Saturday, September 19, 2015
My amazing sister in-law had two strokes just over a year ago. Her journey through recovery this past year has been inspiring to watch and I am amazed by her constant perseverance. She has worked her butt off and exceeded all expectations.
While she was in rehab, there was a 5K charity walk with the American Heart Association of Utah and my brother pushed Vickie in a wheelchair when she got too tired to walk. This year, both Vickie and my brother ran the 5K! It is amazing what can happen in a year.
The family and friends joined in the 5K fun this year and our team name was Vickie's Glitter Army. We all covered ourselves in glitter and sparkles and had a total blast. I want to make tee shirts and make this an annual tradition. #actFASTandbeFEARLESS
Vickie has always been awesome and now she has her own Glitter Army to prove it.
Posted by alli at 8:48 PM
Saturday, September 12, 2015
I completed the online course work in 3 weeks and now I'm just waiting to take the pharmacy technician certification exam call the PTCB. The test is only offered a few times each month so the earliest I can take it is in October.
I am really proud of myself for getting the online course done so quickly. It was really challenging to make myself do "homework" again and some days the last thing I wanted to do after a long day at work was do more computer work.
Lesley and Cameron were really supportive of my progress and I truly appreciate Lesley's constant encouragement.
Now I'm studying what I have learned by doing practice PTCB tests. Part of me is really glad I have over a month to prepare but the other part of me just wants to get the whole thing over with.
Hooray for learning!!!!
Posted by alli at 5:19 PM
Monday, August 17, 2015
I LOVE my Nieces and Nephews and acted like this with each and every one of their births. I'm very lucky to be Auntie Alli.
Check out this video on YouTube:
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Posted by alli at 11:12 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2015
This weekend marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day (AKA V-J Day). The Empire of Japan surrendered to the United States on August 14, 1945 and officially ended World War II.
I asked my grandparents where they were when they heard the news.
My grandmother was leaving work when she heard the war was over. She worked at a bank in Logan, Utah that was on the town square. She says she came out of the building to people celebrating on Main Street and making lots of noise. I bet it's a day she will never forget.
My grandfather heard the news over the radio as his ship was approximately 5 miles out of San Fransisco. My grandfather was a merchant marine during the war. His ship was carrying army supplies on its way Okinawa when news of the war came in. When the ship got to Okinawa, the army no longer needed the supplies so Grandpa and his crew were sent to The Philippines. They unloaded the supplies in The Philippines and then were sent to Japan. Grandpa said his ship was retrofitted with bunks and started transporting soldiers back home to America. He was "stranded" in Japan and staying with the Army for 6 weeks but as he was not a regular solider, he could come and go and explore some of Japan. I remember Grandpa telling me he and some friends would get their daily rations and sell whatever they didn't need or use to local Japanese, like cigarettes. It must have been a very interesting time to be in Japan. After 6 weeks, Grandpa was sent back to America and he said that was the worst trip across the Pacific. The soldier in the top bunk got sea sick and made the trip miserable so Grandpa found a spot on deck and never went to his bunk again. Grandpa never got sea sick as a merchant marine.
I am so grateful to have these stories told to me by my grandparents. They have witnessed so much history in their 87 years and I love to hear their eyewitness accounts of major 20th Century events.
I want to write down all of their stories so we never forget them.
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Posted by alli at 10:19 PM
Saturday, August 01, 2015
I had so much fun at the company annual summer party this evening.
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Posted by alli at 8:56 PM
Friday, July 31, 2015
We had a high/low trip where we started low at the $63 a night Golden Nugget on Fremont Street and the spent two night high at the $999.99 per night (don't worry, we had a massively huge discount to $200) suite at Encore on the Strip.
Both hotels were great and allowed us to lay in the sun by the pool and eat yummy food.
Vegas is always a good idea!!
Posted by alli at 5:46 PM
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Lesley and I LOVE to travel with our siblings and today has been filled with little pieces of heaven.
We started out lounging at the great pool here at the Encore Hotel. We got a nice spot right under an umbrella and spent the morning swimming and relaxing.
Then we got cleaned up and went to a late lunch buffet at the Wynn. We ate for so long that they turned over to the dinner menu and we got a whole new menu to eat from. The food was great and so was the decor. The filled the room with flowers and chandeliers in vibrant colors and arrangements.
Then we came back to the room and I took a luxurious bubble bath while everyone else went to M&M Coca-Cola World. I miss having a big bath tub to soak in and our bathroom at the Encore is my dream bathroom.
A low-key day filled with little pieces of heaven.
Posted by alli at 7:13 PM