Monday, December 16, 2013

Dog: Man's Best Friend

I don’t think there could be a truer statement. 
I mean, just look at this face:

She is the sweetest.

Life would not be the same without my little soph, and that is all there is too it.

She is a bundle of sunshine and cuddles and I am grateful for her every day.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

{the cold never bothered me anyway}

Well we had a great thanksgiving weekend over here. It was full of food, laughter, movies, bowling, food, baking, movies, food, good company, and more food.

On Saturday we went and picked out our very first Christmas tree (cue the “awwwwwwwwws”)! Last year we didn't get to have one because we were living in New York and I came to Utah for the majority of December while Rob was on a business trip in Switzerland (wow my life sounds a lot more exiting back then). So this Christmas tree, it was a pretty big deal. Fat, skinny, tall, short? So many possibilities! And let me tell you, it took us (i mean me) FOREVER to finally decide on one. Good thing I’m married to an incredibly patient man! Anyway, here is how it turned out…

Now to address the issue of the snow we received yesterday. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I whine about winter A LOT on this blog. So I decided to man up (if a girl can do that) and refrain from complaining this time around.

I won’t complain about my car sliding all over the road

I won’t complain about cold fingers, cold feet, a cold nose, and cold cheeks (both kinds of cheeks, might I add).

I won’t complain about slush or the dirty water that gets tracked into my apartment

I won’t complain about getting wet

I won't complain about chattering teeth

I won’t complain about having to scrape my car off after being in the store for a mere 30 minutes.

I won’t complain about foggy breath in my face--luckily I brush!

I won’t complain about being stuck inside all day

I won’t complain about having to walk ridiculously slowly and cautiously to avoid falling

And I most definitely won’t complain about getting a little colder on the inside with every snowflake that falls.

 Wow!! It feels pretty good to not complain. 

All those thoughts aside, I must admit—a little white outside sure makes it feel like Christmas time. And if it must be cold and snowy, then I will listen to the Frozen soundtrack all day long to cheer me up.

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

thumpety thump thump

I want you all to think about the time in your life when you were the coldest you’ve ever been. Really think about this…when were you so frozen you didn’t think you would live to see another day? If you don’t have a memory like this, well, lucky you. If you do, think about how you felt. Now, multiply that feeling by one hundred. No, how about one million? You probably can’t even comprehend what that would feel like! Well, guess what? I can.

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to freeze to death at the BYU vs. Notre Dame game in South Bend Indiana. I say opportunity, because it was such a great opportunity to spend some time with family in Chicago, to cheer on the Cougars, and have an all around great weekend. I say freeze to death because that's basically what happened. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it out of that game alive. It was like someone decided to deep freeze all my bones, store my organs and muscles in a refrigerator for a while, and then put me back together only to drop me in the water in Antarctica. My bones hurt, my muscles were tense, my tears were freezing on the spot (and there were tears), my body was shaking, my joints were sore and stuck in position, and I could think of nothing else but the cold, cold, cold. Sound dramatic? Well it's the honest to goodness truth, drama free. Man, I’m shivering just thinking about it. It’s truly a miracle I made it through that game!

On a warmer note, I wasn’t cold the entire weekend. I was happy, dry, and roasty-toasty for the majority of it while visiting the Shedd Aquarium, going on a pizza tour, seeing a show, and eating at delicious restaurants. It’s always a good time with the Craig family!

Seeing the sharks at the Aquarium 

the windy city

Pizza slice number 1

more pizza. slice number 3 (5 more to go)

good eats at Maggianos

coolest stadium ever. very old school. Also, on a side note, Notre Dame had the classiest fans in the world. 

the beginning of the most freezing hours of my life

covering my face as a last resort to keep warm


Next time i go to an away BYU game, it better be in Hawaii. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

forever indebted

Okay, I’ve got a really good story up my sleeve for tonight’s post…

Once upon a time,
I made brown butter, white chocolate filled, snicker doodles.
The End.

If that isn’t the best story you’ve ever heard, well I’d like to know what could top it! I’d say this story’s happy ending ranks right up there with Disney Movies—which is a pretty big deal because the word “Disney” is essentially a synonym for the word “happy." 

Warning: Protect keyboard from the drool that is about to escape your mouth

Basically, they were divine and every other snicker doodle in the world just pales in comparison. Mm!

Oh and while we are on the subject of cookies, may i just say that i'm pretty sure the world would stop spinning if cookies ever ceased to exist. It's not a proven fact or anything, but i've got a pretty big hunch. 

And the only way to repay the cookie for basically saving our lives is to eat it; which I plan on doing for the rest of forever. 

It is a win-win. 

ps. you can check out the recipe HERE

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

wedding bells

Well, we had a wedding over here! My little brother Tyson married cute Danielle on the 4th of November. It was a beautiful day, and now I have a new sister, putting the sibling grand total in my family at a 10! Wow. How did that happen? Time flies I guess.

They were sealed at 10:35 in the Salt Lake Temple, to be exact, following which was a very cold picture taking session. Seriously—it was so cold. It was a good hour before I had full mobility in my toes again and they turned their normal color rather than sheet white. Not that I should be complaining because Tys and Danielle were stuck outside a whole lot longer than I was, but brrrrrrr! I just can’t wrap my brain around people who like winter. It is an impossible concept for me to understand. So I’m just not going to try.

Back to the wedding…following the temple was a fun lunch and reception at Noah’s, and let me tell you, that bride can plan!! The venue looked spectacular and it all spawned from the creative juices of Danielle. She definitely has a knack for decorating and made the place look beautiful. I have to say though, that my favorite part of the night had to be dancing, dancing, dancing. I was out there with my family for who knows how long, just dancing the night away. I can't remember the last time I had that much fun! Unfortunately my body paid for it the next day. Not to mention other people—I was a hazard on the road because I couldn’t move my neck to check my blind spots. Look out! Buuuuuut it was well worth it :)

so sweaty. 

Anyway, a big congrats to my little brother and his new wife…love you both so much. And welcome to the crazy fam, Danielle!