Saturday, December 29, 2012

27 Dresses

Ok, so my roommate Kara is engaged....
which has caused us as her roommate to be a little crazy. 
Wedding crazy that is.
Crazy bridesmaids...or bridesmaidzillas. 
And as a bridesmaid we are taking our job very seriously.  
I actually make tons of jokes to Kara. 
But for real. This is serious business.
But we are having so MUCH FUN!!!
Isn't life and love a beautiful wonderful thing?
Plenty of glitter, sparkles and rainbows to go around. 

So on this ordinary day of December the 29th, 
My little sister and I were casually shopping around at the D.I. 
looking for nothing in particular, 
when we came across the dress section. 
Ladies and Gents. 
Boys and girls of all ages. 
Gather your dogs, cats and whatever else floats your boat
because now I give you 27 dresses!
ok actually its 11 dresses.
Brides of the future past and present
Remember this: 
For every bride out there, 
there is the PERFECT bridesmaid dresses for your girls. 

For you classy brides:
One can never go wrong with a sash. 

For you feminine brides:
 Just add a tiara. 

For you vintage brides:
 Remember accessories makes the wedding. 
Therefore use them whenever you can. 
Like on your head. 
Every bride loves her accessories. 

For the Mullet bride:
 Business in the front...
Party in the back.

 For the L.A. Bride:
I'd go with the classic barely there dress. 
Just choose hunky groomsmen to keep them warm

 For the bride with a secret:
Don't worry your bridesmaids have one too. 
Also perfect for covering up facial blemishes. 

 For the sun kissed bride:
Is there any dress more perfect then this Fanta inspired frock?

For the Hollywood diva bride:
One can't go wrong with the classic Angelina Jolie leg.
Boom. There it is.

 For the Oriental bride:
Konichiwa (Hello) 
Fortune cookies as a wedding favor??

For the Disney Bride:
Hello Minnie Mouse bridesmaids. 
Could complete this look with ears. 

For you brides looking to have a good time:
One should go with the classic little black dress. 
Won't disappoint all evening. 
And it will keep the party going.
All. Night. Long.

Remember when I said there is the perfect dress out there?
Well that may be true. 
maybe just not at the D.I.

For more bridal and wedding tips...
go to Pintrest I'm out of ideas.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Advice for my future life

So just thinking ahead to future Maddi's life, 
these are just a couple of things that I think I'm looking for in a guy. 
and as i said, IN THE FUTURE. 
(far far future)
Im not looking to get married and start having babies tomorrow people. 
This is both my advice list...
 & I guess my shopping list of what I'm looking for ;)

When first dating you always hold hands. In the car. While walking. At meals. At movies. It doesn't matter where. Over time, it usually stops. Excuses are sometimes made up like my hand was too hot or it made me sweat or I wasn’t comfortable with it in public.  When the truth is, hand holding usually stops because the effort to be close to each other stops. No other reason.
How to do it right: I want my hand held in the car. I my hand held on a star. I want my hand held in a box. I want you to hold my hand with a fox. Hold my hand everywhere else, too, even if we don't particularly like each other for the moment 
BONUS! When you hold hands in the winter, they don't get cold. True story.  
Obviously when the guy is  was working to woo the girl, he would do himself up as attractively as he possibly could every time he saw her. He keeps perfectly groomed. He always smelled good. For some reason, marriage make people feel like they can stop doing all that. Get all properly groomed, smelling good, and dressed up any time you go out somewhere. Care about making yourself attractive just for me.
How to do it right: Try and put your best foot forward throughout the entire marriage/dating.  Make yourself desirable so that they would desire you. This works for both the boy and the girl! 
When I dating men typically only built the girl up,  they only told her how amazing she was, and men easily looked past all of her flaws. After getting married though, men sometimes can't even let their women cook eggs without the guy telling her how she could improve. 

