one prank to rule them all.

There is but one way to know when a prank has reached epic prank proportions. This tale will tell you how.

Once upon a time, there was an apartment of 4 girls, all attending college. Three freshman, one junior, in apartment 909. They were dubbed, "The 909 Girls." They were all great friends and had many wonderful times together. Through their adventures, they had met other great friends, even guy friends. There was one trio of guy friends who were known has "The Yellow House Boys."

Now, the Yellow House Boys were known for their love of pulling pranks. They were infamous for pranks they had pulled on each other, and on unsuspecting apartments of girls. Sometimes, these pranks were random, pulled out of the clear blue. Other times, they were in retaliation to some wrong doing.

One blessed day, somehow, a certain 909 Girl got in a water fight with a certain Yellow House Boy. She drenched him. And, she made it look like he'd wet his pants. Needless to say, she won, and he sulked. Little did she know that he had a devious plan brewing in his scheming little mind.

Early one morning, when the sun had just barely let its light leak over the horizon, the 909 Girls were awakened to the roaring of a chainsaw...inside their apartment! Pajama-clad and confused, they all dashed out of their rooms, but not before the chainsaw operator had escaped. They saw the back of his truck as he fled the scene, and they knew that this disruption in their beauty sleep would not go unpunished.

After discovering that the culprit had, in fact, stolen one girl's key, the 909 Girls consulted with their trusted friend, who suggested a most delicious prank with which to practice revenge. They plotted a way to get a key to the Yellow House, gathered the necessary supplies, and discovered a time when its tenants would be absent.

When all of the stars aligned, three of the 909 Girls snuck into the Yellow House, armed with sewing needles and thread. They then proceeded to the quarters of the guilty one, and carefully selected random pieces of clothing. Next, they sewed shut strategic openings in the clothing....the ends of sleeves, the neck of a shirt, the hems of pants, and an inch or two above the toe of a sock. They were thorough in their work, but not so thorough that every piece of clothing was stitched shut. They made sure to sew clothes that were out of season as well, so that their target would find clothing months later and be unable to wear it until he had tediously picked out the stitches.

Oh it was rich! They were rewarded the next morning with a rather bemused (albeit frustrated) friend who had texted the three exclaiming over his inability to pull a shirt over his head. These instances kept occuring with frequency at first, and then less frequent as the months passed and the clothes were mostly found. Occasionally, he would find yet another sock or sleeve, and send the girls a text that inevitably began with the expletive: "Hoover dam!"

Years passed, and the prank was still considered to be one of the best, and all involved enjoyed telling the story for a laugh. Each of the pranking party got married, including the Yellow House Boy, and they went on with their lives, still friends. Then, late one fateful night, four years after the prank had been pulled, the girls each received this text:

"Hoover dam! While I was packing for our move, I found a pair of shorts I haven't worn in a while. I tried to put them on but the [dang] legs were sewn shut!"

This, my friends, is when you know a prank has reached epic proportions: when the prank is still pranking nearly 4 years later.

 Oh, the smile it brought to my face when I read that, bleary-eyed after waking up early this morning. Rachel, Aubree....we have done well my friends. We have done well.


I'll never forget.

I'll never forget those drives in the woods
along bouncy dirt roads
in his dad's truck
listening to Nickelback and talking about anything.

I'll never forget the first time he put his hand on my knee
as he drove, and looked over at me with a smile
and holding his hand wherever we went
or the butterflies it gave me.

I'll never forget the first time he broke my heart
in those woods, in that truck
or how I cried and told him I would wait for him
if he wanted to take a break.

I'll never forget how a week later,
after deciding to stay with me,
he told me breathlessly that he loved me,
his arm wrapped around my waist as we snuggled on the couch,
or how I breathed, "Finally,"
and then, "I love you too."

I'll never forget sitting in that beautiful hallway,
on an elegant couch, dressed all in white,
how he bent his head toward mine,
our foreheads touching,
and the smile on his face
his gentle kiss on my cheek
and the love I felt,
knowing I would soon be his forever.

