Sunday, December 28, 2008

sooo...a month and a half later...

Is it really worth mentioning again how bad I am at keeping this updated? I'm so ridiculous!
So, I tried taking so pregnant pictures right now of myself so I could show the handful of people that actually read this (mostly my family I think who already know how pregnant I am) my awesome pregnant belly! But, as it turns out, I'm not so good at taking pics of myself (and I didn't want to ask Jared because he's sick in bed right now). But, it's probably a good thing because there's not a single place in the house that I could take a picture that wouldn't show how horribly messy my house is right now. So, pretend this is me:
Pictures of myself will come later when I can find someone to take them and when my house is clean (or else i'm not at home). Anyway. I seem to have just gotten past the stage of people actually being able to know without asking that I'm pregnant. Apparently, people who didn't know me before I got pregnant just assumed that I had a big belly pooch? Which makes me kinda sad because I've always had a relatively flat stomach! Oh well. But yes. I'm not humongous by any stretch of the word, but people are now lovingly calling me "fat". This is the only time in my life when I'm ok with this :) OH!!! I can't believe I almost forgot! Jared and I recently found out the gender of our baby! we're having a GIRL!!! We're so freaking excited!!! So, mid-end of April, we're gonna have a little Taylor Kelly Payne!
So, my Christmas was pretty dang awesome! We actually go a tree this year! Last year we didn't get one and this year with me being a total miser didn't want to get again. But, we went to our ward Christmas Party and they were doing a drawing for some of those fake, pre-lit trees! We won!! Jared set the whole thing up and painstakingly arranged all the branches so it didn't look so fake (i know...i've got a pretty dang awesome husband!). Then, Jared's mom wanted to give away some of her THOUSANDS of decorations so we inherited some other stuff that actually made our apartment look festive! I never really understood before how much decorations can REALLY change the atmosphere of a place! It was instantly Christmasy!!so fun! As far as presents go, I got a pretty good haul! I gotta say...Jared is FANTASTIC at getting presents for me! He told me his secret was not asking me what I wanted so I'd always be surprised, but it's gotta be something more than that. For example, I have ALWAYS wanted one of those cute pajama sets (the button-front shirt with the matching pants). ALWAYS! I've NEVER told him that! But, he got me this really awesome set of Victoria's Secret pajamas (totally modest btw) that are made of satin and maroon with little pink stripes! I LOVE them with all my heart (my brothers-in-law were all impressed that he went into that store by himself...)! Also, I got some board games (Jared hates board games, so it was a really sweet gesture for him to get them!) I got: which he picked because you can have babies and put them in the vans (can you tell he's excited to be a daddy) as well as:
(umm...does anybody else think that Merv Griffin looks like what Tim Schnepf is going to look like in 20 years? I've actually seen the TV show and it was like being in the future. so wierd)
In addition to these, I got the DVD of Kung Fu Panda, a rockin' awesome over-the-stove popcorn popper, some really cool paraphernalia from The Office (like pencils, notepads, pens, etc), a baby blanket, a blanket used for swaddling the baby ('s so cool), some awesome baby stuff! (my sister got a hold of an exersaucer, a 'Jenny-jump-up', and a bassinet!_), and a TON of food storage!.
Of course, Christmas wouldn't have been complete without all the family time! Jared and I were fortunate enough to spend time with both our families on was awesome!
So, the next exciting thing going on in my life just happens to be the CRUISE!!!!!! AAAH!!!! SO FREAKING EXCITED! Jared's parents are really awesome and wanted all of the kids and their spouses to go on a cruise all together as an awesome vacation and as a "last hurrah" before babies start popping out! However, they knew that pretty much none of us would be able to really be able to afford it if we paid for it ourselves, so Jared's mom decided that she was going to save every penny from her part-time job to pay for HALF the cruise! so, every couple only needed to come up with enough for 1 ticket! $750 is a LOT more affordable for a weeklong vacation than $1500. So, WE'RE GOING ON A CRUISE!!! We leave this Friday (the 2nd) to drive up to LA and we'll be staying overnight in a hotel or motel or something that Jared's parents found for dirt cheap. Then, THIS COMING SATURDAY, we'll be boarding the ship and heading out on the cruise to the MExican Riviera! CAn you tell I'm really excited about it?

