24 April 2009

not a non-resident alien any longer

On April 23, 2008 - I officially became a resident of The United States of America. (my green card is in the mail)

It's a big deal. I've been here on a student VISA since I moved here from Canada in 2001. No longer. Now it's legit. I'm here for good and they can't kick me out...(unless I become a felon)

Exciting moment.

21 April 2009

the utah jazz

Our neighbor gave me and Chase tickets to a Jazz game. We had row 13 seat... I think before that night, the closest I'd been is up in the nosebleed! Not that I've been a ton anyway.

(one exception- the Ladies Ensemble, that I was in in 2004, got the chance to sing the national anthem to start off the game. It was really fun! And they gave us tickets for the game at the very top of the lower bowl.)

Chase is an avid Jazz fan, so it was extra special for him. Even though the Jazz lost, it was a great game.
Chase even caught a shirt for me- one that was parachuted down from the ceiling. It was all crumpled into a ball, so when I put it on, it was itchy and kinda gross.
I wore it for a while before I told Chase he could wear it.

I love the trees at the Energy Solutions arena. They are beautiful this time of year.

Xoxo, Brittany

ps: after the game, we went exit to exit collecting the free taco coupons they were handing out. haha.

16 April 2009

hope you had a hoppy easter

My first Easter being married! Which also means my first Easter to act out Bunny. It was a lot of fun, though I didn't really do a ton for Chase.

I got some of those silly plastic eggs and filled them with candies and hid them all over in our dining room. I made Chase a card. I pulled put a giant bunny my dad gave me 9 years ago and sat him on our table. I also bought him a little sugar dish- a bird sitting on a grapefruit. Then I made poppy seed muffins and woke him up for his goodies.

He loved it all.

After church we went to his parents house for a delicious ham dinner. It was really fun to hang out with them all- I've come to really love their family. Next we went up to my mom's house for dessert and to my family and some cousins that were over. I really love family gatherings.

My favourite part was all chocolates that were oh so scrumptious!
Xoxo, Brittany

ps: pictures to come soon.

13 April 2009

i've been both...

Would you rather be not recognized because you've gained so much weight or lost so much weight?

i've been both.

I was an adorable little baby.
But growing up I was always a fat little girl, then a fat big girl...

In college, I slowly lost weight, then I had a major drive and I got down to 130 pounds. I was skinnier then my sister Bethany! This is a picture of me when I worked at the College Bookstore.

I met Chase when I was very thin. This is the night we met.One time when he was over, he saw a sibling picture of me at my sister's wedding. He asked why I wasn't in it. Mind you, he hadn't met all my siblings yet, but still. I told him I was & pointed to me. He just laughed and thought I was kidding... nope.

He often, when I show him a picture of when I was younger, won't know it's me!
Well since I got married, I didn't stay that thin. At all. This is us at New Years.

Last week I found a really pretty picture of me. I was tan and thin and just looked my best. I brought it to him and said, "Don't you love this picture?" His reply, "Who is it?"... I guess now he's forgotten what I looked like when we met, because he couldn't even tell it was me. (If I had a scanner, I'd show you the exact picture, but I don't, so you'll just have to know it was around the same time as this picture below.)
Do I really change THAT much that I am not recognizable? Is that normal? Does anyone else change so much?!

Xoxo, Brittany

ps: this post is supposed to be a funny post about how my looks change so much. it's not a negative blog about my weight. i like my weight and thank you for the compliments on my looks. i am pretty hot, aren't i?

07 April 2009

Things I want to remember about Conference:

I loved conference this year! (As I always do)
I'm really good in the morning, but I seemed to fall asleep half-way through the afternoon sessions. Oops.
Here are some points and impressions I had from some of the talks that I'd like to share, and just for myself to remember.
It's so great to know that the people who spoke were inspired from God to know what to say, and that God cares so much for us that he will send his Apostles and Prophets to direct us and help us continue on the path.

