Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Butcher, The Baker, the Garden Salad Maker

I love my girls! I really really do! I seriously do not know what I would do without them! The night this picture was taken we had gotten together to have the Missionaries out for dinner. Haeli Mae made burgers (and a special chicken breast for moi), I made turtle brownies with cream cheese frosting(we HAD to sample one) and Kenzie the Kiss made a yummy nummy salad. If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times! I just LA LA LOVE missionary dinners. I love the lessons we receive and I love talking about my experiences in the church and every way the Holy Ghost is a part of my life. I even said my FIRST public prayer! I was so nervous and thought I would just melt and of course I giggled a bit but I eventually got the words out and I felt this amazing feeling and then I just wanted to pray all the time...except I still get nervous and giggle. In fact, last Sunday one of the men in the Bishopric asked me to do the closing prayer for sacrament and I had to pray before I got up there that I would not giggle before I started praying! It is so weird to me because I seriously love public speaking. I can get on stage and talk to a crowd of complete strangers without a hiccup...but when it comes to prayer I just get so nervous! I know it is because Mormon prayer to me is so beautiful and artistic and well I am just not as magical with my words as all my friends are therefore I just turn into a giggling nervous wreck. True story.
Well so much has happened this week! I have my ticket to the east coast, train ticket to DC to see the love of my life, and plane ticket to Seattle! My plans have all been set and I just can not wait for my departure date! Life is so good and beautiful right now! I am the most blessed girl in the world, I promise! I have the best boyfriend and I can not wait to see him. I really want to just run and jump into his arms...maybe even do some love proclaimations?!? Who knows what might come out of this sweet girl's mouth! haha! I am also going to see my cousins that I have not seen in 12 years!! We have been chatting about fun things to do while I am out there so I am excited to see what happens. I think it is safe to say that judging by how many exclamation points I have used and the number of times I have said "excited", I am just ready to be on vacation! I have also decided that I NEED a pair of Hunter rain boots so BAD for my job on the ocean. I looked online for an hour tonight and found a couple pairs I love! I just can't decide whether to get black which goes with everything or get a fun color. One thing I know for sure is that I will be getting Slugs made by "ThoseAlaskanGirls" to wear with my new rainboots!
This coming up week is finals and I can not wait to just get them out of the way and move on to my final year of school! Will everybody just say a quick prayer that I do AWESOME on my tests and pass with flying colors? I would love you forever!
Night's time to catch some much needed Zzzz's. xoxo

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kept my legs straight Spike!

Have I mentioned that I fa la la la love riding horses! I totally love riding horses! Especially Spike! The two of us had such an incredible time on Saturday! This boy loves to run and I love him for that. I can honestly say I never had a dull moment on this steed! Umm...but...I have also never been so SORE after a day of riding. Lets see, today is Wednesday and I can finally walk normal! Haha! All I know though is that I would saddle up this bad boy any day. I heart you Spike!


Anybody wanna shot?!? This was my official job on Saturday at the branding. I HAD SO MUCH FUN! There is just a teense difference between giving a cow a vaccination and a human. If anybody ever stepped up to me with this gadget I would joke. However, I am sure that on this particular day I was the one the calves looked forward too. I didn't scald their hide with a brand, nor did I remove important "parts"...just saying...

Monday, April 19, 2010

I love...(in no particular order)

My family, Taury, my friends, the LDS church, praying, Chip, weekends with my girls, the word "check!", chewy sour candy, Bugatti, life, internet, guitars, music, lip gloss, money, shopping, cars, roadtrips, malls, food, sunshine, clean laundry, last day of school, favorite boots, great jeans, good genes, bran muffins without raisins, pillows, blankets, venison jerky, boneless skinless chicken breast, candles, licorice, fresh salad, LDS friendly chai, open mic night, scrapbooking, cameras, photo opportunities, new gym clothes, working out, brandings, Holy Father, the ocean, new treasures, blogs, hats, scarves, mittens, seafood, sushi, waking up without an alarm (when I want to), movie night, tickles, people playing with my hair, new hair color, "Jump and fall", pita chips and hummus, circus animal cookies, riding horses, fresh strawberries, veggies right out of the garden, running through the sprinkler, Sixth Avenue Apparel, Baby Peach, red couches, vintage boots, dresses, oreo mcflurrys, midnight Perkins treats, hotel gymnastics, love, fresh chocolate chip cookies, pink lady apples, Haeli's banana bread with oatmeal and strawberries, fresh cut green grass, being on lakes in a boat, 4th of July, my birthday, Christmas, decorating the Christmas tree, massages, cuddling, text messages, half tees, puppies, love stories, passing tests, manicures, pedicures, Seattle, airplane rides, cruiser bikes, Channing Tatum, phone calls with Taury, remembering my baptism, every Sunday at church, my dad's secret recipe ribs, big city Macy's, brown paper bag caramel corn, memories, burnout tees, yogurt parfeits, dancing, girl scout cookies, Missionary dinners at the Allen's, hiking, fresh peaches...

