Friday, May 31, 2013

vivid memory

senior homecoming.

so I guess the school I go to is pretty small, compared to most other schools. there were probably about 115 of us in my graduating class. traditionally, during the beginning of your junior year, all juniors would vote for who was going to be on court for Sadie Hawkins and Prom {most popular 16 guys & girls, basically} that spring. in the fall, 8 guys and 8 girls who had played a sport all four years of high school {who weren't already on court for one of the other dances} would be chosen for Homecoming court. there weren't enough girls in our class who met that criteria, so some of the girls had played a sport for 1 to 3 years, others of us were chosen for another extracurricular. so that's how I ended up being on Homecoming for Yearbook! haha.

{disclaimer: I took some of the photos in this post, some were taken by my mom, others by other moms. the outside group shots were taken by Matt Orthober, and the inside group shots were taken by Jason Mann. all photos have been watermarked with my name because they are on my blog, not because I am taking credit for them. the photos and their rights belong to the individual photographer.}

{also, I hope no one gets mad that I posted these photos!}

So here's how Homecoming week went at my high school:

- each day has a dress up theme, such as "dress like a teacher" or "twin day." Friday is always red & white {our school colors} and most people will where their sports jersey/boyfriend's sports jersey/Homecoming shirt

- each day at lunch there is a contest, one of these was a cheese eating contest {hello, Wisconsin}

- Wednesday night is the Powderpuff football game, juniors vs. seniors

- Friday afternoon everyone gets out of class early when the band goes around school playing music, we all go to the gym for a pep rally, and then there is a parade around town, then there's a tailgating party and bonfire before the football game

- the dance is on Saturday night

there are lots of contests and such to win points for your class. these include the lunchtime contests {carstuffing and men's volleyball are popular}, dress up days, float decoration, other contests during the pep rally, etc. whichever class {or teachers} wins gets the spirit stick, which is presented during the pep rally. traditionally the seniors win.

our theme for the week was "Red Monster." the Homecoming shirts that you will see below have the Monster logo for that reason. Lincoln's mom went to the local distributor and got a bunch of Monster drinks and stickers donated for the dance!

my dress is from Deb, and the brand is City Triangles. the shoes I'm wearing are from Target. I still have both the dress and the shoes, and I actually wore the outfit for a Halloween party this year! haha. also, that tiara has been worn for two Halloweens and two birthdays now! definitely got my $19 out of it! (:

me & Destini in Sociology

me & Erin in Yearbook

me & Heather in Yearbook

being announced at the pep rally! me with my escort Christian

during the parade. yes, we are in boats! haha. I wore his cross country jacket that night. ps - my posters look super terrible.

me & Kelsey! after the parade, her mom got Subway for us, and we ate before heading over to the soccer game. since the game started during the parade, Kelsey and Destini were in a float together {their escorts were both on the soccer team}. the game was like a sectional or regional championship game and we won! this picture was taken at the bonfire.

Kelsey and I went across the street to school to help decorate the gym during the football game.

after everyone else showed up. I think this was something along the lines of "our muscles are bigger than Mr. Blizel's!" haha.

random group shot. Dylan, Katie, Kiana, Destini, Kelsey, me, & Cody

after we decorated the gym, we had to practice the grand march.

Katherine did my hair of course! (: this is when Max was still a baby (:


we all met up at Hunter's house to get our pictures taken, and then we went to a local supper club for dinner.

with my parents

Erin, me, & Heather. one of my favorite pictures with them! (:

Kelsey, me, & Destini {side note: I'm pretty sure that I was the only girl on court who wasn't wearing a necklace. haha}

group shot by Matt Orthober. Kyle, Meredith, Devon, Heather, Destini, Alex, Kelsey, Kyle, Kiana, Hunter, me, Christian, Katie, Dylan, Cody, Lincoln, Erin, Josh, Hannah, & Michael

the girls! {Matt Orthober photo} I'm pretty sure it was my idea to have the spirit stick for photos, and I think Kelsey's mom was the one who stole it for us! (:

Meredith, Kelsey, me, Kiana, Lincoln, Erin, Destini, Hannah, Heather, & Katie

group shot with the spirit stick by Matt Orthober. Devon, Meredith, Kyle, Kelsey, Dylan, Kyle, me, Alex, Kiana, Lincoln, Erin, Cody, Destini, Hunter, Christian, Hannah, Michael, Josh, Heather, & Katie

labeling these group shots reminds me of Yearbook. I should have labeled by rows, but I don't remember if it starts at the top or the bottom. oh well. I digress.

me & Christian. photo by Matt Orthober. I'm really bad at getting my picture taken, because I always blink! when Matt took my school picture for junior year, it took like ten times, no joke. of the four pictures that Matt took of us this night, this is the only one with my eyes open. oops.

after dinner, we went back to school for the dance, where we were like ten minutes late! haha.

I want to say that the grand march was at 11:30. we walked to "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz.

right before the grand march. photo by Jason Mann.

photo by Jason Mann


after crowning king and queen. photo by Jason Mann.

row 1: Cody & Erin, Katie & Devon
row 2: Michael & Lincoln, Hannah & Josh, Kelsey & Kyle
row 3: Christian & me, Alex & Destini, King Dylan & Queen Meredith, Kiana & Hunter, Heather & Kyle

we danced to Seal's "Kiss from a Rose."


