Saturday, November 13, 2010

Its How I Roll

So, graduation is in about a month, and I don't know quite what to think of that fact.  I need to start working on a grad school application and studying for the GRE. This summer and this semester has been full of firsts. Most good firsts, some not.

  • Went to Cafe Paesan. 
  • Tried cream cheese on a bagel and loved it. 
  • Made homemade bread in the oven. 
  • Failed cleaning checks.
  • Worked at and went through some very scary haunted houses. 
  • Went to a football and a basketball game by myself. Yeah.. I love the cougars that much!
  • Watched Tommy Boy.
  • Snorkeled with Sea Turtles and other tropical fish.
  • Went to Hawaii
  • Bought a Blu-Ray Player
  • Tried Cereal with Milk again, and remembered why I hate it. 
  • Tried Grilled Cheese and decided it was ok.
List TBC...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Childlike Fun

Ok, so your birthday is like the one day of the year when you get to feel like a little kid again and it is just fine! Its that one day of the year that you can expect to be treated like you are in elementary school again, but in the best way possible. Girls get to dress up like princesses if they want for another day and parade around like they world revolves around them, and guys get to revert back to the days when the cool little gadgets and Tonka trucks were enough to waste hours on, at least I still see birthday's that way. Its a day when people get to celebrate you, and this week, not only do I get to celebrate me, but I get to celebrate some amazing friends I've made and friendships I've strengthened who just happen to share the same magical 7 day span with me this year, so like another friend who is honoring September birthdays, I've instead chose to honor the magical 7 day period in which I get lucky enough to share my Birthday with multiple of those who I'd like to think of, reverting back to elementary school again, as "BFFs."

Joey, I hope you don't mind I copied you on this one, but hey, Birthday buddies forever right?
Let's start at the very beginning, the very best place to start...(Points if you can name that movie)

Megan Riney and Tia Burton: September 23 & 25- Wedding dress and far right :)

Not very many people can say that they met their best friends when they were in Kindergarten, or even earlier, however lucky of us, we can.  You are two of the best friends I've ever had. I hope the following memories will bring a smile to both of your faces. Cabbage Patch Club, Christmas Parties, Madrigal Dinner, Band/Color Guard, Show Choir, Scary Movies, Hayride Birthday Parties, Lunches at Shana's and many more to come I'm sure. Thanks you two for so graciously sharing your birthday week with me every year. :)

Joey Whitaker: September 29- Far Left

Ahh, Joey, I thought it was cool having two of my best friends with birthdays so close to mine, but if 2 is awesome, why not add a third right? I've heard that shared experiences and memories connect people not only across time but space as well. I hope that the memories we have had together mean as much to you as they do to me and that we have many more. Thanks for being a great friend and for never giving up on me. We met at a hard time for both of us, and what better way to become friends than to help each other out. Thanks Joey for the good times and I'm excited for more to come.
Don't be afraid to dream big, your dreams will take you far.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things

  • Bubble bath
  • The sun shining through the windows, warming the world
  • Rainbows
  • Chocolate
  • Notes from Friends
  • Back Rubs
  • The Ocean
  • Cute Shoes
  • A Blanket and Pillow
  • Popsicles in the Summer
  • Smiles
  • When a Cute boy smiles at me
  • Learning about the World
  • Sand between my toes
  • Sandcastles
  • Ice Cream
  • Dove Chocolate
  • Good Music
  • Singing and Dancing in my apartment/room
  • Reading
  • Realizing that someone or something is extraordinary
  • Perfectly sunny days
  • Thunderstorms with Lightning
  • People who aren't afraid to just be who they are
  • Sunday afternoon naps
  • When the leaves change
  • A Dress or Jeans that fit just right
  • Mexican food

Friday, August 6, 2010

My Top Ten (Part 1)

Since I am coming close to getting to all of the 50 United States before I hit the age of 25 it is about time to expand my horizons and let you all in on a little here it goes. These are the first three of my top ten (or eleven) places I would love to visit most in the world outside of the United States (they aren't in any particular order). I got my love for traveling from my Grandparents who went nearly everywhere in the world before my grandpa passed away in his mid 70s.

