8.07.2016

July Haps


Just some random July happenings. We went to Morty's one Saturday to get burgers. It's always fun to go out with this guy, even if we get the food to go and end up back home/


I have been wanting to get a kitchen island to replace our big table. I figured we could just buy one, but they are a bit expensive, so Greg took it upon himself to make one himself. Not going to lie, when he told me he needed some 2x4's, I was a bit nervous to see what he was going to come up with, but it's turning out really nice so far, and he has put a lot of work into it.



Just some random pictures of the two of us. He loves when I take pictures, so I have to pretend that I'm not....




I convinced Greg to go with me when I got my hair done last. We had a great time with my favorite hairstylist, Tami. She did her best to convince him to get us a house, but was not successful. She sure tried though!

National Ice Cream Day happened. Ice cream just iscny as awesome as it once was, but I still do love it.

Greg's favorite store is going out of business. We've got until the end of October to enjoy it's presence.

I won't post my usual funniness about these next pictures. Just know that it was funny, and I literally laughed out loud in church when I saw it.


We had some excitement a few weeks ago at work. I head to lunch, and as I look out the window, I see about 3 cop cars. I thought that maybe one of our baits had tripped, and they were there to see what was going on. So I go let my manager know. She goes out and comes in a little later telling us all to just stay inside, and that they had a potentially armed, suicidal man over at the bus stop in front of Wal-Mart. We didn't really think anything of it, until all of a sudden we hear, "Shots fired, shots fired" and all the police that were in front of the credit union run past the windows over towards the bus stop. That, of course, got our attention, so we went into our manager's office where we actually had a pretty good view of what was going on. They had blocked off all of main street, the roads coming out of Wal-Mart, so needless to say, no one was coming in the branch. We didn't see what happened initially, just that the perp (I get to call him that, right?) was on the ground, and the officers were moving in. A short time later an ambulance pulled up and they took the guy away. They had things blocked off for a good two hours. It was seriously crazy, intense, and I'm sure we looked nuts all gathered at the window to see what was happening. Then, of course we had people asking us all day what happened. It was crazy, is all I can say about it. According to the news, that took forever to break the story, the man was from Preston, and was looking for "suicide by cop". Needless to say, he ended up shooting himself in the head, but survived. (Well, at least the last I had heard.) I was very impressed with how the cops handled the situation though. It could have been a lot worse, I'm sure. First a bomb threat (from a few years ago), and then this shooting. Crazy times for sure!



Last Thursday Chandler and I went down to Salt Lake to do some "job shadowing" at the ops center. Worst idea ever. Now I want to either move to SLC or commute. It was a good day though. Good to meet some of the people I only talk to and hate over the phone. I don't hate them all anymore.

Muah...hahahahaha....I've been planning this for at least 3 weeks and got an opportunity to do it. I was on his computer helping him with something, then he turned away for a minute and I got this done. My profile says, "I am Steve's favorite co-worker."

7.31.2016

4th of July with Pop-Its

Kandyce, Clay, Liam and Myka came over on the 2nd (my birthday) to say hi. They are always so good to come visit when they're in town, and I really appreciate it. I shared my cupcakes that mom & dad had given me, then we went outside for a bit.

 We sat on the swing, then I remembered that we had gotten some pop-its for my birthday celebration at work, so I grabbed them for the kids to play with. We had a lot of fun with them. Myka was the cutest. She's hasn't been one to be very warm towards me, but she was this day. She would go sit on the swing and tell me to come sit with her. She's just a doll.

Liam was a beast. He's such a cute kid. He was pretending to be a dinosaur, and spitting all over. It was pretty funny though.
I forgot that Liam doesn't like loud noises, so I think the first one I threw scared him a bit, but after that he warmed up and had fun popping them.

Here is a cute little video of them playing with the pop-its.
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When we were out of pop-its, we decided to play in the sprinkler. Liam was a bit more hesitant than his sister, but Myka just went right in there and stood while the sprinkler got her soaked. It was pretty funny. Then Liam would grab my hand and pull me into the sprinkler, then say, "Stay here," while he would run away.

It was a lot of fun spending time with these two, and playing around, and hearing them actually talk to me. I can't believe how big they are getting. Myka just is more and more grown up every time I see her. I'm thinking it's time for another niece or nephew to come along.

And one last video of them playing in the water. It was lots of fun!
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7.24.2016

The Big 3-0!

It finally happened. I turned the big 3-0. It was just as awful as I expected it to be. Just another year older, and not much to show for it.

Just kidding, but it was a good day. Greg surprised me by redoing our kitchen floor. Goodbye ugly carpet, hello beautiful floor. I was a bit nervous about it, but he did a good job. I love it.

This is what the floor looked like under the beautiful carpet.

The final product.

Doesn't it look so great? I love it.

This is what I walked into at work. We loved us some good parties and decorating.



We continue to have fun with them, even weeks later.

The giraffe/elephant combo won the "chicken war". We're totally mature.

