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July 30, 2013

Scott's 28th Birthday

So. Here we are. Scott's birthday this year was pretty eventful. It fell on a Sunday just like mine, so we has to plan our funtivities on surrounding days.

Saturday night I baked a gluten free cake for Scott and it was sooooo good! I keep sneaking forkfuls off of the cake, hoping he won't notice.

Sunday morning we got up, got ready, then I took Scott up the airport before Cannon and I went to church. A fun birthday trip you ask? Not exactly. Scott had a board exam to take the next day - in Conshohocken, PA. He flew through Chicago to Philadelphia then rode the train out to Conshohocken and found his hotel where the service was incredible. He had a real Philly Cheesesteak for dinner (on a gluten free bun) and called it a day. 

Meanwhile, I fought the urge to eat out instead of cooking then watched countless episodes of New Girl after Cannon went to bed. It is officially my new favorite show.

Scott didn't sleep well because he was nervous about his test. It was an exam where they see a bunch of "patients" all day like they would as a doctor in a clinic. After getting through all the testing and being dismissed, he had a snack for the train ride back to the Philly airport. This is where things interesting. 

But first I should tell you what I was doing. Cannon had his nine month appointment so we spent some time at the doctor, then we headed downtown for lunch with Leslie at Something Italian. She and I used to go there often when we both worked downtown. After lunch Cannon and I spent time playing and packing, then he took a nap before we went back downtown to dinner at Zombie Burger. GREAT food and yummy shakes. Cannon even got to eat some fries. After dinner we walked along the river since the temp had cooled  down. During dinner Scott was supposed to be on his flight back, but I kept getting texts from him on the delayed status. So now to the interesting part:

Scott lost his ID sometime while going through security in Philadelphia. He had it to get in the scanner area, but then it was gone. His theory is that the guy in front of him stole it because said guy kept going on and on about how people steal stuff from others at security. After checking with TSA he gave up on finding his ID and went to board his plane. After getting on the plane and taxiing out to the runway, they were behind about 20 other planes to takeoff. When it was almost their turn, they were routed to a new runway where they were third in line. As their turn came again, they had to head back to the gate to refuel. They made their way to a third runway, but after a grand total of about five hours on the tarmac they went back to the gate and the flight was cancelled.

Since Scott had already missed his connecting flight to Des Moines, there wasn't much difference between being stuck in Philly and being stuck in Chicago, but he called the airline to get rebooked. After explaining the issues, the girl on the phone informed him that he was rebooked out of Chicago the next morning. The only problem there was that Scott didn't have a way to Chicago. After a few other mishaps with the airline, and "sleeping" on some chairs in the airport under a leaky roof, Scott made it to Chicago the next morning. After getting a handwritten boarding pass because the attendant didn't know how to work the printer, Scott got on the plane bound for Des Moines. But wait! They sat on the plane for well over an hour before being told that the pilot simply didn't show up and the flight was cancelled. Oh my.

Thankfully, Scott was able to be booked on a different airline and made it home that afternoon. We went straight home and made pizzas before Scott took a shower and had a nice nap. Now we wait somewhere around 10 weeks to get his scores back. In the meantime he will sit for two more board exams during the first week of August. Then we will live it up for our last few weeks in Des Moines!

July 23, 2013

The Big Two-Five

People on the interweb (I love saying "interweb". I find it rather funny) I had a birthday. Recently. Like, just over a week ago. As you may have guessed, I am now 25 years old! Last year I was talking to my good friend Nicole (whom I have known since we were seven) about what it might feel like to turn 25. Well, it really didn't feel like anything too special. I guess when you turn 25 you can get a discount on car insurance and you can officially rent a car without the extra fees for being under 25. But other than that? I think the main milestone is that you are halfway to thirty. I'm getting up there folks! Ok, ok, I know I'm still young. 25 is nothing!

As all my fun email birthday coupons started rolling in I got very excited. Baskin Robbins, Culver's, Red Robin, Dairy Queen...all great places! Since my birthday fell on a Sunday (and we don't really "go out" on Sundays, in order to keep the Sabbath) we celebrated over the course of a few days. I have no complaints. A few days before was Chick-fil-a's Cow Appreciation Day, so Cannon and I dressed up and got our free meals. By "dressed up" I mean that I taped spots to our clothes and spent zero money (that's the idea behind a free meal, right?). It was awesome!

On Saturday, Scott and I decided to eat out at Culver's with our BOGO coupon only to realize we no longer have a printer and the coupon has to be printed. Long story short, we were saved by Casey and Leslie! Thanks again, guys. We got dinner to go, put Cannon to bed, then ate while watching a movie. I think it was October Sky. Good show. On Sunday, Cannon woke up at 5:30, then we took a little nap an hour later before we needed to get up and get to church. We got through half of sacrament meeting and I thought to myself, "Maybe we can make it through the whole meeting!". In that same moment, Cannon started freaking out, so he and I spent the rest of the hour in the foyer. For the next two hours of church, Scott took Cannon while I was in primary (per usual) and they took a drive so Cannon would nap. When church was over, Scott picked me up with a little flower plant in hand! He had bought it a few days before and kept it hidden in the car.

1. It's funny that I didn't come across it on accident.
2. I can't believe that it lived through two days of heat + no water in the car.

Scott also had some cheetos and cherry coke zero waiting for me. He knows me so well, that guy. After snacking and napping, we had Casey and Leslie come over for dinner. We always have so much fun with them! Overall, it was a great few days and we ended the day with a family Skype session.

