take me out.

we started up our ward softball team. you could say i’m falling in love with the sport all over again.

this is a part of myself that lies dormant most of the time, but i love stepping back into this ahlin every once in a while.

i should really do it more often.

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don’t mess.

over labor day weekend i was finally able to go back to dallas, the first time since moving from there over a year ago. shana flew in as well [as a surprise to valentina] and it was practically perfect in every way. i was greeted with a sign and we went straight to velvet taco for my very favorite paneer tacos to start off the weekend right. the rest of the day included steel city pops, ‘suits’, a very spicy burger at grub, the rustic, a qt run, and more ‘suits’.

sunday we went to church where i got to see a lot of familiar faces and catch up with old friends. then we got ourselves a couple pizzas at piggie pies and did some more ‘suits’ before picking up our tiff’s treats on our way to see ‘what if’. we ended the night with some more ‘suits’ before bed.

monday morning we woke up early and drove south for some horseback riding! this fulfilled my ‘ride a horse in texas just like augustus mcrae’ dream. check. then we went to my favorite breadwinners for one of my favorite breakfasts. afterward i looked around half price books for a couple hours while valentina and shana napped. i love that place so much and i did not leave empty handed… then we got ready and picked up our favorite tacos again to eat at klyde warren park. after that we went to the bishop’s arts district so i could get some of my very favorite pie at emporium pies. we each got something different and taste tested them, and i got a piece of apple ‘lord of the pies’ to go for my az roommates. afterward we got some qt and met up with shawn and ed for bowling! we finished the night with some more ‘suits’ before our six am flight tuesday morning.

honestly such a perfect trip, and obviously too short. i am sure an annual trip to dallas is a must. i still love my state of texas so much.

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ward camp out at blue ridge.

this was our last hurrah with the southshore ward and my last activity to plan. we camped up near blue ridge reservoir and it was beautiful and the weather was so nice and we ate s’mores and made breakfast burritos and hung lanterns and listened to chicago and looked at the stars and canoed and enjoyed the wild air. it was a pretty perfect end to the tempe era.

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the inspiration.

my dad bought these tickets in january and they were waiting patiently, saved on my desktop for seven months, until they could be printed and redeemed. it has been a dream of mine for years to see chicago in concert, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. every song hit me right in the childhood and there were several times i thought my heart would burst from too much happiness.

i could go on and on about how amazing it was and how i became subsequently obsessed, but i think i can summarize it pretty well by saying that seeing them was like seeing the killers perform live for the first time all over again.

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note slash major bummer: i somehow deleted all my pictures and videos from the concert from my photo stream. so they are nowhere to be found. stupid cloud. good thing i tweeted not one, not two, but three pictures from the night. obsessed i tell you.

 

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july 2014

the fourth of july included flying, QT runs, jeep rides, pool time, BBQs, fireworks, dancing on my own, sparklers, a drive to snowflake, and a rodeo // the rest of july included packing and a trip to alpine that was beyond amazing [archery, wild horses, zip lining, bonfires, and stargazing]. dreams came true.

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my bruxist vacation.

in june i went to st george to have some work done on my jaw since it was locked for a month. super fun stuff.

the upside is that it was done by a family friend and my old sunday school teacher dr dudley and i got to be doted on and taken care of by my beautiful mother! plus matt and jade brought me a dirty dr pepper because they are the best. david read to me and watched movies with me. [sooo good to see david, i love that kid so much]. and me and gatsby had some bonding time of course. that rabbit is seriously a cat.

i got to hang out with the kids, get a massage with the mother, see the nan, and relax for a few days. i love st george and i love being with my family.

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TWENTYFOUR

well to say my birthday was pretty amazing would be a gross understatement. let’s just say my dreams came true and then some. since it was such a busy funfilled day (or two), i will bullet point so i don’t leave anything out.

– the night before we went to rita’s with the ward (plus ashley and ally!) and then some friends came over for more treats and nintendo and talking and fun.

– the morning of i woke up to streamers and lovely notes from my friends that dear danielle put together. she did not hold back on making me feel special.

– i went to jamba juice and einstein’s with my dad for breakfast. i loved seeing him the day of!

– i pampered myself with a massage, some pool time, a haircut, and movie (‘divergent’) before resting up for the big night. adam was my companion for the afternoon and it was pretty much the best day ever. i also was able to open a few presents from the mail! shoutout to sarah and anna and my sisters. i freaking love opening presents.

– the theme for my birthday was royals by lorde so my friends and i met up dressed up to the nines for dinner at my favorite thai restaurant yuppha’s. i love dressing up. and eating thai. and my friends.

– after a fun dinner and free dessert, it was karaoke time! we rented out a room in north tempe at a karaoke place that was almost sketch but not quite. it was amazing. i started off with the killers [obviously] and we all took turns singing some favorites. i even got serenaded by my nice dude friends while they wore masks and jester hats and tank tops with a picture of abs on them. still not quite sure what they were going for but it was pretty amazing to say the least.

– i had specifically requested my favorite chocolate cake from costco and i wanted it to be space cats themed [because i am hilarious and amazing]. and oh man goodness did rachel pull through. it was better than i could have imagined. and so delicious.

– after karaoke some of us went back to our apartment and since it was almost midnight we brainstormed one last crazy thing we could do for my birthday. we ended up sneaking into our complex’s pool and jumping in with our clothes on. this was definitely a big thing for me because a) i hate breaking rules and b) i usually try to refrain from getting my clothes wet, fearing that it might ruin them. idk. but it was fun and i was nervous but excited and we hung out there for a bit before going back to the apartment for more snacks and nintendo and secret telling until four in the morning. yolo.

didn’t i say it was funfilled and busy? i loved every second of it.

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