Sunday, April 29, 2012

This week

Sunday (a week ago)
-Ashton Smith's (second) farewell.
-Packing, packing, and more packing.
-Folk Dance closing social
-Home sweet home.

-Bought extra dance clothes for Playmill
-Discoverd Wendy's mac n' cheese.
-The Voice
-Almost bought an itouch.
-Free ice cream at Coldstone (huzzah for giftcards!)

-Packing for West Yellowstone
-Brown topper ice cream cones

-New itouch (early birthday present!)
-Trip to the fire station to wash my Holly Baby
-New music

-Day trip to Ogden
-Einstein's for lunch with Mom
-Guru's in Provo with Erin Davenport.
-Huckleberry floats
-Finished Not My Type (such a cute book.)

-Pajamas until 2pm
-(Early) birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse
-Saw Working the Musical at Riverton High (good job Ben!)
-Finally chose my pre-show songs

-Lamb of God with Mom, Ashton Smith and friends
-Delicious chocolate from Seagull Book
-Karaoke Cafe with Emily Sorenson, Kyle Day, and Kevin Neff

-Daddy's homemade smoothies for breakfast
-Riverton 14th
-Sunday naps
-Sunday reading
-Homemade rolls and pasta salad
-Cupcakes for dessert

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Imagination and Procrastination - A Tragically Successful Combination.

I love to read. 

I'm not one of your typical Bookworm/Social Recluses who will read anything from novels to textbooks to instruction manuals in her spare time... but I thoroughly enjoy reading a well-written novel at my leisure.

I can appreciate the classics and still enjoy the lighter, more trivial material too. I'll read Historical-Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery... you name it. I'm also not one of those scrupulous critics who only reads from an intense analytical perspective. You know, like the Meyer Haters. (Okay I admit, she's not a J.K. Rowling... but she did something right. Look at all of the money she's making.)

No no no. The best reading is the reading for my own enjoyment, all scrupulousness and grammatical critique set aside. I love sprawling out on the porch swing for a couple of hours, or locking myself up in my room for the night and simply letting my imagination run wild. Reading is definitely preferable over television. When I'm reading I get to think up the characters, the language, and the entire world of the story in my creative little mind. Reading is a quiet escape. It's liberating. It's exciting.

Okay, okay... so after that spiel I realize I was verging on the brink of Bookworm/Social Recluse. (And then I make note of the fact that I'm also a blogger. This certainly doesn't help my case, either.)

Anyway, we all get it. I love reading. (And I just took four paragraphs to reiterate what was already stated in one sentence. Smooth.)

The problem is, sometimes I love reading a little too much. This is especially true during the school year. When I read for leisure during the school year, I kind of end up procrastinating all of my other duties. I think to myself, "Oh I have time for one more chapter before I dig into my horrendous pile of homework"

...and then twelve chapters later I find myself attempting to hastily hash out the horrendous pile of homework in a sore attempt at an all-nighter while I reluctantly put Katniss, Peeta and Cato on hold; even though they are about to be ruthlessly eaten by a nasty pack of deadly Wolf Muttations.

Basically, I have a minor case of unbridled passion. So usually I hold off on the reading craze until the Summer, when my other responsible duties are kept at a minimum.

In the summertime, I check out books from the local library by the handful, finishing them almost as quickly as I finish a heaping bowl of ice cream. ("Almost" being the keyword here. I can finish a heaping bowl of ice cream like there's no tomorrow.) I LOVE Summer reading.

The sad thing is, in a week I move to West Yellowstone. I have a feeling there are no libraries in West Yellowstone. And there's no way I can haul a stack of books to Montana; my packing is supposed to be limited. I could do the whole nook/kindle thing... but I refuse to cave into that. There's something to be said for holding a hard-bound book in your hands and flipping through the crisp, clean pages.

Truth be told, It's probably a good thing I won't be able to do as much reading while I'm at The Playmill. The last thing I need is a reason to procrastinate memorizing lines, building sets, and practicing songs. I'm sure I'll be as busy as a bee.

But still;  What's a girl like me to do without her summer reading? I need my adventurous escape to Hogwarts, my daily dose of Mr. Darcy, my secret wardrobe getaway into the magical world of Narnia.

