Sunday, December 25, 2011

Santa sure did visit the Horton's today

Christmas was so great this year! everyone in our family was so happy with what they received from 'Santa' and my parents. traditions are always the same in this house. we open exchange presents + white elephants Christmas Eve, then all the kids sleep in the playroom that night. we wake up Christmas morning, wait until everyone is awake, including my parents of course, then walk out to see what Santa left us. after we see everything left, and look in our stockings, we take a break and have some breakfast

after that, we all open the presents from my parents

this year Malia, Caleb and i all pitched in some money to buy my parents the gift they have been DYING for. tickets to Brian Regan on January 20 {a Friday night} and a gift card to Zupas to get dinner right before. their faces were priceless. well worth our money

i loved going to church today and hearing songs and talks about the Savior. Christmas is all about Christ's birth and i am so glad we got to attend church to remember that. Christmas is all about HIS presence not THE presents.

cousins are coming tomorrow at noon. i couldn't be HAPPIER.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

10 notes

1) school is DONE for. all together now.... HOORAY!!!! never again will i enter the halls of Mountain View in the year 2011. pretty neat i think. lets just say it again for fun.... HOORAY!!
2) this week will consist of working, family time, and gym time. i am excited
3) Christmas is coming so much faster then i expected. BUT, i can't wait :) i especially can't wait to give my parents their gift. they are going to love it
4) i just want to throw in the fact that.... at the moment, i hate mother nature. i WANT snow. and i never say that. but it just won't be Christmas without it! common!
5) i would like to thank Alec Woolley for the amazing date we went on last night. dinner and a movie. plus chit chat. last night was wonderful
6) i don't really want to admit it to you, but i will anyways. i am officially obsessed with Pinterest.
7) i think i am going to show you things on my wishlist this year... if i get around to it that is
8) speaking of getting around to things, i decided i am going to start up with some more sewing. i used to get quite a bit of income from that... and i was thinking the other day "where is all my money?" then i thought... BAM! i'll start selling clothes again. i am brilliant
9) in case you wanted to know, my mom bought Special K on Wednesday and it was gone by Friday. i'm in love with cereal.
10) never again will i vow to blog when it is the last week of school. i need my sleep people. i will blog when i can.... face it. i am a busy teenager

Monday, December 12, 2011

it's the most wonderful time of the year

i love that quote. when i first found out Christmas was on a Sunday this year, i was not happy. but now as i think about it, it is a good thing. Christmas is all about Christ's birth and if we celebrate it on a Sunday, you can get in your present time, AND go to church. lucky us

Christmas decorations have been UP in this house since the day after Thanksgiving. sure enough, we spent the day after just trying to get our decorations for one of my favorite holidays ever. who doesn't love Christmas? lights, music, the spirit, presents, giving, family, treats, i LOVE it all.

anyways, i posted last year us putting up the tree, and other decorations, so this year i did something like that as well. i didn't make quite as many things for my room this year, and i guess i could have put the old things up, but i made a few new things instead. it's definitely festive around here
top left: every year since i can remember, we do an advent calendar that my dad made forever ago. each day we take turns opening the box and it is either ornaments {to put on that little tree} or a slip of paper, which means a present for the whole family. i have always loved this tradition!
top right: we have also had this advent calendar for as long as i can remember. it goes on our fridge. the siblings and i always fight about what magnet goes next. it's quite fun
bottom left: classic nativity set up on our wall
bottom right: our Christmas tree Christmas card holder

top left: candles, pine cones, holly, and a picture of baby Jesus + Mary + Joseph
top right: b-e-l-i-e-v-e
bottom left: it really is.
bottom right: our old ornaments in a glass vase

top left: our tree. if you read {HERE} we got a new tree last year AND all new decorations/ornaments to go on it. i love our new tree. it's quite gorgeous i think.
top right: just starting to get presents under our tree!
bottom left: what a cute nutcracker
bottom right: the decorations in my room this year were quite simple. i made like 300 paper chains in green, red, and white and hung them all around the room like a sunshine coming out of the chandaleir. THEN i hung lights. like i always do! i think i will still do snowflakes again, but that is if i get some time to actually make them! however, i did find a great tutorial on how to make professional ones {found it on Pinterest. i love that site} follow me!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

hello there miss slacker. how are you?

let's just say it has been a busy week. i had 3 tests on Wednesday and i was just studying away and preparing for them. i don't know what i got on my Math test yet, Photo 68%, and Health Science 107%. studying pays off. {ignore the 68... not as worried about that class. shhh} this past week i have been either at school, at the dinner table, at the gym, or in my bed. busy busy busy i am.

