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I'm awkward.

Super Heroes

For my digital photography class I had to take pictures with the prompt of super heroes. It could either be serious, or fun.
Here are my pictures!

This is my friend, who you met here. I told her to do a serious face, and then she started laughing. I thought it was super cute, so I turned this one in instead!

This is my pops. My daddio. My daddy. He's pretty much the coolest dad ever. I told him to be himself, and he did this..

This is Kent, my brother who's on a mission. I took his cardboard cutout, and put a cape on him to make it look like he was a superhero. I really liked how this one turned out!

This is Peter, my other brother. After our family show Tuesday night, his head was steaming! So I snapped a picture. It's like his secret super power :)

Down and Dirty

For AP environmental science we went on a field trip to Utah lake. Utah lake is mucky and icky and muddy and everything in-between. And needless to say, I wasn't too excited to go and spend the say taking samples there.

The water is wet, as you may know, and full of mud. Mud that is like quick sand, cause you get stuck so easily. Everyone wore waders so they would stay dry and semi warm. We started in a little pond that seemed innocent and shallow. Buy once you took the first step, you were suctioned to the mud. It would take about a minute per foot to get through it. The waders I was wearing had the boots connected with the waders, so my foot kept slipping out as I tried to get unstuck.

I caught many little fish, and we got to actually take samples like we were the real deal. We put all of the fish we caught into buckets and saw how big they were. It was so fun to just be able to catch fish and not worry about angrily except if you're going to be stuck in the mud forever.

We learned lots about what is indigenous to Utah lake and what isn't. I found out that Carp are pretty much hated. I then got to squeeze a carp and pop it's head off. It sounds gruesome, but I wanted to try. When else would I be able to do that?

At the last place we were tag samples, some idiots took their shirts off and dunked themselves in the really cold water. I was freezing, and I had clothes and waders on. I have to say they were pretty dumb, since they were cold the rest of the time we were talking and walking back to the truck and bus.

Overall, it was a super fun experience. I did not think that I would enjoy it, but it was fun to feel like a real scientist foe a day, and play in the mud.

What Happens On The Band Bus.... May end up on the Internet

When you spend all summer and many late nights with people, you tend to get to know them pretty well.
Which is so true.
My section, the trumpets, are all pretty dang comfortable with each other. We have endured pain and sweat and thirst and who knows what else, and are still friends. Like band camp. Four days sweating our tired hearts out on a dead field in the middle of nowhere. If that's not called dedication, I don't know what is.
Anyway, the point is that we are comfortable around each other.
So many weird things happen that I can't even remember them all.
And on to my bus story.
We were heading up to our first competition in Logan on Saturday. It was a two and a half hour bus ride up there, so we got pretty bored. You see, we started trying to find ways to entertain ourselves and not disrupt the bus driver, which is a very hard task.
We had brought lunches to eat on the way up, and so everyone was sharing food and snacks. One of the girls had brought mike and ikes, and so we decided to stick them up our noses. Now, it sounds childish, and foolish, an flat out dumb, but what else can you do? So, while they were securely lodged in our noses, we decided to take a picture. And we found that if you laugh really hard they come shooting out of your nose like fireworks. Just sayin'
After we were done sticking various colors of Mike and Ikes up our noses, we remembered the Oreo game. My mom had graciously packed me some fake Oreo style cookies for my lunch, and I wasn't hungry enough to eat them. So we decided to play the game. On the bus. There we were, in the back of the bus, with oreos on our foreheads trying to get them into our mouths. Cani just say that you make the weirdest faces when trying to do that? Well, you do.
We finally arrived and you can hear more about the competition here.
On the way home, everyone was pretty jazzed that we had won. Our hard work had payed off. Someone in our section decided to bring a 20 can case of mountain dew to share with everyone, so pretty much everyone but me was hyped up on caffeine. Caffeine make you do weird things. Like, sing girls camp songs as a bus, and shout, and scream for no reason. We sang and sang and sang and sang. Thankfully everyone quieted down (somewhat) for the last hour before we got back. Maybe I could have gotten sleep, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

Competition, Destination: Logan

This week was ridiculous.
It was hectic.
It was stressful.

We had band every day in one form or another. We started out with our usual practice on Mondays and Wednesday's and Thursday's, but then we had Weber Review, a competition type thing where we are not judged r ranked against other bands, but we get the judges feedback on how to make our show better. Our call time was 3:30, or an hour and 15 minutes after we got out of school. That means no time for homework! We hopped on that bus and drove to weber to get all ready to perform. The show was amazing for the first competition style performance. I didn't mess up at all!
Then, Friday we had pep band, where we play songs for the football game. It was against lone peak, and we lost. Pep band is one of my favorite things though! It is so much fun to just play without any pressure.
After the game, I helped my friend ask my brother to sadies. It was so weird asking with her, because we were sneaking around at my house. It was so much fun though.

