October 28, 2012

Awkward & Awesome

Awkward:


  • When your friend tells you he likes you... Only problem is he has a girlfriend.... Oi. 
  • When my literature teachers yells "GET SOME!" while we're reading Shakespeare.
  • When you pay your tithing in all coins smaller than a quarter because you don't want to give up your bills... and the ward clerk is eyeing you from afar probably cursing you for causing him so many hours of grief...
  • When the exec council keeps announcing that the senior cruise is going to BawJAA Mexico after graduation... I thought we were trying to prove to the rest of the world that we aren't hicks??? come one people!!! 
  • Singing a song in church and thinking that there's a high note coming up, so i tell myself, 'Show off your great voice! Go for the gold!'.... and it turns out that it wasn't a high note, in fact it was the lowest of all low notes. WWJSND? (; 
  • When everyone has a perfect little love movie happening in their life and i'm like.... on Saturday night i walked the dog!!! 
  • Getting caught listening to Christmas music in my house, which is strictly against the family law because football season is not over yet. It was like i had been caught stealing my inheritance from the vault i tell you. 

Awesome:

  • People are coming back!!! Caitlin is moving home in 3 days, and Kassara is coming back in 10 days! excuse me while i go do my victory dance around the yard. 
  • Playing World Series Bingo for Family Night. My family >>>> than yours.
  • Convincing my little brother to dance for people in a restaurant.
  • Dates where you just laugh your little head off the whole night.
  • Talking to one of my really good friends after not seeing them since August, and it was like we had never been apart. 
Isn't life great? May your life be full of Awkward and Awesome all at the same time. Because heaven knows it keeps us all lively. 
Love P

October 26, 2012

Take Me Back

Challenge Day 27  : Favorite Childhood Place

Today's challenge takes me back to when i was a carefree little girl. My favorite place growing up was my Grandpa and Grandma Stratton's backyard. It was full of so many places to hide, explore, and have fun in. Whether it was climbing the old Mulberry tree, trying to swing so high our feet touched the leaves, or playing baseball with the cousins, it was impossible to be bored in their backyard.


Another favorite thing about their backyard was this little guy. I swear i spent half my life on this little rocking pig. Who knows why, but i always called dibs on Mr. Piggy instead of choosing the other animal play-mates like the buffalo or the shark.

This is where the magic of sports really started for me. I couldn't wait for the summer months to come, so the evening light could allow us to play baseball in this backyard. It was quite the event, and we played for as long as the light would allow. I was only six or seven when i started joining the "Big Kids" in the game. I will always  remember how nice and patient they were to me as i would swing and miss multiple times in a row. Another thing i loved about playing baseball in the yard was that my grandpa would come sit on the steps and cheer us on. He was also the official umpire. Once we even got him to take a few swings.

This patio served for the stage of multiple plays thought up by Madison. {The girl gang was really into putting on plays back then.} It was also the best place to hide when we were playing Sardines.
 Under the grape arbor was also a popular spot. I remember summer days just swinging my life away, eating some home-grown grapes.

I still love going and being in my grandparent's backyard. It served as my favorite childhood playground, and i will never forget the magic it brought. 

October 20, 2012

A creep, a canoe, and one crazy weekend.




 You know those times when life is getting overwhelming and you just need a little break to take some time to prove to yourself you're still alive and okay? Well, this weekend was that needed escape from the reality of the crazy stressful world. It was Fall Break this weekend, and we spent it in true Stratton Family style. We went up to the cabin on Thursday morning and had the most wonderful three days. 

 It was also deer hunt weekend which naturally calls for days spent in bright orange, homemade cinnamon rolls, and long naps in the sun. It was so fun to be with the aunts, uncles, and cousins. We all laughed too hard, ate too much, and wished the weekend didn't have to end. 

 Carly had the best idea ever. Even though Kassara is off having the grandest adventure in Guatemala, we had to make sure Kass was still there for all the fun and excitement. We love you Kass! 
            

 Look! you even got to pose by the dead Bambi!!!

 I think you've shrunk a little.... 

 While over on our property in Oak Valley, we had a grand time shooting paintball guns, catching horny toads and just being together. 

 How can you not fall in love with this kid?

 There was also the obligatory card playing...


 
 And of course, a trip down memory lane to Grandpa Stratton's specially built bathroom. 