I'm going to mull this over while I treat myself to a glass of chocolate milk and some cookies, and then it's time for a few more chapters of my current obsession (girly, cheesy, LDS romance novel) before my ridiculously late bedtime.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Little Late-Night Listnin'

While looking for songs to sing at The Playmill this summer,
I've stumbled upon a new music obsession.
Doris Day.

I love the classics.

And I want her dress. Seriously.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Hopefully-Halfway Point.

Right now, at this very moment, I'm writing from the front room of my family's home in Riverton. It's a glorious thing, my dear friends. The sunlight is coming through the open window, the dog is napping on the floor, and I have an old-fashioned orange cream soda at hand.

It's finally here. Summertime. And it's the sweetest, most wonderful feeling.

While I've been desperately awaiting the semester's end for several weeks now, everything feels surreal. Part of me still thinks I should have gone to classes today. Instead, I am leaving Ogden behind for a couple of months. I love school... but it's nice to be free of studies, classes, and homework for a while. I'm ready for a little breather.

I can't believe I've just finished my second year of college. The past two years happened in a flash, but  they've also been some of the most important and monumental years of my life so far. I've made many discoveries about myself; about my opinions, my habits, my values, my likes and dislikes... and the journey continues on.

I'm halfway there. A junior. An upperclassman. Only two years ago today I was embarking on this college adventure. Two years from now I'll be graduating.

It makes me realize how close I am to finishing my degree. I mean, sure, I still have two years... but look how quickly the past two years came and went. It makes me realize that it's seriously time to start planning for my future.

So I have two years. (Hopefully. Musical Theatre is a hefty major, so this is only true if everything goes according to plan.) Great, awesome, exciting. blah blah blah. I'll enroll in some more awesome classes, hopefully be involved in a couple more incredible shows, and who knows... maybe another year of folk dance is on the horizon. I'll meet new friends, learn new lessons, and come out the other end of those two years a more confident, more educated individual. (Or at least that's the goal here, right?)

But then what?

After college, I have the world in the palm of my hand. After going to school for, what, seventeen years? I'll be stepping out into the adult world, wearing my big-kid-britches, deciding what I'm going to do with my life.

I don't have any prospects for marriage in the near future, but I suppose that could change (probably when I least expect it). I could serve a full-time mission. I could go to grad school and earn a masters degree. Gosh, the possibilities are endless.

I've always toyed with the idea of serving a mission. I love missionary work, and I think it would be a neat experience, to say the least. I guess as the moment to decide draws closer, I'll discover if a mission is what I'm supposed to be doing. Graduate school has never seriously crossed my mind until this year... but lately a masters degree seems like a completely viable option.

Ahhhh. Decisions, decisions...

But for now, I have a marvelous summer ahead of me. I move to Montana in a week, and I'm enjoying  lots of family time until then. I've just gotta take things one step at a time. Sure, I'm going to start thinking about the future and I'm going to start making plans - that's just the kind of person I am - but I can't forget to live in the moment and enjoy what I've got right now.

It was a fantastic year. I made more friends, experienced many adventures, strengthened my testimony, found new love, learned difficult lessons, developed my talents, and discovered so much about myself. I absolutely loved being a part of the AAT board, the theatre department, and the folk dance team. I laughed, I cried, I loved, I listened, I learned, and I lived.

Thanks for the good times this year, Weber State. Here's to the next two years... and everything else that follows.

But until then... HAPPY SUMMER!
And much love. :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"They do not love, that do not show their love."

Beautiful little video.
I absolutely love the message.
Have a happy Sunday :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Prank of all pranks at BYU.
Hilarious :)


...And just because I might consider it, 
Does not mean I'll be making any promises.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Today. . .

...I discovered a new favorite: the lime rickey from Jake's Over the Top. Seriously. It's a giant refreshing mouthful of fizzy goodness. Go taste one and tell me otherwise, I dare you.

...I finished two years of classes at Weber State University.

...I thoroughly enjoyed a chocolate reeses heath shake.

...I heard this song and then this song played almost back to back on the radio. It made me really happy. (not to mention I was driving with all of the windows rolled down and the sun-roof open. Always a plus.)

...I love my mom for taking the time to answer my phone calls, even during her busy schedule.

...I am optimistic.

...I realized that in exactly two weeks (just two!) from today (right now, this very moment) I will be spending the night in Rexburg with a great friend, a car packed full of belongings, and a wonderful Summer ahead of me.

