Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pomp and Circumstance

It's official! I am done in every way with college. Even though I technically graduated in December '08, I walked this last weekend, and I'm so glad I did. It was amazing to be part of something so huge. I feel so grateful to have attended BYU and gain the amazing education it has to offer. Also, BYU has provided me with the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest people in the world with weekly devotionals from President Hinckley, President Monson, other general authorities, and President Uchtdorf and Elder Nelson at our general commencement ceremony. What a blessing.

I also want to give a shout out to everyone who supported me through college, specifcally my parents. Thank you for everyhing--for supporting me both financially and emotionally. I really couldn't have done it without you, and I am so grateful that I have such amazing parents. I love you both!!

So, in closing, au revoir BYU. It's been real.

[Oh also, Russ and I got to graduate together! (I know, cute, huh?) Except he got a fancy black robe and an awesome hood, which comes with getting your Masters. I guess it was TOTALLY worth it. Congratulations, Russ!!! I am so proud of you!]

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Circle of Life

Once upon a time a girl named Camille met a girl named Emily, both new BYU co-eds-- shy, scared, and friendless. They became instant friends sitting under a tree in Helaman Halls.
These two buds shared some great times together during their 3 great years of being roommates. They went camping, to concerts, family vacations to Hawaii, grandparents houses, field trips, snowboarding, you name it. There was a lot of laughing and bonding within those three years of being together. And then they started getting older. Study abroads happened. Internships happened. Missions happened.

And they were separated.

But alas, the stars have aligned and the two friends of long ago have been reunited! Emily and Camille are roommates once again, but this time at the Enclave Village.
The Circle of Life has brought us together once again. To keep with the "Circle of Life" theme, we even stayed up till 2 last night finishing a Lion King mosaic puzzle. It was hard, but don't worry, we conquered. I know, I know, we will try to not be so wild from now on. Girls just wanna have fun, gosh darn it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Best Day of My Life... as of yet.

Have you ever woken up and had to ask yourself if yesterday was a dream? That was the exact thought that ran through my head Saturday morning. I will explain why.

Well first, Friday was my birthday, (yay!) But it was very unlike all the other 22 birthdays I had experienced. First my roommates made me a delicious breakfast. And then Russ had left some surprises for me on the table, including a beautiful bouquet of roses. My mom happened to be in town, so we all went out to lunch with her at Mimi's Cafe. Yummmm!

Russ had told me he had "birthday things" planned for the rest of the day. So after lunch we rented a tandem bike and rode to one of our favorite parks. He then pulls out a poem and I naively sit back and listen until at the end he pops the question. Yes, THE question. He pulls out the most beautiful ring in the world from his backpack--I'm still in shock. Here we are, 3:00 in the afternoon in a park on my birthday, and Russ is asking me to marry him. It was perfect. And here's the best part... I SAID YES!

The rest of the day seemed like a big blissful blur. We sat down for a while to try and soak it all in, but even now it still hasn't quite sunk in. Russ then took me to dinner at Thai Ruby, a restaurant we had went to on one of our first dates. Later that night he threw me a surprise party where we celebrated with some close friends and family. Everything was perfect. I loved being able to spend one of the happiest days of my life with the people I love the most.

So that's it folks. I'M GETTING MARRIED! I have never smiled so much in my life. Today in Relief Society when I announced that I was engaged, a few girls said "to WHO???" So... for those who aren't quite clear on how this whole shebang got started, here's a quick synopsis. If you're bored with this post by now, you can stop reading, I won't be offended.

We met last semester... at a yogurt shop and then at Halloween party (I was a black cat and he was a computer). I have also been friends with his sister, Natalie, since she lived in the Enclave last year and we have some close mutual friends. So she is our matchmaker. We owe her for eternity. Dating Russ felt like the most natural, comfortable thing I have ever done--for lot's of reasons. I'm always happy when I'm with him. He is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but his family now lives in Highland. I love his family. He is graduating this week from BYU with his Masters in Information Systems, and has a job with Ernst & Young starting in September in San Antonio, Texas. So for those who know MY situation, I am no longer moving to San Francisco. Come September I will have taken on the new name of Lewis and will be living in Texas. It's crazy the turns your life can take so quickly. You may never know why you felt so prompted to make some decisions--but I can attest that everything happens for a reason.

