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I got a job!

Yayyyy! I've been applying applying applying EVERYWHERE and nothing. My seminary teacher's husband is a jeweler, and he referred me to his boss who was thinking about opening a part time/seasonal position. Well I got in for an interview, and I was pretty sure I butchered it and I wouldn't get the job. But whaddya know she hired me yesterday! For the next few months I'm sitting at the computer from 10-2 sorting through data entry. It's pretty tedious, but it's a job, and right now I don't really care what I do. Just not fast food. That was my last resort. So I'm happy! I have a job! I'm starting to see Cosmetology in the near future. I was afraid if I didn't get a job and have something saved up to live on white in Utah, I was going to have to put it off for another year. For right now, things are lookin' good :)

P.s. We settled on "rascal" for the cat. We got stuck on the idea of naming her after some disney character/animal, and ap…

Speckles, Bobcat, Spot?

We can't decide on the name. So for now, her name has been "new cat". We got her as a playmate for Pumpkin because we thought she might be lonely after Scout went away. Pumpkin hates her. How horrible is that? Madre, however, is confident that they'll warm up to each other eventually.

Isn't she so cute?!

They're gone :(

Well, I'm officially an only child now. For a while, it didn't feel like it was truly just me and my parentals, because Caroline was always just down the road. I'm gonna miss them. Especially the Little Squirts.

I did get a road trip out of the deal, though. Dad and I got to drive their moving van up, which was long but fun :]

We saw about 50 elders coming out of a Macdonalds in Kansas, which fun and interesting. We're guessing they were on their way to the temple.

We stopped by Liberty Jail, which I have to admit... it was a little hokey. I have a problem with manekins, they just seem goofy and disneyland-ish to me. However I could see how horrible it would be, and I'm so grateful for the sections of D & C that we have because of the Prophet's time spent there.

We stopped in Joliet, IL for some Sliders at White Castle. Yummmmm.

Then we got to Michigan around 7:30 that night, and a great bunch of guys from the May's new ward helped unload. The town house loo…

This cracked me up


J'aime La Belgique!

Don't we look so European with our French scarves and Umbrella's shopping at the market?

I had SOOOOO much fun in Belgium. Who'da thought I'd enjoy museum's and castles and cathedrals? But I loved every second of it! Even the plane ride. We got Business Class :)

I wish we could have just stayed there forever. Everyone was so kind, and the missionaries were a ton of fun to talk to. I wondered the whole time if this is what Holly is experiencing. If so, no wonder she always sounds so ridiculously happy in her letters. Missionaries are a blast!

Of course we were very very tired all the time. 7 hours difference.

I have been spoiled. The food was so good. I don't think I can ever eat a slice of American Cheese ever again.

Aaaaaaaand I made it through an art museum. AAAAAAAND I enjoyed it! What a miracle.

I have to say, that the churches and cathedrals were my absolute favorite. Of course everything was a work of art in and of itself, but I especially loved the stained gl…


I just got back from a week long vacation in CA, my second favorite state! It was cold. Very weird for august. Madre and I didn't go to the beach once. However we did go to the tide pools, and we picked up 50 more shells for our collection of dead things to decorate the house with :)
Mostly we enjoyed my grandmother's pantry, which is filled with things that have never seen the inside of our own home, and also her excellent cable channels. Sounds like a productive week to me!

I walked in on this my last night in CA. Aren't they adorable? Both of them were fast asleep. Bob had fallen asleep while giving Big Ma a foot rub.
In a few days Jenna and I will be heading up to Belgium.

Today I bought a little sling bag to keep all my money and such nice and safe and organized on the trip. I want to start using it now. It's just so nifty I can't help but feel like organizing while I wear it.

See you in a couple days Jenna! :D

Summer :)

Scout camp was by far the highlight of my summer. The staff were really cool, and there were a million boy scouts. Jenna and I really want to work there next summer, and I am currently working on my Ranger Award, which is basically training for a camp like this.

The girls loved the boy scouts.

Dar the river god.
rafting was most everyones favorite.
We love our toe shoes!

New Haircut

Yes it was actually possible to cut more hair off of my head.


