Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to Kimber and Kyle!

My brother-in-law Kyle and my niece Kimber share a birthday! My sister planned a really fun party and Sand Hollow Aquatic Center. We had so much fun, and we cant believe Kimber is already three! She is the cutest little three year old I know! Don't worry about Adam's face, it isn't frozen like that, yet. The weather was perfect that day! It was so warm, and the pool was so much fun!
Kimber was so excited about her super cute cake! It was so much fun to watch her open up all her presents. It's so funny because she always wants to play with the toy she opened instead of opening the rest of them.
I love this picture I took with Brinlee and her friend Tara. They're the prettiest mommies! Love them!
When we got in the pool I decided to go down the slide. Kimber and all the other cute little kids wanted me to go with them. So I went down the slide probably about 100 times! It was so much fun to hang out with little kids. I was taking Kimber down the slide, and one of the cute little girls said, " Can I go down the slide with you?" So I said, " I'm gonna take Kimber this time, but can I take you next time?" And she looked at me kinda confused and said, " Oh, did she poop?" I laughed so hard. She thought I was taking Kimber to the bathroom. I almost died laughing. We had so much fun. Brin is such a good party planner. We love the Morris family!

Adam's 26th Birthday!

On Sunday, May 20th, Adam turned 26! I'd just got a calling as a primary teacher, so that morning I got up and made him breakfast. Then I made some of the food for his birthday party. At 2 o'clock, I went to teach primary, and Adam stayed home to play with his Lego's that I'd bought him for his birthday. At 5 o'clock, everyone came over to hang out. Adam's family, my family, his grandparents, and several of our friends came to celebrate with us. It was so nice to have everyone over. My awesome dad brought over his big BBQ grill and made about 24 hamburgers. I have the best dad ever, and he's such a great BBQ-est. We also had pasta salad, lots of fruit and cake! Adam got lots of great gifts, and we are so grateful that everyone came over. That day was also the day that the eclipse was happening. Maggie and Chris brought over some 3D glasses, and we all went out to look at the sun. I hope that Adam had a great birthday! I hope he knows how much I love him. It's going to be another great year!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Birthday Party. A Wedding Reception, and Brian Regan

On May 12, 2012 we met up with Adam's family at the park in Washington for a little birthday party for Adam's dad, Mark. KaLynn had made pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad and had chips and salsa. It was so good. Mark opened his presents, and we also gave KaLynn her mother's day present. Ayla ran through the splash pad with Trevor, and we got to see Sarah and Brandon's little baby, Nathan. Grandpa and Grandma Herpel were also there, and it was good to see them. I'm so grateful that I gained four more grandparents who are all so loving and sweet. At 6 o'clock, I went into the bathroom with Adam and the park to change into my skirt for my friend Kylee's wedding reception. There was this huge bee in the bathroom flying around our heads, and I was screaming while Adam laughed his bum off. I almost fell in the toilet trying to change clothes. We sang Happy Birthday to Mark and ate strawberry shortcake, and then we had to leave.

Kylee and Nick's reception was in her backyard in Winchester Hills. It was such beautiful reception. They have a beautiful backyard with lots of grass, and behind there backyard is a huge mountain. Their colors were navy blue and lime green. Kylee did such a great job planning, and she looked so gorgeous in her vintage lace dress. Her bridesmaids looked so cute with blue and white striped shirts tucked into flowing blue skirts. Kylee and Nick looked so happy, and I love both of them! They had lemonade with blueberries, and paper straws! They served cheesecake with a sour green syrup drizzled on it. It was delicious. Her tables were really cute with green and blue table clothes with vintage books, and bird cages on them. It was such a perfect reception, and I hope Kylee and Nick had the best day ever!

                                                      Such a cute couple!
I seriously love the way she decorated her reception, and I cannot even handle how cute it is! Both of these pictures were taken by Jostlyn at Roz Photography. You should go like her page because she takes awesome photos!

After the reception we drove to Tuacahn to watch the comedian Brian Regan. Adam's parents bought us tickets, and we went with them and Adam's sister Rachael and his little brother Trevor. For an hour and a half none of us stopped laughing. We had so much fun, and we are so grateful that Adam's parents invited us to go. It was such a busy day full of fun adventures, but we were excited when we got in bed that night!
Hanging out waiting for Brian Regan to come on! Don't even mind Adam's nerd face.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

I'm the worst at taking pictures, and I'm trying really hard to get better at it. This year for my daddy's birthday my mom and sister took Kimber to Disneyland, and Adam had to start training for his job in Salt Lake. So my dad and I were home alone. His birthday was on a Monday, and he's not a huge fan of going out to eat. So I decided to make him dinner. I was kinda nervous because my dad mostly eats steak and potatoes. Since I'm not a grill master, and I haven't figured out my dad's secret to mashed potatoes, I had to come up with something else. Every time I cook something, and I bring some leftovers to my parents; my dad always says, "This is weird tasting." I decided to make salmon, asparagus and lemon dill rice. I think he liked it because he ate the whole thing, or maybe he was just being nice. It was fun just talking and hanging out with my dad. When I was a teenager we didn't really get along. We are way to much alike, we are both stubborn, and it's always been my way or NO way. But ever since I got married, and grew up a little more, we've become good friends. My dad is really funny, too. He's always making funny jokes, or doing something goofy that makes us all laugh. My dad is so smart, and I've learned to always take his advice. He's the best dad in the world, and I love him very much. We had cake and ice cream for dessert, and then he headed home. It's so nice to have my parents right around the corner, and it's been fun to just hang out with my parents whenever I want.

