Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My favorite 2011 moments!

Welp...2011 has come and almost gone. I can't believe it!
Time sure does fly...especially when you're having fun.
And this year, my friends, I had a lot of fun! :)

So to celebrate 2012 comin' on its way...I shall recap some of my favorite times that went down in the year 2011. (And in chronological order no less. :)

1. The birth of my niece, Ms. Laela Carolina Barksadale. (January 2011)
I sure do love that little peanut...though she is not so little these days. That kid is walking around, saying a few words, dances, and is the cutest thing on the planet. I wish I could see her every day. This picture is us on her blessing day in AZ shortly after she was born.

2. Out with the old, in with the new. (January 2011)
So I got rear ended a few days after Christmas 2010 and since my 4Runner was not worth much anymore (to the insurance companies...not I) poor Neil was totaled out and I had to get a new car. This picture is of me with Neil on our final day together. We drove around to our favorite spots, blared some music (on his old speakers), and I told him how sorry I was I had to get rid of him. The day Neil left was seriously sad. I cried. I don't care if you think I'm pathetic. I loved Neil with all my heart and soul and whenever I see a tan 4Runner, I think back fondly and sometimes I tear up. I am grateful for my Millie girl, though. She's been good to me, especially her MUCH more efficient gas tank. I know I could not still be at New Haven if it weren't for Millie girl. So for that, I am truly thankful.
R.I.P Neil...I miss your handsome bod.

3. Jimmer-mania! (Basketball season 2011)
Everyone in the USA knows the name Jimmer! And it was so exciting to be at BYU for it! Every game was so thrilling and you could only stand there and wait for him to do something extraordinary, because he did pretty much every game! It was so great to see BYU's name all over ESPN and have professional players talk about Jimmer. I love when I have an extra reason to have school spirit...and he certainly brought it!

4. My 24th Birthday. (March 2011)
I always love my birthday, and this year did not disappoint. I had awesome friends around me, we did awesome things, and who can't help but love having a Justin Bieber cut out?! He was a nice addition to our home, even if he lurked in the shadows early in the morning and would sometimes frighten us. :)

5. Going to Santa Barbara for the first time! (March 2011)
Alex and I are just little bfs/gfs in this picture! Feels so long ago. :)
It was great to go to my future husband's home town, meet his parents, and start to join our lives together. I'm so glad we are both from paradise spots so that going home is always a pleasure!

6. Getting Engaged!!! (March 2011)
The engagement happened shortly after we returned from Santa Barbara. He even had the ring with him the whole time while we were there...that little stinker. BUT...our engagement night was a memorable one and I was SO happy to know that we were actually doing this thing! :)

7. Festival of Colors (March 2011)
I have wanted to go for SO many years now, but would always have something in the way...usually work. Thankfully they're now making more sessions of it, so that you can find a time that works for you! We went the morning after our engagement and it was SUCH an amazing way to celebrate! I can't wait for the next one...it is seriously a great event!

8. Celine Dion Concert in Vegas! (April 2011)
I have DREAMED of it my whole life and it actually came true. I actually saw Celine Dion sing...live...right in front of my eyes. Her style, her grace, her voice...ah! Everything about her was flawless. She was just how I imagined and I love her even more. It was literally a day trip, but it was worth it and I so enjoyed going with my friends to see this diva!

9. Graduating from BYU! (April 2011)
Ok, so technically I graduated in December 2010, but there was no celebration to be had until April! My family all came out and it was so nice to officially recognize all of my accomplishments while I was at BYU. I love BYU with all my heart and soul and can't imagine going to school anywhere else. It was just where I needed to be. I learned a lot secularly, spiritually, and personally. It's where I grew up. (Wait? Am I a grown up?) Graduating was definitely a reason to party it up and it was awesome being able to sit next to my bestie, Ashley Kay, for both ceremonies! I'm so happy to be done! :)

10. Gettin' our engagements on! (May 2011)
I'm SO grateful my awesome sister, Krista, is a photographer!

11. Being at home for a few weeks! (parts of June, July, & August 2011)
I love being home during summer. Beach, boats, and pool are in full swing! It was also great being with my family and just being in the paradise I call home. This happened one day: a lizard slithered in our house and I was SO terrified that all I could do was trap it under this tupperware and wait for daddio to get home. I left this sign so no one would move it!

