Monday, December 27, 2010

Unmotivated

to be honest... i have put off posting for so long now. i'm lazy unmotivated to put up a post. i know i said i would share a whole bunch a pictures of my christmas break, but for today it might just be a few. i figured since this is my blog, i can post when i want, right? so sorry i have been absent for a while.

here a couple of pictures from christmas, but not as many as i planned on sharing.

It rained almost the whole week of Christmas, it even caused a flood in the river in our town. It was crazy!




My lil' sister with her santa hat on :)

Making gingerbread cookies!




so that's all i have to share with you today. i hope you all had a wonderful christmas! :)

-kaylee
p.s.- i got the digital camera that i've been wanting for christmas! can't wait to share some of the pictures i've taken with it already. it's a great camera; i'm impressed!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

hi everyone! so sorry i haven't been posting in the last couple of weeks. i have been really busy with school, and all the other busy holiday events. i am working on a christmas post about all the things i've been doing this christmas, inlcluding christmas day. so look out for that in the next couple of days.

you probably already know (hopefully), that it is christmas eve!! wow. this month has gone by sooo fast for me. this is the first year that i didn't count down to christmas, well, because i just didn't even realize christmas was so close.

so with that said...
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i hope you have a merry christmas and a happy new year!!

thanks for reading! i'll be back in a couple of days. :)

-kaylee

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Update

so remember the post i wrote here? well, i attended the meeting to get the details of the trip and the meeting answered a lot of my questions. i found out that the price of the trip is an amazing price compared to other tour company's. i got home from the meeting and talked to my dad about it briefly. i had to go to do a service project with my youth group right after that so i didn't get to talk much about it.

well... when i got home, danielle (one of my best friends) was with me, both of our parents were sitting there in my living room talking. i guess they were discussing details about the trip with eachother. and to my surprise, they announced to us that we can't go to europe...

just kidding. :) they said that...

I AM GOING TO EUROPE!!!

i was so, so, sooooo excited! to be honest, i didn't have my hopes up before, so i was definitely shocked. there is just one problem... it's not til march of 2012, so i still have a while. that will be good though because i will have enough time to earn the money.

sorry about the quality. it was taken with my computer's webcam.
this is really something i've been dreaming about for couple years, and now it's going to happen. it's almost unreal to me. i keep asking myself,  "am i really going to europe?" it's unusual for something like this to happen to me!
the eiffel tower is what i'm most excited to see!
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i'm just tired of staying inside of the united states. i've never left the country, and i just want to get out of this place and see all the amazing things around this world. i've said this a billion times before, but this is my dream. i've always wanted to travel out of the country and just get out of here! so yes, this is a big deal to me.

this is a once in a life time opportunity that i cannot miss!! :)


well, that is all i have to say for now. hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo,
-kaylee

p.s.- 13 more days until christmas!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmastime

we've been decorating for christmas all over the house this week. every little decoration has a meaning and story behind it. i love christmas because of that reason! there is a meaning and story behind christmas.

last saturday, my family and i enjoyed searching for a christmas tree. ok it wasn't all that enjoyable... we had to shove our way through a whole bunch of poky bushes and trees. i'm pretty sure i heard my dad tell us, "oh! i think i've found the perfect one!" a billion of times. or "they may look good from afar, but they're far from good." cheesy much? yes. but it's awesome. 







after about an hour of searching for the "perfect one" we took a break and ate some lunch. while we were eating, my dad looks up the cliff, and of course, spots the perfect one. so he literally climbed up the cliff, and cut it down. to my surprise, it was nearly a perfect tree!



so that was our tree hunting adventure. :)

the next night we decorated the perfect tree. we decided not to do traditional colors because this tree is one of a kind, so we needed one-of-a-kind decorating. instead of greens, reds, and golds we used pinks, blues, and light greens. it was great! this is how the tree turned out...


i have to keep reminding myself that it is a one-of-a-kind christmas tree! ;)


next on the decorating list is the lights for outside. to be honest, our family doesn't go all out for outside christmas lights. my dad get's a little frustrated with those if ya know what i mean. ;) so we put a few lights on our bushes, and some on the trees. i decided to go outside and practice my bokeh photography. how could i not? here are a few of the ones i took...





i'm linking the picture above to sereina's christmas link-up!
Sereina Charise Photography: Very Merry Christmas Link Up


they're not the greatest, but i'm still learning!

we concluded the weekend full of decorating with a nice cup of hot chocolate. the perfect way to end an eventful weekend. now all i need is for christmas break to come faster, plz&thanx!

what does your christmas tree look like? is it a real tree or a fake one?
have a great day!

