Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Hap Happiest Season of All

I love the Christmas season. The music, the decorations, the lights, family getting together. It is my favorite time of the year. This year we were lucky enough to have our whole family together for Christmas. Unfortunately I was only able to be home for a few days, I had to come back for work, but we had a great time. I flew in Wednesday morning, left my apartment at 4:30 am to be exact. We went to the Farmer's Market, made cake pops (my mom and sisters had already made tons of other goodies) and just spent time together.
On Thursday we took family pictures, Jonny acted as our photographer.
Christmas Eve we had a big dinner, we had the sister missionaries over as well as a few of the older sisters in the ward.
We opened our Christmas Eve presents, PJs of course, and then headed to bed.

It amazes me that even at 23 I still find it hard to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning we woke up and exchanged gifts.
Waiting for the ok to come out.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and spending time together. I had to leave on Monday evening so it was a quick trip but I was so grateful to get to spend time with my family. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful family and to be able to travel to spend time with them. I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas season. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Will it Blend?

Karleigh and I were at Costco Saturday and they had a display for the Blendtec blender. This thing is amazing! It adjusts the speed itself so smoothies are even and smooth. It make ice cream and hot soup! No, I'm not selling it, I just really want one. Karleigh and I were marveling at it. Blendtec in actually based in Orem. I have seen them at Costco a few times but I first learned about the company in my marketing class. The owner makes "Will it Blend" videos. Like this one... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAl28d6tbko They have become a huge YouTube hit. The owner take random stuff to see if it will blend. Golf balls, marbles, iPads, iPhones. Well, at Costco the owner was there. We got a picture with him.
The coolest part was right after this picture we watched him blend that rake. We were amused. video
In case you were wondering there is one thing the Blendtec blender won't blend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9V-goCaua0

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Sweatshirts


A few weeks ago Jonny and I were at WalMart and they had Christmas sweatshirts. We found one with a moose on it and decided we had to get it for Kirstin (moose are her favorite animal.) Then we say one that said "Happy Holly Days" so I had to get it for me since it had my name on it. Then I wanted to get one for Karleigh so the three of us could have Christmas sweatshirts so I found one that had cute candy canes on it. We also got the in 2XL so the would be big and comfy and fit into the ugly Christmas sweater category. I also thought it would be cute to get all dressed up and then put them on and take pictures. So today Jonny was kind enough to act as the photographer for our Christmas sweatshirt photo shoot. Personally, I think we make the giant sweatshirts work.
Mature huh?
This one makes me laugh.
Then of course I made Jonny take some with me. He didn't like wearing Karleigh's belt.

He didn't want a kiss.
Then he decided to attack me with a hug.
I know I put up a lot of pictures but I couldn't choose which ones to use so I just put most of them up.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving

This year Mom and Dad came out to Utah for Thanksgiving. I had to work and flights home for Karleigh were really pricey so they drove out to spend the holiday with us. It was great to have them out here. I did a terrible job taking pictures of Thanksgiving day so sorry for they are lacking. We got dinner started and then went to Harry Potter. We go to a movie every Thanksgiving and every time there is Harry Potter one we see that. I thought it was awesome. Then we enjoyed a delicious dinner and dessert. Our whipped cream with a little pumpkin pie. After dinner it was time to watch Elf and then decorate the apartment for Christmas.
Our Christmas Tree.
I had to work all day Friday but my parents and Karleigh came and had lunch with me. When I got off we went out the Macaroni Grill for dinner. Then we walked around and looked at the lights at the Riverwoods. They were really pretty but it was freezing!
Warming their hands by the fire.
I worked again Saturday. When I got off we watched the BYU/Utah game, which unfortunately we lost. Then we went to dinner and a dollar movie. My parents had to leave early Sunday morning so they headed to the hotel for the night. It was so much fun to have them here for Thanksgiving, and even better I get to see them in less than a month!
Also a cool side note. When Ashley and I showed up to church on Sunday LaVell Edwards was sitting on the stand. He and his wife were the speakers in our ward. After the meeting we said hi and thanked him for his talk but we didn't shake his hand. When we got in the car we were talking about how mad we were that we didn't, so we parked again and ran back in to shake his hand but he was already gone. And yes we do realize it is kind of dorky but we also don't care at all!
It was a great few days and I can't wait to be with the whole family for Christmas.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Catch Up and Cake

