Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Jer Bear!

For Jeremy's Birthday we were able to go up to The Canyons resort and stay two nights at the Grand Summit Hotel. We felt very posh. I grew up skiing at The Canyons and every time I would be on the ride back to the car I would wish I was staying at the hotel so I could use the nice pool and hot tubs. It was nice to be able to stay there after a long day of skiing.

After we got home from skiing I was sitting on the couch reading a book, minding my own business when Jeremy came home. He had his hands full and so he just kicked the door shut with his foot. This caused the wall to shake just enough that a clock that had been sitting in a box shelf on the wall fell down and hit me right on the top of the head. It hurt SO bad and just dropped me! I fell over and grabbed my head and immediately felt my hand get really hot and knew that meant blood so I sat up to avoid getting it all over the couch. Jeremy rushed me to the bathroom and put a rag on it while it bled and bled. It was so painful! I don't know if I am just becoming more of a wuss or what but I was in a lot of pain. Luckily the bleeding stopped so we didn't go to the hospital. I did end up sleeping for like 15 hours straight so we are kind of wondering if I got a mild concussion or something.

Christmas/New Year's/Etc.

For our first Christmas together we were able to go up to Heber to be with my family. It was fun and I was excited for Jeremy to be introduced to sticky buns, cereal in stockings and other Hopkins traditions. The day after Christmas we headed up to "the frozen tundra of Soda Springs" to spend the weekend with the Harts. We had a nice relaxing weekend up there and then it was back to work.

Luckily most of Jeremy's family was able to come down to Salt Lake for New Year's and we were able to go to First Night (I know it has a new name but I can't remember it) with Melanie and Ashwin. First night was kind of lame. There were maybe 200 people. The coolest part was the tribute band competition, however we missed most of it. After walking around downtown for awhile we headed home to have a Rockband party. This was so funny. Jeremy's brothers were out of control and we had some good laughs.

We also received Jazz tickets for Christmas and were able to go to two games.

Honeymoon in Cancun

The day after our wedding we headed to Cancun! This was not without drama though. We flew from SLC to Atlanta and then headed on a smaller plane from Atlanta to Cancun. On this second leg of our journey we hit some really bad weather and the plane seemed to just drop right out of the air for a few seconds. It was by far the worst turbulence I have ever experienced. We flew up and out of our seats and I banged my head on the window on the way up. People were screaming. Tears were probably shed. All I know is we dropped and I instantly thought we were going down and that we were going to die and I was terrified, I kept thinking, "are you kidding me? We've been married for ONE day and I'm going to die!" Jeremy grabbed my hand and reassuringly told me that at least if we were going to die, we'd go together...not really comforting honey.

After we landed things started getting much better. The resort we stayed at was amazing. It was brand new and everything was immaculately done. The hotel employees were so nice and kept saying, "it's a pleasure" to anything that we said, it was pretty funny. Pretty much we did a lot of eating, since it was all inclusive. As soon as we got to our room we ordered room service and had a wonderful welcome meal of mac and cheese and cheesecake!

One night at dinner we were enjoying the romantic setting of the Mexican Restaurant. We were done with our meal and ready to leave but Jeremy had to use the bathroom. As he got up from the table he pushed himself up which caused the table to move and spilled my glass of water not on my dress but down my dress. I was wearing a dress with a tank top underneath and the glass of water spilled perfectly down the space between the tank top and my body, which allowed the water to quickly slide right down me until I was sitting in a pool and completely soaked! It was so funny, we were just glad that the restaurant was relatively empty and very dark!

Besides doing a lot of eating, we were able to go scuba diving. This is something that neither one of us had ever done. In order to be able to go you have to do a "certification" course. This takes about an hour and consisted of Jeremy and I with the instructor, swimming around a 3 foot deep swimming pool with scuba gear on. We got to see fascinating things like, people's legs as they stood in the pool, and weird floaties that I didn't really want to think about. They taught us the signs that are used to communicate while diving and how to breath and clear your mask. Clearing your mask is a key part of diving because inevitably you will get water in your mask and you have to get it out. This terrified me. I can't even go under water without plugging my nose. The first time I tried it I started choking and had to come out of the water. I was only able to successfully clear my mask once in the pool. This was not comforting me before we headed out to dive in the ocean. I was pretty sure that I was going to get out there and choke on the salt water and die! But we had paid the money so off we went...

We went out to sea on this tiny little catamaran and luckily we weren't on the boat more than 10 minutes because I was already feeling sick. We put our gear on and then we were told to sit on the edge of the boat and then fall backwards to get in the water. I was sitting there working up my courage when the catamaran driver came up to me and said "one, two, three" and pushed me off. This was not helping. So now I'm in the water still not sure if this is something I should be doing. So we head down about 20 feet or so and I was shocked at how bad my ears hurt. I was not at all prepared for the pressure. I knew I had to pop my ears but I am also terrified of doing this because I think I'm going to do some sort of permanent damage. But the pain was getting so bad that I had to do it. We then proceeded to go on our dive around a coral reef. It was really cool and we saw some cool things. I had a very difficult time staying down though, I kept just floating up to the surface. Finally our instructor got sick of having to pull me back down and he took a weight out of his belt and put it in my pocket, which promptly dropped me to the ocean floor. So I continue on my way basically just gliding along the ocean floor, being terrified of having to clear my mask, and pretty sure I might die at any moment. Finally, we came to the end and were able to go up. I was relieved. In the end it was a good experience and I'm glad we did it, but I would say the 45 minutes we were under water were plenty for me.

