heres to a great year.

looking back, 2012 has been such a good year for me. i have grown so much, learned some valuable lessons, made some huge decisions and made handfuls of amazing friends. starting college was by far the biggest part of my year, and also the best. this year has been so fantastic, and i'm kind of sad to see it go.

- spent a lot of time with zach.
- celebrated my brother being gone a whole year.
- fell in love with my simple life style.

- decided i was going to utah state.
- wrote about how to make the perfect smore.
- spent a lot of time in the mountains.

- interned at alpine pediatrics.
- went on a midnight horse ride.
- had a fun night of sledding.

- spent three days in disneyland with my best friend.
- met randy and john madden who changed my life.
- went fishing a few times with spencer.
- was angie's test subject for phlebotomy.

graduated high school.
- burnt my leg hardcore on a motorcycle ride.
- went shooting with a cute cowboy.
- rode a donkey bareback.
- got a job as a lifeguard.

- celebrated my 18th birthday.
- started shopping for my apartment.
- partied it up during strawberry days. (best week of the year)

- went to lake tahoe.
- spent the night on the face of a moutain.
- went on a camping trip with some friends and things got crazy. crazy.
- went coon hunting.
- enjoyed a perfect summer night that you only find in movies.

-  moved out and met my twin.
- left my number on a strangers truck.
- started school at utah state university.
- went to my first college football game.

- became a true aggie!
- rushed the field after the greatest game ever.
- went to bear lake with my best friend.

- went huntin.
- went muddin.
- angie came to visit me at school.

- spent thanksgiving in st george.
- went to the eric church concert!
- watched my very best friend get engaged.

- wrapped up my first semester at school.
- spent time with an old friend.
- celebrated the holidays in california.

so far, 2013 is already looking great. i cant wait for a new start and to find out what this year has in store for me. thanks for reading little country. and p.s. i'm going to start blogging more.

its finally here.

when my brother left on his mission two years ago, the relationship i had with my parents was non-existent. we didn't get along, and frankly i didn't care enough to change it. palmer is my only sibling, and when he left, the reality of being stuck alone with my mom and dad terrified me. i knew that all of their time and energy would be spent on me, which was really the last thing on earth i wanted.

two years came and went, and everything has changed. but most importantly, the relationship i have with my parents now is more solid than a rock. over the two years we have worked out our differences, talked through our arguments, and spent lots of time together. i guess that's what happens when i'm the only child. if it wasn't for my brother leaving, i don't think i ever would have repaired the issues between me and my parents. looking back now, these past two years with my mom and dad are my most favorite two years of my life. i have grown to love my parents more than any other person on this earth. i have come to value the importance of a relationship with my family members. i have grown close enough to my mom to call her my best friend. i have spent so much time with my dad that i now consider myself a daddy's girl. i have learned that there is truly nothing more important on this earth than family. i have also learned that a lot can change in two years. especially relationships. now that two years have flown by, i'm actually kind of sad that it wont be just the three of us anymore. spending these last couple of years with my parents have been the best. i used to take my parents for granted, but thanks for my brother, i realize what a blessing they really are.

and p.s. i cant wait to go pick up my brother from the airport in a week and a half. he has a hardcore spanish accent and its hilarious. but really, i just cant wait to give him a hug.

picture taken the day we took my brother to the MTC. january 2010. 


merry christmas

merry christmas, readers.
it is our family tradition to spend every christmas eve at the beach watching the sunset. oh yeah, i guess i forgot to mention that i am in california for the holidays. soaking up this weather while i can.


being grateful.

my heart is full thinking about how grateful i am for this kid. me and luke have been friends for seven years. i remember the first day i met him at a lunchroom table in 7th grade. me and him hung out nearly every day in junior high, but as we got older our times together have become few. still to this day, luke has never once back stabbed me, blown me off, or flaked on me. not once has he ever muttered something bad about me or put me down. not once in seven years have we ever fought, or spoken bad of one another. he is the most loyal friend i have ever had. no matter how long we go without talking or seeing each other, we always pick up right where we left off. i am so grateful for him and his never-failing friendship. 


