December 31, 2011

BYU Bowl Game

BYU was invited to play at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, which happened to take place in Dallas! Convenient, huh? We went to the game with Dave's dad, brothers, and sister. It was a beautiful day and we were able to wear t-shirts and even got a little bit pink from the sun.

The Cougars were matched against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. Even though Tulsa is just one state over, there were a lot of BYU fans in attendance and the cheering sections for each school were about even.

BYU struggled a bit during the first two quarters, but scored a touchdown with 12 seconds left in the half to cut Tulsa's lead to 10-14. After the half, things picked up and BYU and Tulsa traded touchdowns, until BYU scored with 11 seconds left in the game to win the game 24-21. GO COUGARS!


December 29, 2011

Glow Golf & TopGolf

Dave's dad's birthday is the day after Christmas. To celebrate we went to play glow-in-the-dark mini golf with the family. The glow part was cool (look at Dave's nice new white socks!) and the dark added an interesting twist. You couldn't see your club or read the slope of any of the greens so each hit really was a shot in the dark.

Surprisingly enough, I think we both actually played better than normal. Our foursome (Dave, me, Amy, and Jack) had the lowest team score, and I tied Cindy for the lowest individual score!

A few days later, the big kids (me, Dave, Tim, Cindy, Amy, and Liz) went to TopGolf - pretty much what happens when you combine a driving range with bowling.

There are targets spaced out at several different distances. Every section of every target has a sensor so the chip in your ball will tell the computer exactly where the ball went and assign points based on the distance and accuracy of your shot.

Your group all plays out of the same bay (like a lane in bowling), and each player gets 20 shots. If you hit a ball into a double zone, your next ball counts as double, (like a strike in bowling). It took me about 16 shots before I found my rhythm so I didn't score very high the first game, but did much better the second time around. It was really cool idea, the food was great, and we had a fun time!


December 26, 2011

Who Killed Frosty?

We are in Texas right now visiting Dave's family for Christmas. On Friday, Tim and Cindy hosted a murder mystery dinner at their house. Each member of the family received a different role to dress up as.

The Grinch & an Elf

We stopped at three different stores in search of costume items and had so much fun getting ready for the party! Dave covered his face, neck, arms, and legs in green body paint and we sprayed his hair. I am wearing Dave's Luigi Halloween costume from 2nd grade and some home made elf ears.

Also in attendance: Rudolph (Jack), Cindy Loo Who (Ally), a gingerbread girl (Amy), Mr. Scrooge (Greg), a nutcracker (Tim), a snowflake (Cindy), a yule log (Lincoln, who was sleeping when this picture was taken), Santa (dad), and Mrs. Claus (mom).

Who was guilty of murdering Frosty? Santa!

After the dinner we decided to spread Christmas cheer and went caroling in our costumes. At one point we had to stop for gas, so our group went in and sang to the attendant who thought we were crazy and refused to make eye contact.

Dave won the "best costume" award, although Elizabeth Christmas tree costume was fantastic. And I am pleased to report that after a long hot shower, with lots of soap and lots of scrubbing all the green eventually came off.

December 17, 2011

The Week before Christmas Break: the Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

We've had a crazy week...


Dave celebrated his 28th birthday, finished the 3rd semester of the MBA program, and submitted applications to 5 PhD programs. I survived the final week of elementary school, which is pretty much one big, exhausting, yet fun, party.

We had a breakfast with cousins living in Utah, a holiday dinner with other pre-PhD families, went out to dinner with my grandma, and got to attend the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert (thanks Aunt Sue!).


Dave had a couple cavities filled and still has 6 applications to go. Our car also started making a squeaking noise when we turned left, which then turned into a horrible grinding sound so we took it into the shop where is stayed for 3 days and received  new axles, bearings, and sway bars. Hoo-ray.


While we were without a car for three days, so many people helped us get where we needed to be:

I got a ride home from an office friend, then a ride back with my brother-in-law Jeremy, then a ride home from the music teacher, then a ride back from a 4th grade teacher, then my boss lent me his car for the night to take home, and then I brought it back the next morning. And we borrowed my aunt's car to get to the choir concert in Salt Lake.

Our family, friends, and co-workers were all amazing, but I have never done so much ride coordination and hope I don't have to do it again anytime soon. Phew!

Now that that is all behind us, we can start our break and enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas!


December 13, 2011

Oh Pomegranate

This bowl represents a good portion of my evening (and I haven't even done the dishes or wiped up the juice splatters yet). I don't care what method you use - a pomegranate is not easy to open. I think it's probably the only fruit that you spend more time preparing than you do consuming.

But when I am eating this as a snack tomorrow at work, all the cutting, peeling, picking, and retreiving of escaped seeds will have have been worth it...yummy!

December 1, 2011

One in a Million

We were not hit by lightening (thank goodness), nor did we win a big prize (dang!), but we were on the receiving end of gift card fraud, not once, but twice! Aren't we lucky?

It all started when I got a gift card to Macy's from my work in July 2010 before moving to Utah...

Timeline of Events:

November 2010 - Dave and I went shopping at Macy's. When I tried to use the gift card I was told the balance was $0.00. I said that wasn't possible because we had never used the card. The store told me to call customer service. Customer service told me the card had recently been used by someone in California. I told them that I was in UT and those purchases weren't made by me. Since I still had the receipt to prove ownership of the card, Macy's sent me a replacement card.

December 2010 - Replacement card with a different 18-digit number arrived loaded with loaded $150 and all was well... or so I thought...

December 2011 - I was at Macy's picking up a suit for my brother. While there I decided to do a little shopping. When I tried to use the replacement gift card sent to me earlier, I was told the balance was $0.00. So I called customer service again and learned that the card had been used a few weeks ago in California, running the balance down to $0.00. I explained my story, that this exact same thing had happened the year before. At first they were skeptical and called in the manager to look at my case, but since I still had the original card & receipt, and the replacement card, I was able to prove I was telling the truth.

So somewhere in California someone has $300.00 worth of Macy's merchandise, BUT  I should have my third, and hopefully final, gift card soon. And this time, I'm going to spend the money before someone else does. Oh the magic of Macy's!