Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Blog

Hello!  Jordan and I have switched to a new blog called Jordan-Laura.blogspot.com.

Say goodbye to this blog and we'll see you at our new one!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2nd trip to Moab

We are starting to love this place too much. Here are some photos from our fun trip!
Hey Jordan!

A very nice foreign guy took this for us

harder than it looks...

ta-da!

hikin husband

prettiest place

how does this look so cool?

we love driving!



working the camera

we love Moab




free hotel room? ok.

railroad

crouching tiger...

a hole in the wall



great echoing goes on here

We don't wanna go home!
Jordan and I both each drove a van down. We left at 6 AM and it got a little snowy up in the canyon, but we made it! We ate at yummy restaurants (eat at Pasta J's!), visited the shops in town, and just enjoyed the perfect weather. Hiking to Corona Arch was the highlight of the weekend for sure. Very fun place. If you've never been there, go! It's a different planet down there.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tests and coldness

Sorry about the hiatus. Life is happening. Here are some updates!
  • It was 75 degrees on Tuesday. I almost went hiking. Then I remembered I had to study.
  • It is 33 degrees right now. The mountains are covered in snow. So long, summer.
  • Jordan and I have been married almost 1/3 of a year! We still can't believe that.
  • I get to eat lunch every single Thursday with a lovely (21 year old!!) Lisa Hepfinger. Happy golden birthday, girlfriend. Even when it's snowing and blustery, we meet up and revel in the greatness of life at BYU.
  • Boulder is awesome
  • My parents are in town soon!! I can't wait to see them. I'm making them my dad's famous chili.
  • Last weekend Jordan, Katie, Cj and I drove down to St George to see Rachel run in the MARATHON!! She did even better than her time last year. That's right. She's run it twice. She's inspired us and we are all running it next year. Even Mama and Papa Wade are running it!!
  • Jordan and I have started training for a half ironman that will be in June in Idaho.
  • This week I have taken 6 tests and 3 quizzes. And worked 22 hours. And gone to 13 hours of classes. I have no life. Hallelujah we are leaving this town tomorrow for MOAB!! We each may be driving a 15 passenger van down there.. more to come later.
  • In a drastic turn of events, the testing center scored one of my tests incorrectly and instead of getting a 57.3%, I actually got an A! I went from sad to straight up thrilled.
  • Yesterday was one of the coldest days of my life because I was under-dressed for unexpectedly chilly weather.
  • We got a grant. Why didn't I know about these sooner??
  • My dad sent us a huge case of soups and peanuts from Amazon. BEST DAD EVER!!!
  • But seriously, he's the best dad ever. Never in my 21 years have I heard him complain about a single thing, or even raise his voice with anyone. He always had time to go on a bike ride with me. He made sure, with the help of my mom, that we went to church every Sunday. He does his best for his family and for God. He's the man. I love you dad!
  • We eat crepes every day. Jordan puts healthy stuff like fruit in his. I put in choco-chips.
  • I miss my fam-jam, but the good news is we are going home for Christmas!!! Tickets have been purchased and Im already packing my bags.
There are a bazillion other things going on, but I feel like writing about why this is my favorite time of year. Tis the season of our meetiversary! Jordan and I met at Lisa's birthday party in September of 2009. Here is a photo from that night:
Note: I am neither of those girls. Stacey and Joanna, back off my man. I wish we had a photo from this night!

And this is us at Lisa's birthday this year:
Our 2 year meetiversary!
We started dating in October of 2009. OCTOBER!! I love this month. I feel like we just started dating all over again. Have a happy weekend!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

School and fun

School and work are in full-swing! Life is busy, but we're still having fun. I went to a work retreat and had to leave Jordan for a few days. It was our first time apart since we got married and it was saaaad. But we both still managed to have fun! He worked and spent time with friends while I rode a slip-n-slide, played shuffleboard, put-put golfed, hiked at night, and learned rules of intramurals.
hiking to the timp waterfall

We went to St George the next weekend. We hung out with Jordan's awesome family and enjoyed the nice weather.

Three things we always do in St. George: 1. eat Mexican food 2. swim 3. see a movie. We saw the Help with Jordan's parents and we all loved it! We swam with little Lexi and ate Mexican food at Durangos. But something we did something we've never done together! We went BOATING! And we camped in the honeycomb rocks. It was a great trip!
On the way home from St George, we stopped in Lynndyl for a little family get-together with most of my cousins and aunts and uncles on the Nielson side. It had been a long time since we've all been together, so it was nice to catch up and see everyone again. We played super-uno and had a barbecue in Grandma and Grandpa's yard.
Last weekend we went to Moab and it was UNREAL!! I just about died when we drove into Arches Park and saw the amazing red rock walls everywhere around us. We hiked, Jordan RAN up some steep rocks, and we overall had the time of our lives. The best part was that it was an all-expenses paid trip! His boss needed him to work a few hours in Moab, so we enjoyed a night in a cute hotel and dragged main in Enterprise cars. It was a dreamy weekend. It was hard to come back to reality! We stopped in Price, Utah on our way home and ate at the only diner in town. Ahh we had so much fun on our trip!
This weekend we are in Provo, for once. Jordan woke me up with breakfast in bed this morning since my throat's been bothering me. How sweet is he?? He's at work right now, and I am going to Costco soon to get some medicine. Plus it's Saturday. Free samples. Then Jordan has a flag football game this afternoon.

