Because I am a terrible blogger (as I remind you with every sporadic blog post), here is a picture-based update on what the Bowdens have been up to the last 5 months.
|A few weeks after we moved to Pullman, we had our 2nd anniversary! D'awww...|
|If you want to go shopping around here, you have to drive to Spokane. Do you know what they have in Spokane? CAFE RIO!|
|At the end of August, we flew down to San Diego to go through the temple with my little sister, Emily, who was preparing to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.|
|Did you know that WSU has an organic farm? Well, they do! Greg and I scored some awesome pumpkins, wildflowers, and Gordon (he's the green lumpy gourd).|
|WSU Football game! We lost, but it was fun to be a part of the action. Did you know that tens of thousands of people come to Pullman for every home game? Well, they do. They clog up all the parking lots with their RVs.|
|We decided that in order to make friends, we should have a Halloween party! We had 20 people in our little house, all dressed up. Happy Halloween from a flapper and Charlie Chaplin!|
|Mark and Cindy decided that they wanted in on the Halloween extravaganza. We were very surprised that they came as jesters.|
|Much festive. So costume. Wow.|
|This is my beautiful berry pie. Cindy and I did so much baking and cooking for Thanksgiving!|
|Here's Cindy, my mother-in-law and cooking buddy.|
|I flew down to San Diego to say goodbye to Emily, who was leaving for the MTC in Mexico City. She was so ridiculously excited, and ready to get going.|
|Here she is at the airport at 4:30am on December 10th. She was so excited that she smiled the whole way there. She then told us to go away because apparently it's uncomfortable for four people to stare at you and cry as you go through security.|
|Robby's 18th birthday! Robby and Dad went to the gun show for his birthday. Robby felt like he needed to dress for the occasion. Also, it appears that Brody has learned to shoot lasers from his eyes.|
|We attended the annual Dean Family Christmas Party in Yorba Linda. This year was extra special because it was also a celebration for my Great-Grandmommy's 100th birthday! Doesn't she look wonderful?|
|Christmas afternoon. Naps, dogs, and Harry Potter. What could be better?|
|We so cute.|
|Happy New Year! My family had our traditional New Year's Eve Party, and, as always, we played games at ate waaay too much until midnight.|
|On our last night in SD, we went to El Indio and then to the National Comedy Theater. We love going to funny things with Greg because his laughter is infectious and often distracts the comedians.|
|After we went home, I put together a gallery wall to show off how pretty we are.|
Here is one last story for you. Because this one is more interesting, I'll give some more details.
Background: Greg and I have birthdays only 10 days apart. Because of this, we like to find some fun activity to do together instead of giving presents (last year we went to San Francisco and did Alcatraz, and Ghirardelli, etc.). Well, there is nothing fun to do around here. So, we decided to go up to Spokane, go shopping, and have a nice dinner. Welp, on our way there it started snowing.
"Snow! No big deal!" you think. Ha! My little car, Scooter, has always had performance tires on it, and they do not like the snow and ice. I survived Provo with those tires, and usually, if you drive carefully, you'll do just fine.
Unfortunately, not this time. I managed to slide on some ice and snow and smash the front passenger wheel into a barrier. Luckily, nothing appeared to be damaged. Again, unfortunately, that was not the case. We bent something. Greg spent a good two hours changing wheels, re-changing wheels, and talking to my dad, trying to diagnose what the problem was. Eventually the mall closed, and we couldn't fix things ourselves, so we called a tow truck. Adding in here that it's 9:30 on a Saturday night, so we had no idea what was going to happen.
|Greg: the calm, cool, and collected handyman stud who tried to fix things while I cried and panicked.|
After limping Scooter out of a multi-storey parking garage, we got hooked up to a tow truck and dropped off at the only mechanic in town who it open on Sundays. The super nice tow truck driver then dropped us off at our hotel room for the night.
So, to recap, I had crashed my car, missed my birthday dinner, and ended up stranded in Spokane for who knows how long. So, we did the only thing we could do: we ordered a ridiculous amount of pizza to our hotel room at midnight and watched Modern Family.
|So. Much. Pizza.|
After spending hours on the phone with us, helping us figure out what was wrong with the car...
|...my wonderful dad sent me snow tires.|