I'll definitely be taking, maybe next post will have them?

oh and p.s. all of my backgrounds now will be pink and girly in celebration of my upcoming little girl!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I Suck

Yes...I know. This is why journals never worked for me...I suck at updating. EVen now, I only have a few minutes to put a post up. Sorry
So, the reason I don't ever have real pics of Jared and I and stuff that we do is because Jared has had the camera at work. So, I convinced him that since we paid for the camera ourself, and not his company, that we needed to keep the camera at home. Especially with a baby coming! Now I have the camera and I just need to learn how to download them onto the computer (i'm kinda lame when it comes to that kind of stuff...I've never done it before, so I have no idea how to do it). Moral of the story: My blog will have real pics soon! hooray!
I'm getting fatter. I'm actually wearing maternity clothes now (well, some real maternity clothes and some clothes that I had before that never looked right on me but look really cute now that I"m pregnant)! Hooray for pregnant bellies! I can't wait until I'm ginormous! Also, I'm feeling the baby moving around a lot more, but only when I'm laying down. On Sunday, I was laying on the couch watching the Cardinals game (ok fine, i'm evil), and the baby was going NUTS! So, I told Jared that the baby likes football and he got really excited! But, I suppose it could be that we have a very spiritual child who was upset with us watching it on Sunday. Either way, it was really cool to fel Baby going nuts!
I finally set up my first doctors appointment! I know, I know, I should've done it a LONG time ago, but this way we think we'll have enough history to show that AHCCCS should accept us. Cross your fingers. Anyway, the appt is on Dec 10th...and I"m pretty sure my doctor will kill me for waiting so long (i'll be like 24 weeks at that point), but I figure, I'm taking my vitamins, the baby is growing and moving, and I feel great. Unless there's something horribly wrong with my pregnancy, there's really not much else a doc can do, right? I hope I'm right. But, I am excited for the appointment. WElp, I've gotta go back to work!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Some more ramblings...

Yesterday was my wards Primary Program. Can I just say that I'm pretty sure all of the cutest LDS kids in Arizona are in my ward? because, I'm pretty sure that's true! Primary Program day is probably my favorite day of the year when it comes to Sacrament meeting!
So, the program starts out with one of the most adorable children in the world (one of my old nursery kids, who's a Sunbeam now), Halle Sanders, singing the first verse, minus the chorus, to "I Am A Child of God". There was a little narration as the piano plays in the background, and then one of my other old nursery kids, Keaton Sanchez, gets up and sings the 2nd verse, minus the chorus. (It was really cute tho...his mom is in the Primary Presidency and she was sitting by the podium throughout the program in case anyone needed help, and when Keaton looked at her, he starts shaking his head really furiously like he's not going to sing...but then he just turns his head and starts! it was so funny!). 2 other children do the same thing for the 3rd and 4th verse (which i didn't know existed, but maybe was just done for the programs?).
On a more serious note, I honestly have never felt the Spirit that strong with that song before. But, hearing these tiny little children singing it really hit home to me...these kids REALLY GET IT! They feel and know that they are literal children of Heavenly father. These children are SO PRECIOUS to our Heavenly Father, and that makes me feel very special to think that He is entrusting me, who's totally not worthy of any of His love and affection, with one of his special children. I love my Heavenly Father so much and I'm so grateful to get to see His light through the eyes of little childen!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Halloween! and many other things...

So, I've never really been one to really celebrate Halloween. As deprived as it sounds, I've never even been trick-or-treating (growing up I lived in a REALLY BAD neighborhood, so we never went). I don't really enjoy dressing up in costumes. It just really hasn't been my holiday of choice. This year though, for some reason, I'm REALLY excited about it! I mean, I'm still not going to dress up or anything...or go trick-or-treating. I don't think I'm even going to pass out candy (i'm hoping that my sister will let me come over to her house in Queen Creek and help her boys get ready with their costumes). I don't know what it is! I just love this season! I love the changing weather and actually having to bust out my jackets in the morning and the crisp cool smell of cold weather! I love it! Also, it signifies my birthday! yep, I've got another birthday coming up! As of next Friday, I will be 22! Yay for birthdays!

