Thursday, January 29, 2009

Joshua's 2nd Birthday

Happy Birthday Big Guy!!!
Joshua is officially two years old today! He has been such a joy and great addition to our family. He was "late" entering this world by my standards but has been quite early with everything else. He loves his big sister and brothers, they keep him quite entertained. He loves to be independent and has tons of energy!!! He loves hugs and kisses, talking to anyone who will listen, wrestling, and doing whatever the other kids are doing except he refuses to use anything pink Katelyn might give him! He is 100% a rough and tough little guy. We enjoy his wonderful personality and character he has added to our family.
We love you Joshua!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Katelyn's Barbie House

Santa brought Katelyn some barbie furniture and I thought it would be a fun idea to decorate her shelves in her closet into a doll house. I had always wanted a dollhouse when I was growing up but never got one so I am living that dream through Katelyn!

The kitchen was probably my toughest job! I found lots of kitchen designs but trying to find one that I could actually make it work on the wall. This seemed to work. I changed it around a few times until I felt like it was right. The colors were tricky too, it had to look like a Barbie kitchen and still be appealing to me (not too much pink!) The accessories made all the difference in the world!
Fruit bowl, flowers, a window, the sink, dishwasher gadgets, toaster, clock, hood over the stove, jars for baking supplies, oven knobs and a towel
Dining Room
This is the dining area. Katelyn did not want us to separate out the kitchen and dining rooms to make it easier to play with. I was very excited about the flooring which we purchased at Home Depot for $0.36 for a 12x12 tile, we bought 8. It isn't a very big space and the flooring was so much easier than painting on! Yeah for great deals!
I really liked the windows, the seem to make it much more real and lively. I found these pictures of potted plants and a picture frame in a magazine, a nice touch.
Barbie's BedroomThis is with the furniture, we painted a cute little doll dresser that I found at Michael's craft store to match the bedroom. It is the perfect size for this dollhouse! She loves to put clothes into the dresser! I Modge Podged some of the accessories from magazines which was an idea I found online. It really worked out to be a great addition! I loved painting the mirror on! The bed was tough just to make it look like it wasn't just on the wall but my favorite addition is the rug. I got the idea from a rug at Pottery Barn kids, a store I would love to buy from if I ever got that kind of money, I cannot even afford their clearance for the most part. For now it is my favorite place to just dream and get many ideas!
I included the picture of their rug. It is absolutely adorable to me!!! I thought the accessories was a nice touch. An old alarm clock, flowers, a lamp with a hair clip on it, a magazine rack on the other wall and a handbag.
Barbie's Office
Katelyn and I really worked on the room together. It was lots of fun! I painted most of it with some help and then when it was dry she added the foam flower stickers. She wanted the office to be bright and cheery so this is what we came up with, a great office for Barbie!

The window is our only accessory since we wanted to focus on bright colorful flowers!

The flooring believe it or not is scrapbooking paper. I cut out all the squares and then used Modge Podge to glue them down and seal over the top. Making sure they were evenly spaced was the most challenging but turned out pretty well!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Stephanie's Baby Shower

My baby sister, Stephanie is going to be having her baby shower this weekend, she's due in April. I was looking online at different things relating to baby showers and thought I would share for anyone who may be interested!

Pregnancy Q and A

Q: What do you call a pregnancy that begins while using birth control ?
A: A misconception

Q: What is the most common pregnancy craving ?
A: For men to be the ones who get pregnant

Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move ?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college

Q: What's the difference between a pregnant woman and a Playboy centerfold ?
A. Nothing, if the pregnant woman's husband knows what's good for him

Q: What position should the baby be in during the ninth month of pregnancy ?
A: Head down, pressing firmly on your bladder

Q: When is the best time to get an epidural ?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant

Q: What is colic ?
A: A reminder for new parents to use birth control


Here is a list of games to play:

1) Guess Mom's Tummy Size: (Materials- String or yarn and scissors) Have each woman pull the yarn to the size they believe would fit perfectly around the Mother-To-Be's center of her pregnant tummy. After everyone cuts their string, compare the results to the Mommy-To-Be's actual tummy. Give a prize to the woman who is the most close! This is a baby shower favorite. Need: String/Yarn, prize

2) Guess The Gerber's: (Materials - Gerber's infant food, pads of paper and pens). Take the labels off of the baby food jars and have the women at the baby shower guess the food (carrots, peas, sweet potato). Most fun to play up to 10 jars of different kinds of foods. If there is a tie, blindfold the women and have them taste one of the jars and guess the right flavor to win their prize. Need: 10 jars of baby food, pads of paper & Pens/pencils, prize

3) "B" is for Baby: (Materials paper and pens passed out to all the women). Each woman is told to write the babies Mom-To-Be and Father-To-Be's name on a paper going vertically down the page. Next to each letter of both names, create a word that is baby related or things that kids like. The one who guesses the most words that are the same as the mother-to-be wins a prize. Need: Paper & Pens/Pencils, prize

4) Baby Pictionary - Before the baby shower, create playing cards by writing words or phrases that have to do with babies on each card. During the baby shower, divide into teams and give each team a pen or pencil and pad of paper. Each round, one person from each team views a card and draws the word or phrase for her team to guess. The team that guesses correctly first earns one point. Set a timer for two minutes to keep the game moving along. If the timer goes off before a team guesses correctly, allow someone new from each team to draw and choose a new card. After playing 5-10 rounds, each team adds up their points and the team with the most wins. A prize should be given to each person on the team. a baby shower favorite. Need: Paper & Pen/Pencil, prize

5) Find the Safety Pins (Materials: large bowl, long grain rice, safety pins and blindfold) - Fill bowl with rice and about 20 safety pins. Blindfold each participant from the baby shower for 1 minute and let the participant feel around in the bowl to see how many safety pins they can get. Keep score for each person playing. you would not believe how hard it is to tell the difference of the safety pin and the rice.

6) The Baby Supplies Memory Game (Materials: Different baby items such as a bottle, pacifier, diaper, etc as well as pads of paper and pens) - Place several baby items on the table 10-15 (i.e., rattle, teather, lotion, bottle scrubber, mittens, comb). Leave the baby shower items out for a few seconds to view the items and then take the items away. Everyone has to write down as many items as they can remember. The one with the best memory wins. And the mommy of course gets to keep the items.

7) Baby Shower Right and Baby Shower Left - (Materials: a baby shower prize and the following story to be read) - DIRECTIONS: Form a circle with all baby shower participants. Each time you hear the word "right", pass the baby shower wrapped prize to the person on your right. When you hear the word "left", pass the baby shower prize to the person on your left. When you finish this story the person holding the item is the winner of it. Have either the mommy-to-be start the game or choose who holds the prize first.
Here is the story to read when playing: This is a story about Mrs. Wright's baby shower tea party. She lived right at the end of Lefty Lane, the third house on the left. Today, Mrs. Wright's was hosting a baby shower tea party. The women would enter left, right through the front door and greet Mrs. Wright, they would head right down the stairs, turning left then right into Mrs. Wright's family room where the mommy-to-be was.
Two of the girls were left-handed so they would sit at the left of the table. Mrs. Wright held up her right hand and all of her friends grew quiet, except the left-handed girl on the right patting Mrs. Wright's dog named Hefty Lefty.
Mrs. Wright asked Sarah Wright and Julie Wright to pass out the teacups starting to the left. Sarah Wright and Julie Wright started out left but turned back because they left the cups just to the right of the table, right next to the spoons. Mrs. Wright said, "That's all right."
Mrs. Wright began to serve her friends some pie when Grandma Wright smelled the delicious desserts and left her bedroom to join the Wright girls. She went down the stairs and turned left than right, right into Mrs. Wright's family room.
Grandma Wright knocked and entered left and sat in the rocking chair on the left. Sarah Wright and Julie Wright invited Grandma Wright to join them at the table.
Grandma Wright had been to many baby showers as a young girl and right before they realized it, Grandma Wright was telling them a stories from when she was the mommy-to-be and went to the right cabinet and in the left drawer were pictures of her baby shower.
As the party ended right on time, they all put their dishes right in the left side of the sink and thanked Mrs. Wright and Grandma Wright for such a wonderful time. Soon, all of the women from the Wright baby shower tea party turned right than left, then left again to return to the front door and out to the right car that they arrived in. Down lefty lane they went. Now who ended up with the right gift? Thanks to Heidi F. for a wonderful game!

