Friday, December 18, 2009

a league of our own

wow i haven't blogged in forever. it's not like anyone ever reads my blog though hahaha. but anyway, for those who do, i tip my hat to you. thanks for being a faithful reader, even if i'm not a faithful writer. so, lots has happened since i last wrote... and even before i wrote last lots happened. so, i'll fill you in since halloweeen! :)

halloween was a blast this year!! the night before halloween, some friends and i went out to a party in queen creek and had so much fun! at the party, we met some fun new people and got to know some other kids we didn't know so well before. success? i think yes.

on the actual night of halloween, a huge group of our friends went out to a party in gilbert. this was a costume dance party that ended up being really fun ((and actually clean, suprise suprise)). i had two costumes this year. for one party i was a flamingo and for the actual day of halloween i was a cowgirl.
here we are a few weeks before halloween. boy scout, skunk, flamingo, flapper, and little red ridding hood.

one of my best friends, shelby and i. she was a cute little lady bug and i was a cowgirl. super fun!

so i have this friend, alex, and she is an amazing dancer! she dances for our college dance company and basically she rocks. chlo and i went to see her dance in a michael tribute that they did and basically it rocked. by the end chlo and i kinda sorta wished we were like mj so we took some pictures hahaha. we're dorks. and i love it.

in the meanwhile... a few of us girls have way too much fun in the library haha. there's a big glass wall and one day we decided to take a few pictures. needless to say we had a ton of fun and made some funny memories!

top left: i went to the asu institute christmas ball with my good friend josh. it was a lot of fun and we had a good time dancing the night away with everybody.
top right: i had my christmas jazz and choral concert. trevor and i were the only ones wearing blue in jazz. everyone else was basically wearing some shade of red.
bottom left: so i have some glow in the dark lipstick and before my first date with dallin, the girls came over. needless to say we had a little bit of fun "charging" up our lips so they'd glow!
bottom right: hello miss dancer alex again! she had a showcase for dance and we went to support her. she rocked the house!

so it's our new thing... on wednesday nights we go bowling! it's only a dollar per game and a ton of fun. dallin and i rock the arcade games and win cool things like matching gelly bracelets, as shown. basically we rock at bowling...well at least he does! :) hahah but it's still fun to go and hang out with all of our awesome bowling friends. hey, new idea: let's make a league of our own. kaythanks.

well obviously as much as i'd love to post about every single thing in my life, i doubt anyone would want to know every detail. but here's just a taste for those who are interested! good news!!!! school is over for the semester!! finals were good and guess what... i got A's in all my classes!!! it made me so happy to find out so i just thought i'd share with you all!! now it's time to have a lot of fun this winter break and live it up while i can before school starts again in a month!! over and out. kristen
p.s. merry christmas in one week. whoa. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

phantominal...

did anybody else know that pokémon actually stands for pocket monsters?? just a tid bit of information i thought all of you blog stalkers should know.

okay let's get down to the real business...

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!!!!
Alright, so... Thursday night my best friend Chloe ((speed dial #5 ha.)) and I went to Gammage Theatre to see The Phantom of the Opera. Can anyone say AMAZING!?! It rocked my world. Seriously. We sat 8 rows back on the main floor level [don't judge, it's on our bucket list] and sat in awe as Christine, the Phantom, and Raoul all dominated the floor. Of course everyone else rocked too but really... they were legit.

Raoul:
So i'm going to take a moment here and just say... why can't every guy be like Raoul?? I mean really... I want a guy that will sing to me: "I'm here, nothing can harm you. My words will warm and calm you. Let me be your freedom, let daylight dry your tears. I'm here, with you, beside you, to guard you and to guide you." Come one now. Swoon. The Raoul who played at Gammage was awesome. It took a while for me to get used to him, but by the end, i wanted to shout to him that i could be his christine (hahah). loved him. let's get real.. just look at the guy who wouldn't want him to sing to you??

