Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Joys of Provo, Utah

Since Blake and I are moving to Seattle next week we've been trying to do all the things in the area that we've wanted to do, but never have. My favorite thing I've been doing almost everyday lately is hiking the Y. The other day I went in the morning before work and it was so quiet and peaceful. I even saw 2 deer while I was up there. Today Blake and I took advantage of the Timpanogos Caves. We were able to meet up with the Chariton's and hike to the caves and then take the cave tour. It was so cool!

So last week I was driving to my last day of work, and I got to thinking about our upcoming move. Isn't it funny how we don't really appreciate the life we have until a change is in store and then we start to count all the great things that we do have in our life?! For instance I've gotten used to Provo and Utah in general, but at times I find myself still thinking that it doesn't feel like home. Now that we're leaving soon, I really think I'm going to miss Utah. I'm going to miss the beautiful mountains, the nice weather, the friendly people, all the fun things to do outside, our family that live in the area, the job that I did have, all of the wonderful friends we've made, and the great, little one bedroom apartment that we live in. On the other hand I am looking forward to moving closer to other family, being able to mountain bike and hike year round, the beautiful ocean, fresh seafood, the new place that Blake and I will live in, our future dog that we're going to get, and the great new job that Blake will have. We're finally moving on to the next stage of our lives. It's exciting, scary, and unknown. We'll keep you posted once when we get to Seattle.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Blake's Corner - My Blog within the Blog

I have decided to also participate in this "Blogging" stuff and I am calling it Blake's Corner. From time to time I will be posting the TOTALLY AWESOME things going on that Sheena might have left out. For example, I currently work as the Director of Sales at a web development company, Connect Networks. The experience has helped to enjoy some things I never quite saw myself doing.

One of those things occurred this past Friday. As a company we went and viewed the new Star Trek movie. I had "boldly never gone there before". I was actually quite surprised at how good the film turned out to be. I am not saying I am a converted "Trekkie", but I could feel the pull from Spock, Captain Kirk, and the rest of the crew.

I have included a picture that sums up the Star Trek experience below. For now, Live Long and Prosper.

Starving Student??? Why not!

Blake and I had so much fun yesterday. It started with Blake playing his intramural softball game, while I ran a few errands at record speed. We met back up to wash our cars inside and out-which they needed so badly. A quick shower after the car wash and then we decided to hike "Y" in Provo. I was telling Blake that there are a few things that we haven't done while living in Provo, and now that we're leaving I want to pack in as much of it as I can. So after the quick hike, which by the way I can't wait to do again before the move, we came home, changed and were off for a night of dinner and entertainment. So Blake bought a starving student card at the beginning of the year. It has all these great deals on it, but of course you usually have to spend money to save money. We have really enjoyed some of our date nights off this card, but last night was the best of all. We decided that we were going to collect on all the FREE stuff off this card. Blake called it "cheating the system" and that's exactly what we did. I wonder if anyone else does the same thing. We started by mapping out all the places we could take advantage of (we limited our collections to the Provo and Orem area only), and off we went. I've included some pictures of all the places we went. Check them out. It was a night of A LOT of food, and we had fun exploring around seeing some of these totally random places to eat. The whole night only cost us $7.99-we felt bad asking for waters at one place so we tipped them $1.00 and then we finished the night off with some mini golf which was buy one get one free. It was so much fun!!

Los 3 Amigos was our first stop for a free enchilada. They messed up on our order and added rice and beans-woops. Not our favorite enchilada-good thing it was free!

Next stop the Provo Towne Center Mall, for a free order of breadsticks at Villa Pizza food court.

This is the place we felt bad asking for waters and tipped them $1.00. It was totally worth the stop for a free large fry with fry sauce!

At Pier 49 we collected a cinnamon and sugar dessert pizza-pretty good but a little sweet.

At Blackjack Pizza we were able to get an 8inch cheese pizza.

Here at EZ Out Burger we collected a free hamburger!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Long Over Due

I have had all these pictures that I've been meaning to post and haven't got around to it. Most of them are from Blake's graduation. Did I mention how proud I am that he finished college and now has a new job in Seattle?! Graduation was long, but also so great to be there to see cross that stage and receive his diploma. Such an awesome accomplishment.

Halle and Cole had a sleepover at our house. We had so much fun.

Blake's brother Brandt came and visited us all in Utah when he was home on a short leave from Iraq.

Mikell also graduated from BYU with Blake

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Seattle Here We Come!!!

As you all know Blake just graduated from BYU. We were still up in the air about what we would be doing and where we would be in the next few months. Well our answer came last week after several interviews, tears, worries, and still having a little bit of faith. Blake got offered a job at a company that he's really excited to work for and it happens to be in Seattle. We are so excited to be closer to our parents and other family. We have loved being in Utah and have really enjoyed being so close to Blake's siblings, but we are looking forward to this move. We are thinking that we will be making the trek out to Washington at the end of the month. It's funny when people ask us what we're the most excited for with the big move and we both agree that we can't wait to get a dog. We love dogs, or should I say that I really love dogs, and Blake's just along for the ride. We aren't too sure of where we're going to live, but we have family to stay with until we figure that out. It's going to be an adventure and we are looking forward to it.