Coco was my first baby. My dad took me to the animal shelter on my twelfth birthday, and let me pick out a pet. I chose Coco because she was so beautiful. I know, I was kind of a weird kid. Who doesn't pick a kitten? She was a bit of a chicken at first but when we were alone she was always out doing something annoying. She used to sit directly on top of my pictures while I was scrap booking, even though the rest of the room was wide open. And at night she would sleep right on my head no matter how many times I would push her to the foot of the bed. My mom took care of her the last few years while I was in Utah. She loved my mom! The second my mom would sit on the couch, Coco was right on her chest staring at her. I miss her cute face.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
It's called the Holi- Festival of Colors, and they do it every year at the Lotus Temple in Spanish Fork. The Temple is amazing, makes me want to visit India so bad. We had lots of yummy indian food and mango drinks. You can enter the temple, after taking off your shoes, and listen to the band sing the Hare Krishna Mantra. The best part is the burning of the witch and the throwing of the colors. We didn't have chalk to throw this time cause they ran out but it was still awesome.
On our way in people were just throwing chalk in our faces. Derek got it first and of course I had to make fun of him, which is what I'm doing here. About two seconds later I heard someone say "Get that girl!" and I got mine.
We met up with a friend of mine from work, Paris, and her family. This is her little girl throwing chalk on Derek's face...
And this is her adding green to our collection of colors.
Burning of the witch,which is a long standing tradition in India started by the story of Holika and Prahlad. It is celebrated to mark the burning of the evil Holika and to honor Radha and Krishna.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
I have been thinking about you a lot lately, with the weather warming up. I find myself wondering if i will ever get to drive you again. It has been so long since i've seen you. I know my dad visited you a few weeks ago and he says you're running great. That is good to hear. Now drive yourself down here so you can meet the new addition to our family. He is very cute and really wants to meet you. I've told him about all the fun times we've had together.
Like that time you ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere because your gauge was broken, and the time you decided to lock yourself from the inside making me crawl in from the passenger side... Everyday! Oh, and the very first time i drove you to school and we picked up Tasha cause we thought we were so cool, then i stalled you the whole way there. I think my favorite one is when we were trying to leave Garrett's house in Utah and you wouldn't start, so Garrett pushed and I popped you out in second gear. Then while we were driving back i had to roll the window down in below freezing weather to wipe your windseild because you were fogging up so bad. And just when i thought things couldn't get worse we got pulled over for having a headlight out and the friendly cop followed us all the way home. What a night!
Drawing by Natasha Gustin (My talent little sister)
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Looks as though Santa Barbara was not ready to take on such an awesome couple as Derek and I. We are pretty bummed about this, but we're trying our hardest to look at the positives.
Now we get to go to the UofU and live in Salt Lake City. We love Salt Lake! Plus, this will give us a few more years to hang out with our friends that live here, and it might also make it easier for me to be a flight attendant! Yea!
At the moment, I work at this awesome event center called Thanksgiving Point. It is a non-profit organization with a Dinosaur Museum, a Farm, a Movie Theater, a Golf Course, and the most beautiful Gardens and Waterfall.
So many fun Events....
Ya Ya Sisterhood Party
The reenactment of the First Thanksgiving Feast
Thanksgiving Point Gardens
We went during the Tulip Festival
Worlds largest man-made Waterfall
These are just a few of things that Derek and I have gone too. There is always something fun going on at Thanksgiving Point.
Get my Parents out of the Country
Visit the Taj Mahal
Speak fluent French
Own a Parrot
Adopt a Third World Child
Learn Photography - Got a fancy camera!
Go to Ringling Bros B&B Circus - Went to one ring. Disappointment.
Own a Sting Ray
Feel like a Real Hippy for a Day or two (Maybe Burning Man)
Be an Animal Trainer
Ride an Elephant
Certified Scuba Diver - Done! Anniversary gift from Der!
See Carly Simon in concert
Be a Flight Attendant
Visit a bar in a Baobab Tree
Visit Spain - Done
Sky Diving - Done! Moab, Canyonlands with Der and Kris
Go to Coachella
Visit 30 different Countries - 13 (United States, Brazil, Peru, Belize, Spain, Guatemala, Switzerland, England, Italy, France, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico)
Learn an Instrument
Go to Universal Studios
Learn to Change a Tire
Skinny Dip - Done! B-day Boating
Own a Saint Bernard
Go to ElectricDaisyCarnival
One Night Stand
Horseback Ride on the Beach
Go Cave Diving
Ride a CAMEL in a Middle Eastern Country
Do something that scares you
Take a First Class flight
Read a few Great-American Novels
Develop "your" Signature Dish
Friday, March 18, 2011
I made these slideshows for my parents last Christmas. Just thought it would be fun to share, since a lot of other family members are in them.
Definetly wishing i knew more about making videos. They can be so cool when you actually know what you are doing.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Yes, they are incredibly adorable, but don't be fooled. They are very messy, stinky and noisy. Regardless of these terrible farm animal traits, they were the best pets ever and they would follow us all around the yard. It was the cutest thing.
If it were'nt for the tragic way in which we lost Marlon and Stella, I might be tempted to get more duckies this year. But i think the better decision would be to wait until Derek gets me that pond he promised.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Where to go to grad school??
Which will possibly be where we will be spending the next 3-5 years of our lives.
University of Santa Barbara California, which we are anxiously awaiting reply
As my dad will remember, Santa Barbara is the only place i wanted to go to college. That is right up until a couple months before high school graduation, when i realized that it was much less scary to go with a friend to school. And that is how i ended up in Utah with Natasha.
Needless to say.... we are really hoping for a positive answer from UCSB. We would love to experience life somewhere besides Utah for a while. Plus we would be able to visit my family for a change.