Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Quilter's Paradise

You may look at me and say to yourself, "hmmm... she does NOT look like she would be able to sew a button back on, much less make her very own quilt!" Well, to you my friends, I say.... WRONG! Can you believe it?! I am soooo domestic. A couple weeks ago I made meatloaf for dinner, now here I am channeling my inner grammy and quilting up a storm. Quilt Camp in the Ozarks was absolutely amazing... one of the most fun trips I've been on in awhile. To you it may sound like a snoozefest, but with my beautiful aunts Chris, Janae and Cindy, my mama, and my super cool cousins Kadee, Elizabeth, Melissa and Tiff, you couldn't have found a more hilarious group. Let me tell you the best things about quilt camp:
My Aunt Chris' really cool quilt shop in her basement (linked above... check it out!) We got to play with Long-Arm Sally for a little, and it really just makes you giggle.

Stopping in Kimmswick, Missouri at the Blue Owl Restaurant... delicious food and desserts to die for! Their bakery was amazing.
This pose was because we were sooooo full.

The stunning scenery... it was like something out of a movie!

Being with my Mom and seeing her wild side come out... Tiff knows what I'm talking about!

Strip Dances and giving not one, but TWO Valedictorian speeches (yes, I am truly so talented that I was voted valedictorian of quilt camp. My parents are SO proud.)

Going to Dickey Bubs, the local farm and home store. Complete with live chicks for sale and some pretty awesome shirts!

Pretty cool photo shoots

And last but not least (sorry this is such a loooong post!)... the creation of my quilt!!! Watch as it magically grows from little fabric scraps to my very first quilt done ALL by myself!


peter pan complex.

So life has been pretty good to me lately. Pretty routine, pretty uneventful, but... good. The weird thing is, I feel kind of settled, while it seems like everyone else is moving on to bigger and better things. Weddings, graduations, grad school, real jobs. And here I am, just bumming at home and teaching swimming lessons... and content. Is that wrong? Because sometimes I feel like I should be doing more with my life, like a cool internship or study abroad or something. Sometimes I feel guilty for enjoying my simple life. I feel like this is the last time in my life that I'll be able to live at home and hang out with my family and work in a non-stressful job that I actually enjoy doing. Soon, it'll be time to grow up. And I just don't want to! Call me Peter Pan or something. Unlike a lot of other people my age, I'm not really looking forward to graduating and entering "the real world". Well, the being done with school part I will love. But the whole real responsibility/real budgeting/real life thing just scares me. I like being on my own time, doing what I want to do, not what someone else wants me to do. It's kind of the perfect blend of independence and dependence. I love my mom making me dinner, but I love being able to go out to eat with my girlfriends. I love spending time with boots, but I love the time in the morning when no one is around and I can chill by myself. This time, this moment in my life, right now, is perfection for me, really. So call me crazy, but I like this slower pace that I've set for myself. I really want to appreciate these last few weeks of it, before heading back to Utah and returning to life as it was before. Until then, I'm refusing to grow up, and I like it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

my 80s flashback.

Who are these rockin people, you might ask? Well, it is none other than the legendary Styx. Yes, that Styx, the Mr. Roboto/Renegade/Come Sail Away one. And I got to see them live! Hallelujah. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about this whole experience. Basically, my dad really wanted to relive the glory days at the .38 Special, Styx & REO Speedwagon concert, and no one else wanted to go with him, so I volunteered. I like stuff like this, live music and classic songs and what promised to be some great people watching. So we arrived at the Thomas & Mack to some pretty cool mullets and old t-shirts and people getting their last cigarrettes in before the concert. .38 Special was pretty cool, even though I'd really never heard of them until now. They played a few songs and then there was a little 10 minute intermission before Styx came on. Now, I really only know two or three of their songs, but I was very impressed! These old dudes can rock, for real. My favorite was Tommy Shaw, but really only because he was on the E True Hollwood Story about rock star wives and he was the only one I recognized. Let me tell you, homeboy has had some work done because he does not look 55. The other singer is like 60 tho, and he could still do his thing! Someone out there has a pretty sweet grandpa. The keyboardist was the best- don't worry, he had his keyboard on a swivel so he could spin it around while he was rockin. One of a kind, I tell ya. My favorite part was when they did a cover of the Beatles "I Am the Walrus"... we thought of Boots because she loves the Beatles. And it was a song I could actually sing along to! Anyways, Styx was really cool and I'm not ashamed to say that I like them. Next up was REO Speedwagon, and unlike the other guys, they looked their age. I'm talkin white hair. But hey, they did good. Dad loved when they played him and my moms love song, "Can't Stop This Feeling"... at least my mom claims its their song. Long Story. Anyway, REO was good but didn't really measure up to Styx, so it kinda died. We peaced outta there very happy, and yes, I did get an official tour t-shirt. Don't judge. Loved this little flashback night!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

