Sunday, April 24, 2011

easter dinner

My roommates and I each prepared a dish to share for our Easter dinner together. Kyra prepared chicken, Chelsea made fruit salad, Haley made salad, Holly made mashed potatoes, Alicia made her famous rolls, and I made easter themed cupcakes! It was a wonderful meal that we shared together & brought us together as a roommate family. It's our home away from home. I’m so thankful for them and all of our fun adventures together!

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Grandparents for the week.

With the winter semester just ending, we have a one-week break until the spring semester starts. I wanted to do something fun, but really had no clue what...My awesome roommate Dex invited me to spend the week with her Grandparents in UT. And boy am I glad she did! It was really fun, relaxing, and I enjoyed meeting so many of her family members. Home-cooked meals was a big treat too!! Here's what I did over my spring break-
I finished packing everything up & checked out of my dorm. We left for UT and got there in the afternoon. Her Grandparent's house was very beautiful, they had beautiful flowers in the front yard. We barely missed them, as they had just left for church. So Dex and I went on a walk around their neighborhood, after we dropped our things off. There was an elementary school close by and we played on the playground. By the time we got back & looked at family pictures for awhile, they came back home. Her Grandparents are adorable & so kind. They started cooking and gradually more family arrived for their weekly sunday family dinner. It was yummy. Dinner rolls and delicious dessert is the best! Afterwards, everyone headed over to the same playground that Dex and I played at just a few hours earlier. Her cousin Liz & I were on the swings together and at some point she said we're best friends. YES! Five-year-olds are seriously the best.
No alarm clock to wake me up. such a nice feeling. After breakfast, Dex and I helped out with the garden. I love that people with gardens, especially elderly people. After, we walked to a local thrift shop called Savers. I got stationary and she got a really awesome pair of jeans. High-waisted, dark wash, vintage look. For lunch we went to Iceburg and shared a philly steak cheese, french fries, and a vanilla cake batter shake. When we got back to their house, her sister-in-law Kayde picked us up. We went shopping at Plato's closet where I got two cute tops and a yellow summer tote. She treated us to red mango where I got froyo with mango, strawberries, and blueberries. We munched on popcorn while watching When In Rome & episodes of Veronica Mars when we got back to their apartment. It was funny seeing how much her and her brother David looked so alike. Dex and I crashed on their couches and slept over for the night.
We left David & Kayde's apartment in the morning, David let us borrow his car. By the time we got back to the Grandparent's house, it was lunchtime so we had some leftovers. Kayde let us borrow some books in the Hunger Games series, I read some of Catching Fire. Dex & I drove to Spanish Fork to do some shopping & exploration. When we were ready to head back, she let me drive back to Orem. Man it felt so great driving again! I miss the freedom & independence that I had driving around my parent's cars at home. Especially driving on the highway! When we got back, Dexter's cousin Laura picked us up and we went to Provo. I spent time with Megan, Alissa, Courtney, and Audrey for awhile. I really miss these awesome girls & I'm so glad that I can always stop by for a visit:)
This morning we helped out with the garden again. We had to spread broken eggshells all over the garden to use as a snail exterminator. There were so many!! We went to David & Kayde's again to return the car and watch some Veronica Mars. I got Dex hooked, it's such a great show! When we got back, Dex's sweet Grandpa had made sausages in a blanket. They were yummy. He also made a DELICIOUS banana cream pie. Hmmm my favorite.
Dex's sweet Grandparents were out at a doctor's appointment, so we made dinner. It didn't compare with their wonderful meals they make every night, but our spaghetti, french bread, and salad were quite good too. Dex's cousin Laura had some friends that were having a waffle party, so we brought some toppings to share. There was homemade ice cream, whip cream, fruit, syrup, and pretty much anything else you could imagine. Afterwards, we went to Laura's boyfriends' house and played Beatles Rock Band. It was so fun!! I don't think I could ever get sick of listening to the Beatles, they are my favorite all-time music group. It was really late by the time we were done, so we spent the night at Laura's house.
I finished the second Hunger Games book & loved it. My dear friend Megan wanted to have a photo shoot while I was in town because she's in a photography class. We invited Audrey & it was really fun! There are huge books in the library that made great props and I was really impressed by all of the architecture on campus. These were some of my favorites-
After workin' the camera, we got everyone together at the Cannon center and had dinner together. It was fantastic seeying everyone & getting the chance to catch up! Especially since it was the last time that I would see Alex, Will, Duncan, and Isa for 2 years:( On our way back to Orem, Audrey and I made a milkshake stop at In-N-Out. I had always really wanted to go there, but we just got dessert since we had already eaten dinner. Dex's parents had made it to the house by the time I got home & it was great seeing them again, since the day we all moved into our dorms.
Originally we were going to head back to campus on Monday, but I wanted more time to move in to my apartment and get ready for the semester. My friend Dillion and his roommate were also in UT for the break and were heading back on Saturday. It was a perfect opportunity, so we rode back with them. We said goodbye to her Grandparents. I am so glad that I could spend our spring break with them, they are unbelievably kind and so hospitable to have me stay with them. Just merely spending time with them really made me think of and dearly miss my own Grandparents. I only have small memories of when I was younger, but I still remember how kind and supportive they were. Dexter & I had such a fun week and it was wonderful not having to cook, clean, study for a few days. AND sleeping in every day was pretty sweet too. We stopped at Panda Express on our way back and arrived in good timing. I left most of my things at my dorm, so my friend Jenni helped me move it into my apartment. Kyra still thought that I wasn't coming until Monday & I wanted to surprise her-so she had no idea. I walked into our apartment and surprised her from behind. She was shocked and so happy that we could spend our first weekend in our apartment together. I'm glad we returned earlier than planned, otherwise it would've been a hassle trying to rush and get everything done in very little time.
I met my roommates as I was unpacking & they all seem really nice. Chelsea & I both really like watching Bones. Holly made us all cookies. I'm looking forward to getting to know them throughout the semester. But more importantly, it's also awesome to have Kyra as my roommate!! She's a blast and we get along really well. I'm excited for all of our adventures together:)
This was our first Sunday going to our new single student ward. Since people are still returning from the break, our church was a combination of three different wards. Our bishopric seems really kind and loving. I'm really excited for this semester to start!! It's gorgeous outside & I'm anxious for my classes to begin. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Happy 10th Birthday Mckay Gordon!!

