Thursday, July 31, 2008

Our St. Louis trip - 4th of July weekend

Now that we've been back for almost a month, it's time to write about our wonderful trip to my homeland (St. Louis, not Germany). It was Kevin's THIRD trip to St. Louis, and it wasn't long enough. It didn't really seem like a vacation, but it felt so good to not have to go to work, to sleep in a little, and to be out of Utah.

We left in the car about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, and drove straight through. We took turns driving and napping (wait, we alternated who slept and who napped...). We ate lots of junk food in the car, we saw lots of flat land in Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. We paid lots of money to gas up our car, but luckily thanks to empty roads at night and cruise control we got GREAT gas mileage. My parents thought it was a dangerous idea, but we LOVED driving through the night; the roads were pretty clear, we didn't have to stop much and the person who wasn't driving could sleep pretty easily in the dark. Once the sun came up, however, we were annoyed by truckers, slow drivers, and of course, ROAD CONSTRUCTION. Overall the driving part wasn't too bad; I didn't get lost until we got to Missouri! I accidentally drove into Kansas when trying to circumvent Kansas City, and without mountains to act as my compass, I accidentally went North instead of South when we were about 15 minutes away from our destination. It all worked out and we made the trip from Provo to St. Louis in about 19 hours total.

We stayed with my Aunt Cindy and cousin Miranda; they were kind enough to stay behind from the trip to the lake to spend some time with us. It was great to catch up on family gossip and have some fun girl time. We dragged Kevin to the mall on Thursday - luckily we met up with my parents and Katie and had lunch at CPK (yum!) so Kevin could go to the movie store with Dad. We had a great time going to all the girlie stores like Sephora, Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body works. I usually drag Kevin shopping with me or I go by myself, so it was really nice to have people to go with!

We spent some time with the Heitman clan on Thursday night; I love my grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. I really miss being far apart from them here in Utah! Even though Miranda accidentally gouged a hole in my shin with her toenail, it was pretty fun (I love you girl, but there's a scar now). Some of the family went to TGIF for lunch the next day; this was where Emma painted our fingernails at the table. She painted mine and Katie's with straight sparkle nail polish. She was actually pretty good for a five-year-old. The trip to the zoo was pretty funny. We watched a giraffe pee on another giraffe's head and watched monkeys pick each other's bottoms. Typical zoo entertainment. The best entertainment would have to be my cousins:

I'm not sure how Emma got a hold of him, but it was pretty funny. I guess Logan likes to run away. I think eventually my Dad got to take a turn trying to keep up with him.

My mother's favorite thing to do for 4th of July is to go downtown and see the fireworks at the Arch. Unfortunately, due to flooding, we couldn't get very close to the action and the show just wasn't that great compared to our past experiences. It was still nice just to be there, and it made Mom very happy to have us all in our matching shirts:

The highlight of the trip came the day we left: Ruth Ann Kraemer, or Grandma Ruth Ann, was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 30 years after meeting the missionaries and going to church off an on, she has finally decided to take that leap of faith. I couldn't be more proud of her; I know her decision wasn't easy but I know she will always be so grateful that she did. Of course my sweet mother volunteered her entire family to help out :). Mom, Grandma's oldest daughter, gave the baptism talk. I gave the talk on the Holy Ghost, I was the pianist and I accompanied Katie during her beautiful vocal solo. Kevin gave one of the prayers and my father also participated. Grandma was baptized in the Washington chapel, the same building that Dad, Katie and I were baptized in!

It was great to see Jonathon Roberts again; he officiated at our ring ceremony, attended our sealing and was one of the missionaries that brought the "good news" to my family back in the 1970s. I wish more people had the courage and faith that my sweet grandmother has. Hopefully I'll be able to take another trip out in a year and we can drag her to the temple! (Joke...)

On the drive home we ended up stopping overnight in Nebraska, nabbed the last room available in the Lincoln area it seemed like and ended up staying in a suite. Those AmericInn hotels are really nice and not that expensive.

