One Year Anniversary!

They say the first year is the hardest...well I sure hope so, because then we have like the best life in the whole world ahead of us. I cannot believe we have been married a whole year. What a wonderful, beautiful year. This weekend we reminisced a ton about the weekend we got married, and although I wish I remembered more (for those of you not married...you remember very little about your wedding day...so take lots of pictures!!) I just remember glowing, because I was so happy, and because I found my other half, and I was going to spend forever with him. Also I remember the food was really really really good.
So what to do for an anniversary? Well I am the luckiest girl in the whole world, and I didn't have to worry about planning ANYTHING because my sweet, wonderful, amazing husband planned an entire getaway for us and it was perfect.
Saturday morning we woke up and finished homework (ughhh), then he told me we were going to Logan and Bear Lake for the weekend. Though Logan is not glamorous, it's somewhere other than Rexburg, so I was thrilled. He said we couldn't check into our hotel until 5 that night, so he wanted to stop at the grocery store on the way out to get stuff for a picnic, which I was so excited about. I have a thing for picnics. So we packed and headed out. We got to Logan at about 2, and stopped to see a movie. We ended up seeing Thor, and both liked it, though it is a tiny bit dumb haha. After that we went to the Logan temple, which is my favorite temple, and had our picnic. So fun!

We then drove to our hotel. We pulled up to the cutest little house-looking place and on a sign on the front it said "Anniversary Inn". Ohhhhh I was so excited! We stayed in an Anniversary inn in Salt Lake right after we got married on our "mini-honeymoon", and they have the awesome themed rooms. So we checked in and Jared guided me to "Aphrodite's Court" (this is cute because Jared always calls me "aphrodite", so it was my room!) Oh man this room was gorgeous...see for yourself!

In-Room-Jacuzzi...best thing ever.
Complimentary cheesecake and Sparkling cider!

And although I didn't get a picture, they also serve you breakfast in bed, and it is absolutely delicious! So yeah, I am completely spoiled.
Later that night we went to an awesome dinner at a place called the Iron Gate Grill, holy cow amazing. We both had this chicken cordon bleu that they cook in a puff pastry, and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. I wouldn't taken a picture, but it was dark in the restaurant, and the people next to us were getting sick of our flash.
Sunday, our real anniversary we literally just and watched tv all day. Just remember this is my 3rd semester straight, and I really haven't gotten a break since Christmas, so sleeping, and hot tubbing, and watching tv was awesome, and so relaxing, it was exactly what I needed! For lunch we went to IHOP (classy, I know...but it is so good!) then for dinner we just ordered pizza. Through a series of mistakes from the pizza hut, we ended up with 2 large pizzas and a dessert pizza for the price of one. So we have an abundance of leftovers...man we appreciate those little things.
In one-year-anniversary tradition demands, we have been saving the top of our wedding cake to eat on this glorious day, so we did! Or at least like 3 bites each...we were both stuffed from all the pizza we ate haha

Then this morning we stopped at the temple to get some pictures...because we didn't want to get pictures the first day we were there because there were so many weddings we didn't want to get in the way.
Then we drove to Bear lake. We would have liked to spend more time there, but  it was stinking cold, and most of the places on the lake were closed, so we just enjoyed a gorgeous drive, and also some famous raspberry shakes, which are amazing. This is definitely somewhere we will have to visit when it's warmer.

Finally, Jared pulls out this bag from the trunk. Man this boy spoils me. I open it to find the "Our Best Bites" cookbook, which I have been dying to own since I discovered their amazing food blog a couple months ago. He said it was a gift for both of us because he would eat all the things I made! I am super excited because the authors of this book are coming to Rexburg next week for book signings, and I will get it signed!

So all in all it was the 2nd best weekend of my life...the first best was exactly a year ago =] I think we watched at least 10 movies, and like 20 episodes of pawn stars, and slept most of the trip, but it was wonderful. I am so glad for such an awesome marriage. I get to do everything with my best friend in the whole world. How lucky is that?
I can't wait for our next year, and decade, and half century (we plan on making at least 70 years =] ). Every day is an adventure, and I will thank Heaven every day for my sweet husband. I love you!



Oh do I love my family. My sweet mom, my hardworking dad, hilarious Skyler, beautiful Nicole, smart Lance and ohhh Damon =] and last semester I got so spoiled, seeing them just about once a month. This semester I have missed them so much, and can't wait for the next time to see them!
However, I do have quite a bit of consolation because I have family here! I absolutely LOVE having Mariah and Ethan (see Ethan...I do mention you!) out here. They are seriously my sister and brother. I love having Mariah, who I can just call, or go tanning with, or just be with! and I am loving having Ethan over here with Jared all the time, and coaching him on which girls to date...haha. Even though I was a little late on meeting Ethan, I totally adore him, and I'm so glad he is my brother in law!
It's just that I am a total mom at heart, and I feel completely lost if I don't have people to take care of, not that Ethan and Mariah need taking care of, but I like to make sure they have things they need, and be there for them, and make them dinner and treats, it is just what I love to do! So we had our first family only dinner last night and it was just so fun. I was totally in my element, and the only regret I had was that my own blood brother and sister weren't here to have so much fun with us all.
Here is my dessert I made...chocolate chip cookie pie...yummm

Such a beautiful day, we had to go out and play at the canal


Ethan decided to take a small swim...

