September 18, 2010

apricot and peach jam

One of the things on by Bucket List is to learn how to make jam. Well, I did! Luke's mom taught me how to make apricot jam one Saturday morning with apricots fresh off Luke's grandma's tree. Then, his mom brought me a bucket of peaches off of their tree and I made peach freezer jam one morning. Both are delicious! Making jam is not hard like I always perceived it to be.

September 15, 2010

i miss you logan

Running: Let's face it, I have gotten way out of shape ever since we moved into city life. A few mornings I tried running around our block, but it didn't last long after I got barked at by too many dogs, and every house just started looking creepy to me. Then Luke took me to Liberty Park, which is only a few miles away. It's a great park, lots of green grass, a lake, and 2 different trails for running, walking, biking, roller blading- really whatever you feel like. I started going there around 6 a.m. when it was still a little bit too dark outside. Although there were people out exercising, which made me feel better and less alone on those dark mornings, there were still at least 3 officers (sometimes four) constantly at the park. The whole thing freaked me out. Then, during one of my exploring drives, I found SugarHouse Park just a few miles away from our house as well. This park is in a great part of town and is absolutely beautiful; there is so much to do there. It's made for runners, bikers, volleyball players, football players, baseball players, dogs, children, people who like to feed the ducks, etc. This is the best place I have found to run here-until winter comes at least. However, I still had some mangy football players, who had just gotten done with practice, yell at me from out of their car window as they drove past-classy. I still almost got knocked over by someone on their bike-why weren't they in the lane designated for bikes?! Let me just go on the record saying, I miss you, Logan.


I don't really know what the word I am looking for is here-but this is one of my favorite parts of Logan. This is the field that I use to ran past almost every Saturday morning. I miss small-town Logan where I didn't have to drive anywhere just to go on a run, where I didn't have to worry about the police patrolling a park, and where people didn't scream "Hey babe" out the car window.

Work: I got a job at RISE Services. What a great organization. They work with children and adults who have disabilities. I am their Resource Specialist/Administrative Assistant. I am learning a lot and feel so blessed to have a job! I work Monday-Friday 9-6. It makes for a long day. I hardly have any energy left when I come home-this is why I decided to get my booty in gear and start exercising consistently again because I know it will make me feel better. But let's just say that I miss my flexible work hours that I had in Logan- not the job, the hours. Let's talk about Luke's hours. He has to wake up at 3 a.m. sometimes just to get to work! I love him for working so hard- he is doing 32 hours a week, plus taking 9 credits this semester for grad school. But, let's face it, I miss our Logan schedule.


The Temple: Yes, I miss the Logan temple. Convenience is bliss for me. Where I am from Pennsylvania and the closest temple is 3 hours away, I guess I can't really say that living in Utah has been inconvenient in the least as far as temple attendance goes. But, the Logan temple was the most convenient ever.

Driving: Due to the fact that I do not know where anything is and sometimes lose my sense of which way is North, South, East, and West- driving has been a nightmare. I almost forgot to mention that I have to take the interstate every day to work now as well-tragedy. Living in Salt Lake is risky business. Sometimes I go for a short drive just to see if I can find things close to us that will be helpful/fun/entertaining/needful for me. Things like the grocery store, good restaurants, places to shop, the Tmobile store, the banks we bank at, etc. I have found almost everything, but it didn't come too easily. Since I have been driving while practically looking for and at everything but the road, I am surprised I haven't gotten any tickets yet or bumped into any cars. Cross your fingers that it stays that way. I basically found 21st South and never leave it. Anything I cannot find on that road has practically been taken out of my life. The park is on that road, the bank is on that road, the grocery store is on that road, and Petco. What else do we need?

I can say however, that because of our move, we ate at the Olive Garden twice the first week we lived here due to an empty fridge. I'm not complaining about that. And I might add that the employees at the local Smith's grocery store have gone above and beyond my expectations each time I have gone grocery shopping. There is nothing that I love more than good customer service :)

September 6, 2010

it's official

We've moved! I started getting so sad to leave Logan. It's such a cute little town, it's quiet, and I knew my way around like the back of my hand. But, now that we are in Salt Lake, I love it here too. It's tough because there is still unpacking to do, and I am still learning my way around, but I love how much there is to do here and the places nearby. Here is our old house, we lived in the basement. We absolutely loved it; it was perfect for us for the summer!



Here is the new house we live in- well, the basement of the house. There is an older lady who lives above us who is very nice. We have a garage and a yard to take care of. The inside has been well taken care of and we feel really grateful to have found this place.

Front:

Back: (we are just down those steps)

These pretty vines are all over the metal railing outside.

love one another

I love this video. To see more messages, you can click here.













September 5, 2010

summer

Summer has come to an end. We will miss it. Unfortunately we did not get outside as much as last year, but when we did get out, we had fun. Here are some things we did:

We planted a few tomato plants for ourselves


Hiking








Trip to Hyrum Dam




I enjoyed going ice blocking for the first time. It's similar to sledding, but in the summer. You put a towel around a block of ice, sit on it, and slide down a hill. Mucho fun.







Enjoyed Logan Sunsets


Said our farewell to Luke's old roomate and friend, Seth. He will be serving a mission for the LDS church in Canada


Campfires and dutch oven in our backyard


The Preston Rodeo


Lazy Sunday Afternoons


One of my best friends, Amy was married


Salt Lake City Bees Game

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Luke had a birthday on July 30th!





Let me just add a few reasons why I love him:
-he teaches me wrestling moves
-he ALWAYS opens the car door for me (even when I tell him he doesn't have to)
-he tells me I'm a good singer when I decide to belt out to my favorite songs in the car
-when I get frustrated (i.e. road rage and other things) he beats me to the punch when I am about to complain or yell at another car. He does this on purpose to make me laugh instead.
-I could go on and on...