Monday, December 29, 2008

What we did on our Christmas break...

Feliz Navidad! I hope everyone had a nice holiday week. Again, I only have to work two days this week. How nice!

Brian and I had a great Christmas. We kicked off the fun by going to the Las Vegas Bowl to see the Cougars play Arizona. Unfortunately, BYU lost 31-21. Kind of sad. I think I was the only one who thought they would actually pull out a win, and I'm a Ute fan! But we had a lot of fun. We walked around the Bellagio and saw their Christmas display. We also got some raspberry gelato which tasted awesome! We went through the shopping area at Caesar's but couldn't find a good exit. How annoying! But we had a good time laughing at all the weird things that happened (finding the Wii remote in the Pringles can is our favorite).

We had to drive back right after the game to make it to our Christmas program at church. I made Brian join the ward choir (hee hee), and somehow I got asked to play for them. (It all evens out, I guess.) The primary sang a few songs with a very small group. Later on, there were magically more kids...little sneaks! There were a lot of groups from the choir that sang. Both of our moms came and heard us sing which was cool.

Christmas Eve came, and we went to the Reynolds' family dinner. We stayed overnight and opened gifts in the morning. Clothes, movies, books, gift cards, and games were our gifts. We are set! We then headed to my mom's house to talk to Daniel. He called us, and we all asked him questions about Portugal. He is doing great over there! We had lunch all together with Grandpa Klinell. I called my dad, Ryan, Grandma, and Grandpa later that afternoon to wish them a merry Christmas. was a very fun couple of days. It's too bad it comes and goes so quickly! Until next year...

Friday, December 12, 2008

We love Christmas!

Hello, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a very good one. Yummy food and fun family always make it enjoyable.

I'm happy to report that we are done with our Christmas shopping. We did a lot of it on Thanksgiving week before all the crazy shopping days. Going to the mall at night with no one around is the way to go. Mostly we buy things online. It's very nice! Wrapping can be ordered, and the gifts are delivered. How nice is that? We ship all our goodies to the Reynolds' post office. (Thanks Mom and Dad R.!) Brian is a little sneak and tries to get all the surprises out of me and others. It's more fun giving him stuff he isn't expecting. I've been good so far with not telling anything. He just shouldn't ask! Naughty!

We went to see 2 choir performances this week. And we got to go to Temple Square and see the lights. You can't have a good holiday without doing that! Most of the lights were orange again this year. I wish they would do blue or purple. That would be cool. Our little Dexter tree has pink lights on him. We also made snowflakes that hang from the ceiling and red/green paper chains for the doorways. That is our festivity until we can buy real decorations. It looks good!

Other than that, we are excited for the holidays. It's fun to see all our family and friends and get together. We hope everyone is well out in cyber world. Have a merry Christmas!

Friday, November 7, 2008


Hello, out there! I am updating our blog today to let everyone in on my big news. I finally took my final yesterday and got 97%! Yay! And I actually got started on some practice transcription. I'm rolling now...

Brian and I have been really good. We had a good Halloween. Unfortunately, I missed the nieces and nephews and all their outfits. Grandma Reynolds had her Halloween party the Saturday before. I was a sick girl and stayed home. But on Halloween, Brian and I went to a trunk-or-treat for the first time. It was pretty fun! We splurged and bought the big candy bars for the kids. Luckily, we had leftover Butterfingers to munch on ourselves! Yummy...

The Utes played last night and beat the Horned Frogs 13-10. It was the weirdest game. Utah has been quite inconsistent and nerve-racking lately. I hope things shape up because I might have a heart attack before then! I thought for sure they were going to lose. But they pulled out a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. They are still undefeated, which is a bonus. I hope they win the Mountain West Championship this year, if nothing else. It's been too long!

Well, I'm off to the grocery store. I hope everyone is having a great week! Till next time...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunburn Sally (the tune "Mustang Sally" was in my head this morning)...

Remind me to never go out at high noon without sunblock again!

At least, I have my trusty aloe vera gel today. And I work in a dungeon so I don't have to go out and see people if I don't want to.
Brian and I had a fun Saturday. We went to the Utah football game. (But we were not smart about sunblock. I should know better...I am Snow White after all!) The Utes whomped Colorado State 49-16. They are now 8-0. Yay! In the BCS standings, they are #11. It would be nice if they made it to a BCS bowl game again, but I'm not getting my hopes up yet. They play at New Mexico on November 1. Then their big test is at home against TCU on November 6. Eek!