1. Santorini and Athens, Greece: I mean who wouldn't want to visit the beautiful white buildings and cathedrals, green rocky cliffs and the bluest ocean views, quite possibly ever. Ancient Athens and the Parthenon are nice perks as well. If that isn't enough, how about the mountain of Olympus or the beautiful beaches.  I used to want to study Archaeology and with all of the ancient Grecian ruins and artifacts, this place would be a truly amazing, historical place to get lost in.

2. Germany & the Netherlands/Holland-  I chose to group these into one because I discovered that if I don't, I really have eleven places I would absolutely love to visit, but then it wouldn't be a top ten list now would it?

German Chocolate, the name Heidi, my family, German Pancakes, all of the delicious pastries and deserts I have heard about and the green rolling countrysides with little towns settled in between them. Hamburg, Cathedrals, the list goes on and on of the great things that are in and come from Germany.   What more could you want?

Holland: Tulips, Windmills, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Futbol (aka Soccer!), canals, old, wooden shoes, riding bikes through fields of flowers, castles, the port cities. Everything is easy to love when its Dutch..
Fun Fact: Did you know there is a city in Holland in which there are no streets for driving, you have to travel from place to place, and house to house on the river ways in a canoe or paddle boat! Love that!

3. London, England. The REAL land of Harry Potter, Big Ben, London Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Abbey Road, Double Decker Buses, a beautifully large ferris wheel, small towns and the beautiful countryside, castles, museums and cathedrals. Enough said.

4. Rome and Tuscany, Italy.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and I have two that I believe are worth about twice that many. Decide for yourself.

5. The Igazu Waterfalls on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once again in my opinion one picture says it all.  Bonus: In Argentina I can kind of speak the language and there is so much untouched beauty in both of these countries, I will never get bored.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rainbows over Provo

I got the chance to teach Relief Society today in my ward and our lesson was on covenants. It made me think of all the wonderful promises God has given us if we just keep the covenants we have made with him.  We talked about Noah and the sign of God's covenant with him to never flood the earth again, which is manifested over and over again with the sign of the rainbow. 

As I get older I don't know if I notice the little things more, or if I look for them more, but lately I have noticed the hand of God in my life almost daily.  I was reading in the lesson I gave about how if we do what we say we will, the Lord is BOUND to do what he has promised us in return.  These rainbows can be daily reminders that God has not forsaken us and that he will never leave us alone or comfortless.

One last quick thought.  Rainbows remind me of my brother, Kevin who is currently on his mission to the Las Vegas Nevada West Mission speaking Spanish. I don't know if he knows this, but the day I dropped him off at the MTC, as I drove away a rainbow appeared in the sky over Provo and in the year since he has been gone I have seen more rainbows than any year previously. The Lord knows each of us individually and knows what we are going through. That rainbow was my little reminder from God.  There was a double rainbow today.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thanks for the Memories...and for Friends

I have had a hard time focusing on the positive in my life lately and recognizing the support of those around me who love and want to help me.  So here it goes, a thank you to all those who have helped me so much these past few weeks, I'm sorry that some of you will probably never see this post, but for those 2 or 3 of you that do, Thanks for your support. I am going to word this in the form of a Gratitude journal. Enjoy. 

I'm grateful for the time we had.
I'm grateful for the memories we made. 
I'm grateful for the pictures we took and the friends we made together. 
I'm grateful for your courage and strength. 
I'm grateful for your knowledge and growth.
I'm grateful that you let me be a part of your testimony that will some day influence hundreds if not thousands of people. 

I'm grateful for the blessings from Nick Purse, Ryan Rodriguez, Shawn Loftin, David Felstead and John Christensen.
I'm grateful for the blessings from Dad, Doug Hamilton, Mario Aguirre, Wayne Manning.
I'm grateful to have Kevin as my brother who has helped our family by the blessings we have received from his willingness to share the message of our savior Jesus Christ.

