Thursday, November 13, 2008


To many people this came as a surprise, but for Tom and I this is the end of something that has been fun, challenging, frustrating, and great. Tom is gradutating after this season, and so it is his final season of football. It was really exciting to have him honored at senior day at his last home game in Lavell Edwards Stadium.
Tom is part of a senior class that has never lost a game at home. Way to go Cougars!

Tom has come a long way, and I am very proud of him. From being a nationally ranked center in high school, to a freshman All-American and All-SEC Freshman Team Selection his freshman year at Vanderbilt, to playing here in Provo for the BYU Cougars, Tom has worked very hard. Although these past couple of years have been challenging, with knee injuries to overcome as well as shoulder injuries, it has been a special time in Tom's life that I have been grateful to share. Tom has grown and learned so much, made a lot of friends, and has been an example for not just me, but for so many people. He is so talented, and I am so proud of him.

We are now excited to continue on and explore some of our other talents, off the football field. We are both very happy and excited for what the future holds, and are very grateful for this wonderful experience. We are also grateful for the coaches and supporters along the way that helped Tom to become the great player and person that he is. Thank you for all of your kindness and support.
I know there are others of you who will be missing this cute butt out there on the field in those sexy stretchy pants . . . .

Monday, November 3, 2008


My first tag that I've actually done. Thanks Courtney!

8 TV Shows I like to watch:
1. Emeril Live
2. What Not To Wear
3. America's Next Top Model
4. Grizzly Man Diaries
5. 30 Minute Meals
6. The Office
7. Iron Chef America
8. Jon and Kate + Eight

8 Things that happened yesterday:
1. Finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusack, Hamlet, and the book of Alma in the B.O.M.
2. Ate waaaay too many 3 Musketeers (they're not even really my favorite)
3. Went on a bike ride up my favorite Big Springs trail up South Fork in Provo Canyon with my mom
4. Ripped another hole in my favorite Paige's
5. Went to Macaroni Grill for old times sake with my lover (Tom)
6. Looked at everyone's fun Halloween costumes on their blogs and facebook and lamented that I wasn't more creative this year
7. Decided that the only thing that will keep me warm this year is more scarves
8. Was smushed by Tom while we were taking a nap (the unconcious steamroller)
8 Favorite Places to Eat:
1. Macaroni Grill
2. Benihanas
3. Cafe Rio
4. Tucanos
5. Biaggi's
6. CPK
7. Kneaders
8. Magleby's
8 Things I am looking forward to:
1. The Holidays!
2. Getting my hair done
3. the end of the football season (not that it hasn't been fun)
4. Skiing
5. Tom getting home from practice
6. Nordy's half-yearly sale
7. making yummy Thanksgiving and Christmas treats!
8. Tom getting home!!
8 Things I am passionate about:
1. My family
2. teaching/school/english
3. reading
4. being outdoors
5. the gospel
6. helping others
7. traveling
8. getting 8 hours of sleep
8 people I tag:
1. Bonnie
2. Carly (Miss Smith)
3. Zach
4. Kendall
5, 6, 7, 8- anyone who wants to!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Neglect . . .

Signs that I haven't been riding my bikes enough:
The water in my water bottle and camelback is stale.
The Thunderbolt has two flat tires.
My visiting teachers think that my roadie is part of my home decor.
I will be the first person to admit that I am not the best at decorating, but really, I need to take advantage of the weather right now, before it starts getting cold . . .

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Books, books, books

Check out my reading blog! It's starting out as a project for a class, but I have a feeling that I'll want to keep going with it . . . .

Monday, September 29, 2008

Discovered in AF

Last Saturday Mom, Jen, & I were in American Fork- and found this sweet stop right off of Main Street! Flour Girls & Dough Boys Bakery. They have all sorts of yummy stuff!!

Absolutely darling! I loved the smell and feeling of the place.

Not to mention all of their yummy food . . . which includes all sorts of breads, sandwiches, soups, and pastries. I would recommend the raspberry bars and the shortbread cookies. So good!! You will absolutely fall in love with this place if you go there, as I did! It also has free wi-fi- pretty good for little ol' AF!

Flour Girls & Dough Boys
35 North Barrett Avenue
American Fork, UT

State Fair & the Knights

A few weeks ago Tom and I went to the state fair! It was lots of fun! We especially liked looking (and sometimes petting) all the animals. If you ever go to the state fair- see the worlds largest alligator. It costs a dollar, but it's so worth it! The thing looks like a dinosaur!! We also had fun eating fried food (hey, it's the fair) which doesn't really sit too well with me- at all. But the funnel cakes were a hit, as were the TIGERS!

