Monday, October 17, 2011


Often, Brad and I can get pretty competitive. We have an on-going bets for tickles. (It can be applied to anything - sports, card games, random facts...) Consenting to being tortured is a rough defeat so when we ante up with tickle seconds, things can get a little cutthroat. Our most recent debate was about whether or not there was such a thing as a waffle cereal.

During our grocery shopping trip tonight I introduced Brad to Waffle Crisp! (And won our argument.)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn - the new summer

OK I'm in heaven. Autumn is perfection and I thank my Father in Heaven for giving us such a beautiful world to live in. I'm not ready for my simple autumn weekend to end.

Saturday morning I woke up early (well earlier than I normally would) and grabbed some donuts from a little shop on our street for my studious husband and I. They didn't have pumpkin but apple spice still provided the taste of the season I was craving. The rest of the weekend was spent competing in tennis, playing cards (with bets), watching Rio and hunting for funny YouTube videos. Here's my favorite.

The happiest part of the weekend, though, was spoiling our five senses with Autumness.

Our big window has given us a daily view of the bright grass and changing leaves (which I'm especially grateful for, considering we were ambushed by snow last week). Today we sat on our couch and watched/listened to a thunderstorm. It only lasted five minutes but still... Afterwards, we took a walk in the rain and played with a cat we found.

If only this weekend could last a few more days. I could do without the ingrown eyelash that's been irritating my right eye though. Has anyone else ever had an ingrown eyelash? I can't get it out and I don't know what else to try! I read that you can go to the doctor to have it removed but that's a couple hundred dollars...Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


October 6th - Brad went on a field trip today for his natural disasters class. They took a bus tour to check out a couple of historical spots in Eastern Idaho that were ravaged by natural disasters - one was from the Teton Dam Flood and the other was from a landslide.

And here's the view from his 8-hour field trip on this glorious fall day!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Biannual Boost

Last weekend we drove to Utah to stay with Brat (Britt and Pat's celebrity name) and see Ashley! She planned a mid-semester vacation and came out all the way from Georgia. We also spent time with the Terry family!

Saturday morning we soaked in the first session of General Conference LIVE!
I love this bi-annual spiritual recharge! I feel like our testimonies can continually grow from personal study and nurturing our relationship with the Lord, but it also helps to have an external boost. What better way to grow spiritually than praising our Father and Savior through music and listening to inspired leaders?

Here are my favorite highlights from GC:

1. President Monson wasn't sitting up on the stand when conference began so I wasn't expecting to see him during the first session. Then out of the blue, he popped up at the pulpit and said "Hello!" It just caught me off-guard. He's always making me laugh and I love hearing his testimony.

2. Finding out about the new temples! Especially Paris, the Congo and the new Provo Tabernacle temple. Brad and I went to church a few times in the old Provo Tabernacle! Last winter, the building caught on fire and was almost destroyed. You can see what the new temple will look like and read a miracle story about the Tabernacle here.

3. President Eyring's talk. I was touched hearing about the commencement speech he gave at a university (not sure which one.) When the ceremony director realized that as an apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints his calling and purpose is to witness of Jesus Christ, she called him and said that he "wouldn't be able to perform his duty during the commencement speech." In an effort to respect all beliefs, including students who didn't believe in a Savior, the director didn't want Pres. Eyring to speak of Christ. He was so emotional about not being able to talk about our Savior during his speech. He cried as he shared this experience. Although he didn't blatantly bear his testimony during his commencement speech, he spoke of serving and humanitarian work and quickly (but respectfully) referenced that was how Jesus lived his life.

To counteract the spiritual side of the weekend, we also enjoyed ourselves (is that the right word, sis?) at a haunted house. The Haunted Forest in American Fork is by far the BEST I've ever been to. We spent over an hour screaming and sprinting our way through the dark, foresty trail.

Oh, and here's our Halloween costume reveal: We're going to be....Asian tourists! (Just because I feel the need to: I love Asians.) Half of my family is Asian. We just saw several fellow cruise-goers with giant cameras and Hello Kitty shirts and thought that it would be a fun costume idea!