Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I was really looking forward to "labor" on Labor Day. Michael and my mom were scheduled to work this holiday too which was great because that means meeting up for lunch and enjoying 30 minutes together. It's like our version of verbal communication therapy. Also, holiday pay is a great incentive for me to want to work. However, the census on the floor has been really low so many employees have been getting called off. Well Sunday night rolls around and guess what? I got put on-call. I asked Mike why he thought our census was so low right now. He replied "The hospital needs to quit telling people to get healthy!" My husband ladies and gentlemen; the problem solver.

Yesterday Michael went to shoot guns with his mom. I had a lot of homework to get caught up/get ahead on so I stayed home. Later in the night I was asking how it went and when it got to the part where he was telling me about the guns he used, he mentioned using a revolver. I knew I had heard the word revolver before but I could not picture what it looked like. I said "What does a revolver look-oh wait, never mind. Thanks Clue!" My childhood, game-playing memory served me well.

On an unrelated note- Go Ravens! Season opener game this Thursday!

Side note- I don't even want to talk about the length of the gap between posts. :)

Enjoy your first week of September!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The perils of the laundromat

My day started off like any other day. Woke up at 4:30, showered, got ready, ate breakfast, got dressed in my nursing scrubs and headed to the hospital. But unlike any other day, my nurse I'm supposed to precept with was not there. She traded her shift and worked yesterday instead. So what did this mean for me? I got to go home and snuggle up to my sweet hubby and our heating blanket while watching a movie! I think that's something worth waking up early for. :) 

It also gave me some free time to write about our laundromat experiences. Sounds like a particularly boring topic but we've had some experiences that are anything BUT boring. 

Experience #1: It was around the last week of September. We tried a new laundromat close to where I lived before we were married We also tried some new detergent. The problem with this experience was Michael could not stop itching the next day. He got some very bad hives and it was crippling his daily activities. We thought it was from the new detergent which lead to our next laundromat visit. 

Experience #2: We took all of our clothes and sheets to re-wash them in our previous detergent we were using. Same laundromat. We were so hopeful this would fix the problem because it became increasingly irritable for Mike. Unfortunately this was not the case and the itching persisted.

Michael and I decided we needed to go to the dermatologist. We were told it was not from our laundry detergent. It was either from medication he was taking (which he was not), a cold he had (which he didn't), or a food allergy. He has not had any food allergies but it is always possible to develop an allergy later in life. So we got a prescription and were told to keep taking benadryl, claritin, and zyrtec. 

October 28, 2012. Michael and I woke up at 4:30 to get ready for work (him) and a nursing clinical (me). We had freshly washed clothes because we had gone to the laundromat the night before. While getting ready he made a comment that his face looked fat. I blew it off thinking nothing of it. Then I walked out into our living room and saw Mike standing there with a blank stare. I talked to him and he wasn't fully responding. When he did, he seemed normal and again, I blew it off. 

Fast-forward to 9:00 and I get a text saying, "Hey babe. So don't freak out. Everything is fine but I had to go into the ER today because of an allergy reaction. I was just discharged and I'm at Walgreens. Focus on school." Do you really think I could just focus on school at this point?! Turns out he got to work and was having trouble breathing. While in a patient's room he noticed his face had completely swelled up like "Hitch." Apparently when he said his face looked fat this morning it was the beginning signs of his allergic reaction. He came to see me for lunch at the hospital and I promise I have never seen that boy look so pale and so sick. Something had definitely gone wrong with him that morning. 

Well the ER doctor told him he was 75% sure his reaction was from some ibuprofen he took that morning... but I'm skeptical to believe this. He started having some sort of a reaction way before he took the ibuprofen that morning. Also, the first time the hives manifested was the day after our first laundromat experience. He had this extreme reaction the day after our second laundromat experience. I think it could be something in the environment near the laundromat. But who knows right? We're going to see an allergist once the corticosteroids the ER doctor prescribed are out of his system. 

On a lighter note I wanted to end with our conversation from last nights laundromat visit (a different location, of course). 

To set the stage I need to tell you we went to only wash our garments and scrubs because we didn't have a lot of time. We only had the two batches. While Mike was gathering the garments from the washer he motioned for me to get the scrubs....

