Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Rant

I promise that my next post will have a little more Christmas cheer, but for now I have to get this off my chest...allow me to step up on my soapbox... ok, here we go:

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HOLIDAYS BEING ABOUT FAMILIES AND TRADITION? I am so sad because I feel like Christmas spirit is diminishing due to our own choices. It's Christmas Eve, and I'm sitting here at work thinking about how it doesn't feel like Christmas at all. I realize that whether or not we enjoy the holidays is our own choice, and we've been trying to, but I feel like the outside world is creeping it's way in just a little too much. We've put up a Christmas tree, we listen to Christmas music, we've done Secret Santa gifts for people in our neighborhood and gotten gifts for others... but it still feels like something is lacking...

Christmas (and all other holidays) have gotten so commercialized, it's ridiculous. In fact, to say "Merry Christmas" to someone is no longer politically correct. To avoid offending a stranger we now have to say "Happy Holidays" even though America is traditionally and predominantly a Christian nation. Watching TV makes things worse because of the commercials that seem to just suck the soul right out of the holiday. It's now "Honda Days" instead of the holidays... you get the idea. People are frazzled and frantic to create a Christmas spread for their families and neighbors that is worthy of being in a Martha Stewart magazine. In doing this, people are edgy, overwhelmed, depressed, and completely losing sight of what Christmas is about.

What really gets me is that the holidays are no longer about the holiday itself, but the big day after sales. I think that's what I'm really trying to gripe about here, considering I am the wife of the manager of a retail store. I hardly get to see Brady at all during the month of December, he has to work every single day. He comes home frazzled and hating Christmas because of the overwhelming rudeness of holiday shoppers. What happened to Christmas cheer? The poor man is stretched to his limits, and I've been trying to be patient and supportive, but its rough for both of us. The worst part though was when Brady mentioned that he had to be at work at 6 am the day after Christmas, so we would have to cut short some of our family celebrations on Christmas day. Excuse me? We've spent all of December on the verge of misery, and now we can't even fully enjoy the actual holiday because of the big after Christmas sale???!! What is happening to Christmas?

Thanksgiving is the same way. People have forgotten about the significance of the holiday and the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, and instead focus on the big sales the day after the real event. And now, it's not even the day after... some stores are open on Thanksgiving day!! I remember last year out in Grantsville after Thanksgiving dinner some of the women started looking at the ads to get prepped for the next day, when suddenly one of them discovered that WalMart was opening at 5:00 that night. So half the group jumped up in a frenzy and took off for 4 hours of shopping! Er, Happy Thanksgiving...? Silly me, I assumed that Thanksgiving was about giving thanks, eating a ton, and enjoying the day off to spend with loved ones. I can't help but think about the poor workers who were required to leave their families just so the company could make an extra buck.

So now Christmas is turning in to the same thing. People are so obsessed with the commercial side of things that they lose sight of what the holiday is all about. Christmas should be about our Savior's birth and His great sacrifice and love for each of us. It should be about treating others with that same love and charity, about valuing our families and our friends. It should be about slowing down and enjoying the company of the people we love and the traditions that have been created. Even if you're not religious, Christmas should still be about family and love. It shouldn't be about new cars, GPS systems, new cell phones, power tools, oodles of clothes, or even the perfect over-the-top holiday decorations. The way things are going, Christmas will soon become less of a holiday and more of just an excuse to go in to debt and shop like crazy. Pretty soon it will lose all meaning, with no warm and comforting traditions to create memories that last a lifetime.

So, I realize that by posting a blog that I might not be making much of a difference, but maybe if we can help other people remember what the holidays are about, we might actually start enjoying this time of year again. Let's simplify and cut back on the things that are not necessary. Just a few simple gifts to show our love for others is all we need. What is really necessary is quality time enjoying the people we love without distractions, and to reflect on the birth of our Savior. I hope that each of us can try to find that holiday peace in our hearts and our homes. Christmas spirit is created by the feelings we have, not by the gifts we give.
...ok, I'm now stepping off my soapbox...

