Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Here's the story of how we met... we met at Snow College through my roommate Jess. She dated Bryan's best friend Cody's cousin (does that make sense?!), so Cody and Bryan came to our apartment to say hello to Jess. I still remember what Bryan was wearing that first night I met him. We got to talking and made the connection that I went to highschool with Bryan's cousin and that my dad served in the bishopric with his Uncle Brad, who I knew very well. Small world. It gets better. His Aunt Kerrilynn was my mom's Laurel teacher when she was growing up. We had lots of connections before we even knew each other. It was meant to be! Anyway, we became quick friends and my roommates and I would go to Cody and Bryan's house every night for scripture study. This started in September and we officially started dating in February. It was a shock to me when I realized that Bryan liked me- he was a returned missionary who didn't seem to care about much other than studying! I knew he was the one for me right from the beginning. We didn't talk about getting married until July, but we both knew it was the thing to do. We got officially engaged on September 14th and married on Dec. 27th, 2002. The past six years have been wonderful and it's hard to believe that that many years have gone by. I can't wait to spend many more years with Bryan and I am looking forward to the many adventures we have yet to experience. Love you B!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Mrs. Clause was reading stories to the kids while others met Santa. I think this was Niah's favorite part. She was so intrigued by Mrs. Clause. She kept staring at her face while she was reading!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper! I love picking out cute paper and then finding cute ribbon to go with it.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Growing up, my brother was allergic to real trees so we have always had artificial ones. We have an artificial one now, maybe someday we will have a real one.
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually Thanksgiving weekend.
4. When do you take the tree down? I try to get it down by the first week of January.
5. Do you like eggnog? I love it!! I haven't even had any this year, sad.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? There are lots, but one that sticks out is the 'my child' doll I got when I was six or seven.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Parents. They already have everything and if they don't they just go out and buy it!
8. Easiest person to buy for? Niah. She wants everything she sees!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, we have four. One nice one and three that the girls play with.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail! Does an e-card even count??
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I can't think of one.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Growing up it was 'One Magic Christmas'. Now it's probably 'It's a Wonderful Life' or 'Elf'.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? It depends, around October.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't think so.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Everything!! One thing that sticks out are the orange rolls my mom makes on Christmas morning. They are so yummy. Oh, and Grandma Beulah's slush.
16. Lights on the tree? Of course!!
17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night and Breath of Heaven.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both. One year my family went to Hawaii for Christmas and it was so much fun.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We have a star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning. We open one present on Christmas Eve though- pajamas.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Not having enough money to buy people really cool gifts.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? My grandma gave us a new ornament every year for Christmas, these are my favorites. I hope to have a fancy tree decorated with these one day.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? It's been a while so I can't remember what we usually have. I think we ate ham, funeral potatoes, and things like that. I know it was always really good.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I think I asked for a camera, photoshop, a new down comforter. I want too much I can't remember exactly what I asked for! (Now I just sound greedy and ungrateful!)
I now tag all of my sisters, all of Bryan's sisters, and anyone else who is reading this that wants to do it!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Last night, Charlie built himself a house out of the girls' blocks. Niah told me that someone else must have built it because Charlie is not real. What a little stinker. Here's our Christmas tree. The girls had fun decorating it with me.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Our weekend in NYC was so much fun. Here's a brief rundown of what we did. My sister's friend and her husband live in the city, so they were nice enough to let us stay in their place since they were out of town for the weekend. They have a sweet apartment and an awesome view of the George Washington Bridge. (Thanks so much Lindsay and Rob!) We got there late Wednesday night, around 10:30. Bryan drove around for an hour after dropping us off looking for a parking spot. The girls went to bed at about 12:00 am and we woke up at 7:00 to get ready for the parade. We caught the subway at 8:00 am and it was so crowded when we got off the subway. We stood still for 20 minutes just waiting for the crowd to disperse. We ended up at Columbus Circle to watch the parade. It wasn't the best spot, we could only see the balloons and no people. Niah was really mad when the 'Bolt' float went by and we couldn't see Miley Cyrus. I was a little disappointed for her too. We decided about halfway through to walk up the street and see if we could find a better spot. Well, we did and it ended up being so much better and Niah loved it! It was so much fun seeing the parade, I have always wanted to see it in real life so now I have! After the parade, we headed down to 5th Ave. to check out the FAO Schwartz toy store and the decorated windows. Just a bit of advice if you ever go to the city with kids- go without the stroller! NYC is not a stroller friendly place, the store aisles are too narrow and the subways are a pain with them. We actually ended up leaving the stroller home on the second day. We had sore arms from carrying Chloe but it was worth it. Anyway, after 5th Ave. we headed to Times Square and ate lunch at a place called Ellen's Stardust Diner. The waiters and waitresses are Broadway wannabes so they sing while you eat. The atmosphere was great but the food, not so much. I love Broadway so I thought it was a great way to get that theater feel when we didn't go to a real play. We then took the girls to the gigantic Toys R' Us store. There is a ferris wheel inside that you can ride, we didn't because the line was soooo long. Out of all the toys in the store the girls picked out stuffed giraffes. Bryan and I tried to talk them out of it, but that's what they wanted. Whatever makes them happy, right?! We were all so worn out that we decided to call it a day, it was only about 4:00 in the afternoon but we had had enough! The second day we went to the Statue of Liberty. Niah loved seeing her in real life. She had to pose for the camera in front of the statue. It was really funny. This was probably the highlight of the trip. After the Statue, we went and saw Ground Zero and then headed to Times Square again to eat lunch/dinner. Niah wanted to see the Disney Store so we went back to 5th Ave to let her see it. The store was awesome and we even got to see Minnie and Goofy. The walking was exhausting. We walked a ton and when I woke up in the mornings I could hardly walk because of sore feet and legs! Since I didn't get much shopping in the first couple of days, Bryan took the girls to a park near the apartment while I went into the city by myself to shop. It was a ton of fun and I want to do a girls trip now! I had a great time shopping all by myself! On our way home, we missed a turn off and got pretty lost. We eventually found our way back to where we needed to be and then got lost again in Albany when we tried to find somewhere to eat. Needless to say, our drive home was not that fun and a little longer than it should have been.
