Friday, May 4, 2018

Administrative Professionals Day - April 25, 2018

I felt loved and appreciated on Administrative Professionals Day once again this year. :) I have been at Home Care Services for over 3 years now and I love it here!

Emillio (2001 - 2018)

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, our sweet kitty Emillio passed away. She was our first fur child and she would have been 17 years old in May.

We have so many fun memories of Emillio. We first got her from a batch of kittens my mom had when Andrew and I lived in Spanish Fork. My sisters had already named her Emillio and it stuck! After Spanish Fork, she moved with us to SLC, then Magna and finally to our home in Roosevelt. Almost 5 years ago, her sister Cecil came to live with us. Emillio tolerated Cecil at first, but after awhile, they became good buddies. Their favorite thing to do was run back and forth chasing each other from one end of our house to the other every night when we would get home from work. :) Emillio loved taking naps in the sun and in front of the heater vent and looking out the window especially. She also loved kitty treats and would beg for shredded chicken when we would cook that for dinner. :)

Playing in the crackle chute that scared her sister to death and she knew it! ;) 

Looks at that fluffy tail! Emillio loved to wear collars and bandanas. :)

Her favorite way to sleep! We never could figure out how she could breathe. Haha!

Mother's Day picture that Andrew took of her last year. I loved her one white whisker!

My favorite picture of Emillio and Cecil. :)

The day Emillio passed away, I texted everyone in my family to let them know. Everyone was so sad and it made me feel better to realize that they understood how much she meant to me. That evening, we took her up to Andrew's parent's house and buried her under a nice shady tree. Since we didn't have a marker for where she was buried yet, Andrew went across the road to find a rock. He wasn't gone that long and came back with a rock shaped like a heart! My sister Leisa said it best when I told her about it. She said, "Leave it to Andrew to find a rock shaped like a heart." It's true! He is so kind and good to me.

As the new week started so did an outpouring of love. I received beautiful tulips from my brother Doug and my SIL Misty and a letter arrived the same day from my mom with pictures and cards from Doug and Misty's kids Lincoln, Kinley and Taylor.

The next day, I received more beautiful flowers. This time from my sisters, Heidi and Leisa, and their families while I was at work.

The final mail that came was from our vet's office. I have to stop a moment and thank them too because they were absolutely so wonderful to us while we were there with Emillio in her final moments. They discussed all our options with us and made sure Emillio was comfortable. As we were leaving with her, they handed me her collar and a piece of cardstock with her footprint on it. I am so grateful to them!

I also received many texts and phone calls that meant so much to me.

I knew that I wanted to get a stepping stone marker for where Emillio was buried so I worked with a store on Etsy to have it made. It turned out amazing and I love that I was able to get something so personalized! It's granite with a black, long-haired cat silhouette with Emillio's name and the years we had her engraved on it.

It's been harder than I anticipated since I lost Emillio. I still think of her every day and we talk about our memories of her often. She was always such a good kitty and we will always miss her. I had a special experience that day though and I know that she is being taken care of in heaven. ♥♥

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Utah Power Credit Union's Annual Meeting 2018

On Tuesday, February 20, Utah Power Credit Union held their annual meeting at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Andrew has to be there since it's a work function and I love going to support him. :)

This year the new CEO, who used to be Andrew's direct supervisor, asked all the employees to come to the front during the meeting. All the members clapped and made them feel appreciated. It was pretty cool!

As each member came in to the meeting at the beginning, they were given an envelope. At the end, we were instructed to open them. Each person's envelope contained at least a $2 bill, but some held more than that. Andrew got a $2 bill and I got a $10 bill! The gift this year was a really cool UPCU memo book with a pen and different sticky notes. The kids got a UPCU puzzle box/bank with a quarter inside. You have to roll this ball around inside the puzzle box/bank in order to open it and get the quarter out. One of Andrew's coworkers hooked me up with one too though since I love UPCU stuff. ;) It was such a fun night! I'm getting to know his coworkers pretty well and I was so proud of my hubby and the company he works for.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Andrew had gorgeous roses, conversation heart sugar cookies, fudge-dipped strawberries and raspberry cups delivered to me at work on Valentine's Day! He knows just what to do to make my heart melt. I was one spoiled wife! :)

The cafeteria at work served pink sugar cookies. Yum!

