Sunday, June 19, 2011


Happy Father's Day!
We are so grateful to have two amazing fathers. Stuart and I feel so very blessed to have been raised by wonderful examples who have instilled in us strong values and have made us into the people we are today.

My Father is an amazing man. He is one of the hardest working people I know and is a great example of the rewards of hard work. Even with a busy schedule, he always makes time for his family. He would do anything for his family and ALWAYS puts them first. He is always supportive of your goals and really pushes you to succeed and reach your full potential. He is so smart and I feel like he always has the answers to everything. We love him so much and greatly appreciate all that he does for us.

We are so glad that we have been able to do so many fun things with Dad like rock climbing, cycling, skiing, sledding, and shooting. Dad is always there to give us advice and to talk with us about ANYTHING. We have cherished the time that we have been able to be so close to him and to the family. We love him so much and are so grateful to have someone like him around!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lunch Date

Today I got to go to lunch with a lady in the ward here and it was just SO great. It seems like a silly thing to post about, but I really have no social interaction all day and just study (GRE). Truly, I never leave. We met up for lunch at the mall and just talked about life. She is in her thirties now, but she moved here with her husband when they were around our age. It was so nice to hear her views on the area, pros and cons, etc. Overall it was just so nice to have some girl talk! It didn't matter that she was ten years older than me, I was just happy to chat and be out in the world. Sadly her family is leaving the area soon, but it is fun while they are here! Having the church is such a wonderful way to make friends and be connected to amazing people. Also I am SO grateful that I get to start my job on Monday. It has been too long since I have contributed to society. I feel so blessed that I got a job and that I get to work with kids. Ahh...I can't wait! (I feel like we are leaving soon and I am just starting my job. Better late than never right?)

Stuart and I ran yesterday. Again, not that exciting. I can't remember the last time we did though. It felt SO good. Two mile loop. We are thinking of making it a nightly thing. Let's hope so.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Out on the Georgetown

We had another very fun and relaxing weekend! We went and visited Stuart's friend on Friday and got to spend time with their family. It was nice to get to know some more people. Then on Saturday we took it easy...made donuts in the morning, did some laps in the pool, and then decided to go into Georgetown! It is such a cool downtown place by the university. TONS of people and just alot going on. The buildings are all old and have been turned into shops and restaurants. There are also the cutest homes/apartments surrounding the area. Stuart tells me that the architecture here speaks to me. I agree.


This line was sooo long. It is Georgetown Cupcake and apparently very good. You would wait at least an hour to get a cupcake though. Maybe we will wait one time. Must be good right?

So Cute! I got to spend some of my birthday money here :) It is a HUGE anthro with alot of good deals. I had a hard time choosing.

Georgetown University

and we ended the night at Trader Joes! I really wanted some Joe-Joe's and Stuart got his Mochi. It was quite the adventure to find it, but so Worth it!

Also, I must say that Sundays here are wonderful. I truly look forward to going to church here. People come from so many different backgrounds, education, professions, etc. Everyone has such different insights and opinions, makes for very interesting discussions. The gospel doctrine teacher is GREAT. He used to teach Econ at BYU and he is phenomenal. Puts it right down on my level so that I can understand. Also, we have been very touched by how friendly the people are out here. Every Sunday people introduce themselves to us and ask us if we need anything. It is truly a very special ward and we feel very blessed to be a part of it for a short time.

Friday, June 10, 2011

DC - 1

This blogging thing is alot harder to keep up with than I thought it would be. I dont always feel that we have things to post about, guess I need to get more creative! Life has been good to us. We feel like we have grown so much together just from being out here. This new experience really has us rely on each other for everything, and it so wonderful. We feel so lucky to be able to be out here and have this opportunity. We just wish life would slow down sometimes! Where does the time go?? It is crazy. Also, we have not really made any friends out here yet, so that is our new goal. It is hard because there are not alot of people our age in our ward, even though we LOVE it, but somehow we will find some friends. (Really we LOVE the ward, AMAZING people)

So after living here for three weeks we finally went into the heart of DC! It was a blast. Besides it being sooo hot (seriously it is like you are in a sauna sometimes), it was so fun! We took the subway in. There is so much to do there and all we got around to doing was the Museum of Natural History, dinner, and the Capitol before we were exhausted. We walked a TON, but maybe we are just that out of shape :).

I am trying to be like the monkey skeletons behind us, since we are so similar


This was Hilarious to me for some reason. Comparing us to the monkeys! Because we all love to swing around like the little girl

These three skeletons are the steps to how a whale evolved. WHOA


Whale Mouth

Me and the long crab

This is the Hope Diamond. It is 45 carats or something. CRAZY.

Our Capitol

Everyone runs around the Capitol since it is on a hill. It really is a great place for a good run, it has a nice pathway all the way around and some good scenery.

No pictures of dinner but we ate at this really yummy burger place. Even though it was 7 bucks for a hambuger smaller than In-N-OUT, it was VERY good. For some reason I just can not get over the prices here. It KILLS me how expensive everything is. How do people live?? The Government must be taking all of our money and putting it to their fortune :)