 How to do it right: Learn that there is more than one right way to do most things, and that the imperfections of others are too beautiful to try and change. Don't say a dang thing!
 BONUS! when you tell her what she’s doing right, she’ll tell you what you’re doing right. And she’ll also tell her friends. And her family. And the dentist. And even strangers on the street. 
Men know how to woo a girl, thats for sure. And the ticket is usually a night in, cooking a nice meal and having a romantic evening. After marriage it typically turns into some canned soup thrown in the microwave or chimichangas once in a while, but rarely, if ever, do married people go   out of their way to sweep each other off their feet after marriage by steaming crab legs, or making fancy pasta, or setting up a candlelit table. And you can never go wrong with grilling something up on the grill ;)
How to do it right: Make it a priority to cook for each other. Something awesome at least every month. And remember that meat in a can is never awesome.
I’m not talking about the angry kind of yelling. I’m talking about the lazy kind of yelling. The kind of yelling you do when you don’t want to get up from your television show or you don’t want to go ALL THE WAY UPSTAIRS to ask the other if they have seen your keys. It really doesn’t take that much effort to go find each other, and yelling (by nature) sounds demanding and authoritative.
How to do it right: Try to go find each other anytime you need something or wantto know something, and  have both gratitude and manners when you do. You hate being yelled at, so don't think its ok to yell back at someone. 
BONUS! sometimes you catch each other doing something cute that you would have missed otherwise.
I always thought it was love to tell my spouse, “I don’t care if you don’t take care of yourself. I don’t care if you don’t exercise. I don’t care if you let yourself go.” But that is lying, the truth is, we do care. We should tell each other how sexy and attractive the other was any time we go workout or do something to become healthier.
How to do it right: Tell me that you care. We should encourage each other to go to the gym.  Remind each other of their goals and tell each other your strong enough to keep them and achieve them.
BONUS! exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people don’t kill other people. 
Age shouldn’t matter. Physical ability shouldn’t matter. Couples should never stop having fun with each other. When the fun is missing, and the social part of life is missing, so also goes missing the ability to be fully content with each other.
How to do it right: Make a rule that we never stay home two weekends in a row.
BONUS! awesome stories and awesome memories come from doing awesome things. And so do cherished embarrassing moments.
When dating, you as the man are the knight in shining armor. If there was a spider that needed killing? You as the guy,  was the Gladiator. Was there a drain that needed a good hair-unclogging? Who else would I call but you? 
How to do it right: Do the gross and scary things that you as the man was born to do.  Remember that you fell in love with sugar and spice and everything nice, not slugs and snails and puppy dog tails.
BONUS! how do I put this? When I get scared, more often than not I will need the physical reassurance of the safety that only I will feel in the arms of my big, brawny, tough, macho man.
While family is usually great, it really keeps us from developing our own working family dynamic, our own traditions, and our own strengthen way of living and doing things. It drags us into unnecessary drama. And most of all, it keeps us from learning to lean on each other during our rough patches instead of on our parents or siblings.
How to do it right: Lets move away from both families for a year or two. That way, when we do come back, we’d be strong on our own and our families would be great supplements to our marriage instead of major players.
BONUS! We can make own own traditions, things in that our parents weren’t cool with. “And after we open our Christmas pajamas… everyone has to eat a pound of chocolate. And then they have to stand on their heads while screaming. And then they have to jump on their beds.” Stuff like that.
Twenty extra bucks for the ambiance of a nicer restaurant is usually no biggie when you want to charm me and make me feel worth it. Paying for nicer seats at a show.or getting better seats at a basketball game. 
How to do it right: Look at every extra dollar spent as an investment into our relationship. Surprise me when I don't know its coming. :D I know I'd try to return the favor. 
BONUS! nice dates lead to nice pictures on my phone which lead to everyone on my Instagram and Facebook thinking you’re the coolest guy on the planet.
When wooing guys make it a point to show up with flowers. And not just for special occasions. They have them delivered. They drop some at the door and run. Some guys just have them if they are just showing up for a movie on the couch. After we said I do, don't let it stop. Flowers sometimes become an unnecessary expense and are only worth splurging on for really special occasions like anniversaries or Valentine’s day. And sadly not always on those days, either.
How to do it right: You might get me flowers on those special occasions, but make it a point to get me flowers often enough that she never wondered what you did wrong when you did do something. Understand that the most meaningful flowers are the ones given with no reason but to give them.
BONUS! it’s hard to hold grudges for the other stupid things you do when there are fresh flowers reminding her that you’re a good guy most of the time.

Now some of these may be silly. 
I will admit to that. 
But in their own little way they are all important to me. 
Everyone of these things, are things I have dreamed about in some way.
And guys remember I am a girl.
I do dress up especially for you most of the time. 
Take the darn time to notice that.

If there is one thing I'm starting to notice, it is this:
If you don't pursue me, 
then I'm not going to pursue you. 
Heaven knows that has happened far too often in my slim dating experience. 

In the wise words of my father...
Happy dating. or maybe its hunting...


Sunday, December 16, 2012

I blog.

So I don't keep a journal. 
I keep a blog. 
I don't keep a journal for fear of turning it into a burn book. 
A book where I complain about my life. 
About my struggles. 
About my life. 
And about people I don't like. 
I blog instead. 
And i don't really care who sees them. 
Now I usually post my blog on Facebook, 
but tonight I think this one is mostly for me. 
If you follow me, you get it. 
but no Facebook tonight, just to you the blogging world. 

