Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Party

I could not think of a clever title, so it just states the obvious. On Friday, Oct. 29 we had a Halloween Party at our house! We had a great time with the Jones, Gooch, Schow, DuBois, and Wheeler couples. Here are a few pictures from the game we played - HALLOWEEN MINUTE TO WIN IT!
Andrea trying to get the oreo to her mouth. Isn't this a great picture? She and Tyler, her hubbie, won the grand prize.

Megan claiming victory.


Tatiana unrolling the streamers. Quite the action shot...(joking)

Megan giving it a "whirl", no pun intended...(joking, yet again)

Please notice our 8 months pregnant Talea giving the donuts a go.

Gooch working those abs for the donut.

Ryan was all business when it came to this game.

Craig is classic in this pic. I think his neck was turned around 180 degrees.

Happy Late Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Crafting of Sorts

This past weekend was a blast! My mom and sisters came up to the Minidoka Craft Fair. How big could a craft fair be in Rupert, ID? It is actually one of the biggest in all of Idaho. I think my family was surprised at how big the craft fair was. I loved walking around all the booths, getting ideas of things I could make (it's true, I'm too cheap to buy things, unless I can't recreate it). After moving from a basement apartment to our house, I realized seasonal decorations were sparse. Slowly I've been making some things to decorate our home, especially for fall.
Here is a taste of what I've been up to.

My friend Jen Pinther and I made these box shelves back in July. I absolutely love them. Beadboard makes everything better. Each season I will change out the ribbon and
what goes inside.

I wish I had come up with this idea, but I got it from It is a Halloween topiary. You take cupcake liners and glue them to a foam ball. Jen Pinther and I had a great time making them while we ate Doc's cheese sticks...THEY ARE TO DIE FOR!

This is a simple way to get a seasonal craft. I bought this frame at the DI, painted it Metallic Gold, added some ribbon and vinyl letters.

Vinyl letters take two. I spray painted some old plates, added some vinyl letters and put them on my plate rack.

Starting this month, my friend Tenille Claridge and I started a craft club with some gals from our ward. We meet once a month and do a craft for $15 or less. Tenille was in charge this month and did a phenom job.

Here's the finished product of what us craft club ladies did. I found some sparkle pumpkins that matched perfect.

Ok, I didn't make these block letters. My sweet mother-in-law bought them for me. Aren't the adorable? Each side of the block has a different number on it, so you can count down to special events. Only 6 days until Halloween.

Aren't these pumpkins the cutest thing you've seen? Garrett and I came up with the idea of painting some stumps orange, adding some stems and creating pumpkins for our porch. I absolutely love having these out on display.

A fall/halloween post wouldn't be compelte without a picture of the pumpkin we carved. Our friends, the Wheeler's, invited us over and we carved Stanley, our pumpkin.

What have you created this holiday season? Any ideas for winter?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet My Peeps {Allyce}

Meet my dear friend Allyce. Allyce and I have been friends for well over a decade. One thing you should know about Allyce is that she has an impeccable memory. She remembers everything about a person, even their half birthday! You can check out Allyce here.

What is your full name?
Allyce Katie Jones

Where do you live?
The armpit of Utah

What is you favorite color?
Bright Orange

What is your favorite Restaurant?

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
I ate something out of the garbage... it had been there for over 12 hours

Do you have a favorite word?

What movie can you recite by heart?

If you could trade lives with anyone, who would it be and why?
By former flatmate Ina- because she still lives in Germany and I'd love to go back!

What was your worst middle school moment?
Being tardy to spanish class

What are 3 things you cannot live without?
A calculator, sleeping bag, and remote control fan

What song always make you feel happy when you hear it?
Become You- Indigo Girls

Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

What famous person do you most resemble?
None... I have quite a unique look.

What book you have read has changed your life? How?
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis... it's an interesting look at the grieving process. It helped me to become more compassionate

What is the single best decision you have ever made?
Going to Utah State

If you could write a book about anything, what would it be?

What is the best pickup line you have ever heard?
I was blinded by your beauty so I'm going to need your name and number for insurance reasons

Friday, October 15, 2010

My String

When I think of my relationship with Garrett, I think of flying a kite. I am the kite and Garrett is the string. He keeps me grounded. He keeps me from flying away. He give me my freedom to fly around, however, he knows how to direct me to keep me safe and up in the air. With him, I will never fall to the ground.

