12.25.2009

Jace Durban Ralph

I have also found a new love, Jace Durban. Oh my word I could not get enough of him yesterday! He just slept and snuggled up right in my arms. He's so adorable! So I of course took pictures of him too. Feel free to snag them Amy!



look at those lips!

    

Christmas Time

It's so nice to be home. Seriously, I should never go back north. I probably won't be saying that in a few days when my wisdom teeth are out but for now I'm thinking I should just stay forever. 
Christmas was definitely interesting this year with everyone gone except Amy and I. Talan yesterday on skype to Megan and Matt kept saying: "Nobody's here! You should just come over..." I really missed having the family here and so help me someone HAS to be here on Christmas morning next year with me. It feels so weird being alone! And we all know phone calls and skype do not suffice the need to see eachother. Oh well, there's always next year right? But to lighten things up I got a CAMERA this year! woo woo! It was exactly the one I wanted. I didn't think I would because dad had me wrap the one he got for mom and it's the exact same model and I didn't think we'd get the same thing. But little did we both know dad still has some secrecy to him. I went out to the ranch today and took pictures with it.








12.15.2009

Almost DONE

I. Hate. Exams.




but on the bright side, I get to come home tomorrow.

11.26.2009

Safety for the Soul


"But, behold, I have all things as a testimony that these things are true; and ye also have all things as a 
testimony unto you that they are true; and will ye deny them? Believest thou that these things are true?"



Most definitely my favorite general conference talk was by Jeffrey R. Holland entitled Safety for the Soul. Amazing. Watch it if you can. Just look at his face while he speaks and there's no denying he knows what he knows. It's amazing the spirit his one, strong founded testimony can bring. So can yours! I encourage everyone to bear theirs this next fast sunday. You'll be amazed the immediate blessings! I really don't mean to sound preachy i promise I'm going somewhere with this. I was feeling very out of place at my new YSA ward. Everyone was getting callings, the bishop didn't even know my name, and I found it hard to fit in. One sunday I had prayed and studied my scriptures and asked heavenly father to help me to enjoy church again. So that sacrament meeting as everyone went up to bear their testimony I was literally lifted off my seat (I'm not even kidding!) and all the sudden pouring out my own personal testimony. It was so great because not only was I reminded that what was important was the gospel I also, last sunday, got a calling :) 


To see the talk press on Safety for the Soul in this blog or if that doesn't work try: http://www.lds.org/conference/sessions/display/0,5239,23-1-1117,00.html
you're going to have to search a little bit for it


Hearken unto these words and believe in Christ.. (2 Nephi 33:10).

11.24.2009

Oops!

So today i woke up a bit late. My class was at 9:30 and the time on my clock was 9:12, meaning I had about three minutes to leave my apartment and be on time. So as quickly as possible I ran to the bathroom, threw my hair into a pony, on went a headband, brushed my teeth and i was ready. I realized then... why couldn't i see anything? oh yeah, my glasses. I put those on along with a big hoodie and out the door I went at exactly 9:16. I thought it quite impressive. I went to my class but this time we watched a movie so it was really dark and peaceful. I quite enjoyed it! On the walk home though, I noticed a substantial amount of people staring at me. Did I have toothpaste all over my lips? I quickly licked around them and there didn't seem to be anything. I almost immediately forgot about it and got to the apartment. As i poured myself some cereal I felt my nose tingling. Oh dear, please say I'm not getting a cold. I walked to the bathroom, blew my nose, then looked into the mirror.

I had forgotten to wash off my facial mask and had been wearing it all morning.



11.09.2009

I don't really know what this one is about...


Two major things have happened today:

1) Megan has turned 24. Today is her birthday and I want her to know, whenever she may read this, that I love her dearly. Also, sorry Angie I didn't do this for you. You know I love you I just completely forgot to think of writing it on my blog. But Megan for my birthday gift I give you this hideous picture of me. I know you love Harry Potter and it's my belief I look exactly like Professor Trelawney.


