Friday, February 27, 2009

Five years ago today....

I can't believe it's been five years since Zac & I got married!! Sometimes that seems like a short amount of time, but sometimes I feel like we've been together forever (in a good way!)!! Amazing what five years can do - we now have a 2 yr old, twins on the way, and live in freakin' Utah!! EIK!!!! In blogging honor of our fifth anniversary, I decided I would fill out this little 'wedding survey' that I found on my sister's Facebook....


1) When was your wedding day? February 28, 2004
2) What day of the week was it? Saturday
3) Did you get married in a church? We got married in our Church's temple in Memphis, TN and had a big ring ceremony/reception at our church building in North Little Rock, AR
4) How many in your wedding party? 2 groomsmen, 3 bridesmaids, 1 flower girl and 2 ringbearers
5) Where was your reception? At our church
6) How many guests were invited to your wedding? A whole lot...more than actually showed up, of course, but we still had a crowd
7) How long did you wait to Tie The Knot after your proposal? Three months :)
8) Who did you hire as your photographer & videographer? Kat, a friend of Zac's, was our excellent photographer. A guy from church videotaped it but I don't think we ever got it...
9) Did you have a DJ or a band? Jeff Cook's amazing string quartet for the ceremony and then a CD we compiled for the dancing/reception music
10) Did your father walk you down the aisle? No; we were already technically married, so we walked in together at the ring ceremony
11) What color were the bridesmaid dresses & groomsmen vests? Burgandy dresses for the ladies; no tuxes for the guys - they wore suits with silver ties
12) Who was your Maid Of Honor/Best Man? Sherry/Eli
13) Did you have a Bridal Shower? Yup, I was a lucky lady and had three
14) What type of limo did you get? My 1996 Honda Accord :)
15) Where did you go for your Bachelorette/Bachelor Party? Mom's house, Chellie's house, and the church
16) What type of wedding gown/tux did you two wear? Mom made my wedding gown and Zac wore his black suit
17) How was the weather? Gorgeous!! Blue skies and hardly any clouds, it was beautiful!
18) Where did you go on your Honeymoon? We stayed in Little Rock the first night and then went to Eureka Springs
19) What was your favorite part of your wedding day? There were lots of favorites, of course!! :)
20) How long have you been married? FIVE YEARS TODAY!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Reading scriptures

We try to read a few scripture verses with Abby every night, just before we say prayers. Most nights it's just the two of us, since Zac works so late. Earlier this week, I told her we were going to read scriptures and she ran to the bookshelf and grabbed my Bible. She said, "I read skipures, Mommy." I almost got teary eyed as I proudly watched her flip pages and say, "Jesus wuv you," over and over. Toooo precious and I started to feel like we were doing at least a few things right with our parenting.

The next day was one of Zac's days off and so we were all together that night. I told Abby again that it was time for scriptures and asked if she wanted to read first. So she grabbed "the skipures" (I think it was actually the Book of Mormon this time) and sat down to read to us. Zac and I smiled at each other as she started again to tell us, "Jesus wuv you." And it all came crashing down when she looked at Zac and said, "PANCAKES!" Zac laughed so hard he almost cried and now, every night since, Abby tells us that the scriptures talk about pancakes. Greeeeaaaatttt....

I guess maybe you had to be there...but I thought it was a cute story that I should share with you guys. :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Another $5 Dinner giveaway...

We could ALL use $25 at Wal-Mart, right? Check this out and enter to win one of the two gift cards being given away!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Top 15 Valentine's Day "Sins"

I found this list on this Yahoo website and was amused by some of them....granted, most of them apply more to dating couples than married couples. But it's still good for a laugh...


1. Saying he doesn't believe in hokey commercial holidays two seconds after you've given him a cute card.

2. Telling you, "We're never going to be able to get a dinner reservation tonight because it's stupid Valentine's Day."

3. Giving you supermarket flowers. (Me personally, I don't care where the flowers come from - I just like to get them. Some of the best flowers Zac ever got me were carnations from WalMart - they lasted FOREVER!!)

4. Emailing you the morning of the 14th to say, "Hey, so what are you up to tonight?" He's not asking you out, just wondering if you'll be out with someone else.

5. Taking you to a fast-food drive-through, then renting "Basic Instinct" and inviting you back to his dorm room/shady apartment to watch it with his roommate. (This makes me glad that I'm Zac's 'roommate' so we don't have this problem. lol)

6. Making you a lame heart-shaped card cut from notebook paper with "IOU one gift" written on it. (I could handle the heart-shaped handmade card, that would be cute)

7. Insisting on treating you to a lavish dinner and ordering tons of appetizers, and the priciest entrees. Then when the bill comes, Loverboy asks if you can throw in, say, 80 bucks or so.

