Friday, December 17, 2010

Oh the things daddy will teach the kids

The Colonel and I just finished our last final today! And somehow managed to switch cars driving back from school...I went to work, he got a haircut, then came to switch cars because he frankly hates my car. I don't feel bad though--I don't particularly care for it either.

In coming to just switch cars I convinced him to come to Carly's "opera concert" at the elementary. So we jumped in the jeep (not ours) and took the boys. 20 min. later (long before the concert was over) we headed home.

Upon approaching a police car on the side of the road, The Colonel began singing/chanting/operah-ing, "dirty cop, dirty cop, dirty cop" to which Mac began saying in his 15 month old voice, "dirty cop, dirty cop." Needless to say the Colonel was rather please with himself and said, "oh I can't wait to have kids..." or something like that. :)

Sometimes I wonder what my children will learn from their dad.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

what to do at 5 am

Since when did I wake up before 5 in the morning and not able to go back to sleep? I hope this doesn't become a habit. I would write the thank you cards I am behind on, but I don't want to wake The Colonel...our apartment is only so big. So I'm on the couch watching NCIS and Psych. Trying to go back to sleep...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Anchor


If any of you have not heard Mindy Gledhill's new cd Anchor. Stop reading and go listen now. And then buy it.

Our amazingly talented wedding photographer Justin Hackworth invited The Colonel and me to a special event. Read all about it on his blog. There were giveaways (we were "given"--after somebody else had won it--the amazing Lower Lights cd (that I was so close to buying a few weeks ago), yummy chocolates and popcorn.

And we got our picture taken photobooth style and got to listen to beautiful music.


Picture by Justin Hackworth

Obsession

Lately I've been obsessed with pillows. But boy are they pricey. I did get a super cute $20 one at a boutique with some birthday money last month. And then I made some yellow and orange cases a few months ago which I love. But they aren't anything fancy and they definitely aren't soft and fluffy.

If I could I would be decorative pillows with down feathers inside. Oh how nice.

But right now my little pillows with suffice. Plus leather couches are way too slippery for pillows. (Note to self: don't get slippery leather couches in the future.)

However, I would not mind one bit if I could add this little pillow to my Christmas decor.

Go here to win! (But actually don't, because I want to win)


What to do...

So I have a to do list. There are two categories: School and Christmas. All I want to do is the stuff on the Christmas side of things, but that will have to wait another week while I work on projects and finals that won't be anything spectacular. I'm trying not to take any work off so attempting to write papers in the middle of taking care of children is just a little challenging--so I just give up on the the whole school part and end up watching Modern Family or Burn Notice.

All I'm asking is for my grades to be at least B-'s. Is that too much to ask for this Christmas? I guess when I get my grades back I'll know the answer.

Or maybe I should just drop out. Or take a break? (and never go back, because that's what everyone says will happen).

The end.

And Merry Christmas! Yesterday I came home to a clean house and presents wrapped under the tree from The Colonel. I am one lucky gal. Even with the long school to do list.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Oh how I love the holidays: and photographs

I have heard amazing things about online Christmas card creations and Shutterfly makes beautiful Christmas cards, books, calendars and so many other things. They are having an amazing deal of 50 free Christmas cards with a blog post.

I saw the information from Dancing Toad Photography, which is created by one of my friends from high school. She has an adorable family and is an amazing photographer. Here's some stuff Shutterfly does so you can display all your favorite pictures. And send them to friends and family for Christmas.

Enjoy!

Here's some of my favorites.

Love, love, love the colored snowflakes and the one below with the Joy to You on the front.



I absolutely love this one and I think it's the winner for this years Christmas card. We are going to include my moms favorite picture from my wedding earlier this year.


I really want to make one of
these. From the time I can remember my mom always made photo calendars for my grandparents. She would collect photos of the children, grandchildren, cousins, etc. and print out a calendar. It was always my grandparents favorite and they would display it proudly in their home. I have done so many gifts for people with pictures because I feel like it's more memorable and personal. This year I am making more books for people that I love (but I don't want to give away any surprises) and I can't wait for them to see them.

