Sunday, November 27, 2011

'Tis The Season

Now that Thanksgiving is over, 'tis the season to watch Christmas movies!

I am such an annoying Christmas die hard.

I start listening to Christmas music before Halloween's even over. I know the lyrics, by heart, to every single Christmas song that comes on the radio or Pandora. I die a little inside of happiness when the Christmas music starts playing on the radio, this year it was last week.

And I watch Christmas movies all December long.

If you love Christmas as much as I do, you have probably seen most of these, but if you haven't, I highly reccomend you watch these Christmas movies. They're my absolute favorite.

Mr. Krueger's Christmas: Makes me cry every single time. Such a sweet and touching story. And one of the best reminders of what Christmas is really all about.

Miracle On 34th Street: Beautiful film because it has the sweetest old man as Santa and the sweetest little girl ever. Top favorite. My favorite part is when Santa uses Sign Language to talk to a deaf girl who comes and sits on his lap. So sweet.

The Santa Clause: I love Tim Allen. I think he's one of my favorite actors, I couldn't tell you why though, I just like him. This movie is so magical and cute. I love when he gains weight and tells his coworkers it's a bee sting and then at lunch orders a bunch of dessert and they're like, "riiiiiight". Oh and when he keeps shaving his beard but it comes back!


The Polar Express: We love the music in this movie and I love the adventure this movie takes you on.

It's A Wonderful Life: Best movie ever. Long movie but it's like "Christmas Carol" in that 3 ghosts come to him and show him what life would have been like. I really like it.

Booky & The Secret Santa: This is definitely one you haven't heard of. I found it on Netflix and it's about a girl in Depression-era in Canada and her dad loses his job and it's just an overall adorable movie about the middle class and upper class conflicts and I love it.

Elf: I know you've seen this and well it's just too funny and great to not be a Christmas favorite.

Christmas Story: You probably haven't heard of this one. It was originally done in Finnish so the English version is voiced over, but you can't tell really. It's a sweet, inspiring movie about Kris Kringle growing up and how he made and delivered toys and it's not "magic" it's what he actually did.

Now that Christmas movies are taken care of, it's time to get my bake on.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jared

Happy 9th Birthday, Jared! You little bundle of crazy!

You're always the one brother that wants to have fun with me and is always willing to let me take pictures of you!

I slaved away in the kitchen for hours making your cake shaped like a giant Lego. I'm sorry it wasn't red. The frosting, even after dumping a whole bottle of red food coloring, would not turn red!

I know you didn't care much, and I'm really glad you're so laid back about those kinds of things.

It looked like you and all your friends were seriously injuring each other with those "light sabers". But upon further examination (you hitting me as hard as you could with one), I realized that the pool noodles don't hurt one bit!

Happy Birthday you little Lego-obsessed, Jedi.

And I can't believe you're nine! I remember when I was nine!

You make me feel old.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Two more days until Thanksgiving break! I am so sad that we aren't going to Ohio anymore, but we will still have fun here. They're playing Christmas music on the radio station, makes me so happy and "in the mood"!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Month Of Gratefulness

I am grateful for my brothers.

I am grateful for blue skies and "fluffy plants" - as Dad calls them.

I am grateful for my health.

I am grateful for my smiley dog.

I am grateful for this beautiful world.

I am grateful for tall, wise pine trees.

I (Can't) Be Everything

I don't know what I want to be... because I want to be everything.

I want to see every inch of this amazing planet. The mountainous landscapes of Peru; the quaint, old feel of Paris; the rolling beaches of Australia; the historic sites of the Eastern United States. I want to travel the world.

I want to capture life's moments with a camera. Two people in love, baby's first steps, best friends laughing, mother saying goodbye. I want to be a photographer.

I want to be somebody's medical hero, the reason somebody is alive. Bring babies into the world, assist in surgery, write prescriptions for new glasses. I want to be a doctor.

I want to move gracefully and in time with the music on stage. Delight an audience, show emotion through movement. I want to be a dancer.

I want to compile life stories of my family, my ancestors.  I want to collect photographs from their lives and organize it all.

I want to have an important job in our nation's government. I want to nudge elbows with the President. I want to hold a job in a big office in the nation's capitol.

I want to work at Disney World. Always have wanted to.

I want to save someone's life through healthy eating and exercise. I want to be a nutritionist.

But I can't do it all. I just can't and I don't know what to choose.

Above all, I want to bring children into the world, clasp their little fingers with mine, be a part of them. Teach them, love them, lead them. I do know of one thing, I want to be a mother.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy about...

Pinned Image

We are driving to Ohio for Thanksgiving! My grandma and grandpa live up there. 

I am THIS excited!

I love road trips with the whole family! It's going to be so fun!

My grandma says that the trees are already bare of their leaves [sad] , but I'm hoping for snow on our visit!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

our costumes.

Halloween 2011.

A cowboy, a nerd and a wizard.

Tyler's nerd outfit. I've never seen him look so ridiculous!

And those are my glasses he's wearing, the ones I wear when only when I'm at home since they're so ugly.

Oh. And Nathan was our secret agent.

We do things spur of the moment around here. Our costumes were conjured up in about 5 minutes. No previous preparation, we just run around the house, 15 minutes before the Halloween party and try to find something to wear.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

College. Eek.

The field trip to the University Of Florida was so fun.  But now I'm even more confused about what college I want to go to!

Brigham Young University: Everybody's a member of the church. Student wards. Temples and church buildings on every corner. Mountains. My favorite state.  Return missionaries everywhere you look....:)


University Of Florida: close to home and family, Bright Futures Scholarship.

I loved the feel of UF. Brick buildings, rich history, comfortable atmosphere. It was really nice.

BYU is like that too. I have dreamed of going to BYU my whole life.

Both are hard to get into. But if I don't get into BYU-Provo I will most likely get into BYU-Idaho which would be fine. I might not even get into University Of Florida.

It's so weird that I'll be applying for college this time next year. Gah. I can't get over it.

Branden got a new toy. A light saber.

It changes colors.

When it's purple, he's Mace Windu.

Red and he's Darth Maul.

This is what happened when I left the shutter open for 15 seconds:


Today there's no school!

I made Halloween cards for Grandma, Grandpa, my cousins and aunts and uncles.

While I listened to Michael Buble (Holiday) Pandora Station.

Now I need to go clean something. Do something productive.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cooling Off

It's 65°F and it feels so good!

No humidity = no sweating = happy Kayla.

I tried to go on a bike ride this morning, but 10 minutes in, and my ears and hands were so cold that they were hurting. The chilly wind was too much for me. 

I went back inside to put on gloves and a hat, but decided not to go out. I hate wearing a bunch of clothing when I'm trying to get a good workout in.

So I did some jump rope instead. 

It's always around Halloween that the weather gets nice and cool and I start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. I get all warm and fuzzy inside just thinking about it.

I have already started listening to Christmas music. It's never too early for "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" or "Baby, It's Cold Outside" or "Let It Snow".

Except I don't want it to snow. 65°F is cool enough for me.