Sunday, January 24, 2010

Scrabble Slam

For Christmas Ben's sister Dannielle bought us a game called Scrabble Slam. We love it! It's really fast AND sometimes Ben wins (that's why he likes it). So we like to play a round anytime we have some down time.

Last night my (newly engaged sister) Haley and her fiancee Greg came over and we taught them how to play the game. Haley's pretty fast at coming up with four letter words, it must have something to do with teaching first grade :). Ben also learned how to play Rook (a family favorite). Now he wants to get some cards so he can practice.

Although I have less time to do things during the week because of student teaching, I have more time on Saturdays now that I don't have homework (this is a weird adjustment. I could potentially have hobbies...). Because of my student status I have been putting off giving our house a good cleaning. So Saturday morning Ben and I "deep cleaned" (I have to use that word correctly, right Mom?) the kitchen. We were so proud of ourselves we took a picture:

Also, one day last week I was having a bad day (more like the WHOLE week, really). Aren't we glad for understanding husbands? He went and bought me beautiful flowers. Thanks Ben for putting up with my Flake moodiness.


Have a great week!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Our Christmas Break

Well! We had a lot of fun over the break. I upoloaded these pictures backwards so I'll just start from the most recent.

On Wednesday, December 30th Ben and I decided to do something fun to celebrate our 6 month anniversary (Dec. 19th) so we booked a room at the Anniversary Inn and went out to dinner.

Ben took me to the Bombay House, where we went for our first Valentine's Day together.


Then we drove up to Salt Lake. Our room was the South Pacific room. The shower came down a huge rock in the wall:
Ben was sure we were in the Pacific Ocean.
Ben's new hat I bought him for Christmas. He said "Now I just need a gun to match my hat." HA!
The bed was in this awesome bungalow thing.


For Christmas, my sister and my mom got me some photo editing software called Photoshop Lightroom. I love it! And I've been having a lot of fun with it. Here are some of my most recent edits:


Sarah took this picture a little tilted. I fixed it.

Got rid of a roof and got rid of Ben's sunburn. Love the colors.


Ben really likes this one. It's some much more interesting now, don't you think?


Christmas with the Flake's

All the sisters (minus Whitney and Sarah) and Dad on Christmas Eve

Ben took this great shot while he went sledding. My two brothers.

Reading Luke 2 on Christmas Eve.



Even though he's not fat anymore Jensen is still my favorite baby.

Ben LOVED the Christmas sing-a-long. (jk Ben)


Went out to Wendy's as a family. It was actually really fun!

Ben's souvenir from my brother's company, Gemtek.

Me and Mom at Carly's wedding open house.

Derek's getting ready to send in his mission papers! Good luck baby brother.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!