Friday, August 28, 2009

Footprints in the Sand

This is a poem I've heard many times. But I thought it would be nice to post up here. The very first time I heard it was at Oakrest. And I've never forgotten it since.

One night I dreamed
I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
have you not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"My precious child. The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
it was then that I carried you."

Its such a simple poem that can hold so much truth for all of us in many different ways. As an update, my brother was admitted into Primary Children's hospital again yesterday morning. Some of his medical conditions are concerning the doctors as a becoming chronic issue. We pray for him, and have faith that he will be carried through this :) I love him! Best of luck, bud.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Shopping Endeavors

Wow! What a day.
Last night, A sleepover with two awesome people, Jessica and Emilie :) laughed too hard, stayed up too late, soaked in the hot tub too long, and woke up too early! But SO much fun! We also had Erin and Summer join us for part of the night, and watched Coraline (very intriguing movie).
A fantastic day with Dad and Ben! We started out with a delicious lunch at Jim's Family Restaurant (most amazing scones and honey butter ever!) Then we headed over to the Mall. School shopping time!! Shopping for school clothes with Dad is the best (Mom doesn't fancy the mall much... impatience) and surprisingly, dad doesn't have bad taste! ;) So we hit a couple of department stores. JC Penny, Forever 21, and Aero. My brother and I got some stylin' clothes.
And Then...
What's this random gathering in the middle of the mall??? Wait a second... Its BRANDON from SYTYCD!!! He was in the finals... and is a fantastic dancer. Here he is, right in front of me at the mall. Signing pictures... the whole sha-bang. Unfortunately we didn't really have time to stop by and get a signature (and my brother and dad weren't quite as enthusiastic about this phenomenon as I was) but I did let him know I'm a fan, I love dancing, and I got a far-away blurry photo from my phone. So that was exciting.
After gawking at the famous ;)
MORE shopping!! At my favorite store, Rue 21. Ben didn't look too excited to shop here as I was, but it turns out that Rue 21 suits his tastes too. We spent hours at the store, trying on soooo many things. I didn't know we would get so into it. It was a lot of fun.
Raiding the $1 rack.
Rue has some cool sales. Multiple $5 racks and discounts. But this is new... a lady mentions the $1 rack!! And... I must say I took favor to this little corner of the store and raped the $1 rack. :D
but at the end of the day... it wasn't a couple of bucks that went into our shopping endeavors (oops) But this is my much-loving father. So lotsa money later, I now have a closet full of new clothes! At least there's ONE reason to be excited for the new school year.
To Wrap it up:
Shopping is tiring. So many decisions to make, so many places to stop by, and so many things to try on. Shirts, pants, skirts and dresses. Lets not even get started on the accesories. ;) Shopping is especially tiring when I'm running on 1 hour and 1/2 of sleep! Oh well. After a fashion show for mom, and a delicious dinner... I survived the day. ;) ;)
But that lack of sleep does kinda get to me... Night' all!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Summer Days Driftin' Away (ooh ah!)

Wow, a week and a half left of summer. Sad day.
But, I've gotten to do a handful of fun things, and then some.
And because of it, i haven't really blogged much.
Oh well.
So, here's a recount/summary of my summer.

Kenny Chesney! Since my dad works with the city, we got some free tickets to see the Kenny Chesney concert at Rio Tinto Stadium. My dad was working, but my mom, brother, sister, and I got to go. I also took two of my really awesome friends, Brian and Michelle. Despite the miserable heat... and the lack of water (the consessions were really stingy AND unprepared, they ran out of Agua...) we had a lot of fun. Kenny Chesney puts on a really fun concert. And he literally started groovin' "When The Sun Goes Down." Go figure. ;)

To Grandmother's house we go... my family took two trips to my grandparents house. Its always fun to go to Grandma's. We go four-wheeling, hiking, took a trip to the rodeo... not to mention Grandma's delicious homemade bread. mmmmm... I got to see some of my cousins that I haven't seen for YEARS. Wow how they've changed! We had a lot of fun.

Party it up!! What would summer be without a couple of parties? Hangin' out with friends, late nights, music, swimming, movies... I got to see some of my college friends off. Said goodbye's to some who are going on missions too. Being with friends is probably one of the things I'll miss MOST about the summer. I got to hang with my east-side Alta friends, and my good ol' Riverton friends too.

Dates :) I went on a couple of really fun dates. Went to Lagoon on a date, and to Park City on another date- we rode the alpine slides, the zipline, and got to see the aerial skiers jump into the pools. I also went on a double date with Ash... set her up on a blind date with my cousin. We ate a cheap dinner ;) then roasted marshmallows out in the backyard and watched a pretty funny movie.

Provo River all of my family, along with some cousins and a family friend, went and floated the Prover River. This is always a ton of fun. We got a bunch of tubes, had a couple of spills, and had a picnic lunch afterwards! The water was reallllly cold... but it was definitely worth it! My family also did some camping, four-wheeling, and shooting. (Watch out, Bailee is armed with a pistol!) Time in the mountains is always great.

Wisdom Teeth out: I got my wisdom teeth removed this summer too. One of my biggest fears: conquered. Well, not conquered really... just endured. Ouch. But really not that bad. ;)

Summer Job $$$ I've been working most weekdays being a "nanny" for my cousin. Government funded money!!! It really has been a great job actually. Even though I didn't get to sleep in much this summer... Hopefully I can continue working through the school year. I'm earning to go on Choir Tour and to NYC in the spring with the Drama Club!!!

Etc... ... a couple of other weird things, and a couple of firsts. Running through the sprinklers at night, going to the Harry Potter midnight convention thingy, breaking Apollo Burger's door, TP, late night phone conversations, sleeping in the backyard at Ash's... gotta love summer. But what now?

Gettin' Ready for Senior Year!!! whaa??? A senior? This summer all of the theatre officers got together to plan the next school year. I Also went to senior registration with my brother! (wait- he's in high school?! yup) and this week I'm going school shopping!! So even though the vacation is drawing to a close, hopefully senior year will be the best yet. New friends, new classes, and a whole lot of fun.

But man, I'm gonna miss summer! ;)