Sunday, February 28, 2010

painting life

"Life is a great big canvas,
you should throw all the paint you can on it.”
-danny kaye

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Saturday, February 27, 2010

a few noteworthy notes

1. pretty sure all of you know i LOVE mr. kris will come as no surprise to those who have read my blog, so its no shock that his performance on thursday was something i had been waiting and waiting for all week. and it did not disappoint. love him a lot.

2. went to ag in the classroom today...totally expecting this to be a 'yeehaw' farmer workshop about cows and crops, but holy cow it was SOOOO much fun! there are so many amazing resources out there for us as teachers to teach our students about agriculuture and integrating it will science, social studies, math, reading etc. seriously! this program lets you rent a chick incubator so you can raise chicks in your class and talk about life cycles etc. how cool is that?! you can buy bolls of cotton and let students gin their own cotton, or purchase wool and spin their own yarn, or purchase wheat stalks to crush and make their own flour! come on! utah state is soooo cool!

3. after ag in the classroom...we went to village inn. i love these girls <3 what are we going to do with out each other once practicum starts?! we decided to create level 3 support group on facebook. thats how much we will miss each other haha

4. i spent the evening having dinner and catching up with my dear karinne and whitney #2. how fantastic the night was. we stayed and talked for 6 HOURS! and had no idea time we had been talking that long! its amazing to see how life has changed and where it has taken the 3 of us in just a short few years. karinne married to the "kid we thought was crazy", whitney married with a baby coming in april, and me finishing up my last semester in logan and moving to salt lake. its unbelievable. but how wonderful that we could get together and it felt just like old times :)

5. my dear friend brittany found out this week she is having TWINS! oh. my. gosh. im so happy for her and her husband!

6. i decided to work 2 jobs this summer and am prepared to have no life so i can go to new york this summer! and see my favorite aunt and uncle, their cute little boy and this plus several others along that line :)

7. i woke up this morning, and it WASN'T pitch black outside and there were real life birds chirping out my window (yes, i sleep with my window open, <3 it)

8. im really happy for my bosom friend sara michelle ence. hehehe

9. there are a lot of weddings to attend in the next 3 months. goodness. but im way excited for all of them!

10. my cousin is in china right now teaching english with her "not" fiance. i love getting her emails and pictures because she types them exactly as if she is talking, and telling the stories or explaining something. its so entertaining to me, and she looks like she is having an absolute blast!

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

totally stoked

i'm very excited for the following:

1. the events that will take place in the near future for my dear friend sara ence.
2. having this week over with (only 3 days left, hallelujah!)
3. getting my tax return (so i can pay rent bah ha ha)
4. not having to work tomorrow (wed) and going to costa with kym
5. only 48 days till glee comes back
6. catching up with karinne and whit #2 on friday
7. hopefully an amazing excursion with sara on saturday
8. going home in 16 days (spring break!)
9. spending 5 weeks in a 1st grade class after spring break! :)
10. spring, with weather hopefully above freezing my bum off

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Monday, February 22, 2010

...the courage to change the things i can...

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." -Reinhold Niebuhr

My aunt sent my these videos in an email yesterday. Such powerful moving videos that really made me think about life and the ability that we have to impact another persons life. Seriously I sat here and cried my eyes out, so consider this your warning. But you won't regret taking the time to watch these and reflect on life and the many blessing that God has given you.

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

'your royale highness'

my mom called to tell me that samuel received the results from his 'campaign' today
(where he gave this speech)
and won with 71% of the vote.
in 7th grade?
i was at the bottom of the food chain
at that age.
for crying out loud i still am!
oh man
my mom said we
we may have to call him 'your royale highness' from now on
i laughed and said...probably
oh samuel...
you never cease to make me laugh

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Sunday, February 21, 2010

a string of happy

"Maybe happiness doesn't have to be about big sweeping circumstances, about having your life in place. Maybe it is about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures."
the sisterhood of the traveling pants, book 2

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Saturday, February 20, 2010

just swell

dear shaun white,

i think you are really really swell. that is all.

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

oh wow

i must see

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Thursday, February 18, 2010



also, congrats to by dear sweet lovely bestie katie leeflang!
so excited for that june wedding!
happy happy happy!!!

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

new favs

i have 4 new none-stop-listening-i-love-these-way-too-much-on-repeat songs

#1- from the When in Rome soundtrack comes this lovely number...

