Frozen Paws

Well, Christmas is just around the corner now! We're gonna make it.
I work today and tomorrow, which I guess is okay. I'm not sure what else I'd be doing if I weren't here. Moreover, about 80% of the employees are off on their Holiday leave, so I have plenty of peace and quiet to get a lot of work done. :)
Yesterday, because of the storm, they sent us home from work at 2! We got 6" of snow in PROVO. That's, like, unheard of. The snow is piled higher than Rubio, which is more than I've ever seen in 5 winters here in the 'vo. Luckily the Mercedes got new tires yesterday, which has made driving around on the un-plowed roads (apparently Utah is out of money, so they can only plow the busiest roads) MUCH safer.
We didn't want to drive yesterday, but Rubio needed his Rabies shot. The vet is about 4 blocks away, so we decided to just walk. We bundled ourselves up, put Rubio's jacket on, and head out! Rubio really enjoyed our little walk in the snow, although he didn't like any unshoveled areas. He would bound through it (yes, mom, just like the Pixar short) and look so cute! But he was so cold when he got out. We ended up carrying him over any sidewalks that hadn't been shoveled, but it was sure a workout for us wading through the snow up to our knees, almost.
The forecast doesn't predict snow today until about 4, so I should be able to get a full day of work in (for better or worse). Christmas day is supposed to be a snow-storm all day - just pounded with snow. I guess I'll get to have my first white Christmas. I must say, however, I don't dream of white christmases...green sounds just fine to me!
Merry Christmas Eve's Eve!


Let the countdown begin!

With my Christmas cards sent, all the necessary presents purchased and wrapped, the lights hung and the decorations up, the TV pledge drive over, and snow on the ground, I don't need to do anything but count the days until Christmas.

Christmas music will fill my house (much to Geoff's chagrin), candles scented in cinnamon, sugar cookie, and pine tree will waft through the air, and holiday movies will not be missed! I'm the world's worst relaxer in the whole world, so I'm going to do my best to just breathe deep and enjoy the wonderful holiday season, stress free.

I had fun writing our Christmas card and I hope as people start recieving it they find it to be cute and not lame. I'm kind of afraid it may be a little lame, but at the same time, maybe I am a little lame. I'm okay with that. haha.

I dyed my hair this weekend. I'll post the best picture I've got of it, but maybe I'll get a chance to take another one sometime soon.

Geoff has his Biology final this morning and his final final (ha!) in math on Wednesday. Keep your fingers crossed that it all goes well for him. He's been studying like a crazy man!

Merry Christmas!


Belated Thanksgiving Recap

Well, it's been a little while since I wrote! Happy December! I can't believe there are only 20 days until Christmas. Craziness. It will be my first Christmas with the Parkers, and I'm quite looking forward to it. It will be weird to have a Christmas without my parents, but I think it's going to be great!
Luckily we were able to have my parents for Thanksgiving, and a wonderful adventure it was. My parents came into Provo on Wednesday morning. They stayed with me and Geoff at our apartment on the fold down couches in the living room. I know those of you who have been to my apartment think this would be a squeeze, but it actually worked out very nicely. Rubi and Rubio took a day or so to get used to eachother, but got along pretty well, I think.
Wednesday we went to Lindsay's (Matt's Wife) work and my mom bought a Blend Tech blender from her (Will it blend!?). Then we stopped by my work and my mom gave me a Staples Easy Button for an office warming gift. Ha. We lunched, played games, and dinnered.
Thursday consisted of pie baking, games with the 6 of us, and dinner at Mimi's Cafe. They make one heck of a Thanksgiving dinner!
Friday me and Geoff got up before the sun to take part in the Black Friday shopping extravaganza. We pulled in some pretty good loot and only have one person left on our Christmas shopping list! Sweet!
We went home at about noon and hooked up with the parents and Matt and Lindsay for brunch. Then us and the parents went to Ikea. Fantastik! Ha. Then we head up to Salt Lake for dinner at The Dodo Restaurant and Bolt. The movie was way fun. Saturday the men went to a movie while mom and I made my kitchen respectable again. Men are so lucky!
So now I'm in the midst of a pledge drive at work, and we're feeling the recession. I'm still hopeful we'll make goal, though. :)
Geoff will be finishing his first semester at UVU next week! Yay!
Our lives are just continuing along at breakneck pace! Christmas will be here before we know it!


