Tuesday, December 11, 2007

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!


Cevin, Cerra, and Dillon

Here are some others:
Cheryl and Clyde
Paul and Emily
Make your own, email it to me, and I will post yours too!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I have so much to be grateful for. I have a wonderful husband, I have never been hungry, I have always had a roof over my head, I have a good job, I have the opportunity to further my education, and I have YOU! I am truly blessed and thankful. What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Search Goes On

We are still home shopping. The house that we looked at last month just wasn't for us. We did get a lot of preparations for home buying out of the way though, so we are that much closer. We signed another year lease with our apartment, but bought in to their home-buyer's program. We can leave after three months with 30 days notice if we buy a house. It seems like a good program. We were also able to forge some good working relationships with a great realtor and mortgage broker. It will be nice working with them in the near future. I am also excited to see what the Utah housing market does here in the next little bit. I am hopeful that it will follow the national trends and become that much more of a buyer's market. We will keep you posted!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Old Blogs, New Video

I have added video to some older blogs:

Weekend in Weiser

Moab 2007

Heche en Mexico

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Our First House

Dillon and I went to look at our first house on Friday. We have been working seriously toward buying a house for some time now, but, before now, have not been to a point that going to see a house was practical. This is a great mile marker as going to see this house is evidence that we are close to buying.

The house would be a great deal. I truly hope that this is the right opportunity. It's a 5 bedroom, 3 full bath home on 0.13 acres. Small lot, but a lot of house for the price. About 2400 sq ft. 85% professionally finished basement.

We brought our realtor along and he pointed out so many things that we would never had even thought of. In the case of this house, they were all good. He was really impressed with the house and the value too.

This home would be a great first home. Although unlikely, this could be our last too. If we had to, we could raise our entire family in this house. Before we have kids, the extra room will be fun too.

Dillon is going to be on the phone with our mortgage broker and realtor first thing Monday morning. I am hoping we can get this house. As Dillon and I have talked about, if we can't swing it, it's not the right thing. We have a lot of praying to do this week about it, but I feel really good about this house. We'll just have to see.

Monday, October 01, 2007

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Women's Fitness Celebration 2007!

It's that time of year again. Last weekend was the Women's Fitness Celebration in Boise, ID. This year our 'gang' consisted of Kathleen Craven, Megan Mortensen, Kristen Mortensen (Kathleen's two daughters), Heidi (Megan's boyfriend's mom), Emily Craven (my sister-in-law) and Me! It was great fun!

Paul and Emily flew in to Boise Friday morning and I came in Friday night. Emily and I stayed up late on Friday night talking and playing Scrabble. It's rare that two married women can have a slumber party type night together of staying up late and giggling. We both had a girly-good time. :-)

Saturday morning came so early as we had to get up and ready for the 'celebration.' Emily and I wore 'custom' made crowns - made by my cute dad out of coat hangers and aluminum foil. They were truly 'one of a kind.'

On Sunday I got to pick up Kathleen Hawkins from the airport and hang out with her until Paul, Emily and I had to leave for SLC. She took me out for breakfast and shopping for my Birthday. It was fun to spend some time with her. I wasn't expecting it. She was coming back from visiting Sasha in Alaska and her flight was earlier than expected so we got to hang out.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thanks to all for another great year!

And yet another original
masterpiece from my dad...

Cerra is 25 Today!

Today is Cerra's 25th birthday. Cerra and I met just prior to her 20th, and as I think back, I find it hard to believe that we've already celebrated five of her birthdays together.

Cerra, dear, thank you for all the love, support, kindness, grace, beauty and fond memories you've brought to our life together. I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring. Happy birthday, baby!

On this day in 1967: The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (pictured) is launched at John Brown & Company, Clydebank, Scotland.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Weekend in Weiser

These are the pictures and video of our trip to Weiser last weekend that Dillon wrote about below.

I think we've all taken better pictures - especially me - but this is the best one we took! :-)

Green acres is the place for Dillon!

