I must admit that I love coming home, but I also have the heart of a gypsy and can't stay in the same place for too long (sorry mom and dad!!!). Bellingham is the best place and this summer it has been full of fun, hard work, thoughts of quitting, decision making, and love.
The original plan this summer was to work at Workskiff for my dad, buuutttt plans always change. I've had to get used to change more often than I would like to. It's an inevitable thing so I've also learned to suck it up and roll with it. I scored a job working at a home that housed 5 developmentally disabled adults. It was the hardest job I've ever done. EVER. There were many days where I wanted to quit because coworkers were driving me nuts or a resident would have a hard day and I didn't know whether or not I could do it. I stuck with it for 3 months and finally had my last day because of vacation and preparing to go back to school. Looking back on it now, I know that it was the best job for me. I have this incredible love for those residents and have become a new and changed person. Each resident taught me something different and gave me this wonderful outlook on life. Because of this job, I now have a nurse's assistant license and can search for more jobs similar to it.
This summer I went through the temple! Not because I'm going on a mission (sorry bout it) or because some guy suddenly wanted to marry me, but because I was ready and because I wanted to do it for me. Best decision I ever made people, I can tell you that for sure. My attitude, my quality of life, and me as a person has changed significantly and I feel more myself than ever. The temple rocks and so does having a testimony of the gospel and of Jesus Christ.
My family and I had some fun activities in the four short months I was here. Sullivan James Clark was born and I experienced the whole thing. He never stops smiling and I love having a nephew more than anything. We went strawberry picking and Baylie and Robert stayed for a little bit. Speaking of... Robert got engaged and then married in August to his perfect other half. I've never met a more in sync couple than those two. 4th of July was hoppin'!! That is by far my most favorite holiday and I'm so glad I was home for it. My friend Meg visited me for a weekend and I showed her around Bellingham and introduced her to Kombucha. I chopped off all my hair because frankly, anything past my shoulders drives me nuts and I like short hair. I went on trek with my home stake and loved every minute of it!! Trek was my absolute favorite when I was 15 and I'm sure its a contributing factor as to why I am so strong in the church. We ventured to Utah to see Robert get married. I saw some of my favorite friends while I was down there, went to Sodalicious, and partied at the Ivins Party House. I got another toe ring haha and added to my very decorated hands with another ring. The best part was seeing my brother be sealed. We're pretty close and I'm so glad he's happy. I finally got to go back to the fair!!! It was so sad missing it last year, but I made up for it by judging photos in 4-H and working with the goats and in the 4-H barn.
I made the decision to head back to Rexburg early. I tried to leave 2 weeks before I actually went but walked out on a flat tire. After deciding to wait another week, I ended up getting the stomach flu. That delayed me until the next week. Someone did not want me to go back to Rexburg so soon and I am very grateful for that because I got to spend some extra time making money and being with my family. I do love Idaho though and am glad I'm back. Summers in Idaho are my favorite and I'm excited to see my friends again!! I had a hard time adjusting to life at home, but settled in just fine with my family after time. There's a big difference between the Mormon bubble and normal places. I have missed the bubble and don't mind it at all. It may not be realistic, but it feels like home to me and for that I am very grateful.
Here's to a great and tough summer! I wouldn't have it any other way.
Enjoy! and thanks for following along through my crazy life. Living the rest of my teenage days with attitude and adventure, don't wait up for me!
The best thing about living in a small town and in an agricultural minded area is the small farms. We live close to a farm where the strawberry picking is poppin'. Any family time I can get makes me so happy. Unfortunately, my summer job takes me away from fun activities like this and I'm so glad we could go and pick strawberries together (minus a few members) while I had the time. Not only did we get 50 lbs of strawberries, but I also saw some high school friends I haven't seen since last summer! Reagan was mostly the star of the show because you know, she's the cutest and helping her pick strawberries was so fun. Spending time with my family was the best and I hope to be able to do more of this when I get the time around my job.
Enjoy this cloudy, slightly rainy, strawberry picking day!
ps: lets talk about the volume in my hair.... thanks wind!!
I'm 19 right and there is no way I am thinking about having a child anytime soon. Mostly because I'm not married but also because children are expensive. Someone once said that it costs more to have someone born than to have someone killed. Either way I don't have any money. However, I may not be having kids but my sister in law is and I got the wonderful opportunity of being her birth photographer.
