30 August 2008

A Day at the Lake

T-Bone's sister-in-law, Katie is in town for a few days from Hawaii so we thought we could get together since we might not see her for a few years. She invited us to go on her uncle's pontoon with them today and we had a blast! It was the perfect day on a boat--hot when we got there so we played in the water for a while and then it just was beautiful and warm the rest of the day. The water wasn't too cold either so it was fun to jump off rocks and the boat into the water. Boogers had so much fun swimming that she didn't want to go home. Here are some pictures:

This is Ben showing off doing some flips

T-Bone showing some of his stuff and that' s me (in the red) just making sure I land okay. I'm not much of a rock or cliff jumper.

27 August 2008

The rest of the story--part 3

If you want to read the other parts here is Part 1 and Part 2

I'm going to try to make this the last one but we'll see how far I get. I came down with a head cold today so my head is a little clogged today...

Okay where was I? Conference, right. We got to our friend's house on Saturday morning and slept for a few hours. Oh wait, I lied. We didn't drive the whole night (it's a good thing I am writing this down, I forgot some things) we stopped and slept at my aunt and uncle's house in Cedar City. That's a funny story by itself. I had been to their house a bunch of times but I had never driven...and it wasn't 5 o'clock in the morning. We had their address but being a Utah address rookie we got a little lost. We finally found what we thought was the right address and pulled into the driveway. I was pretty confused since it didn't look like the right house, but like I said I had been driving all night so I wasn't sure of anything right them.

So just to make sure we had the right place I called my uncle. He confirmed the address and that he would have a light on for us. Right house number, check. Light on, check. So I knocked on the door and sure enough it wasn't my aunt and uncle's house. We were on the opposite side of the city. The funny thing was that the lady who answered the door had been up for an hour or so and was getting her son ready for scout camp. She was so nice and cheerful and gave us directions on how to get to the correct side of town. I'm so glad she was awake! We laughed about that for a while.

So we crashed there for a couple hours and then got up and drove the rest of the way to Salt Lake. We made it for the Saturday Afternoon session and even met some friends. We had a group of about 5 and we were all sitting together. I was sitting next to T-bone and one of his good friends--I'll call him Sam. About half way through the session I am really getting exhausted so I lean over to rest a little. I feel someone scratching my back and look over and it's not T-Bone. Now I've got a little crush on him by now and I'm thinking it would be great if it was him. No such luck. It was Sam trying to put a move on me. Hmmm, how to shut him down? So I sat up and paid some more attention to T-Bone. We flirted a little while and played arm rest wars and I think Sam was getting the hint. Turned out he totally had a crush on me and the girl he ended up marrying had a crush on T-Bone. We never liked either of them--in that way. They're both friends of ours today.

So that evening all the boys went to Priesthood and the girls hung out. After the Priesthood session T-Bone and I met up with some friends from my home town and all the girls slept at Suzette's house and all the boys slept at Alan's. We all went to pizza that night and I probably flirted some more. Now I feel bad about telling this story because a lot of it was hazy for me. I hadn't slept for a full night so some of the details are a little blurred or forgotten.

Anyway we ended up getting to bed pretty late that night and got up early to go to the Sunday morning session. I can't remember if T-Bone and I went with anyone else, I'm sure we did. But I'm pretty sure by this point it really was him scratching my back. :) We played some more arm rest wars totally flirting with each other.

We left after that session so we could get home. Both of us had to work on Monday morning so we needed to get a move on. The drive home was less energetic than the drive up but the chemistry was definitely there. We talked a little but we tried to listen to the afternoon session on the radio so that kept the conversation to a minimum. Both of us were wasted from the weekend. We stopped for dinner in St. George at some Mexican place and I remember sitting across from him, totally liking him and so wanting him to like me back. I put my feet up on his bench--we were sitting across from each other--and he touched my ankles. I would probably make my Grandma blush at how forward I was being--practically throwing myself at him to get him to hold my hand or do something.