Well, that was long and I bet none of you are still reading, but that's ok because I wouldn't be either :). It was a fun trip and I'm just glad our marriage survived! (another joke...)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Birthday Boy

We had a low-key celebration for Kevin's b-day. I was the first one to wish him a happy birthday at 12:01 Sunday night, and we both stayed up late reading in bed (one of Kevin's favorite things to do). I suprised him with cupcakes at work. Apparently, a co-worker of his bought him a cake for his birthday, but I arrived shortly after that was scarfed down so I had perfect timing. I just used a yellow cake mix and made chocolate cream cheese frosting (sorry, forgot to take pictures before they all got eaten, too). Gave him his presents: A DVD of Star Wars: A New Hope, and a shelf for his shoes that I put together and in the closet with shoes organized on it before he got home. We went to Red Robin for dinner (forgot our camera) and I made him his favorite dessert:

banana cream pie! Visit my other blog for the how-to. Kevin isn't crazy about birthdays, but I think I spoiled him just enough so he'll start liking them!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kevin!

My dear, sweet Kevin turns the ripe, old age of 24 today. I'm glad he's older and wiser than me, even if it's only by a couple of months. I can't believe the last couple of years have gone by so quickly - and I can't believe I've only known him that long. He is truly my best friend and always will be.

Happy Birthday, babe!

Friday, July 25, 2008

HGTV watch out

We moved into our new apartment in April, but we've been gradually setting up and decorating our new place. What started out as a huge pile of boxes in the living room is starting to look and feel like a home. Thanks to a few of my mother's finds, a recent trip to Wal-Mart and well, having lots of extra time on my hands, I finally finished... the bathroom!

TA DA! Tiny, yes? I actually love that our vanity/sink combo is outside the bathroom, so that I can put on makeup while Kevin is showering, or whatever. Even though that means we have a very tiny bathroom, it works.

I adore this shower curtain. I bought it a couple of years ago at Wal-Mart. It's black and white and features little drawings of global landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Leaning tower of Pisa, and a kangaroo (I don't get it either, but it's a landmark in Sydney apparently.

My genius mother spotted these at some craft store, knew they would match my shower curtain PERFECTLY and bought them for me. What a nice lady!

See? Perfect match!!

The finishing touches were my white bathroom scale from IKEA (I think cost me about $5), my favorite candles (bought 50% off from B&BW for $10 total), a metal tray from Wal-Mart (less than $3) and some cute stones from Michael's (also less than $3). So for about $20 you can really make a difference to a small room. Even Kevin said, "I love our bathroom. It looks great. Now I have something to look at when I pee." Thanks... at least he noticed!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Much belated.. Happy Mother's and Father's Day!!

I found my card reader - yay! So now you are going to start seeing random pictures from the last few months as well as start seeing more pictures on our posts. For now we'll just show you what we got each other for Mother's and Father's Day this year:

Here's my Mother's Day present from Kevin: a tanzanite and diamond necklace. Isn't it pretty?

He also got me a DVD of Enchanted and a beautiful bouqet of flowers.

What did I get Kevin? A tie, what else? This kid has more than 100 ties but he can never have enough. Usually he doesn't like the ties I like, but this one was a winner - and it even matched his new green shirt. Doesn't he look so cute? I'm pretty sure I also took him to Red Robin for Father's Day, even though we do that almost every weekend.

We're so grateful for our parents and everything they've done for us. For mother's day I got my mom a black bra from Victoria's Secret and for Father's Day I found Dad Season 1 of M*A*S*H at Costco. We got Kevin's mom some flowers and we're still waiting to hear what restaurant she wants to be taken to (hint, hint).

Friday, July 18, 2008

So long, farewell, I wish I knew how to spell goodbye in German...

I promise there are good reasons for our long blogging absence. Yes the standard "we've been really busy", does apply. We took a week long "vacation" (I love them to death, but is visiting family really ever a vacation?) to St. Louis - and yes we drove almost 3,000 miles roundtrip.

But mostly, there's been nothing to blog about. One of my friends complains about her job on her blog, but she is very clever and makes all of her stories very funny and entertaining. We decided to spare all of you reading about our boring lives and frustrating jobs.

But as of yesterday, I am no longer employed by the largest specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products. I love the company and their products and have no complaints about the company as a whole. However, I have never been so unhappy at a job in my life as I have been the last couple of months. When you spend 40 hours a week (or more) someplace where you are unhappy, it starts to affect you. Also, when you're busy working 40 hours a week, it's very hard to find something better! So, I've decided to look for something that will help me use some of the skills I learned in college; hopefully things will go well!

So, I'll be looking for a job, blogging more often, keeping up with the laundry and dishes, eating less takeout food, cooking more often, going to church every Sunday, over the next little while. It's a little scary but mostly liberating. I'm excited for the new adventure around the corner!