5/27/11

coincedence?

i think not.

this week, i started reading the book of mormon every morning. remember that challenge i posted? 7 pages a day? yeah, i'm doing that. i started on tuesday.

tuesday night? was amazing. i had the best workout at zumba, woke up wednesday morning feeling SO ready to go.

wednesday night? i got a job!

thursday? i had a great day of job training.

and i just realized i haven't read this morning. which means that RIGHT NOW i am going downstairs to pull out my mini BOM to read another 7 pages, so hopefully - probably - i will have another great day of job training.

INCLUDING

getting my very own set of CUTCO knives.

guys. if you wanna check these knives out..

gimme a holla.

starting saturday night,

i'll fully be qualified to show them!!

Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty

5/26/11

bout freaking time.

i finally got a hackin job.


bout time, right?


i think so.


anyways.
i'm working for these guys - 


selling this stuff -

... (but not in the united kingdom..)

and even though today was only my first day of TRAINING..

i'm not even a sales rep. yet...

i LOVE it.

it's so much fun.

i can't wait to actually get out in the field!!

Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play

5/23/11

boys....


don't get me wrong.

i have the best dad.
i have 4 awesome brothers.
i have 2 crazy grandpas.
i have sweet uncles.
i have great boy cousins.
i have incredible guy friends.

not to mention,
i have the 
best
awesomest
craziest
sweetest
greatest
incrediblest
boyfriend.
ever.

 but sometimes..

i wonder
what is going through their
testosterone infused,
sport oriented,
boob loving,
violent
minds.

who's with me?



Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument

5/21/11

;)

video
i had a long morning.

Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh

tragedy strikes.

Guys. For real. If you have any extra money, any at all.. Donate it to the community of Slave Lake.

See? Look at this.

My parents, and two of my brothers, are spending their long weekend volunteering at the Multiplex in Athabasca, which is where almost all of the evacuees are living until more suitable living arrangements can be made.

Donation info HERE.


Day 24 - A song you want played at your funeral

5/19/11

zumba music.

some of my new favorite songs?

California Gurls - Katy Perry
Fuego - Pitbull
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock
Waka Wake (Time for Africa) - Shakira

why such new random songs?

because these are the songs that make me feel great.
that make me sweat.

i heart zumba.

i shall do it for ever and for always.

that is all.

Day 23 - A song you want played at your wedding

5/18/11

here you are.






How exciting can life possibly be? One of my dearest, darlingest, bestest friends recieved his mission call to Philippines Angeles! He reports to the MTC on September 28 of this year, and he'll be learning Tagalog! Ohh my lanta. What a happy happy day.


Day 22 - A song you listen to when you're sad

5/17/11

say WHAT?!

guys.

one of my best friends in the whole wide world,

who goes by the name of ETHAN CRAIG PALMER

got his mission call today.

he's opening it tonight.

at 6:30 pm.

sharp.

and i am so flipping excited.


i shall inform you of where he is going ASAP. :)

Day 21 - A song you listen to when you're happy
do you ever feel like the world is crashing down around you?

but then, that might be an over-exaggeration.

or is it?

right now?

i don't think it is.

i think that my world, and everything i thought i knew about my little piece of the world, is crashing.

it's all falling down. to pieces.

there are so many things to consider.

so many people to think about.

so many decisions to make.

who do i need to make happy?

what tops my list of priorities?

if i make a choice, it hurts people.
if i make the other choice, it hurts people.

someone is going to be left behind.

but how
do you choose
between the people
who mean the most to you?

can you choose?

why should you have to?




Day 20 - A song you listen to when you're angry
this cover is by Shrek 2!

5/16/11

A Challenge!

K guys.. My missionary best friend [aka. Elder Paxman] emailed me this morning. And I am challenging all of you to do it with me!!

