Monday, April 26, 2010

my blender dream

I am dreaming of the day when we will own... 

This is not your ordinary blender but rather the Blendtec.....  Today at Costco, we watched a demonstration.  It can puree whole fruits, including seeds and peels for amazing smoothies.  It can blend whole vegetables and then (somehow) the soup comes out hot.  It can even make solid, thick ice cream.  And it is a great way to hide veggies (like carrots in the orange dreamy ice cream).  Someday Blendtec... someday....

Sunday, April 25, 2010


I made our blogger header picture at  It is all of the super cute billboards that you see driving or inspiring commercials heard on the radio and seen on TV.  I really love that website and have spent many of my spare moments (aka much needed homework breaks) just browsing it.  
I really like the value of "commitment" that I chose to go with our picture and saying to create my own personal billboard.  It seemed like a perfect fit to me...  And we are committed for Eternity! 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How to make an Interior Design mat board...

This is the original paper I was given.  I traced the walls onto a different piece of paper.  Then Casey scanned it into my traced one into the computer to make the lines really straight.

Next was arranging the furniture.  I only took a picture of the final arrangement.  I had several different attempts of trying to get everything in the exact place.  This is all done on 1/4" scale.

This was my test paper to make sure the colors would blend the way I wanted to.  I had a hard time trying to get all of the colors to match because the actual color of my samples (will be seen in a few pictures) did not match any of my colored pencils.

I worked on this during general conference on Saturday.  We had to incorporate light and shadows from the windows.  I learned a lot about shadowing through hands on experiments with windows in our own house.

I finished coloring!! Yeah!  Some interesting tibits about this is (1) the bed spread is actually the one on our bed right now.  Except ours is all brown/ tan.  I just traded one of the brown stripes for blue.  (2)  We were encouraged to have one personal item in the rendering--like a bowl of fruit or something.  I chose the Salt Lake Temple Statue (remember you are looking at it from above).  (3) The entire color scheme was designed around the chair in the living room with brown and blue circles.

Trying to figure out how to space things on the mat board.  The two brown squares at the bottom would be my fabric samples.  I didn't know how to attach them yet and I was trying to figure out their sizing.

Oh man... this was a nightmare!  I had no idea how to get the fabric samples to stick to the mat board.  I tried Elmer's glue and it didn't work so well.  It became a sticky, wet mess.  I'm pretty sure there was more glue on my fingers than the fabric.
That method was obviously not going to work.  So I switched to double stick tape and also regular tape on the back.

My board is ALL done!  As you can see, I changed the arrangement slightly from my first idea.  25% of my grade was on arrangement so I kept playing with it until I liked the spacing.  Another 25% of the grade was on everything staying on the board.  I ended up using carpet tape to hold the samples to the mat board.  It worked really well but I sacrificed a pair of scissors in the process.

I earned 96% on this project!! :)  I was so excited because I worked so hard!  I will for sure be getting an A in my second interior design class!  YEAH!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

improve behavior

"True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior."
Boyd K. Packer, “Little Children,” Ensign, Nov 1986, 16

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lessons Learned from Chopsticks

The other night, Casey made me Asian Fried Rice while I was working on finishing some homework.  He bought  a really nice pack of chopsticks on his mission.  I have never been a huge user of chopsticks because every time I try, I fail miserably and basically just end up sitting there hungry with no way to get the food to my mouth.  Well, Casey offered to teach me how to use them and I agreed to try.  I actually was pretty successful at it--Casey is a good teacher!  Anyway, I have realized there are a lot of life lessons to be learned from chopsticks...

1. Slow Down!  Life isn't a race and it doesn't matter if you finish first or last... you still finished!
2. Persistent.  The things most enjoyable require effort to obtain them.  Keep trying and you will be successful.
3. Make dinner an event.  Too often in life, dinner becomes something that you rush through merely as a means to refuel your body and therefore miss the point of family socialization.  Take the time to talk to those you love, chew your food throughly, and sit patiently waiting for everyone to finish.
4. Choose good teachers/ mentors.  I have tried to use chopsticks before and failed.  I succeed with the Asian Fried Rice because I had a good teacher.  Listen to those around you for helpful insights but then choose what you need in your life and apply it.  The rest of the advice, graciously thank the person for and then simply don't use it.
5. Learn new things.  It is always a benefit to learn a new talent or skill or knowledge.  Strive everyday to pursue your education and become wise.

Friday, April 9, 2010

some FIRSTs and some LASTs

During the past week or so, I have been noticing how many FIRST and LAST experiences we have been blessed with....  

FIRST time Casey registered for classes at UVU
LAST full week of classes for Lisa & LAST time preparing for finals
Note:  I had no idea that registering was such a major time commitment.  I have been very blessed to have one of the best college advisors help plan out my classes and rarely had to hunt through the schedule.  Thank you Mom for all of your help!!!

FIRST attempt to become a student intern
(and hopefully the LAST...)
Note:  Still haven't heard anything from the principal... but we are really hopeful and would love it if everyone would join in praying for us.  I know everything will work out in the end.

FIRST Virginia Mission Reunion
LAST time wondering who Casey is talking about
Note: I think I was more excited to go to this than Casey was.  But, I witnessed the most amazing thing while I was there.  I enjoyed watching others and seeing the love that they felt for each other.  Everyone was so excited to be together again--I had never seen so many guys hug each other before....  But the best part is that everyone was accepted!  It didn't matter if the person was popular or nerdy or any of those earthly labels.... everyone was equally loved and it was so cool to watch.

FIRST General Conference as a married couple
LAST time doing homework during it (at least for me...)
Note: I was coloring my interior design final project.  I am capable of coloring and listening at the same time!  But, it will be nice to not have to do that in the future! :)

FIRST Easter together!
LAST time I wait to buy Easter candy after on clearance
Note:  I have searched numerous stores trying to find Cadbury Mini Eggs (they are like M&Ms but egg shaped).  This is seriously one of my favorite candies for the whole year but we figured they would go on sale afterwards and be a lot cheaper.  Well, this theory only works if the store still has some in stock after the holiday.  Oh well!  We still have plenty of candy and treats and simply delicious stuff!

Please note: I will post Easter and interior design pictures later! :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"I'm Singing in the Rain"

Recently, my mom bought me a nature sound noise maker.  I have been having major problems sleeping and the constant noise of traffic (our bedroom is on a busy street and we have 3 windows in there!) was not helping anything.  My sleeping patterns aren't perfect... but this noise maker thing is definitely helping! :D  And, Casey is benefiting from this gracious gift as well because I would toss and turn all night and keep him awake by my inability to sleep.  Now we are both sleeping relatively better! 

Anyway, some of the sounds are the ocean, a summer's night (crickets), a heartbeat (supposed to be for babies), waterfall (just sounds like constant "white" noise), something else (seriously NO clue what it is!!!), and rain!  One of my favorite sounds to listen to is the rain! :D  I don't know why but I always find it so calming and peaceful.  

Funny story!  The other morning, I must have woken up around 6 am (don't know because I cover my alarm clock with a blanket because it is too bright) but I was still tired and assumed it must have been 3 am.  I turned the noise maker on and fell back asleep for maybe 20 minutes or something.  When the alarm went off, I had the song "I'm singing in the rain" going through my head!  It stayed there pretty much the whole day too. I couldn't figure out why I was singing that song until I turned the noise maker on the following night.  And what it kind of funny, I could only remember the first few lines of the song.  

I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again

That was seriously one of the best days!!  I was so happy the entire day and kept thinking about how happy life really is.  Despite the difficulties we face, life really is meant to be happy and enjoyed! :D