I wish I had more time to do more on Shutterfly, but hopefully when I'm done with school I will have all the time in the world to put together gifts that everyone will cherish forever.

And for those of you who think people just throw Christmas cards away I want you to know I always include the few I receive in the back of my scrapbook each year. And my mom has books of past Christmas cards that make it fun to look back on how we've all grown through the years.

and when I have more money I want canvas wall art all over my house.

Christmas Spirit


Tonight we watched The First Presidency Christmas Devotional after dinner at The Colonels parents. It was the highlight of my day. That and sitting by the cutest family in Sacrament Meeting. I got to color with Audrey and she has the sweetest smile.

I love December. I love it more when I don't have school, but I still find time to not do my homework and work on decorating. I helped my mom with her house and learned how to do amazing bows on the banister garland. I've also changed and added to my own house. I am so excited for this season and can't wait to spend more time with the ones I love. And remember my Savior. I am blessed. Oh so blessed.

This is a nativity my mom let me borrow this year. It was my favorite when I was little and one of the first she got for her collection. There are lot of nativity sets out there that I don't particularly like, but I have two of the best. Thanks to my fabulous family.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

This deserves its own post

I forgot the most exciting news of the week! And when I realized just how long my last post was I figured I better make a new one...

drum-roll please...

The Colonel got a paid clerkship next summer!!!!!! After an interview a couple weeks ago Brandon received an email with a job offer. We are so so happy that we don't have to move for the summer. So I can keep my jobs, and The Colonel will get to work at the law firm in Salt Lake City. And not feel guilty for getting a few toys he's been wanting :) I do have to say how grateful I am for The Colonel. He makes me so happy and he is so so so good with money. I don't have to worry about him draining our savings. It's me he has to worry about.

I do have to say how blessed I feel at this point in my life. I have someone to come home to every day. We both have the opportunity to get an education and have amazing jobs. And I get to stay on my dad's health insurance for 2 more years! And we have cars that get us to where we need to be. And we have a cute little apartment that is just perfect for us.

Oh happy happy day.

I am no interior designer...

Don't mind The Colonel's sword from Halloween in the corner.
"The stockings were hung by the [large clock] with care"
I'm still trying to figure out the best place for the nativity...
And I need another Christmas decoration for the middle peg. (Don't tell The Colonel)

So the last few weeks have been pretty busy. I spent multiple days celebrating my birthday with friends and family. The Colonel said it wasn't fair that I had more than one birthday :) Some events included: presents, a fabulous party, Chef's table (thanks Dave and Aubree for the gift-card), The Scarlet Pimpernale, Guru's breakfast (amazing!), Carabbas, Harry Potter, and lots of photos. Thanks Justin for the pictures from my birthday party - can't wait to see them!

School is almost over and I cannot wait for this semester to be done. It has been killer. As I type I'm putting off two major research papers I've yet to start: yet somehow I keep finding things to do to avoid the unbearable.

In the meantime I had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner with The Colonel's parents. I always think I can fit more in my stomach than I really can. It was a nice lazy day of watching football (sleeping), visiting, and eating. I did learn how to make stuffing and gravy. (Thanks Cathie!) I also spent a good chunk of time planning the Black Friday shopping.

This is always a very exciting thing for us Lundberg girls. The Colonel makes fun of us, just like my dad. But I love it! And I won't give it up. This year started earlier than ever...or later? We were at Old Navy by midnight. I tried sleeping from 10-11:30, but it just didn't work out too well. We were very grateful to get there when we did and were out of there in 45 min. We got our usual Christmas Even pajamas and I got some very cute clothes ranging from 10-15 dollars.

However, since we did get done so early we had two hours to kill before Kohls opened at 3 AM. We got some donuts and hot chocolate (and diet coke) and just talked and laughed in the car. We tried to sleep...but that just wasn't happening with the 6 of us. Carly even braved the Black Friday shopping...I guess once you turn 9 you are eligible to pull an all nighter in the cold. (The best was that Carly fell asleep in the car on the way home and nobody noticed she never left the car...she said she was very warm sleeping there from 6-8 in the morning when my dad found her.)

Kohls we had the same system of my mom standing on line while we run around finding the stuff we want. I found...more clothes. We avoid the electronics since that is what everyone else goes for.

