Thursday, April 30, 2009


Brett and I spent 5 days in Florida visiting his brother John and his wife Christy, and their kiddos Austin and Brock. Now that we are back to work, school, and real life we are wishing we were still there. We had such a great time. Living clear across the country, we never get to see John and Christy so it was great for us to spend a few days with them! They were the best hosts!

Airboat ride! (I know, we are not looking our best, but to our credit we went straight from the gym)

We were able to celebrate Brock's 2nd birthday with him, Elmo style!
Our 15 mile bike ride down "Shark Valley" where we saw tons of alligators! These suckers were everywhere!
Brett fishing in the canal behind John & Christy's house

We ate at a super yummy burger joint, Le Tub. It's right along the water with a great view!

Check out the size of their burgers!!

Denny's Latin Style-just had to take a pic. We didn't actually eat there.

Highlight of the trip...SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS!!. It was such a neat experience. We swam with a mother dolphin and her baby.

Another yummy meal at Bubba Gumps at Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Thanks John and Christy for showing us such a great time, it really was just the vacation we needed!

Friday, April 17, 2009


Brett's had a rough week of studying and getting ready for Finals. I've tried to be busy, out of the way, and not a distraction-it's actually been a great week for me (and I feel a little bad about it, because it's been grusome for Brett!)

Monday: I was in bed by 9:30pm. I can't remember the last time I went to bed that early. Brett studied until 2:00am--Rebember the freshman days of college when we did that every night and still got up for 8am class?? How??

Tuesday: I was in bed by 10:00pm. Brett studied until 3am. Loving the sleep I'm getting, but poor Brett.

Wednesday: Brett took a break from studying. We did P90X "Core Synergistics" together. It wasn't Brett's typical kind of workout-I laughed my head off watching him! It wasn't a great workout for me-I was laughing too hard to do anything. But it was fun, and it was time with him , so it was great!

Thursday: GIRLS NIGHT!! I went to dinner with Kim and Megan Griffin. Noodles & Red Mango. We just sat around eating, talking, and laughing for 3 hours! I loved it! Brett studied all night.

Friday: I'm going to a comedy show with some girls I work with, Leanna & Katherine. Brett is taking two finals today and studying all night:(

Saturday: I'm running the Salt Lake 1/2 marathon at 7:00am. Brett is taking another final at 7:00am. After that, more studying, for another final that afternoon. I've got a friend's bridal shower-woot woot, then softball practice (if I can walk) for our company co-ed city league team. Brett will be studying. Then, dinner with the Chase & Ash-our last hoorah with them before our friends & neighbors move back to DC.

Sunday: RELAX. REST. Brett will study all day for ONE more final on Monday!

Monday: Brett takes his last final!!! THEN WE START PACKING.

TUESDAY: This will be a great day!! Goodbye Utah---HELLOOOO FLORIDA!!!

Yes we are going on a little vaca' to Florida--for a week!!! We're going to Miami to visit Brett's brother John, his wife Christy, & their kiddos Austin & Brock!! I can't tell you how excited we are! I've had a fun-filled/sleep-filled week and Brett has had a painful week of studying and finals, and no sleep. He soooo deserves a break!

We are ready for the beach, warm weather, good food, and great company!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Date Night With Kyle

Brett and I decided to take our niece Kyle out on a date for her 6th birthday. We started the night with a 5:00pm showing of Hannah Montana, the movie. Kyle loves Hannah Montana, and Brett has a secret admiration as well. We all loved it! After the movie we took Kyle to her restaurant of choice, Cafe Rio, which just happens to be right next to Maggie Moo's Ice Cream, so of course we stopped there for dessert afterwards:)

Kyle ready for Hannah Montana!!!
Had to capture the Hannah Montana bag!Waiting for the movie to start
Too Cute!
We had so much fun with Kyle! After the fun was over we took her home and hung out at Ryan and Laura's house for a while, and played with the other kids.

I'd like to say the night was a huge hit with Kyle.....but the next morning we received the following text from Ryan (which he had sent at 3am): "Kyle just puked popcorn, gummy bears, soda, Cafe Rio, and ice cream all over her room. Thanks for showing her a good time!"

Next time we'll know not to spoil her with all the food and candy she wants!!! Hopefully there can be a next time??

Thanks Kyle for the fun, and sorry Ryan and Laura for the middle of the night puking and cleaning up throw-up!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Let the Fun Begin!

Friday night we drove up to Vivian Park for a bonfire with friends. It was a fun night of roasting marshmallows,eating smores, roasting starbursts (you should try this, they are super yummy when they're soft and warm), and simply just hanging out! We got lucky with great weather. It was just a fun night to hang with friends.

Just enjoying the warm fire!!
Brett's buddy Taylor
Jan & Kristina
Todd and Tawnie
Mitch & Alex PayneBlake, Talon, Aaron & Mercediesand us!!

Lookin' forward to more fun times with friends this spring & summer!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Congrats Ty and Ash!!

My brother Tyler and his wife Ashley just had their second baby, Crew McKay Mortensen! He's got cheeks and lips just like his sister, Gracie. I can't wait to see him and hold him!!! Gracelyn and Crew are the only grandbabies my parents have! I think they need some cousins!
(Spencer, Carly??..just kiddin'!)