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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome to Sunny Arizona...seriously, it's sunny here!

We finally have internet, so I feel now is a good time to post about our move to Glendale! The last week before our move was an absolutely crazy time, and I am SO glad that part of our move is over! We moved on June 9th, so on June 8th, my wonderful sisters and friend Malina, came to help us clean the apartment! We got something that would have taken me all day, finished in just a few short hours. Plus, we got to spend time together. There were some teary goodbyes to my sister, Becky. It was the last time we were able to see her before the move. I also had my last appointment with Dr. Lamb. I then had to go back to the dermatologist to have stitches removed from a mole I had taken off. After we finished cleaning, we just hung out in our old place for a few hours, mostly packing the last few valuables in the car. After wards, Andy went to have dinner with an old mission companion and Will and I had dinner with one of my best friends and favorite volunteers, Lisa. (Hawaiian BBQ, yum!) When Andy got home, we shut off the lights and headed to his parents house, where we were staying the night. They were going to make the drive with us, so it only made sense to stay there...seeing as there was a bed at their house and not one at ours. When we finally got there (around 10pm) Our sister, Cassie, was there with her little girl, Kenadie. We had fun hanging out with them, even though Andy, his Dad and brother, Jake, spent most of the time reorganizing the car. After Cassie left, we all got ready for bed and tried to sleep. I think we were all so exhausted, we conked right out! We decided to take a late start in the morning, since we were up so late the night before. It was quite an exciting night! I decided I wanted to shower before going to bed. I had just cleaned a yucky house most of the day. While in the shower, the band-aid I was wearing from the dermatologists came off. So, I just left it off. I thought everything would be fine with it. After showering and having my shot, I went to give hugs to everyone. I had my hair wrapped in a towel, and the towel had my ear in it, just a little. When I went to give hugs, it must have been wrapped just enough to get tugged on because my incision popped right open! So much for the stitches! I had to butterfly bandage it up and sleep on the opposite ear!

Ok...so, to the actual move. We left around 830 on Thursday morning. We stopped at Subway for breakfast and hit the road. We were making pretty great time! It helps when you don't have any little people who need to go potty (which we're working on...that's for another time though) We stopped a couple times for gas and to just stretch out our legs (mostly mine, which kept swelling up from sitting so much) We had lunch in Hatch at the Adobe Deli. Yummy! We almost didn't go there though. Andy and his Dad were chatting so much, the completely missed the exit and didn't realize it for quite a while. Luckily, we HAD to go through Hatch to take the route we wanted, so we back tracked. I tend to get car sick on long rides. I usually fall asleep on trips so I don't end up sick. I slept most of the time after lunch and didn't wake up again until we were already in Arizona! We stopped at a Maverick for gas and I couldn't believe how hot it already was! Driving through Arizona was pretty uneventful. We made it in about 930pm, which is 1030pm in Utah time. It was still HOT outside! When we woke the next morning around 8, it was already 86 degrees outside! We were able to get all of our things moved in and we are pretty much unpacked. We are taking our sweet time because we are going to move to a different apartment in the same complex for a better view and more shade. We've spent most of our time unpacking, going to the pool, playing Mario Cart and watching movies. Will has had a hard time adjusting. We've had lots of time-outs around here. He doesn't like to eat the dinners I cook...it's been a long time since I have cooked! haha We have a really great ward and are excited about this adventure. We do feel pretty alone and miss family and friends dearly. We're excited to go to Sierra Vista on July 1st for a week to spend time with my Aunt Maureen and Uncle Jack. They are the closest family we have and we are excited to get to spend time with them! Andy doesn't start school until August, we're going to spend as much time together as we can...then he'll go MIA once school starts!

We're loving AZ and loving even more that we are getting tans!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fun in Bryce

This past weekend, we spent time camping and being with family. This is Will with his two cute cousins, Kenadie and Melanie. They spent a lot of time together playing in Uncle Steve's truck bed.

Our family spent two days exploring Bryce Canyon National Park. This is Natural Bridge. It's not really a natural bridge, because there is no water that flows under it. It's an arch, like you would find in Arches. But, then again...Bryce Canyon isn't a real canyon.

This is a tree that is growing on the Navajo Loop Trail. It has no branches until it reaches the top of the slot canyon, and then it has branches a leaves. It was such a sight to behold. We did this hike. It was so fun. And even being pregnant, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We did end up stopping about every 20 feet so I wouldn't run out of breath or start getting cramps.

This is our cute family (all FOUR of us!) at the entrance to Bryce Canyon. It was May 30 and the high was 45. It was pretty chilly and super windy. We came home with dry skin and wind burn.

Here is Will playing on a bench at one of the stops. This was the day is was super cold. The cliff off the side of the points are unforgiving. I was a nervous wreck anytime Will would go to the fence. With my vivid Mommy Imagination, it was not a pretty sight. But, this sweet face is just amazing!

We really enjoyed our last hoorah here in Utah. It was great to be able to take a break from life and just hang out with our family, while seeing some of the beauty Utah has to offer. Our camp site was at my brother-inlaw's cabin. In the middle of no where! And I loved it! It's totally my kind of spot! Andy, Will and I loved spending days together, uninterrupted from the phones, or tv, or computer! We are sad to be leaving Utah and our families. We are excited for this new journey in our lives and look forward to whatever The Lord has in store for us!