We went to the Pie in West Jordan with Sara and Jon that night. It is always yummy! I love the chicken alfredo pizza and cheese sticks. We then headed over to the Crazy Corn Maze. We did a little too well at getting out. You are supposed to find all the numbered posts and answer T/F questions. We did #1 and #2, but we ended up at #7 somehow. So we were going backwards a lot. Eventually, we found them all. We're just too good at this maze thing! Later, we watched "Iron Man" and played with all the dogs at the Wyatt's house. We love dogs!

On Sunday, we had FHE at Paul and Marja's house. Yummy food and fun family is a good combination. I tried out a new dessert, caramel apple bars. I think they turned out pretty well. Unfortunately for Brian, I was up at 7:30 am chopping up apples in the processor. Sorry, babe!

I guess I better get to work. I think it's also time for another slather of aloe vera! My face is on fire!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Plateau...

Let me first say that losing weight is really hard. It is especially hard for people like me who don't like to exercise. I'd rather be doing almost anything else! But I continue on because I know I need to get healthy. My sister introduced me to so I can keep track of my food intake and my activity burn. I have been somewhat successful and lost 20 pounds so far. Yay, me! I still have plenty left to go. But right now, I am stuck. That darn scale hasn't budged even a little bit! (This cartoon applies very nicely, don't you think?) I guess it's time to change up my routine and hope that helps. Wish me luck!

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Kansas Trip Lowdown...

To all who have been wondering how the Kansas trip went, here is the story.

On Wednesday, we got to the airport a little early to make sure everything went smoothly with the reservations. I will say that I was very impressed on how easy it was to get checked in to the flight, car, and hotel. I will definitely be booking a vacation ahead of time again! It was awesome! We had a layover in Denver both ways, which wasn't too bad. But we noticed that the Denver airport doesn't really have a whole lot going on. We were surprised at how scarce the options were for browsing and eating. Once we got to Kansas City, we hopped on a shuttle to go get our rental car. It was a Chevy Cobalt; not a bad little car! It was easy to drive and had a smooth ride. We had dinner at K.C. Masterpiece; it was yummy! We checked into the hotel around 7:30pm and then drove to visit at the Blanks'.

We got up late on Thursday and found one of our favorite breakfast places, Denny's. Yes, we realize that this restaurant is known for its old folks, but hey, their breakfast rocks! After we ate, we drove to get Grandpa for a day out. Back story: Brian received a Topeka visitors packet in the mail a few months before we left. He was curious about the Union Pacific train station; his grandpa worked for them his whole life. And there was mention of a Harley museum in the city. So...that's where we explored. Overland Station had some cool artifacts and historical memorabilia. They also had this giant model train area. It was cool; they made a whole city in one room! We went over to see the Harleys. They had all these old models, and we got to walk through the repair shop. Out back, they had all these new models. They had some sweet bikes! Later, Brian and I headed to the pasture with Grandpa. He wanted to get some apples, but really, he wanted out of the house! He's not a home-body. Grandma made us all homemade fried chicken; it's the best! Plus, we had fried ocra and fresh tomatoes out of the garden. Nothing beats fresh vegetables.

On Friday and Saturday, we visited with all the family and had a picnic at the pasture. Everyone had traveled to come to Grandma Doris' 100th birthday party. The senior center had a little birthday lunch for her, and all of us to celebrate. She was itching to get out of there, but I think she was happy to see everyone. Brian and I explored again and found a frozen custard place. So good! We found a Kansas sports store on the way back to the hotel. We browsed and got some cool Jayhawk stuff. This was definitely needed after Kansas won the championship. Woo hoo!

Sunday was the birthday party at Gage Park. Grandma Blank said there were about 100 people there. It was fun! Grandma Doris was a good sport and let people take her picture all day. Here are some fun pics that Ray took:

Grandma Doris

Tammy & Brian

After a few hours, Brian convinced me it was time to go. So we took Diane with us and got some dinner at Long John Silver's (a.k.a. "Captain Ahab's) . We love the hush puppies! We drove back to the Blanks' and visited with everyone again before we had to leave the next morning. I always get sad at the end of a vacation; it is never long enough!

