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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Flash Back!

Warning this blog contains a lot of pictures...
 Daniel's Hall and window, actually

Almost all of them are currently serving missions. Carter Johnson: Russia, Daniel Wood: Indiana, Brayden: Virgina, Jaron: Mexico, Chris: In Cali, Brian: In army. I miss these guys!
 Dan's apartment. Spent more time here than I can even remember!
 Snow Hall!

 Wells Hall. Jessica and I's window!
Most of us are back here at BYU. Ashley is home in Florida. We are all rooting for her to come back!
 The old stomping ground.....
 Daniel's been out 6 whole months!!
Sydney, May, Em, & Dan you guys know what this is... :)
   So the word on the street is that lower Heritage is being torn down over Christmas break. There are these new beautiful buildings that have been built, and we knew that Old Heritage would eventually be torn down, but I thought I had a few years. Since I am not sure if my building was going to be there after break I wanted to make sure that I got some pictures before the semester was over. I took pictures of all the places I spent my time in, and some memorable ones too. I wanted Daniel to have some pictures too, so I took pictures of all his places too. I couldn't bring myself to actually go into the apartments. That would just be too weird. It's funny how you can step back into a place and feel like it was a year ago. Funny what flash blacks make you remember. You couldn't pay me 1 million dollars to go back to freshman year, but that doesn't mean I didn't have some great memories. I met amazing people there, one of them of course is Dan. My roommates were great, my ward was great, and the old crappy apartment was great. It was where my first year of college took place and I think its crazy that it won't be there anymore. Don't get me wrong, Heritage is OLD. It needs to be replaced, but it still kinda blows my mind it's going to be gone! So weird.
    In other news Dan has been out for 6 whole months! He is no longer a greenie! Soon enough he will be acting as senior companion! So crazy! I remember our last phone, the first letter I wrote to him, and the first time I got a letter from him like it was yesterday. So many happy memories, so many tears, and so many break downs. I love it all though. It has been so much fun to have a best friend in the mission field. I still get emails on Monday, letters on Saturdays, and packages here and there. I still write at least once a week, some times more. I know, I know. I'm a sucker! Daniel is currently serving in the Terra Haute, Indiana area. Transfers are on Monday so who knows where he will be after that. He has loved every moment, and I have loved being able to share apart of his mission with him. Crazy how time flies. Actually, its a little scary.... Months 1 through 6, Ready, Set, Go...
 Month 1
 Month 2, this was right after surgery and there was no way I was taking a picture
Month 3, I'm not sure why this is sideways...

 Month 4
 Apparently month 5 turned me into a thug?
1/4 down!!!
   Basically life is great! Finals week is starting which means no class and just tests. I actually love finals week. I get to go home in 8 days. I have pumpkin chocolate chip bread in my kitchen, and tons of Christmas movies to watch. Christmas is around the corner. Texas will be super warm compared to Utah. I found my winter clothes. I am pumped for my classes next semester. I've made some big decisions recently (more of that later). AND I get to see all my friends and my precious doctor and nurse soon. I don't think I could be happier than I am right now. Unless you want to throw Daniel in the mix, but that would require fast forwarding 18 months. I hope that you guys are all looking forward to the holidays as much as I am. Praying all is well with you and your families.
Until next time,
Muah!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Finals Week!!






     Next week is finals week, and everyone is trying to hit the ground running! You can the relief of classes ending and the stress, anticipation, and sickness of finals coming up. Campus is a party and a wreck all at the same time. Those partying are doing it with guilt, wishing they had the diligence to study. Those studying are already burnt out, and wishing they could just party. I am doing neither. I am just going to sit and observe all the other kids, and see where it takes me. Just kidding! I am kicking it hard just like everyone else. It gets really fun as the test draw near because then you get to cram like there is no tomorrow, which if you have parents like mine there won't be a tomorrow if you fail.....hahahaha. Good luck to all my friends that this is their first finals week! You will learn to enjoy them, because at least you don't have class! Work hard, prayer harder, and don't forget to cry. Crying always helps... Btw Aly, you are going to do GREAT! Keep it up! Love you!
Until Next Time (if I survive),
Muah

