Thursday, December 13, 2012

We're Just Two Lost Souls Swimming In A Fish Bowl

I can't believe I've kept this lil guy alive for 6 months. That's a personal record for me as far as fish go. I was the kid that always ended killing her fish somehow, so keeping my Chester guy alive has been pretty cool. He's a fun fish. Which is weird to say because fish are super boring, but I sure do like him. Believe it or not, he's actually kind of loud for a fish. I feel like he has character. How many people can say their fish has character?? That's right. Just crazy people like me.

Since I'm a loser, I like to celebrate my month anniversaries with him. Yesterday was our half year mark. We watch fish shows together to celebrate.

Anyways, I'll end this pointless blog entry with a video that I find amusing. Up to 1:05 is my life. Pretty funny how much I can relate. Enjoy.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

That's What Christmas Means To Me, My Love

Some things I like about Christmas:
Oh my gracious how this year has flown by! Can you believe how close it is to being over? I can't.
I started celebrating Christmas a bit earlier this year. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I already had my tree up. My tree is adorable! I went and bought myself an itty bitty one along with a stocking and some Christmas lights for my room. I couldn't help but get festive as soon as I brought it home. Take a look!
Isn't it cute? I love it.
I'm also extremely happy that I'm COMPLETELY done with my Christmas shopping! Yay! I've been done for a couple of weeks. I wanted to get it done early so I could mail all the gifts that I bought for everyone home. But man it feels good to be done already.
Speaking of home... I can't wait to visit! The only down side is that I'm taking a train home. It takes 35 hours to get home by train. I'll be leaving Chicago in the afternoon on the 21st of December and arriving in Utah on the 22nd at 11pm. It's going to be a looooong trip. 70 hours on a train round trip. Yippee. It'll be worth it though!
Here, take a look at a neat snowman I found in downtown Naperville
They have 18 of these all throughout the downtown area. Ladybug and I went searching for all of them and she insisted on taking a picture of every single one. This one was my favorite though. They had some pretty cool ones. It was fun to look for them all. Ladybug and I had a good time.
Also, I just want to add how AWESOME Chicago looks all decorated for the holidays. Especially at night! Some buildings have red and green lights on them. A lot of buildings have GIANT Christmas trees in their lobbies. Willis Tower has one of the biggest trees I've ever seen. All of the store window displays are cute and festive, there's ice skating at Millennium Park, it's all just so cute and different than what I'm used to! Next time I go to Chicago I'll try and snap some pictures of it so you guys can see what I'm talking about. It's truly an amazing sight.
Anyhow, I can't wait to be home for 2 whole weeks! I'll be seeing you all very soon!

Jeff's Gotta Solo!

First of all, let me say happy half year mark to me!
My close family members back home had a bet going for how long I would last out here, and I have officially beat them all. Pay up, losers!
Anyways, to celebrate my 6 months here, I decided to go to the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert. I also splurged a little and bought a ticket for an AMAZING seat. I was the first row off the floor level off to the left of the stage. I was A LOT closer than I thought I was going to be. Best concert seat I've ever had.

 Being as close as I was, it was really hard to contain my excitement. I was at the concert alone, so I was sitting there smiling like an idiot. I wanted so badly for my brother and dad to be there! I was really close to where the guitar and bass players would go stand, and I could see their facial expressions. I looked so dumb laughing by myself at their little faces they'd make or whatever to make people laugh. I was surrounded by a TON of old people too. Pretty sure I was the only one even getting into the music, or at least showing I was into it. It was awkward when I'd get excited over something and I'd stand up and cheer and everyone would look at me like I was psycho.

 The first half of the TSO concert is always a little Christmas story they do. Then the second half of their show is just them completely rocking out. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I could see the band members' sweat, spit, and hear them when they yelled without a microphone. I've never enjoyed myself so much at a concert alone before. I'm so happy I got the seat I did.
Although I was surrounded by the smell of Old Spice and got a bit motion sick, I had a great time tonight.
Here's a little video so you can see how awesome it was to be sitting where I was. I'm not sure if the sound works on it, but turn your volume down just in case if you watch it.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

What If Money Didn't Matter?

