Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another Christmas Post

Presents:

Table centerpieces I made at work:
My apartment:

December 20

December 19

December 18

December 17

December 16

Christmas Movie: White Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I finished college today.

I just sent in my last college assignment/final to my teacher. I officially have no homework ever again. Except maybe doing the readings for Sunday School and Relief Society. Weird.

Shanna

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas

December 15
December 14

December 13

December 12

December 11

Weekend Movies: Home Alone 2 and Home Alone
Weekend Activities: Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert and lights on temple square. I also made some Christmas candy.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas again

December 10: Classic David pose.
December 9: Try to ignore my face in this one if you can.
December 8: I know I already wore that sweater. But not with the red shirt.

December 7: Evan joined the fun! That's a Santa tie.

December 6: Evan joined the fun again.


Updated list of Christmas movies I watched: A Christmas Carol, Christmas in Connecticut, Scrooge, A Christmas Story, The Grinch, Polar Express, The Bishop's Wife, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Miracle on 34th Street, Muppet Christmas Carol, Frosty the Snowman. There may have been more, but I can't remember.

Christmas activities: We watched two houses with dancing Christmas lights and went to Festival of Trees. Tomorrow we are going to the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert in Salt Lake and we are going to look at the lights on temple square. I also went to a work Christmas party, but that doesn't count because it wasn't technically invited. I was just there to clean up the decorations. But I did get to eat the food!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A shadow of things yet to come

As I kid, I always remember my mom getting calls from BYU asking for money. Since both of my parents are BYU grads, it makes sense, and I think they probably gave some money over the years. However, I last night BYU went to the extreme: they called me! On my cell phone! At 8:50pm! I haven't even graduated yet and they are already asking me for money. Unbelievable.

Shanna

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Cougar Creations Sucess Story

Many of you BYU students are familiar with Cougar Creations located in the bottom of the Wilkinson Center. They do a great job making copies and enlarging drawings and stuff. I have made a number of copies there over the past few years and have usually been very pleased with their work.

It seems though, that they are offering a new service: Dating! Yes, it is true, Cougar Creations is now a great place to meet people. As of yesterday, another couple has decided to tie the knot after meeting at Cougar Creations!

Congratulations to my brother Dave and his fiancee Amanda!

Friday, December 5, 2008

More Christmas

December 5
December 4
December 3

December 2
December 1

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Almost done

After four and a half years, I am almost done with college. I will receive my diploma in a few weeks after I finish the last week of classes and take my finals.

I have been working at the BYU greenhouse this semester. I was planning on getting another job after I graduate, but I never really got around to it partly because I really like my current job and partly because I hate looking for new jobs. In addition, because Evan may take an internship somewhere else this summer, I may have to leave. If I were an employer, I would find it annoying if a full time employee left after four months. Because of this, I am keeping my job at the greenhouse, even though I am overqualified and underpaid.

Because I am graduating, I am getting kicked off the BYU health insurance. This means that Evan has to add me to his student health insurance (which will cost 350% more than we are paying now) or we have to find new health insurance. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to find good health insurance.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas outfits so far

1. Kissing ball. 2. Christmas outfit for today.
3. Christmas outfit for Saturday.
4. Christmas outfit for Friday.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My sweet young bride

On Wednesday, Shanna and I heard from my sister that there was a huge sale at the Ream's in Springville. Lays chips for 99 cents, lil' smokies for a dollar, a 10 oz tub of lunch meat for 45 cents, 15 lbs of potatos for a dollar, etc. So we decided to go. While there, we picked up all of the best sales. I even won a package of free sausages ($5.79 value) for answering a question at the meat and cheese desk. They gave away a lot of free stuff. Sausages(for the lucky ones), Large plastic spoons, candy, free samples, and even key chains....Which brings me to the real story.

An old woman came down the extremely long line of people handing out said keychains with flowers in them (pressed flowers). She was just handing them to all of the girls. Right down the line. First one to the lady in front of us, then to my mom, then my sister, then Shanna,.....wait, hold on a second. Before giving one to Shanna, the lady stopped and asked, "Are you even old enough to drive?" Shanna looked really surprised and said, "yeah." Then the lady gave one to her. It was really weird. She didn't think twice to give one to my sister, but stopped and asked about Shanna. I guess I'm married to someone who looks like they are still a mia maid. That'll be great a bit down the road when shanna's 36 because she'll still look 29. The only problem is that now, people think that she's 15.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dishwasher Update


I mentioned earlier that I was going to make Evan do all of the dishes until he fixes our dishwasher. It was a lie. I have been doing them too. And our dishwasher isn't fixed yet because we don't want to pay $60 for the tiny piece of plastic to fix it. We may have to pay it soon though. I'm not very fond of washing dishes.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christmas is coming!

Evan and I put up our Christmas tree last night and we (really just me) are in the process of decorating the rest of our apartment for Christmas! I may put up photos sometime.

Also, starting on Friday, I will begin the annual tradition of wearing Christmas clothing every day until Christmas. I may post photos of that as well. We'll have to see.

