Thursday, December 29, 2011

christmas day

Christmas day was delightful. It was calm, peaceful, fun and serene. I loved that it fell on a Sunday so that we could go to church to listen and sing to all the beautiful Christmas songs and celebrate the reason for the season.

I thought that being away from my family on Christmas day would be incredibly hard. But, it really wasn't. I had an amazing time with the Candlands and I've become so much more comfortable with them. Of course I missed my parents and siblings and grandparents and cousins and such, but I loved spending Christmas with my new family. Especially Brett.

My favorite Christmas gifts:
a new camera (my other one was getting really old and I l.o.v.e. my new one)
Coach "Poppy" perfume (from Brett, my first time having big girl perfume, Poppy smells dellllicious)
a new makeup bag
and many more

Here are some photos of our Christmas:

 O Christmas tree O Christmas tree

all of the following pictures are with my new camera :D


 I got Brett a sexy new shirt

 Aunt Annie spent Christmas with us. She is a doll

 sister Ashley getting new makeup from MAC

 aren't I cute?

 Papa and Mama Candland 

 Brett got a camel back backpack and he loves it 

 Brett opening his new juicer!

 my Poppy perfume. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 Tara made us a quilt. It is g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.

 Brett and me all ready for church

 Christmas china all in place for our festive Christmas dinner

 the roast beast is cooking. yum yum yum yum


Christmas is magical and happy and amazing. It was lovely to spend it with my new husband. Christmas day marked our six month anniversary. How sweet it is to have a loving husband, wonderful new family, people who genuinely love and care about me, and a Savior that was born into the world. I am so grateful for my life and for everything I have. This is the time to be merry, thankful and charitable. Merry Christmas.

i have to rejoice somewhere

I hit my semester goal!

I got a 3.91 this past semester.

Holla Holla!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry . . . I can't keep news like that in.

More Christmas stuff to come.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

christmas adventures

Pre-Christmas day we the Candlands have had a very merry time with the Candland clan.

We have:
played with our friends' new little baby Theodore (sadly I do not have any pictures of that)

made Mama Candland's delicious fudge


done lots and lots of Christmas shopping

seen Sherlock Holmes II (this is hubbie and I in the car after the movie)

eaten lots and lots of yummy food

made lots and lots of treats including oddly shaped sugar cookies (that was my bad)

picked out a family member's name from a hat and gotten stocking stuffers for that person at Target all under $20

went to a crab feast on Christmas Eve at the Candland's family friends' house! It was sooooooo good. 
 look at all that crab! (and they had two of these for every table)


 There house has a gorgeous view over all of Dville.

And watched a lot of Christmas movies including A Christmas Story, Joyeux Noel (about French, German and Scottish regiments in WWI that made a Christmas truce, beautiful beautiful story), Elf, It's a Wonderful Life, Santa Claus and A Christmas Carol.

More on Christmas day tomorrow.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 26, 2011

brandon flowers

I'll blog about our many Christmas adventures tomorrow. We've been having a very, very good time.

But, I must bring to your attention something that I thought was cool.

Brandon Flowers, the singer of the well-known band The Killers has a mormon.org account.

Go here to see it. 

It shows that Mormons come from all walks of life and can have many different types of careers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

i'm sooooooooooooooooooooooo excited!

The Hunger Games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You must watch this. If you haven't read The Hunger Games . . . you should.


california here we come



 Brett and I made the drive to California yesterday.

After eating a whole bag of sea salt and vinegar chips and feeling reeeally sick, listening to a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child on tape, stopping to tinkle many times (okay, who doesn't?), taking long cramped naps, looking up random things on the Internet on our phones to pass the time (did you know that Hosanna means save us o Lord in Hebrew?) and belting Christmas songs and California Here We Come by Phantom Planet we finally arrived at Brett's house.

I can't wait to spend the holiday with his great family . . . even though I will greatly greatly miss my own and the Christmas traditions we hold so dear.

But, that's the beautiful part of marriage: sharing holidays.

Pictures and such to follow.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

christmas is here

finals are done and we can breathe a little.
time for Christmas!

it's next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY!

I want to make Christmas popcorn, go Christmas shopping, drink peppermint hot chocolate, watch The Polar Express and Elf and A Christmas Carol, relaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaax till I'm tired of relaxing, go ice skating, make gingerbread houses, sing Christmas hymns, make cookies for the policemen who have to work on Christmas Eve, read the Christmas nativity scene in the New Testament and all the other yuletide festivities we haven't been able to do thus far.

