take risks!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

 i just need to learn how to tell my fear to shut it.

i'm accesible.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

1You're comfortable expressing yourself in words and actions, with no self-censorship. You believe that if someone doesn't like what they see it's not your problem, but theirs. A high score on the "accessible" trait suggests that you have a lot of friends, socialize often, and enjoy rap/hip-hop music.
You don't see the need to keep your thoughts to yourself, or to have a zone of privacy that encompasses only yourself and a small circle of friends and relatives

i love that we're both glaring in this picture. ha

I'm going through a rap phase.. like.. all I want to do is rap. Even ask

maybe YOU stuck the gum under the table!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

i laugh out loud whenever i watch these clips. enjoy. the first and last are from baby mama.. one of my favorites.

please go die now.

Friday, November 18, 2011

diet coke
my never-ending pile of laundry
dana carvey regis impersonations,

please go die now. 
okay thanks, bye.

love, erin.

ps, diet coke.  i actually don't want you to die at all.  i think i am borderline addicted to you, however, so i'm going to go without you for a whole month.  i'll miss you lots. we're on day 3 and so far so good.

burning huts

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

i've been thinking about this a lot lately.  how life never really is how we imagine it will be.  it's never how we plan it out to be.   it especially hit me yesterday in sunday school.  we were talking about joseph and the coat of many colors. on the stink-o-meter his life just got progressively worse... let me explain.  

he starts out being the favorite child, and being adored by everyone in israel.  his brothers despised him for that, especially after the dreams joseph had about him eventually ruling over his brothers.  so his brothers hate him.  bad, right?  well then his brothers decide they want to kill him.  that's never fun... but instead of killing him, the bros decide to sell him as a slave!  okay.  his life is like a 6 on the stink-o-meter at this point(10 being the worst).  and then the whole thing with potipher's wife, and then he's put in prison for something he didn't do.  oh man.  yeah. i would say that would be really crappy. despite all the crap happening, he keeps doing what's right even though he doesn't know why he's having all these trials(ever heard the saying why do bad things happen to good people? yeah).  


because he was eventually thrown into prison, he meets the baker and the butler. remember them?  he interprets their dreams, and eventually the butler tells pharoh about joseph when the pharoh starts having crazy dreams.  joseph interprets pharoh's dream and basically saves not only egypt but all of the countries surrounding egypt. naturally, joseph is made second in command of egypt and eventually saves his family from starvation.  amazing, amazing blessings.  none of which could have happened had the bad stuff not happened first, along with his faithfulness and diligence.

i'm sure you've also heard the story of the man who was shipwrecked. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger.
"God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.
Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.

"We saw your smoke signal," they replied. 


i also just finished watching the diane sawyer special on gabby giffords and her amazing recovery story thus far.  (seriously, i cried... i cry a lot lately.)

at the very end of the program, diane says this:

{you need to have} courage ... when the life you live isn't the life you planned.  and you learn there have to be many definitions of a beautiful day. 

i need to remember this the next time i'm having a bad day. i need to remember to be happy now, and that my Heavenly Father is in control and knows what's best for me. and for you.  And sometimes what i think is the burning hut is actually an answer to my prayers.

the hunger games!

Monday, November 14, 2011

i have no words. 

who else is so excited?!

i'm friendly.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

You would rather hang out with others than spend time alone, and you'd far rather be doing something with your friends than just sitting around. You're happy in a crowded room, club, stadium, or auditorium.
You're not a private person who is ill at ease in a group; you don't view excessive socializing as a waste of time.

call me!  let's play!  remember game nights?  i haven't done these in a while.  who's in?

i like this picture because we're all glaring at my bro. who is now a foot+ taller than me now... i can't glare anymore, he'll eat me!

i'm optimistic.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

You are a "glass half-full" kind of person, always on the lookout for the silver lining. Your happiness is contagious, which is why others like to be around you.
You do not feel that the world is an intrinsically depressing place; you are not the kind of "realist" who thinks that only fools find joy in life.

this is true. just call me pollyanna.
and i'm pretty sure i have the gospel to thank for 100% of this personality trait.

girls camp july 2011.  miss rileigh is the most optimistic ol' gal on the block

i'm assertive.

Friday, November 11, 2011

You behave in a confident and forceful manner, take charge of the situation, raise your hand in class, stand up for what you think is right, and lead others. Among those who have a high score on the "assertive" trait, many have jobs in which they are valued for their organizational skills as well as their talent for supervising others.
You are not interested in fading into the woodwork, leaving everything to fate, taking more time than necessary to accomplish a task, or avoiding confrontation.

supervising others, sure.  i was having this discussion yesterday with a dear friend.  assertive, of course i am. in school. work. church. family. assertive when it comes to men?  you bet i'm not.  i'm as demure as they come.  we're looking to fix this. 
smize July 2010

ten things about me right now

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

read nie's post here; she inspired this post!
here are things i think you should know about the current me:

1. i have been devouring this book the past week.  complete with highlighters and sticky notes..
2. i feel like i'm constantly on pinterest brainstorming gift/package ideas for my sister who leaves on her lds mission 5 weeks from today. gahhh.
3. soft serve vanilla ice cream with oreos and caramel.  need i say more?
4. i'm borderline obsessed with modern family.  why have i never watched it before this season?  it is hilar.
5. i'm noticing more and more my smile wrinkles.  which, in my opinion, are the best kind of wrinkles.
6. been questioning whether or not i'm in the right major.  this happens every year, so this is nothing new.  still trekking along, and i'll most likely continue with where i'm going. not to worry.
7. honestly i don't know what i'm going to do when sister leaves. i have breakdowns weekly (it used to be daily.  i'm getting better) how do you deal with life changes?
8. i can't wait for christmas this year.  i asked santa for this.  and this.  and a subscription renewal to this.
9. been wanting to try out paper art for weeks now.  i keep doodling thumbnails, but have yet to actually do it.  hopefully soon.
10. i am extremely excited for the muppets movie to come out on thanksgiving.

go ahead, follow this trend and tell me 10 things about the current you! make sure you comment with a link to your post so i can read them! :)

awkward family photos

Saturday, November 5, 2011

i cried laughing looking at this.


two thoughts.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


thank you to sweet lexi for this

and 2.

thank you to the beautiful megan for this

oh the awkwardness!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

my sister and i get mixed up all the time
for example:
Some kid the other day in sunday school shook my hand and said 
hey! congratulations on your mission call!
and rather than correct him i just said 
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