Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Harry Potter (and JK Rowlling!)

In honor of Harry's birthday,
I thought I'd share some random HP fandom stuff.

{I am a complete HP Fangirl, btw}

JK Rowling is a genius at planning things out.

 ha ha ha!
{also, totally true of me!}

They will, if you let them!

you have to love the mischief!

 Maggie Smith - battled breast cancer and shingles while filming,
and powered through.
A true Gryffindor indeed.

If only...

 I need this on a t-shirt.
Because, it's true.
I AM a keeper. 
{wink, wink}

Best line in the entire series.
{I adore the character of Snape}

ha ha ha....

That is all...

Happy Birthday Harry!
Thank you for bringing some magic to my life.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nephews and Nieces

Have I ever mentioned,
how much I adore my nephews and nieces?

Last weekend I had a few of my teenage nephews and a niece
stay at my house.

One was just finishing up a week at BYU at a "Mission Ready" conference
{something like EFY, only missionary oriented}
and two were coming to attend EFY this week.

I had a little "pool party" for them
and invited some of my favorite young women and young men from my stake.

So fun.

Props to all you Mom's out there...

Taking care of kids is hard.
They are messy.

Fun....and awesome,

but messy.

Just saying.  :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pioneer Trek

So let me just say,
I get it, 
my church does some seemingly wacky stuff.

We go to church for 3 hours EVERY Sunday,
and we don't drink coffee, and we volunteer hours of our time to "callings"
which we don't get paid for.

and probably the craziest thing is going on "Pioneer Treks".

The youth dress up like the pioneers 
{long skirts and bonnets and such}
who came across the plains back in the 1800's
to find a place to settle and be allowed the freedom to worship how they wanted.
They pull handcarts across rough terrain for miles on end for three days or so.
They camp and cook and are assigned to "trek families".
and they learn....a lot.

I've been "in charge" of my Stake's Pioneer Trek for several years.
I planned our last trek 4 years ago
{which was a crazy experience}
and I actually planned the one before that too.
You could say Pioneer Trek is kind of  in my blood.
{or for sure, in my heart}


I just got back late Saturday night from my Pioneer Trek,
and oh boy,
it was amazing.

The thing I love most of all about it?
That it helped all of us appreciate our ancestors who went before us.
Those amazing people who made sacrifices we try to duplicate,
but the depth of which we will never, ever be able to fully comprehend.
Some of them didn't make it.

Some made it alone after losing their family members along the way,
due to extreme weather and incomprehensible hardships.

They paved the way for their children and their children's children.

I'm so grateful for them.

And for the spirit that is there at those historic sites in Wyoming.

Oh how I hope that those youth  who came with me can keep that feeling in their hearts,
and carry that through into their regular lives, and know 
without any doubt,

that their is a God above who will help us through it all,
no matter how rough or hard life gets.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


A quick break from trek prep,
to laugh.

Because this?

really funny...

[Verse 1:]
It might seem crazy, wearing stripes and plaid
I instagram every meal I've had
All my used liquor bottles are on display
We can go to see a show but I'll make you pay

(because I'm tacky)
Wear my belt with suspenders and sandals with my socks
(because I'm tacky)
Got some new glitter Uggs and lovely pink sequined crocs
(because I'm tacky)
Never let you forget some favor I did for you
(because I'm tacky)
If you're okay with that, then, you might just be tacky, too

[Verse 2:]
I meet some chick, ask her this and that
Like 'Are you pregnant girl, or just really fat?' (what?)
Well, now I'm dropping names almost constantly
That's what Kanye West keeps telling me, here's why

(because I'm tacky)
Wear my Ed Hardy shirt with fluorescent orange pants
(because I'm tacky)
Got my new resume it's printed in Comic Sans
(because I'm tacky)
Think it's fun threatening waiters with a bad Yelp review
(because I'm tacky)
If you think that's just fine, then, you're probably tacky, too

Bring me shame, can't nothing
Bring me shame, I never know why
Bring me shame, can't nothing
Bring me shame, I said
Bring me shame, can't nothing
Bring me shame, it's pointless to try
Bring me shame, can't nothing
Bring me shame, I said

(because I'm tacky)
43 Bumper Stickers and a YOLO license plate
(because I'm tacky)
Bring along my coupon book whenever I'm on a date
(because I'm tacky)
Practice my twerking moves in line at the DMV
(because I'm tacky)
Took the whole bowl of restaurant mints. Hey, it said they're free
(because I'm tacky)
I get drunk at the bank
And take off my shirt, at least
(because I'm tacky)
I would live-tweet a funeral, take selfies with the deceased
(because I'm tacky)
If I'm bitten by a zombie, I'm probably not telling you
(because I'm tacky)
If you don't think that's bad, guess what, then you're tacky, too

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pioneer Trek 2014 - Reach To Rescue

I leave for Pioneer Trek 
in 5 days, 17 hours, and 25 minutes.