Phantom:
ehhh... but then again, the Phantom did love Christine enough to let her go. And even though he was ugly on the outside, I think that proved him to be beautiful on the inside. Plus, if every Phantom was played by Gerard Butler, I'd choose him over Raoul any day... just sayin'. Also, I think he's definitely hard core devoted to her. I mean who would practically raise a child and teach her how to sing {{the phantom}} but in a non creeper way... sorta. right?? And look at his outfit... it pretty much screams: i'm cool and dress fancy christine, pick me. but nooo, christine chose her childhood sweetheart. am i mad about her choice?? of course not. at least she gave the guy (phantom) a chance, right? thought so.

PRO//CON LIST:
Raoul:
Pros: Amazing singer, fought for Christine, charming, sings love songs to Christine, is her childhood lover, was the "chosen one" in the end, does everything in his power to win Christine; even if it does mean gettin' rough with a phantom and hiring the police force to watch over the theatre, rides a horse, and he's very good looking.
Cons: Obviously not Gerard Butler, has weird hair in the movie, took a flower from someone else to present to Christine after her show {tacky}, where was he while Christine was growing up? M.I.A?? and then expects to just jump back into her life and fall in love [ok so that works for him, scratch that] and i can't think of anything else.

Phantom:
Pros: Loved Christine enough to let her go, has cool magic abilities to appear and disappear, taught Christine how to sing, sings beautifully, uhh lives in an opera house, has a cool cape,
Cons: Put Christine in a creepy trans and led her to a creepy dungeon, had a weird wax figure of Christine, killed people [[not cool]], was denied by christine, not gonna lie; has a raunchy face when his mask is gone, is very tempermental, and threatens people. come on.

So, in my opinion Raoul wins literally and in my book. Marry me?? Okay awesome.

{{sike, you're fake}}.
Anyway, who do you think wins in the end?? Not just literally here; but, in your mind who gets the gold??

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PhotoScape-aholic.

My new love?? PhotoScape. Yes, I could sit at this lame computer
and photoshop pictures. all. day. long.

Ok. So. Austria anyone?? Yeah, I thought so. You might recognize it from the Sound of Music maybe. It's legit. I saw it in Austria. And loved it. And then loved to edit it.

Oh hiiii cutest little playground!! Ok, so maybe it was a little sketchy, but the colors were so fantastic to the eye. and ash looks fabulous as well here.
p.s. i miss her.

Ok, so down to the real business. Today I took my little brother to the temple to do baptisms for the first time! He was so cute and so anxious to go!! We had a lovely little brother/sister bonding time at the visitor's center, then did baptisms, then of course went to DQ after!! I love you Jared!!!
a "pre-baptisms" picture for the books.
aaannndd a "post-baptisms" picture just for kicks and giggles.
then, it was off to the great DQ for some fabulous cherry-dipped cones. yummmm.
The Mesa Temple
And, the Mesa Temple. I love this place with all of my heart. I'm so thankful for the sealing powers that are found inside here that bind me to my family and ancestors forever. Through out all eternity. Isn't that just the greatest thought? I can't wait until I can more fully understand the temple in it's entirety. How lucky am I that I have this temple so close by, when others have to walk, ride, or fly hundreds even thousands of miles to the nearest temple. I can be at the temple in no time flat if I wanted to, and I think I always took that for granted.
New goal: Go to the temple. Often. And never take for granted the little tender mercies in my life. Like that fact that I live so close to the temple. And the fact that I'm sealed to my family forever, they're always there for me. Anytime, anywhere. I love them!!!
"I have a family here on earth, they are so good to me. I want to spend my life with them through all eternity. Families can be together forever, through Heavenly Father's plan. I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how I can. The Lord, has shown me how I can."

Friday, September 18, 2009

can i just say that i love life??

