Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Christmas!

7 states and 50+ hours of driving later we are back home from our Memphis Christmas! I still need to upload pics and have my mom send me the millions of pictures we took, so sorry - I know posts are super boring without pictures! We had such an amazing time and I can't believe that it has already come and gone!

Katchie, Jeff, Clayton, Amy, Brent and I decided to drive to Memphis instead of flying since it was so crazy expensive! We originally rented a minivan to take there, but once we got to Thrifty, we quickly discovered that we would not fit. So we decided to upgrade to the brand new Expedition (which was a fabulous idea).

After spending an hour at Thrifty (who we will never use again btw) and plenty of profanities later, we were on our way. We finally got on the road at about 4pm and got stuck in a pretty bad winter storm. VERY little visibility, black ice, and semis and cars off the road had all 6 of us pretty nervous! Jeff handled it fabulously and we finally made it to Denver a few hours later than anticipated! We stayed at the Embassy Suites (which has an AMAZING breakfast) and were on our way again! We ended up getting to Memphis around 2 or 3am!

We had an amazing week in Memphis! We made ginger bread houses and sugar cookies, did lots of Christmas shopping, had fondue on Christmas eve, waited in line for 2 hours to see the Starry Nights of 2010 Memphis Christmas light show (thank goodness we took 2 cars so we were able to sneak out of line to have a potty spot and keep our place in line haha), ate tons of yummy food, walked Beale Street, watched great movies, ate more yummy food, talked to Elder Tex, and just enjoyed each other's company!

We were able to talk to Trey on Christmas morning which was so cool!! It is crazy to think that he has been serving in Uganda for more than 6 months now! He sounded amazing and hasn't changed much which is awesome!

Brent left for about a day and a half to fly out to San Clemente, CA for a job interview. We still haven't heard back from them yet, but he said it went really well which is great!!

Something we learned on our trip back home to Utah was to NEVER eat at Steak and Shake. We ended up having an hour stop in St. Louis, MO for a 'quick dinner' which ended up being ridiculous! Just take our word for it, it isn't worth it. :) We were able to drive through the night on Sunday to make it back on Monday night which seemed a lot faster than spreading it out over 2 days!

It has been such an amazing Christmas vacation thus far! Brent graduated (WOO HOO) and is looking for a job, but I am enjoying having him all to myself in the meantime! It was so great to spend our first married Christmas together! He is such an amazing man and my best friend! I count my blessings everyday to be able to have the relationship we have!

We are back home now and are enjoying a few more days of vacation before school starts again next week! We have got a lot of Dance Dance Revolution, P90X, phase ten, and snuggling planned for this week and can't wait! We got tons of great pictures from Christmas which I hope to post soon! Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


So I realize it is December 6, and this is a little late, but I just feel like I need to update my blog with how thankful I am for so many things! I love this time of year because it makes me reflect on so many things! So here are just a few things I am thankful for this year:
  • Socks: these days I am freezing all the time, and I can't seem to love them enough.
  • Coke: I have tried going off of it so many times... it is just not worth it. I heart coke.
  • Hugs: My six year olds love to give hugs. They can always make my day brighter.
  • Chocolate chip pancakes: I never thought I could learn to love these so much, but Brent has a little bit of an addiction... They are delicious and they always make dinner so fun! :)
  • P90X: I have not been as good as I should have been... there just aren't enough hours in a day. But I love that I am not charged for every month I don't use it.
  • In-laws that live close: It is hard growing up and not being able to be close to my parents, so it is nice to have Brent's parents close by. They are so good to us. ESPECIALLY this weekend when our washer leaked so we can't use it... bless their hearts for letting us monopolize their laundry machines!!
  • Cupcakes: enough said :)
  • Saturdays: Ever since we started dating, Saturday has been 'our day.' I look forward to this all week. Even if we just lounge around, we always have an amazing day.
  • My job: I am so lucky to be blessed with this job during this economy.
  • My family: They are there for me no matter what.
  • Brent: I could go on and on about this one... I am so thankful to have such an amazing man in my life. I love that he always makes me feel like I am the center of his world.
  • Temples: With all I have been through this past couple years, it makes me so thankful to have these in my life. We really take them for granted being so close in Utah.
  • Christmas music: I never get sick of it! (with the exception of Rudolph and Up On the Housetop from our Christmas program)
  • String Cheese and Peanut Butter crackers: Without these during school, I would go starving ;)
I could probably go on and on, but those are just some of the things I can think of today, I have so much to be grateful for, I am a very lucky girl :)