Finally after we left he did! He was driving and we just kept flirting and finally he grabbed it. I remember thinking "I was wondering how long that would take!" but I didn't say it. We just talked and held hands and cuddled all the way home. We got back to his house at about 1 in the morning and I went inside to go to the bathroom and get a drink. I wanted to make sure I got all the details so I grabbed my journal. This is what I wrote on October 8th, 2001:
Then he carried me bride style out to my truck! When he put me down, one arm was already around his neck, so I put the other one up and gave him a big hug. We both said how much fun we'd had this weekend. Then I looked him in the eyes and he kissed me! It was 4 or 5 just small kisses, but I feel like he meant it. I don't see him as someone who just kisses for the moment and then it's over.
So there you go! We kissed just after a few days of really knowing each other. My friends and I joked that we'd either come back from Conference hooked up or hating each other! Well I'm glad we hooked up because I married that man 10 months later! And I still love him dearly.

26 August 2008

Back to the land of the internet!

I'm back everyone! I know you missed me...okay you probably didn't even notice I was gone. We moved last week and I cleaned out our old place this evening making us free and clear of that apartment. It took 5 days for our DSL to get hooked up plus hours of calling but it's finally connected! Oh blessed internet! What did I do without you?

Okay enough weird stuff...I'll write more tomorrow. I know you all are waiting on the edge of your seat for the conclusion to the story of T-Bone and I.

19 August 2008

Okay I finally did this Mosaic thing

Image hosted @ bighugelabs.com
(sorry this this is so small...just click on it to see the pics better. I don't know how to make it bigger)
1. Mavericks Surf Contest 2008 - Greg Long & Jamie Sterling Final Heat, 2. Guacamole anyone?, 3. Ramona, 4. An Irish Sunset, 5. Christian Bale 2, 6. water droplets in the shower - o.k. bokeh, 7. falls creek waterfall, fiordland, new zealand, 8. Chocolate white chocolate chip cookie and vanilla bean ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip trimming, 9. fresh, 10. Joy of life, 11. Socks, socks, socks and more socks. Long live SOTTS!! ~Day 146, 12. "Shelly" ... 8500+ views!

I've seen this all over from Cheryl to bythelbs and others too. It took me forever to do this not necessarily because it was difficult but because I have such a hard time answering some of these questions! :) So I finally buckled down and did it and here it is. Enjoy! Now you do it too!

Here's how it works:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.
Choose 3 columns with 4 rows.
The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name. (kid version: favorite animal?)

18 August 2008

The Conference Trip-Part 2

This is Part 2 of the story of how T-Bone and I came to be in celebration
of our 6th Anniversary yesterday
(To see part 1, click here)

After my Dad and I had our heart to heart, what he said felt right. I decided to see what I could do about finding a job. This was around the second week in September of 2001. I majored in Exercise and Sport Science at BYU-H but didn't think I would find any work in that field--that wasn't a 24 Hour Fitness Trainer--so I broadened my searches. I looked on-line and found a Customer Service job that looked like a good fit. I went in for an interview and they asked me to start the next week. It couldn't have been more meant to be.

I feel really bad about this but I totally bailed on the nanny job. I really left them high and dry but I had a job! Totally lame of me and not something I ever want to do again. Since I had a job--and it was 30 miles away from home--I needed a car, right? Oh yes. I was so excited to go car shopping. I drove a beater Toyota truck in High School and loved it, so that's what I was looking for. I was a truck girl. I looked on line and found a dealership that had a used truck I wanted to look at. My parents and I drove to El Cajon and started looking around. They didn't have the truck that their site said they had though. I ended up looking at the new 2002 Tacomas they had on the lot. They were having a sale and they weren't too expensive.

I left later that night with a brand new 2002 Silver Toyota Tacoma totally in my budget with 6 miles on it. Boy was I thrilled driving home! Did I mention it was my birthday that day too?? Yeah that was the sweetest birthday present I've ever given myself.

I started my new job on Monday and I was feeling spiffy. Conference was coming up that next weekend and I was really excited to go too. T-Bone had a few friends that said they were going to come so it was going to be a fun car ride up there. Thursday night came around and everyone bailed. It was just going to be me and T-Bone.

I had thought that he was pretty cute and wouldn't mind getting to know him better--maybe even dating him. Later when we talked about it he said those thoughts never occurred to him. Total guy. Or maybe I was just more of a flirt than I should have been.

