Thursday, September 15, 2011


Just received my invite.
Already addicted.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Snake.

I know it looks like I'm about to die..
but somehow I made it to see another day.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pioneer Day {Weekend}

I wasn't kidding when I said I LOVE JULY!!
There is always something fun to do with family and friends,
and the weekend of the 24th was no exception.

Once again, I didn't take as many pics as I wish I had,
but the weekend was packed full of..

FIREWORKS with the fam in the church parking lot.
Is that legal?
It was the only open space nearby.

CHERRY HILL with Cackee and Fish.
I don't know which was more memorable, Cackee yelling "Somebody HELP ME!" all the way down to the bottom of the water slide, the lifeguard shoving me while in my tube to the next waiting pool with the craziest man face ever, or DJ thinking they really only got paid $3 a day?

The classic SPAGHETTI FACTORY with the Emery clan.
{However, I think Barb could have gone through her entrie dinner without hearing how Davis would prefer his lasagna}
Also where the greatest idea of DLAND 2011 took place.

And of course, we went to the BEE'S GAME to end the weekend off right.

Yeahhhhhhh buddy.

{I know, I know.. I'm just as disappointed in myself that I just publicly admitted that I actually watch that show people call Jersey Shore. It's an addiction I tell ya.}

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Fourth.

The Fourth of July has to be one of our favorite Holidays.

the heat.
the BBQ's.
laying by the pool.
local parades.
and of course the fireworks.

The night before the big day, we got together with the VB's and Christensen's for some delicious ribs, the classic Eaglewood fireworks, and a sneak peak of Ladd and Brody premiering in the next Twilight movie. Never a dull moment with this bunch.

We may have started a new tradition. Thanks again for such a fun night!
{Oh, and sorry Meg, I totally stole these pics off your blog}

Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics on the fourth either.
I really need to do better with that new camera of mine.
Our day was pretty low key, but was fun as usual.
We didn't make it to our local parade as we had planned,
instead we tried to get our tan on at the pool... but of course, we got rained out.
We basically just chilled with our families,
and ended the day with some more fireworks at the Allsops.
We didn't start the library on fire. Success.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Some Husbands take their Wife to Italy, Mine takes his to Milford..

Well.. I survived my first experience to Milford, UT.
Jon has family that is from Milford,
so the Johnson side tries to make a trip there every year.
I haven't been able to go in the past due to work, but I was able to get it off this year.
Boy, was I in for a treat.

I'm taking a guess here..
but I bet the majority of people have never had the opportunity to experience good ol' Milford,
let alone have heard of the place,
so let me fill you in on just what you are missing out on..

When you check in at one of the only two hotels that are in the whole town,
old creepy music is blasting out of the speakers at the Diner.
(Yes, you check in at the restaurant, for the hotel you are staying in)
It made me feel like I was in my own horror movie.

Speaking of the Diner,
even though it was all fried food all weekend, it was delish!!
You sure can't beat a grilled cheese, and your classic diner fries..
We may or may not have shared a chocolate malt at 1:00 in the morning :)
Penny's Diner for sure needs to be awarded Best Chocolate Malt Ever!!

We basically played around in the desert for the entire weekend.

Cackee and Fiff entertained themselves on this mountain for about an hour straight.
I'm pretty sure they ate their fair share of dirt.

Cuddled this little one..

Pretended to be Jack Bauer..

Discovered every creepy crawly thing there is out there..

It's nice to see that a 3 yr. old is more brave than I am.
I was obviously born an Emery.

Launched rockets..

(yiiiiiiippppp.... I really am related to them)
Notice how proud they all are.

Hiked to a bat cave..

Oh, and don't let me forget my favorite memory of going rabbit stomping.

(To give you some background on "rabbit stomping".. I first thought they literally killed rabbits. I mean, it's not like the name of such an activity would make you think that or anything.. but really the boys only run around with their flashlights trying to catch the rabbits, take a picture of the little fella, and then send them on their way)

Well.. it didn't really go that way this time around.
We drove around for two hours, and didn't catch a single one.
The only thing we caught were the flying grasshoppers that slapped us in the forehead that a certain someone kept throwing into the backseat on multiple occasions.
Did I mention that I hate bugs??
Especially those stupid grasshoppers!!

