Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas blues

Long time, no blog! The rush of Christmas is over I suppose. It's really very sad. So much excitement and then it's over in just a few short days. I was sitting with my family two days ago and a thought came to my mind: I don't really remember what my normal life is like! But I'm remembering now. We have had such a wonderful break so far (despite a minor car accident), and this week will be great as well! I want to do a full post with lots of pictures, which I don't have right now. So this is basically a check-in post. We're here, we're alive. Kind of wishing all of our friends would come back into town! Hurry home!

Things I'm looking for:
-A new smell. Out of perfume!
-Some good goals for 2011
-Good book recommendations
-A JOB

Over and out.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Now, since that's out of the way...

We can move on from finals to better things, like Christmas!! I finished my last final around noon today, and it's been a celebration ever since (well, for me). Tyler and I got Panda on the way home from campus, then I let him continue studying. Poor guy still has one test left. While he worked, I went to the store and got some fabric and other things. I just completed my first sewing project in a long time! Credit for this goes to Gretchen, my generous mother-in-law, for letting me borrow her sewing machine. Also, to makeit-loveit.com, for providing the idea for this project: stockings! Finally, we have something to hang by the _________ with care (still haven't figured out where to put them)!

Something masculine for him

And a little ruffle for me


These are made out of burlap on bottom, cotton on top. I really like the texture of the burlap. Well, not to feel, but to look at! There are just way too many Christmas crafts that I could use to decorate... trying really hard to control myself! Doesn't seem to be working, huh?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Memories

This is still one of my favorite pictures. I just love him.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Preparing

*Yes, those flash cards are all written on. All for one stinkin' class. Guess which one??

A guide for preparing for final exams at BYU:

-Keep your Pandora station on "Holiday Instrumental." Helps to keep me calm, collected, and focused on the end goal (which is, finishing so I can get on with Christmas!!)

-Have the Testing Center website open. They update the site with a picture of the current line to take tests- optimal for taking advantage of rare short lines

-Wash all of your sweats and comfy clothes the weekend before, so you don't have to worry about deciding what to wear when you're focusing on things like subtractive synthesis of sound and striations of skeletal and smooth muscle.

-Stock your freezer and fridge with quick and easy meals for the week. Let the holiday weight-gain begin a little early this year! :)

This week is so exciting! Mostly because it will happen, and then it will be done. And then my life will be all about family, food, and fun. Bring it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winding down and gearing up

Last day of classes for the semester! I can't believe how quickly these last few months have passed. We are having a strange warm spell, and there's no snow on the ground! Which I guess is helping me not get so distracted with Christmas excitement- but it better start dumping after next week! :) Snow gets me in the holiday spirit. We're getting ready to take finals- I love it! It gives me such a sense of completion and accomplishment to study all the information I've been cramming into my brain and then spit it all out on a scantron. I'm still trying to decide which strategy I'm going to use- take all the hard ones first, get the easy ones out of the way, do multiple finals a day, or spread them out over the whole week. I know anatomy will be one of the first ones I take, if not the first, but the rest are a mystery.

Anyway- enough about school. On to the only other thing I've been doing with my life lately- crocheting! I feel like it is dominating my spare time. This wouldn't be a problem if my projects would turn out right! Every headband I make lately is either too long or too wide. That's a ton of time lost re-doing stuff. No bueno. However, I'm a little obsessed with baby-wear (see below)... seems to be all I can successfully crochet these days!

Also, I've discovered something awesome about my laptop. My friend recently showed me how to change the display so that my background picture changes every 5 minutes and it's amazing! Brings up so many great memories. You should try it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sugar, spice, and everything nice

That's what my new little niece is made of! Little Madison Lynn was born early Sunday morning. My theory is: she saw me crocheting from heaven on Saturday night and had to come down so she could wear these:





Congratulations, Kenny and Lindsay!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another Christmas craft project

Christmas decorating can be, well, super-expensive. I saw a wreath like this and decided I could probably make it... so I did! Thanks to the dollar store for supplying the ornaments for this wreath for less than $10. Awesome.


There's lots of ways to make this wreath, but I chose hot-gluing. I used a 12" foam wreath, then wrapped it with gold tinsel garland, gluing periodically. Then you don't see the nasty barf-green color when there's random space in the wreath. Make sure you tie a wire around for hanging before you start gluing on ornament balls, it would be tough after that. I used 4 different sizes of balls- some glittery, one striped, some solid. Now our front door is merry and bright too!