Extremely inspirational video, right?
I liked it a lot.

Thanksgiving Sweet Rolls

I'm a bit late posting about my Thanksgiving, but let me tell you, it was awesome! Although I missed my family terribly, I still had a great experience this year. I spent my 5 day break in a high rise condo overlooking downtown Chicago. The view was GORGEOUS!!! Especially at night. I loved it.

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to try cooking some dishes for the dinner. I ended up making some candied yams, a green bean casserole, and some yummy rolls made from scratch.

Cooking in a kitchen you're not familiar with is tricky. It took me forever finding everything I needed for the rolls. The last thing I needed to find was flour. I finally found it in a huge container marked "all purpose flour." I have made these rolls before, so I knew I could do it, but I left my recipe in Utah. After calling my grandma for the recipe, I was ready to get started. I followed the recipe my grandma gave me exactly. By the time my 6 cups of flour had been added, my dough was still pure liquid. That shouldn't have been happening! I called my grandma back and told her what happened. She told me to try a different way. I tried it the other way, but for some reason I just couldn't get the dough right. I was feeling really confused as to why it wasn't working when all of the sudden someone says, "Is that even flour?"

Well... It looked like flour, felt like flour, the container it was in was marked flour. Of course I thought it was flour! That's when I tasted it. Powdered Sugar. I was using POWDERED SUGAR. Duh, Ashley! No wonder the dough was liquid!

Needless to say, after one more try and using actual flour, I got the dough right and my rolls turned out awesome. I was very proud! Also a bit embarrassed, but hey, I eventually got it right.

That's just one of those stories I'll always remember when looking back on my Thanksgivings. One of the best ones yet! Can't wait for years to come. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Homeowner Horrors

A few months ago, I had to deal with the carpet in my room flooding from a huge rain storm we had out here. It took me WEEKS to get the nasty mildew smell out of the carpet. As soon as I thought everything was ok, we had another storm. I had put towels by my window as a precaution just in case we did have another one. Those didn't help at all. My carpet was re-flooded. After a few MORE weeks of dealing with my stupid carpet problem, I finally won. The smell is gone and everything.

Well today, I was down in my room quickly grabbing something when all of the sudden I hear this loud pressure of water through the pipes, then a huge gushing sound coming from the storage room. I wasn't sure what it was, so I went to check it out. To my horror, I saw that the water softener had exploded and there was water spraying everywhere! I panicked! I didn't know where the main water valve was to shut it off! I called my employer's father because he lives literally 2 minutes away, but there was no answer. I booked it to the neighbor's house, but they weren't home. I called my other employer's father that lives about 10 minutes away, and luckily he said he'd rush right over. In the meantime while I was waiting for him to get there (which felt like forever) I was running outside around the house like an idiot trying to find the valve. I then ran around the inside of the house like an idiot trying to find the valve. Heck, I even tried calling my own father in Utah just for moral support, but he was at work like I thought he would be. Heh, heh, I was just desperate! I was so stressed out, I was on the verge of tears. All I could think about was the water filling up in the back room. I was letting my imagination get away with me and could just see the water rushing into my room and ruining everything in its path.

The kids' Opa finally showed up. I was so happy to see him. He's quite the handy man. He's the one that fixed my window leaking problem, so I knew he could help me. He found the valve and shut off the water. The water softener hasn't completely stopping spilling out water yet, but it's controllable right now. All the water is able to go down a drain, making it so no other rooms are going to flood. (keeping my fingers crossed) We are currently waiting on someone with more plumbing experience to come over and take a look.

I now realize the true horrors homeowners have to go through. I never realized it before because I had my handy man daddy at home that would handle our problems while I was just the "nothing's wrong in life" teenager oblivious to anything that WOULD happen.

This growing up stuff is intense. I've now experienced full blown motherhood, and awful things that can happen to your home. Man, I need to start learning more things about houses and stuff because I'd be useless to myself if I was ever alone in a situation like this.