...I am lucky to claim such incredible, caring, and uplifting people as my friends

...I am motivated.

...I became a Hufflepuff on Pottermore. (Nerdiest comment of the hour.)

...I walked out of an audition for the first time in my life thinking, "I'm confident about my audition. I wasn't too nervous. I gave the directors my best. If I'm not cast... it's because I didn't fit the part, and NOT because I'm not talented.

that thought is extremely refreshing. Maybe even more refreshing than the lime rickey. Maybe.

...I enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate, despite the fact that it's almost seventy degrees outside.

...I am grateful to be surrounded by incredible men who honor their priesthood.

...I am happy.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I heard this in church today and I really enjoyed it... so I thought I would share it here.
I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday.

"The Touch of The Master's Hand" by Myra Welsh

T’was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.

"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
"Who’ll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar," then, two! Only two?
"Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?

"Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three . . . "But no,
From the room, far back, a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;

Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.

"A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice;
And going and gone," said he.

The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quite understand
What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:
"The touch of a master’s hand."

And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.

A "mess of potage," a glass of wine;
A game, and he travels on.
He is "going" once, and "going" twice,
He’s "going" and almost "gone."

But the Master comes and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The part where I just wait it out.

The weather today? B-E-A UTIFUL! 

Top three things I talk about on my blog:
1. Theatre/Performing
2. Food
3. Sunny weather

I know, pathetic. But still. I can't get enough of the sunshine. I'm just itching for school to let out, and then all will be right in the world. Say Helllooo to: 

-summer reading
-summer dresses
-clear skin
-flip flops
-et cetera, et cetera

Also, three weeks from today I will be in West Yellowstone beginning the summer of a lifetime. So you can understand why I'm so ready for the semester to be finished. 

I need to remember to enjoy everything that's happening in the now. I get so caught up in what's coming, that sometimes I forget to be happy about today. Little things about my Tuesday that I love:

-Sleeping until nine in the a.m.
-Sitting under the sun chatting with Jack in the institute parking lot.
-Running errands and eating chocolates with Sam
-Practicing for my juries
-An afternoon nap with a springtime breeze coming through the open window
-Easter candy
-Leftover pasta salad
-Gilmore Girls

And while I'm beyond ready for the school year to be finished, I do actually have some "end-of-semester" stuff that I'm looking forward to. (Shocker I know.)

-The Ogden LDS Institute Spring Show
-Directing and Choreography final performances
-Auditions for Lucky Stiff and Charm
-Dance for Musical Theatre final performances
-Voice recital

So I guess the challenge is finding things to look forward to every day for the next week-and-a-half, instead of just looking forward to the last day of school and Playmill. But there's still going to be a little piece of my brain counting down the days until school lets out. I can't WAIT!

If I had a twitter/instagram/smart phone, this is the part where I would hashtag something like,

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday.

It was such a lovely holiday...

Hidden baskets
Matching dresses
Family ward
Singles ward
Sitting in young womens
Barbecued hamburgers
Fortune cookies
Pasta Salad
Sunny weather


More than anything though, Easter reminds me of Christ's atonement and resurrection. I'm forever grateful to have the knowledge that my brother, Jesus Christ, died for our sins and was resurrected. I'm forever grateful to have the knowledge that I am never alone in this life. Christ has felt every pain and sorrow that I have ever experienced or have yet to experience, and he will always be right by my side through it all. And so, in the Easter spirit, I've posted some quotes by the general authorities... because they say it better than I ever could.

"Jesus Christ lives. He is our Savior, our Redeemer. He is a glorious, resurrected being. He has the capacity to communicate love that is so powerful, so overwhelming as to surpass the capacity of the human tongue to express adequately. He gave His life to break the bonds of death. His Atonement made fully active the plan of happiness of His Father in Heaven.
-Richard G. Scott

"Wherever you find yourselves on this journey through life, whatever trials you may face, there is always a point of safe return; there is always hope. You are the captain of your life, and God has prepared a plan to bring you safely back to Him, to your divine destination."
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Brothers and sisters, one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, ‘I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].’ ”
-Jeffrey R. Holland

Happy Easter, and much love. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Courtesy of The Panda

... Exactly the kind of fortune I needed.
(Especially with the stress of finals, juries, auditions, last week of classes, whathaveyou)

I'm home with my family for the Easter weekend. And even though I found myself in Riverton only a week ago, it still feels glorious to be here! Today we celebrated Mom's birthday (a few weeks late) with a family lunch outing, and then I enjoyed a long afternoon nap on the couch while Dad and the kids went shooting out on the flats.