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


Yup, just kneeling to reach the top.
Laura and I made this Christmas craft over the weekend. I probably should paint the rest of the wood black, eh??

Our tree may not be tall and elaborate- but it's perfect for us.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Giving thanks

We had the greatest Thanksgiving! Tomorrow is coming way too soon-- this break has been amazing. The partying started Monday with some mini-golf with Giselle and Audie and then movie night with the bros and Cari and Ryan. Tuesday we spent the afternoon window-shopping and spent the evening holed up in the house, waiting for the "blizzard." Laura and I did a Christmas craft and we were just glad to not be doing homework!

Wednesday the fam arrived! We met for lunch at Zupa's and then hung around for a while. The whole family gathered at Aunt Sheila's for dinner since we couldn't all be together for Thanksgiving. I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for dessert, and Tyler was not sad about it at all.

Thursday morning Tyler and I went to the store to get fixins for my assignment (mashed potatoes), and we spent the morning hangin' out until Tyler went to play basketball with the boys. We met for dinner at Aunt Dana's house and had a great meal! It was so fun to be with family. After eating, we all napped and then continued eating, and then ate some more- this time dessert. We brought Laura over for a bit (she stayed with us for a few days this week but spent most of her time with our family on Thanksgiving) and left straight from there to go to Park City for BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING! Thank goodness Gabby called early to find out when stores opened- I thought no one opened until midnight, but a lot of the stores opened earlier, so we went up at about 10:30. Can I tell you about the amazing deals we found?? Wow. I found a dress at Banana Republic for $3.16. Yes, you read that right. Then I found a pair of jeans for $6! We found lots of great deals, but those were the most impressive. The whole crew (Tyler, Laura, Kurt, Garrett, Mitch, AJ, Brady, Gabby, and I) was outta there by 12:30, BEFORE all the crowds came in. We were pretty proud of ourselves! I was pretty wired after our success though- e came home and ate and Laura, Tyler, and I watched an episode of Gilmore Girls before going to sleep.

Friday I woke up pretty early, despite going to bed really late. I wanted to hit up Target, and Tyler was sweet to join me, even though he was really tired. We both agree that it was so worth getting up for- we found 3 DVDs for under $4 each, some wrapping paper, and a nice pair of jeans for Tyler for pretty cheap too. We met the fam at Magleby's Fresh for a yummy breakfast (yes, I gained 27 pounds in one week). Feeling a little large, we decided we needed to Jump On It! We had SO much fun bouncing around- we made up lots of fun games and tricks and took tons of funny videos. After bouncing our buns off we relaxed in the lobby of G&M's dorm, and read a great letter from Heidi. It felt weird not having her around! We sure missed her this week. After showering and prettying up, everyone met at the movies to see "Unstoppable." Can you say intense?? We enjoyed the movie, and now Garrett wants to be a train conductor. The movie was followed by dinner at 5 Guys (way better than In 'n' Out, don't even try to fight me) and a way fun game of Signs at Aunt Dana's. The party moved to the Runia's for movie night- Quantum of Solace. I'm embarrassed to say that I fell asleep, but, in my defense, I had seen the movie pretty recently.

Saturday started with Anatomy lab- the first sign of reality creeping back in- nnooooooooo! But it was actually very productive. I'm feelin' so ready to tackle the final on Tuesday. We watched the BYU game with lots of the family and were very sad about the outcome. That night everyone made the trek up to Salt Lake for "Savior of the World!" We loved the play and loved being together. What a way to kick off the Christmas season! Please enjoy the following pictures- taken by our early Christmas present, a new camera! I need to learn how to work this baby, so excuse the not-as-impressive-as-they-should-be-with-this-camera pictures.





Monday, November 22, 2010

As of late

-I have at least one cup of hot chocolate a day. a) because it's delicious, b) because it helps me practice talking through the digestive system as I feel the heat travel through. How's that for nerdy?? and c) because I am perpetually cold, and it warms me from the inside out.

-I've been warding off sickness for over a week. You know when you feel like you're about to get sick? That's been me for days. It better not hit full-force over the break.

