11.17.2014

Homecoming 2014 - Part 2

So after a basically sleepless night, I got up bright and early and had Kenz curl my hair, Then we headed into the school.. The program started at 9. It was pretty strange being back there. I don't think I've been to a program since my last year. It's pretty neat. They sing the school song, (which is about 15 minutes long!) then the choir sang the school hymn. Than they have the different alumni from all the years back stand up. (1924-2014). It's always neat seeing who graduated in those different classes. I was one of only 3 people who stood for 2004.

I got to speak along with my most favorite Kindergarten teacher, Carol Petersen. She is the sweetest. I really did love her as my teacher. Then it was my turn to speak. I really wasn't all that nervous. Our theme was "Bringing Excellence to the surface." I thought it turned out okay. I just got up and talked, but people seemed to enjoy it. I had lots of people come up to me after with tears in their eyes, actually I should say McKenzie had lots of people go up to her, thinking she was me.


I think the best was when I was done, I had made a few jokes about Coach Toomer being mad at me all the time, he came up to me and gave me a hug and joked about how I was the one mad at him, and Coach Nate even piped in with a, "Yeah, I remember those looks she used to give." I joked back with, "Yeah, but I made your job that more fun," to which Coach Toomer replied, "Yeah, I'd take you back anyday." It was really sweet. I loved all of my coaches and was very blessed to have each and everyone. And yes, everyone still calls them all Coach.


I will  post my speech at the end for anyone who is interested in reading it. Unfortunately, it does not include all my hilariously funny jokes! ;)

After the speakers, they have the football and volleyball captains speak, then they announce basically the entire 9-12 student body. (All 50 of them.) Here is my cute brother who got to 'escort' my sister-in-law's cute brother Macen. They were pretty excited about it.

After the program, there was a little break while the students got ready for the parade. Oh, the parade. It's always a good time. Each class is responsible for creating their own float, then the town and the Elementary kids are invited to come watch. It's about a 10 minute parade, depending on how long it takes them for drive down main street, go around the park, and drive back up. It was fun watching the little kids though. They are all decked out in their orange and black, and just think it's the coolest thing ever.



After the parade there was a small break before the football game. I went to Grandma's and just chilled for a while. I was dead tired. I was pretty excited for the football game though. I have never watched Kennan play, so it was fun to be able to watch him for about 10 minutes before they were already up like 40-0. It was still good to watch him play.


It really was a lot of fun watching them play. After the game I saw my classmates standing together chatting, so I made my way over there to talk with them. We were having our 10 year reunion that evening, so it was really great to see everyone.

And, now I'm tired, so I'll have part 3 up soon.

10.27.2014

Homecoming 2014 - Part 1

Cokeville High School Homecoming was held on October 3. It is my brother's senior year, and I have never seen him play football, so I decided I would go. Plus it was my 10-year class reunion (WHAT?!) so I thought it would be fun to be able to attend that as well. A couple of weeks before I received a call from one of the CHS Student Body officers asking me if I would be one of their speakers at homecoming. I told them I would do it. Believe it or not, speaking in front of people doesn't really freak me out anymore (at least not as bad!) I found out what the topic was and thought about it for a while, never having a real concrete idea of what I was going to say, but figured I'd put it all together eventually.

My mom and grandma came to Logan on the 2nd and we headed back to Cokeville. It's been a while since I've been to homecoming, so I was actually quite excited for the festivities to be had. We went early for the "Lighting of the C" which is something you just have to be there to witness. Seriously. There's nothing quite like it. While we were waiting, one of my classmates showed up. I haven't seen him in about 10 years, so it was good to talk with him and get caught up. After the pep rally on the street we headed to the bonfire, which is always a good time. Once the captains had spoken, the race to the school was on.


Each class 7-12 comes up with a class cheer, then the coaches all do their little speech, then it's time for donuts. A ton of memories definitely came flooding back to me. It's so fun to see certain traditions carry on throughout the years. Of course, after donuts the football boys go do their thing (I still have no idea what it is...It's somewhat of a secret...lol) and the volleyball team does their thing. I asked my dad what they were doing, and he said, "What do you think?" He shows an awesome volleyball video that has been shown since before he even started coaching at Cokeville, back when he was coaching at Bear Lake. It brings me to tears every time, so I wanted to watch it. Then the coaches left, and the girls did their secret business.


