Wednesday, January 28, 2009

One more....Just for fun

Gotta LOVE 'M

Dallas didn't know I was going to post all these pictures!! But I love them.

It reminds me of a really cool decoration on Chaos Theory..the movie. I love it...I might just have to hang them up in my house sometime:)

Study BREAK!! - My Favorite Christmas Presents -

Lately I have not had the luxury of taking study breaks...I even study while I eat!!
Well, I decided to heck with it! I've been wanting to show off my Christmas present ALL year :)

I had the best christmas!!

I got to spend almost 3 whole days lounging around with my family and husband. We didn't do anything but eat awesome food, play games nonstop and just enjoy each others company. It was a blast. (I also was supposed to be studying...and didn't....the best!!)

I also got 2 favorite presents (I just can't decide which one is more favorite:)

My dad has an amazing talent/hobby. He builds stuff/Furniture out of wood:) This year he made me this bookshelf. It was very badly needed. My books were everywhere in the Study, driving me crazy. The best part is that it matches a desk that he made me for my birthday 3 years ago. Isn't he the best!! It's being put to good use.
I gave my dad a picture of a bookshelf off of PotteryBarn and he build the same one... But Better

The other favorite present was a KitchenAid from my little sister!! What an amazing totally surprised me! I'm difficult to surprise (I hear).

Monday, January 26, 2009

Love Story

Our 3rd(wow) anniversary was this last week(okay I started writing this awhile ago)! I didn't get a chance to post because I was busy busy busy! Surprisingly I did pretty well on the test I had the day after our anniversary....weird how those things seem to work out!

(Stop reading now if you can't handle me talking about my very handsome husband)

Our love story.

Dallas came and swept me off my feet in 2005. It was totally unexpected (especially considering I hadn't been on a date for almost ~1 1/2 years)
He became my best friend almost instantly. In fact I broke up with him so many times I lost count. I couldn't stop hanging out with him...he was the best.
We weren't even 'together' when we got engaged. I can truly say I married my best friend.

Water was our favorite. If we weren't swimming or boating I was pushing him into the pool. Clothes and all (I don't have any pictures)

One of my favorite memories is of a water fight. It took up the entire parking lot and I think some of my little brothers and sisters even got involved. I was so wet and I like to think he was too (I was very persistent).

One of my worst injuries occured on one of these boat excursions. Yes, I tore my ACL. Oww!!! Dallas came and rescued me in the water... I was floating on my stomach because my leg hurt to bad to get the wake board off my legs.

Last summer we had a week off of work (I don't think I actually had a job at the time). It was around my birthday so we decided to take off on a trip. We had $400 and a whole week to do whatever we wanted. We loaded up our car with everything we could possibly think of. (camping stuff, nice clothes, beach things etc...)
We ended up going to Flagstaff and camping for the night. We went to the Grand Canyon and hung out for awhile. We didn't know where to go next, so we headed up to Las Vegas to visit Dallas's family, Theron and Lisa and their little boy!
We then headed to St. George, camped there and then drove through Zion's National Park on our way through Kanab.
It was one of the most random, but fun trips!

Last Valentines day...

Dallas and I bought a townhouse in Glendale. We decided that it couldn't hurt anything, since renting anywhere was more or just as expensive. It has been a blast owning our own place. I have my own study room where I spend the majority of my time!
Here are Dallas and I in our newly painted bedroom!

Dallas and I tend to get lost when we try and go places we've never been. It's actually quite funny. I always thought Dallas had this awesome sense of direction until we went somewhere else and then I realized he just knows Phoenix cus he's lived here his entire life.
Above is a picture of us lost in Baltimore (or Boston...) we got lost both trips. We were supposed to be in the middle of the city but we were in the woods in the middle of farms. We decided to just pull off the side of the road and take a picture. It was pretty funny. (The rental car is the same rental car we had in on both trips and the car we got when Dallas wrecked his car..exactly...kinda weird)

If you're ever feeling rich, go to this restaurant, Fogo de Chao (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) it is really really good. But it's $50 dollars a person! YIKES

This is how we look these days. Both of us with a little less hair. I cut mine off and Dallas can see for yourself.

And of course the biggest adventure we've had yet is surviving PA school! It has been crazy!

Dallas has been the best. He has slowly taken over all the wifely duties. He pays the bills, cooks, shops (I haven't been to the store in 3 wks), he cleans, does the laundry, works, deals with stupid Verizon.
Most importantly he helps me with all the little things.
I even got him to type up some study notes for me the other day!
I love him so much!

I am so grateful that he is putting up with me as I struggle to make it through this program.

He is the absolute best!

Love you Dallas.

...and we lived happily ever after....sorta

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Picture Time

Pictures from my Graduation:

Inside the arena...Construction engineers think they're so special with their silly hats... maybe we were just jealous because they were the only ones not wearing miter boards.

An empty diploma holder, representing my 6 and a half year 4 year degree. Yippee!!

My beautiful wife, supporting me by sitting through what was the most painfully boring commencement ceremony known to man.

Christmas week at my mom's house. Theron and Lisa were over, Theron is obviously very popular with the 8 and under crowd.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

We're back

I think it's funny that so many people (including us) that used to be such dependable bloggers disappeared over the holidays! We spent a lot of time out and about; we went up to Show Low for Christmas and Salt Lake for New Year's.

Christmas was so relaxing, which is not something you can always say about holidays at the in-law's! We got there late Tuesday night and left on Saturday, and we pretty much spent the entire time eating good food and playing games. All of Natalie's siblings were home, so it was a full house but it was really fun. We played Apples-to-Apples, Sequence (which I ruled), Balderdash (which Natalie ruled), Rook, watched old movies, and sat around talking for hours. It was miserably cold and windy on Christmas day, it rained almost the entire day. Somehow "Wet Christmas" doesn't hold the same charm as a White Christmas. It started snowing Christmas night, and it snowed almost the whole day. We had a few pick-up snowball fights, which mostly consisted of me putting snow down the shirts of Natalie's little brothers.

We got back on Saturday, hung out with my dad's side of the family for a while, and then left again on Monday for Utah. Natalie's friend is dating a boy (Paul) whose family is from Utah, and the three of us went up, the friend to meet the boyfriend's family, and Natalie and I for moral support. The best part of the trip was that Natalie and I got to go snowboarding! I had wakeboarded before, so I was pretty sure I could pick it up fairly quickly, but going down that first big hill was more than a little terrifying. Natalie was a good teacher, and I am happy to report that not only did I make it down that big hill, but I didn't break anything or die in the process! ... not to say that I didn't have more than my fair share of hard falls, but that's what I get for turning off the green trails onto black ... twice. We didn't get any pictures from the trip, but we had fun anyway.

We rang in the new year at Paul's brother's house. The 4 of us were out in the hot tub (a rather strange combination of burning hot and freezing cold) when we realized that we had about 90 seconds to get inside to see the ball drop and drink our Martinelli's. We got inside just in time to shout hurray and throw streamers at each other.

So now we're back home, Natalie's back to studying, and I'm going to try and figure out what to do with my free time.