Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Well we had a GREAT time with my parents while they were in town! My dad is so nice-- he brought their carpet cleaner and carpet cleaned our floors and couch for us! It feels so good to have everything a little cleaner! Thanks Dad! We kinda just hung out, went to the park, ran some errands, had some fun. We ate at Bombay House.. surprisingly delicious! mmm mm! And we also watched 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?' UM it was the perfect movie for my family to watch.. Lots of dry humor and my dad really loved it because he can relate to the country boy/ gun shooting/ wilderness thing which made it extra funny for us and it was really fun to watch it with him there (ok fine so we can all relate a little, but my dad the most!)! ALSO it was pretty clean as far as romantic comedies go.

Here are some random pictures from the last few weeks- Surprisingly they are ALL of Sammie.. who'd have thought?? :

She is just so big now!
Jacob thought it would be funny to turn her into a burrito and she loved it.
Sammie and her friend Kamryn eating grilled cheese and watching 'Meet The Robinson's'

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

New ward boundaries!

Our ward was really big. Now it's not. We lost about half our ward!!! And then got a random area to add a few more! I'm bummed AND excited. My VT companion and both my VTees are no longer in the ward! So sad! It's kinda sad because I will really miss a lot of people, but at the same time I think it will create better ward unity because word is that there will now be one RS and one Elders Quorum! Nice! I'm pretty excited to get to know the girls that are still in the ward that were in the other RS and the new ones to come in. I think it will be a good thing... But I will miss a LOT of girls! All you mommies know who you are! And we should still do playgroup together, ok?!

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Friday, March 26, 2010


My parents are coming into town tonight! I'm super excited :)

ALSO I would like to add that Anita Stansfield books frustrate me to no end... Good books, except that she spends about 50 pages of each book having the characters crying everywhere. Dumb.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

How clean is YOUR shower?!

We live in an old apartment. There has always been a nice build up of soap scum in the shower-- my guess is that its literally DECADES old. I have tried different things on it.. Cleaners that claim to get rid of it, other bathroom cleaners, some all purpose cleaners, bleach.... Nothing worked so I have just kind of lived with it. This evening I was at Wal Mart and went over to pick up a package of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and saw this:

I decided it would be worth at least trying... I could always return it later if it didn't work. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! It really worked!! It did require some elbow grease, but that would be expected when there are decades of soap scum on your shower wall. It only took me a few minutes to discover something about our shower that I didn't know before...
The tile is white! NOT cream like I previously thought. O.M.GOSH. disgusting. Anyway 2 hours, an entire magic eraser, a finger rubbed completely raw, and a sore arm later our bathroom is now GLEAMING a beautiful beautiful white. I will no longer cringe when I get in the shower! As I was thinking (2 hours is a long time to have a LOT go through your mind) I came to the conclusion that I might very well be the only person to ever live here that has spent 2 hours just cleaning the tile in the shower. Kinda gross when you consider these apartments are pretty old!
Anyway I very happily have a lovely WHITE (who knew?!) shower!
OH and want to know the best part?? NO fumes! It just had this very light scent that kinda smelled like a fresh smelling man.. very nice! So no headache-- I think a pregnant lady could even safely use it! (If you are pregnant, don't take my word though!)

As a side note: These apartments are really great and as far as cleanliness goes that is really the only thing that has bothered me and we really do love it here :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Career Path!

Wellllll Jacob was pre-med, working on getting into Podiatry school. They are predicting with the new health care bill that health care professionals will eventually be at about a 1/3 pay cut. The average Podiatrist salary is 130,000 a year! Not bad! Cut down to 80-85,000 still isn't bad. What IS bad is graduating with over $200,000 in student loans and trying to pay that off... It's not really looking feasible, so we are officially OFF that path. We ARE incredibly grateful that he hadn't already started med school. We may look into a different higher paying branch of health care. We'll see. We are considering a few different options which are actually really exciting to us, so it isn't all bad :) Just weird to no longer be headed that direction!