On to other things: For all of you who have been asking me how I'm feeling, I feel GREAT! I'm tired all the DEAD tired. I pretty much come home everyday from work and want to do nothing but sit on my couch and stare blankly at the TV screen or read a book until I fall asleep (on several occasions this week, Jared has come in to the bedroom with me in my pjs, my glasses on, peacefully sleeping with the light on and my book somewhere on the bed...he thinks it's really funny). But, I'm not sick at all anymore! I can pretty much eat whatever I want now, and only a few smells (mostly any red meat) make my stomach churn.

Oh! I got a new job! Hooray for me! Starting on october 24th (my birthday actually) I will be working for Rehab Arizona and calling to get authorizations from insurances. And, here's the best part: it's only 2.5 miles away from my house!!! I currently work at a podiatrist's office in North Phoenix...which is about 30 miles away from where I live and an hour drive. NOT FUN! Don't get me wrong...for the most part, I really enjoy working here. I like paper work, scheduling is ok, and my pay and benefits are pretty fantastic. Now, sounds pretty tolerable, right? Ok, it's tolerable I guess, but I've just gotten to the point that if I stay here much longer, I may just murder a couple of my co-workers. One of the doctors I work with (who does not have any special pull around the office...he's not a partner of the practice, he doesn't get a cut of what's being made...he just gets salary)is INSANE!!! He waltzes around ordering us around, treating us like slaves (the medical assistants get it the worst...I get it pretty bad though because my desk is right the exam rooms he uses). He never says "please" or "thank you" which may not seem necessary in the work place, but the Head doctor here does really makes a difference in how we respond the what we're asked to do. He's got a really foul mouth and kind of a bad attitude. He drives me CRAZY!!!
Also, one of the other employees I work with has the worst work ethic...honestly, I see elementary school kids that have a better work ethic than he does (and it's not like he doesn't know HOW to work...he just has no drive or motivation to do it, so he doesn't). Honestly, the only reason he still works here (because he's had more than one official complaint made against him) is that he's a really good talker. He's most often described as a "used car salesman". It's a little bit ridiculous. The thing that makes me crazy is that fact that he's been here for a year now...long enough to learn pretty much how everything that goes around here...and he acts totally ignorant about EVERYTHING. And, he's actualy admitted it's so he isn't asked to do stuff. Seriously...I willnot miss either of these two guys. Both of them cause me to feel something like this:

Now, there's definitely people I'm going to miss. Julie, Nikki, Cherolyn, and Adrienne are really high up there on the list...but really. This new job is an answer to my prayers! I've really been needing this change!

As I've mentioned before in other posts, I'm one of the Laurel Advisors in my ward. This means, not only do I take turns teaching on sundays, but I get to have part in all those really fun programs that the YW do! THis past wednesday was Yw of Excellence. It was so awesome! The ones that I had when I was growing up were always kind of formal occasions. We had to wear our sunday clothes and it was either in the chapel or Relief society rooms...they were really cool, just very stiff and kinda formal. My ward did a JUNGLE THEME...very different from the way I grew up having them! We started in the Cultural hall that was totally decked out in vines and jungle stuffed animals. Then the YW president, Shantelle Peterson who is one of the cutest people alive, led everyone on a safari! We had seven different rooms, for the seven different values, where the girls displayed what they'd been working on. It was so awesome and fun and the spirit was so strong! I'm so grateful to be in the YW organization!

We still haven't heard anything on the house...we're supposed to by the end of the month though..Honestly, I really don't care anymore if we get it. I love my apartment, my neighbors, my ward, and my calling! I'm especially starting to get closer to some of the women in my ward...I'd be pretty sad to leave. But, if it's the right thing to do, then I'll do it.

Well, that's my life right now...not really exciting, but somehow this entry still ended up being forever long. Sorry!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Singing Again!

