Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ryan Blake Bellows

So, Ryan is so big now! :) Jeff and I have the cutest next door neighbor ever, and we love getting to spend time with him.

We sure will miss him when his parents move away! We'll miss his parents, too. :( But hey! There's always blogs, facebook, and vacations, right? :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Cousin—The Jewelry Artist

So, my cousin has been designing jewelry for a while, and she just started up an online store. I think she's quite talented, and I love her pieces, so I wanted to include the link here, so you can check it out if you're interested. :)

Tiger Lily
For some reason the link isn't working:

Here's a taste:
One of her necklaces.

Here is a necklace with matching earrings on the left there.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

15 things we wouldn't know if it weren't for the movies

One of my friends e-mailed this list to me, and I thought it was pretty cute. :)

1. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there, and you can travel to any other part of the building you want without difficulty.
2. You're very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
3. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it is not necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.
4. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
5. If staying in a haunted house, women must investigate any strange noises in their most diaphanous underwear, which is just what they happened to be carrying with them at the time the car broke down.
6. If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.
7. If someone says, "I'll be right back", they won't.
8. Computer monitors never display a cursor on screen but always say:
Enter Password Now.
9. It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations. And none of your friends have to knock when they come for a visit.
10. Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.
11. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.
12. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
13. If you decide to start dancing in the street everyone around you will automatically be able to mirror all the steps you come up with and hear the music in your head.
14. Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.

And last but not least

15. When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

on a side note

Lol, I know I'm supposed to be going to bed, but I just realized that I wrote "childhood friends," and all of a sudden I was like, what?! I'm old enough to have childhood friends? Oh my . . . when did that happen?

Old Posts

I was going back through my blog and reading posts from 2004, and it's pretty funny stuff. Maybe not to anyone else, because you're not me, but I was laughing. Oh my. I have sentences with things like "lol totally bizarre crazy" and just other funny 19 year old things. It's weird sometimes to think about my life before Jeff, because my life revolves around Jeff now. Sometimes it hard to remember that it ever didn't. Does that make sense? I guess it doesn't really matter whether it makes sense or not. Anyway, reading my old blogs makes me want to read my old journals. Those are really funny, because I was a spastic 13 year old. My favorite entry is about how excited I was about a deacon picking up my pencil in Sunday School. Haha. Good times. Anyway, it is quickly approaching my bedtime, so in the words of one of my best childhood friends, "nighty night sleep tight don't let the bed bugs bite." (I know, I know, everyone says that, but it's a tradition with one of my friends.)

Dress-up with Hallie

My sister-in-law, Mindee, took these of my precious niece, Hallie, who belongs to my sister Amy, not Mindee. (Mindee is due in October though!)




It's an early Halloween for Hallie!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fancy Picture

Here is our fancy cruise picture. No worries, photography-friendly, I purchased the copyright and got it on a CD as well. :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cruise Day 5

This was it the last day. We basically spent all day getting home. We had to be out of our cruise room at 8:00am, but we were in the last group that got to get off the boat, so we had a while to wait. We ate breakfast and played shuffle board. Jeff kicked my trash. Not surprising. He's a stud. Then we just kind of walked around and enjoyed the ship. :)

We finally got off the ship and made it through customs. We took a shuttle bus over to Enterprise, but even though we had a reservation, there wasn't a car for us. However, they did shuttle us on another bus over to a different Enterprise building. There we were given an SUV that was actually really nice. :) So, it all worked out. Then we drove to the Enterprise near the airport. Then we got on another shuttle to the actual airport. (Lots of shuttles.) By the way, the Orlando airport is amazing. It has a huge, beautiful hotel atrium in the airport, like before you go through security. I would love to stay there. It was just gorgeous! Anyway, we took a shuttle to the other part of the airport. The plane ride was great. More turbulence than I've felt recently, but nothing major. ;) We made it to Salt Lake City, and guess what?! We got on another shuttle over to the parking lot. :) Then we drove home and got back around 8:00pm. I stayed in the car and went straight to choir. So, lots of traveling! On the way home though, we saw a rainbow! I don't know if I've ever seen a rainbow in Utah before. It rains so rarely that there aren't a lot of opportunities for rainbows.
It's there near the black car. I guess I should have cropped and zoomed in. Oh well.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cruise Day 4

We decided to try to be healthy, since we were eating so much. Going up 7 flights of stairs had already gotten by heart rate up to 140 we discovered! Jeff's was only at 90. :) My target heart rate was 158, so I almost didn't need to do much at all lol (speed wise). We did the running, or whatever it's called on that machine, for 30 minutes.

Isn't that cool that our boat had a mini golf course on the top of it?
Yes. Jeff is good at all sports.