Thursday, May 30, 2013

letting go


I guess this kind of goes hand-in-hand with some other posts that I've written, as part of Blog Every Day in May.

To me, letting go means leaving the past behind and being free to do things in the present, while waiting for God's plans for the future to show.

Letting go is really hard. It's really hard to put the past behind you so you can move forward.

Letting go is necessary to be free.

Letting go is trusting.

Letting go is scary.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

music to my ears

{I am so terrible at coming up with post titles.}

Today's challenge was five songs that speak to you or bring back memories. The hard part of this for me is to narrow it down to only five! I picked some songs that I haven't talked about on the blog here before, but if you'd like some more music posts, click here! (:

back in hell by delaney davidson on Grooveshark

Back in Hell by Reverend Beatman, performed by Delaney Davidson

one of the last times that I saw Delaney perform, he did this song. so, he sets up his looping {absolutely incredible} and then grabs the harmonica mic to sing/speak the song. he also was acting out the song. I wasn't entirely paying attention, as I was trying to take some pictures, so I didn't notice this until people laughed, but he chose me as the cheating wife, and the lovely Abi as my mother! haha.

me and Delaney; 13 June 2012; the night of the story above (:

The Perfectionist by Geri X

back when I first met Geri in October of 2010, I totally fell in love with her music. Abi showed me Geri's music video for "Kiss on Both Eyelids," and this video was one of the suggestions on the side. I used to listen to this song as I was walking across the street into school pretty much every day of my senior year.

me and Geri; 4 April 2012

The Wizard by Black Sabbath

hearing this video, and obviously watching this song, literally take me back to that concert, that night. it was amazing, and I will never forget that Ozzy loves me! (:

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi with Black Sabbath; 3 August 2012

Holy Ground by Taylor Swift on Grooveshark
Holy Ground by Taylor Swift

while I don't have a story involving Taylor Swift here, I will say that I absolutely love this song, and that it reminds me of a moment during a day that happens to be very important to me.

I Am Good People by Kim Manning

this is a fun song from a fun lady! this song reminds me of the very energetic concert of hers that I attended in December of 2011.

Kim Manning, me, and Miss Meaghan Owens; 21 December 2011
I am so blessed to have incredible musicians in my life, whom I love very much!


May Cara Box Reveal!

Two posts today, because it's time for the reveal of the May Cara Box!

If you aren't familiar with Cara Box, click on the button at the bottom of this post, which will lead you to Kaitlyn's blog.

I sent out a box to McCall {view her reveal here}, and received a box from Audrey!

The theme of this month's box was regional items, so I sent out items about Door County, and received items about Indiana. I thought that this was a cool way to learn about another place.

Sorry if this post gets a little rambly.

I loved opening a box full of PINK!!!

Things got a little shuffled around during shipping, but I figured out where the lost post-it notes belonged (:

fun fact: I've never actually been to a Cracker Barrel! {also, I love your handwriting, Audrey!}

here's what's inside! I worked a summer at a candy store, and we sold some of these, but I haven't tried most of these! I do love Necco though!

back of the box (:

this reminded me that I need to print out pictures!

I am addicted to buying notecards!

I tried to get a picture of what they look like, but it was kind of hard because the picture is one of those where if you move it, the picture moves too.

this made me picture the intro of ABC's "The Middle" with the corn fields {which we have in Wisconsin too!}

kettle corn is my favorite, but I don't think I've had any since I got my wisdom teeth taken out over a year ago!

as I was opening the box, I realized that I knew more things about Indiana than I thought I knew! this was a great correlation!

I have a lot of nail polish, but I didn't have any silver before! and I haven't tried Maybelline's Color Show yet.

someone just posted about going strawberry picking, and it made me so jealous, because I really want fresh strawberries now!

I'm also addicted to Lip Smackers. I tend to buy them whenever I find them on clearance. I have way too many...because I'm still twelve at heart...(:

Colts pens!

and Indiana postcards! I wish I had thought to send some postcards in the box I sent to McCall!


Cara Box

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

a picture is worth more than a million words

{I really suck at post titles}

some pictures from this month that I don't think I've shared here yet

picked this up at World Market. not a huge fan. the chocolate tastes like chocolate chips. I think it would be better if it was smoother chocolate.

I love this picture because it reminds me of one that I took in June of 2012, same tree, same place, yellow roses instead of pink tulips.

ohhh Max.

these are seriously the comfiest jeans ever. worn with Target ballet flats from spring 2010.

this is what I look like now! haha. excuse the messy kitchen in our 103-year-old house.

colored some letters (: from here

Luna in Baileys Harbor

I rescued this cute gift bag and wrapping paper from Target's clearance section {couldn't help myself!}

my new camera strap came in the mail! it's made out of a vintage seatbelt!

I love the colors!

it's from Souldier of Chicago. my dad bought a guitar strap from their booth at Lollapalooza. {nails are essie's snap happy}

painted my nails! (:

essie's smooth sailing

some things on my desk. that's a cigarbox handbag, but it holds notecards and such. I love love love The Happiness Project journal!

and some things on my bookshelf. French textbooks and hospitality textbooks. the pencil case is Vera Bradley {Very Berry Paisley} and the old books on the right were once my great-grandfather's!

I received my Influenster Spring Fever VoxBox filled with products to try and review! be on the look out for some reviews soon! {please leave a comment if you'd like an invite! I currently have five available.}


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