Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Little Nothings

Some of the things that made me especially happy today.

-Long, warm showers
-A late night cup of cocoa
-Clean laundry
-Summer reading
-Homemade banana bread
-Swinging at the park
-Walking barefoot outside
-Warm evenings
-Text messages from cute boys
-Writing letters to best friends
-Swamp coolers
-Warm cornbread and butter
-Sitting underneath shady trees
-Visiting for a moment with the Welch family
-The sound of running water from a nearby creek
-Relaxing at the park with Brian and Jack
-Starry skies
-We Bought A Zoo
-Snuggling in the blankets
-The smell of candles
-Bug spray
-Car heaters
-Sleeping bags
-Playmill family time
-Jack driving my car home for me in the dark
-The smell of sagebrush
-Open  car windows

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A little Joy Williams.

Sometimes I listen to music and the lyrics describe my life most perfectly.
And besides that, I just really like this song.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My New Nemisis II

The most efficient/least damaging
Method for curling my hair.
The sponge curlers.

This is why I get asked on so many dates.
I mean just look at me, I'm a keeper.
(Especially with the glasses.)

Sponge curlers are my new nemesis.
Lucky me, I get to wear them every three days 
For the rest of the summer.
(Oh, the joy.)

But despite the headaches and the whole "I feel like a nerd" thing,
It's still worth it.

(If you had to wear these in public every day, you would feel like a nerd too.)

It's a good thing I like my job so much.

Monday, June 18, 2012

singing and shooting and bears, oh my!

My family came to West Yellowstone this weekend to see me perform at The Playmill! I absolutely loved seeing my sweet family in the audience, and then I was able to spend time with them today during my day off. Today we had many wonderful adventures. Here's my documentation of their stay in West, picture style.

Dad snapped some pictures of us on street! 
Here I am with Jack and Jennie. I'm a little grumpy in this one,
After a very stressful mini hair crisis.

I was so excited for my family to finally experience The Playmill at it's greatest!
They saw both Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Drowsy Chaperone (twice)
And they absolutely loved the shows (and the fudge!)

I enjoyed spending all day Sunday with my family.
This morning we went to the shooting range. The pink one is called a Briefcase Gun....

And then I shot the revolver. I must say, I'm a pretty good shot.
The boys were surprised at my good aim. And I have a target for proof. (Bullseye!)

After shooting, we took a trip to Island park and fed the fish at Big Springs.
Then we had lunch with Addison and Bre Welch!
I loved spending the afternoon with the Welches and my Fam!

When lunch was over, we drove into Yellowstone Park where I saw this...

Can you believe it? Up close and personal! 
A bear decided to meander through the parking lot at the waterfall today.
I was seriously ten feet away!!!
I was a little scared to turn my back to the bear for a picture,
But I'm glad I captured the evidence! Isn't he cute??

We saw many incredible sights today. My favorite is this waterfall.
I took my family to Artist's Point. Beautiful.
Lucky me, Dad bought an annual pass so I can visit the park all summer long!

But the excitement isn't over yet. We saw another bear!! 
Two bear sightings in one afternoon, and they were both extremely close!
What are the odds? Luckily, we saw this one from the safety of the van. (Phew!)

After our Sunday drive in the Park, 
Dad and I had our first experience dining at the Taco Bus
While Mom and the kids ate at Dairy Queen. You can bet I had some ice cream today, too.

It was an amazing weekend.

I LOVE my family. Thanks for visiting! I miss you already.
Can't wait to see you again in a couple months. Much love!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Daddy's girl.

“A true father is always there. He is there to spill tears of happiness when his eyes fall upon his infant daughter. He is there with arms to catch her when she takes her first steps or stumbles. He is there to teach her at the youngest age, even though she might not understand half of it. He is there to help her color inside the lines, make her grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, and tie her shoes. He is there to hug her and kiss her on her first days of school, and to walk her in if need be. He is there to teach her and tease her and laugh with her. He is always there to embarrass her, but that’s part of life. He is there to tell her to go ask her mother, when her mother told her to ask him. He is there to lecture her, prepare her for the monster called high school. He is there to put up with her teenage moods and her co-ed relationships. He is there to approve, disapprove, accept and forgive. He is there to give her a big bundle of flowers when she graduates, to smile when her name is called and feel proud. He is there to embrace her and kiss her before she goes to live and learn a thousand miles away. He is there to see her become a workingwoman, to walk her down the aisle. He is there to watch her grow as the lines on his face grow. He is there to welcome her home, always, and let her hug him and smell the smell she remembers from childhood, the warm, protecting, comforting smell of dad. But most of all, he is always there to love her. And she is always there to love him back.”

