Thursday, March 28, 2013

spring break here i come!

oh man. oh man. it's almost here.... 

while you kids were busy enjoying your spring break, i was busy spending 3 weeks in a kindergarten classroom. tomorrow is my last day. which means my spring break starts on monday! can i get a woot woot? i'm so excited, i made myself a list of things i wanna do.  

it's not much, but i'm especially excited for the wreath making one and the hiking one. 

For the record, I am really sad that I have to say goodbye to those adorable kindergartners. Just when I was starting to win their hearts (they let me play cops and robbers with them today) I have to leave them. The good news is that our cooperating teacher, Mrs. Bigelow, said we could come back whenever we want.

I think I'm going to take her up on that offer. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


This blog post is dedicated to my very good friend Amanda who is leaving on an LDS mission
I am going to miss her while she is away for a year and half, but I am oh so excited for all the lives she is going to change in Brazil!

Amanda and I go way back. Way back to my first day spent in Hong Kong. 
I remember finding out that we were hotel room buddies
which was a huge relief to me because out of all the girls in our huge group, I thought we would get along the best. :)
Well. As fate would have it, this was only sort of true. Even though we had a lot in common and hung out with the same people in Hong Kong, we just didn't quite grasp the friendship that I thought and hoped we would. 

When it came time to leave Hong Kong and travel with our smaller groups to a new city, I felt really lonely. The two people that I got along with were in a different group and saying goodbye to them was hard. I  felt like I didn't have any friends to share the next 4 months with.

Well. These feelings continued for another month or so.
 But Amanda was nice to me. Here's a picture that means a lot to me:
We were vacationing in Beijing and I felt like nobody wanted to get any pictures with me or cared about me. I think Amanda could tell, so she whipped out her camera and took this picture. It made me feel a little better. (It's a little sad how lonely I felt, but don't worry... this story has a happy ending!)

After about 2 and a half months spent in China, a miracle occurred... Amanda and I communicated! (Oh how I love that word!) We told each other how we felt and we really got to know each other. Then slowly, but surely we became really good friends. I think the following pictures explain why:

Face masks late at night

getting our hair done

family portraits?

hahah. we had WAY too much fun with these
getting ready for a Chinese "cool" party 

Talk-Like-A-Pirate day

and hosting a birthday party

After leaving China, our friendship and adventures continued.

If you are lucky enough to have met Amanda and be her friend
then you know that she is:
passionate about the people she loves
abnormally gifted at remembering everything about you and anyone and everyone you care about as well
strong (she has overcome some tough stuff in her life)
fun! (I am never ever bored with that girl)
and someone you never want to lose as a friend

I mean it when I say I'm a lucky girl to have her as a friend. 
I'm seriously so proud of her and I can't wait to hear about all of her mission adventures.

here's us at her mission farewell :)

I love you Manders!

Friday, March 22, 2013

one of the greatest feelings...

is getting a new pair of running shoes!

i guess this is also a good time to mention that i'm running a half marathon in september!! 
it'll be my first one ever so i'm pretty stoked about it. 
and you can bet your bottom dollar that i will be blogging about it when all is said and done. :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

perfect storm

This is what I want to do to my last post -----> last post
At least the part where I said I thought I could teach kindergartners.
Today I feel really disappointed in myself and embarrassed.
Sometimes I think I've got this whole teaching thing in the bag,
and some days I don't.

I tried teaching a lesson the students were not ready for. Oh and & I'm really hard on myself.
Which is the perfect storm for a bad morning when you're getting observed by your supervisor.

But it's nothing that a long run couldn't fix. That and Linkin Park.

But now that I'm sitting here, calves aching, skin salty, mind basking in norah jones' oh so soothing voice, i feel better. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

i love you march!

So far, March has been really good to me. 
Right now I am a second semester Junior in the elementary program which means 3 weeks in an elementary classroom! 
Last semester it was 6th grade, this semester is quite the opposite: kindergarten! 
To be honest, I was a little hesitant to be in a kindergarten classroom for 3 whole weeks because just one day spent substitute teaching them would leave me exhausted. However, after spending just one week with those adorable, pinchable cheeks, I am realizing that I could see myself teaching the little tikes just as much as the older ones.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks. {It also helps that I'm best friends with my field partner, Brianna!} :)

Aside from school, March has also been good to me for a few reasons:

Reason number 1. Partying it up in Springville for St. Patrick's Day

Reason number 2. Warm enough weather to try out our new slackline! 

The newly married couple!!  Oh Mark...

Reason number three. Mark & Rachelle's wedding:
Spending all day with Allissa was the best. We were bridesmaids together. :)

I love Rachelle so much! And this picture...

It was pretty cold outside

Groomsman and bridesmaid together. :)
Reason number 4. Eating healthier and running again. 
Celery & peanut butter, salad, potatoes and chicken, chicken tacos, and a wholesome breakfast
Yay March! I love you!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I have been looking forward to writing this post for quite some time. It's a little last minute because this week has just been so crazy... But! The thing that I'm dying to say is: RACHELLE IS GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW! Where do I even begin with describing Rachelle? We go wayyyyy back. Back to 4th grade. Here are some pictures of us in 4th grade. 

As you can see, we don't have one of us together. That's because we weren't exactly friends... not yet anyway. We just hung out with the same people. It wasn't until Sophomore year of High School that we became best friends! And the rest is history. :)

Haha! So many of these pictures perfectly explain why we get along so well! 

Rachelle is the sweetest person you will ever meet. Sometimes she is too nice for her own good! 
Rachelle has been there for me through thick and thin!
She has amazing insight on things.
She never makes me feel insecure about myself.
I can be my 110% self with her.
She is a very talented, bright, and GORGEOUS lady!
And she is about to marry her best friend!
{who just happens to be my husband's cousin}

We already considered each other family. But tomorrow, we will officially become cousins-in-law! At least I think that's what we'll be... 

I love you Rachelle! I couldn't be more happy for the person you've chosen to spend the rest of forever with!

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