So, first let me say that I will post about my absolutely fun birthday in another post... I'm just at work and want to take pictures of the gifts I got from Josh to include in the post. But while I'm at work I was thinking about something that I thought I would share:
In the current economic situation I know it's tough for a lot of people to pay their tithing and especially to pay a generous fast offering. Well, at this time of year, we get to have tithing settlements with our bishop, which are always the same every year. You go in, tell the bishop yes (or no) and then go on your way. When we went in for ours, I was really touched because our bishop had felt the need to tell all of the members that if we pay a very generous fast offering we will be extremely blessed. He specifically said, "now we don't want anyone to pay so much that it will hurt you financially, but it should pinch a little."
So after tithing settlement, Josh and I talked about what we should increase our fast offering amount to. Well, this was just about a week ago, and we're already seeing blessings in our lives. Just to name two that stand out to me, first I got a bill from the dentist saying that we owed about $400 or something, so I called because I thought we had already paid what was expected. When I called the lady said, "Oh wait... you definitely don't owe anything, in fact you have actually over paid by $81." So she sent us out a check for the over payment!
Second, I just found out at work that we are getting an unexpected holiday bonus in our paycheck on Friday for $200!
I don't normally post personal things on my blog, but I felt like I should let you all know that blessings (no matter how big or small) definitely come when you pay your tithing and fast offerings. I think it's such a great thing to know that when we help others, we will be blessed in return. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to be able to give when we have the chance to do so.
Man oh man... I had such an amazing time this weekend in California. Josh and I flew down on Wednesday night and we were the last of the family to arrive. As the previous post mentioned, all of my family was there. Every brother, and their entire family. It was a blast!! At times it was a little crazy with 9 nieces and nephews running/crawling around, but I absolutely love those kids. Of course I'm a dork and didn't take any pictures while I was there (I'm so mad at myself), but hopefully someone else took some pictures.
The first full day we were there was Thanksgiving and we had the best dinner EVER! I always love my mom's cooking, because she's just so amazing. She's also the sweetest mom ever because I don't like turkey (ya, I know, I'm weird) so she always makes a ham for me too :) And I love ham!!! Then of course, there are all of the delicious side dishes that make the Thanksgiving meal, just so yummy! That day was spent hanging out with the family and watching football.
Then the next morning was BLACK FRIDAY!! I don't usually like to shop, but I really love a bargain, so Josh and I saw in the ads the day before a few TVs that were on sale and thought we would check them out. We went to Walmart around 7:30AM and it was crazy busy as expected. All of the TVs we wanted were technically "reserved" because they had given out tickets to customers and they would use the tickets to purchase the TVs, but they said that by 10AM if the TVs weren't claimed then they were up for grabs. But we had family pictures at 10, so we just figured we'd check afterwards and if there were any great, then if not, no big deal. So we came back after, and they were all gone, but Josh spotted the one we wanted on display so we asked the manager if they would sell it to us and they said YES! So we got the TV we wanted, not only on sale, but another 10% off because it was the display model!! We were stoked!! It's a Samsung, 50" plasma TV. I LOVE IT!! And it's HUGE!!! It definitely looks tiny compared to our 32".
On Saturday my mom got us girls tickets to see Celine Dion in concert in Anaheim!!!! We were soooo excited! It was so fun to go out with just the girls. It was my mom, me and my 4 sister in laws. Let me just tell you, I love Celine!! She has the most amazing voice and she's hot! She has like the perfect body and I'm envious, but she is just so talented. I liked her a lot before, but man, I want to listen to her songs all the time now! hahaha. So thank you mom for the tickets, we all had such a PERFECT TIME!!!!
So all, in all, this weekend was perfect. Josh and I couldn't ask for a better family. We are so lucky to have all of them in our lives and we were sad to have to leave. But now I get to decorate for Christmas! WOOHOO!!
