Monday, May 23, 2011

Good Weekend You Ask?

This weekend I had my last solo competition of the year. It was at Taylorsville High School. My solo competition a couple weeks ago at Kearns was a little disappointing, so I was determined to kill it this time. One hard thing about it was that I was competing against one of my really good friends and use-to-be teammate, Jill Hodson. The good thing about that though was that she was before me and I love jamming out to her solo! It is so much fun to watch and she has so much fun doing it! And if I had to compete and lose to anyone, I would want it to be Jill. Anyways, everything was going pretty well, Alley had done all of my makeup and glitter and stuff, and I was just warming up and stuff, when I found out that the competition was 20 minutes ahead of schedule, that I was on in only a couple minutes. Crazy thing is, I didn't really get nervous like I usually do. I just didn't care that much, which was awesome! :) We both had great performances, then got kind of screwed over by the judges, but oh well! Also, my sister and brother-in-law both got there in time to see me dance which was really awesome of them! Anyways, here is a picture of Jill and I with our trophies :)

On Saturday, I got to sleep in! It was awesome! Then, Emily and JoJo came over and hung out like all day! It was super fun! 

This is JoJo :) Ha ha in this picture she looks like a demon dog, and she kinda was this weekend, but she is usually as cute as can be :) 

After hangin out at our house for the afternoon, Emily, Michael, and I took JoJo on a walk around Daybreak Lake. That was super fun :) I love Daybreak Lake and I hope that I can go a lot more this summer! Then after the walk, we went back to Emily and Jesse's apartment and watched Iron Man 2 because I had never seen it and when I went and saw Thor with Matt, he was telling me how it connects with Iron Man 2 and how they are all going to join and form the Avengers, so I figured I probably should see it :)  After that, we were all getting pretty hungry, so we came back to our house and made a campfire and cooked hot dogs over the fire. It was pretty awesome :) Then, I tried to find smores stuff, and I thought I had, but the regular marshmallows were as hard as a rock and the graham crackers that we had were old and tasted like cardboard! Yuck! Then, my mom and I had gone shopping and we saw chocolate marshmallows, so I thought that we should at least try them and see if they were any good roasted. So we tried them......and they were so weird tasting! Ha ha it wasn't that they were super gross, but they definitely weren't normal....Ha ha ha :) Well, this is Emily trying to eat one of the chocolate 'mallows.... ;)

She got a little messy...and she blinked.... Ha ha ;)

Then on Sunday, it was Anthony Nixon's farewell. That was really awesome! The spirit was super strong as he spoke. Then, all of the priesthood holders in his ward, as well as a bunch of our guy friends, all went up onto the stand and sang "Called to Serve." The stand was so full of all the priesthood holders and it was just really amazing to see and to listen to! Then after his ward was over, we all went over to his house and had some delicious food and chatted as friends :) It was really good to talk to a bunch of them, especially to Ashley Gray and to here of all of her fabulous adventures that she is having, like going rock climbing! It sounds like so much fun! 

Anyways, this weekend was pretty fantastic to say the least, even if Jill and I got shafted by the judges. We still had fun, and that is what matters the most :) 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Start of a New Wave

It is the start of a new wave of missionaries leaving in my life. There were a couple of my friends that left at the beginning of the school year: Jordan, Quinn, and Brady. Then there hasn't been any for a couple of months. Now, it is the start of a new round. My wonderful friend Tommy Tautkus leaves tomorrow to the Provo MTC, where he will learn the Russian language to be able to then serve in the Ukraine Donetsk Mission. I went over to his house today to say goodbye and I didn't think it would be this hard....but as I left his house, I balled like a baby. I'm going to miss him a lot.
I am going to miss our little "fights" over Utah vs. BYU, our High School Musical texts back and forth, and he will always be Obi wan-Kenobi and me Darth Vader ;) Tommy is going to be an amazing missionary and the people in Ukraine are so lucky that they get to be taught the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ by him. I love and will miss you Tommy!

Also, my best friend Alley's older brother, Brock, goes into the MTC tomorrow. He will be serving the people of Bolivia. 

After Tommy and Brock, I think that I have friends going into the MTC almost every week. Anthony, Scott, Josh, Sean, Zach, Brenton, Bryant, Jake, Matt, and Ty all have their calls and will be leaving between now and the end of the year.

With all of my friends leaving soon, it makes me want to go on a mission even more. Even though I still have to wait 2 years to leave, with every farewell talk that I go to and every stake mission prep class I attend, I am more and more excited to go! 


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day

Well, for those of you that read my Valentines Day post, you know that I don't like Mother's Day very much either. But putting my bias aside for a moment, I want this post to be about my mom.
So basically my mom is awesome. Probably cooler than your mom. Ha ha Just Kidding, but she is basically the best! Just to tell you how cool she is, when she walks into Copper Hills High School, the students in the halls all know her and call her "Mama Ham" So yeah, she is pretty awesome.

Anyways, I love my mom. I don't know where I would be without her. She has been through so many things with me, the good and the bad. With all of my crazy injuries, she was always the one taking me to the doctors, getting me ice and Motrin, and dealing with me complaining about how they always happen at the worst times. She got me through all three of my losses for student government, and when I went into my crazy depression because of it, she was always there to cheer me up. Then when I got called to seminary council, she was there to celebrate with me. Like I said, through the good and the bad, she was there.

She has been a huge part of my dance life as well. Even when she didn't know what I was talking about in clogging and dance language and about my solos, she would always agree with me and tell me that I was doing awesome. She has been to all but one of my dance competitions and the only one that she has ever missed was this past competition in Ogden because she had to run a bridal shower for my cousin, but she drove me to the venue, then went back to Salt Lake, then back to Ogden. I would say that is pretty amazing. When I got discouraged because I didn't do as well as I wanted to, she was the one telling me that I did awesome and that would listen when I would vent about it. My mom is one of the ultimate dance moms. She would always have snacks, drinks, and especially breakable ice packs, medical tape, and medicine if anyone got hurt, which was usually me. Even when I got old enough to drive myself to my competitions, she always came anyways, even though she could have been doing so many other things on a Saturday.
A funny inside joke that my mom and I have is we love to go on random late night Walmart runs. We have a tradition that we always go one on the Thursday Night of my St. George competition. Then while we are there, especially the one in St. George because no one knows us at all, we pretend to super hate each other and we yell at each other and say "Are you handling it??" "I'm handling IT!" and then go to the next aisle and laugh hysterically. Yeah, we are a little crazy, but that's how we roll. Ha ha :)

Anyways, I do love my mom, even if I don't like Mother's Day. 


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