Saturday, December 31, 2011
I haven't been ice skating in over a year (and for Austin it had been a few seeing as he was on his mish for two lol) so we were super nervous to get on the ice. BUT.....after we made it on it was just like it hadn't been time at all and I fell right back into the groove of it. Austin fell too, not back into the groove, on the ice lol! It was fun, we raced, we taught Hannah how to skate (it was her first time!) and we tried out a few tricks-keyword tried lol! I had fun though and I'm proud to say I didn't fall on my backside, I gracefully caught myself lol!
Friday, December 30, 2011
took me sometime but I got the hang of it, just for my arm to get tired so I began to lose all over again ;p (me and my good timing lol)
It was fun to play and hang out with Austin, Jayden, and Katie....great laughs :)
Thanks for taking me with you guys :)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Oh just MG's touring around temple square.
Looking at all the couples and gagging out loud but secretly missing their man.
Smiling for photos all over the temple grounds
Getting all giddy as we tell stories of our men
Making new friends from all over.
Although we may be from different places and come from different backgrounds we all have a bond, a sisterhood that unites us and strengthens us and helps us get through this journey. I love my MG's :)
It was so odd to see us as grown ups.
All moving on with our lives and trying to become the people we always talked about being.
Growing up is hard to do, people change, you lose contact, distance grows between you....life just isn't as simple as it once was. But when you have great friends like Cara and Natalie by your side it takes you back to the way it once was. Although our hang out was just for a few hours it was amazing to catch up and be like 5 year olds once again :)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I hit day 199.
I've been literally counting down the hours till I'd hit this day, just felt like a REALLY big accomplishment for me. Sure its still 199 days away till he returns...BUT to an MG it means lots of things:
last triple number to hit.
seeing as this was right after Christmas-last Christmas without him.
New Year's is coming up around the corner-another one without him-check ;)
means I'm close to 6 months left.
once I hit double digits I'll be close to 3 months-can you believe that?
I remember the day I marked day 1 on my calender, I can't believe its starting to really fill up.
i love to wake up and see a new day get filled in (the days I'm really tired you can tell because the circles are horribly done lol)
Elder Schott-congrats for continuing your service to the Lord.
I'll see you soon love!
And thanks to my friends at The Beehive Organization on facebook (look them up & like their page)
They made me this, and its so true for me right now...its just days :)
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Christmas morning was a blast, with 9 a.m. church we had to get up a bit earlier so we could get all our gifts opened before we headed out. Brandon and Korrine came over at 7:30 and we all opened up our stockings and our gifts! I got lots of clothes and goodies :) Merry Christmas everyone!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
A special visitor comes to the Derbidge house on Christmas Eve while we are away. His name is Twinkle Toes the elf. He left notes for Jaxson and Brooklyn to follow to find where he hid their Christmas Pj's (my bro in law is one crafty fella for thinking this all up!) It was awesome after we read the birth of Christ in the scriptures, and the book "The night before Christmas" as well as watched Joy to the World to watch the kids follow daddy around trying to find the treasure!
Jaxson and Brooklyn got so excited to see presents on their bed! Jaxson just loved his pj's-he grabbed them and ran over to me with excitement!
Then we got to open ours up-I loved mine! :) Pj's are my favorite :)
Cinnamon rolls for Mr. Claus from Brooklyn & Jaxson
Britt and John helped them decorate the cinnamon rolls with the frosting, it was cute to watch!
I love being with the Derb's and participating in their family traditions :)
Santa got a sweet treat this year!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Shopping at Target, Walmart, Costco, Winco
Singing popcorn popping in the car-actions included
Stopping at Iggy's for lunch (yummy nachos)
Picking up delicious cookies at Paradise Bakery & Cafe
Swimming in the kiddie pool
Going down water slides
Grabbing frozen yogurt to end the night
A great way to put a smile on your face is spending the day with them.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tonight my mom, Korrine, and I headed back to our old city of Sandy for a reception.
