Christmas Music Post. Get Stoked.

Okay, SO... My computer harddrive crashed forever ago and I STILL haven't put my pictures/music/documents back on my computer.  Which means, I was relying heavily on Pandora for Christmas Carols.  EPIC FAIL because I definitely have some favorites, and even when you select them as stations on Pandora... they don't actually get played.

SOLUTION: I've been individually you-tubing or downloading them... Meaning, I will SHARE ALL THE LINKS WITH YOU.  You are welcome for the following 2 playlists.

You don't have to be a mom to appreciate these.
However, I am including them especially for my mom to download.
So, Mom... these are links.... just click away and MAKE IT HAPPEN

I'm not going to lie... I get tired of the same-old-songs REMADE.  EVERY YEAR. 
I'll listen to them once or sometimes only half way through, then move on.
(that ALWAYS causes problems on Pandora b/c you can only skip so many)
THESE I have/will listen to three times in a row.  Probably More.

p.s. some of them are from my childhood *cough, Hanson, cough*

p.p.s. they are listed in FAVORITE order (for this year, at least)

ENJOY ENJOY.  Other than YouTube, you should be able to "Save As" for the files or just straight up download them.  If the links don't work for you, COMMENT so I can fix them.  You should find ALL of them on itunes though if you are worried about downloading them "illegally".


Kyle just finished up his last week of class (he's catching up on sleep as we speak).  Next week is finals and then...

 We're GOING HOME!!!!!!! 

Hobby Lobby has Christmas Candles 50% off!!  GO RIGHT NOW AND BUY THIS ONE: Peppermint Frost.  Although I'm normally drawn to "pine" or "cinnamon" smells... this is AMAZING and MY NEW FAVORITE Christmas scent. 


this is what's up.

This is my third post.  I'm such a slacker.  At least I'm catching up though, right?  Kyle has a huge project this week, so he's been living at the school from 8 am to midnight (obviously, tonight will be later) with his group... giving me plenty of time to do things, like blog.

It's been a good last few days for several reasons... I'm liking the list thing so, here you go:

REASON ONE: We bought a Christmas tree.  A GORGEOUS one, too.  It was in a giant box at DI and was listed for $15.00.  It's 7.5' tall and is FULL.  Not pre-lit but that's okay because I wanted special lights anyways.  Kyle and I set it up and I've been working on decorating it slowly over a few days.  (almost done but I'll show you as is)

REASON TWO: Pomegranates are FINALLY in stores here!!!  I saw them at Harmon's picking up lunch for my boss and I got so excited.  Kyle and I went to the grocery store as soon as I got home and I cleaned one immediately.  Never has a pomegranate tasted so good.  

REASON THREE: I've been wrapping Christmas gifts.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  Seriously.  Kyle picked out the paper.  It was a good choice.  I'm so glad I brought one of my craft boxes from Georgia.  I've been using odds and ends from it like no tomorrow.  I'm SO excited to give gifts, and I'm SO excited to see everyone!!!

REASON FOUR: Christmas sugar cookies (the really good Pillsbury ones) were on sale 2/$5.00 at Smith's.  Kyle and I stocked up!  

REASON FIVE: I went to DI yesterday to waste time waiting for Kyle to come home.  I was strolling through the hardbacks when I found this amazing Color Drawing reference book specifically for architects and designers. It's old school, but that was when hand rendering was the only option.  It's LEGIT and I learned so much just flipping through it.  I shelled out four bucks and brought the book home.  I have the BEST luck at DI.  Seriously.


turkey day.

I had to see/spend Thanksgiving with immediate family.  No offense to extended relatives, but seeing someone that can be called a sister/brother was required.  So, Kyle and I drove down to Vegas to visit Karlee and Matt.

First of all, it was super sweet for them to let us come... ESPECIALLY because by "us" I include Lola.  We drove down late Wednesday night (I slept the whole way... sorry husband).

Side Note: I love that she is so easy going in a car.  Let's hope for the same easy-going attitude come Christmas when she gets on a plane to ATL.    

Kyle got out of bed early-ish to watch football, and for the first time in 21 years I didn't watch ANY of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.  Not even a second.  I broke my tradition.  I can't make my children watch it with me now like I had planned my whole life "b/c I WILL NEVER MISS IT!"

On a BRIGHTER note... we DID watch the annual dog show which I also NEVER MISS.  That tradition is STILL GOING STRONG.  Super excited to see the Great Dane win its group... and, of course the Wire Fox Terrier took home the crown.  

