Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekend Recap

This weekend was absolutely wonderful.  The weather was perfect I couldn't help but be filled with happiness.  Friday night I went with my mother to go see "The Lucky One".  I love Nicholas Sparks.  He really knows how to write a good love story.  I did like the movie and Zac Efron was looking mighty fine.  There were a couple scenes that made me feel a little uneasy especially having my mom sit next to me.  I'm very immature and I get all embarrassed when a love scene pops up.

Saturday I was lucky enough to go watch my favorite niece Madison play in her first soccer game.  She did so great and I am glad that I was able to go cheer her on.  Later that day I took Madison with me to lunch.  We both enjoyed a delicious salad from Cafe Rio and we went to see Chimpanzee.  It was a really cute show.  Little Oscar was so cute you couldn't help but fall in love with him.  
Later that day I was able to go to Kris's graduation celebration.  She really deserved it.  Now I can call her Master Kris.  I ate some more yummy food then hustled to the High School to watch Josh Promenade. 

 Heber is a funny little town.  I love that every year the Junior class all promenades.  It's kind of a community event.  It is so weird to me that my baby brother is going to be a senior this up coming school year.  He looked so handsome in his tux and did a great job dancing.  After everyone promenades the kids get to dance with their mom or dad.  Josh and my mom were so cute dancing he even threw in a spin or two for my mom.

Sunday was also great.  I really think the sunshine makes everything ten times better.  Madison decided to come to church with us and when we sit down for sacrament meeting she holds out her hand with a potato bug.  It kept her entertained most of the time.  That little girl is full of surprises and will keep you on your toes.  Of course its Sunday so I went to the Fuller's for a movie and ice cream.  I really forgot how great Harry Potter is.  I sooooo wish Hogwarts was a real school.

That pretty much sums up the weekend.  Now on to finals week.  I can't wait for the semester to finally be over!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

11 Questions

My sister-in-law tagged me in her post.  I actually had fun writing this post.

11 Random Facts about myself

1.  I really want to live on the East Coast at one point in my life.
2.  Thinking about people sliding their teeth on a popsicle stick gives me the chills.
3.  Vanilla Coke can make any day a good day.
4.  I change my mind about things a lot!
5.  I love finding a new band/artist.
6.  I don't like to think of things to paint but once I do I really enjoy myself even if it turns out very mediocre.
7.  I only eat popcorn with Jordan.
8.  I wish I wasn't so shy when meeting people.
9.  I love the way carpet looks after it is vacuumed.
10.  My future family car is a Land Rover LR4 with lots of customizations of course.
11.  I love to cook and try new recipes. 

11 Questions to answer:

1.  What is your favorite past time?
Watching movies with my roommates eating licorice multiple times a week.

2.  What is your favorite color?
Purple it has so many pretty shades.

3.  What is the most memorable experience you have had?
My wedding day was pretty memorable.  When I think about it all the same feelings return.

4.  If your could do anything what would it be?
I wish I could travel where ever I wanted whenever I wanted with whoever I wanted.

5.  What is your favorite movie?
Favorite are 21,Dear John, The Notebook, The Vow.  Girl Movies.

6.  Where would you go on vacation to?
I wish I could go back and explore Europe some more.

7.  What is something that has made your a stronger person?
Healing from a broken back.  I really learned patience and how to rely more on the Lord.

8.  Who is your idol?
My mom.  I still don't know how she has managed to do everything she has done.

9.  If you could change one thing from your past what would it be?
I wish I was nicer to everyone I came in contact with.

10.  What is something unique about you?
I stopped drinking milk because I didn't want to worry if I was drinking 1% or 2%.  Weird brain of a 3 year old.

11.  Where do you plan to be in ten years?
In ten years I hope the have happy healthy kiddos, a job I love (stay at home mom), and still completely head over heels in love with Jordan.

The Proposal

This blog is kinda like my public journal.  I have just realized that I never documented "the proposal".  I would hate to forget that day so before things get lost in time here is the story of the proposal.  
It was March 2011.  Spring break was here and I was looking forward to visiting my sister and her husband in Fresno for a few days and then I was going to venture south to Camp Pendleton and spend a day or two with Jordan.  
At this time Jordan was in S.O.I. (School of Infantry)  We only got to talk on weekends so this whole thing was kind of sketchy.  There was never a 100% chance that they were going to get libo on weekends (it wasn't uncommon for someone to get in trouble and screw it up for everyone else).  Anyway, we already knew that we were going to get married that summer, but we had so few opportunities to see each other between then and summer everyone was telling me that I would come back engaged.  For some reason I just really wasn't expecting it.  Jordan had told me he went ring shopping and just didn't have enough money.  Which wasn't hard to believe since he was still a student in the Marine Corps. 
I remember Jordan was able to talk to me during the week somehow and he was telling me that they were going to have restricted libo for the weekend.  I was so stressed out thinking about what would happen if we had to spend the weekend on base.  Everything ended up working out and he was able to have unrestricted libo.  Friday night we just hung out and ate some Cafe Rio (that is one of our favorite past times).  Saturday was our only full day together.  I had to drive back to Utah Sunday.  So I kept thinking to myself that if it was going to happen then today was the day.  Saturday we woke up and went to the San Diego Temple.  It was special it was the first time that we had done that together.  I remember being in the temple and looking at him and thinking to myself how excited I am to spend forever with that kid.  I was for sure that if it was going to happen then he would do it there since we had thought that that is where we would be married.  It wasn't even mentioned there after we walked around for a bit.
After we did baptisms
 After the temple we decided to go to Sea World.  I hadn't been there since I was a tiny tot and I love ocean animals so of course I was thrilled to be there.  Jordan and I were walking through the Shark exhibit.  He LOVES sharks.  As we were walking through the tunnel he started acting weird and had his hands in his pocket.  I thought to myself "oh no if your going to do it please don't do it in the shark tunnel."  I'm fully aware that is not very nice to think but it was the truth.  Luckily, he was just pulling me aside to look at a wall a shark teeth. Phew!
Sea World. Thank goodness he didn't propose in the shark tunnel. Phew!
Sea World was fun but it was time for dinner.  He surprised me and took me to The Melting Pot.  YUM! We had both never been there before but seriously my taste buds were in heaven.  Dinner wasn't finished until 11:00.  My hopes of going back to Cedar City engaged were over.  I was so tired and ready to go to bed but Jordan insisted that we go to the beach.  I caught onto his plan so I played along.  The car ride to La Jolla was kinda weird.  I just knew it was coming.  We took a blanket down to the beach and just talked for a bit.  It was  freezing by the way.  Jordan told me to stand up, but I was content sitting wrapped in the blanket.  I asked him why and his response was because he wanted to play a game. HAHAHA a game?  I was being stubborn about it but gave in.  By the time I stood up the kid was on his knee with a box and asked, "Kiersten will you marry me?"  I just freaked out and said yes.  I tackled him to the ground and gave him a hug and a kiss.  Five minutes after the shock had worn away Jordan was like do you want to see your ring? Haha I was so excited I forgot to even look at the ring.  He pulled it back out and I remember thinking it looked really familiar.  He asked me if that is the right one.  I was so confused how he knew.  He then proceeded to tell me about how he knew which ring I had my eyes on and how I actually brought the ring to him.  Jordan has a few tricks up his sleeve.  I had showed my sister some rings that I liked and Jordan secretly contacted her and got the info on her favorite one.  Luckily, it happened to be my favorite too.  He had is dad pick it up.  Before I left to California his parents had a "package" that they needed me to take to Jordan.  I was just some clothes that he wanted and some new garments.  His dad kept telling me to be very careful with this package and to not leave it in the car because it has garments in it and they are very special.  I just remember thinking ok Dave I'm not a dummy I know they are special.  His parents ended up packing in the ring along with his clothes.  What a very clever husband I have.
We tend to be very photogenic couple.
 I can still remember those feelings of excitement.  I remember thinking how weird it was that something that we talked about in high school was actually happening.  I remember calling each other fiancĂ© for the first time and thinking how weird it was.  Ah it really was such a great day! I couldn't have though of anything else that I would have wanted to happen.  I felt like I was in a movie. Isn't that how every girl wants to feel?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad

From time time I was a baby until he passed away we spent every day after school  like this talking.

Today is my dad's birthday.  I couldn't help but think of him all day.  When I think about my dad I just smile.  He was always really good at making me feel special.  Despite the struggles he had I always knew that he loved me.  He was always at my softball games.  When he didn't have a license he would ride his crappy mountain to my games.  He would make sure that I could hear him cheering for me.  
Everyday after school first thing I would do is go up to his room and talk about school.  He always seemed interested in my day.  In our after school chats I learned some life lessons from my pa.  He taught me to never trust a skinny cook.  He also taught me all about boys.... beware this next thing I am about to share is a little graphic but this is just how my dad was.  I think when I was in 8th grade and I was telling him about cute boys or something  he told me and I quote "just remember, boys think with their wrong head." blahahaha I never have forgotten that lesson. Haha who tells their 13 year old daughter that? 
 He had such a great laugh everyone loved to be around him.  Anywhere we would go he would make new friends. He would always make funny deals with us.  I remember on our last shopping trip together I really wanted these jeans but I didn't have enough money.  He told me if i bought him a coffee then he would get them for me.  It was a very logical trade.  Another one of my favorite deals he tried making... he was unsuccessful at closing it.  He told me he would take me to McDonald's if I bought him a Big Mac.  I asked him why would I do that I hate McDonalds.  He said he just testing me.  Another one of his favorite things to say to see if we were paying attention.  
He was so talented at everything he did.  He was a great hunter, he was an amazing artist, he sucked at cooking but was good at grilling, he was a great gardner and loved birds, he loved books, he had a great understanding of the scriptures, and more than anything he loved his kids.  I don't doubt that for one moment.  I know that one day I will see him again and I can't wait to be back in his arms.  I love my dad and I am grateful for the man that he was and the wonderful example of love he was to me.

 Daddy Daughter Date