Here’s to the #LastWeekOfSummer

School starts on Monday.

Please enjoy this lovely picture of me, taken by my friend Hannah, that accurately displays my feelings about the above statement.

School approached me way too fast. It was like I was so caught up in very exciting things of summer and was then startled with the harsh reality that those very exciting things get scared away when the mean and ugly back to school sneaks up behind you. I guess I’m coping. 
But on a happier note, this summer has been nothing but non-stop fun! And this week has been A-MAZ-ING.
My week started off in St. George, Utah with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday. Please enjoy this video of the lovely Amanda dumping a pot of ice water on my head.

And to follow that my week brought two different trips to the movie theater. Once to see The Giver, which was incredible and I highly recommend it, and If I Stay, which was good, but consisted of too many swear words and sketchy scenes for my liking. If you are choosing between the two then I’d say go with The Giver. It will save you the effort of having to cover your little sisters eyes.

Thursday brought the opportunity to go see the ever fantastic Thompson Square with my best friend Hannah thanks to my awesome grandparents who got us free tickets. Thanks again grandma and grandpa for the tickets!!! Thompson Square was so good and so much fun!

Yesterday I got to see one of my favorite team mates for the first time since he’s been home from his mission in Rome. Teriyaki, Sterfry and I (WhiteRice) went to the Ogden temple open house and then to IHOP and then finished off our day with a trip to get Teri’s car window chip fixed. Because that’s what normal people do when they hang out right?!?! It was so much fun to see Sterling and we are so happy to have him back in the country!

Today brought an exciting tumbling camp complete with potato sack races and cookies the size of my face. And this afternoon I had a wonderful time riding horses with Raegan and Rachel, as well as taking photographs of Rachel and her beautiful horses for her horse riding lessons. To see more about Rachel’s riding lessons check out her Facebook page HERE! Thanks so much for inviting us to come play Rachel!!

Aaaaand…. the funniest part of the day was when I ripped my pants getting off the horse. Life is awesome!

So I’d say it was a pretty successful summer. Bring on Sr. Year.

feel my sunlight

p.s. My inner cowgirl is in bliss right now. Also, I finished the first 7 seasons of Heartland (Yes, I do realize you can only get 1-5 in the U.S. Don’t ask me how I’ve seen 6 & 7. It’s a secret) and I can’t wait for season 8 to come out this fall!!! I’m so excited I can’t even stand it!

General Womens Meeting!

My mother taught my brother how to prank call today… funniest thing of my life.

The conversation went like this;

*brother calls grandparents*
*grandpa picks up*

Grandpa- “hello”

Little brother- “hello, this is a message from Davis High School, to listen to the message, press one.”

*Grandpa presses one* {obviously it wasn’t someone from Davis high school. So we all died when he actually pressed 1.}

Little brother- “hello, it has been recorded that your son, Mike (my dad. Obviously not in HS), has been abducted by aliens. Bye!”

Ay, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breath and I thought I was going to pass out. I like my family. I think I’ll keep them.

So today was the General Women’s Meeting. I don’t want to take a long time typing because I want you to take the time to watch the broadcast. I do however, want to say that the spirit that was felt while watching this broadcast was powerful. An undeniable witness to me that this church is true. I will also provide you with some photographs of the notes I took because let’s face it, I love taking notes. Enjoy!

(yes, I know I misspelled covenants.)

What were you’re favorite quotes from the broadcast?

feel my sunlight

p.s. I am SO excited for conference next week I can not even stand it!

Do not dwell

Stolen from the Mormon Channel… I like it.

I know I have written about tumbling quite a bit as of late, but I promise I will try to make it something you can relate with today. At least I will try.

Since my defeat at nationals (and no, I’m not saying I was defeated in the sense that I did terrible and I feel like a failure, I was defeated in the sense that I knew I was better than what my performance showed.) I have gotten a new perspective on things. See, when I first saw my ranking among the best athletes in the nation I was quite disappointed. I was mad at the judges, I was jealous of those select few with the opportunity to stand atop the podium and receive huge shiny medals, I was angry with the girls that I believed should have scored lower than I did, but most of all I was angry with myself. I was fuming on the inside and began to deteriorate and downgrade myself with thoughts about giving up because I might not be the golden girl, and thoughts that I might not ever be good enough. I was destroying my confidence and soon realized that it had to stop. In my anger I decided to put on a happy face and follow the advice from Shawn to enjoy the rest of the trip. I put on a smile and decided that it wouldn’t make any sense to let this ruin my trip so I didn’t let it and I must say It became one of the most fun trips I have ever been on.
When I got home I had a moment of defeat, but I soon had to make a decision. I could either cry and whine about it, or I could turn my defeat into hard work and my hard work into success. I realized that the attitude I bring to the table will be the most important ingredient in my final product and that if I wanted to make something of myself I had to start now. I knew I had the support from many of those around me and that no matter what I was a daughter of God and that if I made the right decisions I would be okay.
I made the decision then and there that I would punch this with everything I had. I made a vow that I would listen to my coaches and do my everything to accomplish what they tell me to do. No matter how terrified I might be. I made the decision that I would train harder than I ever had before.
I have had two days of training since I have made this decision. I have improved my attitude and my effort to listen to my coaches. I have put on tramp shoes once again and called out for help. I even got up early this morning to run with my brother. The results have been great and it has only been two days. The support I have received from Steph and Kodee have helped me regain my confidence and their support helps me push myself to my limits every time I punch off that mat. I love you two and am so thankful for you help! please don’t stop what you are doing. You guys rock.

