Thursday, March 31, 2011

Life is a Little Crazy!

Dear fellow bloggers!!!
I'm sorry to have been away for what feels like FOREVER!!!
But it is finals time here at school, and graduation is a tiny 9 days away.
So as a result...I have been a little busy.
Getting all those last minute projects in, studying for those big finals, spending my days and nights in the library, and spending lots of quality time with my dear friends has completely taken over my life lately!
I just really haven't had a whole lot of time to blog!
And I don't think I will get much time before graduation.
But I will be back to the blogging world after April 9th!!!
Hope you all are doing wonderful!
Keep smiling!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My 1st Blogging Award!!!

Thank you to the awesome Ally of keepcalmcarryon and to SWEATshirtDRESSshirt for the Versatile Blogger award!

To receive the award I have to
1. Thank those who awarded me, done and done.
2. List 7 things about myself. Done down below.
3. Pass on the award to many other bloggers! Done.'s 7 things!
1. I secretly love to sing. My friends sometimes make fun of me for ALWAYS singing along to the radio or ANY song that is playing anywhere.
2. I one of those crazy prideful Texas girls. Born and raised the Texas way.
3. I graduate in two weekends. WHOA.
4. I'm the oldest of four kids.
5. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
6. Country music is currently my favorite.
7. I'm fairly new to blogging, and I love it.

Also...I pass this award on to several bloggers, you should check out their pages they are all great! Kelsey, Ally, and SSDS have already received the award, so here is a list of some other blogs that I just love!

Also, I found this ad in the SHAPE magazine yesterday. It's the Texas collection by OPI. And I just really want to own this whole collection of nail polish just because I'm from Texas. Here's the names of them from left to right. I think they are epic!
Austin-tatious Turquoise, Don't Mess with OPI, It's Totally Fort Worth It, I Want to Be A Lone-Star, Suzi Loves Cowboys, San Tan-tonio, Houston We Have a Purple, Do You Think I'm Tex-y?, Too Hot Pink to Hold Em', Guy Meets Gal-veston, Big Hair....Big Nails, and Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?

Well this weekend has been go go go all the time and it's only Saturday afternoon! But it's been so much fun so far. So my smile list isn't just for the day, but I'm going to make it a weekend Smile list!

Weekend Smile List:
-Seeing Savior of the World
-Laughs, smiles, and fun with my wonderful group of friends.
-Sharing our most awkward H&Q stories. I think Paige wins that one though.
-Being in the temple with my greatest friends at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
-Going to see a friend sing a solo, and all of us dressing up in our Sunday best, even though it wasn't required.
- Ally forgiving me once I fed her chicken nuggets and Kool Aid.
-The snow outside my window being almost completely melted.
-Going from acquaintances to friends.
-Just knowing that it's the weekend...holllaaa.

Well that's about it for now. I'd like to leave you with what the famous talk show host Ellen DeGeneres leaves her show with everyday.
"Be kind to one another!"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Smile list #1

This week has been a long week.
Have you ever taken a test that you thought you were really prepared for?
Probably yes.
Have you every walked out of the testing center after the test feeling disappointed?
Probably yes.
I did both of these things today. But as I was walking down the stairs of the testing center, that's when my brain decided to remember all of the things that I was blanking on during the test.
Perfect timing.
Although I was pretty upset for a little while, I realized that one bad test isn't gonna kill me this semester.

I got a happy phone call from Ally today, and it totally turned my day around.
She had just received some good news, and was pretty eager to tell me.
Now, Ally is really sick this week, and I could hear it in her voice.
You know how people sound funny when they're all congested and stuff.
Haha, that was Ally today.
So I couldn't help but smile because she was so excited,
and was spitting out the story like a mile a minute.
So thank you Ally for your good attitude today, because it helped change my bad attitude :)

Every time I see a picture of the Dallas skyline, I get really homesick.
I mean look at this, it's beautiful. See that building with the lit up ball on top of it? It's called Reunion Tower. I've eaten dinner up there, and at night it's really cool because the ball slowly rotates, and you get an amazing panoramic view of downtown, and at night with all the lights, it's breathtaking.
After graduation in two weeks, I will be heading back to this great city.
Oh. Hollllaaaa.
Speaking of graduation, my friend Abby took some grad photo's for me.
Here is just a few of the many that she snapped.

Now I feel weird for posting so many pictures of myself...oh well...this is my blog.
So deal with it.

A long time ago I used to write "smile lists" for every day. It was just a little list of things or people that made me happy that particular day. For some reason, I stopped doing it. I want to start it up again's just fun.

Smile list for March 22nd, 2011
  • Warm weather after a day of snow.
  • "This hurts so good" kind of run on the treadmill.
  • Being in the mood for spring cleaning just in time for pre white glove.
  • Dancing in the living room to a song on the radio as I cleaned.
  • Sleeping in
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Ally Mullin
  • The thought that I can crawl into bed right now and go to sleep :)
Goodnight all!
I'm done rambling for today! Hope everyone is having a splendid week!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Let The Good Times Roll.

You may remember this photo...
It was the view out my window as I sat at my desk about 3 months ago.

