Thursday, December 31, 2009

Committed.

I don't usually make a New Year's Resolution.

Well, unless you count when I resolve to lose weight each year.

But doesn't everyone do that?

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Many of my good, good friends have been so forward thinking in their 2010 plans.

Choosing words to live by....

Making resolutions...

And really if you think about it, they're making commitments to themselves.

People like Lindsay and Jenny and Kristi.

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I've been inspired.

This year, I've made resolutions.

But I haven't forgotten my old standby - "I'm going to lose weight this year!"

Hey, at least this year I have a shiny "carrot" in front of me to motive me. My goal is to get closer to the weight I was in college - ahh, those were the days - see?




I've also tried to pick a word for 2010 - and let me tell you, it wasn't an easy task!

What challenge did I want to put out there for myself?

And what if I made it to hard - can you make it too hard?

So after debating with this - I've chosen to be committed.

Committed to the goals below, the family and friends I love and cherish so much, and the dreams Clint and I have for our future.

In 2010, I'm committed to:

* Living life fully - and being thankful for all I've been given.

* Eating healthier and exercising more often.

* Like Jenny, I want to start going back to church on a regular basis.

* Being a better friend - giving more, putting more effort into my friendships and getting back in touch with good friends, like the ones above.

* I want to be more calculated in my decision making - but balancing that with my normal spontaneity.

*I'm going to try and make it to all of our Bunko nights this year!

*And finally, I'm going to consciously make an effort to only make 50% of the decisions regarding our wedding....and give up control to allow Clint to make the other 50%. After all, it's our wedding - not mine only.


Welcome 2010 - I'm glad you're here!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Holidays

Many of you who have known me for awhile, know that I've never sent out an official Christmas card before.

My motto was always "I'm not sending out a Christmas card until we're married!".

Well this year, my motto was "Well, it's been 5 years...we should probably send out a Christmas card".

Little did I know that we'd get engaged after I'd already made this decision.

So we had our pictures taken by Lindsay, and then I started to look online for a nice photo card that would match the colors of our pictures and also be reasonably priced.

I'd like to state right now, that I was trying to find a card that said "Merry Christmas" on it.

Because I don't believe in saying "Happy Holidays" until after Christmas...because while others may not, we choose to celebrate Christmas.

You know, the miracle and birth of Christ.

Not the miracle and birth of "Happy Holidays".

However, you'll notice that our card says "Happy Holidays" on it, instead of "Merry Christmas".


It's because:

1. Even though I started making our card in early December, I was pretty sure it wouldn't get to our friends and family until after Christmas.

And in true "Clint & Darcy" fashion....I mailed most of our Christmas cards on December 26. And I have another handful to mail today that I just got addresses for.

2. There weren't any pre-formatted designs that matched our pictures and said "Merry Christmas".

What can I say - I wanted our first card to look nice....so I ditched having to have "Merry Christmas" on it.

However, I'd like to officially wish everyone a very
Merry Christmas (belated) and Happy Holidays!




Oh, and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Reflection.

2009 is almost gone and 2010 is peeking around the corner.

With Christmas almost over (I say almost because I still have two packages to mail - sorry Stumpff and Sexson families! - and a handful of Christmas cards to find addresses for) we've been propelled into New Year's plans.

Which makes me stop and reflect on this year.

2009 was the year we:

* Got engaged!

* Almost had a 100% calving percentage

* Celebrated the PI's 100th Anniversary

* Hosted our 1st (maybe annual?) 4th of July BBQ

* Met and made so many new friends here in our little corner of the world!

* Thanks to Lindsay, I learned what a "blog" was and this one was started.


What a year 2009 has been...and hopefully 2010 will be just as memorable.

How was 2009 for you? What will you reflect on as the clock strikes midnight?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ugh.

Last night I headed home, ready to fix a quick dinner and get settled in to watch the OSU Beavers take on the Brigham Young University Cougars in the MAACO Bowl.

I got home a little after 5:00, grabbed the remote, sat down in my recliner and turned on the game.

Flipping to ESPN, I saw that the game was already a little into the 1st quarter and that the Beavers were up 7 to 0.

I leaned back, pretty confident that this was going to be a good game for the Beavers.

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For those of you who watched last night, let us all collectively say "Ugh."

And for those of you who didn't watch it and are Beaver fans....be thankful you didn't. It was kind of ugly.

Like 20 to 44 ugly. Now a score of 20 to 44 doesn't sound too horrible...except that going into the fourth quarter, the score was 7 to 30.

I don't know what happened last night....but one thing that didn't happen was OSU offense.

