Saturday, February 21, 2015

Birthday and more

February has been great! I have had the chance to see many friends. The weather in Utah has been extremely mild. I had a birthday. I have two student teachers. It is state basketball. There is a Monday holiday. It is a great month!

The sunrises have been phenomenal as I have been getting to work in the morning. Makes for a good start to the day.
 One more . . . . Mt Timpanogos is my favorite.
This little meme so describes me. I have issues being cheery in the morning, especially when I wake up to an alarm.
 I consumed so much CRAP on my birthday. I have two student teachers and they went all out. I am surrounded by great people and they really made my birthday fun, even for a girl who would prefer to not make a big deal on her birthday. I tried to eat a couple vegtables for every bite of a treat.
Erica was in town this weekend and it was fun to see her and Jana on my birthday. I don't have any pictures but it is always a treat to see my high school friends.

I usually take a personal day on my birthday but this year it was on a Thursday. I decided to work on my birthday and take Friday off. Since the following Monday was presidents day I had a long weekend and so I headed to Vegas to see Katie.
 We ate dinner at a yummy Mexican restaurant.
The waiter was very concerned about us eating too much. It was obnoxiously funny!

 The weather in Vegas was soooo nice. I was able to bike. Wear shorts. Feel the sun on my face. It was perfect. We ate out at a little bakery and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
 A nice lady volunteered to take our picture after she saw me taking the picture above.
 It was Valentines day so they had heart balloons out. So sweet.
We hit up all our favorite stores on Saturday. I love shopping in Vegas. We also went to get eyebrows threaded. Mine were long overdue. It feels so great to have my eyebrows touched up!
Sunday we went to church and Parley made us some delicious food. He is a great cook. It was very yummy!
 Beets with goat cheese.
 Chicken, steak, muti colored carrots, and brussel sprouts. So Delicious.
I was in love with the carrots. I did not know they came in so many colors. I bought some when I got home.

They were nice enough to let me bring Moki. Moki did great. She gives their house a nice look:)
She stayed in her little area the whole weekend. Monday morning I headed home early because I had work the next day. It was hard to come back to real life. I loved the warm weather and the lack of responsibility!

I bought my own carrots. I am in love with them. They taste very similar except I think the yellow ones are a little more sweet.
 They are so pretty though.
 My cousins daughter Abbie had to do a job shadow. She came to work with me for the day. It was fun to have her around. I made her workout with me one period. It was good times. I loved having her around for a day.
This week was the girls state basketball tournament. I had so much fun watching most of the games. They stream them live so I could watch them at home and at work. I went up to Salt Lake twice to watch Mt. View play. They lost in the semifinals again this year. They had a great season but it always so hard to end on a loss. I love watching these girls play. I can't believe they are seniors. Weren't they just in my 7th grade PE class?
The atmosphere at the state tournament is so fun. It was so fun to support them from the sidelines.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Well January happened......rather quickly. I am not a fan of January. It is so dark and cold and you have to get back on schedule after the holiday break. It is rough.

I did some sewing this month. I finished a quilt for my dad and almost finished my t-shirt quilt. This one has been in the works for years. Now I just need to get the border done. Moki always likes to lay right on my sewing projects. It's a little annoying.
 We started the New Year off right by hiking the Y. Utah got a lot of snow over Christmas break so it was great to hike in it. Moki loves the snow.
Unfortunately it has not snowed since. I enjoy the snow in the winter and I love to snowshoe but the weather hasn't helped much.We also hike the Y a couple times a week after work.
There is a one week difference in these two pictures. You can see the inversion starting to set in. Until it snows or rains it just keeps getting worse. YUCK!
Andrew is always a highlight of Sunday dinner. He brings so much joy!
I have been working on getting a picture of a temple in every room. It finally happened. I am enjoying them all over my house.
 This week when I got to work I was greeted by this amazing sunrise. I had to take a picture. So pretty.
 On the Monday holiday we hiked the Alpine Loop. There is quite a bit of snow up there and the air is actually clean. A win win. I wish it was a little closer.
Moki got groomed yesterday. She is so white and fluffy. Her hair is so long. It is seriously crazy. I put her Valentine's day handkerchief on to add to her cuteness.
 I guess there was a thing called the super bowl today???? I didn't watch it. Dan had a little shindig and so I went and played with my nephew during the first half. He is way more fun than any game.
 I can't believe it already February. I am hoping I can finally get back into a good routine. I really struggles in January. I have just felt so tired and I think I only woke up early to exercise 2 times. I usually get a minimum of four times a week. Like I said it was rough. But hey a new month can bring new beginnings!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014

I wanted to post about Christmas before the year ended. Nothing like waiting until the last moments to get it done! Christmas break was really nice. The weather in California was amazing. It was a great balance for me as far as seeing friends and family. I always wish there was more time for both but I am very grateful for the time I got. I did most my shopping on amazon and so I didn't have any last minute stuff to get. That was really nice. I could just wrap presents and enjoy my time off of my normal schedule.

