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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
So… I’m home in Socal! I’m not going to lie… adjusting was really hard. I haven’t been home in 9 months, and everything has changed. But after the first week, I realized
that I didn’t have to pack my bags and go back to Rexburg just as quickly as I thought I would. It’s crazy that all the neighbor kids and church kids are so huge now! Kids grow up so fast! It’s nice to have some time to just watch old movies and wedding shows with my mom, but we’ve done a few fun things, too. I’ll highlight the highlights just to give an idea:
such a beautiful day.
2.) San Diego: This trip was AWESOME! Everyone got a long and had a lot of fun. We w
ent to the SD temple, the Mormon Battalion in Old Town SD, and my
dad yelped a burger place called “Hodad’s.” it was probably one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in my life. We walked around Ocean Beach’s waterfront, and there was a candy store that sold Bacon soda and chocolate-dipped bacon. Sick, right? We also got to walk around the USS Midway, which is a HUUGE aircraft carrier. It was bigger than the Titanic! It was super cool to see.The next day, we went to one of my favorite places in the WORLD… Sea World! It was AWESOMEEE! My only regret was not
being ableto pet a dolphin due to the rude tourists who kept cutting in line. We did get to feed sea lions. I forgot how cool those things are. i really really want to pet one. Anyways, the whole thing was awesome. My favorite part was definitely the Shamu show, and there were two babies! It was so cute! The next day, we went to Coronoado Island, which was the main filming location of my favorite movie of ALL TIME, “Some Like it Hot.” I think it’s the most excited I’ve ever been about a building in my entire life.
It was beautiful. We went kite-flying at Seaport Village and the
next day we went to a couple museums and an outdoor Organ concert at Balboa Park. It was the best vacation ever.
3.) Huntingon Beach with Sabrina- The day was perfect. I’ve missed diving into waves for hours and hours. I have a horrible sunburn on my back, but it’s super tan! Too bad no one ever sees my back.
4.) Just a lot of little things…. Midnight cosmic bowling, musicals and plays, the OC fair with my friend flying in from norcal, sea doo-ing, etc.
It’s being an awesome break. California truly is a different world, and I’m glad to be spending some time here with friends and family. =]
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
So it's been a great couple of weeks... I LOVE that it's summer. I've missed the sun. I can't wait until there's nothing to do but to lie in it.
1.) We went to Bear world with Rochelle. I thought it would be lame, but it was actually super fun! Wegot to pet baby deer, so I can cross that off my list.
2.) The “Adopt-a-Platoon” carnival was a success! It was really stressful the week of, but everything went really smoothly and everyone that went had a blast. I was really proud of it! It was so much fun, and we raised over 18 boxes of stuff to send to our soldiers overseas. Bien hecho.
3.) Fourth of July weekend was awesome. I loved having my whoel family, especiallu Joes, up here. We ate a lot. And played games. And slept.Ps- I don’t have chronic fatigure syndrome… I just saw the the allergy meds I’m taking cause drowsiness. So that explains why I was SO exhausted all day long. Good to know. Anyways… 4th of july was bomb. We spent it with Maralee’s family playing games. We did our own fireworks this year, and I’m so glad that we did. It was way more fun than the big ones in IF. Blaine and Garrett took us fishing, which was super fun. I wish I liked fish. The best part by far was Joey’s reaction. He LOVED the fish. He’s so hydrophobic that when you say “bath” we starts shaking, but he went up to his stomach in the pond trying to catch the fish. It was so funny, especially if you knew him. As a family, we went to the IF temple and went to devo up here, which was super good.
4.) I’m reading Tony Curtis’s autobiography. It’s pretty scandalous, but it’s interesting because he hung out with EVERYONE in old Hollywood, so it’s cool to read about everyone’s personalities and adventures. I'm making progress (slowly but surely) on the guitar, and I'm loving it.
5.) Everyone needs to see "17 Miracles," the movie. It's amazing and it will change your life. What a sweet reminder of the sacrifices made for our generation.
6.) IT’S CREAZY that school’s over in 2 weeks. It feels like an abrupt ending, but it’s bittersweet.
That’s all for now! =]
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A couple of weekends ago, I went hiking at Badger Creek with my roomies. It was BEAUTIFUL. I’ve never appreciated being outside so much, or nice weather, as much as I have been this semester.
My favorite part was when I was in the car, and a dog jumped in and sat on my lap and wouldn’t get off. That was okay with me =]
Memorial Day weekend was BOMB!!! I got the opportunity to go spend it with my bestie, Samwise in Provo! In one day, we: went to the BYU library (twice), BYU bookstore, explored campus, the Bean Museum, the BYU Art Museum, shopping at 2 different malls, made tie-dye shirts, ate at a malt shop, walked 5 miles in the
rain, watched two movies, and made sammy a blog. Impressive, right? The next day, we went to her ward and went to go visit her family in morgan, utah. We got to play games and eat (a LOT) and relax. I got to spend the next night with Rochelle in slc, and we had an amazing night. I love and miss her, and wish she was closer! It was so so so good to see sammy! I love and miss that girl every day of my life, and I’m so happy that I got to see her beautiful face! =]
Special Olympics was BOMB!!! I LOVED it… I forgot how much I loved working with individuals with special needs. I wrote some things that I learned from that day and related it to what I was reading in D&C (ps- I’m LOVING that book! I’m learning SO much, and I don’t know why I haven’t been reading it diligently my whole life). Here’s what I wrote in my scripture journal, and I meant every word. It was a wonderful experience, and I welcomed the sunburn.
