Sunday, January 31, 2010


I have decided that I am going home this summer. Definitely.

BYU takes utah down

Yesterday marked my third year camping out for the BYU vs. Utah game. LOVED IT! Always have loved it and always will love it.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Basketball becomes my life in the winter and I am sad that this was my final BYU vs Utah game in the Marriott - at least as a student. We pretty much joined forces with everyone we have met through basketball over the last 3 years and the group we camped with was amazing. They are my crazy basketball fanatic friends and it has been so much fun.

THE GAME - boy we dominated in the beginning, leading by 18! Then somehow in the second half they closed it down to just a four point lead. Everyone was going crazy. It got really heated when Jackson got a foul and was hit by Henderson. Very obviously a rivalry game, but it was exhausting! I came home and pretty much crashed on Aubrey's couch. Such a good weekend.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


I went to International Cinema with Nick tonight up in the SWKT...We watched Stranded. It's a documentary about the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed on their way to Chile, leaving them stranded in the Andes.

They lived for 72 days in the most severe, unthinkable, unimaginable conditions. They had more hope than I have ever seen - their determination to survive was inspiring and none of them were for selfish reasons. Their experience was sacred and as they spoke of it, there was this love and cherished feeling about it.

I can't tell the story well enough because the details make all the difference, but throughout the movie, many things stood out to me.

At one point, after they thought it couldn't get worse, an avalanche comes and buries them in the plane. They talk about this rush, the feeling as their bodies struggle to breathe under the pressure of tons of kilos of snow...but then they all, in their own way, relate how soon they began to accept what was happening and one of them said that it was something like a pleasure even, and that he wanted nothing more. They said every memory they had start flashing - hundreds of memories every second. It was amazing how they all talked about the peace they were feeling, but somehow only 8 of them died from the avalanche. I loved how they talked of the peace they felt and the pleasure that they found in going to the end.

At one point, three of them go out to the tail of the plane...a treacherous hike. One of them, Roberto, I believe, is recounting the story to his daughter as they sit in the same valley that had held him captive 30 years earlier. He says that the night they tried to climb was so cold and they could not find a ledge to sleep on. His pants were soaked and starting to freeze. They were sobbing. Then they managed to find a stable place and laid back - looking into the valley completely covered in snow. He said that at that moment he felt closer to God, even more so than he does now (as he is telling her his story). She asks him why she can't feel that close now and he tells her, well we've got sandwiches down there, transportation out right over there... What a testimony that in our utmost hardships and in the moment of final despair is when we feel closest to our Heavenly Father.

These men are heroes to me. I have such a respect and love for each of them. They made it through 72 days of freezing winter in the Andes. They each had their motivation for surviving. One of the survivors in the end said that they had become like a 16 celled living organism and that everyone was so united and did everything in harmony. I was amazed at the spirit that I felt as I watched it. When I tell people that I saw Stranded, they are just like oh isn't that the one where the eat each other and kind of joke about it - but you can't say anything until you see it. The pain it was to recount it yet the reverence they looked back on it with.

I am so grateful for my life.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

and these days, i wish i was six again

After school today, I was walking through the hall as everyone was running out to the buses and parents. As I watched all of the kids laugh and goof off with their friends, I suddenly missed elementary school. To have so many friends and not have all the cares that come with growing up - the innocence. No worries about the future at that age.

Also, I love the sweet kids I work with. And my techs are the greatest.

Monday, January 25, 2010

and another one bites the dust

It has been a long time since I have had any good fall stories...
Had one yesterday.

So I am walking home from church with my roommates and another friend. My heels are starting to fall apart and the rubber stub that is at the end of the heel has completely come I basically have this screw coming out of the bottom of my heel. It scrapes and makes noise and it got stuck on the street while I was walking. DOWN. I fell with both hands in my pea coat and my skirt went flying up.

Now...I have nice big bruise forming on my left knee :)

Also, this just in. Porter (my adorable little brother) was just talking to me on facebook and this is what he said to me...

"get married so i can get a brother, i really want one for christmas."