8) The Price is Right - (Materials: Baby products, index cards, pens and paper for each baby shower guest) -Like the game show, purchase 10 different baby items (i.e., baby shampoo, soap, bib, lotion, rattle, pampers). On index cards, write the price of each baby shower item and then randomly place the index cards in front of all of the items. Write a letter next to the price of each item and then have your baby shower guests guess by writing down the item that corresponds to the price. Each guest will write their answer on a piece of paper. The baby shower guest with the most correct corresponding prices wins a prize!

9) Good Advice - (Materials: Strips of A4 (narrow) paper and pens) - All the guests get given a strip of A4 paper - the paper must be fairly narrow and long. Fold the paper into quarters and then get the baby shower guests to write a problem they may have had in the first few weeks of having their baby (e.g. baby doesn't sleep well, baby cries too much, baby doesn't burp after a feed then cries etc.on the first quarter). Fold the paper in half and pass it three people along. The baby shower guests then write the solution to the problem and fold the paper so it is like a small parcel. The papers are gathered up and the mother-to-be reads out the problems and the solutions. This can be hilarious!

10) Baby Shower Thank You Game - (Materials: blank thank you cards with envelopes, stamps, basket, pens and baby shower door prize). place the empty thank you baby shower card envelopes in a basket. Ask each entering baby shower guest to fill out the envelope with their address. Have the envelopes pre-stamped and print soon to be parent(s) address as the return. Once everyone has filled out the envelopes, have the soon to be Mom or Dad pull the envelope out of a basket. The envelope she or he pulls receives a prize and all the envelopes are giving to the soon to be parents with their thank you cards ready to fill out, stamped and send.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Newspaper Clippings

Katelyn is at home sick with the flu, the boys have spent most the day watching movies while it is pouring outside. To keep myself from pure boredom I've been browsing the internet. I saw these newspaper clippings on and thought I would share:

Bank Robber complains

This guy thinks that he gets to decide what a fair punishment is and
ten years seems like too much for him.

Pacifier Ad

Could you imagine this pacifier for your baby?!?

Pizza Ad
So generous!

Work Wanted Ad

Poor girl

Thoughtless Headline
Let's think of the headlines before we put them in our paper

Police Report
Genious! Someone needs to get this woman's hearing checked!

For Sale

What a deal?!?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A child's honesty

Today was the kids 100th day of school this year and to celebrate Taylor's class did many different projects. I personally thought this one was absolutely hilarious because of his honesty:

The paper says "A picture of me when I am 100 years old!" Taylor drew a picture of himself burried in the ground with a tombstone and all! In pure innocence he says, "Most people don't live to be 100 years old so I plan on being dead!"

Random Week & Pictures

My kids all seem to be hams but that is probably my own fault. We have owned a digital camera for years and I cannot seem to take enough pictures of the right moments. I love being able to click the picture and instantly see what it looks like. No more paying for 24 pictures to find out that the whole roll was exposed and is all black, missing moments that you cannot get back but would love to have on your wall. As soon as the picture is taken these little munchkins want to see it. Remember when your parents would take you on a trip taking pictures all over the place and then you never saw those pictures again. Many people had drawers full of rolls of film that never were developed, now days if you don't have them developed you can at least see them on your computer, add them to your blog. I love that aspect of technology!

Here is Joshua being one of the lucky ones to lick the beater! Zack had the other one. You can see Katelyn in the background using a spatula to get all those leftovers, let's just say brownies go fast around here!

