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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 - Part 1

Thanksgiving was a big day for us... The days festivities will have to be split into two posts, as I have not downloaded the pictures from my camera yet...
We started out our day packing for our weekend in Vegas with my Mom's side of the family. Then we headed up to Mt Pleasant to spend Thanksgiving dinner #1 with the Gordon's at the Stalling house. It is always great to see the whole family together and we love spending time with the Stallings! We had a delicious lunch, complete with the best yams I have ever partaken of! Highlights included Uncle Kevin's hunting extravaganza, listening to the kids make excuses as to why they could not eat certain foods and the breakdown of each family's news. I am so excited for Daren and Erica! They are having a baby boy in April (the best month). I cannot wait till we can get on that band wagon! After the meal we had some family pictures taken by Seth's cousin Julia. She was fantastic and it is seriously a challenge to organize, (not to mention pacify) the whole Gordon clan, but she pulled it off! The only downside was the fact that it was maybe 10 degrees and its hard to smile and pose, without looking like your FREEZING! Overall I think they turned out pretty cute! It was actually all Seth's idea for Julia to take a few of just us, which was surprising, but really precious. After the pictures we said our goodbyes and heading out for the next leg in our Thanksgiving journey! To be continued... ;)


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sad Sad Day :(

I found out today that my dog GIR died this morning. Now, GIR had been living with my parents for the past 5 years, but Seth and I bought her as a puppy and had her for about a year before we moved from Logan. My Mom fell in love with her and when we got married, she voted to keep her. She seriously was one of the best dogs I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. (I'm getting pretty teary eyed just thinking about her) My Dad took Seth and I to lunch to break the news. Apparently she was hit by a car this morning. This is a known risk in the country, but it never gets any easier. It figures that my two favorite dogs were both hit by cars on the same road :( I'll have to dig up a picture to post tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Waking up each morning, one day closer to the weekend...

*I decided to start each blog with actual feelings, instead of recaps* Although I do enjoy my job (as much as anyone does, I assume) I still find myself justifying each day as one step closer to the weekend. But sometimes its depressing when all you want to do is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING when that weekend finally arrives, yet plans have been made and there are obligations to keep. It make me think of that terrible movie, "Jungle to Jungle" when Tim Allen tells his kid that an obligation is something that you have to do but you really don't want to. Its sad that I find myself feeling this way. It isn't that I don't LOVE the time I get to spend with family and friends but sometimes its nice to think you have control over your own life. So I decided that I should just revel in the moments that I do have to relax. Even as I write this I think of all of you mother's out there and I realize that you are reading this and shaking your head at my naivety. I'm sure that I have yet to experience truly feeling like your life is run by others.


Last week was a big one for me... I sold my first big insurance policy! Granted, its Seth's cabinet shop, but I made $500! It was a huge confidence boost to actually see some monetary results. I am starting to get used to the sales process since it is way different from selling phones. Its been kinda hard to get adjusted and I have had a few emotional breakdowns along the way, but I feel like its finally looking up!
This last weekend we went up to Park City with my family. Because it was UEA my sisters felt like they "deserved" a vacation so my Mom got a condo and they spent Thursday and Friday shopping at the outlets-- my Dad and Lex "patiently" people watched outside. My Dad can make any public outing ridiculously entertaining with his analysis of each person who walks by... its always been one of my favorite activities while killing time. Seth, my Mom, Lex and I went on the Alpine Coaster on Saturday and it was everything I hoped it would be! I highly recommend it! The line was a little intense (almost 2 hours) but there was plenty of conversation to help the time pass. Once we got to the front of the line and were loading into our carts, my Mom was getting so excited that she wouldn't go first. She claimed that the family in front of us would most definitely not maintain maximum speed (you have your own brake) and she could not be expected to hold back due to some "wuss". It was really fun to hang out with the family but it makes me realize how quiet and drama free my daily life is ;)

Sunday was Seth's Mom's birthday and we went over for pizza and cake! I always get a kick out of Gordon family get togethers and its been really fun getting to see my nephews, Landon and Jaxson, more often. They are pretty funny kids. I do want to give a little shout out to Susan. She is one of the most amazing women that I know. I'm pretty sure that her boys have never for one second doubted that she loves and supports them. I have always felt loved and welcome in her home. I love that she is always honest-- even if you don't want to hear it ;) You always know exactly where you stand with her and I can only hope to be half the mother that she is. Happy Birthday Susan!

