Monday, August 29, 2011

As promised, the dolphins

In my last post I mentioned that Denis planned a jet skiing tour out to Shell Island where we could see and even swim with the dolphins. Here are the picture we took with a disposable waterproof camera. The quality not so good, but it did the job and captured some memories!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Everyday an Anniversary

This is post is for journaling purposes so please excuse any “mushiness” that may occur. I decided that everyday should be treated like it’s an anniversary. Denis and I celebrated our 3rd year together, yesterday. It was such a wonderful day. We didn’t do anything big or grand, we just stayed at home hung out together and went to dinner. (Although, last Saturday we did go jet skiing and swimming with dolphins and that was awesome. Pictures to come. Whoever comes to visit next, we should do it again.) I think my favorite part of our anniversary is that we were just super conscious of trying to make the other person happy. That’s why I say we should live life like everyday is our anniversary, where there is no room for selfishness. For my anniversary gift Denis gave me flowers and a nativity set. That may seem a little random, but I have been wanting one since we got married and since good ol’ Hobby Lobby puts their Christmas stuff out in the middle of the summer I found one I LOVE. My gift to Denis was a yummy lunch and a surprise basket full of goodies and love notes at work. Its true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. haha. I couldn’t have asked for a better three years then the ones we’ve shared. I love you Sweetheart!

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Isn’t that so cool how they have scripture references on them? I love it.

Monday, August 15, 2011

It amazing what you can buy for $20

Alright Melyn, I’ll admit it, you were right. Yard/moving/garage sales are pretty awesome. We drove up to this “garage” sale that we found out about on craigslist and I didn’t even want to get out of the car…it didn’t look like they had anything I would be interested in.  It was this couple that had parked on the side of the road with a trailer hooked up to their old truck. So I guess it was really a “trailer” sale (gotta love panama city). I was looking around, quickly, when I suddenly spotted a “gem” amongst the trash. When I asked for the price I was shocked! Twenty bucks! Seriously? I had no hesitation, I’ll take it! I was expecting to have to “fix up” a night stand for our guestroom, but now I don’t have to worry about it since this baby is brand new. I also got a giant fish bowl that I’m going to repurpose into something cool, hopefully it turns out! Without any more explanation, here is my “gem”.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Touch of Spice…Green Spice

Here’s the thing, you don’t ever want me to get “bored” because when I get bored I do crazy things. Some of you may remember this one…http://denisandlisaclayson.blogspot.com/2009/11/sometimes-you-have-to-make-life.html.

Also a lot of times my answer to boredom is to go, go anywhere…so we take a lot of trips. As I’ve reflected on this little quark of mine I’ve realized that it all comes down to my Dad. He’s the one that made me this way. When my Dad gets bored….oh wait, that never happens because he is ALWAYS doing SOMETHING. Honestly, go to my parents house for a day and you’ll see what I mean. I happen to like this particularly quality about myself that I picked up from my Dad because it makes life exciting, new, and fun all the time.

So yesterday I was bored and now you know what that means…I did something a little crazy, but not too crazy. After a year of living in my house I decided I finally wanted to paint. I can be very indecisive about how I want to decorate my own home (a quality I got from my Mother), but yesterday was different. I knew I wanted to paint that wall light green and I wanted to do it now. Thankfully, I have a very flexible, wonderful husband who will go with me on these little excursions to cure my boredom. He doesn’t just “go with me” either, he sinks his teeth in and stays up till midnight helping me do it. Ah, I love that man. Last night for part of our date, we stopped at Lowe’s and picked up everything we would need to add a little spice into our lives…green spice.
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(The top two pictures are in natural/daylight and the bottom pic is at night so that’s why the “greens” look a little different. I think it turned out nicely.)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Trip, not vacation

Do you know what the difference between a trip and a vacation is? A vacation is totally relaxing, carefree, and you don’t have to think about anything but enjoying yourself. A trip is a lot of work, busy, and go, go, go all the time. Neither one is better or worse, they are just different. In fact, sometimes I prefer trips over vacations just depends on the mood I’m in. We took a trip to Utah last week and after all my pictures you’ll understand why I call it a trip instead of a vacation.

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We had a Curtis family reunion  and then celebrated my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.

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We had a BIG family dinner with Mike’s wife’s (Mike has a wife…weird) family.

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Denis and I went on a hike in Pleasant Grove. We met this awesome grandma on the hike. She was about 80 yrs old and was hiking all alone. I stopped and asked her if she was alone and she told us that she lived nearby and she hiked this 2-3 times a week. It was a steep, rocky hike too. She’s amazing!

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We went mini golfing w/the fam.

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Denis and I took an afternoon and walked around BYU campus to remember the college days. The building behind us in the 3rd picture is the SWKT tower and that is where we first met each other. Then we had to have lunch at our favorite Thai restaurant near campus. It was such a fun day!

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And of course the MAIN EVENT, the wedding. You may be wondering why I took a picture of the fire alarm in the church building, that is because it went off when my grandpa was giving the prayer and was blaring for about 25 minutes of the luncheon. Sadly, I didn’t take any pics at the reception because it was raining and I didn’t want my camera ruined. Although it did stop raining right in time for guests to start coming. Can’t believe my little brother is married. He’s a husband and has a wife. No matter how much I think about it, it’s still weird. I’m sure it will become normal someday. He picked an awesome girl, I’m happy to have another sister!

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We took the kids to BYU to have a picnic and play in the water. They have this beautiful stream that you can wade in now. As you can see the kids loved it and they helped uncle Denis build a dam in the stream.

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And lastly, we got to go camping! My sister found this awesome camp ground in Provo canyon up Squaw Peak road. It was beautiful we had a great time. (PS I took a pic of Gavin’s cup because there was cheese marks all over it from his chip hands…cute)

That is why it was a trip because we did SO much fun stuff in such a short amount of time. It was a great trip, we loved it!