Sunday, March 9, 2014

life lately

Lately I:

^^Went to a friend's bachelorette party complete with a sushi dinner, risque games, and lots of advice-giving

-Started running every Tuesday with my friend Laurel. It's been fun to hear about her new baby and grad school and all her adventures. We call ourselves the Loogie Ladies, and I won't tell you why

-Served milk and cookies to the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve for my church. To put that into perspective, that's like serving milk and cookies to Pope Francis and his cardinals. It was incredible

 ^^Sent my mom a selfie of myself at work per her request

-Attempted to see Elizabeth Smart speak with my sister and a few friends but it was so crowded that we got tacos instead

^^Went snowmobiling and snowshoeing for a work retreat at my boss's boss's cabin. It was my first time doing both and I loved it so much! I did crash into a pole with my boss's boss, however. Now I am sporting a huge bruise on my hip with soreness down my whole left side. It was worth it. Snowmobiling across huge meadows at full speed is one of the most exhilarating experiences a human can have

-Watched Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club, and Argo with Brett (edited). Fight Club is a trip

-Played Settlers of Catan with friends and was sending mental death threats to them. Sometimes, I get too competitive 

^^Took a lot of those dumb personality quizzes. Apparently, I'm Xena, Warrior Princess and am only supposed to have one child? But, I liked the result on this one. I would live in Ireland in a heartbeat

-Took the Myers-Briggs personality test. I am an ESFJ (Extrovert, Sensor, Feeler, Judger). My main personality traits are altruistic, loyal, and sociable. It also says that I'm practical, too selfless, and crave security--but I'm not so sure about those three. I'm 70% ESFJ and 30% Victoria weirdness. Brett is INFJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeler, Judger). His is the rarest of all the 16 personalities (I knew I married a special one). He is a natural nurturer, complex, strongly-opinionated, creative, and private. That's Brett.

^^Went to my old roomie's baby shower. It was great to see girls from the freshman dorms and catch up. Everybody, she is 8 months pregnant. She is tiny!!!!

-Skyped with my brother while he opened his mission call. He's going to Chicago! We are all so excited for him. He leaves May 28

And that's all for now. Daylight savings was this morning, and I'm pretty excited about it. Now I'll actually get home from work while the sun's still up!

Happy Sunday.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sophie's baptism

My sweet baby sister was baptized! I can't believe she is 8! 
In our church, we believe that all of us are accountable for our actions when we turn 8 because we know right from wrong, which is different from most other Christian religions where members are baptized as babies. We believe that little kids are innocent, and thus automatically go to heaven if they die.

Sophie and my parents came to Utah for the baptism since we have so much family here (and Bri and I live here and Marcus is 3 hours away) so it just made sense.

^^Marcus baptized Sophia. What a treat to see.

^^The Smith-Candland-McCloskey clan all reunited.

^^It took them a few tries for her to go all the way under because Sophie kept putting her knee up or her fingers, hehe.

^^After the baptism, my dad said a prayer, blessing Sophie with the gift of the Holy Ghost throughout her life if she follows God's commandments and lives well. This means that the Spirit will guide her and basically be her friend throughout her life. We get to have a member of the godhead spiritually with us at all times. I absolutely love the Holy Ghost in my own life.It is something that I hold very special to me and I know for a fact is real.

All of the men in our family who have the priesthood stood with my dad and placed their hands on Sophie's head as he said the prayer. After the prayer, Sophie jumped in my dad's arms and hugged him and then she hugged all of them one at a time. It was really sweet.

^^After the baptism (and some musical performances and some talks and stuff--my mom goes all out on planning) we went over to the aunt and uncle's for a Thai food feast and an awesome CTR cake. CTR stands for Choose The Right and a lot of people wear rings that say "CTR" on them to remind them to do what's right.

^^And of course, what would a blog post be without a sneaky picture of Brett sleeping?

Anyway, if you're not Mormon (LDS) and you have some questions (or have heard bad things) about our religion, feel free to ask me or go here for more information: I promise you we're actually pretty normal, nice people.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Valentine's Day


So, it's March, but we are just getting to Valentine's Day up in this blog.

Brett and I spent Valentine's Day as we usually do--eating pizza and watching a movie. I think it's kind of lame-o and cliche going out to dinner because everyone and their fish does,  you know? But we ordered cheese crust, okay; we're not barbarians.

Then we went to Gravity. It was great and the music was great.

This is my new favorite song.

It's definitely a movie you have to see in theaters because the special effects are out-of-this-world (literally) and I don't think it would translate well to the small TV screen.

Poor Brett had to take off his 3-D glasses for a while because of all the spinning (she gets lost in space and spins for a solid 20 minutes). Don't go see this if you just ate questionable Indian food because the muck will end up on your lap.

Anyway, I had a wonderful evening with my honey. I never understood how people could fall deeper and deeper in love with someone until I married Brett. I legitimately love him more with each passing year, month, day, even hour (except if he doesn't pick up his gushers wrappers ;) ). I know I made the right choice in marrying him. Young people of the world, don't be scared of marriage. It actually completely rocks.

^^^The best quality picture with the best quality man (former part of the sentence, sarcasm. latter part of the sentence, not).

I also was in charge of the Valentine's Dinner Dance for my ward (a group of people we go to church with who live in our geographical region). Our ward is made up of married students, so why not have a romantic night for all the couples?

We had a most romantic dessert contest and there was some pretty elaborate entries.

^^Someone made a French man cake and someone made creme brulee? Get out of here. The three winners got date night prizes.

We had lots of good food and dancing and a photo booth. I couldn't resist sharing some of my favorites.Sadly, Brett and I didn't do the photo booth because I was running to and fro the whole night.

The theme was matching and all these couples did it perfectly.

See, Mormons have fun too.