-kaylee
p.s.- i have some exciting news to share. so stay tuned for my next post if you're interested!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dreams do come True

this past week, i have found out great news. i have been thinking about it all week. i can't seem to get my mind off of it! i'll try to summarize. ;) here's the story...

on wednesday, there were posters that hung on the walls of the school that has london, paris, and italy across the top in big letters. then the caption read, "you should go!" (wow, they got real creative with that. ;)) i kept walking... not knowing exactly what it meant.
so i went on with my day, and then we had school announcements. they had announced that "if you are interested on going onto the european tour, please go to the meeting on tuesday." oh. my gosh! i was like what?! there is a tour to europe! i was sooo surprised. they continued to say to go to the geography teacher's classroom after school to pick up a flyer.

so school finally got out, and one of my best friends, danielle, and I ran down to the classroom to see what it was about. we picked up the flyer and were freaking out! people probably thought we were weird. but its whatev. the most dreaded thing that i wasn't looking forward to was looking at the price for the trip. 

it's a couple thousand dollars. and let's just say that i'm not made of money. ;)

so the trip would be 10 days long, and it includes tours of london, paris, italy, AND rome. the trip isn't until march of 2012 but ummm hello dream vacation! i didn't want to get my hopes up because i still hadn't talked to my parents and who knows what their answer would be. so i got home and i told my dad about it as soon as i could, trying to stay as calm as possible. to my surprise, my parents would said that it would be a great opportunity and that i should go! they just said i have to earn as much money as possible.

so i'm anticipating the meeting on tuesday to find out the details. it's not official yet, but this is literally my dream vaction. i will work as hard as i can to earn the money. :) here are a few pictures of the places we will be visiting... all credit to weheartit.com










so my friends... that is my story. i really hope this will happen. i can't wait! thanks for reading. :)

-kaylee

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Quote of the Day no. 3

hi everyone. :) have i ever told you i love quotes? you've probably noticed by my weekly "quote of day" posts, but i just looove them. quotes and sayings make me look at life in a different perspective and put me in a better mood. so here is one short one to keep in mind today...

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"If God meant the day to be perfect, He wouldn't have invented tomorrow."

remember, nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes!


well, i'm off to babysit two little girls for 5 hours. wow! have a happy thursday. :)

-kaylee

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I am Wishing...

...for christmas to come faster. this whole thing called "school" is really driving me insane. (i know i talked about this a little bit in my last post.) wouldn't you agree? i just can't wait though. i look forward to christmastime every year! who doesn't? it's getting closer and closer.

being the first day of decemeber, i have made a small wishlist for christmas that i thought i would share with you just for fun...

1. Canon Powershot SD1400
this camera is the number one thing that i am asking for! it has 14.1 megapixels and a ton of amazing features according to this website. if i don't get it for christmas, i'm definitely going to save up my money to buy it or even ask for it for my birthday in february.


2. clothes
preferably from american eagle and aeropostale. two of my favorite stores right now! :)




*love!*

3. all of these necklaces
these are all from different etsy stores.


i'm kinda obsessed with birds right now if  you couldn't tell. ;)



what is on your christmas wishlist?

well, i'm going to start decorating my house with christmas decorations and listen to christmas music.♥ we are going christmas tree hunting this saturday, and i can't even wait! i'll be sure to post a few pictures! 
have a great first day of december!

-kaylee
p.s.- you guys are so awesome. seriously. thanks so much for all the feedback about my new design. you're the best!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Design (Feedback Needed!)

hey everyone :) have you noticed something a little different around here? i re-designed my blog to a more christmassy theme. i got the background from shabbyblogs.com and made the header myself.

what do you think? i really need some feedback please! i don't know if it's too "matchy-matchy" or what. so please let me know your thoughts! thank you :)

-kaylee

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ramblings of a Random Teenage Girl

wow... that post title was kind of long, but what can i say? it describes this post perfectly! i have so many things on my mind right now. i decided i would summarize all my thoughts into one post. is that cool? cool.