I'm grateful for friendships that I have made and that continue to be improved and strengthened through this experience and old friendships that have been rekindled and that remind me that God truly loves me.
      I'm grateful for true friends that have shown me that they will always be there no matter what.
        I am grateful for flowers, ice cream, cookies and nice notes.
        I'm grateful for family that never cease to amaze me.
        I'm grateful for the heroes in my life.
        I'm grateful for those willing to pass it on.
        I'm grateful for those whose attitudes and outlook on life never cease to amaze me.
        I'm grateful for the Dahlin family who took me in as their own for a time and supported me during the times I felt alone.
        I'm grateful for my job.
        I'm grateful I am blessed with the chance to be at BYU learning and making friends.
        I'm grateful for the friends I have who make all of these lists. You know who you are.
        I'm grateful for phone calls and notes from friends.
        I'm grateful for those wise enough to follow the spirit. 
        I'm grateful for anyone who I failed to mention but who has been a part of the healing process I have experienced. 
        I'm grateful for parents who support me in everything I do even if they know I will fail. 
        I'm grateful for the smiles in places I don't expect and for the little happy places in God's creation. 
        I'm grateful for the chances that have been put in my place to be a friend to others, and I will gladly reciprocate the kindness shown to me by any who need it, in any way that I can. 

        Changing modes for those of you who are sick of hearing about the things I'm grateful for...

        I love the smell of rain. I love rainbows and the promise they bring. I love butterflies. I love the scriptures. I love forgiveness and repentance. I love brightness. I love the world. I love missionaries. I love the piano. I love music. I love playing the piano. I love service. I love sacrifice. I love blue skies. I love friends. I love chocolate cupcakes. I love cookies warm from the oven. I love knowing I'm loved. I love words. I love making a difference. I love changing lives.  

        I know many of you are about done reading this post, but if you made it to the end, I want to hear your comments and stories about those who have changed your life and what they have done to help you. I love hearing stories of friends or loved ones who have had struggles and those who have stepped in to help. 

        Wednesday, June 2, 2010

        Romeo and Juliet

        Two movies that I have seen in the past month that I loved and, of course, are about Love. Young Victoria and Letters to Juliet. Both are fantastic stories of love and how it doesn't always come as you had dreamed it would.  I also, of course, would love to pay tribute to the fantastic Pride and Prejudice and Phantom of the Opera, both of which are also fantastic love stories and are appropriate for any audience, as long as you can sit through 3 hours worth of movie.
        Young Victoria:
        A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. A love that doesn't die is always worth seeing a movie about.

        Letters to Juliet:
        An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.

        Monday, May 24, 2010

        A Smile Could Travel the World

        So, a few weeks ago in sacrament meeting, there was a guy that gave a talk on mothers, Charity and the influence that just being kind to someone can have on not only their world but on the whole world around them.  An example he gave was smiling.  He said that there are days that he has been walking in his own little world through campus, with his iPod in or on his phone, etc, and then someone looks up from their busy day and smiles. He smiles back, and keeps smiling, and the next person he walks past, sees that smile and smiles herself. Who really knows how long that smile will continue to spread, but maybe it will travel the world! Who knows, that smile that you pass along could change someone's day and if it continues to spread, maybe you could actually make a difference in the world.

        He also mentioned that if everyone in just our small little section of the earth, (Our ward essentially) would live ONE day, just one, as the Savior would live, we could too show the world that Kindness still exists and it would almost be as if Christ was here for one-hundred extra days. So, here is a challenge for the few people that browse my blog every once in a while, even if you may not believe in God, or the same God that I do. Live just one day this week like you could possibly save someone's life. Help someone in need, be kind to everyone, don't forget that regardless of your beliefs, we all need love.  In the words of a popular song:

        "What the world needs now, is love, sweet love" and change slightly the words of John Mayer's song and quit "waiting on the world to change"  and instead "be the change you want to see in the world" -Ghandi

        Here is a smile, that you can use to spread the love!