12. Braves game! (June 2011)
So sad that it was the one and only game I could go to this season, but it's always a good time. Love those baseball boys of mine!

13. EFY! (June-July 2011)
This was my 5th year of working EFY! It is SUCH a huge part of my life. Some of my very best friends are because of EFY. Some of my most precious spiritual times are because of EFY. A lot of who I am today is because of EFY...both as a participant and worker. My last year did not disappoint! It was such a blast and I am so glad Alex was able to join me this year and see him love being a counselor. I truly am blessed to have been able to work it all these summers.

14. Palmyra EFY! (August 2011)
I am SO fortunate to have been picked to be a counselor at the special edition EFY in Palmyra, NY! It was an unforgettable experience. I was able to go to the Sacred Grove, Cumorah Hill, Fayette, the BoM printshop, the Whitmer farm, and so much more. I loved my kids and I loved that week. I want to go back so badly! Everyone should go...it's seriously amazing!

15. Got hitched! (August 2011)
'Nuff said. There's nothing like being in the sealing room of the temple knowing you're making the right decision. I love being married and I love my husband.

16. Honeymoon! (August 2011)
Honeymoons are awesome! I highly recommend them. Ours was perfect. Right on the beach, laid back, plenty of things to do, lots of relaxing, etc. Twas a sad day when it came to an end. Moral of the story...get married and go on a honeymoon! It's great! :)

17. Rascal Flatts Concert! (September 2011)
I've almost convinced my husband how awesome they are! He had a good time, not quite as good as me, but it was still a grand 'ole time! I quite enjoy going to concerts with my hubby...especially when it's Rascal Flatts.

18. Salt Lake Cemetary (October 2011)
If you're in SLC...go there! We loved seeing all of the prophets that are buried there, but Pres. Hinckley was by far the coolest. He's "our" prophet and we love him so. It's an amazing experience to stand by his grave and reflect on all he did in this world and all he did to me, personally. He's a role model and I miss him lots.

19. Santa Barbara Reception (October 2011)
Our 2nd reception was a blast! Love my family, love my friends, loved going to the L.A. temple...which is where this picture is taken.

20. Thanksgiving (November 2011)
Yes...my husband rocks. He put on this get up and I love him for it!

21. Our first Christmas! (December 2011)
Our first Christmas together as a married couple was a success! He did a good job in the present department, and so did I! :) It was so nice to have our siblings around and just have a few days to be with each other and feel of the spirit the Christmas season brings! Here's to many more Christmases!

2011 was for sure a year that will go down in history!
I mean...I got engaged, graduated BYU, AND got married all in one year!
2012 is already looking bright and I'm excited to see what the future brings for us Fosters.

How was YOUR 2011?! Do tell! :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Random Christmas Thoughts.

I don't have anything profound to say.
Only fragments of thoughts strung together.
So maybe I can make them Christmas-y?

1. I've worked a lot the last few weeks. Good for the bank. Bad for seeing my hubby. I am SO excited for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be with him.

2. Karly, JJ, and the babe are here. We went and saw Santa tonight! It took over an hour to get through the line, but that's fine. Laela did really well until she looked up and saw who was holding her. The look was priceless.

3. Don't tell anyone, but I wish it would snow for Christmas.

4. I realized I am not so great at being a mom during this season. There are so many things I wanted to make, cook, bake, create, etc. and did next to none of them. Good thing I'm not a mom and my husband didn't know I had such plans to do so. (Until he reads this.)

5. Our BEAUTIFUL Christmas tree is dead. We discovered it was not taking in water. We're thinking the idiot man at the tree lot did not cut off the bottom. We sawed it off ourselves, but we think it's a lost cause since it's still wilted. It's still pretty when the lights are off though.