Mike: Grab that basket and start loading them in
Me: I'm waiting for you to finish so I can put them in that basket too
Mike: Just get the other one
Me: Why can't I wait until your done?
Mike: Because I don't like them to mix. Garments and scrubs... I just don't like it
Me: Boy, it's a good thing you weren't born during the 1800s. You'd be all about segregation
Mike: *Laughing* Oh, because the "whites" and "colored" *laughing*

Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Time

Time doesn't stop for anybody.

Not for the businessman who barely missed the subway, the reporter who missed the press, the athlete who crossed the finish line second, nobody.

I regretfully admit that recently I have been happy about this undeniably true thought. All too often I find myself wishing time would move a second faster, a minute quicker, and a day sooner. With Michael and I both having hectic school schedules and longer hours logged in at work, I was constantly hoping for another tomorrow.

But why?

We are newlyweds- barely married for 5 months. I am almost done with my nursing program- should I not soak up every opportunity to learn? We have jobs in our fields of interest- at least we have the means to earn a living in a struggling economy.

With the 2012 election ending yesterday, (and it's no secret it did not end in our favor) I feel a new sense of the need to enjoy every moment. Time has not stopped and life still goes on. We are still moving forward. While I do not support the decisions made by Obama, I do support the decisions and counsel from leaders of The Church. I especially believe in the following quote,

"Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House but on what happens inside your house." - James E Faust

Michael and I still took pleasure in watching every second of the election footage starting in the early evening and going into the early hours of the morning. We even woke up at 6 AM to turn on the news. I am glad we exercised our right to vote and took part in this election. Now that it is over, we will still keep smiles wiped across our faces and slow down to enjoy every moment. 

A lot of exciting things for our future and we are still in the beginning. 

Happy day-after-election day

Friday, August 3, 2012

What's happened since the wedding?

Becoming Mrs. Michael Hunt has honestly been one of the best and biggest adventures of my life! So much that I haven't been able to write about all of the amazing things we have done together! Which leads me to this post, my catch-up post.

The weekend after the wedding was my brother's birthday. We decided it would be really fun to get a hotel and head down to Vegas. The only problem was I was scheduled to work Saturday and Sunday. But there was a little glimmer of hope. We were over staffed on the floor so I made it known on Saturday I would like to be called off work on Sunday because I was going to head down to Vegas after work. All looked well and it seemed like I would be called off. After Michael and I got off work we left to meet Stanton and Erik at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. After dinner we spent some time walking around and then headed to a wonderful hotel room at the Hilton. We got to the hotel room around 1AM and decided to go to bed because of the "off-chance" I would be called into work I needed some sleep. As chance would have it I received a phone call at 3:15 (4:15 Utah time) from the hospital. There was a need on a different floor and one of the CNA's I worked with called in sick. We were in Vegas for a total of 4 hours before we drove back home.

To add a little twist to the story, the party did not end there! After I got off work on Sunday Michael, Stanton, and I went to Mesquite. Was I tired? You bet! But who can say no to partying for a brother's birthday weekend? We went to the Eureka Casino to play Blackjack and Mike had his first opportunity to gamble. Beginners luck was on his side as he doubled the money he put down. I came out barely over even and Stanton was there to enjoy his birthday weekend. It was a crazy way to end our first week after the honeymoon.

Our next adventure happened the very next weekend. I grew up seeing the Manti Pageant and Mike hadn't seen it yet. We decided to stay at my parent's house Thursday night, see the pageant Friday, and leave Saturday because I worked on Sunday. We were in for a total surprise when we got up north and saw a fire around the area that looked like Michael's house he lived at in high school. Mike called his mom and she confirmed the fire was nearby. Reality set it and soon all the other vacations were put on the back burner. We were headed to see Disney's "Brave" on opening day when Mike's mom called to say she received an evacuation phone call. Mike decided to go to his mom's house and get things in order for the worst-case-scenario. We were happy to have her come over to my parent's house for the night and we had a BBQ in the backyard.

The next day things looked better and it was time for us to head back down south. We left around 5 or 6 in the evening and started joking how funny it was we came up for the Manti Pageant but our vacation turned out totally different. Then Mike said, "Well, do you still want to go?" At that very second a road sign came up that said the Nephi exit was 7 miles away which lead Michael to say, "You have seven miles to decide if you want to go." It was kind of crazy because I had to work the next day, but we decided to go anyway! Michael seemed really excited about it and it was worth it having little sleep. It was a neat experience for Mike, he did some "bible bashing," we laid on a blanket on the hillside, got pulled over in Salina (no ticket given), and drove through the night.

