Sunday, April 25, 2010

Probably my favorite photo from the trip and my second favorite is below, which I took on the island of the picture below this one.
It was a great anniversary trip. I am grateful to have a husband who is willing to do things so last minute. We decided Wed before the weekend to go somewhere, then Thursday we decided San Francisco. Friday we booked the hotel and the tickets to Alcatraz.

Saturday we left at 4am and drove the most boring drive to San Francisco, it started to get interesting after getting out of Nevada. Then we finally found parking by our hotel, which doesn't have free parking. Took a 15 minute nap and headed to Fisherman's Wharf. We walked around and found a place to eat and just kinda took things in. Very nice anniversary dinner, beautiful sunset and you can see above, and just a nice walk together. Then back to the hotel.

Sunday we got up, checked out, and booked it to Alcatraz, we almost missed the boat, and we parked in the most expensive parking in San Francisco. Alcatraz we so cool, the audio tour was totally worth it, we even might have come home with a piece of the "Rock".

Then after Alcatraz we walked around Pier 39, where we found the infamous sea lions, probably James' favorite part of the trip. If you check my facebook album you will see one of them scratching their nose (it was pretty cool).

Following that we decided to check out China Town, that was pretty sweet, and way cheaper to eat there. Way cheaper. And we got to see big fish, and bought chopsticks to let the missionaries use every time they eat over.

Then we headed towards Palo Alto/Stanford area. We visited with one of my old school friends from Atlanta, Carrie. She and her husband are gonna have a baby in about 10 weeks or so, she is so stinkin cute. It was kinda crazy to have a sleep over with boys. The only sleepovers we ever had was with girls, then all the sudden we were sleeping over with boys, but each of us had a boy in our bed, and it was legal! It took me a second to be ok with that, it was kinda like I forgot what year I was living in cuz we didn't miss a beat when we got together. Any way that was lots of fun, Carrie gave us a nice walk/tour of Stanford and Chris' hockey team won that night 1-0.

Then Monday morning we left around 8am and got home about 11:30pm, 1 ticket in Nevada and killed 2 rabbits in Utah. I never, we never, ever want to drive that drive through Nevada again, in fact we have a family reunion to go to in WA and we were thinking about detouring to the Redwood Forest, well the fastest way would be through that ugly northern NV so you can forget that.

And on another note, I got another calling today, not gonna lie, pretty excited about it. Ward Co-camp director. They are only doing ward girls camp this year, but I love girls camp, so hopefully I can get all of camp off, if not at least two or three days. Either way I am so excited.

So there is your weekly update.......

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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ps a post about our anniversary trip will come soon

Friday, April 16, 2010

One Freaking Year

Can you believe it? I am having a hard time believing that James and I will have been married for one year tomorrow, in honor of such we are taking a trip......more like a mini honeymoon. We are going to San Francisco....not gonna lie, I am pretty excited.

This is where we will be staying on our anniversary night

Hotel Kabuki

And then we will walk around and then Sunday we will got to

Alcatraz in the morning and who knows what else after that, Fisherman's Warf, Pier 39, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Cable cars, all that jazz...

Then Sunday night we are gonna drive just a bit away and stay with my friend Carrie and her husband Chris, it feels like I haven't seen her in forever, it has only been over a year. But that will be fun, then drive back Monday morning....short, fast, but fun!

Happy One Year to us!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Books of Snow

Snow is falling all around, on April 6th its on the ground......12" of snow last was raining last I heard, we left to go to the temple today and there was about 12". Crazy! Well at least it isn't raining dirt, it is snowing dirt instead.

Well I got a letter in the mail stating that James was approved for his permanent resident status, which we already knew, and he got a letter welcoming him to the USA.

Our anniversary is only like a week and a half away, and we might not be doing much but dinner and a movie and a trip to the temple, because we are trying to save money and we also want to be able to go to Kenewick WA for a family reunion in July....hopefully if I can get off work for it, I suppose we will see. I can put in the request until they put the schedule out.

We are looking into filling out a FAFSA for James so he might can get a grant for school especially now that he can as a permanent resident. Take a few classes here and there till we get settled and he can go full time.

I am about to start reading a book called "Neverland J.M Barrie, The Du Mauriers, and the dark side of Peter Pan" by Piers Dudgeon. I didn't get much of what it is about, but kind of how from a demented mind Peter Pan emerged. When I saw the name of the book I immediatley thought about Sister Sylvester, a companion from my mission. She is absolutely obsessed with Peter Pan, I suppose I will let you know Carrie if you should read it or not, It might ruin your love for the Pan. So until then, stay away.

We went to the library where I found it under the New Book section for Non-Fiction. I also checked out "Are you there God? Its me Margaret" I never read that one as a kid and everyone talked about it, so I figured I should read it, and I checked out the books that continue from probably my favorite book "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. Hatchet wasn't there unfortunantley but "Brian's Winter" was there which tells if Brian had never made it out and had to survive a cold winter in the Canadian Wilderness, and I know how cold that can be. Then there was "The River" or "Brian's River" or something which is when the govt. wants Brian to show them how he survived and then they phsycologist who went with him got struck by lightening and Brian tries to get the two of them down river to the trading those are some reads in the next week. And then I got "Jurassic Park". So I will be reading, I hope....I like it, in fact I was looking around the house the other day for a good book, but after reading "The Green Mile", chronicles of narnia just didn't feel right.