Friday, October 31, 2008


So this year for Halloween, Mark and I had some GREAT ideas for what we could dress up as. The first was the notorious Dog the bounty hunter and his wife Beth. As we have mentioned on here before, we love Dog and thought this would be pretty funny. But alas, it turns out to do something like this you actually have to plan it AND spend money, so that didn't happen.

Next we thought about the great duo Woody and Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. But you guessed it, it also requires planning and money.

We thought Jessie would be especially appropriate for me with my stupid red hair. (hopefully that will be changing here pretty soon)

So, even though we had these great ideas, we will probably be going as ourselves. I know, pretty lame.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Poor Sicky Marky

So yesterday Mark came home from school really sick. All he could do was lay on the couch and moan. So of course i had to do my duty as the wife and skip my class so I could stay home and take care of him. (and when i say take care of him, i mean lay on the couch and take a nap with him!! ; ) much better than class) But eventually i did HAVE to go to school for one class, which turned out to be really lame and pointless. THEN, I had to go to a Dental School presentation that Mark was planning on going to. And, I have particular interest in this school because it is in Mesa. (A. T. Still University) So then i went home and reported about the school to Mark, who in the mean time had gotten much worse. We decided that Mark needed a blessing because he was so sick AND because he has a really big organic chemistry test today, so I went down to the church to find the only priesthood men we knew (who were at mutual, where we should have been). (we have been in the ward for over a year and have yet to discover who our home teachers are) Anyway, brother Schiffman and brother Strong came over after mutual and gave Mark a blessing. It was really great and they blessed that he would get a good nights rest and be able to have the strength to make it through his test today. So, the whole point of this post, every one pray for Mark that he can do well on his test despite feeling awful. He did seem to be a little better this morning, but the extra prayers can't hurt right??

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Witchy Woman

Ok, i need everyone's opinion. This is what i wore to church today. For some reason, half way through the day i decided that this outfit resembles one that a witch would wear. Mark disagrees. So I need everyone to vote on the poll to the right of this post. Maybe it's just because it's almost Halloween, but I felt like I was in a witch's outfit.

Callie's Cookies

So I made some cookies for my visiting teaching people. Wendy and I made them a few days ago, but i just frosted them Saturday night. This is how they turned out.

Also, while I was creating the great black frosting, i guess i kept sampling it without really thinking about it. After a while Mark walked in, looked at me, and started busting up laughing, this is why?

More Yummy Brownies

So this is from a while ago, but Mark's sister Wendy got a new job within her same company (Xango). Now she is an executive assistant in the legal department. So, to celebrate we made these yummy brownies with the legal balancy thing. So i thought we would share.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Brick of Mormon Stories

So this is a book that Mark's brother Steven wrote (along with his nephews Taylor and Matthew). It is a bunch of stories from the book of Mormon. Basically how it works is he has a brief synopsis of what happens, followed by the actual scripture quote. But, the best part is the illustrations, which are all pictures of the scenes built in Legos. It's pretty awesome. Mark and I have been trying to do better at our scripture reading, so every night we read some of the actual Book of Mormon, and then we read a story out of the Brick of Mormon. It's really fun. So you all should check it out. Here is the link to a sample of one of the stories in the book:

Nephi Builds a Ship

Also, you will notice that there is a link on the side to his website where you can learn more and purchase the book. (if anyone feels inclined to put a link on your blog we would really appreciate it. Steven is really trying to get the word out!)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Anniversary Weekend!

So it's official!! We have been married for one whole year! To celebrate, we stayed in Midway, Utah at Mark's cousins cabin. This is me waiting in the car for Mark to get us some drinks for the 30 min . drive there.

Mark started a tradition this year. He is going to get me one white rose for our anniversary for every year we have been married. So this year i got one, on our 50'th I'll get 50. cute huh. and i thought pretty practical, because by that time, maybe we can afford it!! So here i am with this years rose.Us taking a cheesy picture while we are driving there

We thought this would be a cool picture, but it didn't turn out so well because you cant really see the mountains. But oh well.

I put these on in the wrong order, but you'll get the idea. These are the inside of the cabin. As you will see, it looks a little strange, but it's way cute. The people who built it (I'm not sure when, but a long time ago.) immigrated over here and didn't have a lot of money, but for some reason they had some telephone poles, so they built it out of those.

There isn't any insulation in this little house, so it was FREEZING!!! it was even snowing for a while when we were there, and it was just about the same temperature inside as outside. But there was a fireplace, so we stayed on the couch with blankets and hot chocolate for most of the time.

Mark locking up the garage

View from the porch

The baconator

Yummy!! Mark's a great chef!

This is me with the gift Mark got me before i opened it. In case you can't tell, he wrapped it with one of our wedding pictures! isn't he SOOO sweet?? We never got a picture with it unwrapped, but Mark got me my first ever Nixon watch!! it is so so cute!! If you are really interested you can do a search for the Nixon Loft watch. (i got the blue one)

So the next morning we got up and went to some outlet stores in Park City. I got this snow jumpsuit for a GREAT deal. It's normally $289.00 ($306.00 with tax) and we got it for $32.00!! ($36 with tax) We are some pretty cool shoppers. In case you can't tell, its too big for me, but with a deal like that how can you pass it up?? I may look like an astronaut, but I'll never get cold playing in the snow again!!

Mark got this cute shirt at Gap for $3.99! what a silly stud!!

Mark already had this shirt in maroon and loves it, so he was very excited to get another one in a new color.

That night, after dinner we used our new Fondue pot i got as a surprise for Mark. It was so tasty and romantic!

I'm kinda a dork and kept getting chocolate all over my face, so Mark couldn't resist pulling out the camra. It was just so yummy i couldnt help it!

So that was pretty much it, we had a great relaxing time and are so grateful for Rachelle and Morgan for letting us stay there! It was awesome!