Hey everyone. I have my last story before I send off my Grad School applications. I could really use some help. My story is, dare I say, unclear. At least, I'm afraid that it is. If you could make just 5 minutes to read this, would you then send me a message here or through email about what you think happens to the girl in the end? 
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a little bit of frozen, snowed-in turkey time


Oh, Thanksgiving! Aren't you beautiful?

When you end up looking something like this, however... aren't quite as lovely.

Cons of Thanksgiving 2010:
  • My parents get snowed-in in Montana
  • Tyrel's sinuses going INSANE
  • Me catching the start of a cold
  • Nasty, scary, icy roads
  • Canceling our Thanksgiving travel plans
  • Some of Tyrel's family getting snowed-out of my baby shower that Coya worked so hard on
  • Bllllaaaaack Friday in retail....

Pros of Thanksgiving 2010
  • My parents getting here PERIOD!
  • Time spent with my whole family...which happens maybe once a year
  • Only having to work 4 days this week
  • NOT having to go in early on Black Friday :)
  • Black Friday shopping ONLINE in the comfort of my own home
  • Finishing the nursery with my mom and dad
  • Also getting to spend time with Tyrel's whole family
  • Having a WONDERFUL baby shower, regardless of the snow
  • My parents finally getting to see the baby bump and feel/see her move around
  • Eating a lot of food, watching a little Elf, cuddling in the warmth
  • Getting a little spoiled ;)
  • 2 extra days with my family in my cozy little apartment
  • The fact this list outnumbers the cons list!
...and, finally...
  • Hitting my 31 week mark! Kemry comes in T-Minus 9 weeks! 

So, while it was blistery and chilly outside, I had everything that I am thankful for right there with me the whole time...Thank you, Thanksgiving :)

a christmas story


Hey everyone.  This is Tyrel.  I know this might be a little early (not for you, Kristen.  Don't give me a hard time on this one...) but I decided I should post my newest Christmas story for you.  If you go to this link, you'll find it... and feel free to check out my other stories while you are there!

baby cabbage


28 weeks down, and I now have a 15-inch long, 2 1/4 pound little one rolling in my tummy! Time is flying by, but we really don't mind :) We have nearly everything we need, minus the small things that I am sure we will get during my baby showers. My parents are also bringing out a car-full of stuff that they have found for baby. I think they have been just a little bit excited! I am really looking forward to spending time with my mom as we set up and decorate the baby's room. There is just something about having your mother around when you are pregnant! I am glad I get to spend a few days every month with her for the next 4 months or so. I am just hoping they can both make it across the 1,000 miles we live apart in time for our little bundle of joy's arrival!!!

My dad also made us a gliding rocking chair for our nursery. I am beyond thrilled to get it in Kemry's cute little room! It looks amazing, and I am so lucky to have such amazing parents who care so much about us, even when they are so far away!

Isn't it beautiful?!?
In other, somewhat depressing news, I have now passed Tyrel in weight. Boo. I guess it isn't too much of an accomplishment since he hardly weighs any more than I did pre-pregnancy, but at least I am moving up!

Today I went in for my glucose tolerance test. Luckily, after one sick, nasty little drink, an hour of waiting, one vial of blood, and a flu shot, I passed with flying colors. I was dreading having to go in again for the three-hour test, but now I don't have to worry about it (thank heavens). I also have no guilt diving into our heaping bowl of post-Halloween candy...bring on the sweets :)



I discovered something about Halloween this year. While it serves as an excuse for some girls to dress a little trashier than other days of the year, Tyrel used it to grow a mustache. As much as I love Tyrel, let's just say his furry face-friend was gone right after we woke up the next morning :)

Now we are moving on to Thanksgiving! This means a visit from my parents, and I can hardly wait! After that, we have Christmas...and then BABY!!!

the scorch trials...


...was awesome. Loved it. Unfortunately, it leaves you ten times more confused than the first book, and the final book doesn't come out for another year. Boo.

Today Brandon Mull comes to the store for his book signing. Hopefully it will be crazy in an area like this pretty much assures that it will be!

Someday, however, someone will be blogging something similar about some of Tyrel's books...that'll be the day, eh?!?

fall, you sure are my favorite!


I love this time of year...crunchy leaves, pumpkins, cool weather...too bad it only lasts about a day and a half in Idaho. That just means that I have to enjoy it ten times more to get my fall fixing! I must say, however, that the best thing about fall can be summed up by these bad boys...
HO-LY COW. These are quite possibly my favorite cookies ever. Within 2 minutes of taking that picture, those poor, sweet morsels were toast. With a cold glass of Reed's Milk, they didn't even stand a chance! I can't take the credit for the recipe, nor for even finding the recipe. This one came from a late college night when my roommate Melissa stumbled upon these and whipped up a batch. Melissa, my life may have changed because of you :) Anyway, here you go. Make them, and devour them. I have to keep extra cans of pumpkin in my pantry just so I can have these during whatever season I want!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350; spray cookie sheets.
Beat butter until smooth; add both sugars, a little at a time, and mix until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla and pumpkin.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat into batter.
Stir in chips, and scoop onto cookie sheet. Add more chips on top of each mound if desired.
Bake 13 minutes, or until just golden. Let cookies rest for 2 minutes; cool on wire racks.