good news! i got a new Instagram. 2200 worthless pictures i wanted deleted < starting out fresh with a new account, not putting on so many pictures. SO i started a new one. only downer is that i went from 1600 followers to 180. oh well. who cares! follow my new account: misskeena

in other news... one more week of school until Christmas break! i love this time of year, and i can't wait to have 2 weeks off to spend with family, including my cousins! this time of year is so fun and festive. i am constantly blasting the holiday tunes. including Believe by Josh Groban. love that song

last Saturday night the family and i drove up to "the Festival of Trees." we haven't been there for a couple years and it was so wonderful to go back. of COURSE my favorite tree was the Disney one. duhhhhh
we then drove 2o more minutes, up to Temple square. if you have never experienced Temple square at night, at Christmas time, you are SERIOUSLY missing out. it is gorgeous and so spiritual, i loved being up there
i vow to blog more this week... don't fret.

Friday, November 25, 2011

thanksgiving = over. time for Christmas baby

Turtleneck: Target, Maxi: Old Navy, Flats: Thrifted, Earrings: F21, Belt: F21

shhhh, that skirt is secretly a dress... muahaha

Hanni, Malia and i went Black Friday shopping starting last night at 11:30. started off at Gap, then to PacSun, then finished off at Target, done by 3:30. Black Friday is crazy, but a tradition i absolutely LOVE! i have gone the past 3 years, and never have i been let down. the lines + waiting was insane, especially at Target, but totally worth it. this year i got some awesome new clothes! waaaa hoooo! can't wait

by the time we got home, Mia and i were not tired one bit. stayed up till 4:30 watching Raise your Voice and putting away our new clothes. yes i am tired, since i had to be up for work at 9. yes i worked all day long until 7:30. yes i work all day again tomorrow. and YES I CAN'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS! i am DANG excited guys. the countdown begins with the Christmas tree being decorated tonight after work. looks quite extravagant and wonderful i think. gotta love it

days until Christmas

Thursday, November 24, 2011

today, a day of thanks

hey guys! just wanted to wish you all a happy day of thanks! i love the day, just to remember that i really am grateful for so much in my life. it really puts it all in perspective when you realize how much you really have.

honestly, im not a fan of the 'traditional' Thanksgiving day food, and neither is my family. we started a tradition a couple years ago, to instead of eating the regular turkey, potatoes, stuffing and yams, all pick something we are grateful for that my mom makes, and have that instead. it makes me love Thanksgiving so much more :)

2 years ago it was Asian food, and the year before we had a family party. this year we did DOUBLE meal. for breakfast we had a cereal buffet; we all picked a favorite cereal, & had a huge breakfast of 10 cereals + orange juice + homemade french toast. holyyyyy delicious {cereal is my favorite food by the way. and salad}

i had a bowl of Waffle Crisp, Reese's Puffs, Cocoa Pebbles, and Fruity Pebbles. by the time i finished the Fruity Pebbles i was stuffed, yet still managed to squeeze in some french toast. i guess you could say im pretty good at that
last year i made a HUGE list of things i am grateful for. {HERE} this year it really isn't much different, although i added on a few things. no, you do not have to waste your time reading it, but i made it, so i thought i may as well slap it on.