Sunday, January 24, 2010

"Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way." - Emma

Alison came home from institute this weekend and told me that it was wonderful. She then told me that someone asked the following question:
"When do we tell the Lord what we want and when do we tell Him that we are going to allow His will to be done?"
Someone responded that even Christ said to the Lord, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt" (Matthew 26:39). Christ told the Lord what it was that He desired, but then He continued with full knowledge that He would do as the Lord desires.

Of course the Lord is all knowing. He already knows the desires of our hearts but He wants us to council with him in all things, including that which we want. We just have to be acceptant and willing to do what he sends our way because He knows best. This has been on my mind a lot recently as I have dealt with heartbreak and my fear of the future. There are some things I want more than others, but then I want to do the right thing so I, more than ever, want to be guided by Heavenly Father.

I am currently watching Emma on PBS and Raymond just took our trash out and remembered my baby Berto. What a good Sunday :)

ALSO - I have my first SET tomorrow. That means my principal comes in and evaluates me. Ahh I am so nervous.

ANOTHER ALSO - my group already has a tent outside of the Marriott for Saturday's game against the U! I love basketball and the crazy it brings out in me and all the friends it has put in my path. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010


The snow is back. It snowed pretty good last night and I guess it does look beautiful today. With all sarcasm put aside - it really is a pretty sight.

Talking about sight...My left eye keeps twitching. I am sleeping more than ever so I can't figure out what is going on! It is driving me crazy.

Last night Mel and I went to the BYU volleyball game against Stanford. Oh my fun! It was so ridiculously close but we pulled out with a 3-1 win. Every set was sooo close though. This means that tonight Stanford is going to come out just itching to win. Once again, Mel and I, plus Alison and Nick, will be sitting front row in the action. How I love BYU sports. Also, BYU plays SDSU tonight...Take those Aztecs down Cougars!

After the game, Mel and I went to go get our groove on at the Wallflowers dance. I love Jigga for throwing these and I love when Ryan djs. It was fun to dance and really realize how sore I am from doing aerobics! It was a good end to a Friday night.

This morning I actually got up at 8 to go to aerobics! I am serious about this and I am going to get myself into shape this semester. I just was over at the Provo Library. I wish I had taken more advantage of that beautiful building during my time at Chatsworth. Then in about an hour I have a reunion with all my Mexico study abroad friends and I cannot wait to see them.

I also just got a call. BYU plays Utah next Saturday. I LOVE this time of year!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

it takes some good to make it hurt

I've been listening to a lot of Jason Mraz these days - just going back to my basics and I love it. Thanks to his Life is Wonderful for the title of this blog. Listen to it. It'll change your life and it is probably one of his only songs where the lyrics make sense. :)

I have been meaning to mention this for awhile. The terrible tragedy that has happened in Haiti. It hurts my heart so much. Watching the news is hard and heartbreaking. Everyone wants to and is trying to help and I am so grateful for the service that everyone is willing to give. It's amazing how the world can come together so quickly. On Monday I found out that my little 11 year old sister spent her Saturday raising money for Haiti through a lemonade stand. She learned and felt something that she will carry with her forever. What an example she is to me.

My best friend just called me. Lauren Stevenson is getting married on April 23rd. I couldn't be more excited for her. Dilemma - this is also the day I graduate from BYU. Tragic. But she has found the love of her life and I love that. Lauren has been with me through all high school drama - or maybe I have been with her through all her drama. haha We would write notes to each other and all they ever had was lyrics on them. So weird! We would spend Friday nights for hours at Killer Pizza from Mars. I loved those days...I just realized that there were four of us that did everything together. Kelly, John, Lauren and Me. I am officially the last single one. Hey, no pressure.

To add to this - I found TWO gray hairs in one sitting tonight. I am only 21...TWO GRAY HAIRS! This has to be some joke. And my hair is it's natural, really really dark color so the gray POPS right out at you. Awww lovely.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Feliz Cumpleanos a mi Mami

Mom's birthday - January 19th. I wish I could be with her more than ever this year. As I have gone through this last hard few weeks, she has come with me. She has a ton on her own plate but here she is struggling with me through my sad days.

My mom has given up so much for us kids and the older I get, the more that I notice it. I worry that I don't have the selflessness
yet. She has been such an example to us of a
willingness to serve and she is dedicated to love. She is still so protective of me and I forgot that. The other day she told me that I am still her baby cub, and just like any momma bear, she would do anything to try to keep me from hurting. Sweet huh :)

Last night I was driving Kelsey's boyfriend home and was just telling me how cool my family is - I guess Ijust forget because they are mine - but seriously, I have a cool family and the coolest mom.

