Thursday, June 18, 2009

An Update & An Announcement

I really need to get better at this blog thing. Now that Garrett and I have 5 friends actually looking at our blog I guess I had better update it more than once a month. Five friends doesn't mean high demand so updating twice a week would just be absurd. So I'm going to go with once a week to every two weeks...maybe...

So here is what has been happening in our lives lately. As of right now we are still in the bountiful land of Reno *cough* but will soon be getting the heck out of dodge (is that the right saying? I think I heard my mom say it once). This is where the announcement comes into play.

No, I am not pregnant. That is not the announcement. *Drumroll, please* On Saturday we are heading off to Des Moines, Iowa to sell for the second half of the summer. That's it. That's the grand news. It may not seem like that big of a deal to you but to us it is heaven sent.

Reno has been hard. The economy here is terrible. Every 1 in 23 homes is foreclosed. And the unemployment rate is 13%. Now that's a prime spot to be selling alarms, right? WRONG!

So we are definitely excited to be going to a new area and another part of the country. I have never been to Iowa before and am excited to see what it is all about. The most exciting part for me is that it is only 3 hours away from Nauvoo. I have never been there and am excited to see all the old church history sites.

Now that the announcement has been announced it is time for an update. Nothing much has changed here in Reno. Garrett still goes out each day, working hard and is doing awesome. He has averaged about 1 a day and it almost halfway to his summer goal! I am so proud of him. How hard it would be to go out each day and knock on doors and get rejected again and again. But when he gets that one sale it makes his time worth it.

I am still being selfish out here in Reno, doing whatever I want during the day. Usually this means I spend my morning with Garrett, kiss him goodbye to work, exercise, nap, clean and do some projects. However, this week that schedule has been altered.

As of today I am on the mend from a cold. Out of the blue I got the common cold and have been battling to not get Garrett sick. He has been so good to me. The other night I was going to sleep out in the living room on the couch so I wouldn't get him sick. I woke up to see that he had moved the mattress in on the living room floor so he could sleep next to me. How cute is that?

He has gotten the bath water going for me each day, made sure I take my medicine on time, bought me immunity smoothies and just rubbed me when I ache. Poor thing has got no attention as I am knocked out on the couch 90% of the time due to drowsy medicine. What a man! I am so lucky to have him in my life. He always puts me before himself and wants what is best for me. Oh I just love him.

You'll be glad to know that I am 87% better. No more sore throat and no more aches and chills. Just a leaky faucet of a nose. But all should be well by tomorrow.

Last I wanted to post some pictures of our drive last Sunday to Lake Tahoe. I had never been and pictured a lake just like Bear Lake. When I saw Tahoe I was speechless. It is a huge, vast oasis of water. So much bigger than I ever thought it would be. The scenery was breathtaking and I wish we could've spent more time there (It was 50 degrees and yeah).

We may not be the most photogenic bunch but we sure are a lot of fun. Thanks for surviving this tremendously long blog but like I said, we're so much fun so why not read it!

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Step Back in Time...

Sundays are the best days out here during the summer. Of course church is thrown into the mix, but the best part is that Garrett and I get to spend a whole day together! I just love Sundays.

Even though Garrett is exhausted by the time Sunday comes around, he always makes sure to take me out of the compound (the fond name I gave the Apartment complex) so that I can see a little more of Reno and a little less of four surrounding walls. I am so lucky to have a husband who endlessly puts me before himself.

This Sunday we went to Virginia City, an old historic mining town. It is about a 40 minute drive up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was so beautiful to wind around the mountains and see the pretty landscape.

Virginia City is kind of like Jackson Hole, only much smaller. They profit off of the cowboy theme. Store workers are dressed as cowboys and the women as saloon girls. And there are plenty of saloons.

One of the neatest parts of Virginia City was the old cemetery, dating back to the early 1800s. It was nostalgic to walk to boarded sidewalks and watch as people passed by riding their horses.

Reno may be one the armpits of the world, but when you venture out into the surrounding scenic treasures you can really appreciate this land.
P.S. It was really bright! I couldn't look at the camera.