Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving

 I was reflecting recently on all of the fun Thanksgivings that I've had. In particular I remember the Thanksgiving at Gared's cabin, I had such a fun time that year. Last year, Vanessa and I were the penniless loners with no family in town, and we went hiking and moose searching on Thanksgiving, and then enjoyed our meal at Cracker Barrel. I had blueberry pancakes. That was a very fun Thanksgiving as well.

Well this Thanksgiving definitely makes the top 5. It felt to good to be enjoying the day with my parents. Mom's cooking is always the best (I did help out a little bit this year... after some coaxing) and to top it all off, Dad and I got to go see the Cowboys beat the Raiders! We've always wanted to go to a Cowboys game, and we had so much fun, I think it may become a tradition!




The stadium is staggering. It's so HUGE. And the jumbo tron can be overwhelming as well.  






 Selena Gomez performed during the half time show. I had always wondered what they did for half time show. Now I know.


I managed to get on the jumbo tron before the game started. They were having a little pregame show by the entrance of the stadium, and Dad and I got there plenty early, so while I had some time to kill I decided to brave the crowd and see if I could sneak in for a shot. I texted Dad when I got there, and he snapped this video.

And it was a Cowboys win! Dad and I had a blast!


 Thanksgiving break has never been more appreciated. Jenna found this meme a long time ago, and we had many laughs over it. Well I found it again recently and I laughed even harder. It's so true! 16 credits sure is kicking my butt this year.
But it must be paying off. I mean, just look at these ceramic beauties I made recently ;)


Today it was 78 degrees out, and I wore shorts. Once upon a time I would complain about it being so warm out on December 2nd, but two years in Utah sure did cure me of that. It can stay 78 degrees as far as I'm concerned. Winter is overrated. 


Well things are going well at the Salon. I've been let loose, and it feels great to be earning money doing something I love. School is almost over. Next week are my finals, and then I'm done. One semester down, many more to go :) Did I mention I'm looking into going to Texas A&M? They have an outdoor rec major. We'll see, I guess.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

 When, when, when...





...will my hair be long, long, long?




Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkins 2013









The Fab Four and a VW Bus. They look pretty good, if I do say so myself :)


Sunday, October 13, 2013



Homework. Does it ever end? Before I started college, my biggest concern was that I wouldn't be able to understand the material. I didn't think I would be smart enough for college. I'm quickly realizing that in order to be successful in college, you don't have to be smart, you just have to be really focused, and you can't allow yourself to get behind on homework. I find that I'd rather drown during the week, and give myself a break on the weekends, than divide the homework more equally throughout the entire week. That way I still get to do some fun things :)



Friday evening I went sailing with Mom and Dad and the activity day girls. It was a blast! I had so much fun listening to the girls' conversations. They're such little information gatherers. They asked each other every random question they could think of, and made proper, kind responses to everything. So entertaining.

I've been attempting to keep up on my mountain biking skilz. There's a good trail just north of me, in Roanoke, with some fairly strenuous sections. I took a tumble on my last ride, and almost landed in this cactus patch. It was pretty scary.

I also spend a few weekends a month hanging out with this good buddy, Dexter. Last night we went to ihop, and he got... chicken and waffles? Dexter currently has a concussion. So you can attribute the dazed facial expression to that. 

Congratulations to my sister, Holly, and her brand new Baby, Henry :) Isn't he just adorable?!?! I wish so, so badly that I could have gone with my parents to visit them. The idea of being near Holly and Gared and this baby when he was born was the only thing that made me rethink moving to Texas. I wanted to continue to live near them so badly. But Texas was the right decision, and I fully intend on visiting them soon :) I can't wait to meet this little man!

In other news, I recently started training at a local salon. I haven't been hired on officially, but things are going well, and I am hopeful :)

I love being back in Texas. I love being at home. Besides that massive amounts of homework, I'm actually loving my classes. I feel very, very blessed. Life is good :)



Saturday, September 7, 2013

Reemerging from the Back Country

I have reemerged from the back country. This year was especially difficult to leave. I hid behind my sunglasses as I quickly gave everyone a farewell hug. I've never known friendships like this to develop so strongly and so quickly in such a short amount of time, and leaving was one of the hardest things I've experienced. Maybe it's just me. Maybe everyone else is adapting back into society easily, and not thinking about the back country every 3 seconds like I am.




