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Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas comes but once a year

So I finally have pictures, and let me tell you it's all thanks to the camera Chase got me for Christmas! YAY! I obviously can't take a picture and show you lol...It's the canon powershot A1000. It's pretty sweet I might add. Okay for the goodies now! For some reason it has taken me a while to get a post up. I have been way too lazy! So anyways. For Christmas Chase surprised me with a trip (right before Christmas) down to Las Vegas. It was actually the weekend that BYU played in the Las Vegas Bowl. Here is the place that we stayed at! Oh it was so nice! He did an awesome job at finding the place!

Chase and I stayed at the Grandview at Las Vegas. It is a timeshare, and whenever they are getting ready to open a new building they have an open house where they let people who don't have a timeshare stay there and they basically hope that they will get us to buy a unit. Well Chase and I were pretty close to buying one. We thought it would be great to have one that way we don't have to spend a ton of money each year on a vacation. When we could go to the timeshare anywhere in the world, for less than what we would normally pay. The first night we went out with our friends David and Celise and their family to Applebee's and we (thanks to Che') ordered the Blonde Brownie! It was SO good! The next day we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, and went and saw the Las Vegas sign.We went shopping at the outlet malls and we got Chase a new peacoat for a guy. He looks really good in it!That night we went out to eat at the Grand Buffet at the MGM with our friends David and Celise. Since we listened to the whole timeshare talk we got 100$ for us to go out to eat. Chase and I had a lot of fun that weekend!

Well basically that was my Christmas present, along with some other gifts too. But we had a fun Christmas. This year we actually took pictures of US! with our new camera! YAY! :D So here's us on Christmas morning!That night we went down to eat dinner with my parents. Well over Thanksgiving weekend Carolin and David slept over. Well both of them forgot their PJ's, we let them use ours. A week or so after when I started doing the laundry I found a pair of underwear that definitely wasn't mine. I assumed it was Carolin's. Well I thought it would be a funny Christmas gift to give back to her. Chase was worried that she would get really upset. But before she opened it Chase said this is all in fun and games. So here's her face, she didn't want to show anyone what was in the canister. :) She told me that she would eventually get me back for what I did to her. All I have to say is don't leave stuff at my house, and you won't have a problem. :)

We got some presents from Chase's brother Logan who's on a mission. He got me a new bag (which I'm using as my purse), and he got Chase a Doctor dude that smokes incense. They are actually pretty cool.Saturday the 27 Chase's parents and us went up to ikea and got a closet kit for our closet in the computer room. We are SOOOO happy and SOOO excited to finally have it! We were putting stuff in the closet last night!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A real slap in the face

So the beginning of the semester I wasn't too worried about my grades. Well it got to be midterm and I was doing great in my Nutrition class, but not so hot in my Chemistry class (AGAIN!!!!). I studied SO hard for the final 2 tests in my Chemistry class (harder than what i've put in before). And to my amazement I got the same grade I did over a year ago. What was the point in paying for my Chemistry class again when I would get the same grade. As you can tell i'm a little upset. I was going to try and apply for the nursing program for fall next year, and now with a B+ i'm not sure if i'll get in or not. So I'm really bummed. Next semester is going to be the toughest semester I think I will have taken. I am taking Microbiology, Anatomy, and American Social Dance I. I have had a few people tell me not to take Micro and Anatomy together. But since those are the only classes i'll be taking I think I will find time to study. I did learn something at the end of this semester. If I want to study and not have any distractions I need to study ON campus. I love my Chase, but he is definitely the main distraction (in a good way).

So my goals for the New Year (and new semester) are:
1- Study at school
2- Spend time with Chase
3- Don't forget to do the laundry
4- Exercise at least 3x week
5- Save more than 10.00$ a month

Sounds like good goals right? Now I just have to stick to them. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

All Good Here

So after our lovely trip down to St. George it was back to school and work, for me. That's pretty much all I have been doing. Either studying, catching up on homework that I forgot about, and trying to watch movies with Chase. School hasn't been too hard this semester. The only class I am having trouble in is Chemistry. I am doing so well in my nutrition class, it's seriously because I have an awesome teacher. It has made me think a few times whether I want to really be a nurse or not. Sometimes I just don't think it is worth it, by putting myself through hell just to get A's. I mean in order for you to get the grades sometimes you have to repeat classes 3 or 4 times. I know college is hard, and I expect it to be hard. But sometimes when you think you know something inside and out, and go take your exam, and end up bombing it. Let me give you an example. My Chemistry teacher does in class quizzes, homework (more than my other teacher), she explains the concepts in depth and teaches on our level. I am getting A's on the quizzes and the homework, yet when I go in and take the test, I get 70 out of 100. Why don't teachers make the homework and the quizzes harder so you know what to expect for the test? Is it that hard to do? Maybe I would do better if she gave us examples on some of the questions and how to figure those out. Now that I have vented...

