Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas!

Christmas is my favorite time of year and I'm so sad that it's over already! It's been a weird Christmas for me, very different from all of my past ones. Usually for Christmas I go and stay with my family and spend several days with them celebrating. We make all sorts of Christmasy goodies and delicious food, and wrap presents. Then on Christmas morning my little sisters are always so excited to open presents and it's so fun to watch. The whole rest of the day is spent playing with the new toys and eating leftovers from the big Christmas Eve dinner.
This year was a new experience. It's mine and Josh's first Christmas being married, and sadly, Josh had to work both Christmas Eve and Christmas day! A couple of months ago I was pretty sad about this, but as time went on I got over it and realized that as long as we were together it would be a good day.
On Christmas Day I went on a ride along with Josh. So we woke up at about 5am to make the long drive to downtown Phoenix. When we first started Josh got a call about a lady's house being robbed on Christmas Eve. (sad). But after that it was pretty slow. A bunch of the other cops in Josh's squad went to breakfast with us at the only place we could find that was open. It was some little bar that actually ended up having pretty good food. The rest of the day was cold and a little rainy, and not to much going on. I guess most people try to be good on Christmas.
After our 10 hours were up we headed home to open presents and eat some dinner. Josh wanted to eat first, but I wanted to open our presents, so we did. I got exactly what I wanted and I think Josh liked what he got too. lol.
Then we had our Christmas Dinner.
I have to say that I was a little nervous to be the one to make a special dinner for Christmas, but I think it turned out pretty darn good. Yeah we forgot about the green bean cassorole I had sitting in the fridge, but everything else was yummy.
I'm glad to say that our frist Christmas together (and on our own) turned out pretty good! I had a great time riding along with Josh and just being with him, we got good presents, and our food was great! Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

In these past 3 years...

I've been at my job for over three years now..... To be exact it has been 3 years, 4 months and 2 days!

Here's a kind of funny thing, most people (my family included) really have no idea what I do for work. They know I work in an office.... but that's about it. And to some extent that isn't even right because I technically work in the Back of an office building in the warehouse side. It's one huge open space with neon lights and absolutely NO windows. There are a bunch of cubicles of different sizes set up in this space, ranging from the large ones with doors they can shut for "privacy" (even though everyone can still hear everything going on), to the small ones hidden in the corners. I graduated from my smaller cubicle a couple of months ago, only to be moved into a bigger one that I will eventually have to share with someone else when they decide to hire someone for me to supervise. The place is usually as quiet as a library, excluding the humming of all the electronic equipment and servers we have back here. I'm the only one under the age of 35 and until recently was the only female employee.
Anyways... for anyone wondering, my official title is Support Administrator, basically that means I administer support to whoever needs it. lol. I do all the the Invoicing, purchasing, maintenance renewals and office management work. (I know you were all DYING to know. lol)
I've had three bosses, or supervisors, in the time I've been here. My current boss and I had some issues in the first year he was here, but we have since moved past those and now get along a lot better. (which is good because he is the one I had to go talk to to ask for a raise)

In the past three years a lot has happened outside of work. I have moved 5 times, bought my first house, bought a brand new car, had about 10 different roommates, met my husband, got engaged & married, added a 2nd & 3rd dog to my family, and bought a house with my Joshy and moved into it.
That's the bigger stuff in a nutshell.... weird. Three years ago I had no idea I would be where I am today. I hoped that I would be married, but didn't know who that would be to. I don't think I even knew I would be at this same job after three years, but I'm glad that I am.

In three more years I wonder where I'll be.... I hope I will be a stay at home mom with at least one baby. Living happily in Maricopa with all of the houses in our neighborhood built and the town having at least a movie theatre... haha.

Anyways this is not where I planned on this post going, but it got me thinking and pondering and hey, I guess it works.

Here are just some random pics from the past:








Friday, December 12, 2008

Favorite Gift Last Year....

My mom thinks she is SOOOOOOOOO funny. Actually I'm not to sure if she was joking or not when she bought me this book for Christmas last year..... But apparently it worked, cuz I got myself married to a good man. hahaha
Actually I never did read the thing. I opened it at random pages and read pieces aloud to sisters and my mom and we all laughed at the craziness of it.
I'm thinking of regifting it this year... who should be the lucky one... I guess we will see. hehe

HOLIDAY GET TO KNOW..... ME :)

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Mmmmm I love them both, and they Both make my tummy hurt!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or sit them under the tree? Wrapped of course! What's the fun in chrsitmas without wrapping them?

