Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday Fun

Lots has been happening since our last post. The best of which is we got to visit family in New Mexico for Thanksgiving, we celebrated our 12th anniversary and Michael had a birthday! Above is a picture of him as a baby with his sister-in-law and nieces. Sorry we don't have more pics to post - we have been having so much fun lately we forgot to take photos :).

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with family and friends and were especially blessed to spend some time with Michael's oldest brother and his wife this year. We are looking forward to the adventures 2012 will bring.

Friday, October 14, 2011

More "Circle City" Fun

Here are some of our photos from Indy. What fun it was to have such an adventure!
Below: Sister Sneed (who came from our ward back in California) fresh out of the MTC and serving in Carmel, IN

We took a drive one Saturday and found The Dan Quayle Museum!

Michael had a trip to Gorbel in New York and couldn't pass up the chance to visit Palmyra...

I LOVE this picture he took!

During "In-Doc Week" at Bastian, the company took everyone to the Indiana State Fair...

For a special dinner during In-Doc Week, they treated everyone to the very fancy Hollyhock Hill which was given the title of BEST Fried Chicken in America by Travel & Leisure...

On another Saturday drive around the great state of Indiana we spotted this Giant guy with an ice cream cone and couldn't resist...

On Labor Day we drove out to Ohio again to see the...

Wright Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Museum!!! It was Fantastic!

Michael spent a week in Atlanta, Georgia where they have this awesome law (so does Indiana)...

One evening in Carmel we decided to go to Bub's Burgers (of Travel Channel's Man vs Food fame). And Michael tackled the BIG UGLY...

Adam Richmond ate two...

Michael polished off one and won himself a spot on the wall of fame! Forever linked to this amazing restaurant.

Zionsville - one of the shop keepers said it is like Mayberry - pretty close!

Around the office...

We have a few more adventures to post about but we have to get the photos off the cell phone first. What a great time we had exploring Indiana!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Just a little update...we are in Modesto now. Michael LOVED his job with Bastian Material Handling. We enjoyed our time in Carmel, IN and were looking forward to the new adventures in Pomona, CA with the company but Michael was offered an Astronomy teaching position at MJC. One which, after much thought and prayer, he decided to accept. I was heartbroken to be leaving the Bastian family so soon but we are excited to see where this new position will take us. I guess if everything turned out the way you wanted it to or thought it would life would be pretty boring. I don't think either one of us thought we would be back so soon, yet here were are...hoping for good things to come. :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pourin' Like an Avalance Comin' Down the Mountain

We've all had those times where the old adage "When it Rains, it pours" exemplifies the place we are currently in life. I won't lie, I have been feeling like that recently. What with being in a new city, without our family or our friends, living in a hotel for 3 months waiting for training to end so our life can begin. With my mother going from campground to jail to basically homeless and out of contact with everyone, with the opportunity to adopt a beautiful baby boy slipping through our fingers all the while searching frantically for a place in L.A. that we can afford to rent. I know that many of our friends and family are going through similar rough times and for that matter so is most of the country. I feel bad just typing complaints because I'm afraid it makes me seem ungrateful for the things we do have. Sometimes I hope for better days but then I remember a quote from Marjorie Paye Hinkley:

"The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead."

So, today, I got up early and fixed my hair and make-up, put on a nice outfit and a scarf I knitted

And I thought about the things I am grateful for, and why these are the best days, not be wished away. We have a sort of family motto in our household and it goes like this...

We can not direct the wind but we can adjust the sails
and I feel the winds of change a blowin' :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Something Lovely and of Good Report

Just a few of my favorite things...

"The grand and the simple. They are equally wonderful."
- Marjorie Pay Hinkley

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl (or handsome guy :) for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."
-Albert Einstein

Mashed potatoes
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Dancing in the Kitchen
The movie Elf

Minute 45:33 "KETCHUP"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Greetings From Indiana

It was a Super Saturday here in Indianapolis. Michael took me out to the Indiana State Fair (This year's theme was "The Year of the Soybean") :)

Below are some of our favorite Home Economics Entries:

For some reason these three painted gourds cracked Mike up. It was hilarious to see!

The fashion show below gave us both a good chuckle. It was a 4-H fashion show with amazing clothes the girls had sewn themselves, set to the music of the sweet old lady on the organ in the bottom right of the photograph. She was playing lots of hymns and funeral-type marches for the girls to walk down the runway to.

We indulged ourselves with a few of our favorite fair food treats including corn dogs, fried dill pickles and lemon shake-ups as well as multiple cups of delicious chocolate milk from the milk barn. We also visited the livestock barns - the draft horses were phenomenal! After that we took a ride around the fair on the soybean oil powered tractor ride for 75 cents a person.

We skipped the midway rides but we did visit the Germany village exhibit complete with garden gnomes - which also made Mikey laugh (and that made me laugh).

After a morning at the State Fair, Michael took me downtown to the Canal District for a paddle boat ride. Along the way we saw Lucas Oil Stadium (the home of this year's Super Bowl).
The paddle boat canal goes right through downtown and is about a mile and a half one way. We had so much fun sight seeing and paddling along in the heat. Here are some of the things we got to see...

I know what you are thinking! How can a day like this get better? We thought it was perfect until we passed the Chicken Limo on our way home! I wonder who rents that thing?

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful husband who misses me when I am away, who takes me out for creative dates and still makes me laugh every day! Mikey, just being with you makes everything more fun.