Monday, April 26, 2010

New stamps in the passport

This summer I'll be adding passport stamps from

ENGLAND!!!
Yeah, I'm going home.

ICELAND


GERMANY


and maybe VENICE, ITALY


In Iceland
I'm want to see

Glaciers

grass covered houses

Geysers

and one of these

(as long as it doesn't erupt and strand us somewhere)

In Germany
I'm want to see


Beautiful city centers

Cathedral

and castles


If I make it to Venice I want to ride in one of these





Traveling changes you and I can't wait to find great little village,
become lost in small streets while eating new and exciting food,
and meeting people who expand my view of the world.

As Mirian Beard said:
Travel is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Bring on the change and adventure!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom

Mom reached the big (50th) birthday this year.

How do you write a post about someone who has been your best friend and your biggest cheerleader?

I've heard many girls talk about not wanting to become like their mom, but I would find myself incredibly blessed if I became the woman you are (well since I talk like you, I'm halfway there). I know that a great deal who I am today is because of your influence and teaching.

I'm grateful that I always knew you loved me. The love allowed me to know that homes was always a safe place. The older I get, the more I appreciate knowing that there is always a place I can go where I feel loved and protected.

I'm grateful that we've always had a good relationship. I think it came from the many late night talks and art projects. I remember talking to friends who didn't have a good relationship with their mother and thinking how empty their life must be.

I'm grateful I knew that you would always be waiting up for me when I got home or that you were a phone call away. I've been so fortunate that I could call you up and talk about anything-boys, jobs, life, gospel, and anything else. I treasure those conversations as they gave me the tools to dream. How many other mothers who discuss the details after every wedding reception?

I'm grateful for the talents and hobbies you passed onto me. I loved the site of coming up late at night to find you in the rocking chair reading. It's a memory I'll treasure. Because of your love of reading you emphasized it and that has proved to invaluable. One day I look forward to reading favorites you've introduced me to my children as well as including books in Easter baskets.

Thank you for the traditions you've established. For the fact that we could laugh, play, and just be together. For the memories created over the dinner table or on an amazing family vacation.

Your influence has a been a wonderful anchor in my life, thank you! Happy Birthday and I LOVE YOU!




Mom and I at Temple Square

My For the Slavation of the Church show at BYU


Mom and I in London



Wednesday, April 07, 2010

It's Raining Men


It's surprising how hard it is for an apartment of girls who love to preform to come up with the perfect ward talent show number. For weeks we threw around countless ideas--everything from skits, to musical performances, to synchronized swimming numbers--but nothing stuck. Finally, the decision was made to do a lip-sync to The Weather Girl's It's Raining Men.

So with umbrella's in hand we sent two hours night choreographing the number (not a small feat in our small apartment). It ended up being one of those late-night roommate moments that you treasure.

We didn't mean to go all out for our talent number, it just happened and before we knew it we found ourselves in crazy outfits, wellies, with wonderful umbrellas (as my roommates may attest to, I'm somewhat of an umbrella slob) walking into the church.

The ward talent show was fabulous, one of the best I've ever been to, but the crowning number was really our number.

While we It's Raining Men was our number, we decided to play a little trick on the ward by starting with Singing in the Rain. The crowd went wild when we changed to It's Raining Men, especially since the lyrics are so appropriate for a singles ward.


Emily and I dancing in the Singing in the Rain prelude.


It's Raining Men
Me, Megan, Rachel, and Emily







Hi - Hi! We're your Weather Girls - Ah-huh -
And have we got news for you - You better listen!
Get ready, all you lonely girls
and leave those umbrellas at home. - Alright! -

Humidity is rising - Barometer's getting low
According to all sources, the street's the place to go
Cause tonight for the first time
Just about half-past ten
For the first time in history
It's gonna start raining men.

It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! - It's Raining Men! Amen!
I'm gonna go out to run and let myself get
Absolutely soaking wet!
It's Raining Men! Hallelujah!
It's Raining Men! Every Specimen!
Tall, blonde, dark and lean
Rough and tough and strong and mean

God bless Mother Nature, she's a single woman too
She took off to heaven and she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky
So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy
It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! - It's Raining Men! Amen!
It's Raining Men! Hallelujah!
It's Raining Men! Ame---------nnnn!

I feel stormy weather / Moving in about to begin
Hear the thunder / Don't you lose your head
Rip off the roof and stay in bed

God bless Mother Nature, she's a single woman too
She took off to heaven and she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky
So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy
It's Raining Men! Yeah!

Humidity is rising - Barometer's getting low
According to all sources, the street's the place to go
Cause tonight for the first time
Just about half-past ten
For the first time in history
It's gonna start raining men.

It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! - It's Raining Men! Amen!
It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! - It's Raining Men!


If I can get my hands on the video of us, I'll try to post it.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

It's No April Fools Joke--Happy Birthday LouLou





Happy 17th birthday Louisa! You were the best April's fools present ever!

Maybe it's because I feel like I "raised" you that you hold a special place in my heart. I remember those nights spent rocking you to sleep, playing with you, and having your cute little talkative shadow follow me around. It's hard for me to believe where the time has gone.

You're been blessed with so many talented and things I admire about you. But the quality I admire most is your "can do" attitude. You've never let anything stand in the way of those things you want. Whether it's learning to play yet another instrument, pushing yourself in school, or being a major team contributor in soccer, basketball, softball, or track you don't let the impossible stop you. Since I don't always do that, your inspiration inspires me.

You've always made me laugh as you have this great, slightly dry sense of humor. I love those moment around the dinner table or in the car where you've said something so witty or spot on that we can't help ourselves from laughing.

I've always appreciated your longing to stay young. It was so sweet to see you do things with enthusium that most junior high students would classify as "childish."

I've loved how you've always been you--sometimes it's a little bit more grungy version of you. :) I don't know how many times I've flipped through my camera only to find that you've hijacked it and it's now filled with all these crazy funny pictures of you highlighting that you've never been afraid to laugh at yourself or let anybody tell you what to do. You're crazy. I can't that family trip where you took pictures of everybody's backside or the times you pull out your crazy dance moves.

You've got a great enthusium for life, who else can play minature golf with such style?, that when I'm hoping will rub off on me when I'm around you.

Having you as a little sister has reminded me to be myself, to have fun, to laugh, and to go after my dreams. Thanks for inspiring me! I love you