Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dinner & Dominoes!

So much has been happening lately! To make a long story short, Preston and I have moved to Charlotte, North Carolina for the summer to try our hand at summer sales. And when I say "we" on the summer sales thing, I really mean just him. Let's face it-I am totally NOT cut out for the the whole door-to-door thing. (Pictures will be coming soon)
Anyways, before I can even begin to talk about that adventure I have a little bit of catching up to do! The week before we left for North Carolina was PACKED with so many fun things and I feel the need to catch up on all of those little things. This blog is really our little family journal so it helps me keep track of things that go on in our life. Just before we left we had Jerry and Sarah Ward over to our house for dinner. Sarah is my cousin, was my roommate at BYU for our first three years until we both got married, and has been the best friend/cousin I could ever ask for. Well, Jerry and Sarah are moving to Northern California this summer so Jerry can finish school up there and we are moving to the East Coast so we had our little last hoorah before we all go our separate ways. Preston cooked up some delicious burgers (that were, no joke, like 2 1/2 inches thick!!!), Sarah brought some yummy pasta salads and a lemon cream pie that was TO DIE FOR! 
We love getting together with Sarah and Jerry because they always have a new game to teach us! This time it was Dominoes! For some reason or another I have never played dominoes. Call me crazy, but its the truth!! I loved it! It is definitely my new game of choice! 
We got a little crazy after playing so many rounds as you can see by the looks on our faces - slightly Asian eyes and throwing out peace signs (and an "ok" sign in my case). We always have so much fun with these guys. We usually laugh way more than we talk which is definitely a good thing in my opinion. We sure will miss not having them around anymore! But now we will have an excuse to visit Northern California more often!!! Love you guys! 

Jerry's Asian eyes and Peace Signs! He's a pro! 
Preston is always leaving his mark anywhere he can. What a cutie. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

THIS close to becoming a college graduate.

I have had THE WORST case of SENIORITIS lately. (Senioritisnoun. A crippling disease that strikes college seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as GRADUATION.) Yes, explains me to a T. I finished up all of my projects, papers, evaluations, etc. and was ready to take my finals!!! 
sorry about the gruesome picture of me, refer back to the senioritis definition and that will explain the lack of makeup and not having the hair done. :)
But, I may have opted to do some fun stuff before I got around to studying. I mean, seriously, I am almost done! Why spend so much time studying when the weather is so wonderful outside?? So have fun we did. :) 
My parents and Emily came up for the day on Thursday to pick up some stuff for the store and I got to spend the day with them. And they got to have a little taste of the snake invasion that is still going on at our house.  We killed one more this week, and it, just like the others, endured the wrath of Preston. Luckily, Emily was here to help Preston finish the job. 
On Friday morning Preston and I got to go to the temple together and do a session. It was so nice and relaxing. Nothing beats the feeling of what is felt in the temple. 
And wanna know a little secret? I wear my wedding earrings every time I go back to the temple. It reminds me a little bit of my wedding day and the special things I felt that day.
Later that night we headed up the canyon for a little cookout with John and Christine. 
We roasted hot dogs over the fire

I promise these two were having a good time! lol 
 indulged in lots of chips and dip (try those chips and that dip-SO TASTY. probably my new favorite kind)

drank root bear straight from the bottle after letting it chill in the creek

 and had s'mores.

 It was a lot of fun! It's always so nice to get away from all the people and get up in the mountains and feel secluded. It is crazy that you can go from being surrounded by hundreds of people in the city and then driving 15 minutes and being the only four people around for miles. 
Preston, the fire is H O T! he he 
We had such a fun and relaxing night. Thanks John & Christine for inviting us to come along! 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

PKB is 23!!


On April 12, 2011 my dear husband turned 23 years old! :) I was so excited for his birthday-probably more than he was since he kept forgetting over and over again that his birthday was even approaching! Silly boy. He did make me me promise that I wouldn't throw him a party, and being the good wife that I am, I obeyed. I agreed since I assumed it was more of his choice what to do on his birthday than it was mine. Still doesn't make sense to me but whatever. :) Next year I am probably not going to be so obedient. muah ha ha.

But once the day had finally arrived I could tell he was more than excited! He had the whole day to do pretty much whatever he pleased. He woke up to a home-cooked breakfast (scrambled eggs with sausage and orange rolls) which is quite the occasion in and of itself. I never get up to make breakfast in the morning because I have class so early but figured I could go the extra mile for my honey. :) And he loved it which made me all sorts of happy!
Throughout the rest of the day we pretty much just relaxed and enjoyed spending time together. We did a little shopping, ran some errands and just had fun being together.
Then we headed home for some birthday cake-his favorite: Funfetti with just the right amount of frosting. If you put too much on you've done it wrong. Turns out I was a winner and put just enough on!
We had dinner at home as well. One of Preston's favorite traditions growing up was on his birthday his Mom would make him whatever he wanted for dinner and then he and his parents only would eat dinner in front of the TV watching whatever movie he wanted. All of the other kids in the family couldn't participate so it was really special for him to just have that time with his parents. So we kind of did a similar thing. We had a little picnic in our front room while we watched episode after episode of LOST. We are currently addicted. Preston absolutely loved his birthday and  I loved being able to share it with him! Love you babe!
Oh and yes there was a present. Yes, just one. And it actually counts for my birthday coming up in a few months too! Introducing our new baby, we love it.
Now, if I can just figure out how to use it! 