Chase's business hasn't been getting a lot of business, seeing as the economy isn't doing too hot. No one wants to spend that extra money on buying a dvd, or getting a wedding video. So he started looking for a job and after a few weeks found one at Security Metrics in Orem. He is loving it! He even got a bonus yesterday, just cause the whole company had an awesome month! Its seriously been nice having extra cash to buy things we need, to get the car fixed, and paying off our debt! I feel rich, even though it's not that much extra. But at least i'm not stressing because we don't have enough money to pay for gas.

Last weekend we went down to my dad's house to play Rock Band 2 with my Brother and Sister. We had a lot of fun they had a lot more songs (and better ones I think), and now we want to get it ourselves. Dad also treated us to some good stir fry! That same weekend we went down to my mom's for dinner. We have a tradition of every 1st Sunday to go to Chase's parents for dinner, and then every 3rd Sunday with my Mom and Michael for dinner.

A few weeks ago Chase and I set a goal for ourselves to work out for 15-20 minutes every morning for 3 weeks. The catch is that we have to wake up at 5:30am in order for both of us to be able to work out together. We decided on doing it in the mornings because by the time we both get home from work and school we are exhausted. Since both of us are horrible at setting goals and then not ever following through on them, we decided to give ourselves a reward, not food, definitely not. But something more than that. Chase wants to get an ipod touch, and I have been dying for a peacoat for the longest time. I think Chase and I set some high rewards, but hopefully it will get us up and moving so we don't end up getting diseases or diabetes. What's funny is even though we set rewards, and they are rewards that we both are wanting, we are actually getting up and exercising, and we have only 2 more weeks to go! YAY!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

8, 8 and 8...

I got this from my friend Kim, and she said whoever was the first one to read their blog (which I guess i'm one of the first...) then they get to post this. Well I haven't posted in a while, and I thought this would be something fun to lighten the mood that i'm in (you can blame it on the elections).

8 fav. TV shows:
1. The Office
2. House (even though I hated last weeks episode)
3. The Amazing Race
4. Lost - can't wait for the new season!
5. Ghost Whisperer
6. Cold Case
7. Dancing with the Stars
8. 24 - but I thought it was done... I still like it though.

8 places I love to eat: (not in any kind of order)
1. Chipotle
2. Zupas
3. Kneaders
4. Chili's
5. noodles & company
6. Panera Bread - but utah does NOT have one! grrr it's my favorite.
7. Olive Garden
8. Costa Vida

8 things I did today:
1. Well it's still early in the morning... so I guess I woke up and showered.
2. Got to work on time... miracle for today.
3. Text Chase
4. Answer phones.
5. Try not to think about going to the bathroom, because our water at work is turned off and we have to wait till 2pm before it gets turned back on.
6. Kissed Chase goodbye
7. Was reminded by Kim that Chase and I still need to go to the temple this month. Thanks Kim!
8. Stickering Cards for our slick writer pens.

8 things I am looking forward to:
1. Register for Classes (I know that's weird, but I have been freaking out about it all week!)
2. Thanksgiving! Before Christmas=NO CHRISTMAS MUSIC BEFORE THANKSGIVING! :D
3. Dancing with Chase!
4. Having more money in our account.
5. To be in my bed- sleeping...
6. Getting an A in Chemistry and Nutrition!
7. The weekends
8. To be a mom


8 Things I love about FALL:
1. Jumping in a pile of leaves.
2. Thanksgiving
3. The wonderful smells of fall and Christmas
4. Being with Family
5. Carving pumpkins
6. Going hiking
7. warm clothes
8. Pretty colors


8 Things I WISH for:
1. For everyone to love everyone, and not get offended by what other people say for their own opinions.
2. All the dust in our house to disappear
3. Me to get into the nursing program
4. Chase's business to start picking back up
5. Get my 72-hour kit, and food storage ready
6. Being more creative
7. All our debts to be paid off
8. To be able to eat all the Gluten I want, again, without being in pain.


8 people that I tag:
Well seeing as the last time I tried doing this some people who don't check my blog didn't do it... so I'm just gonna say whoever feels like it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

St. George Retreat

So this last weekend sure was a busy one. As part of my job, I was hired by the Provo High School Ballroom Dance Team to film them all year long at most of their activities. This included their yearly retreat. This year they went down to St. George for their fall break. I took my lovely wife, Tedi, with me.

