On Repeat

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Most of the time, music gets me through my days.
It keeps me calm, it makes me happy, it pumps me up, it comforts me, it helps me feel close to my love, it sparks creative thoughts, it gives me a moment to reminisce, it keeps me hopeful, it makes life a little more entertaining, it gives me something to relate to, It helps me organize my thoughts, and it gives me a chance to sing my heart out. 
Music is good for the soul, so turn it up.

I listen to just about every genre there ever was... and here are the top ten as of this week.

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

Enjoy! :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy



Friday, February 22, 2013

Ready for a completely random post?
There's no telling where this one will end up.

I watch the Polar Express year round.
Especially when I'm upset that I have to grow up.
It numbs the pain of losing my childhood.
See people, alcohol is soo not necessary.

Upon looking into my closet the other day,
 I realized how many different [personalities] I have
No that's not the right word.
I guess styles works better.
Maybe that's why I like so many different groups of people.

I have THE hardest time going to bed before midnight.
Even if I start trying to fall asleep at 10:30
I thank slap myself every morning for it.

I have four journals right now
Five counting this blog.
They are just about as scatter brained as this post.
I like it that way.

I either eat reaalllyy healthy or reaalllyy not.
There isn't an in between for me.
I'll need to figure that one out.

Sometimes, my boobs eat more than I do.
Those little crumb catchers...

I live my life like its a best selling novel.
Yes, I do narrate taking a shower.

I justify eating ice cream with the excuse.
"I can stop when my metabolism does"
I wonder what my excuse will be then...

I watched a few videos last night upon being a night owl
This video  and this one made me laugh
However, This one made me cry from laughing so hard.
Although if I were her, those wouldn't be happy tears.

My camera is my best friend
I take it everywhere with me now
Gosh I love pictures
Spontaneous photography wins.

This talk will always fill my eyes with happy tears.
My heart is content

When I get really excited I don't make any sense at all.
I just say things and giggle...
Leaving the person I'm trying to talk to clueless.
I'm working on it.

The other day I tried to figure out what I would first grab if there were a fire.
I panicked.
My clothes? Wait how will I grab all my shoes? I guess I could just grab my rack of scarves!
Yikes. Priorities people.

Here's some pictures as weird as this post.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


A Celebration of Life!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Happiest of Birthdays to Hunter Miles Moore!

Ready for the mushy gushy, lovey dovey stuff?
Good, cause on this day I am feeling especially grateful for my sweet Hunter's life.

Hunter is SO incredibly easy to fall in love with.
I mean, based on his outward appearance anybody with eyes would fall into a love spell.
However, its whats on the inside that truly makes him special.
That's where I got trapped. 
That's where I realized I had found the most amazing man ever.
Getting to know Hunter was so enticing, it was so fun, and new.
Every day there was something to learn about him, a new puzzle piece to put together.
Every little thing about him just attracted me to him Moore.
Right off the bat, Hunter was incredibly nice to me.
It was in his nature, he was nice to everybody else as well.
I'm almost positive you could ask anyone we went to high school with if he EVER intentionally said something rude to them, made them mad, or made fun of them their answer would be no.
He just didn't have it in him.
He really understood the importance of being everybody's friend. 
Even the superintendent had a crush on him... but that's a whole other story...
Hunter is one of the most respectful men out there. (just so you know its reallllyy weird for me to use the word "man" when talking about him. I don't know when we grew up)
Really though, he is beyond respectful to everyone.
He was so respectful to his coaches  and teachers that they respected him right back.
He has always been respectful towards women and always encouraged me to respect myself.
He is hilarious. In such an odd way... but nonetheless hilarious.
He wants the best for others, always.
He is forgiving and understanding, this one I know first hand.
He is determined and such a hard worker. School is not his favorite, but he always knew it was important and therefore did his best.
He is such a loving person. I find some of his old notes funny because he has a hard time putting his emotions into words (most of the time) but he definitely gets the point across and really knew how to make me, and others feel loved. 
He has such a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and lets anybody who will listen know this.
He has a light about him that shines so bright and others are drawn to it. For this reason alone, I know he is one of the best missionaries out there.
He is serving the Lord wholeheartedly and finds so much joy in finding those that will listen to the message he has to teach.
He loves his family unconditionally and understands the importance of being in a family.
He treats his mother with so much kindness, it puts me in awe. He loves her dearly and it makes me tear up just thinking of how grateful I am that they have that special relationship.
I could go on and on about him clearly, but that's what his birthday card is for.
So I'll leave you with one last thing. 
Hunter loves me with a love I have never felt and that means more to me than I will ever be able to put into words.
He may have been my first love, but he has me positive he will also be my last. 
Here's to Hunter Miles Moore being another year older!
Here's to his life. 
I have been so blessed to have been a part of it.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy



Monday, February 18, 2013

"If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present."

-Lao Tzu

Its really a good thing I have quotes out there to tell me how I'm feeling... 
No but really, that was serious.
I have a hard time deciphering my emotions daily.
I fall under the anxious category, and no duh I'm living in the future.
I like it better there.
My question is, how will I feel when I get there?
Will I still be anxious? Will I still have day dreams more than any normal person? Will I still wake up in the middle of the night and think curious thoughts?
I think a lot.
I think that's why I don't sleep much.

Thinking makes me want ice cream...
No wait, that's gotta be mother nature telling me I need some.
Either way, I'm gonna go get some.

Happy Presidents Day Ya'll.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


A lonevley day.

Friday, February 15, 2013
"So its not gonna be easy. Its gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that, because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day."

-The Notebook

2,276.4 miles apart. It wasn't any easier than it sounds. 
I thought the second year would be easier. I was wrong.
I'm easily going to blame it on my gift from mother nature this morning.
I felt more sick than I have in a very long time this entire day.
Emotions are a cruel thing, but cramps win in that category.
I had plans to make cinnamon rolls and watch Valentines Day.
The thought of cinnamon rolls made me want to throw up. 
I still watched the movie, I still felt terrible.
Then I laughed at this scene.
The movie made me feel better, then Samantha left me a sweet voice mail, then I remembered the sweet note my manager wrote me and attached to a bag of candy, then i re-read one of my most favorite letters from Hunter.
So yeah, its hard to miss him, to feel lonely, and to be a woman (ha), but at the end of this Valentines Day I realized how loved I am and that made me feel ten times better.
Thank you to all my loved ones! 
You sure made this holiday much sweeter :)

"I'll forever be in debt to my Heavenly Father, because he has given me his very best daughter."
- Hunter Miles Moore

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

The day for lovers: in a package.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Some of us lucky ones get to spend Valentine's Day thousands of miles apart!
I'm one of those verryy "lucky" few.
Sending a package will have to due.
Neither of us have really been into the whole gift giving thing. It just didn't seem to matter.
A heartfelt note and snuggles always suited us best.
Its the little things, right? :)
This makes packages for my sweetheart quite fun to make, and a lott cheaper than stressing about some expensive cologne that he would probably wear a whole two times. I like the smell of his deodorant anyways. I always have. 
Getting crafty is one of my favorite things to do.
I was given a double dosage of the crafting ability because my school smarts lack.
Or maybe I just didn't apply myself, or I got distracted, or both.
Anyhow, I really love putting packages together.
One of my favorite parts is thinking of all the little sayings to attach!
So cheesy, so perfect.
I love imagining his reaction :)
When he comes home I'm going to be so sad I don't have to put packages together anymore. 
Since the sweet boy's birthday falls in the same month as the day of love, I killed two birds with one stone (is that right? I've never been good with sayings but I try anyways) and combined the two!
heerre wee goo!
Ties. A must have for a missionary.
And a box for both occasions :)
I'm a picture person.
Especially because we are thousands of miles apart and seeing each other's faces makes us giddy.

A few of my faves with scriptures on the back

Called to Serve CD by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

20 little notes with reasons why I reallllyyy love him for my handsome 20 year old... in a week.

Truth. He is.

That baby was on sale at Deseret for like $5. Sweet!