Monday, November 28, 2011

Inside My Head

Today my professor said I can’t wait to read your research papers tonight! And I thought to myself, yeah me neither… because I haven’t even started mine
While we are on the subject of research papers, please don’t ask me to write you one and then put a word limit of 2000 on it. Honestly with 6 paragraphs that is like a total of 333 words per paragraph. Impossible.
I walked into class today and discovered we have a test coming up soon….oops…
I hate when professors welcome me back from the holidays. This isn’t Hogwarts, no one wants to be here, stop acting like we do.
If I could I would go M.I.A., but I think my mom would freak
On Mondays, aka Dan’s p-days, I probably check my email at least 100 times
I haven’t worn makeup or anything besides sweats in over a week
I seriously brought Twilight to class today because that’s how bored I knew I was going to be and then I told the kid next to me to get my attention if anything important was said, nothing was. Don't you worry.
I didn’t charge my phone once last week because no one ever texted or called me. I’m not sure if I’m more impressed or disappointed
There are people reading my blog in China, Spain, Russia, Argentina, and many more places. I welcome you all :)
Remember that research paper I didn't start until 8:30 and finished at 11:40? Yeah... that was a brilliant idea. If I could have bsed that anymore I should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize for it.

Fact: I don't date boys that have better hair than me or put more time into what they wear than me. My brother Brent (shout out!) says I'm not setting my sights very high. To this I say, I know.

Fact: while everyone at BYU is not "judging" you, I am.

Fact: After writing that research paper I am out of ideas and I need to read Twilight stat. So fare thee well to all!

Until Next Time,
Muah

Friday, November 18, 2011

I Just Couldn't Wait...

   So I gave in! My blog is now fully in Christmas mode and I couldn't be happier! Being home for Christmas sounds so good right now! I am ready to be surrounded by my family and back in my own home again! I am ready to wake up to the best smelling food in the world, wake up to my siblings jumping on my bed and playing the harmonica (Trust me it has happened- YOU KNOW who you are), and to wake up to my nephew telling me he loves me. I am pumped! Not so pumped for the thing I have to do before Christmas, but ready for it to be here! Do you guys like my new blog? Its so cute! I have my favorite Christmas songs at the bottom of my page, so make sure to check them out! I was going to have it on automatic play, but LO told me that she wouldn't read my blog anymore if I did that. Lame! I hope you guys are all ready for Thanksgiving! It's going to be a good one! I should probably go ahead and get caught up with my Thanks...
    Day 15: I'm thankful for chocolate. I <3 Chocolate!!
    Day 16: I'm thankful for books. They really can take you away like nothing else in the world.
    Day 17: I'm thankful for the college life! It is so nice being so free!
    Day 18: I'm thankful for random trips! I love that LO and I can just take off!
    Day 19: I'm thankful that I get the opportunity to go to Russia next year!
 I miss my family....
Until next time,
Muah!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Memphis/ The Thanks Continue

