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The Oscars Were Good To the Sundance Film Festival

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Oscars are right around the corner. In fact, the awards show is airing live on ABC this Sunday, February 24, at 5 p.m. MST. This year is particularity exciting because 5 films I saw at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival are nominated.

I am especially excited for Beasts of the Southern Wild. This was a film I saw on a whim, not even knowing what it was about. But I had tickets to see the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic Winner and now I’m in love. I’m in love with the protagist, Hushpuppy, played by Quvenzhané Wallis. She is delightful, powerful and enchanting. It is terribly wonderful to see this film nominated for Best Picture and Quvenzhané nominated for Best Actress in Leading Role.

Also, I saw 4 of the 5 films nominated for Best Documentary:
5 Broken Cameras,
The Invisible War,
How to Survive a Plage, and
Searching for Sugar Man

I am hoping that Searching for Sugarman will win but 5 Broken Cameras was a fabulous film and will provide stiff competetion.

I know everyone else will be paying attention mostly to the gowns and celebrities but I truly love movies and I am so proud that films from the Festival had such a great representation.

Norma’s Surprise 21st Birthday Trip to Las Vegas

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

I love surprises. I love making people happy (duh, that’s why I’m a wedding planner) and I love being sneaky. If I get a chance to be sneaky that allows me to make someone deliriously happy. I will do it!


For my husband’s last birthday, I bought hundreds of brightly colored helium filled balloons from the party store and filled our bedroom with them as he slept, so that he would wake up to a rain forest of color on his birthday morning.


This February, I had another amazing opportunity to pull off a great surprise. My dear assistant and friend, Norma, was turning 21. She has been working with me since she was 19. She even lived with me for a month when she first moved to Utah. We are very close and naturally, I wanted to surprise her with something great for her birthday.


Melissa and I decided that a trip to Las Vegas would be the only thing suitable for Norma. But we couldn’t tell her about the trip. It HAD to be a surprise. Melissa told Norma that she was indeed taking her on a trip but the trip would be to San Diego. Not only did Norma not know she would be traveling to Las Vegas but she had no idea that I would be joining them, and we were flying her mom in from Oregon. Our friend, Alfreda, even popped in to celebrate.


We had three days and three fun filled nights in my favorite party city, to celebrate a coming of age. I can’t talk about most of the trip – What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas – but Melissa did make a video to commemorate the parts we can share. Also, it turned out to be a fun competition between our friends Conn Curran & Rob Bennion who were also on a trip to Houston. Who had the better time? WE DID!

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