Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lemon #7 big black book of white

Hi :)

Let me introduce to you... (drum roll?)... THE BIG BLACK BOOK OF WHITE. 

OK, so this book contains a collection of my most dramatic and fantastic ideas; it has everything and anything to do with my dream wedding. Yes, it probably does sound juvenile, and maybe it actually is. However, it has been something I've been actually passionate about. It's been a great creative outlet for me. In this book are dresses, hairstyles, decorations, bouquets, etc! I take ideas from pinterest, magazines, books, and from my own elaborate mind, and I mash them together and put them in this sketch book. 
So I started this book for many reasons:
1. To occupy my downtime (which is very little I might add).
2. To channel my creativity (I do some sketching :) ) 
3. To keep all my ideas in a book as a reference for when I'm engaged and too in love to want to think of new ideas, I can just look at the book and show everyone what I want :)  
4. To have fun being totally girly.
5. To channel my slightly unhealthy obsession with weddings. 

So, this book is definitely a lemon:) it actually lifts my mood when I get the time to work on it. It's fun and girly and it's totally me!

Yay for lemonade! You should all make a book of something or other... it's fun. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lemon 6: Rainy Day

Good day, all.
As I rose from my blissful slumber, I took off my eye mask to greet the day's incandescent rays flowing from my bedroom window. However, when I pulled the satin mask that hid my eyes from dreams, not one ray of light overwhelmed my sight. I stumble out of bed, groggy and wondering where the sun went. I walked outside and was greeted with a cold draft of a Rexburg rainy day! Of course my first reaction was to close the door and go back to sleep, dreading the moment I had to get ready for my last class of the week. At first I was irritated, but then I realized that I get to dress in warmer and cuter clothes! Then my misery turned to delight as I searched my wardrobe for the best Autumn outfit I could find! Here is what I came up with:

Here's the rundown...
flats and black jeggings: Target
mustard yellow v neck: Nordstrom
sweater: Modbe
awesome umbrella scarf: Ipnosi (Portland 23rd)
glasses: Urban Outfitters
beaded bracelet: New York & Co.

So here's the thing. A little rain may get you down. Or really, rain could be metaphorical for anything in life. But it's so important to find the silver lining. It may be something silly like a cute outfit, but the point is, there is always something to focus on that will change a bad day into a good one. Either it's a good movie to help you cope with many consecutive days without a letter, or a verse of scripture that combats a very stressful day of classes. Anyhoo, find something to brighten your day! Find something to make you laugh or smile. Just as I was writing this, a little freshman boy totally checked me out. He gave me a little smirk and I had to hold back a laugh. LOVE every awkward moment. I can't even express how many times small little moments have lifted my spirit. Even embarressing moments take their toll on you. Take advantage of everything! Make a bad experience and turn it around. You'll be surprised how much that will help you..
Anyway, food for thought.

OH. If you want to listen to a good soundtrack, I kid you not, The Last Song soundtrack is one of my alltime favorites. Give it a chance.

Happy Weekend!

Monday, September 12, 2011


Well I'm back in REXBURG, IDAHO. And let me tell you, there are sooooo many smells in Idaho. Driving from Portland to Rexburg, I smelt a variety of smells. Onion, potatoe, paper, cow, cow poop, skunk, more cow poop, and many smells that are a little harder to distinguish.
Anyhoo. So I'm back at school and here are a couple things that made my day:

1. Look out. Only available in Rexburg.

2. I loved these when I was a kid!

3. Do you think they carry adult sizes? I may need one this semester. Perfect for on-the-go.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Beautiful Person of the Day

Jennifer Goodwin!

So I will admit that I didn't even know who she was until I saw He's Just Not That Into You. And to be honest, that movie has a lot of issues. But the one plot line I couldn't help but be in love with was hers! Her performance as the desperate-to-find-someone, schoolgirl-cute girl was oddly refreshing. Not all of us could relate to Jennifer Aniston's character and her dilemma with trying to get her long standing boyfriend to marry her, and hopefully most of us can't relate to Scarlett Johansson's homewrecking... but ALL of us can relate with Jennifer Goodwin's character! All of us have waited by a phone, waiting for that one guy to come. All of us have mistaken a casual get-together with a date (well, maybe...), and all of us have been rejected. She played that role so well, I was very impressed.

She has the best smile!

Just sayin', this girl can pull off any hairstyle! She's up there with Natalie Portman and Emma Watson at the top of the pixie pyramid. 
I loved her in Something Borrowed too. Though I personally wished she ended up with Ethan (John Krasinski), but who asked me? She had such a cute style too. 

The dress and the shoes!

Anyway, she's a beautiful person. Peace!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lemon #4 Missionary letters!

Yep! Here I am, holding my very first letter from my missionary:)

Elder Michael James Schnell reported to the MTC on August 17, 2011.
Watered down story of us: We went to high school together, and we were kind of in the same group of friends, but we never really talked... until... 
He asked me to Senior Prom on closing night of the Musical (Once Upon a Mattress). I said yes.
So after much coaxing and a case of cold feet (in my case), we started dating. The rest is history, well, kind of. When we went off to school (he went to BYU Provo, and I went to BYU Idaho), I had my doubts that it would really last. I was definitely hanging on to the illusion I was taught in "The Winter Song" by either Sara Bareilles or Ingrid Michaelson (I still don't know which)... "they say things cannot grow, beneath the winter snow, or so i have been told." But it turns out we fell more in love over time and separation. 
So a year and a half later, we said the goodbye that been haunting us for all of our relationship. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. However, I knew he had important to do for our Lord, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
So here I am holding the first letter ever! I can't even express how much I love his letters. They fill me with so much strength. His testimony is so tangible, it really is a wonderful thing to witness. I can tell he's already grown so much even though he's only been gone 3 weeks. 
Every day I pray for strength, that I will be comforted during this difficult but wonderful experience, and his letters are the answers to my prayers. I can testify that when you make a sacrifice for a worthy and righteous cause, you are blessed. I am so excited that we get to grow together during these two years, and though I want many things when he comes home (one of them happens to be small with diamonds on it), I want to be able to sit down with him and talk about all the wonderful experiences we've had.

Life gave me a lemon, and I'm going to make pink lemonade!