8. Setting tentative plans but not telling you exactly what time he's picking you up or where you're going. Then -- surprise! -- at 9:45, he tells you he's stuck at work, then says, "You're not mad, are you?"

9. Then telling you before he hangs up, "Look, I really wanna make it up to you," but not bothering to nail down a date.

10. Dumping you the day before because he didn't want to torment you by going through the motions.....At least you could've gotten one last fancy meal out of the deal.

11. Buying you chocolates the day after V-Day because the prices were slashed. (THIS one cracks me up because Zac and I don't buy each other V-day stuff UNTIL the 15th purely because of the lower prices...hahahahaha)

12. Giving you ghastly mall-rat jewelry that you saw on his sister the week before.

13. Waiting until February 13 to make plans with you.

14. Taking you anywhere that serves two-for-one meals.

15. Inviting you out for an evening with him... and his mother.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Abby's first pedi/mani

While we were in Arkansas, I painted Abby's toenails. She had seen me painting mine and wanted hers done, too. We went with a nice, light pink that wasn't too much for a little girl. Cute, huh?

Later that day, Kirsten came over to my parents and painted her fingernails. Apparently Abby liked the color she chose because that night, I discovered Abby giving herself a manicure. THANKFULLY, the polish was only on her, not my Mom's recliner! Here are some pictures of the beauty treatment...

She did a really good job of sitting still through her nail polish remover bath. :/ I guess I'm grateful that it was just fingernail polish, not scissors to her hair or something...I think I'd still be in tears if that were the case.
Let this be a lesson to you all...keep nail polish lids tightly closed!! :)

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Bed switching

Abby hasn't been sleeping well in her toddler bed and we've been trying to figure out why. After three weeks of her sleeping on a palette on the floor in AR, I've decided that she moves too much for such a small bed. This, along with the visitors we will be hosting in the next few months, have led us to a decision.

We're getting a new bed! woo hooo Zac and I need something a little firmer and he was able to get something nice for cheap at work. So we are going to put our current bed in Abby's room. Yes, I think it's ridiculous that a two-year-old will have a queen size bed. But, it was only about $80 more to go this route than it would have been to get her a clearance full size. So that's what we're gonna do.

Now I want to find a cute bedding set for her. We can't afford one right now, but I can dream. lol I found a really reasonably priced one at Wal-Mart...isn't it cute?

I think the bright colors are awesome. I guess they're not very little girl-ish, but that's ok. Brighter is better, right? ;)

Hope's visit to Utah

My sister, Hope, flew back with Abby and me on Tuesday and went back home to AR this morning. She got some good pictures while she was here and I thought I'd share some of them...

This was taken while we were driving through Park City trying to find dinner because I was STARVING after following Hope around the Tanger Outlet mall all day. We ended up eating at Davanza's, a cool little pizza place in downtown Park City.

A cool mountain shot headed into Park City...Hope was going nuts over the mountains, just like we did when we got here. We still do, actually...

This is the Salt Lake City temple. She took this picture from an observation area on the tenth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial building. Cool, huh?

The amazing Christus inside the Visitors Center. It's HUGE!

Zac came home Thursday night and announced that we were going to go driving in the mountains so Hope could see the valley. The skies had FINALLY cleared up and the drive was gorgeous!

This is the still-under-construction Oquirrh (pron. like "acre" with with an "O") Mountain Temple in South Jordan. We've heard that the Open House for this one will be in August. We just went to the Open House for the Draper Temple and it was awesome!

A cool view of the Jordan River Temple against the mountains. This is one of Hope's favorite temples.

We had a really fun visit! Abby likes when people come to visit our house, but all afternoon she's been telling me that she wants to ride a plane and "go home." Lucky for her, she'll get to see some more relatives next month. If anybody else gets a wild hair, come visit us!!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

How do I love thee...

I had a fun trip in Arkansas, but I am so glad to be back in Utah. Our move away from family has really strengthened our relationship...I've realized that my "home" is wherever my husband is. If I have him and our children, that's what I need. I absolutely love our families - but the scripture telling us that a married couple "shall cleave unto [each other] and they shall be one flesh" (Gen 2:24) has come to mean a lot more to me in the last few months. Zac is truly my biggest support group. When I feel like I've hit rock bottom, he can always bring me back up.

Ok, so now my eyes are so full of tears that I can't see the computer screen anymore. I guess as long as my pregnancy hormones are around, I'll have to do short sentimental posts.

I love you, Zac!!!