Monday, December 21, 2009

Not a creature was stirring, not even a...

...bunch of cute chocolate truffle mice that my dad sent us!

Adorable and tasty!

My dad gives the best little presents. Thanks Dad! On another note, I started my first day at the magazine today. Everything was going well until the grand pupa Editor walked in and asked me to edit a caption he had just wrote. I sat there staring at it for 10 minutes trying to find something wrong with it. I ended up circling the hyphen between the word "holiday-season," and putting a ? next to it. Hopefully I'm a little more impressive next time.

Christmas in 4 days! Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays! I love you all!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"May your days be merry and bright"

"He is the light and the life of the world." -Mosiah 16:9

Ah Christmas! You're here again. What a wonderful concept for a holiday. It's a time to relax and be with family and friends. It's a holiday devoted to light-- lightheartedness, light wallets, lights in windows and in trees, and the Light of Christ. Elder Eyring gives a great talk about this called "Home for Christmas." There's something special about this time of year. My family and I used to pile into our car with blankets, hot chocolate, and a 10-pc. chicken McNugget and drive around town looking for the best decorated houses. This year, Cole and I put up our own lights and tree and it's amazing how it fills our little apartment with warmth.

Here we are with Santa

The outdoor view

So happy you're almost here, Christmas!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I'm so very excited for this movie!

So cute, no?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rootin' Tootin' Good Time

I've decided that I have the greatest mother/sister-in-laws ever! They're beautiful, funny, and fun-loving! Take our girl's trip for example. We went down to St. George a couple of weekends ago (sadly my camera died). There we had a raucous night of dining (Janey entertained elderly people with her chicken joke--if anyone wants to see it, it's a classic!) and bowling! We played "Follow the Leader," in which the person bowling first had to make up a ridiculous move and the person following had to replicate the move, and then make up one of their own. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. There was booty-shaking and all-out shameless embarrassment. I saw my mother-in-law do snow angels on the slick bowling alley floor and then crawl on her belly toward the lane. How many of you could say that?

I would like to note that it was midnight, and I had just thrown up before this picture was taken

Last night the fun continued. The girls all went to see the midnight showing of Twilight: New Moon. It was entertaining to hear the swoons and squeals of all the girls and women in the crowd. It was a guilty pleasure to see Jacob shirtless in every frame. It was hilarious to hear Janey say, "Jacob is 108 degrees steamy" every couple of minutes on the car ride home. I've never been a big fan of Twilight, I'm pretty sure the BYU English major tainted it for me, but last night was dang fun! Midnight showings are the best. I love my family for being night owls and for having young hearts. I got home at around 3:40 a.m. and found a love note from Cole when I walked in the bathroom. I also got a sewing machine and a bunch of fabric from my mom this week, 2 new Simplicity patterns, and a shiny, brand new internship at BYU Magazine for next semester. What a lucky girl I am!

Aren't the shoes so cute?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Picture Blog

The brothers Ballard

The other Capt. Holmberg and her little jailbird

Cole looked pretty dang good
Oh Dave, you crusty old mummy

Jana's beautiful, festive, fondue table!

Cole was a singing Frankenstein ("a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll, but mostly musical theater") and I was Angela Deth, DDS

Here's another blurry one, but it shows the full magnitude of my costume:
Over the weekend Janey and Mary Jane bought puppies.

Janey's puppy, Jasper

And some pictures of Maisey to make you smile:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Naki Family

Yesterday we went to a funeral for one of Cole's cousins. It was very touching. My mother-in-law accidentally walked into another funeral in a church down the street and picked up a program. The funeral was being held for a former BYU football player, Jared Naki Maile, who died unexpectedly last Friday. He was only 32 and he left behind a wife and 6 little girls, all between the ages of 10 and 1. You can look at their blog here. They're asking for donations for their family: I thought this was so sad and I'm sure every little bit would help.

(picture from the naki family website)

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Does anyone know how long a car can run with the gas light on? I don't know where I picked this myth up, but I've always thought it was about 60 miles. Because of this, I frequently let my car run until she starts to stutter a little. I know this is probably bad for my car, but that 60 mile myth has always kept me reassured.

At 7:45 a.m. yesterday I ran out of gas on my way to work. My car coasted and locked up in the neighborhood of 100 North and 500 East. I walked the 9 blocks down to the gas station ("Thank Heaven for 7-11", indeed!) and bought a little gas can for 9 bucks.

