Monday, December 17, 2012

DFPIFH


I used to blog, then I stopped caring. I'm sad that I am a terrible blogger now. I used to love it. Even as I type right now I don't want to be blogging. I really should be going to bed. I stayed up late watching the recording of JP and Ashley's wedding. The boys in my family wouldn't let me watch it when it came on, so I had to record it. Their love is so sweet and genuine. I have been kinda (very) cynical about love this past semester. I think my Forming Marital Relationships class had a lot to do with it. I definitely needed a reminder that love does happen, and that every relationship isn't doomed (I seriously got that vibe from my marriage class this semester. Aren't those classes supposed to make you want to get married? Hmmmm.....Whatev.) Who thought the Bachelor would be able to help me out? hahaha!


Here's an attempt at an update on ma life that's out of order: 

Baby Violet's first Backstreet Boy dance party. It's Gotta Be You.


Went with Paul to the symphony


BYU Basketball is BACK!!!!!!



BYU basketball game in Salt Lake with some of the coolest people I know. Sean big pimpin'


Elysse's farewell :) :( I am now at 5 best friends (that's only counting girls) who have left on missions. Brooke has her mission call making it 6. I have the greatest friends in the world. 



 Brooke is going to the Philippines!!!!!!!!

My friends come up with the coolest ideas. We had a Hunger Games group date at my house last month. It was SO much fun! I took Chetta Chet. If I get around to it (so probably not) I'll do a post about our date. Chet and I were district 2 which means we got to be Cato and Clove. I tried to recreate their outfits from the opening ceremonies. 

Two dress up dates in one week! We had a thanksgiving feast date up at Elysse's aunt's house. I took Mark. We were some of the few pilgrims in attendance

I went to Michigan over Thanksgiving break. SUCH A FUN TRIP! Another blog post that will probably never happen. 

In Michigan we had Thanksgiving with a bunch of the student couples. It was really fun, but it was definitely different being away from home. My fam was cool enough to save me some rainbow jello for when I got back from my trip because our Michigan Thanksgiving didn't have any. 

I had a sudden burst of confidence apparently, because I am still in shock that I wore this very form fitting onesie outside of my apartment. Emilee had a Christmas Silent Disco one night. We were supposed to wear Christmas sweaters, but I didn't have one. I decided Christmas onesie was appropriate and went for it. Tis the season I guess...

We LOVE Clue. I am 11.

My beautiful Elysse left for her mission on Wednesday to the Alpine (not Utah, sadly) German Speaking Mission. This was the hardest goodbye for me out of my friends leaving on missions. I realized after saying goodbye to her that things will never be the same. My other friends left a while ago, and I figured I'd still be around when they get back. With Elysse, I realized I may not ever live close to her again. I graduate in April. I have NO IDEA what I am doing or where I will be even 6 months from now. It makes me sad to think that this is the end. I have loved BYU and the people I have met here. Friends are moving away, getting married (wait like none of my friends are getting married. STUPID BOYS my friends are hot. Marry them!) and going on missions. I'm excited for all of the exciting things that are happening in the lives of my friends, but it makes me sad to think that life as I know it is going to change dramatically. I think the scariest part is just that I have no plan at all. This is definitely a time where I have to put all of my faith in the Lord. It will all work out. 




Good thing Brooke was there to comfort me during my "growing up sucks" breakdown. At least I know that I'll see her in the future because we are cousins and are forced to see each other ;)

Good thing baby Violet is in town to cheer me up. 

This post sounded very dramatic. I promise I'm not totally depressed. Proof:


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Violet Monette Reid

My sister Lauren had her baby on Tuesday morning. 

Her name is Violet (Matil is no more), and she is so freaking cute! I can't handle it. I just want to snuggle her right this second. 

The new parents!!!!! My sister is a parent....weird.

Congratulations Lauren and Mike! Only 16 more days until I come to smother your baby with ultra auntie Kate lovin'! gimme gimme!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

with a summer home in Truckee

A few weeks ago I got to go to California for my friend Camille's wedding. We all know I LOVE weddings, so you shouldn't be surprised to know that I loved every minute of it. 

We drove. On the way we stopped in Reno. It's my new favorite city! PSYCH! Worst city ever. 


The day of the wedding I drove to the temple with Kaile, Jessica, and Kaitlin. Kaile and Jessica got to go to the sealing, and Kaitlin and I headed over to the visitors center. The cute sister missionaries had us watch a movie about eternal families. I cried hahaha. 

Camille and Alex looked so happy! My friends and I kept commenting on how you can tell he just adores her. We decided we won't settle for anything less. You can feel their love, and I'm so glad I got to be there to experience it.  


We wore pink dresses and cowboy boots. 


Camille looked GORGEOUS! I LOVE her dress too. The bottom layers came off so she could dance in it. Love hidden tricks

In between the temple and the reception we went and saw Pitch Perfect. We realized we kinda looked like a singing group in our matching dresses. Too bad I sound like a dementor when I sing.



The reception was a party. SO MUCH FUN! It was a hoedown so there was a caller and square dancing. I want to go country dancing so badly now. I loved it.



On Saturday we went to San Fransisco. 





We got clam chowder at Boudin's and hit up Ghiradelli's. As we were walking up the stairs a man was singing on the street. He sang to me "girl with the purple pants let me see you do your dance." He also said some other things that made me blush and don't need to be documented

Walking up, yes up, to Lombard street


Lombard street


Awkward family photos in front of the Painted Ladies


Double face in the hole at the Golden Gate Bridge. You knew this was coming.


I forgot how much I love San Fransisco. Sometimes I wish my family had lived in the bay area when I was a little bit older (I was born there and moved before I turned 1). It's such a fun place with so much to do. I feel like I would go on a lot of adventures if I lived here. Maybe some day

The car ride home consisted of Shania Twain lyric changes, a One Direction music video, and a stop in Puckerbrush (population 28). 