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The big 2-4


I feel old. I know that 24 isn't old really, but I've realized that I am now leaving my "early 20's" behind and am moving into my "mid 20's". Ugh. It was a sad day when I realized the majority of the players on the Jazz are younger the me! Oh well, that's life, right? On the plus side, I had a nice birthday this last Thursday. The day itself was kind of dumb... I had a final in the morning (hooray for finals being over!) and work in the afternoon. I was able to get off early though and go to dinner with my cute hubby. We went downtown to the New Yorker, which is super good and pretty fancy. He had arranged for my family to meet us there without me knowing, so it was wonderful to spend a nice evening with them. We spent about 2 hours at dinner, and we were going to go see the lights on Temple Square afterward. By the time we finished dinner though we were too full to walk around and it was just too cold outside, so we went home and called it a night. Overall it was a nice night. Brady got me a book and arranged for me to get a massage, and my parents gave me the new Josh Groban cd and a sweet new iPod nano. I love Josh Groban. I wish they could clone him or something and I could have him for my very own to just sing to me every day. I told Brady that for my 30th birthday I want Josh Groban to come perform a private concert. He has 6 years to get on that! One can dream, right?

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Good Weekend

This past week has been a busy one, but things have been great. On Friday we had the opportunity to go to the Salt Lake Temple with Brady's family because his sister McKenzie and her husband Vince were receiving their own endowments. Brady got to be Vince's escort as well. I had never been through a session at the Salt Lake Temple, and it was wonderful to see the beautiful rooms and amazing craftsmanship of the pioneers. The feeling at the temple is amazing, especially when you get to go through with loved ones. It was snowing like crazy when we got out, but it was so peaceful and pretty. This is a picture of McKenzie, Vince, Brady, and his mom Janet after we got out of the temple.
Then on Saturday we had the opportunity to see them sealed together along with their cute little 2 year old daughter. I, of course, bawled through the whole thing, but I wasn't the only one. It was so sweet to see little Preslee come in all in white and put her hand on top of her parents. The way they looked at her and the joy in their faces was wonderful. We are so happy for them and so proud.

That same night we braved the blizzard and drove up to the top of Suncrest to attend my work Christmas party with the training department. It was catered by Goodwood and there was so much food! We had fun playing games and swapping white elephant gifts. I'm very lucky to be able to work with some awesome people.

All in all, it was a great weekend spent with people we love. Tonight we get to go to Brady's dad's house and eat even more good food (so much for not gaining weight over the holidays!). Even though Brady has had to work a ton, we're thoroughly enjoying the Christmas season!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Baby, it's cold outside!


Even little dogs need to get warm after playing in the snow! Gertie has a funny habit of sitting on the heat vent whenever she gets the chance, especially after coming in from outside. Here's a picture of her thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to get nice and toasty warm :)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Here is a picture of me with some of the best women I have ever known! This is the YW presidency that I am privileged to serve with. Janaca (the one on the end in the red) posted the same picture on her blog, because I know she feels the same way I do. We're a young presidency... in fact, I think each one of us has been mistaken for one of the YW at one time or another. I was so embarrassed, but the first time I met Keri (the one to the right of me) was at an activity and I went up to her and said, "Oh, so are you a new Laurel?". Not my brightest moment! But I guess what goes around comes around, because a few weeks ago we had a guest speaker in YW and she kept looking at me and asking me if I had my license yet, assuming I was one of the YW! I'll take it as a compliment :)

Anyway, as soon as this presidency was called, I instantly felt like I had made 3 new friends. In fact, I actually look forward to presidency meetings, just so I can spend some time with all of them! Our last meeting we had ran late, and we were so tired, that at one point we got a case of the giggles so bad we could hardly continue. But we work hard because we know we are there to serve the girls.

This picture was taken at our Evening of Excellence on Tuesday night, where we honored the girls for their work on their Personal Progress. The parents, bishop, RS president, and stake YW presidency were all there too, so we were nervous! Three of the girls received their Young Womanhood Recognition Award, which is a big honor and takes hours and hours of work. We were so proud of them! However, although the night turned out great and I think all the girls enjoyed it, it was SO much work! We've been planning it for months. We wanted to make a big deal out of it so the girls would feel special, but all the work put into decorations, individual certificates and gifts, activities, refreshments, talks, etc., was exhausting! We were at the church for hours on Tuesday... hence the title of this blog. I really do feel so blessed though to love the women I serve with. I know I can depend on each one of them and we work well together, plus we have fun while doing it. I know that we all are so relieved that the night is now behind us! I seriously need to write all my old YW leaders a letter thanking them for their efforts, because back then I never realized how time consuming it all was.