So I guess moral of the story:
Learn where to shut off your main water! Or know someone who does =]

All Hallow's Eve

Can I just say that Halloween is A LOT more fun when you have children? I enjoyed it so much more this year than I have years prior.

The kids kicked off the countdown to Halloween by helping me decorate my room. They each made a pumpkin and helped me cut out some other cute patterns. I did buy a couple of decorations, but not many. I wanted simple and easy decorations, and let's face it, homemade is much more fun as well.

Here are the decorations I had up:

DQ cut those out of a magazine for me so I kind of had to put them up
DQ knows I like owls so she made this for me
Pumpkins: Ladybug's, Marvel's, mine, and DQ's
Costumes were the most fun out of everything for me. I now understand why my mother always went above and beyond with mine and my brother's costumes. You want your kid to look cool! Marvel chose to be Thor, (of course!) Ladybug was Strawberry Shortcake, and DQ was a masquerade fairy. They all looked so cute. I obviously can't post pictures, so you'll just have to take my word for me. As for me, I was a mermaid.
I forgot to get a picture of myself with the full effect. I put decorative netting all over my shirt and pants. I didn't wear a tailfin or anything. It was simple, but I liked it a lot.
Last but not least, we have the PUMPKINS! All the kids ditched me in the process of carving them. 3 and 1/2 hours and 3 awesome pumpkins later we have these results:
DQ's pattern of choice
Marvel's ninja turtle and Ladybug's Ariel
We only had 3 trick or treaters total come to the door. And the kids got a TON of candy. We all had a great time this Halloween. Loved spending it with the kiddos. 



Saturday, October 13, 2012

All She Wants For Christmas Are Her Two Front Teeth

I experienced a definite first 2 days ago in the adventures of motherhood.
Marvel and Ladybug were having a playdate with their cousin. The 3 of them were having a grand old time. Enjoying each other's company, all that jazz. When all the sudden, I hear blood curdling screams. I ran to see what was wrong and Ladybug was in hysterics. Her and Marvel hit heads SUPER hard. She started freaking out even more when she realized there was blood coming out of her mouth. I had her open her mouth for me and that's when I just sat there and was like... What do I do right now?

First of all, I didn't even think her tooth was loose! Second, this is NOT what I was expecting at all!

All I could say to her was, "where'd your tooth go?"
That was NOT the right thing to say. She didn't even know her tooth was gone! At first I thought she could have swallowed it. I proceeded to check the back of Marvel's head... Just to be sure. Then we searched all over the floor for it. Our little cousin friend ended up finding it.

Ladybug was a mess. She was certain the world was ending until I looked at her and said "Well... You know who's coming now, don't you?" She instantly got this huge blood filled grin on her face and gave the funniest little giggle I've ever heard come out of her. This was when she realized loosing a tooth was the best thing that could have happened to her.

After the initial shock of her missing tooth, she let me look in her mouth again. One tooth and a cut lip later, I discovered her other front tooth is now pretty loose. Therefore, by Christmas, we're going to have a two front teeth-less little Ladybug.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Trials And Tribulations

"Everybody in this life has their challenges and difficulties. That is part of our mortal test. The reason for some of these trials cannot be readily understood except on the basis of faith and hope because there is often a larger purpose which we do not always understand. Peace comes through hope."--James E. Faust
Seeing people you care about going through trials is a hard thing. Their trials can very well effect you and become a trial of your own in a way. When I endure trials that of which are not my own, I feel helpless. I don't know how to comfort the people I care about. Numerous people have been coming to me with their problems lately, and I feel like I'm no help at all. I feel sorrow and sympathy, but just saying "I'm Sorry" doesn't help.
I overcame some huge trials in my life a couple years ago. I've been problem free for the past two and a half years, and now all the sudden, so many things are crashing down on me, and I want to help everyone.
Some of these problems are reminding me of my own things that I've already overcome. Having to go through it again is making me uneasy to be honest. These are things I never thought I'd have to experience twice, but it's currently happening again.
It does help to know that I did get through it once, so I can do it again. I'm much more experienced and mature in life than I was when I was going through my challenges in the first place. I have a much bigger support system too.
Getting through the hard times in life is possible. All I can say is that you always need to see the positive in things in life no matter how small they may be. It gives you a much better attitude. (and helps you from going bonkers) I just keep telling myself over and over, "This too shall pass" because I'm right, it will pass and I will overcome it.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

