Sunday, June 10, 2012

Parades, fireworks, and sunburns...

I am a five year old girl at heart. I live for parades and fireworks. I love the summer time because that means I get to go to parades and watch tons of fireworks. I LOVE IT!!! Seriously, I was giggling during the fireworks last night. Despite how freezing cold I was, I loved every second of it. It made my whole life so much better!!

As I was getting ready for the parade, I was looking at myself and I noticed that I needed to get a bit of sun because I was blindingly white. Please note that I haven't been white in about 3 years. Now that my financial situation has changed, I don't really have that option anymore. I'm not complaining, it actually probably saved my life, I was just sayin' why I'm so white. So, as I was getting ready, I decided I was going to wear my cap-sleeved shirt with my knee-length cut-off shorts and get a little sun. My 9 year old nephew kept informing me that I was blinding him by the reflection of the sun off of my legs. Thanks, bud! After the parade, we decided we would go to my house and get some sun screen because I was already feeling the burn. My only issue with sun screen is that one time after I put it on, I got the worst sun burn of my life, so I was a little hesitant to wear it. I put it on my face, and that was all. We went to the carnival and played some carni games, and that was all my poor skin could handle. I had to get out of the sun. I ran home and took as hot of a shower my skin would allow, trying to get the burn out of my skin, then put my caffeinated lotion on it. (I know what you're thinking… "Caffeinated lotion? You'll get caffeine any way you can." TRUE!!! However, I had a dr. research it after I read how caffeine, when applied topically, reduces the risk of skin cancer. I swear by it. My skin heals so much faster from sunburns than they ever did with Aloe. Just sayin. Also, it feels so good after you put it on.) This is what I get for being super white and trying to get my tan on. I get fried.

 I took a small nap and then got ready to go to the fireworks. I LOVE THEM!!!! Seriously, if ever there is one thing that will always make me happy, it's sitting and watching fireworks. I love the smell of them, plus they are super cool!! Again, I am a five year old girl at heart. Unfortunately, I totally forgot my camera for the fireworks which was really sad to me. All in all I had a great time with my friends and family, sunburn and all!!! I would do it all over again if I could!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Count Your Many Blessings

This weekend has been so amazing!!! Friday I went to a movie with some amazing friends and my best friend John returned my call right before the movie started. I was super excited because we got to talk for a little less than an hour and a half! It completely made my night! I miss him so stinkin' much!!! I got to watch the last half hour of the movie, which was also super good!

Saturday morning we had the Saturday session of Stake Conference and it was so amazing! President Johnson talked about preparing to meet God and what we need to do. It was such a great talk. He told us a story of an LDS soldier during WWII. One day a week they would have Sunday services in a little room on the ship. Each week he would attend, he noticed the group would get bigger. The day before they were to go to battle, almost the entire crew attended Sunday services. The group was so large they had to meet on the deck of the ship. The soldier looked around him and noticed there were many ships anchored around them and all of them were holding similar services. The chaplain looked at them and said something along the lines of, "Men, I'm not going to lie to you. The odds are not in your favor. 50% of you will not survive this mission and will go on to meet your maker. Are you prepared?" I thought it was a super cool story and I just tried to google it and couldn't find it. He told it much better than I ever could. Sister Snow talked about getting to know people in person. She told us it is better to talk in person than to communicate using technology. It was a very good talk and I enjoyed it a lot!!! President Holmoe talked about spiritual crocodiles! It too was an excellent talk!

After conference, we decided we would make cookies for some of the girls in Relief Society that we felt needed a little extra pick me up! It was so much fun and I loved it. I don't think I have laughed that hard in a very long time! We had an extra plate of cookies, so I took them to John's parents. I love and miss them so much! They are two of the greatest people I have ever met! I really enjoyed talking to them!

