Saturday, February 21, 2009

Painting and Bill's Advice

Font sizeLast night Brett and I pretended we were experienced artists and painted what some would call a masterpiece---or I guess masterpieceS because we did 2 each. I think we've got real talent, wouldn't you say?

Today I met a nice man named Bill who works in the appliance section at Home Depot. He told me the best way to make a presentation good is to make whatever visual aid you have EXTRA big. He says the bigger the visual the more people think you know. It worked for his son when he had to give a presentation on Greece, so I'm sure it could work for all of us too.

This is by far my favorite painting. Brett started out painting Curious George and then it turned in to something like a creepy guy smiling at you from behind the tree.

This is my first painting--it's abstract. I call it: Celebration of Shapes.

Brett did this one. It's a beach with a Brazilian flag in the sky.

This one is mine. It is a statue of an African gospel singer with a colorful robe.

Monday, February 16, 2009


I'm so glad we have a day to celebrate the presidents of the United States....or at least the one's who did great things for our country. To celebrate this very special day I dressed up like Abraham Lincoln and recited the Gettysburg address in front of my nice new friends at Macey's grocery store. Do you believe me?

This weekend Brett and I went to Logan to hang out with my sister's and their families and with his sister and old mission companion. I had A LOT of fun. For some reason I just love that little city. The Logan LDS temple has always been my favorite out of all I've ever seen.

One of my favorite things about this trip was eating dinner at a place called Angies: Where the Locals Eat. Yeah.....about those Logan locals......they're really, cool. :) We also got to watch Sammy and Luke dress up like Batman and Spiderman. Every once in awhile we would get confused and start thinking they were the REAL Batman and the REAL sometimes they would pull up their masks and say, "It's just me, Wuke" or "It's me Sam".
We hung out with Betsy and Russ too on Sunday and ate some good food with them and Hannah and Kendall.

Brett got me High School Musical 1 and Remember the Titans on was the BEST Valentine's Day gift ever! Not to mention the day before V-day he decorated my front door with balloons and chocolate and I had flowers waiting for me at my house when I got home from work. Pretty great, huh? I am so excited to finally own High School Musical!

Oh yeah, and on Sunday night Hannah, Kendall, Brett and I played LIFE. I lost big time and learned never to choose to go to college, but instead go straight for a career. Calm down mom and dad, I just learned that as a good strategy for the GAME, not real life. Enjoy some pictures of my fun adventures in Logan.

And of course, I got Valentines Day candy from the Bookstore with Stevie, as is our tradition!

Brett and Spiderman

I was trying to make a superhero face but um, it doesn't really look like one.

Heart-shaped pancakes on Valentines Day! Hannah is really good at making them look like hearts.

Stevie and me on Valentines Day at the bookstore in 2007

And here we are again, same spot, in 2009.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Knight Games

Those of you who go/went to BYU-- do you know about the Quill and Scroll club? Well they ALWAYS dress in medieval period garb and sometimes you see them with big wooden swords having fights on the lawn. They're real serious about what they do. A friend of mine had the "King" of the club in his ward and he even wore a crown almost 24/7. They are...well...interesting. I'm not trying to denigrate the Quill and Scroll club--I'm just trying to give you a picture of what they are. (Denigrate was the word of the day today meaning: to attack the reputation of, or defame.) Anyway, last night BYU put on an event called Knight Games---home sweet home for the Quill and Scroll club. Rose dipping, chain mail making, sword fighting, a labryinth and a masquerade sounded like a lot of fun to me too-- AND it was free which was the real selling point. It was one of those things were you think....that was kind of cool.....or weird. We had a lot of fun though, and I think Brett is even seriously considering joining the Quill and Scroll club now. Okay, maybe not :).

I met up with some of my NZ friends: Marcie, Cameron, Kirsten and Becky (Becky is a sister of an NZ friend).

We spent most of the night with Jenny and Daniel. They are so much fun to hang out with.

This is Jenny and Daniel entering the Labryinth. We even had to answer 2 riddles in order to continue through the maze and then to get out.

This is my homemade chain mail--it could protect me in a sword fight. Do you believe me?

This is called 'boffering'. They made padded swords and shields and we just beat each other up with them. We played it like army dodgeball. If you got hit in the leg you had to hop, then if you got hit in the other leg you had to kneel.

I AM PECULIAR (this is a permanent post. If you have already read it, scroll down to see my latest)

Those of you who read my blog could probably make a list of all the reasons that you think I am a bit peculiar. No worries, I would be the first to shout an amen to everything you could think of. I know I’m peculiar; but let me tell you the number one thing on my list that I think makes me a peculiar person.

I know where I come from, why I am here and where I am going. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of you will know me as a “Mormon” although that is just a nickname. The word ‘Saint’ just means ‘member’ in this context. I believe in God the Eternal Father, that I am a daughter of God, and that He loves me and wants me to be happy. I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life, atoned for my sins, died and was resurrected all that I might enjoy the blessing of being forgiven of my sins, and having my body and spirit reunited after death. I know that just as God called prophets in the Old and New Testament times that He has in fact called a prophet to lead and guide us today. I believe that families can live together for eternity; death does not have to be the end of our relationships with the ones we love. Some of you may wonder how on earth I can know these things. As I learn more and more from the Bible and other scriptures and actually live what I learn I see the promises the Lord has made being fulfilled in my life, and I feel the Holy Spirit bear witness that these things are true.

I know, I’m peculiar, but thankfully there are over 13 million other peculiar members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with each year that number grows. I feel so much joy and happiness in my life because of this knowledge. If you want to know more depth about anything I have said that makes me peculiar, visit This website explains in detail much of what I have just professed to believe and more.