Target was the last stop at 4 AM and mom couldn't even come in because there was NO parking. And the lines at Target were NONEXISTENT! I did get my $25 pre-lit 6 ft. Christmas tree. And my sisters found the 6th Harry Potter so I believe they have the complete collection now. We did miss out on the 42" Westinghouse TV for $300.00 - not that we were trying for it.

We got home at 5:30 AM and I could only sleep till 9. I was annoyed. So I went to do laundry and get my Christmas decorations I had left at my parents. I came home and immediately began decorating. I'm sure the decorations will evolve and change from now to Christmas because I can't keep things the same for too long and I change my mind too often. But here are the pictures for now...found at the top because I'm too lazy to move them to the bottom. Plus pictures are more fun to look at.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba


So being a mom of two for eight days is turning out to be little interesting...and it's only the end of day 3. We did get to go see the Yo Gabba Gabba cast at Blickenstaffs Toy Store. Will wanted to be held the entire time! But when we left he threw a fit! He was so angry and I was a little embarrassed that everyone in the entire store could hear him. He just loves these guys so much. :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

LDS Bride

I was featured on LDSBride.com. I can't really say it was me...it was more my photographer, Justin Hackworth. Thanks Justin for submitting me!

It was fun reminiscing as I looked at the pictures from that special day. Oh happy life.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Keep him in your prayers


Friday night was a bad night to forget my phone. Luckily the Colonel always has his. He showed me a text from my mom shortly after we arrived at our friends for a late dinner.

Calling her back, I got very different news than I expected. My dad had been in a 4-wheeler accident while deer hunting and was life-flighted to the hospital. Our friends were all a bit confused to find us running out the door. Getting to the ER was nothing I've experienced before. I was confused and didn't know where my mom was. The curtain was closed in the trauma room where he was and a kind nurse came out to explain what was going on.

My dad, my strong and unbreakable dad, had 9 broken ribs, a collapsed and punctured lung, and a broken T1. I began to cry as she spoke; then I was completely embarrassed when I found my mom completely calm. (On a side note, she had already spoken to him and knew was alive).

We found my mom who was so strong, and little Carly, who was the only one home when the hospital called, both in a small waiting room.

As we found out more about what had happened I marveled at the hero my dad is. After my dad and Wes (12 years old) flipped over the top of a 4-wheeler coming down the mountain, my dad braced the rolling machine with his back. Knowing if he didn't, it would squash Wes. Wes only had the wind knocked out of him.

While my dad is in a lot of pain, he is a hero.

Please keep him in your prayers during this long recovery ahead.

UPDATE: My dad is doing really well today (3 days after the accident). He walked for the second or third time and even was able to go outside. One nurse said she has never seen so many visitors and thought dad was famous. Sunday night Wes brought dad some cookies he had made and said "thanks." Thanks for all your prayers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Idiot

The other day I was babysitting a sweet 4 year old girl. At one moment, looking directly at me, she said "idiot." She continued to look to see my reaction. I don't think she knows what it means, except that it's not nice.

I began thinking...did I say that in front of her? I call myself an idiot all the time, over stupid things. I call others idiots...but only when I'm in my car and they are in theirs. Drivers are idiots.

But I shouldn't teach 4 year olds to say that. I hope it wasn't me...

Monday, September 27, 2010

We can't think of one without the other



Grandpa was always just grandpa to me growing up. It wasn't til yesterday I fully realized how many lives he's influenced and changed. He has been chosen to be Logan's very first citizen of the year. Everyone knows and loves John and Norda Emmett.

I have been blessed and changed forever being their granddaughter.

Jay and Jane say it perfectly here, we can't think of John or Norda Emmett without thinking of the other.

Yesterday Grandma sat next to her husband of 63 years and leaned over and said, "you've been nothing but nice to me."

They are the perfect example of what marriage should be. and can be.

Grandpa passed away this afternoon. It must have been an amazing reunion with his parents, daughters, and grandbabies who have been waiting for him.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Inspired


Check out Nicole's blog here. There is a link to the Ruben challenge. What an inspiring man. Watching this 6 minute video made me wish I didn't compare my clothes, home, decor, car, etc. with those I see every day.

