Hey guys, well I finally caved and made a slide show. No word of a lie, I love it. I am going to do it way more often from now on.
I promise this doesn't count as my post, I hope to find time to update this afternoon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I didn’t notice the smoke in the kitchen, and neither did the fire alarm (the battery went dead yesterday, how convenient). So there I was, chowing down on my awesomeness and then I go to clean up my dishes and get into the kitchen and it’s all like foggy and sick and it was at that point that I remembered…oops. Does apartment insurance cover stuff like that? I wonder. So I was laughing at myself for being such a dork, and I just had to take a picture to show you how great of cook I am really. As you can see on the box, my pancakes were just a tad overcooked! After that whole fiasco was over, I trotted over to Karlee’s place to make some more “Utah signs”. Jo was supposed to come, but she got caught up v-teaching. Melese got to drop by with Jace tho, which was cool, since I feel like I haven’t seen her forever! I think Karlee and I did pretty good, making 2 signs for myself and 3 for her, amidst the gossip and chatter. Josh came to pick me up around 9:30 and we ended up talking some more until about 10:30. It was nice just to talk with friends, and I wish there were more time in the day for it. If only everyday was a weekend, huh Karlee? Haha.
So that was my evening. It was good, but since I wasn’t in bed at my usual 9:30, I am tired out already and it hasn’t even hit 10 am!
Posted by Julia at 8:32 AM
Monday, October 22, 2007
It started with a Friday evening with the girls. The guys wanted to go to a SMU football game so the ladies got together, ate chips and chatted. It was lots of fun, and there were lots of kiddies to steal, Emmy, Jace, Chloe, Gracie, Tate and Ilie. They all looked 100% cute in their jammies, and I wish I would have worn mine too. I think the cutest moment was when Chloe came down the stairs with my high heals on! I was like “aw, I want a kid so she can steal my shoes!” So I had to take a picture of that, and then Gracie with my phone, her little cheesie hands loved it. On Saturday Josh and I woke up to begin our day of anniversary celebrations! We went to a couples massage at the Interlude Spa for 10:15am, which was super awesome and relaxing. It’s too bad it was raining so hard that all my tension built back up by having to drive in it. But yea, it was so nice.
Then we got home and just “hung out” for a bit. We put in the movie Transformers and relaxed on the couch before heading to supper at the Keg. Supper was pretty much stellar. We had so much to eat that they practically had to roll me out afterwards. The steak was amazing and the dessert (however small it was) was delicious too. Here is a picture of us all full and happy (and my flowers, with the lillies open, so pretty).We then tried to go see a movie, but the one we wanted to see wasn’t playing at the theatres we were at, so we went home. Once home, we opened up our wedding cake topper and had a few bites. Josh was super surprised to find out that it actually tasted just as good as it did on our wedding day. I won’t lie, it was pretty darn yummy. We saved half of it so that our first baby can have it on their first birthday. I don’t know if that’s a tradition, but I am making it one.
Side note from my publicist: There is a nasty little rumor going around that I am pregnant and I just want to put a halt to that now. I am not sperminated. End of story.
So after we finished eating our cake we went to lay on the couch and then I was like “I am tired” and Josh was like “want to go to bed” and I was like “yes”, I then looked at the clock where it promptly reminded me that it was only 9 pm…but did that stop us…NO. We were asleep by 10! I know I know, we’re not very exciting, but I loved it.
We woke up the next morning and got ready for stake conference, where we sat with Josh’s family and the Taylor’s. I think we all agreed that it was warmer than a sauna in there. We could hardly concentrate because we were too busy boiling.
When we got home we had planned for naked nacho Sunday but then we ended up at the Calder’s (fully clothed) playing Settlers. It was pretty awesome, until Kevin won. A few others showed up and we hung out for a bit before Josh dragged me out since he had a midterm to study for. All good. I was in bed by 9:30 again, which was awesome. And that was that. Oh, and the Bronco’s won over the Stealers. Yay. (Haha, I am not really excited but I pretend to be for Josh!!) Yay babe, your team is the best!