1. thanksgiving  I had a lovely thanksgiving this year. i am very ashamed of myself that i didn't take any pictures, and i apologize for that. we had an average thanksgiving dinner. you know... turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, stuffing, yams, casserole, etc. the usual. 

my cousin and i designed a thankful tree for everyone to list what they're thankful for on the leaves provided. the tree filled up pretty fast, and we all realized the many things we are thankful for.

and look what  my youth leader painted on my nails:


how cute are they? it's a little turkey! ;)

2. black friday  have you every been black friday shopping? it is INTENSE. i have never been before until this year. my friend, danielle, and her mom and sister, and i went for the fun of it at 3:00 in the MORNING. we get there to the first store, just to see what we could find, and there was already a line the wrapped around the whole store. crazy right?

well, we were getting tired of the store (not that we were already tired in the first place) so we decided to get some breakfast. i have a picture of us at the restaurant, but i'm doing you all a favor and not putting it up. ;)

later that day around 9:00 am we went to the mall to do actual shopping. we found a lot of good deals, and i bought a lot of new clothes, spending every dollar of my money. :) did you go black friday shopping? what was it like?

3. the urge  lately, i have been having the urge to take pictures. is that weird? i haven't been taking pictures as often as i want to. i take a few here and there, but not any i am really proud of. i guess that's just what happens to a beginner photographer. do any of you photographers ever feel that way? 

here is one of my recent shots i've taken:

tree bokeh
this is actually one of my very first bokeh shots!

4. christmas  raise your hand if you are excited for christmas! *raises hand* (yes, i do realize i can't see any of you're hands right now.) just the fact that we don't have school for 10+ days sounds amazing. drinking more hot chocolate, watching christmas movies, seeing the all the pretty lights, decorating your house with red and green... the list can go on forever. 
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also the fact that i have more opportunities to take more pictures gets me excited! nerd much? yes. what are you excited about for christmas this year?

hahahh! this is me... with a beard. don't judge. ;) gotta love picnik!

and last but not least...
5. welcome! to my new followers, that is. i'm so happy you stopped by and clicked on that little button of mine that says "follow"! please stay as long as you want. :)as long as you're not a creeper. creepers aren't welcome. ;) anywhoo... that number is slowly growing so THANK YOU!


well, that is all i have to say now my friends. thank you again! until next time...

-kaylee
p.s.- please check out my poll on the side bar! i want to know your thoughts. :)
p.s.s.- thanks to anyone who read that whole post. i just realized it was kind of long. brownie points for you!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

today is thanksgiving and i am oh-so-excited! today, is one of my favorite holidays. not only because of the food that we get to eat, but because of the meaning. my family and i will be feasting at my cousins home here, in southern utah. i hope there will be lots of good food. especially pumpkin pie! mmmm, my favorite. :) what's your favorite thing to eat at thanksgiving?

i was thinking... what does thanksgiving really mean? it doesn't mean to just eat and stuff your faces all day. i know it is a day of thanks, but i wanted to see what the real definition was. so i went to good ol' dictionary.com and typed in thanksgiving. here is the definition that came up:

thanksgiving

-noun
  1. the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, esp. to god.
  2. and expression of thanks

ok... so basically that means to be grateful and give thanks. that's pretty simple, right? well, if it's that simple... why isn't it thanksgiving everyday?

this upcoming video is a video that was made by my church. it isn't just made for the members of our church. it applies to anyone who celebrates thanksgiving. if you are interested, please watch. it has a great meaning. :)



i'm not meaning to be religious here, i'm just stating my opinion and beliefs on this holiday. :) thanks for reading and i hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving!♥

p.s.- the last 5 things i'm thankful for today:
  1. all of my family
  2. things that bring me joy
  3. good weather
  4. the president of my church
  5. shoes :)




be sure to link up for today on this post if you're participating!

-kaylee

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Quote of the Day no. 2

i love quotes. so sharing a "quote of the day" at least once a week on my blog will probably be one of my new favorite things. :) so with that said... here is today's quote:

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"life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. so, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don't. and believe that everything happens for a reason... if you get a chance- take it; if it changes your life- let it. nobody said that is would be easy... they just promised it would be worth it."

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5 things i'm thankful for today:
  1. transportation
  2. technology
  3. a house to live in
  4. the sunrise/sunset
  5. the earth
be sure to link up for today on this post if you're participating!

-kaylee