Sunday, January 30, 2011

Believe all ogre again

Ok so I thought I would rave about Shrek the Musical a little bit. I went up to Nashville to see a showing of it and it was so GREAT! So entertaining on so many different levels. The music was fantastic, the costumes were amazing, and it was so hilarious. It was really right up there with the other two I have seen. I saw Beauty and the Beast in New York City and I saw Mamma Mia back home in Oregon. Over all it just made a great musical. Gosh I just love Broadway!! Coming soon to Nashville is Cats and then The Color Purple! I cant wait!

Warning: I would say it would be ok to take a younger child to this musical but it does get a little crude sometimes. But its probably humor that a child wouldnt understand anyways, but just be forewarned.

Favorite Lines from the play:

A little dwarf was being forced to live in Shrek's swamp. She wasnt too happy..
She yells out "it smells like butt!"

Donkey is singing to Shrek about how well the two of them go together.
"We go together like donuts and...wait what goes well with donuts?....diabetes!!"

Shrek is in the castle about to rescue Fiona and she is asleep on her bed.
Shrek says: "great I got one of the snoozers"

Pinocchio was talking to the wicked witch.

Pinocchio: Jimminy cricket would know what to do.

Wicked witch: Jimminy cricket doesnt know a thing.

Pinocchio: Hey he was a good guy.

Wicked witch: Yeah well if he was so smart he would have seen that windshield coming.

I cant explain to you how funny it really is.. Just go watch it!!!


{day eighteen}
A picture of something that has recently had a huge impact on your life.

Joining the army. I put two pictures up to show you guys my class A's and my acu's. I actually dont where a black beret anymore like you see in the first picture. I wear the maroon one that you see in the second picture. Conventional army wears black and airborne units wear maroon. If you are a special forces guy then you will wear a green beret. But most of the army wears black. Anyways very big impact on my life. Its a big change from civilian to soldier. My job is stressful but I love it for the time being. Alot of the times if Im traveling in uniform I will get bumped up to first class or people will come shake my hand and thank me. I dont deserve it one bit because I havent been deployed yet but it sure makes me feel good. It makes me feel like all of the rough things I have gone through since joining are worth it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pure Bliss

Have you ever experienced one of those days when it is just so beautiful outside that it almost brings tears to your eyes?

Well in Kentucky today is one of those days.

Sunny, cloudless sky.
Perfect smell.
Perfect temperature.

Im going for a walk.

Because I just HAVE to be outside...


{day sixteen}
A picture of someone who inspires you.

Fashion Designer Doo.Ri. Believe it or not when I was a freshmen in high school my mother and my aunt Caren took me to New York City for my birthday and I had the pleasure of meeting Doo.Ri. I instantly fell in love with her all white chic studio. It was amazing I was sitting in a room with Doo.Ri and racks of clothing straight off the runway. We stayed for about an hour and a half or so discussing the industry and I also got to show her some of my sketches. But anyways what I wanted to say is that her clothes are beautiful and whats even more
beautiful is her story.

The other night I was browsing around on Netflix and I came across a documentary called Seamless. It follows the scene of three finalists in a Vogue-sponsored contest. Its a contest to help struggling designers. Throughout the competition all designers are featured in Vogue and the winner receives $200,000. At this time Doo.Ri was creating fashion lines in the basement of a dry cleaning business that her parents owned. ALL BY HERSELF yes, all by herself which is tremendous. Anyways long story short Doo.Ri did not end up winning the award, the design duo Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough did (I also have to say I really love them as well). But she didn't give up and she ended up winning the award in 2006. When I think about where she started and where she is now she truly inspires me because in an industry that is dog eat dog she never ever gave up. Award or no award she would have made it just as far as she is now.

{here are some of her pieces}

and just look at these tights! come on people!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

{day fifteen}
A picture of something you want to do before you die.

Lay on a beach in the Caribbean from sun up to sun down.

Seriously I could die on this beach

Fill in the blank Friday!

1. If my house was on fire and I could only grab three things I would grab my bear. Thats probably the only seriously important thing that I brought with me to Kentucky. All the rest of it is at my parents house. But yeah my bear and if I had to say two other things I would say my coach bag and my iphone because I spent wayyyy too much money on them to just let them burn!!

2. A smell I really like is vanilla. Its the scent that I wear the most. And when I buy candles (because im obsessed) I only buy really warm scents like caramel, apple pie, vanilla, etc. I really love warm smells. The kind that remind you of being home during Christmas time.