William's trivial stage

It is a hard place to be - too young to play at your friends house and "too old" to take a nap. That is where William was Monday afternoon. Since all the rest of the kids where off doing their thing he had both Dad and Mom to himself. He got all the attention he wanted! Zack put him up in the tree which he loved but was also too scared to move. These are his creative faces!

Licking an imaginary ice cream cone, you wouldn't think it was still January!

Goofy KID!!!


Creative Bug

I have seen some very cute Valentine's decorations lately on many blogs and thought I should try them out. See what I could come up with. Here is my latest attempt! I am rather pleased with it. Being a little festive keeps the spirits alive!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration

Well today is a day that will go down in history. President Barack Obama has been sworn in and is the 44th President of the United States of America. My feelings are rather mixed, I do feel rather intrigued at what the future will behold. We shall see where these changes will take us. I do hope for things to get better. I am aware however that the president of the United States has only so much power and it is the citizens of this nation that will decide what the next four years will be. The choice for president was one to change what is currently going on. It can be exciting and frightening all at the same time. God bless the United States of America. I am thankful for a living prophet to lead and guide us no matter the outcome.

Here is the you tube link to the presidential inauguration and address:

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Potty Training Bliss?!?

This past week Joshua kept telling us he wanted to be BIG and go on the potty. Yeah right! I am 8 months pregnant and not interested in the idea right now at all. Well, our little William decided to take this upon himself. He got up in the morning with Joshua and took all his clothes off including the diaper, then he helped him get up on the potty!!! After Joshua went pee they would run through the house singing, "happy river Joshy, happy river Joshy." When William would go potty they would sing the same song but changed it to William. Taylor and I just laughed at their silly behavior! Before naptime William and Joshua took turns pooping in the potty and then gave each other fives!!! Joshua went down for a nap with a diaper on, thanks to my coaxing but as soon he was awake the diaper came off and William was on potty duty again. Surprisingly Joshua stayed dry all day long! Too good to be true, it isn't (shocking maybe but still true). It has only lasted for that day and a few more times when he wants to be nakey but I am fine with the diapers until this baby comes out. I definitely do not have the drive for potty training right now but if William is interested he's hired!

Activity Day Ideas: Family Trees

This idea comes from:

The boys used the family trees they made at Halloween to make these great artful trees to hang on their wall for a Primary Activity Day (that's through the children's program at our church) The leaders did so much precutting work for the kids so they could assemble this nice tree. I can only imagine how many hours they put into this, but see the beautiful results?!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Comebacks... when people ask about your kids!

Last week, I was at the grocery store with only my boys, an older woman came over to me and asked if they were all mine. Yep, I told her I had another one in school too. She seemed rather surprised by that. Considering I'm 8 months pregnant, I guess I looked odd to her. You would think living in Utah I would not be abnormal but having more than four seems to be odd to many people.

I found this website about larger families which I really don't feel like I have. Surprising to me I have actually had many people ask me these questions, especially since I've been pregnant this round! I thought some of their comebacks were perfect, so I am going to share.

You have your hands full!
*Yes, happily so!
*Yes, and my heart too.
*Yes, but I would rather have my hands full than empty!

Are they all yours?
*No, I just went to Rent-a-Brat.
*No, this is not all of them, my oldest is at home with the triplets.
*No, actually two are the mailman's and I am not sure whose is that one.....
*No, a couple of them starting following us a few minutes ago.
*No, I picked up a couple extra in the produce aisle.
*Of course they're all mine. Do you think I take six (or fill in your number) kids shopping for fun?
*Of course they are..wait..who is that one?Hes not ours.....oh,yeah,#5,I forgot I had him.
*I don't know. How many do you count?

Are you going to have more?
*Why do you want to know?
*Well, not today.
*Yes, I always want just one more.
*Check back in nine months and you'll see for yourself.

Don't you know what causes that?
*No, please tell me!
*Of course, don't you?
*Oh yes, we finally figured it out and we now keep the tooth brushes in separate glasses!
*It's in the water. Would you like a glass?
*Yes I do........cold winter nights.........

