Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It was short, but we had a blast!

Beach time
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Thanksgiving dinner…yummy!
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Kayaking. Never going to do that again and that’s all I’m gonna say about that. 2010 200
We are so thankful that Steph and Mike spent the time and money to come and visit us for Thanksgiving break. I don’t think they know how much I needed it. It was so fun to show them around, but mostly just to hang out. Thanks guys, love you!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


My sister and brother are coming to visit for Thanksgiving and while they are here, we thought it would be fun to go kayaking. There is only one problem…I’m freaked out! I actually love kayaking, but that love is conditional. It needs to be on a lake, where only medium size, harmless fishes are dwelling. Kayaking in the bay on the ocean is a completely different story. Last night I had all these frightening scenarios bopping around in my mind as I went to sleep…

What if a shark bits my paddle off? What if a shark starts bumping the kayak trying to dump us into the water so it can have us for breakfast? What if a shark leaps into the air and smashes our kayak in half and then eats us for breakfast (I’ll admit that one may be a little far fetched). What if a whale shallows us and has us for breakfast (hey it could happen, it happened at Sea World and that was even in a controlled environment)? What if a whale tips us over on accident as it swims by a then a shark eats us for breakfast? What if an alligator eats us for breakfast (are there alligators in salt water?)?  What if an octopus wraps its tentacles around our kayak and drowns us?

Right now I’m looking over my shoulder thinking a shark is going to be standing there ready to eat me! Yes, I know that is impossible. Hopefully, I can just imagine that I’m kayaking on a lake, but that is going to take some incredible mind power. Has anyone else kayaked on the ocean? Any comforting words for me?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Finally got me some argyle

I’ve always wanted an argyle sweater ever since I took a religion class at BYU with my friends Scotty and Elisha, where it seemed like every class at least one of us would show up wearing something argyle. But I’ve just never found an argyle sweater that I love and that loves me back…until last week. So in memory of the passion and love that Scotty, Elisha, and I have for argyle I just wanted to post a picture of my new sweater. Old Navy clearance rocks, $12.49 for this gem.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Count Down!

4 days till I get to see my Daddy!

14 days till I get to see my sister, Steph!


38 days till I get to see my whole family in Utah!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Red Flag

So I realized today that I probably haven’t been the greatest wife the past couple of weeks. What made me realize that? Well, Denis praised me highly this morning because I cooked him breakfast, made the bed (all by myself), and packed his lunch…which took all of 15 minutes. Seems ridiculously simple and not really that heroic, right? And it’s even more pathetic because I’m not working and don’t really have anything to occupy my time right now.  I just wanted to take this opportunity to apologize to my incredibly patient husband who loves me despite my many, many faults. I promise I’ll be a better wife this week, but I can’t guarantee that I’m not going to do something crazy like “hypothetically” cry hysterically because there is a bug in the house…so maybe my apology can cover all the insanely dumb things that I have yet to do this week too. I’m sorry Honey, I’ll be better, I love you!

My friends, pray for Denis…he needs it! 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dear John,

I like to remember you on your birthday, but it’s hard not to think of you today too. I just wanted to tell you how much I miss you and love you. I have lived these memories many times since you left us:

I love how Mom always tells me that you were my “second mother” when I was a baby. I remember one time when I was around 7 yrs old, I kept begging you to give me a hug, but you wouldn’t cause you were too cool for high school. Then I started to cry so Mom & Dad made you give me a hug and when you did you picked me up clear off my feet and hugged me tight. I was so happy that you baptized me, I realize how special that was even more so now. I remember how much I missed you while you were serving a mission, I wrote you every week. I miss hearing you speak Spanish. Everything we did was always more fun when you were around, you made it exciting. I miss watching you tease Mom, knowing that even though she was saying she wanted you to stop, the light in her eyes said otherwise. I loved watching you be around Braden, he was everything to you. I remember one time after I got done babysitting Braden you gave me the last half of your Cold Stone ice cream, everyone knows that is the way to my heart. One of my favorite memories was when we watched Ken Jennings play on jeopardy every night together and when you happened to know one of the answers, you thought you were so awesome.

Of course, you had your faults and you made mistakes, but who doesn’t? I believed you learned and were learning from them and that’s all any of us can really do. And I’ll never forget the night of November 4th, 2004, watching Mom and Dad be told about your passing. To me time stopped and although I heard what they said I didn’t believe it, I couldn’t because I knew how much pain I was going to feel. Sometimes I still feel that same aching, heart stopping pain like two days ago when I was driving home from the grocery store, but I’ve learn that it’s okay to cry and to grieve because that is how I heal. I know that I have not seen you for the last time, even in this life I have felt you near me. Like one time  when I hugged Dave I felt like I was hugging you, occasionally I can see the same teasing light in your eyes through Mike’s, I know of your strength when I am around Dad, and I feel of your spirit when I’m with Braden. My dearest brother, I miss you today and will love you forever. I can’t wait to see you again!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Seriously Awesome Week

Okay, Orlando was amazing. I’m SO happy we got the chance to go! We bought year passes to Universal Studios so we know we’ll go back. I was so excited to see the Harry Potter park that I even bought Denis and I some HP t-shirts to sport while we were there. Nerdy, but awesome. Surprisingly, (because I hate the movies) my favorite ride at Universal was The Mummy.  Here’s some of my favorite pics at Universal Studios


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Going to Hogwarts for the 1st time

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The portraits in Hogwarts were so cool…they talked and moved, just like in the books. And they looked so real!

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We didn’t get anything, but it was awesome to see.

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Denis drinking butter beer in the Three Broomsticks. That stuff is delicious!

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That one is for you Phil. Sadly, I thought the Simpson’s ride was pretty lame.

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Can’t wait to go back!

We found out some greats news while we were in Orlando, any active duty military (and three dependents) can get in free to Sea World! So of course, we had to go…it was free! I hadn’t been since I was really little and I didn’t really remember it, but I loved Sea World!

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This is one of the first things we saw when we walked into the park, cute huh?


Waiting for one of the shows to start.

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See the big screen behind the whale? Yeah, well, Denis and I were on that. They asked active duty military and their families to stand up and the beginning of the show so Denis and I slowly stood, there weren’t very many others there. Next thing I knew I was looking at a 40 foot “me” on the screen…pretty scary.

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Dolphins are better than whales, that’s all.

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This coaster was crazy awesome! When you sit down they have the things that come over your shoulders and they also lock in your feet…and then it pulls your feet back so you are going HEAD FIRST through the whole ride…feels like you’re flying.

Lastly, and probably one of my favorite things about this trip is that we went to the Orlando temple while we were there. When we were in Utah there was a temple 10 minutes away in any direction, but when you don’t get to go every week or month…it feels different when you walk in. Even thinking about it makes my heart ache to go back. I love it there. I felt like I was home. So if you are close to a temple and you haven’t been in a while…go for me, okay?

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