Monday, April 11, 2011

a new chapter...

Hello again! Not sure why it has been such a huge task in keeping up this little blog of ours, but it is! I always feel like I cannot blog unless I am totally caught up on past events, but I am totally over keeping life's events in perfect sequence. So, with that said christmas might be posted in july, and halloween may be posted in august, and I don't really care. I am going to be a bit more random, but hopefully that will push me to write more often.

So here is our current happenings as of now. April 11th. We just returned to our home in utah from living in ca for the winter. Johnny was very busy training with his partner the whole time, but the kids and I had a great time enjoying the beautiful weather and hanging out with the clarks.Utah is still very cold, and has snowed a ton in the few weeks we have been back. Johnny started a business here in salt lake, which is very bittersweet for moi. When we moved here, it was only with intentions to finish what he had started at byu. By coming up here, he would have finished school a year earlier vs transferring his credits to asu. He was on schedule to graduate in 2 years from the time we moved here. Um well, we have now been here for 4 years... but good news! He graduated this last december and will be walking in 2 weeks! He wont be using his degree, but its just nice to check that off the ole list:) I honestly never imagined that we would be here this long. We had always planned on moving back to az or ca to be close to family. I am still trying to get use to the idea, that we are not going home. When I found out that we would be staying for at least 5 years I cried my little eyes out. I seriously miss my family and friends sooooo much, but such is life. Even though it has been hard to accept the fact, we are very excited and very grateful for the business opportunity that we have here in utah. Johnny's office will be near salt lake, so we are moving to be closer to his office. We will be sad to leave our little cozy condo near byu, but are excited to have a little more room, and to meet new friends! On another note, we are getting really excited for summer to be here! We have never spent a summer in utah, so it should be fun! We were very spoiled in San Diego last summer, so I bought us 7 peaks passes to try and ease the pain:) ha.ha.ha What kinds of things do you utah people do for fun in the summer? I am hopin for a summer filled with swimming, and lots of snow cones. The other day, I was looking on ksl and I saw a million snow shack businesses for sale. I seriously want to buy one, plant it near my house, and throw a high schooler in there. I asked johnny if he would be interested in buying one, and he looked at me like I was retarded. Its such a stupid little treat but i freaking love them. In fact, when I was little, I somehow talked the local candyman into letting me buy snow-cone ice from him so that I could sell snow cones at the ballpark. I hooked up a wagon full of ice and syrup to my little honda 50 motercycle.I was so legit. I would buzz around the ballpark yelling "snow cones, snow cones!" with no shame. i made some pretty good money for a 10 year old. Then I got smart, and talked my dad into letting me sell jambas from our store. He didn't even make me pay for the cost of them! Wasnt that so cool of him!? I seriously made bank. No worries, it wasn't the last thing I sold. Somehow a neighbor of ours talked me into selling knock off perfumes from china. for real!? Some of the things I did, and sold. I cannot even believe that my parents allowed me to do that! I guess times have changed eh? Oh and you better believe I was usually a top contender in selling wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions,chocolate etc.. for my elementary school fundraiser. Dude, I cannot even believe all of the things that elementary schools try to get the students to sell. And remember the motivating assembly's that they would hold to present the products and the prizes!? Can we say WAST OF TIME!? All for one of those darn Weeble things that was basically a 10 cent cotton ball which you got if you sold $20 dollars worth of crap!?? Honestly, I can see if they are trying to get the kids to earn money for summer camp or something, but to send little kids out selling crap door to door just seems wrong. Whoa, not sure how I got to weebles but for real,how did we ever think those were so awesome!? They sure knew how to brainwash us didn't they.

So anyway, here we are starting a new little chapter in our life. We hope its a good one, and hope that we will be able to embrace this little cold beehive state, and what it has to offer:) bye for now:)

10 comments:

Megan said...

