25 November 2008


It was REALLY really REALLY cold last week. Really. It really was REALLY cold. Okay, so that's annoying. My body didn't like the cold though so it decided to get sick. Not sick like I can't manage to get out of bed sick, but sick enough that I don't want to get out of bed to go to work in the morning. Which brings me to my next thought:
I am grateful for

Who's with me?
Starting Thursday morning I get to sleep in for FOUR mornings.
Ryan and I get to cook a Turkey for the very first time (scary).
We're going to Twilight at some point this weekend.
On Friday we get to decorate our tiny 3 foot fake Christmas tree that we just bought at Target.
We get to put up other various Christmas decorations.
We are going to start listening to Christmas music on Friday.
We get to do whatever else we want (well anything that is free).
We have tons and tons of extra reminders of why we should be thankful.
I love Thanksgiving.
I love Christmas.
I love celebrating the birth of our Savior.
I love the JOY that surrounds this season.

Last Thanksgiving....We've had a crazy year! REALLY.

P.S. It was my Golden Birthday yesterday. It was also Ryan's sister Lindsey's birthday.
On January 20th it is Ryan's birthday. It is also my brother Sean's birthday.
Cool huh?

23 November 2008

West Wing

On Saturday Ryan and I went on a West Wing tour! Our friends, the Jansons, were nice enough to invite us to go with them. The tour was N-E-A-T-O. We got to see the Oval Office, the Roosevelt Room, the Situation Room (well the door to it at least), the Cabinet Room, the Press Briefing room, plus more that I'm not going to list. We almost got to see the Rose Garden but Ms. Beasley and Barney were out there doing who knows what (they close it when the dogs are out because they like to bite people...hehe). I'm personally not afraid of those dogs and kind of would have liked to see them. Anyway, I LOVED the tour. It was so fun! We weren't allowed to take any pictures, sadly, except for in a couple of places (those to follow) but I have a feeling I won't be forgetting any time soon. Everything was beautiful. I told Ryan that I liked it because it wasn't over-the-top and ornate but very beautiful and dignified.

I also appreciated our tour guide. You could tell that he had a deep respect for President Bush and he shared many anecdotes to help show us what a kind and dedicated person he is. President Bush, in my opinion, has been very unfairly treated by the media who generally focus only on what they perceive to be negative things about him and his policies. Big-shots like Michael Moore and other celebrities like to call him a war criminal and talk about how horrible the United States has become these last 8 years. I can't help but think that his low approval rating has something to do with this bias (oooop digression).
Like I said, our tour was very memorable and fun! Here are some pictures...

This is press area where you usually see outside press conferences at the white house. All of this equipment is basically just permanently there (the Executive Office Building is in the background).

The White House from inside the gate.

The entrance to the West Wing and a side view of the White House.

Us underneath the Presidential Seal before entering the West Wing (cameras forbidden)

The Press Briefing Room

We went nuts with pictures in the Press Briefing room since you can't take any others. Hope you enjoyed!

11 November 2008


This morning Ryan did something for me that I just can't get off my mind...

Here's the story.
Yesterday our hot water was turned off. Our management company told us that something needed to be fixed and that they would hopefully only have the water turned off between the 9 and 5. Okay, fine. We'll live.

I get home from work at 6.

Me: Hot water back on?

Ryan: No, it will probably be back on in a couple of hours. You probably don't want to run then huh?

Me, thinking to myself: yes an out!

I don't really like running when it's cold and dark outside. I try to make myself do it. Not everyday, but I'm shooting for 3 to 4 times a week. I sometimes use the cold and dark as an excuse not to run (and let's face it, it isn't a bad excuse). I could definitely use the no hot water for a shower thing as an excuse (cold + dark + no hot water = perfect justification for sitting in my house). For some reason, though, I don't. Motivation wins...woohoo! Proud moment for me.

So we run. We get back from running. We turn on the hot water faucet. Water actually comes out of the faucet, but is it hot?


Is it warm?


Is it cold?


Is it freezing cold?

Yes. Freezing cold. Our heaters aren't working either. I'm cold. I pout.

Ryan hops in the cold shower. I can hear the pain. He's making sounds that make it clear that the shower is miserable. I opt out.

Yes I know, kind of gross. I feel good about it though. It was cold outside, I didn't really sweat, and I was NOT getting into that shower. I'll take not-too-gross over hypothermia thank you very much.

The water decides not to come back on for the rest of the night. Ryan calls emergency maintainance and they have a message saying that they are trying to get it back as soon as possible. I pout again.

Me: What if it's not back on when I get up?!?

Ry: I'll get up and heat some water for you.

Me: Please don't. I don't want you to have to do that.

We fall asleep. We both wake up a couple times during the night and the water is still freezing cold. The next thing I know Ryan is rousing me from my sleep. He has heated up multiple buckets of water so I can take a warm bath/shower (it was kind of both).

WHAT?? Who does that? Who gets up early to heat up water over the stove to pour in a bath tub so his wife doesn't have to take a shower in cold water?

Ryan, that's who. The most wonderful husband anyone could dream up. I went to work feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. Poor Ryan took another cold shower :(

So all day I've been thinking (a little more than usual) about how amazing Ryan is. The list could go on and on...
He's thoughtful (as if you couldn't tell from the story).
He write me love notes.
You should really see him play basketball, he's excellent (he has "stroke).
He makes me yummy food.
He has a strong testimony of the Restored Gospel.
He is extremely intelligent (book smart and street smart)
He goes for a run every morning at his usual quick pace then goes with me again (at a much slower pace) at night so I feel safe.
He comes from an incredible family.
He loves my incredible family.
He gives the best hugs in the world.
He has beautiful eyes.
He does his home teaching every month.
He makes up equally strange/sappy nicknames for me as I do for him.
He's a goofball, he always makes me laugh.
He genuinely wants to go see Twilight with me just becuase he knows I'm excited for it and wants to be there.
He loves history and politics.
He loves me.
He plays with my hair.
He is probably one of the hardest workers that I know.
He's a cowboy at heart.
He pushes me to be better.
He is my very best friend.
and on
and on
and on
I'm blessed.
(the hot water is finally back on by the way)

09 November 2008

Fading Fall

This weekend Ryan and I did a lot of walking. Walking and looking at pretty leaves. The colors are starting to fade, however, and many of the trees are now bare. The Alexandria/D.C. area is still gorgeous but you can tell that fall is starting to come to a close and that winter is just around the corner (although it's been pretty warm lately). Here are some pictures from this weekend!
See what I mean? Pretty, but the colors are fading. Tink enjoyed a little scenic drive
My favorite monument

Favorite boy, favorite monument, beautiful clouds, lovely trees, and moi.

Today we went for a stroll along the Alexandria waterfront. We got a little random, saw some interesting works of "art" and took many many pictures. Enjoy.

(Yes, those would be giant lips (muah!), a giant eye, a mini Washington monument, Ryan making an odd pose, and sailboats... I want to sail.)

Ryan's done taking pictures, can you tell?

Stay tuned for a $5.00 date, Iwo Jima, and a look at our daily transportation.