Saturday, July 23, 2011

UPDATES ON COLLEGE :)


Well... I have a month left before I am moved out! Holy cow isn't that crazy. I am so excited to start talking about college life. And to say that I am officially a hot college woman. That is right, once you enter college you are a woman. haha But I got some fun things for the apartment today :) So it just got me thinking about it. Well.. I guess you couldn't say fun but I got some organizers and such. Want me to tell you everything I have for my cute little apartment? Ok, I will! I now have a laundry basket, a cool baggy to put underwear and such in and you put it in the washer inside that bag and you don't lose your underwear and socks in the washer! I have a nifty bag to wash shoes in too. Pretty sweet, Thank you Walmart. I also have a lovely shoe hanger that can hold 20 pairs of shoes and takes up very little space in a closet. You are welcome Amber :) and I got a cool 6 shelf thingy for the closet as well. I also have a lime green rug with peace signs.  I am not much of a hippie but the selling point was the lime green. I have a cute, very cute, picture frame, a TV stand (hopefully we have a TV....), a frying pan, spatula, dish towels, iron, electric can opener, and make up holder thingy. I still have many more things left to buy but man this is fun! The next thing I plan on buying is this amazing lounge chair from Kohls. Roomies... You are going to be SO jealous of my lounge chair... Just sayin.
Sweet huh? It just needs to go on sale for like 15 bucks.. haha

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oh Sweet Dreams. :)

Dreams... Wow. That is all I can say. Why do we have them? Honestly I think God was giving us some extra help with conversation starters. I can always get a good conversation going about dreams. Especially with me because my dreams are CRAZY........ One time I dreamt I got pregnant from touching a table, everyone accused me of being naughty but all I did was touch a table. It was a life changing dream. Or I have had nightmares about the scary dude from Aladdin, I still to this day can't watch that movie the same. That is why I do not know his name because I haven't watched it since that nightmare. Oh man! I hate the dreams where you dream about someone chasing you and you can't run for the life of you! Or when you get into your house and the lock on your door just keeps spinning.... brr... It makes me cringe. Or the dreams where you have no pants on or shirts. I have had those quite a few times. One time I had no shirt on and was in Seminary and I was trying to use my hair to cover me up like little mermaid does, which by the way really doesn't work at all. Or I have had dreams of going to Lagoon and I forgot to put on a bra and I went on cliff hanger and got soaked... That dream was awful. And I couldn't find a flippin bra anywhere! Dreams are just so silly. I honestly am so glad that I do dream though. I feel so bad for all of you out there who don't have interesting dreams. You are seriously missing out. Mine are so real but SO random. I love it! I was just thinking about this because I have had some CRAZY dreams everyday this week. But sometimes my dreams actually can ruin my day. Like if I have an especially sad one I feel sad the rest of the day... Or they can make me miss someone... But they can also make my day! Like if I were to dream that I married Josh Duhamel.... mmmm BABY! That would make my day! (No, sadly I haven't dreamt of that yet)  If you don't know who he is look him up in google, You won't regret it. I would just like to Thank you dreams for spicing up my life!
I couldn't resist I had to look him up right now... ah.... Don't be afraid to drool ;) 
Last one I promise. That is right ladies I think that is an 8 pack ;) Nice. 

Confessions of a shopaholic...

Ok People…. I am seriously having major problems… I need some serious help. NOW. I can’t stop thinking about shopping. It is no bueno. Have you seen the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic? Well everyone, My name is Shaundra and I am a shopaholic. I have been on the wagon for over a year now ever since I spent 400+ on back to school clothes. That was seriously a dangerous time. I thought I wouldn’t be able to stop. But I have done so SO good. I have been saving over 80% of my paycheck trying to save up for an education.. bleh… Why is it SO expensive.. Welcome to reality! But for the last month I have gotten sudden urges inside to go shop! I just want to buy everything-Shoes, jewelry, clothes, d├ęcor for my apartment, comfy chairs, you name it and I guarantee I have dreamt at night of buying it. Oh how I wish I was rich! I need to stop this! I am thinking maybe it is hitting so strongly because I haven’t allowed myself any fun money…. My money goes to tithing, savings, and gas and that is it. So maybe I need to set aside some fun money? I just feel guilty when I spend…. But when I am not spending I just want too many things…. Wowy… I need so figure something out.  I am thinking I am going to set aside $120.00 Just for spending on whatever my heart desires. Good idea? I think so!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stand Ye in Holy Places! Trek 2011

