Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pet Peeve of the Day

I have had a long standing dislike of people saying "I could care less!" When they really mean "I couldn't care less!" If you say "I could care less" you mean that you have some feeling toward the manner in question. If you say "I couldn't care less" you mean that there is no feeling toward the manner. If you have some feeling toward the manner than usually saying "I could care less" is completely asinine! Normally I just keep quiet and sit and stew in my smug little way, but lately I have heard this a lot. I heard it on the Fox Cable Network the other day by an individual who has his own show. Then today I heard it in a song. Come on people!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Christmas Vacation

The Saturday before Christmas we left early in the morning to go to Utah and Idaho to spend the holiday with our families. We drove all day and 800 miles later we stopped in Salt Lake at my sister Amanda's house and had dinner with her and her husband Andy. It was so nice, Andy has been overseas for about 7 months and got a two week leave of absence that fell right at the holidays. After visiting with them for a little while, we left and went to my parents house in Ogden. The weather was really nice, but it was COLD!

This is a view from my parents house. It was so beautiful, the sky was blue, and you could see all the way across the valley! That blue sky seems so foreign to Quin and me!

Sunday we went to church in Ogden. It was fun because we got to take Evelyn, and go out in the hall with her.

After church we hopped in the car and headed north to Idaho Falls. This is the beautiful warm Idaho welcome we received. That is Kade snow blowing Emily and Bryon's driveway. I (Quin) then got to play with the snow blower at my parents house. Like a good uncle I chased the nieces and nephews with it.

Note the needles on the tree how they all point off to the left. No, the wind is not blowing. The tree was frozen in this position after the wind stopped.

Sunrise at the farm.

This is the thermometer on Wednesday before we headed back to Ogden. Yes that is a 3 point 4 °F not a 34 °F. It actually got down to 2.5 °F when we got stuck at the end of the driveway leaving. Someone didn't seem to do a very good job snow blowing the end of the driveway the day before. Luckily some passerby pulled us out. On the downside it packed the rims full of snow and made the car feel like the tires were out of balance and vibrated down the highway for an hour before all the snow fell off.

On Monday night we had a Nativity Re-enactment where we all got dressed up in costume. While getting ready for the party, during the day, we made sugar cookies and decorated them like little birthday cakes. My mom kept talking about the birthday party and Natalie had the audacity to ask "who's birthday is it?". My mom and I both looked at her and simultaneously said Jesus'. Ooh...

We acted out the story as we moved throughout the house.

No room in the Inn.

Mary (Halle) asked, "Why did the wise men bring Jesus Frankenstein?"

I was Joseph, Halle was Mary, Natalie was an angel, Carter was Cesar (hilarious to watch), Mom was narrator, Liberty was Gabriel, Dad was the Inn keeper, Jarom and Alyssa were wise men, Kade Deidra Kayson Brylee and Brancyn were shepherds, Elena and Emily were townsfolk, Kate was an angel (we all know the truth though), Dogs played by Trigger Layla Sadie and Jack, while Bryon was making us all worried that he was in trouble out hunting (the weather was getting really bad).
We then went and sang a special happy birthday Jesus song. It was kind of funny. But Quin's mom is great about celebrating birthdays and we definitely can't leave out Jesus!

After the Nativity we did family gift exchange. Elena suggested to her kids that the gift haul was so great that maybe Santa didn't need to even stop by their house. Halle promptly spoke up, "He better if you want your basement cleaned." I guess Elena had been threatening the kids that he wouldn't come to a dirty house. I think her bluff got called.

Quin and I gave the girls some nail kits. They LOVED that they got to make Uncle Quin pretty!

The next day we went to Quin's sister Elena's house. We found the girls still playing with their nail kits.

Of course Uncle Quin had to get his nails done again.

After Kate did Quin's fingers, he asked if he was done. Kate responded "no, not beautiful!" Quin then asked her what had to be done to make him beautiful. Her reply "Toes!" When she was done he was painted on every digit, toes too from the first knuckle down. But he was finally beautiful!

We left Idaho Falls the on Christmas Eve morning and headed back to Utah. This is a picture of the roads headed back to my (Natalie's)parent's house on Christmas night (it is a little out of sequence).

Some of the icicles at my parent's house in Ogden.

The snow was so deep, it was awesome to have a white Christmas.

Quin and I and my parents all got up Christmas morning and got dressed and drove to Salt Lake to spend Christmas with Amanda, Andy, Evelyn, and Andy's parents and brother.
Here is Evelyn on Christmas morning. If you are going to take a picture of her you don't say "say cheese", you say "ready, set, go" and on go she poses and makes this face, it is the funniest and cutest thing.
She loved opening the presents and was thrilled with everything she got. She got these pink boots for Christmas. At first she had trouble walking them because they have a little heel on them, but she got them down. Hey after all she is a Thornock girl and it is pretty hard for us to walk without wearing high heels!
My mom made these awesome aprons for Amanda and me. I think it was my favorite gift. Amanda and I are trying to convince her she should make them to sell!

Evelyn got a little kitchen for Christmas and so Quin and I got her some play food. For some reason we didn't get any pictures of my parents. This is the only one of my dad and we didn't get any of my mom.

My parents gave Andy RockBand for Christmas. I don't remember him playing it at all, we kind of took over it. Here is Manda rocking the mic, I am on drums and Andy's brother Tyler is playing guitar. He was awesome. Manda and I sucked it up. When it was just Manda and me we got booed off the stage. The only way we could stay on was if Tyler was playing with us and he was playing on the hardest level.

I kinda just hit the drums randomly instead of when you were supposed to. I did a lot better when I was on the mic. Quin played drums then and we did pretty good.

On the way back to my parents house Christmas night my trusty Altima hit the 100000 mile mark, oddly it did it right in front of the dealership where I bought it. I bought that car 2 months before my 21st birthday. It was my first car that was all mine and I bought myself. Quin and I decided that night that we are going to try to hit the 200000 mile mark.
The day after Christmas, my friend Rachel and her husband Jon came over to my parent's to visit. They stayed for a few hours. It was great to see them. She is going to have a baby in the next few weeks and she was so cute and pregnant. Amazingly her Grandma was in our old ward here in Bakersfield. On our first Sunday I sat down next to her and we got to talking. She found out I was from Ogden and asked if I knew her granddaughter Rachel. I almost fell over. I couldn't have gotten married if it weren't for all the help Rachel gave us with the reception.
When Quin and I bought the house she got the two of us a little mixed up and started telling people that I was pregnant. Rachel had to correct her that she was the one that was pregnant and Quin and I were buying the house. Fortunately she didn't tell too many people. Anyway the whole point of that was that it was good to see my friend.
That night Quin and I went and had dinner with my parents and Quin's old roommate Jeff and his wife Becky at Maddox. We hadn't met Becky yet so it was nice to meet her. Quin had a buffalo steak! Unfortunately we didn't have our camera. Afterword we went and met Jeff's two daughters. Yes it seems that everyone is multiplying and replenishing the Earth but us!
We went home the next day. We were so sad to leave but really enjoyed our trip!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

One Thousand and Ninety Seven Days

Quin and I were married one thousand and ninety seven days ago today. Today is our 3rd anniversary and it has been a wild 3 trips around the sun. We have lived in 3 states, had 4 addresses, Quin has had 4 jobs, I have had 2. I have tried to go to school 3 times. We bought a house and a motorcycle. We have been to the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, had some serious and not so serious health concerns, and have been to 10 states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, and Florida. We have loved every minute of it, every day we grow closer together and know that no matter what comes along we can face it. I am so grateful to be married for all eternity to my best friend, he is so fun to be around and takes great care of me! There is never a dull moment around here and I am excited to see what happens in the next 20000 days!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My end of year resolution

My end of year resolution was to get caught up on all of my blogs before the new year, but that didn't happen. Hopefully my new years resolutions go better. I started school again today. I have mixed feelings. I love learning, but I hate doing homework! I am taking a religious studies class on western religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. I think it will be really interesting. I am going to try and take as an objective as an approach as I can. I am also taking an American Government Political Science class. These promise to be a lot of reading and writing, but with everything that is going on in the world they should be pretty interesting! So you probably won't hear too much from us, but I will try to post and I have some fun post to catch up on! So good luck to everyone on their new year's resolutions.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Quin and I went back and forth as to whether to party or have a quiet night at home, we even talked about going to bed before midnight. Then we decided to invite a few couples over to celebrate the first new year in our house. One couple couldn't come because they had to chaperon a dance, another couple wasn't feeling well so they decided not to come. The other couple we invited over had a singles party they were stopping at (they were just recently married and wanted to say hi to their single friends). So about 10:30 I fell asleep on the couch while Quin watched t.v. At 11 Quin woke me up and I called my mom in Utah and wished her a happy new year. Our friends still weren't at our house so I changed into my jammies and Quin sent our friends a text message that we were going to go to bed. As he turned off the outside lights, he said "there's a car outside." It was our friends. So they came in and we started playing this game called "Settlers of Catan." It was so fun. We sat there until 1:30 playing and drinking Martinelli's sparkling cider out of champagne flutes. We barely took thirty seconds to yell happy new year, give our significant others a kiss, toast each other and then back to the game.

Quin and I have made a few new years resolutions, among the usually like get into better shape and stop swearing, we have decided to keep the kitchen clean. We find it so much easier to clean immediately after we cook, but for some reason we always wait a day or so and then it is a lot harder. It's just the two of us, so we want to get in this habit now and that way it will be easier if there are ever more of us. What are some of your new years resolutions?