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Friday, February 27, 2009

Finishing a Fabulously Fine February

We had another FUN FUN FUN Murder Mystery Dinner with our friends. It was set in 1900 in France, so the costumes were a little more fun (at least I thought) than the past few. We all got to wear something nice...

I love love LOVE Russ's creeper mustache!!!

Adri the scandalous artist and Russ the uptight chocolate tycoon!
(Thanks to Jamie for yet ANOTHER amazing costume for me)


Brianna the chocolate maker and Steve (and Steve's homicidal puppet)


Chris as Dr. Sigmund Fraud and Mary as an Aztec archeologist


Steve the American boxer and Britney the best-selling author

ALSO...this week was my first week of the Practicum (which is pretty much like student teaching 3 days a week). I am teaching in a 2nd grade class and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I must admit that I don't like leaving the house at 7:55am, getting back home around 3:40 and heading straight to work afterward, but it has been fun. The students in my class are really cute and I have already taught a couple of simple lessons. It's fun because I'm normally just like an aide or observing, and although I did some of that this week, I was mostly a REAL TEACHER to the kids. It's so so so so so fun to hear them call me "Mrs. Lee" and eat in the teacher's lounge (that's probably my favorite part) and picking the kids up from lunch, recess, in the mornings is my FAVORITE because it's just me picking up MY students. I love it, but I also like having normal classes on Thursday and Friday so that I can talk to the other girls in my classes and see how their experiences are.

Friday was Garrett's birthday, but we celebrated with him on Saturday. We took him out to dinner and I made a cake (which - might I add - turned out to be much better tasting than the one I made for Tyler's birthday earlier this month). After we had cake, Lord of the Rings was on TV and we sat around watching that. It was a fun family night! :D

Garrett is shocked that he is turning 25


I just really liked this picture, it's right before Garrett blew out the candles, but I am not sure why Russ and Tyler moved in so close :)

Speaking of Tyler's birthday, we took some pictures of that too!




The FHE sisters said that after singing "Happy Birthday" (or doing something where we all felt a little embarrassed/exposed), Tyler, Garrett, and my faces had all turned red. Bah! I don't know why we turn red so easily! But I am not sure if Tyler looks red or tan in this picture...


The whole group - well, except me because I was in the kitchen the whole time while they played wii. Here is proof:


Earlier this month, Russ and I were able to visit the Draper Temple Open House. I love this picture. It was windy and snowy and you can't see the temple that well, but I think we both look good

Last but not least, I found this picture from Christmas. It is a look into the future of the Lee family!!! (at least, I hope we have a baby as CUTE as Kiera). Wait, maybe I should clarify that this family picture probably isn't going to happen for us for another 2 years or so. But I still like this picture:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

L-O-V-E-!

Valentinesssss Dayyyyyyy!!! Well, not yet, and tomorrow night Russ and I are going to the Invitational Dance so I'm sure I'll write more soon, but I wanted to write what has happened already.

Russ and I went on a double date with the Holdens to Trafalga! I've always wanted to go there but never have before. We had a lot of fun. We mini golfed (I didn't lose - for the first time in my LIFE) with the black lights, which was cool except it hid all the little hills on the "green" and messed us up a little, but that was probably to my advantage.


Then we Go Karts...ed...and that was a lot of fun. The track wasn't very interesting, but I had a nice lead for a while. Then I got bored so I ALLOWED Steve and Russ to pass me :) But then I couldn't catch back up. I was laughing hysterically the entire time because I was just so surprised that I was winning. Britney had thrown out her back and was chillin' in the outer lane.
We went back inside after that and played at the arcade.


Russ/me and Steve played DDR; Steve was much better than we were. They also had a Deal or No Deal game. It was SO MUCH FUN! I think Russ and I blew all our coupons on that game. Most of the time we only won like 2 tickets, but ONCE I made a deal with the banker (there was 400 ticks or 6 tickets left) and I took a deal to get 103 tickets and it's a good thing I did because my case had the 6 tickets in it!


We had enough tickets that Russ could get a rubber duckie (we have yet to name him, although possible names have been discussed) and I got those little capsules that turn into sponge animals in water. How cool is that? Normally I don't win enough tickets to get anything fun!



Then, I had a really frustrating day at school and when I came home, Russ gave me one of my Valentine's Day gifts early. It was a computer chair!!!! I've wanted one since we got married since I have just been using an uncomfortable dining room chair and Russ got one that was 160 dollars but through his sweet talking, he got it for $30! (Also, it helps that he asked and it turned out it was on clearance :D). I feel a little silly because I got Russ "Angels and Demons" so we could read it together before the movie comes out. I know, romantic, huh? Don't worry - I do have a little more up my sleeve for tomorrow...



Oh yeah, also in this picture, look at the cute "L-E-E" my mom sent us! I'm thinking about some way to paint it or add ribbons or something and make it look more crafty...or I'll leave it black. Any thoughts?

Also, speaking of Russ's sweet talking. This is a fact: RUSS IS MUCH BETTER AT CUSTOMER SERVICE THAN I AM! This is what happened. There was something wrong with our rewards on our credit card and I called and the lady got an attitude with me and I thought I put up a pretty good fight (at least by my standards) and the lady told me I was wrong and I just said, "Okay well thanks. Bye". Russ called them back and was like, "My wife called and talked to someone earlier and they told her this, but we know that isn't correct." Consequently, he got what he wanted AND they were joking and laughing with him. And that is the difference between a Lee and a Carson. :)