Warning: Extreme levels of sentiment, whining, and general cheesiness may occur in the next few moments.




Every person that I worked with this summer made some sort of positive impact in my life. As a staff, we were incredibly diverse in our personalities, our ideas, how we were brought up, and the futures we were pursuing. There was so much brought to the table, and it only made us want to learn more. There were times when it was an hour long conversation one on one, to several hours long, all of us gathered around the yurt, expressing ideas and concerns, big and small, just for the sake of exchanging knowledge.





This summer it dawned on me that I really don't know anything. And I'm not sure I'll ever know anything. There is always a new perspective to learn from.


As a whole, this summer was an incredibly good summer, because I learned so much. Looking back on individual events, however, it was an extremely rough summer, for the same reason.
I stole this table in the above picture. I was left in charge, my CD had 100% trust in me that I wouldn't do anything stupid. Aaaaaaaaaand I, along with the other staff members (they gotta go down with me, too!) hiked this ridiculously heavy oak table 2 freakin' miles in the middle of the night from another camp. It was awesome. That trust my CD had for me, however? Totally not awesome. It was gone. Completely. I didn't do it alone, but I took responsibility for it. And we got in BIG trouble.
I know this doesn't sound like a huge deal, but for me, it was a major event. I've always prided myself in the fact that I leave good impressions with all of my employers. Always. This incident, along with countless others, made me question that fact.
Humility, humility, humility. I got absolutely drilled by it this summer. And how grateful I am that I did.




This is may sound rather silly, but it's something that actually made quite an impression on me. A few phrases were said around the yurt that came to be a policy by which Whiteman lived by. "Slow your roll" and "sounds like a personal problem" were just a few of them. They sound a little harsh, but they actually helped!





Don't zoom up on that picture of me on the bike, my face makes me look constipated. Just know that I'm catching some sweet air.

 

Ok, now that you have all disobeyed and looked at my closeup of that picture, check out this awesome sunrise. This was my last morning at Whiteman Vega. I left a day earlier than some of the others. We woke up at 5 a.m., stuffed our backpacks with cereal and milk, and biked to the Whiteman parking lot in the dark. We drove up to Windy Gap, which overlooks the entire Vega, and Seally Canyon. We ate Frosted Mini Spooners and watched the gorgeous sunrise. It was glorious. A perfect end to my time at Whiteman Vega.



Now I am home.

School isn't as difficult as I anticipated. It's just very time intensive. So far I am enjoying my classes, and the teachers are wonderful. I'm taking Ceramics, College Algebra, Fitness & Wellness, U.S. History, Texas Government, and Psychology.

I spent a couple of days in Utah, to attend Jenna's wedding. It was a lovely, lovely wedding, and Jenna looked gorgeous. I know she's still out there, but in some ways, weddings feel like funerals. It's like she's died or something. My best friend was taken from me! Oh well, weddings happen. What can you do about it? I'm very happy and proud that Jenna has chosen this next step in her life.

Two hours before I boarded the plane from Salt Lake back to Texas, I bought a bike. My very own Specialzed Hardrock Mountain Bike. I know what you're thinking, "It will do so great on all those mountains in Texas!", but I've built a ramp in the back yard, and ridden it around town, and it does just what I need it to. It keeps me from going through withdrawals. Even though I had to withdraw significant funds for it.

I stayed up until 2 a.m. writing this for you, Caroline. I hope it is sufficient :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

At Philmont

I made it out to Philmont! I'm very glad to be back. Unfortunately, Philmont's Internet does not like blogger, and I haven't been able to get it to work (I'm posting this with my phone right now), so I have created a temporary Wordpress where I can upload pictures and tell you all about my summer! Here's the new address: Philemma.wordpress.com.

Xoxo!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Family









This week I have been very grateful for my family. I have the best family. We're kind of an odd bunch, each of us has very different and distinct characteristics, but combined, we have a lot of fun together. It's just too bad that we don't often have that time that we are all together.





