Monday, December 7, 2009

He finally let me start playing Christmas music.

I did have a few decorations up before Thanksgiving, but we waited until December to actually put up the tree and decorate it. Just thought we'd share a piece of our little place with you.
$2 glitter signs from Target. Yess!

Blue tree made by my dear Mom. My roommates and I used it as our
actual
christmas tree while in college.

Blech I need to take photography classes.
But how hard is it to take a pic of a lit christmas tree?
Apparently difficult because most of the ones I took were blurry.

I just love all our blue and silver ornaments.
Once again we went with a stars and snowflakes theme.
Last year my friends noted that it looked like a Hanukkah tree.
To that we say Mozel Tav!

Yes I bought him a Darth Vader Santa bobble head.
And you know he loved it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Why I love my husband

Sarah: That baby is so cute. You know I want one sometimes, right?
Kevin: I know.
Sarah: But you know I don't really want to take care of one all the time.
Kevin: You just want to carry one around occasionally as a fashion accessory.


I love how he knows me very well yet still loves me.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Giveaway on Sarah Ann Style

Hi everyone! We haven't been posting because, well, not much has happened since our last post. I just wanted to let you know that I'm having a giveaway on my other blog - http://sarahannstyle.blogspot.com - and you just have to leave a comment over there to enter. My birthday is on Saturday and to celebrate I had a week full of wonderful guest bloggers. Please check it out if you haven't already.

Can you believe I'm 25 already? Sheesh!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Anniversary Camping Trip

So for our 2nd wedding anniversary we went camping up at Maple Canyon near Mapleton, UT. Since we've had our tent almost as long as we've been married and never used it, we thought it was time. We took Friday and Saturday off from work and drove up Friday afternoon and drove back Saturday morning. It was so nice to just relax, spend time together, eat foil dinners and s'mores, and of course, play with fire.

Our awesomely huge tent.

I love this shot of my armpit. It's the only picture of the both of us from our trip,
though, so that's what y'all get.
Oh man catching marshmallows on fire is so fun. I also got to introduce
Kevin to the magic that is s'mores made with reese's cups.



You've got a few more years before we post videos of cute little babies,
so you get this instead. Muahhahahahaha!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall already?

Can you believe that summer is totally over and that it's officially fall? I can hardly believe that school has started, college football is in full swing, the leaves have started to turn and that we just had our second wedding anniversary. That's right, folks, it's been two whole years and we're still together.

Also, some of you may or may not know my sister, Katie. Some of you may or may not know that she got married this summer. They are also still married :). Here are a few pics:



It's been a busy summer and hopefully things will slow down a bit so we can post more, but they probably won't. Kevin has work, school and is still in the bishopric (goodbye Sunday free time) and I still work full time. We're just trying to fit in enough time to see each other and get laundry done every week right now. But stay tuned to hear about our anniversary trip to go camping in Maple Canyon!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

New Job

On Monday I started a new job. I still work for the same company, but now I'm a store manager and received a significant raise. Especially in this economy, I feel so blessed to work for a company that is expanding and growing and treats its employees well.

So far I love the new job, although it's going to be a challenge. I manage a high-volume store so things are always busy, I manage more employees and I just have the feeling that I will never again be bored at work.

It's hard to believe it's been a little less than a year that I quit my job and had to have faith that things would work out. Now I have my own store and I couldn't be happier. Maybe now we'll be able to afford a TWO bedroom apartment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sarah's Talk

So last Sunday I was asked to give a talk in our church. Because Kevin is in the ward leadership (he's the second counselor in the bishopric) and we're essentially new in the congregation, our Bishop asked me to give a talk introducing us. Since it's mostly about us, I thought y'all would also like a chance to get to know us better. He did ask me to talk for 15 minutes, so it might be a lot of reading. I won't be offended if you don't read it! I did edit a few audience-specific sentences out (remember this was written for a bunch of mormon college kids), but I hope you enjoy it!


I have two favorite scriptures. The first is 1 Ne 3:7. “And it came to pass that I, Nephi said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” I discovered this scripture at a young age and Nephi's faith and courage have inspired me many times over the years.


My other favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” I discovered this scripture as a teenager at a time when I was still trying to figure out where I was headed and what I wanted out of life.



