chasing sunsets

 Today I had to work and Kara texted me asking if I wanted to go to a Utah Premier Brass concert in the park. I had to say yes because I wanted to hang out with my best friend, and who could turn down a concert with amazing music in a park in the summer? As we drove down, we sang along to the radio and laughed and laughed cause that's what best friends do. We set up camp chairs in the middle of the park and closed our eyes and just listened to the amazing music that was performed. Oh my word, if I could play like that, I wouldn't ever stop playing ever.
As we headed onto the freeway, we saw THE most beautiful sunset ever. Now, Kara is probably the most sunset-obsessed girl I've ever met, and because of that, I love sunsets too! We were seriously fuh-reaking out about it. The whole sky was illuminated in a beautiful orange, pink, purple haze that was spread from one side of the valley to the other. There were rays poking out from behind the clouds.
We shouted and screamed and pointed and screamed some more. Then we realized how tight a picture of it would be, and sped home to get my camera! The car she was driving doesn't have a working speedometer, so we literally have no idea how fast we were going. We were racing against the setting sun! I grabbed my camera, and we raced over to the temple parking lot because we thought we would have a good view from there. The trees all hid the gorgeous light, so we headed down to the amphitheater and there we saw it. Oh my word.
It was the mother of all sunsets. The most gorgeous thing my eyes have ever seen. We set up my tripod and took so many pictures (many of which didn't turn out, but who cares?) and just stared in awe at the beauty before us. 

I like to think that this sunset was made just for me, from my Ojiichan, to let me know that life is good and he is good, and he is happy where he is. Seeing something as beautiful as this sunset made me realize how amazing the plan of happiness really is. The fact that I get to see my Ojiichan again warms my heart and gives me comfort. Heavenly Father knows me so well, and it never ceases to amaze me!

class of 2015

Well, this is it.
12 years of public education has led me to this point. All of my hard work culminated in the space of two and a half hours, and then it was over.
All during the ceremony I had surreal moments of, wow I'm really graduating. It really freaked me out! I am not old enough to be graduated. I still feel like I'm in eighth grade and going to a new school in Utah.

ANYWAY the traffic was unreal to graduation. Alex, Steevo, and I all drove together and got there a little late, but thankfully nothing had started yet. We waited for half an hour until everyone was there, and walked out to the cliche graduation song. There were so many people there to watch us grab our diplomas, it was unreal. All the speakers spoke and pretty soon it was my turn to walk out. What a moment! It was over so fast.

It was absolute chaos afterward. I didn't have my phone, and there were a million people everywhere! Eventually (after what felt like twenty years) I found my family and took pictures for the next half hour. I still couldn't believe that this was the last time that all the seniors of American Fork High School would be in the same place doing something.

 Okay but really what are you supposed to do after you graduate? My friend's family just got a new beamer, so we drove around in it to see how it ran. Oh my heck what a ride!

Alex, Steevo, Jen, and I went to the Quarry in Provo to go climbing! It was so fun. It was here that I realized that I'm not as strong as I thought I was. hahahah I cannot climb to save my life! But the little kid climbs were really fun for me.

The senior all nighter was insane! It was from 10pm-3am at Boondocks. Right when we got there, we went and did laser tag. I realized that I love shooting people! But, not like in a bad way, ya know? We spent the next five hours doing mini golf, go karts, shooting games, eating food, and so much more! By the end of the night we were spent! But we still went to Ihop and got some pancakes. Which, apparently, was every other senior's idea of fun, so there were quite a few people there. And, bless her heart, there was only one waitress, and it was only her second week on the job. Oh my word!

seeeenyaaa praaahhhmmmm

We were having a mean girls spring fling moment, okay?

And my shirt moved back and forth and changed from black to white, so that's cool!

Prom was off the hook!! Our day date was Friday night and we went night bowling! We played two games and then all of a sudden, fog machines started filling the ally and the lights turned black and the music turned up. We stayed and played another round and boy am I glad that we did! (even if I do suck at bowling)

The next day, the majority of our prom group was involved in the state solo/ensemble festival that was happening at Orem high. We all performed our solos and then got ready for the dance.

All the fellas picked us ladies up and we took photos at City Hall. We then ate dinner at one of the guy's houses and it was amazing. YUM.
By the time we were done eating and talking, it was 8:30 and we headed up to the dance!
The dance was insane. The capitol building is absolutely stunning. I loved how the lights were kept on during the dance because we could see everyone dancing. AH it was so great. I loved prom!

getting my golf game back

I had my first varsity tournament of the year on Monday. I've had Phantom of the Opera rehearsals and performances for the first part of our golf season, and so it was amazing to be able to play 18 holes in a tournament setting again. (more of phantom of the opera in a later post)
My cute dad was able to watch the last half of the tournament and followed me around in a golf cart and took pictures of my swing. I played kind of lousy for the first nine, but I was getting the hang of it again toward the end and parred the last hole. I think the rest of the season will be great!

On Tuesday, it was extremely windy outside. If you live in Utah, you know what I'm talking about! But, I went to the course because I was thinking we had practice. Right when I got there I got a text saying that practice was cancelled. I kind of disregarded that and went and played nine holes instead! I was being pushed back and forth by the wind. Carrying my clubs on my back made it even worse, but it was so fun! I was on track to get an even better score than I did at the tournament, even with the wind. I was on the ninth hole, with the wind behind me and drove the ball SO FAR. It just kept rolling and rolling because of the wind! A man in a golf cart then pulled up next to me and said that I had to get off the course because they were closing! I hopped on his cart, picked up my ball, and saw that three trees had blown over. Holy cow the winds were so strong! When I had first got to the course, there was a barbecue out by the club house, and when I passed by it later, it was tipped over and stuck in the bushes.
Wind is absolutely crazy!!