Well I am so extremely excited because Josh and I get to go home to California to visit my family for Thanksgiving! It's going to be so much fun because my entire family will be there!! Chris just got back from his mission almost a month ago and so once again our whole family will be together. The last time it was all of us, was at my wedding 3 years ago! So, needless to say, I'm very excited for this weekend. I'm sad it's only for 4 days, but I'll take any time I can get! We're flying down tomorrow night and there is a lot that still needs to be done! 1. laundry 2. pack 3. clean the house (I hate coming home from a trip to a dirty house) ... I know that is only 3 things, but still, after getting home from work, and eating dinner, all of this needs to get done. And I don't really ever get anxiety, but one thing that makes me totally anxious is the feeling that I forgot to pack something. I know this is stupid because ususally whatever I forget I can just buy, but it still makes me go crazy because I always have the feeling that I'm forgetting something. So about 5 years ago I made a "Things to Pack" list that I've added to and subtracted from over the years, and let me just tell you, it's saved as a word document and gets pulled up everytime I'm going somewhere. It makes my anxiety go down just a little bit.
Also, I absolutely love the holidays and it'll be so sad to come home after Thanksgiving, but we always have Christmas to look forward to and luckily we get to go visit Josh's family for Christmas!! I absolutely love my in laws and can not even begin to tell you how lucky I was to marry into the family. I love every one of them and we have such a great time together.
Well, I'll be sure to take some pictures of the family and post when we return. As for now... HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!!
I stole this from my sister in laws blog and I got emotional when I read it. It's amazing that the work still goes on and I'm truly grateful to be a part of this church.
My dear family, brothers and sisters, friends and leaders:
My heart is overflowing with joy and gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His tender mercies and mighty miracles in our behalf. I just have to share this with you. As most of you know, I am a Temple ordinance worker and work the morning shift in the LA Temple every Saturday. Today, I had the privilege of translating sister Martz-the new assistant Matron's-message during our devotional. She started like this "The prophet Joseph Smith said that no unhallowed hand would be able to stop this Work from progressing. These past few weeks when mobs have combined and armies have gathered against the saints, the Lord has protected His house". She went on to say that those, like her, who were inside the Temple when mobs were surrounding it, did not realize how scary and terrifying this looked on TV to the rest of us, because inside the House of the Lord all was calm and there was peace abundant. After Proposition 8 passed, the Temple began receiving threatening calls and mail from those opposing it. They were warned that more than 5000 people would come to the Temple and burn it to the ground, and stop Its work.
The first Thursday when the mob came, the new LA Temple President called the Salt Lake City Temple Offices for instructions. He was instructed to call the local police and to insure the safety of those attending the Temple by closing the gates. The assistant Matron said today, that it was a tender mercy from the Lord that the mob chose that Thursday to come since they had only one person coming to receive his own endowment that day, which he received in time to leave before trouble started. The LAPD and the FBI responded quickly to the Temple Presidency's summons and patroled the grounds and kept the mob from entering the same. Most of them had never been there before and expressed their surprise at how beautiful and peaceful all around was. They were invited to come back during the Christmas season to see the lights and they promised they would.
On Thursday, November 13th, sister Campbell, a secretary in the Temple, was opening the mail and upon opening a large manila envelope found inside a smaller one. When she opened this one, a white powder flew all around her desk. She thought this could be related to the demonstrators and feared the worst-ANTRAX. She contacted the President, who in turn called the Salt Lake City Temple office again for instructions. The FBI, the LAPD, and even the SWAT teams were once again in the grounds to investigate, and the Temple once again had to close from around 11:30 AM to 5PM. They closed the gates and were instructed to keep all the people there wherever they were found at the time. Those in the parking lot had to remain in the parking lot. Those entering the Temple had to remain in the first floor and those already upstairs were taken to the Celestial Room. Then, the miracles began to happen: A brother serving as a recorder that day is a Microbiologist by profession and used to deal with hazardous substances every day. He was the first to say the white powder in the envelope was only talc, and put every one at ease. Then the sister coordinator upstairs was impressed to call upstairs to the sealing area, and said "They said we can't go down but no one said we can't go up, and I have many people in the Celestial room with their ceremonial clothes on ready to work. Could they do some sealings?" As it happened, there were four sealers present that day and they ran four sealing sessions non stop while the Temple was closed. Downstairs, someone else thought to invite those in the Lobby to do some initiatories, which they promptly did for all those hours too, brothers and sisters alike. Among those waiting in the parking lot there was a large group of young men and women with their leaders who had come to do Baptisms for the dead, and who waited patiently all those hours and decided when the Temple was reopened to go ahead and fulfill their assignment instead of driving back home. The Temple reopened in time for the 5:30 PM session.
