I feel spoiled.  Never in my life have I been this spoiled…well that’s not true..at least my parents wouldn’t think so but nevertheless I LOVE, repeat LOVE our new car.  We are so happy with our purchase.  To be honest, we both miss the prelude.  That was the cars of all good cars.  It had almost 300 thousand miles on it yet both we and the new owner can’t help but acknowledge what a good car it is still.  Infact, the guy called my husband up the other day just because he was so happy with it!  He had it detailed and had new tires and rims put on it, he sent us pictures to show us how it was looking.  We are happy that he is happy.  And we are happy!  All around happiness!  🙂 Hows that for cheesy!?  Anyway I guess this post is about blessings and happiness.  Even in something as small and simple as a car?  (Does that work?) 

Our 2005 Acura TL
It’s decided…October is insane.  Every weekend we have been out of town or will be out of town.  Our poor ward and bishop are probably just about to send the secret Mormon service on us to see if we’ve gone inactive. 🙂 
But we had another good weekend.  David’s sister, Mary and her husband Kelly had a baby and so this past weekend they were blessing him up in Twin Falls, Idaho!  Since it’s only a short two hour drive, we decided to make the drive early Sunday morning.  And not only were we treated with the blessing of little baby Logan but also with Kelly’s (our brother-in-law) parent’s homecoming from their year and a half mission to Germany.  It was wonderful.  (The choir even sang ‘Called to Serve’ and of course that turned on the water works for me).
But I have a confession.  I misjudged little Twin Falls, Idaho.  I stuck it in the same category as Pocatello or Preston or even Rexburg!  But if anyone has been to Twin Falls, you know of it’s hidden beauty!  Wow!  I had no idea!  Check it out! 
This was our first stop.  This was just on the way down a road, on a bend, kind of hidden but my David knew where it was because he spent two years here about 8 years ago.  This was his past stomping ground while he went to CSI (College of Southern Idaho).  Anyway, as I looked around me I saw little falls everywhere!  This place is full of them!  And it’s October!  Imagine the spring time!  Well I guess its known for it’s falls because this wasn’t even the most impressive part.  This was….
It was amazing.  We were up hundreds and hundred of feet and it was spectacular.  Again, because it was October, this place wasnt’ as grand but my honey told me in the spring time it just goes pouring over the entire span of that rock face….kind like Niagara Falls! 
So to say the least, I was humbled and I had to offer up a silent and sorta weird apology to Twin Falls Idaho for misjudging it.
Also, as a side note, my honey also pointed out the bridge and canyon of which the infamous, Evil Knievel made his last jump and fell to his death.  Quite romantic eh?  But I thought, hey why not just take a picture…for history sake? 
I could have told him that he wouldn’t have it made it across…that’s easy to see.
May he rest in peace. 🙂
It had been way too long since we had seen Lucie.  Circumstances didn’t allow us until  this past weekend, and oh what a weekend!!  We only had Saturday with her because both David and I had to work until 5 on Friday but we were grateful for it!  We decided to do something fun and out of the ordinary so that this short time we had with her would be a memorable one.  We picked her up in Timbuktu and took her back to Moab.  Here we ran around some for batteries, cash and other things.  All the while, little Lucie was chattering in the back seat, having the best time with her dad no matter what we were doing.  Finally we got to our first destination.  ‘The sand box”.  Or so Lucie called it.
Anybody who has been to the sand dunes knows how much fun a place like this can be.  You wear yourself out running to the top just so you can run and jump down and  feel like you are flying for just a second.  It was hard to tear ourselves away from this big sand box to go to the next thing on the agenda.  But we did, with the promise that we would come back later.  
Next we took the short drive (across the street) to Arches National Park.  I hadn’t been there since I was a little girl and David hadn’t ever been there so it was a treat for all of us!  Lucie was such a trooper, she even reminded us that she was a ‘mountain goat’.  She was fascinated, just like we were with the amazing, weird shaped mountains and rocks around us.  We were able to drive the whole park and stop nearly everywhere we wanted to and hike around; Lucie as our fearless leader.  We ate PB&J as we basked in the sun below ‘Balanceed Rock’.  Talked to some fellow hikers and explored the nooks and crannies of this amazing park.  We had SO much fun!  I enjoyed myself immensely.  I don’t know if my husband even knows how much I enjoyed this day!  It was beautiful and perfectly simple.  The whole time I was just overwhelmed with an intense sense of joy and peace and love.  Lucie is such a good little girl (she got that from her dad) and I loved soaking up her innocent and sweet spirit.  We loved laughing at the tings that she said and did. 
Once we were all pooped out we decided to go clean up and eat some dinner.  We watched Lucie enjoy some chicken strips and fries while we muched on some chips and salsa and shrimp salad.  After we were stuffed to the brim we walked around little Moab for a while till we just had to go back to the sand box one more time! 🙂  It was a great day! 
 It was all too bitter to say goodbye at the end of the day.  We are grateful for the memories and for the beauty of this earth and for the blessing of being able to make this small trip.  Hopefully it will become a frequent thing.  We even stopped at a cute Bed & Breakfast on the way out that was located just miles away from where Lucie lives.  It was really quaint.  We just might become regular guests!  If so, more interesting stories to come! 