This semester has whooped my tushy. But it's over! Bring on Christmas and the New Year!


I thought I'd end with a list of my favorite Christmas songs just for fun:
1) O Come O Come Emmanuel
2) The Nutcracker. . . every song
3) Carol of the Bells
4) Do You Hear What I Hear?
5) It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
6) Joy to the World
7) Silent Night
8) O Holy Night
9) The Christmas Song (or Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
10) Angels We Have Heard on High



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ode to education


This semester I had the pleasure of working on the design and editing teams for the BYU Linguistics journal, Schwa. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about InDesign, editing and how a journal runs.

This semester I also took a print publishing class and l.o.v.e.d. it. I designed a logo, phonebook ad, portfolio, newsletter and 50 page book. 

Thus far I am in love with the editing minor and I may have found my chosen career path. I would love to go into publishing. Designing and editing books. That type of stuff. But mainly designing. A job with Deseret Book would be amazing!

I can't look at a book or a journal or a newsletter anymore without noticing and critiquing its design elements.

But I also love my English major and learning all about amazing literature and improving my writing skills. So maybe I'll go to grad school and then get my PHD and become an American and British literature professor and a novelist on the side?

Haha, so maybe I'm still a little torn. But, at least I know I would be perfectly happy being an editor and designer of books. 
I am so happy that I am in school. Even though finals suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck and I still have four more (yes 4, and yes I count final papers as finals) I am so thankful that I go to an incredible university where I get to learn from professionals who know what they're talking about and have an inspiring passion for what they're teaching. I am lucky that I'm in love with my major and my minor. Gah, I am so full of love for learning and education!! ha. 

So nerd I will be because nerds are the best. 

BYU, I will miss you the day I graduate. I don't even want to think about it.


Monday, December 12, 2011

ze weeeekend

Or my weird way of saying the weekend. 


Brett and I had a happy weekend before the complete onslaught of finals. 


On Friday night, Brett had to teach a study review from 8:00 to 10:00pm (bleh!).
I was feeling sick (story of my life, I have been sick so many stinking times this semester, my feeble body is honestly taking over my life) so I stayed home and watched youtube videos and listened to Christmas songs like a lame person. 
Brett was supposed to come home by 10:15 or so, right?
Well 10:15 rolls by, then 10:30 then 10:50 then 11:10. . . and then I start to freak out.
Where is Brett??
What if he's dead??????!!!!!!!
What if he got mugged and is lying on the ground somewhere dying??!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a disclaimer, he wasn't answering his phone the entire time my freak out occurred. 
I think I called him about 30 times and texted him a bajillion times. No answer.
I even called his friends and asked if they had heard from him. 

Maybe it was because I was sick, but I had a legitimate my-hubbie-is-dead break down for about a solid half an hour.
Around 11:45, Brett comes strolling into our apartment and I nearly tackle him to the ground with kisses and big giant bear hugs.
I thought you were dead!
Turns out his phone died and the review session went almost 2 hours over. 
I've never been so happy to see my husband walk through our front door than that night.
Just a funny story I thought I'd share since I know pretty much every wife has been in my same boat.
Maybe not. Maybe I'm just paranoid and bonkers. O well.


Saturday, Brett and I decided that we needed to get to know our ward (a group of people we go to church with) better so we went to our ward Christmas breakfast. At 9:00am. Who schedules a ward party for 9:00am?? No no no. . .Brett and I like to actually sleep on Saturday mornings. Anyway, it was very fun and the company was great.


Saturday night, Brett and I went to the Provo LDS Temple. O how amazing the temple is! It brings such peace and enlightenment and puts everything into perspective.


On Sunday, Brett and I went to the McCloskeys for dinner, games and Christmas activities. I looooooooooooooooooooove having family close by. I've never really had that before and it is just absolutely lovely.


Here's some pictures of us hanging out and decorating the McCloskey's Christmas tree:

 Jessie and Rachel. 

 Brett's been rocking the mustache for a week or so. Excuse me, I mustache you a question. Cracks me up every time.

 Christmas bulb earrings. And Rachel is sporting the adjustment-string-over-your-head high-waisted sweat pants. :D

 Brandon and Jessie trimming the tree.

