Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving

 Thanksgiving this year was great. We spent it with Mike's parent's in Park City again, which was nice because I didn't have to cook! 

Getting up to Park City was actually quite the adventure. What should have taken us only an hour and a half...took us almost 3 1/2. Yep, I know. We left Orem around 11:30 (I missed class) hoping to miss the storm that was set to hit that afternoon. Well, all was fine and dandy going up through the canyon, until we came to US 40 right outside Heber. The road was closed. But, get this, it was only closed one way - northbound up the pass to Park City - which of course was the way we needed to go. The stupid thing was, there was no warning posted along the roads it was closed, nor was anything being said about it on the radio. We weren't too happy that we had spent an hour driving and were only about 15 minutes away from the house and had to turn around. And, of course when we pulled over to ask the trooper what was going on, he just about had a conniption, so we didn't bother asking and just turned around to head BACK to Orem. All the way home we were listening to the radio to see why they had 40 closed, and in an hour we only heard one little blurb that said US 40 going from Heber to Park City was closed due to "extreme weather conditions." Huh? Extreme? First of all, the storm was a few hours away, secondly, the roads were just wet with a little slush, and thirdly, we could see all the way to the top of the pass.. Extreme my foot. I was seriously thinking, "Extreme?!? I will show you extreme! Try driving home in the middle of the night, white-out conditions, barely able to see the tail lights of the car in front of you, let alone the road. That's extreme. Yep. And I've driven in conditions like that. Multiple times. Since when did a little fog and slushy roads classify as "extreme" conditions?" Haha I admit I may have been a *teensy* bit mad. ;-)

We were still ticked about things when we rolled back into Orem almost an hour later, so we treated ourselved to Taco Time and came home to talk about what we were going to do. We had only two hours by this time before the storm was scheduled to hit, and we didn't know if it was worth it trying to make it up to Parley's, which they were ready to close at any second. Well, to make a long story short, we ended up trying Parley's, and to our surprise the roads were dry until the turn off of I-80 for Park City. No joke, within minutes of us pulling up to the house, the storm came (around 3:30). It was fun to be up there for it because it came down like crazy.. A good old fashioned snowstorm.. It was awesome. 
  This was the sight we had when we got there - four feet of snow on the deck. YUM. This was *before* the storm.. The next morning the snow removal guys came and spent close to three hours clearing the deck.

On Wednesday, I was able to talk to my Grandpa Smith who is living in Australia right now, which was a nice surprise and totally made my day! Thank goodness for Skype! That night the family went to a Jazz game. Frasier had been given some tickets for a suite...so much fun!
 The only way to watch a game. ;-)
 Our view
I even got to hold baby Nathan for a quarter. He is growing up so fast! Not to mention, he is one of the cutest babies EVER! (Not that I'm biased or anything.) Oh, and in case you wanted to know, the Jazz won.

Thanksgiving day was fabulous as always. It was a pretty lazy day for the most part, just playing with Sabrina's kids and lounging around and making my rolls.
 Ben LOVES having a brother.
 Baby Nathan - already 2 months old!
 Playing on the iPad
Nathan and Dad taking a post-dinner nap together.

Friday we did a little shopping, got some stellar deals, and went and saw Tangled. The cutest movie EVER! Even Mike wants to go see it again.. We came home that night, and have been enjoying the last of our break ever since. Well, at least Mike has...I have been unable to get off the couch because of my neck...again. I think it's time to go get it x-rayed to find out what's been going on seeing as how it's been a month and hasn't gotten any better, just worse.. Ah, the joys of getting older..

Now it's on to the last week and a half of school, finals, then almost three fabulous weeks of fun and snow!
Isn't this the coolest tree ever? Jennifer got it for the Park City house this year.. Undecorated right now..

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Beginnings

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I'm stinkin excited about next semester! There have been A LOT of changes that have happened for us the last few weeks (good changes), and I would have never guessed I could be this excited about them! It will be crazy to see where these new beginnings lead!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Leaving the Safe Harbor

Today has been an emotional roller coaster. Quite literally. Well, make that the last two days. Mike and I have *both* been facing a pretty big decisions, and have been praying about them for some time now. Well, last night and today everything came to a head, and it's been a tough pill for me to swallow, although I know what I need to do now.