The next day when recording the ordinances, they discovered that they had performed 2000 sacred ordinances on Thursday, only one less than the day before when three stakes had been visiting the Temple. Once again the assistant matron reminded us of the words of the prophet Joseph Smith, "No unhallowed hand can stop the Work from progressing...".
But, this is not all, a prophecy was fulfilled also. When the new LA Temple President was set apart by President Uchdorft of the First Presidency, he received a blessing and these words were pronounced: " The time has come for the LA Temple to come out of obscurity and become an Ensign for Righteousness to the world under your presidency." The pictures of the Temple have been shown on TV, newspapers and the internet, not only in this country but worldwide. People of other faiths have called and sent letters to the Temple thanking the Church for defending marriage and protecting the family, and commenting how impressed they are by how beautiful and majestic the Temple looks . One minister of an African American church, who by his own admission had harbored ill feelings against the mormons before said " I am impressed by your integrity and Christ like behavior, and even if I am not ready to consider you my brothers and sisters in Christ, we can be first cousins!".
I asked the assistant matron if I could share her comments and she said to go ahead. I can only add my own testimony that I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the power and authority of God on earth. God Lives and Jesus, His only Begotten Son and our Savior is coming soon toredeem His people. I am grateful to know this and I pray we stand firm, steadfast and immobile while the prophecies of the signs before His Coming are fulfilled. "Be not afraid, only believe" He has said, and also " What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." I testify that this is true and testify it in the Holy Name of Whom I strive to serve, even Jesus Christ. Be faithful and safe is my humble prayer.
Well, here is a long awaited post, because I don't get on here very often, but Josh's birthday was last week and we had such a fun time together! His birthday was last Friday the 17th of October and he is now one year older and wiser. :) We had a fun filled weekend and I have a TON of pictures to prove it! First, on Friday morning (we both took the day off of work), we woke up and I let Josh open his presents. I got him some clothes, this Italian language learning program and a couple of other things. After that we went to get some Gandolfo's breakfast sandwiches which I love and KIND OF remind Josh of New York deli sandwiches... Yum! We ran a few errands after that (boring I know), but then went to Costco for some pizza! Once we finished there, we were off to the golf course!! Josh, as you know, loves to golf and so do I, and the weather was absolutely beautiful that day, so it was perfect. I hadn't golfed all season and Josh only went like twice all year, so unfortunately this was one of the only times we got to go together this year, but it was a blast!! And we both played pretty well, also... (even though it was just the executive course at East Bay, haha). Here are a few pics:
Then that night, I invited some of his friends over and we had some cake and ice cream. His friends are great and we always love having them over. And that picture of me with the cake, that's only picture of the cake you'll get, because Josh decided to delete the one we had of him and his cake... oh well, it was his birthday, he could do what he wanted, haha:
Then the next morning we woke up and went rock climbing! This is one of Josh's favorite things to do and him and his buddy Marshall always go up together and always try and get me his Marsh's girlfriend Jen to come with them. Being that it was Josh's birthday weekend, I decided to go and so did Jen and we had such a fun time!! I was of course scared of heights (first time I've been rock climbing) and you know how I am with bugs, and there were some bugs on the wall, so I definitely had my fair share of screaming, haha. But Josh and Marshall were pros and made climbing the wall look so easy, like a lizard, lol. Here are so pictures to capture the moments:
After rock climbing, we made some sandwiches, and had a little picnic in the canyon. We went home and then spent the rest of the day/evening at a lacrosse tournament up in Sandy. It was a great weekend and I'm so happy I married such an amazing man. There's never a dull moment and we always have so much fun together. Josh is truly amazing and I'm so lucky!
Ok, so I was tagged quite awhile ago, but as you know, I'm still not efficient with this whole blogging thing. So thank you Jen for tagging me and giving me something to write about! Haha. Actually I have a lot of things to write about, but I'm just too lazy. Well I'm supposed to list 6 quirks that I have, and like Jen, this is mine and Josh's blog, so I'm going to do 3 quirks of mine, and 3 of his!!!
