Friday, December 31, 2010

Heather Dunnigan

Heather turned 20 on December 23rd. She and I met waaaay back at Philmont Scout Ranch, where we were in the same group for a week long backpacking trip. We met again when we happened to end up on the same floor in Helaman Halls my Freshman year at BYU. It must have been meant to be! Heather is now my roommate at Liberty Square and it is so much fun! She is such a great example to me! She is a gourmet cook, an amazing dancer, a very good listener and a great friend. She is very patient with me :) 


{ christmas break }

Here are some highlights of Christmas break:
- David Archuleta/MoTab Choir Concert with my dad, Jordan and Logan. AMAZING!

- Laura, Josh and Brynlee arrived safely after a long drive from Huntington Beach, CA.
- Jae and his long wavy hair arrived safely after a LATE flight from San Francisco.
- Clarke family Christmas party. Love love LOVED playing some intense volleyball and lightning with the extended family. Bryn loved doing somersaults all over the hard gym floor. And we all know that a Clarke gathering wouldn't be complete without a game of missionary tag with the cousins.

- The pigeons decided to add some MAJOR drama to the holidays by allowing a hawk to get into the pigeon coop. NOT GOOD. After devouring one of the pigeons, the hawk realized he was stuck and panicked. After taking the proper precautions (safety goggles, two layers of gloves, and a sturdy net) my dad went inside to trap it. My uncle is a falconer and said that he wanted to keep the hawk if we could catch it. After some very close calls with its sharp talons and piercing beak, my dad managed to get it into a box to take to my uncle. We are still mourning the loss of one of our beloved feathered friends, but I think we'll all recover soon.


- Jordan has perfected the art of exaggerated falling. Just a slight brush against his leg will send him soaring into elaborate spins and flips before crashing to the ground. It makes me laugh SO HARD! 
- Jae's hair has taken a turn for the worst...or so I thought when he first arrived. Little by little though, it's been growing on me. Not literally. Thank goodness. He just got it trimmed yesterday and it looks amazing!

- We got to visit both sets of grandparents which was so great!


- Christmas was FABULOUS! I loved sleeping in, eating delicious homemade scones (thanks Mom!), watching Bryn get so excited about each present, and celebrating my Dad's birthday. It was a great day with the family!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Logan David Clarke

My younger brother Logan turned 13 on December 1st.  We’re both teenagers now and he has not let me forget that :) Logan is one of the most disciplined people I know. If he is given an assignment he follows through 100%. He sets so many goals for himself and is always working to achieve them. He is BRILLIANT! He is like a walking encyclopedia. He plays just about every sport you can think of and is good at all of them. His football team won the championship and went undefeated this season...i wasn't lying when I said he was good! He makes me laugh so hard with his jokes, pranks, and super cool dance moves. He is the best little brother I could have ever asked for. LOVE YOU LOG!!!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tiffany Knab

I am WAY behind on my birthday posts :( Tiffany's birthday was on November 8th and she turned 20. The first time we met, officially, was actually at her 10th birthday party. My family had just moved onto her street a few days before her birthday and she was nice enough to invite me to her party. I will always be grateful to her for including me that day, especially since I was very nervous about moving and having to make new friends. We quickly became good friends and had so much fun together! Tiff makes me laugh harder than just about anyone else on earth. She is always up for any sort of spontaneous adventure and drives a really cool car. I learned and still learn so much from her wonderful example. She is one SHARP girl!!  I hope she knows how many lives she has changed for good. Tiffany will always be my hero. 


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Oh, to be a kid again!