Our fourth of July was like most others. We had a family BBQ, played croquet in the backyard, and celebrated the holiday. It was a special trip up north because on the 3 of July we went to the Timpanogos Temple with Brian & Katie, Jeni & John, and my parents to do sealings. It was important to me that I didn't do a sealing session before my own, but this was my first sealing session besides my own sealing. We had 28 names between the four of us. It was a very special experience and a time for me to really listen to the spirit.

Our next trip was Bryce Canyon/Yellowstone! These two trips were basically put into one big vacation. Michael and I ran the Bryce Canyon 5k while my dad ran the half marathon on July 14! It was very impressive to see how much my dad can accomplish! He is an incredible man and I am proud to be his daughter. My brother Brian and his wife Katie headed to Bryce with my parents the night before and it was so enjoyable to spend time with them there because we don't see those two very often. After we finished our races Michael and I, and my parents headed towards Ashton, Idaho. My uncle Kevin is doing construction on a dam there and my dad wanted to visit. Unfortunately because of weather we stayed the night in Rexburg and then left in the morning to Ashton. I think Michael enjoyed meeting my uncle Kevin and aunt Barbara. He thought they were hilarious, just as most people do.

The following day we went into Yellowstone to meet my sister and her family. We spent three wonderful, sunburned, buffalo-spying days in Yellowstone. It was amazing to spend those fabulous days with my parents and Jeni and John and all of her kids. We all had so much fun and I just love those children! I got tons of pictures of tons of different wildlife. We also ate lots of yummy food around the campfire and enjoyed looking at the beautiful outdoors around us. I forgot how much I loved being there! The only vivid memory I had about Yellowstone before this trip was the smell. I have a very sensitive nose and smell things from miles away! I'm happy to announce I have new memories of Yellowstone and can't wait to return.

The next notable trip was one we took separately. It was difficult for me because it was our first time apart. The reason I felt okay about the situation was because I went on a girls trip to Disneyland! Disneyland AND time with the girls... what's not to love? We had ten girls from my mom's side of the family go on a fun girls trip! I loved every moment! I was so amazed that we were all able to make it together and have so much fun. I was able to spend a lot of time with Katie before they leave to Mississippi for four years. I made some lifelong memories on that vacation that will always stay with me. There is no "mucking" around about that!

While I was in California, Michael went back to Idaho to spend time with his best friend Jordan and his fiance' Gabby. From what I hear, it was lots of fun and some much needed "bro" time. Jordan is getting married and will be moving to Florida so this was an opportune time for those two to get some quality time together.

Summer has gone by fast. But not fast enough to forget about another Disneyland trip. In a couple days Michael and I will head down to Disneyland with my sister's family and my mom again!! I am thrilled to go back a second week in a row with my mom and sister and to go back with Mike for our first time since the honeymoon!

Happy summer time everyone!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Honeymoon-ing!

I have been really excited to write this post! It's about the destination of our honeymoon!

Some of you knew and some of you didn't.... but I sure didn't know where we were going for our honeymoon! Michael planned it all and kept it a surprise for me! 

So picking up where my last blog left off, we drove away from our reception as the sun was setting. I didn't even know where Mike was taking me! It's quite an exciting adventure to get in a car with your new husband and have no idea where you are going! Plus it was an added treat to have everybody smile and wave at our decorated car and my fluffy dress occupying the passenger seat on our way. ;) 

We got onto the northbound entrance as Michael told me we were going to Anniversary Inn in Salt Lake City! I was really excited to actually stay in the city and stay at Anniversary Inn. My parents and siblings have stayed there before and it was somewhere I have always wanted to spend the night. It was perfect for our wedding night! Michael booked the "Jungle Safari" room and I couldn't have picked a better room. Mike had rose petals scattered all over our room and the sounds of the water fountain flooded my ears as we entered the room. Going up the stairs led to our bed and to the left is our bathtub below the elephant. Right behind the elephant trunk is the faucet where the water comes out for the shower. Some added cool things about our room: we got sparkling cider (a favorite for me), cheesecake, Mike bought chocolate covered strawberries, a divine breakfast in the morning, and a huge list of DVDs to watch. Oddly enough, Mike and I picked to watch The Mummy.... a little strange for the wedding night... but we didn't want a love movie and neither of us had seen it in a while. 


