Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Lights

Last night was the perfect night to see the lights on Temple Square. Snow was gently falling and people were everywhere enjoying the lights. Nothing brings the Christmas spirit quite as much as walking around Temple Square. It's one of those traditions that must be done each year.

We brought our new video camera and took a few quick shots while trying to keep the snow from ruining the camera. You can check out the video below.

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Simple


There are a few simple things in my life that make me smile...


that Meredith has her Dr. McDreamy & that I have my very OWN Dr. McDreamy: Jared

how cute our baby ducks were during their 1st bath- they were SO excited to be in the water

how incredible my girlfriends are

what an overwhelming feeling it is to be
an
American

how Jared's smile melts my heart-

that is one of the first things

I noticed about Jared... his warming smile

that our cat, Cody, is always willing to let
me have cuddle time... I sure do love him

how amazingly calming & relaxing it is to be amongst dear friends on a sailboat

that any yummy treat can brighten someone's day

how much I LOVE my family & Jared's

the sound of fall leaves beneath my feet
that I can be my complete self with Jared & he will still LOVE me
how really good fireworks can be felt in your chest
how honored & blessed I am to be a member of the LDS
faith and to be sealed to Jared for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple
how a quiet little stream will creep up on you when you would least

expect it, but how the timing couldn't be better- aahh how wonderful it

feels to have cool water flowing over your blistered; sore feet

when Jared comes home, I have to stand on my tip toes to kiss him

I simply love life!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New York, New York!

Jared was sent to Montreal and New York for work, so we decided this would be a great opportunity to have a weekend together in New York. Reini flew in on Thursday, October 9 and we spent the next five days together seeing everything we could until we flew home the following Tuesday. Here's what it looked like:

Right after Reini landed, we went to the Empire State Building. We were there for sunset and got to see all the city lights turn on.

Times Square

The next day, we went to the Statue of Liberty.After the Statue of Liberty, we went by the World Trade Center site. As you can see, it is just a large construction site now as they have began building the memorial. However, there is still a heavy, mournful feeling there. People are still leaving flowers and gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are also vendors selling mementos about 9/11 which just doesn't seem appropriate.The following day, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where we saw some very famous artwork like this Renoir and ...
This amazing green rectangle! And...Blobs of paint on a canvas! And, our favorite piece...A GIANT balloon wiener dog!!!
Later that day we also went to the Museum of Natural History and ate at a great little restaurant just down the street. We also walked by the New York LDS Temple. We walked in the lobby and were amazed at how strong the contrast was of the hustle of the city and the peace and spirit of the temple. The following day we got tickets to the musical Spamalot. It was hilarious and very well done. One of the main rolls was performed by Clay Aiken.
And, if you look close, Jared had a supporting role!After the show, Reini had Clay Aiken autograph her play bill.We were pretty excited to have seen Clay Aiken, but little did we know that we would end up running into a LOT of famous people that night, including Morgan Freeman AND...Robin Williams...Jared even got a picture with President Bush!And, his luck got a little better when Jennifer Lopez let him snap a photo with her! And look at him cupping a feel!
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Okay, okay, we are not this lucky in one night. We did in fact see Clay Aiken, but after that we went to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. It was incredible how real they all looked. It was like we were invited to a Hollywood Party.
Another picture of Times Square. Because it's awesome!The next day we went on a bike ride in Central Park. During our ride, we took a detour so we could see the Restaurant that Seinfeld was filmed at. The Brooklyn BridgeThe highlight of our trip! We got standby tickets for a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. We waited in the standby line and got the LAST two seats in the theater! We were lucky! It was so much fun to see the show in person. Dave came out before the show started and answered a few questions, then the show began. Tina Fey was his main guest, followed by a comedian and a band. It was a blast! After the show, Jared got a picture with Paul Shaffer of the CBS Orchestra (by the way, the CBS Orchestra plays during the commercials and are fantastic!). We got up early Tuesday morning before our fight and went to see the Today show. The anchors were really nice and kept talking to the crowd. At one point, Reini called her mom and had Meredith talk to her. It sure surprised Reini's mom! Our exceptional view from the 48th floor of the Millennium Hotel overlooking Times Square.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Blessed...


I just wanted to tell my wonderful husband how much I love & adore him. He is my world! He continuley amazes me with his optimistic outlook on life, his dedication to the Lord, his strong work ethic, his warming smile, and the ability he has to make me feel so special. I am very blessed and honored to be his wife!
I love you babe!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

An Apple A Day...

You have all heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well in my case, an apple is a case for a visit to the ER. I was at work this week, enjoying lunch with some of my coworkers, eating my apple, when I noticed I was having a difficult time breathing- a piece of apple was stuck in my throat! I did everything I could to relieve the apple, but nothing was working. The charge nurse had Ashley and Liz take me to the ER.

