Sunday, July 31, 2011

Island Park Getaway

 This is how we spent our weekend:
1 - Abby and Grandma. 2- Bella. 3 - Abby and Tiff. 4 - Alyssa and Sydney
 The house.. We really rough and tough it.
 Me and Sabrina on an early morning run
 Tiff and Fraser
 Dave
 Me helping Alyssa, Bella, and Sydney with skiing
Sydney rocked the skis after a few trys!
We love taking the sailboat out! It was the only thing Mike could do since his neck is still pretty bad. It was a huge bummer for him that he couldn't wakeboard..
 Going to church with my Grandpa Tex. I've missed him!! Mike loved finally getting to meet him as well.
 Jada and I have more of the Smith Family in us than I realized!
 Grandpa's sweet ride. Pretty sure we'll have one of these beauties someday! Roadsters make me drool.. Like I've said, hot rodding is in my blood! (Tex Smith IS my grandpa after all!)
The Tetons. Love.
It was a short but fun trip, and it was nice to escape the 90+ degree weather and finally get in some time on the lake! We're already ready to get back up there!

Monday, July 25, 2011

One Awesome "Dude"

Grandpa Tex holding me for the first time, kinda nervous about it!
I get to see this "awesome studly dude guy" on Sunday! (At least that's what he calls himself sometimes haha.) And I am RIDICULOUSLY excited about it!!! I haven't seen my Grandpa Smith in nearly six years, seeing as how he lives in Australia now. Wayyy too long if you ask me. We skype often, but it's not quite the same. I can't wait to have him meet Mike in person finally.. I'm not kidding when I say he's one cool 'dude'. I mean, how many people can say their grandpa cruises around town in hot rods (and is a hot-rod legend for that matter)? Like I said, I have one cool grandpa!
Me with Melissa and Ron Ceridono when I was a baby. And people wonder where my love of hot rods comes from! They started me young and it's in my blood...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Life Lately...

Taking care of this sick guy...
Catching up on my reading list



Life lately has consisted of...
Enjoying amazing soups like this
Finding these little guys at the Pharmacy (while picking up Mike's
scrips from the dentist) and going back just so we can get a few more



 And, of course getting excited for our upcoming week vaca to the "lake house." Time to strap on the wakeboard...finally.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Healing

As I was doing a little cleaning today, I noticed how many of my shirts are sitting, waiting for me to take in the sides, so I decided it was time I do it. Only, when I started pulling them out, I happened to pull out the baby quilt I made a few months back during my second pregnancy that still needs to be finished. At first, I thought I'd just do it, but as I sat there, I found myself simply looking at it, not able to bring myself to begin pinning the sides. Needless to say, the quilt ended up going back to the place from whence I pulled it. I can't bring myself to finish it...yet. It's hard to believe that only three months ago I was giddy with excitement I was pregnant again, so soon.

Despite how hard it's been at times, I've learned so many more things than I thought possible. For starters, I wouldn't have been able to take care of Mike like he needed me to the last two weeks with his neck being messed up, and then his wisdom teeth, if I was still pregnant. Secondly, if anything, I'm learning to have patience. Lots of it. The last few days, I've suddenly had a change in attitude I guess you could say. I've found myself praying for patience rather than to get pregnant again right away. It still tugs at my heartstrings when I find myself thinking I should be almost 8 months pregnant (or five, depending on which one), but it's become a little easier to bear. The outpouring from the Spirit I've felt lately has helped, and I've come to feel it's a tender mercy that I'm not pregnant and am able to function 100% with Mike being so under the weather. Each day I'm learning more and more, and feeling like I'm slowly starting the healing process.

One thing is for sure, when it does happen again, and when the pregnancy actually sticks past week 10, it will be a VERY exciting time. For now, I'll enjoy the time Mike and I have together, playing and traveling while we can, looking forward to the future. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lazy Sundays

We spent our Sunday afternoon having a picnic up in American Fork Canyon with the family after church. It was lovely! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Post-Europe Crazies

We're still alive, I promise. We haven't had very much down time the last week and a half. Between helping take care of Mike's grandparents, doing things for his parents, getting things back in order from the trip, and taking care of Mike, who not only has a herniated disc in his neck (most likely), but just got his wisdom teeth out, it's been a tad bit hectic for the Bullock household. Sometimes I feel like I'm running around with my head cut off!

