Monday, March 30, 2015

Oh, there goes gravity

 So my magical trip had to end, and jet lag is so real, but I am happy to be back with my people.

The day after I got home Em spilled her Sodalicious, and it was the best thing that could have happened to us that day. Bryce and I went with her to get a new one, and it turned into a windows down HSM sing along (one Troy, two Gabriellas)

That afternoon we watched a movie at Ellie's then went to Five Guys with Alyanna. Yeah, I didn't jump back into my healthy eating right away SORRRRRRY.

First Puppy Barn experience. We couldn't stop giggling looking at this puppy.

 Provo Yacht Club

Max is a teacher now. I love this lil guy so much.

 The night that I left for Spain my mom and I were killing time before we had to go to the airport. We watched embarrassing home movies, and I played my old Christ Episcopal songs on the recorder. Then I tried playing Nessun Dorma, mom's favorite song. She told me I can play it at her funeral lolol. I found this in my purse when I got back to my apartment.

Reunited with this cute boy

Guys, ew. I started running again. 

To make my run less horrible I stopped by to see my fave kids



 I decided to take them on a bike ride before finishing my run (bleh). Jayne really wanted a snack first hahahahaha


First official pool day at work on Friday. Forgot my swimsuit, yet I still managed to get burned

 I have felt and overwhelming amount of love from everyone around me lately. I have the best people in my life and feel so much support in what I'm doing. My aunt Jody sent me some articles that she thought I would like and my uncle Jimmy handed me another one at Sunday dinner last week.

 My beautiful Elysse turned 24 on Friday. Harry threw her a surprise party.


 I love my former roommates (Harry included) so much

Went running again you guys, and I still hate it just as much. I think my route will always include stopping at Steve's

Wakefield house is for sale

On Saturday I went up to the Wilk to watch the General Women's broadcast with my old ward. Emilee and Brooke came too, and it was the happiest. President Eyring's talk was exactly what I needed, and then the choir closed singing Our Savior's Love. I've mentioned on here before that I feel like that song is Heavenly Father's way of telling me that He loves me and is looking out for me. I felt so much love and peace in that moment. 

My visiting teachers left the perfect message with me last week. It was about not only enduring but enjoying life. I've learned lately the importance of not giving up on things, especially the things that will bring us the most happiness. Life is hard, and there will always be challenges thrown at us. Working through these challenges is what strengthens us and helps us to become more like the Savior.

After the broadcast we met up with these beauts and watched a movie.

Don't ask us how many times we attempted the self timer pics (or how many times Rachel blocked my face running into the picture)

 I have a lot of decisions to make right now. Our combined 3rd hour for church yesterday was about decision making and trusting in the Lord. God is very involved in the details of our lives. Also, side note: Heavenly Father has a sense of humor. I have had prayers from months ago answered recently, and it has been in ways that I never would have imagined or necessarily wanted. Everything happens in the Lord's timing, and sometimes it's sort of hilarious.

Sundays are my favorite days. The rides to and from Sunday dinner alone make my week. My cousins/gram are hilarious. Somehow the discussion yesterday turned to my gram being part of the mafia, which resulted in her saying "just loadin' up"

scooters and selfies

After we tried taking artsy pictures on the wall, and before we took hideous pictures on the roof. 


My friends are fun. I got to be partners with Seanie in four square last night. We obviously killed it.

And because it wouldn't be one of my recent blog posts if I didn't talk directly about anxiety... LOLOL!!

But really, on a serious note, I came across this scripture last night where I had written in anxiety. I am so grateful for the trial that I have been given. It totally sucks at times and has been the cause of a lot of hardship in my life, but I wouldn't trade the experiences that I have had in working through it for anything. I have never felt the love of my Savior more than I have while working through this.

Sorry my blog posts have gotten really serious lately. I have just felt very strongly that I need to share my personal experiences and what I am learning through them. It may just be for me so that I can write out what I'm feeling, but I hope that I am able to help others who may be struggling as well.

Things not documented through pictures: 
Dinner with Brittany
Trivia Night
Opening my door to find my neighbor fainting/bleeding and taking her to urgent care
Getting gum out of my shorts: laundry victory
Flag football game
Catching up on The Voice and obsessing over Sawyer and Noelle's battle
Drives with Michael/Emilee when I'm restless and can't sit still
Visiting McKay, Sean, and Reuben and getting advice from all of them on life. I have the best people.
Tagging along with Sean and Seth when they go out to eat
Hardly any March Madness
Chats with Em in her bed
Re-reading Ella Enchanted for the 100th time 

Monday, March 23, 2015

España

Lately I've learned something. People aren't always who you think they are. That sounds dramatic like some person offended me, or that someone I loved turned out to be a jerk. It actually has nothing to do with anyone else. The person I noticed this about was myself.