I literally could not see over the snow mound,

And felt like I lived in an igloo.

Here's what it looks like today.

Pretty much all the snow is melted away.

And once again, I can see the parking lot,

And I no longer live in an igloo.

The thought of never playing in the snow outside of my apartment is a little sad because we really did have so much fun but you know what, it's ok because the thoughts of a warm sunny summer in Texas is on my mind now, and that beats all fun in the snow.

This weekend was birthday weekend for me, Kelsey, and like a million others. There are lots of march babies up here at the moment! It was quite the weekend full of fun, laughter, and smiles.

I feel truly blessed for all of the wonderful friends that I have been able to meet this semester. I have met so many amazing people who really make me happy everyday.

Graduation is quickly approaching, 19 days! And as exciting as that is, I've found myself getting a little bit sad because I really will miss Rexburg. I mean don't get me wrong, I won't really miss walking to school in terrible blizzards, and negative 40 degree temperatures, but I will miss the social atmosphere, and making so many wonderful friends that share the share my beliefs and continually lift me through their examples.

So let the good times roll, truly enjoy each day that you get wherever you are.

Our life is really a gift and we shouldn't let it pass us by without enjoying every day.

So smile lots, laugh often, and love always.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Is In The Air!!!!!

It sure has been a crazy week! But with this one over, it's one week closer to graduation!! And today the sun is out here in Rexburg, and the wind isn't blowing as hard as it has been all week, and the temperature out there is nice and warm!

AND I noticed on my walk to class this morning that the majority of the snow is melted. There was a guy out mowing the grass on campus, and for the first time in a long time I smelled the smell of fresh cut grass. Spring is here!!!! Hallelujah!

I turned 22 yesterday, and it was an awesome birthday filled with so much love from all of my wonderful friends and family, I truly feel so grateful for all of the amazing people in my life.

Today is my amazing friend Kelsey's 23rd birthday! She really is one of the most loving people I have EVER met, and I need to try to be more like her. Happy birthday Kelsey!!!

Earlier this week, my talented friend Abby Stanford took some graduation pictures for me. Here's a sneak peek on her blog of how some of them turned out! Thanks Abby, you are the best!

I'm excited for this weekend, it'll be nice to have a tiny break from school for a bit. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I Believe In Miracles

I've never had an biological older sister, but the mom in these pictures is someone that I look up to as an older sister.
Brooke Cates has been a huge role model to me and one of my very best friends for a long time now. She always told me I was her little sister.
On February 27th, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Hudson Cates. Hudson came about 4 weeks early, and was diagnosed with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome two weeks before he was born. He was to have 3 heart surgeries, the first being only a few days after his birth. It's been a long and hard road for the Cates family, but Hudson is still going strong.

Brooke and her husband Ryan have been updating friends and family on a website through Children's Hospital in Dallas. I've been keeping up daily, and it's been a long road of many MANY up's and downs. In the pictures above, you see Brooke and Ryan together holding Hudson. That was about a week after his birth and it was the fist time they were allowed to hold him. It was also the night before his first heart surgery. The last two pictures are of Hudson after his surgery. You can see stitches down his chest, but his beautiful eyes are finally open and he is doing really well today compared to the last week. Every day has been a huge blessing.

I know that God is blessing Hudson to be strong, as well as his family. He is still nowhere near being able to go home, and there lies a long road ahead, but I know that little Hudson will be ok. Everyday has been a miracle, so yes, I do still believe in miracles. In fact I pray for them daily. I know that Hudson is a miracle and we are so blessed to have so many wonderfully skilled doctors and nurses taking care of him. I can't wait to get back to Texas to meet my new little nephew.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Birthday Week!

Remember going to birthday parties at places like this when were a kid?

Well...I went to a birthday party at a place exactly like this last night, the kid was turning 22 years old and this place was just as fun as it was when I was a kid.

The only thing that was a little difficult is actually getting out of the foam pit. I bet that was easier when I was a child, but it requires a lot of upper arm strength. Haha..and I now have carpet burn on my arms from trying to pull my body out of there.

Also...Remember that parachute game we used to play in elementary school? Played it last night for the first time since those earlier days. And once again, it was just as fun as it used to be. Don't y'all remember how awesome this game was?

In other news, I graduate in 27 days, and then it's back home for me where I will start work immediately! yay!!

Also, it's my birthday week. In 4 days I will be turning 22!

There's a Switchfoot song that I heard for the first time this week on my Mat Kearney Pandora station. It's kind of an emo song, but there was one line that fits me perfectly this week, "I was born this Thursday, 22 years ago." It's true...Thursday is my 22nd bday. Hollaaa!! It's also Kelsey's birthday this week, so bring on birthday week...again. I feel like there are so many March babies that we've already celebrated a ton this month!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!! Get excited for birthday week!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I love Kool-Aid

This item was the best purchase I made all week, hands down.
This blog is going to be short because I'm tired.

But I just wanna say that I feel super lucky because I have really great friends.
One of my favorite things I just decided is that I love getting to know people.
I've met a lot of great people this semester, and I've loved really getting to know them.

Anyways, Ally put up another Vlog, it's epic, check it out here.