The sayings on the box flaps :)
Second favorite part!

A job well done.

Oohh the goodies!!

Just some kisses from his one day Mrs. ;)

There we have it! 
Another package closer to seeing him again!
This time next year, I won't be making a package, I will be stressing about actually getting a real gift. 
Eh, we'll probably stick with the heartfelt note thing and most definitely keep the snuggles :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


See ya month 12, hello month 13!

Monday, February 11, 2013

13 Months Down!!! 11 to go :)

...but who's counting right? ;)

I truly don't know where the last month went. It passed by so quickly, but most definitely not too quickly ;)
People really weren't kidding when they told me after the first year time speeds up like crazy. 
The real countdown has started, and I am more than thrilled to say he comes back in less than a year :)

I've really been missing my best friend lately.
Yes I love him as a significant other, but he truly fills the spot of my very best friend.
He listens when nobody else will, he comforts before I ask, he jokes around with me and laughs at my jokes, he cares about my well being, he reminds me that I'm beautiful in not only his eyes but my Heavenly Father's, he stands up for me, and he is beyond respectful. 
I couldn't ask for much more.
I miss him more than I thought imaginable, but the time apart will be so worth it in the long run.

He is loving his mission.
It is everything he always dreamed of. I know because he shared those dreams with me before leaving. 
He has fallen in love with the people in Ohio, he is no where near ready to come home.
Just how it should be :)
His testimony beams in all of his emails and his happiness explodes off of the pages of his letters. 
He is exactly where he is supposed to be, I have no doubts about it :)

I think I'll pick up where I left off of our story. 
Not too much though, this post is already getting long. 
I think I'll just finish out 2008. Yep, that sounds good :)

So remember how I couldn't wait for the first day of school? Well its true, I was beyond excited. I planned out my outfit with high hopes that Hunter and I would cross paths. I picked out my white shorts and my cheetah print shirt, my gold dangle earrings and sandals that matched. I straightened my hair and applied my burts bees chapstick. My eye liner was waterproof and my eye lashes were curled.  I took a deep breath before I walked on through the gate to this big new school and you can only imagine the first thing I did... Got a drink from the water fountain. Haha just kidding I looked around for Hunter :) I got my schedule and he was still no where in sight. My best friend had first period with me so we walked together. My eyes finally spotted Hunter, and the butterflies came full throttle. I didn't try to catch up to him, my eyes just followed him all the way to his classroom. Oh my gosh, his class is 2 down from mine. I could not seem to pay attention during first period, I was just trying to plan out how I would walk out at just the perfect time so he would have to see me. Welll, that didn't work so well. What did work was that his next class was in the exact same direction as mine! Not two doors down, but I could already see our future walking to classes together. The comical part is that he probably forgot I even went to the same school as him... Lunch finally rolled around and I got the guts to walk up to him. We made small talk. that was it. The day was over and I felt discouraged. Well, most days were that way. Until one day, something finally clicked. He would walk up to me without me even planning to walk out at the same time as him, he would text me first (occasionally), and we would stand together almost all of lunch. After this continued for about a month I felt like I was on to something, I thought I was getting somewhere. Homecoming was right around the corner and I was sure he would ask. The days turned into weeks and he didn't even mention homecoming. Finally one of my friends mentioned to me that he wasn't sixteen and probably wasn't even going to homecoming. The first thought I had, "Wait, people actually wait until they are 16 to date?" Ohh I had lots to learn from him :) Although homecoming was now out of the question, I was still very intrigued to win him over. Lucky for me, I made varsity cheer as a freshman and it just so happens that Hunter played football and basketball :) I would leave little love notes and cookies in his locker on Friday's, talking about football was an excuse to well talk to him, and my absolute favorite was that our buses would get back to the school after away games at almost the exact same time. I would wait for him outside of the locker room and we would hug no matter how sweaty he was. One night, he even helped me carry my cheer box into the gym. That same night one of his friends walked past us and muttered "sheesh just get married already" I forced a little giggle out to relieve the awkward silence and he smiled at me. Little did he know that that one little comment really got me thinking. Well... maybe obsessing. 
And soo.. that finishes up 2008 for ya! Until next time :) 

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


I can be feisty.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
An then... I usually end up regretting it because it turns around and bites me where the moon don't shine. 
Ha. It's a good thing I can laugh about this kind of a thing.

