Friday, March 25, 2011

Distractions

In staff meeting this morning, we were talking about distractions at the work place. The two in charge of training asked for the group to give examples of things that can distract you from serving the members, here are a list of things that were given:

  • Other conversations
  • Phone ringing
  • KSL
  • Instant Messenger
  • Coin machine
  • Personal lives

Then someone from the back row throws in...

  • When Kimberli's husband walks in the branch in a tuxedo and flowers and sweeps her away to a Vegas!

Then another add's

  • And he shaved his face for her!

Ok, well for the record it was a suit and tie and for the rest...Yeah, he's pretty Freakin Awesome!!!

In case you're wondering...I'm still wearing my perma~grin!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandpa

Memories come in many shapes and forms, sometimes a song can take you back, a smell can bring to life a distant memory or certain days of the year can bring reasons to celebrate, reminisce or simply recall of time with loved ones who are no longer here.


Today I marked off all of the above.


7 years ago today, Cory called and asked me if I was 'available' for dinner. It's been a whirlwind ever since! Crazy romance, passionate love, fights, hard work and determination to make this marriage work! There is no where else I'd rather be and I'm so very grateful I said yes to him for that date, and I've been saying 'yes' to him everyday since. Today I celebrated 7 years since our first date.


Today is also my Grandpa Dean's birthday. March 23, 1919. He would've turned 92 today. He's been gone for 9 years, and it's hard to imagine how much has changed since he's been gone. Some years are better than others, this year was an emotional one.


I decided since my work is so close to where he's buried and it was so nice outside, I'd take my lunch and visit Grandpa. I grabbed a cheeseburger (after weeks of slim fast for lunch can I add how delicious it was???) as I sat next to my grandparents grave with the sun in my face, it felt peaceful and nice. It was very quiet, no traffic or radio or people around. I was thinking how much I've missed him and knowing how happy he is with Grandma and that on their grave it says 'Happily Married 48 years'. I decided it wouldn't be too crazy to talk to him. There wasn't anyone else there to think I was crazy for talking to a headstone so I thought 'Why not?'


I spoke my thoughts outloud and wished him a happy birthday, that even after all this time we still laugh about things Grandpa said or did during his last years or just funny quirks he had that no one else would know.
Then I asked for his help, something to this effect. 'Grandpa, I'm sure your busy and probably don't have much control over things that happen down here. But if you could spare some insight and send some strength this way I'd really appreciate it.' Nothing too serious, but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask. Then the strangest thing happened...feel free to skip this part if it's a bit too much for you....out of the calm sunny day I felt a breeze. Not too strong, just enough to brush the hair from my eyes. I really felt like they were there, telling me it would be ok, and I felt their love. Isn't it strange how the simplest of things can impact you? Like the breeze today with me. I finished my lunch and went back to work. I'm glad I went, if for nothing else to feel closer to my grandparents. So, in honor of today here are some things I remember about my Grandparents
  • He always would say 'Beep beep Burp' whether he had to burp or was just getting up from his chair. You'd have to know him and heard it before to understand, but it was something we had come to love.

  • He loved my Grandma Katie. I was very young when she passed away, and as I grew up and would visit, he would love to tell me about her and all the trips they took together. He called her 'lover.'

  • Whenever you'd visit him, you would usually leave with a check for $100. I don't know why, but he'd always pull his check book out and say 'Here, why don't you go to dinner on Grandpa'.

  • He always had a class of orange juice and vodka on his side table by his chair. He smoke Benson & Hedges menthol cigarettes and they smelled good. He'd leave a cigarette burning in the ashtray until it had a steady stream of smoke in the air and an ash about an inch long on the end

  • I remember his face as clear as day when he visit and tell me the same stories over and over. His skin was soft and had a lot of wrinkles. He was so skinny, I bet he didn't even way 90 pounds. He wore stripped snap button shirts, polyester pants and always had his check book and a pen in his shirt pocket.