Today during Stake Conference there were so many amazing things taught! I loved it today! It was so great! It was a day of spiritual highs!! Someone quoted Elder Bednar when he talked about finding the hand of the Lord everyday. I realized I needed to start doing that when I write in my journal! So, I shall return and report!!

Well, it's pretty late and I'm super tired… So I'm off to bed!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's been awhile!

I've kind of been wallowing in my own self pity lately, so I really haven't been in the mood to write, slash,  who really wants to read depressing blog updates, right? So, here's the depressing stuff in a nut shell, and I'll tell you the happy in more detail!

As all of you who read my blog know, my best friend left last month and I miss him like crazy EVERY SINGLE DAY! I am literally saving my pennies so I can go see him ASAP! -There's my depressing-

On a super happy note… I got a car. It's a '98 Honda Accord and I am so very in love with it. My parents are super amazing and saw my need for a car so they bought it and I'm paying them back for it. I love this car! I love this car!!

Also on the happy scale! My job is going well. I'm finally starting to get into the swing of things. I get to wear jeans to work, which really makes me happy, plus the people I work with are amazing! Plus I'm getting money to pay for my car! That makes me super happy!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

I ain't missin' you...

WARNING… This post is going to be a depressing one with a happy ending… This morning before church, John and I said goodbye and I went off to church because I had to teach, and he started the drive to California. Last time we said goodbye, I cried like a baby, so I was kind of prepared. I woke up early and made him some lemon bars and a mix CD for the road, which is freaking AWESOME!! I'm listening to it right now as I wallow in self pity. ;) Here's why this is so difficult for me. John and I talk about EVERYTHING. We don't really have barriers with each other. I don't have anyone else like that in my life. It's really hard for me to say goodbye to that. I know that this is all new age and stuff, and I can talk to him online and over the phone and stuff, but it just isn't the same thing. I can't see his facial expressions and he can't see mine. He can still tell when I'm holding something back, but I can't tell when he's holding something back. Lately my John radar has been off anyway and I contribute that to the fact that he's not here. We can still pretty much have conversations just by looking at each other, but it was a bit harder for me. I miss this kid like crazy. He believes in me, which makes it easier for me to believe in myself. He knows just what to say to make me laugh super hard. He can embarrass me, which is hard because I just don't get embarrassed.
I can/cannot wait to meet the amazing woman he will marry. She is going to have to be amazing because he deserves nothing less than that. I miss him like crazy!!

On a happier note… I got a job this week. I'm a receptionist for a company called Horizon Property Management. HOORAY!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Man I've missed this kid!

My best friend joined the military early this year and went into basic while I was living in Georgia. Now that I'm home, things just aren't the same without him around. He got to come home for the holidays and I've been so excited that I haven't slept for FIVE days!

Perhaps I'm weird but bear with me a bit… I have missed him so much, but I think I forgot what it was about him I was missing. Does that make sense? For instance, today at lunch he would say something and I would suddenly realize that the something that he said was something that I missed. I miss that we can have entire conversations just by looking at each other. I miss having someone around who knows me so well. There are so many things I could say I miss, but my fingers are freezing and it's taken me about 20 minutes to get thus far because I have to keep warming my fingers every other word. So… This is a short post it's true, but I'm freezing. I just wanted to express how much I have missed him and how freaking happy I am that he is home for the holidays!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


