Sunday, January 31, 2010

Butterfly cupcakes!

On a cow faced plate!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ca fait mal

I died a little bit last week when I had to drop French as my minor. I went in to apply for graduation, and I'm not going to be able to finish the last two classes I need for my French minor, because I have to take a bunch of GEs to be able to graduate, so I had to drop the minor. And a bit of my heart died.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

15 minutes of fame

Today we went up to Ogden and had a turkey dinner with the Hogges: Matthew's sister Heather and her family, and Doug's sister and husband. And the food was delicious, like another Thanksgiving meal, and we played fun games and everything. So, while we were up there, I was glancing through a BYU magazine that was sitting on their couch. One of their feature articles was about the "Freshmen Experience" at BYU. I guess they followed around 6 freshmen and told some stories about what was going on with their lives. Anyway, I was reading this, and here's one paragraph I read:

Freshman Serenade

At the fall talent show for Braden Hancock’s (’14) ward, someone performed the most difficult song on the most difficult level of Guitar Hero on the big screen. Another ward member did fire juggling, balloon twisting, and opera singing.

Please tell me the only person in the world, I'm pretty sure, who does fire juggling, balloon twisting and opera singing. Yes, that would be my fantasticly random little brother Jonathan! What a stud. I think that about sums it up. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010


Ok, so I wasn't going to post about my internship interview and such until after I find out if I got in, so that if I didn't get it, I can go sit in a corner and pretend no one ever knew...

BUT... I have a story, and for my story to make sense you need context, so the context is I was getting super dressed up for my internship interview. I actually had to go out and buy a dress suit, and shoes that actually worked, and it was soooo stressful because I had been looking for a few weeks and just couldn't find anything. But the night before, I got myself a suit, and so I was getting ready in the morning, and I may or may not have asked Matthew to take a picture of me:

Ok, let's talk about how it looks like my head is hitting the ceiling. No really, it does. I'm only wearing shoes with an 1-1/2 to 2 inch heel! Geez. It's crazy tall people like me that make little children scream and run away. I sort of feel like you could insert a couple of regular sized humans in this picture, and they would only come mid-thigh. Ha. Oh well. At least I can dominate in basketball!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

...and then I found 20 dollars.

So, I really feel like the past two or three days have given me so much blog-worthy material. I almost don't know where to begin.

So, Friday, turned in my application for BYU's dietetic internship. Now I just have to stress about the interview next Friday... I think my application is strong though, and I'm sure I'll do fine with the interview. Matthew said he'd help me prepare. Turning in that application was such a huge stress relief off my shoulders.

Friday night, we saw 2012 at the dollar theater. Overall, I thought it was good, a bit traumatic at some spots, just because it's was pretty intense, but good. There were some interesting overtones to the movie too, but I don't really feel like getting into all that right now. That's not the interesting part of this story. The interesting part is how I love popcorn, and I really felt like eating movie-theater popcorn during the movie, but it's really expensive, of course, so Matthew and I just popped a bag at home and brought it with us (we bring treats into movies a lot, in my big purse...), but it really wasn't hitting the spot, especially because it was kinda wierd tasting kettle corn stuff, which is ok sometimes, but just not what I wanted. Anyway, so at the end of the movie, we were one of the last people to leave the movie theater, partly in fact because we were in the very front row, because for some reason or another we just cannot make ourselves get to movie theaters early enough to get good seating, ever. Well, maybe a few times. Anyway, we're walking out, and we passed a seat that had almost a WHOLE TUB of popcorn sitting on the seat. You know, one of the biggest tubs you can buy, with only a little bit eaten from the top. Well, Matthew and I noticed that, and then we were really awkward talking about it as we walked past, and then got to the exit of the movie theater, and turned around and walked back and took it with us! We did. And I'm so glad too. It was sooo delicious. And there was so much! We were so happy.

