(Me on the right blowing out the candles for my 3rd birthday)
As I look back on the past 21 years, I can only be grateful for the memories that have been made, the friends I have become acquainted with, and the trials I have gone through that have helped me get to where I am today.
Growing up, my sister would always tell me that she was Judy Garland and I was "Tootie" Smith... (the annoying little sister). I guess since I would always pull off her barbie's heads, and wear her clothes it made perfect sense for why I was "Tootie." Nevertheless, it has been a tradition for us to watch this movie together around Thanksgiving. Even though she is in Denver and I am in good ol' Provo, I still love to watch it. It makes me laugh, smile, and cry... And most of all, it gets me excited for Christmas and what lies ahead.
Last Sunday in church we watched this beautiful story of Stephanie Nielson. Her story is so powerful, and she is such an example to me and so many other girls. I find it amazing how much I take my life for granted sometimes, even during times of trial and hardships. How blessed I am to have a Heavenly Father who loves me and is always there.
I love walking into stores and seeing all the Halloween decorations and costumes out.
It always reminds me that some of my favorite holidays are approaching.
This month has been filled with so many fun memories...
A few weeks ago the girls and I thought it would be fun to go to Cornbelly's to pick out pumpkins to carve. When we got there, we found out that their pumpkins were $15 bucks each, so we decided to head over to good ol' Macy's to pick up some that ended up being about $3 each.
We were happy.
One of our good friends is the drummer for the band Parlor Hawk,
so this month we hit up a few of their concerts.
They opened for Matt Costa, so it was fun being able to go support them!
(If you haven't heard of Parlor Hawk, look them up! So good.)
Last weekend we celebrated Marissa's birthday at our friend Austin Story's cabin.
It has been a tradition since freshman year for Marissa's friends
to throw a "Hicktoberfest" (her last name is Hicken...) party in honor of her birthday.
This year we did it as a surprise, and it was quite a success.
It's times like these when I feel so blessed to have such great friends.