I feel so weird. I got my wisdom teeth out this morning. I was afraid that I would do something really weird, because I have heard of people (especially women) doing some crazy things after getting their wisdom teeth out. Apparently, women have a tendency to cry, and I heard of one man who wet himself! I was so scared. But when I woke up, I was just reeeally tired.
I got home and watched about 30 minutes of Jane Eyre before I fell asleep, and I have been off and on sleeping all day. I have to admit, despite the pain, it's kind of fun. I get to eat all this stuff that I rarely get to have, I'm sleeping whenever, and I got to watch movies instead of school work! Swelling is not so bad. I really wanted to go to Seminary tomorrow. Sis. J just got back, and I have missed her so much, I haven't wanted to miss any lessons, but Madre says I gotta stay home. I plan on doing normal things tomorrow. Get some English done (only a couple more classes and then I'm freeeeeeeeee! Mrs. …

Couldn't wait...

I got the wig :) AND I LOVE IT! I know it's crazy to want to wear this ridiculous amount of hair that gives you a super bad headache after the first half an hour, but I still love it!
I'm done with Beginners! WOW it feels so nice to say that I am in Novice now. Here is where they really separate the good dancers from the bad ones. And unfortunately, right now, I am one of those bad dancers, but I plan to change that! I can't wait to really start learning the hard stuff :D

Feelin Good :)

I was stressing out last night real bad. Saturday is my next Feis, and I still had an entire dance to learn. Yesterday I had a cram session at the May's, and then got home and crammed some more. I got it learned just in time, and now I'm actually excited about this weekend! My dances could be a little more polished, but I'm just happy that I got all my dances learned in the three weeks that I had!
Now I feel dumb. While in Maryland, I got bored, and decided since I had done every other color, I would die my hair reddish. Well its a little more than "reddish", and I actually like it! However, I reeeeallly wanted my wig, and I don't think I'll be able to get it because my hair isn't brown anymore. And I'm not going to buy a red wig. Oh well, sounds like I'll just have to wait until September to buy my wig! I will be getting my new shoes however. Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay!!!!


Nicole and I were dates ;) She's wearing my dress, and my shrug, and my necklace, and I did her hair and makeup... Both dresses are from Half of Half. $20 bucks each!
Thanks for letting me borrow the shrug Jenna! It looked awesome :D

This years theme was very princess-y. At first I thought the check in room was the room we were dancing in, and I was like "laaaame", then I accidentally stumbled into the ballroom hahaha. It was amazing! It was like the inside of a Cinderella castle. DJ was good, the ballroom was on top of an ice skating rink, so the room was pleasantly cool, I hardly got hot at all. It was so much fun! Can't wait until next year!

License :)

I got my license FINALLY!!!! I was so excited! My first trip alone was to seminary, and halfway down McLeroy I felt like I should turn around because I was disobeying the rules. Second trip was to walmart, then back to the church. Then I jumped straight onto the highway and drove myself to South Lake for dance class. That. Was. Scary. I was shaking I was so nervous. I'm not that good with directions, and I hate driving at night. After spending 30 minutes at the computer mapquest-ing every which way to get from my house to the dance studio, I said a little prayer, hopped in the car, prayed almost the whole way, and I made it to dance! No problems what so ever :) I did get a little lost on the way home, but not by much. Today I am driving myself to the Mall, then from the mall to dance again. SO excited, I love driving.
You know what I have already discovered since getting my license? I sing in the car. Reeeeaaallly loudly too. And sometimes I talk to myself, and the car in front of …

YC 2010

Book of Mormon themed. Definitely one of the best YC's :)
We camped over night in Sid Richardson. I was fuh-reeeeeezing because I forgot a jacket, but in the afternoon it was nice.
The whole day was filled with BoM reenactments, some of them a little goofy, but they were all really well done.
Nicole, Lauren, Me, and Carter were a pretty tight group the whole time. I wasn't in their group, but every chance we got we were hanging out together. We had so much fun! Everyone had to wear tunics. Everyone hated them.
Here is King Benjamin preaching from his tower. You could tell he put a lot of effort into his skit. This was the first event of the morning, and it was amazing.
We made awesome lamanites, and we totally would have beaten the Nephites, except that the Nephites win in the book, so the leaders gave them a million lives, while they pulled all the lamanites out. So. Unfair.
Goofing off. Trying to make our tunics look cool.
THE coolest gang ever. I had the best time hanging out with …

PIctures :)

Now that I've got the time, here are some pictures in random order :)
Sailing day 5
ATV's day 3, in Arenal

Day 3 in Arenal. This is a little pool near the waterfall.
This is just a few yds. from the waterfall. Dad and I were exhausted from swimming in this pool, the force of the waterfall was so strong is was constantly trying to push you into the rocks.
The waterfall :)
Day 2, volcano watching. I couldn't get a good picture of the volcano spouting rocks, but there were a ton of people there to watch! And I got them in the picture haha.
Feeding the Iguana's day 2.

