Monday, November 22

bar mitzvah!!

This weekend we went to the most amazing bar mitzvah in the history of bar mitzvahs! It was such a fun event and I'm happy we were able to take a day off of school to go.

The first night we got there we took a stroll around DC at night. The monuments and memorials are GORGEOUS at night. All lit up and just stunning. We stayed about a block away from the white house/ washington memorial at the W hotel. Its an amazing, modern hotel. So fun!
The fam at the White House:

Our cool bathroom:

Outside our hotel:

My new jacket:

A definite highlight of the trip was going to breakfast with my best friend Stefi! She is going to grad school at George Washington University (she is pretty legit). I miss the good old days with her at junior high.... high school.... college.... We've had some good times and so it was fun to see her.

Fed ex stadium. Part of the Bar mitzvah was going to a penn state vs. indiana game. It was so much fun and the weather was perfect! We had a great view from the box seats.

our view of the game

And the party begins!! It all started with the traditional Bar Mitzvah Ceremony. It was really cool to see the traditions of another religion. I was really impressed with all of the reading and memorization of hebrew that andrew had to do. And he's only 13!!

After the ceremony, the party began! They had 2 rooms for appetizers- one for kids and one for adults. The kids room had 2 NFL football players signing autographs and delicious appetizers.

For the adults, we had amazing sushi, drinks, and random appetizers!

I felt super blonde/white the whole night. Me, Shannon, and Hallie stood out- and we also happened to be the only ones not wearing black. haha whoops!

After appetizers, they opened these huge doors to the ballroom for the main event. The ballroom was GORGEOUS!! As beautiful as any wedding you would see in a magazine but keep in mind this was for a 13 year old. They went all out! It was incredible. I was obsessed with the table settings. It was all black and white with different flower arrangements- This one below is yellow roses.

They even did the thing where they put andrew on a chair and throw him around. It was pretty awesome.

Devin getting his groove on. At the party they were throwing tons of stuff out to the crowd such as the sunglasses and hat devin is wearing.

The morning after, there was a brunch for the bar mitzvah on the top floor of our hotel. It looked out over DC and was one of the best views I have ever seen!

After brunch, we went and visited some of the main memorials/monuments. The first stop was Lincoln Memorial- always breathtaking.

The capitol building.

The washington monument


It was a quick, but eventful trip! It was fun to see the practices of another religion and to learn more about them. It also was one of the most amazing parties I have ever seen! They really know how to party!

Well, we just unpacked,did our laundry, and now we are starting to re-pack for Thanksgiving in Seattle. I'm so excited to spend thanksgiving with Devin! Its our first one actually in the same vicinity. It also will be fun to see my cousins, family, parents, sister, etc. ...and to get out of Utah.

Wednesday, November 17

an eventful day

I could probably do 10 different posts to represent the day. It has been very eventful!

6:30 a.m. Woke up, got ready, made lunches
7:40- Dropped Devin off and drove to school.
8:00 to 12:00- taught nonstop- nothing too exciting
1:00- Chinese cultural day. I taught an awesome lesson about China. I had all of these artifacts from my friend Emily(she went on a mission to Hong Kong). I also wore a komono and played chinese music as the kids came in from recess. They also got to eat fortune cookies and I taught them a chinese song. By the end, they were going nuts! They were super hyper and I was ready to send them home by time school ended. Here is the song.

3:00-5:00- I spent my time in the teacher work room making posters and various items. I was fantasizing about owning a cricut. I AM OBSESSED. I want one as much as I want Toms. A cricut is basically the most amazing machine ever that cuts letters and shapes out for you to glue onto posters, cards, ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE! the possibilities are endless. Here is a picture of my beautiful poster I'm working on:

5:00-5:15 Beautiful drive back to provo:

5:00- 6:00- tried to find devin's parent's friend at the state hospital. They wanted to send her a card but they weren't going to be in provo for a while, so we said we would take it. (Which means I would take it). So i was wandering around the state hospital in the dark, going to 3 different buildings- all wrong. They are super secretive there and keep everything locked (as they should). The 4th building I went to, I was in a lobby with TONS of patients wandering around, all staring at me, and I was about to see this lady. But all of a sudden I was being pushed out by one of the staff through 2 sets of locked doors and escorted to my car and told that I couldn't be there during the night shift.... They took the card from me and i went on my way... Super sketchy.

6:00-8:00- Making turkeys with sister for my class to get them in the thanksgiving spirit!!

Tuesday, November 16

all roads lead to Rome

(The Colosseum created by my class)

In the spirit of thanksgiving, I thought I would write about how thankful I am for a wonderful student teaching experience. I'm in my second block and second classroom of the semester and I love it. The kids are amazing and I have realized that I love the upper grades.(6th grade to be exact)

We just finished a Social Studies unit about Rome- so we created a "Roman Road" to hang up in the hall. Here are some pictures of their lovely work!

A highlight of my day- a tiny 1st grader walked up to me and said: "You're cute." and then she just stood there smiling. ADORABLE

Monday, November 15


I need more time in a day.

Thursday, November 11

Our first child: Devin Junior

We went to and they say this is what our first child will look like.

Sunday, November 7


I'm having a hard time focusing on lesson planning right now.. Instead I'm looking online at the shoes I'm in love with. Aren't they cute? My mother says they aren't realistic during the winter.. but a girl can dream right?

Saturday, November 6

the most wonderful time of the year

The happiest moment for me this week was on Thursday when I was driving to salt lake for a family party. I turned on the radio to KOSY 106.5 and VOILA!!! CHRISTMAS MUSIC!! I was singing at the top of my lungs with the music blasting. Did it bother me that the traffic took me 30 extra minutes to get to salt lake? no sir! I had my christmas music to entertain me.

I'm obsessed with music. It has a huge effect on me and can change my mood in an instant. Christmas music is my all time favorite and I have no problem with the radio stations starting to play it in November. (My mom has a different opinion)

This is absolutely the best time of the year. I love the holidays, I love the weather, I love all of the family time. What could be better! And... its the first time Devin and I will be together on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day!

Exciting Events in the Near Future:

November 19: Washington, DC
November 24: Seattle, Washington
And then its officially Christmas time!!

Pictures to reminisce the past winter season:



Christmas Shopping:

Christmas party

New York:

Friday, November 5

hard core

Devin has been on a flag football team this school year and it has been so much fun to watch. Sadly, they had their last game on wednesday night... so depressing. I enjoyed getting to know the wives of the guys on the team and learning more about the rules of flag football- it can get pretty intense. Here are some pictures from last week's game.

My boy looking very intense and focused on the line of scrimmage (notice my football terms)

The Team:

An awesome action shot (I love Devin's t-shirt: "You got served!")

Tuesday, November 2

News to me...

Last weekend I got an email from BYU saying I have until November 23 to finish a BYU independent study course that I'm taking online...


As in... the class I haven't started on yet??

So the past few nights I have been at the beautiful Provo Library (pictured in this post) to work on my Children's Literature class- my last official class at BYU. Luckily it is a class where it is all reading and responses... but it is definitely time consuming!

Wish me luck as I finish a course in 20 days. YIKES!

**The highlight of this whole experience. I got a really cute library card with a frog on it.