Friday, December 23, 2011

Couple's Party...

Every year the parentals go with my dad's sisters to a Couple's Party in which the kids (me) are not invited. Therefore; Sisterville and I have come to the conclusion that we will host our own Couple's Party with the sibs, and none of the niecers or nephers can come.  Personally it's my favorite party.  Especially when dad get's a Spongebob Snuggie and puts it on right then and there. 
Chris and I brought an I-pad to give away.  I can hear you saying - "WOW they're kind of poor and just starting out."  Well the truth is, we saved and saved! Plus what's that saying? It's better to give than to receive. Well we're just those type of people.
If you would like to come to our Couple's Party next year...Oh wait you can't, and I think that's sort of what is so great about it.  Hanks kids only! I should have been a bouncer, or maybe a dictator, heck a fence would even be cool- I guess I really like the thought to keeping people out.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

#25 go snowboarding...

I'm checking off #25 off my 25 Things List.  When I listed snowboarding I imagined ski lifts, snow covered pines, and flakes of snow flying lightly through the air.  I imagined drinking hot coco by a big fireplace, getting warm from my first day in cute footie PJ'S next to Chris and talking about how I had missed my calling in life, and conjuring up fake plans of me joining the Olympic team.  Instead I went with Hayden near the parentals home.  We had a little lesson and then he said, "let 'er rip." I would prefer no one ever say that phrase in my presence again.

Falling every 10 seconds wasn't the hardest part.  The hardest part, was standing up again without the board flying down the mountain while your feet are still strapped in.  After approximately 62 times of Haydro having to pull me up.  We gave up and hit the sleds. I'm 412% happy about not spending two million dollars to try this for the first time.  However, I will for sure be trying again probably when I purchase me some fancy footie PJ's.  Really the important thing is- now I don't have to say I've lived in Utah my whole life and never been snowboarding.  Thank goodness!!!

#13 make something with my Cricut...

In the midst of Christmas/Wedding madness, I forced myself to check another thing of my 25 Things List. You can go back and read it here. I always have grand plans for using my Cricut, but then the hassle of getting the mess out takes over. Someday when I have a house, I want a room where I can keep everything out and be crafty all the live long day.  Until then, I've found when I have a deadline- I'm forced to be creative.  It's not always ideal, but it's better than letting all this stuff collect dust. So I vowed to make the favors for my wedding dinner.
I love when things turn out better than expected. The "B" is for Bates duh!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's not Christmas until we go sledding...

If we can all pile in, Father Christmas will drive to the top. Then it's one whole mile of pure sledding action to the bottom.
He left his original coat outside and the dog chewed up the zipper.  I'd prefer he wear his mom's mouse fur more often.
Despite living in Utah for like a billion years, Chris still doesn't own proper winter gear. His strap broke and he was loosing his drawers the whole time. This isn't actually funny, unless you saw how much snow went down his crack.
Other than that little tot up front not being able to stop at the bottom, which resulted into a face plant into the front tire of a Ford Expedition.  Oh and Hayden and Jade mooning us on their snowboards- I'd say it was the perfect Saturday
All photo's taken by this lady!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

First Timer...

I went through the temple yesterday for the first time.
Grateful that families can be together forever, cause I sure like mine.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Keepin Your Peepers Peeled...

My whole life, whenever we went up the canyon, my father parental made sure we kept our "peepers peeled" for deer. Perhaps you should do the same. There's two in this picture!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two Weeks...

Chris's mom wrote the sweetest post.  Go read it here.  We are so grateful for her love and support, but mostly were all glad she's letting me marry her Chris.

Photo's from Abbey!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

One Horse Open Sleigh...

My dad purchased a one horse open sleigh years a go in Vermont. It resembles the sleigh below; however, that's just a photo I found online. Restoration has allowed us to use the old antique. The sleighs history is rather amazing, but I won't get into that now.
It takes a special horse to pull.  We've used trusty ol' Doc my whole life, but as he gets older it's time to train someone new.
The green string allows time for Jade to get out the way if the horse kicks.
If you look closely you can see the poop strap? I asked my dad, "Hey what's the poop strap for." His response, "Every horses ass knows what the poop straps for."

Excuse the french, that's just my dad.

*DISCLAIMER* After posting this my dad called and said that when I thought he was saying "pooper" he was in all actuality saying "cooper."  Therefore, the official name of such a strap is the Cooper Strap and he would like the record set straight.  I don't actually understand why I didn't get that because my dad often refers to poop in a more evasive way. Come to think of it, I should have questioned my dad saying pooper in the first place. As if any of you questioned his horse knowledge in the first place.

The End 

Organisatie means Organization in Dutch...