I haven't written in awhile. Last weekend we went to the BYU game again. This time we won, by a lot! It is nice to be winning again!
After the game Jonny, Kirstin, her roommate Ariel and I went to Broiler Express. This restaurant has been closed since I moved out to Utah but the building has never changed. The signs have stayed up and everything. Jonny and I have always wanted it to reopen and it finally did! The food was okay but to be honest we probably won't go back.
Now the real purpose of this post...cake! A few weeks ago Karleigh and I were talking to Jonny's roommate Eric and found out his birthday was coming up. So of course Kars and I jumped at the chance to bake a cake. He probably thought we were joking when we said we would make him a cake but of course we weren't. Karleigh found a recipe for zebra cake so thats what we made. The pictures are the best part so here they are...
The birthday boy in the middle.
And the reason it is called zebra cake. We think it turned out well. The pictures don't really do it justice.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

This is Halloween

To start out our Halloween celebration Jonny and I went to a pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkin. We found a pretty good one. At the pumpkin patch they had a mini petting zoo. They had a kangaroo which I thought was awesome.
It was REALLY windy if you can't tell by my hair.
Jonny and I had been trying to decide what to be for Halloween this year and we couldn't come up with any ideas. I finally decided I was going to be a witch but we still had to come up with something for Jonny. Then I came up with a great idea (if I do say so myself.) He should be Mr. Fredrickson from UP! I decided if he was going to be a character from UP! I needed to be one too. So I decided to be Russell instead of a witch. After countless trips to DI, JoAnn's, WalMart, and Michael's and a quick trip to West Valley for a cane, Jonny and I put together what I think are pretty awesome UP! costumes. You can't really tell but Jonny even has his Ellie badge and I'm missing one merit badge. We paid attention to detail.
Katie and Reed had a party at his parents house on Saturday so Jonny and I went there. We played games and watched Young Frankenstein. We had a good time hanging out with everyone. We went and showed Kirstin and Karleigh our costumes. We also had to pick up some groceries so we went to WalMart in out costumes. It was funny listening to everyone figuring out our costumes. "Look at them! I get it they're UP!"
On Sunday Jonny and I made chili and "scones" (I use quotes because we have an ongoing disagreement on what scones are and these are his scones) for dinner. It is an Anderson Halloween tradition. Jonny really did most of it and it was delicious. And of course what would a holiday be without cake pops? I made cake pops and took them to work on Friday. I think that the little Frankenstein's are my favorite. I also made some more for dinner on Sunday along with a cake. What can I say baking is my addiction. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Decorations

I figured I would post some pictures of my Halloween decorations. I'm actually pretty proud of them, I think they turned out well. I made the mistake of going into a store that sells lots of decorations so I bought the cute little BOO sign this year and the little ghost is also a new addition. The decorations that I am most proud of though are the candy corn things. The garland, the little candy corns laying around and the pillow. I made them, by hand, no sewing machine. I just came up with the idea last week and decided to make them. It took forever but I think they are awesome.
I was just going to make the garland but then I bought WAY too much fabric so I used it for the pillow. I still have tons so I think I'm going to make a pumpkin. I'll post pictures if I do. So my apartment is all ready for Halloween now.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Homecoming

Last weekend was the Homecoming game. It really didn't feel like homecoming, probably because I wasn't on campus at all and didn't see any of the activities. I had to work in the morning but I got off in time for the game. It was an awesome "free stuff" day, on the way to the game I found $15 on the ground (yes I kept it, there was no way I would have found the owner), when we got to the game our section had free sports backpacks and visors and then at the end of the game I found some pom poms. The game started out amazingly, the team played really well but it slowed down a little bit but we still won! It was lots of fun.
Smiling after our win. I made the matching "game-day headbands." It was while making these headbands that I dropped a piece of felt cover in hot glue on my thumb giving me a nice, large and very painful blister.