Friday, May 29, 2009


I was having a great day (I spent almost 2 hours at the gym this morning) until I carved a huge chunk out of my leg in the shower. :\

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful that we don't have a yard to deal with and keep up.
I am thankful that we were able to hang out with my family this week.
I am thankful for those who serve this country and protect my rights and freedom.
I am thankful that the Doxeys are coming home soon - it's going to be so fun!
I am thankful for my mom. She's the best.
I am thankful that I am able to accomplish daily tasks and that I am mentally and physically capable.
I am thankful for good friends.
I am thankful for my KitchenAid. ;)
I am thankful that my former coworkers encouraged me to apply for unemployment.
PS - I signed up for unemployment.
I am thankful that I didn't get that job at ModBod - the girl who did got laid off already. :\

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday Weigh-In

This has been me the past two weeks - BAD!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday Memoirs - Tuesday Edition :)

Friday - I made the most AMAZING, easy broccoli cheese soup I've ever tasted. Go to my recipe blog, here, for the recipe. :)
I picked Jed up from work and we headed out to the Great Salt Lake to take a handful of pictures on our way to a wedding reception for one of Jed's friends from home (Jake Hurst). We got to see a lot of our friends (whom we haven't seen in forever) - it was really nice.

Saturday - Jed played frizz in the morning while I did some things around the house (and missed the incredible $1 flip flop sale at Old Navy!).
We went out to lunch with the McDaniels and Hiedi an Zach at one of my favorite sandwich shops - Hickory Kist. It was good to visit with them and catch up on what they've been up to.
We went to Erik & Porch's wedding reception and made it just in time for them to leave. :\
After dinner, we went over to the McDaniels' house because all of the Hursts were staying there while they were in town for the weddings. I really like the Hurst family. They are all super nice and I feel like I've known them for years.
We went and got frozen custard at this really good place in Springville called Yummies.

Sunday - Worst. Day. Ever. Well, maybe not. But close.
Jed had to go in to work and couldn't come with me to church.
I woke up feeling sick, so I was just going to go to church and give the lesson in nursery and then leave right after that. I show up and the other couple isn't there and they didn't call any subs. So I'm alone with 10 kids. Yeah, 10. Luckily one of the dads went and told the primary president and she found me a couple to come and help. They were so nice and helpful and great with the kids, but I couldn't leave early like I had planned because they didn't know anything. Also, I took two of the girls to the bathroom and one of them peed on the floor and all over herself, and it inevitably got all over me too. Fabulous.
I read a little in my favorite book, A Tale of Two Cities, and fell asleep for 3 hours. When I woke up, Jed still wasn't home (it was an 8 hour shift), so I had some cereal and waited for him to get home. We didn't really do anything else that night.

Monday (Memorial Day) - After grocery shopping, we bummed around the house and Jed took a nap. Then we drove up to SLC and tossed around the football on the golf course by my Grams' house.
We drove to my aunt & uncle's house with Grams and met up with everyone for my uncle's 40th birthday (and Memorial Day)! The food was great, the company was fun, and we even got to see newborn birds in a nest in the front yard. :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!!

I'm thankful for all of the men and women who have fought to protect my freedom and safety. Be safe today and remember the reason for the holiday!


1. Have you ever been searched by the cops?

2. Do you close your eyes on roller coasters?
No way. Except Splash Mountain I did... :)

3. When's the last time you've been sledding?
Since my sophomore year in college. Tubing was last year though.

4. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone?
I always want to sleep with Jed.

5. Do you believe in ghosts?
Maybe the term "spirits" is more accurate.

6. Do you consider yourself creative?
In some ways, yes

7. Do you think O.J. killed his wife?
Meh, I don't really care- doesn't affect me.

8. Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?
I hate Jolie. I love Jennifer.

9. Can you honestly say you know ANYTHING about politics?
Not much, but yes, some

10. Do you know how to play poker?
Texas Hold 'Em

11. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight?
Not that long, but I have pulled all-nighters

12. What's your favorite commercial?
Chipootle - Jack in the Box

13. Who was your first love?
We don't talk about him anymore.

14. If you're driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around you, do you run a red light?
No, cops could be hiding anywhere

15. Do you have a secret that no one knows but you?
Not that I can think of

16. Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees?

