Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A night on the town

Since our anniversary was on Sunday, Brad decided to take yesterday off so we could go out and celebrate a little. It was really such a good day and I wish that we could have more days that were so carefree and relaxing. We were so lazy all morning and it was so nice. We decided we were going to head to salt lake to do a little shopping and to see the lights. So we hopped on the train and found ourselves at gateway. Brad and I love going to the planeterium there and are pretty much just big kids when we get in there. It is always so cool to see all of the different exhibits and we love looking at the store there (though we never buy anything:). We watched one of the star shows and besides a little motion sickness we really enjoyed it.
We thought we would see if we could find any after christmas deals that we couldn't pass up but there were hardly any temptations. So that meant it was dinnertime and after much deliberation we settled on Zteja's. The food was so yummy and we ate tons of it. Next was up to Temple Square to see the lights and it was so pretty there. There were a lot of different nativities out that I don't remember seeing before so it was kind of like a new experience. We finished off our night with some dessert and headed back to the train.
It was just such a good day for us and we were pretty proud of ourselves for doing all that we wanted to and catching the train when we wanted to- normally we cram too much and end up missing our train!

At the planetarium- outside the star theatre

Enjoying the lights on temple square

One of the nativities that I thought was neat- does it look like they are wearing hersheys kisses on their heads to anyone else?

Outside the JSMB

Blondie anyone?

Train ride home- we were tired and cold but still smiling!

Merry Christmas! (a little late)

So I know I am a little late with this but we had left our camera at Brad's parents so we had to wait a little to be able to post about Christmas. We had such a good Christmas this year and I am sad that it is all over now. Oh well- there will be plenty more to come! On christmas eve we headed over to my parents for our swedish smorgasbord- as always the food was so yummy and we ate way too much. This year my dad organized a little christmas program- we have done it a few times before but this year was probably the best. Some of my nieces and my nephew performed songs and then my brother in law, Ben did a couple of numbers. It was a lot of fun! We had lots of fun just being with family.
Christmas morning was just us and we enjoyed sleeping in and then opening presents together. Brad was definitely very good to me this christmas. He always comes up with such good gifts and I am determined that one year I am going to outdo him!
We headed out to Brad's families for yummy Christmas dinner and somehow managed to not take any pictures there. The food was excellent so naturally we overate again. It was so good to see everyone and we had tons of fun playing games and just talking!

My cute niece Syndey playing the piano

Mazzy playing the recorder

Okay I am missing a pic- my nephew Joey played jingle bells on the trumpet for us but my picture did not turn out:(

Ben playing the trumpet- he is so good and it is so fun to hear him play

My cute mom and dad

So this one needs a little explanation- Chris gave Ben (who is a huge utes fan) a byu shirt- it was really funny and I dont think that Ben knew how he was supposed to respond!

Our tree on christmas morning!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy day to us!

It seems so crazy that it has already been two years that we have been married but it has been so fun and I can't imagine my life any other way. Since our anniversary is on a sunday we are just spending the night at home relaxing together. We have both been looking forward to having time together after the crazy holidays. We were able to go down to the Bountiful temple last night and do some sealings there and it was such a neat experience. I am so grateful for the amazing blessing that we were able to recieve for our family we when were sealed there. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pics from that day- it is always so fun to look back at them because it was just such an amazing day for us. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Proud Moment!

So we did it! Well I guess I should say Brad did it. He finally graduated on friday and it was such an exciting thing for us. He really didn't want to walk at graduation but I made him because it is kind of a big deal and he totally deserved some recognition. I think that now he is glad he did because it made it more real for both of us. It felt like he had actually finished school not just another semester. The graduation itself was long and boring. One of the speakers spoke for seriously like 30 minutes but oh well they eventually got to giving the degrees to everyone! I am really bummed because I didn't even get a pic of Brad up there getting his degree because I was too dang excited and all I could think to do was cheer for my Brad! I really am so proud of him. He has worked SO hard. These last couple semesters have been really crazy for him with work and church stuff but we were looking at his transcript and these were two of his best semesters. He seriously amazes me and I am so grateful that he works so hard for our little family. We are also so grateful to our parents for the support that they have been. My sister Bethany even came with her 3 kids and sat through graduation- we are just so grateful for everyones suport! We really have the best family!
Brad's Sister Michelle also graduated on Friday. She got her degree in Elementary Education and I think she is going to be such a fun teacher! Congrats again Michelle- way to go!
My cute hubby!
Brad and his siter Michelle- way to go guys!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Another one bites the dust!!!

So life is slowly starting to get back to normal here (whatever normal is?!). I took both of my finals yesterday and now I am done! yay! I don't really know how I did on them and it is so frustrating that I have to wait so long to find out, but oh well. My house has been out of control lately because we have both been so busy studying. I honestly can't even remember the last time I cooked a real meal or did more than the neccesities for laundry. Poor Brad has been so neglected but he has been so busy I don't think that he has even had time to notice:). He still has one more paper and one last exam and then he will be done for good- woot woot! He graduates in 3 days- i am so excited! So last night while he was studying I got to work on the house and I don't know if I have ever been so excited to clean my house. That is pretty sad but I am so grateful to be done and to have a little more time for the next couple of weeks. I am also so excited to be able to enjoy the Christmas season a little more. It hasn't really felt like christmas yet but now that I am done I think that I will be able to get a little more into it. Thank you for indulging me in my excitement a little, it just feels so good to be done and I have to celebrate it! I hope that everyone is having a very Merry Christmas season especially now that there is some snow:)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy December!

So Carly had this on her blog and I thought it was way fun- I just really, really love this time of year!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? depends on what I am wrapping- I sort of go overkill on buying wrapping paper- I propbably have ten rolls of just christmas paper!
2. Real tree or Artificial? I always swore that I would never have an artificial tree but last year my sister gave us a really nice tree and it was free so that is what we use. It is acutally really pretty and at least we don't have to worry about watering it!
3. When do you put up the tree? We put it up the day after thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? usually on new years day or whenever I get around to it.
5. Do you like eggnog? Not really but I always think I have to drink some to be festive- as long as it has some 7up in it I can handle it.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? probably my american girl doll.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Brad's dad.
8. Easiest person to buy for? any of my sisters or my mom.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? yes- Brad got me the willow tree one when we were engaged and last year he got me the shepard animals- we will see if I get anything to go with it this year")
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? um- am I supposed to do that?
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I can't really think of one.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Hands down it is Elf it is sort of a tradition for us to watch together- we both just laugh the whole time.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?This year I was pretty proud of myself, I started in like october and I am pretty much done now.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Don't think so.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cardamom rolls, petit fors, potato sausage- my list could go on and on.
16. Lights on the tree? lots and lots of white ones!
17. Favorite Christmas song? Really I just love christmas music. My favorite cd's are peter breinholt, sarah mclachlan, james taylor and forgotten carols( i know, i'm a nerd but i grew up listening to it)
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? maybe- bet definitely not in order.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Snowflake actually
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas eve at my mom's but everything else on christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Definitely finals and this year I am going to be very excited for tithing settlements to be over with too.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Snowflakes- I am sort of obsessed with snowflakes but brad is so cute because he is always finding all sorts of cute snowflake things for me.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? I think we always have a ham for christmas dinner but on christmas eve my mom does a swedish smorgasboard and it is definitely the favorite meal of the year!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I can't tell because then Brad would know and he has to figure it out on his own:)