3. Colored or white lights on tree and house? Mostly Colored

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nope

5. When do you put your decorations up? Sometime after Thanksgiving. I think we waited about a week after to do it.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? green bean casserole probably

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Driving around with my family looking at Christmas lights. And going over to Grandpa and Grandma's house on Christmas to be with the whole family.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't remember ever really believing in Santa, so I must've figured it out pretty young.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Nope

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Lot's of lights

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it occasionally

12. Can you ice skate? sometimes, not very good though

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Hmmm no. lol. I do remember getting really excited about baby dolls and barbies though when I was younger.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Family

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? all the cookies and candies

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? the music, lights, church programs, and being with family

17. What tops your tree? a gold star

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? I dont know....

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Yummy


Miki at Christmas last year in her dress :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Need your HELP!!

So I decided I would be festive and change my blog to a Christmasy theme..... well when I did that it somehow deleted my list of friends. I can't remember everyone I had on there, or I can't remember the site addresses for your blogs.
SOOOOOOOOO if you read my blog, I read yours, we are friends, relatives, buds etc.... even if you are just a lurker, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave me a comment or send me an email with your blog address. I will deeply miss reading your blogs if you don't!

Thanks a bunch for your help! :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving

Well I guess it's time for my Thanksgiving blog.


Josh and I got to go up to Snowflake/Taylor Arizona to spend the holiday with my family. It was really nice to go and see them and eat lots of great food! My mom cooked SO much food, and I think she cooked 8 pies too! It was all delicious and we were all bursting afterwards.


Before dinner we (me, Josh, Melanie, Keats, Rebecca and April) decided we wanted to go on a 4 wheeler ride. It had been raining all morning and had finally stopped and the sun had come up so we thought it would be a good time. I also thought it would be fun to take our puppy Bentley along with us. I would ride behind Josh with the pup in between us. My dad went out and got the wheelers ready for us as we all bundled up in warm clothes and camo pants. As soon as we drove off the property the rain started.... and it didn't stop until later when we got back to the house. The trails were all really muddy and wet from the rain and huge chunks of rocka and mud were getting thrown up in the air from the wheels. (I think they were going about 8' up and then smacking us i the faces) It was cold.... and wet.... and very Very Very muddy! I stayed huddled up behind Josh holding onto Bentley trying to keep from eating a ton of mud. It wasn't a very long ride, as you can imagine, but we had some fun. By the time we got back I was soaked from my waist down (except for where Bentley was on my lap) and covered in mud. We all ran to the porch to strip off our outer layers of wet muddy clothing, then go inside to change and warm up. The next morning my mom came inside and said it looked like a whole army died on the front porch because of all our yucky camo clothes thrown everywhere.
Sadly I didn't get any pictures of us before or after our ride. Would've made some good ones too!

The next morning, Black Friday, Josh and I got up at about 4:30am and headed out to Walmart to shop. Mostly just for fun since there wasn't anything we really wanted or needed that bad. We got there 15 minutes after they opened and the parking lot was packed! We finally found a spot then hurried inside, just to find that there were NO carts. So we ran back outside to search the parking lot for abondoned carts.... NO LUCK. Every single cart was gone. We would follow people out of the store and ask them for their carts but got denied because they were "Going back in for more". FINALLY some older ladies asked Josh if he would help them load there brand new 52" plasma tv into their car. He said yes, as long as he could have one of their 2 carts after. haha! They were going back in for more after but did let us have a cart, thank goodness. Back inside the store was crazy! We grabbed a few things, but mostly just some camping gear and groceries for our camping trip the next day. Then we headed for the line to check out..... DUN DUN DUN! Holey Crap! The lines were Horrible, and not moving herdly at all because people would have 2 carts loaded with stuff. It probably took us about an hour to get to the front of a line (After I stood in a non moving line forever I realized people kept cutting in so we moved to a new one). The really sad thing is that we only got two things that were actually On Sale. And those two things together totaled like $14. LOL so we went through all of the madness for really no reason at all. Oh well, we had an interesting time.


The day after Thanksgiving Josh and I wanted to go camping so we packed up our stuff and our dogs and headed to Payson area. On our way there it started snowing, and all we could see ahead were more dark clouds. We were getting a little nervous because we weren't really prepared for the snow. We were barely prepared to have mild cold weather. We got some luck though and by the time we got the area we wanted the sky was clear above us and we didn't get any rain (or snow) the whole time. We found a little spot and set up camp, finishing right before the sun went down. We had prepared boy scout dinners before leaving my parent's house and cooked them for dinner on the fire. They were delicous! It might have helped that I was Starving, but oh well. It was pitch black around us with the only light coming from our fire. We had our dogs with us and Bentley would stare intently off into the darkness and then start growling. It would scare the Crap out of me!!! When she did that Josh would grab his flashlight and shine it around to make sure nothing was close by. There were a couple times she would growl and then start barking, that scared me too! We never did see anything, thank goodness, but we did freak ourselves out. We went to bed pretty early, me josh and the 3 dogs all cuddling together on the air matress in our tent. A couple of times I would wake up from my not very deep sleep to feeling someone shivering. I would wait and see who it was (always one of the dogs) then scoot them closer and cover with blankets better. We made it through the night without freezing, even though I didn't get much sleep. Josh made us some hot oatmeal for breakfast, then we cleaned up camp and headed home.
Here are some pictures from the camping trip.... (I know I look crazy, but this is after not sleeping all night, no makeup and having 5 layers of clothing on)




Monday, December 1, 2008

4 MONTHS!!

Today is our 4 month anniversary of being married! Crazy! It feels like we've been married longer, but it has also been a very fast and busy 4 months!

