Monday, December 21, 2009

What Married People Do For Fun?

Mix Pazookie with Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog to Celebrate the Season

Play intense games of Monopoly until all hours of the night

All the while trying to keep the swears to a minimum and keep their friendships intact.

As the hotels just kept popping up and ruining people's lives, gloating reached an all time high and lives were destroyed at the roll of a dice.

Oh, and then there's this.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Tanya is officially a college grad!!! This sign says it all . . .

After Tanya finished her last final, moonwalked out of there overthrowing desks, and peeled out of student parking for the last time, we met up with both of our families at the Spaghetti Factory for a celebratory dinner. Everyone wore red, everyone ordered up a storm, and bliss was definitely to be had.
Rod's parents were there . . .

Tan's family was there . . .

Including her aunt and uncle and cousins . . .

Of course we got Krunk off of Italian sodas . . .

Sterling's perpetual year-round tan was not passed onto me

Hanging around in Santa's sleigh

Since the Tapps were all together and already wearing red, we took a family Christmas card photo

Congraddzzzzz Tannie!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

1 Year

We've been so busy with school we haven't kept up very well on our blog, but Tan and I recently celebrated our 1 year anniversary!! The time flew by, I can't believe we've been married that long. I can't wait for many, many, many (unlimited) more years to spend with my BFF!

We made it an all weekend affair. Any excuse to party it up, right?

We decided to class up the joint and go to The Roof. Tanya had never been there and I hadn't been since junior prom, but I remember it being really good. It didn't disappoint. The food was great and we got to eat unlimited amounts of Mahi Mahi (to reenact the large amounts we had at our wedding dinner on Oahu)

And don't forget the dessert buffet

Our seats were right at the window and this was our view of Temple Square. Very pretty

The next day we continued to celebrate by going to lunch at Pounder's Hawaiian Grill.

And yes, I got the Hukilau Burger, complete with fried egg and Spam. Soooo good!

Of course Martinellis were involved . . .

And cackling to boot

And although Tanya sold her wedding dress, she kept the veil and just had to make sure it still fit. It did, and she looked darls.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Update Overload

Wow! We somehow got really busy this last month (something about work and school and holidays and stuff). Time for a major update!

Just kidding! Our fetus doesn't drink Starbucks, he hates chain coffee shops. Just kidding, there is no fetus b/c we're not even close to having childrets.
Tanya will graduate from the University of Utah in 2 weeks! She is extremely excited and extremely ready to never commute to that campus again. I (Rod) am very proud of her.

We had a very fun Halloween with our BFFs Curtis and Ashley. We totally went to a cool married kids party and it was classy and fun and there wasn't a slutty outfit in sight (except for a couple of scantily clad trolls). We topped the night off by going to the downtown Dee's at 1 am. Definitely worth staying up for!

I (Rod) was offered a job yesterday to do all the online marketing for a singer named Lindsay Aline. She is an up-and-comer and i think it's going to be really good experience. It pays twice as much as my internship that I've been doing all fall. Today I was let go at my internship (well, not hired on like I thought I would be). Everything happens for a reason and I'm just so glad I got a new job before, or I might be freaking out. I was let go by email (ghetto) but I'm at peace with it and know there are better things out there for me. Next stop - managing Lady GaGa's Twitter and Facebook accounts!

Just a quick note that this time last year we were on Oahu with both of our entire families, staying in a giant house with a 10 person jacuzzi, no finals ahead, trying to scramble and find a place on the North Shore to have our wedding dinner, eating matsumotos, and getting ready for the best day of our lives. I can't believe we've almost been married a year!

We are so excited for Christmas. We were lucky to get some festive decorations from Tanya's mom and our little apartment really feels like home with the fire burning as we drink hot chocolate and play Christmas music.

We had Thanksgiving at Tanya's parents' house with her dad's family and then we went to St. George for the weekend with my family. We went swimming and did lots of black friday shopping (at a reasonable hour of course). We also got to watch lots of movies like Finding Nemo, 13 Going on 30, Star Trek, My Sister's Keeper, Cheaper By the Dozen, Blades of Glory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the newer one) and lots of Planet Earth. Way more feel-good movies than I'm used to, but good stuff.

We hope everyone else is doing well too!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Is it May Yet?

We are very happy.
This is why:

Tanya will be a college graduate in approximately 7 weeks. She has been working really hard and is happy that she will be able to spend the "bad" winter months (January to April) NOT trudging around the UofU campus wearing Uggzz and an over-sized, novelty, fur-lined coat for the first time in years.

Rodney will graduate in approximately 6 months. He was thrilled to stay up until midnight on Tuesday registering for classes at BYU for the very LAST time! After he finishes his last final in April, he will moonwalk out of the testing center, slapping everyone's butt, and pouring diet coke all over everyone.

We will both "walk" and get our diplomas within a week of each other.

And then we will spend 2 weeks HERE

With these goofs
Doing this (I wish we were this good)
And staying here (where the virgin margaritas will flow like water)
And zip-line through this
Vamos . . . . a . . . . Costa . . . . RICA!
is it Mayo yet?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Zumba Anyone?

Let me tell you a story . . .
About 5 months ago I went to the gym in hopes of attending a Pilates class. Little did I know the scheduled had just been changed and Zumba was now being held during that time. I decided to stick it out and try it anyway. It was so much fun! How could it not be? Put me in a room, turn on some loud music, force me to shake my hips, and it's bound to be a good time. I liked this class so much that I chose Zumba for my modality to focus on during my group fitness training class this semester. Then last Saturday I went to an all day Zumba training. I shook my rump for 10 hours and earned myself self the right to be an instructor. I am now certified and looking for a job teaching. You may be asking yourself, "what the heck is Zumba?" Zumba is an aerobic exercise class that uses the music and style of Latin and International dance. It's like going to a party instead of working out. I just want to leave you with two things: First, if you've never taken a Zumba class GO NOW! Second, if you know of anyone looking for a Zumba instructor, tell me!!

Much love, Tan

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Last week Rod and I went on "our hike" up Big Cottonwood Canyon. On the top of this very rock over one year ago Rod asked me to marry him.

It was cold

But the food was classy

And the view was gorg

Right after he purposed we took a picture just like this. Rod cross eyed = pure joy.

And then we lived happily ever after.

I love Fall!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cupcake Fedora Boutique is Officially Open for Business!

That's right!! Our boutique (featured on Etsy) is alive and kickin'! Go here to find your next fashion statement!

And here's a preview of some of what you'll find there

(We're also in the process of adding jewelry and a lot more headbands, which will be added to the shop soon!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Krazy Korn!

So. . . we went on a double date (we set our friend Gent up with my friend Kendall from work) and we had pizza from The Pie (our favorite) and went to the Krazy Korn Maze!

Gentry and Tanya had so much fun running around in the corn. They said the last time they had this much fun searching for clues in a giant field of growing, edible plant life was at the Dole Plantation on Oahu 2.5 years ago (see picture below).

So good.

Thanks to Kendall's iphone we were able to see the map and also google the clues to the questions we had to answer and punch at each post in order to win free bowling passes.

They luff each other.

I eated the Kornzz.

Kendall and I also had fun looking for clues . . . although we didn't get to scare anyone like we wanted to. We really only ran into like 2 other groups of people the whole time.