  • When he was really sick and in the hospital, I went to visit him on my lunch. He wasn't really awake and had a oxygen mask on his face. I didn't think he could hear me and I put my hand on his arm and whispered with tears 'I love you Grandpa'. He squeezed my hand and mouthed the words 'I love you too.' With his eyes still closed.

  • He was a very successful business man and was generous to his grandkids. He paid for my college when I earned my associates degree, all I had to do was go and visit him to get my check every month. I'm so grateful for all he gave and did for me.

I love you Grandpa! We miss you so much!

The last part of today made me smile. My dad who isn't always open with his emotions or feelings, sent me a text this afternoon. Yes, he actually wrote a text! This is what it said and he'll never know how much it means to me.

'Thank you for going to have lunch with Pop it really meant a lot to me, I love you so much." Dad

Dad ~ You'll never know how much I love you, I cherish everything about you and don't know what I'd ever do without you in my life.


Monday, March 21, 2011

SuRpRiSe it's our 6th Anniversary!

We had a wonderful weekend, and it served as a reminder of just how lucky I am to have Cory in my life! Thursday night, the clock was ticking down to my surprise. Cory started packing a bag and I noticed he was taking 2 of everything. So I asked, 'Are we staying somewhere 2 nights?!' All he would say say is 'I don't know' with a sly smile.

He was starring at the bag for a minute and said, 'I don't think this will fit, should we take a carry on?' The look on my face was priceless as I squealed, 'We're going on a PLANE!!!'

Cory cursed himself, he'd held on to the secret since January and 24 hours before it slipped! I was so excited. He decided to tell me we were headed to Vegas and let me pack my bag. I couldn't even sleep Friday night. Normally, I would've had months of preparation but with this fun surprise it was all slammed into one night! He wouldn't tell me how we were getting to the airport or what we were doing when we got there. This is me that night!




He sent me to work with a card that said 'Do not open until 11:45 am'. That was like torture, I kept staring at the card and finally had to give to my boss to hold until then. Well, at 11:30 I text him and said 'This is killing me, can't I open it???' He replied 'Let's do it!' Apparently he was worried I'd leave work before he got there so the card was empty, he just wanted to make sure he gave himself plenty of time! Little sneak!

He came around the corner of my work just then, dressed in his suit and tie and CLEAN SHAVEN! He's been growing his beard for almost a year and it's the longest its ever been. He loves it because everyone else hates it. I don't mind the long beard I just like it better when it's trimmed nice. He had a rose for me, and two flowers for the girls at work who'd kept his secret. Ü With that, he whisked me away to our car and we headed to the airport! We stopped at El Matador in Bountiful for lunch and I was so excited! I couldn't believe we were about to get on a plane!


When we landed in Vegas, it was warm and sunny...just my style. We waited for ever to get our bags and I kept looking at all the advertisements for things to do there and wondered what we'd be doing and where we'd be staying. When we got to the shuttle, the lady asked 'Where you headed?', Cory replied 'Bellagio!' Ever since we've been together, Cory has always wanted to take me there and stay in a room facing the fountains. I almost started to cry! Here is the view from our room....

It was the most amazing room! You could push a button to open the blinds to look out on the view. We could also see the Eiffel tower and most of the strip. Your TV would play the music along with the fountains, it was amazing.


That night, Cory told me to dress up and for those who know me... I'll use any occasion to put on my best. He then told me we had tickets to Zumanity! Here I am all ready to head out on the town with my man!

We headed to New York New York and had dinner at a beautiful restaurant, Gallagher's. The wine was to die for and when I asked how much the Surf n Turf was...oh don't worry...$85 dollars! Um, thanks I'll pass. So I opted for the Mahi Mahi which was equally divine!


After dinner we headed to Zumanity, the guy at the counter told Cory he should buy me the popcorn. Apparently it's loaded with aphrodisiacs. The guy in front of Cory eating popcorn told his wife, 'This is BEST popcorn I've ever had!' And was shoving mouthful's in. Cory said the worker was hysterical! It was quite the show, very sensual and very riskay! The females were topless and had barely a string on the bottom and the men were basically in g~strings. There was a couple in the front row whom I'm fairly certain had sex while they were watching, it was out of control! We had great seats on the balcony to see the real show and the peep show. We laughed the whole time and the acrobats were amazing. I can't wait to tell my friend Mrs. Flinders about the midget dancer!


