Monday, October 17, 2011

It's maybe about time..

              I was doing so good with the "once a month" blogging thing, but look who waited almost 3 months to do another post.  Luckily, these past three months have been filled with new interests, friendships and a lot of happiness! :)  My two absolute best friends are now out on missions (Jenn Jones and Bobby Burkey) so it's fun forming a new kind of relationship with both of them.  Lately I've become really into family history and learning about my ancestors! (I think has become my it's weird.) It's amazing how many people have come before us that we're related to and how fun and easy it can be to learn about their lives! As my dad told me tonight on the phone, "Lex, you've caught the family history bug that I seem to have never caught."  I hope everyone catches it at one point in their lives because it's absolutely fascinating.  Anywho, I've set a lot of goals for this semester and so far I think I'm doing a better job than I expected.  (shocking, I agree!)  I put higher expectations on myself with seeing my family more, dominating school, being a "Super Sister" at writing my lil Sista Jones, spiritual goals/expectations and many more that are just random. (Getting better at harmonica than Jenn while she's gone, getting back to my old level of playing the flute and piano, becoming a "Just Dance" master, crocheting Jenn something weird for her mission, etc)   I'll do a little picture preview of life in the past few months.. :)

We left off with Sister Jones
leaving us for the MTC
in July, and I was a sad lady.
No worries, I still miss her! 
Sister Hawkes & Sister Jones in Nebraska! Jenn is absolutely
loving her mission! She gives tours at the Mormon Trail Center at
Winter Quarters and also does proselyting when she isn't there.
She is SO happy, which makes me even happier!
Jon, Taylor and Caldwell came with me to visit my dad
and family in August for a week in Cedar City, UT! It literally is the
happiest place on earth for me. I loved having them there
 and we had an amazing trip! This was before
seeing  The Music Man.  :)
August 2011
We had a long day at the lake and all ended up with some pretty
hilarious battle wounds.  We thought this would be a funny picture,
but it isn't as funny when you can't see the cuts, bruises and burns. haha!

This picture is framed 8x10 in my room. One of my favorites places,
some of my favorite people, and to top it all off we decided to wear
SUU shirts! So many reasons to obsess over this picture!

Sorry I'm so obsessed with these pictures, but they're all so cute and happy!
This was on our way to go to Mammoth Caves -so awesome!

 I love Kaitlin Rosser! Right before school started (well, for ASU and not NAU..) we went to go to California for a couple days! If you want to have an awesome time at Disneyland, definitely come with Kait and Alexis! 
August 2011

I love my job!! I help adorable Korean kids with
reading, writing and vocabulary.  I'm always laughing,
being complimented by super nice students and I've
even learned some Korean! 
안녕하세요 = Hello
(I can totally write this and say it in Korean. Boo-yah!)

Have I mentioned my awesome boyfriend yet? This is Mr. Haws! T-Haws, Prez -hahha, sorry Tay!-, Thaws,
Baby T, and I'm sure his mother would appreciate it if I tossed "Taylor" in the mix of names as well.
 He is INCREDIBLE, we have tons of fun and I like him lots :) 

 Taylor & Lexi in 2011

Taylor & Lexi in 2010!

Stopping in Vegas on our way to Cedar City!
Staci, Ryder, Taylor, Lex
October 2011

Playing in my dad's basement! I was SO happy to
be with my family in Cedar :)

We got to go up to Salt Lake for General Conference!
Both first-timers and loved it! 


Cousin lovin'! McKell and I got to spend a few hours
together while we were both in SLC. So many blessings
from Conference already!! haha! 
I love these people.
Random girl, Ryder, Staci, Taylor, Alex, Greyson, Kenn, Michelle and STEW (#1 Dad!)

If it isn't evident enough, I have lots to be happy about and I'm extremely grateful for my friends, family and (especially) my beautifulsmartspiritualfunnyamazing sister Jenn.   She is a HUGE role model to me and I'm really excited for the next 461 days to just fly on by.

We only live once! Make new friends, cherish your family and SMILE! :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

a crazy month!

Hey friends!! This past month has been so crazy, fun and memorable! The last time I did a post I was happily in Utah with my family and enjoying every second of it. Now, I'm in Arizona and Jenn is the one in Utah for a month! Let's rewind a little bit and THEN discuss this depressing distance between Jennifer (Sister Jones) and Alexis. 

Jenn and I were happily reunited in Vegas as I was babysitting for a few days at the end of June. See the little devil dog in the picture? Yeah, we thought we somehow lost it (emphasis on the it.. is doesn't even deserve a gender) and we searched for it for hours!! Left treats out, whistled, called its name, searched everywhere and I was freeeeaking out! Moral of the story: Look between the little gap of your wall and bed headboard if your dog is ridiculous and doesn't come out when called for a few hours. Annyyyywho...

 Going to Bryce Canyon was something I had been wanting to do for a while so our dad, Kennedy, Jenn and I went on a fun day trip! If you haven't been to Bryce before, I would recommend it. It's beautiful! 

This is some of the Jones clan on a special day for lil Jenn! It was so nice for a lot of the family to be together at the temple and to show support for Jenn's decision to serve a mission.  I'm SO grateful for my wonderful family! 