Goodnight All.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Future is Becoming Less Scary

In the last few weeks I have gone from being really freaked out about the big scary unknown after graduation, to being less freaked out and a little more excited for what it holds.

I have been blessed with a job opportunity back home that literally just came to me out of nowhere. I did my internship with a Chiropractic office that called me out of the blue a few weeks ago offering me a full time position. The timing couldn't have been more perfect.

So now, at least I know I have a job waiting for me, and that I can live at home in my favorite place ever, TEXAS!!! With each day that comes, I find myself more and more excited to return to my home town. I know that everything happens for a reason, and I just have a really good feeling about being back at home.

OH...and just FYI...graduation is only 30 DAYS AWAY!!!! Where did the semester go?? I really don't know. It's a little freaky/exciting.

I am making the long drive home from Idaho to Texas at the end of the semester. I have definitely never made that trip before. I'm excited though because Ally and I are driving there together! Talk about an epic road trip, if you're gonna be on the road for a few days you mine as well be doing it with a friend right? Right.

Well that's it for now, I'm off to find my motivation. Me and Kelsey are literally bored out of our minds here in the library at the moment, but we don't want to leave because it's too cold outside.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine.

I've been laughing a lot lately.

But that is what happens when you have hilarious friends. And I do.
I mean, when we all get together, it really is time full of adventures, and laughter.

The kind of laughter where you can't breathe, your eyes have tears falling, and you're bent over or falling to the floor. This kind of laughter works miracles. It helps me forget how stressful school may be, or about life post graduation. Thank you Ally, Kelsey, and Brit for all the great memories lately!

Every one really needs to know that together, we are just hilarious. Probably the most hilarious group of friends I know of. Please take a look at Ally's post of our latest Vlog aka Video Blog. It's the 2nd video. Watch it.Love it. You should also watch the 1st video because it's hilarious as well.

I really can't stop watching it, and it makes me laugh every time. That video holds all the details you're going to get of our adventures last night.

Now go out there and enjoy life.
Laugh often, because it really is the best medicine :)
Have a great weekend all!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lesson's Learned.

The last four days have been full of nothing but fun and amazing opportunities to be taught and uplifted by several incredible people.

Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a regional Relief Society meeting with the speaker being Sister Julie B. Beck-General Relief Society President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I went with Ally, Kelsey, and Katie. She spoke for 2 hours at a meeting where all relief society sisters were invited to attend. It was an awesome and unique experience because she invited any sister to come and ask her a question, any question, and she answered all questions to the best of her ability. Every answer was so inspiring, and I learned so much.

After that meeting, we all went to eat lunch in the crossroads where Katie so graciously bought us all lunch. Spare no expense! haha. What a sweetheart!!! Then Katie, Ally, and I were all invited to go to a second meeting with Sister Beck that the relief society presidencies were invited to attend. Once again, she opened it up for questions, and so much more inspirational answers followed. I really am so grateful for the opportunity I had to attend. I feel so lucky to be in the relief society presidency at this time, so that I was able to be taught in person by the General Relief Society President of our church. It was an incredible opportunity, and I really learned so much.

The rest of our Saturday was just full of endless epic adventures and laughter :)

Sunday was wonderful as always. Fast and testimony meeting is always such a blessing, because I always learn so much from my peers and the strength in each of them.

Monday our ward had the opportunity to have FHE with President Clark. For those of you who don't know who that is, he's the president of this University. It was another Q&A session. And I really wasn't planning on going. I changed my mind last minute to attend, and I'm so grateful that I did. President Clark mentioned at the beginning that many of the questions that people may be prompted to ask will be beneficial for them of course, but also could be for the benefit for someone else. I had no idea that I would be one of those people that needed to hear the answers. I was blown away by the solid answers he provided. I was truly taught by the spirit.

But then my dear friend Ally stood up and asked a question. If I tried to write what she asked, I'd get it all wrong. I was too busy thinking of how great her question was and how I also really needed to hear the answer to it. The question was for those of us who were graduating, and she talked about how she was excited, but also terrified. And personally, I've been feeling the same way. I immediately turned to my friend Mike and told him to take good notes on this answer because I had forgotten to grab a pen and notepad.

The answer that President Clark gave left me in complete awe. His advice couldn't have been more perfect. I mean he left Ally in tears, and I was sitting there tearing up as well. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. For the last few weeks, I have really been stressing out and freaking about about life after graduation because it is less than 6 weeks away. And I knew that last night's council from President Clark was inspired and it was meant for me as well as all of the other soon to be graduates.

In summary, he told us not to fear, but to have faith because the Lord is on our side, and he walks with us. His legions of angels also walk with us. So we need to not fear the future or the unknown, but just have faith and let the Lord bless us. He shared with us an amazing scripture. Probably my new favorite. D&C 84:88. Read it. Love it. Share it.

Ally drove me home, and we talked about how amazed we were, and how grateful we were for his council. Then today at Devo when President Clark introduced the speaker, Ally turned to me and said "Oh hey, remember how awesome his message was last night?"

It was bomb. Life is good. And I really have no complaints. But I do have ten pages of notes from the last four inspirational days :)
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