Monday, May 31, 2010

no schoolio

Just a busy day filled with little things to get done. Quite a bit was accomplished and I'm feeling pretty good for this busy week. I have so many emotions running through my head and my heart and I know it's going to only get more emotional from here.

I can't stop listening to these guys. There are extremely talented. Watch the guy in the background.. you'll get a kick out of him.

It's almost time to run.
To run in a new direction.
To run and make a new path.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


This is how my kitty sleeps a lot of the time.

I have to wash all of these cups! My mom was doing it for me. You can tell she's thrilled! ;)

My dad got home this afternoon! He brought me a sweet Jeep t-shirt. In Moab, Colorado they have a huge 4 by festival where there are just tons of big 4 by vehicles. I probably would have loved it! He also got me some really awesome tribal socks! We went for a walk and he told my mom and I lots of stories! It really sounded like he had a great time!

Girls night at Erwin's house, plus Tommy and Billy. We watched Dear John, had some great laughs and spent some quality time with friends I haven't been around in such a long time. I sure do miss them. It breaks my heart that we've grown apart and yet we're going away to separate colleges, meaning we'll only grow further apart. It's crazy how friendships can come and go. Demie had some pretty great quotes tonight... one of them being: "Having sex and making love are two completely different things." Oh yea Dem? How so? And according to everyone, I'm going to get married young.. possibly while in college. That could be alright with me, I just need to find myself mr. wonderful.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

lazy day

Well, yoga kicked my butt today. I'm going to complain a little bit and say that my arm really hurts. I'm not quite sure what I did to it.. but I must have stretched it too far or something along those lines. I can already feel my body getting sore and I'm dreading waking up tomorrow, I probably will be unable to move. It was great to see Edwin though! I've found that the only time I see him is when I go to yoga or occasionally at church. He is such an amazing friend and I'm truly blessed to have such a wonderful person in my life!

My mom and I stopped by the court club to watch Demie and Ali play for the state tennis title 3 years in a row. They were in their last game and Ali fell and tore her MCL. It was such an unfortunate accident. They forfeited the game and took 2nd place. I was having a hard time not shedding tears for them. It's so tough to watch dreams being crushed right in front of your eyes. They are two very talented girls and I'm so proud of them in everything they've accomplished!

I made a smoothie, complete with a kiwi. Even though I managed to get it on my white shirt it was still quite satisfying :)

I took a two and a half hour nap which was truly wonderful.
My mom and I made quesadillas and watched August Rush.
We also worked on our bookmarks. I'm making them for my intern class. Here are two of my favorites:

Friday, May 28, 2010

Last Friday

Last Friday of high school, ever!

A downpour of torrential status visited us today. There were literally buckets of water falling from the sky.

I was doing tae bo in my room when Eric called and said he'd be outside in a few minutes so we could go watch state tennis at the court club. I was pretty sweaty but I agreed and ran out in the rain to greet him. Traveling down the road a little ways we found a lake in the middle of the road. It was so much fun driving through it the first time, spraying water high into the air, we drove through it twice!

We drove past a car that had wheels that belonged on a wheel-barrow. This produced lots of laughs and we couldn't help but stare!

Karli came over and we watched Dear John with my mama, while making our bookmarks for our children in school. Karli sat and cut out letters for me. She's the best!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

special day

I'm sitting in first hour and I get a delivery consisting of a plastic bag filled with pink folded papers. They were "kiss a senior goodbye notes". Three of them almost made me cry.. they were just so sweet. I really had no idea I was making such an impact on 3 amazing freshmen lives. So, Taylor, Soleil and Lacey, thank you so much! You have no idea how much those notes spoke to my heart. All three of you are truly wonderful girls and I'm blessed to have gotten to know you!

I got a call from my daddy-o today. He is in Colorado and wanted to know what shirt size I wear so he could get me a t-shirt! I'm quite excited! Plus I'm excited to see him as well. It's been about a week since he left on his trip. He's made some facebook posts though and it's been fun to see his updates about his trip.

Jay gave me a fake tattoo today (sharpie). This is what I would like to get on the arch of my foot. It says "Jesus is enough" in Arabic. She wrote it on my arm so that the pen wouldn't rub onto my Toms. I couldn't bare to get the rhino print inside stained with black marker. However, I think I really like where she wrote it on my arm.. that could be a possibility...

