Friday, April 27, 2012

From Messy to Marvelous.

And once again, I'm late on the blog posting. I just had the craziest week in school, with a 10 page paper and a 6 page paper due on the same day. I also got sick this week, so that didn't help. But, now it's Friday, the week is (almost) officially over, and I have no plans tonight. So, here I am to update you on the most exciting event of a high school girl's life...

So, if you read my last post you'll know that two weekends ago I participated in a mud run. Well, this past weekend, I did essentially the complete opposite of jumping into mud.


Went to prom! Yay!

And let me just say, it was fabulous. Getting ready was probably one of my favorite parts, despite the fact that it took FOUR HOURS to curl my hair. I have a lot of hair. This is good because I know that I will never be bald. Other than's really not good. If you don't think you have enough hair....just be grateful you don't have too MUCH hair.

ANYWAY....enough about want to see pictures, don't you?

Good thing we took some! :) I will narrate my way through the pictures, so you can feel like you were there, and then be jealous that you weren't.

After curling my hair, I looked like a poodle. Did I mention I have A LOT of hair?

The final touches.

Time for pictures in Meagan's front yard!

Fun fact: I got my dress for free and have been saving it for five years.

"I don't want to go to prom with HER..."

My back is awkwardly arched...

Meagan's overly excited, and I am in shock. Typical.


Hey, look! More friends!

Look at our pretty dresses. :)

 We took a lot of pictures...

Tree shot!

 On the way to prom--so exciting!

Personally, I think the sunglasses complete the look...

We met up with some more friends at prom...

...and things got a little crazy!

Group shot! We're defending the boys.

And now the boys are defending us...

 And now I'm about to murder Alex. Don't mess with me.

And that would conclude all the pictures I have from prom. We also had a fabulous dinner with this amazing, mouth watering raspberry mousse for dessert. It was so good, I almost cried when it was gone. And then the dancing was a ton of fun...even though I'm not a dancer, and probably made a fool of myself.

I think my favorite part though was getting ready. I love getting all prettied up and spending extra time on hair and makeup and stuff. For example, I love my hair curly...but I don't typically have four hours of free time, so I usually leave it in its naturally wild and crazy state.

Prom ended suuuuper 1...I didn't get to bed until after 2! Most of our group went to IHOP afterward...but I had to be at church at 7:30 the next morning, so I passed on that one. 

So, that was my exciting Saturday! My first--and last--prom. It was a lot of fun and totally worth the money, but I wouldn't do it again. I think it's worth the money the first time, but not a second, if that makes any sense at all. If it was free, however, I'd go every week.

Also, I mentioned in a previous post that I had a recital coming up this past Friday. That got canceled because one of our girls got sick and couldn't sing. It is now going to take place sometime at the end of May, so I will post about that whenever it happens. Just in case anyone was wondering.

And I have one last note! I wanted to give a quick shout out to Memory from the Lowercase Letters blog. Her 18th birthday was on Wednesday, so I'm a little late, buuut 18 is too important to be forgotten. Happy birthday, Mem! You are now officially part of the adult world. Enjoy! :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Muddy Marathon.

Disclaimer: The title of this post is a misnomer. A 10K is not a marathon. I'm just a big fan of alliteration.

Today, I did something completely out of character for me and ran (well, walked) a 10K and hurdled over obstacles (the ones I didn't skip) and swam (waded/slipped/drowned) through mud.

I, along with several of my coworkers and their families, all participated in the Mud Run this morning: a 10K with obstacles, most of which involve getting muddy.

It was actually kind of fun. Exhausting, but fun. I would tell the whole story, but I think the pictures are pretty self-explanatory. (Note: I normally don't post this many pictures. But these are priceless.)

The before picture of our whole group.

 The high school crew--before, clearly. My hair is crazy.

 Before part 2. We look thrilled. Meagan looks like Gene Simmons.
 Ha, I still look clean, even though at this point I've been through several obstacles.

 I make an awesome model.

 There were literally about 10 of these crawling obstacles. My knees are so 
scratched up from that. haha

 Jumping into about 8ft. of muddy water.

See how clean I look? 5 seconds later, muddy hands attacked my face. 
No more clean face for Kayla :(

 The after picture! Meagan looks like she's about to throw up...hahaha.

 I love the handprint on Ellen's face.

Afterwards, we got hosed off with FIREHOSES!

It was cold. I did not stay standing there very long.

Me and Christopher--happy to be clean!

 Me and Stephen!

Me and Tyler! He makes me look short.

I have girl friends, too, I promise...I just don't know what happened to the pictures I had with them...

Overall it was a good time. Though I have to say, I have never been happier to take a shower.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

What's Better Than the Easter Bunny?

My weekend.