You may or may not have sensed a theme from these two scriptures, but I think the reason that these two scriptures have meant so much to me is because we can only truly be happy when we trust our Heavenly Father and do his will. I certainly try to discover and follow the Lord's will and recognize his hand in my life, but it's obviously something we all struggle with from time to time. I hope that by the time Kevin and I grow old that it can be said of us that we truly exemplify these scriptures.


I'll come back to this theme later, first it's time to talk about my favorite subject. Me. Just kidding! Bishop Paiser has asked me to introduce my husband and myself to all of you. Last night I was IMing my sister , mentioned my topic and she said, and I quote: “make them see that you guys are awesome.” My goal is just to not put too many people to sleep.


Kevin and I were born in the same year – in fact, only a couple of months apart. Other than that, our upbringings were pretty far apart. Kevin is the sixth of seven children, and I'm the oldest of two. I have a younger sister, while Kevin has a younger sister, and older sister and 4 older brothers. I was born and raised in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri; Kevin was born in Houston and grew up in North Ogden, Utah. Kevin is descended from Pioneers, while my parents are both converts and the pioneers in my family. I grew up with extended family members of many different faiths, as well as experienced being one of two members of the church in my high school. Kevin grew up in Utah, with a large extended family of members.


While our stories start off pretty different, our future together is the same. We have the same goals. We both want the same things in life and have very similar priorities. This is so important when you are choosing a spouse! Where you are headed together is infinitely more important that where you've been before.


Kevin and I graduated high school in 2002, but we didn't meet until the summer of 2006. I'll spill the juicy details of how we met, but for now I'd like to show how letting the Lord's hand direct our path helps us be truly happy. I know that Kevin and I would never have met if either one of us had ignored the promptings and guidance we received from Heavenly Father.


As a high school student, I never planned on attending BYU. I LOVE St. Louis and am pretty close to my extended family. I knew that attending a state school would be much more feasible financially for my family and, well, I just didn't know anything about BYU. On my own I had narrowed down my college search to two choices in Missouri; I prayed many times to know which of the two I should attend. I knew that this decision would affect the rest of my life, and I wanted to know where the Lord thought I would be the happiest. One day the answer randomly came to me: BYU. “How could that be?” I thought to myself. After a lot more prayers and tears, I came to understand that BYU was where the Lord truly wanted me to be. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but even before setting foot on BYU campus, I knew it was the right one.


And almost seven years later, I'm still stuck in Provo. But let's go back to Kevin's story. After high school, Kevin was called to serve in the Texas Houston East mission. He served faithfully for two years. Like most missionaries, he faced many challenges including having his apartment robbed and having his return home delayed because of a hurricane. I know that his mission wasn't easy, but I'm so proud of him for doing what the Lord wanted him to do. He might complain jokingly to me, but I know that he was blessed for faithfully following the Lord's will. After several months of working full-time after his mission, Kevin moved to Provo to attend BYU. According to Kevin, his decision to attend BYU was a little easier than mine. “I thought I'd apply, I got in, and decided to go.”


When Kevin moved to Provo and started school during spring term, I had just moved into a new apartment complex. I had planned to do a summer internship in D.C., but once again, the Lord had something completely different in mind. So I ended up deciding to work and play in Provo before my last year of college. To set the stage, I had been in singles wards for four years, so I knew a thing or two about dating at BYU. I had pretty much given up on finding love in Provo, and was excited to hurry up, graduate and leave Provo forever.


But luckily, we moved into the same ward. I was quickly called as the ward chorister, which gave Kevin the opportunity to check me out, or so he says. One night I hosted a “waffle night” party, which is the first time that I remember meeting Kevin. He showed up really early, which I thought was weird, but sweet. Over the next couple of months, we'd see each other at ward functions, talk and laugh for a bit, but I didn't really think much of it. We eventually bonded over the great music of the 80s, and we ended up hanging out in some smaller groups and got to know each other a little. I loved how he was so sweet and funny without being boring. Then I found out he was from Utah and that he was a freshman in college and I almost gave up on him. But in reality, the fact that I was a super-senior and he was a freshman, just made me realize that this might be the perfect summer fling. Don't worry, I found out later that he was thinking the exact same thing. Kevin finally got up the nerve and asked me out. To make a long story short, we ended up falling completely in love within a few months. We originally planned to move to Chicago after I graduated so that I could work in PR, and he could finish school there. Yet again, the Lord had something else in mind; we trusted the Lord and tried to rely on his understanding, not ours. It was pretty difficult for me to give up some of my dreams, but I knew that the Lord knew me better than I knew myself, and I hadn’t gone wrong following his will yet.


