Sunday, November 25, 2007

yep, i made the thanksgiving rolls!

last year (when i was living in the apartment) i was the mia maid advisor in our home ward. i decided to work on my young womanhood recognition award as a leader - if you are a leader for at least a year and do the 3 requirements for each value you can earn it. i worked on cooking for one of the values. two nights a week i made dinners. not sure how much the family loved it, but i discovered a love for cooking. not that my current roommates enjoy anything i make, since i don't cook up there, but they love it there. and i am beginner of beginners and forget techniques, but someday people will love what i do. promise :)'s the proof of the rolls...

cleaning out the apartment :(

my parents decided to rent out the apartment that is attached to our house.
melissa and aaron lived in it for about a while and then i moved in in july of 2006. seeing as i moved out just 8 months later, it was a short, but blessed moment of life. it was my little paradise. so many moments i would realize that i was smiling to myself as i did things around my little apartment. even though i moved out, many of my things - most of them - were still in the apartment. this weekend, it was time to empty. i was sad. a few tears i must admit. renting with roommates just isn't the ideal of life. and boxes in my parents garage isn't the funnest of thoughts. but, alas, what to do but to clean up and clean out for another to enjoy :)

Christmas decorating

now that thanksgiving dinner is gone (yes, i made the rolls-shocker), it's time to put up the Christmas decorations. my dad loved how it looked last year, so we are using the pictures he took as a fact as i am writing this, my mom and becca have been in to look at the pictures to make sure they are placing things in the correct places :)
i am sure that i am not alone in this thought, but i absolutely love coming home at Christmas. i love the feel in the house, i love the love that surrounds all that happens. even when there are arguments or conflicts, the feeling of love permeates. someone told me once that they loved coming to our house for the order and peace they felt. i praise my parents for creating that calculated feeling. i think of Sister Beck's talk often in creating a refuge.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

So i am teaching institute. crazy.
a member of a BYU stake presidency called me in august and wanted to talk to me. i went down to orem to meet him and have a "get-to-know-you" session as he called it. before i left, he had offered the class to me. weird.
it's tuesday evenings on BYU campus. it's the New Testament. where do i even begin to list all the things i have learned. college students and working professionals (yep, graduated, working, young single adults who are living in south provo come too) are very different than 6th graders. but it has been interesting to see what teaching techniques are universal, despite the curriculum and age group.
i have been using The New Testament with the Joseph Smith Translation written by Steve and Julie Hite. we have been going through the events of the Savior's life chronologically. A we have done this, we are focusing on the disciples - men and women - who chose to follow the Savior; who they are, what characteristics they have, how to become like them. i have been using power points to show things because i teach in a large lecture room in the eyring science many new skills :)
in january we will cover the last week of the Savior's life and then into the rest of the New Testament. Feel free to ponder thoughts and share with me!! i will give you full credit as i steal them =)

Friday, November 2, 2007

i am loving this blogging thing! who knew that so many people did it?
linds peterson "tagged" me and i think that means i am suppose to write things about my life...
but before i begin, can i tell you about the perfect afternoon yesterday!??
liberty park is gorgeous! i think i have found my perfect walking spot. at byu i would walk around the in door track. true liberty park isn't indoors, and it isn't the greatest of neighborhoods, but i love it! i walked for about and hour and 15 minutes...i have forgotten how i love walking. maybe some day i will get back into the running thing, and the weight lifting thing. but until that day, i will thoroughly love to walk!

this is a fun old postcard of the park - it was created in1883!! wowsers! When i was little, my mom would bring us to liberty park and we would go to the bird aviary. there was some bird that would say, "grand-pa, grand-pa"!! i remember being so excited and we brought grandpa one day so he could hear it!! such tender memories! and here i am 20-something years later, loving the park in a new way!!