So many moments,
so many memories
that make up

I'll never forget
the look on his face in the dim light from our bedroom window
as we lay in bed, with his hand on my growing abdomen,
"Don't push, just place it here," I whisper,
and then he felt it,
that precious little one kicking or punching,
and his face lit up, wide eyes and a grin
slowly spread across that handsome face.
[18 weeks | March 17, 2012 | Sedona, AZ]

Though stages of our lives may pass,
and though hard times may come,
our love story is still being written,
each new chapter sweeter than the last.

from pinned to done.

Sometimes I come up with my best ideas while I'm at work. Today, I was sitting on Pinterest and thought to myself, "I pin so many recipes and projects that I truly want to try, but when am I going to actually do them??" I've been feeling like I'm in a creative/lazy rut lately, and I'm ready to just do things again! So, on my facebook page I declared that I would not pin another pin until I had tried/made 5 pins. And then an hour later I forgot and pinned something out of habit. (It wasn't a project or a recipe, though! It was a free printable. For the nursery.)

To hold me accountable and document my hopeful successes, I thought I would blog about them. I already have plans in the works for a few of them, and the others won't be hard to do. My goal is to do all of them this week/weekend and post one per day next week. Then after that, maybe I'll do one weekly and do some sort of weekly feature on what I've tried. I'm feeling really motivated and excited to do something! I'm done with being lazy and not doing anything during the week other than work and eat and surf the internets (you think I'm exaggerating). Feel free to join in on my mission to create!

Here are the five pins I'll be doing this week:




siete preguntas [him + her edition]

  I decided to combine our answers this week, since the questions were sometimes the only posts on the blog, haha. What can I say? Not a whole lot going on right now and we both like these. (PS, I commented on some of his answers in parentheses.)
[circa Dec. 2011]

1. What is your favorite color TO WEAR?

her: Well...normally I would say black, but my favorite color to wear is blue (all shades-I think it brings out my eyes). I wore a cute outfit on Sunday with a seafoam/turqoisish cardigan, navy blue tee, and grey&white polka dot skirt and felt pretty spring-ish.
him: Any color that relates to my sports teams.

2. You are given the choice between visiting every country and landing on the moon. Which would you choose?

her: Like I've said before, space scares the moon is out. I have always wanted to travel, so I would pick visiting every country. I'd love to get to know my own planet first, thankyouverymuch. 
him: Visiting every country.

 3. What's your favorite animal and why?

her: My favorite animal since I was a little girl has always been the horse. They're just so beautiful and graceful and powerful. It's been a lifelong dream of mine to own a horse, and you don't even want to know how many horse books I read. I had a bookmark in the"H" encyclopedia, so I could look at the different types of horses for hours (before the days of google). Dogs are a close second though.
him: Wolverine, because they're tiny but dangerous! But if it's a pet animal, dog.

4. You are forced to do one of the following, which would you choose? Sky dive, scuba dive, or this:

her: Geez, well I'm scared of heights and of drowning. BUT, I think I would choose the rope swing. That looks like it would be such a rush, and I'd rather be attached to a rope rather than free-falling. Knowing me though, it would take me forever to work up the courage to jump, and then I would probably run into a rock. Ha. Scuba diving someplace like Hawaii or the Great Barrier Reef would be fun, too. I'd just need practice not hyperventilating.
him: Scuba dive. (Just watching that video made his palms sweaty, fyi. He's more terrified of heights than I am, I think.)

5. You are given the chance to go back in time. Which era would you visit?

her: I love reading historical fiction from all eras, but I don't think I could willingly give up modern conveniences. I think it would be interesting to visit the mid 20th century, around the time of WWII. I love the styles and culture surrounding that time period....and the music! Jazz and big would all be interesting and rich, I think (I did just see The Notebook again on TV the other day, so my mind is on that era I guess).
him: The Book of Mormon era. It would be cool to meet all the people I've read about my whole life.

6. If you had the power to remove one thing (ie: flies, mosquitos, junk food) from the earth for good- what would it be?

her: Politics. I was actually just thinking about this the other day. My initial reaction to this question was something along the lines of disease and suffering, which would be an excellent thing to be rid of, but then I thought of diseases of the human spirit. Politics bring out so much ugliness in people and it sickens me. I think the world would be a more pleasant and simple place to live if everyone could just get along.
him: Pornography. It's so sad what it does to families.

