Tuesday, December 8, 2009

all this holiday baking has got to stop..

Can you believe it's Christmas time already? It finally snowed (a LOT) here in Provo, and it finally feels like it's time for the holidays.

We spent Thanksgiving in Parker, Colorado with Beau's family, and it was GREAT. So relaxing. I hadn't seen Miller... since our wedding, maybe? Here he is sitting in this cute little chair.

Thanks to Brady for letting us borrow his clothes while he's on his mission. I also like how the TV in the background looks like it's one of those fake fireplace things. I think really it was on the news and they were covering a warehouse fire.

Sammy, my running buddy! We went 5 miles on Thanksgiving. I still don't think that made up for the massive quantities of food I ate.

It's hard to take good pictures of children. They move around a lot.

We had a wonderful makeup free and shave free weekend. Thanks, Guy and Ellen!

Saturday we went to the barn to film a little video for one of Beau's Russian classes. Here's me and a fuzzy Buckwheat.

And THEN, we went to Salt Lake for some interviews (which reminds me, I don't think I've mentioned my job before. I interview people. More on that later) and went to this little Russian cafe/store, picture below. We had verenky (kind of like potstickers) and pelmeni (kind of like ravioli) and borscht. It was actually pretty good.

On the way back we stopped at a tack store in Draper, where I got me some new warm riding/work gloves. I get really excited about little things like that. I'm realizing that I haven't worked at a barn in the winter since junior year of high school, and I'm struggling to know how to dress.

So, my job. I work for the BYU Sociology department (specifically the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies) for a professor who is collecting oral histories about experiences with the Indian Placement Program. The Placement Program was a program by the church that placed Native American kids in Mormon foster homes. The program was completely voluntary, of course, and it was to give the Indian kids opportunities to go to school and live off of the reservation. It started in 1947 and ended in 1996, but it was mostly popular in the 70's. I interview families that hosted the Placement kids about their experiences. It's really interesting and I'm learning a lot about Native American culture. I also get to talk to some really funny people.

Welp, that's about it for now. Happy end of the semester, everybody!

Oh, an impromptu clip from Beau's video.


  1. kenz!

    your job sounds sweet. and the poo video made me laugh.


  2. 1. Miller is so cute.
    2. I totally understand how hard it is taking pictures of little ones.
    3. I've been to that restaurant in SLC.
    4. You look great without makeup.
    5. I'm sure you haven't gained an ounce. :)

  3. sounds awesomely eventful! hey where's that russian cafe/store in UT?

  4. Mackenzie!

    It's Kristin Smith. I blog-stalked you from Katie's blog :)

    My grandparents actually did that indian placement program! It works really well with my foster uncle, it was a great experience for them. But I heard that, overall, it wasn't as successful as the church had hoped.

    Hope you guys are doing well!