Homecoming pictures!

When getting ready for a dance, it is customary to look as ugly as possible the day of the dance, that way you look and feel your absolute best by the time it rolls around- at least, that’s what I do.

Then, after getting the majority of your makeup done, you head over to the salon to get your hair done!

Afterwards, you get home just in time to put on your outfit, get your purse together, and touch up your lipstick. A mini photo shoot is a must!

At last, your (adorable) date shows up, and you get the classic shot in the house:

And then it’s off to the park, for some more perfect pictures!!! (you’re gonna want to click on them to make them bigger. They are WAY too cute.)

So uh… Yeah, my date is the cutest guy alive. :^)
What a night!!!!
I’ll post some more pictures tomorrow, but with Geneal!


Homecoming 2013!!!

Right now it is SUPER late, but I simply had to post this before I get all tired and lose my steam.

Homecoming was tonight! I basically felt like this all week:
And today was really no different! I got my hair done by the oh-so-fabulous Mary Wadsworth, and then headed home to finish my makeup/ get dressed. Earlier today (er, yesterday. It’s late), I got my date a Navy pilot pin, and hunkered down to wait to get picked up. They were a bit late, but it’s fine. We still ended up like 20 minutes early to the dance anyway, so it was fine. :^)
The pictures turned out ADORABLE, and once I get them edited I will put them up, post haste. Seriously though…. My date and I looked SO CUTE. Can’t wait to show you! The whole night people commented.
Now, it’s time to get real. I could bore you with details, but I’d rather talk about my date. I went with Geneal and my good friend, Tyler. I was his first date, since he just turned 16, and lemme tell ya, this boy earned MAJOR points tonight. 
First off, he was a total gentleman/sweetheart/flirt all night long! Opened every door for me, made me feel appreciated, and whenever a boy told me I looked good, he would put his arm around me and say “yeah, well, she’s mine tonight!” Squee!
Another thing about Tyler is his love for planes. We walked into the hangar and both of us immediately freaked out. I had him give me a tour of the hangar and had him tell me about every single plane, and the thing is, he knew TONS about every single one. He knows his stuff, which was so cute. I love to hear people talk about their passions, so making sure I indulged him was a big thing for me. I tried to spend the night focusing on him and making him feel good and important, and I think he did the same thing for me because I have never had that much fun at a dance before (Sadies excluded. But this dance was still better)! Usually at every dance I’ve been to, the boy I’m with will sort of dance with me, but overall there usually isn’t much dancing going on.
Not so this time! Tyler danced with me for pretty much every single song, which was HUGE for me. I’m not used to that, and having him dance with me was awesome! It wasn’t like he was being forced into it, either. He enjoyed it, and at one point I heard him say he didn’t want the night to end! That may have been because of the planes, but I’ll take it. :^)
Long story short, he was perfect, and there will be no complaints coming from me about him! SUCH a sweetie. I’m so beyond glad he asked me, and I’m even more glad he treated me the way he did. That scored so many points, lemme tell ya. He has been raised right! I’m just… Happy tonight. :^D
Pictures will be up soon!! I’ll leave you with this for now to tide you over:

“Crazy” hair day.

About two weeks ago, as I was running bread route, I got a text message no girl ever wants to receive.
“your sisters have head lice” it said.
Instantly I began feeling nervous itches all over myself, but that’s just the instant reaction to hearing that kind of news. I got checked out, and everything was okay.
Until today.
Last night, as I was slaving away over homework, my neck began to itch. I didn’t think anything of it, until this morning, when it continued to itch and finally something fell into place: my two sisters’ necks both itched when they had lice. That was a telltale sign. My insides crumbled as I realized what was happening. I was infected. I felt like I needed a bell to announce my unclean presence, the way a leper would in ancient times.

I felt like I was the dirtiest human being alive, and even though I know that isn’t true, I still felt that way. It happens to all of us, and it’s generally unavoidable. My mom checked my hair, and said she couldn’t see anything for sure, that it might just be dandruff- which is still totally and completely gross.
I’m not gonna lie, chicos…
I wept. A lot. In fact, I’m still a bit teary-eyed (thanks, pms!). I cried about being gross, I cried about having my perfect hair ruined, I cried because I want it to be gone before Homecoming, I cried because I was embarrassed, basically I just cried over everything. But that’s what happens when you are a woman. Sometimes you just need to cry it all out.

You could also be a cute male actor. I won’t judge.

So here I sit, completely frazzled, feeling utterly disgusting, and really disappointed, because this week is Spirit Week, and today is crazy hair day.

Oh, cruel, cruel irony.
I hate the fact that I’m missing school. I am ruining my perfect attendance for SENIOR YEAR. This is it. I’m done. I can’t fix it. I HATE that, but I can’t risk spreading this. So I’m just going to have to suck it. up.


Stake Conference Talk

For those of you who weren’t able to make it, here is my talk. The whole session was so wonderful. I was truly blessed to be able to be a participant.

