Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Many Sides of Wyatt

Rag-a-muffin Wyatt

Punk Rocker Wyatt

Redneck Wyatt

Missionary Wyatt

Sad Wyatt

Turkey Weekend!!!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!!!! I think it has a lot to do with the food but also the family and the fact that it's a four day weekend! All of this together makes for the best holiday ever! Below are a few pictures of our fun weekend.

Shotgun shooting with our old Singles Ward Thanksgiving morning. Wyatt was soooooooooo excited for this event. He kept hounding me and reminding me that we were late and only had "x" amount of time to shoot guns. I must say, he does look good - kind of like he knows what he's doing.

Last year on Black Friday Wyatt found a really good deal on a shotgun. When he realized I was upset he spent that much money on a gun (we didn't even need) he told me he bought the gun for me. It was a gift. I'm still not sure if it was originally supposed to be for me.... A year later it makes for a funny story. I'm thinking of naming my gun "Homer." Above is a picture of me shooting MY gun for the first time. The main point I want to emphasize here is that Wyatt looks better shooting guns.

Thanksgiving dinner. We had 14 adults and 9 kids. A far cry from what it has been for me in past Thanksgivings growing up (five Nichols kids, mom and depending on the year maybe an in-law or two). Thanksgiving is still fun regardless of the size of the family.

Showing off my first buko pie. Let me explain why this is a big deal. Wyatt had to open four young coconuts for me using the back of a giant knife. I was pretty worried we weren't going to spend Thanksgiving with all ten of his fingers. Lucky for us, the worst that came of it was a kitchen dotted with pieces of coconut husk and shell (they had been flying through the air at one point).
Buko pie comes from the Philippines. When I was there two years ago (with my sister-in-law Judy's family) we went to Los Banos (the city famous for Buko pie) and stocked up on the pies. I then proceeded to snack on the pie for the remainder of my vacation. Unlike a coconut cream pie, it does not have cream and the coconut is not shredded. The pie is made with fresh coconut meat that is just cut into large pieces. Very, very tasty! At least in the Philippines it is... mine was okay.

Our friend Ryan from Seattle came down for the weekend to visit. We went longboarding along the Willamette river Saturday - above is a picture of him and Wyatt throwing rocks. It was fun and very cold!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Christmas Ornaments

I came to the realization a couple months ago that Wyatt and I don't have any ornaments to deck our halls with. So I tweaked some inspiration I got from a book at Barnes & Noble and below is the result... Thanks to my sister for her help!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Twice Tagged (sounds like a James Bond movie)

I was tagged - Twice - with two different formats. So now I'm going to share a really long email on a subject I could talk forever

Here goes!

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Server
2. Lifeguard
3. Telemarketer - sold cable packages
4. Operator for Sears

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Drama Prairie Dog
2. Maverick
3. Emperor's New Groove
4. I don't think there is any movie I'd really watch over and over... I like to watch movies I've never seen...

C) Four Places I have lived:
1. unincorporated Jefferson County (Arvada mailing address), CO
2. Provo, UT
3. Arlington Heights, IL
4. Berlin, Germany (when I was two)

D) Four TV shows that I watch:
1. Arrested Development (on DVD)
2. 30 Rock
3. Chuck
4. Good Eat's (Food Network)

E) Four ("Exotic") places I have been on vacation:
1. Alaska
2. Philippines
3. Europe (France, Scotland, England - this was the second round - first round I was too little to remember)
4. Hawaii (Oahu and Hawaii)

F) People who e-mail me regularly:
1. Mom
2. Travel Zoo's Top 20
3. Wyatt (though we IM more than anything)
4. Spam people

G) Four of my favorite foods:
1. All pastas except spaghetti (too boring for me)
2. Pancakes
3. Cereal
4. Dessert

H) Four things I hate (I added this one from Collete's blog):
1. running out of milk (I panic when the milk jug reaches a quarter full)
2. finding unexpected seeds in my oranges, mandarins, clementines, tangerines....
3. a loud TV
4. any kind of shopping except grocery (probably because I know that I will be able to find EXACTLY what I am looking for)

I) Four places I would rather be right now (with Wyatt):
1. Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries (Wyatt's brother lives there)
2. Katmandu (I've always wanted to go)
3. Any where in the South Pacific, specifically Kiribati (we read a book that took place here - it's hot and sounds like it'd be quite the experience)
4. on an African Safari

Now for Tag Number Two...Seven Random Facts/Habits about me:

1. I hate being cold. I have no desire to travel to Antarctica or Mt. Everest because it seems miserable to me. On the other hand I LOVE hot weather. I love it when it's so hot that I can sleep with my window open and lay on top of my covers. I like to take cold showers on hot days more than hot showers on cold days. And I love warm breezes.

2. Super powers I wish I had:
a.) The ability to teleport to anywhere in the world. b.)Seeing an article of clothing I like (in a store, on someone else, on the internet, etc.) and having an exact replica show up in my size in my closet (remember? I hate shopping).

3. I love music! I love the way it can express exactly how I am feeling... Sometimes when I find a new song I fall in love with I like to listen to it over and over again. And then I try to hide any evidence that I have listened to it a thousand times. Wyatt knows better, and always asks me "how many times today?" have I listened to my new favorite song. In turn, I love to dance - it makes me happy. Though I've never had any formal dancing lessons and my dancing consists of flaying my arms and legs. Someday I would like to take dance lessons - Latin and Ballroom. But for now I will stick to my karate dancing....

4. I like the smell of fresh cigarette smoke. Gross, I know. But it reminds me of skiing and going to amusement parks. Another favorite....pipe smoke.

5. I LOVE food. I love to cook it, smell it, and eat it. One of my biggest annoyances is an unplanned meal. I hate eating food that was just "thrown together." I only get to eat so many times in one day - so I want to enjoy it. And if I do eat a sub par meal - I regret it and count down the hours to the next meal. Sometimes I lay in bed at night planning out what I am going to eat the next day...

6. I have only two regrets in my life:
a. The time I didn't ditch my classes to hop on a plane to Denver (my home town) to watch my two favorite baseball teams (the Rockies and White Sox) play at Coors Field with my two good friends from Chicago. How many times does a situation like that come up? And really, how important was school?
b. The day my mom got divorced. I was so absorbed in my teenage life that I was oblivious that she had one of the worst days of her life. She came home from the event and it was just me living at home. She was really sad...and I did nothing. I'm sorry momma. I wish I would've given you the comfort you needed....

7. If I were to do it over again....I would've been a Chef, FBI Agent, Engineer, Professional Golfer, Food Critic, Travel Critic, Archaeologist or Ski Bum.

If you've read this post - and you haven't been tagged yet - consider yourself tagged.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Drama Prairie Dog

Props to my friend Tessa who shared this little ditty with me. It kept me laughing at work all day...even when I wasn't watching the video.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Big Apple

Wyatt is blogging. This is my first post, my maiden voyage if you will... well, thanks for coming.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ginormous Apple

Which one of these is not like the other one? Okay, cheap thrills, but I was so excited when my selection of apples at the grocery store included the "apples on steroids" variety. I wish the pictures could better relay how BIG this apple really was. I think you'd have to see it in person to get the full effect. But that may never happen because we already ate it....and yes, it was good!

Just to put things into perspective - we chose to model the apples with eggs.

Wyatt modeling your everyday average sized apple.

Wyatt modeling our really big apple.

Yeah, that's right. I just posted about an apple.... Our lives are bursting with excitement!