Friday, June 28, 2013

Customer service

While we were at my parents back in November, we got Ethan a new phone case. It lasted for a while but then things started breaking and tearing on it. At the Verizon store where we bought it, there is a year warranty on all of their cases. Because of this, we planned on getting a new case the next time we went back.

Fast forward to a few weekends ago, Ethan stopped by the store to get a new case before he left on his fishing trip with my dad, brothers and uncle. I was still sleeping, but when he came back he said they wouldn't give him a new case and that they had never heard of the warranty before. Side note- I have bought multiple cases from there so I knew for a fact the had that policy.

Anyway, thankfully, Ethan remembered the people he was talking to. He even knew one of their names. I had tried to call a couple times and never got an answer until yesterday. I called and asked for a manager. I told them what had happened and he was very apologetic. He assured me that I was correct and that he would make sure they knew about the policy.

Moral of the story, we have a case coming our way and after having terrible service, the manager was fantastic and redeemed my faith in that store. Next time I'll go with him because I think I may be just a bit more demanding, and know how to get things done!

Thursday, June 27, 2013


I've never been very good at drinking enough water in a day. I know how much to drink and I've had multiple nutrition classes emphasizing the importance of it as well, but it's hard for me to get the recommended amount for a couple reasons.

1. I don't think about it. I'm at a desk most of the day, in a decently cool office. I'm not ever hot, so I feel its a lot easier to forget you need water. When I'm in the desert, I want water, but when I'm someone chilled, water is the last thing on my mind. I even have a water bottle on my desk at all times. But most of the time the water sits so long that I have to go get new water, and then forget to drink it again.

2. I can't consume a lot of liquid. I don't know what it is, but even when I do drink water, it's not like I'm downing a big glass. I get about 1/2 a cup full and sometimes don't even drink all of that. I very rarely drink with meals either. Whenever we go out to eat, I'll drink a little bit, but I don't think I ever really get a refill. Sometimes they top it off just because they have it, but I never need a refill.

Because I'm terrible at getting enough water, I've been determined to try and be better. So, for the past couple weeks I have really tried to drink at least one 20 oz water bottle a day (yes, I'm still have 40 oz away from getting the daily recommended but it's a start). It's difficult for me too, mostly because of #2. I don't think I have felt this waterlogged since high school soccer when our coach forced us to drink water during two-a-days.

I can also see why it's good to drink water if you're trying to lose weight. By the time I go to lunch at 2:15, I'm so full from water, I can barely get through my lunch (which isn't a whole lot either!). I'm hoping the the more I drink, the more my body will be able to take in. I'm all for healthy weight and skin and if water can help, I'll sure try it!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dodgeball- Oxnam style

When my side of the family gets together we always have to have some type of physical activity. Sometimes it's tennis or basketball, but within the last year or so, my parents have obtained some of the most fun/painful dodgeball discs.

What they are is a thick frisbee-like foam disk that you can throw like a frisbee or even a tomahawk in some cases. It's the same dodgeball rules and it is played in an enclosed space (we use the church gym). Just because they're foam, doesn't mean they don't hurt, in fact, they hurt bad especially if you get one of the guys throwing it at you full speed! Alas, we are glutton for punishment as we step into that gym knowing our possible fate. But how do you resist this?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2 Years

Almost 2 years to the day, Ethan and I met each other for the first time on a semi-blind date. Our story goes like this:

I had a friend from school named Scott. We were pretty good friends and he and Laura, my roommate at the time, denied it but were totally into each other. I didn't want to be a third wheel, so I told Scott to set me up with someone. He showed me some guys from his lacrosse team on Facebook, and this attractive guy came up on the screen. I told him to set up a group date with this guy.

We decided to go to dinner before the actual day of the date. We met at a pizza place in town. There was a hockey game playing on the TV, so I sat by Scott so I could watch. This guy and a couple of his roommates came in and I was pretty excited. The problem was that I must have given off the impression I wasn't interested, so by the end of the night, he didn't even know it was me that he was supposed to go on a date on.

The day came for the date and I was freaking out. I had to try and look cute and be cool and be flirty. It was a lot to take in. Scott, his date, and I went to pick him up my date from his apartment. We walked in and he was so good looking, and smelled good too. He finally realized who it was that he was supposed to be going on a date with and I think he was pleasantly surprised.

We had a decent sized group and we decided to play sardines. It's similar to hide and seek, but when you find them, you stay where you find them. We did it in pairs, so the last pair of people that haven't found the hiding spot lose.

When my date and I were the hiders, we were in the Spori building on campus (the building that I spent most of my 4 years of college.) I knew some rooms that most people wouldn't know and we hid there. We were in there for a good 30 minutes talking and enjoying each others company when we realized they were never going to find us. We eventually moved hiding spots and the finally found us.

We all went to ice cream and then over to Scott's aunt's house to watch a movie. He was totally trying to hold my hand the whole time but I resisted.

The night was unfortunately over and we had to take him home. We were sitting in the back seat and he hands me his phone. The screen was open to create a new contact. He gave me this little grin and asked for my number. I gave it to him but didn't get his. The night ended with a sweet hug and a "I'll call you."