Mercedie and Parker were married in the Salt Lake City temple for time and all eternity.
I grew up with her little sister Chelsie who happens to be engaged and getting married in two weeks but I leave the day before to go back to school :(
So we celebrated two brides tonight!
The bride was gorgeous and her and her hubby have awesome dance skills!
I haven't seen Chelsie (center picture) in ten years I can't believe how time has flown by! She has grown up and is so beautiful now! (I'm excited to see her in her wedding photos!)
*I haven't grown up as you can see ;) *
It was nice to visit with some of our old friends from Sandy-got to see my old friend Natalie too!
It was nice to catch up with her :) I can't believe ten years has gone by!
Makes ya wonder what it will be like in ten years??....hmmm....
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Every year my Dad & Cricket's side of the family gets together to exchange gifts (we draw names earlier in the year) and give gifts to the little ones and then we play Christmas bingo! My dad draws the ball and shouts out the letter/number combo. Everyone has to win so we get our initial prize. After we all win then we play once more for the grand prize-this year I WON :) I got a $25 gift card to Red Robin-date night anyone? haha jk! Then we do it where you are given the chance to keep what you got or change with someone else. I started out with a bracelet, then got traded for a purse charm and by the end I had my bracelet back lol :)
I love this family event, yummy food for breakfast, good times with the family and presents (target gift card and a bracelet for me!)
Christmas season has arrived :)
Friday, December 16, 2011
My oldest childhood friend is now a married lady! I can't believe that Little Brittany (we called her that because my sister's name is Brittany too!) is all grown up and got married on Friday!
I went downtown with my friend Austin for my friend's wedding Friday morning, she had the BIGGEST smile on her face as she exited the temple hand in hand with her new hubby!
She came up and hugged me and it was just like we were 4 again playing dress up but this time it was not a game but real, my best friend got married!
After we watched some the family take some photos Austin and I headed out.
Later that evening I had headed to my sister's house and her and her family left to go to pick up my mom from the Airport. After we headed to the Derbidge's Christmas family party and then up to North Salt Lake for the reception. Little Britt had a lovely hot coco and dessert bar which was delicious! Then came the toss of the bouquet-I didn't catch it (guess I'm not next to get married-shucks lol) Then the daddy daughter dances (she had one dance with her dad and then another with her step dad) after she and her husband did their first dance and then her hubby played and sang her a song on the piano-talented man!
I got to dance and catch up with her older brother Matt, its been so long since I'd seen him so that was awesome, it was awesome to see the whole family again :)
Congrats to Brittany and Ryan on your special day, becoming eternal partners is such an amazing thing-stay true to one another and say I love you each day!
Today Austin and I got to go on an adventure! We drove to the Trax station by my Dad's house then took the Trax to downtown for my friend Brittany's wedding :) We made it downtown to Salt Lake City and ran around temple square to find which bride was ours lol but there was a lot of people getting married that morning so she was actually late (phew!) I didn't want to miss her coming out as Mrs. Barlow! Since we had some time to kill we waited for her in the waiting area, after we saw her and got some photos (that will be on another blog post). We walked around temple square, we went inside the tabernacle and got some photos and then we made our way to Gateway Mall to look around. Neither of us have been there in some time so it was quite hilarious to watch us try and find our way (me being from WA and him being gone on his mission for two years we were LOST! lol) and then we walked around in the different stores. Austin has NEVER had Starbucks (so I HAD to get him one) their peppermint hot coco is THE BEST :D We walked around Gateway holding onto our hot coco's to get warm because it was FREEZING! After that we headed back home on the trax and then we went to target for a gift for the reception and then back home! Thank you Austin for going downtown with me, I had a blast! :D
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tonight we did roommate Christmas. My two roommates were lucky enough to be done with finals on Wednesday so they were packed and ready to go whereas I was "lucky" enough to stay till Thursday...(really not so lucky). So we decided to swap gifts Tuesday night. And get this-out of all the things in the world you could get for someone, we all got each other scarves baha! It was pretty epic!
