Mary Kate and Ashley.


So last night after much packing and studying I decided to relax with a movie. (I've recently signed up for 1 free month of I can watch movies online.) And what did I decide to watch??? Why, a Mary Kate and Ashley movie, of course...

There are so many good ones...with so many great quotes...

How the West was Fun
It Takes Two
Billboard Dad
Our Lips are Sealed
Holiday in the Sun
Winning London
When in Rome
The Challenge
Switching Goals
Passport to Paris
...and probably some more

Man, I used to love these movies. MK and A were so cool and they always had cool names.
(Last night I chose Billboard Dad...and then half of Our Lips are Sealed.)

Good times...


I'm ALMOST finished packing. It's not fun. But once I'm done, I'll move on to a more cherry subject...studying??? oh boy.

This morning I hit a "packing wall" and couldn't figure out what to do next/where things should go/etc. So I pulled out my handy-dandy-how-to-pack booklet. Once again, it was helpful.

Above are Etsy items (click picture for link)

and enjoy :)



Happy birthdayness
my birthday was July 21st...I'm now 22:) here's what I did:

1. saw toy story III in 3D with Natalie! Then lunch and presents :)

2. received a voicemail from mom, dad, and anna rose singing happy birthday.

3. got another happy birthday voicemail from april joy and charis michelle .

4. a third birthday song from my 2nd family!

5. a 4th (and final) birthday song from Anna Renee :)

6. opened a birthday card from my sweet penpal, Kathryn :)

7. reveived a 'birthday in a box!' (care package from the family: balloon, party favors, mini cakes with a candle, etc.)

8. received a birthday/party hat from Emma at group.

9. the ice-breaker in group was to say "I am awesome because _____". I filled in the blank with "it's my birthday." :)

10. went out for ice cream at cold stone with Mike and Natalie.




Tonight, elizabeth and I were scarred by a documentary. The DVD cover has bright colors and happy looking people, but it was quite deceiving. It was called Great Festivals and I DO NOT recommend it. There were numerous naked people and lots of blood...not pretty, my friends.

After a...very intense scene, we turned it off and relieved our minds by watching some Disney channel.

We did however, enjoy another documentary called The Beauty Academy of Kabul.

I really like documentaries but now I'm a little worried about finding decent ones. If you have any ideas let me know! And I'll try to keep you updated with my reviews. :)



"It's like a concert tour but with sketchbooks."

This is so cool. You can find out more here:

old photos.


While I was home this weekend, my family and I flipped through some old famliy photos. We decided that April was the cutest, I had crazy hair, and Charis has always been a weirdo.

Here are some favorites... enjoy.



One of the best days of the year. Free Slurpee day!



Today I finished 2 books.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury and The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.
I read the 1st because it is one of my mom's favorite books. I've been wanting to read it for a while and finally got around to it. It was good, the perfect summer book. And it was fun to read something my mom loves.
I found the 2nd at a thrift store. It sounded really interesting so I decided to give it a try.

"This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love."

It was really good. I was worried that I wouldn't like the ending, and while it wasn't quite what I was expecting, it was good.

A few weeks ago I finished the latest Francine Rivers book, Her Mother's Hope. And as always, Francine's book was amazing. I love that author. The sequel come out in the fall and I can't wait!

What to read next??? I think I'll start: The Deity Formerly Known as God by Jarrett Stevens. I've heard the author speak before and really liked him so I'm expecting a lot from this book. :)



I have a test in art history tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it. Actually, I'm really scared. But I've been studying a lot, so hopefully I'll do well. Here's what I'm still trying to remember:


I don't like this.

Here's what I do like: