Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Through the Rain

My poor blog has been feeling pretty rejected lately so I need to update really bad. Ha basically there's just been a whole lot of nothing going on. Like I'm busy but I don't know where my days go. It has been super busy though, because the semester is finally drawing to a close and it is FINALS time! Craziness right? I'm done with a semester of college. That is so insane to me. Here are some pictures of what I've been doing lately!Last weekend we went ice skating at Seven Peaks. So much fun! L-R: Brent, Brandall, McKenzie, Me, Chris, Jill, Abe, Erin.

All these pictures are from celebrating Erin's 19th birthday over this past weekend. It was great! Also, we started planning our guys' weekend to the STG after Christmas break. I'm really excited for the trip because it will give me a chance to show my friends my life and where I come from.

This has been such an amazing semester. I can't even begin to describe all the things I've learned, both academically and personally. I love knowing and having full confidence in the fact that I can live on my own. I am so grateful for the amazing friendships I have made in the past four months with people who I feel my life would truly be incomplete without. It is crazy how these people can feel like your family after such a short amount of time! At the same time, I'm also really happy that I've been able to keep in close contact with my friends from high school. Their constant support and love and motivation have kept me going through the rough patches and it has been so exciting to see our friendship progress into adulthood. I am eternally grateful for my family and their support because without them and the 2AM pep talks and dried tears, I never would have stayed here. I am so thankful for St. George. I've loved the STG for a long time now, but you never fully realize how wonderful a place is until you leave it. I feel like I've changed a lot of things about me that I wanted to, but have still stayed true to myself and who I am. Looking back on the past four months, they have been the biggest challenge, joy, triumph, and learning experience of my entire life thus far.

By the end of this week I will be back in the STG happy and warm and home for the holidays!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Welcome to BYHS!

Last night was the Helaman Invitational, basically code word for "excuse to dress up and act like we're back in high school." But it was fun. They had the dance in the Cannon Center and it was totally decked out (albeit not as well as any Dixie dance. Sorry RHA friends) and everyone got all dressed up. Some girls even wore formals! Part of me was like "Are you seriously kidding me right now?" But then the other part of me decided to just go with it and have a good time. In the process of having aforementioned good time, I watched Brent and Ashley's tentative relationship make a little progress and kind of accidentally stole Megan from her date but as they say, all is fair in love and dancing haha. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera so I have no pictures to document the event but just try to picture it in your minds... Just another night at good old BYU. Rise and shout.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A Black & White Affair

Tonight was the Black and White Etiquette Dinner/Party/Dance. We're starting to hang out with some new girls. Which is a good, more fun change of pace. I am seriously so sore because last night we went to ANOTHER dance party so my whole body is dying. But here are some fun pictures of the night's activities. I didn't take any pictures of us chilling at the girls' apartment or getting into an illegal oncampus snowball fight or playing pingpong with Brandall, but I got as many as I could before my camera died...L-R: McKenzie, Erin, JillChris, Brandall, Catherine (she cheers for BYU!)Typical AbeBrent
(Yeah that's right, that's MY Buckwheat tie.)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A Very Family Home Evening Christmas

For FHE the other day, our group took "family pictures" to send out to all our families for Christmas (so Mom pretend to be totally surprised when you get this in the mail) but I couldn't resist posting them. We had planned since like October to take them by the waterfall thingy by our houses but then woke up to bunches and bunches of snow. We just rolled with it, and I think they turned out great!

From top to bottom, those are the Bowen girls, me and my roommates, the Fox girls, and then the wonderful candid shot of me. I have such an attitude when I'm modeling!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Me and My Gang(s) Like Two Worlds Colliding

This weekend when I went to Salt Lake I had a major revelation and I just had to call my Mom. I called her up with the good news right when I got home: "Mom you will never believe this! I was walking down the street in SLC and I turned around and suddenly realized I was looking at like 15 people who I think actually, genuinely care about me! I have real friends!" She basically just took this statement and laughed but I was totally serious! And it happened without me even really noticing.