Mike's hanging in there.. I'll spare the details but the oral surgeon said it was the hardest wisdom tooth extraction he can remember ever doing, and that Mike should expect a *minimum* three week recovery. Ah-some. That gives me warm fuzzies! Okay, not really. A piece of one of his teeth actually broke off in his gum, and the doc dug around for a long while trying to find it, but couldn't, so had to leave it for Mike's body to expel on its own. Not to mention the complications with two other teeth.. Oh, on top of that, they did conscious sedation during the procedure, and Mike was told he wouldn't remember it. Well, the problem with that, they gave him Valium, which didn't even really work until I got him home. I guess when the doc realized Mike was still alert, he really wanted to give him more, but Mike just wanted to get it over. At least the doctor made sure he was as numb as numb can get, and made sure to give him pain meds, thank goodness. He was so worried about Mike he even gave us his home phone number and said to call anytime if Mike needed anything (so glad we went with him). The thing is, Mike's teeth were so fused with his jaw, it wouldn't have mattered where we went, it would have been the same complications.

Between the two of us, we have quite the stories with our wisdom teeth. There's Mike, then there is me who had no sedation, wasn't fully numb, and therefore felt them sawing into my jaw and cracking my two lower teeth into several pieces (that hurt beyond description), and then having no pain meds prescribed to me and had a long recovery, complete with an infection.. We are quite the duo! Surprisingly, Mike hasn't been very swollen. You'd never know by just looking at him he had his teeth pulled yesterday. He's quite the trooper.

In other news, we're taking another trip in a few weeks! Just to Island Park though. I'm excited to *finally* get some good wakeboarding in! And hanging out with our nieces and nephews all day isn't too bad either. ;-) And, as far as the cruise we were planning on, we scrapped that idea for a MUCH better one. We racked up so many frequent flier miles while we scampered across Europe, we're planning on going back to Maui this winter! Believe it or not, it's now going to be cheaper than a cruise. Score. The R&R will be very welcome by then, I'm sure. We can't wait to hit up the golden sands of Wailea Beach again!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sights From 35,000 Feet Up

 July 2
We're home! We had just a slight delay in Paris, but thank goodness it was a nonstop flight to Salt Lake. We flew up and over Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Despite waking up early again and being drop-dead tired, I didn't sleep much on the plane, but that was to be expected. This was the trip of a lifetime to be sure! We'll most certainly be back - especially to Rome and Santorini! I'm just glad to be home for now! I can't wait to cuddle up to Mike and hit the sack. Now it's time to get laundry going and shower. And eat good ole American grub. I'm craving some of the strangest things. For starters, peanut butter, scrambled eggs (they were *super* almost everywhere we went - ick!), and Special K with COLD skim milk (their milk tastes weird here and is usually served close to room temp). Bottom line: I love America and its sooo good to be home.
 Views of Greenland and the Arctic Ocean
I spy with my little eye...the Tetons over the front of the wing, and Yellowstone Lake behind!
Mike's lifesaver on our long flights: his iPad
Ok, I admit it, I was REALLY excited to see the Tetons out my window! Hi Mom and Dad!
Home sweet home never looked so good

