Friday, May 28, 2010

My new friend


Oh yeahhhh.

So, I have this new goal to go to the gym twice a week. (BYU has this free weight room for students.) I've already been three times. (I feel very accomplished.) And I started out on the bikes, but then I found this thing. And it's awesome. And I'm excited. (And I want to use parenthesis, one last time.)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Snow!

So, at the very moment I am typing this, it is snowing outside. That's right; snowing. In May! Almost June! I walked into our kitchen this morning and saw this out our back window:


And our poor, cold little garden (hopefully it will be okay!):


Provo's so funny. :) This is what makes life exciting. And I checked on the weather website, and we're supposed to have thunderstorms later today! I love thunderstorms. :) They're the best for reading. I hope we actually get them!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Springtime in Provo

So, what have we been up to these last couple weeks? Well, we're both going to Spring Semester up here at BYU, so after our honeymoon at Disneyland we hopped back in our car and drove up to start classes the next day. We actually couldn't move into our new apartment for a couple days, but we were lucky enough to be able to stay at my Dad's house in Provo that week. We had our open house that Saturday (which I'll post pictures of soon!) and then were able to start moving into our new place on Monday.

We love our apartment! It's super close to campus (literally right across University Avenue from the big indoor practice field) and way cute. It's in this little five-plex type of building, and we've even got a backyard! It's in good condition too, not too ghetto, which is awesome. All of our neighbors are really nice, and our ward is really good, too. We had the option of going to either the family ward or the BYU married student ward; we chose to go with the family ward and we really like it.

Now, as you can see from the picture below, we've had some adventures since we moved in! Last week we came out one day to find our front tire completely flat. That afternoon, our neighbors all came out and we all tried to change the tire for two hours. Our first problem was that we didn't have the right tool to get the spare tire down; we needed a metal bar with a specific shape, but we didn't have one. Luckily, one of our neighbors who came to help did have one. So that was good, and we were able to get the spare. Then, the problem was that the lug nuts were on so tight that we just couldn't budge them forever. Seriously: so, so tight. We tested the lug nuts on the other tires, and they were fine; it was just on this one that they were holding on for dear life. Finally, after some phone calls to our families for advice, one of our neighbors (the biggest guy) was able to jump on the metal bar and got them to come loose. Then it was actually pretty easy, and we were able to get the spare on. Yay! Later that week, we were able to have all our tires changed (none of them had any tread left - the one that blew was smooth on one side), so now we should be set for a long, long time.



We also planted a garden this week! We're so lucky to have a backyard. We planted tomatoes, carrots, green beans, peppers, and onions. We're seriously so excited to be able to garden this summer.

   

 

Finally, we made some shortbread cookies with my sister Alyse a couple days ago. We got to use our new cookie cutters to make lots of fun shapes, including dinosaurs, airplanes, and stars. They tasted great. :)




And that's what we've been up to! :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

First post! And Honeymoon!

Hi everyone! So, (and I can't even guess how many blogs start out this way), I've decided to start a blog! I wanted some way to be able to tell you all what Jason and I are doing in our daily lives - about our fun adventures and our little trials and all of the funny things that happen in between.

As most of you probably know, Jason and I just got married on April 23, 2010 in the Newport Beach Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We don't have many wedding pictures yet, but we'll post them as soon as we get them, we promise. :)

What we do have photos of, though, is our honeymoon! We went to Disneyland for three days, and had a blast. We took a ton of pictures, based on the advice of some of our friends (thanks guys!)

Just got there!

See those pins we're wearing? They're awesome. They say "Just Married," and we got them from the town hall. Our whole time at Disneyland, all of the workers kept telling us congratulations, and they even got us free parking!

Waiting in line for our first ride, the Matterhorn.


And then Pirates!

We are very fierce pirates.
Very fierce.
See?
Haunted Mansion!

And Jungle Cruise! Our guide was hilarious. He had this really dry, monotone sense of humor, and at one point when "headhunters" were shooting at us, he went "Pshew, pshew! Their arrows! They're flying right over your heads! Just like all of my jokes."


Oooh, and gumbo! The "Try Our Gumbo" from New Orleans Square is my absolute favorite. It's the very best gumbo in all the world. And they serve it in bread bowls, which is like a huge reason of why it's so delicious. It's just so good. Sooooo gooood.



Okay, have any of you guys ever been to Captain EO? It's this crazy Michael Jackson meets the muppets meets Star Wars music video in 3D. I mean... 'Nough said.



Us in front of the magic castle! Did you know you can actually go inside? It's got the story of Sleeping Beauty in there. You walk through, and it's all dark and scary, and then all of the sudden (after it's been dark and scary the whole time), it's suddenly like, "And they lived happily ever after!" It's pretty funny. And exactly like the Snow White ride, come to think of it.



Playing in Pooh Corner...

Okay, funny story: One of the nights we went across the street to McDonald's for dinner. We both got soda cups and went to the fountain, which was this kind of island thing in the middle of the restaurant. Jason went on one side and I went on the other to fill up our sodas. I looked at the options but didn't really want any of them, so I decided to make my own orange soda using a combination of Sprite and Orange Hi-C. Just as I was topping off the cup, Jason came around the corner. "I made my own orange soda," I said, showing him my cup. He lifted his cup and said, "Me too!" We had totally both made our own orange sodas at the same time! Awesome? We think so.


Another funny, related story that I don't have a picture for: On the very first day we got there, we "hopped" from Disneyland to California Adventures. All that means is that we went from one park to the other (we actually did this all three days). When you change parks, you need a ticket and a hand stamp to get back into the other park. The first time we went through, Jason was like, "Why do you need a ticket and a hand stamp? Why can't you just have one?" "I don't know," I replied, and we thought about it for a while, and then forgot about it. Then, over the next couple days, we seriously went back and forth between the parks so many times, and each time we had to have our ticket and our hand stamp. Then, on the very last day, on the very last time we changed parks from California Adventure to Disneyland, it suddenly made sense in my head why you needed both (so multiple people can't use the same ticket on the same day), and I turned around after I went through the turnstile to tell Jason. But as I was turning to tell him, he exclaimed, "Jocelyn! I just figured out why you need both your ticket and a hand stamp!" It was hilarious, and awesome. Our minds just work the same way.

Here we were trying to get a picture of the Grizzly Rapids waterfall in the background. You can't see it, but it's there.


Isn't he the cutest husband ever?

Why yes; yes he is.


I could offer an explanation for this one...but I won't. :)

Jason as we're about to get on Autopia.


These next three were all taken from Autopia, as I was "driving." Which means that I was not steering. Which means it was extra fun.




Here's us on the long train that goes all the way around the park; we totally used it all three days as a really nice way to get around. And we got to go through the dinosaur part! Such a funny, random part of Disneyland.

Soooo cute...

Okay, remember how I mentioned the Snow White ride above? Well, this is "Snow White's Scary Adventures." The ride starts out with Snow White dancing with the dwarfs, all bright and cheerful for a total of about three seconds, and then the whole rest of the ride is all dark and scary and swampy and has skeletons and crocodiles and the evil witch everywhere. Then, finally, the witch gets pushed off the cliff in this giant crackle of thunder, and you come out facing this happily painted wall with Snow White and the prince (who you never saw once in the ride) with all these furry animals and a big, painted "And they lived Happily Ever After." So awesome.

We are scared.


This is us on our OWN BOAT on It's a Small World! The ride lady saw our "Just Married" pins and gave us a boat all to ourselves. It was awesome!


Even the little people are celebrating. Hurray! Hurray!

Toontown!


And......


yeah. :)