Saturday, December 31, 2011

party like it's the end of the world

New Year's Eve was a little bitter-sweet this year. 
We had a wonderful time with the Woodheads, but it was also our last night with the Bradburns before their big move to sunny California. 

We enjoyed a delicious and fun meal of fondue! What a fun way to eat - it really makes you slow down and enjoy the experience and conversation. We had fun playing games and laughing late into the night; well, at least until midnight (which is now late for us). It was a low-key New Years, but perfect in our book! 

We sure LOVE and MISS the Bradburns!! Sunday dinners are not the same without them! This hopefully just means some road trips will be on our calendar soon! :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our "Tender Tennessee Christmas"

We spent the week of Christmas in Tennessee with the Lamberts. Grammy and Grandpa Murphy were also in town for a visit, so it was a week full of festivities! 

Mormonza 2012
A few years ago my family decided to start our own holiday, and so Mormonza was born. We celebrate our religion each year on December 23rd (Joseph Smith's birthday). Some of the traditions include: 

decorations in red, yellow, and blue (the primary colors)
a stereotypical Mormon meal (casserole, green jello, Lion House rolls, etc.)
favorite FHE games 
attending the temple (added this year)
having the missionaries over to join us for dinner (also new this year)
watching a movie or clip with a spiritual message or thought 

It was a great experience to attend the temple with Grammy and Grandpa - they had so many insights to share with us from their service in the LA Temple Presidency. We are so grateful for their amazing example of service! 

Some people might think we are crazy or sacrilegious, but it is just fun and has become one of our favorite family traditions. :) 

Christmas Eve
The Murphy Christmas Eve traditions were continued this year - it was so fun to have Grammy and Grandpa with us, just how it was each year growing up. We enjoyed the traditional clam chowder dinner with Grandpa's famous shrimp cocktails. The Sleepy Elf made his special delivery, of course! This is one of my favorite family traditions - he drops off presents on the door step or on our beds each Christmas Eve and they are always pajamas so we can all look our best on Christmas morning. 

Earlier in the week we walked around the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. They do a fabulous job decorating for Christmas! 

Christmas Day
Christmas fell on a Sunday this year and I loved it! It just seems right to celebrate the birth of our Savior by attending our church meetings and learning from the Spirit. Dad assigned himself to speak and he did a wonderful job! 
Once we returned home, we all changed back into our pjs and started the Christmas routine. We always take turns opening gifts and watching each other so the process usually takes a while, but I like it that way. I don't know why, but opening our stockings is my favorite part! Mom made a stocking for Mike to match the rest of the family's - she's the BEST! 
After all the presents were opened, Dad surprised us by playing a little "Let's Make a Deal" game that he put together. We each got a hat from his golf club in our stocking, but then we had to decide if we wanted to keep that hat or trade it for something else. We each traded and ended up with different hats. Mike got the best prize with a BYU hat signed by Ty Detmer - he was a happy boy. 
We finished the night by watching The Grinch all together as a family; the perfect finish to the Christmas season.

 It was such a fun week and a great feeling to be home. Can't wait until we are all together again in April! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Woodhead Family Pictures - November 2011

Marlies used her awesome photography skills to create a little family photo-shoot. I think they all turned out fabulous! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"

We had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with the Grassli side of the family. We had a delicious meal at the Chuggs' home and I was introduced to the tradition of the Thankful Book. Each year on Thanksgiving, every family member writes what they are thankful for in the book. It was fun to look back through and see what everyone wrote in years gone by. When Michael was little, the things he was thankful for were usually centered around BYU sports, or the Jazz - and it seems to be a theme he is sticking to even now.

This was my first holiday that I have spent away from my own immediate family, and I am proud of how I did! I didn't cry at all; although I got a little teary when Grandpa G. pointed out that it was my first holiday away from home - I guess I hadn't thought about it too much until that point!

I am so grateful that I have been able to get to know all of Michael's extended family so well, since we  live close! They have been so kind and I truly feel like they are my own!

We stayed at the Woodhead's in Sandy for the weekend so that we could feel like we were "out of town" on vactaion. The day after Thanksgiving we ventured out to check out the Black Friday deals, but didn't make a single purchase.

That night was the first night that Temple Square was all lit up with twinkle lights! Marlies, Jane Anne, Michael, and I wandered around in the freezing weather - it was the perfect way to start off the Christmas season! 