Obviously, we ended up staying here in Provo. We were married in the St. Louis Missouri Temple about a year and a half ago. Things are going well and we still like each other. Kevin currently works at the Provo City Library full-time (he's the guy in the blue collared shirt and tie behind the desk) and goes to BYU part-time. Kevin is majoring in English and has plans to graduate in 2030. I graduated two years ago with a degree in public relations and a business minor. I work full-time for Down East Basics and currently manage the kiosk at Provo Towne Centre. While we still plan to move out of the state in the near future, we know that for now we are following the Lord's will and that we will be blessed for it.


About a month ago President Stratton of the stake presidency met with us and asked us if we would be willing to serve in this ward, and Kevin as the second counselor. To be honest, we were pretty surprised; we weren't sure if this was something we could do very well. While meeting with President Stratton, I got the overwhelming impression that this was something that the Lord wanted us to do. I remembered the words of Nephi and knew that the Lord would provide a way for us to serve in this calling although it didn't seem to us that it would work out very easily. We are happy to serve in this ward and get to know all of you and have you get to know us.



Wow! You made it to the end! I cut it off here because then I started naming all the ways they could get in touch with us, and included a joke about us being "hip" and "cool" because we are on Twitter. But we're not cool--we're just on Twitter.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day


I Love you, Mom!
I hope that I can be half of the great mother that you are someday.

Monday, May 4, 2009

kevin, do you notice anything??

so every time i get my hair cut, i have to point it out so kevin can tell me he likes it. i seriously cut off like 5 or 6 inches today, and he didn't even flinch. i also got new glasses about two weeks ago and had to point that out to him as well. oh well. i still love him.

in other news, kevin has been called to serve in the bishopric of a local single adult ward. so basically kevin's part of the congregation's leadership, and we now attend church with a bunch of young single adults - mostly BYU students. so far things are going well and he just puts in a few extra hours at church on sunday, nothing too stressful.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

i love my job.

and my boss rocks. i got a raise at my semi-annual review--my mood matched the sunny skies today.

Friday, March 6, 2009

wow, that's a lot of pills to take.

Yesterday was the most interesting day I've had in a long time. Today made yesterday even more interesting. (Confused? Me too.)

I went to the doctor for my annual physical and was tested for strep throat since I had just caught Kevin's cold and had a pretty sore throat. Lucky me also had my (bad) knee x-rayed and of course blood drawn and endured the dreaded stirrups. Really lucky me went home with three prescriptions (yay!) and immediately called my Grandma Ruth Ann (Grandma? Where do you get those 7-day pill counter-holder things... I may need one.) AND to top it all off... I got a call today letting me know that I have an underactive thyroid, and ANOTHER PRESCRIPTION (double-triple yay)! So, I think I REALLY need one of those counter things because how am I going to keep track of all these pills?!

But on a more serious note, it's nice to know that you're not just crazy and that there's something going wrong with your body... and that it can be fixed pretty easily. I realize that this is a pretty public forum and that most people are more private than I am... but if anyone has any experiences with this whole thyroid thing, shoot me an e-mail or call, I'd love to hear from someone who has gone through the same thing!

P.S. I made the most delicious chicken noodle soup today and we are both feeling much better although there's still a lot of coughing here at the Cook home!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

So both of the Cooks are sick this week. Kevin started getting sick on Sunday and he's still sick. Once again, I started getting sick on MY DAY OFF. Blurg. But don't worry, we just have colds. Horrible, horrible colds. :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

a letter to my customers

Dear customers/mall patrons:

I have a few requests to make of you.

1. Please do not set your coffee/coke/bottle of something messy on my cart. I sell clothing and i don't trust you not to spill your drink all over it.