6. We're taking care of my friend's cat, Nahla, while she's home for Christmas. She's great until bed time. Then we hear her batting ornaments off the tree and then chasing them around or she pounces on us in bed. It is so fun coming home to a pet though! I'm grateful I married someone who likes cats.

7. I have not watched nearly enough Christmas movies. And by that I've only seen half of Elf and half of Charlie Brown Christmas. The rest of Elf, Home Alone, and Rudolph...here I come!

8. Alex and I finished the final season of "Friends." We started at season 1 shortly after we began dating and have finally finished season 10! No matter how many times I see the final episode, I cry. It's so exciting that Chandler & Monica got twins. You love that Phoebe is still quirky, even though she's married. You feel SUCH a sense of relief that Rachel and Ross are together!! You are saddened, yet excited that Chandler & Monica are moving to the suburbs. You can't help but feel sad that everyone has someone, except for Joey...what's he supposed to do?! I know, I'm ridic. I feel like they're my own friends. I love them and I love the last episode.

9. I hate fruitcake.

10. I played laser tag with my girls today at work since they don't have school right now. I chose to have them play the "Pirates of the Caribbean" soundtrack during our 30 minute battle: red vs. green. I was on the green team. My girls and I dominated 240 to the red's measly 209. The bloodbath plus Pirates booming in your soul was quite the experience. You could call it epic.

11. I really hope we make gingerbread men tomorrow.

12. I have not seen nearly enough Hallmark commercials recently. C'mon people...

13. I love my job. No seriously. Like...i LOVE it. Not many people can say that. I am a blessed chica.

14. I'm SO excited for Christmas!

15. Though I do love all Christmas music, including those classic peeps like Bing & Frank, this season has been full of Christmas selections by the Biebs, Hanson, Mindy Gledhill, & Michael Buble. Now if only Ms. Sara Bareilles would release a Christmas album, my life would be complete. She'd sit up there with Celine in my book.

16. I bought a 1000 piece puzzle of Audrey Hepburn. I canNOT wait to start that little baby so I can stare at her perfectly, delightful face.

17. I'm loving this photo I found on pinterest. It explains it perfectly. Christ is the real reason we celebrate. DUH. Even Santa knows!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The perfect Christmas combo!

What do you get when you combine Christmas spirit, best of friends, magical decorations, savory tunes, and a sugary sweet voice?!
Oh just the one and only Mindy Gledhill's Christmas House Concert at the other one and only Krista's house!
It was such a great way to kick off the week before Christmas!
The house was busting at the seams with how many people Krista jammed in her living room/dining room, which made it all the more exciting!
The opening acts set the stage and once Mindy came out, she had the whole audience eating our of her hands.
Her charm, her band, and Krista's amazing decor made the aura in the room unforgettable!
You seriously need to get all of Mindy's cds, but especially this time of year, get her Christmas album, Winter Moon. It will be the best thing for your soul.
Thank you, Krista & Kim, for hosting such an awesome concert and thank you, Mindy, for having a God given talent.
Thank you, friends and husband, for being with me at such an event.
Twas a memorable night for all! I love getting together with people I don't get to see on a daily basis anymore!
Gotta love those Holidays!
And this is my favorite picture of the evening.
I decided at the last second I wanted to be just like Mindy.
Merry Christmas y'all!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Fosters!

A few Saturdays ago, my amazing sister, Krista, with Island Belle Photography, took our Christmas card pics. Her friend let us use her cute house, I brought some lights, Krista brought her camera, Alex brought his good looks, and we were set to go. It was a super quick shoot, but we had fun and we got some good ones out of it! Here are some of my favs! I think I am officially a grown up, married person because well...we had a Christmas photo shoot for a card. It doesn't get much more grown up than that.

Thanks, Krista, for always being willing to take pictures of us! You rock.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Dark.

So I have this fear of the dark.
I cannot walk around outside at night by myself.
I cannot walk around my own apartment in the dark.
I'm much better than when I was little. I can now at least sleep in the dark. No more night lights for me! I'm a big girl now! :)

The girls at work always make fun of me because if I have to walk to my car after the sun's gone down, I make a co-worker walk with me. I just can't do it!
I just can't handle the increasingly rushing heart beat, the ears heightened to every noise, the eyes darting to and fro, the walking briskly, the feeling I want to cry...nope. No thanks. Not my cup of tea. (I hate tea.) Why put myself through that when I can just make a co-worker escort me?

