Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Roadtrip! #3!

No School on President's Day for Aaron = Roadtrip to Be With His Family!

We left Friday morning and started the 7ish hour trip down to Pagosa Springs, CO. It was a beautiful drive and didn't seem as long as it was. During parts of it, I read him a chapter of his health class about cardiovascular disease and then asked him a bunch of Economics questions. It was a beautiful drive.

We got there and went to high school to watch the basketball games. I found that the high school sports are a HUGE part of their lives.

On Saturday I was given the tour of the little city. In winter the population is about 10,000 and the summer about 25,000. The city is named for the hot springs that are in it. I can't lie... it REEKED!! If you know the Yellowstone Sulfer Smell that's what it's like. "Pagosa" means "healing" in Ute so a lot of tourists come here to sit in the waters and get healed, I guess. The mound behind Ronski and I is a huge sulfur mound thing. Then we came home and played in the snow. His parents have never seen this much snow and they've lived there over 20 years! In fact, school has been closed 7 times already! This is how deep it was...

It had been a warm week before we got there, but a week before that all they could see of the truck was top of the antennae! Aaron and his brother Ryan snowboarded down ramps they made while I recorded them and kept my dignity. :) We got some good sledding in too. I have probably watched these videos 40 times or more already and they make me laff.

The boys did have some really good runs, but these are the videos that make me laff so I thought I would post them instead. This one shows Aaron's grace. :)

And here was Ryan's last run. He was in A LOT of pain the next couple days and gave himself a huge gash on his forehead...

And this is a neighbor kid named Owen who was a little weird... :) See all the holes around him? He made all those too. He probably did this like 50 times. I was laffing so hard.

Sunday we went to their small little ward. There were only 15 ladies in Relief Society! The cool thing is that the church is true no matter where you are! We came home and feasted and then Aaron took me to Wolf Creek. It's a mountain pass that was closed a few weeks ago because of all the avalanches from too much snow.

Monday we drove home through a different mountain pass. We went through Durango, Silverton, and Ouray. There is a really cool train that goes through them. It was another beautiful drive.

It was a really great weekend. Stress-free, fun, going new places, meeting new people, and being with someone I really enjoy.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Day of Love

Ronski and I saw this sign while exploring Gardner Village last Saturday. It made me laff. Just say it like it is!!

And something tacky, yet hilarious... on Sunday my brother and I were coming up with "Mormon pick-up lines". One was "Is your name virtue? ...because you are garnishing my thoughts unceasingly!" Yes, I do realize that you just rolled your eyes, but I made up this one and it definitely won:

Are you a Gadianton Robber? ...because I think you have the secret combination to my heart!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Princess Bride (ish)

My dad told me about this video. I love The Princess Bride and I supported Romney so I found it quite humorous!

I'm not smart enough to know how to load the video into the post, so you'll have to click on the link!

"I'm not a witch! I'm your wife!"

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Funeral

I REALLY enjoyed President Hinckley’s funeral. It was a cold day, but I felt nothing but warmth from the proceedings.

I took many notes on things that impressed me. These are things I’ve learned from President Hinckley that I hope I can take into my life:
* Be a strong link between the past generations and our future generations. Don't be the weak link.
* Believe in growth. Growth only comes with faith, courage, discipline, hard work, and the Lord's help.
* Believe in miracles!
* Although President Hinckley mourned for his wife so much, he went to the Lord and let compassion for others fill in the gap.
* Bring optimism to even the worst situations! He would always says, "Oh, things will work out."
* Choose to be true to covenants.
* Have so much faith in your heart that there is no room for fear.
* Desire to bless ordinary people with opportunities.
* ”Forget yourself and go to work!”

President Hinckley chose to consecrate his life to the Lord. He chose to do his best. He chose to go forward with faith. He chose to get the gospel down into his heart. If we try to live the same, the best can be yet to come and our lives can be similarly blessed. Everything about him continues.
May we move forward and try in every way to bring honor to his name. We can stand a little taller and give our best trying to wear out our life in His service. What a joy it will be to be able to live with him again and 'walk the halls of eternity together'.