happy anniversary to me & the mtc

Well today marks ten years since the day I entered the MTC. I know, I’m old. I was just a young and naive little 21 year old, with NO idea what the next 18 months had in store.

I am SO grateful for my mission and for the lessons it taught me, the people that I met, the lifelong friends that I made, the language I learned, the country I lived in and love, and everything else in between—the good and the bad. As I was perusing my mission pictures my mind was completely flooded with emotions and memories. I laughed at the crazy companions, members, strangers, situations. I was saddened by what I couldn’t remember, people mostly. And I was happy from those who taught me, loved me, and strengthened me. It was such an amazing time in my life, and I can only hope for the same experiences for my own daughters.

the real mii

I don’t know if any of you guys have played with the Nintendo’s new Wii console yet, but apparently—along with its other fun features—it allows you to create your own little cartoony avatar, called a Mii. Personally, I haven’t used the Wii yet, but the word on the street is that it and these Miis are a lot of fun. You know, for kids.

I found a website called Mii Editor that allows you to create and save your own Mii online. It only took a few minutes to put together mini Miis for the entire Lesue clan.

Any other brave souls out there that want to share your Miis with us?

picnic at the park

We had a little picnic at Rock Canyon Park the other day. We had good food, great weather and just enough wind to fly our $3 kite. Gwen LOVED watching the kite, and Dave couldn’t resist rolling down the big hill, as usual. This time Nezzie gave it a try as well…

the BYU mountain

If you are in need of a really good lower body workout (and happen to be in or around Provo) you should hike the Y, or as Nezzie calls it “the BYU mountain.” If you want a more intense workout then you can carry an additional 15 lbs on your back. If you are a crazy, die hard workout person, you can also carry a 35 lb. child in your arms for portions of the hike as well—although, that wasn’t optional in our case. What I find to be the real mystery though is that I was more sore (for three days) than Dave, and all I carried were two Nalgene bottles of water plus snacks.
Upon starting our hike, and I mean RIGHT after we passed through the gate, Nezzie said rather emphatically, “I’m tired.” Dave and I had a good laugh at her expense because little did she know what was ahead of us. We made a few stops along the way to drink our “hiking water” and eat food for energy. And our little three-year-old was quite a trooper and also admired by fellow hikers. One man even called her “iron girl.”
Overall, it was fun and like I said, a REALLY good lower body workout. This will probably be our new Saturday workout because I am too lazy to do squats and lunges. Although for the most part, our future hikes will probably not include the girls.

more pics by brooke

talented friends

So Brooke took pictures of the girls today. They turned out so much better than I could have imagined.

More to come soon…


For those of you out there that haven’t already made the switch, you are quickly running out of reasons not to make your next computer a Mac. Holly and I made the jump a couple of years ago and after an admittedly frustrating couple of days (getting used to a different way of doing things), we haven’t ever looked back.

For us, the benefits that come with owning a Mac have far outweighed the drawbacks. While they are more expensive than the average PC, Macs are much more user-friendly (again, after a day or two of adjustment), safe (zero viruses!), and beautiful. They come standard with a bundle of fun and easy-to-use software that lets you organize and share your photos (iPhoto), record and play with audio (Garageband), edit your home movies (iMovie), create DVDs (iDVD), and even design your own websites (iWeb). iMacs even come with a built-in camera so that you can hold video chats and get crazy with family snapshots.

Again, Macs are more expensive than a lot of the low-end PCs that you can find these days, but—like they say—you get what you pay for. No viruses, no downloading drivers, no random third-party software just to be able to open up a zipped file. Macs just work. They make using your computer fun and stress-free. We can’t recommend them enough.

We know it’s a big jump, but next time you are in the market for a computer, don’t forget to think a little different.

happy birthday carol!

Today, April 15th, is my sister Carol’s birthday. Carol is a beautiful, caring, positive person who is a great mother, home schooler, health fanatic, maybe sometimes a “surf widow”, and definitely a sassoo ( i have no idea how to spell that). She looks hot (no pun intended) in red sweater pants too. I’m so glad she’s my sistah.

happy birthday tamaiti

Happy 7th Birthday to Tama! My cute, shy, smart, DARK brown-eyed, tender little nephew.
Here he is pushing out his VERY loose tooth

one hundred things we love

On this, our one hundredth post, we present you, dear readers, with one hunded things, in no particular order, that we love.

Public Service Announcement: Before you begin, you may want to use the restroom and/or grab a bite to eat. This monster will most likely take somewhere between four and five hours to get through. Good luck.

Ten books that we love:
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
3. Seventh Son – Orson Scott Card
4. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
5. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
6. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
7. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
8. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
9. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
10. The Book of Mormon

Ten Children’s books we love to read:
1. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems
2. Olivia – Ian Falconer
3. Snowmen at Night – Caralyn Buehner
4. I’ll Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato – Lauren Child
5. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket – Dr. Seuss
6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
7. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
8. Bad Case of the Stripes – David Shannon
9. If you Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Numeroff
10. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Five comics / graphic novels that we love:
1. The Sandman – Neil Gaiman
2. Bone – Jeff Smith
3. Blankets – Craig Thompson
4. Watchmen – Alan Moore
5. Maus – Art Spiegelman

Ten songs that we love:
1. Eyes – Rogue Wave
2. Danny Boy – Celtic Woman
3. Starry Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold
4. Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
5. Casimir Pulaski Day – Sufjan Stevens
6. Jaime – Weezer
7. Could you Be Loved – Bob Marley
8. Upside Down – Jack Johnson
9. What You Waiting For? – Gwen Stefani
10. Your House – Steel Pulse

Ten movies that we love:
1. Back to the Future
2. Say Anything
3. Raising Arizona
4. Napolean Dynamite
5. Amelie
6. Waiting for Guffman
7. Sixteen Candles
8. Bridget Jones’s Diary
9. Steel Magnolias
10. Pride and Prejudice

Five kids movies we can watch without pulling out our hair:
1. Curious George
2. Cinderella
3. Finding Nemo
4. Peter Pan
5. Toy Story 1 or 2

Ten TV Shows that we love (or loved):
1. Arrested Develoment
2. Freaks and Geeks
3. Undeclared
4. Extras (”pug, pug—pug, pug”)
5. Lost
6. Heroes
7. As Time Goes By
8. Gilmore Girls
9. The Amazing Race
10. The O.C.

Ten blogs that we love:
1. Authenic Boredom – Cameron Moll
2. Daring Fireball – John Gruber
3. Signal vs. Noise – 37 Signals
4. Subtraction – Khoi Vinh
5. CJane Enjoy It
6. my happy little life
7. Segullah the blog
8. Wee Wonderfuls (one of her dolls is even names Inez)
9. DISboards
10. Obviously all the wonderful family and/or friend’s blogs that we browse each and every day, some a few times a day!

Five websites we love:
1. Coudal Partners
2. Homestar Runner
4. Last.fm
5. Blogger (of course)

Five gadgets that we love:
1. iPod (shuffle, nano, and video)
2. iMac
3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-F27 digital camera
4. iPhone (we will love it)
5. iTrip

Five applications we love:
1. Transmit
2. iTunes
3. Photoshop
4. Gmail (web-based app, but app nonetheless)
5. iBank

Five Podcasts that we love:
1. Mac Break Weekly
2. Filmspotting
3. This Week in Tech
4. The Treatment
5. Bookworm

Ten places we would love to go:
1. Disneyland
2. Hawaii
3. England
4. San Diego
5. Mexico (back to Dave’s mission)
6. Argentina (back to Holly’s mission)
7. Seattle
8. San Francisco
9. Nauvoo
10. San Clemente