 Hahahaha. Awkward picture of Brett and I decorating. Love it.


Welp, that was our weekend. 
Good luck on finals for all those who are taking any this week!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

i love homework

I LOVE HOMEWORK I LOVE HOMEWORK I LOVE HOMEWORK I LOVE HOMEWORK.

school is the best school is the best school is the best.


finals are the greatest thing in my life finals are the greatest thing in my life finals are the greatest thing in my life finals are the greatest thing in my life finals are the greatest thing in my life.


This is my new mantra.



Happy Pearl Harbor Day.
May we always remember those who died for our freedom.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

o come o come emmanuel

O Come O Come Emmanuel is my absolute favorite Christmas hymn.
It's powerful and beautiful and rich with exquisite lyrics.

I especially love this rendition of the song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Watch the video.

 How sweet is the Christmas season. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
I love the peace and warmth it brings into my life.
I am grateful for Jesus Christ who suffered and died for my sins and knows and loves me personally.
I am grateful that He lived and taught on this earth. 

Christmas is in 19 days!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Around the World

Last night I saw Christmas Around the World.
By myself, yep. Don't hate.
I bought my ticket at about 7:15 and the show started at 7:30 and I still got a second row seat. 
Wahoo! That's what you earn from going to a show by yourself.


Christmas Around the World is the annual Christmas dance show produced by the 
BYU Folk Dance Department.
It is i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e. and spiritual and happy and entertaining.
Seeing all of the dancers perform made me ridiculously nostalgic.
This is the first year of my college career that I have not danced in Christmas Around the World.
Dancing in that show has been one of my favorite and most treasured memories from BYU.


The show was fantastic. I really liked the Indian (with a dot not a feather) dance, the flirty pioneer dance (good job BackPac), the Israeli wedding dance (the men balance wine bottles on their heads and do all of these intensive dance moves), the clogging number (if you have never clogged, by golly you should do it. It is one of the most fun dance styles there is in my opinion. . .and I've done a lot of dance styles), the Irish hard shoe dance, and of course the final dance, Hopak (a Ukranian dance where the men do a bunch of flips and tricks). This is the first time that I've seen the show from the perspective of the audience and as an audience member I was thoroughly impressed.There is so much talent at BYU.


Seeing the show made me think of my years in folk dance. Ok ok, yes folk dance is very dorky, but it is immensely fun to do and the people are extremely nice. So who cares if it's not the coolest thing in the world?? I don't!


These are the years I was in Christmas Around the World/folk dance (warning, this will be a picture overload):

 My partner, Abram, and I had a Russian duet. He didn't always look this unhappy haha.






 Homecoming Parade! We danced down all of the streets. . .it was a mile and a half. We were pretty tired by the end.






I miss it I miss it I miss it.



Friday, December 2, 2011

san diego san diego san diego

For the rest of our time in San Diego we:

Went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This place is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. We used to always go here during Christmastime and look at the wild animals and the Christmas lights.





On the Safari. My skin really is super white. yuck yuck yuck.

 
Giraffes!!!


 We saw a cheetah run! It was sooooooo fast! This picture was taken after the cheetah sprinted as the zookeeper feeds the cheetah. Cheetahs are b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. They are definitely my new favorite animal.



Went to a luxury movie theater called Cinepolis with leather reclining love seats, gourmet menus, waiters, really high tech 3D glasses, and a very high definition screen. I've never been to one of these luxury theaters before and it was so nice. We saw Hugo. Loved it! Such a cute movie. Go see it!




After the movie, we ate at a new restaurant called Urban Plates. It was to die for!! If you're ever in Carmel Valley, hit up Urban Plates. So fresh and delicious.


 My scrumptious ahi tuna nicoise salad. yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum.

Brett's bbq chicken, mexican salad. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


We also went to la playa! iFue divertida!





It was such a gorgeous day that we had to take advantage of it by going to the beach.
There is something soothing about the beach/the ocean. I want to live by the ocean again when I'm older. Possibly even have a beach house!

We also had Nana and Poppop over for dinner and I saw my good friend from high school, Dana!


Dana, my little Jewish gem! It was great to see her. (this is a shout out to you Dana if you're reading this)


(these pictures taken about a year ago.)

So that was our grand Thanksgiving holiday! 

Hopefully this weekend Brett and I will get a Christmas tree! Christmas is a-comin'!