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May 21, 2011

Emily is Married!

Emily and I met in second grade - pretty sure a mutual friend introduced us on the playground. We became better acquainted right after we both turned eight and were preparing to be baptized. There we were, waiting for our interviews and we got to chatting. Lo and behold, we had the same birthday and our parents had the same anniversary. Crazy, right? From there we were constantly realizing (and sometimes probably making-up) more similarities between ourselves. We both had freckles. We had the same hair color (this was kind of a made-up one...I think we talked ourselves into thinking that we had the same hair color). We had the same friends. What happened next? We started telling people we were twins and having joint birthday parties. We were so cool, and our friends were jealous (at least we thought they were...).

Now here we are, almost 15 years later (weird that I can say that). I am thankful to say that Emily is one of those friends that is a true friend. No matter how much time we go without speaking or seeing each other, we can always pick up just like it was yesterday. Em was a bridesmaid at my wedding, and I'm sad to say that I wasn't able to attend hers today, but I am so excited for her and Chris! They are both so wonderful (I have known Chris since high school as well) and I'm pleased that they have chosen a future together. Congratulations to them! And now, some awesome pictures of Emily and I.

The beginning of our we-think-we're-cool-but-we're-really-not days.
6th Grade at the Utah State Fair. Me on the left, Em on the right.
9th Grade as PHASE (Peers Helping Advance Self Esteem) counselors.
We get better looking after the braces leave the pictures...
Boating on our 16th birthday. Also in the photo, Josh and Zac.
Youth Conference in August of 2005...that would make us 17.
Celebrating our 18th birthday!
June 2006, on the plane to Cancun for our senior trip
(I should blog about that sometime...)
December 2006
This is what happens when your close friends work in a bridal store: trying on dresses after the mall closes.
January 2007. Just being awesome.
May 2007 - summer trip to St George, UT
Also on our summer trip to St George, UT.
November 2007 - my bridal shower.
November 2007 - the night I first went through the temple.
November 2007
Honestly, a little awkward. I found it comical. :)
March (I think) 2009 - Zac's mission homecoming
 Spring/Summer - ish 2008 - Roller skating!

May 18, 2011

Scenes From The Garden

Every year the Friday before Mother's Day is National Public Gardens Day. I had no idea! To support this day, Better Homes and Gardens offers free admission for the day to any participating botanical garden. Guess what? The botanical garden here in Des Moines was participating, so Scott and I spent an hour wandering through the small jungle. It was wonderful!












Which photo is your favorite? I am in need of a new desktop background...

May 14, 2011

A Taste of Summer

Last Tuesday the temperature hit 94 degrees (plus humidity). Let me tell you...it was hot. This was a record high since 1934 when the highest temp of the day was 105 degrees (or so the internet tells me).

I'm sure we'll have many days like this to come through the summer. Right now we're rocking the two ceiling fans. On hotter days we'll use the ac, but I think we'll invest in a nice fan. Last August the heat was intense. As for now, we'll just sit in our underwear and eat cold watermelon. Mmm. I also need to put popsicles on my shopping list. Sometimes the Millers eat popsicles while we video chat...every time I want to reach through the screen and just grab one! Do you blame me?

In other news, we have a tree. For Earth Day, Lowe's gave out free trees. Long story short, we got one! It's a little spruce something that is definitely not native to Iowa, but we're growing it in a pot with the hopes of transplanting it when it gets bigger. Remember our little back patio? That is where Steve (yes, we named him Steve) generally resides, although the wind has been intense the last few days and almost tore the little guy out of the soil. He is now spending a little time indoors.

My first attempt at gardening...
Our little family! :)

May 9, 2011

Ummm...really?

Blogger deleted all the blogs that I am following. So now when I log in, I can't see any updates. Frown. I went through and added back every blog manually. A few minutes after I had a fully functional blog reel, it was all gone again. So, I am currently missing reading everyone else's blogs.

Any ideas how to fix this? Blogger itself doesn't have the best assistance available...

May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day this year is a little different, seeing as my mother, step-mother, mother-in-law and grandmother are all miles and miles away and I am not yet a mother. In short, nothing out of the ordinary for us today although I still wanted to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day! This year I made personalized e-cards for the afore mentioned mothers. Here they are!

For my mom
For my mother-in-law
For my step-mom
For my grandma (all the great-grandchildren)

May 6, 2011

Wrong Way On A One-Way Track

Yeah. I'm not super used to one-way streets, but downtown Des Moines is full of them. Since I work downtown, I am one who frequents the one-way system. Basically it's awesome, although it can prove tricky if you aren't familiar with the streets (and even sometimes when you are familiar with the streets).

I'm always a little worried that if I take a detour I'll wind up driving the wrong way on a one-way. Today, it happened. Okay it didn't happen to me, but I watched someone else do it. I was driving home from work when lo and behold, a car turned in front of me...facing me. He was a lane over, and realized his mistake quickly. Lucky for him, there was a parked car for him to hide behind while waiting for traffic to pass. When it was all clear I watched in my rear-view mirror as he completed a u-turn and went on his way. Phew.

Anyway, another work week over and another weekend starting. Here's an update on the past few weeks:

  • I put in a few hours of volunteer time between YESS (Youth Emergency Services & Shelter) and the Trash Bash. I enjoyed it all.
  • After said Trash Bash participation, I went to a bar/restaurant with some people from work. I won't lie, it was kind of exciting.
  • Details aside, I was called as a witness for some kind of court proceeding. It was uncomfortable, but I feel it was a valuable experience.
  • I got a promotion! I am now a Customer Service Representative 2 (note the "2"). Basically I get paid a little more for doing the same thing I was doing before. No arguments there!
  • I decided to give mascara a try again, although eyeliner will continue to be my favorite.
  • I was released from my calling as substitute seminary teacher. I held the calling for a grand total of 10 weeks and taught a grand total of one lesson. Not the biggest accomplishment on my part.
  • I got time off to head home for the a few days this summer! Just waiting on details from Scott's research job, then we can make travel arrangements. Hooray!

May 2, 2011

Harry Potter. The Definition of Epic.

Ok, maybe it's not the definition of epic (especially when we have Lord of The Rings in the running - a small part of me is always hoping for the discovery if Middle Earth. Let's face it, elves are a lot better looking in Middle Earth than in the wizarding world) but I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. Books, movies...I love it all.

I just finished re-reading all seven books and I love them even more than I did when they first came out. As usual, it's sad that everything from the books couldn't be put into the movies. For instance the movies do not mention S.P.E.W. or the fact that Ron and Hermione are prefects. All things considered, I think everyone did a fine job with the films - I wonder how much assistance they had from J.K. Rowling with the screenplay. They must have had some amazing writers who knew the series as well as Miss Rowling herself. And the actors? What a splendid casting job! I mean really. Superb!

Anyway, I am getting pretty psyched for the last film of the series. Even if the series itself is not epic, this film will be. The final battle people! If you recall, the sixth film (Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince) was released in theaters on July 15, 2009. Since my birthday is the 14th, I promptly convinced Scott that I wanted to attend a midnight showing. This year, the film will again be released on July 15. Midnight showing time! I need to think of the right time to spring this on Scott...hopefully we will have the time off and be in Utah that week. If so, we can definitely pull this off. Cross your fingers everyone!