It was pretty epic.

Here's the deal: basically, I don't get out much, so if you ask me if I've seen this movie or seen so-and-so in concert or heard of some new awesome place that everyone hangs out at, the answer is 99% of the time going to be no. But let me start with the beginning of the week.

I was out of school all week except for Monday due to standardized testing that seniors don't have to take, and Good Friday, so I finally had some time to catch up on some stuff that I'd gotten behind on. Like cleaning my room. It was kind of a disaster area, which means that I had been spending very little time in my room because I can't focus in an unstructured environment. So I spent Tuesday evening cleaning and reorganizing everything and now I can sleep soundly at night once more. :)

I also did a lot of stuff on Wednesday, because I knew that the rest of my week was going to be full. And this is where it starts getting exciting.

On Thursday we had a Lord's Supper at our church, and I was given the opportunity (along with some other high school students) to sing in the choir for the service! It was really cool. And if you think that sounds too good to be true, it was. I totally tripped up the stairs on my way on stage. (Be honest--are you really surprised?) 

The good thing was I was still mostly back stage and there weren't that many people seated yet. You would have had to be looking right where I was to notice. I'm just grateful I didn't fall on the drum set or anything. THAT would have been embarrassing.

After the service I could have gone to a really awesome passover that my friend was having, but I decided to go home instead because I had to get up early to take some senior pictures. Which was not fun at all. I will not be a model. I don't understand how they manage doing uncomfortable poses and getting their picture taken all day. Not for me, BUT a couple of the pictures turned out really well. Here's our favorite:

This is where the weekend gets epic. After the pictures I met up with about 15 friends and we all headed to SIX FLAGS! Where I hadn't been in about 4 years. We only got to go on about three rides though before we headed to the amphitheater for my very first concert!

The bands that were playing Friday night were Ivoryline (pretty good), Fireflight (so jealous of the girl's voice--she was right on every note), The Rocket Summer (aka the most talented guy EVER), and Family Force 5 (extremely entertaining). Rocket Summer was probably my favorite, though FF5 put on a great show.

 The Rocket Summer. Amazing.

Family Force 5. Sorry you can't see them, I promise they're there.

Saturday I slept in, and then later in the afternoon met up with about 5 friends this time to go to Six Flags again for the second day of Christian Youth Weekend. We only rode two rides this time, because we got there later in the day and wanted to get to the concert in time to get better seats.

And we got worse seats. But we were able to move up later because there were some empty rows closer up. The bands the second night were awesome: House of Heroes, Run Kid Run, and Relient K. Of course, I knew House of Heroes the best. I didn't really pay attention to Run Kid Run. Relient K was a lot of fun even though I only knew one song. haha

 House of Heroes

And last but most definitely not least...Relient K!

I decided that concerts are fun and I should go to more. I had a ton of fun. And I'll try to dance next time...everyone tried to get me to but I didn't know what to was my first concert. I felt awkward. But now I (kind of) know what to do so I'll be sure to dance next time. ;)

Then today of course was Easter Sunday. I went to church this morning where I had a fabulous breakfast (we serve breakfast every Easter) and met a lady who knew we were the church for her when she saw us handing out water bottles on the street with a dancing Easter bunny. Yep, that's my church for ya!

I helped with one of the Easter egg hunts we put on for the kids every year, and then went to my regular serving position on Sundays with the elementary school girls. One of my girls made me a bracelet that said "Miss Kayla Rocks" on it. Isn't that so sweet? I love gifts from kids. It didn't fit though, so I'm making it into a bookmark.

Then I had dinner with my familia where my banana pudding was a big hit and my grandma sat on me. Don't ask. My family is weird. (Please, NEVER come over if we are not expecting you...goodness knows what you might walk in on.)

Now I'm just chilling out and not wanting to go to school tomorrow...but at least I have some things to look forward to (and you can look forward to them as well, as I will definitely be posting pictures!). Next weekend is the Mud Run with some people from work! My strategy is to take my time and stop if I get tired. Maybe chill out in some mud. Possibly start a mud fight. But my goal is to not stay clean, because I don't think that would happen even if I tried.

The weekend after that is PROM! I don't even have to explain why that's exciting. I also have a recital that weekend with my singing group. (That sounds so official but it's really just me and three other girls who have been taking voice lessons together).

Then in May is my school play and of course, graduation. I got all my graduation gear last week so now I'm official...can't wait to wear it!

Then I'm pretty much gone the whole month of June so you won't hear much from me...sorry, but I'll be back first thing in July. :)

And this post is super long so I'll stop now.

How did you celebrate Easter? What exciting things do have coming up in the next few months? Does the Easter bunny freak you out, too?

This is me with my arch-nemesis, the Easter bunny.