Friday, March 30, 2012

Work Surprise

Came to work yesterday and found this little beauty on my desk. Yay for Easter surprises!


Actually, last week the receptionist and I helped our accountant break into her office. She had locked her keys inside and the only two other people in our office with keys were on business trips. So we busted through the ceiling and got her inside. Then we told her that she could pay us in Cadbury eggs.

We didn't really expect her to do it, but what a sweet surprise! I love the people I work with!

Holi

Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as Festival of Colours.

The main day, Holi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan. After doing holika dahan prayers are said and praise is offered. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.

But... in Utah it is basically an excuse for Mormons to throw colored chalk at each other with a pretty temple in the background. Caitlin and I decided to join in this year and had a blast.

Here is what the chalk throwing looks like from a professional standpoint. Notice how the first three pictures are NOT mine.



When we went we really didn't know a lot of what took place at the festival, but they gave a little speech which provided a lot of information. They taught us some chants/prayers, had food booths set up, and I think there were actually some hindus there - but not enough to make an impression compared to the plethora of BYU students canvasing the temple grounds.

Caitlin and I had to get pictures with the body they were going to burn (we didn't stay for the burning, but thought that would be another fascinating element of the religious festival).

We got covered in chalk, chanted, danced in some weird circle dance thing inside the temple, and inhaled enough chalk to last a lifetime.


After spending about 2 hours at the festival we decided it was time to go home and get clean. EVERYTHING was covered in chalk powder. Luckily it came off easily and we got some pretty sweet pictures.




Once we got into the car we realized we were dying from thirst and luckily there was a man selling water on the side of the road, so we bought a bottle and guzzled it down.
Next time we go we want to bring our kids. It would be so much fun to let kids get absolutely covered in colored chalk, and it would also be a great opportunity to teach them about another culture and religion. We give the day an A.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Girl on Fire

We've been obsessed with the Hunger Games for a few years so when we learned that they were making a movie, we decided that no matter what, we would go to the midnight premier. As the day approached we got more and more excited. Caitlin reread the book. I designed a t-shirt to wear. And we went grocery shopping for ingredients to make the lamb stew that Katniss loved so much.
Here we are before the movie enjoying our stew.
Caitlin had her stew without plums.

I had mine with.

Our shirt design.

Waiting in line (seemed like forever).

After our meal we went and stood in line for what seemed like forever. The anticipation was killing us. But the movie was worth it. We were so pleased with how the movie turned out. It was such a treat to see the books we loved so much portrayed on the big screen. We for sure will go see it again, maybe not until it hits the cheap theaters, but we want to see it in theaters one more time before it's released on DVD. If you haven't seen it - or even worse - if you haven't read the books, DO IT! They are so great. Since the premier I've reread the first one and am now enjoying the second one. Can't wait to see Catching Fire in theaters too!

Service in Provo

A few weeks back I saw on the BYU-Idaho Service Activities Facebook page that it was Service Week. What a great opportunity for us to serve here in Provo. For our service, we went to the temple, we babysat for a family in our ward, we volunteered at an ice skating event, donated blood, and had dinner at the food bank.

The food bank was probably one of our favorite. They had bowls, real hand-made bowls, that you could buy and fill will soup. It is one of their largest fundraisers throughout the year. Caitlin and I snagged a couple of amazing looking bowls and enjoyed some tortilla soup. Then, after we got home, we realized that we are obsessed with pottery. We need to take a class or something cause everywhere we go we want to buy new bowls, pots, or cups that we find.
Here we are posing with our soup bowls.

Home Garden

Caitlin and I decided we should start a garden (we're all about being self sustained) so we planted some plants a few weeks back. We have tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, cilantro, green onions, jalapenos, and of course, wildflowers. We just really wanted flowers so we thought we'd see how they turned out. :)

These are our seedlings. Look how cute those little guys are. :)

This last weekend the plants were getting so huge, we had to repot them. So out on the balcony we went and we repotted to our hearts content.

You can tell that we're going to be good parents cause we gave our plants plenty of good dirt and luscious water. They're thriving. We're planning on making salsa once they've all blossomed. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll get an invite to taste some of it.


St. Patrick's Day

Since St. Patrick's Day is a day that originally commemorated St. Patrick with a large feast, it seems befitting to post pictures of the delicious foods we ate on our green holiday (and maybe just mention a few of the other fun things we did that day).

We started off the morning with a scavenger hunt sponsored generously by the sneaky little leprechaun that lives near or in our apartment. He led me all over the house, outside, and finally inside the washer where I found an I-Tunes gift card. That leprechaun is so sweet!

While Caitlin was in the shower, that same leprechaun decorated our apartment in green streamers, shamrocks, banners, and cooked a green breakfast. :)

He made us green pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream.

He also included Lucky Charms (the official food of leprechauns) and some hot chocolate with Irish Cream in it.

So glad Cait got this amazing picture of me enjoying breakfast.
After we enjoyed our leprechaun meal, we browsed around a few thrift stores, including one called "Junk in My Trunk" where we purchased some games and puzzles, and I also got bit by a flea (or some other insect living in the clothes bins). We then went home and made some shamrock pizza and relaxed for a little while until Caitlin had her Relief Society activity that night.

