2 Weeks

 Sunday, April 29, 2012

The past two week have been crazy busy for James and me. Here are the last 2 weeks told in pictures & captions.

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James and I redboxed this movie the day I finished reading the book. I liked the book as the book. I liked the movie as the movie. It's not fair to compare the two because both were good by themselves. 
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P.S. Did I mention that I love Sandra Bullock? Tom Hanks is pretty cool too.

We went to the Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game on April 18th. James was really excited to see Steve Nash play. Ixchel & I won purple suns drawstring backpacks. Unfortunately the Suns lost 109 to 97. After the game we went to Chili's of course :)
    Families can be together forever
Last Sunday the 22nd James and I gave our first talks as the Chapmans in sacrament meeting at church. I spoke on Family Home Evening and James spoke on Eternal Families. We were both nervous but we were complimented on giving excellent talks. If you would like to read our talks just leave a comment and I'll email them to you! 

 I got a much needed haircut. I love love love my long hair but I love my fresh layers & side swept bangs. A lady in my ward cuts my hair for $15. She is so pretty & sweet & I sure love to chat with her! She teaches Relief Society and she always gives amazing lessons. 

(It's still long but I think she cut about an inch & a half off)

This past week my work & school schedule has been turned upside down due to rehearsals for the spring dance concert Aeros. This past weekend I danced in all three performances with my Rhythmic Theory class. Here are a few pictures and also a video of Saturday night's performance.
 Amy, Urian, Katie, Me, Ambar, Daniela, Marissa
 Urian, Johnny, Me, Katie, Daniela
Me & Daniela
 After the show at On the Border
Yummy Empanadas & Queso!
My hot husband came to support me of course 
& here he is eating his delish taco salad.

James recorded this on my camera by holding it up against his chest so that the recording light wouldn't be seen in the darkness so he apologizes for the crookedness of the video & at times blurriness. I am the dancer in the hot pink tights that enters on the left in the back. You can also see me pretty well when I'm front & center on the arm movement section. Remember that we (me & my rhythmic theory class dancers) choreographed this dance AND composed this music. We recorded ourselves playing the instruments & recording our breath to compose this piece. This performance was part of my final exam. Enjoy the video! The piece is titled Breath: First to Last & the music is titled To Air is Human.


One Year Ago...

 Thursday, April 26, 2012

One year ago today, April 26, 2011 I went through the temple for the first time to receive my endowment. The day was very hot and sunny in Houston, Texas when I went to the LDS Houston Texas Temple with my family. This day is so near and dear to my heart because my younger brother Peter also received his endowment the same day as he prepared to go on his mission. It was so special for me to share the day with him and I was so happy to have my sweet James and my amazing parents there with us. I am truly blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and to know the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful I have received the blessings of the temple and I can partake of the ordinances in the temple. I am so thankful to be sealed to my family and to my sweet husband for time and all eternity. I love to see the temple! 

James and I have also been to these temples together:

Provo Utah Mormon Temple


A Sweet Birthday for Pi

 Monday, April 16, 2012

Wishing my amazing sister Pi a very sweet birthday! 
Happy 13th Birthday Piper! 
A few reasons why I LOVE my sis:
~She is extremely sweet like pie
~She is very talented & artsy
~She is just beautiful! 
~She loves animals & nature
~She loves to watch movies with me
~She loves to go shopping with me
~She loves arts & crafts & singing 
~She loves her family & the gospel
~She loves to try new recipes
~She loves to read
~She is a peacemaker
~She is a wonderful daughter & sister
~She is funny & makes me laugh!
~She is patient, has endured so much over the last few years, she is strong, brave, happy, optimistic, hardworking, and loving.
~She is an incredible example to me
~She is my little sister & forever friend


Study + Soccer & Work + Dance

 Sunday, April 15, 2012

What does James do every day of the week?
Studies for medical school exams.
What does James do maybe once a week if he's lucky?
Plays on an intramural soccer team with fellow med students.
(James on top row far right)

What are my two favorite days of the week? Friday and Sunday. Friday night is date night every week. Sundays I get to spend 2 hours sitting next to him at church. That is one of the best feelings ever.

James is studying constantly in med school, as he should. I am so proud of him.  For James:
James found this and shared it with his study group friends
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My advice for my sweet hardworking hubby

I bet James sometimes feels like this

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For James & especially for Chad, a LOTR fan!

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Perfect because James speaks Korean

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I'm sure we've all felt this way in our lives at some point, especially James & my Mom in PA school right now

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This is for James (because he's a hottie) and for my brother Chandler who is a major heartbreaker when it comes to girls!

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This is for our future baby (no I am not pregnant) because I'm sure he/she will be just like their Daddy with awesome study habits.

