Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Beauty Of October...Part I

One thing that October can bring is a great excuse for getting friends together to play...


I don't know how many have ever had the chance to play a version of "How To Host A Murder" but Chase and I have really grown to love it.  We played it once last year with his cousins and their dates.  It was a 1920's theme.

Just last weekend our couple friends, the Fishers, hosted one themselves.  This one was a 70's theme.  Chase was super excited to resurrect his high school Saver's find--a sweet jumpsuit.  I too must credit Saver's as well as my sister in law Dayna in helping me put my outfit together!
Chase sported a pretty sweet fro as you can see.  The night started by our lovely hosts treating us to an amazing dinner and then the game began!
After four rounds of interrogating one another we made our guesses as to who murdered Stan A. Live the Disco club owner.  I have to give my hubby credit, he did a pretty good job making a very close guess as to what went down in the club, but I ended up guessing the true murder.  I won't reveal her name in the game in case someone by a freak chance plays this version, but I must say that Rachael did an amazing job!
All in all it was a fun night full of laughs, accents, and wicked costumes.  Here are some more couple pictures from the night.

Tag I'm It

Thank you Audrey for the gave me something to do in order to break up the monotony of finishing up my grades.

*What's your husband's name: Chase Tolman Gunnell
*How long have you been married? 4 months, 4 days
*How long did you date?  Almost 9 months of dating...more than half of that was engagement.  Long engagements are just that--LONG!
*How old is he?  He's just a little youngling coming in at 23 years old.
*Who eats more sweets?  Hmmm...I probably suggest that we eat or bake more sweets, but I think we both consume equal amounts.
*Who said "I love you" first?  Chase by a few days, although I claim that I was tricked into saying it :)
*Who is taller?  Chase by like 2 inches.
*Who can sing best?  I do I suppose, but Chase did make an appearance in our ward choir on Sunday!!
*Who is smarter?  Well after attempting to answer some sample LSAT questions the past few months, I must say that Chase is.  However, we have our areas that we excel in.
*Who does the laundry?  I do, unlike Audrey's relationship, I'm the OCD one.  As my past roommates will recall, there are some things I don't dry and so I would hate for Chase to shrink a shirt out of ignorance to my anal ways.  So I have done the laundry from the get go.
*Who pays the bills?  We both do.
*Who sleeps on the right side?  From what perspective?  Lying down?  Or looking at the bed?  If you are looking at the bed I sleep on the right.  If you are lying down then it's the left.
*Who mows the lawn?  Our HOA takes care of them chores!  Although I will say in the past month both Chase and I helped mow his parents' lawn.  I mowed the back (the part unseen by neighbors) and he mowed the front.
*Who cooks dinner?  Me, although Chase will help at times.  He is officially the sandwich maker!
*Who drives?  Chase, unless we are taking my car, which gets better gas mileage, then I drive.  Chase still gets scared driving a standard when there are hills along the route.
*Who is the first to admit they're wrong?  Hmmm...good question.  We are both pretty stubborn.  I think I'd have to say Chase.
*Who kissed who first?  Oh that was totally Chase!  He was pretty gutsy nibbling my ear while we were watching a movie with the Klains and Balls!  (Speaking of which, how do you do the plural of Balls?  Ballses?  Braden some assistance please.)
*Who asked who out first?  And succeeded?  Me!  Chase had asked me out two or three times prior to our first date, which I asked him out on.
Who wears the pants?  Chase does because my work attire calls for a skirt and hoes every stinkin day!

I tag the Rachael Rose, Kari Smith, and Dayna Checketts!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

We've Found A Match

So about once a month Chase faces me asking him if I can get a dog.  Mostly I kid, but deep down I really want one.  Sometimes I can get him to talk hypothetically and we muse over what kind we would get.  When we were dating this usually ended without a compromise in sight.  See, I grew up with miniature schnauzers, a smaller breed of dog, inside our home but Chase's idea of having a pet dog is having a large, outdoor dog.  

Here's me with my parent's current schnauzer, Bentley

We've done the rounds arguing the pros and cons, but we've finally learned how to a compromise!!!  After the time we've spent with my good friends the Hendersons, we have come to love bullmastiffs.  Audrey's dog, Cleo, is so loving and easy going--not too intrusive to have indoors, but is big to meet Chase's criteria.  We won't be getting a bullmastiff anytime soon, but at least I have something to look forward to!  Actually I have many things to look forward with a bullmastiff, like... 

1. Bullmastiffs like to climb on rocks and be outdoors!
2. Bullmastiffs also like to eat rocks! 

3. Bullmastiffs can sing!
4. Bullmastiffs are easygoing and lovey!
(I stole this picture from Audrey's blog...thanks Audrey!!  This was one of Cleo's puppies)
So one day I will have a bullmastiff of my very one.  Now it's just a matter of when...

