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"Human nature is our ultimate fault and our greatest strength."

//The Mountains Don’t Make Me Smile Anymore//

It rained today.

It came pouring down, hard against the roof of the car as I drove.

I turned off the radio so I could hear it pound as loud as I wanted to cry.

I ached for the tears to run down my face,

but there I sat, out of the storm, in the confinements of the drivers seat.

Watching, experiencing the emotion through a glass windshield.

I used to smile when I saw the mountains, because they reminded me of you,

just like the rain.

But today when I turned down my street and saw them there,

my heart sank.

It was just another rainstorm on another Sunday on another road in suburbia, USA

yet to me it was just another sign that the rest of the world will never stop even when I fall,

Even when it makes no sense for life to carry on at all.

So for now, I’ll drag myself along on scraped hands and knees until I can stand on my own two feet,

Taking the bad days and the good days one by one farther down this street.

 

The End is Near!!!

Hey y’all! It’s been awhile- I’ve been super disconnected from the blogging world as of late. Spring is always extremely busy, but it’s also when my mood starts to get better every day. The weather has been so warm- it’s basically summer already.

For my birthday, Easter, and spring break my family and Lauren’s went up to Bear Lake for the weekend and it was such a nice break. We just explored and went to Logan to this little zoo and got Aggie ice cream and just had a really chill trip.

Last night I went to see the opera Don Giovanni, and it was really good! The whole thing was in Italian, with English subtitles. The singing was beautiful and it is a darker comedy which I found hilarious. Plus who doesn’t love Mozart’s compositions?

Also, today I finished the Book of Mormon! That means I’ve read that, the Doctrine and Covenants, Old Testament, New Testament, and Pearl of Great Price. Which is a grand total of 89 books, and 1,587 chapters. ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN CHAPTERS PEOPLE.

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My AP U.S. History test was last Friday, and I spent the whole month of April studying my butt off (we did at least 40 hours of studying. At least.) I don’t want to jinx anything, but the test itself went really well. The topic of the longest and hardest essay we have to write, was basically heaven sent.  I’m pretty sure the entire room breathed a sigh of relief when we saw the words “American Revolution”.

Now that the test is over, school is basically over. I have a few things left to do in some classes but for the most part we just watch movies or do nothing until the end of the year. Gotta love wasting time, but its all good because I like the social part of it.  PLUS it gives me time to plan for this summer and next year!

I’m not sure if I have mentioned it before on here, but I am on the seminary council for next school year. Seminary is the optional class we take for my religion at school, and every year the teachers and then other church leaders pray to pick a group of kids to be on council. This year there are 12 of us, and we have had 3 meetings so far. I already love all of them, they bring such a light to my life. I’m so excited to learn and grow from their testimonies and friendships. Plus the group chat is hilarious, and we all speak sarcasm.

The other thing I’m going to be involved in next year is HOSA (A club for future health professionals) council. I interviewed to be on council and decided to apply for President and Vice President, because why not, and ended up getting chosen to be president! ALSO, my good friend Emily is secretary, Hailee is historian, Lauren is treasurer, and Ryann is communications officer.  I am so pumped for us all to work together next year, but the girl who got chosen as VP is not happy about it. She thought she deserved to be President because she was on council last year. I understand where she’s coming from, but I hope it’ll all blow over by next year.

BUT before next year- I have the summer which is going to be a BLAST! Literally the day after school ends, I have the Little Red bike race and I am doing the 100 mile again (hopefully?)  The next weekend I will be in Lava Hot Springs, and 2 weeks later I will be leaving to FLORIDA WITH LAUREN FOR HOSA NATIONALS!! I’m so excited, we now actually have time to start studying and practicing for the competition, and I know it’s going to be a trip I remember for the rest of my life.

The only downside is that we fly back Sunday afternoon, and super early Monday- we leave for ANOTHER WEEK LONG TRIP. Well it’s actually a Leadership Development Camp with the Red Cross. So we’re going to be exhausted but it’ll be a blast.

Other than that I have an overnight adventure camp and girls camp, but there will be more on that later in the summer.

I’m hoping that I will be able to keep up with blogging this summer even if it is crazy- I’ve missed looking back on what I’ve done and having it for future reference.