Yup, you guessed it—dinner again. :)

We basically had the best servers on the ship. It's Jean from Haiti and Mannex from the Philippines. They were great. Since a lot of people skip the fancy dinners, because they don't want to dress up, we were able to get multiple entrees, starters, and desserts when we wanted. :)

I'm not completely sure what this towel animal is . . . possibly something made-up or a mythical creature, but I still liked it! ;)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cruise Day 3

So, this day we landed in Nassau, Bahamas. I learned a lot of interesting things. Like there are like 700 islands, but only like 20 of them are populated. There was a native population of Indians, but those Indians were captured and removed to be slaves elsewhere, and they all died. So there actually are no natives left on the island, so English is the only language really. It is sad. Now the people living there just find pieces of the history left behind and try to figure out how they once lives on the islands.

We were supposed to go snorkling with sting rays, but it was canceled, because the recent storms stirred the water up too much, and we wouldn't have been able to see anything. So, then we scheduled snorkling on a different part of the island, but it was canceled, too. We ended up just getting off the boat, and saying yes to the first Bahamian who asked us to take his tour. It ended up being a great deal. It was the same tour we could have purchased from the cruise, but it was about $40 less a person. We drove around the whole island and got to stop at an old fort and at the swanky hotel, the Atlantis.

These pictures (above and below) are us at the Queen's Staircase. It's dedicated to Queen Victoria, who was the person who abolished slavery in the islands. That's definity a worthy thing to have done. It had that nice waterfall along side the stairwell and of course those beautiful flowering trees covering over the walkway at the bottom.

Here's Jeff and I sitting at the dock just waiting for our tour to start. I wore my company T-shirt to represent, since they paid for the cruise and plane tickets!

We found Zion! Isn't this interesting? It was at the bottom of the Queen's Staircase. I'm not sure who Sidney was who wrote it, but we thought it was pretty interesting. :)

That suite in the middle (like the bridge) is the $25,000 a night room that you have to get for at least 4 days. Very expensive! It was a beautiful hotel. We got to walk around.

I thought these fish were pretty scary.
Jeff and I were going to pretend our snorkling wasn't canceled, and that these pictures we took of the aquarium were actually pictures we took snorkling, hehe.

Here's just one example of some of the artwork inside the Atlantic. This is the sun temple or something. Apparently it cost like a million dollars. Crazy!

These are the doors to the front entrance. They cover easier to open doors. I'm not sure if these ones ever close actually, but they are the largest doors I've ever seen, and they have hinges, so they could close. For an idea, Jeff is like 6'4", so the doors are way tall!

The throne they let tourists sit in and take pictures! Doesn't it look made for us?

The wind was blowing intensely, so I took my hat off and put it in my bag, but then my hair was going just crazy! Jeff and I are both trying to hold it down in this picture. :) I thought this was a nice Kodak moment spot.

Here's a picture of our boat: the Carnival "Sensation." They give these boats the greatest names. Our first cruise was on the "Inspiration."

These little guys were just a few feet away from us. They were just hanging out while we were sun bathing. I thought they were so cute and brave. The numbers varied, but for this shot they almost posed in the exact same position for me. :)

Here we are at dinner again. Jeff decided to spice things up this time with a sweet smooch. :)

Puppy dog towel animal!

So there are more pictures from our time in Nassau. You can find them on facebook if you're interested: Facebook Album!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Cruise Day 2

So, there are a bunch of pictures that I still need to add for this day, but I used a water proof disposable camera, because I didn't trust myself to take my digital camera on a kayak. We spent this day in Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama, Bahamas. We kayaked through a mangrove jungle and walked through a national park. Then we ate lunch on a private beach. It was my favorite day of the cruise. The beach was just beautiful. I've been to a few beaches in the United States and in Brazil, and I vote this one the best. It had super soft sand and shallow water. The Bahamas are quite flat, so it makes sense that the beach stays shallow for a long time. :) Also, we walked out quite far, and it stayed sand! No rocks or shells or nasty seaweed. Just soft, soft beautiful sugar sand. Interestingly, the rain hurt quite a bit. It was a gentle rain and then all of a sudden it almost felt like hail. I thought maybe it had salt in it, but our tour guide said it had something to do with the air pressure there or something. I'll write more about this when I have the pictures from our water proof camera. It was a simply wonderful day!

We won 14-karat gold plastic ships on sticks! :) I have discovered that my husband really is dominant in basically every sport. We kicked trash in the bean bag toss competition and won these babies. :)

Here we are at dinner again. This time you can see our meals. Jeff's entree was shrimp and lobster. I had prime rib and a baked potato. I ate about 5 bites, and then Jeff finished the rest. I just don't really like steak. I really ordered it for the potato. It was good though! Jeff said the prime rib at the Church Office Building is better though. We really, really enjoyed the meals though. Delicious fine dining!

