Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Next Chapter

Dear Heavenly Father which of the following should I do next:

Stay in Philly and continue with these sometimes crazy, mostly cute kids
Serve an 18 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Go back to school and get a degree in business and special education

About 2 months ago this was an actual prayer to my Heavenly Father. After praying and fasting a couple of times I felt that the best thing for me to do would be to go back to school. So I started with the whole college transfer application process. My LDS Business College application was sent in on August 21st and on August 23rd I received an acceptance letter!! 

Ever since I was a little girl I have been planning my life out. In elementary school I wanted to become a wedding dress designer (Mostly inspired by The Parent Trap Mom). Then in middle school I just wanted to be a regular fashion designer. In high school, anyone who is friends with me will agree that I had my heart set on culinary school. Finally, after taking a year and a half of general studies at RCC I applied to Brigham Young University. Mostly because my friends were there and I thought that I should be there too. When I was denied I said a similar prayer to the one up there. That's how I ended up in Philly.

I knew that I was here in Philly for a reason, for God doesn't just send you across the country where its the middle of one the coldest winters in a long while, and you have no friends and have never been away from home for just any reason at all. 

The whole time I have been here I have been trying to figure out what exactly that reason is. I think there are probably multiple reason, but as I was making the next decision in my life I think that Heavenly Father wanted me to really figure out what I wanted to do in this world and in my life. I think He wanted me to really appreciate the value of an education and not take it for granted. I truly am excited to learn new skills and facts. Im excited to read books and study and forgive me all my friends in college right now, but im even excited to take tests! 

Also, I have finally settled on a career that I am willing to work hard to achieve, because I believe it will make a difference in the world. I remember when I placed my finger on exactly what would make me happy for the rest of my life. I called my mom in the middle of the work day at the end of the month when she was very busy and I told her my life plan so excitedly! 

"Mom, I finally figured out my life! I know what I want to do. For real this time!"

So im turning the page in my life come 2012. Moving to Salt Lake to start my education so I live my dream. 
Thanks for everyone who has supported me in everything I have ever done. I honestly couldnt make it through daily life with out my friends, family and of course my Heavenly Father. 

P.S. Sorry this is so long with no cute pictures to keep your attention!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Jersey Shore

 So Megan and Ryan decided to spend a week in Ocean City NJ this year and I got to be a part of it! It was a fun little vacation that we all enjoyed. It was nice getting away from the routine of our summer. All the kids were so excited to go to the ocean, especially the babes. Babies at the beach is probably thee cutest thing I have seen here so far. The sad thing is that I dont even know how to put into words why it is so cute, you just have to experience it for yourself!Sure I worked over 75 hours, but who can complain when you are literally getting payed to sit by the ocean and watch cute babies have the most fun of their short lives so far. 
The First picture that see, is my favorite of all time! Honestly just look at their faces. Okay lets start left to right. 
Billy: love the smile and look at his gun!
Maura: a born super star, she was born ready for this picture.
George: Honestly words cannot even tell how funny it was the first second I saw him in his costume! He probably gained 20 pounds wearing it and looked like a total mobster. 
Maeve: I mean really, look at her finger! She is a crack up!
Jack: Well lets just say that the whole time he kept asking the photographer for a bigger and better gun. 
P.S. this will be the Irish's Christmas Card this year!

Now for the beach!
 Megan rented this awesome wagon that the babes absolutely loved! Every time we told them we were going some where they would both say: whaagoon? 

 Since we are on the east coast and there are these 'Summer Storms' (yeah it like rains in the summer, anyone from California would tell you that is just wrong!). But at least we got this great rainbow from one of those storms. 

"NighNigh Fayn" 

Who is gonna deny these cute babes from a big messy soft serve ice cream cone at the beach!? I mean really! Does it get any better than this? 

The movie Jaws comes to mind...

 Lunch with a couple of friends??

The new additions to our family.. 6 gigantic hermit crabs. I was told this is a 'must do' when vacationing in OC...

Now for some Beach Pictures!

Who says you cant fall asleep on the car ride home. 

Talk about good times!! :)