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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! 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Россия

    So if you guys don't know yet then I'm going to tell you now, I'M GOING TO RUSSIA! I will be teaching English to children for 5 months starting in August of next year. I am going with the ILP (International Language Program), which is a non-profit organization. I was just accepted on Friday and for the next week or so I will be working with my coordinator to fill out the necessary paper work for my trip. After I get all my paper work in I will be assigned a city to serve in. I could be assigned 1 of 3 cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, or Voronezh. Part of my really wants to go to St. Petersburg, but I am really just excited to go anywhere! I can't believe that in 10 months I will be moving to Russia for the remainder of the year. It is going to be an awesome experience, and I am so excited to make a difference. Here are a few pictures of each place....

Moscow, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia

Voronezh, Russia

      As you can see each city is BEAUTIFUL, and I will have the opportunity to travel all over Russia, so I will see many cities. While I am abroad I will also have the opportunity to travel to Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden. I have a good friend that will be serving a mission in Sweden while I am there, so we have plans to meet up! I just can't believe that I am going to have the chance to visit all of these places! While I am in Russia I will be living with a host family. Most likely they will not know any English, so I will be mastering the art of charades and explaining things really well. Good thing I took theater in high school! It's going to come in handy. A lot of people ask me if I am nervous about going abroad so far away from family and to live with a family I don't know and that probably won't be able to communicate with. It's funny but I'm not nervous at all. I figure that it's going to be an amazing experience, and I know that I am going to love my host family and all the people I teach. I will be teaching children between the ages of K-8th grade. I am hoping to teach younger children, but I won't know which age group for a bit. Of course as soon as I know, you guys will know! While in Russia I will be taking language and culture classes. This will help me to travel and to completely immerse myself into the community. Btw if any of you guys want to donate money to my trip, I am more than happy to allow that! :) You guys....I'M GOING TO RUSSIA! 

     All and all I am so excited for my trip!! I hope that this post finds you all well!
до следующего раза,
Muah!