She was worried that it wasn't going to be any fun, and that all the kids were going to get on her nerves. Well, we proved her wrong ;-). We left Friday morning at 8:00 am. It was so cold, and we were in shorts and sandals because we were going straight to Zion's National Park before going to the Hotel. We didn't want to have to change.
We got down to Zion's and had some lunch at Grotto Park. The team had some team building activities and then a nice little speech by the head coach. After that we hopped onto the tram and headed up to the Narrows. Now people thought I was the crazies person in the world. Here I am, standing in waist deep water, which has a pretty strong current to it, holding a $4000 video camera.
Okay, it probably was a pretty crazy thing to do, but I got some really neat shots in the canyon.
All was going well until we were headed down the river to head back to the bus. I turned the camera on to let it record the trip down. I got to this spot where I'm standing in the picture, but going the other way, and stepped on a mossy rock and stumbled. I knew I was going down. Luckily, I had my "splash guard" trash bag set up. I slipped and went down. The camera went straight up. I rammed my knee against a rock somewhere under the dirty water, but the camera was safe and dry. When it comes to my video equipment, I value the camera more than my knee that that moment. It was pretty scary, but the entire time I had the biggest grin on my face. The best part is, I caught the entire thing on tape.
After our long day at Zion's, we finally went to our hotel. We ate dinner and watched the kids swim in the pool. Nothing else really happened, so we just went to bed. The next morning, we all felt the pain of the day before. I think just about everyone on the team took a spill while in the narrows. The first thing the team did was head over to a church building to have a 4 hour practice for their show they were going to perform later that night. During the practice, one of the girls stepped on her foot funny and ended up breaking her foot. She asked the only two Priesthood holders, Tiave (the JV coach) and I, to give her a blessing. It was a pretty neat experience. While the team was practicing, Tedi and I watched the new Indiana Jones movie. It was a pretty good movie.
That night, the team performed at the Tuachan Amphitheater. That was pretty neat. After their show, we watched the play Les Miserables. That was a really good performance done there. I've never seen it before, so it was pretty neat.
This was Tedi's favorite part of the whole trip. We didn't get done until 11:00 that night and didn't get back to the hotel until 12:00. We quickly ate some dinner and went to bed.
The next day we just drove home. The team played some games that only Ballroom Dancers would appreciate, but they were fun nonetheless. Overall, besides the lack of sleep, I think we had a lot of fun.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

What I've done...

copy and paste the 200 statements then bold the ones you have done!! Hope you enjoy it!!
1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunch box
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a camp fire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Commented on someone's blog

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Books, and Games...

So I was visiting one of my blogs www.coveiter.com and I came across this really cool thing like netflix, but with books... Called bookswim so it's like a library. Pretty cool, then I found another one like netflix and bookswim, but with games called Gamefly. So go ahead and try it! That's all for today!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A few updates...

This past month I started school at the wonderful Utah Valley University. This semester I am retaking Chemistry, and Math 110 (through BYU Independent Study). I am also taking Nutrition, a Chemistry lab, and Latin Ballroom. I thought ballroom was going to be so much fun. My teacher was so nice and she was FUN! But then yesterday we got the sad news of getting a new teacher. That has never happened to me before. So the new teacher Megan, is a little bit of a witch, and onrey! She seems so strict, and she doesn't show that dancing is supposed to be fun, so now everyone hates her. Thankfully I have a pretty good teacher that I live with, yup that's right, Chase! Last Thursday him and I went to the practice that they have for all the ballroom and social dance classes. Chase and I almost got hit quite a few times.

Chase's business had to move back into our apartment. Let me say it's a little crouded in our spare bedroom. Well let me just say it's a little crouded in our entire HOUSE! We had a lot of our storage in that bedroom and now it's either in Chase's parents storage, or in our bedroom. The first week was actually really stressful for us. Chase and I both hate it being back in our apartment, but it's something that had to happen.

Chase started donating plasma this past week for some extra cash. He hasn't had any problems with his arms, and the first time he donated he was there for almost 5 hours! I definitely wouldn't recommend donating for the first time at night, cause all the regular's come in and they bump you down to the end of the list. Chase said he watched 3 movies while he was waiting for them to call him back. The second time he went he was only there for about an hour and a half.

I've had to put all my scrapbooking on hold because of the semester, plus I want to do other stuff. The one page that I did a few weeks ago was pretty cute! It's of Chase's mom's dog, Zoe.
That pretty much sums it up on what we've been up to. We might be headed down to St. George with the Provo Ballroom Team at the end of next month. But besides that nothing else is going on! Hope you all are having a great week! We'd love to hear from you!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Boys II Men Concert

So Chase and I were SO lucky to go to the Boys II Men concert the other night. A couple in our ward gave us the tickets because they were unable to go. Chase and I had a blast dancing to the midtown music. We aren't fans of the boys, but they were very funny, and we were just there to get out of the house! During the concert before they started singing a song, they asked all of us to call our moms and say "I love you" and also that this song is dedicated to them. We happened to be with Chase's parents, and so Chase gave his mom a hug and told her he loved her. I knew it would be too loud at the concert to call my mom, so i texted her instead and told her I love her. :) It was sweet.