Oh, so, then, earlier on Friday, we had picked up our bike from my aunt! My parents bought Matthew a bike for Christmas, and it got delivered to Walmart in Lehi and my aunt picked it up, and so we picked it up in the box from her house on Friday, so after the movie, Matthew put together the bike, while I watched and ate popcorn. We have a bike! It's so fantastic. And exciting. Now Matthew can give me rides. For those of you that don't know, Matthew is a hunk of a man. When we were dating, and he had his old bike that got stolen, I would sit on the seat of the bike and hold on while he would stand up and pedal. And he would do that up hills. That is intense!

We are really excited about the bike.

Now, Saturday morning, we were going to go run some errands, and we decided that we would actually mail off a big stack of thank yous from our wedding that we had written in October, but never mailed because of addresses or... something... and the other day we got a thank you from Matthew's sister Megan, just for some little treats we gave her for Christmas, and I was like oh boy we are lame, let's get these mailed out. So, we got them all addressed, and were looking for some stamps, and Matthew was like, you know, I feel like we never used the stamps that Nathan (Matthew's brother) gave us for our wedding. So he goes into our bedroom and looks through the stack of cards we have from our wedding, and then I hear him go "ahhh yeahh wahoo zlehteiigheewllll! So, naturally, I want to see what's so exciting, and I come in and Matthew's like, so, in addition to the stamps, we also found $100 and a gift card to Smith's!!!! As if it wasn't exciting enough getting these gifts once! So basically, fantastic morning.

Then, in the afternoon, we went and test-drove a scooter! So, there is a story behind this too. This actually was my Christmas present - Matthew said we'd get a scooter. But then we got back and paid all the bills and I was like uh I don't know about that. Then, this week, Matthew and I were walking to school together, and we were just a little bit late, but we started scooter talking and figured out how we could get some extra money (we cashed in the big coin collection Matthew's been keeping, Matthew is participating in a study, we got some cash back from our Discover card, etc) and decided we could do it!

So we found a sweet looking scooter on, and test drove it, and talked the guy down $75 and got a really good deal, and we are now the proud owners of a cool blue scooter! Pictures to follow...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Niagra Falls my eye... I like my waterfall better!

On Sunday we had our good friends Chris and Anna Laura over. (sorry, I'm not exactly sure how you spell it? Anna Laura? AnnaLaura? Annalaura?) We've gotten together several times over the past few months, and it's always been a blast. We eat good food and play games! Anyway, so this time we had them over to our place, and the highlight of the evening was.... CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!

It was a Christmas present from my parents, and basically it was a swimming success! (haha, get it?) We all ate tons of fruit smothered in creamy chocolate, and had fun messing around with the waterfall of chocolate. I'm sure it was more delicious because it was coming from a fountain. For sure. Quote of the night: "We need to send a thank you note to whoever got this for you!"

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Not exactly what I was expecting...

I got on to look at my schedule and realized that I can't take my French class, because dietetics classes just can't follow "normal" scheduling procedures. My NDFS 466 class is Monday 11-12 and Wednesday 11-1. I guess I didn't realize that when I signed up for this French class which meets from 12-1 MW. Laaaamme sauce. I was so excited for this class too; it was Francophone Studies, so reading literature from French Africa. I was stoked! But my dietetics classes can't be moved, so I had to drop it.

Then went to try to add a replacement class for the French class - a GE, Technical Writing - and I think I was number 6 or 7 on the list of people who want to add the class. Basically that means that I probably won't be able to add the class.

But that's ok. I'm at 5 classes and 13 credits right now. That's a pretty light load. Just my 4 dietetics classes, and New Testament, which Matthew and I are taking together. I think it will be nice to have a little bit of a lighter semester, especially since taking a GE this semester won't help me graduate any sooner.

Monday, January 4, 2010


I like pictures, and Matthew likes winning, so you should vote for us!

Poll: Which Bride & Groom should win the 16x20 standout print?

Sunday, January 3, 2010


With the new year, Matthew and I realized something. This will be the first year where we won't have been single. Whooaaaa. Then we were realizing that just about one year ago was when we first started talking and everything started with us. So crazy. 2009 really was a fantastic year for us.

