Which Gringo's?

I've been craving Gringo's fajita's for weeks now, so I finally convince Jon to take me yesterday at 4ish to avoid a crowd (after 5pm and you are bound for a long wait). This place is AMAZING (well, their fajita's are) so I was excited. As we are eating, Jon remembered he got a text about getting $1 off an adult entree. So we show our waiter, and he brings over his manager. The manager looks at it and goes and talks to his boss. No one has heard of this text. Jon gets texts from Gringo's a couple times a week. So the GM asks Jon to forward it to his personal phone, but is nice and gives us $2 off our meal.

After he walks away, I lean up to Jon and had to ask, are we at the right Gringo's for the discount? Back home, in Rexburg, there is also a Gringo's Restaurant that is most excellent. They have a appetizer called a Cheese Crisp that I literally get EVERY time we go there as my meal, and just talking about it makes me want it! I'm pretty sure last time I was there with Jon (I go basically every time I'm home, even if Jon's not with me!), we signed up for the texts to try to get some $$$ off our meal.

In the end, I'm pretty sure it was the Rexburg Gringo's that got us a discount on our Houston Gringo's meal! Bless you Gringo's . . . every one!


We Had a Date!

This is a little behind, but Jon and I had a date! And not even our "free movie" date either! We went to an Aeros Hockey Game. For those of you who are hockey clueless, the Aeros are not a NHL team, but rather and AHL team (like minor league). The Minnasota Wild (an NHL team) takes their players from the Aeros, and if one of their guys suck, they drop them back down to them. Anyhoo, the game was highly entertaining, and we had a blast!
The Aeros play in the Toyota Center, which is also home of the Houston Rockets (for those of you who are basketball clueless, they're a NBA team, and sometimes quite good).
We got our tickets through Groupon and so as part of our package, we got a picture with the mascot . . . who I totally forgot his name! Oh well! He and I made Jon jealous! Gotta love a great date!



Today, we got a check in the mail for $50. How did we randomly get this money, you ask. Well, let me tell you! This was money that was owed to me back in 2003 (or so) while I was living in Utah. It was probably a deposit or something silly like that, that I didn't even realize.

Okay, totally not making sense here, let me back up. A while back we were at our Aunt Judy's and she was showing us how to look up unclaimed property. You go to this website, and look it up by state. So we did, and lo and behold, MY name came up in Utah! A couple of years later (present day) Jon was bored and looked it up again. My name was still there, so we filled out the paperwork, sent in proof of address (I randomly still had crap from my Liberty Square days), got it all notarized, and voila! Just a few weeks later I had a check in the mail! So funny!

Most states actually show what is owed (Utah is not that nice). Like in Idaho, you can find out that you are owed "less that $5", "$50-100", or "$100+". Apparently my dad is owed less that $5. Not really worth the effort!

It's like a highly addicting game, and I'm still floored that it worked out! We may have to celebrate by going out to dinner!


Why I Love My Rotten Teikerton

Teiker's is a boy, through and through, and while he is a rotten stink (as proved by my earlier post), he always does something to crack me up. Like Saturday, he decided he wanted to wear underwear, and then decided to dress himself. The photos are as follows:
Okay, out of order, but here is Teik in his outfit. It's hard to tell, but he is wearing a button-up shirt, followed by a polo shirt, and then threw on a pajama shirt--backwards--to finish up his top. His bottoms are his church pants which in hindsight, was a really dumb idea to let him wear while in undies since he is in no way potty-trained. Luckily, it wasn't too cold for wearing shorts to church! (Teik only owns two pairs of pants!)
Teik--post bath--showing off his undies! He's posing so I could take a picture of his cutie behind featuring Buzz and Woody!
Now for the "no pictures Mom!" pose of the front! I think he's learned how to pose from his sister! Oh! This kid makes me smile when I don't want to rip out my hair!


Adventures at Church

So, many of you know, the Branch is not a normal church at all! First of all, we don't really have a church building, but meet in an old home that was probably built in the 1950's. (For a picture and a funny account of our Branch check out my friend's blog here.) In this old house, we are constantly fighting for rooms. The Primary uses the Sacrament meeting room (which has a kitchen in it) for Sharing time, and have a big room for classes, but if I want to split into separate classes (not mixing 2 year olds with 10 year olds) we use the small area outside Jon's clerks office. Anyhoo--There is a bathroom, that would be like a half-bath in most old homes (complete with a padded toilet seat), that is in the hallway of our two main rooms. The handles are old, the lock is a twist lock that was likely original to the home, and the only way to really do anything to the door is if you are on the inside. It was this bathroom, that my 2 year old decided to lock himself in today.

In hindsight, it shouldn't have surprised us. He kept disappearing on my all day, and Jon mentioned he was trying to play with the door when he took Sevy to the bathroom earlier. So when I was trying to leave and the end of a long day at church, and my son goes missing, of course this is where he ended up.

We spent a long time trying to talk to him and tell him what to do. He was calm for a good 5-10 minutes, but then started freaking out. We tried to take off the knob, but that really wouldn't do anything because of the twisted lock. Jon and I didn't know what else to do, so we finally ran up to ask the Branch President. Brother M. heard the news, and came down to start busting down the door (something we wanted to do, but you don't just start doing with all those people around and without the consent of the presidency!). During his time with the door, he pinky got a little too involved, and last I heard, he was in the emergency room for his pinky which got really ripped up. Jon took his turn at the door, when a linebacker of a 14 year old came up to help. The thing about this situation, is it wasn't just busting open a door--it was busting it open with a frighted 2 year old on the other side, and a garbage can and sink that was probably going to get attacked on the entry. Isaiah did the trick! I think it took him one try and the lock tore through the wood and Teik came screaming out. Poor kid was a little traumatized, but I feel terrible about Bro. M's finger and the church's door.

On a happy note, they have started work on our new building! It's been promised for years, but now there are trees down, and machines in place, and a deadline! I'm so excited to not have to share rooms, to have our own official piano specifically for the Primary, and separate rooms for all my classes--even if I don't have separate teachers for them!


Random Christmas Break Photos

You know why I LOVE Chick-fil-a? Because the good one's go out of control at decorating. Like having this guy next to Santa! (that's Santa's hand in the photo. His statue was huge!)
Or having these guys lined up! Honestly! Where do you even find Nutcrackers that big?!
And here we have Jon and I at our New Year's dinner at "the club" with the Ormson's.
It's our second year doing this, and the dinner was about the same, but the dessert is ridiculous! It's a shame we are always too full to really eat it!