Are you going to get fixed?
*Nope, I am not broken!
*Why do you want to know?
*We didn't know anything was broken.

I can't believe how you do it, I cannot even handle my two!
*Yes, if I had kids like you, I wouldn't have any more either!
*Yes, you don't strike me as the type who could handle more kids than that.

Are you planning to have any more?
*I've been wondering about this and maybe you can explain it to me: I always thought you had to plan NOT to have more.
*Before we were married we planned on having 2, but I didn't know that my husband couldn't count!
*We didn't plan the first six, I don't think we'll plan the next six, either.

I hope you aren't planning to have anymore?!?
*Well, we do have room in our van for 2 more.
*OK, I won't plan my next one. Surprises can be fun!
*Yup we are going to keep going till we get an ugly one.

Haven't you heard of birth control?
*Yes, I've heard of it, I hope you are using it!
*Yes, that's great stuff for people with ugly kids!
*Oh yes, we do know what birth control is; it's for people who don't want children.

How can you afford having so many?
*Lifestyles are expensive not kids.
*I figure you spend what you make, you may as well spend it on more.
*I'm still not sure how we do it...but it works!

I am glad it is you and not me!
*Yes, me too!
*My kids are glad it's me and not you too! ;-)
*Oh me too! I love being a mother! and smile real BIG!

Do you get any time for yourselves?
*Obviously we get a little time to ourselves, or we wouldn't have six kids.

Did you give birth to all of them?
*Yes, I gave birth to them all. Do you really believe the stork dropped them off?

When people just keep staring at your family....
*Yes, they all are mine!
*No, we don't try to overpopulate the earth, just to outnumber the idiots!

Haven't You Had That Baby YET?!!?
*"YES. This is the NEXT ONE!!!!!!!!" See if that don't make their jaws drop!


On a more serious note:

Overpopulation as a reason to have a smaller family?
- the percentage of U.S. families having a larger family (defined in the stats as families with 4 + children), is only 6.1%. The biggest and fastest growing group at 41 or 42% are families with just one child. Let the figures speak for themselves. Just my thoughts.

What is your favorite motto?
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
It won't even matter a hundred years from now and none will even know the difference.
Enjoy them, they grow up so fast!
Miracles happen to those who believe in them
Just remember that the sun will come up tomorrow and that God has given you a whole new day.
Don't sweat the small stuff!
So much time and so little to do...strike that...reverse.....Willie Wonka
Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
This too shall pass
In God we trust
Always room for one more.
The more the merrier! (Kids of course.) I also agree with in God we Trust. He will provide.
What's not fun for all is not fun at all! It's Team Work!
I love God will provide! This too will pass ! for all problems, especially constant nursing!
Well when people ask me what I do for a living I always say I'm a mom that's my job!!!!!!! The pay isn't great but the benefits are sure worth it. Lots of love, hugs, and kisses.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Activity Days: Joseph Smith's first vision

This weeks Activity Days we colored and cut out pictures of the first vision for the girls to use in their upcoming Family Home Evening. This covers Learning & Living the gospel #2. Here is the packet for Family Home Evening:

Opening Song: “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” #26 in Hymns


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (James 1:5)

Quote: President Joseph F. Smith said: “The greatest event that has ever occurred in the world, since the resurrection of the Son of God from the tomb and his ascension on high, was the coming of the Father and of the Son to that boy Joseph Smith. … Having accepted this truth, I find it easy to accept of every other truth that [Joseph Smith] … declared” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. pp. 495–96).