Food Storage?!

Seriously, the last thing I thought I would blog about is food storage. Hate to admit it, but of all the church lessons, food storage is the one I'm mostly likely to tune out of! But I just had to share this- last night during our pillow talk Jacob (who LOVES gardening) was telling me about this little seed capsule thing you can buy. It sounds cool (I guess if you're into that sort of thing) it basically keeps your seeds fresh so you can use them for up to 20 years. Anyway, we oh-so-cleverly decided the perfect food storage for us poor college students without any place for storage is a .22 rifle and some seeds! Then you can shoot small animals and plant your own garden!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rockin the gray!

As you all know I have dark brown hair. With dark brown hair those shiny silver strands stand out a LOT (and I'm only 22-sad!). Since having Samantha the amount of gray I have has increased drastically. Dying them is pointless, because the rest of my hair is so dark the silver takes the dye differently and turns out this vibrant shiny silvery brown? anyway you can still totally tell. I've decided to just rock it. I think I'm hoping I'll come off as sophistacated/sexy like Stacy on What Not To Wear.


WELL I know it was last Saturday when I ran, but better late than never to post about it right?
There isn't a whole lot to say.. I met my expectations and was pretty proud of myself :) My purpose of it was to try to enjoy running, which certainly did NOT happen, haha! Although, I no longer hate running. I kinda tolerate it now I guess you could say. It's still one of my last exercise choices. Oh well :) Anyway it was fun and I'm thinking about doing another one on May 1... Just need to find a shin splint cure first! (Seriously, it was a week ago and I STILL have shin splints) Here are some pics!
This is afterwards.. no pictures of me crossing the finish line... Jacob didn't make it back in time! :) oh well

Briana ran it too and did AWESOME! This is us after we'd both finished!

Also, look how sickly pale I am! Anyone have any tips on how to be pale with dark hair and gorgeous like Anne Hathaway??

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


While preparing for the Rex Lee Run (this Saturday!!!!!) I have had a few challenges that I've had to overcome that have been very frustrating for me.
#1- This one is completely my fault and I was really dumb about it but oh well. Samantha was REALLY sick for about 10 days, and I was so exhausted from taking care of her that I skipped my workouts. So I didn't work out more than just 8 min abs/buns/ or thighs for that long!!! Not good.
#2- Shin Splints!!!! I have gotten(wow, bad English here, but I don't know what word to use) shin splints since I was just a little girl! I got some nice shoes (a few months back Runner's corner helped me find some since I run funny) which helped, but didn't cure. Today I went over to 26.2 (awesome new store!) and they gave me some compression things that should help! Yay! If they don't help immediately then tomorrow will be my last run before Saturday because I do NOT want to run when I already have shin splints!
#3- Breathing/ Asthma! Also something that I have had my whole life, but that has been worse since living in Utah (I blame all the pollution, and my doc agreed). I have never been able to run until my legs hurt (I'm talking muscles, not shin splints), or even run until I broke a decent sweat, simply because my lungs would NOT keep up with me!! So frustrating! Anyway I won't go into the boring details, but the Lord was definitely looking out for me when he guided me to discover I might have exercise induced asthma. I went to the doc and we talked for a bit then he prescribed me an inhaler which I used for the first time today... and it was AMAZING the difference. Today I was able to go significantly further than usual, and when I stopped I wasn't choking and gasping fighting to suck in air.. I simply inhaled and my lungs were full!! I still need to build up my lung- endurance, but it was so nice today to be able to catch my breath by slowing to a fast walk, and it was nice to be able to run until I was sweaty and my legs hurt!
So over the last 3 1/2 weeks I have had many frustrations, but I am happy to say that I am super excited for Saturday! I may not be as ready as I hoped to be, but I'm excited and feel like I can make at least myself proud. I'm sure my time won't be very impressive, but that's not what I'm going to worry about :)