1. OK, I thought this was normal for the longest time until I started living on my own with roommates or once I got married and found out that not everybody does this. But I can not eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without Doritos on the sandwich. I still think it's completely normal, but Josh says it's not and everyone he asks says it's not... so I've been doing this my whole life thinking everyone did, but apparently not. So, if you ever make me a PB&J, make sure you have Doritos as well.
2.I absolutely am obsessed with saving money and budgeting. I don't know what it is, but I read articles all day long on websites like cnnmoney.com and msnbc.com about saving for retirement or fun ways to save. Granted I do work in finance so that's kind of my job, but I LOVE IT!! I check our bank accounts everyday and every month I track our spending. We're not extremely frugal, we still enjoy what we have, but I love to save money. It's like a game for me. I guess it's a good thing though because it'll hopefully help us have a good retirement. We also have a ton of different accounts for big things we want to buy, for example we have a "travel fund" that I have a certain amount going into every paycheck so if we want to take a trip, we don't feel bad using our normal savings because that money is there for travelling!
3.OK, this last one is weird I admit, but I have a slight case of OCD. It was definitely worse when I was younger and I didn't know what OCD was when I was younger, so I just put it off like it was no big deal. First, my favorite number is 8, so I use to have to do everything 8 times. For example, if I knocked on a door, I would have to knock 8 times, when I took a sip of a drink, I'd take 8 sips, etc. Crazy, yes, I understand that, but luckily I don't do that anymore. But there is one thing I still do... when I'm walking on a sidewalk, if I'm paying attention, I have to walk over every line in the sidewalk with my right leg, then my left leg, then my right, etc. I have to switch off which leg crosses the line first. Please don't judge me. But I only do it if I pay attention, and if I just don't look down it doesn't bother me.
1. He loves Frank's Red Hot, (hot sauce) with all of his heart. He will eat it on EVERYTHING!! I aboslutely hate hot sauce (maybe because when I was little if we said a bad word we would get hot sauce in our mouths, haha). But he will eat it on all types of foods, celery, carrots, salad, chicken wraps, anything he can, he does. It grosses me out, but he loves it, haha.
2. This is kind of something we both do, since we sleep in the same bed, but we don't sleep with a top sheet. It's weird because I never slept with one before we were married and he didn't either, so when we got married it was perfect because neither of us like sleeping with a top sheet, it's just the fitted sheet and our comforter, that's it.
3.Well it's no surprise that Josh loves Apple. He loves his computer, his iPhone, my computer, and every program made for these devices. And lately Josh has been in love with learning how to do web design and graphic design. I don't know if I'd call it a quirk but it's a new passion for him and I love when he has driven and motivated to learn something new. He loves to play around on photoshop or dreamweaver or something like that ( I think that's the name of it ). But either way, he's so smart and so computer literate, that this is a good hobby to have.
So now it's time to tag!! I'll tag Ashley E., Veronica R., and Lacie G. WOOHOO!!
Well, this probably won't be too exciting for anyone else, haha... but I just wanted to put this down "on paper" because if I don't I may not stick too it... but I really want to start getting healthier and maybe lose a few pounds. So here are my new goals:
1. No more soda 2. Exercise at least 3 times a week 3. Drink more water
I know those are lame and those are probably some popular goals of others, but I probably haven't exercised for like a year, so my body is definitely ready for some physical activity. Unfortunately the summer is almost over, or I would go get some road bikes for Josh and I and ride them in the mornings. Now I feel like it would be too late if we did because it'll be snowing in like 2 months. It's nice though because Josh and I get up at about the same time these days so I may try and talk Josh into getting up earlier with me and maybe go running. Luckily I married someone who loves physical activity, so he's usually the one trying to talk me into things like hiking, rock climbing, biking, swimming, etc. But long story short... I need to change some of my bad habits so that my body doesn't regret it later on down the road.
