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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Neverland Girl

I know I always talk about how awesome my family is, but I just can't help myself when that's the truth! In my criminal justice class we were learning about juvenile violence, and each of us had to share our "family story," because most juvenile violence begins in the home! So when it got to me, I said it how it is! I said, "I don't mean to brag, but my family is freaking awesome. Growing up was the best. Being the youngest I got to watch what the older siblings did, and then I didn't do the things that they got in trouble for, so I had it pretty chill. My siblings are my closest friends, and I can sit and talk to my parents about anything." At this point, my teacher is pacing at the front of the classroom because he cannot believe what he is hearing! A girl actually LIKES her family!? I then went on to explain that I never really had a curfew, and even in middle school, yes, middle school, I was still close to my parents. Now my family is closer than ever, and I hope my kids are lucky enough to be raised the way I was. My teacher LOST IT! He was like, "Are they going to do a reality show about your family because they're so perfect?!" I said yes. And it would get some awesome ratings. But I really do have an amazing family! Not one of the things I said was a lie, and I am so grateful for the awesome family I have, and the fun times we have together! A couple classes later my teacher stopped me and said, "Hey, Neverland girl, I call you that because you come from a family that shouldn't exist. One day I hope my kids will talk about me and my wife the way you talk about your parents." Can you say A+ in criminal justice!? Because I can! "A+ in CRIMINAL JUSTICE!!!" I just adore my family, and I hope they know that! If not...then I don't know how else to get it through their heads. So...ya.

Finals week is upon the UVU campus, and it is quite the uproar! Everywhere I look people are cramming last minute for a test, or quickly writing a paper, or looking like they've just seen a zombie. I'm feeling pretty good about finals! I feel like I worked hard this semester, and finals will just be another test! Which they are, so that makes perfect sense to think that way! The only one I'm slightly freaking out about is biology. That's all I will say on that subject. I cannot believe I'm almost done with my first semester of college! It has been one roller coaster ride!! I've gone from wanting to drop out of school and moving home to never wanting to leave!! It is so fun! I love finally studying what I have always wanted to study! It literally is a dream come true! I love my cute roommates!! We have the coolest apartment EVER with our fat Christmas tree and our little tree on the TV! I was very blessed when it came to my roommates, because we all get along really well. I'd like to keep them for awhile! I've also been very blessed with the other people I have met here at college. I have never laughed so hard, or so often in my life! I am one blessed girl to have the life I have, because I am so happy!! College is so great! I am so excited to see where these next few months will take me as I finish out the rest of the year! Surprises around every corner, I am sure! :)

I've been thinking a lot about the people who have touched my life, and I wish I could sit and name everyone, but lately I've been thinking about my amazing SBO friends and madrigals! I hope all y'all know how much I love you, and I miss you!!! I miss the influence of so many incredible individuals! I was so lucky to know each and every one of you, and I love that I got to spend a year of my life with you! College is great and all, but I do miss the "family" I had within each group. I love you guys!

Can I also say how cool my Dad is!? He's the bomb! For those of you who don't know him, get to know him. It'll be one of those moments when you'll say, "How have I lived before I knew Kevin!? Because he's so great!!" I give him a hard time, and I'm a typical girl and I whine and get moody, but I hope he knows how much I love him! He is a shining example to me, and one day I hope to be as influencial as he is. I love ya Dad!

Saturday was officially my, "Let's see how many times Katie can look like an idiot" day. It was wonderful. It started off when I went fencing with some friends from my ward. I was picking the sport up pretty quick! I was easily achieving the main goal; don't get stabbed. So no injuries were occuring! Then my shoes decided to stick to the floor, and I stumbled a solid 10 feet into the wall behind me. Kinda hurt. I was laughing hysterically! But none of the other people were. They thought my ankle was broken, or my wrist was broken, but I was totally fine!! The fact that they wouldn't laugh about it was making it worse! Anyways. So there's that story. Then I decided to go for a run on the treadmill at my apartment complex. Well in the middle of my run I had to pee, so being the Super Woman that I am, I decide I'll just jump off the moving treadmill. Even writing this makes me so embarrassed for myself. I stumble off the treadmill, and do one of those run/fall things where you trip but you just keep going and you don't actually fall but you look super special. So that was a fun Saturday! Rather eventful! Lesson learned - Don't wear shoes that will stick when you go fencing, and push the stop button on the treadmill.