After she got home we enjoyed bowls of mint chocolate chip ice cream (it's green so it is totally a St. Patrick's day food) and called it a night.

3 Day Weekends

Before Caitlin started her new job we were really enjoying our 3-day weekends together. Unfortunately those days are over, but the memories still live on (Ha! Sounds like it was more than a week ago that they ended).

A few weeks back, we went to Burley to visit my dad. It was a BEAUTIFUL weekend. We decided to go to the City of Rocks and check things out. We didn't really dress for the City of Rocks though. We didn't realize it would be 60 degrees in Burley, but snowy a few miles away.

We decided to go climbing up some of the rocks anyway. Here are a few pics from our trip.

Caitlin and my dad

The pee station.

My dad had the brilliant idea that we should climb up this snowy, slippery rock.

We just ended up with wet, cold feet at the bottom.


After the City of Rocks we went shooting. It was Caitlin's first time shooting a handgun. It was a lot of fun.


After shooting we drove home, kicked around a soccer ball, and barbecued some sausages. I love bbq and I love the sun!


At the end of the trip we celebrated our time in Burley with a trip to Kiwi Loco! Best place ever! What really enjoyed the 3-day weekend. Now we'll just have to come up with really fun things to do on our new 2-day weekends.

Sweet Surprises

Since we've been married, Caitlin has done a really good job at surprising me with fun things when I come home from work. One day I came home - was blindfolded and locked in the bedroom where I had to change into "fancy" clothes. Then once I was ready I was able to come out and enjoy a candlelit dinner with my adorable wife.

She wanted to have a fancy dinner so we were both dressed up, had fancy drinks, a tablecloth, candles, mood music, and delicious food.

I don't know if I can say it enough, but I'm for sure the luckiest guy alive!

Flame Broiled

This past weekend I used my camera for the first time since I've been married. When I went to download the new pictures to my computer, I found these beauties that have never been published.

When I lived in Bunkhouse with Rick, Bryce, Ben, Stuart, and Shawn we decided to cook steak one night (in the oven) and Rick, as our apartments Master Chef, thought he could cook them the best.

After putting them in the oven and waiting a few minutes, Rick went to go check on them and started screaming (his usual chicken scream) that there was fire in the oven. He quickly grabbed the pan and rushed out to the balcony where we watched the fire cook the steaks perfectly.


Of course once the steaks were done we weren't quite sure how to get them out of the flames, but Bryce and Rick were pretty good at conquering the fires. Oh the adventures of 6 single guys in one apartment.

Balloon Painting

A few weeks ago Caitlin and I were feeling a bit artistic (more Caitlin than me - I'm not this creative) so we made plans to paint a couple of canvases to decorate our apartment with.

We filled balloons with paint and water and arranged them on our canvases in rows.


Then we threw darts at the balloons in an attempt to pop the balloons and coat our canvas with streaks of paint.

Of course we couldn't do this inside, so we set up a dropcloth on our balcony and went crazy with the balloon popping.

It was so much fun making these paintings - and in the end we were happy with how they turned out - although we both wanted more paint on the canvas so we ended up doing it again a few days later. Here is how the original paintings turned out. I forgot to take a picture of the final product, but just imagine these two canvases but twice as awesome.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Dear Blank, Please Blank

You should all probably visit the website Dear Blank, Please Blank. It is hilarious.

Here is a little sample of what I found today:

Dear people who think the Harry Potter books go against the Christian belief,
Harry escaped death when he was a baby. When he was a young boy, he realized he was destined to destroy evil. When he grew older, he realized he needed to die. When he did die, he came back to life and conquered evil.

Just Pictures

Caitlin and I got married a little over a month ago and this weekend we got our disc of pictures back. I figured I would throw a few of them on the blog so that family/friends could check them out. Enjoy.

























Wedding day at the temple.
I'll caption these.
Colton having my mom tie his tie.
Brittany and Brooklyn.

Walking out of the temple.
Caitlin hugging Justin.

Elaine trying to eat grandmas flower.

The Hendricksons.

Caitlin with her siblings.



My side of the family.



Siblings.

With our nieces.
Caitlin with her bridesmaids.

With my groomsmen.

The bridal party.









Caitlin with her nieces.

The Reception

Cutting the cake.




Caitlin with the girl who caught the bouquet.

Alex and Amber (Alex looks really happy to have a chocolate fountain).

Mike, Carley and my grandma.

Alan and Amber dancing.

My grandparents dancing.

Dancing with my mom.

Dancing with one of Caitlin's grandmas.

Love this girl!

Dancing with Hannah.

Caitlin dancing with her grandpa.



Caitlin dancing with my dad.

Caitlin and her mom and grandma.

Our poor car.

Coming out of the reception.

Basically I'm the luckiest man alive. Literally. I could not ask for a more perfect wife. My life is perfect with her in it. She makes everything perfect.