Other than that, things are amazing, but normal! We're both just working... which brings me to another goal, but more long term: Own our own business so we can both work our own hours and not work for somebody else. I hate working for someone else and I know Josh feels the same. Which is another thing I love about Josh.... he's very driven and very entrepreneurial minded. So I know one day this will happen, but for now, it's nice to know that we both have good jobs and can save a lot of money while we're young.
I would like to take a moment to make a tribute to one of my best friends... Miss Veronica Walters. That's right, she doesn't get married until Saturday but then she will be Mrs. Veronica Robertson!! First of all, let me just tell you all how amazing she is and all the fun times we've had together!
We met freshman year and have been friends ever since. She's amazing, fun, beautiful and best of all, we're like the same person! Like I mentioned she is getting married this Saturday, and will no longer "enjoy" the single life. (Even though married life is about 1,453 times better). I'm so happy for her and I'm going out to California tomorrow so I can be there for this momentous occasion! She's getting married in San Diego, which I'm so excited for because I haven't been there since my wedding... that temple is amazing.
Well... here are a few pictures to capture the fun moments we've had together...
Unfortunately all of my favorite pictures are from freshman year and those are all actual photos... not digital. Lame, I know... but anyways, I love her so much and I'm so happy for her, and she's marrying the most perfect guy for her. They're seriously meant to be! Congrats guys, I LOVE YOU VICKY-VICKY-RONICA!
I just want to share my excitement on my new purchase! My old computer, which was a Dell, is about 6 years old and it takes forever for things to load and I really wanted a new computer. However, computers are expensive and at first I thought, 'well I don't use my computer a ton, so maybe i don't need one.' But then I got to thinking and BYU had a screamin' deal on computers and you have to be a student to get the deal, and since Josh was technically a student up until today...we went and bought the computer on Saturday! What was awesome about this deal is that they give you a free iPod touch, a free printer and free applecare, plus, my work gives us 20% on computer purchases. So pretty much I got a steal of a deal!! And let me just tell you, this computer is by far the coolest thing ever! I've loved Mac's ever since I met Josh (because he loves them) and they are seriously tons better than PCs. I know other's might not agree, but being that I've had a PC my whole life... and now I have an Apple, I have a got to say that Macs are truly superior. There's just so much more you can do on here, and I'm not all computer savvy, so I know I can't even get everything out of it that I should, but there is still so many cool features that I love. Anyways, here's a picture of my amazing computer and I don't know if you can believe it or not, but that is the entire computer! No tower or anything.... the entire computer is in the screen, pretty amazing right?
Well, I was debating about writing this, because I don't want people to feel like I'm trying to get sympathy, but I'm home and I'm really bored and thought I would share what's been going on this last week. So, I've been seeing my doctor lately and I was told I needed to go in to have surgery because he thought I had this "disease" called endometriosis. I put it in quotes, because it's technically a disease, but it makes it sound much worse than it actually is. Anyways, the only way to diagnosis that I have it, is to do a surgery and go in and see if that's the problem. I'll spare you the details of what it actually is (google search it if you're curious), but I went in on Tuesday for what's called a laparoscopy. They found out, that that was the problem and that I actually do have endometriosis. What they did was made 3 incisions in my abdomen and go in and take out what was causing the problem. The sucky thing about this, is once they do this surgery, doesn't mean it's gone forever... it can still come back.
So the surgery went well and I was able to go home that same day. It was weird because I never had anesthesia before so I was totally out of it at first. I was throwing up afterwards, which really hurt because I had to use my stomach muscles to do that, and that's exactly where my surgery was. I've been home from the surgery since Tuesday, but I still feel pretty crappy. My doctor said I should have been able to go back to work today, but I felt pretty bad yesterday and so took another day off work. It's really hard to sit up and bend over, because you don't realize how often you use your stomach muscles, until you can't.
Another weird thing, is during the surgery they fill up my abdomen with carbon dioxide so they can work inside there, but when the surgery is over they can't always get all the gas out, so every time I stand up, the gas goes up to my shoulders and causes this really sharp pain in my shoulders and chest. Supposedly it'll go away, but it still hurts!
But I can't tell you how lucky I am to have such an amazing husband. Josh stayed home all day on Tuesday with me, waited for me in the hospital, was there when I got out and seriously pampered me all day. I can't tell you how much that meant to me. He is just the best husband in the world! I felt so comfortable knowing he was there to help me with anything I needed. Josh and my brother also gave me a blessing and it was amazing, because I truly felt better as soon as it was over. I'm lucky to have the priesthood in my home.
