Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cruising the Carribean!! what if we got back from this trip two months ago? Better late than never right? I HAVE been taking pictures of our life recently at least, I just haven't gotten around to blogging them yet. So I'll start with the cruise and try to put up a post every few days until I'm caught back up with the present haha.

First off, I'd like to say that this trip was amaaaaazing. So much fun, in fact, that I was already looking at booking another one before we were back in Utah. The weather was perfect, the water was crystal clear, and we had my older brother (who is more psycho about travel than I am) to plan some amazing adventures for us.

Since the water was so stinking perfect, we spend a LOT of time snorkeling.
Our very first day on the beach, Josh managed to get pooped on by a seagull :)
One of our snorkeling spots was only accessible by boat and had a half-sunken ship we could explore :)
On top of soaking up the sun on beautiful beaches...
We stopped at Maho Bay so Josh could stand behind an airplane as it was taking off (I gladly volunteered as the film crew and stood safely back from that monster)

 My sister in law Jen, Josh, and I decided to be adventurous and go zip lining and repelling in the rain forest!

 Although we were sad to leave the ship, we had an adventure through San Juan, Puerto Rico!

 We toured the old city, did some shopping and had some amazing food!

 Overall, it was the trip of a lifetime and we are so glad we splurged and experienced it!!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lots of Changes!

It finally happened! After 5/6 years of college, Josh and I are both Utah State University Alumni! We both managed to snag a bachelors degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry (Josh also minored in English but he's a nerd and it's to be expected). I made Josh actually participate in the graduation ceremony, during which Josh was announced as graduating Cum Laude! I'm one proud wife!

I don't have many pictures, it was mostly our parents taking all of the pictures, but I did get a hold of these with my younger siblings:

...yeah...thats my little brother...don't really know when that happened...

I also ran into my roommate from my freshman year! Probably the best random roommate assignments I've ever had!

Along with graduation, we managed to squeeze in a move! We have officially upgraded our house :) It's quite an improvement our little "bunker" we used to live in. Best part: it costs less than our old house!!

The moving out madness:

As you may remember, we had to saw our couch in half to get it in the house. I had been dreading getting it back out for almost a year now. Luckily, a friend and her husband will be moving in and needed a couch so we provided one! haha horray for not having to deal with that nightmare...

 And now for our new house:

The outside really isn't much to look at but I seriously LOVE this place!

 Horray for a covered car port that can fit both mine and Josh's cars! No more snow scraping!
 Also a big horray for having full-size windows!! And couches that are in one piece!

 Horray for a garbage disposal AND dishwasher (the definition of spoiled)
 Big horray for a second bedroom that will soon become the crafting room! My best friend Brynne and I will soon be building that doll house in the box!
 Horray for a bigger bathroom that has the space for Josh and me to get ready at the same time! (you can't really tell in the picture because the angle is bad but I promise it's bigger!)
 Our office is separate from the living room now so one of us can work in peace while the other watches tv (horray for realizing that we don't have homework and this isn't as big of a necessity anymore!!)
 Love love looooove our bedroom with cute windows!
 complete with a view of our cute backyard and Old Main in the distance
 We have a ton of space for picnics this summer in our backyard, which even has plum and apricot trees! Yummmmm!

 On top of all of these changes, I got promoted at work AND got a raise! Now Josh and I are working full time and plan on doing so for the next year until we see where our next adventure lies. With all of that extra cash, we don't feel the least bit guilty splurging on our big vacation in FOUR DAYS! (take a look at that counter on the top right of the blog! I made it 8 months ago and have been watching time tick by so slowly...) I'm so excited, I can barely stand it. I keep peaking in on my empty suitcase convincing myself that I need to wait a little bit longer to pack.

While we are gone, my brother-in-law will be leaving on his 2-year LDS Mission to Honduras! So this picture documents the last time we get to see him until 2015! I can't wait to compare it to the picture of the family when he gets back and is a hardened Honduran haha.

 Good Luck Jordan!!!

P.S.~Josh and I have been married for 11 months today!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A New Member of the Family...

No, not THAT kind of "new member!" (that picture probably gave a few family members and friends a healthy little heart attack haha) I was actually talking about this little guy:

 This fluffy orange monster has been named Wolverine because of his love of digging his claws into your arms. It all started when Josh and I were walking home from school and heard a sad meowing. Josh, of course, meowed back and this little guy came running from a few houses down the street. He then followed us to our front door,walked right in, and plopped down on the couch like he has lived here all his life.

You may not remember, but I am VERY ALLERGIC TO CATS. However, he is just so cuddly that I can't help but love him. He comes over every evening around the same time and hangs out with us until we throw him back outside when we go to bed. I wonder if his owners put him outside as a sort of punishment and this is what he is actually doing...

We try to get him to play with a laser pointer and this is what we get:

Yup, he definitely wins the Lazy Cat award.

Unfortunately, he had to go a few nights without our warm house because we were off skiing/snowboarding! My friend Melissa from back home made the drive up and we all went to Powder Mountain on a perfect day! Not only was it sunny, but they had just received six inches of fresh snow the night before!

I had only been skiing one other time in my life and lets just say it was not like riding a bike for me. It took a good hour before I wasn't falling every ten seconds. I eventually sent Josh off with his friends, because I felt guilty for slowing them down so much. Once they were gone, I became an olympic-level pro! Well, I at least could make it all the way down the run with only one or two wipe-outs haha.

Because Powder Mountain is so HUGE, Melissa and I basically had every run to ourselves!
We had so much fun and the soreness the next day was more than worth it. I wish I had taken a picture of Josh's sunburn that was only from his cheekbone down, it was beautiful!

 Since Spring Break is supposed to be a week filled with adventures, a couple days after we went skiing, my mom and I took a train trip to Denver! I have wanted to go on a long distance train ride ever since I read about the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter! They always made it look so great!

 So this was, of course, what I was expecting when we walked up to our sleeper car. This is what we got:

That picture is the ENTIRE WIDTH of our compartment. It kind of felt like being in a closet haha. Luckily, once we reclined the seats into beds, it was much more comfortable.

We got to lounge and look out at the Rockies for hours! The pictures don't do the scenery justice.

 We got into Denver late at night after a rock slide covered part of the tracks and we had to wait until maintainance crews cleared it. After spending the night in a hotel, we got back on the train early in the morning and made the journey back. Sounds kind of lame but it was actually a really fun, relaxing vacation with my mom :)
 And all the fun free food added to our nerdy excitement :)

 My final Spring Break adventure was replenishing our stock of homemade laundry detergent. We came across THIS RECIPE on Pinterest last summer and decided to try it. It makes about a gallon of detergent and you only have to put ONE TEASPOON into every load! I think it works great and it lasts forever! Definitely worth trying if you are sick of having to buy detergent all the time. My mom and I shared our batch and it lasted us about a year! (I just put a small amount of what we made in this bottle so I could take it home from my moms house, it makes a ton!)

 Unfortunately, today marks the last day of our break and now we have to get back to the real world. This includes attending the funeral of Josh's grandma Sharon. Although I didn't grow up calling her grandma, this lovely woman welcomed me into the family the very moment I met her. She reminded me so much of my own grandmother and I'd be bouncing in the car like a little girl every time we went to visit her. Sharon was a force of nature and will be missed.