7. What is one thing you've learned from Pinterest that made you think "GENIUS"!

him: Get rid of it. (Hey! I've found some good recipes on there!) Fine. All my wife's recipes.
her: Haha, to be honest, I think the term "genius" is used a little liberally on Pinterest (no offense). There so many great ideas though! Anyway, that being said, this tutorial was pretty ingenious to me! I've been wearing a boring old topsy-tail for pretty much my whole life and never thought to change it up in so many different ways.


[18 weeks, 5 days. Didn't get my whole outfit, but it was one of the first times I felt like a cute & professional pregnant lady at work. I even did my hair!] 

[I've had this little wall in our tiny hallway in a half-finished state for months now. I finally convinced TJ to give that turquoise frame one last coat of spray paint, and then put my scissor skills to the test with the "love" frame. It's a fun little collage for a small space. When I get more spaces finished, maybe I'll do a little apartment tour with nice pictures. I think the nesting is starting to kick in. Or I'm just tired of not being productive, not creating like I used to.]

[I also finally cleaned off the top of my dresser, which has been a disaster since moving in. It's actually made of wood on top too, who'd have thought? Anyway, I found 3 ticket stubs (and you don't want to know how many receipts). Three stubs to three great shows I've seen in the past few months....MI: Ghost Protocol (my favorite MI), The Vow, and my old high school's fabulous production of Beauty and the Beast (which I've now seen on stage 4 times, and this was one of the best). I tend to be a pack rat, so now that there's a picture, the stubs can go in the recycle, since I don't have a scrapbook presently.]

Sometimes it's the little pieces of life that give clues to who we really are. As you can see, I like my baby, pictures, and movies/shows. Someday, I think these seemingly insignificant details will become precious insights into these times in our life when our kids will never know us. At least, that's what I tell myself.

husband likes questions.

He wanted to do the questions again!

[classic TJ face]

1. You're given the choice between a life with love and trials or loneliness and ease. Pick one.
 TJ:  well I am kind of in a corner here aren't I? I have to choose life with love and trials since I am married haha
 me:  No, you can choose loneliness. If you think it would be better than life with me ;)
TJ:  well you can be pretty moody at times :)
 me:  So can you.
 TJ:  never
 me:  You don't have to pretend for the blog, what's your honest answer?
 TJ:  love and trials 

2. Would you rather live in Narnia, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, or Neverland? 
TJ:  well Middle Earth would kill me...I am not fighter! Neverland isn't my cup of hot chocolate, Narnia...never read or seen a whole Narnia book or movie. I would say Hogwarts, they have like never ending buffets there! And I could fly on a broomstick! 
me:  You have seen a whole Narnia movie. We saw Prince Caspian in theaters.... 
TJ:  no we didn't 
me:  Oh yeah we rented it with the Fry's. So you saw it. 
TJ:  fine you win! 
me:  Thank you. 

3. Think of your dream home... what style is it?
 TJ:  what styles are there  
TJ:  I want a nice home! 
 me:  Colonial, Ranch house, cabin, farm house
 ...TJ:  Cabinny

4. What's currently your favorite song or album?
 TJ:  You know I love music and you're really asking me this!
 me:  Haha.
 TJ:  Can I just pick some favorite artists?
 me:  Answer the question. Current favorite song or album.
 TJ:  I plead the 5th then. 
me:  Just pick one that you like then. 
5. Who was the last person you hugged?
TJ:  my girlfriend just a few minutes ago......actually it was this really hot pregnant lady!
 me:  Funny.
 TJ:  lol
6. You have a ticket in your hand, where is it going to take you?

TJ:  2 years into the future getting my Bachelors in Accounting and holding my CPA
 me:  A ticket to the future, huh?
 TJ:  heck yes
7. Who is one blogger you KNOW you'd be BFF's with in real life?
 TJ:  I know 4 Bloggers. I know you (my wife), Kevin Seifert (NFC North Blogger) and the Kamenetzky Brothers ( Lakers Blog) so I have to choose you right?
 me:  Haha but you already know me and we're totally BFF's so I give you permission to choose someone else.
TJ:  YES!!! I choose Kevin Seifert, I would love to pick his brains about the Packers and argue with him, laugh with him, hug him.....dang it I went too far!
 me:  Awkward.
 TJ:  right!


siete preguntas [the third]

[This was a while ago...obviously when I was bored at work. I like to amuse my husband.]

