Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Cory is done with his 5th trimester of chiropractic/nutrition school!! YEA!! He’s done 16 finals, 2 powerpoint presentations, 2 big papers – all in 2 weeks!! We are both really happy that he is done and definitely looking forward to the break and going home to Utah.
Monday, December 10, 2007
You Know You Grew Up In The 80's if:
1. You used to buy cassette singles … and still have some stashed somewhere …
2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton
3. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy
4. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own
5. You owned those lil' Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls
6. You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom
7. Two words: Hammer Pants
8. You watched "Fraggle Rock"
9. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars... and spokey- dokies or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect
10. You watched "Duck Tales" (Woo ooh!)
11. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
12. You (your sister, cousins) wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
13. You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen ... and still know the turtles names
14. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side
16. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it
17. L.A. Gear ... need I say more?
18. You remember reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and all the other Judy Blume books
19. You know the profound meaning of "WAX ON, WAX OFF"
20. You wanted to be a Goonie
21. You ever wore fluorescent clothing (some of us ... head-to-toe)
22. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted
23. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf
24. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets
25. You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence
26. You remember Hypercolor t-shirt
27. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band
28. You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up
29. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets
30. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"
31. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
32. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates
33. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide
34. You have ever played with a Skip-It or Elastix
35. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds or Hardees
36. You've gone through this nodding your head in agreement
37. Don't worry, be happy
38. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks
39. You wore socks scrunched down
40. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that
41. You remember watching both Gremlins movies
42. You know what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare!!"
43. You remember watching Rainbow Bright and & My Little Pony Tales
44. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot
45. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac
46. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool ... and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB"
47. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class
48. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART
49. You just sang those words to yourself
50. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird
51. Homemade Levi shorts ... (the shorter the better)
52. You remember when mullets were cool!
53. You had a mullet!
54. You still sing "We are the World"
55. You tight rolled your jeans
56. You owned a bannana clip
57. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
58. You had big hair and you knew how to use it
59. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!
Okay, so I can confesss to most of these ... born in 1981, I was half a child of the 80's and half a child of the 90's. Cory, however, relates to all of these. He secretly still wants to be a Goonie :) Rock on 80's children!!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Now that the mushy stuff is over … we had the best time in Washington D.C!! Man, what a cool city. It was my 2nd time being there and it was Cory’s 1st, so it was fun to share it with him. We did some sightseeing on Wednesday morning – we saw the Washington Monument, the WW2 Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The boys went rock-climbing in the afternoon to a state park in Virginia, and climbed along the cliffs that run alongside the Potomac River. On Thursday we played a rousing game of football and ate ourselves silly. My aunt Karan produced a feast and it was delicious!! I thought I might never be able to eat again, I was that full. Mom, Dad, Cory & I got up at 5:30 a.m. to participate in Black Friday shopping. We found some good deals on stuff we actually needed, so it was good to go. Plus it was Cory’s first Black Friday shopping experience, so that was fun. We did more sightseeing on Friday – we went to Manassas, which is where the Battle of Bull Run was fought (Civil War for those of you who need to brush up on American history). It was a very peaceful place to visit, and neat to see. We also went into the Air & Space Museum at Dulles airport and that was neat. They have all sorts of historic planes, including the Anola Gay (the plane that dropped the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima). We had our last day of sightseeing on Saturday, and we went into Arlington Cemetery. It’s such a neat place! There’s such a feeling of reverence and respect there. We saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watched the changing of the guard. We also saw John F. Kennedy’s grave, along with the eternal flame that burns next to it. We took plenty of pictures there, since it’s such a large cemetery!! Mom, Joel, Em, Brett, Cory & I also got to go into the National Archives – we saw the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. They are all very faded, but still – we were actually there looking at them! It was sweet!! My family had to split for the airport, so that left me, Cory, Em & Brett to explore some of the Museum of Natural History. We saw the Hope Diamond (largest in the world) and some cool mummies! It got cold so we went to dinner and then back to Em & Brett’s to watch Missouri trounce Kansas in college football. Oh well – at least LSU lost, too!
Pictures (from left to right): Manassas, WW2 Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, a rousing game of football in Karan's backyard, JFK's grave, Lincoln himself, Joel rock climbing, General Stonewall Jackson (in Manassas), Sarah holding her adorable cousin Paige, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington, and the FEAST we ate.
Monday, November 19, 2007
My mom found me this great book! It's called Austenland and it's by Shannon Hale. For all you Jane Austen/Pride & Prejudice fans out there - this is the book for you! It's a modern day spoof on Jane Austen and it's hilarious! Never fear - it's still romantic and has the sweetest ending. So for those of you looking for an easy read, go get Austenland.
I just have to throw in here how excited I am for Thanksgiving!! We are headed down to
Friday, November 9, 2007
Okay, I did something impulsive. I had New Moon (the 2nd book in the Twilight series) on hold from the library and I was 4th on the waiting list … then I placed a hold request for Eclipse (the 3rd book) … and I was 16th on the list. 16th! I would be waiting forever … and you all know I am not that patient when it comes to waiting for good books! So I ended up buying all three books online, so I didn’t have to wait. Plus, now I own them so I can read them whenever I want – and they are sooo good that they are definitely worth owning! They finally came in the mail! I spent a good part of the week reading them … and I must say that I haven’t been this invested in the characters of a book since Harry Potter – which is partly why I find these books to be so good. Any author who can create fictional characters who feel so real that the readers are invested deeply in their lives – now that’s a mark of a very good author. Stephenie has created some wonderful characters! If you are reading this post and you still haven’t read the books in the Twilight series – go out and get them! They are as good as the Harry Potter books – which is the highest recommendation I can give a book - and that makes my heart very, very happy. Plus, she’s currently writing book 4 in the series, and that gives me something to look forward to reading!