In high school, I saw the Miracle of Life video in my medical terminology class and I thought I had seen it all. Also I was kind of turned off by child birth because I watched it with 30 immature high school students. People... I can tell you now that my thoughts in high school are completely different now! This special moment in this little hospital room was the most beautiful thing I had ever witnessed. I kid you not, on my drive home I cried the entire way. My sister in law, Jordyn, was so strong and breathtaking; she is seriously a rock star. When I saw Sully (short for Sullivan) I cried, and when I held him for the first time I cried again. Babies are such little miracles and bringing them into the world is an even bigger miracle.
Sullivan James Clark came into the world at night (can't even remember the time because I was so excited) on April 7, 2017. He weighed 7 lbs 2 oz (which was what I guessed so I got extra babe snuggs) and 20 1/4 in. He is so so perfect and I am so lucky to be an aunt to a baby boy!! Reagan is the best big sister already and she knows just who Sully is. She played doctor today and wanted to check everyone's heartbeat while she wore her doctors gloves.
Our family is growing and I'm so excited about it! My heart is so so full. I cannot get over how beautiful Sullivan's birth was and how much my Heavenly Father loves my family. I can already tell 2017 is going to be a good year.
I will also be posting on my photo blog the labor pictures so make sure to check that out in a bit.
Remember 9 months ago when I was still a fresh high school graduate and had no idea what was going on. Well its been 9 months and I'm not a fresh high school graduate, but I still have no clue what's going on.
I made it. Two and a half semesters of college, a lot of soda, bad food, adventures, boys (cringey), and good friends made for a great year at BYUI. So I finally get to go home and see my dog and my mom and my dad and the whole farm. To be perfectly honest, I've never been so excited to be home. Getting to see the beach and mountains and trees is my lifelong dream as of recently. Have you ever lived in Idaho? Let me tell you, my skin is always dry and I've used up so many tubes of chapstick. Don't get my wrong, I love Idaho, it's really neat and such but seriously, Rexburg is every single season in one day. I survived a -28 degree windchill by the way, so that's neat. Actually that wasn't neat at all, it was awful and my jeans stuck to my skin.
Enough about the weather, lets talk about my friends. I met the coolest friends and coolest creative people! I worked for an online clothing boutique and got to take great pictures for them, I got a job at the BYUI Store where I was a social media coordinator, and I took cool pictures for so many fun and creative people. Rexburg has been so fun and I suggest that everyone visit it at least once!
Basically it wasn't super fun to stay in Rexburg every weekend, so my friends and I always left and adventured to new places, mostly Utah.... yeah mostly Utah. We went to Jackson, Wyoming a couple times and it was so fun! I am in love with that little town and could go there all the time. From watching hockey games to eating good pizza, it is seriously the best. Utah was fun too. I went to Provo mostly to visit my sister and my brother in law. I saw a few friends down there and met cool new people! I spent a lot of money too............ but still had a lot of fun!! Also, I dyed my hair blonde so that was fun.
Besides the fact that I loved Rexburg and my time so far at BYUI, I really learned a lot about myself while studying here. First of all, my first semester was pretty tough. School was challenging and I liked that. High School was hard but not challenging, and I liked my love for learning here. I took a nutrition class that taught me more about my body than I had ever imagined. There was a 7:45 science class in there somewhere that I showed up to 60% of the time and still passed so very thankful for that. After that I had aerobic fitness techniques where I learned how to properly exercise, teach others how to exercise, and set up my own workouts-- I don't have to rely on another plan anymore. Let's not forget about that math class I took and didn't learn a thing. Most importantly I took a religion class. New Testament was one of the most rewarding classes. I'm not always super intellectual in the Gospel and I know that I need to grow and learn in that, but my New Testament teacher always challenged me to speak up and share my thoughts. I learned how to become better through a Christ like characteristic and spread that to others. I met a great friend in that class too who was full of kindness and knowledge and challenged me to be better. However, school was easy, dating was not. I dated a few boys, got some pretty good stories to share with people (ask and I'll definitely tell you), and found some that I actually liked and what I like in someone. It was stressful and the boys here are crazy. I found that sometimes you don't have to search for something, it may be right in front of you.