10 Percent

Today... I paid my tithing for the very first time. It felt awesome! I know I'm a few years overdue, but this is a big step for me, and I'm excited.
Moving to Illinois has helped me a TON with my faith. Say what you will, but I'm happy to finally know where I stand as far as religion.
I can say I'm genuinely happy with my life! Not many people can say that, so I'm very lucky that I can.
Thanks to all those who love and support me. Wouldn't be where I am without you.
Mmkay, end of sappy blog post.
Peace out.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sick Of Feeling Sick

Fibromyalgia... I hate it.

I haven't had serious problems with Fibromyalgia for almost 2 years now. It hasn't gotten me to the point where it interferes with my daily life for long periods of time, until this last month and a half. I don't know what it is, but I cannot shake this "episode."

I've found that for me personally, endorphins help me a TON with my Fibro. I discovered that as long as I stay active, and work out at least 3 times a week, I'm not bothered by my Fibro at all. My work out of choice is running. Running makes me feel awesome. It gives me energy and the natural ability to keep my relentless disease at bay. But lately, not even staying active is helping me.

I've been trying to figure out what's been going on with my body for a while now. At first it was stress of the move, new atmosphere, and new job. But I got used to all of that and there was no change. Then I found out my Iron was low. No wonder I was so exhausted. Once I had that taken care of, I'd be back to normal, right? Nope. Still tired. Next I thought maybe my sleeping patterns were off. I started going to bed earlier. When I went to bed earlier, I found I was only sleeping even longer. On my days off, I average 17 hours of sleep. That is NOT normal. Even after my 17 hours, I'm STILL soooooo tired. And it's not because I'm lazy, or just love to sleep either. I just have zero energy in my body.

I decided to up my running/working out to 6 times a week to see if that would help. Nope. No change in energy levels, which is really strange because usually that helps me. Fibro is kicking my butt right now. Constant exhaustion, head/body aches, and small flares of IBS. I do not know what's going on!

I guess all I'm trying to say is that I'm super frustrated that I don't know how to help myself in this situation. The doctor can't help me either, because the only thing that helps me along the lines of Fibromyalgia, isn't helping me anymore. Being trapped in a body that isn't my normal 100% is exhausting. Literally! Sometimes I wish I could just solve everything in an instant! Everything will be ok though. I just have to wait it out and keep on living my life. Fibro, you shall not win this one! I will not surrender!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Who DOES This?!

Ok, ok. So I don't usually talk about my guy problems online, and this might be a little mean, BUT, this one is too good not to share.

So get this. The kid I dated the most recently was like last fall. We stopped dating in like December of last year. Reason for this post here.

Anywho, just so you understand the story I'm trying to tell, here's a recap of things that have happened since then. We didn't talk for like months, then he somehow found out I was moving, decided he wanted to "try things again" I told him no, moved, blah, blah, blah. In July, he asked if I moved, I told him yes, he told me to come home, he still wanted to "try things again" more blah, blah, blah. Well anyways, remember my trip to Utah? Yeah. Nothing. Not even a word. I didn't care though because my hopes certainly weren't up. I kinda guessed as much anyways. A couple weeks after I got home from visiting Utah, he got mad at ME for not "taking the effort to go see him." Haha, whatever. We hadn't talked since then until last night. Here's where the good stuff comes in.

Last night I could not fall asleep for the life of me. 3am finally rolls around and I had JUST gotten to sleep when I get a text... That wakes me up. I know, I know, I could have put my phone on silent and should've just turned it off, but that's not what happened. The text was from this kid. I decided to ignore it and try to go back to sleep. Nothing happened. 45 minutes later, I texted him back seeing what he wanted. Ohhhhhh my gosh. I've never laughed out of anger in my life before, but he sure got me to do it.

