Friday, December 14, 2012

12.14.12

Today has been marked as a sad sad day with the horrible shooting at the elementary school in New Town, Connecticut. I have such a tender spot in my heart for little ones- especially 5 and 6 year olds- and I am struggling to come to terms with what happened. You know that feeling when you can literally feel your heart hurting? I feel that every time it comes up and I do not like it.

I have become keenly aware and empathetic lately to the hard things that happen in life to people. This is no different. So my prayers will be directed towards everyone affected. Because I'm well aware of the hurt that comes.

When the Virginia Tech shooting happened in 2007, I was a little traumatized. It hit a little to close to me and I had a hard time with it. One of my favorite teachers in elementary school had a daughter that was killed that day. I attended a memorial service and a viewing for her beautiful daughter and I will never forget that when I approached Mme Samaha, a grieving mother after a terrible tragedy, I was in tears and she grabbed my chin and told me to be strong. If that doesn't give you an added measure of faith I don't know what does. 

So even though we are hurting and it isn't okay, people are strong. We can do hard things and faith will help us be a little stronger. 

But I have been a little peeved at using this as a political platform. Wait a day. Please.


When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." 
-- Mister Rogers

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

The two words to describe my Thanksgiving are shopping and food

We started Thanksgiving week with our first Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma's house with the Snow family. It turned out that everyone was going to the in-laws or their other sides of the family so on actual Thanksgiving day no one would be around. So we celebrated the Sunday before so everyone could be there. We ate and ate and ate. Then I did all the dishes (with some help).

 
Then in the few days before break, like a true nerd, I was thrilled to have my apartment to myself for a day or so to clean and work. I cleaned my whole apartment and then staked a spot in front of the tv to indulge in One Tree Hill while I graded papers, worked on my final project for my internship and painted my nails. It was just lovely.

Thanksgiving morning we headed north to the tune of Taylor Swift to go to my aunt's house for a weekend with the Turner side of the family. I was instrumental in making the punch and that was about it. Otherwise I ate until I thought I might die, played with little cousins, chatted and mostly just waited until we could go shop. I don't say that lightly. We went to Park City to go to the outlets to do some shopping around 10pm and we didn't get home until nearly 7am. We were racing the sunrise. We got plenty of great finds, spent far too much money and slept in the car. The next day while I waited for Annie and Shaunessy to wake up (which was around 3pm), I did more shopping and wandering around to kill time. Friday was a pretty relaxed day. Saturday we spent our final day seeing a movie, more family time and finally to City Creek and Hires. We had a lot of fun with the Hansens, spent far too much money, and got very little sleep. 






To sum up, I cannot spend money ever again and I should probably spend most my time at the gym to work off everything that I ate. Sounds like a successful Thanksgiving to me!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

Last year Thanksgiving was somewhat of an emotional mess. I will admit though that holidays bring out the sappy side of me so I'll try to keep it under control. 

I am incredibly thankful this year for friends and family who love me and take such good care of me.
I'm thankful that I'm graduating in a few weeks and that I have a lot of opportunities available to me. (even though it's totally freaking me out)
I'm thankful that people are always willing to help- even if I may resist it.
I'm thankful for the jobs I've had this semester and the great people I work with.
I'm thankful that I'm starting to love utah. *gasp*
I'm thankful for my Savior and how He takes good care of me along with my Heavenly Father.
I'm thankful for the hope that the Gospel can bring when the future is daunting.


I'm trying really hard to be a little more thankful and notice the things around me that I may take for granted and remember how blessed I am.

Happy Thanksgiving- may we all eat until we're stuffed, take a power nap, watch football and be with ones who love us.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wearapy

So a few times this week I've had passing thoughts about random things only to be surprised when someone brings it up later. It's quite creepy. The other day I was thinking how I need to go shopping for a particular item when not seconds later Annie texted me saying she needed to do the same thing! It was eerie I tell you. 

It happened again today.
I was on my way home from the gym and was thinking about some of the changes I've made in my life lately. To share a few: I go to the gym 4-5 days a week, I actually try/eat new/healthier foods, I get up early, I'm making great efforts to fill my time with uplifting things, etc etc. But the thing that has struck me the most is my increased effort to look put together. 

Now I've always been a "girly girl" as my family would say, but I am no stranger to the ponytail, t-shirt and vans look. Recently, however, I have made great efforts to do my hair everyday, put a little lipstick on and have a cute outfit. 

Okay so why does this matter? I stumbled on this blog post and it nailed it! Exactly what I was thinking! I've been a little low over the past few months. People have commented that it is a discernible difference from my optimistic self and they've worried. I'll be honest, I've been a little worried. I won't get into the details of it all but it's okay to say that life just sucks sometimes. I have a great roommate who has allowed me to accept that. It sucks, that's just how it is. But you just keep moving forward (as another great friend told me). 

So if working out, eating better, and dressing better makes it suck a little less? I'll take it. I'll curl my hair, do my makeup, put on a skirt and wear some heels because while life may suck sometimes, I don't need to look like it does. 

By drink, I mean Diet Coke- obviously.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

when parents come to town

My parents were here last week and we ran ourselves ragged doing lots of fun thing.


Teresa's Wedding:
My beautiful cousin Teresa came to Virginia to live with us when I was five and she has been a part of our family ever since with countless beach house memories, DC trips and shopping excursions. We adore her and couldn't be happier for her and Mark.



Shopping and Dinner:
Katherine and I trekked up to Salt Lake to do a little shopping and met up with my parents for dinner. We started out at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and decided that Hires sounded much better than anything they were offering us. So after drinks and an appetizer, we headed to Hires for burgers.



