Friday, 19 December 2008

Need a good laugh???

Check out my elf dance links! I HIGHLY recommend "Elfing Yourself" if you need to any sense of humor into your life.



I would like to thank my co-stars, David the Happy Elf and Buddy. It took us a lot of practice to get the choreography just right, so I hope you are appreciate it.

Saturday, 13 December 2008


Made you look. Sorry, I couldn't resist. I must admit, I didn't read the books, see the movies or design a handmade shirt with puff-paint to wait in line at Wal-Mart at midnight to get the last book. (I love you Randi and Dena!) But, I have been and currently am obsessed with a variety of other trends. So what can I say, you know? Books I am currently reading are, of course, the proverbial "Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy" as well as "What to Expect When you are Expecting." That is catchy, isn't it. Just finished Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" and next will be C.S. Lewis' "A Grief Observed".

Sunday, 7 December 2008

A Memory

One of the leaders, or members of the Quorm of the Twelve Apostles, passed away last week. I was thinking of a memory I have of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin. I was in the MTC during the summer, when most of the General Authorities of the church take some "time off" to spend with their families.

We hadn't yet had a member of the 12 come and speak to us. A rumor started to circulate that the following week there would be an Apostle at our Tuesday devotional.But, it just so happened that week our branch was assigned to sit in the overflow areas, because the MTC is so full over the summer. Well, my little kasama and I wouldn't stand for that. There was one way to get into the main have to join the choir.

Did either of us have a pleasant voice? NO. Did we particularly enjoy joining choirs? NO. Well, we did it anyways. And guess who came that week to speak? I don't even remember. Ha! But, two weeks later, we finally did get a visit from an apostle, Elder Wirthlin. I love how his power is not felt in his booming voice or controlling presence.

It is the quiet, soft, and constant dedication and love that he is known for. You almost miss the profound meaning in his words. I also loved how his talk last conference was absolutely hilarious. Here is a link to my very favorite talk by him.

The Great Commandment

Friday, 5 December 2008

Fabulous Advice

Ladies -

You rock! Thanks so much for your thoughtful, detailed advice. I REALLY appreciate it! I will have some follow-up posts to come, such as "Pump, Pump, Pump It Up!"(questions about breast pumps) and "A Labor of Love".

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Let's have some help here, ladies...

Sorry this post is just for the mommies, but I really need some advice. There are just so many things to figure out that I figure you can share with me what you already know and, I'm sure, have a strong opinion about. So, here we go.

Do I really need a basinet, crib and a pack-in-play? What is the deal here?

The stroller question. To travel system, or not to travel system. What are your thoughts?

Is a cheaper crib from Target or Wal-mart just as good as a full hard wood crib? What are the benefits of spending the extra money?

Getting to know your doctor...what are questions I shoud be asking to make sure we are a good fit?

Anything I can be doing now to prepare for breastfeeding, parenting a baby and/or really just surviving this time of life?

Thanks ladies! Just comment on anything you feel so inclined to comment on. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, 17 November 2008

Our news...

It's true, we are expecting. Yeah! I'm so excited! Even though sometimes I feel more like this...

Actually, I've been feeling MUCH better lately! We are due about May 10th, so I'm about 3.5 months along. (I say it in months, instead of weeks for a reason. For those of us that have never been pregnant we haven't honed our lightning speed week-to-month conversion skills like the rest of you.) We are so happy and will keep you posted!

Blog Drop-Out

Sorry I've been such a lame blogger. I suppose I'm lucky you are even reading this. After checking back 4 times only to find the same old LOST post, you probably vowed never to check my blog again.

Whelp, we are back in lovely AZ. We LOVED our time in Denver with Dave's company, Icon. On our way back home, we made a few stops. Check them out.

My personal favorite, Four Corners on the Navajo reservation. They charge like 3 bucks a person to get in. I pulled up, thought about it and didn't think I had quite 6 dollars. So I hand them my mastercard, then get a look like, "What, do you think I get a phone signal in my hut out here in the middle of nowhere? Go by some frybread, dear."