The next morning we got up and headed to my family's house. My family had said they wanted us there no later than 11:00. When my sister got married we were all there for her to open presents and we wanted to continue the tradition with me. But there was something different this time. You see, not only does Mike like to surprise me, but apparently my family loves it too. 

At the end of the presents I opened a box from my sister. It was all my pins that I trade with in Disneyland. I was kinda confused why she would re-gift my own pins I bought. The next box I opened was another one of my lanyards with some more pins. If I wasn't confused before, I was definitely confused now. The next thing I picked up were two annual pass tickets to Disneyland and at the top was my sister's handwriting. She wrote congratulations and told me shed loved us. I had no idea my parents and all my siblings chipped in to buy Michael and me annual passes to DISNEYLAND! My sister went on to explain Mike had planned this all out and they all wanted to be a part of it. This was also the reasoning behind us being there no later than 11:00 because we were driving all the way down to California that night! 

It was crazy and I didn't even know what to think! I thought we were going to Midway or Heber or staying somewhere nearby and didn't even think about Disneyland! My favorite place EVER! 

My family got us all packed and on our way. We stopped in St. George because Mike had another surprise. He had rented a car! I was really happy about that idea! We got to the car rental and as we were walking in I just happened to glance to my left and see our wedding invitation in the drivers window of a brand new Jeep Cherokee! It had been decorated for the wedding and said congratulations. By this point I was so elated I couldn't believe any of it was real! 

We got the car and continued on our way to Disneyland. The next week was full of so many laughs and so much magic! I could never say thank you enough to Mike or my family! I love them all so much! 

It was probably a weekend of surprises I will never forget! Disneyland, annual passes, rental car, surprise hotels... it was a fabulous way to begin our HUNT for Happily Ever After! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

June 1, 2012

I have been thinking for weeks about what I could write to give an accurate description of our wedding day. Wanting to remember every significant detail, (which seems to be everything) every face, every tear, every smile... but how can you put into words something so beautiful and perfect? I played the day over and over in my head and came to the conclusion there is no way to really write how I felt. That day was more than I had dreamed! It was so relaxing and so peaceful! Simply elegant and classic! We were surrounded by everybody we loved and everybody was there to celebrate the joyous occasion of Michael and I being sealed for time and all eternity! I couldn't be happier.

With that being said, I will try to re-cap the wedding week.

That week started off with my mother and I visiting the Draper and Jordan River temples on Tuesday to do an endowment session and another one on Wednesday in Manti. It was a special feeling to be wrapped up in the gospel and so close to the happy day. It added to my confirmation that I was making the right decision. The gospel brings so much happiness and truth into my life and I am so grateful to my mom for making it a temple week with me.

Thursday, Michael and I went to get pedicures with his stepmom and dad in Lehi. Little did Mike know he would be getting purple toe nails with polkadots. To this day the purple polkadots are still on his toes. I don't have toe nail polish remover and we never seem to remember to pick some up. The best part is when my dad sees his toes. My dad is the depiction of man. He hunts, fishes, works, gets his hands dirty, the whole nine yards; so it was funny to see his reaction. He was talking to Michael last week and then mid-sentence said, "You've got to get rid of those toes!" and then started laughing. Now whenever we are around my dad, Mike makes sure he has socks on his feet to hide his toes!

Later on Thursday Michael and I went to his mom's house to finish last minute details of our luncheon and for me to meet Michael's grandmother from Canada. She is a delightful woman and it was lovely to spend an afternoon talking with her and being at his mom's house. After, Michael and I picked up calla lilies his mom ordered for the reception in Sandy and picked up my bridal bouquet from the Painted Daisy in Alpine.

Friday, June 1, 2012

It started pretty early (2:45 to be exact) because we were starting pictures at the Salt Lake Temple at 6AM! My former roommate Shay drove up from St. George at 11PM the night before and got to my parent's house around 3AM to do my hair. Awesome friend right? We decided to do pictures early so we could have them with the sunrise and before our sealing. This would be easier for everybody who came to the temple so they did not have to wait for Michael and I to take our pictures together after the ceremony. It turned out to be one of our best decisions (apart from saying "yes" to being married). The sunrise was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and we had the whole temple grounds to ourselves. We had an awesome videographer present with our photographer to get two birds with one stone. We did the dress reveal/first glance right at 6. I had taken every measure to ensure Mike didn't see the dress or know any details about shoes, makeup, hair, or jewelry before the wedding. I wanted to surprise him on the day of the wedding and have it captured on video and in pictures. Our pictures turned out quite lovely (I'll post them soon) and I absolutely adore the wedding video!

