Sunday, October 14, 2012


On Saturday, October 13, Nate was baptized.  It was such an incredible day spent with so many people who love and support him. Everything was perfect and it was such a spiritual high.  I am so happy for Nate and Ryan and this step in their lives. His mom and sisters came into town from Montana and it was so neat having them there being so supportive of him.  I am so proud of him and know that he has been and will continue to be so blessed for making this decision.

More than I Could Ever Dream

tonight as i sit here catching up on my blog i am overwhelmed at how blessed i am.  it has been 90 days that nate and i have been dating and we have had so much fun together as a clan.  ryan is so much fun and a little bundle of energy and keeps me on my toes with his quick wit and little grin.  mowgli has his moments that make me stress but over all has been such a great little puppy.  nate and i have spent our summer driving back and forth between our houses trying to spend as much time together as possible.  i am so happy and love this clan of mine so much.

Birthday Weekend

Last week I celebrated my 30th birthday.  Eek.  How did that happen?  I swear I'm still 22... All in all it was a great weekend except for the little moment when I realized that in 10 short years I would be 40... but we don't need to talk about that.

Friday afternoon I took a half day off work and went to the zoo with my mom, Stella, Nate, and Ryan.  It was a perfect fall day and we had so much fun.  My mom is such a good Granny and takes such good care of everyone.  After the zoo we met my dad for dinner at Village Inn for a fun breakfast dinner.

Nate and Ryan came to my house after the zoo and we got ready to put in a movie.  Nate suggested I go put  my jammas on, and when I came back down the lights were off and they had a cake for me!  They were going to wait till midnight but Ryan was getting sleepy (and lets be honest, I was too...afterall, I'm not 29 anymore).

Saturday Nate and I went to the afternoon session of general conference.  Ryan hung out at my parents where he played marbles with my dad and helped my mom decorate the house for Halloween.  Then Nate and my dad went to Priesthood and then Nate and I went to dinner at Pei Wei.

It was such a perfect celebration with the people I love.  I am so happy and could not ask for one more thing in my life.  Except maybe to be 25.


In July Nate asked me if I had plans on September 29.  Evidently he is more of a planner than I am.  He was planning a Grand Adventure to celebrate my birthday.  He kept it a secret for the next 2 months (secret from me; he managed to tell every member of my family, his family, and all our co-workers) and kept me guessing.

The day finally arrived, and we headed west.  We drove to Tooele, and then Nate made me close my eyes for the last 1/2 mile of the drive.  I really really like surprises, but this had been going on for SO long and I really wondered if I was going to die before he told me I could open them.  I know that sounds dramatic but it is true.

He FINALLY said to open them, and there in front of me was this sign: Skydive Utah!!!!!  This sweet man of mine pushed me out of a plane for my birthday!!!  I had guessed a lot of things but had been giving him far less credit than he deserved.

We waited for about 45 minutes for our turn after signing our lives away.  We watched about 4 groups of people get ready, load up, take off in the plane, and land, all smiles.  We watched the employees pack parachutes and listened to them talk about all the different aspects of skydiving.

And then they called our name and it was time to get ready.  We met our tandem instructors Sam and Alec (side note about mine:  when we were waiting I heard this big, goofy looking guy laughing this big hearty laugh.  I said to Nate "Something about that guy doesn't inspire much confidence..."  Guess who introduced himself as my tandem instructor when we walked over?  Yep, Karma.) and they strapped us into our harnesses.  They were fun and goofy and made it such a fun experience.  Once we were strapped in it was just a few minutes till they said "There's our ride!"  We ran out to the tarmac and hopped into the tiniest plane I've ever seen.

There were a few other jumpers in the plane besides us, and it was crazy how quickly this little toothpick airplane gained altitude.  The door of the plane was open till it got too cold, and then they shut it till we got to 13,000 feet.  At 11,000 feet Sam finished strapping our harnesses together and gave me a 30 second run down on what was going to happen.  Next thing I knew the door was opening and the first 4 guys had jumped.

All the sudden I found myself standing on the threshold of an airplane, holding onto nothing but the shoulder straps of my harness, and watching the ground zip by below me.  It was the most unreal feeling I have ever experienced.  I could hear Sam saying something about Ready 3-2-1 and then we were falling!  We did a little front flip and then evened out falling flat on our bellies at 120 miles per about a rush!  It was so crazy to see the Great Salt Lake and the mountains and the fields from that viewpoint, and so loud with the wind! We free fell for 60 seconds till we reached 5500 feet, and then pulled the parachute.  Nate was much more brave and they flew down in a head dive for a while... Once the chute had caught us and we were steadied, we just cruised around spiraling slowly and calmly towards the hangar, and the next thing I knew he was telling me how we were going to land.  And the next thing I knew we were safe and sound back on solid ground.  The whole experience took less than 5 minutes but was worth every second.

I love this man of mine who plans such fun things and takes such good care of me.  It is always an adventure with our clan but this was definitely one for the books.

Shooting the Tube

Earlier in September Nate took us to Shoot the Tube.  It is in Salt Lake, under the I-215/I-80 exchange, and is a quarter mile viaduct that comes out into a little pool.  We took Mowgli and walked through the dog park--I could not believe how many people were out and about with 4-legged friends!  Mowgli enjoyed the walk part but wasn't sure about the tube shooting...

Our first run down we had little tubes..but by about half way down they were destroyed.  We ran it 2 more times just on our behinds which worked pretty well.  The last time down things got a little sketchy when all the sudden I heard Ryan scream "PAPPA!!!!!" and realized it was just me and him, and that Nate was a ways back and I had no idea what had happened to him.  We had no option but to keep going but I was horrified to what I was going to discover at the bottom.  When we got down I learned that the street signs used to stop up the tube (you have to let water build up in order to push you down) had broken free from the top and one was crashing down behind Nate.  Like the true gentleman he is, he pushed us ahead and then (while holding Mowgli) slowed himself down and kept the debris contained.  I think we had been ready to call it a day anyway, but that solidified it for me.

We went to dinner at Lonestar Taqueria which is one of my favorite places but you would have thought we were trying to order the moon by the way they reacted to us ordering 3 plates of fish tacos...

It has been such a fun summer going on all these adventures with my 2 favorite boys.  I am such a lucky girl and am trying to soak up every minute of it.

Dirty Dash

In September Nate invited me to join his work team for the Dirty Dash at Soldier's Hollow.  I have been wanting to do one of these runs for a while but was a little nervous since I have not been keeping on top of my workouts lately and worried I wouldn't be able to keep up.  But Nate talked me into it and I found myself riding up to Heber early on the morning of September 22.

It was SO MUCH FUN!!!  The team was relaxed and not in a hurry to finish (I think we took about 2 hours to run the total 10k) and ended up completely covered in mud.  Luckily our heat didn't start till 10:20 so it had warmed up a bit by the time we started, but was still pretty chilly in that mud.  When we finished we stood in line for garden hose showers but by that point we weren't picky!