Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

This is A.J. and my pumpkin that we carved together. We went to a couple places to find a pumpkin, but A.J. wasn't satisfied until we found this 41 pounder in Rigby! It was bigger than our friends' pumpkins ;) I found out it is very hard to take pictures of a Jack-O-Lantern with the flash on, but after many tries, I finally figured it out! (thanks Ashlee)

Jack and Jack

Monday, October 29, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Just bein lazy. I don't think AJ would ever post these himself, but hey, I think we're cute. And there won't be a lot of these after we have know, in like 10 years. ;)

Friday, October 26, 2007


is this blog.

Lately I've been feeling very BLAH and uncreative, and this blog has the coolest things on it. I should do something creative every day, like some of the things found on there. Maybe I'll start tomorrow....haha. procrastinatttiiiooonnn...

Also, although I don't even have a job in Michigan, I've been looking at homes for sale in the Grand Rapids area. If the people who called me yesterday end up offering me something, it would be there. So some of these homes are very cute, especially if I gave them some new paint. But mostly, I just have to show you guys how unreal these prices are. Yesterday on a show (in Orange County-ew) someone said, "$700,000 can't get you crap anymore." Well these will blow your mind.

**Behold, Michigan homes** (click)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I love fall

This is actually from a week or so ago when we went for a drive to Webster's Dam. I realize I take lots of photos of trees but not us, so I had Kaulana take this of us, standing on top of the dam (it's little). It was such a pretty day. If we had been there a week earlier, I'm sure there would have been a lot more bright pink leaves! But bright yellow is still amazing to see. The guys took their 4-Runners up there. This is the same area I was talking about in the post with the 4 wheelers in it, where AJ ended up breaking something. But this trip the truck survived. We had fun. If you want to see more pictures, there are some posted on AJ's NEW wheeling blog! Ooooh! It's got photos now, but I'm waiting for AJ to come home and add all the commentary himself...I figured I'd post the cute little couple picture on this blog, and not the "manly" one.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Since last time

I took these pictures a few days ago during a weird storm. You have to just pretend everythings moving toward the ground :) It started out like rock salt was falling, so I guess it was hail but really tiny. So that looked weird....but as soon as I started taking pictures, there was lightning and thunder and then bigger hail, like m&m size. Eventually there was actual big snowflakes. I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff. I love storms...and Rexburg is good for crazy weather.

Lately I have been on the internet searching for job listings like crazy, and trying to find decent schools with the right welding engineering program for AJ. It's quite a chore just to make sure the school's program is what he wants, then I have to search for any potential jobs for yesterday I found a really good school in Michigan called Ferris State University. From snooping on welder forums etc, it looks like a great program. I thought it would be perfect because they have several campuses throughout the state, and any job I found would be close to one. So we both were like, sure! Let's go to Michigan! But I called the school today and the program he wants is just at the main campus, so searching for jobs became more difficult. So I went back to Utah and I've spent all day e-mailing people and finding out what's around Ogden to Salt Lake. Basically, I feel like I get so close and then I'm starting over all the time. I'm sure its exhausting just reading about it :)

something's going to happen!

Even IKEA has a job opening for a design-related position....basically I think you help make signs to hang around the store. But if I did it, maybe I could get you all free furniture. Or meatballs.

Well, that's what I've been doing the last few days. Plus I'm going to get AJ's wheelin' blog up soon. I think. Goodnight Neverland!

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Well today I had an interview that I was pretty hopeful about. Mostly because I thought this was one place that was actually hiring. So I was disappointed to hear that they weren't at the moment. Maybe in 2-3 months. But I did get a lot of good feedback on my work, some that was humbling, but that's a good thing for a designer. I also learned a lot about this place. It would be cool to work there, but I think I will just keep looking instead of getting discouraged. It wasn't exactly a dream job type of place, but it is a place with other very smart designers that I could learn so much from. I also wasn't at their office so I couldn't really judge their working environment. I guess it's just hard knowing I have to keep waiting, but that's because I'm just impatient. I mean come on, somebody just hire me! And pay me lots of money! But the bottom line is, the interview went well, and we'll just have to see what happens.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Wheelin Blog

I've been trying to set up a blog for AJ just for all his wheeling photos, videos, etc. but he can't decide on a name. AJOR (AJ off-road) is sort of his friends' inside joke. He does a lot of the fixing and dirty work, so its sort of his mark...anyway AJOR is taken. In fact, I visited the blog just to make sure ( ) and I'm pretty sure it's in a language from Jupiter or something. Apparently there is an extraterrestrial named Ajor. Perhaps he knows Alf.