Anyways, my wild mind has finally calmed down since I got all those random thoughts spilled out into the endless internet universe. I hope the Christmas Spirit is upon all, now let's add some snow so I can make a snow man and go sledding.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

One of THOSE Days!

I know, I know, I just blogged yesterday! But I figure I have to catch up from not blogging for the past month! I've just had so much on my mind that I wanted to write about!

First of all, my super cool cousin Michelle shared a quote on Facebook that I just can't help but pass on. It's one of those, "I'm a hopeless romantic so this quote is adorable," kind of quotes. Just accept it.

"He's not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you wil never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn't going to quote poetry, he's not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don't hurt him, don't change him, and don't expect for more than he can give. Don't analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he's not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don't exist, but there's always one guy that is perfect for you."
-Bob Marley

Pretty awesome right!? If every relationship was looked at through this quote the world would be a much happier place! I only hope I can be that "pefect" for someone, and be that in love! It's just sweet!

The other thing on my mind, of course, is this lovely time of year! The lights, the tree, the snow that SHOULD be here, I can't help but just smile as I think about the beauty that Christmas brings into each of our lives. Tonight I had the opportunity to watch the First Presidency devotional given by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Those men ROCK. (Dieter, Dieter....) President Monson said, "When we keep the Spirit of Christmas we keep the Spirit of Christ." Indeed that is very true. Last year with madrigals I was so absorbed into Christmas I did not have a spare minute to think about what I wanted or anything! I really was BURSTING with the Christmas Spirit! I hope this year I can repeat last year, but I would love to be absorbed in service and helping others, rather than singing. I am so thankful for this time of year and everything I have! I can't help but think of my cute little kids in India, since it's been officially a year since I've seen them! I wish I could be back with them! Maybe next Christmas! :) I have also made it a goal to be kissed under a mistletoe. That's never happened! It's going to this year! Watch out! ;) Merry Christmas everyone! Go eat drink hot chocolate with your families!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Let's talk about life!

Life is fun, isn't it? Sometimes we have the most random events that make life completely worth living! For instance, at the pool I work at there is a special needs man that comes in every Tuesday and tells me (and everyone else at the pool) that I have beautiful eyes. It absolutely MAKES MY DAY!!! He's the bomb! Another time at work my friend and I listened to Justin Bieber's christmas CD 4 times in a row. I repeat, 4 TIMES IN A ROW! It was the BEST! It's those little moments that make my life absolutely stellar.

Life is also rather full of surprises. I like to think I have my entire life planned. What kind of house I will have, the person I will be married to, my career, kids, everything. Then all the sudden we get a curve ball thrown at our faces and it all changes! Love comes into life when you least expect it, dreams get delayed, other dreams come true sooner than ever throught possible, and it just messes everything up! I am not saying these surprises are not completely welcome, but sometimes I wonder where it's all going to go. It's interesting to think of all the surprises that come at college, and wonder what is going to come next. My life was set until a couple weeks ago, now things seem to be changing. I want different things than I wanted before, and I am just stoked to find out what is going to happen! I am curious to know why I am going through certain things, positive or negative, and how they will affect me in the future! Ah I just gobble up this kind of stuff!!

Last but not least, I have to give a shout out to my awesome sister Mallory, who has made my life a lot easier than it should of been. Mallory has always been the first one I go to when I need advice about anything. I have always valued her opinion, and it sucks when I let her down! Last night I was on a date and we had dinner at her house with her and her husband. As my she and my date sat and talked, I was just listening and realized how freaking cool she is!! She just has life "figured out!" She knows what should be important, and makes sure she is doing those things! I dont know how to describe her besides saying she is the probably the most well-rounded, beautiful human being I know. So Mal, I love ya! Thanks for being the coolest!

Until next time,