Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lets start this post of with what I woke up to yesterday morning:

I call this "The Creature"
Yeah mornings are really hard for Nora. She is definitely in the right family! Also disregard the mess.

Yesterday was jet skiing and boating day with the Call family! Everyone is in town from Airzona and Wyoming so we are spending lots of time together, which is fantastic! We headed up to Pineview and spent the blustery day playing in the warm sand and the crazy wavey water. You really wouldn't believe how crazy the wind was. Since I met Casey he talked about his family's beach day. It is probably his favorite day of the year and he has always looked forward to it. Even though the weather was just ok, we still managed to get some sun and had a most joyous time.

It has been forever since I have been at the beach with little kids. Really I have never quite been there with them, we were always the little ones at Bear Lake. Anyway, we made, decorated and destroyed sandcastles and laughed to our hearts content! Poor Casey had to study for his biology test that he had to take on our way home so he didn't play much.

Hiding from the wind (my least favorite element) and the sand

Our day just got so much better as we walked to our car to pack up, and my slippery poopy iPhone decided to jump from the ledge of my bag and shatter it's screen. It would be more fine if this wasn't my second iPhone in 3 months. I have never had such a problem with a telephone before and it makes me crazy! Good news is we had a warranty so it didn't cost us an arm and a leg to replace. It took forever though so that kind of put a damper on the rest of the night. Meh.

Now to end this post, another picture of Nora!

Also, still no movers. And so we wait...


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ok well we have had an eventful week to say the least. My parents have officially vacated the premises, leaving us with the crap shack (literally. More on that later), and all of their belongings...mostly. And so now we anxiously await the arrival of the movers as we try to prepare for our own move from the basement to the first floor. Exciting stuff right? Sure! We feel like we are in limbo. We are also moving Rachel back down to the basement and Jenna will be moving from my grandparents to join her there. Casey's life is going to get interesting! So lots of moving stuff in our future and not a lot of time.

My parents are doing swimmingly in Kentucky! From what we have seen their cute house will be a great fit for them and the westie's. I have even been told my dad has already had to chase one of the dogs around the neighborhood. So really they are settling right in, with just a couple of suitcases and like three pieces of furniture purchased upon their arrival.

Along the lines of the doggies...Nora has been a little out of sorts. She can't find her Lolli friend or the rest of her people. The night before they left we were piling things all around the house to prepare what we could for the movers and that stressed Nori right out (ps we were light years ahead of Kim and Kanye on that one!). Long story short, we spent the early hours of that morning cleaning up the dog IBS that took over our room (hence the Crap Shack). Poor doggy. It was kind of funny, more like really funny and horrible at the same time. We love her so much though that we mostly just felt bad for her, no hatred or banishment. And now we are just trying to keep her preoccupied with fun things so she doesn't get too sad.

All is well here. The anticipation of pretend home ownership is looming over us and it is kind of exciting! How many people get a practice run before they get their own place? Just as long as the deck doesn't fall off the back of the house while we are here, I think we will be just fine.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My favorite days!

I wrote this last week and forgot to add the pictures so I could post it! Pretend it is June 10th, and go:

Oh boy was this last weekend eventful! I really enjoy having so much to celebrate all once! It sure made the work week flyby.

Starting on Friday we had Casey's 25th birthday. That morning he requested to open a present so obviously I had him open the most obvious one: the hammer! Fast forward now to me getting off work early and getting home just in time to see my beautiful anniversary flowers from the birthday boy himself. They are still so beautiful! Peonies are my absolute favorites. They were supposed to be my wedding flowers buuuut the florist apparently had her own ideas and replaced them with all sorts of stuff that we never even talked about!!!!! I am still bitter. I digress.  So that was just a wonderful surprise.

Casey opened the rest of his presents after that and did a very good job at pretending not to notice that there wasn't an iPad. We then headed out to get some cupcakes. Our biggest weakness! They were so delicious guys. After that it was time for a celebratory dinner. My grandpa Lyle decided to take everyone in the family out to celebrate his 54th anniversary with Grandma Sheri. We had so much fun! After spending so much time together before Grandma passed, we were all missing each other a bit so we had a great time catching up again. I will also note that we ate at Joy Luck which is where we had our wedding dinner!