        Thursday, April 29, 2010

        Love Round 2

        Some more of the awesome hearts found in nature. :) Love it! Here is a link to the other post I did with hearts. Doesn't it just make your day?  Link: Let me Show You the Shape of My Heart. If you have any of your own hearts in nature, Email them to me and see if you make the next Hearts Post.

        Wednesday, April 28, 2010

        Be Careful What you Wish For

        I have learned a very important lesson in the past few years about answers to prayers and how sometimes what I think I want and need, but then realize I was completely happy with my situation before. I know it sounds complicated, but don't write me off yet.  For example, all during High School I had extremely thick hair, that was hard to take care of or do a whole lot with.  I always wanted and prayed for a little bit thinner hair. I know its stupid, but its one of those things where everyone always wants what they can't have right? Well, unfortunately, I got my wish. Here, is a list of quite possibly the stupidest things I wished and prayed for, and got in the funniest/worst way possible.

        I wished for thinner hair: now like half of my hair falls out because I'm on medication.
        I wished I could be a little skinnier, over Christmas break I was so sick I lost 40 lbs. This should teach me my lesson right?
        I wished that I could take a semester off of school and relax.. well.. I did.. even though it wasn't exactly completely relaxing.
        I wanted to be closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so they brought me to my knees in the most unexpected way.
        I had a lovely long list of awesome things that I thought would be so great for me, and turned out, God made me perfect the way I was to begin with. I can't remember what else I wished for that, now I realize were trivial and maybe a little petty.

        Well enough of my pity party, I just thought I'd share with everyone that God made us how we are because that is exactly how we are supposed to be in this life, and even when things happen, he doesn't stop loving us. That's why I have what I have, I wasn't paying as much attention to him as I should have been, so He reminded me.

        Sunday, April 11, 2010


        I got a free scrapbook from Shutterfly, so i decided to do something a little different and put old pictures that are still at home in the scrapbook. Here is what i have done so far.

        Thursday, April 1, 2010

        Favorite Commercials Part 2

        Part 2 of my favorite commercials.  Boost mobile made the list this time. Check out "Is that the talking dog?" as well as Bicycle and Man Baby. Good stuff...

        Saturday, March 27, 2010

        My Favorite Commercials, So Far

        Ok, so it sounds horribly cheesy and once you see them you will believe that I'm a horribly childish person but I would like to link you to my favorite commercials, so far.  I would say they are my favorite ever, but since I'm planning on becoming an advertiser, that statement would become void within a few years I fear, so I must remain at the here and now and... TAH DAH...
        The E*Trade babies followed closely by Old Spice if you don't believe me, ask my parents or Brent, I get really excited when E*trade comes on and the Old Spice commercials, come on who doesn't love them? P.s. You must watch this one... I also like the new Vitamin Water commercials. Who comes up with this stuff... its hilarious.. Yeah.. that is supposed to be my job.. yikes.. I better get my mind moving.  I will put some more up look forward to that.  Also, if you want to see one that is more creative, less funny.. then check out this one for Sony Bravia. The first one is the bouncy balls, and the second is paint. They are fantastic. Jimmy Dean also has some good ones.

        Tuesday, March 23, 2010

        Things I'm Afraid Of

        So I realized, today that I'm a chicken, but when I talk about things that bother or scare me, it seems to make them better.  Here is a small list... They are silly and unimportant, but maybe putting them on here will help me out.  I'm scared of turbulence, take-off and landing, someone close to me dying in a tragic way, being alone at night in an apartment or house, dying too young, losing someone without the chance to say goodbye, my nightmares coming true, never having feeling in my toes again and mannequins, just to name a few. I'm sure there are other things, but its interesting what fear does to you, it paralyzes you in a way nothing else does. I even get scared when someone doesn't hit their breaks fast enough. I'm afraid of being alone, of never having children because of my Lupus, but what is the point of fear? Is it to help us appreciate what we have, or to help us live better lives, or to help us understand polar opposites better and feel more joy when it's there?

