Friday, January 21, 2011

News for the New Year!

It's a new year and I'm here for my 4 month check-in. Okay, I vow to do better as always. So we are expecting the end of August and are very excited! Actually, nauseous and extremely tired come to mind before excited but I'm hoping we're nearing the end of those things. I've never been this tired day in and day out in my whole life. It's hard because I'm the type of person who has to be doing something, producing something, working on something all the time but for the last couple months I haven't felt like doing anything at all. It's a bit depressing. However, this last week I've been feeling a bit better and the nausea usually peaks at it's worst near dinner time.

The Sunday before we found out I was craving what else but pickles:) I sat down and ate an entire jar of baby dill pickles and they were so good! Jeremy sat there and watched me in disbelief. It was only a few days later that I gave him the news which explained the jar of pickles. Since then I've eaten another jar but now can't seem to make myself eat them. I've moved on to Mezzetto pickled vegetables and my favorite is the cauliflower. If you haven't tried these they are simply amazing (and not just because I'm pregnant). Other things I love are Dreyers fruit bars, tapioca, ovaltine, cheezits, and grapefruit. Luckily, I've been craving pretty healthy stuff like salads, fresh fruit, and vegetables but occasionally I break down and eat a filet of fish from McDonalds - sounds disgusting but kinda hits the spot.

Jeremy has been so great. At first he didn't really believe that I was pregnant but I think it has finally sunk in considering I sleep way more than ever, still have no energy, pee every 30 minutes (including 3-4 times per night), and eat really odd things. He is working at Direct Buy for now but we are waiting to hear on a job that might send us on a move again. We should know in the next little while what the verdict is.

My business Roxy Heart Vintage is doing better than ever and it couldn't have come at a worse time:) I've been crazy busy with orders that I simply can't keep up with so Jeremy comes and helps me get things ready. It's wedding planning season for all the weddings this Spring and Summer so we have just been swamped. I'm almost caught up though and can't complain too much. Just wish I had the energy to work 12 hour days like I did in the summer:) I think those days are gone for awhile.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The view from my tractor

Harvest is here and once again I'm in my trusty John Deere with loads of apples on the trailer. This year the apples were quite large so we the first pick about a week ago and are back to clear the trees. Usually second pick is quick bit this year we are following the pickets with the tractors an fork lifts so they don't have to walk so far. This almost doubles the work time since we have fewer pickers and fewer vehicles to transport the fruit.

It should be a good year though. With larger apples (although fewer in number) hopefully the size will make up for what we lose in quantity as far as price goes. The weather has been mild and fantastic!

These are my nieces Madi and Aurora. The cab of the tractor is pretty small bit the kids always want a ride so they sit in the window opening or anywhere they can put their little bums:)

Grant and Brock needed a ride too. They lasted longer than the girls.

Nearly 1000 pounds of apples in each bin! On 30 acres of galas this year we will probably be close to 1000 total bins so close to one million pounds of apples! Our orchard is just a drop in the bucket up here- I can't imagine having 5,000 acres! Some years we have picked a lot more than 1000 bins too but the weather was just crazy this year.

Next week we are on to the grannys which is one pick and will last only a couple days.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Congdon Camping Trip July 2010

We went on a little camping trip with the Congdon crew near Kamas, Utah. We had families come from Florida, Colorado, Texas, and us in Washington. The only two families that couldn't make it were the ones who live in Utah! (sorry guys, I have to give you a hard time about that:).
Our tent had a special little opening so you could reach out to a cooler without going outside. Roxy thought this was the perfect place for her to check out what was going on around her new territory. She knew this was her little home for the week and barked at every dog or squirrel who approached:)

We hiked Bald Mountain together. It was a very pretty view that was worth the 2 miles up and back. 

Such a pretty view!
I was loving all of the amazing colors. Oranges, purples, greens and pinks all on the top of a big, rocky, desolate mountain. 

Pirate's Cove Memorial Day Weekend 2010

Ever heard of Pirate's Cove? Well, me neither but for Memorial Day Weekend we had the chance to go down to Vegas and meet up with an old group of friends and enjoy the Pirate's Life for a few days! This place is like the real life Pirates of the Caribbean- no detail spared. If you ever get the chance to experience it firsthand you will know that no picture will do this place justice.
This is the huge waterfall that goes into the diving pool. You can dive off the mast of the ship if you're daring enough at three different heights. The top one was closed because of a recent accident. I limited myself to the water slide that wound its way through a sunken ship. It was surprising fast!

This was the seating area overlooking Lake Mead. We had about 50 people at the resort and we never felt like there were more than 15. There were 22 bedrooms and multiple kitchens, bathrooms, pools, and more. We were there for 3 days and couldn't take it all in.

The guys found a very fat lizard.
Hanging out at the 'Beach'
The Mariachi Band on the way to our villa. It would turn on and play every time we walked by.
Lake Mead

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Share my Blog Button!

I just learned how to create a button and scroll box for my blog and to be completely honest, it was kind of tricky! Thanks to Jenieshell's Design Challenge I figured it out and now it works! If you want to add my button to your blog (which I would really appreciate:) it's really simple! Jenieshell explains is so easily with pictures and everything and you can visit her step by step tutorial by clicking here. Please add a button to your blog or website if you have space and I'll return the favor! Thanks:)


Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Six months down...

Married for six months already. Where does the time go? We went up to the Grand America to celebrate and this was the view from our room. They had the best cookies at the reservation desk I couldn't even stand it. I tried to say no but the warm chocolate chips were calling my name and I caved. So good! Can't beat a homemade chocolate chip cookie.

Look at this amazing courtyard! Someday I want a house with a mini courtyard in the center of it:) The girl in the pink dress had just gotten married. Gotta love a fuschia dress!

On Sunday morning our great friends Jeff and Julie met us for the Sunday Brunch. Oh my goodness... soo good! I think I ate more shrimp than ever and if you like crab legs- this is the place to go. Chocolate fountains, crepes, bacon to die for, french toast, omlettes, and all the dessert you could ever dream of. There was even a sushi station. By the way, if you like Happy Sumo you need to try the squid salad. Sounds disgusting but it's absolutely amazing and you'll crave it just thinking about it. Hmmm, how far away is Happy Sumo....

We went to La Caille for dinner (somehow Jeremy ended up with a $100 gift card there) and it was soooo good. I love drive up to the restaurant. You feel like you're entering some other country or time period when you get into the gates. There are ponds with swans and ducks and the peacocks just roam around. They had the prettiest orchids inside the restaurant too. Someday I'd like to start growing them. My mom has such a green thumb- especially for things that are difficult to grow. My grandma was just the same way.