fall semester.

i can't believe i made it through my first semester of college. i remember how scared i was before i started school, and looking back now, it was stupid. these have turned out to be the best months of my life.
i have now been living on my own for almost five months and its been the greatest experience ever, and i wouldn't trade it for the world. becoming an aggie has been the best thing to ever happen to me.

since moving to logan i have:
started a twitter
grew closer to my roommates
met a lot of amazing people
cleaned the sink at angie's
left my number on a strangers truck
went ice blocking down old main hill
became a true aggie
went mudding up logan canyon
kissed a few boys
had a boyfriend
made some lifelong friends
went to a ton of aggie football games
went fishing
met jessica through blogging
attended aggie basketball games
donated blood
went to a hockey game
attended a concert
went on a few midnight betos runs

and so, so much more. i am so glad i chose to came to utah state. i'm looking forward to finishing my freshman year, and more years to come here at utah state.

p.s. wish i could post pictures, but this blog is dumb. i'm thinking about starting a new one.


watch this

i was sitting in my human development class when the instructor played this video.
in a class size of over 300, there was hardly a dry eye in the room, including the instructor.

i love this video so much. 



i spent thanksgiving (i am so sick of hearing about thanksgiving) in southern utah, like i always do. me and momma were left with an afternoon to ourselves, so we went and hiked around in zion's national park. out of all the parks i've been to, zion is definitely not my favorite. but its still super pretty, and i love the outdoors so i couldn't pass it up.

my favorite part of the afternoon was passing fellow hikers on the trails and they would shout something like "go aggies!" or "what a great football team!" because i was wearing one of my utah state shirts. it made me so proud to be an aggie. i just really freaking love utah state.

p.s. i can't upload any more photos to my blog because it says my picassa web albums are full. i have no idea how to fix it and its really making me mad. anyone else having this problem, or know how to fix it?


turkey and stuff

so i guess i should do some sort of post about what i'm thankful for, but if i were to list everything, we would be here all day. here are my top five.

1. family.
2. friends.
3. mountains.
4. utah state university.
5. country music.

and lots of other things that i don't feel like listing.
happy thanksgiving followers, i am off to st george to relax with family.


blood sweat & beers.

last saturday i was lucky enough to go to the eric church concert with my best friend.
let me just tell you, it was an awesome show. i had the time of my life. 
i know i say that about every concert i go to, but really, this one may have been the best. 
country music is a huge part of my life, and every time i go to a country concert, i am reminded of why i support this music. every time i go to a country concert, i feel right at home. 

i wish i could re-live that night.

but by far, the best moment of the night was when eric sang a song called these boots. everyone in the crowd started taking off their cowboy boots and holding them in the air. me and angie took one of our boots off and held them up while he sang the song. right as i took my boot off, i looked up to see eric church holding his own boot. it sounds cheesy, but it brought tears to my eyes. the feeling was over-whelming to be standing in a room full of people who believe and love the same things i do. it made me think of all my friends back home who wear boots. they are the reason i was at that concert wearing my boots. damn, these boots. 


i like my country rockin.

its no surprise, i am addicted to concerts.

tonight i am going to see eric church with justin moore & kip moore.

you bet your bottom i'll be belting every single word.

bless country music.


so happy.

well, my best friend is engaged! i am so freaking happy for her and her fiance jared.
i set jared and angie up three years ago (that's another story), and now look, they are getting married!
angie has been my best friend for almost six years and jared has become a brother to me over the past three years. jared is such a great guy and honestly, i am so happy angie is marrying him. she is going to be in the best hands and i know jared will take care of her and treat her like a princess. its super weird that my best friend is engaged, but its awesome.

jared told me the engagement plans about a month ago. we have been secretly planning this shindig ever since. it has been SO hard trying to keep it a secret from angie, and my blog. i've wanted to write about it for the longest time, but i've had to keep quiet about it.

