JayLynn's Wedding

Joey's sister tied the knot on Dec. 12 and was married. She had a small marriage with mostly family and some friends. She had a luncheon afterward and then was off to her honeymoon.

The wedding ceremony.

Joey talking to his brother Jonathon.

Here we are!

Our nephew, Kai with his grandma.

Joey pretending to play the electric piano.

All the kids wanted to know how Joey was playing the piano(especially because he doesn't know how to play)
Cutting the cake that they did not want to cut.

Neither of them wanted to feed each other cake, so they were nice about it.

The kiddos getting something to eat.

Joey spending some time with his brother.


Sorry about the Webdings font of symbols on the Snowflakes and Las Vegas trip blogs. I don't know what happened and it won't let me fix it.



It is snowing huge snowflakes right now, so Joey and I went outside to look at them. We could see the flakes best when you stand out in them and look straight up. While we were looking at them, we decided to try and catch them with our mouths. Of course, this plan didn't work too well. We were each able to catch a couple snowflakes in our mouth, but then our eyes kept catching the flakes too and we couldn't see anything for a quick second.
We all have a little kid inside us, when we find the inner kid, things become fun and there are no worries. Things like catching snowflakes make me love Joey even more!

Thanksgiving Day

We celebrated our Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 22 with Joey's family. Joey's brother came into town and we also had some of his other siblings who live in town, here on Sunday. We had a very good time being able to celebrate a family holiday together. On Thanksgiving Day, we went to Joey's mom's house again, but this time it was just Joey and I, my mother in-law and father in-law, and my brother in-law. We had more of a Sunday dinner meal and shared what we were thankful for. I am thankful to have Joey in my life and all the love and support he has provided to me. Joey said he is thankful for family. Even though we have trials that come our way, we always have family to be there for us. Joey and I have each other to lean on, we are able to turn towards his family who lives in the same town, and then my family is only about one hour away, and there is always a telephone to call. Heavenly Father sent us here on Earth with a family for a reason. We all need each other.


Vegas Trip Nov. 13-15

SIDE NOTE: Sorry to all of you out there who have been waiting for an updated post and not seen one-life has caught up with me and been busy with the holidays, work, and who knows what else.
Joey and I both needed a trip away together
because work and school have been crazy. We decided to take a trip to Las Vegas since it is not far away. We walked the Strip until our feet couldn't move anymore, but got many beautiful pictures. Friday night we went out to Macaroni Grill-Joey hasn't been there FOREVER, so I thought it was a great idea. Saturday night we were able to get tickets to see Cirque De Soleil's show, Ka. We thought it was so neat to see the different fights and acrobatic tricks they performed. We slept in only until 8:00 am Sunday, so we decided to get up and head home.

We relaxed at the hotel while we decided where to go eat.

Joey eating a seafood and pasta dinner at Macaroni Grill.

Nicole eating at Macaroni Grill.

Standing in front of one of the hotels nice landscaping.

Joey in front of a waterfall.

Both of us in front of the pretty waterfall.

Walking down the strip.

In front of the Venetian Hotel. They give rides on a boat in this water to make you feel like you are in Italy.

Joey having to walk away from one of his dream cars-a Ferrari.

Nicole at the M&M store.

Joey being a gentleman and carrying all the shopping bags, including Nicole's purse.

These three pictures are on our trip home. We decided to be silly on our drive home.


Oct. 9-11 Weekend

This weekend was my sisters bridal shower, so I was able to ride the 4 hours up to the Salt Lake area with a friend Friday night. Joey on the other hand, was able to go to a get-together for his brother's birthday. I was able to hang out with my sister all day Saturday, along with attend the bridal shower, and we also hung out for a couple hours on Sunday before I left to head back down to southern Utah.
Joey was able to go to our niece's birthday party on Saturday, here in town, and have fun with family members. I am sad that I missed that, but then I'm not because I see those family members throughout the week, where as, I only see my sister every couple of months. Joey was able to keep himself occupied while I was gone though and I am glad for that. Thank goodness for family!

Friends from Tristan's family at the bridal shower.

Co-workers of Ashley's(except the one on the farthest left, Jackie, who is an old co-worker).

My two cousins, Melody and Laura, with my Aunt Vanette

Ashley with her old roommate, Kalyn

Nicole and Ashley at the bridal shower.

Nicole, Ashley, and her fiance Tristan at The Pizza Factory.