Ticking Clocks

Boy, time sure seems to by flying by. In a good way, I suppose. It's hard to believe that's Matt's wedding was nearly two weeks ago and that Thanksgiving is just a week away. Our lives have been super busy, but productive, so I don't have much to complain about. My TV Pledge drive begins in a week as well, and I've been swamped at work preparing for that. Hopefully it will be a successful drive despite the down economy and I'll be able to meet my final revenue goals for the year. I just finished preparing my end of the year letters as well, so we'll see how the donors respond to those. I'll keep my fingers crossed! Just one month left (before it starts all over again, of course). That's another thing that's crazy - I'll have been in my job for 1 year in a couple weeks and at BYU Broadcasting for two years. Time sure flies.

Last weekend I went up to the Wings' cabin on Friday night with my mother and sisters-in-law (and a few others) to scrapbook. I've never really scrapbooked before, and I had a good time. I'm not the worlds "artsyist" person, but I guess maybe that's because I've never really tried anything. Scrapbooking reminded me a little bit of cross-stitch because there are so many tools and gizmos to make everything very precise - it takes a lot of the "artsyness" out of it and makes it more logical and geometric, which works for me.

Saturday was Scott's birthday party so Geoff and I shopped for his gift and then went to the bowling alley for a fun evening of bowling and free soda (I drank enough to float a small ship - we'll see if the bowling alley regrets that free drink policy for parties!). After that we went back to Scott and Tissa's for "cake" (lemon poppyseed muffins), ice cream, gifts, and a movie. It was a good night.

Sunday was the primary program. And if I thought it was hard to get the 4-year olds to sit still for 2 hours, add a 3rd hour and you've got an exhausted Geoff and Amanda at the end of the day. The program was nice, though, and Geoff said is part perfectly. Haha. He also stuck it out with one of our sunbeams who nearly refused to say that part he had so wonderfully memorized, and eventually whispered into the microphone.

I've also made it my new goal to try two new recipies a week in an effort to expand my cooking repertoire. It's been fun! I made sundried tomato pesto and artichoke chicken last night and will be making spaghetti squash later this week (I've make spaghetti squash before, but this recipe sounds amazing!).

Anyway, this weekend we've got yet another birthday party and lots to do. But my parents will be here in less than a week, so there's a light at the end of the tunnel!



Well, Gee and I had the pleasure of flying out to California this weekend for my brother's wedding. (Let me clarify, the wedding was a pleasure, the flying was a nightmare - delayed an hour and a half BOTH DIRECTIONS). The wedding was fantastic, Lindsay looked amazing, Matt was so handsome and they both were so happy. My mom put together an amazing luncheon (homemade gourmet pizzas named after the newlyweds and their home towns - i.e. the Lindsay had spinach, artichoke hearts, gourmet cheese, homemade sauce, the Matt was an all meat pizza, the Santa Rosa had local cheeses, a sauce made from locally grown tomatoes...etc...), a make-your-own italian soda bar (which was a hit!), a salad bar, and dessert. It was beautiful and a lot of work. But so worth it.
The reception was lovely as well. It was outdoors (a brave move on November 8th), and there was a moment or two of rain, but it subsided quickly and the whole evening was lovely. I'm sorry for any of you who didn't get to see the first dance. It was quite a treat. Geoff looked terribly handsome in his chocolate colored tux, although the shoes looked a bit like something edible from Willie Wonka's Chocolate factory.