One of my favorite things about living in Mesa where I do is the fact that virtually nobody has heard of the "Roots". I tell people my maiden name and they just give that interested nod and then start talking about something else. If I was living anywhere south of Main street or possibly even University, people's eyes would have light up and ask if I was related to so-and-so...who would inevitably be a sibling of mine. Don't get me wrong...I LOVE my family, but getting away from all the preexisting notions of my musical ability, behavior, and intelligence that people always seem to have associated with the Root name has been SO NICE!! I've been able to develop into my true self and become confident in my abilities. Now, everyone who knew me prior to my marriage knows that I love to sing. I was definitely one of the nerdy choir kids whose life revolved around concerts, musicals, gigs, and auditions. However, after I got married, I pretty much quit singing. I don't really know the reasons behind it, but I think I just wanted to take a break from it.

I really missed it! I would listen to the soloists is church and have the pang of regret. I love performing and letting others listen to singing is something that I've really worked for and I really am sad that I'm not quite at the level that I was my senior year of highschool (if you don't use it, ya lose it...i guess Mr.A. was right!). So, I decided to start going to my ward choir practice! It was kind of hard because I'm so biased when it comes to ward choir directors (Greg Miller was totally amazing!!!), so I had a little bit of a rough time adjusting to Bro. Arbizu's opera tendancies. I'm really starting to like him though...he's actually really good...he's just a little spacey :)

Singing again has felt SO GOOD!!! And, in addition to the ward choir, I signed up to be in this community choir that Bro. Arbizu is starting. We're going to be singing accapella and eventually going around to different nursing homes performing. I'm really excited!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

tagged again! Thanks Cajsa!

A- Attached or single? Very attached!
B-Best friend? Jared, but if we're going with non-spouse best friends, I'd have to say Rachel
C-Cake or Pie? umm...i think pie!
D-Day of choice? I LOVE Fridays!
E-Essential Item? my phone. seriously..i feel so lost without it!
F- Favorite color? green and blue (all shades of either!), but i've started really liking red and purple recently
G- Gummy Bears or Worms? worms...gummy bears remind me of Nielsen's Frozen Custard...and frozen gummy bears taste AWFUL!!!
H- Hometown? Mesa.
I- Indulgence? mmm...a good book!
J- January or July? Definitly January! I love winter clothes!
K-Kids? well, I've got one in the oven right either a Taylor or a Gavin
L-Life isn't complete without? My family and friends
M- Marriage Date? December 28, day ever!
N-Number or brothers and sisters! 4 brothers and 4 sisters! And I wouldn't trade any of them for anything! well, most of them anyway ;)
O- Oranges or apples? There are very few fruits that can satisfy me the way a nice, juicy, crispy apple can!
P- Phobias? I don't know that I really have any...I'm paranoid when I'm alone at night when I'm outside tho...but it has nothing to do with the dark...mostly i'm just afraid of getting attacked.
Q- Quotes? "Trials are the Lord's way of setting us up for something better"- Bro. Petromalo at MCC
R- Reasons to smile? I a fantastic life, husband, family, is GREAT!
S- Season? Autumn..but like October and November..not so much September when it's still hot
T- Tag........ Rachel, Amy, and Christina
U- Unknown fact about me: My guilty pleasure is the show "Gossip Girl"
V-Vegetables? YUM!! Carrots are probably my favorite! oh and cucumbers!
W-Worst habit?- biting my nails
X- X-Ray Or Ultrasound? Ultrasound!!!!! although, i haven't had one for the baby yet...but sometimes at work, the medical assistants will practice doing ultrasounds on feet using me!
Y- Your favorite food! Ice cream!!!!
Z- Zodiac sign? scorpio

Friday, August 29, 2008

updates, updates again, it's been a long time since I've posted...which is kinda sad because I was doing REALLY well for a while. I was pretty proud of that :(.
A LOT has gone on lately and I hardly know where to start! So, this will be just a quick update on some changes in my life recently:

