Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013

2013, was pretty good I must say.  Knowing that bigger and better things are in store kind of takes away from my whole reflection on 2013 thought.  2014 will be my year, our year and I am pretty excited for it all.  2013 was good for a number of reasons.  The first thing I can think of was my trip to Dominican with three of my best friends.  We had one of the best weeks ever and I will be thankful for that get away after a rough couple of months.  We had so much fun and it makes me wish travelling was free because I would do it again in a second if I had the money to.  Heck, I would travel anywhere if I had the money to!  I finished my second year of UPEI and I declared my major in Sociology and minor in Business.  I started my third year in the September and I am happy it is going along smoothly.  I am on track to graduate in 2015.  My sister went to prom, graduated, went to Scotland and started journalism at Holland College so that has been pretty excited for us and our families [because she is the baby cousin on both sides!].  I made a couple trips back and forth to Cole Harbour to visit with the Pinsents.  I spent Easter with them and we had lots of fun.  I also got to spend a great weekend with them in June and Kat, Eric [& they announced their little dragon that will be coming into the world in February 2014, so excited for them!] and Rachel came home to surprise Dad for his 50th!  It was so fun to be part of a Surprise party.  Someday I hope it will be me being surprised!  I got to make it over at the end of the summer for some beach goodness and movie nights.  Last but not least, I took my sister with me at the end of September for a YSA Conference and also some hangouts with the family.  This year I also got to see not one, but two of my favourite bands live!  The Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 was a fantastic concert and it was great to go to it with some pretty awesome people too!  Two Hours Traffic, one of my favourite local bands decided to leave the music scene and it was wonderful to see them one last time.  I also got to see Paper Lions, Andy Brown, English Words and Joel Plaskett.  Music is what makes my world go round!

This year we re-vamped our room.  We went from Azure Blue and Green Apple to Ribbon Pink and black and white designs.  We just recently changed our photographs to 4 black and white and 1 pink floral and they look great.  Our room is my sanctuary and I know it will be hard to move out when the time comes, and hopefully that will be sometime in 2014.  We did some visiting with friends and family this year and we had a wonderful trip to Moncton this Summer to see lots of my aunts, uncle and cousins.  Nala is still with us and as much as I don't want to believe it, I think 2014 may be her last year with us.  She continues to surprise us, so we'll see though.  My mom thinks she may be waiting for Haig to get home.  We know how much she loves him.  And then I think it just about comes down to that.  2013 has been the full year that Elder Pinsent has fully devoted to the Lord in his missionary service. It has felt like a long year in some ways, but in other ways it has flew by so quickly.  I look back at my countdown photo and in a weird way, I have seen changes in myself physically as well as personally.  This journey is really helping us to both 'grow up' abd become the adults we need to be for each other when he returns home in September--- like, THIS SEPTEMBER.  Only 8 months away.  I am excited but I am trying to enjoy the rest of the time we have apart, more time to grow and reach the best of our capabilities.  I am so happy for his willingness to serve and that it has not only increased his testimony of the gospel, but also mine.  He is amazing.

A couple more things.  In 2013, I got by with a lot of help from my friends.  They really pulled me through the days and situations that I could not face on my own.  They are so dear to me and I don't know what I would do without them.  There is a handful of them who had to listen to/deal with me in some pretty crazy situations and I don't think I will ever be able to repay them for what I put them through.  I am thankful for the friends who really listen, and sincerely offer advice.  I also lost friends this year, but I know I am better off that way.  They will be okay too.  My sister has become my best friend and I hope it continues on in that way for a very long time [although we joked the other day that when I get married she will hug my husband and I stating that "we are gonna be so happy together"].  Maybe she just won't let me get married all-together, but I think I will be able to over-throw her on that one ;) [love you though sissy].

2014 will certainly be One Great Year.  I will finish my third year of my undergrad degree.  I will see City and Colour, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.  I am hoping to make a trip, but it is not 100% sure as of right now.  I hope to work a lot this summer and save some money for bigger dreams and aspirations.  And, very last but not the least, my heart knows in this moment that September 3rd (hopefully) two-thousand and fourteen will be, the best day of my life thus far.  I can't really see past that day next year but I know what comes after it will all be good too.

