Thursday, July 31, 2008

"The Secret to Life is..."


Happy Birthday with Mom and Dad
Jake and his Dad at the Carshow
Pool Days!

Blowing up the Cake!


Alright, you might get sick of the goodbye posts, but I just have to put a shout out to my in-laws for letting Jake and I come and crash their house weekend after weekend. They live in Logan (2 hours away) and Jake and I have gotten so good at driving up there I think we did it in an 1.25 once! Ha don't tell the cops. So anyways, we have a million memories with them and about 6 million inside jokes now; Jake and I really going to miss being so close to them.

We want to thank them for the following list of things (not in any particular order) :

1. Home Cooking by Mama Bear (oh man those meals were good!)
2. Watching MIB 2 and National Treasure more times than a human should (we love you dad)
3. Waiting around corners to scare each other (especially while holding a fake dinosaur!)
4. Going to grandma's with "Arm Cake" ("Would you like to stab a knife in your stomach and die?")
5. Pool Days (Jay, your acrobatics were impressive, but how was your back the next day?)
6. Playing Video Games until your mom yells at you because its 4am on a Sunday morning (Jake and Isaac were BUSTED. I of course was sleeping during all of this)
7. COMPETITION at its finest (whether it was a rousing and violent game of spoons, settlers of catan, uno, or even just racing in the backyard....we will miss the interesting sayings that come out of our mouths when loosing is on the line)
8. Working on the house (no we won't miss remodeling, but we will miss falling asleep on piles of wood while decisions were being made, screws breaking off and fighting the urge to curse, dropping heavy objects on our feet, being grose and dirty for the entire three days we came to visit)
9. Mtn Biking up the Canyon (ok we are REALLY going to miss this. Who wouldn't miss biking up a mountain with captain competition behind you screaming "Aw, you bike like a girl....hurry up!" (mind you he was talking to me :) )
10. Girl Chats (this is one is for Kathi...I will miss this the very very most, don't forget to call and I won't either)
11. Letting us bring my brother up with us...and trying to set him up on dates :)
12. Dragging a pregnant woman to a car show...ok thats love.
13. Cartoons on Saturday morning
14. Picnics and hikes
15. Sledding runs of death (the stake president was out on the hill when we were doing these runs and didn't know it was us...he came up to Isaac and said "Who are those idiots up there trying to kill themselves" Isaac just said "Yeah I know, who are those idiots")
17. Blowing up the top of our wedding cake with fireworks ( HA!)
18. Seeing the cousins and all their little ones (Lori, Nick, Cassie Jo, Lacey, Amy, Chelsea, Carson....we are really going to miss you guys)
16. Most of all, we will miss the love and support these get away vacations have given us. We love you very much. When its quiet at your house and theres no sarcasm or jokes to be found...you can read this post and remember all the funny things we all say and do. We might be 2000 miles away, but that house has been filled to the brim with good memories...so we are still right there.

Goodbye Mom (Kathi), Dad (Jay), Isaac, and Roosker......

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

“Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.”




So the house is pretty much packed (90%) and as I sat down to really look at everything around me I became sad...goodbye condo we have loved for two years. We have so many fond memories of the first years of our marriage here and I cannot believe its the end of an era and the start of a new one.

Goodbye to standing backflips in our front room because the ceiling is so high. Goodbye to falling on our bums because the bathroom floor is so slippery. Goodbye to choo choo washer and dryer, your late night train noises will be missed. Goodbye jumbo size kitchen, we will miss having to get a stool to get to the highest shelves. Goodbye white walls...you never know how much you miss them until they are gone. Goodbye to secret trash elves that take our trash to the dumpster at night. Goodnbye to our front door that didn't lock, we will miss kicking you open when we've left our keys inside. Goodbye to stinky cats in our parking lot, we will not miss you sleeping on our cars! Goodbye to all the things we loved about you condo...you will always be in our hearts.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Fun Post!

This new tag of sorts is is EVERYWHERE, figure I'll jump on the wagon...
so come on don't be a hater (of tags) don't be scared, let's see what ya got!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how people remember you! It’s actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I’ll assume you’re playing the game and I’ll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don’t want to play on your blog, or if you don’t have a blog, I’ll leave my memory of you in my comments.

Eveeeeeryone best play! I have memories of all of you to share...


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Home is Where the Heart is....

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DISCLAIMER: SLIGHTLY LONG POST SO DON'T READ UNLESS YOU HAVE TIME.

Jake and I went to Georgia this past weekend and WOW...thats pretty much all I have to say.

The neighborhood we chose to live in is absolutely gorgeous and I want to buy every house on the street. The Neighborhood is called North Druid Hills and the area is just full of charm and breathtaking amounts of trees. Many of the houses around our condo are new, but they look old. I LOVE IT. For those of you from CA, it reminded me a lot of Palo Alto near Stanford; mostly the area around Embarcadero (my g-pa lives on Embarcadero and Webster St). Just huge beautiful houses that you know have stories and stories to tell.

So amongst all these houses is our condominium complex. Its tucked away off of busy streets and surrounded by trees trees and more trees. I know that Emory and I are going to have so much fun walking and exploring the area. Emory is going to have to be a super walker because the side walks are all really bumpy!!

The condo itself is definitely older, like built in the 1970's...but the woman who owns it has put a lot of time and effort into updating it and making it just right for our little family. I think Jake and I were meant to live there for lots of reasons. One of the more stupid reasons is there is a Kathryn Ave. and a Emory St. right off of where we live. We just need to find a Jacob Rd. and we're set :). Anyways, the condo is great and I think we are really going to love it.

The University was AMAZING. I have to admit, aesthetically, BYU does not even hold a candle to this campus. Emory University is a primarily Methodist University and the buildings are gorgeous. We also noticed that people are sooo nice on campus. A really nice parking policeman noticed I was pregnant and asked us if we wanted a ride from our parking spot to the building we needed to go to. WHAT? Im sorry, nice parking employees?? Thats something I've never experienced before. (we were even parked in a staff parking spot, but the policemen said since I was pregnant, he would pretend he didn't notice). HA! We went to the hospital to see where Emory Reese will be born and this really nice OLD OLD man showed us around the entire hospital. He was hilarious and he kept cracking Mormon jokes because we told him we were from Utah. Just imagine, old guy THICK southern accent Mormon jokes...pretty good eh? He felt kind of bad later when Jake told him we were Mormon, but his charming old smile won our hearts anyways.

So we spent a lot of time walking around the neighborhood and walking around campus and just getting used to our new home. Jake and I cried a little when we realized how FAR away we really were from our families, but knowing that we were doing this together and knowing that if we put our heart into Georgia, Georgia would put its heart into us. Home is not where your house is, home is not the town you grew up in, Home is where you put your heart; home is where you decide it to be. Jake and I had this amazingly surreal feeling as we flew back to Utah that we were leaving our home. He kept saying "I feel like going back to Utah is going on vacation and leaving Georgia is leaving our home". Sooo, thats the re-cap of our new home. Its beautiful, covered in FLORA, and laced with charming people that are just there to lend a smile :).

The collage didn't really work so click on this link and the pictures are there! http://picasaweb.google.com/KatieKirkham/June2008July2008