December 30, 2010

first roll of film

Well as promised I have got some pics for you from my new camera!  It's a fun little digital camera that is small enough to fit in my pocket and take with me everywhere.  Here are some first pics that I have taken:

Christmas Morning:
Christmas morning.. can you tell we had just woken up? (not together, obviously)

some of the siblings (we missed you Kat, Christy, Ryan, and baby Ava)

lil preston. kids make christmas so much more fun. 
harold and I are obsessed with this game on the ipad called DOFL ball. He currently holds the high score. 

If there is one thing I have had a lot of this christmas time is all the wedding receptions. This is Chelsey's Wedding and their reception that turned out great.
harold and I (wearing the scarf my mom gave him- cute!) 
I heart them. 
A great pic of us ladies, if I do say so myself

Mary Jane and Kevin (darling couple on the right) just got married last week. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera yet or I would have snapped some pics of their wonderful wedding. Kevin got officially inducted as an honorary candy shopper at their wedding. lucky guy!
One of my fave couples ever. they're great at hosting third wheels.
Got a picture with the bride (in the pink coat) before she left.  (the stranger struggled using a camera)

and alas, the reason we were celebrating. I wish I had a better shot of her great dress.
 The wedding turned out great and some of the girls pictured above did a surprise dance/skit for chelsey.  It was hilarious and if they don't mind I may have to post the video on my blog... ladies?

Well that's a wrap for the first roll of pics.  Don't worry, there are more to come soon.

December 28, 2010

new head..

Well actually I have a new blog header.. not a head.  But I figured if you saw "new head" as the title you might be more apt to read it.  So looks like I got your attention, but now the trick is to keep it. Don't worry, I'll keep it short. Basically I was getting sick of my old hearder and had some down time at work and decided to make a new one.  And being that I was at my work computer I didn't have Illustrator to make it so pretty sure I created this little guy in Paint... yes, the little painting game that has been on PC computers since the 90's and has not changed or upgraded since.  Hence the colors and lines don't look as good.  Keep this in mind when taking a peak... so whaddaya think?


When I typed in "new head" into google this is the first picture it showed:


robots that look like humans creep. me. out. 

December 27, 2010


I've been busy this holiday season...

attending holiday festivities with this guy:
at the annual drew ludlow christmas party
shopping for family and friends.

eating. way. too. much.

preparing a relief society lesson.

attending winter weddings.

spending time with the fam.

watching movies. ps. true grit is amazing. go see it.

sleeping in, taking naps, and relaxing.

hiking with my mom and friend up the provo canyon- they go hiking almost every morning. and lemme tell ya, they are quite the hikers. I was keeping up with them rather then the other way around.

enjoying CHRISTMAS. (with the man above)

taking pics with my new camera.. pics coming soon!

so clearly there hasn't been much time for blog posts.  however I hope to be back in full force with more pics to my posts. Like my cousin said, "I don't care about your artsy-fartsy stuff, I just want to know what's going on in your life and see pictures."  well said, Kim. ;)

Hope your Christmas break was as good as mine.. and longer! (already back to work.. welcome to adulthood)

December 20, 2010

FILM: Joyeux Noel

I realize I have been slacking on the posting for the past while but it's hard to find time in the holiday season! Between Christmas parties, shopping, friends and family gatherings, etc I have found little time to write a post- let alone read blogs. (I think my reader is up to about 500 unread items.. eek!) However I found some time last night to watch a Christmas movie.  I love watching movies and I love Christmas so it is a no-brainer that I like Christmas movies.  This was one I hadn't seen yet but was suggested by my friend Mandi and it didn't disappoint. The movie is Joyeux Noel and it is a fantastic, touching Christmas film. The movie is set in the time of World War 1 and is about how the Germans, French, and Scottish cease fire and befriend each other on Christmas Eve.  It is inspired by a true story.  My words don't do the movie justice so go watch it for yourself because it is really a great film and quite an amazing story- a Christmas movie must-see.  

What are some your favorite Christmas movies you enjoy watching? 

December 8, 2010

What if Christmas..

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

-Dr Seuss

For more on the true meaning of Christmas go here.


don't ya just love Christmas music? I sure do- and here's one (of many) favorites.

December 3, 2010

grateful for louisiana

As promised, here is a post with pictures of my trip to Louisiana for Thanksgiving. Before going straight to Monroe this time around we decided to go early and take a trip down to Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  A big part of the reason we went early was to attend the LSU v. Ole-Miss football game which was amazing and we had great seats thanks to Harold's best friend's family.  And since we were already down south we decided to hitch a ride with Harold's friend down to Nola and he was gracious enough to also let us sleep on his couch.  New Orleans is great and most of my pics come from our time there.  We spent a lot of time walking around the French Quarter (great vintage and boutique shopping - minus bourbon street) and took a trolley train through uptown and saw some of the most amazing houses. Oh and did I mention it was like 80 degree weather?  After that we headed up to Monroe (North Louisiana) where Harold's from and had a great time with family, friends, bayou bowl, late night movies, horse rides, ping-pong and basketball tourneys, good food, car racing (wink wink), shopping and a bunch of other fun things..

Now I'll let these phone-captured pictures do the talking:

p.s. I need to buy new glasses- these are much too big for my face.
Best pals- Kent and Harold.  Thanks Kent and family for great seats!!!!
Mike the Tiger.  Yes, that is a REAL, LIVE TIGER in that cage- it is LSU's mascot.  For years I have been lobbying for BYU to get a real life cougar and now I see it can be done.  Although I doubt PETA is very happy with them.  But who cares, this is so cool!  I kinda wish I went there so I could visit Mike the Tiger in his $6 million habitat everyday.
After the game we went to a popular bar and played some shuffleboard.  Kent was a rockstar at it but I held my own for a  beginner.
Nothing quite like New Orleans- this is the Saints party bus that drives around on game days blasting music and carrying partying, drunk people.  
This little treat in my hand is called a Beignet, aka a french donut.  Can you say scrumptious?  It's like a soft little pillow of sweetness covered in powder sugar.  what more could a girl with a sweet tooth want? 

We walked into a mask shop which are very popular here- especially during mardi gras.  They were actually quite stunning and if I had a better camera you could see the colors and detail.  Too bad I don't get invited to too many masquerades.. 
This is where authentic jazz happens.  It was sort of a darker room so can't really tell but we listened to some good jazz by these guys and it was fantastic.  

I didnt take this picture (just found it online) but this is a glimpse of what the houses in uptown New Orleans looked like. Absolutely beautiful and amazing architecture. 

Now back in Monroe riding horses.  That's little Cutler (Harolds nephew) riding with me 
Like I said in previous post if you want to see more pictures of us in Monroe, head over to Mary Martha's blog because she took some great ones.

I had quite a great Thanksgiving and am thankful for all those that made it so great! (Especially the Abell's and Clawson's! What a trip!)

December 1, 2010

coming soon...

A post about my fabulous Thanksgiving trip to Louisiana.. This time we also took a trip even further down south and experienced Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Quite a fun excursion.  I took pictures on my phone (my camera is broken) however, since I left my phone charger in Louisiana the phone has now died and wont be able to get the pictures until I get my charger- which will hopefully be today.  Be warned that the pictures aren't great quality since they are coming from my phone's camera which has the zooming capability of just about what squinting your eyes can do..

But if you want a preview of our time in Monroe with Harold's family and Thanksgiving festivities, head over to Mary Martha's blog for some great pictures she took.  She's quite the closet photographer.