1. You're given the choice between a life with love and trials or loneliness and ease. Pick one.
Love doesn't come without trials, and it's not easy to be lonely. When you love someone, you give them something of yourself and trust them to take care of it. Sometimes they don't, and that hurts. When you love someone, their pain becomes your own. But even though love comes with heartache, I will always choose love....because the rewards far outweigh the trials.

2. Would you rather live in Narnia, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, or Neverland?
When I graduated high school, I think my second post on this blog was about how I wished I could live in Neverland. It was an emotional time for me, and while I was excited to grow up, I also didn't want my life to change and to leave my friends and family.
Right about now, I could use a Narnia like it is at the very end of the books. A paradise, far greater than anything this world has to offer, surrounded by loved ones. Plus, I always wanted to talk to animals ;)

3. Think of your dream home... what style is it?
Classic and timeless. My style is simple and homey, and I'd want my house to reflect that. Nothing stucco please, maybe some wood slatting combined with brick or stone. There are some beautiful homes here in Flagstaff that I could definitely live in :) And natural light with big windows are a must.

4. What's currently your favorite song or album?
I like a lot of different music. I switch my Pandora station while I'm at work about five times a day. At least. Plus, my husband has varied tastes in music, too. I love Pandora because it's introduced me to new artists that I wouldn't have found otherwise. Marie Digby is one such artist, and I recently heard this song on my Pandora and liked it:

However, country holds my heart, and this is one of my favorite songs ever.

5. Who was the last person you hugged?
TJ. We like hugging.

6. You have a ticket in your hand, where is it going to take you?
Elsewhere. Haha, I don't really know right this minute. Probably some beach somewhere (name that country artist). Hawaii? I've always wanted to go there. Just somewhere I can relax and enjoy beautiful scenery. Can you tell I need a vacation?

7. Who is one blogger you KNOW you'd be BFF's with in real life?
Can I choose two? I think I'd be good friends with Alyx and Chelsea. They're both hilarious, and I like funny people. Plus, we email more than I email other bloggers and we just seem to have a lot in common.


On Saturday, before the snow storm hit early Sunday morning, we were blessed with a lovely rain.
It was strong and wet, and brought with it thunder and lightning.
TJ had to go in early to work, so I opened up a window (even though it was cold) just so I could sit and listen to the rain,
and smell the wet earth, and hear the occasional thunder.
And I could almost, just imagine that it was a summer storm.

While I love the beauty that the mounds of fluffy snow bring,
there is just something different about the rain.
Summer rains change the color of everything, make it more vibrant
and the earth smells wet and alive.

That's the thing with rain,
it comes, it cleanses, and then it's gone.
It renews and refreshes, but does not visibly linger.

It reminds me of my brother's favorite primary song as a child:

"I like to look for rainbows,
whenever there is rain,
and ponder on the beauty
of the earth made clean again."
 "When I am Baptized"

I could use some rain in my life right now.
Something to wake me up, and make me feel alive again.

snow days.

This winter has certainly been a strange one.

We went from sun-shine and beautiful temps on Saturday... this by Sunday morning (biggest storm of the winter)... 

...which lead to both church and school being cancelled for Sunday and Monday...

...which led to lots of snuggling and quality time on both days.
Three day weekends are nice.

pure happiness.

There's this place, not far from my home. And to me, it's one of the most beautiful places in the world.
And it's not actually the destination, but the getting there that really takes my breath away.

On Saturday, to celebrate TJ's Spring Break and to get out of town with just the two of us, we headed to Sedona. We drove the 40 minutes down Oak Creek Canyon, a place where the road is lined with overhanging trees, the creek rushes past in between, and charming little cabins peek out of the woods. As is tradition, we stopped at the natural spring that has been piped so it's easy to fill a bottle and drink the sweet, cold water.

Once we got there, we parked to do the obligatory walk of the shops that are far too expensive and touristy, but still fun to look at. And I made TJ stop every 5 minutes so I could snap a picture of an interesting statue or doorway.      

It's a lovely atmosphere, being surrounded by the brilliant red rock formations. We also enjoyed people-watching as well, seeing people from around the globe. TJ kept pointing out little aspects of this or that that reminded him of some of our past trips, like a song playing on the iPod or a certain scenic outlook.

Unfortunately, it was rather windy, but less-so than in Flagstaff, so we didn't mind.

