December 28, 2010

Christmas Countdown at the Cabin

We just returned from our first ever Christmas at the cabin. It was an amazing trip full of family, games, and fun in the snow. Here are a few of the highlights:

12 homemade snow cones (actually I probably ate more)

11 adventurers setting out for a snow shoe expedition (not pictured is me as I have the camera)

10 people opening presents on Christmas morning

9 ski runs at Alpental

8 games of cribbage (I lost this game badly to my uncle Brent)

7 minutes to get baby Anne bundled for outside

6 nights spent with family at the cabin

5 sections tall snowman (I made him myself - Dave is just there for perspective!)

4 Lamberts - Dad, Mom, Natalie & Derek

3 Hindmans - Jeremy, Amy & Anne

2 Howes - Dave & Melanie

1 Dog - Jobe


December 21, 2010

Harry Potter, First-Class Style

Tonight Dave and I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We thought the movie was good, but what we really enjoyed was the theater. Last year we got a gift card to Gold Class Cinemas from Santa that we are just now using this Christmas. It was awesome.

The chairs were massive, super comfy, and could fully recline.

We also had a call button that we could press for waiters to bring soft drinks, popcorn, and other treats. I ordered some little fresh-made donut holes that you could dip in different sauces. Dave got battered chicken strips that were delicious.

Santa - you got an A+ for this gift!!

December 14, 2010

Leading Separate Lives...

Apparently Dave and I have separated. We suspected that something wasn't quite right for awhile now, but things did not fall into place until tonight when my "fake" visiting teachers stopped by and were surprised that I had a husband.

According to our church records we exist as single people in two different wards that are part of two different stakes. Dave is a member of the Rivergrove 1st Ward with no wife (our "real" ward) and I am listed with no spouse in the North Park 2nd Ward (the "fake" ward). I am also in the directory under my maiden name instead of "Howe". We each have our own set of home teachers, but neither of us have a calling. It's all been very confusing.

I guess we have some things to straighten out when we have tithing settlement at our real ward tomorrow!

December 9, 2010

We are still here!

So it appears I've fallen a bit behind on the blog... Things were going along nice and slow and then Halloween hit and time just flew by - hence no post for the last five weeks. All those missing entries will be posted shortly, but here's a little something for the interim:

So every week at work I check the calendar of events, grab my box letters, don an apron, and climb a ladder to change the marquee on the side of the school. Lately it's been pretty cold so I change out the letters as fast as my little frozen fingers can go.

As I was leaving the school last night, I looked up and noticed that the inevitable finally happened - my self spell check failed. It's especially awesome that my mistake follows the announcement for the spelling bee.



December 7, 2010

The bakery is open for business!

This year we made coffee cakes to give as gifts to friends, teachers, co-workers, etc... Oh boy was this an undertaking! I was baking every night for almost a week. I was just glad that this year I have kitchen to work in, as this would have been pretty difficult at our old house in my tiny kitchen with my tiny oven.

Here are some of the finished cakes - 17 were given away but we did keep one for ourselves, as
a test of course :)


November 27, 2010

Killer Bunny

At Snow Canyon there are a couple lava tubes that are pretty neat. It was amazing how dark it was in there just a little ways in. I was really wishing I had brought a flashlight with me because I was too nervous to go in very far without one. We thought one looked awfully similar to the lair of the killer bunny from Monty Python - enter with caution! 

Snow Canyon

On our way home from St. George we took a short side trip to do some hiking. We love the National Parks, but have just as much fun at Snow Canyon. There are great places to explore and the entry fee is way less. Below are some pictures from out adventure!

A Mel on the Wall
It may look sunny out, but it was COLD - that's a little frozen pond we found on top of one of the rock formations!
Me with a giant "ice cube" we chipped out of the pond
Dave doing a little free-climb rock scramble
The boys in front of the petrified dunes

November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

For Thanksgiving my parents and brother flew down from Seattle to meet the rest of us living in Provo. We then drove down to St. George where we stayed for a few days at my Grandma's other house. It was tons of fun seeing everyone, but the weather was way colder than usual.

Instead of hiking and playing outside, we went to movie and played Wii. I think we set a record for the number of hours logged playing Mario Kart :)

We also took advantage of the fact that we were all together and took a family picture. With no one else around to take the photo, we used the self-timer on my camera. It was fun to look through all the takes at some of the mistakes - I have no idea what Dave is doing in this one...


In the end (and it was the end - we used the last picture we took), we got a good one. Love you family!

October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

This year we went as church goers for Halloween! I guess that's what you get when Halloween is on a Sunday. Dave has a orange shirt that sees the light of day just once a year, and I just went with standard black because I don't have any orange church clothes - we'll have to fix that for next year :)

Actually earlier we dressed up at the Flintstones. I wore Wilma to school for costume day, and then met up with Fred later that evening. All the kids at school had no idea who I was - I guess this generation has never heard of the Flintstones - so when they kept asking "Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Howe who are you?" I started to just say a cave woman rather than try to explain things... oh well.


October 30, 2010

Howe Pumpkin 2010

Carving a pumpkin is one of my favorite parts of Halloween - I love to create my own designs! What I learned from this year's creation:

- Carving hair is the BIGGEST pain in the world, and consequently, toothpicks can be a life saver
- What takes 2 minutes to draw on paper can take 2 hours to carve into a pumpkin
- Once you finish and light the candles all the work was suddenly worth it.

Without further ado, I present the Howe pumpkin for 2010!

Dave with a ghost and spider (the 7th & 8th legs barely fit)

Mel with the moon and a cat


October 28, 2010


Have you ever thought about what it would be like to pull a fire alarm? Well today I joined the ranks of people who have actually done it. It was for a fire drill at school, but still pretty exciting!