BYU Game:
Annie got us all tickets to the BYU v Utah State game. It was way fun and we were constantly scolding Mom for cheering for the wrong team. I think I'm officially a sports nut. I don't know how to handle it.



Jr Jazz:
Speaking of being a sports nut, Annie is coaching a little 6 yr old basketball team. I may have cried during the game. Don't ask me why, there's no controlling it.
Snow Girls Night Out:
We love our occasional girls nights out and this time was no different. We went to Tai Pan (where I got a great new purse for $12), then to see all the witches and finally to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. I admit my hunger and the fact that we had the most ridiculous wait ever made for a grumpy Sara. We had fun nonetheless.


General Conference:
The best part of the weekend by far was being able to listen to general conference, and even attend two sessions. More tears in this department of course and so grateful for the messages that were shared.



Until next time parents!

Monday, October 8, 2012

lifelong friends

These are my best friends
Totally gorgeous. 

But anyway, I'm laying here late at night thinking about our awesome friendship and I just need to blurt out how much I'm treasuring it right now. 

The past year has been a rough one, for all of us. We've all had our own struggles and concerns but there isn't any doubt that we have each others backs. I have been constantly in awe of how above and beyond these girls have gone for me lately, they have kept me from crumbling under life's blows. We just seem to go through these periods where we really just need each other. 

My senior year in high school was one of those times. Towards the end we all were facing our individual trials, all different but yet- somehow the same. With the summer approaching, a lot of changes were in store. I was headed to BYU days after graduating high school, Marcie was moving to St. George and Lisa was being left at home without her best friends. Life was marching forward and we were freaking out. There was a night where the three of us stood in my room and just cried together (all the while Tanner was sitting in the car haha). It's a night that we will always remember and refer too often when we talk about how incredible our friendship is. 

Now as we're a little bit older, we still cry together. Because when your best friend is hurting, you're hurting too. It's a rare thing when we're all living in the same place at the same time but we've been blessed to be together when we've needed it most. But, it doesn't even matter if we're together because it's just nice to know that your friends are out there whenever you need them.


Monday, October 1, 2012

fake it 'till you make it

I was doing some research for my weekly blog post for my internship last week and stumbled on this article where a mother talked about how she didn't teach her kids to say thank you or other niceties because she wanted her kids to say those things only when they meant them rather than "faking it" or just saying it out of obligation. The author of the article was uncomfortable with this mother's stance. She essentially just said that by teaching her kids to simply say sorry or thank you- even when they may not mean it- they have the skills so that when they really are sorry, they know how to mean it!

So she's saying you gotta faking it till you make it.

It's a principle I live by. Smile even if you aren't happy, pray even if you aren't sure it's doing anything, act like you know what you're doing at work even though you don't, be nice to people even if you aren't really friends with them. I figure that's what faith is, just doing what you're supposed to be doing until it works- because eventually it will work. It's a good confidence booster too. Plus, I'm pretty sure we're all faking it in some way or another.

I've been pretty good at "faking it" my whole life, but there's also something to be said about crying when you're sad and telling people when you need a little love. But you just can't be that way all the time. Because really, if people knew how much whining goes on in my head, or how much crying actually happens- they'd get sick of you and may think you're a little crazy.

Ironically, I'd been thinking about this and my parents sent me a note saying to "fake it till you make it"- how do they know these things?

So when completely confused, fake it till you make it. But if you don't want to fake it, you can come to me and we can cry together.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

this weekend...

I read books to my cousins


My sweet cousin Megan came home from her mission

We celebrated Lisa's birthday

We admired the fall leaves


I also made the seasons first batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, had some catching up with friends, spent a lot of time driving to and fro, ate great food, finally emptied my car of miscellaneous items, bought a pair of black pants for work for $14 from banana republic, and slept in until 8:30am- that's right, I'm wild. And to make it even better, I didn't do any homework or work starting at 2pm Friday. 

Now it's over. My weeks consist of work/school/life from 9am-5pm and sleep at insanely early hours for a college student. Working for the weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

my friends are better than your friends

I can only assume that everyone's getting sick of me talking about what great friends I have. Oh you're not? Well in that case:

My friends are better than your friends. Sorry, but it's true. I feel a little guilty because it seems like it has been forever that I have truly needed people to take care of me. Isn't it someone else's turn, can't I just be stable for heavens sake!? But no one seems to tire of going on walks with me, letting me squeal out of excitement then burst in to tears all in a matter of hours, going on diet coke runs, reassuring me that 22 isn't old no matter how Provo makes you feel, texting you to check in or simply just laying in bed watching TV with me on a hard day.

People are absolutely there when you need them to be. If I have learned anything in the last few months it's that. My friends are absolutely unbelievable and I love them all so so much.

While all my friends are incredible, I'm especially grateful for Katie and Katherine. We recently had a girls weekend where we shopped, stayed in a hotel and ordered room service. It was a great break from the stress that I can't seem to ever escape. Plus I got talked into buying new shoes which is never a mistake.



Also, I just applied for graduation. I think I'm having a continual panic attack about it. I'm now taking suggestions about what to do with my life. And yes, I'm dead serious. I need help. haha

Monday, August 27, 2012

instagram summer

Rather than write a whole post about my summer- I'll let instagram do the talking. 

 Boston & Birthday Cards

 Birthday Flowers & Father's Day cake disaster

 Father's Day nap & Crafts @ Neels

 Flowers from my best friends on a hard day & my summer bff

 Max Brenners & Harvard Law (ELLE WOODS)

 Boston Cupcake & Boston Scenery

 A Day @ the Farm

 Orioles Game & A Classy Pool Day

 Babysitting & Serendipity

Now I'm back in Provo for my final semester trying to figure out my life. I'm open to any and all suggestions that anyone may have.
Wish me luck!