Good morning, brothers and sisters! I am truly humbled by the opportunity to speak to you today. I have been asked to speak on the blessings of regular temple attendance, and it is my prayer that the Spirit will help me convey what is in my heart and that we will all be edified together.
One of the first and most obvious blessings given to us by way of the temple is my parents’ sealing. It’s wonderful to know the covenants they made to each other and to God, and it’s a pattern for how I would like to live my life when the day comes that I am sealed to my eternal companion. Being able to be with my family forever is an indescribable blessing to me. I can’t imagine not being with them forever, and I know that if I am to receive those blessings, I must live every day worthily. Thus, by reading the scriptures daily and praying earnestly, I am doing my best to remain close to my Heavenly Father and be able to enter His house.
            Throughout my life, the temple has been central in my family. We’ve been privileged enough to attend several temple open houses, in addition to some dedications. Each time we’ve walked the halls of a new, soon-to-be dedicated temple, I have been reminded of the love Heavenly Father has for us, and the quiet beauty of the temple is a testament to that. My favorite part about going through a temple open house has got to be the celestial room.
When I turned twelve years old, my family and I took a trip to my Dad’s hometown in order for me to do baptisms in the Colonia Juarez, Mexico temple. It was an exciting experience, and the night before we were to do baptisms, my dad, my grandparents and I went to the local family history center to look up some names. We found a good number of them, and the next morning I was able to be baptized for my great-great grandmother. Doing family names has always been such a special experience for me, because I know that I am serving my own relatives, and that makes doing the work much more meaningful to me. I like knowing that even though I’ve never had the chance to meet them, I’ve been able to help them somehow. The temple is all about families, and being able to let spirit children of the Lord secure their own is a special blessing. In the October 2006 session of general conference, Elder Richard H. Winkel states: “When you come to the temple you will love your family with a deeper love than you have ever felt before. The temple is about families. As my wife, Karen, and I have increased our temple service, our love for each other and for our children has increased. And it doesn’t stop there. It extends to parents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, forebears, and especially our grandchildren! This is the Spirit of Elijah, which is the spirit of family history work; and when inspired by the Holy Ghost, it prompts the turning of the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. Because of the priesthood, husbands and wives are sealed together, children are sealed to their parents for eternity so the family is eternal and will not be separated at death.”
            In May of 2010, my family was able to be present for my Dad’s youngest brother, my Uncle Timmy’s baptism. Due to severe physical and mental disabilities, this was an ordinance Timmy was not able to perform himself. After his passing in 2006, we eagerly awaited the day we would be able to enter the temple and begin his ordinances. I remember clearly the Spirit felt that beautiful day. As one of my uncles entered the font and was baptized by my grandfather, we could all feel Timmy’s presence with us. How grateful I am to have been able to be there for that sacred event. I look forward to seeing Timmy again, this time as a perfected being. What a beautiful day that will be! I am also excited for the day I will get to meet others who were able to be blessed through the temple, even while they were on the other side of the veil. How comforting it is to know that the blessings of the temple are not just temporal, but spiritual, and eternal.
            In this month’s issue of the New Era, there is an article all about going through the temple for the first time, and how to prepare.  In the article, I read a quote which says: If your endowment “is to be the great blessing in your mission and life that it is intended to be, then it must be more than just another item on a checklist of things to do before you enter the mission field” or marry in the temple. President Gordon B. Hinckley said that each temple ordinance “is not just a ritual to go through, it is an act of solemn promising.”  I had never thought about the endowment like that! Knowing the importance of those temple ordinances will help us appreciate them when we receive them. One of the best ways I can think of to prepare for the blessings of the temple endowments is to continue to be worthy to enter His house, and to attend the temple for baptisms as often as possible.
            I remember going to do baptisms after a long period of not attending the temple. I remember feeling a little guilty about coming back. I hadn’t been there in what seemed like a long time. Would anyone be able to notice that I hadn’t been here in a while? Would I be welcome? With these worries in my head, I entered the temple and was instantly enveloped in a beautiful feeling not unlike coming home after a long and stressful trip. I felt God welcoming me back into His house with open arms, and my heart was filled with peace. The whole time I was there I couldn’t help but smile, and the Spirit I felt was so, so strong. Since that day I have attended the temple much more often, and each time I have felt that same peace. Whether I am with my friends, or by myself, it feels the same. I feel good knowing that I am blessing not only my life, but the lives of those precious spirits I am doing this service for. That’s what I love about the temple: Heavenly Father didn’t have these temples built for just Him. He built them for YOU, and others who can’t receive these blessings by themselves. The blessings of the temple are easily within our reach, but we have to reach out first.
            As I have made an effort to attend the temple more often, I have noticed a change in how I feel both at home, at church, and in seminary. I know of a surety that my faith has been strengthened by attending the temple. I have felt so much closer to my Father in Heaven this way. I truly am a daughter of God, and my faith is strengthened when I treat myself, and others, as such. Together, we all can achieve celestial glory.

