Monday, July 23, 2012

Cool jewelry holder

A few months ago I came across the jewelry holder on Etsy, here, and immediately fell in love.  It is a bit more than my everyday purchase, so I saved up for it and then bought it for myself as a birthday gift!  It arrived this week and I happily mounted it on the wall. 
 Isn't it cool?  I almost never wear jewelry.  I forgot how much I had! In fact, after this picture, I found another container with a bunch of super cute earrings that I had forgot I owned.  I have completely filled up this tree now but it's so easy to see what I have at a glance, and I am going to go through everything this week and decide whether I really want it or not.  If not, trash can!  Very little of it actually cost much money.  I really want to build up my collection with some nicer pieces instead of the cheap Claire's-like stuff I have now.  I also have several things from my Grandma Kitty, and now a few earrings from my Aunt Jeanine, and I love having thing to remember them by.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

First day of organ playing!

Today was my first day playing the organ! I was pretty nervous.  Because Adam has church meetings early at 7, we had to get up at 6 (gag) and then get the kids up too (gaaaag).  We made it on time, which is remarkable for us, and then I practiced organ for awhile and the kids ran around.  That seemed to get their wiggles out nicely, so they were awesome during Sacrament meeting.  My organ playing went really well.  First I had 15 minutes to play prelude, and that was nice for my nerves.  By the time the opening hymn came, I wasn't shaking as badly, and I was pretty much over my nervous mistakes stage.

When I was in Arizona last weekend for my Aunt Jeanine's funeral, we all had the chance to go through her house and take home anything that we wanted.  I had some room in my suitcase for a few things, so I immediately gravitated towards her music.  Tasha and I both went through it all, and I picked out some easy organ prelude books and some piano music.  Tasha is much better than me so she picked out some more difficult music! :] But I was really happy to be taking the music, because it reminds me so much of my Aunt Jeanine, who was an amazing pianist and organist.  I also picked a few pieces of jewelry, and some random kitchen utensils.  The kitchen stuff won't really inspire me the same way, but Jeanine was a practical person, so I bet she'd be happy to see me make use of them! :]

So anyway, the preludes I played today were all from a piano book that had been Jeanine's, and that made me happy today.  I played three hymns, #36 (They, the Builders of Our Nation), #190 (In Memory of the Crucified), and #30 (Come, Come Ye Saints).  I was planning on playing the pedals on the last hymn, but I was too nervous and I knew it would be a disaster, so I didn't do that this time.  Next time!  I even wore my organ shoes, ha, so I need to making use of my skills I learned in my college organ class and actually use the pedals!

After church Adam did clerk work (he hasn't been released yet) and I practiced violin with my accompanist for our ward talent show on Saturday.  Since the choir also sang today and I sang with them, I feel like I made use of all my musical talents today!

Jr. Primary Wisdom

Just a couple of funny ones today from my Sunbeams.

"Last night, my family flew on a plane. We went to Philadelphia.  And then last night, I fell off my bed."

A few minutes later, same kid: "Last night, I was born!" (Katrina does a similar thing as him, by the way, except she says "Last day.")

During the same lesson, one little girl told me all about her baby sister that she optimistically thinks is in her mom's tummy.  Then she pointed at mine and said, "what's in your tummy?"  I did a dramatic pause, and said, "In my tummy, there is....pretzels!"

Then one little girl said, "I was in my Daddy's tummy!"

Saturday, July 21, 2012

New haircut!

I asked her for long hair, with more layers, and said I wanted half as much hair!  She did an awesome job.  I definitely have found a stylist I like.  Seeing that my last haircut was done by myself, it's not too difficult to improve, I suppose! But this is a friend from my ward and she's done a lot of haircuts of women in my ward, and they always look great, so I knew I could trust her.
 This was before. I'd say it's an improvement!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A tale of two callings

Yesterday, Adam and I got a phone call asking us to meet with a member of the stake presidency today.  Of course, we instantly began speculating what his new calling would be, since they wouldn't bother having me come if it were for a normal interview.  Adam also spent the day pretty much mourning his calling as Stake Assistant Clerk over Finance.  He loves that calling and has only been there 8 months. Being the nerds we are, we even got onto the Church handbook online to see what callings a counselor in the stake presidency can extend.  We decided it was one of three callings: Ward executive secretary, Ward clerk, or member of the Elder's Quorum presidency. 

This morning they went late with interviews, so we only had time before church for me to tell the counselor that I was fine with Adam getting a new calling, whatever it was, and then we had to go to Sacrament meeting.  During that, they released and called a new Executive secretary and also a new Ward Clerk.  They also released the Ward Mission Leader and didn't call him to anything else, so it was pretty obvious what Adam's new calling would be.

After church, he stopped by my classroom and said, "Well, you want to know what it is? I've already been sustained!" Turns out Adam is the new...Elder's Quorum President!  That completely threw us for a loop because it was a counselor in the Stake Presidency who asked him, not the Stake President, but it turns out our Stake Pres is out of town.  Adam is fairly overwhelmed right now!  Sunday mornings will be tricky with him going in for meetings, then coming home to get us and bring us to the church, but those are the trickiest logistics.   I think he'll do a great job, but it is definitely a calling that will make him learn and grow!

And speaking of learning and growing, I was surprised myself to get a new calling this week in addition to Sunbeam teacher.  It's basically a calling that I brought on myself!  A few weeks ago I asked the ward organist to show me how to use the organ.  I took classes my last semester of BYU but that was four years ago, so I needed a refresher.  Ever since then I've been practicing a couple times a week at the church.  My diligence was noticed, and I am going to be an Assistant Ward Organist! :]  This will be a great opportunity for me. I'll probably play once a month or so, and as a backup for our organist when she's gone.  There is already another assistant organist, but she has a brand new baby, so life is busy for her right now.  Anyway, I'm pretty excited about this, and very happy that they plan out hymns 6 weeks in advance so I'll have plenty of time to practice!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Quilt for my niece

My sister had her baby over a month ago but unfortunately I am just now finishing her quilt!  I have had the fabric for awhile and the quilts was designed months ago but I've been a slow mover on this one. Thankfully I finished tonight!
 It's an interesting quilt.  Very busy.  Mixing coordinating fabrics together isn't really my strong point, and I think I may have thrown together a few too many patterns with this one, but it's kind of fun too.
 There are a lot of appliques, but they don't really stand out because of all the other patterns. 

 I also got rather adventurous with the quilting!  I have done straight line quilting for the last several quilts I've made, and I really dislike stippling whole quilts, so this one I tried some more advanced techniques.  All the big squares have pointy stippling, all the smaller ones have flowers, and the rectangles have a strange loopy design.  Oh, and the sashing has gentle curves.  I also had to quilt around the appliques, which caused some blank spots on the back.
 I'm not sure I would do it like this again if I had to start over, but it was also nice to try something new, plus it could be quilted in chunks and required less movement than stippling.
 I'll be sending it off this week to my sister.  I hope she likes it!
 And mostly I'm just grateful for my cute little niece and wishing that I could see her in person and not just in pictures!