Despite all the work though, knowing that the girls enjoyed is what mattered. We have a sweet girl who just turned 12 and entered YW. She is very shy and quiet, and hasn't come all that often. However, that night she sent each of us a text afterward saying how glad she is to be in YW and how much fun the night was and telling us thank you. Knowing that we reached even one person made it so worth it!

Friday, November 23, 2007

I'm thankful...



I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving yesterday! We went up to Heber to my uncle's house and had a great meal with lots of loved ones. Gertie made her big debut and had a grand old time. There were 4 other dogs there, so she had a blast trying to chase them around. Since she's such stocky little thing, the poor girl had a hard time keeping up! But everyone loved her and she got all the attention she could possibly hope for. She is completely wiped out today though from all the excitement! She slept from about 8:00 last night to 10:00 this morning, and now she's sleeping out in the sun again. Lazy dog! She was a really good girl though...not one accident in the house, and she didn't knock over any kids. It was a success!

Anyway, I truly have so many things to be grateful for and feel the need to share them :) So, in honor of the holiday yesterday, here's my list of things to be thankful for:

1. Having someone to love, and having someone to love me! Brady is a fantastic husband. He's sweet and funny and a good person... AND he's a great cook! Definitely gotta be thankful for that!

2. I have a wonderful family. My sister Natalie is home from college this weekend, and it is so nice to have everyone back together again! My parents have always been willing to do anything for me, and I love spending time with my sisters. They're some of the funniest people I know! These days its hard to find a "functional" family, and I feel very lucky to have a close-knit family members that love each other. I also feel so blessed to have a family that is strong in the church. Not only that, but I happened to marry in to an awesome family as well :)

3. The chance to get an education. Even though it feels like I will never graduate and I'm so sick of going to school, I'm very blessed to be able to get an education. So many people around the world, women especially, can only dream of being able to go to college.

4. My health. Not only my health, but as a whole my family is healthy too, and that is a great blessing.

5. A good job. Yeah, I'm thrilled to not have to work for 4 days, and the thought of having to go in Monday makes me groan, but I do have a very good job and I'm grateful for that. I have amazing coworkers that I love and the company treats me well. Who could ask for more?

6. Being able to live in the good ol' U.S.A.! You know that song "Proud to be an American"? Well, as corny as it sounds, that's how I feel! Sure, the country isn't perfect, but I'm darn glad to live here!

7. Being able to serve in the Young Women's organization. It's a lot of work, but I've learned so much from this calling, and serving the girls has made me a better person. Plus, I love the YW presidency! I feel like I instantly made 3 new friends. They're wonderful women and a great inspiration to me.

8. Laughter. What would life be without laughter? What a sad thought...

9. Friends. Gotta love 'em!

10. To be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Saved the best for last! Having the gospel in my life has blessed every single aspect of my life. I'm grateful for temples and the priesthood, so I can be with my family and husband forever... I'm grateful for the comfort it brings me because of the knowledge I have...and I'm grateful for my Savior.

Hopefully everyone else has been able to count the blessings in their lives this week! I think if everyone in this world did it more often, it would be a better place to live. I know I'll try to show more gratitude each day :) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Brady!

This last Friday was Brady's birthday, and the lucky guy got almost a week long celebration! On Wednesday night we went and stayed at the Johnson Mill Bed and Breakfast in Midway. It was so nice! We loved the room we stayed in, and the grounds were beautiful. The best part though was just being able to spend some relaxing time together. Our schedules do not match up at all, and we rarely get the chance to just sit and enjoy one another's company without having to stress about anything, so it was wonderful! Unfortunately I was starting to get a cold while we were up there, but it didn't put too much of a damper on our fun.