3. Something you might not know about me is that I have two spleens. Yes! I know who needs even one spleen? But the fact is, is that I have two and I know this because I had a kidney infection once and they found it in the ultrasound. But the really funny story to this is that before I was born my grandpa got into a skiing accident and they removed his spleen. Guess I will always have a piece of him in me :) metaphorically speaking.

4. My favorite websites to putter about on are clothing websites because I love to do online shopping which isnt healthy haha. Anthropologie, Free People, American Eagle are most visited. Also I love youtube because as you can probably tell I love blogs and I love vlogs. So there are a few gals that I follow on there my favorites being. LovePeaceandLipgloss and MichellePhan.

5. This weekend I will be going to see Shrek the Musical in Nashville. My sweet boyfriend knows how much I love Broadway and bought me a ticket. I will also be running and sleeping.

6. Nothing makes me happier when Im with my whole family. I seriously cannot say it enough. They are my whole world. But Im also happy when I am eating cheesecake, I just finished running a long distance, Im holding a baby, at a show, Im shopping, Im reading vogue, Im sleeping, Im NOT wearing acu's :)

7. A bad habit I have is spending too much money...what can I say? Im a shopper.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

For goodness sake

I want a puppy!! This puppy, right now!

look at its wittle face!!!!

I just cant contain myself!!


Caitie and Ashley Collinge

{day fourteen}
A picture of someone you cant imagine your life without.

These two girls right here, Caitlyn and Ashley Collinge. Around eight years ago their dad married my aunt and Im so glad he did. These two girls made the perfect addition to my life and to be honest Ive long forgotten what life was like without them.

(from the left: Caitie, Ashley, Me)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


"if you want to be free, be free"

what in the world is more true than that?

Learning to Just Breathe

Lately I have been having a really hard time. At work. and at Life. Im really still angry about being stationed in Fort Campbell, even though it was clear to me when I signed up for the Army that my chances of being put in Fort Lewis were slim. Ive also realized that Im really bad at taking some of my own advice. But Im not perfect, non of us are. Well anyways work has been really stressful for me lately and mostly because I put alot of pressure on myself to be perfect. I dont like messing up because Im afraid that I waste people's time because of it, and Im just a private so I really pile that pressure on myself because I dont want to be "that private" I want to be good at my job. I also miss home alot and I havent met alot of friends yet, there was some issues with my car that I bought so Im still not driving and its hard for me to get around. Im just starting to feel very alone and I think I bring it to work with me. Theres times during the day when I literally just have to run down the hall to the bathroom and lock myself in a stall so I can just cry. And if Im not at work stressing about every little thing Im in my room all by myself trying to figure out why God has sent me here. Im the kind of person who says everyday of my life "I dont know what I would do without my family" and its true...I have no idea what to do. I need them less than 2,000 miles away from me. And in two weeks I have to face one of my biggest fears and head to airborne school to jump from planes. I consider myself to be a strong person because I have gotten through alot of crap since I joined the army but for some reason its all starting to take a toll on me but Im doing my best to pull through this rut. Even though I have NO idea why God put me here I know he did it for a reason. I feel like this is just another thing I have to get through, adjusting, I mean. God was with me every step of the way throughout basic training, and throughout my entire life for that matter. So why would I think he wouldnt help me get through this time in my life? I need to learn to let go of my mistakes and learn to not let others get to me.

i can hear him whisper to me "breathe gabrielle just breathe, stay calm and drive on"

i plan on learning to just frickin breathe...


{day thirteen}
A picture of your favorite band//artist.

So Im just pointing out that this a picture with lyrics, not the band but its ok I make up my own rules. I really love Owl City right now, its not my favorite because its impossible to have a favorite for me. But I really LOVE them. I just think their lyrics are always really thought out and they are always so sweet and whimsical. So I listen to Owl City really quite a bit.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Excuse me while I....

Watch the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars.

I had a long day at work today...


{day twelve}
A picture of something you love.

