Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas to All!!

I am currently reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. As Scrooge learned from the spirits the true meaning of Christmas- that being in remembrance of Christ, honoring him by treating others as He would, I became extremely thankful for the family and friends I have around me and have had around me throughout my life. As I was reading the post about my birthday and thought of all the nice things people have done for me throughout my life I was even more thankful. I hope you all have a truly wonderful Christmas. Thank you. May God bless you in whatever you are doing. Merry Christmas!

The Fowers Family Elf

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The Roberts Family Elf

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1st Annual Beard Competition

So the first year medical students decided to have a beard growing competition (I think this stems from the fact that there are a lot of BYU graduates getting back at having to shave all the time). So the terms were you had to be clean shaven on December 1st and the night after finals each wife would get to vote for one beard (excluding their husbands). I think it was more fun for the guys just to have an excuse not to shave. Brad's beard is the longest it has ever been right now, and his hair too. For the competition we went to Bigg's Steakhouse (the winner got a steak dinner). Though it was the ultimate man night (facial hair and steak), it was pretty fun to get together with everyone and start off our holiday break. I really like this picture of Brad's beard (he is such a logger). And here is a picture of almost everyone at the dinner, I couldn't back up enough to get all the guys.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Roberts Family Pics

So I have to admit that I loved Rachels family pictures so we went out and took some of our own when Brad's family was here for Thanksgiving. Correction Marrisa a girls in our ward took them, and she did a wonderful job. Check us out.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Special Birthday for Brad

So if anyone knows us they know how much Brad loves his birthday day. I just want to take the time to thank everyone this year that helped to make this the "best birthday of my life, really"-quote from Brad. Not only did Brad get calls and texts thoughout the day of people reamembering to wish him a happy birthday (he loves when people remember) but we had a great surprise for him. The guys had a practice anatomy exam last night, so I had him drop me off at the Kagie house to "hang out with the girls" and he was supposed to pick me up after his test. Well instead of just picking me up we had lots of people over there to yell surprise and wish him a happy birthday. And of course lots of cake and ice cream to go with it. And our friends Robyn and Mike made him a special birthday crown. I am really thankful for such good friends that will take the time out of their busy days to help show that they care. I didn't snap as many picture of everyone at the party, but I did get some of the cake with all 25 candles.

Brad got some dumbells for his birthday too which he wanted
becasue it is too cold outside to run anymore.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Free Zoo Day

Saturday was free zoo day so a couple of us girls with studying husbands decided to brave the cold and head to the zoo. We decided that we knew why it was free, because it was freezing cold and no one else was going to be at the zoo anyways. All in all though we had a good time actually breaking away from our warm ca coons and going to see what other animals could brave the cold Wisconsin winter. We though that we would be able to see polar bears and penguins for sure, well we did see penguins but their water was kept at 70 degrees and no polar bears to be found. We did see some other animal that we didn't expect like camels, a tiger, and huddling peacocks next to the building. We ended our day by sharing a nice cup of hot chocolate and a large cookie. Here is a slide show of our day.

A Jazzy Little Rodolph

So we have been a part of the MCW A Capella choir during this semester and finally got to perform the songs that we have been working on. Before our concert we went Christmas carolling around the hospital, first at the Cancer Center and then at the Veterans Hospital. The Center Center is a brand new building and pretty much state of the art as far as it looks to me. The veterans Hospital was pretty much the complete opposite. Though I will have to when we sang at the veterans hospital we went and sang in the cafeteria as long staying patience were getting their dinner, and they loved us. It was so fun to sing with them and they just wanted us to stay and sing more. We ended with an a Capella version of the National Anthem which I think was perfect for the occasion.

So I am going to try as attach the clip of one of our songs from the concert, you can try and find Brad and I but we are in the back so good luck.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


So we were blessed to be able to have Brad's family come visit us in Wisconsin. Since we are poor medical students there was no way that we would be able to make it back west for thanksgiving, but luckily Jenny decided she wanted to come out here. I am so grateful that we got to spend this holiday with family. I don't know how I would have cooked such a good turkey without Brad's parents. It was so fun to host them in our humble abode, they didn't even complain about sharing one bathroom even when we had to get everyone showered for an early day. I had a good experience cooking thanksgiving dinner, I am almost surprised how we got everything cooked in one day with only three pans, well the eggs did get boiled in the wok. Mostly props to the girls for a wonderful dinner. The rest of the time we had fun touring Wisconsin which included stops at Holy Hill, Cedarburg, the oldest used covered bridge, and of course stopping for real Wisconsin Cheese. We also took a trip down to Chicago and had a ride on the Red Line with some amusing Chicago folk (no pictures of that sorry too scared to take that opportunity), we walked around Chicago and hit places like Grant Park, the Navy Pier, and Magnificent Mile and we had world famous Chicago Pizza (it was good!!!). Here are lots of pictures from our weekend.
Here is our fabulous thanksgiving dinner.
Here are pictures of us in front of the cathedral on Holy Hill. We went inside and the church is beautifully decorated with flying buttresses and stained glass. They have an area where crutches are left behind as people have come with them and left without needing them.
Here are some pictures at the covered bridge. It was the last covered bridge to be used, and has been converted to a pedestrian bridge. There is a cute little park around it too which should be beautiful to go visit in the spring.

Here we are at the Bean in Chicago, the sculpture really has a different name, but everyone knows it as the Bean. It is really fun to walk around and see the different reflections you can get.

This picture is from the Navy Pier. This area would have been funner if is wasn't so cold, they have all these amusement rides there and you can also go on boat tours.

Brad found us this place to get some real famous Chicago Pizza, the wait for a table was like an hour long when we got there at 4:30 pm, but the wait was worth it!

It was fun to go walk around Magnificent mile because they had Christmas lights all in the trees.

And there was a really big Christmas tree outside the Hancock building with a million lights on it.