We ended up taking my sweet new ride since it was better than his uncomfortable Acura Integra with loud exhaust.

I went to work that Friday and then picked him up on the way around 8pm. We drove--or I should say I drove. I was having a hard time letting someones else drive my new truck--all through the night, stopping only for gas and then for food in Vegas. By this time it was probably 1 o'clock in the morning and we had talked and talked non stop for the last 5 hours. I had never felt so comfortable talking to someone before and having so much fun talking to someone before.

When we left In N Out in Vegas we spontaneously broke out into a duet of "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. I grew up singing this song and little did I know that was one of T-Bone's favorite movies. When the song finished we just looked at each other and said, "Did that just happen?" This was also about the time when T-Bone felt comfortable drinking my drink. I still wouldn't let him drive my new truck but he thought we had progressed in our "relationship" to be able to share my Barqs Root Beer. I couldn't believe he had done that. I'm not one to share drinks so liberally.

I don't remember much more of the drive up to Salt Lake except that we talked all night long. I usually fall asleep driving but we kept each other awake the whole night. I think we got to Salt Lake around 5 in the morning.

Okay enough for now....to be continued...

17 August 2008

How we met

T-Bone and I were married 6 years ago today. I thought it would be fun to write down the story from the beginning...

It was back in 2001. I had just graduated from BYU-Hawaii and moved back home with my parents. My tentative future plans included working at whatever job I could find during the summer, then go on a mission when I had some money left over. I found a job nannying for a family near our house; they had two little boys. It was fun but not something I wanted to do for too long. I was just saving up money after all. I turned 23 that year so I was already a little older than most sister missionaries.

I wasn't really doing much with my life except going to work and the single's activities. That summer was fun. I made some great friends and fell into my niche socially.

The first time T-Bone and I did anything together was in August. A common friend of ours was going back home to Scotland. She had spent a couple months with a relative but had to go home. To send her off a bunch of us went downtown to the Spaghetti Factory. After dinner we walked around downtown. We separated into little groups and walked past a group of Hare Krishna's. I just glanced at them and noticed they were doing their chanting thing. (I'm pretty sure T-Bone and I were in the same little group at that point) We walked on and kept chatting about who knows what. A few blocks down the road I realized I could still hear their chanting. I turned around and the Krishna's were right on our heels. Not sure why they were following us.

The next time I remember doing something wit T-Bone we went to San Diego's Street Scene. If you want a fun concert experience, come down to Street Scene. They close off a bunch of blocks down town and set stages everywhere. So many bands play and it is just amazing. Wall to wall people and reeking of beer, but fun no less. There were 5 or 6 of us--I can't remember--and I rode in T-Bone's car with my friend and his friend. It wasn't a date or anything we just all carpooled. It was the first time I got carded--I was pretty excited about that. It also was my first "real" concert.

Once we got in to Street Scene my friend Bryn and I got separated from the guys and we barely saw them the rest of the night. I remember trying to find them again but you can't hear cell phones there and it was just a maze of streets. We saw Counting Crows and Jack Johnson up close and then some other bands I can't remember. Anyway this is about me and T-Bone.

It was that night that T-Bone mentioned that he was going to go to General Conference in a month. I quickly reserved a place in his car because I had never been and with my flexible schedule I knew that this would be a chance I might not have again. T-Bone went every year with a group of friends and I knew if I didn't reserve my spot I might not have one.

We became better friends over the next month or so leading up to conference. I also made some very important life changes. Nannying wasn't really making the money for me plus the boys had gone back to school so I was only working 4 hours a day. So one day, my Dad and I had a heart to heart about my future. He asked me why I wanted to go on on a mission. I told him that I felt like I had been so blessed in life and I wanted to give that back to Heavenly Father. I wanted to serve because I had a testimony. I'm pretty sure he was inspired to say what he said next.

He told me that he thought it would be best if I kind of put the mission idea on hold for a little while. He thought I should look for full-time work. I had wanted to get a "real" job for a while but didn't want to just work for a few months before quitting to go on a mission. He said that after a few months I could revisit the idea of a mission to see if that was what I really wanted to do.

to be continued...

