happy memories

I was just looking at pictures today and I started to cry...because they made me so happy. Every single one of these pictures captured a moment where I was truly and utterly happy with people who I love so very much.

Taking pictures at the beach in Texas with my sisters. A football game with Hollie. Randomly deciding to let Camie cut my hair and then taking pictures with her and Brooke--it  really felt like summer. My last day working at a day care with children who I loved dearly and had so much fun with. A football game with Jenna, when I had no one else and no group to go with. An outdoor concert with Jen and Emily--the first time the three of us hung out together. Right after eating at the Brick Oven with my freshman roommates, and realizing how not alone I really was. Eating at Smoochies Smoothies and taking silly pictures with Gracie. With Laura and Courtney, fulfilling our yearly tradition of going to the Arts Festival. Being silly in Wyoming with my cousins. Christmas with all my relatives on my mom's side and just feeling so happy. Me and Kyrie taking a picture during a get together with the old young women group. My roommates..and realizing that bad things do happen for a reason, because I never would have roomed with them or become close with them if life had been perfect. With Sarah, Alyne, and Jessica just having fun and talking outside of Provo library.

I think the most wonderful thing about being a human being is our capacity to love SO much. And right now...I love. And I feel happy. And lucky. :)

15 Days to the End of the World

So basically in 15 days, the last Harry Potter movie comes out! This is exciting and happy, but also sad, because it means my favorite book series really is done. I cannot express how much I love Harry Potter in one post, so I've decided that the next 15 days will be a tribute to the wonderful books themselves and what I love about them. I'm gonna try to post every day about this because i LOVE Harry Potter and I want to give it one last shout out (though I will never stop reading the books!).

I'm reading the series again for the 11th time and today I just finished the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (I'm trying to finish the whole series before the movie comes out). It is so cool being able to read the whole story, and if you are an HPN (Harry Potter Nerd), which I am, then you can notice the little foreshadowings that Rowling puts in the book. Also, the book is hilarious in some parts.

For those who can’t remember or haven’t read the book or even seen the movie (why are you my friend if you haven’t done any of those things?), here’s a quick recap: Eleven year-old Harry Potter, whose parents died trying to protect him from the super evil wizard Lord Voldemort, and who also somehow survived the killing curse that Lord Voldemort put upon him as a child, has grown up with his “muggle” (non-magic) aunt, uncle, and cousin, who treat him like dirt all the time. Harry finds out he is a wizard and enters the magical world. He goes to school at Hogwarts and makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, with Albus Dumbledore as the school’s headmaster. Harry makes enemies and learns lots of magic stuff. He and his friends find out bits and pieces about the Sorcerer’s Stone, and in the end try to save it from getting into the hands of Lord Voldemort. He succeeds but Voldemort’s “spirit” or whatever you want to call it is still out there and is going to keep trying to find its way to a body or a way to come back to life fully so that he can take over the wizarding world.

Now some funny lines from the book...

"Exactly why Dudley wanted a racing bike was a mystery to Harry, as Dudley was very fat and hated exercise--unless of course it involved punching somebody."

"Dudley thought for a moment. It looked like hard work."

"...it didn't work anyway. Meant ter turn him into a pig, but I suppose he was so much like a pig anyway there wasn't much left ter do." -Hagrid, talking about Dudley

"It was the dearest ambition of many to give Mrs. Norris a good kick."

"Neville had never been on a broomstick in his life, because his grandmother had never let him near one. Privately, Harry felt she had good reason, because Neville managed to have an extraordinary number of accidents even with both feet on the ground."

"I hope you're pleased with yourselves.  We could have all been killed--or worse, expelled." -Hermione

"Hermione was refusing to speak to Harry and Ron, but she was such a bossy know-it-all that they saw this as an added bonus."

"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."

(Harry, talking about Snape) "What's wrong with his leg?
(Ron) "Dunno, but I hope it's really hurting him."

"Neville was trying to remember what he'd forgotten..."

(Ron) "You could ask your parents if they know who Flamel is. It'd be safe to ask them."
(Hermione) "Very safe, as they're both dentists."