See that picture of my handsome missionary right there?
(Yeah he's pretty cute, he's taken, calm down)
Well I've pretty much followed him around like a little puppy dog since the day I first laid eyes upon him. So, for the past five years I know just about anything and everything that has occurred in his life through spending time with him, and well... stalking. Sorry, not sorry. 
So, when I see a picture from high school I immediately know exactly the month it was taken and why it was taken. 
Now, being that I fell head over heels for this wonderful man pretty quickly, I've grown quite defensive over him. Maybe, a little too defensive...
Now that I've prefaced my defense I'll get to the story I initially started this post about.

So I woke up on Monday morning and scrolled through instagram.
Upon scrolling I laid eyes upon a picture I had taken of Hunter and one of our friends the summer of 2009 before we went to the beach.
My heart went "awww" so my fingers typed it. 
Then, I see something some other kid had posted.
"I heard he's a pretty crappy missionary huh (insert name of his friend here)?"
Of course my heart that first went "awww" is now totally defensive because I don't think anyone has the right to speak about anyone in this manner let alone my man!
So then I respond with something along the lines of "check your sources... blah blah blah" 
Now the other kid responds with "Yeah I heard he hasn't even baptized one person"
Okay, nooo you didn't.
This is when Tyrisha my inner feisty black woman comes out.
So I type something now a little bit more uhm whats the word... snappy i guess?
I went for a run and let this little subject die down a bit.
I get back from my run and see the picture above sent to me from the same friend that posted the picture on instagram.
So, the kid in the picture is Hunter's mission president's son and the friend that sent the picture to me has a cousin living in Ohio that is his best friend!
Turns out, that the kids typing the rude remarks that got me all worked up, were the mission president's son and my friend's cousin being completely sarcastic.
Oh, and not to mention, right before this picture was taken his mission president's son showed Hunter the picture and all the comments.
I'm now embarrassed. 
At least I was standing up for him, right?

And therefore, being feisty almost always comes right back around and bites me in the bum.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


It's a Sunday.

Sunday, February 3, 2013
And if you haven't already figured this out, I reallllyy enjoy Sunday's :)
Kinda like I really enjoy polka dots, vintage dresses, sea foam green, Christmas music, letters from sweet Hunter, being cozy in bed as rain is falling in the night, cheap clothes, well you get the picture.
Most Sundays I wake up after a lovely slumber and my mind is yearning to be spiritually enlightened. 
I get the feeling of, "ahh its finally Sunday."
Today Braden threw a pine cone at Sammy's head during our walk.
She immediately burst into tears.
I picked her up and held her close as she sobbed on my shoulder.
I kissed the spot that was hurting and immediately felt her arms wrap around me as a smile broke through.
I looked at her and smiled as I said, "Oh sweet Sammy, don't cry. Its a happy day, its Sunday."
I got to snuggle her for quite a bit longer and my heart absolutely melted. 
I love my calling with all my heart. Those kids bring me so much joy.
They are yet another reason I love Sundays. 
Anyhow, I listened to a few short Mormon messages this morning as I was doing my hair.
I thought I would share the two that especially warmed my heart.

I love them both. 
I love my church.
I love Sundays.

And now onto a new week, I already can't wait for Sunday.

All my love,
Aleigh Joy


Did ya know?

Friday, February 1, 2013
So there's this trend going around instagram at this moment.
This whole, post a picture of yourself in any shape or form and list 5 either completely boring or completely random things about yourself that people may or may not have known.
I kinda love it.
I've learned a lotttt about people that probably would have never come up in a conversation. 
The social media is such a strange thing.
People tend to do and say things that you never would have thought all the time.
Again, I kinda love it.
Anyhow, it got me thinking.
Why not do the same on this here blog?
I have a lot of readers that I don't know, at all.
So hey, why not get to know some odd facts about me :)
I chose to think of 25, and a few pictures that really represent who I am...
Andddd action!

