Sunday, January 29, 2012

Roddy Ranch Golf Outing

Saturday The Js Plus DW spent the day golfing at Roddy Ranch. It was an adventure and a hilarious day. This course was a mix between California, New York, Idaho, and Wyoming. (As you'll see from the photos)

It is also named the driest course in Northern CA, this shot is of the rough. I imagine it use to be a cattle pasture. 

JLS with a saddle and animal head mounted on the wall behind (this was the front entrance to the club house). She was in heaven. 
 And then Heaven really came when we walked further and found an ORIGINAL Yankees stadium seat in the pro shop, so you can imagine the excitement JNS and I both felt! Western themed with Yankee gear scattered throughout, does it get any better? I dare say, no it does not...

And then we saw this gem. I had to post this for Poncho Villa. In all my life I've never seen a mounted steer...and I grew up in IDAHO! Seriously.
The course was very busy which meant that our round of golf was slow...hence this classic shot JLS snapped of us. 

 Oh yes, horseshoes as tee-markers. 

Our scores weren't very pretty but we were still smiling at the end of the round! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Singing Is Awkward...

according to the general population, apparently JNS and I are the only ones that enjoy being serenaded by that lovely tune. (Case in point, the birthday boy, LE, below agrees)  At least he still appreciates some sushi followed by delicious chocolate truffle bread pudding on his birthday! 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Facebook Wall

We lunched at Facebook HQ yesterday and I wrote on the Facebook chalk wall. Personally I think this is so much cooler than any electronic Facebook wall post.  Just saying... 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photo Booth Fun

AC and NB had an enchanting engagement party on Saturday night. I would have expected nothing less from these two!  AR and I had a little fun in the phoot booth room (or rather AR roped me into participating as I was walking by and I attempted to be "cool"). 

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Shadow The Whole Month of December

Short-stack 1 and Short-stack 2 

Weekend Highlights

1. Gustavo, Gustavo, Gustavo! He took SIX inches off. As I told him, that's fine you're the master of my hair and I simply get to wear it (proudly). 
2. Nap on Sunday afternoon! 
3. AC's and NB's engagement party
 4.Tea party 
5. Taking JLS shopping (she was going to kill me at first but she thanked me later)

Also...Britt pulls off my pink jacket better than I do. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Guest Blogger: Stanford Grad, JP: A Sign of a True Friend

I live in Boston. Lately the weather has been downright cold. I have had to wear my wool coats, scarves, gloves, and everything else.

Today was Sunday, the weather was slightly warmer, like 28 degrees instead of 18 degrees. So I wore a shorter dress with tights to church. The dress is a Jess Berry original.

At church I kept my coat on until right before the first meeting. About fifteen minutes into the meeting, the time when everyone is extremely reverent, my dear friend J, taps me on the shoulder.  Whispering, she very kindly informs me, "Jenn, your zipper is undone."

As she tells me this I reach over to indeed feel more than I expected. My face flushes.

I had apparently gotten ready so fast I had forgotten to zip up the side of my dress directly under my left arm.

I struggle to begin to zip up the dress.  Thoughts race through my head, Will this dress in fact zip up? Has the cute boy behind me heard or seen this? Who ever decided to put a zipper under the arm??

J, understanding my dilemma, discreetly zipped up the side of my dress.  I don't believe that I have ever heard a louder zipper sound. I pray that the congregation thought the sound was a scripture case.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

HB's Birthday: We Threw A Party

We do not throw big parties very often (maybe three times a year) but HB is a big enough deal that we threw her a party for the big 26! I have been extremely excited for the big day because that means HB is now in the 2nd ward! YAY for me! And her. And JLS. And the rest of the ward. Sad for MP and KM, but we are working on them. 

JLS was in charge of the cake...and I was in charge of decor. JLS makes killer cakes...she made that princess castle from scratch. 
I also thought the birthday princess needed a crown...and I must confess, Britt did most of the decorating, per my delegation. What can I say, delegation is my strength. 
MP ready to celebrate some more...
The sassy, hilarious birthday girl with her castle. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Miss This Short-stack!

2011: Surviving Hard Times Plus Great Moments

My disclaimer: When I returned from my month in Idaho I was promptly welcomed by a cold that turned into a sinus infection, this in combination with a hectic month end my 2012 goal to pick up my blogging with more dedication has been almost a month. I suppose that is predictable when you're busy living blogging takes a backseat.  

2011 in review:

It was a hard year: full of fatigue, sickness, anxiety, and loss. It was a year of survival, waiting upon the Lord. Luckily, my capacity to survive was expanded, thanks to the Atonement of Jesus Christ
I could give a laundry list of the hard moments of 2011 and for historical purposes I have documented them but for purposes of this post I will be dwelling on the great moments that happened amid the storms of 2011. I believe it speaks volumes to the mercy we still receive from God even in the toughest of times.  While many of these may seem mundane to some readers, remember this past year was not about thriving but surviving and being physically ill for over a year (more than normal) even mundane moments become great moments if those moments allow you to focus on something other than the constant feeling of fatigue. 

(in no particular order)

Arizona trip in March with my family (spring training, golf, shopping)
Participating in the videoing of the Mormon Message, Our Hands His Hands, Our Hearts, His Heart.  
Watching my freshmen graduate
Lots of service (mostly received)! 
Opening day of baseball season 
Golf league with The J-Crew 
BS & BW's wedding in April
SJ & NJ's wedding in July
JBH & HN's wedding in July (yes, lots of weddings)
Gordo's wedding 
Spending time with SEC, parents, and BW in Utah in July
Going to Israel, a once in a lifetime experience (and 11 days of physically feeling okay to make the trip)
Spending time with AR and MPR before they moved
Golfing at Deep Cliff (great day)
 AC and NB's engagement surprise
Cook club
Spending time with the Carlstons 
Yankees in the BAY
Thanksgiving with The Ellwangers
Hot tubbing (lots of hot tubbing)
My birthday!
Mama Berry coming in October to help me  
General Conference
Parents and G-parents visiting in November
Purchasing my new bed! 
Post-Thanksgiving dinner with the Jarvis family
Being with my little girls
Spending the month of December in Idaho

Jack Berry would be proud that I'm still spitting in that "damn mitt". 
Here is to a better year in 2012.