Sunday, September 25, 2011

One Heck of a Weekend

Paige pulled in Friday evening to kick off this party of a weekend.  We started it off with a good "Getting Blasted" session and a Taco Bell picnic. 
After which we enjoyed walking around Rexburg and the busy farmers market. 

After many parking lot conversations, good eats and a movie we enjoyed some good Urick company. Oh, need I tell you how wonderful the movie we saw was? We saw 'Money Ball' starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. I am not one for enjoying the slow game of baseball and even I was in love with the story and the entire concept of the movie. Moral of the story: Go see Money Ball!

Saturday we got down and sandy at the dunes! This time there was no fire which meant no cops were required.  While enjoying the sand we buried Tate and made him look like a midget while Brock made tunnels and alien sculptures. It was quite the grand ole time.

After the sandy fun we headed to DQ for food and had a picnic at Smith park. It was a good day for relaxing in the shade and swinging on the swings.

This weekend, like all, sadly came to a close. Sunday evening Paige headed back home and Monday morning Brock will leave us. We had such a good time laughing and reminiscing with Paigy and Brocky and we can not wait to see the both of you in these exciting upcoming weeks!

Happy new week everyone!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Beginning of Fall

 Today is the first day of fall and I am so excited. I love just about everything that comes with autumn. I especially love the weather, the fall colors and the clothing it calls for. 

We are just so happy to be back in school. 
Okay so all you BYU kids are familiar with the campus clock that tells the hour and plays hymns periodically throughout the day. Well we have joined you in that area. The only thing is, I have no idea where the clock is... well we think its coming from the Taylor quad which is under construction... but I have never seen a clock.
Even though I have no idea where this mystery clock dwells, I have thoroughly enjoyed its music.

This weekend is going to be pretty awesome. Brock and Paige are coming to hang out! This picture is us about a year ago. We are glad to hang out with them as much as possible before Brock leaves for Zimbabwe and we move far away. We just love our Brocky and Paigy time!

Happy Fall and Friday everyone!

Friday, September 16, 2011

First Week of School

This is the first week of our last year of school. With anxieties towards the future we are so excited to be on the last leg of this journey.
Today has been the first day that feels like fall. We woke up to cloudy skies and opted for the car when it started to come down pretty hard. Here it is at 11:00 and it is still going steady.

 Zach has been working as a security guard like he did last year. It is here in Rexburg this time so we have been enjoying pick-nicks in the back of the truck. I even attempted a home made tomato soup with all of our fresh little tomatoes. I think it was a success. 

 While we have been experimenting with new foods, I tried making some homemade Horchata. I thought it was sooo good! I might do a little less sugar next time, but really got close to the real deal.

Happy Friday everyone!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

End of Summer

Our last two weeks in Rexburg before school have been so laid back. We have spent our time lounging around ,watching a few seasons of Friday Night Lights, and episodes of Master Chef.

We have watched our little garden grow and have taken care of our little succulents.
We even got busy and baked! Zach made a delicious apple blueberry breakfast cake, homemade mac-n-cheese and the best crockpot dinner ever. I got busy too, making peach cobbler and cookies that finally came out right!

We took our bikes out Friday to go explore the Rexburg Farmers market. It took us 5 min to walk around the whole thing twice. And since neither of us was hungry we walked away from all the delicious looking treats. It was a nice evening to ride around and enjoy the weather before fall really hits.

We have had such a great summer. We have enjoyed seeing cousins in Utah while celebrating the 4th of July.

We loved celebrating Pioneer Day and spending time with my family in Rexburg.

We had endless amounts of fun on Lake Powell with our good friends Scott and Nikki, as well as the rest of the clan.

We loved every minute we were able to spend with Zach's family in Montana as we hiked, relaxed and laughed.

Between Utah, Idaho, and Montana we have had one fast, but excellent summer. Good luck to everyone who has, or will be, starting a new semester!

I cannot believe it has been a full decade since 9/11. Zach and I both remember that day. I am grateful for a small town that remembers and shows their respect and honor.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

All Good Things Come to an End

Our trip to Montana was obviously full of adventures, but none as random as this young black bear that walked through the yard. This is a picture of it running through the neighbors field. Zach and I got out of the car to go inside, when we saw it only feet away walking through the trees. It was obviously out with a purpose in mind so we didn't bother him in the slightest.
We heard later that it was at the age where the mom kicks it out to go find it's own territory. So we think it came in to town following one of the canals.

Sunday afternoon we enjoyed good weather, excellent food, and cousins. We had a fun time hanging out with the tall and athletic Davisons.

On our journey back to Rexburg we stayed a night with Bruce and Barbara, Zach's grandparents, in St. Ignatius. We had a great time visiting with Barbara and walking with Bruce in this lovely town before they made their move to Utah. We are happy they will be closer to family but sad we won't have a good excuse to visit this beautiful town.

Our last stop before home was in Bozeman to see one of Zach's old friends. We had a great time eating, talking, and enjoying the weather and the great town.

Now we are back home in Rexburg, fall is rolling in and school starts the 12th. It has been one excellent summer to kick off our senior year. We are excited for all the excitement this year will bring and promise to keep you updated on every step of our journey.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Leather and Hiking

 In between our hiking adventures we had some time to relax and work on projects. Zach was able to get his hands on a wood/leather burner and branded his unbranded jeans. 

His dad had leather scraps that Zach turned into a watch band, two key chains and a wallet. I also tried to get creative and made myself a braided bracelet. 

A few days before returning to Idaho we all went on a hike to Hidden Lake just outside of Choteau. The hike was beautiful though steep with its many switchbacks. The reward at the top was breathtaking. 

We got to see more mountain goats at the top. Everything was so green and the water was so clear, I might have gone for a swim if it wasn't so icy. I had so much fun hanging out and hiking with the in-laws, I can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fabulous Food

I have been the worst about making anything more than chocolate milk since we got home. Needless to say we were spoiled by all the wonderful food we indulged in these past few weeks. I just got to eat and relax. Here are the treats I captured in order of deliciousness.

#5 Pizza in Bozeman Montana.
Crust, Red Sauce, Mozzarella, Feta Cheese, Artichoke, and Sausage.

Italian Soda from the Coffee shop. 
Carbonated water, Black Berry Syrup, Cream, Ice, Whipped Cream
Excellent on a warm summer afternoon.


We had pizza in the old brick building and Italian sodas from the glass garage coffee shop on the corner. I loved the feel of little Bozeman Montana. 

#4 The Park Cafe's Home made pies in Many Glacier.
I had a delicious slice of home made peach pie.

#3 Breakfast at the Allen's. Its not fair because I didn't document all of the home made ones from sour dough waffles to Swedish pancakes. Lets just say you eat good with the in-laws.
This, though simple, was one of my favorites. Granola, Raspberries, Bananas and nothing less than 2% Milk.

#2 Taco bus in Salt Lake City. 
One fish taco that blew my mind. I was really hungry but it was an exceptionally filling and tasty little thing.


#1 Made by Summer on Lake Powell
Beef Patty, Ham, Pineapple, Swiss Cheese, BBQ sauce & Toppings
Might be my favorite summer dish of all time.

 Okay, now that I am salivating just looking at these, I am going to enjoy our first home cooked meal back in Rexburg. Homemade pizza, thanks to Zach. 

More on summer fun to come...