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.