Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 here we come!

Goals for 2011:

  • Get straight A's in my last semester of classes
  • Run 2 half marathons
  • Finish the BOM and start/finish D&C with Mark
  • Have a positive attitude about school/work, no matter how tough it gets (struggled with that last year)
  • Spend money only on things that I need 
  • Read more, TV less 
  • Know the scriptures, specifically the New Testament this year
  • Study Christ's life & focus on his characteristics
  • Take birth control every day!
I think that's about all I can handle! It's going to be quite the exciting year! I'll be all done with my student teaching by around December 10th, Mark is graduating either in April or August, we're going to Brazil for 10 days in July, and this could be the last year in Utah for us if Mark gets a job outside of Utah. Happy New Year everyone! 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

flashback-

Senior night, 2007! yes! I think this picture of Chelsie (#6 girl from L to R) appropriately displays her affection for Jordan (insert her face into the post below!)

Christmas Break thus far!

Austin's Christmas Acappella concert @ Timpview H.S.
Erica and I went up to sing with him for the last two songs--"From Swadling Wrap" and "Hallelujah Chorus"; Mark thought it was really weird that like 200 old people (alumni) flooded the stage to sing, but I just told him "It's T-bird Tradition!!" He probably threw up in his mouth a little bit (he's a very loyal Orem Tiger....no comment!), especially after my mom cried through the whole thing! ha! But it was really fun to see Austin up there. Did I really look that young in high school? We had a fun time.



Another fun thing that we've done this break is spend an evening (December 23rd) with our dear friends the Troxels! Chelsie and Jordan have been friends of mine since middle school and were married August 24th and moved into our same apartment complex=same ward=bffs with us. Mark has seemed to find a special place in their hearts...as seen in the picture at Ikea below:

haha he really does like them I promise. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the four of us at dinner. We went to Sawadee Thai Cuisine in Salt Lake City. It's a new favorite, to say the least. OH my gosh we are all obsessed with Thai food and I am telling you that I will try to go there AGAIN before this year's end!!! We are really happy that they love trying new food like we do. After Ikea and Thai food, we went to the lights at Temple Square, of course! and unfortunately, after I took pictures of Jordan proposing to Chelsie in front of hundreds of sappy teenagers and grandparents, my battery died! But these were what I could get of this faux event:


There's never a dull moment with these two. I'm just really sad that I couldn't get Chelsie's face in here! We had so much fun with them and are sad that they're not in our ward anymore. Luckily they moved into my parents' ward.....bahaha you cannot escape us!!! :)

Oh Christmas Eve morning, Mark's mom Kerri and stepdad Brent brought us breakfast and gifts to our apartment. They put so much time and effort into this, and we were really grateful. Mark's brother Ryan and sister Cassidy also came over to enjoy this mini-Christmas with Kerri and Brent. We each got a book, a piece of clothing, something that we need, and something that we wanted (need, read, wear, want). It was so much fun and we were able to reflect on this Christmas season. We talked about service and about how much we enjoyed volunteering where Kerri works--the Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem. Me, Mark, and Ryan volunteered there for a few hours last week helping to distribute toys and clothes and blankets to families in need; it was a great experience. I was forced to use my broken-Spanish for many of the families, which was good for me but probably really painful for them!! I was very impressed with Mark's skills...he is fluent in Portuguese, which is similar but still very different from Spanish. He managed to convert his knowledge into Spanish very well! It was pretty sexy watching him help these cute and humble moms. He put smiles on all of their faces with his natural goofiness and sweet smile. Anyway, talking about it to Kerri was really neat for all of us and she has the best heart! 

Now for Christmas Day!! Mark spoiled me!! He is such a good gift-giver and is so thoughtful. I got everything that I wanted! Books, a cute sweat-suit, and gift cards! My favorite present was the note that "Santa" left me and the two tickets to see the Utah Symphony on January 8th at Abravanel Hall!! I'm so so so happy! Some of you who do not really know me super well don't know that I am obsessed with violin and any other classical instrument. I was super bummed that we missed the BYU philharmonic concert earlier in December, so now this will be even more special. For a man who loves SportsCenter and any sport with a ball (everything...), I am so impressed that he would go to a sit-down, fancy concert with me. I'll let yall know how it is!


