Friday, June 4, 2010

BYU 2010 Graduation!!!

This was such a great day!!! It was my last graduation ever. Absolutely no more school for me after this. I would go back for a PhD, but I hate research and statistics. It was a pretty ugly day and kind of rainy in the morning. The weather got better as the day went on, but it stayed pretty cool. Dave, Misty and I went to the social work reception prior to the graduation. We gave our class gift and mingled before the big event. We went to take some pictures before heading over to the Marriott center. Dave ran over to buy me a stole of gratitude and then I ran with Rachel to find out class before it was time to walk down to the main floor. We found them just as they were taking the class picture so we made it just it time...yes I still had my walking boot on at this time. We all got ready to walk in and as we walked down the long set of stairs it took me forever! My classmates in front of me slowed down so that it didn't look so obvious that it was taking for ever. It was a fun experience. I think we sat quietly for about the first 20 minutes of reading names and then we all started to get restless and started talking and enjoying ourselves. After the graduation was over we walked up the tall stairs again and I met everyone outside. We took some pictures and then Misty and I went to the store to buy some food for the bbq Dave and I were throwing. We made our homemade bbq sauce and it was so delicious! We hung out with Dave's family and had a great time. It was a wonderful graduation day and I am so glad to be done with school....FOREVER!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Friday...the good, the bad, the ugly

Friday morning April 16th around 5:30am my car alarm that I didn't know I had went off. Dave woke me up and asked me if it was my car. I automatically got up and started pushing my lock button on my car remote and the alarm stopped. I went back to sleep and then got up a couple hours later to get ready for work. I noticed Dave's sweater was on his car hood. I thought it was odd so I called and told him. He later told me that his brother's car had been broken into, luckily his car was unlocked so they didn't break anything. I guess the same thing happened with Dave's car, too. I thought I was lucky because my car looked I thought. I went all day at work and then went to get gas before going to my MSW Class of 2010 graduation party. I told Dave that I was going to stop and get gas before and that I would meet him at BYU. He stopped to get some energy snacks for our big race the next day. As I was pumping gas I noticed something weird with my convertible top. There were some black string looking things. As I took a closer look I noticed that my car top had been cut, twice! It went all the way through. When the people tried to open my door from the inside of my car it set off my alarm and scared them away...luckily!! I was pretty upset, but Dave was way more upset than I was.

I showed him my car when I met him at BYU and then we went to our party. We had a good time. We mingled and had some good food. We stayed for a couple hours and then went to get some last minute things for our race. When we got home Dave had already called the police and they were on their way. They got there about a minute after we pulled into the driveway. We filed our report and then I made my insurance claim. Now we just wait to see what happens. The sad thing is that we were getting ready to leave the nest and move out on our own, but now this is going to set us back financially! I'm grateful for my wonderful in-laws providing us a place to live for now!!


The day finally came...we have been training for this half marathon for several months now. When I started to train back in February I didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I am not a runner, I never was, and I thought I never would be. I proved myself wrong! Dave on the other hand ran track in high school and loves to run. He had no problem with this, I think his biggest challenge was staying at my pace and not getting ahead of me. Okay, so Tuesday prior to the race my foot started to hurt. I taped it up and tried to baby it and by Friday it felt okay. I went to pick up our race packets on Thursday and was super excited. We woke up at 4:30am Saturday morning to give ourselves enough time to get to the starting line on time. We made it to Salt Lake and then waited for quite some time to get on Trax to get to the starting line. Trax was so full with the thousands of people that were racing that day. Luckily, we got a seat and were able to sit on the ride up.

We made it to the starting line area with about 15 minutes to go. Just like the other girls I had to use the bathroom before the race! We were short on time, but if I didn't go before I knew my bladder would not last for the entire 13.1 miles! There were tons of people in the lines to use the portapotties.We started about 20 minutes after the gun time, but we had a clean start and got to run off the starting line instead of walk. We were doing amazing and had a really good pace going. I think it was about mile 5 that I started to feel some pain in my foot again. I tried to ignore it and just kept running at the good pace we had going. I started to run on my toe, which helped it a lot. After about 3 more miles I could barely stand it. I finally told Dave and we really slowed down. I tried to walk, but it felt worse so we just kept running. It was awesome because there were people along the entire course cheering everyone on! I really needed that because without it I would have let the pain get to me. I really started limping the last 2 miles or so and Dave was helping me run by holding some of my weight as we ran arm in arm. The last half mile or so was filled with tons of spectators cheering people on as they reached the finish line. My pain went away and we ran to the finish line. As soon as I crossed that line the pain shot through my foot and I was done. I had a bag of ice and was limping for the rest of the time. We got our finishers medals and finished the race in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. We could have had a much better time than that, but those last few miles really killed and people kept passing us. I guess at that point I just wanted to finish the race. Dave kept offering me a piggy back ride, but I wanted to finish on my own. We were so happy and Dave was so proud of me. We enjoyed out time at the finisher's area and were greeted by family. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

On the way home I took off my ankle tape and noticed that my ankle was bruised. It hurt extremely bad and I hobbled on it or had Dave carry me. It was pretty swollen and sore.

We got home and were locked out of the house. Dave got into the house and we ate some pasta and he played some video games to relax. After that we watched an episode of 24 and then slept for like 3 hours. When we finally woke up we went to dinner with Clint and Cassie. Cafe Rio never tasted so good! That night I took my last final exam ever and got a 94/100!!

Monday morning I went to urgent care because I wanted to get my ankle looked at. I figured if it was sprained I wanted to be sure it wasn't too bad. I thought I would take a week off to rest my foot and then get back to my normal routine that includes Zumba and now running. Unfortunately, I left urgent care with a walking cast because I have a stress fracture. I get to wear my wonderful boot for two weeks minimum! It is going to be difficult, but I guess my body is actually going to get the rest it needs. Too bad graduation is Friday!

Another Weekend in California

We got to spend another weekend in California. We love those weekends. My sister is getting married so I got to throw her a bridal shower. It turned out wonderful with all the help I had! It's kind of hard to plan a shower from out of town. So we left Wednesday after work around 6:30pm and didn't get in until about 4:30am. We were exhausted! We slept in and then had a lazy morning. We ate breakfast and watched some episodes of 24 before getting ready. We did some preparing for the shower and bought some prizes. We went to my brother David's house and spent some time with the kids. They are so cute and have the cutest personalities. We did some more shopping before heading back Christie's. I helped her get her invitations ready to be mailed out. They look really nice and their engagements came out good, too!

We slept in again on Friday and then went on a run in preparation for the half marathon. We wanted to run on the beach, but our plan was ruined when we turned away from the beach instead of toward it. We were only supposed to run a 11 mile run that day, but it ended up being about 13 miles. We were exhausted! I felt so bad because Dave didn't get to run on the beach. We made it back to my sister's place and then decided to grab some food and eat it on the beach. We found this place called Malibu Fish Grill. I normally don't go for seafood, but was so hungry that fish & chips sounded wonderful! Dave got the Wahoo Ono Plate. I tasted his and it was really good. I was either really hungry or I have misjudged seafood. We took it to the beach and enjoyed a nice meal on the sand. We planned to have a bbq and grill some chicken with some homemade bbq sauce from Dave's grill book, but the grill didn't have gas so we ended up baking it instead. It was really good. We watched The Wiz while eating because my nephew Mikie had never seen it. I guess he didn't end up liking it because as soon as the boys were done eating they went to play video games. Christie and I kept getting the invitations ready to be mailed.

Saturday morning Dave dropped me off at Misty's. She kindly offered to help me that morning get ready for the shower. We went to get presents for Christie and then got the food and some last minute prizes for my candy memory game I put together. Christie's shower was a blast. We had good food and decorations. Fun games and prizes. One of her old co-workers even made little dress cakes! I put together a dozen roses with the things that Mike loves about her and she almost started to cry, which then made me almost start to cry, too! She got tons of good gifts that are fun and practical.

Dave and I drove home Sunday morning. We stopped in Vegas at the outlets to do a little shopping. We got some good stuff for our half marathon from the Nike outlet. At one point we were literally on E. I thought we were going to run out of gas, but I kept praying and had faith that we would get to the next gas station. I did not want to be stranded. Luckily we barely made it to a gas station! I never realized that a gas meter could actually get to "E" and still run...crazy!!