We had a blast and learned that we definitely need to get out of the house and go do stuff with other couples!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gluten Free Crackers

So I have been looking for snack foods that I can eat, and I FINALLY found one that's gluten-free! It's crackers (which I LOVE crackers). I haven't exactly tried it but it sounds SO good. It's off of Karina's Kitchen. I definitely will and let you know.



Savory Grain-Free Crackers


These crackers are mighty tasty- especially if you're generous with the seasonings. I used Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic and Organic Italian Herbs to create kick-ass flavor.

2 cups fine almond meal
1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon- or so- minced roasted garlic, to taste
Pinch of dried minced onion
2-3 teaspoons- or so- dried Italian Herbs, to taste
Pinch or two of turmeric for color
Pinch of fine sea salt
1 cup very finely grated aged Parmesan (I used a microplane grater)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons spring or filtered water, as needed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until a moist, moderately sticky dough forms. Add more water or oil if you need it.

Taste test. Adjust seasonings to your taste buds. If it needs it, add a tiny pinch of sugar to offset the salty flavor.

Using wet hands place the mound of dough on the parchment and flatten with the palm of your hand. Use moist fingers to press the dough out evenly. I made mine about 1/8 " thick. If it cracks, simply press back together with moist fingers.

Bake in the center of a hot oven for 15 minutes or until the dough is set, dry and golden. Remove and cool on a wire rack. When the dough has cooled, cut the dough into pieces using a pizza cutter. Or break apart for random jagged pieces.

The crackers will be extremely tender and breakable while they are warm. Allow them to cool completely before handling.

Store in an air tight container. They are not super crisp - they're more like a cookie texture, and quite tender, and best of all very flavorful.

If you prefer a crisper cracker, bake twice, for about half the time. Keep an eye on them so that they don't get too browned.

This made about 16 to 18 crackers for me. (Ack! I didn't count.)

By Karina Allrich

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cute Bag, Cute Skirt

So I just recently found this bag that I LOVE! I decided that I want one myself. I found it on this blog, and she made one herself! Now that's talent! I just had to show it off. Check out her blog, and look at the cuteness of the bag! awww... Now I just need a sewing machine. yess!

There was this other blog I was looking at and she wrote her own book about sewing. Anyways she made this really easy simple skirt, and let me say I am definitely in need for some new skirts, but don't want to spend $40 just to get one! okay now that I finally have it posted, I can get back to real life, by getting ready for school which starts tomorrow. OH FUN! haha!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Our 2 Week Vacation

So this past month we've been out to D.C. and South Carolina. Chase has never been to the east coast besides Florida where he served his mission. It was also his first time meeting my extended family. Let me say he was definitely scared to meet them. I had been quizzing him for the past few months on who's who, but he still wasn't getting it down. He told me that if he were to meet them then he would learn their personalities which would help him remember who they were. Anyways so August 2nd 5:50 am our plane leaves for St. Paul. We barely made it to our second plane. I was also hoping that we would have time at least to get something to eat before our next plane boarded. Didn't exactly happen. We finally get to the D.C. Reagan Int'l airport around 2:30. We have to walk all the way to the metro station (all our family was down in South Carolina already at the beach, and enjoying it) to get to Takoma Park where my Uncle Jim and his family live. We then had to take the hike to his house. Which honestly wasn't that bad, but the fact that we had ALL our luggage sucked! That night we just chilled and hung out at his house and played the Wii. I totally beat Chase at Boxing! HA! But he beat me at Baseball.
The next day we took the metro down to The Washington Mall. We ate lunch at the Old Post Office. After lunch we went up to the tower and took pictures of the tops of all the buildings. We then went over to the Natural History Museum, which was WAY to crowded so we left. We walked up by the Washington Monument and then around to go see the White House. We actually saw the President of the United States either leaving or coming from the White House. The police officers wouldn't let us go near the field or walkways near the White House. After 15 minutes of waiting we finally got to walk up near the front of it and took lots of pictures. Chase was definitely enjoying himself especially taking tons of pictures. By the end of vacation he had stopped taking as many. Our feet had finally started hurting really bad. We had bought our Chaco's for our trip and we hadn't exactly broke them in. Bad Idea.

