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back in california.

26 Nov

We just got back from Utah about an hour ago, and I’m wasting no time in looking at the pictures I took while we were there. I only see these people once a year and I already miss them like crazy. Along with the clean fresh air. And the gazillions of stars you can see at night. And the cot I slept on, on which I strangely got some of the best nights of sleep I can recall. Although I’m not really missing the weather…it was 21 degrees when we left this morning. My born-and-bred southern California skin is not okay with that.

My cozy little mountain hideaway (and my favorite scarf!)

Jim and Laura’s dog, Sadie. Isn’t she the cutest???

Jenna, Kyle and Callie watching an intense game of pool…if there is such a thing…

I cannot get enough of this little munchkin.
We totally bonded over how ‘M’ is clearly the best letter.
(Her name’s Mylie, if you didn’t know. She’s kind of a big deal.)

Fall colors.
(This is a picture of our Thanksgiving table runner that I found on my camera.
But I kind of like it. Thanks, mystery photographer.)

“Bunny-ears Boston.” -Jonah Hughes

Our ridiculous family tree that I drew on the tablecloth at Thanksgiving dinner.
(This isn’t even all of it. These are just the names I know.)

Little cousins EVERYWHERE.
(This is Rhylan and Jonah.)

On Thanksgiving we also celebrated my great-uncle Rudy’s 85th birthday.
He’s awesome.

More camera theft.
Jenna and I are clearly super stoked about playing on the Kinect.
(Did I even phrase that right? All these new game systems coming out make me feel old…)

On Friday, my parents, my brother, and my cousin Sam went snowboarding,
and everybody else went shooting. I decided to go along for once…

And then I kind of shot a gun for the first time.
(Excuse the poor photo quality. These were taken on my phone.
Also note the look of fierce concentration on my face.)

And then someone handed me a bigger gun…
(and showed me how to hold it so I wouldn’t get hurt!)

And then…I shot a freakin’ 12-gauge.

I can’t think of a prettier place to have this experience, either…

This is Mylie again. I don’t think words are necessary here.

A view of the valley that Jim and Laura’s house overlooks.
This doesn’t even do it justice…especially considering how it looks when it’s snowy…

P.S. On Thanksgiving, some of my cousins and I had a competition to see who could gain the most weight in the course of the day. The stakes were that the winner (the person who gained the most weight) got to decide what the loser (the person who gained the least weight) had to do as punishment. It was a fierce battle, but after some contention and a few people going back downstairs to eat more before weighing themselves again, the final verdict was:

1st place – Kyle (5.1 pounds)
2nd place – Me and Ryan (tied at 3.7 pounds)
3rd place – Jenna (3.2 pounds)
4th place – Jorey (3 pounds)
5th place – Tyler (2.9 pounds)

I have to say it was quite a surprising outcome…we all expected Tyler to win. But let’s just say he made a fatal mistake between dinner and the pie course, and…well…expunged some of his progress. So my brother, being the kindhearted person that he is, decided that Tyler’s fate would be no worse than having to remove his shirt and roll around in the snow in the backyard a few times. Not a very harsh punishment…but still hilarious. And of course I documented it for posterity. (And, it turned out, for Ryan’s sake, who was puking in the bathroom when it went down and didn’t even get to see it.) Sadly you can’t really see the part where he actually rolls in the snow…but it’s still funny.


I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Back to the grind tomorrow…as they say…



24 Nov

One of the reasons I started this blog was to help myself take stock of all of the things that I’m thankful for, so I try to keep track all the time – not just on special occasions. But since today is Thanksgiving (and I’m probably going to be called on to give an answer to the question of what I’m thankful for later on today), I decided to try to list some things for which I am profoundly grateful, but which I might usually take for granted.

I’m thankful for…
the fact that I’m not allergic to dogs
books and music
the opportunity to get an education
the fact that I have not yet had to buy a car (thanks, mom & dad!)
my dad’s cousin laura & all my other family members who slave away over thanksgiving dinner for 30+ people every year
the world and all the different places in it
biola university
the fact that we live in a country in which we have as much freedom as we do
breakfast foods
God’s love and strength that I know I can always rely on
kind and positive people
growing up so close to Disneyland!
my grandmothers
my family’s health and safety
mattresses, clean sheets, blankets, pillows
my roommates
the chance to live out a life here on this earth, and make it a good one.

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful day, try to be nice to your family, unbutton your pants, and eat lots of mashed potatoes and pie. Don’t let me find out that you didn’t.

well, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

22 Nov

Probably my favorite decoration that’s always up at our house at Christmastime.

Since there are only two days (two!) until Thanksgiving now, I think it’s well past time for me to start getting deliriously excited for this holiday season. Brother and I drove home tonight so he could pack before we leave tomorrow at eight in the morning to spend Thanksgiving in Utah with the rest of the Bischof clan – I’m so excited! I don’t think it’s going to snow while we’re there…unfortunately…but I brought my snow boots just in case!

What I’m really excited about is getting back from Utah, because in my opinion Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving (or at least on December 1st) and I have serious plans to start celebrating the season in full force. This year I can’t wait for:

  • Bringing home a real Christmas tree and decorating my parents’ house while listening to Amy Grant’s Home For Christmas¬†album (I have driven home in early December every single year I’ve been away at college for the sole purpose of making sure this tradition gets honored and that I am a part of it)
  • Roommate Secret Santa (yes!)
  • Going to as many Christmas parties as possible (Christmas party season is right around the corner!)
  • Buying poinsettias
  • Spending a whole week at home with my family
  • The Christmas tree lighting in the Orange Circle next weekend
  • Disneyland (I went last weekend and it’s already decorated! I’m hoping they still have the fireworks show with the fake snow…)
  • Going to Mammoth for a few days in between Christmas and New Year’s (where it BETTER be snowing…)
  • Sledding! (This will happen.)
  • Going to the Christmas Eve service at church
  • Lots of apple cider and hot chocolate
  • Listening to Holidays On Ice, which I just downloaded from Audible
  • Spending as much time as possible near fireplaces
  • Watching A Christmas Story. And Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean. And A Benihana Christmas.
  • Christmas day, presents, stockings, and seeing my mom’s side of the family.
  • Holiday dinners.
  • Sitting in a hot tub in freezing weather.
  • Eating peppermint bark. And Dreyer’s peppermint ice cream, which only comes out around Christmastime, giving me little to no reason to live the rest of the year.
  • Christmas music. Obviously.

Please tell me what you’re looking forward to this Christmas season! I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions, ideas, and plans for this year!

happy halloween!

31 Oct

On Saturday, a few of my roommates threw a Halloween party at our house. Halloween is far from my favorite holiday, but I always seem to decide to dress up at the last second. This year I decided the day before the party to dress up as (a brunette) Joan from Mad Men, as evidenced by the huge boobs (I threw that last shot in to properly give them justice) and the pen around my neck. In case you’re wondering, Melissa, Raquel, and Lydia were can-can dancers and Janet was a Dia de los Muertos cat (isn’t that one of the coolest costumes ever?). Janet and Raquel did an awesome job making the house look festive this month – all of the decorations were so cute. Although I’m betting our house will turn into some sort of Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion type deal and we’ll just end up putting our Christmas decorations over the Halloween decorations because they won’t ever have been taken down. Oh well…