Friday, December 11, 2009
Ben and I got done with work a little early last night and headed down to the Jazz vs Magic game. Dwight Howard plays for the Magic and is one of my favorite players, (after Memo of course:) and we were very excited to see him in action. We hustled downtown after work and were able to get lower bowl tickets! This is the first game we were able to get lower tickets and were very excited to watch the big game. Now I am a Jazz fan, but when there is a great player in town, I get very excited to watch them. Ben thought that the Jazz didn't have any hope to win the game, but the second half really turned around for the Jazz and they were able to pull off a W.
Tonight we are going to lay low, gym and then supper and tomorrow again a full day of basketball. Being a big sports fan, Ben wants to hit up a U of U basketball game as they are playing Oklahoma, and as far as I've heard Oklahoma must be a top ranked team. After this game, we are going straight downtown to get tickets for another Jazz game, against the Laker's tonight! It's always fun going to watch basketball for me, and the Jazz Bear is my favorite!
Along with all the sports excitement for the weekend there is another huge snow storm that is suppose to blow in starting late tonight until Sunday. Now it's unusual to get Ben away from from the TV on football Sunday's, but we might have to make our first trek up to the ski hills with all the new snow. It may be cold, but it's time for the ski season to start!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The whole family was together, well everyone but my brother in law. We had amazing food, great family time, we relaxed and not only that, we had a chance to get away!
We flew in on Thanksgiving morning to Fargo, with a quick layover in Minneapolis, we were on the ground by 12:30 pm. Heather came and picked us up, a pit stop at Ryan's place in Horace, and back to L-Town to get ready for supper.
Turkey, stuffing, potatoes and don't forget about
The rest of the weekend was full of coffee dates, little bit of shopping, playing games and laying around.
We did make it out one night and met up with some friends. Nothing crazy but the usual Thanksgiving crowd and shots.
Ben and I left on Sunday evening after we were able to stop for a quick bit to eat with some friends at BWW in Fargo. We had to miss the Vikings game as everyone had to get home to watch it, so Ryan dropped us off at the airport and Ben and I relaxed before our flight.
It was a great weekend. We made it back to SLC before Desperate Housewives started, picked up our puppy we missed so much and then back to work on Monday. The only thing that we didn't get was some snow on the ground in SLC, we are ready to hit the slopes!
We found our old childhood hats!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Heather, my talented sister, is opening a new chiropractic office in the New Prague area in MN.
I am so excited for her and hope that you all will support her in her new adventure
check out her blog on the side of my page under Giesen Family Chiropractic. There you can check out all her info, pics and learn about the Gonstead method!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday we did a little shopping around. We checked out some snowshoes at REI. We met some people that go and we want to start to do some hiking up in the mountains.
Sunday we watched the Vikings game and the I hit up "New Moon" with some friends. Once we were out of the theatre, the snow was flying. We had a normal lazy Sunday night watching TV and reading. But I did still have time to test out a new meal for Ben and I. I had a left over steak and thawed out to make a pasta sauce with it. I took some red and green peppers, cut them up and sauteed the steak, peppers and mushrooms in some butter and garlic. I then made a cream sauce with some white wine, cream and shredded cheese. It cooked very fast and then just boiled up some noodles and enjoy! Ben loves that I have been trying new meals for us to try.
Up next...Thanksgiving in ND. Can not wait!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Since it was snowing all day on Saturday, Ben and I didn't leave our couch!
Once SATC movie came out, I had to watch it even though I have never watched the seasons. Once I watched the movie I watched all the seasons 1-6 in about a month. It was all I wanted to do! In one of the episodes when Big is getting married to the model, Carrie makes a reference to "The Way We Were" with Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford. Ever since, I have been dying to watch it. So I finally did this weekend. It was not what I thought, but good non the less. I would definitely recommend it, who doesn't love those oldies!!