    I wanted this whole "I'm thankful for this today" thing to make me more thankful for all the things I have in life. Instead it has just made me resent doing it, and resent this blog. Let's catch up, shall we? Ready, go!
Day 9: I'm thankful for pony tails. Without them no girl would ever be happy.
Day 10: I'm thankful for air planes! Even if it is going to be a 3 + hour flight!
Day 11: I'm thankful for girl time! I got some great time with Lins this past weekend.
Day 12: I'm thankful for football, life would suck without it.
Day 13: I'm thankful for my straightener. Word.
Day 14: I'm thankful for running and the way I feel when I get done. To quote Brent, "Do you think you will ever work out again?"- <3 you
   So this last weekend I headed down to Memphis, Tennessee to see my darling older sister, Linsey, and her cute hubby Jordan. It was SO MUCH FUN! Seriously I am aching to go back. Memphis is such a cute city/town or whatever its classified as. It is BEAUTIFUL in the fall! There are so many trees and they are all changing colors, and its gorgeous. The people are awesome. I miss the southern hospitality and how you are instantly friends with strangers. It was a perfect weekend!
    I flew in Friday evening and Lins picked me up from the air port. Jo Jo was at a hotel with the team for the night so I got Lins all to myself! It was a blast! We watched movies, ate way too much food, way too much candy (if its possible), and gossiped about life. Well mainly my life. Her being married means that the gossip is slacking, but that's okay! I loved it! We even had a sleepover in her HUGE comfy bed, and stayed up way too late!
    Saturday we slept in and then got ready for the game. We headed to the book store first to get me a t-shirt. I scored with the children's section, which is always cheaper, and got a shirt and sweatpants. Unfortunately the sweatpants are made for small children and basically hug my bum like they are skinny jeans or something. Does this mean that I won't wear them? Heck no! It just means that I now have skinny sweats instead of skinny jeans to wear!! We headed to the stadium. Just outside the stadium the whole team comes up and walks down this field into the stadium. It was cool! The whole band was there and tons of fans! Jo Jo looked super fly in his suit! It was the first time I saw him, so I was pumped! We then had lunch and went back to the stadium to wait for the game. The game was pretty great. We should have won it, but our D kinda disappeared after the second half. Jo Jo played awesome! He is SO good! Like I am going to admit I was kinda surprised how good he is! Watch out NFL draft of 2013!!
    After the game we went out to eat, then got shakes, then got candy. It was wonderful!!! We watched movies and hung out until the wee hours of the night. We then all hit the hay exhausted! Sunday we slept in and hung out for a bit. Sadly I had to go back to Utah, so I got taken to the air port. I was extremely sad to say good bye and I'm still kinda depressed. School is just not as fun as hanging out with Jo Jo and my Lassie. Miss you guys! It was a great weekend! I am so glad I went, and I can't wait to see them at Christmas. Well I can't wait to see all my family at Christmas! It's going to be great! Here are some pictures! Enjoy...
 I think the large stadium in the background makes me appear skinny. Take every picture in front of large buildings? I think so.

 I love her so so much!

 No one takes the place of Jo Jo!
 They are precious!
This is what I came home to! I love you Lo!!
Hope this post finds you all doing well!
Until next time,
Muah! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 7 & 8

 DAY 7:
     Today I am thankful for sweats and hoodies. I love them. Honestly I can't even explain my love for these two things. I'm pretty sure that this doesn't help my dating life, and that my husband will hate it, but I LOVE SWEATS! And sweets, but that is another posts. I wear my Lindenwood football sweats and my BYU hoodie practically everyday. Sometimes when I hang out with friends at night I change just because I know they would call me out on wearing the same outfit...again... Basically moral of the story? I need more sweats for Christmas!
 DAY 8:
      Mail. I think that the invention of mail is probably the best invention in the history of inventions. Well besides the cell phone and Internet, but really how could anyone compete with that? Ever since my best friend, Daniel, left on a mission I have become more obsessed with mail. First off I get a letter a week, and basically have come to have a personal relationship with my mailman. Second off who doesn't like getting mail? It is so personal and so exciting! And so much better when its a letter instead of a bill! Love it! So shout out to you U.S. post office! Word.

Until next time,
Muah!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 5 & 6

