Saturday, January 24, 2009

Date Night

Every once in awhile, my husband gets the urge to get out of the office and go hit the open road. So last night at 7:00, we piled into the 18-wheeler and headed for Boise via Burley. It was super foggy and we missed our turn in Burley. We tried to turn around in an empty lot but with all of the rain and warm temperatures, we soon found ourselves buried in mud. Cory did everything he could to get us out, but two hours later, and with him being covered from head to toe in mud, we finally had to call a tow truck. The tow truck arrived at 2:30 a.m. and I thought all of our troubles were over. But while the guys were outside rigging up the equipment to tow us out of the mud, I proceeded to lose my wedding ring inside the truck! I was sobbing hysterically and praying with all my might as I frantically ripped up the carpet in the truck, clawed through the ashtray and proceeded to stick my finger in every possible crack and crevice in that big rig. I even broke two fingernails! It was dark and I was cold and I really thought I was never going to see my ring again. But remarkably, I did find it! It was right next to the passenger-side door. If someone would have opened that door, the ring would have fallen into the mud and been lost forever.

After that, I sat back and watched in amazement as that tow truck plucked us right out of the quagmire that we were in. And then I stupidly thought our adventures were over. We left one mudflap and two ginormous holes behind and dropped our load off on time. And then instead of heading for Boise, we headed back home. It seems that a missing mudflap is a big deal with the DOT. At 5:00 a.m. we were both so tired, and the fog was starting to get thick again, that we found a truck stop and pulled over for a few hours of sleep. And woke up to four inches of snow!! Like Cory always says, "Go big or go home." I'm thinking that we will try dinner and a movie tonight. We can't get into too much trouble doing that, can we?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Boys And Their Toys

Cory has been whining for the past three weeks because we haven't had any snow and he hasn't been able to use his snow blower. So we did the "snow dance" last night and woke up to six inches of snow this morning. He was in heaven! Some features of the snow blower that are enough to make any grown man cry with joy: it's 26 inches wide, has a handle that allows you to swivel the chute and it has a headlight! The first time it snowed after we bought the snow blower, I didn't see Cory all night. He did our driveway, and the neighbor's driveway and then went down the sidewalk to the house next get the idea. One lady even came out and asked him not to do her driveway because the HOA takes care of it. Cory is like a kid in a candy store when it's time to break out the snow blower. But I guess if you've got to clean the driveway, you might as well have fun doing it! Next on his wish list: a snow plow for the front of his truck. And I'm thinking that a trip to the Caribbean sounds pretty good right now.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Cory!

Happy Birthday to Cory! He turned one year older on Monday. I took a Turtle Oreo Fudge ice cream cake into the office. BTW - they say that you only have to let the cake defrost for 20 minutes before trying to cut it...but it's a lie!! We also had enchiladas and brownies and lots of other yummy treats. Jared, Camille and the kids stopped by for a while to help us celebrate. And Cory thoroughly enjoyed reminding me all day that "he will never be as old as I am!"

Holy Crab, Batman!

Cory worked long and hard to procure some Alaskan King Crab. And this is the result. We put the crab in a huge pot with a monster flame underneath and voila! We had a feast in minutes! I think it might be a while before I can eat crab again...

Winter in Idaho

In case you are wondering what people in Idaho do in the winter, just take a look at these photos. We went to Island Park last weekend. Cory posed by an ice sculpture from the Red Hat Society. And we watched in amusement as people strapped themselves to a parachute, pulled on some skis (or a snowboard) and tried to let the wind glide them across the snow. It seemed like way too much work to us!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Christmas & Mountain Dew

Our first Christmas started out with me asking Cory if he wanted to open presents. He said that it was too early and that he was barely awake. It was 9:00 a.m.! So we loaded him up with Mountain Dew (note the can in the picture) and he managed to put a smile on his face (sort of).

Later in the day, Cory really did have a reason to smile when he got a new toolbox for Christmas. And it took him, my dad and my brother to put it together. Thanks to my Uncle Guy and Aunt Chris for hiding the toolbox in their garage for a month!

And I got a scrapbook table for Christmas. I couldn't wait to try it out! We set it up in our basement and I can just leave the mess when I'm done for the day and it's there waiting for me when I get back. It looks like a disaster area, but I'm having a great time! I've got lots to catch up on. 2008 was a busy year!

We Tied the Knot!

I can't believe we actually made it! Cory and I got married on November 1, 2008. The entire time we were planning the wedding (and it was only two months), I kept asking myself why we didn't elope. But we had a wonderful day and are very grateful for the friends and family who were able to join us.