Sunday, November 25, 2007

We are thankful for Thanksgiving

Right about the time we are all tired of school and don't think we can take it any longer a great holiday comes around that every student is very thankful for, Thanksgiving. We have been going to school with no breaks since Augusts so we really look forward to the few days we get to spend at home. Now we know we can make it the 3 weeks left in the semester. We left for California on Tuesday morning because on Tuesday it was Friday classes and we didn't have those. That was the first good decision we made that trip because the airports were empty. There wasn't any traffic getting to the airport either. If you can believe it LAX was empty too. We looked outside and didn't see anyone, we thought we were at the wrong airport. We spent tuesday playing on Dorothy's new iMac and showed her a few new tricks she can do. We went down to Yorba Linda that night after driving through a lot of traffic. We had a lot of fun at home; we watched Narnia, went to Pole Position (I'll post pictures later), had two great Thanksgiving dinners, and spent time with family. We even got to talk with Greg, Caleb, Brigham, and Holly over in Virginia on the video chat. We went to the Punderson's on Thanksgiving and had a great turkey and tons of mashed potatoes, and great apple pie. The next day we went to Grandma Seymour's for our second Thanksgiving dinner. We had ham, sweet potatoes, baked beans, and pumpkin cheesecake to name a few. It was very, very good. We also celebrated my birthday by singing and blowing out candles. The next day it was time to go back to Utah, we didn't want to go because we knew it would be freezing; we were really spoiled in the 70 degree CA weather. I made sure and got some good ol' fashioned donuts because they don't have those ma and pa donut places here. Another great thing about the trip was Ja and I exercised everyday, we did Pilates and Air Alert. We are trying to strengthen our abs and increase our vertical by 8-14 inches. We had fun doing it and Jill did it with us as well. Saturday we watched the BYU vs. Utah football game. I couldn't believe no one could score a touchdown. Of course Utah finally did when there was only a few minutes left. But not to worry, BYU prevailed by scoring a touchdown and getting two extra points. Finally BYU proved to be the better team when they blocked Utah from catching the ball in the endzone when time was out, which would have won the game for them. (hmmm, doesn't that sound familiar, except we actually caught the ball and won?) All in all, it was a great vacation and we can't wait until we can do it again. This a pretty long blog without any pictures so I'll make sure and post pictures as soon as I can.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mt Timponogos Cave

Seymour Family Vacation

My family was driving up to Bear Lake for their vacation this summer and they were nice enough to stop by in Provo for a few days to visit Ja and I. We tried to fit in as many activities as we could. We went to the BYU Creamery to get lunch and ice cream and walked around BYU bookstore. Kenny bought a big blue wig because our high school colors are also blue.
The next day we went to Timponogos Cave. The cave was really fun.
There was a wait to get to the cave so we decided to walk around the camp grounds around the cave. Ja loved looking at his map as you can see, and Kenny and Jill were just having a great time.

To get to the cave you have to hike up a steep hill about 1 1/4 miles. I took some pictures along the way. Luckily, it wasn't too hot because of the high elevation. My dad, Kenny, Jill, and Ja flew up the hill and me and my mom took our time walking up. The cave isn't going anywhere right? The inside of the cave was amazing, it takes millions and millions of years to form all of the cool stalagmites. One employee worked at the cave for 50 years and never saw any difference in one stalagmite what was really close to touching the floor. The whole cave is covered in these deposits that are formed from dripping water and millions of years.

The walk down the hill was a lot easier and more fun to do. Once again the kids ran down the hill because they could go really fast. After the cave we went to one of our favorite places to eat, Costa Vida.
That night we went to Salt Lake to visit Temple Square because Jill hadn't walked around the temple before. We also went to a wedding reception of my mom's cousin's daughter. We had never meet anyone there before but we went to make my mom happy, and they had a chocolate fountain so we were pretty happy too.
On Sunday my family went to church with us and ate a good Sunday roast beef. After dinner they drove off to Bear Lake.

Wicked Fun California Trip

At the end of our weeks stay our friends Andrew and Chelsey Jones came to visit. We lured them in with promises of a fun beach and Wicked trip. How can anyone resist? We went out to breakfast at Hill Street, the favorite DeVore restaurant, drove to Hollywood and of course, went to Newport Beach. Chelsey grew up going to Newport every summer when she was younger so it was a walk down memory lane for her. She remembered more about it than I did and I went once a week for 3 summers! The boys had a great time in the water, Chelsey and I know better than to get in freezing cold water. Plus, we had to prove we went to sunny California and come back with a tan.

Fortunately for us, my Seymour side of the family had a bonfire that night at the next beach over, Huntington Beach. Andrew and Chelsey had never had a bonfire at the beach so we were excited we could do that for them. My Uncle Eric took some great pictures of us with the beautiful sunset in the background. We had a great time roasting hot dogs and s'mores over the fire on Grandpa Seymour's great skewers. The great thing was, it wasn't even that cold after the sun went down.
Then another highlight of the trip was Wicked. We had seen Wicked before but we love the music and would never pass up the chance to watch it again. Andrew and Chelsey have been listening to the music for awhile and were very excited to actually see what happens. The show was great, it's so fun to sing along. Glenda was very funny in this show especially during the "Popular" song.

