Monday, December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving Update

Here it is, a week and a half after Thanksgiving, and I'm finally getting around to posting about it. I had big plans for this post, but none of it worked out and I'll tell you why.

We started driving to Oklahoma Tuesday night after Matt got off work, and we were almost to the Wyoming border when it hit me. With the trip we were taking to Missouri for the weekend, Matt and I would be traveling through 7 sates in 7 days. How often does that happen? (hopefully not very because that is a lot of driving...)

During the trip we were able to drive through Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. So, since I am always looking for pictures to take and things to blog about, I had every intention to take a picture by each state sign. Bad news: I didn't take a single picture the whole trip, but this is largely the fault of those states. They either have really stupid, small state signs, or none at all. What is a blogger supposed to do with that? Just write a post I guess, no pictures included.

So there you have it. Thanksgiving was good--we ate dinner early (at 11:30 AM!), and promptly left for Branson, MO, where we caught a few shows and did more shopping than I've ever done in my life. They have an outlet mall that opened at midnight on Black Friday, so we have the luxury of shopping late, and sleeping in late the next morning instead of waking up at 4 AM. After our late night shopping trip, we proceeded to shop all day Friday, and most of the day Saturday. Needless to say, I returned home with a few more things than I went there with.

We hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving as much as we did, and you can look forward to another post soon about our big move this week (and when I say "big" I mean 30 miles north of where we are now...).

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cousin Baby Shower

I recently threw a baby shower for my cousin, Rebekah, with the help of my awesome cousin-in-law, Becky. We had a great turn out, and of course we had a lot of fun. Becky and my Aunt Lynn made delicious soup, and then Becky made lots of desserts (because that's what everyone likes best!). We played the infamous "Which melted candy bar is in the diaper?" game (my personal favorite), and then Rebekah's sister, Hannah, brought string so we could all guess how big we thought Rebekah's stomach was. Oh, the joy of baby shower games...

Rebekah was a pro at the diaper game

Measuring her stomach for Hannah's game

Opening presents. Of course I had to include a shot of the awesome diaper cake Kimberly, Megan, and I gave her. But she got lots of other great stuff too.

"The girls." We love Rebekah!

And the shower came just in time. She had her baby a week and a half later. Congratulations James and Rebekah!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's a Girl!

I know what you're thinking (and that's exactly why I posted this picture haha), but alas, I am not the one with good news to share! My good friend and neighbor, Niki, is having a baby in March, and she found out the gender yesterday. Being the awesome friends that we are, we bought them an ice cream cake to celebrate. Nothing says congratulations better than Coldstone!

Congratulations Buck and Niki! We can't wait to meet Baby Bagwell!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Matt Teaches Pranksters a Lesson

Last night I received a call from strange number at approximately 9:22 pm.

Me: Hello?

Man With Strange Accent (MWSA):
Hey, uh, I'm trying to deliver your pizzas here, but, uh, how did you say to get there? Did you say it was a road, or a street?

Me: I think you have the wrong number.

MWSA: Look, lady, you ordered about 20 pizzas and some coke, and I'm trying--that's when I hung up.

By about 9:30 I had convinced Matt to called the number back from his phone and talk to them. MWSA answers the phone, and Matt asks when the pizzas he ordered will be here because we were supposed to get them 10 minutes ago. MWSA pretends like he doesn't know what Matt's talking about and hands the phone to a woman with a strange Chinese accent. Matt asks about the pizzas again, but the woman doesn't understand him, thinking he's saying 'pieces,' not 'pizzas.' Then she tells him they own a Chinese restaurant and that they don't make pizza.

End of first phone call.

At 9:32 Matt calls the number again, but this time from my phone. MWSA answers the phone again, and Matt tells him he had a missed call from this number and is wondering why the guy called. MWSA will not admit that he called my phone. They argue for a minute before hangs up on Matt. MWSA.

End of second phone call.