Here is a reading assignment from my mission president and he wants
all of you to do it. I have done this once before and it is really
cool and will help you with any and every challenge or trial that you
all might be going through. I love it so PLEASE do it and we can
write each other every week and talk about some main things we liked
and stuff it will be awesome. Love ya

Love Elder Paxman
-------------------------------------------------
Dear Elders and Sisters,

As you know, the Book of Mormon, combined with the Spirit is the most
powerful resource in conversion. The most important person for you to
convert is yourself! You can't do that without the Spirit, and you
can't have the Spirit if you don't read the doctrines of Jesus Christ.
Despite how many times you may have read it in the past, the most
accurate place to read the doctrines of Christ is in the Book of
Mormon. It will draw you closer to God than any other book. The
Spirit will come into your hearts, and you will be strengthened
against temptation, gain a stronger testimony of the Savior and his
Restored Gospel, become a better example and servant in the Kingdom,
you will have greater love for the Savior and greater resolve to live
His commandments, and you will acquire the strength necessary to face
the adversities that are ahead as we advance through these latter days
in preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Thus, I am
asking you to read the following and PLEASE FORWARD this email TO YOUR
PARENTS OR GUARDIAN or others you so desire to join you in this
exercise.


MEMO: To ALL Missionaries of the Georgia Atlanta Mission, their
parents, guardians, siblings, or other supportive people that may be
invited by a Georgia Atlanta Missionary to join in this opportunity.

FROM: President and Sister Steven H. Satterfield

Beginning 18 May, 2011, you are all invited to participate in reading
the Book of Mormon together over a 12-week period, concluding 9
August, 2011. Fundamental to the "restoration of the gospel" in this,
the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times, is the Book of Mormon
Another Testament of Jesus Christ. "The Book of Mormon is a powerful
evidence of the divinity of Jesus Christ. It is proof of the
Restoration through the Prophet Joseph Smith." PMG page 103

Here are the parameters of the assignment:

1. Begin reading by 18 May, 2011 and conclude no later than 9
August, 2011. This will require reading about 7 pages per day.

2. Before reading, kneel down and pray, asking for the Spirit to
be with you as you read.

3. In your weekly emails (between missionary and those at home)
to each other have "some" dialogue about something that impressed you
about your reading of the Book of Mormon that week. Keep a sticky
note or notebook handy to record those thoughts.

4. Obtain a new, inexpensive Book of Mormon and three different
colored pencils to use in marking scriptural passages along with one
blue pen. Use these three different colored pencils and pen to mark
the following types of scriptures:

a. Colored pencil #1: Mark all passages that make
reference to "Christ", His name, His words (often preceded by a
prophet saying "thus sayeth the Lord", His mission and/or His
atonement for mankind.

b. Colored pencil #2: Mark all passages that refer in
anyway to the The Doctrine of Christ: Faith in Jesus Christ,
Repentance, Baptism, the gift or influence of the Holy Ghost and
enduring faithfully to the end of ones life.

c. Colored pencil #3: Mark all passages that teach
Doctrines of the Gospel (not included in "a" or "b" above) such as:
prayer, resurrection, judgment, priesthood authority, forgiveness, the
Fall, Gathering of Israel, etc., etc. Mark the scripture and write in
the margin the doctrine taught.

d. Blue pen: Circle the word or various forms of the word
"deliver" whenever it is used directly or as a metaphor to refer to
the deliverance from sin and death the Savior will provide for ALL
mankind. (This will include the vast majority of the times you see the
word deliver or forms of that word.) In addition, circle the word
"remember" or versions of the word such as "remembrance" and write in
the margin what the writer is asking us to remember.

SUGGESTIONS: Use a new, inexpensive Book of Mormon. Do not worry
about marking things neatly since you will need to read 7 pages a day
and must "move along". Reading the Book of Mormon at this pace is
different from studying individual verses. You want to get the "big
picture" of the Book so DON'T SLOW DOWN. Read at least 7 pages a day
and quickly mark scriptures. Save close study of individual passages
or doctrines for another time and a different exercise.

Some years ago Sister Satterfield and I were invited to read the Book
of Mormon three times in twelve weeks or once every 30 days! We both
did that, and it was one of the great experiences of our lives.
Heavenly Father seemed to "run interference" for us with our worldly
cares, as we diligently prioritized to put Him first. When I finished
the assignment on the 90th day, I remember setting down the Book of
Mormon, turning to my wife and saying: "No WONDER they changed the
name of the Book of Mormon to: 'The Book of Mormon Another Testament
of Jesus Christ!' You CAN'T read that book without knowing Jesus
Christ is our Savior."