        I believe that the purpose of fear is not only to help us understand life, but in the scriptures it says that there must be opposition in all things. Without fear, would we truly know what it is like to feel safe and happy? Probably not... Fear gives us something to overcome and when we do, we can say we've done it. We may still have the fear if we are asked to do it again, but maybe the next time it will be a little less scary and a little more able to bare. And I even have to admit, that I'm probably pretty funny looking when I get scared. In fact I probably look like that little guy. so I will just have to remember the humor in it all.

        Tuesday, February 16, 2010

        Let me Show you the Shape of My Heart

        I know its a lame Backstreet Boys song, but its kind of cool the crazy random places you can find heart shapes. They are everywhere.. here are a few that I have googled but hopefully I will find some on my own sometime. :) These are just some of my favorites that I found.. enjoy! I consider them God's little reminders that he is always there and he loves us. P.s. I think the cow is super cute!

        Monday, February 1, 2010

        Never too old, or young, for Love!

        So, I was writing an article about tips to make your Valentine's Day great on the blog I do for work, and I was looking for pictures of people in love, that weren't too scandalous, obviously.. and there were quite a few pictures when I did a Google search of older people holding hands and dancing, etc. as well as young children.  It reminded me that sometimes we get lost in the everyday things in life, and fail to understand and recognize that love does still exist and it can exist in everyone.  I hope I am lucky enough to have a love that lasts and is strong throughout my old age.

        People sometimes forget how lucky they are to have people around them that never cease to care.  My mom is one of those people for me. She has seen me through just about everything imaginable from something as simple as a bruised and constantly scraped up knee, to a disease that took over my life.  If that isn't a pure description of love, I'm not sure what is. Also, Brent. He has never stopped being there for me when I needed him.  He has stood by me through every step of this horrible disease and even though I know I have been cranky and upset with him he never stops trying to help and showing his love for me.

        Love truly is an amazing thing, enjoy some of these pictures and consider doing something for someone you love this Valentine's Day. I also found the rock picture and just thought it was cute.

        There is a couple from the BYU ad lab, who have a blog that I ran across the other day. They collect pictures of hearts they, or other people find in random places. Its pretty cool and I wish I had saved the link, but I didn't. Kind of cool though that ordinary people look for and find beauty in unexpected things.

        Thursday, January 28, 2010

        What are Men Compared to Rocks and Mountains?

        This is a quote in the ever loved and ever hated (mostly by men) book Pride and Prejudice. I was editing some pictures this morning and happened to run across some from a trip my friends and I took to Zion National Park this summer. It made me think of that quote as I was looking at the pictures from that trip. I have pictures of everything from the tiniest of flower to the majesty of a canyon. God created these huge structures and delicate little flowers for us. Do we really and truly appreciate them? I don't think we do. 

        I think especially now, people don't appreciate the country we live in.  From the amber waves of grain to the purple mountain majesty we have one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to live in the entire world.  There is great majesty all over the world, don't get me wrong, but we have all of these rolled into one beautiful place.  All nations of the world are rolling into us, and we are so blessed to be where we are.. here are the pictures that inspired my thoughts.

        I also love the part that follows that quote by Elizabeth Bennett, she says...
        Mary Bennet: The glories of nature. What are men compared to rocks and mountains?
        Elizabeth Bennet: Believe me. Men are either eaten up with arrogance or stupidity. If they are amiable, they are so easily led they have no minds of their own whatsoever.