Here is an article I read featuring tips on how to date a med student

Dating a med student? Check out these tips for a "healthy" relationship.
1. Don't expect to see them. Ever.
2. Accept the fact they will have many affairs. With their books.
3. Learn to hide your “ew, gross” reactions when they tell you all the stuff you never wanted to know about your bodily functions.
4. Support them when they come home after each test, upset because they failed—and gently remind them after they get their well above passing grade how unnecessary the “I’m going to fail out of medical school and never become an MD” dramatics are.
5. Each week they will have a new illness. Some will be extremely rare, others will be more mundane. Doesn’t matter. They will be certain they have it (no second opinions necessary.) Med school can, and will, turn even the sanest into a hypochondriac. Date them for long enough, and you’ll become one too.
6. There will be weeks you'll forget you even have a boyfriend—friends will ask how he is and you'll say, “What? Who? Oh....right. He's well...I think.”
7. They'll make you hyper-aware that germs are everywhere and on everything. Even though you used to walk into your home with your shoes on, and sit on your bed in the same clothes you just wore while riding the subway, or sat on a public bench in, you'll become far too disgusted to ever do it again. Believe me, it's going to get bad...you'll watch yourself transform into the anal retentive person you swore you'd never become. And when you witness others perform these same acts that, before you began dating your med student, you spent your entire life doing too, you'll wince and wonder, “Ew! How can they do that? Don't they know how many germs and bacteria they're spreading??!”
8. Romantic date = Chinese take-out in front of the TV on their 10 minute study break.
9. A vacation together consists of a trip down the street to Walgreens for new highlighters and printer paper.
10. Their study habits will make you feel like a complete slacker. For them, hitting the books 8-to-10 hours a day is not uncommon, nor difficult. You'll wonder how you ever managed to pass school on your meager one hour of studying per night.
11. They're expected to know everything. Everything! The name of the 8 billion-lettered, German sounding cell that lives in the depths of your inner ear, the technical term for the “no one's ever heard of this disease” disease that exists only on one foot of the Southern tip of the African continent. But ask them if your knee is swollen, or what you should do to tame your mucous-filled cough, or why the heck your head feels like someone's been drilling through it for oil for two weeks straight, and they won't have a clue.
12. “My brain's filled with so much information, I can't be expected to remember THAT!" will be the standard excuse for forgetting anniversaries, birthdays, and, if you get this far, probably the birth of your first-born.
13. You'll need friends with unending patience who pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints. Or, you'll need to pay a therapist who will pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints.
But take this all with a grain of salt. It's not like I'm speaking from experience or anything...
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,452186,00.html#ixzz1s9WAtzLB

What is it that I do you ask?
Currently I am...
Working 30+ hours at Chase Bank.

Making projects for my Dance Production class
(for my Prop Project. I was assigned to make a pinwheel used by a mermaid that lives in the Bering Strait. Here's the catch...you can only use trash to make your prop.)

Choreographing a dance & creating/recording the music for my Rhythmic Theory for Dancers class. I'll be performing with my class in "Aeros," the school's dance concert in a few weeks.

Preparing for Finals, even in my Jazz dance class.

And last but not least, reading this awesome book before I watch the movie,
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


Easter Season~He Is Risen!

 Sunday, April 8, 2012

He is Risen!
Happy Easter! 

 I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that my Savior Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and atoned for my sins. He bled & died upon the cross, He was laid in a tomb, He rose on the 3rd day as a Resurrected Being. His Atonement made it possible for all of us to repent of our sins & be resurrected as He was so that one day we can return to live with our Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ again. I am so thankful for this Easter Sunday and to celebrate Christ's life with my sweet husband James. My heart is with my Fakkel family in Texas and my missionary brother Peter in Scotland as well as my Chapman family in Utah & my brother-in-law missionary Steven in Switzerland. Happy Easter everyone! 
Watch this short Bible video that depicts Christ during his last days before He was crucified, His crucifixion, and resurrection. To watch more LDS Bible Videos visit 

Our First Easter
(as a married couple)

After church on Easter Sunday
Talks & lessons about Christ's Death & Resurrection, The Atonement, & Immortality & Eternal Life

Haha I love this picture I just had to put it on here

The weather was beautiful for Easter Sunday
Dyed Easter Eggs 
Cinnamon Rolls for Easter Brunch
Look what the Easter Bunny brought us! 
Just kidding I put these cute baskets together for us.

So excited! Haha I love his cute face!

His Basket: Men's Fitness magazine, Bedtime Stories DVD, eggs filled with Peanut Butter M&Ms, Starburst Jelly Beans, and Easter Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!
Her Basket: Self Fitness Magazine, cute stationary notepad, eggs filled with the same candy Easter treats!

Easter Table is set and ready to go!

Easter Centerpiece
Easter Dinner: Lemon Chicken with Green Beans and Rolls
Thankful for this Easter Feast & for our Savior Jesus Christ

Easter 2010 & 2011


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