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Friday, August 28, 2009

Busy Week

Tuesday was my last day at work, and it was sad. I already feel like I should still be there. I miss folding invoices, and putting postage on the envelopes, boxing pens, getting donations ready to be mailed. I think I really missed all of that for Wednesday and Thursday. But not today, I think I'm over it. The good news is... I get to spend all my time at school doing school things! Chase and I are taking Ethics and Values together since we both need to have it for our majors. Its not a bad class... yet... Chase said the first day that our teacher was weird. Well he obviously hasn't been in school for a while, because I have had a LOT of weird teachers in my time. :) I think the best class I have right now has got to be my Elementary Organic Biochemistry class. Mainly because I have the best teacher ever! He taught my 1110 Chemistry class, his name is Dr. Thulin, or Dr. T, no relation (as he tells us) to Mr. T. :)

That's just school that's not what we did last weekend. :)

Chase and I got invited by Marie and Wes (mainly because they had extra tickets) to a performance called "Dancing Under The Stars" It was really good! It was performed by Center Stage and a few other dancers who I would tell you who they were except I can't find the program. :( Here's some cool pictures we took at the concert. Marie and Wes had a niece who was performing too.


We had a lot of fun, and were extremely tired too!

Then, Saturday Chase and I thought it would be fun to see if Hurley would run on a treadmill, because he always has SO much energy and we don't know what we're going to do when winter comes and he can't go outside to play. It's really funny, and we gave him lots of treats for his effort! We'll be doing this more often now. :)




As you can tell he had a lot of fun! That's all I got for now. Hopefully we have a more fun filled week after getting over being sick.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday

Yesterday was Chase's 24 (am I allowed to say that here? ;) Birthday! He's an old fart now! :) Well Chase stayed home from work because he hadn't been feeling well and probably got the cold from Raydad. Anyways I took him out to Quizno's for lunch. Took him with me to get stuff for his cake (it's okay we did it last year too, it's now a tradition :) Looked for houses with Bob Allphin.

We went to Tucanos because we had a gift card for Chase, PLUS he loves the Brazilian Buffet


I had forgotten my camera for dinner, so we took a picture of each other at dinner, cheesy I know. When we handed our server the free dinner, she asked if it was his birthday and I told her it was today. Well they sang to him and he shook the maracas. He turned really really red, and was very embarrassed, but that's what he gets for going on his birthday, IN his birthday month, right? I guess the next time he takes me out for my birthday (hint hint) he can do that to me. Because I don't care... well yet anyways.

After dinner we went to try and catch a G.I. Joe showing. We were able to make it and we both thought it was a pretty good treat to go see a movie on a weeknight. Even though the prices for tickets were not in our favor. We both gave it a good rating. But then again I'm an action movie girl, and love movies with a lot of action (unlike Harry Potter).

We got home late, Hurley was outside to greet us. I had Chase open his presents.
From the Palmer parents. We definitely LOVE Five Guys
My great wrapping thanks to AC. So the reason I gave him 2 Milky Way bars was because we've gotten coupons for free chocolate, and each time Chase wanted a Milky Way and both times he couldn't get one. So I figured that the birthday would probably be the best seeing as he couldn't get it another time.
If you look closely at the bottom right corner of the above picture, you will notice a white pile. Well it just so happened to be some of his socks that he doesn't wear. I put them in with the movie so that way he couldn't tell what it was. I did a pretty good job seeing as he thought it was some article of clothing.
This is Hurley happy to be playing with his toys and happy to be inside where its warm. We had been having problems leaving him in the house while we were gone. The last time he took all the cushions off the couch and the chair, and then peed and pooped on the couch. So we learned our lesson I hope.

Oh I can't forget to say thanks to Mom and Michael for getting Chase 2 cooking stoves (they didn't know which ones to get him) fuel for each and then a lantern.

I hope Chase had a really good day (I'm sure he did getting to spend time with me)! Happy Birthday to the love of my life!

Logan's Homecoming

So I'm trying to catch up. Plus I haven't really wanted to blog much, but felt like I needed to today to get caught up on everything.

Last Thursday the Palmers who live in Lindon (and don't forget Grandma Kartchner) went up to Salt Lake International Airport to pick up Elder Logan Palmer! We seriously had been so antsy ALL day long! We could seriously not WAIT to get Logan. Before Chase and I went up to the airport we went to my work party, ate and then ran out and drove as fast as we could (as fast as I would let Chase drive :) up to SLC.