The Team's "Game Face!"
(Excerpt about Special Olympics from my D&C Journal)
"In section 99, it says to be, “as a little child” in order to receive the kingdom. I had a great experience this weekend working special needs participants at the Special Olympics in Blackfoot. I think that this group of individuals parallel a lot of the qualities that little children have, and I learned so much from them the short time I was able to work with them. I’d like to share a few examples of attributes that were exemplified to me this Saturday:
1.) Gratitude- A participant that I had no previous contact with came up to me while I was announcing the next event in the microphone. She said, “I just wanted to tell you that you’re a great announcer. Good job.” I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary- no jokes or anything entertaining. I was just announcing the events, and was just doing my job. I think that it would be such a great thing if we just thanked those around us who were overlooked, but were doing their jobs well.
2.) Unconditional love- Another participant whom I had had no previous experience with came up to me, read my nametag and just said, “Jessica, I love you very much.” What a great example of the attitude we should have! Shouldn’t we be able to go up to any stranger and just say, “So and so… I love you very much.” These individuals loved each other very much, and cared for each other. Everything was about teamwork. They were truly heartwarming to watch.
3.) Cheerful- I can’t express how enthusiastic and excited these participants were to just be alive! They were so happy just to run around in the sun, when the only reward was a cheap ribbon. We should all be grateful just for the opportunity to be alive and for good weather and good company! About five or six times a minute, one participant would urge us all to display our “game face,” which was just flashing a peace sign. Every time we did it, his face lit up and it was like the first time all over again. Shouldn’t we all get joy from making others happy and in doing the little things?
As I said, I was only with these people a short time, but they were truly outstanding examples of how I needed to be. "
This past weekend, some of us went to Utah for the weekend. The first night featured a pizza the size of a table and a stroll around Gateway and downtown SLC. Also featured: a crazy man on the train telling us he was Jesus, and leading an army. We spent the night camping in Peter’s backyard. 7 bug bites, later, we made it to Lagoon the next day. It was a pretty fun amusement park, and I got to know people better. You probably won’t believe this, but I went on a good FIVE rollercoasters! They weren’t even kiddie ones! Well, some of them weren’t, haha. I’m a scardy cat of EVERYTHING, so I’m pretty proud of my accomplishments. I was a little disappointed with the actual park, but it was a beautiful day, and I loved the company. (*MORE PICTURES TO COME!*)
After a private dining experience at IHOP, we camped under the stars an packed up our things. Sunday, it was my first time going to church in jeans and flip-flops. We ate at a WONDERFUL Indian place (ps- one thing I miss about not being in civilization in Rexburg is definitely the ethnic food). My goal: to replicate that delectable meal. Indian food is super hard to make, but I’m determined. Anyways, we spent a long time walking around Temple Square. My favorite part aside from running into the beautiful steffani Hammond was the tour of the conference center- more specifically, the art museum that I didn’t see the last time I was there. It was a beautiful experience to see all of the original paintings that I’ve seen since I was a child.
We got pulled over (for a broken muffler, so it’s all good), and our car broke down- Bruce’s gas pedal gave out, which has never happened to me before, so it was a little scary. But what trip to Utah could exclude a cop and a car problem?
After going to bed at 330am, I’m still trying to catch up from that weekend, but it was super fun and I’m glad that I got the experience to go!
So… I’m the manager over a Humanitarian Service group on campus. Our big project this semester is the “Adopt-a-Platoon” Carnival, where we’re asking for donations for care packages to send to soldiers overseas in remote areas. So, it’s free, but the more items you bring, the more tickets you get to play fun games! It’s a SUPER stressful task, but I’m loving every minute of it! I’m so luck to have so much support. I’ve been learning a lot about how to be a better leader, and I’m so grateful for that! I talked to our AAP contact and we found out the specifics of our platoon today- our items are being sent to a chaplain in iraq who personally takes them to soldiers in an extremely remote area. I was told that the food they eat all comes from a local village, so all they have is goat milk and goat meat. I’m SO SO grateful for people that volunteer for wonderful organizations like this, and I’m go grateful for the “power” that I have to direct focus and support towards this organization. I hope that this carnival is not only SUPER fun, but that we can truly make a difference in these soldiers’ lives and promote this organization in the process.
School is going well. I’m loving it all. My mom and sister are coming at the end of this week, and I can’t wait to see them! Ro is coming for a few days, too, so I’m stoked! There are a ton of fun things coming up within the next couple weekends… hiking, concerts, carnivals, oh my! =]