Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Over Memorial Day weekend, Patrick and I got to go to Orlando for a fun theme-park-filled weekend. We started out spending the first day going to three different parks at Disney World: Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and The Magic Kingdom. We had to run over to Aerosmith's Rockin' Roller Coaster because the line always gets SO long! It was by far our favorite ride at Disney World.

We went to the Animal Kingdom next. It was our first time there, and although it was small, we really enjoyed it. Everest was pretty neat, but the best part was cooling off after the water ride. My mom was the most wet, but you can't tell since she's wearing black pants. She didn't go on any other water rides after that.

Day #2 were both Universal parks. Of course, the very first thing we did was head to Harry Potter World! It was pretty amazing how they made it all come to life. My favorite part was being inside the castle and seeing the talking portraits. It all seemed so real! We went into Olivander's Wand Shop, Honeydukes, and Zonko's Joke Shop. Patrick asked a worker there how late the shops were open, and she immediately informed him that there were some shops that were just facades of a building. Yeah...

Butter beer!

Our final morning in Orlando, we went to my family's favorite miniature golf course of all time: Pirates Cove. It is a family tradition to play there each visit, and we couldn't let Patrick leave without playing there as well! He and my dad seem to have an ongoing competition at whatever they do. My family is pretty competitive. Patrick beat my dad on the Buzz Lightyear ride, my dad beat Patrick on the Men In Black ride, and beat him again at mini-golf. HOWEVER, my dad lost to my mom on both MIB, and mini-golf, so at least Patrick found some joy in that. I think I would have won were it not for my hair constantly blocking my view.

My dad was making a "number two" sign because Patrick's first shot hit the rope. Again, my dad is pretty competitive.

The only problem with the trip was that it was too short. Hopefully we can go back again soon! And if not that, maybe a Disney Cruise.... Mom.... Dad.....

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's About Time!

Since we've been married, Patrick has been asking me to create a blog. Two months later, I'm finally getting around to it. However, I will partly blame my slowness to the fact that we don't have the internet at our apartment this summer.

We drove from Utah to Maryland two weeks ago, stopping in Kansas along the way to stay with my family. We left Kansas in the morning and were nearly to Indianapolis when we got a flat tire. I was driving and hit a pothole. Oops! We had to unpack EVERYTHING in my trunk on the side of the interstate at nearly 10:00 that night so Patrick could change the tire. I couldn't find the camera to get a picture, but it was pretty funny to say the least. We ended up staying the night in a hotel and fixing the tire in the morning.

Did I mention that we found a tick on Patrick's leg that night? Yuck.

Luckily, that was the only problem along the way. We love the area we're living in this summer. It's gorgeous here. Everything is so green. Patrick started his internship in DC this week and loves it. While Patrick's internship is what he is focusing on this summer, my focuses are not on a job. At least, not yet.

While I was in Kansas, my mom took me to a fabric store and we picked out fabric for each of us to make one of these:

I am making the yoyo's for the quilt - nearly 400 are required. So far, I've made 72.

My other "projects" include cooking and P90X! Patrick and I decided to do Tony's P90X throughout the summer. We are on day number three and both of us are SO sore. Only 87 days to go!

Today I decided to go visit my Grandmother's, Granddad's, and Uncle's graves. Their family was from Bethesda which is just a few minutes away. They were buried in a beautiful cemetery in Rockville, very close to where I take Patrick to the metro. It was so beautiful. On my way there, it was POURING. Once I got out to look for the graves, it slowed to a light drizzle. It was nice to be able to put my umbrella down and sit by the headstone. It was more emotional than I expected, but it made me so happy nonetheless. Although I miss them, I am glad to know that they are together and so happy.

On Saturday we are going to DC to walk around and see some of the sites, then next week we get to go to Orlando with my parents! I am so excited. We are going to Disney World and Universal Studios. It will be a quick weekend, but a great way to start the summer.