Saturday, December 26, 2009
- a pearl necklace (from monte)
- a new swimsuit, pink (from monte)
- two necklaces (from my mom)
- a homemade denim quilt (from my mom)
- a frilly shirt (from monte)
- an argyle sweater (from monte)
- a down comforter, queen size (from my in-laws)
- some monies (from my in-laws)
- a cheesy Jack Weyland novel (from micquel)
... and I can't think of anything else. I think that's it. I was completely satisfied. I got more than I could ever want. It was fun to give gifts to Monte and Maecy & Kenneth. It's been pretty crazy with the whole Mena family down here sleeping at my and Chris's apartments. What a doozy. But it's been fun, too. They're going home tomorrow sometime.
I guess I should mention how awesome our anniversary vacation was. Here's a brief description of our adventures:
Saturday: flew into San Diego airport at 10:30pm. Took the shuttle to the rental car place; got ripped off by rental car place. Drove away with a 2010 red Toyota Corolla. Monte proceeded to be paranoid the entire trip that something would happen to it. We went to bed at about 1:30am after finally locating our hotel.
Sunday: Slept in, watched some TV, went to a singles ward (it's the only one we could find), walked around on the beach/pier. Had a good time.
Monday: Went to the ZOO! We decided that was what we really wanted to do. The highlight was when a jaguar shoved her paw through the fenced and swatted an asian girl. Twice, about 5 minutes apart. Yeah, don't ask me where the girl's parents were. We left the zoo for lunch and to wander around Balboa Park. We went back to the zoo at nighttime so we could ride the sky tram and see all the Christmas lights. They weren't that cool, though, and it was getting a bit chilly, so we left right after that.
Tuesday: We went and did a session at the San Diego temple. It was so beautiful. The Celestial Room is insane. I've never seen anything like it. Multi-level and multi-rooms. You feel like you're in a perfect palace. After that we went and met Monte's friend Stephanie and her boyfriend and had lunch. We also had to purchase some flip-flops for Monte because he left his at the hotel and was wearing black shoes and socks with shorts and a t-shirt at this point. Thank goodness for Old Navy. We just relaxed the rest of the night at our hotel and went to the hot tub. We would have stayed in the hot tub for longer, but there were two unattended children under the age of 8 who would not stop talking to us. Good thing we weren't pedophiles or kidnappers.
Wednesday: Woke up at 5 am to make sure we had time to fill up the car with gas, drop it off, take the shuttle to the airport, and make our flight. We barely made it. It's so hard to find a gas station in downtown San Diego.
All in all we had a fantastic vacation and got to spend some quality time together. Happy anniversary, Monte. I love you and can't wait for our next year together.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I took my third final today. I only got an 87 (I should have gotten at least 90 because it's an easy religion class) because the test was very poorly written. Even Monte, who usually never gets below like a 92 on any test (it's disturbing, really) only got an 89 on it. I think we're going to email the teacher to complain about a few questions that made NO sense.
On the bright side, work went by super fast today. I worked from 1-5 at Women's Services. I looked up at the clock at 3 and was amazed because it felt like I'd only been there for a half hour! It was amazing. That's what happens when 4 girls get together to brainstorm ideas.
I'm so excited to go to San Diego on Saturday! I'm also really excited for Debbie and Jared to get married. I can't believe I've been married for a year. So bizarre. It seems like it's only been a couple of months since we tied the knot and now we're gallivanting off on our first anniversary. Who'd have thought that I would get married as a wee 21 year old. I sure didn't. But it's been great, besides the fact that I hardly ever see any of my friends anymore. I'm just too busy with working 28+ hours per week and going to school full time. Oh well. I graduate in a year!
Tye (and her 2 adorable girls) are flying in from Florida tomorrow. That should be fun. Kyle will be here in about week, I think. Also, SHAWN and Shaylee (with Ian) are flying in on Christmas Eve from South Carolina. Shawn hasn't visited us since they got married, I think, so this is quite a big deal. Hopefully we won't scare/annoy him too much. All in all, this holiday season is looking like it will be fantastic.
