Monday, February 2, 2009


Hi everyone! I'm back from my brief disappearance. (I know...I know...some of you are thinking, "Huh...she left?" Others are thinking, "Her posts are always so long and rambling...after 3+ weeks, what am I in for?" Others, who are so sweet and loved, kinda sorta missed me, right?:) ) I actually had to take off to Utah unexpectedly. My Nan (grandma on my mom's side) passed away. She's been fighting cancer since July, and in the end it went really fast. My mom called the night of the 10th, and the next morning I was on an airplane at 7am. Nan is an awesome lady. She's a gourmet chef (seriously...can't even begin to do her cooking justice), a perpetual party planner, and best of all, she is constantly serving other people (I say is and not was because I am oh-so-confident she is on the other side continuing the work she was doing here). Her favorite thing ever was working as a temple worker in the Bountiful Temple. She, of course, wasn't perfect (he he he...she could cuss out my Pa like nobody's business if the mood hit), but she sure is an amazing person, example and grandmother, and will be so missed.

I ended up staying in Utah a total of 2 1/2 weeks. After the funeral I stuck around to hang out with my parents. I wanted to stay through my mom's birthday on the 28th. Even with the tough circumstances, we had a good time. Our little trio was back to raising havoc just like the good ole days! :) Ok, so "raising havoc" might not be the right words to describe what we did: eating out, baking yummy desserts, getting my hair cut, playing Yahtzee Free for All and Uno Attack, hanging out with my cute sisters, exploring new stores so I could spend wedding certificates (seriously Utahns...if you haven't been to Spoons N Spice...holy kitchen will never be the same), running errands (I have a blast just grocery shopping with my parents). Maybe not havoc, but fun just the same! I'm really blessed to have parents I consider friends.

After 2 1/2 weeks, though, it was time to head home to the other person I love too too much. This is where I'm going to brag, so bear with me...but my husband is pretty darn amazing. When we got back to our apartment, he opened the door and I smelled...what could it be? No way! Cleaner? Yes...the apartment was as clean as I'd ever seen it. And I'm not talking tidy. He actually deep cleaned! In my amazement, I kept "casually noticing" (no...not checking...I was not checking...just noticing!) all these places I thought there was no way he would have thought to clean, but lo and behold...clean! All of them...from the top of the fridge, to the weird spot on the toilet by the bolts...he even mopped floors. I was stunned. I mean, I knew he was good, but THAT good? With no hints?! Who is this guy? As if that wasn't enough, there was a dozen long stem red roses in a vase on the table, and a delicious homemade Mexican dinner heating up in the oven! Homemade pork enchiladas Cafe Rio style! Can you believe this guy? I tell you what, I've got quite the keeper. I keep telling him and my parents that if they don't stop spoiling me, I'm going to be...well spoiled. Ruined. Turned into a monster. But neither party seems to want to listen, so watch out! There is a crazily spoiled creature on the loose, and she might just be headed your way!

Since I got back, we've dove into basketball season full throttle. Brian and I will both be practicing once a week, and having games on Saturdays. We're so so so so so excited. And, our last bit of exciting news... (drum roll please.........................) We finally decorated our bedroom! Woo hoo!!! Desk...check. Antiquey desk chair...check. Mirror, shelves, pictures, lamps...check. Killer bedspread...check. Best of all, for my birthday Brian surprised me with my favorite print all framed. The Singing Butler. Perfect.

That's the update from here. Happy February everyone! Hope you're all doing well!


emily and nate said...

Yeah!!! Your'e back! I missed your posts terribly!!! Your bedroom sounds awesome, maybe you should post some pictures....

Cutrights said...

I am sorry about your Grandma, my mom said the funeral was great, and she left very teary eyed. It sounds like she was an amazing woman, and you have a lot of memories to cherish about her. I love that you and Brian are still so newlywedish, it is cute to read your posts. I am glad all is well and that you were able to spend some time with your parents. I will look for pictures of your bedroom to be posted :0)

Lisa and Chris Sanders said...

I am sorry to hear about your Grandma! She sounds like she was an amazing person! And you were so lucky to have her around for so long. I lost all my grandparents before I was 12.

I also love your posts they are so fun to read what you and Brian are up to these days since you don't live here anymore. You make me want to live back East, maybe when Chris applies for Law Schools in a couple weeks we'll have to send an application that way!

Take care guys!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about your grandma but at least it seems like you have a million fond memories of her that you can treasure. I think it is great that you were able to stick around Utah for a while to spend time with Familiy and enjoy your moms birthday. Brian deserves a gold star for cleaning the house from top to bottom as well as making dinner and having roses...pretty sure you picked the right guy Amber! Even if you don't so mch like Valentine's day...I am pretty sure you live it every day of your life with Brian! :) Oh, and lets see some pics of this new bedroom.