I LOVE LIFE!!!
Okay, there. I got it off my chest. Whew. I love life. I'm kinda nervous saying that because every time I think life is good, something bad is lurking around the corner waiting to catch me off guard and I slip again into a "why me?" type of mode. My new goal is to stay clear from that kind of attitude. No more asking why me or wondering why life is so awful sometimes. Because it isn't. I recently found a quote that I really liked that can maybe better explain my feelings:

"Two men look out through the same bars: one sees mud and one sees stars."
- Frederick Langbridge


I honestly believe that it's the way we look at a situation that makes life good or not. So, why you ask is my life so good?! Well.. let me explain to you...

Reason #1: I just found out that my beautiful cousin is engaged!!! I love her so much and I'm so excited for her! She's even moving to Hawaii right after she gets married! Talk about a transition! But I know she'll love it even though I'll miss her tons! I love you Kilie!!! :)

Reason #2: I have the best sister in the world. Seriously. I don't think she realizes how much I really love her. Probably because I don't say it or show it as much as I should. But... I LOVE YOU MELISSA!!!! She is seriously someone I look up to in every aspect. She is more than I will ever ever be. She has patience, she's great with kids, she's always willing to help, she takes my silly remarks with a smile, she's always smiling, she loves to be around friends and family, she has such a strong testimony of the gospel, she always has a great attitude, she listens to my stories, and she's already such a great motherly figure to everyone always loving and taking good care of them. Really, she's my hero. I love you sis!
Reason #3: I have the best friends ever. They're so awesome. I know that I can call them up, anytime, and just talk. They have the best advice for me and I take it with an open mind because chances are, they're right and what they're saying is from experience they've had before. I'm grateful for their shining example of how to live my life everyday. I love you all!!!
Reason #4: CRAFT CORNER. Okay, so judge me if you want but I don't care because I think it's awesome. So, one day, my beloved friends Haley and Chloe and I were chatting about the headbands we were wearing. When I mentioned to Haley that I had made mine, we all decided we should share our talents with each other and start a new thing called Craft Corner. Yes, it happens in the library in between classes during our breaks. Our first "craft day" was today, and I must say it turned out quite successful! Marianne, Chloe, Haley and I all made yo-yo's made from fabric. They are the easiest things in the world and on friday, we're making them into flowers for headbands! Go us!! :) Ha, I love the Craft Corner-ers(??). The fact that we're doing this makes my life 2000 times better. Maybe even more.
Haha, we didn't really wear those thimbles... but now that I'm thinking about it, maybe we should've. I heard "ouch" a few times.. maybe next time!

Our almost finished products. Yo-Yo's. Soon to be headbands. I can't wait to finish them at our next "Craft Corner". Haha, how nerdy is that?? Eh.. I love it.


Reason #5: Last but CERTAINLY not least... I'm going to Utah for conference weekend!!!! I'm so excited to see all of my lovely friends at BYU who I haven't seen in what seems like years!! And I'm hoping I'll be able to sneak up to Salt Lake to go to Conference! I've never been before so I'm just hoping and praying that I'll be able to make it up there. How wonderful that would be to hear the Prophet and Apostles of God, live and in person. Wow. I can't wait. :) ahhh!
I LOVE LIFE... just had to say it again.

Friday, September 11, 2009

i'm lookin at blue skies...

one thing i absolutely love about arizona are the skies. i mean really, they don't really get much better than this. the sunsets here are to die for, and i love watching for really really good ones. like last night.
exhibit a:
i walked right out my front door to this beauty. the ascending cloud looked like it was on fire in person. gorgeous.
exhibit b:
the colors in it were simply amazing. ranging from fire orange, to soft pink, to vibrant purple, and every color in between. picturesque.
exhibit c:
umm.. hi sunset, i'm in love with you. breath-taking.
so, i'm in love with sunsets. and nature.
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair." Kahil Gibran

Friday, August 28, 2009

college life... tender moments..

