Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Brownie Points

It was our two year anniversary yesterday (woot woot!). We had planned to go to Park City on Saturday and just spend a nice day chillin and shopping. Ryan also found this cool-looking state park that he wanted to go to. So we wake up Saturday morning (he woke up at 7 a.m. because he was so pumped, which I didn't really understand at the time. I was excited, but he was ecstatic) and start driving up to this state park. We pass a cute little house that happens to have a for sale sign on the front, and Ryan pulls over. "Let's go see if they'll let us tour their house," he says. I think this sounds like a terrible idea. I am totally uncomfortable in situations like this--situations where other people are fine. So I climb out of the car, grumbling, and Ryan says, "The best part about this place is that it is a bed and breakfast...and we are staying here!" What?! I just stand there, shocked for a minute. Then I realized that he was serious! No wonder he was so pumped--he surprised me with a weekend getaway in the cutest bed and breakfast in America. He's pretty amazing, right? Anyway, here are some pictures from our weekend escape...

This is the outside of the bed and breakfast. Yes, that is a Swiss flag--the owner is this cute lady right from Switzerland. And yes, that is a painting in place of the window--she had a lot of artist friends, so her house is somewhat like a gallery.
This is our room, the "western room." Behind the half-wall is a bathroom that is bigger than our kitchen. The other side of the window has windows facing...
...this. The bed and breakfast is in Oakley, a small town about 15 mintues from Park City. It was so peaceful! It was exactly the break I needed from the most stressful summer of my life--Ryan is such a sweetheart :)
We drove on a "scenic byway" that wound through beautiful landscape. This is part of the Provo River. Ryan decided it would be a good idea to walk across the top of a fifteen-foot waterfall to the other side of the river. I thought he was crazy.
Part of the view on the byway.
The byway lead us to Evanston, Wyoming, where we found this wonderful sticker truck. Luckily, Ryan snapped this beaut before the guy started yelling, "No pictures! No pictures!"

And, finally, this is what we looked like two years ago. Happy Anniversary to us!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Our state is one-upping your state

I've finally found something about Utah that helps it to be just a bit better than every other state in the nation. Two words: Pioneer Day. Why is Pioneer Day cool? Because you are allowed to shoot off fireworks. So we get twice the firework action in July. Amazing, right?

Happy Pioneer Day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thank You State of Utah

A few days ago I came home from school and got the mail. I saw a very official looking document from Utah Valley University. It looked like a check (it was one of those envelopes where you rip off three sides to open it) but I thought it was probably a receipt of something I already paid or something like that. I opened it to find a check marked refund to student for $1881.00. My first thought was "Did I just get kicked out of school and this is a refund." My school cost a little bit more than that per semester so I just figured they kept some for their trouble.
I went online to figure what was going on. Not much help so I took the check to school to inquire further the next day. I was told that the State of Utah provides a large sum of money to my school to use at their discretion. I was told they hold some back to help students with special circumstances like a spouse dying or faculty that need extra help in some way .If the school doesn't use this money by the end of their operating year they divvy it up between students that have financial needs. Apparently we are really poor, although I don't really feel poor. Today I came home to another official looking envelope, I immediately thought "oh crap, I knew it was too good to be true, they are asking for the money back." Not so it was another check for $200.
I have learned a few things from this experience:

1. I am a pessimist
2. Utah thinks we are poor.
3. God loves us more than we understand and knows just how to help us.

This check will pay for our medical expenses for having a baby. These checks really put us at ease. Megan more than me. She is a worrier. Anyway thank you Utah, we love, no, tolerate you. We might even live here if you're lucky.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's a Boy!!!

We had our ultrasound today and found out we are having a boy. We are super excited. We already bought some cute clothes for our little guy. Here are some pictures from the ultrasound.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Yup, that just happened

I just got home from the grocery store, where I got a killer deal on pork I am going to make carnitas with by the way. Anyway I am walking out and I see this gentleman walking out with a grungy, stained white t-shirt. That's normal he looked constructionish, whatever. But then I see that he is wearing a kilt, and not just any kilt but a camouflage kilt with cargo pockets all over it. It was a construction kilt, similar to the one above I found online at, no I am not kidding, that the real site name. To make things even better he get into his car? cart? truck? vehicle like the one below minus the canopy and coke spinners, they would have been either laid or camo if they were on the car I am sure.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Ryan is Allergic to our Baby

This is our baby. Now approximately 10 inches from head to toe (6 1/2 from head to bum) and...banana sized, which means that Ryan is officially allergic to the baby.

Oh and by the way, I am officially HALFWAY through the pregnancy.

And one last by the way, we find out the gender of the baby on TUESDAY! Last chance to get your vote on--hurry up.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


We had a bag of potatoes. It got wet. We didn't know. We tried to make potatoes today. I threw up. They were smelly. And moldy. And drippy. And also quite smooshy.

Go simple sentence structure. (The story is true--not just an exercise in writing.)

My mom is pretty much the coolest mom in America. Scratch that. Coolest mom in the universe.

I think my mom is pretty pumped to have another grandbaby (#3!). She has been basically buying things for me since she found out that we're having a baby. Additionally, I contracted her to make me a boppy (which she already completed) and a nursing cover. She's excitedly awaiting finding out the sex of the baby so she can start a quilt and (I'm sure) buy baby clothes. She was here in Provo this weekend to pick up my little sister from EFY. While she was here, we went to Old Navy. There was a cute maternity top, but it was too expensive for me, so I wasn't even going to try it on. But my mom said, "Oh just try it on. You never know." Who bought the shirt? My mom, of course. On top of all that, she made us the cutest book of our wedding pictures for our anniversary. Oh, mom. What a cutie. I'm so grateful for my mom!

Bridal Veil Falls

A big shout out to Bridal Veil Falls. It is about 15 minutes away, yet we have never before traveled that great distance to see it. It's actually really cool--you can hike up the falls using the wimpy trail on the side, or you can hike right up through the water and rocks.
This is at Bridal Veil Falls. I think Ryan is pretending to hold my "veil"? I'm still not sure on that, though.
Me, Kayla, and Taylor in the water. Yeah, it really was that cold.
Tay and Kay pretending to hike up the falls for cool pictures.
We also pretended to hike up the falls. We had flip-flops on, or we really would have. (Maybe)
I told Ryan to contemplate/experience nature, and this is what he came up with. A little Emersonian, I think.