It really kind of surprised me, but the situation was funny. It's almost like as soon as I stopped consciously trying to make friends and establish a so-called "group," a group of friends came and found me. I feel very lucky! It's still kind of strange, Chelsea and I have talked about it: it's just weird that I have basically two separate lives, two groups of friends that don't know each other or even realize the huge impact the other group has had on me and my life. And when the two worlds collide, like they did this weekend when Chelsea came up to visit and met my friends for about 5 minutes, it's just very interesting for me to watch. Chelsea walking into Brent's room and waking him up was so classic! I can't wait to bring the guys down to the STG and see what they think. So yeah, those are my thoughts for the day...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

SLC Year 4

On Saturday my ward went up to Salt Lake for the day to see the Joseph Smith movie and look at the Christmas lights. It was a great excuse to get off campus and take a fun trip with my new friends! (I don't think I can call them new friends anymore...I spend more time with them than anyone else...) So yeah that "new" adjective is hereby rescinded. Anyways, can I just say how much I love Salt Lake in December? It is quite possibly one of my very favorite places to be during Christmastime. However, I couldn't help but notice the differences between yesterday's trip and the past 3 Decembers. It felt almost weird to be taking fun on Temple Square without Cami, Karly and everyone else. This trip wasn't exactly the choir tour like the past 3 years, but it was a move in a good direction. New School=New City=New Friends=New Life. That's my mantra these days.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Urbanly Outfitted

Ok I totally pulled an amy on this one but I couldn't help it. Since I have very limited access to real shopping, I've resorted to looking at clothes online. It turns out to be way more fun than I thought! And tonight I stumbled on this really great site (Thank you people.com). I recognized some of the stuff immediately from Buckle but way cheaper. Why have I never shopped at Urban Outfitters? These are all specific items I loved. Merry Christmas anyone? nike sleeveless crochetshadewrapredtuxbaseball

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Celebrity Sighting @ BYU

Ok the coolest thing happened to me today! Karly and I were coming out of the JSB after Book of Mormon today and we walked right past Morgan from Laguna Beach. (She's the Mormon girl from season 1)! Yeah she totally goes to my school! How freaking cool is that? Like, I knew she went to BYU but I figured that in a school of 33,000 I would never see her. But now I have! And if any of you know me, you know how much I LOVE LB! Like I was/am totally addicted to that show! So it was pretty cool. I'm gonna try to take my time leaving BOM from now on so maybe I will see her again...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Today is my Mom's birthday. Hope you had a great day and love the bag!! Don't forget though, you'll always be older than Dad. Haha sorry I couldn't resist. Happy Birthday! Love ya Mommy!!

Thankful for Family


Ok so I intended to make that last post all about Thanksgiving but it turned into this deep puddle of thoughts, so here is my Thanksgiving post! The holiday break was wonderful! I flew from Salt Lake City to Reno on Tuesday morning and my mom picked me up and drove us to Carson. It was so nice to finally be together with everyone. We had almost everyone at my graduation, but Nonni couldn't fly so this was the first time the WHOLE fam has been together since who knows when. Nothing too exciting happened - it was all just super relaxing and exactly what I needed. I miss my family. It's so hard to be away from them but I'm so grateful we are all so close. We are loud and crazy and blunt and we care about each other more than anyone on this earth. It's so comforting to know that I have this solid circle of people who I know will be there for me 500% through anything and everything. If I needed anything, any one of them would be on the first flight to wherever I was. I'm so blessed to have the family I do because a lot of people just don't seem to get how we are. Like that I've always seen Adrienne more as a sister than some distant cousin, or why I get so upset that Sheldon and Mason are growing up without me physically there watching every little step up, or that I talk to my Gramma almost every day and my mom literally about 10 times every day, or that when I have a huge problem or choice to make, I consult Mom, Dad, Adrienne, Gramma, Shelley, Sheri, Dave etc. like every single member of my fam. It's just the way I was raised, I guessed. And honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. So that's what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving. My amazing, wonderful, crazy family.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Total Confusion?

My first Thanksgiving as a college student. I have thought about this day since I was six or seven. My first official chance to visit my family and show them how well-adjusted and successful I am at University. I don't know how well it went, how the most important people in my life viewed me on my first time back. I hope I pulled it off because to be honest I wonder every day how well-adjusted I am. Every time I come back to Provo all I feel is crap. I'm miserable and moody and I cry for hours and all I want to do is run back to my family as fast as I can. At the same time, I know I'm supposed to be up here doing this. I haven't been more certain of anything for a long time. Why can't I be fully happy living here? And on the other hand, I don't think I would be totally happy throwing in the towel and going back to St. George. Is this the lesson I'm supposed to learn here? That I'm not happy living more than 5 seconds away from my parents? I could have told you that without moving! The only really good thing I've found about moving to Provo so far is the people that I've met, my great new friends. But the thing I noticed was that I didn't really miss them when I was away...I still can't sleep, I hate the weather, living with these roommates drives me insane most days, it's all still just very different from what I expected. My friends are great but they can't be everything for me. And with Karly moving off-campus next semester and us having completely different schedules who knows how much I'll see her, so there goes my biggest support system from STG. I don't know, the point of all this is that I'm so confused about everything these days. I don't know what I want and I only have 4 more weeks to decide if I want to stay here or go home. I've never been more confused in my life.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dancing in the Streets