St. George Air Show

On March 17, 2012 we went to the Air Show at the new St George Airport. We went with Adam's family, and we had so much fun. Adam and I rode the Navy simulator thing. It was the weirdest ride I've ever been on. It was just a box that moved back and forth and the TV screen just showed a commercial for the Navy. I was so confused. They had a lot of cool airplanes to look at, and even a huge one you can walk into. The air show started and they had a wing walker lady, a stunt plane, and the five Blue Angel planes. The Blue Angels and the stunt plane were the coolest. I couldn't believe what they could do with those airplanes. At the end of the show the Blue Angels flew over this mountain were the sun was setting and right over our heads. It was really cool, and it was fun to see how much Adam loved it. Adam loves airplanes, so it was fun to see how excited he got. The only downside to the day was that it was so so windy. I felt like I was going to blow away most the time, but we had a lot of fun hanging out with Adam's family. At the end of the show we waited for an hour just to get out of the parking lot. I was about to pee my pants, so that hour felt more like two. Luckily, I didn't pee my pants and I made it to the bathroom in Kneader's. We had ate dinner and then went home. It was a fun day, but I hope if we go back they figure out the parking situation better.

Super Bowl Party! Go Patriots!

Since Adam spent some of his growing up years in Massachusetts, he is a huge Patriots fan. Which is good, because they have always been my favorite, too. I don't know....maybe it has something to do with Tom Brady. On my "future husband checklist" one of the requirements was love sports, especially football. I've always loved watching the Superbowl, so me and Adam were a perfect match. That morning I got up and made seven layer dip, and jalapeno poppers with my mom's help. I also made snickers brownies that were so good. At 2 o'clock, we all went over to my mom's house to watch the game. We ordered Domino's pizza, and had a lot of good food. At 4-ish the game started, and it was just me and Adam left in the living room. I guess we are the only football lovers in our family. The patriots were playing the NY Giants. Which is kinda a big deal because Adam hates all of the New York teams. I'm not even allowed to joke that I'm a Yankee's fan. At half time Madonna performed, and she was so great! Of course, everyone came in to watch the half time show. We were all so impressed that she was wearing all her clothes at the end of the performance. By the end of the game the Giants had beat the Patriots and we were sad. There's always next year, though! We had a lot of fun hanging out together cheering for our team. I'm glad Adam and I have so many of the same interests. I love watching him get into the game, and watch him screaming at the TV.
This is what my dad does during all sporting events on TV. He locks himself into a room to watch The History channel. He always says, "They don't watch my work. Why should I watch them work?"
Being silly and hanging out
                                        Cute little Kimber was our cheerleader for a little while.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Holy Crap! Adam and I are finally home owners, and we have been since January! We finally got approved on January 16, 2012. I thought that day would never ever come. It's been so much fun to have our own place, and I can't wait to buy brand new furniture for it! The process of getting our house was the most stressful thing I've ever been through.

We started looking at houses in the middle of June. Adam's mom and grandpa are real estate agents, and they helped us out so much. They worked so hard, and for so long. We are so grateful for the both of them. We started looking at houses in Santa Clara, but there wasn't very many houses that were in our price range that looked normal. We looked for houses in the middle of St. George, but they were mostly way too small. I'm not really sure why we decided to start looking in Hurricane/La Verkin, but we did. We found several houses that were reasonably priced and had enough room. The first house we actually got to go inside was in Hurricane. The people still lived there, and that's kinda really weird. There house was really cute, but it was like two houses attached to each other, and your front yard is a parking lot. The next one we looked at was kinda small, but it was a really good price. I kinda sorta liked it, except that it didn't have any closet space not in the bedrooms. We were going to put an offer on it the next day, but it was already sold by then. I was thanking my lucky stars for that. There was the exact same house around the corner for about $20,000 less, and it needed A LOT of work. This house was seriously scary, and I didn't want to live there. The weeds were taller than me, and there was cracks in the cement, and weird toys left in the rooms. The next few houses we looked at were both really big, but both in really bad shape. I was so surprised that people just leave stuff in their house, or just move out and leave the place a mess. These two houses looked like they've never been cleaned before. And there was SO many bugs in one of them, and I just can't do bugs. We decided that we would put an offer on the one that was less "buggy" the next day. After looking at the house I went over to see my mom since she was just up the street. We started looking on the house website, and my mom mentioned that her visiting teachers house was for sale. I thought, yeah, except it's like brand new and there is no way we could ever afford it. We were just playing around, and extended our limit to the highest amount we could afford, and the very first house that popped up was my mom's visiting teacher's house. I could not believe it. That night Adam and I went home, and sent the information for the house to his mom. She looked it up, and found out that it already had an offer on it, but hadn't been accepted. We needed to make a decision fast, and that was really scary. I felt like everything was moving so fast, and I felt so pressured. I knew that if we waited to long we would lose it. The next day we went to see the house, and I immediately fell in love. It was the one I wanted, and all the other ones we looked at that day were not going to cut it. We decided to go ahead and put an offer on it, and the next day we filled out the papers.

