Tuesday, March 22, 2011

No Regrets :)

Well i was watching YOU AGAIN, if you haven't seen it i recomend it, but in it the mother was talking to the daughter and saying she didn't regret anything that she has done or has happened in her life because it is your experiences that make you who you are. So I started to think of the little things that I think made me who I am.
- Going to Junior High.. having to change to whole new group of friends. Because of this I learned that I am stronger then I think and I now have the MOST AMAZING friends. They are all so strong and I learn so much from each of them every day.
- Times where I may have faltered. You know the little mistakes you make throughout your life or even through out the day. Well it is amazes me how I have grown and learned so much from each one of my mistakes.
- Trials. Over the last couple years I feel like I have had my fair share of trials. But because of all the trials I have grown to see them as more of a gift from God. To me he is telling me that he knows I am strong enough to get through this and he is showing me that i am. He is also giving me the opportunity to grow even stronger.
- My sister, She is my role model. When I was little I always wanted to be just like her. I remember sharing a room with her and every night she would read her scriptures and say her prayers. I was only 8 or 9, but I watched her every night. Then after about a month of watching I joined her. Who knows when I would've started that habit if she hadn't been that example to me.  She has taught me so much!
- My family! Wow now that I am 18 and growing out of the "my parents know nothing" stage I have looked back and realized how much they actually did know. Most of the time when my mom and me would get in our huge fights it was because I was to stubborn to take a step back and know that I am wrong. But even after all those fights and all those times where I really didn't want to be with my family I have realized that I still love them so much! And that it was just a normal stage that every one goes through. So now when my teenage daughter tells me that I don't know what she is going through and never wants to hang out with me I will know that she still loves me. She is just working on gaining some independence. Now that I am actually trying to spend more time with my family I have realized that they are actually pretty amazing people. They have had so much of an effect in shaping me into the person I am today. And I am so grateful for them.
Well there is a lot more i am sure but those are just some main ones. :)
This is a song that reminds me of not regretting anything in your life. It is super cute! It is one of my top favorites. :)
THIS by Darius Rucker
Got a baby girl sleepin' in my bedroom
And her momma laughing in my arms
There's the sound of rain on the rooftop
And the game's about to start
I don't really know how I got here
But I'm so glad that I did
And it's crazy to think that one little thing
Could have changed all of it
Maybe it didn't turn out like I planned
Maybe thats why I'm such, such a lucky man

For every stoplight I didn't make
Every chance I did or I didn't take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn't know
Thank God for all I missed
Cause it led me here to this

Like the girl that I loved in high school
Who said she could do better
Or the college I wanted to go to
Till I got that letter
All the fights and the tears and the heartache
I thought I'd never get through
And the moment I almost gave up
All led me here to you
I didn't understand it way back when
But sittin' here right now
It all makes perfect sense

Every stoplight I didnt make
Every chance I did or I didnt take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn't know
Thank god for all I missed
Cause it led me here to this

Oh I cried when my momma passed away
And now I got an angel
Looking out for me today
So nothing's a mistake

Every stoplight I didn't make
Every chance I did or I didn't take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
Everything I knew but I didn't know
Thank God for all I missed
Cause it led me here to this

Led me here to this

Look up the music video! It is super cute :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Soft Sunday Sounds :)

Sundays are so great :) I love listening to church music. Today I heard 2 amazing songs :) You guys should definitely go listen to them. But here are the lyrics.

The Last Touch
Their first touch at 17 was in the park, and the moon was full, she was
beautiful to him, and her hair was long, and her eyes were blue, and her skin
was warm and she turned to him and he thought that he knew what love was.

Another touch at 22 on their wedding night, and the stars were bright, she was
beautiful to him, and her hair smelled sweet, and her lips were full, and her
skin was warm and she turned to him, and he thought that he knew what love was.

And then again at 25 when the baby came and the sun was high, she was beautiful
to him, and her hair was damp and her fingers shook and her skin was warm and
she turned to him, and he thought that knew what love was.

Later on at 54 sitting on the porch, all the children grown, she was beautiful
to him. Her hair was gray and her forehead lined her skin was warm and she
turned to him, and he thought that he knew what love was.