He tells me that there's this huge golf tournament going on in Chicagoland (Ryder Cup 2012), and asks me how far away I live from it. I told him I lived like half an hour away. He then proceeds to TELL me I'm going to go to this country club and BUY him a jacket from the tournament. What the heck? I asked him why he couldn't just buy one online and it's because he "doesn't trust online transactions." Whatever! I looked up the stupid jacket he wanted and get this...

This freaking jacket is $90.00.
He wasn't even planning on paying me back! This is where I started laughing even harder. I wouldn't even buy the boyfriend I don't have a $90.00 jacket. Not to mention I'd have to pay for tax and to ship it.
 What in the world is he thinking?! "Oh hey, Ashley. We haven't talked in a month, but uh, will you buy me this freaking expensive jacket?" When I told Samie about it, her response killed me. "Does he have a brain?" Hahaha I laughed really hard, because it's so true.

I really needed to share this ridiculous story with the interwebs. I honestly can't believe people are like this. I just feel sorry for the people that actually FALL for stupid stunts like this. Let's just say my dear friend will not be getting his jacket. Pity.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Girl's Guide To Concert Going

Well folks, I finally went to my first concert by myself. I was told this is "risky business for a single girl my age to be doing in a strange place at the kind of concert I was going to." Oops! I went anyways.

I bought my ticket to KISS and Mötley Crüe a couple weeks ago. I have seen them previous years, so this was going to be my second time seeing them both... AT THE SAME TIME! I was so excited! Now, for those of you who don't know who these bands are, let me enlighten you.

This is KISS
Their music sounds like this:
Now this is Mötley Crüe 
Their music sounds like this:
(My favorite song of theirs)
Ok, are we all up to speed? Good.
Now, like I said, I was super excited to see them, so I really didn't care that I was going to be alone. But everyone else was concerned, so I reassured everyone I was going to be extra careful. Here are some things I discovered that are good for a girl to do when she's alone at a concert.
Tip #1:
DO NOT park in overflow parking if you don't HAVE to. This is where I made a mistake. Why? Because if you have to leave early for some reason, walking back alone can be dangerous. ALWAYS remember where you parked. I will tie into this a little later, but keep it in mind.
Every girl needs to go through security just like the men do. Tip #2: Don't bring pepper spray or anything like that. You'll never see it again.
After you've gotten into the venue, you need to act like the toughest, baddest chick that ever walked this planet. That would be Tip #3. Don't let anyone push you around. Glare at someone if you have to. Just don't act like you're scared. Cuz you're not!
Alright people, tips after this point on are for if you're a cheap seater and you bought general admission tickets. Which is what I do.
So, you've found a good spot on the lawn. No one is quite drunk yet, it's still light outside, and everyone's laughing having a good time waiting for the bands to start. This is when it's ok to look like you're on your own. People will assume you're just waiting for someone. So at this point in the concert, relax, and don't worry.
It's time to get tricky when it's dark, and everyone is drunk. Number one predator to look out for: Old, drunk, scary men. They'll hit on you like no other. How do you avoid these men? Tip #4: Stand close enough to a group that's not drunk, but not too close so the people don't think you're a weirdo. Trust me. This works. I had an old dude eyeing me, so I got closer to a group of dudes. Seemed to work like a charm, because the old guy left me alone after that.
Tip #5: NO spot is important enough to stay in if you're uncomfortable with someone. Find a different spot to stand. It's no big deal.
Tip #6: If someone is bugging you bad enough, find event staff to take care of them. It's what they're there for.
Alright! The concert is just about over. I like to leave right before the last song so I won't be stuck in parking for 7 years. Remember that while walking back, you're the baddest person alive, right? Ok, good. Now, when you've left the venue and you're making your way to your car, carry your keys inbetween your knuckles. That would be Tip #7. Why do this? Because in case you need to hurt someone, your punch is now 10x deadlier. I do this even when people are around. You never know what could happen. Which brings me back to Tip #1. Parking far away means less people, and more risk. That's why it's important to be cautious about going to your car.
I know this may seem silly, but not everyone in the world is trust worthy. This is definitely a worst case scenario guide. Concerts are fun! Stuff like this doesn't even happen most of the time! But it's always good to know these things just in case.
I had so much fun at the concert! Both of the bands were so high with energy and sounded really good! The crowd was into it and it was just a plain old good time. I'm so glad I got to go. I'm sure it'll be one of those concerts to remember =]


