Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Something About Spring..

There is something about warm weather that makes life infinity times better.
Have you ever noticed that?
It just makes crazy schedules seem much more doable and under control.
Even though this week is midterms and I have multiple papers, tests, reviews, assignments, quizzes, plus cleaning checks and a sunday school lesson to plan it doesn't seem to be a big deal because I can sit out on the grass to study. I can walk out at six o'clock and not feel cold. I can take a deep breath and feel the sunshine soak in.

As one of my friends wisely put, it's like you just put all your cares in a box and mail it off. Not because they aren't important, but because you know everything is going to work out.
Everything always does. The Lord has a perfect plan for each of us.
Spring is just the perfect reminder of that.
Maybe because Spring is the season of renewal and the season our Savior was raised from the dead.
The reason we have hope for the future.
Makes sense.

So I hope you all remember that as you sit outside enjoying this beautiful weather and wonderful life.
We are so blessed and life is so good.

Love Always, Aimee

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fridays and Best Friends

I just really love Fridays. And smoothies for breakfast. And going home to see my best friend Jae Col. And weather that makes me believe I can almost pack up my coat and break out my shorts.

Speaking of Jae Col.. As of today she has 75 days until she reports to the Mexico MTC.
Umm. Why does everyone have to keep leaving me?? What am I even going to do this summer?
Be lonely I guess.
Actually I am very excited for her. As long as she doesn't forget about me then life will go on and be good. Also Monday starts the countdown until when my brother gets home from the London South mission. 100 days folks. A hundred days.. We have almost made it!
So I just look at is as I am swapping one best friend for the other. That's fair, right?
I think I have said so many goodbyes I have grown numb to it. I don't know how to handle someone coming back.. This is the first one. But let it be known I am beyond excited. My brother is basically the best person I know and I am so ready for him to be home in the good old USA.

To pass some of the time I am going to spring term of school.
My schedule is so legit. Really I am willing to bet it will be the best semester yet. I am taking a swimming class in the morning (and I am obsessed with the water), then Chem 285 (uhh.. It's fine. It's a prereq so it only makes sense I get it out of the way), and then Ceramics. Ahhhh. I love ceramics. I took it in high school and it it something I have missed tons this year. So my days will consist of swimming, learning, and creating. And the sun. And then partying with Heather dear and our friends that stay here.
So yeah, you could say I am living the dream over here in Happy Valley.

Sometimes I get over whelmed by school and life and everything I want to do/need to do/have to do and then I have minor panic attacks. But once I take a deep breath and step back it doesn't take long to see that life is so wonderful and I am so blessed.

So happy Friday everyone! I hope you go on an adventure. As for me, I will be visiting some people who recently lost their wisdom teeth and going to yet another farewell and saying yet another goodbye. But no worries, goodbye is never for forever.

Love Always, Aimee

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust.

Today I said goodbye to one of my absolute best friends of going on five years. That's a good chunk of my life, especially considering it was during the end of jr high, all of high school, and the beginning of college. Talk about the most important parts of your life!
This kid is Zachary Richard Beckstrand.
Haha I'll be the first to admit I was not originally a fan of this kid. He's got a strong personality.. I've got a strong personality.. You get the picture. But man I am so glad I let go of my first opinion and got to know this guy. He is hilarious. He is caring. He is a good listener. He doesn't judge. He doesn't forget the minor details that make the difference. His wink makes me fangirl (only for a second..) and his voice isn't too bad either.. Life with him has never been dull, that is for sure. He has been there for me during some of the hardest times and during the very best. Basically he is the best. I am going to miss his laugh and jokes and even when he demands hugs as he heads out to serve the Lord for the next two years. I have so excited for the adventures he'll have and the lives he'll change. Thanks for the long talks, hated tickling, laughs during yearbook, endless pranks and parties, flowers for my birthday, disneyland and lake powell trips, and never ending fun that accompanies being your best friend.

Oh, and did I mention he took my to the jr. prom on his birthday? Yeah. We were the hottest couple there. Just thought I'd throw that in there. Okay cool. Tribute to Zachary done now.

What else has been happening in life..
We went disco skating this week? Found out I am not very good at it.. Guess you can't win everything. 
This week our apartment complex also did the "polar plunge"
Basically that means for the small fee of signing your life away via waiver and risking hypothermia you get to jump into a practically frozen pool while is it about zero degrees and dark outside to swim a lap. In return you get infinite bragging rights and the bonus of an awesome free t-shirt.
Don't worry, I conquered the plunge. Basically was in, across the pool and back before I even let myself get cold. So fun. So worth it. 

Well. That's my life for now! A lot of school, saying goodbyes, hanging with family, and partying with friends. College is cool I guess. 
Love always, Aimee