Monday, July 28, 2008

Bear Lake Adventure

Oh my goodness! I actually got a little vacation last week. And it felt soooo good! It was long overdue. I have not done ANYTHING since our family trip to Oregon last year so this past week was nice. Anyway, it started on Wednesday. I went up to Bear Lake with Andy for his family reunion. Now, I have never actually been to Bear Lake. Well thats a lie. I've been to Bear Lake but I've never actually been out on the lake. Make sense? At least not that I remember. Anyway, I had a blast! The first day we did a little golfing. Not we, I guess, but Andy and his dad. Shelley and I just sat in the cart. Still, it was fun. Then we got to our condo, met up with the rest of the family and unpacked everything. Of course that night after dinner we played games. It was a blast. The next day was a water day. We were at the lake from 10 in the morning to 6. We had rented a boat that everyone took turns on throughout the day. So much fun! I hardly ever get to go boating so this was a big deal to me. And guess what?! I totally tried out the tube! I had to gather up all the courage I had inside me, but I did it. Goll, I'm so proud of myself! That night was a game night again. Game nights are always fun! :] On Friday Andy and I woke up extra early to go running. Unfortunately he died at about 1.5 miles so I had to finish it up without him. We got back to the condo in time to sit on the bench and watch the sun rise. It was beautiful. Back up at the condo we packed up and got ready to go to Minnetonka Cave. When we got to the cave, we found out that there was a 4 HOUR WAIT! We decided to just leave. We stopped at La Beau's for a raspberry shake on the way home. Mmm...delicious! And that concludes my Bear Lake Adventure. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. And I'd definitely go again in a heartbeat. On Saturday, Andy came with my family on a picnic up to Willow Flats. It was super fun. The day consisted of a picnic, a long 4wheeler ride, and a hike to the mountain springs. It was beautiful. We're planning on going back in a few weeks to camp out. I can't wait!

Monday, July 21, 2008

my life list

I got this idea from a roommate that I had down at college a few years ago. She had to make one of these lists while she was in high school. She showed it to me one day and I thought it was a fabulous idea. So here is mine. In no specific order. And the list continues to grow.

*** indicates accomplished.

  1. Go on a romantic gondola ride in Venice.
  2. Buy my own car.
  3. ***Get into the radiology program at Weber State.
  4. Graduate with Bachelors in sonography.
  5. Become a homeowner.
  6. Get married in the temple.
  7. Visit Machu Picchu.
  8. Go on a humanitarian trip to a third world country.
  9. Buy a digital SLR and learn how to use it.
  10. Learn to ski.
  11. Go scuba diving or snorkeling.

  12. Ride in a hot air balloon.

  13. ***Send off my missionary.

  14. Go on a cruise.

  15. Visit the Eiffel Tower.

  16. Go on a church history tour.

  17. Swim with dolphins.

  18. Learn how to quilt.

  19. Make a gourmet meal.
  20. Learn the basics of cake decorating.

  21. Visit Ground Zero.

  22. Meet someone famous.

  23. Stay a night in the Bellagio.

  24. See a Cirque du Soleil show.

  25. Meet the prophet.

  26. ***Run a marathon.

  27. Go to Slovakia.

  28. Have a baby.

  29. Learn about all types of flowers.

  30. Try parasailing.

  31. Visit the 4 corners.

  32. Make my own earrings.
  33. ***Learn to embroider.

  34. Visit Butchart Gardens in Canada.

  35. See the Colosseum.

  36. Move out of Utah.

  37. Get a Great Dane puppy.

  38. Go on a safari.

  39. Visit a rainforest.

  40. See the Aurora Borealis.

  41. ***Learn to crochet.

  42. Hike the Narrows.

  43. Visit the Louvre.

  44. Go to Disneyland or Disneyworld.

  45. Organize my quotes.

  46. Go to Hawaii.

  47. Watch sun rise on East Coast and sun set on West Coast...all within the same day.

  48. ***Find and send in a headline to the Tonight Show.

  49. Read the Old and New Testament completely.
  50. Go to Havasu Falls.
  51. Design my own t-shirt.
  52. Stay up all night watching a meteor shower.
  53. Learn ballroom dancing or swing dancing. Maybe both!
  54. Skydive!
  55. Attempt surfing.
  56. See the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.
  57. Win some sort of giveaway.

Hello. My name is Kristen.

I'm 22 years old but I feel like I'm still 17.

I am 5'4" and I have curly hair. I still live at home with my parents. And I'll probably continue to do so until I either a.) get married or b.) finish school.
Sometimes I don't want to get married. And sometimes I don't want to finish school. Sometimes I just don't want to grow up.

I love going to bed late and waking up before the sun. Long naps in the afternoon are the best.

I have found my soulmate. He is my best friend. He knows me better than I know myself. He sings me songs on his guitar and tickles my back when I'm tired. He brings me Diet Coke and candy bars when I've had a hard day at work. He'll just hug me and let me cry when I'm having a bad day. He listens to my whining without complaining. He believes in me. He loves me even with all my little quirks. He is gone for awhile but he'll be back soon and then we'll be together again forever.

I've been known to over-analyze every situation. I overreact to almost everything.
Unfortunately, I'm somewhat of a hypochondriac. Right now, I'm worried that I have skin & thyroid cancer and a blood clot. And working at a hospital doesn't help.

I love running. Sometimes I think I'm addicted to the endorphins.

I avoid confrontation at all cost.
My opinions are easily swayed.
I've found that if I say I don't like someone, it's usually because I haven't gotten to know them yet.

I like to eat my food at room temperature. Please don't give me hot food. Because then I'll just have to wait until it cools. I refuse to eat unless I have a light, a table and friends.
And I can't drink soda pop unless it has been poured over ice.

I love photography, lomography, and polaroids. Candid photos, old photos, and yellow-tinted photos filled with happy memories of days long past. I aspire to be a photographer one day. I need to purchase a real camera first. And then learn how to use it.
I get nostalgic and wistful often. Especially when looking at old vintage photographs. Which I love to do. Sometimes I think I was supposed to be born in the 1920's.

I love running around barefoot in the green grass and sunshine.
I love wildflowers, mountains, rope swings and riverbeds.
The pacific coast, sand, blue skies, fluffy white clouds, gulls, seashells, and pirates.
The circus, carousels, love, and county fairs.
Adventures, long walks, sunday drives, picnics, blankets and teddy bears.
Old houses, chandeliers, lace, pearls, thrifting, antique shops, estate sales and anything vintage.
Stargazing, the full moon, sunsets, thunderstorms and falling asleep to the rain.
Deep conversations, blank notebooks, classic novels and poems that are beautiful.

My dream has always been to run off and live in a big city where no one knows who I am.
Traveling is another one of my dreams. I want to see the world. And one day I will.

I believe that love is the answer. I just wish that everyone else in the world would see that too.
And I believe that life is beautiful.

first post

Yay! After months of blog stalking (and I mean that in the most non-creepy way possible) I'm finally starting my own. Enjoy!