Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter Stay-Cation

Something grander than the Royal Wedding (in my book) made headlines this past week…Mike’s sister Ruth had her baby boy !!!!  About two weeks ago, Ruth was life-flighted out to the University of Utah Hospital when her water broke and she was to give birth at 32 weeks (about 6 weeks premature).  We had planned on getting to spend Easter with them in Rock Springs, but with this little surprise, we ended up staying with Mike’s family out in SLC where we got to shop, go to the AMAZING Tucano’s Brazillian Grill, and of course play games in the hospital with the Casey’s.  Anyways baby Broden Steve Casey was born this past week and he’s been doing just great, breathing on his own, and he’s got the sucking thing down! (I’m told this is significant).

So we replaced our vacation with a stay-cation, equally as exciting.  On Sunday we attended my aunt and grandparent’s ward in Kaysville and came back to their house for an Easter feast!  The Easter Bunny knew we would be at their house, my four-year-old cousin Mary informed me, "because he knows everything."  She told me he was “thissss small” (pinching her fingers together and squinting) and that he had pink skin, not fur.  You learn something new every day.  It was so nice to be with family over the holiday, and we can’t wait for more cool stuff with them this weekend!

Oh!  In other news, it pains me to announce that the BYU 169th ward is no longer, which is the European version of saying our ward is no more (much like how they spell ‘theatre’ and ‘colour’ wrong).  BYU is trying to consolidate five married student stakes into three, which means we get the experience of getting to start over in a new ward.  Blessing?  Possibly.  Curse?  Likely.  (just kidding....but seriously).  We hope we can stay friends with all of the excellent people not in Harmony Square as they move to Africa or across campus, and that we can make new friends just as easily, or buy their friendship with doughnuts. 

More to come on AWESOME Women’s Conference week, and my Grandpa’s 70th Birthday party tomorrow! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We Made It to 9 Months!!

This past weekend, Mike and I "made it" to our 9 month anniversary, which I must say, is slightly significant.  That is exactly the length of time we dated before we got engaged, not to mention the time it takes for baby's to come about (generally).  Which means we've been together for longer than most of the people on reality TV!!!  So I took an idea from a friend and wanted to post about Mikey-cheeks.  Here goes:

