say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight like this city is on fire tonight; this could really be a good life – a good, good life

vacation with the extended family and friends was fabulous. i’m really starting to dread the coming week – school starting again and all that. visiting with family in alabama was great. we celebrated Christmas three times exactly – one at home, second with daddy’s family, and third with mama’s.

and then for new year’s eve, i got to spend it with my best friend and her family! WOOT! fun times. ^_^ it was by far one of the best new year i’ve ever had. ^_^ music was loud and we all dance and sang. maribeth and i stayed up until 2:30 the first night, 4:30 the second night, and then finally pulled the anticipated all-nighter on the last night there.  needless to say, i slept for an awful long time in the car on the way back home! >_<

title from: the good life by onereupublic 
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it’s Christmas, and we are in love with the way that soft snowflakes kiss us from far above the blustery breeze

first off, i apologize. i could have updated my blog in the past month and a half, but instead, i have danced, listened to music, and watched tv in my free time. ::blushes:: not on cable, anyhow, but on the internet, which causes a real problem, you know – it’s not like on the internet you have to wait until next week for the next episode because all the episodes are there for instant streaming.  i thought my tv watching would be curbed when my dad told me to stop using hulu because it took up all the internet in the house… so i found the tv show on youtube. :} teehee…

Christmas vacation is finally upon us! hooray! although, it would be awkward if it wasn’t, considering, it is Christmas day. :P  it was strange, being the Christmas season is here and all, and i haven’t gone to a single party.  y’all may remember, last year, we were in a constant mess of parties. every night for two whole weeks it seemed we were partying.  so no parties this year (since we moved to a small town in mississippi), but we’ve been excessively busy still.

by finals week, i was staying up until 3:00 and 4:30.  i was thoroughly exhausted and thought that yippee! i can catch up on my sleep at home! but nooo, instead, i was staying up until 1:30 and 3:00 every night and sleeping in until noon every day.  needless to say, my whole sleeping schedule has been pretty messed up.  not that i’m complaining, it’s been fun.  i might start complaining when school starts up, though. :P

so, last night we had a delicious meal at a friend’s house, and the Christmas spirit was really kicking in.  we got home, and drank eggnog while my daddy read the Christmas story from the Bible.  after that, we each opened one present from under the tree. i scurried off to bed at 11:30 (because it really messes up the magic of things if you go to bed after 12:00… i mean, santa comes then, right?).  but unfortunately, the normal excitement for Christmas – you know, the kind of excitement that keeps middle-schoolers up – kept me up for a while.  ‘oh what the heck,’ i sighed – and commenced to opening my laptop in order to watch ‘barbie and the nutcracker’ on youtube.  unfortunately, internet takes forever to load in my bedroom so instead i watched the end dance scene – you know, the part when everything seems like it’s going to end happily ever after when the prince and the sugar plum princess are dancing in the castle courtyard.  successfully made drowsy, i shut my computer and went to sleep.

this morning, i was pounced on by my older brother.  i dragged my feet out of bed, put on my fuzzy slippers and went into the living room.  our stockings are hidden and we have to find them every Christmas – i had a ‘little helper’ who showed me where mine was.  needless to say, i was truly grateful, seeing as my eyes didn’t seem to want to open.

the loot i got from my family! ^_^ unfortunately, wordpress is going too unbearably slow in order for me to upload anything else, so this is all for today folks. :)

i hope you all have a very happy and blessed Christmas! <3

title from: the Christmas song by owl city

say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight like this city is on fire tonight; this could really be a good life – a good, good life

the sky yesterday evening was s a fluffy, romantic mess filled with pink, orange, and purple hues.  it made me happy to walk in the crisp, cold weather from the student center back to my dorm… it was beautiful. i really wish i had my camera with me at the time, the sky changes colors so quickly! *sigh* anyway.

