Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas Morning

Both Mike and I got gifts that will require a lot of practice before we can really appreciate them.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Camera

Thanks to mom and dad for a fabulous Christmas gift.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Logan Temple

Snow work

The snow has provided all our necessary workouts for vacation ... snow chain squats, shoveling shoulder presses, and snow angel spinning. And in all honesty, I am sore.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


After a two harrowing hours driving through the snow, one annoying pair of chains, three Christmas cds on repeat, fifty texts from Katie's boyfrieds, and one bag of moose much, we made it to Logan. It feels good to be here with family. In our first twenty-four hours we have started a snowman with good intentions and then left dad to finish it, only joining again to add the facial decoration; we have shopped at the mall and then shopped in each other's suitcases; we have simulateously mocked and adored both High School Muscial movies (a special nod goes out to my mom who sleeps through every movie, even at the theater, but finished both of these movies awake and singing and an honorable mention to my dad who loves cheesy movies as much as his four girls); and we have spent hours in transitory conversation telling stories - most of which involved the dating adventures of my cute and single sisters and lots of trips down memory lane.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Snow Came

The snow really did come today, and in our excitement, Mike and I quickly grabbed what we thought was necessary for playing in the snow. Upon meeting at the door, we found that our outfits and accessories were very different. 

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Let it snow

News of snow has been the hot topic around Portland this week, but we had to go to the mall to find snowfall.  Perhaps tonight is the night that will let us take pictures in real snow.  Here's wishing. 

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Put Your Arms Around Her

I have the cutest sisters - all three are phenomenal.  But there is something about Meg that just makes you want to put your arms around her.  

Saturday, November 22, 2008

one year 

We have been married for one year and one day.  It has been delightful.  I can't imagine how I got so lucky to find someone so perfectly suited to me.  I feel lucky beyond description.   He is such a good man.  

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I love scarves

The air officially holds the traces of my breath in its grips now.  I let out an involuntary sad sigh this morning when I opened the door and saw my breath.  I need to fall in like with the cold again.  So here is my love list for the cold: 
1. scarves
2. hot chocolate
3. the delicious feeling you get when the air in the car finally turns to warm   
4. how wearing sweaters looks so cute in pictures
5.  pulling the covers up tight at night
6. modest students at school
7. the festive feeling of holidays
8. cuddling with more intensity

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Seven Random Things About Us and Several Blogs I love:
1. We have random competitions with the single prize of Mike not being able to wear his Hawaiian shirts if I win and him being allowed to if he wins.  
2.  We have been married for one year this week and are feeling kind of sad we didn't save our wedding cake, per the tradition, because it was a delicious pumpkin with pumpkin cream cheese creation.  
3.  We trade yoga class for superhero movies - if Mike goes to yoga with me I will go to some action movie with him. 
4. We crave sushi a lot. 
5.  We go running together at least three times a week and are hoping to run our first marathon this next summer.
6. Mike read the books I teach at high school to impress me while we were dating. 
7. We own the cutest "not a plastic bag" bags for grocery shopping but never use them and feel guilty for so doing every single time we buy something. 

A few blogs to visit: 
Christina:  She is a friend from college and her personal blog is a collection of wonderful things and thoughts.
Brittany:  An aspiring lawyer and philosopher who also happens to be my sister.
Jenn:  Fabulous mom and photographer  

Tagged by The Foxes and The Meldrums

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Simple Saturdays

I love simple Saturdays.  We sleep in, we go to the gym, we walk to the grocery store, we read, one of us watches football even those this person said before we got married that he/she didn't watch sports on t.v. and the other puts in earphones and does nothing in a way that feels productive, we make dinner together, and we watch a movie.  

This guy loves when BYU wins or when any other team that might influence BYU's ranking loses. 

Playing on the computer, reading, not grading papers, magazines - a girl could get used to a lazy life like this. 

Mike keeps razzing me about taking so many pictures of leaves but I keep saying that I guess we need kids so I have a new subject.  Somehow we have concluded that that probably isn't sufficiently logical to actually produce children for the sake of photography subjects.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Rain?

Can I blame the lack of pictures on the rain? My camera will get wet! Okay, we have just been so busy with high school and grad school. We aren't holding out on you with pictures, we have been holding out on ourselves with fun. And, did I mention that we are trying to live as poor as possible for one month to see how much we can save? It is kind of fun in a depressing toast with water and no cushy cinema seats sort of way. I haven't spent a single dime for 9 days. Mike, well . . . somehow rock climbing shoes beat out milk. :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin Passion

I love the sugar ones that used to go on top of my birthday cupcakes, I love the ones that have uneven eyes carved out of them every year, I love the ones growing on vines in patches, and I love the pureed ones that go in my soup, pancakes, muffins, smoothie, bagel, and cookies.  So, imagine my level of bliss when I found a flier for the great pumpkin regatta.  In the middle of the dirty community lake in Tualatin, grown men climbed inside 1000 pound pumpkins to race.  
And we carved some of our own.