Carole got me a binder that she had prepped with lots of clear sheets so I can start putting together all of Nate's letters while he has been out on his mission. :D Then I got a scarf from Clara that she had made :)
Clara got a scarf from Carole and a lotion,body spray, and lip gloss set from me :)
Carole got a scarf from Clara and one from me lol plus lots of candy so she wouldn't have to go this holiday season without treats (she can't have chocolate!)
It was definitely a fun night, we toasted to apple juice (classy ;p) and chatted for a bit :)
Friday, December 9, 2011
I have no talent whatsoever...not even in coloring as you can see-although I do think my Christmas tree turned out pretty nicely! But there are some very talented people that attend our institute and I was lucky enough to hear them sing, play, or crack jokes for me tonight! Add a little hot coco, some treats, and awesome friends and it made for a terrific night!!!! :)
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I'm so glad that my Uncle Steve was able to come up to Washington this weekend for a late Thanksgiving dinner and that I was able to make it down from Seattle so that I could visit with him, my mom, and my nana!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Has 12 months seriously gone by already?
Is it almost time for us to end 2011 and begin 2012?
I totally remember sitting in my sister's house last December on New Year's Eve looking at the missionary girl page on facebook that I belong to (best thing on facebook I swear!) and I remember clicking off rather quickly because all the girls that were going to get their guys back in 2011 were posting about how excited they were about it, don't get me wrong I would be too but its right then when it HIT me....the year of 2011 I'd go without seeing Nate. It was odd for me to think about it to be honest, the idea of not having his presence for a whole year seemed so weird-its like he wouldn't exist for a whole year (if that makes any sense)
But we've gone through 11 months of that year already.
three more weeks of school.
two weeks of paying attention
one week of finals.
best friend getting married. (Brittany Erickson)
going to Utah to spend my winter break.
hopefully having a white Christmas,
consuming LOTS of hot coco.
seeing Temple Square with all the Christmas lights (my.favorite.thing.ever.)
new Christmas Eve pj's
listening to the night before Christmas.
reading the story of Jesus in the scriptures.
watching my niece and nephew wake up on Christmas morning.
spending time with my family.
relaxing for two and a half weeks.
not having to stress about school.
hanging with friends.
playing with my niece and nephew and all their new toys.
Christmas meals with the family.
getting some sleep (excited for that)
counting down to 2012
being able to say "I get my man back this year" on the missionary girl facebook page.
p.s. Since its December and it is kind of a big deal ;) I need to post this....a WEEK from today Marlee gets her man back from his mission!!!! :) woohoo!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Nope...not 500 days of Summer-however I do like that movie!
you could say its 500 days of winter though ;)
November 27, 2011
Marks 500 days of waiting for Elder Schott.
I can't believe its been that long to be honest.
Yes some days I can't imagine making it to the next or to the end of this to be honest but at times I think its for my own good, if I didn't struggle I wouldn't be made stronger, I wouldn't see what I'm grateful for in life.
someone once told me "if it wasn't hard it would be easy" the thing about easy things is...you get bored with them too fast, you lose interest sorta speak. When something is not worth fighting for people give up and get over it. I know this journey of waiting is hard...but I also know its because Nate is worth it.
The sad days, where the tears just don't stop coming
The hand cramps from writing long letters.
The nasty taste from when you lick an envelope (its the worst!)
The lonely moments when all you wish is for a phone call, or even a simple text
The emptiness you feel when your hands are cold or you need comforting
I'm almost onto my last spire. Time is passing....Each day is a day closer to seeing Elder Schott again. Its odd to think he will actually return one day-I mean 230 days left compared to 730 is nothing but to me the 8 months left he has is a REALLY long time lol. So it still kinda feels like that day next July will never actually come, but for the moment I am okay with being stuck in this time warp phase I'm in lol.