I want to not only be content with what I do and have. I want to be happy. I mean I am happy now, but I want to be more like the Colonel. He doesn't care about clothes or money. (unless it's in the savings account). Buying new things doesn't get him excited like they do me. He is content.

I want to be like that. I want to be happy without buying new things and trying to impress people with my worldly possessions.

I want to focus on the important things. Learning. Being better. Spending time with family. Being a good friend.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Colonel Brandon

After watching Sense and Sensibility a few weeks ago my hubby Brandon will forever be known as Colonel. Watch the movie and you'll know why.

I love you Colonel.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Grandparents


I just found this picture on my Aunt Natalie's blog and I had to post it here. On fathers day I posted about all the fathers in my life, but I didn't include pictures of my two amazingly wonderful Grandpa's. I also started a Mother's Day post...still not finished. I guess I should do that soon. My mothers and grandmothers are just as important to me!


A lot of people ask why I got married in Logan when I don't live there. I guess a major part is because of these four people. Love them with all my heart.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

tent sleeping

This summer we've been camping a whole two times! Which is actually more than I've camped in many years. I remember going camping as a young girl when my dad would build us swings and take us "hunting" - or elk watching...I call it "quiet tree watching."

We always have the annual Lundberg family reunion at the infamous Cub River. I love it up there. There is grass, shady trees, bathrooms, and delicious food. Not that I hate the outdoors, it's just nice to have a luxurious camping experience every once in a while. We even had some kid bow and arrows to practice some target shooting.



A few weeks after Cub River we planned a camping trip with some friends.
We didn't go too far, just up American Fork canyon, but it was quite the adventure. Luckily Brandon and I were in a Jeep...the Honda Civic passengers and drivers were not so lucky.
Other than some tense drivers and a few strange looks from others on 4-wheelers we safely made it to our camping spot...after moving down the road once our tent was already set up.

It was enjoyable camping with "non-campers," having our own version of "top-shot," and successfully making it through the night with a full air mattress...others were not so fortunate.

Brandon was the best with the shotgun.
Me + 357 Magnum = ...I don't know yet
Here we have Devin trying to shoot the clay pigeon with the shotgun, if he misses Roy will try with the 22 pistol and if he misses Brandon will try with the 22 rifle...at least it makes for a good picture.
Brandon's favorite was seeing a Moose early in the morning! We were all jealous that we didn't see it...but here's the proof that there was indeed a visitor at our campsite.
I've been able to check off camping on my list of "to-do's" for the year...now I just need to convince Brandon to hike Maple Mountain with me. He promised he would when it gets a little cooler.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

She looks wonderful tonight

A few days ago Emily sent me an email that pretty much told me to contribute to the blog. So, I am. Emily is always writing about how good I am (which makes me thoroughly embarrassed if anyone was wondering). Well now for the truth. Emily is the key to this relationship. She does everything, she cooks, she cleans, she makes all the money since I only get unpaid internships (yep ,she's my sugarmomma), she is the good looking one of the relationship, and everyone, and I mean everyone, loves her. Proof that she does everything in the relationship and I'm just a lazy bum. My own family even loves her more than me, you think I'm kidding but I'm not. And why shouldn't they? She is the kindest and nicest person, she cares about them and is always asking about their lives and taking an interest in them. In fact, because of her I feel closer to my family, not to mention that she somehow knows more about them usually than I do...odd...
The best part about Emily though is that she is very supportive. She supports me financially, she just wants me to get a job that I want. She will follow me anywhere that job takes me and she helps me when I get discouraged about law school, which is a lot by the way, if you were wondering. In fact this week I have been particularly surly about returning to law school and summer ending. It means I have to go back to the place where I am still not sure I belong and hope that I made the right decision to go there. See, if anyone knows me they know I worry all the time, and I really worry about finding a good job that I actually like and that can support Emily and my future family and law school just reminds me of that.
So, I wanted everyone to know that I married up. Waaaaayy up. Everyone knows it, except Emily of course, shhhh don't tell her. I got incredibly, ridiculously, awesomely lucky. I would have put a picture up of her on our wedding day, but I don't know where they are (she does, I'm sure). That day I wanted to sing "You look wonderful tonight" by Eric Clapton, but then I remembered I can't sing or play the guitar, so I didn't. But if you listen to that song, you'll know how I felt on every date, our wedding day and how I feel every night. This may be my one and only blog post, so I just wanted to proclaim from the rooftops, or blogsite as the case may be, that I love Emily Bastian. I am the lucky one, don't let Emily fool you.

