Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Women's Conference--Memorable Moments

Later in the week I am going to post about my most favorite moment at WC, but today I want to show some of the memorable moments held timeless by my camera.

High on the list was seeing all the fruit blossoms. Beautiful trees in bloom were everywhere on campus and lining many of the streets. We loved walking under them, enjoying their beauty and breathing in their sweet scent.

Even better was seeing all the gardens splashed with color! Tulips are my favorite flower so I couldn't resist taking this picture.

I learned that whenever you travel to unfamiliar territory you should always take a wise and experienced guide. This is Christy and she is amazing! Years of WC experience has taught her how to strategize your class schedule, where to sit so you can escape the most quickly to make your next class on time, and secret passageways to aid in getting there. Christy not only was the impetus behind us all going, but she also was a huge help once we arrived.

One of the highlights of our trip was meeting Sandra Rast, the artist of this beautiful painting entitled, "My Presence Shall Be There". It brought tears to all our eyes as she explained the symbolism in the picture. Every detail of the painting had been well thought out, from the reflection of the temple, the contrast of the dark clouds and the light, the girl in the white dress, the blossoms on the trees and the red umbrella. She did such a wonderful job telling us about the painting that Lisa even bought one!

So you think texting is only a teenage problem? Guess again! Every woman I came to conference with is texting in this picture. I am not a fan of it personally, but I am sure peer pressure will win and one of these days I will succumb to the trend.

This was the line behind us, waiting to get in to hear David Christensen (one of my most favorite speakers). Thankfully-- due to Christy's sage strategies, the majority of the lines were always behind us, rather than in front.

Ahhh! Mint Chocolate Brownies! A perennial BYU favorite! What? This doesn't look very appetizing??

Well, my friend Jenny bought it for herself and knowing I love them, saved me half. Unfortunately she saved it in her very cute bag where it got very squished. Still, it was a kind thought, and although not very pretty, it was very good! Luckily I also have the recipe to this delicious delight so I can make more at home!

Being at WC gave us many opportunities to meet a variety of people. We got a kick out of these women wearing matching shirts that said, "Chuck Norris goes to Women's Conference." Being as Jenny's husband is a huge CN fan, taking a picture was a must! (Although Cory may have lost a little respect for his hero had he really had been at WC! :-)

And last of all, it was very fun to see people we knew from home. Friday, after the conference ended we went to dinner at Carabas in Orem and ran into a group of women from another ward in our stake. Everyone had a good time visiting .

So there you have it. A couple days of great classes, spiritual enlightenment, and friendship. I had only been to conference one time before and not knowing all the strategies, left feeling frustrated by the crowds. This was a much better experience for me and one I will always remember. Thank you-- Amy, Christy, Jenny, Lisa and Mauriann!!


Xazmin said...

I'm so jealous, I've never been to women's conference.

It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

MissKris said...

I love the picture of the tulips.

Lisa said...

Looks like so much fun! I love the pictures of the beautiful trees and flowers. I miss seeing and smelling them each springtime since moving here. But I do love my white free winters.

Enjoy your daughter this summer!!!

Dave and Camille said...

Looks like tons of fun! Cute pics. By the way - Nice link! :)

Jenny-Jenny said...

Looks like you had tons of fun. I'm glad you were able to go!

Christina said...

Sounds like a big party! I think the mint brownies are overrated -- I go for the Bookstore Fudge instead.

NatureGirl said...

I still miss my days on that beautiful campus...especially the pink trees. Our grad pix were all in front of those! I should have gone down for conference maybe we would have met up! Go for you!

Emma T said...

How fun! I love the pictures of the trees and flowers. Tulips are so beautiful this time of year. And I am glad you had a good time at Women's Conference. I didn't go this year and really missed it.

Tanielle said...

I have never been. I am obviously missing out!!! So jealous!

Have a great night!

Chelsea said...

I was at Women's Conference! It it too bad we didn't meet there. I look forward to hearing about your most memorable moment.