We are thrilled with marriage! We've had many cheap trips to Jdawgs and have made lots of yummy dinners together. We had a picnic the other day in the park.
On Labor Day we went to Jordan's grandparents house in Salt Lake and enjoyed a huge family get-together. His grandpa told stories and his grandma looked around at everyone with a smile so big, you could literally touch the love emanating from her heart. She is so cute. Jordan and I feel very lucky to have all four sets of grandparents that give us advice, make us laugh, and give us so much love! His grandparents sent us home with 12 ears of corn from their mini cornfield.

Tomorrow is a very important day to remember. It's hard to believe ten years have passed since that terrible act of terrorism. I'll never forget the things I saw, the heartache I felt for those who lost loved ones, and the way it brought our country together, strengthening us when we felt so weak.

Tomorrow is also Jeff and Nathan's birthday, and I hope they have a happy one! Jeff is at the BYU game today and I hope he brings them good luck! I love you guys!

Have a great weekend and LET'S GO COUGARS!

Jordan running up a huge rock in Moab
video

Monday, August 15, 2011

Backpacking Timp

If you find yourself trapped in the middle of the woods without electricity, running water, or a car you would likely describe that situation as a “nightmare” or “a worse case scenario like after plane crash or something.” White people refer to it as “camping.” - Stuff White People Like


Jordan doing a trail mix ad
Our packs were pretty heavy and I am definitely sore today, but I forgot all about my pack when we came to our first snow glacier-- who knew I was going to be so terrified of them? Who knew there was so much snow on Timp in August? Who knew that bringing a hiking pole would have been extremely helpful?

Jordan started walking across the glacier, very carefully, but not too nervously. I couldn’t even put one foot on that slippery, steep mass of white ice. I kept thinking about how steep the slope was and I knew that if I were to slip with my backpack on, I’d slide to the bottom of the mountain. And die. And it would have been so dramatic and sad! Eventually Jordan coerced me into making the first few steps. I was so nervous that it was hard for me to breathe, let alone make strides. Jordan said a joke that made me laugh so hard and calm my nerves a little tiny bit. I finally crossed the first glacier and was really proud of myself, but shaking in my boots. Literally, because I was wearing boots. Then came the next glacier. This one about 3 times longer than the first one. We dug our fingers into the snow and took about 4 inch steps, facing the mountain. It was horrible. Just thinking about it makes my muscles tense. I swear I pulled 6 muscles every time I crossed a glacier. There were 6 glaciers. The last one we crossed was the longest one, at about 40 yards.

I hyperventilated.

Jordan probably thought I was the biggest wimp ever, but he helped me make it across. I was living in constant fear of crossing glaciers until we finally stopped for the night at (frozen) Emerald Lake. We breathed a sigh of relief to be done for the day, but that’s when the real fun started.

We brought a mini-stove/pocket rocket with us to cook some MREs for dinner. When we couldn’t get it to light, we knew something was wrong. When it started getting really windy, we knew something was really wrong. Then the rain came. We hadn’t set up our tent yet. It was very dark. One gust of wind came that almost blew all of our stuff off the mountain and I accidentally screamed. I bet other campers thought I had fallen off the mountain. We scrambled to set up the tent while praying out loud that everything would calm down. Suddenly we had about 15 minutes of great tent-setting-up weather. We finally got into our damp little tent and tried to get our stove lit again. Still nothing. We (Jordan) tried making a fire (possibly against the wilderness rules, but we were desperate for anything warm) and nothing would light because there was no dry wood. Finally, we lit our stove with a match and we got to eat hot dinners at 10380 feet! It was such a comical night and it only got better when Jordan tried to sleep for 6 hours in a woman’s sleeping bag while I was snoozing all night in a huge, luxurious men’s mummy bag. I was seriously swimming in it, and Jordan’s barely covered his belly-button. He didn’t want to wake me up and ask to switch, the sweet guy! At about 6 am he asked me if we could switch and once we did, he was suddenly out like a light. We got these sleeping bags as a wedding gift and had no idea there was a man's bag and a woman's bag. Poor Jordan. Now we know! I think I got about 9 hours of sleep that night and he maybe got 3. The rain didn’t stop until about 9:30 in the morning.
We finally saw what our tent looked like in the morning. no pillows. lots of rocks.
When we both woke up we both agreed that we heard footsteps around our tent all night. We got out of our tent and there was tons of pooh and we looked around and spotted 12 huge mountain goats climbing on the mountainside. We realized that we were sleeping on the goats’ turf! Sorry, goats! Thanks for not goring us in the night!
do you spy 8 goats in this photo?amazed at how cool our campground was
about to start hiking again
The hike back down the mountain went so much faster than coming up. We saw another goat, but this time really up-close. They are huge and really muscular!

our faces...
when we saw...
the big goat!
Having already crossed the glaciers, I wasn’t as nervous coming down. Even though it sounds like a potentially miserable time, we had so much fun and kept a really positive attitude about the silly situations we kept getting into. We certainly had a very memorable time and we look forward to backpacking in St George next weekend!
Hope you kept your feet clean over the weekend!