I love my Joshy Pooh so much and am so thankful for him and everything he does!

Monday, November 24, 2008

New House *Pics*

So I finally got around to taking some pictures of our new house. My battery on my digital camera was still dead, so these are from my the camera on my phone.

Here is our front room.....

And the living room.....

And the kitchen!


Last week Josh and I started working on backyard landscaping. We're not done yet, but this is part of our backyard after what he have done so far.....
Our upstairs isn't exactly in picture condition right now, so those will have to come later.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Some Picture Updates

I haven't been able to load my camera's pictures for a while so these are a little late, but I still wanted to share.
These are some pics of our new living room. Before we moved in Josh and I re painted it to a more calm, relaxing color.

The built in was not fun at all to paint! We had to tape off each square.... it was a long tedious job, but looks gooooood now!
Here is a pic of our new blinds we had installed in the house before we moved in. They look great and match my kitchen cupboards.

On a Side Note.... My little sister Melanie got married on November 8th. They originally had a date set for January of '09, but they decided to move it up (way up). Don't be sad if you weren't invited, it was basically just the direct family. I think they are planning on having a reception type thing in January still....
Here are a few pics. My camera's battery died after only a few shots so this is all I have for now.

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This weekend we are doing more home improvement projects. Well one really. We are working on the backyard!! Today we're picking up some trees to replace the dead ones we got with the house. (Josh spent his days off this week pulling those all out and digging holes for the new ones) I'm excited about it, I know the yard will look great!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dangerous Bagels



I love to have bagels for breakfast! The only problem is that while I'm cutting my delicious bagel in half, I tend to go a little too far and cut my fingers. I hurt myself about 50% of the time! The other morning I got myself worse than usual.....in my poor little pinky finger. It was bleeding and hurt, fairly bad, and I was sorta hopping around breathing loudly trying not to say any bad words. (My dogs were very confused)
Well later when I got home from work I showed Josh my owie and told him the story. He told me I needed to get one of those special bagel cutters that does it for me, because he likes my fingers where they are. (I'll add that to my christmas list)
The very next morning when I went to grab a bagel to cut open I noticed that somebody (My Joshy Pooh) had already cut it for me and put it back in the bag. How sweet is that!?
I guess he really does love me, and my fingers :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

~Cruisin~


One year ago today I was on a cruise in the caribbean... on a catamaran.... about to go snorkling....

Time sure does fly by fast. It feels like yesterday~~~ Here's to the memories made ~~~

{Tink wanted to come so she jumped in my backpack}


{our Boat}


{The END}

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Talent{less}

I've never considered myself to be very talented... at anything really. Every time there would be a talent show or someone asking for examples of talents you have, I felt like I couldn't really participate.

I've never been musically gifted, I have a few sisters that are good at playing the piano, but I could never pick it up. I used to ride horses and I was "ok" at it, but my best friend that I rode with was a lot more confident and to this day still rides and I believes now teaches others how to ride. My mom put me and two of my sisters through some dance classes, and I don't believe I was to great at that either. I also have a grandma that is very artistic and loves to paint and draw and is Very good at it... nope, I didn't get any of that in my genes either.

At this point in my life I think the things I am best at are loving my husband, loving my dog (because she loves me SO much I MUST be doing something right there), paying bills (even though I Hate it!), and now facebook. LOL. So you see I don't seem to have the most exceptional of "talents"......

Well I found this quote on one of my friend's blogs and now I'm stealing it for my own. ;) It made me feel a little better about my Talent{less}ness. Hopefully someday when the time comes for me to be a mom I will be Very talented at that, and bringing the spirit into our home, and at being a wonderful wife. (I do try Josh, and I love you so much!) (And I'll try to be a good wife BEFORE we have kids.... hehe)

"You may think you don't have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.What you create doesn't have to be perfect. Don't let fear of failure discourage you. Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.I believe that as you create beauty and as you are compassionate to others—God will encircle you in the arms of His love. Discouragement, inadequacy, and weariness will give way to a life of meaning, grace, and fulfillment." - Deiter F. Uchtdorf