Tuesday, December 11, 2012

the true meaning of christmas

My mother-in-law sent me this video and I had to suppress tears several times while watching. Normally, I would just let the tears flow, but I'm in a computer lab and that would be intensely awkward if a just started bawling all up in here. This video reminds me of the true meaning of Christmas--Christ's birth and His life--and also reminds me that to view life with an eternal perspective. Finals week isn't the end of the world though it may seem like it, and I will get through it and have a wonderful Christmas with the ones I love.

Gosh, when they bring out the baby Jesus, that's when my throat gets a frog in it and my heart starts to go pitter-patter and my eyes start to water. Forget materialism, forget hatred, only love and Christ will get us through.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

family newsletter

It has been forever and ever since I last blogged. I miss it dearly, but alas, I still have no computer of my own, thus no computer = no blogging. I love writing and I love blogging, but I have had to write so many other things this semester (including a 35 page manuscript and a 12 page paper and multiples of 4 page papers among other writing assignments) that blogging has fell to the bottom of the gigantic totem pole of priorities.

I will blog about Halloween and Thanksgiving and the happenings in between very soon. But, for now, I want to share the family newsletter that I created for my mom and dad to send out. I have been writing our annual family newsletters since I was in sixth grade, but this year I decided to design it too to make it pretty.

Here it is:

Hopefully you got to know more about the McCloskey familia de California by reading this.

Life has been a roller coaster ride (ignore the cliche) for quite a while. Brett got stitches and a supermassive black hole of a black eye over Thanksgiving, we are moving at the end of December, and   finals are raising their beastly heads again. Only one more semester after this. I can make it!

Have a superb day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

general conference and other joyous activities

We have done a lot of fun things lately that I have not shared because I'm a poopy blogger.

First, I sprained my ankle for the 6th time. I know that doesn't really constitute as fun, but it was a happening nonetheless. I just was walking down the stairs and twisted it and now it's all bruised and swollen. Yay for me! Brett and I were training for the Provo Halloween half marathon, so that was put on hold. We already paid for it though, so we are still going to do it! We shall survive, I promise you.

Rachel turned eighteen! That means she can go on a mission in a year according to the new age change. That's so strange to me. She's my little cuzzie-wuzzie!

Blowing out the candles on her pies. One of them had bacon on it. We all weren't sure how we felt about that. Thanks Costco for keeping things interesting.

 Some of the fambam and I went to EviDance (the dance show at BYU where all the different sections of the BYU dance department collaborate to make one production) and it was amazing! My favorite was the Turn to Stone dance.

Watch it here (you will not disappointed!)

Doesn't it give you chills? I'm in love.

 We've also been to dinner with some friends. Here we are at Texas Roadhouse with Stannabel and Brian and Jennica. Three whoops for marital triple-dating.

My mommy, sister, and sister's boyf came in town this weekend to catch up and watch General Conference.

My mom treated us to Communal, a lovely restaurant in downtown Provo. I l.o.v.e.d. the trout with lemon and capers. I could eat that thing for a year and not get sick of it. My mouth is watering just remembering it.

 Mom also treated us to manicures and pedicures. We all decided to go bold and get a pattern. I'm pretty obsessed with my nails (the green ones with the checker accents). I've created my outfits to match my nails since I got them painted. Who knew I had so much forest green in my closet? I didn't.

During the priesthood session of General Conference, the gals went out to Blue Lemon in Alpine, Utah. I got an arugula salad with strawberries and goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette and I almost fell off my seat in pure bliss.

 This is probably the prettiest picture I've ever taken of Bri. Didn't I just capture her perfect face so well? I'm suuuch a good photographer.

 Also stunning pictures of Jessie and Aunt Diane. Gosh, my talent is out of control!

 We took a trip to visit Aunt Lyn and her adorable daughter Mia. Rachel decided to rest on their exercise machine.

 Bri's bf, Garrett, made us a huge plate of eggs before General Conference. What a sweetie.