On Monday, we headed back to Kansas City to turn in our car and head home. All in all, we had a very fun time. It was great to see everyone and laugh at each others' stories. We can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


The best season of the year is finally here! Football time! Some people love summertime. But summer sports are nothing compared to football. Brian and I can't get enough. We cheer and watch as much as we can. Now that we don't have cable it's a little tricky, but we do our best. Our favorite teams won this weekend. Notre Dame and Utah both pulled out wins; Kansas and BYU also won. We were able to go to the Utes' game on Saturday. That was a blast! They killed UNLV and redeemed themselves from last year's fiasco. I even got a new shirt and earrings out of the deal. Diane and Ryan went with us, and we all stayed after the game to watch the 10th anniversary fireworks. On Sunday, the Colts lost to Brian's Bears. But it's more important for his teams to win so he's in a great mood the rest of the day/night!

This week's games:

Friday: Kansas at South Florida (6:00pm)

Saturday: UCLA at BYU (1:30pm)
Michigan at Notre Dame (1:30pm)
Utah at Utah State (6:00pm)
Ohio State at USC (6:00pm) (We hate the Buckeyes!)

Sunday: Colts at Vikings (11:00am)
Bears at Panthers (11:00am)
Steelers at Browns (6:15pm)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Read All About It!!!

Another month goes by without a post. Now you are forced to read a long newscast...enjoy!

The Klinells (my grandparents) had their 50th wedding anniversary party on August 16. My family from Texas came out to celebrate with us. It was good to see everyone. My parents' house was decorated and full of food! My aunt, Karen, even bought a 3-tiered cake. We went all out! There were probably 50+ people who came to visit. Aunt Sis even came up from Oceanside, CA. Aunt Julie was the designated photographer. If I ever get a cd from her, I will be sure to post some photos. We had a couple family pictures taken with all the grandkids and their parents. There are quite a few of us now!

Brian has started classes again at SLCC. He loves it! (I'm teasing.) This semester he's taking sociology and physics. He's just chugging along, hoping to get his bachelor's degree completed by next December. This whole process has been such a pain, but he's determined to get done. I'm proud of him for sticking with it. It's hard to do when you have to rely on stupid college counselors. I love them! (I'm teasing again.)

Sara and I went to see our friend, Jill, one Saturday. She was having a baby shower, so we thought we should attend since we all used to be roommates. It was a lot of fun. Jill is excited to have a little girl in a week or so. Her poor feet are so swollen. Remind me to never be pregnant in the summertime!

That night, we went out with Sara and Jon to Cucina Toscana. It was very yummy and expensive. But it was worth trying once. We were sitting next to some VIPs who ordered salmon. Totally not worth it! There were about 4 bites of fish! I guess it doesn't matter when you know the owner and get it free.

My mom and Diane had their birthdays last week. Mom made a chocolate cake, and Grandma brought over a cheesecake. Of course, some of us wanted both. :) Who can choose between those options?

I'm sad to report that we haven't moved yet. But we definitely will be next March. We're crossing our fingers that the condos we like will have an opening then. By staying a little longer here, we'll be able to pay off the truck and save up for our Disneyland trip in June. Hooray! There is light at the end of the tunnel for us!

Friday, August 8, 2008

California Dreamin'....

Over the last few nights, I keep dreaming that Brian and I are in Disneyland with different family members. Do you think this may be a sign that I'm suffering from Disney deprivation? I think so. We did finally plan our trip for next year, so that is exciting. I can't believe it's been two years since we've gone. No wonder I keep dreaming I'm there!

Life is good. I just got 100% on another exam today. I am now to the comprehensive tests on my anatomy unit. Not my favorite! And I'm one of those who has to memorize over and over again. It's very tedious, but as long as I keep doing well, it's worth it.

I am counting down the days until we leave for Kansas. I am excited! We leave on the 27th and get back on Labor Day. It will be great fun hanging out with the Blankenship clan. Plus, Brian gets to finally meet all the extended family and experience hot, humid weather! (Fun, huh?) We're flying into Kansas City and getting a rental car. We'll probably drive down to K.C. Masterpiece. We've been craving steak and ribs! Then we'll trek over to Topeka and Silver Lake. I can't wait!

