Wednesday, August 26, 2009


So back when we first started dating, TJ would always talk about the trip he took to Hawaii with his buddies back in Aug. 2008. I've always wanted to go and he was (well, still is :) convinced that white pineapple is the greatest thing that ever existed! So later when we were engaged, Tanner, one of his friends that he grew up with that lives in Hawaii, offered for us to come visit anytime we wanted. We found way cheap tickets so combined with a free place to stay, food, and transportation, we couldn't resist!! We flew to San Franscisco and then on to Kona, Hawaii on Aug. 12th and stayed there until Aug. 18th. We LOVED it!!! I was absolutely astounded by the beauty of the beaches, the islands- everything! I had a companion on my mission who was from Oahu so I became very familiar with Hawaiian culture and food as we (she) taught hula classes and put on a ward Luau to try to find investigators. This trip only brought back all those memories and made so much more! We went to Hapuna Beach, Waipio Valley, Kua Bay Beach, and the Hualalai Volcano. Tanner, TJ's friend who we stayed with, his dad, brothers, aunt and 2 cousins came along with us so it was a fun group! Keaton, Tanner's youngest brother who is 12, hung out with us the whole time since school hadn't started yet- we had so much fun with him!! Waipio Valley was our favorite by far- it was breath-taking. I've never seen such beauty! It was totally in the jungle and we had to drive down super steep rough roads and then swim through a river to get to the beach- it was a pretty secluded black beach with beauiful waterfalls and crystal clear water! We appreciated the hospitality of the Sudbury family so much and had such a once-in-a lifetime experience!

We enjoyed going to the out door Hawaiian Markets. There were sooo many different types of fruits I've never even seen or heard of before like Soursap, Dragonfruit, Starfruit, Passion Fruit and tons of others I can't even remember!

We loved getting these HUGE snow cones- mine was a SMALL!! You could get one with ice cream or yougurt inside or with sweetened condensed milk on top too!!

The beautiful Kona Temple!

The Sudbury's backyard!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My 25th Birthday Party

So Tara was planning this surprise birthday party for me. They were all going to come up to our place so the boys could go swimming. I did not really mean to but I found out about the party. Luckily I did not get in too much trouble and everyone still came over. My wife is the best. Everyone also pitched in and Tara bought me a new iPod Touch. I really wanted one for awhile now so that Tara and I could both go running and use the Nike + iPod. Thank you everyone!! It is wonderful! Peyton just loves the water and will only want to jump off the edge into your arms. Even though the weather was not the best they still had an awesome time. I love being able to throw Peyton around. I think he likes it too. Easton and Cole do not like it that much at all. They are pretty scared. I had an awesome time hanging out with everyone and swimming with the boys. We later met up with some of Tara's mission companions/friends and went up Provo Canyon and roasted marshmallows. It felt SO good up in the canyon. We are going to go up later for a day hike. We will for sure post pictures. Thanks again Tara and everyone for a great birthday!!

Peyton jumping in

Having fun with Peyton

Who says I have to act like I'm 25?

In Provo Canyon

Friday, August 7, 2009

TJ turns 25!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TJ! Yesterday we went to Tucano's for dinner and then to Sundance to ride the ski lift at night! It was awesome and so fun! We went with Mandie and Adam. There was a full moon out that was so bright! I'm so grateful for TJ in my life! He makes everything so fun! I love you babe!

My Three

Okay so Tara wanted me to do this. Here it goes . . . . .

Three names I go by:
1. Teej
2. Turge
3. Hey you!

Three Jobs I have had in my life
1. Helped my dad install cabinets
2. Cook and server at a Mexican restaurant
3. Customer Service Rep

Three Places I have lived
1. Mexico
2. Utah
3. Wow, that's it. Kind of boring

Three Favorite drinks
1. Water
2. Any type of flavored lemonade
3. Orange Juice

Three TV Shows that I watch
1. The Office
2. Seinfeld/Friends
3. The Biggest Loser

Three places I have been
1. Hawaii
2. New York
3. Mexico City (not for the mission)

Three People that text me regularly
1. Tara
2. my sisters
3. my parents

Three of my favorite foods
1. Mexican
2. Almost any fruit
3. Italian

Three Things I am looking forward to
1. Tara working the day shift
2. Starting school again so I can finish it ASAP
3. Selling the our house for a profit (hopefully)

Three of my favorite clothing items
1. Gym shorts
2. Hoodies in the winter
3. flip flops (does that count as clothing?)