Congratulations BYU - you played a methodical and paced game.

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Not to be a negative nelly, I'd like to congratulate the Beavers on their victories this season.

Tying for 2nd in the Pac-10 isn't any to be ashamed about.

We'll still be here next season, cheering on the Beavs!

Monday, December 21, 2009

M & M

Clint and I hung out with Mack and Mason this weekend.

I think we both learned a lot.

Biggest lesson: Kids take a lot of energy.

But they're worth it! And we had a total blast.

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We went to the feed store, fed the pigs, checked on the steers and made sure everything was OK before heading home to eat dinner and watch a few cartoons.

Disclaimer: No Murdock child was harmed (or in immediate danger) during the taking of these pictures :)

"Look, when you turn this key, it moves!"


"Darcy & Clint wouldn't feed us, so we had to eat hay for lunch."



"Here bully, bully!"

I mean, what their mom doesn't know, can't hurt her....right?

Just joking, Lindsay! :)

We had the best time....thanks for letting us steal them for the day!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Eight.

This young man that we love to pieces turns eight today...












Happy Birthday Jace!

It seems like it was just yesterday that Jace and I met at Papa Dave's 60th Birthday...

And today, he's turning eight.

Crazy - but wonderful!

What a wonderful blessing he and his family have been in our lives!

And while they both don't know it, two future cattlemen share the same birthday...

A special Happy Birthday to Mason too!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

O Christmas Tree!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

Thy leaves are so unchanging.

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Clint and I haven't put a tree up yet at the house.

Clint's FFA students sell Christmas trees as a fundraiser, and last year we waited until everyone else had picked out their tree, and then we picked out and bought ours.

This year the trees were so popular that by the time we got home from NFR (Karl had picked up the trees earlier in the week and brought them to PR) all of the trees had been sold!

So we're tree-less this year.

But I'm content. Because while we may not have a tree at home, we have so much more.

Love.

Warmth (yeah for our new furnace!).

Christmas cards that arrive daily from our friends and family.

Can I just tell you how much I love Christmas cards!

Family.

New & exciting opportunities coming in the New Year.

We're full. Loved. Cared for. Blessed. Happy. Content.

HE is watching over us this CHRISTmas season.

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Now for those traditionalists out there, never fear.

We do have a tree (albeit fake) at our office.



It gives a whole new meaning to the lyrics;

"Thy leaves are so unchanging"

: )

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Forward.

I'm not really the type of person who forwards on emails, or believes in the whole "chain" thing.

While this isn't technically a forward, it's a piece that was published in today's Capital Press.

And I thought it was pretty stinking hilarious. And pretty true.

I also took the liberty to "enter" various friends in these events...see if you agree!


By D. "BING" BINGHAM
For the Capital Press


Dear Winter Olympic Committee:

The Winter Olympics are a fine event and will be starting soon in Canada. I appreciate the way organizers have added new sports to the games in an effort to attract increased interest.

However, I'd like to suggest you consider adding events which would appeal to people in agriculture. After all, a great deal of the world is agrarian. Here are some ideas:

Strength and endurance are hallmarks of the Winter Olympics. Nowhere would this be more evident than a winter time Stock Tank Ice Chopping contest. To add a little pressure to this event, toss in about 300 thirsty range cattle standing in a circle bawling to get at the water.

After this week's weather, I think Kristi is a shoe-in for this! She definitely had practice.

Speed events like Downhill Skiing and Bobsled Racing are legendary in the games. However, they pale in comparison to the raw speed of a Small Town Rumor Race traveling from one end of a small agricultural community to the other. Please note computer assistance may be needed to time this race. I doubt there's a human on the Earth fast enough.

I'd make a comment about the town I live in here - but I still want to be able to go to work on Monday - so I won't.

An inclusive Winter Olympics would, of course, have something for the ladies showcasing their speed, skill and dexterity. The Insulated Coveralls Race to the Bathroom would start with a dash across a muddy barnyard. Then finish with a display of dexterity as she removes her insulated coveralls in an effort to use the facilities in a timely fashion. This event would be cheered by millions of women across the globe.

Now this is where Miss Tammy would excel! I hear she is one who loves her layers!

Team events that combine hand-eye coordination in the winter are important. In the Feed Truck Race, the husband would traverse a pasture filled with hungry mother cows -- and a bunch of silly January and February calves racing in all directions -- in a flatbed feed truck without bumping or squashing anything. Points would be given for not knocking his wife off the truck.

Karl & Jeanne - they'd be unstoppable!