Here's us before leaving the house for my work party
Can you tell I'm really excited?
Chase pretty darn excited (don't forget to look at the beard)

Don't forget Hurley... He was excited too. In fact, he gets excited and hyper everytime someone comes over, not just someone new. I guess everyone except Chase and I are "new". :)
The Drive Up, Looks pretty gloomy huh?
The parents and grandma waiting for Logan (they got there pretty early too)
Raydad waiting impatiently
More waiting...
Finally some more waiting, but smiling BIG!
The whole family including Uncle Brad, Aunt Fawn, little Brad and Nikki not pictured... Me
Cute sign huh? Graphik was the one who made this, Wes and Marie did a good job don't ya think?




Okay are you ready yet???













Still waiting?




At last, (I mean really last, he made us wait almost 45 minutes once the plane landed!) for the big Elder Palmer! WOO WOO!

Mom could NOT wait any longer, I don't think Logan got to see his banner, because she ran as soon as he was off the escalator.
Logan totally dug the beard (not me ;)
A lot of tears were shed, but they were happy ones.

A Happy Elder!
Bear hug for the pops!
Last but not least give a hug to the VERY HAPPY Grandma!

We are SO happy that Logan is home, he's still adjusting, but he'll catch up for sure!



Friday, August 14, 2009

Angelynn's Baby Shower

Tuesday I went to my old roommates baby shower! Angelynn is having a girl and they are naming her Isla. I have never been to a baby shower that was SO big! Her whole family was there, even her grandma and grandpa! That was fun. She got a lot of cute girl stuff and also like a Bumbo.Apparently her theme was elephant. Her sister painted a picture of the cutest elephant in the world! But I wasn't in the picture taking mood. So I didn't get a lot of shots. Here's the one and only picture that I did get.


Just for fun, here's a picture of us when we were roomies. :)
Here's the gift that I made Angelynn. It's a breast feeding cover. I hope she liked it. :)


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Word of Wisdom - 6 Diet Rules Meant to be Broken

I love this article! I know it's really long, but read through it till the end. It has really good points. Click on the title below to go to the site where I got it from if you want to double check to make sure my sources were right. :)

By Melinda Hershey, SparkPeople Contributor and Nicole Nichols, Health Educator

6 Diet Rules Meant to be Broken

Almost every time we turn on the television or glance at a magazine cover in the supermarket checkout line, we are bombarded with the new weight-loss rules and diet plans. Suggestions to drink a special shake, cut out carbs, or choke down tasteless food combinations, but we as a nation aren't losing weight—we're getting heavier. What are you to believe when fad diets and false claims are flying at you from every direction? It's no wonder we're so confused about what to eat and how to manage our weight.

We've all been exposed to various "diet rules" over the years and, accurate or not, many of us still live by them. It's time to debunk six of these outdated and unhelpful rules once and for all and give you some NEW guidelines that will actually help you reach your goals!

Old rule: Don’t eat after 7 p.m.
So what makes 7 (or 8 or 9) p.m. a magical cutoff time anyway? The original idea was that people should stop eating about 3 hours before bed, using 10 p.m. as an average bedtime. Although it is a good idea to stop eating a few hours before bed, the reasoning has nothing to do with weight gain; it’s basically an issue of digestion and personal comfort. Going to sleep on a full stomach may make sleeping uncomfortable, as the body is simultaneously shutting down to rest while still exerting energy to digest the food. This may lead to fitful sleep as well as gas and indigestion—but not weight gain. Your body is smart, but it doesn't know what time it is when you eat. It will metabolize calories eaten after 7 p.m. the same way as it does the calories you eat earlier in the day. They will NOT automatically be stored as fat.

New rule: Don’t mindlessly snack in the evening.
What does cause weight gain for many people is eating a large amount of unhealthy food at night. Not eating after 7 p.m. is a good rule if you tend to mindlessly munch on food all evening long, whether to soothe the day's stress or relieve boredom. Your total caloric intake for the day is what matters—not the time at which you eat your calories. You can eat at night without gaining weight, as long as you are eating mindfully to satisfy real hunger rather than stress or boredom and don't go over your calorie needs for the day when doing so.