Since it's winter, when I leave for work at 6:15 in the blessed a.m., it is still pitch black. This presents a problem since there are no co-workers that live at my house.
I DO have, however, a husband!
The amazing man that he is, gets up every morning I go to work, and walks me out to my car.
Once I'm ready I go in, rub his back, and wake him up.
He makes some funny faces and funny noises, but after a few minutes he is up.
He puts on his moccasins, sweatpants, and big coat and heads on out with me.
The poor kid is so groggy, but he does it without complaining.
Then I kiss his tired face goodbye and he trudges on back to our apartment.

Thank you, husband!
I now have one less thing to worry about during my day.
Take that, dark!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

O Christmas Tree!

So once upon a time, 2011 came to a close.
Seriously?! Where did this year go? But, here we are at Christmas time!
I love everything about the Christmas season: the music, the food, the decor, the movies, the parties, etc. It's just all so magical!
This is Alex's and my first Christmas as a married couple.
Not our first Christmas together, though...no no no...that happened Christmas of '08.
But I was a broken hearted, fragile, not ready for a relationship girl and he was a hard working, guitar playing to impress Kaycie, missionary guy.
I have a feeling this Christmas will be a little more fun for us. :)

We for sure had to have a tree on our first Christmas!!
I can only remember having a real tree once, due to family members being allergic.
So I do not have the type of memories where you go and pick out a tree.
I remember helping my mother pick out an artificial one at Wal-Mart and my memories include us trying to get that tree up and down out of our attic, which was always quite the task! You have to go from the shelves, to the water heater, to hoisting yourself up in the attic hole. Was definitely quite comedic at times and I have a lot of funny memories surrounding that attic!

Since neither of us are allergic, I decided we needed to go get a real tree!
I was so excited and giddy!
We aren't hard core enough to go chop one down at a tree lot up in the mountains, so we just drove to Smith's Marketplace and rummaged through their selection, which was many.
We finally came to the conclusion of what tree we wanted and bought it! They were having a little sale as well so both the tree, some ornaments, and the tree stand were all on sale!
Alex's poor hands were frozen, but he still strapped it to the top of our Element and we drove it home. Alex carried it up the stairs and once we decided where to put it and got it settled in the stand, we began to decorate.
Except for one little problem. I thought I had enough lights, but...I was wrong. We got a tad over half way up, but we were too tired to venture out that night and the next day was Sunday, so for 2-3 days, our tree looked like this:

This picture doesn't do it justice. I should've taken it at night because it looked so funny! Nonetheless, we were so proud of our Christmas tree!
Eventually I was able to run to the store and pick up another strand so we could finish our masterpiece!
Here she is:

We decided we had already spent enough on Christmas decor so we skipped the tree topper this year...perhaps next year...
I LOVE our tree! I love staring at it with all the other lights off snuggled up next to my husband.
It definitely has brought the Christmas spirit in to our home and I couldn't be more excited for Christmas day to come!
I hope your tree is up! Tis the season! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today is Husband's Birthday.

Happy Birthday to my husband.
His name is Alex.
And he is the greatest Alex there ever was.
It's crazy how much I love that dude.
Marriage has taught me a lot about being selfless.
And even though I had a slight break down about it yesterday (we're good now,) I love serving my husband constantly.
There's no one in this world I'd rather do it for.
(Ok, confession: I still do not like laundry, especially now that it's double.)

