Sunday, February 26, 2012

Make Every Moment Count

This week was literally full of surprises, and unpredictable things happened. Monday was Presidents day all I did was study and work. Tuesday was Student Government Tuesday and all my meetings went so well, we just have the best team of the century and I am so glad I participated this semester. Glee that night was EPIC!! All you Gleeks out there know what I am talking about...It was so great from the first five minutes to the last! They did awesome songs and it was just great. I am so anxious for the finale on April 10th and it can't come fast enough! Wednesday was the best day of the week for me! I looked so great, did awesome on my dance test, felt well rested and was also very productive! The day ended with our huge men's Basketball game against BYU-Hawaii, winning that made us PAC West CHAMPS!!!!!!!!  It was so intense and we almost went into double overtime. We whited out the student section and had the most students I have ever seen at our games.

44 scored our 3 pointed that led us to our win!

We stormed the floor after winning

our 2012 CHAMPS!
It was a night that I'll never forget! I was on cloud nine for hours after that and could not settle down! Thursday Morning when I got on Facebook and saw all these pictures (courtesy of the Dixie Sun) I got excited again! The remaining of my Thursday I worked, studied, took a power nap,  and hung out with some ICC members. Carlos and Ean came over to investigate a bill that Raging Red proposed. We talked for like an hour then Carlos had to go. Ean confessed to Holly and I that he was in over his head with his election stuff and needed our help. Well, Holly has been holding out on me all these years, apparently she is a campaign beast! She literally busted out his whole plan of attack in like an hour. She had his Facebook done (groups-write Ean in), other advertising things in place and just amazed me! Ean is currently a write in for the 2012-2013 VP of clubs position. I truly think any one who votes for him won't be disappointed.

Friday I worked, then came home and hung out with Holly and Randi. We didn't do much just talked, made videos, and eventually went to Menchies. We brought our mattresses out and had a sleepover. Saturday morning I got up cleaned the church, did laundry, did homework, and then went to work. After work Aubrey and I met up then went to the FINAL home game of this season. It was against Chaminade and they are really good but so are we! We were neck and neck the whole time and almost had to go into overtime because of it. With 2 seconds left Chaminade scored and we just couldn't get one more score in. We almost had a three but it was short! I am still so proud of our boys they had an awesome season and made me love Dixie Basketball! I am not sure what to do with my free Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights but I'll figure something out. Today was stake conference and it was so good, honestly I wasn't even going to go but yesterday on my drive to Kanab for work I decided that I should. We just talked about things that I really need to improve in my life. Elder Wade from the Quorum of the 70 and his wife were our guest speakers, they were amazing and I loved sister Wade. She was the only speaker who brought me to tears, we were talking about be diligent and keeping the commandments. She then said something along these lines: there are some of you out there that are doing all you should; you read your scriptures, go to the Temple and all your meetings. Somehow you are still waiting for answers, keep doing what you are doing and they will come! I am crying right now just typing these words.  I know that the lord knows all that I am doing it's just about waiting and trusting! I felt the spirit very strongly during those two hours and am so very glad that I have examples around me that inspired me to go! I love this gospel and would not be the person I am today without it. The Temple has been closed for two weeks for cleaning and maintenance and it has been the longest two weeks. I didn't realize how blessed I am to have the Temple with in walking distance until now.  The closest Temple other than St. George is two hours away (north and south) some people in this world  have to drive more than that! I am so excited to go this week and love the blessings I receive from going each week! 

St. George Temple

My sister and I at the SLC Temple...FAMILIES ARE FOREVER!
After conference Holly and I just hung out, Randi and Tiana are out of town so it's just been a sister weekend-I have loved it. Tonight we are making cupcakes with frosting (both homemade) and watching Once Upon a Time. I hope everyone has a fabulous week and Dixie State College students don't forget to vote!! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Living young, wild and free!

