Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What do all these things have in common...

Skiing
Snowboarding
Olympics
Snow
Film Festivals
Celebrities
Resorts
Biking
Hiking
Shopping
C & D Bates
Perhaps this picture will give it away!
I got a job!
Were still working out the logistics but exciting things await.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Photography...

I remember wanting to be a better photographer when I would travel for work. I remember being in Kentucky and wanting to have some type of camera that could take a panormic view of everything I was looking at- I still consider that the most beautiful place I've ever been. Kentucky right? Anyway, since I don't travel as much I've realized I notice things around home a bit more.  These are a few of my recent favorites.  All taken by me, apparently I'm big fan of sunsets.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Special Thanks to Color Me Mine...

Chris took me to Color Me Mine on our second date. I painted this bowl - he painted a mug.
That Sunday I wrote this in my journal...
I guess I wasn't very good at portraying I just wanted to be friends.  On Valentines he took me back and bam! Look at these beauts.  It was way less stressful than the first time. Here's a hip hip and a hooray for no more first dates.  
That same bowl holds his change on OUR dresser- HOLY CRAP! 

P.S. Color Me Mine did not compensate me for this post.  However, how perf is that story? They should market it.


Friday, February 17, 2012

#1 Marry Chris...

I'm still waiting for my wedding photo's, but I just found this guy on facebook. I thought it would be the perfect photo to check off marrying Chris on my 25 Things List
I was a real freak about marriage- all worried and over thinking everything.  I wish I hadn't been.  I wish I just would have realized that when it comes, it comes with no stress.  I have a lot of older single friends.  I wish I could tell them just to enjoy the journey.  Enjoy the countless, messed up, awful, great, exciting dates/realtionships and one day it will just click. No matter how big of a freak worrier you are, it all just works out. Then all the sudden, your walking out of the temple- no questions asked, just knowing your really glad you didn't have to walk out with anyone else. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

That Aint Even My Joke...

Chris laughs at everything all.the.time.  This is cool and it also makes me feel like I'm really funny, except when he says crap like this...

C - "Hey what do you say to a woman with two black eyes?"
D - "I have no idea"
C - "Nothing, you've already told her twice."

He then proceeds to lay on the floor and laugh, when he finally looks up he says, "That aint even my joke."

Like I thought it was.

You would think I would be worried he was going to beat me. However, I'm clearly more worried he's making up his own jokes.

Baby Shower Invite....

Not mine- don't get the wrong idea. My cousins baby shower invite was too fun not to share.  A glow stick was placed inside the balloon- the words below explain.  I loved the simple creativity.  So fun to get and so excited for her.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our Valentines Card...

Thankfully Chris agreed - I told ya he was the nice one.
Stole the idea from here. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Choices...

I've always hated change and making choices.  I don't consider myself an expert on the subject matter, but it always seems like I'm faced with life changing decisions all at once.  Never having to choose between good or bad, or not to do something, or to do something, but rather between two great choices that bring a great amount of change all at once. Both in which would lead me down two completely separate paths -both great paths. 

In my mind I always thought once you choose a college and a husband than all the big decisions would be decided.  The truth is, choosing a college stunk and I ended up attending three. The hardest part was choosing what to do after college - someone should make an orientation for that. Choosing a husband was even harder and without the series of miracles Chris and I experienced, I doubt I would be married today.  Here I am graduated with a Master's Degree with a husband and still faced with two different paths.  Having a husband and a degree just leaves more ideas and people to consider.  

My sister in law recently took a leap of faith and moved back to California. My husband wasn't particularly ecstatic about it, but she told me she had made a list of the things she wanted in life and was hoping to get there through this move.  I admire her ability to make that change.

I know everything can't come at once.  I know God has a plan.  I know decisions are hard, but while two things weigh heavily on my mind.  I thought I'd take her advice and make a list of the things I want.

1.  I want Chris to finish school.  I want him to be able to go to school full-time without stressing about work.  I want him to realize how smart he is, and gain the abilities to get a job that makes him feel valued.

2.  I want children.  Not today or maybe not even in the next year or two.  The whole thought still terrifies me, but I've come around to idea of wanting them.

3.  I want to travel.  I want my future family to travel.  I would rather live in this tiny apartment the rest of my life, than in a huge house, if it meant I never had to be home but rather was out seeing the world.

4.  I want to be healthier and learn to cook healthier.  I want to not end up at Arby's after four days in a row of sick dinner.

5.  I want to enjoy my job.  I don't mind if there is trials or struggles.  I just don't want to dread Monday's and I don't want Chris to dread Monday's either.

6.  I don't want any debt.  I want to pay off the little we do have and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! One day I want to have a scholarship in our name and give money to poor kids going to college, or something equally as awesome. Ok that thought is way too extreme right now, but I wouldn't mind a stash even if it's just tiny.