Here's our top 10 list from 2009:
1. Getting married (of course)
2. Honeymoon to Paris (of course :) )
3. Living in the French house (Stephanie)
4. Getting good grades (Matthew got a 4.0 last semester!)
5. Being in the dietetics program (Stephanie)
6. Having jobs
7.  Being an EFY counselor (Matthew)
8. Having wonderful and supportive parents and family
9. Good apartment and nice ward
10. Kansas basketball (Matthew)

We're sure that 2010 is going to be even better!

Kansas time

Kansas was a lot of fun too. The biggest highlight was the Jayhawks game! We got to go with a ton of Matthew's family, which was a really good time.

Matthew said the funniest thing to me right before the game. He said, "Can't you feel the spirit here? It's almost as good as the temple, you just feel the spirit so strongly." Yes, he did say that. But then, his sister Janae said something like that too, so I guess Allen Fieldhouse just is that big of a deal. :) And it was a really fun place to watch and cheer.

Other fun things in Kansas:
*Playing a million and one games of Bandits. Its this card game someone got for Christmas, and it was addicting! I would definitely recommend.

*Movie watching, and college football bowl game watching. One movie we watched was Stalking Santa. Ridiculous, but funny.

*Playing a big game of walleyball.

*Walking home from the Jayhawks game in piles and mounds of snow!

*New years eve was a lot of fun. We ate an hors d'oeuvre dinner, which was delicious. I love stuff like that. Sometimes when I go to restaurants, I just want to order a couple of hors d'oeuvres. Then, we went with Janae to a singles dance. Ha. That was kinda funny. During the dance, Matthew and I were both like, you know, it was fun when we were single, but we are so glad we're married now!

*There was this big snowstorm that came through right before we got there, and then another snowstorm or two while we were there, so we did a lot of shoveling.

*Spending time with lots and lots of family!

Christmas comes this time each year

First of all, this is post #101!

Also, I think that the lyrics "Christmas comes this time each year" from the Beach Boys Christmas song are some of the funniest and silliest lyrics written.

Christmas. Was. Fantastic. We spent the week leading up to Christmas in Minnesota, with my family. As in, Matthew and I. That in and of itself was only the best of times. Here are some highlights from that week:

We all went to downtown Minneapolis for the Hollidazzle parade - its during Christmas and has floats from different fairy tales, nursery rhymes and stuff. It's always super cold, but lots of fun.

Nathan was my best friend, and my little shadow. He sure is cute! He got so sad when we left, too


 Relaxing. No school and no obligations, being able to sleep in until you feel like getting up is golden.

We liked making (and eating!) Christmas treats. This year I got a fantastically delicious recipe for caramel popcorn from a friend, and we made double batches several times. In fact, I wouldn't mind having some right now...

Christmas was a bit of a scramble, but we got some fun Christmas presents for everyone. We got my mom a one hour massage. We made my dad a memories book, with everyone's input and quotes and pictures. We put a "Creative Dating Survival Kit" together for Aaron. We found a cookie shirt for Nathan, and had lots of fun finding and putting together stuff for everyone.

 The cookie shirt

 And... I got Kansas Jayhawk basketball tickets for Matthew!!! (Well, technically, Matthew's mom got them.) That was an exciting surprise present.

Some other Christmas present highlights: a bike for Matthew, fondue maker, socks and a belt for Matthew (why??), a lot of spices for me (I'm super excited about these), books and movies, cookie cutters, and a very nice bit of cash.

I'm not quite sure why, but Matthew was SO excited about socks...

But, none of these were the MOST EXCITING AND SURPRISING PRESENT. My parents always do one bigger "Santa" present each year. This year, we got a puppy! And one of the cutest little puppies you've ever seen.

Opening the Santa present... finding a dog toy, dogbowl, leash, puppy food etc...

Turning around to see mom holding the puppy!!

We named him Sparky.

We also went to the temple and did a session with my parents. That was a really neat experience, and it was fun and interesting to be in a smaller temple.There were also perfect snowflakes falling in this picture!