First and foremost: I AM PREGNANT!!!! There are people that think I'm silly for telling this soon (although I don't think 8 weeks is too early), but everyone who really knows me (and my family will testify to this), knows that I SUCK at keeping important secrets. Honestly. I used to tell Robert what his presents were going to be. And I kept my ears out for stuff too...I was kinda an awkward kid looking something like this:
(except, I looked nothing like Will Smith :)
Anyway, both Jared and I are VERY excited and I honestly can't wait until I'm really fat! I love pregnant bellies! Also, I've been very fortunate not to be that sick. I've only actually thrown up once! I've learned I just have to keep food in my tummy. So, we're gonna have a little Taylor Kelly Payne or Jared Gavin Payne in April (the estimated date is April 9th).
In other news, we're back to house hunting. And, we actually found a house we're putting an offer on! It's out in Queen Creek and it's PERFECT! It's this cute little 1600 sqfoot house with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms...and get this: it's only $100,000! So cheap! It's less than a block away from my sister and her family too (all of them are really hoping we get it). Anyway, it's out at Ironwood and I'll need to find a new job. There is NO WAY that I want to drive all the way out to freaking 7th st and Thunderbird in North Phoenix if I'm living in Queen I'm kinda job hunting right now.

I think I've already talked about this, but I'm one of the Laurel advisors in my ward. I LOVE my calling! honestly, this is the first time that i've ever felt like I'm exactly where the Lord wants me to be. My past callings I've liked and I know bishops are called of God and give callings based on the Spirit, but I REALLY feel that this time! I love my girls! they are just so cool and everything that I wish I'd been back then!

Thursday, August 7, 2008


I'm staying home from work today. Now, based on this blog title, some of you may assume that I lied to my boss to use a sick day...but no. I really am sick. The reason I'm conflicted is because I'm happy and sad about it. I feel a huge responsibility for my job...I feel really bad when I'm not there to do my part. And, I know that if just one person is gone, it's kind of a struggle to get everything done. On the other hand, I'm VERY secretly pleased with myself for giving in to my needs and taking a day off. It's like a mini-vacation in my mind to stay home from work, even if I am sick and can't enjoy the time off as completely as I could if I was healthy. I'm really doing a little victory dance inside that looks like this:

Seriously folks. WHY WHY WHY do I feel so guilty about missing work? That's insane! And not only that, I feel guilty if I miss church or school because of sickness too! Why! I'm retarded...

Monday, July 21, 2008


* Please note that the following pictures are not ACTUALLY of my house...these are pictures stolen off the internet to illustrate my current situation*

This is what my house looks like right now:

This is what I'm going to be doing viciously this week:

And, this is how I'm going to look after my house is clean:
accept not blonde...:)

What is the reason for this drastic change in behavior (i HATE cleaning!)? Jared's going to be gone/out of the house for most of the week! Now, Jared doesn't really make THAT big of a mess...everything just accumulates. And, I have a really hard time motivating myself to clean when he's around because he can be really distracting! Now, I'm going to miss him a lot (he's going to be gone tonight all night because he's going to the Diamondback's game with Jess, and then he's going to be gone from Thursday morning to Saturday evening for our ward's Super Activity), especially at night when I have nobody to cuddle with or to sleep next to me. However, to keep myself distracted, I'm going to try to get my house cleaner than it's been in a LONG TIME. pray for me...this could get ugly :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

I love surveys!!!

Katy said anyone could tag themselves...and I'm a loser who loves these, therefore, enjoy :)

20 Years ago...
1. I was almost 2 years old.
2. I lived in a tiny little house with my 6 older brothers and sisters and parents, and I was the CUTEST kid ever who could just smile and get what I want
3. My mom had to keep a close eye on me because I would pretty much walk off with any male adult if given the chance

10 Years ago...
1. I was a very happy 11 year old getting really excited for 6th grade
2. I realized how poor my family was
3. I was very impatiently waiting to start YW.

5 Years ago...
1. I was actually enjoying my summer reading project (I was reading Jane Eyre)
2. I was working at Nielsen's Frozen Custard
3. I was super excited to be in choir with Mr Aguilar (who had also been my choir teacher my last semsester of 9th grade)as the teacher!

