A Day In The Life Of 6 Future Bridesmaids

A Day In The Life Of 6 Future Bridesmaids

Watching pigs in a ring, checking out a motorcycle garage, and shopping obnoxiously with my favorite gal pals.

8:45 a.m. My alarm blares and I jump out of bed. “Up and at ’em everyone!” My friends reply with sleepy yawns.

9:30 a.m. Tour of my family’s mini ranch featuring our horse, cow, and pool

10:00 a.m. Introduce my friends to my church’s ministry to the Association of Retarded Citizens, which was a classic bonding moment for us as we lead worship together

11:00 a.m. Attend regular service together while singing praises to our God who has brought us all together. We also receive a shout out from a church leader!

12:00 p.m. Visit my grandma and exchange hugs

12:30 p.m. Laugh and eat sandwiches together

1:00 p.m. Drive to the California Mid-Winter Fair!

1:15 p.m. Learn how to show a rabbit, so each of us holds a rabbit upside down by its ears! (proper showmanship technique)

1:30 p.m. We watch a round of pig showmanship, and Jordan tells us it’s her first time seeing pigs in real life.

2:00 p.m. Walk my brother’s feeder calf and a friend’s heifer

3:00 p.m. Head back home to pack

3:30 p.m. Pick up food for the week from my grandparents, check out my grandpa’s motorcycle garage, and gush over my grandma’s fairy garden

4:00 p.m. Drive through the mountains and traffic to San Diego

6:30 p.m. Check-in, and fall in love with our luxurious condo for the week

6:40 p.m. Draw numbers for beds and shower order (we are such “moms” at heart)

6:50 p.m. Heat up our spaghetti dinner and feast together

7:30 p.m. Drive to Ralph’s and shop for groceries, examine due dates, check for cracked eggs, and confirm the fact that we are actual moms

8:00 p.m. Jordan grabs the bottom apple off of the pyramid, all of the apples tumble, the male worker beside us stares while smirking

8:10 p.m. Kylee and I hide from the rest of the gang and surprise everyone with a loud yell in the ice cream aisle

8:15 p.m. Kylee notices a fallen stuffed animal and repeatedly throws it on top of the freezer while a worker watches and silently judges us

8:30 p.m. Haul our 30 items to the “15 Items or Less” checkout counter

8:35 p.m. Pay the cashier with cash after splitting the bill six ways, each of us obnoxiously asks for change for a twenty to pay our sixth of the tab

8:50 p.m. Drive to the condo and unpack groceries together while jamming out to throwback 2000’s music

9:00 p.m. Unwind in the hot tub

9:10 p.m. Chat with six other random, ripped boys who jump in the hot tub and are also on Spring Break (I promise this happened, what are the chances there were SIX of them?!)

9:30 p.m. Shower time!

10:00 p.m. Bake the cookie dough my grandma gave us

10:20 p.m. Eat cookies by our fireplace and talk late into the night!

Cover Image Credit: Bryanne Sanchez

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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