So... in closing, he asked, and I said "yes!" Russ and I will make it official on July 25th at the Draper Temple. Stay tuned, you faithful readers, you.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

An Ode to the Bird

Thank you, dear SNOWBIRD, for:
  • Supplying 2 1/2 feet of fresh powder in the middle of April
  • Starting the morning off as a "sunny powder day"... really, nothing can beat that
  • Playing "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" by Radiohead in the tunnel. It made my day.
  • Providing ample terrain for the crowds, enough that fresh tracks can still be found after lunch
  • "The Cirque" drop-off... this taught me how much I really do crave adrenaline rushes
  • Helping me take the lemons of a snow storm in April and make lemonade by having an incredible powder day

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Race for Sale!!

Have you (or anyone you know in the Utah area) been DYING to prove your physical abilities and run a 1/2 marathon, but just can't scrounge up the $60+ to run? [I know, right? Who wants to pay that much money to RUN for goodness sakes]

Anyway, if this is you... YOU'RE IN LUCK!!!

I signed up for the Salt Lake City 1/2 Marathon which is on Saturday, April 18th and, due to knee injuries from my last race, have decided against killing myself again. MY SPOT IN THE RACE IS FOR SALE!!! I'll give it to you for $25! That's a steal of a deal for an awesome race.

I promise, it's fun. I loved it. Knee injuries and all.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Random find

So, i'll admit it. I was bored this morning and googled my name. I found a little surprise! This was the third listing that came up (after facebook and Linkedin, of course). Kinda weird to see a picture and interview of you somewhere you didn't know it would be.


I just wanted you to know


a lot.

My family came into town last weekend for General Conference, etc. and we had such a great weekend. We didn't do anything exceptional, but it didn't matter. What we DID do was a lot of eating and laughing, two very great things in life. Yup, it's official, I love them a lot.

Oh and also, Russ is pretty great too. Blogging world, it's time you officially met Russ.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Let your body moooooove

So tonight I went to another Fictionist concert. Ok I know you are thinking "really Camille? How many times are you going to talk about this band and how amazing their shows are?" Well I could do it again (because it was beyond incredible and one of the funnest nights I've had in a while), but tonight I'm talking about a different issue.

I don't understand how when people are at a concert (and I mean ANY concert or musical event) they can just STAND THERE. How do the sounds and energy coming from the amazing artists on stage not MOVE YOU!?!?? How is your toe not tapping? How are you not rocking your head up and down and side to side in time with the hypnotizing beat? How are you not smiling? How are you not jumping up and down while the incredible jam unfolds on stage? HOW ARE YOU STANDING STILL?

As I was rocking out hard core tonight I would look around every once and a while when I would randomly snap back into reality and think all of these questions at the same time. Yeah, I know, lots of questions. Complicated mind. But it's ok, because that complicated mind becomes clear whenever I am listening to music and completely lose myself. Oh the beauty of music.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sign if you agree...

Dear Mother Nature (or whom it may concern),

First off, let me just say that I love you. I love the beauty of everything you are. Yup, I love the mountains. I love the ocean. I even love the desert.

Tonight I am writing on behalf of our current condition. I live in Utah and woke up this morning, the first morning of APRIL, to a fresh coat of white, fluffy snow, gusting winds of 46,834 miles an hour, and even MORE snow falling to the already whitened ground. I must admit, Mother Nature, I was not very happy. I know you do your thing, but I was wondering if you could maybe start being a little warmer. I can do whatever it is you require. I come to thee on bended knee, begging, even pleading for any sort of glimpse of SPRING, the season of smiles and warmth.

I know that when you reveal the beauty of spring, whenever it may be, it will be magnificent. It always is.


Camille "Bring in the Spring" McLaws