On Friday night we met up at Goodwood in Draper for a birthday dinner with Brady's family as well as my family. Then on Saturday, I threw Brady a little surprise party with a couple of his friends from Grantsville. It was fun because he had no idea it was coming! Then Sunday was a birthday dinner at my parents house. That man was spoiled! He sure deserves it though, he's a great husband and I'm so lucky to have him. I was glad we could make him feel special.
Married life is fun! It has it's ups and downs, and it most certainly isn't easy, but it can be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing in the world. I'm so happy I have someone special to spend eternity with!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I've been tagged!

I was tagged by Kateka and Janaca!

The rules of the game should be posted at the beginning of the post. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

So here's a few interesting things about me you may not know:

1. I'm actually very emotional:
I can cry at the drop of a hat sometimes! The funny thing is I rarely get offended or my feelings hurt, and even if I do I never cry about it. But movies, Relief Society, a song, or even a touching commercial can make me cry. Any time I see someone start to cry I start to almost immediately. Anything that I have strong emotions about makes me cry if I try to talk about it. Brady thinks I'm nuts sometimes, but I can't help it! My whole family is the same way, so I blame it on them. I have 2 good examples: First, my dad had to give a talk in church on Mother's Day once and he got a little emotional when talking about his mother and my mother, but if someone had looked at the bench with my mom, my 3 sisters, and I, they would've seen 5 sobbing women. Secondly, a couple of years ago one of my cousins got married. He's always been really shy, but he promised his wife that if she married him he would play the guitar and sing to her in front of everyone, even though he was absolutely terrified. Well, his wife just sat there and smiled without getting emotional at all... but look over at the table with my family, and once again you would've seen 5 sobbing women. Pathetic...

2. I was the Dance Sterling Scholar at my high school:
It was a dream of mine for years, so I'm proud that I was able to accomplish that. (And it didn't take me 6 years, unlike some things *cough* College! *cough*!)

3. If circumstances allowed, I'd love to be a chef:
My family would never guess this, because growing up I hated cooking. Most people know that my husband is a great cook, but not many people know that I can actually cook as well (probably not as well as Brady though!). However, maybe in another life or something I'd love to go to culinary school and make amazing creations out of food.

4. I almost died as a kid:
It's a long story, but I spent a week at Primary Children's Hospital because of a serious intestinal bacteria that I got. I was sick for a good 4 months and became severely dehydrated and malnourished, and for a while there the doctors were even afraid I had cancer! Luckily it was something that could be taken care of with a few rounds of strong antibiotics. Man, was it miserable though! I wouldn't wish an illness like that on anyone!

5. Like Kateka, I also have an extremely overactive imagination:
At moments where I have nothing else to do but think (showering, doing my hair, driving), my imagination tends to run wild with crazy things sometimes. Because of this, I am afraid of everything! I'm always thinking of worst case scenarios and am totally paranoid about all sorts of scary things happening. I'm such a wimp, I hate when Brady has to be gone overnight, I can't stand sleeping alone. Even my youngest sister is braver than I am! I try not to let people know that though :)

6. I know way too much about celebrity gossip:
It's embarrassing, because I feel so petty and worldly, but it's an addiction! I get so bored at work sometimes and start to surf the web, and msn.com always has sections on celebrity gossip. I am ashamed to say that I could probably answer practically any trivia question that you throw at me!

So that's me in a nutshell! I don't think I'm going to tag all 6 people, but I tag Toni, Heidi, and Carly!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Jazz Fever!

Most everyone that knows Brady knows that without sports, he would basically cease to exist. Throughout most of the year I tend to just tolerate this obsession, but when basketball season starts, I'm right there next to him yelling at the TV! I grew up watching the Jazz play, so I always look forward to the season starting. Fortunately, since Brady's company is owned by Larry H. Miller he gets free tickets to the game every now and then, and they're always lower bowl. Last year we had the chance to go to a few playoff games, which was a blast! The playoff games are so crazy. I would be yelling at the top of my lungs, and not even be able to hear myself because everyone else was doing the same.

Last night we got 16th row tickets to watch the Jazz play against Memphis. The Jazz killed them (yay!), so it wasn't the most exciting game ever, but it was still really fun to watch. It's also a fun time for us to just hang out together and do something we enjoy. And it's FREE! Everything is more fun when it's free :) It's also fun to watch the people there... the drunk girl that can't find her seat or even walk straight...the heavy metal guy that's headbanging to the music as the camera is on him, and then decides to stand up and show his big hairy stomach and chest to everyone (so funny!)...the cute little babies who have had their hair and face painted by their fathers...and of course, the Jazz bear and all his crazy antics...Ah, good times!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Happy Halloween!...er, a week ago...