Jenn is most likely saying, "Lex, stop taking pictures of me!" Hahaha!

We spent a couple days up in northern Utah and were able to visit sites we hadn't been to in years or had never seen.  The picture on the left is at the monument where Brigham Young first said, "This is the place!"  They have turned the land into a cute community/park with many houses and stores that look like they belong in the 1800's.  We had such a fun time and learned some great church history! :)

Jenn's favorite movie growing up (and still today) has always been Grease.  Of course we made sure she got to see it at Tuacahn this season! 

Whenever Jenn and I get talking/singing/studying/running or anything else we do together, time flies freaky fast! Consequently, our drive home from UT felt like it was only a couple hours! woo! 

Jenn gave her farewell on July 10th and did an amazing job. Her testimony and complete confidence that the Gospel is her source of happiness made my eyes super watery. She was so grateful for the many friends and family member that came to support her.  The picture is our mom and Jenn after her talk! :)

We're grateful for our friends who helped us pack up Jenn's apartment!! Jon and Caldy were such good helpers in helping throw Jenn's junk away with us! HAHA! This picture is just hours before Caldwell left us to go to London. 

 ALEX JONES!! This is my beautiful sister Alexandria Claire! She made a spontaneous and crazy decision to stay with us in AZ rather than going home to UT, after Jenn's farewell.  It was MUCH NEEDED and so much fun to have her here with us before Jenn left.  We always have amazing talks, laughs and great times together.  I would not be surprised if we have another Sister Jones leaving next summer :)  I loved introducing her to all of our friends and begging her daily to move here. Wouldn't that be SO KEWL?!! ahhh!!! I'm really glad she stayed until the day Jenn left.    To Alex:  I LOVE YOU!! You're beautiful, smart, nice to everyone, independent, spiritual and so much more! 
Definitely good sister bonding to stay up and watch the sun rise!

Officially a Sister Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! 


 Our last picture together until 2013!  This picture was around 5:30am on July 20th.  We hugged and she said, "Happy Birthday, Lex!"  Then we both started laughing. haha! Alex and I need trophies for most tears shed that morning!

Regardless of Jenn leaving, my birthday was still a lot of fun with my family and friends making it great! I spent most of the day with my dad's family before they (like Jenn) said their goodbyes and left for Utah. Again, sad.  I love them all for staying longer for me! 

 Kait made me these AWESOME tie-dye cupcakes!! Don't they look so sweet?! We all loved them and I was in awe every 5 seconds of how cool they looked. Thank you, Kaitlin Rosser!! love love love love love you! 

Some of my closer friends came over for some late night birthday fun. I'm extremely grateful for the great friends that I have!  July 20th was a very long day. Thank you to everyone who made it so much fun and who wished me a Happy Birthday!! MUCH appreciated!! :)

I've never in my life done such a long post but there is one more fun piece of news.. Bobby got his mission call!! He is going to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and speaking Spanish! He leaves in 8 weeks on September 21st! WOOO BOBBY!!! I'm so happy and excited for you!!!! 

I can't believe this was so long! I guess a lot has happened lately! I love my life and I'm beyond grateful for Christ, my family and friends. LIFE IS SO WONDERFUL! Have a great day!! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

family, family, family!

I wanted to get better at blogging this summer and that hasn't exactly happened as planned. I've been really busy having a really fun time in Cedar! I've been working, taking summer classes and reading textbooks like a straight up FOOL! Let's ignore that part of my summer though. We've gone on hikes, played on the mountain, saw The Little Mermaid at Tuachaun, done photoshoots, went rollerskating, tie dyed, etc! We all like to "CRUISE & JAM" in Alex's car with her new sound system! Wooo! Your car loves my workout/remix/techno music just as much as you do, Alex! ;)   We have tons of random/wonderful games and adventures with all of the cousins every single day and I LOVE IT!! Nothing makes me more happy :)  

I've taken a bunch of pictures & here are some of my favorites!
Some of the cousins playing on Father's Day! After dancing and playing games in the front yard, we decided we would do a little family picture.
Overlooking the city with Greyson & Kenn
First house in Cedar to have electricity! My grandparents are celebs. 

Rollerskating/blading crew!
We're a loving family.. :) haha! 

But more exiting than all of this... 

Jenn got her mission call on June 9, 2011! She is going to Omaha, Nebraska and serving at the Winter Quarters Historical Site!! SOOO AWESOME!  She leaves in one month (July 20th) and I'll definitely be a sad lady. She is my best friend and I'd be okay keeping her for myself but dang, it blows my mind to think of how amazing she is going to be in the mission field!  She is the PERFECT balance of being fun, nice and goofy yet serious and very spiritual. I love it.  She's awesome.  I'll miss her. I'm really excited for her!! The end!     :)

This picture is four years old, but we still love dressing up and making up dances! (and dressing other people up...)

I'm definitely her #1 (and most obsessive) fan!
Love you Jenn, Janny, Janet, Genesis, Genevieve, Jennifer and last but not least.. JJTMS!!
"Because Lex is a ____ ______ in __ ____ and Jenn is moooovie star!"