Monday, August 17, 2015

What Happens When Your Sister Has A Baby

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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Sunday, August 16, 2015

70 Years Since V-J Day

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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Saturday, August 01, 2015

VRx Summer Party 2015

I had so much fun at the company annual summer party this evening. 
I love working for Veridicus Health. I came to this company because of the company culture and I have not been disappointed. I feel so lucky to work with such wonderful people and be part of a great team. 
One of my coworkers is moving to St. George next week so we snapped a quick picture to commemorate our last VRx company party together. We'll miss you Rachael!!!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Our Vegas Weekend

W spent last weekend in Las Vegas.
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!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Little Pieces of Heaven

We are spending a long weekend in Vegas with Cam, Vickie, and Valie.
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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 14

I made it all the way to 10 pm without crying, a new July 14th record.
My dad died on July 14, 1984.
Every year I try to pretend that it's just another day but it's not. It is a day my family was changed forever.
I am so grateful to know my family is a unit that will last for all eternity and this brief mortality apart will only be a short period of time in the giant scheme of things.
Because of the atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ, my family is eternal and we will all be together some day.
I am grateful for the blessings of the temple that help me gain an eternal perspective.
I am grateful to know how loved I am by Heavenly Father.
July 14 is a day of gratitude and a day to feel very blessed.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

4th of July 2015

We had a fun evening with my favorite tradition with my favorite people. I love Independence Day and I love that it is a day filled with community, family, and friends.
My favorite part of the day is lighting sparklers and seeing large fireworks. It was kind of stormy today but we didn't let it get in the way of our fun. Even when it started raining during the firework show, it was still lots of fun.

Happy Birthday America!!!