Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Best Job In The World!

I have the best job in the world! I get to work with newborn babies. It has brought me some of the most amazing experiences of my life. I am so blessed to be able to be there when these precious little babies come into the world. I immediately feel so much love and can never help myself but to get a little teary-eyed. I can just see in the parents faces how these little ones changed their lives in an instant. I can see the love they have for their baby on their faces. Last night, I got to work all through the night with some of these newborn babies. I was able to give one little girl her first bath. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen and I couldn't help but smile and laugh a little bit the whole time. First, I washed her body and we'll just say she wasn't very happy with me. She started to cry and her whole little body went bright red. After I finished rinsing her body, I wrapped her up in a warm towel to help get her body temperature back up. She stopped crying, and stared at me with big bright eyes! I held her little body on my forearm with her neck resting in my hand and rinsed the hair on her head. I put shampoo in and used a little brush to massage it into her hair. Her little eyes rolled into the back of her head...she absolutely LOVED it! Haha It was the cutest thing ever! She tried to keep staring at me, but her little eyelids got heavy. I absolutely love working with these tiny babies! Sometimes I ask them, "Is there a little one up there waiting for me?" They never answer, so maybe it's not time yet.  ;)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Six Month Mark!

We've were married six months ago yesterday! I am just as crazy about Weston as I was in the picture above, if not more so! I love him more than words can describe. We had just a fun day yesterday! The first thing we did in the morning was our weekly weigh in. I guess I better fill you in about that. Me, Weston, my sister Morgan, my mom, and my aunt did the biggest loser between the 5 of us for  a month. We each put in $20 and whoever had the highest percentage of weight loss won. Yesterday was the final weigh in. It turns out Weston and I both lost 5% of our body weight and won! (Shhh don't tell, but I actually won with 5.03% Haha) We both decided that we don't have $40 to throw away so we HAD to win! It all worked out! :) After that I took my parents and little brother to the airport. We're meeting them in Phoenix on Sunday before we fly to COSTA RICA!! I can't wait! When I got back, Weston and I went to sunshine cafe. Best place on earth! If you go, order the magic pancake, a giant pancake filled with oats and brown sugar. It's not on the menu, but it IS to die for! After that we went to Target to find me some shorts for our trip. We spend a lot of time in target because of all the gift cards we got for our wedding. So great! That night was the highlight of my day! I'll give you a little background info. Last week, Weston and I spoke in our new ward. Our topic was Face the Future With Faith by Russell M. Nelson. I talked about a woman named Stephanie Nielson. If you don't know who she is, you need to read about her! She is such an amazingly inspirational woman! Here is her mormon message!

Now you get an idea of how amazing she is! Anyways, so as I was doing research, I found out she had written a book. I immediately went to Deseret Book and they didn't have it. It didn't come out until April 3rd. I was so sad because I wanted to read it on our trip. Later, I came to find out that the book comes out early in Utah! And not only that, she was doing a book signing in Deseret Book in Salt Lake City! So that's exactly what we did! She is the sweetest person in the world! I am so glad that I got to meet her!! 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I Love Kids!!

Ok so last night we went to Chili's with our friends and then hung out afterwards! They showed us a couple videos that I almost died over!! I absolutely love kids and this made me so excited to have my own!! (Not anytime soon by the way!)

This first one is about these two little boys! Jimmy Kimmel told moms to tell their kids that they ate all of their halloween candy during the night. These cute little boy's reactions are adorable! I felt so bad for them! You are a SNEAKY mom!!!

This next one is about this little girl and her big surprise for her birthday! This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I cried when I watched this haha

Friday, February 17, 2012

My two best friends right now! (Besides Weston of course!)

My two best friends right now are my spinner bike and my Lose It app! These two separately are great but combined they are amazing! 

The Lose It app is basically a calorie tracker. First it calculates how many calories you should eat a day. You log everything you eat and it keeps track of all of your calories. One of the coolest things is that it has a barcode scanner so you know the exact calories you're eating! It has had the exact calories for everything I have scanned so far! So neat! Here is a picture of an example I found!

So it shows you exactly where you're at every day! It also lets you log all of your exercise and how many calories you burn! I love this thing!!

This spinner bike is amazing! I use it for for 45 minutes to an hour a day and burn about 600 to 800 calories! I love it! You can plug your phone or ipod in the top and headphones down below. It also charges your phone so that's a plus! It keep track of your calories, speed, distance. It shows you exactly what to do. There is a knob that adjust the resistance. You can watch cycling videos, TV, or your music! The best part is that it has air conditioning! See the little blue fan up there? Yep that's it! Beautiful!

First Valentine's Day Married!

Tuesday was our first Valentine's Day married! It couldn't have been better! I had class at 7:00 am so I got up REALLY early, like 5:00 am early, and made Weston breakfast in bed. Keep in mind, I am not a morning person haha so that was a pretty big deal! He was really sleepy!

   I left for school, came back, and saw this on my table!

A dozen roses, mini cupcakes, a love monkey, gatorade, and a card! I was so happy! He is the best husband in the world! 

So I opened the envelope and this is what I saw. Parental Discretion is Advised!

Don't worry, he wrote me a very sweet and romantic letter as well! That night when he got home from work, we were trying to think of somewhere nice to go get some dinner. Our friends Hannah, Grant, Jordan, and Christina called and said they were going to the movie called This Means War. We were in! We hurried and went to In-N-Out, got a bite to eat, then headed to the theatres. It was very romantic! Haha We thought the movie was very funny. There were some sketchy parts though, so I wouldn't take your kids along with you. Basically it's about two friends/FBI agents who end up dating the same girl. They agreed to letting the best man win. Throughout the movie they try to sabotage each other's dates. It's a little corny but I loved it! Here's a sneak preview!

