Saturday, December 27, 2008
Christmas morning was different from my family, too. Normally we wake my parents up at like 6:00am then we all gather in their room to read from Luke 2 before we can open our presents. Well with Matt's family we didn't wake up until around 8:00 and Brad, Mary, (Matt's 9 and 11 year old sibblings) Matt, and I had to drag his brothers (ages 17 and 22) out of bed and we didn't read scriptures because we had done it the night before. Then Matt's dad calls everyone upstairs when he declares that it's time, and the opening of presents is pretty much the same. Then we had breakfast, talked to Matt's missionary brother Lane who is serving in Russia, played some games, then ate dinner, played some more games, and Matt and I went home at about midnight.
I didn't take hardly any pictures but here are a couple. We're headed over to Lyman next week to spend the New Year with my family and watch my little brother play varsity basketball so we'll get to open some more presents then. Merry Christmas (a little late) to everyone!
Out little Christmas tree. I posted a pic of it when we cut it down, but here it is all decorated.
Matt and his siblings, Nate, Brad, and Mary playing the new playstation trivia game. (we played that game ALL day). :)
Handsome Matthew wearing his new sweater getting ready to open another present.
And Link resting on my lap. This is the Clark family dog and I adore him. I think the feelings are mutual because he comes to me no matter who else is calling him and he spent literally the entire Christmas Eve and day on my lap. The only times I can remember him moving are when we were eating. Brad and Mary bought him a new vest, they didn't think he would like it but he got mad when they tried to take it off. :)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
So back around Halloween I went to Lyman to visit. I had fun with my sisters and played in the leaves with my nieces and nephews. I have a TON of pictures, but I thought I'd just post a couple.
This one of Ashton is so cute. :)
Even before that, my mom, dad, and brother Michael came to see one of my concerts so here are a few pictues from that.
For Thanksgiving Matt and I went to Lovell with his family. It was a lot of fun and Matt had lots of cousins there! In fact, I think there were about 80 people at dinner (which was held in the church cultural hall). The next two days we played in a volleyball tournament. Matt's family came up with 3 teams, but our team did the best and took 2nd overall. I actually could still play pretty well and even though I can't hit on a men's net, I could set and it was said by many that I was the best passer on the team. ;) So there's me, Matt, his cousin Bailey, Megan who is married to Matt's cousin Jared, and last is Kyle my brother in law.
This year Matt and I decided to go to the mountains and cut down a Christmas tree. I wore snowshoes the whole time and it was so pretty and so much fun. So here are some pictures of that event.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
8 TV shows I like to watch:
1. The Office
5. Invader Zim (haha)
6. Sportscenter (just not baseball. so boring)
7. My Name is Earl
8. I don't have cable and can't think of others that I like!
1. Olive Garden
2. Old Chicago
3. Grand Avenue Pizza
4. Corona Village
5. Mandarin Garden
6. Little Ceasears :)
8 Things that happened yesterday:
1. Went to classes
2. Practiced jazz music
3. Typed two papers
4. Hugged Matt
5. Got my hair cut (AGAIN! Thanks Stef!!)
6. Finished my bag of halloween pumpkins
7. Got a parking ticket :(
8. Played cards on the computer
8 Things I'm looking forward to:
1. Student teaching
3. Starting a family! (I'm so impatient about this)
4. Seeing my family
5. The holidays
6. Matt finishing pharmacy school
7. Having some money and paying off loans! (someday...)
8. Buying a decent car and a house (someday...)
8 People I tag
4. Brookie Carroll
6. Rani (if she's alive!) ;)
7. Cassie (if she even reads my blog!)
Friday, September 19, 2008
What's his name? Matthew Randal Clark
How long have you been married? A year and 7 months
How long did you date? We dated for about 3 months then we were engaged for a little less than 3! Faster than I ever thought it would happen, but it worked out great. :)
How old is he? 24
Who eats more? Geez probably me, ha ha we actually eat about the same but I really do think he eats a little bit more.
Who said I love you first? Matt did, technically. :)
Who is smarter? Matt for sure.
