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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Monday Moments

So this is probably going to be from the last two weeks. I seriously lost my mind in May I think. Possibly because I was running the testing for the school I work at, guess what? It's over! Also, I completely spaced going to the end of year I said, I lost my mind...

The Blonde Joke went out one last time before Merr moved away... Face time is going to be a real thing for us now! On that note my new phone comes tomorrow! (Supposedly) In case you were wondering, I would not recommend the Samsung Galaxy lite. It's only a year old and freaked out on me. I may or may not have had to delete all the contacts out of my phone because they somehow were eating all the memory in my phone. 

And I definitely brought this home and stuck it in a vase, because that is how I roll :)

Got to go out to the open house the day before it closed! My little sister got to come this time which was kind of magical :)

I don't know if you remember the Lord of the Rings Hike, but the Captain and I did it on Memorial day (Mill B North Fork Trail if you want the real name) and of course we had to take a picture by this sign. It is tradition after all.

Bless the Captain's heart for letting me take endless pictures of flowers.

Me, trying to figure out Hand lettering. Anyone else into hand lettering? Any tips? :)

And of course we had to make burgers for National Burger Day :) I also got to play photographer that day for my little sister and her friends!

How have all of you been? Anything crazy happening for you? Thank you all for reading! :)
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Social Media- Ranked by me :)

I do not claim to be a social media guru. In fact, I'm pretty far from it. Some of the most awesome people I know are always posting on social media. 
Honestly I don't know where they find the time. 
I have a hard enough time keeping up with Facebook and Instagram. Although, honestly, I care a lot less about Facebook than I used to. I start scrolling until I get bored and realize just how disenchanted I am with it. But everyone still uses it. So I feel like I can't get rid of it, especially since most of the people who read my blog find out about the posts through Facebook. 
So anyway, because of blogging, I've joined a lot of social media sites. A new follower on any of them makes me smile like the sun just came out. Seriously. And so I give you the Social Media List. Ranked by my favorites. 
I never thought I would join the group that loves insta, but I did. I have to restrain myself from posting too often. And, that little camera symbol at the top of my screen makes my heart happy. 
I love pinterest. I love it for the way it inspires me. I love it for all the things it makes me feel like I can do. I love it for all the awesome things I get to see from other people. I love how if you were to look at all of my boards, you'd have a pretty comprehensive idea of who I am.
Admittedly, I don't get on twitter that often, but when I do, I love it. I love that I feel like it's ok for me to talk to anyone. Hey, I can tweet Shannon Hale if I want to. Also, a favorite on twitter somehow means a lot to me. Perhaps because my phone lets me know every time it happens, but it makes me feel disproportionately cool. I don't know why. It's a thing. Also, I feel inspired on twitter. I don't know if it's just because I follow the right people or what, but I feel uplifted and I come up with ideas for books, poems, blog posts, just by scrolling through my feed
I use it. I don't like it. But, I admit, it's helpful!
5. Tumblr
I really like the idea of tumblr. Probably more than I like the idea of twitter. Maybe. But, I just haven't really gotten into it yet. I don't have the time at the moment, but I like the idea. We'll see. Maybe someday this will move up the list.
I want to love google plus. But in the end it's just another feed for me to scroll through and not enough people are on it. 

Once upon a time when I wrote this a few months ago somehow Pinterest was at 5. I really don't know how that happened. 
I linked all of my profiles up, so come pay me a visit :) Happy Wednesday! :)
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Moments

Hey look at that, and on a Monday none the less. 

Today has been pretty frustrating. My phone decided that it hates me and so all messages in and out have been... well... unreadable. I just love technology :) Anyway, other than that I am kind of in love with all this rain that we've been getting! 

So last Wednesday the Captain and I went to the Payson Temple open house. I think we got more looks about our height difference than I think we've ever gotten (I'm 5' 9" and he's 5' 6", although to be fair I was wearing 5 inch heels...)

It was absolutely gorgeous. I was worried that I wouldn't like it or that it would be the same old thing (not that any of the open houses that I've gone to have disappointed), but it was so beautiful and I felt happy being inside the temple. It made my goal to be married in the temple someday that much stronger.

My momma is doing a whole foods for 30 days thing and so I get to eat delicious breakfasts (with cheese because I'm NOT doing whole foods for 30 days). Notice that cereal is not pictured here. That's the way that it should be :)

Sometimes I try and hand letter words like control and forget the "N" and then get so focused on remembering the "N" that I forget the "R". It's true. By the way, I was hand lettering this for an upcoming blog post, so be excited!

