October 31, 2013

5 Rules on Being a Teenager

Being a teenager is always an adventure. It's the stages that are between awkward and mature. Obnoxious and responsible. They're your growing up years. It's not always fun and school usually gets more challenging, and you're trying to fit in and and and... I'm only 16 and even when I feel old, I know I'm still young. So since I've been a teenager for 4 years, I decided to write down some funny and basic rules on being a teenager.

1. Do not ask someone if they have a crush on another person. For the love of all things good and pure...do NOT do this. Unless it's your best friend or your sibling. (insert awkward stories) Because when you're just minding your own business and all of a sudden someone comes up and asks you "Do you like him/her?" and 10 other people hear and look at you and wait for your response...it's not ok. Because then you can end up blushing and those people can tell other people and there's peer pressure...so unless it's a safe situation, spare that moment.

2. Smell good. Please shower. Please please please. I know you're staying up late doing homework and waking up before the rooster crows but take the time to at least shower and put some good smelly stuff on. Because the last thing you want to be in high school is "that kid who smells like he just rolled in garbage". So just trust me on this and have good hygiene.

3. Stay out of drama. If you go to school or hang out with lots of other people your age, there's bound to be drama. Even if you try your hardest to stay out of it or ignore that girl that's had 14 boyfriends - it's bound to hit you in the face sooner or later. Because as soon as you ask Suzy about her boy problems...you're her clutch-the person she complains to about everything. Blah blah blah. Or as soon as you listen to that cute boy talking about how he snuck out of his house over the weekend...you've heard it and you can't go back. So stick with the right crowd and get some friends that you know are good to be around.

4. Respect your parents. I cannot emphasize this enough. Now, my parents are great...and I really truly mean that. They're teaching me life lessons and being my best friends at the same time. But if you respect their decisions for you, as their child, and listen to them - they're going to do the same to you. They're going to realize that you know your boundaries and you're a good kid. Don't push it and ask to go to bad parties or sneak out of the house because that's how you get yourself in trouble. Because they're doing the best they can and the least you can do for them is say "ok mom/dad I understand".

5. Be original. Yeah yeah this is so cliche..."be yourself" yadda yadda yadda. You've heard it 1000 times. But no seriously. I don't care if you're with your best friend, at church, or by yourself...just be you. I've had troubles with this in the past and the last thing you want to be is the person you're not. Hiding under some fake mannequin. Sing in the shower, make stupid puns, wear your sparkly converse from 7th grade (ha funny story - I still do that), hang out with both genders, read a book - who cares if someone calls you a nerd, play a new sport, just make sure you're doing it all for you. Not me or that cute boy on the football team. YOU.


October 29, 2013

"Start Strong...End Stronger"

This season's motto for our volleyball team was "start strong, end stronger". Because no matter what happens, how many mistakes we make or don't make, if we win or lose...we want to play with our chins up and our confidence high. Because playing like you're going to lose or being mad at your team is going to get you no where. Absolutely no where. So throughout the season and before every game we came up with a team goal and encouraged each other and talked to each other on the court. We had such an incredible season and I love my teammates so much!

And of course we enjoyed our time off the court too - together at taco nights, celebrating the seniors, doing killers, and with our fans! I couldn't ask for a better season and I'm so pumped for next year! 


October 28, 2013

10 things for Today


October 25, 2013

The End of the Season

Yesterday we played our last game. Stepped on the court for the last time this season. Played our hardest in our 2nd sections game and gave it all we had. We lost but with pride and satisfaction all around. We prayed with the other team and wished them good luck as they continue their journey. Then coach bought us ice cream. It was a perfect day to say goodbye to volleyball.

This season was so amazing. I couldn't ask for better teammates, smarter coaches, louder fans, or a more amazing God who kept us all safe and injury free. Being a captain and a Junior it was a more stressful season because I'm one of the people that the girls looked up to, listened to, and went to me if they needed help or advice. It was such a blessing and we worked through everything together as a team. Here are a few of my favorite pictures.

More pictures coming soon! Volleyball I will miss you...

October 18, 2013

K + K -Wedding October 2013

Last Saturday, on October 12th, 2013 - My cousin Kressi married Kyle. It was a beautiful wedding and we loved being able to spend their special day with them! Congrats to them and we wish them a happy ever after! :)

Aunt & Uncle - Also her godparents.

Welcome to the family Kyle!


October 5, 2013

Hi it's Me Again

I saw the picture above on a design website and thought it perfectly described my blogging life. I miss how frequently I used to blog...I miss reading all the comments I got from all my wonderful followers. You could probably go back a few posts and read how busy my life is right now. I'm trying to cherish every moment until it passes, but it's hard and chaotic.

I'm so happy Fall has arrived! It's my favorite season and I just love it. I'm not going to get all cheesy and saw how it's time for cuddling, bonfires, hot chocolate, and scarves...because maybe it is but I don't want to tell you something that everyone else says. It's gets pretty mainstream.

The weather, the scenery, the outfits, and crispness of the air...That's what I love about Fall. How I can still enjoy time outside with friends in just a sweatshirt, or a bonfire with my family, or do a fun photoshoot without freezing. I can't wait to catch up with all of you, and hopefully bring you some pictures next time...I'll be back soon. :)