Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day

The world is full of Magic

Life is too short to wait to have your adventure

Thursday, April 14, 2011

*things that go bump in the night*

Caty, my friend over at The Bee's Knees, did a quirky little post about things that freak her out. 

It really got me thinking about what gives me butterflies (not the good kind).  

I am a little strange very strange.

I have many weird characteristics that make me, well, me. 

One of those things is my -love- of being scared.

It is so exhilarating! 

I love take time often out of my life to face and experience the things that absolutely terrify me.

So without further ado,  I would like to present:

Things that scare me to death
yet still intrigue me...

cars... underwater. 
I have this HUGE fear of driving off a bridge in a car. 
Can I handle falling off a bridge into water? yes. 
Can I handle a car accident NOT in water? yes. 
Something about the combo of the two things it just scares the b'jeezes out of me.

abandoned warehouses. 
I have a dream that occurs about once a month.  
Weird thing is, it is a lucid dream. 
The only thing I have no control over is walking into the building...
After that I am trapped there trying to run from a paranormal entity that is taking out the other random people with me.
You'd have to be there to get the creepiness factor from it.

 Okay, so this is a combo of 2 scarier-than-all-get-out things.
If you have been to Silver Dollar City, in idk, the past 50 years you will recognize this ride.
Fire in the Hole. 
Sure its a fun-filled ride perfect for the whole family to enjoy and love!
It comes complete with men in creepy masks, weird manikins, super dark scenes, random yelling and screaming noises, fake buildings burning down and last ( but certainly not least) a lynching.
Seriously, the scariest ride I have ever been on.
And, check out what you get to stare at in line before you ride!

 This, my friends, is a Baldknobber.  
Isn't he just so cute with his homemade mask and backwards jacket?  And to think that these men used to hide in caves and plan mobs and killings together...
Yeah, more like scare the crap out of me. 
Who came up with that uniform anyways?

...this needs no explanation. 

Great, now I have the hankerin' for a scary movie... 
What scares you?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do your part

sea turtle

This is a message that is very dear to my heart. Please read and help out.

Sea Turtles Struggling

Help Restore their Habitat today

       It was a year ago April 20th that BP's Deepwater Horizon well exploded, ultimately sending over 200 million gallons of toxic crude into the Gulf of Mexico. 

Under the Clean Water Act, BP must pay fines for each barrel of oil spilled. However, the current law requires that this money be deposited into a trust fund in the federal treasury. Unless Congress takes action soon, the Clean Water Act penalties from the BP oil disaster will not be reinvested in the Gulf.

A few weeks after the spill, a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle--the most endangered species of sea turtle in the world--was searching for crabs in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico about 35 miles off the Louisiana coast. But sadly, instead of finding something to eat, the turtle found itself covered in crude oil, spewing from BP's Deepwater Horizon well. The little turtle's eyes, mouth and skin began to burn, and it found itself struggling to breathe. This turtle was one of the "lucky ones"--it was found by state wildlife officials, rehabilitated and eventually released back into the Gulf.

Unfortunately, many Kemp's ridleys were not rescued. Of the more than 600 dead sea turtles collected in the months after last April's oil spill disaster in the Gulf, nearly 500 were Kemp's ridleys. Many more were lost, their bodies never recovered. There were even reports of sea turtles being burned alive in fires set by BP's cleanup crews.

Just last month--almost a year after the spill began--seven times as many turtles were found stranded as would be typical. The cause of these recent standings is still under investigation.
The Kemp's ridleys need Gulf Coast restoration projects to restore their habitat so their populations can recover from the oil disaster.
Thanks for all you do for wildlife!

Sue Brown
Executive Director, NWF Action Fund

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

new favorite color

What is today?

This is Steve. 

This is how old Steve is.

I baked this cake for Steve.

Happy birthday Steve!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I am making a change in my life.

I know I have told myself this many times, but I need to really get with the picture and realize where I am headed. I just turned 23 and I feel like I am 35.  I ache, I can't run for very long at all, my clothes are all super tight and I am -lazy-.  I have an addiction to food. Yep, I do. I admit it.  I love it.  I eat when I am happy and sad (and every emotion in-between). Don't get me wrong, food is awesome, but I don't want it to run my life anymore.  As time passes, I gain more weight and my clothes don't fit and my lifestyle doesn't match what I want to do with my life. 

I have tried dieting before. I don't stick to it. I am a person that needs instant gratification (when it comes to me personally) So, I have chosen a diet that has worked for a lot of people I know.  I will be doing the HCG. (Now, for those of you that may read this and not agree with this diet, please know that I have done a TON of research and have made up my mind.) I start today.  It will be extremely tough and hopefully just as rewarding.  

Getting to the health and shape that I want to be at is only a small part of my change.  I am getting completely unpacked today. I am making a chore/schedule chart. I will be going to bed by 9:30 (enough time to read my scriptures, pray and spend time with my husband) and be ready to sleep at 10:00.  I will be getting up at 5:45 in the morning to have personal prayer/study time, exercise, make breakfast for my family and ride my bike to school.  Dinner will from now on be started at 5:00 in order to be on the table by 6:00.   

Why so much detail?
Because detail is what I need. I need it SO badly.  I am craving this organization, this change.

My inspiration for this turnaround was D&C 88: 118-126 

118 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.

 119  Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;

 120 That your incomings  may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High.

 121 Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings.

 122 Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege.

 123 See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires.

 124 Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.

 125 And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of  charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace.

 126 Pray always, that ye may not faint, until I come. Behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself. Amen.

 I'll keep the blog updated on my improvements and growth. 
 I am REALLY very excited for this. Just thinking about it makes my heart happy. 

Wish me luck! 

it's the final countdown

 This is it. 
The end is near. 
I am so excited.
The countdown starts now...
100 days until I am at the IMAX getting ready for the experience I have been waiting for since I was
Want to come with me?