 In Salt Lake for the Sunday morning session of General Conference. When we got there, the conference hall was completely packed, so we had to sit in a little theater on the side and watch via a large screen. We were disappointed, but it just shows how many people are coming to hear the messages of the prophets and apostles!

My favorite talk from General Conference was by Jeffrey R. Holland. He talked about the first great commandment: to love our Heavenly Father with all our being. It was a powerful message as Holland's messages always are. Watch it.

After the first Sunday session, we met family in Park City where my Aunt and Uncle have a timeshare. We loved walking around and exploring the little shops. We also loved snacking on smoked salmon and brie cheese while watching the second session of conference.

Other things that have happened:
-My article entitled "The Grammatical Innovations of E. E. Cummings' Poetry" was selected to be published in BYU's Linguistics Journal Schwa. I'm stoked. By the way, doesn't the article sound so intriguing? I bet you just want to get your hands on a copy and immediately gobble up all its analytical goodness. Oh the things I write for college.

-Brett and I are juicing everyday. We take out our handy dandy Champion juicer and put carrots, kale, celery, apples, oranges, cucumbers, lemon juice, etc. in there and mix until it's one acidic, potent swirl.

-My side and Brett's side are combining for Thanksgiving this year. We're very excited to have everyone we love all together for the holiday of thanks.

-I have four tests this week and eleven papers to critique. Not to mention my other homework. No social life for me till Saturday.

-My brain is melting, so I can't think of anything else. But, we've had some jolly times these past few weeks, I swear.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Halloween is my second favorite holiday (my favorite is Christmas . . . duh). I love the crispness of the air, the scariness of haunted houses, the carving of pumpkins, the costumes galore! I can't wait to make our costumes! I want to be dinosaurs, but Brett wants to be a cave man and he wants me to be a woolly mammoth. We shall see, we shall see.

Speaking of scary things, remember the post I wrote about my modeling experience? Welp, the pictures are up, and they are pretty scary. Prepare to be petrified.

Have a spooky day!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

oh my oh my

Can you wait? Because I can't.

Oh my jeepers, I'm going to pee my pants.

Monday, September 17, 2012


I am currently a remodeling addict. Remodeling my wardrobe, remodeling my apartment, and remodeling the blog.

I realized that both our apartment and this blog were very monochromatic. Everything was blue. When I first made this blog and decorated our apartment, I had a giant fear of incorporating any warm colors. For some reason, a lot of warm colors remind me of headaches and sweaty afternoons. Maybe I was stuck in isolation in an orange, red, and yellow country-style hell when I was a child or something.

As I've matured in my designing and decorating aesthetic, I've realized that introducing some warm colors is not only okay, but good. I don't want my blog or apartment to be simply blues and greens. So boring!

So, here's to the new me, who welcomes wearing pearl bracelets (I used to barf in my mouth whenever I saw pearls), dyes her hair red, and embraces warm colors. I hope you like the new layout, because I sure do! Yippety yip!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

pretty things

Back to designing again! This pattern is bold, extreme, and a little tacky to some people. But I love it! It will be going up on my wall for sure.

pictures of my splendid life

Here are pictures to follow with all the details I gave a few days ago about my fantastic life.

It took about 20 minutes and a reluctant helper to get these uploaded onto a Mac on BYU campus, so you better appreciate them.

 Hottie Brettie making a fruit salad after church in Tejas.

 We had dinner with Elliott before he went into isolation at Texas A&M medical school. Stephen is giving Elliott a big, fat wedgie in case you were wondering.

 Besties with testies. (yup, I just said that.)

Birthday dinner for me!

 I love them manicures with Mother-in-Law and Friend.

 World War II museum with the husband and in-laws.

The two pre-mission lovebirds reunited at last.

 The bride Laina and her new husband after cutting the cake. AWWWWW

 Us with the bride.

 Old roommates.

Old roommate with husband. We are all getting married now! I thought I was the exception!

Reflecting back, I could have taken 10092826393764 more pictures than I did. I'm usually the picture queen! I'll come back to it soon. Don't worry; I'm not lost forever.

