Saturday, December 1, 2012

Arizona

Well, right now I am at the hospital waiting for Mackenzie to have their baby girl. She went into labor at around 6 on Friday night. The last I heard she was only at 3 centimeters, so she has a couple hours left probably. Candace is laying on the bench next to me completely zonked out. I probably should be sleeping, too.

I thought this was as good a time as ever to update y'all on our trip to Arizona! It was such a fun trip. Michael and Megan were both such gracious hosts. Everyone was there and it was really, really fun. I've always felt that with being the oldest of the grandkids that Candace and I have always kinda been on our own little island--not quite adults, but not quite fitting in with the kids either because they're so much younger. But I felt like with this trip especially, all my little cousins aren't so little anymore. It was fun to actually hang out with them. You know? Like I could play with them instead of supervising the playing :) It was really great.

Megan made a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Seriously, the best turkey I've ever had. We saw a couple movies, took an organized family photo (harder than it seems haha), did a funny trivia game that Michael organized, and even had a fun game night that everyone took part in. I wish I would have taken more pictures during our Minute To Win It night. It was super funny watching some of the adults play the games. At least we have it on video and can watch it the next time we're all together.

I don't know who reads this blog, but I want anyone that does to know how extremely grateful I am for my family. Seriously, each individual is so great and has so many things to teach me. Then as a whole, when we are all together, it is magical. I have been told that I overuse the word magical, so sorry about that. But really, I consider my time with my family so special.

Here are the few pictures that we did manage to capture:























Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hello!

Happy November everyone! I thought I would do a quick blog post before all the big events that are coming up in the next two months.

A little update...
1. School. Always school first these days. I am reading or writing all the time. With my three literature classes, my one teaching literature class, and my fiction writing class, I swear I always either have my computer (to write essays and stories) or a book that I need to read attached to my hip. Next semester I get to apply to the teaching program, which means that I will have a year and a half left, including student teaching, after next semester. I am SUPER excited about it. Even with my classes this semester, I feel like I am getting closer and closer to doing what I want to do. I feel so fortunate that I have the opportunity to get an education and chase the dreams that I have had since I was little. So I am feeling really good about that.

2. Friends are fabulous. When I graduated from high school I was really sad at first because I thought that my world was suddenly going to get very small; I thought I would lose all of the friends that I had been so close to during high school. I've found that it is actually quite the opposite. I still have the wonderful friends from high school and also have met the cutest girls up here in Logan. I am pretty lucky.

3. Brookie is getting married in ONE WEEK!! Ah. I can't believe it. I'm so excited. I am sure my blog will explode with photos from the big day, so stay tuned.

4. Zach and Mackenzie's little girl is due here in the next couple of weeks. So so exciting. I can't wait to be an aunt and to absolutely spoil the little love.

I guess the common theme with all of those little updates is excitement. I am very excited with the course that life is taking me on. It's exciting growing up :)

Samantha

Oh, PS, here are some pictures that track my life since the last blog post!


 Watching flag football

Candace, my Grandma Jaz and my dad met me halfway in Ogden and saw Pitch Perfect with me :) So sweet. Love my family!
 Watching conference together...well I guess not watching conference together :)
 Learning Gangnam Style dance haha....so embarrassing
 Hanging with my favorite boys
 Movie night with Nicole!

 Tuachan with the family!
 Bowling with Kim and Kacee
 Bridal shower in Provo
 Movie night with my best friends!
 Pretty weather in Logan
 Lunch time with these cuties
 Uh oh spray tans for Halloween.......





 Fun fun fun Halloween!
 Face painting at a carnival on campus thrown by miss Hailey Megan Thorne
 Had to document our warm walk homes from campus while the sunshine lasted :)
 Uh oh. Wanted everyone to see what I look like when I study I guess haha
 Brookie's pretty invitations

 Brooke's bachelorette party








 U Games with the cute family


 Just playin with my roomies
 Pretty snow in SLC

More playing. Love y'all!