When Andrea and I picked out the rock to go under one of the trees for part of our senior gift, the guy doing the engraving insisted that we get our last names on the bottom. We didn't think it was a good idea but he persisted. Once we got it we knew it wasn't the right thing to do so we took it back to get it taken off but we had to take a picture with it first ;)

Tonight was our CIE celebration banquet get together. All of our mentor teachers and parents got together and we shared our experiences this year in our intern classrooms and ate some wonderful dessert. I, of course, ended up in tears while talking about my experience. I've come to realize that God has clearly made me a sensitive, emotional, passionate person yet I somehow haven't accepted that yet. Maybe someday I'll come to think that it's okay.

My beautiful friend, Breanna Phillips, chopped her hair off today. It was longer than mine and she cut it up to her chin. It is absolutely adorable! It suits her so well and she has the perfect head shape for the cut. She donated her hair to locks of love, I believe, and I think someday I'm going to do the same.

I seriously have a weakness for guys who play the piano or guitar and have a melodious voice. It simply makes my heart melt.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

middle of the week

Jayanah Morad is a beautiful foreign exchange student from Israel and I have gotten to know her pretty well this year during her visit to the U.S. Today she gave her last lecture in ASB and by the end I had tears running down my cheeks. In Casey's blog post the other day he said something about the beauty of dreams coming true and tears flowing because of the pure beauty. There was pure beauty in her slide show that she shared. She said that she's had a bucket list since she was little but never crossed anything off until she came to the U.S. She went to Disneyland, had Starbucks, rode a horse, went to an American prom and tons more. She is such an amazing girl and I have been so blessed to have her in my life even though it's been for such a short time. I'm going to miss you so much Jay! God has wonderful things for you back in Israel!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I was all set to wake up and go for a nice jog before school but I was just loving my bed way too much to leave it so I slept those extras minutes and hopped in the warm shower instead.

A second grader asked me if I was wearing a bra today... haha, apparently my shirt was see-through and I was wearing my new bra with polka dots. Oh how observant those little ones are.

We practiced our speeches again after school, however, this time we made it through everyone's special words. I've really enjoyed spending time with the 10 smartest seniors in school. They are all such wonderful people :)

After I arrived home I stood at the kitchen counter, ate some strawberries and witnessed the neighbor girl sprint out of her front door, get the mail and sprint back inside. I got a good laugh from it.

Tonight was our ASB murder mystery party. I was a dolphin trainer who secretly trains her dolphins to attack people so she can steal their money. I became aware of two things... First thing, wet suits are extremely uncomfortable to just wear around and the second thing is that they are not the most attractive thing in the world. Haha, anyways, it was fun to get dressed up and act silly with fellow friends.

I'm accumulating quite the collection of senior pictures and they are all beautiful.

PS.. I want Lee DeWyze to win on American Idol. Don't get me wrong, I really like Crystal but I'd listen to Lee any day if he came out wih a CD.

Monday, May 24, 2010

one down

I accomplished quite a few things today and my shoulders feel a bit lighter.
- Traveled to the top of the library! Very few people ever get to do that but for Kailee's last lecture she granted everyone's wish to climb that scary latter and walk around that upper ring of the library. It was a special moment!
- Started practicing graduation speeches at lunch. We didn't quite get to mine since there are 11 of us giving a few words. I am last so I'll get to share tomorrow. I am nervous that I'll get negative feedback for some reason. There is just something about other people critiquing my words and how I say them kind of bothers me but I know it's all for good measures.
- Brain Buster Assembly during 6th hour. I feel like it went smoothly. There was tons of laughter and it was great fun. I'm just happy that's over with. One less thing to worry about!
- Finger appointment after school. More injections... they weren't as bad as they have been in the past so my little fingers aren't in as much pain as usual.
- Took a nap outside in the grass. Warm sunshine on bare skin while dozing to Jon Foreman = beauty.
- Inauguration for ASB. It was kind of sad and it really made me think about the end of the year. It's truly near the end of my high school journey.
- Soap Olympics! Also known as the last young life club ever! It was freezing cold, we got soaking wet but it was a blast!
- Came home, took a hot shower, put on warm wool socks and curled up in bed.
- All in all, wonderful day!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