Maybe a movie tonight with the family? And tomorrow, Easter Sunday. I've been dying to rip the tags off of my easter outfit for weeks now.

It's been a lovely weekend. And ohmygosh, the weather? Beautiful. I was afraid we were going to experience a snowy Easter. Thank goodness things warmed up.

 One week of classes, one week of finals...
And a good fortune to get me through it all.

What are your plans for Easter?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Folk Dance 2011-2012

This school year didn't go anything like I planned. It all started when I missed auditions for the school shows in the fall, and then somehow I ended up on the Ogden LDS Institute Folk Dance Team.

While I was excited for the opportunity to be surrounded by such upstanding people, and while I was happy for the opportunity to dance, little did I know that being on this team would become one of the most amazing experiences of my college life thus far.

I could go on and on and on about the fun times I've had, the lessons I've learned, and the memories I've made. But for right now, I just want to post a little something about each person on the team. I love the people who make up the 2011-2012 Folk Dance Team. These people mean so much to me. Every last one of them....

So this is my way of saying thanks to you guys. My words will never be quite adequate, and I could probably write a novel (It's already going to be a lennnnggthy post, I just know it. We're talking about 24 outstanding people here.)
... but here it goes.

Alex Sorenson
Alex is one of the happiest people I know. He's always smiling, and he's always trying to make other people happy too. I've never once seen him in a negative mood. This is not an easy feat, especially if you know how stressful folk dance can be sometimes. Alex is confident about who he is and what he stands for, and I look up to that example. Alex has such an eagerness about everything in life! Alex and I are in the same Child Development class. Sometimes I come into that class with a bad attitude... but then I see Alex, and he is always smiling and ready to learn something new! His optimism is outstanding! Thanks for always being my friend and helping me remember to smile, Alex! You're awesome!

Allison Winsor
When I first met Allison I saw a quiet, sweet, smiling girl... but she is so much more than that! While still very sweet and smiley, Allison has such a fearless sense of humor. I love it! That girl knows how to make me laugh. Allison is witty, responsible, punctual, helpful, talented, and sincere. She has the big job of being in charge of costumes for the team... and she has done wonderful things with the costume closet! We're all very thankful for her organizational skills. Allison is a very kind and patient friend. I thoroughly enjoy her company. We've carpooled to various folk dance events, and I always enjoy the conversations we have when we're together. I'll never forget when we were at Jill and Robby's house on the couch, cracking jokes at all the other dancers playing Kissing Rugby on the floor. That was hilarious! Ah! Allison is just so GREAT! I love you girl!!

Alysia Pugmire
Alysia is such a fun girl! She's sassy, girly, and knows how to party! One of my favorite memories with Alysia was when we both got asked on a double date to the Jazz game! After the game, we went to the dates' house and played Nintendo! That girl kicked my butt in Dr. Mario! haha :) I also remember going swing dancing with Alysia over the Christmas Break. We had such a blast dancing with some of the boys from the team! Alysia is energetic and friendly. She's gorgeous, too! I'm glad that I've gotten to know her. I was so happy when I found out we had another institute class together this semester! And the girls sleepover we had at Alysia's house was one of the funnest nights ever! Thanks for your friendship, Alysia! Love ya!

Annie Odendahl
Annie is the president of our team, and I can't think of anyone who could have done a better job. This girl has so much talent, focus, drive, strength, and determination. She is extremely organized. Annie is always doing her best to make folk dance a positive experience. But Annie's leadership skills are only a small handful of amazing qualities that Annie possesses. On top of everything else, she is a wonderful friend. I can distinctly recall several times throughout the year when I received a kind compliment or text message from Annie... and she will probably never know how much that has meant to me. Annie is also an incredible example to me in the church. Her testimony is solid, and her spirit is strong. Annie, your service and friendship to every person on this team has not gone unnoticed, and I'm SO thankful to have had the privilege to work with you in the presidency. Above all though, I'm thankful to have become your friend. I love you!

