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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Adeus 2008!

Adeus 2008! Wow! I can't believe this year is almost over!! This time last year, I was doing the final touches on packing up my life and making the "trek" to Utah. I can't believe it was ONLY a year ago that I was living in Georgia! It seems much longer! Don't worry though, I don't consider myself a Utard yet.

Let's see, 2008 has been a BIG year for us! On January 2, 2008, my friend Alisha and I packed up my truck and started the "28-hour" drive to Utah. We had the truck completely FULL, cd's to listen too, money saved up, places to see and we had to make sure we made it by the first day of classes, which was on the 7th. In the car we went. Drove through MOST of the middle continental US, and made it to Columbia, MO on our first night! The next day we drove through the "borning" part of the country. You know, Kansas, those FLAT states, but I LOVED driving through them! We made it to Fort Collins Colorado on our 2nd day. We thought FOR SURE we would make it to Salt Lake the next day...then a HUGE snow storm hit! It was such a bad storm, they had I80 closed. Well...we didn't want to wait. We decided we would brave the snow and take I70 THROUGH the mountains instead. Why we thought driving through the mountains would be a smarter idea, I am not sure. I decided I would drive the first part, then when we had to stop again, Alisha would drive. We were right at about Vail, CO, driving pretty slow because of snow and ice on the roads. We went through Eisenhower Tunnel, hit a patch of ice and ended up centered on a snow bank with nothing but snow and trees below us. It is truly a blessing we didn't get in a major accident. We were on the far end of the street, and when we hit the ice, we swerved across the lanes of traffic, and didn't get hit. I was driving and completely shaken. Talk about being baptizd by fire...or I guess you could say snow in my case. We tried to reverse out of the snow, but we couldn't get out. Then, another blessing to us poor girls, SIX people NOT including the two officers who stopped helped to dig us out of the bank and onto road! I could not believe how many people were willing to stop and help us! It was amazing! Needless to say, Alisha drove afterwards for a little while. Finally, we made it into Utah. There is NOTHING more beautiful then Southern Utah in the winter. The snow just barely covers the red rock cliffs and it is the most gorgeous sight you will ever see. I knew the desert was pretty, I just didn't now how pretty. That is not the end of our adventures though. It started getting dark, and with the dark came the snow. I don't know if any of you have ever driven through Southern Utah before, but actual exits are few and far between. Most exits are "Ranch Exits." They don't have any hotels or gas stations. I think we did pass one that had a McDonald's though. We thought we'd be alright. We'd be able to make it before it got too dark to a hotel. Then, the snow really started to come down. I got nervous about driving in it and pulled to the side to let Alisha drive again. While she drove, I called 411 to see if they could help me find a hotel in the area. Service was scattered though. We drove behind a Semi-Truck for the majority of the end of the drive until FINALLY we saw a sign for a Best Western and a Motel 8. We pulled off the exit and plopped ourselves into the Best Western. (The Motel 8 was extra sketchy looking...like the hotel off Psycho!) I had Alisha tell Andy what had happened that day. I didn't want to hear him say "I TOLD you to go buy snow chains" Silly me though, he never even said anything about it. He just wanted to know we were alright. What a great guy! The next day, we made it to Salt Lake! FINALLY!

That was just the START to my year. Wow!

Andy and I were married on March 15, 2008 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. It was the best experience of my life! There is nothing more sweet then being married in the temple to the one you love for Eternity.

We had a week long cruise to the Bahamas! We went to Nassau, CocoKay and Key West! It was the best trip of my life!

We bought a Scooter around April.

We found out we were having our first baby, a boy to be named William Ray, in June. Yes, I found out when I was FOUR weeks pregnant. I have literally been pregnant FOREVER! Andy told me to not be so in tune with my body next time :) June is always when we made the drive BACK to Georgia for my Dad's wedding. The trip was fun, the wedding..well...I'll get used to that change.

In August, we moved into our amazingly adorable ONE-bedroom apartment at the U. I love it! I don't think my stuff loves it though...haha

Andy started another sememster at the U in the fall. It was a pretty good semester for him.

Halloween we dressed up as Esmerelda and Quasimodo.

We celebrated our SECOND Thanksgiving together and our One year anniversary from the day Andy proposed to me! Here we are on that day over a year ago!

The month of December has been great! We put up our first Christmas tree, celebrated my 21st birthday...three times...Celebrated our first Christmas! It really was a great year!