 
Here are some pictures from my senior year of Homecoming. See that little boy on the left, yeah, that's the brother that is graduating this year. Crazy, right? 


The girls in my class after the donuts.

Here is a picture of me and that little boy now...He still has that same little smirk. Love him!


When I got back to my parent's house that night, I decided it was time to put my speech together. Holy mother of something, my thoughts just would not come together. I was up until about 1:00 before deciding to just get some sleep. Good idea....I got very, very VERY little sleep. It's kind of funny because anytime someone would ask me if I was ready, I told them I'd just wing it. I kind of thought that I might have to. But it came together, at least I thought so.

To be continued... (mostly because I don't want this to be super long, and I have to get ready for work.)

10.20.2014

AZ to UT

The next morning, I totally slept in. I was surprised at how well I slept, but I guess being up so late partying hard can wear a person out.

Linds made us the most delicious pancakes for breakfast. Seriously, so Yum! Then we kind of chilled for a little before heading to Joe's Farm Grill for lunch. Oh my heck, that place was so good. They were featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives too. I could eat there everyday, I think. I got the chicken caesar salad, and it was seriously so good. I didn't even make a dent in it, but I felt so stuffed after. We also got the onion rings which were also super good. We need one of those up here for sure.


Mmmmmmm....After lunch we headed to the airport. It was a really super quick trip, but it was a lot of fun. It was great seeing Linds after so long, and seeing where she lives and how things are going for her. Thanks again Linds!


And yes, that is the same shirt I wore to the concert. I was just too lazy to change it. You'd actually be surprised at how many girls still had on their 1D stuff in the airport. Once again, our flight was full of girls who had gone to the 1D concert.

We waited in the airport for a while, but it was fine. I seriously love flying, and the airport life intrigues me for some reason.


The flight back wasn't too bad, except for being delayed for a little due to an overhead bin that wouldn't close properly. The solution? Duct Tape! How's that for making you feel safe?



It was so beautiful up in the air, flying through clouds. Yes, I'm slightly obsessed with flying. We landed in SLC, and got a wheelchair to push me back to where Kandyce and Clay were waiting. I was so scared for my life (and others). Mom was super crazy, and nearly ran over a few people. Kind of embarrassing, but funny also. Thanks for pushing me around mom, and for going on the trip with me.

I got home around 9:00 pm, just tired. Unfortunately I had to work the next day, so I didn't even get to sleep in. Oh well. It was a great trip. One that I'll never forget!

10.19.2014

AZ to 1D

**Prepare for major photo overload**

We got into Phoenix about 10:30 in the morning (I believe). Linds picked us up and drove us back to her house in Gilbert. It is always so interesting to me to see different cities. I expected it to be completely desert, but was surprised to see mountains and farm land. It was surprisingly beautiful down there. If I had to move somewhere that had hot temperatures, I think I'd pick Phoenix/Gilbert/any of those outlying towns.

Linds lives really close to the new Gilbert temple, so she drove us by it so we could get a better look. It was absolutely beautiful!

We then went to Lindsay's apartment and chilled for a while. I haven't seen her little girl in a very long time, so it was fun to see how big she has gotten, and to see her adorable, sassy little attitude. She was a lot of fun. We ate lunch and toured the apartment complex (which was really nice...Like I said, if I had to move somewhere hot...) I got to see a brief Arizona rainstorm, and then we just watched Dancing with the Stars.

The concert didn't start until 7:00 PM, but we decided to leave around 3:00 PM. I changed into my awesome One Direction shirt, and we headed out. It took forever to get there. We literally listened to the One Direction CD three times all the way through. Traffic was insane! The last hour we were stuck on the off ramp. It was seriously just crazy.



When we finally parked in the mall parking lot next to the stadium, we found Aunt Marcie so mom could hang out with her while Linds and I went to the concert. We had Aunt Marcie drive us a little closer to the stadium, and then Linds and I walked the rest of the way.

I don't know why I was still shocked at the number of people there, but it was seriously amazing! So many girls. I think Linds and I were the only ones over the age of 25 that didn't have kids with us. But it's okay. I'm sure we fit in.

I didn't really know where we were sitting, but as we finally got into the stadium, and started walking down towards our seats, I was pretty excited to see how close we were. If we were at a football game, we would have been about the goal line, two rows up. It was awesome. There was only one row of girls to look over. Seriously, these pictures don't do justice of how close we were.

