Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weekend with the Family, Oliver, and Leigh :)

This last weekend was great! On Friday I ran home from work to try and iron out Kurt's graduation robe...but with out much success. Oh well, he looked tall and handsome from far away and I doubt anyone, but his closest neighbors noticed the crinkles in his uniform. After the graduation everyone headed to my apartment for dinner that Mom had cooked. The dinner was delicious and after cleaning up it was time to go home.

The next day Oliver and I headed up to West Jordan at about 5:00. I was so excited to see Gracie and Ellie! Gracie has become a mama's girl and at first would not even let me hold her! However, after a while she seemed to warm up, although she constantly cried out for Heidi, perhaps a response to the latest addition to the Griffin family...Ellie.

That night after dinner all of us headed up to Cecret lake (our traditional family hike). The hike was absolutely beautiful, although a bit colder than we had all expected. By the time we got there is was getting dark and we only stayed at the lake for about 5 minutes. However the crisp mountain air felt healthy in my lungs and I enjoyed the hike (although we came close to some big moose).

The next morning Oliver and I got up and went to music and the spoken word at the Conference Center. It was a beautiful program and they even sang my favorite song "All Creatures of Our God and King." I love choral music and would give anything to be in that choir someday. After the performance we made our way up to the top of the Conference Center, where there are some pretty gardens and fountains and a great view of the city.

After that we hurried home to make it to the home ward for church. It's always interesting to see how people have grown and matured inbetween the times I attend church there.

That night Leigh came down and she and Oliver and I played speed scrabble (Oliver slaughtering us every time) and ate dinner with the entire family. Our house seems to usually be in a state of semi-confusion with all the babies around, but it's worth it because they seem to get cuter every time I see them.

That night Mom and Dad had put together a memorial service for Grandpa Laird and it was great to remember what a wonderful man he was. I'm lucky to be related to him.

All in all it was a fabulous weekend! I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family/boyfriend/best friend :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Last night...

Last night Oliver and I went up to his cabin just ahead of my roommates Leigh and Kate. We all got together and made some great shish kaboobs for dinner.

One of Oliver's good friends from back home came to and brought a girl that he had been crushing on since his study abroad last winter. Funnily enough, I know her. Her name is Kali and we were in the same Biology class our freshman year and even did a group project together. They were really cool and fun to hang out with.

After finally finishing the preparations for dinner and eating, we played a bunch of games. The best of which was "Curses." Aaron Collete (Leigh's date and our ward's current Elder's Quorum President) was cursed that everything he said had to be in a scooby do accent. The psudo japanese trying to be scooby do voice made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. I ended up sobbing half my make up off because I was laughing so hard. I don't think I've laughed so hard since some good old times with Heidi.

We finally got home at about 1:00 AM, and just in time to get in a bit of sleep before today when everyone will start flooding into UT again for Kurt's graduation and Abbey's wedding next week. I'm so excited to see everyone! It's going to be a great weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2008


I am starting this blog so my friends/family can see what I'm doing during my adventure in Europe.