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So basically I have the most talented sister ever. If you know her, I’m sure you’d agree. She is wonderful at sewing and cooking and anything artistic. In the past couple of years she has been really interested in graphic design. She has made many, many fun invitations, announcements, wallpapers, pictures, etc. She even made my blog design! In early-mid December I was talking to her on the phone and she mentioned that for her family Christmas card she was making a design of her cute little family to put on the card. I thought that was such a cute idea!

A few days later I called her and told her I had an idea for something she could get me for Christmas. I asked her to make a design of me as a missionary and then print them on some cards that I could take on my mission and send out to people while I’m gone.

So on Christmas day, this is what I got:

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I think this one is my favorite. 🙂

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All four designs

She completely exceeded my expectations! She made four different designs that are all darling! And the name tag even says:

Sister Morgan
The Church of
Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints

I absolutely love these cards! I’m so lucky to have such a talented, sweet sister who can do such fun things for me. I’m so excited to be able to use them while I’m on my mission!

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As mentioned in my last post, after finals week my roommates and I paid a little visit to the east coast!

I’ll let the pictures do most of the storytelling. It’s more fun that way. Also, please know I really did wear different clothes every day. You just can’t tell because I’m always wearing my orange coat. Also, you’ll notice that many pictures are the three of our heads very close to the camera because there wasn’t anyone around to take our picture. My apologies to Liz for not being in as many of the pictures as well. She was often the one with the camera. That is all.

First we have Washington D.C.

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World War II Memorial

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Washington Monument

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This was our beautiful rainy walk to the Lincoln Memorial

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Lincoln Memorial

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Jordan and I laughed forever when we came across this picture. What a gem.

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View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial. Also, take a look at that beautiful sky! Isn’t that amazing??

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On the metro

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A foggy, chilly day at Arlington National Cemetary. Every single grave had a wreath.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Not sure which museum is behind us…

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The eye-catching view as we came around the bend on the freeway. The Washington D.C. Temple!

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Ran into my cute missionary friend, Hailey, at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center!

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Next we have our adventures in New York City

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My favorite thing in New York was seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

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The fallen chandelier

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So excited for the show to begin!

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Radio City Music Hall

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The giant Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!

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This is my favorite picture. A funny Palestinian man took this picture of us and kept telling us to “Strike a pose!”.

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A view from the top of the Empire State Building

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Our freezing faces on the top of the Empire State Building.

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Another subway ride

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Taking the Staten Island Ferry so we could get a better glance at the Statue of Liberty

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Staten Island Ferry

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The Statue of Liberty

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This picture was taken through a very dirty window. I sat inside because it was just too cold outside.

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We saw some pretty hilarious street performers. “Because it’s not a real show until there’s an…ASIAN GUY!”

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Central Park. All of the trees are dead.

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I was cold pretty much all the time.

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As you can see, I am pretty hilarious. At least to Jordan.

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The Brooklyn Bridge

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Just a quick glance at the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It was so fun to stay there!

I don’t have near as many pictures of things in Pennsylvania but it was very beautiful and green. We mostly did a lot of shopping in Pennsylvania and I was able to buy some cute clothes for my mission.

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We did manage to get ourselves to Hershey where we took a tour of the chocolate factory.

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Cutest cupcake shop in downtown York

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The beautiful, historic Wilson home

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My favorite room at Liz’s house. I took several naps on that couch.

Lots of money was spent, lots of driving/walking/flying was done, and lots of fun was had. Liz’s parents were the most gracious and kind hosts and we had an amazing time. I’m so happy we were able to have this fun adventure before I leave on my mission.

Oh, and I report to the MTC in 41 days.

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This is how I’m getting through the last three weeks of the semester. The fact that on the Friday of finals week I’ll be on an airplane heading to a week of fun on the east coast. That is, if it’s not completely underwater still.

Three weeks from now I will be wandering through the streets of New York City, the museums of Washington DC, and the Hershey Chocolate Factory of Pennsylvania!

This trip to the east coast is something I’ve been wanting to do quite some time now so when the opportunity presented itself, I convinced Jordan to do it with me.

I went to New York when I was 15 and absolutely loved it but Jordan has never been. Liz, having grown up in Pennsylvania, has been several times and knows all about the city and the best things to do. We have some good things planned and I am so excited that the three of us get to go together!

So basically these are my thoughts………

 

P.S. I report to the MTC in 71 days!!!

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At preschool we have started learning a cute song and some of the words in the chorus are “Spring, spring, spring is here the birds are telling me!” and I love it!

Every day recently I’ve noticed new signs of spring and it makes me so happy! All the sunshine is making me feel so good about life.

In fact, I’m enjoying the sunshine so much that it’s starting to take a serious toll on my class attendance. The problem is that I just want to play! And almost every day I work until 6 or 7 and by that time the sun is setting and I’m not able to do something fun in the heat of the day.

So today Jordan skipped one of her classes and convinced me to do the same so we could go get lunch at Old Grist Mill and have a picnic! Okay…well twist my arm.