Tonight we are sending 2008 off in good old fashioned Fraser style! We're getting together at Andy's sister Cassie's, playing games and eating good food. I am hoping I can throw in some of my traditions from New Year's too. Like Martinellie's Sparkling Cider at Midnight. Watching Dick Clark's Rockin New Year's Eve and playing Monopoly until somone gets irritated! I am sure we won't be able to do all those things, but I'll be thinking about them throughout the night.

I am so very grateful to be blessed with such a wonderful family. To have a husband who loves me and puts up with my attitude most days, and doesn't stay angry at me for more then 5 minutes at a time. I am grateful to be blessed with my own home and to be starting a family.

2008 has been good to us! Let's hope 2009 will be even better!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

2 and a half hours of hot, Jamie Fraser goodness :)

So, I don't know if most of you remember my whole blog entry about Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series, but if you do, you probably also remember I am obsessed with the series. Obsessed could be putting it lightly as well. Anyways, I was talking about how I think it would be great to do a movie of the series, but even grater to do a TV Series, because there is just SO much going on in the story.

Well....my long awaited wish has come true! I just read here that they are offically writing a scrpit for the movie! Now, I know for certain the movie will NOT be as good as the book, but it will be good nonetheless. Mainly because the guy who is writing it, Randall Wallace, is the SAME guy who wrote the scripts for Braveheart and Pearl Harbor. Both of which are incredibly great movies. If you haven't seen them, you need to stop what you are doing and go to Blockbuster. RIGHT NOW.

Now, there is no release date as of yet. It actually may not even be made into an actual movie, but hey, they are writing a script for it...let's all keep our fingers crossed ok?

If you haven't read the books, go to your local library right now and check them out. My sister-in-law is on a waiting list for the books in Idaho Falls. They are really great books. And if you don't fall in love with Jamie Fraser, I'm not sure we can continue being friends.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A New Week...Finally!

I don't know about you guys, but last week was the LONGEST week ever! I thought this last week would NEVER end! It doesn't help that I have been sick, ALL WEEK LONG! I woke up on Monday with the voice of a smoker, with the cough to go along with it and a stuffy nose. So, I went to work anyways. Don't worry, I used hand sanitizer and washed my hands about every 5 minutes. When I got home from work, I totally crashed. I slept for about three hours until I had to pick up Andy from work. Then, I made some dinner...I don't remember what I made though. I think it was just soup and sandwiches. Which sounds really good right now! Anywho, I went to bed super early on Monday night, woke up Tuesday morning and decided I needed to stay home and rest. So, I didn't go into work. I had a little breakfast, a snack at lunch and then made some dinner and barely ate. I just had no appetite. For the rest of the week and actually still today, I am still coughing and blowing my nose and pretty much SICK of being sick! I've done the whole fluids and resting thing. It's just not helping. I don't know what else to do besides go to the doctor...which I am NOT a fan of at all. To top everything off, Andy has finals this week and had a 15 page paper due last week. Our house has been a MESS!

This weekend was fun though. We had our ward Christmas party on Friday! Saturday we were supposed to go to my Uncle's house, but he called and cancelled. Well, I didn't feel like cooking anything and I was HUNGRY! I suggested we just go to like Wendy's or something. Then, Andy got all sneaky on me. Saying "I know where we can go! But it's a surprise!" Where did we end up going?? RED LOBSTER!! Yummmmm-o! He took me there as an early birthday gift! My birthday isn't until next Monday. But it was so fun! We sat down and the waitress asked if we wanted anything from the bar...hello, I know I am obviously pregnant looking. Plus, I don't drink and I'm not technically 21...YET! haha

One thing that drives me nuts about being pregnant...the comments people make! Some people are just rude! The two I've been getting the most are "Ohhh, you must be having a Christmas baby!" Yeah...I'm not...thanks though. This is the most recent one I have been getting "When's that baby due?" "February 22." "OHHHHHH! WOW! You sure are BIG!" Wow! Thank you! As if I don't already FEEL large, I know other people think I AM large! It is just amazing to me what people think they can say to a pregnant woman. It's like you are free game. Oh, she's pregnant, I'm gonna touch her belly! What's up with that??! If I was skinny would you touch my belly? No, I don't think you would. I know it's amazing having a baby and people just love new babies BUT strangers is a completely different story! Needless to say...I have 10 weeks left! Then I will have a baby and people will comment on how cute he is and NOT on how large I am! Hopefully...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hubby Tag

What's your husband's name? Andrew Adam Fraser...call him Andy

How long have you been married? Almost 9 months :)

How long did you date? Hmm...We met in June, and were engaged in November, married in March.