It was a great chance to see some of my extended family who I haven't seen in quite awhile. I come from such a great family and it is so nice to be reminded of my roots from time to time. Mostly what I was reminded of this weekend is how much I love my husband. He is the perfect man for me and I could not imagine being married to anyone else. We were married in the same temple as my brother just over a year ago and it was the very best day of my life and I am so glad, lucky, and happy that we made that choice.
Congrats Matt and Lindsay Gamblin!



I got this idea from my cousin. Below is a mirror and in it is reflected all the things that make me happy and represent just a small piece (or in some cases a very large piece) of who I am.

I encourage you to do the same.


I Voted.

Although the whole experience was somewhat of a disaster, I was able to vote.

You go, too.

Hopefully your experience will be much better than mine.

Happy Election Day!


Happy Halloween!


Flyin' By

Boy, it seems like the weekend just flew by! We had a pretty eventful weekend, I suppose. Saturday was Geoff's graduation for his Pharmacy Technician program. It was a nice ceremony and I'm so proud of him - he was one of only 5 students in the entire graduating class who recieved the highest honors (note the yellow tassles).

Last night we finally did the pumpkin carving (at the expense of missing Desperate Housewives...I don't wanna talk about it...). Enjoy (Geoff's is the eyeball, mine is the skeleton).



Aside from the fact that trunk-or-treat makes no sense (give me a treat or I'll trunk you!), we had the oppotunity to take Rubio to his very first trunk-or-treat last night. Haha. Everyone else brings their kids all decked out in their Halloween costumes - us? We bring our dog dressed as a lobster. He was a hit! And he made a great addition to our trunk which had battery operated eyeball lights, "caution" tape, pumpkins, and plenty of candy. The kids from the ward looked super-cute and we got to see our sunbeams (one was dressed as a ninja, the other Cinderella), which was nice.

Probably the best costume of the night (in my opinion, maybe Geoff will have to post his later) was a mom and dad dressed as hikers with a terrible case of poison ivy and their 5 year old daughter dressed as a thicket of poison ivy. Very cute. There were also a couple kids dressed like flies that were very fantastic.

I finally used my new cookie cutters to make some seriously cute cookies. I used a little too much flour, so the cookies are a little dry, but it was just the first stab at it, luckily there's a week until Halloween which gives me plenty of time to get it right. Last night as I was decorating my second round, I wanted to make colored frosting (the first round I only decorated with sprinkles, which is pretty hard!). I didn't have any food coloring, so I got this bright idea - I'll mix some of the sugar sprinkles into the frosting - they are just colored sugar, so the sugar should dissolve leaving the color to turn my white frosting into wonderful shades of orange, green, and yellow. Right? Not so much. No matter how hard I tried, how fast I mixed, or how many sprinkles I added to the frosting...there was no color change...I now just had a lump of white frosting with orange sprinkles. I used it anyway. :)

Oh! We bought our pumpkins last night which means it's time for pumpkin carving! I'm not quite sure what I'll carve yet, but I'll definitely post some pics when we're done.

Happy Halloween!


Overly Excited or Too Easily Amused? You Decide.

My excitement from the weekend:

Well, it finally happened...we bought storage cubes for the living room! Okay, so storage cubes weren't always the plan to put next to the expedit, but they look amazing and finally give a home to some odds and ends in our apartment that had yet to find a home (after 3 months in the apartment!). They look sleek and clean and I'm so glad to have a place for all the things in my lovely little apartment that I love.

I was so excited this weekend to find that you could see my lighted Halloween pumpkins in my window from University Avenue! Me and Geoff were returning home from dinner with Matt and Lindsay (to find ourselves locked out, but that's a whole 'nother story), and as we turned the corner, there were my 5 little pumpkins hanging in the window, bright as day! I about jumped through the roof, and Geoff - although pleased with the lights himself -undoubtedly (and perhaps rightly) found me to be a bit over-excited.