This weekend is the deer hunt and I have not yet decided whether I want to do the camping thing again. I keep saying that I want a weekend of nothing, but it isn't any fun without Seth. So I'll either be camping (and most likely freezing my butt off) or I'll be at home wishing I wasn't so bored... I'm hard to please ;)

Monday, October 11, 2010

I just need a break...

Too bad my office decided that Columbus Day was not a legit enough holiday to be closed...


The Logan trip was great this weekend! Erica and I seriously spent ridiculous amounts of time just talking... everything from childhood stories to her pregnancy... Gotta love some good solid "girl time." Plus the boys came home earlier than expected so I was pretty excited... On our way home we met up with Seth's BFF Micah and his wife Carly to drop off a sweatshirt that she had left in my car months ago (sorry again Carly!)... It is always great seeing them and I wish that all of the Logan-ites lived closer!! Thanks guys for letting us come up and visit!!

This weekend we are heading up to Park City where my family has rented a condo for UEA break... We cant go up until after work Friday but they will be there from Thursday afternoon till Sunday. I haven't decided if we'll stay Saturday night too but I really would LOVE a weekend to just sit around! I feel like its just been constant weekend activities all year and I need to break... I WILL take pictures of the Park City adventure, however. We are planning on hitting up the Alpine Slide, etc. on Saturday and Seth has never partaken, so that should be fun...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Loving the RAIN!

I am so ready for fall weather! I am sick of being in "wardrobe limbo"... its not quite warm enough for summer clothes, but its too hot for jackets or sweaters... Worst part of my day is deciding what to wear every morning... However, I'm going to need to supplement my winter closet (yes, I have two) and I hate shopping! I am the worst girl ever... I just don't have the patience to "browse" and I loathe trying anything on... stupid poorly lit dressing rooms... Of course everything looks good in the DARK! Ridiculous... Please excuse my ranting...

We haven't been doing much... Seth went to the Priesthood session of conference on Saturday with his Dad and bro, Reece (only minimal bribing on his Dad's part) and I hung out with my Mom and sisters... Never a dull moment with Momma Kell and Kass in a room together ;) My Dad bought a food dehydrator- after we were blessed enough to partake of Aunt Becky's dried apples while elk hunting - successfully convincing him that we would, indeed use it... Kass was pretty gung-ho about it and spent at least a few hours peeling apples... Apparently, my Dad informed me this morning, Kass was severely disappointed by the shrinkage involved in the drying process... two bushels of apples = two quart size bags of dried apples... This might have a negative impact on our agreement to utilize the machine... thats a lot of work for a proportionately small return! We're gonna try jerky and tomatoes next (Kass has refused to participate) ;)
This weekend we are heading up to Logan for Seth's bro, Daren's spike elk hunt... Erica and I will have plenty of time to do, well, pretty much whatever we want! I'll have to remember to take some pics!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

I think I found a solution...


I know that I am a terrible blogger... I feel like every post starts with this sentiment... However, after doing some random internet browsing last night I came across a solution to my blogging aversion! I had no idea, but apparently you can email posts to your blog? So this is my first attempt at it and we'll see how it goes... I'm hoping that it will be easier for me to ramble via email since I spend all day at work on a computer... There was just something tedious about logging into my blog and I would talk myself out of posting... But now I don't have an excuse, since I am constantly accessing emails :) The only issue that might arise could be some ranting and raving if I happen to be in a chatty mood at work... Now that I think about it, I could easily become a daily blogger... I don't interact much while I'm at work and I'm used to a job that required constant talking and awesome co workers to gossip with... I love my new job, but it definitely doesn't have the social interaction that I had become accustom to ;) I tend to talk Seth's ear off the whole ride home (we carpool) because I have to talk about all the things that I thought about all day! Its mildly pathetic but he takes it like a champ (although I do usually have to squeeze responses out of him).So now for a quick update...
Just when I thought that our busy summer was finally slowing down, September hit... We spend Labor Day with at my Parker family reunion... I absolutely love this event! I think its awesome that so many of us get together every year... Granted, the Parker clan is pretty tight knit and we see each other at least a few times a year, but the reunion is my favorite. We went up to Camp Bartlett in Southern Idaho... Pretty much everyone came and it was fun with all the new babies that my cousins keep popping out ;) We went out to Bear Lake on Saturday and most of us just laid on the beach... I did brave the water for about 5 minutes due to some serious peer pressure from Seth and Dave... We rocked a mini water weanie for a while before I wussed out... It was FREEZING!!! The trip was pretty eventful with tw
o truck break downs (Uncle Clyde's truck died on his way down and my Dad's truck gave out on his way home) and a little midnight overreaction on my part... I still maintain that there was a freaking mouse right under my cot... Now, was I wrong to wake up my whole family to inform them of this? It felt like the right thing to do at the time ;) Overall it was a great trip and I love spending time with my extended fam...
Last weekend we went with my Dad on his Elk Hunt... Now, if you have had any correspondence with my parents in the last 4 months or so you will
know that my Dad was pretty consumed by the whole ordeal... He drew a Big Bull tag in the Monroe region (which, apparently, is a once in a lifetime tag that takes most people their whole lives to draw)... He spend pretty much every weekend down there scouting, usually dragging along my Mom or sisters... Seth was pretty dang excited too, however, and insisted that we go out opening weekend... So, Seth, Kass and I went down and, I want to say helped... but prob just Seth was of any value to the situation! With Uncle Lynn, Uncle Clyde and my Dad's buddy Marty with us, my Dad managed to bag a 7x7 bull on Sunday morning...
I'm glad that we were there for it... Everyone was pretty excited and I don't know that I could have made it another day up hours before dawn :(
This weekend we are heading to Cherry Creek with Seth's parents... For those of you unfamiliar, its close to the sand dunes... I pretty much got all camped out last weekend, but whats another night, right? (Erica, I know you disagree;) )

