Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I spent my first semester of college at the BYU London Center for a study abroad with the art department.
What a neat experience! I made great friends and had such a blast studying art in London, Paris, Prague, Berlin, and other cities in the U.K.
New Zealand is simply breathtaking. I cannot wait to go back someday!
At the very end of my junior year I found out I was pregnant. I was so nauseous with morning sickness during my finals!
Luckily, I only had a few more classes to finish up, so I could fit my final credits in before the arrival of the baby. My senior year has been great! I had my final BFA art exhibit in October (see my art blog for more details). Once that was over, the semester wasn't bad at all. I just had a few last classes to wrap up, but it was a far easier semester than my past years.
I have LOVED my time at BYU. I feel soo blessed to have attended this university and to have been able to graduate. I have learned such a great deal these last few years, and I'm so grateful for this wonderful educational experience!
Monday, December 15, 2008
One other thing worth noting: Josh got the pins out of his finger this afternoon. Finally! He is soo glad to have them out. The pin going down the middle was about two inches long and the side pins are shorter. Yes, he kept all three pins and brought them home from his appointment. Don't be surprised if he pulls them out of his pocket and shows them off the next time you see him!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
(You gotta love Marie's festive Thanksgiving sweater vest!)
This is the cute "diaper cake" that Rindi made for the shower. I loved it! Rindi went to soo much work with all the shower games and plans! Thank you!!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The most awkward part about the cast is giving a hand shake. When someone extends their hand to me I have one of three options: 1) Hold up my right hand showing the obvious dilemma, and then repeat the elevator conversation above. 2) Shake their right hand with my left hand. (Looks weird and feels weirder) 3) Do option one above only to have them extend me their left hand and make some cheesy joke, at which point I want to break one of their fingers.
There’s also the ridicule that comes from telling someone I broke my finger playing football when at which point they inevitably ask “tackle or flag”. I despise that question. I wish it had happened during the former but it didn’t. Then I think about a kid I once knew who through his back out while sneezing. Seriously, he really did. That makes me feel better.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Josh was in a big football tournament on Nov. 1st and he came home with a really swollen and bruised finger. I convinced him that it was probably just jammed...but it was definitely broken! Oops. (I feel really bad.) When the pain and bruising didn't go down, he saw a regular doctor and then a hand specialist yesterday, who told him he would need surgery asap. Poor guy! The surgery needs to be done within 7-10 days of the accident, so they fit Josh in and did it this morning. Everything went well and Josh is doing great. (That might change when the numbness in the hand wears off!) I was hoping he'd be funnier after he woke up and came out of it, but he was pretty normal and coherent. No funny stories to share. Oh well. He has three pins through his finger, holding the bone into place, but he'll get those taken out in a month. And then he'll just do some sort of physical therapy to get his range of motion back. He also has to wear a sling and an ice pack until the weekend, which he's not too happy about. The sling definitely draws more attention to him than just the wrapped finger! This whole thing has become quite an ordeal! And we found out that his surgery will cost us as much as the big total cost of my labor! What a lovely (cough) surprise. I guess it's a good thing we're so loaded.
A special thanks to Grandpa and Grandma Tueller and Aunt Carolyn for helping us to and from the hospital, since our car is still in the shop until the weekend. We are soo grateful to live so close to family! They're not the only family members we've been bumming rides off of these last two weeks! Thank you!!!
One nice bonus of the surgery was Josh's new pair of fuzzy hosiptal socks. They've improved since the last time I had a surgery! I guess hospital socks now have grips on both the bottom and top of the sock. Not bad.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
(3) We don't have any big plans this week that require a car.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Josh and I went up to Sandy last night and were soo glad to see him all dressed up. I know I'm biased because I'm his sister, but you've got to agree that it's a pretty awesome costume! Atta boy Logan!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Or... we will find an honest, knowledgable mechanic that can actually fix the problem for us!
Or... we will have a second car, so we don't have to rely entirely on the ten-year-old Acura!
Or better yet... we will be rid of the Acura completely and we will have two beautiful, reliable cars that will get us where we need to go without any finger crossing or silent prayers!!!
But until then, we will continue to enjoy (cough) the adventure of student life with a struggling little car! And if this is the worst of our troubles than we really have nothing to complain about.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
1 roll (about 12 oz.) of Jimmy Dean sausage (I use original flavor)
1 onion, diced
5 cups beef broth
1 cup water
1 (28 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced carrots (I just buy the pre-cut matchstick carrots)
1/4 t. basil
1/4 t. oregano
1 (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce
1 T. parsley
Brown the sausage with the onion. Then transfer to large stock pot. Add the other ingredients and bring to a boil then turn down to low and simmer until the carrots are tender. (This usually takes about 30 min.)
2 chopped zucchini
1 (8-12 oz.) bag of tortellini (I use the frozen kind and just let it sit out for 20-30 minutes so it's not quite so frozen when I put it in.)
Then simmer for another 20-30 minutes.
1.5 - 2 cups of matchstick carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 chopped onion
2 t. tarragon
2 t. thyme
2 t. basil
1 t. garlic salt
1/2 cup water
Bring to a boil, then turn on low when onion and celery and turning clear. (5-10 minutes)
Then pour in:
1/2 cup flour
1 T. chicken granules
1/4 cup sugar
1 (46 oz.) can of tomato juice (not V8, just the straight tomato juice.)
1 (28 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
Let that simmer on med or med-low for about 20 minutes.
2 cups of half and half
Stir that in and then you're done!
Dissolve 2 T. yeast and 1-2 T. sugar into 1.5 cups of warm water.
Let that rise for 5 minutes.
2 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
3 cups flour
Knead into a smooth ball. (You may need to sprinkle a little more flour). Let rise for 15 minutes. Then roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into strips.
Melt 3-4 T. butter or marg. in a jellyroll pan. Dip breadstick strips into melted butter on both sides and then fit them all onto the jellyroll pan. I like to add parmesan cheese, garlic salt, parsley, etc. on top of them.
Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The next night we went to Sizzler with my family after the BYU game for Jae's 24th birthday. Josh was soo happy to have steak two nights in a row! It was fun to be with family and to celebrate Jae's big day.