Saturday, May 21, 2011


i love justin bieber. i'll admit it. not in a creepy i like younger guys kinda way.... even tho chase is 3 months younger than me....... but as in- i love jb in a way that if i was 14 i'd be absolutely head over heels.

anyways. watching the jb movie made me think of this lovely time last summer!
the justin bieber concert was literally one of the best times of my life! hahaha. ok well maybe not literally :) ciara i miss you :) nick, grant, tay- y'all are troopers.

grant seems to really be happy in this pic- yet he just sat through the movie with danny and i.... only because danny is cute. let's be honest. and danny and i sat through it because jb is CUTE :)

5 k

oh my word. i am pathetic. this morning i woke up at the pitch crack of dawn and ran a 5 k with the stake. and when i say ran- i mean ran/jogged/crawled. it was embarassing but it just smacked me up side the head to tell me i need to get it together and start working out!!! i don't wanna get dear janed or be dumped in 6 months ;) hahahaha. but seriously. it was a wake up call.
also i did have a little crutch because i did get released from a mission for medical reasons and so i'm not at my peak of health! but i will not use that as a crutch for too much longer- i have to get my heart strong. i was on the brink of a heart attack- i blame the medicine. i finished because my dad came out and finished the last mile with me. i tried to tell him to go get the car but he wouldn't let me quit. hahahaha. ok anyways- regardless of my pathetic attempt- the real accomplishment is that i finished and in a few months at the end of the summer (after i've kicked my butt into gear) i'll do it again and shave off 10 or 15 minutes or something amazing like that!
5 k is only 3.1 miles- but in the Houston weather- it's a sweat fest!!! It will be good for me.
p.s. I went to the doctor yesterday with all the results- they said I'm going to live :) for now.
p.p.s. in the mtc they sit all the sister missionaries down and tell us that 98% of us will gain weight on our missions. i'm happy to say i didn't gain a single pound but..... i lost all my ability to excercise and my muscle strength and cardiovascular superstarness is way down! i'll work on that!!
Ok so some picy pics for you!
we haven't started the race yet so you can see i'm still optimistic!!  
some sexy katy stake mammas! no really- one of us is a mamma but we all look so youthful! my goal is to be as tiny and tan as ashley in three months.  
grant and some of his possey. aka they all beat me i'm pretty sure. 
caleb opted out of the running and just played games. he had the right idea.  
these are the little kids that ran just a mile- i shoulda jumped on that bandwagon instead. i woulda killed the competition!
but no. this is the group i decided to compete with. look how serious some of these guys are!
i mean at least i kept my shirt on.
ps look at grant- such a superstar. one of the front runners the whole time! 
and you can see why i lost- look how i'm running? who runs like that? i'm a gimpy mc gimp gimp. oh shameful. the man with the strollers behind me is about to pass me. oh shame shame shame. 
seven hours later- but still enough energy to cartwheel past the finish line.
ope katie just flirting it up with the elder. inappropriate.  

then caleb for his wolf badge in scouts or something like that had to learn about firetrucks and fireman and firefighting and all that jazz. so i chaperoned. it was really quite interesting.
being a firefighter in houston is like being in a fire in an oven so i'll pass.
 but it was super amazing and inspiring. thanks for helping us stop, drop, and roll.

then caleb got to try on the bottom half of the suit. then he volunteered me..... 
and she put the whole suit on me- this is about the point where i couldn't breathe. as if my heart wasn't hurting before. hahahaha. and it's such a slimming look for me! my self esteem really shot through the roof this day- false! 
awww yah!!! ready to save the world! and then i tried to take a jumping picture with this +65 pack suit on with the tank of oxygen and everything. wrong move. sorry public property!

ok well it's only 10:30 am and i've already done so much this day! and now danny is coming over to watch the justin bieber with me! yah bieber fever! i'm almost accumulated to the non-mission life. baby steps :) bieber will help!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