It was amazing and the perfect story to what has become my life. Ethan and I started dating about a week later, and we haven't looked back since. It's been a great two years and I can't wait for many many more.
(This was our first picture together)

Monday, June 24, 2013


Sunday at church, we went through the talk, "Marriage: Watch and Learn" by Elder L. Whitney Clayton. As we read through some of the quotes, I found one I loved and decided to design a little print.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer cold

I feel like "summer cold" is an oxymoron. Summer heat makes sense and so does winter cold. Unfortunately my life is full of oxymorons, or maybe just morons. Who knows? All I know is that I have a cold in the summer and it is kicking my trash! Ethan keeps telling me that I have allergies, but I know what a cold feels like and that is definitely what this is.

I'm beginning to have a love/hate relationship with sneezing. I love when I actually sneeze, but hate that point where you have to sneeze so bad and all you can do is succumb to the will of my sneezing senses. Vicks and tissues have become my new best friends along with constantly washing my hands. It's slowly killing me, I can feel it. I just hope I can kick this quick and get back to living life!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Future kids

I was going through some of the pictures on my computer and I came across the ones we used for a picture display at our wedding. Sometimes I have to think, "Is is even fair for us to have kids?" I mean, I don't want to make others feel bad, but look how dang cute we were? I can only imagine our kids will get not only our good looks, but also smarts and personality, which is basically the whole package. I guess they'll just have to learn to be humble as well. ;) Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Project person

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Being out of the school life has kind of thrown me for a loop. I was having a conversation with a co-worker and I think I've realized what it is that made school fulfilling to me. I have realized that I'm a total projects person. I don't mean craft projects either. What I mean is that I like there to be a start and a finish with things that I do.

With school, there was the start and end of a semester that showed my results with a grade. With sports, there was a season with practices and games and the tournament wrapped up our season. I'm in this stage (which may or may not change as time goes on) where I don't really have projects. Yes, there are craft projects, but I don't necessarily have motivation behind any of those. In my job, I would feel so much more valuable if I had a project. I feel as though sometimes the days just drag on doing the daily activities. But, I'm not against those monotonous daily tasks, if there is a start and finish.

Looking into my future and possible future jobs, I have finally realized what it is that I need to have in order to feel accomplished and valuable. I graduated in advertising and while coming up with the creative would be fun, I'm not that creative. But, I would love to be a project manager for a company, or something along those lines.

I just hope that someday I get to do something I truly enjoy where I really feel valuable.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cherry Blossom Festival

This past weekend I got to go back to my parents house while Ethan, my brother's, my dad and my uncle went on a man's fishing trip. My sister and sister-in-laws were all in town as well with all of their kids. To keep from everyone going crazy, we decided to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Emmett, ID.

Both of my sister-in-laws used to living in the same town and they had friends that owned a this bungee cord jumping thing that they take to different carnivals and festivals and they happened to be in town. The kids absolutely loved it. Bennett (two years old) even took a whack at it. He became a spectacle. People were gathering around watching this little kid go so high. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures on my camera because I was too busy taking video on Kara's phone. But it happened!
All of the girls with their festival treasures. 
It was so fun spending time with all of the kids. I definitely miss being around them. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day

Just like I have two amazing mother's now that I'm married, I'm lucky enough to have two fathers as well. And with this past weekend being Father's Day, I wanted to share just a few things about the amazing fathers in my life. 

Ethan's dad Dwayne
Dwayne is one of the most loving people I know. I remember the first time I went out to meet them, he gave me a hug and made me feel like I was already a member of the family. I remember thinking to myself, I could definitely see him as my father-in-law. Luckily it worked out!

He, along with Sarah, also taught Ethan how to work hard. I swear, that kid will work until he's dead and I know it comes from the example that his own father set. Dwayne likes to get things done and he gets them done fast. He also loves his family and I have seen it may times. He does anything and everything he can for his family and I'm so thankful for that example he has set Ethan and the rest of his children. 

I'm lucky to have him as a father-in-law and I can't wait to get to know him even better. 

My dad Curt
What is there to say about my Dad? Too much to be honest. My dad is one of the best men that I know. He is strong in gospel and has made it a priority to teach and raise his family in it's teachings. My dad set such an example of what a husband/father should be, that I made sure that I wasn't going to cut myself short. I knew it was going to take an extraordinary man to live up to the expectation that I had because of my own dad.

One of my favorite things about him is his testimony of the gospel. I never had any doubt that his knew the church was true, and because of his testimony, I had a strong testimony to build my own on. I'm so grateful for him being worthy to hold the priesthood and that I knew at any moment, if I needed it, I could ask him for a blessing and he would be able to.

My dad is also one of the most giving people I know. He has helped so many people with whatever they needed. It didn't matter if it was help on a house, a ride to a doctors appointment or even just someone to talk to. He was there at their disposal and I have seen so many people blessed because of his willingness to serve others.

In all honesty, we are complete opposites and we bump heads a lot, but there is no one else I would have chosen over him. He loves his family and I can see how much we mean to him. I never would have thought growing up that I would become so close to him. Now, more than ever, when we say our goodbyes, I have to hold back tears because I miss being around him. I love him more than anything and am so grateful he is my dad.

I don't know what I did to be blessed with not one, but two amazing dads, but I'll take them both! I love you both and thank you for everything you do.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mr. Ham

This little guy is such a ham. He can go from tantrum to smiles in .03 seconds. We had spent all day in Boise and he was doing great, but a two year old can only handle not having a nap for so long. We were at our last stop--Costco--and he was at the end of his rope. We had just checked out through the line and were getting some treats for the kids for being so good all day. I decided to get a smoothie.

Bennett is at the stage where he wants to do everything for himself. Unfortunately for him, frozen yogurt with a spoon is not something we were going to let him do by himself in the car. The tantrum started, and to keep from causing a scene, I let him drink some of my smoothie, by himself, and he was giddy.
I'm pretty sure he drank about half of it, but it was quite entertaining to watch him get so excited about being able to drink the smoothie all by himself. I guess I'll just take the role as the favorite aunt because I give treats. I'm ok with that. How could I not with that face?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Happy June to me!

So far, June has proven to be pretty good to me. Aside from the fact that Ethan and I are doing great and the weather is also fantastic, I got my new laptop and finally got my new Adobe software! It feels amazing to start using all of the programs again, but it's reminding me how rusty I am with them. I found a little tutorial class online to help me refresh, so I'm hoping to get back in the groove quickly. The first item on the to do list with illustrator, update my blog! It needs it terribly and I finally have something to use to change it.

July is going to have a hard time topping June. It does however have an advantage seeings as we have some amazing people coming our way and we can't wait to see them!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cam's wedding

My sister took my brother's wedding photos, but I was able to sneak one with him before the ceremony. So happy for him and his new bride.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Car issues

This past weekend we went to my brother's wedding in Boise. Sunday night we started our drive back. I was driving with the car in cruise control. All of a sudden the car did some kind of jump thing and it kicked out of cruise control and some dashboard warning lights came on. I pulled over and shut the car off. We decided to try again, so we turned on the car and started driving again. About 20 minutes later, it did it again. We pulled over and this time the check engine light came on. We checked all of the fluids to see if maybe that was the problem, but not a thing.

We decided that we could either stay and call a tow truck or just drive it out. So about an hour outside of Pocatello, we decided to take it easy and drive all the way home. We did it and made it back after midnight. I was absolutely exhausted and was so excited to finally be home in my bed. Now we just have to take it in and hope that it's nothing too big! Unfortunately, cars are a necessary evil. Crossing our fingers!

Friday, June 7, 2013

My brother

My brother gets married tomorrow and I can't even tell you how excited I am for him. It's funny to me because he was never really the "getting married" type. He never dated that seriously, and he seemed to be fine with being himself and not having to worry about doing anything for anyone else if he chose not to. But that all changed a couple years ago when he met this girl name Tiffany.

They started off as friends and then it turned into something amazing. She is a great girl and I'm excited to have another sister to add to the family. They are perfect for each other and I couldn't be an happier for these two.

As a little tribute, I thought I'd put up a few pictures.

Congratulations Cameron and Tiffany!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

It's here

In all its beautiful gray beauty.
I'm so excited to start playing with it!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I've got mail

I feel like a little kid on Christmas waiting to open my present. Unfortunately it's not in my house already, it's in the mail waiting to be picked up after work at the UPS store. I have waiting almost a year for it and it will be in my happy little hands today! I finally bought myself a new Macbook Pro and I am on pins and needles waiting!

My computer started dying on me my last semester of college (after a hard, beaten life I had given it as a student). I took it into the Apple store to see what was wrong with it. They basically told me that my computer was dying and I should really start backing up my files if I wanted to be able to access them at all! That freaked me out enough to keep me from using my computer. I think since I've graduated, I've opened it all of 10 times, if that.

I have a feeling this one will probably last a bit longer since I won't be hauling it back and forth to school everyday and spending endless hours of homework and whatever else it may be on it. But I can't wait to finally have all of the Adobe programs and start playing around with something that I studied in school again!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

D.I. find

If you're lucky enough to have a D.I., Goodwill, or some other thrift shop, you'll understand my excitement of finding little treasures! I have always loved the "idea" of taking something, refinishing it and making it completely new. Like I said, the "idea". It's easy to have grand plans of making these old things new and envision the possible potential of said treasure. My problem is I'm not a visionary. I have a very hard time trying to see potential in something that looks awful to begin with.

That being said, I found my treasure that I want make new. I have visions and plans for how they will look and where they will be in my house. The problem: I don't know if my vision is possible.
I found two of these chairs for $10 each and I was over-the-moon excited! They were so comfortable too! I'm even a bit of a fan of the orange color, but unfortunately, until I'm able to paint my place the colors I want, the orange doesn't really work. 

I really want these to work with the vision that I have for them. I don't want this to turn into another project that I can't finish. I'm crossing my fingers, because honestly, these chairs are fantastic all looks aside!

Monday, June 3, 2013

A couple more

Here are just a couple more pictures from Memorial weekend. Isn't is gorgeous there?