Another piece of good news: my books for next semester only cost $138. That's a lot better than $300 last semester. I was really excited.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
In other news, it's Thanksgiving Break! I've been waiting for this week for 2.5 months. It is upon us. And, boy, am I going to take advantage of it. Here are some of the things I'll be doing that I haven't been able to do for awhile because of school/work/no time:
- shooting (guns, that is)
- shopping (Christmas is coming soon)
- sleeping in (only a little bit)
- baking and cooking for Thanksgiving (I'm in charge of the rolls and the cranberry salad)
- relaxing and reading good books (currently, Three Cups of Tea)
- seeing "expensive" movies in the "real" theaters (I have gift certificates--any movie suggestions?)
- attending my cousins' baby showers on Saturday
- watching the rest of Glee online--I'm getting more caught up!
- writing a 3 page religion paper (bleh, but not horrible)
- and other cool stuff, like spending a lot of time with my family
Are you guys as excited about the break as I am? I guess for those of you who aren't in school it's probably not very exciting. But be happy for me, I guess.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
1. She is adorable. She can't help it. Even though she makes the rest of us seem non-cute, we still love her.
2. She is nice to everyone. I can barely think of a single time that I've heard her say something bad about someone else.
3. She bought the same glasses frames as me. Those were good times. We looked hot.
4. She has the best laugh. And it's quite contagious, especially for Haybot.
5. She will watch awesome TV shows with me (Outback Jack, Instant Star, Laguna Beach, etc).
6. She is always snuggly and warm. I know this because I slept right next to her (we pushed our twin beds together) for 4 months. She wouldn't get mad when I'd accidentally hold her hand in my sleep.
7. She is always up for a shopping trip to the outlets in Park City. And sometimes we actually take the right exit instead of heading towards Cheyenne.
8. She is engaged to Jared VanH. She'll have his last name in less than 2 months. Well done, ole chap. Good catch.
9. She is the only person on this planet who can flat iron my hair into perfectly straight submission. She's talented.
10. She tries to be a good friend. Always.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Monte and I decided to be supportive and go to our ward's trunk-or-treat, held in our church parking lot. Gift certificates were given to the three people with the spookiest trunks (or really, just best decorated). One person even created a mini spook alley in their back seat that the children had to crawl through. Monte and I weren't cool enough to even clean out our trunk so we just stood next to our closed trunk with a huge bowl of candy (which we abundantly gave out--we didn't want to take any home). Man, those children had it good. The ward provided donuts and hot chocolate for everyone and some people in the ward brought bakes goods to give away.
Here are some pictures of the event/evening for your viewing pleasure.I'd like you to notice the boots. The went to above my knees. The heels are about4.5 inches tall. Tallest heels I've ever worn. My feet were KILLing me after about 20 minutes, but it was totally worth it. Oh, they were only $7 at Charlotte Russe last Christmas.Monte was really just a doctor, but after he put my hat on he became a witch doctor.The backseat spook alley
Saturday, October 24, 2009
After that I came home, did the dishes, picked up the used tissues in our apartment and generally just clean up a bit. Nothing too in depth because I'm too lazy.
At 10:30 I went to the church for our primary program practice. The program's tomorrow and we just had to do a little run through to see how long it would take and make sure everyone knew what they were supposed to do. I think it will be a success tomorrow. Morgan and her counselors are awesome and have planned it to the "T".
