Monday, June 15, 2015

Anniversary Trip

Dale and I took off this last weeken and spent some time in Midway, Itah at the Zermatt resort. It was wonderful to just get away!

We had dinner at a steakhouse called The Claim Jumper. I had teriyaki chicken, and Dale had steak. We shared some coconut shrimp. The food was pretty good! 

We drove to the top of Memorial Hill and took in the view of the valley. It was a pretty curvy road, but the view was spectacular. The whole valley was so green!

We wandered over to the Homestead where we hiked to look into the crater and also enjoyed some music from a summer concert that was going on. 

We swam in the pool and relaxed in the jacuzzi, too. It was very relaxing! We also played some chess, pool, and giant checkers. Games are fun! 

On our way home, we drove over the pass from Midway to Park Cuty. Such beautiful views!

I'm so lucky to have this awesome guy as my husband and partner in life! 

Friday, June 12, 2015

One Year!

Dale and I are celebrating our one year anniversary this weekend. Woot! Dale, ever so funny, said, "I'll celebrate by getting me a babysitter." Haha. That guy. 

It's been a great and busy year. We've had a lot of adventures. We've adjusted to new jobs and new schedules, new callings at church, and each other. I love this man who is so helpful and caring. Dale often takes on responsibilities at home and is a genuine partner who shares the workload with me. He is kind and considerate. Mostly, I love how he makes me laugh when I'm trying to be grumpy. 

Tonight I made a four course dinner at home. I surprised Dale when he came home from work. We had stuffed mushrooms, strawberry almond salad, baby redashed potatoes with Parmesan asparagus and steak, and strawberry cheesecake shooters. Throw in some sparkling cider, music, and silly dancing, and we had a nice evening! 

This weekend we are going to the Zermatt Resort in Midway to have a staycation. Hooray! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Grandpa Wood

What a sweet reunion these two wonderful people must have had yesterday. I've been so lucky to have my grandparents for a good portion of my life. Although I will miss my grandpa, I know that he missed his sweetheart, and I'm grateful in knowing they are together again. Families are forever!

I will always remember Grandpa playing the Boogie Woogie on the piano. We'd always want him to play it again and again. He loved popcorn and has passed that love on to his family. Grandpa always was an entertainer and would want to fire up the grill whenever anyone came over. He was kind and loving to those around him. Grandpa was the first to meet my husband and a witness at our wedding. I'm so glad I had this short time on earth to spend with him. 

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Douglas J Wood, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 23, 2015, due to heart failure and complications from diabetes.  
Born July 29, 1931 in Pocatello, Idaho to William Charles and Fern Elvaretta Watson Wood.  Later moved to Logan, then Ogden Utah where he graduated from Ogden High School in 1949. Married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Hazen, that same year on September 21st in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They moved their family to Salt Lake City in 1958 and shared over 60 happy years before Barbara passed in 2010.
Doug loved life and made instant friends with everyone he met. He cherished his family and they loved him deeply in return.  He was always there for them.  He enjoyed the outdoors – camping, boating, fishing, skiing and golf.  He filled his home with music, especially jazz, and loved singing, dancing and playing the piano.  He worked in the life insurance industry for 38 years with Metropolitan, Sentinel, etc., earning top awards in sales/ management.  Doug was a faithful member of the LDS Church and served in many callings, including bishopric, high council and singing in the choir.  
Doug is survived by his two daughters, Karen (Baird) Morgan and Janica (Lance) Johnson; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and his brother, Richard (Carma) Wood.
Preceded in death by his parents and wife; son, Michael Douglas Wood; granddaughter, Angeline Wood; grandson, Matthew Morgan; and brother, Dean Wood.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Noon in the East Mill Creek 7th Ward, 3408 So. Celeste Way (3075 East).  Friends may call at the church between 10:30-11:30am prior to services.  Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Heartwood Hospice and all neighbors, friends and family who cared so tenderly for Doug in his final days.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


My blog has been neglected for awhile, and I feel like that's okay. Life has been crazy, busy, and wonderful. 

Here's looking forward to more posts to come! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Our Honeymoon

For our honeymoon, we went to Long Beach, Washington.  We were gone June 15-21.  Long Beach is actually right on the Oregon/Washington border, so we spent some time in both states.  It was a beautiful place. Mom gave us a weeks stay in a timeshare condo for a wedding gift here.  The condo was very nice and was right on the beach!

We saw quite a few places while we were there. We drove up and down the coast, visiting a few lighthouses. Some of the hikes to the lighthouses were pretty steep. It was nice weather thought and enjoyable.  We also traveled to Mount Saint Helens, but we got there too late to really see anything like the visitor's center or whatnot. We just looked from the car.

Toward the tail end of our stay, we went to Seattle. We wanted to go to the Space Needle for lunch, but it was super crowded and apparently reservations had to be made weeks in advance. Who knew?! We spent time on the pier, walking around the Space Needle and visiting the Chihuly glass exhibit that was there.  A little pricey to look at a bunch of glass, but that's okay to do something like that once in awhile.  

We made it back in one piece, and we didn't even kick one another out of the car! Hey! It was a memorable trip and honeymoon. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Best Day Ever!

June 14, 2014

Today was our wedding day! What a crazy, busy, and exciting day it was.

My sisters came over with the little girls and we all got ready together. We did our hair, makeup, and got into our matching navy blue dresses.  The little girls got on their golden shimmery dresses. They looked so cute!

I drove down to Salt Lake to the temple with Mom and Lance, and Dale met us in the lobby.  The workers there were so nice. They took care of my dress and bouquet and made sure everything ran smoothly.  Mom was able to help me get in my dress and wait with me for a bit.

Dale met me and we were able to spend some time in the celestial room of the temple together. There were a lot of other couples in there getting married!  Soon, we met with all of our family in the sealing room to be married and sealed for time and all eternity. It was a short and sweet ceremony.  We were blessed to have so many family and friends there.  People who were there in the temple: Janica & Lance, Jenni & Tony, Kristin & Matthew, Grandma Rene & Dad, Colette & Justin Petersen, Molly & Will Clayson, Allynne & Ruben Garcia, Grandpa Wood,  Verla & Jim Pendergast, Joan Hubbell, Grandpa & Grandpa Rackham, Roxanne Harris, Amy & Jason Henrie, and Randy & Charlene Johnson.  The spirit was so strong, and it was wonderful to have my Grandpa Wood and Dale's dad be our witnesses on our wedding certificate.

After the temple, we came outside and many, many more of our friends and relatives were there waiting for us to greet us and congratulate us.  It was wonderful to have so much support.  It was a beautiful day, and it was even a little bit chilly for June! We took many pictures and then drove to Clearfield for a luncheon and reception.

We had a luncheon, speeches, dancing, and then cleaned up for a dessert reception.  Everything seemed to go so fast! It was fun to see and talk with so many people.  I'll let the pictures do most of the talking!

Sunday, December 8, 2013