-Tyler took 2nd place in the Deloitte competition last week. Pretty sure my husband rocks the MAcc program!

-Christmas music plays non-stop in our apartment. I never get sick of it!

-We are gearing up to say goodbye to our current Primary class and storing energy for the new, more rowdy class.

-We've loved being with family- that makes this the best time of the year! We're spending Thanksgiving with the Juergens side and could not be more excited to be with everyone.

-Our main topic of conversation is "Inception." We finally saw it on Saturday night with Randall and Crystal, and it was great! Our plan was to go to their place after and play games or something, but we just ended up talking about the movie for 2 hours. It was a mind-boggler for sure. Good news was, I didn't have any weird dreams afterwards!

-No classes last Thursday, so I spent all day cleaning out my closet, taking loads to DI, etc. Found an old workout swimsuit-- score! Can't wait to use it.

-Taught Aubrey to crochet (your gift will live on, Barb!!) on Friday while we watched a chick flick. I'm finally getting brave enough to experiment with patterns instead of just using others!

-We are running low on toothpaste. AND mascara. AND food. But don't worry- all will be remedied by 5 this afternoon.

That is our life, as of late.

Monday, November 15, 2010

So much to be thankful for

I don't know tons of Thanksgiving songs, which is okay with me. I know one, and it's my favorite! "Thankful" on Josh Groban's Christmas CD, "Noel." I love Josh. This morning he performed on Good Morning America, and it honestly brought tears to my eyes! So silly. I promise I don't cry every time I listen to his songs. Just sometimes.

We had a great weekend. And week before that, though I don't remember much of it. :) All I know is that I had my last quiz for Anatomy! Crazy! I will take the lab final the Tuesday after Thanksgiving- so if you're trying to find me before then, I will be in the cadaver lab studying. Except for when it's closed, when I will be sleeping. Eat, sleep, anatomy. Saturday night Mitchell, Garrett, and Adam came over. We watched The Guardian (still in my top 10 favorite movies list) and had root beer floats. We love having them close by! Sunday was a great day, despite my waking up with the worst headache I've ever had. I don't think I've ever woken up with a headache... no fun. Two awesome talks were given in Sacrament Meeting though- one on humility and another on strengthening marriage. How much more applicable can it get?? Primary was great after that too. We had a few of the Sunbeams in our class because their teacher didn't show up, which was a glimpse into our near-future. They are slightly more crazy than our current class, if possible! But we had fun- Tyler is so much better with them than I am. It's pretty amazing to watch him calm them down. He will be the best dad someday! We had a very relaxing afternoon. I took a nap and made dinner (and oops- some brownies) and our home teachers came over. First time being home-taught since marriage! Pretty awesome.

Our Sacrament Meeting talks hit me so hard though- really made me think. Humility is a huge part of marriage, and also a huge part of being thankful. AND it's something I struggle with. I'm honestly one of the most stubborn people I know. But, when I'm honest with myself, I see so clearly my faults and the things I need to learn from others. There is something to learn from everyone, but I have to be willing to reach out to people in order to know them and then learn from them. I really am so thankful that I have a husband who helps me to be better. He treats me like the person I can become, and that makes all the difference.

By the way, I am SO excited for the holidays. One of my favorite things is surprising people, so gift-giving is really fun for me. Even with little things- I just love the idea that someone doesn't know what's coming! Also, my feet are wet, putting a damper on my day. Literally.

Random picture: at the BYU hockey game last weekend.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Needs and wants

-After standing in the pouring rain waiting for the bus this morning, I decided that I have a sincere need for: a pair of rain boots and an umbrella. Also, today is a bad day to have bangs.

-I want another pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. Despite my posting about making them last week, I didn't get around to it until yesterday. They turned out so well! We may or may not have had cookies for lunch yesterday. Yup- just cookies. I can tell you're jealous.

-Need to change my clock in our bedroom. Actually maybe not-- I have never gotten ready so quickly in the morning as I did today!

-Want to go running in the rain. Maybe I could jump in some puddles too if I had those boots.