At 9:33 Matt makes another call to the number from his phone. MWSA answers immediately and says (with his strange, probably made-up accent), "Stop calling me, dude." To that, Matt answers, "We don't appreciate getting prank phone calls." And that was all he could say before the guy hung up on him again.

Hopefully he'll think twice before making another prank phone call. (Although it made our evening more eventful...)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Graduation Poser

After my graduation pictures got posted on Facebook, I had a number of people I haven't talk to in awhile congratulate me. I guess that was a test to see how well you all know me because I won't actually graduate until December. Joke is on them! It just worked out that all of my family would be in town during the August graduation, not to mention that my school doesn't do a December graduation ceremony.

My friends and family were kind enough to wake up at the crack of dawn and be in attendance at my 8 a.m. graduation. You all rock! We had a fun few days hanging out with my family because it doesn't happen very often that this many of us get together. Here are a few photos of the activities.

Here we have Matt and Rob starting off the 1st annual ice cream eating contest! Who could eat the most in 7 minutes?

Surprisingly enough, Rob was announced the winner. (But in his defense, Matt had just had his appendix out a week earlier.)

All the awesome people that came to my graduation. How big is YOUR fan club?

Precious tree shot. Ignore the shadows please.

Some of the fam. Sorry your eyes are kind of closed, Megan...otherwise it's a cute picture!

Me with my other parents. I love them!

Right now you're probably thinking about how amazing I am that I blogged two days in a row. Confession: I blogged them both on the same night and just saved this one to post today. I'm not perfect, you know!

Lazy Blogger

A large majority of the summer went by without a single post from me. My excuse? I'm lazy. Matt worked all summer, and I worked a little, took a statistics class, and completed an independent study class in four weeks.

So here's the really pathetic part. Remember my floral design class during spring term that I was always posting pictures of? I never posted picture of my last project--the bridal bouquet!

So, for your viewing pleasure, here it is.I tried to get creative with my photos, but my camera isn't capable of much, and neither am I when it comes to photography. Where's Megan with her fancy camera when I need her?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My New Favorite Pastime

Posing by abnormally large statues of ice cream.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

More Flowers

Here's a look at a few of my latest masterpieces.

This was a glass cube arrangement I did. I think it's my favorite one so far. It contains 2 roses, several carnations, different colored daisymums, a gerber daisy, solidago, pittosporum, hypericum berries, and alstroemeria. Don't I sound so smart?! :)

These are the boutonnieres that I made. For extra credit we were told we could give them to people and write a little response about how they were treated differently by others because they were wearing flowers. I gave them to four of the women that I work with. They were excited to wear them, and it was fun to see how happy they were because of it. I love flowers!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

One Year Ago...

I had a lump the size of a golf ball attached to my thyroid (my surgery was actually the beginning of May, so it's been a little more than a year). One of my biggest fears about the surgery was the scar it would leave (shallow, I know...).

And so, after one year and use of Mederma every now and then, you can hardly see the scar at all. At least not in the picture. I still catch people staring at my neck sometimes. When I went to the dentist in April he asked me if I'd had a tracheotomy...what can you do?

Taken May 15, 2008

Take June 2, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Available For Weddings

One of the classes I'm taking this term is Floral Design. Let's just say I'm a natural. We get to make a different kind of arrangement every week, and here are photos of what I've created so far.I think I've found my new calling in life :)

Catch Up

It's been almost three months since the last post...I've taken a few pictures, but I was just too lazy to upload them.

In March Matt and I took a trip to a Pick and Pull junk yard to find a few parts for his truck. What a fun experience it was! We were in and out in a few minutes, and only ended up paying $2 for the parts that would have cost $60 new. Woohoo!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy B-day/V-day!

Valentine's Day is a very exciting time for us. Not really because we like the holiday, but because it's also Matt's birthday. What with being part of the 3-day President's Day weekend this year, we decided to be spontaneous and drive to AZ. The drive wasn't too bad, except for one little thing...We get pulled over for speeding, but I won't say who was driving {we'll let it slide this time since it was his birthday and all ;) }. It's hard to get a good picture of the flashing lights, considering their flashes alternate. This was the best I could get. Matt didn't want me to take the picture at all in case the cop saw and thought we were making a mockery of the whole situation. At least I didn't ask if I could get a picture of the cop or anything.