I want to go on but its late and I had a long day and all I want to do is go to sleep. I can not wait to go to the gym tomorrow and finally burn some calories! I have such a busy week and I am sure tomorrow will be my only workout day unless I pull some much needed strings. Wednesday I am having din din with my best buds, the Allen's and the missionaries. I am so thankful that I get to get a lesson. It seems like it has been so long and I just love the feeling I get during those nights. This weekend is BRANDING!! Ooh and I am so excited! Kenzie and I get to cook breakfast and dinner for the boys. Plus we get to ride horses!! Woohoo! One of my favorites! But first I have to survive through 2 work shifts, 2 clinical days, studying for tests, and clinical write ups before I get to this weekend. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sarah "Martha Stewart" Downey

Ooh oOh! So my mother apparently found a sale on strawberries at the local Albertsons which resulted in our house gaining approximently 10 pounds of the juicy, delicious red fruit. Tonight I decided that I wanted Strawberry Shortcakes. I searched the house high and low and could not find any Bisquick so I had to (drummmmrolll) make them from scratch! And they were FaBuLoUs! Oh goodness I was in heaven! I have never made those sweet biscuits from scratch before so this made me feel like little Sarah Jane homemaker. Everybody loved them...including my sister who declared earlier that she "was NOT going to eat any strawberry shortcake tonight." I am always up for a challenge and as usual, I proved her wrong! So now I am sitting on the couch, digesting...wishing I hadn't eaten so much.

I found this feature on my camera called "Color Accent" when we were in Missoula and tonight I decided to play around with it for a bit. Jamie came to my baptism and brought me these beautiful blue daises. Two weeks later they are still alive and I decided to play with my camera and the flowers. Bugatti my mini schnauzer decided to help out a bit and actually was pretty dang photogenic. Have I mentioned I love that little stinker!?! I was just telling my mom tonight that I'm so sad that I have to leave her for three months over the summer. Bug is getting a haircut in a week or so and I can not wait! She is so hairy and country girl looking.

Went to the chiropractor today because I had been having some awful neck/back/shoulder pain. At one point he pressed at a spot under my shoulder blade and as he asked "Does this do anything" my entire body sprung up and I practically hit the ceiling. Two ribs out. I have never done that before and still don't know how it happened. What I do know is that I feel a million times better!

Oh love! Just asked my family "where is princess pants?" And my dad immediately knew I was talking about my dog! LoVe! Well American Idol is on so I gotta go. Goodnight blogee loves :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hotel Gymnastics

Turns out I am a gymnast! Oh and Kenzie too! We had too much fun jumping on the beds in our hotel room. But what do you expect us to do when we got a FREE night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn?!? Of course we would celebrate with all sorts of shenanagans. Right before this spectacle we went out and had a hot fudge brownie sundae and french fries. So accordingly, we would have to burn off those calories whilst having a bit of fun on our sugar high. I was not one bit disappointed in this night.

Roger's Pass

Roger's Pass is one of my most dreaded roads in the winter. This is because some parts are practically straight up and down and then the curves are so sharp that 10 MPH seems like you are speeding. On the way to Missoula the weather was gorgeous! It was such a grand and beautiful day. Unfortunately, the next day, during the drive back there was a snow storm. A bad one and I drove at about a stand still the entire pass. I was not a happy girl. Montana's weather is bi-polar. Well, that is at least my observation.

Weekend Recap...CHECK!

Well I started a blog post for last weekends adventures but I just got too frustrated trying to make it all straight with the pictures so now I am starting all over! I had such a blast! Kenzie and I hit the road on Saturday and drove to Missoula for a one-nighter. I really wish I had days though...ugh. Regardless of the lack of time in Zootown, we made every minute count! There is never a shortage of laughs during our rendevous. I feel like one of the biggest laughs came when we were eating trail mix. I dropped a peanut and was like "huh? I can't find my peanut" which yeah, isn't funny at all...until an hour later and Kenzie looks at me, just to burst out in laughter because my said peanut is just resting contently on my scarf snuggled up to my chest. Its not so funny to read I assume but had my followers been there, laughs would have escaped your lips.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Love me some sushi!

