September 28, 2012

Piqué Stomp

Challenge Day 23: What's an inside joke you have with someone?

A couple years ago me and my cousin Kassara were at a little get-together and me and her were having a conversation about the dance classes we were taking. Well, sitting next to us was a very..... Peculiar woman who is known for just including herself in other peoples conversations and being the Book of Knowledge. Well, Kass starts talking about a difficult technique combination, and this woman just jumps in.
"I know exactly how to solve your problem. Why, when I was taking dance classes I discovered that after you do a piqué, if you just do a big ole stomp, it'll make you not so dizzy! That's right! Just piqué STOMP piqué STOMP piqué STOMP! Trust me it works!!!"

{excuse me for a second} hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Ha ha. HA HA HA! Okay, I'm done...

So while me and Kassara try to hold in our laughter, miss know it all continues to give us more tips and tell us all about her days as a promising dancer.

This piqué stomp moment has become the ultimate inside joke. And I hope it lives on forever.

September 25, 2012

Top Spot

Challenge Day 22: Top Three Favorites 

Books:  The Help by Kathryn Stockett
                    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
                   My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

TV Shows: Smallville
                           Malcolm in The Middle
                           One Tree Hill

Movies:   The Notebook {i think this is a requirement being a girl and all}
                        The Sandlot
                        The Parent Trap {with Lindsay Lohan}

Actors:  Steve Martin
                     Ryan Gosling
                     Denzel Washington

Actresses: Rachel McAdams
                          Sandra Bullock
                          Jane Lynch

Songs:   Everytime We Say Goodbye by Ray Charles
                    Build Me a Girl by Andy Grammar
                    She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5



September 24, 2012

With just a tad of courage...

Challenge Day 21: If you died tomorrow, what's one thing you'd regret not doing?

So... this challenge is kinda hard. Because the answer to this question is one of the best things ive ever done, but also by far the hardest.  Awhile ago i decided that i needed to make some changes to my life, and in order to do that i had to stop being around a certain group of people. I just felt like it was time to start living MY life ya know? I had to choose my own path and i couldn't just follow what others were doing. So, i had to distance myself from these kids. Now please don't get me wrong. These people were so amazing and i still love and care about them.... but they were just going a different direction with their lives. Well, one day i just decided that enough was enough. It was time to put on my big girl panties and just do it. So... I did. 
This day and the four-five months following my decision were some of the hardest days of my life. But, they also led to some of the best things too. For one, i discovered more about myself and who i wanted to be. I gained more confidence in myself, and didn't have to depend on these people for my way of life. Another great thing about my decision is that i got to know a different crowd, and made some amazing new friends. People i probably never would have gotten to know had i stayed attached at the hip to the old group. It's crazy how much your life can change by just one decision. 
There are times where i still miss the 'old group', but i think i'm better off because i chose to pave my own path. I wouldn't take back my decision for a minute. 
So There. Challenge done. {exhaling}
May you all have the courage to be YOUR best, even if it means going through a rough couple of months.
Love P


20 Things That Were Awesome About This Weekend

Road Trips 
Listening to this talk and realizing it was the answer to my prayers
Runs in the crisp autumn air
new laughs with old friends
strawberry milkshakes... WAY better than chocolate ones...
smirks {isn't that a funny word?}
laughing. a lot.
singing loudly to yourself in the car
spontaneous late night trips to Kolob
getting pulled over
dad yodeling like a pro {you may have your doubts... but it seriously was GOOD.}
cinnamon pumpkin pancakes
sunday morning walks through the forest
catching up on some reading
playing guitar in the fresh mountain breeze
long naps
letters from old friends
fall leaves

Please tell me how the weekend could've gone better... oh wait... that would be impossible!
Hope you had a splendid past few days!
Love P

September 22, 2012

Moments of Impact

Challenge Day 20: Ten Significant Moments of My Life

January 15, 1995: Hello World!
March 1995: Before first surgeries
April 1995: Blessing Day
May 2001: Graduated from Bingham Preschool... the long road to being done with school begins.
Summer 2001: Move to Hurricane & start building house
Summer-February 2001: Live with G&G Stratton
February 2, 2002: Baptism & Chantell's Blessing Day

{brief pause in the interesting life moments while i go through the ever so awkward 'Pre-Teen' years. Ah who am i kidding? life is still awkward!}

