Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve in Washington

I'm back to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I just always get so happy for all the great things in my life this time of year I suppose. I think it's the familiarity of the traditions and the people that are around this time of year. Besides all the perks of being home and around the people I know, there are the events that bring people I love.

One of these traditions is the annual (or something like that) picture of Erin beating me up haha
2005 (?)
There are of course last minute shopping trips and planned lunches to catch up with friends but, I love the parties that go along with the season. Christmas Eve is a day full of festivities! We spend all day preparing for that evening, we first swing by the Annual Christmas Open House at the Hepfingers which is always fun to see everyone we know from the ward and and to spend time with the Heppys of course. Then we pick up our food from Rio Grande (my favorite) for our Christmas Party! Our group changes from year to year but it is always a blast! We have pizza, mexican food, and soups which is a total mix of foods but that's what makes it fun. Eating is followed by games and singing. 

You can't forget the Christmas Pageant where Mary is usually played by Erin and a different couple provides the baby Jesus every year followed by us all singing "Silent Night".
Nativity 2010
 Santa has also been known to make an appearance! 
Dan as Santa w/ Mishay and I, 2009
It's really great to spend the time with our "Virginia Family" as I like to refer to our group as. There are some that are missed as they've moved away, the kiddos have grown up for the most part and we have sent off missionaries, but we still have a great time together! 

Some of "the kids" 2006
Some of "the kids" 2010

The clean up crew arrives after everyone leaves (that's our dog Nikki) and we put our house back to it's normal, beautiful, Christmas state and settle in with just the four of us. We open our pajamas we got each other, evaluate the success of the party and head off to bed for Santa to spoil us in the morning. 

Merry, Merry Christmas yet again!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Holy Jolly Christmas

The traditions have begun. The usual shopping, the annual parties, the last minute gift wrapping (or bags in my case), preparing food, eating treats and enjoying decorations. What isn't to love?

I also love this. What a perfect portrayal of what Christmas is all about from the kiddos. 

Some of our family's Christmas traditions include: opening pj's on Christmas Eve, decorating the Christmas tree while watching "Miracle on 34th Street", our annual Christmas Eve bash where I inevitably get coerced into playing a role in the nativity, the one day a year we have a prepared breakfast is on Christmas morning, and of course lots of treats and family time included.

What else is there to say except... Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So Long, Farewell

Well, the bittersweet day has arrived:
Fall Semester 2010 has come to an end. 
No more Provo
No more BYU
No more 218th Ward
No more late night treat runs
No more random kitchen dancing
No more spontaneous 75 cent movies
No more Sammys
No more threats to sleep outside
No more family dinners
No more 304 family :(

This semester has been, by far, my best at BYU thus far. It is really sad to see it coming to an end. And I think the saddest part about it is that the girls of 304 are splitting up. We all have our adventures ahead of us but it's sad to be apart. We really have become a family and have created so many memories it'll be sad to not be together.
Our friend Craig tells us we're like a family so we really took that seriously. We assigned ourselves various roles based on our personalities and the duties we take upon ourselves haha.

Julie: our mama based on the delight she experiences in making us dinners and generally just taking care of us and telling us what to do from time to time, and just loves us all so much.
Quincy: initially dad but upon further consideration we decided that it would be more appropriate for her to be our grandmother (Julie's mother), based on her "I Love Old People" shirt and the fact that she enjoys nothing more than going to bed at unmentionably early hours.
Katie: while she resents her role the most, it is incredibly acurate. She is our rebellious teenager due to her late nights, lack of communication with her family and most especially because of the phrase she so often uses: "I do what I want!" What are we going to do with her?
Me: the beloved child in the family. I'm pretty sure this is because everyone just loves me so much, I can't think of any other reasons :) Okay okay, it might be because I like to tease everyone and pull little pranks on them. My favorite being standing outside the bathroom and scaring Julie when she comes out. It really is because I'm the favorite though.
We've also adopted a new father and grandfather into the picture, our neighbors Jerry and Derrek from across the street that so kindly brought us chocolate milk and gummy worms to help us through the stress of finals. How we'll miss them. A favorite memory with those wonderful boys is when we really had a need for hot chocolate so they allowed us to come over to share theirs and they had a "fireplace" all ready and waiting.

