Saturday, November 26, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude V

Well, bloggers, I'm thankful for many things, including my Attitude of Gratitude experience, compliments to Brooke. I'm just going to include one thing on this post (I'm kind of in a hurry, it's 9:15 and my family is about to start Return of the King for our LotR marathon.)

Gorgeous sunrise I got to witness
on the way to school!

This week (this month for that matter) has been non-stop rain. Rain. Rain. More rain. But this morning, I woke up, and our of habit, looked out my window. Sunlight, gorgeous sunlight, was streaming through it. I couldn't believe it. I'm SO thankful for my sunshine! :)

I hope we all enjoyed Thanksgiving, and got a chance to count our blessings! :) Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude IV

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope we all take a little bit of time to recognize how many things in the world we have to be grateful for, and also to stuff yourself.

My Mom took this picture of the
Portland, Oregon temple. Isn't it
1. Temples

I'm so, so grateful that we have a temple so near us. Every time I go inside, or just walk on the grounds, I feel such peace. It's one of the best ways there is to be in the world but not of it, and remember why we're really here on earth.

2. Orthodontists
Some other brace-faces like me will agree deep down that they are thankful for their orthodontists who help them have straight teeth. This one's pretty straightforward.

3. Basketball

Basketball is a part of my life. Last year, when I didn't play, I realized how much was missing from my year. This year, now that I'm playing again, it just makes me happy. (Plus I got an awesome shooting shirt with PEDERSON printed on the back. Score!)

4. Male teachers

This one seems sort of strange, but I'm grateful for my "guy-teachers". I'll ask around to my classmates, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and a few of the girls will answer that they might want to be a teacher, including me. But none of the guys at school have informed me that they would ever consider that job. So thank you, Mr. Garritano, Mr. Oldham, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Workentin, and Mr. Deland, for stepping up and being awesome teachers at MRA!

5. Autumn time
Can you tell I'm grateful for my camera too?
That will be on my list tomorrow.

I've said it a hundred times, and I'll say it again: I LOVE FALL. It's my favorite time of the year when all the trees turn colors, and the leaves start to fall, the air is crisp, and we can start building fires in the fire place. What would I do without you, autumn?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, all! :) Count your blessings!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude III

Attitude of Gratitude 3, here we go. :)

1. Mormonads

I love Mormonads. I really do. They're so inspiring, and every time I look at one it just makes me want to be a better person.

2. The computer

I'm thankful for the computer. There I said it. I am. Truthfully, I wouldn't be able to do so many of the things that are part of my week, like blog, check my email, write essays, do homework, print our photo, you get the gist. :)

3. Cookie dough

This should not be on my list. But, I really don't know what I would do without my chocolate chip cookie dough. It's a little taste of home, some memories of making cookies as a kid (and a teenager).

I took this picture too!
4. Flowers

It seems like such a simple thing, flowers. But, imagine if there were no flowers in the world--what an uncolorful place it would be . . . No annual tuplip field trips, there wouldn't be lilies at Easter, my dog would probably be named something other than "Daisy" . . .

5. Art

What would I do without my artsy stuff? I can't imagine my world without paint, pencils, and color . . .

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude II

Second round of "Attitude of Gratitude"! Here are 5 more things that I'm thankful for:

1. The scriptures

Man, what would I do without my scriptures? Any time I'm troubled about something, or just need a break from the world I can go to them, and they will give me answers.

2. My bed

It's kind of hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that there are many people in the world who don't have this simple pleasure of having a warm bed to sleep in at night. Just last night after I finished watching Lord of the Rings, I said my prayers, and I thanked Heavenly Father for my bed. I climbed in, and went to sleep thinking how grateful I am to have one.

I took this pic . . . just in case you wanted to know.
3. The piano

My piano is where I sit down and express myself. If I'm frustrated or sad a song comes out of my fingers that I've never heard before, and it makes me feel better.

4. Pumpkin rolls

Pumpkin rolls, I think are my single favorite treat in the whole world. They just remind me of Thanksgiving and Christmas time, and they taste delicious (especially with cream cheese frosting).

5. School

I love school. You're probably thinking, "How amazing is that? An 8th grader that loves school!" But I'm serious. Every morning I look forward to getting up and being taught, and let me tell you, my teachers are absolutely awesome. I'm actually crushed that it's my last year here! Then it's off to highschool . . .

Once again, you guys are welcome to participate! Enjoy the break!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude I

Brooke over at her blog started something really cool for Thanksgiving week called "Attitude of Gratitude", and invited anyone who was to try it too to do so. Basically for the five weekdays of Thanksgiving week you post 5 things you are grateful for. It's such a great way to step back and take a look at all the wonderful thing that we have in our lives that we take for granted!

1. My family

The most important thing to me in the whole world is not a thing. It's a group of things. Six things to be exact. I don't know what in the world I would do without the love and support from my family! I love you guys! :)

I love my camera too . . .
this is my set of HP books
2. Books!

I love books. I love reading books. I love looking at books. I love feeling a book's pages. I even love smelling books. I. LOVE. BOOKS.

Took this one too . . .

3. Trees

Oh, how I love trees! Something about them . . . they're beautiful in the spring, they're pretty in the winter, they're handsome in the summer, and breathtaking in the fall.

4. Friends

I'm so lucky have such wonderful friends . . . they are constantly brightening up my days with how funny, trustworthy, and supportive they are.

5. Sunsets

Ah, sunsets . . . whenever I am in the presence of a gorgeous sunset I can't help but feel at peace.

You guys are welcome to participate too! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, all!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Myrtlewood Mushrooms.

Okay, so me and my mom have been really into . . . mushrooms lately. Not the slimey, sliced-up kind that you eat, but the cute kind that grow on the ground. Now that I'm writing this down it sounds really weird . . .

Anyway, today we were in Coos Bay browsing some of the sea shops (I love little shops by the sea!) and my grandpa showed us this shop that sold unique wooden creations made out of Myrtlewood. Will you guess what they had there?

Little wooden Myrtlewood mushrooms! They were so strangely adorable, so my mom and I bought three between both of us.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The coolest date in history.

Do you guys know what day it is today?
Take a look at the date.

November 11, 2011


No way.

This is the luckiest day in history. My Mom and I are celebrating by eating cookies at this very moment.