Monday, April 28, 2008

Tiptoeing thru the Tulips

I can't lie; I love to drag Aaron with me to things like the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point. We went on Saturday and it was windy and a bit chilly, but it was still nice to be outside walking around. In all honesty, the gardens were just decent. There were quite a few tulips, but we were told that most of them haven't even bloomed because of how stinking cold it has been! I did enjoy myself, but was a bit disappointed at the price for barely anything to be in bloom. Just realize you are looking at pictures of JUST the bloom... there were acres and acres of no bloom. Warning: this is going to be a picture happy post!

The grounds are INCREDIBLE, but would have looked really great if all of the plants weren't dead!


Oh and since it was called the Tulip Festival, I guess I'll share some pictures of flowers!




And I had to get a "senior portrait". :)

I threatened Ronski that I'd put this up... :)


Lastly, here is me and mi amor. Warning: this post turns PG...


Thursday, April 24, 2008

I WON!!!!!!!

In the past week I have received at least 31 of these types of messages:

"Attention:On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr. JürgeKrügger. I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned undelivered. I wish to notify you that late Engr. Jürge Krügger made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Thirty Million, One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$30,100.000.00) to you in his WILL.This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true. Please if I reach you as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time."
Or
"We happily announce to you the draw of the BRITISH WEB LOTTERY. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £750,000.00 {Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain pounds Sterlings} in cash."

I had previously ignored all these messages but now that I've recorded how popular I really am and how much people I don't even know love me and how I'm winning contests I didn't even enter, why in the world would I keep ignoring these!?! I could retire for life this very second! I could take every single one of you on a trip of your choice. I could own an elephant! Life is looking really good!

Okay so on a more serious note. Does anyone else get SO freaking sick of these messages??!! I can't believe I got that many in one week! (And I even quit my list after a few days!) I can't lie though, the sentences like, "this may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true" do at least make me crack a smile.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reunited. And it feels so good!

Saturday night was a Nauvoo Roomie Reunion!!! This was the first time in three years that we've been together. And we seemed to have doubled in numbers! We gorged ourselves on Brick Oven Pizza and then watched a slideshow of the old times and laffed our heads off.
It's crazy how time has changed! Two have left and come back from missions, two have gotten married, one is having a baby in a month...
Nina, Kris, Bec, and Angie. Gee, we're good-looking!
This candid picture cracks me up. It's so perfect!


I love you girls! Thanks for the good times!

Monday, April 21, 2008

True Cougars

We decided it was high time that we became True Cougars and climb to the Y! But by the time we were together on Saturday it was insanely windy so we decided against it and just went on a drive instead. Well, we ended up driving to the base of the trail. And then we decided to just go for a few minutes and see how it was! Well, once we started we didn't stop! It was a pretty decent little hike, especially with the whipping wind! When we finally got a view of it, it didn't even dawn on me that it was the Y... I thought it was remnants of snow!! (I'm blaming that on the terrible visibility... I hope it wasn't my eyes!)


Here was our awesome view once we got up there...


Go ahead. Be jealous. :)

And here we are. Two True Cougars!















We found this bomb shelter on the way back. We tried to hide from the wind but unfortunatley it was locked. Bummer!



We might not have had a great view, but we had a blast anyway. We definitely want to do it again. Next time we'll take a romantic picnic and watch the sun set. :)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Feeling Loved


I've been stressed about something lately that hopefully won't end up as too big of a problem and my work sent these to me. My heart totally skipped a beat when the delivery dude came through the door and asked for me. It was SO thoughtful and made me feel loved. So a big thank you my work peeps. Funny how I've never gotten flowers from a guy though. :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Weekend Goodness

.....Flip flops.....BBQ Chicken.....Eating outside.....Pulling weeds.....Sunshine.....Bike rides.....Running.....Star gazing.....Football.....Capris.....Short sleeves.....Sitting out....."Tanning my legs".....Noticing buds on trees.....Sunshine.....Daffodils.....Soft green grass......No sweaters.....Laffing.....Cotton dress.....Windows open.....Just soaking it up.....That WARM feeling.....Hooray, woot woot, HALLELUJAH for a warm weekend, FINALLY!.....

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Aging

I liked this reflection from an older woman:

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometimes despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror (who looks like my mother!), but I don't agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avant-garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60&70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love...I will. I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day if I feel like it.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Willow Park Zoo

A Ham (yet another nickname) and I headed up to Logan last weekend. We checked out this zoo which cost one dollar... it was worth about that much. :)

I think a better name for the zoo would have been aviary because there were pretty much only birds! FYI, there were many signs saying that these birds were hurt in the wild and that none of them had had their wings clipped or anything. (Just in case any of you animal activists were worried!)














The eagle NEVER moved from that position. I began to wonder if he was stuffed...

I thought the owl had a really cool "exhibit". I liked his old-time telephone pole. FYI, he is on the top of the pole.






















This, however, was my favorite animal...




WHO DOES THAT!!!???


For some reason, I have a strange attachment to this carrot bat that I got Aaron for Easter. I held it for hours straight... including the zoo. I tried to stir things up a bit and get the animals to come and eat it, but only one took me up on the offer. (Please see below) Then I got kicked out. I guess they are serious about the signs that say "Don't Feed the Animals". Oh well. Good times. :)



Thursday, April 3, 2008

Would You DARE??

I recently heard about this:

In Zimbabwe, you can go to the magnificent Victoria Falls....



And if you dare... YOU CAN SWIM TO THE EDGE OF THE FALLS!!!





So, would you dare!?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spring Cleaning

Love these:

As seasons change, we often reorganize our homes, clear out clutter, and start fresh. We donate outgrown clothing and toys, books and furniture we no longer need, and items that simply collect dust. Afterward, our homes look larger and brighter, and our souls feel invigorated.

But sometimes our minds and hearts need a good housecleaning just as much as our homes do. We need a chance to rid ourselves of unhealthy habits, negative attitudes, or useless excuses. For years some of us cling to grudges and misunderstandings as if they were priceless treasures, when really they’re cluttering our lives.

Many of the discouraging messages we heard earlier in life are still hanging in our closets like worn-out clothing and need to be tossed. Old offenses need to be swept out too, and while we’re at it, let’s get rid of the unkind gossip we’ve heard, the snap judgments we’ve made, and the less-than-loving thoughts we’ve had about others. Just as a fresh coat of paint and a colorful new rug can revive a dreary room, so also can a patient, understanding attitude toward others bring a fresh perspective and add new life to our relationships with others.

We all benefit from a spotless, organized home; just imagine how we’d benefit from a clean mind, unsoiled by the memories of unhappy times long past. Deep cleaning is never easy, but remember that while your kitchen floor and your carpet may have spots you can’t remove, there are no permanent stains on the soul. The effort is worth it, because homes, like lives, tend to stay cleaner longer once we’ve felt the exhilaration of a good spring cleaning.

-Lloyd Newell

You have a choice. You can wring your hands and be consumed withconcern for the future or choose to use the counsel the Lord has given to live with peace and happiness in a world awash with evil. If you choose to concentrate on the dark side, this is what you will see. Now the brighter side-- despite pockets of evil, the world overall is majestically beautiful, filled with many good and sincere people. God has provided a way to live in this world and not be contaminated by the degrading pressures evil agents spread throughout it. You can live a virtuous, productive, righteous life by following the plan of protection created by your Father in Heaven: His plan of happiness.

-Richard G. Scott