Saturday, January 30, 2010

tutoring programs

Some of you know that I help organize tutoring programs in Utah County. The programs are opportunities for Spanish Speaking congregations, or communities, to bring their children to a chapel or a community center to be tutored. Student wards or individual volunteers who are interested come and volunteer their time weekly to help these kids with homework. The program has grown so much this past year, I have felt lucky to be a part of it. This week BYU Television is airing a program on us! Here are the times:

BYU Television:
Sunday 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm

It will also air on Channel 11 KBYU-TV:
Sunday 3:00 pm
Monday 5:00 am

If any of you are interested in participating or getting your ward involved please email me. The program provides opportunity for service, missionary work, to serve as a mentor, and countless opportunities to play with small Latin children.

Here is a list and the times of the programs we already have in place. Feel free to stop by at any of them to check it out. We would love it!


Provo Seventh-day
Adventist Community Center
255 South 700 East
Thursday, 7- 8 p.m.

South LDS Stake Center
440 West 1200 South
Wednesday, 6- 7 p.m.

Grandview East LDS Stake Center
1081 West 1060 North
Wednesday, 6- 7 p.m.

Bonneville LDS Stake Center
85 South 900 East
Tuesday, 7- 8 p.m.

East LDS Stake Center
502 East 200 North
Wednesday 7- 8 p.m.

Franklin Community Center
(Inside the Boulders Apartments)
750 South 650 West
Tuesaday and Thursday, 7- 8 p.m.

Parkway LDS Stake Center
225 West 620 North
Thursday, 6:45- 7:45 p.m.

Provo LDS Stake Center
1745 South State Street
Tuesday, 7- 8 p.m.

Heber LDS Stake Center
Chapel 600 South 715 East
Tuesday, 7- 8 p.m.

Suncrest LDS Stake Center
95 North 600 West
Tuesday, 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

let's hear it for new york

Friends! We just got home last night from New York and we are so excited to share with you our fun. Confession: we can't get enough of the Jay Z Empire State of Mind video. Feel free to watch it as you view these photos.

Brian's parents and his sister Kim are serving a mission in Queens, New York. They teach classes to young adults on scripture in the evenings and during the day they visit families from a ward they have been assigned to. We spent Christmas day with some of their friends from that ward.

Above: Tim and Alice.
Below: Anita, Mark, and Kim!
While visiting Bob, Carol, and Kim we got to:

Ride into the city and see the Off Broadway Show "Ragtime".

Eat the yummiest Japanese ramen, Kim seriously dominated the chopsticks.

The next day we got to go to church and meet all of the members of the Jamaica Queens ward where our "fearless threesome" serves. They were all as friendly and darling as Briana, Brian's new friend shown above. It touched our hearts to see how they truly love Bob, Carol, and Kim. But it was even more touching to see the way our missionaries loved the people in Queens. We are so proud of them for serving.

We left NYC for a few days to take a short trip to Puerto Rico on the Jetblue. We LOVED Puerto Rico and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for sunshine, warm water, quaint cities, and an easy getaway. While there we found:

Adorable cobblestone streets filled with little boutiques in Old San Juan. It reminded me of Espana!

The old Spanish military forts.

We were amazed that I can do this!

Beaches, beaches, and more beaches.
We headed back to New York after a small 24 hour detour at the San Juan airport. A volcano erupted on Montserrat, an island nearby in the Caribbean. Our gentle Utah skin was so scorched we couldn't dare brave the beach another day but with some persistence we got ourselves back on another flight to New York so we could spend the New Year with our New York family.

New Years dinner with cute Kirk.

And like true New York tourists, we decided to go to Times Square to watch the ball drop. We didn't go down into Times Square area until almost 10:00 p.m. when there were already 1 million people there. Fortunately we made a few friends and we were able to get close enough to at least see the ball at midnight. Embarrassingly enough I got all choked up at midnight. There were so many people from all over the world with their loved ones, celebrating together. It was really sweet!

I already said it: We are alright being tourists!

My cute cousin Matt let us stay in his apartment in the city (shown above) and so we spent a few days there playing with Kirk and Bob, Carol, and Kim as well. We got to go to the temple, the Empire State Building, dancing in the city, and to H&M of course. We also were invited to eat a traditional German meal at the home of the Bishop out in Queens. It was so delicious it blew my mind! Don't let Brian's face fool you here.

And now we are home, feeling really good about 2010. We can't wait to spend it with you here, or wherever you are vicariously through your blogs! Love, love, love to you this New Year!