Well, I better get ready for the day and head out to Wal-Mart. Grocery day; hooray!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Catch up time...

Hello, blog friends! Life has been very eventful lately; we've had a lot going on.

I failed to mention that we finally made it out to the Bountiful temple. We've cancelled a few times with Emily and Stephen and felt terrible. But the third time is the charm! It was a really nice day out. Brian and I were walking the grounds while we waited for our company. There were a lot of weddings going on that day. We smiled at each other and were both thinking, "Man, am I glad we don't have to go through all that planning stuff again!" Once is enough!

Brian's cousin, Nicole, invited us to her sealing ceremony at the Salt Lake temple. That was very cool. It was neat to see how happy the new couple was. We enjoyed the reception at This Is The Place Park. It was very hot but nice.

My dad has had a rough month with doctors. He had a shunt placed in his arm for dialysis. The chest port wasn't a very good location. This week, he had to go have eye surgery. Incisions were made to remove the fluid that was making good vision a problem. He is now a sporting a pirate patch!

Brian and I were in charge of FHE this month with the Reynolds' family. We all had dinner and then headed over to the float preview at the convention center. That was pretty cool! I had never been before. You get to walk around and look at all the cool ideas people had come up with and then vote for your favorite. We caught a little of the 24th parade to see who won. We still don't know... we must have missed it.

Last weekend, the Lloyds had everyone over for the Cedar Hills fireworks. We had KFC, salads, and rolls. The kids were running around having a good time. We could also hear the men in the basement laughing and having fun with the Wii. Unfortunately, the weather changed drastically and started a nasty thunderstorm. It didn't last long, but the fireworks were cancelled from the strong wind.

My brother, Daniel, sent us a letter and email. He is doing well in Figueira da Foz, Portugal (pics above). He is right by the beach now and loves the sights! He says the people are very nice, but there are a lot of Catholics. He is making friends and being a hard worker and good example. Sometimes that's all you can do.

I had the opportunity to sing with a group of ladies in church last Sunday. That was a lot of fun! It's been a while since I've sung in front of people. Some of our family members came to support and listen. I think it turned out really well! Brian and I later went to the Blanks' for dinner and socializing. Plans were made for the Klinell's 50th anniversary party in a few weeks. Our family from Texas is planning on staying throughout that week and visiting with us. It will be fun to have everyone here!

That's it for the loooong post. If you don't get through it all, don't feel badly!

Monday, July 7, 2008

4-Day Weekend...

Hey, everybody! It's been a while, hasn't it? Life has been busy at the Reynolds' household. Here are our updates.

I had the smart idea of taking Thursday off before the July 4th holiday. I'm so glad I did! I have all these vacation days that I never use so I thought, "Why not?" I studied a lot and took 2 anatomy tests. I got 100% on both! Wahoo!

On Friday, Brian and I bummed around the house and thoroughly enjoyed being off work. I made a birthday cake for Ryan's 13th and chicken enchiladas for dinner. Ryan and Diane came over and then we all went to the Bees game. Unfortunately, they lost 8-5. The other team hit two home runs in the first inning! Yikes! We were doomed. But we saw the firework show afterwards. That was pretty cool. We could also see Murray park and Sugarhouse park. I think we'll try to go there next year. They had tons!

Saturday was laundry day. We got up early and all done so we could go out and see "Wall-E." Dad and Diane went with us to Jordan Commons in the afternoon. No surprise, Brian and I loved it! We highly recommend it! Yes, we're probably a little biased toward Disney-Pixar movies. We own and love them all. We always have a hard time deciding on our favorite. This will be added to the collection.

Back to work for me. We hope everyone is doing well. Talk to you soon!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lloyd family fun and other news...

Brian and I took our nieces and nephews to the Scottish Festival last Friday. That was quite an experience. While Cathy and Travis are in Europe, the family has been taking turns watching the kids. The kids usually go over to Thanksgiving Point every year to the festival, so we volunteered to take them. It was pretty fun! We had dinner, got to watch the kids sword-fight a "giant," danced in the field, and watched fireworks. I think we all had a good time. We are going to tend the kids this weekend. It will be our first challenge in the wonderful adventure of parenthood. Wish us luck! I am grateful that Nat, Lindsay, Ethan and Clarissa are really good kids. We will all have a great time together!

