Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Grandma and Grandpa: 60 Years!

Ok, ok. Here are some of the pictures from Grandma and Grandpa's 60th Wedding Anniversary Reception. The party was on New Years Eve. I know a lot of people have been waiting for the pictures. I took 75% of them especially for Grandma and Grandpa, but here are the ones that will interest the people that visit my blog. You can click on the pictures to make them bigger and steal them if you want. Enjoy.The Whole Fam (that was there)

The Christensen Family

The Bingham Family

The Bourgeous Family

The Bingham Family

The Buckley Family

Jessica and Sarah

Paige and Kim

Sarah and Kambry

Jenny and Britton

Cooper and Mallory

Alfred and Patrice


Watching the slide show, edited by yours truly.

The guests of honor

Ryan and Kim

Marshall and his girlfriend (I can't ever remember her name)

Jessica and Matt

Me and Brady

Mallory and Uncle Craig

Aunt Laura and Uncle Dave enjoying the slide show

Danielle and her Awesome Boots


After the reception, we stuck around to play games before the New Year. Here is everyone playing "wink em"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lately I've been in a "motivation funk", hence, the lack of blog posts. Since the holidays, I've been stressing over everything and when I get home at the end of the day, I'm exhausted and just want to lay on the couch and do nothing. Luckily I haven't. I've stayed busy with cleaning our house and trying to get back into being more active; "trying" being the keyword. I think some people want to see pictures from Grandma and Grandpa's 60th Anniversary party, but I haven't really touched them yet. I'll try next week to get some of them loaded.

The car thing is still unresolved. We know that it's totaled (duh!) but the insurance company is taking their time. In the mean time, I've been looking up cars and trying to figure out which one would be best for us for the next 5 years or so. We've decided on getting a small SUV, but we still don't know which one. Brady was in love with the Nissan Xterra but the more I looked into it and read about it, I know we're not outdoorsey enough for it. Last night we went to the Barrett-Jackson car show in Scottsdale since the vendors often display their new 2010 cars. However, they were lacking this year. The only small SUV they had was the new GMC Terrain, which I really like, but I'm still unsure. So now we have to go to the dealerships and get hounded by sales people so we can decide on one. Not looking forward to it.

Brady started school again this week. He seems to like his classes so far, but feels that he will be pretty busy this semester. Only 2 semesters left!

Brady and I are also gearing up for the final season of LOST. We started watching the show again from season 1. It's been fun to catch little things that finally connected in much later seasons. I don't know for sure if we'll be able to finish all of the seasons before February since we're 2/3 into season 2 now, but we'll try.

Anyways, there's the update.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

In Loving Memory...

Of my Nissan Sentra

This happened:
The sad driver:
What Happened?: Luckily, nobody was harmed in this accident. Brady was the only one in the car. This was the second time since we've been married that Brady had my car. What happened was that Brady was driving down the 101 and was going with the flow of traffic. The car in front of him slammed on their brakes suddenly and sharply swerved out of the lane, leaving Brady very little time to brake, and he ended up sliding right into the next car that was at a complete stop. Brady called me right after asking me to bring my insurance card, since I keep forgetting to put a copy in the car. We are now having to deal with insurance and all that.

Luckily, I have full coverage. Luckily, I had paid my car off. Luckily, Brady was not injured at all! Luckily, we have another car. Luckily, my in-laws have a shop that the car could be towed to. Luckily, Brady can use his dad's van as a vehicle. Luckily, the driver that got hit wasn't injured and his damage was minimal. Trying to think positive.

I was filled with emotion about this. Once I saw that Brady was OK, I broke down in tears. I was relieved he was OK, I was sad that my car was destroyed. I felt bad that my car failed to stop in time, and I couldn't help crying over the financial inconvenience this might cause.

Today we feel better about everything. Although I have no idea what kind of car to get next. I wasn't planning on getting another car until the A/C went out the Sentra. So lots of decision making is still ahead.

I bought this car in April or May 2004. I drove around just for fun at times (and I hate driving). I would look at other cars on the road and think, "my car's better than that car...and that one...and that one." The car took me to Las Vegas and Utah (twice). The car has also been to Hawaii! (Jealous) That's were it was originally purchased. The car has had two tire blowouts, and in the past year, two battery replacements and huge repair with the head gasket.

The Sentra's best moment came a few months after I purchased the car. It was my inspiration for a commercial I made for film school. I'm quite proud of it, even today.

Please, in honor of the memory of my loss, enjoy the Nissan Commercial.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas Week

This Christmas has been crazy and busy for us. This year, we did Christmas with the Gillman family, but first, we would hang with Sarah and my mom for a day to exchange gifts. On Sunday morning, the 20th, we headed to Miami and went to church with my mom and had dinner and exchanged gifts.

Tuesday night, we went to Brady's parents house to do Christmas with the immediate family. We ate Lucky Charms (a Gillman tradition) and listened to Blake and Cindy's own rendition of "The Night Before Christmas", which incorporated his huge Christmas village they bought this year.

Blake let me take pictures with his awesome 70mm-200mm lens. Crazy! It has amazing depth of field. I should have used it for my Orr Family photo shoot, but I forgot.

The next day, we took off for Utah. We went half way, stopping in St. George, since we had little kids with us. Poor Cindy got sick and would be sick even now. No fun. Once we got out of St. George, we hit the snow. It never actually snowed on us, but everything was covered.

On Christmas Eve we arrived at Grandma and Grandpa Gillman's house in Lindon, UT. The whole Gillman family came over and we had dinner and a white elephant-like gift exchange. I ended up getting a puzzle and Brady ended up with a movie and a fleece blanket.
Grandma Gillman gives these socks every year to the girls, this was new to both me and Shannon but it was funny. Grandpa Gillman made rolling pins for all the girls, which was pretty cool.

After the festivities we played a game that was very much like "Sorry" but it was all homemade and tons of fun.Christmas day was actually pretty uneventful. We went out to the old barn that Grandpa grew up around and we took pictures and listened to stories. So cold.

We went to Temple Square that night to see the lights. It was very pretty. We got there, right when they turned them on at 5:30pm and it was wicked cold. We planned on going into the visitor centers as we walked around to warm up, but all the buildings closed at 6pm. So we headed to cars after a little bit since the Skye was not liking the cold, and neither was anyone else.
I love the colors in this picture. (I'm so proud)

I thought this was beautiful.

We then went to Brady's Aunt Stacey and Uncle Mike's house to visit. We ended up staying to watch a movie in Uncle Mike's MOVIE THEATER! I didn't get pictures, but Mike has a theater in his basement. It has a big screen and blue ray projector, surround sound and really comfy reclining chairs (with cup holders). It's sits 7 people. Brady now has a goal for our future home.

A funny thing about Grandma Gillman: You can walk through her whole house and never touch the carpet. She has rugs laid out through the whole house! And they're not all floor rugs, there are also bathroom floor mats used to protect her carpet. I had to laugh at this. She does have nice carpet though.
Even the stairs have plastic on them.

We left the cold the next day. We headed back to St. George and since we got there around 3. Shannon and I decided to do some shopping at Downeast Basics. Everything 40% off!

We arrived home and the craziness continued. Brady and I discovered that our vacation is quickly filled up with appointments and other "jobs". Whew. We're now back at work and getting back into our routine.