Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bonfires and Amplifiers

My neighbor Jonnie asked me if I would like to go to the Brad Paisley concert with her. Uhh… duh!?! OF COURSE!

Before the concert, I was able to win closer tickets instead of our nosebleed seats! Woot woot!

The best part of the concert was this sick cowboy we sat behind! Of course he got up and danced with his girlfriend even when no one else was. :) I got some serious laffs out of him. Please notice the hair attachment, the handkerchief, and the wallet. GOOD TIMES! Oh and yes, he IS combing his mustache! Gotta love cowboys!

The first part of the show was Chuck Wicks who sings, “Stealing Cinderella”. I like that song, but his performance was a little too Donny Osmondish…

Then was Rodney Atkins who was AWESOME! He sang all of his really popular songs and was really good with the crowd.

And last was BRAD PAISLEY!

"I'm so much cooler online..."

"Cause when you're a celebrity, it's adios reality!..."

"But to me, you are the world..."

And the Paisley guitar!

It wasn't my favorite concert I've ever been to, but the stage was definitely the best I've seen yet! Thanks for the good times Jonnie!

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Legacy of Faith and Service

When I heard the news last night, I was SO sad until I realized that President Hinckley was now reunited with his beautiful, inspiring wife Marjorie. I can only imagine him running up to her and embracing her. I will miss him so much, but am so happy to know he is reunited with the love of his life. I am excited for the future of the church.

On the radio this morning I heard two quotes that made me laff. He said, "They call these years the 'golden years', but I would say they are laced with LEAD!" And when someone asked him about the church run by a 'bunch of old guys', President Hinckley responded, "I tell them they're not much to look at; but they're all the Lord has!"

And just a thought about death I have always loved from Marjorie:
"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk's lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."

May we all strive to live a life as fulfilling and selfless and love-filled as they did.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Roadtrip! #2!

Another Idaho Roadtrip! HOORAY! When I heard tickets for the Rexburg Temple Open House were available, I got SO excited. I haven't been to an open house in YEARS! I was able to get tickets for all of my family for Monday morning. The drive up was clear and gorgeous until we hit Idaho Falls and it started snowing like crazy! Aaron and I drove straight to St. Anthony (which had about a foot or more of snow on the roads!) to meet up with Wes and Mandy! We had dinner with them and then played "In A Pickle". We had SO much fun talking and laffing and just being friends. It was such a treat to see them. (Please notice the snowmen pants... we find them hilarious!)

I didn't mention that the only time I could get tickets for all of us was at like 7:00 in the morning! :) So we were up bright and early! It was SOOO cold, but the temple was gorgeous. Most of the upholstery was green, with some occasional purple. All of the wood was a honey color. And guess what? Some of my fabric was in there! (I'm such a nerd...) The Celestial Room was incredible. I almost cried when we walked in. I am so blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to be able to enter the Lord's house.

By the time our tour ended the sun had come up and showed a crisp, clear, beautiful Idaho day!

My dearest Mitch had suggested we try a huckleberry shake at Joe's Filling Station so we had to try it! Yes, it was ZERO degrees outside and yes it was like 9 AM and yes we did get weird looks, but it was SO DELICIOUS!!! It is definitely a must-do for every Rexburg trip now!

The exploring plans for the drive home fell through so we decided to detour through a few cities! We stopped in Idaho Falls and then drove down through Preston and Logan! We made sure to pay our respects to Napoleon Dynamite and found Preston High School and then ate lunch at Big J's where Uncle Rico and Kip had discussed their "bizness plans". We had a good laff at how that little town had made such a huge boom from that movie. I guess Big J's must rub off on all men though... Aaron began to act like Uncle Rico. :)

We stopped in Logan and tried to see one of our former professors, played around on the USU campus for a little, and also saw the temple. It was such a wonderful roadtrip!

My problem with roadtrips is that they make going back to real life so much harder!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

$227 million

After four years and $227 million dollars, we have our State Capital back! I do have to say that we have one of the most beautiful capital buildings in America. And since some of the product I sell was part of the renovation, of course I went to check out the Open House!

This is my favorite picture that I took. I think it's the perspective lines that make me happy. Good ol' perspective drawing days!

This was my favorite room. It's the "Reception Room". Talk about POSH!

And this picture makes me feel small.

Does $227 million seem like a lot to anyone else? My question is... how much of my money paid for this renovation? :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

"I like dreamin...."

I showed up like normal to the JSMB on Saturday, but got a surprise of the Annual Wedding Show! I tried to explain that I was just a hostess and not an attendee, but I came home with loads of junk anyway! Crazy enough I had my camera so I had to share some of what I thought were the best and the worst!

I got to ride the elevator with like 8 wedding dress models... good puffy times!

And here are some cakes that aren't my style. I'm not saying they're bad, I'm just saying that I'm not a clown cake or explosion cake or timber cake type of person... :)

On the other hand, I thought these were very elegant...

These two were my favorites of the ones I saw though... gorgeous!

And of course I had to try on a ring or two. As they say, "diamonds are a girl's best friend"! Bling bling!

Weddings look like a lot of fun, but they sound pretty intense and full of decisions!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I discovered the sport of snowshoeing a year ago and love it! So when an opportunity came to go for free-- I took it! It was the PERFECT day to go. It was wonderful.

If you've really go to go, I would suggest using another outhouse...

Ronski and I

Turban Man Chris


Me looking ridiculous