Speaking of parenthood, Lacey and Travis brought their baby, Adyson, to the hospital on Tuesday. We all had lunch together. It was really good to see all of them. Adyson is beautiful, and Travis cracks me up! He's so quick! And I always love to see Lace. She came up to clean out her desk and visit a bunch of our friends. She starts her new job on Monday. Good luck, Lace!

I think that's all of our news for now. I better get outta here before the day disappears! Errands, here I come!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wide World of Sports...

Ok, ok. I'm a slacker this week. I had very good intentions of updating our blog, but I didn't get around to it. For those of you not "in the know" or just not sports fans, here is an update for you. The Boston Celtics are the 2008 World Champions in basketball. They beat the Lakers by 39 points in game 6 in Boston. How sweet is that to win on your home court? Paul Pierce won the Finals MVP award. He played great all year and truly deserved to win this prize. He stuck with the Celtics for the last 10 years through all the horrible seasons. Yay Celtics!

Now on to golf...

Tiger Woods has won his 14th major, beating Rocco Mediate in a playoff on Monday. Tied after 18 holes, they played a sudden death hole. Tiger finished it off there. He is the 2008 U.S. Open champ. Too bad not many of us got to see it on a workday. Bad news: Tiger will be out for a while this year; he has a torn ACL and fractured left leg. Golf won't be very exciting. Or was it ever in the first place? (If Tiger Woods wasn't around, I wouldn't care about golf at all!)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Celtics up 2-0!!!

All right! The Boston Celtics are up 2 games to none against the Lakers. How sweet is that? In game 2, Paul Pierce was the leading Celtics scorer with 28 points; second-string Leon Powe put on a show with 21 points. Kobe Bryant only scored 9 in the first half. Ha ha! He is only 35-of-93 in losses to the Celtics this season. They definitely have his number.

Game 1: Boston 98- LA 88
Game 2: Boston 108 - LA 102
Game 3: Tuesday, June 10 at Los Angeles

In other news, Brian and I are doing great! We had a nice weekend and got our Father's Day shopping done. We went to Paul and Marja's on Friday night to celebrate Violet and Bela's birthdays. They are growing up so fast!

I went to a retirement luncheon for my friend, Jan, on Saturday. I put it together, and there was a good turn-out. We had a lot of fun at the Dodo at the Gateway. The food and company were very good. I'm glad most of my work buddies came; it was fun to catch up with everyone! We'll have to do it again soon!

Primary is still going well. I was recently called to be the chorister and do singing time. It's pretty fun. You get to act goofy and entertain the kids with games. What could be better?

We went over to the Blanks' after church for dinner. Dad cooked, and we visited with Ryan and Diane. It's always good to see them. I'm glad they let us come over for Sunday dinners!

There are our updates. Back to work I go!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Rain, Rain; Go Away...

This has been a very wet year so far. I don't think we'll be in a drought crisis! It is still raining! I know water is good and we need it, but I'm ready for warmth and sunshine. Anyone else agree?

Nothing much is going on with us right now. Same old, same old. We get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch "Wheel of Fortune" and maybe "Jeopardy," and usually go to bed pretty early. We joke that we act like old folks already. We can't help it! For some reason, we are tired people.

Tonight the Celtics and Lakers are playing in Boston. That should be an interesting matchup. Personally, I don't really care about this one. I hate the Lakers, so I hope the Celtics pull out a championship. But on the other hand, the Celtics lead the NBA with the most championships. And the city of Boston has been kicking butt in sports (i.e., Red Sox and Patriots (I was so happy to see them lose the Super Bowl this year!!!)). I like to see different teams win, and I usually root for the underdog. It's more exciting to me. As long as Kobe gets shut down, I will be a happy camper!