Side note #2: Here is a picture of the happy Morris Family! Mummy and baby are doing great. I am excited to see more pictures, and will post when I get them.
Posted by Julia at 10:43 AM
Friday, October 19, 2007
Of course I took a picture, so enjoy that. I am happy because I am enjoying the smell of them right here in front of me! Yay. I love him. I'm all giddy now!
Hope you all have a super spectacular wonderful fantastical day!
Posted by Julia at 9:25 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Um, so don’t tell anyone, but I seriously think I love knitting! I went to this knitting thing on Tuesday and I had tons of fun, and I brought my work in progress with me to work today. See, we started this “club” called the Kinky Knitters (dorky and I love it), where we are going to meet every second Tuesday. Really I think it’s a great idea, since a bunch of girls get together and knit and socialize and it’s great. Here is a picture of Jo, Renae and I enjoying our time together. Also, that evening before I went to the knitting thing, I went out to supper with my cool friend Kiel. It was cool! Haha. We went to Lonestar, which I hate, but he’s good company so I got over it. We got to chat for a bit and he and his friend drove me to Eileen’s afterwards. I just had to get a picture of us enjoying my flat bread meal, since that’s practically all I ate (seriously, I don’t love it there at all). Finally, yesterday, as part of my mental health day off from work, I went to lunch with Melese, Jo and Karlee. It was nice to get out with them and by the time I got home that evening I was feeling 100% better and ready to go back to work. Of course, I got a picture of us at the restaurant too. So I am pretty sure this blog is all over the place and may not even make sense, but I’m over it! Hope you all have a good day, and all you bloggers, don’t forget to comment you fools.
Posted by Julia at 10:07 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I am quite impressed with myself for posting so much recently. I think it's because I was used to posting everyday for my Utah trip, that now I feel lonely without blogging. Haha.
Posted by Julia at 2:56 PM
Monday, October 15, 2007
Lots of stuff that has been going on since I started my Utah updates, so now I am behind on that, so I'll do a quick recap.
1) Went to the beach with the Allred’s, Buxton’s and Taylor’s. It was good times with the toasty fire to keep us somewhat warm. Josh didn’t have a problem with the cold tho, he and Donny went into the water. It was darn cold! Such silly boys. I just have to post this picture because I think they look like backstreet boys don’t you think?
2) Celebrated Dave's b-day at the Stag. It was like October somethingth and we got to eat on the patio. That's pretty great.
4) We got to make Halloween signs at church the other evening. Mine turned out ok, but my sparkles didn’t go on like I wanted. Everyone’s signs looked super good, and we had a lot of fun doing them. But seriously, it took me like 2.5 hours to do my sign. It was nuts, but I was glad to have friends like Jo and Jes to chat with. Haha, just hit me, the 3 J's, Jo, Jes, and Julia. Hahahha, I am a dork.
5) I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOLYNNE! I am so glad that you moved up here to cold ol’ Canada. Hope it’s a good one friend.
Posted by Julia at 10:29 AM
Friday, October 12, 2007
Ok, so I have to say, popcorn is one of my favourite snacks and the other day I was getting groceries with Ashley and she said that her and Chad just pop it on the stove, since a big bag of kernels is like 2 bucks and I usually pay like 6 bucks for 12 servings, so here I am like...alright, I am going to try this, and you know what, it was darn good (not as good as Melese's cause she's got a popper and some yummy butter) but I try. So pretty much every night when I am craving a snack I just pop some good ol' corn. Yay.
Ohh the anticipation kills me!
Posted by Julia at 10:36 AM
My last day in Utah. It really hit me when I woke up that it was my last full day of fun, and that Sharee didn’t have her baby yet, which sucked. Aubrey and I knew that it was going to be mall day, as we had yet to hit up Gateway! We also hadn’t done a session at the temple either. So we got our Sunday best on and made our way (after checking to make sure it was open this time) to the SLC Temple. We did a 9 am session and it was awesome. It’s a totally different experience that everyone should try to do at least once. I had a good time, but honestly, I think I like the way we do it here better. Just a personal preference.