Olive Garden and Temple Date

Friday night we were able to get out of Cedar City and head down to St. George with Joey's mom and step-dad. We went to the St. George temple and head a very nice time and then we headed to Olive Garden to eat some Italian grub. The food was very delicious. I always enjoy hanging out with the in-laws, so this night was wonderful for both Joey and I.

This is a beautiful picture of the St. George temple I found on the internet. I'm sure this is summer time.

Old time photo at Olive Garden. If this picture were black and white, people would think it was from the early 1900's or whenever they first had cameras.

Of course, we do a smiley picture and Joey wants to be really silly. Even though he may seem crazy in this picture, I still love his personality!


Yard Sale and Bake Sale

People in this world are so amazing! We received many donations from friends, neighbors, and co-workers for this yard sale and bake sale to raise money for adoption. We had one person comment that the yard sale was the best they'd been to in a long time. We had many things for people to buy, from clothes & shoes, to furniture, to movies, to home decor, and the list goes on. My parents, 2 sisters, and 1 brother helped us out with some of the bake sale items and then with all of the putting together and putting away parts. Joey's mom stopped by a couple of times and helped out with different things. We were able to make more money then we expected and it is all because of the donations and wonderful yard sale shoppers. Thank you everyone for your help and support!


Labor Day Weekend and THE GRAVITRON!

Joey is gone to Flagstaff, AZ. visiting his brother for the weekend. I could've gone with him, but chose to let him have some "boy" time, plus, I didn't really feel like getting in on all that "boy" time. I've been home by myself (except Daisy is with me-our dog), since Friday afternoon. It has been nice to relax, clean, and have some thinking time with the silence in our house.
Yesterday my sister in-law, JayLynn, invited me to go to the county fair with her, her 16 month old boy, Kai, and her fiance. Of course I said yes. JayLynn also invited her mom, and of course, she said yes too. We went to the petting zoo for Kai, walked around the booths, and looked at the exhibit. I didn't know what to expect in the exhibit, but it was all the different items entered into the county fair competition. Items ranged from garden vegetables and fruit to homemade crafts. It was really neat to see what children could do up to what seniors could do.
Once we left the exhibit, JayLynn & Heber were joking around about riding the Gravitron. Well, I hadn't ever heard of that, so I had them explain it to me. This is what they said(with me putting it in my words because I don't remember the specifics): It is a ride that forces all gravity on you, so your body is able to lean against the wall and be sideways or upside down and you won't fall. Well, I thought this ride sounded really cool and JayLynn said she'd ride it with me if I wanted to ride. I took her up on the offer. Right after buying the tickets I saw the ride. I was ready to back out. You see, this ride forces all gravity upon you by going around in circles REALLY fast. I don't do well with spinning like I did as a child and my equilibrium is not the same as it used to be, so I was uneasy. Of course, I couldn't back out because we had the tickets already. JayLynn, Heber, and I got on the ride (which is inside this cylinder machine with no way to see the outside world) and my stomach feels like it is in knots. I have to take deep breaths so I do not throw up. Everyone has to lean their body up against the mats that are all along the inside. Once everyone has done this, the ride slowly starts spinning in circles. As it speeds up, I feel my feet lift off the ground and I'm looking around and people are seriously 1-2 feet off the ground, sideways, and upside down while against the wall. I'm amazed at this ride. JayLynn and I start busting up in laughter. We tried to move our arms and body like others were, but it felt as if 100 pounds were forced upon us and we could barely move. This made us laugh even more. We were laughing the entire time the ride was going. The ride was definitely worth all the laughs I had with JayLynn, but it was not worth the dizziness and light-headedness it gave me for the rest of the night. If anyone out there ever gets a chance to ride a ride similar to the Gravitron, I highly recommend it, as long as you are with someone you can laugh with-be cautious about the side-effects it may cause though. (I posted some pictures off the internet of the Gravitron and what it looks like on the inside).


Couple Pictures

We had Joey's sister, JayLynn take pictures of us as a couple in my mother in-law's yard.
We are hanging from this entrance way.

Holding hands and looking back

Our backsides

Joey loving Nicole

Nicole loving Joey. This picture is a little blurry-I wished
it turned out better.

Looking into the sky

Playing in the pool

Laughing because Nicole(I) couldn't hold Joey on my knee.

Staring into each others eyes-oh, how sweet!