17. Have you ever been Ice Skating?
Of course

18. How often do you remember your dreams?
More recently

19. What's the one thing on your mind?
BBQ with family tonight

20. Do you always wear your seat belt?

21. What talent do you wish you had?
Patience. Is that a talent? I think so.

22. Do you like Sushi?

23. What do you wear to bed?
Depends on the night

24. Do you truly hate someone?
Strongly dislike? Yes

25. If you could sleep with one famous person, who would it be?
No thanks- I live in the real world

26. Do you know anyone in jail?
Not currently

27. What food do you find disgusting?
Fish, of any kind

29. Have you ever been punched in the face?

30. Do you believe in angels and demons?
In a way

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Saturday Edition :)

I am thankful that Jed and I were able to take a vacation.
I am thankful that I got to talk to Tom on Mother's Day.
I am thankful that our fish didn't die while we were gone.
I am thankful that we are both healthy.
I am thankful that we were able to celebrate Grams' birthday with her.
I am thankful that I found an AMAZING, easy recipe for broccoli cheese soup.
I am thankful that Jed plays frizz - he LOVES it.
I am thankful for our calling - I really like being in the nursery.
I am thankful for the free time I have nowadays - if only I would use it more wisely.
I am thankful that I got a letter from Tom recently.
I am thankful that I was able to have lunch with a few former coworkers yesterday - it was so good to see them and just get out of the house!
I am thankful that I got to talk to Kim yesterday - it had been too long!
I am thankful that we got to go to the Great Salt Lake yesterday and take a few pictures.
I am thankful that we were able to go to Jed's friend's reception last night and see some of our friends.
I am thankful that I have the best sisters and mom ever!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Vegas/Zoo/Jed's Birthday/Disneyland

Thursday – We go to go to dinner at Smokehouse with Laurel and Nathan and their boys. They were in town for Nathan’s sister’s graduation.

Friday – Jed’s boss picked him out of all of the employees to go to a big meeting in SLC with him. I think that’s a good sign – they really like Jed at the office. :) That night, we packed and got ready for our trip – nothing too exciting…

Saturday – We drove from Provo to Las Vegas! Our first stop was the LDS temple, where we got to do some things for the first time. It’s a really neat temple and it was fun to go to a different one than Provo.

We checked in to our hotel (Four Queens – which I do not recommend) and then we went to Chipotle for dinner (Yum!). After that we went to Circus Circus to see if we could catch a circus act, but they weren’t running. We left and went to a souvenir shop and I got a new Vegas charm! :)

We went back to our hotel (in old downtown Vegas – Fremont Street) and walked around downstairs. They had live bands and there were tons of people – it felt like Mardi Gras or Fiesta or something. Way fun! I recommend old downtown for a change of pace from the Las Vegas strip. There’s even a huge canopy over the “party area” and they had light shows and movie clips playing on it.

We finally got to bed around 12:30, after the booming music stopped and our windows stopped shaking (literally). If you come to Fremont Street, I wouldn’t recommend getting a hotel there unless you plan on staying out past 1.

Sunday (Mother's Day) – We woke up and watched Catch Me If You Can on TV while we waited for the pool (which is in another casino – yeah) to open up. The pool was pretty neat because it was on the roof, but that made it kind of windy too. We lounged around there for about an hour, went back to the hotel, showered, packed, and headed to In N Out for lunch. I got to talk to Tom on the phone for a bit before lunch. It was great to hear from him!

We drove down the strip and “sight-saw” and played the “tourist” role for a bit and then we went to Circus Circus and watched some circus acts while we waited for Laurel and Nathan to get there with their boys. We met up with the Lakeys and started caravanning to California. Traffic was awful and added a ton of time to our trip, but then we got to stop at Chili's and have dinner, so it was all good. :)

Monday – We spent the day at San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. It was really fun – we got to go on a tour where we saw lots of animals in their “natural habitat”. The park was huge and we had such a great time! Even though Jed and I put on sunscreen before we went to the park, we still both got a little bit sunburned. A had a wicked farmers’ tan, but just on my right arm – I think it was mostly from driving, on top of the time we spent at the zoo.

