My 22th year of life

Today is my the anniversary of my birth. I have graced the world with my presence for twenty-two years. This is quite bizarre to me, honestly. Most days, I don’t feel like I’ve matured since I turned twelve. I know I have, but I still feel like that little girl, acting like a grown up.

My twenty-second year is going to be awesome. Really, it is.

And in typical first-born, overachiever style, I’m going to make a list of things to accomplish in the next 365 days.

  1. Get married to the my dream guy, my lover, and the man who makes my heart go pitter-patter when I see him.
  2. Learn to make homemade tortillas.
  3. Figure out the actual rules to football and pay attention to at least one full game.
  4. Graduate from college.
  5. Organize my kitchen.
  6. Actually finish the last season of Lost. I’m obsessed with the show. I absolutely love it, but I had a night class last year when they were finishing it. Thus, the entire season remains on the DVR, waiting to be watched. I’m waiting until I have time to savor the last bit of the storyline. Plus, I’m not sure I want to figure out what exactly is going on. (This is Day 14 of the 30 Day Meme.)
  7. Teach Justice at least three tricks.
  8. Hike through a rain forest.
  9. Finish my 365 Project.
  10. Run a half marathon in April.
  11. Train for that half marathon.
  12. Get a Brazilian blowout before my honeymoon.
  13. Watch a sunrise in Hawaii.
  14. Beat Colby in a game of Poker.
  15. Have a sleepover with my sisters.
  16. Improve my photography.
  17. Volunteer at church more often.
  18. Plant flowers next Spring.
  19. Expand my photography business.
  20. Build a snowman.
  21. Fly a kite.
  22. Relax. Enjoy life. Laugh often. Love. Make the best of every single day God blesses me with.

I think I’ve got some good guidelines anyway.

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And now, I think we should look at old pictures of myself and laugh.

That’s obviously the healthiest thing to do on one’s birthday, right?

First, there was wittle-wittle baby Marla.

So Young!

That baby grew and grew and eventually became the World’s Cutest Child Ever.

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And then she got some sisters.

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(I’m the one on the right, Shaylin is on the left, and Ashley is the baby.)

1998

Eventually, 1998 rolled around and my bangs were still rockin’ like it was 1987. My mom continued to make me wear my hair like this until I was eleven. I then demanded that they be grown out.

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Actually, I’m not sure that that improved my hair much.

We should probably stop with the old pictures now, while I still have some dignity left.

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Today, Colby is taking me to my favorite eatery where I’m going to order Prime Rib.

Yum.

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It’s my birthday and I want to be carefree and happy, but all I can think about is my ever growing “to-do” list. Seriously, I have three photo sessions this weekend, a online test, a paper to write, and about a million other things to do.

Maybe I should chop my bangs short and act like it’s 1998. Things were so easy back then.

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My favorite musician

This one is easy… I mean, really who else can be called “King George?” Only the greatest country artist ever.

And I’ve been listening to George since I was in the womb. I can remember his hits at each and every one of my life stages.

Especially this song, because it’s pretty much sums up my entire life right now. I gotta make it past Amarillo every Tuesday and Thursday before my nine AM class.

This is Day 13 of the 30 Day Meme.

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My hometown

Today, I’m supposed to post a picture of my hometown for the 30 Day Meme.

Today, I’m also totally bogged down with editing pictures for my business and studying for the huge statistics test I will be taking tomorrow morning.

And I’m sleepy, so very sleepy.

Instead of actually going out and finding some unique views of my hometown- I decided to just rely on google.

We aren’t known for much. I mean, the nearest Walmart is over and hour away and we don’t have one stop light in the entire county. It’s not exactly a big city, by no means.

But we did once suffer through the Dust Bowl.

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And we grow a ton of wheat and corn.

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Other interesting things about my “city:”

– The best beef jerky in the world is made here.
– We were once bombed… Really.

And I think that’s about it.

Oh yes, incase someone reading this is a creepy stalker who wants to take these clues and hunt me down, just know that I have a very large dog, a strong fiance, and several guns.

I hope you all have a great day.

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My make-up bag

I’m a drug store make-up kinda girl. Nothing too fancy, because I don’t wear much and I’m not very good at putting it on. I buy the easy stuff, quickly apply and head out the door.

Sometimes I think I should get better at make-up, but I don’t.

Anyway, my make-up bag includes the following:

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Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Nearly There and Luminous Lilac

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Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil Free Makeup with Microclear Technology

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder

CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation

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Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara

 

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Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow

Two different Almay Intense I-color for blue eyes

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Refresh Optive Eye Drops… These things have been saving me lately. It appears that eighteen hours of contact wear can sometimes make your eyes sore. Who would’ve thought!?

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CoverGirl Outlast Smoothwear All Day Eyeliner

Now dish out some make-up advice. I think I need it.

(P.S.- This is Day 11 of the 30 Day Meme.)

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Monday, Monday

Today, I’m supposed to post a picture of my favorite place to eat for the 30 Day Meme. Well, I don’t have a picture and it’s located a full hour away. But I do have a picture of the next best thing:

A picture of a giant hunk of meat from my favorite place to eat. Hey, yeah.

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I usually eat prime rib. Medium please. (For some reason, this chunk of meat is actually a t-bone.)

Prime Rib has this wonderful crispy, pepper edge and the most juicy center. Delicious.

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There are actually so major benefits from waking up at 5:30 AM.

One, I get to say, “I get up at 5:30 every morning.”

Two, there is little traffic that time of day. Let’s ignore the fact that I live in the middle of nowhere without traffic anyway.

Three, I see things like this:

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Views that absolutely take my breath away and remind me that God really is the best artist.

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Corn harvest makes us oh so sleepy.

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I think sunsets are still my favorite though. I mean, they are located at the end of the day when I’m actually alert and awake. And happy.

I am so much happier at sunset than sunrise.

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I hope you all have a glorious and magnificent week. Which do you prefer a sunrise or a sunset?

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Grocery shopping- my arch enemy

I hate grocery shopping. Seriously. I dread the entire experience. Mostly because I always spend twenty minutes wondering around the store, looking for the last thing on my list. Oh and the lines. The lines make me want to throw myself down on the floor and start screaming.

But I do it anyway, because I like to eat and some things are absolutely necessary- like TP and dish soup.

Day 9 of the 30 Day Meme calls for a picture of the last thing you bought:

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On Thursday, I forced myself to go into Walmart where I purchases a new makeup bag.

I also bought the following:

– Tortilla Rounds.

– Soup for the dish washer.

– Three different kinds of creamer.

– A package of Snickers marked half off.

– Ranch style beans.

– A big block of Velveta.

– Corn.

– Fresh Jalapeno peppers.

– And a wide variety of other necessities.

Oh gosh. I hate grocery shopping.

Any advice on how to make this job a little more enjoyable?

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Think Pink

Two weeks ago, I took this pretty girl’s Senior pictures. Tiffany appears to have it all; she’s beautiful, a cheerleader, active in her school, and has a bright future ahead of her.

Tiffany is missing something very important in a young women’s life.

Her mother died about ten years ago have a long hard battle with breast cancer. She’s lost so much, yet she continues to strive to make the most out of life.

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This week, i heart faces, theme is “Pink” in honor of breast cancer awareness.

Here are some facts about this terrible disease:

An estimated 182,800 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2000.

Approximately 42,200 deaths will occur in women from breast cancer in 2000.

One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.

Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.

The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman’s mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.

Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.

Head over to i heart faces for more great pictures (and stories).

 

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