August 2010: First Day of High School

August 26, 2010:  Grandpa Stratton dies

March 2012: Cait gets married and the gang starts the split

It's been a pretty amazing life so far. Hopefully the next seventeen are full of even more moments of awesomeness. Have a spectacular day!
Love P

September 19, 2012

For The Gang

Dear lil cousin gang: 
I'm sorry i will always be the awkward one photo-bombing all your "lets look sweet and innocent" pictures. I guess it's just my calling in life. haha love you guys! 
{Cait, this is the one i was describing to you}
 Love P 
{excuse me while i still go laugh about my weirdness... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah} 

September 18, 2012


Day 19: 5 Places I Want to Visit

 1. Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas
 2. Santorini, Greece 
 3. Fenway Park, Boston
 4. Italy
5. Oklahoma City {home of the Womens College World Series}

Maybe if i babysit for everyday for the rest of my life, i can get to a few of these! (; 
Love P

September 17, 2012

Oh to be a child...

Challenge Day 18: List of Childhood Dreams
  1.  Be a figure skater
  2. Be a gymnast (too bad i can't even do a cartwheel...)
  3. Be a farmer
  4. Sing like Brittney Spears
  5. Have a kitten named Sassy (I'm glad this never happened. cats aren't really my favorite anymore)
  6. Have a purple Jeep
  7. Have a dance studio
  8. Be as pretty as my mom (an impossible feat...)
  9. Have a collection of Furby's 
  10. Live in Hawaii
  11. Be a kindergarten teacher
  12. Take Pointe lessons
  13. Learn to play guitar like my dad
  14. Have a twin brother
  15. Be the winner on Radio Disney
Isn't it funny what we think will become of our lives when we are six? I mean, as much as i would love to be an olympic gymnast/farmer/cat woman, i don't really see that happening now that i'm seventeen. But who knows?! Life has a way of surprising us all. 
Love P

September 16, 2012


Hey friends. It's been a crazy week and sadly i haven't been able to keep you guys up to date on everything that has been going on... but have no fear, because you're about to get the gigantic Homecoming week update.

 It was Homecoming Week at the great Hurricane High School. I don't think I had a single day where i wasn't crazily busy. It was exhausting yet the best week ever.  I loved every second of it, and it definitely ended wonderfully.

The fun really started the Friday before Homecoming week when i got asked by one of the most amazing boys on the planet, Tanner Lundeen, and also watched the Cedar/Hurricane game with my friends. 
Then this past Wednesday was the Powderpuff game. It was so much fun, and seniors won {of course!} 
We had a bonfire and lit the "H"
Friday was the big assembly, parade, and football game. Dad was in a slurpee drinking contest and drove our "Senior Class" float that i was in charge of. It was so fun! 
Gran & Mom sat out and watched the parade.
At the football game, little entrepreneur Caleb sold balloons and was the cutest six year old alive.  
Later on that night, i screamed myself horse at the Dixie/Hurricane game that we won, 34-32. 

Saturday morning we had our day date. We went to the mall and did a video scavenger hunt. We had to do crazy things like act out a breakup, write our names with our butts in a store window, and catwalk the entire length of the mall. It was so fun! we even got pictures with this cool group of motorcyclists from Holland! 
We ate lunch at Mongolian Barbeque {why i had never previously been there is still a mystery... its heaven in a bowl.} The meal was full of laughter, joking, and good ole fun. There was the cutest 80 year old woman there that everyone calls grandma, and she kept giving us origami frogs and swans. She couldn't speak a word of english, but she got a kick out of entertaining us. 

Then later on we got back together to take pictures and eat delicious cheesecake and frozen cream puffs. YUM.  After gorging ourselves on delectable desserts, it was off to the dance. 
Seriously, the night could  not have gone better. It has by far been the best high school dance ever! Who knows if it'll ever be beat! Ahhh. i love high school. 

Have a great week!
Love P

September 11, 2012

Because sometimes you just need a little reminder...

"We ask for strength, and God gives us difficulties that make us strong. We pray for wisdom, and God sends us problems, the solution of which develops wisdom. We plead for prosperity, and God gives us brain and brawn to work with. We plead for courage, and God gives us dangers to overcome. We ask for favors- God gives us opportunities. This is the Answer." 
-H.B. Brown 

Found this today and it just fit so perfectly. Thank you Heavenly Father for these little reminders of the big scheme of things. 