I don't know why, but when people post on Facebook or any public something how much weight they've lost, or just when they tell me, it makes me super annoyed. I don't know if it's because I'm jealous or what... I'm sure I just don't know, but sometimes it makes me want to punch them in the face. It really bugs me though when they're skinny minnies and tell me they have 20 more pounds to lose. I hate it. I also hate when people post their diets and workout plans. Really? who cares? I don't care that you ate a completely sugar free meal. I do not care! I'm sorry for my ranting. There is a point, I promise! Here it is… The fam is starting yet ANOTHER diet plan. I decided yesterday morning that I need to see where I'm at so I can see what kind of goal I need to make. When I weighed myself, I was sure the scale was broken. I walked into my mom's room and asked her how accurate her scale is. She told me it's right on with her Dr.'s scale. I am super happy to say that I've lost 40 pounds since the last time I weighed myself which was right before I decided to do P90X (That lasted 4-ish days)
I've never been one to get the diet and exercise bug. In fact as soon as I start something new, I lose weight like crazy, then I see that and think, "Oh, I need a reward for that great effort!" Or, "I've been doing really well lately, I can take a day off." Unfortunately/Fortunately (This is a win/lose situation) This weight loss is not due to a diet and exercise program. It is due to the fact that stress does my body good! I have been so stressed lately about not having a job, needing a job, and wondering how I'm going to buy Christmas presents this year. I have been so blessed with miracle after miracle. When I came home, I had enough money to last me 3 months without a job. (All I had to pay for was my phone bill, so I still really didn't have a lot.) However random things would pop up here and there that would give me a little extra cash. Whether it was a job around the house someone wouldn't want to do, jury duty, or a 2 day job working for Time Out for Women. You would think with all these miracles going on around me that I would be less stressed out, but my brain doesn't work that way. My migraines have come back for a reunion tour. I get about 2 a week. I have ginormous knots in my neck and back which are causing my migraines. With a migraine comes nausea, with nausea comes loss of appetite, and with loss of appetite comes weight loss. (This post took quite the turn. I wasn't expecting to get into this.) I don't sleep. I just lay in my bed until 5:20am and then wake up 2 hours later when everyone else in the fam wakes up, which I'm sure is another cause for my migraines. I am going crazy!  I NEED A JOB!
For those of you wondering, this post wasn't going to be a serious one, but apparently my non-serious bone is still sleeping. :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

The week of Thanks

So last week is a bit of a blur. I'll try and tell all exactly as it happened, but I'm not sure I can do that. It may have helped if I had written the blog at the beginning of this week, but I'm not one to take the easy way out.

Sunday the 20th I was asked to give a talk in Sacrament meeting for the 27th. I also had to give a lesson in my Gospel Principles class. Which PS I LOVE teaching. I feel like I have grown so much and learned a ton from teaching that class. The talk I had to give was on humility and my lesson was on missionary work. I decided I like teaching a lot more than giving a talk because I can ask questions and get feedback. However, I really feel like my talk went well. It took me five days to prepare and I was SUPER stressed about it, but it's over now so I can breathe. Thursday of course was Thanksgiving and it was amazing. I made cranberry sauce for the first time. For as long as I can remember we've never had cranberry sauce in our Thanksgiving meal, and I wanted to try it. I like it. I like it a lot in fact.

Every Sunday a group of my friends holds dessert night. It's just a bunch of us getting together to play games. I have so much fun. I make dessert… hence the name of dessert night. However I didn't on Sunday because I got to talk to my best friend in the entire world, and I decided that was much more important since I don't get to talk to him very often and I treasure the moments I get to talk to him. A few people told me we can't call it dessert night if I don't make dessert for them. We'll have to come up with a new name. Lucky for them… and me… some other people brought some food.  I schooled the guys in a good game of Mario Kart. PS thank you to my friend Austin who vouched for my amazing skills during Mario Kart. The guys thought I would lose because I'm a girl. Their words. Not mine. Actually I asked if that was the reason and they said it was, so technically my words, but I spoke truth.

This week… Monday we didn't have FHE so a group of us went to a friends house and watched Captain America. It was amazing. I am super excited for The Avengers to come out. SUPER excited about it.

Tuesday, I watched White Christmas with the parents while sitting next to the warm fire. I love that movie. It always puts me right into the Christmas spirit. I'm super excited for Christmas.

Wednesday I had institute, which I love because a) it gets me out of the house, and b) it's always spiritually uplifting.

Still trying to find a job and I'm going a bit crazy, but I have hope! I pray my guts out before every interview, but nothing has stuck yet.

Well, until next time!