Friday, July 13, 2012


Hello everyone! So I really am going to be trying to blog regularly but I've decided to use wordpress now instead of blogger.  Please visit me at

Monday, July 9, 2012

I Resolve to Blog Regularly (Maybe)

Once again, it's been forever since I've posted.  I'm quite the slacker when it comes to blogging but my brother Daniel and his wife Chelsea moved into our basement in May and Chelsea is making me blog.  I guess she's not really making me -I'm much stronger than her so she could never really force me to do anything -but she has challenged me to start blogging again.  So I'm resolving to blog at least once a week (which will be quite the accomplishment if I can pull it off).

Last week was the 4th of July -our Independence Day.  I love Independence Day.  I have a strong military family -my dad is in the Air Reserves (previously active duty Air Force), my father-in-law is retired Army National Guard, my husband and two of his brothers are currently in the Army National Guard, and I have a brother-in-law in the Air Reserves.  I am so grateful for them and for their service to this country and I'm so very grateful for all of the men and women who have fought for and defended our country in the past.  This truly is a land of freedom and because of that, so many things are possible for those of us who live here. 

I'm especially grateful for my freedom of religion.  Because of this freedom, the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was able to be restored to the earth again through the prophet Joseph Smith.  Because of this freedom I have the right to believe that and to worship how I want to worship.  And others have the right to believe differently. 

Also this week, my mom's side of the family had their family reunion.  Thursday was kind of a do your own thing day.  My family (mom, dad, brothers and sisters) went out to lunch and then to see The Amazing Spiderman (which I really enjoyed).  We then spent the night in Park City and went to Jordanelle on Friday.  For those of you who don't know -I have a lot of fears (some may even be considered phobias).  One of my big fears is water -but I went kayaking anyway.  It was actually a lot of fun.  I had a life jacket on and the water was quite calm. If I had fallen in I'm sure I would have hyperventilated but I didn't so it was fine.

Then we went to Heber Valley Camp for the rest of the reunion and I faced another of my fears there -heights.  There's a challenge course and we had to climb a tall pole and then walk across a log way up high in the air to another pole and then zip line down.  It was terrifying but I did it!

Here's a photo of my terrified face for your viewing pleasure:

And here's a photo of Devan -just because he's cute:
On Saturday night we went out to dinner and Leatherby's with my sister Laura, her roommate Janae, and our good friend Kortney.  We don't get to see Kortney very often because she lives in Boston (she actually lives in Texas but likes to pretend she lives in Boston -inside joke).  It was great to see her again even if I had to get hugged by Laura's creepy roommate. Lol

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Life is Crazy!

It has been forever since I've blogged! Life has been so busy with work and the bake shop ( mostly the bake shop) that I just haven't had time -sorry!
Anyway, Devan is now going into Massage Therapy. It's wonderful! He just finished Swedish Massage and Hot Stone Massage is up next! We have a massage table in our house and I love making sure he gets enough practice in!
My position at work changed -I'm no longer working with our South East Asia and India offices. Now I'm working with our offices in Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan! It's a lot of fun and hopefully I'll be going on a trip soon!
At church both of our callings have changed. I'm no longer Young Women President, I'm now the Ward Music Chairperson, Ward Pianist, Primary Pianist, and Ward Choir Director! It's been interesting since I'm not very good at the piano and I've never conducted a choir before. Devan is no longer 2nd Counselor in the Young Men Presidency - he is now Assistant Scout Master.
Anyway, last night I went to Temple Square and I think I got a pretty good picture of the temple (at least for taking it on my cell phone) so I thought I'd share.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai (Bombay)

The first part of August I got to go to Malaysia and India for work. My company has offices in those countries so I was sent to check out the offices and see how they do things there and to train the employees.

First I went to Malaysia. I stayed in the Hilton and it was super nice! Here's my room:

I didn't get to do a lot of sightseeing in Malaysia cause there just wasn't time but Jessie (she's over Distributor Services in the office there) took me to visit China Town where I bought most of my souvenirs.

It was pretty crowded! But they had a lot of cool stuff there at very cheap prices. They also had some interesting fruit they were selling that grows there in Malaysia. Some of it I had had before in Okinawa on my mission but a lot of the fruit I had never seen before. It was all yummy though! :)

I was in Malaysia on Sunday so I found an LDS church to go to. Malaysia has such a huge mix of different cultures that the services were in English (lucky for me). :) Everyone was very nice and a family from Utah (they've lived in a lot of foreign countries because of the dad's job) invited me over for lunch afterwards. Lunch was delicious and their apartment was super nice! Floor to ceiling windows in their living room! I was able to get a picture of the famous Twin Towers through their window.