            I have a testimony of the temple. I have been in His holy house, and I know without a doubt that when I am doing work in the temple, I am doing His work. We are all His hands on earth, and none of this could be completed without our willingness to serve Him. I’m grateful for the experiences I have had in the temple, and I am grateful for the love I feel when I am making an effort to be closer to my Father in Heaven. I challenge each of you to strive to be worthy of God’s blessings, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Name change

So, people tend to grow up. And as said people grow up, certain things become apparent about who they are, and how they’d like to be known. This is especially true on the internet. I can say with complete honesty that I am glad I didn’t choose UnIcOrNlOvEr111@cuteymail.com, but I must admit that I did choose something else rather immature.
My blog username.
Sure, it fit for a while, but as the years have passed, I’ve realized Drama Queen #1 just doesn’t fit anymore, so I’ve decided to go by Haeley from now on.
This was just a post to let you guys know. :^)


Tender lil’ mercies.

Today was a day to be grateful for a few reasons:

  • Despite having no parents in the house, we were able to work together and get ready in time!
  • The kids were so WELL BEHAVED during Sacrament mtg, I smiled the whole time.
  • I got a new Sunday school teacher, and I love her already. The dynamic of the whole class has shifted completely, and I’m excited. She has a passion for the Gospel that is wonderful and contagious, and she is very obviously thrilled to be teaching us, which makes me feel super loved. I loved my old Sunday school teacher too, but I can already feel a change for the better happening, even after just one class period. Awesome!
  • May I just say how much I absolutely adore my YW leaders? I am so, so blessed. Every time I come to class, I’m overwhelmed with a sense of love both for them and from them. Today, one of my leaders made a very exciting announcement (she’s pregnant with a little boy! Eek! So happy for her), and she brought some blue frosted cookies to celebrate. She knows I don’t eat sugar, so instead of just getting the cookies and leaving it at that, she bought me a little pack of gum! I cannot BEGIN to describe how loved this made me feel. I’m used to passing up treats and other goodies. It’s expected, and a normal thing for me. I’m not offended, and I don’t get sad when I don’t get treats. Like I said, I’m used to it. No biggie. But to have her remember me, and consciously make an effort to make me know I was loved was HUGE. I’ll be smiling the rest of the week because of this! This isn’t the first time she’s done something so sweet, either. It’s a normal thing for my YW leaders to make sure I feel loved. I really, really appreciate it, and I thank Heavenly Father for their selfless service to us. We can be a handful! ;^)
  • Tonight I picked my parents up from a choir tour they were on this weekend, and while we were on our way home, we almost got hit by a VERY drunk driver. Thankfully, my parents and I noticed before it was too late, and I was able to safely bring the car to a stop before anything horrible happened. Thinking about what may have transpired frightens me, and I am so, so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who looks out for me and my parents. I’m so glad I took the suburban, because it has good breaks. I’m grateful for being safe. I’m grateful to be alive.
  • Yesterday, Julia and I went to Sedona for the day! It was an amazing time, and I’m SO happy we went. Sedona is a beautiful, beautiful place to be, and despite getting a little sunkissed, it was super fun. I’m so glad I have good friends who are willing to do crazy things like that with me! It was a wonderful time, and I’ll cherish those memories for a looong time. :^)
  • My baby brother slept in my bedroom last night, because of some drama with my other brother. The easiest resolution was to just have him stay with me, and it was totally worth it, because in the morning, I leaned over to check on him in his little bed, and there he was, just grinning at me. I LOVE that boy. He is the light of my life.
  • During October break, a bunch of my friends went to NY on a big field trip. I wasn’t able to make it, but one of my friends promised to find me a souvenir. I didn’t think much of it, but last night just after I got home from Sedona, they came to my house to bring me my souvenirs! They had gotten home barely an hour ago, and were positively EXHAUSTED, but they still found time to come see me! If that’s not a day-maker, I don’t know what is. I’ve got some pretty bomb guy friends, not gonna lie. It made me happy to see them, and my souvenirs were awesome! They made me a Lego mermaid (cuz I’m obsessed with mermaids, okay?) and some sugar-free chocolate syrup! It was pretty sweet of them. Plus, one of my friends played around with my dog, and may I just say that being a dog person makes you like 5X more attractive? Seriously so cute.
I’m so blessed. :^)

Favorite songs

Lately, I’ve really gotten into Bastille, and so have been listening to them pretty often, specifically the songs Pompeii and Things We Lost In The Fire. I guess I’ve passed the passion down to Dallin, because I caught him singing “Things We Lost In The Fire”- which was one of the proudest moments of my life. I couldn’t get him to sing for the camera, but I did get some pretty sick dance moves:

He’s kind of the most adorable kid. Ever.
Listen to the full song here:

It’s a good song! He’s got such good taste. :^)