If you asked me how much I love when my girls are in town, I would have to look you dead in the eye and respond with a, "You have no idea how much I love it." And that's exactly what I said.
I hate NAU and I hate that Kelsey lives there. But hi. 3 weeks and she's back here with me. That's fine by me. I'm so ready for her to come back. LC and Cosette already live here so nobody cares about them.
We went over to Pai's house for lunch/dinner with my mom's whole side of the family.
Everything was so so good and holding babies was even better.
We ate and ate and ate till we couldn't eat anymore.
We watched football and played football.
Around 6 we all went to Zoolights as a family and got our fill of animals and christmas all rolled into one. I carried brick around the whole time showing him the lights and just lovin on that cute face.
It was one of the best Thanksgiving's I've ever had and I'm so grateful for the people I get to celebrate it with.
You know when people ask you on your birthday, "So, do you feel any older?" and you respond with a, "Oh, ha-ha not really."
Well this year, when people asked, I felt it.
This one is no longer a teen.
I got really sad about it.
I don't want to be 20!
I want to stay little and be with my little friends in my little town for the rest of my little life.
But unfortunately, this isn't "Little People BIG World" so i've gotta grow up sometime.
Other than being super goth about being old, it was such a good birthday.
In the morning, mom and I went to breakfast at Liberty market. That omelet did me so right.
Then I got to work to a desk that looked like the birthday monster threw up on it, as well as my fave candy, and an especially delicious jamba juice. My bff LC gets mad props on that one.
We went to lunch at one of my favie sandwich shops, Flancer's, and got to see my friend pick his nose in his car on the way back to work.
When work finally commenced, the family all went to Joe's for dinner. Whoever lives in Gilbert and doesn't cash in on that is a fool.
And everyone has a second birthday dinner right? Right.
My friends all got together and we had dinner at Tia Rosa's. I really have the greatest friends anyone could ever ask for. They mean the world to me!
And to conclude the night, we hit up Brunswick for a good competitive game of bowling, and Braden smashed all of us.
LC spent the night and we got to have some quality bonding time. It's always the best when I can wake up to that one.
So that was Friday.
Saturday, we woke up and Last Chanced it.
Give me a break, there was nothing.
I always end up leaving there hating myself and feeling like I have to peel off an extra layer of skin.
But I always return.
After that, dad took me out to get a pedicure (yes you read that right) at Elite. And might I add "Miss O'leary's BBQ" Is my new fave color. Who doesn't want BBQ looking toes?
Later that night, my good friend Zach Jackson had HIS birthday dinner at Costa. We had a good time with good people and food and got to catch up with people I don't usually get to see. I.E. everyone in Thatcher. Spencer, Jimmy, LC, Austin Skinner and I hung out in the parking lot, doing a hell of a lot of nothing. But The personal "Dank" messages all over my car by Spencer were an added bonus.
Sunday finally rolled around and we had a bunch of the family come over for cake and ice cream. There's nothing I love more than my whole family in one place at the same time. I love them all with everything I have!
Monday morning, I had two options: Last Chance, or the Zoo.
I chose neither and decided to sleep.
I was super bummed because the Zoo is always a good time, especially with Pai.
But my extra sleep was wonderful as well.
Dad and I rolled out around 10 to go to breakfast at Eggington's. Never disappointing.
So as for the birthday weekend, I'd definately give it 17 million thumbs up. I got spoiled and loved on all weekend.
Thank you to my family and friends who love me enough to prolong my birthday and celebrate with me all day and all night!
I love you all!
Now here's 5 minutes of what my birthday actually looked like:
He sent me the sweetest email ever for my birthday. Complete with my own picture and everything... it just oozed and goozed cuteness. (What else is new?)
He loves Africa and loves being a missionary. There are so many things that could discourage him (like this sick-nast water he has to scoop out of a roach motel and use as a shower) But he keeps on keepin on.
Every year, LC and I stress about a month in advance about what to be for Halloween. We went back and forth from a ballerina, Elsa and Weird Girl from Frankenweenie, and everything else in between. Breakouts happened, sleep was lost, and many text shot through cyberspace trying to figure this out. So all of you must think some spectacular costume was our outcome.
At work our theme was "The 80s" and we ran with it.
So we were our mom's for Halloween.
I told my mom our idea and she got super hyper going into lengthy detail about how she can help me be the best Kaylynn Bethea dupp that there ever was. So again, you probably think that was the outcome.
And this time, your thoughts are correct my friends. I pulled off Kaylynn like no one else could.
Complete with a "Save Ferris" t-shirt, a red undershirt, HAIR, blue
eyeshadow, a holographic ring, jelly bracelets, a neon freestyle watch,
levi's, legwarmers, and chucks. SO fly. I know.
But the 1st prize, and biggest props go to Xan.
Have you ever seen Bridesmaids?
1. if you haven't. I'm sorry.
