Friday, May 27, 2011


Laughing with my spice in Cottonwood, Arizona!  (spice = more than one spouse)

 I'm already having so much fun this summer!!  I've been so busy that it is hard to keep up with in my journal.  Luckily, I have my camera to help me remember my wonderful adventures! This past weekend I took a trip to Cottonwood, AZ to visit Staci! Daniel and I drove up on Saturday and stayed until Monday night. We saw Styx, went on a couple BEEEEAUTIFUL hikes and enjoyed our time together as "spice" before we separate for the summer. I had an awesome time! Daniel and Staci are both absolutely hilarious. All of the above pictures are from my trip to Cottonwood.  :)

 The pictures below just show some more fun times! I'm having such an awesome time getting together with friends and creating great memories. I'm really lucky to have wonderful friends in my life.  They are all outstanding examples to me and I'm always impressed by their testimonies, happy spirits and hilarious sense of humor!

Great place with a great future missionary.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Just loving life.. :)

This past weekend my sister and I went to St. Johns, Arizona with one of our bestestestest friends Jon Burgoyne!! It was such an awesome trip and we had an INCREDIBLE time while we were there! While we were driving up, Jenn and I both read our journals out loud and Jon told us stories about himself just to make the drive that much more enjoyable! :) I really loved getting to know both of them better and re-reading what I had written in my journal throughout the school year. Something that I wrote often (normally as I was saying my goodbyes at the end of an entry) was along the lines of, "I'm so happy and I sincerely love my life!" This, my friends, is so incredibly true. I am SO blessed and I have every reason to love everyday that I am living. I love turning everyday into a great one and making it a lot of fun! When I'm not having a day that I want to write about and remember how great it was, I instantly know that it is time to do something exciting for someone else. Doing random acts of kindness is such a great yet selfish thing. I swear I have more fun doing it than it is for them to receive it!! My blog is always SO scatterbrained and I never know where it is going to go lol. Anywho, the school year suddenly over and it obviously flewwwwww! It has been the most fun year of my life. I met new people and learned new things that have changed and influenced me for the better. I'm really grateful for my ward at church (GO U3!) and the many friendships that were formed while we all grew together as a new ward.

I think I'll just do one of those lists where I spit out some of the randomness in my brain.. sound good? -good thing no one is forced to read this!

- I love being with friends that I don't have the opportunity to see very much. Today was the SMHS Class of 2011 graduation and I was so happy to see so many familiar (and extremely happy) faces! I could not stop smiling and saying, "TODAY IS SUCH A WONDERFUL DAY!! I LOVE THIS!!" Congratulations to those who graduated!! I'm so proud! :)
-Last night was really awesome. I have two super hilarious and awesome girlfriends named Heather Brooks & Kathryn Wagner and we got to catch up and laugh our buns off after not seeing each other in wayyyy toooo long! I love those two SO MUCH!!
-Jennifer Jones is officially going to be a full-time missionary for our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and I could not be any more happy and excited for her!! I'll admit that thinking about her gone for a year and a half is extremely sad, but thinking about what she'll be doing for that year and a half makes it all better. She is my best friend and I will miss her. ISN'T IS SO AWESOME SHE IS GOING ON A MISSION THOUGH?!! like seriously, so kewl. No joke. I'm really jealous because I'm not old enough. BUT-now we'll be able to graduate together because she'll be a little behind in school. (I think that was her plan altogether. I like it.)
-I'm going to Cottonwood, Arizona this weekend to be with the one and only Staci Hewitson!! Staci and I became good friends throughout the school year and have had a TON of fun together this past semester. She is incredibly hilarious. I always catch myself saying, "Staci, you are SO funny!" and I really mean it each time. She is also smart (can you say valedictorian?!), very caring/thoughtful/nice/fun/energetic/optimistic and beeeautiful. She is outstanding person and friend!

Here are some pictures just for funzies!
Enjoy :)

Jon took us shooting while in St. Johns and I wanted a really hardcore picture with one of the guns. Unfortunately, it is impossible for me to hold a straight face longer than .0736 seconds without cracking up laughing!

We stopped in Snowflake, AZ to see the temple on our drive up. :) I reeeally liked it! This would be the infamous Jon Burgoyne and I at the temple! So fun!

I'm not sure why we did the whole "let's link arms!" thing, but I think it's fun anyway! Jen and I at the Snowflake Temple!

Isn't she so cute?! Even butterflies love her.
(But not as much as I do)

STACI! Isn't she everything I said and more?! She is so great :)

Daniel Woolston. Staci Hewitson. Hilarious and amazing friends! If you look closely at Daniel's wonderfully painted picture, the three of us are married and have many children. It's going to happen. hahahaha! (dont take us too seriously please)

Marshall and I right after he grrrraduated!! Wooo hooo!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Remarkably Grateful

Do you ever just think about how incredibly blessed you are? I have so much in my life to daily thank my Heavenly Father for but lately I realized that I have something no one else does. Jennifer Jones!! I absolutely love all of my siblings and family members but I can honestly say that I am such a better person because of the positive influence Jenn has on me every single day. I often forget that we have the same family and past because we're such good friends. Spending time with her strengthens my testimony, makes me more happy and always fills my life with excitement! She has hilarious one liners that make us both laugh until our eyes look Asian (sorry for being racist..) and yet at the same time she is the most thoughtful person and is friends with anyone who needs a friend. Jenn is dedicated to her goals and everything she puts her mind to. She looks at the glass half full, finds the good in everyone and is an amazing example of how to live life to its fullest! I'm just so grateful for everything she does for me and the example she sets as my big sister and best friend. I could expand for years on the subject but I'll keep it as simple as that. The end :)