last weekend i was able to go home and see john in his second basketball game! :) it was exciting shtuff :}

because also it was the weekend before halloween, we watched ‘it’s the great pumpkin, charlie brown!’ and made our pumpkin shaped pizzas. :)

halloween itself was an absolute blast i had several friends dressed up like the scooby doo gang, ‘robyn the hood’, and i was a samantha american girl doll.  several people came up to me to ask if i was a samantha doll – which made me happy to know that my character was recognizable. :)  there was also a gal who was dressed as ke$ha and her costume was great!  she looked almost exactly like her. ;)

well, today was fun-filled. :)  i felt well-rested for the majority of the day (which is rare in my day in the life of a college student :P).  i got up at a reasonable time, did laundry, and cleaned my room.  then i went to a football game with my friends sunny and solhee!  our blazers won, 34-17.  let’s go, BU! :)

now i think i need to study… *sigh* i’ve had such a wonderful day and now i have to end it with studying. :P  but, i think it will still be fine… i’m going to cozy up with a cup of hot tea and listen to this beautiful song solhee showed me:

it is such a calming song and it’ll make me happy while i do homework. and maybe i’ll get late visitors who will study with me… yes, even though i have to study, i’m happy. God has blessed me with such a wonderful day and wonderful friends. God is so good. :)

title from: good life by onerepublic

you wanna d – d – d – d – dance? get your dancing shoes!

hello world. :)

i promise i haven’t totally disappeared.  on the contrary, i’m quite alive and well, although i’m also very busy.  school is going well, and i’ve been feeling more confident with my studying and test-taking.  i’m a little nervous for upcoming ones, but i feel really good about what the outcome will be. :)

of late i’ve been having fun with some new friends and catching up with some old ones.  hee, i really do love my peoples here. <3 :)

this last weekend was homecoming.  our football team won (GO BLAZERS! :).  the homecoming dance was fun too – although, because i did not have a dance-able dress, i went in a cute shirt, jean shorts, and black tights.  thus the reason i’m not posting pictures of that. :D  but, i do happen to have a neat picture of the whole party:

it was swell. :) i really do love my peoples here… <3

i started registering for classes next semester.  i felt so confused when i looked at the list of everything i would have to take!  there are so many conflicting classes with what i want to take or what i have to take.  it’s slightly frustrating, but it’ll all work out.

i’ve been dancing a lot lately.  it’s random, but it makes me happy. :}

that was a random statement. :P

tried out a new bible study thingy tonight, which happened to be amazing.  very moving.  they even showed a testimony from lecrae (an amazing rapper).  the music was also very good.  i might go back again next time.  it was a nice way to start off the week. :)

i also wrote my first short story for my creative writing class this last week.  i don’t think it was anything special, but i was happy to have accomplished my third ever short story.  short stories really aren’t my thing.  see – it’s so hard to put a limit on oneself of the number of pages if you really have a good or lengthy plot. :P

been dancing to this song lately. :)

title from: dancing shoes by aj

radio, radio – tell me what i wanna know, wanna know; i’ve been wide awake, stayin’ up all night, waiting for a song that’ll make me feel alright