I’m pretty sure the next post I do will be on the awesome planner I just bought- so stay tuned for that! Comment down below what your plans for summer are

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

 

 

 

Brit Takes The U.S. Citizenship Test-

Hey y’all! A few weeks ago I had to take the U.S. citizenship test (the one given to immigrants) because it is now required to graduate. While looking at the basically pointless study guide, I was thinking that it could be funny to have someone not from the U.S. take the test.

And who would be better than one of you? Mit agreed to take the test on my behalf, (thanks again btw) so welcome to a british boys version of the U.S. citizenship test!

(The questions are normal, his answers are highlighted/ bolded, and mine are in italics)

1. What is the supreme law of the land? 

   a. The Declaration of Independence
   b. The Bill of Rights
   c. The Constitution 
   d. Executive Order 9066
One particular executive order doesn’t seem worthy of ‘supreme’ so I can rule that out. It’s the Constitution that Americans seem to bring up when anything regarding guns is mentioned, so that seems like a the right option. 
And you would be correct. I assumed you had at least heard of it, so good job.

2. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
   a. The Roosevelt Corollary
   b.  The Monroe Doctrine
   c. The Bill of Rights 
   d. The Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation seem to refer to something else, so it’s between the first three. The third sounds familiar. 
Wow, two for two. The Articles of Confederation was the first version of the Constitution that was a huge mess basically. The Roosevelt Corollary was an addition to the previous Monroe Doctrine states that the United States will intervene in conflicts between European countries and Latin American countries to enforce legitimate claims of the European powers. 
3.What is the “rule of law”?
Something that states that if several were to commit the same crime, they would be seen as equals in the eyes of the law.
I’m starting to think that you looked up the answers or something…. but yeah everyone is under control of the law, even ze President. 
4. Name one branch of the government
Congress? That sounds about right but maybe it belongs so something else that I don’t know. 
Good guess, Congress is something else although it does have to do with the legislative branch. There’s 3 branches of government, executive, legislative, and judicial. 
5. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
“Self-government is real” I really have no idea about this one.
Hahaha, no. It’s “We the People” .  
6. What stops one branch from becoming too powerful?
   a. Checks and balances 
   b. Executive power
   c. A signed agreement from the head of each branch
Executive power makes it seem like a dictatorship, and I’m not sure if a signed agreement would work. 
Another one right. I really just kind of made up the other answers mostly. 
7. How many U.S. Senators are there?
   a. 35
   b. 100
   c. 50
   d. 25
One for every state sounds about right.
Close, but not quite. There’s two for every state so the answer is 100. 
8. How many voting members does the House of Representatives have?
   a. 100
   b. 435 
   c. 55
   d. 78
It’s much higher than the others.
I’m actually surprised you got this one right, but congrats. 
9. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
Donald J. Trump
Obviously. 
10. Which is a cabinet-level position?
      a. Secretary of Immigration
      b. Secretary of Territories
      c. Secretary of Energy 
      d. Secretary of Architecture
I think it’s between a and c as they seem more serious. I don’t even know if a exists, so I’m going to go with c.
I thought for sure you would get this wrong, but you’re right! 
11. Under the Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
       a. To print money
       b. To declare war 
       c. To provide schooling and education
       d. To make treaties
It’s a pretty big deal and I’m not sure anyone else apart from the state could do this.
Nope, the states can’t declare war. This is a power of the federal government. 
12. What is one right only for U.S. citizens?
The right to bear arms.
I mean you’re  technically not completely wrong, but people that aren’t citizens technically can too in their own countries… the answer is to vote and/or run in a federal election. 
13. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
It was a declaration that stated that all citizens of the USA should be emancipated.
Again, not entirely wrong. The Emancipation Proclamation was declared by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and it freed all slaves in the Southern States. 
14. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
18
Yup. 
15. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
a. Only in times of war 
     b. Between the ages of 18-26
     c. Only when the president requires
C sounds a bit far-fetched (that the president alone decides you have to sign up to the army) if you have  and I don’t believe that every male citizen of the United States has to do military service.
The answer is actually b- between the ages of 18-26. And while every male is registered, it doesn’t mean that they will be drafted. That would only happen if there was a serious war and if  there weren’t enough volunteers. 
16. Who lived in America before the colonists arrived?
a. Native Americans/ American Indians
     b. Mexicans
     c. Spanish
This just seems right.
Right again. Native Americans in the correct term, but people say Indians all the time. 
17. What is one reason colonists came to America?
They thought it was India (hence ‘American Indians’ right?)
Ooh smart one, but you’re still wrong . That was how/why America was discovered. Colonists came for a few reasons, religious freedom, economic opportunity, freedom, etc. 
18. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
   a. Abraham Lincoln
   b. Eugene Debbs
   c. Alexander Hamilton
d. George Washington
He was the first President, so it would make sense.
Right again. Lincoln and Hamilton were presidents later on, and Eugene Debbs was a guy who broke a law and ran for President from prison. Pretty cool if you ask me. 
19. What are the 3 rights the Declaration of Independence outlines?
1. The USA has their own government. 
2. The government is to be elected by the people.
3. Colonists have to leave.
All good guesses but the answers are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson took John Locke’s natural rights and changed property to the pursuit of happiness because it can justify almost anything. 
20. What was the name of the war that split the U.S. from Britain?
The War of Independence.
Nope xD. It’s the Revolutionary War. Well at least here, do you guys call it that??? 
Okay, and just for fun… fill in the blanks of the Pledge of Allegiance.
I pledge allegiance to the government of the United States, and to the Constitution for which it stands, glorious Nation, under mountains of debt, indivisible with liberty and hamburgers for all.
I honestly think I might like your version better, my friends and I are all laughing.
The real pledge goes- I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 
Over all, Mit got 10/20 right which is exactly half! I hope you guys found this funny/ entertaining! How do you think you would have done?
Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author
 