I am just currently loving life! I really am not struggling in anyway and I am very happy! My title is what it is because that is exactly how I live..maybe not wild. This week was awesome! It started Sunday night at midnight (technically Monday morning) when the gang and I decided to do a Denny's run. We piled in two cars and never looked back. They recently brought back their banana foster french toast skillet and I had been craving it for two days! It was so fun and I loved every minute of our little adventure...that is until I got up at eight-am for Microbiology. 

By the time all my classes were done at three I was literally going to pass out! I took a little power nap and then got ready for FHE. Since Valentines Day was Tuesday we decided to do heart attacks for the widows in our boundaries. It was such a great activity, it would have been better if it wasn't a complete down poor but we survived. Tuesday was the dreaded Valentines Day or single awareness for those that are obviously single. I usually don't make a huge scene on V-day I hate when girls do that. I bought  my roommates Valentines and also candy for the ICC, I wore red and printed my agendas on pink paper. I came home to flowers from my beautiful sister Holly and then went on a girls only date with Holly, Randi and Aubrey. I love Dixie State College basketball so we went to the game, it was so good and my first game that I stood in the front row. At first I didn't like it because I couldn't really see but in the end it was the bomb.Wednesday and Thursday I worked, I hate one day doing a night shift and the next a day shift. I was home for 10 hours then back at work, horrible. I really shouldn't complain I am so fortunate to have the job I do and I wouldn't give it up for anything. 

Friday morning I had the opportunity to go to a bookstore forum thing. They had bookstore reps from all the colleges in Utah and I sat on a student panel with four others. They asked us questions and we also asked them questions about books and prices and stuff like that. It was very interesting and I enjoyed seeing how other colleges do things. I walked out with $25.00 to the bookstore and two free movie tickets so that was a plus. I worked until nine and then we did girls night, we went to McDonalds and then watched the new Twilight movie.  Saturday I had off and just hung out with Tiana till five when she left me to hang out with her family in Mesquite. I ended up cleaning my room, doing laundry, going hot tubing, and finished the night with a fantastic bonfire! I love fires and have missed them so much. Sunday it was my turn to work, I drove to Kanab and back. It's not the best route but sometimes it is was nice to drive and just think. I love my job because of the drives and just the alone time I get. Yesterday I was just thinking about my life and some of the qualities I possess, there are two things I dislike about myself that I'd really like to change. I won't expound on them because they are personal. I just know that I want to be a better person and that is a daily process but I am up to the challenge. 

Last night we decided to watch Mega Mind and then go to Denny's again because there is no school today...Holla! I have a huge microbiology test this week and am constantly studying. I did three study groups last week and have many scheduled this week. I am so serious about this studying thing that I was up at nine to study...I did go back to bed for an hour though. I just have to do well in this class and it is taking everything I have to do so. This is really the only class that I am working so hard for which is good because I couldn't handle another one. Last week the weather was bipolar, a common thing for Utah, it rained 24-7 Monday-Thursday maybe and then was beautiful Friday-today. The sun has been shinning and it hasn't been too chilly. It's cold when you first walk out the door and then again at night. One of my besties Karissa is in Cancun right now and I am so jealous! I really, really want to go sit on a beach and get some sun. The weather here is much better than weather in Utah County so I can't complain. I live in an area that others come to vacation in the winter time, that's super weird to me. I hope the sun stays shinning and the weather stays warm. This week I work five days...for some that is normal but me I work three and I'm done. It will be good for me though. There are two basketball games this week and they are the last home ones of the season. We have had a pretty awesome season and I'm sure the teams are looking forward to being done.  I have three tests-nutrition, dance, and micro. Thanks to my preparation and study groups I'm not stressed at all. I need some practice for dance but it'll be good. That is all I have for now hope everyone has a great Presidents Day!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Live, Laugh, Love!

