Thursday, November 13, 2008

So happy I cried a little!

My nephew was born yesterday!!!
Rustin Ricks Nov. 12, 2008
6lbs. 2oz. 19in.
that is all.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

It's that time of year...

and I love it because it means halloween and then Thanksgiving which leads to Christmas! I can't wait for christmas this year, I get to go back to Utah for a whole month and spend christmas with most of my family, except for Court and my mom :(. But I am driving there with Courtney which will be tons of fun. There are also other exciting things. I get to be maid of honor for my best friend Kapri, yay! I will also get to meet my new niece Madison. I am so excited, I have gotten a few pictures of her via pix messages (thanks kirst) she seems little a sweetie. I am also SO excited for my sister Heather to have her baby Rustin soon (maybe today!) and even more excited that I will get to see him in Dec. and spend a lot of time with him and Heather and Marc when I stay at their new house.

Enough about future plans let's talk about what's been happening. (it's been a while since I posted) As you can tell I made it back from England safely. I had such a wonderful time there I was really sad to leave. One day I will go back, I am sure. So right when i got back I left for Utah (boy do I spend a lot of time there) and it was great. I got to say goodbye to my step brother Matt before he left on his mission. And the same day he left for the MTC, Matt (Allred) came home from his mission in SC. It was great to have everybody together agian. We had a really fun BBQ at Ben's house. Then I came back here to start school. That seems like that is all that has been going on since then. I've just been busy with school. I am doing pretty well, maybe not as well as last semester (my first 4.0!) but still pretty good. I am really ready for it be over though.

Halloween last weekend was fun. After I had one majore exam, a research paper, a presentation, and another paper all due in one week, halloween was a nice break. I got to spend the whole day with my friend Rachel and her kids. I went to her daughter's school and helped her carve pumpkins. We won the prize for most unique. Later Courtney joined us for some trick-or-treating. It was funny, I dressed up as a new mom (diaper bag, bags under my eyes, general frazzled apperance and carying a doll) and courtney showed up dressed as a baby. XD

Then there was the election on tuesday. It my first time voting and that was exciting especially since it was in a presidential election (yes I am older than 18 but I just haven't voted before this). And yesterday Gibby left for the MTC and then she will be off to Romania. I know she'll be a great missionary but I was sad to say goodbye. I cried when I talked to her Tuesday night.
So that catches you up on the main points that have happend: school, holidays,elections and missionaries; and what I am looking forward to: nephews and niece, weddings, parties and Christmas with family.

This will technically be the first time I remember spending all of christmas with my Dad (eve and morning) and I am glad that I will be able to share this special time of year with him. I love him very much and miss all of my family in Utah tremendously. Sometimes I forget how very blessed I am to have all these people i love so much, in my life. As Thanksgiving rolls around I realize how very thankful I am for my family. I love them very much and I am so grateful for their support and the light and joy they add to my life. So to any of them who read this; thank you, I love you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I am almost home! :(

I know I haven't said a word about my experince in England, but I just haven't had time. So much to do, so little time.

So it's been great. Just last weekend I was in Paris and went up the eiffel tower for the first time in my life. It was all light up and beautiful. I got to practice my french and my mother was there to share it with me.

These past few weeks have been good and bad, mostly good. I love england. I would have to say York is my favortie place I have been. It was amazing, so ancient, so much history. But, every place is like that here. there is just so much to see and experience I am sad I can't do it all. I wish I had more time.
At the begining six weeks seemed like forever long but now I have to go home in 2 weeks and I don't wanna. the time went fast.

The bad part of the trip has been the class. I am studying creative wrting and I have never hated it so much. There is so much work. A LOT of reading and very little writing, and even that is not fun anymore. Now I have to analyze everything to death until it sucks all the joy out of it. I suppose analysis is supposed to make you enjoy it more, but when you are doing it for the benefit of someone else (teacher) and not out of genuine curiosity, it just becomes a whole lot of work. So that was me complaining, but I am done now.

England blows my mind! I just wish I could some how absord it into myself just to become one half as amazing as it is. I didn't think it would be hard ot leave but now I know it is going to. I just need to stop thinking about it I guess.

this weekend my roomate, Heidi (who is awesome), and I are going to Bath for four days! that is home to the jane austin museum. it should be really fun. we've decided to have one last relaxing weekend in the middle of the rush of the last two weeks. And it is a rush. There is more work than ever in class. Everyone is trying to fit in those last few trips and experiences. Trying to buy those last minute gifts. Getting unbelievably drunk before one becomes underage again (not me of course, I don't need ot drink to have a good time ;) ) And doing all of this on the last leg of your ever shrinking pocket book.

Over the next few weeks I will try to write more, to do some back stories, but with how busy I will be it will probably be a last priority considering how many people do not read this. :) Cheers!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Best three weeks..and now England? WooHoo!

So I am nervous...very.Why? you may ask, maybe becuase i leave for a a foreign country in less than two weeks and I still have what feels like a mega load of stuff to do. But by next sunday I will be in England and there is nothing I can do about it. So get excited Lauren, get excited! I am, I, no I AM! I started my class this week and it is going to be harder than I thought but no worries I will rock it because that is what i do in life, I rock!
I am not stressed because I got to have three awesome weeks before I got all nervous and weirded out.
First I was in Utah for a week and got to spend every single minute with people that I love more than anything else in this world.
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And Family.

And then I had the most awesome roadtrip with my sister and my step sister. Which is where I got the best nickname ever.
Oh, Juggernauts!
Kirsten stayed a few days. It was awesome, see...
To top it all off darling Kylee ----->
came and stayed with me for the week after that:
And we definately had the most fun ever!!!
There was Disneyland and Beaches and poolside everyday. It just doesn't get any better than that. Soooo, good!

I am glad I got that time because itwill have to carry me through 6 weeks of stangers (who will become friends)in a strange place (that will start to feel like home) ;) oh man. I am so lucky..Barbie.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Iya finneeshed meza papurrrz!!!!!!

That is "I finnished my papers" in Lauren's-mind-is-melting-speak. So yes, next week is Finals and I today I finnished my last out-of-class paper and I am lucky to still have most of my wits about me. I thought I was going crazy and since Monday have been suffering from some type of emotional/mental breakdown, which included a mini panick attack (yes, 'panick')in the school parking lot on Wednesday. But now i am fine because I have NO MORE PAPERS TO WRITE (except my english in-class final, grrr) I did not realize I would be so happy! I am done here and ready to be back in Utah just chilling with my lovely friends whom I have not seen in months (and in some cases years: Ben).

Unfortunately I cannot check out yet I still have one more week. That is my Mantra: "One more week, one more week". But for the most part I am unconcerned with my finals. I feel prepared, I think. Actually I think I am not really prepared, I am just in a post traumatic-stress state that has taken me past caring whether I am prepared or not. But at least I feel good.

Next week will be interesting. here is what it will consist of:
-One Math Final: intervals, graphs, exponents, matrices and the like; broken into two days.
-One Theatre Final: A full two hours of being a pregnant woman with an attitude problem.
-One English Final: Comparing a faboulous selection of books to one monstrosity of a movie.
-Two French Finals: Oral and written; both on the same day. Quoi?

Woohoo for finals! The sooner they're over the sooner I am back in Utah! and then.....ENGLAND! In your face, your face!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Official Stamp

Wow! so more than 2 years after I created this lovely blog I finally remebered i had it and here is my first official post. there probably will not be many