#2- from the Valentines Day soundtrack is this awesome awesome song

#3-thanks to my soul mate friend emily who i have only met once, is this song

#4- and BFF sara gave me the link to the free album where i found this song


Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. ~Alphonse de Lamartine

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

don't be bored-vote for ward

{this is my 13 year old brothers speech for 7th grade student rep. he is my hero.}

When I started this speech it was hard to decide what to say! As I thought about it I thought the best thing I could do was to tell you about myself and give you several reasons to vote for me. First let me tell you a few things about my strengths.
I am a hard worker and always try to do my Best.
I am dependable.
I am a twin.
I am nice.
I like to have fun and laugh.
I always try to think about others feelings.
I am honest.
I love chicken nuggets.
All my teachers like me, well…except for Mrs. Oja
I am a hard worker and…
I am cute and look great in a Kilt!
And finally-I would like to serve as a student representative because I like working on a team, I like to try and make a difference, and I love being a Falcon at Fairmont. If you will vote for me as Pedro said in Napoleon Dynamite –“all your wildest dreams will come true.” Thank you

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah


i have been really uncreative in my blog posts as of late.
i apologize.
someday my life will consist of something other than lesson plans,
belief statements, johnny appleseed projects and dumb eled people.
as for now thats all my world revolves around.
in the mean time enjoy the gorgeous spring photos
and keep praying that the blessed spring season
will grace us with it's presence a little bit faster.

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah


souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Monday, February 15, 2010

denver, co

okay so package tracking was a great invention.
but its making me out to be a very impatient person.
i need this little beaut to get here already
but no, as of 45 minutes ago,
it only barely left denver, co
and it arrived there at 11:10 am YESTERDAY
and isnt expected to get here till saturday.
one time i had to wait like 500 hours in the denver airport
i do NOT like that place.
and to think my lovely shirt had to stay there for so long.
i hate waiting!
i mean its only a shirt
but its a glorious shirt
and i want it to come!

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Thursday, February 11, 2010

oh. my. gosh. amazing!

words just can not describe the amazingness of this.

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

bonjour belle neige

(i hope my french is correct...its been a while)
we have a gorgeous little snowfall happening in logan right now. not blizzardy, but enough to cover up the yucky brown snow thats on the ground. what makes me happy, is the fact that the same thing is going on in Paris today. absolutely gorgeous. its like paris is coming to me. and im perfectly fine with that.

courtesy of the friendly parisian at

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"stupid integrity, gets me everytime."

just so you know, apparently ELED majors don't know how to talk about anything but ELED. its true. whether it be school projects, professors, annoying people in our level classes, ideas we have for our classrooms, practicum assignments, peer assessments, phonics, advisors, jigsaw assignments, "love gifts", book boxes, place value etc etc, its all we know how to talk about. it consumes us. during the day and in our sleep. 24/7. so if i do this to you, just slap me. and tell me there are other things to dwell on. and i will try to devote a few minutes to anything but ELED. i will try. i may fail miserably, but i will try. just for you.

fyi- the quote was stated by my friend gwen in response to a self assessment we had to do on a huge project today. yes. we have to grade our own work, i guess to prep us for future assessment of student work? who knows.

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


"To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children...
to leave the world a better place...
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”

-ralph waldo emerson
souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Monday, February 8, 2010

"thats better choreography than MOTAB..."

if someone asked me why they should come to USU,
i would tell them to watch this video

oh, and i would tell them that they get free t-shirts all the time
and that life is just better when you are an aggie...

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"by its very definition...

...glee is about opening yourself up to joy."
oh how i LOVE this show.
with every fiber of my being!
if i HAD to chose a favorite glee moment
these 2 would be tied.


but now that i think about it this one is so good
ooo and this one is just swell too
um this one too haha
...sooo hard to chose.
oh wow, i am sooo glad i have these on dvd.
it makes my life complete :)
only 65 more days to go

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

oh disney

holy cow this is incredible!
i never would have notices all these resemblances.
to think some people have this much time...

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

oh good old USU

this picture is just so great, i figured i would post it here too. haha i love this place!

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

hope for haiti. now.

my friend emily beat me to blogging about this
but its not going to stop me.
seriously this cd is incredible.
so powerful and so inspirational.
i seriously love almost every song on the album
(i could do without the country ones...bleh)
i dont regret this purchase one bit.
this album has had such a huge impact in only a short amount of time
raising over $3 million in less than a week.
the telethon itself raised over $61 million.
my heart aches for those suffering
and i continue to pray for them
just in case you were wondering,
this is my favorite so far...

souvenez-vous qui vous êtes
-whit sariah