Friday, August 27, 2010

Temple Thursday

      One of my best friends from middle school, Jessi Hilton, has recently gotten married and moved up to Logan. We have been trying to plan a time to hang out and do something. Yesterday, we decided to do a temple session in the Logan temple then go to dinner afterward. Jessi and I hadn't seen each other in over two years, and even then it was just for a few minutes. We met in the temple and went through a session. Lance and I have not done very well making an effort to go to the temple since we got married. We have been a couple times, but not nearly as many as we would've liked. It was so nice to be back in the temple, and it was even better to share it with friends. The temple just brings so much peace and really helps Lance and I feel really close. We have made it our new goal to go to the temple at least once a month.
     After the session, we went to Cafe Rio for dinner. Lance and I usually go to Costa Vida, but we decided to try switching for once. I used to not be able to tell a difference and I thought people were crazy for having a preference between the two. But I can now officially say that I like Costa Vida a lot better. Dinner was still good though, and the company was great. It was a lot of fun catching up with each others lives and getting to know everyone again. The boys seemed to get along really well too. It was a great evening and I am excited to do it again.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Summer 2010

During the summer, it felt like all Lance and I ever did was work. We were both working over 30 hours a week, and I was taking 12 credits of summer classes. So it didn't leave much room for play. But looking back on all of our pictures and thinking about all the individual things we did, we actually had a pretty good summer!
Lance's first time on a horse. What a stud.
A couple of weeks after school was out, we took a much needed vacation down to Southern Utah. We spent a day with my family, riding horses, visiting, and having fun. Then Lance and I went and spent a day in Vegas, mostly just walking around and seeing all of the sights. Lance had never been to Vegas before, so it was fun to see his reaction.The next day we went to Zion's and hiked Angel's Landing. It is one of my favorite hikes ever. My two sisters, Kim and Cindy, also came with us and we all had a blast.

Lance and his cute goggles at sand dunes.
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
After we had spent some time in Cedar City, we headed back to Salt Lake to go to the Sand Dunes near Delta with my dad. The first night was pretty windy and we weren't able to ride much, but the second day was great and we rode until we were tired. Again, it was Lance's first time going and we had so much fun. He got several rides in the dune buggy and we were able to ride the four-wheelers. He was cautious at first, but did very well. In fact, there were times I was a little nervous because he was trying things I don't think he was quite ready for. Obviously we both made it out alive, thank goodness.

Lance and my dad in dune buggy.
Lance and I at bottom of Angel's Landing.
That was our main vacation for the summer. For our anniversary we went camping for one night up Green Canyon. We made tin foil dinners and had s'mores. We didn't plan very well because when we got up there we didn't have plates, silverware, or anything to eat with. We improvised and used some pieces of plastic and cardboard. We set up our tent for the very first time and had a very relaxing evening. Neither one of us slept much that night due to giant rocks in our back. I think it is time to invest in an air mattress or at least some foam pads so we can be more comfortable camping. But it was still fun roughing it. We got up early the next morning, headed home for breakfast, then decided to go spend the rest of the day at Lagoon. We had fun while we were there, but by about 5pm, both of us were so exhausted that we ended up coming home.
Hiking Angel's Landing
Check out our new tent :)
Home-made Pizza
That is pretty much all of the major stuff we did during the summer; however, we did a lot of small things. We had a punch pass to the aquatic center. And while I mostly went without Lance so I could relax and lay out, there were a few times we went together. We rented mountain bikes and went biking up Green Canyon. We floated down the canal. We were outside a lot playing sports. We played on our ward softball team and we kicked butt. We moved into our new apartment. We made home-made pizza. We watched a lot of tv series and movies. We played a lot of Mario Kart and Smash Bro on the Wii. We went for walks, we played games with friends, and did anything else that we thought would be fun.

Lance starting the fire.
We had to use plastic for our utensils.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My First Post :)

I have been wanting to start a blog for quite a while now, but for some reason I always found something else to do. As Lance and I had our first year anniversary, I finally decided it was time. I am horrible at keeping a journal, especially since we got married, and I really want some sort of record of the things we are doing and the places we have been. Solution = blog. So I've spent the last week trying to figure out how the heck to use the thing. I have had a lot of help from friends and I deeply appreciate it. There are still a few more changes I need to make and a lot of things I need to add under the other pages, but I figured that this was a good place to start. So...let the Hinton blog begin...