All in all, it was a super fun trip!
I for sure have never experienced anything like that before,
but looking forward to carrying on the tradition with the in-laws for years to come.

We first just need to teach Cackee that even though we are in the middle of nowhere,
that doesn't mean you can just pop a squat behind the shed next to our hotel room.

Only in Milford...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stay Tuned..

I promise I'm coming back with some totally awesome and exciting stuff...

July Celebrations.
The Snake.
Milford. Yes, there really is such a place.
Jon's Surprise (which I still don't approve of)
Baby on the Way.
Dland 2011.
The Big 3 Yrs.

Oh, and jk about the baby. Just wanted to make my mom's heart stop for a split second :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm back in business..

We are officially moved, and settled in.

{Glad that's over with}

Moving is a lot more overwhelming than I could have imagined.
Maybe we will house hunt a while longer than we had planned..
just to avoid having to do that again.
However, we do LOVE our new place.
Great neighbors.
Awesome ward.
Our own strip of grass.
Heavenly, right?

Oh, and don't let me forget to mention...
That Poltergeist girl still freaks me out..

Yep. He hasn't changed a bit.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Absolute Chaos..

If Jon and I survive the next two weeks I will be quite impressed.

We have to move three people, including ourselves over the next couple of days. Never thought I hated packing as much as I do. Let alone the deep cleaning that still has to be done. Oh.. and yes, we are still trying to get everything done at the parentals with the remodel. Never Ending. Why did we ever offer to help? (Oh wait, I remember.. we didn't want to risk letting a certain someone paint all of the cabinets forest green.)

Can't forget that we need to get everything else ready for the Golden Child to return. Did I mention I'm still trying to get through my 200 emails that were waiting for me from the Memorial Day Break??

It's all right.. I'm willing to admit this is a total "sympathy needed" post.

Monday, May 16, 2011

1 Month to go..

We can't wait.. is it too obvious?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Oh, and another thing..

Anyone know how to remove that black border from my pics?
It is totally buggish.

Lucky Dog.

As mentioned in my last post,
the Hubs just started at a new firm on Monday.
After only being employed for a couple hours,
he walked out of his first staff meeting with one of these..

Just a "little thanks" from the company to all of their employees for doing such a great job.

....and I thought my job was sweet with the unlimited fountain drinks. psh.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Life is good..

Jon has wrapped up yet another semester of school,
which means Summer is right around the corner.
Did I mention he only has two left?

He also starts at a new firm on Monday.
I don't think we will know what to do with ourselves with two incomes.

I have the cutest niece and nephews,
and adorable Knox was born this past weekend.
I just can't get enough of that hair.
So maybe I am getting a little baby hungry...

We are officially MOVING!!
Hooray for a dishwasher and two floors!

Osama is Dead.

DJ Tanner calls on Sunday,
and will be home six weeks after that.

Feeling blessed.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Little Dude.

Looks like Fisher has some competition.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dig 'em.

Now if only I was Wendy Peppercorn.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Nerd Alert.

I purchased this fine creature a few weeks ago..

and well..

..let's just say that I haven't put it down since.
{admitting to the problem is the first step, right?}


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


You better believe the Vikes are Region Champs baby!!

...and Barb survived another season without being arrested.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mad Eye Moody..

We went to our annual eye appointment on Saturday, and it went a little like this..

Dr {as he is examining my right, more unfortunate eye}: Hmm.. {pause} Hmm..
Me: {still just waiting for him to actually say something}
Dr: Has anyone ever told you why your eye is so misshaped?
Me: Well.. no..??
Dr: Hmm.. do you know if they used forceps on you when you were delivered?
Me: haha.. {oh, you're serious}.... um.. not that I know of??
Dr: Well, that would make sense, when an eye is this misshaped, it typically occurs in delivery, and more commonly when forceps are used.
Me: {lovely}
Dr: Oh, but it's nothing to worry about. It isn't a physical defect or anything, you can only see the Birth Defect under a scope.
Me: {Now it's a birth defect? Yeah, that sounds like no big deal at all}

{the eye examination continues for the next 5 min.}

Dr: All right, well I'm going to need to go ahead and special order your contacts {for my one eye only of course, since that is totally normal} since we don't have anything like this in stock. I'm not 100% sure they will fit properly, so you may need to come in for another examination if they irritate your eye.
Me {with no enthusiasm in my voice}: greeeaatttt, thanks.

