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ANNIVERSARY: August 20. BIRTHDAYS: May 18/ November 14/ December 5/ July 15.

August 30, 2009

Trip to Utah

The day after our anniversary we headed to Utah. The first couple of days were relaxing and grand. We spent all day/night Friday driving. Because of traffic and leaving late we arrived at 5 am. Saturday Dave and I spend so much needed time with Michele. It was so wonderful to see her and do some catching up. We ate lunch at the Mayan Adventure. The food was yummy and the show was spectacular. The atmosphere was incredible. It reminded Dave of something Disney would do. The restaurant was multiple levels that are tree fort like. All surounding a 75 foot cliff where divers would jump off into a 15 foot deep pool.
Dave and I in front. We just got done eating some mexican goodness.
This is us inside we were on the 2nd level. The bottom picture you can see the background better but we are blurry. After spending time with Michele we headed up to the Brewer's cabin for some relaxing before the storm. On the way out to the cabin we stopped to see the head stone where Dad's body lays. Althought it was good to see how the finished product looked, it was still tough to be there. We miss him tons. While we were there we set Carter in the grass on his hands and knees. He actually started to rock. He just might be getting closer to crawling than I think. Grandma wants him to crawl before we leave. So he is trying real hard to learn.
A new thing that Carter loves is riding on dad's shoulders. He always has a perm-a-grin and laughs non stop. Monday morning we headed from the Brewer's to Provo where we did some labor intensive cleaning. BYU condos: 2 girls, 1 guys, and a married appartment. We spent the first day on the guys. Here I am cleaning the carpet. Dave is doing some touch up paint. Whoever owned this one before painted the tops of the moldings and it look bad. Tuesday we did both of the girls, number 6 was first and it was a good thing. Number 6 was trashed. It was so dirty. Look at the kitchen floor, the white part by the stove is where Mom cleaned the black part is to show how gross it was. It was as if none of them moped for the whole year.
Then they said the vaccum did not work. So, we flipped it upside down and pulled out globbs of hair. One of the rooms was so bad we did not even clean the carpets. There was just too much junk. Number 11 was next and theirs was so clean all we had to do was the carpet and the windows (which was originally the only thing that was supposed to be done in all of them). This last picture is the finished product of the married condo. Looks so inviting. Funny story about the tree. In number 6 there was a tree that the girls wanted out of there. In number 11 there was also a tree that was not as full. Mom decided that since there apartment was so clean she would leave the fuller tree for them and take the other one and put it in the married condo. Since number 11 got on her good side they were offered one of the 3: new carpet, mirrored closet doors or ceiling fans in the bedrooms. They were to call the house when a decision had been made. We get back Thursday night with a message from one of the girls. "Hi it's, Rebecca (made up name) from number 11, we would like to have new carpet. And um, the tree... is missing and replaced by... this other tree... well... that tree is mine and I am wondering what happened to it?" HAHAHA. SO FUNNY.
On our way home we stopped to go the bathroom at the salt flats, such a cool view. We had a blast visiting friends and spending time together.

August 27, 2009

The Best, Our Anniversary

On Tuesday morning August 18, 2009, I woke up to an alarm. On the alarm there was a paper that said "read me." I opened it and read that I would be going on a treasure hunt, but I would need to take care of some distractions, Carter. The next clue led me to some coupons to watch Carter for the day. Dave took care of him and I was off the figure out what the treasure was. Each time there was a clue and a treasure.

One of the treasures was some bath salts and oils.The some of the others were pieces to this decoder.
One of the places that I was led to was the Clayton waterfall.
One of the clues was this crossword puzzle. I am NOT good at crossword puzzles but this one was great because it was tailored to me. It made me feel so smart.
The message told me that we would be staying at the Lafayette Park Hotel on our anniversary. I had so much fun figuring out the clues and finding them. My husband is so wonderful. He made me feel so special and he definitely showed me how much he cares.

At the hotel we were treated like royalty. It was lovely. The best part was spending the day and night with my husband of four years without the little one. Thank you Grandma and Uncle Trent.

I thought that it is cool that the hotel changed the date each day. I had to get a picture of it because it had our anniversary day. The next picture is in the hallway. I felt as if I was walking through a castle. The next one is of us in the room. The room had a couch, desk, a chair, a table, fireplace and a ginormous bed. We had dinner a The Duck Club, so fancy. I love my husband so much and I am the luckiest woman in the world.
Thanks, Babe, for such a wonderful anniversary. I love you.

August 11, 2009

1st Camping Trip

Since Dave and I were married we have not had a summer (we spent the summers slaving away for APX). This has been the first normal summer. We took advantage of the fact and went camping for the first time since we were married. This was also Carter's first camping trip as well. Dave's mom, Trent and Jennifer Lambertson, Trent's girlfriend came with us. We left Friday evening to Camp Chabot and came home Sunday evening.
Trent and Jennifer the first night watching over the foil dinners. They grilled them perfectly. Foil dinners are a must when camping; they are so yummy.

We discovered that Carter loves pickles. He sucked on it for hours. Now I know what to give him while I am fixing him food.
Me and Carter are hanging out at the table. Carter loves the outdoors he did so well and was so happy.
Carter and Uncle Trent having a blast. Carter likes to chew on the toothbrush wishing he could get some teeth.
We roasted marshmallows and found that they are delicious in between Oreos. Dave roasted this one to perfection.
Dave and Lesley in the hammock. We ended up having to take down the hammock because it is a state park rule that nothing can be tied to the trees.
Dave and Trent's job was to keep the bees away. The badminton rackets are what they used. The rackets worked great. The guys loved to whack the bees because it would split their bodies in half. We had such a great time and enjoyed every minute of the relaxing weekend.

August 06, 2009

LAST DAY Wednesday, August 05, 2009

EVERYONE CELEBRATE!!!!! Dave no longer works for APX Alarm and will NEVER go back. He is SO happy that he no longer works for them. I am SO happy he no longer works for them. I went out and bought balloons and a banner to congratulate him for this wondrous occasion. I also got him a couple of gifts from the dollar store.

For the future... we aren't sure what is in store, but the plan is Dave will continue to help his mom with the business until October. Also, he is doing an engineering project for our bishop who is a contractor, which he is so excited about because this is right up his alley.

August 05, 2009

The City of San Francisco

Kaylinn and Mark came to visit this past weekend. Here is what we did.

This is how we started the day off, playing Mario Kart. Dave and Mark had a grand time battling it out.
Then we went to San Francisco to a real battle grounds, Fort Point.

Interesting facts (provided by wikipedia):

  • Fort Point is located at the southern side of the Golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.
  • Fort Point was build just before the American Civil War, to defend San Francisco bay from warships.
  • Plans specified that the lowest tier of artillery be as close as possible to water level so cannonballs could ricochet across the water's surface to hit enemy ships at the water-line. Workers blasted the 90-foot (27 m) cliff down to 15 feet (4.6 m) above sea level.
  • The structure featured seven-foot-thick walls and multi-tiered casemated construction typical of Third System forts.
  • While there were more than 30 such forts on the East Coast, Fort Point was the only one on the West Coast.
  • Throughout the Civil War, artillerymen at Fort Point stood guard for an enemy that never came. The Confederate raider CSS Shenandoah planned to attack San Francisco, but on the way to the harbor the captain learned that the war was over; it was August 1865.
  • Troops soon moved out of Fort Point, and it was never again continuously occupied by the Army.
  • The fort was nonetheless important enough to receive protection from the elements. In 1869 a granite seawall was completed.
  • The following year, some of the fort's cannon were moved to Battery East on the bluffs nearby, where they were more protected.
  • Plans for the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s called for the fort's removal, but Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss redesigned the bridge to save the fort. "While the old fort has no military value now," Strauss said, "it remains nevertheless a fine example of the mason's art.... It should be preserved and restored as a national monument." The fort is situated directly below the southern approach to the bridge, underneath an arch that supports the roadway.
  • Preservation efforts were revived after World War II. On October 16, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed a bill creating Fort Point National Historic Site.

This is inside Fort Point.

A cannon used.
Carter is ready for battle. Watch out.Carter is enjoying his history lesson.

When we arrived you could see the bridge, not too much fog.

When we were on the top of Fort Point the fog had rolled in.
It also became VERY windy and cold. It was too much for Carter he didn't like the wind. Grandma was trying to shield him from it while I wanted a picture.
Then we went on "The Curviest Street in The U.S.," Lombard. There was actually a line to go down. The line was insanely long. The picture only shows a fraction of the cars because of the hill the rest are hidden.
We are actually driving on Lombard.Fisherman's Wharf was next on our things to do list. Us at Pier 39.

Carter does this thing where he opens his month really wide. He does it all the time.

Mark Twain said "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." August 1st and the high was 56. Carter didn't mind he had fun and even ended the trip with a smile.