10 points for the day

i've noticed that my blog posts are quite different than they were for six months there. dang it. how can i get them more spiritual and envelopped with fire-filled wonderfulness. hmmm. i'm gonna lose my righteous audience and just be stuck with apostate rebels. ah i shouldn't overanalyze and worry what other people think!
let's just share some wonderfulness with y'all then.
#1. Marshal got baptized this weekend! Holla!
2. I got a tape from my beloved! the one in brazil ;) just to differentiate between the millions out there that think they are my beloveds :) jk jk but honestly i did get a tape from chase.
 yeah he included this as part of his letter. hahahahahahahahahaha. i love it!!!!!!
3. alison (my trainer! aka sis LJ!) and I are living in the same apartment in the fall! holla!! and another perk- i have a single room. oh we will tear it up!
4. my job is going great! i love it- it almost makes me wanna stay here and make bank till chaser gets home. nah utah is where it's at. and anyways my job is great!! and rumor is- payday is coming up soon!
5. my personal pcp and gastro and all the other specialist doctors and procedures and all that have not really been going well but i try to see it all half full. more details by the end of the week. it's not blog sharing type info but i'm nervous and excited.
6. my poor sister is recovering from her dang appendectomy (us schroedter girls like the hospital too much) and her and baby aubs and josh will be here in less than two weeks!
7. grant and i are just sitting here on the couch on the macs and it's a little sad. oh this generation. maybe we'll go outside and play a game of nighttime badminton (it took us 30 minutes to set up that cheap net yesterday and that baby is staying up for a while because it was strenuous!)

8. i am really finding joy in all the spiritual studying i get to do without the mish library confining my sources but i do miss the mission- oh so much oh so much oh so much. it's so hard!!! today reading one of my fellow (still there) t-square sister's blogs.... it almost brought me to tears- i miss everyone and everything we did every day so much!
but reading the scrips, going to the temple, scrapbookin' mission life, praying, institute, etc. all those things really help.
the gospel is a solid rock- thank heavens (literally) for that!
9. yesterday was email day with tay :) tomorrow is another email day --with chase and everyday is email day with laur!
10. i have this fun email banter going on with lauryn and today i spiced up her email with some ridiculousness that i thought was actually quite humorous and will now be sharing it publicly

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
-Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.
-Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what was going on when I first saw it.
-I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.
-How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
-The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.
- LOL has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".
- Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.
- Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".
- How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?
- I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!
- Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in' examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. For some reason you can't think of anything that starts with "P" when you need it. "P as in pumpernickel"..... yah good one
- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and I instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.
- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
-If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.
-Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.
-There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.
- "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.
-I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
-I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.
- As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.
-Everyone should go at least 4 over if not more. That's why I could never be a cop. I'd get bugged at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I wrote this a couple days ago but then blogger freaked out. So here you go!
Just had family scripture study and prayer! And now playing games on another Saturday night- that's the life :)

Today was a good day. Went to work, the temple, and institute. And there were some funny thoughts I had and I’ll just share a few of them.
So I’ve always had a special place for trucks in my heart. And motorcycles. Boys with those modes of transportation get me every time. Chase has neither of those so it goes to show that I truly love him for deep, inner, sincere matters and not idolatrous things. After Chase is a successful doctor we will get us a truck and a motorcycle. Anyways back to this blog entry- trucks!
You can always tell who is a high-class Mexican? How? Check it out!

And some key indicators for who is the highest-class Red-neck. Take a gander.

Funny to me that they are complete opposites- yet both owners take such pride in pimping out their rides

Also have you ever been stuck at a red light forever? Well my dad hasn’t. Why? Because he gets out of the car, runs to the pedestrian button, pushes it, and runs back to the car- when he is the driver. He’s convinced it speeds up the process. Hahahaha. I know it does but is it worth it? And what if you get hit by a car or it turns green on your little jog to the button.
Hahaha so many things I love about my dad!

P.S. In the game Buzzword- my dad: "what's that ball that shoots out of a cannon?" 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

too much too fast

Ok why is adjusting to non-mission life SO DANG hard? i wanna crawl under the covers from the horrible world and die at certain moments. but i have to remember faith and seeing the glass as half full is key. 
i may have tried to take on normal life too much too fast!! 
i think i might have overwhelmed myself with un-necessities: such as facebook. so i deactivated facebook again. i just couldn't handle it. so maybe by christmas i'll be ready for it- or i'll have forgotten how horrible it was and be back on it next week :)
i think talking to tay and chase all about how great their missions were today was GREAT but a little torturous. i love those two cutie pies.
And to my beautiful mom, Michele! I love you. Thanks for helping me get through everything and being an amazing mom. Love you.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

One man's trash....

..... is my mom's treasure.
This week is Mother's Day and so I must give many shout outs that make my mother proud!! She's so glad I'm home :)

Ok so Caleb's soccer game is over and we are walking back to the van. First of all look at this referee can you say mini-Dallin at 16 years old! I'd say so!!!

Then i see my mom digging through the trash because she's tearing off Gatorade labels because Caleb's school is collecting them. Like box tops..... So just to embarass my reserved, precious mother, I start shouting "I'm tired of eating from food stamps!" and people stare even more. Each label is worth 5 cents so apparantely it's worth it.
Of course Taryn and I were her accomplices. Well Taryn was helping and I was just taking pictures of the clowns!!!
That is sooooo nasty!!! 
The sad thing is she made us go to MANY trash cans. ALL AROUND the park. We looked ridiculous! But my mom is shining in this picture!!
Exact conversation in this picture. My mom "this one is a gold mine!!!!" hahahahaha
Then in this garbage you can see there is a thrown-away-chair. Probably for a good reason. But this is just an example of our on-sale, need coupons kind of attitudes. What a lucky find! Grab that out of the trash! 
Don't notice how nasty this pic is- just notice me struggling to get my mom to take a pic with me- but you can tell she has all her little labels in her hand and is just so giddy to get her 5 cents!!

Then there was this precious moment in the car I saw! My parents are adorable!

P.S. then in the car ride home Taryn and I heard this song. I've heard it before. But with my life right now- It's so me!!!! I love it! I love Rascal Flatts. Read the lyrics!!!!

I miss you so much
Your light, your smile, your way, and everything about us
Though you’re gone, you’re still here
In my heart, in my tears
Yeah you sure left your mark and we were just getting started

It wasn’t long, it wasn’t long enough…Together…
But it was long enough, yeah, it was long enough…to last forever...
Sometimes I get so mad; I scream and swear at this
Cuz’ this, isn’t how we planned it
I sit here, in a cold room….Prayin’
Waiting on you
To run back through that door, the way it was before

You left, it wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough...together
But it was long enough; yeah it was long enough to last, forever…
I feel Cheated (I feel Cheated), defeated (can’t believe it)
can’t believe that you’re gone (your gone, your gone)
Oh it was wrong (so wrong)
It wasn’t long enough
It wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough…
Nooo it wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough…
Together (Together)
But it was long enough; yeah it was long enough, to last,
to last, to last forever...
(It wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough)
No it wasn’t long enough…
(It wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough)
Long enough…
(It wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough, it wasn’t long enough)

But this is when I'm having a low moment and a puny perspective. Then I snap out of it and think about Happy Mother's Day phone call :) Ok i'm sure i'll write another post in five seconds. I'm really blog obsessed right now!

Friday, May 6, 2011


So the end of my last post- I foreshadowed this fun. But i had no idea how much fun this would be! Pictionary with my parents and Grant- epic! And Caleb came in later after he came inside from playing with the neighborhood munchkins!
Pictionary! Such a good game! It was fantastic. I love competition and always winning! Let me set up the scene!
The game starts great because somebody said something hilarious and  I had just taken a huge gulp of water...... so if you know my girls' camp name- it's Geyser...... so you can imagine what happens. yep. and my parents were drenched. they didn't get mad because they know it's an accident. it's the only scenario where you can spit on people and they just laugh. bahahah

this is me pre- laughter....... i'm so sexy

and this is what happened next.....

