Good morning starshines! The Earth says hello! haha gotta love that johnny depp ;) GO HUG YOUR MOM READER! RIGHT NOW….I mean it, I am not writing ONE word until you’ve successfully given your old momma a hug and shown her some luuuvvvvv ;) okay I trust you have. I certainly have big reasons to show my momma some love and at least if not more, hug her, everyday. Especially lately….she’s doing so much for me! I mean, how many moms would just pick up and MOVE all the way across the country for her daughters happiness and dreams?! She’s a special one ;) Love you momma! ANYWAYS….today was a rad day. ha I like that word….rad..short for radical…cool word. ha sorry for my marveling of rad. but YES my day was RAD! Eventually, while driving through Arizona AND New Mexico, there comes a point many many times, where there is no civilization PERIOD. No food, and no place to pee :(. We were so mad, because we hadn’t eaten breakfast when we got on the road and while getting out of the city, there appeared to be no food. We finally found a Mcdonald’s. Yay. After eating, I slept for what I think was about 2 hours!! It hit me all of a sudden, late night traveling. It was a good nap:) I dreamt of the Zac Brown Band…we were friends. Good dream good dream. We finished off New Mexico and went through the tiny city of Amarillo, Texas. We only had to go through the corner of Texas and then Oklahoma next:) all the way up to Amarillo there was signs stating that ONE Texas Roadhouse had a….are you ready for this……72 OUNCE STEAK!!!! Holy cow! (haha holy cow, clever huh) Can you imagine!? That’s like half a cow! The condition to putting this 72. oz. steak up for diners to (I dont even know if you call eating that dining) order is if you can eat that whole 72. oz steak WHOLE…it’s FREE. No cost. I’m not positive….but with some A1, a lot of praying that I wouldn’t die and become obese, a LOT of time, and a mighty large fork…I might could accomplish that amazing accomplishment. MIGHT. I just might have to go back someday and set that record ;) knowing me and my steak fetish. I would probably never eat red meat again after that. SO….after leaving the city of the 72. oz. steak, we got bored and a friend of ours told us we should count the pick up trucks we saw while in Texas. MY OH MY……I thnk they should call Texas “the mighty state of trucks” we counted 190 within a 3 mile radius!! There are a LOT of truck owners in the state of Texas….just sayin’. Along Texas’ two lane highways…we not only saw many many trucks…but how about some roadkill! We saw maybe 5 dead armadillos…and what we think to be the remains of an ostrich or an emu….don’t ask me how an animal like that ended up on the freeway. just dont. We eventually made it out of the tiny corner of Texas, after many gags from……yes intense roadkill. WADDUP OKLAHOMA! By this time, I might add, after three days of driving, we had in insect cemetery on our windshield. Every kind of bug that could pass through these states had met its life’s end on our windshield….rest in peace bugs rest in peace….life is tough. PEE BREAK….I’ve heard that phrase so many times over the last few days…you really realize how much you have to pee all the time and HOW BAD IT REALLY HURTS when there’s not always a toilet at your convenience. Speaking of bathrooms…I feel bad for the person that goes into my stall after my stomach releases all this disgusting food I’ve consumed on this trip…..our meals have consisted of Sonic twice, Mcdonalds twice, slim-jims, reeses peanut butter cups, chewy laffy taffies, pork rhines, coke, OH MY GOSH I CAN TAKE TYPING ANY MORE OF IT. When we get to Nashville….my diet and exercising are CRITICAL…!! I will never eat like this again…I VOW never. On a brighter note….music of course, being my heart and soul, has been an adamant part of this trip! My iPod is my best friend….and my second best friend is my Baby Taylor….THANK GOODNESS for Baby Taylors….the best traveling buddies EVER! Definitely makes writing in the car a lot easier and a lot of fun :D Wow I’ve written a lot….sorry readers…I ramble if you haven’t noticed. But for a roadtrip…this is a lot to talk about! It’s excitingggggg. Anywho…I’m in the car right now…watching my mom strung out on coffee and my sister who is out in the back seat curled up with our little puppy….if I could attach a picture, I would. MOST ADORABLE THING EVER. :) btw current favorite song: My Town – Montgomery Gentry. <3 I’m pretty sure tomorrow is our last day driving….FINALLY TENNESSEE! Exciting times coming :) Gonna crash for the night. Later gatorsss:)) P.S.! I ALMOST FORGOT! We passed through Checotah, Oklahoma….MISS CARRE UNDERWOOD’S HOMETOWN! Definitely cool.
Hey there readers:) today is day 2 on our roadtrip….and man, i’m only about 18 hours into driving and I’m ALREADY sick of riding..I’m definitely the kinda person that has to be up and at em’, so needless to say, sitting in a car for 3-4 days straight is NOT my preference ;) HOWEVER…this trip is actually turning out to be a good time. My family is so much fun, even though on roadtrips certain people (ahem SIBLINGS) can drive you crazy, a lot of good memories are made for sure. Anyways, to get started on my day, we left California today! We’re officially out of one of the two sunshine states and we crossed the border into Arizona, the lovely Grand Canyon State. Funny I should mention the Grand Canyon, my family, being as spontaneous as we are, decided to make a pivotal stop to see this unbelievable sight that stands 215 miles from rim to rim….and is one of God’s most beautiful creatons :D It was of course an hour out of the way, but I mean, its The Grand Canyon, none of us besides my grandpa (who I think is seen everything there is to see in this nation) had seen it, we HAD to stop. In our defense, it was ABSOLUTELY necessary ;) The Canyon was…….ha WOW. I mean, what do I even say about it, well I can’t really, I was speechless when we walked up to the first point! My MOM sure had A LOT to say…haha. I’d never seen her like that….she was more paranoid during that hour than she has been in my lifetime! She was literally acting like a crazy person!! Me and my sis wanted to go down to this long cliff overlooking the canyon from a VERY HIGH altitude, my mom eventually gave in to letting us go, but not without making it the most embarrassing 5 minutes of my life. Every step I took, “Aria don’t move! Aria stay right there! Hurry Aria let me get your picture! OKAY OKAY THAT’S FAR ENOUGH OUT! OH MY GOSH SHE’S GONNA FALL!” I’m not even exaggerating. :P She says *mom’s voice* “You’ll understand one day when YOU become a mom!” haha…we’ll see. ANYWAYS, it was amazing…period. After we left the canyon, we had to STEP on it….an hour there and an hour back is definitely losing time and definitely out of the way…we had to try and make up as much time as possible. I had an amazing Jesus talk with my grandpa meanwhile on the ride about how easy it is to say we’re Christians and not be Christians haha. It’s so easy to judge and be unforgiving. And also how HARD it is to truly walk the walk and not just “TALK THE TALK” haha. It was a good convo…for sure. We cranked some Pearl Jam and Melissa Etheridge (of course the woman who made me want to write songs) and had a good ol’ time. Today was a good day….we made it to Albuquerque, New Mexico eventually, by 2 AM…after some BEAUTIFUL, sometimes boring, yet undeniable scenery while driving. Now, I’m gonna hit they hay, after a long day. HEY WADDUP THAT RHYMED! :D
Hey all you bloggers! As of today, I am a girl on the move. Which in my life currently…means many different things. The word “move” can represent how I’m a girl CONSTANTLY on the move…living this exciting, spontaneous life…on-going and constant! Another specific meaning for what I’m deciding to call this…is above all the biggest meaning…I’m moving across the country! I’ve lived in LA for the last 8 years…it’s home! And even though it’s the hardest most exciting, spontaneous, sad, crazy, wonderful thing I’ve ever done…I’m leaving to follow my dream. I like to think of it as starting a new chapter…new people, new places, new sights..everything NEW! It’s bittersweet, like dark chocolate. I’m so excited to get to Nashville I can BARELY EVEN CONTAIN MYSELF….however, on the down side, I’m leaving my home, my friends, my church, my life basically to start over brand new, somewhere I’ve been only a few times but know VERY well how much of a home it already is in my heart. NOW….that’s whatcha call spontaneous ;) haha. It’s, as you can imagine, a hard thing to do. But you all know that feeling, when you have absolutely no clue what you’re doing….but you do! haha, it’s funny…I know this is SO right, even though I feel crazy! ANYWHO…I’m probably rambling like my normal self, so I should just skip ahead to the last few weeks up until today! I’m sure by now, you all get the big picture of what’s been changing and goin’ on lately. Over the last few weeks my family and me have been BUSY BEES! I’ve moved 9 times in my lifetime….that…is…insane. Can you believe 9 times?! Though, only ONCE was it across the country..the last time that occurred I was only 5 years old! I can barely remember. This time it’s way different…I’m a teenager, these years (according to my very wise mother) are my adamant years…my friends are supposedly going to mean the most to me right now and over the next few years of high school. It’s much harder than I expected it to be. Today was actually fairly easy compared to these last few weeks! Hard to believe huh? You’d think that the day of the move would be the hardest…you really realize that you’re leaving for good! At least that’s how I expected it to be. But in all honesty last week and probably the week before were my hardest days. I experienced my last day of youth group last wednesday, with all my friends, cried my eyes out…and of course the week before I cried so much I don’t think my tear ducts can even function right anymore haha! :P We’ve made such good friends in California, so many memories, and such a home! Today…I had to watch my mom say goodbye to her best friend for 8 years…now that was hard. She’s hurting just as bad as I am. My sister had to leave her gym that she’s been attached to for 4 years! Gymnastics is her life! She’s there 4 days a week for 4 hours each day. All of her best friends are there…and you can imagine how close she is with her teammates! They made her a scrap book that made ME cry! haha:) It’s ALL CRAZY. So I’ve been talking about all this hurt and how absurdly hard this is….but what is the point I’m getting to? What’s the upside to it? WELL like I said…it may be spontaneous…but it’s exciting! So many opportunities are open for me..my whole life is about to change! It’s beyond exciting! So many exciting things are to come…and so many amazing people are gonna come into my life! I really can’t wait. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nashville…with all my heart and soul….it’s my favorite city in the world and WHAT BETTER THAN TO LIVE THERE! It’s going to be an amazing journey…I can feel it. :) Today was a crazy day…so chaotic! Last minute packing, we got a late start, and eventually got on the road! We have two pets, Pedro a chihuahua and Princess a cat. We had to literally sedate Princess or else we would’ve had the most massive headache we would’ve ever felt from constant “meows”…so she was basically a drunk cat for the last 8 hours. :O I know this drive is gonna be fun but..haha crazy! We had to practically sneak the cat into a motel 6 because eventually her pills wore off of course. AAAAND after a long day of driving….we are SO wiped. I’m now in Needles, California. Tomorrow will be a day FULL of driving and crossing the California state line, What a week this is going to be. I will miss everyone and miss LA….but this new chapter, I feel is worth it. I’m now officially a girl on the move…excited for my journey of “news”!