Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Please take a look at our Christmas card at http://arclite.byu.edu/dan/christmas2008.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Little About Us

Rules are: Anything you have done has to be in bold. How much have you done?
(PS Daniel is in red, Stephanie is in blue, both is in purple)

1. Started your own blog (umm...you're reading it)
2. Slept under the stars 
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland 
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a Praying Mantis
10. Sang a solo 
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (I learned piano from scratch)
15. Adopted a child 
16. Had food poisoning (on the mission, you'll eat anything once)
17. Been to the Statue of Liberty 
18. Grown your own vegetables 
19. Seen the Mona Lisa at the Louvre 
20. Slept on an train 
21. Had a pillow fight (yeah...Stephanie won)
22. Hitch hiked 
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 
24. Built a snow fort 
25. Held a lamb 
26. Gone skinny dipping (I must have been less than 3)
27. Run a Marathon 
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 
29. Seen a total eclipse 
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 
31. Hit a home run 
32. Been on a cruise 
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 
35. Seen an Amish community 
36. Taught yourself a new language (just about every semester!)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (less about money and more about attitude)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 
39. Gone rock climbing 
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke 
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa (I lived there for two years!)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing 
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain 
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie 
56. Visited the Great Wall of China 
57. Started a business 
58. Taken a martial arts class 
59. Visited Russia 
60. Served at a soup kitchen 
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (delivered them is more like it)
62. Gone whale watching 
63. Got flowers for no reason 
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (donated once before going to Africa...now they won't accept my blood)
65. Gone sky diving 
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 
67. Bounced a check (it only takes once to learn that lesson...by the way, this was before we were married!)
68. Flown in a helicopter 
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 
71. Eaten Caviar 
72. Tied a quilt 
73. Stood in Times Square 
74. Toured the Everglades 
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 
77. Broken a Bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (30 mph in a 25 mph zone)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 
80. Published a book 
81. Visited the Vatican 
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem 
84. Had your picture in the newspaper 
85. Read the entire Bible (seminary)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (fish)
88. Had chickenpox 
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury 
91. Met someone famous (let's see who frequents the BYU laundry...LaVell Edwards, Bronco Mendenhall, Susan Tanner, Sister Samuelson with a bad hair day, the list goes on...)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one 
94. Had a baby (we're almost there!)
95. Seen the Alamo in person 
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (umm, no thanks)
97. Been involved in a law suit 
98. Owned a cell phone 
99. Been stung by a bee 
100. Visited Italy

We would love to see what you have and haven't done!  We can't wait to see!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

This week has been a very nice week. It was busy (as is typical), but we got the opportunity to be busy with more fun activities this week than usual. We are on the activities committee for church and our ward had our Christmas party on Tuesday evening. This activity was particularly nice for us because it was catered and we didn't have to worry about any cleanup! Stephanie and I participated in a short musical program by playing What Child is This, but otherwise we were able to sit back and enjoy the ham!

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!