Friday, December 28, 2012

Today feels like a groupon day

I've been having tons of fun down here in the great lone star state. And Christmas time is the best. Because of the music. The spirit. The decorations. The family time. [The sweets.] For Christmas, we exchanged some gifts, Santa came and brought some gifts, but most importantly we had an awesome time together. As a family. Had some friends over, and just shared in the wonderful Christmas spirit.
It was awesome.

Our family bonding for today was all supported by Groupon. We went bowling - Groupon! We ate pizza - Groupon! My brother and sis-in-law went to a movie - Groupon! Hahah, can you tell we really like Groupon?

Anyways, my nephew who is 1 and a half years old helped me bowl. He got my only spare throughout the two games we played. Seriously. The only reason I broke 50 points the second game was because of him... Have I mentioned I'm terrible at bowling? But anyways, here's an adorable picture of him watching the ball roll down the lane. I'm a proud little aunt... :)

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas time celebrations

Before I left Utah, I went to the Christmas concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw.

Talk about AMAZING. Alfie Boe is amazing. The MoTab is amazing. I loved it! My brother Cam and sister-in-law Janet took me and their friend Laura. Seriously awesome. Then we went to Temple Square and walked around. So much fun!

How are you celebrating the Christmas season?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012


My parents are awesome, 1st edition.
They waited to decorate for Christmas, since I'm the one who still makes them decorate, until I got home since it's my favorite. Man they love me.

So as my mom and I were decorating she hands me our tree skirt and I decided to give it another purpose, because things with two purposes are so much cooler (example -- pillow pet, need I say more?). I've decided to call it the (tree)skirt, since it's a skirt no matter what! (Patent pending...) Naturally I need a table runner/shawl as well (I prefer to call it a shrunner).

What do you think? Does this make me a stylish-fashionista-thrifty blogger girl?!

I have now decided I want a tutu, preferably not a burlap one though! Dear Santa... :)

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Sunday, December 16, 2012


My first niece was born one week ago, on Sunday December 9th. And today I got to go see her and hold her and play with her. It was awesome.


So dang happy. Or as my brother Brett likes to say "TOTES EXCITES!" (except he says it with a total mocking tone).

Here's a picture of me and my completely adorable niece, Macie!
I'm kinda in heaven. Pure happiness. Total bliss.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Another mission call...!

Last year I had the privilege of having Christina as one of my fabulous roommates. She is such a talented photographer and such an amazing girl. And now she's going on a mission!!

Mission: Santa Rosa, California
Language: Spanish
Reporting: February 20, 2013

I'm going to miss her like crazy, but I'm so dang excited for her!

Learn more about missions here.
Read about the exciting missionary announcement here.
It's kind of a big deal.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ending the semester with style

Now that my roommates and I finished finals, we had to do something to celebrate.

So tonight Sophia, Jamie, Kenzie and I...RENTED A PUPPY.
Yes. We rented a puppy. It was awesome. For reals. He, Wesley, came over for a few hours and played and cuddled with us. So dang awesome. He was adorable and so sweet.

Totally worth it.
Check out the adorable pictures and be jealous (as you should be).

Now I'm so dang excited to go home and play with my doggie, Penny!!
I'm going home Saturday...cannot wait!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Street compliments

This video is so cool. Have you given anyone a sincere, heartfelt compliment lately?

You know when you're on campus or around town, and a stranger is just nice to you? Or gives you a compliment? And you feel all warm-fuzzy inside and you just feel happy? It's awesome. Such an amazing feeling. So go tell someone something nice and make someone's day!! I know it always makes me feel so much better. And we can all use that, especially during finals week. :)

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Snowy Sunday

It snowed this morning!

Jamie (JB, James, Jam Jam), me (Maddawg, Mad Gab, Mads), and Makenzie (Kenz, Mickey K, Z) and I woke up to a snowy Sunday morning! Naturally we had to take post-church pictures.
 I'm wearing: glasses (Eyemasters ha), cream shirt with awesome angel wing like sleeves (thrifted), black lace skirt (JCP), purple tights (Hue brand, from Marshalls), and black suede wedges (Famous Footwear).

And now for some snow pictures.
We tried taking cute outfit pictures, adorable poses and such buuuut it wasn't working ...instead we just started dancing around and taking pictures. It's much more our style. Plus it produced hilarious, awesome, adorable pictures. Enjoy!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

MOA fun!