100 Things I love about Mike:
1.      I love the way laughs out loud
2.      He has cute facial hair
3.      He can strike up a conversation with anyone
4.      He has magnificent hands and feet (I have a fetish)
5.      He writes me songs and has a beautiful singing voice
6.      His natural musical talent on the guitar
7.      His ability to see the big picture and keep me on track
8.      He loves to learn and gets excited to tell me about “tickling cells” in the cancer research lab or the “polarity of soap” when we’re in the shower
9.      His deep voice
10.  He tucks me into bed when I fall asleep on the couch
11.  He can reach the top shelves
12.  He’s a sporty guy!  I love watching him play football
13.  He tickles and teases me
14.  He always touches me sweetly, holds my hand and plays with my hair
15.  Everything he owns has a neat little place (his chapstick pocket, his wallet, his one zebra pen in his scripture bag) and I know where every item is at all times
16.  He is so happy all the time
17.  He helps me finish my meals
18.  He loves talking to me
19.  I love talking to him
20.  He supports all of my wildest dreams
21.  He knows how our car works
22.  He’s responsible
23.  On school days, he eats a banana and Corn Flakes for breakfast, peanut butter and jelly sandwich and applesauce for lunch, and whatever I make for dinner
24.  We LOVE cooking things together
25.  He’s my best friend
26.  He is dedicated enough to study his guts out for Ochem, lay in the snow to tie a tow rope to our car, and walk in the pouring rain to Smith’s for groceries
27.  He is a great judge of character
28.  Those who know him, love him
29.  He’s won over my family and had the privilege of driving grandpa’s ‘vet
30.  His calves look like baseballs
31.  He made me paper flowers for Valentines Day!
32.  He gives sweet kisses
33.  He knows all the words to some cleaner rap songs and it drives me CRAZY when he spouts them out (in a good way)
34.  All the kids love him including all his nieces and nephews and my cousins
35.  He works hard at everything from bailing hay to the Weed and Pest to his studies
36.  He’s a country boy at heart, but he has city in him
37.  He was the employee of the month!!!!
38.  He drove me to my 7:00 am class all semester
39.  He offers to have me come along to the gym when I’m feeling chunky
40.  His likes to talk strategy with Trev for “Robo-defense” on his phone
41.  He loves leather-bound books
42.  He’s working so hard to get into medical school
43.  He always opens the car door for me
44.  He likes to wake board
45.  He is a MAN!
46.  Everyone from his mission tells me “Elder Sanderson was such a great missionary”
47.  He can down enormous amounts of nachos when he’s with friends
48.  He’s used his advanced salesman techniques to get me to actually like the baby name “Gideon”
49.  He is a leader
50.  He likes to snuggle and nuzzle
51.  He respects his parents
52.  He still plays cards with me even when I pull into a 40 point lead in Pounce, haha
53.  He leans down to kiss me
54.  He likes to have me drive his car, which, lets be honest, with my track record is not an easy thing to do
55.  He MC’d his mission reunion for the past couple years and we’ve stayed to make sure his mission president’s wife made it home safe
56.  He genuinely cares about people
57.  He’s an excellent conversational partner
58.  Even though he doesn’t like cats, he’ll let me get one anyways once we have our husky
59.  He makes me laugh!
60.  We have adventures together
61.  He believe s in vegatables
62.  Crabs weird him out
63.  He answers texts like lightning
64.  He doesn’t like to Latin dance, but he still took a class with me!
65.  He sits in the front row of all of his classes
66.  He hates mole hairs
67.  He smells great!
68.  He brushes the hair from my face and plays with my hair
69.  He honors his priesthood
70.  His dimples
71.  He’s the most loyal friend
72.  I love his sweat pants and lounge clothes
73.  He’s an inspiring teacher that makes things easy to understand
74.  He is funny when we argue with a british accent
75.  He can “read people” like nobody’s business
76.  He never wants to settle
77.  He throws himself into new challenges
78.  He has sweet dance moves
79.  He’s very brave
80.  He love’s the gospel and is devoted in his scripture study
81.  He is the spiritual foundation of our home
82.  He likes to look nice
83.  He is a fan of some classic music (including 80’s rock)
84.  He calls our car “the White Night”
85.  He loves mashed potatoes
86.  He wants to stay close to family
87.  He has a heart of gold
88.  He has a great taste in ties
89.  He doesn’t mind shopping as long as it doesn’t take forever
90.  He and I watch lots of epic drama movies together, like Cinderella Man or Inception
91.  He’s very practical
92.  He hardly ever smells like a man
93.  He bought us a recliner chair that I snuggle up in each night
94.  He says he’s peanut butter and I’m jelly, and we’re so happy on our little piece of bread :D
95.  He has the most energy out of most of the people I know over the age of 12
96.  He has great poses in photos
97.  He’s very easygoing
98.  He knows where he’s going
99.  HOTTIE!!!!!
100.                      He’s all mine, and I couldn’t imagine my life without him!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Vidoes, Comedy, and Quirks

Sorry for posting all at once, but it's a "shool" night (as the cartoon character Mega Mind would say it) and I just wanted to put down some videos we've liked lately instead of studying.

First, I must preface this with the thought that this is not generally our lifestyle.  Generally, Mike wakes me up after we've pressed the Snooze button on our three alarm clocks a few times, and we stumble into the living room for scripture study. I always end up trying to get dressed and do my hair about five minutes before class, which, needless to say, means I generally look bewildered and windblown for half the day while Mike looks dashing in his Khaki's for work.  After work and classes, we eat dinner together and either hang out with others or find things like decorating, watching movies or cooking to fill our time before we hit the books until I pass out on the couch and beg Mike to "Just let me sleep here! Leave me, I wanna sleep!"
I actually think I have an incurable disease called "insta-somnia-anywhere-in-the-house", which, being interpreted, means I LITERALLY can fall asleep anywhere and still respond to you as if I'm awake.

This proves useful when we're at a party and I fall asleep during a movie (happens every time) and I'm still able to laugh at appropriate parts or interject funny comments, but I SWEAR it does not come in handy when I fall asleep on a couch in the Women's room on campus. 