How old is he? He's 24. He'll be 25 in July

Who eats more sweets? Oh, I do.

Who said "I Love You" first? He did. And it was SO CUTE! I cried

Who is taller? Andy

Who is a better singer? Oh, That's Andy.

Who is smarter? umm, I would say we are both pretty smart. But he's the one who will be the Doctor...

Who does the laundry? hahaha Andy does :) He's been doing it so long, I am afraid I am forgetting how it's done.

Who pays the bills? He does. Although most everything is on automatic bill pay, so it's not hard.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Um I technically do, except I like to sleep in the middle.

Does he snore? only occasionally.

What does he do in his spare time? homework or watches tv.

Who mows the lawn? the maintenance man does

What is his favorite candy bar? resee's

Who cooks dinner? Me

Who drives? When we are together, usually he does. He is a passenger seat driver and makes me nervous when I drive

Who is the first to say they are wrong? Psh, I'm always right! haha kidding...we both admit it when we are wrong

Who kissed who first? umm he did. And he took forever about it too.

Who asked who out first? He did. Let me just say, I was not too thrilled about going out with an old man with chest hair :)

Who wears the pants? Oh, I do. :) Kidddddding

Does he say he loves you every day? very many times :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

28 weeks down...12 to go!

I can't believe I have been pregnant for 28 weeks already! Well, actually, I guess I can. Andy and I found out we were having a baby VERY early. I was 4 weeks when I took the first positive test, 5 weeks when I took the second and 6 weeks when I went to the clinic for a doctors test. All three times my test was positive! Obviously. Being pregnant is like nothing I have ever done in my whole life. It is amazing and baffling knowing I have an actually person inside of me. Will already has SO much personality. Here in Utah, they start playing Christmas music on November 1st. Now, normally I am a complete ANTI Christmas music before Thanksgiving person. I growl and moan every time I hear it on the radio. Well, since I have been pregnant, I have been listening to Christmas Music since November 1st. I know, it's practically a sin, but I just can't help it. I love it. And I think I love it SO much because when I listen to it, Will gets really active. He starts dancing around and he is just so much fun when the Christmas music is on :) He also loves to play with Andy. Andy and I will lay on the couch and he will tap on my belly or rub it and Will pushes back RIGHT where Andy has been tapping or rubbing. It is SO amazing. I love to see Andy's face when he feels his little dude move around. I think it is so great that Andy plays with him and talks to him. I think babies can tell who is mom and who is dad and I think it is important for them to start bonding early. I feel like I get to spend all this time with Will and it is great for Andy to feel like he gets to spend time with him too. I also finally got my glider :) Andy's sister Nikki gave us one and his other sister Cassie has been keeping it at her house. I love it. I sit in it and work on my table cloth. I want to get Will used to the rocking, that way when he is here and I rock him in it, he'll think "Hey, rocking...I know this. This is nice." haha Needless to say, we are excited to meet our little dude :)

On other News...Thanksgiving was fun! It was kinda hard for me. It was my first without my family and I was very homesick. I made it through though:) I woke up early and made some waffles with raspberry syrup. While we had breakfast, we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My favorite part is when the Radio City Rockettes come out. They are SO amazing I think. I just love them. I got to see their show once and it was just the most awesome thing ever! While that was on, I also baked my first pie. It was pumpkin and it was yummy :) I was so nervous about it. Luckily, it turned out great and got eaten all gone. Then we went to my Aunt Lauralee's house with my cousin Kricket and her family. We had turkey sandwiches and cranberry jell-o and just hung out. We then went to Andy's Aunt Jean's house to see his grandparents. I got sucked into a game of Apples to Apples. I like Andy's Aunt Jean and her family. They kinda remind me of my famliy in the sarcasim and craziness. Then, I had another piece of pie and we left. Afterwards, we had Thanksgiving dinner with Andy's parents. It was fun. Lots of good food. We played this card game called SCUM...let me just say, it's fun, BUT it SUCKS! Basically, if you are scum, you STAY scum! It's fun though. I'll play it again one day. Andy and I ate so much food, I didn't sleep well because my stomach was in such pain. It was a pretty great holiday :)