Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
These are some of the amazing friends I have made out here at BYU. (Some of them are missing) we had just gotten done with ice blocking.
This picture is for my parents. Just wanted them to know I'm doing ok. I'm also living off a nutricious diet of cereal. Also, in case anyone didn't know, they totally make Chocolate Marshmellow Matey's, they are delicious.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
My family is spread pretty far apart, I currently have 2 brothers in Utah 1 brother and a sister in law in Ohio, 1 brother in DC, and my parents who live in Minnesota. It's pretty rare to have the whole family home, except at Christmas, but as luck would have it, our whole family came home for one reason or another and we got to spend 3 wonderful days up north together at beautiful lake superior.
I love Minnesota for so many reasons, one of my favorite things about the land of lakes, is the lakes! My family and I stayed in a little summer home that was right on lake superior. We ate delicious food, went hiking, canoeing, ate at sven and oles pizza and explored some of the sites that surround the lake. The Lake Superior area, or Up North as we call it, is one of my favorite places.
Most people don't realize that the moose chair was invented in Minnesota.
Split Rock Lighthouse
Me and my brother.
Christian beat Nathan in the how long can you stand in Lake superior contest, which unfortunately is a contest where no one really wins.
This is me and my sister in law nicole in front of split rock.
Again I only wish i had taken more pictures, You'd think i woulda learned from my trip to Virginia. Anyways, I say goodbye to my favorite home state this week as I head off to college, and although I'm super excited, i will always miss good old uffda Minnisooda.
A while back I decided it would be fun to spend some time with my new sister in law Nicole and I also wanted to visit my 2 brothers Matthew and Eric, since it seems i dont see them as often as my other 2 brothers. So I started saving and finally i earned enough. My reward was a whole week of virginia fun! Unfortunately i realized half way through the week that I hadnt really taken any pictures, so i will have to vividly describe most of my memories. :)
This is my Amazing brother Matthew and his Beautiful wife Nicole. They were nice enough to let me stay with them even though Matthew was just finishing up some classes and his job and they were about to move to Ohio. It was fun to see the coast side of virginia. Nicole and I spent alot of time at the beach (it was a real beach, which although we have 10,000 lakes here in Minnesota, there aren't really any real beaches), making purses, taking walks, and doing some sort of weird mixture of yoga and stretching while listening to michael jackson. Matthew and nicole and I also went out to eat at some cute little restaurants and they showed me a few of the beautiful sites in Hampton VA. Thanks again for the wonderful weekend Matthew and Nicole.
After Hampton I got to spend the weekend with my other Wonderful brother Eric in the DC area. We saw some fun things. For Example:
This is a portrait of stephen colbert hanging up in the American History museum. It was the only smithsonian we went to while i was there, but it was definitely fun! While there we saw dorothy's ruby red slippers and payed a visit to kermit the frog.
One thing i never got a picture of was the Barbeque festival in downtown DC. Although it wasnt quite what we expected it was still amazing. It was a huge barbeque competition with competitors from all over the country. Plus they were giving away free Nationals hats, which would come in handy later. I would try to describe the abundance of sweet barbequed meat but i dont think i could do it justice. Instead I'll just show you this picture of the random flying ports of potty we saw.
My second favorite thing was the Eastern Market. Eric was patient enough to take me there so i could shop. We had fun watching this little jazz band from New Orleans. We were going to have the famous pancakes but the line was a little long.
My favorite part of the weekend was hanging out with Eric. We went to a Baseball game where i got to wear my new free nationals hat. Unfortunately because i was wearing it i couldnt cheer for the orioles who were doing all the home runs and winning and stuff. But it didnt matter, it was still fun. Also we bought eric a new grill and spent a few hours putting that sucker together. To celebrate we grilled burgers which i may or may not have slightly ruined (sorry eric). It was fun to meet all of erics cool friends and spend a little time in DC. Thanks for the fun weekend Eric!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
But i thought i would try to impress you by telling you how me and 21 other girls "roughed it" for a week (although it could be easily argued that eating pizza and laying around a campsite for a week doesn't count as rough).
It all started when we piled 22 girls and all their stuff into a truck and 2 vans and after a little trouble with one of our adults forgetting to put the car in park before he got out we hit the road old school style with a fresh "High Adventure 2009 CD " playing in the background. We were on our way to the grand ol "up north" (thats what us Minnesoootans call the lake superior area.) After hitting a few water falls on the map and finding out that Taylor likes boys and is as sure footed as a mountain goat we rolled into our campsite with Lipgloss by lil mama playing full blast, set up our tent right on the hill (which is a tradition that we question every year) and got right to the main event. Food.
One of the best parts about high adventure is the gaining weight part. No day goes without an amazing meal. We started out easy with walking tacos, but it only gets better, over the course of the week i had, Pizza in a box, beef stew, fresh rolls with homemade raspberry jam, dutch oven cornbread, amazing chocolate cake, tinfoil chicken dinners, cobbler, french toast waffles and pancakes, sausage and bacon, and lots of hot cocoa. And to top it all off, lots of those yummy peanut granola bars that have that yummy peanut butter coating on the bottom.