Tonight my friend Shane and I went to BYU's Museum of Art, commonly known as the MOA (moh-ahhh...because BYU and us Mormon's sure love our acronyms!)

It was awesome. There were two exhibits we loved. The superhero and monsters one, then we quickly went to the Andy Warhol exhibit and played with the silver balloons... So much fun!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The final countdown. finals week. ha. ha. (okay not really funny, I know, just humor me..)

Eeeek. I can't believe the semester is almost over.
I'm so dang excited to be done.
I'm so dang excited to be home. In Texas. With my family!
I'm so dang excited to see my nephew.
I'm so dang excited for my sister to have her baby!
I'm so dang excited to meet my neice!!!!

So I don't know about y'all but I'm pretty dang busy these next two weeks with final projects, then studying, then finals.

And sometimes, you just need a break. Here are the things that are keeping me alive, well, and laughing!

Gif Humor.

I have recently acquired a gif addiction. They are hilarious. This is how I've been feeling lately.

It Just Gets Stranger.

This one takes a little longer to get into, but nonetheless hilarious. You at least need to read the Snuggie Texts part 1 and part 2. Also, Yahoo answers never fail to make me chuckle. Or really anything from his Messing with People list.

Suri's Burn Book.

Awesome pictures of famous people's kids and hilarious captions.

Just Say Amen Already.

Funny funny Mormon humor. We're all thinking it, they just say it.

Good luck with finals everyone!
If you're lucky and don't have finals for whatever reason, be dang grateful! :)

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

"I hope they call SOPHIA on a mission....."

I had to make a change to the wonderful song "I hope they call me on a mission!" Because it is actually my roommate who is going on a mission.

Sophia got her call tonight. 

(Get ready for photo overload...) We were all so dang excited for her! Naturally we had to take a million and one pictures. Seriously, we could not contain our excitement! Plus our roommate from last year, Christina, came over. We love and miss her so much!
Patiently waiting for friends to come over. For parents to be on skype. (Well worth the wait!)



Annnnnnd...She's going to the HAWAII HONOLULU MISSION!!!

Congrats Soph. I'm so so so happy for you!!! You will be greatly missed, but you're doing great things. :)

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

T-minus 31 hours

Dude. Guys. Bro. Gurl.

This is going down in approximately 31 hours!!

That's right, my momma is coming to town! [insert singing "momma thorpe is coming to town" to the tune of "santa claus is coming to town"]

I didn't go home for Thanksgiving. I haven't seen my momma in a few months (unless you're being technical and are counting skype calls, then it's been like 2 days, but I don't really count those). She's coming out for my dear cousin Jordan's wedding. But I get to see her and hang out with her. She's mah bessstest freeeend (slash mother figure...?)

I'm so excited. That is all.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I live in a college town. I stayed in said college town during Thanksgiving break.
Have you ever been to a college town during a holiday break?
It's like a ghost town (okay, not really, but it is veeery empty).

I kinda really really liked it...

Don't get me wrong. I love people. And I was ecstatic for my roommates and friends to come back. But I still did enjoy the empty little town. It was kinda awesome.


In other news...I had a rockin' weekend. Take a look.
Be jealous. (Okay not really, I'm sure your weekend was good too...but seriously, mine was awesome!)
1. My fake-baby-brother JP/Baby J/Jordan was in town! (How is he a fake brother you ask? First off, he is a real person, so that is not how he is fake. It's the brother part that isn't quite real.. you see, he moved in with my family when I was a senior in high school and became my unofficial-brother. All you need to know is that he is Baby J and he is really cool.)

2. I'm pretty much the coolest college kid you know. I made a blanket fort on a Friday night.
In case you weren't aware of this fact: blanket forts are the bomb. Need I say more?

3. The BYU basketball game! We got the sweet "Chicago to Provo" t-shirts.. JABARI PARKER: COME TO BYU! YOU WILL LOVE IT! He was at the game. I was on the fourth row. It was amazing. You should probably be jealous.
(In case you're not sure who the heck Jabari Parker is, check him out here and here. He's ranked number 2 in the nation for basketball and is being recruited by several of the top colleges in the nation, he is awesome.)

Us BYU Cougars want Jabari bad. Check this out.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!!

I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing!

I know mine sure was. My brother Brett, friend Monica (Momo!) and I went to my aunt's for some great food, family, and fun.

Check out this awesome video my cousin April made with her iPhone! I loved how she documented the entire much fun!