So after that we met up with Sharee at the Olive Garden where I wolfed down the best pasta dish ever. We totally need an OG here. No lie.
So then we went to Gateway. It was a really nice warm day which was perfect for shopping. My first store was Forever 21, which I found some really great stuff, but I think I’ll prefer shopping online to in the store, it’s crazy in there. P.S They are going to start shipping to Canada soon, yay! Then we did all the other stores that we don’t have up here. I decided that I don’t like Hollister and Abercrombie’s atmosphere. The music is WAY too loud and it’s too dark inside to appreciate the clothing on the shelves. It was more annoying that inviting, but I still bought stuff. Well for Josh, cause he likes their jeans.
We ended the day with a trip to Ben’s Cookies where they have these yummy warm cookies and ice cream and it was awesome and I couldn’t eat it all and I had milk to wash it down and it was totally fantastic and I am drooling thinking about it now. Yum. We were totally tired after our long day out, and so we picked up some Café Rio and headed over to Aubrey’s aunts house to watch the season premiere of Grey’s. It was a perfect way to end my vacation. Maxin’ and relaxin’. Just wish I had one of these love sacs to lay on all the time!
Posted by Julia at 9:28 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Alright, so this morning we drove home from Cedar City and all of its shenanigans. We dropped Meghan off at her parents place and then went to Aubrey’s friend Nancy’s house for a visit. Nancy has a little boy, Zach, and he’s pretty much the funniest little man ever. He LOVES BYU and plans to go there “when he grows up”. We then met up with Melissa for lunch at the Brick Oven and it was really yummy. Tragically, I wasn’t super hungry and couldn’t eat everything I had wanted to. Darnnit! So we finished eating up there, Melissa was on her lunch break so we didn’t have all the time in the world to hang out, but it was still fun, and then we headed to the BYU Bookstore where I purchased the one thing I truly wanted, a BYU sweater (which I am wearing in the picture below, totally posing as a "y" to match the one on the mountain!)I was so stoked. I love wearing it now, like all the time, I am sure you can all attest to that. So yea, and I thought it was cool because the bookstore was also like a clothing store and it had shoes for 20 bucks and it was awesome and I want to go back now just thinking about it.
On our travels from Provo to SLC we stopped at the Provo Temple, the MTC, and Mount Timpanogas (sp?) Temple to take pictures. I really liked the Mount T one, and hope one day to do a session there.
Finally we made it back after all that side tracking (thanks to Aubrey and her excellent guide help, I was able to do plenty of touristy temple stops) and we met up with Nancy and Zach at the Olde Spaghetti Factory. It was also super yummy (I wasn’t very hungry there either, since we ate at the Brick Oven not too many hours earlier) and so Aubrey and I just split a meal. Also, we were trying to conserve our calorie intake for our trip to the Roof restaurant for the all you can eat dessert buffet, which is where we went after we finished saying our goodbyes to Nancy.
Now, I must tell you that our visit to the Roof made me feel super special. See we have a friend Jeff Van Houlten (who actually served here as well) who is the evening manager there, and so he reserved us a very special seat (the seat where they filmed the movie Charley as well as many others). Sorry for the fuzzy picture, but I wanted to get the temple all lit up, so no flash!So we got there and he seated us and told our waiter that we were VIP so it was cool. And cooler still, the King and Queen of Portugal were eating just a table over. It was crazy! Rumor is that they were in town to meet with President Hinkley, but who really knows. If they were though, I am super jealous. But yea, Aubrey and I spent some good quality time talking over 3 trips up to the buffet, each time filling out plates with some new tastes. It was insane. By the end of it we were feeling quite ill and had to be rolled to the car! Oh and there was a piano man in the restaurant taking requests and when it was someone’s b-day as they brought over the dessert he would play Happy Birthday and it was so cool.