My first time being in an NFL stadium. It was HUGE, and AMAZING! So loud too! They had some music videos and some ads showing on the big screen while we were waiting, and anytime the One Direction fragrance commercials came on, the girls would just scream. It was insane.


It took a little while for the opening act to come on stage. I knew the band, not really well, but I did know some of their songs. This is their second year touring with One Direction, so there were a lot of girls with 5SOS shirts on. My favorite songs of theirs (and really the only ones I really knew) are "She Looks So Perfect," "Amnesia," and "Don't Stop."

There is Michael Clifford...

Calum Hood

Ashton Irwin

Luke Hemmings

For an opening band, they were really quite good. They were fun, and I really like their music. My only complaint is that they went really long. It was probably about an hour, but it was hard to really rock when you don't know their songs, but they were really good. I was just ready for One Direction to come out.

When 5SOS were done, there was a short/not really short intermission. I told you we had great seats, well during this intermission, a bunch of little girls (and they were really like 12), started clustering in the aisle next to us. Super annoying. Eventually the lady (a mom) behind us went and grabbed a security guy to stand there and make sure no one starting lining up again.

It was a really long intermission. The people checking the stage and equipment took their sweet time. Heaven forbid the stage collapses and the boys get thrown off and into my arms! But it was just building up the excitement I guess. And I have to admit, I really was extremely super excited. It's one thing to just see video of them, but to be in the same room as them. It's pretty sweet. As soon as the lights went down, the screaming began. They had this little video introducing the boys.





And then you hear "Straight off the plane to a new hotel...." Followed by a few thousand girls screaming. I didn't cry, though I nearly did. I just kept smiling and saying, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh" over and over. It was crazy. Of course I know all their songs, so it was a bit easier to let loose and sing along. I didn't scream or anything, but it sure was loud in there. I could seriously feel the bass beating in my chest. It was awesome.

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Louis is my favorite.....


They were so fun to watch. They just look like their having so much fun out there. I can't even imagine the rush of going out on a stage and having thousands of girls just screaming for you. They even interacted with the crowd a bit. Harry was the best. He called out some kid who was their with his sister. He had asked him if she was his girlfriend, and he said no I'm her brother. Then Harry goes on to say how sweet it is that he would bring his sister, and what a good looking kid he was. He was just so sweet and genuine.

Then, he asked some girl whose birthday it was what her name was. I SWEAR he said Breanne. I will let you listen to the video that I found on instagram. It sounds like he said my name, but then it sounds like he said Reanne, however, I still know what it's like to have Harry Styles say my name! (Don't judge me!)

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There was this cute dad who was there with his little girl. He just sat their totally bored, but about half way through, he left and came back with some memorabilia for his daughter. It was really cute. Then there was a part in one of the songs where Nial made a somewhat inappropriate gesture, and of course all the girls screamed, and I look at the dad and he is just shaking his head. It was pretty funny. Such a sweet dad.

There was also a group of 15-16 year olds in front of us who kept getting the boys to wave our way. I must have missed it, but I guess at one point Harry did look our way and wave, because the kid in front of us started FREAKING out. "He looked at me! He looked at me! Did you see that?" Keep dreaming boy. (Yes it was a teenage boy.)

Ahhh..I just still can't believe I was there. It was an amazing concert, and I really am so grateful for all those who helped get me there. And Linds, it was fun to go with you. I think we should make this an annual thing! ;)

It was pretty hectic getting out of there. So many people. We just had to make it across the street to where my mom and Marcie dropped us off, and when we did, we just waiting in the parking lot forever! I don't know what was going on. They seriously need to rethink traffic around that stadium. But it was fun to be able to talk with everyone and keep the fun night going. Mom and Marcie said they could hear the screaming all the way to where they were. It was so loud. Even after we got to Lindsay's van, it was still probably another hour before making it out of the mall parking lot. We didn't get home until like 1:30 in the morning. But, it was totes worth it. Like I said, Linds....Let's make it an annual event!

10.16.2014

Thursday Three | 10/16/2014

              • I feel like families are being destroyed more and more by satan each day, and it's making sad... like really sad. (And kind of scared)
              • I have awesome hair, and I love it. 
              • I have been so bored at work, it's making me crazy. Like, I literally don't know what to do with myself, so I sometimes want to cry. Lol. #iamababy
                              Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.