Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Burgoyne Home at the Holidays

We're always Rockin' around the Christmas Tree
with our little star from Bethlehem (PA).
 We have snow and mistletoe and presents round the tree and even
decorations of red on a green Christmas tree, thanks to Aunt Wynn!

We're loving our white Christmas and every Christmas card we get.

On the 8th day of Christmas Shaina gave to her coworkers 8 chocolate peppermint cookies in a snowflake jar.
 All is merry and bright because we've hung our stockings and said our prayers. 
 Frosty and the other snowman are holly jolly souls because
 He sees them when they're sleeping and knows when they're awake.
Of course we try to Picture a stable in Judea, but now can only picture two wisemen because one of them lost his head (I won't say who did it, but her name rhymes with "SilverBell")
Oh! And the mistletoe is hung where you can see.

One of the prettiest sights to see is the wreath that will be when you open the door.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cold Cougars in Colorada

Last week we took a trip to Colorado to watch BYU play CSU.
Despite Mike being terribly sick all week and staying in bed during most of our stay, he found the strength to still attend the game.

We got there early enough to watch the players warm up. I think Mike was tempted to reach out and just touch one of them.

He's watching BYU football with his brother Will, so I know Mike is having a great time. It's either all of the Nyquil or the freezing cold that makes it hard to see that in his expression.

"If onlyI could be out there with them. *sigh*"

Monday, November 1, 2010

All Hallowed Eve

Party #1:
Not your typical work party. Riding the scooter all day was fun.

Party #2:
Trunk-or-treating in the rain. You don't really get a good look at the costumes this way.

Party #3 (the one you've all been waiting for):

This year was arguably the best one we have had yet. The food was fantastic, the games fun, and we even had multiple celebrity guests show up.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Wonders of Technology

Ya know how some people say that when we die we'll get to watch a replay of our life? I picture this happening in a comfy chair in front of a big screen tv with me holding the remote so I can fast forward through the scary or boring scenes.

The thing about movies though, is that I can't watch one anymore without looking it up on immediately afterwards, or even during the movie if I'm at home.

So I'm modifying my mental image of the final cut screening of my life to include a laptop with a mldb (my life database) on it. This way when I watch the part where I meet someone and have the feeling that I've seen him somewhere else I can look up the name and see "also appeared in 9th grade English class as weird kid in the back row". I would also look up the trivia and fun facts section and read things like "a number of names were considered for the role of Shaina's Husband and it took months of repeat auditions before Michael was finally cast."

I did just finish watching the movie Star Trek Generations on tv. Maybe by the 24th century they'll have that kind of technology figured out. It can't be harder than holodecks, right? By the way, did you know that it was William Shatner's only "Star Trek" appearance without Leonard Nimoy?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Celebrity Sighting

In this picture you will see 2 DP employees (the ones with the gray shirts) and 2 celebrity guests that stopped by for lunch this week.

10 points goes to anyone that knows the names of the celebrities and what they are famous for doing.

50 points goes to anyone that can name all 4 people in the picture.

100 points goes to anyone that eats lunch at the SLC DP because they had heard it was where the cool people go to eat.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gee, Whiz

Mike has recently made a drastic career change by quitting his desk job to indulge his entrepreneur side.

Welcome to the Downtown Philly Cheesesteaks - Downtown Salt Lake Edition.

It's on 3rd south between Main and State. They serve all sorts of cheesesteak varieties and other exclusive Pennsylvania imports. You can check out the menu and other locations at

If you are in the area, stop by! I recommend The Whiz Steak with a peanut butter TastyKake. If you do go, be sure to say hi to the cute guy behind the counter.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Rising Generation

Kids these days - they are so wrapped up in their technology and toys.

And if it helps with my effort to be the favorite Aunt to my nephew, all the better.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wascally Wabbits

Over the winter some nasty little vermin decided to destroy our lawn.

So be vewy, vewy quite...

Friday, April 30, 2010

A medical miracle

I stumbled across this little tidbit and am not sure what to say about it - except for "I wonder if they are giving out free samples, I'd take one!"

Full Story:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick Poetry

For St. Patrick's Day I've composed a limerick in honor of my brother (whose birthday is this week as well).

It goes like this:

There once was a lad named Riley
His family called him Guy Smiley.
He's serving a mission
to teach exaltation
so he's happy all the time-y.

Thank you.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Same old story

Last week the movie City of Angels was on tv so Mike and I decided to watch it. You remember, that Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage movie from the 90's that no one ever really saw but everyone had the soundtrack CD?

Anyway watching it made me wonder - do you think Stephenie Meyer is a Nicholas Cage fan?
*disclamer: I have many friends on both sides of the "Twilight" mania issue. The purpose of this post is not to discuss that. Any one who wants to know my opinion on the saga can call me and we'll talk.

Think about the similarities between the stories:
- Boy meets average, slightly quirky girl and falls in love
- Boy happens to be immortal and unhuman
- The only way they can be together is for one of them to sacrifice the life they know and join the world of the other.
- There is a more human competitor for Girl's affection and she must choose between the two
- Large portion of the movie is Boy feeling sad for the awful prediciment he is in

And in casting:
- Neither Robert Pattinson or Nicholas Cage are very attractive, but somehow they make women swoon for them. I don't get it.

I guess it's true that there are no real original stories left. Oh well. At the least the soundtracks rock.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Can You Feel the Love Tonight

What's happening in this picture?

Romantic surprise from Mike? No.
Early Valentines Day Celebration? No.
Someone forgot to pay the electricity bill? No.

This could have been just a regular Sunday night dinner with the family around the kitchen table. But my brother was over an hour late bringing his "friend" to dinner. So the family decided to help their "friendship" along. Then we sat in the other room and eavesdropped as best we could.

Awkward.... for them
Funny .... for us.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle!

One of the greatest blessings of having sisters is the extra wardrobe options.

But what happens when you get black paint on the white sweater you "borrowed" from your sister while she was out of town?

You find your inner crafter and turn it into a travel pillow of course!

What stain?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Car Trouble?

I decided to start the year off responsibly and took my car in for a long overdue oil change on Saturday.

The nice people at Jiffy Lube changed the oil, washed the windows, and presented me with a list of things wrong with my car that should be fixed immediately, if not sooner.

At the top of the list was a new belt. The old one, they told me, had cracks in it and from the impression I got from the mechanic it could snap AT ANY MOMENT which would ruin my car and maybe even be a danger to my LIFE! But they could fix it for a mere $80.

Unfortunately, I hadn't planned on paying more than the $30 for the oil change. So, reckless as it was, I just drove home, cracked belt and all.

For 3 days I put myself at risk every time I got behind the wheel.

Eventually, Mike and my dad had time to replace the part that was such an endangerment.

They opened the hood and would you believe: the belt was in great condition! No crack. No split. No chance of it snapping and causing havoc without notice.

It was a 2010 miracle!