After we had gone to the White House we started walking over to the new WWII memorial. It's between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The new memorial has a big huge fountain in the middle, we saw tons of people putting their feet in and decided that we needed a cool off, since the humidity was out of control.

We then started the 1 mile towards the Lincoln Memorial. By this point our feet felt like they were going to fall off! It definitely was a bad idea to wear these shoes ALL day long! We got done with Lincoln and walked over to the Vietnam Memorial, which is that huge wall with all of the soldiers names written on the wall. Well Chase and I both thought that we didn't have any family that was in this war. We get to the book that has all of the men who died in the war and look up Palmer. Sure enough we found one that was from Blanding, UT. Sure enough pretty much everyone in Blanding is related, so we for sure knew this guy was related to us! Pretty sweet. His name was Lyle C. Palmer. We found out his story when we got home, but apparently he was on his way to say bye to his friends in the barricks and then all of a sudden a bomb went off in that same place and that's how he died. He was only like 23 or 24. Pretty sad, but awesome to find out that he had a family member in D.C. We were definitely done for the day, and my dad was seriously walking SO fast that Chase and I could barely keep up, plus our feet hurt.

The next day we just did the whole Air and Space Museum. When I was little whenever I heard my dad talk about the Air and Space Museum I thought he meant Aaron Space Museum. lol Anyways Chase LOVED this museum. This is probably the best museum on the Mall. There were a few new exhibits that were on display that I hadn't seen before. One of them was about Mars. It was pretty cool. I also liked the one about planets and I was telling my dad and Chase all about the planets that weren't listed and it's all thanks to the Astronomy class I took and did horrible in. lol Chase liked it all and wants to go back again! :)

Tuesday we went up to New York City. We took a China Town bus, and I will say that we will never take that bus again. It was dirty and also it took us over 5 hours to get up to New York, and we were already going to be short on time anyways. It was really frustrating. But we definitely had a lot of fun. We went and Saw Ground Zero and saw the Statue of Liberty. We also found out that NYC is building 2 new twin towers they will be done in 2012. We finally rode the subway. I will say that it probably is more disgusting than the metro in DC. After looking at Ground Zero we took the subway up to Time Square. I always love that place. We went to the Toys-R-Us which had a ferris wheel in the middle of the store. David and Carolin rode on it. They had a lot of fun. We took a lot of pictures of them. We also saw the Naked Cowboy. This guys famous because he's "naked" but really he just has whitey tighty's on and on his butt it says "Naked Cowboy". He also has a guitar, and a cowboy hat. I had never heard of him before that moment we saw him. I saw all these girls getting pictures with him. I guess he was really hot.

After we went to a place called Zen Palate, it is one of the best food places in New York. It is all vegetarian or vegan. It was really good Chase had a sweet and sour dish, and I of course had the curry. I love thai food, and I especially love this. This picture is us in front of Zen Palate. By this
time our feet couldn't take it anymore, we ended up booking it to the subway during rush hour! Let me say the most hectic time of the day! We were SO squished in the subway, I don't even know how many you could've fit in there without it being a fire hazard. We had to catch our bus back at China town, and we barely made it! We didn't exactly have a ride back, we had to be there an hour before the bus left so we were guarenteed seats. We also had to make sure we had enough time to make it to the metro before the metro station closed for the night. It was a rush, but we made it within pleanty of times. :)
The next day Chase and I went off on our own and we went down to Arlington Cemetery to visit my grandparents. It was SO peaceful there. Since we didn't have a car (if you have family in the cemetery you get to drive to where your family is) we had to hike 20 minutes in the Cemetery just to get to my grandparents grave site. While we were there they had a procession going on. We only watched that for a few minutes. They brought the casket down on horses, and they also had a 21 gun salute. Then we hiked up to the tomb of the unknown soldier. Chase thought that was the coolest thing. Then we headed up to Frederick to see my friend Krista and have Chase Meet her family. She took us to where I used to live. Surprisingly it looked a little different.

The next day we went and saw the Constitution. Then we picked up our rental car and went out to dinner at Panera Bread. If I were you I suggest you try it out! It by far is the greatest restaurant. But sadly they don't have any in Utah. Lame! I even requested that the put one near BYU campus because I know for sure they'll get a lot of business.

