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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Presidents Day in Vegas

Most years I take my birthday off of work. This year I took the Friday of my birthday week off so I could have an extra long Presidents weekend in Vegas. Amber Ellis headed down to visit her sister and so I was able to join her and visit Katie. Katie just moved into a new house so I got to see that and we got to catch up. Really it meant lots of laughing, shopping and staying up way too late.

I took my bike and luckily it was warm enough to ride. I rode 21 miles on both Friday and Saturday. They were slow miles but it felt great to get out and bike. It was still pretty chilly but I am glad I biked.

We went to lunch Friday at a a restaurant that has very fresh beef. We tried fried mushrooms, creamed kale, and fried spinich. All new dishes to me. Then we had a delicious burger as well. We were stuffed.
 We also had a weird waitress.
 Then we went to Marshalls. Where I bought way too many clothes for my new niece, well soon to be new niece once she is born!
 Katie's new house has a pool and hot tub. You better believe I sat in that hot tub everyday. It is seriously amazing. I also got in her freezing cold pool so I could try it out.
 Saturday after I biked we grabbed doughnuts and then shopped some more.
 That evening we went to The Chubby Cattle, a hot pot place. I haven't had hot pot since my mission so that was fun. It was really busy so we waited a long time for a seat. It was worth it.
 They had lot of different broths. The tomato one was out favorite. It was so good.


 I think we both rolled out of there when we were done eating. I was so full!
It is always so fun to visit Katie. We can laugh for hours. She is one of my best friends and I am so thankful for her. It was a great weekend.

My Birthday

How am I so old? It is crazy. I don't feel old except in the morning when I first wake up. I wake up pretty stiff most mornings. I had a good birthday. I woke up early and worked out, I worked, that is unusual for me, then Anthony and Caleb joined me and we swam in the Homestead Crater in Midway, I made them dinner at my house and had a city league basketball game. It was a pretty typical day and that was great!

The Homestead Crater was pretty cool. The crater is 200 ft deep. The water is around 90 degrees year around. This was activity I have been wanting to do for awhile so Anthony and Caleb were nice to join me. It is a little creepy in there. It is dark and misty, but the water is amazing.
 You have to wear life jackets which is a bummer but it was still fun.

You pay your money and then you get to float for 40 minutes. The water has a bunch of minerals in it too. The nice thing was that it did not smell like sulfur.
 The water was also very clear when you were in it.
 The crater is used a lot for scuba diving certification. We could look down under the water and see the scuba divers way down there.
I hope 38 is a great year for me. It started off fun!

January Wrap Up

I started working out with Celissa again. There was finally a day that snowed. Basketball season was in full swing and my team was playing all of the other hard teams. I was still going to work and coming home from work in the dark, which totally stinks. My classes at school all changed and my semester has been going great so far.

Kaitlyn had a birthday!!! She is so funny to Facetime with. 
 I got my hair done and I did something different. That is a big deal for me. I had her make the top my natural color and then leave the ends blonde. It has been a fun change.
Hannah, Moki and I snowshoed the south fork loop the Saturday it snowed. The snow was amazing. We went earlier so we were the first ones there and enjoyed a beautiful morning.

 Moki and I also hike the Y on the weekend that snowed. We tried to get out as much as possible because this winter has not had much snow.



Aquarium

January and now almost February have flown by. I am actually embarrassed that it has taken me this long to blog this year. It is busy but really that is not a great excuse. Basketball ended. My team played amazing this year. I miss those girls. I loved coaching them so much. I had a GREAT team. Not only were they good athletes but they are all such great people. It was so fun to spend so much time with them.

