Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I never really had a Thanksgiving post... so I guess I'll do that now. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I guess I have a lot to be thankful for at this point in my life. I have a loving family, I have great friends in a few different schools, I'm allowed to practice my religion because I live in a free country, and my dad has a good job that can support my family. Thanksgiving is more than a time of turkey, it is a time of gratitude, and all too often, other than the typical "go around the table and say what you are grateful for" tradition, most of us don't take too much of a pause to think about what Thanksgiving is all about. Anyway, I'm happy that I could take a little bit of time to think about "the reason for the holiday."

Thursday, November 20, 2008


So apparently I've been tagged! This is going to be interesting...

5 things I was doing 10 years ago

  1. I was seven
  2. I hung out w/ Kelli
  3. Played Pokemon
  4. Lived in AZ
  5. Second grade

5 things on my to-do list

  1. AP English Homework

  2. College Writing Homework

  3. Newspaper Deadline

  4. AP Psych paper

  5. Read Scriptures

5 snacks I enjoy

  1. Popcorn
  2. Chips and Salsa
  3. Nachos
  4. Pumpkin Cookies
  5. Anything Yummy

5 things I would do if I was a millionaire

  1. Buy a sweet house
  2. Pay for college
  3. Buy an AMAZING 2010 Mini Cooper that looks like this in British Racing Green (
  4. I'd donate to JDRF
  5. Save up in case of economic meltdown (... no explanation necessary)

5 places I've lived

  1. Twin Falls, Idaho
  2. West Valley. Utah
  3. Mesa, Arizona
  4. Gainesville, Florida
  5. Payson, Utah

4 things I'm passionate about

  1. Writing
  2. Family
  4. Religion

4 things I say often

  1. "POR QUE?"
  2. "Por que no?
  3. "Si"
  4. "I don't believe in homework"

4 things I want to do before I die

  1. Graduate from college
  2. Have kids
  3. Get married in the temple
  4. Go on an Asian or Australian cruise.

4things I want/need

  1. A hair cut
  2. To be married in the temple someday
  3. My homework to be done
  4. My homework to be done, without me doing it.

4 places I want to see/visit

  1. Australia
  2. England
  3. The Moon!!! (Actually, I'd be terrified, but it'd be sweet!!)
  4. Lots of other places

4 TV shows I can't live without (I can live with out these I just like them)

  1. Office
  2. HANNAH MONTANA!!!! (j/k, but sometimes it is fun to mock, hehe)
  3. Biggest Loser
  4. I'm changing this to NCIS

4 things you don't know about me

  1. I am sitting on a green chair
  2. I absolutely love trying on big poofy Prom Dresses, they are pickin' sweet!
  3. I adore all silky things
  4. I want to get married just after summer so I can have an awesome, natural tan!
Tag: Wayne, Audrey, Mother, and Tiph

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

DC Part 2

Okay! Here is part two! I've decided that I am going to post pix and explanations of the days first, and after the pix are done, I'll post funny stories about what happened while I was there!

Monday morning we went to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. We broke off into our workshops. (I was Bus 1 Workshop 2), and we talked about Jefferson, his views, and his significance. Then we got to walk around and look at the quotes. Afterward we discussed what we thought Jefferson's opinion would be on current issues.

Here's Mr. Thomas Jefferson himself, with one of his quotes behind him; on a side note, some of the quotes were from the constitution.

This is Taylor (my roommate) and me in front of Thomas Jefferson! She didn't realize how short I am until this point, because she was standing next to me with her arm around me, it became glaringly obvious, especially since she is tall.

The Air and Space Smithsonian Museum was a blast (pun intended, haha)! Here is a pretty spiffy astronaut space suit... I just thought it was a great intro to the museum!!

Look... I am holding up the moon w/ my head! Ha ha ha!! Yeah, I wanted to be underneath it and have it on my back... but I'm kinda short... so it wasn't working very well, so I settled for my head.

So this is kinda what old seats in airplanes used to look like. Freaky, huh? Actually, planes used to be considered to be so dangerous, that some actors actually had a clause in their contract that said they could not ride a plane while working on the movie. Eventually they became popular, obviously...

Okay, it is hard to tell... but this is the Franklin D Roosevelt Monument, I thought it was pretty cool... we walked through four "rooms," but they weren't really rooms...

This is a statue of the bread line ... it's from the Great Depression.

There was a series of waterfalls in each "room" each one more magnificent than the last... this is the third or fourth. My camera gave out... so I'm not sure.

This is Wednesday morning... I forgot my camera on Tuesday... so I'll post pix when I get them from someone else. Anyway, there was no vanity mirror, so Taylor and I took pictures of each other's hair in order to see if it was done in the back.

Just to give you a taste of what's to come... This is the Capitol building *under a bit of construction to prepare it for Jan. 20th* I had a tour of it... and I took a ton of pix!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Okay, I know I have a couple of people who are dying to see more pix... however, I haven't chosen which ones to do yet. But I do have something to post... so I will!! I have officially finished both my BYU and USU applications. Sorry Utes, no U of U application for me. Anyway, I'm waiting for the acceptance or rejection letters... I just thought I'd update everyone on my current predicament... anyway I'll leave you all on this happy note:

Rise, all loyal Cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.
You will fight, day or night, rain or snow.
Loyal, strong, and true
Wear the White and Blue.
While we sing, get set to spring.
Come on Cougars, it's up to you!

