Should we name new kitty Jax or Fivel?

Friday, December 28, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Christmas was so great this year! My parents came and stayed with us, so we were able to do things with Ellingsons and Cramers...the perfect combination :) The weather was a little crazy for awhile, but it didn't stop us from eating, playing games, and having fun! Highlights (or lowlights) included: Talking to Joe's brother Dave, (who is on his mission in Norway;) family getting stuck in the snow on the way to Glade's; me finally making some food worthy of the Ellingson family cookbook; and my parents getting stuck at the SLC airport for 4 hours! Here are a few photos...the rest are on flickr

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Cute Mittens!

It's weird to think she's only been around for a week because she kind of acts like she owns the place. She and Joe have had some quality bonding time the past few nights, so they're pretty tight now.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Kitty's Stats

We took the kitty to get her shots yesterday, but they found out she's we get to give her medicine twice a day for 10 days instead. Fun :) Here's what they told us, though: She is about 6 months old and 3.75 pounds. Oh, and we named her Mittens (nicknames include Mitt, Mitters, Mitten the Kitten, and Mitty-Mitt-Mitt). She is pretty spoiled; she's got a sweet setup in the guest bathroom with a Booda litter dome, some high-quality cat food, and a kitty condo.

The second picture was taken after my unsuccessful attempt at a bath. She let me lather, but we didn't quite get to rinse. So she's kind of ticked; I'm letting her cool off (and dry off).

Christmas Party

Thanks to everyone that stopped was tons of fun!

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Newest Member of our Family

So it all started when Joe saw a cat in the parking lot about 2 weeks ago. He told me how cute and little it was, and how we should try and feed it. So for a few nights we would walk around in the snow looking for this cat and leaving it some food. The food was getting eaten, but we felt like we needed to take care of this kitty. So we borrowed a trap, set it up 2 nights ago, and caught the kitty in 5 minutes! We're getting it it's shots on Monday, and getting it used to not living in the snow anymore. It was very scared when we caught it, so we left it in the guest bathroom for awhile so it could get used to its new surroundings. We would bring it food and water and say hi. Then we couldn't decide if it wanted the light on the bathroom or off, so we left the hallway light on, and cracked the door to the bathroom open...with the trap in front of the door so the kitty could not escape. Well, it did escape and came into our room meowing at 4:30 this morning. Smart kitty! The funniest part of the night/my life was after we caught it and put it back. Joe put it inside it's litter box and said to me "Cats have an instinctive need to dig and scratch. Watch this... he'll love it," and as soon as he said that, the cat bolted for the door.

Sunday, December 9, 2007


Yesterday was the second big snowfall of the year...and it claimed the Honda. Joe was ALMOST to his friend's house when another car lost control and slid into him. We are very thankful it wasn't any worse, and glad we have insurance :)

Friday, December 7, 2007

The first real snowfall...

..was actually a week ago. It was really pretty, but not fun to drive in. We braved it, and made the trek to the temple to see Don and Ann before they left for Toronto. I guess it will be snowing now off and the novelty has worn off.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Storm

Well my parents just called...the storm is finally gone!

Sustained winds in the area were close to 50 mph for over a day, with gusts around 100. Before the storm even hit, cell phone service was gone. Then the power went out. Luckily, my parents have a gas fireplace and stoves to keep warm. Safeway had one generator on for awhile so people could stock up on food, but no gas stations were open. I guess all those years of my dad demanding at least half a tank of gas in my car finally makes sense :) Hwy. 18 (the main way to get out of town) was closed, so my parents had to hope other roads were not covered in trees; they drove through Hebo to make it up to Portland. This might shock you, but they're on their way to Havasu since there's really nothing to do in Lincoln City :)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

California Trip

So here's the rundown of the California trip:

-Drove to Vegas and watched the Cirque de Soleil show Ka
-Stayed at the renowned Whiskey Pete's in Primm, NV

-Drove to LA; ate at the Grand Lux Cafe, drove around Melrose, and went to the Soda Pop Stop
-Saw a movie in Irvine
-Stayed with Jake and Carter in Ladera Ranch

-Drove to Carlsbad and went to Legoland
-Hung out with Asher, Jake and Carter

-Drove to LaCanada to eat lunch and visit with Grandmother and Grandfather Welch
-Hit Hollywood on the way back to Jake and Carter's

-Went to a Lamborghini dealership and a Ferrari dealership (on the same street!)
-Stopped in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo
-Stayed at the Carmel Valley Ranch

-Drove the 17 Mile Drive
-Saw Carmel, Monterey, and Cannery Row
-Went to a mini-golf/arcade place to avoid sitting in traffic
-Stayed at Benjy and Carrie's

-Thanksgiving at the Grovers
-Food, family, football, and the Wii

-Enjoyed Berkeley: the campus, Chinese food, and gelato
-Drove through San Francisco
-Went to an after-Thanksgiving pie party
-Stayed in Concord with Benjy's parents

-Started the drive home, so we watched the BYU game in a sports book in Reno (go Cougs!)
-Stayed in Winnemucca, NV

-Stopped at the Salt Flats

We drove the Honda 2500 miles in less than 10 days! We already have a list of things we'll need to do on our next trip (or 2 or 3...because I doubt a roadtrip of this magnitude will ever happen again). But it was a blast! I really enjoyed the quality time with Joe. And I have to say the trip probably would not have been possible without the iPod and the GPS system. For all the rest of our pictures, go here: Flickr Thanksgiving Pics

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Asher is the smartest 5 month old ever

So we're back! We have a ton of things to do, and we'll try to do lots of posts from the trip...but I had to get this video up that we took of Asher last week. He just learned this new trick, and it's hilarious :)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thanksgiving Driving: 1 day, 10 hours...and counting.

Joe and I are lucky enough this year to turn our normal 4-day Thanksgiving weekend into a 9-day Thanksgiving extravaganza. We're leaving this Friday to catch a show in Vegas, then we're spending a few days with my brother and sister-in-law in Southern California. For Thanksgiving, we'll be with Joe's sister and brother-in-law in Northern California. We have a few things we want to do and see...but are open to suggestions! If you know of something we just have to do, please tell us. Here's the GPS system I begged Joe to let me get. I'm not sure if he was tired of me talking about it, or if he didn't want to be the map-reader on this trip. Either way, thanks dear!

A few things

Joe went in for an overnight sleep apnea test on Saturday, (results are pending...). The lady got him all hooked up, and then told him not to move because she was going to make sure everything was good to go. This is Joe, all hooked up, and not allowed to move.

And these are from Marcus's post-Halloween party last weekend. Joe and I put minimal effort into our costumes this time. He was a hockey player and I was a girl wearing a Raisin Bran Crunch tshirt, (which I'm pretty sure I stole from my brother at some point. Do you want that back, Jake?) The second picture is our friend Jared. We found out his Costco card says "Jarded," and for some reason that was the funniest thing ever to me. Even funnier, when we took the picture he was accidentally covering the J, so it just says "Arded." Then there's pics of Marcus and Dan, too.