I was very lucky to get to spend a week with Caroline's family. She has one of the most beautiful families I think I've ever seen, and I'm not just saying that because she's my sister and I'm biased. D has a very pure and sensitive soul, so unlike most six year olds, and he's also very intelligent. I look up to Caroline and Jonathan so much for how they have raised him. He is going to grow into a very responsible, and hard working young man. 
A is going to be a heart breaker. It's not very often that you see a small child and find that "beautiful" is a better description for her than "cute". A has got a lot of spirit. She's got a good set of lungs, and she can throw a fit that rivals the ones her mother used to have. It's a good thing, too. She's going to have a lot of boys on her tail, and a little stubbornness to ward them off with will be useful. 
P is a cutie. And I mean a real cutie. And he's such a happy baby! I've never met a happier baby. I can see him being more of the mellow type. 
I expected this visit to be more of a vacation type of visit, and I did do a lot of relaxing, but more than anything, I learned. I'm so glad that I had a sister like her come before me, and show me the way. When the day comes, and I have my own family, I'm so grateful that I have women in my life like her to look up to. 

I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures of my visit with them. You can always check Caroline's blog for them. She's got plenty :)

Now I'm in Texas! It's warm, it's sunny, the trees have exploded into full on summer, and I feel so moisturized! I miss humidity. It's great to be home :)


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Graduation Recap

I suppose I should mention that my family took time out of their busy lives to come to my graduation recently ;)


 It was perfect timing. We were able to celebrate my birthday and graduation at the same time. Quite the treat :)

 I'm going to miss my school friends, but I am SO stoked for Philmont, and UVU, and everything else, that I think it's keeping all the tears at bay. I know I'll still see all my hair school friends. In fact, I've already spent time with them in just the past couple weeks, so really what do I have to be sad about?

Mom always does her research on the best places to eat, and this one definitely gets 5 stars. It's called Station 22, in downtown Provo. Here, Mom is enjoying her Chicken and Waffles. It was a lovely Birthday dinner. Mom and Dad got me a ton of Cycling gear, and I CAN'T WAIT to use it!

In other news, I went and saw Jurassic Park in 3D with Holly and Gared the other night. 

 I don't know that I've ever mentioned it, but Jurassic Park is my absolute favorite movie. Well, it might actually tie with Pride and Prejudice.

We had "Battle at the Waffle" the other night. It's a break dancing competition. The shop was so unbelievably packed.





The dude in the stripes one the entire competition, and I learned the next day that he was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. Pretty cool, huh?


I took my written test yesterday. And I passed! Yay!

I think this was the first year that I managed to watch (and stay awake for) all 4 sessions of Conference. I couldn't resist posting all of these Mormon Memes that popped up after Conference of all over. So funny!






Though I managed to stay awake for every session, I seriously needed to walk off some energy afterward. It's a long day of sitting on a couch!


McKenzie and I walked to the nearest park and enjoyed a few minutes with the swings.



It's starting to green up a little bit, and the trees are blooming. It's been rainy, but fairly warm out. I hope this means spring is here for real!










Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Idol

“To take the good of everybody’s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad–belongs to you alone.” Lizzy to Jane, Pride and Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 4    


Jane Bennet. She is my idol. She is the sweetest and kindest of the Bennet sisters, and I wish I was just like her. Instead, I think I take after this character:




Yep, loud and obnoxious Mrs. Bennet. We have a lot in common. We both like to complain (though we'll never admit it), we're easily offended, and quick with our retorts, and we both expect too much out of life.

This is completely off topic, but I found it pretty funny:


Oh Hipsters... They drive me nuts. And Provo is completely saturated with them.

In other news... I'm leaving for Philmont in 41 days. I'm so excited! Did I mention that Jenna got hired as well? She'll be working at Dean Cow, which is a rock climbing camp. She'll have running water, showers, probably and oven, guaranteed rides to and from base camp, and she'll probably have cell phone reception, too. I'm excited for Whiteman Vega, but showers sure do sound nice. I'm a little jealous :)

Happy Easter, everyone :)