Sunday, November 29, 2009

BYU vs. Utah

For those of you who don't know, the BYU vs. Utah football game is the biggest game of the season for both teams. We have a huge rivalry and it is always a close game. This year both teams were ranked in the top 25 and so we knew it was going to be a good one.

We originally weren't planning on going since the high temperature was only supposed to be around 40 degrees and Chloe hates wearing her big winter coat, but we just couldn't resist so we found some tickets last minute and joined the sellout crowd at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

BYU was up most of the game, but with 29 seconds left, Utah kicked a field goal and tied the game. We went into overtime and won 26 to 23...it was intense. GO BYU! The crowd of course went wild and rushed the field. We didn't go down right away, but after all the chaos, we joined some of my family down on the field.

Chloe did good during the game, but of course refused to wear her big coat. We were smart, though, and layered her clothes and brought a hooded pink sweater that she loves and we knew should would be OK keeping on.

The Lights at Temple Square

We went up to see the lights at Temple Square on Friday night and as always it was beautiful. I got to meet up with my best friend from high school, Aimee, for a short time and it was good to see her and her little family. My parents and grandparents came with us and we had a great time. Chloe loved seeing the lights and lucky for us, the night wasn't too cold. I forgot my camera, but we had our phones so here are a couple of pictures (cell phone quality...sorry!).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since Aaron's family went on a cruise this year, we had Thanksgiving at my parents house. My grandparents were in town and some of my extended family as well. It was a relatively small number compared to previous years, so cooking everything was so easy and stress free.

After dinner was done, some of us said what we were thankful for. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband, adorable child and amazing family. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family, extended family and in-laws. You always hear horror stories about people's in-laws , but not from me. I love my in-laws and feel so welcome in their family.

I also feel so blessed to have the gospel in my life. It brings me such happiness and joy. I love knowing that I will be with my family for all eternity and knowing that I have a loving Heavenly Father who watches over me.


After dinner was all cleaned up, we broke out the Black Friday ads and scoped out the best deals. Yep, I'm one of those crazy people who wake up at 5 a.m. to get good deals...and I did! At most of the stores I went to, I saved more than I spent and I got all my Christmas shopping done! Yep, read it and weep...OK, I have a few stocking stuffers left to get, but that's all.

Overall, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope everyone else had a great one, too! Here is a little video of Chloe wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Yesterday was my Dad's birthday, so Aaron and I had him over for dinner. We all enjoyed the meal together and for once Chloe actually ate well. For those of you who don't know, we have the hardest time getting Chloe to eat. So when she does eat, I tell her, "It makes mommy so happy when you eat good." So last night as she was eating, I looked over at her and told her that she was eating good. She then looked at me and said "mommy happy." It was so stinkin' cute!

Since Amber couldn't get off work, we decided to bring dessert to her. She had a table set up for us with balloons, presents and sparkling cider. I brought the cake. We got a few strange looks at first because we were at Taco Bell, but we didn't mind. It was a fun night and I hope my dad enjoyed himself. Happy Birthday Daddy/Papa Ron (that's what Chloe calls him)! Love you!

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Daily Commute

I may only work part time, but it is everyday and I have quite the commute. Here is a sample of my daily grind.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays it looks something like this:

Springville to Salem: 15.1 miles
Salem to Lindon: 28.2 miles
Lindon To Salem: 28.2 miles
Salem to Springville: 10.8 miles ( I go a different way home)
Round Trip: 74.5 miles

On Thursdays and Fridays it looks like this:

Springville to Lehi: 25.5 miles
Lehi to Lindon: 13 miles
Lindon to Lehi: 13 miles
Lehi to Springville: 25 miles
Round Trip: 77 miles`

Why one might ask would I do this? One reason alone: Wonderful Grandparents! Aaron's parents and mine take turns watching Chloe for us while I'm at work for a couple hours each day. It is such a blessing to have them so "close" so they are able to do it. Chloe has such a great relationship with her grandparents and she just loves them so much. I also don't have to worry at all about Chloe because I know that she is in good hands with people that love her almost as much as I do.

So, as Thanksgiving comes around and people ask me what I am grateful for, I am going to say having wonderful parents and grandparents. Thanks Moms and Dads, we couldn't do it without you!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Just 'Cause


I asked Chloe a few weeks ago how come she was so cute. Guess what her response was? "Cause." I don't know where she got it from, but it was pretty dang cute. So here are some pictures of her being cute just 'cause.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

Tawna came home this weekend and so we had a marathon Halloween weekend. On Friday, we met at my mom's house for dinner and pumpkin carving. We didn't have any pumpkins to carve, so Tawna, Keith, Chloe and I ran to the store to get some. However, after trying two stores with no luck, we went down to Thanksgiving Point.

Since it was the day before Halloween, they were trying to get rid of their pumpkins. They were selling all of their pumpkins for only one dollar! We got six huge pumpkins for only six bucks...it was awesome. We had a good time carving them and Chloe even helped out.

On Saturday, we stopped off at the Searle's for a little while and then headed to my parents house for trick-or-treating. Chloe figured out the whole process by the second house. She had a great time and loved putting treats in her pumpkin candy basket.

For dinner, we made some spooky foods: mummy dogs, witch fingers, eyeball tacos, monster brains, etc. It was kind of crazy trying to cook and get everything else done at the same time, but it was fun. We were all pooped out by the end of the evening.

Keith, Chloe, Tawna, Dad, Koby, Kelly, Amber and Kadence.

It was so fun to have Tawna here this weekend and we are all looking forward to her coming home for Christmas.