Of course my mom can't remember if forceps were used or not, but did recall that she did get her wisdom teeth out while I was in the womb. Neat.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

So not Simple.

I got this fine beauty for Christmas from my Mother in law, and let's be honest.. it intimidates me quite a bit. Over the past year or so I have been interested in starting this new hobby, and have seen so many cute things that look so easy to make.. but wasn't I foolish. I have made two pillows, and the first one was more of an embarrassment. It's sad when your husband is showing you how to thread the bobbin, when your Mother in law just gave you an entire tutorial. Looks like my 7th grade TLC class wasn't as useful as I thought. Anyways, I'm determined to master this little machine, so if anyone has any ideas on easy projects, send them my way. Who would have thought that I would really be asking for Sewing advice? I'm getting old aren't I.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love Day.

To be quite honest, I personally think Valentines Day is a little overrated. I never really understood what all the hype was about. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally grateful that I have my husband to share it with, but really.. those little candy hearts are nasty. And truthfully, I would so much rather get a bouquet of flowers or a dozen roses when they are completely unexpected. Am I the Valentines Scrooge? Maybe so.. We spent this year the best way we know how.. Some dang good food, and substituted the expensive petals for some absolutely delicious chocolate dipped strawberries. He knows how I roll..

Oh, and if you have never eaten at "The Wild Grape", we highly suggest trying it out! Even though I didn't know about 95% of what was on the menu, the C.A.B tenderloin totally pulled through. Worth every penny.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's time..

Do you ever feel like you can never keep up with the latest trends?
I swear, I feel this way constantly.
I buy a cute new outfit, and think I'm totally being daring,
and then my junior high cousins remind me that it was so last year.
I'm totally turning frumpy, aren't I?
Well I just discovered this latest hairstyle,
it's called the melting technique??
All the celebs are doing it, so it must be cool, right?
I figure it has been way too long since I have changed my hair,
{since it used to be an every six month thing}
so why not..

Here goes nothing..
and p.s.
if this does turn into a total disaster,
just make me think I pull it off as well as these ladies.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Never Forgotten.

January 17, 2011 has changed my life forever.
It only took one phone call to change my entire perspective on everything.
Elder Walker's life was taken in only a matter of seconds,
and was reunited with our Heavenly Father.
Feeling so blessed that Elder Emery made it out safe,
as well as the six other missionaries that were unharmed.
I can't express my gratitude for those angels that were present that day,
and so grateful for the knowledge I have to get through this tough time.

You were a great missionary,
and you will NEVER be forgotten.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

twenty 10.

Discovered I only have one eye (that works)
Jon got into the Master's Program.
Heidi's boobs got bigger.
Jon graduated with his Bachelor's degree.
Park City Getaway.
Certified Scuba Diver.
Had my first panic attack.
Broke down in the salt flats.
Swam with Nemo & friends 90 ft. under.
Prayers were answered,
and I avoided being swallowed by the ENORMOUS Whale Shark.
Burt & Seymour became Galbraith's.
Extreme Makeover - Home Edition: Emery Residence
McElle turned 16,
and continues to grow.
Fist pumping mastered.
Plenty of car problems.
babies. babies. babies.
No root canals :)
Decided to try out cooking.
I became crafty.
Survived the Snake River.
McElle experienced an outhouse for the first time. yep.
2 year anniversary.
John Mayer.
Almost passed out on the Sky Coaster.
Jon fell in love with Italy.. without me.
Cougar time.
Plenty of cuddles from Fiffer and Cackee.
I survived 2 more semesters husbandless.
I stayed employed with the same company, and kept the same hair color for an ENTIRE YEAR.
Pay raise!! {finally}
Nelly Bobby.
Got with technology, and upgraded our TV.
Still living in and TOTALLY LOVING our awesome basement apartment.
Another year passed with DJ Tanner on his mission.
Our junk room turned into an office.
Carlos got engaged.
BluRay changed Jon's life.

Oh twenty ten, you were too good to us.
You have a lot to live up to 2011,
but you are off to a good start.