Here was this evening's towel friend. I think it's an elephant. :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cruise Day 1

So, we made it! We almost missed our flight before it even started, because our flights had changed. I thought about looking online, but then I didn't, and since my company purchased the plane tickets, Delta called a phone number that was not mine to warn me of the flight change, so our luggage couldn't be checked, and I had to sacrifice my hair spray and other liquids as I put my luggage through security that I had planned on checking. We were being paged as we speed walked through the airport. Good thing Salt Lake has a relatively small airport!

This is right after lunch on the lido deck. Behind us you can see Port Canaveral, Florida.

I never actually got in the swimming pool or used the slide, but I thought it was pretty cool, so I took a picture of it. :)

This was our room. It's the biggest window we've ever had in a room! We had a small porthole on our first cruise and no window on our second, so I was pretty excited about this window!

Here we are in the dining room at the end of our first day on the boat. The food was great!

The famous towel animals. I think it's a mama walrus and a baby walrus, but it's up for debate. :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Old-fashioned Yearbook Pictures

These are courtesy of That's where to go if you want to do it, too!


If you click on the picture, it will get bigger.

5 Browns

I was looking at my friend's blog when I found this video about a sibling group called "5 Browns." Now you may be way ahead of me and have already heard of them, but I thought they were really cool!

Their official website
The Wikipedia blurb

They all went to Julliard, and I'm fairly certain they're Mormons. At least one of them has wedding pictures at the Salt Lake Temple, so I'm going to go ahead and make that assumption. Anyway, how amazing is it for five siblings to all be so talented? I am really impressed by people that have a God-given gift and who take the time to develop it and create beautiful things.

I can't figure out how to make a YouTube video show up on my blog, so links will have to do.

Oh yeah, and I think it's amazing that they are all playing from memorization and do not have anyone directing them. They've just practiced together so much that they're just together! That's amazing!

Rhapsody in Blue Video on YouTube
Flight of the Bumblebees
Scenes from West Side Story
Clips of songs and the media


Monday, September 1, 2008

Upcoming cruise

I am way excited about the upcoming cruise! Here's the rundown:

Sun, Sep 7
Salt Lake–Atlanta Depart 12:20 AM Arrive 6:07 AM
Atlanta–Orlando Depart 7:00 AM Arrive 8:22 AM
Port Canaveral Orlando Docked Depart 4:00 PM

Mon, Sep 8
Freeport, Bahamas Docked Arrive 8:00 AM Depart 4:00 PM
Freeport Kayak & Nature Experience Depart 8:30 AM Arrive 2:30 PM

Tue, Sep 9
Nassau, Bahamas Docked Arrive 7:00 AM
Blackbeard's Deluxe Depart 9:00 AM Arrive 1:00 PM

Wed, Sep 10
Nassau, Bahamas Docked Depart 6:00 AM
Fun Day At Sea

Thu, Sep 11
Port Canaveral Orlando Docked Arrive 7:00 AM
Orlando–Cincinnati Depart 1:40 PM Arrive 3:51 PM
Cincinnati–Salt Lake Depart 5:05 PM Arrive 6:49 PM

Ship: Carnival Sensation
Itinerary: Bahamas
Days: 4 DaysYes, that really is the Carnival Sensation!

So, I'm sure you've heard from someone or seen the news and know about the hurricanes. I hope the only casualties end up being trees and power lines. It would be sad to lose friends and families in another hurricane so recently after Katrina. However, I am not sure why you would want to live somewhere where there are hurricanes. I mean, natural disasters happen everywhere, but it seems like major hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc. those are things you should try to avoid when trying to choose where to settle. Perhaps those people didn't choose though, and they've lived there their whole lives and don't want to move. That would make sense. I can understand keeping you roots where you're from.

I'm sorry if I sound heartless. When people die, I feel sad for the others left behind, but dying (if you're ready) really isn't that bad of a gig. You're done—you win—you crossed the finish line. It's only the people still on earth that I am sad for, because you miss them and no longer have their support.

Anyway, I'm starting to wonder if the hurricanes will affect our cruise. They haven't yet, because the cruise is still a week away, but I've looked at some of the cruises this week and they've been rerouted and changed. They get from 25 to 50 percent back on the purchase and that much of a discount on a future cruise though, so that seems like a good deal.

Our shore excursion in Freeport involves kayaking and hiking. I am excited to see the landscape and nature there. I've heard it's beautiful. Then in Nassau, we'll be snorkeling and feeding/petting sting rays. The cruise boat will be stopped in Nassau for a long time though, so I think we have about 5 hours of free time to wander around the city. I suppose we'll find a beach or window shop or walk around if there are pretty churches and old buildings to look at. Any suggestions? Specifically Rinna, if you read this? :)