Meanwhile, the wife, in a display of strength and endurance, would jump up and down on the moving truck breaking apart frozen bales of alfalfa hay. Points would be deducted for screaming, yelling or cussing by either party. I'm sure agriculture could supply a rich field of competitors for this event.

Finally, it's not all Olympic medals. The Wet Stockdog Shake demonstration wouldn't be a timed event. For this, a ranch family, dressed in clean clothes as though they're going to town or church, would be given points for the most artful or athletic dodge made when a muddy wet stock dog shakes off in their vicinity. All points would be forfeited for kicking the dog.

The Murdock Family would win this hands down - they have two dogs that give them plenty of practice!

Adding these events to the future Winter Olympics would likely increase interest in these games. Besides that, it would give tired agricultural families a little more of a break before they gear up for the spring activities.


Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

We had such a FUN time in Vegas!

And while it was especially memorable because we got engaged on this trip, it was a great time to spend time with old and new friends, see my first live NFR performance, play the tables a bit (hey, I figured I had lady luck on my side that weekend - and I did!) and experience everything that Las Vegas has to show...

These pictures are a bit random, but I wasn't exactly focused on taking pictures...

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Here is the whole group (minus Jerry & Linda who arrived later) -

Our hotel served these marvelous $5 pitchers of Coors Light...

Not that we drank any :)



The Thomas & Mack Center -

Not quite the Thomas & Sack Center - but still impressive!



Our ride from the airport - stylish!


The limo even came stocked with beer.

But only 4 bottles - which the gentlemen kindly let the ladies have.

You wouldn't know that these two hadn't had a drink from this picture though...


And my sister says I smile with my eyes closed!


My goal the night (Sunday) we had gotten engaged was to get a "Las Vegas-y" picture of the two of us...

This guy wanted to make it the three of us!



Turns out getting engaged means luck at the tables!


I hadn't ever met Ricky or Jenny, but they were a ton of fun!



This was on our last day, right before we hit up Country Christmas at Mandalay Bay -


Thanks to Jenny who planned this whole trip - I think we should make it a yearly one!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yes!

Excited.

Joyous.

Surprised.

Planning.

Happy.

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I thought this post was going to be about the great time we had in Vegas.

Don't you worry...I'll be posting pictures of Vegas and the NFR next!


Instead, it's a post about a ring and a promise.




Clint asked me to marry him Sunday morning.

It was perfect the way he asked.

Just the two of us. A ring box.

Simple. Honest. Us.

Four words.

"Will you marry me?"

Asked with loving eyes, hands intertwined with mine, and a soft voice.

I (of course!) said yes.

Yes to happily ever after.

Yes to a life filled with joy, hard work, love and commitment.

Yes, yes, yes!

And then after I said yes, tears promptly filled my eyes.

Tears of joy!

I kind of surprised myself, and I think Clint with the tears. But I was so surprised, so happy, and a bit overcome.

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We don't know the where, or the when yet.

That will come though.

Until then, we're focused on us and our happiness!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ready or not.

As this is posted, we're headed to Tri-Cities to jump on a plane to....

Las Vegas! And the NFR!

Soooo excited. Like SO excited! (Sorry, can you tell I'm excited?)


I've never been (Clint has) and when Jenny called us back in August to ask us if we wanted to go as a group we jumped on board.

Thanks again Jenny for organizing this!

We'll be back Wednesday, hopefully with great pictures from this trip!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Brrr...


It's been a bit chilly here.

The freezing fog all of this week has left our little piece of the world bedazzled and glittering!

I don't think these guys have minded it to much though.







Have a wonderful (and warm) Friday!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Go Beavs!

Update: We're still orange....but a little blue too.

Am I bad person if I absolutely refuse to root for the Ducks in Pasadena?


I published this using auto post,
so (hopefully) right now we're planted in front of a TV
cheering the Beavs on to a win...
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Some Civil War History

It’s the seventh oldest college football rivalry game in the United States.

Dec. 3, 2009 marks the 113th time the game will be played.

Oregon holds the overall record: 56-46-10.

The Civil War game was not played in 1900, 1901, 1911, 1943 and 1944.

In the 1896 and 1945 football seasons, the Civil War game was played twice.

The rivalry game was commonly called the Civil War starting in 1937.

The game has also been called the Oregon Classic and the State Championship Game.

From 1997–2006 the winner was the home team.

Facts from: OSU

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Go Beavs! We Are Orange!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Firm.


I'm not going to pretend I know what love is for everyone...

But for me, it's about steadfastness, and constant effort.

Progressing. Working. Striving.

Giving completely and selflessly.

Weathering the valleys, and celebrating the mountains.