Zip lining, day 1...
River Rafting day 2... This is where we had the pineapple that was SO good!

And here are some zip lining videos:

Flight Delayed... 6 hours.... And we didn't know till be got to the airport, or else I'm sure we would have spent a couple more hours in the water.
I'm ready to get home now! I'm missing out on all the St. Patty's day excitement going on back home! St. Patrick's Day is definitely not known in Costa Rica hahaha...

Day 7, Last day

Last day :( it's bittersweet actually. I kind of miss home. I miss dance especially. But I love Costa Rica! It's hard to leave.

This morning we went to a big park. They called it a zoo, and it was similar, just without the cages and tame animals haha. We saw several sloths, followed a path that meant "waterfall", but all the agua was gone, but we were dripping like waterfalls. It was sooooo hot.

We stopped at the beach and took a short dip, then headed back. The monkeys woke up from their siesta and we got right up close to them! It was so cool! They start heading for the trash cans towards noon, because the trash bins are fairly full by then. We got a picture of one eating some nacho chips :)

Day 6

Day 6 as actually yesterday. We arrived at the new hotel, and we all love it! We spent some time lazing around the beach and pool. They have a couple of nice hammocks (hammocks are my favorite :), and a little jungle-y area across the street to look for Iguanas.

Around 3 we went sailing, stopped by a nice snorkeling spot, saw some pretty fish and a spiny starfish.

Got back on the boat and meandered around a little. Some dolphins came WAY up close to the boat, so we hurried out from under the canopy, because apparently the dolphins won't stick around unless they can see the people :) I love dolphins! They are some of the coolest animals ever.

Lots a sting rays were jumping up (literally) out of the water. Like way up! It was really bizarre.

Altogether a really fun day! Had a really yummy tuna steak for dinner, and we slept great last night in the nice AC :)

Day 5

Yesterday we headed to the coast. I saw a parakeet! The big rainbow ones. And we saw a sloth.

The first hotel we went to was nice and big, with a beautiful veiw, but... the AC sucked. Scoutmaster hates heat about as much as Madre hates being cold. So that didn't last long.

This morning they headed out to Playa Hermosa and found an awesome, air-conditioned hotel. It's right up on the beach, I get my own room with a tv, and there are two pools! This is definitely the place to come if you've got a big family.

Tonight we are going sailing, snorkeling, and Dad will fish.

Day 3

ATVing was way cool! I was more scared driving those things than doing any of the other stuff. It was so rocky, I thought I was going to tip over every time I turned.
We met more college students. I have seen more of those here than at an actual campus, they're everywhere! They are all here on spring break, usually in couples though I've seen a few big groups of them. Jenna, we MUST come here over one of our spring breaks during college. It would be so much fun, I know you would love it here :)
We hiked down to a waterfall that was gorgeous! And really really powerful, took a lot of energy just to swim out a little ways. There were so many steps going back, and they were really really steep. And I didn't complain once about my small lungs ;)
I've been eating a lot of "typical food" here (rice and beans, chicken, and plantains). I love love LOVE the rice and beans, but the plantains are nassstttyyyyyyy. Tonight I tried fried yucca. It tasted just like a giant f…

River Rafting

River rafting was so much better than CO rafting! The water was perfect, not freezing, and the jungle is SO SO SO pretty. I think all river guides are the same, no matter what country they are from. These all reminded me of the ones from High Adventure. BTW, pineapple from Costa Rica is 1000 times better than from Hawaii.

I got tossed out of the raft on the 2nd or 3rd rapid, which was way fun. I got sunburned (as usual).

I met a 25 year old landscape student from Germany. she is here on a 5 week vacation, and she spent 10 days working on a farm feeding the animals in various times in the day, in return for food and a place to sleep. Your interested in environmental stuff, right Jen? This is SO the place to come for adventure and a really cool environment!

