Thursday, November 29, 2012


I love, love, love Thanksgiving. The food, the family, the party, I love all of it. This year was so much fun! My Aunt Patti and Uncle Ivan drove up from Cedar City, Meag and her boyfriend Ian showed up, Grandma and Grandpa Abbott came over and me and my folks. Dinner was pretty laid back, we ate so much that we couldn't eat dessert so we decided to play instead. For an hour or so, we did Wii Bowling and competed against each other. I love watching people when they are playing Wii games. They lean into the remote and try not to get the ball to curve.

After we finished "bowling", we went shotgun shooting and shot traps for about an hour and a half. We invited my cousins Clay and Ben over as well. It was so much fun! I love shooting guns! We had about 6 guns out on the range and so we all took turns. It was amazing to have my Grandparents be part of it. Grandpa was the official puller of the trap machine. I shot two different shot guns, a .20 gauge and .16 gauge. After shooting it up for a while, we then went back to the house for leftovers and dessert.

Dad went and did the chores while the rest of us got down to the card business. We played forever. We even had the opportunity to learn a few new card games. I loved spending time with my family. It is a huge blessing to have them in my life.

Funny story about Thanksgiving- This year my mom's side of the family got together, so I didn't get to see my dad's side of the family until Saturday. My Uncle Larry called us up and invited us over for a shin-dig.  It was really simple, not a whole lot of food- more of just snack foods, but it was good and so was the company. Anyway after this little meal, my cousin Halie asked if I wanted to walk down to the pond. I said Sure and Halie, Jentrie, Natalie, and Taylor all trucked down to the pond. We started walking around it and it was so pretty and clear. The weather was pretty good, so we were comfortable. Halie and I were chatting it up and the other three were having a good time as well. Well, this is where the story goes south! We made our way over to a rope swing. I think that we are going to walk right past it, but do we, NO. Halie is like let's swing on it! (Do you hear the warning bells? I sure did!) So my dear sweet cousins all jump on this rope swing and swing out over the pond and back into dry land. Halie looks at me and is like, "Do it." Secretly I really wanted to do it, but this is a really bad idea and I know it!!! I'm like No, I have no upper body strength (which unfortunately is not a lie). They all say "If I can do it, you can do it." Bad Idea!! I know this is not going to turn out well, but what the heck? I grab the rope swing and swing and fall right into the water. I completely dunk my self. My cousins are on the ground rolling! They are laughing so hard! And all I can think is  "Holy Crap, I fell in." I just happened to have my cell phone in my pocket as well because I was not going to fall in!

Now for the walk of shame. We are probably a mile or so away from Halie's house. So we start trudging, the whole time I am dripping wet and the people around the pond are staring and laughing. We end up back to the 4-wheeler and we climb on. I sneak back into the house so that maybe I can avoid the razzing that I am going to get for at least a second! No such luck. Natalie recorded the whole thing on her ipod and what does she do? She shows my entire family. I'm in the process of changing into Halie's clothes when my mom comes down. She asks if I want a whole new wardrobe, which I say no to and then she starts laughing. She tells me how much she loves me as she laughing, practically rolling on the ground.

And then I walk up the stairs almost dry, but parts of me still soaking wet. And my uncle's start in on me. Nice day for a swim? How was the water? Did you know it is November? Next time you should bring your swimsuit. Ha ha ha- I can laugh with them or bawl so I laugh at myself for being so dumb. Then my Aunt Julie looks at me and says, "You know Jessica, those stories that my brothers tell over and over again were starting to get a little old- way to liven things up and give us something new to talk about!" So now instead of a nice family get together, this Thanksgiving is going to be remembered as the time when Jessica jumped/fell into the pond and came home dripping wet! And remembered for a long time-definitely. I won't live this one down for a long time! Oh well, to be young and dumb, right?

Monday, November 12, 2012

23 DAYS!!!

Me and Kort
For almost 18 months I have waited for Best Friend to get back to the United States. Kortney and I have an untypical friendship. We met as sophomores in high school. My other best friend started hanging out with the guys that hung out with Kortney. There was the six of us in this weird not normal cliche. You had Alma, Chelsie, Trevor, Stephen, Kortney and Me. Jocks, computer nerds, geeks, rodeo people and musicians, I'm not even sure what we were, but it was weird and surprisingly it worked.

Kortney and Chelsie 

In High school and since then we have done so many crazy fun things.  We went and supported our friends in orchestra, sports and rodeo. We played card games and watched movies together. Chelsie and Alma became boyfriend and girlfriend even though they never admitted and because of it Kortney and I got very close. Turning us into best friends. Chel and I were the young ones. Everyone else graduated a year before us and when that happened, Kortney and I still stayed in contact. We wrote letters and called each other and every break we spent some time together.

Then Chel and I graduated. I came to Utah State and Kortney was still at Snow College. We didn't see each other as much, but we still talked often. This went on for a couple of years, seeing each other off and on and talking on the phone. Almost 18 months ago, we had a final hoorah before she left on her mission to Portugal. We took a very long drive so that I could drop Spanky off at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. 4 hours down and 4 hours back, We talked about her mission and our lives. We never ran out of things to say.   A couple of weeks later, she left for the MTC and later went to Portugal.

For 18 months we have wrote letters and stayed caught up with each others lives the best we could. She is the only missionary besides my brother that I have consistently wrote to. She gets home on December 5th and I am so excited. I have missed calling her and talking to her. We have the same sense of humor and so when we would watch movies there were certain parts that we would be laughing so hard at together. (Usually we would be laughing at the parts that no one else understood) The countdown begins! 23 days and counting! I can't even wait to see my best friend, who is more like a sister to me than a friend.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A realization....

I made a realization yesterday that I don't think I was ready for. I've always had my life planned out ever since I was a little girl. It was always go to school, graduate, go to more school and somewhere a long the way get married and start a family. Yeah, well that was the plan anyway. It hasn't exactly gone the way I planned. I mean I went to school and I graduated and I'm going to school and I graduate in May, but the whole get married and start a family is not something that I can do on my own and now I'm kinda stumped. As graduation looms nearer and nearer, I have this great curiosity to what I am supposed to do with my life.  It seems like I am starting over again and wondering where I belong. I have no solid plans except to find a job and pay off my student debt and it is weird. I feel like I am in this limbo where I have no solid direction and for a planner like me, that is a really tough place to be. But then I ran into this insight as I was emailing my brother. It is actually a scripture. Doctrine and Covenants 6:14 to be specific.

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, blessed art thou for what thou hast done; for thou hast ainquired of me, and behold, as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my Spirit. If it had not been so, thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time."

My Life up to this point has definitely not gone the way I planned. Yes, somethings were definitely in the plans such as school and graduating, but other things like doing summer sales or working at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort were not in the plans. And that is when this scripture really hit me. I realized that even though those things weren't in my plans, they were definitely in the Lords. And now that I'm reaching the end of my plans, I guess that means that I have more of an opportunity to really follow what the Lord wants me to do.