Monday, September 29, 2008

R&R in Atlanta

Cliff and I just got home from a trip back east to Atlanta (hence the lack of posts and Flashback Friday). Cliff had a conference that he attended with students from his Personal Financial Planning program, and I tagged along! Cliff really enjoyed the conference; it confirmed that he's doing what's right for him/us, and working for something he really enjoys. He met great people and heard from some very prominent speakers. While he was in his classes, I went up to Chattanooga (Tennessee) one afternoon and had lunch with a colleague. I also got some work done in the hotel room, had some great R&R, and finished (started it on my flight) New Moon--the 2nd of the Twilight series (which that will be a post) while he was in classes in the morning.

While we were there, we toured the city, had great (but so bad for us) food, went to the movies, got lost a few times on the Atlanta freeways, and went to Six Flags! Everything was soooo wonderful. Thanks to another colleague who grew up in Atlanta, we knew what to do!

My mom offered to come watch Stone to give us a vacay by ourselves. It was our first time to leave this little guy!! He's my lil' companion day in and day out. He accompanies me to work (okay, my home office), we play with trucks and balls all day, eat, go running, swimming, etc. So to leave him for 5 days was INTENSE! We had a great time, but it was fun to come home to him. And, it was fun to spend some time with my mom. She spoiled the little guy, and we came back to a much fuller (cheeks, chin, tummy) baby! She's a pushover when it comes to Stone leading her to the pantry for treats. :)

Believe it or not, as flash happy as I am, we hardly got pictures of the trip!! I forgot our camera, and Cliff's phone was dead most of the trip, and he has the better camera on his phone. You'll just have to take our word that it was an amazing getaway, and we loved every second of it! It was a PERFECT getaway, and now we're back to life, back to reality.

Thank you soooo much, Mom, for watching Stone and spoiling us to shopping, as well. :) To see some of my mom's adventures with Stone, you can click here and here. I told her she was going to have her hands full, but apparently he was on his best behavior, and was an angel!

Though we did not get get pictures (well, Cliff took pics of me, but I will refrain from posting pics of me only), we did get a few with my mom.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fair Fun

What more can you ask for? Jumbo corn dogs, fun music, lots of lights, colors and crazy people. Saturday evening we went to the county fair and had a blast. Stone was amazed by everything around him. He was taking everything in, always wide eyed (okay, when is he not?) and just loved every second. We took him on a few kiddie rides (which he loved) and took him to the animals. I haven't been to a fair in YEARS, so we had a blast. It was so fun to see his excitement. Enjoy the pictures.

I wanted to show these first two pictures because this is how Stone was the WHOLE time. Gazing at EVERYTHING.

He LOVED the animals.

We let him have some lemonade, and can you tell he loved it? It was fresh, JUST made when we ordered it.

I absolutely LOVE the picture below of my boys.

And the carousel. He was HILARIOUS on this. I recorded him on our video camera, and it was going so fast, that every time they passed me and I yelled his name, he was so concerned. He couldn't find me that fast, but was searching. Of course, his eyes were wide the whole time.

More animals...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Clifford Ross Jessup

He is oh so smart. He is a creative genius. He is spiritual. He is a great writer. He is an artist. He is gorgeous. He has faith. He is quite the chef. He is athletic. He is sooo romantic. He is a great listener. He is hilarious. He is fun. He is HOT. He is my best friend. He helped me get this...

Chubby cheeks, double chin, and all (where did that come from?)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Flashback Friday: More than love...

When Cliff and I started dating, before those 3 special words popped out of our mouths, our conversations would go something like this:

Cliff: I like you. A lot.
Kendal: I more than like you.
Cliff: What is "more than like"?
....trying to get it out of me first (which didn't happen. I held out. And our first "I love you" is a Flashback Friday in and of itself).

Once we progressed to those words, it then went:

Cliff: I love you sooooo much.
Kendal: I more than love you.
Cliff: What is "more than love"?
....sincerely trying to figure out what that term would be. So we started making up words that meant "more than love".

Well, one day when I was pregnant, full belly and all, we were taking a walk, and this was our conversation:

Cliff: I got it!
Kendal: What?
Cliff: More than love. I know what it is.
....then he rubbed my big belly and said, "THIS is more than love. Literally. Right here. Our baby."

Sweet, huh?! I have such a sweet husband, whom I love love love. He spoils me, and after 4 years of marriage, I still feel 16 with him, and just as giddy as our high school dating days.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We'll Keep Him

Bath Boy

This is Stone's old bath duck. It's now his new favorite toy. He drags it around with him, and sits in it while reading his books. He brings it over by my computer while I'm working and does his own thing. He was exhausted, and thought he'd take a break...And then comes bath time, which to Stone, means more play time. He won't just sit and play with his toys. He runs in the water.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Fill-In

This is fun! I got this from my mom. Feel free to copy and paste!