This is our pizza in a box pizza. I could try to explain to you how it all works but im not sure i even really get it. All i know is we cover the inside of giant cardboard boxes with tinfoil and put hot coals and boiling water in there to make the oven. The pizza is amazing. Allison and Tay Tay made a meat obsession pizza ("meat lovers" didnt quite do it justice.)
And this is what we did while we waited for our pizza to cook. It's called ninja huh, its another H.A. tradition.
If you start thinking that all we did on our adventure was sit and eat and play games you couldnt be more wrong. We also slept and danced to Lipgloss and learned the hoedown throwdown...
Unfortunately the weather spent most of the week raining so we spent a lot of time sleeping in our downhill tent and not alot of time hiking which is really the point of HA.
The last day we had the chance to walk around one of the lake side towns which is really beautiful. So to sign off this post i thought i would put up a picture of a little garden thing we found hiding in the middle of the commercial part of the town.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It all started out when the seniors got done with class and finals a week early. We were determined to celebrate while every one else still had to go to school. We started off with a giant water balloon fight.
Me Trevor Cameron and Matt (top row) all secretly stole water balloons to explode on people before the picture. I forgot that Ian (middle row far right) has muscles and knows how to punch people, don't worry, I'm a fast runner :)
We let em off easy the second time. Here's all my pals (well not all of em, most of em)
We had a BBQ/yearbook signing/volleyball game. Ian and Matt made some dang good burgers.
My team won the volley ball game, i would like to say its because I'm so good at volley ball from playing it at all the Eddington family reunions, but that would be a lie. I spent most of the game face planting trying to dive for balls (it was sand don't worry) while Kati the pro Volleyball pro was doing most (all) of the work.
Eric surprised me by coming home for my graduation. It was so sweet of him. He ate all our ice cream and cake and learned the Hoedown Throwdown. He is grrrrreat!
In exchange for him coming down to visit i taught him how to sew PJ pants, which really meant i just sat there all grumpy and tired, telling him what to do.
Then we had a party celebrating my graduation. We served my favorite food... Ice cream. We bought 35 different cartons of ice cream and millions of cones and let people have at it. We also provided chairs for people to sit on but they sat on the floor anyways. I got to see a lot of people that I love and I'm so grateful for their support through the years. That pic is of me and two of my lunch buddies Kathryn and Kati (I'm not sure where Jenny was but she is our other lunch buddy)
Then I graduated:
Here's me and the momma! I wish i could say those were tears in her eyes, but they were just rain drops.
To end this menagerie of happenings was the Senior party. A night full of fun, games, prizes, blow up twister, fake Elvises, and hypnotists. I won a set of hair color treatment products (no i have not dyed my hair recently) and a gift certificate for 4 free sport yoga or kickboxing classes, the latter i will use to learn to kick and box so i can beat up Ian at the end of the summer :) That is a picture of me corey and kathryn waiting for our free back massages!
That's my dad. I'm not sure why i couldn't find a picture of me and him at graduation. But I thought i'd throw him in this post anyways. He put on a funny hat and took pictures of everyone at the senior party.
So now i guess I'm supposed to write something corny about how high school was a big part of my life and i will miss all of my friends next year and all that jazz, but I'm too lazy and you are all probably way bored already so I'll just end with this short sweet cheesy saying... Good bye high school, hello summer!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
First of all I got all my housing figured out for next year. I am going to BYU. I'm not sure if many of you know but BYU has been my dream school ever since my BFF/brother Eric sent me a little stuffed cougar that had a little blue BYU sweater when i was 10 years old. I found out I'm living in Heritage Halls which I am very excited about.
May 14 15 and 16 was the best weekend ever!!
It all started that Thursday night when my very good friend from Illinois came to visit for the weekend. Then Friday morning I had my last day of seminary ever. Then we had a half day at school so after that me and my friend Ben from Illinois and 2 of my other close friends hopped in a car and headed to the cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul for all you non Minnesotans) to see my favorite band Keane in concert. Before the concert we stopped at my friends favorite restaurant Punch Pizza were we had some very delicious gourmet pizza. After that we walked around grand avenue and went window shopping. Finally we made it too the concert. It was standing room only and we were 3 rows from the front. It was amazing.
Saturday morning I graduated from seminary. It's sad to have to say good bye to all my friends from seminary. They have all meant alot to me. However, NO MORE WAKING UP AT 5 AM!!! woo hoo!
Finally the final event of the weekend... PROM! I went and got my hair done ran home and slipped into my dress with like 10 minutes til my date was supposed to pick me up. After pictures we went out to eat at a local restaurant, went to Target (it's a tradition), and made a quick stop at Dairy Queen. The dance was amazing, the final song of the night was Journey Don't Stop Believing which was... Great?
