Monday, January 26, 2009

Clarification


I just wanted to clarify that in all honesty while bad things have happened in 2009, for the most part it really has been a good start to a year.

I am so happy and hopeful for this upcoming year. And, all things considered things are very good.

Who knows what will happen in the future, but I am totally content with what we have now.

Just wanted to let you know that all in all, things are so very good! :)

And So It Begins... 2009

What a start to the New Year!!!

January 6th, 2009:
We celebrated our 3rd anniversary... but not in the typical fashion. For most people their anniversary is a day where they eat real good, go out to a nice place and enjoy their romantic evening. Ours... not so much.

Basically our anniversary was the worst day ever... maybe not ever, but it definitely was NOT what I had envisioned.

It started out very nice. My husband cleaned up (at least tidied a bit) and started to make me breakfast. But, as I was awake, and imprisoned in our room he allowed me to come out and watch him create his culinary masterpiece---omelets. He also did a sweet little walk-way from our room to the kitchen table using the Christmas garland that had hung around the doorway to do so. Very cute and creative. ;)

My "princess path"... as Wes labeled it jokingly I might add... oh, and I forgot to mention the candles he lit on the table. :)


Then... the day began. I had made Wes a book with photos from our wedding day on line for his gift. I was so excited to give it to him; but was sorely disappointing to see an obvious spelling error I had missed... and why spell check didn't catch it is still beyond me. So, that sure put a damper on my day to start off.

But, after a minor sad spell, we, or should I say I decided to brush it off and continue on with the fun day we had planned.

As I stated in our official anniversary post, we have an annual tradition of going to Disneyland and Benihana for our anniversary in remembrance of that great date of our first kiss. So, that was the plan. But, that's when everything went... you know where it went.

Call after call of bad news kept coming from work, clients, bosses, etc. We spent the entire day trying to sort things out. Oh, and for those who don't know me, I DO NOT handle stress well... at all! So, I was in hysterics, Wes was trying to calm me, not happy himself. We were both verging on tears the entire day (well, I didn't verge, I was sooooo far gone).

So, 8:00 pm comes around and I am depressed, Wes is tired and upset as well, and neither of us have the desire to go out at this point. But, we also realize that we can't sit around or we will just feel worse... as if the day could get worse.

Anyways, off to Taco Bell and WalMart we go. And, no we did not budget. We got cheese, chips, pretzels, lots and lots of sodees, anything we wanted at Taco Bell, and ice cream. We came home, gorged ourselves on the white trash food items we had purchased, and watched Friends to the wee hours of the night.

Don't be too sad for us, 2 weeks later we went to Disneyland and Benihana. However, my stupid camera batteries did not work so no photos for us (besides the one they took at Benihana). And, we realized that marriage is about working together and being there for one another. What better way to celebrate than by going through trials successfully together? My husband is the best and times like this show me that more than ever!!!

We get a new photo taken every year at the restaurant and they always sing to us in Japanese.


January 9th, 2009:
My aunt Debbie passed away after about 2 weeks of being in the hospital and a number of problems emerging.

She entered due to a pretty bad M.S. attack, and while in there suffered a stroke which completely disabled her. Her family had to make the very hard decision on whether to keep her there, while she was completely unaware of what was going on, and showed no signs of real brain activity. My heart goes to them.

While in the past few years my aunt and I have not been incredibly close, she was a good aunt and played a big role in my upbringing. I spent many a night at her house playing with their dog, pool, trampoline, big yard, and most importantly my cousins (specifically Sandi).

Her passing was very bitter-sweet. She has had a lot of medical problems and hard times. So, while her death is sad, especially for her children, grandchildren and family... it is such a nice realization to know she has gone home. She is healthy and so much happier now with her Heavenly Father. And that I can attest to!

January 16th, 2009:
I received a phone call from a lady in our ward informing me that a youth (more importantly a good friend of Wes and mine) had been hit by a car walking on the freeway and had died the night before. It completely took me by surprise and I started to cry not believing what I had just heard. Arik, the young man, had been a son of ours last year at youth conference, he played often with Wes on video games, and he had even talked about coming and staying with us for a while.

