Monday, May 30, 2011

Writing an accounting essay is hard...

When you just want to do about everything else. Like eat, cuddle with Baxter, stare at the clouds and ponder the depressing weather, blog, and paint your nails...

But isn't that nude color pretty??

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

I am incredibly lucky.

I can't believe how lucky I am. I live in a fantastic place, go to a fantastic college, have fantastic friends and am astounded each day at how much I am blessed. I am lucky because:

I have the most incredible family in the world. Have you met them? If not, you should! They are the sweetest, unbelievably generous, most hilarious group of people I have ever met. And they are my best friends. I don't know how I could survive in this life without them- and luckily I don't have too!!

I live by this. I stare at this beauty every day. But I don't get there often enough. It is a place of haven, and relaxes me even when I glance at it driving around each day. Next friday I will be there doing something very important to me, and I can't wait for the experiences that I get to have in the temple.

I have him. and he chose me! six months ago I started dating someone who would change my life. and he has in every way. Each day he makes me a better person. I learn more, experience more, risk more, and love more just because he is in my life. I can feel the spirit whenever I am around him. He is such an example to me. And he honors his priesthood- I couldn't ask for anything better than that!

In just two months he will take me here. I can't wait to be sealed to him for time and eternity!

and in less than two weeks I get to witness the marriage of these two beautiful people-

they are perfect for each other in every way.

I love Austyn- because he is my big brother. And because he is so much more than that. He is the guy who keeps me grounded, who has been there through everything. He is the guy who has the funniest laugh, who isn't afraid to tell me when I am too dramatic and who is the best example to me. He is my best friend!

And I love Ciera- because she is perfect for Austyn in everyway. She is hilarious and smart. She is a hard worker. She is spicy and saucy and flirty and everything! and because she fits in our family perfectly. She is my sister, and I love her like one! I am glad she is around because she makes my brother unbelievably happy, and because she is a great friend to me! She has such a big heart, enough to love all the attitudes in our family. She is the sweetest person I have ever met, and I can't wait for her to be officially apart of my family!

have you ever had a burst of thankfulness?

A hike and a whole lot of golfing!

Did anyone see the sun this week? I can't believe it's the last real week of May.. The sun is never here! Well Wednesday it came out full force, and I woke with an itch to go on a hike! Luckily I have the most amazing active mom, who woke up and readily agreed to go with me. She even took me to a lovely spot. The bell canyon waterfall! It took three hours, but laughing and talking with my mom made it all go by so quickly. I have missed her. With all the crazy that is going around our house this summer, we rarely get to just sit and talk. But this wednesday morning we did just that! I love her, she is my best friend, and I want to be just like her! I took lots of photos on our hike ( I love instagram, see first shout out here). So here is some of the beauty!

The rushing river as we walked up the mountain. It sounded so beautiful!

About halfway up the trail turned in to a stream. It was a little unexpected! And slippery! But so fun.

The beauty at the top! It was gushing, and definitely cold up there! I loved being up there though. Gosh nature is so beautiful! God really can be seen all around.

oh and don't worry, there was also plenty of this:

winter was way too long this year!!

Also- I have a new love: GOLFING! I never thought I would say that. When I was little I hit my mom in the head with a putter, and then a little while later squashed my brother inbetween two golf carts. That pretty much scared me for life. Or so I thought. But yesterday we went and hit balls. And it was fun! And after some work with the pro, I could hit it far (in comparison to where I hit it before, but at least it was off the ground!) I went with my family and we were laughing and playing around-- I love moments like that! Then today after breakfast with the fam, Ricki and I went with Austyn and Ciera to hit more balls. I love couple time with these two, they are the best sibling couple I could ever ask for-- and I love them! So with a sunburnt face, arms, and legs, with sore shoulders and forearms, I can officially say I like golf! And am ready for plenty more golf dates to come this summer.


"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Taken from "the lovely girl" blog. I think I might just call her that.

Sometimes blogs come into your life for a reason.

Some times I need a pick me up. Do you ever feel like like? With the stress of life I am often overwhelmed- which turns into feelings of blah. Maybe I am the only one who ever feels like this, or the only one being honest about it. Either way, it happens.

Well last week one of these "moments" happened. and somehow, I can't quite remember, I came upon this lovely blog. I know I know. It's creepy. I don't know this person- nor is she one of the "famed mormon bloggers." But boy am I glad her blog isn't private, and was sitting there just for me to stumble upon! I do know who this girl is. I was in the same ward as her sister-in-law and her husband plays on a sports team with some friends. So it's not completely freaky (at least that's what I tell myself!)

Anyways, back to the beauty of this blog. This girl. Wow. I read a few posts, and then I was hooked. An hour later I wandered to the beginning of her blog and instantly felt disappointed. I didn't want it to end! This girl was MAH-JOR. She has become such an example to me. She has handled her life with such grace and focus on the Savior. She knows who she is and why she is here- to be a mother. (Which she was just blessed with a lovely child last week- Congrats!) But most of all she is just an all around incredible woman. Her view point on the world never ceases to amaze me, and they always bring me closer to my Savior. For that, I am forever indebted to this girl- even though I might not ever meet her.

I wish I did this more often.

WOAH. Blogging is hard. I don't mean physically excrutiating hard (like running, basketball, or even golf) but I-swear-I-don't have time to do this hard. It's astounding how once I am done with school occupying my life, other (equally important) things seem to fill it up just as quickly. How do people find time to blog? I have no idea. Yet I have lots of lovely friends who update time and time again, and I want to be like them! Somehow in their busy lives (which I have NO DOUBT are as crazy as my own) they find time to jump on the internet and share their life. Which I LOVE! I hate how adult life = less time with friends. So blogging helps me stay up to date even if I don't get to see or talk to them every week. I know I know I'm bad about keeping in contact. I'm going to work on that too. So dear friends, I PROMISE I will do better, and this time I mean it.