Thursday, May 23, 2013

California Love

I mentioned recently that last month Aubrey and I took a planned/spontaneous trip to California!! It was the best four days that a girl could have! How can a trip be planned but yet spontaneous? Well here's the scoop: It was supposed to be Aubrey, Kari and I that went. Kari is from the beautiful California and we have been saying for a year that we need to go home in her suitcase..or back seat. So we did it! We set a date and made the plans. The week of Kari got very sick and had a lot of her plate so she decided not to go. Aub and I had a dilemma and a decision to make. To go or not to go? We pondered for two days and just decided to go. We booked hotels and sadly left Kari behind! We left Wednesday and never looked back! We stopped in Vegas to shop at the V.S. and to eat some delicious Canes (it was my first time without Randi Stratton-it was weird) then continued on! We are not sure if it was because of the darkness or what but the drive took literally FOREVER!!! We finally arrived to our hotel around 1 two things you should know about me-I am a horrible hotel picker, and I am sort of paranoid in unfamiliar areas. With that, we pulled into our hotel which was sketch-tastic and like 2 miles from the Mexican border. It was super cheap and we know why! To our surprise it was a very nice hotel and had very comfy beds. We wanted somewhere close to Sea World and it was the winner. Thursday we slept in a little then hit the road for Sea World. We were so excited we could hardly contain it! We even might have missed a toll or two because we were so distracted...its not our fault though. The GPS told us to stay in the lane and we did, can I just say that by the end of the trip we were pro at driving in California? We knew how to almost get back to our hotel without the GPS and knew which freeways to take! Pro status I tell ya. Anyway, we arrived to Sea World with plenty of time to park and buy our tickets. We got into the park and were in la-la land, there was so much to see and do. We mapped out our attack and made sure that we hit all the shows we wanted to see. In the end we were exhausted and sun burned. We decided that we would try to eat at places we never have before. So after sea world we found a cute malt shop/diner and ate was good but we were starving so we really didn't care. We then went back to our Mexican border hotel and took a nap then went hot tubing.

Hitting the road!!!! 

the Blue dot is us...the red line is the border..haha

Friday morning we got up and headed to the beach!!! We love the beach and could have spent all four days there. We made a quick stop at a Walmart to get some supplies then continued to the beach. Once we found the correct streets that took us there and got help from a beach bum to pay for our all day parking we were soaking up the sun. We laid out for a while then went shopping and drank some jamba juice. Friday night we had the brilliant idea to go to an Anaheim Angels baseball game. However were were not brilliant in the fact that we didn't buy our tickets before hand. We arrived to a packed parking lot and line of traffic-I started getting worried! We got to the parking lot and realized that it was a cash only thing to pay for parking. Our second mistake of the trip neither of us had any cash!! So we hurried to the ATM got cash, parked, then went to the gates. We got to the ticket office and some random man offered us two free tickets-no strings, no joke, just handed us two tickets. They were not in the same section but at least we were in. It was awesome- our first MLB game was a free one! We hurried inside found a merchandise store bought some team gear then headed to our seats. It was such a great game and we loved every minute of it!!! The next best part was that it was an excellent game! We won and they did fireworks! So great! Since then we have had the desire to watch another live game but have not been able to.

Us reading Scriptures together! I loved this!
Saturday we did another beach day, we headed back to Huntington Beach and got some more of that sunshine and took a nap. We wanted to ride bikes later but it was far too hot and there were not any bikes when we got to the shop to rent them. So we just ate famous pazookies instead, they are giant cookies with ice cream on top-so good!! After that we went back to the hotel where we showered and napped. For that nights adventures we just walked around Anaheim and ate at the Outback Steakhouse! We then just walked more and just hung out, we were both super tired and just wanted a stress free plan free night.

We woke up early Sunday morning and said our farewell to the beautiful California and headed back to Utah.We made it in time for my institute graduation which was the goal, the drive there was definitely much shorter than the drive back! I really really did love our vacation, we did so much and tried so many new places to eat, many diners and fast food things but it worked for us. Aubrey was the best road trip partner because we are both so alike and are easy to please. We made plans and made times that we would leave in the morning and it was not a problem for either of us. We would listen to the same 5 songs a billion times and were not even sick of them! I just had the best time with her and can't wait for our next trip! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May Days

I love MAY!! I love summer! I haven't even been out of school for two weeks and have already had a great start to summer! The first thing happened May 2nd, I got to go see Brian Regan out at the Tuacahn and I could not have been more happy. Brian is my favorite comedian and I have only seen him live once before in high school. Bob and I headed out there and loved every minute of the whole night!! I laughed till I cried and by the end my cheeks were so sore! I will definitely be seeing him next year!