2) I am completely stress free. It's like I've never felt this way before, like it's true love! I have fallen in love with relaxation.
Today I woke up and went to all my classes and during my final class of the day not only was I let out a half hour early but... wait for it... our term paper due THIS friday was extended until the 30th. a whole 21 more days to be exact. it is a true feeling of peace. I also don't have school for the next two days and have some wonderful things planned :) Which I will inform you all of at a later time I don't want to spoil it. But as a hint let me just say: you might poop your pants from laughing so hard when you see it.
Also, mom and dad are in Mexico and I'm very jealous of them. Aren't we all? But just think of all the little trinkets mom will think she HAS to buy. Especially for the babies! they'll probably have a whole Mexican attire after this next week. I can't wait to come home this friday and see what they got! Or maybe they just completely forgot about their family and had the time of their lives? let's hope not. ok... maybe a little let's hope for that. Just because they deserve it :)

11.02.2009

The Accident!

Well I think it’s time to finally write down the day of my accident. I’m sure you’re all wondering what happened that terrible evening ya? Let us commence.
The whole day had been pretty normal and I was sitting in our living room when I looked up and remembered I had institute. Jordan and Ashley were both gone and Brooke goes to another class so I didn’t want to walk there all by myself and walk home late at night. So I jumped into my car and headed over and the lesson was amazing. I felt the spirit so strong! And I’m proud to say I even gave my input on a topic! Which, for your information, is super intimidating to do at YSA. Especially with all the returned missionaries who are so well equipped in the gospel and always have deep insight into everything.
So after the class we were all sitting around talking and Janna mentioned that Grey’s Anatomy was on tonight and they wanted to watch it. I was so excited! Since of course I am in love with Patrick Dempsy and such. I mean seriously his nickname is MCDREAMY. But then I remembered I had institute choir right then… dang! So I decided I would go and sing for about 45 mins then rush over to Janna’s in time to see it. So I sang along and enjoyed it thoroughly. Seriously, the choir is amazing up here. Everyone who’s in it are people who just absolutely love music so they’re very serious and do everything they’re instructed to do and our instructor is just the most musical guy in the world. WE’RE SO GOOD. I encourage mother and father to come up here to get me and see our Christmas concert. It’s going to be absolutely amazing!
But anyways so I noticed it was time to go and right as I’m walking out of the door I get a text from Janna saying that Grey’s had actually started an hour earlier than I thought so it was almost over. I was heartbroken so I headed back into the institute building to finish the choir practice. After we were all just sitting around talking and then one of the boys came and invited me, bethy, and Sarah over to watch the new office episode. Of course I agreed with it being my favorite show… So I told Sarah and Bethy to just hop in with me and we’d head over to their house first then if we felt up to it over to that guy’s house. We slid into my car and were laughing and just listening to music. Bethy said something absolutely hilarious (which I don’t remember) and I turned to her and said: “oh my you deserve a handshake to that one!” and then reached over and we shook hands. Then bethy was like: “nah you gotta do it like this!” so I turned over to see what she was tying to show me and then all the sudden I just see her head fly forward. I didn’t know what happened. The next thing I remember was looking around and my car was filled with smoke and Sarah groaning in the background… Supposedly Bethy was screaming at the top of her lungs but I don’t remember anything. I slowly took off my seltbelt, opened my door, and just stood outside. My first thoughts were: “My dad is going to kill me, and this is going to cost a lot of money.” I just stared at the ground then finally it clicked in… I had hit someone. So I looked forward and the lady in front of me was completely in shock too. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” she screamed and then I just felt nauseous. Everything started spinning and I had to lean on my car because I was getting sick. I don’t really remember anything next before kind of snapping back into reality and I was sitting on the side of the road on the curb looking across the street. Bethany and Sarah instantly grabbed me and we quickly huddled together and said a prayer. After that I didn’t freak out NEARLY as much. I did laugh hysterically though. I didn’t know how to handle the situation! And for some reason the fact that I almost nearly died was the funniest thing I’d ever heard. Bethy and Sarah joined in too and we just stood there for a good twenty minutes laughing and crying. My emotions were just everywhere! I laughed and laughed and then I’d stop and just start bawling. The people in the other cars must’ve thought we were crazy!!