We then decided to watch another one, after a nap of course! I like to let Ben chose 3 movies he wants to see and then I pick the one we watch. We ended up watching "Bad BoysII". It's such a funny movie and a little action. Will Smith and Martin Lawerance are so good together. Once that was over, I decided that we need to watch the original "Bad Boys". We barely made it through it, but it was a great movie day!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
1. I LOVE grocery shopping! I used to absolutely dispise doing it. I don't know what has really change. Mostly, it's because I have started cooking different things, but I have also found ways to save money and to me its so fun.
2. I LOVE having a clean house. Now, I don't like cleaning, I just like keeping it clean. Before I used to not care because I wasn't always home, but now it's becoming second nature to keep it clean.
3. I Absolutely have to have my bed made in the morning. I NEVER use to make the bed because I always figured that I would just mess it up again at night, but now it drives me nuts if it is not made.
4. I LOVE HDTV. I don't even own a home, but I love it.
5. I LOVE getting up in the morning. Actually I just HATE sleeping in, but didn't want to say hate right away. I have to be up at least by 8a.m. or else I feel like I am wasting my day away.
This proves that people can change.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It seems to me that there are different kinds of love. There's family love, the way you feel about parents, siblings and relatives. There is friend love, caring so much about your friends that you will tell them the absolutely truth, no matter how horrible it will make them feel. And then there is true love.
How do you know when it is true love? How do you know when it is "right"? How do you know when it is the person you should be with forever, make a life together, someone you make all the hard decisions with?
I guess the truest answer is you don't know. You don't always know when it is right. This is where the other feelings come into play. Like trust, lust, compassion and honesty.
Ben and I have been married for approximately three months and sometimes I still wonder, what made us take this leap?
Everything was great before Ben put a ring on my finger. We had fun together and we were able to do our own things. We were always honest, caring and loved one another so what difference is there if there are rings involved?
People have asked me multiple times how married life is...honestly it's about the same. Not much has changed but my last name, and it's the most extensive change yet! Ben and I still care about, love each other, are honest and compassionate, but we haven't done a lot of the life planning yet. When is this supposed to happen? It seems most people plan so much of their lives now. When to buy a home, when to have children, what are we going to do for the holidays and when will we be debt free. Now personally I feel as though life happens now. It is the last minute plans with friends, the quick trips, the nights hanging out at home. Where does the planning fit in? My mom always said she didn't plan when she was going to have kids, "where is the fun in that? You will never feel ready." And that's OK. That's what life is. It's happening now.
I guess that's how you know when your in love. It's when you do the day to day things together and know that it is all you have ever wanted in life. It's now.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The night went by fast, but we had so much fun.
It has been so cold here lately. They even opened a resort on Halloween for season pass holders, seriously in October! The resorts aren't set to open up for a couple more weeks. Ben is patiently waiting to go and I am excited the weather warmed up a bit!
The night before Halloween, one of Ben's friends asked us to go to "Paranormal Activity" which is a scary movie about ghost that came out this year. Ben HATES scary movies and I love them, but being a nice husband, Ben came with. I didn't think the movies was that scary, it was ok, but I wanted more. A few nights after the movie Izzie started acting wierd at night and NOW I'm freaked out about the movie and do not like being home alone! One night, about 5 a.m. Izzie woke up barking, fighting to get out from under the covers and ran to both doors. Ben went out to see what she was doing and she was sitting on her bed, almost as if she was confused and thought she was in trouble! A few nights after that debacle, I woke up to Izzie chowing down on her food at 2 a.m. It was so bizarre, she doesn't eat a bunch of food at once and in the middle of the night she devoured her whole bowl of food! I am trying not to think about that movie, but it just happens and now I think it is so freaky!! I had to google it to make sure it was fake, don't worry, it was.
So, not much else new, one of my friends is moving in a few weeks and we will proably hang out with her until she moves. My friend is in town until tomorrow night working for the Idaho hockey team, we are going to the game on Friday, and I am going on a hike this afternoon....yay half days and 70 degree weather!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday-My friend Jason was in town, he works for the Boise, ID hockey team. They were in town playing the SLC Grizzly hockey team and Jason was able to get me some tickets to the game. Friday night I went with my friend Carissa. We then met up with Jason after for some late supper.
