Tuesday, December 29

feliz navidad

We're used to a crowd on Christmas Day, but this year it was just the two (three?) of us. We thought it'd be depressing, but it was seriously a fantastic day. Awesome.

i must confess...

I like Taylor Swift. And I can't explain it.

Thursday, December 24

live nativity

We headed down to the Richmond Zoo the other night to see a free live nativity.

It was very well done and we really enjoyed the peace and beauty of the whole experience. But I have to say the camels and the sheep turned out to be huge distractions for us.

The camels just funny and camel-like, and the sheep were surprisingly aggressive--during the program one kept trying to eat out of the manger while Baby Jesus was in it. Luckily it was just a doll, because no matter how many times Joseph tried to shove him away, that sheep would come barreling back. Pretty funny.

Tuesday, December 22

snow time

When life gives you over a foot of snow, make a gigantic, pregnant snowlady.

And what's a snowlady without a tiny snowchild?

This brief storm helped us realize we're cool with having one big snowstorm a year. You can't help but love how beautiful everything looks when it's covered in snow or icicles.

Rock on, white pre-Christmas.

Sunday, December 20

the d.c.

We planned a short trip up to D.C. this weekend for our anniversary/my birthday/the last romantical getaway before baby. We went up Thursday night, played all day Friday, and then rushed home Saturday morning thanks to Blizzard 2009. Sigh...

We did manage to squeeze in quite a bit o' fun, including a personalized tour of the Capitol building (thanks to a hook-up from Brittany!), some visits to a few monuments, some excellent food, walking into one of the Smithsonian museums 5 minutes before closing, and the Rockette's Christmas Spectacular show.

Tour the Capitol some time. Very cool. We even got to hang out in the room where the House meets. They didn't ask our opinion on anything, though.

On the ellipse in front of the White House they have the gigantic National Christmas tree and smaller trees for each state and territory. Obviously we gave shout-outs to our home states.

What's a nice hotel without robes, right?

This is what we woke up to. D.C. was gorgeous, but very not equipped for so much snow.

A delightful trip indeed.

Thursday, December 17

i can't be trusted

In the past few days I’ve discovered three different scratches on my face caused most assuredly by my own fingernails. My nails aren’t even long! Apparently I need some of those mittens babies wear so I can’t scratch up my own face. Or maybe just one of those dog cones.

Monday, December 14

weird science

She just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and I'm amazed my body seems totally cool with it. Weird science indeed...

Sunday, December 13


There's just nothing like owning a home. Even if it melts in the rain and doesn't have a door that opens.

This beloved Christmas tradition left us with a deliciously jolly home, a snowman with a toupee, and our own pool.

The Lansgings, on the other hand, were ready to take a baseball bat to theirs. Of the two kits, it would appear Doug and I ended up with the good one, and Joy and Ted got the definitively lame one. Notice the can inside the house trying to hold the walls up. Sorry guys!

And speaking of homeowners... we also checked out some houses along Richmond's Tacky Lights Tour. There's festive, and then there's these people. Way to go above and beyond! May the rows of cars driving slowly past your house in disbelief make the electric bill all worth it.

Wednesday, December 9

say cheese

So Doug is down to just a few finals left, and he's a happy camper.

This has been a fairly humbling semester for him at times, but he's still doing great overall. For example he made these denture things out of wax and some other materials. They look exactly like human teeth and gums and I have a really, really hard time touching them. But hey, he did a great job. I just wish they weren't sitting on my kitchen table.

Friday, December 4

thanks it up

We spent Thanksgiving with my sisters up in New Jersey. But you'd hardly know it from the very few pics I have to document the week. Ay caramba.

But I can tell you that we dined with Jenn and Trav, and then Cyd and Phil joined us for dessert (delish!). We also shopped, played game, watched movies, and hit up Rice's market in good ol' D-town. Fabulous.

And I do have to say this... Jackie=cat person. Doug=person who makes fun of Jackie for being a cat person. But Jenn and Trav had a new cat that l-o-v-e-d Doug, and basically ignored me. And the best part? It made Doug cave and hold that cat more than once, allergies and all.


Monday, November 30

a successful movember

Movember has come and gone. Thanks to all that helped raise awareness and donations for men's health. Even if you weren't able to participate, there's still time to make a donation to Doug's team Moustache McMij. All donations go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Men's health is important to everyone, but it's recently affected our family significantly. They found prostate cancer in my dad earlier this year, and he underwent surgery this summer. His surgeon was one of the best in the country, and the robotic surgery he had was ahead of its time. We wish it had ended there, but he's now undergoing radiation treatment and we're all praying it's successful.

When Doug heard about Movember, he jumped at the opportunity to support the research and education that help men like my dad. So if you can spare a few dollars, take a moment to donate now (every cent counts).

Thanks again to all who supported us! You looked fine, men, but we'll sure miss the 'staches. Sorta.
Pic stolen from Alicia's blog.

Sunday, November 29

john jones

When the passing of celebrities gets so much attention, I think it'd be extremely unfair to overlook the passing of someone as admirable as John Jones. John was in our ward in Utah, and Doug and I immediately identified him and his wife Emily as some of the most celestial people we knew. They're the type of people you can't help but love and want to be like. John was a kind, funny, sincere, Christ-like, faithful person. I'm sure he'd be so embarrassed to hear this, but he seriously embodied goodness. You just don't encounter people like him every day.

He died in a tragic accident this week, leaving behind a beautiful wife, a daughter, and a baby on the way. Our hearts ache for his family, and we hope you'll remember them in your prayers. I also hope you'll all hold your family a little longer today, recognizing how blessed we are just to be together.

You can read more here and here.

Wednesday, November 25

a day of thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, folks. Hope it's a great one.

Tuesday, November 24

serious guilt...

Does anyone else feel guilty when their Pandora pops up the message "Are you still listening? We hate to play to an empty room"?

I know I get to listen to them for free, yet they have to pay for every song they play. They must HATE it when people just leave their Pandora going. And if I really have stepped away from my computer and I come back and get that message, I feel like I owe them an explanation. It was an accident? I'm just careless? I'm an awful person?

No matter the situation, I'm sorry, Pandora. I'll try to be more responsible in the future.

Monday, November 23

I'm... 28? 27?

I just realized that I told someone the other day that I'm 28. I'm 27 for another month.

What the...?

Thursday, November 19

a shafer weekend

We had a blast with Ben, Whitney, and boys this weekend. Nothing like Shafers joining forces with other Shafers... so, so glad they could come! Here are the highlights:

- Loving these boys

- Getting hooked on the Wii (what else would you do after a marathon?)

- Playing with old friends (who'd ever thought we'd all meet up in Richmond??)

- Playing at the park
We call this the Thomas Kinkade shot. Not bad, eh?
Good times.

one heck of an anniversary gift

Another photo shoot with the Mooch.

They had to check out some things at my appointment yesterday, so it gave us another chance to see her. It made me melt just seeing her squishy little face. She's doing well and is so far a big girl. Bring on the chubbiness.

Wednesday, November 18

the power of 3

3 years of marriage
in 2009
on November 18
when we're age 27,
just months before we
get our 3rd team member.

I'm loving the power of 3.

Happy anniversary, babe.

Saturday, November 14

the marathoners

Taken seconds after finishing...

They did it in just under 4 hours. Friggin' amazing.

Good weather (overcast and a little rain), great company (they mostly stayed together), and impressive self-discipline (nobody gave up and puked).


You even enjoy Doug's finish below (I was standing just a little before the finish line). Please ignore my obnoxious, shrill voice. I was excited and emotional, okay?

Oh, and Ben and Whit were 50 seconds behind him, and I totally missed them. I'm an idiot.

Wednesday, November 11

growing out your bangs is not for the weak

When I was 12 and ready to grow my bangs out for the first time, my mom told me it was a big commitment. I doubted her, but I was wrong then and I'm wrong again.

Will they ever stop driving me crazy?!