Friday, March 29, 2013

adventure time

I love sunshine.
Almost as much as this kid does.
We had a solid two weeks of warm sunny spring weather.
Oh how I envy everyone else on spring break. BYU does this really great thing where we don't get one of those.
I made the best of it and sat on my tiny cement porch to study and work in the sunlight.
Though I did still love the random snow fall a few days ago...

Finals are in three weeks.
I am so not ready for that. But I am also past ready for the semester to end.
And all I really want to do is go on an adventure and take a break from reality.

My family is in Washington, D.C. without me.
They went to one of the most important historical sites in the world without the history nerd of the family.
I'm not bitter at all.
My cousin is in Oregon.
All of my extended family is currently on spring break.
As previously mentioned, most of my friends are heading out on their missions or off on fantastic study abroad adventures.
In the mean time, I will be here. in Provo. 
Studying and working as always.
Such is life.

In the mean time, I guess this will suffice.

But seriously. 
Who's up for some fort-building and coloring?
You will be my new best friend.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

long time no see

It's been a while. I know you've missed me.
Classes, work, friends, and life just got a little crazy.
Here are some ramblings on life right now.

My cousin, Chantel, gave her farewell talk on Sunday. She is heading off to the wonderful state of Washington to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so proud of her, and so excited to hear about all of her adventures as a missionary!
other events:
  • all of my friends got boyfriends, girlfriends, or mission calls. twitterpation season anyone?
  • fireside by Elder Bednar. go and watch it. right now.
  • Ward Conference.
  • doctor appointments in Salt Lake, along with a Temple Square adventure.
  • aced my midterms.
  • the full Les Mis movie soundtrack was released. yes, that definitely counts as an exciting event in my life.
  • scripture study group with Devon, Lyndsey, Brittney, and Sean. awesome people.
  • got a new calling. Relief Society Presidency. y'all better get on your visiting teaching now... I will hunt you down. just kidding. but not really.
  • Brittney moved in with me!
  • visits from extended family members and cute cousins. 
  • one blind date.
  • finally saw The Hobbit. so good.

It seems as though every single one of my friends is leaving soon.
     One to Jerusalem.
     One to Texas.
     One to California.
     One [actually, several] to Brazil.
       And then there are the people who have their significant others...
Summer here should be interesting without all of them here to keep me entertained.
But honestly, I am beyond excited for them.
Particularly for those heading out to the mission field.
I really do have several incredible friends who will still be here. PARTY!
I couldn't be more grateful for every single one of them.

my current musical obsessions:

originally by Taylor Swift
[way better] cover by Eclipse

Mormon dads singing a Taylor Swift song a cappella and showing off their awesome dance moves? I can't get enough.

"Once in a Lifetime" 
by Landon Austin

Just a sappy love song that melts my heart.

I absolutely love the temple.

The Provo Temple has become one of my favorite temples, simply because of the time spent there, the experiences I have had, and the people that I have grown close with through going to the temple. It is an incredible blessing in my life to be able to have a temple so close by and to be able to attend regularly.

A few days ago, Devon and I went on an adventure to do baptisms in the Salt Lake Temple.
It was an incredible experience. Slightly intimidating and awkward to have no idea where to go or what to do. 
It was lovely to not be quite so rushed and to just take in the beauty of the temple. I am so grateful for the peace, comfort, and guidance I feel each time I attend.

...and just a little something that made me laugh.

"Life is short so tell someone today that you love them.
But life is also terrifying and confusing, so shout it at them in German."
Keep smiling. 
Be awesome. 
Have a lovely day.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

perfect days

The sun is shining.
There's a slight breeze.
A coat is optional, and I soak in the warmth of the sun.
I can just stand there and take a few deep breaths of [what feels like] clean, mountain air.
Life feels as beautiful, peaceful, and ready for a change as the oncoming spring season.

"All you need is that perfect song 
on that perfect drive to feel infinite."
Or just on a perfect day.

Friday went something like this:
Sleeping in.
Cleaning, studying, and listening to some calming music.
Lunch then a trip to the Provo Temple with Devon.
Picnic up in the mountains.
Movie night.
Talking with friends.
Studying and journal writing.

I essentially ignored life for a day. And it felt absolutely wonderful.

Today I went back to reality.
or something like it.

We had Stake Conference relatively early in the morning.
I took a New Testament exam. Which I did way better on than I had anticipated.
I walked in the beautiful weather, gazing at gorgeous mountains.
I sat outside on our little front porch and just studied for a few hours.
Dishes, dinner, and sing-a-longs with Devon.
Wreck it Ralph.
Dance party. To songs such as this, this, and this. yes, I do actually listen to music besides country. 
Home to get ready for tomorrow.

Great friends, gorgeous weather, mountains, and time in the temple.
Basically, the past few days have been my kind of perfect days.

As much as I love winter, today got me pretty excited for warmer weather, singing birds, and sunshine.
Not to mention lovely flowers and green-covered mountainsides.

I also have the sudden desire to go on a hike.
Or a road trip.
I'm good with either. or both.

Friday, March 1, 2013

time to rewind

I have been going through some serious withdrawals recently.
Freshman year. 
Please come back. 

I need to see these people way more often than I do.
Or write to them more often. Since basically everyone is leaving on a mission now. If they aren't already gone.
Oh how I miss having these people only a few doors away from me.
Freshman year gave me some of my best friends and happiest memories.
There are some days I desperately wish I could go back to the dorm life.

"How lucky I am to have something
that makes saying goodbye so hard."
Winnie the Pooh

We are going to have the greatest ward reunion EVER.
In two years once everyone is finally back.
In the mean time, I'll just sit at home, write missionary letters, message you girls on Facebook, and watch our ward slideshow a million times over.
Oh by the way, a big welcome to the month of March.
WAIT is it really March already?!
Time flies way too quickly here.