    Sorry that I missed a day guys! How PA-rude of me! But I will just catch up on this post! Here we go!
  DAY 5:
      Today I am thankful for living close to 3 of my 6 siblings. My brother Brent and his wife Lori live about 10 minutes from me. My other brother Corby & his wife, Katie Lynn, and their baby, Jade, live about 35 minutes from me. And my oldest brother Darrin, his wife, Annie, and daughters, Tommye-Lynn and Brylee, and one on the way, live 3 hours away. I love love love love this. I love that I get to see Corby and Brent and their families at least once a week. I love that when I need a break from my life or am feeling down I can just pop on over and be completely rejuvenated. I love that when Tommye-Lynn has a soccer game I can plan a trip and come up for the weekend, or we can all have Thanksgiving together. I love it. I wouldn't trade these years and how close I am for anything. There honestly isn't anything like family. They are so helpful and caring and I am so grateful and lucky to live so close to all of them.
 Darrin & Annie
 Tommye-Lynn & Brylee
Corby, Katie, Jade, Lori, Brent, & Me
   DAY 6:
       Today I am grateful for my mother's cooking skills that have so graciously been passed down to me. Growing up my mom made about everything homemade. Not only did she make it homemade, she made it dang good homemade. She can basically feed an army in a matter of 30 minutes. She always has everything she needs to make what you want on hand, or she knows how to get it really fast. I remember once in high school I had forgotten that I promised my club breakfast after our meeting. I called up my mom and asked her if she could make cinnamon rolls. She showed up 30 minutes later with 2 full pans of cinnamon rolls hot out of the oven that she made from scratch. THAT is the kind of woman my mother is. Luckily enough for me and my future husband and family I have been taught a lot of those same skills. I love to cook, something my mother taught me. I hate cleaning up, but I was also taught that the most important part of cooking is cleaning up. I love having people over for meals and making people happy with food. I think its such a handy skill to have and I am so happy my mom taught me everything I know. Now if I could just get those last few recipes out of her....
Until next time,
Muah!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4

    Today I am thankful for music! I seriously would be lost without it. LO and I have music jamming basically all the time. Some of our favorites are J Biebs (who is currently playing right now), T Swift, Selina Gomez, Death Cab for Cutie, and let's be honest Bottoms Up. Music is amazing. It can completely change your mood, explain exactly how you are feeling, and change you. I can't imagine not having music seeing as it is constantly going in my head. Sometimes I wake up at 4 in the morning with a song going through my head. Thank goodness we have artist who can sing, so I don't have to. I love all kinds of music. As long as I can sing to it or hum I am good to go. I love musicals, operas, ballets, symphonies, and concerts. I love ipods, phones, mp3 players, and the radio. I love country, pop, rap, classical, Christmas music (it deserves it's own), and so much more. I love music!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3!

   Happy November 3rd! Today I am thankful for store made food or just food that is pre-cooked. Thank goodness I don't have to make a meal from scratch every time I cook. Thank goodness I don't have to kill animals from my farm or pick vegetables from my garden. Thank goodness. I love home cooked meals, especially my mom's, but man is it nice to get a frozen lasagna for later in the week. I am currently on an all protein diet for this week. Unfortunately as the days are diminishing till Christmas, my weight seems to be doing the opposite. Seeing as I lost a lot of weight for Linsey's wedding I DO NOT want this to happen, so I'm back to the grind. Seeing as I hate having to cook whatever meat I am having everyday, I am thankful I can stop by Walmart and get a rotisserie chicken. I'm telling you there was a reason I wasn't born in the olden days. Hope all is well!
Until next time,
Muah!
P.S. I'm also very very very thankful for ice cream. Word.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 Days of THANKFULNESS