Love P

September 5, 2012

Here's to You...

Challenge Day 17: Something You Wish You Could Tell Someone

This message is for all teenage girls, so LISTEN UP!

You are beautiful, smart, and important. You are special, just the way you are. The quirks, craziness, and differences about you make you AWESOME. Don't compare yourself to other people, be you. You don't need to be THE best.... just be YOUR best. If you have opinions & feelings about something, let people know! Have confidence. No one is quite like you, and what a blessing that is. You are free to be who you want, do what you want, and live life to the fullest. You may not have the same talents as another person, but you are still talented! Let that talent blossom and share it with others. 

Be kind to those around you. Get to know people, talk to those you think share no similarities with yourself. I've learned that in one way or another, everyone shares common likes, dislikes, pain, happiness, hobbies, etc. Be interested in other people. Be genuine. You can make more friends in 5 minutes by being interested in what they're doing, than you could in 5 years trying to get people interested in you. You can never meet/know too many people. Who knows? You might just find yourself a new best friend.

Speaking about best friends, love your family will ya? Spend ten minutes a day with your brother or sister. Ask them how their day went, take them with  you when you run errands, or just give them a hug and tell them how important they are to you. Get to know your mom and dad. Find out what they liked to do in high school. What vegetable they hated to eat when they were growing up. Learn all you can about them. Love Them. Talk to them. They love you so much and want to be close to you. It will help you out so much one day, I guarantee it.

Now about boys. Don't be in some huge rush to find "THE ONE". You still have so much life ahead of you, enjoy your teenage  years while they are still here. At seventeen, you shouldn't be narrowing down your list of potential husbands, you should be building it. Get to know and build friendships with the boys at your school. Don't go into it looking for romance or love, but for a genuine friendship. I promise you, there will be a lot less drama and a lot more happiness. When you do start thinking about marriage, make sure you know what you are looking for in a husband. Don't settle for less. Make sure you really know all about him. Take your time deciding if that's whats best, because that decision will literally be one of the biggest. 

Finally, don't be afraid to take some risks. Failing does not mean you are a failure. It means that you are willing to take a leap of faith without knowing what's going to happen mid-jump. Try new things, meet new people, and put yourself out there. Don't be afraid of other's opinions or criticisms. Accomplish your goals and work towards your dreams, because YOU are amazing. 

Love P

September 4, 2012


Listening: to Maroon 5's "Beautiful Goodbye"
Watching: So You Think You Can Dance {season 9} & Lost {season 1}

Eating: well.. trying not to eat because of the "Cabin Overload" i just went through. But just saying....    WF Cookies and Cream is THE best ice cream on the planet.

Feeling: pretty great. I have finally gotten over my little cold and just got off the phone with my sister! It's been a pretty good day.

Weather: partly cloudy, and a peachy 87 degrees. {fall... hurry your little bum up. I want some jacket weather!!}

Wanting:      Fall. Is it too much to ask?!

Thinking: how blessed i am. Blessed with family, friends, failures, successes, little moments of inspiration, and tender mercies from my Heavenly Father. Also, this little quote i just stumbled upon that fits quite nicely into my life.
"You cannot save people, you can just LOVE them."

Enjoying: time spent with family, catching up with friends who are far away, and new adventures. 

Wishing: life wouldn't change so much.

Laughing: at how true this is....

Happy Tuesday!
Love P


September 3, 2012

If I Could Hie To Kolob

The fam and I just got back from the most wonderful weekend spent at our cabin on Kolob mountain. Most of the Stratton clan was there too, which made for a fun & HILARIOUS couple of days. Some of the highlights were:

Eating more
Almost Dying of food overdose
Playing some guitar on the porch
Lovely mountain breezes
Giggling with my little sister all through the night
Going canoeing with my mom and belting "Just Around the River Bend"
Scaring all the fish away while doing that one ^^
Laughing so hard we almost peed our pants^^
Fishing... or watching fishing being done
Talking with my sweet grandma
Singing Raffi songs
Long naps
Dad doing the high harmonies on old Bon Jovi songs = priceless
Laughing, remembering, cherishing
Playing "Last Word"
Going on a midnight drive with my dad { i love that guy}
Looking up at the milky way
...and last but DEFINITELY  not least...
"Drive This"... Shoutout to Andrea and Kassara

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