Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Our Christmas here in Washington was amazing! We have had so much fun with our family since arriving last Monday.

I never knew this but it rarely snows in the part of Washington Nate's family is from. Every year it snows a few times but normally doesn't stick. If you haven't been watching the news, the Seattle area was hit hard this year! There hasn't been a storm like this in over ten years. Before we got here, our family was actually snowed in. This picture is our attempt to drive to a mall on Christmas Eve. We were stopped in traffic for over an hour so we ended up turning around.

Christmas Eve

Nate and I set out cookies and milk and a note for Santa with our nephew Nick

Kaylee and I playing with her princess set we gave her for X-mas

Second guitar for our guitar hero Jason and Amanda got us for Christmas.

Shoeless Nate

This past weekend the whole family stayed a couple days in Leavenworth, a Bavarian Village. It was my first time there and I loved it. It was such a quaint little place.

They are the best!

We are still in Washington until Wednesday. We'll post the rest of the pictures then!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas With The Rooks

Since we are going to Washington for Christmas this year, we spent this past weekend celebrating Christmas with my family. It was fun being able to spend an early Christmas with them, and are equally excited to be in Washington for the actual thing.

We went out on a limb this year and surprised my mom with this cute little puggle dog. Let me just say that I'm not the biggest animal lover. (I know, I'm a jerk.) However, I absolutely love this little dog, especially since he will always be little.

If you can't tell, my dad is not as excited about the dog, but being the good husband he is, he went along with it.

We love all of you and hope you have a great Christmas! We'll be back on New Years Eve and will post then!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Brent and Jen's Wedding

Yes it is true, Brent Skipper has officially tied the knot. This past Friday he married Jen who we absolutely love! The wedding, luncheon, and reception were all well put together. Congratulations Brent and Jen!

Sunday, November 30, 2008


This year we spent Thanksgiving weekend at my parents condo in Salt Lake. I'm seriously the worst at taking pictures. My pictures are always so random because I hardly ever think of taking them. When I do think of it, it's usually during something boring like sitting on the couch!

The boys played in a turkey bowl with our friend Robbie and some of his family and friends.

For those who love pizza, we went to the best pizza joint in downtown Salt Lake. It's called Settebello Pizzeria. I highly recommend it! To prove my point, I took a picture.

All of us with our cousin Jayde from California. She's a hoot!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Big Two Three for Lynlee

Yesterday was my beautiful wife Lynlee's 23rd birthday. Since it fell on a Sunday this year we decided to celebrate early and make it a weekend long celebration. The highlight for her (besides being with me at every moment or course) was watching Twilight not 1 but 2 times! I will admit that she's not overly obsessed with Twilight but she did enjoy it enough to watch it a second time. We also visited the Body World exhibit in Salt Lake, ate some sushi, watched the BYU/Utah game (ouch), grabbed a bite to eat at Little America, and spent time with her great family, as well as Cami and JR.

Those of you who know Lynlee will agree that her best quality is her ability to love people. She shows a genuine interest in others and holds no guile in her heart. Lynlee, in a single word, is innocent. She carries a tender heart and has a loveable, child-like nature about her in all that she does. She's a strong example of one who simply refuses to see the flaws in others. I couldn't ask for a better companion and friend. And to show that I'm not just a biased husband I've included a few comments from my sister Jen and my mom.

"Happy Birthday to my amazing sister-in-law Lynlee!
I have been blessed in my life with the most wonderful in-laws on both sides of my family. My sister-in-law, Lynlee, is no exception. From the moment I met her, I recognized something extra special about her. Shortly after she and my brother started dating, I told my brother Nate, not to let this one get away. Not only is she gorgeous on the outside, but there is an equally beautiful spirit on the inside. Lynlee is one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met. She could be dressed from head to toe in designer duds (because she does have quite the eye for fashion), while carrying a crying niece or nephew in one arm, and throwing a football with the other arm. I love her sense of humor, her positive, out-going personality and her love of the gospel. She LOVES BYU football, which makes her a perfect fit in our Cougar loving family. More importantly, I know she makes my brother completely happy and treats him so well. You are a fantastic aunt and you will be a wonderful mother some day Lynlee. We love you and are so glad you are a part of our crazy crew! We hope your day is extra special. Wish we could be with you to celebrate. Love, Jen Carver"

And my mom wrote this in her birthday card for Lynlee, "As your birthday is approaching, we have paused to reflect on the great blessing you are in our family. We want you to know how much we love you and what a wonderful and thoughtful daughter you are. Nathan has always been a very special son, and we hoped and prayed that he would find someone-- a wonderful young woman who had been preparing herself for him as much as he had been preparing himself for someone just like you. We love you in every way-- especially your soft and gentle approach to life, your innate ability to nuture, and your sensitivity to others. Happy birthday and we love you, Mom and Dad Price "

Lyn and her bread maker. She loves this thing.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

BYU Co-Ed Volleyball

Nate and I are on our ward intramural co-ed volleyball team, along with Nate's sister Cami, and some of our other friends in our ward. We play once or twice a week. I haven't played volleyball since I was in 5th grade so I was a little rusty. Nate on the other hand is quite good.