Easter 2010-A weekend to remember

We had a pretty good Easter weekend. It was general conference weekend so very relaxing. It started off Friday night with Dave's mission reunion. It was awesome! We went to JCW's after with two of his old buddies and talked until after midnight...and after the restaurant closed. On Saturday in between sessions Dave and I went for a 10 mile run in preparation for our half marathon that is approaching quickly. Saturday night Dave went to Priesthood session with the boys and I went to dinner with the girls. It was a fun time. When I got home I had to hurry up and sew his Easter basket lining. If you know Dave, then you know how much he loves America! He now has his very own patriotic Easter basket. On Sunday morning he got out of bed and told me that he would be right back. As soon as he left I pulled his Easter basket out and placed it on his side of the bed. When he came back he saw it and really liked it! He then gave me a note from the Easter bunny. I had to go on a scavenger hunt to find my Easter basket. Here are the clues that the bunny left me:

Given the nature of this tradition, being as i am an Easter bunny of a surly nature I have hidden your gift so that you can't find it. Hahaha, I will however give you hints so I can watch from a distance as you struggle finding what is yours. Good Luck!

1. I spin round and round. If you don't feed me in a timely manner, I will make you stink! (the dryer)

2. I swing back and forth, back and forth, back and forth....(the swing outside)

3. I'm as cold as ICE!! (the freezer)

4. I am behind the smallest picture frame upstairs.

5. Instead of a "boot" or a "tow" you get me. (ticket on windshield)

6. (I can't find it because it was put to dry from the snow on my car...oops!)

7. My purpose is to sing. I summon those who are hungry. When you hear me, it's time to Eat! (bell in kitchen)

8. I am in the same place as the funds for a special vacation coming up in the distant future. A place of serenity and a very famous pineapple plantation. (Hawaii fund jar)

9. I am the biggest reflection in this house. (mirror Dave made at bottom of stairs)

10. I'm outside, but you can only get to me by way of the room where pepper (dog) used to sleep...go there as if your objective was to cool down a fresh apple pie right out of the oven. (upstairs in Andy's room outside the window on the roof)

It was a fun little adventure...I am glad I found it!

During the afternoon session Dave kept me company upstairs while I made two homemade apple pies...HIS FAVORITE!! I hadn't baked in a while so it was nice. They turned out yummy and were a great treat after a wonderful Easter dinner.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Benihana's Chef Special

WE LOVE BENIHANA'S!!! Ever since we went for Dave's birthday we fell in love. The food is so good. It is pretty expensive so we haven't been back since, but when I got the email that said the Chef's special for March was $35 for two we were there. I told Dave about it and we decided to go Friday 3/19/10 and to invite Krystal and Ryan (Dave's sis and husband). They were all for it, especially since it was their anniversary when we went. We had a great time, except that Ryan was full because he had a shake from the Nordstrom Cafe right before they got to the restaurant. We started dinner with onion soup, salad, shrimp appetizer and then had veggies, chicken, more shrimp, and fried rice for dinner. We topped it off with some ice cream and took our left overs home. We all enjoyed our food Saturday night, especially Ryan who had all of his meal. After dinner we decided to go watch a movie. We ended up watching Alice in Wonderland, which is like a sequel to the original cartoon. We saw it in 3-D! It was a good movie. Since we had some time before the movie started, Dave and I went home and watched part of an episode of 24 Season 2. Overall, it was a fun day with great company.

Brian Regan Comedy Show

On March 13, 2010 we went to the Brian Regan comedy show. It was way fun and super funny! We went with Jason and Noelle. I never heard of Brian Regan until I started dating Dave and on our first road trip to California we listened to some of his CD's. Brian Regan had 4 shows planned, but they sold out super fast and they added the show that we went to. We had really good seats, directly middle about the 16th row back. After the show we went down around back to see if we could see him leaving, but the only people we saw were the governor and his family. We didn't even know who it was we saw until Dave and Jason went to talk to the security guys and they let them know. They told us to come back around 7:30pm and we would probably be able to see him before his next show. We were all hungry and didn't want to drive all the way back to downtown Salt Lake. We went to dinner that night at Red Robin. It was really bad weather on the drive back down to Lehi and we could barely see the car in front of us. It was like driving in a white blanket of snow. Here are some pictures of the show. It was really hard to take pictures because he does not stand still ever!

Our New Hutch!!

So I think that my mom is the person that got me into wanting a hutch. She had been looking for one for a while (at least a year I think). She finally bought one around September/October of last year. It really got me in the mood to start looking for one. I kept looking on the internet for one that I liked on craigslist or KSL, but they were more than we wanted to spend or just not what I was looking for. I found one that I liked that this lady refinished in white. I told Dave and then recently I found one and got a great deal...$175. Dave and Jason picked it up and I taught Zumba that day. As soon as I got home I saw Dave getting ready to work on it. Together we sanded it and prepped it to get painted. At this point we have only sanded it, but Dave is going to refinish it in white. Here are some pics of the hutch as it was and after we sanded it. I am super excited to see the final product! I love how talented my husband is.