Saturday-Sleep time! I feel like I am still trying to catch up on some zzz's from being sick and our trip to Portland. Ben and I slept in. I then picked up Jason as he had some time off in the afternoon. Jason and I went to a park so he could run and I walked Izzie around. It was a beautiful day out, until it started raining a little bit. We then ate some lunch and took Jason back to work. Ben and I then went and carved some pumpkins! I was so happy to be able to get a pumpkin carved this year. Ben and I didn't have a chance to carve pumpkins last year, and it was so much fun to be able to do it. It was raining for a while outside, but we managed to get them done. We then went to the hockey game that night. It was Breast Cancer night, the Utah team wore all pink. We also got to see a big fight, helments and gloves off fight! The Idaho Steelheads won, both nights, yay!
Sunday-Slept in AGAIN! So nice and relaxing. I have been wanting to make a potato soup that I found on the 365 days of crock pot blog. I woke up and then put together the soup, watched my TV shows and then Izzie and I took a nap. It was a beautiful day out, and I spent it on the couch. It was nice though, I got my cleaning and shopping done, then when Ben came back, we cleaned up the yard and ate. Ben loved the soup, it was a big hit! I also make some sausage and croissants. I got some wedding pictures ordered and also had a free wedding book to get together, which I did. It feels amazing to get that done!
Now just going to relax up for a week at work. It feels good to have a great weekend behind me and getting ready for a new week at work.
**On a side note, Heather is getting ready to get her new office open. I spoke with her and will help out as much as I can from here. I also had a chance to talk to my mom, and dad got a early present, he traded in his motorcycle and got a new one! My mom sent some pics of it and it is a very nice looking bike. I can't wait to see it on Thanksgiving.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Actually just a quick trip to visit our friend Michelle up in Portland.
Before we could leave, Ben just had to see Nike Town, so we went back to downtown Portland and Ben and I did some shopping. We loved the downtown, it was small and easy to walk around with the cutest little shops to go into. We ate a late lunch and then back to SLC.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Yep, that's snow. This was taken Wednesday morning, September 30. Hello fall! It went from 90 degrees, Monday and Tuesday, to 45 yesterday and today. At least it is not raining or snowing today, in the valley at least. The mountains still have snow on them today. Ben and I were planning to head up to Oktoberfest on Saturday, but I don't think we'll make it! It is supposed to warm up a little bit next week, at least back to normal fall weather.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The trainer was saying how some dogs go so crazy because they think they need to protect you. This is the reason they chew on furniture or pee on everything when you leave them alone, they are so distraught about the idea of you, OUT THERE. So when you come home and are upset about the mess your house is in, they think your mad because of what happened, OUT THERE, not because of your torn up furniture.
Everytime I think of this I giggle because I know that's what Izzie thinks. She goes insane if I am in the house and Ben is not. It's like she doesn't understand why we are not together and why Ben is not there and she needs to make sure he is OK.
I guess even though I am now in my own home I still have my little mama watching out for me.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Shopping-Of course right! I love to shop and love to learn how to make items I have work for a whole new look. One of the blogs there is a blogger who shows how she uses her wardrobe for work and hanging out. It has given me new ideas of what I can do with my existing wardrobe and save some moola. The other is one I just like to read! It has updates on everything from deals at store to NYC fashion week. We all love to dream, right?
Awkward Family Photos-Just take a look and you'll know why I like it.
Baking-I have received some new baking tools since Ben and I were married and have been trying out some new recipes. This blog has a ton of great goodies to try. I hope my co-workers are ready for this!
Home Decor-My new favorite channel to watch is HGTV, all about homes, decorating and how to style it. I, myself, am not that great at decorating but am trying to learn. I love this site as it is a woman who comes up with cheap ideas on what will work for your space as well as thrift store goodies that she finds and makes work. It's fun to see what can be done.
Crock pot-From our great friends, Jen and Jason, Ben and I got a great crock pot for a wedding gift. I have only used it once so far (and a very successful meal was made) but Jen showed me this blog and it has many great looking recipes. I just need to try more.