Isn't that such a perrty picture? 29 days to go till I'm in the "100's" :D
Friday, November 25, 2011
But I must admit defeat. I lost the game I am most famous for in my family.
Tessa beat me every time at Sorry.
it was devastating!
I had no luck the whole game
She got all the "SORRY" cards, 11 (switch places) ones (which she always used to get me away from HOME even if it would get her closer to hers...she's evil I tell ya ;p)
Basically.....Tessa is the SORRY champion...congrats bud ;)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Just want you all to know that I am the jenga champion.
I beat Tessa over and OVER again....haha it was epic!!!
No butterfingers here-no siree!
I got skills-I'm the real ninja!
I can pull those sticks out lightning fast! like BAM! haha
Poor Tessa....don't you fret I'll teach you my ways ;)
Best night of the year happens after you are stuffed full of food
BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!!!
this is one of my favorite holidays lol
I love to watch the crazy ladies run around the stores grabbing all the good deals!
This year I got to give Tessa the experience for the first time :D (my mom and I may have scared her a bit though, it is quite a lot to take in lol)
We had to split up the stores this year because we had so many good deals to get! ;)
Tessa and I waited in Target's line-we got there at 10:30 and stood in line freezing to death till midnight. But don't worry we kept ourselves from totally freezing to death by listening to music and making up awesome dance moves-we are kinda known for that now ;p
After we hit up Target we booked it over to Old Navy to help out my mommie. Old Navy's theme was "Gobblepalooza" so they had these awesome 3-D glasses that we got to go around the store to see secret messages (ok kinda silly but at 2 a.m. and after no sleep it was a lot of fun lol)
After that we headed back to the house to rest up before our next adventure to Fred Meyer's at 5.
We left at 3:30 a.m. to go get in line, well my mom stood in line while Tessa and I sat in the car jamming out to music for the first little bit then decided to go wait in line on the other entrance of the store but there was like no one there so we walked from entrance to entrance instead (this is when the pictures in front of the store happened lol)
We scored some awesome deals this year while shopping, I remixed Christmas songs while waiting in line cracking both of us up, and got to spend the night with some awesome people :)
Happy Thanksgiving ya'll :)
I hope your day was filled with lots of family time, yummy food and lots of relaxation!
I know mine was ;p
I brought home Tessa for the holiday which was awesome!
We went and saw Happy Feet 2-adorable :)
Ate lots of yummy food-mommie's cooking is the best (I got stuffed lol)
I'm grateful for lots this holiday season!
Thank you to my family and friends who are amazing to me :)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
She has a laugh that is contagious.
She takes my stress away instantly.
I could talk to her all.night.long (which I did lol).
She is like a ninja.
But I'm a better poser ;p
Tonight was tons of fun, we spent hours listening to music and making up dances :)
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Michelle is from Wenatchee and her boyfriend lives there and mine is temporarily out of the state too so we figured we should go out on a date night!
She picked me up around 5:30 on Saturday night and we headed to Southcenter mall to grab dinner and shop (because we are girls and that's what WE DO :)!)
We were searching around for places to eat and I saw BJ's Brewery and Restaurant....basically the best place on earth! I thought there was only one in Tacoma....BEST DISCOVERY EVER!!!! Michelle had never been so of course we had to go! We had their hand crafted rootbeer and shared a pizza and a pizookie (its a big cookie-basically a mini pizza cookie!) its delicious! the food was SOOOO good and the company was fantastic-we chatted the whole night! :)
Then we went inside the mall and shopped for a bit, we found a DownEast Basics 2nd BEST DISCOVERY OF THE NIGHT! (if you are from Utah or are LDS you know what this is but if you don't its basically a clothing store that has modest clothing, my favorite is the tank tops/camis because they are LONG which is always nice!) So we went in there and they were having a sale on accessories! SCORE! so we got headbands-now that its FREEZING in this state its nice to have while you are out walking!