Again, and even more so then with my aunt, shortly after hearing the news and talking to Wes for a while we were both filled with peace and a feeling of calm, knowing that this was actually better for Arik.

He was having a very hard time, and was a good kid. Yet, his direction was becoming skewed and this was the best time for him to return to his Heavenly Father, I just feel that with a great intensity. What a blessing the Great Plan of Happiness is, and what a blessing the gospel is in these hard times.


Arik is the one directly in front of Wes in the stripped sweater.

Like I said 2009 has been a whirlwind already!!!

Oh, did I mention my dad officially retired this past week. Lucky man! And, earlier this month my sister and her husband became our neighbors our here in Perris. It's already been very fun having them around. We have LOST nights, and fun friends at church. Seriously, anyone interested in buying a great house in an upcoming community hit me up... I'll be more than happy to help you out. ;) Heidi and I also joined a fun Bunko group with our friend Jill, and I came home with the pot Thursday night, and Wes and I therefore enjoyed a fun, free night at Red Robin with some friends of ours.

I just can't imagine what else 2009 can bring if this has all happened already.

And here are some photos of the dogs, you know what I wrote about in my last post... best I could do for now. So, while it seems out ofplace in this post... please read below to understand. :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

One Pathetic Post

As most who know me are aware I love animals, especially my "little" dogs.

And, as I am a vicarious mother through my animals I figured it was time for yet another post about those 2.

I just have to say my dogs are the cutest. They love to sleep cuddled together, most of the time Piper laying right on top of Snoop.

Well, the other day we looked out the window and saw them in the funniest/sweetest position. We have a very small, folding lawn chair out back, and they were both curled up on it, seriously Piper right on top of Snoop and they were sleeping like that. I barely fit in that alone... it's a child's chair I swear.

Now, it is impossible to get photos because of the glare from the window, and if I open the door they would both instantly be up and in arms. So, you'll just have to take my word for it.

They are also finally constantly playing together now that Piper is no longer sick. And little Piper who is probably a good 40 lbs lighter is always the one on the attack. Snoop has taken to her much more than her ever did with Kiki, and I wonder if it is her small size, or earlier sickly disposition. Regardless, Wes and I get a kick out of watching them.

Now, like I said, I know I am a pathetic dog mother, but throw me a bone here, they're all I have... for now... (notice how I threw in the bone quip in the dog post... dang I am good! :)

I will try to get pictures, but no guarantee... I mean for all of you who care, which I don't think is well... anyone but me. HA HA it's my journal blog, so tough!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

99 Things About ME!!!!!!

So this is a survey called 99 things about me. Everything in bold pertains to me, April. Enjoy! :) .

1. Started your own blog
2.Slept under the stars- Zion National Park 2008- boy did it get windy


3.Played in a band
4.Visited Hawaii – 2003, and hopefully this year
5.Watched a meteor shower
6.Given more than you can afford to charity
7.Been to Disneyland passes, duh


8.Climbed a Mountain- Going to Yosemite this summer, where I plan on hiking Half Dome... by far will be the biggest mountain I have ever hiked... the ones I have done are much more like big hills.

In Scotland, and as most know we did a few hikes in Zion, Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside, and Wes and I did a few hikes in Snow Canyon. My parents have also taken me to a few other places to do hikes.


