Friday, December 5, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Oh no... I've been tagged!

So now that a few of my friends have tagged me, I guess it is time I do my duty as a fellow blogger and join in the fun. Apparently I am suppose to tell 6 unspectacular quirks about myself and then tag 6 friends to do the same. So here it goes. ( OH, and by the way, if you know more of my silly quirks, feel free to remind me of them in a comment! Since I got married I am suddenly much more aware of my quirks and it is kind of fun when someone points it out.)

1. I have come to realize I have a serious love-hate relationship with sPiDeRs, SICK I KNOW! Words can't describe how disgusting I think they are, and yet, if someone says, "Eww, a spider!" I am the first one there to look at it. Then I shiver and rant and rave about how sneaky and revolting they are. It drives Todd crazy because rather than just letting him kill it, I have to come and express how SICK that is. Why do I do that to myself?

2. I am absolutely fascinated with tornadoes. I hope to witness one, a big one, someday. (Maybe I will feel differently afterward!)

3. I am cursed with a little thing called homesickness. When I was little I would cry when my dad went to work and when my parents went out of town I would do naughty things like cut up my mom's clothes because I was so angry at her for leaving me. ( Me, do naughty things, I know it is hard to believe :) I don't think I voluntarily had a sleep over until I was almost 13!

4. I sleep with a hot rice bag almost every night. There is nothing more wonderful. Infact, I just barely threw away the rice bag Eden made for me in like, 3rd grade? Seroiusly, it was so old but one of the best gifts I have ever been given.

5. I have been SELF-diagnosed with mild hypochondria. I realized this when I took a Human Diseases class and I went home after each class seriously stressed out and convinced that I had every disease we learned about. Good thing I have a logical and patient husband who convinces me regurlarly that I don't have that disease or that, "babe, that is totally normal, your fine." Ha ha!

6. I am turning into my mother (or in other words, slowly losing my mind, in a good way!). Those of you who know my mom's quirky side, know that I am headed down the same road. For example, today when I had just finished teaching a lesson on child abuse in a 6th grade class, I grabbed my bag and was looking back and waving bye to the kids on my way out the door. As I turned around and the door closed behind me, I realized I was standing in their supplies closet. HA HA, I had walked right into their closet and shut the door behind me. I could only laugh as I opened the door and walked back into the classroom full of giggling students.

So there you have it, thank goodness for each of our quirks, it makes life so much more exciting! I tag: Debbie Crowther, Mandy, Amanda Daniels, Eden, Michelle Harries and MeKenzie!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Good as New!

One of our goals before we moved to Salt Lake was to refurnish the bed set that Todd's grandparents handed down to us as a wedding gift, (yes it has taken 1 year and 7 months to get to this project. Can you believe we have been married for that long!) It was a lot of fun, seeing how it was our first time ever doing this. We decided to do a cream paint, sanded on the edges with a brown stain on the top, which you wipe off before it drys so it just makes it look a little off white and old. Todd was my sanding man and repair man. He is fixing the gashes in the wood in this picture with wood putty (I never knew it existed.) Here is what it looked like originally:

The first time I painted it, I did the white and then used a mahogany stain over the top. The ladies at the paint store didn't remind me that mahogany comes from very red wood, which meant that when the white paint mixed with the hint of red in the stain, it turned out a beautiful baby pink! So cute... if we had a little girl. But Todd wasn't exactly thrilled with having a pink bed set so I had to start over. In the end, it turned out beautiful! For the most part, it was a lot of fun spending days and nights in the garage painting together. (Minus the few arguments that come with marital bliss, like when Todd kicked over my last can of paint...sigh). My vision is to have this furniture in a room with darker walls some day because in our current room it is a little washed out, but oh well. We also painted our bed board and night stand but I didn't take a pictures of them, but it looks really good all together.

So a quick word of advice, NEVER throw out old furniture. Older furniture is made so sturdy and is such high quality furniture, it will last forever and there is always a way to modernize it and make it more you. And besides that, it is cheaper and there is just something so satisifying about fixing up something and making it good as new!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We are alive...