Gotta love Dave. He humors my archeological whims when he would rather spend our tourist dollars elsewhere.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Our new obsession...

What do you do if you don't have a tv, you are too cheap to rent movies (okay, besides redbox) and you don't want to sit around and play card games all night? Well friends, I'm happy to say we've discovered free online episodes of prime time television series. Our new vice is LOST. We can't get enough! It doesn't help that each episode ends rediculously suspenseful. Normally you would have no choice than to wait another week to see what happens, but with the next episode being a click away, you end up watching one more, then one more, then one more until you fall asleep having nightmares about Mr. Locke. Ahhh, we love it!

P.S. We're only on season 2, so don't go ruining anything for us. Thanks, bye bye.

Monday, 6 October 2008

A little bored...

I haven't made a post in a while and I was asking myself why. I guess I don't have pictures of anything that has happened lately. Either because nothing camera-worthy has happened, or because I haven't taken a picture, I do not know. So for a quick update, we will be returning home soon and I am actually getting excited to return to the valley of the sun! Dave has been working hard everyday and I have been working part-time at a little art gallery. Whelp, that's it. How 'bout something inspiring. Read it this morning in Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance". "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."

Friday, 19 September 2008

Evil Knievel

Well, we headed down to our Uncle's amazing property for a relaxing morning this week. I should have known that a little fishing and relaxing was just not enough excitement for Dave and Josh. So, this is what ended up happening.

The bike ramp was already built by our cousins. I have to admit, it was hilarious. But what is with boys anyways?

Monday, 15 September 2008

Click on this!

I want to share with everyone a great blog that my sister has started. It is called
She is the most crafty person I know and has really reasonable prices on her darling stuff. She features shabby chic decor and also does custom orders! Check it out, you know you wanna!

And many more...

Well, I celebrated the big TWO-SIX yesterday. Crazy. I don't really feel that old, but maybe that's a bad thing. After a fabulous breakfast featuring the talents of Kendra and Justin, we traveled to Colorado Springs for some fun at Garden of the Gods and a visit with Dave's family there. I forgot my camera, so don't mind the random guys I found on google. Just mentally picture Dave and I instead.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Made me cry...

This a rediculous singer from the Philippines. She has been made famous by Oprah but was discovered in America by Ellen. YouTube "Charice" and watch her on Oprah if you want to know her whole story.

As a true American Idol fan since season 1, I've heard many people sing Whitney Houston songs. No one mimics her quality like this girl. She rocks it!

Patuloy ang Pinoy!

Saturday, 6 September 2008

IV Real

Anybody else notice the resemblance?



I'm sure only followers of "So You Think You Can Dance" will appreciate this post. Well, that just gives the rest of you another reason to watch one of our favorite programs!

Double Wedding

Congratulations Kendra and Justin...married in the Sacramento temple. By the way family, I fully support out-of-state and/or destination weddings.

Congratulations Kyia and Kyle...married in the Mesa temple.


We went on the most beautiful hike a few weeks ago. It felt like we were on location for filming of Planet Earth or something.

Isn't that fabulous? I can't believe I actually took this photo.

Chris and Dave walking barefoot through freezing snow melt-off. Always up for an adventure.

Can you be GQ in a field of flowers? Apparently.

Blue Lake at the top of the mountain.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Are you kidding me?

I just took an online quiz about the Seinfield character I am most like. Are you serious? Newman? My self-esteem hasn't been this low since I had braces and a perm at the same time.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Blog Doghouse

Sorry I haven't made a post recently and I won't be able to for a few more days. We've been traveling in California and Arizona for weddings, conventions and visiting family. Just wanted to appologize to all you who keep checking my blog only to be annoyed there is nothing new. I know who you are...Emily. :) Just chillax for a few more days.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Blast from the Past

Ever wondered what Dave looked like as a university freshman? What were his hobbies? How did he style his "oh-so-free" long hair? Check out his video link shown to us by a friend from NAU. It's a video made about the cultural highlights of Northern Arizona University and features our friend David at the NAU Salsa Club.

I love that I married a man who loves to dance and is actually good at it.