-Tyler doesn't agree, but I need some new (or rather just more) winter clothes. Maybe if he did the laundry for a month he would understand.

p.s. Our weekend was great. Friday night we went to the BYU hockey game (did you know BYU has a hockey team?!? I didn't) and they beat Utah by one goal. It was really exciting, even though I know zilch about hockey. All I know is that they scored goals and there was a fight or two. We were so inspired by them that we went ice skating on Saturday night with Adam and Aubrey! Tyler and I began our quest to be the next gold medal figure-skating pair. I learned to skate backwards and twirl in a circle, so basically you can watch for us in the next Winter Olympics. We also got to play tennis Saturday afternoon with Giselle and Audie- the weather was PERFECT. Thanks to Smith's, we have carbonation in our home for the first time ever (plus a bottle of strawberry lemonade- my favorite). You can't beat 79 cents for a 2 liter! We also spent some time with Randall and Crystal, watching Amazing Race and playing Loaded Questions. Oh, and eating too much. As usual.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The yarn invasion

Yarn has taken over our apartment! I've been crocheting tons lately. My goal is to be finished with all my Christmas gifts by Thanksgiving. How great would that be?? After a couple of busy weeks of tests, I'm on cruise control until finals. Well, as much on cruise control as one can be while preparing for finals.

Our Halloween weekend was fun. The weather was really nice on Thursday so we played tennis with Austin and Giselle! It'd been way too long. Hopefully we can play more this week before the snow comes for good. Friday night we went to the haunted corn maze at Cornbelly's! I'd never done anything like that before... we had a fun time, but I really don't like that kind of stuff. Saturday night we went to Aunt Dana and Uncle John's to see everyone in their costumes, and then watched "Invasion" at Austin and Giselle's apartment.

I've got a bunch of crafts I'm dying to make to decorate our place for Christmas! But first, I want to make some festive pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. And finish all my crocheting so I can clean this yarn off our coffee table!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Giving credit where credit is due

First, credit for all of the crochet projects I posted below goes to Barb. She taught me to crochet, so I owe it all to her!

Second, the patterns for both the hats I found on youtube. There's a woman named Teresa (tjw1963) who posts really good videos. The flowers also came from her, but the headwraps came from my own genius/experimentation. :)

We had a fantastic weekend! Went to the game on Saturday, which was way more exciting than it should have been. But we had great seats and had access to all the yummy food inside the Hospitality Tent thanks to my bro-in-law Caleb. We left pretty quickly after the game for Vegas. Got there just in time to see the kids for a bit before they went to bed and stayed up late talking. Sunday we had a yummy breakfast and then went to church for baby Dean's blessing. I was so glad we got to be there! It was a wonderful day. We had to leave after Sacrament meeting to drive back. It was so hard saying goodbye to Eva and Leighton! They asked to "go to Aunt Cami's house." So adorable.

I bought a cute set of cookie cutters in Halloween shapes. I'm going to have to make a LOT so I still have some for myself after I complete my list of people to give cookies to! :) If you're lucky, you're on the list.

Friday, October 22, 2010

A long-time wanna-be crafter

My dad is here! He arrived last night and I'm so happy to have him here. My dad is one of the greatest men I've ever known! Plus, he brought a duffel bag full of goodies from my mom-- one of the greatest women I've ever known. :) Included in this package were these:

I knew that these were familiar, but I didn't remember why, until I flipped one over and saw this:
Apparently, I've been attempting to do crafts since the 6th grade! You can tell on the block on the right that I got a little impatient and worked on the eyes before the paint was try or something... not sure how I messed it up. Maybe I'll find some wood blocks and make two more of these so I can *hopefully* recognize some progress? I can't believe that was 10 years ago!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

As promised

Here are some pictures of the stuff I've been crocheting...









Yeah, I shouldn't be left alone with yarn and a crochet hook! And yes, I have bangs now.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"Sunday is a speshl day"

Today was our ward's Primary Program. One of my favorite Sundays of the year! It's not as relaxing and entertaining when you're involved in it, but I loved it. We're so grateful to be in the Primary, teaching together. Our kids were SO funny during class though... Laura was visiting again and started to write down some of the best lines:

Tyler: "Is it a good idea to steal?"
All kids: "No!"
Greg: "BORROW!!"

Tyler: "I wouldn't guess 'C'" (trying to give a hint as we're playing hangman)
Greg: "Well what letter would you guess?"

Laura: "Are you going to teach me a lesson?" (Kids are pretending to be teachers)
Catherine: "Aww, man! We already had a lesson!"
Mila, taking role of teacher: "Who said you could talk?!?"

