Wednesday, January 27, 2010


The gals in my family have created a blog (with inspiration from a family friends idea) with recipes that we'd love to share with you all! We're also planning on inviting my mom's side of the family (hence the wiser name) to contribute recipes as well! Hope to all can check it out and enjoy! It's located on my friends list under Wiser Recipes!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Catching Up!

Ok so it's been forever since either of us have last posted anything, so here goes the catching up!

September - after our anniversary we went with my family to Eugene, OR to visit my sister Amanda, who lives there, and to watch the Utes play the Oregon Ducks. It was great to visit where Amanda lives and eat at the wonderful restaurants and watch the game, even though the Utes lost. It's crazy how it rains out there...the rain isn't like real rain, it's more like a really really wet mist. I've never seen anything like it, but I really liked Oregon. We actually missed our flight back to Utah and had to fly out a day later than we had planned, but it was nice because we got to stop at the Portland temple, which was really pretty! I have pictures in the slide show!

October - we drove down to Vegas to watch the Utes play down there with my fam again (minus Amanda). We were only there a couple days, but we had fun and rode the rides at the Stratosphere and New York New York. Well, actually only Missy and I rode the rides at the Stratosphere because everyone else were too wussy to go! There aren't really any pictures because I forgot to take the camera when we went places! Towards the end of the month, Kurtis started feeling sick, and was diagnosed with pnuemonia, so he was down and out over Halloween.

November - December - We stayed home quite a bit. Kurtis still wasn't feeling any better and had been having pains in his stomach that were unbearable. He couldn't eat because the pain would make him so sick. Total he's lost about 30 pounds, which for him isn't good because he doesn't need to lose weight. We finally had to take him to the hospital for the pain, which led us to a CAT scan, which led us to a cyst on his kidney, which wasn't a big deal, but the doctor wanted him to get an ultrasound, which led his physican to want to get the ultrasound on more organs, which led them to find some polyps in his gallbladder, which finally led us to his gallbladder removal surgery. It was quite the recovery time for the poor guy and he's finally starting to get back to his usual self! We were able to go to the Poinsettia bowl to watch the Utes play Cal and it was an AWESOME game!! It was so awesome to see a bowl game and it was nice to go to San Diego for a couple days and go to the zoo and have (although not extremely warm) sunny weather! It was great! Christmas was wonderful and we got to spend time with family, which is nice! We have some good pictures included in the slide show!

January - Ok so now we're getting up to date! Like I said Kurtis is getting his health back and last weekend we went up to Park City to try and see some famous people at Sundance. It was cold, but we still had fun! We only saw two famous people...Rachel Dratch from SNL...she was really nice and Alan Tudyk, who is on movies like 28 days and a Knight's Tale...I like him, but I couldn't get a picture of him because of all the people around. I also went back on weight watchers and I joined a Fit Friends group, where a bunch of gals put in money and weigh in every week for 12 weeks and and there's a first, second and third place gets part of the pot, so it's really helped me stay motivated! I've started to work out during my lunches at work because we have a gym for our personal fitness training students and the gym can be used by employees so I don't have to pay! Score! So far I've lost 9.5 lbs in 3 weeks and I'm stoked! We'll see how it goes!

So that's about all that's been going on in our lives so far so we'll try to keep this up-to-date as much as we can! Enjoy the slideshow!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

One Year Ago Today...

This handsome guy and I became husband and wife for time and all eternity!! It's crazy to think a whole year has gone by, but at the same time it seems like we've been together for a lot longer than we actually have. I personally think it's because we get along so well and that it's been so easy to be together, that it just feels like we've been together forever already, but I'm sure Kurtis has his own views on why it feels like it's been so long :). I'm so lucky I found someone who lets me be my crazy, LOUD self; who puts up with my snoring/weird breathing noises when I sleep, even though I know his own sleep is affected by it. I know it's cliche, but I do feel like I've married someone who I can easily call my best friend. I'm lucky I'm married to someone that I can tell anything and everything to and that I can be completely open with. I'm happy I'm with someone who is so laid back and that goes with the flow most of the time. He's such an amazing husband and I'm so proud to be his wife. This year has been fantastic and I look forward to many MANY more years to come. Happy anniversary to "my man"! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Yellowstone Quick Trip

The weekend of the 15th was a little busy for us!! We had the Focus Four Run for Kurtis' work (see previous post) and it went really well!! I walked a mile with my mom and sisters and Kurtis, the brave soul, ran 4 miles!!! He hadn't even trained and he ran it in about 39.something minutes!! Less than 10 minute miles!! For someone who just up and ran it, that's amazing! I was pretty proud because I know I would have been crawling half the time and my time would probably have been closer to the hour mark or so at least! After the run, they had a raffle and my family made out like bandits! We all won something! I won a Tom-Tom GPS system, and even though I know the directions to my work and back home, I still use it because it makes me laugh! Right after the festivites, we drove straight up to Yellowstone (and we used Mr. Tom-Tom to get us straight there ha ha). Unfortunately one of the main roads to get up to Mammouth (sp) where all the good animals are found, was closed for the season, so we couldn't even get up there in the short amount of time we planned on spending. We'll have to try and go up again and plan ahead so we have a full day to get up there so we can see some bears at least! We did see your basic Yellowstone animals - elk, buffalo, a chipmunk or two...but that's it, so we went to the Grizzly and Wolf Center in West Yellowstone. Although the bears and wolves are in captivity, we were still excited to see them. We stayed at Kurtis' grandparents' cabin and came back home Sunday, so it was a short trip, but fun! Enjoy the slideshow of Yellowstone!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Focus Four Run