I love dancing. And so do my friends. I think I've said this about one million times but I really mean it every time. Dancing is one of my absolute favorite things to do. And I'm so glad my friends like it as much as I do because I would probably either die or go find new friends. And the thing is that we can make any dance fun, whether it's at BYU or UVSC or even the totally packed Hollywood House Halloween party. After the game last Saturday, (we beat Jackson State 100-61.) we went to a dance at Brigham Square. So fun! We danced the night away just like every other night. I love the weekends.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tag On Ice

Today our ward went ice skating at the Seven Peaks Ice Arena. It was a total blast and it was so fun to be there with so many people! It almost felt like the Choir Tour all over again! Except not because the people were totally different...anyways, it was great! I always forget that I'm actually decent at ice skating until I'm on the ice. Turns out my friends are all pretty good too haha. Basically the only person who could outskate us was Myles, the Elder's Quorum President who was like a skating whiz. So yeah, just another reason for everyone to watch us. We're pretty used to it by now. Haha totally kidding! Well kinda... So after about an hour of zooming around the rink, causing a few helpless people to inadvertently eat it (we didn't realize zipping in and out of people actually made them fall over!) and helping teach a few timid souls how to let go of the wall, we got kind of bored. And started the most intense game of tag I've played since 1st grade when Colleen Lombardo and Gary Groth collided and Gary's front tooth got knocked out. It became a bit chaotic because we all got a little competitive and started skating in whatever direction got us away from whoever was It. Turns out everyone else wanted to skate in the same direction and we were disrupting by skating against the grain. We eventually retired the game when Matt Wells, our WONDERFUL RA who decided to play with us (I hope you can hear the sarcasm dripping from those words) chased Abe for over 5 minutes without catching him. The only bad thing was that my knees took a beating on the ice. When I untied my skates and got back on solid ground, I thought I was going to pass out my knee hurt so bad. The scary thing was that it's my left knee, the one I haven't dislocated. And it's been popping all day since. But it doesn't hurt anymore, so that's good I guess (thank you Dr. Ibuprofen). After we got back to campus, (Sister Slider had to come back for me, Abe, Chris, and Brent because there wasn't room for us the first ride back) I went to Legends with Brent, Abe, Jordan Farley, and Matt Stewart. I love that place more every time I eat there. Then me, Brent, and Abe went and played card games with Sarah, Ashley G., and Lindsay. I suck at Uno and Egyptian Rat Screw. Like seriously, you have no idea.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Perfect Christmas Playlist


Ok I put together this playlist of like poppy Christmas music and I love it! It's not perfect and probably not even finished yet but here's what I have so far. I love December and just couldn't wait to make it so I started before Thanksgiving. It's all the holiday season, right?

1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Tyler Hilton
2. My Grown-Up Christmas List - Kelly Clarkson
3. Greatest Time of Year - Aly & AJ
4. Santa Baby - Kellie Pickler
5. Warm & Fuzzy - Billy Gilman
6. Girl of My Dreams - Jonas Brothers
7. This Christmas - Elliott Yamin
8. The First Noel - Aly & AJ
9. Home For Christmas - Danity Kane
10. Merry Christmas With Love - Clay Aiken
11. My Only Wish (This Year) - Britney Spears
12. Jingle Bells - The Osmonds
13. What Christmas Means to Me - Hanson
14. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Aly & AJ
15. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Josh Groban
16. Thistlehair the Christmas Bear - Alabama
17. Don't Save It All for Christmas Day - Clay Aiken
18. Sleigh Ride - Billy Gilman & Charlotte Church
19. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays - *NSYNC
20. Joy to the World - Aly & AJ
21. This Christmastime - Corbin Bleu
22. Grown-Up Christmas List - Michael Buble
23. Christmas Vacation - Monique Coleman
24. Let It Snow - Lucas Grabeel
25. Celebrate Love - Jordan Pruitt
26. Last Christmas - Ashley Tisdale
27. All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