The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is TRUE. The Book of Mormon is
the physical witness to the truth of the Restoration through the
Prophet Joseph Smith. This we KNOW to be TRUE.

President and Sister Satterfield
Georgia Atlanta Mission

-----------------------------------------------


Why do it? Because, like David said, it will help us through whatever challenge, trial, or tribulation we're going through. And I don't know about you, but I have my fair share of those right as we speak. And the more I think about it, the harder life is getting. Why not try it? :)


Day 19 - A song from your favorite album.
Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye
From the album: Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! 

5/15/11

i stole this!

10. Favorite places to be:

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Carter's house.
My bedroom.
In Carter's car.
Henderson Lake Park.
On an airplane to anywhere.
Laying on lush green grass in the sunshine. 
Swimming pools. With Carter. Obvs.
Ice skating.
David's house.
9. Weird things about me:

I despise shaving. Sometimes - more often than not - I just don't.
I love Harry Potter. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
One of the most relaxing things for me to do is get my eyebrows waxed.
I have a 'thing' for gingers. Not like I'd want to date one. But I just love red hair.
I love the smell of campfire. 
I check the mailbox at least once a week for mail for me!
I don't save money. It's a disease.
I crave normalcy. Unfortunately, it's something I'll continue striving for. Not gonna happen.
If I could eliminate one thing from the planet.. It would be diabetes.
8. Things I am going to do this summer:
Get a job.
Legit, save money.
Get a sweet freaking tan.
Move out!
[Maybe] buy a new car.
Get in a hot shape!
NOT dye my hair.
Plan out the next year of my life.
7. Things I am thinking of:
Draco Malfoy.
Popcorn.
My sore back.
The Sacrament, and how amazing the Gospel really is.
Carter Mitchell Peterson. Always.
Lip chap. Where would we be without it?
Facebook.
6. Things I am always wearing:
Brasier.
Underwear.
Pants/shorts.
Shirt.
Insulin pump. We wouldn't want Nicole to die now, would we?
Homemade bracelets.
5.  Things I am worried about:
My best friend's family.
Decisions that affect not only me, but my immediate family, my future family, and my extended family.
Money.
Finding a job.
Not being able to sleep.
4. Things on my floor:
Clothes. Clean, dirty, folded, rumpled..
Letters. Speaking of which, David is waiting for a letter from moi..
My brush.
A glass full of water.
3. Things I want to do today:
Laundry.
Take a nap in the sun.
Watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with my darling boyfriend.
2. Things I will reveal:
I'm scared. Of the present, of the future, of the past. Of things that are happening, things that will happen, things that have happened.
I'm also very excited. For the future. For life to start happening.
1. Secret:
There is no one more important to me than my future children.

Day 18 - A song you wish you heard on the radio

oops.

look!

the royal wedding has been done before!!




Day 17 - A song you often hear on the radio
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square
how cute is this song!?

5/11/11

waka waka!



last night i went to my first - and certainly not last! - zumba class. guys. try it. it's seriously the funnest, hardest, best thing EVER!


oh zumba.. how i love you.

Day 16 - A song you used to love but now hate
curse you..

it's coming

i can smell it in the freshly dumped manure in the fields surrounding this little rural town.
i can feel it in the mosquitos that viciously attack my unsuspecting body.
i can hear it in the rumble of the street cleaner.
i can taste it in the frozen ice particles of slurpees, and in the thick creamy deliciousness that is ice cream.
i can see it in the soccer fields, now bubbling with children and their parents.


yup. it's coming.

it's in the sunburn on my cheeks and my nose.
it's in the green of the grass.
it's in the first bike ride of the season.
it's in learning how to golf.
it's in sweating all the ding dong day.
it's in swimming pools and bridge jumping.
it's in late night walks.
it's in flip flops.
it's in barbecues.
it's in sunday afternoon picnics.
it's in photo shoots.
it's in anklets and skirts.
it's in tennis and baseball.
it's in flowers and lemonade.
it's in rain.
it's in mud.
it's in thunder in the valley.
it's in wicked.
it's in turning 19.

