Life lately has really been happening… I don't know how else to even put it. And I contemplated even posting this because of the randomness/spontaneity of it all, but eventually I decided that I don't ever want to forget this week. The past 7 days have been exciting beyond what words can even express. Below are a few hilights that I was fortunate enough to get some sort of picture of...
above is one of the most basic pictures you probably will ever see. But that's ok because it captures one of the first places that I drove myself… Starbucks with Hannah & Syd. We couldn't help but marvel over the fact that ALL of us now have keys.
 I passed. Enough said.
 Annual free Krispy Kreme day. If you come dressed as a pirate you get a dozen free of charge :)
 please take note of all the lovely couples in this picture. And then me. (it's ok though because Eliza let me hold her giant flower)
& this is happening so get excited for October 11th.



This past weekend was the San Gennaro feast. In order to kick off and spread the word for Hannah's family's + their close friend's new restaurant a little booth was set up where people could sample the best barbecue the'll ever taste. I may or may not have invited myself to go help out on Friday & Saturday to make a little video for them. Making a video for their Facebook page was the best excuse to  haul my camera along to an event like this. Plus I got free food all night so it was just a win-win for everything (even though working the sample booth was often full of painful rejections & my legs felt like I had just been to Disneyland or something by the end of the night). 
*video at the bottom of this post*
You've got to try this brisket. It tastes like the spirit feels.



What an incredible opportunity I had in making this little video- it is without a doubt my favorite that I have put together so far. Our young women's presidency decided to accept Elder Bednar's challenge to share goodness by spreading our beliefs, to literally "sweep the Earth as with a flood". It was so wonderful today finally showing the finished product to all of the youth and our leaders. The feeling of seeing everybody's reactions to this thing that I played a part in was indescribable. I am so grateful for my Savior and his atoning sacrifice, for the restored priesthood on the Earth today, for temples and the blessings that come from them, and for the knowledge of Heavenly Father's unconditional love for me and all of His children.



Even though most days it is still a million degrees outside, today it finally felt a little bit like autumn. It is no secret that in Las Vegas rain and wet days are scarce but today the sun never seemed to come out. After school on the walk to Hannah's car our wet shoes and flat hair couldn't help but agree that a cup of hot vanilla was absolutely necessary. This video is the product of my camera happening to be in the car (for a different project that I am seriously so excited about) at the same time we decided to go. I can't help but be so excited for this fall when I watch it- the upcoming freezing football games, homecoming, and everything else good that comes with autumn. The thought makes me content.



 "so… we don't usually do this… but happy birthday!" -our Serendipity waiter as he handed me this delicious plate of chocolate covered something
For me, the buildup to turn sixteen has been huge. Being the youngest (by a LOT) of my entire friend group it is a combination of jealousy and longing watching all of your friends experience this grand day. It is so surreal to think that it has actually come and gone. My 16th consisted of surprise room decorations, a failed drivers test, birthday pizzas, chocolate waffles in bed, first dates, a whole lot of strawberry sour belts + sour gummy worms, and a little bit of sweet, sweet, serendipity 3 the day after my birthday.  So thank you to everyone who helped in making my 5,840th day of life one I'll never forget.
 love my Syd.
 and who wouldn't want to come home to this on their birthday? I have the most wonderful family in the world.
and I'll never forget the night I turned sixteen (Friday) and celebrated with a "birthday pizza". Thank you everyone who took part in making my birthday so spectacular. I am so blessed to have the most wonderful friends + family in the world who make me feel so loved on this special day. 


August In Small Squares:

I loved nearly every second of the past 30 days. The walking the city streets of downtown Chicago, the end of summer memories made swimming for nearly the entire last week of summer, the celebrating of birthdays, my car (probably the hilight of this year/my entire life), and of course, even though it was dreadful in itself, the first day of junior year. I'm happy to close this month and move on with life though. Nearly every day for the last week I have almost broken into tears (but not really) whenever I look at my August calendar labeled with vacations, lake days, and meet ups for breakfast. It just makes me sad to think that that wonderful period of life known as summer 2014 is over. I think it will help me to transition back into school and it's treachery to box August up and put it on a shelf to pull out someday later on. So with that said, goodbye August, I'll miss you.



I am the kind of person who hates change. I love little days when something fun happens or simply a small temporary venture from the everyday routine occurs. But as far as drastic, season of life altering, change I hate it. I never fail to adapt to my new routine and settle into it, but the first few days/weeks during the transition period is always brutal. I find myself missing how life was before. I think maybe the idea that my life can never be the same again, the memories/friendships/routine can never exist again, scares me a bit. I get this way with changes as big as summer ending and school starting and, to an extent, as small as coming home from two weeks on vacation. During large changes I feel vulnerable and exposed as I am experiencing my new routine. Change is very outside of my comfort zone (even though I am fully aware that it is outside of that little box of comfort that all the magic happens).

But eventually I realize that despite my unsettledness I can be ok and I adjust. When just taking it one day at a time, after a while you are so used to the change you don't even notice. And you look back on your life in that previous position and, with an overall perspective, are able to realize all the good and growth that has come from that change. After all, though I jokingly say I might want to, I wouldn't enjoy living the rest of my life exactly the way I do now. I have new seasons of life to conquer and new adventures to experience. The entire point of our existence would be defeated if whenever a smidgen of the unusual occurred we hid in our white sheets and cried while watching 500 Days of Summer. Change is just a stepping stone in between where I am now and who I intend to become. And sometimes that transition is awkward and uncomfortable but I find comfort in the thought that the best days of my life are yet to come, in the hope that things usually have a way of working out for those who honestly do the best that they can (though usually at their own time and in a way you didn't expect), and also in thoughtful words like these. So I thought I would share a few with you. Enjoy!