Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Conference Bowl 2009

Drawing upon my resources, I hosted a Conference Bowl for some of our friends the Tuesday after Conference. Professional religious educators, i.e. my wonderful seminary faculty, formulated questions reviewing the talks from Conference, and I set up buzzers for each team. Each couple was to come with a team name already determined. Some of us even dressed the part:

We were the "Top Guns" sporting white shirts and aviator glasses
The Roses were "Zesty Cleaver and the Iron Chefs" as shown by their apron attire

And the Fishers were the "Sunday Mormons"

It was an intense battle! The "Sunday Mormons" struggled to clear there score from the negatives, while Richard (a former Knowledge Bowl Captain who helped his team to take the championship back in the day) duked it out with the "Top Guns." Rachael was a great asset to the "Zesty Cleaver and the Iron Chefs" but at times found herself trigger happy, or should I say buzzer happy. Going into the final round where scores were waggered, the "Top Guns" were winning, but due to a difficult final question, "Zesty Cleaver and the Iron Chefs" won with 6 points. I take the blame for our loss since I felt we should wager all 16 points. In my defense, no one got the final question; Richard and Rachael just didn't wager all their points. It was an enjoyable evening, and I must thank Dayna and Nate for being our moderators!



How would you have done? Would you have gotten the final question? Tell me, what was President Monson's final charge for us as Latter-day Saints in his closing remarks???

Monday, April 20, 2009

Creative Juices

As I resolved to do at the beginning of the year, I have been seeking to continually create things. This last month I found myself reconnecting with my passion for flowers.

I arranged this bouquet of flowers with some leftover flowers from a Relief Society event and some flowers Chase had given me for our 9 month anniversary.

I also found myself creating some yummy meals and place settings as we had friends over for dinner. This dinner I cooked this delicious wheat pasta lasagna. It’s gonna be added to our list of fav dinners that we will continually make.

I came across this short inspirational video that really sums up how this resolution has been impacting me already this year.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Victory is Mine!!

So I am hear to report I survived my triathlon!  I continuously ran, biked, and swam the whole way.  It took somewhere around an hour and a half; I'd tell you exactly but they haven't posted my official time yet.  You may wonder, how do you feel?  Well my emotions can be summed up with these few thoughts:

Accomplished- It's quite an accomplishing feeling to train for weeks for something and achieve your goal.
Exhausted- The combination of pushing my body to the limit and being sick with a cold is taking a told on my energy level as the day has progressed. 
Grateful- With so much love and support from friends and family, how could I not be grateful?  From a late night delivery of cookies to yells and cheers as my legs were giving out on the beastly bike hill, I felt the love.  A special thanks to Jackie Skinner who let me borrow her road bike!  It made a huge difference.  A big thanks to Robin, Steve, Dayna, Nate, and baby Gabe who cheered me on the whole way and took tons of pictures!  Without Steve and Robin's encouragement on that bike hill I don't know if I would have pushed myself.  Also thank you to Rachael Rose for driving out to see me finish!  Also thank you to all those who texted, called or prayed for me the past 24 hours.  Last but not least, thank you to Chase for his continuous support these past few weeks!  Love ya!
So here are some of the pictures my in laws took :)  Enjoy!
My run/bike transition--Robin did a great job getting "Strength and Honor" in the background!
The picture is a bit deceiving, but this is the end of my two beastly hills.
This shot shows my sweet body marking on my calf.  I was #99!
The finish line!  I'm done!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

My Anxiety is Mounting

So as stated earlier last month, I am registered to do a triathlon. And it's tomorrow!! I'm a bit nervous due to the weather we've had this week...snow, snow, and more snow...and the fact that I haven't been able to train too much this week because of it. Plus, the weather change between Texas and Utah has done a number on my health...runny nose, sore throat, etc. So, any prayers that you can send my way will be much appreciated at 8:30 am tomorrow!
Stay tuned for updates on how it all goes down!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

EASTER

I love Easter! For me it signals spring is approaching, tulips are blooming, egg hunts are commencing and ham is cooking. Yum! This Easter I had to fly down to Texas to take care of some legal matters. Sadly with finals fast approaching Chase stayed back. Even though we were apart I still shared some Smith family traditions with him before I left. My mom growing up had these decoupage eggs, a custom that I think originates from Germany (as many of our traditions do), which she would hide on Easter. Each child had one that was theirs. The boys would receive Easter ties in theirs and I would usually get some kind of jewelry in mine. I was so excited this year to invest in our own decoupage eggs that I ordered from hearthsong.com. I filled them with a surprise for Chase before I left as well as filled an Easter basket. He was surprised to find a Nintendo DS lite and both Brain Age 1 & 2. My family got him hooked on the system this past Christmas, and he’s been wanting one for awhile. It really is his graduation gift from me, but I wanted him to have something to do while I was away.
While in Texas I had the chance to spend time with the parentals a lot. Such a treat! I love how their new home is turning out. They have so many new additions and more on the way, but one addition I am still trying to decide whether I like or not is their new bird, Charlie. He’s a beautiful cockatiel that my parents love to talk to, but I personally think he’s a bit cranky. My parents keep joking that they might “will” him to me when they pass because cockatiels can apparently live for 30 years! Heaven help us all! At Easter dinner he wouldn’t stop chirping since we were sitting right next to him, and I seriously thought my brother Jeff might throw something at him. All in all, he’s a cute little guy, but, Mom and Dad, “will” him to someone else!
Kinda cranky looking, huh?

I love the food associated with Easter—the ham dinner and yummy desserts. This year my mom and I made sugar cookies that were to die for. They had a hint of orange in them and I frosted them with cream cheese frosting. I tapped into my creative skills in frosting them, but by the end I got a bit tired. By the end I was squeezing out lots of frosting haphazardly, but my nieces and nephews weren’t complaining.

My dad and I created an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos. If they found all four of their color eggs they could then find Grandma so she could give them a book. What a good Grandma, mixing education with fun. My nieces and nephews are going to be the best readers ever!

I would have to say the highlight of my weekend though was getting the chance to sing in my parents’ home ward. I haven’t had a chance to sing much these days, and so it was a treat to share my talent, and for me I felt the Spirit convey the message that I know that my Redeemer lives stronger than I ever have before. What a blessing it is to know that and to celebrate it during Easter.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Many probably have the same sentiments as me, but my favorite Conference talk (if I had to choose) from last weekend was Elder Holland's. Today I discovered that the Church has produced a beautiful video that can be found on lds.org or youtube.com using Elder Holland's words from Conference. I tried to post it directly on here but failed. So please I invite you to click on this link and remember why we celebrate this season. May we all walk by the Savior as we reflect on His life but more importantly His resurrection this beautiful Easter.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Knowing When to Say "No"

So as was previously mentioned, we took family pictures last month. I felt I should enlighten others as to what this event taught me. I knew that there were things still to learn about Chase and that during this first year I would learn a lot, but I have to laugh about my latest discovery. As many of you know, Chase grew up with all sisters--two older and one younger. He has been exposed to his fair share of estrogen and for that I have to be grateful; I think he understands me just a little better because of it. But, one draw back I discovered to having only sisters is that Chase's masculinity is sometimes hindered. Let me explain...Chase and his sisters were asked to pose for a "sibling" photo. This is what resulted:Chase saw nothing wrong with this! I quickly voiced my concern for this somewhat feminine pose. It made for a great laugh, but should I be a bit concerned???
At least Chase tried to redeem himself later with his brother in laws. Thank you Nate and Ryan for your positive influence. Oh how I love my husband and the laughs we share together!!