come see how good Jessica looks!

Jessi had prom last night... she is beautiful. And her date was fiiine... very dapper in his tux. And even though my mom doesn't like it when guys where tennis shoes with their tuxes, I think his fresh white nikes were perfect. Since my mom sometimes isn't the best photographer at these events, Jessica wanted me to come take some pictures for her. I was only able to stay for a few minutes, but here are some of the results. All the dresses were in such bright pretty colors, everyone looked soooo pretty. Sometimes I miss high school events like this... when else do you get to spend ridiculous amounts of money on making yourself look fab? Well, besides your wedding... I'll wait on that one, thanks.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Hot Mom

Happy Mothers Day! My mom is just amazing. I know everyone always says their mom is amazing, but mine really is. Let me tell you, I was not an easy child. I seemed to enjoy arguing and fighting with my mom on just about everything. I really have no idea how she put up with me! Thankfully, I have come to my senses and finally realized all that mi madre does for me. Sure, she does the usual, like cooking delicious meals and cleaning up after all us kids. But my mom seems to go above and beyond for us. She made me new pillows for my bed when I moved to my new apartment, she started to scrapbook all my high school pictures so I could remember stuff, she takes out the hem on my beautiful bridesmaid dresses, all while juggling 3 other kids at home and doing their stuff too. Plus, she's a babe... the guy at the nail salon was shocked when he found out she was my mom, not my sister, and she has had 5 kids. Not everyone can turn out like her! She is my number one example in life, the one person that I could turn out just like and be proud of it. So, dear mother, I hope you know that I love and appreciate you SOOOO much, not just on this day but everyday.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm comin home!

Yes, its true. I'm coming back home to the 702 for spring semester, and I'm so so so excited! I'll be teaching swimming lessons at Las Vegas Swim Academy, so bring your kids to me! I did this two summers ago and loved it, plus I got the best tan of my life. I'm looking forward to living at home again for a little bit, and hanging out with my bff sammy, and bonding with my baby sis boots, and driving Jessica crazy before she realizes how excited she is to come live in P-town with me in the fall. It's pretty much just a win-win! The only rough part will be finding a job when I come back at the end of June, but I feel like it will all work out well. Tomorrow is my last day at the Buckle... HOLLA! Can't wait to get out of that place. The only thing I'll miss is the discount.
Well its Wednesday, and I love weds night tv. ANTM, then Idol results (ugh adam...), and later the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Does anyone else watch that show? I LOVE it. Super dramatic/adventurous/hysterical. The CT/Adam fight in the first episode was hysterical... mainly because Adam was wearing footie pajamas. And Paula is crazy, I can't stand her.
I got some cute sandals the other day... I just love summer clothes. If you are in Utah, you should definately go to Forever Young shoes. They're really cheap and have tons of cool shoes, and they are usually buy one get one half off. I try not to go in there so much cuz I buy something every time! That and Nordstrom are the death of me.
Oh yeah, and I have two new roomates. They're really nice. It's different living with random people, but I think I lucked out cuz they're both really sweet. They probably hate me cuz I've had a nonstop cough for the past two weeks. Not even a cold or sore throat or anything, just a nasty cough. It's driving me crazy, I can't get rid of it! Any suggestions? Sorry this is such a random post. Oh well... such is life.

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