Another sad thing about leaving Provo is leaving my cousin Megan (aka Megalou). She is mission bound (Uruguay for those wondering!) and so I won't see her for quite sometime. I'll miss all the family of course but she is the one I won't see for the longest. Love you girl.

Okay, I'll stop being all sappy and reminiscent and say that I love my best friends of 304 and have appreciated Provo more than ever before this semester. I'll be back. Don't you worry.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Finals Festivities

Well it's finals week. 
Am I stressed?
Not really.
Should I be?

I have too many other fun things to look forward to. Parents visiting, our Christmas party, Snow Christmas party and Turner Christmas party. Tis the season to celebrate!

I'm just really hoping that my two favorite elves stop by. 
But if not, I'll settle for my favorite Christmas song:

Saturday, December 4, 2010

20 1/2 and counting...

Today is my half birthday.
To celebrate I went to Target.
Luckily, my shopping whim resulted in running into my Grandma, Aunt Sallie, cousin Megan and her friend Krista!
So my solo target celebration turned into a lunch with the family.
And now I'm watching Mean Girls with Quincy, sitting amongst Christmas decorations.
What a day.

My twentieth year is moving tooooooo quickly if you ask me.
Even though the more time goes and the older I get, 
the closer I get to LONDON. 
One month from today I'll be on a plane Europe bound.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turkeys=Eaten & Thanksgiving=Over

It's late and I'm Provo bound in the morning. I have mixed feelings about it I have to admit! It's FREEZING and snowy there, and it's slightly cold and sunny here. My roommates are in Utah and I am here. Pros and cons I suppose.

Break has been great and I'm always reminded of how blessed and grateful I am when I come home- thanksgiving or not. I am unbelievably lucky to have such strong friendships here that have endured my whole life. People who care about me and make me feel so so loved every time I see them.

We spent a lot of time over break shopping, which is hardly unusual if you know the Turners. Especially my mom and I. We hit Tysons and Reston Town Center on black Friday and Eastern Market on Saturday. This all goes without mentioning the ribbon outlet, Target, Nordstrom Rack and other random places. We love to shop that's for sure!

Unfortunately, I was a slacker in the picture department so I have zero exciting pictures of me doing anything. Luckily I have Christine to take care of me in that department :) We said our goodbyes to James and I promised to send him chex muddy buddies on his mission. Can I do that while I'm in London? hm.

Well back to Provo I go for a bittersweet last few weeks. Pros: end of the semester and London bound next semester! Cons: no more 304 and no more BYU Provo (yes, i'm slightly sad about it). I've been a pro and blog updates this week since I've had some free time on my hands- my head will begin the "stress spinning" again tomorrow. Just hope that I don't have to sit by Greg on my flight back.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

biggest loser love

I. Love. Them.
As I so clearly stated last night with Erin, Annie and Shaunessy:
"I just love this show"
Changing their lives and finding their happiness.
Love it- making me cry every episode.
Guilty Pleasure.
One of many.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happiest of Thanksgivings

I have SO much to be grateful for this thanksgiving. To name a few:
great friends who take such good care of me
the best family I could ask for

going to school and learning about what I love
BYU- yes I love it despite it's weird quirks
having the gospel in my life
a job that i enjoy
being home with my family
mexican food
having my extended family close in utah

witty roommates

What are you grateful for?
Happy Thanksgiving!
Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable- Elder Wirthlin

Friday, November 19, 2010

Delta Drag

I flew home to VA today- finally. And I have to admit I was half dead this whole week trying to trudge through everything that had to get done, trying to have fun, working hard etc etc. Going to midnight showing of Harry Potter then working in the morning? not a great idea. So by the time I arrived at the airport I felt the need to just sleeeeep. Too bad Sara.

I got on the plane settled myself in my seat, all ready to just relax.
Then people came and sat next to me.

It all started with the normal chit chat about where we were going, where we were from, yada yada yada. It was fine, usually those conversations fade and you mind your own business the rest of the flight. Too bad "Greg" didn't feel the same way. He talked the WHOLE FLIGHT. The whole flight! Oh my gosh I wanted to leave so badly but where do you go when you're sitting on an airplane for hours!? He told me all about his career, his ethnicity, his college years, his political opinions, etc. I listened politely but started just giving one word responses. Not okay. He then said, "You were so perky when we got on the plane, are you grumpy or something now?" ughhhhh.