9.Held a praying mantis
10.Sang a solo
11.Bungee jumping
12.Visited Paris- 2005


13.Watched a lightning storm at sea
14.Taught yourself an art from scratch
15.Adopted a child
16.Had food poisoning
17.Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18.Grown your own vegetables
19.Seen the Mona Lisa in France- 2005


20.Slept on an overnight train

This is me in a train station- we convinced the guards to let us stay because we had no where to go... so we hid upstairs until the train station opened. But, another time we slept the entire journey on the train... quite fun! :)


21.Had a pillow fight
22.Hitch hiked -Hawaii
23.Taken a sick day when you were not ill
24.Built a snow fort
25.Held a lamb
26.Gone skinny dipping - Sorry, no photos.
27.Run a Marathon
28.Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29.Seen a total eclipse
30.Watched a sunrise or sunset
31.Hit a home run
32.Been on a cruise- 2 in fact, best honeymoon EVER


33.Seen Niagara Falls in person
34.Visited the birthplace of your ancestors- Scotland, me grandma was a McMillan.


35.Seen an Amish community
36.Taught yourself a new language- does gibberish count? J
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38.Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39.Gone rock climbing
40.Seen Michelangelo's David
41.Sung Karaoke
42.Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43.Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44.Visited Africa
45.Walked on a beach by moonlight
46.Been transported in an ambulance
47.Had your portrait painted
48.Gone deep sea fishing
49.Seen the Sistine Chapel in person


50.Been to the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris


51.Gone scuba diving or snorkeling


52.Kissed in the rain
53.Played in the mud – good ole’ dub shack- sigh

54.Gone to a drive-in theater

55.Been in a movie- no but looks like I have... right, right?

56.Visited the Great Wall of China
57.Started a business

58.Taken a martial arts class
59.Visited Russia
60.Served at a soup kitchen
61.Sold girl scout cookies
62.Gone whale watching
63.Got flowers for no reason

64.Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65.Gone sky diving –Yeah baby, and I hope to do it again someday soon
66.Visited a Nazi concentration camp – no but I saw an old Jewish cemetery from the time of the Nazi’s in Prague
67.Bounced a check – whoops J
68.Flown in a helicopter
69.Saved a favorite childhood toy –E.O.
70.Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71.Eaten Caviar
72.Pieced a quilt
73.Stood in times square
74.Toured the Everglades
75.Been fired from a job
76.Seen the changing of the Guards in London


77.Broken a bone
78.Been on a speeding motorcycle
79.Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book- 2nd grade baby!
81.Visited the Vatican

Free drinks from the fountain in front on the Vatican anyone?


82.Bought a brand new car
83.Walked in Jerusalem
84.Had your picture in the newspaper
85.Read the entire Bible
86.Visited the White House
87.Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88.Had Chickenpox
89.Saved someones life

90.Sat on a jury
91.Met someone famous – a few actually: Chris Klein the actor, all the members from the band 311, Travis from Blink 182, the lead singer from Hoobastank, Benji and Joel from Good Charlotte, N’Sync’s manager J,– I also spoke to the soccer player Landon Donovan on the telephone, and shook hands with Ewan McGregor. I think that is all.


92.Joined a book club
93.Lost a loved one
94.Had a baby
95.Seen the Alamo in person
96.Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97.Been involved in a law suit

98.Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee


-I hope to get a few more checked off here in a few months as my mom and I will be going to New York... woo hoo!!! Can you tell I really LOVE to travel?! :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Well... at least we got tazed!

So, don't ask me why... but one of the receptionists at work has had a tazer at her desk for about a week. Apparently, if you say something she doesn't like, or give her a bit of lip... your gonna get it! Well, some of the boys got crazy in the last week and started giving it a try. One even screamed like a little girl, when in reality the tazer didn't even touch him.

Wes and I have talked about our desire to see what being tazed was like, so we gave it a shot or should I say shock today.

Our first attempt was more like a science experiment. 4 of us joined hands (yes, it was a special moment) and Phil was shocked. We tested to see if the current would travel around the group... didn't really happen.

Right after, Anjail gave Wes a quick shock in the arm, while he wasn't really expecting it. He gave just the slightest jump, but it really didn't seem to phase him besides the big smile. :)

I couldn't help but want to try it... so I put on Anjail's sweater and agreed to "take it like a man". Jean wanted to see if only we held hands if she would get a back lash of electricity... apparently more than with Phil, less than if she had just been shocked herself.

