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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We started a tradition...

If you've read this blog, you might know that we (well mostly I...Travis does enjoy it though) are obsessed with carving pumkins. We always have so much fun! Well, my aunt is down from Alabama for a few weeks and I thought it would be fun to get together as a family at grandma and grandpa's house and carve pumpkins! We laid a huge sheet down in the living room with a vynl table cloth and newspaper on top of it and carved away! It was so much fun. We decided that from here on out, every Halloween, this is what we are going to do.

Here are some pictures that we took. I took one of everyone's pumpkin, then a few of the group. Some of us used stencils, some of us stayed original and did freehand, and some of us. Well, Mariah, decorated Grandma's for her :) It turned out adorable. What a fun night!

My pumpkin from Monday night.

Alexis's cute lil punkin

Look at all those pumpkins!

Mariah/Grandma's pumpkin

Pumpkins from Monday night. (Megans, Megans, Auntie Kristine, and mine.)

Harley's (with the help of Uncle David)

Mariah's (With the help of Auntie Kristine's)
Scott (Katie's bf)




Auntie Kristine, Mariah, and the pumpkin

This might be my absolute favorite picture. Alexis had no idea what the lady on the TV was doing behind her. Turns out, they were doing the exact same thing! lol

Kassi had a growing pumkin seed in her pumpkin!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Weekend in Idaho!

Kassi, Moi, and I went to Idaho last a couple of weekends ago (sorry for procrastinating!) to visit and help out with Roman's FIRST birthday party. *This ties in with the Messy House blog* It was such a busy weekend but so much fun! Matt and Mari just bought a house so it was really good to go up and see their new place! It is adorable!

We went out on Friday night and had a good time. Sort of. Kassi just needs to turn 21 asap! Anyways, so Roman's party was on Sunday so me and Mari went shopping almost all day Saturday to get everything all ready for his big day! We found lots of cute stuff, and fun ideas!

Sunday morning we woke up and started getting everything ready right away. We made twice baked potatoes, some juice stuff with eyeballs and hand ice cubes in it, homeade chips in the shapes of bats, pumpkins, witches, and scarecrows (Thanks a ton to Moi for this one!), Black ranch dip, and tons of other fun stuff. We had a lot of fun getting everything together and decorating for the party! We took a million pictures so I will share a few!

Roman standing all by himself to get his ball!

He decided he didn't want to wait any longer to open presents

Punch with ice hands and eyeballs!

Mom and Roman!

Uncle Eric and Roman

Our chips!

All dressed up!

Some of the decorations

Some of our potatoes

Round two...


We carved pumpkins again this weekend. It is always so much fun :) We bought four pumpkins this time because we were each going to carve two. After we finished the first ones (at around 1 in the morning) we decided we were way too tired to start another one so we went to bed. I'm sure we will do the other ones soon!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Trav's typing speed

This is why Travis doesn't ever blog :)

15 words


Friday, October 24, 2008

LOOK!! how fast I can type. I should stop telling myself that blogging takes too much time!
95 words

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Such. A. Long. Night.

Last night was hilarious...then horrible...then funny all over again. But mostly horrible.

Trav and I were chillin at home and we get a phone call from our friends saying that they had just broke down and wondered if we still had AAA so they could use one of our tow's. (That normally would have been totally fine because AAA is awesome and they give you PLENTY of tow's per year. I call to AAA and tell them that I broke down and need a tow and find out that I no longer have a AAA account because I turned a certain age and it needs to be renewed. Peachy. I then call my grandma because 1) I am so lucky to have her 2) She is ALWAYS there to help, regardless of the time or situation 3) I love her dearly and 4) She has a membership to AAA as well that I know is not expired. *Side note-I dont think that 1-3 give my grandma enough justice. She is so amazing. I really hope I am just like her* Anyways, so I call my grandma and let her know what is going on and asked if I could use one of her tow's since she uses like maybe one a year and they give you like 6 or 7. She said that was fine but she didnt really want to go anywhere if she didnt have to. This time I call AAA back again *cough* pretending to be my grandma. With her permission, of course. After about 5 minutes of being on the phone with this guy, he tells me that they will not be able to help me because I dont have my ID and they don't want anyone trying to "steal my identity" Peachy. I call my grandma back and let her know that she needs to call them and that she would have to come afterall because there really was no way to get around it. The only thing is when she called them, she HAD to tell them that she found her ID and will bring it with her when she meets the tow truck driver.