On Saturday I slept in til 11:10 and our call time was at 12:30, so I had to make sure that I was all ready for our competition in Logan. We went an played our hearts out. I messed up once, but now I know what to work on. We had the opportunity to watch three other bands that we were competing against. I was kin of nervous about what our score was going to be, but we got first! Everyone was screaming and was so excited:) then we got pizza and hopped on the buses to get home at 11:00. Then we sang the friend song and went home. It was such a good week!

This will be my life for the next month. And then it will be over.
I've got to soak it all up while I can.
Some days are better than others. By a landslide.
This whole situation came fast; it was sudden. And it spread like wildfire. The idea of invincibility was easily accepted. Everyone wants to feel like the exception. But no one is the exception. Everyone has to work; everyone has to go through endless practices, blood, sweat, and tears. And through that so called brilliant idea, nothing got done.
This isn't our time. It's their time. A perfect world? No talking, no side conversations, no sass. Perfection is only achieved after everyone gives their all. If we hold ourselves back, we are only hindering our potential. We are only as strong as our weakest link.
Tonight was an eye opener for me, and hopefully everyone. We are not invincible, and right now, we are sinking fast. Unless we change something and start swimming, we are going to be sitting on the ocean floor in self pity. Down at the bottom will be us and our self pride.
Today was the worst. If everyday was like this, I wouldn't want to come back. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, we just have to work hard to get there.

And so I'm looking forward to tomorrow

This Week Part 3

(If you missed the first two parts go here and here)

The best day of the week.
A whole day to fun and friends.

First off, sectionals were cancelled. So that meant no 7 am practice on a Saturday!
Next, I woke up after sleeping in and ate some awesome pancakes. With amazing homemade syrup. I haven't had some of that syrup in at least two years!

I headed on over to my Young Women leader's house for the Book of Mormon finishing party. There was an amazing spread of food for brunch! There was a mountain man breakfast, and orange rolls, and fruit! It was delicious. After we ate and were full, we hopped in cars and drove on over to a fencing studio.

A sister in my ward fences! Like, on guard, with the suits and such. The surprise was that we got to put on the suits, and learn how to fence. It was so much fun! We learned how to lunge, and then we paired off and were trying to stab our partners with our sabres. We rotated, so we wouldn't try to keep killing the same person over and over again.

Once we got the hang of that, we played a game, which was pretty much a war. It was people wearing jeans against people not wearing jeans. If you got hit in the arm, then you had to put it behind your back. If you lost both arms, then you would have to try to hold your sabre somewhere else to try to kill people. If you got a leg chopped off, then you had to hop, and if you had both chopped off, you had to get on your knees. If you were stabbed in the chest, you were dead. It was such a fun game!
After we were done fencing (It gets pretty hot in there!) we learned how by reading the Book of Mormon you're putting on your armor of God. And if you were fencing without the protective suit on, then you would get really banged up. It was so much fun!

We are fierce.

After that, we were all pretty tired! I came home and got in the shower, and my friend came over to start setting our party up. It was an Anti-Homecoming party, for people who weren't old enough to go to homecoming or just didn't want to go.

We put up Christmas lights around my porch, so there was some light, and got the projector and stereo ready. We made signs, and I got to curl her hair!
We started the party at 8:30, and about 40 people came. We played music for about an hour, and then we watched how to train your dragon on a sheet hanging from my porch. It was so fun to have so many band people just spending time together.
We had some of our friends who were going to Homecoming come and crash it, and we got pictures to prove it!

I think we all had a good time! It was a little cold, but lots of people brought snacks, and they were mostly quiet during the movie :)
Afterwards, everyone was talking until their parents picked them up. I love parties!

This Week Part 2

(If you missed the first part, go here)

On to Friday!

School was awesome.
I am in seminary, or a scripture study kind of class at school, and it was absolutely amazing. We had an 'assembly' where we pretty much shared testimonies in a testimony meeting kind of setting. It was so great to see people who I never would have thought to be so strong in the gospel to get up and bear their testimony. It was a great way to start my day, even if it is at 6:00 am.
After seminary, I have 30 minutes to chill before first period. I usually go to the band room to talk to all my band friends, and started handing out invitations for a party me and my friend were having on Saturday. The bell rang to go to our first class, and so I headed on over to PE, where I got 43 sit ups in a minute, and 30 push ups. I wasn't even tired, but a day after I was pretty dang sore.
After all my classes were over, Peter and I jumped in the car and went to Target to buy some playing cards. I felt like it was a spur of the moment kind of thing and it was fun to spend time with my brother! After that, we went to McDonalds and bought strawberry lemonades with spare change left in the car. It was quite delicious, and pretty cheap!
I got home, and my friend from North Carolina was waiting for me. I hadn't seen her in so so long! She slept over the night before, and was waiting for me all day while I was at school. We proceeded to have a photoshoot, because that is what you do when you haven't seen people in a while!

 I look way Asian in this picture.
She's gorgeous.