I love birthdays, so I was so excited to celebrate his 24th!
I've been trying to be extra frugal this last month so I could get him some nice goodies.
We woke up this morning at the lovely hour of 8:15.
I usually have to get up at 5:45, so 8:15 was glorious!
Then while Alex was showering I put up the "Happy Birthday" sign and set out a 2 liter of Diet Dr. Pepper and a bag of Hot Cheetos on the couch to greet him when he sauntered on out.
Then we headed on over to this restaurant called "The Blue Plate Diner."
It was DELISH! Alex devoured his omelette.
Definitely going back there again someday!
We came on back home and he opened up his presents!
I found him the "Back to the Future" trilogy at Graywhale so it's slightly used, but works just great, was cheap, and he loved getting it! I was informed that's what we are watching tonight.
I also got him some things from Urban Outfitters. HOLLA 40% off discount! That portion of the present included: a Gibson Les Paul guitar shirt, a button up v-neck sweater, and some mittens. He wears his full on snowboarding gloves and he looks ridiculous since y'know...he's not in the snowy mountains snowboarding so obviously something had to be done. Thankfully they fit his big 'ole hands and he loved them. :)
Lastly, I gave him his homemade gift, which was a book full of people we know wishing him a happy birthday through a picture.
I had to be sneaky, which is hard in a small apartment, but I pulled it off.
He absolutely loved it! He just kept going through the pictures over and over again.
It really is a stellar book. I was so happy people put their personalities in it and had a fun time.

Sadly, he forgot to request work off for today so he had to leave me to go there for 3 hours. So unfortunately, the zoo got nixed off the birthday activities list since they close shortly after he gets off.

So we will head on over to "Color Me Mine" and have a grand time there.
Then dinner tonight is at California Pizza Kitchen; compliments of a gift card. yes.
Then we will go over to the U for a classical guitar performance; compliments of free admission. yes again.
When we head back home we have high hopes of making a killer fort in our living room, watching "Back to the Future" part 1 and eating whatever dessert we can find.
And finally, our birthday festivities will end with us in our cozy bed...because well...we can.
Welp, too bad. I'm married. :)

Happy Birthday, my cute birthday boy!
You're more than I could ever ask for.
Thank you for loving me, for rubbing my back whenever I ask, for making me bagel sandwiches, for letting me cry, for going to the temple with me, for attempting to fold laundry, for striving to become better, for dressing up with me, for going shopping with me, for praying with me, and most importantly, for being my best friend.
I love you more.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Search for the piano = completed!

So for those of you that know me...I play piano.
For those of you that know me...know I've been trying to get a piano in my newlywed home.
For those of you that have been to our apartment (which is not so many; shout out to Leah, Bryon, Krista, Frit, Jack, & Jeremiah)...you know our stairs are a teensy bit narrow. (Getting our mattress and couch up those stairs was a nightmare.)

Alex's Papa knew a lady in his ward that had an extra piano that she did not need in her apartment and would give it to us for free! Holla! So we went to go look at it, play it a bit, and see what we thought. It was a studio upright and was a really pretty color. I was down for it. So Papa wrote down all the measurements and then we went to go measure our stairs to make out a game plan for moving that sucker up 3 flights of stairs. Well, we could not do such a thing. The mixture of the piano being heavy, amateurs (Alex and other family members) moving it, and our narrow stairwell was not serving us well. So we called around to see how much it would cost to move the piano by professionals. Oh just a nice grand total of $375. Plus after moving a piano you have to get it tuned, which is another $100. Hmm...did we mention we're newlyweds? That's what I thought. Sigh...

Amidst the time Alex and I were trying to figure out how to fork out almost $500, Papa told us about another lady in his ward (he's a Bishop at a downtown ward) that was needing a new home for her electric piano. So we set up a time to go over and meet this old lady and see the piano. However, there were some rules we had to abide by:

Rule #1: Do not mention we are related to Papa. She no likey Papa. Um...rude. Who doesn't like Papa?
Rule #2: We HAVE to take this piano. Even if we don't like it, take it and get rid of it some other way.
Rule #3: We have to write her a thank you card pretty instantly. She gave away an organ once, never got a thank you card, and still tells everyone 5748394875 times about it.