All of us Thomases (?)

I have been talking to my mom today, and the whole family may be coming out for the 4th of July (ooohhh I hope so, they haven't ever seen our apartment!) and if they do, they are going to leave Skyler and Nicole here for like an extra week to hang out with us, and I can't wait!


uhhh can you say crazy??

Yup, that is my life right now. I feel like I have been going absolutely nonstop since this semester started. Life is so crazy that I couldn't even go to Colorado for 2 days to see my brother's graduation, which I will be bitter about forever. It's not just school, it is frisbee, lacrosse, work, my church calling, and the like thousands of projects my teachers love to give me, and notice I didn't mention a social life because hey, I don't have one!
Good news is this block is over in two weeks from tomorrow (crazy right) so I have my interiorscaping class ending. This is both fabulous and terrible. Fabulous because it is ending, terrible because I have SOOOOO much to do for that class before it ends, and it is making me panic just a bit. Curious about what I have been doing in interiorscaping?...

After doing this project I decided.....I never want to professionally install Christmas decoration. Well, at least I'm learning something right?
Some of you have asked me to put up pictures of cakes I've been doing. Well, I've done a few, but I am not nearly good enough to show them off yet. I am actually a tad bit frustrated with my cake decorating skills at the moment. my "I want to be instantly amazing and not practice" problem is acting up, but I am working and working, and I promise by the end of the semester I will have made at least one cake that I think is awesome enough to share. In the meantime, here is a cakeboard I practiced on...just disregard my name in horrible lettering haha

Frisbee is good, though we lost this week. Lacrosse is good, the first official game is Friday at the stadium and I'm excited for them to play! Also work is good, I love giving tours to the little ones, Next tuesday I have about 100 1st graders...ahhh I can't wait!
This is super lame-o but one of the most exciting things of this week is that we got a futon! Maybe because it brings me back to the good old days when I was about 8 years old, and the bunk bed that my sister and I slept in had a futon on the bottom that was all mine...or maybe just because I think it makes our apartment so much homier, I love the thing. It's a bit hoopty (haha there's Jared's southern boy lingo coming out..hoopty meaning ghetto) but hey, we got the thing for $15! Here is me enjoying our new furniture haha

Well I have been reading Harry Potter feverishly, my goal is to finish them all before the last movie comes out, which is something like 58 days away, though I am only 3/4 of the way through The 5th book, so I have 2 more to go....I guess that is adding to the craziness of my life. Hey, when I set a goal, I try my darndest to accomplish it!
I spent this morning figuring out my schedule for next semester as well. It is absolutely nutso to me that I only have 2 semesters left of college. Hallelujiah...though that means real life starts next April. All I know is, that's another goal I am working my butt off to accomplish, getting a bachelor's degree. Everytime I think how much I really would like to be done with school, and how easy it would be just to stop, I hear my mom's voice in my head saying "You better graduate from college!!" so mom, really and truly, this is for you.
Lastly....Next Sunday is our 1 year anniversary. Where has the time gone?? This has been the best year of my life, and I am 1000 times more in love with my sweet husband than I was that day. Im guessing Jared has something up his sleeve...though he swears we are going to hang out here, go to the college avenue deli, then to BRC's frozen custard, then to the Park to play frisbee....I guess we will see!!


Top 10 for the week

1. Going shopping ALL BY MYSELF, (which I LOVE) Saturday when Jared went to Skull Canyon with the boys

2. Playing our first frisbee game of the season-scoring a goal and not even knowing it,-intimidation screaming at a girl and making her drop the frisbee-and beating them 13-7

3. Tanning (yes...guilty) and feeling some Vitamin D, man I've missed that!

4. Setting up Christmas in the Benson building for my interiorscaping class (pictures to come!)-and fighting with a girl in my class....haha

5. Finally getting the hang of driving the stick...and doing it well!

6. Giving a tour of the greenhouses and the planetarium to 30 5th graders, and having the 5 little boys up front fight over who got to sit and walk with me

7. 75 degree weather...man when Rexburg has good weather, it sure knows how to have good weather

8. Talking to my sweet mom for an hour and a half on Mother's day, she is so great, and I miss her so much!

9. Assistant coaching the lacrosse team, getting pumped for their first game on Friday

10. Having everyone over to watch "The Last Exorcism" (and scaring people more with my screaming than the actual movie) and to play Halo. So fun!


Our New Addition(s)!!

As you all know I am becoming quite the plant enthusiast...since I am no longer in flower center, where I have beautiful arrangements twice a week, I have been feeling plant-deprived. I am taking an interiorscaping class this semester, learning all about potted plants, and we have been talking about all the awesome benefits plants have, and really how important it is to have them in our environment....so no, no kids, no dogs, no kittens, no fish, my new pets are plants!!!

Here is my beautiful hydrangea bush...I love the pink and green!

And my little baby rubber plant who is so adorable, I love his soft leaves!

This one was Jared's to pick out...

Let's zoom in on that name again.....

yup I knew he'd want that one.
Yes I will love them and care for them, and be devastated if they die. (which they won't...I WILL get over my black thumb!!)
If anyone else wants some plants, visit the greenhouse in the Benson building Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, and they are sooo much cheaper than buying them anywhere else. Seriously, go get some plants, they make you happier, and smarter, and healthier. Really.