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Thursday, April 28, 2011

No lights=weird night

I think our neighborhood had a sympathy power-outage for the people in the southeast having horrible tornadoes and stuff. I can't believe what's happening over there! But despite having perfect weather yesterday, our power went out at about 7:30 (I had just put chicken and potatoes in the oven... perfect) and didn't come on again until about 5 THIS MORNING. It's amazing how much we rely on electricity! But we had a fun night despite not being able to do anything we'd planned to do. I pulled the potatoes out after probably 20 minutes of being in the hot-but-cooling-fast oven and we ate those for dinner. They were supposed to be twice baked potatoes, but it was more like one and a half times baked. Oh well, they were still delicious. :) Definitely didn't touch the chicken... I'm a bit afraid of meat as it is. I took a bath in the candlelight while Tyler tried to figure out what was going on. My bath was super relaxing! I didn't mind having to use candles at all. Once Tyler was back (he only found out that the power was out in the whole neighborhood, so we assume it was because of the construction happening on the street) we put the Karate Kid in the laptop and went to bed early. It was nice.

Last night I tried out my new tennis racket for the first time! It was awesome- I love it so much. It's going to take some getting used to, but I think once I learn how to control it (let's just say my racket is a lot stronger than I am- most of my shots were long) it'll be amazing. We're hoping to play again tonight, if the weather cooperates.

So today, I'm thankful for electricity. And for candles to use when the electricity is out. What are you thankful for today, and why?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A love story

9 years ago today, this super-awkward 13-yr old girl



met this super-handsome 15-yr old boy



He came to Utah for spring break, and visited his friend (her sister) in Orem. Her family invited him and his dad to stay for a little Easter devotional, in which she played the hymn "Christ the Lord is Risen Today". She remembers this because she played the left hand, and sister played the right. They played terribly and she and sister were super-embarrassed. She was secretly jealous that her sister had such a good-looking friend. He later went to BYU and on a mission to New York City. She went to BYU-I. They met in Houston over the summer and she finally got the man she had been dreaming of. This is them now, married and living happily ever after.


Thank goodness this isn't the end of the story. In fact, it's only the beginning!

"Is this a good activity??"

Any Brian Regan fans out there? Then you know what I'm talkin' about. In thinking about Pres. Utchdorf's  General Conference address, Tyler and I want to do better at using our hands to blog the gospel as he counseled. We've recently subscribed to the mormon channel on YouTube and have watched tons of profile videos about different members of the Church! It has been so fun. After almost every single one, we talk about how cool people are and how we can learn something from everyone. So we both made profiles on mormon.org and I put a button on my blog that will hopefully link to my profile soon so we can spread the word about who we are! We are proud to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and want everyone to know.

This weekend has been so great! It is amazing the pressure that we don't feel now that school is done for a little while. Kurt was here again to bring the boys home for the summer and it was fun to spend some time with him. We helped move G&M out of the dorms on Friday, watched Tangled and Prince of Persia, played Ticket to Ride, ate lots of yummy food (including Marley's- YUM), and had a great time just being together. We are so glad that we got to be here with G&M for their freshman year! We won't be here when they return from their missions, so it was good for us to have that experience and grow closer to them. We'll miss them tons when they leave in August. Last night after everyone left, we went out on a date- we went to check out a sale at Big 5 and ended up getting me a new tennis racket! I can't wait to try it out. We did some grocery shopping, grabbed some Cafe Rio for dinner, and had a relaxing night at home together. I love that school is done and we can spend more time together.

Some quotes from Primary today:
-"I think the Easter bunny is tall because he put an egg on top of the bookshelf!"
-When asked what his favorite Easter candy was, Wade answered, "Chocolate!" with a huge smile on his cute little face.
We will miss our class so much when we move!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Things I think on a Friday

Okay, not every Friday. Just this one.

-I cannot wait to graduate. Yesterday I got to do the line marshal-ing thing for the commencement processional, and it was awesome! I saw all these cute couples graduating together, and I couldn't help but squeal thinking that we would be one of them at this time next year! Pretty awesome.

-This morning I finally finished Annie's bridal shower gift. I don't want to take pictures of it until all the pieces are together, but I gotta admit that I like it a lot! If she doesn't, I'm totally keeping it for myself. :)

-I believe that hot glue can do anything. I'm using it all the time these days!

-The other day, Tyler and I were in a really funny mood. We started calling each other by our full first names, which was SUPER weird and funny because we are big pet name/nickname users. Plus Tyler always jokes he doesn't know how to say my name right- he always goes, "Is it ku-mill? Or ku-meal?" He thinks he's so funny. And I think he is too. And by the way, it's ku-mill.

-Today I've been listening to the mix I made to run the half marathon to last year. Makes me want to run another one real bad.

-Last night we FINALLY saw Tangled! I laughed, I cried, it was wonderful. That's definitely a movie I want in our collection for the kiddos. It is so dang cute.

-Tyler has taught me how to navigate iMovie. It's awesome! I've made two movies so far and I'm learning so much. You can see them here and here. I can't wait to make more- it really is so fun!

