Sunday, December 23, 2007

2 Whole Years...





Wow!!! I can't believe it, but it was two years ago today that Zac and I were married!!! A lot has changed in the past few years...some not so happy things like sudden deaths of Uncle Gary and Mary Therese, and some spectacular things like Zac being accepted into the BYU animation program and the birth of our son. But through it all, we've only grown closer, stronger, and happier as a couple and I think we'd both agree that life is nothing but wonderful now that we're sharing it together.

Ok, ok, enough sappiness. I have to finish up because we're leaving for the airport in the next hour!!!! I can't believe that we'll be in NY tomorrow morning! And if I don't post while I'm there, please forgive me. I'll make up for it with pictures of Logan's first Christmas as soon as I'm back. Well, love you all, take care, and see you New Yorkers in about 12 hours!!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

4 Days and Counting...

Until Christmas, that is. Only 2 days until we leave. WOAH....when did THAT happen??? Christmas really snuck up on me this year. Snuck? Sneaked? Whatever.

I was watching tv while I was babysitting for a couple in our ward this evening and I saw a Macy's commercial that stated "Only 4 more days to shop!" and I was like, "SERIOUSLY?!?!?!" and had to check my calendar. I don't know where the time went. I'm glad my shopping was done back in November...otherwise I'd be in trouble. I've been so caught up in writing papers and stressing about finals the past two weeks that I wasn't really paying attention to the date. I mean it's already the 21st!!!!!!! Which also makes me realize something else...6 months ago today I was giving birth! I can't believe how fast the time has gone. I know it sounds cliche, but it's true!


Our Little Guy...6 whole months ago!


Happy Family!!!

So all of my finals are over and I've got pretty good news to report. My written Spanish final was better than I expected. I was hoping for a mid-70 and I somehow managed to swing an 88!!! And my Spanish oral went just about the same, with an 87. And now I never have to worry about that crazy language ever again! I feel really good about my American Novel final...despite the fact that it was at 7:00 am yesterday and I only got 3 hours of sleep before hand. And then my crowning glory...Book of Mormon. I literally aced the final. A whopping One Hundred Percent. 100/100. Can't get any better than that!!!!

Well, I have some serious cooking to go do. Last year, we didn't make anything for any of our neighbors. I don't know why...maybe I was being a Bah Humbug. But this year we received a bunch of treats from a lot of our neighbors that we have grown closer to this past year. So I feel like I should show some love and appreciation toward them, as well! Chocolate covered pretzels and some homemade butter mints should do the trick! So once I put some Gloria Estefan Christmas music on, I'm off to the kitchen. "TTFN!"

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Steele Look-alike Meter...

So I should be studying for my Book of Mormon final that I'm planning on taking tomorrow, but alas, I am not. Instead, I'm fooling around online. And while I was looking at our friend's blog, I saw this nifty little "Look-Alike Meter" and just had to try it out. Since Logan was born, even up till today, I have no idea where Logan gets his looks from. I don't think he looks like either one of us, but my friend Theresa swears he is a perfect balance of the both of us. She says she can see and I equally in him. So when I saw this cute thing on our friend's blog, I thought I'd try it out and see what it said. On her blog, it said her son looked more like her, which I totally agree with. So I tried it with our pictures. Three different times. And every single time, it ended up saying Logan looks equally like both of us. Go figure!!!

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It's fun. You should try it out. You have to create an account (like you have to do with everything fun online these days) but it only takes a few seconds. And it provides a lot of entertainment. ALSO...how have I not brought this up? WE'LL BE FLYING HOME IN ONE WEEK!!!! Like this time next week, we will be checked into the airport, waiting to board our plane. We're excited!!!! Well, i think I'm gonna try and study a bit before Logan wakes up to eat. Love you all!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another one bites the dust...

Another semester, that is! We finished classes today and the Fall Semester of 2007 is now in the past. Well, we still have finals. No, correction... I still have finals. So this next week is going to be a little rough. I have a Spanish written final on Saturday (I know, SATURDAY. How outrageous is THAT!?). Then I have a religion final Monday and then I'm tutoring for that same final later that afternoon. Tuesday is my
Spanish oral final (blah) and then I get a break on Wednesday. Following that much needed respite, I have my last final for my American Novel class...at 7:00 AM Thursday. Again I say, how outrageous is THAT!? Oh well. Then, thankfully, I'm done.

So you may be wondering what my reference is to that I am the only one with finals this week. Well, now that Zac has been officially accepted into the Animation program, he plays on computers during his classes and turns in pretty pictures for his finals. Ok, ok, I don't give him enough credit. He works really hard. And he's super talented...I couldn't even begin to TRY to do what he does. So these are two of his final images he had to turn in for one of his classes. Basically, he's awesome.


If you click on the images, you can see them in better detail. Zac can explain the actual process to you, but he basically drew the dragonfly, then drew it again in a program on the computer. Then he works with lighting and shading and textures and colors to make it 3-D and makes it look like a photo. From the designs on the dragonfly to the shape and size of the blades of grass...it really is phenomenal. My husband is so talented!!!!