Now I share this with you mostly because it all that has run through my mind over the last few days, but I also share it for another reason. I share this with you as a proof that your attitude determines your outcome. You can make an excuse for everything. There is always going to be something that hurts or something that doesn’t feel right, but if you give in to those excuses you will never become what you want to become. Some people have it handed to them with raw talent and never have to work hard, Some people just have the ability to do what the judges what to see. I on the other hand, don’t have that raw talent, but I do have a determined attitude. I heard a quote a long time ago that said…

“Hard work        
       beats talent      
      when talent doesn’t            
work hard.”
I intend to be that hard work. What are you going to work hard at?
Feel my Sunlight
p.s. Today Kodee and I legitly convinced one of our girls that Kodee’s real name is Friday. I didn’t think she really believed us but at the end of class she came up to me and said “Friday said I could have three treats.” I almost died.

cubical final words

I am sitting at my computer tech cubical for the last time this year and it feels a little odd. It feels odd in the sence that it seems like we have been in school for years and haven’t had a break, yet at the same time it feels as if the school year has flown by. I am supposed to be working on my final project that is due at the end of class today. My teacher has already entered them into our grades to show us what we would get if we didn’t do it. I have an A so we will see how much of that actually gets done. YOLO!

This year has been good, though not my favorite. I have grown a ton this year. {not literally… I’m still only 4′ 9.5″ tall} I have increased much in wisdom. I survived Mr. Conners class and enjoyed every second of it. And well, I learned to drive a car this year {not an easy task}. I have increased in stature by strengthening myself at tumbling as well as recovering from an injury so I could compete. I have increased in favor with man by learning to talk to people more and to say hi to other first. And I think the thing I have increased the most is in favor with God. It has been a great year for strengthening my testimony and I am proud to say I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints and I know the church is true.

I thought I’d share with you something I thought was funny.

This is my blog.
Scroll down a bit and you will find this.

 
 
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Now notice the thing circled in red.

I find this funny. There is supposed to me a Book of Mormon there. The school district has blocked the Book of Mormon link at the school. I’ll show them!

                                                             

The Book of Mormon
Here is the picture
Here is the link ————————->  http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon/
MUAHAHAHA!
 
 
 
 
Have a great last bit of school!
See you on the Flipside!
 
 
 
 
 
Feel my Sunlight
 
 
 
 
p.s. ya, not much work was done this class period. At least I worked on my computer skills right?
 
 
 
 


The LWAD SQUAD

I was going through my pictures on my iTouch yesterday and I found these beauties. I’m not kidding when I say the LWAD SQUAD should be a modeling team. 
So close Lauren, So close!
my favorite

Now, modeling isn’t all we do. We are also professional mall dancer. Here is a sneak peak of Lauren’s rehearsals.
I seriously don’t know what I would do without these three in my life. They are my favorite “cousins” and my very best friends. Love you girls!
 
 
 
 
 
Feel my Sunlight
p.s. I pretty much scared the heck out of some of you with my post from yesterday. I know you all probably figured it out, but just to clarify, I’m not actually moving. 

come what may, and love it

Whoa! I haven’t blogged since Wednesday of last week… Totes not like me. {totes? who says that?}

It has been a fantastic and rather productive weekend starting with me becoming all licensed and deadly on Friday.

What kind of license? You may ask.

My pilot’s license? It’s out back in the Cessna. Or perhaps you’re referring to my license to kill. Revoked – problems at the Kazakhstan border. I’d give you the details, but then I’d have to kill you… which I can’t do because my license to kill has been revoked.

{That one was for you Katie!}

Just kidding! I received a drivers license on Friday! Now all I need is for someone to buy me a car…. any takers? 😉 Going once…. going twice….

The second rather productive thing of the weekend consisted of me and the last 22 chapters of the bible which I finished yesterday. It felt good. Two years of bible and I finally get to move on to the Book of Mormon. Check that off my bucket list! {Yes it’s true, this chick has read the entire bible. She is datable now.}

The next productive thing of the weekend was watching The General Young Womens Broadcast on Saturday night. My favorite talk was by Diter F. Uchdorf and it was about our Journey here on earth. Listen to it here!

The final productive thing of the weekend included a fun Easter with family. I have a testimony of the Savior and I am very grateful for all he has done for me.

And lastly I’d like to share with you something that I haven’t told anyone yet. This thing has been bothering me for weeks and I don’t want it to happen. I don’t know how I am going to say good bye to all the people I have come to know and love over the last several years {If any of you know me you know that I stink at good byes.} My family is moving to Arizona. And I am not happy about it. But I guess since there is nothing to do about it we must try to “come what may, and love it.” It will be hard, but I am excited.

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. Happy April Fools day……… hahaha

p.s.s. I really want a cute CTR ring. Why are they so dang expensive? {THIS ONE is cute, and it’s cheapish, and it’s on sale. Wink. Wink.} Oh, and I’m a size 6… just saying.

1st day of spring

Happy 1st day of spring! Hope everyone had a fantastic day! {Now mother nature… it is officially “spring” now, therefore, you no longer have permission to use the snow machines. So please continue with the rain and maybe bring us some sunshine.}

Today one of my five year olds got very excited when she found out that I was a “REAL LIVE TEENAGER!” {her words, not mine}. I thought it was cute. Then she said to her sister almost giggling “she can drive!” gah! I love my kids.

Today my entire team decided to pretend we’re British… including my coach. We spent the entire two and a half hours perfecting our hopeless accents. It was fun and I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a while. I love you guys!

Note to the wise: clean your room. There is a possibility the bishopric could come over and want to see all your medals, and your hanging bed. I was not so fortunate to have receive this memo and greatly regret it. Consider this your only warning. 

Well, it’s a short post today. I guess this is the second one of the day so that makes up for it right?

Feel my Sunlight

p.s. I’m bad at waking up on time. Anyone else have this issue?