Monday, June 24, 2013

O-O its magic, you knooooooow!

When reading the title you MUST sing it! I hope my sistas are all enjoying their summer! I know I am :). But I can't wait to see you all again.

The magic of the headband began to work even before it reached my head. Until about a week ago, we hadn't been getting our mail from Minneapolis, or the stuff that was being sent directly to our Cali address. I was afraid that the headband wasn't going to make it to me because I called in to the post office to fix the issue after the headband had been sent and should have already arrived. A little mailing issue was no match for the headband, however, because it found me, and the two of us have had a grand time together.

This weekend, with the headband gracing my head, Pedro and I got to spend our second weekend alone since arriving to California. All the other weekends we have been with the other UofM Sutter Residents exploring Yosemite National Park, and Monterey. We made the most of our alone time by having a day long date.

We went to Manteca and Stockton to watch World War Z, visit the Pro Bass Shop (like Cabellas), eat at Johnny Carino's, and go mini golfing. What was so special about this day of dating is that it was a great way to remember our time together since we met. In Pocatello, there is a mini golf course just down the road from where we grew up. When we were dating and engaged, we went mini golfing quite a bit. The lady that owned the course loved us and would always let us play several games for the price of one. One of my favorite pictures of us from when we were dating was taken while mini golfing.

When we were dating
I didn't think to get Pedro in the picture for this, but he probably would have said no anyway.
The other blast from the past was going to our favorite Italian restaurant Johnny Carino's. This place is sooooo good. We love the bread and oil they serve, and their tiramisu is divine. We had Johnny Carino's cater our luncheon on our wedding day. It was fun to reminisce about that beautiful day and to eat some delicious food.

Pedro and I love a good movie, and even more, we love Zombies, so watching World War Z was very fun for us. The Bass Pro Shop was huge! This place has a freaking huge fish tank, a waterfall, a ton of stuffed animals, an archery and gun range, shooting arcade games, an old fashion candy making shop, a full size tree, and tons of clothes, guns, camping gear, bows, knives, shoes, grills, and so much more! It was really fun to walk through and see all of the animal displays.

This picture is not the greatest, sorry!
It was a very fun day. Most of all I enjoyed spending time with Pedro. It was nice to go on a date. We really need to do that more often. The magic of the headband taught me many lessons this weekend about focusing on your spouse and giving them your full attention. With today's technology it is all too easy to sit next to each other, but play on your phone or computer and not really pay attention to the person next to you. This weekend showed me that I have not been paying enough attention to Pedro and that life is so much better when we are spending time together, totally devoting our full attention to one another. I have really felt the love of the headband this weekend and I hope you all can feel the love that it holds. Thanks for being such wonderful friends and examples to me. I love you girls!

{I will give the headband to Adri this week when she comes to hang out with me. Then she can send it back to Robin.}

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Steph and Jon-UT summer update

Hola sistas!

This headband holds magic. The day it came in the mail I found a new temple dress for $7.00 at a thrift store (the magic was working even when it was in the mailbox) and here I am in this pic holding a form to be a temple worker at the Bountiful temple!

I am still getting approved to work there, and it might not happen....but there is a chance I could be a temple worker when we are back in Minneapolis too. So that is pretty exciting.

Jon is doing good in his internship. He's been busy, but we've been filling our evenings and weekends with all sorts of togetherness activities. We have been visiting my family in Lindon and his here in Kaysville. It's been super hot, so we have been having water fights between the two of us. We go to the occasional baseball game and lots of walks at night. We have been home videoing ourselves more and that has been fun. We are making memories and loving our little family. It's been a good summer so far and it's going by fast.

I spend my time reading, studying, and picture taking. I have named this summer the summer of building talents and testimony and loving people.  I have felt busy and productive busy. It's been nice not working, but I am thinking about getting another job when we get back to MN. Not another nanny job. nope.

well sistas I hope you are all loving your days and are happy. We will have to have a big party when we all return :)


p.s. I will send the headband to Rachel tomorrow! Robyn is still in DC

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Headband arrival in North Carolina

Hello fellow Sistas!  I hope this post finds you all well and happy.  Joe, Andrew and I are doing well here in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  The drive down was actually coldish, but that was definitely a short spell and now we are enjoying the A/C.  Joe is enjoying his internship and we are all getting settled in. 

Now for the headband update:

I first wore the headband on Sunday during Joe’s birthday dinner celebration.  We had cake and ice cream, and I’m sure the headband karma rubbed off to fulfill all his birthday wishes!

The next day I wore the headband to do some shopping to find Andrew and I swimsuits.  Postpartum swimsuit shopping-definitely a time to call upon the ‘power’ of the headband!  We survived, and hopefully we will be able to get through the humidity and heat a little easier now. 
After shopping we headed to Whole Foods to find little Andrew some pear juice.  I was sporting the headband and the checkout lady said, "I really like your headband.  Did you make it?"  I told her my friend had made it.  She stated that she thought it was so cute and really cool.  Sweet!  Our headband has a fan club!  

Hope you are all either settling in or enjoying MN.  Sending you love and best wishes from NC.  Have a great time wherever you are, and hope the headband finds you soon :)

Love you all,


P.S.  Robyn wasn't arriving to NC until mid June and currently is leaving to go on vacation with her family in D.C., so she would have missed my mailing of the headband.  So, I will mail it to Stephanie and then Stephanie will need to mail it to Robyn back here in NC.  Than Robyn can mail it to Rachael.  I hope that works- thanks everyone!