Tuesday, September 22, 2009


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??

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