Saturday, April 25, 2009

Easters and Other Happenings

It has been a busy couple of weeks for us! First on the update is Conference Weekend. My sister Katie and I were able to go up to the Conference Center in Salt Lake for the Sunday morning session. It turned out to be our favorite session so it worked out well. We were touched and uplifted and we resolved to be better people. Thank you Little America hotel for the free parking.

With Katie in front of the temple. It was a beautiful day.

Next on the list is our Easter festivities.

Russ, me, Katie, Daniel, and Emma.

We went to my family's house for the weekend and it was a blast. We played games and ate lots of Cadbury eggs and went to church. The weather was just beautiful and it was wonderful to remember our Savior's sacrifice and resurrection for all mankind! Easter is truly a special time of year. I am filled with gratitude and it strengthens my resolve to be more committed to the gospel and be more Christlike.

I love Russell so much.

In other news, Russell recently returned from a backpacking trip down in Blanding. It was rainy and snowy all weekend, but he really enjoyed himself and was glad to have prepared ahead of time (okay, so it was the night before) gathering and packing all his gear. I am happy he survived a cold weekend and made it home in one piece!

My little adventure man now wants to climb Everest in 2015...Ummm, I don't think so.

Finally, today we had a bridal shower for my best friend Melissa Johnson at our house in American Fork. It was for Melissa's friends and members of our home ward. It was really fun and a lot of people came. Melissa is so wonderful and she is going to be such a beautiful bride! I made delectable Oreo truffles that got devoured in five minutes. The only unpleasant part was taking all the gifts out to her car and getting rained on! A quick humorous anecdote: Our house is on a hill with a sloped driveway. Melissa's car was parked on it so it was slanted quite a bit. Russ was helping organize all the presents in the trunk when they all started sliding out. He had to stay there and hold them in place while we ran back and forth trying to get all the presents in quick so he could shut them in. Next thing I know, this bag full of lingerie slides out of the backseat towards Russ and all this lacy underwear falls out and lands in Russell's lap but he has no hands to stuff it back in the bag because he's doing everything he can from keeping everything else in. Needless to say, he felt really awkward about the whole thing. HA!

Katie, Melissa, and me under my umbrella, ella, ella

I guess that's it for the news that's happening in our lives. Happy springtime everybody!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Film Noir

A cinematic term used to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize moral ambiguity and sexual motivation. Film noir of this period is associated with a low-key black and white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography, while many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Depression.

I am in French 452, which studies the aesthetics of crime in classic French film. I have never taken a film class before, but I am fascinated by the techniques behind it and I now have a greater appreciation for film as an art form, and especially for the film noir period. It is amazing.

If my exciting description of film noir has not tickled your fancy, here's a small taste of the film noir era:

Alain Delon. Pretty much France's Brad Pitt in the 1950s. If this does not make you want to sit down and watch a film noir RIGHT NOW starring him, I don't know what will.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Last night I made a successful meal! This does not happen very often, as both Russ and I are too busy to make anything more complicated than mac and cheese or cold cereal. I made Bruschetta 'n' Cheese Stuffed Chicken, from a recipe that I found here. I served it with brown rice and spinach salad. Russell was pleased. Thanks Kraft Kitchens for making both our nights. Here's to the start of my endeavor to be a brilliant cooking chicken dinner at a time.