Monday, March 26, 2012

Life events! (a change from my normal post)

So there have been quite a few goings on in the past couple weeks. I'm going to tell you about them because, for once, I actually have some pictures.

This first event I do not have any pictures for, but I'm still going to tell you about it. My roommate, Yulia, has a friend who moved here recently and decided to get baptized! He came to our ward just the Sunday before his baptism, so we all met him that day. His baptism was that Saturday (St. Patrick's Day, actually) and Yulia said we were all invited to go if we wanted to. I had never been to a convert baptism before and I thought it would be a cool experience, so I went. It was at the UVU Institute building. Did anyone know they had a baptismal font? I sure didn't. Anyway, when we got there, we found out that they didn't have anyone to play the piano, so I ended up playing. I sort of felt like all of those baptisms that I played for when I was the primary pianist were to prepare me for this particular event. I played prelude for 20-30 minutes, opening hymn, interlude for about 10 minutes, and then the closing hymn. Anyway. It was so fun to be a part of it, and it was cool to hear that he just felt so happy after he was baptized. His confirmation was the next day... We weren't sure if we would be able to make it because we had plans to go to Music and the Spoken Word (unfortunately, it was the one week that my dad was out of town), but we made it just in time on the way back from Salt Lake. We had to leave right after the confirmation because of visiting teaching and home teaching appointments, so I didn't talk to him afterwards or anything, but he seemed really happy. It was really cool to see that, and reminded me that it's important to think about my own baptism when I renew my covenants by taking the Sacrament. Anyway, that was a good experience for me, and I was glad I was able to be a part of it.

This past weekend was a big celebration for Yulia's golden birthday! Our first activity of the weekend was Jump On It.

(Don't tell them I posted these pictures or they'll kill me).


I had only been once before, when I was in Young Women (so quite a while ago), so I was excited to go again!


We had so much fun!

Activity number two was Festival of Colors. All 5 of my roommates and I were planning on going to this as part of Yulia's birthday celebration, but in the end, Yulia had something else going on and then so did almost everyone else... So it ended up just being two of us. It was fun, though!

I wanted to take a picture of us before we got chalked to compare to after, but I didn't know that in order for that to happen, I would have to take the picture before we took the 30 minute walk up from where we parked to the hare krishna temple. Some of the people who had already been to the festival and were walking back to their cars had leftover chalk and threw it around, so we were already pretty colored by the time we got there. Here we are in the end.


I don't think I'll probably go again, but I'm glad I went once in my life.

Our third activity was a big party!
I wanted to make tissue paper pom poms to decorate with. Turns out, they take a long time and they're pretty ugly if I'm making them. They took long enough that I didn't want to just throw them away, though, so I hung them up anyway. (Even uglier in this picture with bad lighting). :)


We also blew up some balloons and scattered them around. We were running out of decorating time and didn't really have any other party decorations to use, so we just put up this poster. :) It was a random, but festive addition.


And I just have to include this picture of me looking creepy. I assume I was looking at the Lord of the Rings poster because that's the direction my eyes are looking... Who knows...  All I know is when I saw this picture on my camera, I laughed in surprise and first thought to myself... "that's weird..." quickly followed by  "what was I doing!?" How strange I must seem to people, without even realizing it.



Yulia requested cheesecake for her birthday cake, so I made her a cinnabun cheesecake.

(It for some reason had a hard time coming out of the pan, so the edges were a little bit ruined).






We had no idea how many people would be able to come, but we invited everyone in our ward for a party later that night, so we made a ton of treats in advance in case everyone showed up.

 I made brownies and chocolate cupcakes, Alicia made caramels, and Amy made lemon bars!

During the party, we played Jungle Speed several times...



I am pretty sure no matter how many times I play this game... I will never win.

And of course, we also had to take a picture with all of the roommates.


These girls are the best!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

While I was at the gym a couple weeks ago, just watching the Food Network while I ellipticaled, lightning struck my brain. Kajsia and I had planned on bringing in treats to work for St. Patrick's Day. I didn't know what I wanted to bring for a while, and then all of a sudden, it came to me. Yellow cake cupcakes in a black wrapper with a rainbow of Skittles on top. Call them pot of gold at the end of the rainbow cupcakes, if you will. They're nothing exotic... just plain flavors. They're pretty fun for St. Patrick's Day, though!

Here is what they look like.


Kajsia made cookies (they are super delicious) that look like gold coins!

So we put them together on the table.


And... 

Made a big pot of gold at the end of a big rainbow! 
 

And in case you are wondering... Yes. Everyone we work with feels so super LUCKY and pleased that they get to be a part of this. :)