So yea, it was awesome, and I loved looking out over the temple, and the city. It was just spectacular. It was an awesome day full of….eating mainly!
Posted by Julia at 10:14 AM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
So today we traveled to Cedar City, which is like a 3 hourish drive from SLC, well I think it was that long, but it seemed longer, not sure why. Maybe it was because I was super excited to be going to Bryce Canyon to see all the red rocks. In any case, we finally got there and we went to check into the hotel we had looked up online, and it was a dive, like super dive and the woman wanted to see our id’s before we even asked questions, so we were like…no way.
We decided to continue the hunt for shelter after getting back from the canyon. So we drove up and it was an awesome drive and the leaves on the trees were all yellow, which was nice, but I have to say I love all of our different colors here more. We got to take some fun pictures (in the picture above, I was sure I was going a over tea kettle into the great abiss!) and I have to say my favourite part of the day was when we got to go horseback riding. I got to pick out the horse I wanted and I was stoked, but then not so stoked when I found out that mine was lazy and didn’t want to keep up with the others and would get down on it’s knees and eat the grass, not listening to me telling him to get up and oh my! Lol. The girls kept telling me to kick him so he’d get a move on, and I tried, but he was not having any of that! It was all good tho, we had an amazing tour and got to see some great sites. I got this wicked picture of me riding into the deep blue and I asked them to take the picture and they were like “are you ready” and I was like “yup” with this big grin on my face for the camera…only realzing afterwards that I didn’t need to smile because it was a picture of my behind! Meghan (Aubrey’s sister) thought it was funny. I am a dork! So we got back down the mountains and decided to check into the Quality Inn since it had a pool and Aubrey invited boys over for her to flirt with! We had a good time in the pool and then we got hungry so we went to Denny’s and it was awesome. Mainly because I had never been to one before and because our waitress was crazy and had her guitar and started singing REM and it was funny. Hahaha, I think about it now and laugh. Wish you were there to see it. And one of the guys I met was from here in NS (guy in red sitting next to me) and it was cool because he knows Ashley and it just proves that it’s a small world after all. Especially if you’re a member! So yea, that was our night. I was tuckered out from the hiking and the riding and all, so the three of us didn’t even mind that we shared one king bed. It was awesome.
Posted by Julia at 9:48 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
So it was raining today, again (but it later got sunny). Aubrey and I got up early to go to a session at the SLC temple, but quelle surprise, they are not opened on Monday’s. At all. I thought maybe for the morning, but I guess planning for FHE takes all day! So we were a little sour about that, since we had gotten all dressed up and had our temple bags etc. The anger was short lived tho, because the rest of temple square was still open. Bonus! So Aub and her roomie Natalie took me around. So we got to do all the touristy things (‘cause that’s what I was) and I think my favourite part was seeing the Christus. It was flippin’ big!The whole day was great because the Spirit was so strong and again I was glad I was there with Aubrey. Everyone was asking where I was from and Aubrey was like a proud mama telling them she taught me on her mission, and that she got to be my “mum” in the temple. I just love her.
In between our Temple Square tours, we went to….CAFE RIO! It was amazing, you people are right. I miss it now just thinking about it. Mmmmm. Ok, enough. But seriously, good times. I even had Aub take a picture of me and my excitedness!!! So then after my long day being a tourist from Halifax (Nova Scotia? It’s about as far east as you can go in Canada….oh, lightbulb!) we went to Sharee’s for supper. Honestly, I can’t say I was excited to go, but only because I wanted her to be in the hospital having a baby! But oh well, supper was still cool lol. We didn’t get to hang out too long after supper because we had made plans with Jason Hainsworth (Elder Hainsworth?!) to meet up. So we did. And we ended up going to Aubrey’s aunts place because she has a hot tub. It was fun, but as Karlee already said, it was weird seeing a post-missionary (the one who did my baptism interview!) outside of a suit. It was fun tho. He and Aubrey are friends, so it was all gravy, and it was a nice end to the night. I ended up in bed still prune-y from the hot water! So yay, another post done! I need a kick in the pants for taking so long!