Well...alright. We're desperate enough to do this. So we met Jack, as well as the couple missionaries that serve in that ward, and headed on up to her apartment. Her name was Mary. And boy was she a firecracker. She does not mess around. She was telling everyone that walked in where to sit and if they said, "oh, I'm fine standing" she got upset and told them they had to sit. Even though she was for sure a bossy lady, she was also very sweet. She wanted to tell me her journey to getting this electric piano and what to do with it when I'm done using it. She also proceeded to tell us a little TMI about her health and her first husband (who apparently wanted her to be the first wife of a few, which Mary did not go for...clearly.) She did ask Alex and the missionary to give her a blessing and Heavenly Father for sure loves her, so that was cool to witness. It was very interesting, but fun talking with her. She told us that when the couple missionaries told her they had found someone to take her piano, she said she felt so warm inside and was so happy Heavenly Father had sent someone to take it and love it.

Thankfully we like it so we don't have to dispose of it. Double thankful it's much lighter than a regular piano so Jack and Alex were able to get it up our stairs! It has a nice sound and touch for being an electric and it's been so nice to have a piano in our home!

Now to get going on sending Mary a thank you card so she doesn't haunt me when she passes on...

Monday, November 14, 2011

NBD. (no big deal...[for those that aren't aware of nbd.])

Just thought I'd share a pretty cool experience that we, the Fosters, had last week.

It was our Stake Conference weekend so our Stake Presidency decided to also have an extra meeting the Wednesday evening before at the chapel in the Salt Lake Temple.
We weren't sure if our schedules were going to be able to make it, but we were able to attend...and boy am I glad!

We knew a sealer was going to be talking with us. It was going to be a little more in depth in talking about our marriage sealings since we were inside the temple. We were just excited to go, so we got ready and headed on downtown. We saw some familiar faces from our ward when we entered the chapel and then picked a pew about 10 rows back. The chapel was gorgeous, of course, and it just felt great being in there.

The meeting began and then the man conducting announced who was speaking. He said that the sealer who would be talking was Brother Dalton. Alright. Then from the pulpit he asked if his wife, Sister Dalton, would bear her testimony at the conclusion of her husband's talk. I assume said lady nodded because he kept on going announcing the layout of the meeting. Alex and I looked at each other and we were like, "Wait...Dalton. Do you think he means Elaine S. Dalton? No. Couldn't be. Well maybe...?" We just stayed in suspense.

Well Brother Dalton gave an amazing talk on the temple and temple marriages. He was a sweet, sweet man. Then sure enough...up walks Sister Dalton. THE Sister Dalton. Her testimony was obviously amazing. She was so sincere and it was so lovely witnessing it happen.

I, of course, wanted to meet her after the meeting. Much to our convenience, our Bishop's wife was sitting next to her. That made it highly easy to waltz on over there. We said hello to Bishop's wife and then said hello to her. She was so sweet and shook our hands. We spoke with her for a few minutes and then just randomly she kinda stood back and stared back and forth at Alex and myself a few times. Then she said (no joke), "Wow! You two, as a couple, really stand out! I just know and feel that you have an amazing future ahead of you and will do a lot of good!"

NBD. Just THE Sister Dalton felt the need to tell us we stood out and that our future is looking bright. It was seriously incredible. She said it so sincere and with such power. I about died. We were definitely on cloud 9 the rest of the evening and are so grateful we were able to have such an experience!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A lazy day.

So I was not feeling too hot from Thursday to Sunday.
I was having some serious stomach issues.
I'm not sure what it was (I think it may have been something I ate) but let's just say my tummy was a'rumblin for 4 days and it was close to unbearable to deal with.
I was not the most fun to be around since all I could do was hang around on the couch.
Thankfully my husband is so sweet and just stayed by me unless he had school or work.

One day we watched "Friends" for 7 hours straight.
It was awesome.
The laughter felt good for my body and soul.
Are we ashamed we watched for that long?
Nope. Not one bit.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fact or Fiction?

Alex got a B on his latest sculpture, a 70 on his art history exam, an 80 on his color theory exam, and a 90 on his other exam...Fiction. He got an A- on his sculpture, an 83 on his art history exam, a 92 on his color theory exam, and a 97 on his other exam that I can't remember the name of the class!! YAY husband!

