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~

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!