Friday, March 27, 2009

Update coming soon!

Okay, so I actually have a few things to blog about. They may not be super exciting, but, I never said my life was! I just need to get some pictures uploaded before I post anything. I have decided even if the post is boring it always better to have pictures. So...hopefully by next week they will be up! Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Candlelit Dinner Party

So... I meant to post this the other day and I totally forgot to! Justin and I have a couple in our ward that does a dinner party every month to get to know everyone in the ward. Awesome, right? Well...after being in the ward for almost two years Justin and I were finally invited. We were so excited to go and meet other people in our ward because we have been in nursery for a LONG time and the only people we know are the kids :) Jeff and Maggie Goebel were the hosts and they have different themes every month, this month was a "Candlelight Dinner Party". It was on February 20th at their home and the set up was beautiful!! There weren't any lights on, just candles, and it looked so cool and fancy. The women sat on one side of the table and their spouses sat across from them. We got to hear mission stories, dating stories, engagement stories and so much more. It was so much fun to get to know everyone. We had ham, funeral potatoes, salad, rice with alfredo sauce and sauteed onions, cheese covered veggies, and slush! Everything tasted so good!! Before dessert Maggie gave everyone a pen and paper and said to write a funny story from when you and your spouse were dating or from when you were first married. After we wrote them down she collected them and handed them out to different people to read and we had to guess who did what. It was hilarious! For dessert there were a variety of cheese cakes and white cake.

Here are a few of the funny things people wrote on their papers:
*One couple scheduled their first kiss in a day planner.
*One couple had a very awkward couples massage in Hawaii
*One couple took a 48 hr RV trip with 4 other couples during their 1st Anniversary
*One couple had a 10 hour first date. -This is what Justin wrote
*One couple got engaged over the Grand Canyon
*At the end of one couples first date she told him that she had done that same date earlier that day. That is also the place they got engaged.
*One husband while they were dating pretended to be proposing on her birthday and got on one knee and gave her a watch instead of a ring -This is what I wrote

Maggie told us that other dinner parties there was a husband who got a Jungle themed room for their honeymoon and dressed up like Tarzan and swung from a rope onto the bed. There was also another couple that got a hotel room on their honey room and when they got into the room there were two twin beds and when they asked the clerk at the desk why he had given them a room with two doubles, he said he thought they were brother and sister!

Justin and I had a blast! We would like to start inviting couples to our home now and getting to know them better. Thanks Jeff and Maggie for a great night :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!

Justin and I have been married for two years today and I can't believe how fast time has flown by! We have definitely had our challenges and have had to make adjustments, but it has been a wonderful two years of marriage and I can't wait to see what the future has to bring! I feel so blessed to have married such a wonderful man. He truly is my best friend :) Justin is very driven, hard working, thoughtful, giving, and he is always thinking about our future. He has done so well to provide for the two of us and prepare for our children. He is always willing to help around the house, he does the dishes, laundry, he'll vacuum, make dinner, go grocery shopping, takes care of the car maintenance, fills up my car with gas and anything else that needs to be done without being asked. Amazing, huh? Happy Anniversary Babe! I love you and I am so glad that I get to spend forever with you :)

John and Leilia's Wedding

Friday, March 6, 2009

Valentine's Day

Now…Justin and I aren’t really fans of Valentine’s Day, but we usually try to do something small for each other. Justin woke me up and gave me a cute note that he had typed up with the TOP TEN Things he loves about me. It was so cute and thoughtful. I got up and made heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and then we just cleaned and tried to get things ready for the next week. Since, we had both been off of work for over a week and away from home, so there were lots of things to do, like laundry and what not. Plus we agreed the cruise would be our Valentine’s and Anniversary present to each other and honestly that was the best present ever! It was so nice to have over a week to spend together without having to worry about work or anything. Anyway, my dad called me at about 4pm and said that my cousin John was getting married in a few hours and that we were invited. So, we got ready and got our church clothes ironed, and headed to my aunt and uncle’s house for the wedding. The decorations were beautiful and so was the bride. Lei and John have been dating for 5 years, so she was all ready considered family, but I am glad they made it official :) After the wedding we went to Scott and Nycole’s and talked for hours. Sorry that we never tried out your new game Scott! I promise next time we will, if you ever have us over again :) We’ll have to make it up to you and have you two over for dinner and dessert sometime. It was a good day! Nothing was really planned out, but we enjoyed it. And, let me just tell you…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, having Justin home on the weekends. I hated that we only had Sunday together and that I didn’t get to see him every night when I got home. He is still adjusting to this schedule, but I love that we get to sleep together and eat dinner together every night :) I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that you were able to spend it with that “special someone” in your life.