Me petting a goose. I think he liked it.

So this is the largest steer I have ever seen. Just to give you an idea of how big it is- Tom is 6'5" and the steer was pretty much as tall as him. And weighed more too! about 2000 pounds if I remember correctly.

But he was gentle!!

Dad & Jen at Kelley's soccer game. Kelley's a junior at Lone Peak High School and has been having a great season despite getting bronchitis. Way to go Kell!!

The Knights after a hard won victory last Thursday. Kelley plays defense- she's number 4. It's kinda funny because every time she gets the ball and kicks it we shout out "FOUR!" like you would in golf. Just to let Kell know that we love her and support her. Go Knights!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Finally . . . FALL!!

I can't even describe how excited I am that fall is here! Honestly, it's one of my favorite seasons! Better than summer, when you sweat all day and get sunburns, that's for sure! I'm ready for the change of weather- bring it on! Of course this change of weather means all sorts of wonderful things happen- such as going back to school (I'm not being sarcastic-I'm really enjoying it!). Tom is doing well in school right now also. Way to go on all those biology quizzes babe- 100%- woohoo! I'm especially loving my Literature for Adolescents class- where we are required to read 30 young adult novels- finally, an excuse for being a book worm! Love it! I discovered a sweet new site that helps me keep track of everything I've read, and also allows me to share books and book reviews with people- amazing! Check it out at

Fall also means bike rides and changing scenery- what a beautiful place we live in!!

. . . and also Swiss Days- with yummy scones bigger than your face!

. . . and our late summer favorite- peaches. Yum! Thank's to Tom's mom for giving us some! They're delicious! I think I just might make a peach cobbler tonight . . . :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Getting Excited

The summer is wrapping up and we're getting ready for school and the football season!

At the Cougar Kickoff

Tom & Chris

And a happy 98th birthday to Grampa Lindsey!! "I'm still alive!!" Love you!

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Hey!! In case anyone has any questions about what's been happening with Tom lately- he's doing just fine. I've gotten a lot of phone calls about Tom lately- just family and friends concerned about how he's doing. Tom's been getting a lot of press lately about his shoulder and football. He has been having problems with his shoulder, specifically his AC joint, and possibly a bone hook somewhere in there! Eventually he will need surgery, but for now the trainers and doctors have turned to other solutions.

Early this week Tom got two cortizone (sp?) shots, which work as anti-inflammatories and also help to numb it somewhat. His shoulder has been really sore, but he's pushing through, and hoping to get back into the swing of things as soon as possible. In the meantime, he comes home from practice really sore and tired from riding the bike and running on the treadmill all day. Hey if you can't do regular practice, than they're going to kick your butt in shape!!

Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern for Tom, he has been doing much better, and we love you all and will see you later in the season!