I have the greatest friends. I have so much fun with them, and this trip was no exception. I'm willing to share them if you want. Also, almost all of them are single. Fellas??? 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why You're Single

I love the Thought Catalog

Here is an article from today that I loved by Amanda Crute entitled Why You're Single. Enjoy:


You’re single because you’re single. It’s not because you texted too much or too little or waited 33 minutes to respond because he took 23. It’s not because you met up with your ex that night at 5 a.m. that no one knows about, or because you kissed another boy after a date with a loser.
You’re not single because you spit food on that date or tripped coming out the the movie theatre. You’re not single because you hurt your first boyfriend really badly when you were 15 or because you have yet, to this day, to apologize. It’s not because you were secretly jealous when your friend got a boyfriend or that a guy you dated for two months now has a really cute girlfriend and looks really happy. And you’re happy for him. But still ill that he found someone before you.
You’re not single because you slept with your ex boyfriend. You’re not single because half the world found out when you didn’t even want to remember it yourself. You’re not single because you think the guy your friend wants to hook you up with is ugly or not tall enough. It’s not because you’re not willing to put up with someone who doesn’t brush their teeth on a regular basis.
You’re not single because your standards are too high. Good for you for having standards. It’s not because you didn’t like that really, really good guy who wanted to take you on a date and you just weren’t feeling it. And it’s not because you like to wear pajama pants as soon as you get home and wash all the makeup off your face. You’re not single because you didn’t learn enough from the past or would rather chill on a Friday night with your blanket and a cold beer than shower, get ready, and go out. You’re not single because something is wrong with you.
You are single because you are single. It’s really as simple as that. You haven’t made the connection with another heart yet. You can get dolled up, dress cute, cut your hair, dye your hair, tweeze your eyebrows, put on lipstick and you may still. be. single. You can go out to a bar hoping to meet the love of your life and not find a damn one in the place attractive. And it’s going to remain that way until it’s time for you to find one. Stop hoping for it. Start living the life that you do have instead of wishing for things that you don’t have. There will come a time you’ll meet a boy and you’ll have to give up some of this single freedom you currently have. Start being more thankful. Start doing that now


How great is that? I love it. Having recently become single again after 3 1/2 years (on and off) it was so good to read this. I've had to adjust a lot. It has been really hard at times. I enjoy single life but being in a major with married/engaged girls EVERYWHERE I TURN can be kind of discouraging sometimes. I've allowed myself to wonder what's wrong with me or compare myself to other girls. DUMB. So over that! The other day I decided to just live it up while I'm single, and it has made such a difference. It's so much better to enjoy life right now. It's good to hope for the future but dwelling on it doesn't do any good. I've been really happy. I'll admit I used to really stress out about whether or not I'd find someone while at BYU. I've realized though that if I don't meet someone here IT WILL STILL HAPPEN (gasp). I used to think that if I didn't meet him here I was pretty much hopeless (hahahahahahaha.....hahahahahaha). I have since learned that the Lord's timing is everything, and I am SO ok with that. He knows me better than I know myself so why wouldn't I want Him to plan when things happen for me? Seems pretty obvious now. I'm so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who helped me realize things I needed to let go of, including the boy I really cared for. Though it was difficult, I now know there is someone better for me and someone better for him. He is such a good guy. I cant emphasize that enough. I think the world of him, but he isn't the right guy for me. 

I've been able to get to know so many guys, just as friends, and have learned so much more about what it is that I really want in a guy. When I was dating ________ I missed out on a lot of opportunities. I don't regret that relationship, but I realize now how many more opportunities I have to get to know guys who have what I want. I spent too much time caught up in a relationship that I knew wasn't right. I stayed in it about 3 years too long which is hard to admit. I had a hard time letting go even though I knew deep down it wasn't right for the majority of our relationship.  It was a great learning experience though, and I wouldn't trade anything that I've learned from it. 

When I started this post I did not plan to go in this direction. It's really good for me to get these thoughts written down though. I have days where I want to go back to my old relationship or when I really miss it, but then I remember all of the reasons why it needed to end. Writing down my thoughts helps me to move forward and remember what I really deserve. I'll find someone else who will be much better for me.  I'm excited for when that happens, but if it takes a while that's great. If it's tomorrow? Cool. Whatever is right will happen, and that is perfect. For now I'm gonna rock the single life.

Here's to being single. I love it. 



Monday, October 15, 2012

Spin Around We Get Further And Further Away

Conference weekend was awesome. We went to my friend Mark's cabin for Friday/Saturday then Sunday was spent with my fam at our cabin. I'll post pics from Mark's cabin later, or maybe I won't. Lazy bloggerrrrrr. Up at the cabin Steve and Dayna asked me to take their family pictures for them. We got a little carried away after and took lots of pics. Another Mags photo shoot comin atcha:

Dayna needed to test out lighting. I grabbed my stylish obsession (VIN) to help out.

HAHAHA



Face in the holeeeeee

Nanananana

Cousin roommatesssss

"Come little children I'll take thee away..." I'm a grade A creep in dis pic



Love dis lil' diva

"I'm your biggest fan I'll follow you until you love me"

pretty girls

We have some hats at the cabin that I occasionally put on. Here I am last conference.... 

We took full advantage of the hat collection this time around too.

You can't sit with us!!

The mother of all face in the holes



The Africans




Our girl band Josie and the Pussycats




Picture overloadddddd. Sorta sorry. I'm gonna go listen to the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack. oooh eeeh oooh eeeh ooooh eeeeh ooooh eeeh oooooh eeeeh oooooh oooooh