Last year the company Kurtis works for (Focus Services) sent five of their employees to Guatemala. On August 24th of last year we receive a phone call from the guy from Choice Humanitarian who helped put the trip together. They were on their way to the village where they were going to build a school room when their plane crashed. We lost four of our friends and co-workers. It's hard to believe that it will have been a year since this tragic event. This tragedy was one of the hardest things we've ever had to deal with and really brought our company so much closer together.
A year later Focus and the families of John Carter, Cody Odekirk, Jeff Reppe, and Lydia Silva have decided we want to celebrate their lives. We have put together a four mile race and one mile walk to honor these great people and raise money for scholarships in each of their names for other Focus employees.
I'm hoping that by posting this anyone who reads this will walk to participate and/or help me spread the word. The race is one August 22nd at the George Whalen North Park in Roy which is located at 4200 S. 1900 W. The four mile run starts at 7am and the one mile walk starts at 7:30am. The cost of the run is $20 and the walk is $15. Participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle then be entered into a raffle to win a lot of awesome prizes. If you are interested in participating you can register by visiting At that website you can register online or print out the registration paper and mail it in.
I hope to see some of you there!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ah...Beautiful Barbados!!

I'd like to apologize for posting this so late. We have a horrible internet service provider (who will remain nameless, but it's supposedly the largest 3G network...hmmm) and most of the time our internet is too slow to do pretty much anything. When that happens I get too frustrated and impatient to try and post anything on our blog, so this is why you haven't been updated on what we've been doing! Let me break it down for you...

First of all, back in May was Kurtis' birthday...on the 12th to be exact! We went out to dinner with my fam and we also went down to spend time with his parents and sister and bro-in-law and their son. It was pretty low key, which is what he likes. We're different that way - I'm a big fan of birthdays and he's not so much! Oh well, he's still fantastic even if he's not into birthdays!

At the end of May, we went on a vacation, just the two of us to Barbados! I've decided I'm super lucky to have found someone who loves to travel as much as I do and there's no one I'd rather be vacationing with! We went hiking up to the waterfalls in Willard with some friends the morning before we left on the plane! Nothing like making sure you're good and exhausted before a long flight! Barbados was beautiful...white sand beaches that felt like you were walking on packed flour and not sand, and beautiful teal colored water! That's definitely my idea of a vacation! The only thing we really signed up to do was snorkel with sea turtles, which was fun. We bought an underwater camera, but the pictures we got back pretty much suck, so you probably won't be seeing those! Other than our one little excursion, we pretty much just relaxed on the beach, ate good food, did some shopping (since the Barbados dollar = $2 US! Score) and (gasp) read a couple books! Both Kurtis and I read through two full, very interesting books during the trip. We both were amazed that we actually read so much on our vacation since both of us aren't really big book readers and neither of us had really read a book in a long time, but it sure was relaxing!! We ate some amazing seafood out there - HUGE shrimp, Swordfish, Flying fish sandwiches (seriously, you should try one sometime) and Mahi-Mahi, which they call dolphin down there. I'm not a big seafood eater, but since everything they had there was fresh, I actually loved it! It didn't taste fishy at all! We went to Crane Beach, which was #17 of the 21 most sexiest beaches on the Travel Chanel and it was sexy I will say!

The most interesting thing is the mode of transportation down there. Bus rides are only $.75 per person BDS, so super cheap and we decided to go that route instead of rent a car and try our luck at driving on the wrong side of the tiny roads AND on the wrong side of the car. Now, when you hear bus rides, I'm sure you picture a big bus, which they have, but they also have something extra, and if you look at our slide show you'll see what I'm talking about. They have small vans - smaller than mini vans, to also transport people along with the bus system. In the "vans" they would pack with about 16 people not including the driver and the dude taking the money! No joke! All you had to do when your stop was coming up was raise your hand and they'd just stop and let you out - sometimes right in the middle of the road and stop traffice! The best part was they all blasted their reggae music loudly and some were pimped out with tinted windows and blacklights that would blink with the beats to the music! At first we were a little scared to ride in them, but after our first ride that we survived, we took those most of the time. One fantastic ride was made even better when I noticed our "bus" driver had an empty beer bottle sitting next to him! It was amazing!! Really though the people there were really nice and we were only offered ganja a few times! I hope you enjoy the first slideshow, which is full of our vacation photos!

After we got back we were able to go boating for the first time this year! The only brave people to get into the cold water were Amanda and Kurtis and Kurtis was the only one who did any wakeboarding during that trip. Hopefully we can get back out there soon so I can get some boarding in! It was nice and warm and a lot of fun! I have a random slideshow on here too (the second one) - some pics of our hike to the waterfalls, Kurtis wakeboarding and some of our dogs. Dozer has been having some allergy issues and the vet put him on a steroid, which made him gain 10 lbs in a month, bringing him to a grand total of 96 lbs!! I about died when I read the scale! We're trying to get him to lose some weight because the steriods made him gain fat, not muscle. We take our dogs on a lot of car rides and so some of our pics show Dozer's usual stance with his head out the window! They keep us entertained!

We did take some photos from the 4th of July, so hopefully I'll get those posted soon, but there aren't many! We had fun hanging out with our families over the 4th weekend, even though both me and Kurtis have been dealing with sickness lately...ugh!