So I'm a little late with my Halloween post, but better late than never! That's what I always say! Halloween was ok this year. We had trick-or-treaters come for about 20 minutes and then nothing the rest of the night. We still had a good time though. Brady made an awesome dinner and we tried to dress Gertie up in her angel costume, but it didn't go too well. She definitely wasn't a fan! I was a rabbit and Brady was a missionary. We tried to get a decent picture of Gertie, but she just wouldn't have it. Other than the holiday, things have been pretty uneventful lately. We're just trying to survive the rest of the semester and keep up at work. Sadly, it looks like next semester is going to be rough... we'll never get to see each other! Hopefully we'll be finished with school soon and be able to relax a little bit. Oh, and congrats to our friends Doug and Toni Nelson who had their baby boy this last week! Check out the link to their blog on the right to see cute pictures of the baby.

Monday, October 29, 2007

So funny I had to share

So I was just kind of surfing through blogs today and I came across this one that showcases funny passive-agressive notes. You can check it out at http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/. Anyway, this guy apparently submitted a note he got from a roommate because he tended to be somewhat of a "thermostat tyrant", in his words. He always required that his roommates turn the heat down at night to 55 degrees as well as on holidays and weekends. At one point, his roommate left him this note:
According to the website this guy said that after receiving this note he finally decided to relax a bit on the thermostat rules. I laughed out loud... hopefully you will too!

I heart New York!

So I said recently that I will tell about our awesome New York trip that we took about 2 months ago now. If it weren't for our wonderful friend Robert it never would've been possible! He was kind enough to let us stay at his nice Manhattan apartment. It was located right by the United Nations on a quiet street with a great view of the Chrysler building. We spent the first day doing some of the typical tourist-y sightseeing things, such as going to the top of Rockefeller center to see the skyline, going through St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. That same night we went and saw the Broadway play Mamma Mia! which was a lot of fun, and thanks to Robert we had great seats!
The next day we made one of Brady's dreams come true by going to a Yankees/Red Sox game. Those tickets are not easy to get! But thanks to Robert and his great connections, we ended up with pretty good seats! The day was super hot, but at least the Yankees won! It was fun to go wearing our jerseys, to sing along with crowd to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", and to eat an authentic New York hotdog. I felt so American :o)
That night Robert treated us and a bunch of friends to dinner at an awesome restaurant named Tao in Manhattan. If you've seen the movie Hitch you might remember the scene where they do the speed dating thing. They filmed that scene in the restaurant Tao. We went with Robert, our friends Heather and Jed who recently got married and moved to NYC, Heather's twin sister and our good friend Hillary (who lives in Grantsville and just happened to be out visiting Heather that weekend), and our friend Steve. The food was SO GOOD! It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. We ate ourselves stupid too. The food just kept coming and coming, and all of us ate like we hadn't eaten in weeks! Seriously, it was some of the best food we've ever had. The restaurant was just so cool too. I felt like I wasn't hip enough and that everyone could tell I was from little ol' Utah! It was a blast though. Here's a picture of the dessert tray. We couldn't decide what to get, so we got one of everything. It was like a tray with a little piece of heaven on it!

The next day Brady and I headed out to the Hamptons with Robert and Steve to stay at Robert's house out there for Labor Day weekend. We couldn't have picked a more perfect weekend, the weather was wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed our stay there, I would love to go back someday! The town is so cute with it's tall hedges around every home, little stores, and beautiful beach. The amount of money out there is astounding, but we pretended like we belonged and had a great time! The first night we went to dinner at a nice little restaurant and had such a great time just talking and laughing with Robert and Steve all night. The next day we spent at the beach, which was fantastic. It was warm and sunny and there weren't a lot of people there, although Robert said it was the most crowded he'd ever seen it. Compared to beaches in Cali and Florida, there was no one there! The water was cold and the waves were surprisingly strong, but it was the relaxing little getaway we were looking for. That night we barbecued at the house with one of the neighbors. The food was great and we had so much fun just hanging out once again. The next morning Brady and I hopped on the Jitney bus to head back to Manhattan a little earlier than the other guys because we had big plans!

