Friday, July 17, 2009

Separate Vacations

Well, we have almost been married a year and we already started taking separate vacations. I went home last week for my friend's wedding. We couldn't afford two plane tickets. Eli stayed home to find a job (he got one the first day, while I've been looking for almost a month, no fair!). He's now working at Stonehenge Rehab as a CNA. Thanks for putting in the good word, Emily. But, his job didn't start until the next week, so he got a ride with his brother to the family cabin in Island Park, ID, right outside of Yellowstone. I don't like separate vacations. I missed him so much. But, we both did have a good time on our respective trips. I just wish we could have taken each of them together. Oh well. I had a great time in Missouri. Joanna's wedding was beautiful. It was a lot of fun and I saw some friends that I hadn't seen for a while. Then I got to go visit Alaina, Roland, Milo, and Oliver (whom I had never met before). I love those two boys. Oliver smiles so much and Milo gives the best kisses. Then I spent time with Paul, Cheryl,and their lot. They were fun to hang out with too! And I got to see Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Michell, and Mom and Dad. It was a great trip. Then the day I got back was fun too. Annie and Lia Belle picked me up. Then we all went to Provo where I got to see Eli again, then we all went to Cindy's and ate lunch, then we all went swimming at the Orem pool. It was a lot of fun. After that, Eli and I went to the airport to pick up Ronda's oldest three. I even got to see Ronda and Romey. Romey couldn't be restrained from seeing Eli so I had to take her back through security again. The most amazing thing about the whole trip was that I got to see all 16 of my nieces and nephews all in a week's time. I don't think that's ever happened before! I'm happy to be home now and back with Eli. I missed him a lot. Hopefully, separate vacations won't happen again. Here are some pictures!

Monday, July 6, 2009

No Fireworks for us...but we did see a bear!

So, we had a very interesting Fourth of July. Cindy, Kurt, AJ, and Lars came over for breakfast and then we all went to the parade. It was very nice. Then we just hung out, Cindy and Kurt got sandwich stuff for lunch and we had a very pleasant time together. Then they went home to nap and Eli and I napped too. When we woke up we went and saw the movie "17 Again." I loved that movie. Eli liked it too. It was really funny. Then we met up with our friends Tom and Whitney to go cook some hotdogs at Tom's family cabin in Provo canyon, by Vivian park. We were excited. The street the cabin is on has three or four other cabins, most of them had people at them. When we pulled into the driveway, Tom started to get out of the car but the neighbor yelled, "stay in your car! There's a bear by your cabin." So, needless to say, we stayed in the car. Tom's neighbor is a vet. By that I mean veterinarian, not a vet from the armed forces, although I don't know if he was in the army or something or not, he did have really good aim. Anyway, the vet shot a gun a few times to scare him off. He told us the bear wouldn't be back because he was too scared. So, we went back and started cooking our hotdogs. The neighbors came back and told us to get off the porch because the bear was back. We could see it running between our cabin and the neighbors. It wasn't huge, as far as bear standards go, but it was powerful. So, it's running around and then we heard a really really loud shot. Just one shot. Then the neighbor who's a vet said, "He's dead." He shot that bear in the head with just one shot. So, we got to go up and see the freshly killed bear. It was still pretty big and powerful looking to me. We all felt kind of bad for the bear. He was just curious, maybe he even got scared by all the fireworks and that's why he came down. But he was just being a bear, not really harming anyone, and then bam, he's dead. At the same time, there were a lot of kids around and the next day a lot of Tom's little cousins were going to be at the cabin, so you can't just have a bear running around. But we still felt sad for it all the same. The pictures are pretty cool. Sorry if I got repeats of some pictures. Also noteworthy that night was the biggest moth any of us had ever seen, it was about the size, if not bigger, of a hummingbird. And when we were leaving, a huge, probably half-ton bull moose with giant antlers ran out right in front of our car and we almost hit it. That was more of an experience with nature than I was looking for, but it was pretty cool. It was certainly a night we'll remember. Happy Fourth of July! And R.I.P. big bear.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Finally Pictures of Stuff!

So, here are some pictures finally. The ones of nature are of our hike we took a couple months ago, the one where Eli saved the dog from the river. It was beautiful. The one of the pretty little pool was the actual hot springs, although it was more like a luke-warm bath. But it was a great hike. The one of Eli's taco's is after we saw Taken. It's our new system of judging how good a movie is. The more Eli likes it, the more he flaps his arms, and the more he sweats. Therefore, Taken is a great movie because, well, look at those tacos!


Now, here are some more pictures. We have a new niece, little Tori Bell Reddish. She's so cute. We stopped at Kim and Rory's house on our way to Idaho for Mother's Day. There's Rustin with his uncle Eli. Their relationship is mutually beneficial. Eli loves playing with Rustin and Rustin loves playing with Eli. There's also Eli's roommates, Thom, Steve, and Kyle with their wives. It's kind of like they're the power foursome because we all got married the same summer. This was a dinner we had right before Thom and Brittany moved to Texas, and told us they were pregnant! Congratulations you guys! And we have pictures of Eli before his MCAT! He took it yesterday morning in Casper, WY. He thinks he did all right on it, but we have to wait 30 days for the actual score. We had a good day and a half trip. On the way home we stopped at a nature interpretive site (we still don't know what it means. It was little lake with signs about the animals who live there) and at Martin's Cove, which is conveniently right on the way to Casper. We're glad to be home though. Eli is looking for a job now and so am I. Hopefully we'll both be employed soon. That's all the update we have. I have pictures on Picasa if you want more. Here's the link!
Also, we have a picture from Mother's Day in Idaho, me on my last day of college ever! (I had to give a presentation,that's why I'm dressed up)! That was a great day!