Mike, my rock, will never break routine sparing some incredible natural disaster.  He is clockwork in his bedtime duties.. Turn lights out.  Lock door. Brush teeth.  Floss.  Set alarm #1.  Set alarm #2.  (I set alarm #3).  Straighten Bed.  Adjust in bed.  Snuggle.

Any-who.  I'm not sure if you like Jimmy Kimmel, but I must say I enjoy some of the things on his Show.  He's much funnier than Conan or Larry King (not that he's trying to be funny), and straighter than Ellen (although Ellen is stinkin comedic). 

So Jillian Smith is an up-and-coming comedian who Mike and I applaud for being so clean.  He's the perfect dose of random can give you a lift any day.

So, I know this sounds terrible, but Jillian Smith also does this impression he calls "Jeffery" that reminds me so much of something Mike used to do.  Once in a while when we were dating, Mike would drop his shoulders, pull his glasses down on his nose, and pretend to be a handicap boy who would call me "Ashwee" and ask me to hold his hand or be his girlfriend.  I would treat him like I would someone who actually was handicapped, and would lovingly say "sorry Mikey, I can't be your girlfriend.  But I'll be your best friend."  Or something like that.  Once, when we were in Estas, he did Mikey and asked me to kiss him and I told him to stop it, mostly because I wouldn't kiss him when he was acting like that.  He pretended to throw a fit and people were staring at us like I was this terrible person who was mistreating someone with a disability.  Terrible!  But things worked out in the end.  Ah love, you mysterious fiend.

And with that little taste of our QUIRKS, here's some of our favorite musicians, Flight of the Conchords,  not only because they're funny, but because of how they can play.....and the faces they make.

 Happy Monday!

Kids Answer Life's Questions

After family home evening, Mike and I found this in my old seminary notebook and thought that it was HILARIOUS! This is why we someday want to have kids. These are what elementary school-aged children answered to the given questions:  (I just put down some of my favorites)

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the Scotch Tape is.
2. Think about it.  It was the best way to get more people.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. God made mom just the same like he made me.  He just used bigger parts.

Why did God five you your mother and not some other mom?
1.We are related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. They had to get their start from men's bones.  Then they mostly use string I think.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name
2. She had to know his background.  Like, is he a crook?  Does he get drunk on beer?  Does he make at least $800 dollars a year?  Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

What's the difference between moms and grandmas? (This one is my favorite)
1.  You can always count on grandmas for candy.  Sometimes moms don't even have bread on them.

Describe the World's greatest mom: (This one is Mike's favorite)
1.  The greatest mom in the world wouldn't make me kiss my fat aunts

So, a long time ago our friends showed us their favorite video that we've since adopted and loved maybe even as much as they love it.  I hope they don't mind us posting it on our blog as well!

ohhhh children.

Josh Groban Sings Kanye West Tweets

So this is what Mike and I have done during the week to prep for finals thus far:  We've spent probably about five or six hours combined on YouTube and watching our new favorite show, Breaking Bad.  We've made midnight exploits to the supermarket for salad (for Him) and doughnuts (for Me!) and played a "Civilizations" computer game, and after which, being thus mentally exhausted from exerting all study efforts to publish a Google Doc for a religion class, we watched a movie while I decided to blog and tweeze my eyebrows.  
Oh dear.  We really did spend a lot of late nights on campus working our little butts off, so I hope we can say we deserve a hard-earned break! Speaking of nonsense....

Do u evR no sum1 who just texts, tweets, or updates their FB status, like CONTINUALLY and yet, the subject matter is   a l w a y s   something meaningless  like "totally eating cake right now!!"  In all of our YouTube watching, we found a video that I just can't get enough of.  I just love that for as much time as famous people spend making movies, buying purse dogs,  and wearing dark sunglasses at night they always have enough time to post an update.

(P.S.  There is one bad word.  For the edited version, start the video at 1:01)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Our Future Home

I am currently in the process of building our imaginary dream my head.  With the invention of an amazing website called Pinterest (an online virtual photo bulletin board) I spend a lot of time pinning fashion and recipes that I like, home decor, places I want to travel, etc.  Here are a couple things that I like:

The idea of blue and orange in harmony.  These colors are very in right now

a wall-to-wall home library with a view
...on some remote island paradise somewhere