Here are some of the Christmas movies I have already watched this year: A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, and Christmas in Connecticut. I checked out Scrooge from the library and I have White Christmas on hold, but let me know if you have any suggestions for classic Christmas movies.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Broken Dishwasher

Our dishwasher broke the other day. Whenever we hook it up to the sink, it just pops right off. It is terrible! Right now we are just using it as a dish dryer, but hopefully we will get it fixed soon. It seems pretty easy to fix. We just need a new part for it. In the mean time, to encourage Evan to fix it faster, he has to wash all of the dishes by hand.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Florals

On Thursday I got to take home a huge leftover floral arrangement from work. I wanted to work on my floral portfolio so I took it apart and made about 10 arrangements from it. Here are a few of my favorites:


This one was made in our toilet brush container. Kinda gross.




Ride to Utah Lake Toll Booth

Saturday's adventure consisted of a long bike ride to the toll booth at Utah Lake State Park. Shanna wanted to get a look at some houses that were"great deals" in the area, so we rode past them on the way out there. Both of the houses ended up having tiny yards so she didn't like either of them. Plus they were both in a scary part of town. We can't afford a house anyway. (Except for a real cheapie in Arizona that my dad was telling me about.)

Evan kept riding on the wrong side of the street and endangering Shanna's life so she got mad at him and took the lead. However, shortly thereafter (about 30 seconds by my reckoning) she missed our turn which resulted in a long "scenic" route. We eventually reached Utah Lake but since we had no money, we couldn't go in to the park and see the water. The ranger wasn't at the station, so Evan tried to ride in like he did last time with Shanna, but Shanna threatened to send him to bed without dinner if he did.

Shanna insisted on taking the Provo River Trail back home so that we wouldn't have to ride on the street and die from Evan's unpredictable bike riding behaviors. Evan remembered the trail to be a lot bumpier than it was this time. The trail was completely covered in leaves most of the way. We saw and mooed at lots of cows on the way. It was a pretty good 15 mile ride round trip which we completed in just under 2 hours, which made our average pace about 7.5 miles per hour. Evan and Shanna burned 569 calories a piece. Yay! That meant that for dinner they could go eat at Rumbi Island Grill. Delicious.

I love Walmart and Christmas. Shanna made me type that.

Bike Test Ride



Hello fellow people who use the internet and read our b-log. We have some exciting news. Trek bikes has a new program called project 1 that they launched a month ago. Shanna won a contest at the bike shop to test it out. In it, you get to pick a bike model and then change the color scheme and bike components to whatever you like, then they build it and ship it to you. This is the bike that she made. (Since she won, she got to choose, but I managed to convince her that if she wanted purple, she should at least get the phoenix suns colors.)



If you read this far, you may have guessed that this was just a November Fools joke on you!!! Ha Ha Ha. This bike would have cost $10,000 if we were to buy it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Giant pumpkin cookie:
Evan's Halloween costume:


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Big Prize!!!

And the award goes to ...


Bruce!



The only person who actually reads this blog. (Or at least the only one who comments.) He will be receiving a prize shortly.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Conference Weekend

Here are a few things we did this weekend:

While Evan was at the Priesthood session of conference, I went to Tamsen Miller's second annual "Hobo Party." My hobo name was Dustpan and this is what I wore:

I had to go in to work three times this weekend to water plants and set up for events. Evan kindly took a picture of me before I went in to work this morning.


This afternoon Bruce, David, Amanda, Evan, and I went to my aunt Sharon's house and watched the last conference session and ate a delicious lunch.


Tonight Evan and I played a friendly game of Scrabble. It was a close match, but I won by a few points. In a show of good sportsmanship I tried to shake Evan's hand after the game, but he refused my hand and instead, in a fit of anger, he knocked one of my plants on the floor, spilling dirt everywhere. Luckily, the plant was not injured.

P.S. Fooled you! He knocked over the plant on accident. But he really wouldn't shake my hand.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Flat Tire

We went to Evan's mission reunion in Sandy last night. Sandy is about 35 to 40 minutes away on the freeway. On the way back, when we were about 10 minutes from home, we stopped at a stop-light on University Parkway. When we started moving again, the car started making a weird noise so we pulled over and looked at our tire and it was completely flat! It had a couple of huge gashes in it. We didn't have a flashlight so Evan called his brother Scott and Scott came and helped Evan change the tire.

We were very blessed to have the tire pop when it did. If our tire had blown out while we were on the freeway, it could have been very dangerous. Fortunately, we had control of the car the entire time and Evan and Scott were able to replace our tire fairly easily.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Top Twenty Reasons to Marry an Evan

20. He takes out the trash, usually without being asked.
19. He's got a really good pillow that he is sometimes willing to share.
18. He's good at writing poems.
17. He loves plants. (Okay, he doesn't. But at least he tolerates them.)
16. He doesn't like fruit, which means there is more for everyone else.
15. He has a blue hoodie that makes him very cuddly.
14. He's a good driver.
13. He won't invade your half of the bed while you are trying to sleep.
12. He'll fix your bike for you. And your computer. And the car.
11. He squashes bugs and spiders.
10. He'll dump a bucket of cold water on you while you're in the shower just to keep things lively.
9. He'll always drive when you're together. Even on long car trips. But he'll let you drive if you want to.
8. He lifts the heavy stuff so you don't have to.
7. He cuts his own hair.
6. He'll go to bed at the same time as you every night so you can fall asleep together.
5. He'll share his popcorn even though you said you didn't want any while he was making it.
4. He is financially responsible.
3. He was a cute little kid, so he'll probably make cute kids.
2. He'll always make time for you.
1. He's got a good testimony and is worthy to go to the temple. That means you can keep him forever.