I got the assistant supervisor position at work...Fact! I am SO beyond excited!

I made garlic shrimp last night...Fact! Shrimp was on sale over a month ago and we finally ate it. It was seriously delicious! I don't even care that my apartment smells like the ocean.

It's now super cold and I'm liking seeing the snow in the mountains...Fiction. I hate it. I do, however, love the fact that it means Christmas is around the corner!

My husband put his ice cream in the microwave (which is above our freezer) instead of in the freezer after he was done eating it so it was in there all night until he discovered it the next morning and he's now all upset since the carton wasn't even half gone...Fact. And oh how I had a good laugh! (he's going to kill me for putting that on here as he is very embarrassed he did such a thing.)

I don't like the Hunger Games craze...Fiction! I freakin LOVE the Hunger Games and want to read them all over again! I canNOT wait until March when the movie comes out!

My husband is the best husband in the whole wide world, the most good looking man in the whole wide world, the sweetest guy in the whole wide world, and I love him so much. I think I may be obsessed with him...the biggest FACT there ever was.

Happy Wednesday, Y'all!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gift cards?! Yes, please!

Yesterday was so so great!
(emphasis on SO.)

It started out with some relaxing in bed. I love those mornings when we both wake up, have no work, no school, and can just lay there cuddling and talking. Seriously the best! My sweet husband is such a little boy in the mornings. He is NOT a morning person so he acts like he's 4...him and all his bed head glory. :)

After we did the dishes and made some bagel sandwiches, we marched our little tails on over to Williams-Sonoma & Bed, Bath, and Beyond to spend our heart's delight in...gift cards. Yes, folks...gift cards. We got over $400 worth of goodies and did not spend one dime! Oh it was glorious. We FINALLY got some pots!!! We have been cooking everything in our giant stock pot! Amongst the pots were other treasures, that I was so happy to receive! Thankfully, Williams-Sonoma had food samples out so that kept Alex entertained there. :)

We also made a pit stop at Home Goods to try and find a jewelry holder (since my jewelry is ALL over the joint) and the perfect wall hanging for our bathroom. We found BOTH and they were both under $10! Love me some Home Goods!

After Alex's one class of the day we finished up our errand running at Smith's to get some groceries. The Elder's Quorum is having a chili cook off tomorrow and Alex wants to win SO badly! Has he ever cooked chili in his life? Well, no, but he is determined to win. So he looked up some recipes, found one he liked, and we picked up those items as well. When we got out to the car we realized we did not pay for the milk on the bottom rack of our cart. BLAST! So we had to go back in. Oh well, we picked up a pumpkin to carve on our way back inside.

Unloading all our newly acquired treasures (while I was waiting on the burger meat to thaw) was oh so fun! Then I made homemade french fries and grilled up some burgers on our George! Alex ate it all up. Success!

Then we finished off our evening by visiting with baby brother, Jack, watching Family Feud and eating our cheap ice cream that was on sale for $2.

So there you have it...a day in the life of the Fosters.

Moral of the story...get married! You get gift cards! :)
(oh yeah...and marriage is just awesome in general. That's why you should do it. :)

Monday, October 24, 2011


I've decided I miss being able to be with my sisters all the time. I wish I had realized how lucky I was when we were all under the same roof growing up. But, as little ones do, we don't realize and argue over stupid things (especially if your name was Karly & Kaycie. :) I was able to spend time with my sisters over the weekend while we were all in California for the 2nd reception. It was so nice to relax, talk, and laugh with them. I have a feeling heaven is going to be glorious because there will be no such thing as long distance. And that my friends, is worth being good for. :)

Along with my own sisters, I am so grateful for my new sister-in-law, Brittany. She is the best new sister I could have ever asked for and she fits right in with all of us. Well...she may need to change her name to Krittany. Is that alright, Britt? :)

I love all y'all! Thanks for being my friends. :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cars. (not the movie)

Any one of these options are looking mighty fine right now:

The fasteners on my bumper came off and screwed up everything on our way home from California (long story), so now the whole bumper needs to be replaced. Add all the different bumper parts, plus the paint, plus the new fasteners...$905 whopping dollars. Um, ok. THEN the next day after we took the car in, Alex and I are driving to a reception in our other car and a rock hits the windshield and cracks it. We're praying it doesn't spread so we don't need to fix it any time in the near future!