I seriously think i could live off nothing else but our family's long talks, laughs, and company. 
Another great thing about this weekend was that my cousin Madison came down from Weber State University. I have missed that girl so much the last few months, and we were basically attached at the hip the whole weekend... which is not an exaggeration because she latches on like a koala when she sleeps. We had the funnest time ever going midnight canoeing. There were thousands of stars out, and the lake was so clear, they reflected on the water. It felt like you were flying through the sky in a little aluminum canoe. We laid in that canoe for about two hours every night talking about boys, how lucky we were, our dreams, laughing about old memories, and.... mostly more about boys. (; If it hadn't been so dang cold i think we could've fallen asleep out there and been just fine. 


On Friday night after we had stuffed ourselves silly with food Carly, Cierra, Madison, Aunt Michelle, and I went on a late night walk around the loop. It was a pleasantly cool night, and it felt great to get some fresh air. However, all day we had been hearing stories about a man who keeps breaking into cabins in the area. Well, as we are walking through the forest we hear someone behind us. We look behind us and there is someone following us. The person is very large and intimidating and is walking with a limp. As you can imagine, we are all standing there frozen with fear... And then.... the large man starts charging us. I have never been so scared in my whole life. I was sure it was going to be the cabin man and i was more sure we were all going to be raped and kidnapped. 
It's funny what happens in your brain when you are in a sketchy situation. Half of me wanted to run like Forest Gump and never stop running!!! The other half of me wanted to go tackle the man and beat him up for scaring the begeebies out of me. Well, what ended up happening was that me, Cierra, and Madison started booking it up the road, and Michelle and Carly stayed to fight. Carly picked up a huge rock and yelled "HEY! I WOULDN'T COME CLOSER! I  HAVE GREAT AIM BECAUSE I PLAYED SOFTBALL FOR FOUR YEARS!!!!"  {hahaha best line ever?} So Carly and Michelle start hucking rocks at the man while me and the girls are about a 100 yards down the road all huddled together. 
I'm thinking of what song we should play at Carly and Michelle's joint funeral when all of a sudden the man says "Wait!!! stop!!! it's just me!" 
...............
Have i ever mentioned that my dad likes to torture and scare us on a regular basis?
................
The better part of the time we had been walking, my dad had been following us waiting for the perfect opportunity to scare us. I will never forgive him for that little prank last night. But it makes for a pretty good story huh?!

So between creepy men stalking us, starlight canoe talks, and everything in between, chalk this weekend up to a success.

Love you! 
P









October 12, 2012

Currently...

listening: to this beautiful song. 

eating: healthy! me and pops are doing a no junk food diet... and it's so awesome!
feeling: so excited for next weekend. It's fall break and most of the girl gang will be reunited. We're spending the weekend up on Kolob, and mom's making cinnamon rolls. What could be better?
weather: so rainy and cold lately! Yesterday i stood for 6 hours at a football game in the pouring rain. It was great.
wanting: some new exciting things to take place. The whole routine of life is kinda getting old...
loving: this cold weather. I love being able to wear a sweatshirt and shorts {only in Southern Utah}
thinking: how blessed i was to be able to listen to the leaders of our church speak to us this past weekend. Also, how amazing this announcement was. 

enjoying: spending time making homemade pizza together with the family tonight. Oh how i love them.
wishing: i could take all the people i love and keep them with me forever. people leaving= no bueno
laughing: at my dad's idea to make a parody of "Gangnam Style" and make a music video called "Gingham Style", complete with full suits made of... yes... gingham. The man has some genius ideas i tell you.
quoting: "I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."      -Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet


And that's all my friends. Have a great weekend.
Love P

October 9, 2012

The Big Kahuna of Family Traditions

Challenge Day 26: What's something you're really excited for?

Oh my. Listen up friends. I am so excited for NEXT Thanksgiving. Why? Oh ya know. Just because our family does the AWESOMEST tradition in the whole world. 

we start the weekend off by having a delectable Thanksgiving dinner up at our cabin. We stuff our selves silly, put the occasional lizard in Cierra's drink, and then watch movies and play games the rest of the night. 
In the morning after a delightful breakfast of sausage, eggs, and cabin pancakes, we head home to begin making..... Homemade Chocolates. That's right. {its okay to be jealous}

You might be asking yourself how exactly one makes chocolates. Well, you're about to get a step by step plan of how to accomplish making successful Stratton Chocolates. 