 

Goodbye 16

Hey y’all, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, tomorrow is my 17th birthday.

I currently have 55 minutes left of being 16. That’s crazy to me. T

hese past few years have been hectic but I’m glad to be where I am now. 

This is the year I learned what really hard trials can be, and what it takes to overcome them. I learned that the really difficult things can become really good things. 

I also learned that friendship is one of the most valuable things I posses. I am so exremely proud to call so many people my friends. You are what gets me through the hard things, you make life fun, and never fail to remind me of the beauty in others. 

And my family. Sometimes clueless, but always caring. Always willing to help me and support me in whatever I do. I wish I would have realized that earlier. My parents really do mean the world to me, and I’ve come to know how much they will do for me. And my pain in the butt little brother that I couldn’t live without. 

Horrible people are everywhere , but the world could never be a completely dark place when people like the ones I know exist. 

I’ve also had a renewed desire to do well in my schoolwork so that I can eventually become a doctor. Now it’s not just talk. It’s time to work, because my dreams start here. 

And as much as I complain about the massive loads of homework, I am very grateful for the educational opportunities I’ve been given. They are what will create the pathway to my future. 

I hope I’ll learn as much next year as I did this year. I hope I can stick to my faith with high spirits and know that everything will be okay. The hard times will pass. If I could give any advice to 17 year old me I’d say to take the work I do seriously, but to enjoy life and enjoy the people around me. 

I love all of you. Goodbye 16, hello 17. 

-Aspen AKA The Author 

The Blue Sky Tag

Hey y’all! I was nominated for the Blue Sky Tag, by Ash and Allie, thanks so much guys! I haven’t done a tag in a long while,  so I’m excited to do this one.

Also, sidenote, all of these have 11 things to do which is my favorite number because of my birthday, which happens to be tomorrow!

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person (people) who nominated you.
  2. Answer their 11 questions.
  3. Tag 11 people.
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

And now onto the questions I was given (since I was nominated twice I’ll just do some of both):

