Friday, November 26, 2010

High School Musical

This was a couple of weeks ago too (it took me a while to find time to upload pictures to my computer) but a few of us went over to Pella to support our dear friend Jenni's sister in her musical debut. Kristi was cast as Gabriella in High School Musical so naturally, we became her #1 fans and devoted quite a bit of time to making sure her cheering section was evident. Thus, we decided to make t-shirts. Our first attempt turned into something a bit vulgar (not on purpose of course). Can you tell what I'm referring to?

Thankfully, we were able to make another set of shirts (the PG version) and they were a big hit! Thanks to Elyse, we also had lots of signs to hold up. I'm pretty sure Kristi was a little embarrassed at our excessive enthusiasm and loud cheering but I think she loved it as well. We had such a good time and I personally was ready to jump up on stage and perform with them! We even quickly made friends with some of the rest of the cast! It was such a great night!

We are ready for the show!

Somebody is excited for the show... or for pizza!

Here we are!

Kristi's #1 Fans!


Us with "Troy Bolton". Check out his sweet pants

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I'm VERY late with this post but better late than never right? This fall, Kelli and I traveled out to Chicago to visit my brother and Krista. We didn't have much planned besides shopping and movies so it was a fun and relaxing trip. I always love visiting my brother because he can make me laugh at the dumbest things. We have a lot in common that way and I'm thankful that I get to see him as often as I do.

Thursday night we headed out of Des Moines and made it fairly quickly to their new apartment. We stayed up watching Swamp People and other Discovery Channel shows I never knew existed. (Border Wars anyone?)
Friday morning we were up bright and early to catch the express train downtown with Jon and Krista. They unfortunately had to work and Kelli and I fortunately brought money for shopping. We spent much of the morning walking around Michigan Ave. people watching and enjoying the day. We met Jon and Krista for lunch and Grand Lux Cafe and headed back out for more shopping. We picked up some Jamba Juice as we headed to the bus station to catch the train back to the suburbs. At this point, we were 1) Thankful to be sitting down 2) Thankful to be out of the Chicago wind. We made our way back to Lisle and decided to make pizza for dinner. YUM. Saturday we all slept in before we headed out to watch the Iowa game. We met up with some dear friends of my family so we had a good chat with them. Saturday night Kelli and I went to see The Social Network (Jon's boss took them to it that afternoon so he opted out). You'll have to read my post about the movie if you're curious. Sunday morning we were up and out of Chicago before the sun was fully up since I had to be back in Des Moines to meet my mom for the musical 9 to 5. It was such a great weekend and I'm thankful for friends who like road trips and family who likes company.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Halloween Party

I know Halloween has passed and we're on to Thanksgiving but I'm just now getting around to posting this. Trent and Emily hosted our bible study Halloween party this year and there were some fantastic costumes. We even had an intense game of Bop It going.

Most "Lead by the Halloween Spirit": Tyler Cate as Sheet Ghost

Most Creative: Elyse as Head formerly of Korn

Best Overall: Scott as Pee-Wee Herman

2 slices of Pizza


The Hulk .. who had extra flakey skin

Just some hippies

Andy and his jam jams

Some of the girls

Jacob, Bella, and Edward

Mickey and Minnie

Just two people who love themselves a good mustache

Thursday, November 18, 2010


We've been talking about this day for a VERY long time and it's finally here!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Words from Rachel

My dear friend Rachel posted this the other day. She doesn't blog often but I'm a faithful checker of her page and when there's something new, I stop whatever I'm doing and I read. Here's her latest post. Some of you may think its to long to read but I think you should give it a shot. I never think they're long and always end up wanting her to write more so here you go. Thanks buddy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


It's no secret that I'm fascinated with all things British.. London, Robert Pattinson, Anne Boleyn... This morning I woke up to a wonderful announcement of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton. Seriously, I'm obsessed. You know, I used to have pictures of Prince William on my wall growing up. I thought for sure I'd meet him someday. Now, he's taken and I cannot wait for the Royal Wedding!! I want to know all the details. The ring was Princess Diana's and I think its the greatest thing. Okay, I'll stop.. but watch the videos.

Stepping out as a newly engaged couple
Holy camera flashes. Her name has changed from Kate to Catherine (I suppose because she's proper now) When they asked William if he got down on one knee.. I love it.