I bought about $2 of gas, and walked the 9 blocks back. It took me 45 minutes and it was way better than sitting at work! It was cold and the leaves were falling and I got to contemplate things. Like how Provo is one of the only places that I could ask someone for a ride at the 7-11 and actually make it safely to my destination (I still decided against it). I also love the houses south of campus. Some of them are really cute and quaint. After working up an appetite, I treated myself to an egg McMuffin and then went to work. Such a lovely way to spend the morning, although I won't be coasting on empty anymore.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thanks Dad!

My dad sent us a Halloween package this week. Hooray!

Pictured above are Kit Kats, 3 Musketeers, chocolate covered popcorn, a pumpkin lantern, a giant inflatable bat, apple butter, a tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce, nail clippers, and some very strange calendars from various charities my dad donates to, among other goodies. The randomness never ceases to amaze and delight! Thanks Dad!!! It made our day :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

It's about that time again

Last weekend was General Conference. We spent the weekend with Cole's family and I got to catch up on some of my craft projects. Conference was amazing as usual. I particularly liked President Monson's talk about service. I've started asking Cole at the end of the day if he's done anything good for anyone. It definitely gets our minds in the right place.

We got to spend time with this little girl:

She got ahold of a stuffed worm

I stitched her this onesie during Conference:

On Saturday night all the Ballard/Porter women went to a quaint (and haunted) little house that happens to sell home decor. The majority of us won a sweet door prize. Mary treated us to Scentsy candles, which are awesome, and almost all of us went exploring the haunted basement and closets of this Victorian home. I say almost because Jana and I chickened out.

Yesterday we played the championship softball game and lost 17-20. It was a close game all the way through. I finally got on base (2nd!) in the 7th inning, and scored our 16th point. Sadly, glory alluded us once again. It was a really fun season though!

Cole's birthday is this Friday the 16th, which happens to coincide with the release of this movie:

This trailer, with the Arcade Fire song, totally sold me. I can't wait!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Matters Most

If you're reading this, you've made it to our private blog! If you know of anyone I should invite, let me know! Sadly, we had to make it this way, but it's like our own private club! Too bad it's not like when we were kids and there was a secret knock or handshake to get in, but I can arrange that if you want!

I really only have one thing to blog about today. I just watched this video:

It made me soo happy after 4 hours of a sewing class that made me realize I'm not very good at sewing. But according to this video, that doesn't really matter (and there's still time to improve, right?). What matters is the man I come home to. The friends I have and the family that is nearby and the family that is far away. I know this may seem cheesy, but if you're reading this, I love you so much! You are what really matters most to me.

Friday, September 4, 2009

We like, We like to Party-The Vengaboys

I love Cole's face in these

Porter's showing us how it's done

My best friends from back home: L to R: Linds, Bri, Me, Erin and Kim

"Stone Cold" Creamery catered

I had to post this first picture. It's just too weird not to.
Cole and I laugh about it; we're not quite sure what's going on there.

Waiting to be "announced"

Flower from Twigs and Honey

I inherited such a good looking family!

The parents

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

In other news...

A lot has happened recently so here are some highlights:

School started again, and I'm so happy to be back! I aspire to be one of those old ladies on campus whose backpacks have wheels. That's how much I love college. Sadly, August 31st was my last first day of school.

I went to Cabela's for the first time and it was quite the experience. I've never seen so many stuffed animals in my life! Or so many grown men with lust in their eyes, hovering over the gun case. It's another world. We watched them feed the pikes and other fish. To my surprise, they didn't feed them pellets, but living gold fish! Imagine the screams of horror as children watched their household pet get eaten alive: "Swim away, Nemo! Swim away!"

This is my buddy, Maisey. She's my 5 month old niece and she liked looking at those ugly suckers.

Here's another picture of her because she's just so darn cute!

I got Pennsylvania reception pictures back, which I'll be posting soon. I'm not so savvy with the collage-blogging thing, so I'll have to practice first.

I started volunteering at Project Read--an adult literacy program through the Provo library. Right now I'm tutoring a woman from Chile who is a grandmother. She's so motivated and eager to learn. I'm so excited to help her improve her life and to have her good influence rub off on me during the semester!

Cole and I officially have a trip booked to go to Hawaii over our first year anniversary! We're going to Oahu for about a week at the end of January. I've never been to Hawaii, so I'm ecstatic! I've already started planning our activities.

This should definitely get me through the long, cold Utah winter. We got a great deal through Apple Vacations/Travelzoo and it's going on until Sept. 4th, so if you want to come with us, check it out! Aloooha!