2. If you are drinking and holding the coffee, don't stand close and keep breathing on me. I'm desperately trying not to throw up from the smell.

3. Why are you asking me where the bathrooms/food court/motherhood maternity/victoria's secret/aeropostale/gap/store that caters to larger women(?! are you calling me fat?) is? The mall directory is right behind you. And so is customer service; it's THEIR job to help you.

4. Why do you shout questions at me from far away? Couldn't you greet me before your question? Can't you at least thank me? "Hi. Do you happen to know where the bathrooms are? Thank you." Was that so hard? Didn't think so.

5. Please don't yell at me! I don't make the policies and yelling at me just doesn't help!

6. Please don't return clothing if you're a smoker. Or at least febreeze it or something. As soon as I touch the clothing I can smell it. Just because you can't smell it anymore doesn't mean that no one else can. Do you think someone wants to buy tobacco-saturated clothing?

7. If I say "Hello, how are you today?" And you ignore me, that's being rude. In case you couldn't tell, this isn't a cell phone kiosk and I'm not going to try and sell you something you can't afford/don't want/don't need. I'm just here to help.

8. I understand that you want to see what the shirt looks like. Do you have to unfold every single one, though?

9. If you want to see what the shirt looks like, grab the one on top. Set it BACK on top when you are done. There's no reason to pull your size out from every single pile and throw them somewhere else.

10. If you change your mind about a shirt, that's fine. I don't really care. Just hand it back to me. It's annoying and rude if you leave it rumpled up hidden somewhere else. This isn't Wal-Mart, people!

11. Please don't let your kids climb on the cart. They could get hurt or break something. Also, please don't let your kids touch all the shirts. Kids have gross hands and I finally figured out they are the ones creating the stains and smudges I keep finding.

12. Please don't let your kids lay on the shirts. Are you even paying attention to them?

13. Please don't cough all over my shirts. I certainly don't want to touch that shirt you just coughed all over and left for me to re-fold.

Sincerely,
Me - the unsuspecting, innocent retail associate/waiter/salesperson that you are being unconsiderate* to.

There, that feels SO much better since I only DREAM of saying these things to people.


*The majority of my customers are very considerate: they watch their kids, they try not to mess things up to much, and are polite. However, I deal with enough inconsiderate people that it starts to get to me.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kevin's Commercial

While I still remember how to imbed YouTube videos, I thought I'd post this commercial for the Provo City Library that features my cute little Kevin. He's in both the b&w and color segments. See if you can spot him!

Butt dialing

Have you seen this T-Mobile commercial?



I don't own a blackberry, but as a proud owner of a Nokia brick phone, I occasionally forget to lock my keypad. I also occasionally slip my phone into my back pocket as I'm heading out the door. Yesterday, I did both. Apparently I butt-dialed my Dad (he was the last person I called) while driving to work. He called me and my butt back and we had a good laugh about it.

Have you ever butt-dialed someone?

Friday, February 20, 2009

I need help...

but we all knew that (ha ha). I'm putting together a Baby Shower Gift Guide for my other blog, and as I started on it, I realized that I really had no idea what new Moms want. So if you've been a new Mom or know what one would like for a baby shower/new baby gift, please share your wisdom with me. Email me or comment here or on this post. Thanks!

- Sarah

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I just wanted to say

that this season of American Idol ROCKS so far. And I've been watching since Kelly and Justin. Auditioned. I took a few seasons off bc the show was getting old, and now I'm LOVING this show again.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My Dad


thinks he's soooo funny. here he is handing me his wallet,
and his grief at spending "all" his money for my wedding.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Guess who got one of these

for free. Someone lost it at my husband's work and never came back to claim it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

I love my job because

I just got 8 shirts and a dress for FREE. By combining a great employee discount, already low prices and some Schrutebuck-like rewards for having a great holiday season, I was able to go on a shopping spree. Oh and I still have some rewards left to spend - I'll be waiting for the spring skirts to come out before I cash them in though.


want to see what we sell? check out our website: www.downeastbasics.com

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The lights at Temple Square

While Mom and Dad were in town, one of the things we did was visit Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City to see the lights. It was incredibly cold, but the lights and temple grounds were incredibly beautiful.