Sometimes I wish I could be a kid again. I would love to go back to the days of pigtails and coloring books. Children are so carefree and confident. I went with my ward down to Temple Square and we got to hear a children's choir perform in the Assembly Hall. I LOVED watching the kids in between songs. They would touch each others' hair, stare up at the ceiling, jump up and down, etc. Each one of them was doing their own thing and loving every minute of it. It also made me remember how much I LOVE little kid clothes. I can't wait to have children one day so I can shop in the kid's section without getting strange glances. I love all the bright colors and crazy patterns! These outfits make me smile :) 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thanks Lar

Sisters always have the best advice.
Especially my sister Laura.
She is such a perfect example of the kind of person 
I want to be someday.
Thanks for always being there for me Lar!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Carl Bloch

Today I had the opportunity to see the Carl Bloch exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art. It was phenomenal!! I am in an Art History class this semester where we have been learning about altarpieces and depictions of Christ's life and so it was cool to actually get to see them in person. The Museum of Art really is amazing. For $3 you could rent an iPad and earphones, which would allow you to access videos of art curators, general authorities and religion professors who gave commentary on some of the artwork. It also allowed you view panoramic pictures of where each altarpiece originally stood. Really, the whole experience was so great! They have chairs set up in front of the three largest altarpieces so you can sit and think. It was such a neat experience to sit in front of Christ in Gethsemane (above) and listen to Elder Maxwell talk about the Atonement. The other piece I loved was Christus Consolator (below). It shows that Christ's Atonement has the power to heal any kind of sorrow, infirmity, or sin. I would HIGHLY recommend going to this exhibit if you can!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

{good music}

LUCY ROSE: night bus
LISSIE:  everywhere i go
OVERTONE: colorblind
EMILIE WELMAN: 9,000 days
ELLIE GOULDING: the writer
SARA BAREILLES: breathe again

There can never be too many gentlemen in the world

Earlier today, my roommate Heather and I needed to make a quick run to Macey's. We got outside and realized that not only was the car covered with five inches of snow, but because it had been sitting outside all during Thanksgiving break, there was also a thick layer of ice covering all the windows. While Heather was looking for the scraper, I started to try to get some of the snow off with my hands. This turned out to be almost completely ineffective as most of the snow ended up in my shoes or up my sleeves. Needless to say, we looked pretty desperate. After a few minutes, I heard someone ask if we needed some help. I turned around and saw a guy standing there with a smile on his face. He asked again if he could do something to help us. By that time Heather had found the brush so we thanked him for his kindness and let him continue on his way. I was so impressed! Now I have to admit, the fact that he just HAPPENED to be good looking might have helped :) It really made me happy though, to realize that I am surrounded by so many genuinely kind people. It's people like the guy mentioned above that make me motivated to try harder to find opportunities to serve. It's something I pray for everyday. I know that that there have been many times in my life where people have been there to serve me when I needed them, whether it be friends, family or complete strangers. I hope that I can always keep myself worthy of the spirit so that I can be an instrument in God's hands when one of His children needs help.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

"You sing a sad song, just to turn it around..."

Yesterday was just a bad day. I say that, even though I know that I am blessed in so many ways and really have no reason to be sad. As much as I wish everyday was a day of sunshine, peach-filled crepes and happy endings, part of our progression here on earth depends on the experience we gain from not-so-great days. Bad days always have a way of reminding me of the things I know to be true and teaching me new things I've never thought about. I was thankful yesterday to have the knowledge that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me even when I don't get A's on tests or am just feeling lonely. I am thankful that Jesus Christ understands us more fully and intimately than anyone here on earth. I am thankful for parents that taught me how to become a prayerful person and have enough faith to put all my earthly cares at His feet and accept the answers I receive. I am thankful that the Holy Ghost is always there to give me small reminders of how blessed I really am. I know that days of sadness and frustration are part of the plan and make us stronger and more fit for the kingdom. Thank goodness for phone calls to family members, this talk, EFY music, good friends, the scriptures, and victorious BYU basketball games :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Becoming Literate

