as you've noticed we go to all the BYU fooball games and love it.
he loves playing football,
reminiscing about football,
it's fun to hear him talk about his days back in football.
the team, the games, the championship, the experience, etc.
he genuinely loved it.
as we were listening to the radio in the other day, kenny chesney's new song "the boys of fall" came on.
i could tell how much he truly missed those days.
bright lights, friday nights, and all.
we looked back at the words and they just fit so perfectly with casey:
When I feel that chill, smell that fresh cut grass
I'm back in my helmet, cleats and shoulder pads
Standing in the huddle listening to the call
Fans going crazy for the boys of fall
They didn't let just anybody in that club
Took every ounce of heart and sweat and blood
To get to wear those game day jerseys down the hall
Kings of the school man, we're the boys of fall
Well it's turn and face the Stars and Stripes
It's fighting back them butterflies
It's call it in the air, alright yes sir we want the ball
And it's knocking heads and talking trash
It's slinging mud and dirt and grass
It's I got your number, I got your back when your back's against the wall
You mess with one man you got us all
The boys of fall
In little towns like mine that's all they got
Newspaper clippings fill the coffee shops
The old men will always think they know it all
Young girls will dream about the boys of fall
there's no doubt in my mind that our little boys will be out there playing football and throwing a ball around.
i want to see those little boys in BYU jerseys running around when they're 4.
i'm kinda excited for those days.
so here's to football and my husband.
i'm learning to love the first a little bit more because i love the second so much.
it was one of the few/only birthdays i actually got to celebrate with my brother this year!
so scotty, here is my tribute to you:
you're the middle child, and although you say that means you were the middle/hated/forgotten child,
it's the exact opposite.
you got the best of both worlds: you got to be with the "cool" older borthers,
and then you also got to have plenty of time with us younger ones, kirk and i
remember that 1 time you broke your leg when you were 2?
well i don't, but i know you certainly do.
you had some pretty dang cute pictures in your years.
remember how it's because of you our family has the pets we do.
zuka and tazz undoubtedly stem from you,
as well as a few of our family kitties.
for that i salute, and thank you :)
remember when you used to always sing "don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?"
literally you sang that all the time, and truly believed it too.
thank you for showing me what true confidence in one's self looks like
but overall, thanks for being my awesome brother, you're 6 years older than me,
but i've come to have so much fun with you here in provo.
i'm glad you're still here in provo and not in az yet,
bc we'd miss out on all out fun together (ie- go-peds, racing weenie dogs, cranium, settlers, and all our other games)
keep rockin it, and happy 1 day late blogger birthday to you!
this last week we drove up to sundance to go on their moon lift ride.
twas fun as usual.
out of our 4 years, here at BYU this was our third time going.
this moon lift ride was actually mine and casey's 2nd date together, crazy enough!
so there's a special place for it in our heart, ha.
this year we met up with my dear friend, brooke, and her dear, dear friend, chrisitian.
it's always fun to get together with other couples and we truly had a wonderful time.
they had us laughing the whole time.
it was cold as usual,
but we were kind of prepared this time luckily.
snaps for kimber and casey.
we listened to the same music we did on our first date up there, presh, i know.
we laughed about the silliest of things.
we talked about how this was our last year here in provo.
we talked about numerous stories of us dating,
and funny moments we had dating.
it's so funny to look back at it all, goodness!
clockwise starting at top left:
1) brooke and christian being super cool ghost looking people getting off the lift
2) we are all awesome together. a little contrast between the two couples: brooke and christian looking all cutesy cute together. casey and kimber: bundled up like we're going to the north pole bc we've experienced being cold way too much up at sundance
3)the full moon!
4) on the ski lift. flash=really bright.
#1 reason i love tuesday and wednesdays: we don't work.
those 2 nights are pretty much the only nights casey and i don't work and don't have plans.
those days feel marvelous.
so today we kinda just chilled.
worked on the puzzle.
organized our little place.
made chocolate chip waffles.
and randomly decided to take a walk because the weather was just splendid.
on our way out i thought "let's go feed the ducks while we're at it!"
new found pleasure: feeding the ducks at the duck pond.
i was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was.
it was like being a kid all over again and being thrilled that all these ducks would come so close to you!
the challenge: trying to get the bread to the duck you want it to go to
the comedy: casey chasing away the mean ducks (i'm chuckling right now just thinking about it).
he'd just chase the mean one around the walking area til it flew back into the pond, calling it names.
i was amazed at how close the ducks got to us! we could feed them straight from our hand!
(i didn't because, eww, that's gross).
but they were no stranger to strangers for sure.
we will undoubtedly be going back again soon bc we had such a hoot doing it!
ps- top left picture, on our walk to the pond, this HUGE duck was randomly on the street and started chasing us! (imagaine a duck like the duck joey and chandler have on friends) it was literally about to bite casey! i don't know if it was someone's pet or what but it was blocks away from the pond. it freaked me out and bc i freaked out while casey was on the phone he freaked out, needless to say, we took a different street home.
people of provo: go feed the ducks.
you'll have a blast.
so our original plan was to drive up the canyon,
back in all the pretty leaves,
and drive home.
but on our way back down we suddenly thought, why not hike stewart falls right now since it is on our bucket list?
and, oh, what joys we did have!
luckily we went last tuesday, the day before it turned rigid, cold, rainy/snowy here in provo.
the drive was utterly gorgeous. we saw the mountain sides were alive with colors bursting out in flames. the smell was incredible, it made me want to go camping right that minute and live out in the wilderness all autumn long.
i honestly couldn't take big enough breaths in. it was so wonderful. we listened to our beloved country music the whole way driving (did i tell you i converted casey to country music? for all you country haters, it makes us happy and we love it it so don't judge.)
and of course the company was wonderful, i don't remember what we talked about but i remember being happy.
we turned up the canyon and enjoyed every mile.
casey was driving slow,
my head was stuck out the window like a dog taking in the smells and sights.
we'd go back and forth saying "oh look over, there, that's so pretty!"
we saw a hugemoose cross the road when we got up to aspen grove.
it looked so majestic with the fall leaves on all sides of it.
after driving through all the aspens after aspen grove,
we turned around and that's when we decided to hike stewart falls!
to say it was pretty is the most boring word i could use.
i'm not much of a writer so i won't try to convey what it was like except that it was so glorious.
all the leaves around us were changing colors.
little chipmunks squeaked and crawled up all the trees around us.
leaves littered the trail and looked like millions of little girls had gone before us and dropped their flower baskets.
we ran (on the flats and downhills) to make the hike faster.
it felt like we were in a movie, being chased, jumping over stumps, roots, and boulders in the fall time
it was so cool.
the falls were exquisite too with bright reds, oranges, and yellows trailing on all sides.
the air was perfectly crisp with a slight chill.
and we were out there all alone in God's beautiful creation.
we passed maybe 8 other people.
it was like our own, personal, intimate experience with nature,
one i will never forget.
if you live in provo you need to take your canyon drive asap before it's all gone!
ps- the picture above the bottom left picture, is the road we went and took our engagements in,
it was just as beautiful as we remember!!
it's this secret little road up the canyon, you pass a kinda bigger open horse field on your left and it's behind there.
my ultimate dream would be to have a quaint little cabin on the itty bitty road!
it was quite fun, indeed, with 4 of siblings together.
it just is so fun to be with family.
we played in the park.
played on the swings.
played on the slides.
and played with the 2 cute little kids we've got running around here in utah.
this last picture has some of the games we played together (phase 10, cover your aces, taboo, etc)
plus 2 radom ones from my phone: i bowled a 150 this week with a turkey in there, go kimber!
and secondly, our football team. we've won 3 of 3, it's quite enjoyable.
it's my absolute most favorite hymn and it brought to me a reconfirmation of my testimony of this gospel. top left picture is me with the wilford woodruff statue, "oh hey grandpa! we have the same chin!"
we met kirk and whitney outside where we walked around temple square a little.
it was a gorgeous day outside and the very first conference session i had ever been to where the weather wasn't cold!
so glad we got to go with these 2.
it'll be a great memory we'll all have together!
ps- this last weekend we had our first date 3 years ago and did the same activities together these 3 years later:
BYU v Utah State game + conference.
precious. i remember after the date staring at this top picture SO much! i thought casey was so cute, and couldn't wait to see more of him! i also thought we were so cute together!