So other than the semester being over, not much else to tell. I'm sick again, but that's not new. It seems that it happens A LOT these days. I think Logan is stealing all of my antibodies. And...hmmm... Oh! Zac's Aunt Pam and Uncle Mike are in town this week, so they took us, Liz, Savannah, and Matt out to dinner at the Brick oven. It was really good!!! Nothing beats a good salad bar and homemade root beer for this girl. And Logan just loves being the center of attention. It was the first time he met his Great-Aunt Pam and Great-Uncle Mike. I have a feeling he likes them.

Well, only 10 days till we leave! And 11 till we're home! It's coming up so fast...we can't wait.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


Well, we FINALLY decorated our tree. It's been up for two weeks with just the lights on, but now it has ornaments. Whoo! After Church, we came home and had a nice Turkey dinner. The home teachers came over, then when Logan woke up from his nap, we set to decorating the tree. Well, it was more like Zac played his annoying computer game, Logan hung out under the tree and tried to eat the ornaments, and I decorated, but whatever.
Then we spent about ten minutes trying to get a family picture. The camera has a self-timer, so Zac and Logan sat in front of the tree, I'd set the 10-second timer, then I'd run over to the tree. The flash would get ready to go and just as the picture took, Logan would look at me instead of the camera. This happened 4 times. Then, since it's a terrible camera, the batteries died. So after a battery change, we tried it again. Then, SUCCESS!


So after that fiasco, we popped in "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and sent Logan off to bed with visions of sugar plums and all that jazz. So we're going into our last week of classes!!! Only four more days!!! For me, that means 2 English classes, 2 religion classes, and 4 dreaded Spanish classes. And Zac's lecture classes are pretty much done...now he just goes in to finalize his projects. For his 3-D class, his assignment is to make an animated bug. It's a really cool dragonfly! Hopefully when he's done, I can publish an image on the blog. Well, we're curling up to watch a movie, so I'm done writing for now. And we'll be in NY in 2 weeks!!!! Can't wait!!!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

"A Hard Day's Night..."

That's a song title, right? The Beatles, I think. Well that's pretty much the last 24 hours in a nutshell. Logan woke up every one and a half to two hours last night. We gave him Tylenol at like 3 and that was his longest stretch of sleep...till a whopping 5:30. And when Logie doesn't sleep, neither does mommy. Even if she has a huge Spanish test the next day (it kicked my trash, by the way). So the day wasn't much better. Everything went wrong, from not having time to eat lunch (and having to bum a piece of pizza from my bestest friend, Marie), to probably failing my Spanish test, right down to ripping my NEW jeans on a stupid desk. This whole next week is going to be rough. I can tell. I'm behind reading in my English class...by a whole book and a half. I have four papers due by Friday. I took my one test today, so that only leaves three more this week. I forgot how much school can suck this time of year. All the teachers are trying to cram one more big thing in before the final. I hope they all rot. Ok, not all. Just most.

So yeah. Logan is being a pill. But it's not his fault, it's the teething thing. So he decided to tell you all about it in this little video. I hope it gets some laughs. The best part is that he puts his thumb exactly where the tooth is coming in! Priceless. video

Well, I have papers to write and tests to study for. I'll write again later this week, if I survive!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Let it Snow...




So I've been keeping an eye on the weather forecast for the past few weeks. It has been so nice here (like 65 and sunny every day) that I knew it was just too good to last. And seriously, for the past month or so it has been picture-perfect outside. It was like the calm before the storm...I just knew it. So finally on Friday, the good old Weather Lady, Jodi Saeland from Fox 13, broke the news to me. And not to expect it in inches, but feet. Grrr. But it's usually how it happens around here. Not steady accumulation like back home...it just dumps on us here, sticks around for a few days, melts, then dumps on us all over again.

So Logan and Daddy and I got to go play outside in it for a while yesterday. As usual, Logan was unimpressed. He's such a sweet boy! Then we came inside and his cheeks were all rosy, so Zac went nuts with the camera. Yeah...our crappy camera which needs to be replaced by Santa this year. Which I believe I already hinted at. *Wink wink* Anyways...

That was about it. For our outside adventure, at least. Other things from this past week: I was really sick. It was a terrible cold which just kept getting worse, topped off by a fever on Friday night. It was a whopping 101.4. So I slept on the couch with the fan on all night. I felt better Saturday, so a friend from my Spanish class (BriAnna...you should check out her blog, too, if you have time. It's super cute) hooked us up with babysitting and Zac and I got to go out on a date. WHOO!!

But back to the sick thing. Logan got it, too. But he never came down with a fever, which I was really thankful for. He's going through enough already. Which reminds me that I haven't posted this yet, but LOGAN'S GETTING HIS FIRST TOOTH! We noticed it Thursday night. It's his top right one (which is weird because they are supposed to come in on the bottom first. But that's my son!) and it's just barely breaking through. But it's definitely there. You can even see it in this picture if you look closely!

Lastly, Logan had peas for the first time this week. He's still not sure whether he likes them or dislikes them, but I'm sure we'll know next week when we try squash or carrots or something more appealing. After all, I hate peas...so I can't blame him either way! Well that's all for now. I can't believe we'll be home in only 3 WEEKS!!!!!