That night, Jed and I tended Eli and West while Laurel and Nathan got to go out to a movie together. We had a really fun time “playing house” and taking care of the boys. But don’t worry, it doesn’t make me that baby-hungry. :)

Tuesday - We spent the whole day at Disneyland!! Jed got in for free because it was his birthday, and they made him wear this huge pin that told everyone it was his birthday. Employees were wishing him "Happy Birthday" all day. It was pretty funny. Especially since I was given an equally large pin that said I was there celebrating Jed's birthday.

The weather was fabulous, it was a Tuesday, and most schools were not out yet, so we had a perfect day! The longest we waited in line for any ride was less than 30 minutes, which is unheard of at Disneyland. We even walked right on a few rides. We got to ride Space Mountain twice, which was one of our favorites. Along with Indiana Jones, The Haunted Mansion, and Splash Mountain.

When we got back to Laurel's house, we found out that she and Eli had made Jed a cake for his birthday, so we sang and had cake. Then, once the kids were asleep, we talked and had some 'adult time'. Unfortunately we totally spaced it on playing games. :\

Wednesday - We spent most of the day in the car, driving home.

We had a GREAT time in Vegas and California!! Thanks for everything, Laurel (&Nathan)!! :D

**See next post for pictures**

Pictures From the Trip!

**BEWARE: The following post contains LOTS of pictures!**


Welcome to Vegas!

Las Vegas LDS Temple
Jed got in a fight with a nun. She won.
Downtown Vegas (not the strip)

San Diego Zoo - Wild Animal Kingdom

On the tour of the animals in their more "natural" habitats
Petting Zoo While we were in the petting zoo, Eli was going up to all of the deer and telling them that they were "handsome". After he told one of the deer it was handsome I asked him "What if it's a girl deer?" and he went back to it, got 2 inches from its face, looked it right in the eye, and said "You're a handsome girl, aren't you? YOU'RE A HANDSOME GIRL, AREN'T YOU??" It was hilarious!!

Jed tamed a rhino

Flamingo Yoga - can you see its leg?

Natherfly and Elifly

Eliworm and Jediworm

Eli wanted to hunt for ivory

Just chillin with my rhino

Jed's Birthday/Disneyland

Can we say "just woke up"?

We made it!

The button they made Jed wear all day!

The button they made me wear all day!

Tiki Room Birds

Why ride the ride when you can just get a picture? :)

Not as strong as we thought he was...

I Heart Space Mountain!
It's a Small World After All

Princess Castle!!

Mark Twain Steamboat


Eli and Laurel made a cake for Jed while we were at the park! :)
Thanks, Laur!

On the drive home...

I burned (I'm pretty sure 2nd degree) my arm on a hot AC adapter in the car :(

Jed realized that he got a little sunburned at Disneyland...but only on this tiny triangle spot where his shirt was open. Haha.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm Such A Shlup

Pictures and "diary" from our trip will be up either today or tomorrow. I've just been lazy recently, sorry. :\

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday Weigh-In

Sorry, I'm on vacay this week! Thanks to all of you faithful followers!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Jed!!!!

Today is Jed's birthday!! We're spending the whole day at Disneyland (because he gets in for free today)!

Here are some random things that I LOVE about Jed:

He loves bonfires and camping and being outdoors

He can eat more than me and often finishes my food when I get too full :)

He is good with his hands and can usually figure out how to fix most things

He only gets drunk on special occasions ;)

He is flexible and care-free

He has never cheated on me, except this one time in Vegas...

He is a fabulous guitar player and willingly serenades me when I ask

He's really, really handsome!

He loves animals (especially fish)

He's very detail-oriented and he's a good painter

He can play a mean game of pool

He is amazing at Rock Band, among other video games

He loves The Office and does a great impression of Michael Scarn ;)

His middle name is "Danger"

He's got HUGE muscles - he makes me feel safe

He is SO smart and responsible and dedicated when it comes to school

He likes travel and adventure

He's a stud muffin!

He takes care of me and loves me no matter what

Jed is the best friend and husband I could have ever asked for. I am so blessed to even know him, let alone get to spend eternity by his side. He is my strength and I love him more than anything.