Goodbye 2013, you've been good,  Hello to 2014, you will be Great.

goodbye 2013

May your coming year be filled with magic & dreams & good madness. I hope you read some good books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful. Don't forget to be artistic and creative {Draw, build, sing or make something, anything!} Think positively & be kind to one another. And somewhere in the next year, SURPRISE yourself or strive to be better. Feel Blessed & Love More. Happy New Year! 
-alyssa




Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas!  It has been a great time of year and I have been so lucky to spend it with my family.  My dad got a job out west and he will be leaving later today so I have really cherished the time we have all gotten to spend together.  It was a pretty low key situation this year.  I got up and showered and by the time I was done, the rest of the family was up and we ate cinnamon rolls and opened gifts.  We all got some pretty neat things, and of course some clothes or pajamas.  Nothing too out of the ordinary.  One of my favourite gifts would have to be the one from my brother.  I have been asking him to get me a ukulele for the past little while, hoping he would.  I don't know how to play it, but I have always wanted to learn.  It was so nice to open it Christmas morning, knowing that he got it because it would make me happy.  Now, I just have to start learning how to play it...

We spent the afternoon relaxing.  I think we watched a movie.  Oh, and of course Christmas Eve we watched 'It's A Wonderful Life', our tradition.  It is by far the greatest Christmas movie.  We usually only watch it the once a year, on Christmas Eve.  I wouldn't want it any other way.  I also called the Pinsent family Christmas Eve, and I talked the Nichla for a little while.  She is so sweet and good to me and I am so happy to be part of their lives.  Christmas dinner, we had turkey and I was so stuffed afterwards I had no room for treats for dessert.  Luckily, I was invited to Emily's house for some desserts later on in the evening.  Casey and I met over there and we did out gift exchange.  Casey had already given me my stationery and stamps, but I gave my gifts to the girls [matching pajamas] and Emily gave us a gift card, her graduation photo, a mug and candy.  So sweet and thoughtful.  We had some desserts and we chatted with each other and Emily's brother and girlfriend.  It was nice to go home and get in my cozy bed and say good-bye to Christmas for another year.

The rest of the week consisted of a little bit of shopping, watching some movies, lots of knitting and starting a book.  I caught a couple boxing day sales, but honestly I do need to stop shopping for clothes as my closet is pretty full these days.  I bought a really nice sweater before Christmas from Joe Fresh, and I just wanted to get another one so bad.  I also got a great deal at Old Navy, buy one get one a dollar.  I paid 9 dollars for two skirts, that ain't bad!  I started knitting about a week and a half ago. I got a scarf done and I have just started a headband.  Mom also made a headband for me after a failed attempt on my behalf.  It's really pretty, but I am confident with the one I am working on now.  I watched a movie with some friends from church on Boxing Day and we had rented some movies around Christmas time, but sadly none of them have been all that good.  I started a book that Mom got me for Christmas that I had asked for, Divergent.  Brittany loves the series so I figured I would start it.  It is so far, so good.  We will see how the rest of it plays out but the preview for the movie sure looks great!

I also was delighted to spend some more time with friends and family over the break.  I met up with Paul for some Starbucks the other night and we got to catch up.  Hopefully we are in a class together next semester.  I also went to my cousin Amanda's wedding reception.  She recently was married to her partner, Blair.  They have three kids together and they are really great people.  I was happy to attend the celebration of their marriage and I am happy to see them happy.  I hope I can see them more often.  It was also nice to my Aunt Karen, 'Uncle' Paul and my cousin Jason and his wife Sandi.  It was also nice to attend church today and again see friendly faces that are still glowing with Christmas cheer.

It also wouldn't be Christmas without a time to reflect on the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  I am so thankful for this birth and that it was also a sign of his everlasting love for us.  He loves us enough that he came to Earth so that we could eventually live with our Heavenly Father again.  I feel him especially this time of year, in the smallest moments.  When I see a smile on someone's face after a good deed, or just the happier state the world seems to be in.  Small and simple acts are what really increase joy this time of year.  Seeing a lady with a handful of yarn at Michaels the other day, I couldn't help but give her the basket that I was not using yet.  She was really grateful.  I also witnessed a change of heart this Christmas season and received an apology from someone who hurt me immensely.  In my heart, they are forgiven but things won't ever be the same and I hope we can both move forward in our separate ways.  I wish them all the best.
I am even more grateful for a willing young man this season that has sacrificed his time and money to serve the Lord and share his gospel.  I hope Elder Pinsent had a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to hearing from him via e-mail tomorrow.