AJ has been telling his friends about his "blog" which really does not exist yet, so let's try to find a name for it. Anything that has to do with off-roading, mud, rock crawling, 4-runners, Toyota, Idaho... you get the idea. I'm trying to help him out while I'm still unemployed. I know, coolest wife EVER (plus I have some extras time on my hands).

Ready? GO.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Guitars Unplugged

So I went to a super cool concert tonight called Guitars Unplugged at the Y of I. And I saw this really cool band. Dunno if you've heard of em: Shilo Shall See. Okay, it was Ashlee's band! Ashlee, Hailee, and Allison put the letters of their name together (I think) to create the band's name. They did a great job, and we all did a great job of cheering! And then we left and ditched the other bands after them :)

Allison on the garbage can, Ashlee on guitar, Hailee on bass guitar, and they all sang. *pat pat*

So...we made posters, but experimented with these paint marker things, and they didn't dry in time! But here's proof that we tried:

Bernie with Shelby, OBVIOUSLY the biggest fan in her custom made onesie. It was going to say "Vote for my Aunt Ashlee, or they'll send me to China." Haha! I guess this is cuter. And not so depressing.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Fun Day

Okay, how funny is this picture? And he wasn't even posing.

This was a beautiful day. We drove to Webster's Dam in the 4-runner while the other guys, Craig, Jordan, Roger Porter and Bart Webster took their 4-wheelers. The other guys were joking that they would have to pull A.J. out... And then they did. Well almost had to. Before we could get all the way down a hill some steering components busted and his front two wheels looked like this // \\ . We made it out, verrry slooowwly, and since then A.J. has fixed it.

Megan's Wedding July 21 07

This was a beautiful day, and I have to admit, I was a little jealous that the sun came out for my sister's wedding and not mine. Haha! But I'm over it. Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Parker....

Okay, now look at us! haha.

The new, updated Perkins Family...

Her photographer thought it would be toootally adoreable to capture this moment.

Daniel checking out Megan. Because he was told to. But he didn't have to be asked twice!


This is one of A.J.'s passions, and a really fun thing for me to get to ride along with him. He has a few friends he does it with.

A.J. showing how flexy his 4-runner is!
Here doing a better job of showing off.

Pulling Tommy's Jeep out of the mud. This happens sometimes, so it's good they usually go in a group. And by sometimes I mean a lot.
At the dunes there's a spot that's like a natural half-pipe. It's quite a thrill. A.J. brought his friends to show them how it works: You drive up one side. When you get to the top, you throw it in neutral and roll backwards (blindly-no looking back), where you end up vertically again, tail-end in the air, with you staring straight down at the dirt. And then you keep going if you haven't already wet yourself. These are his friends trying it out:

This is Kalana (however you spell it--he's a fake-Hawaiian) in his 4-runner
Tommy and Brittany
Another day, rock crawling. A.J., Kalana, Tommy.

San Francisco April 07

I know these are old, but I'm trying to catch you all up!

Jared and Jenni s00n-to-be Frisby :) I'm pretty sure this picture had something to do with them getting engaged..."Hey A.J., I'm taking a picture of the Golden Gate that I can see between your legs!" This picture shows our true colors. I must also note this is now set as our desktop background image.
This street gives me mini Anxiety attacks. Glad I wasn't driving. Even more glad I don't live on Lombard St.
Someone scaring seagulls that were perfectly content watching the sun set. Oh wait! That's A.J.!

This is A.J. grinning after he just ran through a "flock of seagulls." Just to scare them. (He's so satisfied)


Since we're far away and bound to have new changes in our lives, we decided a blog would be fun to share it all with our family and friends. We hope you can check here often to find the latest news, photos, etc. We'll try to post things as often as we can. Hope you like it!