I'm basically in love with this little guy, from the moment he held my hand. If I got one, I'd feel slightly obligated to name him Pascal though :)
Which I'm not actually opposed to... :)

Leave it to me to go to a reptile expo and find baby mice to hold and bunny rabbits :)

In short, last week was good and bad. Things have been rough for a bit, but they seem to slowly be getting better! Always have to look on the bright side of things :)

Thanks for reading! I hope you had some good moments this last week and if you haven't made it out to the open house, then I highly recommend it!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Monday Moments

Yes, I know. I really fail at blogging and at Monday Moments lately. This week has just flown by! So here are last week's moments. My baby sister turned 22 and I felt very old. Seriously, I remember turning 22...

Not only that, but this last week was the 4 year anniversary of my graduating college. Why am I so old! 

We went to Texas Roadhouse with my mom and step dad to celebrate her birthday and I remembered why I love the chicken critters so much. So much food! :)
Also I have completely broken myself. I am the worlds best ring checker. Seriously, it's a thing, Man, woman... I've checked their left hand. But I was teasing the Captain that the server had flirted with me because he winked and gave me extra honey mustard, to which my mom responded that he was married. MARRIED! I completely forgot to ring check. I have no idea what has happened to me.

Been practicing more hand lettering as part of #HandLetterItMay and I really love it. I may or may not have a lot of new pens and markers in my future and I'm not really sad about it. 

We decided to go on a weekly date, even though we see each other every day... so last week the Captain took me to One Smart Cookie. That toffee one was the greatest! Also, I was more than a little disappointed with the root beer in our root beer float. We were going to get frozen hot chocolate but they were out of ice cubes... Next time though. :)

That was last week! It's not too late to get into Hand Letter It May :) Check out my Instagram if you want details on that! Thanks for reading :)

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Things that I thought I Wasn't Cool Enough For

I have always been the kind of nerdy girl. I never really understood how all the cool people got to be so cool. 

I mean, there have been lots of things that I thought were really cool, but I never thought that I was cool enough to do them. 

Like... blogging (took me a long time to get into that). Or, twitter. (I know, I know I said that it was stupid.) Or Fashion (I have loved fashion since middle school, previous to this I thought that I was too ugly to get into fashion. Also, this is half the reason I don't really fashion blog. After all, I wear sweats about half the time and don't buy clothes very often, Bags, yes, clothes no. But I really like fashion.). Or hand lettering. Or going to blog conferences (still never been). Or going to brunch (why does that seem so cool). Or getting into photography. Or being an Artist... dear me the list could go on forever.

These were all things that I thought that I wasn't cool enough to do or to be. Half the time when I do any of the above things I feel like a poser, pretending that I'm actually cool enough to be the things that I admire. One of the things frequently said by my sister and I is that one day we'll be cool. We'll be like those girls that always look pretty and seem to have things together (I do not have things together ha ha). Then we move on with our lives or our conversation.

While I'm not always confident in doing any of the things I've mentioned, I do want to say that it's ok to do those things anyway. It's ok to try out new things (I will wear a flower crown. It's going to happen.) It's ok to try the things that you thought were going to be really cool and to not have them be as awesome as you thought that they were going to be (aka Twitter. I like it, but seriously, where does everyone find the time! Or cutting your hair into an Aline because you've always wanted to, while completely living in denial of the fact that you are both way too lazy to straighten your hair every day and that every time you straighten your hair you're also secretly calculating the number of split ends you'll get from it). 

Mostly I want to say hey, it's alright to suck at something (why oh why can't I be better at Ballroom). It's ok to feel out of place. I think that everyone does at some point. It is A-OK to think that things are cool that other people don't. Whatever you think is cool, is ok. 

Things like Doctor Who and H20: Just add water (Yup, go ahead and judge). Things like Blanket forts and Pirate ships. It is not a contradiction to love Disneyland and Princess everything and also love shakespeare and debates about deep topics. It's ok to wear sweats all the time and still try to be that girl that looks good in everything. It's not weird to be weird. It's alright to be you. Whoever you are. And it's alright to try and be something that you're not yet. You have potential to be it, I promise.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Moments

Guys, I got a new laptop last week and I cannot tell you how nice it is to know that even though my computer is currently on 54%, it's not going to die while I write this post (my last computer was good for maybe 5 minutes off the cord). 

