Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bad Day

I'm having one of these days today.

Thank goodness I have this to look forward to in 3 minutes:

And this to look forward to in 2 hours:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happier Times

I can't believe I've only been in school for 6 weeks. It feels like it has been 3 months at least. But, I'm not going to focus on that right now. Let's talk about the rest of my summer. That is a much happier thing to think about. :)

One of the best things I did this summer, if not the best thing I did this summer was going to the Harry Potter midight movie. Guys, this was epic. My siblings and I watched all 7 movies back to back, and then went to see the final installment. We started the first one at about 8:30 the night before, and stayed up until about 1:30 watching the second one. Then I woke up at around 6:00, put on the third one, and slept through the 3rd and 4th ones (they're the worst ones anyway. We weren't missing much). And then watched all of the other ones. We also made some tasty butterbeer, which was de-licious. See this post if you want the recipe for it.

Then we went and waited in line for 4 or 5 hours and made some new friends with the people next to us in line.

And then I cried through the entire movie. Can I just say that I love that my friends are cry babies in movies too? I makes me feel not so embarrassed when I hear sniffling all the way down the row.

Another great thing I did over the summer was I
had a BCF sleepover! These are always so much fun, because basically my cousins are the greatest. We started out by going to the grocery store to get ingredients for our dinner that night. You know you have awesome cousins when they can make going to the grocery store an adventure.

Then we tie-dyed some shirts.

And we made a cousinhood of the traveling shirt. This is one of our greatest ideas yet. We made a notebook and we each are taking the shirt for two weeks at a time, then sending it to the next cousin. We write our experiences down in the notebook, and add a picture to it. We also made up some rules to go with it, such as we cannot eat ketchup while wearing the shirt, but you have to have bacon.

After tie-dying, we rode our bikes over to our G-Ma's house to pick apricots off of her lawn. I have never found apricots so disgusting before.

And then we rewarded ourselves by taking a bike ride to McDonald's for their delicious mango pineapple smoothies. And we did not kill ourselves on the tandem bike, which is a major accomplishment.
And then we came back to make dinner for the missionaries. None of us are big cookers, so it was a risky task we took on, but oh my, it was a mouth-watering dinner. We had a scrumptious salad made by Abby.

We had choice chicken made my Heidi and myself.

We had captivating crepes made by Emilee and Gussie.

And it all turned out super tasty!

Heidi and I were also in charge of setting the table. So we put a nice tablecloth, a beautiful pillow case, and a plastic cup centerpiece, complete with a cup of beautiful plants (...or some may like to call them weeds) which proceeded to fall into someone's drink during dinner. We didn't exactly mean to keep it like that for the missionaries, but our aunt liked it, so it stayed.

Next came the best part of the day, watching a movie in the pool! We decided to watch Princess Diaries because that's our go-to cousin movie. It was super fun, but so cold. So we put towels on top of us, but they ended up getting wet (in a pool, go figure). But it was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done.

The next exciting thing I did was went to Las Vegas with my siblings and dad. Now, this summer was such a great summer weather-wise. I mean, it rained, but there were sunny nice days as well. And it never got so hot I thought I would melt. But in Las Vegas, it was close to unbearable. I mean, we stayed inside during the day because it was just too dang hot to do anything else. But here is a list of some of the fun things we did:
  • Went up to the new bridge at Hoover dam.
  • Ate at Chevy's! Mmm, I do love those flautas.
  • Got Disney Princess glitter temporary tattoos! (Just Heidi and I did that part... can you see Richie with a Cinderella tattoo on his arm? ... Neither can I.)
  • Went around the strip and Caesar's palace
  • Went to the pawn shop on Pawn Stars... woohoo.
  • Went to a business Costco. So not as cool as a regular Costco.
  • Ate at Cheesecake Factory. Mmm.
And then we came back to St. George to meet up with my mom and we saw Grease at the Tuacahan. We had a jolly good time.

Welp, I think that's it for my summer adventures. Only 154 school days left until I get to start next summer's adventures!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 6: Harry Potter heaven, getting as close to Leo as I'll ever get, and the long trip home

Oh my, are we ready to be done? I can't believe it's over!

Day 6 was one of my favorite days. And I will tell you why.

Way back on day 3... or 2... or 4... I bought tickets for a special something. The special something was the Harry Potter exhibition! That's right, Harry Potter!

Guys, it was so so cool. All of these Harry Potter props, some from the last movie that hadn't even come out yet. I mean, it was awesome.

But first things first, we got to the exhibit, and even the entrance was cool.

So then we waiting in line, and then they take you into the exhibit. You're in this closed off room, with all of these tv screens, and they play a montage of Harry Potter clips. Which almost brought a tear to my eye.

Then a wall opens up and the Hogwarts Express is sitting there, with steam coming out of it. I was in heaven by now. Harry Potter Heaven.

Then, they take us to a room with the Sorting Hat. They asked for volunteers that wanted to get sorted. Of course, it's little boys and girls that raise their hands, but my mom egged me on to raise my hand, so I did. And she chose me! So I got sorted into...


And then you can go into the rest of the exhibit. They had costumes and props all the way back to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They had all of the offices of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers. And they had "hands on" activities. So I got to pull a Mandrake from it's pot, score a goal with a quaffle, and sit in Hagrid's chair. And, I got to see Quidditch robes that Oliver Wood actually wore... ah.

Anyway, it was fantastic. We couldn't take pictures in the exhibit, and I was itching to get my camera out the whole time. That was the only bad part about it.

And, of course, I had a Harry Potter book with me for a photo shot. :)

After the exhibition, we bought a delicious brownie from the Cake Boss bakery. We still had some time before we had to go to the airport, so we went to Planet Hollywood to eat. The best part was definitely seeing Leo's outfit from Titanic.

After lunch it was time to head home. We were the later flight again, so we had to wait around at the airport for what seemed like forever, but we finally boarded our plane and made it home safe and sound.

It was a fantastic trip, and I'm so happy I got to go!

Jen's New York Fact of the Day: Don't try jumping off of a ten-foot light post to commit suicide. It won't work. And the firefighters will show up and put a giant inflatable ...thing... around the pole so even if you try you won't get hurt. And it will cause a hold up. Because people will be trying to take videos and pictures of you. It's just not a good idea.