Before my mom headed back to California we took Andrew and Emerson to the aquarium. They had a blast. We spent a few hours there while their parents went on a date:)




They are both at a great age for the aquarium. We played hard and wore them out. They were really good. We ended the trip with an ice cream run to McDonalds and then we played at a park. Yes, a park. This winter has been so crazy we went and played at the park the first week of January.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Peace Out 2017

Here is my top 9 pictures from Instagram this year!
I look at it and feel very conflicted. 2017 was not an easy year for me. I feel like I have been mourning the loss of my dad most of the year. It has been hard. Not so hard you can't function and do life, but just emotionally hard. I miss him and I hate that I can't call and talk to him. It has also been a year full of fun adventures. I made some new friends that have been a life line for me. My old friends have been there too. This morning as I walked my dog I just felt so grateful for a new year. I needed 2017. I need to heal and I feel like I have done that. I feel myself finally starting to come out of the fog I have been in. I am excited to set some specific goals and be better in 2018. One of the hardest reflections on last year has been that I feel like not a lot of personal growth took place. That is not ok. I need to fix that this year. And I finally am feeling like I am in a place that will allow me to work on this. I have learned a lot and I hope these lesson will help me deal with loss and stress better in the future. I have amazing people in my life. Not a day goes by that I don't thank Heavenly Father for this gift in my life. I have a wonderful job and work with amazing people. My life is BLESSED!!! I am grateful for the opportunity and excited for the time to keep trying to progress.

Christmas Eve

I felt like we had a magical Christmas Eve. It was so amazing to spend time with family, read the scriptures, eat good food, open presents, visit, and sing carols. Sam and Amanda hosted which was so nice. We all piggy backed off their Christmas traditions because they have some things they do with their boys. It was their cute family, my mom, Dan, Anthony, Caleb, Aunt Nancy and me.

We got to their house around dinner time. We had Salmon and tri tip, my mom's famous Christmas jello salad, funeral potatoes, rolls, and some veggies.
 The boys were so excited!!! They open all their presents on Christmas Eve so there was lots of anticipation. I mean Andrew tried to talk me into letting him open a present every time he was at my house in December. It's so hard to wait when you a re a kid!
 After dinner we cleaned up the table and then got ready for our Christmas Eve program. This is a creepy pano I took.
We started by playing name that Christmas tune. Once we named the tune we would sing the song. The boys led the music while Amanda was at the piano. It was really nice to have a piano player.
We sang a bunch of Christmas songs. It was really fun. Then we read the Christmas story in Luke 2. Then we opened presents. Anthony captures all of these pictures. I just stole them!












 It really was a magical evening. I loved every minute of it. We visited and put together toys. It started to snow around 8:30pm so we decided it was time to head home. It was truly on of the best Christmas Eves I have had. I felt gratitude and love and peace. And then we got to wake up to a white Christmas the next morning, after we slept in because presents were done!

This last picture is Emerson on Christmas day. It captures everything I love about this age. I have said for a while now that age 2-3 is my favorite with my nieces and nephews. He is definitely at the funnest stage. He is simply the best!

Tis The Season

My mom came to town on December 22nd and we have been trying to make the most of our time. Visiting family, Christmas shopping, getting sick, and resting. So far it has been a fun time.

We went to Temple square the Saturday before Christmas. I haven't been there for a few years so it was fun to see the lights and hang out with, what felt like, a billion people.

This is how Emerson smiles these days








It was a cold evening but fun. We met my cousin Sharee and her fmaily there as well as my cousin Katie. I think I was done taking pictures at that point because my hands were too cold.

Christmas Eve we went to my sacrament meeting. Anthony and Caleb joined my mom and I. It was nice to only have an hour of church.

 Some more pictures from the holiday season.





 It actually snowed on Christmas Eve so we woke up to a white Christmas. Moki and I had to hike the Y to take advantage of it!

Christmas day we made sure everyone wore flannel to Loralie's house. We hung out and played games. It was a fun day.






Other things we have done:

  • Girls night up at my cousin Katie's house. We ate soup and played fun games
  • Put together a Webb family get together. I didn't take a single picture but it was all of my moms siblings and their families. It was well attended and so fun. It was such a good opportunity to catch up with so many different people.
  • Went to my school and had a shooting night with my brothers.
  • Andrew slept over with me and my mom one night.
  • Spent an afternoon shopping with my mom and Anthony. We were getting things for the Webb party. We also had lunch together.
  • I put away Christmas on December 28th. That is really early for me but I have been pretty sick and I was ready to have a clean and organozed house.
  • Basketball practice every morning.
  • Had an awesome Christmas Eve, that will get it's own post.
It has been a great holiday season!

Presidents Day in Vegas

Most years I take my birthday off of work. This year I took the Friday of my birthday week off so I could have an extra long Presidents week...