The Big Day!

So after the engagement we did what you do after an engagement and got married! It was a Wednesday. Kind of random. There were a few reasons for this. The first being, I am cheap. Turns out to do any kind of luncheon/reception/anything wedding related it is significantly cheaper to avoid the weekend. I would have chose Thursday, but I had been told or at least thought I had been told that Thursday and Friday of that week would be the State Cup soccer tournament for my brother Collin. Collin and I have always had a special bond and so I was not about to be the reason he couldn't play in a State Cup game. So we decided on Wednesday. It was actually really sweet because not too many people get married on Wednesday's so we didn't have anyone else to deal with.

There was however the rain. It had been raining all week and all the news reports said that there was like a 95% chance of rain from 9-2 that day which was exactly when we had everything scheduled! Lame. And if you've seen my hair after its been wet you know why this would be such a problem for me. So I called together the forces of my "very best friends" otherwise known as anyone in my phone, and we all teamed together to turn the rain away with the power of positive thinking!

We were married at 9:00 a.m. which was a bit early but it all worked out. We then took pictures for an hour or two at the temple and then headed up to Red Butte Garden for a luncheon and more pictures. I was SO sick of taking pictures by the end of the day. My flowers were nice but they attacked me with this orange powder stuff that stained my dress, but no worries because I covered that up by spilling salad dressing all over myself! We were done with all of the wedding festivities by about 3:00 p.m. which was really nice. I was exhausted and so glad we didn't have a reception to go to. I will attach some of my favorite pictures.

History Lesson

Since I am a little behind the times with starting this blog I need to do a few history lessons. I want to catch up on everything that I have missed writing down, unfortunately that would be impossible, but I am going to at least write down the major events, as I remember them.

So to recap....Jeremy and I were engaged. The evening was extremely romantic and memorable, it started out at the Bee's game with free dinner paid for by Nelson Labs (aka my company summer party)! Every girls dream really. We had a three course meal, prepared by one of the greatest chefs in Salt Lake. Hot Dogs, Nachos and a Churro for dessert served by some guy named Juan. It really was magical. I immediately knew something was up after being fed such a gourmet meal, in such an amazing setting.

After baseball we were set to meet up with some friends to try our hand at some go-kart driving. I was really excited because the go-kart crowd is really where I find my kind of people.

We headed downtown to meet up with our friends and at this point I was thinking, wow what did I ever do to deserve such an evening of excitement, but for some reason didn't really suspect a proposal, which looking back I definitely should have because of all the romantic things we had been doing. We ended up parking right behind the conference center which being the kind person that I am commented, "hey we should park underneath to see if you can crash your car into a pole again like on our first date!" "HaHa" was the nervous laugh I received from Jeremy in reply to my wit. At this point Jeremy basically starts racing me into the conference center and I start to wonder what is going on and why can I feel his heart pounding in his hand? We walked in and there was a little old man who seemed to be expecting us and I started getting suspicious. So they race us up to the roof and then suddenly the little old man disappears (a strange turn of events) and we are alone on the roof. Jeremy takes me around a corner and there is a table set up with a white table cloth, pictures of us and roses and candles everywhere, it really was breathtaking...especially since the sprinklers turned on and were spraying directly at us! That's when we get in to all the cheesy and sappy love story stuff where Jeremy got down on one knee, told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and all that stuff, proposed and I said yes. Then our friends came out and took some pictures for us and shared the whole story of their elaborate scheming.

So we were engaged on the roof of the building where we had spent our first date... cleaning bathrooms! Yes, I know, another dream come true!

The Goal

I love to tell stories! Mainly because I think I'm really funny and so nothing is better than having a group of people sitting around listening to me tell a story. Of course, it is better when they are laughing really hard, reinforcing one of my core beliefs that I am really funny. However, a huge problem has occurred in that I up and got married and have thus far become a boring married person. This is very depressing to me, but true. So alas, I am forced to join the blogging world to send into cyber space all of my incredibly funny stories, and or my ranting and raving about some issue, television show, or random person I saw walking down the street. I hope to not be annoying or one of those "my life is overly perfect" people who we all know and equally hate (however, we continue following their blog so what does that say about us???).

Anyway...this blog will be dedicated to me (and possibly Jeremy) writing anything that I feel may need to be said to to the world and any followers of this blog (probably just my sister and dad). Well that's the goal anyway, and we all know how goals sometimes turn out. ..