Friday was a boring day besides doing the olympics with our cousins. Because it was the opening ceremonies that night. Anyways. Saturday we went out to a Japanese Steak House. It was SO cool! We took a lot of cool pictures.
Our server was the funniest guy ever! Sadly that was his last week there, and he was moving down to Georgia. We had SO much to eat! We ate good thanks to Dad. :) Throughout the next week we had a talent show with the whole family. I would hope Chase would be initiated into the DeArmon family. He did share two of his talents. One of which is Dancing, and the other is editing video. I shared my talent of digital scrapbooking. We were also supposed to go rafting down the creek, but a huge rainstorm came in. Luckily we were able to at least go swimming in the ocean the day before we left. :) We also enjoyed an ice cream social with the family.
Chase and I ended our vacation by going to the Natural History Museum back in DC and being one of the last ones out of the Museum, and then going to Johnny Rockets for dinner at Union Station. We definitely had a fun time, even though we got on each others nerves with my dad or siblings. Chase and I definitely want to get away another weekend with just us. But it won't be for a while! till next year!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

1st Year Anniversary - Chase's Point-of-View

This last weekend, July 19th, 2008, Tedi and I celebrated our 1st anniversary. Tedi was in charge of planning our trip. She did great at not telling me anything about where we were going until we got in the car to leave for our destination (since I was driving, I kinda needed to know where I was driving to). We went to Park City, UT. We've been to Park City a few times and since it's just far enough away, but not too far to cost too much in travel, it was a great destination to spend the weekend together.

Tedi booked us a room at The Carriage House Condominiums... that's where it all started. When we get to the hotel/condo, there is no one at the front desk to check us in. We had to call ahead of time to request them to put our keys in a safe in the wall. It's a good thing we did that. We got our keys and went to our room. Boy were we up for a surprise. We walked into our itty bitty room and we were hit with a wave of heat. We went straight for the thermostat and found out that someone had left the heat on. We knew we would not be able to stand the heat, so we started looking around for the Air Conditioner. With no luck, we couldn't find the AC unit, so we opened the windows to let some air come in. But it really doesn't help with it's 90+ outside with no breeze. For our anniversary, I bought Tedi her favorite painting from IKEA, the one of Audrey Hepbourne, and I also finally finished our wedding video. We watched our wedding video in our sauna of a room. Since it was late, and we couldn't stand the heat, and we couldn't complain to the management, because no one was there, we decided to just go out to eat and hope that the room cools off while we were out.

We went to Cafe Rio for dinner. It was delicious. We got back to our room and... no luck. It was still blasted hot in our room, for me at least. But we had no other choice but to buck up and spend the night. We turned off all the light and got into bed when we realized that it was still bright in our room. It was the middle of the night and it seemed like it was mid day outside. I opened the curtain to find that there was a street light right outside our window. We knew then that it was going to be a long night. Every move we made on the bed sounded like the bed was going to fall apart. I felt like that if I bounced hard enough, I could actually bounce Tedi right off the bed, it was like one huge spring.

We made it through the night, but even after 10 hours of sleep, I was still tired. Tedi was so excited to take a bath for the first time in a year, so she hopped in the tub and took a bath. When we were both finished getting ready that morning, we went to our little fridge, in our little kitchenette to get our drinks out and we find that the fridge is flooded. Apparently, the kitchenette and the bathtub share the same plumbing. So all the overflow water in the bathtub went into our fridge. So while Tedi took a towel to soak up the water, I decided to take look in our closet, and guess what I found? Our window mounted AC Unit disconnected and sitting in our closet, just to mock us. We decided to go talk to the management, since they finally showed up that morning about 9 am.


We spoke to the manager about our situation. He said, the only room that we can give you is down the street a few blocks and it has two beds. I didn't want to stay with this hotel anymore, so I said no. He then said, "If you can find another place to stay, I will give you a refund." I said okay, and we decided to go next door to the Marriott. They had some vacancies and so we decided we were going to stay there. We went back to the Carriage House and demanded our money back. The manager was no help, he said since we booked through expedia, he just wouldn't send them an invoice. Well, that doesn't help since Expedia already took our money for the stay. But we weren't going to let this ruin our anniversary anymore.


We went down to Main Street and treated ourselves to some caremel apples from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Oh Yum! After we browsed Main Street, we headed over to the Olympic Park to see if we could do some Alpine Slide. Unfortunately, they were having a Ski/Arobatics show, so we couldn't get in without paying an additional $10 per person. So we decided not to do that. We headed over to the Outlet Mall and look at a bunch of clothes and kitchen stuff and sunglasses. Tedi bought a cute yellow shirt. We had lunch at Quizno's and headed back to our new hotel to take a nap.


We checked in, and got to our room. We walked in and we felt like we were special guests. Our room was so nice, you didn't want to mess anything up. The beds were so soft. And the best thing of all... Central Air!!! We took a good nap and then went to dinner at Ruby Tuesdays. So good! We went back to the room and got ready to take a dip in the swimming pool. It felt so good to go swimming. I haven't gone swimming since our Honeymoon. We took some time in the Sauna room (a real one this time), and spent some time in the Hot Tub. This was more like it. We were enjoying ourselves a lot. We went back to the room and watched some TV and fell asleep. We both got a really good night sleep because the bed was oh so soft and comfortable, plus we had AC. We got packed up and headed home.