We have a joke in our house that my husband can’t pick a movie to watch that isn’t absolutely horrible. 🙂  And it’s kinda not a joke..it’s just the truth!  But a few days ago my husband picked one out and it turned out to be quite impressive!  I think it was the breaking point of his curse too because since then he has picked another good one too. 

‘Lean on Me’ is based on a true story about a high school in the late 80’s and it’s Principal, played by Morgan Freeman, who has a major impact on it’s students.  It is really touching and uplifting.  We could definitely use more educators like this man, played by Morgan Freeman.  If you find you have a free night, I would feel confident in recommending this movie fill your time.

The other one that my husband picked out that was really cute was called ‘Imagine That’ with Eddy Murphy.    I love Eddy Murphy, especially in this movie.  In movies he’s done previously I have found him annoying or too animated but he does a really good job in this one.  It really is a great movie.  I would definitely watch it again.  Just a feel good, clean, movie. 

I wouldn’t say that either of these movies changed my life or rocked my world but they definitely made me smile and made me want to somehow incorporate the principles found in them into my life.  I am so tired of the trash that is out there that when I find movies like this I have to applaud a little.  🙂  Cheers! 

AhhSimple Pleasures! We got our wireless keyboard and mouse in the mail today and boy do we love it!  I love it because the chair doesn’t have to be in the middle of the room anymore!  We can sit back and enjoy the big screen from a distance!  It has lots of cool tricks and it feels really good to type on!  Yay! 

Next simple pleasure is not so simple but in a way it is!  This weekend is General Conference!  We are so looking forward to this!  It is our third GC together..(weird) and we are both just so ready for some inspiration and added extra spirit in our life.  David’s sister and family are going to come up on Sunday and maybe watch some of it with us so that will be great too!  What a refreshing wonderful weekend it will be! 

I am so grateful for the Restored Gospel to this earth.  What a blessing and comfort!  I know that in just a few short hours we will be able to hear the Word of God from the mouth of his Chosen Servants.  Wow.  I love life.  I am glad that we get to make choices and that if we mess up, there is still hope and we can receive help on the way back!  Heavenly Father loves us!  And I love my husband and my family!  XOXO 

