Thursday, January 19, 2012

.:reflecting:.

I am laying awake, completely unable to sleep, and find myself reflecting over the past several years...the ups, the downs...the good and bad...a tearful journey down memory lane. All the things that have happened to me and others that are very dear to me. Lessons that I have learned, and taken away from experiences, good and bad. Losing a sense of who I am, and the amazing feeling of finding myself again. Laughing until your stomach hurts, crying until your head aches....so many emotions that one person doesn't realize they possess. Realizing that if others are able to make such enormous impacts on your life, maybe, just maybe, you have impacted somebody else's life in one small way or another. Never knowing who is watching you and your example from a distance.  Finding out that Dorothy had it right from the beginning, "There's no place like home." Sometimes we go through things in our life that teach us more about ourselves then we wanted to really know. I know for me, this is one of those times. I can honestly say I am at a point in my life where I am continually learning about myself and the people around me. The more people I meet the more I learn about who I am and the kind of person I want to be. I am who I am and I am sorry if that isn't enough for some people but I think that if I tried to change I would no longer be recognizable, to myself... the biggest tragedy there is. I have loved in my life and I have hated and I think both have taught me so many valuable things about human nature, but more importantly about myself. As much as I would like to not feel anything because it would be easier that way, how could I truly live? As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once, and it's harder everytime. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast. You'll eventually lose someone you love...So, take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt, because every sixty seconds you spend upset, is a minute of happiness that you'll never get back. Life's too short to spend looking back and dwelling on the past, what's done is done...look forward and see what the future has in store for you....Make your life what you want it to be for yourself, and start now. There is no time like the present. You are what you make yourself to be.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

.:january 2011:.

In January, I got a text message from my cousin Audrey asking if I would be interested in joining the Relay for Life committee! I was so honored that they would ask me to do so and couldn't wait to start getting my hands dirty with such a great cause!! With my family's history of cancer, (especially my own dads battle) I jumped at such an amazing opportunity!! I am now the Sponsorship Chair for the Relay for Life Committee!

.:february 2011:.

The biggest news of February was that I got a new job!! I started working for the HTC Team at Marketstar!! I switched over teams and couldn't be happier! Working with great people and for a great company!! I love it!




.:april 2011:.

My buddy Shane came up for Easter...I told him to do some tricks on the trampoline for the little kids to watch...next thing I know, Shane had blood dripping down his face...he had hit his head on the frame of the trampoline...nothing a little super glue and a bandaid won't fix..right??  (sorry if you're squimish!)



.:may 2011:.

At the beginning of May I went up to Pullman for the Annual Chipman and Taylor Classic Car Show. One of my favorite things that I miss from my days up there! Of course, I got too caught up in visiting with everyone to take pictures...oopsies! :)

Towards the end of May we had our very first Sommers' Family Reunion. We went up to Heber Valley Girls Camp and had a blast...despite the snow. :)  We did zip lining, minute to win it and sang campfire songs. Never a dull moment with the Sommers' family....never!  (all of the pics loaded out of order, but you can figure it out!)

Our cooking and clean up crew
Minute to Win It
On the top bunk making sure everyone stays in line
Raising the Flag
Family Skit Night
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Finally a somewhat warm day
Seein' what we can see
Our family flag
Playing the cardboard/washboard in our family band
Trying to get warm!
Zip Line
Minute to Win It
Snow at the end of May during the kids' scavenger hunt
Family skit
Telling one of my funny stories, I'm sure!
This goes to show just about how much I like doing dishes...
Minute to Win It
The Whole Family!
Proof that my dad was once too tall for something... :)
The men building the fire
Campfire songs!


.:june 2011:.

 June wasn't a very exciting month for me, but my dad and I did manage to go on a hike up to the 'M'. My dad got some new hiking boots for Father's Day (he bought them for himself) and he wanted to break them in. So away we went! With my dad being on chemo, we had to go a little slower than usual. But he made it to the top! I was so very proud of him!! (I have more pictures somewhere, I'm sure of it!)
The flag that my Grandma Jo put on the mountain by the 'M'
Just playing with the shadows

.:july 2011:.

July was an EXTREMELY busy month!! Started off with a Relay for Life Softball Tournament...which happened to fall on the same day as an all nighter volleyball tournament. Did I manage to play in both you ask? Yes, yes I did! And it was a blast!! This was followed by the Fourth of July and then right after that I was off to Tucson, AZ for my friend Ashley's wedding! I had such a good time in Tucson. We went and visited Tombstone, AZ and saw the re-enactment of the OK Corral and Wyatt Earp. Then the wedding was the next day. It was such a beautiful wedding and day all around. I met some amazing people while I was there and hope that we stay friends for a long time!

In Tombstone, AZ
I was determined to get my picture with a tall as can be cactus..found one!

With the bride and groom (Ashley and Eric) don't mind that my eyes are closed...
With one of my favorites, my friend Ashley

After getting back from Tucson, I went to the Journey/Foreigner concert, talk about a blast!! I love me some Journey! And then came Pioneer Day. Barry had planned a hike from the top of Big Mountain to Mormon Flats. Just my dad, Barry, Cameron and myself. We had such a good time! I love those boys! Not to mention the fact that it was a beautiful hike!! And to round out the 24th, we went and watch Tara's son Jason race motocross at Rocky Mountain Raceway and they finished off the races with quite the firework show! 
Jack and I at the races 
The track...Jason sure can ride!! That kid is amazing on a bike!
For Pioneer Day, Barry had an idea that we should hike from the top of Big Mountain down to the Mormon Flats, in remembrance of the Pioneers. So off we went, just my dad, Barry, Cameron and I. We had such a good time just talking and walking along! It was such a beautiful hike!!
Starting off on our hike, at the top of Big Mountain
All of us just leaving the house (sorry they are out of order)
Some of the way down the hike
Our dad told us to wave to him...yes, we're still his little kids!!


The view from the beginning of our hike
Our view at the end of the hike


The last thing I did in July was a week long business trip in Seattle. We had such a fun time! I have to say, I work for one of the best companies around!! If you know me, I don't like seafood...while on this trip, I managed to try: lobster, sushi, crab, salmon, shrimp, oysters and more...I was brave, but I still don't like it! :)
My view during the day while in Seattle...
Me giving my presentation. I was nervous as could be, but it turned out pretty okay.
Meagan and I during one of our breaks
About to try an oyster....I was stoked, as you can tell... :)