Mark was so excited and could not wait to open his presents! I felt so badly that I didn't fill his stocking as he did mine....seriously a mistep for me! But hopefully I recovered throughout the day. (Do you see those stockings in the background? Mark's grandmother Libby makes those for every single family member ...so when I got mine I knew I was welcomed into the Freeman fam!)


We had to get a picture in front of the tree of course! We upgraded this year from our little 4 footer tree to a six-footer (thank you mama Clark). I thought it would be too big for our apartment, but it's just like me....tall and skinny....so it didn't cramp our style too much. HA! Notice how long those pants are...time to get hemming.



We first went to my parents' house around 9:30. We had an amazing breakfast/brunch and opened presents, then had a devotional. As usual, my mom went overboard on presents, but I was touched with how excited she and my dad were to give us our presents knowing that we could not give them anything close to what they gave us. I took pictures, but they're only of one person...my nephew Nico! I regret not taking a family picture so badly! Maybe my brother took a few. We were there until about 1:30. We went to Mark's dad's house for the rest of the afternoon. There were more photo ops there:

This is Dave and Shelly with the ugly sweaters that Mark's sister Cassidy made for everybody! She did such a good job and it was really fun seeing how awful everyone looked!


My sweater had a "bow" theme. Who knows what that thing is on Mark's sweater! Now we're really hoping to get invited to a Christmas party next year.


The whole fam-damily! 


Dave has this love for cooking gooood  food. I blame him for my extra 10 lb. gain since marriage! He even has his own cookbook! So their present to us was an apron. Ours were really cute, and the boys' were hilarious. It couldn't be an apron picture without kitchen props!



I hope yall had a wonderful Christmas this year! We spent a lot of time with family and were able to reflect on all of our blessings and the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ and what he did in his life. I am reminded every day of how imperfect I am, and through Him I am able to strive to progress through this life! Hallelujah! I want to close this by showing a video that I have been obsessed with this whole Christmas break: 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Aren't these adorable?!?!
K so if you want to know how selfless mothers are...here's a short story for you. 
It's my mom's 47th birthday tomorrow. And instead of getting herself some boots...she got me these. 
Just for the heck of it. I said "well these have to be for something...how about it's my early birthday present!", she responded, "well, okay, but just one of your birthday presents" meaning that there must be more! Spoiled spoiled spoiled rotten I am!
The end.
I love you mama!!!
(Thank you Taylor @ Nordstrom for hiding these babies in the back so that we could claim them! Somehow she knew they would have a nice home today!)
And it couldn't have come at a perfect time. It snowed somewhere around 15 inches last night! Now my toesies are nice and warm. I'd better make her a dang good birthday cake for tomorrow (since that's about all we can afford to do for her! :) I hope I will have the means to surprise my future daughters with fun (practical of course...and maybe some not-so-practical) gifts.
Oh, and they're waterproof. AWESOME! 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Beast

Mark and I gave our couch away to another couple in our ward. This thing is a beast. It's basically solid steel. In order to move it, we told the couple we would need at least four people, especially to get it up to their third floor apartment! I thought it was so ridiculous that I documented the ordeal.


Here they are moving it up the stairs.

Lifting and shoving and pushing...you got it guys!

:( battle wound (again with his famous turquois shirt (haha)

Ouchies! accidentally got blood on the couch too....whoops!

And I know this is super gross, but this is where the couch was.
I just wanted to point out that a few of the brown spots on the carpet are...
Chocolate chips. They must have fallen through the cracks! I'm so gross!

We spent the next three days just camping out on the floor without a couch. Luckily I have such a wonderful mother-in-law who said that we could have one of her old leather couches. Friday night, we set out to get it in Alpine. It's really cute! Since it doesn't have leg rests, we went to the R.C. Willey outlet and got a storage-type ottoman for 100 bucks. Our place looks so much better!