After we took pictures, we ate and got ready to go to the Homecoming football game where I had to play pep band and perform during half time. Our football team beat them pretty bad, 47-0 or something like that.
We played all the pep band songs for the first quarter, and then left to go change into our uniforms. We have something called 'Quiet Time' where we are silent as we are getting changed and from thereon til the show starts so we can focus. My brother, who is Brass Captain, does this thing called light the fire. He says 'brass light the fire!' and all the brass screams so loud. It is a stress reliever type thing, and something to hype us up. After that we line up, and each section has it's own hype kind of things that they do. It is pretty special.
We stood on the track waiting until half time so we could start playing. It was fun! The first show in uniform is always kind of scary, and the fact that it was in front of pretty much everyone in the school, but it doesn't matter. It's fun.
We managed to get back for the 4th quarter and play pep band and the school song.

I got home after the game at 10:30-11ish. I had to finish the Book of Mormon for the challenge that we were having for our YW's, and so I was 25 chapters away. I had to finish by 10 the next morning, but I finished it at 11:45 that night. It was amazing!
The last segment of my week is coming soon!

This Week Part 1

This week may have been one of the best ones ever.
It was fantastic.
I don't know when it started being awesome, but as the week went on, it became more awesome.
Don't ask how that works, it just does.

In marching band for my section we have a marcher of the day. On Wednesday I wasn't really thinking about trying to be the marcher, but I was 'working hard and having fun'. Except that everyone was talking and no one was focused, but whatever.
It turned out that I got marcher of the day! I was so surprised, but it was great. One of the kids in our section brings treats for the person who was working the hardest, and I got a chocolate cake. Which was mighty fantastic to eat after practice (I shared with my family of course!)

Almost all the trumpet girls and me with my cake!

And so the next day at practice, we were working hard and having fun once more, and having a fun time. We kind of got busted a lot for talking a lot as a band, which stunk, mostly because that means we aren't getting better. During practice we had sectionals, where each instrument section has an hour to get together to work on whatever problems they have in the show or music. We had to sprint, and before we caught our breath, start playing part of the show and marching. It was awful. But it shows how tired we are by the end of the show, and how much more endurance we need.
On Thursday nights we do this thing called Eyes with Pride. We stand ready and we hear 'Band Attention', and we say 'HYPE' way super loud. I get chills forreals when we do that. And then the drum major proceeds to say more things, and we say things as a group, and at the end the drum major says 'Fall out' and everyone screams. It is my favorite part of Thursday rehearsals.
After practice, we saw two people who graduated last year who were in trumpet section come over and say hi, and say that they were watching us practice. And then, who the marcher of the day was was announced. And it was my friend! She was rocking it that practice. It was so good, and she got cookies :)

 Me, marcher of the day and her cookies, and a graduated trumpet girl!

Stay tuned for the next part of this super awesome week coming soon!

Self Portriats

So this past week was super busy. I mean, lots of band practices, not much sleep, busy. And I had tons and tons of homework! On Thursday, I had band from 5-9, and then Friday from 4-9, and then Saturday from 8-5. It was pretty dang long! And you know what stinks? That my contacts were in the mail that whole time, so I had to wear my glasses, and now I have raccoon eyes. I hope it covers up before long so I don't feel dumb wearing my contacts!
This Sunday we had lots of friends over. You see, our really good friends were visiting from North Carolina, and we have three families that live in Utah that were in the same ward in North Carolina as the people coming out, so we kind of had a party. It was so much fun!
Yesterday, we had band, and we learned how we entered and exited the field after our show. I can't believe our first performance is Friday at the homecoming game! I am nervous, and super excited. And after that, we have competitions one after another. I believe we have two next week, and two the week after that. I am so excited for performing, but not getting home at 12 on school nights. Not fun waking up after that!

So....... ON to the pictures

For my digital photography class I had to take pictures of myself. It was pretty fun!

Here they are:

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

So I have been working hard and having fun.
Or in other words, working my tail off at band practice.
Now, you might think that marching band isn't hard, but let me tell you it is!
And practices on Saturday don't really make me happy.
Especially when they are 9 hours long.
But, we have to have our show look good for competitions.
And I guess giving up my Friday night, and Saturday is a little price to pay.
So that is where I have been this week! I haven't been posting as much (sorry)

On to the recipe!

MMMmmm. Fall means pumpkin pie.
Or pumpkin pie cupcakes.
Either one.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
props to: Baking Bites

2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup half and half (or evaporated milk)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or silicone liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice
In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and half and half until well combined. Add in dry ingredients and whisk until no streaks of flour remain and batter is smooth.
Fill each muffin cup with approximately 1/3 cup of batter.
Bake for 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan. They will sink as they cool.
Chill cupcakes before serving. Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
Makes 15

We Party Hard

So last night I read.
At a party.
That was at my house.
It was actually pretty fun.

You see, for Young Women's we have to finish the Book of Mormon by September 11th. And I happen to be in Mosiah, which isn't even halfway done.
So we had a party to read!
A read a thon, if you will.

And then we got bored, so we started taking pictures.
Of us reading, and jumping.
There always have to be jumping pictures!

 The reading pose.


 Our book mustaches.

Didn't get the memo that we were smiling...

The jumping picture