Nancy, Moki, and I made the trek to California together. We caravaned  with Sam, Amanda, and Andrew. Moki only tried to climb in the front once. She is sneaky about it but once she was rejected she curled up in a ball and chilled in the back.
It was so fun to have Andrew for Christmas. Kids are what make Christmas so I felt so lucky that he was at my parents house. It was crowded and crazy but so worth it.

We don't do a lot of presents but when there is one or two for so many people it sure looks like a lot. I stayed up late on Christmas even cleaning and getting everything ready for Christmas morning.
 When I went to bed I decided I really wanted to make breakfast in the morning so my mom could have a break. (Amanda was the real breakfast cooking champ on all the other days!) I knew my mom would do lots of other cooking on Christmas. I had breakfast done before everyone woke up. So we actually ate before we opened presents. Andrew didn't know the difference this year.
 He did a good job opening his presents. Like I said so fun to have him around.
Christmas was really low key. We hung out, played with Andrew, Skyped with Caleb, skyped with Dan and Anthony. It was a nice day. Andrew is obsessed with Peter Pan right now. He loves the song following the leader. He sings it and gets everyone to follow him around. He is lucky he has so many adults to dote on him!
We also went up to the dam on Christmas day. I think I rollerbladed 7 miles while everyone else walked. It felt great to get some exercise.
We got to hang out with lots of family on the 26th. Ben and Katie and company came to town as well as my Dad's siblings and my grandma. I love my extended family and am always grateful when they come visit when we are in town. It is so fun to catch up with everyone.

We watched the kids open their presents. My parents and I got Olivia a skate set. She has been wanting one for a while. We will see how quickly she learns. She practiced a lot and was really excited. Man I love her!
 We took all the kids to the park in the afternoon. It is so nice to let them have an outlet for all their energy.

When we came back Braxton and Andrew watched Mickey Mouse together. Seriously these two are so cute. Andrew had seen it before so he had to explain some things.
 So serious.
 Good times with cousins.
 We got Tong Fong Low take out and ended the night playing games. This picture of Andrew demonstrates exactly how I felt.
On Saturday we headed to Ben and Katies to hang out. Some people left early and went to the zoo. I was in the later group. We had a yummy lunch and then all the adults except me and Amanda went to watch the Hobbit. I had no interest in seeing that movie so I stayed behind to babysit. We fed the kids and played outside while everyone was gone.
 It was a beautiful evening. Braxton and I took a bunch of selfies while the girls were playing.
 This kid is too cute!
 He can be sweet occasionally.
 He is a trouble maker though. You have to watch him at all times!
It was a fun evening.

Moki and I went walk/running everyday in California. The weather was perfect so we took advantage. I think I was starting to get sick or just eating to much garbage because I did not feel like running very much. I did lots of walking. Moki on the other hand was able to be off leash in the field across from my parents and she went crazy.
 Moki loves the water.
 She was so dirty by the time our trip ended. I didn't even take her home she went straight to the groomers to get a bath.
 Unfortunately she has a brown tint to her fur now. That darn red California dirt!
 She was in doggie heaven. This was a great way to wear her out everyday.
I love letting her be off leash. She chased rabbits and squirrels, smelled lots of garbage, and just ran way faster then I could ever run.

Sunday the Ben and Katie crew came down for some more family time. We went to the park and played games. We kept it pretty low key. The two little boys were bonding over media again.
 Sometimes you must pick your nose and eat it!
 At one point Andrew put his arm around Braxton while they watched a movie. Seriously so cute!

Nancy and I headed home on Monday. We had a great trip until Wells. At that point we started to hit icy and snowy roads. Sam and Amanda were an hour ahead of us and said that the roads between Wendover and Salt Lake were pretty ugly. Nancy and I weren't in a huge hurry so we got a hotel in Wendover. Moki and I walked to the gas station for some treats and exercise. It was freezing.
We made it home Tuesday afternoon. It is cold in Utah. Man it took winter a while to show up but it came in full force last week. I am excited that it is supposed to warm up to the 40's later this week. I am not a fan of the 20's. It is so hard to be out in that kind of cold.

We did make it out to snowshoe this afternoon. We just did a 2.7 mile loop up south fork. It was a beautiful but cold day in the mountains.
 Moki loves the snow. She was so happy and she has seriously slept all day since we got home. It was cold enough that I had to bust out the actual beanie. The ear warmers wouldn't cut it.
 Poor puppy always has to wait for me.
 Luckily there hasn't been too much traffic on this route yet so we still had some good snow.
I ended up putting away Christmas this afternoon. It is always sad to put away all the decorations. I had a wonderful holiday season and I hate to have it end.

2014 was a great year. Can't wait to see what's in store for 2015.