Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The end of a great 2008!

Jonathan and I didn't get the chance to send out Christmas cards this year so I thought i'd write a blog about the great things we did in 2008! As most of you know, many of my years past have been pretty routine, or not productive enough to blog about, but 2008 was different!! I flew by with so many great events and memories.
We had planned a trip for a weekend in Denver for Jonathan's 29th birthday, which happened to fall the same week that Patrick was born. We got the wonderful experience of being an aunt and uncle for the first time, getting to hold PJ at 3 days old and spent a fun weekend in Denver. After Jonathan and I returned to Junction, Kirsta realized that doing it all on her own might not be the easiest thing, so I got to go back to Fort Collins for a week and bond with my handsome new nephew.
Valentine's Day Jonathan and I got all dressed up and went out to a beautiful dinner where he proposed to me in the parking lot afterwards. YAY. It was amazing. On the 26th we were blessed again with another nephew Espen. We got to meet the mini-Eric on the day he was born.
Jonathan's work had offered him the chance to transfer to the Pueblo, CO store, which is where the majority of his family lives. He decided, after I told him I would go with him, to take that opportunity. On the 3rd of March he packed up his life in Fruita and re-located to Pueblo. :( My mom, Kirsta, PJ and I made a trip out here to visit over Spring Break.
Around the first, Aunt Ann was taking her Spring Break in Grand Junction, so Jonathan and I met in Denver to pick her up and she took our engagement picutures. So beautiful. Then I took her back to Junction for the week while Jonathan headed back to Pueblo. I had been working as an assistant manager at Wet Seal and wanted to give Jonathan a little time to get settled in before I moved. On the sixth of April, I too, packed up my life in Grand Junction and hauled it to Pueblo to live with Jonathan's mom until our wedding in June.
Jonathan bought our house!!!! We closed on the 5th and began painting and looking forward to moving in together in June. I started working as a teller at Wells Fargo. On the 18th we were so thrilled to once again be an aunt and uncle to a beautiful niece!! My favorite little girl in the world, Missy Kalena. At the end of the month I turned 23. For my birthday, I was in Grand Junction for the weekend trying on my wedding dress.
On June sixth we got married at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Everything went just as planned and we were so blessed to be surrounded by our close friends and family. Jonathan had surprised me at our rehersal dinner with tickets to Disneyland!! So after our wedding we got a couple hours of sleep before arriving at the airport at 6am. We spent 2 magical days at the Happiest Place on Earth before having to return home to reality. We got to move in to our new house and make it our home. We love it! At the end of the month we headed home to GJ where my parents had a wonderful reception for us in their newly landscaped yard.
At the beginning of the month we took a trip to Fort Collins to see our nephew, I mean, help Kirsta and Joe move. :) They finally got to move out of the TINY apartment into something more comfortable for their new family. On the 15th we got to take a 10 day vacation to Hawaii! 480 pictures later, I think we enjoyed ourselves. It was Jonathan's first trip there, and hopefully not our last!
The beginning of the month we spent adjusting to normal life again, no more sandy beaches or endless fun family activities :( At the end of the month Kirsta, Joe, PJ, and Aly came and stayed with us for the Colorado State Fair. One day the boys went and saw monster trucks, and one night Aly, Justin, Jonathan and I went and saw Sugarland in concert. What a great weekend!
Once again we got to meet up with Kirsta and Joe for a Rockies game in Denver. A quick trip, but lots of fun! At the end of the month we took a road trip down to Midland, TX to visit Elsha, Brian, Missy and the dogs. We got to hang out with some of my cousins that I don't see too often, so that was nice. And lucky Elsha got to spend her Birthday with us!
We went to Jeffrey's house for a Halloween party where we dressed up as Popeye and Olive Oyl. We looked pretty cute! Then we headed up to meet the family in Fort Collins for a BYU/CSU game, where there was some confusion about who we were cheering for! :)
We were very excited to be able to host Thanksgiving at our house this year!! What a crazy, packed, competitive, mouth-watering weekend! It was so much fun having everyone at our house, even when things were a little tight.
On the 10th we were thrilled to find out that I'm expecting! What a surprise!! Then we got to have many wonderful Christmases sharing the good news. My how this year has flown by!

As I'm reading this blog it is such a re-cap of everything I've blogged about in the past :) We just wanted to brag one more time about what a great year 2008 was for us. We can only hope that 2009 has as many wonderful things for us to look forward too. We've got some pretty exciting things planned, so keep reading our blog to see what the future holds for us!