Sunday, September 2, 2012


I realized I forgot to blog about my glorious visit to good old Utah a little over 2 weeks ago. Boy was it swell. 9 whole days of family, friends, and FUN!

The reason I got to go home was for 2 weddings. Yes, two. My cousin and my good friend both got married within a week of each other. I got lucky that they planned their weddings so accordingly. Thanks, guys!

First of all, I need to tell a touching story. It has definitely made its way to the top of my favorite memories of my daddy. Sorry, dad. Hope I don't embarrass you. =]

But anyways, I left Chicago around 11:00am. I had a short layover in Minneapolis, then it was off to Salt Lake City! I have never experienced such a long flight. It was only about 3 hours, but it felt much longer because I was so excited. I FINALLY heard the captain come on and say we'd be landing shortly. I was glued to my window like a kid glued to the window of a candy store. I'm surprised my face wasn't up against it. What was I so happy to see? Mountains!! I missed those gorgeous things so much. I had the biggest cheeser grin on my face.

After landing, I was so anxious to get off the stupid plane. But of course, when you're impatient, things seem to take 10x longer. I've never been so annoyed with slow people in my life. When I finally got off the plane, I literally started a mild jog through the airport. When I finally got to baggage claim, I saw my dad! I ran to him faster than I've ever ran before and just hugged him. I instantly started to cry. Not just a couple tears. Like full on ugly cry. It felt so good to actually be able to hug my daddy. I didn't want to let go! I stood there hugging him and crying. It. Was. Awesome.
After I was done being dramatic, it was off to get my luggage and then straight out to my car. Ohhhh my car! How I missed that as well! I was so happy I got to drive it home.

The very next day after I got home was my friend's wedding. It was such a gorgeous day! I'm so glad I got to be apart of it and spend their day with them. Such a beautiful wedding.

The next day after that, I had something to attend about an hour and a half south from my house. I dragged my bffl Samie along with me, and we had a mini road trip. She's so nice to put up with me and my random things that need to be done!

The rest of the week was spent being taken out to lunch and dinner, catching up with friends and family, cuddling my puppy, meeting new and wonderful people, driving my car, and plain just enjoying home.
Meeting and holding my adorable baby cousin for the first time. I fell in love with her!

My dad was even awesome and went hiking to Timpanogos Cave with me.
I about near died hiking up that mountain. When you forget your inhaler... And you're not used to the altitude anymore.. You tend to slow down a bit. My dad was a trooper and was patient with me the whole time. Let me tell you though, it was certainly worth the hike.
To top it all off, my last day visiting was just like when I moved to Chicagoland, spent at my cousin's wedding. Different cousin though, don't worry. It was also a beautiful wedding. I loved being there. My day was full of family and smiles. It was great seeing my family so happy. I'm so glad I got to be home to experience it. 
I couldn't have asked for a better time in Utah.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

When Kids Don't Get Sick Of Songs

I have been listening to the same 3 songs multiple times everyday because Ladybug and Marvel are obsessed with them.
They are as follows.
Woody's Roundup
This Is Halloween
and this particular version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight
I find myself randomly singing these songs. A lot.
I need adult interaction.

What I Love About Living On My Own

Drinking out of the milk carton.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bawl Baby

Today... I experienced a full blown parent moment. DQ made me so proud... I cried.