I have an extra large tendency to organize the freak out of everything.  If used correctly, this can be a force for good.  Consequently, this weekend the parentals and other familia helped me move the majority of my belonging in with Chris.  Poor, poor boy spent a whole Saturday putting up with compartmentalization gone wild. The thing is, I've had quite a few roommates in my day.  After the prostitute and wrist slasher, I think Chris and I will be just fine.  However, even when I lived with roommates I spent a great deal of time organizing their belongings, but only in my head that is. As long as I could keep my stuff separate, than I felt Ok.  There is also a disclaimer with my organization.  This doesn't mean my bedroom is always clean.  Instead I often let it get dirty, just so I can organize it all again.  It's tedious, weird and rather annoying, but there's just something that makes the world feel good again when the edges are vacuumed and base boards are wiped?  Am I not correct?

Chris was such a sweet pea yesterday.  While my world was completely right, I'm pretty sure his feet felt like they had just been doused in bucket of Oklahoma ice, and we all know Oklahoma has those crazy ice storms that are nothing but nast.  Yuck! Not the type of ice storm I wanted to see just weeks before our wedding.  The point of this post- ok I'm getting there.  Chris was a trooper. Literally carrying, ducking and diving over everything I wanted moved and cleaned.  His snide comments and hilarious commentary kept me going, and when he would set down a pillow and not straighten it. I would look at him like women do when husbands do something really bad.  It's funny how fast that look comes to those in love.  His response to the look - I love you!  Please bless that continues to work throughout this whole marriage thing.  The good news is, the worst is over.  He will see, as all my roommates did, that my organization freak gene dies out over the life of an apartment.  Also for his sake, let's all pray I find a great job that lets me use my organization forces for good.  I have plans to find a job the uses this ability of mine to make mass dividends. Then, I'll rush home at night only having enough energy to give my sweet husband hugs and kisses, and then once again, all will be right with the world- just like vacuumed edges and clean base boards. 

P.S. Chris says his feet weren't cold, and that steady assurance is always what makes mine feel nice and toasty.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cornaby Family Pictures...

Sisterville let me take her Christmas card photo's too. These guys were much harder.  Trying to get toddlers to smile and be cute in accordance with each other, is about as easy as building a snowman with no snow.  I struggled to get a quick shutter speed and good light while these two hoodlums never stopped moving.  Here are my favorites.  What can I say? It's a step in the right direction.  
In reality I suggested Sisterville use this pictures because quite frankly it's a much more realistic representation of their life. I'll let you know what they decide.

P.S. I don't have any agendas of ever being professional and actually having people compensate me for taking photo's. I'm just enjoying the journey.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sea Salt Spray...

I've heard a lot of talk of Sea Salt Spray.  I've watched a few video's and am in love with the beach waves.  This one in particular caught my eye.  I am having major hair hate lately.  I seriously want to chop it all off, it' so nast.  I've used the flat iron for way to long and it's time for a more natural look.  Any suggestions?  Has anyone tried this stuff?  Maybe it will save my hair, so I don't do something irrational like shave my head right before my wedding.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Danielle's Favorite Things Epsisode 1 (also known as the only episode)...

 I've always loved Oprah's favorite things.  In recent years, I've managed to find great gift ideas on her show.  In honor of Oprah, or in honor of that fact that middle aged women are hopefully doing more productive things at 4PM everyday.  Here is my list of favorite things.

Estee Lauder Bronzer.  I recall when my mom purchased my first compact. Since I've loved the size and brush. It lasts forever, so don't be blown away by the price.


 The Harry Potter series.  I truly believe children all over the world love to read because of these.  Did you know I will never let my kids watch the movies until they have read them.

 I've loved my Canon camera.  Since mine was a gift, I didn't research quality or price.  Consequently, today I'd still choose a Canon.  It seems they have the edge on versatility.  Most blogs and classes seem to refer to their settings first.  Perhaps I'll change my mind later- I'm still new to it all. 

An adult sized quilt made from minky fabric.  My mom stitched mine over 2 years a go and it still resides on the corner of my bed. 

A sensible cowboy boot.  I see so many girls walking around campus in ridiculous boots.  Although these might not be a fashion trend they are warm, durable and comfy as all get out.  Buy yourself some boots, break them in and wear them for years to come. 
 Loreal leave in conditioner, is truly amazing. Since it's only sold at Beauty Supply locations some may cringe at the price.  Don't! A little goes a long way.  Although it's a leave in, I usually just use it on a regular basis, alternating with a cheaper conditioner.  It's extremely great for natural frizz.
I bought my first Vera Bradley in an Amish community, traveling in Indiana.  Since I've found their website and ordered.  I've gone through two wallets, and the weekender bag is great for quick trips home to Salem.  They are durable and clean up well if you accidentally spill Slurpee on them in the car.  Believe me I know.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Nielsen Family Pictures...

My sister was brave enough to let me take her Christmas card photo's. I've been experimenting with photography and have loved learning to shoot in manual.  I read a bunch of blogs on good poses and such.  It would be far fetched to say I didn't steal ideas, but I did manage to shoot in manual the whole time. Here are my favorites!