Friday, September 27, 2013

Mustang Spirit!!!

      This week was Spirit week to get us in the mood for Homecoming weekend! Unfortunately I will not be attending the dance but my friends and I are gonna have an AWESOME LOSER PARY!:) Hopefully. We kicked off spirit week with jersey day.
Then twin day! We totally rocked that one!
America Day!
Thrift Shop Day..
Camouflage Day!
Oh and today during the spirit assembly the senior class (Preston and I included) participated in a high school musical flash mob! It was awesome and soooo much fun!
Tonight I attended my first and last homecoming football game EVER! It was really fun trying to balance on the bench when your shoulder to shoulder with strangers:) The stang gang is INTENSE!!!
You can say I over prepare. Truly, I'm not insulted!

We took a lot of pictures>>>




Senior year is turning out to be a BLAST! I am so grateful for my amazing friends, family, and school!
Other things I accomplished this week:

Discovered my dream car:) Thanks Moss's.


Attended the temple!
Recorded Ollie and Dad doing wheelbarrow.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Future _________ of America

     Being a Senior now I've been thinking a lot about a future job.  Really and truly I don't want to work, well at least now I don't have a desire- I'd rather be a mom. But its not a perfect world.
     I always ask people what kind of job they think I'd be good at. I've gotten -dance teacher, school teacher, social worker, and photographer (which is far out but could be fun:) well probably not because of all my mosquito bite encounters!
     So as a solution to this dilemma I took an online job quiz, actually multiple. You should try some too! Just Google "Job quiz for teenagers" or something along those lines. They are quite fun!
     Here are my results
1. teacher (nothing new)
2. computer programmer (not in a million years!)
3. nurse
4. wedding planner
5. personal trainer
I guess we'll see what life brings!:)

All pictures from Google~ I need to get into the habit of taking my own:)

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Babba

      Where to start...For my Dads 47th Birthday he received a Wal-Mart $4.99 water bottle from his sister Laurel. This was in revenge for the Taco Bell Bucks he gave her the previous year (They like to give each other strange gifts :)

My lovely new purple one!
      Little did we know, this water bottle would become a staple throughout the whole Simmons family. Laurel had her own and both she and my Dad swore by the double walled water bottle, not in a bad swearing way, and told everyone they knew of this fantastic find!

Laurel- a missionary of the babba.
     Not long after its name evolved into "the babba". Yes that is babba, as in...babba.(BTW this is all in good joking people. We Simmons's tend to get bored easily) As more were obtained, the name caught on. To this day Grandma and Grandpa Simmons, Scotty, Laurel, Camille, Dad, Preston, Christian, and I all own one in which we cherish dearly.
Baby blue babba was introduced into the family!
     Mom refuses in good reason, "straw sucking gives you smokers wrinkles" and even with the invention of the side sipping.
CD with his.
 There is much more to the story and the evolution of the babba, but unfortunately its for insiders only, sorry world! But now you know a snippet of where the babba came from, and if you don't understand anything I'm saying, thanks for playing along.

     Ummm.. I just realized my babba did not arrive home from Powell. Laurs do u possibly have it???

Sunday, September 15, 2013

2013 Goals

      Do you have goals set for 2013? Its not too late!:) One of my journal entries dated January 1, 2013 says:
      <" Its 2013! I cant believe another year has gone by and all too fast, I might add. Now I am in my eighteenth year and its pretty much my last full year of high school. How sad. But I am dedicating this year to recovery and growth.
      Recovery pertaining to my knees and growth in dance.
Recovery in my relationships with family and friends, old and new. This is a year for second chances and reaching out to others.
Recovery and growth within myself. To a year of motivations and getting away from the worldly temptations. 
      But I cant do it alone! I will need the Lord to strengthen and guide me. I will also try to grow spiritually and mature emotionally and physically. Here is to a wonderful 2013!
 A quote from Stephanie Nielson says," Whatever is going to happen this year will happen, but its what I do about it that matters.">

      So its never too late! You can get a lot done in 4 and a half months. Reading this entry has lit a new flame inside of me, and motivated me to work 10 X harder.
If you haven't set any goals for this year I encourage you to do so. Everyone has trial and temptations and I KNOW that when we are striving to overcome, God will give us the strength to accomplish what we have set out to do.