Our Cruise :)

Justin and I had a blast on our cruise!! We left Vegas, Monday, February 9th, and headed to Long Beach. Traffic was awesome until we hit Prim. We were stuck in the same spot for over an hour!!! We turned the car off and ate some food until traffic picked up again. I was so worried that we weren’t going to make it to Long Beach in time. The cars finally started moving again and things are going well until Justin loses his contact. Now, this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but he is SO BLIND!! He has got a stigmatism in one and a double stigmatism in the other, so that meant I had to drive. Now, my vision isn’t the greatest either and I didn’t have my glasses because I lost them, luckily we had our GPS to tell me when to turn because I could not see through the rain! We made it there safely and got on the boat; we took our stuff to our room and walked around the ship. I could not believe how many people were totally wasted and we hadn’t even left Long Beach yet. Anyway…we the first night we ate a lot and tried to figure out where everything was on the ship. Tuesday we woke up ate breakfast and then took boat to Catalina. It was beautiful there! There were a ton of shops, so we just walked around and checked them out. There were a ton of people that rented golf carts to drive around and we thought about doing it but neither one of us were old enough. Apparently you have to be 25 to rent a golf cart, but they’ll give a license to drive a car at 16??? I don’t know that just doesn’t make much sense to me. Cars can do a lot more damage than a golf cart. Moving on…Justin and I have always wanted to ride a tandem bike, so we rented one of those instead. It was so much cheaper and a lot more fun! After spending hours on Catalina Island, we decided to head back and eat. Let me tell you the food is AMAZING on cruises!! I ate like 50 times a day and Justin would just sit there and watch me pack it away. Poor guy!
We went to the Jacuzzi and watched the sunset and then we went to dinner. Every night on they have a few different shows and we really enjoyed them all. They had magicians, comedians, and musicals; Justin enjoyed the musicals the most. Which I thought was pretty funny because he hated the Phantom of the Opera and any other musical besides Newsies. Wednesday, we spent the day in Ensenada. It was different than I had expected. The first thing we saw was La Bufadora a.k.a. the blowhole, it was cool, but not as awesome as they make it out to be. Then we walked around the flee market, which is basically like a swap meet, except the vendors hover over you like your prey. It was horrible, they would seriously just stand there the entire time and if you touched something they would start yelling out prices and showing you the different styles and colors. It was kind of nerve racking, so I made Justin stand between me and the vendor , so that he could tell them in Spanish to GO AWAY! We bought some jewelry and vanilla. Justin talked them down to $4 for a liter of pure white vanilla!! I wish we would have bought more. I guess we will next time. Oh and we also ate at a little restaurant there that tacos el pastor. Justin had been looking for them all day and had finally found a place that had them and they were so YUMMY! Hopefully, we can find somewhere here in the states that sell them because they are his favorite. Thursday was our day at sea, so we played miniature golf, for about two seconds and then decided it was too windy. I don’t really remember what we did for the rest of the day, but after dinner we went to the show and Justin got called up to the stage to do the Macarena and it was hilarious!! We did try out the casino, don’t judge us, we lost about $40 in total and then decided that we are glad that we don’t gamble. We got back to Long Beach on Friday and headed back to Vegas. We unpacked and did laundry and went to visit Grandma Barton, who is recovering and doing so much better, and his uncle Rick. Then we went home and slept. If you haven’t been on a cruise…GO ON ONE!! They are the best!