Sunday, October 30, 2011


This weekend we ran in the Provo Halloween Half Marathon. We have tried to be diligent at training and getting ready for this race, but after a long day of work, the last thing we have wanted to do is run.

This race was such a process - we had to drive down to Orem on Friday night to pick up our packets. On Saturday, we woke up at 4:40 am (ya heard) and drove back down to Orem, where we were herded onto busses. The busses took us up Provo Canyon near Sundance and dropped us off. There was a giant tent set up a field, where thousands of us waited 2 hours for the race to start. 

It was freezing cold and not even the 50 porta-potties were enough for this crowd. All of the sudden everyone needed to use the bathroom before the race, and it was about to start. I barely made it through, found Tanya, got my ipod, threw our bag onto a truck, and the race began. We ran with Tanya's dad and little brother Court. I got separated from everyone right away and was not ready to start. Tanya ran with her dad and Court was ahead and smoked us all!

This race is fun because everyone dresses up for Halloween. It was crazy to see some of the costumes that people ran 13 miles in!
Tanya's mom and brother and my mom and sister were there to cheer us at the finish line
I always said I wanted to do a marathon, but after this . . . I'm not so sure (my face courtesy of Jozie Curtis)

The scenery was amazing and it slowly started to warm up as we ran and the sun did its thing. We ran down the canyon, through fall leaves and mountain views, past Bridal Veil Falls, and ended at Riverwoods.

For my work Halloween party on Friday I was Kanye West

On Saturday night (while hobbling around like elderly people on account of the race) we met up with Gentry at our latest obession . . . Sub Zero Ice Cream. Gent is moving back to Oregon and we are already missing her brains out. Tan and Gentry were roommates in Hawaii almost 5 years ago and have been close ever since. They love all things Roxy, music, the beach, and snowboarding. A Hussies reunion trip is already in the works for Tan's Spring break 2012. We love you G-try! 

Monday, October 24, 2011


This past weekend Tanya had Thursday and Friday off of work for UEA Break. We were in desperate need of a mini vacation, so we headed south to St. George. We enjoyed 4 days of Summer weather, relaxation, and time alone. We love a good road trip, and this one was great (minus the 2 hours of stop-and-go traffic south of Provo. It was taken down to 1 lane for construction and they weren't even working on it. Thanks UDOT!)

Our long weekend consisted of sleeping in every day, lazing around, eating out, shopping, going to a movie, swimming and hot tubbing, and movie nights. 

We also went hiking at Red Cliffs.

There's a part where you have to hold onto a rope and use the foot holes, or else you will fall in the freezing water!

We went to the St. George Temple

And we went to the driving range and hit some balls

Now it's back to the grind . . . .

Saturday, October 22, 2011

You're 50!

This past week my dad turned 50! For his gift I put together a book with 50 reasons why we love him and included pictures from his life. In my search I found some cute ones that I had never seen before.

I love my dad! I am so lucky to have such a kind, patient, funny, and loving father. Congratulations dad! You're 50!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thai Lotus

This weekend we went to a new Thai restaurant . . . an amazing new Thai restaurant. It was a hole in the wall but it was really good. We met up with my friend Tania from college and her husband Alex. They went to Thailand about 9 months before we did - they were actually the ones that helped talk us into going there. It was fun to reminisce about what an amazing country it is. If you love Thai food, I highly recommend Thai Lotus, you won't regret it.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hot Cocoa

Tonight was wear your slipper socks and stretch pants to 711 and curl up with hot coco while watching shows with your love kinda night.

and yes, I apologize for the outfit.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Fall is my most favorite season. I love the weather, I love the smells, I love the holidays and the food that are associated with it. I love that fall reminds me of school supplies (I have a secret love for school supplies - maybe this is why I always wanted to be a teacher?) I also love that it reminds me of wearing sweaters, boots, and scarves. This year fall is even more special because I didn't get one last year. I know it was only one year and I was in paradise and I could smell the ocean from my kitchen buuuuut I still missed it. I even tried to decorate our shack for Halloween, but it just felt wrong. This weekend we did lots of fall-ish things.

On Friday I made banana bread and we watched our shows. . .  Another thing I love about fall is that all of our shows return! Happy Endings is the funniest show on TV. There I said it.

On Saturday night I hung out with my mommy. We did fall pedicures and made a craft together. It was fun to hang out while the boys were at their meeting.

This witch block represents my one and only Halloween decoration. When I was little, I loved helping my mom decorate for Halloween - in fact, it was tradition to do it during Saturday General Conference. Now that we are here to stay in Utah I can start my collection. Rod thinks it's silly and typical, but I think it's fun.

Conference was wonderful as usual. I love listening to the words of wisdom that somehow always turn out to be exactly what I needed to hear. 

Welcome Autumn.