Monday, September 24, 2007


Rachel, my sister-in-law, went to her first homecoming dance for Timpview High School. This is her and her date Josh, a kid from our ward, right before they went to dinner. Lookin HOT Rach!
Ah, the good old days of high school and dances....

Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary.

For most major holidays, Aaron and I decided to not do gifts for each other in order to save a little dough. Of course Aaron has somehow managed to get me gifts when these holidays come up, mainly because he is wonderful, but then I end up feeling bad because he didn't get anything from me. He always says its okay cause he isn't huge on holiday gifts and such, but the guilt is still there.

The other day, Aaron and i were cruising in the mall when we passed an iPod kiosk. Aaron has been talking about wanting his own iPod for awhile, mainly due to the fact that its the 21st century, and i think he's sick of borrowing mine. Ah, the opportunity to redeem myself from lacking unthoughtful wife, to caring considerate gift-giving wife. (Although it wasn't really a gift from me, since he bought it himself, i will still take some credit.) The next day, Aaron headed of to Costco, and bought an iPod nano.

Amazingly, this was supposed to be something to take Aaron's mind off of studying for a few hours, but it ended up being ridiculously frustrating trying to figure the ipod out. After hours of having the ipod freeze, itunes not work, and songs being erased. We both put our heads together and finally figured it all out.
So Aaron, since i didn't get you gifts... Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, and Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your iPod!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Congratulations Paige and Trey!

On Saturday September 16th, Paige and Trey Clark welcomed Brooklyn Marie Clark into their family. She was 7 lbs 2 oz and 21 inches long.

The Clark Family
Mother and daughter

Congratulations Paige and Trey, we're so happy for you! We wish you all the best with your little one.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Welcome to Brigham Young University. To every other college we make absolutely no sense. Maybe it's because we're the #1 rated college for being "Stone Cold Sober," and we're dang proud of it. Or maybe its because people go absolutely insane when any member of the Quorum of the twelve or first presidency arrive at BYU. Today i experienced the latter of the two.

I park my car at the Marriott Center (where the BYU basketball games are played.) Not only is it kind of far away from campus, but its also where the Tuesday devotionals are held. A small group of students attend these devotionals, where a teacher, or visiting lecturer will share some anecdote of information, for 45 minutes between 11:00am and 12:00 am. On special occasions we'll get an important member of the Church to come and speak.

Today the speaker was President Gordon B. Hinckley, Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and due to the fact that 99.9% of BYU students are LDS, sheer mayhem ensued. Don't get me wrong I would love to hear the Prophet speak, but when 4 million people in the area are planning on going, i can just catch it on TV.

Think of a really popular band coming to play in your area. People camp out to get good tickets, there is a rush for the door. Now apply that to 30,000 LDS students, and you have this devotional. Minus the screaming, add a little reverence. Unfortunately, i parked my car and was walking to class when the devotional let out. I'm not exaggerating, it was worse than leaving a football game. Bumper to bumper traffic, not of cars but of MASSES of people. There were students crossing the street when cars had the green light, but the cars couldn't go because they would have run over 75 people in the process. It doesn't matter that they just heard the prophet speak, they're going to break the law. Way to go guys! haha.

I wish i had brought my camera because describing the scene i saw today doesn't do it justice. Every sidewalk even on campus was packed with people getting back to their classes. There were spots where no one was moving at all because of the traffic. I opted to walk on the grass, and stomped all over nature so i wouldn't be late to class. To make matters worse, they were giving out free hot dogs and drinks to all the students. Devotional+free food= hoards of hungry students who are making the other traffic worse.

Anyway, since i don't have any pictures to post of the madness of BYU devotional, i have some pictures from an intermural flag football game that we went to with some friends of ours:

The game, which included a guy who look exactly like Joey Lawrence.. "WHOA!":

Me and Aaron, looking sexy as always:

Me and Aimee (the wife of the guy whose football game we were watching... did that sentence make any sense?)

Ben and his son Joseph, the most mellow baby in the entire world.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Adventure's First Stop

Now many of you Utah patrons have heard this phrase "Adventure's first stop," when hearing commercials for the Maverick gas station. I'm going to make a bold move (matt- Bold move ayers!) and say that Adventure's first stop is the Barnard household, mainly the Aaron and Kara section. Right now you are hearing crickets chirping and probably seeing a tumble weed roll by, why? you might ask, because i am lying to you. The Aaron and Kara stop, is adventure's LAST stop. But, we aren't complaining.

I felt bad not having posted for awhile, but i was waiting for something really exciting to happen. Or maybe i was waiting to take a picture of something so i could post it. (I mean seriously, who wants to see a post without a picture!) So i have decided to post a picture of my choosing, mainly because i like it.This is a picture of my sister Stacey and my nephew Taylor. If this picture doesn't make you laugh, i don't know what will. I mean seriously, Taylor is CRACKING up. It's definitely a favorite of mine.