I also bought myself a million cookie cutters last week (okay, I think it's really 150, but if there's anything you should know about me by now, it's that I tend to be a bit of an exaggerator - I think it runs in the family). I'm so excited to make Halloween sugar cookies and decorate them. Hopefully I'll get to do that soon this week!

On a less exciting note: Saturday afternoon we went for a family bike ride in the canyon with Geoff, his parents, and his brother and sister. Well, everyone else went on a bike ride. I took my bike for a nice scenic walk. About a third of the way home, my front tire gave up on holding air. Conveniently, my mom wasn't busy right then, so I chatted with her as I slowly made my way out of the canyon and Geoff sped home at top speed to come pick me up. At least the weather was nice!

And, for your viewing pleasure, some belated photos from DevCon (The PBS Development Conference I attended in San Antonio earlier this month).


I will flourish

So, Tissa sent me this, and number 13 got me to thinking.

"About 17 percent of Americans are flourishers, says a study in American Psychologist. They have a positive outlook on life, a sense of purpose and community, and are healthier than "languishers"—about 10 percent of adults who don't feel good about themselves."

I'd like to be considered a part of that 17 percent (and with the addition of B Vitamins to my diet, I'm getting closer!). But, what does it take to flourish? I think flourishing is probably different for everyone, but here are my three ways I plan to be a better flourisher:

1) Talk less, look more. Whenever I'm looking into the eyes of my hubbster, it just seems like everything is better. His eyes are so expressive and the knowledge that he loves me that much fills me with purpose and an overwhelming sense of happy!

2) Stick my head out the window. Metaphorically speaking, of course. That little dog of mine has the greatest sense of euphoria when he gets into the car, windows down, wind whipping through his hair (creating what Geoff and I affectionately refer to as the "cone head"). He could do it non-stop for hours. I plan to spend more time doing the things that truly bring me joy - and maybe get a permanent case of cone head...

3) Learn to love silver. I can't do the things that I love all the time...but I can learn to love the things I do. There really is a 'silver lining' to everything...I see no reason why I can't learn to find the joy in the mundane as well.

What are you going to do?




Things are moving along.

Last weekend I went on a "girl's weekend" with Tissa, Amanda E, and Joanna. We stayed in a cute little hotel, ate at cafes, sat in the hot tub, floated in the naturally warm water of The Crater , shopped in Park City, and froze in the first snow of the season (what season is it, anyway?).

Rubio wore his coat for the first time this season on Sunday(pictures pending). It was much more snug this year than last year - but still as cute as anything I've ever seen! It's supposed to be in the seventies this weekend, though, so the coat will have to go away until the schizophrenic Utah weather decides what season it actually is.

I put up our Halloween decorations...a sad sight. I opened the box labeled "October" on Sunday night to find that most of the contents were either birthday related or costume related. I had three Halloween garlands, some candles, some lighted pumpkins and a window cling that says "cemetary" on it. It's somewhat depressing, but I still put them up and it brought me a little joy to decorate my little apartment.

Today, I have experienced a few oddities - I'm hoping they are signs that the end of the election is soon to come. :)

Odd things that occurred today:

On my way into the office, a rooster called out to welcome the sun...it was 8:15am, the sun had been up for at least half hour...and I don't work anywhere I would expect a rooster (little Jerry, is that you?).

On my way back from lunch, my speedometer told me I was going 55 as I drove by the 55 MPH sign and noted that the dash also read 55 degrees as the temperature.


Pre-emption is Lame!