Team huddle

Nice bum where ya from?

Clearly the ball is over my head. I have no idea what I am doing!

Cami was the one taking these pictures so next time we'll get some of her!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Americans Are Destroying America"

This post is rather long but is something I feel is so important and is something I have such a passion for. If nothing else, please take the time to read some of the quotes!...

Nate and I have recently been reading the book; An Enemy Hath Done This, by President Ezra Taft Benson, written in 1969. President Benson, former Secretary of Agriculture, wrote this book to warn us of the serious dangers which are threatening our Nation, mostly within. There were many things that amazed both Nate and I as we read this book. He warned our country of certain problems to come. It is unbelievable how every single one of his warnings have come to pass.

In 1942, the First Presidency warned us saying:

"Satan is making a war against all the wisdom that has come to men through their ages of experience. He is seeking to overturn and destroy the very foundations upon which society, government, and religion rest. He aims to have men adopt theories and practices which he induced their forefathers, over the ages, to adopt and try, and only to be discarded by them when found unsound, impractical and ruinous. He plans to destroy liberty and freedom -- economic, political, and religious, and to set up in place thereof the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed man. He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods... Without their knowing it, the people are being urged down paths that lead only to destruction. Satan never before had so firm a grip on this generation as he has now."

I truly feel it is not foreign affairs that will destroy this country first, it is what goes on within our country, Americans destroying America. "Great nations are never conquered from the outside unless they are rotten inside... We might survive a nuclear attack -- but we cannot survive (any better than Athens and Rome) moral degeneration and the abandonment of fundamental principles." -Benson

Around 1969, a nationwide survey was taken amongst high school and college students by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce:

-62% said that the government had the responsibility to provide jobs.

-62% thought a worker should not produce all that he can.

-84% denied that patriotism is vital and plays an important part in our lives. (Bookmailer News, Nov. 1, 1965)

Isn't it obvious why our country is currently the way it is?

"We can never survive unless our young people understand and appreciate our American system, which has given more of the good things of life than any other system in the world---unless the have a dedication that exceeds that dedication of the enemy. The old essentials of honesty, self-respect, loyalty, support for law and order, must be taught to the younger generations."

I always knew our country was in debt in the trillions but I found it hard to imagine how much a trillion dollars actually was. Benson puts it into perspective. An average indebtedness of $5,200 dollars for EVERY SINGLE person in the US! Keep in mind this book was written exactly forty years ago.

As I may not agree with everything that Obama represents and stands for, I have hope that this country can become better. Last night, both McCain and Obama asked us to become unified as a country. For the first time in a long time, I actually feel some sort of hope. Last night Obama said, "If there is anyone out there that still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders are alive in our times, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." I can only hope this to be true.

"I have a profound faith in America. I am confident that when the American people read from the record...and become fully cognizant of the extent of the crime and corruption which fester in our midst, they will demand action...The principal and basic weapon that must be provided is a resurgence of old-fashioned morality in the nation. Apathy must go; it needs to be replaced by the outraged righteousness of a people who rose to greatness in this world through the spiritual values that their forefathers wrote into the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States...We cannot, we must not, shirk our responsibility...This challenge can be, and it must be, faced with resolute purpose and effort."
John L. McClellan, United States Senator
Chairman, Government Operations Committee

Seriously, read this book!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Are You An Educated Voter?

This is unbelievable! I'm sure many of you have listened to this already but if not, it's worth 2.5 minutes of your time. Sadly enough, I feel this election will be full of voters who will select their candidate without having any real knowledge of what that candidate's issues or policies are.

It wouldn't let me upload this so you could watch it on our blog. You have to copy and paste the following link in a new window!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ward Halloween Party

Last night we had our ward Halloween party. We actually didn't know we were going until a couple hours before (which explains our costumes.) So we pulled together what we had, with minor help from Taylor-Maid, to make our costumes. Nate is a cop from the Beastie Boys "Sabotage" video and I was an aviator. Could we have picked uglier costumes??

We are in the same ward as our sister and her husband. They dressed as an 80's girl and a dirty mechanic.

Our friends Colin and Tyler.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hunting: a.k.a The Slaughtering of Animals

Every year the boys get really excited for hunting season (which I don't fully understand.) So this past weekend we went to my parents house for a day and then they continued on to our ranch in Colorado for a couple more days to hunt. Kerstin went with them since she's never been and my mom and I stayed home and went to some cute little stores and cooked all weekend.

Here's some pictures of the weekend. I couldn't muster up the courage to post a picture of the dead little deer my younger brother shot. For that reason, I've purposely been avoiding the hunting pictures. I'm sure Nate will encourage me to post them sooner or later so his Dad and brothers can see.

Watching the BYU game. We don't really want to talk about it.

Leaving for their hunting trip:
Don't ask what my mom is doing. Crazy lady!

Cool hat Taylor

My dad had this on his car. I thought it was pretty funny!
She'll probably kill me for posting these pictures but one of my really good friends Amber, who should probably be a chef, came and helped us make salsa, gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, and orange popcorn balls.

The finishing product. If you can't tell, we took great pride in our work.