just because i  have all the time in the world, i came up with a list of things i’ve learned at college so far.  please understand, that these will most definitely not contain the scholastic things i’ve learned.  so please be entertained, take notes, take to heart, or just totally blow it all off.  but please take note that i’ve worked hard on this slightly time-consuming piece – it was an effort me to put personal thought into all of these. :D no really,  i’m serious. :}
  1. food get’s old after the second week.  cafeteria food.  the bets part about it is the ice cream. :}
  2. it’s better to be ‘perfectly lonely’. (<3s for john mayer)
  3. piano in a busy place makes for magical moments.
  4. after about a month, you want to eat food other than salad.  *please don’t go splurge…*
  5. comparing people to movie stars or story characters is common.  ‘hey, that teacher looks like george lucas…’
  6. sometimes a girl get’s more eyes than she’d like.  the guy who looks at you doesn’t want to be your friend. keep it that way. :P
  7. the best guy friends are the ones who want to be your friend, and the ones you can compare to your own crazy brothers. :P
  8. the best girl friends are your confidants after the first week of knowing each other, and will hug you even when you’re sick.
  9. the best friends back up and respect your morals and boundaries, even around their other friends.
  10. you realize your lack of new clothes.  ‘i have nothing to wear!  everybody has seen me in those already!’ ;)
  11. the best part of the week is when it’s time to play in the fountain. ‘any security guards around…?’ :D
  12. the best class really isn’t class to you just because it’s that fun.  (creative writing is the best!)
  13. good teaching affects you to the point that you do homework for fun.
  14. headphones are so in.  um, literally. :P
  15. to not be quick to judge.  everybody’s different, accept them that way.  stereotypes suck.
  16. roach reunions are common.  especially in the hallways and bathroom. *shudders*
  17. the gentleman will walk you home.
  18. go barefoot only outside – not in a public building.
  19. red hair dye is common.  (just not in my hair :P)
  20. you can tell when it’s people’s ‘comfy’ days. ‘woot! sweatpants and no makeup!’
  21. religious organizational groups are popular, but few people pay attention to what’s being said.  (the only time they’re a saint is when they’re at small group)
  22. it’s easier to realize how small you are in a place so big.  ‘mommy…? :-/’
  23. a good friend will ask you how you are and then ask you to define ‘fine’. (and ‘not fine’ is responded with a hug :)
  24. to praise people for good and decent taste in clothes. ‘love your shirt! hey, your pants are pulled up today!’ ;)
  25. don’t dis any form of philosophical point of view.  just ’cause it’s a place diverse in opinion don’t mean they’re okay with it. :P
  26. don’t laugh if you don’t think it’s funny.  ‘get a hint, people. being crass ain’t nice.’
  27. don’t be in a secluded group of people you are uncomfortable with.  *run away…*
  28. if someone picks on you, be silent and leave, and your friends will defend you, even if you don’t know about it. :)
  29. observe peoples around you in the student center if you like to study character – you’ll meet a lot of it. :P
  30. if you’re serious about your faith, stick up for it.
  31. there is absolutely no privacy for a phone conversation on campus.
  32. contact the ones you love as much as possible.  you won’t regret it, of course. :)
  33. never ignore a ‘hello’ or smile.
  34. give everybody a smile – it makes a happier day for both of y’all. :}
  35. don’t ever jump to conclusions – but don’t leave issues hanging.  ‘sooo… what’d that mean?’
  36. make the most out of the time with your friends.  sometimes you just have no idea where to start looking on campus. :P
  37. make sure to wash your dishes after using them.  it’s like concrete after two days. :P
  38. try to keep up with your laundry.  don’t learn that the hard way.
  39. bookshop items are expensive.
  40. God is amazing and epic.  live like you know it. ’cause, you know – you kinda do.
  41. give people a chance to change. ‘strike one… strike two…’
  42. love your guy friends, but don’t mislead them.  (and straight up, don’t flirt. it’s annoying when you witness it anyway. :P)
  43. have fun in every situation – even if it means getting a little crazy. (yawoot ;)
  44. live without regrets.  life’s always good – just make sure to keep things in perspective.
  45. keep a positive attitude – you have no idea how it might impact someone.
  46. hugs are the best gifts in the whole wide world. <3
  47. stay innocent and vulnerable, despite what’s offered to me.  ‘shun the bad movies! shun the conversation! shunnn…’
  48. to not regret saying ‘no’ when it’s the best thing for me.  (remember, your momsy and daddy would be proud :)
  49. don’t hide, but don’t yell, “I’M OVER HERE!” blending in is lame and sticking out is like a sore thumb. :P
  50. love all people, and work on loving the ones hardest to love.
  51. live life loving it! or at least try… :}
so, this is what i’ve learned.  a lot of it is out of observation (i’m a writer, remember?) and some of it is personal experience (don’t worry, momsy, i meant it when i said that calling people is great :).  so i’m definitely not blowing any hot air. :P
oh, and one last word of wisdom:
  1. happy dancing and tap dancing rocks, especially in a random spot.  tap dancing is doubly great.  especially when you don’t actually know how to do it. at all.
title from: radio by brooke white

all that i’m after is a life full of laughter – as long as i’m laughing with you; i’m thinkin’ that all that still matters is love ever after, after the life we’ve been through ’cause i know there’s no life after you.