Three places I would like to go
1. Sinaloa, Mexico (my mission)
2. Hawaii (oh wait we are leaving in a few days!!!)
3. Italy

Three things that will make me cry
(I assume that it is sad things, because I laugh so hard sometimes that I cry)
1. Getting my legs cut off for any reason
2. Watching a puppy being made fun of :(
3. I don't know what else to put

Three things that will make me angry
1. People who are mean, for no good reason, to any of my family members
2.When someone plays cheap or dirty during a soccer game. I will usually play REAL hard against them and they usually get hurt. Hee hee!
3. When Tara doesn't have a hot plate of dinner on the table when I get home . . . . . just kidding!! Not much can make me angry. Even when people try it doesn't bother me too much.

Three "perfect dates"
(These are all that I have gone on with my wife)
1. Dinner at Tucanos and A Christmas Concert by Jon Schmidt
2. Dinner at Settebello and then walk around temple square during christmas
3. Dinner at TGIF and then a Real Salt Lake soccer game

My Three from Ginga

My Three/ Your three
Well, I was tagged by my AMAZING sis-in-law so here it is!

Three names I go by:
1. Jo or Josephina (that was mostly in high school)
2. TJ (not as much anymore, thanks to my husband! :)
3. Tare or Tare Bear

Three Jobs I have had in my life
1. Vet Assistant
2. Medical Assistant
3. Ditch Digger or Hay Hauler (I loved that one as a teenager- probably would've just called it "slave" or "child labor" back in the day)

Three Places I have lived
1. Wisconsin
2. Oregon
3. Washington

Three Favorite drinks
1. Water
2. Any type of flavored lemonade
3. Orange Juice

Three TV Shows that I watch
1. The Office!
2. Reruns of Friends!
3. The Biggest Loser

Three places I have been
1. New York City
2. Washington DC
3. Chicago

Three People that text me regularly
1. TJ
2. my siblings
3. Amy

Three of my favorite foods
1. Mexican
2. Dreyer's Fruit Bars
3. Pineapple

Three Things I am looking forward to
1. Working day shift and having a normal schedule
2. Selling TJ's house and hopefully making a profit!!
3. Having TJ can raise them while he earns lots of money

Three of my favorite clothing items
1. Basketball shorts
2. work out clothes
3. TJ's shirts

Three places I would like to go
1. back to Wisconsin
2. Anywhere tropical!
3. on a cruise to Alaska during the summer :)

Three things that will make me cry
1. Not much of a crier- TJ's only seen me cry 3 times since he's known me
2. Saying goodbye to loved ones at the MTC
3. I'm sure I'll cry more when I have kids....haha

Three things that will make me angry
1. Anyone that picks on my younger siblings
2. Rude patients who don't appreicate the care they receive at the hospital
3. It takes a lot to get me angry.......hmmm.....when TJ doesn't give me massages everyday? :) jk, I don't know

Three "perfect dates"
1. Going out to eat at yummy restaurants with gift cards so it's free!
2. Going to Disneyland with TJ
3. To the beach (when it's nice and warm!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Arizona Trip

So Tara and I finally were able to visit her family in Marana, Arizona last weekend. This is the first time that we visited without it being about us and the wedding. It was nice just to visit and spend more time with them rather than making wedding plans, driving around to take pictures or talk about flowers and decorations. Tara worked Tuesday night and as soon as she got home Wednesday morning we left. So she was able to sleep almost the entire time. I just listened to my iPod and set our new car to cruise control. We made good time and made it down there around 6:00 on Wednesday evening. As always, Tara's family had stuff going on. Her brother Dallin is on a mission and their family does this cool thing and makes a calendar with pictures of some sort of holiday for each month. So when we were down there we took pictures. I don't remember all of them but we did take a picture dressed for National Clown Month and in honor of National Flag Day. Here are some pictures:

Can you guess who is who?

Who is that weirdo? Hee hee!


So Tanner was eating a torta and it had a jalapeƱo in it. He did not like it.

These are just 2 of the 12 that we took. Tara's mom even pulled some strings and was able to have a city firetruck come out to the house!! It was for National Fire Prevention Day. We were able to wear all the firefighter's clothes and we climbed all over the truck. It was pretty cool and fun. That Saturday Tara's siblings had a swim meet. I had never been to one before. We stayed for almost the whole thing. We were there for about 5 hours. All her brothers and sisters did pretty good. I wish I was able to swim better. There were some cousins and good friends that swam too. It was so fun to watch these 3, 4 or 5 year olds compete. I loved it when they would do a relay and when it was their turn to swim they would "dive" in. Their dive was more of a belly flop. But I guess I don't have much room to talk. Some of these tiny kids could probably out swim me. Needless to say the trip was awesome!! I love being down there and visiting. There is always something fun going on.