We love our kiddos. In other news, we can't believe how quickly this semester is flying by! I have 5 (literally) midterms this coming week. But I had my anatomy lab midterm on Saturday, so the worst is over. Tyler has a test on Monday as well, so neither of us are terribly exciting right now. But we did have a fun date last night-- Tyler's so sweet to set aside time for me, even when he's so busy. I have been crocheting in every spare minute the last couple of weeks, and I love it! I'll post pictures of some of the stuff I've made soon. My little obsession is about to turn into Christmas presents for everyone I know! :) Speaking of which, I may or may not be watching White Christmas right now... early or not, that's a great movie! Before I can get too excited about Christmas though, I need to figure out Halloween. Or at least these midterms.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Not much is happening out of the ordinary around here. School, work, and homework seem to consume our lives! But we did get out for a fun date on Friday night-- we did some mini-golf, batting cages, and an XD theater movie at Trafalga. We also took a drive up Hobble Creek Canyon on Sunday afternoon and it was absolutely gorgeous! Last year fall was so short and it really just was an early winter, so we're soakin' it up this year. Oh and did I mention PUMPKIN SHAKES?? I love them with all my heart. Don't worry, Linds, I'll go back and eat another one in your honor. And then I'll probably have another one for me. :) We get them at Arctic Circle (where the good stuff is, of course) because they're the best! I also put Oreos in mine for a little crunch. I didn't like pumpkin pie until I had pumpkin oreo shakes.

I have my anatomy lab midterm on Saturday... gulp. I'm pretty nervous! Tyler has a test this weekend too, so I'm not sure how much fun we will be. But we're hoping to head up to Hee Haws on Saturday night, and that will be a nice break. I've been trying lots of new recipes lately, from the blog Let Me Plan Dinner. Tonight is Viva La Chicken! I'm also making some chocolate chocolate chip cookies from a new recipe... they're really good, but kinda flat. Hopefully after refrigerating the dough they'll be a little better. Wow am I hungry or what??


Thursday, October 7, 2010

I feel as though I need to apologize. After spending some time with Giselle and the Wright ladies on Saturday night, I realize I am getting a little bit out of control, and that there's a little something wrong with me! I have this uncontrollable desire to tell people what I know. This is normally not a huge problem, because my intelligence is limited. However, since starting school, I feel like all I can talk about is anatomy and language impairment and the phonetic alphabet! I just get SO excited about this stuff, and I want everyone to know and be excited about it too. But I realize I am letting this excitement invade my thoughts and conversation to an extreme! So I'm sorry to anyone who has had a conversation with me lately. You probably didn't want to know which bones could cause you to bleed to death by breaking them, nor did you want to know when to start worrying that your kid doesn't talk.

*But before I tell you that I'm going to stop telling you what I've learned., I learned TONS about autism (mostly in relation to communication) today. I'm completely fascinated! The knowledge has made me analyze everything about myself and people around me though... not so good.*

Okay, now I'm really done. Unless it's something uber-important and exciting.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

-My gym membership has expired, so now I watch Biggest Loser instead.

-I just finished taking out my long day on the kitchen. It hasn't looked this good since before conference!

-Started reading "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom yesterday. It is so humbling to read about people so genuinely sweet and thankful and kind. I want that to be me.

-The sickness is finally going away-- we're down to just a cough and a constant headache. I can handle that! Good health is such a blessing that I usually have, and that I usually take for granted.

-I'm anti- blog post titles right now.

-We don't usually have much ironing to do... but there is one shirt of Tyler's and a skirt of mine that have been draped over a chair in our room for a while. I think I will iron them tonight. Probably while I watch Parenthood!

-Tried a new recipe tonight-- Chicken Nachos! They were really tasty, but we weren't totally in love with the fact that some of the chips got a little soggy. I'll do a little tweeking and hopefully try it again soon. Next new recipe: taco soup. YUM.