Never giving up.

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Still getting butterflies every night when he comes home. Still!

Feeling safe and assured.

Being joyous. Happy. Hopeful.

Working hard towards dreams and goals.

Together. United. Committed.

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And while I don't think he was speaking directly about love, it's like Abraham Lincoln said...

"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."

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I'm planted. Standing firm. Striving to love (and grow!) every day.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Silly.

Silly, smiling kiddo's.



A "tear" of strawberry joy!





And a few silly, smiling adults.

Who knew lunch at the Stanfield Pilot could be so fun?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thankful.

This post is a little belated, because the last two days have been spent...

Driving to see family.
Catching up.
Eating a wonderful family meal.
Taking a nap.
Waking up and driving to the Woodburn outlets at 10:00 pm last night.
Shopping again this morning.
Finding some pretty great deals...
...including a new TV for Clint's classroom.
A new TV so cool that I want him to "forget" to take it to school.
Spending a fun day with my sister and Clint.
Coming home, eating leftovers and chatting with my mom.
Working out to the new 30 Minute Shred video tonight.
(Umm, which this video is awesome, and I so need it. Why I waited until a week before we left for NFR to do this, I do not know. But I did.)
And tomorrow we're headed to see my dad and spend time with him.

I'm so thankful.
I've been given a lot.

A wonderful family, great friends, a loving man, a job that challenges me, and a beautiful home to live in.

Thankful, I am.

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving.

And a special notes of thanks: Clint's sister's husband (did 'ya follow that?) got called back to his job at the railroad Wednesday after a series of lay offs. We are so THANKFUL for this great news!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Addicted.

So lately, I've been a bit obsessed with making jewelry.

Nothing fancy, really. Just simple necklaces and bracelets from beads I've picked up on Ebay or at the craft store.

Most of the things I've been making are for myself, for when we head down to the NFR.

(Because I'm cheap like that....who wants to pay $50 for a necklace when they can make the same thing for $10?)




And today, one of the gals here in the office reminded me that it's only 1 month until Christmas!

I know....can you believe it?

So I've been scrambling to find more turquoise beads...can you guess what I'll be giving the girls this year?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Full.

Raise your hand if you woke up tired....

(hand raised)

It's Monday....not a good day to start off tired.

But I shouldn't complain. And for the remainder of this post, well...I won't.

This weekend was full....when I wasn't sure if it would be.

Full of friendship and a most needed listening ear (thanks Linds!).

Full of FFA activities, a hockey game and helping Clint with school stuff.

Full of grocery shopping and laundry (gotta love those two!).

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Was your weekend full?

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I'm betting that it was. And I bet this next week is full for you too.

But hopefully as we chug along through these next couple of days, we can look towards this weekend and the fullness of family, friends, traditions and a good meal!

Speaking of a good meal, who's ready to break out the fat pants?

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

27.

Let me tell you - it's been a great year.

Filled with so much of the good, a little bit of the bad, and not too much of the ugly.

This year has helped me grow in more ways than one.

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A year filled with new friends and old friendships made stronger.

A year of "settling in", and discovering a less stressful lifestyle.

A year filled with lots of laughter, a few struggles, and great memories.

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I'm officially a little bit older today.

Hopefully a little bit wiser...

And absolutely thankful for all that I've been given.

Happy Trails, 26.

27....Bring it on.

I've got a feeling that this next year is going to be one to remember.

(Thanks Lindsay for the picture.)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sold!

Sold....was the word of the night.

The auctioneer was a 'hummin, and the bids were flying!

And at the end of the night, over $22,000 was raised by the Hermiston FFA Alumni.

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And never have I seen a huckleberry cheesecake sell for over $300....true!

Death by Chocolate was a little cheaper....it went for $260.

Crazy. But all for a great cause.

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Clint, Anna, Terry, RJ & Sandy, and the Linnell's all sat together...

(I was helping with the registration and check out, so I missed out on the fun...)


Oh, but I did sneak away from the computers for a quick second to hold RJ & Sandy's new little baby boy, Royce. (Seen here with his Grandpa.)

Could a brand new baby be any cuter?

Yes, a brand new baby with a faux-hawk can be cuter!

Congrats to the Hermiston FFA Alumni, kudos to Emily Herringshaw, the auction coordinator, and a nod to those who participated last Saturday.

The future of FFA is brighter because of them!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Scales and Snow.

I wanted to start this post by asking...

"How many men does it take to install a scale?"

But I will refrain....kind of.

Congrats to Karl and his new cattle scale.

It only took three men, two tractors and a skidsteer to get it moved into place.

