Thursday, December 25, 2008

Our trip Home

For those who are interested, here is a copy of the route Britain and I will be taking on our trip home to Utah. Here is a breakdown of what each letter is:

A: Our apartment in Florida
B: A good yet cheap restaurant we'd like to go to again.
C: Atlanta Georgia Temple
D: A hotel at about 1/4 of the way home
E: A hotel at about 1/2 of the way home
F: Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple
G: Lubbock Texas Temple (depending on time, we may skip this and just follow I-40)
H: A hotel at about 3/4 of the way home
I: Albuquerque New Mexico Temple
J: Monticello Utah Temple
K: My family's house for the night (only 94 miles to go!)
L: L is for Logan!

We leave Tuesday, December 30th, 2008, early morning and arrive in the Salt Lake Valley on Friday, January 2nd, 2009, and then finally to Logan Saturday, January 3rd, 2009.

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Oh, by the way, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Introducing my Husband, JP.

I got this from Dana's blog. I decided that nothing had been posted on our blog for a long time and I didn't know what else to post, since my life is rather uneventful, and this looked fun.

1. Where did you meet your husband? The Wonderful Snow College Pool.

2. How long did you date before you married? Date? Well from first date to walking out of the temple was 4 months, 3 days.

3. How long have you been married? 1 year, 4 months, 9 days.

4. What does he do that surprises you? He likes to surprise me all the time. He'll go out and buy something cute and little for me, or tell me we're going somewhere special all the time. And then he won't let me know what he bought or where we're going, so he can watch me in my suspense. I'm horrible with surprises, I'm too curious. But it's always so cute and sweet, and I love it. He is just always doing this thoughtful little things. For instance, my name tag at work broke, so he went out and fixed it, actually he upgraded it, so it won't ever break again now.

5. What is his favorite feature? His favorite feature that he likes about himself? I don't know, but I'm going to say his eyes, because he likes my eyes and his are almost identical.

6. What is your favorite quality of his? Refer back to question 4. I love that he is always so thoughtful and caring.

7. Does he have a nickname for you? Not really, we call each other Love.

8. What is his favorite food? Steak, like most guys, and fish and other seafood, especially sushi, and anything containing lots of peanuts.

9. What is his favorite sport? Swimming and Water Polo. That one was easy!

10. When & where was your first kiss? April 28th, on the day after Sadie's date (Sadie's oddly, was on a Friday so it was hard to do something on the day). It was in the parking lot, kind of in Sariah's car, outside of the roller rink.

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?My favorite thing, is to talk and cuddle.

12. Do you have any children? Nope, but someday. For right now, we'll just claim Kaden, since I have more pictures of Kaden than I do my husband.

13. Does he have any hidden talents? He has lots of talents, but I don't know if any off them count as hidden. He knows everyone! We can't go anywhere, even in Florida, without someone coming up to say hi to him.

14. Who said I love you first? This is debatable. I think it's me. See we have this thing, that both are parents taught us, where if you squeeze their hand three times it means "I love you." And I did it, and then he did it back. We went for quite a time not sure if the other meant it as "I love you" or not. Then one night I did it, and he said, "Do you really?" Which caught me really off guard, I stammered for a few minutes and then said, "You know what that means?" After we'd clarified that we both knew the meaning of three squeezes, which our parents taught us. I said, "Yes, I do." And then we decided we should get married. Yep, the same night.

15. What is his favorite music? Oh darn it. I don't know the different genres of music very well, so I can recognize it, but I'm not sure what it's called. Alternative punk/soft rock? I don't know. He also loves soundtracks. He has the soundtracks to everything.

16. What do you admire most about him? Isn't this the same as question 6? In which I answered how thoughtful, caring and sweet he was. Well to answer differently, I really admire his spirituality. After being married a year, yes I realize he's human, and his spirituality has it's ups and downs, and that we have different spiritual strong points. But I've always had, and always will admire how the gospel means so much to him and is the center of his life. I means a lot to me that he is a worthy priesthood holder and I know that I can ask for a blessing at any time and he will be ready. However, the aspect I admire most is his faith. He always knows that God is guiding our lives as he sees best, and that it will be for the best.

17. What is his favorite color? Blue and green, oh and also purple and red, lightsaber colors, that's what he says when you ask him. He also says that amongst those he doesn't have a favorite. However I think he likes blue over the others, because whenever he asked to decide what color something should be, or what color he is going to get, he gets blue, and generally navy blue.

18. Will he read this? Yes. And he'll probably do it for me as well.

19. Who do you tag? Anyone who really wants too.

I love you JP! I hope I wasn't wrong on too many of them.

Friday, October 3, 2008

New Look

After a lot of time and effort, I was finally able to edit the blog so that now it looks how I want it too. So now I will claim the blog and maybe admit that it exits. I'm actually very happy with how it looks. Aren't we so cute up there at the top? And I don't think it's over the top girly, so JP can still manage to post on it as well.