Their last touch at 85 was by her bed and the moon was full, she was beautiful
to him, and her hair was thin and her eyes were closed and her skin was cold and
she turned to him, and he knew, O how he knew what love was. After 68 years of
laughter and tears he knew that he knew what love was.
~ Gene Merlino

This song made me thing of President Hinkley and his sweet wife Margorie. :)

And Waiting

She might be the only one of all the sophomore girls not going to the senior prom but not because she didn’t get asked.  No dating until you turn 16 that’s a family rule she won’t break it for anything but she still wants to grow up fast. Soon she’ll have more freedom and her dad’s old Chevrolet she’ll be counting every hour for 24 more days. She is 15 and waiting
2 months have passed since he’s turned them in now he is going to the mailbox again his call should come any day this week. He could go state side or to a foreign land the suspense is almost more then he can stand. Right now the only thing he wants to see is that envelope with elder Brening right before his name signed by the prophet at the bottom of that page.  He is 18 and waiting
2 years can change your life when you’re living right and you’re giving all your time. Now they’re spending all that time getting ready for that special day.  Invitations are out and family is on their way.  They meet at the temple today at noon he’ll see her standing there is angel dressed in white. So grateful for the choices that they both made in their life   for staying clean and waiting. So happy for eternity…..and waiting.
-Dan Cahoon

I love this song because it kind of opens up my mind to the fact that my husband is out there somewhere right now preparing himself for me :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just Imagine! :)

I have heard a lot of people talk about how much they loved their childhood and I have never really said that. I guess I haven't really had the time to just sit back and think about my childhood. So I decided to go down memory lane, and I realized that I had the greatest childhood! I have so many great memories :). The best part of it was the opportunity I had to let my mind wonder and imagine anything I wanted. One summer in 6th gradeish I made a club house. It was the coolest club house ever. It was under a tree that drooped just perfectly that it made a tent with its leaves. The best part about it is the tire swing I made. Along with a tire swing there was a slab of wood on top of some tree stubs to make a perfect table with logs around the table for chairs. It was the greatest place! I would go there all the time to read and I and my friends started a club out of it.  Another one I have is of playing house. In my old house my basement was my playground for my imagination. So many great memories!  It was unfinished but my mom put carpet down on the floors. I had a little play kitchen with a table and a dollhouse that when I wasn't playing barbies I used as shelves. Then I had my babies’ room with cute little cribs. My mom put an old computer down there and bookshelves so that was my office. I also had a play horse that I would pretend to ride to go get groceries. My garden was on the part of carpet that was brown and I took sand toys and used them as my gardening tools. Then in the next room was my weight room which was really just my dad's weights. I also had an entertainment center; I put up some tents and tunnels and made it look like a huge movie room. It was so fun. Playing down there I could be whoever I wanted to be. I could be a pioneer, someone in the Victorian era, a fashion designer, a lawyer, a teacher, a stay at home mom :). You name it I could be it! I think that was such an important part in my life to be able to imagine. I had quite the imagination with everything. It was all so much fun. I almost hated when I went into Junior High because then it became weird to play house and barbies. I loved the spring and fall nights. I still do. When the weather is just perfect it isn't too cold and it isn't too hot. It was the perfect time to play outside.  Me and my brothers’ favorite times to go outside was on windy nights. We would always jump on the trampoline and go onto our backs against the wind, for a second it would actually feel like you were flying.  My friends and I loved to have gymnastic competitions. We had events on the trampoline, ground, and then the bar on my swing set. Summer days were full of running through sprinklers and spraying each other with the hose on the trampoline.It was a blast. I should have a hang out with my friends where we do that.  I love my family! It was so much fun spending every weekend with them. My friends always had slumber parties at my house or my mom would take all of them to the movies so I spent a lot of time with my family. We also spent a lot more time with my extended family then we do now. I have cousins up in Morgan and we would always go up there every other weekend it seemed. They had a lot of property and four wheelers. It was the greatest. We would always drive four wheelers everywhere. It is so pretty up in Morgan. I always wanted to move there because there was so much to do besides just watching movies and stuff. They had a huge hill for sledding, four wheelers, and just a lot of land to just go exploring. I love my extended family! They are all my best friends. :) I miss them so much I wished that we all saw each other more. Well that is my childhood! It was nothing to fancy but wow I enjoyed it, and it had a huge part in making me into the person I am today. Thank you everyone for my amazing life!

