Thursday, January 31, 2008

So many things..

Well it's been a while. I'm sorry to all of my "avid" readers out there. Here are the things that have happened since the last blog.

Taylor's dad gave everyone a trip to Zion's National Park. I have never been to Zion's. I'm not much of a hiker. I don't appreciate nature enough I guess... My family always took road trips across country to see my Grandma in Virginia. Anyways it was nice to get out of cold snowy Sandy and head down to sunny southern Utah. We drove down on Friday. Friday night Tay and I went to dinner with his two sister's Kimmi and Bethany and Mike his brother in-law. We went to this little place called Jack's. It was such a neat little place. It was very cozy. It resembled Iggy's. It was a little sports bar. On one of the menu's it even called the place a "social club". Dinner was good. We went back to our hotel rooms. (Don't worry Taylor and I stayed in different rooms!!!) We played a game that Tay's dad gave me for Christmas. Bethany is super fun to play games with. Just ask her about The Titanic and she'll have you on the floor laughing. Maybe you could even ask Taylor about the Titanic.....

Saturday morning I got up and was not feeling well at all. I thought it would blow over so I got up and continued about my day like it was any other day. That morning we went on a "stroll". I don't think anybody will call it a hike because it was so short. The path was covered in ice most of the way so it was a wee bit tricky but it wasn't too bad. Taylor doesn't do too well on slick surfaces so he decided he would slide down the icy parts of the path on his bum!

Uh yeah...Needless to say we had a good laugh.

We started on the Walter's Wiggles hike. I didn't even get half way before I had to sit down and try not to puke! I was not getting any better. Tay walked me back down to the car and took me back to the hotel. I proceeded to get worse, finally to the point that I made all sorts of phone calls trying to find some medication. My friend Lori told me to call the doctor on call at my regular doctor's office, and he might be able to call me in a prescription. She proved to be the life saver that night. I got to talk to a doctor and he phoned in a prescription for me. Taylor and his dad drove all the way to St. George to get my "drugs". They were so good to me! They even brought back some ginger ale, and gatorade. I was sick the whole night and didn't feel much better on Sunday.

On Sunday we were driving home. I wasn't looking forward to the car trip. I was hoping I wouldn't throw up. We got home, and I finally got a good nap. I woke up at about 6 pm and was not feeling any better. I also had a pain in my side. My mom took me to insta care and they thought that I might have had appendicitis. It turns out I didn't. So they gave me some IV fluids and medication and sent me home. Needless to say I have never been that sick in my entire life and never want to be that sick again. Thanks to all that were involved to help me feel better. I can't say that enough! Love you guys!

Our beloved Prophet died this past Sunday. It is sad, but at the same time I can't help but think what a joyous reunion with his sweetheart he must have had. I just get a sense of peace and joy when I think about our Prophet and his wife. What a blessing that even in times of sorrow and death we can rejoice in the fact that there is a life after this and we can live with our family forever! Here is a picture of Tay's family at Zion's

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Giddyup Cowboy!!!!!

Last Saturday, we decided to get in touch with our inner cowboy and cowgirl. For those of you who don't know, my dad owns a horse. Her name is Xu Xa (pronounced shu sha) and she is what is commonly known as a Paint. She is about 15 years old and so she is pretty tame as a horse. My dad got her about 4 years ago and when we first got her she was apparently kind of brat. Since then though, my dad has worked very hard, and she has become very well behaved.

When we first got out there, my dad had already gotten her into the round pen and then we waited for a bit while her ready. It's quite the procedure. You have to put the halter on and let her run around a second to get her to calm down. Once you have done that, you put the saddle blanket on. Then the saddle, but you can't cinch it up all the way. What a horse will do when you first put the saddle on his with the cinch under their belly, they will stick there stomachs out so that you can't tighten it so much around them. Then when relax, it gives them more room, and doesn't make the saddle as tight. This is great for them, but if you try to ride the saddle, then you are liable to slide right off and get trampled. The sound of that just really makes we want to make sure that the saddle is nice and tight.

I was the first to get on the horse. This is only the third time that I have ever ridden on the horse, and I will be the first to admit, that it's something that I find a little scary. My dad's horse for example weighs 1100 pounds, has a mind of it's own, and frankly, I don't know very well how to control her. I know that I just need to spend more time on her, but I just haven't really gotten around to it. I rode her around the pen a couple of times and that was about all that I did.

After I got off, we had my niece out there. She is only a year old, and it was fun to watch her look at the horse. We actually even got her on the horse at one point, and she seemed to be a little scared right after first but definitely didn't want to get off the horse towards the end.

Ashley was the last one to get on the horse, and was more natural on Xu Xa than I was. I was impressed with how well she did on the horse. She was turning, going this direction, going that direction, and then, after about 5 minutes of being out there, she proclaimed that she was ready to gallop. I wasn't nearly that bold being on the horse. Now Ashley wants to get a horse, or I should say, she wants her Dad to get a horse. Who knows, maybe our dads will now become horse buddies?

Friday, January 11, 2008

Favorite Things

My friend Lo informed that our blog was 90% BYU football so I figured I should add other things that are happening in our life right now. I saw her at lunch today, and pretty much don't want to disappoint her anymore. I know she is sitting on the edge of her seat waiting for the "update". Ü

We have been engaged for almost 3 months. The other day I thought to myself that other people are married by this time. Oh well, I'm un-traditional. Speaking of un-traditional, I don't love cake. I don't want to spend a bunch of money on a cake that no one will eat anyway so I'm thinking of have an alternative wedding cake. For example lots of desserts displayed on a 3 tier stand so it gives the illusion of a cake. The top layer will be an actual cake so we can have the "experience" for pictures and such. What do you think? Vote Now!

My mom and I went to a Bridal Show this past weekend. There are lots of neat things there, but most seem outrageously (if that's even a word) expensive. After the bridal show my mom wanted to go run some errands. My dad called to tell me that Maytag was having a super good sale. We ended up being in the area so we went to check it out. We ended up buying a washer. We got a smokin deal on it. I think that is one of my favorite purchase of the year so far!!

What's your favorite thing about this year so far?