busy busy busy

Jesus tells us he's coming soon so we can have hope and be ready for his return. 2 peter 3:8 says... But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. We've lived for 2,000 years and in God's eyes it's only been 2 days. We are like the children who constantly ask "are we there yet?" He tells us that we're almost there so that we won't give up... so we can see that glimpse of heaven and reach out our fingers in hopes of touching the goodness. At discipleship we talked about heaven on earth and Laurel and I decided it's going to be a lot like The Land Before Time, but even better! Gosh, just thinking about hanging out with Jesus continues to give me chills.

I got a ton of tedious things accomplished today so I'm feeling pretty good. These next two weeks are going to fly by. I'm just praying that I can enjoy them and not get too wrapped up in everything going on.

Welcome to my new arranged room...

She's still a bit messy but that seems to be how I roll these days. Maybe someday I'll get the pictures to hang straight too.

My dad is on his 10 day motorcycle trip with some buddies and he sent me a picture today! They are traveling through Oregon, Colorado and Nevada. Apparently it's been too cold to camp so they've been staying in hotels. So much for a wilderness, live off the back of your bike trip, haha. He seems to be having a good time though, and that's all that matters!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

sister time

My sister and I took an early morning walk around the neighborhood. She gave me a heart to heart college talk and it was really great just spending time with her. It's been kind of lonely this year without her and I'm really happy she'll be home for the summer.

Today is Nicole Renard's birthday so again with the surprises! Some groupies met at DQ and sang to her as she walked in the door. She has never eaten a large blizzard so that is the first thing she did. I believe Cookie Dough was the choice. After some chit chatting Laurel and I left to go fly a kite. Who knew that could be such a daunting task? I am officially not the best kite flier in the world. I dive bombed it more than once in the street. But, it was super fun once I got the hang of it and it was a beautiful sight to look up at that cloudy sky and see the rainbow triangle soaring high.

My mom and I had some fun at the craft store getting supplies to make book marks for my little kiddos in second grade. I helped clean the bathroom and then decided that my room is just way too cluttered so it was time to clean and rearrange! I feel so much better about it now. I actually have room to walk around!

And on another note, I think I have a sinus infection which really stinks especially at a time like this. So, now that my head is super congested I'll just go to sleep. Goodnight!

Friday, May 21, 2010

my best friend.

I seriously have the best friend ever. I was just telling me sister that I was so blessed to meet Laurel this year. Carly was giving me this analogy of finding the right person to be with where you fit together just like two perfect puzzle pieces. I used that to describe Laurel and I except that we are the same puzzle piece. She is just so great! After school we headed to Roasters in hopes of finding the cute boy with the lip ring working but we had no such luck. We sat on the cheetah print couch and talked while drinking chai tea. Next came the river. We wanted to go to our normal place but there was this couple who we thought just got engaged because of their behavior. Let's just say that they were all over each other... So we proceeded to walk down the path. Jon Foreman playing and just enjoying the perfect sunny weather. We found a perfect little ledge to camp out and we added a few lines to the song we're writing and of course did what we do best.. take pictures! Value Village was on our minds so we made a quick run. I purchased two dresses, a belt and a pair or boots, all for $31. I pretty much scored today. We ate some left overs for dinner with my mom and waited to say hi to my sister before we headed over to Laurel's to watch the movie Bright Star. We decided on that movie because it was a love story and the main guy was a cutie! Good thing we got it at the red box because I wouldn't really recommend it. It wasn't bad by all means but it was interesting. Laurel and I pretty much laughed through the whole thing because of the funny old fashioned things the characters did. Also, you know that tight feeling in your chest when you are laughing so hard it's hard to breathe? Well, that happened to both of us at the same time and I'd have to say that I haven't laughed that hard in a long long time. I thought I was going to die and Laurel had tears running down her cheeks. I ended up staying the night because I kept falling asleep, haha. I played line up on my itouch and listened to some more jon foreman before we both fell asleep. Today was such a wonderful day.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

share something with someone.

