Celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary!

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Hey y’all! As many of you know, yesterday was the one year anniversary of akatheauthor! I am so glad to be able to say that! This blog has given me so many cool opportunities, but I’ll touch on that later. Now, let’s see what I did to celebrate!

 

Well to start the day, I had to go to my school and do a driving thing with a teacher so that I can get my license, but he’s from the city that my favorite NFL team is in, so we just talked about them while I drove. Lauren picked me up afterwards and we cleaned the basement floor so that her mom could deep clean the carpets.

THEN Ryann drove to Lauren’s house, and the three of us went to Culver’s! We all got delicious frozen custard and cheese curds which are basically just deep fried cheese balls. So very American XD

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Ry got mint and  brownie, Lauren got strawberries and fudge, and I got butterscotch and brownie!
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I had tons of fun hanging with these girlies! Especially when Ryann used a stranger’s napkin xD

After that, Lauren had to babysit so Ryann and I went back to her house and watched a movie (and took pictures obviously)

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After that, I had to go to Young Womens, but we met up AGAIN (I know) at my house with Lauren and Jordynn this time to watch A Beautiful Mind.

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All in all, I had a great time celebrating with them, thank you both  for making it an awesome day!

Wow guys, 1 year. 1 crazy, crazy year. Thank you to everyone, my long time followers, new followers, even those of you who may just read my blog. It means the world to me, this has been an amazing adventure.

This blog has led me to make some amazing friends such as Gioia, Liv, Mitul, Inf, Colby, etc, etc. And even people who I talk to more normally than over blogging like Sam.

I’ve also been able to join a bigger blog where I can share my ideas with a bigger platform.

You guys are amazing. I love you.

-Aspen AKA the Author

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1 YEAR OF AKATHEAUTHOR?!

Hey y’all!!! It’s currently 12:07 am on July 27th, aka the first birthday of my blog!! 

Also Happy Birthday to Liss and Dani’s TeenLifeofGirls!

I can’t believe it’s been one crazy, hard, amazing year. I have some pretty exciting celebration plans for later today. I can’t wait. 

Love you all, and thank you so much.-Aspen AKA The Author 

Happy 24th of July!!!

So, for everyone who doesn’t live in Utah, you’re probably really confused. The 4th of July was 20 days ago! And yes, I know when America’s birthday is xD I celebrated it too. But here in my state, we get to shoot of fiery balls of color 2 times a year!

But, today actually isn’t even the day that Utah became a state, and today’s official holiday name is Pioneer Day. Pioneer Day commemorates the entrance of Brigham Young, and the (you guessed it) pioneers into the Utah Valley.

If you don’t know, the pioneers traveled on foot, pulling everything they owned in handcarts across the country in winter. Many, many of them lost family members on the trip here to what they called Zion. You see, these pioneers were Mormon (as am I) , and believed that Utah was their promise land.

Two years ago, I went on something called trek with my church. We all dressed up as pioneers, and went to pull handcarts for three days of the summer to learn about the experiences of the pioneers. The specific site that I went to were a few very special places that the pioneers actually went. (Sweetwater River, Martin’s Cove, etc) 

We got to learn stories about families crossing the same land we did and the extreme struggles they went through because they had such strong faith. Learning about these families who lost so many children brought all of us to tears on so many occasions, and the moment we realized why they did it was an extreme emotional and spiritual high.

The places where we camped were where the Willie Handcart Company and the Martin Company crossed. The Willie Handcart Company had to cross the Sweetwater River in extreme conditions, they were walking in snow storms with no shelter. Both companies were surviving on mere ounces of flour and water, so near to death each day.

My mom told me one story that has stuck with me, about a woman who had 11 children. She lost both her husband and many children, including the youngest. Being left with nothing else, she used nothing but a small spoon to dig the grave of her baby.

In another story I read, a younger girl, Elizabeth Cheney’s parents were pleading for her to just come home. They offered to give her any sum of money if she would denounce the church. This is the response she gave in her journal:

“I have not the most distant idea [of returning] . . . our cause is just and must be onward . . . I did not embrace this work hastily: I came into it understandingly. I weighed the subject, I counted the cost, I knew the consequence of every step I took.

If I could be among the numberless throng that John saw whose robes were washed white in the blood of the lamb[,] I must[,] like them, come up through much tribulation and instead of thinking it hard that I have these difficulties to pass through, I count it all joy that I am counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”

On the day these pioneers finally reached the Utah valley after everything they had suffered must have been truly great. We celebrate their bravery and faith each year, hoping to be more like them. If it weren’t for them, many of us wouldn’t be here today.

Thank you.

 

I hope y’all enjoyed this! There are many more pioneer stories all over the internet if you are interested in learning more 🙂 Happy Pioneer Day, everyone. I’m going to go watch some fireworks now!

-Aspen AKA The Author

Bear Lake!

Hey y’all! So I’m spending this week in Idaho with Lauren, but that’s another post. I’m going to be talking about my trip to Bear Lake a few weeks ago. 

My entire family on my mom’s side came up to stay with us at Amy and David’s cabin. Even Trine and Rob drove up from New Mexico. 