While our trip to San Antonio was a blast and well worth the effort to blog, a very important event has gotten overlooked. One, I must mention, I believe to be of the utmost importance. MY BIRTHDAY!
I briefly mentioned it in my San Antonio blog, but feel inclined to elaborate on the wonderfulness that was my day.
The day before my birthday (since the actual 1st of October was mostly spent on a plane), I had a couple celebrations. Latissa, Amanda E, Joanna and I went out to dinner at PF Changs. I was greeted by Joanna with beautiful flowers (which, by the way, are still blooming and beautiful in my kitchen) and gifts from the girls (Tissa - I wore the shirt a few days ago, and it is so cute! Geoff even mentioned how cute it was). Dinner was spectacular, and was only made better by watching Jo oogle over the waiter.
After Geoff got out of class, we went over to Matt's apartment for homemade mini angelfood cakes with berries (homemade by Lindsay, lest there be any belief out there that Matt made angelfood). It was a perfect sweet treat, followed by a sweet treat for my feet!

Matt, Lindsay, and Rubi bought me a new pair of Nike running shoes (in pink!). I have to say, they have changed my world. For a girl who spends 6 days a week at the gym, Walmart shoes were a joke. They are amazing and I'm so so loving them. What's even cooler? The shoes have an insert in the sole for a Nike+ adapter that transmits my workout stats to my iPod touch (also brand, spankin' new) and then upload to the internet so I can track my progress and distance. Last night I ran 5.27 miles on the treadmill. It was pretty much the coolest thing ever. Ha!

Geoff also got me some new, and much needed, jewelry (as did Amanda E - I've worn it all!). Overall, I was way too spoiled on my day, but I'm so grateful that enough people love me to make it special! (Mom, don't think you were left out, your birthday exploits were discussed in a previous post - and you are AMAZING).

Happy Belated Birthday to me!

Amanda P.


Blog blog blog...

So, this is my very first blog on our site and I am (as usual) at a loss of words to begin my thoughts. Lets see, Amanda was right when she said that we survived a trip to San Antonio, while it was a good experience what she failed to mention was that I was fairly sick the entire trip. Because the food wasn't very enjoyable and I wasn't feeling particularly wonderful our dinning experiences were complete flops for me. I really didn't eat more then 1 thing that was delicious. The "meal" (*shutters*) that I did like was a very large baked potato smothered in cheese, ham, and spectacular bacon. Honestly it had to cool for about 20 minutes before I could eat any of the actual potato. Which reminds me of another thing about San Antonio, they are not in any sort of hurry to feed you. The average wait time for us, in a sit down restaurant was about 30 minutes from sit down to food delivery. That is long time to wait, erg. Maybe I should learn to order when I am not hungry that way by the time the food is there I will be able to chow down. Despite the horrible food experience, San Antonio was a very pleasant place to be. Amanda was right the temperature was amazingly nice at dusk and strolling along the riverwalk holding her hand was quite a treat. So all and all, it was a good experience. 


Texas Trippin'

Well, Geoff and I successful survived our trip to San Antonio (along with a handful of my co-workers).
We left on Wednesday (Oct 1) to spend my birthday traveling. The day did begin with a wake-up to a happily decorated house, bouncy music (blaring from my brand new iPod touch!), and lots of love from my handsome hubby. We ended up leaving a few minutes behind schedule and hopped in the car to find an illuminated "gas" light. Ugh. We stopped to get gas on the way to the airport. We also parked (Salt Lake City airport parking lot is about 100 miles from the actual airport), which lost us some much-needed time. We made it to the ticketing agent at about 5 after 1pm (for a 1:30 flight) and she told us we couldn't check in less than 30 minutes before the flight, but since we weren't checking luggage (a conscious choice due to American Airlines ludicrous $15 a bag fee) she was able to get our tickets free from the ticket machine. We rushed through security (breaking all the rules about liquids and pushing my own luggage though the scanner) and made a run for the gate. We made it in the nick of time, panting and exhausted - making every attempt to avoid the questioning glances from my co-workers. But - we made it! Although, it was at this point, I should mention, that Geoff realized his phone and keys were still at the security checkpoint, but he was able to get them back before the plane left.
After a stop in Dallas, we landed successfully in San Antonio and checked into our hotel (pictures to follow at a later date).
After checking in, we went out to a karaoke-filled dinner with my co-workers, quite a treat, might I add. Geoff and I strolled around the city before returning to the hotel. San Antonio (at least while I was there) has PERFECT evening strolling weather. Not too hot, not cold at all, a little breezy occasionally and music softly emanating from undisclosed locations.
Just don't eat the chicken. Or the food in general. I learned a couple things about myself in San Antonio, the most important being this - Tex-Mex food is not for me. I will not miss the awkward texture of the chicken chunks used in most meals or the variety-lacking restaurants that dotted the River Walk. The ambiance was perfect...but the food was unsatisfactory.
Our last night there, we went to a mirror maze downtown (very fun!) and to a movie (empty theatre, apparently movies aren't a big Friday night activity there).
My conference (the real reason I was there) was great. It was the PBS Development Conference, for those of you who don't know. I learned a lot, met some fun people, and overall feel it was a great experience. Lance Armstrong came and talked to us, Jim Lehrer joined us via satellite, Ken Burns addressed us on the first day - very cool. It all kind of boosted my confidence in what I do and how I can do it more effectively. Back to work on Monday! :)



Weddings and Birthdays and everything nice

So, I felt kind of important this weekend. I got to take a short trip to California to attend Lindsay (my future Sis-in-law) 's two bridal showers. Taking a weekend trip felt like something real, important people do. Alas, I realize I am not actually an important person, but I'm fine with pretending.

The bridal showers were lovely, I've never met someone so loved. She got so many wonderful gifts! My green-eyed-monster inside was dying to come out, but I was able to keep him sequestered within my brain. Matt's a lucky guy (for so many reasons)!

My parents also took me out for birthday celebrations (two days away!!!). I got a new dress, two new pairs of work pants and a new shirt. Not to mention a snazzy sombrero from Chevys - let's be honest, now, who doesn't enjoy a giant birthday sombrero?

A bit of advice: don't take a flight out of Oakland on the day of a Raiders home game. The airport was full of creepy, semi-inebriated Raiders' fans who felt it was necessary to comment on my behind. The most amusing quote of the night came from one Raider's fan who, as I walked by (attempting to go unnoticed) shouts, "Oh, I needed that!" I glanced over to give him a dirty look, but he appeared too pleased with himself to care and proceeded to wink at me. It's going to take a couple showers to get over that one. It was refreshing to come home to the arms of my husband.



As I am getting ready to embark upon year 22 as Amanda (and year 2 as Amanda Parker), I thought I'd take a second to reflect on year 21. Here are the top 21 moments of Amanda's 21st year (in no particular order):
1) My surprise birthday on my 21st - I didn't even know I had enough friends to make a party! It was so nice of all of them and my awesome hub to make the day special.
2) My job - I officially started as a full-time employee for BYU Broadcasting on December 14th, 2007 and I've loved every minute of it since. Photobucket

3) Getting Rubio, our little bundle of dog-joy. Photobucket

4) Buying the cars (Passat and the Mercedes) - although along with the joy of our new cars comes the memory and tragedy of the Probe and the Prelude...may they rest in peace.
5) I'd have to say Tissa's surprise party also falls into my favorite moments, she was so mad at Scott and her reaction was so worth the wait.
6) Matthew D Gamblin is engaged!
7) Geoff and my celebration of our 1 year anniversary. It was perfect.
8) Geoff's graduation from Provo College with a 3.9 GPA
9) Krista's baby and wedding
10) Geoff and I building a couch in 48 hours.