1) I was born in Colorado and lived there until second grade. I cried for days and days when we got to California. 
2) I reallllyyy enunciate my "T"s. I get made fun of for it all the time. 
3) When I was in 5th grade I ran for president. I got up on stage dressed like a thug. I rapped my speech, had 2 back up dancers, and a little tape recorder playing a beat. I won.
4) When I was in 7th grade I sat in a bowl full of hot bacon grease. I got 3rd degree burns. It hurt, a lot. I went to the emergency room in a towel. My best friend helped dress the wounds. My parents called me bacon  butt.
5) I have a strange obsession with socks. You can never have too many.
6) I cannot take a compliment to save my life. I get so awkward and weird. It was the worst when Hunter would compliment me and I could not seem to just say thank you. Working on it, I promise.
7) I have always had a passion for cooking and baking. One Christmas, every one of my friends got me something cooking or baking related.
8) I have sprained my ankles six times, but have never broken a bone. Knocking on wood as I type.
9) I HAVE to make a wish at 11:11 everyday. I'll stare at the clock for minutes just waiting to make my wish. For the past 5 years I have made the same 3 wishes. 2 have come true so far, one to go :)
10) I have a ridiculous obsession with shopping. I go a few times a week (I work in a mall) but it really isn't a problem because I NEVER buy anything full price. I'm a bargain hunter for sure.
11) I absolutely LOVE crying. Weird? Maybe. I cry when I'm happy, sad, anxious, stressed, excited, angry, you name it. I visited Hunter while he was in college in November of 2011. At one point we were walking through a park and I started crying... I blamed it on the cold at first but decided to just tell him how happy I felt in that moment and I just couldn't control it. He smiled and wiped my happy tears :)
12) I was a cheerleader in high school. I made varsity as a freshman and was captain my junior and senior year. My dad was sad when I switched from soccer to cheerleading haha.
13) I have been to Europe twice and would seriously LOVE to go back. There's something really special about experiencing different cultures.
14) I have hiked to the base camp of the Matterhorn. Not the one at Disneyland, the one in Switzerland :)
15) I am the second child in a family of five.
16) I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was baptized June 14, 2012 and never looked back :)
17) When I was a sophomore I wanted 10 kids. If my body will let me, I still do.
18) I pass out if you just talk about anything medical related. Its ridiculous. After getting surgery they knew me as "the fainter"
19) I was diagnosed with IBS in November of last year. Anxiety sucks, for lack of a better word.
20) I met Hunter the summer of 2008. The summer of 2009 I was sure I would marry him. We didn't tell each other we loved one another until January 22, 2011. We do things our own sort of way I guess.
21) Since Hunter left on his mission a little over a year ago, I haven't had any desire to date anyone else. Like at all.
22) I have 58 pairs of shoes. I just counted. Yikes. (This is counting boots, heels, sandals, the whole sha bang)
23) I had my first peer pressured kiss (peck) in 6th grade. I went home and cried. I broke up with the guy the next day.
24) I never attended a single high school (drinking) party and am proud of it.
25) I failed my drivers test the first time I took it. I was so mad that I went up in my room and pretended to be sleeping for a few hours. Luckily I passed the second time.

I have an abnormal amount of hair.

I'm a messy eater. I spill. Almost every time I eat. 

I laugh a whole lot. And loud haha.

An accurate description of our high school life. He played football, I cheered him on. We loved it :)
This is the night he told me he loved me. Why? I'm not sure... hahaha
Another pretty accurate display of our relationship. Hahaha he never fails to entertain. 

I work at Jamba Juice, and Jordan does as well! Ohh my friend in me :)

I had a ridiculous amount of school spirit. So much that I tackled a cow. Oops.

I don't like normal pictures. So I take awkward ones.

Braces, for more than half of high school. yuck.

I hope this post isn't ridiculously boring. I had fun doing it though haha.
Learn anything new? I hope so :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy