Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, Mom and Dad came down to Provo to do a double date with Stephanie and I. We went to the Marriott Center to watch BYU's Christmas Around the World production. It was a lot of fun to see the culture and the excellent dancing, and we enjoyed having Mom and Dad around.
Two of Stephanie's bosses at work are involved with the Festival of Trees, and we had the opportunity to volunteer there yesterday. I had no idea regarding the scale of this event, but it was huge! Families and businesses donate to the event everything from decorated Christmas trees and homemade wreaths to gingerbread houses. In turn, families and business purchase these creations and the proceeds go to Primary Children's Hospital. Stephanie and I were in charge of watching the gingerbread houses, and let me tell you, there were some amazing creations. One of the houses must have been 150 pounds!
Now we just have to survive one more week of classes followed by a week of exams and then we will be free for Christmas break! We love everyone and hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We also took advantage of some of the sales on Black Friday. We first went to the Provo mall to use up our last wedding gift card at JCPenny, then we went and did some shopping for each other at Target and WalMart. It was funny shopping for each other while we were together--I had to restrict Stephanie to the women's apparel section while I went and bought her gift. I took it out to the car, then went and waited in the electronics section while she went and bought my gift. You do what you gotta do when you're married!!! (you know we wouldn't have it any other way!)
In other news, Stephanie is 28 weeks today, which means she is officially in the 3rd trimester! It's hard to believe that we're less than three months away from having our first child! At times it seems so short, although at times we wonder if we can handle another three months of pregnancy!
We have so much to be thankful for--our health, our opportunities, our friends...but mostly our wonderful family. We love you!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
After dinner, we cashed in on some discount tickets for the BYU basketball season opener at the Marriott center. The Cougars were a bit rusty from the off-season, but we still managed to pull off a victory. It was fun to see Steve, Erica, and their kids there as well.
Last night we were planning on attending a play on campus, but the tickets were sold out. Our backup plan (movie rental from the BYU Bookstore) also fell through since the bookstore closes early on Saturday. We resorted to picking up a half-gallon of cookie dough ice cream from the creamery and playing Scattergories while watching Guys and Dolls. We had a good time, but by the time the movie was over we were ready to crash and recover from the week.
We were very grateful to sleep in this morning. We had choir practice at 10am, church at 12pm, and aside from a short home teaching assignment, we spent the rest of the day in the kitchen. We made pepper steak for dinner (thanks to Uncle Charlie for the elk steak), zucchini nut bread, and rice pudding with rice left over from dinner (much better than our previous attempt). We're set for breakfast this week!
We're thankful for all that we have, especially our wonderful family and friends. We love you!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
This was a picture that we took while we were visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. I'd say we look a little fishy, what about you?
Monday, November 3, 2008
We did a chili cook-off, trunk or treating and lots of prizes! It was a great night. This is my favorite picture. Daniel is announcing the winners of the contests...with someone mysterious and kind of scary looking at his side (another activities committee member).Daniel and I were a Doctor and Nurse for Halloween. That is what we were supposed for the party pictured in the last post, but I just did NOT feel like dressing up. This time, I did. It was fun, and everyone kept joking that if anyone got sick from someone's chili, we could fix it. I think the most I would do was tell them to drink TONS of water and let their body handle the rest...It's probably a good thing I am not a nurse...
PS. We are smiling in the picture. It is just hard to tell.
Monday, October 27, 2008
The games were kinda lame (it was mostly freshmen, what can you expect? see Figure 2), and the movie was almost too amusing to be considered a great work of art (it sure is classic though). It was fun anyway. We were, however, encouraged to come in costume, and our costume "the doctor and the pregnant lady" was very popular--we won the award for the "Authentic" category (see Figure 1), the prize of which was to relieve the Honors program of some of their extra candy. It was a good little inexpensive Friday-night date.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Stephanie is now 22 weeks along...She's still pregnant...It's still a girl...She's still a full time student and part time employee...and full time wife. All things considered, she's doing pretty well!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I do have kind of a funny story though...Right after we got home from our honeymoon, Mom and Dad Standage helped us lug our gifts into the apartment, and put things away. Daniel was in the other room, and Dad came up and asked me, (ok maybe this isn't exactly the way it went, but it was something pretty similar) " So, do you call Daniel Dan, or Daniel?" I was a little surprised and replied that I call him Daniel most of the time. Dad then said "That is good, because in our family we call him Daniel."
Apparently, when Mom and Dad named him, they always wanted Daniel to be DANIEL. I personally like Daniel better than Dan, but if we are around people that call him Dan, I call him Dan...especially when I need to get his attention.
Favorite Toys: he likes playing with his best friend (me. However, I do not consider myself a toy), computers, and his guitar.
Favorite Book: I can't really say I know what his favorite book is. All I have ever seen him reading is his scriptures and textbooks. I'd say out of those two, the scriptures are probably high on the favorite list. He also likes the Chronicles of Narnia.
Favorite Item of Clothing: He likes to dress business casual, but I don't really know what his favorite is. MY favorite outfit is a tie between his dark blue shirt that dad gave him, and the lighter blue shirt that Uncle Eric gave him. I like it when he wears either of those shirts with his tan pants.
What Makes Him Happy: Feeling like he has accomplished something, getting good grades, eating ice cream, music, ME!
What Makes Him Sad: not having enough time in one day, feeling overwhelmed with all of his responsibility (which he handles very well), he is most sad when I am sad.
Additional things I love about Daniel: His hard work and willingness to serve, treating others with respect, his eyes, his commitment to the gospel and trying to do the right thing, or Christ like thing all the time, his sincerity, treating me with love and respect even when I am ornery, making me feel like the most beautiful princess in the world.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
After a busy morning, I finally have a chance to slow down and share some exciting news with everybody. I'll just cut to the chase...we're having a girl!!!
Stephanie and I made a trip to the radiology clinic this morning for her first ultrasound. Although our baby was good at striking cute poses, apparently they weren't the kind of poses that made it easy to take the required measurements! Despite the lack of cooperation on her part, we were able to figure out that she's a girl.
Now that we know we're having a girl, we can get serious about names. We've thought about Heather Breanne and Victoria Breanne (Tori for short). We'll just have to see though.
We love you everybody!!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
A lot will be happening between now and then. Stephanie is halfway finished with a battery of midterm exams, and I have major assignments due in almost all of my classes this next week. Hopefully we will still have a little energy by the time Stephanie's family arrives on Friday.
The week following conference, we will be going in for Stephanie's 20-week checkup. And that means...ULTRASOUND!!! We are excited to know the gender of our baby. We've been thinking about names a little here and there, but once we know what we're having we'll get a little more serious about the name. We'll make sure we keep everyone updated when we get the news.
We love you all! Have a great week!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Stephanie and I are expecting our first child in February. Yesterday we got a chance to practice with a baby boy and his 3 older sisters. Ben and Juli got their hands on some BYU football tickets, and we had the chance to watch Emily, Sadie, Katelyn, and Jacob. Emily and Sadie had just finished a soccer game, and came in their bright team garb.
We had fun having lunch, playing at the playground, playing card games (Sadie is vicious at Old Maid), and having milkshakes. We mixed some of the apricots and cherries Mom gave us recently with some frozen strawberries, a fresh peach, and milk. The girls really enjoyed the treat--good thing we didn't let them know it was healthy!
In the end, we're still excited to have a kid, although we'd prefer to start off with one rather than four all at once! We'll get to that point some time!
We love you all. Have a great week!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
In stake conference last week, our stake president made the comment that even though these times are hard, we will look back on these times as the "good old days." He mentioned that we should live our lives like they already are the good old days. We are trying! Daniel has definitely made my days good, by sacrificing his time to do small things like doing the dishes or getting breakfast ready. I have really come to realize how blessed I am. He makes so many sacrifices to make my life easier, and I really appreciate it.
We love you all and hope that you have a happy and productive week.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Looking back, I've been dealing with dizziness for a few days. Recently at work I've been getting small headaches and short dizzy spells. I'm not prone to headaches, but these I could shake off by closing my eyes and relaxing for a few seconds. Yesterday it got a lot worse.
This morning I have still been dizzy, although it hasn't been bad enough to cause nausea yet (thank goodness!). Nevertheless, I made an appointment and visited the doctor. Turns out that there is some weird stuff going on in my inner ears. She wasn't sure if it was labyrinthitis, leftovers from a viral infection, or a combination of the two. Either way, I got some meds and strict orders to stay hydrated and well fed.
Every story has a bright side. I'm feeling a little bit of what Stephanie has been feeling for almost 3 months now. This has helped me appreciate her efforts and her attitude despite how sick she has felt.
We're looking forward to camping this weekend, and hopefully we will both be somewhat recovered by then!
Friday, August 22, 2008
This video contains pictures from many of our summer activities. We arrived in Athens, Georgia near the end of May. Most of our time there was spent studying, but we had the opportunity to go on a few trips. Then, at the completion of the internship, we began a road trip home that took us through South and North Carlolina, Cincinatti, Kansas City, and Colorado Springs. We saw some sites and visited family and friends along the way, and it was a blast.
With school and Stephanie's second trimester approaching, we are nevertheless "funned out" and happy to be back in our own home.
We love you all and hope you are doing well!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My internship was a great opportunity, and I learned so much. It was a lot of hard work, but I was able to accomplish some good work. In academics, your skills or your personality don't really matter unless someone with an important opinion takes notice and can verify those things. I was very lucky this summer to interact with people whose opinions matter. Not only will they be some of the people who write letters of recommendation for my future graduate school applications, they may also be the people to whom I send those applications!
We are also very lucky that Stephanie was able to be with me all through this summer. It would have been very difficult had she not been able to come. Stephanie was able to take classes through independent study, and the amount of progress she made will help her finish school despite being busy with the arrival of our first child next year. I have appreciated her hard work this summer, and the love and support she constantly provides.
Stephanie has had some tough days this week, and we've really started to see how bad morning sickness can get. Some days she wasn't able to keep anything down, and some days she has to lay down to avoid vomiting. We are really glad for the times when she is able to move about and be on her feet. This is definitely going to have implications for our summer vacation, but we're going to have a good time regardless of what we do!
We hope everyone is doing well. We love to hear from you. Take care!!!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
- one week closer to coming home
- one week closer to Stephanie being done with morning sickness (by the way, any more suggestions or remedies?)
- one week closer to the BEACH!!!
- one week closer to our most excellent cross-country road trip
- one week closer to leaving dorm life!!!
- one week closer to having our first baby
- one week closer to our own bed!
- one week closer to our own kitchen (with a full-sized FRIDGE!)
- one week closer to seeing Stephanie's family in Colorado
- one week closer to seeing Daniel's family in Utah
- one week closer to our next blog post...keep in touch!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Oh, by the way, don't let Stephanie fool you. She may feel like the Wicked Witch, but she's been doing very well despite her morning sickness (or "all-day-except-1-to-3-pm" sickness). She's had trouble keeping food down at times, but she's remained cheerful and positive for the most part. I sure chose a wonderful wife to marry!
We love hearing from everyone. We hope you all have a wonderful week!
Monday, July 7, 2008
We love you all and hope that you are continuing to have a wonderful summer!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
After a wonderful breakfast and goodbyes, Stephanie and I drove to downtown Atlanta. We started with a 9:00 am tour at the World of Coca-Cola. There were fun exhibits that talked a lot about the history of Coke, advertising, production and distribution, and its global impact on culture. Best of all, the final exhibit had kiosks with Coke products from different regions of the world, and we tried just about all of them. Stephanie really enjoyed the drinks from Latin America, and I was very impressed with a melon flavored soda from Israel. Since we were the first tour, we were able to be out before the huge crowds were there.
After enjoying some buffalo wings for lunch, we headed next door to the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. The crowds were starting to get pretty big by that point, but it wasn't too bad. We were impressed with the Ocean Voyager exhibit, which had a long walk-through tunnel, various windows and portholes, and a theater-like view into the tank containing 4 whale sharks, in addition to tons of other fish, sharks, rays, and sea creatures.
Overall, we had a blast! It was nice to take a break from our normal routine, and we got to see some pretty amazing stuff. We hope you enjoyed pictures. We love you all and can't wait to see you again!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
In other news, I had my birthday on Monday, and Stephanie made sure it was a wonderful day (for more information, check out the previous post). The rest of the week was pretty typical of our long days at school/work, with long walks and reading books together in the evenings. We went out for dinner again on Friday and ate at a cute little Italian restaurant. We were very impressed with their tortellini and lasagna.
We're doing great here in Georgia, but we can't wait to see everyone in Colorado and Utah again. We love you!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Daniel cuts the birthday cake(brownies with mint frosting). Our car was still in the shop at the time(we finally got it back last night), so I rode the bus to get ice cream. It was a little melted, but it still tasted really good.
We couldn't get this picture right...I am not even going to show the other ones...they are pretty bad. Hey, at least we were having fun!
We hope that every one is enjoying their summer! Love you all!
*His birthday was yesterday when I first wrote this...my connection was not very good, so it I didn't get to post it.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
These past couple of weeks have been crazy! Our car broke. We had to replace the transmission. We are just really glad that we followed the prophet's advice and saved for a rainy day. I still have not been able to get a job, so unless something amazing happens over the weekend, I am just going to continue doing school. I have found at least three more classes that I could take through independent study if I need to. I am already planning to do four classes and am almost done with three of them, so I may just be able to get them all done.
Daniel's internship is going well, he seems to really enjoy working with his group and he talks about new things everyday. I don't really understand everything, but I know they were just working on RNA extraction. Apparently, it is very tedious, and you have to do everything just right, or you have to start over again because it didn't work. Daniel is also getting excited about his research opportunity in Bioinformatics with Dr. Xu, and Dr. Dam. He will be working on a Bio-fuel project. He has been doing lots of research on it. It sounds very interesting, and I think he will enjoy it.
We miss everybody and we hope that you are all enjoying your summer. We are!!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tonight's venue was a little place called Casa Mia. We guessed from the name that it was a Mexican restaurant, but the food was actually inspired by Latin American countries further south. The food was very tasty, not quite as spicy as Mexican food, but rather a refreshing blend of natural flavors from the meat and vegetables. Stephanie ordered the night's house special, a plate of chicken nachos, with authentic tortilla chips and a great vegetable topping. I ordered a lomo saltado, which was small steak strips sauteed with onions and tomatoes, served over french-fry style potatoes, with a nice cream sauce on top. In addition to the great food, it was a nice, clean, simple, yet elegant atmosphere. The entrees were really affordable too, which made our visit all the more worth it.
Athens, Georgia has a lot of unique restaurants, and we look forward to trying out some new things while we're here!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Come Monday morning, we packed up again and drove up to the University of Georgia in Athens. We arrived a few hours before my internship's check-in started, but our dorm room was ready for us to move in, so we started unpacking and re-arranging everything to make it as homey as possible.
Since then, Stephanie and I have been pretty busy. I've been spending all day at the Life Sciences building, and when Stephanie has a break from hunting for jobs, she's been studying back at the dorm. We have, however, been able to find time to spend together in the evenings, and we've enjoyed getting to know the campus in the warm, rich Georgia evening air.
Well, sorry it took us so long to post this. We love you all and hope everything is going well!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Halfway through sacrament meeting, Emily saw momma and dada on the stand, and she started pointing at them and saying their names. It was really cute.
We're really lucky to have the chance to visit my mom and dad today. My grandma is visiting from Arizona, so this should be a very special Mother's Day.
We're leaving for Georgia on Thursday and we can't wait!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
This morning we had the chance to go to Lehi to witness the blessing of one of Stephanie's cousins. Baby Railey is way cute, and we were glad that we were able to be there. We are enjoyed mingling with a lot of family afterwards.
We love you all and hope you have a great week!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
We were able to spend time last night celebrating the end of the semester with the Standage family. It was fun to just get away for a little bit and enjoy them. We especially enjoyed our little nieces and nephew. They are all growing up so fast! We wish that we could spend more time with them--watching them grow up, seeing the cute little things they do, and feeling their sweet spirits. We look forward to the day when we can enjoy kids of our own.
We are looking forward to our trip to Georgia. Only two and a half weeks and we will be out of here!!! Woohoo!! We still have not got anyone to sublease our apartment from us, but we have someone who is interested. I guess that has been the story of our life since we started advertising in March. We could really use some extra prayers! We love you all!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Anyway, here are some recent photos.
We enjoyed coloring some Easter eggs. Note the nifty plastic cups that came with the kit.
Stephanie insisted that I put this picture up.
A picture of us in downtown Salt Lake City.
Fun in the snow.
We hope you are all doing well, and hope to hear from you soon!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
With the two of us going to Georgia this summer for a research internship, Stephanie will be doing some courses through BYU's independent study program. Even now during the semester, it would be nice to have a computer of our own, but during the summer is will be a necessity. The fact that we got a pretty fat tax return this March didn't hurt, either!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
As far as the rest of the week is concerned, we were pretty busy with exams. We've been looking forward to this weekend. Not only will we be celebrating Easter, but we will be with family witnessing the blessing of our newest nephew, Jacob Benjamin Poulsen. To see pictures, check out Juli and Ben's blog!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
There have been some exciting developments recently. The most exciting news is that we will be going to the University of Georgia for the summer. I was accepted for a 3-month research internship in genomics and computational biology. Not only is this going to be great experience for my educational and career prospects, but Stephanie and I are ecstatic to go back east.
The internship contract provided on-campus housing for me, but they agreed to give us our own room so that Stephanie could come along. She will be taking classes through Independent Study and working while we are there. However, Athens is only 90 minutes away from Augusta, so we will definitely be making a few visits to our old stomping grounds.
Wednesday night we managed to attend the annual BYU Honors symposium. There were great breakout sessions, nice food, and wonderful keynote addresses. Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy and his wife (both BYU Honors graduates) spoke, and there was a wonderful spirit there, both a spirit of intellect and faith. Opportunities like this make a BYU education unique.
Last weekend I had the chance to go down to the Mojave desert with my genetics lab class. We spent Friday night on a ranch, and then spent a few hours Saturday collecting plant samples to bring back to the lab and analyze. On the way home, we stopped at the Mountain Meadows Massacre memorial for lunch. Overall, it was a wonderful trip.
We're busy, but we're having a great time in school. We love you all, and we hope you have a great week!