So Rise and Shout, the Cougars are out
Along the the trail to fame and glory.
Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out,
As you unfold your vict'ry story.
On you go to vanquish the foe
For Alma Mater's sons and daughters.
As we join in song, in praise of you, our faith is strong.
We'll raise our colors high in the blue,
And cheer our Cougars of BYU.

Monday, November 17, 2008

DC Part 1

Saturday, November 1-Sunday, November 2
If you follow my mother's blog, this is the same post... exactly, except for this sentence.
Okay, so I promised that I would do this... so I'll start it... this will have to be a continuing thing.
So, on Saturday, the twelve of us who were going, met w/ Mr. Alexander(adviser going with us) and Mr. and Mrs. Ford(Vice principal and wife, they drove the suburbans). It was exciting, and we were all chatting up a storm of course. We went through security (which of course I had no idea I would have to repeat EVERY time we went into a building in DC), and we waited to board the plane. We flew to Denver, had a layover, and then went on to DC. I had a window seat and I saw the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building as we flew it at around 9:59 DC time. We checked into our first rooms before the actual program started, and we stayed up WAY too late. The next morning I had my first experience w/ the metro. Here is a picture of what the escalator looked like, I'm probably just over halfway down at this point.
Anyway, it was huge. After we purchased our passes we got a group picture, it's not the greatest quality, but it will have to do.

I'll start in the top left. Taylor (my roommate), Mr. Alexander, Hayden, Morgan, you can kinda see David's big poofy hair by Morgan... I'll post a picture of him later, Matt and WAY over there is Steve. second row is me, Liz, Katelyn, Hailey, then Candace.
Our stop was Rosslyn on the blue and orange line, we stayed at the Keybridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Our first stop was Arlington National Cemetery. It was amazing. We saw the changing of the guard, Kennedy's grave, and of course a million other things like the burial place for the astronauts on the Challenger, etc. Here are a couple of pictures to show you some of the things I saw.

This is just the sign w/ Matt and Steve hiding behind it.

This is just to show the massive amounts of graves everywhere, I can't even describe how many there were.

This is a ship's mast, I can't remember exactly which one it is, I took a picture that said it's name somewhere. But it is a grave site for all who died on that ship.

That is me, on a sweet stone chair. this is where they hold official
funerals that you see on TV when they bury someone here I think... I'm not 100% positive...

This is the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. He walked in perfect timing back and forth...

This is the tomb... every war since WWI I think they have put a soldier whose identity is unknown in this tomb.

This is where they walk... they are so precise that it wears their footprints in the carpet and cement!!

This is the tribute to the Mormon Battalion.

I really do have a lot more pictures; however, if you want to see any specific pictures, you can ask me, and I'll see if I have them.

After that we went to the Holocaust Museum. Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of that, but rest assured that it was amazing. They did a phenomenal job of portraying the horrible things that were done in those concentration camps.

After the Holocaust Museum we ate and then went to the old, old, HUGE post office. Inside it has been turned into sort of a food and shopping place, but on the tenth floor it has a lot of really old, really huge bells, and there is a looking point up at the top on the tower that isn't in the picture where you could overlook DC. Here is a picture of the outside of the building. It really is super massive. We went to the top and got an excellent view of DC... but I didn't take pictures... I did from the top of the Washington Monument, but that is for another day.

That night we started the actual Close-Up program. I met my other roommate Shemijah, who we called Shem. I don't have a picture of her, so just imagine Emily Osment (Hannah Montana's best friend) and you can imagine her. After a fabulous dinner (we had McDonald's for Breakfast, but it was kinda cool, because the McDonald's building was there stories high, and our lunch was kinda gross, it was just pizza at a little shack place across from the Washington Monument), we went to the Iwo Jima (sp?) monument. As workshops 1 and 2 rode on our bus (I was in workshop two), our program instructors told us to look out the window. We did, and it looked like the soldiers were rasing the flag. It was all about angles, but it was really cool. I thought it was a great monument to start off the program. It was night so the pix aren't great, but here are a couple.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Uncle Eric

Okay, I will post about DC soon, I really will. I'll have pictures and EVERYTHING. Anyway, My Uncle Eric posted this on the Miller family blog when we had not posted for a while, and it made me laugh... so I thought I'd repost it.

If anyone reads this or maybe you are reading this at some future date and figured out how to open a file with XP, I just want you to know that we once had green plants and trees and the oceans were blue, filled with all sorts of flora and fauna. The birds sang and people danced. Then they came up with this thing called a blog and no one interacted anymore except by way of the computer. Then............suddenly it was all quiet. Quite freaky yet kinda serene. Anyway, if you are reading this, try to make contact by anyway possible. The date is now September 18, 2008 measure from the time of Christ. And I now bid you, God Speed.