Lesson: Tell the story of the first vision, use the cutouts to help you.
1. Joseph plowing the field - When Joseph was fourteen years old; many people in his hometown were excited about religion. Preachers gave sermons to try to get people to join their churches. Joseph learned about the different churches, but he couldn’t decide which one to join. The preachers disagree with each other. They can’t all be right!
2. Joseph reading the scriptures - One day, as he was studying the Bible, he read James 1:5. “ If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Then he knew what to do. Joseph decided he would do what the scripture said—ask God. He went into the woods to pray.
3. Joseph kneeling and praying - Joseph had never prayed out loud before. He looked around to make sure he was alone, then knelt down. As soon as he tried to speak, he was surrounded by thick darkness and he was afraid he would be destroyed. He prayed to be saved from this evil power.
4. Joseph looking up to the sky - Joseph later said: “Just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. … I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
5. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ - Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ had appeared to Joseph. They told him not to join any of the churches because they were all wrong. When the pillar of light and the Heavenly Beings left, Joseph was lying on his back. He felt peace and joy. Joseph returned home and told his family about his experience. Joseph’s family loved God and wanted to keep his commandments. They read the Bible and prayed together often. Like Joseph, they were confused about which church was the true church of Jesus Christ. After Joseph received his first vision, his family believed him and supported him in the great work he was called to do.
6. Joseph talking with a preacher - When Joseph told others about his vision, they made fun of him. Ministers of other religions persecuted him, even though he was only a boy. “There are no such things as visions anymore! You’re either lying or you’ve been deceived by the devil.”
7. Book of Mormon - Joseph never denied his testimony. He said: “Though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; … I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it.”
8. Children praying - We, too, can go to Heavenly Father in prayer and receive answers to important questions in our lives. Through prayer we can also receive a testimony from Heavenly Father that Joseph Smith was a prophet.

Discussion: There are two reasons why we pray:
1-We pray to thank Heavenly Father for our blessings
2-We pray to ask for Heavenly Father’s help Just like Joseph Smith’s prayer was answered, our prayers will be heard and answered when we sincerely speak to Heavenly Father.

Ask the family if anyone would like to tell about a time they had a prayer answered. Share your own testimony of prayer or ask one of your parents to share their testimony.

Activity: Play stick pulling, one of Joseph Smith’s favorite games. Contestants sit on the ground facing one another with their feet braced sole to sole. Grasp a round stick, a 1 1/4-inch hardwood dowel, between them, parallel to the ground and lengthwise over their braced feet. On a given signal they begin to pull against each other until one is lifted off the ground enough to see daylight beneath him. The best out of three pulls determines the winner of the contest.

Closing Song: “On a Golden Springtime” (Children’s Songbook p. 88)

Closing Prayer:

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Utah 31 - Alabama 17

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Out of their element, out of their league -- and still perfect.

Brian Johnson and sixth-ranked Utah came down from the mountains to SEC country and established themselves as the best of the BCS busters, finishing 13-0 with a convincing 31-17 win over No. 4 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Friday night.

Fast Facts
• Utah became the first school with two undefeated seasons in the BCS era (since 1998), extending its current bowl winning streak to an FBS-best eight games.
• Alabama finished the year by dropping its final two games after starting 12-0.
• The Crimson Tide, playing without offensive lineman Andre Smith, surrendered a season-high eight sacks and rushed for a season-low 0.9 yards per carry.
• Utes quarterback Brian Johnson threw for a season-high 336 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
-- ESPN research

Johnson threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns on his way to being selected the game's most outstanding player, a fitting finish to the career of Utah's winningest quarterback (26-7).
Utah became the first team from a non-BCS conference to win two BCS bowls. The Utes beat Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl under coach Urban Meyer, going for his second BCS national title with Florida when his Gators play Oklahoma on Thursday in Miami.

Yet, after winning the Mountain West Conference, the Utes were left out of the BCS national championship game in favor of perennial powers Florida and Oklahoma, even though both have one loss.

That's bound to bring more calls for changes to the BCS system, because Utah showed it could do more than just hang with the big boys, it could dominate one of them. "I know where I'm voting us. I'm voting us No. 1. End of story," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said afterward.

"I don't know why they wouldn't deserve that consideration," he added later. "Somebody has to explain to me why they wouldn't. There is only one undefeated team in the United States of America right now in Division I football, and it's these guys right here."