Since it was the Friday before the 4th, and we got beautiful sparkly crowns and necklaces. It was a good day for sure.

My actual birthday was good too. Mom and Dad stopped by with some rugs for my kitchen, and some cupcakes. It was good to see them.

Then Kandyce, Clay and the kids stopped by where we had loads of fun, which I'll post about later.

Greg spoiled me rotten, like usual, and I'm excited to see what this year brings.

Some Randoms

Last month I started seeing a Chiropractor, which, I will not get into on this page, mostly because there isn't much to tell.Anywho, driving from work to the Chiropractor allows me to drive past the temple. I forget how beautiful it is up close. How often we take for granted the fact that it is literally 5 minutes away.


Because, let's face it, I was a cute kid, and this was one of the rare times Brady and I got along. Haha!


At work, we had a LEGO day, where kids came and played with LEGOs. This day was also the day that our Area Manager and his boss came to discuss the "new" MSR program. I spent a good amount of time in there talking to them, and asking them various questions. It has been just a really rough year and a half. In some ways it has gotten better, and in other ways, it hasn't. I love it there, and I love what I do, but if this is going to be a career for me, it needs to be somewhere that I feel like I am appreciated and if I were to ever try to leave, they would fight to keep me there. Once upon a time it felt that way, but not so much anymore. It was really good to spend some time with Mike & Kevin though.

Anyway, back to the LEGOs...we had a few left over, so I grabbed one. I was a total jerk though, and only grabbed one for myself. Chandler was a bit mad, so when I went to lunch, he stole my LEGOs and started building them himself. I suppose I could have been a bit more upset with him, but I deserved it. This is his, "This is so stupid" look. Grateful to have such a fun co-worker/station neighbor.


Oh, just looking for flooring to replace our carpeted kitchen. I had my doubts as to whether he'd actually do it or not.


Greg and I were asked to babysit one night for some members in our ward. Normally, I would make excuses to not, but since the lady is one of the sisters I'm assigned to visit teach, and I haven't been in a while, I couldn't say no. Plus, it was so they could go to a church meeting. They have 3 kids, and the two girls were so cute. The oldest has a disability, so the mom wrote out a schedule to follow, which was nice. The youngest, who is probably 2, just clung to me. It was nice to feel loved. I even was able to hold her pretty much the entire night. Then, when we were watching a movie, the two little girls wanted to sit on my lap and cuddle. It was great. Greg was awesome to go with me, even though I knew he really did not want to. Grateful that he came.

 

Summer Work Party 2016

I have gone to the work party for the last few years, and it's always been somewhat fun, mostly because I was with my Logan co-workers. This year they were going to "Finding Dory" with dinner afterward. I didn't sign up to go, because it just didn't appeal to me. A few weeks prior to the event, I was talking with my co-worker Chandler about it. I told him I wasn't going to go, then he said that I could be his plus-one if I wanted. I figured, what the heck, plus, in years prior they have drawings, where I have earned some money. Can't say no to that.

The Saturday morning of, I was working with Kriss, when we both got this text from Chandler about where the movie was being watched.

Kriss and I both responded at the same time with, "Trashy is the new Classy." Did I mention that we were both wearing the same color tops? Yeah, awkward!

Chandler had already gone down to SLC, (hashtag worst date ever!), so I rode down with Kriss and our other co-worker Shannon. (It's important that I also mention that Steve was in the Caribbean on a cruise.)

We get there and get our tickets, and say hi to some of our other work peeps. Caleb was there with his wife, so I chatted with him for a bit. Seriously miss that kid. Chandler finally showed up so we went into the theater. I was quite shocked at how full it was, granted everyone had their 50 kids with them, so it filled up fast.

Chandler and I enjoyed making our own commentary throughout the previews. Then were a bit more quiet once the movie started. It was a really cute movie, but holy cow it dragged on FOREVER! There were bout 7 different times they could have ended it. I nearly shouted, "Just die already!" (Seinfield reference). Chandler called me heartless, but good heavens. It was really long. (Netflix and TV series have ruined me! 45 minutes is long enough.)

It was really cute though.


After the movie we headed upstairs where we enjoyed some catered Cafe Rio. We sat in the very corner to avoid having to associate with anyone, and so we could people watch. Our HR guys got up and introduced everyone. It's interesting being able to put faces with names and voices.


Once dinner was over, they did have a drawing, but it was for one movie package, and a bunch of Bee's tickets. Totally not worth it. But it was fun to talk with my Logan peeps and see Caleb and Britt. We also took some epic photos. (Kriss & I photo bombing this table. I was saying goodbye to Caleb (who's head is behind the flower)


 It was a good evening. It would be nice if they would do it in Logan in the future, though. The drive is not fun, but it was a night out, so I can't complain.

While I was gone, Greg texted me some photos of our Lily's. They are always so gorgeous! I love when they bloom, and love that we have a variety of colors.

More and more bloom every year. The yellow ones are the newest.



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