My FAVORITE place to eat in Missoula is The Good Food Store! They have the best treats! Here I an snacking on their wise spicy california rolls. Can you say yummy?!? Chip (that would be Kenzie) and I ( AKA Peanut) purchased a wide variety of delicious snacks and stuffed ourselves silly. Not mad...check!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Somebody is on the road!

On my way to meet Kenzie in Great Falls! Today is such a treat!


Well today is the day...Kenz and I have been talking about taking another Missoula trip since the FaBuLoUs time we had the last time and today is the day we depart! I have been practicing my roadtrip singing voice and charged up the ol' canon battery. Be prepared for photo shoot snapshots! The only thing missing this trip is the fifth wheel camper which unfortunately does not attach to the back of my grand prix. So sad...not sure if Zootown will be the same without our usual sleeping quarters! Ha! This morning I went and fueled up, washed the wagon, and packed up the newly burned CDs for the ultimate ride. AND everybody should be SO proud of MontanaSarah because I only packed ONE bag!! Can you believe it? Last minute I consolidated...not to say I won't come back with more SHOPPING bags though :) Hehe! Somebody is about to make another wise shopping decision! Fa la la la LoVe it!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Life just doesn't get much better than this. Promise. This week I aced a psychology test in school and missed 1 on my semester math test. What makes it even better is to know that I have the bestest friends, family, and just everything! Kenzie and I are headed to Missoula this weekend for a sweet little roadtrip and I am so ready for it! It is only Tuesday but I have burned three CDs, decided what to wear, and will pack before bed tonight! Over achiever or just excited? I don't know the difference...all I know is the two of us girls will have a blast because we always do!

Have I mentioned that I have the worlds best boyfriend? We like, never, get to see each other which is probably good right now because we are both in school and have a lot to focus on. However, I am going out to see him next month and my heart seriously skips beat just thinking about it! I love this sweet boy so much! He always says the right things and regardless of the miles between us, I feel closer to him every single day. My, lets call her "stepmother", refers to him as my "special" friend and it just cracks me up! Heck yes he is special! Lol! But he is also so much more than that. I just know that great things are in store for the two of us...together. I am already dreading the day I have to leave my vacation out east. Ugh.

Well, I should probably get back to school work. I'm pretty sure this stuff is like in it multiplies! I'm not even kidding. Just when I am positive I have finished everything I could ever need to do, there is more staring me in the face as if daring me to even consider being done. Have a good night fellow blogees! xoxo

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My new nose job. Oink.

Somebody got herself a nose job! Okay not really but umm..hello?!? How could you NOT love this! Plus it was so much fun getting a rise out of people with the pig nose look. I will never get tired of the reaction we got from Wendy..."Need any help?", "What time of bread is this?", "Do you know what time it is?" All asked with a straight face trying to get her to look and laugh! Work every time. CHECK! I am sorry but being silly is just what I gotta do. I love myself some laughing for sure :)

Just another perfect day (or week)

So last Sunday was the big day...and by big day I mean my BAPTISM!! It was the most fantastic day of my life EVER! I had expected only the best but I was surprised beyond belief when everything was just way more perfect than I had anticipated. Even seven days later, I still think about my testimony and I get teary eyed. I am generally a happy person but now I am even more cheery! Like, this week, I broke a tooth eating OATMEAL! Who the heck breaks a stinkin' tooth eating oatmeal?!? I do. But in the end I couldn't even consider being mad (no dental insurance, real job, money, etc.) because I was just so incredibly greatful that I was so fortunate to have a dentist that could fix my tooth! I feel like a year ago I might have had an actual nervous breakdown because yeah, it is sort of a big deal. I ended up actually laughing about it minutes after it happened because I felt silly for even crying. Not sure why I even cried...might have had something to do with the fact that I had been talked out of Accidental Dental insurance by the Aflac man just days earlier because my teeth were in perfect condition and have only had maybe 4 cavities my entire 28 years of life. Anyhow, the point I am trying to make is this: I have been blessed in so many ways. The Heavenly Father, Holy Ghost, the gospel and family and friends, my faith and unconditional happiness. I could not imagine life any other way at this point. I am so lucky. I would not take life any other way.

Today is Easter and I spent the entire weekend with the Allen's who are basically my second family. I can not get enough of these folks! Every minute is a laugh with them. Kenz, Haeli and I went on an expedition around the farm via foot today and walked at least 3 miles. Good talk, good laughs and good fun with my girls always brings a smile to my face. I also consumed probably 3 pounds of sugar. Not mad.

Well, ladies and gentleman...I will leave you with this...may the heavenly father rain his blessing upon you and may you feel the joy that I do. xoxo