We had Elder Claudio M. Costas of the Presidency of the Seventy come speak at Devotional today. I went with a prayer that I would find something that would help me in my decision. Well, I did. The basis of his talk was "Leaving the Safe Harbor." He spoke about there are times and situations in our life that we can find ourselves in a "safe harbor," and that though we may feel safe and secure there, we should only be anchored there temporarily, because there comes a time when we must venture out. As he was speaking, I couldn't help but think about how I'm finding myself in a "safe harbor" right now, and how I've become comfortable, yet restless. No joke, as soon as the thought came, "It's time for you to leave this harbor," Elder Costas used an example, which was EXACTLY what I had been thinking two seconds before and EXACTLY what I have been struggling with. He told us although that is a safe harbor, we can't remain there forever. I wanted to cry! Not to mention, I walked out of there feeling *slightly* overwhelmed.

As soon as class ended, Mike and I went to the Provo Temple before we headed home. To put a long story short, I walked out feeling the way I had been leaning in my decision was the right one, but as soon as I got home and started to get going on things, the doubt hit me right in the face...again. After struggling with things again for a while, Mike gave me a blessing, where once again I was explicitly told the way I had been leaning was the right choice. However, I could do no wrong in going the other way with my choice, but there is a direction the Lord is leading me, and the road I am on right now is at a close.

Needless to say, I feel better and more confident now about my decision, but it's still a REALLY hard pill for me to swallow. As desperately as I wanted the answer to be what I wanted, I was gently reminded that I was being faced with two good decisions, but that the Lord is now helping me to choose the better. Never, ever in a million years would I have thought my life would take this sudden turn. Ever. But, I am grateful to know that no matter how hard it may be right now, the Lord knows what I need and will be by my side helping me along. It's time for me to leave the safe harbor..

Monday, November 1, 2010

Europe Update!

Pretty sure we are going to be staying in some of the most amazing hotels I have EVER seen! We're speaking five-star here. And not just five star, but breathtakingly beautiful! Mike's dad said this was going to be "the trip of a lifetime" and he wasn't kidding! We are so stinking excited! Here's three of the hotels we'll be staying at. I can't remember where we'll be staying at in Paris or Lake Como..
1. Santorini, Greek Isles
Petra Honeymoon Villas
This is just our pool.. You'll have to visit their website to see just how breathtaking the views are! Visit here.
2. ROME!! 
Rome Cavelieri Hotel


Can you believe the view?!?!? SOOOOO excited for this hotel! Visit their website for more amazing pictures here. Mike of course wants to do the Gladiator training they offer their guests.
Wouldn't he look sexy in one of these tunics?

3. Venice
Centurion Palace
Can I even begin to tell you how excited I am we are going to stay a night here? I have *always* wanted to see Venice at night! And of course I've always wanted to take a gondola ride with my love. :-) Our hotel is right on the Grand Canal.. More pictures here.

We still can't believe we are actually going! It's almost like a dream!

Halloween

We had a pretty laid back Halloween, which was actually wayyyy nice. Friday we went to a little trick-or-treat party for our nieces and nephews at Mike's dad's work, which was a blast. For those of you who know me, I have a HUGE sweet tooth. But, surprisingly I didn't have a *single* piece of candy the entire weekend! Or for that matter, a week and a half.. I'm going no sugar baby! Let me tell you, I'm loving how I'm feeling! (Why didn't I figure this out sooner?!?) Saturday we just were plumb lazy.. (Partly due to the fact I was sick). But, despite that little fact, I still attempted to make a fun Halloween dinner!
 Mike waiting for trick-or-treaters.. We actually got some this year!!
 Halloween dinner - scab salad, worms, and mummy toes as appetizers

 The mummy toes and worms made Mike REALLY squeamish!
 But, he ended up liking them
Eating worms!
 Mummy pizza for the main course
And "snack-o-lanterns" for dessert!

Also, stay tuned for some fun news about EUROPE!!! As Mike's dad said, "It's going to be the trip of a lifetime!" Literally. Only seven and a half months! But who's counting? ;-)