I was sitting on the couch talking with my employer when DQ came home from school. She came into the room and immediately asked her mom to sign a paper. She seemed to be really excited about it and started explaining what it was. She said it was a program called "Peer Buddy" where she would stay in from her lunch break and help/hang out with the special needs kids. As soon as she said that, I started bawling. I'm SO proud that she would willingly give up her free time to help kids while being their friend. We all know how important the special needs field is to me, so when she said that, I was so impressed and so proud.

After I was done being a baby, we talked about it and said she's excited to do it because she wants to "follow in my footsteps." She said that she thinks it's going to be fun because she knows she can do it, and since I think it's so much fun, she thinks she will like it too. She managed to make me cry again after that.

This moment made my whole entire day. It may be simple, and some of you may think I'm overreacting, but I don't think I'll ever forget it. You don't find many young people nowadays that are willing to help kids that aren't "normal." I'm so glad she is stepping up, and helping people that need it.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Big Time Fun

The Big Time Rush concert on the 4th was a success! Even better? I was able to bring DQ along with me! I didn't end up looking like a freak after all.

We made some super fun shirts for the concert. It's a boy band, you HAVE to make shirts for boy band concerts!

DQ made a Carlos tee and I made a Logan tee.

Anyways, since it was going to be DQ's first concert and all, I wanted to make it fun and take her out to dinner, have a fun little girls night out! Well, too bad I jinx people when I take them to their first concerts. It was stormy when we left the house, and by the time we got to the restaurant, we realized that the ENTIRE city of Tinley Park had lost all power. Luckily we were by a Target so I got the bright idea of getting some deli sandwiches or something simple. That plan failed. I was not aware of this, but apparently you can't buy food when the power has been out. Makes sense I suppose. Anywho, we ended up buying bread, jam, and peanut butter and making PB&J sandwiches in the back of the car.

When we got to the amphitheater, it was about 6:45 and the opening acts were supposed to start at 7:00, so I said, "hey, let's stand in this huge line for souveniers!" We waited in line for like 30 minutes. (you best believe I got me a t-shirt) After standing in the annoying line, we found an ok spot on the lawn and waited. "Any minute now!" I thought. They didn't start the first opening act until 8:15! All due to the dumb power outage. We were glad when it finally starting though.

They have more fans than I thought

FINALLY, after much anticipation, BTR was coming! With the clock counting down from 20 minutes, DQ and I were just goofing off having a fun time waiting. The lights went down, the little girls went crazy with their high pitched screaming, and there they were! They were actually very good live and it was a really fun concert. I'm glad we got to go!


I had a really fun time with DQ and was so happy to spend some one on one time with her. She's a super funny girl. I just love her. All in all, it was a great night! Makes a great memory!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Just Chillin'

As much as you may want to, DO NOT shove your kids in the freezer. It's frowned upon.

Plus, they don't like it very much.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Ok, so we all know what a 12 year old girl I am at heart. Let's face it, I'm a grown child. This is why I openly confess to the fact that I purchased a ticket to the Big Time Rush concert that's in Chicago today.

I mainly got it because I'm basically in love with one of the guys in the band, aaaaannd their music is kinda catchy, but anyways, enjoy some girly 12 year old girl music while you stare at Logan's gorgeous face, yeah?

Don't worry that I'll look like a freak there by myself. Especially since I'll be the only adult without a child present. Also, I might go to jail for attemptive kidnap of that lucious man. Just sayin'.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bucket List Part 2

So back in January, I posted my bucket list. Well, since I've moved to Illinois, I've crossed off 3 items on my list! Very cool if you ask me. Here's my updated list!