I really really love cheesecake. I could eat it all day everyday. Aaaaand I love Starbucks! Perfect combination? I think YES :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Before I kick the bucket

I could sit and talk to you all day about what I want to do before I die so I will name a few, or alot and try to explain to you why. I want to travel the world and not just to say I've done it but because I want to experience life beyond my own culture. My first big trip crossed off my list was Paris and being there was just so spectacular. The way people dress, the buildings, transportation, their language...ohhh french! I want to learn!! Things are so different! For instance in Europe dont go asking them to put ice in your drink because nine times out of ten they dont have any and if they do they will bring you like one little cube. Im not sure why, they just dont put ice in their drinks. At a hotel in Paris do not ask the front desk for towels they think its rude and DO NOT sit on the steps indoors (also very rude) Make sure you visit Versailles because its so gorgeous! Well everything in Paris is. And did you know that there is only one wooden building it in the entire city? Everything else is stone. I grew up receiving gifts from my world traveled grandparents from places like Egypt, China, London, Holland, Germany, everywhere! And its the sweetest thing. When my grandmother was 13 she wrote a poem naming all the places she wanted to travel to and my grandfather took her to everyone of those places. I just hope I have found a man that will do the same for me. I want to jump from a plane. Well I kind of have to because Im in an airborne unit in the army so this means they are sending me to jump school next month. But I want to do it because Im terrified to do it. I dont think there is a better reward than finishing something you think you cannot do. I want to get a tattoo and its going to say "I fly on the wings of Angels" because I soon will have accomplished something that I never thought I would do...jump from planes. And God is going to send Angels to help me. I want to read all books written by Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice down) because I think she is genius and there is nothing more relaxing than a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Scuba dive in the Caribbean ohhhh just because it would be AMAZING! Marry my best friend. Become a mother, and along with having two of my own I want to adopt because I want to do my part in bettering a childs life. Swim with dolphins. Become a designer. I dont have to be anything special but its what I really want to do and I love it so Im going to pursue my dreams. And I want to see every Broadway production that is still on Broadway today because Im obsessed :) Anyways so thats a short this and this post is already long enough so maybe I will share the rest of my dreams with you guys later in a short and more to the point way. But I will leave you with one last thing. No matter how my life turns out I want to be like the all the great ones who have gracefully kicked the bucket before me. No I dont have to remembered but if I am remembered I want people to remember me for giving more than I ever had, and for being kind, and for being crazy happy, and well for living my good life to the absolute fullest.

"And, while Cinderella and her Prince did live happily ever after, the point, gentlemen, is that they lived."

-Ever After


{day eleven}
A picture of something you hate

Im not going to put a picture because I hate them THIS much. Snakes. Hate them, hate them, hate them. And I dont need a picture of one on my blog ;)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

To my loved ones

May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.

Genesis 31:49

Messed up

{day ten}
A picture of the people you do the most messed up things with.

Ok so today is a few pictures. Hollie, Ashley, Caitlyn. We do messed up things. I think because we know eachother so well. We are not afraid to be 100% crazy fools around eachother, and thats what we are...crazy fools. I miss these girls with all my heart.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


So I'm cheating on Desperate Housewives with Pretty Little Liars.
I seriously LOVE this show. New favorite? Maybe?

I love all the mystery. I NEED to find out who "A" is!

And the acting is reall great. Normally I hate shows aired on ABC family because the acting really sucks. For example: Secret life the of the american teenager.

Anyways its a great show and I really recommend it!

Plus! Mr. Fitz?????? Mmmmm :)

I still love my Desperate Housewives though.

Se Perdre Dans Paris

Back in 2009 I was blessed enough to take a trip to Paris. It was a dream come true for me Id been dreaming of this trip since before I can remember. Though this was two years ago I thought I would share a few pictures out of the 750 I took :) If you ever get the chance to go to Paris dont you dare turn it down!

Getting that first glimps of the Eiffel Tower, there is no feeling like it, one I cant explain.

Ok so I just want to point out that I think watching the sunset in Paris is probably just as if not more beautiful than watching the sunset on the beach in Hawaii because the color given off of these buildings is magnificent and the pictures dont even do it justice!

I will soon be traveling the rest of the world :)

Mommy Dearest

{day nine}
A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

My mother is the sweetest, most understanding person you will ever meet and shes gotten me through alot. Well shes gotten me through most hardships in my life. Most of all she knows how to calm me down. I tend to get really stressed out, nervous, and obsessive about things and she can talk me out of being so upset about things. I am so lucky to call her my mom!

I love you MOM.

Team Lauren

I think Lauren Conrad is so beautiful and so fresh looking. I love the way she dresses, its always very vintagechic (just kind of made up my own word there) Her make up is always very light and natural, never over done. And to me I think she is a great roll model for young girls. I think she is very mature and she never really let Hollywood well "Hollywood" her. I think its great that she writes her own books too. I think I will start reading them.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Looking back

While I was in basic training I kept a diary. I would come in for the day and write all my thoughts down in a little notebook my mom made me. So I got it out tonight just for fun and started reading it haha its very funny to look back on things. Some of the things written in there are very personal so I wont share them on the internet but there are a few funny things in there that I will share with you guys you know, just for fun.