So these past couple of weeks have been kind of crazy. After really talking about the house we wanted to buy in South Jordan, neither Josh nor I felt good about it. We both just didn't felt right and as soon as we made the decision not to go through with it, we both felt soooo good and relieved. Like a weight was lifted off our shoulders. It was amazing and a true answer to prayer. So, we still looked to possibly rent something more in the middle of where we both work, but we weren't finding anything there either...Surprisingly it was cheaper to pay our mortgage in Provo than to rent from someone else.
So ultimately, we've decided to stay right in Provo for a little while until something changes. To be honest, I feel so great about that decision! I feel bad that Josh still has to drive kind of far, but it really is the best thing for us at this point. By living here, we can save a TON of money so when we are ready to move, we can really buy exactly what we want and where we want.
But now that we've chosen to stay in Provo, there are a lot of little things we want to do to our place, to make it amazing! Josh has already done a lot of work to it, and I'm so grateful he's so handy! He's already changed all of the linoleum floors to tile, we've painted our family room/dining room/kitchen/bath, and Josh put up some wainscotting in the bathroom. We also just painted our bedroom this last weekend and it looks sooo good! I'll post pictures tomorrow once we get our new bedroom furniture. The things we want to do are: crown molding throughout, paint the guest room, stain the kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets, change the countertops in the kitchen/bath, and maybe eventually get new appliances for the kitchen. Of course this won't all happen at once, but over the life of us living there.
So, overall, I'm really happy to stay in Provo especially since Veronica and Lacie are going to be there!! It's so funny because we all were planning on leaving Provo, but things have changed for all of us, and now we're all still staying! Crazy! Well, I'll post pictures tomorrow of our room... I think it looks so cool!
So, Josh and his brothers just started this company called Tweak My Photo, where they can take your photos and change them to look really awesome! The picture here at our wedding is an example. It's really cool because it's in the really early stages, they're just barely getting started, but they still have some really cool options to choose from. In the near future, they're going to have the option of printing them and even printing the photos on canvas!! Right now, since it is so new, there aren't set prices, but they'll soon have that all up and you'll be able to just upload your pictures on the site and it will show you what it will look like tweaked different ways. So check back often because it'll be changing a lot! Just take a look and feel free to put the website up on your blog!!
This last weekend Josh and I made a trip out to Durango, CO, where his dad grew up. We started our trip on Thursday by driving 5 1/2 hours from Utah to Colorado. We got there kind of late, stayed the night at Josh's grandpa's house and then met up with the rest of the family in the morning in Silverton, CO where we watched the parade.
After the parade we went back to Durango to where we were going to camp! It's actually the first time Josh and I have been camping together since we've been married! Crazy I know, but true. Let me just tell you this place was absolutely breath taking! It was seriously so green, lush and beautiful. Here's a picture of about 10 steps from where our tent was:
There was also this little stream right next to our tent and it was so nice to sleep to (and our little nephew, he's so cute)
Here's a cute picture of Josh and his mom
After the day of spending time with family, we went back to Silverton for the firework show. Man, it was pretty good, I was surprised. It lasted about 30 min and there was some pretty awesome fireworks. Unfortunately I didn't capture them on camera, but these are some pictures from that night
Also while we were there, Josh's family is really big into dirt biking and so his aunts and uncles all brought their dirt bikes and we went riding and it was so much fun!!! My butt and back hurt afterwards, but it was worth it! We rode all the way up the mountain and saw some extremely amazing scenery.
All in all, it was a great weekend and can I just tell you I love Josh's family so much! I got so lucky to marry into such an amazing family! Of course his parents are just wonderful, but his aunts and uncles are so much fun and so nice too! I really lucked out!
Josh and I have been married over 7 years now and have three beautiful children! Dane who is 2 1/2 and the girls, Holland and Harper who are now 14 months. I'm lucky enough to stay home with them and Josh is an interactive designer at Oakley. We live in Southern California and are enjoying life as it comes!