So this semester has been a tough one for me. 
I've learned so many things. 
All very valuable to me growing as a person. 
But they weren't necessary the easiest thing in my life. 
Through events of the semester 
I learned to love. 
I've learned to lose. 
I learned where trust is needed, lost, and gained. 
I've became more independent. 
I've also learned how to not be a good friend. 
I'm in the process of learning how to understand. 
Along with trying to forgive. 

I know our trials happen for a reason. 
I know we might not understand them. Which I don't. 
But I do know that in the end it will be all right. 
Things happen for a reason. 
People come and go in our lives. 
And the ones that remain our special. 
And we should never let them go. 

Pinterest can make one feel better almost every single time:)


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holy Ground

So a lot has been on my mind lately. 
And these thoughts keep reoccurring...
so they must mean something. 
They have to right?
I've been thinking a lot of how extremely blessed I have been. 

The other day Nichelle and I were messing around in the piano room, 
and for me time stood still. 
With Nichelle playing away at the piano, 
I sat and watched outside through the window. 
Leaves were falling and people were out walking. 
The funny/weird thing was, 
it was like they were dancing to the music Nichelle was making. 
I don't quite know how to describe it, 
but it was surreal. 
Time was frozen. 
And in that moment life was perfect. 

So many of my life's blessing came to mind. 
And by no surprise most of them were centered around this beautiful campus Byu-Idaho. 
I love it here. 
The other night Nichelle and me went and saw
It's a Wonderful Life, 
 on campus. 
I had never seen it before, and I LOVE'D IT!

It really put things into perspective for me. 
My life is fantastic. 
Im surrounded by awesome people who inspire me everyday. 
I know today...
that there is no better place for me, than to be on this campus right now.
It posses a certain magic to it. 
It is Holy Ground. 

And then that brings up a whole new thought. 
Holy Ground. 
Today I went to the rededication of the Boise Idaho Temple.
This was my first temple dedication. 
It it was unforgettable. 
It was sacred. 
It was motivating for me. 
I had chills through out the whole dedication. 
And it wasn't because I was cold. 
So extremely grateful to have our temple on the hill in Rexburg

What a marvelous, wonderful life I do have. 
Im grateful for the little moment to reflect upon it. 
And I believe everything does happen for a reason. 
I don't quite know why things have happen the way they have this semester, 
but I do know that its because of a higher force.
And its made me realize what I do have. 
And I do have a wonderful life :)

P.S. Ever heard Holy Ground byTaylor Swifts ? 
Its been in my mind A LOT lately

 She says "And right there where we stood was holy ground."
I think she's taking about Byu-Idaho. 
Just sayin. ;)


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Man Plaid

So everywhere I look lately...
I see some dang good looking MAN PLAID! 
I am literally complementing every guy on their plaid. 
I love it. So. Much.
So this last weekend 
I broke down and bought me some of my very own

I waltzed right into JC Penny's 
straight to the men section
and I picked me out a plaid shirt.
Purple and gray

Its pretty darn good lookin if i do say so myself. 
And can i say, Its so COMFORTABLE!

 Ladies we are being cheated on our clothes... 
Men aren't tough in cold weather. 
Its their clothes that are keeping them warm!
They are so much thicker than women's clothes. 
I walked to school without a jacket. :)
Thank you plaid shirt. 
Im thinking I see more plaid shirts in my future. 
Just saying. 
I think I pulled it off all right ;)



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Fab Five

The Fab Five


We are the Fab Five.
(Not the Olympic team, Although they are Fab.)
Together as one. 
Kara. Kristen. Nichelle. Courtney. And me.  
Together we have been through it all. 
Well it seem like we've been through it all. 
When in reality we've only been together a year. 
But what a year that has been. 

In this year four out of five of us have... 
gotten our first kiss. 
We've been though struggles as... 
and Boy Troubles. (That one is always fun)

And through it all
we have been there for each other. 
We are taking on the world. 
Five at time. Together. 

Its the best thing to have a support system like these girls. 
Together we laugh, cry and we are almost never serious!
God gave us each other. 
We make each other stronger. and just straight out better. 
In college your supposed to have girls like these to lean on. 
I think I speak for us all when I say, we consider ourselves extremely grateful. 
Counting our blessings. Five at a time:)

With these girls there is no limits. No boundaries.
What you see, is what you get.