"The first thing Im going to do when I get out of here is go out to eat and put my elbows on the table, cross my legs, and chew my nails in public."


"Today my three drill sergeants decided to chase us with a taser."


"So 1st platoon was being stupid today so their drill sergeant made them take their bunks apart, take them all the way downstairs, remake them, take them apart again, bring them back up stairs and remake them again...they did this about three times."


"Today three privates got arrested for trying to send grenade pins home."

good times, good times.


wanting what I cant have

Laughing is good for the soul

{day eight}
A picture that makes you laugh.

I LOVE this picture and it cracks me up because we were in the middle of just taking random pictures and all of the sudden little Lily farted and as you can see she thought she was cute for it. Me and Hollie started busting up laughing and it was all caught perfectly on camera. As I look at this I can hear Lily's little laugh perfectly and it just makes me smile...alot!

I love my family X21304982130984321084

Fill in the blank Friday!

1. My favorite quote is not just one! So heres a few that I really adore.

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind"
-William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream

"Happiness is like a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

"You must know- surely you must know that it was all for you. I would have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."
-Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

2. A bad habit I have is chewing my nails. I chew them more when I get nervous or bored but nonetheless I dont think I will ever stop.

3. The first time I felt "grown up" was when I realized that the hot senior guy isnt always the best, that drinking until you cant see straight never makes your problems go away, that good things come to those who wait, and that its ok to be different from everyone else being a "you" that no one else can be, is special.

4. Weekends are the best when they are unexpected. Yes I get a weekends off but what I mean is when you get one or two extra days off that you didnt expect. For example today is Friday (a work day) and the entire post was shut down due to snow and ice on the roads so I got a text last night from my NCOIC ( army talk for Non Commissioned Officer In Charge) saying that we had the day off!! Ahhh I love it!

5. When I was a child I wished my name was anything but Gabrielle I used to think my name was ugly and I wanted a more "normal name" like Ashley or Kaylee. But as I got older I learned to love my name I think its very lovely and unique. Like I said above I think thats kind of the part of growing up, learning to love yourself for who you are including loving the name that people call you by.

6. I wish that I could meet the needs of every starving child, of every mother who cant afford to clothe her child, for every father that walks miles for his family every day with no shoes. I wish I could wipe all the tears from the families eyes who lost their loved ones to war. And I wish upon these people life I wish upon them hope.

7. A secret I have is I have grown up and matured well but I still have alot of child like qualities. I still sleep with my bear, in my desk drawer under a bunch of magazines is a disney coloring book that I get out every once in a while, I love to read books I used to read when I was young, and you should see me at disneyland I go CRAZY! I just like holding on to certain things from childhood because time gets scary sometimes and Im in no rush to forget my life growing up or to let go of it.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Treasured forever.

{day seven}
A picture of your most treasured item.

This is bear. My aunt and uncle gave him to me when I was born and Im still very attached. Yes, by attached I mean I still sleep with him and I dont think I will ever stop. Um Im not sure what it is but hes my baby ya know? My boyfriend took this picture and sent it to me because when I first moved to Fort Campbell I didnt have room for him so I left him with Derek. Derek did really well with him and even sewed his missing ear back on! Then when Derek came to visit he brought bear with him! Bear is a piece of my childhood and he brings me comfort. I know ok! Im 19 years old, get a grip right? Well I dont want to get a grip.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Words so beautifully pieced together

‎"Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death... Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it..."

- Song of Solomon 8:6,7

Hey lets trade places

{day six}
A picture of someone you would like to trade places with for a day.

Sarah Jessica Parker: Shes beautiful, talented, fabulously dressed. And I LOVE Sex and the City both the show and the movies.