Old rule: Always choose fat-free foods.
These days, nearly every full-fat food, from cookies to ice cream, has a fat-free counterpart. It's the first instinct of many people to simply eat these reduced fat foods to control their weight; however, this tactic could actually derail your good intentions. Why? Because most of the fat-free foods you can buy are things you shouldn't be eating anyway: empty-calorie junk food and heavily processed sweets, crackers and cookies. These items have been available for over a decade, but people aren't getting any thinner by eating them. Remember, dietary fat isn't the sole culprit that has made us overweight, excess calories are. Sure most of us could stand to cut back on our fat intake to a more reasonable level, but calories count when it comes to weight loss. All the reduced-fat foods in the world will not help you lose weight if you're making poor food choices or eating too many calories in general.

New rule: Include a moderate amount of heart-healthy fats in your weight loss plan.
Your body needs dietary fat for day-to-day organ protection, vitamin absorption, hormone production and more, so you won’t be doing yourself any favors by completely depriving yourself of this macronutrient. A sensible amount of fat can also aid in satiety, making you feel fuller longer. Try adding healthful fats such as nuts, avocado, or olive oil to your diet. Choose low-fat or fat-free products when it comes to dairy and meats to limit your intake of unhealthy fats and control calories, but leave the other fat-free foods on the supermarket shelf.

Old rule: You should burn every calorie you eat through exercise.
To lose weight, it's true that you need to burn more calories than you consume. But some people misinterpret this weight-loss equation, thinking they must burn off every calorie they eat—and then some—by exercising. Besides being inaccurate, this practice can be unsafe and lead to exhaustion, overuse injuries, and stalled weight-loss among other problems. Remember, your body is constantly burning calories throughout the day, even when you're not physically active. This is known as a basal metabolic rate (BMR), and it accounts for more than 1,200-1,500 calories per day (on average). Add to that all the calories you burn by moving, walking, standing, and yes, exercising, and you can see how easy it is to "burn more calories than you consume" without spending your life in the gym.

New rule: Move more and exercise moderately.
Try to achieve an active lifestyle by adding more physical activity to your days. Not all of this activity needs to be planned exercise (although you should exercise 3-6 times per week for 30-60 minutes per session to help burn additional calories and enhance your health). Small things that get you moving more—taking the stairs, walking to a co-worker's desk instead of emailing, or playing an active video game instead of watching TV—add to your daily calorie burn and help you lose weight. There is no need to resort to exercise extremes; you only need to burn about 200-600 calories per day (not thousands) through actual exercise, in combination with your SparkDiet guidelines, to safely lose weight.

Old rule: Skip meals to lose weight faster.
Many people believe that skipping meals like breakfast will help them eat fewer calories and therefore speed up weight loss. In theory, this idea seems to make sense, but skipping meals to save calories backfires more often than not. When you go several hours without food, you will be ravenous by the time your next meal comes along and this will make you more likely to throw your eating plans out the window and consume anything within reach. In addition to this, eating too infrequently may slow down your metabolism, sending your body into conservation (or "starvation") mode because it thinks calories are scarce.

New rule: Eat sensible portions at regular intervals throughout the day.
Try to keep your body's metabolism running as efficiently as possible by fueling it at regular intervals. Try eating small, balanced meals every 3 to 4 hours to properly nourish yourself and encourage weight loss, or at the very least, eat three meals (including breakfast) and a couple healthful snacks to curb hunger and keep your metabolic fire stoked.

Old rule: Eating low-carb is the way to win at weight loss.
Over the past several years, low-carb diet fads have given carbohydrates a bad rap, but this reputation is unfounded. Carbohydates are an important fuel source for your body and they are necessary for safe, steady weight loss, too. Your body needs carbohydrates to efficiently burn fat, so skimping on the carbs could actually hurt your weight loss efforts and be detrimental to your health.

New rule: Cut back on processed carbs and choose whole foods instead.
It is true that some carbs (whole grains, vegetables, legumes, etc) are better for you than others (white bread, sugary cereals, and sweets) are. Rather than omitting carbs from your diet plan, be more selective. Choose more whole grains and unprocessed foods like brown rice, quinoa, whole-grain bread, and oats and limit your intake of unhealthy carbs that sneak into your diet via processed foods, sweets, caloric beverages and refined flours.