Posted by Julia at 11:40 AM
Friday, October 5, 2007
So on Sunday we did the church thing and I have to say, it’s so different down there. Aubrey is in the University 15th ward!!! It makes me laugh haha, 15th!!! We’re lucky to have two (not that the singles even really counts ‘cause there are like 20 people!)
So there were 2 speakers, one from the ward, and then Elder Larson was #2. I don’t know if you all know that name, but he used to be in the 70 and maybe even the 12. He was amazing and I really enjoyed his talk. He spoke about giving back to your community (in their case, university) and really just living it up. He was the cutest old man and he had a similar air about him as President Hinkley. That twinkle, you know the one I am talking about. I wish we had more visitors like that up here in Halifax.
After church we went to Sharee’s parents house for her brothers homecoming. I am not going to lie, it was the best food ever. They had thai food brought in and I ate it right up! Talking about it now makes me crave it. Mmm. We got to do a little photoshoot of the three of us in Sharee’s beautiful backyard, which I don’t have the good pictures from because Sharee couldn’t send them to be because she’s all pregnant and stuff. Correction: she WAS pregnant, and now she’s a new mum!! Brady Lamar was born yesterday (Thursday, October 4th) weighing in at 9lbs 9oz. Holy quarterback!I will post pictures as soon as I get them. For now, back to my Sunday events. So yea, we left Sharee’s and then went to Aubrey’s friends place for some more food (enchiladas) and conversation before the fireside. Now, firesides here are like nothing compared to out there. Like as in, there were over 6000 single university students attending this one, and we’re lucky to get like 60 on any given thing. And we had an awesome speaker…Elder Holland!!! He was awesome. I never thought of him as one of my favourite to listen to, but he was funny as all get out! I felt very blessed to be there.
After the fireside a bunch of people were getting together for dessert, but I was so tired I got Aubrey to drop me to her place before she went. I wanted her to go because this guys she was dating was there, but I couldn’t handle it. So I popped in a movie and fell asleep before her return.
That was my day three. I wish I could still be there. Every time I think about something fun I did there I miss it more! I miss the girls, we had some good times...like this moment. "I think I just threw up in my mouth a little" Haha. Inside joke...
Thanks for checking in dudes.
Posted by Julia at 8:47 AM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
So upon waking up at Aubrey’s parents place, we ate some breakfast and decided we should plan our activities for le jour. I really really wanted to spend some money, so we knew shopping was on the agenda. However, it was raining so we knew it wasn’t going to be a Gateway day!
We settled on the University Mall, which was all good with me. Oh and before we did that we got to go to a distribution centre and it was cool. I wish we had ones around here so I didn’t have to order things and pay shipping. There was also a Deseret Books and so we went in and Aubrey bought the coolest picture ever. I wish I had taken a picture of it cause it was so nice. So yea, by the time we were done there we were hungry, so we went to this place called Noodles and Company. It was sooo yummy. Here’s a picture of that. I pretended I was super good at eating with chop sticks..but I wasn’t. So yea, then we went shopping and it was super good times. My new favourite store is Charlotte Reuss (thanks Karlee for mentioning it!) It super cheap there and I LOVE their jeans. I also bought my first ever Wonder Tees. It was the highlight of my life. I ended up bringing 4 back with me, and I want more!
After our day of shopping we decided on the Garden for dinner (in the Joseph Smith Memorial Bldg) and it was awesome. I got some great pictures of the temple and the food was stellar. On our way out we decided to watch the Joseph Smith movie (the one that replaced the Testaments). Aubrey handed me a Kleenex on the way in and I was thinking “I wont need this”. Boy was I wrong. I was like a baby in there. The spirit was sooo strong. I have never felt that way before. It was intense and I was appreciative that I got to share that with Aubrey (she’s the sister missionary who taught me). Even now I am thinking about it and I just can’t explain how much it meant to be for her to be there.