The night we got there all the kids were playing Bean Boozled  (a game where you can either get a nasty or good jellybean) and I ended up getting 3rd. Spencer got 2nd and Summit won. 

We had to eat rotten egg, toothpaste, grass clippings, vomit, stinky stocks, dog food, and the grossest of them all; dead fish. I lost at that one it was absolutely disgusting. 

All of us kids slept out on the deck under the stars and it was beautiful. 

The next day we went to the beach and I decided to go on the boat with David and help him find everyone on the beach. Here’s a picture I took: 

My uncle Richie brought up waverunners which are soooo fun. My mom is crazy on those things, she literally jumps so that we’ll fly. My butt was so bruised the next day. 

Sienna and I also went and played on the paddle board and I’m actually pretty good at it! 

I also got fried since my mom went on the boat before I could find the sunblock. 

Ivy was being really ornery so I played with her in the sand and she finally fell asleep. 

On Sunday we went to the beach again, but only for a few hours since I was super sunburnt and the boys left to go golfing. And Sienna dragged me down the whole beach with the paddle board and made me carry us back. 

Monday, (the 4th of July) Julie, Sienna, my mom and I went out on the waverunners but got lost since we didn’t know where anyone else went. Also one of the waverunners (the one with Sienna and I on it) died out on the middle of the lake with huge waves. Our moms had to pull the waverunners together and switch seats. 

After that we got raspberry shakes (what Bear Lake is famous for) and headed home! 

Here’s just a few extra pictures I took, I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to my favorite place on Earth! 

Ivy was being ornery and only wanted me and Penny xD 

Me and Lilli!

The doomed generation aka 2 year Olds only wanting electronics (Sophie and Ivy) Oh, and Coco the chihuahua. 


Just the lake 🙂

Alec! 

Me and Abbey on the drive down 🙂
I know they’re huge and some are sideways but I’m on my phone so I can’t fix it. 

Love y’all! – Aspen AKA the Author 

A Handwritten Post!

Hey y’all! I thought it would be fun to do a handwritten post with some cool gel pens, I hope you guys like reading this little excerpt!

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Tell me what you thought about these little poems. I wrote them sometime during school this year. This was pretty fun to make while I colored and listened to my scriptures. (I’m racing friend to see who can finish the New Testament first and if I win I get goldfish. GOLDFISH people, although reading has helped me too. I’ve read all of Matthew (28 chapters) and all of Mark (16 chapters!))

Love y’all!-Aspen AKA The Author

The Five Senses Tag

Hey y’all! I was nominated by  Liss & Dani  to do the Five Senses tag! Thanks for the nomination you two! Here are the rules:

Rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you

-For each of the five senses (or as many as you do) describe five of your favorite things having to do with that sense. AKA your five favorite smells, sounds, etc.

-Nominate five other people to do this tag

Sights:

-A group of people totally silent, yet you can see the happiness in their eyes.

– Utah: My home state; the mountains, lakes, sand dunes, everything.

-Strangers who smile at you. I think this is one of the best things ever.

-Someone standing up for what they believe in.

Sounds:

-The loud buzz of everyone in my family at my grandma’s house, but every few seconds you can distinguish specific voices.

-Someone calling my name or nickname

-The sound of running water in a forest

-Rain, it’s my favorite weather

-Someone saying, I love you.

Smells:

-Warm vanilla

-Coconut conditioner

-Banana bread in the oven

-The smell of my neighborhood outside in the evening.

-Pistachio anything; ice cream, pudding, etc.

Tastes:

– 7-Up Chicken

-Raspberry pretzel jello- crunchy but sweet and soft and it’s the best thing ever

-The chicken Lauren and I make (Its da bomb)

-Goldfish and vanilla coke at 3 am

-Chick fila or arctic circle ice cream eaten with friends late at night

Things to feel:

– A group of people coming together with the help of the spirit

-The love I know my Heavenly Father has for me

-Fuzzy socks

-A baby’s hands

-Hugging someone you know cares about you

People I would like to tag:

 

 

 

Aaaand I’m Back!

Hey y’all! So I got back from Girls Camp yesterday afternoon and I had a total blast. I’ll write a whole post on it later, but it was great to have a week with my friends to be spiritual and away from the world. (I will also write a post on my trip to Bear Lake)

As of now I am finishing up Drivers Ed so I can get my license and working in the yard but it’s blasted hot dudes.

My mom’s 40th birthday is tomorrow which is crazy! She seems so young. Everyone literally assumes she’s my sister. But I am going out to get her present tonight with LAUREN! Aka the girl I haven’t seen in an entire week and I miss so much! I’m so excited!

Also, I think I’m going to get another calling in church tomorrow. ( A calling is like a job sort of? Like a responsibility basically. For example, I was President of Mia Maids the 14-15 year old girls) But now that I turned 16 I didn’t have that calling anymore, and I have to meet with the Bishop tomorrow apparently. I guess we’ll see what happens, but whatever it is I know it’ll be alright.

OH! One more thing, I passed my AP European History test! I got a 3 which isn’t the BEST but I mean for it being completely social based, I’m still really happy.

Sorry this post is all over the place but I just had a bunch of random stuff to talk about. I’ll see you guys later, leave me a comment about something you want to tell me so anything.

Love y’all!- Aspen AKA The Author