Today is my brother, Mckay’s 10th birthday! Here are the top ten things I love about the lad, especially today-
  1. When my mom was expecting Mckay, I went with her to the sonogram to find out what gender the baby was. I really wanted a little sister & was sad when it turned out to be another boy. Regardless, I was excited to have a newborn brother to teach, play with, and help take care of. My mom kept many of my cute little Ralph Lauren dresses when I was a baby & one day my mom and I put little baby Mckay in a navy blue and red one. We called him “Mckayla” and took a polaroid picture. For those few hours, he was the baby sister I had always wanted. My dad flipped when he got home from work, “what did you do to my son!” Sorry Mckay. I just wanted you to be a girl. 
  2. He speaks japanese very well.
  3. Mckay has fantastic facial expressions. I'm always excited to tell him something awesome, because he naturally gets really animated about it.
  4. He’s the only blonde in our family. I never let him forget it.
  5. moc man is an ace fisher. 
  6. He’s a really smart fourth grader. I’m always impressed by how much he knows that I didn't at that age.
  7. He’s a hard worker & will assist with any projects you need help with. 
  8. Mckay is a sick basketball player, as are all of my brothers:)
  9. I love that he's such an avid reader, he enjoys reading Hunger games just as much as I do.
  10. We'll be reading a book together and out of nowhere, he'll start reading in a british/russian/australian/scottish accent mix.
HAPPY HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY MCKAY!! I hope you enjoy your day:) 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

roommate photo shoot

A photography student named Kayla wanted more material for her portfolio, so we had a roommate photo shoot. Even though it was chilly outside, we had a wonderful time. 
These are some of my favorite photographs that she edited.
We're roommates & I'm so glad that we are. Countless laughs, jokes, smiles, and cookies are shared.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

conference weekend!

In our church we have what we call "General Conference" twice a year. It is a time we get to listen to many of our spiritual leaders and I'm so grateful for the opportunity. I love the reminders that help me keep in mind what is really important in life. These messages help me become a more dedicated friend, sister, daughter, student, and daughter of God.

Conference takes place at the conference center in Salt Lake City, UT. Thanks to modern technology, these messages are broadcasted worldwide and can even be streamed via the internet by clicking here. Growing up, I’ve always watched it at home with my family. My mother would catch up on ironing and we would always draw portraits of the speakers and take notes on the spoken words. 

However, this year I was lucky enough to be able to attend conference live at the conference center!! I’ve always wanted to & was beyond excited for it. My friend, Kyra, got us tickets and we were on our way to UT on Friday. 

Her sister, Crystal, picked us up in SLC on friday and we were headed to her apartment in Orem. We were really hungry by the time we started to unpack so Kyra drove us to Panda Express for a late dinner. She hadn’t driven since January and was a little apprehensive, but she was a great driver! That is, once she figured out how to turn on the lights....haha. We slept well & were really excited for conference the next day.

We had tickets for the afternoon session, so we had plenty of time in the morning to get ready. Kyra’s friend, Jade, kindly drove us in the busy traffic to salt lake city. There was a HUGE line of people waiting to get in the conference center outside & somehow in the crowd I spotted a family from my home ward.  It was wonderful seeing them!! I love any small reminder of home, even if I’m thousands of miles away. Since we arrived later than expected, they gave up our nice floor seats:( However, I was still so excited to just to be there-even being on the highest tier. One of my highlights was that BYU-I combined choir provided the music for the afternoon conference session. It was awesome to know several of the students who were singing. 

Afterwards, I met up with several of Hunter’s friends from California that he got to know very well on his mission. They were all coming for the weekend to attend conference & I thought it was a perfect opportunity to meet them, since I would be in town too. We ate dinner at Red Iguana, which was incredible!! It was Gina & Amanda's birthday, so we got the awesome musicians singing for the lovely twins. 

We then went to a friends' house for a surprise birthday party for the girls. I spent a lot of time just talking with Lisa, Gina, Mandy, and Amanda. The way they talked about Hunter was so kind, they respected him so much and had the same kind of love that I have for my bro. I'm so glad I got to meet so many awesome from California! 

Kyra & I were also able to attend the afternoon session of General Conference on Sunday. It was wonderful! We went to our friend Mckay’s house after and enjoyed a delicious meal with his family. I love General Conference & felt so fortunate that I was able to spend a wonderful weekend with Kyra! 

After we got back to Rexburg, my roommates welcomed me home with delicious red velvet cake. I love life!