Saturday was our crazy day. We had Casey's flag football game and management test and yard work. Then we were off to Park City for the weekend with our money jar in tow! Casey found a whole bunch of stuff at the outlets. I was not so lucky but it's ok. We stayed at the Caledonian on Main Street which was really really cool. Funny thing though, we have awful luck traveling so of course there was no AC and the bathroom hadn't been cleaned because the fixtures were all broken (so no water could be turned on). We laughed and gagged. All was well. Then I magically found a black mini iPad with Casey's name on it. Weird! I set up a decoy present for him and then had that one set aside as a surprise. He was so excited! That was really the only thing he wanted for his birthday and he thought I didn't get it for him. He also surprised me with some stackable initial rings that I had completely forgotten I had asked for awhile back. I love them. And him.

We completed our anniversary celebrations with Cole family pictures Sunday night and then we ate our year old wedding cake of course! It was interesting to say the least. Definitely not as good as it would have been a year ago.

And that was our weekend. It was lots and lots of fun! I'm sad it's over. And I can't believe it has been a year already. That was honestly my most favorite day ever and i think about it all the time. We had the best first year of marriage anyone could ask for, complete with a puppy and lots of fantastic adventures!

Here's to a zillion more years plus eternity! I LOVE CASEY!



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I am very behind on my posts again. Bear with me!

We had the wonderful honor of burying my sweet grandma this last week. The service was beautiful as were the viewings that were held prior. My aunts and my dad all did a spectacular job in speaking about their mother. I think everyone walked away from it all having their testimonies strengthened and wanting to be a little better and love everyone a little more. It is still so hard to believe that any of it was real. So crazy! And I just have so many thoughts on the day I don't know exactly what to even write about. Just know it was beautiful chaos!  We definitely shared a lot of happy and sad tears with both friends and family. Thank you for all of your prayers, flowers, cards and well wishes. The support from everyone was really just amazing and will be remembered. Plus, we got Casey to sing in both the cousin and family/friend choirs so that is a little victory!

Our family angels on Grandmas 74th birthday.

Memorial necklaces for all the girls!  Made by one of Melinda's friends. 

Grave side

Family gathering night of the services. Wayne is the family photobomber.

Our Memorial Day weekend was fantastic! We spent a lot of time with our families which is always wonderful. We even had a chance to go swim at the old family pool which I loved because that is where we spent our summers as kids and I really wanted Casey to experience it! A funny story for you now: I was trying to teach Casey a guessing game we used to play while swimming that involves dunking and flipping under water. Well I went to dunk Casey, which he mistook as me trying to flip him over, which then forced water up his nose, which also lead to his flailing extremities and his fist punching me square in the face. Not our best moment. He came up laughing and unknowing while I stood there and cried, hoping my teeth were still in my mouth. Fortunately for him I still have my teeth and escaped without a scratch...just a sore face. Casey may have found himself at the bottom of the pool had things not turned out so nicely.

Other recent blessings have come our way, in the form of a job for my dad! Thank you again for your prayers. Looks like Adam and DebTina will be shipping out to Kentucky later this month, for the next two years. It is a really great opportunity so they kind of have to go. And it will be their chance to be missionaries since they will be members of a branch instead of a ward. We are being entrusted with keeping the house standing in their absence. Wish us luck!

As for now we are getting ready to celebrate Casey's 25th (i think?) birthday on Friday! We have a really hard time remembering how old he is. Annnnnnnd we will also be celebrating one year of marriage on Sunday! We have saved our pennies in our money jar and are going up to Park City to shop and eat all the things! A fun fact for you now: June 9th is also the anniversary of my Cole grandparents (54 years together!). Such a blessing to share that with them, especially now that grandma is celebrating in heaven. Oh and I would like to take this time to ask my parents to babysit Nora while we are out? I promise to not guarantee that your shoes will be safe, or that special spot on your floor go unpooped on....