A train

Cute Star - she is just about to rub her chin on Keyno's rump

Idaho Getaway and a Visit from Sasha!

Cerra and I had a chance to go visit Mom this past weekend. We flew into Boise Thursday night and after picking us up, Mom drove us to Weiser. We spent a great three-day weekend visiting with Mom and her animals and just enjoying the slow pace and beautiful surroundings of the Idaho countryside.

Cerra's dad, Doug, his dear wife, Kathleen and Kathleen's daughter Megan came out to Mom's house from Boise for dinner Sunday evening. We had a wonderful time visiting, and Cerra and Doug even managed to get a little horseback riding in.

We flew back to Salt Lake City late on Sunday afternoon. Sasha flew into Salt Lake City late Sunday night and Nolan picked her up at the airport and set her up in his spare bedroom. Cerra, Sash, Nolan, Heather and I all got together last night to have a little celebration for Sasha's 30th birthday. Happy birthday, Sasha!

Thanks, Mom, for the wonderful hospitality and company you provided during our visit. Cerra and I have had such a great few days with our visit to Idaho and getting to celebrate with Sash on her birthday! I just wanted to share.

Friday, August 31, 2007

The summer's gone...

School started last Wednesday. I am only taking 6 credit hours this semester. I wanted to take 9 again, but Dillon wouldn't have it. I guess the spring semester wasn't just hard on me. As usual, I am loving school. It's hard to juggle work and school and everything else, but I think it's worth it. Maybe in a few semesters or so, I will quit my job all together and just go to school all day long. I would really like that, but the pay cut doesn't sound fun. I like to buy things too much...

This labor day weekend will be nice to hang out and relax. My cute friend from Idaho is down here with her hubby and her pregnant belly (I haven't seen it yet!) visiting family over the weekend. It will be nice to catch up.

The house hunt has been slowed a little. We think we are supposed to stay put for a little longer maybe... We are continuing to save and when the opportunity presents itself, we will know it and be ready. I am oh so eager to stop renting and get out of the ghetto though.

I am supposed to substitute in nursery for our church this Sunday. When the lady asked me I thought she was saying the youngest primary class (3 year olds) and agreed. I have taught in primary tons of times and know how it works. I wasn't really thinking. The nursery are the 1 1/2 to 3 year olds that I will be "teaching" on Sunday. I didn't know they even had lessons this young. I have never been the nursery before - not since I can remember anyway. I am fine with the kids part of it, but the rules are were I have no clue. I guess if they need to go potty, I have to go find their parents. I have no idea what kid belongs to who, let alone were they would be even if I did know. I guess they have "snack time" too. I have to take them to a different room to do that though. I have no schedule of when things are supposed to happen. I really have no clue. I hope someone who does is in there with me...

Next weekend we will be going to Boise to visit Dillon's mom. I am way excited to see her, the farm and Max (the dog). We may visit with my Dad and his wife too. I can't wait!

After we get back from Idaho, Sasha (Dillon's sister) will be in Utah for a visit. She will be celebrating her 30th birthday here. I think our cousin Mike will be throwing her a party at his house. It'll be good times.

I hope you all have a great labor day!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Another Great Year!

Another year has passed and today Cerra and I are celebrating our third wedding anniversary. Cerra my dear, thank you for the goodness you have brought into my life. I love you.

On this day in 1911: Mona Lisa (pictured), an oil painting by Leonardo da Vinci, was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was recovered two years later.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Moab 2007

We took a trip to Moab this weekend. It was the first time I had ever been. What an amazing place! It was truly unique and exhilarating.

On Saturday we went to Arches National Park. The rock formations there were like nothing I have ever seen before. The beautiful red rock has formed magnificent sights.

When we entered the park, this is some of what we saw first. It was breathtaking for me.

This one reminds me of those Easter Island things.

I have never seen so many wonderful landscapes.

I loved all the spires and balanced rocks. It was like walking through natures art gallery of sculptures.

And of course the "Balanced Rock"

There were petrified sand dunes.