The Fab Five


Saturday, October 13, 2012

No Complaints

Holy Hannah Banana. 
Its been FOREVER...since I've talked to you beautiful people
I should work on changing that. 
I am going to. 

Any who. Anyways. Moving on. 
So college is back in session,
and its SO SO great to be back. 
Back with friends. 
Back in a routine. 
Back in Rexburg. 
Back in the sight of boys. (ones worthy of being in the sight of)
Im even glad to be back in class. 
Strange huh?

I love everything about this last month. 
I have an amazing apartment filled with five beautiful amazing girls, 
of who I am proud to call my roommates. 

Happy Birthday Chris!!
*note says HAPPY. Not HARRY. Although Harry Chris is funnier. 

 Snug as a bug. At a game. In a blanket. 

 Bon fire

 Gutair Zombies

"Field tripping" in Montana at QuakeLake 

We are all special in our own ways... 
but together we make for the BOMB APARTMENT!
Natalie, Kara, Kristen, Courtney and Nichelle
you girls put the bomb in this bombing apartment!
Mwah Mwah Mwah!!!

It is the best feeling in the world
when you love where you are at in life. complaints. 
There just simply isn't enough room for them in this beautiful world of mine. 


P.S. - Went to a rodeo last night.  Hmmm gotta love them cowboys right? 
Guess I'll always have a little Wyoming roots in me, 
cause I will ALWAYS be attracted to those cowboys and country boys. 

No complaints:)
And if there is...I go for a run. 
Problem.  fixed. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Forever Daddy's Little Girl

The other day I got a phone call.
It was from my dad.
And I just love phone calls from my daddy:)

It was my birthday...
so he recounted the day of my birth for me
(Thank goodness he left out all the gory details!!)
It was so touching. 
He practically had my mom crying on the other end...
Ok...I was almost crying also. 
He's just so great

And the other day he did something pretty fantastic
Or at least I got a good laugh out of it:)
This is what I posted on his Facebook:

And this is the reaction I got out of it:
These are his EXACT words

I started out by saying "Im never getting married am I?"
Then this is how it went haha

Oh someday, it really is quite simple...
complete back ground check...complete ancestry (both sides)...
bank statements for the previous 10 years...25 personal references...
copy of high school transcripts...
copy of college trans scripts complete with notarized copy of masters/ phd degree...
clear deeded property on the salmon river area...
then it will be possible to maybe go on a third date without the gun coming out of the closet...
Happy hunting or should I have said dating

Yep I'm never getting married. 
Guess I should start buying my cats now.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Just in Case you Were Wondering

Just in case you were wondering...

Last night I fell asleep to the sound of rain. 
I love that sound. 
Its one of my favorites.  
Rain makes me listen to jack johnson. 
I could listen to jack all night long. 
i have all his albums.  
its kinda my secret obsession. 
I could marry that man

Im currently contemplating an i-pad
I want it. 
But do i really need it?
Im thinking i do.
Not sure how my parents will feel about this

Living in the city is kinda fun.  
Early mornings. 
Coffee runs (For other people)
Fancy Earrings. 
 Pencil Skirts. 

My favorite time of the day is early in the morning. 
Like way early in the morning. 
When the city is just starting to wake up.
When you can hear, see and feel the morning. 
Thats the best time. 

I think the ocean is calling for me. 
or maybe just the heat is.  
i wanna feel the rays of sunshine beating down on me. 

Just in case you were wondering...
Ive decided feet kinda gross me out. 
Or maybe just certain feet gross me out. 
I haven't really decided yet.

I get really jealous when i see chics with long beautiful hair.
A jealous rage develops inside of me. 
and hatred swells.  

Guys with motorcycles turn me on
there's just something about them
and i think i have a thing for the bad boys. 

And in case you were wondering....

This summer freakin rocks so far. 
It. freakin. rocks.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Potty Time

With a three year old boy, life is always interesting.  
And today was definitely an adventure to say the least. 
So its that time....
Its time for Potty Training!!!
and oh boy its turning out to be an adventure.
Peyton is enjoying potty training I think. 
Every time he goes he gets a "Potty Treat".

He's becoming quite the little candy hoarder. :)
Earlier today I thought potty training was the cutest thing ever...
however my mind has now been changed. 

It all started with going to Conner's T-ball game. 
Where Peyton declared he had to go potty, 
so being the great aunt that I am 
I hauled the little munchkin to the bathroom. 

Upon arriving at the porta potty, 
Peyton took one look at it and kept asking, 
"What is that?" over and over again 
It was quite hilarious.  
Then the unthinkable happened.  
That little stinker peed on my foot. 
He literally did.  