7.  I want to be better at church and the gospel.  I say better at it, because I want to like my ward.  I want to not think people are weird all the time.  I want to enjoy comments in Relief Society.  I want  Chris and I to radiate the gospel and share it with others more- including all the above wants.

8.  I want an I-pad and new running shoes really bad.

I think that's all - and I can probably live without number eight. 
Wish me luck!







P.S. Happy Valentines - I Love Chris!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Cookies...

For Valentine's I have been asking Cupid for finger nail polish. I am asking Cupid because who else do you ask for presents from on Valentines?   Also it's only logical I nicknamed Chris Cupid in my mind because their name's both start with C. 

On Friday I went in sneak of the best Valentine ever for Chris, when I found it,  I realized it cost too much so I bought myself some finger nail polish.  That story has nothing to do with the below cookies.  I am just really excited about my finger nail polish.

 Wait I guess I could connect the stories - I made these cookies because I felt bad the husb was no longer getting the best Valentine ever. Actually that's a lie. I think I made these because I realized I wouldn't be getting a Valentine. Either way who cares about all that.  This is the first thing I've ever baked that tasted good! 

JENNY'S SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

1 CUP SHORTENING
1 1/3 CUP SUGAR
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
1 TEASPOON SODA
1 TEASPOON  BAKING POWDER
1 8 OZ PACKAGE CREAM CHEESE
2 EGGS
1 TEASPOON VANILLA
4 CUPS FLOUR

MIX & CHILL ONE HOUR
ROLL & CUT
BAKE 375 DEGREES FOR 10 MINUTES

P.S. I bought the frosting- let's not push my baking luck. Oh and Jenny is my sister who I doubt actually made up this recipe but she makes it more than me and that's what she wrote on the top of the recipe card. So if your going to call someone thievy mcthieverson I know where she lives and can help you find her.

Friday, February 10, 2012

I'm feeling better....

There are two reasons I know this.

First, I smelled the hand soap.  Since we've been married I haven't once realized we were sanitizing with Pina Colada goodness. Take that nose.

Second, three people told me my hair looked long today.  Perhaps it does or perhaps this has just been the first time I've showered and then continued on to blow dry and style in over a month.  I think what they were really trying to say is - "Oh you did your hair, looks nice!"

I'll take what I can get - or as my dad would say, "Sun shines on a horses ass every once in awhile."


P.S. I took this pic last spring in my sister's backyard - back when I could smell more than just soap!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Liz Murray...

I wrote in a previous post about the speaker at Legislative Day for my youth council.  Liz Murray -I'm yet to wrap my head around her message as it was truly inspiring. Her story starts with growing up in the Bronx, her parents active drug users.  Her story explains all the crap that happens when your on welfare checks and your parents are shooting up cocaine in the kitchen.  Through a series of life events, her mother eventually died of AIDS and Liz was left homeless in her teens.  After a few years, she went back to high school and finished- all the while sleeping on the Subway or in stairwells.  She later obtained a scholarship from the NY Times and found her way to Harvard.
It isn't just her story, but how she tells it.  So normal, humble and funny!  My kids were laughing and then crying two minutes later.  I left with a resolve to be more - be better.  The following is her memoir.  I can't put it down. 
Lifetime also thought she was cool and made a movie about her life.  I checked Lifetime's schedule and it's on February 12th at midnight.  I'm having the parentals DVR since we don't have cable.  Can't even wait to watch!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Toilet Paper, Wind Mills & My Nose...

I have basically been sick since we have been married.  It first started with the flu, then a rotten cold and now the occasional sore throat/sinus issue/cough/runny nose business.  Chris and I spend basically every moment we can together and he has yet to suffer any element.  What a lucky lil stink!  He, being the nice one in the relationship, comes to my every beck and call- late night runs for 7up and saltines and every night before bed he gets me ice for my throat and a stack of tissue. Then we watch an episode of Vampire Diaries and fall sleep.  This morning he left for work earlier than I. As I rolled over and asked if he could grab a me a tissue on his way back from the bathroom he so sweetly replied, "yeah babe one sec." He then proceeded to huck a full role of toilet paper at me head.

Lesson I already knew - my husband is not a morning person.
Lesson I Learned - stop asking for tissue.

P.S. I took this picture up Spanish Fork Canyon out the window of my car. For some reason it makes my nose feel better - like it's warm outside and my nose doesn't need tissues anymore.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Utah State Capitol...

I have two favorite things...

Thing 1- When Chris gets home from work. I try not to call when he's off anymore so I can anticipate the surprise of him fiddling with his keys outside the door.

Thing 2 - Seeing how many dishes I can fit in the dish dryer without anything falling out.  Having no dishwasher sucks - I realize I haven't used the word suck since probably 8th grade. I do however think it's appropriate when speaking of not owning a dishwasher.  If you don't agree - come on over I'll show ya.