I'm kind of in "freak out" mode right now.

Things are falling into place,
and really everything is organized,
but it's just that last minute frenzy time
when there are lots of questions to be answered
and a lot to be done.

This morning I ordered 140 pizzas from the Pizza Hut in Evanston, WY.
{I wish I could have been in the room to see the look on that manager's face...}

Last night I was working on sewing my pioneer clothing,
I am just not a stellar seamstress,
but regardless,
if it kills me?
I WILL be a fashionable pioneer.

The bracelets are made,
all the journals are at the printer,
and now all that really remains
is for me to make sure my personal supplies are ready
{which they are NOT at this point!}

Tomorrow morning we will do the most important
part of preparation for our adventure,
with a trip to the temple with all the adult leaders.

Everything is coming together and I'm so excited!

Wish me LUCK....

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Harry Potter is Baaaaack......

Today is all things Harry Potter,
the World of Harry Potter in Florida
 is opening up their new Diagon Alley today,
which must be precipitating all the HP awesome that has shown up 
in my news feeds today...

Which, by the way, visiting Diagon Alley?
Definitely on my list of things to do soon....

But I digress.

Today, J.K. Rowling released a little "post"
that she wrote about Harry, a few years after book 7 ends.
It was such a fun surprise this morning,
and really, just made me smile.

You can read it here

Oh. My. Goodness.

Studio C did this piece
SO funny.

Have I ever blogged here about how Snape really is my favorite character
from the Harry Potter series?

I love that he is such an enigma,
seen as the enemy by Harry for so long,
when in fact, there really is a lot of depth to his character.
He is definitely the most interesting of the series.
In general, the books do a great job of exploring the difference
between what everyone THINKS is right,
and what is ACTUALLY right.


All the Harry Potter flying around the internet today?
making me completely happy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Fourth...

I really, really love when family comes to town!

Last weekend, My brother Craig 
and his family came down to my house
for one {very quick} day
which we tried to make the very most of!

We swam in my pool...
 I introduced them to the wonders of Swig
{Dirty Dr. Pepper & sugar cookies!}

Took KK for a bike ride

 Went to the Freedom Festival Balloons...
 Completely worth the 4:45 AM wake up, by the way....
{even if it DID get windy and most of the balloons could not take off!}
I mean...look at the JOY on their faces!

 Then we all road-tripped together down to my Mom's house in Pine Valley
{there might have been a lot of snacking going on in that van...}
 Pine Valley was all about visiting Mom
{and her adorable dog, Lizzie}
 I played the role of  "cruise director"
{according to my brother Craig}
because I brought some fun activities.

My favorite being the ginormous bubbles

 So fun!
And because you will ask,
the recipe is as follows:
2 Tablespoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons glycerin
1 cup liquid dawn (original, not concentrated)
1 gallon of warm water.

aside from that, use a clean container,
100% cotton rope or string and two dowels.

We also played a lot of games
I was introduced to Blokus - so fun!

 snuggled with Lizzie some more...
 Got to love on Ruby...
 Did a giant soapy slip and slide...
 More giant bubbles...
 Everyone played on my ipad
{always a draw...go figure!}
 and because we couldn't do actual fireworks?
I brought 300 glow sticks....
and some craziness ensued:

 Ruby and Carol helped me make a birthday cake for Lily
 and there was definitely some "quality control" taste testing going on...
 Don't you LOVE how seriously they took their job of decorating?

 Oh...and we made fairy houses in the back yard,
along with some "fairy soup" for the fairies!
 and then we made MORE giant bubbles...

 we {might} have gone through a LOT of dish soap....
 We had a brief birthday party for Lily....
 and then headed home.
{and we DEFINITELY stopped in Scipio to pet Mohawk the Zebra!}
 It was SUCH a fun weekend.

And I miss them already.


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