Wait though...that isn't the best part. 
In the porta potty next to us was Conner's T-ball coach
(who I happen to think is quite attractive)
I'm pretty sure he heard me freak out over the pee on my foot. 
Haha isn't my luck the greatest? :)

Both me and Peyton got potty treats for that one,
 Thank goodness.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oh the people I meet

Oh the people I meet
Tourist jobs really are so sweet:)
I love working in downtown Anchorage. 
I love the local businesses
I love seeing the vendors and the local restaurants.
Just the other day a whole fire truck stopped at the local hot dog stand across the street.
My literally dropped open. 
But let me tell you....His hot dogs are so worth it 
 Working downtown is fun.
Its very entertaining (love people watching).
and it is very educational. 

I have had the chance to get to meet so many neat people. 
 This week I met a women pilot. 
A women pilot who was 50 or 60 years old
Totally shocked I was haha:)
I also had the opportunity to talk with a Cardiac Surgeon 
he came all the way from....Cairo Egypt!
While ringing up his order, I couldn't help but stare at his hands.
And all that went through my mind was....
 his hands have touched a heart.
He has cut chests open with a scalpel...
Haha but that man was awesome:)

I've met some sister missionaries, 
one of which was from Byu-Idaho.
Its astonishing the connections people make with each other.
Same religion.
Same school.
Same state.
Mutual friend.

This job is just so great
and its only getting better:)
Cruise ships are starting to come in:):)
Tourist rock!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lessons from a 3 yr old

So my 3 yr old nephew
is the absolute cutest thing ever.
Today he told me this:
"I like your earring.  I kiss them."
therefore he kissed them.
how cute. 
The same thing goes for my shirt
and my hair, and my eyes. 
The list goes on & on
You boys could learn a lesson from him.
Just saying we don't mind the kisses, 
in fact we encourage them

Boys also take notice of this one. 
Both of my nephews are always complementing my sister and me
"You look pretty today"
"I like your shirt"
"I like your red shoes"

But this one is my favorite.  
I hear these three words about a hundred times a day....
you really can't beat that, right?
Boys you could learn a lesson from them.


I don't drink
I don't smoke
I don't sleep around 
I don't even swear all that often
Here in Alaska, I am the minority
Its strange really.

All my life I have been the majority. 
Raised in a good LDS home and community. 
I did what everyone else did...nothing.
I've never had to stand up for my religion before, 
or even say what my religion was, others just knew. 
Getting out of the bubble I have lived in, 
has really opened my eyes. 
And it sure does make you feel good about yourself. 

I'm proud to say I'm drug free. 
I'm proud of the fact I don't need a smoke break. 
I don't need a glass of wine this weekend
And I don't need to get wasted to solve my problems. 
Swear words aren't part of my vocabulary. 
Relationships are a BIG DEAL to me,
And I'm proud to say,
That I'm 18, and I still have my innocence
and nothing feels better than to be able to say that
I deserve a pat on the back

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living in Color

So guess who had another great weekend. 
Me. !!
This last weekend my roommates and myself took a road trip down to Utah. 
It was pretty much the best time of my life. 
No joke. 
Ok maybe a little joke.
But it was pretty darn great.
We have a video to prove it.

So...we went down for the festival of color. 
and what is that may you ask?
Its a Hindu celebration down in Spanish Fork
 and its only the best celebration on earth. 
Its literally about 10,000 mormons Vs. 25 Hindus. 
So freakin fantastic. 

This is just walking to the festival. 
We aren't even there yet people. 
Secret for ya...
walking there someone grab my butt. 
first time someone has ever done that. 
felt a little bit violated
i don't even know his name...or what he looked like. 
Oh well. 

So check out this rad pics of our weekend :)
 So awesome 
 Chalk for the final color throw
 The Hindu temple. 
And I know what your thinking, 
and yes we did go to India.
 Ela rocking it out
 haha mirror photo. 
had to take one eventually right?
But check out that color
 Emily and me getting some fresh air

And that wasn't the end to our fabulous weekend. 
We shopped till we dropped. 
And we are now all starving college students. 
Quite literally. 
 And Sunday we went to temple square. 
hahaha and later on...we broke the Sabbath with some more shopping. 
You only live once right? :) 

Gosh I love these girls so much. 
They have made this semester amazing!!
I have been able grow so much as a person because of them.
Its been an freakin awesome semester with them at my side. 
I mean who wouldn't want five big sisters to threaten my crushes?
That right there is legit people. 
XOXOXO love you girls!!