After two hours, the pain was finally relieved. An IV was placed and I was given a hypoglycemic agent, which was supposed to work in 45 sec. Needless to say, after 5 minutes the apple was still stuck and I was having a harder time breathing. The nurse then gave me Nitroglycerin, hoping that it would relax all of my veins/arteries and allow the apple to dislodge; if that didn't work, I would then be sent to endoscopy.

As soon as the Nitro dissolved under my tongue, the apple dropped! It was so cool- I am still pretty excited about how quickly it worked! Luckily, I work at a hospital because the ER has served me well this year!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The State Fair (AND FRIED PB&J!!!)


Reini and I took a trip to the Utah State Fair this week. As always, we had a blast seeing all the farm animals, walking down the midway, and watching the people. However, this year was especially exciting for Reini because she discovered a little booth selling fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It has been three days since the fair and she is still drooling over it. In her words: "It was just heavenly!"

Feline Gerontology 101

We learned a bit this week about the health problems that a 17-year-old cat can have. (Yes, that's right, our cat, Cody, is 17-years-old. Jared has had him since he was in the sixth grade.) On Monday, Cody was quite sick and lethargic. We were worried. After the first trip to the vet, we were told that his ailment may in fact be "Feline Diabetes". After an extensive and expensive blood workup, we found out that Cody does not suffer from diabetes. Also, the vet was surprised by how good his health is for a cat his age. It turned out that his illness was nothing more than a toothache caused by poor oral hygiene. On Friday he had his first trip to the dentist. The vet put him under, cleaned his teeth, and ending up pulling one tooth. $400 later he is a happy cat again!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Day 4

My butt has been kicked... this is how I feel after day 4 of Boot Camp! I came home and cried to Jared. He reassured me that boot camp is all about breaking down a person and then building them back up... it is sure working! Today I wanted to turn the 20 lb vest in and never go back.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Boot Camp...


After much convincing and encouragement, I signed up for boot camp (thanks Katy). I arrived this morning at 4:50 and wondered if I knew what I had gotten myself into. The class is designed to be intense, with a mixture of cardio and weight training everyday. The atmosphere is similar to that of The Biggest Loser. There were three other girls in the class with one trainer, might I add that had such an incredible shape and she is probably only 25! Slightly intimidating...

For the next hour, we were constantly moving. We started by running on the treadmill for 1/2 a mile and then were in the middle of the room where there were 6 different exercises we had to rotate doing. After we would do 2 exercises for 2 minutes each (lunges, running with medicine balls, scissor kicks, stationary squats, etc), we were back on the treadmill sprinting for a period of 20 secs with a 10 sec break in between, repeated 4 times!

This activity of treadmill/floor exercises lasted about 50 minutes. We then did abs and stretches as the next class arrived. To make boot camp even more difficult, this entire week, I have to wear a 20 lb vest while working-out! I could hardly run, jump, or do lunges without falling over... This morning was pure torture! To top that off, if you forget to bring your towel or water bottle to class or with you during the floor exercises, there are consequences. In between each exercise, we have to run to the next event, if there is any walking, there will be push-ups or whatever the instructor feels like. Towards the end of the class, we all walked over to the treadmill and had to do 10 push-ups... I will never walk again in that class!

When I was leaving, there was a piece of paper with 3 names on it stating, "you owe me 2,000 ft on Jacob's ladder, 1,000 sit-ups, and 600 push-ups... do it when you arrive." I am not sure what those 3 people did, but it was a good lesson for me, to always listen to the instructor and do as I am told!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Reini is Officially an RN!

On Monday, August 11, Reini took the NCLEX exam. This is the grueling exam that must be passed in order to receive the title of "Registered Nurse". Reini had studied for, well, it seems like she studied forever! She was worried sick as she went to the test, but she was cautiously excited that all of her studying would finally pay off. Upon exiting the test, she was certain that she didn't pass. (Of course, this is one of those tests that makes almost EVERYONE feel like they didn't pass. Those of you who are RN's (or are married to one) I'm sure can sympathize.) Before I left for work at 6:30 Wednesday morning, I checked online to see if her results had been posted. Sure enough she had passed and was officially an RN. Even though this was Reini's day off, I pulled her out of bed, dragged her into the office, and sat her down in front of the computer. She immediately started to cry. She is ecstatic! I am ecstatic! And, I am so proud of her! She put everything she had into this test and it payed off. Way to go nurse Reini!

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P.S. We are way behind on our blog. Don't worry, we'll catch up... now that Reini doesn't have to study anymore!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Backpacking Trip to Island Lake



Our friends Mike & Katy Blommer have a tradition of going backpacking over the Fourth of July weekend. Reini had to work on the fourth, so we got up early the next day and drove up to the Uintas to hike in and meet them. We went to Island Lake; an easy four mile hike in. It was beautiful! The weather was perfect, the scenery was great, and there were hardly any mosquitoes! This was our first time backpacking this year and we were so excited to finally go. We love being in the outdoors together; we always have so much fun!