Eiffel Tower and Versailles Gardens

 July 1
Today felt like the longest day ever, mostly because I'm so stinkin tired and every part of my body, especially my feet, is feeling sore! We started out early to go get breakfast at a patisserie just down the street, which was sooo good! If anything, the French know how to do pastries right! Then, we headed straight for the Eiffel Tower to try to beat the crowds for the elevator to the top.
Well, we didn't quite make it. By time we got there, the line was already at a two hour wait. So, we opted for the stairs. We learned yesterday on our tour there are 1600 stairs to the very top, but because of safety reasons, they only let you climb them to the second level. Even that is still quite the climb! You're looking at 674 stairs to go up. Surprisingly it wasn't too bad. Probably because all we have been doing the last two weeks is walking everywhere and walking up huge staircases right and left! And it didn't help that we're all in pretty good shape to begin with. I didn't even break a sweat and we only took about a 30 second break at the first level to take a few pictures. You know you've been doing a lot of walking and stairs when walking a mile or two seems like nothing, and doing over 674 stairs is a piece of cake.
See the line over Mike's shoulder? That's one of the two lines for the elevator.
We got tickets at the second level to go to the tippy tip top. It was a freaky elevator ride up, especially since I'm pretty scared of extreme heights. But, once we got up it wasn't too bad, and the views of the city were amazing! After pictures, we took the elevator all the way down. All in all, we spent only about an hour there - including time spent in lines. My advice to those wanting to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower: get there a few minutes before it opens, check out the line for the elevator, and if it's even remotely long, go for the stairs. You'll get up MUCH faster, and if you're in shape they aren't too bad. Oh, and it's actually cheaper too. It was 9,90 euro for each of us getting a ticket to climb the stairs then getting a ticket to take the elevator to the top, whereas it's about 14 euro per person to take only the elevator. And since we got there right before the ticket office opened, we stood in line for the stairs for maybe ten minutes. Best part was, right after we got in line, it became huge. Score one for the Bullock clan.

As soon as we were done at the Tower, we headed right over to the Metro station and took the train to Versailles. We didn't go inside because we didn't have the time, so we just went around the gardens. I had no idea just how massive and gorgeous they were! I couldn't help but imagine what the inside is like when the facade of the building and the gardens alone are so extravagant. They are so extensive we didn't even have time to see half of it! I loved as we were going around being able to smell the flowers and trees everywhere. The grounds were simply breath-taking. Once again, I'll let the pictures do the talking. I totally want to come back and do Versailles proper - tour the inside, walk the gardens more, and see Marie Antoinette's estate.
Everyone split up into two groups on the way back. Mike, me, Fraser, and Jennifer came back to the hotel, while the rest went to Notre Dame and the Musee de'Orsay. (Turns out the lines were so long they didn't even get into Notre Dame, and they only spent 30 minutes at the Musee de'Orsay) Mike and I would have totally gone with them, but Mike passed his breaking point a long time ago, and his body was letting him know very loudly. He actually woke up sick this morning, and hasn't been doing too well since. He seemed kinda bummed about it, but we knew this would most likely happen, and sadly there's not much we can do about it. I wanted to make sure he was ok, since he was barely functioning by time we got off the Metro, so I went back with him. We've decided next time we come back we'll spend a few more days here and hit up Notre Dame, the Louvre, and Versailles again since we just didn't have the time. There's a lot to see in Paris, and you certainly can't see it all in just a day and a half. Especially when you're so worn down from a long trip you're practically a walking zombie!
Needless to say, the rest of the day Mike and I didn't do much other than veg-out. We didn't even go out to dinner with everyone else. We planned on walking down the Champ Elysses, but by time we got back to eat, we were so exhausted we could barely hold our heads up. Instead, we hit up a Subway we found just two blocks away. By the way, Subway is SO much better here than in the States. I hate it back home, but loved it here. The bread was actually really, really good! That's one more thing the French do right - their bread.
Tomorrow we leave the city bright and early to get to the airport and hop on our nonstop flight back to Utah! Hooray! I can't wait to get home and have some good old American grub and sleep in my nice soft bed, and prop my super duper sore, bruised, and swollen feet up. I think I may just kiss the ground as soon as we get off the plane. I can't wait to get back on American soil!
 Level one. 347 stairs down.
 Level two. A well deserved kiss after 674 stairs!
 Up at the tippy-tip-top!
 Views from the top
 Going down!
 Subway to Versailles
 A very small part of the front!
 A bit extravagant for a gate, ya?
 Checking out the gardens
 See allllll the way down there? Those are still the gardens!
 We still don't know what was up with all these random 'modern' sculptures. It seemed like they just plopped them there to be cool.
 So much to see, so little time. We'll be back!