Happy NOVEMBER y'all!!! In spirit of Thanksgiving and then CHRISTMAS I decided to make daily updates on what I am thankful for. These will be short post and in between my regular posts. I have missed Day 1, so today I am going to have 2 thanks. I can't believe how fast this year has gone! Man things just seem to fly by!
   Day 1: I'm thankful for BYU
November 1st was celebrated by President Monson coming to BYU to speak at devotional. I don't know about y'all, but I find this to be an amazing opprotunity and experience. I was blown away at the peace and love that filled the room as soon as President Monson entered. I was grateful for his words and the service he gives to the Lord every day. President Monson talked about being an example, something I need to be MUCH better at. Some of my favorite quotes were:
     We must remember we are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are are spiritual beings having a human experience. This should remind us where our loyalty and anchor should lie.
When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed.
What does this all have to do with BYU? Well here at BYU we get experiences like this all the time. Every Tuesday we have devotional were we get to hear from leaders of our church, professors, politicians, and esteemed individuals of other religions. In class we have prayer everyday and spiritual thoughts. We get the opportunity to take religion classes that will kick your butt and make you question if they should even allow you in Heaven. There are countless opportunities to serve, learn, and really figure out what you believe and who you are. The cool thing about BYU is that it embodies the idea that religion isn't just what we practice or what we believe, it's who we are. I am so grateful that I go to a university that knows this, and makes it part of our every days. GO COUGS!
Day 2: I'm thankful for Friends (the show and the people)
That's today! Yay! Okay so what to be thankful for today? It's not like I'm not thankful, it's more like okay what do I want to talk about today? So today I am thankful for the people that have come into my life in the last 6 months. I have been super lucky this semester that I have been introduced to some of the coolest people ever. To name a few that would be the Dick family, Lauren, Cory & Ashley, Jonathan & Jeremy, Lindsay and okay I guess I will throw Pickup in there too. Basically these people have come to be some of my favorite people ever. They have made this semester such a blast and I feel super lucky to know them. I'm extremely grateful for friends, old and new. I'm grateful for the lessons they teach us and the happiness they can bring into our lives. I'm thankful that we can be changed by those we meet even if it’s only briefly. So basically if you are my friend then this post is for you. Thank you, because you make my life infinitely better! Love you!
            Just a side note to all of you who missed it on facebook, I got my assignment for the ILP program and I will be teaching in MOSCOW, Russia! I am so pumped! Moscow looks beautiful and there is so much to do there! I want to visit everything! I can’t wait to leave! I can’t wait to meet my host family! I can’t wait to live in Russia for 4+ months! I can’t wait to travel, take Russian & cultural classes, lose tons of weight because I won’t eat any of the food, and not even have to worry about dating. Today it is less than 300 days till I leave!! We are in the 200’s people! It is going to be here before I know it! I CAN’T BELIVE I AM GOING TO BE LIVING IN RUSSIA! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!! Freaking out! Anywho, Moscow is going to be a blast! I am going to rock it, and I can’t wait for all of the experiences I am going to have. Now THAT is going to make a good blog!
I hope that this blog finds you happy, well, and healthy. Enjoy your families and your life. It’s November now y’all! That means we all have to be extremely good until Christmas! Best behavior now! 53 DAYS….
Until next time,
Muah!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween!

   Happy Halloween y'all!!! Happy tomorrow is NOVEMBER! Happy 3 weeks till I get a break from school! Happy the semester is more than half way over! Happy life! :)
   This past weekend Lauren and I attended my brother's Halloween party. It was Brent and Lori's party that they hosted for their friends at their house because they have a HUGE house! The party was so much fun! I am not a party girl, I don't like being social, and I don't like the awkwardness, but this actually was super fun! Lauren and I made our own costumes this year. It turned out awesome! If I had more money I would have just gone to town on the whole outfit, but seeing as I'm saving every penny for Russia next year I held back. Although I didn't spend 2 billion dollars on my costume, they turned out GREAT! I love my costume and I actually felt really cute in it! First time in a long time! There was tons of food at the party which was GREAT, and don't even get me started on the desserts....
    Jonathan and Jeremy were there, who I LOVE. We had our little single area at the party seeing as everyone else was married with children. It was still a blast! I honestly love living close to 2 of my 6 siblings and having another sibling just 3 hours away. Heather, we will get you up here soon enough and don't you worry you will have PLENTY of opportunities to rock your stuff at the next party! We played minute to win it games which I'm going to be honest because of past experiences I HATE, but it actually turned out pretty fun. Of course having my brothers and sister-in-laws (yeah Lori, you only threw me under the bus like 12 times :) ) there meant that I got called up for the probably one game I would NEVER do. The you have to shake your bum to get the gold balls out of the box game. First off, I only dance like that when I'm alone. Like with Lauren I will maybe do a total of 2 seconds of bum shaking, but not an extended period. Second off, awkward. But it was funny, and it was fun. Breaking out of my shell wasn't too bad, and let's be real I'm a freak like that with my family all the time! Here are some pictures from the night! Enjoy! And have a happy Halloween!
Before
 After
 My spider cupcakes I made for the party
 We were peacocks!



