Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Long Hiatus..

Grant and I are absolutely thrilled to announce that we are having a baby!! I am about 9 weeks along and the baby is due June 17th. We feel very blessed.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lessons from my Father

This post is several days late, but I have been dealing with a nasty bout of strep throat and needless to say I have been out of commission.

The first lesson my dad ever taught me was, "Just because somebody hands you something doesn't mean you have to take it."

What a nugget of wisdom! It can mean so many different things and it truly has guided me through some tough times. Say you're a impressionable ninth grader and someone hands you a beer. What do you do?? My dad's first lesson echoes through my head and I don't take it! Yes! Bullet dodged. Although I'm sure that this was probably developed so that he wouldn't take my mom's purse when she hands it to him. :)

Love you, dad! You're so wise!

Happy Father's Day, dad. You are wonderful and this is just the beginning of the things that you taught me.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Good News and Bad News

I believe in always giving the bad news first.

Bad News:  our trip to Egypt was cancelled.

Good News: we're not trapped in Cairo right now.

Well, as a friend reminded me, "The pyramids aren't going anywhere."
I sure hope not.

In other news. I got a new job!!! yes! and it is a great one!
On Monday I started at the Travel Group in Tulsa as a travel agent.

I love my life :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Walk Like..

an Egyptian.

Photo: Ornamented CamelPhoto: Great Sphinx and Pyramids of GizaPhoto: Wall of Tutankhamen's Burial Chamber

Excited to announce that we are headed to Egypt in February!

(all images from here)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Look Back.

It has sadly taken me so long to finish this post! I figured it was better late than never, though. What can I say?? 2010 was a great year!

By January of 2010 Grant and I were already officially Okies! We decided to stay with Grant's parents during January in Piedmont, Oklahoma while we looked for an apartment in Tulsa. They were so wonderful to let us live with them. We had a great time!

February brought our much anticipated trip to Brazil. We were there for almost three weeks. We spent time in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Porto de Galinhas, and Iguassu Falls. Needless to say it was incredible.

By March we had moved into our cute apartment by the river in Tulsa and got callings in our ward (Me: First counselor in the Primary presidency, and Grant: Financial Clerk) I also got a job working at the front desk at the Holiday Inn.

April brought my first half marathon with Carin! So fun, and so hard!

In May I went to Orlando where I met my two oldest and dearest friends Christyn and Lindsey. Christyn spent six months working as Aurora at Disneyworld! Talk about a dream job!

In June we went to Utah and Idaho because Grant's cute sister, Michelle, got married in the Boise temple! Yay!

The summer was a busy busy time for Midwest Pest Control, so we were in Tulsa most of the time, but we took a weekend and went down to Hackett, Arkansas where Grant and Mark grew up. We even went cliff jumping at Jack Creek. That place is redneck central, and hilarious! We of course had to eat at the Catfish Barn as well.

During the summer Samantha came out from Utah to visit Mark and while she was here we went to Tahlequah and floated the Illinois river. It was sweet! Such a fun day! Sadly, this is the last photo of Grant's wedding ring (he lost it in the river) and my glasses (they got badly broken)!

In August we went to Utah for a Crane family reunion. The three families all rented condos for the week up at Moose Hollow in Eden. We also spent time at the cabin in Payson while we were in Utah. It is one of my favorite places in the world.

While we were in Utah my dear friend Amy Jo took some photos of us for her website. It ended up being quite an adventure!

We also explored Eureka Springs, Arkansas in August for our second anniversary.

October was by far our busiest month of the year! We started it off by going to Utah for Mark and Sam's wedding! They got married in the Draper temple and then had a beautiful reception up Hobble Creek Canyon in Springville where Samantha is from. We are so excited that Mark married such an awesome girl! Those two now live in the same apartment complex as us in Tulsa.

I took advantage of our time in Utah by hiking Ben Lomond Peak with one of my best friends, Tessa. It was an adventure for sure! We even had a close encounter with a bunch of mountain goats! I love hiking with Tessa.

The weekend after Sam and Mark got married we all (Grant, Me, Sam and Mark) all flew to San Francisco to our best buddy Dustin's wedding. We had two days in San Fran and we definitely made the most of our time!

At the end of October Grant and I went on a cruise with my mom, dad and Emily. It left out of Puerto Rico and we went to the Southern Caribbean and West Indies. The stops were: The British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Barbados, Grenada, Aruba and Curacao.

The night before we went on the cruise we also squeezed in a Vampire Weekend show at the Brady with Grant's brother Bryan and his daughter Shantelle. It was seriously one of the best concerts I've ever been to. A non-stop dance party!

November brought Thanksgiving in Oklahoma City and in December we drove to Utah for Christmas with my family.

In summary, we're healthy, we're happy and we can't wait to see what 2011 brings!