I tried listening to my iPod- he would tap me to talk to me.
I tried loading pictures on my computer- he commented on all of them.
I tried to play a game on my phone- he wanted to know all about it.
I tried looking out the window- he wanted to know what I was thinking about.
I tried sleeping- he observed that I was having a hard time falling asleep.

This 45 year old man would NOT leave me alone. He asked me all about my life, tried to set me up with the cowboy from Wyoming with shoulder length hair who was sitting in our row, kept telling me how cute I was and wanted me to help him find baggage claim. Leave. Me. Alone.

Finally, we were getting off the plane and I clung to Sarah Gerard for support, only to find out that a couple sitting in front of me was listening the WHOLE time and they were supremely entertained but thought it best I stick with them at baggage claim to avoid the creep. Thankfully my parents came in so I wasn't standing there vulnerable to his creepiness.

Thank goodness I'm away from that man. Never seat me next to him again Delta, never again.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Worry, Be Happy

I often tell people that, "I have problems" because I am ALWAYS stressed about something and once I get going on something... there's no stopping the freaking out.

A prime example of this are my "Sunday Night Freakouts". Nearly every sunday night (I've calmed down some for the record), I plan out my week and realize how much I have to do and have going on which leads to freaking out. This is weekly around 9:30pm if you ever want to be extra nice to me at that time every week. :)

While this week is PARTICULARLY busy, this song came on earlier and I realized I should chill out because as stated in the song: In every life we have some trouble, When you worry you make it double. Don't worry, be happy.

I feel like her face expresses exactly how I'm feeling right now haha

So I'm here- trying not to worry, and be happy :) C'mon Thanksgivinggggg! Hurry!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile

Well, fall is coming to a close. I'm not sure I've ever been more sad about it! Summer is the most devastating season to see end (which it was don't get me wrong) but fall is coming in a close second this year. It all started with the threats of snow. What do they say about winter? In like a Lion, out like a lamb? Does that saying apply? I think it does anyway. So anyway, there have been some snow "dustings" but it's coming, I can feel it! The leaves are slowly falling, luckily there are still some pretty colored ones. I've started to pull out my coats, uggs and scarves in full force. I even had to drive with gloves on my way to work because my steering wheel was freezing.
Can you tell I'm not a fan of winter yet?
I'd pick summer any day.
Okay okay, winter isn't that bad.
I love wearing cute socks.
I love drinking hot chocolate.
I love wearing scarves.
I love the way snow looks.
I love how quiet it feels.
I love Christmas.
And this next year: LONDON.

This last week we got our "final" schedule of events while we are in London. I haven't been more excited then I am at this point, and it'll only get better! One of the most exciting things is that we will be in Ireland for St. Patrick's Day! I'm already in love with living in London. Here. I. Come.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

these are a few of my favorite things...

In the last few weeks I've discovered a few things that I love. Little and silly things, but they are the things that make me smile.

1. The Disney Pandora Station.
2. Looking over my shoulder to everyone in the backseat as I drive over speedbumps
3. Scarves
4. Random phone calls, facebook posts, texts, etc- from people I don't talk to often but love.
5. Wallyball
6. Mail
7. Roommate-isms (house points, grateful lists, and love notes.
8. A full drawer of underwear
9. Communicating
10. Sammy's cupcake milkshakes
11. Lil' Wayne & Justin Bieber

Life Update: Last week I got a surprise visit from my sister! No one told me she was coming(everyone knew but me) and my cousin Megan met me for lunch with Annie as a surprise! It was great! I love love love having pieces of home here with me in Utah. My favorite part of her visit was probably when we took a drive up through the mountains. We were the only ones up there for the most part that day and it was AMAZING to see how huge the mountains were and how little we were. It was beautiful and peaceful and I loved every minute of it.

School is kicking my butt and while my brain is always on "frazzle" mode, all is well in that department. Just trying to keep up with everything :)

The countdown has begun for Thanksgiving break! (Less than 2 weeks if you were wondering!) I'm a little obsessed with home so I am super excited! I plan on going to the eastern market and rio grande, seeing my friends and most importantly my FAMILY! Not to mention all the yummy thanksgiving foods! While the next few weeks will be sooooo stressful, I can hardly wait to get on my plan the 19th at 5pm :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The 5"3' and Under Club

I talk a lot about my roommates but I love them.
We have a very eventful time together.
We've been told a lot that we have TONS of energy,
and people just like to listen to us gab.
Here's to a great fall semester together.