But only for a day because I always say I love who I am because I love loving what I love, I love loving who I love, I love my talents, I love my weaknesses that make me stronger, I love where I have been, and I love where I'm going.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Favorite Memory

{day five}
A picture of your favorite memory

Ok so I have alot of favorite memories and this just happens to be one of the most recent ones. These are my favorite people in the ENTIRE world along with a few others that aren't pictured but seriously these are my best friends. In this picture we happen to be taking a road trip to Seattle for a very special reason. TO WELCOME ANDREW HOME HE IS HOME SAFE FROM AFGHANISTAN!! I know I talk about this alot but it was a long year with him being gone and my brother is an infantry soldier (that's army talk for right in the middle of the combat zone 24/7) And I swear on all that is holy if anything would have happened to him it would have paralyzed me. But God is good and brought him home safely! This picture was also taken before I left home for the army as well and I miss still living at home and seeing these people almost any time that I want to. Growing up isn't fun sometimes. Anyways I love this picture, I have a huge smile on my face. I was SO happy!

Monday, January 17, 2011

My night

{day four}

A picture of my night.

This was my night:

Trying out red lipstick (loving right now), watching movies, and eating pizza!

In the summertime the song sings itself

I need it to be summertime.


Sunkissed skin and the smell of coconuts
Cotton dresses and jean shorts
Sunglasses and gladiator's
Sand and beach
Light breeze and blue skies
Cartwheels and picnics
BBQ's and sleeping under the stars
Riding bicycles
Going home.

This summer I am going home on leave, back to Florence Oregon for two weeks! I get to see two of my best friends graduate high school and I get to see one of them off to basic training (joining the army is like a disease that runs in my family, it's the cool thing to do I guess haha) My beautiful cousin Hollie is turning 20! I can't believe it because just yesterday we were seven causing trouble together. I get to see alot of friends that I haven't seen in ages. I'm going to lay on the beach with a lemonade and a good book. I'm going to go out shopping with my mom and go out shooting with my dad. I'm going to sleep in past 6:00 on a week day. It's going to be a lovely time and I'm going to spend the entire two weeks wearing anything but acu's and combat boots :)

After that over the 4th of July weekend I'm going to Massachusetts to meet my boyfriends family for the first time! How amazing is Cape Cod going to be on the 4th of July? Beautiful I can only imagine.

Summer's in my past:

I love to think back on my childhood during the summertime. It brings tears to my eyes really because it reminds me of simply how beautiful life is and how beautiful life's memories are. I would climb trees all day in the hot sun with my two brothers, I would ride bicycles with my best friend, I would build sandcastles in the sand with my cousins and when we were hungry we would go inside my Nanna's house and she would give us all a fudgecycle she ALWAYS had them in stalk, I would take my dog Callie for a walk, my aunt Susan would take us kids to the lake and we would always stop to get snacks along the way, my Dad would come out and push me on the tire swing I had outside my house while we lived in New York, my Mom would call us in from a long day of exploring and fun
to feed us a well needed dinner.

Even this past summer while I spent half of my summer in basic combat training its a summer that I will never forget because I spent that summer bettering myself, making myself stronger. I met some of the greatest people I think I will ever meet in my life and I learned alot of great things out in that hot Missouri weather. Plus you have NOT seen real beauty in a butterfly until you have seen one in the great outdoors of Missouri.

summertime is a special time to just soak in the wonders of life and the beauty in this world that God created. It's like every thing is care free this time of year like you don'
t have to worry about a thing because honestly...

Sunday, January 16, 2011


{day three}
A picture of the cast of your favorite tv show.

A few years ago my friend Makahla and I rented the first two seasons of Desperate Housewives and we watched them straight through all weekend. Haha I don't know about her but I got hooked and haven't missed an episode since. It's now on it's seventh season and I'm dieing to find out who shot PAUL YOUNG!!!!

Despicable Me and Lily

Ok so I seriously adore this movie, it is the best family feel good movie that has come out in a long time. It is just simply cute and adorable and I couldn't have enough good things to say about it. (I watch it alot :) I'm 19 haha)

"It's so fluffy I'm gonna die"
"It's SO FLUFFY!!!"

Another reason I love this movie so much is because little Agnus reminds me of someone.

When I was about 14 my parents brought home a 4 month old little girl named Lily. Lily would be living with us for awhile as our foster child. Well we fell in love with her fast, she stayed with us for a little less than a year before she went back to her mother. After that it was hard not having her around all the time, heartbreaking really. But Lily's mother became part of our family as well. They ended up moving back in with us for awhile and even when the
y moved into their own apartment we would still babysit Lily and sometimes she would just come over just because. Lily is a little ball of energy and she would talk you
r ear off if you let her.

Lily and her mother now live in Iowa and they are doing great! Although I miss the two of them very much I'm happy to hear how well they are doing. Lily was the little sister I never really got to have and I would give her the world.

I love you Lilybug!