1st BYU Basketball Game

Tonight I went to my first BYU basketball game. It was very fun. But not as fun as a UNR game. I'm kind of having some trouble with this whole school spirit thing. Goal to work on that. Oh and of course I forgot my camera so I didn't take any pictures! Sorry Mom! Anyways, I went to the game with Brent, Abe, Chris, and some other people from our ward. It was great (we might be making more friends, we can't really tell ha.) The game was possibly the most anticlimatic game I've ever been to. We played Idaho St. and won 91 to 69. The only time it was ever close was at the beginning when we were tied 0-0. Ha. But we had a good time anyway. After the game we went to the Creamery which made no sense because it's butt cold freezing outside. I love basketball season. Rise and freaking shout. Forever.

Finding Yourself: Not a Yes or No Question

Everything I ever heard about college before I graduated always ended with the same thing: You find yourself in college. I've been thinking a lot about this simple statement lately. How true is it? Can you really find yourself at a university? Can you really ever find yourself at all? I think it's impossible. Simply because every day you're changing and progressing, so the person you were yesterday is always just a little bit different from the person you wake up as today. Or maybe it is possible. And that everchanging person is actually just an everchanging mask covering the constant inside of you...

Either way, college is a time to figure a lot of stuff out. I mean, it's only natural. For most college kids, (myself included) this is the first time we've ever been on our own. We have tons of freedom previously unaccustomed to. I feel like I have the entire world open to me and I'm totally revelling in the constant exploration of life.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Busy Busy Weekend

Well folks, since it was my first full weekend in Provo in like literally about a month, I decided I needed to keep myself busy! I was very successful. Here's the basic lowdown on what I did this weekend.

Friday: I met up with Brent (Abe went to Kaysville for the weekend and Chris was at work) at the "river court" (that's what I'm calling it now) and we just kind of shot around for a while. For those of you from STG reading this, can you seriously believe I'm playing basketball in my spare time? Me either. We played HORSE with this girl named Roxy (a difficult person to define - she basically has a huge crush on Brent but he doesn't like her. She doesn't seem to get the hint...I hope she doesn't read this!) and I lost. Turns out I can't be automatically amazing at everything I do! After my really pathetic loss (to Roxy, I knew Brent would kick my trash), we decided to do a quick change into some BYU blue and hit up the dance at the Smith Fieldhouse. BYU dances are really so fun. Well, all dances are fun. You all know how much I love dancing, and Brent loves it almost as much as I do. Needless to say we were there from the very beginning until the very end (9:30 - 11:45). Then, I ran into Maggie and Liz, two of my favorite girls from my ward, and talked to them (hysterical story involving throwing a cello out the window, hysterical roommate crying, etc.) while Brent awkwardly dropped Roxy off at her dorm. After that awkwardness, we went back to our basement and had ANOTHER DANCE PARTY with Chris (back from work finally!) Sarah, Ashley, Ashley and Lindsay. Very fun but I was seriously danced out by 1:30 when they left (Thank you Honor Code). Teaching those girls how to pop lock and drop it was a total ordeal. Fell into bed dead by 2.

Saturday: Woke up totally sore from all the dancing. Vowed to never attend another dance for the rest of eternity - immediately took back that vow. Basically spent the whole day doing absolutely nothing. Caught up on some good reading. Didn't have any homework. Very nice. Brent twisted his ankle for the second time this month playing basketball. Bad News Bears. Ended up going to Harry Potter 5 at the Varsity Theater with Brent, Sarah, Ashley, Ashley, Lindsay, and Elsie (their RA roommate). Chris was off with some girl from UVSC. We really didn't see him all weekend. After the movie, took the girls back to their apartment, chatted for a while, and went back to Brent's to watch him kill Andy 3 games in a row on NBA Live 06. Video games will be the downfall of our culture. Actually got to bed by 12:30ish. Very proud of myself.




Sunday: Went to church with Brent. Took my weekly post-church nap. Karly called me around 5:30 and invited me over for dinner. That was great because I feel like we don't really get to spend hardly any fun time together anymore. It's ok because it's just a part of life I guess, but I do miss hanging out with her. After dinner, Brent spent almost an hour trying to convert me to reggae music. Apparently Sean Kingston isn't real reggae (sorry the white kid didn't know!) Then, we had ward prayer and ward choir, and then we watched Step Up (all of us finally. Abe made it home.) with Sarah and Lindsay. The Ashleys were MIA. I forgot how much I love that movie.

In Conclusion: It's been a SUPER busy weekend. I basically spent all my time mostly with Brent. It was really fun, so I guess the mission was accomplished. Oh and sorry this is so long, and that I don't have any pics, my photo album software is being stubborn and not letting me in but I will post pics as soon as I can! Thanks for reading all this. Nighty night.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Sign That I Go Home Too Much

So when I got back to my apartment a few minutes ago after a long day of relaxing and being out with friends, I sat down and thought "Oh hey I get to go to my ward tomorrow!" My next thought was "Wait a second....what time does church start?" I seriously couldn't remember when Sacrament meeting started. So I had to traipse back downstairs (all my roommates are asleep) and ask Chris what time church started. I feel like an idiot. It's obviously just goes to show how much I've gone home in the past month. I think the last time I went to church in Provo was Parent's Weekend when Taylor was here. Ha wow that's a really long time. For the record, it starts at 10:30.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The River Court

So the Heritage Halls basketball court is becoming my own personal River Court. (You won't get it unless you're Alex or Chelsea). It's becoming the center of everything going on with me and everything going on with my friends. Playing on it the other night with my friends honestly felt like the end of the season 4 finale. Which is so cool because it's just another great thing I'm finding about this place. I have my own version of the River Court. I feel so special.

Friday, November 9, 2007

My New Major

So I think I've actually picked a major! Which is great news! I think I'm going to major in PDBio, (which stands for Physiology and Developmental Biology. Don't I sound so smart saying that?) Anyways it's a great major for me to get into med school. Except it's kind of hard. Like they recommend taking 9 credits of science per semester minimum. So next semester, I'm going to take Chem 105, Bio 120, and PDBio 220 with some GE's. It should be really fun and I think I'm going to like it tons better than freaking this semester. What do you, my dear devoted readers, think?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Brave

Don't you just love it when you find a song that is 100% your life at that very moment? I do! And I found a song like that this week. It's called Brave by Idina Menzel. Here are some of the lyrics:

I don't know just where I'm goin'
And tomorrow, it's a little overwhelming,
And the air is cold,
I'm not the same anymore.
If this is the moment I stand here on my own,
If this is my rite of passage that somehow leads me home,
I might be afraid but it's my turn to be brave.
If this is the last chance before we say goodbye,
At least it's the first day of the rest of my life,
I can't be afraid cuz it's my time to be brave.
And I might still cry and I might still bleed.
These thorns in my side, this heart on my sleeve
And lightning might strike this ground at my feet
And I might still crash but I still believe
This is the moment I stand here all alone
With everything I have inside, everything I own
I might be afraid but it's my turn to be brave
This is the last time before we say goodbye
At least it's the first day of the rest of my life
I can't be afraid. It's my time to be brave.
This is exactly how I feel with everything going on right now. It's my time to be brave. I have to give everything inside of me and it's okay to be afraid but I can do this. I can be brave.

Football Fever

Oh my gosh BYU football is ridiculous. So tonight is the first, and only, home night game of the season and the fans are coming out in droves. Traffic was horrible coming back from Cafe Rio and I swear Karly and I almost died about 10 times. Pedestrians are everywhere and they are just mindlessly crossing the road in the dark. Someone is going to get hit. I've been here for over two months and I still can't seem to understand the overwhelming obsession known as BYU football. It's like a substitute religion to the people of Provo. I just don't get it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Two Places at Once

I went to St. George again this weekend. Just for Saturday and Sunday. It was kind of funny because Karly was just like get in the car, we're going home. And we did. But seriously, I need to start staying up in Provo 7 days a week or I will never get used to living here. I said last weekend after coming back from Wizard that I couldn't go home for at least 3 more weeks, but of course ended up in good old Dixie the very next weekend. Typical me. I just love home so much. I feel like life would be perfect if I could be in two places at once. There could be one Me in St. George with my family and high school friends and there could be one Me in Provo with my college friends. Life would be much closer to perfect because then I wouldn't be missing out on anything. I feel like I constantly miss out on all the big, and little, stuff in my family's lives. But I'm now also constantly missing out on great, fun weekends with Abe, Brent, and Chris (and I'm finally starting to miss out on new developing drama - something I've been craving for months. I want my life to get back to MTV reality show level drama.) I just need to be in two places at the same time.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

It's a Rat Race!

After a kind of tough day, I took some time tonight to focus on being with friends. Movie nights are always the best! Tonight I watched Rat Race with Abe, Brent, Chris, Ashley Garrett, and Sarah Erickson from our ward. I seriously forgot how much I love that movie! It was so funny! It just might be one of my all-time favorites. The best part was actually watching Abe because he had never seen it before so he had no idea what was coming. So funny! Anyways, the movie ended and we got yelled at by the RA that lives with those girls because we were accidently in their apartment like 5 minutes past curfew. None of us had even thought of the time and it kind of made me mad that the RA got so upset. We just ended up going back to the guys' apartment (really my second home, I practically live there) and talking until we were all talked out. Typical night. It was just really nice. I love my friends. I know I say that all the time but I really am so glad I found such great friends up here. And that it was so easy! The one thing I've been especially noticing lately is how grateful I need to be that my friends are seriously NORMAL! There are honestly so many self-righteous, holier than thou people up here who I'm sure are very nice people but I would go crazy without some people I can really relate to. Anyways, I had a super fun time tonight. Nights like this make college and all the stress and tears worth it. I know I am supposed to be up here. Even if just to meet those three friends. But I really think it's for something bigger. I have to stay here.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Dear Mom

Today was very lowkey. I didn't do much and it was so nice. I have recently been assured that I really am a member of my family because of one thing: I have a genetic need for Taco Bell. I have had it every single day this week and I love it! It kind of makes me homesick though, because it makes me think of the fam (especially Mom) but it's ok because it really is SO GOOD. After my lunch I went to Mask Club, which has quickly become my favorite class. It's my Acting Lab, and basically every Thursday I go watch a student-directed show in the Nelke Experimental Theater. It's seriously one of my favorite parts of my week. The shows so far have dealt with really intense themes i.e. the AIDS panic of the 1980's, surviving high school and rumors, leaving home and growing up, and this week was a show about teenage depression and suicide. This week's play hit me particularly hard because I've had a pretty rough time adjusting to being up here and to be honest I've gotten a little down on myself a few times. And I just really connected with the material because in the show, this girl was having such a hard time and was so depressed and all she wanted to do was talk to her mom about everything but the mom was so busy that she just didn't notice. It was based on a real suicide in Las Vegas. And it made me realize how grateful I am to have such an amazing mom who will always drop everything to listen to me and talk with me about whatever is going on in my life. She knows my friends and my problems, all about my classes and teachers, and everything else in my life. She even knows all the little things like my favorite color, the music I like and new music I fall in love with, she keeps track of the TV shows I'm watching and listens to me when I babble about them, the soda I'm addicted to, even what I don't like on my Taco Bell. I am so blessed to have such an amazing mom. People tell her enough how great of a mom she is. I don't know of a single mom who is so involved in each of her kid's lives. I'm so lucky to have that because not many people do. She has really helped me survive up here because she is always, always there for me. Even during my 2 in the morning homesickness meltdowns. She is always willing to lend me some of her great advice, and always knows how to cheer me up when I call her with yet another end-of-the-world dilemma. I don't know what I would do without her. And now I'm crying. It's been an emotional day. I miss you Mom. I love you.

A Wizerful Wiz If Ever There Was

This weekend (I know it's been almost a week but this is the first chance I've had to post about the trip) I went home to see Trent and Chelsea in Wizard of Oz. It was, of course, no where near as good as Millie (sorry guys!) but it was still fabulously well-done, and hey they got to extend which is something Saxton never did during my three years at Dixie. It was so fun though! And for about 5 seconds 5/6 of The 6 were reunited! Just long enough to take a couple pictures but it was still so great. However The gang was not totally complete... We missed Cami so much! As shown by our totally creative shoutout below.

It says CAMI if you can't tell! Anyways, after Karly left us to go hang out with boyfriend Jordan, I went to Sconecutter with Taylor, Chelsea, Trent and Abbie. And after we were done eating our greasy fast food we went back to the good old Dixie High parking lot to just chat, laugh, and reminisce about all the good times we've had, especially this wonderful past summer! I have seriously not laughed that hard in so long. I miss those guys every day! I honestly don't think I would have made it through high school without my wonderful, amazing, perfect friends. And now both Tay and I are having serious STG withdrawals. I want to go home tomorrow so bad but I know that I can't. If you read this, I love you guys! "Within these four walls..."