"little person"

After seeing Paige Anderson's magnificient art show at BYU, we headed to a fancy dinner at Gloria's Little Italy. Oh my gosh. Heaven in my mouth. If you go, you have to get the Gnochi (pronounced nokey) with the creamy red sauce. It was out of this world! We stuffed ourselves to the brim, and felt really useless afterward and practically rolled back to the car. Well, before we left, I thought I'd run to the restroom because my bladder was about to burst of course. I went to wash my hands and was surprised by this:

I'm standing flat-footed. And I could only see my forehead in the mirror. What's the point of putting a mirror there? I am such a midget.

Now standing on my tippy toes. I think it may be so high up so that women don't get depressed seeing their tummys after eating at Carbo-heaven? Or I'm just shrinking. But man it was good.

Giant Pancake

I grew up on these. I love these. Baked German pancakes...YUM! I woke up early Sunday morning (7) to make this baby for Mark before he got up.

I just had to take a picture at how ridiculous these things look. Easiest recipe in the world:
6 eggs
1 Cup flour
1 Cup milk
2 Tbs. butter
Salt
Preheat the oven to 425. Butter the bottom of the pan and let melt in the oven for like 4 minutes. Mix batter together and pour into the pan. Let sit in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the middle is solid. Can be eaten with syrup or jam! Delicious.

Clark Cabo Thanksgiving, 2010

Taken the first day (you can always tell by the skin color), Room 1324! 

The lovely Bathroom for two

Great room! Great guy!= bound to be a great Vacation

View from the couch- we had our own little kitchen! Thank you Papa Clark!
Out to dinner to Johnny Rockets of all places. I wish I would have taken pictures of the names of other restaurants that we went to--let's just say we ate very well. This picture is so precious because Nico is doing "Intsy-Bitsy Spider" with my dad. Ask Mark: he had tough competition with this kid around; I love my little Nicolas.

I realize that almost every post of Mark and I he is wearing this same shirt. I promise he has more clothes :) 

Snorkeling day! We're waiting for the water taxi. I love seeing all the cruise ships and fancy yachts in the harbor. It's so peaceful!

We're going snorkeling behind that LARGE cruise ship.

Of course I have a brother who is wearing a woman's wetsuit purchased at D.I....

And a brother wearing a nasty European-styled Speedo. Nas-ty. They both seemed thrilled about it, especially when David started acting gay to my dad and Mark and the vendors on the beach.

This was my favorite moment in Mexico. Two days before we left, I woke up early in the morning on my own and thought I'd wake my sleeping darling next to me to go watch the sunrise! It was so beautiful. I took wayy too many pictures of its progress.

The famous cliffs...gorgeous.

You can see the small fishing boats if you look closely!

I loved these whispy clouds.

My favorite part of this trip! Love this guy.

Fishing on the shore....the sun's finally peeking out!

Hold your breath!....

aahh....is that not breath-taking or what? I wanted to live in that moment forever! I'm so cheesy! Que Romantico (how romantic)!!

And here we are! Sleepyheads!

Yes we ate like kings while we were there, but no I don't have a belly hanging over my pants! It's the shirt, I promise. :) Meeting David and Fifi for dinner.

Bronzed beauties. Actually out of the whole family we are by far the most white, but that's just fine! I probably went through 3/4 of my SPF 30 lotion. Mark experienced a little more burn, but he's just dead sexy anyway.

We had a wonderful time! I'm sorry that I didn't take more pictures though :( I promise that Fifi, my mom and Erica were there. Mexico is always therapeutic (reading on the beach in 82 degree weather=close to heaven!), and we really appreciated being able to go and to have our own room! We are so blessed. One of the highlights was going to church there and having the opportunity to witness their primary program! It was so precious. Another highlight was having the whole family together! We were all separated during the summer so we weren't able to all be together for any trips, so this was a treat. Another big highlight was snorkeling. It was really beautiful and once I got into the water I was like a little kid and could not believe how many fish and other sea creatures were under the water. Another highlight was obviously watching the sunrise with Mark! We had never done that before (I'm not peppy in the mornings usually). We cannot wait for the next trip in two years! Estamos agradecido por todo que tenemos, y por la oportunidad estar en Mexico con mi familia bonita por siete dias. Hasta Luego, Cabo! 

