstops
~Gavin looking like a little kid on the Crypt while Dawson looked like someone was torturing him
~The headache that says, I've just spent the entire day at Kings Dominion
~Cute and adorable little cousins who make me laugh often
~Sitting up front in the Flight of Fear with Bryant.. truly awesome ride and even better when you ride way up front. So glad we decided to do that one twice.
~Wooden Rollercoaster Rides with our hands up, my very most favorite thing ever.
~Taking pictures with Flat Seth
~The laughing, the screaming, the rides, the food, the day it was all perfect!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hard Decisions... College Bedding and Colors

So after recieving generous gift cards to Target and other stores, I decided it was finally time to start buying some of the college things I need.... and that also meant picking a color since I've been stuck between pink and blue, but not together. So I made a decision.... all the stuff for my bedroom will be pink (with accents of black and white) and all the stuff for my kitchen will be blue (with accents of black and white). The goal is to spend the rest of my Target gift cards in the next few days, and to eventually sit down with my mommy and make a cute blue, black, and white aprons. I know it is all fickle little decisions, but I officially feel like a college kid finally getting things together. Eek I'm so grown up

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Happy 18th Birthday to Me

June 9th, 1992 I graced the world with my presence.
June 9th, 2010 I officially became an adult and turned 18!
I went to dinner with Aileen, Nick, Lyndsey, Alex, and Alex's girlfriend June 8th to celebrate my birthday, and they bought me the cutest Elmo and Big Bird cake. I had spent the night at my friend Brittney's house the night before, so we actually stayed up until well after midnight, and Brittney and her brother Alex were the very first to wish me a happy 18th birthday. After we woke up in the morning, and I got an interview at Taco Bell we went to my house, and made my favorite... oreo pie! With the help of Benadryl I passed out (I was suffering from a terrible cold) while Brittney went to the doctor with Caleb. Midafternoon they came back with Tropical Smoothie (my favorite), and we snacked on that and cookie dough while watching movies. When my mommy and daddy got home I got to open my present from them. It was an empty laptop case and I was mad cause I didn't get the hint that they'd bought me a laptop. After Caleb and Britt were done laughing at me we headed to Caleb's and from then on I was clueless. Mr. Briggs decided to take us all out to Red Robin, where I ate a really yummy salad (those of you who know me know that me and veggie don't get along so I know shocker me and salad bffs now). And of course the waitors sang to me. (Which is so embarassing) I got to open my cards and present there. The boys were typical boys; Caleb sweet, Cameron funny, and Ian there's really no word for him. As I read Brittney's card I started tearing up.... it was the sweetest thing and although Cameron was saying don't cry don't cry don't cry I couldn't help it. Brittney of course picked out the perfect gift.... a willow tree figurine (she knows I want my own collection someday, so she officially started my collection). After gifts they put me in the car with a blindfold. I knew where we were when I smelt the bowling alley. It was so fun! We went back to Caleb's ate pie and hung out by the pool! I truly love my friends and because of them I had an amazing 18th birthday!


June 5th 2010 I graduated from high school! The ceremony was held in the John Paul Jones Arena in the wee morning hours. It was the funniest feeling to put on my cap and gown for the very first time with all my cords and my honor stole. It really didn't hit me until I was lining up in the tunnels that my high school career was truly ending. Then the march started playing and some of us were crying and others jumping for joy. The hardest part was singing with the choir one last time. We sounded beautiful, but I'm gonna miss the feeling of a small high school choir. (On to much bigger choirs next year) Then was the long part, formally introducing the school board, random awards, senior speakers..... I'm not trying to be a snot, but the senior speakers didn't truly touch me. They were sweet and I know they were both choosen by my class for a reason, but it didn't effect me like it would have if it was one of my close friends. They did great though. All I truly got from all the blah blah blah was two things.... "Have something to say, say it and sit down." and "make the world a little better just by being here". After all of that... it was finally time for the awarding of the diplomas. It was fun seeing my friends walk across the stage and I was very proud of myself because I didn't fall. The best part of all was when they finally announced us as the graduated class of 2010!
After the ceremony we took lots of pictures and went out to eat as a family. (Cheesecake Factory... my favorite) The next day I went to a graduation party at Lake Reynovia with all the Cale Boys and their families. It was so much fun.... getting thrown in the pool, playing cards, eating yummy food and just being together! I truly love my school friends they are so sweet to me! Caleb even got me an early birthday cake which was very sweet!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

In four years of high school I've learned...