Friday, April 8, 2011

he broke what?

Three years ago this month, Sally, my mother-in-law now but my boyfriend's mom at the time, called to tell me that Preston had been in an accident and had broken his hip. He was serving his mission at the time in New York. I remember being like 'what?!? I thought only old people broke their hips!'. She told me that he was going to have to have surgery and they weren't sure whether or not he would need to be sent home to recover. After I got off the phone with her I remember telling my roommates, Sarah & Jaynanne, what had happened and we immediately started thinking of what was going to happen. Would he come home? If so, what would it be like?? He had only been gone on his mission for eight months. Would I be able to see him if he came home?
Preston's leg with the rod through it. :(
Well, as it turns out, he had surgery out in New York at Jacobi Medical Center and after a week of his incident was sent home to recover for FOUR WHOLE MONTHS!

 Oh yeah, I failed to mention how he broke his hip. I was thinking there would be some crazy story for him to tell about how it happened but as it turns out he was just being a silly 19 year old boy on his mission and decided to jump over a trash can. Turns out it didn't turn out it didn't turn out like he thought it would.

Anyways, he came home right as my winter semester at BYU ended and my summer began. And he was released as a missionary for the duration of the time that he was home. HALLELUJAH! Can you imagine how torturous it would have been to be in the same town and have him still be a missionary? It would have been terrible. While he was home it was like nothing had changed between us, except for things were even better. He had to be home to do a lot of physical therapy and to get back to feeling good enough to head back on his mission. But when he was doing therapy we were doing fun things nonstop! Fishing, hiking, swimming, you name it! It was so much fun. And just as the summer came to an end, I headed back to BYU and he headed back out NYC to complete his work as a missionary. It definitely was not easy for either of us but as I look back on it now I am so grateful he made the choice to go back out and finish up his duties as a missionary. His mission has blessed our lives so much and I know he is a better person because of it. That experience brought us so much closer than we ever could have imagined and has lead us to where we are today. MARRIED! :D I love you Preston Bishoff!
Us at Lake Powell that summer he was home. We have come so far since then! 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

my very own knight in shining armor

And no, I am not talking about the snake. 
the big momma. this was before her head was chopped off. 
When it comes to creepy little crawly things like spiders, bugs, worms, mice, snakes, etc I am quite the girly-girl. Those sorts of things terrify me and I usually scream for Preston for help whenever I happen to encounter any of them. Well, last week we were preparing for a little adventure down south to Cedar City and I was feeling rather ambitious before we left and felt like vacuuming out the car, because who doesn't like to travel in a clean car? I know I do.
Anyways, so as I was preparing to vacuum out the car I was having a little trouble figuring out where to plug the vacuum in at. I opened up our garage in search of an outlet and as I did this HUGE, FAT worm falls off of the bottom of the garage door just barely missing my hand - reason #1 why I freaked out. After I exterminated that horrid worm I began again on my search for an outlet. I happened to glance down at a little pile of leaves at the bottom of our steps after about the millionth time of going in and out of the house and noticed a snake coiled up and nestled under all of the leaves. And you'd think that I would have been terrified by this but my first thought was "Oh Preston, he thinks he is so funny. He put a fake snake here to scare me! I'm not falling for that joke". And I was convinced for a good fifteen minutes that it was a fake snake. It was coiled up with its tail in the air just like those ones that you see in the toy stores. I honestly didn't think it was real and proceeded to go in and out of the house and step right over the snake. Even though I thought it was fake, I wasn't about to pick it up, just in case. Finally, I called Preston and told him I had found his little joke. He was clueless and didn't know what I was talking about. I figured this was all part of his little plan. Until he told me to go and check to see if the snake was still in the same spot and it wasn't!!! This is the point where I started to freak out. BIG TIME! I had a snake on the loose and no husband to help me take care of it. Well Preston fulfilled his husband role that day. He came straight home and was a knight in shining armor. :D He killed that snake and then three more after that!!! They just kept showing up! Apparently they live underneath the concrete slab where we park our cars and since it has started to warm up they have decided to come out and say hello. Great. Just exactly what I want them to do. And just when I thought they were gone after not seeing them in a few days, another one popped up and consequently got shot full of bb's and its head cut off. :) I know that might not be the most humane way to take care of them, but its gonna have to work for me.
So after the Snake Massacre, we headed straight on down to Cedar City and had a blast! Especially since the houses we stayed at down there are not infested with snakes. We did a whole bunch of fishing. I caught a fish before Preston! It was an event that I am definitely going to not let him forget for awhile. :)

This is the lake we went fishing at twice while we were there. Its a new lake and it is seriously in the best location! It is right on top of a hill and surrounded by a bunch of houses. It only took like five minutes to get there. Preston was in heaven! And the surroundings were beautiful, as you can see.
Preston's might big catch! :D 
One of the nights we were there we had a little cookout and had some a-mazing hot dogs. I don't know what it is about a big tasty hot dog but I just love them. 
Preston and little Kylie. She is such a cutie! 

The weather was awesome for most of the time that we were down there! I finally got to break out my shorts after six months! I loved it! One day while we were there we headed down by St. George to Sand Hollow to do some more fishing. It was so nice! It would be such a fun lake to go back to in the summer and go wake boarding. We had fun and it is always nice to see Preston out there in his waders/tweedle dee pants, as I like to call them. :D


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