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.