I'm so glad we got to visit NYC. It was so much fun and I want to go back someday for sure.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
1. Jon and Kate Plus 8
2. Baby Story
3. What Not to Wear
4. Everybody Loves Raymond
6. Biggest Loser
8. The Today Show
8 Favorite Restaurants
1. The Old Spaghetti Factory
2. Cafe Rio
3. PF Changs
4. Olive Garden
5. Longhorn Steakhouse
6. Steve's Steakhouse
7. Quizno's (does that count as a restaurant?)
8. Joes: American Bar and Grill
8 Things That Happened Yesterday
1. I got online to use a Baby Gap coupon and after watching these dresses for a month, they were sold out online. So, I got myself and the girls ready and we rushed to the mall to buy these gorgeous Christmas dresses for the girls at the mall. Luckily, they had them!!
2. Went visiting teaching
3. Hung out at my friend Erica's house (I also visit teach her so it's great!) and just talked while the kids played.
4. I started making our Christmas cards.
5. The girls and I colored.
6. Went to a primary meeting
7. Went to 'interest group' with all the med school wives.
8. I watched Monsters, Inc. with Niah.
8 Things I am Looking Forward To
1. Date night with Bryan tomorrow.
2. My birthday and Twilight (oops, that's two!)
3. Thanksgiving in NYC.
4. Going home to Utah for Christmas.
5. Seeing my Dad's new cabin.
7. Living in a house.
8. Niah and Chloe's birthdays.
8 Things On My Wishlist
1. To have more space, our apartment is shrinking by the day!
2. To be able to travel anywhere at any time.
3. For my girls to grow up and be happy, good people.
4. I wish for more patience.
5. A new fancy camera and a new computer.
6. To sleep all night without kids in my bed or hearing Chloe yell 'MOM' in the middle of the night. (even though it is pretty cute when she does that.)
7. To go on a trip with just Bryan when he finishes med school.
8. I wish to live a little closer to family some day.
8 People I Tag
2. Kaitie Bug
5. Sara Jane
8. Mel F.
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is my grandma and me on my wedding day- actually, the day after our wedding, we had two receptions.
Isn't she pretty?! I love this picture of her. It was taken one or two days before she had brain surgery. I was pregnant with Niah at the time.
Thanks Grandma Shannon for the fun rocket. It's great entertainment for all of us!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Sleeping over at her house and waking up to French Toast in the morning. (Maybe that's why French Toast is my favorite breakfast now!)
- Getting my back tickled before going to sleep.
- Building snow forts and having Easter egg hunts in her backyard.
- Watching musicals with her. She introduced me to Doris Day! She gave me the movie Calamity Jane when I was in third grade and it's so worn out that it almost doesn't work anymore! Doris Day reminds me of Grandma. I still remember going to see her in the play 'The Music Man'.
- I slept with the baby blanket (my 'horsey blanket') she made me when I was born until I got married. It's still up in my closet.
- After Bryan and I got married we would go hang out at her house in Provo and do our laundry. It was always fun to sit and visit with her.
- I remember the day they got home from their mission to Canada. I was so excited to see them!
- When I see pressed flowers I think of her, she was really good at that!
These are just a few, there are so many more. I will be here all night if I type all of my memories! She is a mother of six, grandmother of 23, and three, almost 4, great grandchildren. She has served two missions- Canada and Laos- and she knows how to love every body unconditionally. She is an awesome example to me. Hope you have a great day Grandma. Love you lots!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Crisp:
1 large can pumpkin
3 eggs beaten
1 c. sugar
1 c. evaporated milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. all spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cubes melted butter
Directions: In a large bowl mix together pumpkin, eggs, sugar, evaporated milk, salt, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Pour mixture into a greased 13x9 cake pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over entire top of mixture. Pour melted butter over cake. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here's Chloe eating a cupcake. I don't think she ate her dinner at all, she just wanted candy and treats!
Our Little Angel girl...
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I know this is a random post, but a lot went on this week. Oh, and thanks to Shaylie (Bryan's sister) for making my blog look so spooky cute!