So this boy in one of my classes said something about not believing in Jesus yesterday and it sparked an intense conversation with the 5 people sitting around me. It lasted a good 35 minutes. He strongly believes in evolution and tried to convince all of us that there is a hole in the bible and it can't possibly be true. He had a bible in his backpack and said that he just started reading it so he can have evidence when trying to disprove it. I had read Deuteronomy 6:13-15 earlier that morning so I flipped to it and had him read the verses. It read... Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. I honestly can't imagine turning away from a God that loves me so much he is jealous and angry for me. And the fact that because we don't love him back he will simply destroy us... now that is a scary thought. I hope that this boy will think about what I and my fellow believes had to say to him. And I hope he continues to read the bible and experience God in a way that he can understand. He is now added to my prayer list.

I had kind of an emotional day. I was just in one of those moods where everything made me feel sad. The fact that I'm sick and the weather was dreary probably didn't help much. I cried numerous times but sometimes crying isn't such a bad thing.

Laurel and I are going to fly a kite tomorrow and that will make me happy, I just know it :)

This plushtache also made me extremely happy!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I'm tired. Just simply tired.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

hand made bracelet

- I was welcomed today by a flower strung bracelet hand made my a second grader :)
- A 27 year old man asked if my 18 year old friend was single.. ehh awkward!
- I need some vix vapor rub very badly because this stuffed up nose is not bringing joy to my life.
- I decided that wearing a toe ring with tennis shoes is not comfortable.
- I really like Casey James's hair from American Idol. It is beautiful.
- Happy Birthday Mt. St. Helen's Eruption.
- My warts are coming back... curse thee warts! I'm thinking a new dermatologist is coming into the picture very soon.
- My body is beginning to turn tan, woohoo!
- In english class we are performing plays and I have to be a boy, well actually, an ugly male servant. Let me not forget to mention there are two kissing scenes. This shall be interesting!
- Justin Bieber will be on American Idol tomorrow night! Everyone tune in! Haha!
- It's 10:00 and I still need to pack my lunch for tomorrow.
- I want my future husband to sing this song to me...
- It's almost summer time. I'm okay with that.

Monday, May 17, 2010

informal formal!

The second to last young life club was tonight. Informal Formal! I found the most interesting black dress in the dress up box, complete with puffy sleeves the size of my head. Laurel wore my velvet polka dot dress with detachable puffy sleeves. It's truly all about the sleeves! We weren't sure what was about to go down but we quickly found out that the evening would be filled with dancing, and tons of sweating! After almost every song of letting loose, Laurel and I took a break outside to cool off. It started to rain and people just decided to have the party out in the rain. It was truly lovely. Tonight was just fun! An hour later and we were drenched in sweat and rain. Time to roll down those windows and hit the highway. The cool air rushed past us as we sang our favorite tunes.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I slept the entire night with no socks on my feet.

Good song : Somedays - Regina Spektor

Saturday, May 15, 2010

hot, hot, hot.

Yes, that is what I'd like to say. Hot! It could be used to describe so many things but for now the topic is the weather! I have been waiting months for the moment I walk out of my house and immediately start sweating. It has finally arrived!

Gregg Dunn and I climbed badger mountain this morning. Upon arriving at the crossroad between taking the familiar trail or the new one, we settled for the new trail since neither of us had taken it before. It was pretty easy walking until the last 5 minutes which were a straight uphill incline. We had some good conversation and I worked up a good sweat. Mission accomplished!

I found the shower to be a very refreshing couple of minutes and then Karli and I went garage sale-ing. Apparently it was like national have a yard sale day because they were everywhere. Note to self... don't wait until 12:30 and expect to find some good finds. Most everyone was putting their things away but I managed to walk away with a free easel and a $2 camel pack.

We hit up a few stores in hopes of finding some cute dresses but failed that one. So, we headed up to the Johnston's for some volleyball and swimming. It was very refreshing and I even think I got a little color today.

My parents re-planted and added bark to the flowerbed in our backyard so I sat outside on the deck with a blanket and my lap top and worked on a paper while they slaved away on the yard. It was perfect sitting in the shade and enjoying the lovely temperature.

Pizza hut for dinner and then Karli came over with the movie Leap Year. It is such a cute movie... definitely one of my all time favorites. I wouldn't mind moving to Ireland and falling in love with an attractive Irishman either ;)

I seriously think I have a mild case of that disease where you fall asleep without any reason. Sometimes I just can't keep my eyes open and then I'm struggling to do everything I can to stay awake. Ugh, so frustrating!