Aside from that excitement, the weekend was great. For the birthday festivities we went to the Phx Zoo, ate In-N-Out Burger for dinner, and had Coldstone cake to end the evening right. We really know how to party!

Jill was out of town that weekend, so we also had the chance to help babysit for a few days. Her kids are really cute, but a lot of work. Matt and I both decided we can wait a long time before having our own. If not for scaring you away from parenthood, what are nieces and nephews for? :D

Friday, January 30, 2009

1/2 Ton, Baby!

This is it. Our new truck, a '95 GMC 1/2 ton Sierra 1500 . Matt's truck. I'm not sure that I'll be driving it that often.

We bought a '99 Ford Taurus on Craigslist about a year ago for super cheap because he had to replace the head gasket. It was a good little car. Unfortunately, he was driving to work a few weeks ago when one of his co-workers slid through a stop sign about a block from their work and t-boned him on the passenger side. It was not too big of a deal, no one was hurt, but it left a huge dent on the side of the Taurus. Totaled! We had every intention of going back to being a one-car family, but then Matt found the listing for the aforementioned truck in the KSL classifieds. He was pretty excited.

The problem was his co-worker's insurance company. It's called Kemper Insurancer or something. And they were ridiculous to work with. It was one problem after another until they told us they would overnight the check on a Friday. That meant we should have gotten it Monday, right? Tuesday morning Matt calls to say we hadn't gotten it. The woman looks. Oh, she had messed something up and it hadn't even been sent out. He calls again on Wednesday to find out who will deliver it and if there's a tracking number. The woman has absolutely no idea. We finally got the check on Thursday.

Long story short, Matt got the truck of his dreams, and I'm just happy we didn't have to go back to sharing a car : )

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Christmas Report...Finally

First of all, I lied. I know, I know. It's a horrible thing to do. I really meant to take pictures of the food I made for Christmas dinner, but by the time the turkey was ready we just wanted to it didn't happen. I'm no master chef though, so I promise you're not missing much.

However, I do want to report that Megan helped me find a website with directions for cooking the turkey. This website was extremely helpful, and I produced an amazingly moist and delicious turkey. You should check it out.

As for other activities during the holidays, we went snowmobiling that Friday. The area where we went had just gotten 12 feet of snow in the 24 hours before we got there, so we weren't allowed to go very far up the mountain. The snow wasn't packed down well enough. So here's the story...

Just sit right back and you'll read a tale,

a tale of a fateful trip.

That started near a mountain top
Aboard some mid-sized snowmobiles. (A stretch, I know)

The driver was a mighty driving man (Matt),
The passenger brave and sure (that's me!).
Eight participants set out that day

For a two hour tour, a two hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,

The snow was really deep,
When we reached the top of the mountain, high,
Our fuel gauge then read "E".

Sorry, I don't think I can keep that up any longer. So we're up at the top and can't get our snowmobile to start again. Matt and I both think it was out of gas, but our tour guide claimed there was plenty. Regardless, all 6 men that were in the group stood around taking turns trying to pull-start it. They tried for half an hour. To no avail. So who had to ride three on a snowmobile? Matt and his parents. Who had to ride on the guide's snowmobile? Me. Then we're within minutes from the lodge when the other 3 snowmobiles are nowhere in sight. The guide tells me to get off while he drives the snowmobile in a circle to turn it around and find them. He drives it into a lot of unpacked snow and gets his stuck too. Very stuck. We left with 5 snowmobiles and came back with three. We had fun anyway. I started playing in the snow during the 30 minute wait at the top and was able to sink far enough in the snow that it came up to my chest. It was pretty entertaining trying to get out of that too.

If you ever get a chance to go snowmobiling, I definitely recommend it!