I


CAN'T


WAIT!!


Day 15 - A song that describes you
Who Says - Selena Gomez

5/10/11

acceptance.

you know when you meet someone? and you're so worried about fitting in? about standing out? about feeling like an outsider? well, i feel accepted. in fact, i've never felt so easily accepted in my whole life. it's funny how a hug can do that, isn't it?


hugs are funny things. they're comforting, they're a way of greeting, they're accepting.

a hug given without hesitation is beautiful. it means you've accepted the person, and want them close.
a hug taken without hesitation is beautiful. it means you already feel accepted, but would temporarily like to be close.
an unexpected hug is beautiful. it's overwhelming to feel that level of emotion.

i was able to witness an emotional exchange between a father and son last night. and when the father turned to me and hugged me, i was shocked. but it made me feel a lot better about some of the choices i've made.

Day 14 -  A song that no one would expect you to love

5/8/11

lookie here!


it's mom day. 

and mine is wonderful.

she had 5 children. and she still looks fabulous. she loves every one of us. and she takes time for every one of us individually.


but especially me!  ;)

as the only girl, we have a lot of time together. we shop, we eat, we travel, we drive, we talk, we read, we go to movies.. it's such a good time. :) 




i legit can not imagine my life without my mother. she has held me when i cried, and stood up for me when the world was caving around me. she trusts me, and i trust her with lots of secrets. 

mm mm mm. what a woman.

Day 13 - A song that is a  guilty pleasure

5/7/11

freaken eh!!

how lame is my blog these days? seriously. turns out when i'm not a nanny.. i don't go on the computer very often. weird, huh? you'd think the opposite.

i don't even have very much to say.

but you can assume that tomorrow i will be posting a post about my mama. :) she rocks my socks. okkkkkkkk peace out fry skillets.

Day 12 - A song from a band you hate

5/5/11

the little things.

-hugs from grandma. she is the best hugger in the world.
-kisses from my dogs. very smelly, very slobbery, but very loving.
-soccer games. orange slices, juice boxes, sugar cookies. and a hot goalie. ;)
-big bang theory. carter bought seasons 1 and 2, but promised he'd never watch it without me. well, the other night he watched 2 whole episodes without me! so last night i made him watch them over again. his mother and brother were quite frustrated, because they had already seen them.. but carter stood up for me and said "i broke a promise to nicole, and now we must all suffer." what a drama queen.
-pink pills. apparently they'll kill the pneumonia-causing bacteria in my lungs. here's hoping, cause i'm darn sick of coughing.
-five guys burgers and fries. delicious, greasy, salty, yummy, amazing.
-friendship on, friendship off. oh, silly kimber lee snow. how i've missed her.
-picking carter up from school. at lunch. like he's a little boy.


Day 11 - A song from your favorite band

5/3/11

as promised.

on the ctrain!

look! boarding passes!

i survived the sinking.
he died.

aren't we cute?

yep. this is true love.

Day 10  - A song that you can fall asleep to

5/2/11

duties?

as a canadian citizen, i believe that one of my duties is to vote.


so that is what i did. :)



Day 9  - A song you can dance to.

5/1/11

Candace wrote a post on this book a while back.. So I just had to look it up. And I love it! Haha! :)

Day 8 - A song you know all the words to.
<3

adventures of carter and nicole..

small town kids in a big city.

first off, me and carter need to learn how to read city transit maps before EVER attempting to go ride a ctrain again. we rode and back tracked and tried again and again SO many times! it was miserable. but not at the same time.

we decided we wanted to go on an adventure. namely? the calgary zoo, and science center.

start your engines.


cool, huh?

[sidenote, we never made it to the zoo. it was really windy and cold..]

so we spent a couple hours at the science center (admiring the titanic exhibition), a couple hours on the ctrain, and a lot of hours wandering aimlessly in the chinook mall. legit, we walked around for FIVE hours. and still probably didn't even see all of it. ridiculous.

it was a long day. but it was a lot of fun!! i'll put some more pictures on later. :)


Day 7 - A song that reminds you of a certain event.
18th birthday!