Monday, December 31, 2007
Look how cute they are with their striped shirts! And sisters, you are right...Tadd does look happiest holding babies. But if you ask him, he is NOT ready yet.
Luckily Tadd's finger doesn't inhibit him from opening his gifts! Lauren drew his name this year.
Yipee! Just what he wanted!
A target for shooting practice!
Lauren opening each little item of her gift. I was sure to supply her with all sorts of little girly items.
Haley received a gift card to P.F Changs for her and Jon to enjoy, as well as a pampering gift set!
I got the CUTEST rain boots from Whitney! The perfect gift! I didn't even remotely suspect it, and I've never had rain boots! I just love them!
I feel like Tadd and I raked it in with our sibling gifts, but there is nothing like seeing the person you gave to open their gift.
I love that!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
We left Provo around noon on Friday and hit IKEA on the way, since neither of us had ever been and we needed to pick up a gift card! It was really fun walking around; that place is huge! I've never really had the chance to decorate a home, so I haven't even figured out what my style is yet! Thank goodness for the showroom, I'll definitely be visiting there when we get an apartment of our own!
Can you tell by my face how cold it was? The weather sculpted me into an ugly face, and then froze it there!
The next day Tadd and I switched rooms to the Jungle Safari! I'm really glad I booked that one for the second night, since it was much nicer.
I woke up Sunday morning and was bored while I waited for Tadd to wake up so I took this picture of the view above our bed.
This is also a view from our bed. The TV was set really high up on the wall above a straw shack!
After settling into our room we got ready for the day and headed to Gateway. I did a little shopping at Forever 21, which is HUGE, and then we ate at Z Tejas. If anyone would ever like a recommendation of what to eat there, go with the Jerk Chicken Salad. It was incredible!
Heading over to Gateway!
It has been determined that I eat roughly triple of what Tadd eats. I had a ton of cornbread as an appetizer, all of my salad, plus dessert, and he only had some cornbread, and about half of his burger. There is something seriously wrong with that.
That night we relaxed a little in our room and watched Ultimate Fighting and Bull Riding. My amazing husband resisted the urge to watch the BYU vs. UCLA game to spend some time with his wife. On top of that, he didn't have anyone to yell with. :)
After some R&R we visited the Clark Planitarium! It brought back memories of junior high when we used to visit it as the Hansen Planitarium!
Once again, driving over to Gateway on our date! I have an obsession with taking pictures of us driving with my camera phone. I think I have to confirm that my hair, make up and outfit are satisfactory.
We learned lots and lots about our earth and planets! I was just fascinated!
We had such a good time, and would both agree it was the best Christmas we've had since we've been married. Of course, neither Tadd nor I obeyed the rule of no gifts, but we certainly toned it down a lot, and made our weekend stay our big gift!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The other side of the table from front to back: Chris, Kris, Rick, Tadd, Andrew Law, Shaley and Steve. You can't see the last few people, sorry! My mother in law, Camme is across from Steve, next to Corbin.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
-Always lay flat to dry or tumble dry low heat inside a pillowcase to help them keep their shape.
-Fold sweaters of padded hangers - hanging them can stretch the shoulders
-It iron wool without leaving marks, use steam and lower and lift the iron instead of sliding it back and forth
-Wrap sweaters loosely in white tissue paper with a cedar block to deter moths before sealing them a cloth bag for the season
*Style Tip: Accidently shrink a sweater? Create a slouchy layered look by wearing it over a long cami or graphic tee
**Secret Tool: Remove piling from your favorite sweater by gently sweeping it with a disposable razor.
-Silk is only washable if it is pre-washed by the manufacturer. Read the label carefully!
-Avoid detergents with enzymes or high alkaline content, as it can weaken silk
-Wash colored silk items individually, since dyes may bleed.
-Wrinkles in silk? Iron the garment inside-out with a warm iron
-Silk fabrics weaken when wet, so never wring or twist them. Remove moisture by rolling them in a towel instead.
-Hang silk from a padded or plastic hanger to dry. It distributes weight evenly to avoid stretching.
*Style Tip: Layer a super-soft tissue tee under a ilk dress for a casual effect that also reduces static.
**Secret Tool: Ues crocheted hangers to keep straps and slippery fabrics from sliding.
**Secret Tool: Rub nylons and tights with damp hands to reduce static electricity between your hose and clothes.
-Cotton can withstand high temperatures. Follow care labels and use the hottest water recommended.
-Packing tees for a trip? Roll them tightly to maximize space and reduce wrinkles.
-Cotton is absorbent, so it requires a high setting for quicker drying.
-Iron graphic tees inside out on a low setting to avoid melting the image.
**Secret Tool: Keep T-shirts smelling sweet: soak cotton ballis in your favorite scent (like vanilla), let they dry completely, then place in your drawers next to your tees!
-Wear jeans at least four times before washing to help them mold to your body.
-Three ways to safely shrink jeans: sit in a cold bath while wearing them (if you're really desperate!), wash them in hot water or put them in the dryer on low heat.
-To preserve color, wash jeans inside out in cold water.
-To refresh the indigo in jeans, wash them with a never-before-washed pair. The color will transfer subtly!
-To make sure they keep their shape, don't hang jeans - store them folded and stacked
-If you're concerned about fading, avoid putting jeans in the dryer.
*Style Tip: Pay attention to the pockets. The bigger the back pockets, the more shapely your
*Style Tip: To ensure the perfect length, wash new jeans before you hem them.
**Secret Tool: If the zipper on your jeans sticks, rub it with candle wax to lossen it up.
**Secret Tool: If the zipper slips, spray it with hairspray for stickiness that will hold it in place.
Stack your closets with these must-have storage tools:
Padded Hangers: Help prevent stretching shoulders and denting fabric
Cedar Hangers: Hang clothes and deter moths in one step
Tie Hooks: Perfect for hanging belts or even comisoles
Tissue Paper: Use to wrap knits and delicates before storing
Shelf Liners: Keep fabrics from pulling on splintered wood
Lingerie Sachet: Store in your lingerie drawer to keep it smelling sweet
Steamer: Gently remove wrinkles from fragile clothing
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Buddy: SANTA!!!!!! OMG! Santa, here??? I know him! I know him!
Buddy's reaction to Santa's arrival perfectly described my feelings upon Santa's surprise visit to my in-laws last night. This event has been going on in Tadd's family ever since he can remember, and it's my second year attending. I was sure to take plenty of pictures to document this evening! (You'll have to excuse the red eye in pretty much every picture. I'm in need of a new camera!)
Crew and I anticipated Santa's arrival