today at seven AM we started on the four hour drive down to moab, utah where angie and jared first met - kind of. we pulled into arches national park and found an arch we wanted to hike to. we hiked to the arch, jared asked me to take a picture, and while i was taking a picture jared got down on one knee. i started to cry like a litle baby, and angie didn't even cry at all. i just couldn't help myself. i love angie and jared so much they are like family to me. anyway, the rest is history and i am so giddy with excitement for two of my greatest friends.



i'm always really busy, and when im not i really don't have anything to special to blog about.
my days consist of class, studying, homework and the gym.
but college is so good and i love it here. 
every day i love this place more and more. 
logan feels like home to me now. 
here is a picture of me and chase petting a wolf. 


you live and learn

i am so grateful for this guy. he is my ex boyfriend. i guess i wasn't all that honest with my blog & my readers, but i was dating a guy i met up here at school for a while. i met him in my english class, and things took off from there. we had our go around, but due to my problems and insecurities, i ended the relationship. 
chase isn't the type i usually date. all my friends asked what i was doing, because they knew he didn't fit my normal criteria, but something about chase drew me to him. i usually date the rough and rugged cowboys and hunters, but chase was exactly opposite of that. 

chase taught me so much in the short time we were together. his example was so powerful to me. he has such a positive outlook on life and has such big goals. chase pushed me so hard to grow and become something bigger than myself. his example rubbed off on me and i feel like i am a better person from dating him. things may not have worked out between us, but this kid changed my life. he will accomplish great things, and i will be so happy for him. his drive makes me want to try harder, and i will. my life has been different since meeting him. he helped me discover who i am truly meant to be. 


dance baby dance

this song gets me. 

country music is the greatest. 


the most amazing thing

have you ever watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain?
it is one of the greatest feelings in the world. 
there is nothing more peaceful than being in god's high country sitting on the solid ground and breathing in the cool crisp air. i really wish i could bottle up the feeling and keep it with me forever. 
there is truly nothing like it. 

pictures from last week's deer hunt. 



sorry i've been MIA lately. i've been up to all sorts of things like:


 cleaning cows 

 moving mattresses for sleepovers  

 hunting with my best friend 

 trying to survive through this awful weather 

 hanging out with homeboy reef 

 playing in the snow 

 enjoying the last of the fall weather on campus 

 playing pong without the beer 

 cuddling with jessica 

going to scheels for the first time. (holy crap) 

as you can see, i've been real busy. but i love it. college is fantastic and midterms are over so life is good again. 


winter wonderland

well, i can kiss fall goodbye.
i woke up to snow this morning.
& it will most likely continue to snow the rest of the week.
its officially winter time here in logan.



i had thee best weekend. i went home for fall break and got to spend a few days with my favorite people on the planet. i don't know what it is, but something about going home makes me so thankful for the people in my life. living on my own in a new town has really made me appreciate what i have been blessed with. i seriously love life.

anyway this weekend consisted of:
red mango
deer hunting
duck dynasty
hunter orange
being third wheel
spending time with my ex boyfriends mother
going on a date
scary haunted houses
& holding hands.

fall break was fantastic. but im glad to be back in logan, i missed my college friends.

oh, and congrats to my best friend for dropping a deer on opening day. 2x3 buck. packing that sucker out was a SOB ;)


so good.

can i just tell you that i love my life?
its so good, i cant even begin to describe how much i am enjoying college.
it can be hard sometimes, but so worth it.

i'm thankful for jessica, who is my twin. who i can tell anything to because she understands.
i am thankful for judd, who keeps a smile plastered to my face.
i am thankful for munck, who always crashes in my living room. you're like my brother.
i am thankful for jenessa, who is so sweet to me. we spend too much time together ;)
i'm so grateful for chase, who changed me. the guy that makes me want to be better & try harder.
i'm thankful for erin, who pushes me to do my homework and tells me how it is.

the people in my life are so amazing. i am so blessed.

really though, how could i not love life when i have this silly guy to make me laugh?