pre-thanksgiving pump up.

we've been real busy having lots of fun:].

we had a pre-thanksgiving feast with kelly &andrew. we played an INTENSE game of jenga, &had the most DELICIOUS salmon grilled to perfection on cedar planks. not to mention the shrimp &pineapple cabobs, baked potatoes, &glazed carrots:].
thanksgiving morning = turkey bowl. perfect beginning to a perfect day. check that boy out!
he hurt his hand &now it's huge &swollen.


how poor are we?!

dan is extremely stressed about money &yesterday i had to convince him to let us have $20 to spend on each other for christmas presents... it was very disturbing to me that we were even having this conversation. so in order to contribute i signed up to be a babysitter at care.com. i hope someone will call me so i can buy a christmas present for my HUSBAND!! my goodness. anyone have any other ideas for a little housewife like me?

we saw joshua james (click &listen!) in concert last weekend & they were AMAZING! they were encored. everyone loved HIM. no surprise:). but we love him the most. he just came out with a new CD, build me this. "in the middle" is my current favorite. &of course "coal war" is our first love.

he had been awake for approximately 30 seconds. we love him a lot.
shout out to mommy for the bessemer thrift store SHOPPING SPREE!! sweater, compliments of.
look at the big california smile:].


november. goals.

i am sorting my goals by month now. thanks to my most creative &cute friend mikaela.

make pumpkin choco-chip muffins/cookies.
make mom's homemade rolls for thanksgiving dinner.
get a job.
make serious leeway on christmas gifts. [!!!!!!!!]
go hot tubbing.
don't gain that holiday pie/fudge pudge.
finish east of eden.
decorate second bedroom.
picture project for kitchen. [!!!!!]
paper lanterns project.
do lots of service.

dan is officially WORKING! tutoring the sweetest little kindergartens &1st &2nd graders that i love hearing stories about. he's worked the past 3 days. i am adjusting. we've never had to be apart since matrimony hardly besides an occasional fishing trip and i'm just not quite used to it. i need at least five new hobbies for my days at home. ones that cost no money since we are sKRIMPING these days. anyone have any ideas?


s'more please!

halloween &the week prior was utterly wonderful. it involved trunk or treat [&since i'm the YW leader i felt it was my duty to go trunk-or-treating with them &fulfill my calling]. the missionaries came over &enjoyed some hot 'n' naughties [daddy james' specialty]. we watched V for vendetta. always listening to led zeppelin in the car lately. they are our favorites. we went to hurricane creek with the batteens &the driggers &went fishin' & had a fire. we had tin foil dinners, which were scrumptious! &to my joy &glee... S'MORES!! dan & i probably had 13 between us. still jobless. it's okay. i think we're getting a little too used to it.

this is a sacred circle. no one is allowed is step on it, only the football players after they beat auburn. it was special.

this is the gang. we love each other a little. don't even bother that none of us are prepared for the picture.

should he be a POLITICIAN?? i think i'm a little intrigued by those shining white teeth. we had a press conference. it's no big deal or anything.

so all the members of the UNDEFEATED alabama football team put their hands up &touch the win. it seems to be working.

i think my eyes might be closed. andrew batteen is our friend with the hook-ups &he took us on an awesome campus tour! it was SWEET. we saw everything.

i presumptuously put my forehead right in front of his lips. i love the little kisses:].

we were SO winded by the time we got up here. too BAD we took the elevator &only had to go up one floor. that's the day i got sore for two days from two flights of stairs &realized i should probably start working out.

this is our best friend NASH. we love him so much. he is the most amazing, wonderful 17-year old person.

samson! no big deal how huge this dog is! property of jessica &chris koerner our cutest new friends:].

look at those faces! soo cute. that's elder durocher by the way.

these are our halloween costumes. we are so scary. freedom fighters i think.

halloween night! there was a full moon. and 6 full happy hearts with fishin, tin foil dinners, s'mores, &the most beautiful fall trees in our sweet secret spot.

the tackle box gang. we started a clubbb.