After the sealing ceremony we took pictures on the temple grounds with our family and friends and then everybody except the videographer, photographer, and my mom left to head for the luncheon. The rest of us stuck around to capture some last minute bride and groom shots.

We got to the luncheon around 1:30PM at Mike's church in Eagle Mountain. Michael's mom made all of the decorations and cooked all of the food that was served. She did a fantastic job! It looked like a reception and not a luncheon! Everybody loved her version of Cafe Rio salads and her chocolate cupcakes! At first when Michael and I sat down nobody else sat by us. We couldn't figure it out and I asked my sister to come over. She said we should be sitting with the parent's and she didn't want to take away that moment. However, both of our parent's were already sitting and eating. Eventually my niece Joy came to sit by me and she said, "Maybe I can come have a sleepover with you tonight!" This statement really made me laugh. I have sleepovers with her all the time, but maybe we shouldn't on our wedding night! ;)

We finished at the luncheon around 3 and I saw the car for our videographer was still there. He had gone into another room to work on our video and so I asked Mike to let him know we were leaving. Mike said the videographer knew and he was just in there helping clean up the luncheon. I was super impressed with his level of professionalism and how kind he was to help out!

Next we were meeting at Wadley Farms to take pictures at 5PM. This left just enough time for Michael and I to take a quick nap at his mom's house before heading to the reception. As you can imagine, we were quite the tired couple. When we arrived at the reception we was completely shocked at all of the beautiful greenery! It was breathtaking. It was more magical than I thought it could be!

Before the reception we got to take a look at the same-day edit video, take pictures with the bridal party, and then got ready for the reception to start.  The reception went by extremely fast! I guess seeing everybody passed the time by quicker than I thought! I was so happy to see so many familiar faces from 3 different states, 2 countries, all the way down to local friends and family. Michael and I cut into our cake around 8:00 PM. After that we did the father/daughter dance to, "I loved her first" the mother/son dance to, "My wish" and then everybody together danced to, "Moonlight Serenade."

The next moment was so special to me. Unfortunately, my brother Jared could not attend. He had to work and could not make it back to Utah. Luckily we were able to Skype on my brother's iPhone. He was able to see the reception and we could talk live. Man I love technology. I am so grateful Jared could attend - even if through technology!

Before I knew it, it was time to leave. It was a little after 9PM and my family already had my things packed in our car. I had no idea where we were going because Michael had kept our whole honeymoon a secret! It was so fun! We passed through the line of our friends and family and got into our car. We waved goodbye and literally drove off into the sunset.

June 1 is a day I will not forget. June 1 was our special day. June 1 was a magical day, a day for happily ever after's, and a day to begin our new life together.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Be where your feet are...

A couple weeks ago I spent a night watching several "I'm a mormon" videos (Visit "here" to see the website). One phrase particularly stood out to me. She said "Be where your feet are." I have repeated it to myself over the last few weeks and I am living by this motto. It essentially means that you don't need to worry about the past or even worry about the future... be where your feet are... in this current moment.

I must admit I am guilty when it comes to planning every second of the month(s) and evaluate the last month(s). However, I have changed my outlook on life. It is no secret about the amount of stress I have been under. Between nursing school and having class 4 days a week and working the other 3 AND planning the wedding, It gets stressful... but now is the time to embrace it!

 I have come to really enjoy life as an engaged couple. Michael and I have so much fun together and I am amazed at how much he can accomplish in one day! He is my constant companion and keeps me strong! He is my foundation towards a happy life!

I am eternally grateful for my family - especially my mother - who continually plans, coordinates, invites, designs and take on any other details for the wedding, school, and anything I need help with. She is the woman I want to become.

I seriously have the best nursing class in the history of the world. The camaraderie characteristics each classmate has is remarkable! Everybody looks out for each other and every student is there for each other at any moment. They post notes, hold countless hours of study groups into the endless hours of the night, and they always do it with a smile. They are all so smart and I am so blessed to be in this class!

I have come to love being engaged. I am enjoying this new chapter in my life. I still get butterflies being with Mike and I love being able to call him my fiance'. I would not wish it to go by any faster, (definitely not any slower) but I am enjoying life's simple moments.

 I love Michael, I love my family, I love being a nursing student... and.... I am where my feet are!