We all kept forgetting it was a video haha...posing for pictures then realizing we could move. So much fun!

Brett, Monica, and I made pies the night before. Apple and pumpkin...and they were delicious!

To finish off my days of gratitude posts...


I'm grateful for everyone in my life. Especially my siblings (and their amazing spouses) and my parents. They have taught me so so so much and I hope I can grow up to be just as amazing as everyone else in my family. They have been such great examples for me. They always give me the best advice. I LOVE Y'ALL!

Seriously. Mom & Dad. Thanks for everything y'all have taught me.
Ryan, Lainie and Braxton--can't wait to see you soon!!!
Aubrey & Michael (and baby!)--can't wait for y'all to be parents!!
Cam & Janet--I love getting to come to y'all's place all the time.
Brett--I love how often we hang out. You're the best!

All of y'all are the best family eva! :)


Remember to live in Thanksgiving daily!
"We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count." -Neal A. Maxwell

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Days of gratitude: nineteen and twenty


Yesterday I watched "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." I had forgotten how much I loved Charlie Brown!! (I can't wait to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas!") It just reminded me of childhood; I remember watching all three Charlie Brown movies every holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas). It was always so much fun.

Look at the awesome Thanksgiving scene my coworker made for our work!


Today I'm grateful for quotes.

Especially finding awesome quotes on pinterest, or when I need a pick me up or something I can just go look at my quotes board. Yeah, ridiculous I know, but seriously it helps! Here are some of my favorite quotes. What is one of yours?

Especially cute quote printables! I found these super cute ones from Kensie Kate [blog and etsy]. She has made some adorable prints with some of my favorite quotes ever. I'm loving her blog too. Y'all should definitely check out her blog/shop!!

Quotes are just so great. They can make you feel happy, realize what you need to do better, realize that it's okay that you're not perfect, empower you. Seriously. I love quotes. I have a journal dedicated specifically to quotes.

[All from Kensie Kate!]

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Days of gratitude: seventeen and eighteen

Man, its been a good weekend. I got to hang out with some awesome people. Especially my brothers Brett and Cameron and my sis-in-law Janet! Seriously. I'm so grateful for those three in my life. They got my back, they help me be happy, they are the best examples ever!! These are just a few of my amazing siblings, the ones out here surviving in the Utah winter! :)

Thanks for being the best siblings eva!!!

And today church was the bomb. We had an amazing Relief Society lesson on kindness. Oh my goodness, it's such a simple thing that we're taught since day one but it is so easily forgotten. I loved the emphasis on building each other up, being kind, and being understanding.

Here is a quote that my mom and sister Aubrey shared with me:

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Days of gratitude: sixteen

I am so grateful for all of the nice people at BYU!

Especially awesome people in my classes and super nice customers (I work on campus, don't 'cha know!). They make my day. A lot.

Today my super cool friends from my Art for Elementary Education Teachers and I were little hooligans--or the term I prefer...HOODRATS! We went to BYU's Museum of Art and go on a tour. And we took awesome pictures with this giant pretzel sculpture. Probably my favorite part of the museum. Check it out for yourself...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Days of gratitude: fifteen

Oh baby! I can't believe this month is half over. And the semester is almost over! And Thanksgiving break is next week. So stoked for everything coming up. It's definitely going to be a busy few weeks until classes end, but totally worth it.


Anyways, back to things I'm thankful for...
Today I'm sooo grateful for laughter. And specifically things that make me laugh. Lately it's been the following sites (seriously, they're hilarious!!!):

  • It just gets stranger: Snuggie Texts part 1 and part 2. So dang funny. My roommate Jamie showed me this in our 2 and a 1/2 hour class today and we were busting up laughing...and being a tad bit distracting, oops. It's a little long, but well worth it!
  • Just Say Amen Already: a blog written by a LDS convert commenting on how funny Mormon culture is.. oh man, my new guilty pleasure.
  • And finally... #whatshouldwecallme. Another animated gif site with hilarious captions. Thank you coworkers for showing me this one.
Hope you enjoyed some laughter today too! Got any funny jokes?? Please share!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Days of gratitude: fourteen

Oh was awesome. Wanna know why? Three reasons.

ONE: Because I got a free lunch. Thank you BYUSA for pizza and BYU International Study Programs for popcorn and a donut!