I must say... it was quite shocking, and even a little painful. Not bad, but not good either. I agreed to let them tape me... don't ask why my reaction comes so late. The electricity takes a moment to travel through the body.

So... at least now I can say I have been tazered!

video

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Just a Funny/Old Photo



This photo cracks me up. Danny did the commentary and video. Enjoy.



The video was taken at my parents house a few months ago. And I swear we don't beat the children.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy 3rd Anniversary


Today, Wes and I share our 3rd anniversary!!!

We were married in the Newport Beach Temple, January 6th, 2006.

In Sept. I explained our engagement story. Please refer to that if you have not already heard it.

We met June 6th, 2004... the day after he returned from his mission. I was his second awkward hug, which only came as a big awkward joke. Yes, I am the queen of awkward beginnings, j/k.

We did not date right away, though Wes did his best to try... again kidding.

But, about 2 weeks after he came home off he went for Summer session at BYU. We spoke once on the phone while he was there... but I despise phone conversations, and Wes isn't the biggest talker, though honestly it was a nice conversation. He came down a few times while he was living there, and we went (with a big group) to Comedy Sports, where I found myself strangely attracted to him and his new haircut and goatee.

We spent every single day (except for his time in Utah and 1 week he was on vacation with his family) together. Staying up to the very wee hours of the night together, along with the dub shack. Ultimately, we became best friends!

We hung out with friends a lot, went to lunch together at Philly's Best, played cards into the late night, went to Sea World, the movies, played video games.

The Saturday after New Year's Eve 2005 he dropped a bomb on me, telling me, "April, you know I dig you, right?" After a long night of playing X-Box together. For those of you who didn't know me then, I was terrified to date anyone seriously, and even more terrified of sharing actual feelings. I remember feeling a flush run over me- seriously from head to toe, I remember the feeling vividly. I knew Wes and I couldn't date because I didn't want to get married until I was at least 25, and if we dated then we would eventually break up, and our great friendship would be ruined. So, I told him just that, and he took it like a G. We kept hanging out, paint balling, going to see Les Miserables at the Pantages theater, he continually teasing me about our moment.

Then, he started talking to other girls at church, which infuriated me. But, I wanted to make sure I really had feelings for him and did not just want to "win". So I evaluated my thoughts, and realized I loved Wes... and I wanted more with him. Now I say love at this point very loosely, as he was my most true friend.

So, I made a deal with him. That if in his church basketball game he scored 38 points I would take him to the castle at Disneyland... long story, but it was understood that he would then get a kiss. :)

Well, that Thursday, Wes did all he could and played the greatest game of his young life. I watched in anticipation. The date was already set... but I was going to make him earn it. Wes really played great!

At the end of the game, Lindsay and I walked to the scoreboard and next to Wes' name were the numbers 38 circled. He had scored just the perfect amount of needed points!!!!! I was shocked.

About 3 months later he told me the truth. He had only scored 35 points. He had told his friend Ryan about the bet... who then told his dad who was over the league. His dad told the score keeper to write that number regardless of the actual amount of points next to Wes' name and leave it there. It was the perfect plan- very detailed, and it did work. Wes was also playing the game against his brother and friend Josh... he asked them at the end of the game, which wasn't very close, to keep fouling him so he could shoot lots of free throws for extra points.

So, Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, just the 2 of us headed off to the castle. ;) I was nervous as we went on all the rides prior to heading over to the castle... Wes says he wasn't. Well, we got to the castle, but couldn't get in. We asked a worker how to get inside, and she informed us it was closed until 2009. Bummer! Seriously, I didn't know what to do, I really wanted my kiss and I knew Wes did too.