Second semester was sooooo easy. Maybe it was because I took easier classes with a lighter load, but that's not what I thought when I signed up for them. My first class was foundations of freedom and civil society which was a very interesting class! I loved it, was challenged and learned more about the world and political standings than I thought I would. The science class I took was super easy and I didn't really have to try hard to get an A. I thought I wanted to be a Communication major (still trying to figure that out) and took two Comm classes; Public speaking and Intro to Communication. Those two were easy. The teacher I had for my Public Speaking class rarely showed up. In the beginning, he cancelled so many times that we only had to give two real speeches so that was real nice. Comm 100 was easy because you had to show up and do the assignments and there was never homework. Finally I took the craziest religion class ever. I took Pearl of Great Price which is basically a temple class. There is so much to the temple and my teacher has been everywhere and done everything. He has traveled to exotic places and learned so much. He would often share crazy stories and go off on tangents that essentially I had no idea what was going on. It was such a great class and has gotten me so excited to do work in the temple in the future.
Oh yes, dating.... I didn't date this semester. No one really asked me on dates anyway so that was nice. I spent my time with friends and focusing on myself. This semester I moved to a new complex. There I met my favorite and best friends. I had the best roommates! They were so kind, fun and welcomed me into their friend groups. My room roommate is the best person I know. She is so kind and funny, loves soda and brownies, and is always down to do something fun or stay in and watch movie. Together we watched the entire Twilight Saga and Harry Potter. There is no one else I would rather quote She's the Man with.
I grew so much in the Gospel this semester because I focused on myself. I believe that my Father and His Son are paving the way for new and better people to come into my life, but I have to be patient. Patience is hard for me when it involves long term. Nevertheless, I pushed through this semester despite many dates, which was a big turnaround since Fall semester. I focused more in Tuesday devotionals, started expressing my feelings through a pocket journal and typography, and recorded my thoughts and testimony as often as I could. I still have no idea what I'm doing, but I know who I am and who my Savior and Heavenly Father are.
College isn't so bad people. You have to find the right people that uplift you and make you better. Make sure you don't fail. You have to try to fail here. Learning isn't so hard. We all want to do something, but we have to take the necessary steps to get there.
I'm so excited to be home and work on myself, my photography, and spend time with my family. I've never been so excited to be home. I took for granted the beach and the mountains and I know to never ever do that again!
Fall and Winter semesters were perfect and I'm so excited to experience them all over again, continue to work on my spirituality, and find more people that groove with me.
Well friends, the time has come. Actually it already came, BUT I'm in college! I've been here for three whole weeks actually. How crazy?!
Here's the big update on all things college...
My feet hurt constantly and I cracked my heel because its so hot and dry here. Also I walk everywhere and I adventure all the time and this campus is literally built on a hill. It's a good hurt though, I like it here.
I have gone out almost every night and have indeed broken curfew.
I have met the best friends and our time together is always a big hoot! Also we are always having bonfires and going crazy places with cool people.
Idaho constantly amazes me. It is so dry here but the desert vibe is real cool.
I am taking two classes and have passed my midterms! I can't believe 3 weeks has already gone by.
I don't know if I'm ready for Fall because there will be so many people. I love the summer term. It's so cute and quiet and you get to know everyone! I will miss this but have made pinky promises with all my friends to continue our friendships. We strongly believe that we will make it through the fall.
I am learning to be more confident and outgoing, which believe it or not is actually really hard for me! We'll see what happens to me within the next couple months.
I miss my mom and my dad and my goats and Korie. I thought I would only call them on Sundays but I sometimes call them to tell them one thing and then sometimes I call them because I'm bored.
So Rexburg, ID is really awesome and I am very grateful to live two minutes from a grocery store instead of 30 minutes. Currently I want to study Exercise Physiology and Nutrition and Wellness with the hopes of possible personal training but mostly becoming a Nutritionist. We'll see what happens, will keep you updated no worries.
Ok Enjoy some pics of college and thanks for reading!
By the looks of my caption you're probably thinking, "snow?? Really? In Northwest Washington?" Unfortunately we didn't get any snow in our part of the town, but I did get the opportunity on Christmas Day to go up to Mount Baker and Canyon Creek to see the snow.
It was wonderful! I could never be sad in the snow. I took some pictures and was supposed to try out my Mamiya 645, but it was out of battery:(. I still got some-in the words of Jeff Clark-epic shots and spent time with my dad. We took the jeep up to the mountains which ended up pulling a Ford F350 out of the snow and going over a lot of bumps. Nonetheless it was spectacular and not too cold!
Here are my shots:
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