15 August 2008

Just one question

Does eating brownies with peanut butter chips for breakfast cure PMS headaches? I hope so. I asked that to T-Bone and he said I should add some ice cream to it too. I thought that sounded like a good idea...too bad I don't have any.

14 August 2008

What I've been up to

So life's been a little crazy for me the last few weeks. That's why I haven't been around much. Here's what's been going on:

*We got our move-in date yesterday for our new apartment. We will be getting our keys next Tuesday and probably moving Thursday or Friday. Consequently I've been getting things ready for that. It's no fun.

*My friend, Lacey, and I are throwing a baby shower for another friend in a couple weeks. I've been making the invitations for that. It was my first time making a mass amount of homemade cards and I think they turned out okay! I finally finished the last few today and got them mailed out. Hooray!

*I made this hat for another friend who's baby shower I went to on Tuesday night. I've made hats with this same pattern before but this is the first time I ventured out and made some changes. I added a pom pom and some designs for a couple rows. I was pretty proud of it.

*A couple days ago I went on my porch and found this! When T-Bone and I were in Hawaii for my brother's graduation I bought this plumeria plant. On the package it had very strict directions for planting. It also said that it would take 1 year to grow leaves and then another year to grow flowers. I was pretty surprised when it started growing those wierd claw-like things out of the stem. Then when I saw the lighter green stem grow I got even more excited. And now flowers! And they smell like Plumerias too--imagine that! There are quite a few more buds there too that haven't bloomed. Guess it didn't take 2 years after all!

*I just spent half an hour talking to a lady from the Union-Tribune newspaper about my "momtourage." I didn't really even know what a momtourage was at first but I talked to her anyway. I told her how I'm surrounded by wonderful friends, family and internet friends. I never thought I'd be that kind of a person, but I read message boards and blogs and I'm glad I do. I told her about my blogging friends and how you all have been such a support to me. I have "met" wonderful ladies who are going through similar things and it has been a huge help over the last few years. Who knows I might be in the newspaper soon! Ah!

*Yesterday I registered Boogers for real Preschool. Last semester she went to the High School program for an hour and a half twice a week. This time she'll be going for 3 hours twice a week. She is thrilled. Every morning when we walk past the communtiy center she tells me "That's my new preschool, Mom. When do I get to go?" I'm looking forward to the social interaction and the educational stimulation she will get. She needs that. I'm also looking forward to more time for myself. On to the next thing...

*One of the reasons why is because my sister-in-law asked me to be a part of a boutique she is involved in in November. We are going to be making hand knitted toys. So I have to exercise those fingers and knit away. I'm actually looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll make some money!

*Sunday is mine and T-Bone's 6th wedding anniversary. Wahoo! It seems weird that we've only been married 6 years because it seems like we've been together for as long as I can remember but at the same time it seems like 6 years is a long time. I'll do another post about that later.

So I guess that's it. I probably will be around on and off for the next little while so don't be offended if I don't comment on your blog! :)

06 August 2008

So Apparently Gourds Rot

Am I the last person to know this?

We're moving, right? So T-Bone and I decided that we should get a storage unit for all our stuff that just takes up space that we only use every once and a while. I got some bins and have been slowly filling them. Today I decided to see what was in the bins in our office.

First bin: Christmas lights and miscellaneous Christmas decorations. Easy.

Second bin: Fall decorations from last year. Hmm, maybe I can combine the two since this one doesn't seem very full. Wait, what is that smell? Ugh, what is that smell? I look closer and there is a strange soft mass on top of a cute little scarecrow I bought last year. Okay, that's weird. I pick up the scarecrow and get ready to throw it away. Below the scarecrow is the real disaster.

I decided last year that I was tired of having a boring un-festive apartment in the fall. I mean, I get all in the Christmas mood and decorate with what I have, but I wanted autumn decorations last year. So I went to Michael's and bought a cute scarecrow, some fall colored artificial flowers, a cornucopia and a variety of dried gourds to put in it. It looked really cute in our living room. I put them up around the beginning of October and kept them up until it was time to decorate for Christmas. I thought all of these things would be okay to keep for subsequent years. Boy was I wrong.