3 Years ago...
1. I was going on a TON first dates (that always stayed first dates)
2. I met Jared :)
3. I finally figured out who I was

1 Year ago...
1. I was married for 6 months
2. I was serving in the Nursery and thought I was going to be stuck there for the rest of my life
3. I was still figuring out how to be a wife

So far this year...
1. I gained weight :(
2. I supported Jared's new business and helped him get ranked high on Google
3. I got released from Nursery and got called to be a Laurel Advisor

1. I taught my first lesson ever to the Laurels
2. I kicked my in-laws trash at a game called "Joker"
3. I visited my parents

1. I made Jared read scriptures with me before I left for work (and by this, I mean I woke him up by turning on the light and sat on the bed eating a bowl of cereal while we took turns reading out loud)
2. I listened to church music on the drive to work.
3. I made fun of a dumb co-worker

1. I will work all freaking day
2. I'm going to a wedding reception
3. I get to go to my ward's RS Book Club meeting

In the next year...
1. I want to be 15 pounds lighter.
2. I want to be free of credit card debt
3. I want to be pregnant or have a baby!

Um...I'm gonna cheat like Katy and just say that anyone who wants to do this can consider themselves "tagged"

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Missionary Work

Yes, I know. I suck at blogging...but I really think it's because I really hate the fact that my blog looks so pictures, no cool stories, etc. So, you'll all just have to be resigned to the fact that I'M boring. sad.

Anyway, recently, Jared has become the best friend to the missionaries that serve in our ward. He has a passion for missionary work and he's really good at it. I, on the other hand, am terrified to talk about the Church. I'm definitely not ashamed of what I know, but I feel really inadequate when it come to talking about i'm going to leave someone with false doctrine. However, since the missionaries love Jared and are all about having members fellowship the investigators, Jared and I have actually been going to discussions! On average, we go to 2 lessons a week...and today, we're giving a ride to an investigator mom and her 4 kids. So cool! So, this is what I feel like right now (minus the boy part of it):

It's a really cool feeling! This Spirit that can be felt during a discussion is, for me, really different from the feeling of what you feel in church. It's awesome and I love that I get to be a part of it!

On another topic, Jared sold his first sign! I'm so happy, proud, and relieved! I was beginning to get the horrible, pessimistic idea that nothing was ever going to happen with his company (for all of those that don't know, Jared recently started his own sign company...selling signs for buildings and monuments). Seriously, if you know ANYONE that needs a building sign, please refer them to this website : Jared's really proud of it!

So, I was just recently called to be the Laurel Advisor in my ward. Um...i'm only like 3 or 4 years older than some of them, so I didn't think they would call me to that position. But, clearly, this is wear the Lord wanted me. Shantelle Peterson, the YW president, told me that some other leaders were pushing for me to be in with Mia Maids or Beehives, but she felt really strongly that I needed to be in Laurels. I'm so grateful for her listening to the Spirit! I'm so privileged to be able to work side by side with her and Truly Huish. It's funny tho...Shantelle is the wife of the 2nd counselor in my bishopric and Truly is the Bishop's wife. So, either the Lord feels like I have a lot I can learn from these amazing women, or Jared is going to be called to be the 1st Counselor? (scary!)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Disney Princess

So, when I said before in my last post that I love surveys and stuff, I really meant it. I love little quizzes like this!

You Are Aurora! (A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty.)
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Thoughtful and loving. Authority figures probably have been sheltering you all of your life. Thankfully you're a very tranquil person who is content with what life has given you, but secretly you want to know how the outside world works.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

well, this isn't the result I usually get on this kind of quiz, but I think it's kinda fitting :)

Monday, June 2, 2008


My sister actually tagged me on this a good while ago, but I just never got around to doing I've said multiple times before- I'm a really bad blogger :(

How To Play This Game of Tag:

Post these rules on your blog.Answer these 15 questions about yourself on your blog.

List:3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random/surprising facts-Tag five people at the end of your post by leaving their names .-Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

My joys:
1. cuddling with Jared :)
2. Rainy days when I can curl up with a good book and just relish in the sound of rain on the roof
3.'s something that I haven't done in a while, but I really loved it.

My fears:
1. scary/horror films. I know I'm a wuss, but I REALLY can't handle them. I have way too much of an overactive imagination and I don't like feeling of not being able to fall asleep because a silly movie made me afraid of the dark.
2. Jared dying while we're both still young. I've had so many dreams recently that this has happened. I don't like it.
3. Natural disasters. I'm not kidding. I could NEVER live in a place that was prone to hurricanes or tornadoes or anything like that. I hated elementary school when we would have the "natural disaster" unit. It's crazy.