Delicious. And while you are either waiting for you cookies to bake or as you are loading them into your face by the shovel-full, check out my husband's blog for his creative writing samples ( Grad school application deadlines are drawing near, so he can use any advice he can get on how to improve what he has already written.
Happy Autumn!

sugar and spice, and everything nice...


All throughout high school and college, I was extremely diligent about keeping an embarrassingly detailed journal. The other night, Tyrel and I read through all the entries that mentioned him (he had no idea that I was writing about him the whole time!), and I realized that I haven't been very good about keeping notes about being pregnant. Although this does not make up for 5 1/2 months of detailed entries, this will have to do :)
  • I found out I was pregnant at 5:45 am on a Friday morning (4 weeks and 1 day along). I wasn't really expecting a positive test, so I had to get my glasses out to double check that I was really seeing those two little blue lines. I snuggled back up to Tyrel, who was sleeping like the angel he is, and whispered that I was pregnant. It took him a moment to realize what I had said, but by the end of the day, we were both on cloud nine!
  • The wonderful gift of morning sickness manifest itself when I was about 6 weeks along and lasted for another 5 weeks. While I was 100% nauseous ALL DAY LONG, I only threw up 3 times. The first came while Tyrel and I were out to eat at a pizza restaurant, where I luckily made it to the bathroom with my hand over my mouth. The second came after eating nectarines...Tyrel was on his way out the door to play basketball when it happened, and, not knowing how to help me, came into the bathroom and flushed the toilet for me and said goodbye. The third time was at 2:00 in the morning, as I went flying toward the garbage can by our window and said goodbye to my yummy mac and cheese (which also came out my nose.). There were a few times that I probably should have just let it all come out, but I was sure I could be a big girl and not spew all over our brand new car :)
  • I started feeling the baby move at about 18 weeks, which was one of the best moments so far. Now she never stops moving! She likes to kick, punch, and roll when I sit down for breakfast, if I ever get a break at work, and between 9:30 and 11:30 at night...which unfortunately now keeps me awake. It is a good thing it is still cute to me! It is pretty much the best feeling ever!
  • While most people find themselves buying clothing right away, our first purchase was the crib and bedding.
  • Tyrel was 100% positive we were having a boy while I was pretty wishy-washy about who was in my tummy.
  • Picking out names was fun but sort of stressful...we now have Whit, Tate, and Claire on the backburners for our next few. Despite the kindness of the recommendations, Simba and Meriwether were not added to our list.
  • Although no one has touched my belly unexpectedly yet, every single person comments on how small I still look. I guess that is flattering, right?
  • Kemry is tentatively joining us on January 27th of 2011, but I secretly wouldn't mind if she came a little early to get me out of work :)
  • I have gained about 13 pounds so far...yikes. I have been the same weight since high school, so this little bump on my tummy is certainly a change for me. I love the excuse to eat all the time and how comfy my maternity pants are, but I am avoiding maternity shirts for as long as I can. For some reason, I just can't bring myself to buy any.
  • I find myself craving pickles, cookie dough ice cream, Oreos, tootsie pops, and Mexican food. My favorite thing to eat, however, is a bag of grapes with some slices of cheddar cheese. I also can't get enough of ice cold water.
  • I can't handle alfredo sauce, thick ranch, most meat, and Pita Pit. They all make me want to puke as I am typing this. Also, I couldn't stand bread for the 5 weeks I was sick. Now I can't get enough of cinnamon toast.
  • Give me an epidural. No questions asked. My biggest fear is that I will not get to the hospital in time to get drugged up!
  • The funniest thing is watching my belly button change. It is totally going to pop out soon. No stretch marks yet, but I do have that cute little line running down my belly :)
  • Even though Tyrel was bummed that we are not having a little boy for him to watch sports with, Kemry already has 4 Boston Celtics onesies waiting for her!
  • Tyrel had a few nice dreams about our precious little girl. I, however, have only had one dream...and our child turned out to be Chucky, the evil doll. In my dream, we just loved our Chucky so, so much, even though he wanted to, well, kill us...the best part of the dream was when we put him to bed...I sang him a lullaby as I chained a lid on his crib. Tender, yes?
24 Weeks...

the two greatest men alive...


...are my father and my husband. Sorry everyone. Somehow I lucked out and got both the greatest father in the world as well as the greatest husband ever, too. No one beats my dad. He is the most selfless person I know, and he will give up anything for his children, even though we are all "grown up". My husband follows in a close second, but I am sure he will tie with my father once our little Kemry comes in January and he learns to give even more of himself to someone who truly relies on him. I think he will be an amazing father...don't you think? I think it kind of fits him already...

officially a married couple


There is some unwritten law that you agree to when you get married that you will start a blog. Sounds easy, right? Well, apparently not! I have had this blog set up for our little growing family since we have been married (well over a year ago) and had yet make a post! I'm decided to suck it up and start acutally blogging since our life is constantly changing, and I hardly see anyone I love to share it with. So, here we go...I'm officially domesticated!

To catch everyone up on our life:
1. We were married on July 8, 2009 and still like each other quite a bit :)
2. We graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho last April and will be moving to grad school (wherever that may be) for the Fall Semester of next year.
3. We live in Idaho Falls, ID and love every minute of it...except for the bad drivers...
4. All we do is work, work, work, work, and work. And we hate it. We are both, however, motivated people who do what we need to do. But we still hate it :)
5. A little baby girl will be gracing us with her presence in January! We cannot wait for our little Kemry Elle to get here!

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