Ashton Smith (The Sneaky Mom!)
Ashton wasn't originally on the Folk Dance Team, but I can safely say that everyone agrees he was meant to be on this team. It isn't a coincidence that things worked out the way they did, and I am SO grateful he joined us. Ashton has such a fun, laid-back personality! The first time I got to know Ashton extremely well was when we were partners during the Christmas Waltz. I'm sure he got tired of me saying "I love this dance!" every five seconds, but he was so supportive of my enthusiasm. Ashton is such a genuine guy. He is a fantastic dance partner, too. I always look forward to dances where I get to partner with Ashton! One of my favorite memories with Ashton is going on temple trips with him. He is always determined to do temple work! I look up to his example so much! Ashton is getting ready to leave on a mission this spring, and I just know he's going to be a phenomenal missionary. And besides, how can you not be friends with someone who has a hammock in the back of their van?! haha :) You're the best, Ashton! Thanks for being such an outstanding friend.

Ben Eschler (Big Ben, like the clock.)
Ben was the very first person I knew on the folk dance team. I remember when I met Ben. He was one of the members in my new ward... and I remember thinking he was so cool because he served his mission in Madagascar! ;) Ben knows how to make people laugh. He's such a goof ball, and I LOVE that!! He's one of those people who can always kick back and have a good time. He's enthusiastic about life, and I admire how goal-oriented and motivated he is about the things he wants from life. Ben is such a selfless person. He's always helping out with charity and service. He's always willing to give a helping hand wherever it's needed. Ben is also a fantastic listener. I appreciate his willingness to listen to my constant blabbing whenever I'm at his house. Ben also gives some great advice. If I'm ever bored, Ben is the person I call!! He's always ready to go on an adventure or have a good time. Thanks for your friendship Ben! You're awesome!!

Braydon Eden
Braydon Eden is an awesome dance partner. He helped me out so many times during "Hopak" (Ukranian dance) last semester! Also, he is one of the FUNNEST dance partners I've had. I cannot stop laughing whenever I am his partner during "Three-Leather". One time back in January, I was desperately looking for a last-minute accompanist and Braydon saved the day! He was extremely helpful to me, and I will never forget that! I appreciated his willingness to help out SO much. Braydon is always focused and determined to do well during practices, and it shows. He's got a good head on his shoulders. Braydon is smart, hospitable, successful, kind, and genuine. Not to mention he hosts great parties... the team had a blast when we had a social at his house after one of our shows!! I'm so glad I've gotten to know him on the team this year!

Bryan Mason
Bryan is physically one of the strongest dance partners I've had on the team! I'm never afraid of falling during a lift when Bryan is my partner! I'm thankful that I can trust his strength and dancing abilities! Bryan is such a friendly person to be around. He knows how to just go with the flow. He's very easy-going, which is sometimes a relief because everyone else is so full of stress during practices! I will never forget when Bryan came over to my house with some of the other boys from the team, and asked us what Neapolitan ice cream was. He pronounced it, "Neopatalian" and we've called it that ever since. Bryan was my dance partner for Charleston last semester, and so this semester when I found out he was my partner during the 1940's medley number I was so glad! I guess he just has a knack for those classy old-time dances! You're fantastic Bryan!

Chad Illum
One time at the beginning of the year I remember Chad saying how much he liked the movie P.S. I Love You, and ever since then I knew I wanted to be his friend!  haha :) Chad is an extremely kind and considerate person. He's always looking out for his friends and their well-being. I've highly appreciated his looking out for me on several different occasions. Chad is another person from the team who I call up whenever I'm bored! I'm grateful for the opportunity that Chad and I had to bond this year. Ben and Chad are roommates, and I'm proud to say I'm close enough to the both of them that I don't even knock on the door before entering their house. haha! Before Ben and Chad, I didn't really have a college social life... so I'm grateful to Chad for bringing that aspect of the college experience into my life! It may sound stupid or corny, but Chad won't ever realize how happy I was just to be able to have a friend close by so I could hang out, watch TV, and play games with. I was just grateful to have a friend to sit by during church. Chad is such a positive attribute to the team, and he's such a phenomenal friend! Thanks Chad!!

David Jenkins (Suave)
David is so dang charming. He's also very sincere, polite, bright, upbeat, dependable, helpful, and friendly. I remember during the clog number last semester I had to do a scary back flip... and David was ALWAYS right there - ready to catch me if I slipped and fell. David is kind to everyone. He is a true gentleman... and that's one of the reasons why the team nick-named him "Suave." David is always willing to help the team out wherever he can. He is there to help out in a heartbeat, whether he's signing up for community performances, helping set up the floor, or helping a dance partner work on new steps! I love how enthusiastic he is to be a part of the team! Thanks for being so superb, David!!

Emily Zentz
Emily is an amazing pianist! I love how verbal she is about her love for piano and music. She inspires me to be more willing to share my talents with other people. Emily is also very smart and mature. I never would have known how young she is, because she is extremely intellectual. Emily has always been so exceptionally kind to me. I remember the first time I sat down and talked with Emily during our campfire social in Teal's backyard. That was one of the first times I bonded with a girl on the team. I thought she was so pretty and so sweet. Emily is very kind-hearted. She and Braydon got engaged this year... and I am quite happy for them! They are both so much fun, and I know they will do great things together! Thanks for your sweet spirit Emily, I have loved getting to know you. Keep being the kind, adorable girl that you are. Love you!! 

Greg Ethridge (G²)
Greg is kind of like my big brother on the team. He knows how to tease me, embarrass me, and get a rile out of me... but I love him for it. I always look forward to seeing Greg at dance practices. Greg is an excellent teacher. A bunch of folk dancers went swing dancing at The Union Station, and Greg was always the person I went to when I wanted to learn a new step or two! He's going to be a fantastic school teacher some day. Greg knows how to offer sound advice to his friends and looks at situations in life with a fresh perspective. He knows how to lighten up a stressful situation. Greg has experienced a lot in life, and as a result, you can tell he has an incredible testimony! I look up to Greg in many ways, and I hope we can continue to be friends after the year is over. Thanks for everything you do Greg. You're the best!

Jack Shapiro (Jaq)
Jack of all trades... this man is one of MANY talents. I kid you not. Jack can sing, dance, draw, write music, and do many other things exceptionally well. He underestimates his dancing ability far too often. One of the reasons I appreciate Jack's friendship is because we have SO much in common. We both love ice cream. We both have the same taste in music. We both are passionate about the performing arts. The list goes on. Jack tolerates my theatre-geekiness ALL the time, and I'm glad I have a friend on the team who I can blab to about theatre. He also knows how to put up with my long tangents and stories. Jack is the voice of reason in the presidency. He knows how to keep us girls calm when we're ready to pull our hair out. Jack is artistic, dashing, and fashionable. Jack has an incredible amount of faith... and I look up to his testimony more and more each day. Jack and I are performing in West Yellowstone together... so lucky me, I am privileged to have the opportunity to continue to get to know him even better this summer. Thank you for everything Jack. I look up to you SO much, and I value your friendship.

Jake Sommer
Jake Sommer is another lover of the theatre. Huzzah! Jake is also one amazingly creative individual. He decorated our entire set for the Folk Dance Christmas Show at the institute last semester, and he did a WONDERFUL job. Jake has a very artistic eye for things. He is very sociable, delightful, cooperative, and harmonious. I met Jake during the callbacks for the folk dance team, and because we share a love for theatre... I felt that we had an immediate friendship connection. He was so positive and encouraging during those callbacks, and he helped me to have confidence, even though the experience was very nerve-wracking! He continues to be an encouraging friend and teammate, and I'm thankful to know him. Oh yeah - and the Halloween social at his house was spooktacular! Seriously, so much fun. Thanks Jake!

Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith is so funny! He has an innate sense of humor, and he knows how to make the team laugh. This isn't Jordan's first year on the team, and his experience shows because he is an extremely strong dance partner. I've been privileged to dance with him on multiple occasions, and I'm always thankful to have a partner who knows how to lead a girl across the dance floor. Jordan is in charge of the equipment for the Folk Dance Team, and he has been such a great help setting up and taking down the floor every week! Jordan and I had Book of Mormon together last semester, and we laughed so much in that class! We were always so tired... sometimes I would laugh so hard I would start crying! I also had a grand time when we went on a date to The Maddox in Brigham City and then to see Sherlock Holmes over Christmas Break. Jordan is a great friend. Thanks for all you do, Jordan!