Friday, October 17, 2008

St. George Excursion

With Chase finally being done with his LSAT studies, we finally had time to take a little excursion last weekend down to St. George, the land of red rock and warmer weather.  It was perfect timing too since that weekend it snowed in the Salt Lake area.  The reason for our trip was not only to celebrate the load off of Chase's shoulders, but to also see our friend Cameron Smith get married! Here are some of the highlights of our trip:
Chase and I stayed at his uncle Dave's house in St. George the first two nights.  His house is beautiful.  Want to see for yourself?  His house is used in the new movie "Fly Boys".  The view from our room was gorgeous.  My favorite part of the house was the double staircase entry way.  
On Friday we met up with some of the crew and went to a dinner put on by the Smiths.  It was at an amazing country club decked out in some of Jason's rocks.  Don't worry Jason made sure to inform us of "his rock" all over St. George.  I think it was so good for all of us to see how happy Kisa is making Cameron!  The days of crabby, sullen Cameron are gone!  Thank you Kisa for brightening up our friend :)  I think we were all so happy to hear Cameron himself express his love for Kisa that night.  It was so touching! 
The wedding day was a bit chilly, not the norm for St. George.  But that didn't stop the happy couple from living it up on their day!

I love this shot of Cameron.  It almost looks like he just won an election or something!
To kill time before the reception, we and the Russons went and visited the Hendersons.  Oh how I love the Hendersons.  Can I first say, their neighbors got me super excited for Halloween!  Look at the very large spider that one neighbor has infesting his lawn, and across the street from Audrey and Steve is a scary flying dementor!  Seriously, they know how to get into the Halloween spirit.
With the Hendersons we went and climbed some red rock despite the warnings of flash floods.  Jason and I had an enjoyable time scaling the rock!  And Emily helped discover Cleo's new favorite game--chasing rocks and trying to catch them in her mouth!  Really it was a beautiful area to walk around in.  Thanks for introducing it to us!  I feel it necessary also to thank the Hendersons for introducing us to the amazing flavor of peach Fresca and the enjoyable game of Mariokart on the Wii.  Chase and I both agree that the Hendersons are always such hospitable hosts!
Jason pondering the beauty of rocks.
We then attended the reception at Kisa's parents' house.  It was very beautiful despite their last minute changes due to the weather.  For those who are wondering, Cameron and Kisa were kind to one another during the cutting and eating of the cake.  

One of the highlights of the night was the candy bar set out for the guests.  As a party favor they had little take out boxes for us to fill with candy.  Chase and I went to town.  Lindsi I think scored the jackpot though.  Look at all those Swedish fish stuck together!!  Also look at the hilarious woman in the background of the picture.  I imagine that's an older version of Lindsi :)

We finished off our night by going to see "Eagle Eye".  That movie is intense.  Everyone enjoyed it, although it was a bit too political for Steve.  All I know is my brother Kurt's suspicions of a "Big Brother" watching all of us isn't too far off according to this movie!  Good thing I'm too boring to spy on :)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Evidence of My Rising Domesticity

Despite my mother's worries before I married, I do have the workings of being a great mother/homemaker.  I don't know if women my age aspire to be homemakers anymore, what with the whole women's movement and such, but I do enjoy various domestic activities.  So mother, here's proof that you did inspire me throughout the years!
One Saturday, Mom Gunnell invited Dayna and me over to make fresh raspberry jam.  We made lots and lot!

Chase displaying a homemade peach pie I made of his favorite pies!  We had fresh peaches straight from Washington thanks to my coworker Rick so I had to find ways to use them up!  Yum!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Battle for Bragging Rights Part II

As many of you know, Chase loves to golf.  At Christmas time, while we were in Texas, we went miniature golfing.  I came out the victor in the end!  Chase was humbled when I beat him at a sport that he felt he "owned."  For the past nine months he has been begging me to go miniature golfing so that he can redeem himself.  So, for Family Home Evening this week, we went to Trafalga, the beloved Family Fun Center of Orem.  Here's a brief synopsis of what went down Monday night:

From the Windmill course comprised of 18 difficult holes anyone could hear heavy trash talk from both "Sugar Mama" and "Tiger".  After putting a hole in one on the 6th hole, Sugar Mama was confident that she would yet again claim the title of "Best Putter".  The infamous "Windmill" shot tried to slow both golfers with some unexpected flooding, but both putters were not deterred.  After nine holes, Sugar Mama was up by 5.  However at hole 11, she met frustrations as she kept slightly gliding by the hole and as she lost the lead.  Nevertheless, the 12th hole, a dreaded anthill type hole, psyched Tiger out and resulted in a lead once again for Sugar Mama.  Ahead was the intimidating Castle hole with a creaking front door that beckoned for anyone to try their luck at getting by.  Skillfully both Tiger and Sugar Mama timed their shots and made it past the door.  Hole 16 is where it all went down though.  Sugar Mama nailed a hole in one once again gaining ground that Tiger could not get back before the final hole.
Tiger - - - 56
Sugar Mama - - - 54
Victory never tasted so sweet for Sugar Mama!!
You may wonder what my prize for winning was.  All I wanted was the bragging rights!!  I think Chase will think twice before challenging me again.  Don't feel too bad for Chase though; he reclaimed his masculinity by beating me in arcade basketball.  Oh well!  I never claimed I was good at basketball.