Sunday, December 26, 2010
Our little tree and my not so little belly
We ventured out to the Phoenician Hotel where the Pastry Department had made a Giant Gingerbread house. The sign said something like 500 lbs of Gingerbread was used to create it.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
(Cortney, Sandy & baby Tyson, and my Tyson at Devin's wedding reception)
Tyson went a "Man Party." One of his friends from high school got married this past weekend and the night before, (Friday) a bunch of buddies from the high school days got together. They watched the Phoenix Suns game, ate food, and lit firecrackers in the canals (because now they are legal). Tyson had a lot of fun!
Saturday was the wedding and I was so sad I couldn't go. (Work) I wish I could have met all of his friends. They are all back for the holidays now and I don't know when the next time they will all be together again.
One of Tyson's good friends had a ASU Graduation party this weekend too. I was looking at all the decorating and taking in the ideas for Tyson next semester.
**I drove past ASU campus on Friday (graduation day for winter semester) and starting crying. I saw everyone in caps and gowns and I thought of Tyson and how hard he has worked and how excited I am for him to graduate in May! He is brillant**
I thought it was fun that there was a Girls Night out and Man Party for this week!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Now I know what you are thinking. Pregnant and sushi? They don't mix!
If you are careful (and go with Chelsea who knows everything about each roll) you can enjoy a few!
Don't worry- nothing raw was consumed by me.
It was delicious and us girls had a lot of fun
I think I am mastering the art of Chop stick-ing.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
First- you have to know that Tys and I had been talking about decorating our little apartment on Dec. 5th- the first Monday of the month because it wasn't going to be too busy of a day for us. We had the Christmas music going and I headed to our storage closet just outside our front door to pull out our decorations.
It was dark. I was having trouble getting the key in the door knob. I thought I had the wrong key. So I tried 3 more keys. No luck. Tyson came to try. Got the right key in the knob (because he is superman) and turned the key.
The key broke. The door was still locked. And all our decorations were in that storage closet. Shock and disappointment. Called the head office to have maintenance fix it.
One Week later...( with phone calls to double check they were still coming)
No maintenance men. No new key. No Christmas decorations. Sad Smiths.
Tys had a conversation with one of the couples in our ward that lives 3 doors down. The guy says the apartment key works for the door too. Really??!!?? Said Tys and I. (half way not believing because why else would they give us a storage room key if the apartment key can do the same thing.)
It worked. Hallelujah. We dropped everything and decorated. Christmas music back on. So excited to have it really feel like Christmas in our apartment.
We placed all our ornaments on the tree. Including the "Our First Christmas" ornament from last year (thank you Merrill's!) and our cameo ornament made from one of our pictures (thanks Jen&Tyson!)
I really like our lil' tree. It was our first one. It's small enough to fit anywhere and it's colorful!
Loved that the night ended with just the glow of the Christmas tree and music playing. We were so stoked to have our decorations up finally!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
We hope to make this an Christmas Tradition! Going to the Temple to see the beautiful lights every December would be a great thing to do with our little family next year and the year after etc...This year seemed to be way more colored lights than a remember and I really liked it. We also ran into people from my parents ward in California which surprised us because we were in Mesa, Arizona and it was a random Monday night!
We were tempted to mix into one of the ward gatherings that are always going on in the parking lot of the church behind the temple to get some hot chocolate but then realized we had Stephen's at home- Mint Truffle to be exact! :) And we have our Christmas decorations up! Pictures to come!
Monday, December 6, 2010
This was amazing. It rotates with the wind and turns every which way. I loved the comment I heard as I stared at it. The lady said, "But does it go inside your house or in the yard?" Exactly what I was thinking.
It was Tyson's idea to venture out to the art festival early on Saturday morning and I am so glad he happened to mention it! About 5 minutes before we went to bed on Friday he said it was going on the next morning so we quickly figured out parking/bus transport etc... and made it a date!
I think we were about the only people going against the crowd the whole time. We even tried switching directions with each street. How is that even possible?!?!
This was a highlight. He was a riot and really knew how to get the crowds' attention. Some people have great skills...
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Love me some bagels and cream cheese!
And the donuts!
My sister- in-law and niece made these adorable place settings! I thought they were so clever!
The Smith Family! Thank you all for making this such a fun day! Games, movie (Tangled is the greatest!) and amazing food.
I must have cried about 5 times in the car as I headed to Thanksgiving Dinner after leaving work. I was SO excited to be with family. I am so grateful to have great in-laws! I am very lucky!
A couple of days before Thanksgiving, Tyson and I spontaneously listed off things we are grateful/thankful for. It's crazy to think about everything we have gone through or done together this past year. Can't wait for more!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Everything pumpkin! It started with pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Then that led to Pumpkin waffles, and there is my all time favorite pumpkin roll that is due to enter my belly any day now. I love it! Last night as I was leaving work the air was still and there was a slight chill. Yup, that says it all right there. Fall. And how I missed you! I love opening the door in the morning and feeling the very cool air!
Now the fact that fall apparently lasts only 2 weeks in grovery stores and that now all I see when I go there is Christmas is still a little strange. But it's has me thinking of all the wonderful baking, cooking and decorating that makes this season so much fun.
Last night, Tys and I enjoyed our first cups of Stephen's Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate. Yes- I bought my cans early this year. We all know what happens when you finish off your first can in mid December (memory from 2009). Sold out! Everywhere! So I am trying to be like the boy scouts. Always be prepared, with an extra can of hot chocolate that is.
In other news, Tyson finished mid-terms! Yay! But now has the worst cold ever (this is his body's attempt at trying to recover from all the stress and lack of sleep during the past two weeks.) And this guy never gets sick. Sad day. But he is heavily medicated on DayQuil/Nyquil and those amazing throat lozenges that taste like candy (sugar free of course!) Better days to come!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Can you believe that in 3 weeks we will celebrate our official One Year anniversary!
So we decided to celebrate a little early in this beautiful place...
Laguna Beach ...it's where we took a slice from the top tier from our Wedding Cake to eat!
and loved every bite! (Bavarian Cream and Strawberries with Buttercream frosting!)
We had the best wedding cake! And our baker remade the top tier of our wedding cake FREE for us to celebrate our 1st year anniversary. We asked to pick it up a few weeks early because we won't be in California on the official date. We loved celebrating a couple of weeks early!