Sunday, December 21, 2008

Harvey's Love/Hate Relationship with the Christmas Season

Harvey loves the Christmas tree! After we put up the tree Harvey immediately hopped over and sat underneath it. He thinks it is his space and doesn't appreciate it when we put presents under the tree.....
Harvey is not a fan of the cold though.... He spends his days curled up under his stool, curled up in my arms, or laying by the fire. We are not sure how he can stand laying so close to the fire, his body gets so hot. Matt thinks he feels like a rice bag that has been stuck in the microwave!

Decorating Christmas Cookies

This past weekend Sara and Mike invited the fam to their house to decorate Christmas cookies! It was a lot of fun and interesting to see everyone's designs. Let's just there were no two cookies alike......
Sara's very creative and colorful Christmas horse!

Then: Aren't they cute!

Now: Their concentration and focus decorating cookies is amazing........

Working Hard!

The finished product.....

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas at Apt C

Finals are finally over, we both survived our semester (thank goodness), and we are enjoying Christmas break!! Only three more semesters to go...... Now that the semester is over we are enjoying the Christmas season!!

My little Christmas village

The dinning room
Every Christmas my goal is to see how many wreaths I can put up.... I think there are only six this year....
Our little kitchen
Our Bedroom

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Matt's 29th Birthday

On Wednesday, in celebration of Matt's birthday we went to dinner at Irma's in Midtown. Their burgers are amazing! Afterwards Matt's parents came over for birthday cake! Due to having tests all week the big celebration was postponed until Saturday.......

On Saturday the celebration continued at his parent's house, with his family, my parents and brother and sister. Kathy made Matt's favorite, the most amazing lasagna and a chocolate birthday cake. After opening presents we decorated their Christmas tree!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our Christmas Tree

Last weekend Matt & I went to Sorghum Mills Christmas Tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree. After an hour of searching the fields and drinking hot apple cider, we finally found the perfect tree! Of course Matt needed a little help, so I had to step in and show him how to cut down the Christmas tree.......

Monday, December 1, 2008

A week of finals and Thanksgiving........

The first part of this past week was spent in Spokane taking finals. I am so thankful that the semester is almost over. Three down, three more to go......November in SpokaneThanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays. This year Matt and I spent it with my family in Ponca City. Growing up, every Thanksgiving Day was started by running in the Pioneer Woman 10K. It was then followed with our big Thanksgiving dinner at the church building where my grandparents go to church. After stuffing ourselves we usually follow it up with a talent show or basketball game. In the evening the entire family heads out to my grandparents farm where we spend the rest of the evening eating more food watching sports or home videos. Of course I was always a firm believer in dressing up for the holidays.
The Pioneer Woman Run is no longer held on Thanksgiving morning, but that didn't stop Matt and I from taking a quick morning run around Lake Ponca. (don't worry, we didn't run into the Deer Woman) Thanksgiving dinner with the Stangelands
Matt and Bryan playing some basketball
Hanging out in the evening with the fam and celebrating Brianne's birthday.......

Melissa, Laura (my cousin), and I with our great-grandparents.....
Melissa, Laura, and I now.......

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Carol is headed back to Gonzaga for a long weekend. Too bad I have to stay behind and do homework all weekend. Well...not all weekend...I will be watching football too!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Leaves are Falling

So, it's fall here at our house and I just thought I would share a few pictures I took today in the courtyard outside our apartment. Enjoy!

All these leaves were on the big tree in the courtyard until last night. When the temperature dropped into the 20s the leaves gave up and fell off. Oh well...they look pretty on the ground too!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Typical Evening

This is how we spend the evenings and weekends.............. Our living room littered with books and papers. Matt doesn't even notice his picture is being taken. He is completely in the zone..... the homework zone. If only I had amazing concentration like that........

Sunday, November 9, 2008

An Overdue Halloween Post

This year Matt & I were lucky enough to be invited to two Halloween parties! One pre-Halloween party and one the night of Halloween. We decided to go as a magician and a white rabbit. I quickly found though that being a magician is no longer cool, and after visiting multiple stores in search of a magician cape and wand with no success, I decided to attempt to make a cape and wand. So this is my first attempt at being domestic in the sewing world.....

We were able to tear ourselves away from the homework for two nights of fun!! Thank you to our friends for hosting awesome Halloween parties!!

Homemade costumes rule!!

Matt, Aaron (my cousin), & I having fun!!
Aaron made his costume using 6 rolls of duct tape!
Now that the Halloween fun is over with we are getting ready for Thanksgiving at Apt C......

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Weekend of Concerts

Last weekend Bryan (my brother), Matt, and I headed to Wichita for a Joshua Radin Concert.....

Bryan & I chowing down on McDonald's
Bryan found out about the concert on Facebook. Tickets were only $14 dollars at the door.... so we started to wonder when we drove down a small alley to get to the venue. It was a large empty warehouse with a stage. We were one of the first ones there, so we were on the front row!

The Avenue in Wichita, Kansas

The concert was amazing (even standing for three hours)!! If you have never listened to Joshua Radin I highly recommend him!
On Sunday we had a birthday dinner at the Stangeland Farm in Ponca City. We celebrated September, October, and November Birthdays!

Playing football with the cousins at the Stangeland Farm

On Sunday night the five of us surprised my dad with tickets to the Neil Diamond concert for his birthday! The concert was amazing and Neil can still rock it at 67! The one thing that I had been hoping for the past few months is that he would sing Brother Love's Travelin Salvation Show, and sure enough Neil did not disappoint......the very last song he sang was Brother Love's! It was a perfect ending for a perfect weekend!!!

The fam (minus Matt) after an amazing rocking concert!! I have never danced so much in my entire life!