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Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Moments

Well this week was jam packed with moments. Most of them undocumented on camera. For example, the time that I hit my dad's cable box and bawled my eyes out for an hour (I don't do well when I make mistakes). That was less than fun. It was a good week, but also a kind of awful week, so that by the time that Saturday hit I decided to get all dolled up for no other reason than I really just needed to feel beautiful that day. 

 This is how Soleil feels about mornings. I would join her in the sentiment, but if I'm honest, I kind of love mornings. Once I'm actually out of bed that is. 

This is one of the 4 or 5 snakes that live under my porch. I think we named him Jedekiah. My mom is less than a fan, so if you know anyone who wants to adopt some garter snakes you should totally come get them, because my mom is starting to threaten violence. 

This month's Mom date took us to Cafe Wave. It's brand new and really good. I'd never been before and I was impressed. Although, I do have to say that the fries were borderline cold and you guys all know how I feel about french fries. In case you were wondering that's only half the sandwich, my mom and I split it. SO good. I may or may not be going back next month with The Blonde Joke.

I actually read 2 books this week! And they were great. Truly. Both of them. Probably detailed reviews to come!

The Blonde Joke Brunch on Sunday. So good and so good to see these girls! And of course we were #eatingbacon.

Still not totally happy with the format of Monday Moments. Working on it! 

I also decided this last week to sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo in an effort to finish some past NaNoWriMo projects. And I looked at clothes online. I shouldn't have done that. I haven't bought any yet... but it's only a matter of time!

 Anybody else do something crazy this last week? 

Leave me a note in the moments! Thanks for reading!
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Add Them to "The List"

I was sitting in church on Sunday, trying to think of what goals I wanted to make for the week and it occurred to me that I'd forgotten about "The List". 
Now, for those of you who don't know, "The List" is something that I shouldn't have had to make, but something that I did make and I'm glad that I did.
The list was simply a list of people that I had problems with. People that I "hated" or strongly disliked for various reasons.
  • They annoyed me
  • They never bothered to remember my name
  • They were mean to my little sister at some point (that will get you on the list faster than you can say, "What's the list?")
  • People that wished someone would drop me because I flirted with the boy that they liked.
  • People who hurt me that I hadn't been able to forgive
The list was... extensive. And every time I told someone about the list they reminded me of someone that I still needed to add to the list. 
I made the list for a reason. Not so that I could have a list of people that I hated, but because I knew that it was bad to have a list, even if it was mental. I made the list so I could try and get over disliking these people.
I made the list so I would remember who I needed to pray for. 
Still, it was hard. It was discouraging to have a list so long that it didn't seem I'd be able to get over it. Especially the people who were on the list for deep hurts. Mine or someone close to me. 
I'd pull out the list before my night-time prayers and peek at it as I tried to remember everyone who I needed to forgive. 
I listed and prayed for them by name most nights. Some nights I'd just ask for a blessing on everyone on the list. 
After a few months, I kind of stopped. Not because I'd forgiven everyone on the list, but because I forgot about the list.
I forgot about the list until Sunday. 
As I sat there, thinking about the list, I realized that those people didn't really bother me so much anymore. No, the list is not gone. There are still people that I need to forgive, but the list is much smaller now, and I can tell that the people on it won't necessarily stay there forever. 
I'm not saying that you need to make a list, but maybe it might help. I'm just saying that it helped me. I'm grateful that I made the list. I'm grateful that through prayer I was able to get over some of the hurt that these people had caused me. 
That's the thing about praying for people. At least for me, it's really hard to do while simultaneously hating them. Even if that's how you start out. The longer you pray for them, the more you see them the way they really are. The glaring errors that you noticed before fade into the background and you see the good of them. 
So go ahead. Make a list. I dare you :)
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

