Saturday, November 25, 2006

Another beautiful day in Cambridge...




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I also found a bunch of pics of me holding Olivia as an infant! I guess we just can't get enough of this little girl!

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How cute are these BFFs? I got the picture CDs from the Dovers and discovered 100 pictures of Darek and Olivia hanging out! Apparently whenever Darek goes to UT for work he spends all his free time with this little lady, and really, who can blame him?

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Just want to the thank the Dovers...

for sending CDs of all our pictures together! You guys are super great! It was fun to look through the pictures and there were some that I think I hadn't even seen before. Maybe I'll post a few for old times sake!

So anyone out there who has any pics with the McCoys we would love you forever if you e-mailed them to us (plus you'll be highlighted on the blog - something all people aspire to), since we're still trying to restore our pics since our laptop was stolen. Just a friendly reminder to all you out there to back up your pictures! We for sure learned our lesson!

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving. Unfortunately I was sick on turkey day so we had to miss out on our plans with our friends...and as a result our friends had to live without sweet potatoes! What's Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes??? We sadly scrapped up some corn and stuffing and that pretty much made up our Thanksgiving dinner. It was pretty funny! But I still feel thankful for everything I have and very thankful that I'm feeling much better!

So this is an old picture, taken at a BBQ that we had when Darek graduated from BYU. Already two years ago! Time flies...


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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Dinner...
Sorry Wang Chungs!
So, I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow! And I have to make the yams for the little Thanksgiving shin dig that we will be at (thank you Lows). Does anyone out there have the best yams recipe in the world that they would like to share?
Also, a little thought on gratitude for your grateful thinking today...
"True gratitude is the ability to humbly see, feel, and even receive love. Gratitude is a form of returning love to God. Recognize His hand, tell Him so, express your love to Him. As you come to truly know the Lord, you will find an intimate, sacred relationship built on trust. You will come to know He understands your anguish and will, in compassion, always respond to you in love."

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I'm so grateful for these beautiful days...

although we've arrived at that time of year when the clear blue days are the COLDEST! Did anyone else freeze today? I was lucky to have a long lunch break and Derelique took me to Be Good for lunch! Mmmm...for anyone who hasn't eaten there, it's in Harvard Square and it's tastey!

I'm so excited for Thanksgiving and the whole holiday season! What are you feeling thankful for today?


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Dancing the night away...

So I know that you are all eager to hear a full report of the stake youth dance that we chaperoned last weekend! Well, you'll be thrilled to know that WE DANCED! Oh did we dance! And we were COOL! And we were HIP!...well at least I thought Darek was cool and he thought I was hip...as for the kids, we weren't quite sure what they thought since they wouldn't dance near us...hmmm...Ha ha! It was so super fun though! It was a past generation themed dance, so people were dressed up like all different decades, mostly the rad styles of 80's although they mostly just looked hip and stylish as we seem to be revivng the sad, scary styles of the 80's such as tapered pants (grody!) and leg warmers (extra grody!) So anyway - they played music from all the decades and I was in heaven. They had a slideshow going on one of the walls with pictures from things that were popular in past decades. I was real happy that Gizmo made an appearance as did Michael Jackson before he became Psycho Jackson! We were also totally psyched to find that they had stocked up on the all the old candies, and I'm sad to inform you that although Pop Rocks create all kinds of oral excitment and thrills, they are actually pretty gross - like throw-away-before-I-finished-the-package gross! Somehow those childhood delights aren't as yummy to my adulthood tastebuds as I remember them to be! So anywho - it was a lot of fun and sadly we have no picture to evidence our hip dancing...you'll just have to take our word for it!!!

P.S. Speaking of the radical 80's, Revenge of the Nerds is on right now! Oh Boogar...you're so disgusting!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Harvard Arches

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The last of the leaves...

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And the bell tower...reminds me of Italy...

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As I reviewed this morning's photos I was happy to discover that the clouds in the sky showed up in the relfection on the church doors! I love it!

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I love this little church near my house, but never seem to have my camera when I pass by it. Today I made sure to have my camera!

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Saturday Morning Walk...

Every Saturday morning I go to the gym for a couple hours and when the weather is nice I always walk home afterwards. Today is another beautiful and unseasonably warm day! I am loving this weather and so happy to see blue skies after the rain this week! Sometimes I remember to bring my camera along for the walk home from the gym and I'm always happy that I have it!

So far it's been a nice weekend. We stayed home last night because Derelique has been sick this week, but thanks to going to bed at 8:00 last night, Darek woke up feeling much better this morning! Good thing since we'll be cutting a rug at the stake youth dance tonight! So anyway - we got our Saturday chores all done and now have the beautiful day to enjoy - which most likely means I'll head outside to do something and Darek will sit faithfully and happily in front of televised football games until the ward Thanksgiving dinner tonight! Mmmm...thanksgiving dinner!!!


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Thursday, November 16, 2006

This sucker was dead on! Pretty funny since I walk around Boston having crazy-thick-Boston-accented-Bostonians asking me where my accent is from! Just today a very local lady asked me where I am from because she was having a hard time placing my accent! My accent? Are you serious? Although, the longer (pronounced l-oh-ng-ah) we're hear (pronounced he-ah) the less surprised I feel when a slight wicked accent slips out (pronounced oh-t) of my mouth (pronounced m-oh-th). I love Bw-ah-st-ah-n!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
Boston
North Central
The Inland North
Philadelphia
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes
So I'm not feeling particularly grateful for the current bout of insomnia that I am presently experiencing, but I guess I am grateful for this afternoon's nap which is likely the cause of tonight's inability to sleep and consequently my late night blogging. And apparently what I thought was a two week episode of allergies must have actually been a cold that I have now passed on to Darek! Sorry about that Derelique! Oops!

But I am grateful that tomorrow is Friday! And Thursday night's TV drama is such a great way to kick off the weekend! I mean Pam and Jim, and Meredith and McDreamy and now Ryan and Taylor??? What the???

We have big plans of chaperoning the stake youth dance on Saturday night and I am already sadly anticipating what will likely be a failed attempt on my part to relive my teenage years. It's funny the things you miss and think about when you're supposed to be a grown up adult living a grown up life! Anyway - I hope all you pseudo adults out there are sleeping soundly, loving life and planning an exciting weekend! Sweet dreams and good Fridays!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I know it's a little premature for such a declaration but I must admit I was as giddy as a school girl this morning when I heard on the radio the FIRST Christmas song of the season!!! Apparently November 15 is the date at which it becomes kosher to play Christmas songs on the radio! I must admit I am a shamelessly HUGE fan of Christmas music! I would have preferred my first song of the season to be one of Elvis's masterpieces, but the cheesy, jingly "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" does the job just fine! I hope all of you have been bit by the holiday bug and are happy and healthy and doing great!

I dug out a few of last year's pictures to get us in the holiday spirit! The first picture is of my pride and joy...and by that I mean the wreath hanging on the wall behind my cute husband! I made it from real live tree branches and I was pretty pleased to have a wreath-shaped Christmas tree hanging on my wall for the month. Never fear, the 2006 model will be created next week at the annual wreathmaking Enrichment and will grace my wall as well as my blog shortly thereafter! Stay posted!


As you can see Darek gets a little over excited on Christmas morn! Almost as freakishly excited as he is right now screaming at the TV as the BYU basketball team schools UCLA! (editor update: the 'schooling' lasted all of a few minutes and then BYU was back to their ol' ways. Play some flippin' D, GOSH!)


Had to include this so super cute picture of some of the neices and nephews! We were so happy to see them last year, and will miss them this year!


Probably the cutest picture that has ever graced the lense of my camera!


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Can't leave out the best one!

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Gobble Gobble Gobble!

I'm excited to let all you blog readers out there know that I've officially registered to run in the Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 mile turkey trot on the morning of turkey day! Jhordan ran it last year and said that people were all crazy and dressed up like these gobbley dudes! I can't wait. I gotta find me a good gobble costume! You locals oughtta think about signing up and we can gobble our way through the race together! Hooray for turkey day!


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I took this picture at the beginning of fall
just as the little summer flowers were dying.
Sad that fall is coming to an end.
It has been beautiful!

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Today I'm grateful that the sun came out long enough for me to go running along the Charles!



I'm even more grateful that this didn't happen!


And I'm MOST grateful that this was not the case!
Something to look forward to!


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Monday, November 13, 2006

Today I'm feeling grateful for Derelique!
I mean who wouldn't love a face like that???


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Just wishing everyone a Merry Monday Morning!
I hope you have a good week!

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

So today I am feeling really grateful...


Our Relief Society lesson today was on opposition and enduring trials and, "going on our way, even though the darkness returns and the rain continues..." (President Wilford Woodruff).

I feel grateful today for my trials and the wisdom and growth and learning they bring! I read
Elder Dallin H. Oaks' conference talk tonight from last conference and encourage any of you who have a few minutes to do the same, and remember that Christ is with us to help us carry our burdens!

Also a quote from Wilford Woodruff in today's lesson(21):

"Calamities and troubles are increasing in the earth, and there is a meaning to these things. Remember this, and reflect upon these matters. If you do your duty, and I do my duty, we'll have protection, and shall pass through the afflictions in peace and safety.

It takes independence of mind, honesty of heart, faith in God and firmness of character to live the life of a Latter-day Saint, in the face of a frowning world, and in the midst of trials and troubles and persecution."

I always tell my clients to find meaning in their suffering. Focusing on the meaning increases your ability to endure and eventually heal! Remember that when the world frowns upon you, there is meaning to your suffering!
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More red doors! I can't get enough of them!

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