Kayla Crossley
Kayla is a phenomenal clogger! I love watching her clog during practices, she's got some serious moves! Kayla was also generous enough to help me learn the dances during callbacks for the team at the beginning of the year. I had missed the initial auditions for the team, and so Kayla helped me catch up for callbacks! I was so grateful to her for teaching me all the steps... and I was excited when I found out that she made the team too! Kayla and I used to be in the same ward, and I was so sad when she left our ward last semester! Kayla is hilarious. She has such a spunky personality. It seems that Kayla always has an entertaining or funny story to tell... and I love talking with her! Kayla, thanks for your positive and unique personality. Love you!

Karina Spencer
Karina is a generous, helpful, and thoughtful friend. She's very detail-oriented and thorough, two leadership qualities that I admire about her! I actually remember (and I haven't told her this until now) that when I met Karina during our first presidency meeting I was a tiny bit intimated by her because I thought she was so gorgeous and talented. Now she's one of my closest girlfriends on the team!!! Karina always has my back. She's there in a heartbeat to help me out whenever I need a friend. Even small things like listening to me vent, or dropping me off at my house, or letting me borrow her sheet music, or inviting me over for Pizza and The Sing Off, or offering me a place to stay when the power is out at my house... it's these things that make me realize how generous and service-oriented she is! Talk about signs of a true friend. Karina is one of the most selfless friends I have. I could probably write a novel about Karina and how much I admire her thoughtfulness, honesty, and friendship. She is an incredible person... and she is going to go so SO far in life. I love you, girl!

Karlie Nichols
Karlie is very smart... and she has a beautiful voice! She and Jack sang a musical number last semester during a devotional, and I was so moved and inspired by her singing abilities. Karlie is very determined and focused during practices. If I don't know a step, I know I can ask her anytime and she will know it! Karlie is also such a tall, beautiful, and graceful dancer! I also love Karlie's laugh... she's another person on the team with an awesome sense of humor, and her laugh and smile are infectious! Karlie is one of those people who can just light up a room when she walks into it. I can't help but smile when Karlie is smiling. Thanks for being such a sweet girl Karlie. Love ya!

Michael Clark
Michael wasn't on the team with us for the entire year, and I know everyone was sad when he left the team. But Mike has continued to be an honorary member of the team because he is engaged to Karlie! And they are pretty much a power-couple! :) I have lots of fun when I'm with the two of them. Michael is also roommates with Ben and Chad. I will never forget when Michael helped me feel better by making fun of stupid boys for me, and when we all played Halo at his house one night. I was the only girl there... and I'm pretty sure I was just target practice! Michael can make anyone laugh. He's super chill and knows how to entertain and have fun in a social environment. He's such a cool guy, and I'm glad to know him! Thanks for all you do, Michael!

Sadie Martineau
Sadie is another one of my closest girlfriends on the team. She is funny, laid-back, witty, smart, and she's not afraid to just be herself! I love how Sadie is never afraid to let her personality shine through... that's what makes her so enjoyable to be around. Sadie and I also have a lot of fun on our lunch dates. I'll never forget the time when we saw a man walk into the ladies' bathroom while we were out to lunch. Sadie is also extremely gorgeous. Sometimes she comes to practice with no makeup on and she still looks like a model :) haha. Sadie has mastered natural beauty. Sadie's also got a really good head on her shoulders. She's very sensible and collected. I would trust and value her opinion if I was making a tough decision about something in my life. She offers awesome perspective and advice. You can read even more about Sadie here. Keep workin' your 90's dance moves, girl! Love you!

Sam Howe
I think I can safely say that Sam is my best friend on the folk dance team. You can also read about him here. Sam is one of the most faithful individuals I know. His faith and testimony are incredibly uplifting and inspiring to me. Sam is also immensely thoughtful and considerate... and I can't say that enough. He has that gift of reaching out to people when they need it. Even just last week he text me to check up on me. Little does he know that his thoughtful message was inspired, because at that moment I was definitely in need of a comforting thought from a friend. And of course, it was Sam who was there to check up on me. Sam and I have many great discussions about life, and we also have a lot of fun when we're together. He's my Once Upon a Time buddy. Lucky me, it looks like we might be living in the same apartment building next year... so hopefully we will continue to be great friends! Love ya Sam!

