Thursday, November 27, 2008
I just want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. I wish we had this holiday a few times a year. We are so blessed, but sometimes we decide we want more and we only think about the things we're grateful for one day a year.
Our family is spending this wonderful holiday in Sheridan, WY with Michael's parents. This morning, I ran the Turkey Trot with Michael. Michael's brother, Drew, ran it. The entry fee is three cans of food and instead of racing against everyone else, you race against yourself. You have to guess the time that you'll finish and the one who gets closest to his guessed time wins. I was glad that I was able to run it.
I'll have many more pictures and videos to come, but for now, everyone enjoy the rest of the day.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This second video actually took place just prior to the snorting video. Annabelle loves to jump on the bed in her room. She can jump pretty high and has fallen off the bed several times, but always climbs back up on the bed and jumps some more. She is very coordinated for her age and just shows how fearless she is.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Our home was only one of two in the ward that would be getting the game. Word of this spread and Michael and I were not sure how many people would show up to watch it. We spent all day cleaning and even had a backup plan to move the piano out of the living room and into the kitchen to make more room. We had a variety of snacks and figured we were about as prepared as we could be.
In the end, we had two families, and three guys come over. We had just enough seats for everyone and fortunately, some of the guests brought pizza so we had plenty of food. One guy even brought over his big screen tv to allow better viewing of the game. The number of kids totaled 6. Our house couldn't have fit much more.
It was fun to have friends over and I'm sure if it had just been our family, some of the items in our living room would have been lost as casualties.
The kids watching Ratatouille upstairs in our room on our bed,
or jumping on the smaller bed.
The spectators, one of whom is behind Michael and not visible. (Might I had that we had two Utah fans in our midst.)
Michael's homemade Little Smokies- they were really quite delicious.
The borrowed big screen.
Friday, November 21, 2008
A few weeks ago, Annabelle and I were playing with the stickers and it kind of got out of control. We started out by sticking them on paper, but then that wasn't enough and we switched to our cheeks, stomachs, and belly buttons. We were quite a sight to see.
I took this video a few weeks ago, and finally decided to post it on my blog.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We out them on and watched the first few minutes of the show with the glasses on, but decided that we could enjoy the movie better watching the non-3D version with no glasses. Don't we look smoking awesome with our BYU shirts on and 3D glasses?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Here are some of the things I used to be able to do with my hair before I cut it:
This is me now (notice not only the shortness, but also the sweep away BANGS!):
I like the new style, but it's going to take some getting used to and I'll have to learn how to style it. Because there wasn't too much I could do to style it when it was long, I usually didn't do anything but let it hang or put it in a ponytail. Now I get to experiment and see if I can really dress it up. Yea!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Since we have been away from home a week, I was in the mood to bake in my own kitchen. So, the other day I made some banana bread. Now I have a great recipe, but I struggle with knowing the right time to take the bread out of the oven so it's not still doughy in the middle but it's not burnt. I am happy to say that these to loaves of bread turned out perfectly. I think they're my best ever. I took a picture, but it doesn't really capture how good they look and taste. If anyone wants to come to my house, I'd be happy to share some with you. =)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
One of the highlights of the trip was attending my cousin's high school musical, called Seussical. She was a main lead playing the part of the Cat in the Hat. She did wonderfully and I was very impressed with the production.
One activity that we did was dance to a couple songs, one of them being the Hokey Pokey.
Another song we danced to is called "Chicken Fat".
Annabelle's favorite things to play with were an old kitchen set with plastic food, plates, forks, cups, teapots, and so on.
Here she is observing how the record player works with Marv.
And who could resist the beautiful new baby grand piano.
On the fifth of five days of legal seminars in
At noon each day of the seminar, I bought lunch on the ground floor of a high-rise office building from a “Fresh Market Café.” Although the portions were smaller than I would have liked, the food was decent, and there were few other viable options for lunch when we only had about an hour allotted for the break. The café was basically a la carte format. Immediately before paying a cashier for their food, patrons pass by two tall refrigeration units offering an assortment of beverages for purchase. By the fifth day of the seminar, my beverage consumption was equally divided between healthy and unhealt…less healthy beverages (root beer). Since I am determined not to become overweight due to the sedentary nature of my profession, I decided that on the fifth day I would select an apple juice, as I had done three days before.
After the seminar concluded, I took a shuttle to
Fortunately, I arrived safely in
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We were lucky enough to get tickets to the BYU- San Diego State game on Saturday, but it was scheduled right during Annabelle's nap. So, Michael found a friend to go with him to the game and I watched the game at my brother's apartment while Annabelle napped. My brother recently purchased a scooter and he was kind enough to offer to give me a ride on it. It was pretty sweet. I even got to drive it for a few minutes. It was much easier than I thought it would be. The turning was pretty scary though. You can't just turn the handles. You have to lean your body too. I felt like I might lean too far and fall off. Fortunately, there were no accidents and we made home safely.
Don't worry- I did wear a helmet.
Annabelle napped on Joel's bed and when she woke up, he went in to get her. I took a picture, but it's not quite centered. I was trying to get a good picture, but I couldn't let Annabelle see me or she wouldn't have stayed with Joel.
My grandma wanted to buy Annabelle some pajamas that actually fit her for Christmas, so we went shopping and found the cutest pj's. We bought them a size big, but she is growing so fast that I have no doubt she'll fit into them soon. She is so cute in them that I had to get some pictures.
"Let's see... Friday night? Sure I'll go on a date with you, but I have to home by 8 pm. That's my bedtime."
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I guess it's a good thing that weather conditions aren't great because there's no guarantee that on the day of the race the weather will be good. Sheridan has really cold winters so I'm training in the right climate at least.
I had to include a picture of Annabelle. Isn't she so cute?
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Around the time that I was packing up the car to bring all the food and other party supplies to the clubhouse, I sent Michael on an errand to pick up some balloons and on his way, stop at the clubhouse and put the pizzas in the fridge. Since the clubhouse is not completely ready yet, there is only one person who has a key. I knew someone who knew the person with the key and I asked him to make sure that the clubhouse was unlocked for our party. Michael called me when he reached the clubhouse to inform me that the door was indeed locked. I panicked. I was already running late. I ran to my neighbor's house and knocked on the door to ask him to ask the person with the key to open the clubhouse, but he wasn't home, nor was he answering his phone. It was almost a disaster. We did eventually get it open and I did get everything set up in time. The shower turned out to be a huge success. I think everyone that came had a good time and the mom-to-be looked pretty happy.
The party went well. Everyone loved the food and the games were fairly entertaining as well. And the great news was I even had a few leftover pieces of pizza and a little dip. Once I came back home, Annabelle went crazy with the helium balloons. It was pretty fun to watch.
"What's she looking at?"
The balloons, of course. Her favorite thing to do was let the balloons one by one float to the top of our 15 foot ceiling.