this will be the last time that i post on my blog in a long time. i’ll go one step at a time. :P

the retirement ceremony! i promised that i wouldn’t cry, and guess what?! i cried. :P it was very lovely. daddy unfortunately wasn’t able to have a whole, decked-out navy ceremony because his flag bearers and side boys backed out at the last minute. but despite that, it still turned out perfectly. daddy even said that he was glad that it didn’t work out, or else it would have been focused more on the navy and not the gospel message or his family.  it was beautiful. :)

:)

we’ve been to several parties and have said goodbye to a lot of people as well. it’s been rough, but i know i’ll see them all again. i’ve actually been guaranteed a job already as a live-in nanny for the sarah and andrew – the kiddos i nannied last year! i’m excited to see them and everybody else again. :)

we’ve said other goodbyes as well…

sunday was john’s birthday party. we all went to the park to play games in order to celebrate his fourteenth birthday. but because a lightning storm unleashed not twenty minutes into the game. :P some sweet friends offered to host it at their house so we had an indoor party. it was still very fun, but there were a lot of weepy goodbyes at the end.

we had dinner with more friends last night and we’ll have dinner with more friends tonight and some the next night – our last night. unfortunately, i haven’t had the chance to upload more pictures. on thursday we leave colorado to visit people on our cross country trip to mississippi. so, on that note, i’m not sure when y’all will hear from me next, though i hope it’ll be soon.

well, it may sound like i’m a little down in the dumps here. but God is faithful so i’m confident that everything will turn out for our good. and, it’s not like i’m not coming back next summer. ;)

so, time for some happy tunage! :D  whenever i feel a little down, i listen or dance to it, or sometimes both. ;) when i hear it in my head, i can’t help but dance too! (i don’t doubt that it offers another excuse for people to look at me funny :P) but it all makes me so happy. :}

title from: life after you by daughtry

ps, i still can’t believe that the final harry potter comes into theaters the day after we move! i know that it’ll *have* to happen, but i want to see that movie so bad! what can i say? it’ll be epic. :) aaand, i’ll wear my ‘i <3 fred’ shirt in support of the poor dood. :)

celebrate good times, c’mon! (pt.2)

more pictures from the graduation! :)

the charge...

singing...

*applause!* :D

william and timmy :)

title from: celebration by kool and the gang

celebrate good times, c’mon!

ladies, kindly remove your hats… ‘from the curly head’ proudly presents… your

class of 2011!

william, rachel, and me! :)

i graduated this last friday with my dear friends, william and rachel! :) and my daddy’s parents came for it! :) lemme just say that everything went wonderful! it was all totally worth it!  my sweet friend chelsea gave me an early present of a pack of tissues that had the letter ‘k’ on it because she knew that i’d need it during the actual ceremony.  and i did. but unfortunately, it was misplaced by one of my siblings during the ceremony and mama had to pass a pack to me in the middle of it. :D the heel of one of my high-heel shoes snapped forward, but i pulled it backward a bit and prayed that it would last through at least the ceremony. :D  the slideshows came out beautifully and the charges given by the parents were wise and tear-jerking (for me, anyhow :P).  i don’t have that many pictures with me, so please bear with me as i wait for more to come in. :)  my dress turned out perfectly (unfortunately, i can’t prove it to y’all, because i don’t have any full-length shots yet :P). my song had allot more vibrato than i intended (i was nervous!) but besides that, i think it turned out rather well.  the other music and speeches were superb and the whole ceremony in general was wonderful! :} i really did not deserve all of this.  i’ve been blessed tremendously! :)

i was going through all of my cards and little notes (ha! some of them were not really considered ‘little’) in my scrapbook when i got home that evening and i began to tear up a bit.  God keeps reminding me of His eternal and everlasting faithfulness toward me.  i just feel so blessed… i have so much.  God has given me such wonderful, beautiful, trusting, caring, genuine, loving, amazing parents, siblings, and friends. all over the place. goodness, i feel so much love!

the party!

daddy, wimmy, and papa :)

during the party...

dancing! :)

hopefully more will come in time for the next post. :)

title from: celebration by kool and the gang

take another ride on the sunshine highway, take another ride – try to turn it around…