But it's there...and I have a hunch it isn't going anywhere any time soon!


I snapped these pictures right when we got to Karl's, and then ditched the guys to go hang out with Mason, Mack and KJ in the house.

We had a grand 'ole time playing.

And on the way home from the Jensen's, it started to snow!

The snow was still here this morning (about an inch), but I'm pretty sure it will be gone in an hour or two.




Happy Thursday!

May it be as bright and as beautiful as the snow was this morning on top of Franklin Grade.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Crafty.

It all started when a random lady walked by my friend Raney & I at the Marriott in Indy...

She was wearing this sweet necklace, with an FFA pendant on it.

After she walked by, Raney & I turned to each other, and were like "Did you see that necklace!"

So we walked up to the lady wearing the necklace (who was in line at this point for Starbucks) and were like...

"Excuse us ma'am. We're not crazy, but we were wondering if we could look at your necklace?"

And to which she so kindly replied "Of course. Here, I'll even take it off if you want a picture of it!"

So we took the picture.




(We found out we weren't the first to ask to see her necklace, and I'm sure we weren't the last either.)

After she gave us the low-down on how the pendant was made, we said "thanks & goodbye" and let that poor lady drink her Starbucks!


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After I got home, I started thinking about different ways I could take the same idea, and incorporate it into other necklaces.

So when my sister came out this weekend to visit, I asked her if she could pick up some OSU stickers at the bookstore on campus.

She did, and after picking up some beads in the Tri-Cities, we got to crafting!



This is actually the same necklace, but I made the pendant two sided, so you could just reverse the necklace and get two uses out of it.

We had the best time making these!

My next project is to help Clint's FFA kids make different necklaces to sell as a fundraiser...

Let me tell ya, he was 'real thrilled when I told him that. : )

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Need a laugh?

Well, if you don't...

Just hit that little red X in the top right corner.

Otherwise keep scrolling.

I present you:

"Halloween in Corvallis"

(I know, I'm about a week late. But if you're like me...you could probably use a little humor this week.)

College kids can be so creative....


It cracks me up how oblivious Clint looks in this picture!

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Lindsay's good friend (and ours we'd like to think) Hoffy dressed up as one of the Golden Girls.

I'll let you decide which one she looks like the most.

But my vote is for Blanche. :)

Her costume did need some "adjusting".


Have a GREAT Saturday!

Hopefully we can all start it off with a smile!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Control.

Today I am reminded that there are some (or many) things that I cannot control.

I cannot control other people's reactions.

I cannot control how other people process and disseminate information.

I cannot control airplane schedules...or Tri-Met schedules.

(Clint missed his flight to Nebraska yesterday morning but thankfully he got booked on a later flight.)

I cannot control how others perceive me.

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I can control who I am, how I act and how I handle situations.

I can control how I spend and plan my time.

I can control who I surround myself. (Thank you friends and family...you are fabulous!)

I can control my attitude.

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And while I can't control what day of the week it is....

I am so thankful today is Friday.

My sister's coming out this weekend to spend some "down" time.

We have four missions.

1. Sleep in.
2. Make some jewelry. (I'll post pics next week.)
3. Go to Tri-Cities and shop a little.
4. Help Karl pick out a calf for Steer-A-Year.

I'm sure we'll find other things to do, but our focus is mainly on relaxing.

I hope you can each find a way to relax this weekend, and as Lindsay reminded us this morning, I hope you can find something to be thankful for.

I know I am thankful for many things. But I did need her reminder this morning! :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Beaver Spirit.


Today, we showed our Beaver Spirit.

From the top of Reser stadium, we cheered the Beav's on.

(And when I say top, I mean top. Like we were in Row 82 of 82. But there was tons of space, and we had a pretty good view.)

Clint and I.



For those of you who haven't met Betsy...

Well, that's too bad.

She's the bomb-diggity. Really.

And we were stoked to get to see her (briefly!) at the College of Ag Round Up Tent...

We love you Besty!



Lindsay was representing the College of Ag this morning...

She's an Ambassador, and the President of the OSU Ag. Executive Council...

And she's pretty cool too.

But you already knew that.




Tailgating across from Reser (thanks Matt & TJ!)...



Tom Flynn & Clint.


Two peas in a pod today.

Orange striped polo...Same Verizon cell phone...Same Cinch jeans....funny!



Lane & Kelsey. They hung out with us at the top.




Carley & Randie.

Lovin' them some cookies.



Lindsay & I enjoying some "beer margaritas".







The Beaver endzone...we found it today!








26 to 19.



Success is Reason Enough.
Go Beavs!