Temple Square Lights and the Fam

My brother's awesome girlfriend is staying with us for a week and so I am officially the fifth wheel. Which, means pictures for the parents and the bro with his girl. As long as they pose for me, I'll be happy being the odd one out.

New Years Eve Party Decor

This idea for a new years photoshoot came to me in the shower, and I decided to make it happen instead of think about it all day. What was stopping me? It's Christmas break and my two best friends are home from school, and so we decided to make my vision come to fruition.
After browsing Zurchers party store for quite a while, we settled on three gold fringe door hangings, six new years balloons, new years head bands, noise makers, and thousands of gold stars (which are still stuck in my carpet as I type this).
It didn't take even a roll of tape to put this backdrop up. And wow! I think each package of door hangers were $7, which was a total steal, and it looked awesome! In all, the decorations totaled $32, and took about ten minutes to put up. So, if you're in need of some last minute new years party decorations, just know that you can do this!
I love gold and I love sparkles. Which is good because I think I'll be finding gold sparkly stars for the next five years in the carpet, but I'll do anything for a cool picture. Happy (almost) new year!

snowy christmas tree lot and my favorite hat

 hat: Kohls // scarf: gifted // shirt: Banana Republic similar// coat: Target // jeans: WalMart // boots: Shoe Carnival

 This hat is the best purchase I've made in a while! It has fur on the outside, as well as the quilted yarn on the outside and cute pom on top. I love it! My friend Kara and I were out shooting some pictures in this cute Christmas tree lot while it was snowing, so if you want to check those pictures out, click here!

Shoveling Snow and Service

This post is dedicated to the time we planned a snow shoveling service project while it was snowing and none of the snow stuck so there was no snow to shovel and we instead ate donuts and laughed and shoveled ice off of driveways.

Finals, Day One

Monday, the first day of dreaded finals week.
I think it was after my fifth try on a finance question when my roommates said we were going outside and playing in the snow. I hadn't noticed how beautifully the snow was dancing around the streetlights. I let myself be dragged outside.
My roommate, Amelia, is an avid skier, so she shouted, "SHOULD I GET MY SKIS OUT?" and we shouted a resounding YES. She ran inside, later returning with skis in her hand and boots on her feet. We all laughed as she skied down the hill next to our building and eventually ran into a bush and fell over. There were people all over the hill with sleds laughing and having fun.
Happy things happen when you least expect it.
I'm grateful for friends who help me realize that.

ma girls

The friday before finals week we did facials and watched a sad chick flick. Bonding moments.

St. George BOA Road Trip!

The St. George trip is basically the climax of the marching band season every year. It is the only time (other than band camp in Delta) where we travel and sleep somewhere together as a band. As recent graduates, my friends and I decided to support the band and relive some of our high school memories by going down to St. George. And we made this decision two days before we left, and managed to get all the hotel and driving accommodations down within 24 hours.

 We got a two hotel rooms that were joined together by a door which was SO fun. After dropping all of our luggage off, the next stop was the state competition! The band performed super well and they swept the competition. It was so impressive. AH all I could do was reminisce about performing together as a band and creating something beautiful for the audience.

The next day, we watched the band warm up for prelims and planned on just watching finals (cause lets be real, it is a fortune for tickets to BOA competitions) when our old band director came up to us. He asked if we had already bought tickets, and when he found out that we hadn't yet, he gave us free tickets to both prelims and finals! What a blessing! 

They won and swept the region competition which was totally amazing. They deserved wining more than anything. And it was great to see Mr. Miller's last marching band show and experience that with him. I admire and look up to that man so much! He has taught me so much about life, teamwork, leadership, and everything in the five years that I have known him. What an amazing man!

We left the competition and started the long ride home. After taking a nap at a rest stop (which I don't recommend because apparently lots of people get murdered at rest stops) we made it home at 7:00am. I love my friends and our adventures! What a life!