Utah's only chance for a piece of the national title -- albeit a remote possibility -- is in The Associated Press poll. The AP, not part of the BCS, awards its own national champion.

The Utes are the only team in the AP Top 25 that remains unbeaten.

"What else do we have to prove?" Johnson said. "Without question, we're one of best, if not the best team in the country."

Johnson was 27-of-41 and was not intercepted, and the Utes took charge from the start by bolting to a stunning, 21-0 first-quarter lead. When Alabama pulled to 21-17 early in the second half, the Utes refused to wilt.

Utah's defense was equally impressive, intercepting John Parker Wilson twice and sacking him eight times, with the seventh sack forcing a fumble that sent crimson-clad Alabama fans streaming for the exits with just more than five minutes remaining.

After surging to No. 1 in the rankings with a 12-0 regular season, Alabama closed with two consecutive losses, the first against Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Following that first loss, Saban noted that his club still was the only team to have an undefeated regular season in a "real BCS conference."

The comment wasn't aimed specifically at the Utes, but it clearly motivated them.

"From my perspective, I was angry, not just because of what Saban said but everything that was out there," Johnson said. "I just felt like we were being completely disrespected." Johnson and the rest of the Utes played with an angry edge, much to Saban's chagrin.

"I apologize if anybody was offended by that. We had a tremendous amount of respect for Utah," Saban said. "I certainly misstated that. ... So if that's what gave them all their intensity, then I guess I'm responsible for the way they played and I'm responsible for the way we played." (Look the man now wants credit for Utah winning, GOOD LUCK!)

Alabama could have used suspended All-America left tackle Andre Smith, but even he might not have been enough to stop a Utah defense that played with speed, ferocity and discipline.

The Utes' front seven was significantly outweighed by Alabama's offensive line, but refused to give ground to the Tide's normally powerful running game that averaged 196.5 yards per game coming into the Sugar Bowl. Glen Coffee was held to 36 yards on 13 carries, while Mark Ingram rushed eight times for only 26 yards.

The Utes' array of stunts and blitzes appeared to upset Wilson's rhythm. He overthrew a couple of open receivers downfield and finished 18-of-30 for 177 yards and a touchdown Utah didn't seem very interested in running the ball, and who could blame them the way Johnson adeptly spread the ball around to seven receivers? He hit Freddie Brown 12 times for 125 yards. Johnson's touchdowns went for 7 yards to Brent Casteel, 18 yards to Bradon Godfrey and 28 yards to David Reed. Matt Asiata ran for a 2-yard TD, a score set up by Reed's leaping catch at the 2.

An Alabama comeback appeared to be building early in the second half, when Dont'a Hightower stripped Johnson, and Bobby Greenwood recovered at the Utah 30. Wilson methodically drove the Tide for a score, hitting Coffee for an easy 4-yard score on a rollout to close the gap to 21-17.

At the point, Alabama had scored 17 straight points, and it appeared to be only a matter of time before the Tide, favored by more than a touchdown, would overtake the underdog Utes.
Johnson had other ideas, opening Utah's next drive with a 33-yard pass over the middle to Brown. The completion kick-started a 71-yard scoring drive that ended with Reed's touchdown.

The Tide drove right back into Utah territory, but Ingram was stuffed for no gain on third-and-2 from the Utah 32. Leigh Tiffen then missed his second long field goal of the game, hooking a 49-yarder just left of the upright.

Only a year ago, the Sugar Bowl saw its first BCS buster in Hawaii, which took a 41-10 beating from Georgia.

Utah calmly dismissed any comparisons to last year's game during the lead-up to the game, and wasted no time proving it on the field.

Utah's 21-0 lead, the largest deficit the Tide faced all season, stood until Tiffin hit a 52-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter. Alabama did not score an offensive TD in the half, but pulled to 21-10 when Javier Arenas returned a punt 73 yards for a score.

"They jumped ahead of us early in the game. I don't think we gave them their due respect coming into the game," Coffee said. "That's something we never should have allowed to happen."