Friday, August 8, 2008

As late I rambled in the happy fields

It's about time! First, I have to make a disclaimer: there are a lot of pictures in this post! Now you can't say that I didn't warn you!!
There has been a desperate battle going on between facebook and the blog. I'm sorry to say that facebook has been winning- I haven't updated the blog for a long time!! This summer has been full of sun and fun-we've been on a lot of adventures this summer- as you will probably tell by the length of this post :)
This is Tom getting ready to go wakesurfing for the first time! Oh baby . . . .
Woohoo! Here's Tom wakesurfing- he's pretty much a pro by now. . . .
Tom was asked by his uncle Spence to speak at a youth conference at Zion Ponderosa Resort in Zion's National Park. We spend a few lovely days inspiring youth and enjoying some of the Southern Utah scenery.
Tom and I on the Cable Mountain hike. Lots of blisters and sweaty backs, but it was lots of fun!!
Tom looking down the canyon from the top of Cable Mountain (they used to cut down trees and lower the lumber down the canyon on cables). 3,000 feet to the bottom! A little scary when you look over the edge, but it's not like we were scared or anything . . . ;)
The next week we were lucky enough to go back to Zion's with my cousins from Vegas and hike the Narrows! This is the crew with our hiking sticks- (they were essential!!)
Here is a sweet picture of the canyon. It was so much fun hiking through the river, the rocks, and the sand, with the canyon walls towering over you.
Jenna, Tom, and I taking a break.
Going to a rodeo was one of the things on our list to do this summer, so here we are at the Oakley rodeo! It was so much cooler than I thought! It reminded Tom of how he is aspiring to be a steer wrestler, and it reminded me of when I was obsessed with horses when I was 5 years old. Suffice it to say, we really got back in touch with our inner cowboy/cowgirl.
Tom, Chris, and Marissa took a little trip up to Burley, ID to see our land up there, and came back with high hopes for it. I don't know about you guys, but I would probably want to jump in that canal and cool off . . . .
Another fun adventure was floating down the Provo river. Don't let this picture fool you, we were freezing! That river is so cold! Plus Tom and I capsized in one of the rapids, fully immersed in the freezing water, and had a fun time chasing our tube down a half mile or so of the river. Seriously though, it was a lot of fun!!
If anyone was to float down the river, I would recommend air mattresses as the preferred method of transportation. Although our misshapen tubes were lots of fun! :)
We were also lucky enough to take a trip down to Calilfornia with my sisters and my mom. We went to a bunch of beaches: Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Carlsbad, and Doheny. LOVED Huntington- (beach, great shopping, and Mexican food- what else could you ask for?).
Here is the lizard Tom killed on the beach- he threw a rock at it from 30 or so feet away. He felt bad for killing it, but also was proud to show his woman how if they were stuck in the wilderness, they would be able to survive with his honed and perfected hunting skills.
Jenna and I trying to look cool with our ten foot foam longboards. You think that if we could surf behind the boat, we could surf in the ocean. Well, almost! It's a little different and a lot more salty, that's for sure.
We got the chance to hang out with Tom's mission president, Pres. Middleton after Cherie and Eli Rhoads' wedding, while we were waiting for them to come out. Pres. Middleton is absolutely one of the cutest and most talented people I've ever known!!
Just waiting outside the temple- I love the flowers!!!! I can't wait until I can have my own yard and garden to landscape!
Here's Eli and Tom- so cute you guys!
Another really special time this summer was when we got to go up to Montana to Hairpin Ranch to hang out with the family. It really is big sky (or big guy?) country- the landscape is beautiful- lots of stars at night, grassy fields, four-wheeling, fishing, and LOTS of cows!! Here's Caroline-my little buddy- hanging out by the lake.
Hey Chris! Just hanging out on the patio enjoying the early afternoon . . .
Tom and Savannah looking at cows through the binoculars . . .
I wanted this picture to come last because I think it is so peaceful and relaxing! We had so much fun playing with the cousins; Montana is one of our favorite places!
So if you were wondering about the title of this post, I took it from John Keats' poem To a friend who sent me some Roses:
As late I rambled in the happy fields,
What time the skylark shakes the tremulous dew
From his lush clover covert;- when anew
Adventurous knights take up their dinted sheilds
I saw the sweet flower wild nature yields,
A fresh-blown musk-rose: 'twas the first that threw
Its sweets upon the summer: graceful it grew
As is the wand that queen Titania wields.
And, as I feasted on its fragrancy,
I thought the garden-rose it far excell'd;
But when, O Wells! Thy roses came to me,
My sense with their deliciousness was spell'd:
Soft voices had they, that with tender plea
Whisper'd of peace, and truth, and friendliness
I felt like this poem relates a lot to the kind of summer that we had. To me, the memories that we made this summer are like the roses, beautiful and sweet- this is really a golden time to make memories- with each other, of the beautiful places we've seen and the things we have experienced, and all made sweeter by the people that have shared it with us. Memories that we will be able to feast on and treasure, that will whisper peace and friendliness and good times.
(Sorry- there's more where that came from, but I won't push any more of my English poet obsession on you!! :)
This summer truly has been wonderful- and if you asked me, I would briefly and truthfully say that this has been one of the best summers EVER!!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The List

So one evening early this spring Tom and I sat down one evening at home as a family, and wrote on a poster all the things we want to do this summer. This is a pretty big list . . . and includes everything from boating to triathlons, reading books, rodeos, road trips, and feeding the ducks.

Going to a baseball game was on our list- and it was lots of fun! SL vs. Tacoma on a lovely summer evening . . .

Yes, we got hot dogs . . . Tom's was huge!!

Another thing on our list was the Manti Pageant. Such a neat experience!! On the way there we were stopped on the road by some sheep herders. It was definitely a nice change of scenery from Provo . . . .

This summer has already gotten off to a good start . . . and there is more to come! If you know me, you know it takes a while for me to catch up on the blog, but there's more good stuff coming!!