I'm really trying!

Okay, I'm really trying hard to take more pictures! It's kind of hard when there's only two of you. No adorable babies to photograph, and taking picture of each other kind of gets old. This weekend was fun! We did really boring "married" things like clean, run errands, wash the cars, go grocery shopping, etc., but for some reason when it's WARM out it makes everything a million times better! And sometimes just doing things together is so nice. I can't wait to someday have kids, but I'm sure I'll look back on these times and miss being alone with each other! These pictures are really lame, but they are a good start!

I feel like usually it's the wife who has to be careful not to "nag" and re-do the husband's chores because he can't do anything the "right" way. Well, behold the benefits of being married to someone with a little bit of OCD in their blood. I love it. I spent quite awhile washing these windows myself. As I was admiring my work, Brandon came and grabbed the Windex from me and went outside to "fix" the mess I made and get rid of all my streaks. He said something about being the window washing master...sure enough, 20 minutes later, there were no streaks. Weirdo. He's that way with everything though; it's really funny and really useful. We joke that he's better at cooking, better at cleaning, and better at doing laundry. Truly though, he definitely is!

Brandon is such a better cook than I am. Every time I'm about to make something (french toast for breakfast in this case!) he jumps in and says he'll make it. I would like to think he's just being nice...but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with my cooking. I'm getting better though, really!

Ignore the prayer pose, not sure what's going on. I got a pretty good shiner on Friday. The story is more than embarrassing, but it has something to do with my horse, a horse dentist, passing out, a metal pole, and a vet catching me. I hate to relive the story at all, but it's the only picture I got of myself all week.

My hard little worker! Just a shout out to a great guy who someone pulled of 40+ hours/week of work and 19 credits this last semester! He's never not working. Even when he's watching the NBA playoffs he'd tirelessly making calls for work. The best is when he puts people on hold for long periods of time to focus in on the game and yell at me to "come watch this!!" And he still sells them, every time! 3 cheers for Brandon!


For Lack of Anything Better...

I'm the biggest picture slacker. I love pictures more than the average person, but somehow never bring my camera anywhere! I was skimming my last posts and realizing that my recent cop-out of posting internet picture is really lame. SO, I whipped out Brandon's camera and found some fun old pictures from the past. Bear with me....I will get better at taking pictures. Maybe if I had cuter clothes I'd be more willing to take pictures....geeez Brandon's right....that is my excuse for everything. But really, the lack of cute summer clothes is a serious problem.

When I went home in February to help my parents move into their new house I got to go visit my brother in Eugene! I had never been, which is strange because I've lived in Oregon my entire life and it's only 2 hours away. Anyway, it is an absolutely gorgeous part of Oregon and a really cool city. I brought my little brother with me and we hung out with Ian for the day. This is both of them at some yummy Pizza place we found.

Over Thanksgiving (I warned you these were old pictures, stop judging), Brandon went pheasant hunting with his dad and some friends. No, I don't "like" that he kills things for fun...but there are worse things. We prepared and ate the pheasant meat for our Thanksgiving feast in Park City. Yea, I would not recommend it. Chewy, dry, bland...tastes like blah chicken.

I hate this picture of me. My face was all swollen and I was really sick. BUT it reminds me how much I love that guy. This was taken when we went to Sun River for a week or so last summer when we were in Oregon. His family goes every year and rents a cabin. It's a really neat place, we go tubing down the river, fishing, biking, we lay out, barbecue, watch movies, get ice cream cones every day (nothing makes me happier), eat really yummy food...it's pretty much my favorite.

Most of the pictures on Brandon's camera are from fishing trips he's taken. I just thought this was a cute one of his boat and his dad. Nothing makes Bran happier than fishing with his dad.

Two big ones! I have to look at every one of these pictures when he gets home from a fishing trip. I've spared you all by only posting the "good" ones, the other 200 pictures are individual glamor shots of fish that all look the same, or dead fish, or blood from gutting the fish....boys take the weirdest pictures.

This picture just really makes me miss the Oregon waters! The trees, the mountain (don't laugh if you're from Utah, yes we call those mountains), the boats, the ducks, so pretty!

Brandon would tell you I never want to go fishing, but I know secretly it's just "his thing" and he doesn't want me to go :) because I DO love to go! But it's fine, I think it's good to have things you can do without each other. He has his things (hunting, fishing), I have my things (horses, horses, horses), and it keeps us sane! BUT every once and awhile it's really fun to share in each others favorite hobbies. This past summer we went fishing for the day with his dad on some outlet off the Columbia river.

The first 5 hours were great---really relaxing, beautiful, fun....ok, but really, I don't know how people sit in that small boat all day and wait for a bite. It hit a point where I had had my fun and was ready to gooooo. My first fish was a 32 lb. Salmon. Mitch took this picture on his phone when I was holding onto this fish for dear life. We had it on the line for truly like 30 minutes and it was determined not to be brought in that boat. This picture doesn't do justice to the drama that incured during those 30 minutes. All three of us were literally running around the boat trying to keep this fish on the line. It was exciting when we finally pulled it up, but to this day Brandon still gives me a hard time for not fully appreciating that moment...thus I am no longer invited on fishing trips.


Really Looking Forward To...

The Oregon Coast!

I have been landlocked in this barren state for FAR too long (5 years!) and cannot wait to enjoy the cold, windy, cloudy Oregon beaches (haha). Yes, the Oregon Coast has a reputation of being miserably cold and nothing like a beach at all, but those who grew up near it will agree that it is still a gorgeous place to be! Seal-watching, whale-watching, crabbing, bonfires, digging for clams, playing at the dunes, eating at Mo's Seafood...can't wait.


You know the blossoms on the trees and flowers in the soil are trying HARD to make their spring debut when the daffodils start popping up. They seem to be the most diligent Spring flower (in Utah at least), and are always one of the first to pop out of the ground. Cherry Blossoms are my favorite and I am patiently awaiting their arrival. Stupid Utah "Spring" is sure putting a damper on my mood! This freeeezing and snowing one day and semi-warm and sunny the next crap is gettin' old!

A Puppy!

For Graduation (which will be in June for him), Brandon really wants a white-lab puppy. His family dog growing up was a white-lab and he has many memories with her. Annie, the dog, is still alive but is definitely on the downward hill. He is looking forward to training a new hunting/fishing dog. I'm sure I'll be cursing it's name when shedding, pooping, peeing and ripping up all of my stuff, but in the meantime I'm really excited. I love dogs, but mostly I just love everything in "baby" form right now. You could get me a baby worm and I'd think it's just the cutest thing ever. No, I'm not pregnant.

Brandon plans on turning this future innocent and adorable puppy into a savage bird killer. I'm still coping with this idea...

Fruit Stands

I don't think anyone loves fresh fruit, berry, and veggie stands quite as much as myself. Last summer we found this incredible fruit stand in West Linn and turned into frequent customers in no time. I love that during the summer you can live off fresh fruit for so cheap!

Oh hell, I just looked outside and it's hailing. I really need Summer to be here.