Christmas & More

Thursday, December 29, 2011

So, in case you didn't know...we got to spend our Christmas in the wonderful land of Texas! It was SO great and so fun. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with family and friends, and wished it didn't have to end so soon! I cried like a stinkin' baby for the whole first hour we were on the road to come back to Utah. Hopefully Cole will be accepted into the Middle Eastern Studies Master's program at the University of Texas in Austin, so that we can be a little closer to our family in Texas for a little bit before we end up living in another country. 

While we were in Texas, we ate some yummy food, (Thai kitchen a few times :)) had some good company and got some wonderful gifts from loved ones. Sounds like a good time if ya ask me! We didn't take as many pictures as we should've but here's the ones we do have!

Us with the Monticello, UT Temple

Our first stop in Texas - Buffalo Wild Wings!

While we were at the theater in Amarillo to watch Sherlock Holmes, we thought it would be a good idea to buy some mustaches. To our dismay the were all sold out and we didn't realize that until after we had put in our 50 cents.

On anther note, we watched We Bought A Zoo last night and loved it! Definitely a movie to go see.

And last but most definitely not least, today marks a year since Cole proposed to me in Times Square. Me finally getting to New York City on this day last year was definitely a miracle considering historical snow storms that hit the east coast last year cancelled thousands of flights, with my original flight being one of those.

I am so grateful that I was able to spend the rest of my Christmas break, with my then soon to be family, and have the experiences with them that I did. Most importantly I'm so grateful that I was able to make it out there and that on that very day, the 29th of December 2010, Cole asked me to be his eternal companion. I would have to say that saying yes to him has been the 
best decision I've ever made. 

In case you didn't get to see the video of the proposal - here ya go! 
It still gives me butterflies when I watch it. :)

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that you have a wonderful New Year!

The Power of Scriptures

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A friend of mine who is serving a mission for the LDS church right now, shared a scripture in an email and I wanted to share it with whoever will read this. It uplifted me and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (aka loved by Heavenly Father). :)

Joshua 1:5&9
5) There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

9) Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
I added the emphasis because those are the parts that stand out to me the most and give me the most comfort as I read these scriptures.

Welcome to our home.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

So we did a little tour of our house this morning so that y'all could take a look around for yourselves, and see just how blessed we are to live in the cute house that we do for such a good price. 
God is good. Blessings are wonderful.

Men's Hearts Shall Fail Them

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The woman who taught Relief Society today shared this MormonMessage (clips on YouTube sharing and explaining beliefs of the LDS Church) with us. It was very inspiring and touching to me and I hope it is the same for you. 



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

So April and I have been debating the top 5 best candies tonight.....She says: Sourz, Skittles, Starbursts, Twizzlers PULL-n-PEEL, and Jolly Ranchers. 
#1 Sourz (I've never heard of them)
#2 Skittles (Only the purple and red ones are good)

#3 Starbursts (Ever tried melting them over a campfire!? DELICIOUS.
But once again, only the red and pink are good)
#4 Twizzlers PULL-n-PEEL (These are probably top 10)

#5 Jolly Ranchers (Not a fan)

I say:  Reese's pieces, Riesens, Wild Berry Skittles (the purple bag), Peanut m&m's, and Milk Duds.

#1 Reese's pieces (God's favorite candy)

#2 Riesen's (Just pure, rich, European goodness)
#3 Wild Berry Skittles (ONLY good flavors! No nasty
 yellow or orange flavors)
#4 Peanut m&m's (A Gordon family staple)
#5 Milk Duds (Perfect movie candy because they take longer to eat! )

 While I won't make up your mind's for you (I don't really think that would be possible) I will help you with some caption commentary. Feel free to agree with me and/or disagree with April. As much as I do love her, sometimes she just has to realize that her husband is occasionally right. :)

Lesson Learned

Benjamin Franklin's quote "early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise" made a lot of sense to me today...

Cole and I went to bed late (by my standards :)) but for a good cause. We decided to watch a movie and Cole chose. Usually I like to have a say in what we watch, but I decided to let him go ahead and make the decision. He picked Homeward Bound. I was in shock and felt so proud of him for picking one of my childhood favorites. He actually really enjoyed it and was crackin' up throughout the entire thing! If you haven't seen it, it's a must that you do. Cole, someone who's not too keen on animals, even liked it! 

These are the 3 main "characters" in the movie. Don't worry, this is not one of those annoying animal movies where the mouths of the animals actually move when they're talking, and they don't talk to humans in this movie. Just each other. :)

Well this morning it was a bit of a challenge to get out of bed. Both of our alarms on our phones were going off like crazy and we kept snoozing them and saying "five more minutes." Well like always those "five minutes" turn into 30 so you're late getting up and late starting your day, which is always really hard. Cole got ready really quick, since boys can do that, and then headed up to Midway to work at The Store (Thursday will be his last day). I however had to take a shower and then get ready so I called my office and left a message letting them know I was going to be late. Little did I know I would have yet another set back...

I'm about to head out the door and I remember I need to get something to eat for breakfast. In the past few months I've been craving/addicted to orange juice like none other, so I decided to pour me a glass of OJ to drink before I got to school. I put my stuff in the car, back out of the garage and then, just as I realize I'm about to go over the bump that's in our drive way, it's too late to reach for the glass of OJ. I look down and see it splash out of my cup! Luckily most of it fell into the cup holders BUT my concern was how do I get it out?! I could get a straw and drink it, but other than that I don't have any other option. I call Cole in my moment of panic and he doesn't answer. I call him again and no answer. Then I call his work and have them get a hold of him. He was good at getting me to calm down and not stress over this mishap, as well as telling me to get the Shop-vac out to suck it right up. I did and it worked wonderfully! I was a little against getting a Shop-vac as a wedding gift, but I now will be forever grateful for it. I made it to work alive and I lived through the day at school and work, BUT...

As I got out of class I walked towards the parking lot where we normally park our car. I get to the parking lot and can't remember what row I parked on so I walk around and click the remote buttons on my keys to try and make my car honk. I get nothing. Then it hits me - I parked clear on the other side of campus from where I was standing. To some this may not be a problem, but when you're raised in Texas and you like warm weather, walking 2 more miles than need be in 29 degree weather is not something you look forward to. I thought about how dumb I felt because of what just happened, then I start to walk to where my car really is, and decide to take a shortcut, which didn't turn into much of a shortcut after all.

To say the least my day has been pretty out of the ordinary and I'm thinking that I should go to bed earlier tonight so that maybe I will be a little more wise come tomorrow. 
On a good note - we leave for Texas a week from TOMORROW!! WOOHOO!