Happy Halloween from the girls in 304 :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

This week has been quite stressful on my spectrum of "stressful weeks" but it's been a good one! So many happy things have happened I hope I can remember them all to record them for the public to enjoy.

I got a job this week which is both a good and bad thing haha. I got a call last friday afternoon and was offered a campus office job. They wanted me to start on Monday which was so exciting!... until I remembered the week ahead of me. 3 tests, a paper I needed to start thinking about and just an all around crazy week. It's turned out to be great though! Plus I can get extra hours on Friday's which will be perfect. Another happy little addition to the whole working experience is that my friend Brianna from high school is working with me!

I did also have a reality check this week: when did I get so old!? I had a homework assignment to map out my academic graduation plan-- I can graduate on time, meaning in a year and a half. WHAT!? The real world is coming up too fast and I do not like it. So i'm looking into a minor and internships that will elongate the "college experience" (Luckily I was already on the ball with London!) When did Annie and I grow up and get so old!?

I've had some pretty good study breaks this week too- memorable. A couple of quotes from people that have made for some serious laughs. (Not all will understand so sorry, but hopefully some will be fun to read!)
Julie: "Quincy! I need you!"
Quincy: "Do you need me to clean something!?"

Julie: "...I'm stuck."

Katie: "I'm feeling like a diva so I'm going to drink out of the diva cup."

Natalie: "SPENCER!"

Katherine: "My hair looks like a dinosaur tail..."

I've discovered a couple of things online that may be worth sharing because they make me happy so I'll have to use my discretion to pick the best one for this week. Hm. Okay I'll go with "Mila's Daydreams". There's a blog out there where this mama dresses up her daughter everday and puts her in "scenes". It's adorable. Here's one of my favorites.

I was doing some research and stubbled upon this article. It pretty well sums everything I believe about being happy. It lists the things that make people happier in essence. Take Notes!
Go to Church
Marry Well
Focus on the Family
Work, but not too much (or too little)
Get Social, and Get Moving

Have a happy week! Do the things that make you happy and write them down :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Mama!

I have the best mama ever and on her birthday I'll share why I love her along with some fun pictures :)

1. She is very predictable. "I'll have a water with lemon and a salad with dressing on the side."
2. She is always just a phone call away. She listens patiently to my breathless rants about irrational things.

3. She loves her family. She takes constant care of everyone and stays involved in their lives.

4. She is an excellent paper reviewer. Which is really helpful when I have 10 page research papers I need to get approved.

5. She is constantly trying to force us to be healthy (except of course when we're at the beach for a snow cone)... she goes about this by refusing to tell us what she puts in foods she makes until AFTER we admit that we like it.

6. She always plans fun things for us to go and do down to the details. This summer we went to New York and she researched the best shopping places and places to eat

7. She always seems to confuse my aunt Sallie and I, "Sara, I mean Sallie, I mean Sara."

8. In addition to the name confusion, When she is around Sallie, they act like they're 15 and it's hilarious. Giggling their guts out while we all just shake our heads at them.

9. Her shopping techniques. A typical shopping trip with mom consists of, "Let's just go in here for fun" then "Try it on! Just for fun." then finally, "well, we have to get it because it's cute!" I am doomed to be a shopaholic.

10. She and my dad are the best parents EVER. They are so cute and always planning for their retirement in a wide variety of places. They'll end up in Utah though ;) jk.

happy birthday madre! Hope you're having a great day and I wish I was with you to celebrate. I'd be happy to tell you not to eat sugar because you'd regret it later :) (Ps. I know you'll hate most of these pictures but they're cute so just accept it.)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Never has there ever been a better picture of my parents than this one. I love them.

"Insanity is hereditary: You can get it from your children."-Sam Levinson
[Contradictory Quotes, but oddly both applicable haha]

Thursday, September 30, 2010

People Are What Matter

So in theory, everyone gets really excited to come back to school after a nice long summer but then reality kicks in. For me this includes: planning out my week with the use of post-it notes and my planner (two things I've discovered I cannot live without), thinking about how I'm spending my money, planning for my future and basically just trying to fit everything I want to do into my days. Why are people so excited to come back to school again?
Then again, while I do miss spending my time floating around the lazy river at the Watermine I have to say it's a little bit more rewarding to be in the real world then to have 7-year-olds tell me I'm pretty all day. (Although I do miss that) I'm a total dork and love love love my major. Everything that I learn just makes sense and is so applicable to everyday life.
I'm taking a class called Family Adaption and Resiliency-- I know, sounds terrible. Every class period we talk about things like addiction, infidelity, illness, adoption etc etc. Difficult topics but the whole point is to talk about them so that we can help people who deal with those stressors in their families. How realistic is that? Anyone can use that!

