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The blog title says it all!

My very talented wife.


Of the many wonderful talents that my wife has, I will highlight just one. Yesterday I we went to Temple Square where Riki, my mom, Sadie and Carrie were all playing the piano in the South Visitor's Center. While Riki was playing I remembered that when I was in about high school I always thought to myself that I wanted to marry someone that could play the piano. The funny thing to me is that while Riki and I were dating I didn't even really think about that and than last night I realized that I DID marry someone that can play the piano. I LOVE MY WIFE AND HER TALENTS!

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Riki's Birthday Poem

Riki's dad wrote her this poem for her birthday. It is called "Lives Blended" and I think it was a great gift!

Lives Blended

Our daughter has gone and changed her name.
She'll never again quite be the same.
Giddy laughter and brightened face
Her stoic manners now replace.

It took a pretty special guy
To finally catch our daughter's eye.
Someone with wisdom, strength, and charm
To travel life's journey with, arm in arm.

Riki's life was even keeled.
The arts and culture to her appealed.
A thrill to her was a freeway spin
Or a game at Rice Eccles stadium.

That has changed sice they were wed.
Adventures, for her, have lost their dread.
Ocean depths or a downhill run
Are seen by her as having fun.

Daniel too has seemed to mellow.
He's become a rather cultured fellow.
Books and theater for time compete
So "Sponge Bob" now must take back seat.

The two whose lives were surely blessed,
Have blended together the very best
Of who they were to who they are
And on that course they'll travel far.

by Michael Staheli

Thanksgiving in Oak City

We just spent the whole weekend in Oak City and it was GREAT! I got to meet Cody's girlfriend, Erica. She is really nice and seems to get along well with the family. I told her that are family is awesome. I also told her to hang onto Cody and she said that she was planning on it. I'm soooooo excited to see what happens :)

We also watched the U of U game, yes, it's the U game and not the BYU game. Needless to say it has been a fun season for the U. Riki got us season tickets and we went to every home game. I'm going to miss watching Sakoda and McCain as they are seniors and graduating this year. Though, I'm really not a fanatic about any team, I do prefer the U over the Y.

All-in-all it's been a pretty lazy weekend which has been fantastic. I got tired of going on vacations and coming back more tired than when I left. We even put together two 500-piece puzzles!

The Batmobile actually exists!


Driving to work the other day I was privileged to have a sighting of the batmobile. Seriously, this thing had the bat symbol all over it. The whole back was welded and just completely awesome! (click on the picture to view it full sized)

Biggest Mound of Nachos EVER!


So for lunch the other day me and Rory decided to make nachos to use up the rest of the cheese so that it wouldn't go bad. The result was the largest triple-decker mound of yummy nummy nachos ever :)

To Do List...Check!

Do you ever have those days that you feel like you've accomplished a bazillion things? Well, I had one of those today. My day started pretty early and the things I did this morning seem like I did them weeks ago. I guess I crammed so much into one day that it seems like weeks. Now, if only I could have one of those days every day...

New Couches!


We just bought two new couches (a sofa and a matching love seat). You can see the pictures at danandriki.com under 2007->Newlywed Things->Our Condo. The best part was when Riki and I were carrying the love seat up to our condo! Riki wasn't too excited about it. So for the sofa I had to ask a neighbor to help me bring it up.

Because the couches are new they are a little stiff, so Riki told me I had to break them in. Now, every time I get home or am brushing my teeth I take off my shoes and walk on the couches.

Celebration of Riki


Today is Riki's birthday celebration because her actual birthday is the day after Thanksgiving and we will be o.o.t. and I wanted to have her celebration with just the two of us. I'm going to write today's itinerary because I know that Riki won't look at this until Monday because it's a surprise!

-wake and make Riki breakfast
-go to the temple
-shop at Ikea and Taipan Trading
-Riki's Sveedish massage
-U of U football game
-dinner at Tuscany (a fancy pancy Italian restaurant)
-build a fire in our fireplace and watch a movie

Doesn't that sound like an awesome day?! Of course, all spent with my wonderful wife!

Our Newlywed Things


I finally took pictures of both our cars and our quaint condo. Check them out by visiting www.danandriki.com/pics and viewing 2007 -> 11.November -> Newlywed Things.

I think Riki and I are quite blessed. We we're given quite a few things for our wedding and seem to have everything we could ever need. How great it is to be married!