Wednesday, May 27, 2009

St. George Getaway

With Chase in Kentucky selling Beatles merchandise at a huge Beatles festival, I decided to accompany some friends down to St. George for Memorial Day weekend.  It was a weekend full of laughs, games, and references to the Terminator (silly boys).  Here are some highlights from the trip:
We went to Zion's National Park on Saturday.  It was a perfect day to hike--a little overcast and not smoldering hot.  There were some pretty interesting things to see and experience.

Beautiful scenery

Squirrels galore!  Seriously, they were everywhere.  I tried to lure one close for a photo with my pb&j sandwich, but it didn't quite work.

Fuzzy caterpillars and spiky caterpillars.  I only let the fuzzy one ride on my shoe; the spiky ones freaked me out.  My caterpillar got a nice ride, until he came too close to my skin, then I kicked him off.  I named him, but I forgot his name.

Sperm...just kidding, they're tadpoles, but seriously they look like sperm.

Boston was a hoot!  He didn't like being stationary for too long so he kept us moving.  

While taking in one of the Emerald pools we witnessed the acrobatics that Mark and Boston like to perform.

Here's some group shots from the hikes.
While I was in St. George I also got to visit Audrey and Steve and of course Cleo--my godchild you know.  I hope she remembers me when she's famous from her debut in a calendar.  Thanks Steve and Audrey for taking good care of me!
On Monday, we hit up some tennis courts followed by the pool cause man was it hot that day.  Although I was told not to take documentation of it, we had to bend the rules a bit to get into the tennis courts.  Well worth it though to have courts all to ourselves!
The weather and company were great!  Even the ride home was amusing as I witnessed Smudge drive the Wrights car.  That's one smart pig!  
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

An Announcement

After months of praying, fasting, and waiting, Chase and I have come to a decision concerning law school.  Although we both wanted Vanderbilt, the Lord has pointed us in a different direction.  As of yesterday we pulled our application from Vanderbilt and accepted BYU's offer.  Go cougs!  It is with sad hesitation that we walk away from the chance to move somewhere new, but I think Chase and I both feel a weight off our shoulders now that a decision has been made.  And, we are both anxious to start remodeling our condo!  

So to all those who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers these past few months: thank you!  We needed them.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Big Boy!


Happy Birthday to my 24 year old hubby!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hail to the Graduate!

I felt I would be a poor wife if I did not take a moment and acknowledge my husband's most recent accomplishment...GRADUATING!!!  Yep, Chase graduated on April 24 from the Humanities department with a Russian degree and a political science minor.  

The commencement was enjoyable.  Chase's parents and I had a great back shot of President Uchtdorf as he received an honorary degree from BYU.  Pretty exciting stuff to hear from him and Elder Nelson.  That night Chase and I celebrated just us by trying out the new Five Guys burger joint.
On graduation day, we arrived around 7 am at the Marriott Center for the ceremony at 8 am.  The whole ceremony only lasted about an hour and a half (time flew for us up in the stands due to iPhones and the Nintendo DS I got Chase as a graduation gift).  
Chase with some of his fellow Russians grads
Chase with little Gabe, a future graduate...how cute is his face as he's trying to hold that cap up
And what celebration would be complete without us all pigging out at PF Chang's.
Congrats babe!  I'm so proud of you!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

Although the country of Mexico has brought us swine flu recently, I can't help but be grateful for the Mexican culture this time of year.  Without Mexico there would be no reason to celebrate on May 5th.  Cinco de Mayo has proven to be, over the years, quite a joyous holiday for me.  Some fiestas of years past involved...
A pinata named Rosarita and Gavin's jeep...
Last year involved celebrating Em's birthday with yet another pinata (this time with full sized candy bars inside) and me sporting for the first time a Mexican shirt my parents bought me on their cruise that year, which I wore this year and will wear every Cinco de Mayo...

This year the Simonsens went all out in throwing an awesome party.  There was plenty of chips and salsa (the cinnamon chips and fruit dip were by far my favorite!!), margaritas (virgin of course), and flan shots.
Activities included "Nacho Libre" trivia, with Mark authentically dressed!
Thanks Mark and Natasha for an excellent night of fun!