Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sure-fire way to get out of debt

The answer

Can't believe no one has ever thought of this.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Trip to Utah...

Last weekend I made a quick trip to Utah. On Friday I went to Park City with my cousin and her sister-in-law to check out the Sundance Film Festival. I had a lot of fun. We saw some celebrities and at lunch at this place that had these awesome mini fries (I can't think of the real name). Park City is a beautiful town, the weather was great and it was fun to just walk around and of course to see Amy Poehler. I am a big fan of hers, so I think that definitely made my day.
Park City
Andrea and MarliMissy Pyle
Amy Poehler
Marli, The Bachelor (Jesse ??) and Andrea
Parker Posey
Jane Lynch
Saturday we got up early and went to my cousin Aarons wedding. They are so cute together and looked so happy. I was so glad I could be there.

Also on Saturday, my aunt and uncle were sealed to their son and my grandpa went through the temple for the first time. It was a wonderful day. It was great to be there with my family.
Shawn, me, Parker and Karinda at dinner

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today the 44th president of the United States was sworn in and for me it was truly exciting to watch. Being the teacher of six and seven year olds made me look at this new change for our country in a different way. Instead of looking at it as Democrat vs. Republican or winner vs. loser, I was able to see it through the eyes of children. I was able to explain to them why today was such an amazing day. I was able to teach them, in a way, that history was made today and one day they will be proud to know that they were a part of it. For just a brief moment, the politics didn't matter. People came together to celebrate history in the making. We watched the inauguration in class and I was really touched by some of the things that President Obama said in his inaugural address.

"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."

"As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all. "

When the election was going on the kids at our school were able to participate in a "Kids Vote". I was happy to get to teach them about the significance of this election. We talked about how cool it was that this was the first time that both an African American and a woman was in the running to be the president.

It seems very fitting that the inauguration of President Obama would occur the day after Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. So, politics and judgments was historical and I was proud to be a part of it.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Years in Review

After weeks of getting bugged by Andy I finally sat down and went through all of the pictures on our computer. For those of you that know me well, you know that I take LOTS...and I mean LOTS of pictures. So finally I went through and organized them all. It's always fun to come across things that you have done and to remember fun times. Here are some of my favorite pictures from over the years.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Years/Andy's birthday

We've never really done it up for New Years eve which might explain why at least 2 out of the last 5 years we've been in bed before 11. This year we were fuddy duddies also, but we at least made it to midnight. Barely.

We played several rousing games of Yahtzee.

Enjoyed frozen pizza and cream soda.

Took Annie to the park.
There were about 50 rabbits out in this field when we pulled in.

Kissed at midnight and were asleep by 12:05.
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Today was Andy's birthday. The big 3-0! We went to dinner on Friday and he will soon be the new owner of some awesome golf shoes. Today we went to dinner at his parents house. We had fun visiting with his brother, our sister-in-law and their sweet little boy and his parents. We took these personality quizzes from a book that Liz had. Turns out I am fire and Andy is a mix of wood/fire...just in case you were wondering.

Andy and Ian playing with his birthday balloons.

I am so happy to be married to Andy. He is a fun, sweet, happy, hardworking person and I love him so much.
Happy Birthday babe!