The second weekend I had the great opportunity to go home, I have so much planned the rest of the month and that weekend was the last one I had open so I left. My friend from high school Eric got married and had his open house, I also had a family member get married Saturday. It was just a full weekend of weddings and mom time! Friday after work I had lunch with Bob at durrangos then we said goodbye and I left. He was supposed to go with me but had to work we were both so mad but there isn't much you can do about work schedules. I got to Tooele late Friday night and just did laundry and went through a stack of mail the size of Texas...I really need to update my address on things  but what's the point right now. Saturday we rose early and headed to the Bountiful Temple to see my grandma's sister get married. It was such a neat experience and I got to see cousins that I haven't seen in almost 15 years! We then went to this breakfast diner that my grandpa loves, it was pretty good! After we ate we headed to the reception of my grandmas sister it was simple yet beautiful. They did a ring ceremony for those that couldn't go in the Temple then we did dancing and all the reception things. We headed home around 4 then went to Eric's reception at 6:30 it was set up very well. I loved the whole thing!! They had it in a church and they used a ton of lights and only used one set of dim church lights and they did purple and a turquoise type blue for their colors it was very pretty. It was so good to see Eric and meet his wife, I wish I could have seen more friends but we didn't stay very long. After that we rented the Guilt Trip-it was pretty funny! Sunday we went to church, then ate dinner, then I headed home. I got back to St George and found Bob anxiously awaiting my arrival it was super cute!

Last week was a wet one, Monday it rained all day long! Bob, Nat, and I were in the kitchen making dinner when all of a sudden out of no where comes this fierce rain storm!! It was accompanied by hail the size of was intense and lasted almost 20 minutes then just continued to rain for a while. We just received so much rain and water in such a short amount of time that we were not prepared for it. Our FHE for that night was scheduled outside and got canceled, streets, bridges and houses were flooding, and there was dirt and crap all over the streets too.  Tiana called me in tears saying that her house flooded and she needed help ASAP! Bob and I grabbed towels and pans then ran over to help. Apparently the back patio drain was malfunctioning and the water had no where to go besides into her kitchen and living room. Needless to say they had so many friends and ward members there to help that we got it all cleaned up in no time. The kitchen floor and carpet all needs to be replaced but no other damage was cause so they are actually quite lucky.  Here are some other pictures of the streets around my house! 

River Road

700 South

100 South
Last weekend I lost all my wisdom...teeth that is! I have been meaning to get them out for a year or so now and just never got around to it. I felt like there is no time like the present and just made the decision to get them out. I made my appointment, bought soft foods, made arrangements for people to take care of me all weekend and the rest is history. My appointment was Friday at 11:30, Tiana picked me up and there was no turning back. I got into the office, got my IV, and then woke up feeling tired, confused, and very chubby. I wasn't extra talkative or hilarious when I got out I just was sad and hurting. I got home and went to bed for the rest of the day. Tiana got my medicine and an orange peel then left me with Bob. He was seriously so great-like so great! He waited on me and made sure I was comfortable, I really adore that man. The rest of the weekend I slept a lot, Saturday I was over zealous and went shopping and hung out with Aubrey, Horrible idea. I hurt so bad after that that I took a pain pill and zonked out. Literally taking those pain pills puts me right to sleep and for like hours. I wasn't very swollen the first day but everyday since I have been such a fatty!! I even bruised too-It looks like I either have mustard on my face or a 5:00 shadow-either way is gross. I haven't quite been able to eat normal yet-I am easing into it though. Other than that I haven't had any complications or any major pain. I have been to work everyday and slept just fine. It was hard at first to be a back sleeper when I love side sleeping but I have gotten used to it. I have a check up tomorrow afternoon so we will see if everything is healing right.

My before face! 
right after waking up from surgery!

Same Day fat!

Sunday and still chubby...

today! ha still can't really tell though!

Other than that not much has been happening! I have fun filled weekend coming up and I know that it will definitely fill a post next week so until then, I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer!!