Here is what the cornucopia and gourds look like now:

A veritable mass of nasty. The cornucopia is so ridden with mold that it was soft. I had to throw the flowers, the scarecrow and of course the cornucopia and gourds away. Everything stank. The bin is outside on our porch de-stinking as I type. I wasn't going to take a picture but I must document this for all to see in case I am not the only person ignorant enough to know that you can't put dried gourds away for use for another year.

There is my public service announcement for the week.

04 August 2008

Camping Recap

Well you all probably think I vanished in a camping black hole but I didn't! I swear, I'm just lazy. We've been home since Saturday afternoon and I'm just getting to this. Life's been busy, I promise what with naps and playing with new gadgets. Things get in the way. :)

Anyway I'm sure you are all sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for my camping recap. I know you are. That's why I'm going to write about everything.

Boogers and I got up to San Ononfre State Beach about 4pm on Thursday and we set up camp...well my brother-in-law Geoff and I set up camp. Geoff & Kristen's site and ours were one away from each other so that was kind of a bummer. The other family that came with us were 3 sites away from us. I think they felt kind of left out and secluded. Boogers didn't waste any time tackling her cousin J and making up on lost time. Those girls love each other. I'm so glad that they are 6 months apart. I hope they stay friends their whole lives.

That night Geoff took the kids down to the beach while me and my sister-in-law, Kristen and I took care of the first of many campfire dining adventures. That night we had chili dog stew in the dutch oven. Can I say yummy? If you love chili dogs like I do this is one heck of a meal. You cut up hot dogs and cook them in the chili. Then you scoop out some of the chili goodness into a bowl and put a torn up bun on top. Pure goodness. T-Bone showed up after work but couldn't spend the night. After he left we stayed up and talked that night and just hung around...not too much to report that night.

On Friday we all packed up pretty early and headed out to the beach. I guess it wasn't that early--more like 10:30. The beaches near the campgrounds were not super child friendly and it was a serious hike down to them so we drove up to San Clemente. OC beaches are beautiful and San Clemente is no exception. We brought G&K's big shade cover so while the chillins played in the surf the adults stayed cool in the shade. I got some fun pics of the kids playing at the beach but don't want to post them since I don't think my brother-in-law and sister-in-law want their children's faces on the internet. We stayed there most of the day and then headed back to camp. I will leave you with my beautiful Boogers though.

I took it upon myself to be the fire master during this weekend trip. I had some pallets from my Dad and I spent most of my free time hacking away at them for firewood. I have to say it was hard work, but exhilarating. I actually enjoyed myself. I mean who doesn't like destroying stuff, right? But this at least was productive destruction. So once we got back and I showered in the wonderful, cold outdoor showers I took my hammer and started hacking again. Friday night's culinary delight was a chicken and rice casserole thing, also cooked in the dutch oven. That was really good too. T-Bone got off work early so he showed up at about 4:30 so it was nice to have him around.

Friday night Boogers was totally wasted and couldn't wait to get to bed. At about 8 I told her to get her jammies on and she couldn't have been more happy. Later that night the people who had the site between us and G&K showed up. They had the site on the other side of us so we offered to switch. I was kind of worried about moving camp since Boogers was asleep in the tent but we did it anyway. She was so wasted she didn't even move when we dragged the tent 20 feet. That was one tired girl!

By Saturday morning everyone was pretty wasted so we broke camp pretty early. I was looking forward to spending another day at the beach--maybe a little farther south--but the others couldn't wait to go home. We had orange peel muffins and scrambled eggs that morning and those were really good too. We were dirty and tired so it was nice to get home and shower. Boogers was so tired from the weekend she went to bed at 6:15pm and slept until 6:45 on Sunday morning.

All in all it was a fun camping trip. San Onofre doesn't have very many facilities as far as beach camping goes so I don't think I'll ever camp there again. It didn't have very accessible water spickets and only chemical toilets and cold showers. It would have been nice to be cleaner. It was also quite a bummer that the beach was so far away. I mean what's the fun of beach camping if you can't just go down to the beach whenever you feel like it. You couldn't even see the ocean from the bluffs, just bushes. Next time we're going to South Carlsbad.