  1. A quote you live by? The one in the background of my blog by Christopher Poindexter. “The purpose of life is not just to be happy. The purpose of life, my love, is to feel. You must understand that your pain is essential”. OR ” May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong” by President Monson.
  2. Favorite song? Of all time, my favorite song is “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley, its heartbreaking but beautiful. Right now my favorite song is, “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt, its super fun and upbeat.
  3. Who is your least favorite superhero? This one was actually tricky, because I have 2. First off, superman. He’s just boring to me. And then Captain America, which I know people are going to give me crap for but he’s so morally good it’s annoying. And I personally think he’s kind of self righteous.
  4. One thing you’ve done this week that you’re proud of? Actually finishing all of my AP homework and not withering away. I also remembered to tell everyone that had a birthday, Happy Birthday, which is an accomplishment because I know a crap ton of people born in April.
  5. Biggest Aspiration? Hmm, well either to just live a happy meaningful life, but I also really want to be a pediatric cardiologist- so that is my main aspiration in life.
  6. If you are granted 1 wish by a fairy what would you ask for? I think that I’d ask for a trip around the world without missing any schoolwork or having to pay for anything so that I can meet people and just travel.
  7. Can you speak a second language? If no, what language do you wish you were fluent in? I’m not fluent, but I can speak quite a bit of Spanish since I’ve been taking it for 4 years. But I definitely want to become totally fluent. I need a Spanish tutor or something.
  8. What’s the best kind of day? My favorite kind of day is somewhat overcast but warm so that I can stay outside all evening and just play games or sports running around with my friends and family. Ooh, or a day at Bear Lake hanging out on the boat and the beach all day.
  9. Top 3 favorite song lyrics.  I can’t sit here forever and find my actual top 3, but these are ones I do really like.  “Papa loved Mama, Mama loved men, Mama’s in the graveyard, Papa’s in the pen” by Garth Brooks. “She rushes out to hold him, thankful he’s alive, but on the wind and rain a strange new perfume blows. And the lightnin’ flashes in her eyes, and he knows that she knows” also by Garth Brooks. And then, “She put him out like the burnin’ end of a midnight cigarette” by Brad Paisley.
  10.  Your greatest accomplishment? Normally I would say my 100 mile bike ride, but right now I’m just proud of how I’ve led myself so far and the decisions I’ve been able to make that led me to be responsible and valuable in work, relationships, and even church.
  11. Favorite character name? The one that comes to mind is Jessamine Lovelace from The Infernal Devices.

Well that’s 11, I hope you guys enjoyed reading my answers! Here are my questions:

  1. Were you a cute or ugly baby?
  2. Would you rather live in the times of the Old West, or medieval times?
  3. If you could only have sweatshirts or sweatpants which would you pick?
  4. If you could know 1 thing about the world what would it be?
  5. Least favorite food?
  6. A song you can’t stand but always sing when it comes on.
  7. What do you call hair elastics where you live? (i.e. ponytails,etc)
  8. Favorite scent of soap?
  9. At the beach would you rather stay playing in the sand or actually swim?
  10. If you could move to another country, would you? If so, where?
  11. If you had the ability to teleport to 1 person right now, who would it be?

And I nominate:

  1. Elly
  2. Lu Reads
  3. Trish
  4. Edge
  5. Caitlin
  6. Jags
  7. Hideaway Girl
  8. Liss and Dani
  9. Sams Honest Corner
  10. Diversion 3000
  11. Gioia

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

My Favorite Quotes from General Conference :)

Hey y’all! It’s been awhile! Next week is finally my spring break, and it’s also my birthday on Tuesday! I don’t feel old enough to be 17 xD To celebrate,  Lauren’s family and mine are going to Bear Lake and staying at the cabin from Wednesday to Sunday (Easter!) and I’m excited to just get away for a few days 🙂

Anyways, the point of today’s post is that it’s April 6th! Which is not only my good friend’s birthday, and the day the church was organized in 1830, but also the day that my church celebrates (and believe’s it to be the actual day of) Christ’s birthday! We also had General Conference this past weekend where the prophet, apostles, and other leaders of the church speak to everyone and it’s broadcasted throughout the whole world.

So in honor of that, I compiled a list of my favorite quotes from General Conference.  I’ll have a post on my HOSA trip coming up soon (even though it’s been a month since I went) and then I also have another post in the making that I think y’all will get a good laugh out of, so stay tuned!

  1. “As we learn to see others as the lord sees them, our love for them will grow, and so our desire to help them” – Elder Palmer

 

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2. “Remember, it is by divine design that not all the voices in God’s choir are the same” – Elder Holland

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3. “We are His Children. He loves us, and all He does is for our eternal benefit” – Elder Oaks

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4. “Knowing where you are going and how you expect to get there can bring meaning, purpose, and accomplishment to life” – Elder Ballard

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5. “Overcoming the world is not one defining moment in a lifetime, but a lifetime of moments leading to eternity” – Elder Andersen

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Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Leave one of your favorite quotes in the comments below.

