Wednesday, February 29, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 29

The gray clouds kind of match how I'm feeling about coming to the end of the 29 photo challenge. I normally don't like February too well--it's too dark, cold and depressing. To have a reason to look for the beauty and simple things around me was a great antidote to the February blues.  Who knows, I may decide to make picture a day a permanent feature in my life.

As tonight's storm rolled in, I was awed by it's beautiy and had to take a few minutes to appreciate what I was seeing.  In a matter of minutes I watched the most stunning gray clouds roll in from the west and and completely cover the sky as they moved East.  Those amazing layers of clouds upon clouds, the range of color from gray to black, and mind boggling power by which they moved had me wondering how people could not believe in a God after seeing that?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 28

The smell of lemons is such a happy smell. If I could go to bed each night with the smell of lemon wafting through the house, knowing that there would be lemon bars for breakfast,  I'd be a satisfied girl.

Monday, February 27, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 27

My first car and first love were kind of similar. Both had everything I thought I wanted--then reality set in and so did the heartache, tears, and unreliability. The second time around, all I wanted was reliability as flashiness was overrated.  I found the car, still waiting on the boy.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

29 photo adventure: day 26

This little (ok, not so little) guy has my heart. 

You can't tell, but there's water on the table. When I asked him what he's doing, he said "I'm practicing using my mind to get the water back into the bowl." Somehow, he also thought that this needed to be done shirtless to "put him in the proper mind frame." And with great quotes yesterday such as "I'm cool like a teenager because I have plans on the weekend and get invited places (who knew that was the defination of a cool teenager)" and "why would they take us away from our families for an hour and a half on a Sunday night (in reference to a meeting he had to go to)," it's no wonder he's got my heart. :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 25

While it may have felt like winter today, I know spring's just around the corner. And that just makes me happy.

Friday, February 24, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 24

Growing up my dad had a pair of slippers that he started duct taping when they fell apart. When asked why, he said that because he never found a pair of slippers he loved as much. I must be my dad's daughter because I've grown into a bit of a slipper snob. My all time favorite pair of slippers is the red pair on the left. I got them in high school and have spent years searching for the perfect replacement (the other two are decent replacements). Those slippers came with me to college, study abroad, vacations, and every move. I've got great memories of wearing them on campus, to the grocery store, "stalking boys," and during late night chats. They may be ripped and no longer have any padding, but I don't think I'll ever be able to throw them out.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 23

I've decided that life's a lot like bowling, or at least how I bowl. I either tend to bowl really amazingly (last night I was on the amazing streak--I ended up with a 132) or suck terribly. There's no middle ground. And that could accurately describe the last couple of years.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 22

Isn't this purse a beauty? All I can say is that I am so in love with it. I've been searching FOREVER for a new bag and when I saw this bag I knew I just had to have it as it hit everything I was looking for--perfect color, a timeless shape, soft leather, and the right size. Do you know though what the best part about the purse is? It's the way it makes me feel. When I'm wearing it I feel beautiful, classy, and confident. It's reminded me how important it is to take time for myself and to feel good about myself. And what girl doesn't need more of that in their life?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: day 21

The cards in my wallet are organized by frequency, so considering that I always have a never ending stack of book by my bed, it's not that surprising that my library card is my second most used card. :)

29 Photo Challenge: day 20

How hardcore are we when it comes to minigolf? Very. It's become somewhat of a tradition to go mingolfing on President's day and we've endured some pretty cold weather, but I think this was the first year we played through snow.

And who needs snow to go sledding? Isn't it more fun to have patches of grass break up your awesome run? During our sledding adventure, we made friends with the cutest little brother and sister who thought we were the coolest thing since sliced bread (well, let's be honest we are) and insisted on sledding every run with us.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 19

As a presidency we sent out valentines day cards, and for some unknown reason these three needed more postage. But, there was one that I'm really glad that made it.

Yesterday, my roommate opened the door to a stranger holding one of the valentine's we sent who said "I need to return to church." It turns out this sister, who's been inactive for ten years, has been mulling over the idea returning to church and that small valentine showed to her that she really did need to return. As I've gotten more details of the story, it's been incredible to see how many people have played a part in all of this and how things have fallen into place at the right moment. Each time I've shared details of it, it's given me goosebumps. I've been so grateful that I've been able to play a small part in all of this and it's been a very visible reminder of how involved and aware the Lord is in each of us.