Funny part #1- AAA knew a little bit as to what was going on because when I talked to them, as my grandma, we got mostly through all of the questions. When my grandma called them, they were verifying the information and for some reason when they talked to both of us, they thought we were actually there, which makes for an awkward conversation...

My call-

AAA dude- Ma'am are you close to any buildings or landmarks for the driver to see?

Me-Uhm...(Trying very hard to think of something in that area since I am at home and the closest thing to a landmark I can see is the TV in my living room) Yeah...they will pass a Smith's on the way. Then they will just keep going straight.

AAA dude- A Smith's, okay perfect. Thank you.

My grandma's call- (Also being made from her house, without me there and without knowledge of the area, OR what I have told the dude already)

My grandma- Hi, I need to have my truck towed.

AAA dude- What kind of truck? Where are you located? 2451 other questions (that my grandma had no idea what the answers were.)

My grandma- Look Sir, this is a stressful situation, can we just answer all of these questions when the tow truck driver gets there?

AAA dude- Sure Ma'am, and you said you were by a Smith's correct?

My grandma- uhmmm...suure...

AAA dude- Ma'am, would you like to drive home with the tow truck driver since you are broke down?

My grandma- Uhmm...Do I have to?

Finally, me and Travis, my grandma, our friends who broke down, and the tow truck lady arrive. The lady loads the truck onto the tow truck, my grandma goes home, and the rest of us go to Devin and Kelly (our friends) house to push the truck where it needs to be.

It is getting late so Trav and I say our goodbyes and head out. I stick my key in the driver's side door to unlock it and MY KEY BREAKS IN HALF. Yes, completely in half. One half is STUCK inside the keyhole and the other half is in my hand. Peachy.

Guess who has my spare key? grandma, who is now probably just getting home and taking off her shoes to replace them with slippers.

I call my grandma again and let her know what happened and ask her if she would please, please bring me the spare key so I could just deal with our problem tomorrow and get home so we could go to sleep...because it was like 1030 and we all had to work at or before 7 this morning.

My grandma's reaction? (In her best chinese accent) Oh no, you have wrong numba. Dere is no gra-ma hea. I sorry.

My grandma's second reaction- I will be right there.

She shows up at our friends house and says that we should AGAIN call AAA because they might cover something like this, which would save lots of money! So, I invite her in.

So here is my grandma calling AAA for the SECOND time in a night...Actually, let's make that SECOND time in an hour, with a different car. The lady on the phone this time says Ma'am, didnt we just tow you? My grandma says yes Ma'am, you would not believe the kind of night I am having. So many car problems. I just came over to my friends to visit, and now this happens. The lady was very apologetic. She felt very bad for my grandma...who, in turn, has had a perfect night with her vehicles.

After about an hour an a half of being on the phone with AAA, she finds out that they will only cover $100 and that it would still cost us $175 if they key was too deep *Duh...of course it is too deep, if it wasnt freekin deep, why would we be on the phone to AAA* We decided not to do it at the time because it was so late already.

Oh, did I mention that the spare my grandma brought didnt work? Well no, it didnt do anything. We thought the car had some fancy safety feature where it locked up and wouldnt let any key work because it thought someone was trying to break in.

The only other option we had was to :( leave my grandma without a car today and ride out to her house with her to pick up their second vehicle so Trav and I could take it to work today. While we were at her house, she was looking for the key to her car so we could take it and I see my spare key (another one, I thought. We will talk about it another time but my grandma, thank goodness, is a bit of a worrier and tends to have at least 3 spare keys per vehicle) So I say, Grandma...I have used this spare key before and I know it works for sure, how come you didnt bring this one? She instead brought one that was on its own keychain and said "Jessica's car." She said she didnt know and that we might as well take it and give it a try on the way home to see if it works.