Random Thing for the Day: Today I had a meeting at 7:00 am. It was ridiculous. So to compensate, I just took a nap in the library tucked into a comfy armchair in a hidden corner and it was blissful. Pretty sure my mouth was open the whole time. Embarrassing. O well, still totally worth it.

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

sorta kinda back

I'm kind of back from my complete, full-frontal blogging hiatus. I say kind of back because I may do another unexpected break again. Hopefully not though. I know you all seriously missed me. You cried everyday when I didn't write. You didn't know how you could possibly get out of bed each morning without my o so eloquent words written in bloggospace to fill you with hope.

Anyway, gobs of stuff has happened since my last blog post. Mundane things, tragic things, an innumerable amount of awkward things since that is my specialty, and a lot of exciting things to put the cherry on top.

Here are a few:
- My computer forever crashed and all my valuable genealogy work, pictures, and programs fell into the abyss of loss. 'Twas a sad, sad day. (This is the reason why I haven't blogged in forever. I have no computer.)

- I turned 21! Go me! I can now go into bars and order an alcoholic drink and get plastered in front of all humankind. O wait. No, but really. I feel so much older as a 21 year old. Brett and I celebrated with a shopping spree for yours truly and a fabulous and 6,000 calorie dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.

- I dyed my hair red and am in love! Why haven't red and I ever met before? We were positively made for each other. I dyed it myself and it took about 3 hours, but it was so worth it because I saved mula!

- Our refrigerator broke and it smells like 1,000 rats barfed and then died inside it. This is not an exaggeration (ok, obviously it is a little bit). However, it is seriously the WORST odor you will ever smell in your entire life. I'll pay you 5 bucks to come over and brave it to see what I mean.

- On our way back from Coldstone in Texas with Stannabel (Stephen and Annabel), there was a ridiculous thunder and lightning storm and I thought we just might possibly die. One of the houses right down the street caught fire and burned nearly to the ground, and we got to watch the firefighters attempt to extinguish the flames. It was kind of exciting to watch because the fire was so wild, but it was sad for the homeowner.

- I spent the first week of school at my aunt and uncle's house here in Provo while Brett spent an extra week working in Texas. Their house felt like a family reunion; my grandma, 2 cousins and my cousins' wife, my aunt and uncle, and their exchange student all lived there. It was a party everyday! Didn't enjoy sleeping by myself though.

- My good friend/old roommate Laina got married! Her wedding was spectacular and gorgeous up at Sundance resort. She sang for her new husband accompanied by her a cappella group Delilah and then we all danced the night away. P.S. She had the most drool-over bouquet in the world. My my it was absolutely exquisite!

- Brett's parents came to visit us in Texas. My mommy-in-law treated me and Annabel to manicures and pedicures. My pedicure is still in tact and my toes are sparkly pink and fabulous. I also visited a Czech History museum with them (random I know, but it was very interesting), and we all went to the World War II museum together in Fredericksburg.

- I went to Smith's the other night looking like a cave troll (no makeup, hair in a mop on my head, you get the idea) and saw absolutely no one I know! Miracles do happen! Annnd I got Brett fruit snacks, so double points for me!

- I am increasingly growing more and more obsessed with the show Grimm. Have you seen it? I know the commercials make it look retarded, but it is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. you have to watch it.

- I love all of my classes and I'm not behind in any of them, yet. Emphasis on the yet.

- We have three weeks off for Christmas break this year! Dios mio, can this be? I've decided that Brett and I will be going to Disneyland during that break. We still haven't been together and it's a very egregious sin.

- I've seen some guys at school that I used to know freshman year who just barely got off their missions, and it's weird and I normally walk the other way so they don't notice me. I'm married now; we're just worlds apart.

- My sister is coming to visit this Friday! I cannot wait. We will do extraordinary things together.

That's a gist of what has happened in my life since I've been nonexistent in blogland. I know you all are just jumping up and down that I'm back, and so am I.

Pictures to come.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


I CANNOT WAIT to see these three movies:

The Hobbit

Les Miserables

The Great Gatsby

What a fantastic Christmas season this will be!