Another Update...

My goodness...I don't know if I will ever be able to keep up on here. So much happens in our lives,which is probably why I cannot ever stay on top of this blog. Well for those of you who have seen me lately obviously can see that I am the same size and not pregnant. Things happen for a reason and we are grateful for the extra time that we have to spend as a couple before bringing children to this world. Dave's car has been fixed for a couple months now after $2500!

We went to the Salt Lake Temple to see the Christmas lights at temple square and then went for some yummy tacos after. As always they were delicious.

We went to Memphis for Christmas and had a wonderful time. I got to go see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with my family. Dave wasn't out there at that point so it was just me and my fam...we had a great time and had great seats! I was with my brother and sister-in-law like 8 rows back floor seats. My parents and little sis were front row! Dave made his way to the airport on the Sunday he flew out, but when he got there we were surprised to find that his flight was scheduled for Saturday! It was a crazy hassle, but he made it on a direct flight to Memphis. We were really happy to be back together, even though our separation was only a couple days. Dave and I did a little shopping and lots of eating! My dad treated us to a trip to Graceland. We took tons of pictures and even got some in front of the famous Graceland gate.

We ate out at a Chinese buffet (Red Sun Buffet), which is super good! You really cannot find a place like that in Utah. Dave had me try something, I had no idea what it was and then after I took a bite he told me it was frog legs!!! GROSS!! I did not like it at all. We went to my favorite BBQ place called Corky's. I love it and have to have it every time I go home. I even brought back 4 bottles of the sauce!!

We saw the musical A Christmas Carol. It was a good show and we were front so had perfect seats. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. My mom was telling me that she was going to make some yummy Mexican dish called Chiles en Nogada. I was excited, but sad at the same time because I thought that meant we were not going to have a traditional Christmas dinner. It was actually even better because I had my traditional food, plus the yummy extra dish. Dave actually liked it so I will be making it on my own...who knows if it will turn out like my moms. The day after Christmas we celebrated our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! Time sure does fly. My dad once again treated Dave and I to a romantic dinner at Texas de Brazil. It has such delicious food and something that we could never afford on our own, as least not at this stage in our life.

Dave headed back to Utah a day before I did and had a worst time than his way to Memphis. He went from Memphis to Atlanta to Newark then to Utah. It took him all day and he had really long layovers. He left Memphis at like 6am and got to Utah around 11pm! I got to Utah the next morning with a short delay in leave time, but no problems other than that.

New Year's:
We hung out at home for new year's eve and if I remember correctly we spent over an hour at Wal-Mart. We relaxed and a little before midnight played a game with the adults and then toasted in the new year. We lit some sparklers outside with the kids and played some more games.

Anniversary Weekend Getaway Trip:
We had a weekend package at a really nice resort in Utah called Zermatt. We decided to use it as a weekend getaway trip for our anniversary. We wanted to take some time to ourselves and spend some nice quality time together...alone. It was the most amazing weekend ever! We left after work on a Friday and got some Subway for dinner. We spent a lot of time in the sauna and the hot tub. It was extremely relaxing. We had a free breakfast at one of the restaurants on Saturday morning. Dave got the steak and eggs and I had a Spanish omlette and potatoes. We went to Park City and did a little shopping that afternoon and then came back for dinner at another restaurant in the hotel. It was a buffet so we had tons of food including lobster and lots of dessert. It was a buy one get one free deal that we had included in the package. We enjoyed the hot tub and the sauna several times on Saturday and met some interesting couples both times we hung out in the hot tub Saturday. We also took a tour of the ice castle and took some pretty cool pictures of that. Sunday morning we had free brunch at the same place we had dinner, which was voted best brunch in Utah. We believe it truly is the best brunch. We had french toast, omlettes, fruit, bacon, sausage, and some other lunch items including more lobster. We were pretty stuffed, but could not resist the food. We walked around after that a bit and went back for another tour of the ice castle to see it during the day and when it was not so cold. It is a really cool castle. We made our way back to reality after that and I took a long nap when we got home.

Valentine's Day:
We went to Braza Grill for Valentine's day. We had kind of a long wait because we didn't think to make reservations this year. We went to Toys 'R' Us while we waited. We really enjoyed the meal. After that we went to the Planetarium for a Rock on Demand laser show. It was a great memory of our first date and out engagement. After that we went home and decorated cupcakes for our church primary class.