Happy Earth Day and Good Friday!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fortunes come true

This was my fortune at P.F. Chang's 2 weeks ago. I'm pretty sure they were talking about finals. They're done! Thanks for the congrats, Phil. *Did you know that's what the P is for in P.F. Chang's?? Very un-Asian name. Anyway, I'm super-relieved to be done. And that will only increase times 20 when Tyler finishes tomorrow!

In my freedom this evening, I went to town on the apartment... it looked pretty bad! But it's much better now. :) After that, I attempted this craft. It did not turn out at all like her pictures. They look more like tulips than cute dainty flowers like Dana's! I'm not sure what I did wrong. Here they are, in all their gingham glory.

At first, I thought it was because I bought the thicker dowels
So I got the thinner ones and tried again... not much better! Now I have a dozen of these weird, not-quite-how-I-wanted-them-to-look flowers on our table. In a clear vase, no less! Exposing my two different sizes of dowels. I was in a picnic-y mood when I got the fabrics for this, but now I feel a little silly. Not sure how I feel about all the gingham. Hopefully the rest of the crafts I have planned for this summer will go better....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

And then there was one!

Only one final left, people. I think I can, I think I can... I'm really struggling to stay focused and motivated on this last one! But I'm encouraged by this:
My sister Steph put this on her blog yesterday, and her post made me cry. I feel foolish for complaining about little things, like finals, when there are people all around me who are dealing with for real hard things, like living without their spouses. So no more! Because my life is good, and I want to start seeing that good more. I am so lucky and blessed and happy. Not in spite of hard things, but because of hard things.

Monday, April 18, 2011

On a rainy day

like today, videos like this make me happy. They've almost got me convinced I need this car! But I am an unusually suckered sucker for advertising. For the whole song, go here.
p.s. Sorry for the 10 second credits before. I couldn't find one without that.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

JFJA {Junk Food Junkies Anonymous}

Hi, I'm Camille, and I'm a junk food junkie. I think I've been a junkie for a long time, but I finally realized I was a severe junkie the day my spoon kept finding its way into the Heath Bits bag, leftover from this fruit dip I made for Annie's bridal shower. So maybe I was doing that today, I don't know. :) But now I know I've got a problem, and I'm going to change. I won't lie and say that I'm going to abstain from sugar for a year or anything crazy like that. That would just not be true! So, I'm going to start small and allow myself 3 treats during this week. Fair enough? I think so.

I need moral support! Who's with me?? We'll be one piece-ready in no time!

p.s. Check out the fruit and the dip. I put the dip into individual cups to cut down on the mess and hassle of scooping. I'm proud to say there wasn't any leftover!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The very best kind of pain

I remember only one thing from my aunt Marci's wedding- she said "I'm smiling too much. My cheeks are killing me!" And that always stuck with me. I knew someday I would get married and maybe, if I was lucky, my cheeks would hurt just like Aunt Marci's. I found this picture today:

Taken maybe 5 minutes after walking out of the temple doors with my new hubby! My wish came true. I feel so blessed to have a husband that can make my cheeks hurt from happiness every day.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Crunch time

Sometimes I hesitate to talk about or complain about school on this blog because I know that most of you (like, 2 of the 3 people who read this) are done with school. So for you 2 who are done, just let my complaints and comments make you that much more grateful you're not in my boat anymore. :) Good compromise. Today is the LAST day of classes! I was really happy about that yesterday, because my Tuesday/Thursday classes are my least favorite. But my MWF classes are my favorites, so I'll maybe be the teensiest bit sad when those are over.

Finals begin on Saturday... is that strange to anyone else? I don't study on Sundays, so putting a Sunday right in the thick of finals week is a little rude. However, that does mean we get two real reading days, which usually is not the case. Maybe I'll do my Mission Prep final on Sunday so I'm still using that time wisely but not breaking my own rule.

My FIL (everyone calls their mother-in-law MIL, so why can't dads be FILs?) was in town this last weekend. We love it when he's here. I always feel terrible when he stays with us though- sleeping on an air mattress on the floor (or on the couch, as this weekend turned out) cannot be comfortable! I can't wait for when we're in a bigger place with (hopefully) more than one bed so that people can stay with us and be able to walk the next day. Anyway, while he was here we ate lots of good food and went to the Blue vs. White football game. Garrett and Mitchell both got to play quite a bit! It was so fun to watch, despite the miserable weather. The poor Houstonians were shivering and saying things like "I've never been so cold in my life!" I shared their sentiments. But I say this crappy weather is a blessing. If it were nice outside, no way would I be studying as hard as I am for finals! Silver lining, people.

*Note: I have been re-located twice during the writing of this post- both times because of fire alarms! Either today is fire drill day, or we've got a pyromaniac loose on campus. 