Step 1: Make Your "Centers" We make sure to have a huge variety of flavors so that everyone can have their favorite. Some of our faves are peanut butter, raspberry, mint, pinoche, strawberry, truffles, cherry, coconut, caramels, and tons of different kinds of nuts. 

After you have all your Centers whipped up, you have to cut them into small pieces and roll them into little balls of deliciousness on your apron. 



 The key getting perfectly rolled centers is singing "Lonesome Dove" and "Captain Organic Veggie Man" at the top of your lungs. Oh, and also having corn starch wars. Can't forget that!

 {i love these girls so much}
Step #2 is to melt lots of  yummy chocolate and dip the centers.

 {my uncle Craig is the master at dipping centers}
Then you let the chocolate dry, and put them in these cute little paper cups. 

 {sometimes Kassara likes to get creative with her spelling of Pinoche}
 an essential part of this step is to include lots of crazy singing, shown nicely here by the magnificent Michelle. 

of course, you have to remember to include a good Mario Cart Competition.
And the occasional wrestling competition.
the last step is to box the chocolates and put the special stamp on the box. 


After boxing, anyone who's cool does a stirring rendition of the Escalante Fight Song, led by our fearless leader Aunt Michelle
last but not least, the kids get a chance to dip. They dip gummy bears and sour worms, and get to lick all that chocolate off their hands when they're finished. 



And that my friends, is what i am most excited for. 
Love P







October 3, 2012

To You. From Me.

Challenge Day 25: Write 5 messages to 5 people without using names. 

#1. Hey there. I just wanted to tell you that i'm always going to love you. No matter what decisions you make or where you go in life. We've had some good times, and some not so good times, but it doesn't matter because i'm glad i 've got to spend time with you. It sucks that you're gone, but i love hearing from you and all your adventures. You are an amazing person and I hope that you live to fulfill all your great potential. You've made me realize what I want in life, and the person I want to become. I love you!

#2. Where to start. You are one of the best people I have in my life. I love spending time with you, because you make me laugh all the time. You have taught me so much about the gospel and how to live happily. Thank you for helping me to get through some hard times, and always being there for me...even when others haven't been. Thank  you for your example of righteousness. I want to marry someone just like you one day. You're great, and I will always love you.

#3. Hi friend. I just wanted to say that even though we're kinda going different ways, you were a big part of my life. I will always treasure all the days we had together. I wanted to tell you not to sell yourself short, and not get caught up in the crowd. Be who you want to be, don't let them hold you back. You are amazing, and you have great potential. Remember who you are, and that I'll always be here for you if you need it. I love you!

Dear #4:  Its only been a few months since you've left, but it seems like a lifetime. I wish we could spend more time together, like the old days. I just wanted to tell you that you were a lifesaver so many times. You've changed my life in more ways than one, and i'm so glad we are so close. No matter where we go in life, just know i'll always love you and be here. Sometimes i wish i had handled things between us better, but looking back on those days i wouldn't change anything. I love you so much, and I hope you will be happy in life. 

#5. This one is for you, and i saved the best for last. You are one of the most important people in my life. I love how easy it is to be around you. Even if we aren't talking or doing anything, i just love being with you. Sure, there's times when i get angry and upset with you, but eventually all those feelings go away and i'm right back to loving you. You have taught me so much. You've taught me to love family, the lord, and people who aren't similar to me. You are hilarious, and life would not be as bright if i didn't have you. I will always love you, no matter what happens. Thank you for all the laughs and love. 

Love, P

On My Mind...

The past few days have continually reminded me of one thing: Life is too short to have regrets. 

Yesterday we got the news that a great young boy who used to go to Hurricane High School has contracted Leukemia. This boy has always been so strong both in physique and spirit. It seems impossible that a boy like him could have such a poisonous disease inside. This has made me really take advantage of every moment i have. We love you Brian! 

It's been a hard couple of days otherwise, and I'm so lucky that i have such an amazing support system of family and friends to help me throughout life. I have so much to be grateful for, and so many opportunities to take advantage of in the future. I'm so grateful for everything my Heavenly Father has blessed me with, and for all the things he has made me go through to become the person i am today. 

My love &prayers go out to those families who are having a bad week.
 You will get through this, i promise. 

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