whew.. i survived my first week of college!! i was so nervous for it to start, but i must say honestly that i've actually been enjoying myself. i've had to get out of my comfort zone and actually talk to people, but it's been fun and exciting!! :)
my classes all seem pretty hard, and i'll have to work hard, but my professors make up for that; they are all hilarious and just all together great.
at first, i was a little iffy about my choir class also. it was hard the first day singing with the group. i went from a completely unified choral choir and a tight jazz choir to a completely random acappella choir. but, we're getting used to each other and the director and things are slowly but steadily heading to a great place!!
well, on a sadder note (ha) all of my byu friends are off to school and gone. :(
it was so hard saying goodbye and realizing i won't see them for months. i guess i always took for granted that they lived less than 10 minutes away and i could call them up whenever. now they're in a far away land, probably getting engaged as we speak. :]
i miss them so so much and i love them all! it's been a rough week noticing their absense. i've had to regroup myself a few times just thinking about it.. but, we're all where we need to be and where we're supposed to be.
although my friends have left, i'm so grateful for my knowledge of the gospel. i'm thankful for prayer, that i can drop to my knees at a moments notice, or say a prayer in my heart and the Lord will comfort me. the Holy Ghost truly is a miraculous thing, as i go through these rough times, i can feel His presence being there with me, as a guide and a comforter.
i love the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. :]
oh! speaking of that, i'm loving my institute class! my teacher is so excited about teaching us all about the Book of Mormon, and i've sort of caught on to his great attitude. the first day i couldn't believe that there were only like 15 people in the class and i knew almost half of them, but as the week went on, our class doubled in size! it made me very very happy to see people gathering in one purpose and for one love of the scriptures. it's just one of those tender moments. Tender moments i hope none of us take for granted..
my new goal:
be outgoing, optimistic, loving, studious, gospel oriented, an example, and happy. :]

Monday, August 17, 2009

california dreamin'...

mmm i love california. i just got back from a week trip with four of my closest friends. it was probably one of the best weeks of my life! everyday just consisted of the beach, laughter, books, stories, and one day even surfing! it was the perfect medication for my crazy life.

we bought some bracelets from a street vendor..
"don't fuss with the girls!!" :]

we watched the sunset one night and took pictures..
*thanks shera*


we got a little sun kissed.
]anyway, that was quite the adventure. one i'm sure i won't soon forget! i love these girls so much!

i started college today.. lame. actually, it wasn't bad at all. i actually enjoyed it a lot! my teachers seem pretty cool and my schedule is enough to keep me busy but not overwhelm me. i'm so excited to start this new part of my life... but also very nervous.

so many of my friends are leaving to college.
one of my best friends left today, and more leave wednesday.
i'm not sure how i've kept myself together, but i've been able to by some miracle.
i'm just waiting for the wall thats holding back all my tears and emotions to just bust open and leave me an emotional wreck.
dear reality, take me back to california. thanks.

Friday, August 7, 2009

official

well.. it's official, i'm engaged. for all of you who placed a bet on how long it would take, those who wagered for august just won!
WHAT!?
No, no, no, i'm just an official blogger. ha, i'm not too sure how this will end up being, but it's something new to do.
summer is coming to an end here in a little while and i'm not too happy about it. so much has been changing lately, and will continue to change. some of my best friends are leaving away to college, friends are coming and going, and people are just different. i'm supposed to be all "grown up" now, pshh give me neverland please! but really, it kind of stinks growing up, but ready or not, here i come! look out world.
this summer in brief:
i graduated from high school (quite the accomplishment, i know!)
i went on a tour with my choir to Germany and Austria. the hills really are alive there! I was almost lunch a few times to some hungry ones! but really, it was the opportunity of a lifetime! i loved every minute of it, and i'm going back someday... for real.
i was a "junior staff" this year at girls camp. it was my last official year, which is pretty sad. but i learned that "Life is good" which was our theme. it was such a neat experience!
i signed up for college.. weird! let me just be honest for a minute and say, i'm so nervous for school to start!
it's been a not so eventful summer, but one of my most favorite summers. next on the summer to do list: girls trip to california!! i'm so excited to take a few relaxing days and just lounge on the beach. :)