Monday, March 24, 2008

Boston Trip!

We decided to go to Boston for the end of our spring break this last week. We needed to get out of Ithaca and have some new scenery, plus it was our one year anniversary! Our good friends Ben and Lexie came too. We had a great time and I must say it was a trip to remember. We started off in Salem, Massachusetts and went to the Salem witch museum and learned about how witches were prosecuted for the Salem witch trials. That was interesting because there were a bunch of girls who had nothing better to do than to go around pretending to be possessed and accusing people of practicing witchcraft and then the accused ended up getting hanged. Pretty sick huh?
We had lunch at "Cilantro", the best Mexican Resturant we've had in a while. You can't find authetic mexican food in Ithaca. We went to "The Tomb", which was an interactive Egyptian adventure where you have to figure out with your group how to decode riddles and challenges presented by the Pharaoh by using all your wits. That was really fun, I enjoyed it, and I recommend it if you ever go to Boston. We walked on the Freedom Trail, had lunch at Cheers, where everyone knows your name, but that was a lie cause no one knew our names; what a joke...... We went through Paul Revere's house, went to the U.S.S. Constitution museum, and saw the naval ships in the Harbor. We then had dinner in Little Italy where everyone looked like they were related in the restaurant, toured Harvard, and went to the Boston Temple for pictures. We walked around Fenway Park where Babe Ruth and Ted Williams played. It was cool because everything was still authentic looking, and we wish we could have gone to a game. That would have been awesome. Well, I could safely say by the end of the trip that both Lexie and I were set on moving to Boston. It's a beautiful city with so much to do, and eat, and there is great shopping as well. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do much shopping considering the fact that we are still poor college students. Here are some pictures of our trip. Hope you enjoy them.

Be careful what you say. Someone may be listening. Only slightly creepy.

Monday, March 17, 2008

One Year Anniversary

Wow, today is March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, which iss our one year anniversary. I can't believe how fast the time flies. It has been one crazy and great year here in New York. I remember this time last year I was freaking out to move across the country to a place I had never heard of before and for what? Only the best guy ever! I am so grateful for Gerret and the man that he is and for allowing me to grow while having the patience that he has with me. I can be a really pessimistic person and a pain in the butt and he completely balances me out. I have truly been blessed to have him in my life and nothing has been the same since we starting dating pretty much at my brother Danny and Veronica's wedding. Life has only gotten better from that day on and continues to do so. I know this is kind of a corny tribute to my Husband but I really am just the happiest girl in the world to have him by my side. He makes every day full of laughs and great times and for those of you who know me well, that is one of my favorite things to do, just being able to laugh. He is so smart and such a hard worker. I have honestly never seen someone pull so many all-nighters. Between working technically two jobs (the sorority and the library) and taking 17 units at Cornell... you must be out of your mind or an incredible worker. I know that all his hard and diligent work and efforts will pay off in the long run.
Here is a little history about Gerret and me. We have known each other since we were in seventh grade and we were in the same family ward back in Carlsbad. In high school I had the biggest crush on him. He was a football player, really smart and really, really good looking and he of course was Mr. Popular. Everyone loved him. I was non-existent at this time of his life and I never would have thought at that point that I would end up marrying him. Heavenly Father really does have a plan for everyone. It has been amazing with him by side so far. Yeah, so we aren't the perfect couple but I feel I have the perfect guy for me and am so grateful for him every day. Happy Anniversary Gerret! Thank you for everything that you are and do!
Here are some pictures of our wedding!

Palymyra Temple

So Carlyn, a good friend of ours, came to visit for her spring break and she had never been to the Palmyra Temple or the scared grove, so we decided to take a trip up there, plus it had been a while since we had gone. It was cold and there was snow on the ground, so everything looked dead, but the grove that you can walk through still has an amazing spirit about it. Everything feels so still and peaceful, and it is just so awesome to think that that is where everything started with Joseph Smith and restoring the church. To think how far it has come and how much has been accomplished by prophets thereafter is pretty dang amazing to me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live so close to Palmyra. There is so much church history here. We also got to go to Palmyra's Hill Cumorah visitors center where they had an exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls. We didn't get to take pictures, but it was still pretty cool to hear the history of the scrolls and all the translation that they are working on. They have also allowed LDS scholars to do research on the scrolls as well. It is so fascinating to me that we can come across something so ancient and historical in our time that has such an incredible amount of meaning for our future. Here are some pictures of the Palmyra Temple, the Joseph Smith farm, and the Sacred Grove.