Monday, April 28, 2008

My Mini Garden

Here we have sage, lavender, thyme, and basil

I have four pots that I planted seeds in. We'll see if they start to grow in a couple of weeks. I planted rosemary, dill, delphinium, and foxglove.

I decided I wanted to plant my own herbs and a few flowers. I love to cook with fresh herbs. I use them all the time and they get pretty pricey so I decided to plant my own. Hopefully I can keep them alive and enjoy plenty of yummy dinners because of them! We'll see.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Visiting Carly

Yesterday we went to visit Carly again. It was fun, I washed her hair for her (it's hard for her to do it because of all her cords and tubes) and we just spent time with our friends like it was a normal day. She is staying at Huntsman Cancer Center for the next month. She has a beautiiful room! She has the nicest room they offer. There are only two of them so she was super lucky to get this nice of a room. She has a big sleeping/medical area and then she has a sitting room. Both have couches and tv's. Her view is incredible. She has windows from floor to ceiling. If I had to stay anywhere for a month, I'd want to be where she is. Her nurse is awesome. She is hilarious, I love when she comes in when we are there. Car is doing really well. Her chemo treatments started a few days ago and since then she has just been tired. She and Dusty got to have a sleep over last night.

Carly and Dustin

Carly, me, and Brooke

Josh and Matt

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Run Forest, Run!

My husband's family came to watch me cross the finish line. In this picture we have Rachel, me, Josh, in front of Josh is our niece Savannah, our niece Jayden and Josh's sister Rebecca.
So glad to be done!

A little confused

Not so cute

Get ready cause here I come

Yesterday I participated in the Salt Lake City Marathon. I ran the half marathon! The 13.1 mile course took us from the U of U campus down to 2700 south, through different neighborhoods and ended at the Gateway Mall. I felt better than I thought I would during the race. I have a strange problem though, I don't sweat. I didn't break a single sweat during my run, it isn't a healthy thing. My knees were awesome! I didn't have any knee pain...until I stopped running. Today I want to cry. I am so sore and my knees are killing me. I finished the race somewhere between 2 hours and eight to ten minutes. I was satisfied with my time. I usually run at a slower steadier pace and finish strong. I felt great during and after the run. Yesterday I was flirting with the idea of (maybe in the future) going for the full marathon. Today I don't think that I can even get off the couch to go to church. We'll see how I feel once I have healed. I have a relay race in June that I will be doing. It is a 178 mile race that starts in Logan, UT and finishes in Park City. I am on a team of girls from my gym and I think it will be a blast. It is a 24 hour race and it will be tough but worth it.


Friday night we went out with our friends Matt and Brooke, Joe and Tori, and Breanne and Chris. We had a yummy dinner at Trio and then went to play games at Chris and Breanne's house. We love our friends and always have a blast playing with them.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Yea Carly and Dusty!

So Romantic!
Me and Carly

Josh was one of Dustin's best men.

"The four B's" (B is for blonde) me, Brooke, Car, Tori

Dust toasting Carly, there wasn't a dry eye in the room when he was done. She is one lucky lady.

Jordan and Dustan Butcher sand "I'm Yours" at the dinner and did such an amazing job!

Stacey, Tori and me

Josh and Dusty

Carly looked GORGEOUS

The happy couple exiting the temple

Two of our best friends got married yesterday. We went straight to the wedding from the airport. They were originally going to get married in June but Carly is very sick so they moved up the date. We are so excited for them and are so proud of how gracefully they are handling their situation. Dustin is one strong man. They both looked beautiful and so happy! They are a good example of unconditional love. We are pleased to have another fun couple join the married club! Because they decided to get married much sooner than originally planned they had a small dinner with immediate family and close friends, they will have a reception once Carly is better. At the dinner Dustin toasted his bride and gave the most sincere and sweetest speech ever. He loves her so much. We are so excited for them to share their lives together. They will be very happy together.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Good Bye New York...Hello Salt Lake

We are so tired! We have now been awake 22 hours straight. We have finished up our time in New York and are back in Utah for at least the next 14 months. We had the time of our lives in NYC and I am sad to be back in UT. Josh is really glad to be home.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Out to Dinner with some friends

Last night we were able to go out to dinner with some of our friends. We had so much fun enjoying good food, good company, and good conversation. We went to Becco just west of Times Square. We were able to go with some of Josh's friends from work Trieu, Anita, and Veronica. Our friend from Salt Lake, Lisa Tadge, was also there. We will miss everyone and are sad to be leaving the friends we have made here.