I love blogging! I love being able to look back on my weeks and semesters and remember all the good times I have had here at Dixie and in this beautiful land of St. George. These last couple of weeks have been no different and have only emphasized that I love it here! If I could stay here the rest of my life I probably would but you see I am trying to get into nursing school. I would LOVE to get into Dixie's program but I still  need to apply everywhere. 2 weeks ago, on the 1st to exact, I turned in my nursing application to Weber State University. I hate these in between stages of life that we go through, I hate the uncertainty of my future all riding on a few pieces of paper. I feel really good about my application and hope that means something come April when I finally find out. I spent a few hours just researching Weber and if it was something that I really wanted and well folks the conclusion is yes! It could be a place for me! Like I just said Dixie is where my heart is and  I will cry for days if I have to leave but when one door closes another opens right...? Anyway it's still up in the air but cross your fingers for me alright? Another phase of life I hate is the dating phase... so thank heavens that our brilliant student life branch decided to bring the famous Date Doctor to Dixie. I learned so much and left feeling confident and ready to pick up some guys...we didn't do that though. Case, Aub and I ended going to Aub's house to make cookies and watch a movie! Both turned out to be an epic fail. In the end we came back to my house to watch a movie but all fell asleep, we suck. Sunday the 5th we as YSA's of St George had the honor of being in the presence of greatness for a couple of hours. Elder David A Bednar came to speak to us! He was just awesome and I very much enjoyed it! He decided to do a Q & A kind of a thing and some of the questions were deep and his answers went deeper. He is a great man and definitely called of God. It was super bowl Sunday as well but our institute was packed! I was so proud! I had a picture of all the people but I lost it so you'll just have to take my word on it! He said something that really stuck out to me. My whole life I have been told to keep a list of qualities you want your future spouse to have. Well Elder Bednar said no we shouldn't do that, we just need to be the people we want to date. Those with your same qualities will find you! It was just really profound!

The weekend of inspiration was much needed, the dating advice came in handy when we did speed dating for our FHE last Monday. I met a few prospects but we'll just have to see!  On Wednesday the 8th the service committee put on a sweethearts dance for the elderly of our community. I love old people and look forward to this activity each spring. We never have an outrageous amount of students show up but this worked in our favor this time. We had some nursing homes cancel on us so the student/resident ratio was perfect. We played bingo and danced the night away!  I really enjoyed myself and was in such a great mood the rest of the night. After this activity I headed over to my RS midweek activity. We made "be mine" blocks they were super easy and turned out so cute!

The Sweetheart Dance 
Thursday and Friday I worked and they were both very busy days. I have been studying like crazy as well, microbiology is much harder than I anticipated and might be the death of me. Dance class has been fun so far we have learned the waltz and the foxtrot which I don't like very much. Because of all this hard work Friday I took a break! Every week Friday is usually date night and Saturday is girls night...well this week we did a little switch-a-roo. The Vow opened on Friday and we just had to go see it, plus it was Mark Fosters wedding reception (both of which are girly events). We stopped at the reception first it was so pretty I loved the location and the colors. I have known Mark for a year now and have never seen him so happy! He was glowing and I was happy for him and hope that someday I can be that happy! After that we headed to theater number one which was sold out. We then booked it to the other theater and got tickets and way good seats. The movie was so good I cried the whole time and could not contain myself. The ending could have been better but I'll still buy it when it comes out.

 I ended the weekend with the DSC red storm killing the A of A university in basketball Saturday night! It was such a great game and I don't know what I am going to do with myself after the season ends. There are only 3 more home makes me cry just thinking about it! This last game the Jazz bear came out and he was awesome! I often found myself just watching him mess around and missing the intense game. 

Today I had the great opportunity to go to church and it was fantastic as always! I love this gospel and can't imagine my life without it. I love my savior and am so grateful for the atonement and all that it entails. I am grateful for my friends and family who keep me on the path and catch me when I stray. I trust in the lord with all my heart and know that everything happens for a reason and I know that when I do what's right that I will only be blessed! I hope everyone finds true happiness like I have! I love you all and hope you have a great week!