Thursday, May 22, 2008

Another Utah Star

When my husband and I first moved into our Condo I felt like I was at a hotel: being downtown, in a small space just for us, and cable television. This is the first time in my life I have ever had cable. While we only have basic cable I love feeling like we have a lot to choose from. One of my favorite channels to watch is the Food Network. My favorite shows are Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee, Ace of Cakes, and Food Network Challenge.
While watching Sandra mix up some yummy cake and a beautiful table-scape (Her stuff is right up my alley. Every show has a theme and everything right down to the color of her kitchen-aid fits the theme of the day. It is so much fun!) I saw a commercial for “The Next Food Network Star.” I have never seen this show before, but the ad caught my attention and I was thrilled to see a Utah girl who I got a few recipes from when I was in College.



Well, I don’t actually know her, but I heard about her site http://www.kelseyskitchen.com/ and when I checked it out, I immediately became a fan. She was attending BYU and had her own College cooking show. I loved that her concept of cooking was aimed at the new cook or college student. I watched her videos and tried some of her recipes, which were awesome, but I really became a fan when she was able to intern with Martha Stewart , my dream job!
Anyway she is going to be on “The Next Food Network Star” starting in June, so I hope you will all watch to cheer on another Utah Native. I have no doubt she will make us proud! Check out her audition tape and other pre-show blurbs from Kelsey @ http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_nf/text/0,2495,FOOD_20096_68002,00.html

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mothers Day!

Yesterday was the first Mother’s day I haven’t been able to see my mom on Mother’s Day because we had other plans (although we tried to pop by to see her, she was taking her Sunday afternoon nap). It was really sad to not be there with her on this special day. I love my mom so much and am grateful for the wonderful person that she is. Here are some of the reasons I love my mom:

She is a beautiful person inside and out. I am always flattered when people say I look like her, because she is a very pretty person. A good description would be a cross between Princess Diana and a young Betty White.

She is an amazing example of service. She is always involving herself in very worthwhile causes. Currently she is running the Empress Theatre a full-time + job for which she doesn’t get paid, but does it for the love of bringing great family-friendly entertainment to the community she is passionate about.

She is a convert to the Church. She is a strong woman with great desires to do what is right. She is a pioneer in her family and despite the ridicule and tormenting she has receives from her family, she shows constant love and compassion for them and continues to do what she knows in her heart to be true.

She keeps a impeccable home. She always keeps the house up so it can be peaceful and comfortable for her family. It is always clean but in an inviting way. When I started learning the tricks of the “flylady” I realized my mom already did nearly everything in that book and if I would follow her example, I would have no problem being a great homemaker.

She is a great listener and my best friend. Being the only girl in the family, we have a very close relationship and I love spending time with her working on projects or even just talking. We have such a great time together!

She is a giver. She has had 8 children who are not her own come to live with her. She has opened her home to 3 next door neighbors when they were orphaned and 5 nieces and nephews. She takes the time to care for these children and really pay attention to their needs. I know that the children and their families are eternally grateful for her love and support she has given to their children.

Growing up, she was one of the girls. My friends loved talking to her as much as they did talking to me. She would sit and talk with us for hours, plan fabulous parties, and would always be the parent who would drive.

She is so creative. Every year when I would run for office, plan dates, or need a school project she was always there with fabulous ideas that made me look really good. She would help me make posters, decorate, write reports, write lyrics to songs, have cute ways to ask for dates, redesign dresses to make them modest and unique, etc. She amazed me with her never-ending treasure trove of ideas.

I could go on and on about what an amazing woman my mom is but I think my dad said it best when he told me, “I have finally realized my mission in life...to allow your mom be the angel that she is.”

I love you Mom!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Girlfriends


Today I went to lunch with my best girlfriend Ashley and it was such a blast to be together! We have both been working downtown but have never gotten together, just the two of us, for lunch. I am so grateful we were finally able to make it work! She is always a great example of the ideal friend and I want to be just like her. This opportunity came at the perfect time as I am trying to remember what being a girl friend is all about.

Since I have been married, I haven’t had much a desire to just do “girl stuff.” I would always rather that Mason and I were together, going out with other couples or just the two of us. Although he is always a good sport about doing the things I want to do; like going to see Chick Flicks, walk around Gardner’s Historical Village or other girly places, or even come sit with me when I get my nails done (its his mom who does them, so that makes it convenient but he will still sit in there with us if I ask him to.) He is and always will be my favorite person to be with.

Recently though I feel that I have been guided to seek out other women and really nurture friendships with them, but sadly I feel like I have forgotten how to do that! For example:

I went visiting teaching the other night and both my companion and the sister we were teaching are both Moms and are in their early 30’s. They were talking about how in their mid to late 20’s they started feeling this real need for girl time. One of them hangs out with her sisters, and the other has a lot of girl friends because she was single until 3 years ago. It made me realize that is a portion of my life that is missing.

Then my mom and I did a workshop on friends for a group of young women. It was interesting for me to try to remember what it was like when I was a teenager and how important my friends were to me. I thought a lot about the people I consider to be my best friends and was appalled at myself to think that most of them I only get to see every 6 months or so. I remembered what joy I would get out of just having girl talk, planning and going on group dates, and having/being a support group.

Those are the two big things, but also I have just had it on my mind lately. I realized that a lot of my friendships are starting to die off as we all get caught up in our busy lives. It made me so sad! I have tried to simplify my life to find out the things which truly make me happy and get rid of anything that doesn’t. Now I am ready to fill it back up with good things. I know that having other people in my life really helps to buoy me up, add variety to my life and look at things from a different perspective. My goal is to be that kind of friend to other people. I am so thankful for my girl friends and look forward to finding new ways to incorporate them back into my normal routine and work on gain new friendships to bring even more joy to my simple existence!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Audition Update

Just in case you were wondering...

I was offered a part in Seven Brides...the old lady, of course!

My offer wasn't the surprising one, in fact I kind of expected it, but Mason was offered the part of the Preacher. Due to some potential scheduling conflicts they felt like they couldn't cast him as a more lead role. I'll tell you what, they missed out with him because he is a great performer, but at the same time we totally understand. They had a lot of decent guys audition and I know it is hard to direct a show when you don't have everyone there everytime.

After talking about it, we decided not to do the show and allow people who would be thrilled with the parts of Mrs. Bigsby and the Preacher to step in rather than us, being that neither one of were thrilled. To be honest, we really aren't disappointed. Although it would have been fun to be in the show, it is a very demanding process. We didn't have much of a summer last year because we were in Bye, Bye Birdie, so we are looking forward to all of the fun summer activities we will be able to participate in this year.

I have no doubt it will be a fabulous show and I am really excited to see it! I was totally impressed by the director during auditions. As you could tell from my horendous call back experience, it will have some great song and dance numbers in it. I am thrilled that such a high caliber show will be produced once again on the Empress Stage.

My talented little brother will be playing Benjamin, and 3 of my sister-in-laws will be in it, Mindy as Millie (the lead), Courtney as one of the Brides, and Megan as a Bride understudy. I am so proud to have such a talented family and look forward to seeing them perform!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Geek Chic by Seriously Evan

This is Chaz's (my cute little brother) amazingly talented band, Seriously Evan. There are few things I love more than seeing my family members perform, so I am thrilled to get to share it here on my blog.

Joel, the guitar player and lead singer is also the one who writes all their music. He is so clever! Not is the music itself a lot of fun, but listen to the lyrics, he is very talented! The whole band is though, I am so proud of them!!!