No But Really...

... could this week get any better?

We kicked off the week by carving our stellar pumpkins for FHE with our friends Tyler and Krystyna. My best friend from high school, miss Katie Silverman, gave me this adorable Pumpkin carving kit for our wedding that I had yet to use and was absolutely perfect for our night of carving fun.

It was harder than we thought cutting off the tops of the pumpkins.

It was well worth it though to be able to pull out all the gooey pumpkin guts.

When we got tired we had some festive orange-colored halloween hot chocolate and cookies.

The final products.

Our little family of pumpkins.

Tuesday was definitely the highlight of the week. It was Steve and mine anniversary. I still can’t believe we have been married two years. Time really does fly by when you are having fun. Steve surprised me in the morning by waking me up with flowers, kisses, and snuggle time. We celebrated by keeping tradition- dinner up at Sundance Foundry Grill, exchanging gifts, and a night up at the cabin. We ended the night watching Heroes in bed. It was a perfect evening with my perfect man.

Wednesday was a special treat. My sister-in-law Jen came into town to see her brother off on his mission. She brought Mr. Danny with her and I got spoiled with the chance to watch him for an hour while she was with her family at the MTC. The others came up to play with him too. We had a lot of fun with the little man....

...Taylor gave him a shoulder ride which he loved...
...We played in the leaves....Danny liked to put the leaves on his head...

..... and then he liked to put the grass on his head.....

.... he had fun playing with the ball... blue baby blanket clutched in his hand at all times (so cute)....rolling around in the grass..

.... and then I brought him inside to make him lunch. He spotted the mac and cheese in Jen’s baby bag and before I even had a chance to get it out he ran over to it saying “chee! chee!”, picking up the box and handing it ever so pleadingly for me to make. 

....Oh how I love this little boy.
Too bad Mom had to come back and take him home, I wanted to keep him :)

And now today is Thursday and I am in Maryland visiting these lovely people:

It feels good to be home. Tomorrow is Halloween and I will have so much fun seeing the little ones get all dressed up for for trick-or-treating.

Could this week get any better? I can think of one thing.......

I sure do wish this sexy feller were here with me at home...serenading me with his guitar (look at those piercing brown eyes...)


2 Years...

... with my best bud.  
Bring on the forevers please. 


My House Smells Good

This is why:

I made bread. The best bread. Margaret Archibald's Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread. I ate this like candy at her house growing up.  It is very, very good. 

Goodbye store bought bread. Hello yummy homemade goodness

I bought an electric knife with some wedding gift cards. It cut my bread like butter.

I ate my bread with Peach Jam. It was tasty. 

Nothing beats 
warm homemade bread

Plus, my house 
smells dang good


Weekend Highlights

This weekend we...

1. Went to HeeHaw Farms in Pleasant Grove to get our pumpkins for Halloween. It was definitely more kid/child/baby friendly but we still had a good time. They had some fun activities to do in the courtyard (slide, corn shooter, etc.) and then a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Steve was a little reluctant at first to pay 8 BONES to take a bumpy ride to get a pumpkin but we made the most of it and we were really glad we went. We had a fun time and we got some sweet pumpkins that we are going to carve for FHE.

2. Celebrated Taylor's 25th Birthday at PF Changs.

Birthday Spot Light:

Taylor Franklin Richards

I could go on FOREVER with the many reasons of why I LOVE my brother Taylor. He is by far the nicest person in the family (sorry if I've offended the rest of you). He is so nice to everyone he knows and meets and always has a kind thing to say about everyone. He always has the most upbeat attitude and loves to laugh, joke around, and have fun. He has the greatest sense of humor. This makes everyone love being around him. Taylor can make me laugh harder than anyone I know, and is always someone you can talk to about anything. He loves learning new things and having deep discussions. Along with all those things he is SO talented. He is an amazing dancer, singer, and skier. He loves kids and kids love being around him. Its too bad he isn't taken because he will make an amazing husband/father some day. I love you Taylor! Happy Birthday!