"...[Hermione] was dashing back, an enormous old book in her arms.
'I never thought to look in here!' she whispered excitedly. 'I got this out of the library weeks ago for a bit of light reading.'
'Light?' said Ron."

"'So you mean the Stone's only safe as long as Quirrell stands up to Snape?' said Hermione in alarm.
'It'll be gone by next Tuesday,' said Ron."

(funniest line ever..to me anyways) "'So light a fire!' Harry choked.
'Yes--of course--but there's no wood!' Hermione cried, wringing her hands.
'Oh right!' said Hermione."

"What happened down in the dungeons...is a complete secret, so, naturally, the whole school knows. I believe your friends Misters Fred and George Weasley were responsible for trying to send you a toilet seat....Madam Pomfrey, however, thought it might not be very hygenic, and confiscated it." -Dumbledore

"They had hoped that Goyle, who was almost as stupid as he was mean, might be thrown out, but he had passed, too. It was a shame, but as Ron said, you couldn't have everything in life." (Ron always seems to be the funny one)

And some notable, inspiring quotes...

"However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not know if what it shows is real or even possible....It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that."

"The truth...it is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution." -Dumbledore

"If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign...to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever." (that is just written so beautifully) –Dumbledore

“There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” –Dumbledore (he says all the wise quotes apparently)

And these little foreshadowings...

"Whatever house I'm in, I hope she's not in it." -Ron, talking about Hermione (not necessarily a foreshadowing but its funny because they start out hating each other and then end up falling in love)

Harry has a dream about Professor Quirell's turban talking to him and telling him he should be in Slytherin, which is a foreshadowing for the end of the book, because Voldemort is actually being hidden by Quirell's turban.

"He's a funny man, Dumbledore. I think he sort of wanted to give me a chance. I reckon he had a pretty good idea we were going to try, and instead of stopping us, he just taught us enought to help. It's almost like he thought I had the right to face Voldemort if I could..." (totally makes sense once read the end of the 5th book!) –Harry

There is more for all of those, I know, but I didn’t get to underline them as I went in the book so I was just skimming through finding all of these. I’ll be better with the second one. (And sorry it was so long!)

I will always hold the first book dear to my heart, because it is the book that started it all. It always puts a smile on face reading about all the different magical things introduced, like Gringotts Bank, broomsticks, wands, Diagon Alley, etc. It’s the shortest book out of all the seven, but it is so special because it is the first one. No one, especially J.K. Rowling knew how huge this book series would become. I love it SO much.

MTV is doing this thing where they’re finding the ultimate Harry Potter character. Cool right? To vote just go here:

And I’ll end with this..the trailer from the first movie. J

(images from here)


Princesses and Painting

Gah, I have the WORST allergies right now and I've had them all week. We're talking nose running, nose stuffing, sneezing, tongue itching, eyes watering and getting swollen and my back itching. My mom is getting me some new allergy medicine this morning that will hopefully work better. But most likely I'm gonna have to go to the doctor to get this checked out...poo. :( And even though last time turned out okay, I'd rather not have to keep going back..I guess as long as there are no needles involved!!

I got face paint with my aunt yesterday at the Princess Festival in Thanksgiving Point and another festival called West Fest. It was sooo fun! It was first time painting at a festival so I was a little nervous but I ended up getting the hang of most of the faces and going pretty fast. If you want your face painted, just come on by and I'd be glad to do it hehe. ;)

{My aunt's website is here if you want to find out more of what she does or just see more pictures of some cool face painting! In the face painting gallery, I'm in one of the pictures and my sisters (esp. Gracie) are in some too!}

The Princess Festival is this cute thing where all these little girls come and dress up as princess and get to go around and meet pretty much every princess there is--Rapunzel (the favorite), the Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, Jasmine, you name it. All the proceeds go to a good cause and its pretty much run by volunteers so its really cool! I needed a princess-y dress to wear for it so I went to Savers and got an old prom type dress that looked like this... (except I started hemming it and then remembered to take a picture so use your imagination and think of the top part as longer)

And then I fixed it to look like this...