        Even though this quote was meant for the male sex, it is true of most of us now.  Everyone walks around in this world with their false pride and their sense of superiority and arrogance.  Usually if they aren't doing this, they are showing some kind of stupidity. The nice people of the world, follow what others do, and hardly ever do anything for themselves, its sad but true how well her quote turned out to describe us now days. Of course I have to include a picture from Pride and Prejudice, because not everyone is lucky enough to find a love like that Love/Hate relationships going on there. Oh one last thing I love from the movie is below the picture... I guess that is my little school girl romance kicking in there, its just fantastic though, if you haven't seen the movie you should, I even know guys that love it!

        Mr. Darcy: How are you this evening, my dear?
        Elizabeth Bennet: Very well... although I wish you would not call me "my dear."
        Mr. Darcy: [chuckles] Why?
        Elizabeth Bennet: Because it's what my father always calls my mother when he's cross about something.
        Mr. Darcy: What endearments am I allowed?
        Elizabeth Bennet: Well let me think...”Lizzie" for every day, "My Pearl" for Sundays, and...”Goddess Divine"... but only on *very* special occasions.
        Mr. Darcy: And... what should I call you when I am cross? Mrs. Darcy...?
        Elizabeth Bennet: No! No. You may only call me "Mrs. Darcy"... when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy.
        Mr. Darcy: [he snickers] Then how are you this evening... Mrs. Darcy?
        [kisses her on the forehead]
        Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy...
        [kisses her on the right cheek]
        Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy...
        [kisses her on the nose]
        Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy...
        [kisses her on the left cheek]
        Mr. Darcy: Mrs. Darcy...
        [finally kisses her on the mouth]

        Monday, January 25, 2010

        Gratitude Journal 2

        So I realized that when I think about it I have so much to be grateful for.  I know sometimes I complain more than I should, but here are a few more things I have found to be grateful for in the past few days.

        • I don't play a sport that could seriously injure me
        • The Colts won the playoff game
        • Austin Collie has sticky hands
        • It is getting warmer and days are getting longer
        • I have the best and cutest boyfriend ever
        • My Mom's Birthday is on Friday
        • I don't live in a terrorist nation
        • I have the gospel
        • I still go to church (kind of a trend in the ward not to)
        • Mom might get to come with me to Utah!
        • That I finally know what my hives are coming from 
        Today I finally found out that the hives I have been getting are from the Copper and metals leaving my body which is a relief.  It comes out especially well on the days I get light therapy. I have started going to get electron light therapy from Dr. Greene.  He has me on a special diet as well, he is kind of becoming a naturopath as well as a chiropractor. He is trying to help me out by having me drink lemon in my water and lime. He has also given me instructions to eat special salad dressing and eat the salads marinated.  He says yellows and greens are good for my body and that I am rejecting them so much because my body needs them.  He says the Lupus is trying to get my body to throw them up when I take them because it hates them so much right now, but after a few weeks my body is supposedly going to start craving them and I will want them instead of the other stuff.  I don't really want that many fattening foods right now, just a few because I feel as though I have no energy in my body. I know that some of the foods that he wants me to eat will help me receive energy, but it is hard to eat just greens, I don't feel good when I do, it is because it is cleaning me out and I understand that, but it is hard! Here is a website with health advice and a test you can take to see if your herbals are helping you or not. It is about how healthy lemon juice and greens are for you.  It is pretty cool, I just wish someone was helping me do the diet while not pushing me at the same time. I will slowly work myself off of the meat and other meat products until I don't really even want them anymore. That is probably all for now I should go, we are having family time.. oops :)

        Saturday, January 23, 2010

        Gratitude Journal

        This last week in church, the bishop's wife spoke and talked about Gratitude. She said that we would recognize our blessing much better if we focused everyday on the things that we were grateful in our lives.  I know that this is true as ingratitude is one of the biggest problems in our society today.  The high councilman also talked about gratitude and told a story about Santa Christmas cards that I really liked.  He said every year the post office receives thousands of letters into their dead letter receptacle from children to Santa asking for things they want for Christmas.  He then said that one year, one post office received one single letter after Christmas thanking Santa for the gifts they received.  That single act of gratitude from a child is the only one they ever received to that post office and it shows the ingratitude of our nation as a whole with our labels and our money.  Hmm what else, oh yeah, I got a funny email from my dad today about the English language and all of our weird words that mean ten different things, etc.  Here is part of it, he got it in a letter he found from Grandpa to Grandma when he was in the navy and some of it is from Mom.