Friday, July 6, 2012

american pride

For the Fourth of July, Annabel and I went out to lunch on a girl's date to an Italian restaurant called Fazzoli's. Not really demonstrating our American pride there, but it was delightful nonetheless.

The boys had to work which was a bummer, but after they were done we went to Rudy's for a celebratory dinner. All my Texan friends told me I had to go to Rudy's whilst in Texas, so this was the perfect opportunity to check it out. It did not disappoint. The beef brisket and turkey were moist and savory and they gave us a whole loaf of bread to accompany the meat. The barbecue sauce was divine as well, although a little spicy. I loved laughing and spending time with friends and watching random fireworks exploding outside.

I forgot my camera (the one time I've ever forgotten my camera in the history of my life) so this is a poor quality pic taken by my phone and there is only one. Yet it still captures the excellence of our evening.

And here comes my soppy salute to America. I am proud to be an American. I love our nation and the freedom that comes with it. I just read Mao's Last Dancer about a male ballet dancer who grew up in communist China under the reign of Chairman Mao. After reading all about his restrictive childhood and the immense poverty that plagued his commune, I am thoroughly grateful for the beauty, freedom, and wealth that the United States of America possesses. I am grateful that I can travel wherever I want, have as many kids as darn well pleases me, and can pursue any career that I wish. I am grateful that I don't have to eat dried yams everyday and share a twin bed with four other people. I am grateful that I can complain about Obama and no government officials will rip me from my home and family and kill me in front of everyone via firing squad. I am grateful we have a democracy with checks and balances that will never allow for a dictatorship disguised as something good. God bless the USA!

I just had to include this song. My mom cries every time she hears it, and it's the song we always sing on the Fourth. Plus I have a lot of family in the military, some who have died in battle, thus this song and the images accompanying it hit me especially hard.

I hope you had a great Fourth of July, even if you're not American!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

san diego

O my lovely San Diego. It was so wonderful to visit you for a few brief days. Thank you for pausing June gloom for a short time so we could enjoy the glorious sun and beach.

San Diego was beyond amazing. I had been extremely homesick for the past few weeks because I missed my family, my friends and watching So You Think You Can Dance with Bri. I missed reading Harry Potter while soaking in the Del Mar beach sun . . . like a boss. I know that Brett is my family now, but this was my first official summer away from San Diego, so it was hard to get adjusted. Thus, the return to San Diego for a few days was 10000% needed.

While there, Brett and I and a few friends relived a summer tradition of going to the San Diego summer fair. But, we still couldn't escape the Texan flare since Lonestar was having a concert there.

Lonestar concert with fwiends.

The reason we came to San Diego was for Brett's best friend's wedding. Stephen and Annabel were married on June 22, 2012 in the San Diego temple. I loved that we were there to witness the sealing (the wedding), especially since it was my first sealing ceremony since my own nearly a year before. The Spirit was so strong in the room and I couldn't help tearing up a little bit when the sealer said his words of love and eternal families.

They couldn't have asked for a nicer day to have a wedding. The weather was perfection to a T.

 The wives club.

 My incredible cook mother hosted a luncheon in between the sealing and the reception. She cooked the most delectable meal for 20-some people with only an hour's notice. I want to be like her.

The reception. Brett's parents and sister were able to come down for the wedding and I loved being able to spend time with them if only for a brief day.

After the wedding day, we went to the beach and finally went back in the ocean water. I forgot how much I missed rolling in the waves and feeling the crispiness of the remaining salt on my skin.

After the beach, we did family pictures and my Nana and Poppop's house and then we went to my good family friend's house for a delish barbecue. 

On Sunday, my family and I were also able to go to Winston's mission farewell on Sunday. He is a good family friend of ours and we enjoyed hearing his last words before he becomes a missionary in Salt Lake City. We know he's going to be the greatest missionary! I also loved seeing my friend Jenn (Winston's sister) and chatting it up before we had to leave for our flight back to Dallas. 

What a great trip. Special thanks to Bri for letting me borrow all her clothes and doing my hair and makeup e'erday.