On another note: I want to emulate what Meredith from Grey's Anatomy said that, "people are what matter". (That has become our apartment motto and I feel I should address it haha) In the last month I've been feeling like I have a lot of decisions to be making and have been adjusting to being back in school and I've been so so so lucky to have friends that are willing to listen to me (over and over, and over, and over again) about my problems whether they be relevant or completely neurotic because I can rant and rave from time to time.
There are the friends I've had my whole life who know me better than I think they do and I love having them so close, we continue to make life transitions together whether we make a point to or not.There are my wonderful roommates and while our schedules are all over the place, I couldn't ask for a better home away from home. Whether we're just watching a movie, talking, or facebook stalking all in the same room ;)- we all love each other. It's so sad that this will be our only semester together before we all go on our various adventures. I love the 5'3" and under club :)
Then there are the other friends who may not fit into these other categories but are equally as important and play a significant role in the day-to-day. Whether it's a late night frozen yogurt run, watching movies w/ waffles late, or listening to my usual stressful tangents-- i love them whether they are in utah, virginia, idaho, arizona or any other number of places around the world.

In addition to my cheesy love for my friends, here's my happy thing of the week. I tend to get overly hooked on songs and listen to them over and over again until everyone around me is sick of it but don't worry, I'll spare you from some Justin Bieber for today and provide you with this cute song that this cute boy sings. I love him, this song, and the line "if perfect's what you're searching for than just stay the same." Have a great conference weekend, I'll check back later with my happy things :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Warm Welcome to the Wonderful World of Blogging

I have to start out my first ever blog post by saying: I have always been somewhat against the whole "blogging" concept because I figure no one really cares about what I had to say. BUT! As I thought about it I decided this whole blogging process is more for me than anyone else. So to all you readers (the few, if any): Judge me if you will but, I hope you find enjoyment in reading about my life and if you don't, that's okay. I'll keep plugging along. :)

I feel like this first post should be a good one and was thinking I would tell interesting things about myself but most people already know all that stuff so I'm going to address the reasons why I am now part of the worldwide blogging community.

1. I'm going to LONDON! Julie and I applied to go to London for a study abroad and both (thankfully) got accepted! So we'll be packing our bags- which will prove to be very difficult I imagine for some of us (me)- and living in London for nearly four months.How lucky are we, seriously? So we will be taking off after winter break for a European adventure. This is really the reason I feel qualified to be interesting enough to create a blog. While I may not be all that interesting now, I sure will be in a few months!

2. Miss Katie Delis (my lovely roommate) has put up a quote in our kitchen from President Hinckley that I loooooove, "I am asking that we stop, seeking the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the positive.'... Look for the sunlight through the clouds." How much happier can we be if we really believe that!? I just love that girl and her happy happy personality. It's contagious. But anyway, there are just so many happy things out there and why not document them and share them with the world- or at least the people I love! I'm so in love with pictures and the one making me happy today is this:
Girls Laughing Photo, Uganda Picture - National Geographic Photo of the Day

3. There are those of you reading this that I think will actually be interested-- I'm talking to you Laurie ;) It's hard to stay in touch with everyone and it is just so much more convenient for people to (in addition to stalking facebook) read about what's going on in my world on your own time? I'll try to be as interesting as possible, or at least make it sound that way, for those that care!

4. Like I said earlier this is more for me than anyone else. It is just so much more fun to make things colorful and cute to record your life! It also relieves the stress that seems to ALWAYS encompass my life by finding the things that make me happy and sharing them. For example: we went on a beautiful hike in Logan this last weekend and the fall colors were just so beautiful I can't help but smile at the pictures.
Okay friends. I can't guarantee I'll be diligent with this but I'll do my best. I'll put a disclaimer out there that says I love pictures and I love quotes. So prepare for endless cheesy quotes and lots of fun pictures! Happy reading :)