So, we stop back at our friends to test the key.

It works. Peachy.

We drive both cars home and finally go to sleep.

What a night!

*I will post pictures of the broken key tomorrow. It is insane.*

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Getting ready for Halloween!

Travis and I have started having "Pumpkin Carving Competitions" haha. Yes, I know we are no longer 5 however, 1) our competitiveness + 2) My love of decorating for the season = us having a good time carving pumpkins each year.

Last years story- So, last year Travis won the pumkin carving contest only because he got first pick at the patterns and duh, he picked the coolest pattern therefore some random trick or treaters that we asked are naturally going to vote for the coolest picture, and not who's got the skills. Anyway, yes. Travis won last year.

This years story- we aren't going to be home for Halloween this year so we made his brother and his brother's girlfriend vote on the pumpkins. His brother's vote didn't really count and his girlfriend liked mine better so I win this year haha. (For the record, I got first pick this year. Hopefully he will forget that by the time next year comes around so I can pick first again:))

Anyway, we had tons of fun! Here are pictures of the final products! *Sorry some of them didnt turn out very well. I was trying to figure out having the porch light on with flash, or having one of them off and then taking the picture. I still dont think I figured the lighting situation out, but you get the point.

Also, if you would like, comment on your favorite pumkin. Personally, I like the witch ;)

Trav's pumpkin all lit up!

3 of the pumpkins all finished...kind of hard to see. Sorry!

Trav's with the lights off!

and the WINNER this year :) pumpkin

My pumpkin lit up

Monday, October 13, 2008

Best commercial EVER. No battle.

3 things...

1) This was a crazy, crazy weekend for football! Totally hard to do picks with. That being said, I must share a story about Travis :) So, he has been SO excited because at work each week, they do picks for all of the games on Sunday and then the Monday night game. I must admit that I was pretty excited about this too because the pot is for like $200+ each week, just depending on how many people are participating. So, Trav brought the little paper home where he needed to circle the teams that he was going to win and of course we are both looking at it deciding on which teams to go for. He had an attitude like he was going to KNOW all the picks and the money was basically his already, lol. On most of the games we agreed on who would win except for two main ones. I told him that the Colts would win the Ravens and Tampa Bay would win the Panthers. He refused to listen to me and went with the other teams. It was SO much fun rubbing it in his face Sunday when both of the teams I said would win not only won, but dominated! lol This was a really hard week to choose for too though because a LOT of games went unexpected. I doubt he will win the money but we will see. Either way, I still think I got the good end of the stick because I got bragging rights now. He is like the football master, so that made me feel good :)

Second piece of exciting news! Our neighbor asked us the other day if we wanted to go to the UTAH vs. BYU game with him! First I though to myself, much do you think that would cost? and wait...didn't I hear someone say that they were sold out already? THEN he mentioned the important part...that he knew someone who had the "hook up" and we would be going FOR FREE :) How awesome is that?! Good neighbors=good times!

This weekend Trav's family came to visit. We had SUCH a full house, holy cow. They came on Saturday and stayed until Sunday so it wasn't too chaotic but still...8 people in our little one bedroom place can be just a little crazy, lol. It was fun though. We got to spend time with his mom, his brother/girlfriend, sister and her two friends. I also spent 5 of those hours in the ER with my sister. She is doing well now but was really, really sick over the weekend. I felt so bad! We're glad she is doing better though! It was kind of nice to get a break from the busyness at my house :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Who woulda thunk it?

I have to admit that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE bill pay through the bank. I think this is the first time ever that I have actually been excited to pay bills! I am wondering why I have never done this before, seriously! I remember hearing about it awhile ago when it was big but I always thought that it was only for like automatic payments...meaning that EVERY 21st they take the money out and pay your bill. I didn't like that because I like to control when I pay my bills...

