Thursday, August 11, 2016

BYU Classes on Family History, Genealogy and Family Life

I'm a lifelong learner.

I travelled to the United States a few weeks before turning 19, to study for my Associate of Applied Science at Spokane Falls Community College, and later my Bachelors in Fine Arts at Marylhurst University - both in Interior Design.

Besides the ongoing renovation of my 1983 southern colonial home, I am apart of several historical preservation societies. Historic preservation and genealogy are passions of mine.

So to my surprise, BYU offers studies in Family History, Genealogy and Family Life that are not only free, but continue my pursuit in lifelong learning.

Family History/ Genealogy

FHGEN 070  Family History Research
FHGEN 075 Writing Family History
FHGEN 080 Helping Children Love family History
FHREC 071 Family records
FHREC 073 Vital records
FHREC 076 Military records

Family Life

FAMLF 071 Strengthening Marriage and Family
FAMLF 072 Building a Functional Family: Essential Elements

I posted the classes here, incase they may interest you too, and also to hold myself accountable.

Kiki Nakita

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

3rd Wedding Anniversary at Duke Mansion

My hubby, and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on July 31st.

Our first date, almost 6 years ago, was 10 days after I graduated from college at a Labor Day picnic on the Columbia River, in Washington.

To celebrate, we stayed at The Duke Mansion in the affluent Myers Park Neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina.

We stayed in the Harris Suite, which had a Southern porch.

Anniversary flowers with three roses symbolizing three years.

That evening, we had dinner reservations at the Ritz-Carlton uptown. So, I had a bubble bath and relaxed before leaving for the evening.

It just so happened that it was the last day of Restaurant Week, so we both chose a prix fixe three course dinner.


This was my English pea risotto, it was especially light and delicious.



We got back to The Duke Mansion at dusk, and what a beautiful sunset we had that evening.

The next morning we had breakfast in the dining room. A couple from Columbia, South Carolina joined us at our table, and said they'd seen an article in a magazine and decided to come and stay.

After breakfast, we strolled through the gardens.

Don't think I didn't calculate how much I'd need per month to move in. Ha ha!

The delightful Doris Duke. We also visited her home in Newport, Rhode Island earlier this year, we're no longer strangers, but rather acquaintances.

Afterwards, we sat in the living space and library to learn more about the history of The Duke Mansion. We checked out and got back home before noon, to enjoy the day together.

3 years, and counting,

Kiki Nakita

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