Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Little Out Of Place

For our first weekend of the new year, Joe and I went to the Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors game. It was one of the Christmas presents I gave to Joe and it was so hard to keep it a secret. Anyway, we made a whole day out of this event. We rode the train into San Fran to do some shopping at the huge Westfield Mall and ate dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Then we rode the train into Oakland for the game. (P.S. the train is SO much easier than driving! I love not paying for parking or dealing with the crazy traffic and congestion. I don't think I'll ever drive into the city again.)
Waiting for our train. My first time riding the BART!
Such a handsome husband.
Anyway...back to the game. It was a blast. Joe and I were 2 out of maybe 4 Jazz fans in the entire arena. No exaggeration. It was super awkward to be the ONLY ones cheering, but it also made it really fun. We got lots of dirty looks but that just made us cheer louder. It was a close game and the Jazz ended up pulling ahead at the very end; the won by one point. It was awesome, but we kept our celebration to a minimum so we wouldn't get beat up by angry (drunk) fans. (There was a minute when I thought we might, those fans were NOT happy.) Such a fun day.
Apparently we got to the game a little early (30 minutes...). Eventually it filled up.
This was the half-time show. 4th graders, all Asians, soooo cute & funny.
And then we came home to find this parked in front of our apartment. This is clearly a very nice Mercedes...
Nothing but classy.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Holiday Highlights

I miss Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the holidays:
  • We chose to drive home to Utah instead of flying so our trip began at 6am on the 23rd. Believe it or not, I really enjoyed the drive (probably because I only drove for 2 of the 12 hours...thanks Joe!) Anyway, I thought it was really fun and we were blessed with great weather. We did have to take a detour near Reno because of a crash but it took us around the north tip of Lake Tahoe (which I had never seen) so it wasn't all bad.
This was the best picture I could get of the lake because someone refused to slow down.

  •  Christmas Eve morning we went to breakfast at Little America with Joe's family - an annual tradition that I am extremely supportive of.
Little America with Joe's cousin James and his brand new wife, Chelsey!
  •  Christmas Eve is also Lindsay's birthday so we always try to do a big celebration for her. My mom makes the most delicious prime rib dinner and then we all play games and laugh til we cry.
  • Every Christmas Eve, Joe "plays Santa" for Elder Andersen's family party so I went along and played Santa's helper. He's such a great sport and he did a great job.
Love me some Santa...
  • We slept at my parent's house that night and did Christmas morning with my family. It was an early start with so many little kids in the house but so worth it. I asked Kayden if he heard Santa during the night and he said "No but I saw Rudolph and guess what? His nose really does shine that bright! Then I saw Mrs. Claus...she came down the chimney to get the carrots for Dasher and Dancer because they're the best leaders." Never a dull moment with that boy. 
  • Joe and I spent the rest of Christmas Day opening our gifts from each other, going to church with Joe's family, opening presents with them, and eating a delicious turkey dinner. We are so blessed to have such great families that spoiled us rotten.
  • The day after Christmas I went shopping with Marci and my mom, a tradition we've done as long as I can remember. When I was younger I used to be just as excited for after-Christmas shopping as I was for Christmas Day. We found some pretty good deals and had a lot of fun.
  • That night Joe and I headed up to Logan to hang out with our friends up there and to eat at Cafe Sabor - one of our fav's. 
  • The next day was a girl's day with Jenny including lunch and pedi's. That night I went to dinner with Jenny, Kristi, and Megan and was once again reminded how much I love my friends. I love seeing them but it makes me so sad that I don't get to hang out with them regularly. I'm especially sad that I won't be around when Kristi has her baby :(
  • The rest of our visit was filled with friends, family, laughing, sickness, home cooked meals, playing games, italian sodas, lack of sleep, sushi, shopping, crafting with Marci, and spending much-needed time with nieces and nephews. We finally got to see Eliza - Joe's sister's darling new baby. Unfortunately, we didn't get to spend as much time with her as we would have liked due to both of us being sick. She is so sweet and adorable though. My house was crazy with Kayden, Koby, Alta, and Mila but we loved every second of it. 
Welcome home hug from Koby. He's not a cuddler, so this is quite the gesture. Brought tears to my eyes.
Kayd. He's getting way too big :(
Kayden and Joe - they would play together all day if they could.
Kisses from Koby
Cute baby Mila. Such a cutie.
Joe's bff's.
Look at the sweet face...
For the Italian Cream Sodas. I'm addicted.
The hubs. Love him.