Anyway, I totally found out that you can control when they pay your bills for you, and you also tell them an amount to send and's that easy! I feel like I should give a shoutout to the lady at Mountain America because I might have had a slight attitude with her because I get so frustrated with my car payment, it is definitley the hardest payment to make because I either have to 1)write a check and MAIL it out or 2) actually GO to a Mountain America and write a check and pay them there. Both of which I suck at. I told her that they should make it easy and allow me to pay online. THAT is when she mentioned that they didnt have a way to pay online but if I did bill pay through my bank, I would be able to do that. So, I set it up and I am sorry Mountain America lady and thank you for making things so much more convenient. I will never have to search for account numbers again. Today is a great day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

8 things!

Favorite TV shows...
1. Football
2. American Idol
3. Family Guy
4. Simpsons
5. King of the Hill
6. Intervention
7. Dog Whisperer
8. Deal or No Deal and Are You Smarter Than a 5th grader and other games shows :)

8 Favorite Restaurants...
1. La Puente
2. Cafe Rio
3. Sizzler
4. Olive Garden
5. I don't think I have 8 favorite restaurants
6. Jamba Juice (It's not a restaurant, but it should be)
7. Souper Salad. haha. I'm classy;)
8. Chili's

8 things that happened yesterday...
1. We watched Minnesota Vikings play the Saints and WIN!!!!
2. Had Del Taco for dinner
3. Worked
4. Picked Trav up from work
5. Cleaned the house
6. Listened to a song 5 times in a row
7. Messed around on my lappy
8. Played with Trey

8 things to look forward to...
1. The haunted house tonight...for FREE :)
2. The weekend so we can sleep in!
3. Holidays coming up!
4. Christmas shopping
5. FALL and Winter!
6. Auntie Kristine coming down in 13 days!!!
7. Music that I am about to put on
8. Spending time with the family during the holidays

8 things I love about Fall...
1. OH MY...It is my favorite season. This could be pretty easy! I love the colors!
2. I love the scent of the candles that only come out around this time!
3. Getting a warm chai
4. The weather is perfect!
5. I love what fall decorations look like and how "homey" they make your house feel
6. The holidays!
7. How everyone just seems so much happier around this time.
8. The FISHING is GREAT from right now right up until it freezes over

8 things on my wishlist...
1. Catch up on sleep...Have to agree with Heather on this one.
2. I would love to sell my car and get a brand new one.
3. Learn sign language some day.
4. Move into a bigger place.
5. Wish that fall would stay year-round.
6. I wish that when we do a food drive at work it is super successful. That always gives me warm fuzzy feelings.
7. I wish that I had an unlimited amount of money and could shop at Michael and Roberts all day.
8. I wish that my friends lived closer!

8 people I tag...
1. I was tagged by Heather but she has already filled both of these out...But I have to tag her back. Or maybe not. I am not so sure on the tagging rules. But yeah, she could find another one and fill it out...because I'm tagging her :)
2. Moi
3. Eeka
4. Ali
5. And
6. Whoever
7. Else
8. Wants to

A-Attached or single: Attached
B-Best Friend(s): I have to make that plural. Travis, Mari, and Veronica.
C-Cake or Pie: I would go with pie. Travis would go with cake, or brownies
D-Day: Sunday...FOOTBALL baby! If not, Friday is the best :)
E-Essential Item: Travis- The NFL channel Jessica- Music
F-Favorite Color: Trav likes Red and Blue and I like Pink or Purple or Teal or Gray. It's hard to choose!
G-Gummy Bears or Worms. Worms!
H-Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
I-Indulgences: Lots of money and spending it on decorations.
J-January or July: January. (Hot cocoa, skiing, coats, and fireplaces)
K-Kids: Love them but don't have any yet.
L-Life is incomplete without: Family & friends & music
M-Marriage: will happen eventually. :)
N-Number of Siblings: 6
O-Oranges or Apples: Apple juice but Oranges if I am eating the fruit.

P-Phobias or Fears: Spiders, Losing anyone I love.
Q-Quote: I dont have any good ones off the top of my head.
R-Reason To Smile: The season!
S-Season: lol, FALL!
T-Tag at least Three: Doesn't matter.
U-Unknown Fact About Me: I love post-its!!
V-Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: Um...
W-Worst Habit: Probably snoozing the alarm 45 times before I actually get up.
X-X-Rays or Ultrasounds: Neither right now.
Y-Your Favorite Food: Mmm...Smothered burrito with cheese and onions.
Z-Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Monday, October 6, 2008


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! 30-27! GOOOOOD JOB BOYS!!! Such a good game!! We needed that so so bad!! Jessica and Travis are now going to bed stoked!