Yes. I went on Trek. Yes. It was amazing. Yes. It was long! This is actually my second Trek. I recommend it to anyone. It is tough and tiresome though. And be prepared to go to bed with your feet dirty and your skin slimy from sunscreen and mosquito repellent. But also be prepared to learn amazing lessons from the pioneers and the people in your family. Here is what I learned on this Trek, I hope you enjoy!
1. I am so happy for amazing friends! :) Me, Amber Jo, and Shelbi had so much fun together. They are all so amazing and they strengthen my testimony so much. I am so grateful for them!
Aren't we adorable? We had a blast! Yes. We did go to the bathroom together. Often. haha 
2. I learned am so excited to have my own family some day! I had the opportunity to be a Ma on this trip and it was so much fun! I loved bonding with my family. And it made me so excited for when I get to have my own family. I am going to be an amazing mom! 
The Rocketeers was our family name! That is what the flag says in the back! :) 
3. I have wondered many times why the pioneers traveled many miles to Salt Lake City. The answer should've been obvious, but I always thought it was just so the Saints could gather, and that was a big part of it. But the bigger part of it was for the Temple. And for the first time I realized that I would travel many of hundreds of miles like the pioneers for the blessing of the temple as well. I am so grateful that I live so close to a temple!
                                            Wouldn't you walk thousands of miles for this?? 

4. I learned that arranged marriages could work out but I am very glad that we don't do it like that and we are able to fall in love and get married. But it was cool to see all the Ma's and Pa's getting along and talking. There was a few that didn't really bond at all but I think you had to try pretty hard not to bond with your Pa. 
This is me and my Pa. Isn't he a stud? 
5. I learned how important journal writing was. There was so many amazing stories that we were told on Trek and we wouldn't have any of those if those amazing pioneers didn't keep a journal. I am so grateful they did! Isn't it weird to think some day someone could be reading your journal and be touched? So cool! 
6. I learned that I love sharing the gospel! I had one member in my family that was a non member and one night he started asking me and a few others in our family about the gospel. The spirit was so strong! I loved answering his questions and feeling the spirit manifesting himself to him. He may not get baptized any time soon or even in this life time but we definitely planted a seed and it was great to be apart of that! 
7. I learned that I could do hard things! We had a women's pull where the men left and the women in the family had to pull the wagon for a little bit. I didn't expect it to be too hard but it started to rain and the wind was going like crazy and my back started spazzing so bad half way through that I could barely breathe. It was very hard. But us girls in my family were tough and we kept pushing. And we made it! I have no idea how those amazing pioneers did it every day. 
We had more people pushing then that and it was still hard, they were amazing! 

8. I learned that I am so grateful for the power of the priesthood. When all the men left for the women's pull you could feel there power leave. And you almost felt desperate for a little bit. And when you walked past them you got so much strength just from feeling there amazing power. I am so grateful for the men in my life and how they honor their priesthood power. I also grateful that Heavenly Father entrusted these incredible men with such a precious gift. 
9. I learned that miracles happen in each one of our life's daily. We just need to be looking for them. Sometimes they don't come in the way we expected but they do come. One of my miracles on this Trek was the women's pull. Right before one of my kids  asked if we could say a prayer for strength. I was hoping that would make it easier but it didn't. And that was my miracle as weird as that sounds. Because of how hard it was I was able to feel for a brief moment how the pioneers must have felt and how difficult it was for them. Another one was being able to share the gospel with the boy in my family. I will treasure these miracles for the rest of my life!
10. We had a support crew that would always have a yummy dinner made and they would help set up our camp and put down the camp. I learned that we all have our support crews in our life. Sometimes they change and some of us have many of them. The biggest support crew I have in my life is My Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They provide me with all the support I need including one of my other support crews which is my family! I am so thankful to them for the support that they have given me through out my life. I am also grateful for the support my family has given me as well. I am so blessed! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My New Love

I am officially in love. In fact I am madly in love. WITH running. haha I know this sounds silly but holy cow it is seriously the best thing ever. Those of you who don't run really need to try it. I love the very beginning where you ask yourself "WHY AM I DOING THIS?!" And you think ok I will just run a half a mile and then you start running and you think "ok, I can do this, lets go a mile in a half, I am out here anyways." So you keep running. I love the point where you are a little bit half way through your run and you just want to die and give up and then BAM your second wind hits you. And I love the very end where you are SUPER tired but somehow you can sprint the rest of the way. AH..... It is just so great. I have never felt this way about anything in my WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE. And my body loves me when I run, It is just so happy. I am not chowing down food, I sleep A TON better, and I just feel better about myself.
So.. If you are looking for that little something extra in your life then plan a date with running! You will definitely fall in love.