Tuesday, March 29, 2011

F'real Shakes

Last day of the trip: Oak Valley Plantation in Louisiana 

Look at these trees and my pretty sister.

HUGE trees lined the front of the plantation

This house is absolutely beautiful!

With my fair skin comes an enemy....the sun. I get burned so easily! I guess I missed with the sunscreen because I have the most splotchy sun burn!

The legs....hahahaha

Hand hold? What?

Buds

Face in the hole

We both were feelin' this face (we'll keep it small)

WOW

So white trash. These are aprons haha!

Monday, March 28, 2011

"A lot of women in this town have tattoos"

Although the cougars lost, our trip to the south was a blast!

This is us the day we flew in right before going into the game. Yeah, I was pretty ugly lookin', but sometimes it just happens hahaha!

The sister and I before the game. We still wear matching clothes. On the plane we both had calle backpacks and ogio suitcases to make us even more matchy. Cute!

Before I got burned at the beach in Destin, Florida. We did a lot of driving on this trip Over 1,000 miles hahahaha!

Typical sistas

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I got sick of smiling so I pulled this hideous face right as Lauren took the picture. This is from our lunch at The Back Porch right off of the beach. The food was yummy and the view was great!

I don't know why, but this makes me laugh.

This picture pretty much sums up our relationship

Beachin' in my totally unflattering coverup. I look pregnant in every picture

Lunch at Mr. B's. Best shrimp I've had in my entire life! It was a little messy hence the bib that they put on me. 

Unreal

French Quarter in New Orleans

At Cafe Du Monde
I'll post more about the trip when I'm not completely dead tired. We got in at 1:30 this morning.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Nie and Me

Stephanie Nielson came to speak to my home stake this past Thursday. She is such a remarkable person. She gave such a sweet message of hope. During her talk, I realized how small my trials have been compared to her's. I need to show more gratitude for the little things in life. She talked about how she appreciates the little things like being able to zip up her kids' coats or to be able read them a story. How often do I really think about things that simple? Sadly, I could be doing much better. I loved her emphasis on trusting in the Lord. He will help us carry any burden. 
If you don't know who Stephanie is here is a link to her blog.

Random (sorry): 
I feel so blessed to be an aunt. I cherish every moment that I get to spend with my Jaynie and Vinny. Right now aunt is the most special title that I hold. I am so thankful for all of the little and big blessings that come from my niece and nephew. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cute

Happy birthday to my blog! One year ago today I started Cupkates. WOOT! I love blogging. K bye!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

breathe in breathe out

“[D]eal with the matter directly and with all the strength you have. “Hold on thy way” (D&C 122:9); giving up is not an option. And, without delay, turn to the Lord. Exercise all of the faith you have in Him. Let Him share your burden. Allow His grace to lighten your load. We are promised that we will “suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ” (Alma 31:38). Never let an earthly circumstance disable you spiritually” (Donald L. Hallstrom, “Turn to the Lord,” Ensign, May 2010, 78-80).
Man, life can be so hard sometimes. I am learning so much right now about myself. I love my Savior so much for His willingness to help me carry my burdens. I don't need to be specific cause this is a public blog, but I am seriously having the hardest time of my life right now. I am so grateful that I have a loving family and a loving Father in Heaven to help me press forward. I am so incredibly blessed in so many ways. 
Today I'm especially grateful for my friend Kristen. She is so loving and builds me up in so many ways. The other day I was having a really rough night. Kristen randomly texted me, and I know it wasn't a coincidence. I am so thankful for righteous friends who listen to the promptings of the Spirit to help others in need. I hope that someday I can be half of the amazing friend that Kristen has been to me. 
Right now I just need to focus on becoming my best self. I need to lose myself in the service of others and find the happiness that I deserve. I am so sorry for all of my emotional posts over the past month or so. I just have moments where I have to publicly express my gratitude. 

Maxito

Ten years ago today my world was rocked. My little brother Max was born replacing me as the baby in the family. I was in 4th grade and we were still back in Maryland. The only thing I really remember about that day besides holding him for the first time (he farted on me) was recess. I was playing football with the boys in the pit at CES (I didn't play with girls back then hahaha). I was running when suddenly I got pretty much tackled by a boy in my class. Because we were playing in the pit there were all sorts of leaves and sticks and stuff, I ended up getting a stick stuck in my leg and had to go to the nurse. It wasn't bad at all but I still have a scar. Kinda fun to have it as a reminder of Maxie being born. 
I am so incredibly grateful for this little guy. He is my own personal sunshine. Every time I'm sad or having a stressful day (when I'm at home) he comes up and gives me big hugs and kisses. He always tells me I'm pretty. I'll tell him I love him and he comes back with "I love you more!" It's the best thing to hear. He seriously is such a sweetheart. Not sure I ever want to get married. He's my main man in my life, and I'm not sure I want to ever give that up. I guess he'll grow up and it won't be cool to hug your sister anymore, but for now I'm soaking it all in. Happy birthday Maxito! Sure do love you!!

Me with the little guy up at the cabin a few years ago. 

Max loved Pokemon. I'm so glad he's over that. 

The day he was born! He seriously has grown up so quickly!