Friday, August 13, 2010

6 months already!


I can't believe it's been 6 months of married life with my hubby. I just love being married and I would highly recommend it...when the time is right.

Last night Brandon convinced me to stay up past midnight! so we could go see the meteor shower. I had never stayed awake to see one (surprise) and it was so romantic :) Perfect way to celebrate 6 months of marriage.

(Disclaimer: Brandon was so patient with me and my whiney voice last night. It was surprisingly cold and I was tired and not dressed appropriately. But he bundled me up and kept my toes warm while he kept me smiling and laughing.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

One Lucky Girl

Last night I went to bed kind of early (late for me, early for my hubby) so I could get up super early to go to a free Zumba class. I've wanted to go to a class for a while now since everyone is talking about how amazing it is. And even though it was at 5:50 it was free, so I went for it.

When I got to the door to walk out, Brandon had left a little note for me telling me I am his angel. I smiled as I walked out counting my blessings for bringing this man into my life.

Theodore?













Mac looking like a chipmunk

Monday, August 2, 2010

What is that smell?

On Friday we came home from Cub River- the annual Lundberg family gathering. It was full of water fights, card games, ladder golf, yummy food, and good company.

When we walked into our apartment it smelled so bad. In every room it stunk and we couldn't figure it out. We put cleaner down the disposal. We took out the trash. But the smell was still horrible! Later, Brandon went to warm up the rice heating bag for my hurt knee and opened the microwave.

There was the culprit.

Broccoli from Tuesday nights dinner...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I'm 215 pounds!!

Since there wasn't much for me to do at work yesterday I decided I should go get my Drivers License since I lost mine and I needed to change my name anyway. So my amazing husband brought the documents I needed to get a duplicate and while I waited in the 2 hour line he got me Arby's.

So I filled out my information and sat waiting. I saw a girl from high school and was chatting with her when we realized Mr. Newbury, who did the driving tests in high school was one of the guys that would soon be helping us. I started to get a little nervous because this is the guy that barely passed me when he had to slam on the emergency break in the passenger seat of the drivers ed car.

I began hoping that I would not be fortunate enough to be in his line...but I was not so lucky. He called my number.

Luckily he didn't remember me and asked if I was related to a Terri Lundberg...nope, not to my knowledge. As he began filling out my information he got to the weight and gave me a weird smirk. He handed it back to me and said, "you're a pretty young lady and you don't weight that."

Are you kidding me. I wrote that I was 215 pounds. And I thought I was rounding down from 217! Instead I was rounding up...insanely up.

I told my husband and he said I had a complex. Perhaps I was just planning on gaining a lot of weight in the near future.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Uniform

For the last few years I have been a nanny for different families and I absolutely love it. However, I am not fortunate enough to have a sweet polo that is three sizes too big or khaki pants that make my thighs look huge. I have thought about getting scrubs and saying that's my work uniform...but for some reason felt that wouldn't work very well.

But last summer I found the perfect uniform...with the help of my sisters.

The Hanes White V-Neck.

At one point I had nine or so of them...I think a few have gone missing since and one is now tie-die, but I love them. The only bad thing is that Aubree and Val probably think that's all I own. So occasionally I dress up a little, but then I just end up missing my white v-neck. Oh and did I mention they're mens :)

Unashamed

I'm trying to make my blog cute like hers or hers. But I think you have to have kids to do that. Maybe not. I don't know.

Last night I got to go to Will and Mac's house. After Mac was sleeping I took Will on a walk in his little car. He was so sad when his mom left and I knew his dad was going to be coming home to change in basketball clothes soon, so I had to get him out of the house. It was fun teaching him words like stop sign and mail box.