Overall, it was a perfect Valentine's Day! Weston is the greatest blessing in my life and I can't wait for the rest of our Valentine's Days to come!!

Dew Tour at Snowbasin, The Cabin, and Biore Strips!

So Weston and I have a lot of married and engaged friends that we do really fun things with! Last weekend we decided to go up to Snowbasin to see the Dew Tour. It was sooo much fun! We went with our friends Bubba, Sara, Jordan and Christina. We got up close to this huge half pipe and watched the skiiers come down and do all of their amazing tricks! I was very impressed!

Here's the winner! He was amazing!

Afterwards, we went up to my cabin in Eden which is right by Snowbasin and Pineview Reservoir. We all sat in the hot tub and had a blast together. Christina brought these Biore strips. I had never tried them before. We even got the boys to do it with us! We all were laughing so hard. It didn't help that we weren't supposed to laugh because then it wrinkled the strips. What a night, what a night!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Easy Honey Whole Wheat Bread!

I'm not sure why, but it's always when I'm just sitting in school that I crave baking! Today in chemistry I was craving homemade bread. I used to love when my mom made homemade bread! It makes your home smell so good! So I found this simple recipe!

I did everything in my kitchen aid. First, you dissolve active dry yeast in warm water. Then you add a whole 1/3 cup of honey. After that is mixed well you add salt, oil, and whole wheat flour. Gradually you add 5 cups of all-purpose flour.

Next, you pull the dough out and shape it into a ball-ish shape. Set it on a lightly floured surface. Here comes the hardest part people! Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes. This might be a little embarrassing to admit, but my arms got sore... :S

The dough is supposed to get softer and elastic-like. You then set the ball in a well-oiled bowl and cover the surface of the dough.

Lie the dough back on the floured-surface and set a damp cloth on top of it. Wait for the dough to rise and double in size. This took about 45 minutes.

Voila! Split the dough into two loafs!

Put in two well-greased 9x5 loaf pans. (Mine were a little uneven, whoops!) Now you're supposed to let the dough rise until it's about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches above the top of the pans. Bake it at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes!

Mmm! Here is my homemade honey whole wheat bread! My house smells to die for!

Here is the link to the recipe. Enjoy!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI!

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday! Weston's family has a big party for it every year. His grandpa always picks up a couple buckets of Winger's wings. They are delicious! Most of the family was cheering for the Patriots, especially my brother-in-law Stockton! Just to get Stockton riled up, Weston rooted for the Giants. Fortunately, there was only one incident where Stockton had Weston in a choke hold haha! 

For the big event, I decided make these little yummies! They are sooo easy to make and sooo easy to eat wayyy too many! All you do is roll out crescent roll dough, brush with melted butter, sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar, roll up and slice into rounds, bake in the oven, then drizzle with icing! Super simple! I got the recipe from Pinterest (my addiction). Here's the link to the blog it came from...http://iowagirleats.com. She tells you to cook them in a mini muffin pan, but I just used a regular cookie sheet. They turned out great and were a hit! Let me know if you try them out and tell me what you think!

Made my day!

Ok, so I happened upon this video somehow and it is HILARIOUS! I was literally laughing out loud! Maybe most of you have already seen this, but I don't have much time to watch TV with school and work full-time. Basically, Ellen DeGeneres puts an ear piece in a few celebrities ears. They go to a certain destination and talk with some unsuspecting victims. Ellen tells them in their ear what they have to say. Anyways, it's great! It'll brighten your day so watch it!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Our Story...

You know those cute love stories you hear about when a boy and girl grow up together, end up falling in love, and getting married? Well, that's us! Weston and I grew up in the same neighborhood. My family moved in a year after his and our parents instantly became best friends. They started playing cards, going on double dates, and traveling together. Our families went to Lake Powell together every year when we were growing up. My dad was Weston's young mens leader while he was a teacher and priest. They had a close relationship. I was just Vance's little girl to him and he was just a big senior in a band with long hair to me. Weston went on a mission to Washington D.C. for two years. He returned and I had just graduated high school. I guess he thought I had grown up because he was pretty flirty with me that next month in Lake Powell. Our little neighbor Kamille was trying to line us up in Lake Powell. She put us in a love spell. Well Kamille, it worked! We came home from Lake Powell and I left the next morning to Europe for 3 weeks with my dad. We emailed back and forth. When I got back we went on our first date. We dated for the entire next year and had such a blast! In Lake Powell the next year, I was out on my parent's boat. Weston pulled up in his dad's boat and asked me to come with him. I sat on his lap and we went through a beautiful red rock canyon. He told me he had something to show me. As we came around the corner, I saw a big banner that said, "Maddie, Will You Marry Me?". I couldn't believe it! I was so happy and so excited all at once! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I practically jumped on him! I held myself together really well until we went back to my parent's boat and saw all of our friends and family. I'll never ever forget that trip!
One of our many trips to Lake Powell growing up. I am the second girl from the left. Weston is the one in the middle with the long hair and karate bandana. Oh boy I love him!
Weston came to my 16th birthday party. He is holding Kamille, who put us in a "love spell" and lined us up! I had just had a jaw surgery so don't mind my slightly swollen cheeks.

Now you can see why I thought of him as a big senior with long hair in a band! :)

Here is a picture of Weston, his best friend Ryan, and my dad after they took the Church Ball Championship! :)
This is when we were dating. Valentine's Day 2011.

Our RV trip up the west coast. This was in San Francisco.
Hogle Zoo! Do you measure up?


And we're engaged!!