The weekend of Thanksgiving we also got our little home in the Christmas spirit! I really really really love holidays and Christmas is no exception! We lucked out and got a free tree and a few other decorations from the Dean's office where I work - the tree is just the right size. 

The Christmas letters are a Lambert tradition - Grandma Lambert has made them for each family.
The advent was sent to Michael on his mission from Grandma and Grandpa G. while they were serving in Switzerland.

We invested in the nativity this year - we were given more pieces for Christmas so next year it will be more complete.
My mom made the cute placemats and napkins so each meal was festive! 
 Lindsay Ham and her fiance, Brycen, invited us on a double to make gingerbread houses. They made the pieces from scratch and everything - I was so impressed! Our house was a bit of a struggle, but it turned out alright in the end. Let me introduce you to the "love shack": 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

one year since "yes!"

It is hard to believe that one year ago Michael popped the question, I said yes, and I have been wearing the most gorgeous ring on my finger since! 
November 26, 2010

Michael proposed to me over Thanksgiving break while my family was in town for the holiday. We had talked about getting married and had looked at rings a little bit, but I was not expecting it that soon at all!

It was the day after Thanksgiving and we had been hanging out with my dad's side of the family at the Woolley's house. Mike told me that his mom and sisters were coming to the mall in Orem to shop and suggested that we go say "hi" - I thought that was a great idea and bit the bate. As we were leaving, he mentioned that we had to stop by the apartment he was staying at to pick up his phone charger. I offered to just stay in the car while he ran in, but he suggested that I join him. Once we walked in the door I walked right over to the couch and plopped down, while stating, "It still smells in here". I had walked over rose petals and did not even notice the set up in the kitchen! Michael called me over, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! Of course I said "Yes!" right without hesitation! I was SO shocked, I was shaking the entire time and for a while after!! I was so surprised; I had no idea he had talked to my dad or purchased a ring! So sneaky!! :)

The Woodheads were waiting close by, so they came up after to celebrate with us! We then went back to the Woolley's house, where my family was waiting. I was so happy that they were in town so that they could be part of all the excitement! It meant so much to me to have my family there - especially my mom and dad!

That was the perfect beginning to our ever after - from that day on I have worn the ring I will wear for the rest of my life and I couldn't be happier about being officially taken! 

Monday, November 21, 2011


Seeing as Thanksgiving is right around the corner, tonight for family home evening (we are trying to get in the habit now), we made a list of a few things we are most thankful for:

our temple marriage
supportive and loving families
opportunities for education
our little cozy apartment 
the gospel of Jesus Christ
BYU sports 
the power of prayer and the Priesthood
good examples
yummy desserts
the country in which we live and freedoms we enjoy
the Woodheads' washers and dryers
traditions and holidays

Monday, October 31, 2011

BYU Football

This has been a pretty exciting season of Cougar football! Michael and I purchased sports passes, which get us tickets to each home football game and into most of the other sports at BYU. We love BYU sports and it has been so fun to be able to go to the football games! Mitch and Marlies also bought passes with us and it has been so much fun having them at the games too! 

It hasn't been the most successful season, but there have been some exciting games, a quarterback controversy, and we have a winning season so far! 
Go Cougs!! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Michael Turns 23!

Michael is now 23 years old - that seems so old to me, for some reason! We celebrated with cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a few classes, a decorated apartment, golf with his dad, chicken pillows for dinner, and the Woodheads came over to have cake! 

The birthday boy would not pose for a normal this is as good as it gets

He also blew the candles out too fast to take a picture - like way too fast! 

Michael got some new clothes, new shoes, a cool BYU jacket, a warm winter/ski coat, and some of the treats that he loves from the grocery store (Mountain Dew, fruit snacks, Star Crunch, Powerade, and Toaster Strudels). I would say the day was a success! 
I am especially grateful that Michael was born - he is such a sweet husband and is such a fun guy to have around! 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Stewart Falls

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall leaves and perfect weather and do something outdoors. Stewart Falls is a pretty easy hike up Provo Canyon and it ends at a beautiful waterfall. I think fall might be my favorite time of year - I love the crispness of the air, the crunch of the leaves, and the feeling that the holidays are coming! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sheepish Lions

The Lambert cousins in Provo got together this year to play on an intramural kickball team. We were called "Sheepish Lions" - like Lambert the Sheepish Lion cartoon, get it? It was so much fun to see everyone on a weekly basis! Sadly we lost in the tournament, but we had some fun times and lots of laughs through the season! Thanks to Mel and Dave for putting it all together! Michael and I definately hope we can play on another team soon!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

General Conference - Oct. 2011

I love General Conference!! It is really is one of my favorite times of the year - it is such a cozy, fun, and uplifting time! This Conference was no exception. 