If You Happen to See Me In Public

This kind of goes along with my "You've got a friend in me" post. As I've gotten more involved in blogging, I've started recognizing the bloggers that I follow on instagram, in public. Which is a pretty bizarre experience. Mostly because I don't think of them living that close or walking around amongst us common people.
So I kind of fangirl when I see them. Yup. I know. I'm not even a big celebrity kind of person. To me, a celebrity is just another person (Minus the time at FanX when I saw the guy who plays Draco Malfoy at the signing table (note: I wasn't even close to him, nor did I meet him) and I started laughing uncontrollably.) I really have no desire to meet them or get their autograph or get a picture with them.
The same cannot, apparently, be said for bloggers. I see them and I whisper quickly to the people around me. I point them out and try not to stare. And everyone tells me to go say hi to them.
And I don't.
Partially because I have no idea what to say.
And partially because I don't want to seem like a freak.
And partially because I have no idea if they would even like that.
So here it is folks. I know that most of you (if not all of you) already know me in person. But if you didn't, or if you don't, I am giving you permission to come say hello to me if you ever recognized me in public. Just say Hey, my name is.... and I read your blog. And I will feel so super cool, and probably make you take a picture with me. Or not, if you're not into that sort of thing. And maybe that's all we'll say. Or maybe not. I'm just saying, don't feel scared of me. I'd love to meet you. And if you have a blog, let me know! I'd love to follow along :)
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Top 10 Reasons I Love Being a Blogger

So I've been blogging for over a year now, and so I thought that I would share some of the reasons that I love it for Random Fact Wednesday! So here you are!
  1. The excuse to do random photo shoots
  2. I get to "shout into the void" of the internet and sometimes it shouts back :)
  3. I get to share my view of the world
  4. I get to create on a daily basis (even if I don't post on a daily basis)
  5. It makes me feel really cool 
  6. I'm part of a community
  7. It made me love taking pictures
  8. It makes me think about how I view things and why I view them that way (I basically get to write non-fiction essays for you all the time!)
  9. I feel like I'm making a difference
  10. I get to write
For any of you who are wanting to start a blog, but feel hesitant about it, you should totally do it! And if you already have a blog, what are your top 10 reasons that you love being a blogger?
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 Talks to Re-Read Before General Conference

So I did this last General Conference and I thought I'd make a bit of a tradition out of it. We've got 10 days till Conference, so these were some of my favorites. I did the 40 days and 40 nights challenge after last conference, and then just finished re-reading them again Sunday night. I can't wait for our next General Conference!

1. "Approaching The Throne of God With Confidence" by Elder Jorg Klebingat
2. "Are We Not All Beggars?" By Elder Jeffery R. Holland
3. "Finding Lasting Peace and Building Eternal Families" By Elder L. Tom Perry
4. "Guided Safely Home" By President Thomas S. Monson
5. "Ponder the Path of Thy Feet" By President Thomas S. Monson
6. "Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority" By Elder Richard G. Scott
7. "Living the Gospel Joyful" By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
8. "The Sacrament-- a Renewal for the Soul" By Cheryl A. Esplin
9. "Which Way Do You Face?" By Elder Lynn G. Robbins
10. "Lord, Is It I?" By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

What were some of your favorites? What would you add to the list?
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Moments

 As you may or may not know. St. Partick's day is my favorite holiday. I'm not entirely sure why. I think it's because I love books so much and especially books about fairies, so St. Patrick's day brings that all together. Also, who doesn't love chocolate and Lucky Charms?

Part of my St. Patrick's day traditions includes reading this series... of which I have only read half of this book this year. I'm lagging! Also watching The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns. Think Romeo and Juliet with fairies and leprechauns and throw Whoopi Goldberg in there for good measure. It's a St. Patrick's day classic. Also, if you get too excited about it and post twice about St. Patrick's day things on your instagram in one day, apparently you drop about 4 followers. This is good information to have. 

Obsessed with the blossoms. I had to stop myself from taking more pictures of blossoms this morning. I'd be proud to say that I didn't do it because of self control, sadly the real reason is that there was someone really close by and I felt kind of judged.

In case you were wondering, Mesa Verde is slightly too cold for Spring Breaking it up. That's all.

We tried to do another sky lantern. This may become a trip tradition, because why not? :) (when I say tried, I mean we watched it spiral down less than a minute later.)

This is the view you get after you hike 4+ miles up the Colorado Trail from Durango. another 9 miles later after we went farther and turned around I learned that my hips don't really love it when you go from not running for a few weeks to hiking a half marathon. But hey, it's Monday and I can mostly walk normally again!

Also, were you aware that you have to have a beard if you're a man and a hiker? It's a theory I formed this weekend, and I wasn't disproved once! 

Like I said, obsessed. I'd apologize but I've come to accept it about myself. We stopped in Moab on the way home for this little hike by Ken's lake (guess who actually remembered the way there!). It was absolutely breath taking. I also took about 7 panoramic shots because I just learned how to do that this weekend. They don't do any of the views justice. I'll work on that!