Monday, June 2, 2008

You Are Cinderella!
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Dignified and hard working. With a gentle and soft-spoken manner you have something many people don't. Patience. Even through the moments of heartbreak you're still able to hold onto all of your hopes and dreams. Bide your time; your dream will come true.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Friday, May 30, 2008


Ever feel like this? Yeah, me too. Don't get me wrong; life is good here at the Reynolds' household. We are sailing along very nicely. But I'm getting the hint that we need to move! Our tub is getting fixed again so it doesn't leak down to our neighbors. Oh, the joys of apartment life! It is never dull, that's for sure. Fire trucks, cop cars, beer cans left in our truck bed (the neighbors new dumpster, I guess), all these things are so fun. I think we are being given ample opportunities to learn patience. We are becoming pros in that department. I looked at the real estate websites again today, but nothing looks very good right now. We'll just keep saving and biding our time for the right house.

Ryan's baseball team won their game on Wednesday. It was the perfect weather, too. Now they are headed to the finals ( I think). They were one of the bottom teams who battled their way to the top. Very nice! It's fun to watch the kids play. Next year, Ryan will be on a team his own size. Maybe he'll get to use a real bat, too! He did have a few hits, including a 3-run homer. That was sweet! The Rockies won 10-9 in 7 innings. It was very exciting! Monday or Wednesday will be the last game. Go Chubby Hugs!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sunshine City...

What a lovely weekend! I love it when the weather is warm, and the sky is clear. How nice! I met my friends, Maria and Nancy, at West Jordan Park. They brought their kids to play for a while. Then we went to Golden Corral for lunch. It was fun seeing those girls. I haven't seen them for years, probably since their weddings. Thanks for they fun day, ladies! I hope you come down and visit again soon!

Grandma and Grandpa Blankenship were in town this weekend. And of course, it was the only weekend we had things going on every night. But they came and visited for a little bit on Friday night. They were down the road with Dad while he was doing his dialysis. They took a break to come say hi. We always love to see them when they are out here.

On Saturday, we went out to dinner with the Wyatts. They came up to us this time, so we headed over to Z Tejas at the Gateway. The food was okay, but we really loved taking a walk around the mall. Brian and I haven't been down there for a long time. It reminded us of the awesome outdoor mall in Santa Barbara that we visited a few years ago. The Gateway is pretty nice. We'll probably go back soon for another stroll. We love summertime weather!

Utah Jazz note: The Jazz are out! They lost Game 6 108-105 to the Los Angeles Lakers. I hate those guys!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Baseball Game...

Brian and I went to Flat Iron Park yesterday after work to watch Ryan play baseball. His team is the Rockies. They have won about half of their games, and the season is coming to an end. So I thought we should go see him play this year. Unfortunately, the other team walked him twice. But we did get to see him make an awesome catch for an out. That was sweet! He's really good at baseball and enjoys it. We like to watch him play and have fun. Hopefully, it will be warmer out there next time. We were cuddled up in our hoodies. It's May!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day and a Jazz Win...

On Friday, I joined the throng of people going shopping for their mothers. I went and bought my mom a gift card to Fashion Bug. I got Brian's mom the movie "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer." I even made them both Mother's Day cards. Who knew I would like being crafty?

Saturday was a very nice day. My mother-in-law took all the girls out to lunch at Chili's in American Fork. Since most of them live down in Utah County, it was easier to meet there. I enjoyed myself and love visiting with my sisters-in-law. They are awesome moms; I hope they can teach me a few things when I become a mom.

On Sunday, the Primary kids sang in sacrament meeting. We had about 10 who came that day. I was probably one of the few who heard them, but they tried hard! I love to be in the Primary. The kids are really great. It's a lot of fun for me to hear our little choir.

My sister and I decided to cook dinner for our mom that evening. I made 18 chicken enchiladas, and Diane brought the chips and dip. I had Dad make the salad. I think it turned out very well. Enchiladas are Brian's favorite! We had a nice time visiting with my family. Then we headed over to the Reynolds'. All the kids and grandkids were there; it's always fun to have a full house!