After that I made Monte the most random lunch you've ever heard of (a hamburger, a slice of pizza, a lunch meat sandwich, and some potato chips--yes, he'll really eat it all). I ate a pb&j for myself. Now I'm writing this. I think I'll try to go give plasma so I can have some extra monies this week. Possible to use on going to see this gem of a movie.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
My day has been non stop! Here's how it went:
7-7:45 Get ready for school and eat delicious Life cereal that was so cheap this week
7:45-8 Ride bus to campus
8-11 Work at WSR
11-12 Finish GIS assignment that I really should have spent 2 hours on
12-12:45 Ride bus to other job in Orem (yes, it really takes that long)
12:45-5 Work at Chrysalis (the office smelled SO bad--those clients need to take showers more)
5-5:45 Walk to bus stop and ride to plasma center
5:45-6 Wait for plasma appointment
6-7:15 Be screened and give plasma
7:15-7:30 Walk home
7:30-9 Write 5 page paper in record time
9-9:30 Write 1/2 page paper for awesome etiquette class
9:30-now Read/comment on blogs, check Facebook, be lazy
I am super tired. And you're probably super tired about hearing about my day. But the schedule above is why I can never blog, people. I just don't have TIME. But I still love you all and will try to post more often when I have a few spare minutes (even now I should be writing my journal for my religion class and doing that reading, as well). No spare time, people.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, August 08, 2009
We finally found a spot to go shooting! Granted, it's about 25-30 minutes away, but we're just glad that we have a sure place. We just drove around Utah Lake going through Springville and SF instead of all the way to Lehi/Eagle Mt. It was grand. I finally got to shoot the pistol outdoors. I'm the worst shot ever with that thing. However, despite how silly I look with the .22 rifle below, I'm quite the excellent marksman with THAT weapon.
Quinn just bought a handgun yesterday. It's pretty much the same as ours, but it's army green. He LOVES it. Wouldn't stop exclaiming how fun it was to go shooting. Enjoy the pictures of our adventures.
P.S. Monte just found out about 30 minutes ago that he also got a grant for the school year. That's right--we don't have to pay for school this year...at all. We're so happy. We'll probably just spend all of our saved monies on a trip to Florida/South Carolina to visit my sistahs. Who knows when, though.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
1. Monte is awesome and got a half scholarship. There's $2000 we thought we'd have to have for school this year that just got handed to us.
2. I received grants totaling around $7800. What the? I really only needed like $2000, but whatev. Maybe they'll let me use it Spring and Summer, too.
3. I got offered my old job at Women's Services on campus. This was much needed considering I was stressed out about the car situation during school. Monte and I only have one car and since we both work at differing times in Orem we weren't sure how it was going to work out. Now I'll just ride the bus to BYU everyday and stay from 9-5. Easy.
Monte and I are joking (mostly) that all of these blessings are happening because something really bad is going to happen soon. We're kind of scared. Perhaps we should be more optimistic?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
We decided to do a hike today that was a bit more (a LOT more) scenic and shady: Fifth Water Hot Springs. They're up SF canyon (Diamond Fork). It was SO fun. Everything is beautiful up there. Plus, the trail goes right by the river the entire time. Once you get to the hot springs it's kind of stinky, but you get over it pretty quickly.
One time, on the worst (blind) date of my life, a group of us tried to hike to these hot springs from the "back door" (yes, it's really called that). Apparently the back door trail is half as long as the front door one. Good idea, since we were starting the hike at 10 p.m. BAD idea since we were starting the hike at 10 p.m.--it was dark! And we couldn't even be sure that we'd found the trailhead! Consequently, we never found the hot springs (although we could smell them). To make things worse, once we got back to the car we discovered that it had a flat tire. Awesome. OH. And I didn't get home til about 3 in the morning. On a Sunday. Nightmare, I tell you. Luckily, Micquel was there to make it a little better. Remember that time, Micquel?
I'm pretty bushed from the hike. It's not too difficult, but it was just kind of long...okay, it was only an hour each way, but when you're as out of shape as I am it seems like forever. Remember when I hiked Timp 2 summers ago and didn't find it to be unbearable? Oh yeah, I actually exercised back then. Dang, I need to start that again.
It was worth it though. Beautiful scenery and a cool river to relax in once we got to the hot springs. There was no way I was going to sit in those things when my forehead was sweating like crazy. I hear it's an even better winter/fall/cold weather hike. Perhaps I'll try it in the fall when all the leaves are changing. Who wants to come?
Friday, June 12, 2009
B- Best Friend: Monte. And all my girls. I have many.