Yesterday, I had a breakthrough. I had been in the library computer lab for hours and realized that I needed to leave the presence of loud obnoxious keyboards and Facebook addicts immediately. I didn't have a class for about 45 minutes, so I decided to take a look in the bookstore. I walked in the door and right away noticed a display featuring one of my favorite books, Tuesdays with Morrie. I turned the corner and saw another display of the most beautiful books I've ever seen. All of the classics that I've ever wanted to read were right in front of my eyes with hardcovers in gorgeous greens and blues. Each book had a different design in a complementary color embossed over the cover and spine. I'm pretty sure I stood there staring for a good 5 minutes before I realized they were in fact real, tangible objects that I could pick up and look at. I picked up a copy of Sense and Sensibility and flipped through the pages. I sat and opened to a random page and started reading. I was soon immersed in the lives of Marianne, Mr. Willoughby and Elinor and was almost late to my class. I hope that I can make this a regular occurrence because it made me so happy. Just holding the book made me happy. Having taken a Bookbinding class my first semester here at BYU, I know how much time and concentration would have gone into creating such a perfect book. Realistically, it was probably made in under a minute by big machines, but I like to picture an old gray-haired man sitting at a work bench under dim lights carefully holding each part of the book like it is a great treasure. I like to imagine that people who truly know the great value of books really do exist. I'm sure they're people like that out there. I hope to be one of them someday. Over the summer, I was able to visit an old book store in Yellowstone Park. They had a variety of new and antique books. I could have been there for hours. There is something almost reverent about holding a book with yellow faded pages and a slightly battered cover and thinking about the people who read this book. That's when I realized that I have a very strong fascination with books. I hope someday to have a large library filled with books. For now, I'll have to just enjoy my time reading in the bookstore.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Elizabeth Worthington Peterson

One of my amazing roommates Elizabeth, had her birthday last week. If you go to BYU, you may recognize her as the girl who wears cool shirts (like the one in the picture) and is sometimes seen with a ukulele sticking out of her backpack. She's that cool! Elizabeth has so many talents and yet she still has a list of things she wants to learn how to do (like yodeling). One of my favorite things to do is lay on the couch and listen to her play the piano and sing. Elizabeth is one of the funniest people you'll ever meet. She is also one of the best story tellers because she acts it out with hand gestures and facial expressions. Elizabeth is rock solid as far as the gospel goes. She is determined to serve a mission and is preparing faithfully to do so. She is always there to listen and comfort me when I've had a bad day or just need to vent. I can't even tell you how many times I've been sad and she's done something goofy to make me laugh. Thanks Elizabeth for being such a great friend and roommate!!

Monday, October 11, 2010


Things that have inspired me today:

     1. Reading my brother's blog post about a real world example of how we can apply our knowledge and understanding of forgiveness.
     2. This talk by President Benson
     3. Smoky breath weather. FINALLY!
     4. Dulche de Leche
     5. People who smile on campus.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Reflection in the Water: Pres. Uchtdorf

This talk by President Uchtdorf is one of those talks that really makes you want to change the way you think about yourself. He is so powerful when he talks about who we really are. Imagine what would happen if everyone on earth heard this talk? We are SO blessed to have a knowledge of who we really are; children of our Heavenly Father. "This knowledge changes everything. It changes your present. It can change your future. And it can change the world." I really believe this is true! So often we get caught in traps of insecurity and doubt about our looks or our social status or whatever. If only we could always remember that none of those things really matter. As we remember who we are and who we can become, all our doubts will go away. One of my favorite parts of the talk is when he says, "You are no ordinary beings. You are GLORIOUS and ETERNAL." Isn't that the most empowering statement? I love this talk! 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Yesterday I hiked the Y with some of my friends and then we came back and made strawberry crepes at my apartment. Crepes are SUPER easy to make, by the way, and you can make all sorts of variations to satisfy everyone. Since we quadrupled the recipe, we had extra batter that I was able to cook tonight for dinner. This time, I added fresh peaches and my mom's homemade strawberry jam and they were simply delightful!! Crepes are the most heavenly food in my opinion. My all-time favorite topping combination is lemon juice and powdered sugar, SO GOOD! Oh, the joys of finally having a kitchen!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sabine Finkenauer

I have a new favorite artist. Actually I take that back. My sister Laura is my favorite artist, but I have a new SECOND favorite artist and her name is Sabine Finkenauer. I love her geometric shapes, beautiful rich color combinations and overall simplicity. I would LOVE to have one of her paintings in my house someday. Check out more of her art at

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Feeling Artsy

My good friend Phil left on his mission yesterday :( Before he left, we asked him what he would like to do before his mission. He said that as crazy as it probably sounded, he wanted to do modern art. Fun huh? We got some canvases, paint, brushes, spray paint, and tape and found a very scenic knoll in the gully to create our masterpieces. Chad and Tiff worked as a team and me and Phil did our own. I'm pretty impressed with what everyone came up with. Basically, I love these guys!