No, I didn't forget about mentioning the Jazz game. I thought they were going to cruise nicely to a needed win. But no, they like to make things difficult for themselves. Boozer had another off night. So far, he's only had 1 good game. The Jazz held the lead for 3 quarters, but they fell apart in the 4th quarter. (This is their weakness.) They gave up their lead, yet again, and the Lakers forced it into overtime. Brian and I hate these kind of games! They kill us! But we have Deron Williams to rescue the Jazz. The national critics can say what they want about him and Chris Paul, but I'd take Williams over Paul any day. He is the heart of the Utah Jazz. He helped them beat the Lakers in overtime 123-115. So...on to Game 5 in L.A. on Wednesday. Go Jazz!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Boom, Baby!

If anyone can guess what movie that is from, you are today's winner! (Your hint is: Disney movie.)

I'm using this title to set up my embarrassing story. From the sound of it, you can probably guess something blew up or someone fell down. The latter is true. I came home yesterday and went to the mailbox. I retrieved our mail and was carrying a few other things inside with me. I was wearing my black pants with the wide cuffs (one of them needs to be sewn as it drags on the ground all the time). As I was walking toward the stairwell, my foot gets caught in my cuff. I went flying face-first towards the ground. I didn't catch myself very well. All the contents of mail, purse, etc. came crashing around me. I tried to get up with my dignity intact, and I was lucky that it appeared no one had seen me in all my gracelessness. Scrambling, I collected all my stuff and headed home. I got inside and assessed the damage. I had 2 knuckles bleeding on my left hand. My wedding ring has a bent prong, which I'm fixing today. I scraped my left wrist and bruised my right palm. I had road burn on my chest and face. Luckily, that doesn't show anymore. My left knee is nicely bruised and swollen. What a state of affairs! How I manage to survive everyday is beyond me. So sad...

Since I haven't posted anything lately, I thought this would be a good story to share. And please, don't feel too badly for me. I am doing fine now and hope that my jeans and tennis shoes work a little better for me today.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Our weekend...

We had a very busy weekend. It seems like we weren't really home at all. But we had a good time at all of our stops. We went to the Mount Timpanogos Temple on Saturday with Cathy and Travis (Brian's sister and brother-in-law). It was gorgeous! Brian said it was his favorite so far. And it was nice to go with our family so we know where to go. I think we are getting the hang of things. Next month, we'll probably head up to Bountiful and do a session.

That night we went out with Sara and Jon to Tucano's in Orem. So yummy! Brian and I ate meat till we were so full! But it was totally worth it. We had our matching Jazz shirts on. The waiters kept commenting. We were glad they won that night! Then we went to Sara and Jon's house and played games and met their puppy, Zoe. She is adorable! Brian and I loved her. We are so anxious to get dogs probably didn't help our patience any. But she was fun to play with. Towards the end of the night, she got tired and layed on our laps. So cute!

Nathaniel (our nephew) turned 12 this week. He was ordained a deacon yesterday. He seemed very happy and excited. We were glad to be a part of it. We are very proud of him! We all went over to the Lloyd's for a family luncheon. The salads and rolls were delicious! I made a dijon chicken pasta salad, and luckily, it was all gone. I don't like leftovers. Later, we went to the Reynolds' for spaghetti dinner (one of my faves).

We're a little worn out today, but we'll make it!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring is here!

In honor of spring's arrival, I give you bright flowers! The Gallardo was awesome, but it was time for a change. Brian says I like to change things up a lot. I do! It's fun for me.

The weekend was very good. I didn't get my chores done, though. So...I got to work very early in order to leave early. Chores, cooking, exercising, and schoolwork all await my arrival. I'll have to fit in a new episode of Bones, too. We love that show! Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Jayhawks win!!!

If you missed this game, you missed one of the best ever! Kansas won it all April 7, 2008 against the Memphis Tigers in overtime. The final score was 75-68. The Jayhawks were down by nine with about 2 minutes to go. The ending didn't look good. But luckily, Memphis missed free-throws, and Kansas came back. With 10 seconds left, Collins and Chalmers ran up the court. Collins looked like he'd be trapped but squirmed out of the way of a defender. He dished the ball just in time to Mario Chalmers. Chalmers lined up and hit a huge 3-pointer to tie the game and go to overtime. Kansas finished it up there: NCAA 2008 champions! Brian and I are now on the lookout for some cool Jayhawk shirts. It's about time one of our teams wins! Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!

Here's a shot for history. Mario Chalmers swishes a three!

Pic of Jayhawk mascot

Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers

Team celebrating...

