Thursday, December 10, 2009

at least i am not frozen....

lately whenever i feel really cold here in orem, i just look up the weather in logan and smile. right now, weather.com shows orem as 0* but logan is dipping way low at -11*. i may be cold, but at least i am not braving the logan winters on my bmx bike this year.

on the bight side, i have this built-in heater that keeps little baby all snug and warm. she has got to be real nice and toasty in there. i am finally 30 weeks along and it shows. the next person to say, "you look ready to pop!" has a nice knuckle sandwich waiting for them. 10 weeks left and i am only going to get bigger, folks. bring it on, baby!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

blackopintobeans?


fall brings about the best in flag football. cade and some friends somehow managed to join byu's intramural flag football league this year (thanks, russ!). sure, most of the opposing teams were comprised of byu freshman ninnies, but blackopintobeans sure put up a fight. by the end of the season they were undefeated and looking stylish. highlight reel? sure!

the first highlight was cutting, shaving and scraping by to follow byu's honor code, which reads...

A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, revealing, or form fitting. Shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, moustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable. Earrings and other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.

the boys were sure to bring a set of clippers to every game to shave off whatever the refs asked- and ask they did. this left adam looking like this...
and cade and trevor looking like this...

after the first game, the boys decided they needed more professional uniforms. they lucked out in finding a website foolish enough to liquidate these xxxl shirts for only 3 dollars:
and also managed to round up enough bandannas to share around.

the highlights on the field were not in short supply. double pass plays... which sometimes turned into triple or quadruple pass plays. whenever there was pressure- a pass was ALWAYS an option. the defense never saw it coming.
trick plays galore. you could always tell something good was going to happen when the boys all lined up giggling before the play started.

after a particularly good play like this:
the opposing player yelled in frustration at the celebrating blackopintobeans, "what are you...like, 30?" not yet! blackopintobeans players range from 25 to 28 and were still able to outrun (or grab on to the shorts of) all those 18 year old bucks.

the wives sure had a great time gabbing away on the sidelines.
every once in a while one husband would yell from the field, "did you see that sweetie!!?"
sometimes we did... but don't count on it.

all in all- great season. too bad we played some pretty tough competition in the first round of the tournament. they wanted nothing to do with our double and triple passes and we wanted nothing to do with their speed. it was a tough first round loss.

tournament aside, nothing gets these guys down. cade is as ready as ever for next season.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

permanent pumpkins

halloween marked the 6th day of quarantine for this little piggy and i was getting stir crazy to say the least. it has been such a bummer to miss out on all our family and friend halloween parties but despite our lonely situation, cade and i decided to make the best of it...

you may recall our situation a year ago: we were living in brussels where halloween isn't celebrated much. to kick up the festivities, cade and i made a little movie called freaky frites. well this year, we were alone again and the tradition continues.... so enjoy!



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

when pigs fly...

yesterday i woke up feeling like this

so i went here


and sure enough, i have this
swine flu's the pits. trust me.

Friday, October 23, 2009

While She's Pregnant: "Cleaning"

A C&A Production




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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

alma mater

i don't care how sick you are of hearing me say this, i have to say it again: I LOVE LOGAN!

cade and i went back for homecoming weekend and had a splendid time with family and friends.
first stop: my brothers' lacrosse game. they played well and we all got in a good chat. plus, the kids were entertaining enough for all of us.
i love this picture of cute, little addy. she is always so full of emotion and expression and with her little tutu...

later on, we headed out with eddie, kylee, sam and allie to our favorite logan eatery: kamin. it is the best thai food and no matter how many times i order the exact same thing, it never gets old. few things make me feel the way a good curry does. after that, we couldn't go back to logan without stopping in at tummy yummi's for old times sake! pak is still there serving up ice cream and this time, he even personally invited the boys out to a party. aren't they lucky!!? too bad their wives didn't want to go...

the next day, kylee and i took it easy while cade and eddie rushed from moving the johnsons in to golfing and then back. while the boys were away, this gave ky and i plenty of time to decipher the chinese calendar and take the other gender prediction tests online. i find out on tuesday whether this cute little nub is a boy or girl and we can't wait. i would say 80% of everyone who has made a guess says boy- but EVERY single one of the online tests said that this baby is a girl. we will see who is right- the world wide web or the rest of you.

that night, we ventured out to the usu football game. in miraculous fashion, they actually won!! this is the first time i have ever actually witnessed the usu football team win a game- we couldn't be prouder.

we loved being able to see all our friends and spending time with them. the only problem: keeping a busy schedule made me all tuckered out by the end of the day.