 Jade!!!

Jonathan and Jeremy!!
The whole crew!! Love them all to death!
Hope your Halloween is safe and sound!
Until next time,
Muah! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm sorry I'm a terrible blogger these days....

       Okay, Okay! I know that I have been really slacking in the blog posts this semester! I guess I have just gotten into my life and it seems nothing interesting goes on. Plus I haven't taken a picture of anything I've done in like a decade! I'm quite sorry y'all. I will try to be better, but let's be honest what is there to blog about? I'm wracking my brain as we speak......
     So here is what I have been up to....
    Last week was the busiest/laziest week of my life. I had 3 test, one a final, and tons of other stuff (crap) due. Funny story about my final. So it was for my 1 credit essentials of calculus class that I took to prepare me for calculus next semester. No homework, no quizzes, no tests, just one final that you need to get an 80 on to pass. So its final days and you get 2 chances to take it. I take it the first time, feel pretty good about it, get a 50. I go to the math lab for like 4 hours hack out every problem I can think of, go take it again and get a 77....yeah that's right I got 3 points under what I needed. Did I mention this is a pass/fail class? That if you pass it does NOTHING to your GPA, but if you fail it is a big fat F on your transcript. Like I need that when I'm trying to go to med school. Long story short though I email my professor and since its a new class and everyone did terrible they lowered the grade to a 73 for passing. Thank goodness!
     I decided on a Halloween costume! I know I said that I was going to be a 20's girl, but after considerable weight gain and a terrible dress, that has changed. Goodbye 20's hello....well actually it's a surprise! I will post tons of pictures after my Halloween party next Saturday, and when I say mine I mean my brother's that I will be attending. He is quite lucky to have me. But for real guys it is SO cute! I can't wait to show y'all!!!
    I made pumpkin bread last night! Yep, I sat home on a Saturday did laundry, studied chemistry, and made pumpkin bread. Honestly, I have become such a partier lately. It's quite ridiculous!
    I am flying home this week for a total of 13 hours! Yep I get in at 11 Wednesday night and I leave at 12 on Thursday. Such is the life of a girl who flies home once a month to see her orthodontist. Hopefully only a couple more months though and I will be FREE!!! I'm crossing my fingers that I will have enough time to get my nails done, because let's be real I think it's why boys don't ask me out....just saying....
    Dan's countdown to his homecoming is less than 600 days now! Word. 310 days-ish till Russia!! 19 days till I fly to Memphis to see Linsey and Jordan. I get to see one of Jordan's home games and then just fly on back. First off that plane ride is like 3 hours! What? Like might as well fly to Europe, that's how long it is. Second of all I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE LINSEY!!! And Angel Man of course, but seriously Linsey and I talk about everyday and it has been TERRIBLE not being able to see her!! Btw Linsey, let's be honest I will not be skinny when I see you. Just so you know....
     Last night I literally got out my 10 wedding magazines that I have in my room and went through them for the millionth time. Am I getting married anytime soon? No. Do I even have someone in my life that wants to marry me? No. Am I even kinda dating someone? No. But I have wedding magazines, and every once in awhile I like to go through them and start planning my wedding that is like a billion years away. It was great. I almost started thinking how I needed to diet and then I was like "Oh wait, I'm not ACTUALLY getting married..."
Until next time,
Muah!
P.S. I would like you to all know that it's almost time for CHRISTMAS music!! Yay!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October!!