Also, I have many things on my list of stuff to make this summer. Thank you, DIY label on Pinterest. And thank you, Mom, for having more than one sewing machine and the patience of Job (I hope)! This, which I found on Pinterest, explains my current situation perfectly.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Improvise

When life doesn't give you enough lasagna noodles,
try fettuccine. Or whatever you have in your pantry.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The eyes have it

I don't usually wear a lot of makeup. When my family moved to Houston again in the middle of my junior year of high school, I took that as an opportunity to cut back without having people ask me if I was sick or something. I hate it when people ask that. Anyway, so since high school I just wear eye makeup: mascara, maybe a little eyeshadow for Sundays, and eyeliner for super-special occasions, like our wedding or something. The other day, I was feeling like I wanted a little change. Haircuts are usually drastic for me and more expensive, so I decided to go with the makeup route.

Do my eyes look blue-er to you? (It just looked weird to have two Es next to each other. Blueer... doesn't seem right.) Almay says their stuff is supposed to do the trick...

It's a little heavier makeup than I'm used to, but I suppose it's time that I grow up and wear makeup like a big girl. I am 22, after all.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I have a problem.

If you know me well, you probably know this about me: I am an extremely impatient person. Particularly when it comes to myself. I only really like to do the things I'm really good at, or really bad at I suppose. If I'm somewhere in the middle and wanting to get better, then I automatically am frustrated by my lack of skill and just get so flustered that continuing to try is only making things worse.

Exhibit A: I am working on a new project. Maybe I won't tell you about it quite yet... until it's good enough that I feel comfortable sharing at least. My husband has much more knowledge in this area (or maybe just more patience to learn it... it's hard to tell the difference right now) and is trying to help me, but I am just not understanding anything! Maybe it makes me want to purchase a punching bag. Closer to probably.

Exhibit B: The piano. Some of you reading this have probably been my piano teachers. I really like to play the piano, but I've never really been any good at it. Well, I'm pretty good once I have learned a song, but I really really stink at sight-reading! So it's hard to learn new songs because it takes me so dumb long. Because of my impatience, you can probably guess that I don't play much anymore.

I thought maybe I should come up with an Exhibit C, but I really don't even have the patience to think of one right now. The point is, I need to change. How else am I supposed to get good at anything?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Called to Serve

My two brothers-in-law received their mission calls last week!! We are SO excited for them. The whole fam and some of their friends gathered at Aunt Dana's house to share in the fun:




And then it was time. A pretty darn big moment.

Garrett will be serving in the Peru, Chiclayo Mission!!

And Mitchell will serve in the Mexico, Mexico City West Mission!
*Can you tell that Garrett and I read ahead a little bit? :)

They will both report to the Provo MTC on August 3rd, and they will both be speaking Spanish. Tyler is so excited to speak Spanish with them! Garrett and Mitchell will be fantastic missionaries, and we feel so lucky to have them in our family.

Other pics from the weekend... the D&C game! Garrett kept score and I took pictures.



And I'm pretty sure our street looked like it was leading to Hogwarts... the sun was shining but it was snowing the other day and this was the result:

Can you see the steam? I hope so.

Anyway, a great weekend.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Starting fresh

Wasn't General Conference amazing? We had a great weekend. I have great memories of Conference, most of them involving food. Cinnamon rolls, scones and peaches, and lots of snack foods accompany my fond feelings for this weekend. So, on Sunday, I decided I'd better keep up with tradition, at least partly. I made a boat-load of scones for the afternoon session and we had Garrett, Mitchell, Austin, and Giselle over to help us eat all of it. G&M stayed for dinner (ugly chicken and rice) and later, after we took them home, we may or may not have baked a chocolate cake just because we wanted some. Go ahead and cue the pig snorting, because that's how we felt after the day was over. Good thing we got to play tennis on Saturday for a few minutes.

Anyway, back from that tangent. Conference was super-inspiring, and it made me think and evaluate myself a ton. My favorite talk was Richard G. Scott's, found here. His remarks made me want to be a better wife and person in general. As I've thought back on it more last night and today, I remembered that I haven't been setting monthly goals for myself. That stinks, because one of my few 2011 goals was to set monthly goals instead of trying to do something unrealistic for a whole year. So, I'm going to start right now. My goals for April are:

-Finish the semester (I know I will at least get one goal accomplished! haha)
-Work out 3x/week- I want to do the half marathon relay in May and need to work up to that
-Go yard sale-ing at least once, and, if successful,
-Re-vamp a piece of furniture for the new apartment (Kelly, you are my inspiration for this)
-Send Jeff and Heidi letters every week (I've been writing, then forgetting to send. So stupid)

So there they are. Is vamp even a word? Anyway, pictures from the weekend to come, featuring G&M opening their mission calls on Friday! So exciting!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Joke's on me

I've never really been one to prank. I'm not really sure how to keep a straight face, let alone be a big prankster! I feel pranked, however, by my nail polish.


This picture doesn't do it justice at all- my nails are pretty much neon. I just wanted something bright and happy to match the sunshine! Looks like I got enough brightness to rival the sun. :)

p.s. Thank you, Blogger, for adding the picture where your cursor currently is. It was getting SUPER annoying to cut and paste it from the top.