Whose temper is worse? Mine! Matt is a very patient person.
Who does the laundry? Me but he washes his work clothes and always helps put clothes away.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? uh, if you're standing at the foot of the bed then it's me.
Who cooks dinner? Cook... dinner...? hee hee when we cook I probably do it more, but we both kinda do and his ideas are usually more creative and tasty.
Who pays the bills? Both of us, I keep track of them and when they're due but we pay them together so we know how much money we're spending.
Who is more spoiled? ME.
Who drives when you are in the same car? Most of the time Matt does but sometimes I do, usually when it's my idea to go somewhere.
Who is more stubborn? ha ha me for sure.
Whose parents do you see the most? Matt's parents live in town so we see them a lot but I like it.
Who proposed? Well, Matt did but we talked about it and knew we were getting married before he got down on one knee. :)
Who has more friends? Uh, probably me but he has lots, too. We have a lot of mutual friends.
Who has more siblings? Matt does, he has 4 brothers and 1 sister, and I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
Who wears the pants in the family? Me of course. ;) Nah we're a pretty equal partnership.
Friday, September 12, 2008
So I have to talk about the "dress code" that's been pounded into the heads of all the girls in my phase class (the people who are student teaching in the spring). This code is for our practicum, student teaching, and future teaching. Our advisor has told us that we basically have to wear shirts up to our noses that two people can wear at the same time (translation: it can not be known that you are a woman. No "curves" can be visible. Shirts must be baggy and "frumpy" and must be very high cut). We also have to wear pants that come up higher than the belly button to ensure that nothing shows if we bend over or ect. Plus we are to have NO open toed shoes and NO jeans (which is kinda a given). I'm kinda making fun of it, but I really can see the point of it.
So here are some pictures of me just being a dork. The first one is what I wore today when I did peer teaching. I think it's a good example of "teacher" dress. I have to tell you that I don't particularily like the way I look though, which is the point I think. :) The other ones are of me sporting Matt's new pharmacy lab coat. I think I was more excited about him getting it than he was. haha I just think it looks awesome! Those pics are kinda blurry but it's cool cause on one side it says "UW School of Pharmacy" and the other side has his name on it. So enjoy and those of you who already know who weird I am will appreciate these. :)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
You can't really see it, but there is a huge boulder above Mike's head to the right.
Matt being annoyed with me while we're playing "the bean game."
Mike with his goofy grin while winning the bean game.
Also, I wanted to post this awhile ago and kept forgetting. A few weeks ago Matt and I went to the mountains in just about the same spot as these pictures, and taught his cousin Jared and his wife Megan the art of sobe bombs (thank you Rik). :D We tried three bottles and this is the only one that worked. It wasn't really great, but still pretty good. If you get bored, fast forward to about 40 seconds. :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Anyway, so today Matt and I were pruning a yard. When I say pruning you probably think it's clipping a few bushes. OH no no no. This week Matt has already cut down 24 aspen trees and is working on a box elder tree today. So I started clipping down some lilac bushes and hauling trees and branches to the truck and trailer. In the two hours I was there, I pulled four splinters from my flesh, three branches from my clothes and hair (they really were stuck, honest), lost my shoe in the truck bed amidst all of the trees, and almost had at least three heart attacks while watching Matt work the chain saw.
This is getting long, but I have to tell this. So when you're chopping down a whole tree in someones yard, you're supposed to chop off the branches first, then the main trunk in pieces. So I'm dragging a large piece of aspen (hee hee) from the backyard and look up to see Matt half way up the tallest and fattest branch on the box elder WHILE running the chain saw on the SAME branch. Heart attack #1. Next he gets the saw stuck in the branch so he climbs higher, with no foot holds like a freakish monkey, and is yanking on the saw and the top of the branch at the same time and all the while periodically losing his balance. Heart attack #2. Next he has me climb the latter that's next to the tree (very tall) to hand him a tie down so that he can tie the saw to the tree so that if it falls it won't hit the ground. I get to the top, hand him the thing and he starts violently shaking the branch. Suddenly the saw falls, along with the huge branch, and the branch hits Matt, then the latter (which I'm on), then the ground with a boom. Heart attack #3. So when we came home for lunch, we had to mend three gashes in Matt's arm along with one across his right eye brow where he was stabbed by a limb. And he just went back to do more of this... Heart attack #4. :)
Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Matt taking aim.