Cute, right? I hemmed it, added a gold sash thing, ruched the sleeves, made a square neck, and then ruffled it at the bottom (which took a while I might add). But seriously for a $5 thrifted dress, you can't get much better than that! The only thing was that there were some snaps in the back that kept coming undone so I think I want to do something to fix those too.

But doing this gave me an idea that maybe it would be fun to just get old prom dresses from DI or Savers for super cheap when they have their sales, refashion the dresses, and then donate them to a prom dress drive or start my own drive! I think it would be so fun to do something like that for a good cause cuz then girls could have dresses for free and also the dresses would all be unique. I will have to look into it. Does anyone know of any prom dress drives that happen in Utah, Salt Lake, or Davis counties?

And thanks for the contest entries and to everyone that entered! I think I'm gonna have a poll and just post them on here because it might be easier than facebook. I'll do it tomorrow, so get ready to vote!

An Outfit A Day...
Jacket? Thrifted
Dress? Thrifted and Refashioned
Belt? Thrifted
Watch and Bracelets? Thrifted, random places
Headband? BYU Campus Craft and Floral
Shoes? Forever Young..unfortunately they are beginning to die! :(

...Keeps the Fashion Police Away
Comfort? 7 (jacket was a little stiff and the dress just felt a tiny bit short)
Original? 8
Did I like it? 9
Overall? 8

P.S. Thanks for all the nice comments and such from my last post! I think I was just having a lonely day and it's nice to feel loved on those days. :)

P.P.S. I've been obsessed with this song and music video ever since I watched it! I'm totally gonna learn the dance from it.

P.P.P.S. I'm sorry you must be sick of these, but happy half birthday to my lovely four and a half year-old sister Gracie! She's my best friend and I love her. A LOT.

Haveawonderfulday. Bye. :)



I have nothing much to say. I guess just that even though I have lots of friends and hang out with many people, I am lonely. I have no one to cry to and no one to tell my deep dark secrets and emotions to. I'm a little surprised I'm even writing this on my blog. I just miss having a best friend. And I'm lonely. I am still happy, just wishing I had another half.

Something that would make feel better is if you enter my contest. :)


Me and My Cool Sibs

Let me just brag about my wonderful siblings for a moment. There's five of us me, Carina, Sidney, Cee Ryle, and Gracie. Carina, Sidney, and I have all taken ballet since the beginning of time (okay, since we were each 5 we started taking and I quit senior year of high school but then I took classes here at byu), Cee Ryle does gymnastics, and Gracie has started gymnastics and is gonna start ballet in the fall. And she's cute anyways.

Well, I went to Carina and Sidney's ballet recitals this past weekend and it totally made me want to dance again. I really miss it so much and it's something that I'm truly passionate about. I just LOVE to dance more than anything. Probably more than fashion too (or maybe the same).

And so there's this thing called The Ballerina Project on facebook that is super cool and they have all these different pictures of ballerinas everywhere! Go check it out, it's amazing! So I decided to get my siblings, my dad's camera, and the tripod and go take some super sweet pictures. And we did. My sisters and I were going to take pictures with our pointe shoes on Sunday, but it rained so we couldn't. :( Another day I suppose.

But anyways, here is the result! (I'm in the green, Carina's in the blue stripes, and Sidney's in the purple--and hopefully you know that Cee Ryle's the boy in the blue ;))

Sorry for the photo overload but I just love all the pictures so much! And I love my family more than I can bear! The weekend was one of the best and just so fun. I'm so glad that I have siblings who are also my best friends and who I can have so much fun with! They are absolutely wonderful!!!

enter the CONTEST!!! Thanks :)

and also, I keep forgetting to tell you that I got a pinterest a while ago! So follow me! And if you have a pinterest, then tell me what it is so I can follow you too! :)

Oh and Carina loves making movies with everyone and she's pretty good at it! These are two of her videos that she's made. One of them is an infomercial that is way funny and the other is a scary movie trailer (which I think looks pretty legit for her limited materials).

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