I met a girl who’s a lot like me
She double knots her shoes and wants to live by the sea
She don’t talk much and that’s ok by me
I still write a lot of songs about her

Baby walk with me on Sunset Blvd
We’ll watch this devil city fall apart
We were lost here from the start
But that’s just who we are on Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd. - Tyler Hilton

Friday, May 14, 2010

oh yes, please come summer!

Class picture with my beautiful second graders! We played those patty cake sing a long games at recess. Gosh, I'm going to miss these kids so much. June 1st is my last day with them. They kept asking me if I could be their teacher... it makes me feel like such a special person.

I haven't seen Laurel all week so after school we met at Roasters. Side note - by far the cutest coffee shop I've ever been to! I'm not quite sure what was going on but the I'm pretty sure the guy working there was trying to hit on us. He did have a lip ring so I was okay with it ;) With out iced mochas we hit up our favorite spot by the river and had some much needed bonding time. We attempted to get some color, sang songs, wrote songs (just wait for that one), and talked about best friend things. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather.. so beautiful!

Karli and I went to the movies and saw Letters to Juliet. Goodness, can I just go to Italy right now please? I wouldn't mind falling madly in love with a nice Italian boy. That movie is one of the cutest I've ever seen. Everyone in the theater was giggling the whole time because it was just so precious.

Taco bell followed where we were bothered by a table of boys who felt the need to ask us if we knew anyone who smoked weed. What a nice way to impress a couple girls while eating dinner. After Karli ate 3 tacos and 3 cookies.. I take that back, I ate one of them... we filled up the sluggy bug with gas and headed to Wal-Mart. We browsed around for a while.. Karli bought 3 shirts. There is something special about the number 3 tonight, haha. Before long we both could barely walk we were so tired so we headed home.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Happy Birthday Victoria! She was blindfolded and taken to the park today where a bunch of people surprised her with a picnic. It was a special moment.

I came home from school, got a good run in, worked on my graduation speech and guess what?! It is complete! A huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders especially since the rough draft is due tomorrow! Nothing quite like some good procrastination.

My dad and I swept all of the dirt out of my truck and then gave her a bath. It was very much needed. She is all sparkly and clean now.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A day of planting.

The trees are planted! Wahooo! I've been so stressed out about these suckers. I'm so relieved they are in the ground now. I hope every other senior enjoys them since they are our senior gift! I came home and realized that I was pretty much covered in dirt. I washed my feet and my tevas off in the bathtub and proceeded to bask in my sweaty, dirt caked clothes. Thank you so much to everyone who helped today!

Dinner consisted of standing in the kitchen eating carrots and a burrito while baking cookies and listening to the Classic Crime. How lovely that was!

My song to the Lord for today:

Let the songs I sing, bring joy to you
Let the words I say confess my love
Let the notes I choose be your favorite song
Father let my heart beat after you...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Special Olympics!

Nothing quite like a morning jog in the crisp, fresh air and spending time alone with the one true God. No school for me today, but a lovely day at Southridge helping with Special Olympics! It was truly a blessing... to see the faces and excitement of these children and adults once they accomplished an event. I worked at the softball/tennis ball throw and it was insane but totally worth it. I was shown that even though people may have a disability they are still beautiful and a wonderful creation of God. I think he uses them to show us other humans the simplicity and beauty of life. I wouldn't have traded my experience today for anything. I loved every minute of it.

What is with this weather lately? One minute I'm getting a sunburn, the next I'm sitting in Craig Mauss's car sheltered from the giant rain drops watching the thunderstorm with a beautiful rainbow out of the corner of my eye. I got to hang out with them older boys tonight. It's always a good time.. I leave with too many laughs to count.

Monday, May 10, 2010

escape with me...

All I know at this moment is that I wish I could be in one of these places...
With nothing to worry about...
Nothing to think about...
Just to be in pure relaxation.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

My Mother, my friend so dear
throughout my life you're always near.
A tender smile to guide my way
You're the sunshine to light my day.

I have the most beautiful mother in the world. I don't know what I would do without her. Thank you mom for everything! I love you!