Love y’all! – Aspen AKA The Author

 

A Tour of Temple Square!

Hey y’all! I’m still catching up on things that I did in the past few weeks, if you missed my other 2 posts ( ) make sure to go and check them out 🙂

The next thing I did this month was visit Temple Square with Lauren! We left school early to go and see an organ recital for our orchestra concert report. They have recitals almost every day at the Tabernacle and they’re totally free. Plus now that some flowers are actually blooming it’s even more beautiful than usual.

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Not only was the recital amazing (I’ll input a video of one part below), the tabernacle itself is so cool. It was built in 1864 right next to the temple in a specific dome-shape which makes it extremely sensitive to sound, the organist did a demonstration and you can literally hear a pin drop from anywhere in the room. It’s also where the famous (like actually, internationally award winning) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (which we lovingly refer to as the Mo Tab) started. It also has one of the world’s best organs with 11, 623 pipes.

After the tabernacle we headed into the Assembly Hall, a Victorian Gothic style building where the church used to have meeting back in the olden days, and the detail was beautiful. It also has an organ too.  The benches are super close together because people were clearly much shorter back then.

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Next was the best part, the temple itself. We didn’t go in because we weren’t dressed or ready for that (plus the SLC temple is so booked- I’ve never even been inside it). We took some pictures by the doors which I love- the temple took 40 years to build and was done completely by hand, it’s the most gorgeous building I’ve ever seen. Plus there’s always cute couples taking wedding pictures and gah my heart! Especially since its the temple that my parents got married in 🙂

Right next to the temple is the Reflection Pool where I actually saw a bride fall in while taking a picture once which was crazy, but it’s super pretty.

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The last place that we went is the Conference Center that is just across the street! It is the largest theater-style auditorium in the world (and thought to be the biggest ever built) and it seats 21,000 people. This is where General Conference is held twice each year and is broadcasted to the rest of the world, the next one is actually next week and I’m really excited! I love hearing from the Prophet and apostles.

The rest of the conference center is basically filled with paintings, one hallway is from bible and Book of Mormon stories and the other one is a portrait of literally every prophet and apostle in the history of the church.

And then my personal favorite part, is the roof! When we got up there and were getting out of the elevator and there was this group of boys our age all dressed up super nice, right? And our tour guide guy goes, “Look ladies, there’s a bunch of guys all for you” So naturally, Lauren and I are like, “Ayy this is great, hi” all of the guys like smiled at us and then this one kid starts clapping. Just clapping as we walk by and I was laughing so hard. His friend asked him why he was and all he said was, why not xD  Anyways, the roof is the best part for multiple reasons.

  1. Amazing side view of the temple
  2. Lots of Aspen trees
  3. There’s a giant fountain that has paths across the whole thing
  4. Each corner of the roof is planted/designed to match that part of Utah! So the South has drier plants, the northeast has more pine trees, etc. It’s so cool.
  5. There’s a mural that is literally etched into this granite with a quote from the Doctrine and Covenants that says, “And this gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” with a picture of real people who came to Utah from tons of different countries and cultures. wp-1490653501784.jpgI hope you liked this mini tour of temple square, I’ll have to go to take more pictures once even more flowers have bloomed!

Let me know down below if it seems like something you’d like to visit! Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

Youth Conference

Hey y’all, I feel like I’ve been gone forever, but it’s really been less than a month. March has been absolutely crazy for me, but it has also been one of the best months I’ve had all year.

First there was prom and then Lauren made me my favorite cake- lemon with raspberry anyone? I could seriously eat the cake she makes the rest of my life.)

The same day, Ry and I left for Youth Conference (basically a conference/activity thing for boys and girls age 14+ in my ward at church). This year we stayed overnight in cabins up at a place in the mountains called Aspen Grove, I got to make so many jokes it was great. Guys, you have no idea how much fun I had this trip. The first night we went to a devotional where Madilyn Paige spoke (If you don’t know her, she was a singer on the Voice, and she is an absolute sweetheart, make sure you check her out!) She spoke all about our theme which was Do good, See good, Be good, and all about self-confidence and relying on God.