P.S. Five seconds later Grant does the same thing when I make him laugh while he's drinking..... across the table to Mom and Dad but with Blue Gatorade! OH MAN!!!
Anyways. so the game goes on. Then my dad is trying to get my mom to guess the word "Jam" and then we all get into a HEATED debate on whether or not people say "peanut butter and jelly" or "peanut butter and jam"
I'm not going to say what side I'm on but let me ask this simple question: what does PB&J stand for? What does the "J" stand for specifically?
Then the game goes on. Somehow or another Caleb has come in now and is super tired and grumpy and is now whining and crying because Dad doesn't want him play my iphone games.
Anyways- he is under the table sulking. Grant and I start cracking up about something (it has nothing to do with Caleb) and Caleb thinking we are somehow laughing at him (i completely forgot he was under there) but then he.... punches me. so I say "Caleb, why did you just punch me?" and he says "I didn't punch you. I hit you." Bahahah oh that's what you were doing. No problem! What?
We were all in such good moods that this is all cracking me up but maybe it wasn't really that funny unless you were there. But i'm going to continue my story-telling.
So then we are reminiscing about how my dad calls the shots about who says the prayer at dinner time. Then I remind mom that the priesthood holder of the house is the one who should choose who to ask to pray. so when Dad is working late or out of town..... then Grant asks. She doesn't agree. Again- I throw this out to the readers of this blog. Should Grant or my mom pick on the prayer-giver? hahahahahahaha
Then another time I'm picking on Mom and my dad reminds me it's Mother's Day Weekend and I need to be nice to Mom and that she birthed me. And so i sarcastically say "It's not like I was a breech baby or something. when have i ever been a problem?" (which I was a breech baby so i was just being facetious) and then Dad said "Well no, but you did come out with your head back." Bahahahahahha we all laugh for like 5 seconds because obviously dad doesn't know what the word "breech" means- he did fall asleep during my birth so it's understandable. Happy Mother's Day, Mom!! Sorry I was a hard birth- but I was your best baby :)
So the game goes on! My parents SMOKED us bad the first game and I mean BADDDDD so we have to have a re-match. Then we smoked them. So we have a third game to see who is really the winner. Basically Grant and I ROCK!! We won 2/3 games! Holla!
Some reasons why we won...... Medusa was being drawn and Dad shouts out Methuselah- what?? not the oldest man that ever lived... recorded in the Bible! They are very different! The Greek witch with snake hair is the one we want. hahah.
Why else did we win? Look at these two LOVELY drawings by my mom. hahahahahahahahahaha. My mom is good at pictionary because she is a marvelous guesser but her actual drawing skills..... need some major work. hahahaha.
So my Mom was trying to get my dad to guess Godzilla. but the lovely lizard dinosaur craziness she drew didn't do the trick- no really? and so she proceeded to draw God on a cloud above the monster to get my dad to guess God...zilla.... um epic fail.
Because Grant just drew a good dinosaur and I thought it was Barney till he drew a Japanese flag! Good work, Grantly! We got the point! Roll the dice!
Here is the beautiful scanned picture done by my mom! Love you, Mom!

Another reason we won because Mom tried to get my Dad to guess the word "elbow"..... please take a look at this next picy pic.
As you can see- we clearly won that point, too. My mom really is quite talented and I need to express it better. But anyways....... acouple minutes later.... 
Caleb comes inside and looks at this paper I saved on the counter because it was so hilarious and he says.... is that a dead dog?
hahahahah Could be, Caleb! Could be!
I love playing games with my family, talking to my bros near and far, face-timing my sis on the iphone, and just loving my fam :) They are great!!

I wish I was poor!

Caleb is so funny! He hates practicing piano- i can't blame him. I'm the girl who when woken up at 445 am in the fourth grade to practice her piano, carved her name in the wooden mahagony chestnut expensive grand piano out of spite. But anyways Caleb is crying (literally crying) because he hates practicing the piano and basically my dad says (classic dad argument by the way): "I couldn't even have piano lessons growing up- we were too poor. And the money I did make- was given to the family" and Caleb retorts "Dad, you were so lucky you were poor! Because you didn't have take piano!" Hahahaha we have a cushy life and a distorted view of reality.

Also I love my new job! It's amazing. I'm learning so much and love being challenged and helping others (even though podiatry is kinda nasty!!) but i love having a purpose and seeing results of work and being productive!

I have been aching for a hug lately- my mom doesn't like to be touched so I go up to Grant and say "I need a hug. I miss Chase! I just want someone to hug me!" and Grant says "I miss Chase, too!"
I am so touched because he has empathy and misses Chase like he is a brother to him already and then he finished the sentence "I miss Chase because if he were here, he could hug you and you wouldn't be bugging me!" hahahahahaha.
Remember how I get to talk to Taylor and Chase this Sunday :) Happy Mother's Day!

