1. The gospel- I remember one day in high school when i realized that my life was so much more stable because of my membership in the church. I have non-member friends who always feel like their lives are falling apart because they have nothing that gives their life real meaning. I don't have to deal with that because of my knowledge of this gospel. 2. My Family- I feel like a lot of my security in life comes from knowing that if nothing else is going the way i want it to, there are still twenty people who really care about me. 3. BYU- Even though it sometimes makes me feel like an idiot, i'm grateful for a school that challenges me and is constantly making me develop useful life skills. Like... responsibility. 4.Taylor Swift- I think Dallin said it best when he said, "she's your best friend and you don't even know her!" 5. Running- There is nothing better than the high that comes after finishing a big run. It also always puts my life back into perspective and my world is no longer falling apart. 6. Grapes, apples, bananas, oranges- If it didn't royally mess with my systems, i would eat only these foods. They're that good. 7.Good brothers and dad- i know this goes with family, but i've noticed that lots of girls don't know that there are boys in existence that aren't scumbags. Because i have an amazing dad and awesome brothers, i don't ever deal with that problem. If you don't treat me how you should, you can stay out of my life :) 8.Em and Mama- Also part of family, but i'm grateful for the example they've set in building a fun and good home. I love their excitement about crafts, food, and kids. It rubs off. 9.Fun roommates and friends-There is always something fun or exciting going on in our lives, and they definitely keep me entertained with their shinannigans. And I realized yesterday that i dodged a lot of trouble in high school because i had a best friend who was constructive instead of destructive. I love you, Marci Dawn :) 10. My brain- even though i don't always use it effectively, i'm grateful for a mind that i know will be able to comprehend and understand new material if i'll just put forth a little effort. 11. Grandma Nielson and Grandpa Anderson- Spending the past ten days with these awesome people just convinced me more of their awesomeness. They've definitely created an environment of consistency in the gospel that has blessed our lives. And they're funny. When i asked grandma what she liked most about grandpa when she married him, she answered, "well... norman was fun. really REALLY fun. We used to pick up mexican workers and drive home singing songs in spanish. Well, i would sing in spanish. your grandpa would sing in mexican."
the aftermath. our team. So on Saturday, i successfully completed the dirty dash. It was 6.2 miles of up and down hills, running through fields, hurdling hay bales, running in boggy lake, going down the worlds biggest slip and slide, running through a machine that makes snow, crawling through culverts, climbing muddy fences, and wallowing through a mud pit on my hands and knees. Funnest. Race. Ever.
My sister and her family came all the way from Indiana to see us! And for the record, she probably has the cutest kids you've ever seen/talked to. My favorite story from this visit is probably when a bunch of Naomi's friend came running to look at Annabel in amazement. Naomi was running behind them, yelling, "Would you like to pet her?! You can if you want! Go ahead, pet her! She'll let you! She's very nice." hmm... interesting... i thought Bella was a baby, not a chihuahua.
But anyways, we all went down to Arch Canyon and played in the creek and ate hummus until we wanted to die, and the bugs ate us until they probably wanted to die.
Blogger isn't letting me upload very well, so one picture will have to be all for this post. But, isn't that the cutest baby you've ever seen?
p.s. my sister made me the cutest shirt you've ever seen while she was here. I'll try to post pictures later. I really just need my sister to move here already. I'm suffering horribly from withdrawals.
If you're going to text me to thank me, PLEASE at least write the whole word out. I'm sick of this "thx" shinannery. If you're truly grateful, you can take the time to text the full six letters. THANKS.
I guess i shouldn't be surprised that i love everything Taylor Swift puts out but i've found another song i love. I just heard it tonight and guess what? i've already listened to it seven times and there is no end in sight. Is it cheesy? yes. but i can't deny that i love it.
I could only find a piece of it... but here it is.
I feel like I don't ever actually write about what's going on in my life, i just write obscure things. But this time, i'm gonna share with the class. Odd, i know. This boy is going on a mission. Tomorrow, actually. And that's what is going on in my life. Good Luck buddy.
I just realized that these are the only pictures i have uploaded from our Fish Lake trip. I'll have to fix that soon. oh and guess what else? I'm watching devotional in the JSB and... this couple in the back of the room is..... expressing their feelings for each other. i should have told them no when they asked if they could watch it with me. they're not actually watching so...