I got Andrew white chocolate, cheese and fishing gear, which is exactly the way to his heart. ;)

For dinner, we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in town with Andrew's parents. It was fun to double date with them on Valentine's Day. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

North Carolina Trip Day 6 & 7 - Savannah, GA to Raleigh, NC & Traveling Home

Monday morning we left Savannah headed to Raleigh, NC, which is where we would be flying back home to Utah from. We had about a 5 hour drive so we didn't have much planned.

Back in South Carolina!

We stopped for gas and Andrew got a bag of these. They smelled awful!

We had lunch along the way at Cook Out, which was another new to us place.

Andrew had the Chopped Pork BBQ Plate with Homemade Slaw and Hushpuppies. He had fun trying all the southern food on this trip. :)

Our one main stop of the day was at South of the Border, which is right on the South and North Carolina state lines. I was kind of excited to stop here because I had heard cool things about it. However, it ended up being a bit disappointing. Maybe in its prime it had been a major tourist attraction, but's pretty much run down. They advertised that you could go up in the Sombrero Tower for $2 and walk around the brim of the sombrero for an unobstructed 360 degree view, but when we went to buy our tickets, we were informed it was closed. :( The rest of South of the Border was just several gift shops with pretty pricey "Made in China" souvenirs, but at least we can say we've been there. Needless to say, we didn't stay long and then we were back on the road.

Back in North Carolina!

For dinner, we ate at Texas Steakhouse. It wasn't bad and isn't something we have in Utah. :)

Tuesday morning. we left Raleigh to fly back home to Utah. We flew from Raleigh, NC to Las Vegas and then Las Vegas to SLC. It's always fun to go on vacation, but we always love coming home again. :) We have also now been to 39 states!


North Carolina Trip Day 5 - Myrtle Beach, SC to Savannah, GA

Sunday morning when we left Myrtle Beach it was raining a light mist, but we got on the road toward Savannah, GA!

Before we crossed over into GA, we started seeing signs for a place that sold pralines and boiled peanuts. Andrew had told me that he wanted to try boiled peanuts while we were in the south and I really wanted to try pralines so we stopped. Inside they had local pecans for sale, homemade pralines that we being made on the counter right in front of us and they made their own boiled peanuts. It was a fun stop!

They pralines were so yummy. Probably straight sugar and butter with pecans, but so yummy! Andrew didn't mind the boiled peanuts, but he talked me into trying one and at first I thought it just tasted like a really salty, soggy peanut, but then came this taste...I can't even describe it, but I was looking around our rental car for something to spit it out in and of course, there was nothing so I had to swallow it. Luckily I had a water so I was drinking and drinking trying to get the taste out of my mouth. Yuck! Definitely not a southern girl. Haha! ;)

Another state crossed off our list!
(What a dumb place to put a construction sign!)

When we pulled into Savannah, we were starving! We got off at an exit with a lot of options and found Logan's Roadhouse, which is a restaurant we don't have in Utah so we decided to try it. It was so good! It was like Texas Roadhouse, but better!

After lunch, we checked into our hotel and made our way down to Factors Walk. Factors Walk is a row of red brick buildings along the Savannah River where cotton brokers (factors) bargained during cotton's heyday.


Savannah Cotton Exchange

We weren't quite sure what we wanted to do in Savannah, but Andrew happened to see a sign for Old Town Trolley Tours. He checked and found we could get a trolley right where we were standing in just a couple minutes so he bought us tickets for it. It ended up being the best thing we did the whole trip! We got to see all of Savannah's Historic, Colonial and Victorian districts on a 90-minute tour and it was so amazing! We were in awe of the stories they told and how old the buildings are in Savannah. Several date back to the 1700's! Nothing like what we have here in West! Best thing ever!

Jones Street was voted one of the most beautiful streets in North America. This picture doesn't do it justice, but it's a Spanish moss and tree-lined lane and it really was pretty. 

Savannah has candy shops all over so after our tour was over, we stopped into one of them. They gave us a sample of their pralines and they were so good so I had to buy one from them too. ;) Yum!

On our way back to our hotel, it was raining pretty good so we quickly stopped at a Steak 'n Shake for dinner, which is another favorite of ours that we don't have in Utah. :)

Such a fun day in Savannah, GA!