Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Time is here!

After nearly 9 hours of airplanes and layovers, I am happy to say that Andrew and I successfully surprised my siblings Christmas morning. They had no idea we were coming to Chicago to see them! There were gasps, tears and cheers when we appeared Christmas morning. It was great.

On Friday, the whole family took a trip downtown. We took the 'L', or for those of you who are unfamiliar with Chicago's fine public transportation system, the "elevated rapid transit railroad." It's a lot of fun - especially for suburbanites who don't go downtown much.
When we got there, we visited my dad's office. His whole office has moved down to the company's headquarters right in the heart of the loop next to the Chicago River. Here's a pic of the view from the office.After that, we went and saw the decorations at Marshall Field's....Oh, I mean Macy's. Every year they decorate the storefront windows with scenes from children's stories. In years past they have done stories like Pattington Bear, The Nutcracker, Pinocchio, and Harry Potter. This year, they did their own story about decorating Chicago for Christmas.
After that, we grabbed some lunch, checked out streets where scenes from the Dark Night were filmed, and headed over to Milenuim Park to see the Bean. Of course, it was all foggy and non-reflective because of the weather, but still fun. Then, we went over to Daley Plaza to see the HUGE Christmas tree. Here's our family in front of the tree.
The rest of the week, we did some shopping, played Wii (the family gift), and of course went out for some Chicago Dogs at Portillos. It was great. We had a lot of fun, but got to relax too. (To see more pics, take a look at my facebook album.) Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

I can hardly contain myself!!

So, Christmas is only 3 days away! I'm so excited!

Yesterday, we only had one hour of church because there are hardly any students left in Provo. We had a combined sacrament meeting with 3 wards, and surprisingly, we filled the entire chapel and had to open into the overflow. The meeting was nice, and we had a baby blessing! I always love hearing those. It was fun to see the little babies and toddlers dressed in their Christmas outfits. One little girl was dressed in a little Santa dress and cap. So adorable. After church we took a 3-4 hour snooze. Then we had breakfast (at 2pm!). I made french toast and bacon. Yum! We had a very relaxing day.

Here are the 9th and 10th days of Christmas...
9th Day: Nine scoops of Blue Bell. (A gift card to Outback, where they scoop up blue bell ice cream for a dollar a scoop)
10th Day: Ten fingers massaging. (Back massage)
I'll post the 11th and 12th day soon. It has been a lot of fun to do this for him and I think he has enjoyed it a lot!

Today it is snowing like crazy! I wish I had a good camera so I could take a picture, but it's beautiful!

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hi everyone! Well, today I am making my first post. I feel like it's important to document what's going on in my life - even if I'm the only one that ever sees thses. :)

Today I'm working all day since it's finals week and I am finished taking all my tests. I think I am going to get "A"s or "A-"s in all my classes except one. Also, I got 90% or better on all my finals but one (same class)! That's an accomplishment! So I feel pretty good about that. Plus, the other class is just one credit, so it won't have too big of an impact on my GPA. After this semester, I will take classes until June, then I have my 4-month internship, and THEN I GRADUATE!!! I can hardly wait!

So, now that finals are over, I don't have too much on my plate. Just work and doing stuff around the apartment. I SHOULD be working on thank you notes.... but we all know how much I love doing that.

This Christmas, I am doing the 12 days of Christmas for Andrew. I started the first day on Dec. 13h so that the 12th day of Christmas would fall on Christmas eve. Here are the things I have done so far...

1st Day: A love note in a pine tree. (I placed a love note to him in our Christmas tree)
2nd Day: Two songs from iTunes.
3rd Day: Three-hour Spaghetti (Andrew's favorite dinner!)
4th Day: Four favorite pens (Andrew likes a certain brand of pens, and we were running low)
5th Day: Five buck pizza
6th Day: Six bottled root beers (IBC)
7th Day: Seven cinnamon rolls
8th Day: Eight chicken roll-ups (Andrew's other favorite Dinner)

The whole point of this is to show him how much I love and appreciate him by giving him something he enjoys each day. So far so good! He's loving it!

Well, that's all for now, I'll post some pictures in the near future. Have a good one!