Arizona's New Temples

The church is building two new temples pretty close to us.  It was about time we discover their exact locations.  I have never seen one in this state before, so it was pretty neat.  It seems like a smaller temple, maybe like Thatcher.  Very cool.
Arizona has a lot of these little mountain-ish areas, and this temple sits right in between a bunch of them.  It is very pretty and unfortunately for you, I am not very good at showing that in my pictures.
This one is further along, bigger and just amazing!!  There is a park on the other side that is very green, so driving up to it is gorgeous.  Can't wait to see it finished!  We only saw it for a second on our way to hear Elder Bednar speak.  =]
This is my good looking husband.  :]
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Meet Tashi (sp?) a tiny little puppy that belongs to my MIL whom came to visit.  She weighs a whole two pounds and doesn't make a peep.  She makes me excited that Rykar, my puppy, will be coming to live with us in the spring.

Forgive my lazy multiple styles of photos throughout.
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I'm on week #2 of training and it's going pretty well.  I'm doing some heart rate training this time around so a lot of my runs are slower than usual (and on the treadmill, except for track), but my body appreciates it.
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And in a perfect world I do know that this is the perfect yard:  fake green grass that is always green and never dies, a tiny pool and a beautiful giant mountain full of trails directly behind it, but with zero scorpions and a scorpion proof house just in case.  It would look similar to this:
It would create a lot of opportunity for family visits... we'd hope.  :]  We're working on it but it probably won't be anything like this.  lol  But it is a beautiful area and we want to raise our family here we think.
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Randomly, remember this ride we rode in June?  It goes 301 feet high and is pretty scary.
It got stuck at the very top for almost four hours last week after the brakes froze.  People were left hanging up there even after the park closed down for the night.  (Haha!)  Sounds terrible!!  You can read an article here.

Have a nice last week of September!  Today might be one of our last 100+ days.  I have learned the fall feeling is relative.  It's officially fall around here.
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September Situations (& marathon training begins)

Throughout the past year and a half I've observed that there are three types of people in this world:

One-  People that have never seen a scorpion.

Two-  People that are freaked out by scorpions.

Three-  People that don't mind an occasional sting and burning sensation throughout an entire appendage followed by numbness and terror for the rest of your life, and are okay living with them or perhaps sharing a home or bed together.  Circle of life.

I fall into the category number TWO.  I would say Ben is also a category two.  We have some friends that live out here that are also a category two.  Since we live in the desert, it only made sense that all us category twos get together and scorpion hunt this weekend.  In their house.

Our category two friends live in an amazing home in a desert-y area, and have seen scorpions in it.  They've never seen them glow in a black light, so we brought our scorpinator over to scar their lives for eternity.
We didn't find any inside, and only found one on a brick wall far behind their house, but we did find some out in the preserved land.  I wish I had a penny to show you how large this guy is.  Look how scaly-huge his tail is to help with mentally sizing him up.  Below he is in stinging action.
As an absolute animal lover, I have no reservations when it comes to scorpion extermination.  (Bug spray doesn't kill them.  They don't ever die.  I heard you can freeze one in the freezer for months, and it will come back alive after you thaw it.)
Saturday night we didn't sleep well.  lol  I'm serious.
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Yesterday was my cute mother's birthday!  Jeff (her fiance) put together a dinner at her friend's house, and invited my siblings and all.  Very cute.  I stole some pics of her and hope she had a great birthday!!
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We have lots of visitors now that we live in the valley, which is really fun!!  We all went to Yardhouse and the girl who took this didn't seem too excited, so it's a little croppy.  Friday was such a good day.
All scorpion thoughts aside, Arizona really is so beautiful!  I never thought the desert could be so pretty, especially when I'm used to Utah-green-desert-ness, and the mountains with leaves changing at this time of year.

When I was a kid we used to vacation in California and palm trees were always present.  Now I live with them and they still remind me of vacation.  And I have grown to appreciate the CACTUS (emphasis on the pink ones).
We're spending a majority of our weekends house hunting (that is kind of a stressful thing), and we'll probably buy a home or lot as soon as we find the winner.  Interest rates are amazing right now, and with the election so close and rates climbing, we have decided it's worth breaking our lease before May.  Though I don't want to move again.  :P

Check out this house...it's Rapunzel's house.
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This is silly but so sad... I broke my mirror.  It is so sad because Ben bought it for me on our first date.  My mirror shattered on my flight to Vegas (sometimes pilots aren't very good landers), and the next morning I woke up and there was a new mirror hanging on the outside of my room's door (I stayed at Tropicana to be close to shopping in case Ben turned out to be a creeper).  Ben was working his magic from day one.  :]  RIP memorous mirror.
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Marathon training starts TODAY!  I'm doing a longer training since I've been in and out of commission over the past two months, so the marathon isn't until mid January... P.F. Chang's, Phoenix Rock 'n Roll.  