It was quite amazing though because as we stood talking to each other (this was after our emotions calmed down and the shock wore off) we began to realize just how lucky we were. Sarah wasn’t wearing a seatbelt in the back seat but the biggest injury she had gotten out of the whole thing was a sprained pinky from squeezing her phone so tight and Bethany somehow got out of the car on her side. Let me explain that; the door opened about three inches and then was unable to open anymore… Three firefighters had to use a huge clamp and pull with all their might just to open it a little bit more. So we were all a little bit in shock how she managed that… No one could believe how ok we were! We constantly had paramedics, firefighters, police officers, and any people walking by asking how we were possibly alive. They could not get over how we just walked out of that… After a while let me tell you it got quite tedious to explain just how lucky we were, just to give you an idea of how many times it got mentioned.
But to cut the story short we dealt with everything and the police officers and everyone were fantastic and understanding and incredibly patient. I even got some parts of my ticket taken off because they felt so bad for me! (But we won’t mention how much it still was L) But I am so lucky to be perfectly healthy! We went back to Bethany and Sarah’s after cleaning out the car and Miken came and got me. She had no idea it was so bad because in all the hectic of it we had failed to call any of our roommates and tell them what was going on. My roommates didn’t even care; I think Jordan was the only one who actually reacted. It was funny; she was QUITE angry with me having to hear about it from Janna. Which is of course understandable.
The next day all us girls got together again and we went to a football game and a dance and it was absolutely hilarious. We were so sore! We looked robotic. Me and Bethany went to get hot chocolate at halftime of the game and could barely make it up the stairs we almost had to call on the boys we were with to help us those last few steps… At the dance later that night it was the coolest thing ever! The boy’s basement was completely cleared out and there were mirrors on all the walls so it seemed absolutely gigantic to be dancing around there! One of the most fun parties I’ve been to up here. I was also hopped up on very strong painkillers he’d given me so I was quite content! I had zero pain so I decided I would enjoy it as wholeheartedly as I could. And boy did I ever! Not going to lie, I was a little bit the life of the party. Ha-ha but I won’t go into too much detail (don’t worry mother I didn’t do anything disrespectful towards myself or others). And it turned out the dancing actually helped and I felt a thousand times better the next day! It was great!! But that’s basically my whole car story… and this blog is getting a tad bit too long.

9.28.2009

Brother Kikuchi Comes for a Visit.

So today was stake conference for our ward and we got there a little late... not a good idea. The parking went about 3 blocks in every direction and yet again, i parked illegally. I know, you'd think I'd do better on the sabbath whilst also attending a church meeting. oops. But anyways, we go and they had Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi from the Quorum of the 70 come talk!
He's so cute and little and... asian! All the speakers were good but you could tell he was the main event. We were in a room because the gym and chapel were PACKED. seriously i've never seen something so full. But anywho even in there he was almost yelling at the members. Just emphasizing the importance of the temple and attending and what I thought was amazing was that he didn't even have a paper with him. He was just saying what he felt he should say. I loved it! and I loved his accent... and how asian he was. Did I already mention that? So after we left my ears were a little bit ringing from the noise but all in all i enjoyed it. Plus, I was wearing this RIDICULOUSLY cute new dress i bought yesterday so i was in a good mood already. I'll wear it for thanksgiving... it's that cute. right mom? :)

But we went about our day all uplifted and such then Jordan and Ashley had to go to fashion
and hair shows for school. Ashley got her hair absolutely butchered by hair students because she had to either work at the show or be a model so she chose to be a model and well... i'll post a picture of it. eeeek! Her hair is literally cut right to her ears. they even buzzed it a little bit to make sideburns.