Anyway, last week was kind of crap, nothing for anyone to worry about, it was just... well bad. We all have those times. It's ok though. As consequence last week I never put up Monday moments because the bad times started on Sunday so I may throw in a few shots from that week before too. #SorryNotSorry 

These are from our first excursion to Little Dell Reservoir. I'm kind of in love with it now. If I build a house there (I'm sure this is illegal) I don't think I will miss the ocean quite so much.

 Sometimes I try hand lettering. I really want all the awesome pens now. I have a real problem with wanting pens and markers and paints. I blame My Name is Asher Lev. Up until reading that in high school I only kind of pretended to want to be an Artist. I took one art class previous to that and now every time I go to Hobby Lobby I end up in the sketch books. I now own 3  5  6 sketchbooks, 3 of which I've bought in the last year...

This is my new food obsession. Chicken, sautéed summer squash, and tomatoes over bowtie pasta with balsamic dressing. It's amazing. Oh and fresh grated parmesan cheese. I am forever ruined for that powder stuff. 

A shot from our picnic on Saturday at little Dell. Seriously blue water. These are not filtered or altered in any way guys. This is the real deal :)

I hope you all had a better last week than I did. Thanks once again for reading! Love you all :)
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Favorite Hymns

I try to keep my spiritual posts to Sundays, so even though I've been meaning to post this as a random fact Wednesday for literally a month, I'm going to post it today :)

A little while ago after institute The Captain took me into one of the empty rooms and played hymns for me. I'd forgotten how many favorite hymns that I had. 

To be honest I didn't really love hymns until I was in high school. I had a friend who invited me to come singing at a rehabilitation center. Every Sunday we would go after dinner to sing for the people who lived there. Sometimes there were just a few people, and sometimes there were giant groups of us. Ironically, the Captain was one of the people who came singing there. 

Anyway, most of the time the old people would ask for specific hymns for us to sing, we would sing 2 verses (hence I know most of the hymns first two verses by heart, but not many of the third verses of any of them). There are a couple hymns that I actually hated before going singing there, but it's hard to hate a hymn when the people who ask you to sing it love it so much. 

Without further ado, I give you my favorite hymns :)

1. A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief (29)

2. Come, O Thou King of Kings (59)
I didn't gain an appreciation for this hymn until I sang this for a Choir Performance. We got to perform it in the Conference Center, which is the only time that I've gotten to sing there.

3. Battle Hymn of the Republic (60)
This was one of the first hymns that I memorized. I remember singing it to myself once in middle school when I was accidentally left there. I was scared that something was going to happen to me so I sang this and Nearer my God to Thee for about an hour before I decided to walk home.

4. All Creatures of Our God and King (62)
5. For the Beauty of The Earth (92)
6. Lead Kindly Light (97)
I cannot say how many times this has been a comfort to me. I had never heard it before going singing and I fell completely in love with it.

7. Nearer My God to Thee (100)
First favorite and still one of the greats :)

8. Master the Tempest is Raging (105)
9. Be Still My Soul (124)
The Second verse gets me every time:
Be still my soul, 
the waves and winds still know, 
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

10. More Holiness Give Me (131)
11. God Be With You Till We Meet Again (152)
This was one that I actually hated before singing. There was a man there at the end of one of the halls that would request it every week. Just to watch him listen, to close his little eyes and clasp his hands in front of his heart like he was praying brought this song right into my heart until it has become one of my very favorite songs.

12. Abide with Me (166)
I actually sang this one for my Grandpa's funeral with my sisters. I loved it before, but that earned it a special place in my heart.

13. I Stand All Amazed (193)
I sang this for my concert choir audition in 11th grade. I was sure that I wouldn't make it because I hadn't made Belles Voix the year before on my first try, but I made it. I had to memorize this song for the audition and it's just such a beautiful song that it has stuck with me all these years.

14. Come Let Us Anew (217)
15. If You Could Hie To Kolob (284)
16. Come Thou Fount (Not Technically in the hymnbook, but still worth Mentioning)
Also, 17. Consider the Lilies 

I was going to do top 10... but that failed miserably. I even skipped a lot! I could tell you stories about each one, but that would be rather long and probably boring! 

What are some of your favorite hymns? Why do you love them?
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