Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Everyone

Merry Everyone, be merry because it is a merry time to be with merry people.

So its Christmas and we got to be with our families and we loved every minute of it. We left for Utah on the 23rd and the roads, weather, and traffic were just perfect. We were going to stop half way so we weren't driving in the snow at night but we were making such good time we kept going and got into town at 1 am on Christmas Eve. Getting there earlier meant extra time with family ~HOORAY~ And fun time we had. We got to spend time with Lars' Dad, Mom, and my parents. Here are the top moments of our Christmas Extravaganza;

Making the traditional Barlow Christmas Roll

Eating and enjoying the traditional Christmas roll

Taking cool pictures like this:

Looks like we have one head of hair, like my hair is connecting to hers. Cool huh

Seeing how grown up my nieces and nephews are getting

Seeing most of Lars' brothers

Sitting around chatting with my syblings

Seeing my niece and nephew enjoy their gifts that you can only get from Anaheim, CA

Playing with my nieces and nephews

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Halloween Events

This post is very late. So bear with me while I am playing catch up.

Halloween. The older I get the more I see the following cycle happen. I get excited for Halloween and I have lots of costume ideas, then come a few weeks before they all go out the window and I am not in the mood until a few hours before we are going to a Halloween gathering. Thankfully I have some friends that post a lot of Halloween make up and costume ideas that they have done so I get inspiration from that. A few hours before our ward party I was unsure what to be, but I managed to come up with this...
Guess what I am?

If you guessed broken porcelain doll, you guessed right. I was going for a theme of: "Remember the doll your brother broke when you were a girl. She is back to haunt him." I liked it and I had fun with it because I had to be serious and scary the whole time which is so far from who I am. I lasted a long time in that character too. But before the night was over I did break character I started smiling and laughing. I appreciated the people that got what I was too. I had one person ask me if I was Shirley Temple and other people called me cute. I wasn't going for cute, just creepy. I think it might have worked better if I had a black contact to put in one eye. All in all I feel proud of what I did concerning the time I did it in.

Lars was a...
slashed up victim. A few people thought both our costumes were tied together, sorry, but not this year. Hooray for stage make up. Gotta love Halloween.

Later in the week I went to work as my old lady character that I never fail to do. Always get a good chuckle out of that one. Check out this link for a picture.

Then we went to the Oertel's for a fun Halloween gathering.
Lars went as a truck driver. His character was inspired by his brother, Brent.
And I went as a disco gal. "Disco is not dead, Disco is life."

At this party we had good food, company, movies, and a few good science experiments.
Too much dry ice...
= a mess we must rescue.

Fun pics from the party!

Then on Halloween we were adopted by a family in our ward, The Avila's. They are an amazing family and took us in and made us feel at home. I was so grateful for them because early that day I was feeling a little blue that we weren't with our families and friends from Utah. They have a few teenagers and younger kids in their family. Let me tell you they were wonderful hosts. They had Halloween themed food and decorations. I loved it. I helped them take their kids trick or treating and then we played games. Lars helped them pass out candy at their door.
This is Haley, their youngest. She is one of the coolest, smartest, funniest, and just totally awesome 6 year old that I am happy to be friends with. She taught me a bunch of "High Five jokes" I have never even heard of. One of the coolest kids ever.

Happy Halloween until next year!