Old rule: Give up eating all of your favorite fattening foods.
This is a common practice can backfire even on those with very high levels of willpower and motivation. It’s simply unrealistic to think that you can cut out all the foods that you love without ever rebelling. Chances are, if you keep yourself from eating your favorite “bad” foods all the time, you’ll eventually end up giving in and bingeing on those foods since you haven’t had them in so long. By categorizing foods into “good” and “bad” groups, you’re only setting yourself up to want what you can’t have. Good-for-you foods feel like punishment and "bad-for-you" foods are more alluring.

New rule: Eat anything you’d like within moderation.
Instead, of giving up certain foods and forcing yourself to eat others, don’t make any food off-limits. With moderation and portion control, you can still eat your favorites without straying from your goals. Try sprinkling a few chocolate chips on your oatmeal in the morning instead of eating an entire chocolate bar, or have one tablespoon of peanut butter with some celery instead of slathering layers of it on a sandwich. By allowing yourself these little treats, you’ll still be able to eat what you love, gradually decrease the intensity of your cravings, and avoid binges that could derail your weight loss efforts.

When it comes down to it, the new rules for weight loss are common sense—and easier to stick with. The bottom line is to ultimately listen to your body’s signals and honor your cravings in a sensible way while incorporating regular exercise, portion control and healthy eating habits into your lifestyle for the long term. Incorporate these new “rules” into your repertoire and you’ll be amazed at what a difference such small changes can make!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Everytime without fail someone complains.

We gave them a 2 hour documentary. We gave them a 1 1/2 hour long tour dvd. We gave them an extra hour hoping they would be happy with it. Yet some little thing they have to whine and complain about. They didn't know that we both work, and would stay up until 12-2am PLUS 2 nights where we were up until 6am getting these dvds finished.

We have bent over backwards for them, and this is what we get? So now more money and more of our work (when we could be working on getting another project finished) has to be taken away from other projects.

We thought we were done. We got the last payment, and handed them the END... Well I guess it is never over.

Needed to vent and get these emotions out before I scream at them. :)

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Brooklyn's Blessing + Jackson's Baptism

Saturday Chase's cousin Jackson was getting baptized. We found out the night before while we were working on getting a dvd done. So I went up with Chase's parents, and Grandma and Chase was going to be about 15 minutes late to the actual baptism because he had to drop the dvd's off at Provo High. Well I waited in the back and played with Jackson's sister Avery and waited for Chase to come. I waited and waited... I had his clothes all ready for him to change. Well the baptism got done an hour later and finally got a text from Chase, asking if it was over. Well then I heard the motorcycle. Sure enough he made it for the end, and the dinner, which count's the most right? ;) It was awesome seeing family, and I loved meeting the newest cousin Brooklyn. I forgot my camera, and was only able to take this picture.
Not everyone in their family was included. Lora, Landon, Jackson, Seth, and Jason. Missing Avery and Issac.

Sunday night was Brooklyn's baby blessing. Chase and I were thinking that Nathan would wait until Logan got home. Well that really didn't happen. If only they waited 2 more weeks. :) They live in Tooele Utah, which wasn't too bad of a drive. We again had fun being with family. This time We got to see almost everyone that lives up in Northern Utah. Brooklyn had the cutest white dress on. Sadly I couldn't remember what the blessing was about. I was trying to make sure Issac wasn't making too much noise. Jackson, and Issac.
3 brothers (Lorin, Jason and Joe) + Grandma and Raydad.
Debbie, Mom, Christina, Sydney, Den, and Gentri
Nathan and Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Ammon and Raydad
(Doesn't Raydad look like he's going to be a great grandpa someday?)
Chase and Brooklyn

I had to get one of them to show that Chase really will hold a baby. :)

We had a fun weekend with not a lot of sleep, but who's counting sheep?

Monday, August 03, 2009

Random Things

My awesome co-worker named Jen designed this design which I thought was pretty sweet, I just teasingly asked if she could make me one. Well she said bring a shirt and I'll put a design on for you. So I did! I love it! Well the reason that they were designing shirts, is because it's something fun that the design team does each year.
This is the one she designed and I brought the shirt.
I found this shirt that I designed with a few other classmates in high school.

I just found the bedspread that I want, and it would look so good with our bed from ikea. Love love love!

Too bad it costs $275 for just the duvet. I'll start saving. Hopefully it will still be around by the time that comes around. ;)