Friday, November 20, 2009


For those of you who know how much I love The Pioneer Woman you can only imagine how excited I was to get her new cookbook and go to her book signing. My friend Kirie is the one who introduced me to this amazing woman and her amazing blog. Kirie flew all the way up from Las Vegas to go to the book signing!
The signing was supposed to start at 7 which was when I was planning on arriving. Little did I know that Pioneer Woman has a HUGE following in Utah. Codee and I made it up to the bookstore only to find out that we'd have to be in line till at least 1 a.m. before we could meet her and have my book signed. UGH! I was so bummed!! Luckily Kirie and her mom had arrived 4 hours early and were at the front of the line to meet her. So I gave my book to Kirie to get signed. I'm still so sad I didn't get to meet her. But at least my book is signed.
And if you haven't heard of The Pionner Woman then you're really missing out. Go to her website right now and make her Apple Dumplings. Then you can die and go to heaven knowing that you've fully lived.


Heartland Paper has the cutest holiday crafts! I saw this turkey and I had to get the kit to make him! I know it doesn't seem like there is much to him but it took me 4 HOURS to make him! And I am very proud he's done and sitting on the counter. He's going to look so good when Codee and I go to Blanding next week for Thanksgiving. My friend Anne and I are making a Christmas craft from Heartland soon. I'll have the pictures up when we're done.


Every year my family has a Halloween party where everyone brings a soup and we carve pumpkins. Codee and I brought our famous (yes its famous) chicken enchilada soup. Codee's mom and little brother came down from Logan to go with us. Codee's pumpkin was seriously AMAZING! OH! And I need mention that Codee is the worlds fastest pumpkin gut cleaner. He can clean out any regular size pumpkin in under 2.75 minutes.

And for Halloween night we took Mariah and her best friends Chelsey trick-or-treating again this year. Our costumes were very last minute. I threw together a Little Red Riding Hood costume and Codee wore a scary mask. I promise next year I am going to get us some WICKED costumes to make up for us not dressing up the past 2 years.
We started our trick-or-treating excursion in Draper. We thought the huge million dollar mansions by the Draper Temple would be handing out $100 bills. Boy were we wrong. All the girls got was a couple lame tootsie rolls. So went back to our original plan to go back to Canal Road in Taylorsville like we did last year. The houses were much more generous. Each girl ended up with 11 big candy bars and lots of other good stuff.
And my Togo Love was so ADORABLE in his lobster costume! Everyone loved him! He even got a couple dog treats from some houses.


Bayside is Codee's favorite band ever! I'm learning to like them more than I used to. The concert was downtown at "In The Venue". It was so crowded! Codee had to rescue me from a mosh pit. And after the show we talked to the members of Bayside at their merchandice booth. I was going to ask them if they'd play at the wedding but I was too scared.


First off, I apologize for my lack of blogging the past of couple months. So be ready for blog overload. Not really... I just have a few posts. Truth is, Codee and I have been so busy lately. Codee has had so much homework and busy with the project on 11400 south. And I've been just been scrapbooking and working. We're lame!

Monday, November 2, 2009


My dad has always been a pretty big guy (if you know what I mean). This was always great in high school because he could scare away the boys he didn't want coming around to pick me up. Well, starting mid-July he decided that he'd had enough. He started taking nightly walks, nothing too difficult. He would go for an hour to an hour and half and listen to his ipod. The first 2 weeks were pretty hard to get into a routine. His walks consisted of 5 miles daily. He also started eating healthier and taking smaller portions.

3 1/2 months later he has kept up his routine and started using the elliptical machine as well. On the weekends he does 2 workouts a day, at least an hour each. Well ladies and gentleman... today he hit his goal of losing 75 LBS!

75 LBS PEOPLE!!!!!!

I am seriously so proud of him. He has decreased his risk of diabetes and heart disease, which is a huge risk factor in our family. Plus he looks SO GOOD! He has gone from a size 40 waist to a 34. Keep it up Dad! I'm so proud of you and love you!!

This is us at my graduation in May. (He went to BYU so this is him trying to display his "Y".)

And 75 lbs later...this is him working out on the elliptical machine.