Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween times.


For some reason I have been super creative as of late. I made roses out of maple leaves…


And for this year’s pumpkin I did Thomas S. Monson.



Our costumes won “Best Couple” award at our ward Halloween party.







We had a lot of fun. Also, this week we went to my new favorite place in Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry.


IMG_6370 They already have some Christmas decorations up! This was a Bolivian themed tree.

IMG_6365 A miniature room from the fairy castle!!!

IMG_6387 The coal mine!!!

It was a good Halloween. Hope ya’ll had a good one too. Yar.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pumpkin Patch.

I for one have never been in a pumpkin patch. You might say I missed out on having a childhood. And I’d say you’re right!

IMG_6344 A real live pumpkin.

IMG_6347 Happy.

IMG_6345 Contemplate the worth of a pumpkin.

Even a real tractor ride.

I must say you’d be silly not to love the fall. It was worth a trip down to Indiana to find some of the best pumpkins around for only 25 cents a pound. They also had the most amazing Golden Delicious apples. It’s not very often I get to taste a bit of fruit right off the tree. These are the simple joys in life you cannot do without.





Another first: Dinner at Steak & Shake. Some of the best burger I’ve ever had.


The following Sunday I made Ukrainian Borshch.

IMG_6357 IMG_6359 Twas good.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

We are strange people.

Nothing really new going on here…just school school school, work work work. But we keep ourselves entertained.



Micah models my latest knitting project.


General conference is a wonderful time to harness artistic abilities:


Good enough for an entry to The Friend, eh? Micah’s depiction of Tad R. Callister.

IMG_6320 D. Todd Christopherson


IMG_6319 Niel L. Anderson


IMG_6321 Pres. Monson himself!


I promise I will have some real artwork up here sometime soon! hehe.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Something amazing you should see.

When I was on my mission in Ukraine, I saw a lot of accordion played in the streets and on subway trains.  I found a video of a kid playing accordion on my cousin’s facebook and was amazed.  When I looked up his channel on YouTube I found out that he is Ukrainian. Boo yeah. His repertoire ranges from Tchaikovsky to Vivaldi to Bach. If you need help translating any of the Russian let me know…he’s got quite a few pieces posted on his site. But here is a sampling.

Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” Summer


Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto


Makes you not hate the accordion so much, eh? I always kind of liked it, but now I’m a little obsessed! 

Favorite Fails from this Week

Here are a few choice fails from

Pricing Fail: Something funny is going on at Walmart…



Parenting Fail:



Weatherman fail:



And my favorite, Animal Identification Fail:

Internet Down

Sorry we haven’t updated our blog the last week. It has been raining here in Chicago and I guess our phone lines don’t like the rain so much!


Otherwise it has been a pretty good week. I just finished up my two weeks on the inpatient neurology service. It was a really good experience and I learned a ton. Neurology is actually much more fascinating than I had thought! Tomorrow I start a week  in the Neuro ICU, which should be intense! I will keep you updated.

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