Monday, November 14, 2011

Tales of Nails

So, I have created a new obsession... I honestly do not remember how it started, but I just decided I would change the color of my nails each week. That soon turned into different designs and creations; my first design was the black and white one to the left. I did that one a couple of times, actually, just with a different variation. Then I decided I would get really crazy and do these two!

Who knows what I'll do next, but I for sure will keep you updated!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

However long the night, the dawn will break--and it's name is Courtney

So, my first two months out here in Utah have been pretty crazy, mostly for one reason: Maddy. Maddy was my roommate for too long of a time. We had a ton of conflict, and it took forever to get her out of my life... When all of a sudden, I woke up one morning and she was GONE!! Later that day, as I was going out with a friend, I notices a little green sticky note on my front door that said "Hey ladies! I'm Courtney. I'm lookin at moving into your apartment ASAP! Could one of you text me so I could see? :)" I read the note then stuck it in my purse. I'll admit, I was a little hesitant about calling this girl. I mean, I had just gotten out of something drastic, and I didn't know anything about her. So I came home from class later on that night and Mistey and Leslie were talking about this Courtney person. Then five minutes later, this cute little blonde chick walks in the front door with a baby kitten and her boyfriend. It was then that I officially met Courtney, Taylor, and Momo. 
Today is the one week anniversary of Courtney living with us, and I must say, I couldn't be any happier. Courtney and I have found so much in common, and we just get along so well. She is one of the most hysterical people I have ever met and I am so blessed to have her in my life! She and Taylor make living here the best experience ever. I am so excited to get to know her more and to make her a huge part of my life. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Let the Good Times Roll!

So this past Friday, my two favorite roomies and I met up with our friend James and went to Trafalga! Trafalga is this awesome Chuck-E-Cheese like place, only its for big kids, too! James bought the four of us a family pack, which included 25 tokens each, four activities, and a regular sized Dippin Dots.
The first thing we decided upon was simple: GO KARTS. We must have waited in line for nearly an hour, when finally we got to race. The four of us showed our drivers licenses and got to ride in the fast go karts! We went around the track like ten times, nearly crashing into one another while our arms got sore from steering. Once we were finished, we did a round of mini-golf... where Leslie got her head stuck in the dang windmill, and James lost his ball in the stinky green water... and then dug it out.
After the 18 holes, we got our Dippin Dots and did another round of mini-golf on a different course. Later on, we went inside and watched like three 4D adventure movies. The last adventure of the night was the arcade... for two hours! We spent the last twenty minutes at the 'Deal or No Deal' game. We probably walked away with about 300 tickets from that one game alone. We left and made our way to Taco Bell, which was probably the best decision of the night--cause I was HUNGRY. But what else is new? 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

First Day!

This is it! The first day of college--quite the adventure, I must say. I woke up pretty early and got myself all prettied up for nothing, really. I had checked the bus schedule the night before to see how I would be getting around the next day. I had never ridden a bus before, so I wasn't sure how they worked. Apparently, the TRAX people honestly have no idea how their company works, because they threw me off big time. I had to walk to the bus stop--the wrong bus stop-- at 6:00 am and stand there as the bus drove right by me. I was so upset! I started to walk back to my apartment and called my roommate. She was sweet enough to drive me to campus where I very easily found my way to my first class. Believe it or not, my class started at 7:00... bad idea, I know. Throughout the rest of the day, I attended all my classes: Ballet, History, Dance Conditioning, Orientation to Dance, and Modern Technique--this is the class that freaked me out. All of the modern students met in the studio and we were informed that we would have to go through a "placement audition". I had a huge anxiety attack--I just wanted to dance! (But I'll tell you a secret, I got in the class I wanted) I figured out the bus deal on the way home, but I was still kind of sad--I hadn't really made any friends, so I was really upset. I was so lonely, a thousand miles away from my closest friends and family. 
All in all, the day was decent. Not exactly a "happy ending" for this post, but hey, you can't have happy without the sad! Let's hear it for college! Hoo Raa!! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hello there, beautiful.

Lauren's the name;
dancing's my game.
I'm two out of five,
and so love my life.
My parents are rad,
I miss them real bad.
Utah's the bestest,
til I'm back in my Texas.

College for now,
future for later,
I love the Gospel,
ain't nothing greater.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The End of This Chapter

           June 4, 2011 was the first day of the rest of my life- my High School Graduation. The ceremony opened with a prayer and a couple of speeches. I walked across the stage with complete pride, knowing I had completed a massive milestone. The tears didn't kick in until right after our Alma Mater, where we, the Sherman High School Class of 2011, turned our tassels as one as a symbol of our graduation. Completely ignoring what our principals had told us, we threw our caps in the air with great relief. 
           The rest of the day was filled with family, friends, and loads of pictures. Hot dogs, chili and watermelon all filled my tummy- but they were sure to leave room for their best friend, Cake. 
           Reminiscing on my high school experiences help me realize how much I have grown- physically, spiritually, emotionally, and of course as a dancer. I endured many hardships throughout the last four years and even though it always felt like the end of the world, it never was. At times I would say to myself, "Why is this happening to me?" and looking back on it, I know that it was my Heavenly Father preparing me for the things to come. I believe that "if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering toward the children of men... that thereby salvation might come to him that put his trust in the Lord." (Mosiah 4:6) It took me a while to realize it, but everything does happen for a reason. And I'm grateful for that. 
           So, as I live my life by my new motto, I hope to be able to endure all things and live my dreams. I hope to make my family proud, in return of making me so very proud of them. Here ends high school; here begins life. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Reason Why

As the end of "the easy part" of life quickly approaches, I have decided to start my very own blog to publish my encounters as I embark on a new chapter of life. This stands as a resource for family, friends, and whoever else, to keep up to date with my day-to-day life. Being college-bound- attending Utah Valley University in the fall- I will be no where near my loved ones to tell them of my journeys. This blog serves as a way to keep them fully updated on my adventures! Here I go... Wish me luck!