Right now Aaron and I are both in school, and being stressed out by recruiting... it's a full time job that i am very good at. Once the recruiting process is over, things will settle down. Aaron is a good sport, and is keeping up with school while still doing all of the necessary recruiting stuff. I think he might wear a cape under his clothes.... that came out weird, i mean that he is like a super hero and can handle anything, not that he is a weirdo and thinks he's batman or something. Anyway, he's really good at handling all the different things on his plate right now, and we're both looking forward to seeing where we will end up next year.

School for me has been pretty interesting. We haven't been to class very much, but i'm starting to get a feel for what my teachers expect from me, and what i should expect from my classes. I was worried that this semester would be really difficult, but it turns out it might be more manageable than i thought. I have a professor that is like Brian Regan teaching Geology. It's awesome, i've never had a more entertaining professor. Other than that, life has been pretty normal, settling back into a routine and counting down the days til graduation!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Recruiting has BEGUN!!

It's that wonderful time of year again, recruiting for accountants! DUN DUN DUN. Everyday is filled with interviews, resumes, and lots of schmoozing. Stress is also an unfortunate friend during this time, but Aaron is definitely up to the challenge. Hopefully by the end of this whole process we'll know where we're going to be moving to, and which company Aaron will be working for. Doesn't he look dashing in his new suit? This was right before he left for "Meet the Firms Night" at the U. Such a budding business man!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Team Edward or Team Jacob

So, for those of you who have read the Stephenie Meyer books, I want to ask a simple quesiton. What team are you on? Team Edward or Team Jacob? I have asked this question to a bunch of my friends, but i want a better sample, i am a sociologist you know... psh. But anyway, what do you think?

My personal opinion is Team Edward. Vampires are in my genetic make-up. Just look at my nephew Taylor:(hahaha my mom sent me this picture saying that he was a mini-edward.)

Personally, i think that Jacob should imprint on someone, and NOT bella. But perhaps he could imprint on another vampire and cause some serious drama.

What do you think?

Monday, September 3, 2007

High School Flashback

I saw this on my sister's blog and thought it looked like fun. Plus, I thought I could reflect on my senior year of high school right before I start my senior year of college. High school wasn't that long ago but reminiscing never hurt anyone, right? Enjoy!


1. Who were your best friends?
Allison and James

2. What sports did you play?
Girl's Lacrosse and Field Hockey

3. What kind of car did you drive?
Red Chevy Blazer (a.k.a the Deer-slayer

4. On a Friday nights what were you doing?
Hanging out with friends, watching movies, and eating out.

5. Were you a party animal?

6. Were you considered a flirt?
HA, no.

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
not in high school, I'm not the most musically inclined.

8. Were you a nerd?
No, not really, my grades were mostly based on hard core teacher schmoozing. That's what senior year is all about.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
No, I was way to scared to step out of line. Maybe I was a nerd...

10. Can you still sing the fight song?
Just the beginning. "On your Warhawks, on you warhawks, plow right down that line!" It was a fight song/ football cheer song, I have NO idea why. Mr. Romeo taught it to us my freshman year, goooooood times.

11. Who was your favorite teacher?
Ms. Matochik, my English teacher, and Mr. Leib, my ultra conservative, absolutely hilarious Government teacher, who was also the varsity football coach.

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
In the cafeteria with friends, we had a closed campus.

13. Name the school full name?
James Madison High School

14. School mascot?
Warhawk, not actually a real bird but an incredible simulation!

15. School Colors?
Black and Red

16. Rival high school?
Marshall High School, mostly because our middle schools were split between Madison and Marshall.

17. Did you go to Prom?
YES! Senior year was the best prom ever. 18 seater limo with 22 people...classic

18. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
Sure. I had fun in high school.

19. What do you remember most about graduation?
That it was long.

20. Where did you go senior skip day?
I told you earlier I was too much of a chicken to skip.

21. Favorite memory?
Definitely has to be the "OC crew" meeting together on wednesday nights to watch the OC together.

22. Were you in any clubs?
I don't think so. I attempted the National Honor Society, but got kicked out cause I never did my service hours. haha.

23. Where did you go most often for lunch?
Sack lunch all the way baby. As mentioned above, we had a closed campus.

24. Have you gained some weight since then?
Of course!

25. Who was your Senior prom date?
James Barker

26. Are you planning on going to your 10-year reunion?
I would like to go, if we have one. But that is 6 years from now.

27. Who was your home room teacher?
We did homeroom, but i can't remember who my teacher was.

28. Who will re-post this after you?
I don't know, Leandra maybe. (this is your hint to fill it out too!)

29. Who was your high school sweetheart?
I didn't have one.

30. Do you still talk to people from high school?
A few people here and there.

31.Did you win prom queen or king?

32. Where did you work in high school?
I worked as a lifeguard for a few summers at Vienna Woods. Holler!

33. what were your grades?
They were good.

34. What was your dress style?
I thought I dressed well. But I would sport the jammies and sweat pants occasionally.

35. What year did you graduate

Okay, here's the challenge, conjure up your best (and worst!) high school memories and post this survey!!!