The week started the weekend before when Jane Anne, Grandma G., Marie, Marlies, and I went to the General Relief Society meeting. It was so wonderful! We had great seats thanks to Grandma G.'s connections and years of service, and we had a great time being with the girls! 

As I sat in the Conference Center with the thousands of other ladies, I realized how much I truly love Relief Society! It is such an amazing organization and I am proud to be a member - it makes me want to be a better person and it only causes good in the world. My favorite talk from the night was given by President Uchtdorf. He talked about the forget me not flower, which has five petals and related that to five things that women should always remember. 

1. I must be patient and compassionate with myself.
2. Some sacrifices are better than others.
3. I need not wait for a "golden ticket" to be happy.
4. The "why" of the gospel of Jesus Christ will inspire and uplift me.
5. Heavenly Father knows, loves, and cherishes me. 

After leaving the meeting, we went to dinner as a group. It was so fun to chat and we could not stop laughing! I feel SO lucky and blessed to have married into such an accepting and inclusive group of ladies. Love them all!! 

The next weekend was "real" General Conference. Michael and I enjoyed most of the sessions in our new little apartment. We continued the Lambert tradition of making monkey bread for breakfast! We went to the Woodhead's for the Sunday afternoon session and the usual family dinner - it was fun, funny, and memorable as always!  

Saturday night, while Michael was at Priesthood, I went to dinner with my friends Anne and Taryn. It was so fun to spend some time with the girls and to catch up with them! 

Michael came home from Priesthood and fixed himself one of his favorite meals...chicken nuggets! He is so funny! I always joke that he loves little kid food, but it is kinda true: the nuggets, taquitos, gushers, hostess desserts, etc. etc. :) 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

My Main Squeeze

 (Michael probably does not appreciate that I am putting this on here - but it is something I want to remember!)

Today I came home to this and it just made me so happy. The little things about Michael just make me smile and increase my love for him. He is very msuically talented (no one really knows that), it is easy for him to be relaxed and casual, he is always himself, and is so good about taking time to just do what he wants for a minute - I admire that!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wedding Cake

After a long couple days of moving into our much smaller apartment, the last load to make the transfer was our food. Once we got it to our new place, we sadly realized how much smaller our fridge and freezer is compared to the one in the condo. Something had to go - so we decided to celebrate our new little home by breaking out the top tier of our wedding cake. We didn't quite make it to the one year mark, but four months is pretty close, right?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lake Cascade, Idaho

To celebrate Grandma and Grandpa G.'s 50th wedding anniversary, they treated the whole Grassli fam to a wonderful week at Lake Cascade in Idaho! (Shouldn't it have been the other way around - us treating them?! They are far too generous!) 

We all had such a WONDERFUL time basking in the sun, riding on the Chugg's boat, wake-boarding/tubing/bare-footing/surfing, relaxing, laughing, eating lots of yummy food, and spending quality time together! 

This lake was the perfect setting for a vacation - we had a house large enough to fit everyone, a private beach to lay on, and the water was glass all day. The time of the trip was perfect - a couple days after Michael and I finished summer term finals; we were definitely in need of some down time! I was taken back every day by the great beauty all around us. Heavenly Father must really love us! 

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! to everyone who made it such a memorable week. 

the boys had fun hitting golf balls onto the sand below and even got to go golfing at a real course one of the days. 

our ride for the week - THANK YOU Chuggs!!

the whole gang! Grandpa told us that when he was a little boy he made a goal to have a happy family - he definitely accomplished that! 
the Woodheads/Bradburns

nertz with the cousins


it's obvious who is more talented 
boys will be boys...Michael riding a bike off the dock. 

Grandma G. planned some "minute to win it" games - lots of fun and tons of laughs 

Michael and Mitch doing the usual 
Jack with Uncle Michael
hunting for the mini fish
the ladies on the tube

yes we did!! :)