  •  Go to a Celtics basketball game IN Boston vs. the Jazz
  •  Date a black man
  • Live out of Utah
  • Go to a live taping of the Maury Show
  • Get on tv or my own tv show
  • Go to Australia
  • Own a standard size poodle
  • Be a nanny in Boston  (I altered this one to just being a nanny)
  • Skydive or base jump (both if I liked one of them)
  • Go hillbilly hand fishing a.k.a. noodling
  • Go to a Star Trek convention.
There's more I've added to the list as well...
  • Sing the song "Walking In Memphis" while walking in Memphis.
  • Visit each one of Hawaii's islands. (except for Niihau (forbidden island) of course)
  • Go to each of Illinois's surrounding states.Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

There Ain't No Doubt I Love This Land

Ahhhhh, yes! Independence Day. My favorite holiday. Here's a reminder of why I love it so much. Usually it means barbecues, family, and fun, but not this year for me. Today I spent the 4th alone. But it's ok! I've been enjoying myself all day.

Last night, I got online trying to figure out what in the world I wanted to do today. I found a river close by my house so I decided, what the heck! I'll go to this river. It was pretty and I ended up there for about 2 hours.

Fox River

I started feeling really light headed though. I figured out why too. I guess I was just chillin' in 100 degree weather for 2 hours! Oops! Obviously didn't bother me too much until my body made me go get some water. I was so relaxed I would've stayed longer if it wasn't so hot.

I have a new "Illinois Motto" for myself. While I'm here I just have to keep saying...


I stepped out of my comfort zone to begin with by moving here. Even if I don't have friends yet, it's not going to stop me from having fun like it did in Utah. I'm not afraid to look like a loser doing things by myself anymore. I'm having fun. I don't care what other people think! I'm experiencing life.

Tonight, I'm going to watch some fireworks with my family. Illinois fun fact: It's illegal to buy fireworks here. Yup! Only the city can do them. Residents just go to Indiana to buy fireworks though. Rebels.

So anyways, even though this isn't the type of 4th of July I'm used to, it's still been fun. I'm still happy with how my day turned out.

Ignore the side pony, but check how patriotic I am!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Crosstown Classic

Marvel and I were twiners today without even planning it. We're cool.

Monday, July 2, 2012

It Happened.

I'm homesick.

I miss...
my car.
my bed.
my house.
my daddy.
my mommy.
my Sauxie Sou.
my brother.
my family.
my friends.
and mountains.

Not necessarily in that order. But they're all missed.

There's no place like home.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Sadly, my first trip to Chicago wasn't that great. I didn't really get to do much, but seeing the city was exciting. It's so full of energy. I loved that.

I took the train downtown to meet 3 girls from my ward. One of the girls missed her train, so 3 of us waited about 2 extra hours for her to arrive. While we were waiting I got to see some cool stuff.

When the 4th girl finally arrived, we decided to go get some lunch. We went to a pizza joint called Lou Malnati's. It was REALLY good and I finally tried TRUE Chicago style pizza.

It took 2 freaking hours to wait for our pizza though because our order got mixed up, so by the time we were done in the restaurant, it was time for all of us to walk back to our train stations to catch our trains.

While we were walking back to our stations, we came across some street performers. I just had to share this picture because this guy flipping landed on the girl in the blue shorts. She didn't get hurt or anything, so it's ok to think it was funny because... Well... It was!

Even though I didn't get to do much yesterday, it was good to finally get to the place I've been dying to see. I'm going again on Saturday, so hopefully I'll get to do more. I'm sure it'll be fun. It gets me out of the house so I enjoy it. 

Sweltering With A Side Of Humidity

The weather today was awful. 101 degrees. The humidity didn't help either. It makes it feel 10x hotter than it actually is. I hate the constant sticky/sweaty feeling humidity brings, but point of all said, it was a "keep cool" kind of day.

Since being outside wasn't really an option, today the kids and I started out with making forts. That tested my creative limits. The kids approved though, so I guess I did alright. Then, we had PB&J sandwiches and apples for lunch with a nice glass of cold milk to wash it all down. After playing in my cold bedroom for a couple of hours, the kids' nana invited us over to go run through the sprinklers. The kids even got me to run through them! It was so refreshing and really fun. We all enjoyed it.

Since none of us felt like a hot meal, we had BLT's and corn on the cob for dinner with some ice cream for dessert. It was a good ending to the hot day. I'm glad we all survived. I don't want to experience another day of this heat!