Afterwards we came back to our house for cake and ice cream

We played The Name Game- put a bunch of names in a hat that you have to describe or act out depending on the round. It was so hilarious when it came down to the "describing with only one word" and the "acting out" rounds. We all had some good laughs.

Don't worry the party continued with Nintendo 64 Wheel of Fortune. Our team kicked BUTT.

I crashed at about midnight. Some even stayed (birthday boy included) till 1:30AM playing Bond and then Mario Kart. I will never get over their competitiveness with this game. It was hilarious. 

It was a fun night spent in honor of an all around great guy. We love you Taylor. Happy Birthday!


Twilight Movie

Click on "visit official website" to see the fourth and final trailer for the upcoming Twilight movie. 

What do you guys think? 

I actually think its going to be pretty good despite the fact that I was extremely bitter at first about Stephanie Meyer's choice of actors. They aren't even cute. I don't know where I got the idea that these characters are suppose to be pale beautiful, hot, extremely good looking vampires (do you catch my sarcasm?). 

However, I'm being open minded, the guy playing Edward is growing on me (Bella.. not quite yet), and am really looking forward to seeing it Nov 21!


Tagged: 50 Things You May Not Have Known About Me

Alright..... here goes:
1. Grew up in Maryland, love it, miss it, want to be there, like now. 
2. I love love love my family. To me they are perfect and I have never looked at another family and wished they were mine. I am so lucky. I love getting together with my family, look forward to every chance I get to be with them, miss them so badly when I am away from them, and if it were possible, would have us all living next door to each other. Have I made myself clear?
3. I love really yummy food. I hate wasting my meals by eating crappy food. I guess you could say I have high taste when it comes to food. 
4. Kissed 4 people growing up, not including my husband.
5. I am obsessed with shoes but have no money to buy them. So, instead I spend hours coveting over cute shoes I find online that I can never buy. Does it depress me? Surprisingly not. I still enjoy it. Is this materialistic? Yes.
6. I love watching movies. I probably watch one every single day. 
7. Don't worry, I love to read too. LOVE to read. I have had a love for it since I was real young.
8. I get anxiety when lifting off in an airplane. I'm fine with the landing.  I pray 100X while sitting in my seat before take off and they always are like this "Heavenly Father please bless the plane, please bless the pilots, please watch over this aircraft that it will land safely, please watch over us and let no harm or accident fall upon us..." X 100. 
9. I love cleanliness. I love taking showers, brushing my teeth, cleaning my room when it gets dirty, cleaning the kitchen, etc. 
10. Normally I am chill and will go with the flow but sometimes I can be controlling depending on the situation. There are times I really like to do things my way. Not that yours is a bad way-  mine is just better :) (I'm working on this, ok?)
11. I love dessert. Rocky road ice cream, creme brulee, strawberry cheesecake, cookies, the list goes on...
12. I despise cilantro. I can't stand it. If its in anything I refuse to eat it. I may have offended people a time or two because of this fact about me. But its better I decline than have you witness me gagging while eating your cooking, ok? 
13.  I love talking about the gospel. I could go for hours on this subject. I just love it. 
14. I can't wear socks to sleep. Steve does it and I think its weird. 
15.  I am obsessed with backtickles. No, a backtickle is not a massage. They are different. It is lightly scaling the back with tips of nails. Feels oh so good. 
16. I hate throwing up. Like, when I get sick and I feel like I'm going to throw up its the worst feeling ever. Just thinking about it gives me the heeby jeebies. 
17. I hate the feel of a hot dry towel after its out in the sun by the pool. Its all hard and starchy and I hate the tactile of it. 
18. I am extremely ticklish. But I will never really tell people that because they will always try and tickle you if you do.
19. I don't like people touching my face. 
20. I get cold really easily. I'd rather be hot and sweaty than cold. Hence, I love summer way more than winter.
21. I love romance films. Love em.
22. I love playing and making up songs to the guitar.
23. I am learning to enjoy soccer. I'll just say it- its hard for me to get into the game. Yes, I'm married to a soccer play, so what, I didn't grow up playing the game. I was the deprived child- only one in the family of 10 that wasn't put into soccer.  Sometimes I think I would have been really good at it. 
