Monday, December 29, 2008

This is one of my favorite pictures of is also my trial run at loading pics onto a blog. Nathan is a genius he figured out a way to bypass my problem! Gotta love my wonderful hubby!
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Our Christmas Delight!

Nathan and I had the wonderful opportunity of spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my grandparents and great aunts. Christmas Eve was spent playing the notorious Hand And Foot card game that my family is famous for, and some other fun card games. We munched on goodies that ward members had brought them and enjoyed some much needed laughter.

On Christmas morning my little sister Katie woke Nathan and I up around 7:30 am. It seemed like we had just barely gone to sleep. I don't sleep much anymore and my constant tossing and turning usually wakes Nathan up as well, needless to say we were still tired. My little sister was very insistent on opening the gifts right then, but since she had to wait for grandpa and aunt Dee we let her open her stocking gifts. This gave us the time for aunt Dee to arrive and grandpa to finish getting ready. My grandpa then delivered a brief devotional and family prayer, which included a moment of silence in honor of my mom. My grandma and I bawled.

Nathan got to play the "sorting santa" and he was very excited. It was the first time he'd held that position on christmas and he loved passing out the gifts to everyone. He surprised me with a camcorder! We are both graduating soon and starting new chapters of our life, now we can begin to document them on DVD's and not just in photos. This gift will come in handy I can already tell! My mom had actually gotten Nathan and I some christmas presents, she got Nathan a Wii accessories sports package, and me she got a waffle iron (there is an inside joke with that). I couldn't open it, it was too hard, so it is still half wrapped under our tree. Waiting for a day when I'm stronger.

Christmas afternoon Nathan and I went to Faye and Mikes place to watch the boys open their gifts. It was so cute to see Adam handing gifts to his brothers saying "this from me". Faye and Mike got their boys 72 hour kits, which was really cool. Mike made the comment that "this Christmas they were following the prophet". That really left an impression on me that I will not soon forget. Nathan was super excited to receive his bean bag that Faye made him. Good thing Brayden was there to help us get it into the car, it barely fit, taking up the WHOLE back seat! Betcha we looked pretty funny to the other drivers! ha ha ha :)

We had to drive home that evening because Nathan had to work the next morning. The roads were great, we had some rain but not too bad until we hit Willard. The rain turned to snow and the wind picked up creating near blackout conditions. The snow was coming down fast and hard, and sticking to the ground creating very slick roads. We made it to Brigham City by going 15 mph on i15. We tried going up the canyon but we only made it about 50 ft before we lost traction and decided to whether out the storm. We stayed in the first motel we could find, the fabulous kind where the bathroom doesn't have a doorknob.

We are SO thankful that Burger King was open, we were able to have a unique Christmas dinner there. We had to walk there because the roads were not drivable unless you had 4 wheel drive. As we left the next morning we got stuck trying to get out of the motel parking lot. Luckily some nice people helped us out and we were on our way. We made it back to Logan but realized that our street hadn't been plowed. With the fresh foot of new snow we knew we couldn't make it to our drive way. Nathan and I spent the next hour and a half digging out our driveway and shoveling our street, trying to make a pathway to drive up it. We still got stuck. Luckily a neighbor towed us up to our driveway. We laugh now but it was kinda frustrating. They didn't plow our street until late that evening.

Throughout this whole ordeal it gave Nathan and I a great opprotunity to serve others. We helped dig out our upstairs neighbors. Shoveling goes sooooo much faster when you have help. We are grateful for the moisture, but more grateful for the free set of snow tires Nathan was able to get at work today. I simply told him "That's because we pay our tithing!" Blessings do come when you obey the Lord, and I am grateful for the smallest of smallest ones :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Empty and Numb

This past week has been an emotional roller coaster and I HATE roller coasters! Last Saturday my mom went into cardiac arrest outside of her apartment building, she was found by a neighbor who called 911. They originally took her to Alta View Hospital but then life flighted her to Intermountain Medical Center. They placed her in a drug induced coma and on life support while conducting many many tests to determine how much damage occurred to her brain. Nathan and I drove as fast as we legally could down to Salt Lake to be with her and my family. We prayed as much as we could but she was not ment to be with us. Our family terminated life support on thursday because there was nothing else the doctors could do and she wasn't going to ever recover. She was only 48. She was my best friend and I miss her more than anything, these last few years we've become exceptionally close. I just can't picture her gone, the fact that she'll never call me again or send Nathan and I candy corn randomly throughout october with funny cards. This has been the hardest week of my life-I'm really struggling with the fact that she is gone, it happened so fast and so unexpectedly. Always hold close to your family, you never know when they will be taken from you. I do not wish this pain on anyone-

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We all love ice cream....

Nathan is ....

Stephanie is ....

What are you????

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I am a free spirited tree hugger! I wonder which princess Nathan would be...hee hee

You Are Pocahantas!
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Free-spirited and wise. You have a strong passionate spirit that touches and changes all who know you. The wisdom and common sense that you have is really what guides you through life. Even so, you also have a very playful side that loves adventure and excitement.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Time flies

These past few weeks since I last posted have gone by in a blur. Nathan spent 12 hours last Sunday at church, going to several meetings, a ward conference, and an additional ward. He is really enjoying his stake calling but I think that 12 hours was enough, even for him. I on the other hand recently found out I'm allergic to Nickle Sulfate, which is in such things as stainless steel appliances, green pool table felt and more! I did a allergy patch test last week,which consists of three big stickers placed on your back, with rows and columns of different chemicals that are in everyday products. Nickle Sulfate was my worst reaction. I personally laughed when my doctor told me about the green pool table felt, and when Nathan found out, he simply replied "I guess we'll have to just by the red ones!". School is going well for both of us, Nathan is doing awesome at starting his homework early so it doesn't build up, I tend to wait til the last minute. Its really scary to me to think that in May we'll be graduated, I think that's why I've lost my motivation for homework. Who knows what new adventures we'll begin after graduation! I am really grateful for all the friends we've met along the way, being in Logan has brought such joy to my life and blessed me in many ways.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

5k attempt

Nathan and I decided to go to the MSA (married student association) institute activity this morning which was a 5k. Due to our lack of sweet running skills, we thought it best to avoid injury and to walk it. We made it around one lap of the course when we decided that breakfast sounded better than lap 2, so we cheated. Breakfast was delicious. The rest of the day was spent chillin in our jammies, doing homework and being completely lazy. Its a recreational sport college students dominate.

Here is what we are currently working on: Nathans working on his final fantasy game and steph is avoiding finishing a portrait ( its of nathan when he was about 2)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Welcome one and all

Everyone has been trying to get us to start a blog, so we finally caved. I hope none of you expect marvels because needless to say I'm not the most computer savvy individual. In fact, trying to set our blog up was quiet a frustrating ordeal for me. Nathan was somewhat helpful and ever so mellow about the whole ordeal. I hope all of you will be patient as we try to add a variety of things. For all those who know my art, you know that this will be a work in progress, and never perfect enough for my liking. We welcome you into our lives and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!