I'm thinking we need to find other options of transportation! Cars are so dang expensive! Dang you, modern world, and the need you have for cars!

(Hi, we're newlyweds. We're taking donations for our cars.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Texting can be awesome!

These two men in my life have made me laugh fairly hard recently through the wonderful world of texting. No...but seriously...really, truly laughing.

The first one came from good 'ole Daddio on September 27th. I was cleaning and organizing our spare room when my phone beeps. I look at the screen and it says "Daddy." So I open it up and it reads: "Dreamed that Justin Timberlake was living w/ us. Your mom kept giving him 20 dollar bills and I had to tell her to stop walking around topless in front of him!"
Ohhhh mannn...when I responded he just said back: "You just can't make that up!"
Yep...that really happened.

Then yesterday while I was at work my husband texted me and it read: "Sooo, I may have figured out that if I yell "hey you turkeys!" to Aladdin and Jasmine, then they have to respond...I know how? Because they were from the Ottoman Empire which was modern day Turkey. And her dad was the sultan...So Agrabah is really Constantinople which is modern day Istanbul." Then a text later: "Turkeys hahaha"
Oh my husband.

How I love both of these men and how they bring smiles to my face.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mr. Moe

So the hubs and I kinda love going on hikes. It's great exercise, the fresh air feels amazing, and the scenery is always to die for! We've only been on a few hikes together, but this latest one was so much fun! We were gone a big chunk of the day and we hiked 3 miles up and then the 3 miles back down. This is us at the top: we obviously felt very accomplished with ourselves.

We began to eat our lunch when all the sudden this little guy popped up!
I was SOO excited because I had never seen a chipmunk in real life before! He was just scampering around and wasn't too skiddish of us. He would come fairly close.

Then the little guy scampered over and grabbed the corner of my sandwich that I had thrown in the bush! Then he perched up on this rock and ate the rest of it! I was laughing so hard because I thought it was hilarious that he had done that! (Well...I couldn't laugh TOO hard because I didn't want to scare him away!)

Then he left the crust! Just like a little kid.

Then we had the brilliant idea to give him a hot cheetoh. He totally ate some of it! I guess he wasn't too fond of it because he didn't eat the rest and wasn't too keen on being by us anymore! Haha...we probably set his tiny mouth on fire! So that was the last we saw of him.

On our way back down we decided to name him Moe. Moe gave us quite the entertainment for a good 20 minutes! I'm hoping he will rendezvous with us again soon!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Elder Anderson

I'm having a proud Mama Bear moment.
Mr. Ryan Anderson is entering the MTC tomorrow and after learning his language will head to the Philippines, where he is going to tear it up!
Ryan was in my first EVER company at EFY! Way back in 07, he was one of my boys. I can still remember the first time meeting him. He had so much energy for life and the gospel and I just knew we were going to be the best of friends. And we did become that. That week he would always fight over getting to escort me. He wanted to go to classes with me, dance with me, sit by me, etc. He even threw rocks at my window on Saturday morning until I woke up to come out and hang with him until his ride got there. Seriously...that kid made my week and now has made such an impression on me these last 4 years that I will cherish him always.

efy 2007

efy 2008
still inseparable at free time.

efy 2009
even as a BC, he made me feel like I was his counselor.

gateway mall 2010

Ryan is just one of those kids that has a tender spot in my heart. I can only hope I have a son just like him. He always lifts up my spirits and I know he does that for a lot of people. I couldn't help but tear up as I watched him give his farewell talk on Sunday. He was so strong in the gospel in 07, but it's amazing to see how much he's grown. I know he'll do awesome in the field! He knows where his priorities lay...and that's with Heavenly Father. And THAT'S why I know he's going to be the best missionary.

Love you, Ryan! See ya in 2! Make me proud and return with honor!