We’ve also had a lot of free time to watch movies and hang out with our friends lately. A few months ago (can it be so long?) we had some people over to decorate T-shirts, which was absolutely a blast! We bought paint supplies at Hobby Lobby and prepared for a night of Youtube videos, homemade funnel cake, and general splendor. I’m not going to say I love the people here in our ward, but I really love the people in our ward, and when they move away, we may just have to follow them in a creepy way.
Here are some photos from this past school year so far:
Our Halloween Extravaganza and Haunted House (we really did go to a student-run $1 haunted house, although our apartment was pretty spooky too)
|Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox|
|Mike and I as Clark Kent and Louis Lane (undercover superheroes)|
|Our good friends, the McQuays as Mario and Peach|
|More friends, the Pattersons as Peter Pan and Wendy|
|Trevor Blumel and Date as Rock Stars (I think Trev was Lady GaGa?)|
|The Hilarious Leavitts as a vampire and Red Riding Hood (with snacks!)|
Then Christmas time snuck up on us. I loved gettting to spend the holidays up at Mike's parent's house partly because Jane is such an AMAZING cook. I gained a full two pounds over the holidays, and you can chart that! Mike and I also got to be in charge of the family nativity this year, which was fun for all the nieces and nephews. Overall, it was the best first-married-Christmas ever!
|Before presents, Mike shows his guns in his old bedroom|
|Santa got a little creative with my stocking this year because Mike and I didn't have time to buy our own real stockings.|
|Mike's stocking stuff was just laid out on the table|
|Leather-bound "the Messiah Series"|
We got to drive out to Colorado after Christmas to visit my family and go snowshoeing with them, which was super fun.
Here's some pics of our T-shirt painting party
So all of my visiting teachers, teaching companions, one of the couples my husband home teaches, and a few more of our close friends are or have been pregnant recently, which is a plus! Most of our other friends are getting engaged, heading on missions, or traveling out of the country for other reasons. It’s fun to see such growth periods in the lives of those around us, and exciting to know that while we’ll all end up in different places, we can all share in experiences while we’re here at BYU. We’ve had some one-of–a-kind experiences from seeing the festival of colors, to scavenger hunt dates, to concerts, football and basketball games, and family game nights. This past Saturday, we invited our friends, the Killins, to come donught dumpster diving with us.
Around 10:00pm, we staked out the local Krispy Kreme with one thing on the brain…donughts. When the coast was clear, we popped up into the trash and began our search. Usually, they take the extra boxes of day-old donughts, place them gently in a trash bag, and stick them in the dumpster, but after having no luck finding these treasures, we were spotted! Enrique (code name) the ‘Kreme employee found spotted us among our futile attempts to duck and weave ourselves into the camoflauge of donught crap and began laughing. As we helped him heave his fresh load into the dumpster, we made friends and he generously offered us a bag of perhaps 100 untouched, slightly stale donughts, and we accepted. To this day, we have a couple bowls of doughnuts left….Mission accomplished.
In other news, my little brother was ordained an Aaronic priest, and my younger sister Paige recently lettered in Cheerleading back at Skyline. So proud of them both!!! They are really doing some amazing things while I’m in my dance classes learning about how to form my body into cooked and uncooked spaghetti noodles and performing to Haiku’s. I really do love my modern dance class, though, and will be sad when it’s all over.