Amanda Nordhagen (her birthday was on the 13th)

This is Amanda Nordhagen. We've known each other since 5th grade when I moved into her ward. I had no idea at the time, that she would turn out to be one of my heroes. She is truly the most caring, genuinely kind person you will ever meet. She is always the one to sit by someone who doesn't have friends, or comfort someone who is sad, or stop everyone from gossiping. I have been so blessed to have her as a friend so that I can watch the way she lives her life and try to become more like her. In addition to being perfect, she has about a million talents. Volleyball, basketball, croquet, violin, AMAZINGGGGGGG SINGER, dancing, peach picking, etc. etc. etc. Bottom line: She is amazing and if you don't already know her, you should get to know her soon!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back to School

Let the countdown begin! I move back to BYU in 3 days! Hopefully I'll have time to take some cool first day of school pictures like these.

* I'm still trying to figure out why the children in the picture in the middle would be running full speed toward the oncoming bus. Maybe it was a "What not to do" picture from a Bus Safety website.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Some day...


Some day I'll have a home of my own that I can decorate however I'd like. Since that day is far far FAR away, I'll have to be content with dreaming of lazy afternoons spent cozied up in a floral armchair reading by the light of a vibrant yellow lamp. Something tells me I'm going to be a little let down when I move into my apartment in a week and see white walls, tan carpet, and neutral furnishings. I'm going to have to think of some clever ways of bringing some color and life into the apartment. Got any ideas?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Abby Robertson

My roommate Abby just had a birthday a little while ago so it's time for her birthday spotlight (just like in primary, except without the song and singing children). My first semester at BYU last fall I decided to room with someone random. I was super nervous how it would turn out until I started emailing Abby a few weeks before school. Even just from a few emails back and forth, I knew that I had really lucked out. We roomed together for two semesters and I learned so much from her! It's amazing what you can observe and pick up on when you live with a person that long. She is such a caring, selfless person. She has more self discipline than anyone I know (she went on LONG runs everyday without fail and was always doing ab workouts or going to the gym. AMAZING!). She is such a hardworking student, which pushed me to study harder. All her hard work paid off though, she just got accepted into the Nursing Program at BYU!! Pretty sure the odds of getting into that major is about 1 in 17382747892983471784894. She is a pro dancer. She is GORGEOUS. Oh, and did I mention she does Triathlons??


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

California Trip

          I think it's finally time to give a recap of the long awaited surprise trip to California. Me and my two older brothers decided to drive out to California and surprise my sister Laura who lives in Huntington Beach. We talked the plans over with Josh, her husband, and made sure her schedule was clear before we drove down. We left super early in the morning (after 4 hours of sleep. Bad idea), picked up Jae in Provo and started on the scenic drive full of luscious forests, flowered meadows, gorgeous sunsets, and raging rivers. Actually, we must have taken a wrong turn somewhere because all we saw was sand, cacti, weeds, and roadkill. Despite all this we had a very enjoyable ride. I was laughing basically the entire time. Jord and I spotted some dancing chili peppers and Jae entertained us with his falsetto singing. It was all fun and games until Jord spilled watermelon and mustard down my shirt because he tried to feed me while I was driving. We made it to Lar's apartment and crawled up to the door so she wouldn't see us. Lar answered the door and was SO surprised!! Bryn came running out from a back room, stopped at the sight of us, and said, "Mom, mom, mom, mom" while inching her way away from us. She warmed up quickly though, and was super cute and talkative the rest of the trip.

      Some of the things we did while down there are:
              1. Play at the beach

              2. Go to the Getty Art Museum. SO cool!

              3. Eat the best meal of my life at Lucille's BBQ

              4. Watch Bourne Identity 
            5. Play at the park
            6. Hang out with Uncle Mark (and stay at his house,THANK YOU!)
            7. Go to a look out point near Newport Beach(?) 

              8. Attend church and hear Laura give an AMAZING Relief Society lesson.
            9. Eat at Wahoo's
           10. Play frisbee golf 
Thanks Laura, Josh, Brynlee and Mark for the great trip!!