Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Its Been Too Long

I have been waiting to post until I could get some good pictures up but I can't wait any longer :) Our new computer should be coming in three weeks so you will just have to wait until then.

In the mean time... I have been in Tennessee for A MONTH and seeing as I haven't updated this blog since like... the first week, I am going to do my favorite thing and update it right now. With a list :)

In the past month while we have been in Tennessee:

1. Adam has been working for his dad flipping houses. They finish his first one tomorrow. He now has major guns from lifting washing machines and etc. Awesome. Sarah approves.

2. Sarah has gotten a job working for a merchandising company called Premier. She gets to work 37 hours a week, weekends off, and she gets to drive all over the area. LOVE IT.

3. They have thinned, planted, mowed, and mulched the yard. Sarah had no idea mulching is the same thing as spreading bark. That made her sad because she hates spreading bark. Would rather eat a gym sock.

4. They have gone on a fun old fashioned bus tour of Johnson City. It was for a company Sarah was considering working for but the hours weren't going to pan out. The tour was fun though.

5. They had a barbecue with Adams best high school friend Raul and his girlfriend and got all sorts of tips on applying for med school.

6. They went on a hike to Laurel Falls with Adams other high school buddy Randy and his wife Debbie. Sarah thought it was going to be a long hike so she prepared like she was going to hike the moors again to only hike for thirty minutes... beautiful and very fun however.

7. Sarah has had a girls night with girls from the ward and ones in the ward near by. She met two girls besides Randy's wife Debbie she is going to be best friends with. (Not bosom friends with Becky... just best friends :)

8. They saw Iron Man 2. Great.

9. They have been to Adam's 2 favorite restaurants- and explored a few more.
9a. The exploring a few more included a Tai/ Sushi bar where Adam tried his first Sushi roll (California- don't worry- I was going to introduce him to it with a Spider roll or anything) and he LOVED it. They can't wait to go back.

10. They have both given talks in church. We were both so charismatic over the pulpit that people now think Sarah and Adam are more than perfect for one another.

11. Adam bought a new computer.

12. Sarah has expanded her wardrobe by 1 dress, 4 shirts, 1 sweater, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of shorts, and 2 pairs of pants. Mostly love looking at a filling out closet.

13. Sarah has been redoing the upstairs bathroom by ripping off wall paper from the walls. She has decided since this experience that there will be NO wall paper EVER in ANY of her future homes.

14. They have opened the pool in Adams parents back yard. Have you ever opened your own pool before? The water is BLACK when you first take the cover off. Its kind of fun to watch it change to brown, to green, and to the ALMOST blue it is now. Can't WAIT until it is swimmable blue.

15. Sarah has taught her first relief society lesson since her freshman year of college. She LOVED IT and can't wait to be officially called. Adam has yet to have a calling but he doesn't mind.

16. Sarah is failing at teaching southern people that to be good food doesn't have to be fried or cooked in whole sticks of real butter. She had to buy a gym pass to accommodate her new states habits.

17. Adam has a full on beard. Not a super fuzzy one- just one long enough to not look patchy. And ladies- he pulls it off as well as Brad Pitt can't pull his off. (Which means that Adam looks AWESOME)

18. They had a barbecue for the missionaries and met some other young couples in the ward and got to invite the afore mentioned Randy over. (The missionaries never showed up but the food and company was great.)

19. Adams mom has taught Sarah that she can like Broccoli as long as it is fresh and uncooked. (I can ever eat it that way without cheese!)

I can't think of anything else at the moment... we get up early, work good days, come home and cook and eat great food, watch the cooking channel and then fall asleep the moment our heads touch the pillows. We work in the yard all day Saturday mornings, and play hard all afternoons, and relax and sleep all Sunday after church. It is a WONDERFUL life.

What is the best part, is that deep feeling in our tired satisfied souls that being here is exactly the place that we need to be and doing what we are doing is just very right for where we are in life right now. Its a great feeling, and a very comforting thing to know in our minds. We are excited to see how the rest of the year goes, and to see where we are going to go from there! There are only things to look forward to right now and we are with all our hearts!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oh You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Well, the Internet is slowly and surely adding my photos so hopefully there is a little for you to see this time :) I'll try to go out and take some more this weekend so you can see how really amazing this wonderful place is.

The moon when we drove out of Colorado. You cant tell by this how wonderful it really was.

One example of the fun and funny southern streets

Entering Tennessee!

Happy Adam realizing he is at home!

The Cumberland gap. Can you believe how pretty this is? I cant WAIT to hike it some time this summer!

Where did I leave off in my story? We got into TN on Thursday night? Went to bed early, slept in, then Friday morning Adams parents went out to work, we had LONG HOT showers then proceeded to unload our truck into the garage then got rid of that wonderful trailer.
(Unpacked! yes Amber- in your room- haha! We couldn't give up the lure of a king sized bed.)

It was pretty fun to hit downtown JC and listen to how THICK these accents were. I am so used to that being a novelty but not here. It was fun to listen to Adam as he was talking to the attendant and you can hear this accent coming out in his voice. The thicker other peoples accents gets the thicker his gets.

Something I have noticed about the Southern accent. It has the ability to either make a person look cuter and greater, or a LOT more trashy. For example, listening to my friend Renee Bryan or Adam, or the girls in relief society discourse in a southern twang I want to hug them they sound so cute.

But people walking around downtown, huge stomachs hanging over their PJ pants that of course they are walking around in down the side of the street in the middle of the day... I very prejudiced-ly start to wonder if they have ever been to high school. (I wonder that more and more the interviews that I go to PS.) But- I still would not be surprised that with a little time if I catch onto that same accent. :) It's too wonderful to not pick up on a little.