29 photo challenge: day 18

I heart olympic celebrations. I heart the fact that we've made it into the paper twice due to olympic related events. :) Since our picture made it into the paper during the announcement party in 1995, it was kind of fitting that we made it into the paper yesterday during the tenth anniversary celebrations.

If you're having a hard time spotting us, look towards the bunny. I'm in the tan coat, black belt taking a picture of Laura, Jane, Louisa, and Bryce.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 17

I love losing myself in museums. To have an opportunity be pushed to learn something new, my understanding widened, or to simply enjoy the talents and abilities of others.

This Hylozoic Veil was probably my favorite thing at The Leonardo. It was amazing to watch it responded to our presence.

When I look at exhibits dealing with bigotry, racisms, and hatred I'm always shocked what people can do to other people. This Is Light Of Ours was an poignant and deeply moving look at the civil rights movement told through the lens of 6 photographers.

Friday, February 17, 2012

29 photo challenge: day 16

How much do I love clothes dye? A lot. I can take a shirt that's maybe getting close to it's end of life, or something that I'm getting sick of right now, and with a little bit of dye breathe new life into it. And I love it.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: day 15

When I started at the museum two years ago, I didn't know how much I'd come to love being there. I enjoy giving tours and talking to non-members, but most of all I love the people who I serve with. I think of them as my second family and they are so good to me. I walk into the museum I feel this overwhelming love from them. They're not afraid to tell me how great I am, how cute my clothes are, what a great cook I am, how wonderful it is to have me on the shift, and why they can't imagine that I'm not married yet. They ask about what's going on in my life and they genuinely care about my struggles and triumphs. I walk out of the museum feeling just a little better about myself. Is it any wonder that the four hours at the museum are some of the best hours of my week?

And, yes, if you leave you get a yellow post it note covering your picture. Don't look too closely at my terrible photo (that was post surgery and I was a little "plump"). As of next week, I'll be the only docent on any shift under the age of 40 so I think I need to submit a new photo and maybe include my phone number. :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: day 14

You're never too old to enjoy getting valentines from your dad.

For as long as I can remember, my dad's always left a valentines treat on the doorstep. His leaving a treat has been a highlight of my valentines day. A couple of years ago, he missed leaving one and I called my mom saying "Where's my treat from dad?" Suffice it to say, a treat arrived the next day. It's not so much the treat, but rather the thought that really makes the treat special. And my dad knows me well, ice cream, flowers, and a jamba juice gift card. Aren't I a lucky girl!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: day 13

I'm kind of in love with this sweatshirt.

And to top it off, I was having a good hair pulled back kind of day! :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: day 12

The last couple of years we've made it a tradition to heart attack people in our ward and the bishopric. So far we've done a pretty good job of not getting caught and being able to lie to people when they asked for information. This year was kind of an epic fail.

You can't see what's written on the big pink heart in the left hand corner, but it says "You're sexy and we love it." And that may or may not have ended up on the door of our bishop.

We may or may not have driven by a bishopric members house twice only to stop in front of the house right as the son is bringing out the garbage (which probably wouldn't have been a bad if they weren't car dealers and knew what car my roommate drives).

We may or may not have been putting hearts on a door and got caught red handed, to which all of us replied at the same time "dang it" before wishing a happy valentines day and running off (and luckily only one of us biffed it in the snow). The said person who caught us definitely didn't just open the door with the most priceless look on his face and say absolutely nothing.

In many ways the epic fail is even better than not getting caught, because have some good stories that are going to make us laugh for years to come.

29 Photo Challenge: day 11

I have so many things that make me happy. Letters, pictures, the color yellow, sunshine, laughter, babies, slippers, bedtime, hugs, compliments, a good hair day, traveling, slippers, rainstorms, lightening, a good book, BYU football, great shoes, finding a deal, yummy food, fresh bread, London, my family, plants, flowers, beautiful things, interest, pearls, summer evenings, fireworks. The list really could go on and on, but one of the things that makes me the most happy is ice cream. Eating ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not gaining a pound is one of my definitions of heaven. :) And to add to my ice cream happiness, is the fact that I have the most amazing ice cream scoop. Forks and spoons are easily replaceable, but a good ice cream scoop isn't. Which is why it's the only kitchen utensil that I'm slightly OCD about.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: day 10

Isn't a self portrait supposed to represent your best self, or at least how you wished people would see you? Of course, mine involves looking put together to show that I know where I'm headed with my life. Hence exhibit A.