things i am grateful for, in no particular order

my family, my friends, my home, my father’s good job, 7Circles, my body, food, clothing, shoes, the LDS church, temple, the scriptures, my freedom, school, hospitals, doctors and nurses, dentists, lemonade stands, changes, computers, pilots, Eternal Life, people who care about me, hot chocolate, tooth brushes, water fountains, the Bible, cell phones, iPods, fingers, my senses, printers, my grandparents, money, keys, memories, bows, cars, electricity, farms, museums, church music, learning, teachers, fruit and veggies, refrigerators, ovens, fingernail polish, windows and doors, cleaning supplies, paper, pens and pencils, animals, pets, new clothes, headbands, days off school, new opportunities, Billy Mays, microwaves, alarm clocks, the Kardashians, Disney movies, Taylor Swift, closets, mirrors, makeup, aunts and uncles, swimming pools, tables, books and movies, Email, couches and chairs, scarves, coats, remotes, bags, the Twilight Saga, keyboards, cameras, surprises, laptops, magnets, coupons, games, puzzles, binders, malls, EFY, undershirts, flip flops, Disney music, headphones, cotton balls, toilet paper, towels, rags, shower curtains, Chi's, hair dryers, headbands, holidays, the people who have fought for my freedom, the Declaration of Independence, CTR rings, the Distribution Center, ice cream, silverware, plates and bowls, history, science, sewing machines, toaster ovens, pots and pans, XBOX and WII, trucks, planes, boats, life jackets, Disneyland, toes, heat and air conditioning, my bed, blankets, the Holy Ghost, rainbows, sledding, surprises, the employees of 7Circles, road trips, tanning, when school is canceled, first kisses, X-rays, the ability to cure, medicine, people in the Army and Navy etc., shivering, a healthy body, children, grandchildren, Tums, Walt Disney, cramp medicine, IV's, calenders,, ultrasounds, weddings, wedding days, rings, animals and insects, tents, camp fires, family memories, everything in my body, speakers, shapes, math, principals, smart people, athletes, sports, grass, insects, deserts, lakes and ocean, iPhone chargers, counter tops, faucets, Kitchen Aids, Google, balloons, portable heaters, safety pins, music, iTunes, decisions, 4 wheel drive, windshield, policemen, guns, handcuffs, jail and prison, buttons, vacuums, sins, trials, Joseph Smith, the first vision, musical instruments, Young Woman's and Young Men's, engines, toilets, the Temple, churches, firefighters, water, popsicles, seasons, blogs, Pinterest, InstagramTumblr, Facebook, stores, restaurants, gravity, friction, books, feet, laws, magazines, my followers, phone books, pennies, dimes, nickles, quarters, a roof over my head, umbrellas, seat belts, crock pots, email, Microsoft, telephones, Albert Einstein, learning, car-top carriers, showers, the snow and rain, trees, swings and slides, boots, pictures, baskets and boxes, tupper ware, things that smell good, cookies, stairs, elevators and escalators, my imagination, dreams, the Pioneers, cows and horses, scrapbooks, General Conference, parents that make me go to church when i don’t want to, parties, cake, piñatas, homework, tests, bikes and scooters, stoplights, farms, gardens, lines on the street, billboards, actors and actresses, celebrities, H&M, Nordstrom, movie theaters, massages, commercials, lamps, light bulbs, flowers, dirt, tar, jewelry, famous people, the New Era, the Ensign, the Friend, all the prophets, U.S.A, maps, satellites, memories, genealogy, dishwashers, soap, lotion, perfume, newspapers, nail clippers, flour and sugar, milk and eggs, spices, recipes, sewing, repairs, sinks, washers and dryers, clothes lines, bibs, bobby pins and ponytails, sweaters, coats, snow clothes, buses, night and day, the ability to count, the alphabet, preschool, the days of the week, underwear, bra’s, banks, wallets, purses, candy, desserts, post-it notes, tin foil, metal, steal, the ability to go to the bathroom, swimming suits, rocks, lip gloss, chapstick, Personal Progress and Duty to God, Males and Females, the Earth that God created, the Atonement, seminary, pizza, donuts, cartoons, reality TV, concerts, security guards, Forever 21, Target, soda, journals, the ability to write, hair repair cream, bathtubs, warm and cold water, toys, diapers, the ability i have to bring God's children to earth, binkies, sheets, wipes, paper towels, technology, cinnamon bears, BYU, mountains, beaches, lotion, trees, garages, the food chain, the ability to LOVE someone, surgeries, vacations, traveling, different languages, carpet, cement, construction workers, bubble baths, midnight snacks, holidays, tools, the time of day, clocks and watches, curtains, police, 911, funerals, dresses, pants, shirts, time-lines, television, movies, the ability to see colors, sunshine, rockets, the moon, stars, astronaut, Walmart, road trips, Nerf guns, tissues, future opportunities, popsicles, sunshine, hot cocoa, gas stations, gasoline, drivers ed, the ability to cook, texting, crayons and markers, coloring books, otter pops, all the continents, Skype, video cameras, birthdays, exercising, running, gym's, PE, the ability to loose weight, chalk boards, white boards, projectors, over heads, snow, leaves, Deseret Book, Ryan Gosling, my dad, my mom, Malia, Caleb, Marcus, Kylie, Quincey

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wow, such a long list, but there are so many things on this list that i never thought i was grateful for until i start listing other things. i am grateful for so much in my life. #1 though, is definitely my family, while #2 is definitely The Gospel. i am also so grateful for all of you that read this blog! i don't really know who you are {feel free to leave a comment so i actually do} but i certainly am grateful for you, heaven knows that little number on the top right wouldn't go up each and every day, without you. much love!

ps: Mia and i are going out black Friday shopping tonight at 11. we are staying out all night, and planning on also driving up to H&M for the opening sales at 5. it should be a good night!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

picture overload... i must show you all of them!

