Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Birthday

My birthday was last Sunday. On Friday night, or well Halloween, I had a dinner with my sisters and their hubbies. It was fun. The boys played video game until both Jess and I passed out on Erika's living room floor.

Johnny helped me to have a fantastic birthday and a great weekend. He kept saying that he didn't get me a birthday present. Then on Saturday afternoon and looks at me sheepishly and says that he is trying to decide something.. Whether to give me my present or not. He decided to and pulls it out from where it was hidden about 3 feet from where I was sitting.

This is what he gave me for my birthday (and Christmas)

It is SO cool. There are a bunch of free games you can download and enjoy in your spare time. I very much enjoy the video and music and picture features. I also enjoy surfing the web on it and the map function. Overall, it is a very fun and innovative creation.

Then later that night, Johnny took me to The Mayan Adventure (as stated in my earlier post). That restaurant is really fun and a very different experience. They have diving shows and good Mexican food. Yes. I did say diving shows, as in people diving into the water. They are very fun to watch.

On Sunday I celebrated my birthday with Johnny's family. I ate a fantastic meal of pot roast and mashed potatoes. Topped off with a very tasty chocolate cream pie and chocolate ice cream. My in-laws gave me a couple fantastic presents and took lots of pictures of all us kids being ourselves- silly. I had a great birthday dinner and evening. :)

Thanks to everyone that made my birthday special!

Life Adventures

The past week or so has been rather interesting. I experienced some disheartening experiences at work that make me disappointed with the regression of human civility. I was reading this morning in the Book of Mormon chapter 9 verse 5. It reads:

"For so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they have no fear of death; and they have lost their love, one towards another; and they thirst after blood and revenge continually."

This verse explains perfectly what I have experienced this past week.

To explain my disappointment more fully I will give a brief account of the experiences I had. The first began on Friday 10/31. A gentleman at work decided to send a mass email with extremely vulgar language and very offensive content. The main part of the email accused my work and me specifically for horrendous things that never happened. He was quickly taken off the mailing list, however continued to send emails to several people and me by myself. I was not aware that people could be capable of such cruelty and in such a childish manner.

Furthermore, the following day, Johnny and I went to a restaurant for my birthday. The place of choice was The Mayan, a rather entertaining and unique experience located close to Sandy. As Johnny an I were watching the diving show, a gentleman began telling us to move. Johnny and I shifted a little to the side to appease the man. I turn around again as I notice Johnny is wiping something off his back. The man had thrown a lime at Johnny and commenced yelling at him.

I told Johnny while we were leaving The Mayan that I had hoped the behave I observed at work was specific to those I worked with and was quite saddened to discover that I was wrong. It seems that many people "thirst after blood and revenge." So many people think only of themselves and are quick to anger when things do not benefit them.

A quote that keeps coming back to my mind is from last month's visiting teaching message. Sister Nadauld states that the world has enough women who are tough, we need more women who are tender. I think this applies to all people. There are so many "tough," or well rude people, we need more who are "tender" and Christ-like.

We need to do what we can to be those who are turn the other cheek. The scripture that follows the one stated above says:

"...not withstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God."

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Camping with the Mays'

(Side note: sorry this post is SO long, I had issues with the pictures formatting on the page so they took up a lot of space)
Over Labor Day weekend, Johnny and I went camping with my family. We went to Boulder Mountain and camped in a nice spot, SingleTree campground. On the drive down to the camp area, sunflowers lined the road, as seen in the picture below. There was just something about those sunflowers that made me happy and want to smile.
Once we got to the campground we set up our tent and relaxed by playing a nice game of frisbee for me and Johnny and catch for Jess and my mom.

More sunflowers.

I know Jess said that the sunrise was really pretty, but I think that the sunset was very pretty too. And since I'm too lazy to wake up for the sunrise, I took pictures of the sunset. A campfire picture of Grandpa Rob and Livvy

Here is the beginning of our hike through Spooky and Peak-a-Boo. It was a very warm day so it was a good thing we all brought lots and lots of water.

I am a bit claustrophobic, so this hike was a little difficult for me, but it was a lot of fun! Although I did get a little frustrated at some points, I enjoyed the challenge and hiking the beautifully, and naturally, carved slot canyons.

Here's Johnny relaxing in a tree while waiting for the rest of the group.

I'm not trying to pose silly here, I am showing off my clay bracelet that Johnny found. It was a piece of clay that curled just right to fit around my wrist. It unfortunately broke right after this picture.
After the hike, Johnny and I were a bit worn out... :)
After the hike we drove over to Devil's Garden. Jess and I tried to find this place early this year and ended up finding a different Devil's Garden. So I am very happy to know that the place I remembered really does exist.
On Sunday, Johnny and I visited the local ward. Later that afternoon, I slept for about 3 hours. Good thing too because I didn't sleep too well Sunday night.
Sunday night there was a very big rain and wind storm. The wind was so strong it ripped a strap off our tent. Also, the lightning was so bright that it woke me up. And the thunder was so close it rumbled the ground- that part made me a bit nervous. But all turned out well and the storm eventually died out.
All in all, the family camping trip was very fun and I'm excited to do it again.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Camping with the Williams

A couple weekends ago, Johnny and I went camping with his family. We went up to Jordanelle near Park City Utah. His parents were very kind and rented two wave runners which Johnny and I enjoyed playing on. We did have a bit of a scare though.
When we were almost the furthest you can go from the dock, the check engine light went on on the wave runner Johnn and I were using. We tried to reset it by turning it off but that didn't work. So we idled into the dock (took about a half hour or so... Johnn's Dad had gone ahead to call the rental place and gave them the code. The rental place told us the code just meant "bad connection with key" and it was safe to ride. So we took it back out and another code popped up. I forget what the second meant, but the rental company told us that the wave runner was safe to ride. So we continued to ride and enjoy our time on the lake.

Johnny and his sister Tricia. (Side note: This picture is a little blurry because I was getting yelled at while I was trying to take it. Some other people that were vacationing at the lake were not very polite when I was just trying to document this trip.)

After playing on the water all day, we all went to a delicious burger place in Heber- Dairy Keen. I would definately go back there if I am ever in the area again. Mmm their milk shakes and burgers were the best I had had in a long time.

1st Anniversary

On our 1 year anniversary (August 18th 2008), Johnny and I went to the restaurant we went to on our wedding day- Mimi's Cafe.

After we enjoyed a fantastic dinner we went to Color Me Mine and painted some plates to remember the day.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


On Saturday, Johnny and I went to Lagoon with his family. We had lots of fun riding the roller coasters and spending time with family.

Welcome to Lagoon!
Johnny on the bumper cars.

Tricia and Staci on the Bumper cars.

Johnny and I got worn out and needed to take a nap. :)

Michelle's cute baby Kim and one of Kim's big sisters, Becca.

Staci, Tricia, and Tiffani on a very wet-looking ride.

Tricia and Tiffany on Rattlesnake Rapids.

Me and Johhny
A few crazy girls! :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Johnny and I have had a busy summer moving from one apartment to another and visiting friends and family.

The Old Apartment

The New Apartment
Old Kitchen
New Kitchen
Old Living RoomThe New Living Room

The Old Bathroom/Laundry Room

New Bathroom

New Laundry Room

New Bedroom

Johnny's friends Chris and Mike came to visit from Idaho

Johhny and I went to Johnny's mission president's homecoming. Johnny ran into one of his friends from the mission- Eric Lundquist.

Lisa (Garlick) Gardner with her baby Elizabeth

Me and Lisa

Seeing old friends and making new ones has been lots of fun!