Me taking aim. I actually hit like 4 of those snowballs there in the distance!
We decided to go out a different way that we came in, but we were stopped only about a mile away by this snow drift that was blocking the road. Matt wasn't too pleased about that.
Friday, June 20, 2008
ha ha we're too old for the merry-go-round. We both got so dizzy!
Christena was always more flexible than me.
She could also do the monkey bars, which I never could.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I love my husband
He is the joy of my life
His name is Matthew.
Sarah is too loud
She draws lots of attention
Mel is a dumb girl
Oh why does she know nothing?
That girl is stupid.
Buudha is insane
I think he's off his rocker
Food is on my mind
Though I am not too hungry
I still think of food.
Pop-tarts are yummy
They will likely make me fat
But I just don't care.
I love strawberries
Man they are delicious!
Yay I eat healthy!
A cake sounds yummy
But my oven is broken
Geez I want my cake!
This pencil is dumb
Why? The lead is much too short
I'll get a new one.
I am studying
I do not understand this
I will surely fail.
I cannot focus
I'm done with summer classes
Time to go have fun.
I love green and 4
They basically rule my life
I am really weird.
P.S. I do take requests. ;)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
My whole life I've had a hard time enjoying the phase that I'm in because I want to move on to what's next. It was especially hard that Christena is only a year older, so when she got to do things (like shave her legs, pierce her ears, wear makeup, and other girlish things) before I did, I felt like I had the right to do them, too. I did beat her on contacts, though. :D
So the one thing I wasn't impatient about was getting married. For one thing, I was waiting for a missionary when I met Matt and I had zero plans of settling down with anyone else (I'm very happy with the way things worked out by the way). So we'd been married about a year and I wanted to move on to the next phase... babies. Most of you know that I did think I was pregnant, but it was some sort of false alarm (I guess it's what the world calls a miscarriage). :) So now I'm impatient about that.
I'm also impatient about student teaching... I turned in my application months ago, and I still don't know where I'll be next spring and all the normal ed. (not music ed) people at the university already know where they're going, so I'm bugged by it. I don't like not knowing things, espeically when I know that other people know them. I don't like secrets.
I guess I'll have to work on my patience, but the more I try, the worse it seems to be!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
We drove about 20 miles outside of Laramie (kinda toward Cheyenne) to Curt Gowdy State Park. There's a reservoir there so I thought we'd just go and fish, but Matt had other plans. We started to hike. I really do like hiking, and it looked like a pretty easy trail so I went with it even though I didn't plan on strenuous activities. The trail went up above the reservoir, and it was really pretty to look down on the water. After hiking for awhile, we saw a little trail map nailed to a post and saw that the one we were on was 2 miles long, and ended at a "hidden falls." We both wanted to see it, so we decided that we could make the journey; 2 miles there, and 2 more miles back. Along the way we crossed a few neat bridges, identified trees (a fir is flat and friendly), climbed rocks, and heard animal sounds.
That was the hardest part of the hike because it was just flat out climbing rocks, but the end result was worth it. I didn't take a picture of the falls from above, cause it just looked like a river, but the view was really pretty, and we had to climb pretty steep to get there. We're a lot higher than the pictures look, you have to kinda look at the trees down below to get perspective.
Matt climbing with me waiting on top. heh heh
Next we headed down the path and about half way back when Matt stopped me and said "Mel! It's a bobcat!" I hurried, as quietly as I could, over to where he was hiking, and low and behold...! not a bobcat. BUT it was a cute little baby fox scampering away from us. I got out the camera, but it was too late and we couldn't find him again. Then Matt, being the outdoors man that he is, decided we should leave the trail and pave our own way back. It was pretty fun and not too hard but I was attacked by a couple of trees and small birds along the way. Then we (well, Matt) fished on the reservoir but didn't catch anything.