Tuesday, December 29, 2009


caution: this post is picture intensive due to my lack of posting the past couple months . . .

Tom and I went to Nashville for Halloween! Tom has special ties to Nashville, because he played football for the Vanderbilt Commodores his freshman year. The campus and the city have a special place in his heart, and he's always wanted to take me back there and show me around . . . so that's what we did!

Tom: "I walked over that bridge every day on my way to class!"

The squirrel picture has a story: not only are there a million squirrels all over Vandy's campus, but one day when Tom was walking to class from football practice, he was attacked by one. He survived, the size ratio nonwithstanding. And isn't the architecture of all the buildings incredible? I love it.

Vandy's campus is also an arbortoreum. Which means: SO MANY TREES! Beautiful, mature trees. This was a trend I found all over Tennessee. Very different from Utah- a much more lush, green look, and we were there in the fall to see all the beautiful colors!

I also got the special tour of the Vanderbilt athletic facilities! Tom showed me around the locker room & the weight room, and it was a special moment when he showed me the Commodore Creed and told me more about the quality of people and friends that are part of the Vanderbilt program. Classy, genuine people- and so friendly. We felt right at home.

There's no pictures, because of course my camera ran out of batteries, but we also went to the Vanderbilt vs. Georgia Tech game. Vandy was doing great until the last quarter, and I enjoyed watching a live football game with Tom, who hasn't sat in the stands for probably 10 years.

You can't go to Nashville without going to Jack's BBQ, right? Well, we went multiple times. Seriously, bbq back home has nothing on the bbq in the South. SO. GOOD.

I feel like I'm taking y'all on the grand tour of Tom & Whit's trip, but here you go. We also went to the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's homestead. It was gorgeous. Here is Tom walking on the path to the slave quarters (you can barely see the sky through the trees!) and here we are wearing the goofy headphones that with the press of a button, tell you all you would ever hope to know about the Hermitage and life at the time of Andrew Jackson. and more.

Tom at Andrew Jackson's tomb and on the back porch of the mansion.

The Hermitage is a very large place, and we walked around all of it, which requires a good amount of resting on the benches, as you can see.

trees, trees, trees! & clover wherever you walk . .

Waiting in line at the Pancake Pantry! Tom also thought that the store across the street reminded him of someone he knows . . .

We also stopped at the Battle of Nashville monument. For those of you who know me and my bookshelves, I have a thing for Civil War books- and this monument was just so cool. I love the inscriptions- particularly the last line of the one in the picture above.

Didn't I marry such a handsome man? Anyway, while in Nashville we also saw a show at the Grand Ole Oprey- my first country music show! Keith Urban was one of the performers, along with Vince Gill and a bunch of other really talented people (whose names I don't remember). Alas, I would show more pictures, but lack of juice in the camera batteries prevented it.
And a special thanks to the Piennettes for letting us stay with you in Brentwood, use your truck, your GPS, taking us to the airport, etc. You guys are the best! Go Notre Dame!
Ok, these last two pictures might seem kinda random, but they are the last of my fall pictures: Tom in the Field of Dreams assuaging my middle school teaching woes, and my cute sis Kelley going to Homecoming!

Monday, October 5, 2009

bachelor of science: global studies: geography

not too much going on . . . . . .

but the big guy graduated!! way to go TOM!

ok, so i know this might be old news for some of you (he graduated back in august), but we just barely got the for real diploma in the mail. so official.

congrats grad!

p.s. sorry i'm so behind: school- you know. but i found out that i am student teaching with seventh graders, and before anyone says "i feel sorry for you"- save it! because i'm loving teaching these guys! (seriously the kings and queens of randomness).

p.p.s. if you have a second, check out my reading blog, enjoyabook.blogspot.com. i update it more often than this (sadly) . . . .

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

silver lake and summer update

so what have we been up to? lots of hikes this summer! our favorite is the silver lake hike up american fork canyon. we've been doing this one religiously this summer- every friday morning!

and we went to the 24th of july pioneer day salt lake bees game. my favorite part was when we got to go down on the field after the game and watch the fireworks!!

and coaching! love my little swimmers- they have been one of the highlights of my summer, and the reason that i've withstood triple digit temperatures day after day, and not so sexy navy blue coaches polo shirts (i'm the tall one 2nd from the right). thank goodness for sarah- my co-coach- she was great this summer!

coming up . . . i'm doing the jordanelle triathlon, so we'll hopefully get some pics of that- in case you haven't noticed i'm not mrs. wifey-photographer, so the photos are scanty, but when we take them, boy are they good!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

striking resemblences

ya, i know it's been a really long time since i posted. such goes the busy married life huh? and we have been busy! I just wanted to record for any and all future generations the wonderful husband that i wake up to in the morning . . .
this is his morning 'do. forgive me, but doesn't it vaguely remind you of someone . . .?

. . . perhaps former President Martin VanBuren, or (i think) Wolverine?
hmm. anyway, he's the most handsome guy ever. and i'm so so grateful that i'm the one that gets to enjoy him in the morning.
more to come later on what we've been doing (besides work) . . . i promise . . . patience . . .

Monday, April 27, 2009

one happy year

i realize that the time is a little past for posting on our (one year!!) anniversary (march 7), but it was absolutely wonderful (up at zermatt resort in midway, also where we spent our honeymoon). but here are some pictures of our wedding- the first time they have been seen by anyone other than family . . .

I love this view of the temple- it's a different angle than all of the others- and even though it was march- there is a little green in here!

i think these ones are so fun- dad couldn't keep a straight face though!!

and the reception . . .

yes, we all wore the same shoes . . .and wanted to shoot ourselves after the reception. but they were cute . . .

the groomsman . . . jeff?!

cheers to one happy year!

photography by simple photography (mysimplephotographer.com)