It is funny where life takes us isn't it? When we bought our condo in Provo we thought we'd be there at least 5 years. Since then we have lived in Miami and now Atlanta. I hope our new renters are nice. Let me know. When are you moving to SLC area? I'm excited for you. I hope you enjoy your summer in Utah. We will miss you guys. Who will I ask when I need to borrow a cup of sugar?

Kippy said...

i love it! i need to approach my blog with the same aspect as you or i'm gonna give up. you made me laugh really hard reminiscing on your salesman skills (you don't have to tell me!)and almost tear up on the not moving home part :( and i think you should by a snow cone shack!! love you miss you amers.

Hess Fam said...

Your snow cone endeavors must just be your heart forever belonging to Zuka Juice!
As for the "moving home" talk...it really is a bummer to live away. I still wonder if I'll ever go back to AZ but for now...I'm in a good spot. Just wish my family were here with me.

KILEY said...

There is a delicious snow shack at Days Market in North Provo...I can't remember what it is called! Hmmm...anyways, it is so good. Tyler and I go there like everyday in the summer. They put cream in the snowie and have so many wonderful flavors.

Also, I REALLY struggle with Utah winters and I have lived here practically my whole life! Summer is AMAZING though! The green mountains and warm evenings are the best. We have 7 peaks passes too so maybe we will see you around!

AmyLyn said...

Okay, I can NOT stop laughing about your salesman days, Ame--I so remember all those ridiculous fundraisers they made us do in elementary. Me and Mel were always jealous of the kids like you who won from selling so much. Hilarious.

Congrats on graduating! I must say a part of my envies you for living in Utah--I wished I appreciated while I was there. Talented women who have resources for art, (you're one of them, lil' miss photographer) hobbies and couponing galore, the most beautiful 4 seasons...and if you haven't been there for summer, you may never want to leave. The nights are cool and the days are colorful and perfect. You'll love it. Totally jealous.

Our Family said...

My in-laws almost did your snow cone shack idea last year & were going to put their own teenagers in there to work it but they got too busy! Anyways, summer in Utah is actually really fun! There are tons of fun community pools that have a water slide and kid area (Lehi Legacy Center is pretty fun- James loves it!). Also, there are city fairs all throughout Utah. They are so much fun! Not to mention all the rodeos. I wasn't much of a rodeo fan before but they are a lot of fun!!! Strawberry Days in Lindon is my favorite. Good Luck with planning a fun summer. If you ever want to do a play date let me know! We are still here in Utah (5 years later... I was only planning on being here 6 months when I moved here. lol!)

Brittany said...

Amy, I have to say I think you're gonna love summer up there!! That's the best part about Utah - well, that and Fall. Crazy that you never got to experience it!! Seven Peaks is really fun, I think you'll enjoy it. We used to live right down the street and go every day in the AM before it got crowded. And tons of moms do the same thing. It's a fun thing to do with those kiddos. Where are you living? I agree with you about the snocones! I can't think of a better treat in the summertime! I agree with Kiley - the Days Market one last summer was the BEST ever! They'd put icecream in the bottom. SO GOOD! I hope they do it again this year so you can try it. We also loved golfing together...even though I'm no good. That was really fun in summer time. We're big campers, so that was fun, too. And boating - get to know someone with a boat. Lot's of parks to go to. It's just the perfect summer weather! We loved having people over at night for BBQs and to play volleyball and stuff in the backyard. You're gonna love it! Winters up there are hard because they last forever, but the summers and falls make it all worth it. I'm excited for you guys!

KILEY said...

Surf N Slurp! That is what the delicious snow cone place is called.

Reimstar said...

Oh cute post :) I get really sad thinking about living in Utah forever too! Good luck with Johnny's new business though, and your kids are cuter than ever!

Megan said...

Just the other day I was thinking about those assemblies and how you have to sell a bajillion chocolate bars to get one of those fluorescent friendship bracelets. lol. Ridiculous. Loved this blog post. You make me laugh. Perhaps, if you need something to do this Summer, we could finally meet up and hang out! Splash pads are always a hit when it is warm.