Monthly Archives: March 2009

Out with the Old and in with the New


We are upgrading! We’ve also (finally) purchased a vehicle that isn’t a truck. We shopped around and found ourselves a Ford Escape. I absolutely LOVE to drive it. It’s more my style than a truck and it has seats for more than 2 people! I love, love, love driving this Escape. (P.S. The truck is for Sale if you know of anyone who wants to buy it).

Now all we need to do is upgrade our housing. Since we’ve been accepted to U of C, we’re planning on moving closer to campus…so if you know of any good housing near campus, let us know.

Countdown …


10 Letters of recommendation

9 years after graduation from BYU

8 Duty stations from

7 years in the army

6 languages

5 Golden rings

4 Months of waiting

3 Times applying

2 years of loving support from my wife

1 Acceptance letter from the University of Chicago

This just goes to show that patience, sometimes in the extreme, pays off. I remember, although she has probably forgotten, that when I applied to the University of Chicago the first time, Mom had a dream that I got in. Well, her prescience was just a little bit off in time, but I guess dreams do come true. I would say Chicago here we come, but … here we already are!

What Holiday is Red & Green?


I’ll give you a hint, it’s not Christmas! It’s St. Patrick’s Day and a Bulls Game.

The Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago does things a little different than anywhere else. They dye the the river (running through the city) green. And not just a regular ol’ green, we’re talking neon green!

In the morning Husband and I went for a Shoreline Architecture Boat Cruise, with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. Really the twist is that they provided us with Irish food. This city is very architecturally amazing. Lot’s of old and interesting buildings. When the crowds gathered for the lake dying I was glad to be on the boat and not squished on the bridges.

On our way back from the cruise, we had to wait for the Plumbers Association to dump the orange dye into the river to turn it green. It was neat to be able to have the boat pass right by you as the water changes colors. The lake already looks green, but as I said, they dye it neon green. It only lasts a day, but it’s fun to see.

Something I learned was that the day we cruised, was the last day it’s called the Sears Tower. From here on out it’s called “Willis Tower”.

Then in the evening, we (including the Committee on International Relations) went to a Bulls Basketball game. While I really don’t care about sports, it was still fun to go and now I can say I’ve been to a professional basketball game. They gave out coupons and such and if the Bulls scored 100 points, then everyone would get a free Big Mac from McDonald’s. Well, as you can tell from the picture, they were 3 points away from 100. Everyone in the crowd was chanting “We want a Big Mac” or “Free Big Mac”. It was rather funny. We had game food (hot dogs and fires), got a picture with the team (not for real of course).

Red and Green are fun together in March.

Valentines Day


Well, Valentines Day wasn’t exactly the best ever, but I enjoyed making sugar cookies, but of course I ruined the frosting, by putting 4x too much salt; at least Daisy liked it. Husband and I went to the ward Valentines Day dance, but they played mostly fast songs and we like slow songs, so we didn’t dance much. I got Husband a salt and pepper grinder. Husband got me (the morning of) sterling silver earrings and flowers.

They Keep On Coming…


So, I have one last craft to show off. I got this idea from somewhere online and I think a magazine. Here I took Styrofoam and glued on 12×12 paper and 12×12 pictures. I then glued ribbon around the edges and hot glued a hanger on the back. This is an easy quick project that inexpensively improves the home.

I also made some journals by taking a mead notebook and covering it with coordinating paper. This is a great way to personalize journals or just a simple notebook.