do you want to know what today has been? the worlds CRAZIEST day. holy smokes... as i'm sure most of you have heard (between mine, my dads, jenny's, and everyone else in my family's posts), my sister was born today. yikes. that is still the weirdest thing in the entire world to say. i have a sister. never in my entire life did i think i would actually say that. i can honestly tell you that it's half a dream come true and half... still a dream haha. i just can't believe it. she is the most precious, beautiful, amazing thing i have ever seen. i am not a baby person. and by that i mean i just don't know what to do with them. you give me a new born baby (or even a 12 month old) and i guarantee you i won't know how to hold it and they'll probably start crying within minutes. but, things are changing around here! i held stevie for probably a good 10 minutes and she didn't cry once. talk about a miracle. :)

we got pretty bored sitting around waiting to hold her, so we went outside to the sa-weetest playground ever. i'm pretty lucky. i have some awesome siblings.



build your heart an army

my favorite thing in the entire world is music. period. i have no gifts musically... i can't play any instruments (despite my many efforts to try haha), i can't sing for crap, and i definitely have no rhythm. but, i will be darned if the day comes when i don't have the best taste in music in the world. i'm not a bragger, because i usually don't have much to brag about, but this i give myself total bragging rights. i have good taste in music. i know it. and i know i've said this before and i'm sure i'll say it again, but my music is sacred to me. honestly... i'm not sure why. but when i hear a song and it speaks to me i like to hold on to it and keep it to myself, kind of as if the artist wrote it just for me. weird? i know haha. i'm the same with my artists and bands. when i have an artist or band that i really, truly appreciate, i keep it to myself. i think a normal person would want to tell everyone and say "hey guys, listen to this awesome band i just discovered!!". but for some reason i get weirdly possessive. there's this band (who's name i honestly cannot mention. i want to so badly but it would kill me, literally) that i've been obsessed with for years. they've always been a small band, but recently within the last few months i've heard a few of their songs on TV and movie commercials. part of me is happy for them because they deserve the fame and recognition, but another part of me has a tiny broken heart (haha).

anyways, what does this have to do with anything? john mayer is one of my favorite artists. also, not one that i'm super possessive of (so i don't mind sharing this...lol), and one that i really admire. his music is magic. i saw him in concert last year and it was one of the best concerts i've ever been to. honestly, a lot of his songs i feel like speak to me in a way that music should speak to a person. 
i've had a rough couple of months and for me, other than writing, the easiest thing to turn to is music. so i happened to stumble upon this song a while back and it could not have spoken to me on a better level. so, i wanted to share it. because... what's that quote?? when words fail, music speaks? (or does this still technically count as words..? anyways.) cheesy. but true. listen to it.




CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!? i did it!!! i fixed it! call me a genius, or call me stupid, but somehow someway i did it. and heck to the yeah... i'm back. 

boy i've missed my blogging friends.

do you guys know what today is? november 9th. november 9th. we are already a week into november! geeze... it's the BEST time of the year (minus finals...). holy smokes, can you guys even believe it? i'm going nuts over here!

as of yesterday, jack has been out 10 whole months. i can hardly believe it. that's double digits. almost a whole year. my brother and best friend will be home in almost a year! i hate thinking he won't be here for the holidays, but i love knowing we're that much closer to him being home! in honor of his 10 months, i drank a root beer for him and wore his shirt today. i love that kid! 

there's so much to post about, but, i'll summarize it all for you: HAPPY! 

i am really happy, as usual. life is awesome. it's always awesome. the other day i was driving to school and it was a little over cast and i just started thinking... i am so lucky! you know those days when you just.. wake up happy? you don't even need to count your blessings because you just know they're all there? that's been everyday lately. 
ah, life. hahaha so weird. 



“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake in the middle of the night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world around you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.” -Advice to King Arthur from Merlin. 


crappy punk rock

holy cow this has been the craziest week ever! i haven't been this busy since 'nam! but it has been so so good to be doing stuff finally since my summer was (mostly) boring and full of netflix and being a giant lazy.
this was my first week back to school and i can already tell the semester is going to be awesome... there really isn't anything i love more than school (weird, right? you'd think someone like me would never say something like that..). my classes are great, the people are great, i'm making friends, and i'm just really excited for the next few months! i'm taking 13 credit hours, which is more than i've been taking in the past. i'm nervous but, i know passing my classes isn't going to be a problem. it's just going to take up a lot of my time. plus i have service learning hours, among all of the homework and class time, that i have to fit in the semester. but i'm really looking forward to that... working in an actual classroom is going to be awesome and scary and exciting! everything is becoming more real!

other than school, i've just been hanging out with my friends and doing crazy things 17 year olds should be doing! i don't have much time left until i'm (legally) an "adult" so, i'm trying to live it up! 

kaley and i have been going to the temple once a week for the past little while and it's been a really cool experience. i had only gone to the temple once before when i was 12, so when i went the first time i was really, really nervous haha. each time after has been easier and better, and i always look forward to going. it's nice to have a friend who's willing to do something like that with me! most people would want to spend their time doing other things, but i love that i have a friend who's willing to take time out of their day to help me get back into the things i need to be doing! 

also, i got a calling in church a few weeks ago. i'm a sunbeams teacher. it's 100% crazy and fun and stressful haha. i love the kids i teach already, but they are... rowdy little suckers. but, if i want to be a teacher then what better way to get practice? 

so, anyways... life is real real good! :) i'm constantly doing homework or studying or with my friends or at a football or baseball game... i feel guilty right now for writing this and not doing homework haha. but, i needed a break.

oh also! tucker comes home next week.... like from his mission.. that he left on two years ago. what the heeeck?? that is totally crazy. haha i can't believe that. i'm freaking excited. and jack hits 8 months in the next few days. time flies!

i found this shirt the other day. i was pretty excited about it! 


july 4th

one of the best weekends of my life.
heber is honestly the greatest.

besides my friends. first its my friends, then heber.

love, shelby