Thanks to designer, Kristin Cronin-Barrow at ScrapWow, and Shabby Princess for the kits that provided me with the elements and papers to make the background and header. There I think that counts as proper credit, and hopefully no copyright police will come after me.

Oh and by the way in case you didn't know, JP and I are living in Orlando, FL. Well, I don't want to spend all night talking about that, so I'm going to end here and say bye. I said what I wanted to be the point of the blog, that I made it look nice. Ta-ta!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Phi Beta Lambda

About a week ago my husband and I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the PBL national competition. This was the first time I was ever able to go with him on any of his business trips. It was way fun.

We went to Coke World, which yes I'll admit, didn't have much appeal to a non-carbonation and non-caffeine drinking person. They did have these shirts that smelled like pop at the end which were cool. Later that day we went to the CNN center and got a tour of how they did news. We also got to ride up this huge escalator, it was eight stories tall and took two minutes just to ride up it.

We also went to the Aquarium, that was a blast, I wish we had had more time there. They had four whale sharks there that were just fascinating to watch, they are big fish. I also liked to watch the otters, they are so playful.

The very last day we went to the zoo. I was sad that we didn't get to see the baby panda. Both of us liked watching the orangutan. This orangutan was playing a computer matching game and doing very well. It was so cool to see just how smart they were. We started talking about how some apes have been taught to sign, and we thought it would be interesting to see one of the gorillas that can sign interact with this little almost two year old boy that we know that can also sign.

The last thing we did was go the the Museum. The coolest thing there was they had this science exhibit about our senses where you got to do lots of experiments with your vision and learn more about how your senses work.

And of course since we were there for the National Competition, JP competed. The competitions consisted of taking a test and a role play situation presentation. He and his partner Kada took 6th in Human Resource Management, and 3rd in Management Concepts. I'm so proud of my very smart husband.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fools

This year April fools was uneventful.  Brit and I spent most of the time doing homework.  Last years April fools, however, was quite interesting...

General Conference weekend.  I was visiting my parents home to watch conference.  After the Sunday morning 10 a.m. session, I get a phone call from Britain.  At that time, we had established that we were dating, boyfriend-girlfriend; whatever you'd like to call it.  We had joked about taking our picture in front of the Salt Lake Temple as engagement photos as joke.

Our boss had been pestering us since August about hooking up.  So we had pulled a fake engagement already and thought throwing a picture in would be great. Plus, the date on the fake invitation was April 1, 2007.  Naturally, I drove downtown immediately and we had the chance to watch general conference in the Tabernacle.  It was a good time.  Afterward, we took photos in front of the Salt Lake Temple.

That is an April fools to remember.

 Brit and I at the Salt Lake Temple on April Fools

Monday, March 31, 2008

8 months, 4 days

That's how long it took me to set up a blog for us. That's how long I've been happier than ever. That's how long the Lord has blessed my life in a brand new way.

We've had a great beginning and have plans to create one fantastic journey to the never-ending. It took me a while, yet I've finally found myself at my parents' own Utah State University. I figured starting where my mom did was a good idea. It seemed right at the time and boy was it. I spend three years at a two year college, Snow College, to get an associates degree in business management. Why three years? Health, number one, and mixed uncertainty. I took it slow to accommodate less than fair health.

The answer is at the pool. What was that? Oh, yeah, the question being, where did you meet your wife. We worked together and ended up in Logan, Utah. She studies pre-medical biology and I had a minor change of heart by studying public relations. Not too far of of my original intent of marketing. I switched because I love to write and because I didn't want to retake a math course (did I mention I'm honest?).

I firmly believe in my Savior Jesus Christ. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe in modern-day revelation through prophets, seers, and revelators having authority from Jesus Christ. If you are not yet familiar with my religion, the cornerstone as we call it might enlighten you: the Book of Mormon (*whispers* I'm a Mormon). We have beautiful temples across the world. We sent missionaries across the world to share our message. These young men, typically ages 19-21, chose to do this and finance it themselves. We live differently than much of the world and I do so of my own choice with zeal...or as much zeal as I can muster up at the time. Perfection is a goal, not yet realized...cut me some slack. I enjoy my lifestyle and recommend it for happiness.

Manti Temple. Did it again...that's where we were married at. Beautiful place. The hillside of which the temple sits atop hosts the annual Mormon Miracle Pageant each summer. Generally held the middle two weeks in June. The temple is backdrop to a spectacle of lights, battles, and the LDS beliefs. I've been part of the production for three consecutive years. I served a service mission (rather than typical two year problems) the first and third years while my second I was in the performance as an actor. Marvelous experience. Putting on a production of this magnitude is rewarding in and of itself. Putting on a production of this magnitude that you believe in, now that's rewarding.

With only life ahead of me, I live everyday hoping to be better. For two people, my wife, Britain, and my Heavenly Father. Of all names he could take, God chose 'Father'. I hope someday to be the best father I can be. I guess a good long time for preparation is at hand...

8 months, 4 days since I changed my life for the best by marrying my sweetheart in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons...because I love her and I love my Father in Heaven.