Thursday, September 12, 2013

Funky Funk

      Have you ever been in a "funk?" I am, quite often actually. I define it as, a period of time where you feel lost, discouraged, alone and frustrated.
   For some reason you aren't as connected to God, but nothing has changed. Maybe that's the problem.
This is not my picture and not me:) But she is pretty!
    Last year after knee surgery, I was pitying myself and very unhappy (or in other words in a "funk.") I decided what I needed was to get off my butt and get to work- serving.
Not my pic either. Ok none of these are:)
 So, I started working towards my honor bee ( a post personal progress goal which includes reading the Book of Mormon and completing 40 hours of service).
      Reading the Book of Mormon was the easy part, taking it day by day and little by little. The service is a whole different story.
 I started by helping my bros with math homework. This was slow and painful, 15 minutes at a time and defiantly a project which tested my patience.
I also started helping my neighbor, Tristan, with completing her Personal Progress.
This indeed is my picture.
      I now continue to meet with her weekly, taking it an hour at a time. We talk about her hopes and dreams, experiences with prayer, the after life, and many other gospel related topics. We also learn together.
 She has impacted my life in more ways than she will ever know, as well as taught me far more than I would've learned. She got me out of my "funk." She teaches me about tornados and storms, dinosaurs such as Spinosaurus, plants in her yard, animals instincts and especially how to love others. 
  I am so excited for Tristan to receive her Personal Progress Young Woman's Medallion and continue to grow spiritually. She is such a sweet, special girl! Getting started with service wasn't easy at first, but the reward has been far greater than I imagined!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Paige's Creation

      I finally did it! I invented my very own gluten free, dairy free and "sugar free" treat recipe.
I say "sugar free" because it still does have some, but its definitely not like a cookie or brownie. Anyways, this was totally unexpected!
Keep Mixing!
I thought I would fail and I planned out this whole post I would write about my nasty recipe. Ok its not to die for but if you are gluten, sugar or dairy free and are dying for a treat I hope it will suffice.
Still Keep Mixing, the xylitol isn't dissolved quite yet:)
Plus it has my favorite food in it- PEANUTBUTTER! I hope someone finds it enjoyable besides just me:)
      All approximations because it was an experimental trial:

Paige's Peanut Butter Chex Mix Creation:
  • 1/2 c. Xylitol (this is a replacement for sugar and supposedly your body doesn't recognize its sugar:)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. natural peanut butter (chunky or creamy. I use creamy)
  • 3 T. honey
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1 t. baking soda
Meanwhile, Christian was being bribed to eat tomatoes, which he hates for a donut.
Start off melting the xylitol alone while constantly stirring in a small pot on the stove. After a couple minutes add remaining liquidish ingredients (all listed above besides xylitol which you already added, and baking soda)
He did eat one! For a 1/2 of a donut.GO CD!
 Stir for a few minutes until xylitol looks as if it is dissolving. Then add the baking soda and it is supposed to FOAM UP. (not sure, I didn't do that but that is what my Mother advised afterwards.) Stir for a few minutes until all are combined, dissolved and melted.

The result

Pour your liquid mixture over some sort of chex creation. I used:
  • 1-2 c. Corn Chex
  • 1-2 c. Plain Cheerios
  • 1/2 c. pecan halves
  • 1/2 c. coconut flakes
  • broken gluten free pretzles
Coat cereal with liquid mixture then place on wax paper and let it dry. I hope yours turned out!! I also hope this recipe makes sense:)
By the end of the day...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tribute to Roseleaf Academy

      Dear Aunt Laurel and Camille,

I've been in school for 8 days now and as I walk down the hallways of Eagle High School, my mind keeps reflecting back on my time at "Roseleaf Academy."
You both helped me grow so much and understand who I am.

 You helped me feel comfortable with myself and not care what others think.

Really and truly, I think you brought the old Paige back, the confident one.

And even though others may not see it, I feel it.
Everything I learned those 4 weeks at "Roseleaf Academy," has made my first 8 days of senior year so much better!
And I know it will make my life so much better! Being happy with who I am- I'm ME!:)

                 Love Always,