My goals:
1. Lose weight! I know I'm not even really overweight, but I've surpassed my personal weight of "whenever I reach this weight it's time to go on a diet." My fitness plan right now consists of Wii Fit. It's amazing...I"m not even joking!
2. Become bubbly and happy again. Recently, I just haven't been very cheerful. I loved how happy and bubbly I was even just last year. I need to get back in my groove :)
3. Become a better cook/housekeeper/wife


1. ice cream. This is my favorite food...and part of the reason I need to lose weight.
2. surveys. This is kinda weird, but I love them! I'm signed up with several sites that pay me to take them. And I like silly tests/informational stuff. Like this kinda stuff.
3. Punctuality. I hate being late. In fact, it stresses me out to be late and to have to wait for someone who is running late.

random/surprising facts:
1. I used to bite my toenails. This was a while ago...don't judge me :)
2. If I press a certain spot on my hand, 2 little bubble form on my wrist. I don't know why and everyone that I've shown thinks it's totally disgusting...even medical assistants.
3. I don't own any nail polish or nail polish remover. I just don't have any motivation to purchase any.

my tagging victims:

Monday, May 26, 2008

Not the "Boston post"

Yes, yes, I know people are getting upset that I haven't posted stories and pics from my Boston trip. I'm sorry...i'm retarded. But, I have a funny story :).

I got Jared to read the Twilight series!! and, he LIKED it! He's pretty much just as excited, if not more, about the upcoming movie. This morning, he was actively hunting the internet for more clips. I think it's so funny! Also, I promised him I would read the Lord of the Rings series for him since he read Twilight for me....although the Twilight series is just SLIGHTLY shorter and an easier read. That's ok tho.

Another funny story: When Jared and I were in Boston, we stopped at a Barnes and Noble (he finished his books and needed more. He's crazy). I was begging him to buy The Host which I have yet to get my hands on, but he said no (i need to read the Lord of the Rings before I'm allowed to get into anything else...pooh). Later on, the guy who was ringing up our purchases was trying to convince me that The Host was the new Twilight book. Ok. No. So, I had to sit there and convince him of his misinformation. After a while he believed me, but he looked at me like a crazy Twilight fanatic. It was really funny. But seriously, he works at a bookstore. Sure, Twilight is pretty crazy out here because the author is FROM here, but it's pretty big out there too. If you work at a bookstore you have to know that kind of stuff. I mean, there were SIGNS in the store that stated the information that I gave him. It was crazy.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


So, I'm officially a really bad blogger. I'm super tired, so I"m going to do a QUICK update on my life thus far...

1) Jared and I are going to Boston on May 8-May 17. AAAAH!! I'm SOOOOOOOO excited! The only places I've ever been are California, Utah and Rocky Point! I've never even been on an airplane! but yes. Jared served his mission there and has kept in touch all this time with a few families. The Forgits kept asking him when we were going to visit so they could meet me...and we've finally got stable enough funds to do it...and we're not going into debt for it!!! WAHOO!

2)Jared officially has his own company now! Well, not his OWN, but he's the President of the company with our good friend Nathaniel Allen being in on it with him. It's called Signs Xtra...pretty much since Jared is pro with the sign industry (building signs, like "Bashas") he's going to be finding jobs to bid, design it (he's amazing with design and web pages and stuff), then outsource the actual manufacturing of the sign to his former boss, who will then make and install it. You can ask me for more details about it if you want. so, Basically, if you know anyone who needs a sign or monument, let us know!

3) I got a new car! It's a cute little 2005 Chevy Aveo. it's white, but i named it Ruby. Somehow, despite the color, I found it very fitting. We bought it from this girl who's a year younger than me...she'd been given it as a gift from her grandfather as a graduation present. Spoiled, I know. Anyway, after a couple years and only 33,000 miles later, she decided to buy a truck and posted her Aveo on craigslist. Jared found it! Now, it's mine! and only for $7000! it's in awesome condition! I LOVE MY CAR! (hence the exclamation points)

besides that, pretty much everything is the same. I'm just working life is pretty monotonous, but I love my life!

before we go to Boston, we should be investing in a hopefully this blog will become more intersting with pictures!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Nevermind! as a really belated update to the whole getting a house thing, Jared and I aren't going to be moving. It's a really long story, and you can ask me sometime if you're interested. It's just going to take a really long time to type out, and I just don't have the patience to do it. We're just in a really good situation in life right now and we're ok with leaving things the way they are for now.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I got tagged!