Turning on the alarm is easy - pull. Turning it off again, however, is not that simple. Working through the reset sequence is a little nerve wracking while the alarm is blaring and the entire school is waiting out in the cold for you to silence the system. And it's not really like you can practice before hand...

I did ok though, I did ok.

October 27, 2010

Ready or Not, Here it Comes...

It's here! The first snow of the season. I guess it's time to find our snow scraper, dig coats out of our ski bags and buy some hot chocolate. Oh - and turn on the heat, because when we looked at the thermostat last night it was only 60 degrees in our apartment - brrrr!


I actually do love the snow, but last night wasn't the best time for its arrival... I had a soccer game, which we lost, but played well considering  it was sleeting, our feet felt like rocks, and the other team probably took 25 shots on goal compared to our 4.

It was also the night  I did a load of white laundry and reached into the box of dryer sheets only to find it empty. I decided to throw the clothes in the dryer anyway, and of course it turned into one giant ball of static - mesh bottoms and silk tops will do that.  Since all our neighbors were mysteriously gone and we needed some of those whites to wear the next morning, I went off to the grocery store at 10 pm in the snow in my pajamas. It probably won't be the last time I have to do this, so I guess I probably better find my boots too :)

October 23, 2010

Two Fun Saturdays

Saturday #1: Last week was one of my favorite events at BYU - the annual lost & found sale! This year we went early (like two hours early) to get a good spot in line and it paid off. We weren't able to snag a basketball, but we did have some other great finds including:

Thermal Under Armor top - $2
Burton soft shell jacket - $2
Adidas climalite pullover- $3
3 pairs of sunglasses - $3
Football receiver gloves - $2

With the haul
Saturday #2: Today Dave and I went to the football game with Amy, Jer and Anne. My grandma gave us her tickets for the game which are seats (not bleachers!) right on the 50 yard line. We got super lucky with the weather - it was pouring right before the game and it's pouring now at home as I write this, but at the game it was dry and just right with a blanket. Best part though... BYU won!

October 15, 2010

At the Pumpkin Farm

I refuse to buy my pumpkin at the grocery store. Growing up we always went to a local pumpkin patch as a family, and it's a tradition I like to continue.

I had off work for Fall Break and Dave has no class on Friday so today we went down to Rowley's South Ridge Farm in Santaquin. We took a hay ride out to the field where I found this beauty!

My mom who was visiting this weekend also came along with my sister Amy and Anne. **In case you didn't notice, I am featured in this picture as the holder of Anne who did NOT want to stick her head through the hole :)

While at the farm we also did a little maze (I got out first!), sampled some fresh apple juice, and ate a delicious apple cinnamon donut.


October 14, 2010

I spy...

Tonight Dave told me "I put away your sunglasses."

It took some searching, but I eventually found them :)


October 9, 2010

BYU Homecoming Game

Happy Homecoming! We had a good view of the field from way, way up top. The sun was out, the stands were full, the game was fun and it was nice to see BYU win one again!

October 7, 2010

Maybe next time...

Tonight was my first football game. Or it was supposed to be. As we drove to the game, we could see dark clouds directly over the intramural fields and right as we got there the rain started. Then the thunder and lightening, and then the hail - or as a 1st grader told me at school today, it was raining "balls of frost" :)

So we sat in the car for half an hour waiting for things to clear up, but it just didn't happen. Maybe next time...


October 5, 2010

MBA Arm Candy

Right now I'm playing on the MBA Spouse Association intramural soccer team and loving it! Our team - MBA Arm Candy - is actually not that bad considering we have 27 kids between us (unfortunately I bring the average down a bit) and we're playing against sophomores :)

We won our first game (forfeit!) and tied our second 3-3 (I scored a goal). Tonight was our third game and we lost spectacularly 6-1. Overall we didn't play horribly, but couldn't seem to keep our hands down. 6 hand balls inside the box led to 6 penalty shots, which led to 5 goals for the other team and a loss for us :(

My photographer (Dave) was having some trouble with the action settings on the camera so we only have this "still life" photo from tonight's game. Hopefully we'll get some better shots on Thursday at my first flag football game!


September 23, 2010

The genius that I am

After making a very comprehensive shopping list, I stuck it in the back pocket of my pants. Then I changed clothes before going to the store.

And while browsing the aisles of a Walmart superstore is good exercise, it's not a very effective way to shop. I will be going back to the store again very soon :)


**Photo from Google Images

September 13, 2010


So you may have heard of "Wordle" (because I'm slow when it comes to cool things on the Internet), but if you haven't, head over here to check it out!

All you do is choose any piece of text and enter it into the box. Wordle then generates a "cloud" where words are size based on frequency of use. Then you can customize the colors, font, shape, etc... to make it look how you want.

I fed The Family: A Proclamation to the World into Wordle and love how it looks. Now go forth and create your own!

September 12, 2010

A Little on the Short Side

Last night Dave gave me a haircut. He's been my stylist for the past couple years and things generally work out ok, but this last cut was quite a bit shorter than I wanted. Dave blames it on bad scissors; I blame it on his misconception of how big an inch is. Whatever the reason, my hair is now about 4 inches shorter than it was the day before - oops.

There were also some issues with evenness that we didn't discover until about 10 minutes before Stake Conference. Everything looks good now, but I wasn't too sad that we had to sit in the back in the dark :)

Since I'm trying not to dwell on all the reasons I don't like my hair short, I've come up with a few good things about this new cut: it will take less shampoo to wash my hair, it will dry more quickly & be easier to straighten. All that means we will save money on shampoo and I can sleep in a bit in the morning!