Ok well gotta go play pictionary with my parents and Grant! I am counting my every blessing and getting stronger every day!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

mamma called the doctor!

so i know it's something i don't wanna be talking about- all my medical problems. but it's why i'm stinkin' here in texas so i need to blog about it.
eh who am i kidding- i've never been shy about it before. i am an open book and then quite stubborn to opening up at the same time. anyways what am i babbling about?
so my mom has been with me to the doctor(s) since i've been home and making many of the appointments. so the title works. i'm a 21 year-old who let's her mother handle her important business :) but honestly i need to get all these doctor and medical problems in remission before i'm kicked off my parents' insurance when i get married :) to chase of course.
so the doctor(s) i have been seeing are better than the utah doctors but they're still doctors. which means i'm doubtful of their skills. i should learn to love doctors more since chase will be a doctor and i will have to support him :)
i have been to the doctor today and last week and apparently the one i saw today is nationally ranked. well i wasn't too impressed. but you can imagine how my faith in doctors has lessened over the past couple months.
i only have faith in stable things- like Christ, Chase, Teen Moms (okay the last one was blasphemy.) but honestly Keiffer? if you even know WHO i am talking about- it's embarrassing that we all know that kid. ok moving on. back to the subject at hand.
so earlier i stated that my second home is the doctor's office- well now it REALLY is.
why? because i got an amazing job at a doctor's office! i guess my trip to the doctor's paid off because two doors down in the same hospital- i got hired!!!
what will my position be? how am i qualified? well honestly it's all about connections- a lady in our ward works there and did the hiring :) it's a dang miracle and i am so grateful for this legit job!! i will be the lady that sits behind the glass window and slides it back and forth and takes your insurance information, hands you a clipboard and tells your where to sign, answers the phones, tells you your co-payment, and has complimentary mints to offer!
So that means I'll be in Htown till September (Fall semester of BYU) and this will be a good thing. I am SOOOOO blessed to have found this job and been hired so quickly. It pays super well :) which will be good since I have future plans that will be quite costly ;) and I'm an RM and super broke and when Chase is an RM he will be even more super super broke.
If you wanna know how I'm doing and you are an RM.... ask yourself this: how did you adjust? how was it? how much did you miss being a missionary? well times that by 40,000 because i was in no way even close to being ready to being done with that important work!!! it's been ROUGH- i've been a mess and i feel super broken- but i just tell myself that i'm tough and that I can do anything with God. and that a tear-stained face is fashionable these days- i mean i looked through a magazine today at the doctor's office and you shoulda seen how many celebrities looked horrible and looked like a serious mess- apparently it's cool to look like that. I'm in with the cool crowd now!
Everyone has been super nice to me- thank you for your prayers, emails, texts, comments, gifts, phone calls, and love! It really has helped. I know the atonement and time and moving forward will help all this.
Starting work tomorrow, getting an email from Chase tomorrow, getting a letter from Sis Hansen yesterday, and having Taylor and Chase call for Mother's Day this weekend will be AMAZING!! Having structure and purpose is really helpful!
Also i'm STOKED for the Louds to come visit :) holla!!! Shelbs, Aubs, Josh!!! Yah schlitterbon!
Also missionary life hasn't completely ended. Personal study, the sleeping patterns, going to appointments with the missionaries here in Houston, doing volunteer service at the Boys and Girls' club, telling anyone who will listen fun things about Temple Square, and getting to find little opportunities to share the gospel and invite people to learn more here and there- it's all amazing.
The High Council report meeting as an RM went well. Even though I was scared out of my mind when they asked me to bear my testimony in French. Anywho- I also LOVE clearing up the air about Temple Square. Telling the men about the mission and clarifying what exactly we do there- they all loved the stories and understanding that unique mission a little better.
Oh man- institute........... katy stake and the slim picking of YSA- hahahahahahhahaah is all i have to say. i am not going to be dating till chase gets home and it's because i know what God supports and that chase is the way to go- but the ysa experience is just one more reason to be MIA from that dating scene. YIKES!!! ashley and katie- you know what i'm talking about! fantastic! there really are the most amazing people in the katy stake...just not in the YSA circle perhaps.
oh p.s. happy birthday tomorrow alyson felt! love you.
alright well with more direction and answers to my life.....i think i'm finally ready...... to re-activate facebook. i'm scared! crap! ok i can do this! here i go.
p.s. that's going to be me- that little comic strip below....... on a powertrip :) hahahaha