Saturday, May 30, 2009

Homesick for Rexburg of All Places!

For the first time in years, I am actually a little homesick! Yes, I am actually missing Rexburg and all it's quirkiness! The list of things I miss in and around Rexburg could go on and on, but here are just eleven things I miss out of many:

1. The Temple. Now I know there are plenty here in Utah and Salt Lake counties - six total - but none of them are MY temple. There was just something about walking out in our yard while I was in high school and looking up on the hill, only to see a house of the Lord being built, and when it was done, to see it glow for miles and miles around. I loved driving home after being out in the desert, and seeing it glowing on the hill a good 30 miles away! Even before it was dedicated I loved to drive by the temple, park the car in the parking lot, and just think.

2. The TETONS! I love, love, LOVE these mountains!! Yes, you can see the Grand from my house even! There were some mornings, I would look out my bedroom window and watch a gorgeous sunrise over the Tetons. They also made for a beautiful sunset as well! On more than one occassion, the sun would make them look pink as it was setting, making for one breathtaking sight! Whenever I see the Tetons, I always think of home. It would not be the same without them!

3. The Rexburg Tabernacle. Random, I know. But, maybe not so random when you sit back and really think about it. This is where my amazing journey with Junior Miss began and ended. I cannot think of the Tabernacle without thinking about Junior Miss! I know that place like the back of my hand I have spent so many hours in there! From the cramped dressing rooms, to the blaring lights on the stage, I get chills whenever I think about it all! So many memories were created here I can't even name them all!

4. The fact there is NOTHING open after 10:00! If you're lucky though, you may be able to catch Sonic or Wendy's still open until midnight some nights!

5. The Teton Dam. Yet again, another random thing! BUT, this is a favorite spot to go with my family. At first sight, there seems to be not much you can do here, but if you drive around by where the boat dock used to be, there is a road that leads you down to the bottom of the river beds. That is where all the fun is. Rock hunting, camping, fishing, being able to run over a few rattlers with the saburban, hiking up as high as you can on the dam before you slip and slide your way down from the dirt crumbling beneath your feet. Your imagination is the limit with the things you can do there! All the stories you hear about the Spillway are quite interesting as well. Although some are known to send chills down anyone's spine! And it's always crazy to think that when you are standing in the river bottoms, you are standing where the bottom of a resivoir used to be!

6. One word: TARGHEE. Ah Targhee...what can I say about it, other than best freaking place on earth during the winter! Terrain parks, triple black diamonds, snow encased trees, I love everything about that place in the winter! The resorts here in Utah are great too, but I still LOVE Targhee. There was nothing better than being able to skip school a couple days in the winter and spend a day on the slopes! I came to know that resort like the back of my hand! Not to mention the view of the Tetons from the top of Dreamcatcher! AMAZING!

7. Craigo's. A family outing to Craigo's was always guaranteed to be a blast! And their buffet was without fail, very very yummy.

8. Plano bridge. Just as long as you didn't
get caught jumping into the river by the cops, this was always a popular hangout during the summer for me and my friends. When we did spot a cop, we scrambled to our cars faster than you can say "potato"!

9. The Sand Dunes. If boredom ever sets in, just drive five minutes out to the sand dunes and your problem is solved! Whether it's sand boarding, catching salamanders and tadpoles in Egin Lake, racing up the dunes on foot, or whatever, we always had a good time. They are even fun to go sledding on during the winter! We were always in for a good laugh then! From Mom bruising her tailbone from going so fast, to dad actually driving the car up on the dunes, lucky it didn't get stuck or sink into the sand, we always had fun.

10. Wheat fields. Never thought I would say this, but I miss the farms! The wide open feel they give is hard to beat, especially in the fall when all the wheat turns a golden color. So pretty!

11. The thing I miss most though, is my family. Despite all their quirks, I still love them! My family wouldn't be my family without all our quirks! They are pretty much the most amazing family EVER!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Arachnophobia


I hate spiders. I REALLY hate spiders. I REALLY REALLY hate spiders. Especially when they decide they want to share your bed with you, as was the case last night. I was sitting in bed doing a little reading before I went to sleep, when I looked up only to see what to me was a huge spider climbing over Mike, who was already dozing off. Yeah, it didn't take long for me to yell and get my butt out of bed, waking Mike up in the process.