        Why do you park in the drive way and drive on the parkway?
        Did you ever see a stepping stone?
        Did you ever see a toilet bowl?
        Did you ever see a horse fly?
        Did you ever see a peanut stand?
        Did you ever see a board walk?

        What did Ida hoe? She hoed a merry land.
        What did Miss A sip? She sipped a mini soda.
        What did Dela wear?  She wore a new jersy.

        Did you ever see a garden hose?  A sock hop? A bed tick? A neck tie? A night fall?
        A clock run? A bag pipe? A mill run? A shoe fly? A nose run? Have you seen a turkey dressing? A day pass by? A bed spring? A light switch? A tad pole? A flower pedal? A heart break? A water slide? A jolly rancher? A ranch dressing? A belly button?

        Kind of interesting if you think about it how weird we are, and how things probably make no sense to people coming to our country.   Anyways on to the gratitude journal.

        Today I am grateful for the warm weather in the summer, clearance sales, $5 shoes, oranges, apple juice, prayer and the Conference Issue of the Ensign! Oh yeah, I forgot an important one BYU! President Monson's  ear wiggling skills kind of makes the top of the list too, and the chance to get to watch him speak completely candidly.

        Dang I almost forgot to post a hilarious story that happened between my mom and I last night, probably one of the funniest moments ever, it may have been because I was tired, but regardless, to me it was hilarious. So last night I am talking to mom before bed, and I was like do we have any thicker pillows? She looked at me with the confused are a weirdo look she has (I really wish I had it on film) and she says... in the most dramtic voice I think I've ever heard her use.."All of our pillows are the same size..." and then she just stared at me with the same expression for about a minute while I tried to explain what pillow I wanted (I had already used it once at home).  She finally figured it out and went and go the pillow off of Kevin's bed, which was indeed thicker.  It was just funny to me that she held the look for so long of complete and utter confusion, just another reason I think she is hilarious. 

        P.s. I got my hair cut today but here are some pictures of lunch with Tia, Shana and Parker... Well only one of them is working right now, and I get a new phone!

        Saturday, January 9, 2010

        School and Sickness

        Well as most of you have probably heard, I have had a few apartment problems this past semester.  When I first moved in to my first place, one of my roommates and I did a lot of clashing, and by a lot, I mean so much that after about a month and half, something had to change, and that happened to be me selling my contract and moving out.  When I did move out, I was at the new apartment for about 3 weeks before our roof caved in.  I was already having some foot problems and lacking on sleep, so that complicated things even more. I am now at home for an extra few weeks to try to re-cooperate. I have been here for almost 4 weeks and will probably be here about 3 or 4 more before I head back to school to take second block classes. I am feeling a lot better, but I still don't have much energy.  The good news is that I haven't had a fever for about a week, so now I'm just waiting to get some energy and more food into my body so that I can head back to school and be healthy at the same time. It was definitely a crazy semester and I hope this next one calms down a little bit.  Brent needs to get home as well so he can get some classes taken care of before the second block starts. It was overall a pretty crazy semester and I'm glad to have a break while everyone else is in school right now. Hopefully I can get well soon.  Kevin is doing well, most of you have probably read his updates though and know this. He likes his companion Elder Mendoza who is from Mexico City and they seem to be getting along well.  They have their first baptism today, she is a 10 year old girl who has been working on the discussions for a while, so that is great. That is really all the news I have for now except that I am catching up on a class I couldn't quite finish because I was so sick and I still need a few hours for my internship to be complete.  They kind of fired me, kind of not.  I am still doing blogs, but not getting paid hourly anymore. Hmm.. I think that really is about it for now. We are still waiting on pictures from Kevin on his SD card so.