TWO: And in my American Humanities class a student came in and breakdanced for us! It was so awesome. Plus we watched awesome youtube videos and listened to hiphop/rap much fun. We're studying hip hop and rap right now, so we watched the video below.. I know it isn't Christmas yet, but I still had to share.

THREE: My dear Texas friend Janine got her mission call today! She's going to Brazil Joao Passoa, leaving March 27. I'm so happy for her.

Enjoy this fabulous music video. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I hope you do too!!

I can't choose one thing, so I'm thankful for a few things today.. free food, friends, and awesome music!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Days of gratitude: thirteen

I'm thankful for my sister today.

I love getting to talk to her on the phone and her sincere interest in my life. She's such a great older sister; I have always looked up to her. She has set such a wonderful example for me! I LOVE YOU AUBREY! Plus I got to see her lovely pregnant belly that I love so darn much..can't wait until my niece comes in December! The best Christmas present eva :)

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  1. Cam & Janet's wedding, July 2012
  2. Washington DC, August 2010
  3. Aubrey & Michael's wedding, May 2010
  4. Ryan & Lainie's wedding, December 2008
  5. Aubrey fresh off the mission, December 2008
  6. Aubrey entering the MTC, June 2007

Seriously, she's the best big sister a girl could ask for!!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Days of gratitude: twelve

Dude. FHE is great.
It's a way to take a break from school and work and junk to hang out with some friends, have a spiritual thought, do something fun, and eat good food!

Tonight we had a lesson on President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk Of Regrets and Resolutions from October 2012's General Conference, which is such a great talk! I want to make sure that I don't have regrets in this life, but that I enjoy life and fulfill my potential. I want to resolve to make and attain my goals in life in order to better myself. I want to become the person that God wants me to become!

After that we made HAND TURKEY'S!!! Seriously, I love drawing and coloring hand turkeys. Then we wrote things we are thankful for on them! So much fun.

And of course we had good food. One of our FHE "brothers" served a mission in Ecuador and made us a traditional Ecuadorian dish! Fried plantains with ketchup and mayonnaise on top. They were really good, plus it's always fun to have food from other countries.

Have you made a hand turkey yet? 

If you haven't, you should! If you have, share a picture of it!
Mine was modern, an Andy Warhol take on a turkey...random and fun colors.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Days of gratitude: eleven

Today I fell back into a bit of nostalgia and looked at some of my old journals.

I love journaling and writing about what is going on in my life at that moment, then a while later looking back and seeing what I thought was important enough to write down and then combine that with how I remember it now.

I was flipping through the ones from last year (my freshman year of college) and last summer. It was fun to remember those good times and even the hard ones. They are the moments that have made me who I am today!

I also love looking at how my style of journaling has evolved and changed throughout time. Like I used to write sloppily and just jot everything down as fast as possible, then I went through a phase where I would only write on the right/front side of the page, the left/back side was strictly for quotes to be highlighted or pictures or things I wanted to stick into my journal. Sometimes it's more like a scrapbook, other times I will just write and write until no end. No matter what I write or how I write it, all that matters is that I write it. Cliche, yet so dang true.

Remembering those hard times helps me remember the things I have gone through and that I can make it through whatever may come my way. Heavenly Father is there for me. I am never alone. I am never forgotten.

So anyways... Journals are the bomb. Seriously. I love them!!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Days of gratitude: nine and ten

Bad blogger alert: I missed posting yesterday. But it was a Friday and I'm in college, that's a good excuse, right?


Last night was the Men's Basketball Home Opener! I love me some BYU Basketball!! My awesome cousin Andrea came down and went to the game with some friends and I. It was so dang fun. Plus they gave the entire student section sweet free tshirts, and who doesn't love a good free tshirt?! Seriously, family is awesome. And basketball is good.
Oh and for the record, I do know that kid creep-creepin on our picture...


Today I'm grateful for BYU FOOTBALL!
I figured if I'm being grateful for sports, I might as well and go for two of my favorites! :)

Today is the last BYU home football game. It is going to be so dang cold and snowy and freezing, but I won't even care! Because it's football, and football is awesome.

The End. Now to go to something productive for the rest of the day... :)

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Days of gratitude: eight

I am thankful for the very comfy bed that I get to sleep in.

Seriously, it's awesome. Plus I have awesome quilts that my wonderful mom made me. I love them so dang much. They're so cute and comfy and remind me of home :) Take a looksie for yourself.

And now it is time for me to go to sleeeeeeep. Goodnight all!

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