Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Curve Balls

So far this fall has been nothing like we could have imagined but I am growing to the idea that it's been good for me. Due to several unforeseen events I have been forced to adapt to the idea that life definitely doesn't always go as we plan. A very hard lesson for a person such as myself to learn but it's crazy how Heavenly Father seems to have something else in store for me...I hate being out of control of my own life(to a certain extent) but who better to trust than the Lord? No one I guess.
I had my first major run in with this not too long ago when I met my Eric. He was (not to sound mean in anyway) but frankly unwanted. haha I am quite the planner and for as long as I can remember, I had planned on serving a mission. It was something that I'd prayed long and hard about for many years and had no doubt that it was the right thing for me to do. Nothing would hold me back(not to mention the fact that I had a missionary I'd bee avidly writing for the past year, yes I was one of those girls) My 21st birthday was around the corner and it was finally time to start filling out mission papers! I was so excited and so anxious. During this whole process, most know that I had been serving in the sorority presidency up at the University of Utah aka my life was spent up there! Long story short, one of my close Beta friends was throwing a huge BBQ and that's where it all unfolded.... I met this guy.
And all of my planning logic became a huge jumble. I was lost and confused because this was definitely NOT in the plan! After a whole lot of knee-spent time and an answer from the temple, I was forced to humble myself and take a giant leap of faith....Scary!!! Heavenly Father has other plans for me.
Once again, here I am with a few more curve balls. Big curve balls. But I know I will be a stronger person because of these. After all, that's what life is about right?!
So much easier said than done.

Friday, September 3, 2010

No Regrets

Well, unfortunately summer is pretty much over. Everyone is back in school (except me for a few more weeks) and the weather is slowly starting to cool down. Fall is my favorite season but it sure came fast! I can't feel too bad because Eric and I definitely had our summer filled with fun! I'm pretty sure it became a joke with our families because we were never in town for longer than 7 days at a time the entire summer! Not bad. We decided when we first got married(or maybe we just like to play too much) that we probably won't be able to just pick up and leave on last minute trips forever and that after munchkins start coming, we don't want to look back and wish we would've spend more time with just the two of us :) I'm a little selfish and love getting every chance I get to hang out with my hubby. We tried to count all of the trips we've gone on together in the past year and a half and lost track at about 26 I think. haha Impressive? I think yes.
Since I've slacked on keeping this blog updated after each trip throughout the summer, I will try to put some pics up from each trip and let the pictures do the talking....they do a better job than I do anyway.
Happy 23rd Birthday Eric!

I Surpirsed Eric with a quick trip to St. George! With our trusty friends the Branca's of course:)

CoCo is here!!!

Bear Lake

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wasatch Back

I survived!!!!! I have been scared to death yet so excited at the same time to run the Wasatch Back. I've been training for months and months but still felt extremely under prepared to run this relay but I did it! For those who don't know much about these relays, each team has twelve runners and everyone runs 3 different legs. (Each varying in difficulty) The Ragnar Wasatch Back is a total of 190 miles that starts in Logan and weaves down through the canyons and finally ends in Park City. The team splits into two vans and takes turns running each set of legs.
Van #2 Just getting ready to start

I was runner #10 and I was super pumped because my sweet little sister Sam was brave enough to agree to this madness with me. (Very comforting as weird as that sounds) It was nice to have someone close to me there so that we could be scared together. haha but she was runner #9 which come to find out, runners 9 and 10 are the HARDEST legs of the entire race.... hahaha Seriously? that's what I said. I was also pumped to find out that my cute mom had volunteered to be our van driver (another comforting thought) and off we went! scared as I was, everything went perfectly. We got there just before our first runner was going to take the hand off from our other van and it had all started before I could make myself any more nervous. Long story short, our 1st legs that were supposed to be a breeze ended up being at the hottest part of the day which caught me off guard because my 1st leg was only 4 miles but it took a lot out of me! normally 4 miles would not have even started to phase me but try it in 100 degree weather on asphalt...it's a whole different game.
Just finishing the 1st leg.