So, we started walking under the castle and were just beneath the main part when I grabbed Wes and pulled him to the doorway which usually leads to a souvenir store (luckily it was closed). I grabbed his jacket and planted one on him. I thought it would be a little peck kiss, but Wes had other ideas. It was the best first kiss EVER! :) Of course we got the typical jabs... "get a room," "Wow, heard of PDA?" etc. But, I don't think either of us cared a bit, though we laughed about it the whole way to the car. Wes later informed me that I didn't need to jump him, that he was going to take me to a more secluded area in the park, had I given him the chance. Oh well... I liked it! We don't normally kiss like that in public... come to think of it, that was the only time.

After Disneyland we headed over to Benihana's down the street. We listened to Aqueous Transmission by Incubus on the way.... it has a somewhat Japanese sound to it, and just enjoyed each other in a very different way then in the past.

We sat all alone in a back corner at the table... we didn't ask, they just didn't put anyone else at our table... kind of awkward, but boy was I grateful we had such a good friendship.

1 week later we shared our 1st Valentines Day together... personally, the best I have ever had. Wes got me a build a bear from Downtown Disney, that says, "38 points." in his voice. We shared that night with Caleb, one of Wes' best friends, and one of my best friends, Lindsay.

The week before my birthday, in April, we said "I love you," for the 1st time. And were engaged on Sept. 3rd, 2005.

Our engagement came again with a number of bets behind it, and friends involved in making it happen.

4 months later was the most important day for either of us, as we were sealed for "Time and All Eternity" in the Newport Beach Temple... a day I can never be more grateful for.

I am grateful to have married my best friend, and the man who was meant just for me!!!

HAPPY 3 YEARS BABE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Welcoming 2009

For

New Year's Eve this year we did not have much planned. And, since it was a Wed. night we really didn't want to travel far to do anything. So we, along with my mom and dad, Hayley, Adam, Ryan, Heidi and Ned met at John's Incredible Pizza in Mo Val and ate all the pizza we could and played a few games. Recommendation: make sure to try their little donut bites when you go. To die for!

Some of the group after enjoying way too much food... if there is such a thing.



Playing a few of the many games. There was this really fun mini bowling game. I plan on having one of these in our next house. ;)


Wes and I were trying to pose the numbers "0" and "9" for the new year... I messed it up bad and was mocked mercilessly.


Afterward, we went back to my parents house and played the Wii we got them for Christmas.


At midnight we rang in the New Year, had some bubbly (sparkling cider), gave each other our New Year's kiss, and went home at about 12:05 am. Yes, we know how to party!!!



Hopefully, 2009 will be the greatest year of our married life yet!!! :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ascension Real Estate Christmas Extravaganza

On December 30th we had our work Christmas Party. Again, it was an ugly sweater party and competition. So, we busted out our Christmas Eve apparel and rocked it! Unfortunately, only about 5 of us remembered (so the duds claimed)... which, I must admit only bettered our chances at winning.

I must say, I have never quite heard applause when someone walks into the doors at work, so much as I did the moment Wes walked in wearing his beautiful lime green Christmas creation. :) What a proud moment for me, his wife!

We had the party during the afternoon on one of the floors at work. We visited, ate, and had our secret Santa exchange... which my secret Santa far out did herself! Wes came out with $20 gift card to In-N-Out, and happily I received a gift card to Re-Ro (Red Robin... yum). I was shocked before this to not have received one, because usually Wes and I receive a majority of our gifts being Red Robin gift cards... so we can't stop tradition. Phew! They also did a home made dessert contest, which after reading my last post you will understand why I didn't participate. :) But, I was glad to happily eat the winner's delicious home made cheesecake.

Enjoying their spoils of the day.

L-R: Kenny B., Caleb, Wes, and Josh

Wes also won the ugly sweater competition, by a long shot. As an award, he was given $50. But, as Tyler said, $50 was the price he paid to lose all pride. We'll take it, pride is so over-rated.

Caleb and Wes looking especially "weird."


Also, each person was given a $15 Fandango gift card, and a $25 gift card to an on-line shopping site, which includes about 60 great options. I couldn't believe how generous it was.

Overall, the work party was a huge success and a lot of fun! :)

Tyler looking very serious as boss man.