This Christmas has been happiness, joyful and lovely.




     







Monday, December 23, 2013

food, fun, frozen, farewell and all things festive

Have I mentioned this has been my favourite December of my whole life?  It has been so much fun.  It seems like a much more special time of year.  I think it all started with the fact that I took part in the nativity pageant, it just lifted my spirit for the Christmas season as well as the close to this year.  It could also be the fact that school ended really well.  I got really great marks and I am also looking forward to my courses next semester.  I am happy to be one step closer to getting my degree in sociology.  My family is all together this year too.  As I have mentioned countless times, it is so nice to all be at home more of the time.  We like to do our own thing, but knowing that we are all under the same roof is very comforting.  Right now I am sitting at the kitchen table across from my mother who is doing some stuff on her laptop.  Kayla is on the couch watching "Christmas with the Kranks" for the 15th time on television.  I can hear something dad is listening to in the other room, and I know without a doubt, Bryan is in his room most likely playing a game or talking to friends online.  Nala is sleeping, as usual.  Our tree is decorated beautifully this year and all of the presents are underneath it already.  I'm getting more anxious for Christmas morning to finally be here so I can open mine all up.  I'm excited to get some new things.  I had my last shift today with the babies at Chances.  It has been a good little work experience for me and I just love the sweet little ones.  I went to the movies tonight with Emily and Casey and we saw Frozen, and it was just about the cutest movie I've seen in awhile.  The music was so great and I loved all of the characters.  Emily drove me home and I have been relaxing ever since.

It was a busy last couple of days, but certainly most enjoyable.  Thursday the 19th, I went to my friend Dana's house for his second annual Christmas party.  I saw some people from high school that I haven't seen in awhile, but mostly it was nice to see Dana and hang out with some of my closer friends.  I drove Chelsey and Amanda so it was really nice to have them as company to and from and to catch up and share our Christmas plans with each other.  I worked the next day, and then I went to another Christmas party at the Biggleys' house.  I just love this family.  They are always so sweet and Angela makes the most amazing food and treats and is also very talented with knitting, quilting, photography and crafting.  I just admire her ambitions to create.  I hope I can be like that some day.  They threw a lovely open house inviting church members and neighbours into their home.  I was happy to be around happy people and share in the Christmas spirit.  We stayed until the very end, which was unusual for us, but afterwards we had to go to Superstore at get some groceries for Christmas and the weekend.  I can now say that I went grocery shopping with my family from 10:00-11:30pm.  It was even no tax, so I spent most of my time at Joe Fresh and bought a couple new items for my wardrobe [thanks Grandma for the Christmas money, it has also bought my ticket for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival next summer!!!].  We had fun and by the end of the night we were all so tired, it was so good to get home.  

On Saturday the 21st, I did some running around with my momma in the afternoon.  I rented some movies for the next couple days that I have off and I also did a little more shopping... oops.  I swear I am done for awhile!  We had some dinner and I spent the night in just watching Netflix.  It was very lazy of me, but that is what Christmas break is for!  Sunday was a bit of a messy day and it was hard to get out of bed.  I eventually did in hopes that church would be cancelled.  It didn't, so we got ready and made our way to church in the blustery weather.  Once we got there, they said they would just be having the sacrament service and then we would make our way home before things got too much worse.  It was nice to see everyone dressed up so Christmas-like for church, I wished I could have spent some more time with the people that were there.  There was some more relaxing in the afternoon until I had to figure out my plans for the evening.  I have had tickets for this show for a little while now, to one my my favourite bands 'Two Hours Traffic'.  They have decided after many years in the music business, to part ways. This was their farewell show.  This would be the last time I would see them perform.  We started going to their shows in Grade 10 or 11.  They would play at Solid Rock Cafe for all ages.  Then once we turned 19 we could go see them at Hunters.  I was also so happy to see them this past summer at Rock the Row.  I was pretty sad to be seeing the band live for the last time, but I am happy for their years of music and they energy that it has brought into my life.  I went with Jocelyn, Casey and Cody.  One of Cody's friends was there and Scott and his girlfriend Kathleen, and also a number of my people from high school.  Nothing compared to the last few minutes of the show when they played "Stuck for the Summer" and I bounced up and down with Casey just like we had so many times now, at Solid Rock, Hunters and now this last show at The Mack.  I bought some of their merchandise that they were blowing out at we called it a night.