Karlee cooked an amazing FULL Thanksgiving meal pretty much by herself.  Well, Matt helped her and I peeled potatoes, but seriously... she is amazing.  I wish I took pictures, because it was wonderful. As usual, I got stoked on Black Friday deals, and we SHOPPED, baby!  Majority of my deals were gifts, so I'll keep them to myself... BUT... you're all getting awesome gifts even though my budget was based on my newlywed status.  

WHAT I CAN SHARE WITH YOU.... Kyle and I only had one set of sheets and they are super nice.  We got them on super sale right when we moved out here, but finding something comparable was not in the budget.  UNTIL BLACK FRIDAY!!!  Macy's had a pretty decent set of sheets.  620 thread count, full set originally for $170.00... on sale at midnight for $49.99.  Thank goodness we had two $25.00 gift cards to Macy's left.  It was FATE.

We spent the weekend shopping and hanging out.  It was nice to chill and not worry about anything.  We hit up the Mars Factory Christmas Lights in the Cactus Garden.  Karlee and I saw Breaking Dawn. Went to church on Sunday then headed home.  I stayed awake the whole time... took advantage of seeing things I hadn't seen before.  Like Arizona (for 15 minutes) and the St. George temple.

(please excuse the ridiculous photo editing.  i dont have the originals and took them with instagram)

It was a fun trip... and got me super excited to see my family in December!

it's cold here.

4.5 weeks at SolutionReach and I'm still LOVING every single second of my job.  Call me crazy, but I seriously have completely lost the whole "WHEN ARE WE GETTING OUT OF THIS STATE!?" mentality.  I LOVE seeing the snow-topped mountains when I drive to work every morning.  I LOVE seeing lights for miles of the valley at night on my drive home. (and the Christmas lights up at Thanksgiving Point)  It's pretty here... as long as you look past the developments of terribly-placed, poorly-designed, single-family homes. (No originality between Lehi and Murray... cookie cutter homes so close together seriously make me cringe).  Other than that and the ORANGE barrels EVERYWHERE (construction on I-15 that will never end... ugh!) I am enjoying the view.

View of Provo from the Y (it's pretty cool on its own)  
I didn't take this picture, but it looks just like that.  : )

What am I NOT enjoying??  The weather.  The cold.  The FREEZING temperatures.  This issue affects me in many ways:

1. I have to schedule my water bottle drinking.  Why?  Because I HATE the feeling of a freezing cold toilet seat on my bum/legs in the middle of the night... and therefor, I don't drink anything past 9:00 pm if I can help it.
2. I have been late for work every day.  (This is relative because my boss has never gotten there before me... he has the same problem, I'm sure)  Why?  Because getting out of a WARM comfy bed is so hard.  Narcolepsy has nothing to do with this.  My medication is working PERFECTLY.  This is just a personal motivation that I seriously struggle with.  It's a lose-lose.  Even when I do wake up on time, it seems those are the days I get a run in my tights and have to find something else to wear or I have to scrape the ice off my windshield.
3. Lola has made the decision to forget her training on especially cold evenings.  Three days in the past week, I woke up to an"accident" in the floor.  She gets up silently in the middle of the night, does her business IN FRONT OF THE DOOR, and then climbs back in bed.  What a little jerk, right?  She used to whine to wake me so I could let her out.  Too cold for that, now.  So, we're working on it... and getting the carpets cleaned.
4. I am lacking in the winter clothes department.  end. of. story.

1. My pay checks have been phenomenal.  What does that have to do with the weather?  I'll tell you.  It's SO cold that the second I get in the building, I don't want to leave the heat.  I don't take a lunch break if I can help it, and I usually stay after at least an hour or so.  I DREAD walking to my car, so I put it off and stay productive.  Overtime is helping me pay the bills, that's for sure!
2. We've been saving money!  We eat out less because I hate going into the cold.  We've been doing things inside... like, wrapping Christmas gifts and decorating our tree... and, making brownies/eating the batter before they get in the oven.
3. I was FINALLY inspired to use the crock pot for a hot meal.  Kyle and I made white chicken chili (just ask for the recipe) and had some people over for dinner on two occasions.  He seriously cannot get enough of the stuff.
4. Kyle and I cuddle more. (to keep me warm in the freezing house)  end. of. story. 

  front yard... my boot prints and lola's paw prints 

The good out weighs the bad, for SURE.  I'm a pretty lucky girl these days.