Friday, July 31, 2015

What are you?

Awhile ago a couple of my friends and I were discussing whether, if faced with the option, we would choose a fruity dessert or a chocolatey dessert. Maria would pick the fruit-based dessert. Nik is a chocoholic. I was only half-listening.
Nik turns to me and asks, "what are you?"

"I'm half-Mexican."
...
"Er, I'm a chocolately person."

And then I started laughing.
I crack myself up. 
"I'm half-Mexican." Apparently THAT is my gut-reaction response to the question, "what are you?"
We had a good laugh about that one.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DIIIIIEEEEEGO!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

He was such a fun, cute little boy. 
He still is. 
I will be forever grateful that I grew up sandwiched between two brothers. They are the best.

Proof I was thinking about you at work this morning, Diegito.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chasing the sun

Well, apparently seeing the sunrise every morning isn't good enough for me. Last night I was walking home from institute and saw this:
So, naturally, I hopped on my bike and zoomed up the hill to a more suitable location to watch the sunset and observe those magnificent clouds. Nevermind the fact that I was supposed to be in bed because I have to wake up ridiculously early in the morning...

I didn't really find a great place to view the sun setting, but this is the best I got. Can you see the clouds outlined in pink in the middle of the photo? It looked absolutely spectacular in real life.

Ahhh the sky. 
I'm so appreciative of/obsessed with God's handiwork.

And God made man. And man made playgrounds. I'm pretty appreciative of those too.

Since I'm not on the team anymore and I don't HAVE to run everyday...I still do. But I don't run 60-80 miles a week anymore.
Even though I'm not running competitively, I still love to run and I still want to be as physically fit as I can be. So I'm that crazy girl at the playground doing chin-ups on the monkey bars and swinging on the swings. It's fun. I can take a break from running and work-out/play on the jungle gym. It works out perfectly since I no longer have free access to a weight-room. The world is my weight-room.
I just have to be consistent. Because I know from personal experience that it's a lot easier to maintain your level of fitness by steady and constant work than it is to work-out in spurts here and there.
Spiritual progression is like that too. We must work hard to develop spiritually by studying the scriptures and praying daily, attending the temple regularly, and applying Christ's Atonement in our own lives. These were the thoughts swirling around in my head as I swung on the swings this morning. 
Can you tell I just finished reading a book about this? I borrowed it from a friend. It's called Power to Become: Spiritual patterns for pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ by David A. Bednar. I highly recommend it.
I came across another example illustrating this principle in my scripture study today. Alma, verse 37 to the end of the chapter deals with the Liahona. 
"40 And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day. 
41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in the journey;"

So, remember to exercise your FAITH and DILIGENCE in all areas of your life. That's how you will progress constantly and eventually see marvelous results.

And here's my vast collection of photos featuring the sky (for the most part):  























Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I love God's creations

I have a Pinterest board with this same title. And the photos on my phone definitely reveal that I am a sucker for the beauty of the earth. Trees, flowers, animals, clouds, fruits, mountains, and grass are just a few things that make me really happy. 
On Sunday, after talking to Bishop about serving a mission (yeah, that's one of the changes I was referring to in my last post. The other one is that I'm not trying out for the team in the fall. More info on that to come...), I went on a walk along the pretty path and just thanked my Heavenly Father for everything. I am so grateful for His goodness and for the gospel and for Christ and for the Atonement and for my family and for good people and for this beautiful earth and for the scriptures and for the power of prayer and for my patriarchal blessing. 
You guys, the gospel is true. I believe it with all my heart. And that is why I want to serve a mission. During my scripture study today, I felt a kinship with Alma when he says in verse 24, "Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost." 
I also want to share the good news of the gospel. I want everyone to know that families can be forever. I want to help people come unto Christ. 




True story: I want to have long hair when I get married (that way my hair is long and gorgeous in my engagement and wedding photos, of course.)  
And since I'm going on a mission...I'm about to go 18 MONTHS without having to worry about boys/getting married so that's why this was the perfect time for me to get my haircut. It'll be super long when I get back. Woot woot!

I highly recommend going to the Bean Museum. It's free and it is so cool! 
I want to take Tommy there. Mom, Dad, that means you have to come visit me. 
Pleeeeeeeeeease.




YUM. Fruit is nature's candy. 
And I love candy.

I get to the sunrise more often than not now. At least...I get to marvel at the sky for a few precious moments when I take out the trash if I time it right.
You see, I work as a custodian on campus. From 4:30 to 7:30 AM. 
Yeah, I wake up at FOUR in the morning. Hey, early bird gets the worm.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Embracing change

I chopped my hair. 
Right before my appointment I was rethinking my life and considering just getting a trim because I really love my long hair...But I told myself I've had it long forever, I might as well try something new (I mean, this is the perfect time...), it'll look fine short, and it'll grow back fast anyway. Then I was brave.
And I love it. It feels so light and fresh.
That's not the only change I've been embracing in my life recently. But that's all I want to share for now. After all, this isn't a journal.

