Tuesday, November 20, 2012

tuesdays tune

 Just to get us all in the Thanksgiving spirit seeing as it days away. Please enjoy. Justin Bieber watch out. We have another 10 year old pop star in the making.

 **Special note: the video gets better and better. This girl becomes a true rapper near the end and have you ever seen someone use a drumstick as a microphone?? Classic.

**Special thanks to my coworker who shared this gem with the creative team.

Monday, November 19, 2012

catch up

So I have been neglecting my blog. I knew this day would eventually come. But because so many people read this thing I just want to apologize to you all. I know you have been anxiously waiting for a blog spot. I know you all live and breathe off everything I write soooo my apologies. :) I do have an excuse. Here are just a few things that have been taking up my time. 
I got all political (it's kind of hard not to be when you live in DC) and voted for the first time. I watched all the debates. I even went to debate parties. Do those only exist out here? I even downloaded the CNN app so it could send me notifications and keep me up to date with the election.

I went out with my Brasilian friends I met in the bathroom at the Halloween dance. I know Portugues when I hear it and when I walked into the bathroom to look at my sweaty-hot-mess-self they were in there speaking Portugues. So glad we had that special moment in the girls bathroom because after a short conversation, a number exchange and an outing in Adam's Morgan, I have 2 new beautiful friends!

Going on adventures and making true and long lasting friends!

Resolving more problems that I would've liked with my car. Got it shipped out here arriving with $3000 in damages because of all the scratches the moving company made. And no big deal... a couple weeks ago a deer hit my car and destroyed one side. I pulled this photo not because the deer had horns (LUCKILY) but the size of this deer was the size of the deer that hit me. That was fun.

Exploring new parts of the city like Chinatown. Ashley and I saw this sketchy nail place and it turned out to be a true gem. My shellack...3 weeks later is still shellacking! It hasn't chipped yet!

I went to a church dance. I know right?! Never thought this day would come. After my mission and even before I realized I hated dance parties and they just weren't my thing anymore. And for those that know me this is kind of a big deal considering I was a dancing machine back in the day. So I went dancing and not only dancing but at a church building! Pretty sure the last time I did this I was 14! So here's the shocker, I enjoyed myself and had fun.

When I do have time I have been watching Vampire Diaries. Go ahead and judge me but I want you to go out an watch one episode and then come and talk to me! My sister Brandy got me hooked back in May when she came down for a visit and slumber party. Only she would understand a text that says "ten more minutes" on a Thursday night just before my show is about to start.

Parties... this one was in spirit of the new 007 movie.

Visits from friends. I love living in DC. Everyone seems to love ME so much they all come to visit ME and strictly come to the city just for ME!! 

If you know me you know I love word games. This wonderful app has been a good time filler when I am on the metro and want to feel somewhat more connected to my sister (You're thinking you play this game to feel close to someone) Don't worry. I talk to her all the time. This just adds to the fun and I promise not all my words are swear words..

Having lots of pre-Thanksgiving foods and parties. I do't think I have had so much Thanksgiving food before the actual holiday! From ward parties to work parties to house parties. I guess I am getting my fill for  not having had Thanksgiving the past 2 years! 

Went on a quick rendezvous to my sisters for Halloween. Minus getting hit by a deer this trip was nothing but love. Can't wait to give out more of these kisses this week and eat my moms Thanksgiving dinner!! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

the joys of being the youngest

I love my family. I got this email today and it totally had me laughing. This next year we are planning a family reunion at Duck Beach. With my family being so large and everyone being so spread apart from each other (not to mention my sister way off in Scotland) something needed to be planned! I feel like I haven't even seen my family. Since I have been back from my mission last January I have seen..
1. My parents for no longer than a week in total
2. My sister Brandy for about a week and a half in total
3. My brother Ryan for just 2 days
4. My sister Lindsay for about 3 days
5. My sister Brittany for about 3 days
6. My brother Zack more often because we were up at BYU together
7. I haven't even seen my twin sister yet!

So I think it's safe to say a family reunion is well overdue! My oldest sister Brandy took advantage of the fact that 3 of the 9 are on the east coast and planned for a week long beach house reunion on the outer banks.  According to her email there are a lot of things to be excited about come June. I apparantly am going to have a boyfriend and my Dad approved for him to sleep with Grace and Ashton-2 of the most rambuncious nieces and nephews I have! Scare tactics? I was just glad the pressure lies on my brother who needs to have a wife by then. I think I can handle the boyfriend part. I guess this is what happens though when you are the youngest and just about everyone (minus my brother and I) are married and have kids. They love to tease and they want to marry me off.

I did always tell myself that the day I'd bring a guy home to meet my whole family of 28 would be the day I'd be saying...I want to marry this man. I'm not just going to bring any guy home to meet my 4 intense/talkative sisters that will drill the heck of him, someone who is going to get attacked and smothered by all my nieces and nephews and get the scary threats and teasing by my daddy. If I am going to put a guy up on display for my whole family to judge/decide whether he's good enough for me, he's going to have to be someone special and someone I want to marry!

So what I am trying to say is this "man" I will be bringing to the family reunion will have to my future hubby. I have 7 months...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

it does happen

My dear friend and companion in the MTC is getting hitched today. I wish I was there! And to whom might you ask? A Brasilian. Someone who had served with her in the mission. So while everyone or should I say the majority of people thought I was crazy it does happen...just didn't happen to me. Throughout my mission I always heard about these stories but this is the first time I know someone personally. So happy for them! So despite what the majority says or what everyone might think, a Brasilian can marry an American. It has happened. It just happened today... it just might not happen to everyone. And the point of the blogpost was to say just this. This photo says it all.
Loved what the photographer said- "I don't speak Portuguese, and Matheus doesn't speak a ton of English but I really didn't even notice the language barrier."