Thursday, July 31, 2008

New baby cousin!

Well my new baby cousin finally arrived. Baby Linnea was born Monday evening, and she is sure cute!

Steph, Linnea, David. This one is my favorite.

Look at all that dark hair!

Babies are so sweet and cute! Congrats Steph & Dave, if you read this. I can't wait to see her in person!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Friday and Saturday we climbed Mount Timpanogos with our friends Nathanael and Rie. (For those not from/familiar with Utah, Mt. Timp is a way high mountain close to BYU). We backpacked halfway up Friday night, stayed the night near Hidden Lakes, and hiked the rest of the way (without our packs) in the morning. The views were incredible, the scenery was beautiful, it was a wonderful experience in general. We were incredibly sore afterwards, and today is the first day that walking isn't painful. Totally worth it. Pictures to come.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Restaurants to try in Provo

So this weekend we tried three different restaurants that I highly recommend.

Restaurant #1: The Saigon Cafe at 440W 300 S in Provo. Dinner was amazing and sooooo cheap! Both of us ate for $9 before tip and we had leftovers. And it was really, really good. Definitely check them out.

Restaurant #2: Little Italy at 279 E 300 S in Provo. We went here for dessert, and the gelato was incredible. The raspberry gelato tasted just like fresh raspberries. We want to go back and get dinner here too sometime.

Restaurant #3: Pizzeria 712 at 320 S State in Orem. We had heard that this place was really good, so we went for lunch. It was totally different than I expected. It was a nice sit-down place, and more expensive than I thought it would be. The pizza was good, the pannini was good but not as, and the salad that came with the pannini was really weird (as in not good). We want to go back for dinner since we're pretty sure they serve a different menu. But they're worth checking out too.

Arizona Part II

So the interview went very, very well. The people I interviewed were really nice and friendly, and they had a lot of good stories to tell. Right after the interview, we drove 3-ish hours down to Mesa to visit my grandparents Black. They had a random butternut squash plant grow that they didn't plant, and they gave us one of the squashes. I had never eaten butternut squash before, and it was really good!

After visiting my grandparents, we drove an hour to Peoria to visit my mom's youngest sister. She is expecting a baby any day now, and they moved into a new house about 3 months ago. We had a wonderful time visiting them.

David, Stephanie, Me, Peter. I can't even really tell she's pregnant in this picture.

Cactus near their house in Peoria. Cactus takes a really long time to grow, so big ones like these are hundreds of years old.

The next day we stopped in Cottonwood, Arizona and ate dinner with my dad's oldest sister and her husband. After that, we drove all through the night except for when Peter got too tired, so we had to stop. We got home at 5 in the morning. It made for a pretty crazy week, because we hadn't gotten any sleep, but it was totally worth it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Is it preferable to post more often without pictures, and update the pictures when I can, or is it better to wait until I have pictures/Peter's computer to post?

Friday, July 11, 2008

Snowflake, Arizona

This weekend we are in Snowflake Arizona. We came down so I could do some research for my honors thesis. I am interviewing a family that donated a huge collection of pottery to the museum where I work about where they found the pots, and how they collected them, and things like that. We are staying at the Osmer D. Heritage Bed & Breakfast. It's an old house built by one of the founding families of Snowflake, and it is the best b&b we have been to thus far. The people who work here are super nice and friendly, the breakfast is AWESOME, and the rooms are all cute. If you ever need to come to Snowflake for any reason, we definitely recommend it.

On the way down here, we nearly got killed by a tumbleweed that was bigger than Peter and I put together. It randomly came loose from the guardrail and smashed into the front/side of our car, and after that every little tumbleweed that blew across the road made me jump.

Also, it's not too hot down here, which surprised me. It was overcast this morning, and the high is only supposed to be like 80-85ish.

Well, the interview is tomorrow. Hopefully it goes well. I'll post about it afterwards.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

July 4 & 5

We had a pretty awesome weekend! July 4 started out bright and early... we got up at 5AM to volunteer at the Freedom Run in Provo. It's a fun run/5k/10k in Provo. We helped with runner registration and handed out prizes at the end. After breakfast and a looooong nap, we went down to Nephi to visit our new baby cousin, Sadie Jane. She was born around 4:30 AM, and she was adorable. In the evening, we drove up the hill to watch the fireworks from the Stadium of Fire.

Here we are waiting for the fireworks to start.


July 5, we went to Lehi to see my cousin's daughter's baptism. It was wonderful to be there with her and to see all the family.

My cousin, his wife, and kids.

Peter, Bailey, and Me

Later that evening, we drove to Logan to see a car show with two of our friends. The purpose of going was to win our friend Mike's dad the '68 Dodge Charger that they were giving away, since it was his dream car. Unfortunately, we didn't win, but we had a pretty okay time anyway.

The Charger that wasn't meant to be...

Peter with his head inside of a monster truck.

Peter and a Delorean. You can't see it, but the license frame says "Where we're going, we don't need roads," and the license plate says "Outatime."