I remember the first time mom tried to teach me how to dance. She turned on Back to Life by Soul II Soul (a song they seriously still play all of the time on the radio in Provo!) and proceeded to dance around our kitchen in Emerald Heights. hahaha I could not dance (it is something I am still working on), but mom, she can move. Over Christmas break we had a few spontaneous dance parties and mom broke out the Jerk. I was amazed and I still watch the forbidden recordings I have of it when I am sad. It's amazing how happy it makes me.

Mom raised us listening to the good stuff - America, James Taylor, Harry Connick. With dad it was Van Halen, Police, good stuff too. But when mom played music, I would sway my head back and forth. Dad's music made me rock out, nodding my head. haha

Mom is my supporter. You want a guinea pig? ok - go for it! You got home this morning at 3 and you want to go running at 9? You sure? alright. Hey, I think it is time to go look at Anthropologie.
When I was your age - my parents lived halfway across the world! Imagine how hard it was for me. I wish you could all have the opportunity to watch BYU football with my mom. She is a crazy
fan...maybe even more than me.

Happy Birthday mom. I love you so much.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lucky Me

What a great weekend.

Friday night...I had a date! haha A real date.

Then Saturday was absolutely wonderful. I woke up and was pretty down. I called my mom, who is so amazing by the way. She got me out of bed and before I knew it, I was driving up to see Grandma and Michelle. We shopped and went to lunch and it was so much fun, just like I was a freshman again.

Then my SAB friend Lori told me she had an extra ticket to the volleyball game and wanted me to go with her! I told you that these SAB ladies are quality. So now I had plans for the rest of the evening.

After lunch with Michelle and Grandma, I ran home and then went up to the Marriott with Preston to wait in line with our fabulous basketball fanatic fans. I had courtside tickets so I really didn't need to wait in line, but that is part of the experience. Plus, it got me out of the house. I just love basketball. I know, you are all confused...she went with Preston? Well, we are friends. I am pretty sure I will be at most basketball games with him. And it is totally ok so please don't worry. Michelle was a little late so I went down and got the buffet from TUCANOS! that comes with those tickets, all by myself. Being on the court for a game! Amazing. We totally dominated.

Right after the game, Preston and I went over to the Fieldhouse for the volleyball game. I had a ticket with Lori. Lori has made my life so much easier this weekend. I don't think she knows how much her sweet words and actions mean to me. Plus it is always fun to see all of my old friends. Then Aubrey and Mel called and they somehow found the best seats and had one for me. I went and sat with them and I had so much fun. I forgot the noises I used to make. I forgot how excited I got when I was with those girls, my best friends. How silly of me to forget that everything I needed to pick me up was just two doors away.

Then we went to YoZone and just laughed and laughed. That was all I needed.

Now it is Sunday and no school tomorrow! Love it.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Brand New Day

Things are really good. I have dedicated myself to my students. I am improving myself and I am happy.

Today I visited a few of the special ed units in Provo School District - Nebo had a district development day. Got some great ideas...I think I am finally starting to feel a little more confident as a teacher. I can do it, it just gets hard sometimes. But when I think about the fragile lives I work with, I realize how blessed I am to impact them and how I am even more blessed to be impacted by their sweet spirits while they live in mortality.

After visiting the classrooms, I went to the Student Athlete building to go get lunch with my travel lady friends. So much fun. I am so lucky to have had that job and I am so thankful for the world of friends it opened me up to. I got to ride next to Robbie Bosco up to campus. Everyone my parents age is so jealous right now. haha I ate lunch with three of the sweetest people who truly care for me. They love me and even bought me this huge bling bling blue diamond ring. I think I might wear it everyday!

This is the only song that I can think of right now...thank you Joshua Radin

It's a brand new day
The sun is shining
It's a brand new day
For the first time in such a long long time (the whole last long week and a half! ha)
I know I'll be ok
- Brand New Day by Joshua Radin

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

on the up

I am learning a ton these days. Heavenly Father is really placing things in front of me to help me. Still hurt...but definitely smiling more.