10 years ago:

I was in elementary 5th grade. I was totally happy and carefree and wasn't even aware how poor my family was. I was confident enough not to worry about my old hand-me-down clothes. My best friends were Cassi Ware and Jacob Romanosky. I really was just a really happy, awkward looking little girl who was really content with life and totally clueless to the world.

5 things on my to do list:

1. clean the's really messy
2. take a nap
3. call Alexa to make sure she's still up for cutting my hair
4. finish my lunch
5. watch a movie
(I just got off work and I'm free all weekend. I usually have a much more involved to do list)

Things I would do if I were a millionare:
-build/move into my dream house
-pay off ALL debts
-buy a new car
-help my parents pay off their debts

3 bad habits I have:

1. Procrastinating
2. Freaking out about small things
3. Having to have the last word around certain people

5 places I have lived:

1. 116 S. Lazona
2. 422 S. Spur
3. Jared's Parents house for the first week of our marriage
4. my apartment
5. the house we haven't found yet

5 places I have worked:

1. Mesa Junior's cafeteria
2. Nielsen's Frozen Custard (don't ever let me hear you call it "ice cream")
3. Teaching Tools
4. Allen's Decor Village
5. First Podiatry of Arizona (currently)

Some things most people don’t know about me:
-I used to bite my toenails
-Jared was my first kiss
-I used to have a huge inferiority complex

I TAG: Stacy, Erin, Leigh, Seth, Rachel

Saturday, February 9, 2008

New House?

WARNING: the following story is FRIGHTENING!!!

So, Jared had mentioned to me recently at how good the housing market is right now for buying. I hadn't really thought much about it because Jared will talk about stuff like politics and the economy all the wasn't really anything out of the ordinary for me. Anyway, after we found out that my brother and his wife got approved for a loan substantial enough to get them a condo, Jared and I both thought it might be interesting to see what kind of housing we could qualify for. Coincidentally enough, Jared has a family friend who used to be in our ward who is a mortgage lender or broker or something like that and asked him if he could possibly put together some numbers for us.

Now, let me make it clear how much Jared and I have NOT been looking to move! Sure, we don't love paying rent when it's really just throwing money down the toilet, but we have a pretty inexpensive apartment and we've been really happy here. We were STRICTLY curious to see what kind of house we could afford.

At work last Thursday, I get a phone call from Jared. He told me that his friend didn't have a number for us yet, but he had secured a loan for us with a government that would pay for our down payment (and we don't have to pay it back!). Also, he was compiling a list of houses that were for sale, and if we decided to buy off that list, we would not have to pay ANY closing costs! Holy Frick! And, to top this off, we're not having to pay this guy a penny for this work.

Here's the REALLY scary part: his goal is to have us closing on a home by the end of FEBRUARY!!!

Holy Cow! Jared and I haven't even been TALKING about moving, like I said before, and a house may just be dropped in our laps! Wow! This was all a bit much for me to handle!

Now, I'm actually very excited about this proposition, and I have no doubt that Jared and I could handle a reasonable mortgage payment. We make enough money to handle it. I just feel a little overwhelmed. Maybe this is silly, but I feel so YOUNG! I mean, I can't own a house! I just became legal drinking age a few months ago! Maybe I shouldn't limit myself like that...I'm just so surprised that this is an option so early in my life and my marriage!

Of course, we're going to be doing some major praying about this. I would ask though that anyone reading this will do the same. I'm worrried about being able to separate my want for real estate from being sensible. Wow!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Jumping on the Bandwagon!

So, at the request of many people, Jared and I (well, mostly me) are jumping on the blogspot bandwagon. I'm not saying that we (or I) will be good at keeping this updated, but I really like the option. I may be asking some of you to help me figure it out later!! :)