That was intense, but so much fun and a stellar memory. Photobucket
11) Receiving my diploma from Brigham Young University (BA - Sociology, Minor: Communications)
12) My business trip to Pittsburgh. I had a fantastic time and got to feel like a "real person" (that one's for you mom). My memories of Fargo are good, too, but the whole canceled flight situation was a really stressful bummer. :)
13) Geoff and my spur-of-the-moment 4th of July trip to CA. The drive was exhausting, but it was really fun to be that spontaneous.
14) Moving from my cubicle to my office. I like my office. :)
15) Christmas - our trip to CA for Christmas was just perfect and Geoff and I really loved that first chance to spoil each other (however, this enjoyment has carried over to the rest of the year!).
16) Taking my hair through the spectrum of colors - started brown with blonde highlights, went red, dark brown, light brown, and back to blonde.
17) Moving to our new (current) apartment and gaining a bedroom. Photobucket
18) My discovery of the life-changing effects of B-vitamins (perhaps more on this later).
19) Geoff's surprise date to get massages for our (I believe) 6 month anniversary.
20) Any opportunity to dance in the grocery store until Geoff is embarrassed (have you ever noticed how loud the music is sometimes? It's impossible not to move to the beat...much to my husband's dismay at times)
21) This last one may seem a little strange, but to those who were there, it will make sense. One of the best moments of my 21st year was playing poison with my parents and Geoff on our trip to CA for our anniversary. I can't remember a time I have laughed quite that hard.

This is in no way an exhaustive list, just a smattering of the best and happiest of the 21st year of my life. Hope your last year was just as eventful and wonderful.

'Til next time,


Got the itch...

I don't have much to report on our lives at the moment...but I just have kind of have the "blogging itch", if you know what I mean. School continues for Geoff. I'll be excited for him when all the general ed classes are over, because that's when school gets to be a whole lot more fun!
Work is going well for me. I'm in the midst of a TV pledge drive, Photobucket which is always kind of a mix of stress, worry, joy, excitement and exhaustion. I worked until midnight on Monday (well, technically Tuesday, I suppose) at a live shoot and I will be working at the studio until 10pm tonight. Luckily, I actually find it to be kind of fun. I just miss Geoff when I'm there!
Photobucket Matt's Birthday is on Friday (tomorrow) and I'm excited for him. His last birthday as an unmarried man. It really means nothing...but birthday's were always kind of a big deal at our house growing up, so they are something I really look forward to. And, if his birthday is tomorrow then mine is 18 days away and Geoff's is 48 days away. Rubio's half birthday will be in November, but I suppose that doesn't mean much. haha.
My first trip this fall is approaching rapidly. Photobucket I'll be going home to Cali on the 27th of September (just for two days) and then a couple days later (my birthday to be exact) me and Geoff are off to San Antonio for a conference for my work. I'm so glad Geoff is coming. A third business trip without him this year would have been way too much for me! Then we'll go back for the wedding in November. It all should make for an eventful couple of months - and perhaps give me more interesting things to blog about.
I guess that's all for now. :)


Life goes On

This will just be a quick update since it's the first one! Hopefully I'll be able to keep this thing up-to-date and you'll get a lot more details. Leave comments if you want more info about anything!

So, it's been a busy and fun past month or so at the Parker house. We went to California for our one-year wedding anniversary (which occured on August 18th, 2008). We revisted our honeymoon for the anniversary and celebrated with breakfast at the same restaraunt we ate at on our honeymoon and a bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was great!

Before we went to CA, however, we moved! Our new apartment is working out great. We love our landlords, our new ward, and having laundry and a dishwasher in the apartment!
Geoff started classes at UVU last week and is getting into his pre-reqs for pharmacy school. Pre-reqs are the hard part, so hopefully he'll learn to love them for a little while. :) Work is going well for me. I love my job and got notified of a raise the day before I left on vacation (a great way to start a vacation, by the way!). I have a pledge drive next week, so hopefully I'll continue to meet my goals. I have a work conference in San Antonio in October and Geoff is coming, so that will be a fun little birthday trip for me!

Matt got engaged while we were in California as well. That was a very exciting day. We all love Lindsay and are so excited for the two of them to begin their lives together!

I guess that's all for now. :)

'til next time