I'm mentally 100% dedicated, so as long as my physical self stays on the same page then we'll be good.  Due to leg issues, I haven't closed the door on option #2, running the 1/2 instead.  I am just throwing it out there so that if my leg continues to trouble me, I won't be absolutely depressed to pull back from the full.  Just semi.

I've picked my main 1/2 marathon to be 12/9, a fast course, and my greedy self wants a sub 1:50...but we'll re-evaluate later.  But race season is starting as you can see from my calendar!!  :D  Starting on SATURDAY.  (Obviously we aren't running these all!!  Just our options.)



Have a great week!!  Anybody running PF Changs?
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Elevator


The downside of having an elevator between your garage and front door.  lol

Pinterest makes me laugh.










Happy Tuesday!
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Waking Up [28 years old] in Vegas

My birthday weekend was epic!  I had no idea that Ben had been planning something so fun, for months.  It was a lovely surprise!

Friday (8/31) morning Ben woke me up a little early and said he was running late and needed some help with a few things, so I jumped out of bed and found this on the family room floor...
He is so adorable.  :]  I love my husband!

First things first, a hair appointment.  lol  It grows so quickly that I just decided to grow it out for awhile to save on $$, but it was so flat and ugly it was one of my worst money saving techniques.
Ben is cute because I set out a ton of outfit ideas before heading to my hair appointment, and I came home to finish packing and ALL of it was packed up, the suitcases were by the door and he was ready!!  So we headed to Vegas and about an hour outside of it Ben pulled out his phone and was like, "hey buddy, where you at?  We're about an hour out."  

Huh?

As we pulled out of Scottsdale I got a text from my cousin, Derek, that wished me happy birthday and asked if I was doing anything fun.  I told him Ben was taking me to Vegas!!  I didn't know that Derek and his fiance, Teresa, were leaving SLC to meet us in Vegas.  I haven't seen Derek in AGES, and I hadn't met Teresa.  They are set to wed next month.  :]

Derek has visited us in Vegas in the past, so I knew it would be an awesome weekend with them.  The guys had this trip planned for months, and they booked a really sweet corner room at Vdara, aka CITY CENTER!!
This (below) is the view from one of the west windows.  Those buildings are Panarama!  Where Ben lived!  He was in the far left building, about the same height.
I stole some of his pictures (below).  The building next to his head is Vdara...I think?  City Center is large and confusing.  Thank goodness for Ben's navigatorial skills.  I guess navigatorial is not a word.
Another hot one for good measure:
Below we ate dinner at Aria's Cafe Vettro, which is at City Center and pretty cool inside.  Jon is on the right and he's a friend from Thatcher whom also joined us.  Then we all headed over to TI to see Mystere!
The best part of dinner was my fresh squeezed watermelon juice.  I wonder why don't we see more of this.
My hunk and I, 3-1/2 years after we met.
We tried to fit in so much over the weekend!  We ate Texas De Brazil (yum) and saw Le Reve at Wynn and even got our favorite banana split at Society Cafe in Encore.  The bananer split wasn't on the menu anymore and we nearly shed tears, but they said they still could make it for us.  :]  

It's the best banana split ever in the entire universe and you should get it if you go to Vegas.  My mouth is watering as I type this.

The cute couple in front of Beso Steakhouse (now out of business and about to become something new).  Maybe you remember it from this post.  Everything is disappearing...like the Original Pancake House at Green Vallley is also gone.  Sad.
This is in COSMO.  If you can even describe a casino as pretty, this one gets that description.
Derek is 100% Paleo and didn't even have one bite.  Ohhh sad day.
We took turns trying to pick out girlfriends for Jon.  There were quite a selection of drunk ones at this moment of time in front of Venetian.
Derek took the picture below from the Wynn Theater.  I think it is super cool.
A birthday is not complete without some new kicks that are much cuter in person because my photography skills are somewhat lacking.
I caught a picture of Ben's office as we rolled out (it's weird to roll out of town south).  It's below, though it now has a new name on the building, "MGM Resorts International."  I think Ben thought it would be torn down after the City Center completion, but I guess not.  Memories.
The drive to Vegas took less than 4-1/2 hours, but coming home was a different story.  Lots of traffic and accidents.
It was a great weekend and even a week later I'm still dragging and really wish we could rewind to last weekend.  Thank you Ben for being the greatest husband I could never deserve.  I love you!


A couple of other things:

  • Jolie ran the Tinkerbell half last weekend.  She was shooting for a sub 2:00 and she got a PR of 1:56:56!!  And she looked cute too.


  • My cute mother and Jeff set a wedding date of December 1st.  We'll be up in December twice this year.  Maybe we'll see some other family this time around.

  • The doc gave me the green light to ease back into running!  2-1/2 weeks weren't enough to keep my shin pain from coming right back, but hey, we're going to still go with it's tendinitis for the time being.  I'm stuck to the treadmill and slow for now, but it's progress.

  • I started playing Christmas music on the piano on Wednesday.  Tis the season.


And I am so glad it's Friday.  Holy cow.  Have a great weekend!
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