Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
let's backtrack. joel and i have had a pretty amazing summer so far. memorial day weekend we went back to bend, oregon to visit my dad. joel has never been to bend, so it was really fun to show him my old stompin' grounds. we also decided to bring roxy along for the ride, which made it even more of an adventure, but also really fun for us! it was also a lot of fun to see my dad and the new house he's building. we went up to pilot butte, naturally, to see the amazing 180 degree view of the city and cascade range. we also went down to the farmer's market in downtown bend and strolled through drake park. lastly, down to smith rock and hiked around a bit.
the day after we came back from oregon, i started a new position at work, interim regional manager. a few weeks ago i was told i was being made permanent. so yes, after 8 long years with pier 1, i've hit the "big time!" no, but seriously, i love my job! i have 13 stores, as far north as idaho falls and as far south as orem, ut. joel also had some great success at work that week, he got a raise on his salary and more bonus potential! life's been wonderful, and we feel so blessed!
what else? well, i guess next was my annual trip up to seattle for the 4th of july. my uncle has a house out on the san juan island of decatur, so my family always tries to make it up there for the holiday. it is so beautiful, quiet and serene, a peaceful getaway from the city life. there isn't much to do up there except hike, boat, and crab if you're into that. we spent a few amazing days wandering the island and spending time with my family. we even found a purple starfish that we were going to bring home, but it unfortunately did not survive the plane ride. apparently, it wasn't dried out enough, and by the time we got home, we had a ziplock full of purple mush! ew.
after we spent a few days up on the island, we went back into in seattle for the remainder of the trip. joel had never been up there before, so we did some of the "touristy" things like pike place market and a trip up to the top of the space needle. i'll add some pictures of those later. overall, we had a really good time and didn't want to come back to work!
i suppose the other big news is that the rumors you may have heard are true. i am expecting. i'm due in january and we'll find out in a few weeks if it's a boy or girl! we weren't planning on a baby this soon, but we are abosolutely thrilled!
finally, we decided that with a baby on the way that we needed to make more progress on our house hunt. so, we are in the process of buying our first home! it's in north salt lake and if everything goes as planned, we'll close on august 15th.
so yeah, like i said, life has been busy! both joel and i are so happy and are very excited for all of the changes going on right now. we know we don't deserve all of these wonderful things, but feel so blessed and lucky that we have so many great opportunities right now.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Three jobs I have had in my life:
1. well, anyone who has known me the last 8 years already knows, pier 1
2. landsystems nursery, i was a landscaper
3. st. charles hospital, i delivered patient's dinner trays
Three Places that I have lived:
1. bend, oregon
2. marysville, wa (born at home!)
3. gilbert, az
Three TV shows I like to watch:
i'll only list ones that might surprise you:
1. little people, big world
2. tori & dean: inn love
3. the girls next door
Three favorite movies:
1. say anything
2. dancer in the dark
3. buffalo 66
Three Places I've been to/on holiday/vacation:
2. puerta vallarta
3. victoria, bc
Three things that drive me crazy:
1. slow drivers
2. people who are late to work
3. when my dog pees or poops in the house
Three things that make me happy:
1. my husband
2. when my dog gives me her "puppy dog eyes"
3. pioneer town
Three of my favorite things to eat:
1. cafe rio
2. ice cream
3. diet coke
Three places I would rather be right now:
1. oregon (but we're going next weekend!)
2. hawaii, because i've never been!
3. nyc, just because i love it!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
well, it all started about a year ago. or rather, "we" started about a year ago. we met last may through a mutual friend named amber. i went over to her house one night to show her my new car and joel was there hanging out. i took them on a test drive around the block and when he got out, he thanked me for the ride. i told him that maybe he could have another sometime. little did we know...
a few weeks later, at the end of june, we were both over at amber's for a pool party and that is when things really took off and we realized our mutual attraction for each other. the unfortunate part was that the next day, joel was leaving for a trip to idaho for about a week and while he was gone, i was leaving for a trip to seattle. our mutual trips overlapped, resulting in us not seeing each other for about 2 weeks. during that time though, we talked on the phone for hours every day and night, much to the annoyance of our traveling companions. it was amazing how much we learned about each other during that time. This included how i learned that about a month prior, amber wanted to set joel up with my sister bev in seattle and had him write to her on myspace! fortunately for me, bev never wrote him back and weeks later joel and i met in salt lake. joel was a bit perplexed as to why she wanted to set him up with someone thousands of miles away while i was waiting, just down the street., but more than that, we were just happy to have found each other.
while we were both on vacations, we both discovered the magnitude of our feelings and joel casually told his friends that he was going to marry me. meanwhile, i wrote in my journal about how wonderful he was and how this could really be something! joel picked me up from the airport after my trip and we went on our first date to oasis cafe in slc. we had a great ,time and really haven't been apart since!
by august, we were unofficially engaged and even toyed with the idea of eloping to vegas, ala britney spears. of course, once we realized how tacky that was, the idea was aborted and we decided on january 2007. now, this was all before i had been officially proposed to, a fact i was sure to be made known, over and over. finally, in september, the night before i was to leave on a trip to mexico with my mom and sister, joel took me out on a surprise date. we arrived at oasis cafe and i knew what was coming. i mean, he'd be crazy to send me out of the country without some hardware on my finger, right? i was free to roam down in mexico, if it wasn't official, right? well, whatever the reason, the question came and after dinner i agreed to become his wife!
some after i came home from the trip, we began the planning. we both soon became overwhelmed by the process and decided to bump the wedding up from january to november. and so it was, we were married on november 3, 2007. it was a very small affair, with only immediate family in attendance, much to the chagrin of some friends and extended family. i apologize to all of you that were offended by our decision, but the occasion was for us and that was the way we wanted to do it. looking back, i'm still happy about our choice!
after we married, joel moved into my apartment in downtown slc, a small one-bedroom in a beautiful old building. my hall closet became his closet, and space was tight, but we were happy to be living in the heart of the city. however, in january, we were able to move into a two-bedroom house on lovely sunnyside ave, on the east side of slc on the way up emigration canyon. it shortened my commute to park city, and allowed for a whole bedroom to be devoted to my clothes, shoes and bags, and i couldn't be happier!
this move also meant we have a backyard, and just last week joel surprised me by bringing home a puppy! i was shocked because this is something i've wanted for awhile, but haven't been able to have since i've been in an apartment or rental since leaving home, but joel was always opposed to the idea. someone at his work was selling her and after taking one look, knew that he wanted to bring her home. she's a tiny little thing, half chihuahua/half dachshund and we named her roxy. we decided that if we can handle caring for a puppy with our chaotic schedule, maybe we'll be able to have a baby! she's a naughty little thing, but we sure do love her! so that is our family, and i couldn't imagine having a better husband, or loving and being loved so much!
so there it is, our story (well, my version anyway!) . i'm sure joel will have a slightly different account of things, but as we all know, the wife is always right!