Monday, March 17, 2008

The Last 10 Years... In A Nut Shell

First off...Thank you Sara for tagging me and making me do this. It was really fun!!!
Ten Years Ago: I was living in Elk Grove, California and attending Joseph Kerr middle school. Oh the blissful time of Junior High (well not really). As I think back to that time I think I practically lived in the water. I was always in my swim suit. This is a picture of a Fiesta that Cori had to put on for a Spanish class project. I of course was in my pink flowery swim suit.

This was my 14th or 15th birthday party. I can't seem to remember which one. All I remember is that it was one of the funnest parties ever. We started the party off with of course swimming and food, but as the sun went down and the air grew colder we decided to move the party inside...

From there we divided ourselves into three groups and picked cool songs to lip sing to. My group picked "The Queen of the Nile." We then put as much make-up on our faces that our skin could hold and made up a mini show. It was sooooo much fun. I think we even have the performances on tape somewhere.

This was the end of Junior High. Graduation!!! Time to move on to bigger and better things. Tarah and I were so cold that morning, but I think we were too excited to really care. I love this picture. I think Tarah looks like and angel.

Five Years Ago:

Five years ago, I was coming to the end of my attendance at Elk Grove High School. I am so glad I made it out of high school alive. However, I don't really have any regrets... I was in student government, cheerleading, and outside of school participated in a group called Troupe Cabana.

This is a picture of my Senior Ball. I went with my good friend Alex so we got to skip all of the awkwardness you feel when you go with someone you like or someone you really don't even know. It was such a blast!!! Plus I actually love my Pepsi blue dress.

Right after high school the group I was in, Troupe Cabana, went on tour to San Diego. We performed on some of the most amazing stages, and went to some of the most amazing places. It was such a fun time in my life. Just what I needed. This is a picture of one of the outdoor stages we performed on, Amazingly beautiful. In fact on the bottom right hand side of the stage you can see pillars coming off of the stage. The actually wrapped around the entire seating area.
This is a picture with some of the other tour girls. We had to be sure to fit in some shopping excursions, even if they were quick. Our tour outfits were so nerdy, but we dealt with it and made the most of the trip.

Three Years Ago:

Three years ago I had already been to BYU-Idaho, and had transferred to Utah State University. I loved BYU but was so glad that I transferred...because I met some of my life long friends and of course my Husband Ashton. Three years ago, I met Ashton in a place on campus called the Hub.

This is a picture of Tashi and myself relaxing in San Diego, after attending Rachel's wedding.

This is a picture of my good friend Megan, her sister, and me in Hawaii. That was such a fun trip.

A picture of Rachel and myself at her wedding. I was able to sing at the special occasion. Wow that feels so long ago.

This is one of my best friends, Erica and I on Halloween. Erica is currently serving a mission at the Oakland Temple in California.

The Last Year:
This last year Ashton and I celebrated our one year anniversary. Bellow is a picture of the top of our once cute and now nasty wedding cake. We both took a small bite and quickly realized that was all we could handle unless we wanted to spend the entire night on the bathroom floor throwing up.

A picture of Ashton and myself in Disney Land's California Adventure.

Don't ask...I really don't know.

It really isn't a good year for me if I haven't been able to get in some good fishing with Ashton. Here I am in my fishing attire; Indiana Jones hat, Ashton's old rock shirt, and old bleached jeans (you can't see them). Of course I spare no expense for fashion when fishing:)

Matty, Heather, and Me walking the streets of Disney Land. Matt was not a happy camper because his fav pizza place had already closed by the time we got there. So we spent the rest of the night trying to find a pizza place that was open.

Oh yeah, Ashton was behind the camera.

Well I started my morning hidden in the laundry room giving Ashton's sister in-law, Mary, directions to my parents house for Ashton's surprise birthday party. I then hurried upstairs so Ashton wouldn't be suspicious, and got dressed for the gym. After I finally got Ashton out the door to go shooting with his brother in law Eddie (thanks Eddie for keeping him occupied) I hurried and did my workout, showered, and ran to the store to pick up last minute food items for the party. By the way all of the food was green, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, which is Ashton's real birthday. When I finally got to my mom's house, Hannah and Carter were covered with flower from helping grandma make cookies for the party. Mom and I decorated and cleaned until the girls got back from shopping. Once the girls got back we started to prepare the food. In my mad dash to hurry, I forgot to grease the cake pan and if you are making a bunt cake it is crucial that you grease the pan well just to get the cake out in one piece. So by the time the cake was done and out of the oven, I was reminded of my silly forgetfulness when only half the cake came out of the pan. So back to square one. I made the cake again, prepared the rest of the food, finished up the decorations, and flew out the door, letting my mom and sisters finish up the rest before all of the guest arrived. I made it home just in time to get ready before Ashton arrived. I, knowing that he would totally guess a surprise party if he saw us going to my parents house, blind folded him and drove in a confusing way to my parents house. The entire time he was trying to guess where we were and what I had planned. We ended up at my parent house which is south of Logan and he thought we were somewhere in north Logan. I succeeded this far, but as soon as we got out of the car he could tell that we were no where near where he thought we were due to the lack of noise. So I hurried him up the walk way the best I could considering he was blind folded still, and into the house, knocking down pictures as we went. We finally reached the family room where everyone stood, packed like sardines, I pulled down his blind fold and everyone yelled surprise. The look on his face was priceless.

The night was a blast. Green everywhere, games, food, and Ashton answering every question with, "I had no idea," and "I am totally going to get her back." Needless to say I was completely content with the party. After everyone left mom and I cleaned the house in 2 hours, you would have never guessed that there was a party. Ashton and I made it home by one and in bed by one thirty.
Me, Cori and Tashi stop for a picture at the party

Matt pulling a silly face and Ashton still wondering how I did it.

Ashton and I just after he blew out the 26 candles on the 2nd cake that I made for him. He is so cute!!!

Tomorrow: Well we have church at 9:30am but after church I always go on my Sunday walk. It isn't Sunday without a nice refreshing walk. Then I am guessing we will probably hang out around the house or maybe go and see family. But mostly just rest and recuperate. Hey... Sunday is a day of rest.

This Next Year:
In May I will be graduating from Utah State University with my BS in FCHD.

In June Ashton and I are going to Cancun to celebrate.

This summer we will both be working our tails off to pay off my student loans, I will be trying to get a job in my field, and he will be looking for a job for when he graduates.

Next May(2009) Ashton will be graduating from Utah State University with his Bachelors in Biological Engineering and a minor in Spanish, and I will hopefully be pregnant.


Raquel & Marc said...

I loved reading this post! Happy Birthday Ashton! I am looking forward to getting to know you better. Thank you for posting one of the NASTIEST pictures of me. I love you and have loved growing up with you.

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The Clifts said...

Of course you had to get me back with a picture of me during my acne/braces stage! It was so nice to hear what you've been up to the past five years. Fun life!

Arah said...

such a cute post. i love all the pictures!

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