      I feel like I'm a little late getting to this, but you guys...IT'S OCTOBER! I have come to really love October and here are just a few reasons why....
PUMPKINS! I absolutely love pumpkins and I love the pumpkin patch even more. Heather if I had one wish it would be to come home and take Gav to the pumpkin patch with you. Okay that's a lie, my one wish would be to be skinny, but the second wish you definitely be to come with you! Oh the pictures we would try to get! Oh the fun it would be! Maybe I will find a pumpkin patch here in Utah and just pretend my family is here with me. But all and all I love carving, painting, and eating chocolate chip pumpkin bread. :) 
Only one of my FAVORITE people in the world, my nephew Gavin (2 years 8 months)
My Halloween costume + more clothes and probably about 100 pounds. Honestly, why is she so skinny?!
The Texas State Fair. Basically the best fair in the ENTIRE WORLD!!! I HATE that I am missing it. You guys have no idea how good the food is. Really that's the only reason to go, for the funnel cakes, cornY dogs, fried s'mores, fried butter, fried snickers, okay you guys get that basically you FRY everything. It is one of the high lights of fall, and Utah shouldn't even have a state fair out of shame. So family, please send me pictures of everything! <3
My last favorite thing about October is....
The food! So fall takes a bit to start in Texas, but usually by October we are full into fall mode. I need you guys to know something. #1. My mom is the BEST cook EVER. I know people say that about their moms, but this isn't one of those things. My mom is so good that other people change their minds from liking their mother's food to liking MY mother's food. #2. If I could pick a season for my mom to cook for it would be FALL. She starts making bread, and chili, Carmel apples, cookies, dumplings, and so many other yummy things. And the thing is that all this food just leads up to the holiday foods, and don't even get me started on my mom's holiday foods. So at this time I would like to be home where warm wheat bread is baking and chocolate chip pumpkin bread is in my hand. Oh the things you miss living far away!
       Honestly, I can't believe that it is already October. I also can't believe that its almost the middle of October! Where does the time go? I can't believe that I gave up soda (I know, shoot me now) for the year and that I'm about to be able to drink it again. I can't believe that Christmas decorations are up at the mall, and that Christmas music is just around the corner (we start early in my family)!
        I started making a Christmas list and as far as I got was BYU sweats. Okay #1. Honestly if there is ONE thing I don't need its sweats. I wear them ALL.THE.TIME. It's sick and will probably lead me to never getting married. #2. Wow that's it? That's all I need. I have this trouble every year! My parents love me so much ( I am their only child....well besides my other 6 siblings...) that I can never think of things to ask for, so I usually just end up asking for absurd things. For instance a boyfriend, finance, or husband. At this point I will take anyone of them. And preferably one that is not currently on a mission, going on a mission, or can't date you because of his mission. No missions. Or a million dollars! That would be great! Or 10 pairs of Uggs priced at $200 dollars each. Who would honestly buy that? So if you have any ideas, shoot them my way. Sorry about my Christmas tangent. This totally doesn't belong in this post. Oh well...
       I think that my mind has turned to Christmas because of the fact that it snowed last weekend! Yeah, make me throw up now! Last weekend I went up to Idaho to see Daniel's little sister's State Jr. Miss competition, and to see my family. My niece Tommye-lynn had a soccer game and Brent, Lori, Corby, Katie, and baby Jade all came up to Darrin & Annie's for the weekend. It was great! I went to the hot springs, saw Dan's family and my family, stayed up late, laughed, and saw my niece score a goal and make 20 bucks off of Brent and Lori. It was a wonderful weekend. Only complaint was not having LO there with me. Lo, can we not be separated again? Oh wait you are leaving this weekend :(. Sarah did a wonderful job and looked BEAUTIFUL! I was so proud of her! As always Daniel's family was so sweet to me. I love them! I did not love the snow though. I will just stay down here in P-town where the canyon protects me from all that nasty snow. Here are some pictures from the weekend...
 Adam, Me, & Becca! Love them to pieces!
 Me & my nieces, Tommye-Lynn (7) and Brylee (2 years 7 months)
Heather got this hat for me last Christmas. I think she wasn't sure if I would really wear it or not, but come on people this hat is AWESOME! I love this hat. I want it to be colder just for the fact that I could possibly wear this hat all the time. P.S. Braces come off soon! Word!
   Well that's basically my life! Just living it up here in P-town! Hope that this post finds you well, and as excited for October and the months to follow as I am! Lot's of love!
Until next time,
Muah!