Last week I did something COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone. I went to Barcelona, Spain without knowing the language, where I was going to stay every night, or if I would even get there (I was on standby for every flight). Not going to lie I was really nervous to go. The old Kate would have found some excuse not to go. Fear used to take over my life. Not anymore snitches!! I went to Spain, and it was one of the best things I could have done for myself. I grew so much in those four days there. I am so much more confident in myself and the things that I have in store for me.  I'm not who I thought I was, and I'm feeling pretty dang good about that.

Let me rewind a bit and explain how this trip came about. On Tuesday March 10th I texted Susie asking her how many buddy passes for Delta she had left. She told me, and then said she had work off and wanted to go on a trip the following week. She asked if I wanted to go somewhere with her. I got work off, and on Thursday we decided we were most likely going to Spain. On Saturday night I was on a redeye to JFK. WHAT?? It's crazy how this trip came out of nowhere, but it was the perfect thing for me. It's interesting to see the different ways that the Lord answers our prayers. I was looking to find more confidence in myself and the progress that I am making, and I found it on the other side of the world.

OK NOW FOR WAYYYYY TOO MANY PICTURES OF MY PERFECT TRIP. 

Had a 12 hour layover at JFK. Luckily Susie was with me for most of it.

The best perk of the buddy pass is getting upgraded to business class to and from Barcelona.

 Some shrimp and a movie before...

sleeping in my seat that turned into a freaking bed!

For how little sleep I was running on I had so much energy when we got to Barcelona. Our flight got in at 7:00 am, so we had the entire day to explore. We saw the most things our first day there. 

I need to personally thank google maps and t-mobile for making all of this happen. I found out when I got to Spain that my phone worked for texting and data. 

Google maps is the best, true that, DOUBLE TRUE

Las Ramblas

It took me less than an hour in the city to get kissed.
  

Accidentally came upon this as we were walking to Sagrada Familia
  

So we did our thing   
Sagrada Familia. Coming back when it's finished if anyone wants to join.
 

 Casa Batllo was my favorite part of the trip. It's so cool to go to places that I studied about in college. The whole house was a dream.

We had a little audio tour that told us about each room. 

 Warning: So many selfies were taken on this trip

Luckily for us we had Susie's selfie stick to take most of them

lil tourist


You can get your picture taken in the top window of Casa Batllo ha
 

 I was completely unaware of the 6 men photo bombing me until they busted up laughing.





Our second day in Spain wasn't quite as eventful as the first. We switched hotels which took a while, but we figured out the public transportation, which we used for the rest of the week.

Ps. can I just toot my own horn for a second? It's my blog I do what I want. I was so proud of myself for how much Spanish I actually understood on this trip. Let me get humble again. Can I speak it back? yeahhhh not so much

Being an idiot in front of a pretty church

I think I was the only person wearing sandals in Barcelona

 Took a break from my healthy eating for the week

 CupKates building lolol it looks like muffin tin. I need a new blog name. I gave up the pastry school thing a long time ago.
 

We asked the guy working at Hospital de Sant Pau to take a picture for us. He cut off the prettiest part of the building haha, but at least he tried. 

We busted out the selfie stick after he walked away

Sagrada Familia was down the street from the last two hotels we stayed at. Pretty amazing to be able to see it every day we were in Barcelona.

We woke up early on day three to make it over to Park Guell before it got too crowded.




Guys, go to Barcelona






Casa Mila before some cute girls asked us to help them with their class project.


 Even the sidewalk and benches are pretty there

La Boqueria

 Smoooooooooothie

 We toured Hospital de Sant Pau on Wednesday, because we got there too late on Tuesday. Luckily it was down the street from where we were staying. 

Susie got on my case for only smiling in pictures

 The tour group behind us hated us for all the pictures we were taking. Adios.
 Not pictured: the yummy tapas we got for dinner and the rain in Spain

On our last day we toured where FC Barcelona plays. Photo bombers loved me in this city.

Where international soccer stars showered the night before

His hips don't lie (for those who didn't get my stupid joke, this is Shakira's baby daddy)

bahahahahaha
 
Shrimmmmp

 Splurged on some pretty votives at this shop.

 I'll leave you with my favorite picture of the trip. This is a screenshot of a video of me running away from a greasy pigeon attack after I tried tying my shoe.

K, bye!