C- Cake or Pie: Hummingbird Cake with cream cheese frosting! Strawberry rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream is also fabulous.
D- Day of choice: Saturday. I get to spend the whole day with Monte doing random stuff. It's great.
E- Essential Item: The Pill. If you know what I mean.
F- Favorite Color: I'm starting to like red more and more.
G- Gummi Bears or Gummi Worms: Squirmy worms, please.
H- Hometown: P-Town
I- Indulgence(s): Dr. Pepper
J- January or July: I agree with Dani--who the heck chooses gloomy, slushy, brown, dead January?
K- Kids: 3. Monte and I agree this has to be the absolute most. I'm a wuss. And he has always wanted a small family. There were 6 kids in his family and I think he resents that.
L- Life is Incomplete Without: rainbows, bike rides, family, music, The Word, cuddling...
M- Marriage Date: December 20, 2008. It was cold, folks.
N- Number of Siblings: 4. 3 sisters, 1 brother.
O- Oranges or Apples: Oranges, but only if they're the good ones.
P- Phobias or Fears: Monte dying before we grow old together. I know, I'm insane.
Q- Quotes: "Anaconda squeeeeeeeze!" -Nacho
R- Reason To Smile: The sun is out! And I'm not in school right now, so no homework!
S- Season: Spring. Those daffodils get me every time.
T- Tag Three: Tyree Der (my sis), Micquel (my cuz), Melanie (my cuz), and anyone else who wants to.
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I like doing the dishes. Unless my back hurts, then not so much.
V- Vegetarian or Meat Eater: I enjoy poultry and beef if they're well done. I also enjoy a good Gardenburger. Yum!
W- Worst Habit: Touching my mouth during conversations that make me nervous. I know, this is strange. Consequently, I am almost always touching my mouth when talking to my boss. Don't get me wrong, he's a really nice guy. It's just the fact that he's my boss that makes me nervous.
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: I'm not answering this stupid question.
Y- Your Favorite Food: Here are a few: quesadillas, mashed potatoes & gravy, grilled chicken, caesar salad, fresh tomatoes from the garden, and homemade pizza.
Z- Zodiac: Pisces. Don't let that fool you. I'm terrified of large bodies of water and I can't really swim.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monte workin' the grill on Memorial Day. Man, those burgers were tasty.
Provo Farmer's Market at Pioneer Park on Center and 500 W. It's really great--I recommend going on Saturday morning/early afternoon. I think they shut down around 4 or 5 p.m.
Hiking the Y with Charlotte. Monte started to feel nauseous and I felt dizzy, so we only made it halfway up. Wussies.
Tomato plants in my garden!!!!
Poster of Dale that we shot with the .22 (note the shot right between the eyeballs).
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Being with my sweetie.
Cheesy formal nights (we had two).
Taking funny pictures while we were bored and just chillin' in our cabin.
Touring the oldest sailing ship in the world! This was in San Diego right next to Seaport Village and our ship (in the background).
Squishing ourselves through the tiny doorways of a WWII Russian submarine.
Trying to enjoy the cloudy/overcast day on Catalina Island.
Cruise itinerary due to the Swine Flu:
Day 1: at sea
Day 2: at sea (got all the way down to Cabo...already getting anxious to get off the stupid boat)
Day 3: at sea (Princess decides to turn around and not stop at all in Mexico because of the flu)
Day 4: at sea (find out that we will be stopping in San Diego as one of our ports...me thinking this is not what I paid for)
Day 5: at sea (they stopped in Ensenada for fuel and other crap, but wouldn't let us get off)
Day 6:San Diego (for about 7 hours...what the crap were we supposed to do? we'd already been there lots of times...just walked around and toured old boats)
Day 7: Catalina Island (this is an island, but it doesn't have ANY beaches. that's right: we never got to go to the beach...on our CRUISE!!!)