That afternoon we stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view some of the finer things the city has to offer, then headed out to Queens for the US Open. This was the primary reason we went to New York, to watch the tennis matches. Brady is an awesome tennis player, while I kind of just run around on the court and close my eyes every time I swing at the ball. I still like watching it though! Unfortunately, when you buy tickets you really don't know who you're going to see play, so it's kind of the luck of the draw. That night we saw the #1 woman in the world, Justine Henin, easily defeat her opponent. We then saw the #3 man in the world, Novak Djokovic (I think that's how it's spelled), easily defeat his opponent as well. Brady was excited that night because he caught a flyaway tennis ball!
The next day was a free day we spent just hanging out and taking in some more sights. It was fun to walk around the city and eat at little restaurants. We headed down to lower Manhattan to see Ground Zero (there's still nothing there), Trinity Church- which is one of the oldest buildings in the city and actually used to be the tallest building there. It's crazy because now it's tiny compared to everything else. Some famous historical figures are buried in that graveyard, such as Alexander Hamilton. Ok, enough of the history lesson. We walked around Battery Park and saw the Statue of Liberty from a distance. We were pretty proud of ourselves at that point to be able to navigate the city and the subway system on our own. We didn't get lost once! That night we went for sushi and just had a nice time looking around the city.

The day after that, Tuesday, was a big day because we picked up little Gertie from La Guardia airport that morning! We bought her from a breeder in Miami, but it was too hot in Utah at the time for her to be flown there, so we picked her up in New York and then flew her home with us. Robert was so incredibly kind and generous to drive us to the airport and let us keep the dog at his apartment. It was so stressful for us, because we were afraid she was going to destroy something at his place, but we managed to avoid any major disasters. That day we also went to the US Open again and saw Djokovic play again. He's really fun to watch! We were disappointed we didn't get to see Nadal, Federer, Roddick, or the Williams sisters, but we still had a blast. Djokovic actually ended up in the finals against Roger Federer, so we thought it was cool that we saw him. We saw Venus Williams practicing, but that was about it. That night we went to dinner again with Robert and Steve (this time our treat!) to a great little Indian restaurant. We still can't get over all the good food we had out there! It's a good thing you have to walk so much, otherwise I would've gained about 10 pounds in a week!

Our last day, Wednesday, we took Gertie around the city as we finished up some of our sightseeing. We went to 5th avenue and saw all the wonderful stores. I didn't go in many of them because I knew I'd just want to buy a bunch of stuff but didn't want to spend the money. I did go in to Tiffany's however. I wish I didn't have a weakness for expensive things like diamonds! Sigh... Anyway, we then went to Central Park and had lunch. Since we were flying home that day, we were trying to wear the dog out as much as possible so she'd sleep the whole way. We thought we'd get a little attention carrying around a cute little puppy, but we had no idea! We were like celebrities, it was insane! People were yelling out taxi windows at us, asking what kind of dog she was and asking us weird things like "Did you get her shots? Good!" We couldn't go 15 feet without someone stopping and getting down on all fours in the middle of 5th avenue to see her. People were taking out pictures of their dogs to show us, while other people were taking pictures of her. We probably had about 10 people take a picture of her that day. There was even a couple in Central Park that had just gotten married, and their photographer and videographer came over to get a shot of her. Everyone wanted to give us advice and their opinion. We were absolutely amazed. It was like people had never seen a dog before, and there's dogs all over NYC! Just none as cute as her I guess. Here's an example of how it was on the streets with her. We were constantly surrounded by people. In fact, in this picture we were standing right next to where Martina McBride was doing an outdoor concert and a movie was being filmed in the park, and yet people were taking pictures of us. Craziness!

The flight home was incredibly stressful because of the dog. Since we kept her awake all day she was practically comatose by the time we got to the airport, but she only slept halfway though. Luckily we made it home with our sanity. All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime. We had perfect weather the entire week, had great company, ate wonderful food, and did pretty much everything we wanted to. NYC is such an amazing city. I've never heard so many different languages or seen so many different kinds of people in once place. There is always something going on, there's never just an "ordinary" day. I love the energy there and the variety. Thanks so much to Steve and especially Robert for their hospitality, kindness, and generosity the whole time! We can't wait to go back!