Monday, March 14, 2011

According to Shaundra

Here is some RANDOM facts about me that you probably didn't know. The credit of this idea goes to Brooklyn and Amber. So i hope you enjoy. :)
-I am a TV-a-holic. Ever since my family has gotten Netflix I love TV. The first week we got it all i did was watch TV. I really have to make a goal to not go home and watch TV, i am seriously considering becoming a couch potatoe in the future.
-I have a sister that is 9 years older then me. And she is my best friend :)
-I have attempted to write a screen play for a movie. It was called Badillya Bla and it was well... interesting.
-I played barbies and house tilll i was in 7th grade.... I secretly can't wait to have a little girl so i can start playing those games again.
-I love to decorate rooms. I am so excited to move out and be able to decorate my apartment with my friends and then to eventually have a home of my own that i can do whatever i want with it. :)
-I love to read! It is the best feeling to be into an amazing book and not wanting to put it down.
-I have been in two plays. One was in 6th grade and i was Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The other one was Grease. I like to be in plays but don't absolutely love it so i probably won't be doing one again.
-I love to watch plays! Me and my family usually take a vacation to St. George every summer. My favorite part is going to Tucahn for their plays. I am going to see Wicked in May thanks to my grandma :) I can't wait!
-I have 3 full journals and probably 3 half full journals. One of my favorite things to do is go through my journals and to read about my life. I love reading about the times in my life that i thought were so hard and seeing how i got through them, and that looking back they really weren't that bad. It gives me strength to know that with my trials that i am having now i will look back someday and realize wow that was nothing!
-I eat super fast. At family dinner i usually finish before my dad and my two brothers. I just chow down. Especially if it is deserts, except icecream, icecream i eat really slow.
-I have never had a bad job... but i have only had two. But with both my jobs i have had amazing bosses and supervisors that were so much fun! And both i have had such fun people to work with.
-I have never gone to a concert. :(
-I love to dance. I have only been dancing for 3 years so i am not amazing but i love it. I love how graceful and pretty you feel.
-I love dance recitals! Especially when i am in them. I love putting the costume, song, and dance all together and showing off my moves, or if it is hip hop showing off my lack of moves.
-I have no sense of beat. I notice it a little when i am dancing but other then that i don't notice it at all. Thinking about it i have no idea how i even get counts when i am dancing.
-My favorite place to go for icecream is Farrs Fresh. I love the new self serving icecream/frozen yogurt shops that are coming out. It is so yummy :)
-I love to clean! When i am mad or stressed out it always help to clean. But when i am cleaning i mostly like just being alone, i don't really like help with the room i am cleaning.
-I am a bit of a clean freak. I can still function when my house is messy, in fact it is usually messy, but i can't have it scummy. Like when there is scum on the walls and black all over the toilets, sinks, and showers. I freak and i start to gag even when it just starts to appear. I also get super stressed out when my house is to messy. My favorite feeling is coming home after i just cleaned and it still is spotless.
- I am LDS. The best part about my life is my religion. It is my rock, without it i have no idea how i would get through this life.
-I don't like reading books more then once. I hate it because i always remember everything that happens in the book half way through and then it seems pointless to finish reading. The only books that i have ever read more then once is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and The Book of Mormon.
- I love to see the Temple! I love everything about temples. It is such a blessing that Heavenly Father allows temples to be built today. I love the feeling i get when i am there. I feel peaceful and i can feel exactly how much i am loved. Just seeing any temple from the freeway warms my heart!
-I want to get married in either the Salt Lake or Logan Temple.

-I love reading the Book of Mormon. It is amazing to me that no matter how many times you read it you always learn something new. :)
-I love sundays! I love how different it is, it is like no other day in the week. I love the opportunity i have to go to church and renew my covenants and to be spiritually fed. I don't really like to watch movies on sundays, i usually make it more of a day to talk with my families and read books and study the scriptures.
-I love to shop. This last summer i actually went through a bit of a scary phase where i spent 300 dollars on clothes.... i would lay down at night and be planning on what else i wanted to go and buy. Has anyone seen Confessions of a Shopaholic? That was me. My eyes were open though and i realized college doesn't pay for itself. I also realized that watching your savings account increase feels a whole lot better then handing the cashier my money..
- Well after the whole scary shopping freak out i realized that i have a new love. Budgetting. I love to plan and follow a budget. It is so fullfilling! Pay day is my favorite day not because i get money but because i get to move money around. I love only leaving the set amount money in checking i need in gas, putting a little money in one savings account to save up for an event that maybe coming up, and then putting the rest in my college fund. I love it so much!
- I am an an aunt to my sisters 3 adorable kids. Zack is 4, Brooklyn is 2, and Carter is 6 months i think. I love them so much. They always make my day, we always have so much fun together. We love to play Queen and King where i am the servant or the princess. We also play Peter Pan on my play set in the back,  when we swing we always yell "We're off to Neverland!" and any other ideas that come into our mind. It is so fun to just use your imagination and to watch the kids use theirs. It makes me so excited to eventually have my own kids.
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- I love to organize things. About once of 3 months i go through and reorganize my room.
- I love to get letters from my missionary. They always make me so happy and it amazes me how much he continues to grow.  It is so fun to write letters :) to find ways to strenthen yourself and him and to make him smile. It is the best thing in the world. It is fun because you get to know their spiritual side. :)
- My new favorite Disney Movie is Tangled!
- My all time favorite princess has always been Belle :)
- My favorite feeling in the whole entire world is to wake up on your own time and you just feel so warm and comfy, and you just get to lay in bed for a while. It is amazing.
- My favorite smell is the smell right after it rains. Everything just smells so clean and fresh!
- I love to dance in the rain :) especially if it is with a handsome man named Blake Pratt.
Well that is it for now :) I will probably add as I think of more things but i hope you enjoy :)