Once the culprit was spotted, Mike had me try to get the spider on a book so he could smash it. This was a slight problem, seeing as how I don't like a spider to be within five feet of me! When I finally managed to get the spider on the book, it jumped, which made me jump again! I was able to muster enough guts to get the spider on the book long enough for Mike to smash it. However, I was not satisfied until we had checked to make sure there weren't any more spiders cozying up to us in bed. Even then, Mike had to tease me a little about it...he even came up to me in the kitchen while I was making dinner and yelled, "Oh my gosh, a spider!" Which consequently made me almost jump into his arms while yelping a little. Yeah, there wasn't a single spider around..

Bottom line: I HATE spiders. No matter how big or small. It's a good thing Mike is around to smash them for me when I spot them!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Four Months and counting

Mike and I have officially been married four months. To be honest, it feels like only yesterday we walked out of the temple together! I even found out Mike LIKES carrots!! I finally found a veggie I can get him to eat! Wahoo! We've made it to four, we can make it to six! Haha.

No but seriously, I married the most amazing man in the world! There isn't a single thing I don't love about him. One of the things that I am constantly awestruck over is how much he has to go through each and every day. Many of you know he is a cancer survivor, but what a lot of people don't know is that just because you are a cancer survivor doesn't mean you live the rest of your life pain-free. I am sure some people do, but it's rare, because chemo and radiation "fry your insides" as Mike puts it. But, on top of the fact Mike went through rigorous treatments, he also had a few procedures (like chest tubes) done at one point. Now, this usually isn't a big deal. Unless it is done the wrong way. Well, his was. As a result, he deals with amounts of pain each and every day that I can't even comprehend.

But, you would never know it from the way he carries himself. Even on the toughest days, he manages to put a smile on his face, tell me he's "fine," and asks what he can do for ME! He even manages to keep his sense of humor! Now I know that when I'm not feeling all that great, it's hard to keep a good attitude, let alone worry about helping others! He never ceases to amaze me.

I'm not going to lie, our first few months of marriage weren't exactly what I had imagined. I knew about the whole thing with Mike a long time ago (while we were still in the dating phase), but the thing that got to both of us is it seemed like for the first two months I was sick, then he was, then I was, then he was. Although it wasn't exactly easy, I wouldn't trade it. It was through those trials we have grown closer together. In fact, you're lucky to get us apart from each other now! Things are looking way up now though :). Bottom line I guess...Mike is hands down amazing and I am so lucky to have him!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Life Changing Experience

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. Well, reminiscing is more like it. I talked to one of my friends yesterday, who is still in high school. She recently won Teton's Junior Miss, and will have the opportunity to go to the state competition this fall. Little does she know just how much Junior Miss is going to impact her life! It is literally one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that shapes each and every girl who has this rare opportunity.

As I was telling her everything about what to expect at State, and then some, I began to reminisce over my Junior Miss experience. Although it was almost three years ago (time flies!) that I was named Sugar-Salem's Junior Miss, I remember it like it was yesterday! The months of preparation, the smiles, the sleepless nights, the tears, the laughter, the extreme exhaustion, everything!

Looking back on it now, I can honestly say Junior Miss was the thing that made me who I am today.
Before I decided to participate at the local level, I was shy, withdrawn, kept mostly to my group of friends, and didn't really go out of my way to meet others. Throughout the course of the four months of preparation leading up to the local program, I started to become less and less introverted, and more willing to go out of my way to meet new people and have new life experiences.

I can honestly say being named Junior Miss was one of the biggest shocks of my entire life! Up to that point, I had never, ever been given an opportunity ever remotely close to this! That night, Mom and I sat up so late talking that by time we went to bed, it was almost dawn! Even then, I was so excited I couldn't sleep because the reality of what had transpired that evening began to sink in. This was no small thing by any means. Junior Miss was to be my life for the next year!

State was incredible. Each and every one of the 37 other girls were amazing! At the start of the week, none of us knew each other, but within a matter of da
ys, we became lifelong friends, sharing experiences few other people get to have. From the dawn til dusk practices, the visit to the Veteran's Hospital, photo shoots, worrying about our interview, and having a blast onstage in front of five judges and thousands of people, we laughed and cried through it all. Even the soreness we experienced after learning the fitness routine was memorable! Although I didn't win any award at state, I had the time of my life! I had learned so much and made so many memories and friends, it felt as if I had won!