2. She was "Megan" from Bridesmaids.
None of us could control ourselves. She is the only one that could so perfectly pull that off. So she did. We love Xan for this.
So yeah, my costume was pretty lame unfortunately. But I was able to whip my hair back and forth, and shake my rump all night...which is all that matters. It was such a fun Halloween.
We started it off by going to our BFF's Adam's house. His birthday is on Halloween, so every year, we go to his house and have soup and the whole shebang. It's been an ongoing tradition for the past 3 years, but he just left on his mission Wednesday, so with a heavy heavy heart, we bid adieu to both Adam and Sister Payne's yummy soup for 2 years. Both will be greatly missed.
(Brittlyn: A unicorn. Mind you, this was Brooke's 24 month old costume until Britt cut the legs off. We like Brittlyn. Austin: An Australian tour guide. Ty: A gay cowboy *rolls eyes but loves him here* Cosette: Sandy. Adam: a pilgrim later on at night. Vance: Vance. Braden: Flynn Rider, is he not the BEST you've EVER seen? Brooke: Tangled. Jarom: Old Man. Kimee: Old Lady...and Me.)
Then LC and I went over to Chipotle and got our $2 "Boo"rito. Whoever did not participate in this magical event, missed out. I knew Halloween was my fave for a reason.
The last event was the massive Halloween Airplane Hanger party. We dropped it like it was hot all night and didn't stop once.
It was such a fun day and I'm glad I get to make so many memories like this with the best people in the whole wide world. **Minus Colin.
They say distance makes the heart grow fonder. They say a lot of things that will eventually turn into a picture on pinterest, but this quote is so significant and important to me. The love of my life is serving the Lord in Angola Africa right now and is absolutely killing it. For as long as I've known Col, his dedication and hard working attitude is something I've loved about him from day 1. He doesn't do anything half way and will not stop until it's done right. This includes his missionary work. He is blessing the lives of so many people in Angola. I can only imagine the impact the people there are making on his life, and vis-a-versa.
Both of our lives turned when he left, I don't think either of us really knew how to go on without one another. But with each day passing, I look and see how much the lord has blessed the both of us in this process, I not only see amazing changes in my boyfriend, but also in myself. I'm growing into the woman that I want to be and who God, and Col want and need me to be.
While he's been gone I've gone through so many phases, grief, sadness, anger, distancing myself from others, you name it. I really had no idea how to act. I joined singles ward with LC and tried the whole talking to boys and dating thing, but it just wasn't for me. Dates are fun, but RMs that want to be serious isn't ha ha. My heart is in Africa and it'll be there until April of 2014. I'm so proud of Colin and the person he is. I thank Heavenly Father DAILY and consistently for the sincere blessing that Colin is. I am so incredibly lucky to have Colin as my other half. He really is just that though.
My other Half.
So without further adieu, here's the boy of my dreams...
That time of the year has already come and gone. My favorite time of the year in fact.
Minus Summer and Christmas. So my 3rd favorite time of the year actually.
For work, the admissions team came in as 80's. Mom got way over-excited about that and took me out shopping for all the required gear.
So are any of you suprised by the resemblance between the two of us?
After work, LC and I went to our good friend Adam's house for his traditional soup and pizza for his birthday. We've been doing this for the past 3 years and I can't believe this will be the last time. (He leaves on his mission the 7th of November. It was so fun to get all of us together. I'm SO grateful for my friends and the friendships we have. Brother's and sister's forever.
After Adam's we went to the big halloween dance at the airplane hanger in Chandler. This has been so long awaited and it was one of the most fun dances i've ever been to. My neck, back, feet and legs are screamin today. Went way to hard, but so worh it.
So I'm not THAT far behind in my blogging, but ever since my boss got super hyper about me "abusing the internet" the blogging has been put on kind of the back burner for a bit. But i've wanted to document recent things and feelings, after all, isn't that what a...journal... blog is for?
The answer to that rhetorical question is YES my friends!
So let's jump into this.
We took our annual Fall Break trip to good ole' Anaheim to enjoy some R&R with Mickey & friends. All 6 days of it. Woof.
The 1st ride in my whole entire life i've waited 75 minutes for. Radiator Springs Racers is Disney's newest ride in "Cars Land" and it was totally worth the long sweaty lines.
If anyone knows me, they know my obsession with all things Tim Burton. He recently tag teamed with Disney on "Frankenweenie" and they were promoting it like crazy there. This was there Lemonade Fusion juice, or as we called, "Frankenweenie Juice". So crazy good, and I had probably 3. With that, my shirt, and my mug, I was one happy almost gothic camper. JK about that goth part though.
By the last day, we were kinda space mountained out. We just walked around, spent money on insignificant things and over-priced food.
That night we visited the local indoor Vans skatepark to just relax. What's a trip to California without a little boarding?
Our traditional Stop to Dowling's fruit stand on the way home.