-Katie Schmarr

Just wishing a Happy Father's Day to my incredible dad.
The quote said it all better than I could, so I left it to her. 
Thanks for being a true father. I love you Daddy.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

two decades.

Being twenty definitely feels different than being nineteen. The transition from eighteen to nineteen was hardly noticeable, but even saying the phrase "I'm twenty" feels strange in my mouth. Maybe it's because I've been saying "I'm _______teen-years-old" for the past seven years of my life, but no matter the reason... I'm happy for the change. Now there will be no more, "Oh you're still a teenager" or, "Wow, you're such a baby" or, "I don't date people who are under the age of twenty" being tossed in my direction. No siree. 

I had an absolutely wonderful birthday. Even though I was away from my sweet family, birthdays are a big deal up here at the Playmill and I have never been so spoiled. It was definitely a memorable day.

On June 2nd, the night before my birthday, the cast sang "Happy Birthday" to me on the Playmill Stage. Addison and Clint kneeled at my feet before the entire audience and sang to me. I loved every minute of it! After the show that night, the entire cast went to the Merrill's home for games and food. When the clock struck twelve, the cast sang a much-less harmonious (but still just as wonderful) version of Happy Birthday and had me skipping around the room in celebration (another Playmill birthday tradition). Eliza Merrill even graced me with a beautiful birthday song that she made up just for me! I played Halo with the boys until two in the morning, and then it was time for bed! (The birthday girl needed her beauty sleep.)

When I woke up the morning of my birthday I had a lovely birthday voice message from my Grandma Paxman. My dearest roommate Brooklyn decorated "Happy Birthday!" all over the mirrors with expo marker in our apartment. She even wrote me a darling name acronym in the bathroom.

I had many people wish me a Happy Birthday during church, and after church when I arrived back at home I received another birthday voice message from my Grandma Pack. (Grandparents are the best!) I talked on the phone with my dear family while Brooklyn made banana bread, and then it was time for a Sunday walk in the park!

(Sitting down for a rest by the river during our walk.)

It was a nice, relaxing birthday. Nothing too exciting had happened, but I wasn't expecting anything huge. I mean... what else is there to do on a Sunday in West Yellowstone?

When I came home from my walk with Brooklyn, Lauren, Clint and our two new ward friends Tara and Nina, I returned home to enjoy Brooklyn's delicious banana bread. Then after a short nap, my roommates decided to visit the boys house.

Roger and Heidi Merrill had a birthday treat/celebration arranged for me at nine. The entire cast was supposed to meet at the theater for strawberry shortcake on behalf of my special day. The girls wanted to visit the boys house at eight before we all went to the theater. I told them I would meet up with them later, after I called my family. But my roommates were persistent. Finally, they dragged me out of the apartment and over to the boys house. (It took a lot of persuading on Lauren's part.)

When I got to the boys house I sat down to watch Mickey Mouse Cartoons with Brooklyn, Lauren and Clint when all of a sudden, the ENTIRE Playmill cast and crew came bursting out of the bedroom doors in the boys apartment screaming "Happy Birthday Bailee!" at the top of their lungs! It was a wonderful surprise!! I had no idea!

(Bre got photos of the surprise. I'm hidden, but I'm somewhere in the middle of all those crazy people!)

I was surrounded by amazing, enthusiastic, and loving friends... and they were all there to celebrate MY birthday. I felt so loved. I've never had a surprise birthday party like this before... and I was absolutely thrilled!!!

Paige brought homemade German chocolate cake, Stacey remembered to bring the ice cream (my favorite) and there were lots of treats to be had by all. Then, Addison and Bre surprised me with a very special gift.

They gave me a "Compliments Book" for my birthday. Addison and Bre contacted my family and all of my friends, and compiled a book full of messages from my loved ones. The tiny black book was filled with heartfelt messages from various family members and friends. The book is one of the best gifts I have ever received in my entire life. I was touched, and I love reading through all of the notes inside the book. I got teary-eyed reading the notes people had written.

Reading my compliments book with Hannah

Thank you Bre and Addi! I love it!

I also got some adorable hairbows from Jennie, free lunch from Boyd, and then the Merrills came over with Strawberry Shortcake! Heidi put candles in one of the cakes and everyone sang to me again (and made me skip around the room, again.) Everyone enjoyed eating and visiting with each other. Then we all watched Tangled. (My favorite!)

All in all, it was an incredible birthday! I want to give a HUGE thanks to my Playmill family for making it such a memorable occasion. Seriously. This was one of my best birthdays yet. Also, I want to give a shout-out to everyone who wrote in my book. I have some amazing friends and family. Thanks to everyone who phoned, messaged, or was a part of my birthday in any way. I love you guys!

... and next year, twenty one!! Woot!