Showing posts from 2013


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 ha…
When, when, when...

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

Pumpkins 2013

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

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 g…

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 aro…

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:



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 se…

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 …

My Idol

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 :)