1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a ...chance to go back to Hawaii.

2. the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.

3. I never leave home without...checking that the oven is off (even though I didn't use it that day), making sure my straightner is unplugged, and the air conditioning is off.

4. If I were a condiment, I would be...wasabi...because it looks like just another kind of mustard, but whew...

5. People that don't wave back at my baby when he waves at them in the grocery store is...really high up on my list of pet peeves.

6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was...oh yeah! I need to do the Friday fill-in!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to...(was looking forward to, and was more than satisfied with) Rosa's queso.

Flashback Friday: Poolhoppin'

I was a pool hopper. Yup. My screenname on AOL growing up was PoolHoppin. I had a pool, but it was the thrill of this activity that had us going. We'd head to the Willows (a big subdivision in our area) and park at one end of the center/main street of the subdivision. The homes along this street all had swimming pools, home after home. I knew some of the families, but most of them were complete strangers. We'd start at one home, jump over the wall, jump in and out of the pool, and run to the other side and jump over that wall and repeat. Often the homes were dark, indicating they were gone for the night, but I remember one house that FREAKED us out. We jumped the wall, and just as we were getting ready to jump in the pool, the man of the house was standing in his living room, looking out, directly at us. FREAKY, actually. Yes, it was his home, yes we were trespassing, but it was out of the ordinary. We QUICKLY climbed the high wall, FREAKING out, ran along the wall, and SPRINTED for our car. Later, we passed the home, and it looked like they were out looking for us. I think that was the last time we pool hopped through neighborhoods. The funny thing is, we were GOOD kids just being stupid. While other friends were out partying, we were out pool hopping. That was our thrill. Wrong? Probably. There's no way kids could get away with it these days.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th

I know everything has been said that needs to be said, but I just couldn't let the day go by without out at least remembering where I was seven years ago, and sharing with you my appreciation for those that serve and defend this country. I am proud to be an American.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Must see...

House of D is one of my FAVORITE movies (in the top 3 for sure). We rented it a long time ago, and I fell in love with it. Well, we were at Blockbuster this weekend, and they had a bunch of movies on sale, and I think I may have gotten the ONLY one in the huge bin...for $3.99. Yes, quite the buy. You MUST see this movie. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. The young actor and Robin Williams do a phenomenal job together. David Duchovny is great, also. I had never even heard of the movie until my mom suggested it. It may have only been released in select cities.

I've been searching for this movie ever since we rented it, and I FINALLY found it. On sale!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Our Greek Baby

The partners at The Summit Group (the cool agency I work for) treat our whole company to lunch at the Greek festival each year, downtown in SLC (Bill, the CEO, is Greek). Well, I am not there today to endulge in food, music, and knock-off Chanel (I work from home down in Texas), but I am here with my baby in his toga.

Please note his belly above his wire belt. And his little right peck poking through on the left side of the picture. And yes, my old flute around his neck. This boy LOVES putting things around his neck, which totally freaks us out. We have to constantly tell him no. Well, my flute was pulled out from cleaning (I started playing in 5th grade, but then stopped after middle school--I even taught flute lessons), and he was playing with it all day. But before that, he kept trying to put Cliff's work-out shirt on, so Cliff put it on him. Then, he tried getting out, and this was the result. He happened to also be playing with a computer cord (which Cliff had to tie around his waist to keep him from putting it around his neck as well), and thus, it completed his toga costume. We love this boy. He is SO entertaining.

Flashback Friday: Cliff, the Bartender

It's quite ironic that Cliff, who has never had a sip of alcohol in his life, was a bartender during our college days at Red Lobster. I guess it wasn't uncommon, though. Most of the bartenders at restaurants in Orem, Utah were in his same boat. And to his defense, most of the drinks he made in the bar were smoothies and non alcoholic drinks.

My brother, Jordan, was also in his same boat at TGI Fridays in Provo, Utah. I just thought it was so funny.

Cliff started serving at Red Lobster in El Paso soon after his mission, and there, he had to learn about the different drinks they served. They even had a taste testing training that he refused to participate in. People kind of laughed at his lack of knowledge in El Paso, but when he got up to Utah, he appeared to be a pro. Other servers even asked him to be a wine presenter at their tables because he poured it so well.

I guess it makes sense to have non-drinkers behind the bar.