Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Pleasures

 I love the fall!  I love the way the leaves sound when I step on them.  (And, yes, I do go out of my way to step on as many as I can.)  I love wearing sweaters and jackets.  I love fall foods like chili and cornbread and pumpkin rolls.  Speaking of pumpkin, I love the pumpkins too.  I love baking and eating the seeds, and I love carving.  This year I decided to take as much advantage of those loves as possible.  Therefore, I carved my 1st pumpkin for FHE on the first Monday in October.

 



We carved our second pumpkin with my family on Sunday.


This year, Telisa came up with the theme of "sunglasses" to base out pumpkins on.  This is Dracula.  He is wearing bat sunglasses.


Skyler has a pumpkin head!
My dad's pumpkin.  Mahna Mahna.

Here they are all together: a family of pumpkins.  Telisa's is a chef kitty, Melody's is the skeleton, and Mom's looks a lot like Mom.  What Halloween joy!


OOOO... spooky all lit up. It was surprisingly hard to get them all lit at once.
My mom sewed us each matching but unique aprons.  So cute!
As you can see, my sister Melody got to come visit.  It was great to get to spend a little time together.  How can I not be exited about fall after a post like this.  But wait!  There's more.  We also went up Provo canyon and took pictures.  The mountains are so beautiful.  I can't resist posting more pictures.



BAM!






I was feeling artistic.

I am pleased to say I took this picture.



Cheesy grins!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Tradition!

So, Lovetta and I decided to take some time out of our busy schedule and join in the BYU Homecoming festivities.  Every year, for many years now, BYU has an annual "Hike the Y" event where we all go and hike up Y Mountain to light it for Homecoming week.  We never did it as undergrads, so we figured that doing it as alums would be better than nothing.  Lovetta's family hadn't done it, either, so they came along for the fun!  It's a hike with a beautiful view of the Utah Valley.  Just look!




I wish we'd brought our nice camera instead of just having my cruddy iPod camera, but it's better than nothing.  We got to the top, about 10 minutes before they lit up the mountain.  It was pretty cool to see.

video

All-in-all, a very fun trip.

I've been trying to find something constructive to do with my time outside of work these days.  Truth be told, I've spent a lot of it playing video games.  And while that's a lot of fun, it doesn't quite fill my need to be productive with my life.  So, I've taken to writing a review blog.  It's all about the new things I'm discovering in life and how I feel about them.  While I feel like the writing is quite a bit amateurish, I'm hoping it will get better over time.  Feel free to check it out and give me some suggestions of things I should look into and review!  I'm hoping to write in it at least once a week, but we'll see how that goes.

Lastly, I'm finally getting an iPhone.  Here's to hoping it's everything I've dreamed of.  More on that later when it arrives, I'm sure.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I can't think of a title... here's the update anyway.

Quite a few things have happened since I wrote on this blog last.
1. We replaced some of the carpet in our living room/kitchen area with tile.



2. We replaced some broken blinds with curtains.


3. Tom had a birthday.  We made cupcakes with delicious frosting.  Dan and Ashley came over and we played a board game called Pandemic.  It's a cooperative game where everyone is on one team trying to beat the game.  We lost.  It was fun anyway.







4. The season changed.  It is starting to feel like fall.  I love the fall.  I love pumpkins and the colorful leaves and the way the air feels.
5. My weekdays filled up with all sorts of stuff, and I worked too much.  General Conference has been very relaxing and inspiring.  I am determined in weeks to come to spend my time on what matters most.