Even though things started out a little rough, it all worked out in the end and we had a great time. I love my Tedi and can't wait to spend another year with her!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Memories

This will be fun especially if everyone and I do mean EVERYONE will join in! This is just too fun to pass up.
Here are the directions:
1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember, good or bad but be nice please! ;)
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.
We can make it a competition if anyone wants. Let's see who can come up with the funniest memory and who has the most memories.
Please keep it going. ENJOY :)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Digital Scrapbooking

Okay So I have been doing a little digital scrapbooking, and for some reason I'm addicted to it! I mean I've only made a few pages, but I still really enjoy it! These are 2 of only the 4 that i've created. :( but that's okay. I thought I would show them off. I'm trying to break out of my non-creativeness and join those of all of the left-handers who are supposed to be creative, because of the right brain thing... haven't you heard of that?

So this one is from our wedding, I tried to throw in our colors. But it didn't work out too hot. I still think it's pretty darn cute! :D



This one is from the BYU football games that I went to back in 2006, the year Chase and I met. I loved the games, especially when it rained the first game that we went to. We were dodging puddles on the walk home from the game. That was awesome! So many memories from me living in VP apartments, and fun times with Angelynn, Brett, and Hayley! Love it!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Motorcycle

Yes it's true we bought a motorcycle! We figured since gas prices are going up and we heard that it could get up to 5.00$ by July 4. We didn't want to take any chances. So we bought our first motorcycle. It's a 2004 honda shadow 750 cc and in great condition! The previous owner took great care of it! It was fun riding it and let me say Chase was SO excited to get it! He's wanted a motorcycle ever since he can remember! He told a lot of his mission buddies that he would get a motorcycle when he got off his mission. Chase had a lot of fun driving it home besides the fact that his eyes were watering so much. He took me for a spin later that night, and we had fun showing it off to one of his deacons and his family. They all loved it and were SO jealous! :D There won't be any long trips with it for a while, until Chase can get his motorcycle liscense, and we get new plates on it and stuff. :)

On another side note. Chase's Grandpa Kartchner died early Thursday morning and we leave for the funeral on Saturday to head down to Blanding. We're both not too excited for the 5 hour drive down there or the fact that there isn't really anything to do in the town. But we're excited to see family again, all the little cousins running around. We're both sad but we knew it had been coming. Grandpa had been in the hospital for a few weeks. He definitely wasn't doing too great. He was on a lot of pain medicine for his cancer, and he also had to have oxygen to breath, and he had congestive heart failure. Poor guy, but now he's definitely in a better place, and doesn't have to deal with the pain anymore. Chase and I are both sad, but happy that he's finally moved on. I didn't really get to know Grandpa that well. But I know he was #1 singer. Better than Johnny Cash! :D I tried looking his name on google, but not very much stuff came up with him in it. We will definitely miss Grandpa, but we know he'll always be with us. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tagged!

So Che' Tagged me! So now I get to fill one of these things out! YAY!

JOYS:
1. Watching anything with Chase, just being with him makes me happy!
2. Sleeping
3. Rock Band

FEARS:
1. I'll agree with Che' having something bad happen to my family
2. Again with Che' not getting into nursing school
3. Well from what happened last night... Something extremely bad happening to Chase.

GOALS:
1. Finish school, and get good grades too.
2. Get out of debt
3. Buy a house

CURRENT OBSESSIONS:
1. Texting - I've always been obsessed with it. I don't think I could live with out it!
2. Blogging - I'm trying to get into it more. But I don't have very many friends who do blogging.
3. DP - But I'm not addicted to it anymore!

RANDOM SURPRISING FACTS:
1. I just got my FIRST EVER 4.0 spring semester 2008!
2. I don't like tomatoes. Here's the story... when I was little my mom thought I was allergic to tomatoes, ever since then, I don't eat them raw, but I will definitely eat them in salsa, spaghetti sauce, and sometimes in soups (but they have to be small).
3. I have a fetish with short nails (really I couldn't think of anything else that was surprising). Mainly because i've been playing the violin for so long that I just have to keep them short, and if they start growing longer, I will start picking my scalp, and my face - which in turn gives me more zits!

That little quizzy thing wasn't too bad, I liked filing that kinda stuff out! Anyways... I tag, Katie, and Vanessa!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Cheesy

I know this is really cheesy but I couldn't decide which countdown to put up on our blog. So I decided to put both! For some reason I'm into these countdown's all of a sudden. It's just weird! But whatever! So the first one is the one for the countdown till our first year married.