By the time the show was over, my feet hurt so bad I walked through 2 hotels with no shoes on. My wonderful husband carried them for me. We slept in until 11 and stayed in bed until 2 pm. We even had room service breakfast in bed..it was divine!

Saturday when we finally decided to head out of the room, we went to the M&M factory to get some gifts for the boys. I had never been in there, it was HUGE! I teased Cory and told him this picture was for his girl on girl action!




On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at this chocolate store that had a chocolate fountain coming out of the ceiling, it looked divine!

We also were able to see the wonderful strip girls on the corner giving it all they got! I thought Cory was going to die when I whipped out my camera Ü I posted this pic on FB and put on the caption 'I jumped into my bikini to shake my stuff for the onlookers!' No one has seemed to enjoy my humor...I thought I was funny!




Cory told me the final secret of the weekend, tickets to Phantom!! I've seen in San Francisco and he's seen it in SLC. So we were both excited. I'm so lucky to be married to a man who is greasy all week working on machines, running an entire plant, loves trucks and the outdoors but also loves to clean up with a suit and tie and head to the theatre.



We took a cab to the Venetian and had another wonderful dinner. It was a four course meal with delicious food and wine. Our table over looked the canal and the boats going by. We were on a balcony and the restaurant was so romantic. They brought out really delicious tart desserts and served a beautiful dinner. It was quiet and we spent almost two hours talking over dinner. About our families, how things are changing with age and the boys. We talked about what we want when we retire and how things are going with us. I think I wore out the words 'I love you' and 'Thank you.' I just couldn't stop smiling the entire trip. Around every corner was another breath taking surprise. I couldn't believe he'd planned all this.

We walked through the canal shops and the casino after dinner waiting for the show. We headed up to our seats and stopped at the bar to get me another class of Chardonnay. The bartender filled it up and said 'You might want to take a drink while I turn and get the coke' he winked and I didn't need to be told twice! I downed almost the entire glass of wine and he filled it up again for the price of one! However, being as I don't do that everyday, I was sort of spinning through the opening act of Phantom and Cory made me laugh so hard I thought I might drop my full glass!


It was another great night, and in the morning we headed back home. I was anxious to see the boys. I hadn't been gone from Casey for more than a night since he was born. I had a great time and the whole thing was so much fun. It reminded me of why I married Cory and all the fun we have together. Sometimes, life with two small kids can be hectic and stressful and it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. I'm so grateful for the relationship I have with my husband, he's the only man whose ever cared about the smile on my face and can so easily put one there. I couldn't ask for a better partner, best friend, father of my children and lover.


Thank you for giving me everything I've ever dreamed of Cory. You have my forever, you have my for always and there's no one else on earth I'd rather stand next too. You make me want to be a better person. I love you.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guessing Game

Things have been busy around the Green house...daylight savings has about done me in! I feel like I could sleep for 48 hours and then some. Busy with work, busy with kids and 30 is fast approaching!

I can tell you Cory's been working a surprise for me for our 6 year anniversary this weekend. I have some hints he's given me and it's been the longest month of my life waiting anxiously to find out what it is!

Here are my hints

  • Pick out 2 formal dresses & 2 casual outfits (He gets to pick out the one he likes)
  • We might be driving race cars
  • We might have a picture taken
  • We have dinner reservations that require formal wear
  • We're staying overnight somewhere
  • My mom has the kids Saturday night
  • He's paid for a late check out (SLEEPING IN HERE I COME!!)
  • Friday, I'm leaving work at 12:00
  • We have an appointment that day for a couples massage

Any ideas?? I'll be sure to post on Monday after my exciting weekend, with pictures and details of it all. Stay tuned...

 
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