Side note: Maybe you've noticed my crooked smile. There is a story behind that. When I was little (I can't remember how old) I was walking along a wall and fell and smacked my head on the pavement. My bottom lip split open and this is the result. I do remember that even though I had just busted my lip and it kinda hurt...it didn't deter me from eating my fair share of pizza that night since we had gone out to eat as a family.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The last of them

Here are the rest of the random pics I took while I was in CA and AZ. I told you I take lots of pictures...I wasn't kidding.
*happy sigh*
I enjoyed spending time with my family and capturing so many memories. I hope you spend quality time with your loved ones too. Sure, it's not always perfect. There will be bickering and fighting and conflicting opinions sometimes...but keep an eternal perspective. Express your love and appreciation for your parents, siblings, friends, etc.
Okay, I'm done. Here you go: 

My mom makes the best food ever.


I guess some firefighters were getting lunch here. 
Small, ordinary things amuse me.

Tommy got new shoes. He's stylin'.

I thought car washes were fun as a kid. I still do actually...
That blue thing is the speaker I got for my birthday! It's awesome. Doing mundane things like washing the dishes or making food becomes WAY FUN when you blast music. Try it. I used to HATE doing the dishes. I still don't love it, but...it's easier now.

We ate at Rocky's for my birthday. Well, the day before since my birthday was on a Sunday this year. 
I can't wait till you come home, Joshy! This was one of his favorite pizza places.

Check out the sky. STUNNING.

I love this little boy. Also, don't mind my attire. 
Spandex and t-shirts/running tank tops are my PJs.

I made this in ceramics my senior of high school.

Passing the sand dunes on our way to San Diego.

So, when we were in California, we ate out once a day and had cereal and sandwiches the rest of the time. Why? We were on vacation. My mom didn't wanna cook for that week. And the rest of us didn't complain. #hardlyanydishes!


Bread and butter. Mmmmmmmmmm. I recommend this place. Delizioso.

I liked how everything has a painting on it at Imperial Beach.

Fun fact: my sister and I forgot to bring a brush with us to San Diego. Sure, my dad brought a comb, but that doesn't work on me. A tiny comb can't tame this mess. And my mom rarely uses a brush because 1) She has curly hair and 2) Right now her hair is short anyway.
Luckily Fiona was kind enough to brush through the tangles with her fingers (read: pull apart the rat's nest that was my hair) after I showered on the third day.

Well, at least I could say I was going for the "beach waves" look.
Sometimes I like to pretend I'm a California girl. I mean, the sea does do great things for my hair.

Diego can make his pupils and irides (that is the usual plural for the iris, the part of the eye surrounding the pupil. I looked it up.) disappear. Pretty sick. I had to capture it.

Then Diego turned the camera on us.

I just love when we're all together and in good moods.











I mean, look at that face.




Blue steel. Tommy nailed it.


The Marcus Marlins cheer was awesome. I'm glad I got to witness it.


I let Fiona practice her makeup skills on me.

She told me she was doing a "cat eye" eyeliner look on me. 
Well, I didn't want her to stop there, so...

This happened.

It needs some work. But it's decided. I'm going to be a cat this year for Halloween. After all, cats are my favorite in the animal kingdom.

Fiona even did makeup on herself without using a mirror. 
She's better than I am with a mirror.

Pippin likes to sit in his doggie door and peer outside. It's purty cute.

Ah. The SKY.

We went to the Colorado river a couple times. It was fun.


Pippin LOVED swimming.

My tan lines are still blinding, but they're actually much better here than at the beginning of the summer.

My mom made CINNAMON ROLLS.
She loves me.

I borrow clothes from Fiona's wardrobe when I'm home. It's great cuz then I can pack more important things...like my running shoes.

We had a water balloon toss and fight. And there's my speaker, making another appearance. Good times.

Thomas is the star of the show for the rest of this post. Kids do the funniest things and are so fun to photograph. And Tommy is especially adorable. I mean, he is a Huston.


All packed for Cali.

See, didn't I tell you he's adorable??
He's trying to kick me.
But I'm too fast for him.


He lost a tooth! 
Well, Mom pulled it out because it was starting to look grayish, ew!

Awwwwwww just look at him!

Right before we left for Phoenix, we got to go to his swim meet. He's raced before, but this was my first time getting to watch his swim meet! I was so excited and a little nervous. Whenever there's a race going on, I get butterflies in my stomach.

He's good at backstroke.


He got first place!!! This was his first time winning and I got to see it. Woot woot!


Classic stop in Gila Bend on our way to Phoenix.
And that's the end, folks.