So it was just Brooke and I as we hopped into my car
and drove the thirty minutes to the stake center. It was all single adults so it was loud of course because everyone's so chatty and Bro. Kikuchi actually had the stake president get up and ask us to be quiet and just listen to the prelude. It was really special. Heads up about him, he never sticks to the program they give you. But I'll get to that later! So the stake presidents (there were two stakes there) and the mission president and his wife spoke and it was really special and then brother kikuchi got up and I expected him to speak about 15 minutes considering the time everyone else ended. Nope. He spoke for almost an hour and ten minutes! He was originally going to speak on missionary work and reaching out to others but he felt inspired to speak on the importance of choosing a good spouse and temple marriage. it was amazing! at some parts he was literally yelling at us. it was almost a scolding towards the young men to just get on with life and get married and for us girls to only allow ourselves to marry worthy priesthood holders. the whole time everyone was so straight faced because he was just soooo blunt. He didn't worry about hurting peoples feelings or saying things that are kinda not usually said over the pulpit and that was partly why it was so amazing. I was just in shock. So afterwards I wanted to shake his hand but the line up was out the door! He was a great speaker though and I am so so so lucky to have gotten to hear from him! oh but cooooool part. for the closing prayer he stopped the music and got up and was like: "i think we should sing a certain song but i don't remember the title of it..." so he hummed it until someone could remember and then just went and sat down and waited for the pianist to frantically find it and figure out how to play it. it was sooo funny! but amazing because the song just went perfectly with the whole night! It was a great sunday :)


9.16.2009

:(

i. am. so. sick.
today i sat on my couch in my underwear (sorry roomies) for three hours without moving. i just laid there in the fetal position dying of heat and some mysterious sickness. it was terrible. I'm on the verge of throwing up over everything. there's this stupid Paki guy who makes sick indian food all day and if i have to walk down our hallway and smell those fumes one more time I'm gonna throw up in a bucket and put it on his doorstep. my vomit will be because of him.

that is all.

9.14.2009

I'm possibly the luckiest person I know...

So today I was walking home from my afternoon class after wandering around aimlessly for the administration's office (it was impossible to see or else I'm partially blind, either or.), and when I got close to my building I suddenly had this thought to go check on my car... Let me back track and tell the story behind that:
I had to go to tons of YSA stuff this weekend that were too far away for bus so I drove a ton and with me not having a parking spot in my building since I'm not on th
e lease and can't seem to get one I have this one spot that's public and not illegal or anything. Super lucky! And usually I can get that spot but since I left it empty so much this weekend some sneaky little devil snatched it up and so I was forced to park illegally... Yes, I know, I'm a criminal. But I didn't want to have to walk ten blocks just to get to drive for 10 mins for groceries! And this was actually closer to what I had before so I was perfectly content to not abiding by the law this once...
BUT anyways I was walking home and I got this crazy feeling to go check on my car so I was just like: "uhh ok, whatever you say conscience." and proceeded to walk over there and this is where it's AMAZING. The ticket man was out just going down the street throwing them on every winshield and the tow
trucks were there to just grab the cars and take them away. To my complete luck the man was ticketing the car right infront of me. If I'd ignored that instinct or decided to just go check it later who knows where my car would be or what I'd be paying right now. SO LUCKY! any later time and BAM there goes my entertainment money for the next... 3 months? so yes that was my cool story of the day. Also, I tried to make a side kicks and forgot about the milk and water boiling while writing this little blog and it was a catastrophe. Our house stinks of burnt milk. I got a picture! so hopefully that works on this too.. anyways, that's all. :)

9.13.2009

I'm a Blogger!

So my blogging life has begun... Let me take one deep breath before I begin. There. That was refreshing! So for some reason I've gotten the impression quite consistently lately to start a blog, which is kind of odd because I've always thought it was a lame excuse for people to talk about themselves but I kinda want to go from a different angle I guess with this. I won't be just talking about odd things that happen, my classes, friends, parties, etc... I want to just discuss topics. Whether they be spiritual, educational, political (though I'm sure that won't be a very consistent one) and hopefully by the time I'm done with school and it's "adventures" I can look back and see that I've changed. I've grown up and made something of myself. I don't mean "glamorous celebrity" making of myself, but I want to be satisfied if not overjoyed with the girl I am hopefully to be. So that was just kind of an introduction and I want to talk about what I experienced today.

