Friday, December 29, 2006

The Bybees

Well, we have had quite the week, as our friends-- Andrew and Jessica Bybee decided to come to LA for a visit. It was so much fun to have them here, and Nathan even got to take a couple of afternoons off to hang out. We went down to Manhattan beach (the wind and waves were crazy), saw a movie and played a lot of Rook! We also went out to eat at a fun Mexican restaurant on Rodeo Drive and Wilshire (yes, we're high rollers), and went to do a little shopping at 'The Grove' in West Hollywood. Last night we had a fondue party and it turned out great--as you can see from the pictures. We are so grateful for our friends!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Boxing Day

Merry Christmas everyone! Here are some pictures from the last couple of days. We had a great Christmas and feel so blessed at all we have in our lives.

This is me baking something for one of the dinners we went to. The next is of our lovely Christmas tree, and all the fun presents we had for Christmas morning.

Christmas morning was a little different for us--very quiet, but it was nice to be able to just do our own thing (like sleeping in until 10:30). Nathan received some very fun BYU things, which he was very excited about. (The jersey is a little small)
Christmas night was spent with our California family, at the Johnson home. We had such a fun time at dinner, opening presents, and just being together. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people here in LA who love us and give us so much support. We feel so blessed!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas Remodel

Well, on Christmas Eve Eve, Nathan and I decided to go out to do a few errands, and ended up at Home Depot to buy some lightbulbs for our kitchen. While we were there, I thought to get a shelf for the baby room and when trying to find some paint, we found that we could only buy it in a quart. So...we were standing there thinking, "what else could we paint". Then hit us, the ugly $30 dresser that we just bought. I's a fine dresser...gets the job done, but it wasn't very pretty to look at, until...
Check it out!!! It's beautiful. Here it is all nice and painted...and you can see some of the shelves we bought as well. It's going to look so cute!

Nathan did all the little details, and we both handled the rolling...

Oh, and here is a picture of our lovely 'Y' flag that Ben made for us. It's beautiful and adds a lot to the room. The dresser and flag are the same color and as you can see from the first picture, they both match the bedding in the crib. It is by no means finished, but we're excited about the progress we've made. We stayed up until 2 am trying to finish it all. It was a blast. We're thinking about making this a new Roberts family tradition. Pick a room and remodel it the night before Christmas Eve. Fun times!

Why We Love BYU Football

I found this posting on, a chat room for BYU fans. We are all euphoric over the BYU bowl win, the 10 straight wins to end the season, and the overall class-act this team was and promises to continue to be. I've wondered how I can get nervous for a game I of which I am only a spectator, why a loss can ruin my weekend, why I'm decorating my baby-boy's bedroom in a particular Blue and White motif, and why I am so happy about this season and this team. I thought this post articulated very nicely why we care so much about something that is "just a game."

"Bronco said something incredibly important in his post-game interview on KSL. He said that the way the team was put together, the ideals it espoused, the commitment it had not to football but to life, to the mission of the university, was what bound it so tightly to the community, leading not only to full stadia but to 40,000 people in blue at the bowl game and 10,000 of us on the field in Las Vegas, with a team that didn't want to leave that field as long as we were there.

"The LDS community is a strange one, and we feel that strangeness keenly. We feel the constant weight of believing deeply in something that we cannot always live up to. We want our representatives, our "soldiers", to be victorious, but we cannot have them be victorious while ignoring the code that makes BYU - and by extension the LDS community - unique. We would rather have them be only moderately successful yet bound to the same commitments we are, than to be like other men in order to be "winners" in a game we all know deep down doesn't matter very much.

"What we desperately want is a team that represents our code, our beliefs, openly, proudly - and then WINS ANYWAY. Or best of all, wins only BECAUSE of its commitment to that code. I feel, and I suspect I am not alone, that this team is precisely that. It acts the way I want my team to act, with community service, firesides, scripture and commitment and humility and all the rest of it, and then IT WINS. It wins with a 5'9" cornerback. It wins with a patchwork offensive line. It wins with walk-ons. It wins with grace and with class and it wins by belting you in the mouth and daring you to talk back. This team didn't apologize for being different. It embraced that difference, even credited that difference with making it special on and off the field.

"For these reasons, this is my favorite BYU team of all time. Better than the '84 team, which I didn't know well, and better than the '96 team, which I knew very well. Better than the heroic, but flawed, teams of the Ty Detmer era. This is the best. For me, this is the best, because it started poorly and made mistakes, as I do, and then rose to become something nearly perfect.

"Also for these reasons, I believe that the future is brighter than even this. Bronco is recruiting players that believe in this system. He's not recruiting football players and saying, "hey, there's this honor code thing you'll have to get along with while you're here." He's going to the players and their parents and saying "we want men who behave like this because it's the right way to behave. Behaving this way makes our football team what it is. You want to come here, this is where we start." Those players will make this program better than it is now. Bronco will, within five years, have a complement of players recruited for their commitment and their ability, not just their ability alone. What such a group may do defies the imagination. What a marvelous time to be a Cougar. "

Sunday, December 17, 2006


Nathan wanted to send a current picture of my belly to Forrest on his mission, so here is a current picture of me as of today. I am feeling great and just keep getting bigger and bigger! But I continue to love being pregnant...even when he is jamming his little foot up under my ribs. It's still cute! We are getting so excited to meet the little guy and see what he looks like. We've only got a week and a half until there's only one more month to go! Yikes! It's going to fly by!

More Pictures

Here are a couple more pictures from our weekend in AZ for Ben and Ryanne's wedding.

Nathan and Beth and I went to 'the Grove'--a local outdoor shopping mall. There's a huge tree in the middle of the mall. It was beautiful! They also make fake snow, so I felt right at home.
We are so excited for Christmas!