After returning the trailer we ran by Wal Mart and then spent the rest of the day unpacking and unloading- and still only got halfway done! Adams mom got home around 5:30 and then we went to Adams FAVORITE restaurant called Misakis- one of those Japanese places where they make the food in front of you. And yes- it is worth Adam the non-eaters place as a favorite. SO GOOD.

Saturday Adam went around with his dad to learn a but about the work he was going to do (flipping houses) and to look at some new homes so Adams mom and I... oh yes. Went shopping :) I got in a NICE long HOT SWEATY run on Adams moms tread mill while watching cartoons. Felt good!

Unbeknown st to me... it gets HOT early here. (Hot I mean 70 or so.) But 70 plus humidity... I needed some shirts. So of course we got lotions, two pairs of pants for Adam, two pairs of shorts for me, two shirts, and a PERFECT blue dress at Target. LOVE! Then to the grocery store so I cold get stuff to make everyone one of my favorite dinners- sausage and pepper pasta.

Church on Sunday.... I got to say hello to a lot of people I didn't know... 4 maybe that I remembered.... and then a LOT of people I did not remember at all explained over how well and how different I looked. I forgot that when they all met me I had short brown hair and now I have blond hair halfway down my back. Not to mention I am what... 3o pounds lighter?

But a woman and her husband were visiting on their way to Arkansas and guess where they are from? Bristol! The UK! We had a good chat before Relief Society which was fun. She agrees that Johnson City gets close to what the UK is. Though its a hot humidity rather than a cold one. (I know that isn't scientific but does it make sense to anyone else besides me?)

But church was fun. Adams dad teaches Sunday school so we got called on to read a lot :) and Adams mom is Relief Society president so I had to stand and turn for everyone. Relief Society was fun- funny. The women here are NOT worried about expressing themselves... and the south isn't as conservative as we all like to think it is. One woman would say something and then the next would adamantly contradict her. Not mean... just... adamant :) It made for a GOOD variety I didn't realize I had missed in Utah.

We had some people over for dinner- a fun couple with lots of young kids that Adam and I have met before called the Smiths. Robin is going to make me fat again- we had roast with potatoes and carrots, then mashed potatoes, rolls, fruit salad, and Razzelberry pie. I was BURSTING!! And it was all SO good!

Again, this is getting long so I will start up again tomorrow and talk about all the other fun things I have seen since I have been here this week. Mostly in lew of the job search but still. We are happy to be here! Happy for the sun and the water (my feet already look better.) Yay for the South!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Stupid Internet does not work so there are Hardly any Pictures at all

As you can see we are happy and... yes dry :) I dont know how many of you heard about the flooding in Nashville but luckily that is not near our area. We are so far east in Tennessee Adam says it is easier to identify with the people in Virgina than the rest of TN.

It has been some busy times and some good times. My family came out the weekend before we left to say goodbye and help us with the rest of the packing and moving. We had some good time shopping and going to all of Adam and mines favorite restaurants that we wont get out here. (Namely Mimis, Zupas, and the Cafe Rio.)

We left early Tuesday morning, the 27th and drove to Colorado hauling a 4' by 8' Uhaul trailer with our tiny 92 acura. It was slow going on all the hills and the only mess ups we had were I popped a tire at our first rest stop (they got us all fixed up in about 15 minutes and for on 30 bucks- not bad!) And, I wasn't paying attention and the car overheated in some pretty bad rush hour traffic right outside of Denver, but even then we only needed 20 minutes to cool off.

We spent Tuesday night with Adams brother and sister in law in Colorado and had the BEST burgers and homemade salsa. We had SO much fun seeing all their kids. We wish we didn't have to sneak out so early the next morning but...
(I love this picture because baby Titan was so ready to join the fray with everyone else! He crawled right into it!)

Wednesday morning, 5 am we were out of their house and on the way to Moussouri. On theway out we saw the most GORGEOUS moon we have ever seen. Perfectly huge and round and orange and so bright it lit up all the clouds around it. The picture is bad but the bright dot gives you an idea of what it was like. The drive was pretty uneventful, and also pretty darn flat so the traveling was faster and easier on the car.

I got introduced to some of the fun sides of the South though. Such as.... Carls Jr is actually Hardees? Funny street names, being called Sugar and Sweetheart are totally normal and I LOVE it. And all thoe things we call rivers in the North West? Try creeks to actually SEEING what the Moussouri and the Mississippi river are actually like.

We stayed Wednesday night in a hotel room. I sat down on the king sized bed after a LONG HOT shower, got out my Subway sandwich turned on the TV... and didn't even know what to do with cable. I ended up just watching the cooking channel for an hour. Though I do love the cooking channel....

Up at five again on Thursday... another fun flat day without too many worries. Adam drove much more than I did because we actually GOT to Johnson City and he knew how to drive in without directions. The best things was seeing that childs face the closer and closer we got. I don't think I have seen him so happy since we got married. You can tell this is the place he belongs in.

East Tennessee it BEAUTIFUL. I don't think anywhere compared except for maybe one or two places in the lake district of the UK. I got my dream as well. The humidity is GREAT. My hair is soft, my skin no longer peels and cracks... and we have only been here for a few days! I dont have very many pictures because the passengers side window of Adams car doesnt roll down but there is a video or two.

I know this post is long so I will try to update more in another one later on now that we have the computers working and all hooked up to Adams parents interent. We are happy, safe, healthy, too well fed and all geaered to get to work on Monday :) Yay for new phases in life! And yay for Teneesee!