Wednesday, December 21

Off to Salt Lake!

Last night we enjoyed the Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas concert - the perfect way to spend our last night in Seattle!

We came home and took one last picture in front of our Christmas tree before we took it all down. Don't worry - our Christmas tree tipped over two weeks ago, and it's been leaning against the corner ever since.
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We're not so great with the self-timer.

Salt Lake City, here we come!

Friday, December 16

Our mystery package from Kharkov, Ukraine.

I received a notice in the mail from the post office saying that I had a package to pick up. The only information it gave me was a random Russian name and origin in Ukraine. It made me nervous because I don't regularly do business with former Soviet nations. We Googled the name and couldn't figure out what the package would be, so Taylor went with me to pick it up.

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Well, for only $4.25 on eBay, I got this antique Christmas ornament. I thought it was coming from New Jersey or Florida, but it came all the way from Kharkov, Ukraine. Did I mention that Kharkov was Taylor's last area on his mission to Donetsk, Ukraine?

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We've tried to fill our Christmas tree with ornaments that have stories or meaning behind them. I bid on this because it reminded me of my mother-in-law's spectacular all-mushroom Christmas tree. Well, with its Ukrainian roots, this little mushroom now has a little extra meaning!

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Saturday, November 26

Give Thanks

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We had a "Thanksgiving Sleepover" at Robin and Christian's beautiful new home in Maple Valley. We woke up to this:
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Robin and I killed it (it helps when you have a huge gourmet kitchen to cook in). Thanksgiving is one giant game of coordination - what should go in the oven when, at what temperature, and can the turkey be done in time to roast the parsnips, or should we do the rolls first? It was an America's Test Kitchen Thanksgiving. Best stuffing I've ever had, and Ernie (our turkey) did us proud (though he took his sweet time).
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And then there were the pies.

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Taylor was determined to re-create his mother's German Chocolate Pie (Mary Anne's pies are legendary), which he did. All by himself.

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I have a new favorite pie.

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Robin's Cranberry Apple pie with Maple Pecan crumble was absolutely delicious.

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A wonderful Thanksgiving. If you can't be with family, find friends as awesome as Robin and Christian.

Sunday, November 13

lucky girl.

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Taylor, Thanksgiving 2010

Lots of lessons on gratitude in Church today, and I just can't stop thinking about how grateful I am for this cute boy. We've been through a lot together in the past 4.9 years, and I don't think I would have been able to get through any of it without him by my side to keep me going.

Oh, and how many times have I made him pose with food? Heaven knows why he still hangs around. Either he's out of his mind, or he just really likes my cooking.

Tuesday, November 8

You should all move to Seattle.

You're all missing out on an incredible fall here!

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Tay & I ran the "Pumpkin Push" 5K over Halloween weekend at Seward Park (pictured above). Seward Park is a peninsula that juts into Lake Washington.

Whole Foods set up an entire pumpkin patch at the finish line, so we spun the wheel to win or free pumpkins.
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Guess which one Taylor won?

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All done. We got to represent Taylor's office. Pretty cool.

Taylor is the athlete.
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Here he is, about to pass "P90x guy." BAM!

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I look awkward no matter what. In typical Tally fashion, I panicked with the cold and wore 2 shirts plus a jacket, and two pairs of pants.

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We drove home along Lake Washington Boulevard.

Good times.

Saturday, October 29

Three weeks ago(ish)...

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We drove down to Corvallis, Oregon to watch the BYU/Oregon State game with our friends Robin & Christian. These two recently got all grown-up and built a house an hour away from us, so we were dying to spend some time with these two. We spent the night in Portland searching for open food carts, exploring the tent city in Chinatown, perusing the endless aisles of books at Powell's, and devouring Voo Doo Doughnuts.

We then introduced Robin & Christian to Mother's - the best breakfast in Portland!
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Oh, boys.

Then off to Cougartown!

(Jimmer was there! Poor guy, the only thing he has to do lately is go to every single BYU game and hang around Target in Provo.)

We sat behind the hippest woman of all time. Sadly, this was the only 10-second dance party I could capture (and it was a rather mild one).

Friday, October 28

Look who's in my house.

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There's something so fun about when your husband gets excited about a costume for like 5 years, finally caves and orders it online, and when it arrives, he immediately puts it on, and turns on the song "You're the Best Around" (at full volume) while attempting karate moves. I love this boy (he's a man, but "boy" seemed more appropriate here.).

Wax on, wax off.

Thursday, October 6

Virgin Islands

Taylor's parents do an incredible job planning vacations. Example: Taylor's mom coordinated a two-week excursion to Russia, Ukraine, and Paris, involving Russian and Ukrainian airlines and Russian visas, and somehow there was not one canceled flight, lost bag, bogus hotel, or scary moment (except when we got lost in Kiev looking for the Kiev temple - but that was Taylor's fault).

Onto the Virgin Islands.

We went right at the tail end of hurricane season, so it was dead. Here is the #1 beach in St. Thomas - Magen's Bay:

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We were the only people on the beach the entire time (except for our favorite lifeguard and part-time masseuse, Jessi.).

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If you're looking for swimsuit shots, you're not going to get any. It's not that kind of blog.

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We chartered a catamaran to St. John, where we spent the day snorkeling with sea turtles and mantarays here:

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We're glad the Turners claimed us - living in Seattle, we don't have a lot of tropical beach fashions.

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If this store was open, maybe we would have looked the part.

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The Virgin Islands are part of the United States, but you drive on the left side of the road (which provided a few entertaining moments).

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There are iguanas everywhere, and they loved hanging out with us on the beach.
This one loved Uncle Amos the most.

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We tried out the paddle-boards the last day.

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And enjoyed the final sunset from our porch.

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Thanks, Turners!

Wednesday, September 21

Back to real life.

The Turner family gathered in the US Virgin Islands last week.

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It was awesome.

More to come.

Tuesday, September 6

Labor Day Weekend

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We got nosebleed tickets to the Seahawks game on Friday.
Nosebleed seats = an amazing view of the sunset over the bay and Olympic Mountains.


We've been "storing" our friends' piano for the past 6 months while they were living in Portland for a rotation. It was nerve-wracking to watch four guys haul the piano down our front steps. Thanks for the free piano, Baumans!


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Taylor is 4 for 4 on picking awesome hikes. This weekend we hit the Central Cascades, near Mt. Baker, up to Lake Blanca.




Incredible! It literally GLOWS.

Tuesday, August 30

Oldroyd Girls


The crew at Snoqualmie Falls.

For Grandma Mimi's 80th birthday, Mom gave her an "Oldroyd girls trip" to the Northwest. Mom, Liz, and Mimi came up two weeks ago for the weekend, and Taylor became an honorary Oldroyd woman.

Mom took us all on the Victoria Clipper from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia.

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I grew up idolizing this place - I had never been, but had seen countless pictures from all of my mom's and grandparents' visits to Butchart Gardens. It lived up to every expectation (even Taylor thought it was awesome). I bought a few packets of seeds - after touring the Gardens, you leave convinced that it can't be all that hard...

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I loved catching up with Mimi, and hearing stories about Papa, their early years, and all about Great-Grandma Oldroyd. We stayed up late playing card games, ate some delicious meals around town, explored Seattle and Bellevue, and just had FUN.

Thanks for the trip... Dad.