-I wasn't feeling super fall-festive while the weather was still so summer-like, but it finally hit me yesterday! It was raining and I needed a jacket outside. I came home from school and curled up on the couch with a blanket and listened to the rumbling thunder and took a nap. We had soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner, and it completed the day perfectly. I even got out my fall decoration! Emphasize the singularity of that sentence-- I need to do some serious crafting and decorating.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

We enjoyed this weekend so much! Besides my always needing to sneeze and having a Rudolph nose from blowing my nose so much, anyway. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I think almost every sickness I've had in the last three years has turned into a sinus infection! Despite not feeling well, I got my best score EVER on an anatomy quiz! Ask me about any of the muscles, their origins, and their insertions in the legs/abs/back. :) We also took a drive up Provo Canyon to see the beautiful leaves and take some pictures.






I have one good-lookin' husband!

Laura and I spent Saturday night with Aunt Dana and her girls. We ate at JCW Burgers (have you ever been there? You should go) and then roamed around at Roberts and Simply Splendid boutique. We had such a great night, talking and laughing and pigging out. One of my favorite things about conference weekend is all the food! We had lots of fun traditions growing up, and I wanted to start some of our own. I made monkey bread muffins, scones and chili, and ugly chicken. The only downside to all this is that I can't taste anything! So disappointing. But I hear that it was yummy. :) Here comes another week! Maybe I'll get my taste buds back for some leftover ugly chicken tomorrow....

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Big dreams and other stuff

I had a dream the other night that I was meeting Tyler for lunch, just like every day. He ran in, and was so excited to tell me that he had purchased a house in Hawaii! And then he added, "And I didn't even have to use any money!!" Ha. Maybe someday. :)

Tyler is feeling much better, but unfortunately, he passed it on to me. I thought I had slid under the sickie radar, but it hit me pretty hard yesterday. My voice sounds so funny-- I sound more like Tyler than like me! I decided that being sick as an adult is way worse than being sick as a kid. Adults can't really take days off and lie around all day watching tv and movies and having meals magically brought to you! If you do take days off, it takes weeks to catch up, and sometimes the catch-up process can bring on yet another sickness. Bah for being grown up sometimes.

The good news is, I knocked out my Anatomy midterm today, and did better than I expected. Plus, Gen Con is this weekend, and cooler weather is on the way! I've been waiting to bust out the cold-weather clothes and boots!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Over it

I have a cute little bowl, perfect for ice cream. It is a Hersey's bowl and even has fake chocolate dripping down the side. It was a gift from a friend in jr. high, and I loved it so much I even kept jewelry in it, combining two of my favorite things-- chocolate and jewelry. But today, something unfortunate happened. I used the bowl to mix pancake batter in the morning, then was washing the bowl in the afternoon. I had it in my hand, then suddenly it slipped out! I dropped it in the sink and it cracked. It didn't shatter, but the crack runs all the way through! You'd think that I would be heartbroken because of the sentimental value of the bowl, but my first thought was, "Sweet-- one less dish to wash!" Apparently I have a subconscious wish to just throw all my dishes away after using them. :)

Anyway, it's been a good week. Can't believe it's already over. It was a busy one full of tests and quizzes. Tyler has been pretty sick this weekend, poor guy. The lack of sleep and working so hard has finally caught up to him! Thank goodness Laura is in town this weekend-- I needed someone to keep those crazy kids under control in Primary! We had a visitor in our class, and she added a whole new level of excitement. Our lesson was on talents, and when I asked the kids what talents are, and one of them answered, "It's when you're popular." These kids are awesome. After Church, I came home, made Tyler wake up to drink some water and take some medicine, and spent some time with Laura. We watched "Emma Smith" and I made us chocolate chip pancakes. Did some dishes, started dinner, and relaxed a bit with Tyler. Poor honey is so stuffed up. I made some peanut butter bars (mega YUM) and then we ate dinner-- BBQ chicken and mashed potatoes. I spent an hour or two searching for new recipes on my new favorite blog-- letmeplandinner.blogspot-- and I'm so excited to try them! I'll let you know how they go.

