Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My last year of school!!

So on August 31, 2010 I officially started my last year at BYU! Wahoo. Matt and I will both be graduating in April 2011. I cant believe we will have been married for 2 years when we graduate! We are so very excited to pass this stage of life and move on to the next, law school for him and dental hygiene for me :)

(The baby cougar is much cuter than the real one haha)

And not to mention we are just dying to get out of Provo! Don't get me wrong I have enjoyed my time here and learned to appreciate the good things Utah has to offer but its just not where I want to be permanently and I am sick of living in a college town, it definitely changes in Provo when your married instead of single. I am really hoping to go somewhere on the east coast so we will see where Matt gets accepted and then I can't wait to start planning! This semester so far scares me. I am just at that lazy point where I am so sick of school and homework and I just wish I was already done but I know I will get through it it just takes frequent pep talks from Matt haha. I don't understand how he never really stresses out. And the rare times he does he hardly shows it, that boy seriously has so many amazing qualities that I need to pick up on. So this semester I am taking Worksite Health Promotion, Personal Training Strategies(where my teacher scares me and literally locks us out if we are not there right when class starts...lame!), Food prep (which I am taking with Matt and it is way fun), and then Microbiology with Micro lab (ahh shoot me now this class is hard! but the stuff is interesting). So that is how it goes. All I have left to do for next semester is take Public Speaking (ahhh! there is a reason I waited until my last semester to take this), and take Problems in Exercise Prescription, and then there is this stinkin internship that I have to do 200 hours for! I mean seriously I don't want to do this internship its lame and what am I supposed to do for 200 hours, if you have any ideas let me know! So that is the forecast for the semester...stress+stress+stress+really relaxed husband=wife still stressed even about things that don't matter. Well on another note I am doing some things to keep me sane: Working out at Golds with Matt, reading a few good books, sewing some projects, and doing some fun home decorating and crafts. Some pictures to come of my latest craft that I am super proud of! :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010


So 2 weeks before school started we decided to do a spontaneous trip to Disneyland and the Baird family came with us. This is gonna be a long post but sorry I took lots of pictures! We left super early on Wednesday at 5:30 am!! It was so hard to wake up that early. Matt was awesome and drove the whole way and we arrived in Anaheim at 3:30 pm. On the way up we stopped in vegas to see my mom which was fun and we got to strecth our legs a nit. I'd say we made pretty good time :). We got all checked in to our hotel and relaxed a bit.

We all napped, showered and got actually got ready. Our first adventure was a trip to Downtown Disney. We went to eat dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. Mmmm Matt got the coconut shrimp and I got a caesar salad and we shared. Dinner was super yummy!.

We walked around downtown disney for a bit and I got some yummy new perfume at Sephora. Then we sat down in the area between the 2 parks to watch the fireworks, which are awesome! We went back to the hotel and crashed.
The next morning was our first day at Disneyland!!! I was happier than a kid on Christmas and Matt tells me he has never seen anyone walk as fast as I do at Disneyland haha.
Here we are at the entrance.

Our first ride of the day was Space Mountain. Here are the 4 of us waiting in line. Me, Matt, Chris, and Ally.

Here is the place we ate lunch Cafe Orleans. Matt got the gumbo and I got a caesar salad, they were both way good. I think caesar salad is the best food at disneyland, well besides the churros! We even got to see Princess Tiana and her band walk by.

Ally was getting blisters from her shoes so her and Chris ran back to the hotel and Matt and I waited in line for Indiana Jones, when they got back we used our fast passes and rode it again!

I got a churro!!

Going on It's a Small World, Matt had never been because his sisters all hated this ride.

Matterhorn=rode it 3 times=our favorite ride!!

The California A!

Hollywood Tower of Terror my favorite ride at California Adventures

We went and ate dinner at Bubba Gumps one of my favorite places! And then we rushed back to watch World of Color a new water show at California ADventure

World of Color! It was really cool.

After the show we rushed to the Toy Story 3D ride, so fun!! and I totally dominated Matt :)

It was a successful day...now on to day 2 of Disneyland!
First of all I got a jamba and a pretzel for breakfast yummy!

Main Street!

The Jungle Cruise! The piranha part scared me so bad

We ate lunch at the Pizza Port and shared another caesar salad and a tasty rootbeer :)

Captain Matt Sparrow

Splash Mountain where Matt got soaked and Chris' face is hilarious

Mad hatter

We got to see Mickey!

And we got a yummy Mickey Premium bar, it was dark chocolate and soo yummy!

California Screamin'

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Splash Mountain again

Kissing in front of the castle with practically no one around. aww love my husband :)

Well that concludes our disneyland part of the trip. We had soo much fun and all together we rode: Space Mountain, Indiana Jones(x3), Splash Mountain (x2), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates(x2), Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Astro Blasters, Peter Pan, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, Alice in Wonderland, Matterhorn (x3), Tower of Terror (x2), Mulholland Madness, Toy Story, California Screamin, and Im sure a few others that I can't think of right now but we sure accomplished a lot! We are thinking another trip will have to occur soon possibly in february again :)
So on Saturday we slept in, packed up, and checked out and drove to long Beach. We had lunch at BJ's and then went to the beach. It was so breezy and cold so I just lay there covered in a blanket and we fell asleep for like an hour and a half! But it was soo nice.