24. I love working out. It makes me happy and helps me in so many other areas of my life (reduces stress, helps me sleep, etc.)
25. I LOVE music. I like pretty much anything except for rap music with dirty words.
26. I love cooking, crafting, etc. Am I amazing at it? Not really, but I love learning. 
27. I suck at math. I can add. Anything from there I am lost.  Takes me forever to figure it out. 
28. I am obsessed with my nephews Jordan and Danny. If I could have them I would. No, really. Like if it weren't weird and they offered them to me, I would take them, gladly.
29. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. I just love the festive air about those holidays.
30. I love funny people. I love laughing. If someone can get me to laugh so hard to cry they will be loved no matter what other flaws they may have.
31. I sleep with a stuffed animal. This is a recent development and has a longer story behind it. 
32. I hate watching scary movies. I use to be obsessed until I realized that its probably not normal to be scared while taking a shower, or being alone in my bedroom. So I gave it up.
33. I love to dance. I love making up dances and going to dances. 
34. I really don't like Cafe Rio. I don't get the obsession. I got sick there one time and have never really loved anything I ate there. This is random, but I think it probably stands out compared to most. 
35. Sometimes I get really homesick (see #1). 
36. I love watching movies that make me cry.
37. Most nights I have really vivid weird dreams. They don't mean anything, but they are always really vivid and I always remember them, which I then retell to Steve, who then thinks I'm crazy.
38. I'm really excited to have kids and be a mom. Like, everyday I think about how excited I am to meet them and rear them and love them like crazy.
39. I am really bad when it comes to keeping up with news, politics, events. I will never really jump into any political debate because I don't really know what to say.
40. I hate spiders. I start hyperventilating when I see one. It is actually quite funny.
41. I have a blogging/facebooking obsession. I spend a lot of time on them. Its kind of sad when I think about what better things I could be doing with my time. Will that stop me? Probably not.
42. I sometimes have weird emotions. Like, if I see a disabled person I will feel really sad and have strong sympathy for that person. Sometimes its not even disabled people. Like, for the longest time I hated driving by 24 fitness because there was this old man who was dressed like Statue of Liberty for his job, and he was so old, and I couldn't drive by without feeling like I was going to cry. Does that describe it a little better? I guess I just have strong emotions for weird things. Or if I ever think about someone in my family dying, I start crying. Its so weird. Like, I will cry and they are not even dead. 
43. I have selective hearing. If I am talking to someone and someone else is shouting in my ear, I really won't hear them. 
44. I love peeling dead skin. Like if I get burned and its peeling real bad, I'll spend forever just peeling it. I love getting big pieces. Sick, I know, but I love it. 
45. I love photography. I just got a new camera and am loving learning how to use it. It is so fun and I hope to get real good at it. 
46. I love hiking and being outdoors. I am not really a skilled camper, and wouldn't know how to organize some kind of big outing- but if someone else does, I will totally tag along. 
47. I shake my milk and juice before I drink it. Steve thinks this is really weird but I think its perfectly normal and that most people do it. Right?
48. It sometimes bugs me (just a little) when people say "anyways" (its anyway with no S people!) and "I could care less" (its I COULDN'T care less). I use to say it wrong and was once corrected and since then its something thats stuck. Its not a big deal, but I always notice it when people are talking. 
49. I hate talking on the phone for a really long time unless its someone that I haven't talked to in a while/miss really badly/ and I call them myself. Don't take this the wrong way. If you call me I will not be annoyed or upset, I just won't stay on the phone forever. This is with everyone- including my husband. I get straight to the point and then click I'm done. 
50. I love taking baths. I like showers too, but I just love soaking in a hot warm bath for 30 minutes or so and just letting my mind relax. Feels so good. 

Normally I would hate doing this TAG list, and yes I was a little reluctant to even do it, but surprisingly it was fun!  I'm sure there are many other quirky things about me that I didn't put down but at least you all have a little better understanding of miss Dayna Jane. 

Now I tag:  Shannon, Jen, Crystal, Rachel, and Annie P.