Friday, January 28, 2011

Recent Activities

I started making this shirt in the summer but then got distracted, started school, and didn't have a sewing machine. Since I got a sewing machine for Christmas I was able to finish it. (It is hard to see the ruffles since it is black, but trust me it is cute!)
I have come to realize that my camera stinks! I would not take a decent picture to show the ruffles but this is the best I've got:

Other things we've been up to:

Yes. It is hard to say that this is actually my counter top. We've been busy with homework, work, and practicing the piano for church. Hey, but at least I'm cooking and eating delicious and nutrition food! :) (FYI- I cleaned it all up but it took some time)

This week I had a craving for a food from my childhood... Pigs in a Blanket (more like piglets since we used little smokies). And guess what?!?! While eating them Nick wrapped a blanket around me so I ate Pigs in a Blanket, in a blanket! They were delicious!

This picture is from Freshmen Year when I ran my first race ever with my friend Sarah. This was the Rex Lee 10k run. I did really well averaging 7:20min/mile. At the end of my freshmen year I ran a half marathon. I crossed the line at 1:47:39, place 131/567 overall, 5/43 in my division, and 31/314 women. I began this year by running 4 times a week and I plan to continue that and increase my miles so that I can run another half marathon and hopefully improve my time! Today I realized how much I have missed running. I love just thinking as I run or not thinking at all and just admiring the beauty of the earth. I love the feeling after of being exhausted but energized. Hopefully someday I can get Nick to like running too so that we can be running buddies. As of now I just run on my own which I kind of like because I can run at my own pace. I don't run extremely fast, but I plan my miles and I try to get them done as fast as I can.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The New Year

With the new year we have experienced a few new changes. Nick has begun to interpret in Spanish at the hospital. He loves being able to speak in Spanish again and work in a hospital setting. I was recently called as the relief society pianist. Unfortunately I quit piano lessons in 8th grade to just pursue flute which means I haven't really played for six years and in the years I did play I didn't learn the hymns. How I wish I would have now. Luckily last summer Nick and I brought a piano so I can practice the hymns before having to play in church. I now have about 12 songs under my belt which leaves a little over 300 to learn.

For Christmas I got a sewing machine from Nick's parents. For my first project I made some pillows for our couch. Here are some pictures:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas in Washington

This year we spent Christmas in Washington with Nick's side of the family. We had a great time relaxing, eating food, talking, playing games, watching movies, and sledding. Here are some pictures of our awesome trip:

This is Nick's mom's delicious caramel popcorn. Warning: Addicting. She also made a bunch of other delicious treats that are irresistible!

For Christmas Eve me, Nick, and the grandkids all played some Christmas songs.
The grandkids acted out the Nativity scene. Mae was Mary, Porter was Joseph, James was a shepherd, and Brooks was one of the wise men.

Isn't Brooks cute?!?!

Nick and James

Nick's dad carving the Turkey. (more like pulling it off the bone cuz it was so tender)

The kids table

Christmas Dinner

Our First Christmas

Nick's mom made this cute blanket for us.

Nick and I in our new Christmas PJ's

Coming out Christmas morning

Christmas Morning

We drove up to the mountains to enjoy a day playing in the snow.

Here we are with the kids building a snow fort.

Nick's dad made us all hot chocolate with his camping stove. It was delicious!

Nick's mom and dad

They conquered the sledding hill!

Silly faces!