That´s pretty much it for this day! Tomorrow is ATV´s or fourwheeling through some jungle, which I can´t wait for. I´ve been speeding over the top of the jungle, and in a river all around, but I haven´t really been IN it.

I´ll update tom…

No Texting? What?

I have no texting Jenna. I'm so sorry :( I´ll update my blog on the hotel computers as much as I can though, to let you know what´s going on.

Today was ziplining. FUN!!! I think there were 4 or 5 rides altogether, and the veiw was AMAZING. It is so pretty here, imagine Jurrasic Park, or the indiana jones ride.

We saw a monkey on the way home, and a couple of Tucans. Pictures are shortly to follow! I miss texting you!

Tomorrow is rafting, and I´ll tell all about after :)

Freaked Out

I have been pretty excited for Costa Rica! I know it'll be so much fun. But last night, Bro. R, for some stupid, stupid, stupid reason, decided to tell me, ME, Emma, the queen of hypochondriacs, the wrong story. Some lady comes back from Costa Rica with a hole in her head, goes to the doctor, and the doc determines that it's a maggot from some weird fly, and she pulls it out of her head! I thought he was joking! What I don't understand is how he could be SO happy to tell me. As soon as I walked into the foyer and he saw me, he jumped up to tell me this story. WHY would you do something like that? Especially to ME? Anyone who knows me, knows not to tell me anything potentially frightening. And this is beyond potentially frightening. It is freaking the scariest thing I have ever heard. I do not want to come home with worms in my skull. So though I am excited, I am also so scared. I'm not going to sleep! I'm going to be wearing hats to bed, and showering in insect rep…

So sad :(

My Irish Dance competition went wonderfully! But for the past day I have been soooo sad. It was so much fun, one more month seems so far away for the next one :( I wish they had a feis every month! I spent most of yesterday wandering around soaking everything in, and thinking about how this is only my first, and I only have a few more. I wish so so so SO badly that I had started this earlier! I have really fallen in love with dance, and I just feel like I don't have enough years to get in all the dancing that I want. I have one more year of high school, and then I think that's it.
I continually ask myself why why WHY didn't I follow Caroline's advice five years ago when she told me about this?!?! If I had known how much I love it now, I know I would have started it the next day. Now I'm only getting started, and before I know it, I'll be done.

Anyways, I guess I might as well enjoy it while I can. Yesterday was so much fun! I had a two hand reel first thing, and …

Almost ready! :D

My dance competition is just one more day away! And I'm almost ready. I just need the poodle socks, which I will get tonight :) Oh my gosh! I can't wait! I couldn't wait for this feis since I went to the last Oireachtas (I know, all these Irish words are a mouthful). I am so ready to be out of the beginners. Tonight was the last big practice before the Feis this weekend. Those practices are definitely my favorite. EVERYONE comes, and it's just so much fun to sit back and watch all the amazing dancers practice. Someday, I hope to get to that level. Tonight I watched several championship dancers dancing some really different dances, and just laughing and goofing halfway through them, or making up some silly poses. Irish Dance can get pretty stressful and intense sometimes. I've already seen one chick walk off the stage absolutely bawling because she messed up. For once it was nice to just watch them all having fun! I can't wait to get out of the beginners. I am r…


Yes! It's all over! I had a singing competition this morning. Similar to the piano competition, you're not actually competing with anyone, just going for experience and some voice instruction. I got a 1! Which I know sounds really bad but it's a very good score :)
The recital was the toughie. All TAFA students participating in solo/ensemble competitions must perform their solo in front of an audience of peers and their parents before the competition. Yikes! But it was really helpful. It helps the kids know what they tend to mess up on when nervous and put under pressure.
For the past two weeks I have been asking myself why I signed up to do this. I think it was because I'm not competing in piano anymore, I got bored? But now that I've done it, I'm pretty sure I'd like to pursue dance more than voice. I have my first dance competition in just a couple weeks! And it really is a competition. I'm SO excited! I'll be dancing 4 solos, and 1 dance with a par…


We heard that it might snow, I was definitely not expecting this:

We got stuck coming back from walmart.

I just LOVE being home schooled. All my friends were stuck inside all day while I worked on a snow man.