Job

I am going to graduate in a little over two months. I guess that means I need to get a job.

Here are some things I was thinking of doing:

- Freelance landscape design
- Landscape designer for a company
- Nursery Sales
- Florist
- Keep the job I have now for a little while

It is kinda tough to know what type of job to get. I feel that as a college graduate I should be looking for a job that pays quite a bit more than I am making now and gives me benefits. It should also give me more responsibilities. However, I am heasitant to look for one of those jobs because I don't know how long I will be able to work for the company. Evan graduates the December after I do so we'll be here at least a year. However, if Evan gets an internship out of state this summer, I'll have to leave my job after four months. In addition, we want to have kids some day and that would definitely affect my ability to work as well. So I'm not really sure what I should do.

I also hate looking for jobs. And people in the landscape industry usually aren't too keen on hiring people in January because the bulk of the work needs to be done in the summer.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Clean Apartment!

Evan and I have been getting a little lazy in regards to cleaning our apartment. By Friday of last week it was a big mess. There was stuff all over the floor in the living room, dishes in the sink in the kitchen, and piles of clothes on the floor in our bedroom. The bathroom hadn't been cleaned in a looooong time, and the kitchen needed serious scrubbing too. In addition, I brought in a bunch of plants from our balcony so they wouldn't die in the cold so our apartment was really crowded.

On Saturday we decided to perform the much-needed task of cleaning our apartment. Evan was a great sport about it and we cleaned the whole apartment together in a couple of hours. He even took the stove top apart and gave it a good cleaning. Our apartment looks a lot better now. I've got the best husband!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Certain blindness soon to come

I lost another pair of sunglasses. I'm having really bad luck this year with sunglasses. Someone must want me to absorb UV rays into my eyes.

Shanna

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Our California Adventure

We got back from our vacation to Disneyland a week ago. While we were there we visited Disneyland and California Adventure for two days, went to the beach, visited Balboa Island, and went to the Huntington Gardens. It was fun to spend a whole week with Evan. Disneyland made me a little tired because we left our hotel room a little after 7am each day so we could be the first ones into Disneyland. Then we stayed there all day until the fireworks ended. They were pretty long days.


The first day of our vacation was our anniversary. We ate our wedding cake after we got to our hotel room and it was kinda gross, but Evan liked it.


One of my favorite rides was the tower of terror. While we were waiting in line, a whole family cut in front of us in line because one person was saving their spot. Evan was pretty annoyed about that. While they were waiting in line, their four year old kept saying "Is it going to be scary?" His parents assured him several times that it wouldn't be scary, although they told the person in front of us in line that they had never been on the ride. Hmmm... By the end of the ride he was bawling. I could of told them that would happen from the beginning.


The fireworks at the end of the day were pretty cool. They had star, smiley face, and Mickey shaped ones. They also had pretty shimmery ones.


The beach trip was kinda funny. We went there on Thursday. We first took a ferry to Balboa Island where there were a bunch of cute houses crammed together on a little island. They all had really nice and colorful tiny yards. I enjoyed looking at all the flowers and the unique architecture. Then we went back and drove to a beach to fly our kites. It was too crowded so we went to another beach, but it was too small. When we went to change into our swimsuits, Evan realized that he forgot his. We ended up just looking at the tide pools and trying to avoid looking at an old man who was sunbathing and snorkeling in his speedo.


Friday we went to the Huntington Gardens where we saw some really cool plants. They had a bunch of old books and paintings in their library and art museum. They also had a really cool children's garden.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Garden


My garden has been growing outrageously. The tomato plant has over 50 tomatoes on it. I had to cut off a bunch of foilage because it was still getting wilted even though I watered it twice a day. My pepper plants have a bunch of peppers on it. The red caladiums in the picture below finally decided to come up at the end of July. Now the leaves are about 15 inches long!






-Shanna

Evan's Birthday

For Evan's birthday last Saturday we did several things:


I took him to breakfast at Dennys. He wasn't supposed to peek though the blindfold to see where we were going, but he did.


We went to a professional bike race at Snowbird. It was a 100 mile race and the last 15 miles were straight uphill. We watched the very end of the race and we got to stand next to the parents of one of the top four guys. (Meaning the 4th guy.) It was pretty cool. We got a free cowbell from Toyota tundra and Evan toalked to the founder of a bike company about working with composits on bikes.

We went to eat at Tucanos. It was delicious.
We went on a scavenger hunt to find one of Evan's presents.
We had cake and icecream. I accidentally put the 2 backwards on the cake.