I know it's not the important thing, but I did get a couple of other awesome gifts. When we got home from church our neighbor came over to deliver a gift that had been left for me: an edible fruit bouquet from my BFFE Liz! It was awesomely delicious. I also got some fun cards from parents and grandparents, a fun singing voicemail from my mom and a fun singing video from my sister, and (drumroll please) an "Alaska Grown" shirt from my dad. If you are an Eastland, you understand the importance of the shirt. I'm so glad to have one! With the shirt came a stuffed moose as well - my little brother Sean will realize the greatness of my new 'moosen'.

And I didn't forget to use by BOGO Blizzard coupon at DQ. Worth it.

Independence Day 2013

Our Fourth of July was pretty great. Usually, I would love to head to Utah Lake and spend a few hours on the boat or the wave runners, but we had a good time with our Iowa pals.

We had a pretty chill morning, then headed over to Brad and Erica's house to help them pack up their U-Haul trailer. After finishing up our work there, we all went to Casey and Leslie's house to grill and chill. It was nice to just relax and spend time together. This was kind of our "last hurrah" since we are all moving away and really don't know when we will all be together again. The food was good, the company was great, and we had a great time.

After we got home and put Cannon to bed, Scott and I watched The Bourne Supremacy. We love the Bourne movies (way back from our dating days), and had watched the first one the night before. We followed up the next day by watching the third one. You know what though? We can't bring ourselves to see the new one because it doesn't have Matt Damon in it.

Anyway, we had some sparklers to light and I was excited to show Cannon, but we put him to bed and haven't really had a chance since. It doesn't even get dark until 10:00 and that is well past his bedtime.

July 7, 2013

Summer Bucket List

Maybe I never officially mentioned this, but we are moving back home! We have rotations set up in Utah and Arizona, with more in Idaho that are pending. We plan to finish Scott's last year while being closer to family before we get locked in with a four-year residency somewhere in the country.

When we first moved to the Midwest we said something like "we will be living so close to so many things, we have to go while we're there!" although those plans quickly faded as we grew more and more comfortable with staying home on our couch.

Now that time is running short, I have created a bucket list of things to do and places to go before we move. I know that we won't be able to do it all, especially because Scott has so much on his plate right now. If he isn't on rotation, he is studying for boards or planning rotations for next year. I think things will ease up once he has taken his boards, but he has a few different exams and test dates so by the time he is done we won't have much time left! Here is the list (the big things anyway). Tell me if there is something you think I missed!

Updates (as of 8/13 are italicized)
  • Iowa State Fair - apparently this is one of the top one hundred things to do in the United States. This will be our third "State Fair Season" in Iowa and we have yet to see what the hype is about. I am looking forward to seeing the famous Butter Cow and trying some deep fried oreos. We have plans to go this weekend!
  • Iowa Cubs Game - We have been to one game this season, but I would love to go to one or two more! They have dollar days with cheap tickets and cheap hot dogs. What is it about eating a hot dog at the ballpark? I don't know, but they are delicious. So this one kind of got nixed since we just weren't feeling it the other night. We still have a few more chances, but we have the Orem Owlz in our sights. They will still be playing the first few weeks that we are in Utah, and we have passes!
  • Incredible Pizza Company - we have some cash cards to use at this place. They have food and arcade games. I see a date night in our future! So this got changed a little too, due to some issues with the groupon that we had. Instead of this, we went mini-golfing and to the driving range with the Stettler's. So fun!
  • Drake Cake Shake - I don't know exactly what this is, but Leslie said it is a MUST. So it's on the list. Okay. This was basically the best shake of my life. Leslie and I went to the Drake Diner where they serve these shakes. They take a real piece of cake and mix it in with the ice cream. YUM.
  • Berry Patch Farm - we have been to this place before to go berry picking, it's in Nevada, Iowa (pronounced Na-vey-da). They have all kinds of berries throughout the summer and they are delicious! I really want to go back, and soon! This had to be nixed from our list as well since we ran out of days where Scott and I were both off of work.
  • Omaha, Nebraska Zoo - we have heard that this is one of the best zoos in the country, so we definitely need to go! Check! We had a great trip to the zoo over the weekend. More on this soon!
Let the fun begin!

July 6, 2013


After our short time in Utah, we jumped back in the car (what's another 380 miles, right?) and headed up to Boise for Scott's rotation. We drove up on Sunday afternoon and got to stay for two glorious weeks. Scott may describe the trip a little differently since he basically had to work most days, but I had a splendid time! I didn't have to work while we were there, and it was so nice to just be home with family. Spending time with everyone was pretty much the best thing ever, but having Cannon play with everyone was even better. A fun side note, I also had awesome babysitters available almost 100% of the time.

Scott and I even went on a date. Just the two of us.

We didn't just sit around the house even though the temperature outside was unusually hot.

Went to some awesome wedding receptions. The photo booth is so in. I had no idea!
The first reception was a carnival theme, which was really fun. At the end, the wedding party jumped into the pool.

Installed an awesome baby gate (using Ranger Dave's innovative ideas)
Spilled the scout stew (also see bottom right)
Had Cafe Rio and visited Scott's high school on our date
I got a haircut at a legit salon from an awesome lady

We ate together at some yummy places, and took family photos!
Unrelated to the family photos, we all happened to wear pink on the same day.
We took the babies to the splash pad, which was so much fun!
Walks around the neighborhood were a daily affair (as was going to the grocery store...)

Our trip home was much shorter as we got to fly back to Des Moines. When Cannon was born we borrowed Melanie's car since she was living in the dorms and didn't need it. We drove it back for her to have this year. :)
The boys both got some shuteye on the flight. I also had to take a picture of the legit changing station in the airport bathroom. It had a nice, clean built in bed with a private sink and a counter. So nice!
Scott also came up with a great way to carry the awkward car seat. Next time we should just invest in the little rolling bag things.