Monday, November 5, 2007
The Palmyra temple sits on part of the original 100 acres owned by the Smith family and you can see it clearly from the Smith home (which is next to the Sacred Grove). It's beautiful in the fall, framed by all the colors of the fall leaves.
We stopped by the Hill Cumorah on our way home and took a couple of pictures there, too. It was so pretty with all the fall colors surrounding the Hill. You can see the statue of Moroni in the top left hand corner.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
These first 4 pictures were taken at our church - the Peter Whitmer Farm.
This one was taken down the road from our house, overlooking the lake. The last one is taken on the NYCC campus.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Okay, so yesterday’s post about this awesome book might have been a bit premature. Don’t get me wrong – the book is still awesome – but I posted that I was about 1/3 of the way done, and I should have known that I was going to go home after work and read obsessively until I was done with the book – which is exactly what I did. I stayed up until around (which is late for me :) and I finished the book. I texted my cousin about halfway through and told her that I was in love with Edward – and she wrote back and said she was, too. This book sucks you right in, so be prepared to keep reading until the end … one simply can’t stop reading. I am not normally one for romance stories (sorry all you Jane Austen fans) but this book is just so, so good. It kept me reading until the end, desperate to know what happens with Edward & Bella. In my mind, that is a mark of a really, really good book ... and I'm very happy to have found another excellent author that I can recommend to everyone. I’ve got the next one in the series (New Moon) on hold from the library – I can’t wait for it to come! As one dear friend pointed out, I guess good things can come from BYU! :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I usually always post stuff about what’s going on in our lives … our travels and adventures here in
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Nevertheless, we went out to dinner with friends and to a pumpkin walk. I had a great time! Volunteers had carved over 700 pumpkins and they lined the path of a park. Someone even carved a Harry Potter pumpkin! We went with Jonathan & Jaime and Carlos & Erica (along with Alena, pictured, and Jacob, their 2 kids) - friends from NYCC. It was a nice night, even if the boys all had to go to school and take a test the following morning. I also got to watch most of the Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats college football game, and I am happy to report that my Gators won!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Fall weather has definitely arrived … no more 80° days for us. We put away the air conditioners and rescued the sweaters from the deep recess of the closet. I’m still walking on air about the LSU Tigers losing on Saturday … and the #2 ranked team (CAL) lost, too. First time in 11 years that the two top ranked teams have lost on the same day … gosh, I truly love college football. Stay tuned for the Gators game next week … should be a good one!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
This is Cory in the county park, over looking the beautiful fall colors, practicing his yoga stance.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Cory went to a very useful seminar this weekend in
Monday, September 24, 2007
Not too much to report on for this last weekend, but I am on such a role, posting every Monday that I don’t want to miss a week. We had a fairly normal Saturday - Cory did some studying, I cleaned the house and watched some college football – Go Trojans and Gators!! We went out to dinner Saturday night, which was delicious. On Sunday we had some really awesome meetings at church, and then got to be a part of a baptism. Her name is Nicole and she’s a 16 year old that the sisters have been working with … and she’s amazing. She fits right into the young women’s program and she was so excited to get baptized. The program was made up with all youth speakers who did an awesome job and one of the priests in the ward was the one who baptized Nicole. It was really neat to be there and be a part of it. I love convert baptisms! We also had the chance to have the sister missionaries over for dinner. We’re blessed to have 4 of them serving in the Fayette ward and they all are amazing! 2 of the 4 are going home tomorrow, so we’ll be getting some new ones. It’s always sad for me to have them leave, since we grow so close. The pictures above are of me & Sister Muhlestein (the blond) and me & Sister Henwood (the brunette) – the 2 sisters that will be going home. I will miss them both!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
My brother Tyler came into town on Friday for a visit. We showed him around on Saturday by hiking into see a waterfall and going down into Ithaca to see Cornell University and to soak up the intelligence in the air :) On Sunday, we went into Buffalo to see the Bills take on the Denver Broncos. We had pretty good seats and enjoyed the game. The Broncos were behind the entire game, but managed to kick a field goal in the last 2 seconds to win the game by 1 point. It was a nail biter, that's for sure. Even better, it was just nice to have Tyler hang out with us for a few days and have a first-hand taste of what we are doing here in western New York. Too bad he had to go home! We love having visitors!
Monday, September 3, 2007
This past weekend, we went down to New York City - again! This makes 3 times within one year that we've visited NYC. We stayed in New Jersey, and there happened to be a big indoor climbing gym right down the road, so Cory took the opportunity to do some bouldering there for a few hours. On Saturday we drive through the Lincoln Tunnel and into Manhattan. This was the first time for both of us to drive in NYC - usually we use the subway system. We drove right past the NYC temple, up through Harlem and into the Bronx to Yankee stadium. Now we can say that we've driven in the city, but next time we're going to go back to using the subway :) We got to see the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. It was so cool to be there in Yankee stadium and to see them play in person! Yankees won the game, topping off a really neat day in NYC.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Cory and I went to see 2 movies over the weekend. We drove up to
Monday, August 20, 2007
This past weekend we took some time to drive down to a state park named Letchworth. It's called the "grand canyon of the east" and it's about an hour south of Rochester (which is an hour west of us). It was beautiful down there - very green with lots of trees. It's a big gorge that was cut out by a river a really long time ago. There were 3 main waterfalls and lots of hiking trails. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed ourselves very much. It was nice to have a weekend away from home!
We had the sister missionaries over for dinner last week since it was right before transfer calls came out. I must say, I am very fond of the sisters and it's hard when they have to move on. But it's so fun to get to know so many of them as they come and serve in Fayette. We are lucky that we have 4 full-time sisters and 2 full-time elders assigned to our ward!