And then came what the park was named for... the ARCHES!

Maybe these will become arches in a few thousand...or million years...

On Sunday we went to Canyon Lands National Park. The views were also breathtaking and amazing, but so different. Within the short ten miles by the way the crow flies from Arches to Canyon lands it's like stepping into a different world. The pictures do not do the intricate and seemingly infinite landscape justice.

Being the little Indian tracker that I am, I spotted a dinosaur track...can you see it? hee hee

Some more spires here.

This was a great trip. This area is unlike anything else on the earth. I can't believe that I have lived this close to this place for so long and haven't gone before now.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Workin' Hard for the Money

I know, I know... It's been way too long...

This has been a crazy semester for us both, but it's over! I found out all to late into it that I had bitten off more than I could comfortably chew. This sadly isn't rare for me to do, but I felt this one pretty hard. I finished school strong though and decided to take the summer off from school to buy a house.

Dillon has been working very hard at work also. He is making his clients very happy and bringing in nice bonuses every month. He takes his work very seriously and is the best at what he does - I'm not biased or anything... I am so proud of what he is doing and how seriously he takes his role in our family.

So this summer we will be focusing on continuing to work hard at our jobs and getting into our first home. Our lease for our apartment is up in October, so that is kind of the time frame we are shooting for to be moving in to our new home. We thought that that meant building a home was out of the question at this point for our time frame, but it doesn't necessarily seem that way now. They can build houses so quickly; it's insane. This summer will be work - potentially a lot of work - but it will be well worth it.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Bill Anders and American Cheese

In a recent post on Sasha's blog, she requested that her readers submit their favorite quotes. I'm very rarely effected enough by language, regardless of profoundity, to justify remembering, let alone repeating the quotable. I'm really not sure what this says about me, but I'm sure it's further proof that I'm a bad seed.

Sure, there are doozies from most of my heroes. Exciting things like: "I have a dream." or "In a gentle way, you can shake the world." But those and so many others have been beaten to death. So I opted to leave Sasha a message that needs explanation, and is an example of my unfortunate, perhaps tragic disconnect with the rest of society.

More than a decade ago, while researching a paper for my Aviation History class at UVSC, I came across an account of part of the radio communication between the pilots of a Navy HS4 helicopter and the crew of the Apollo 8 mission. As the Apollo 8 crew waited in the Command Module after splashdown for rescue divers from the chopper to secure the spacecraft, one of the helicopter pilots asked asked the crew if the moon was made of Limburger cheese. Bill Anders replied "No… it’s made of American Cheese."

Anders was a fighter pilot who had flown the most cutting-edge aircraft and spacecraft ever designed (including the Apollo 8 Lunar Module), he was a nuclear engineer, and one of the three people to orbit the freakin' moon for the first time. His answer was not simply a glib reply, but one that encompassed his intimate knowledge of the complexities of the Cold War motivation for the Apollo program, the personal sacrifice and excellence required of he and his crew mates, and the monumental and historical feat of engineering that man had just achieved.

Anders' quote displays a razor-sharp and dry wit that, while I may not be able to match, I do identify with. Deep meaning, subtly masked is a favorite game of mine, and Anders was instantly among the top of my way-too-cool list and remains there to this day.

Monday, April 30, 2007

My Little Sister

SashaFor the few people who read our blog and don't read my sister Sasha's, I have some news that may be of interest, and a request.

Sasha has just undergone her second mastectomy. This surgery, and the one that preceded it a year ago, were in response to a diagnosis of breast cancer last May. Based on my understanding, this surgery was the last major medical procedure in what has been a year of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.

Sasha came out of surgery Friday afternoon and her recovery is going well thus far. As you can probably imagine, Sasha is in a lot of physical pain. Sash has also courageously dealt with a series exhausting emotional trials for the past year.

Regardless of your faith, Cerra and I hope that you will set apart a moment to focus positive energy toward my little sister. Your prayers, meditation and thoughts of love, peace and healing all make such a difference.

Thank you all so much. We love you Sashie!