What is the worth of a public education? Do we crazy teenagers really take anything away from the experience?
My answer is public education is worth a lot, it shapes the person yo will become and sets the tone for the rest of your life. And although we constantly complain about having to wake-up for class or how much parents and teachers just don't understand us, there are a lot of things that I think we collectively and individually take away from the 13 years we spend in the public school system.
So here's what I've learned in the past 4 years...
  • If you can survive AP Calculus and AP Chemistry without losing your mind, you can do anything.
  • Get involved. Who wants to be the loser sitting at home doing nothing... do something music, sports, clubs.... anything. Getting involved helps you make friends.
  • Be picky about who you spend your time with. Life is way too short for Debbie Downers or the Judy Judgemental's in life.
  • Never eat candy that you find in hotel rooms, specifically the ones behind the curtain. (All-State 2010)
  • Don't throw yourself under the bus... you should help others but if someone has hurt you repeatedly, why put yourself in a position to be hurt again?
  • Don't bite off more than you can chew.... sometimes you just can't physically do it all. In other words, ya gotta prioritize.
  • You never know what is going on behind closed doors.... everyone struggles so make life easier on others by not judging them by what you see.
  • Any moment could be your last, so live your life without regrets.
I feel like I took away more than just dates and tricks on calculators. My high school career has shaped me for better or for worse into the young adult that I am.

Senior Year... the abbreviated version

Senior Year was one of the most exciting times! I honestly can't believe it's over.

Fall: The year started with football season and I was in the marching band for the first time in my life. Somehow between Noth and Becca I ended up as the pit section leader. Although I may be a total geek, I absolutely loved marching band. It was full of fun experiences and even funnier kids. The fall also brought HOMECOMING! I got ready with my friend Nick's girlfriend Catie and as we were getting ready to leave Nick got me a corsage since I was dateless. Very sweet. The night was full of dancing and friends!

Winter: Fast-forward to snowmagedan... Charlottesville got pounded with two huge snow storms that left us out of school for 2 weeks, and me snowed in with little cousins for 2 days. It was nice to have an additional 2 week break this winter. As the snow was falling the Dudley girls snuck down to Williamsburg for a weekend away. It was quite fun and I was excited to see a lot of the cousins I haven't seen in a while. Dudley Girls Getaway Weekend was followed by District Choir. Last one! The director was quite strict but we learned a lot and we sounded great. That's when I found out I made All-State

Spring: The biggest event of the spring semester was PROM! I went with one of my best friends Ian. I had a blast, and he was such a gentleman! Honestly one of the best times ever! Prom was followed by All-State. I escaped school and the looming CAP project for a weekend in DC with the wonderful director and composer Z. Randall Stroope. One of the best experiences of my life! Honestly I learned so much and the sound of a 250 some choir was something I'll never forget! All-State was unluckily followed by CAP , which sucked. CAP stands for Citizen Action Project, it's where the 12th graders are placed in groups and asked to become informed participants in a certain public policy area. Let's just say the world's most stressful project all shoved into the end of my senior year. We ran with the debatable question, "Should Virginia have a statewide grading scale". The rest of the spring was totally occupied by FAME our school's spring musical, and I was basically the music director! I was so proud of the cast... they were amazing! The final act as a senior other than graduation and senior night was CALE FIELD DAY! My last BBBS (big brother big sister) event :( It was so much fun working with the little kids and getting sprayed by the firetruck!

I'm officially a blogger!

After much prodding from friends and family, I decided to start a blog. They were fairly persuasive with their arguments, and thus my blog is born. I'm probably not going to be a very frequent or exciting blogger, but it'll be a great way for family and friends home in Virginia to keep up with me and my life as I move to Utah!