Friday, August 6, 2010

Slacker update...

I am soo terrible at updating this! I read everyone's updates almost daily, but always talk myself out of updating my own :( So here is the last 3 months... We have had a really busy summer, with lots of family vacations...
Kass graduated high school in May... I am soo proud of her! It was a hard road there for a couple years ;) It was outside on their football field and I managed to acquire my first sunburn of the year... They had a guy parachute the flag onto the field... it was miraculous!


We went to Lake Powell in July with my family. It was a blast... It was especially cool since my cousin John had just gotten home from his mission (literally days before). He was hilarious and I realized how much I had missed him and his bro Trent while they were gone! This also meant that my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Rich came along as well... There is never a dull moment between Joyce, my Mom and my Mom's sister Julie... I was sad that we couldn't stay the whole week, but work was calling our names... Seth managed to lose his wedding ring, which we have yet to replace... He keeps saying he just wants something cheap, but we haven't gotten around to actually looking for one... Its funny, because normally Powell is the one time that I take an overabundance of pictures, but this year I kept forgetting my camera everytime we went out on the boat... I did remember one trip, so all these pics are from that one boat ride...




I also must admit that I have a serious problem with remembering to take pictures! I have kept my camera in my purse and I swear it makes me less likely to take any pics! I don't know how everyone remembers :( Plus I don't want to be that person that keeps making everyone pose for pictures.. Seth hates it... I hate it... I promise I'll work on that.
We have also had a couple camping excursions with the Gordon's and are heading off for another one today! I'm still crossing my fingers that Blake's girlfriend Bailee will join us! She is a blast to be around and its nice to have some girly conspirators (get your butt down here ERICA!)

We went up to Logan last weekend for Seth's BFF Micah's birthday... It was the resulted in the usual amount of hooligan activity... I am so glad that he has such great friends that have been with him through every up and down in his life... They are all amazing! I have always felt so welcome with the whole group and this weekend was no exception! We spend Micah's birthday hanging out and ended the night with some seriously rocking karaoke! I wish I would have taken pictures... Micah, Seth and AP rocked about every song they could come up with... I especially enjoyed their rendition of Backstreet Boys, "You are my fire"... It was classic... Thanks Carlie for letting us hang out with your fam!

As far as normal life goes, I am starting a new job Monday... I will be working with my Dad's friend Chad Atkinson at his insurance agency... I am really excited and cannot wait to see what benefits this new opportunity will bring! It has been stressful though because I had to take the licensing exam on Wednesday and I totally slacked off and didn't study until, pretty much Monday... I am and have always been a horrible procrastinator... Its almost worse that I know it enough to openly admit it :( Either way, I managed to just pass the exam... It was a lot harder than I anticipated and I'm pretty sure its designed for people to fail... Its as if they took all the stupid detail that you breezed over when studying and asked EVERY one of the 150 questions based on those 4 parts... I had a panic attack on the way over to the testing center, but managed to pull myself together... I have to thank Seth for dealing with me the past week... I was soo stressed about it and he patiently made me study... But I PASSED!!! I was soo excited when I saw my score! I was positive that I had failed :( Seth is still working at the cabinet shop and hopefully they can stay busy enough to keep him! We are hopefully entering the next phase of our life soon and the new jobs, and income, should help! I wish that I updated this more often... I feel like I forget the fun details when I wait 3 months ;)