However, the most rewarding part of Junior Miss came after State was done, and I got to help 14 new girls prepare for our 2008 local program, where I would hand off my title to another. The change I saw in these girls was nothing short of unbelievable! I think this was the only time in my life when I have enjoyed getting up at 5 am three times a week to teach the routines to the girls! I poured my heart and soul into everything. I wanted them to have a taste of the experience that I had. Junior Miss literally consumed my thoughts 24/7! To this day, I can still do all the routines I taught them, as well as all the others I learned at state and the 2007 local program!

The night of the program came and went, and Lindsay was named Junior Miss 2008. It was a bitter sweet experience doing my final walk, because although I was ready to hand off my title, in some ways I didn't want everything to end! It felt like I had been living in a dream for a year and a half!

Looking back on that journey now, I can see how it transformed my life. Not only did I find in myself confidence, but was able to discover and develop countless abilities I never knew I possessed! It refined and helped mold me into the woman I have become today. I can honestly say if I had the chance to go back and do it again, not changing a thing, I would! To this day, I strongly believe every girl should do Junior Miss! And to those of you who say, "It's all in the name" when it comes to the winner, it is not. I was not one of those girls with "the name" and yet, I won the local program. The 'name' has NOTHING to do with any of the decisions made in regards to Junior Miss, especially since the judges do not know the girls or their families! Junior Miss is more than a "pageant" as some call it. It is a chance for each and every girl to discover who they are! Regardless of the award outcomes, it is truly a life changing experience!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sleepless nights..

So, it's the third night in a row that I find myself staring at the clock, wondering if I will ever get tired enough to stop tossing and turning and get to sleep. So, to burn time until I actually do get tired enough, I happened to find this fun little questionairre, and figured why not do one of these for once? So, here it goes I guess!

1. Who is your man? Mike and only Mike!
2. How long have you been together? All in all, dating included about a year
3. How long did you date? Eight months total
4. How old is your man? 27
5. Who eats more? It depends on what the food is...when it comes to veggies, it's me by a mile...meat and potatoes type of stuff, it's Mike

6. Who said "I love you" first? He did, I had this policy where I would not tell a guy "I love you" until he had said it first. He told me when we were up at the U of U hospital during a rough pain spell for him, and he looked at me and said "I love you." I couldn't tell whether he was saying that because of the meds he was on, the fact it was 4 am and neither of us had slept, or a combination of both. The next day he told me he had been perfectly aware he had said it...good thing I told him "I love you" back! ;)

7. Who is taller? Mike
8. Who sings better? Um, me

9. Who is smarter? Good question. Mike would probably say I am, but I would say he is...guess it depends on who you ask..
10. Whose temper is worse? Me, it doesn't take long when the right buttons are pushed! It's a good thing Mike is so even-tempered...he balances me out!

11. Who does the laundry? Me 90% of the time
12. Who does the dishes? Mike usually beats me to them!
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Me
14. Who pays the bills? Mike

15. Who is better at the computer? no clue! both of us i guess?
16. Who mows the lawn? The management haha
17. Who cooks dinner? MEEEEE!! I love to cook!!
18. Who drives when you are together? Mike
19. Who pays when you go out? Mike
20. Who is more stubborn? We are both equally stubborn!
21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? It's about 50/50 on that one...
22. Whose parents do you see most? Mike's. They live just a few minutes away, and I am so lucky to have great in-laws! We wish we could see mine more, but we try to make it up to Idaho when we can!

23. What made you want to be with them? EVERYTHING! There isn't a single thing I don't absolutely and totally love about Mike! He completes me!

24. Who asked who out? Mike

25. Who holds the remote? Mike...he likes TV more than I do...I only watch it when I'm bored and there isn't anything else to do!
26. Who is more sensitive? We're about the same that way...

