Thursday, June 26, 2008

My Motivating Mirror

You know those mirrors you walk past and think, "please don't let that be the way people see me!?" The ones in all the dressing rooms you visit on the most unproductive shopping trips? I've got one of those. I now refer to it grudgingly as my motivating mirror. Since living here I have recommitted myself to more vigorous workouts.

Yep, I'm pooped and my entire lower half screams at me with every move! So far, so good!

Proof of our visit to Hershey, PA. It was lots of fun!

Proof of my 28th Birthday! Ahhhh, 28!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Why I love our summer in PA

I will always think fondly of Ithaca, NY. I love that it's quiet and beautiful, and I absolutely adore our ward. We've met some great people that I will miss not living so closely to when our time in school is done. BUT...there are some pretty important things I will enthusiastically enjoy here in Philly that we can't enjoy in Ithaca.

#1 Ben is making $$$$

Yea, for 10 wonderful weeks Ben will bring home a paycheck! 10 weeks that we don't have to enter deeper into the big black hole of student loan debt - and hopefully a few more weeks after that depending on how well we stretch it!

#2 We have more than 2 radio stations that play modern music

Up in the boonies known as the finger lakes region of NY we really only have 1 station that plays modern country music and another that plays top 40 stuff. That's it! The other 4 buttons in my car are programmed to who knows what! I never push them! While we're here I will enjoy 6 car radio buttons with 6 stations that play songs that I know and like.

#3 Air Conditioning!!!

We are only 4 hours south of Ithaca so the climate is not that different. I remember miserable 90 degree days in NY last August, but for some reason people in Ithaca have a strange "air conditioner's aren't necessary" viewpoint. I wonder if it has to do with the save the earth, vegan, air conditioner's aren't worth the energy they use mentality. People will say, "yea, we have some hot days, but then the rain comes and cools things off and it's really not that bad." It's true that just before you think you're gonna die from heat exhaustion, and you and your children are on your last nerve reserved for hot days that the storm will come and blow some cool air down, but I say, "Why do we have to suffer!!!!" So, why we're in Philly I will gratefully thank Sherry Lake apartments for installing central air in all their buildings.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Freakin' HOT!!!!

So we made it to Philadelphia, actually Conshohocken (yea, say that 10 times fast) a Philly suburb, right in time for their record breaking heat. It's been 98 degrees with intense humidity since we got here last Friday. Two nights ago a big storm moved in, thundered and rained on us, and now it's much more pleasant.

We went to a strawberry festival on Saturday at a 300 year old Quaker church. It was adorable, but crazy hot! Notice the wet hair and red faces.

We are liking our place despite the lack of furniture. Our search for summer housing is a novel itself so I'll spare you! We are living in a 2 bedroom apartment in a complex that offered short term leases (we're only here for 10 weeks). Luke sleeps on the floor, we sleep on a foam pad on the floor, we eat, play, read, and blog on the floor. AND, there's lots of floor space since there's no lousy furniture in the way! I should develop some tight quads with all the squatting I'll be doing this summer!

The luxurious master bedroom... Sleeping on the foam pad really isn't bad, it's the getting up that's miserable. You can't just roll off and find your way to the bathroom. You have to have muscles and use balance. Not fun at 7am, and definitely not fun in the middle of the night!

We look forward to visiting all the fun places in the Philly area over the next weeks. This Saturday we're going to head over to Hershey, PA for some chocolaty heaven. It is my birthday and all!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Little Sahara

Last Friday we drove down to the sand dunes just west of Nephi, UT with Ben's family. It was super fun! Both our boys loved the ATV and were constantly yelling for bigger hills and a faster speed. In 10 more years Ben's going to have some great 4-wheeling sons who are as crazy as he is! I only pray that we keep the ER visits to a minimum and that the docs are only needed to stitch minor cuts and cast repairable breaks!
While the ATV was occupied Ben and his brothers took to jumping off the incredible sandy hills. This is a pretty amazing picture John took of Ben.
Joyce made an amazing dutch oven dinner! It was super yummy...steak, potatoes, zucchini, onions, sand... I think sand in your food...
or on your binki is inevitable.

We had so much fun in UT with all our family. We're grateful for parents who take such good care of us with all sorts of food and entertainment when we visit. So, until next time, we miss you and peace out!!