That is all :)

The one about the cute foam cards and the messy house.

Our friends came down from Idaho this weekend to visit. We had a really fun time...with the exception of Mari and I having yucky stomach ache's for some reason on Saturday. It was just kind of one of those days where you lounge around and hang out! Mari's son turns 1 October 19th so she wanted to do his birthday party with kind of a Halloween we went shopping :)! We went to Michael's and picked out some REALLY cute stuff. For his cards we got some foam sheets (Green, White, Black, Orange, and Purple) and it came in a little kit with 1000 TINY foam letters!! (Try finding all of the letters you need in that box!) It also came with some little foam Halloween cut outs, like witches hats, black cats, trick or treat bags, lollipops, and ghosts. We ended up working on the cards most of the day and had tons of fun doing it!! Each one was very different from the next and I am SO sad to say that I forgot to take a picture because they turned out ADORABLE! Kassi and Tony ended up coming over for dinner and at first they were like..."What are you guys doing?? It is a Saturday night!!" but within 10 minutes...they were doing the same thing! haha. I will make Mari take some pictures and send them to me so I can post them. They really were adorable!

Now, the messy part! Remember said 1000 letters? Yeah, They spilled a few times...and they were stickers so you peeled off the back before you stuck them on the foam. Remember...1000. I think that is all that needs to be said. :)

Sunday was so relaxing!! My boys didnt play so we just watched all of the other games! Thank goodness Green Bay lost! The bears won though...those are really the only 2 in the division we need to worry about. We will play tonight so cross your fingers!!! We NEED a win!!

I cannot believe how much it rained this weekend, so awesome. AND I wore my COAT this morning!! The cold weather is coming. I am not sure I am excited as I thought I was going to know...when it was 100 degrees outside. I think we always want the opposite of what we are in (weather wise) Fall is a really nice time of the year though. The weather is usually perfect. It just seemed REALLY cold this morning!

Anyway, have a fantastic Monday, and week!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Good day!

So I have a whole bunch of overtime at work this week and I am off at like 10:30 today! So nice :) I get to go and run a whole bunch of errands, lucky me!! They are the fun kind of 'errands' going shopping to decorate for Halloween and such.

Mari and Matt are coming down this weekend and staying with us. They have meetings for most of the weekend (for Mona Vie) but we will still find time to do stuff and we are still DEFINITELY going out at night! I am soo excited :)

So, funny story about Travis. He was at work yesterday (keep in mind, this is his 4th day of work) Anyway, actually..I should probably give a background of what he does before I tell the story cuz it will make a little more sense. So, it is pretty much a production line to prepare the pipes for fire sprinkler system thingys in buildings. He works in the shop and currently he is 'threading' the pipe (making it easy to screw more pipe onto it.) One of the guys there cuts the pipe and gives him piles of it to thread, once he threads it, another guy takes it and puts fittings on it to prepare it for installation, then another guy welds everything together and BAM! You have pipe ready to be installed :) So, the cool thing about it is they kind of switch off jobs sometimes so everyone learns everything and they dont get sick of just doing one thing. Ok, so back to my story...The guy who usually cuts the pipe for Travis was not there, or was doing something else so Travis went to go cut some more pipe for himself. He thought it looked pretty common sense so he pulls up the big heavy handle of the cutter (I picture it like a paper cutter) and he puts the pipe in and he pulls the handle down. Well, apparently he held the wrong side of the pipe so the side he didnt hold came flying up and hit him right in the middle of his forehead! He came home and had a good little bump, haha. His friend was coming over just as it hit him and told him that he did the same thing during his first week and said "Dude, you should have grabbed the other side." Apparently it is not so common sense ;) (Travis might not like me for posting that.)

That is all for now! Have a FAN TAS TIC weekend because it is FRIDAY :)

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