Also, is it just me or did Spring Break kidnap this sky from California? (That first picture is from Sunday at the beach in California from December last year, the second, from Sunday night on our road trip) Both Sundays on Vacation too... it was kind of tripping me out!

Well, that was my week! 

What did you all do this week? Anybody else spring break it up? What are your St. Patrick's day traditions?

Thanks for reading! :) You're all wonderful!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Scottish twin

 I have an Irish twin. Which makes me feel pretty awesome. Alright, technically we're not quite Irish twins because we're actually 13 months apart, but I don't even care. That's close enough to be Scottish twins right? (I'm making that a thing.) To me, we grew up like twins.

That twin is my older sister. We were always close as children, even though our personalities were completely opposite. I was the goody good with a conscience the size of Texas and Heather was the schemer who didn't see the need to tell Mom what we'd done, especially when we didn't get caught. My mom didn't know about half the things we'd done until after we were older.

When we were little we played mermaids in the living room, and hid plastic jewels in the wall behind our shelf. We flew plastic grocery sack kites (seriously the best kites in the world), and caused general mischief for our older brother. We snuck out on Easter "to go to the bathroom" and see where the eggs were hidden. We always planned to sneak out during Christmas when the tree was up and sleep underneath it the whole night. The main problem was that we would have to stay up later than the rest of the house in order to sneak out there. We never made it.

I have always wanted to be a twin, and if I couldn't be a full fledged twin, I'm grateful that I got to be an Scottish twin. I'm grateful that she climbed into my bed when we were too big to be sharing a twin. That we got to play together in our room. That I wasn't alone in our room when I got inevitably creeped out by the picture of the little girl crying in the corner. She protected me, gave me everything she owned to get me to stop crying when I was upset (then she took it back again, but hey, I don't blame her) and forgave me when I didn't tell my Dad that I had hidden everything in the closet, when he caught her for hiding everything under the bed and ate my ice cream while she didn't get any. 

Heather was the first one that taught me about life. She taught me that you can easily convince your younger sister to praise a tree as long as you tell her it's tradition. She taught me how to cheat when you're cleaning the bathroom so that it looks really clean, but you only did about half the work. You can get through a lot of things in life if you have your sister by your side. She taught me about how to be brave for your sister even when you're afraid. She taught me how to be kind, even when you don't agree with what another person is doing. She taught me wonder for the world. I don't think it's any coincidence that she's an artist and I'm a writer.

There was no one better to break rules with, and there was no one more fun to be with when we were in trouble. She's pretty fantastic, my Scottish Twin. 

That's my sister. This shoot was so much fun to do. Our little sister took the pictures and took it in stride when they kicked us out of City Creek (apparently you're not allowed to take pictures there...), and braved the cold. She was even patient with us when we couldn't smile because of the sun and let us keep our coats because it was cold!

Happy St. Patrick's day everyone!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Moments

Twas a jam packed week! Wonderful as always! Even if my Mom date got cancelled on Friday...

This was last Monday. We didn't want to get out of bed if you couldn't tell. 

These are the cinnamon rolls from Costco. You heat them up in the microwave and basically they are the most amazing thing ever. Just saying! :) Especially if you eat them during scripture study!

We went on a date to Swig and found that there is totally a drink that has the same name as one of my very favorite college roommates! Dizzle! (Ok, so it's her nickname, but close enough!) I would have tried it except I didn't notice it until after I'd already ordered. 

Bucket list item accomplished! We only got one up that night (when they say 7 miles per hour wind or less, they mean it! It was 8 that night and it was really hard!). But it doesn't matter. My Tangled loving heart just about exploded when it finally floated off into the night. I may or may not have made a wish. That's what you're supposed to do, right?

Tried one of these for the first time. Raspberry lemonade. These things are magic I swear. :)

This is how we do Cinderella :) It was wonderful. There may be a full post about it. Maybe :)

Pie day party! This was only about half the people that were there! SO much pie! It was epic and definitely the biggest party I have EVER thrown. 

Popcorn is popping! First bud on our tree! And I thought I killed that orchid plant. Guess not!

Those are the moments from this last week! We also got reintroduced to our Snakey Friends that live under our porch. 

Is popcorn popping on your trees yet? Have you ever done sky lanterns? Did you see Cinderella?

As always, thanks for reading! You guys are fantastic! Have some wonderful moments this week!

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