Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I watched the newest Psych episode last night. It was the one where BYU got there mention on the show that they won. The mention: two girls walking into a bar with Y shirts on and then going I buy some beers. Talk about ironic.

It was a good episode and also an interesting development. So go watch it!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

All my gpa dreams are coming true :) not a single C on my report card! Take that hard science classes!

Now to go celebrate... Out to breakfast with my family and then the shark reef!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


I'm currently sporting the Frankenstein look.

that big dark spot looks super stitchy up close.

Other than that, today was fantastic. Every year over Christmas break we go and visit some of my dad's patients that don't have a lot of family to be with over the holidays. It is always a really neat experience, but this year was especially touching. We went to go visit one of his patients and assisted living and she was so grateful that we came. She almost started crying. It made me so happy. There are people every day that need attention, love, and maybe even some gifts. and we can reach out to them in the littlest ways. even a hug can mean so much to someone.

it's awesome.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Eve Eve

who's excited? me!

The last few days have been amazing.

lunch and shopping dates with my mom.

laying around all day because I have no homework to do.

wrapping gifts.

watching movies and playing games with my family every night.

cuddling with my dog.

I always have these silly little realizations. well, you know. The other day my brother asked me to help him put Christmas cards in envelopes. I was headed up to my computer to organize my iTunes library (yeah I have nothing better to do.) and then I thought suddenly that I should really help him with it. So I did for a few minutes. Maybe it wasn't really that important, but I had this thought that I should help him and that my computer would be there later. It was a really cool thing.

I also had a realization that no matter what happens next semester, life is going to be great. and fun. and exciting. and hard sometimes. but it will still be great.

Is it bad that one of my goals this Christmas break is to beat a video game?

Don't worry. I am also doing productive things like reading and making ornaments and do my dismay, cleaning. haha.

Friday, December 16, 2011

remember the reason.

remember the season and echo the reason.

I am so grateful for my personal Savior.

I would be nowhere without his Atonement and the plan of salvation put in place by him and my Heavenly Father.

I am so grateful that he gave his all and came to earth to help me become perfect one day.

Sometimes, I get discouraged and frustrated about the mistakes I have made. that others remember them and see my faults. but then I remember that I have a Savior who has promised that if I repent he will forget all my shortcomings and my faults and help me to become the person I am meant to be.

The gospel really is the greatest blessing of all and I love the joy it brings me.

I just love the inspiration and the peace it brings to my life.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Drama Queen 101

How to be a drama queen brought to you by the biggest drama queen there ever was:

1. moan every two minutes about how much boys suck

2. make every little pain seem like the worst thing ever

3. complain about how you have to do homework while you are doing fun things

4. talk about how your friends just like you for your food, money, etc...

5. mention many times that you are failing your classes, when you are, in fact, at least passing all of them.

6. repeat step 1 every day. several times. even when you have no reason to be doing it. you probably won't have any friends soon because they will be sick of you, but who cares really?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

studying all day

nothing like studying all day to fry your brain.
I'm going to relax a little by cooking up some delicious food
and having a little roommate Christmas party.
and then it is back to the books for me.

Here's what I am making tonight!

coconut chicken with sweet chili sauce

I can already guarantee that mine won't look as delicious as that picture. but hopefully it will taste just as good.

I was just watching this hilarious video my family made based o
n a crazy Tarzan song.

it makes me laugh when I watch the video my family made to this song and it gets me so excited to go home. I love my family.

not to mention beautiful sunny days!

and our huge Christmas tree that is going to look so beautiful.

Monday, December 12, 2011


I am so grateful for the many loving friends that I have.

Katie and Mayra deserve a shoutout for helping me feel a bit more normal :) even though I am still freaking stressed. haha

really though, I am so happy.

Friday, December 9, 2011


Last night, I had the best time ever at Walmart.

we tried pretty much every perfume/cologne they had to offer.

we stared at the candy for hours.

we took our blood pressure.

we laughed and all the "value packs" that weren't actually cheaper.

we smelled every type of candle you could ever imagine.

we looked at all the Christmas decorations.

we laughed at the college girl being pushed in a cart. (weird)

and then we came home and played gamecube. then we tried to break in to the pool and walk on the ice. but we couldn't.

now I have a lot to do. :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

the closing of another semester.

I just realized that I had a lot of cool experiences this semester. Okay, I always do, but I had a chance to get involved in so many things. I had a class with 10 other passionate and smart people studying to be science teachers. I taught 15 of the cutest kids science every week and they love me so much. I met so many new friends that taught me about life and helped me to learn more about myself.

We launched off hot air balloons today in Physical Science 276.
One of the most fun things we have done so far.
too bad they all landed on the roof.

All the kids were getting me to take crazy pictures.
this is Caroline.
She is quite the spunky little girl.
She quotes Kid History and Divine Comedy like crazy.
and it's so cute.

we got to pet turtles in science club.

This is Olivia.
She is a little bit quieter than Caroline.
but clearly still loves to have fun.

we also got to pet a snake.

we all had doughnuts afterward.
definitely the kids' favorite part.
they bought me this donut. so cute.

I got this note from one of the kids.
his mom does host the club, but still.
I love it.

bonus of the day.
my sister came and surprised me with Christmas cookies

Tomorrow is the last day of classes. Joy and happiness :)

Monday, December 5, 2011


um, how do people handle waiting? really? and not knowing if things are going to happen. It's really driving me crazy.

I'm just being a drama queen. typical. and it better stop soon or things are going to be interesting.

The funny part is that was all that was said during fast and testimony meeting. Learn to be patient and wait. Find joy in the journey. I'm going to work on that this week :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

No Shame.

I am always learning new things about life every semester. I think what Heavenly Father is trying to teach me this time around is that it's okay to ask for help when you need it. and it's okay to open up to other people.

I'm usually a pretty closed off person and I don't like to share my feelings. and I NEVER like to ask for help. but this semester I have seen that I feel so much better when I talk to other people about what I am upset about, what I need, or if something is bothering me. It helps so much.

I can't do everything on my own. It has taken me a long time to realize that it is perfectly fine to ask others if you need something. This semester has been pretty stressful with all my teaching hours, and one time I just could not get everything ready for science club that I needed to. (Wednesdays I am ridiculously busy.) I had no clue what to do so finally I just asked my roommate if she could help me prepare the stuff for science club since I would not get it done before class. and of course she said yes! so, it's good to let others know when you need help.

Learning this lesson really parallels with knowing that I cannot do anything without Christ. I have also learned this semester that I need Him in my life. He's the one that I tell everything to and he knows ALL my struggles. I think that Heavenly Father needs me to know that I need to depend on others more because I can't do it alone. It might have worked for awhile, but I will have trials where I will absolutely need the support of others, and most of all I need to depend on my Savior.

Here's a great quote that emphasizes this. It was on my kindness quote of the day calendar and I LOVE it.

"Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth." – George Bernard Shaw