12.24.2011

Leading up to the Breaking of Winter.

The past few weeks have kind of been crazy with Thanksgiving, finishing up school/finals, packing up + getting back out here to Ohio(!!) for the holiday break. But I did manage to document some of the activities that took place during that time. So here we go. (:

1. Roomies (+Andrew) went to see Debbie (middle) perform in an orchestra concert in the HFAC. She did fantastic rockin out on her violin, obviously.

2. Post-concert, we all returned home to set up our Christmas decorations (finally!). Some of us just goofed around while the rest of us (ahem, Katherine + I) did all of the work... 




Oh, and Aaron stopped by briefly - just in time for us to put on our English Christmas tree-decorating hats...! 

Our Charlie Brown tree. It only fell down five times or so because it was too thin for the stand...thank goodness for tall hometeachers. (: 


3a. We celebrated the last day of classes!! Meaning I celebrated by getting a picture with my world-famous religion professor, Susan Easton Black. Click on her name to learn just a snippet more about her...she's beyond fantastic. 

3b. I went with Micae to see The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey at the SCERA Center for the Arts - and saw my good friend in real life, Jonathan (not Toomey) in the performance! I had no idea he was acting in it...small world. (: 

4. Some of my roomies + I (Debbie, Katherine + Miriam) decided to spend our first official day of no more class by preparing and studying for finals going to Temple Square to see the lights! The temple looked perfectionary, nothing new! 




There were (as always) tons of beautiful nativities from all over the world, including the one below on the reflecting pond right in front of the temple, and a bunch of other ones all over the place. 


They also had these white paper bags lining the entire grounds - all decorated with these intricate designs that said some kind of holiday greeting in over a dozen different languages. Mega cool. 



We even got a nice picture in front of the temple (just don't zoom in too much, or you're in danger of seeing how pink our noses are from the cold!)...and had a random standby jump into one of them, adorable. 

Just love my roomies. (: 

5. The next day (Saturday) we celebrated the Christmas season by having our ward Christmas party! Complete with lots of yummy eats, card-writing, talent-showcasing (check out Debbie playing her violin in one of the photos!), and of course plenty of socializing with some good amigos. 










6. And, naturally, after surviving (most) of my finals for the week, I just had to take a study break to take my good friend Leah (my co-actor from The Hundred Dresses) to her 1st official Y-land visit!! Verdict: She's HOOKED. Mission accomplished! 




Oh, also - I got my hair cut. (: I haven't been able to cut my hair since we got cast for the show back in April (director's orders!) so, naturally, the soonest I could after our last performance I headed on over to the Paul Mitchell School to get my hair all chopped up. (:

Aaand that about sums things up to the present time! I managed to (barely) survive finals week with working almost 40 hours at the Testing Center and taking my own finals as well, and ended up on a flight back home to Ohio by Saturday, exactly a week ago from today! The past week has been filled with lots and lots of family time and it's crazy to think I'm already heading back to Utah for winter semester in just a week + a day from now...time flies! But for now, at least, this much will have to suffice.

Merry Christmas! From all of us. (:

Third Annual at Skyview #1

So my roomies and I like to bake. A lot. And we do it all time. All. The. Time. So we decided a couple months back to put our brains (and baking abilities) together and to good use and initiate a monthly baking party - aka a chance for us to show off our skills and invite our friends over for them to indulge and increase their sugar intake for the day by 1000%.

The spread:

Christmas Bread by Katherine (seriously tasted just like Christmas...it was bizarrely delicious) 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies by Micae 

Brownies by Micae 

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter M&Ms on top...perfection) by Miriam 

Anddd I just had to use the totally awesome new cookie cutters Mama sent me in my birthday package to make some Christmas themed sugar cookies!

Step one: Make dough and cut it out. 

Step two: Put cookies on greased baking sheets and cook for 10 minutes-ish. 

Step three: Set up an icing/sprinkle decoration station for the party-goers (thanks again to Mama for the sprinkles + icing from the birthday package!). 

Step four: Set out cookies. Step back and watch the others indulge. 




My roommates and I just loved showing off our goods for our friends (no pun intended). We are kind of an eccentric bunch, if you couldn't tell...



We can be normal when we need to be, though. (;

And just in case you were doubting our friend-making abilities (thanks to the previous mega-awkward photos I just posted for everyone in the world to see), I will have you know that we have a pretty strong fan base for us and our monthly deliciously-baked-goods parties. And I promise most of them are even good friends with us in real life, too.








Once the festivities ended (aka time for ward prayer came along), we went to ward prayer + then us roomies quickly returned for our not-so-secret (because by like a week ago we had already figured out who everyone had, haha) santa gift exchange. (:

First, Debbie got a cute hat from Micae.



Then, Micae got some awesome Christmas socks from me. (: 



Next, I got the best gift ever - aka $15 to Yogurtland from Miriam...buried underneath a bunch of packing peanuts hahaha. (: 



Miriam got a cute sweater t-shirt from Debbie



Karmila got a stylish scarf from Katherine



And Katherine got some cute jewlery, candy, + scarves from Karmila



We had tons of fun shopping for one another and celebrating together one last time before finals/heading home for winter break. I think the thing I love most about my roommates is how natural we can all be around each other...



Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays from my beautiful roommates + I in Skyview #1! (: 
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