This week will be great! I'm SO excited for General Conference. I have so many memories and traditions (a lot of them centered around food haha) associated with this weekend. Kim and I are praying that there will be a freeze sometime this week so we can pick grapes and can grape juice this next weekend... but we're supposed to be in the 90's this week, so I kinda doubt it! Oh well. It will be a great weekend anyway. I'm so excited to see baby Sam again-- the kid has grown so much! Plus, Laura, Kim, and I get to have a little GNO when the boys go to Priesthood session. I'm also hoping to finally go on that drive with this guy up the canyon to see the leaves.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Not quite ready

for this week to start. My weekends are precious. Except for the fact that Saturdays feel like part of the week. So I guess it's more appropriate to say that my Sundays are precious. My dad-in-law is in town, so we spent some of the weekend with him. Friday night I made ugly chicken for 4 big-eater guys... quite an accomplishment. I'm just glad our rice cooker held up! :) Saturday Tyler and I helped clean the church and then I went to my anatomy lab for 3 hours while Ty went golfing with his dad and brothers. I turned green with envy when they kept telling me how pretty Hobble Creek Canyon is right now! Sounds like I need to take a scenic drive. I got some more homework done in the afternoon and then we went to Pizza Pie Cafe for dinner with the fam. I love that place! If you've ever been to Craigo's in Rexburg, then this is the place for you. It's delish. Sunday was my favorite day. Church was a little tiring (those kids have upped their doses of crazy, I swear) and we went to my cousin Dan's mission homecoming. It's so cool that all my friends from high school and cousins my age are coming home! It's fun to see how people have changed. We had the best afternoon, in part because it included a nap. :) I love being with Tyler and not having homework or other things to do getting in the way. We talked for a good few hours about everything and nothing, and it was just what I needed. I made chocolate chip pancakes for dinner (Yes, don't I deserve a gold star for making healthy meals) and relaxed while Tyler caught up on some reading. Sundays are perfect.

But then, whether or not you're ready, Monday comes! I think it'll be a good week though. Fall officially hits us on Wednesday, which is pretty exciting. We haven't been great about taking pictures lately, in part because studying and doing homework is not picture-worthy. But for all the complaining I do about school and studying, I want to say that I seriously love being back in school! I am so fascinated by everything I'm learning. This morning I have a lab for my acoustics class and we get to go into the anechoic chamber here on campus. How cool is that?!? Also, Saturday was my first time working with cadavers, and it was such a cool experience. I gain a stronger testimony every week that we were created by a Heavenly Father who loves us so much! I recently finished reading "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin (which I recommend to everyone, by the way) and it really made me want to work on being more grateful and happy and content with my life. It's hard to balance that with having ambition and setting and achieving goals, but a balance that I need to get to. Anyway, random thoughts.
*This is what I hope to do again in the fall leaves. SO much better than in snow :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Learning something new every day


Did you know that you can rent bones at BYU?!? I went down to the stockroom to purchase gloves (we are starting to work on real live, or should I say dead, cadavers), and a girl was walking away with a bone model to study with! So, here I am, sitting in the library with a scapula, getting ready for my test on Saturday. I feel pretty awesome.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Here's your sign

Finally it's Friday! This week has felt pretty long, but overall it has been a good one. One highlight of the week: I was allowed to drop my grammar class and still get credit for it!! A part of me felt sad, but just the part that loves grammar... not the part that hates busywork. That I won't miss. Other highlight of the week: I got a bus pass! Now I won't have to ride my bike to school and arrive out-of-breath and "glistening." Now if I can just figure out the bus system, I'll be golden.

You know you have too many books when you put your backpack on the passenger seat and the "fasten seatbelt" light comes on. Seriously, this happened to me yesterday!! That must be why my shoulders ache at night. I also knew I had too many books when I put on my backpack to leave, then remembered I hadn't brushed my teeth. Left the backpack on as I went into the bathroom, turned sideways, and sprayed toothpaste everywhere laughing when I saw that my backpack is thicker than me. If I ran around campus, I'm sure I would look like one of those little high school freshman who runs to class and has a huge backpack. I should seriously consider an on-campus locker.

All this U.S. Open has inspired me, and I just want to play tennis all the time! Tyler and I went for a bit on Monday just to hit around for an hour, and we were both hitting so much better after watching! I really think watching the pros helps me. Too bad cold weather is comin' fast, and there's not much time to play anymore.

Weekend plans: Date night with the hubby (dinner and a temple session), 3 hours of Anatomy lab tomorrow, which will include a quiz... ugh, and hopefully some tennis. Maybe I'll squeeze a haircut? Stake Conference on Saturday night and Sunday, which will be a nice break from exhausting Primary. Happy weekend to you!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Are we really back here again?