My emotions have been out of whack for the past month or so, and sadly Garrett has taken the brunt of it all. He shows great patience toward me and life without him would be pointless. Garrett, I love you. I want to be all that I can for you. Thank you for keeping me grounded.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Meet My Peeps {Aggie}

Each Wednesday, for a bit, I am going to be a spotlight on someone I know and who I think you should know. So get ready friends and family of may be next.

The week you're going to get to know Aggie, our adorable Black Lab.

What is your full name?
Aggie...that's it

How did you get your name?
Utah State University Aggies

When were you born?
March 12, 2010

What is your favorite word?
Lexi or Walk - (Lexi is my grandma dog. She's my favorite person to play with)

3 things you cannot live without?

1. Bones
2. Food
3. Attention

Favorite Food?
People Food

What do you do to get attention?
Go steal clothes out of the laundry until Garret or Sarah notices me

Any guilty pleasure?
Digging holes in the backyard, which I'm not suppose to do.

Aggie and her BIG bone.
(Creepy eyes in all the pictures, I know. But since our camera broke we've been using a weak sauce one that I can't figure out. But look at the size of that bone!)
We Love Aggie!

You May Not Know...

Being the avid *cough* blogger that I am, I realized that I haven't shared much information about our lived since, shall we say May? So to make up for lost time, here are some tidbits of the Summer and beginning of Fall that slipped through the blogging cracks.

You May Not Know...

We both graduated from USU on May 8, 2010. Garrett = BS Interdisciplinary Studies. Sarah= Journalism & Communications and Health & Wellness
We moved it Rupert, Idaho. Garrett is working at A+ Solutions Counseling Agency and for the Minidoka School District. He works with kids who have behavioral problems. I started out working for Impact Athletic, teaching fitness classes, however, I recently switched over to the Best Western Burley Inn, working as a personal assistant (more hours, better pay).
We got a puppy, who is not so much a puppy anymore. She's a black lab and we named her Aggie.

Memorial Day camping trip to Bear Lake with the Condie clan. We brought Abbey (my sis) along. We went to Minitonka Cave (we were the first guests of the season) and played Minute to Win It. Of course Garrett and I brought home the victory.My sidekick sister, Emily, got married to Joshua Armstrong. She wore my Grandma's wedding dress. It was beautiful.
After the wedding, Emily and Josh had an open house in Cali (where he is from). Disneyland couldn't be missed.
The Fourth of July in Rupert is a BIG deal. Seriously - just ask Sam Nef Spendlove. She knows what I'm talking about. Anyway, my family came up. My dad and I ran in the Rupert 4th of July 5k, the family went to the parade and boating. It was a great time. We also got to celebrate my Dad's birthday while he was here. THE BIG 4-9!

On the 24th of July there is a race in Oakley, Idaho (population 1000) called the Goose Creek Run-off. It's a 10k. Garrett, his mom (Debra), and I all joined in and complete the 10k. At the end they had a drawing for a Nordic Track X7i Treadmill (you've seen it - it's the one with Jillian Michaels on the commercials). Anyway, they drew out my name and I won the treadmill. It goes up to a 40% incline, has wi-fi and all. I still can't believe it. What a perfect gift! It now sits proudly in our master bedroom.

(This is a BIG picture because winning the treadmill was a BIG deal)

The first part of August we found out we were expecting a baby sometime in April. We were so excited, however, it wasn't meant to be. About 8 weeks later I had a miscarriage. It was a blow, but we're doing ok. We still get sad, but know that there is a plan and all we can do is move forward. We've kept it pretty quiet and don't really need any sad feelings or condolences; that is not why I am writing about it. We have accepted what has happened and are looking forward to the day that we can get pregnant again! And we are excited for our sister-in-law Anna and my sister Emily to have their babies in March and May.

Since we thought a baby was on the way, we needed to get a reliable car. Goodbye Oldsmobile and welcome Nissan Pathfinder. Notice the Aggie Blue Color?

Please notice the air that all 5'3 of me got? Impressive, I know.

Lastly, the annual Labor Day camping trip to Bear Lake with the Condie Clan was a great time. Garrett and I rocked Minute to Win It yet again, but Jennifer and Jeremy gave us run for our money this time around. We went to the beach and ate double our body weight. We tried to hike it off at Bloomington lake. Why does camping food have to be so good?

Well, there you have it. A full report of our summer in'd think I'd get the hint that I've got to keep up on the blog. We'll see. You may not have known, but now you do!

Have you tried?

If not, you're missing out. These two beauties together make magic in your mouth. I have discovered that the best ratio is 2 peanuts to one candy corn, but that's just me talking. Try it. Love it. Thank me.