Thursday Three | 10.30.14

                  • I am PMSing so bad this week. I honestly don't remember it being this bad. I'm ornery as heck, could cry at anything, and cramping like something awful. TMI? (Tell More Info) #namethatshow 
                  • Watched The Fault in Our Stars tonight. Bawled like I haven't cried in forever (yes I purposely choose this time to watch a sad movie because I don't want to cry when I'm in a good mood) Really liked the movie though. It just hit a little close to home on some parts. "Depression isn't a side effect of cancer, it's a side effect of dying."
                  • Tomorrow is Halloween. Yay! #sarcasm I'm lazy, so I'm going as a One Direction fan. Going to take my iPod and listen to music while I work.
                                      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.


                                      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.)


                                      Thursday Three | 10.23.14

                                                    • Trying to come up with a lesson topic, and I'm drawing a blank. Ideas?
                                                    • The thought if not having enough money for when Greg and I retire/die kind of worries me. Thanks to our investments dude at work for bringing that topic up.
                                                    • I want a whole week where I can do whatever the heck I want and have no bad consequences (like stay up all night and not be tired, or eat a bunch if junk and not get sick)
                                                                      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.


                                                                      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!


                                                                      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.


                                                                      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!)


                                                                      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!


                                                                      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.


                                                                                                  From UT to AZ...

                                                                                                  So, the trip started Monday, September 15. Mom picked me up after work and we started our trip.

                                                                                                  After a quick stop to clean the crazy dirty, bug splattered windshield, we were on our way. We were staying at my sister Kandyce's house that night and having Clay take us to the airport in the morning.

                                                                                                  I got to see my adorable nephew Liam, who used to be a total cranky pants, but has turned into the cutest, funniest little guy.

                                                                                                  We played with all his fun toys...

                                                                                                  ...and showed us his cool tricks.

                                                                                                  I didn't know before hand, but my oldest sister was coming from Nebraska with one of her friends to attend a DoTerra convention (yes, my sister is one of "those people" ;) so it was good to see her too. We watched Austenland while Liam bounced around all happy and crazy. (Like I said, he's normally a grouch, so it was fun to see him all cute-like.)

                                                                                                  The next morning we got up bright and earliy-ish so we could make it to the airport. One great thing about living in Utah is all the temples within such a small area. Love them.

                                                                                                  We even drove past my work's operation center, so it was basically like I went to work. I should get paid.

                                                                                                  When we got to the airport, I got to ride in one of these fun things. I felt a little silly, but our terminal was quite a ways away, so I'm sure it was okay.

                                                                                                  When we got on the plane, after we had all kind of settled in, one of the airline dudes gets on the intercom and says, "Who's going to the One Direction concert?" I don't know why I thought I would have been the only one, but I was kind of surprised to hear a bunch of other girls scream. I guess I'm not the only weirdo willing to fly to go to a concert.

                                                                                                  The flight was great. I really love flying. If I could, I'd do it more often. Seriously. I love it.

                                                                                                  I was lucky to have my mom take this trip with me. For some reason Greg didn't want to go with me and watch me scream at barely legal hotties. But we had a lot of fun, and I'm glad she was able to go with me.

                                                                                                  The flight was nice and short, and before I knew it, we were touching down in Arizona.

                                                                                                  PS. I was expecting it to be super duper hot, but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too bad. Sure it was still in the 90's, but not in the 100's like it had been the days prior. I even got to experience some Arizona rain (you know, because rain is different everywhere you go!)
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