Saturday, September 19, 2009

state fair celebs: boyz II men, little lina and david archuletta




this post can be most enjoyed by opening this link in a new tab for background music.

we ventured out to the state fair this weekend to see all the sights. i grew up going to this fair and it has such great memories. i think 90% of all the bullough pets were purchased at the fair-and if you are familiar with the bullough's pets, you know that's a lot of livestock. i was pleased as punch to return to the grounds. i felt just like templeton in charlotte's web as i enjoyed the smorgasbord of fair festivites. what a night!!!
for starters, we arrived a little later than we planned only to find out the boyz II men concert was sold out. what a bummer! regardless, we bee-lined it over to the grand stage to listen in as they boyz, now men, sang to a crowd of screaming and crying girls. we all danced outside the gates and looked longingly on as the hits rolled in. i must have looked extra desparate because as this cute, old couple was walking through the crowd, the granny stopped and asked me why i wasn't inside enjoying the concert. i explained it was sold out and we couldn't get in. she elbowed her husband who pulled out two tickets and gave them to cade and i. joy is an understatement. we thanked and thanked and then ran through the gates just in time to scream along to motown philly. whoever you are, old couple, i love you.
next, we were off to the big yellow slide. we all climbed to the top in anticipation with our gunny sacks in hand. the slide usually sends down 5 people or so at a time- yet somehow we conviced the carnies to let us send down eleven of us at once (well-technically twelve, this baby sure is growing). if we weren't a sight enough, somehow the boys all broke out into the chorus of "up in here" as we started our descent. here are the boys in front of the big, yellow slide.

the fair doesn't stop there, my friends. it keeps on giving...

we saw the animals:

we saw the tattoos:

we skipped out on seeing this lady (it costs 2 dollars to talk to her):
but in the end, we just couldn't pass up little lina. i still have moral dilemma about this, but i will admit i actually paid a dollar to see the smallest woman in the world. i don't quite know what i was expecting, yet somehow the experience has left a small emotional scar. we were debating on whether or not we wanted to go in- after all the controversy surrounding this little lady, how could we resist. as we approached the carney money taker, there were some people yelling out their protests.

"this is unamerican" "slavery is over" "let the little lady go" etc. etc.

now, protesting is nothing new to me- i've been to general conference, but this situation was ulta uncomfortable. we handed over our cash and walked around this half wall to find this teeny, little woman from the west indies sitting on a little stool which had been propped up on a table. she had a strange smile plastered on her face and she spoke no english. i said hello, looked at cade, and walked out. did i seriously just pay a dollar for that weird of an experience? my whole life i have been taught not to stare and then i go and pay a good dollar for valid staring rights and can't bring myself to do it. is paying to see little lina wrong? i still can't decide...

finally, we didn't have to pay for this experience, but we were fortunate enough to run into david archuletta. what's that? you don't think that looks like david? well, that is because it really isn't but this kid thinks we were fooled. jason and sam stopped him on the street. he posed for the pictures and did the shy giggle- but in the end, when we asked him to sing a few lines, he took off. the best part of this whole experience is we had a few people in the crowd convinced it was actually him. they were pulling out cameras and stopping to stare... let's be honest though, the closest thing this kid has to david archuletta is that leather vest. still a fun time.


post david, we spent the rest of our time looking at the photography, crafts and booths. i truly love the fair. it is such a great celebration and i look forward to bringing my kids there (however, we probably won't see little lina next time).

Friday, September 11, 2009

labor day at rancho cherpablo



my grammy and grandpa invited us all out to their property this last weekend and here is what we did:

we played on the tire swings

we caught stuff...

we played the guitar...

we laughed quite a bit...

we climbed stuff...

arts and crafts...

we shot stuff...

we played a heck-of-a-lot of horseshoes...

we got competitive...

we read lots of books...

we relaxed...

we went on hikes for a better view...

we ate...

and ate...

and ate...

we discovered stuff...

we roasted stuff...

and laughed some more...

we went fishing...

and played cards...

we played in the dirt...

we were a big, happy family...

and a small, happy family too...