Thanks Michelle for the much needed break from studying and awesome night! I loved shopping with you- it was tons of fun and you better believe another date night is in our future!!! :)
Today the LDS YSA got together and went to the Shoreline's Children's Center to help prep their land for winter-I think we may have been a bit late though because there is already frost out! (But better late than never right?)
We took out all the weeds, leaves, and trimmed down all the bushes.
Then we had a massive pile of dirt that we took and put all over the area.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tonight Carole and I went to our dorm's 80's night!
It was totally a spur of the moment thing (for me at least Carole had planned on going)
Carole was getting reading to go when she asked me one more time if I wanted to go with her...
I tried to be like Richard Simmons lol....
When I was little writing in a journal seemed pointless, I figured "NO ONE in the world would ever WANT to read what I'm writing" which at 12 or so years of age that is probably true, who am I kidding its probably true now...they say that your posterity one day will go back and read this (eh I doubt it) but if one of my kids wants to sit down one day to read what my life was like (or lack there of since I don't really have one) then I say go for it. To be honest the motivation to write in my journal is basically Nate (I swear he IS my everything!) I started to write in a journal right after he left (really because I have a bad memory so I wanted to remember what I had done the whole week when I sat down to write him on Sunday night lol) eh so my motivation might be a bit twisted but really all I have to say to that is "welcome to my life" ;p But hey its getting me to write in a journal at least lol.
I never really liked the idea of a journal because you don't really write to anyone-ok sure "your future children" but what if I don't have any lol then who is it going to? So I found it easier (for me) to make it out to Nate, so its kinda like it was before he left how we'd talk each night and tell each other how our day was...it makes it easier for me if I have someone to talk to! Yes I've already thought about the question what I'm going to do when he returns and I don't have to write him each week...well to be honest I have no idea but I do know that writing in a journal has become a habit (I've been doing it for 16 months I sure hope it has lol...you know you can make a habit in just 21 days!) So I'm sure I'll keep it up, maybe I'll still write to him in it, maybe I'll switch to once a week-who knows? But as Sis Bushman (wife of Bro Bushman who wrote the book Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. they spoke to us at a fireside recently it was awesome!) said if you don't write it down it didn't happen! thats kinda my thinking with events, photo or it didn't happen lol more like I like to cherish memories through photos but hey it works :) So to my future reader of my journal whoever you may be I hope you learn something from it-if not its okay because my life is a bit routine and chaotic thanks to the stress of school and work! Well three down now onto my fourth :)
This week at the Seattle Institute we got a special visitor! Can anyone tell who it is????
Elder Oaks :D
I was super stoked for this visit (my first up close and personal meeting of an apostle!)
I first heard the news from my roomie Carole who said it was a rumor going around...then on wednesday in my institute class (see I do attend!) I heard it from Bro Knowles!
Elder Oaks was coming to Washington for some leadership conference and was going to have an extra 30 mins to spare and wanted to come and talk to the YSA at in Seattle :)
Elder Oaks arrived with his cute wife and introduced themselves, then Elder Oaks said he would love to shake all our hands but he felt inspired to talk to us about some issues that cause the apostles worry these days. So sadly I didn't get to shake his hand or take a photo with him I did get some of him counseling us!
I am grateful that I got to partake of this wonderful event, I'm grateful for being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Today was a great day and definitely one for the journal :)
Monday, November 14, 2011
here is some math for ya'll...
what is 16 (how many months Elder Schott has been out)
2 (Nate and I) equal????
8 MONTHS to go :)
I'm going to be freaking out in 43 days just to warn everyone lol you won't want to be near me when I hit double digits (aka 99 days) lol its going to be crazy!
Its crazy how time is flying by, today marks Elder Schott's 16 month mark, I have 4 weeks left of school for the quarter, christmas is in less than 2 months, its almost 2012...SERIOUSLY??? Well ready or not here goes another month :)