So I was getting ready for bed when I decided I really wanted to do a post about my incredible weekend before the memories began to fade. This weekend really has been awesome! From Friday morning until Sunday evening has been a nearly nonstop string of fun, interesting, and happy events. What more could one ask for? I’ll try not to make it too long. I know when I get going I have the momentum of a freight train, and my entries can be quite lengthy. I’ll see if I can pare it down and still capture the good stuff. :)
Friday morning began with a trip to the Jordan River Temple to do baptisms for the dead, as has been tradition among the children in my family since I was fourteen. Colton and I started doing it back in 2005, and each of my three younger siblings has joined in when they each turned twelve. I continue to participate in the tradition via the Provo temple while I’m living in Provo, but I love going with my family when I'm home. When I got home from the temple, I spent the morning and early afternoon in my own pursuits before going to work at 3. Work was much less stressful on Friday than it had been on Thursday—thank goodness—so I left with a much better taste in my mouth. Then I came home and changed before going on a date with Jeremy. :) We went to Texas Roadhouse (so good! Highly recommend it) for dinner, where we had fun discussing what an awesome server we had and what great service the restaurant has over all. Then we took a walk near my house and had a wonderful chat together before coming back to my house to watch the movie August Rush, which I love with an almost unnatural passion. I was up until past midnight, but I had so much fun, and it was definitely worth it.
I spent most of Saturday morning and early afternoon working with my sister, Kaylee, on an extra credit project for her World History class. She’s studying the sixties and seventies, so she was doing a movie about the Atari, a gaming console that was released in the seventies. My family owns an Atari, so Kaylee decided that it would be really creative to make a movie about it. She and I were able to come up with some great creative ways to talk about the Atari, and we came up with some great lines that allowed us to segue from talking about the Atari to talking about other events and fads of the seventies. Over all, I think the movie turned out really well. If my brother ends up posting it on his “vlog” (video blog), I’ll post the link so you all can see it. When we finished filming, I packed up my stuff and headed to Provo. I spent a couple of hours chatting with my future roommates Jill and Lisa, and then the three of us went to the wedding open house of their former roommate, Brecken, who is also a friend of mine. I felt a little out of place since the only people I knew there were the bride, the groom, and my two other friends, but I was able to have some pleasant conversation with people I met there, and I ended up having a great time. I also helped decorate the couple’s car, which is always a fun adventure. :) After the open house, we went back to Jill and Lisa’s apartment, watched Cinderella III (cheesy, but not the worst sequel I’ve seen), and chatted some more. By the time we were done, I was up past midnight…again. Ah well. Again, it was worth it. I slept on the floor in Jill’s room, which wasn’t as uncomfortable as I might have expected. Given the comfort levels of the new couches in their living room, I don’t think I would have been that much better off on the couch. :)
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The only issue with staying up that late was that we had our first 8:30 church yesterday morning. Ew. Fortunately, I didn’t feel completely dead when I woke up in the morning, and I actually made it through all three meetings all right (though that was probably due to the sugar rush from the cereal Jill and I ate for breakfast as much as anything else! :)). In Relief Society, Jill and I took our Disney fanaticism to new heights by quoting/acting out two scenes from the movie Tangled in front of the rest of the Relief Society! Shantel, who was teaching Relief Society, had asked us to do so as a display of a “unique or unusual” talent; it was a springboard for her lesson on developing talents. I still felt a little weird doing it, but it was fun. :) And in Sacrament Meeting, I had my debut performance as the choir director in my ward. We sang “A Child’s Prayer,” with a little twist. Normally the girls sing the first verse and the boys sing the second, but I switched them. We had only had a couple of practices, and some of the people who sang with us hadn't been to any of the practices (which is why I had picked a fairly simple song for the first performance), so I was super nervous, but I think it went really well, and I got a lot of compliments. My friend Toni later told me that I had been inspired to choose that song, because it had really helped her. I was so glad she told me that, because it really made me feel like I’m fulfilling my calling well, allowing the Lord to mold me how He will. After church, I got a phone call from my dear friend and former roommate Holly. I haven’t seen Holly for several weeks, and though we’ve been keeping in touch through text and e-mail, I had really missed hearing her voice. It was so good to talk to her and hear from her. Then I met up with another dear friend, Kaitlyn. We made cookies together and delivered them to the girls in our new Relief Society presidency. It was great to see her and catch up with her as well. Then I spent some more time chatting with Jill before coming back home to spend some time with my family. We had a wonderful evening, having dinner and family home evening together. During family home evening, we read an article from the New Era. We had a very specific article in mind to read that night. Why? Because it was written by my cousin Elyssa! So cool! Elyssa is an amazing writer. I swear every sentence that comes out of her fingertips (via pen or computer) is witty and insightful. I love reading her work. And the article had a great message to it. It’s in this month’s New Era, and it’s called “Getting Real.” I highly recommend reading it.
Spending time with my family was the perfect end to a glorious weekend! Such happiness has spilled over to this week, but I will save that for future posts. This one is long enough. :) (Though, trust me, it could have been a whole lot longer, and my journal entry on the same time frame certainly will be!) Suffice it to say that I loved nearly every minute of it and that I wish it could have been three times longer. (And I hope you all appreciate the sacrifice I’m making by being up late to post this in order to capture more happy feelings for your enjoyment. ;))