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.


Face in the holeeeeee


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