Keena's outfit Shirt: Old Navy, Pants: PacSun, Socks: 7Circles, Boots: Target, Earrings: F21, Scarf: PacSun - Hannah's outfit Shirt: Keena's, 7Circles , Leggings: Target, Socks: 7Circles, Boots: Keena's, Forever Young, Scarf: Keena's, Target

guys. Holly Robinson is the most amazing photographer ever! {see her site HERE} she asked Hanni and i to model for her since she was in the mood for a fashion shoot! Hanni and i got dolled up and had a wonderful time modeling for Holly! yes, Hannah's outfit is basically all mine... haha that's what best friend's are for! love her. and Holly, annnnddd Holly's awesome skills.

Monday, November 21, 2011

boo - yah baby. i love twilight

Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Pants: PacSun, Socks: 7Circles, Boots: Forever Young, Earrings: F21

it has been a great week and i am happy to announce that the school days are half over. that's right, tomorrow {yes... Tuesday} is the last day before break. hip-hip, hooray! I'm excited to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my fam and get a lot of hours put in at the store. this is the first year we are staying home and also the first year of Thanksgiving on our OWN. usually we spend it with extended family but this year, just me, the parents, and the siblings. we also do our own little tradition, which i will talk more about later! be expecting more photo's {especially outfits} coming soon! cause i have lots to show!

oh ya; guys... GUESS WHAT came out on Thursday at midnight...

THAT'S RIGHT! on Wednesday, Meg, Jos and i went and bought shirts to wear. we wore them Thursday then we {and Hannah, and eventually Kaylee joined} sat out at the Mall Cinemark Theater from 4-12 in the freezing cold. but you know what? it was SO totally worth it... because I LOVED the movie. most people didn't. but then again i actually read all the books + im a die hard fan so OBVI i loved it. when it comes to the dollar theater... you may or may not see me there everyday...

ps: TEAM EDWARD babayyy
oh ya... AND i was personally invited to the wedding... BAM! {or maybe i just bought the invitation with my awesome shirt + necklace? who knows}

that's what's up

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

the BEST weekend of my life

lets just say that honestly, it was the BEST 3 1/2 days of my life.

mom, Mia and i left to pick the cousins up at 6. we arrived at 7 where Malia and i JUMPED out of the car and literally SPRINTED to my cousins. we embraced each other, bawling, in a 5 minute hug... then stopped for a picture. {seen HERE} as dramatic as it seems Briana is my best friend i hate being away from her for so long!! {long as in... 2 and a half months}

we drove home, dropped off their luggage, and went to see Lex who was still working at the mall. we stopped in, gave her huge hugs, and left. we stopped in Texas Roadhouse to buy a dozen of their amazing rolls... LOVE. then went to Yogurtland to meet Lex after work

we stayed up late chit chatting about the recent life, writing down our wishes for 11/11/11, watching YouTube, pinning on Pinterest, and stalking each others Tumblr's

we were up bright and early, 10:00 {i consider that to be early on a day i got to skip school, haha} showered, got ready, grabbed our written down wishes, and headed to my grandmas where we planned on burying them

yep. we had a tribal ceremony. we danced around in a circle from 11:05-11:11 saying "11:11 send us to Heaven!" then from 11:11-11:12 we chanted our wishes in our heads while shining the paper to the sky. at 11:12 we put them in a Tupperware and buried them... muahahaha

since we were already at my grandma's we stopped in after our little ceremony to say hello to her and Kelly. gotta love my grandma :)
next stop: Mountain View. Briana, Kenz, and Mia {who apparently had never been in MV before} wanted to see my school and also see Jacoba, who used to live in their ward up in Seattle but then moved down here. lets just say Jacoba was SO happy and many tears were shed.

after MV, we headed for lunch at Zupas. mine and Briana's favorite restraunt :) we stopped at home, dropped Malia off for B-ball and went to the mall to see Lex again. we shopped around until she got off work, then we all left to her apartment to get ready for dinner at La Jolla Groves
sorry about the quality of that last picture, and the ones to come from La Jolla {bad lighting}

dinner was really fun. it was a bit pricy and not the greatest food ever, but we all had an amazing night! especially since they had unlimited $3 lemonade with 5 different flavors... yum

you REALLY don't wanna know what happened the rest of the night. let's just say it was the craziest night ever, with ANOTHER 11:11 ceremony. plus..... more stuff. greatest night
we slept at Alexis' apartment Friday night, but we got up, and went back to my house. we watched Cheetah Girls, got ready, then sat on my bed bawling for 2 hours watching "soldiers surprise their wife/kids" THEN we decided to get a life so we went to eat at Zupas again

we finished eating, went to the BYU bookstore, then went to Alexis' apartment to get ready for the BYU game! we got ready, & walked to the stadium. guess who we saw at the game? ;) guys from the night before... quite the night haha. one next to me is Layne, and the other is Jared {long story}
the last day. got up, went to church, left early,
came home, got their things, left for the airport.

seeing them again in 39 days... can't wait