We then headed back to the hotel to relax, we went to the hot tub and met a crazy guy and then we chilled in our room. Ally and I watched Enchanted while the boys went and got Bubba Gumps to go for dinner. It was the perfect end to a great vacation! Ally and Chris flew out early Sunday Morning and Matt and I slept in and then got everything ready to go. We went to visit Rachel for a bit before we headed back to Provo and then we made the long journey home :( I want to go back to Disneyland soo bad already. We had a lot of fun and we are so glad the bairds came with us! thanks guys! And Disneyland don't woory we'll be back soon. Oh no I didnt get any pictures of my cute new sweatshirt and stuffed animal Pluto :( Oh well you'll just have to take my word for it :).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Boating Trip!!

So Matt and I have been dying all summer to get out on the lake and do some wakeboarding and other lake like activities but lo and behold we have no boat :( Well our friends Jon and Jordan recently bought a boat and we got to go out with them one afternoon yay!!! We had lots of fun and it was only Matt's 2nd time! When we were getting back to the dock however it was already dark...bad bad idea. We gotten eaten alive by mosquitoes they were everywhere!! It was disgusting. Well the next day I woke up and discovered so many bug bites all over my body. No joke over 100 bites all over. It was pure torture for the rest of the week. I just took a ton of benadryl rubbed my entire body down with calamine lotion and cortizone and tried to sleep as much as possible. It was miserable!! So while we had fun boating it was definitely not worth it bc of the bites. Oh ya and just about every single one scarred too so the backs of my legs are soo ugly now :( Seriuosly I am embarrassed now. Anyways never ever go near Utah Lake at night or you will die. Oh ya and the Mr. not one single bite not one! Same thing happened on our honeymoon in costa rica i got bit all over when he told me "oh no we don't need bug spray we'll be fine" little did I know he is immune to them! ugh I am so jealous of his perfect condition and scarless (is that a word?) body :(. Now I have to apply mederma multiple times a day to try to help the scars at least fade. Well here are some pictures of the fun part of our lake experience and thanks Jordan for taking us out on your boat!!

Here is my sister Brittany. She had that huge smile on her face the whole time!

Matt getting ready.

Flag duty


Me and Britt

Stud muffin

Well that was our adventure I cant say ill be going back to Utah Lake anytime soon tho. One of these days I will get Mr. Ekman to write something, he would have the insider details on my bug bites haha he had to put up with me the whole time I was miserable, he was of course the perfect care taker. Love you babe!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Shooting and Hobo Dinners Date

So I think this activity was sometime in August. It was on a Saturday we met up with one of Matt's mission companions Dave and his wife Christina (we do lots of fun stuff with them). First we went to Gunnies (Matt's favorite store)so that Christina could get some ear protection and then we headed off to the other side of Utah Lake to our favorite shooting spot, also where Matt and I went on our first date, and where Matt proposed to me :). See its a good place. We set up all our water bottles to shoot at and off we went. After shooting we went to get shakes at Arctic Circle (Christina had a coupon woohoo!) and they were yummy. We headed back to our house to put together our hobo tin foil dinners. Then we went and got some drinks and snacks and headed up to one of the campgrounds at Squaw Peak to make our dinner.The boys made a good fire and we had a good dinner. It was really fun to just chill around the campfire. Here are some pics of the event :)
Matt and Dave loading up

Waiting for the boys to be done.

Making a fire. We have such good Eagle Scouts

Our dinner. yum!

Tasting their "special creations"

It was a very successful and fun Saturday. Thanks Dave and Christina for coming with us!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lagoon with the Fam

So here is my part 2 post of when my family was in town in July. We all went to Lagoon and it was so much fun. I haven't been in so long and Matt had never been so we had a good time.
Here we are at the entrance to the spider ride which was really fun it was a fast roller coaster and the whole time the car which seats 4 is spinning different directions it was awesome!

Blake, Morgan, Britt, and Quinn all went on the log flume ride, but Matt waited with me I didnt want to get wet :(

Matt would just love to have a gun collection one day...in the very distant future haha

The family except my mom is taking the picture.

Fun rocket one

I loved the bumper cars! I just laughed the whole time and Matt would laugh at me laughing.

This was supposed to be a little kid ride but it was fast and scary it felt like we would flip around. This made us all sick afterwards. \

Me being scared and Matt laughing because I was screaming so much.

Yummy dippin dots!

Wild Mouse Ride! So fun! the best is my dad laughing hysterically behind us.

Here are our old western photos. The girls were saloon ladies and the boys were outlaws. It was fun and Matt was such a sexy outlaw!

Leaving Lagoon :(

We had so much fun and later we went to the hotel room when and picked up pizzas from The Pie and sodas and then we ate pizza and watched The Prince of Persia. We even got to see some 24th of July fireworks from the hotel balcony. Thanks so much mom and dad for such a fun weekend!! We love you!