We were very sad to leave home, we love it here. Plus, it was a bittersweet goodbye because we started school the next day. Ja was really excited to start his accounting program and I was really excited to begin my final semester at school, but then again it was school. We had a great trip visiting with parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends.

Henry's Birthday

On August 30th we went to Valencia to celebrate Henry's 1st birthday. We don't have any pictures of Henry with his great birthday cake, or opening presents but I do have a cute picture of Henry in his new birthday coat riding Uncle Ja's shoulders. Ja must have something weird in his hair.

Summer California Trip

I finally have free time to update our blog from some summer activities.
We took a trip home to California in August to visit our families and to see Wicked. We had a great time helping my parents paint their living room. Mom my decided that white walls aren't for her anymore. Unfortunately we only had time to primer, the hardest part. It was my first time painting a wall so I had fun. We also had to paint the ceiling which was quite a chore.

Ja and I also took a trip to Disneyland with Jill and her friend MacKenzie. We also met up with Devin and a friend. We had a great time and went on all the rides we wanted to. Except for the new Nemo ride because the line was 2 hours long. We were hoping to go on a day that wasn't crowded and we sure did. It was wonderful.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I've been tagged

My friend Chelsey has tagged me which means I have to write 6 habits/facts about myself. Here are the most interesting things about me:

1. My most favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. I could watch the 6 hour long movie over and over. It's such a romantic movie, no new movie is like it. We own the six hour version and the new version with Kiera Knightly. Everytime I have a free night I want to watch it, but I spare Ja the time and we do something else. The book is also wonderful. I can thank Ja for the book because he gave it to me as a Valentine's Day gift. He said it was "our story" and it turned out to be a little true.

2. For some reason I really don't like the words nasty and fart. They are pretty gross words but I don't like them because of the way they sound when you say them. I know there have been other words I don't like hearing but I can't think of any other right now.

3. I, like other people, like to make lists of things to do just so I can cross things off the list. Ja enjoys doing this to. If we have already completed a chore before we made the list we write the chore down just so we can cross it off. We even write take a shower and get dressed so we can cross them off the list.

4. I have a habit now of turning off every light that we don't absolutely need on. One month our ceiling fan stopped working so we could only turn on one little lamp in our living room. It was a little dark, but we didn't realize how much money it was costing us every month to run that four-bulb ceiling fan/light. We were able to knock off $20 from our electricity bill! After that we don't want to get the fan fixed because we like paying less, and now we like the ambience the little lamp gives. Now we are experimenting with other lights by trying to not use them, to see if we can save any more money. We also haven't turned our heater on yet, it's a little chilly, but we are saving money!

5. I really like to cook, and I love finding new and easy recipes to use for dinner. My mom gave me a subscription to a magazine called Simple and Delicious for my birthday and I really like it. I've made about 5 recipes from the December issue and they are all wonderful. If you have a great recipe you'd like to share, I'd love to have it.

6. I love, love, love to watch HGTV. I could sit in front of the TV all day as long as this channeling is on. All they play are shows about houses, how to sell houses, how to decorate houses, how-to shows, and so much more. They don't waste the time prolonging shows for an hour trying to fill up time. Every show is 30 minutes so you can see more shows for the time. My ultimate favorite show is Divine Design with Candance Olsen. She is an amazing designer, everything she does is marvelous. I know she is on Saturday nights at 10:30, some sometime during the days. If you ever have a chance you should try and watch it. You'll fall in love with her too!

My Birthday

Since my birthday was on a Sunday this year, Ja and I went to dinner on Saturday night. We went to a sushi place called Happy Sumo. I played it safe and stuck to the California rolls and cucumber rolls, but the third roll was tuna. I actually liked the raw tuna rolls. I was happy with my choice. Ja decided to get the chef's choice dinner. I thought it was going to be seaweed rolls, but it turned out to be all raw fish. It looked nice on the plate, but would it be nice in the mouth? Surprisingly enough, it wasn't bad. I didn't mind the fishy taste, it just felt like I was eating something that tasted like the ocean. Ja was a trooper and ate the whole plate. There was tuna, salmon, yellow-tail, and tilapia. He said he probably won't eat that again but he was glad he tried it.
On Sunday night we had friends over to eat the pumpkin cheesecake I made. Ja thought we had candles, and I did too, but it turns out we were wrong. Luckily, Ja remembered we had huge matches so he stuck two of those in the cake. It was fun to have something to blow out. We had a fun time talking with friends. It's nice to know people like you enough to come and celebrate you on your birthday. Here is a picture of the cheesecake.