beef…it’s what’s for dinner

Tuesday night was a great night because Mark didn’t have to work until 8! Usually he goes to work right as I’m getting off work so we don’t see each other until 9pm {and I’m an old fart and want to go to sleep at 10:30 or 11, which usually doesn’t happen because Mark is really good at finding really interesting/disgusting shows like Hoarders, which keeps my butt on the couch until midnight}. Anyways, since he didn’t have work until 8 we decided to make dinner together, we decided to make steak fajitas! I’m pretty sure this was a first for us. A few times before Mark has said he was going to help me make dinner, which actually consisted of him helping me gather the ingredients and then getting distracted by the game on tv. But this time he actually helped me cut the bell peppers, red peppers and onions while I cut up the steak. It was really fun, I think Mark even had a good time, and we didn’t even have the tv on!

While dinner was cooking I went to put my shoes away and saw the book “The 5 Love Languages” sitting on the night stand and realized he had read quite a few chapters! Let me tell you, that book is soo true! I’ve wanted him to read it since we got married and I’m so excited he finally decided to read it, on his own, I didn’t even have to bribe or complain or force him to! I think every couple should read it, it is so interesting and can really help make marriage even more enjoyable.

Happy Thursday!


A year in review

As 2011 ended and 2012 began we spent it with Mark’s brothers and their wives watching Mission Impossible and eating dessert. The movie ended at about 11:20 so Mark and I hurried and drove back to my house to watch the ball drop in NY. As the two of us sat on the couch {more like I sat while Mark stood in the middle of the room staring at the tv, trying to think of something fun/random to do to ring in the new year} I couldn’t help but feel like this is going to be a year to remember for us. But before I get into what we anticipate for 2012, here’s what happened in 2011:

January-I started my last semester of college!
February-We went to San Diego for the Hancock’s wedding and fell in love with San Diego.
March-We turned 22.
April-I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Communications. We went to Florida for “spring break” to visit Scott and Dani and the new baby Colton. I also adopted the sweetest baby kitten that we named Snookie. I got my first post college job at a Real Estate Agency. {April was a big month for us}
May-gave away my baby Snookie to be a good wife {that was a hard month for me}
June-Rexburg melted and we spent all our time outside. We went camping at the base of the Tetons with The Hibbards, The Bairs, and The Hulls.
July-The semester ended for Mark and we went to Yellowstone with Rachel, Alex and Chris.
August-We celebrated our 1 year anniversary in Jackson Hole and went home for a summer vacation. While home we went to 6 Flags and Disneyland.
September-We hiked Table Mountain {quite possibly the hardest hike I have been on}
October-We carved pumpkins
November-Got to have 2 Thanksgivings!
December-Went home for our last Christmas Break! Weddings, games, Santa, and much needed family time!

Like I said, sitting in my parents living room watching 2011 become 2012 I couldn’t help but feel happy and hopeful. Maybe it’s the fact that the light at the end of the Rexburg tunnel is shining bright. Tomorrow Mark starts his last semester and in April we will be moving back to the beautiful Bay Area. The entire time we were home Mark and I kept saying “I can’t believe we are going to move back here in 3 months! We are so lucky and blessed that we get to live in the Bay Area.” We truly feel blessed, it is a great area and we feel soooo good about it. Also in April we are going to Washington D.C. with my family and then Mark and I are off to Europe for a whole month! We have our plane tickets and it feels more real every day {the anxiety is starting to set in and I really need to get on the plan and make solid plans}
While we are so excited and anxious to leave little Rexburg behind, it will always hold a special place in our hearts. It is where we dated, made great friendships that will last a lifetime, got engaged and started our married life in a tiny 1 bedroom 600 square foot {if that} apartment.

We are so excited to see what 2012 brings.