To top off this fine itinerary, the weather was crap and almost never sunny enough to swim outdoors. I guess that's my fault since I booked the cruise for the end of April, but it just added to the AWEsomeness of the whole week.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Thinking we had between April 23rd and May 4th to go on our real honeymoon I planned our cruise for the 25th through the 2nd. Totally made sense to me. I even checked the BYU website and was really responsible. I guess that doesn't account for my lack of reading ability. Apparently Spring term starts THIS Tuesday, the 28th. What in the? Not even a week between finals and the beginning of the next classes. Lame.
Since it is pretty much impossible to cancel our flights and cruise, I decided I'm just going to go back to school Fall semester. Which is so like me, putting things (Calculus) off for as long as possible. But this means I can have the whole summer to work a lot and PARTY! I'm so relieved. I've been starting to have biweekly nightmares about that Spring Calculus class I was signed up for. Who wants to take a block Calculus class when the weather's great? Not me.
So here's what my spring/summer is going to consist of:
-going shooting every weekend
-going shopping with Hayley (she doesn't know this yet)
-going to Steph's reception in Idaho Falls
-hopefully going to Lava Hot Springs again with the Mena clan
-Lagoon (I'll have to talk Monte into this)
-working 40 hours/week and getting benefits!
-saving money for (stupid) tuition
-missing Debbie, Ali, Steph, Dani, and Missy
-hanging out with MEG
-camping at LEAST once a month
That's all I can think of for now, but you can see how amazing it is, I'm sure. Let me know if you have anymore ideas.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I think it’s like a semi-automatic, or something like that, because you just load the clip with like 15 bullets and then you just shoot, shoot, shoot until they’re all gone. I think this is a good feature since I’m too impatient to reload after every shot. It’s really quite awesome. I like it a lot.
So, I guess the
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
We're going on a cruise!!!
|Departure Port||Date||Arrival Time||Departure Time|
|Los Angeles, California||04-25-2009||04:00 PM|
|Puerto Vallarta, Mexico||04-28-2009||10:00 AM||08:00 PM|
|Mazatlan, Mexico||04-29-2009||07:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|Cabo San Lucas, Mexico||04-30-2009||07:00 AM||02:00 PM|
|Los Angeles, California||05-02-2009||07:00 AM|
Doesn't that look like fun? We were planning on going to the Caribbean, but this one was cheaper, longer, and had a shorter/cheaper flight. We're super excited. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure/envy.
MAZATLAN:CABO san LUCAS
Monday, February 16, 2009
The first five people to respond to this post will get something handmade by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2- What I create will be just for you.
3- It'll be done this year.
4- You have no clue what it's going to be. But I promise that I will take time to think of something that seems right for me to send you! :)
5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did will win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
3 months, engaged for another 3 months.
Who eats more?
Who is taller?
Monte. He's got me by at least 3 inches.
Who is smarter?
We are both S-M-R-T in our own ways.
Whose temper is worse?
Usually mine. But man. He gets really quiet when he's mad and that can feel pretty harsh.
Who does the laundry?
Mostly me. I'm quicker.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
If you're looking at it from the bottom, Monte sleeps on the right.
Who pays the bills?
So far, I do. But Monte helps me remember.
Who cooks dinner?
Most times me. But Monte is really cute. He makes me dinner a lot. And sandwiches for lunch.
Who drives when you are together?
Definitely Monte. He doesn't like it when I drive. It scares him.
Who kissed who first?
Monte kissed me first. It was great. We were up Provo canyon looking at the stars and cuddling. He just went for it.
Who is the first to admit when they are wrong?
I'm always right, so Monte.
Whose parents do you see the most?
Mine. They live about 7 minutes away. Monte's live about 4 hours away.
Who is more sensitive?
Me. I blame the birth control. Stupid hormones.
Who has more friends?
I have more close friends, Monte has more...friend friends. That he plays soccer with and stuff.
Who has more siblings?
Monte. He has 5, I have 4.
Who wears the pants in the family?
We usually both wear pants. Monte loves to wear shorts, though.
Do you have a song?
No. We've discussed this oddity before and decided we don't care.