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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Your Vote....

SOoooo, guess what?

I'm excited, but I don't know where I want to go. My options at this point are these, and they are both exciting. But at least I know that I'm going somewhere that's not Bellingham. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Bellingham, but I think that it's time for me to move on. Maybe I'm totally wrong...

Well... whats your vote?

Keep in mind I still have 2 more schools to hear from.

Welp Good night!!!!

P.S. Two Weeks + Inside+ Chile = insanity... Although if you've ever met Austin, it doesn't even take that much :[]

Monday, January 26, 2009

Guess Who's Home?

Here he is....
and in case any of you are wondering... He is still Austin. He still talks... Right now he is calling the doctor.

I'm pretty sure we thought that the thing on his foot was either a cist or a tumor. well the doctor took an MRI and guess what they said. It either a cist or a tumor.

Thanks guys,

Heres the "grotesque" thing. Ps. the black stuff is sock lint not frost bite.

well I gotta go do some homework...

Guess what?! Since I started writing this, I learned that I got accepted in Arizona State University. This is probably my first choice so that's awesome! Now all i need to do is find the money to pay for it...


I know, I know, that's weird coming from me...

anyways goodnight!

Love Maren

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Who's the best AUNT ever???!!!

That, of course, is debatable. But the only people in the running's are ME and SOPHIE!!!!!

Guess what! If you haven't already figured it out (in which case i am a little worried), Alex and mostly Kristine are pregnant!

p.s. I am allowed to tell you that because she has it posted on her blog

Maren :)

Auntie Maren...

Auntie Sophie....


Thursday, January 15, 2009

One More thing down...!!!

Do you have any guesses as to what this means?

Do you have any clue as so the significance of this day?

I'll give you one more guess...

SO Today I presented, passed and completed my culminating project at the high school. This means:
-I can now graduate freely
-My UW applications are in as well as my ASU.

I just wanted to thank so many people for getting me to this point. Nicholle Jones- thanks for being the best community advisor anyone will ever have! All of the stake people for making my project possible. Hannah Hoyt for going to the committee meetings faithfully. Mom and Dad for so faithfully pushing me to keep doing what I am supposed to, for your continuing to pray for me and have some semblance of faith in me. For always "rubbing my eyebrows"
(Shout out to Chad!!) I only hope that I will be able to help you some time in my life...
For Alex and Kristine who always take an interest in my life and loving me even when i beat you both at Puerto Rico [:)]. Of course Laurie Mercer for making the process as easy as possible and somewhat painless. (I only hope that i was able to add to your waistline in the process! ;)) And to the many countless others who have been the shoulder for me to cry on (Bex). But I think my greatest thanks goes to My loving Heavenly Father and Savior without whom, none of my life would be possible and for putting up with all my failings...

Love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ps. I am going to try and not do this again until you all receive my graduation announcements. I know, i know i am super "sentimental" and weird but lets face it, this is a momentous day in history! oh and sorry about the font size, i wasn't trying to overwhelm you but i can't make it work...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My BYU/UW/Oprah essay

Here is the BYU/ UW essays for my applications. We are apparently writing a book on it. And when I say we, I mean, Julia and Mom. Anyways. What do you think?

My mother was raised with the motto, can’t never did Jack Diddly, and that pretty much sums up her child-raising philosophy. No work effort, no project was too big for her work crew (us) to accomplish. When she tells us that she expects half of this dirt pile to be moved from here to there, the house to be cleaned and us to move all the boulders to the rock wall by the end of our three hour mandatory work period, she’s serious. My mother loves organizing workers. At our first house, we were a landscaping crew. Our first task was to flatten a 7 foot berm in our backyard with wheelbarrows and shovels. I have no idea where we put all that dirt! That task seemed endless, but when it was finally finished, Mom was ready with a new project. We moved multiple dump trucks of dirt with shovels and wheel barrows. We even bought a truck just to be able to haul away the dirt. Every Friday when people asked what I was doing for the weekend, my answer inevitably involved hard labor. She may have lain awake nights thinking of new projects for her kids to complete. Just a small sampling of those projects: hand placing and leveling a patio using broken chunks of concrete, digging a septic tank by hand (moving 17 tons of medium sized river rock with wheelbarrows and shovels in the process),and pouring concrete and tying rebar to build a forty foot retaining wall. But when her fertile brain faltered, she decided we should build our dream home. A year’s worth of projects from one brainstorm! We bought a run down house on two thirds of an acre. My parents and brother worked to fix the little house so we could live in it while building behind. I became the mother, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and making sure Sophie, my little sister, had her homework done and was ready for bed. Meanwhile I had started running start, a program that allows high school juniors go to college for free and still earn a high school diploma. I struggled to keep up with the homework, get dinner on the table, keep the house clean, and help with work projects. We had three dogs in our temporary house with people constantly coming and going from the new construction, and the amount of dirt was incredible. Winter was cold, and there were endless paintbrushes to wash. If I wasn’t working on homework, I was painting the outside of the new house, cleaning the little house, or doing dishes. Late afternoon frequently found me cooking dinner with one hand and doing my homework with the other. Every night I fell into my dirty hairy bed exhausted, and woke up at 5:45 to be ready for the next day. The day that we finally moved into our beautiful new house was a wonderful one. I felt like I had summited Mt. Everest and returned safely. I maintained my grades and my love for my family grew tremendously. Looking back on that experience, I am astonished at what we accomplished. In working for my mom on all her projects, I have often failed to see the point. Sometimes it has seemed like my mom was crazy or just bored. But finally I’ve realized the great lesson that my mother wanted to teach me: that one wheelbarrow load at a time, it is possible to move mountains.

the BYU one is way shorter but has all the same words.

have a great night!

Maren ;)

p.s. i think this is my blog now... unless i can get someone else to post on it :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Small head

SO my parents got these headlamps for Christmas. I have a small head, smaller than their heads, but nevertheless, the head lamp doesn't fit on me. I have to loop it around my ears and earrings. And so I ask you... How will it fit onto their heads?

Lets be honest... Not a good look for me.

This morning, I woke up to my alarms and realized that i needed to wake up. Then i hear the little intercom go on and my Dad says " school is canceled today because of flooding." Yaay, i don't have to wake up yet. Of course my mind flashes to WCC. I open up my computer to check that status. Nothing had been reported so i decided to go back to bed...

8:30 rolls around and so then i realized that if i do have class i need to get up and check that out. Of course classes were still in session. SO i went to school. Which i have to say was better today...

The Mumford's basement flooded. So i hope that everyone else is staying dry, warm, cool, whatever your circumstances may be. Now I probably need to go to Mutual... so

Good night!

Maren :)


Monday, January 5, 2009

Re-entry = sucky

Please excuse my "language." I'm not sure how or why i am still in school. Sometime staying at home and being a slob sounds really good. But then I remember that I have do report back to someone and if i can at least do what I'm supposed to even at a minimum maybe the Lord will bless me to be happy. Maybe? Please? I think i need to go to bed now. I'm sorry this is a sad blog but sometimes frustration should be expressed. But like Bex said- 5 month and 10 days until graduation. Actually less for me but whatever.


Maren :)

P.S. Hope your dreams are sweet. I hope mine are too :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009


I'm not obsessed. I just thought that we needed a change. I hope you like it... There really weren't a lot that i liked for chippy dog, maybe I'll have to design one myself.


Maren :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009


I hope everyone had a wonderful new years... I feel like this is going to be a GOOD year! I hope all of you feel the same!

Maren :)