So today I went to my YSA ward for the second time but it felt more like I'd never been there before. New building, way more single adults, and I felt even more lost than before. First of all the meeting was in an institute building which I guess doesn't have a chapel? So it was the gym and I don't know if they're going to fix that or what... But everyone was very close together and the podium was right in front of us and the only word I could think of was intimate. You so much as giggled and it sounded like a cackle. But the amazing part was all the sudden it was time for the sacrament to be passed and even though every sound was 10x it's amplitude the "chapel" was still dead silent. It was amazing! I'm so used to family wards where there's that little stretch of serenity and then it's almost as if all the babies in the ward made a pact to cry at the exact same moment. I'm not bitter towards that I'm just saying I'm used to it. So to sit there and here my own thoughts, no distractions, was amazing. I don't know how long it's been since I've sat there and truly pondered the atonement, discussed personally with the lord what I can improve on, and felt such a peace during sacrament. It made me so grateful for the single adult program. That we have this opportunity as young adults living the gospel to meet together and grow from one another. I think it's amazing! That we have the ability to run a functional and strong relief society. That we can learn from each other even though we are in our youth. I know the Lord finds great joy in that. To know that in our own strength we can accomplish amazing things so early on. So I continued on through the meetings and great lessons on D&C 136 and true friendship were given in sunday school and relief society.
I went home though and I was faced with a large dilemma. See I'm quite behind on all my classes because I took so long to buy my textbooks so I had ALOT of reading to do (actually, I still have alot of reading. Shame on me.). So I couldn't decide if I should go with my roommates, Jordan and Ashley, to Millswood Stake Centre to watch the Young Adults broadcast or stay home and study. I knew that if i went I would probably end up going out with them to some party Jordan had mentioned and get home really late and not getting any studying whatsoever done. Also, I'd most likely be exhausted and almost sleep through my psychology class, again. And I was really torn because it was one of those better best decisions you know? Either would be good. I could grow spiritually, socially, or educationally. So I got to my knees and I prayed and I sat there until I could decide what to do. I know, it doesn't seem like a big deal but I've been trying to pray to Lord more diligently and I thought this would be good practice. So as I debated with the Lord on which would be most beneficial I was surprised when I realized I needed to stay home and study. How odd, wouldn't he want me to go to the broadcast? So I got my book and was going into my room when Janna from 9 floors up came in to drop a back off of Sarah's. She wasn't going to the broadcast either! I asked her: "Hey Jan, why aren't ya goin?" and she informed me she was going to watch it on the internet and then study right after instead of having to make the long drive or going out. GLORIOUS! I was thrilled because i was feeling a tad bit guilty for not going and also completely confused.
So I got to watch it. And it was lovely! Sister Dalton is truly an inspired and edifying woman. Someone everyone should look up to. At the end though, I had a really hard time staying awake and I feel a little bad. But it was definitely longer than I expected! haha. But afterwards I noticed those "mormon messages" that are always at the church website's homepage. I clicked on it and probably within twenty seconds of the video I was bawling. It was so amazing! It was all about this man finding hope after 9/11 and I was just in awe. So I clicked on another one and after about a half hour I realized I'd watch about 10 of them. The spirit I felt I couldn't handle. It was as if each one while they were making them they thought, "oh you know, I think Kelsey Scott would really like this." Eventually I had to actually turn off my computer and think and at that moment such a pure love came over me. I am a daughter of God and this church is true. The things I learn each day are spiritual principles that will bless me throughout eternity and without the knowledge I have I would be nothing. It's been a long time since I've had such a sure answer come to me before. Recently I've sat in prayer in frustration because all I wanted was that confirmation of my faith; of that truth. But now I know it was because I had followed the Lord's advice. I was completely in an apartment by myself with zero distractions from a roommate or a phone or Facebook. I was in a state where I was susceptible to the spirit and it was so worth it. And so here I am and I thought I would finally start the blog since i'm in such an inspired state. I hope you enjoyed? Maybe I'll keep this up.
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