First of all, I am sorry for the lack of blogging. I promise we are healthy and happy, but we have also been busy and yes, lazy! We have even done some fun things in the last month, like a water ski trip to Jackson Hole, painting our furniture, getting a new job, moving to Salt Lake and some other things like that but for some reason I just haven't found the time to update. SO...
Yes, I do have a job! I work for Prevent Child Abuse Utah. I am a "prevention specialist." I spend my days at our office or teaching prevention classes on bullying, child abuse, teen dating violence and internet safety in schools and other organizations. So far, I love it! I really love teaching in the schools, which was my original plan as a occupation, so I feel blessed that I found this job which still gives me that opportunity. And yes...
We now live in Salt Lake, YEAH! Utah County treated us well, but I must admit I am loving our new location. We are renting my brother Peter and sister in law Amanda's basement. Which means we get to see them along with our sweet little Liesel on a daily basis. SO FUN!
Life is great and hopefully I will get some pictures up soon, but for now just know that we love you all!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fun, fun and more fun...

For Todd's birthday, which was a month ago, I suprised him with a weekend stay at the Zermatt in Miway, along with an afternoon of golfing at the Homestead. I took a golfing class my last semester and I think it helped, a little. We had a great time and certainly enjoyed the little vacation.
I was in love with this bed. I felt like a princess sleeping in it. You can't tell from this picture how big, fluffy and covered in pillows it was.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Time for an update...

Here it is, finally, a summary of my Washington D.C. trip. We had such a great time and it was so good to see my sister. I think you will know which one she is in the pictures ;) It was really cool to visit our nation's capitol and then celebrate Independence Day a week later. We are so blessed to live in this country. My highlights include of the trip include seeing the temple and the National Museum of Health and Medicine. I have some pictures from that museum in the video!!! Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Leavin' on a jet plane...

OK. It has been a ridiculously long time since this blog has been given some attention. BUT is coming to an end and Annie is graduating! YEAH, PARTY! And that is exactly what I am going to do. My sweet, sweet incredibly wonderful hubby is flying me out to Washington D.C. with my two friends Mandy and Kati. My sister Jane is a nanny in D.C. so it will be a blast to have her show us around. Kati's sister Abby is also meeting up with us on her way home from Italy, so it will just be one big girl fest. I am so excited and feel like I really need the vacation. We are leaving on Friday, YES!

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Three cheers for the BYU Construction Management graduate!!! Todd has worked so hard to finish school. He has ten times the self control I do when it comes to working and focusing. I am so proud of him. He has been wandering around our apartment lost, looking for something to do. I love you babe and can't wait to see the great things I am sure you will do in the future. Your the best!

Todd and his good friend Trent Colarusso. Now those are some happy men.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Weddings bells...

This month we have had two wonderful weddings in our circle of friends. The first was Josh and Kristy. We couldn't have been more happy for them. They are two of the most friendly, loving and selfless people you will ever meet. Congrats and we love you!

Then there was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to in Tetonia, Idaho for Adam and Kenzie. I don't think the setting, the flowers, the food or the bride and groom could have been more stunning! It was a great day. We love you two!

They even had a lane of sparklers when they left the dinner. Could Todd look any more content in this picture? I don't think so.
And with weddings come bridal showers, which means some time with the girls!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Springtime Boarding

All this snow makes for some great times on the slopes. We haven't been able to get out much this winter with school and work. This is why this is such a mellow video. We just found out that Annie will be graduating in mid June. We are totally pumped and hopefully we'll make it out to the slopes more often next year. Eat your heart out Huish.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Taking pictures is one of my passions in life!

I decided to add some photos from our first year plus some of marriage.

Halloween time. Todd is wearing my mother's old prom dress! Yes, it looks like she could have crossed the plains in it.
It has been a while since anything has changed with our blog. That is partly due to the fact that Todd has been ridiculously busy with school, work and construction team and I am also busy with 22 credits this semester and work. Some good news is that Todd took 2nd place in Florida with the team of guys on his competition team. I don't want to explain what it was they did so just know he did very well. He also just accepted a job offer from BIG-D Construction in their custom home division, which is very exciting for us both. He already started his job and is loving it, which means we will probably move to Salt Lake this summer, yes! As for me, well, I am probably doing the same thing I was doing last time I saw you! I will be graduating this summer which is all I am focusing on right now. Life is wonderful though and we couldn't be more blessed with good friends and family as always.