*phew* where should i begin? oh, the last hockey game i ever attended happened last saturday… not that i want to stop attending.  hockey just so happens to be scarce where we’ll be moving this summer. :P  we won four to two!  it was a splendid way to end the season. :)

hockey game

and on sunday we hosted the first real firelight (our old drama troupe) reunion since… it ended last spring!  we saw people off and on throughout the year, but never together in one big group.  mama made tons of delicious pancakes for us to feast on.  it was also a surprise birthday party for two of the firelight members, emily and nicole.  i love you girls! <3

happy birthday nicole!

happy birthday emily!

firelight family <3

and then this last tuesday, i played hooky from music man practice to babysit the kids i nannied last summer.  mama played hooky from rehearsal as well, because she and my dad were going out with the parents of the children to a punk rock concert.  yes, they went to see the ‘dropkick murphys’.  daddy wore his boston red sox paraphernalia and mama wore green hair extensions.  they looked awful cute. ;)

mama and daddy :)

while they went rocking out, i stayed home with the kiddos, sarah and andrew, watching ‘avatar: the last airbender’ movie, while feasting on chicken nuggets and cheese sticks.  eventually it was time to ban little andrew to his bedroom for bedtime and he begged me to read him a story while he was in bed.  i said yes, so he grabbed this huge star wars book.  i hesitatingly took the book and thumbed through it and asked, ‘um, can we find something a little shorter please?’ he nodded and grabbed dr. seuss’s ‘fox in sox’ and he claimed that he would read the story to me.  after struggling through the first few pages, frustration becoming obvious on his face, he closed the book and said, ‘never mind.  you know what? i’ll find something for you to read.’  he took from his bookshelf a big picture book of ‘star wars: the clone wars’ and gave it to me to read.  i won his appreciation for the evening when i did my imitations of yoda and jabba the hutt.

i went downstairs after hugging him goodnight, and i found sarah watching ‘wizards of waverly place’.  because i was confused about the episode (the most recent episode i saw of this show happened sometime earlier last year), she commenced to explaining what happened juliet, and how justin’s love life got so complicated.  it brought to light several things that i had missed since the past season.

ahh.  i love those kids. :)  i miss spending time with them.  just the little things they do and say are so funny sometimes!  unfortunately, i do not have any pictures to share of the children.  they are  really cute though – you’ll just have to take my word for it. :)

title from: sunshine highway by the dropkick murphys

if every second counts on a clock that’s tickin’, gotta live like we’re dying

presents!

usually on our birthdays, dad would come and wake us up with a song blaring from his ipod speakers – it’s always the beatles singing ‘today is your birthday’ or the ‘happy birthday‘ song.  but unfortunately, we were running late for church so it didn’t happen.  but, when i walked upstairs, i was surprised when i saw purple and white streamers strung on the walls with balloons everywhere! :)

get ready for the powdered sugar...my birthday was so much fun!  we first went to church (and i got to see a few of my friends who are finally back from their trips this summer).  then when we came home, we had a small family party (including my cadet :).  we had a very moist and rich chocolate cake with some sorbet on the side.  now, this cake was absolutely delicious… and it looked so beautiful with it’s chocolatey color, powder sugar sprinkled all on top, and seventeen pink candles glowing brightly.  but, one thing i found out about this beautiful cake when i attempted to blow out the candles – poof! went the powdered sugar!  all over the place!  i also inhaled some, and because of this terrible cough i had lately, it took all that i had not to hack all over the cake. ;)  but, like i said, it was all delicious. :)

cheeeez!! :)

i received three cds from my family: i got the new tobymac cd, tonight, and i got two she & him cds (volume one and volume two).  and from my cadet, anna, i received a huge bag of m&ms… she truly loves me! :D  from other friends throughout the week, i received a purse (that my friend Katie made… i love it! :), an adorable candle, pink nailpolish, cards, emails, e-cards, phone calls, a day (see here :), and some really cute hippy earings :D.  i’ve recieved so many ‘happy birthdays’ and gifts throughout this last week, it’s felt like the ‘seven days of katy’ :P.  all-in-all, i’ve had the most amazing seventeenth birthday!  thank you all for making it so special!  :)

crazy 17 :P

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