The rest of May has just been a breeze of laziness. Life is hard when your a senior and you've already finished all your testing and you dont have any homework. I only have one day of class left and one final to take then I'm home free til (sort of) till saturday when I recieve my diploma, throw my hat, and leave my high school days forever.
All of this in the little old month of May.
Some other random things i did in may
- Bought tickets to go visit my two brothers and sis in law in Virginia/DC
-Finished my job as a nanny
- Started a job teaching tennis
- Took 3 AP tests
- Had Indian food for the first time ever
- Met my future roomates
- Had a 'Smore' gasborg party (we had a Smore Bar with a whole bunch of different Smore toppings)
-went to the minnesota Zoo
-got a bike (heres a pic: http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/0/0/42/9/AAAACyNOlNwAAAAAAEKUnA.jpg)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
So my lovely mother is out of town so I thought I would give her a little update on how things have been going with just having me and my dad at home. So here is a list of things I have learned while my mom has been gone.
1. Laundry doesn't wash itself. As fun as it sounds to jump into a big tub of swirling water for some reason I can't convince my clothes to get in the washing machine. And consequently I spent most of the week last week scrounging for the last of my clean clothes until finally I gave in and did a load of laundry. I'm also pretty sure that some of my laundry got lost in the transition because now I can't find some of my favorite clothing items.
2. Su messy casa es mi messy casa. My dad and I have been faithfully trying (but usually failing) to keep our house clean, it's funny the kinds of messes two people can make... Sort of.
3. Plants enjoy water, it helps them not die.
4. It's always nice to have your breakfast ready for you in the morning. I'm usually late in the morning and my mom always has a lunch ready for my along with something for me to eat for breakfast. Needless to say my lateness has greatly increased this week.
5. Grocery shopping is fun until you realize your really bad at it. I love(d) grocery shopping, it makes me feel cool ( I know I'm a loser) so I faithfully put myself in charge of it. I made a list, checked it twice, and still when I got home I had too much of one thing and none of the other. I ended up going to the grocery store about 4 times.
6 .Giving up and having your dad go to the grocery store does not solve anything. One day I asked my dad to go to the grocery store and pick up 1 carrot 1 onion and some milk and this is what he came home with...
That would be 11 boxes of frosted mini wheats. Now I would also like to point out that there was another box in the cereal cupboard, one at my dad's office, and one that he ate the night he bought it. So all together 14 boxes. Apparently they were 7 cents an ounce instead of 20 and he could not pass up the deal. I guess they will make a nice addition to our food storage. At least he remembered the milk.
I'm sure your all thinking that I am an extremely spoiled child, which is probably true. But the two most important things I've learned this week are one that I'm pretty much going to die next year at college, but more importantly that my mother is an amazing woman and she works very hard for our family and I am very grateful for that.
By the way mom in case you were wondering some of your flowers showed up while you were gone. They're beautiful.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
A couple weeks ago I started my new second job as a "nanny"/"regular babysitter" for a cute little guy named Matthew. He's a fun little kid, and although for the life of me I can not get him to say my name (usually when I ask him what my name is he says "I'm to busy doing this puzzle." or "I'm to busy playing with my train set.") I know we are friends because we both have the same interest of riding up and down on elevators while jumping. On Wednesday's he goes to Spanish class to learn about dinosaurios and juegos and other fun spanish things. Afterwards Matthew and I have an hour to wander around the building before his mom picks him up. Luckily there is an elevator and long hallways that echo when you yell (unfortunately those hallways also contain business offices and their occupants do not appreciate yelling even when it makes a cool echo noise) (Fortunately one of those businesses is the cable company who I've sworn revenge on since they took away channels 76 77 and 78.) On the other days Matthew and I play in his little play room with various toys and occasionally hide from who knows what (hiding is one of Matthew's favorite things) I really love my new job.
Anyways, I wish you a happy start of spring!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
That was the end of any lame attempt I had to study last night. I watched this video at least 8 times. Then promptly shut my biology book and went to bed. However a miracle happened. Apparently Jack Frost hates Biology too, so today Rochester Minnesota is supposed to get hit by a huge snow storm, so they called off school. That means one more day to "study" about viruses and bacteria. There are such things as miracles.
This is another means of my procrastination. I reccomend watching it a few times to really appreciate it.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Here's some pictures from the dance:
Pinning on the flower
(Got it on first try by the way, no blood either)
My friend Lauren and my new friend Veronica (You can call her Vons)
(This is our Fake Smile picture)
Anyways. I know I havent Blogged very much in the past month, but in all honesty, its been pretty low key. Just the excitement about getting into BYU. The weather has been slightly warmer, its been around 37 degrees meaning I've been running outside alot in shorts. Other than that, life's been slow. Anyways, Happy late valentine's day!