So yea, after the movie I was done for the night. We made it to bed around 12, which with the time difference made it 3 am!!! WAY TO LATE. But I was having fun, so who cares! Check back later for day 3!
Posted by Julia at 9:49 AM
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Hey guys, so I have decided to break it down day by day, since I have too much to write in just one post and everyone will stop reading by the second page, lol. So here we go.
Day 1: Friday, September 21st
Josh and I got up around 6 am and left at 7 am to make it to my flight at 9 am. After checking in we had some spare time so we hung out and watched the sun come up over the landing strip. Here is a picture of us, I don’t think Josh even brushed his teeth, he rolled out of bed and got in the car!My flight to Toronto was just under 2 hours long and it was a nice flight. I flew WestJet and really enjoyed myself. The flight attendants were really funny and super friendly. I got to sit in my own row and sprawled out to have a cap nap with my fuzzy blanket, and I watched TLC on their satellite tvs.
Once in Toronto, I picked up my baggage and made my way through customs. I had a HUGE 6 hour layover and so I bought tons of rag mags and some candy to entertain me. I tried to arrange to meet up with my brother, but he had school so he couldn’t make it out. Finally, after a long long wait I got to board my plane to Utah. It was really exciting, for about 15 minutes. Then I was bored again. Thank heavens Beckey’s kids let me borrow one of their dvd players so I could watch a movie. I would have gone bonkers without it.
So 4 hours later we were landing in SLC (6:30 pm their time, 9:30 ours). I was wiped out from the day of traveling until I saw the mountains! It was awesome. I was looking around trying to find the temple, but I couldn’t because I was on the wrong side of the plane, but I saw TONS of mountains. It was so cool. This is a picture from the airport parking lot. I was just in awe of the mountains, I had to take a picture. You'll see in later posts that I end up taking a lot of mountain pictures.When I got off the plane Aubrey was waiting right there for me because she had just gotten off a plane from California. I was soooo excited to see her. It had been almost a year (the last time I saw her was at my wedding). So we got my luggage and she showed me to the crew room where she goes to work and then we were off to discover Utah!
First we went to her apartment and rushed to get ready for a wedding reception that night for her friend Ashley. I though it would be weird to just show up, but it was nice. I got to meet some of Aubrey’s friend AND Sharee was there! It’s been a year since I had seen her to and I got to meet her husband Court and it was just great. One of the coolest things though was that they had ColdStone ice cream for a treat and I got the brownie one with gummy bears and sprinkles. It was awesome, you guys were right!
After the reception we drove to Springville, where Aubrey’s parents live, and we spent the night there. It was so nice to see Mark and Wendy (Aub’s parents) again. I met them last summer and I just think they are great. It was too bad we didn’t get to hang out more, but they were going to San Francisco early the next morning, and they were gone the whole time I was there. Maybe next time! So that was my night. I’ll leave you with some pictures of Aubrey’s house. This first one is a picture of what they see when they walk out their front door. The mountains are like, boom, right there. It was so nice. Here is a picture of their house. It doesn’t do it justice really, it was 100% prettier than what is captured here. I called it “the house on Wysteria Lane” like from Desperate Housewives, because it was just sooo pretty. So that was day one. I might post another one this afternoon, but if not, than I promise tomorrow morning.
Thanks for being so patient :)
Posted by Julia at 9:12 AM
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Well, I am not sure who of you know, but Josh has been wanting a flat panel television for a little while now, and last night his dream came true. We went out about 7:30 last night and purchased a 32" LDC tv, and by 9:30 last night, the football game was on :( hahaha. Josh is in heaven, well he will be once our hi-def cable is hooked up (sometime this week I imagine). So here is a picture of our new child. Fuzzy for now, but crystal clear Grey's Anatomy...here I come! Ok, so don't tell Josh, but I am semi excited about the purchase. It was a lot of money, but I think it's worth it. Maybe...ask me in a week.
Posted by Julia at 11:41 AM