Jords & Mads

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spring rolls and storage wars

This weekend felt perfectly balanced between entertainment and R&R. The aching brain feeling I had by Friday, combined with unusually sore leg muscles, indicated I spent too much time last week studying and climbing stairs.

Luckily, tasty food and a good movie can cure anything.

Spring rolls - via

On Friday night, Jords and I splurged a bit at Thaifoon, a delicious “Taste of Asia” restaurant in Gateway. We ordered spring rolls, crispy coconut shrimp AND jasmine fried rice with chicken and pork. Even though we could only stuff ourselves with about half the meal, every bite was delicious. And still delicious for dinner last night. And for lunch today. Leftovers are practically heaven-sent in our busy, college kids’ perspectives.

After dinner, we definitely watched some “Storage Wars: Texas” and laughed a lot.


Here's an oldie, since we managed to spend more than four hours together without taking a picture.

On Saturday, I had a breakfast/shopping date with my bestie Kaila. We ate at IHOP (an ancient tradition) and bought the same polka dotted skirt. The matching thing seems to be a pattern. Observe:

Little freshies with matching scarves -- looks like we haven't changed much

After spending some much-needed time with Kaila (we hadn’t seen each other in at least three months and it might be that long again or longer!), I went to a darling baby shower for my sister-in-law and brand new niece! Such fun to spend time with fam.

Meanwhile, Jords was busy fleshing out his acting portfolio with a role as a Japanese game show host. He’s a natural. I so wish I had a picture of this one, for me and for you.

Saturday night, we hit the gym (just for a little bit) and rented a red box. Jords suggested The Help, which I somehow managed to not see in theaters (a total shame), and it was amazing! I probably gagged for ten full minutes surrounding the “terrible awful” part, but it was so good I loved it anyway. I don’t know how I’m so behind on movies, we’re usually pretty on top of those.

Goes to show how busy we are, I guess.




Today I’m reminiscing about summertime. Possibly because it’s a gorgeous day; sunny, light breeze, lovely temperature for a winter month. Possibly because I love and miss that beautiful dog. Also possibly because sometimes I like to think back and see how my life unfolded to bring me to this point.

Summer recap

Recap from summer of '11

If you count things in terms of summers, they never seem as long ago.

Summer of ’06 – 15; babysitting; friends, friends, friends; hangouts at malls; looking forward to high school, cell phone, driving, dating

Summer of ’07 – 16; moved away from friends; sister bonding; lots of lifeguarding; dreading high school; looking forward to graduation

Summer of ’08 – 17; more lifeguarding; loved babysitting; loved sisters; ACT/SAT; looking forward to yearbook staff, graduation, college

Summer of ’09 – 18; coaching swim team; private swim lessons; weekend park job; college, college, college; looking forward to roommates, busy social life, college classes

Summer of ’10 – 19; loved swim team; loved swim students; lots of dating; extra sister time; looking forward to reunion with roommate, starting Comms major, deciding how I feel about “this guy”

Summer of ’11 – 20; married; more coaching; super fun swim lessons; family time; baby(and dog)sitting; cooking attempts; looking forward to London/Paris honeymoon, college graduation, eternity

Isn’t that crazy to think about?

Just six (almost seven) summers ago, I was 15 and wishing I had a cell phone. This coming summer, I’ll be graduated from college, working full-time and living in Idaho with the man of my dreams.

Who knew?

10 Things

Cheesecake image

I loved about this birthday weekend:

  1. Staying up ’til 4am watching TV (never happens anymore)
  2. The Brad Paisley concert (AMAZING. We almost went to Vegas for my 21st but chose this concert instead. Loved it. But Vegas is probably happening soon, too.)
  3. Sleeping in practically until noon
  4. Provo Bakery breakfast
  5. Jordan’s masterful apt. cleaning job
  6. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread (aka cake)
  7. Cards, calls, etc. from wonderful family & friends
  8. The Cheesecake Factory (Lemonade, delish dinner, cheesecake, worth the crazy long wait.)
  9. ‘Unbelievably delicious brownies’ (Gotta love skilled sisters.)
  10. Extremely nerdy moments (I’m sure this is old news, but we noticed this Cheesecake Factory vs. Lord of the Rings thing tonight and it cracked us up.)
Cheesecake Factory decor
Photo here

This weekend we decided to be social.

But first, my ‘thankful for’ of the day:
Licorice — I don’t understand how it works or why it’s edible, but it’s tasty and I love it. Weird.

Jords & I used this weekend to prove we can actually be social; I feel like the last couple weekends have been full of work and homework. (Like filming a group project commercial on a Saturday night, for instance. Lamesauce.) BUT this week we did better.

And we made this:

Ignore the scary-looking knife in this photo. Recipe here

And these:

Adorable, yes?

With lots of awesome people. We had a blast.

It’s just a little bromance

We have some of the coolest couples in our married student ward — seriously, I’m so glad we’ve met these people.  The other day, though, we had a funny little episode with one of our friends … and now he and Jords are on a pet name basis. (Pumpkin? Really?)

Since I got married, I feel like I mostly text my hubs; my monthly text counts have decreased from like 5,000 to 150 (I guess that’s what I get for choosing just one boy). So Jords and I are pretty much just in the habit of texting each other. Well, he forget he’d been texting a friend about playing football the next day, so when he tried sending me a message saying,

“Hey cutie, how’s work going?”

he definitely sent it to his friend instead. The guy totally played along, though, and now they keep getting more hilarious about the pet names they use — not gonna lie, I’m at least a little jealous haha.

In other news, I hung out with my lovely roommies from freshman year yesterday. We got hot chocolate, reminisced a little, and caught up on each others’ lives. It was so fun to see these girls again!

I look like a total dork in this picture (I think I was laughing at something? Who knows) but I love it anyway. With missions, marriage, and graduation coming up, it’s fun to see where each of these lovelies is headed. Isn’t life exciting?

10 things

we loved about this weekend:

  1. LDS General Conference (a basement theater room makes it even better)
  2. Cranium
  3. Wiffle ball
  4. Lazing by the pool between sessions
  5. Pancho & Lefty’s – yum!  Possibly our new favorite salsa.
  6. Ticket to Ride
  7. Pictionary Man
  8. Hot tubbing
  9. Cranium
  10. Catch Phrase
Jords & I spent a wonderful weekend with crazy fun friends in St. George.  It was a perfect blend of watching & loving General Conference and laughing while playing some fun and hilarious games. I’m thinkin’ that we need to collect more board games — we own like zero, pretty much.

it’s a toss up

{testing out the Instagram app and loving it}

Jords and I ate at Tiny Boxwoods yesterday — a delicious little restaurant right next to a gorgeous greenery. We’d recommend lunch more than dinner; Jordan said their buffalo burger is the best he’s ever had, but oh so sadly they only serve it for lunch. Honestly though, I mostly go for the cookies; we’ve been trying to choose a number one favorite cookie lately, and these definitely make the list. (Why we don’t have a photo, you ask? I’m a pathetic excuse for a blogger.)

Also yesterday, my sister and I tried out some French manicures — she decided that it just might be worth $360 a year (we found an inexpensive place (plus we had a giftcard)) to get them done every three weeks. It’s nice they can make your real nails look that pretty; we’re afraid of fungi that like little plastic fingernail-sized greenhouses (something you have to think about in a good-for-your-skin-but-nothing-else humid climate).
Also also yesterday, we threw a going-away party for one of my sister’s friends — we’re going to miss our fantastic neighbors so much!