Having hair issues, yet again. I have been trying to grow it out, but then I walk around campus and see people with way cuter hair that's shorter than mine. And cuter people with longer hair too. So basically I don't know what to do, because I want to be cute too.

Pros of long hair:
-Just learned to french braid
-more ways to style it
-Easy to cut if I get sick of it

Pros of short hair:
-Cute and spunky and fall-ish. Is that 3?
-Headbands... don't need to say anymore here
-My hair grows fast so if I don't like it, just wait a month

So should I go short, cut bangs and keep the length, or just wait??

To cut or not to cut? That is the question.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

So long, sweet summer

Summer is pretty much over. Sad face. All the signs are pointing to it: not only is school back in session, but it's getting cold! I was riding my bike to campus today (how awesome am I) and my ears froze! But it's too hot in the afternoon to wear pants or jackets yet... I can't decide if I hate being cold in the morning or carrying around useless jackets in the afternoon worse. I guess I can switch off.

School is awesome. I love being able to study things that are interesting to me, and I love having stuff to do at night like Tyler. Last year, when he was in his super-intense year, I was just working, so once I got home, I was done. I feel much more empathetic now. :) I'm really loving all my classes so far, and I may even be able to drop one to lessen the load! Language Structure is super-fun for me because I'm weird and I love grammar and diagramming sentences, but I already took this class, just up in Idaho. It didn't transfer, so I'm petitioning to get them to count it. I just e-mailed the two syllabi (I always thought that word was a joke, but then I heard a teacher use it... who knew) to the department head and he's going to review them. I'd love to drop it, but wouldn't be heartbroken if they made me stay, either. I really do like diagramming sentences.

Despite my fear/dislike of the BYU Library before, I have found my spot. You can usually find me on the 4th or 5th floor (depending on how many stairs I feel like climbing) on the west side, in a little cubby/desk thing with its own power plug. Perfect for privacy, quiet, and laptop charging. Except I feel a little bad today-- I wore tinkly bracelets. You know, the kind that make noise whenever you move a finger, and that clang out with excessive noise when you actually move your arm? I always forget about how noisy they are until I'm in a quiet classroom or, worse, the library, and I jingle-jangle as I type. Sorry to everyone around me today.

My rockstar husband never ceases to amaze me. He works super-early in the morning and then has class all afternoon, then does his homework all night. Not sure how he does it all as well as he does, but I feel so lucky to be learning from him every day. Tomorrow will be an easy day for both of us, so hopefully we'll get to spend some time together. I'm having separation anxiety, going from being with him 24/7 to only seeing him for lunch, dinner, and the unconscious hours of the day. Hooray for Labor Day weekend!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's the first day of school,

so naturally, I'm here in the library blogging instead of at home. :) Don't worry Mom, I'm still getting my homework done. Actually, I'm kind of twiddling my thumbs here in the lib trying to find stuff to do. Not much studying to be done on the first day, and I'm stuck here on campus for a while before my next class. Luckily, I get to meet Tyler for lunch. Every day, actually. That will be so nice. But I thought I'd update and put pictures up from the last few weeks before the craziness of school takes over.

Last week ended up a little different than we planned, and we LOVED it. We helped Garrett and Mitchell move into the dorms on Monday, and got our books and my new ID card. Tuesday Tyler had two job interviews (he found a job and is currently at work right now-- hooray for employment) and then we left for Vegas! Baby Dean was born on Monday night (the story is on Steph's blog, for anyone who hasn't heard) and we went down to spend a few days with the kiddos while Andrew was at the hospital with Steph. We loved spending time with Eva and Leighton! They are the cutest things, and I feel so lucky to be their aunt. Eva calls Tyler and I her "uncles." We got home late Friday night after Grandma flew in and took over so we could get all the last-minute stuff ready for school. Saturday was spent grocery-shopping, cleaning, organizing, and cooking! I've got an army of freezer meals ready for late-night library days. And I have a feeling I'm going to be using them.

Okay, on to the last few weeks' pictures. Here we go.
Biking to Utah Lake:


Relaxing after a long biking day:

Trip to Manti temple:
Mexican food after the temple:
Cassie's amazing performance at the Scera:


Hike to Stewart Falls:



Trip to the zoo to visit cousin Jake:


And now school is here. Can't even believe it!