MySpace Countdown


The second one is how long we've been married for. Which I thought was pretty cool!

Daisypath Anniversary Years Ticker


So I'm pretty excited for our first year anniversary! I bet you couldn't even tell how excited I am! YESS!! Anyways! This year is going to be the best! I love you Chase Palmer! :D

Monday, June 02, 2008

Countdown!

Okay so here's the countdown till we leave on our amazing 2 week vacation to Maryland and Pawleys Island, SC. Chase and I are SO excited! We definitely cannot wait till then!

I thought I would show a few pictures of previous years that we've gone to the beach. It's been a family tradition since as long as I can remember. There was one specific beach house called the Higgin's Hilton that we would stay at when we were younger, but then we started getting bigger and the families started growing and they had to find another beach house. So now we will stay at the Sea Hearth. It will also be Chase's first time meeting my Dad's side of the family. He's kind of nervous! But I've started quizzing him on my family's names with pictures. So hopefully by then he'll have all the names down, and he'll impress everyone! :) We definitely can't wait for a 2 week vacation! Hopefully it will be the highlight of our summer!





Us making sand castles by "drizzling" wet sand.





MySpace Countdown

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sunday Pictures

























So Sunday Chase and I went down to my mom's house for our usual Sunday dinner. Before we actually had dinner, we went up Hobble Creek Canyon and took some family pictures! It was fun besides getting lots of allergies!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Monday's


Yesterday Chase decided to take a 1/2 day from work because we worked Friday night and Saturday all day. All we did was run some errands, go see David's picture at the Harris Fine Arts Center, and then our wonderful trip to Ikea! Surprisingly we didn't buy anything! Usually everytime we go we get something. But we just love looking at everything, and creating a wish list! :)

Here's a picture of David's drawing at HFAC. We could tell it was David's because he was sitting infront of the plasma tv playing halo on the xbox. :)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Molding Box Productions

Well, just in case you haven't been able to make it to my web page, and you were wondering what I do, here is a sample of what I do.


This is one of the numbers that the Provo High Ballroom Team performed on their 8 day tour to California. This was the trip I was on that Tedi has been talking about.

You can see more of what I do by checking out my YouTube channel. You can also see more samples in my Gallery on my web page.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

End of Semester on to Summer

So this last semester was not as crazy as fall semester! Let me tell you!! Fall semester I was taking 14 credits and working 25 hours a week! Talk about NO time to spend with the hubby! Then Spring semester I only took 8 credits, just enough for me not to have to pay on my student loans. But the WAY good news is.... I got a 4.0!!! Can you believe it!? I sure can't! But I am totally 100% proud of myself! It seriously gave me confidence that I can make it through school and get good grades! It's what I needed.

So this summer Chase is still working for himself and I am still gonna work at American Crafts. I'm happy that I am not going to take any classes during the summer. Which means that we'll be able to save up money for fall semester. :D Plus we also have a big trip this summer to D.C. and to Pawleys Island South Carolina! It is hopefully going to be an awesome summer filled with lots of trips on our new awesome long boards!

Other good news is that Teddad (our way of saying Tedi's dad) moved down from Clinton, UT to Springville, UT. He's got a nice big house, and Carolin decided on living with him. So now it's just the two of them, and Chase and I love going and visiting them any chance we get.

While Chase was gone for a week he sent me some pictures. He also decided to grow a goatee while he was gone, so here's what the goatee looked like! He finally shaved it yesterday. It definitely was a change to get used to. He does look good with and without one! I also took a picture of Carolin and I when I went over for Sunday dinner at Mom and Michaels.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Week alone



So this has been my first week alone without Chase since we've been married. It has probably been the hardest week in my life! I hate being alone, especially at night. I definitely give kudos to those women who have had their husbands leave for Iraq for 14-20 months. I don't know how they do it! I get so depressed when Chase is gone that I go wild and start spending a lot of money! This time I decided to surprise him with some different stuff... Vanessa gave me a lot of idea's for the next time he's out of town! hehe! I'll definitely take pictures and post them. I also bought us some new sheets for our bed. I haven't put them on yet, cause I'm waiting for Chase to get home tomorrow. :) Chase has taken a lot of pictures from his trip on his phone but this one I thought was the cutest! :)
He's So sweet! I miss him So much! I will definitely post more pictures of his wonderful adventure out in California without me!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Stake Valentines Dance

These are a few pictures from our Valentines Dance that our stake put on! Chase and I had some fun taking pictures of everyone and then taking pictures of ourselves!



The red letter stand for PDA... :D And that's JUST what we were doing!