I don't know where to laugh, be appalled, or be touched when four single girls show up for dinner tonight and the waiter informs us that he's going to seat us under the marriage tent. Yep, you heard that right. Not only are we directly under the marriage tent, nobody else is remotely near us so hopefully being under the marriage tent will change our luck. I guess the "portrait" I'm sending to the world is unfortunately of my single status. :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: Day 9

Sometimes it's just easier to subtract 1 hour and 55 minutes every time I look at this clock than to spend the ten minutes needed to change it. Why, because most of my weeks look like this.

Sunday: Meetings 10-1. Church 1-4. Got home at 5. Spent the rest of the evening eating dinner, doing RS stuff, G-chatting with friends, having people stop by, and PPW (pajama pow-wow)
Monday: Work. FHE 5.50-9ish.
Tuesday: Work. Errands (do you know how difficult it is to find bulk Valentines day cards with envelopes? I may have gone to four different stores without any luck), gym, dodgeball. Rolled in at 10:15 pm.
Wednesday: Work, Museum until 9, relief society stuff.
Thursday: Work. Finally got all the stuff needed for RS valentines. RS activity 7-8 pm. RS visits until 10. RS valentines until 11.
Friday: Work. Dinner with girls from the old RS presidency. Make soup for tomorrow's lunch.
Saturday: 6 AM Presidency Temple trip. 8:45-11 regional training. 11:15-12:30 lunch plans. 12-:30-5:30 author signing. 6:00-9:15 ten year Olympic celebration.

No wonder my desk is a complete mess, I have laundry that needs to be done, and I can't seem to find ten minutes to change my clock.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: Day 8

One of the best parts about this winter has been the lack of snow and the abundance of sunsin. Because the weather's been so beautiful, I've mentally moved onto spring. I'm not liking this whole "winter" is back scenario that we we're experiencing today.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: Day 7

Anybody else really good about collecting buttons, but not so good about sewing them on once they've fallen off?

29 Photo Challenge: Day 6

I was supposed to take a picture of my dinner, but things don't always go as planned. For FHE we went to this adorable group home for little girls and I just didn't think it would have been the wisest to pull out my camera to take a picture of my Little Ceaser's pizza. The girls at the home have been through some incredibly hard things and my heart just ached for what they've had to deal with at such a young age.

Driving home, it just made me incredibly grateful for my family. They really are the best thing in my life.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: Day 4

Today's photo challenge was take a picture of a stranger. How weird is that? First, why, or who would I even find to take a picture of, and then if I did why would I want to post it on my blog for all of you to look at?

So "strangers" were on my mind as I went to the temple. As I looked at the names of the people I was doing work for, I realized something. Yes, we may be strangers in the sense that we've actually never meet, but for those five names I actually had the opportunity to play a role in their life. Which meant that it wasn't just some random encounter that had no effect on either party, but rather I was offering them the chance to partake of the blessings of the gospel and hopefully that would allow us to call each other friend.

Plus, it reminded me that in the temple is the one place where I'm fully reminded that I am not a stranger to Him.

Friday, February 03, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: Day 3


Do you know how many shoots it took me to get this picture? Let's just say a lot.

Many artist talk about how hands are the hardest thing to render and a few months it finally hit me why. Our hands are not meant to be still, we are not meant to be idle. Our hands are meant to be serving, to be doing something. Which I think that's why it's so symbolic when the Lord talks about hands (and there are over 3000 references in the scriptures) :stretching forth his hand, delivering from the hands of the enemies, right hand vs. left hand, hand of the servant, and to lead us by the hand. But for me, I think it's most powerful when you think how they secured the Lord to the cross by his hands. Doing so, they mocked the significance of what His hands had accomplished during His ministry. And yet, the Lord after His resurrection choose to leave the holes in His hand as a very viable symbol of what He did for us and what He can do for each of us.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: Day 2

William Shakespeare said "words, words, mere words."

But words aren't mere. They have the power to calm, inflame, hurt, and comfort. And when it's gray and cloudy outside and I'm homesick for London, the words on my board ease my heartache.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

29 Photo Challenge: Day 1

#12 of my list of things to do before I turn the dreaded 3-0 was to take 29 pictures for 29 consecutive days. As I carry my camera around with me everywhere, I'm pretty good at a capturing the big events that happen, but not so much about capturing the small stuff. Which means I'm kind of looking forward to capturing the small moments this month.

What I see everyday. Beyond the trees I can see the mountains. What more can I girl want for in a view?