I lost a student today. Not like, I couldn't find her, or something terrible happened, but while I was in music with a few of my kids, her mom came in and told my techs that they were moving and that today was her last day. She packed her up and they were gone. I don't think it has hit me. Each of my kids brings so much to my class. I am scared for tomorrow without her.

Also...30 Rock is the best happy medicine I know. I made Alison watch a few episodes with me tonight. hahaha HILARIOUS.

Thanks for listening to my ups and downs. I think things are really starting to work out.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

roller coaster

I am done being a downer. Now please don't think that I am done being sad...because I have never been so up and down in my life. I really am an emotional roller coaster, so I am sorry to any of those who come in contact with me from now on until I get better.
I just went to dinner at my grandparents. I ate more than I have in the last 3 days combined and I feel so so sick. But it was delicious. My cute cousin, Samantita, just got back from studying the last semester in Buenos Aires. It is so nice to have her back. We watched family videos and ate empanadas, pastel de papas, Lyman's bread, and salad. Wow.
So, things are hard in life right now, but I have come to realize that I need to really focus on my Savior to get me through this. I have had a few evenings now where I have been completely alone and really been able to study and pray. My heart is hurting and I just can't imagine my Savior feeling this heartache times 100 to understand all of the heartache that every person on this earth goes and has gone through. I feel Heavenly Father's love but it doesn't keep my heart from hurting. Mostly, I am rearranging my focus. Someone told me this analogy about a puppy. You get a puppy and you love this puppy. He is always waiting for you when you get home from work. He makes you happy. There is this bond and life is easy. Then you come home one day to find out that your dog has been hit. Everyone is trying to give you their neighbor's brother's puppy or telling you to come over and visit their puppy, but they don't get it. You want your puppy and nothing can compare to your puppy. So you know what you have to do? You have to go to the pet store and buy a fish. Something completely different and focus on that for awhile. So, I have found my fish and I am going to work on improving myself.

Friday, January 8, 2010

It will be ok

You know that crushing feeling in your heart? It is really bad today. It is so hard because there is nothing to change it, but I have gotten so much good advice...

Last night, a sweet girl who I had known for 5 minutes, told me that I had to get rid of all my "should's". My life is my life. The straight and narrow is narrow because it is made for just one person. As long as I am on it - even if it is by myself - blessings will follow.

I felt so good last night, like everything was working out the way it was supposed to. I thought that I could do anything, like even run into him again, and be ok. But that doesn't mean that my heart isn't feeling that emptiness anymore. I still miss him.

I know that something will come out of this, it is just hard waiting.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

First heartbreak

So it's been a new year for a week and I really went into 2010 with a bang. I went up to Boise to spend the weekend with Preston and his so amazing family, but I have since hit...tragedy. A tragedy that isn't a big deal to anyone but yourself. I think I just have to get it off of my chest because I can't talk to people about it (I don't want the sympathy and the hugs) but it is something I need to talk about.
Well, if you haven't guessed, Preston and I broke up last night. Having never been through a break up, this has been devastatingly hard. I think I cry anytime I am right now. We got into a car accident on Sunday on our drive home from Boise. I knew that it happened for a reason and I knew right away that our relationship was going to, in some way, be changed by it. I told him that he couldn't get weird on me and a few days went by and things seemed ok, until last night. My sixth sense kicked in. I knew something was wrong, he said he was fine. After a KILLER basketball game against UNLV, he told me everything. The hardest thing is that nothing was wrong with our relationship...he just didn't feel like it should keep going.
I remember catching my breath when he tried to hold my hand on the first date - risky move, but it worked out. I remember when three weeks later he told me he wanted to be exclusive and I couldn't drive. He is the only semi-sane boy that would camp outside the Marriott for basketball.
My heart...oh my heart. I know it will be alright. I felt to let him go if that makes any's just so hard when you had a best friend every night, even if it was for only 2 and a half months. I don't even know how to spend an evening at my apartment anymore. I don't know how to not know that I will for sure see someone after work everyday. No one to text good morning, funny stories, sports talk, "i like you"s , and goodnight to.

Well, once again I will say that I will be ok. Things will work out...but for now, I am just finding refuge in work and my students. Thanks for listening.