Saturday, January 26, 2013

Legacy Bridge...

This morning Chris and I woke up early to travel to Salem to work for my dad.  On our way we came pretty close to hitting a cop - out side his cop car. The combination of ice and fog created a 20 car pile up in Provo Canyon and we came alarmingly close to being involved.  We turned around to go home.  I dropped Chris off and went out by the river to capture the fog.  I love how it engulfed this little bridge along the river.  
What a beautiful morning to be alive.  If you look real close you can see a deer in this last picture. Hint - look left.

Friday, January 25, 2013

One of my favorite pictures...

I love this picture for so many obvious reasons.  Last fall all the boys in my family went on a long hunting trip and I was really worried about Chris.  (My husband Chris - I realize my brother Chris is also pictured below, I was not one bit worried about him.) Anyway I was worried they would loose the city boy in the forest or he wouldn't have the right gear and freeze the entire time. Therefore, I packed that poor kid with more warm winter clothes and gear than you can imagine. I figured if he got lost, at least he would stay warm.  I remember when he walked in the door all dirty and hairy with a big smile on his face and said, "It was a blast, but I didn't need none of this - wore the same thing the whole time." 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Provo River...

Our very favorite thing about living in Heber has been the Provo River.  This summer we found ourselves day dreaming for weekends to float down.  One time we were even coming home from a wedding in our church clothes and jumped in to float down.  There's a particular trail I love between Heber & Midway. Mostly used by fisherman who don't mind onlookers passing by.  We went father than usual this time. 
I spare you the movie we made when we thought we were going to get eaten by a moose, only to find out that all the banging was the ice breaking.  

Monday, January 21, 2013


We've enjoyed such a lazy dazy January.  I think back to last January, our first month married.  I was un-employed, watching Netflix all day and having about 15 panic attacks.  Crazy, how things can change in one year.  Here's a big old update.
I did a photo-shoot for my dad's little boy suite company. 
Creamy vs Crunchy - a big fight at the Bates home.  Chris is a crunchy and I'm a creamy, we both won't compromise. 
 I have no idea how I lived without these electronic wipes.  You can find them at Wal-Mart for cheap.  They wipe off our flat screen like a gem!
I made my sister's peanut butter bars!  She claims they are the peanut butter bars the lunch ladies used to make in Nebo School District - which used to be the I halved the recipe and it still made a good amount.

I hate that I did this more than anything. 
 By far my favorite thing in our house.  I love not having to make the long reach into the cabinet. I made this in 6th grade Wood-shop.  I used to put my tape's and CD's in it back in the day. Take that America!
 A little Pine Wood Derby action. Chris is the Cub Master, but actually he has class every time there is an activity so I guess that leaves me as Cub Master Bates - please don't ever take the Cub off that title. 
 Long walks by the river, extremely important for me to soak up the sun.  We follow the trails that fisherman make. 
There's so much more...

-Big congrats and shout out to my cousin Patrick who got his mission call to Paraguay. The same mission his mom served in 25 years a go.  Coolest thing I heard all year!
- I got a new nephew today.  Brother Chris and his wife Stacey popped it out a week early. Can't wait to hear what they name him. 
- I just have the Christmas episode life of Downton Abbey Season 3.  Happy I found out it's "Downton" not "Downtown!" Thanks to Chris's mom!
- Chris and I have worked hard on his resume for upcoming graduation.  In the meantime, he's looking for a part time something or other.  We're always discussing the options.
- I don't yet understand the parameters in which I can write about my job, but I'm totally obsessed with the stock market.  Get into it people! Get into it!
- I had a dream Chris was pregnant - he hated that dream, but we've laughed and laughed.
- My car battery froze and car wouldn't start. So happy that someone made that happen on a Saturday and not when I had to be to work at 7AM. 
- I've been making freezer meals.  Inspired by my good friend Alyse.  It's changing my dinner world.
- Chris wouldn't share his warm Subway cookies today - big jerk. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We Live in Narnia...

This weekend we went exploring on Saturday afternoon.  A nine degree heat wave hit about two when I'd just finished another episode of Downton Abbey.  When it warms up to nine, it's best to soak up the sun - in the car with the heater seats. Anyway, we love the mountains above Heber, near Kamas and Oakley.  Sometimes I day dream that we are rich and get to have a cabin there. 
 The above pictures shows my route to work through the mountains.  I love this picture of the lake - since you don't live in Narnia like us, I will explain that most of that white is frozen lake.  Where's my skates?
I see artsy fartsy blogs, doing magically love words written on sandy beaches.  Here we just do something quick in the ice. Nothing more that first initial or else your hand gets bitten - from frost that is. 
This entire post is essentially so I could post this picture. Road Island Diner! Bam! Right in the middle of no where.  I've inquired about it further and found that it's on the National Boxcar Registry - apparently we'd all be impressed with if we knew what that was.  I further found out that's the food not so hott and it's a bit pricey.  Bummer! We did't eat there because we had peanut butter bars at home. Obviously!
I purposely got this shot too - nothing like a flashy diner sign right above a panel fence.  I've had a lot of experience's with panels in my day - this may be one of those things you don't appreciate unless your the offspring of Brent Hanks. I'm guessing if my dad was with me Saturday.  He would have completely ignored the diner and said something along the lines of, "they've got one hell of a panel fence."

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Dinner Rolls....

Does anyone else put their rolls in the dryer to help them rise quicker? I am dead for real this works. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

This seriously just happened...

Danielle, "Hey come watch Downton Abbey with me."
Chris, "Heck no!"
Danielle, "Why?"
Chris, "Cause I don't watch those types of shows."
Danielle, "Lots of boys watch Downton Abbey."
Chris, "I don't know of one guy who watches that show."
Danielle, "You don't hang out with any guys. Name one friend you hang out with."
Chris, "I hang out with you everyday."
(I choose not to be offended until a few minutes later....)

Chris, "Hey Rose when does our Vampire show come back on?"
(Referring to Vampire Diaries)

Are you kidding me?

Simon Beck's Snow Quilts...

Sisterville sent me this forward to my email. I only open forwards from Sisterville because she doesn't send them very often, and when she does they are always really good. 

Here's what the email said...

Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields!
The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.
How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather.
Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations.

I personally love his tank top and this quote..
The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera. - Simon Beck 
To sum up my thoughts, "Holy crap that's out of control!"

Friday, January 4, 2013

Worry Warts...

I'm a natural worrier - this trait handed straight down from my mother.  My parents have always been happily married.  The only spats I vaguely recall is when my mom would worry about things that were out of her control.  I can remember my dad making light of the things she was worried about.  His honest response has always been, "why worry about things you can't control."  I find myself following in her footsteps often, frustrating Chris in a similar way.

It's strange the things I worry about and it's worse when my hormones kick for the month.  It's funny though, since Chris and I've been married he does a great job of putting me to bed.  We have completely different bed times and schedules but he makes it a priority to spend time together visiting before I fall asleep.  I don't find myself not being able to sleep because my mind is running anymore.  Instead I find myself waking up in the middle of the night trying to solve problems out of my control.

Last night in particular I woke up in the night and solved a problem I've been thinking about for awhile now. You would think once I had the solution I'd fall asleep quickly, but instead I laid awake thinking about how amazing the transformation would be - only to wake up and realize how unrealistic my solution was. 

Does anyone else understand the cycle I just described?

I know there are many solutions to excessive worrying.  I do better at it when I'm less tired or when the sun shines - go figure.  Perhaps some of you might have some things you like to do this time of year that makes you feel less full of worry warts.  Chris starts school on Monday and won't be home until late almost every night.  I can't bare the thought of it.