After all 6 of the runners in our car had finished our 1st legs, we ended up in some town out in the middle of nowhere. I honestly can't even remember the name of it where we were able to down some subway in a high school and "get some sleep" on the wrestling pads. ha! My adrenaline was still totally pumping and I was so nervous for my next two legs that trying to relax was pretty close to impossible. especially on nasty pads from who knows what!After what seemed like 20 minutes, it was time for another round, which was my longest not to mention in the middle of the night and running on absolutely zero sleep. Sam had a 10 miler and then it was my turn... finished my 9 miles and it was perfect. I ran so much better than I could've expected! and the scenery was beautiful! I ran through the night past all sorts of hills and fields with horses and around a lake(not sure which lake at this point) then I watched the sun rise just on the last few miles. It was great! Pretty sure I watched our van drive right past me at the beginning of my leg... never to see them again haha They couldn't see me so instead of checking on me like we'd done every couple of miles. they were nowhere to be found. I didn't mind except for the fact that I was worried that Sam must've been hurt or something because she had just run the longest leg of the entire Ragnar and totally killed it! I was totally amazed. Anyway, turns out they couldn't see me when they drove past and just waited for me at the exchange. Sorry this is turning out to be so long and in detailed but I figure I'm the only one who knows about this blog anyway so I can say whatever the heck I want. Again, this is for journal purposes :)
The next leg was what was my biggest fear. This is why I had been a complete nervous wreck for the past 5 months... It was the RAGNAR and I was scared to death. This is the leg that even the super intense, competitive runners pay people off to take because nobody wants to run it. Yeah, this was mine and now matter how many pep talks I was giving to myself in my head or how many prayers I has said to just get me up this hill, I was so nervous! To add to my stress, I was sick. I wasn't sure whether it was from my nerves, my lack of sleep and exhaustion, or what but I was beyond nauseous. (which NEVER happens to me, I have the stomach of a rock) Later to find out I was just extremely backed up if you know what I mean :) LESSON. LEARNED. Anyhow, Before I knew it were were driving up to my exchange point and I was literally on the verge of tears, seriously this is what a wuss I can be! and I turn around to hear honking behind us only to find my sweet husband hanging out the window of his dads car with a huge smile across his face and my father in law and sister in law Katie driving up to cheer me on. Eric knew how nervous I was so he wasn't gonna miss it for the world. This is why I love this guy! Remember how I was already on the verge of tears? yeah I was done for after this. So to end my long long story, you better believe I trecked all the way up that hill! Running in places I could but nobody ran up this hill. It was such a huge incline that it was faster and more energy efficient to power walk up it instead of run and my sweet Eric did all 5 miles with me! giving me water and talking to me to take my mind of of things.

Moral of the story, it was such a great experience I would do it again in a heartbeat. The girls on our team were amazing, I had a blast hanging out with my mom and Sam and I have the absolute best husband in the world. He never seizes to amaze me and I still can't believe how he continues to make me fall even more and more in love with him everyday. I'm the happiest/luckiest girl in the world to have him as my husband! Another big thing to check off my list...next maybe we'll go for a 1/2 marathon. It'll happen.

I just realized that I'm not asctually running in any of these pictures...Must've been cause I was running so fast that they couldn't catch a shot haha.
I promise I ran!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pretty sure I'm the worst blogger in the world! This is precisely the reason I sucked at writing in a journal but I'm still working on it!
A lot has happened since the last post, Eric and I have finished the spring semester and I'm done for the summer! It's soooo nice! I thought about cramming in a summer semester but quickly talked myself out of it. haha Eric however is taking one class. Which he likes because it keeps him busy while still allowing plenty of time for golf and work.
We were lucky enough to make a trip to Omaha to see Pete and Ali and the boys! Eric took his last final and we cruised out to the airport with Carol and Jeff about an hour later. It was awesome, we made it in time for Pete's white coat ceremony and were able to spend a lot of time with the crew!
We also made a trip out to Nauvoo during our travels. I had never been and it's one of Jeff and Carol's favorite places on earth. Jeff served his mission in Illinios and they have been in the Nauvoo pageant several times... needless to say he HAD to take me there to see it. haha That's how Jeff is. Ali and the boys even joined us! I quickly learned how special of a place Nauvoo really is. I think it is a place that everyone needs to visit sometime in their lifetime. It was so surreal! Especially to visit Carthage Jail, to stand in the exact same place Joseph Smith stood just before his death, it was incredible. Being in Nauvoo has a way of making you feel the pioneers there and get a glimpse at what their lives were like. I loved it! Definitely a testimony builder for me.