So we went to Grist, stopped at a book sale, and then came home. We were going to sit outside our apartment on a picnic table but some clouds came out and the wind was blowing a bit so it was a little chilly. So instead, we opened our window and covered the couch-boat with a blanket and had our picnic inside. We also listened to happy summer music a.k.a. middle school hits—Kelly Clarkson, Yellowcard, and Hilary Duff. Win.

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Happy Friday!

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Roommate Bonding!

I love my roommates. They are some of my favorite people! We each have our differences but we have found some really great ways to bond and I have grown to love them a lot. I just wanted to share some funny things we’ve done recently that are so fun and make me love these girls even more.

Every weekend we push our two couches together and make what we call a “couch boat”. We keep them pushed together and it’s like a giant sleepover all weekend! It seriously is one of the best things about my weekends.

A few weekends ago Shaunzi came to visit with two of her friends from Provo and we watched a movie in the couch boat.

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About a month ago we decided to make a spur-of-the-moment trip to Salt Lake! We met up with Shaunzi and her roommate and ate dinner at Biaggi’s. We then moved to Settebello for some gelato. The night was full of catching up and plenty of laughter. Emily decided it would be fun to make a video about it so she was filming all night.

This is the end result:

Doesn’t that just look so fun?? It was. 🙂 Also, if you are wondering about Lizzie’s dancing around strangers, you can check out Ellen’s Dance Dare! So stinkin’ funny.

Basically, I love my roommates!

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No Longer a Teenager!

That’s right, yesterday was my 20th birthday! It was such a wonderful day!

The first summer I started working at Jamba it was their 20 year anniversary and we wore pins that said “20 years of feeling good”. When we no longer had to wear the pins I took mine home and decided I would wear it on my 20th birthday. But instead of wearing it, I pinned it to my backpack.

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So throughout the day I went to my classes, attended Religion in Life (a weekly fireside at the Institute), talked to lots of family and friends on the phone, got free froyo at Twizlberry, received some nice gifts (Jordan, thank you for the sandwich ;)), and then drove down to Salt Lake where Neil and I went to dinner at Crown Burger and then to the Jazz game! It really was such a good day!

And the best part? The weekend only continues to get better! Tonight is Olive Garden, the Aggie game, then Poetry and a Beverage. Tomorrow is my birthday party at my parent’s house and we get to eat my favorite dinner and dessert (Annie’s Yummy Pasta and crepes!). And on Monday my mom and I are going to Salt Lake to visit my sister and go out to birthday lunch. I love that my birthday lasts 4 days. 🙂 I have so many sweet, thoughtful people in my life.

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A Successful Weekend!

I have been in Salt Lake spending some time with my sister (who would like to be referred to by her screen name, HairyShoeFairy, or HSF for short) and her family this weekend!

As I was leaving my house on Friday evening, my mom slipped and fell on our front porch stairs. It was slightly funny but I didn’t laugh too much because she just sat there on the stairs for about five minutes because she was hurt. So my dad and I made sure she was alright and then I took off for Salt Lake.

That night I got to HSF’s house and she heated up some leftovers from dinner for me and then we went to Target while ODD (her husband’s screen name) and the kids had a fire and camped out in the backyard. When we got home from Target, the two of us watched Penelope (and I, of course, fell asleep about halfway through). Around 12:45 am, my mom sent me a text that said, “Hi. Spent 2 hours in the ER. Sprained ankle. Crutches. Big ugly boot. Blah.” Haha, I couldn’t help but laugh! Oh mom… 🙂

On Saturday, ODD took the kids to his parent’s house for the day and HSF and I had the whole day to just play! We went to HSF’s dress fitting where the alterations lady was quite surprised to find out that she was 29 years old, and not in high school.

Then we went and did some shopping in Park City. We went into a store and a sales lady said, “Whoa, you two MUST be sisters! You are identical! Are you twins??” We laughed and she was pretty surprised when we told her that we’re actually 10 years apart. Then we had a quick lunch and went to a rehearsal for HSF’s upcoming performance in an oratorio called The True Story of Cinderella. She is one of the stepsisters and it is such a fun show! I really enjoyed watching them run through all of the songs. I’m excited to see it again for the actual performance in the Assembly Hall!

After her rehearsal we went to the mall where I bought some Toms! Woohoo! 🙂

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Then we dropped by a wedding reception for my cousin, visited with my parents, and ate yummy sandwiches. We finished our fun day with a trip to the cheap movie theater to see Monte Carlo.

We keep laughing about how many comments we’ve gotten about looking alike! It’s funny to us because we don’t feel like we look that similar.

Here is HSF at 19.
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And here is me at 19. You only get one picture of me because 1) I don’t have many recent, good pictures of myself and 2) Most everyone who reads my blog already knows what I look like. 🙂
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And here are a couple of current pictures of us together!
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So there you go! I think we look similar enough to think “Oh, they look like sisters” but not “Wow, they look like twins!” Agreed? Yeah.

Anyway, it was a wonderful weekend and a nice break! Thanks, HSF, for letting me come play! And ODD, I apologize for shedding my hair all over your bathroom… 🙂

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