Team hugging...

Celebration and partying concludes. What a great game!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Back to the grind...

Monday Already?
We had a very nice weekend. It always goes by too quickly!

My friend, Lacey, had her baby shower on Saturday. That was fun. I saw some of our friends and had a good time. I got her a froggy bathtub, baby soap, and flannel blanket set that I finished crocheting the night before. It turned out pretty well.

Brian and I watched the Jayhawks beat the Tar Heels. That was also very awesome. I was very excited to see them play so well. Tonight is the championship game. They better win!

We went to the Conference Center yesterday for the afternoon session of General Conference. We got left-over tickets and decided to try it out. We really enjoyed it and took a walk around Temple Square afterwards. It's too bad that the weather hasn't been better. Usually there are lots of flowers around.

And now, we are back at work. What a bummer! Can't every day be the weekend?

Monday, March 31, 2008


That was a close one! Kansas wins by two...I almost had a heart attack! But I am very happy they made it to the Final Four. Two more games and they will be the champs this year! I'd also like everyone to know that I got all of the Final Four teams right on my bracket. Nice!

Side note: I found this awesome template for Brian since our blog has been kind of girly. You like it? Me, too!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Big Dance...

One of the best seasons of the year is upon us...NCAA men's basketball playoffs! Brian and I picked the Kansas Jayhawks to win it all. They have the depth and skill to finally do it this year. They haven't won the championship since 1988. So....this is the year! Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I should have posted this yesterday, but I was a busy girl! I am now 26 years old...EEEK! I had a good day yesterday. Brian went all out for my birthday. First, he got us tickets to the Matchbox Twenty concert. Then he got some sweet black boots, a Boston Legal DVD, and matching Utah Jazz t-shirts. He's great!

I enjoyed my day off, even though I did schoolwork most of the day. It beats going to work! Brian and I went to Red Lobster, and I tried crab for the first time. It was very yummy! Then we went to see Dad. He looked a lot better and should be able to go home either today or tomorrow. Diane was there and gave me 101 Dalmatians DVD. She came over and had leftover cake and ice cream. I got birthday wishes from all the family and friends. So...all in all, a very nice day. Plus, the Jazz won! What else do you need?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Woo Hoo!

I just took a test and got 100%! So far, so good. I am excited about this transcription thing so far. I think it will be an excellent career move for me. I can't wait to work from home and make my own hours. It will be awesome! (About this pic: I typed in the words "woo hoo" into Google and looked up pics. Of course, the first picture I see is Homer Simpson. Who doesn't love that guy?)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Good Times!

Sara had the awesome idea to get together more often. Brian and I now have a set date to go out once a month with Jon and Sara. We all went out to Texas Roadhouse on Saturday. They had never gone, and we love it! Then we came back to our house and played Cranium and visited. We had a blast!

Friday, March 7, 2008


Well, let me first say the show was AWESOME!!! I love Matchbox Twenty!!! Even Brian thought it was a great show. Wow! We had a blast. MuteMath (space rock weirdness) started the show, followed by crazy Alanis Morissette. I knew a lot of her songs. She was ok. But the main event was the best! The music, lights, video were all excellent. Everyone was dancing and cheering and having a great time. Wonderful show! I'm so glad Brian got us tickets. We had a fun time.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

St. Patty's Day...

In honor of the Irish holiday (and my birthday), I decided to try out this layout. I think it is very cute. It will be up for the month of March. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

2 More Days...

Brian got us tickets to go see one of my favorite bands, Matchbox Twenty. This is one of my birthday presents. I'm way excited! I will let you all know how it is. I can't wait!

B-ball Updates...

The Jazz pulled out a win last night. They beat the Mavericks 116-110. They were up by as much as 21 points. Sweet!

Kansas is still kicking bootie, and we love it!

"Six Jayhawks scored in double figures as fifth-ranked Kansas posted its most points in 194 games in a 109-51 basketball rout of Texas Tech on Senior Night in Lawrence Monday night.
Kansas improved to 27-3 overall and 12-3 in Big 12 play, while Texas Tech fell to 16-13 and 7-8. The Jayhawks finished 2008 with a perfect 20-0 home record. It is the first undefeated home season for KU since going 13-0 in 2001-02. "