Sunday night I flew to Mumbai (used to be known as Bombay). It is a very crowded place! There weren't really any lines at the airport -you basically have to push your way through to get through any of the "lines". There are so many cars on the street and horns are always honking -it reminds me of bumper cars. I didn't see many lines painted on the road -cars just drive where they can fit and they don't stop for pedestrians -it was quite scary trying to cross the street. The people in our office there were very nice -they gave me the traditional Indian welcome and put the red dot on my forehead and told me that it symbolizes the blessings of God.

I got to eat a lot of delicious food in India! I love Indian food but it was quite different from the food in Indian restaurants here -still delicious though! :) I also got to do some sightseeing with Radhika from the office there. Here's some pictures:

This one is the oldest train station in Bombay. I just thought it looked really cool. :)

Radhika took me to a place called The Great Bombay Store where I bought some cool souvenirs. This picture is a lego model of the Taj Mahal. I thought it was pretty sweet.

This is the Gateway to India which was erected way back when King George V visited Bombay.

This is a really nice hotel right by the Gateway to India. It was bombed by terrorists in 2008. They've obviously fixed it up again.

This is Radhika and me with the shoreline in the background. They call it "The Queen's Necklace". You can't see the whole shoreline but it goes around in a half circle and at night when all the lights are one it looks like a big sparkly necklace.

This is a picture of the lobby of the hotel I stayed in.  The Intercontinental -super nice!

It was a lot of fun in both countries and I'm glad I got to go. This week I just got another promotion at work so I'm no longer working with those markets. My next trip will be to either Australia, New Zealand, Korea or Japan most likely!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Eleanor's Bake Shop

So... my family just started a bakery!!!  The Grand Opening is tomorrow from 8am-8pm and the address is 9495 S 560 W Bldg. D  Sandy, UT 84070  Phone: (801) 563-7466.  I totally should have blogged about this sooner but I've been so busy blogging and facebooking for the bakery that I totally forgot about my own blog. lol.  Anyway, the food is delicious!  Come on by!  And if you come for the Grand Opening you get a free cake pop!  We're also serving lunch from 11am-2pm.  The rest of the hours we're open will be just baked goods.  Check out our blog and we're on facebook too!  Just look up Eleanor's Bake Shop.

These are our cake pops!  They are delicious!  In fact, I've never met anyone who has tried them and doesn't like them!  Come get a free one on Saturday.

This is the Ham & Swiss Arepa (one of our lunch menu items).  It's amazing!  You have to try it!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My New Haircut

We just took a family picture but shortly afterwards I decided to chop my hair off so here's another family picture with my new look!  I really like my new 'do.  Especially since it's nice and cool for the summer time.  What do you (the few readers that I might actually have) think?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend in Colorado

This past weekend Devan and I were able to fly out to Denver to visit his sister Jalayne, her husband Doug and their cute litte daughter Hailey.  We had so much fun! 

We got to visit Hammond's Candies -it was fun to be able to watch them make the candy and then we spent way too much in the store.  But it sure was delicious!  Here's some pictures (those of you who read Doug & Jalayne's blog may see some of the same pictures -sorry!).

We also went to see the Denver Botanic Gardens.  I thought it was awesome!  They had so many different types of gardens -my favorite was the Japanese garden because it's just so peaceful.  It was perfect weather to walk around the gardens too.  We also ended up with a good picture of Devan and me and it's going to be our new family picture.  I'm not going to post it right now because I don't have the edited file (there were some people in the background) on this computer so I'll have to post it later.  Anyway, here's some pictures:

What we like to call a "firework flower".

What a cute little family!

Isn't he cute!  The background looks nice too. :)

Now he's just being a dork. lol


We also found out that Denver has a ton of gluten free restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores with GF food, etc...  We went to this Italian restaurant called Abrusci's and they had almost everything gluten free.  I ordered Baked Ravioli (GF), Devan ordered Linguini with Roasted Tomatoes (GF so he could share with me) and Jalayne ordered Chicken Parmesan (also GF).  They were all delicious!  I also ordered some GF bread for a starter that came out with the regular complimentary bread.  It was delicious!

On Monday before flying home we went to a family BBQ for Memorial Day and we played Mad Gab. :)  I love that game!  My team won of course. :)

Anyway, we had tons of fun!  Thanks Doug, Jalayne, and Hailey for letting us come visit!