Wednesday, February 27, 2013

St. George

On Valentine's Day we got home from work and Jake and I got on the road for St. George. His grandparents were so sweet to let us use their place there for the long weekend. It was so warm and wonderful and we had so much fun. We had a lot of time to just relax and enjoy the warm weather. That was the BEST! Seriously, we have been stuck in the ice box of Salt Lake City for the past 6 months. I had started to turn into a hermit. So it felt AMAZING down there!

We got there Thursday night and left Monday morning. Friday we got up and went to a golf course. Jake's only stipulation about the trip is he got to play. So my only stipulation was that I got to drive a golf cart around to watch him play. I'd never even stepped on a golf course before, and golf was always pretty lame to me. But I had SO much fun! The course was absolutely beautiful! I just drove the hubs around and sat out in the sun. Jake was DANG good too. I was impressed. We had some of the people around us asking what college he played for... he didn't mind. :)

Jacob also took me to a driving range later on that weekend and showed me how to swing a club. It wasn't a pretty sight (if you can tell by the picture). I was able to hit some balls pretty far though. I was proud, I'll be honest. I did have a good teacher though.

We went running along a pretty walkway they had going through the city. Mostly because we were feeling pretty fat from all our eating out. We also drove around and looked at the huge houses like this one.
We went swimming for hours every day. We went shopping and sightseeing. We went to the beautiful St. George temple and hung around their grounds for a while. Basically we had a pretty awesome weekend. I'm really sad it's over though... Time to start planning our next trip so I can have something to look forward to again!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mission Map

I know it's pretty lame that I'm posting the presents I gave on a blog. But I had some people ask what/how I made these. So here it is.
For Christmas I made a world map for my Mother-in-Law, and one for my Dad that had a marking with all of the places people in the family had served a mission for our church. I made the continents by cutting out the shapes on vinyl paper. Then I just stuck the cut outs to a background. Jake helped me print out a flag from each country (or state) and we just glued them to the maps.

I also added the scripture ".. as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." I just had scrapbook letters and stuck them in place. And that's it. I put them in a frame and they were done. 
(Sorry for the photo quality. I just took the pictures with my old phone camera)

When I was all done, this is what they looked like. The first is for the Deklerk side. So there is Jake's D.C. North Mission, Portugal, two Trujillo Peru missions, Japan Fukuoka, and then Japan Kobe mission. (that call came after I made this, so I still need to add another Japanese flag)

For my side of the family, this is what I gave my Dad. Again there is the D.C. flag, then Oklahoma, Nova Scotia, Germany, and South Africa/ Swaziland.
I also wanted to mention how impressed I was while making these as I thought about my immediate family members and the service they gave. It's amazing to see how my family has served and blessed lives ALL over the world. Between everyone there have been missions served in 8 countries and 5 different continents. 10 full time missions in all. That is 18 to 24 months that each of these family members have left everyone behind to teach the gospel, bless lives, and help in any way they can. I am so proud of each and every one of them and all they have done. I am especially thankful for the examples they are to me. I couldn't ask for a better family. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Books Read this Year

This past year I decided to keep track of all the books I read throughout the year. I always read quite a few books, but I've never actually kept track of what I've read. However, with my job I didn't have a lot of time to read, but when I was sitting at my desk a lot of times I would actually just listened to books on tape. So a majority of the books I "read" this year I actually listened to. Anyway, after I finished a book I wrote it down on a list to keep track. I'm pretty sure I still forgot some of them, but here's my list.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Lucky One
  • The Host
  • The Help
  • The Kite Runner (again)
  • All of the Harry Potter Books (again)
  • All of the Hunger Games Books (again)
  • All of the Twilight Books
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • The Notebook
  • Safe Haven
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Ice Princess
  • The Search
  • The Lucky One
  • Ender's Game
  • The Best of Me
  • Paper Towns
  • Matched
  • One for the Money
  • The Casual Vacancy
  • The Racketeer
My favorite of these books that I had never read before would probably be The Help and the Perks of Being a Wallflower. Least favorite, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Hands Down. What do you guys think? And do you have anything you would suggest I read next?? Really, I'd LOVE some suggestions!