Here are some things that stood out to me:(nothing is a direct quote)

Robert D. Hales
Joyfully live with what you have.
Control your wants...want more than anything to do the will of God.
Provide for yourself and your family.
Say "No" if you want it but cannot afford it.
Say "No" if you can afford it, but do not need it.
Continue to pay your tithing and fast offerings.

Margaret S. Lifferth
Act reverent always- school, work, home, even sporting events to be an example to those strangers, children and family around us.
Reverence brings forth revelation.
Don't text, email, play games, or be loud in church!

D. Todd Christofferson
Keep all the covenants you make, and God will help you through all your trials.
Through baptism, we take upon ourselves Christs name. Live accordingly.

Henry B. Eyring
Give of our time to those people that are in need.
Pray to be guided to those people, they may not be the ones we expect.
If we do all that God has intended us to do, we will die happy.

M. Russel Ballard
If you don't remember that past, you are doomed to repeat it.
You will have a great, successful, happy life in the future, if you look to the past for understanding.

Quentin L. Cook
Live so people who don't know about our faith will want to know more.
If you are living incorrectly, you will cause those people to be confused about what we believe.
Respect everyone in and out of the Church.

I was listening on the radio at this point, and so I don't know who gave this talk- it was Saturday afternoon, the talk before Elder Scott.

He quoted Howard W. Hunter saying,
If we base our life on gospel teachings, nothing can go permanently wrong.
If we base our life on the world, nothing can go permanently right.

Richard G. Scott
On going to the temple:
Set a specific time to go and establish a goal of how many times you'll go.
Learn and understand the doctrine of temple ordinances.
Pray to have a good experience.
Listen carefully to each ordinance.
Be mindful of the person you are doing the work for.
Do sealings, to remind you of your own.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Live Christ's teachings and you will always have the light of Christ.
Get off the couch and become a real disciple of Christ.

Neil L. Anderson
Newest ordained Apostle to the Quorum of the Twelve.
He is humbled and knows he is not the man that he needs to become.
We are not alone in following Christ.

Jeffrey R. Holland
Don't feel alone, we have Christs companionship, always.

President Thomas S. Monson
Don't focus on your trials and hardships, focus on your blessings and joys.
Make the gospel the center of your life.

Dallin H. Oaks
Set aside personal convenience for selfless service.
Be proactive in Church by welcoming people.
Wanting something for nothing is contrary to the gospel.
We are in a ME generation, don't be a part of that.

David A. Bednar
There is a big difference between active members of the church who occasionally rush through the the temple and those who continuously and diligently go worship in the temple.

Well there you have it... just a few of my notes from this conference. If you watched or heard it, you should share yours as well.
Another great thing about this conference weekend is that my cousins, the Remingtons (Carol, Leah& Ryan, Jordan, Tim, Jonny and Katelyn) were in town! We grew up in the same neighborhood and I love them all!

Xoxo, Brittany Anne.

01 April 2009

My Craving:

Last night, Chase and I watched "Chocolat" - I simply love that movie. I think Juliette Binoche is so pretty and just an amazing actress, she inspires me.

The movie is about a woman and her daughter who move into a small, very conservative french town. She opens a chocolate shop. They Mayor tries to run her out of town, because she doesn't fit in, by forcing the Priest of the local church to tell the people to not give into temptations(the chocolates, i guess?).

She helps an abused woman become independant. She helps a grandmother reunite with her young grandson. She accepts the river floaters, one of which is Johnny Depp.

Finally the Mayor realizes that he needs to be as Christ was when he was on earth. Accepting and loving of all, instead of being self-righteous and looking down on others. I just really enoyed the overall theme of the movie.

And seeing all that rich, luxe, creamy chocolate made me crave that delicious taste.

So, naturally, at 11:45pm, I ran to Albertsons, and bought some Ghirardelli Squares, White Chocolate with Vanilla Bean. I also bought these beautiful white flowers because I wanted my home to be more beautiful.

It was a wonderful night!