Fun with Dad

My dad came to New York for the week. We loved having him here. He is a very fun person to be with. We went out to many dinners, went to a Broadway show, and went shopping. We also went on a bike taxi. If you have never done it, I highly recommend it. It is quite the adventure. The cyclist pulls you down the street in the middle of all the taxis. You are dodging cars and hoping you don't die the entire time but it is really fun. It is by far the most pleasant way to get around the city. Thanks Daddy for coming to the city and for treating us to everything! We had a blast.

My twin

At Young Frankenstein

My Dad and his favorite meal ever.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Yes, it is true. It happened last night. I don't know how it all began, but it happened.

My dad is in town this week. We have enjoyed shopping, eating, and hanging out with my dad, he is the coolest dad you can imagine. He really likes to have people do stupid things for his entertainment. That's exactly what happened. Yesterday we went to Macy's to go shopping. We ran across a collection of Speedos there and my dad thought Josh really needed one. So we picked the least feminine one out (if there is such a thing as a Speedo that isn't feminine). My dad decided that he would present it to Josh at our work party later that night to embarrass him in front of everybody. Well, when my dad decided it was time to present the Speedo to Josh he also offered him $100 to wear it in the restaurant. We were at a very nice, kind of pricey restaurant so this wouldn't be a very appropriate thing for Josh to do. Well, we started eating and talking and having fun with co-workers and we all forgot about the little bet. Right when people started to notice Josh had slipped away from the table he came strolling down the hall and up to our table in his new blue, booty hugging Speedo. The entire floor was roaring. It was hilarious. Everyone was cheering and hollering at him. People were whipping out their wallets to give him money. One guy pulled out his credit card, he kind of frightened me. It was so funny. We weren't sure how people would respond to that. We were at a pretty nice place so we thought he might get kicked out or ticketed. The bouncer and what looked like the manager came up but they just started laughing when people pointed him out (now clothed). So Josh is $100 and one Speedo richer than he was yesterday. I can't believe he did it. I was at the far end of the table so I didn't get a good shot of him. My camera wouldn't focus until he had headed back to get dressed. Everyone has a new respect for Josh, he has a sense of humor!

My hubby has some serious huevos.

The two men in my life

Me and Brad

My dad and one of the VPs of EP Jennifer

Nadine and me

Sarah, me and Lucy

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Night on the Town

Today was so much fun. We went to Pinkberry and enjoyed one of our favorite treats. After Pinkberry we went to the Met. After the museum we went for a stroll through Central Park. Things are finally starting to bloom here! Spring is on it's way. It makes me so sad that I am still wearing a coat and we are now well into April. I am from CA, I don't do cold. I am so ready for it to be warm. After Central Park we went out to dinner with our good freinds Joe and Tori. I have known Tori since we were three. We have been friends forever. Joe and Josh have also been friends for years. They met at our wedding and were married within a year! The came out here for a little vacation and it was so fun to play with them in the city. We see them all the time in Salt Lake but it was so great to spend some time with them out here. After dinner we walked to Rockefeller Center and Times Square. At Rockefeller Center we went to the top of the Rockefeller Building. It was so much fun. It was much more pleasant than going to the Empire State Building. We didn't wait in a single line and were able to go up to the very top floor. The building has 70 stories. The elevator ride to the top was so cool! The top of the elevator was glass and they had music and a twinkly little light show while you went up. That was one of my favorite parts. I get nervous when I get into an elevator, I think the cables are going to break and I'm going to fall to my death. I wasn't scared at all on this elevator. I was so entertained! Once we were at the top there was a light room that Josh can probably explain to you better than I can. Wherever you walk, lights on the ceiling follow you. It was pretty cool. We were eye level with the ESB and got to see the entire city all lit up. It was beautiful. It looks so different at night. We are headed back to SLC next week and I will miss NewYork so much. We have loved our time here.

Out to Din Din with Joe and Tori

Me and Tori in front of the light fountain at Rockefeller Center

At the top of the Rockefeller Building

The Empire State Building from the top of the Rockefeller Building. Sorry it's out of focus.

I bet you didn't know that Josh was there the day this famous picture was taken. He's older than he looks.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Yesterday we were able to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was really amazing to see pieces of art that we studied in school. We were able to see the work of Monet, Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, and many other world famous artists. We also saw ancient Greek statues, Egyptian tombs, modern art and a preserved shark. It really was a great experience. We aren't too artsy but we were still able to appreciate the talent, creativity, and history of these works of art.

I submitted a picture of Josh clipping his toe nails and they must have really liked it because here it is framed on the wall!