After the devotional we had a dance with a bunch of different wards from all over the state and it was bomb! The DJ was great and everyone was actually getting into it and not being lame. Also, my little brother FINALLY danced with me and it was adorable! We found this guy who my friends were all obsessed with, and he was really fun, but the main point is that they were legit stalking him and it was hilarious.

After the dance we headed back to our rooms for the after party to listen to the other songs we wanted to (because they apparently “weren’t appropriate” for a church dance. Okay, they weren’t, but still. We partied for a bit more and then Ry and I went to our own room (because I was sick and didn’t want to cough all night and keep everyone awake). We talked til about 2 am and man I really missed spending time with her, it was great 🙂

The next morning at breakfast, a girl in my ward got a napkin folded into a rose and when we asked her what was on it, she was like, “oh just some numbers” And let’s just say I almost died I was laughing so hard when she realized what she said. After breakfast we played some team building games where we had a partner and had to get in certain positions, like jumping on each other’s backs, or crawling under them, etc. And it was so so funny to watch.

The last thing we did, was go SNOWSHOEING! (Or cross-country skiing, but I was sick so I chose snowshoeing). The view was breathtaking from the top of the mountains, I love the outdoors. On the way down we found this wooden arch with a sign that says, “Fort Aspen”, and I thought a picture was necessary 🙂

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Like I said, March was crazy for me, and as my blog is kind of an online journal for me there will be 2 more posts in the really near future. I decided to just split them all up to avoid making a super large post and so that it’s easier to find when I’m looking back.

P.S. I’m sorry for all the update posts, they’re probably boring to all of you, if you have any ideas of posts you’d want to do just comment down below!

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

Prom

Hey y’all! How is everyone doing? I am currently sick so I decided to opt out of school today to rest. (Sidenote: I started writing this on Monday, it’s Wednesday now but I’m still home sick. Okay well I’m a failure so it’s now Thursday)  This week was absolutely crazy for me.  On Tuesday I took the ACT which actually wasn’t too bad, I think I did decent but not great. I guess we’ll see when I get my scores back.

On Wednesday I had interviews for this surgical technology program. Basically its really hard to get into and I get my letter saying if I got in or not at the end of March. In the beginning 80 people applied and we all took some tests, from that they took 40 for interviews. The interview itself lasted 4 hours, it was crazy. I ended up being in the last bunch of people along with Ryann, and we actually made some new friends! All in all, even if I didn’t get in, it was a good experience.

On Friday for our pre-prom date thing we went to Airborne which is a trampoline place, and it was super fun! The boys tried the American Ninja Warrior thing and at first Bex’s bf got the farthest but of course my date (who for anonymity reasons we’ll call Lewis, like C.S. Lewis…) had to one -up him because that’s just what best friends do xD  But they have a bunch of like obstacle rope stuff and trampolines you can jump off of into foam pits so it pretty legit. After that we went to dinner at this pizza place and then to one of the kids in our group houses to play games. We played ping pong and then one of my favorite card games Scum. I was Queen until the very end when Lewis beat me, but most of the time all of us were throwing M&M’s and making fun of each other.

Saturday was kind of crazy because my grandma was hemming my dress last minute. My young women’s leader and her little sister did my hair super cool and put baby’s breath in it. Ryann did my makeup because I’m helpless but it all turned out. Of course my mom insisted on taking a few pictures and then we were off.

Once we were with the whole gang, we drove up to the capitol to take some pictures and then ate dinner at this restaurant called The Garden which is at the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. It was basically pretty fancy with a great view of the city and mainly the temple.

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The dance itself which was in the capitol was great! Everybody my group was surprised that I knew all of the songs (apparently none of them grew up where I did. 2000’s trash hip hop was it back then) It was great to see everyone looking super hot in all of their fancy attire and to just dance around. On the very last song I almost kissed Lewis but like nope, the song ended plus my stomach had like a tornado in it.

After the dance we went back to Lewis’ house and on the way home we had a great conversation about bodies falling out of the back of a hearse on the highway, it was pretty funny. Once we got there we had brownies and ice cream with caramel and it was amazing. I also learned that Lewis has a bird named Yoshi that killed the other one… Lastly we played a card game called Exploding Kittens and I died about a million times.

Okay this has taken me forever to write so I am going to end it here. 

Love y’all! – Aspen AKA The Author

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