Thursday, November 25, 2010

Family Feast

Working at a restaurant you have to sacrifice a lot of holiday family time to work, but I must say I am thankful that I didn't get my name drawn to work Thanksgiving. Going off to college I have really learned how much you appreciate your family and realize how much you really love them. I'm not saying that all of the sudden I am  the perfect daughter and treat my family as I probably should, but I do try to take advantage of the moments I have with my family and I listen to conversations differently.

Driving to Idaho Falls was one of the scariest experiences of my life. Driving from Salt Lake the roads weren't too bad, but once we got into Cache Valley you couldn't avoid the ice. Once into Idaho and the Shelley area it was the same thing. I actually witnessed so many 'almost accidents.' There was a car that spun out of control and did a 180 degree turn into the metal barrier on the side of the road and then the truck hauling an overloaded trailer started fishtailing across all four lanes of traffic. I actually almost hit a car that wanted to turn left and then changed back into my lane right in front of me and I tried to stop on the ice, but that never works. God was definitely looking over my dad and I. 

After we arrived safely at my grandmother's I forgot how much I miss my extended family. I love sitting back and seeing my mom and my grandmother (my mom's mom) interact and talk and think about what its going to be like when I am my mom's age and how we will interact. I also had the wonderful privilege of seeing my uncle Keith and aunt Jan. We have been talking for years about making arrangements for me to come live with them for a while. Keith suggested that I get a job over in Jackson Hole which is fairly close to where they live. I am taking that suggestion seriously. I mean just imagine working in an area where there is beautiful wilderness all around you and everyone is there to have a good time. It would be the first time that I personally saw the Teton Mountains. I have been dying to climb those beauties for so long and I might even get my chance to do just that. Keith is also a huge tease and of course knowing that I am boy crazy he has to ask about the boys in Logan. He also brought up an analogy that he tells the missionaries right when they come home. Its something along the lines of, "you have been in the desert for a very long time (referring to being away from girls), but don't get too anxious and drink out of the first mud hole you find, look for the most pure and clear water." Well I figure I can use that analogy in my anxiousness to get married.

Thanksgiving dinner was super grand! We even had pumpkin pie, well actually I thought it was pumpkin, but it was squash! It was so good.

Another wonderful thing that I am excited about is that my best friend will be back from Virginia on TUESDAY!!! Sadly I will not be at the airport to see him, but I dream about how it would be if I was there. And while we are on the subject, God bless the armed forces out there protecting my rights and my future family's rights.

Well I have to admit that it is really, really, really, really cold. I forgot how cold it gets and I am very envious of my friend who is in Arizona right now in 65 degree weather. In northern Utah and Idaho we barely reached double digits.

"If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough."
-Audrey Hepburn

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Boy Crazies

I have to admit that Sundays are what keep me sane up here. I remember a talk in stake conference last week by Sister Hamilton (bless her heart) that completely summed up my feelings about Sundays. She described our lives as a series of rapids and calm water. The Sabbath should be a day to restore our souls, a day for calmed water. I loved that message. Here at Utah State everyone is preparing for the semester to end and finals are going to be here in just a couple of weeks. Our lives are so busy and some days I don't find any time to study or do homework no matter how hard I try. I can say that it is so nice to have a day of rest and a time to sit back and reevaluate everything that is going on in our lives. Even though I have a ton of studying to do, two papers to write, and a project to do, I know that by listening to the prophets and keeping the Sabbath day holy that I will be blessed.

So to be honest I wasn't going to post anything for a while or get on until I had all of my work done, but I am all alone in my apartment waiting for 8:30 to roll around for ward prayer and I thought that I would get on to see if anyone had actually read my blog or anything and to just reread what I had posted last night since it was really late. Well lucky for my I have a wonderful sister who loves me and read my blog :) but I after I read my post I thought, "wow.... my life sounds like it revolves around purely boys. No wonder my mom worries about me like crazy." So all I have left to say is that I love boys, but I promise that they are not the only things on my mind! In fact with everything I have going on like my job, my calling in church, my studies, and everything else I don't have much time to think about boys too much (which in my case is probably a good thing).

Hope all is still well!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fall College Photos

Official First Post

So I figure I'm going to get a lot of crap (sorry mom, but I couldn't think of a better word) for creating a blog when I deleted my facebook, but I'm doing it anyways.

I have to say that college was nothing like what I expected. I have had such a wonderfully hard time. Everyday things get a little better and a little worse, but I have to say that I am excited that this semester is almost over. I got into a ballroom class and I am super excited! Its sad to discover that there really aren't that many guys out there that know social dance, even swing! I mean seriously, who doesn't know the basic swing?

Speaking of boys, this week I discovered that my most recent "crush" really wasn't interested in me and I just read him wrong (I love that I can talk about this and not feel weird because I know he won't read it). This was more of a bummer for me than a major heartbreak. I was frustrated though because I got my hopes up as usual and one night I was over at Krystal's apartment venting when I made this comment, "He can just sit on a log for all I care. And I hope the red ants come and eat his butt." (Again, sorry mom, I guess I need to work on my language more than I thought.) Well Krystal thought that this was absolutely hilarious and she even put it on her quote wall. I have to say that this is quite the accomplishment.

Well before I hit the sack and start another fabulous Sunday, I have to admit that I think winter is probably one of the most romantic seasons. Just the other day I was thinking about how miserably cold I was and how nice it would be to have a special someone to be there to hold me close and keep me warm (another note to mom: I hope the posts on this blog don't worry you more than you already do). I kept my thoughts going and realized how cute it would be to fall in love in the winter time. I mean think about it, you can start spontaneous snowball fights, go see the lights on temple square or even just the decorations, after a long day playing out in the snow you can cuddle up by the fire (or your heater) and sip on hot chocolate and candy canes (that was for you Cody), and of course you have an excuse to have a guy hold you tight because he's "trying to keep you warm."  If you're lucky and catch a real gentleman he may even give you the coat off his own back if you're seriously cold.

Anyway, I'm sick and I really should get some sleep. Happy holidays everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving this week!