Miracles do happen!!!  I have to tell you a little background first so you can appreciate the miracle first. 🙂  My husband is extremely special and I mean that in the most respectful way possible.  One day in junior high he just made the decision after putting two and two together that he didn’t want to consume refined foods anymore because they made him ‘feel bad’ and he noticed that they caused him to ‘break out’ among other things.  So he stopped!  And just for those who don’t know what ‘refined foods’ are (I’ll admit, I didn’t know and my major is nutrition so it’s okay) they are foods that have had the ‘good’ stuff taken out of them to preserve shelf life, increase the satiety of the food (at least ‘they’ make us think it tastes better) and make it cheaper for everyone!  Sounds great eh?  Well these foods, like white flour, white sugar and refined oils actually stink!  Sure they may taste good but to my husband (and now me) it wasn’t worth the sacrifice and damage it was doing to his body.  
So now that my husband is the big 3-0 he has had years to practice this new found and not so easy way of life.  He has found ways to use ‘all natural’, whole ingredients to make wonderful and practical things! It has not been an easy road but it’s been worth it.  When I met him, it had been an unmentionable (to me) time since he had been to a restaurant.  I like eating out.  I have been into nutrition most my adult life so when I do go out I try to make good choices but I still found it hard to believe that my hubby hadn’t and doesn’t go out to eat!  So over the span of our dating life and now blissfully married life when I can convince my man to go out, it’s accompanied by comments like, “We could do better than this, and for cheaper.”  The best part is that most the time it’s true!  My eyes have been opened!  But that’s not the miracle I am speaking of today.  I haven’t given up.  I have this desire to take him to all the restaurants I know and more so that just one he will maybe say “WOW, that’s good!”  Believe me we have gotten close.  Like a few weeks ago we went to a Japanese place and we both actually wrapped our lips around a raw fish salad that had fish eggs on it!  It was pretty good! We also had a plate full of fried food and sushi.  BUT I think we have finally found the place….the place where I heard the words come from his mouth, “Wow, this is really good.  I really like this…this is totally worth it!”  Are you dying of anticipation yet?  Drum roll!  Cafe Rio!  Who coulda guessed it!  Well folks it’s true and we have the receipts to prove it!  I think we have gone there 4 times in the last 2 weeks! Or more!  Today I actually said, “Honey, we might have to take a break from Cafe Rio for a while.”  Honestly, never thought those words would leave my lips.  But YAY!  We can enjoy eating out blissfully together at a restaurant!  My work here is done.  I love you baby.  You are my bliss and my favorite ‘sweet pork salad with ranch dressing’.  Mmmmm MMMM!! 
This last Saturday we had the privilege of witnessing some good friends sealing in the Logan Utah Temple. It was the first time I had been able to see a family being sealed together for all eternity and it was so sweet and perfectly amazing. The spirit was strong in that beautiful room as the sealer spoke and as everyone contemplated what it all meant.  Even down to little Madeline down in her sweet little innocent heart knew what a special and sacred thing was happening.
To me it meant JOY, HAPPINESS, LOVE, FAMILY, PEACE, MIRACLES, AND everything else I think of when I think of the RESTORATION OF THE GOSPEL.  What a BLESSING!  Thanks for sharing it with us!There were a lot of tears shed and smiles made because of this day that I am sure will be remembered forever by all who were able to be apart of it!  I just love this family and we are so happy for them!
We lucked out and were able to be the ones to watch the kiddos as they took pictures around the temple grounds.  Also luckily my good husband has a ‘thing’ for adorable little Madeline (who wouldn’t?) and I think it’s safe to say that Madeline doesn’t so much mind my husband either (again, who wouldn’t? HAHA)  They had fun together.  We just love this angel.
Mama and Madi
WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!
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Labor day weekend…ahhhhhh…What a welcomed vacation that was.  BUT it made it so much harder to come back home and go back to work!  Isn’t it strange and unfair that vacation can do that to you?!!  I don’t know, maybe it’s just my attitude. 🙂  But I was just left wanting more and more and now I am anxiously awaiting our next ‘vacation’. 
But this weekend in good ‘ol St. George was full of family, beautiful scenery, movies, good food, relaxing and more of my favorite thing, family.  I am still convinced that I have the best family in the world.  I couldn’t be happier about my life and the people surrounding me that make it wonderful.  I honestly couldn’t ask for more. And since this is my blog right, I’m gonna just brag again about my husband.  He knows how much I love him but boy do I love him, and boy am I lucky!  I can be doing ANYTHING with this man and be completely blissfully happy.  I realize more and more just how much just his presence affects me.  I love my hubby. 
Well as all good times do, it went by too fast.  I tried to take in every single moment, especially with neice and nephews.  I have missed those stinkers so much.  Wouldn’t you? 
Oh wait, that’s my brother. He acts like a kid though! 🙂

Like father, like son!

Little bucket o’ sunshine
 Well it was wonderful and what’s a better way to end a vacation than driving a brand new four door huge truck home?  No, it’s not ours….just got to enjoy it for a few hours! Thanks Uncle Scott!  And hopefully the word vacation will be rolling off my lips before not too long!  Life is good!
Mmmm I love that profile 🙂

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