That was July 7, 2011. We decided to meet their asking price because we didn't know what the other peoples offer was, and that was the best way to make sure we got the house. We met with the mortgage lady to get approved for the loan, but it was a lot harder than we thought it would be. We needed to dig up several documents, and get them back to her as soon as possible.We also needed to order an appraisal. Adam and his mom were always on the phone together trying to figure out what we needed to get approved. We had to have several extensions from the bank that owned the house because our mortgage lady couldn't get it together. Getting the mortgage company to send my verification of employment to my boss was horrific. After everyone's hard work our mortgage lady  told us that we could not get approved. I cried, and wanted to be done with the process because it was causing Adam and I to fight so much. We were both tired of spending $600 on an appraisal just to watch it go down the drain.

 Adam and his mom decided that we should give it one more try with a different mortgage company. We already had the documents we needed in our folder, so we handed them over to her and she got to work. We could tell immediately that this was going to be much easier. When she put our information into the Rural Development website it said that we were the only Adam and Mckenna Herpel on file. Which means that the other mortgage lady never even put in our information. The next day we found out that because of Adam's car loan it was making it difficult for us to be approved. Adam's mom told us that if we could pay off that car loan we would most likely be accepted, so I took all the money I'd been saving up for Christmas and paid off his car loan. I was pretty devastated because I'd been saving for about 5 months. The $1,000 I was going to use for Christmas presents was gone, and I still had no idea if we were going to have a house at the end of all of this.

In November, we were told that we would need to have another appraisal. Even though it was for the same house, and absolutely nothing had changed. We had to pay another $450. At Christmas time, when we were supposed to be getting ready to pack up and go to Texas we were worried that we would have to stay here and sign documents, or hand in more paperwork. A a few days before we were supposed to leave we got the news that our 5th extension was going to go through and we were free to leave until January 1st. While we were in Texas we got a call from our mortgage lady and she said the bank that owned the house decided they wanted $4,000 more dollars. At this point, I broke down crying and decided that I didn't want to do this anymore. I couldn't throw away anymore money, and anymore time. I was emotionally drained. Adam and I walked over to my grandma's house and talked about what we should do. We decided to tell everyone that we were finished. We didn't have enough money to pay $4,000 more. They also needed $200 more dollars for the appraiser to go check up on something. When we got back from Texas Adam called his mom that night she told him that we've worked so hard for this and that we were so close. She told us to pray about our decision and let her know first thing in the morning. We prayed that night, and soon after we'd finished praying we both had a strong feeling that we shouldn't give up. We called Adam's mom back and told her that we wanted to keep trying.

The next week, we went over to the house to do the final walk through, and that meant that we were almost done. Luckily, the bank accepted our original offer. Adam and I were both kinda at peace at this moment. It was a strange comforting feeling that we didn't care whether or not we got it. Whatever happened was what was supposed to happen. Our heavenly father was watching out for us. A week later we went in the sign the papers for the house. The stack of papers that you have to sign is enormous. I was really sick of signing my name over and over again. We sent the papers to the bank, and a few days later we were told that we got the house. We were able to move in the very next week. I was at work when Adam told me that we got the house, and I was so excited. I'm pretty sure I screamed really loud. It took us about two weeks to clean up and get all moved in. It was so much fun to decide where everything was going to go, and start picturing how I wanted everything to be.
So this is where we live now. In our cute little circle, with all of our friendly neighbors. And my parents roof is the one you see in the right of this picture. We live so close to them, and it is the best thing ever! 
This is our office, and the first room you see when you walk in the front door. I am in love with hard wood floors, and central vac. How did I live so long without central vac? 
This is our living room. I can't wait to get rid of all of Adam's bachelor pad furniture. I've already picked out the entertainment center and couches that I want. 
The kitchen is one of my favorite parts of the house. I have so much counter space, and my fridge is totally awesome! It was so worth spending the night outside of Lowe's for on Black Friday. 
So Perfect! 
                                                            This is our master bathroom
                                                                      My Closet
                                                                  Guest Room
                                                                       Guest Bathroom
                                                                 Another Guest Room

 After everything we've been through it was so very worth it. Everything still feels so new, and it's so exciting to have our very own house. I can't wait to landscape our yard, and play with our future kids on the grass. I can see our little family growing in this house. And it already feels like home. We've been so blessed, and we are so grateful that everything worked. We've been paying our tithing really good lately, and we are seeing so many blessing from that. I can't believe that I get to live here, and that Adam loves me so much that he worked so hard for me to live here. We are so blessed.