Their first interview since announcing their engagement.
You can tell he's more comfortable being in the spotlight, rightfully so, but I just love the questions this interviewer is asking. It's like an actual sit down interview that doesn't seem scripted. He asks such personal questions! I actually love that he says "we had a giggle together". HA. The English use such interesting words.

I know. I'm nuts. I get it. But the accent... how can you not be fascinated?

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I was warned about this movie (thanks Andy) yet I let my love for Matt Damon win me over and I went to see Hereafter anyways. I’m not calling it a complete waste of time, due to Matt Damon starring in the movie, but had he not been in it, wow, I’d take those 2 hours back. Not only is there no plot to this movie, there’s also no truth to it either. Thankfully I wasn’t tired when I went to see it otherwise I would have been sleeping through pretty much the entire thing. On a positive note, the movie does get you thinking about what happens to you after you die. It’s a legitimate question because lets face it, it will happen to everyone. And do you want to know what the great thing about that question is? You CAN know what’s going to happen to you when you die. You’ve got 2 options: Heaven or Hell. There’s no floating in between, waiting in the hereafter to speak to loved ones or complete your unfinished business. When you die, its either up or down and it’s your choice. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, to save us from a death none of us can even imagine. Will you repent from your sinful ways and give your life to Christ so that one day, you will spend eternity in His presence in heaven? Will you rebel and reject the One who loves you unconditionally and has saved you? The choice is yours.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Life As We Know It

Every once in a while I like to go see a cheesy feel good movie and this one fit the bill. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel play the leads in the movie and they find themselves in a very sad situation. This movie was all kinds of things for me: it made me laugh, I cried a little, it made me hopeful, and it made me sad for children who have found themselves in a situation like the plot of this movie. What would you do if you all of a sudden found yourself the parent of your best friend's child over night? I thought the characters played by Josh and Katherine were easy to like and root for (Josh Duhamel.. hello!) and the little girl, Sophie, was adorable. The supporting cast really brought the humor and I found it to be very believable. I don't know what was more fun though, watching the movie or listening to the commentary from the people behind us. I laughed out loud multiple times at the ridiculous things the people were saying. (if you go see the movie, I'll give you a play by play of their conversation b/c only then will it make sense). One thing I have come to realize is that Katherine Heigl has a great wardrobe in every movie that she's in. I'd gladly take that or the house they filmed this movie in. So beautiful. Anyways, I liked this movie and would definitely recommend it for a girls night!

Some added bonuses: Janer and I snuck in some DQ blizzards! AND surprise appearances by Robin and Karen at the same movie!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Another game night!! This time, if you couldn't tell from the title, we played Sequence. We played in teams and Elyse and I dominated the board (most of the time). Elyse and myself vs. Kelli & Jenni and Rianne & Haley. Half way through our night we got the great idea to see if we could get the little sequence chips so stay on our eyes. The following pictures are fairly self explanatory at who was a pro and who just couldn't quite get the hang of it.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Social Network

The Social Network... where do I start? A couple of weekends ago I was in Chicago and went to see this movie. I'd heard only good things about it so my expectations were pretty high. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. The Social Network is loosely based on the story surrounding the creation of Facebook. It was a really fun movie to watch and reminisce about the time when Facebook first came to the University and we were all holed up in our rooms trying to get as many friends as possible. I thought the movie was really well cast with Jesse Eisenberg as the lead and Andrew Garfield as his bff (did you know that in real life, Andrew Garfield and Robert Pattinson are bestsies?!) One thing you'll learn quickly from the opening scenes of the movie is that the characters talk really fast. Slowly, over the course of the movie, you'll realize that you can no longer call yourself computer savvy when compared to Mark Zuckerberg. I mean, these guys are smart, they're full of wit, and they have the ability to shut your computer down in less than 5 seconds. I thought the movie was really well cast... with the exception being Justin Timberlake. (He plays a db in the movie and I couldn't help but think that it wasn't to far off of his actual personality. But seriously though, I love him to pieces but he can't act. When's he coming out with another cd already?!) The movie was well acted, I was thoroughly entertained, a would highly recommend you go see it. Man, if only I had invented Facebook.