27. Who has more friends? Ha! I don't even know!!
28. Who has more siblings? I do. I'm the oldest of six, Mike is the third of five...
29. What is your favorite thing about him? I don't have ONE favorite thing...there at millions! Mike is so incredibly gentle, kind-hearted, romantic, funny, everything a girl could ask for. There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't amaze me in some way or another and make me fall head over heels in love all over again for him! I love him so so SOOOO much!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blogging

So, I've decided I'm not the best at this blogging thing.. Every time I sit down to blog, something ends up distracting me, and then when I sit down again, I can't remember what I was going to blog about! Epic fail.. Hopefully one of these days I can actually get better at this whole thing..

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Back to the real world

Well, it's back to the real world. Yesterday was a little bitter sweet. We were glad to be going home, but at the same time we could have stayed in Maui longer. I'm already looking forward to our next trip there!

We spent the day lounging around the pool, playing on the slides, and taking lots of pictures. We did not want to leave because we were having way too much fun! Sadly though, 2:00 rolled around, and it was time to check out of our room. We stayed at the resort until about 4:30, playing by the pools and such, and using a complimentary room to shower and get freshened up for our flight.

After a quick pit stop in Kihei and then Kahului for dinner, we dropped off our rental car and headed to check in at the Kahului airport. Even though it was only 7:00 pm, we were beat, and to make matters worse, our plane was close to 40 minutes late. But, once we boarded the plane (around 9:30-ish) it wasn't too bad. Both Mike and I got only about 30 minutes of sleep. Thank goodness we had a pretty good tailwind, so the flight went by fairly fast.

By time we arrived in Salt Lake, we were even more tired, with bloodshot eyes and dark circles to prove it! We pretty much walked to baggage claim like zombies! We had a few minutes to wait for our ride, and once it got there, we went to Mike's parent's house, talked to them about our trip for a while (thanks again for everything!!!), and then came home, unpacked and crashed for a couple hours. We're still a little tired, so thank goodness for an early bedtime! It's good to be home, but at the same time we are missing Maui like crazy and cannot wait to go back soon!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fun Two Days!


So quick update on the last two days. Wednesday was pretty laid back again, but we did decide to take a short drive to Big Beach, the last undeveloped white sand beach on Maui. It was gorgeous! The water was so much clearer there than it is here at Wailea beach! The turquoise color was stunning! Plus, the waves were a good 2-3 feet, occasionally bigger, which was so much fun to watch. I was going to swim here, but then I became captivated by the waves and just sat back and watched the entire time we were there. I will never cease to be amazed by the beauty of the ocean here! It's going to be so sad to leave it! The rest of the day we just spent laying out by the pools, mostly because Mike was not feeling all that well.

Yesterday it was a little overcast, but we still went outside for a while in the morning to snorkel. This time we had underwater scooters that made it to where we didn't have to kick as much and we could go farther distances. I was just as amazed this time as I was my first over the beauty of an underwater world that you would never know existed! I could have snorkeled all day! The water was a little choppy, so although we saw a lot of fish we didn't see any sea turtles or manta rays, which are always seen in the reefs here. But, that's ok because by time we come back next, I'll be scuba certified, and then we can just take a trip out to Molokini Island one day and scuba the crystal clear water there, which I've heard is a snorkeler's/scuba diver's paradise because the reef is amazing!

When we finished cleaning up and getting all the salt water off us, we decided to hit up Kihei again to find some shopping. We found a little art fair type place, with super cheap stuff, and had a blast rummaging through everything! It was a little hard to choose some things because of the huge selection they had, which actually made it even more fun!

When we came home, we started to pack our bags so we could just enjoy our last day here. I didn't think it was going to be that hard to pack, not because we don't have enough space, because we do, but because we don't want to leave yet! We could easily spend another month here. I guess it leaves us even more determined to come back in the near future! Mike said he would even like to try to make it a yearly thing if we can ;). I wouldn't mind that!!

After the gym, we took a short walk along the beach. The stars were gorgeous! There were so many out it was almost breathtaking! You add the sound of the water, and it was heavenly! It just keeps getting harder to leave!!

As for today, we'll just enjoy being in the sun and playing in the pools and beach. Then it's back to the mainland at 9:00 tonight. Sigh. I'm already excited to come back again soon! There is so much to do here on this island that you could come back ten times and still have things you've never done that you want to do! Maui is amazing!!