Organic-I don't do everything organic, but am interested in organic foods and cleaning supplies, and have started buying more organic products. This is a new blog I found, but seems very interesting. Just up for learning new things.
Check them out for yourself! You can learn a lot of great stuff!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It's only Tuesday, three more full days of work to go, and I am dreading it. I feel as though I haven't gotten anything done at work since before Labor Day weekend. Why is it that people don't want to get things resolved! Help me help you!! Ben has been just as stressed out, so we always are working for the weekend, literally.
So, for a weekly solution, we are going to start doing a weekly date night, to help break up the week for us. This week will be our first. We are going to go and check out a sushi place on Thursday. Also we want to try and get that hike in on Saturday morning that I planned last weekend and we didn't make it. I think that the weather is going to be fairly nice again this week and into the weekend. Then probably the typical weekend for us....Ben will watch football, I will shop, cook, clean, eat, nap and watch girly movies. I have been trying harder this year and watching at least one game a weekend. So far I'm 1-2. Fairly good I think.
Well, today wasn't all bad, Benny got me some flowers to cheer me up. I think these will help me make it to Friday. What a great husband!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
August 29-Ben and I had our first BBQ, with quests that is. We invited over some friend, grilled, played yard games and then Ben busted out the new Playstation 3 and everyone took turns. It was a great time and I was so worried and it all went OK so I know that I will be able to do this again.
Labor Day weekend-Ben and I decided to use the extra day off to relax a little bit. Saturday morning Ben and I got up bright and early and hit the Sniagrab, a popular Utah ski and snow sale. We also feel more like Utahans because we got a pass to Snowbird for the season, we have really stepped it up this year;) Later that day I went to my friend's baby shower, it was fun, met some new people, and got to guess the baby belly! It was my first baby shower and was a great time, so excited for you Jen and Jason!! Saturday night Ben and I went out to a nice little grille close to our house, had a quick bite, and then headed home, put on the sweats and watched Heros. Heros came out on DVD a couple weeks ago and that is one of our new favorite shows to watch at night. Monday I headed up to Park City and did a hike with my friend Carissa. It was beautiful out and a gorgeous hike! After we went to a great restaurant in Kimball Junction before we headed back down. That night we headed over to Jen and Jason's for another BBQ and caught up on everything. Tuesday, unfortunately it was back to work for us.
September 13-Football season starts! This is Ben's favorite time of year, he like to sit and watch the games with the laptop on his lap watching fantasy football! I am even playing this year on a team. Hopefully Ben will teach me well and it goes good for the both of us this year. Later that night, it was time for the VMA's, I know, why am I talking about this? It was a crazy show, not only do I now know that Lady Ga Ga is truly insane and am so excited for Halloween, but also learned that Kanya West must have a couple mental disorders. If you missed the show itself, go ahead and turn on the TV, basically to any news channel, and you will see everyone...seriously, everyone...talking about him interrupting Taylor Swift's award acceptance speech. Wow, they even said that Obama commented on this! I think that it's crazy that Patrick Swayze passes away after fighting with cancer and a college student goes missing and then they find her body, and all the news stations are talking about Mr. West. Maybe it's just me, but that is why he acts out, haven't you heard "any press is good press."
P.S. the last and most important thing that I learned from the VMA's is that Jay-z is amazing and then next thing I'm buying is his new CD.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The next day, I was up early, the only time I have control of the remote and am able to watch the girly shows by myself. Ben and I have been so tired still since the wedding weekend. I can't even believe it has already been 17 days! We are being lazy on the weekends, so Ben slept in and I got a little bored watching TV and decided that it was a great day to do something new, so I made a hair appointment. I figured now since I am a married women I may need a new look...so I went brunette! I love it and feel like a new woman!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The next evening at Ben's aunt and uncles house in Bismarck for a casual supper. These pictures are some of my favorite of the whole weekend. When I look at these pictures, it all just seems so real and it makes us look like husband and wife! I love them and it shows off how beautiful North Dakota summers can be.