He kept looking at me like this and laughing so hard. It took many tries to get this picture on my phone without the top of a blurry head.

Which made going inside that much harder. But we turned on So You Think You Can Dance and danced along.

It feels so good to go crazy and not be ashamed at how horrible of a dancer you are. I think that's why I love babysitting so much. I don't ever feel embarrassed or ashamed in front of little children. Probably because they're closer to God than any of us.

Friday, July 16, 2010

more coming...

Amanda is a much better blogger than me and has already put up pictures from Alaska on the Emmett family blog. Here is the link to enjoy the fabulous pictures. I'll make my post sometime soon.

I have the best husband ever though. I missed him so so much and came home to balloons and a welcome home sign! He is the greatest. Tonight we're having the first campfire of the summer...it's way overdue.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Last Night


I'm Leavin' on a Jet Plane, but I know I'll be back next week to see my hubby. I will surely miss him though. Last night he read me more of Lord of the Rings and didn't finish the chapter so I wasn't left with a scary cliffhanger for a week. I love him.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad and Happy 4th!



July 2nd my dad turned 50! I don't think anyone would ever guess he is a day over 30. I remember showing family pictures to people on my mission and everyone was shocked he was actually my dad. They would also say how good looking he was. :)

For his 50th Amanda came up with a genius idea of framing 50 things we love about our dad. After a few hours we had come up with 50 things (easy) and managed to take turns writing them, while deciding which color of marker was next. See pictures here.

We also went in on a ping pong table for the basement. While my dad does love ping pong, it was probably more of a "family" gift. He was very happy and surprised his girls lugged the table in from the truck and managed to set it up all by ourselves. Brandon would have been there to help but he was building a stand for our new a/c that both Christine and Maren used. Our windows were too high so we needed a stand to put it on. While it isn't the prettiest decoration it cools our apt. lovely!





Last night we celebrated the 4th by watching the fireworks at Stadium of Fire from Brandon's parents backyard. While they looked pretty small it was way better than bumper to bumper traffic in provo. The neatest part was hearing the loud booms almost a minute after the fireworks actually started and then continuing to hear them long after we could see them. Brandon is smart enough to tell me how fast light and sound travel...but I forgot. Experiencing that was way better than any science class though!

So happy birthday to the greatest dad! And happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fathers Day...belated

This is rather late, but I wanted to give a shout out to the fabulous fathers in my life. After babysitting two adorable little boys for four days, we were able to end our fathers day with yummy food and even yummier dessert. I must say Brandon is going to be one amazing dad. He was always there to help the boys calm down and stop crying. He played basketball with Will and made Mac smile when he didn't feel well. He even mastered feeding Will food...which is a major feat. Love you hun!

I am so blessed to have an amazing dad that is so willing to help anyone at any time. He taught me how to work hard and play hard. And he has survived 23 + years of being the only man in the house. Love you Dad!
And I'm blessed to have a father-in-law now! He is so easy to talk to and is always ready to help us when we need him. Love you Reese!

And while I don't have pictures I have two of the most amazing grandfathers in the world. They support all their grandkids and keep the family together. They both work hard and love their family. Love you grandpa Emmett and grandpa Lundberg!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Castles...Art Galleries...Homes

For the last few date nights we've been walking through the Parade of Homes. What an incredible sight...people sure are still finding ways to live the life, even in "this economy." It was fun seeing ideas for our future home and seeing what it would be like living the high life.

Before the pictures...a few insights.

1. Are Theaters that necessary...how some comfy couches and a big screen in a basement family room. I've never seen more home theaters in my life.

2. Master Bedroom should be on a different floor than all other bedrooms.

3. Hardwood floors throughout the house...not soft on the toes.

4. I want my house to be decorated by Four Chairs I don't think Brandon would approve though :)

5. I want to be a good cook with a large kitchen.

Brandon's favorite
This was one incredible yard!

Loved this little girls room
Slide anyone?
screws anyone?
Another one of Brandon's favorites
Date night in your basement!
hello kitchen...and three TV's in the background
Knight in shining armor
Let's go swimming
And then we'll go to our very own movie theater