Shae Jackman
Shae is such a FUN girl!! When I want to be girly, and when I want to have fun, I turn to Shae!! She is the queen of everything pink, sparkly, and girly and I LOVE that about Shae! Also, she's an amazing dancer. I could tell she had experience ever since day one... she just shines on stage! When I have a boy story... I want to tell Shae because I know she'll be excited for me. ha ha! I love love love how giggly and upbeat she is. Shae is preparing to serve a mission this summer and her sparkly personality is going to LIGHT up the mission field!! Holy cow girl, you are going to do some phenomenal work on your mission... I just know it! Thanks for always bringing a smile to the team!! I love you!

Teal Nelson
Teal is one of the most beautiful girls I know. I mean it... she is absolutely gorgeous! Teal has a kind and loving personality. Her smile is another one of those infectious smiles. I will always remember when Teal, Sam and I had a little inside joke out in the hall one night during practice... and Teal and I couldn't stop giggling! That was one of my most favorite bonding moments with Teal. I also had the most enjoyable time when she held a social at her house. We had a campfire and roasted s'mores... she was extremely hospitable and welcoming to everyone on the team. She also is an awesome Hawaiian dancer. She really helped me out when we learned our Hawaiian dance last semester... she can hula like none-other! hehe :) Thanks for being such a sweetheart Teal. We need to do lunch sometime. Love you :)

Tiffany Bradford
Tiffany is a very compassionate, understanding person. She knows how to listen, which is a quality that is hard to come by in some friends. I loved going to Crystal Hot Springs and Temple Square with her and Allison  and talking about boys and other silly things together. I remember driving to Breakfast with Tiffany after our big sleepover... we were so tired!!! But we had a blast! Tiffany has a very tender, soft, and warm personality. I admire her quiet and nurturing strength. She's very mature and collected... and I look up to her a lot! I love you Tiffany! Please remember to always keep in touch!

All of these people have touched my life during the past year. Some of them I spent more time with than others... but each and every one of them means the world to me. Like I said earlier... anything I put down into words doesn't do it justice. I love this team. I hope this post can give you guys a little taste of how much you all mean to me. I can't believe it's already been a year. Tonight is our last Thursday Night Practice. Bittersweet :)

So let's live it up! I know it's stressful, and I know it's been a whole lot of work... but let's not forget to have fun and soak in every moment of this experience. We are going to have two great weeks of performances and memories!

If you can dream it, you can achieve it!

Much, much love to my Folk Dance friends. Also a HUGE thanks and lots of love to Bro. D, Robby and Jill... and everyone else who made this phenomenal experience possible for me.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I like to make lists.

There are two-and-a-half-ish weeks left of the semester, and I'm SO ready for summertime.

The past week or so has just been meh/icky/blah/bland... and then I had a sick day. Fever, flu, headache... that was no fun. But my parents came back from their cruise, so I went home and enjoyed the company of my  sweet family for a couple of days. Being with my family was exactly what I needed. They took care of me and now I feel like a new woman. I'm back, and I'm ready to kick this semester's butt!

A list of what the next sixteen days look like:

-Script analysis project
-Folk Dance Spring Show
-Auditions for Lucky Stiff
-Auditions for Charm
-Directing and Choreography performances
-Voice recital
-Donor Cabaret Night
-AAT Awards Show
-Folk Dance Conference Show
-Folk Dance closing social
-Move out of apartment

... and of course the normal howework, classes, and whathaveyou.

A list of some things that make me happy:

-Nail polish that changes color in the sun
-Top Shot, Full Metal Jousting, and The Voice with the family.
-The Hunger Games with Mom and Brooklyn
-Bubblegum ice cream
-My glorious double-sized bed
-Frosted sugar cookies
-Chocolate Reese's Heath shakes
-An email from Austin Arntsen
-Letter from Elise Vander Does
-Possible trip to St. George (and maybe Mesquite?)
-Strawberry Frosted Mini-Wheats
-The Vampire Diaries
-Phone calls from Mom.
-Dance class
-Paying rent for the last time this school year
-Driving with the windows rolled down
-Looking at fall semester classes
-Jazz music
-Receiving my contract from Playmill
-West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone.

-Also, this song. I'm loving this song right now:

-And this. I'm going to start doing this. I'll post some of my favorites:

The end of the semester is always insane. Worth it, but insane. 
And I'll say it again, I can't wait for this summer. 
Well - I think that about covers it, folks! 
Happy Wednesday! We made it to the peak of the week... we're almost there!