After that, we spent a few more days in Omaha before we had to catch a flight back to Salt Lake. We hit up another one of Owen's soccer games, the zoo, played some late night games and also got to explore downtown Omaha. Good times dudes. We had such a blast spending time with each other and can't wait to see them this summer!
For now, we will enjoy the warm weather and I will continue training for the Wasatch Back. I'm beyond nervous! I have some rough legs of the race but I think I can do it. At least I hope so haha I guess we'll find out!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring is finally here!!! Or at least I hope so. It seems like every time I think we've seen the last of winter... It snows. Cross your fingers because the nest few days look promising.
Well, things are going well for Eric and I, Megan and Miss Addison have been in town the past couple of weeks and we've had a ton of fun playing with them! I just wish they'd move back here dang it. Maybe someday... But Megan just happened to hit her 14 week mark in her pregnancy while she was out here and Haley was nice enough to do the ultrasound....It's a boy! Megan let me be there when Haley did the scan and it was really cool. It's crazy how fast those tiny babies grow! Congrats to Clarke and Megan!
Eric and I are coming up on the last few weeks of this semester and are both just trying to survive! It happens a few times a year so you'd think I'd be used to it by now but I'm totally not. I'm on the verge of going crazy. Literally. Once I finish all of these final projects, I'm hoping to have my soul back! (and my husband)
I'm so excited, Eric and his friends put together a softball team and their first game is tonight! He played last year with some of his other friends and I seriously loved going to those games. I think it'll be even better this year because all of his closest buddies are home from their missions now so they are all on the team. It's gonna be epic!
Since the last post, we've been to California and back! We had spring break about a month or so ago and of course Eric couldn't miss out on an opportunity for a vacation. So he booked the flight and off we went! I love that about Eric, if there's any possible reason to celebrate or go somewhere, you'd better believe he's gonna plan something fun! It was super nice to get out in the sun though. We were able to go to the beach, relax, play with the Bowen's, we even made it back to Disneyland! One of my favorite places ever, Eric knows how much I love it so he's made sure to take me back twice already since we've been married! He's money like that. It was a great get away, only to come back to get ready for finals!
Life is still great though!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lesson Learned

So we had quite a scare a couple of weeks ago... This post could end up being super long but it's for my own sake.
I have been training for a few races coming up this summer and have been forcing myself into being a regular at the gym due to the freezing cold weather outside, on this day in particular Eric and I had both come home from work at the same time and had planned to go work out. We figured that if we hurried and went really fast as soon as we got home, we could still be able to eat dinner at a decent time. So off we went to 24 hour fitness where I headed to the treadmills as usual and Eric started to do his thing. We worked out for about an hour then left but we needed a few things from the grocery store for our dinner so we made a quick stop at Smith's to grab them. After walking around the store for about 15 minutes, we head to the check out isle when Eric turns to me and says he's light headed.... next thing I know, he's passed out on the floor!!!! His face was white as a ghost and his eyes were rolling back in his head. As I try not to panic, I hear people screaming call 911! Not helpful for a wife trying not to panic with an unconscious husband. But after about 15 seconds (which felt like forever) I was finally able to get him to wake up, told him to stay sitting down for a minute before he got up, then he eventually stood up. Keep in mind that we now have everyone's attention in the entire store. He stood up for about 3 seconds before he collapsed again!!! He looked like he was dead. seriously, He had zero color in his face, his eyes were rolling back in his head his body was completely limp. Luckily there was a guy that caught him this time so he didn't hurt himself again by the fall. Meanwhile, the paramedics were on their way and it was all I could do not to break down. We got him into a chair and I grabbed the nearest Gatorade and forced it down his throat. Remembering that his Dad is a severe diabetic sugar was my first reaction. Luckily it did the trick and he was conscious again. The store's pharmacist came and sat with us asking questions till the EMT's got there. Everyone was convinced that Eric was a diabetic since his dad is but once his blood sugar was checked, he was back to normal. I had been super good at holding my emotions in while we were in the store but as soon as we made it out to the car... I was a complete wreck! Then we made it home, and I lost it again! I hardly ever cry but if there's one way to freak me out, this was definitely it!!! I guess the moral of the story is to never work out too hard on an empty stomach! Not a good idea but we are both good and healthy :) In fact, we've even been to the gym since and both stood standing afterward! yay

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


So the whole reason for this blog idea is because one of my new years resolutions was to get better, (and when I say get better I mean start) writing in a journal. I figure I'm ten times faster at typing than I am at writing so a blog was my solution!
I know it's March but I'll start by telling about the month of February because it was awesome! We celebrated our first anniversary a couple of weeks ago which is absolutely crazy! My sweet husband surprised me with a weekend getaway to Heber/Park City :) We stayed in a villa at the Zermott Resort where we were actually able to relax. Those who know me know that sometimes I struggle with this concept. It was funny because I had actually had a small melt down the day we left, Eric kept getting on my back and telling me I needed to get to work which stressed me out even more because I was so dang stressed that day! When really he just needed to get me out of the house so that he could pack my bags... best husband ever! I felt so bad once we pulled into the resort and I figured out what was going on. Just wanna say I'm grateful to have a husband who really does listen to me when I rant about stress. I seriously lucked out in the husband department!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Okay so this is my first post and I'm still not really sure about this whole blog idea but I thought I'd give it a try!