Friday Night Lights


Since August we've been heading out to Grantsville on a regular basis to support Brady's brother Logan and the Grantsville Cowboys during their football season. Logan has basically been the hero of the team, doing an awesome job as the starting quarterback while at that same time playing great defense! He has played pretty much every minute of every single game, and it's been fun to watch him. Brady gets so fired up at the games, it's kind of funny. The Cowboys made it to the playoffs this weekend but unfortunately lost to Wasatch, so their season is now over. Great job Logan for doing so well your senior year! Here's Logan holding his cute little niece Preslee.

On the same note, unfortunately Jordan's football team is done for the season as well. They were undefeated all season up until the very end, then choked in the last 3 games :(. Oh well, maybe next year will be the year for the Beetdiggers!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bye bye fall

So this morning we woke up to *gasp!* SNOW on the ground! Ugh! It's only October and already the snow is sticking. Needless to say, we weren't happy about it. It was Gertie's first experience with snow, which was pretty funny. She was actually afraid of it! She tends to be afraid of anything new on the ground, whether it be paint rollers or a basket, and snow was no exception. I put her outside to do her business and she just sat on the patio steps and gave it the evil eye. Sometime she'd think she was getting brave and try to take a step towards it, but then ended up backing up as much as possible. Eventually I got sick of it so I walked outside and picked her up. She instantly knew I'd make her touch the strange white stuff and started freaking out until I put her down. She sat there for a moment with as many paws raised as physically possible, then started to paw at it. She quickly realized that she could kick and bite the stuff, which sent her into a tizzy. It was pretty funny to watch her running around like crazy enjoying her new "toy". I wished I had been able to take a video of it or something. Oh well, here's a cute picture of her instead:
I'm sad that fall is reaching an end. It's pretty much my favorite season, but I think it's the most fleeting of all the seasons. There's only a short window of time to enjoy it, then it's gone. Luckily I live near a beautiful canyon and had the opportunity to go up and see the leaves a couple of times. The first time we went we saw a moose! Crazy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Procrastination

I'm sitting here at the computer to do research on the 10-page paper I'm supposed to be writing on emerging diseases, but since it's not due for another week it's really hard to feel urgent about it, especially when I'm just dreading writing it. So I thought I'd blog! Gotta love the internet for helping me procrastinate!

Most people already know this, but Brady and I got an English bulldog puppy about 2 months ago. We picked her up while we were in New York (which is a trip I'll have to write about next time). Her name is Gertie and she's so cute. I'm not used to being the center of attention, but everywhere we take her we are swarmed by people... it's like they've never seen a dog before! Well, none as cute as her anyway :o) She's a sweetheart, but she definitely has a bit of an attitude as well. She can make us laugh and want to pull our hair out within the same hour, but we're definitely glad to have added her to our little family. Here's what she looked like when we first got her- we were in Central Park:

Here's a more recent picture now:

That's right, her shirt says "Proud to be pretty". I'll post some more pics soon.

Well, I can't put off that research forever, probably time to get around to it... sigh...

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Wonderful World of Blogging

So Brady and I have decided that it's time we get up to speed and start keeping a blog! (Which I recently learned was short for 'weblog'... who knew?) It's nice that we can keep in touch with friends and family this way, especially since it seems like we're all so busy and getting spread out across the country more and more. I don't know who will even read this, but it's good to chronicle what we've been up to, even if we're the only ones who ever read it!

Right now I'm actually killing time at work, so I will have to keep this short since I really should probably be doing call reviews with my agents (bleh). At this point in time, Brady and I are just trying to get through another semester at school as we're both working full time. Between work, school, church callings, keeping a house up, family, and a crazy little dog, sometimes it feels like we're just trying to survive another day! But despite how busy we are, life is good. We've been married for a year and two months now, which is crazy, I can't believe how quickly time has flown by. At the same time though, it feels like we've been together forever. We both consider ourselves lucky to know that we will be together forever. I'm looking forward to posting our various adventures here and being able to look back on it down the road. :o)