6.5

Miles, that is! Yes! Hallelujah! Man I feel good!

Consequently, I am dead. It took a good 30- minute long, HOT shower to defrost my thunder-thighs.  And I have two finals tomorrow that I have tried to study for, but boy this couch is too comfy and the Food Network is showing me all too many delicious Holiday meals.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Had to do it.


My cousin's one of the brides...the one with black leggings. She makes me so proud! hahah!!!

Running

I am happy to report that Mark and I have gone running TWICE THIS WEEK! Granted, it was only 4 miles...but that's better than none. :)

We were really scared that we'd go ANOTHER winter without stepping outside in work out clothes, but Mark and I are determined to conquer that bad mentality because let's face it...the extra poundage is NOT cute, NOT sexy (especially on my five foot figure), and I don't care how much added-insulation is "needed" in the winter. It's time to get RUNNING!

Oh and instead of it being 15 degrees today, it was in the 40s, which explains why I enjoyed it (I'm definitely a cool weather runner, not an icicle runner!). I'm posting this for accountability purposes. If I tell all my blog readers that I am running, then I have to keep it  up! So get me motivated people!

Happy Tuesday! (AND END OF SEMESTER! WAHOO!!)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The best decision I made all day

I gave in. I SCARFFED (is that a word?) these babies down from the Wendy's by BYU to my apartment. It's a 2 minute drive. 
Want to know why it was the best decision I ever made? It's not because they were ridiculously scrumptious to my palate....
But because I got rid of this obsession and craving for trying them!!
THEY WEREN'T ANYTHING SPECIAL! 
I only inhaled them because I was really hungry and didn't have dinner!
SO NOW I'LL NEVER HAVE THEM AGAIN AND I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT IT!! 
Sea salt my butt. The salt was definitely not different.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nothing Special

I cannot believe that it is already DECEMBER. I'll have to post my pictures and comments from our Thanksgiving trip to Cabo San Lucas later.

Can I just say that I'm loving reading the Harry Potter books right now? They're so fast and fun! I read the first two on vacation. I bought all 7 at Borders the other day....so now I have to read all of them! This is so strange for me to be reading all of these fiction books because I'd say that I am more of a Classics fan...Jane Austen, Charles Dickens....but these fiction books are a great break from all the history books I've been forced to read this semester! AND I REALLY LOVE Hunger Games. I know I've blogged about it before, but I read Catching Fire on vacation too (the second book in the series) and it was really entertaining and kept me reading all day.



Yesterday I finished a book called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I've been reading it throughout the semester just when I have a few moments here an there and it was pretty good. It's about a child who has autism and this child's view of the world around him. I'm in an education class about teaching students with special needs, and so this book helps put into perspective what a child with autism goes through and the feelings he/she has. I may have a student someday who conveys the same behaviors as 'Christopher' in the book.

The other book that I read over the summer that I think is better than this one (as far as disabilities go) is Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet. It's a true story about Daniel who has Asperger's Syndrome. This book is unique because normally persons with Asperger's or Autism cannot explain why they are feeling the way they do into words. He has a remarkable story and I read this for a literacy class that I took over the summer.You should YouTube this guy...he's a genius!

To switch things up a bit, right now I'm in the process of reading Bendigo Shafter, a wild Western by Louis L'Amour. I had to read it for my American West History class, and I LOVE IT SO FAR! I have about 80 pages left and it's just about the westward migration across Wyoming and a group that establishes a town near South Pass.


The hardships that they endured were crazy! I love how it ties in with Mormon History and tells about how the members of this small town helped rescue members of a Mormon handcart company and how Porter Rockwell came back to thank these town members. Bendigo is a young buck--only 18 when he takes it upon himself to ride across the West to Oregon to drive cattle back into their town so that they have a steady supply of meat. He reminds me of Captain Moroni, especially in this picture of him: Don't they look similar? Their characteristics are very alike too...haha!

The story is fictional, but contains events that could have very well happened. If you want entertainment while getting a taste of the West in the latter 19th Century (1800s), read this book! Okay that's all for now with my book rambling.

Happy Reading! And Happy December!
 
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