I spent the night at Jocelyn's apartment because the roads were a mess.  I had gone over before the show and we made tacos and she got ready to go home for Christmas.  She is happy that I stayed over, I don't think she would have gotten up without me there.  We were up early because I had to work at 8am and she wanted to get on the road around the same time.  We wished each other a Merry Christmas and parted ways.

To say the least, this month has been amazing so far and Christmas Day isn't even here yet.  I won't be talking to Haig like I did last year but I am happy that he will get to talk to his family and I also got to hear from him today in an e-mail so I know all is well.
December, keep making me happy- A

















{always stuck for the summer with you best friend}



    

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Civilization depends on, and civility often requires, the willingness to say, 'What you are doing is none of my business' and 'What I am doing is none of your business. -George Will

merry christmas my missionary

I wish I had more pictures of us from this time of year. This time next year we will have to take a bunch.  We are kind of already planning on spending it together so I hope our plans will all work out. Lets take lots of pictures. Of course it won't be only be the first of many holidays together, but the ones that we have spent together seem like so long ago.  I look forward to starting our own traditions as well as carrying on with ones that we have grown up with.  We can find a good balance of things we would like to continue to do and start doing this time of year.  I miss you, but tonight my sweet friend Julie reminded me that it is my last Christmas without you.  How crazy and fantastic right? I'm gonna be okay this Christmas too, last year was a little hard but this year has just been a lot happier all around. I know you are happy too and I just love spending this time of year with my family, so I have found a lot of happiness.  I miss your family and I wished I could have spent some time with them, but next year we will all be together and I'm already excited for it.  I love this feeling that I have right now.  I love Christmas and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love you Elder Pinsent and my only Christmas wish is that you are well taken care of. Oh and one more, that you are thinking about me just as much as I am thinking about you this wonderful season.
-yours, A 





Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

angels, runny noses, blogbooks and some studying in and around there somewhere

The title pretty much sums it up.  Those things have been my life these past couple of days.  I am still so happy that I could take part in this year's nativity.  Being an angel was so great and it really put me in the Christmas mood.  I ordered some prints of me as an angel to send out with my Christmas card, and I must say I made a pretty good looking angel, I cannot lie about that one.  However, one bad thing came out of the weekend, I got a little cold.  I started to feel a sore throat when I went to bed on Friday night probably from working with some littles all week.  Saturday came along, I took some cold and flu pills and I was feeling a little bit better.  Same with Sunday.  But Monday and Today have been pretty gross.  I feel like one of the babies at work with my nose running non-stop.  At least I can blow my nose right?  I don't like doing it though.  I hardly ever do it in public because I feel I look like an idiot when I do it.  It's a pretty sad sight.

So I have also been studying just a little bit for my only exam that is on Friday.  Honestly, I don't think it is going to be a big deal and it is only worth 20% of my grade.  Not that that is an excuse not to study, but the material is pretty common sense kind of stuff just with more concrete textbook definitions and concepts. So I should take some more time to study it, but if I didn't I think I also would be okay.  As a procrastination, I have started my 2013 blogbook.  It's lots of fun.  I also got my Christmas cards done and I have been continuing to do some Christmas shopping.  I am also hoping to start some knitting projects.  Netflix has also been quite a reliable tool with the whole "I'm bored but don't want to study" thing.  I am currently watching Private Practice and it has been pretty enjoyable.

This week I am working with some babies at a centre, and it has proven to be quite the time.  They are all soo funny.  It is a great age group to work with.  I love that it will prepare me for little ones to come in the future.  I also have to say that I have been pretty good with my spending lately, mostly because I stay home so much.  I hope I can keep the same habits as the new year rolls in.  I did treat myself to a new lipstick last night, copy catting Laura Beth.  I am looking forward to swiping it on for Christmas festivities to come!