We lunched at our favorite Mexican place in northern AZ, Javelina Cantina. We shared a chicken chimichanga platter and a bowl of their house made chips and salsa. We were both in heaven and so full. Normally, I prefer a pork chimi, but this chicken was the best I've had. Topped with guac, red sauce, and creme fraiche, it was divine.

After our bellies were filled, we went to Tlaquepaque, a resort that is filled with shops and some beautiful scenery. We've only ever been there at night, in December for their Christmas lights display. This time it was nice to see the beautiful creek and the trees.


On our way home, TJ pulled to the side of the road and we hiked down a little ways to get to a wilder part of the creek... 

...where he gave in to his boyish desires and found a stick to play in the water with. He had fun saving these dead leaves from "dammation" and setting them free to float downstream.

It was only a few hours away, but it did not disappoint when I'd been looking forward to it for weeks. Even TJ commented, "You should see your face, as we drove down the canyon and walked through the was pure happiness."

Little does he know that it is always pure happiness, when I'm holding his hand and experiencing this beautiful life by his side.

[see our adventures during break last year, here and here.]

siete preguntas [husband edition]

For those who don't know, TJ does read my blog, at least a couple of times a week. It's really sweet, and he'll always tell me what he thinks of my posts. Usually, it's "Good post babe."
This time, though. This time was different. After reading yesterday's post, he said, "How come you never ask me questions anymore?"

Me, with a blank look on my face, "Babe, I did that once. A long time ago. I didn't think you cared."

We-ell, apparently, he thinks it's fun too! So, here are Gentri's questions, answered by my husband. It's pretty funny, in my opinion. We did this over gmail chat while I was at work, so you get to see our unedited (save for grammatical corrections) conversation.
[From our honeymoon in San Diego.]

1. Pick a boyfriend: Edward Cullen, Peeta Mellark, or Harry Potter. Or, you can choose their counterparts: Bella Swan, Katniss Everdeen, or Ginny Weasley as a girlfriend.
 TJ:  Wait, who is Katniss and who is Bella Swan?
 me:  Katniss is from the Hunger Games. Bella is from twilight.
(Movie actresses: Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart)
 TJ:  Katniss!
 me:  Haha you haven't even read the books or seen the movie!
 TJ:  But she is way cuter than Ginny and Bella. Plus a way better actress than Kristen Stewart
and I can't support Twilight!
 me:  True. Plus, Katniss is kind of super tough. Ginny's really quiet. I think you'd like Katniss.
2. If you HAD to have a crazy hairdo, what hairdo would you choose and why? (mohawk, mullet, etc)
TJ:  haha
I think I would pull a mohawk. I would look stupid either way but I think if it was a small mohawk it wouldn't be as bad haha
 me:  More like a fauxhawk?
 TJ:  sure
 me:  That would be a stretch for you, since you don't even comb your hair.
 TJ:  still
3. If you could be a celebrity what would you like to be celebrated for? (Dance, Singing, Acting, Reality TV [ie no reason], Political Leader, etc)
  TJ:  Acting for sure! Dance and singing I couldn't do. Reality TV is terrible and who would want to be a political leader?
 4. Be honest- do you brush and floss your teeth daily?
TJ:  yes!
 TJ:  Every day I do both so I don't be naughty like you!
 me:  Hey! Be nice!
 TJ:  Haha.
5. What is one fear you are working to overcome?
 TJ:  Zombies!!!!
 me:  You would.
 TJ:  Haha just kidding. No, I think it would have to be my fear of what others think of me and of how I think of myself.

6. White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, or Semi-Sweet (isn't that just dark chocolate)??
 TJ:  Yeah I think they're the same, and I would say Milk Chocolate!
Can't go wrong with Milk Chocolate, it's risky business going with too dark or dark at all.

7. What is one trend you wish you could pull off?
 TJ:  I don't even know trends.
 me:  (*thinking: I know you don't.) Let's think about male fashion trends: tailored (more slim-fitting) suits, bow ties, Toms, hipster....(*thinking: apparently I don't either.)
 TJ:  Oh geez man.
 TJ:  I don't know.
 me:  Just pick one.
 TJ:  Hipster!!!!
Well, I hope that was entertaining, and gave you a glimpse into my world with the mister.