We hope you all have a WONDERFUL new years this evening, and if you make a resolution, that you may stick to it! :) We love you all 9x9

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas 2008

Jonathan and I got to have many Christmases this year! The first one was celebrated with Jonathan's dad and stepmom, and younger brother and his girlfriend Whitney. The second one was celebrated with Jonathan's mom and stepdad, and older brother Justin. Here is Jonathan opening his new table saw from Justin:

Here is Jonathan's mom and I:

Then on the 22nd Jonathan and I did stockings for eachother and opened two gifts and had decided to take the rest to Grand Junction. Here I am opening my beautiful red coat from Jonathan:

Unfortunately, we weren't able to get to Grand Junction for our 4th Christmas until Christmas Eve because our annoying retail jobs got in the way, but we made it in good time, and with good roads. Here are some pictures at my parents house:

I am so thankful that we were able to get to spend time with everyone in each family! We are so grateful for all the wonderful gifts we recieved this year. We hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year 2009!! We love you 9x9

Thursday, December 11, 2008


You know, every job I've ever had, I think that the customers I encounter there every day are the stupidest people I've ever met. Nothings changed with banking. On a daily basis, I want to ask about 60% of my customers, "Have you EVER been to a bank before?" No, you cannot cash a $500 check without sending me any forms of ID. It might be little worse because I work in the drive-though so I can't just say to their face, "Do you have your ID on you?" but we have to play the game of how many times can we send the tube back and forth to each other because you're an idiot. Fun game.
Anyway~ the point of this rant is because a lady came through tonight at about 5:45 and asked for a withdrawal slip for her daughter. She filled it out for $200. When I pulled up her account it showed that she had $34 and some odd cents in her account. I pulled up her account history and saw that she had made a deposit with a check today for $380. So, I buzzed back to her and told her that I was sorry but that she would have to wait until the check cleared in her account to withdraw the $200 because it wasn't available. I even explained that the time of day you make the deposit matters.. If it was before 3 pm it would clear tonight at midnight, if after 3, tomorrow night at midnight, and we would be happy to give her her money then. Of course, she proceeded to argue with me, like she was the ONLY person in the entire world that has to wait for their checks to clear at the bank. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE BANK BEFORE?? So, I took the time to explain very nicely what other options she had. When she deposited the check she could've gotten $200 cash back, or she could've looked to see if the check was drawn off Wells Fargo and asked us to cash it before depositing it so the funds were immediately available. Then she tried to tell me that they actually had wanted the check cashed but that the person deposited it! And I said, "So you're telling me that you brought the check to the bank and when the teller deposited it instead of cashing it, which is what you wanted, that you didn't say anything??" LIAR!! What was more frustrating is that it was her daughters business, not even hers!!
Finally she asked to talk to a supervisor, who then told her everything I had JUST told her (another one of my pet peeves)! After her whole sob story about how her daughter waits ALL week for her paycheck from Target and then doesn't even get to use the money, boohoo, she backed down, hopefully realizing that she is and IDIOT, not me, and said in a huff that she would just lend her daughter the money that she needed TONIGHT and her daughter was signing up for direct deposit tomorrow.
People are dumb, and I hope all you guys have more common sense when at the bank. :)

Here's a Christmas picture for you:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Kirsta!!

To my favorite 25 year old sister: Happy Birthday!!
"If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child."
~Linda Sunshine~

"To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time." ~Clara Ortega~

Friday, December 5, 2008

Our First Christmas!!!

We got busy on our holiday decorating this week, (we were sad you all didn't get to help us last week.) Jonathan spent 4 painstaking hours in the freezing cold putting up our new lights which consisted of 3 hours of checking for burned out bulbs and fuses, and replacing 40+ lights! Then he meticulously placed all of the strands on the house, linking them together to create the wonder you see on film here! Oh, and Kari helped by making cocoa :-P
This post was written by Jonathan.

Happy Birthday Joe!

The big 25!!!!!!!! Happy birthday bro! :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Holidays

I know I am way behind the other girls at posting this blog but I just wanted to say how much fun we had over Thanksgiving and how grateful we were that everyone (almost) was able to come! It was a little hectic at times trying to fit everyone into our house but the holiday spirit was definitely around all the time!! I thought, in my true nature, that I'd post some of my favorite pictures from the weekend!
The whole gang:

The "Gustavsons"

The "Phelps"

Missy and I:

Teaching Missy how to breakdance:

Mr. Man doing his favorite thing.. Climbing the stairs!!

Grandpa and Grandma with Kalena:

The girls:

Missy Kalenas in my new tote!!

And my very favorite picture of this little boy ever: