Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Bday, Josh!

Happy Birthday to Josh!

I tried serenading him at 5:45 in the am, but apparently my voice isn't warmed up that early. Or, I think I fell asleep halfway through, nonetheless, Happy Birthday!

I am so thankful to have Josh in my life. I love him so much! He always makes me laugh, even on those FEW occasions I am mad at him..... He is such a good example to me always, he honors his priesthood and his temple covenants. He always reminds me of what's important (boating) and what isn't (worrying). I am so glad I get to spend eternity with him! (insert "Ah" here)

P.S. If at all possible, try not to marry anyone who has a birthday a few days before Christmas, and have Christmas a few days before your anniversary.....and you thought your December was crazy! :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Some Updates

So, I got some grief on Saturday about not being a very good poster.... So, here are some updates:

Josh turns the big 28 tomorrow. He is so old. :) He wants a $400 Subaru for his birthday, but he isn't getting one.

Josh defended his thesis two weeks ago. He did a really great job. Now, it's off to the Thesis editor for some revisions.

Two weeks from yesterday, Josh and I will be on a cruise to the Bahamas! Happy First Anniversary on Dec. 30th to us!

My sister Keli is coming home! I am so excited to have her back!

I have been tinkering with the sewing machine, and finished one quilt and one other quilt top. harder than I thought, but enjoyable. I have also been doing some more knitting, and am currently working on some slippers. They are so cute!

Little Ava got sealed to Adam and Summer on Saturday. It was such a wonderful experience for us to take part in. Thanks again Wilson's for inviting us!!

We are hoping for a job offer this week or next for Josh. It is almost a done deal, other than waiting on a few school things to get finished up. I can't believe we are here. It seems like we have been waiting for the end for so long, that now it is almost unreal. I am excited to see what the next few months hold for us!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Girl's Trip Chicago 2009 (minus a few girls)

Since I don't have to keep it a secret any longer.....here are our pictures from our Chicago trip. Jill got a wild hair, and decided we needed to fly to Chicago and surprise our sister Keli for Christmas, so we did! AND, we (along with many other of you) kept it a secret the whole time.

Unfortunately we didn't get a picture of the look on her face when we showed up at the restaurant, but the cost of the plane tickets were totally worth it! That look was completely priceless!
Driving into Chicago Saturday morning. This is such a cool city. This was before Jill almost ran a red light and almost hit some Pedestrians.

Beside to see Keli and her family, this is the whole reason we came to Chicago. This was the restaurant we ate at with my mom 2 years ago when we came to see Wicked. There may have been only three of us this time, but mom was with us, because we sat at the EXACT same table, and after 2 years, had the EXACT same waiter! It brought tears to our eyes.

Michigan Avenue at night, and Christmas time. It was fabulous!


Me, in front of the Chicago River. It was so cold! (Notice the nice scarf. It was Keli's Christmas present to me, but I forgot mine. I just broke it in for her. :) )

The 3 girls. We had to get at least one picture of the 3 of us together. Thanks to Keli's white coat, we were never separated.

Jill and I with the kids. They were so excited to see us, but I think Jill and I were more excited to see them. They have grown up SOOOO much!



Us again. This was just before leaving so our eyes aren't red and puffy yet. It is so fun to go, but the worst part is that we have to leave! I miss The Clayton's SO much! Sean was so sweet to be with us with our little plan, and even went a little further, and planned us a night in the city. We stayed in a beautiful hotel, and Sean made sure we were taken care of. We even crashed HIS birthday dinner, so, thanks again, Sean, you are the best!
No girl's trip will ever be complete without our sister Kelli. I say sister, cause she might as well be! She is just as much family as we are, and there is never a time I can remember being without her. We missed her so much, but know that this will not be the last of our trips. Kelli, you were definitely with us in spirit, and we talked about you all the time. Good things, of course. :)
This was the first trip without my mom. It was hard. We talked about her so much, and reminisced about all the good times we had. We are so lucky to have been blessed with her, even if it was for the short time we had her. It was so great to be together and see how much each one of us is like her in different ways. We know she was watching out for us, and smiling that we were spending time all together. That was the one thing she loved more than anything else, spending time with her family. She taught us well.
We had a wonderful time, and I can't wait for the next one! Love you guys SO much. Thanks again for being my sisters.











Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving


We had a great Thanksgiving. I hope you all did as well.
Since I am a little short on time, I will bring you bullets!
  • Made a turkey AND a turkey breast, and didn't poison anyone, well, that I know of anyway
  • Saw Christmas Carol. Eli wasn't the only one who was scared.
  • Shopped and shopped and shopped. Up at 3:45am!
  • Put up my Christmas tree. LOVE IT
  • Christmas shopping, and Josh's birthday shopping, DONE
  • Got through one more Holiday without my mom. This year we decided it is time to start some new traditions.
  • Josh got peed on. No, not by me!
  • Played with lots of babies!

This time of year is always so crazy, but I love it. Not only is it the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, but also time for Josh and I to celebrate. A year ago Thanksgiving week, I went to the temple. I can't believe it has been a whole year! Josh asked me the other day if I even remembered the days of wearing normal underwear. I said, "Yes, every single day". :)


Friday, November 13, 2009

Meg Q, the artist

I took an art class. Yes, I know, ME?

Some background. I have NO artistic ability. I mean, seriously, I couldn't draw a non-stick figured person if my life depended on it. Really, ask any kid who has ever asked me to draw something for them. They turn out terrible.

I have a really good friend at work who is an amazing artist. She does it all. Paints, draws, oils, watercolors, chalk, you name it. So, she talked me into going to her art class with her. I was terrified. Seriously, sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, all of it.
Turns out, with some determination, and a REALLY great teacher, I can do it! (Well, sort of) This is my masterpiece.


The top is the photograph, then the sketch, which I did, and then the watercolor painting.
The best part of the whole thing, since I was a new person in class, I got the teachers original painting. According to my friend, is worth some Dough. I feel so.....cultured! :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We have Babies!

Well, not me, but everyone I know! :)

First, Jenny and James (Josh's sister and hubby) had little Dean Thomas Kendall last week. He is so sweet. Too bad they live in Houston, so we don't get to see him for a little while.


Second, Adam & Summer Wilson (Josh's cousins) had a beautiful baby boy yesterday. Grant Thomas Wilson was born last night, weighing in at 6lbs 11oz. He weighs almost as much as his baby sister who is 5 months!


Third, Jason and Nicole Quincy are expecting a little girl almost any day, it sounds like. Wish she would hurry, because the sooner she comes, the more chances we have of seeing them at Christmas!


It is so fun to be able to be around all these babies. I love to think that they are so perfect, and have just come here from Heaven. I can't wait for my babies to come straight from their Nunn's arms to me. :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Pink/Brown Quilt Top


I don't know how well you can see it, but this is my latest project. A baby quilt, no everybody, not for me.... :)

It's pink and brown, and boy do I have a lot of ideas for this one! As soon as it is finished, I will take a better picture.
I love love love it!

Friday, October 23, 2009

My new best friend

This was my bday present.




I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!


I have already started my first project, and have plans for many many others.


Why didn't I learn to do this years ago??

Monday, October 19, 2009

Our last ski trip of the year.

Go here, to check it out. Thanks Chris for helping is out!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My Happy Birthday gone

I can't believe another year has gone past. So crazy how time flies. Seems like just yesterday I was blogging about my birthday, and what I got for my birthday. Josh has a lot to live up to after last year. :) With that being said, he did a wonderful job this year, and I couldn't be more excited!

Anyway, before the birthday presents, we spent the weekend at Lake Mead. We met Bob & Pam and fam down there Thursday night/Friday morning. We didn't get in until after 2am, and even though the hotel was less than desirable ($25 a night, what did I expect) we didn't care.

The weather couldn't have been more perfect Friday. High 80's, not a breath of wind (unusual for Lake Mead) water temperature about 74, and glass almost all day. We all skied our guts out! We also got some surfing in, and even got Pam (who's bday was Friday) up, after a few failed attempts. Don't worry though, once she got up, she was a pro!

Saturday was the exact opposite of Friday, we woke up to wind, ate breakfast in the wind, unloaded the boat in the wind, surfed in the wind, got yelled at by a wake boarder for tubing in the CRAPPIEST water possible. WTH? Got to witness SpeedoFest 2009, pictures coming, and lots of other mayhem in the wind. However, the best part of the day was not only was it my bday, but I loaded the boat, in the wind, PERFECTLY. Yes, my friends, Perfect. It was a little bday luck I am sure. :)

After we had enough wind we headed to the Johnson's, and I was greeted by lots of hugs and Gracie saying. "Mimi, panties", pulling up her shirt to show me her new panties. I love this little girl!!

Josh and Dave headed to the Priesthood Session, I got showered, played with kids, and then it was off to Cheesecake Factory with my two dates, and in Jill's "bling-bling" ride. Thanks to the Nav, we found Summerlin just fine. Thanks, Jill.

After dinner, we stayed up talking almost all night. In fact, the boys couldn't take it, so they were asleep long before our conversation ended. I love those good, long talks with Jill and Aaron. They always make things seem so much easier.

We arrived home Sunday, and were sad to find the weather here much colder than when we left. This is always such a hard time of year.....only a few more boating trips left.

Thanks again to all those who wished me Birthday wishes. I had a wonderful PROLONGED bday, and it was fantastic! I have a few pictures coming that will show the fruits of my labor and my bday present.... Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Take a Moment

If you can, please take a moment to sign the attached petition. This is to get 8,120 signatures by the end of November to fight Pancreatic Cancer. In one day alone, 116 people are diagnosed with this horrible disease. The 8,120 signatures are representing the 8,120 people that will be diagnosed from September 22 through the end of November (Pancreatic Cancer awareness month).

Please help any of those 8,120 people know that there are at least 8,120 of us supporting them.

http://www.knowitfightitendit.org/

Thank you so much!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Our Special Employee


I received this picture message from a friend and co-worker. Yes, that is me, with a helmet on, sitting at my desk.....

Look above, and you can see why I was wearing a helmet.
Thanks Jenny, for looking out for me! :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Bravest Moment, but not Cameron's


video

So here is the ONE video I got with both Josh and I in it.

Josh had to man the boat (good excuse) so he didn't jump. I'll tell you what, this may not seem very high on film, but it scared the pee right out of me!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lake Powell

Is there ever a bad day at Lake Powell? According to our recent trip, the answer is no. We got to spend 4 days doing what we love most, BOATING!

We got the opportunity to go with some friends and family on a brand new houseboat. It was fantastic! Lake Powell will never be the same. :) We had air conditioning, an ice maker (that was found on the last day of the trip, after Bob & Pam's two trips to the marina) showers, hot tub, wave runners, and bedrooms to go around.

We also had some of the best company. Not only did Josh's uncle Bob and family go, but we also got to spend time with the Behuinin's, and also some of the Devey's! It is crazy how Josh and my family are all connected somehow, and we aren't even from the South! :)

We had great weather, other than a little wind on Saturday, and some short lived sprinkles Saturday night. It was just enough to calm the lake down for one last short blast. Blake and Sherry and Josh all tore it up!

We also got to try the Air Chair. Dang, that is hard! Both Josh and I weren't totally uncoordinated, but we both need a little more practice. Guess we will have to go with Blake and Sherry again!

Of course I only took a few pictures, and will post them and some videos of some serious surfing, and my bravest moment, so stay tuned!

This was one vacation I was not ready to come home from. We had such a great time, and it was so nice waking up on the water and with the sun every morning. Hopefully this will not be our last real skiing trip of the year. Lake Mead in October? Maybe?

Monday, August 31, 2009

This is the reason he married me, though

Josh and I have been doing a lot of skiing lately (duh) This was the conversation we had Saturday night after we got home from a weekend at Utah Lake.

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Josh: (While watching the above video) Man, I look terrible! (About a 30 second pause) Oh, that's because it's you!

I know he loves me, even though I am a terrible water skier. :)

Below is the real video of Josh, and he ISN'T terrible.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bullets!

K, here are a few things that are new with me. Since I am rushed for time, you get Bullets! My favorite things.


  • Have had a crappy rental car for two weeks. I have never appreciated my car more
  • Lost a very good friend to a layoff. Dang economy
  • Took the Young Women water skiing. Had a BLAST!
  • Mistook the rental car for a rally car, and tried to take a corner too fast, with the YW in the backseat! Don't worry, I told them to never do anything like that! :)
  • Spend a glorious Sunday at the Quincy's cabin and rode the Honda Passport. I want a scooter
  • Took the dirt rode home from the cabin. I was having flashbacks of the Ibapah Pony Express Route trip, but this dirt road only lasted about 10 miles.
  • Found out some disheartening news about a friend who has Cancer. I HATE cancer!
  • Spent a lot of time with Family the last couple weeks. It was heaven. I miss you all already
  • Spent a lot of time at The Gathering Place for two weddings in two weeks
  • Got the privilege to attend a sealing in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple

It has been a busy last couple weeks. A girl I work with said today, "I wish I was on an extended vacation." Amen. I wish I was too!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sister!

Happy Birthday to my sister, Keli!

I miss you so much already!

I love my sister Keli because:

  • she always has a way to make me laugh, even during the roughest and toughest of times
  • she is a fabulous shopping partner
  • she drives a minivan, and totally owns up to it
  • she isn't afraid of what other people think of her
  • she is always up for an adventure with me
  • she is a GREAT mom, and wonderful wife
  • she makes killer chocolate chip cookies
  • plus many many other reasons

I don't love that my sister Keli:

  • Lives so damn far away

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful sister and friend. She has always been one of the biggest influences in my life. She has taught me a lot, doesn't judge me, always has a good explanation, and always sticks up for me. Thanks for being such a great big sis! Love you tons!

Monday, August 3, 2009

It's been a while....

It has been a REALLY long time, I know... Things have been crazy at the Quincy house.

We hit the big year mark, July 26. I can't believe it has been a whole year. I know I have said this before, but it seems like just yesterday, and a lifetime all at the same time. I sure do miss her a lot, though. We spent the day mostly with the Quincy's, but we did also go over to the cemetery. The flowers we planted on Mother's Day are flourishing, and I am so glad! They look so great! We also stopped by my Dad's to say hi. All in all, it was a nice day. I think I made it harder on myself than I should have, but I guess I am entitled to one of those, aren't I? :)

We have been water skiing A LOT, and we have been having a great time. Josh had some family in town a couple weekends ago, so we loaded the boat up with about 13 of us, and had a blast!! Everyone got to do something, either, surf, tube, ski or just swim. It was so fun being able to have so many loved ones on our boat. We love our new boat for that very reason!

Thursday was my work Lagoon party. It as a great time. Keli and Sean and the girls, plus a few extra came along. Mckinley is by far the bravest! She went on almost every ride! It was her first time on the Rocket, and she had to hold my hand. I hated every minute of it! :) I sure love spending time with my family!!

Saturday, we got the boat out again, and got loads of people again! This time Keli and Sean and their family and some friends joined us. Again, it is so fun to be able to spend time with our families on the boat. We met up with Josh's uncle, so Keli, Maggie, Emma and I swam over so we could do some tubing, and the cousins could do some surfing with Josh. Maggie was so brave, and wanted to go on the tube, but ONLY with her Aunt Mimi!! Again, I hated every minute of it!

Today is a big day for my dad and Noma. They are exchanging their vows tonight, and come 7pm they will officially be married. Again, it is amazing how much has changed in such a short time. I am glad they are happy, and I wish them the best!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Here she is!

Ok, here it is, the new addition to the Quincy family. We are so excited!!


Adam, Summer and Noah came over to check it out. Ok, they came Outside to check it out..... Noah found his spot right away. Madison had to help each time though, just he just isn't big enough yet to take the cushions off.

Here is Josh. In the "New Boat Daze"

Troy's Kids. I think they liked it the best!


Josh bought a life jacket that fit Eli perfect. So, he told us all that this was his life jacket, but that he had to keep it in the boat. Don't worry, he took that tag/booklet off and told his mom to keep it safe for him. That had all he needed to know to go in the boat. It was darling.

We are so excited for our new toy, but I have come to find out that with a new toy such as this, comes more and more new toys.....surfboards, life jackets, ski boots, travel cover, etc...and with all these comes more spending $$$$! :)


Monday, July 13, 2009

Burley, Idaho and a lot of miscommunication

So, we didn't get the boat, not yet anyway... Some things still have to be worked out, and with the weekend, it really screwed things up. But alas, we still had a great time.

We got to spend some time with Ang and her wonderful family, in their beautiful home. It is so fun to spend time with good old friends, and be able to catch up. I love that she has horses, and LAND, and even a half a cow. Here is a conversation we had. Proves things are a little different in Burley/Declo/Sprinville, or where ever it is you live. :)

Meg: Where's Nate?

Ang: Out moving the Handlines

Meg: Oh, where are THEY moving to?

Ang: You don't know what those are, do you?

Meg: Oh, guess not. I thought they were your neighbors.

Ang: No Meg, they are sprinklers.

Nate was out rocking the rubber boots and moving the sprinklers in their "pasture", and loving every minute of it. I am so glad Ang and Nate are so happy. They are such wonderful people. Thanks again for letting us crash on your air mattress for the night. :)

We did finally get to drive the boat, and we loved every single thing about it. Hopefully sometime this week we will have a new addition.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

6 WHOLE months


That's HALF a year, my friends.


6 months ago today, Josh and I were married. I always promised myself I wouldn't be one of those "obsessed with being married types", but come on, 6 months!


Amid the trails that Josh and I have had to face over the last 6 months, we have continued to stay married, and actually still love each other. Probably even more than the day we got married, believe it or not.


Things I have gotten used to since being married:


  • Laundry, laundry and MORE laundry
  • Cooking. I didn't know I had so much culinary talent....neither did Josh, and if he did, he probably wouldn't have married me!
  • Sleeping with someone in your bed, and someone who you can kick in the middle of the night
  • Always having someone to come home to, or being someones someone to come home to ( I like this one)
  • Ice Cream before bed, but not alone
  • Shopping at Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target, all with gift cards - in fact, I think we STILL have some
  • Grocery shopping....ick!
  • Having someones shoulder to cry on. Even if he doesn't know why
  • AWESOME in-laws!
I am really thankful to be married to Josh. I love him so much, and am so grateful for him, and the things he does for me. I can't imagine my life without him.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Roughin' It

I'm off to Girls Camp this week....

I am actually really excited! We have great girls, and they are all a lot of fun!

I am sure I will return with a few mosquito bites, and lots of fun stories and pictures.

In fact, getting ready to go has made me think of my years at Girls Camp. I don't think there is one bad memory from camp. We always had SO much fun.

My favorite story though, has to do with my mom. She was in the Stake YW when I was about 16. She was going around visiting each wards Testimony meeting, so she came to ours last. She came and sat down in a lawn chair while the spirit was so strong. Just as she sat down, her chair folded up, with her in it, and boy did she scream!

At that moment, I was so happy that she was my mom. She always had such a great spirit with her, regardless if she was listening to our testimonies, or rolling down the hill in a lawn chair.

I hope that this year at Girls Camp I can be as good of leader, as my mom was. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My head hurts

I have a headache. That has lasted for 3 days! What is the deal?

Maybe it is swine flu, or maybe it's just because I am Vitamin D deficient because all this blasted rain.

Either way, I am heading home to load up on the Advil, and try to talk my husband out of buying a new boat.

I guess if it keeps raining, an extra boat laying around won't be such a bad idea....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Another milestone down

A year ago yesterday, I found out my life was going to dramatically change.

I don't have the words to express, but Keli does. I am so thankful for my sisters and brother.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

EscarGO!

I have snails.

I HATE snails. I would like to know a snails purpose in life, beside making mine a living Hell.

They are slimy, basically homeless, leave a trail where ever they go, and not the good kind like Hansel and Gretel, and they eat my plants. My peas are destroyed, and my Dahlia's are next on their list.

A few have taken flight over the fence into the College boy's yard, one went for a ride on Carl's windshield, three have found their untimely deaths by table salt, and a couple have had the pleasure of seeing the bottom of my shoe.

I can't believe people actually eat these things. I want to eat one, just to feel it's bones crush through my teeth.

*ok, really I am lying, I don't want to eat one, and do nails actually have bones???

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thank goodness my husband can fix things


Our toilet is broken. It wasn't because of either of us. I swear.

The pump thingy (yes, this is a technical term) broke, so after you flush, the tank won't fill up with water. So, this is what we have had to use:


It takes about six refills to finally fill the thing up.




Monday, June 1, 2009

Estes Park, CO



What a spectacular place! Honestly, the scenery was completely breathtaking!


We had such a fun time at the Quincy Family Reunion. We packed in about as much as possible in the 4 days we were there. Lots of playing with Sophie and Tessa, lots of catching up and chatting, lots of EATING, of course, and lots and lots of fun!

We hiked, kayaked, went sightseeing in Rocky Mountain National Park, swam, ate, bbq-ed, napped, mini golfed, go-karted, and even threw in a little shopping, without the boys, of course.




Thanks to Sophie (and possibly James) there was no sleeping in to be had, so our days started off early, and ended early because of complete exhaustion.

We took LOTS of pictures, well, Jessica took lots of pictures, and we even got a few family pictures in without TOO much complaining. I even got a photo of Josh and I that is NOT from our wedding!


We sadly said goodbye, especially to our Houston-ites who we won't see until they have their bundles of Joy in the winter. Others we should see before then, and some we will see very shortly. Anyhow, I can't wait to see you all again! Thanks for such a wonderful time!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The new Do' and "Memories Flooding Remembering"

Memorial Day was so nice! It was such a fun weekend. I don't think Josh I spent more than 5 minutes at our apartment all weekend! When we FINALLY got home last night, we crashed. We were exhausted!


Since I LOVE LOVE LOVE bullets, so here goes nothing:
  • Got to spend most of the day Saturday with my sister Jill and the kids. This always makes for a great day!

  • Kelli's yummy Homemade pizza Saturday night. Mmmmm....Feta and Artichokes

  • Terminator! Friday night. Josh owes me for that one. One chick flick please.

  • Bday party for Olivia, Carter, Jill, Noma and some leftovers for Gabe and Eli. LOTS of FOOD and cake-including Kelli's salad I so love!

  • Lasagna at the Quincy's, Josh's fav

  • Bike ride Monday morning, after some coaxing, and got my butt handed to me....man, I am out of shape!

  • Jello, of course! Would a weekend be complete without my Pretzel Jello Salad? I don't think so.... It was a hit, by the way.

  • Got a haircut. 5 inches long gone, but I Love it!

  • Some chilly waterskiing and BIG waves Monday afternoon

  • A GREAT Memorial day with lots of family and friends. I love this day. I love that the kick off to summer is spent remembering those who have passed on, and spending time with those you love. I missed my mom so much yesterday, but it was ok. I knew she was with us, and I knew she was proud of us all, with the exception of the Chicagohans, making to the cemetery, almost on time.
  • Late to cemetery because of slight clothing mishap. I forgot my bra. I know, I know, for us small chested gals it ain't so bad. Good thing my shirt was baggy.


Here is a photo of the new do'


One Memorial Day behind us. That was another one of those "firsts" I was really worried about. It was nice to know that I have the support of so many loved ones. I have always taken my extended family for granted, until now. I appreciate them all so much!

Now, it is time for Josh and me to pack our bags for some more family togetherness, this time, we get to spend the next 5 days in Estes Park, CO with the Quincy family! I am so excited!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mother's Day

I know I am a week late, but I wanted to post the pictures from Mother's Day.

It was a hard day, but it was a good day.

We went to the cemetary and planted some of her favorite flowers. She would always tell me not to plant flowers until after Mother's day, so, that is just what we did.



Jill sent some beautiful flowers

The day was actually a good day. We got to spend a lot of time with lots of people who are like moms to me. Love you all!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Quote for Life

"Life is like riding a bicycle
To keep your balance, you have to keep moving"
-Albert Einstein

Friday, May 8, 2009

I would rather it be Valentines Day again...

I am completely and utterly dreading Sunday.

I wish I could just embrace it, but I can't.

I miss her so much, that every time I even think about a Mother's Day without a mom, tears come to my eyes. I still can't believe last year at this time, we were all healthy and happy and not mom-less.

I know the rest of my siblings feel the same way. I miss you all, and wish more than anything I could give you lots of hugs and shed lots of tears together.

To make matters worse, I have to teach YW Sunday. I'm sure I will be a blubbering mess the whole time, but I know my wonderful girls will understand.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Search is finally over

You are going to love this.

Josh is soon to be the proud new owner of a 2002 Ford F150, King Ranch Edition, equipped with cowhide leather seats, and bullet holes.

Yes, I said cowhide leather seats.


The Seats. That's Gen-u-ine Leather!

Friday, April 24, 2009

I totally married up

I am so proud of my husband. Who is such a smarty pants.

Can I just brag for a moment?

Josh is the most educated person I know. Not only does he have a Bachelors Degree in Bio-Medical Engineering, but he is ALMOST finished with his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Funny that he married a girl with no more than a high school diploma, and a couple years of "college" at Dixie State. He is so helping our kids with their homework.

So, after all this schooling, it has finally paid off. Josh was offered a position at Hill Air Force Base, and he has accepted it. He starts May 11, just in time to get done with finals. It is a part time position for now, until he graduates at the end of the year.

In the meantime, he will still be part time in the lab at the U, and writing a thesis, AND let's not forget, water skiing as much as humanly possible.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fun Family Times

We went to Las Vegas this weekend, and had a great time! Keli came into town Friday, and we got to spend the whole weekend with her. It was so fun!



Josh and I headed down Friday night, to make it just in time to play with Gracie before she went to bed.

Saturday it as Brighton's wedding, and it was beautiful. We got to go to the Las Vegas Temple, which ended up being quite the drive. Thank goodness for the McDonalds on the way home.


Sunday rolled around, and we had to head home.


Here are some puctures from the chaos











Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Old Faithful

I woke up Saturday with purpose. Josh and I were out of underwear, the bathroom was growing who knows what, and the dishes were overflowing. Wow, I sound like a terrible housekeeper.... Hey, give me a break. This house work stuff is new to me. I grew up with a housekeeper and a mom who loved dishes!

As I was putting laundry in the washer, I realize we have stalactites hanging from the shelf in the closet, that have dripped forming stalactites on one of my dresses, and puddling on the floor. Awesome. Old Man Carl's Laundry Detergent is a little old, don't you think? The bottom had burst open and leaked everywhere!

So, I get to work, and have to basically hose down the place. Once everything is cleaned up, and if you have ever cleaned up a half a bottle of laundry detergent, you know it gets soapy, and very very very very bubbly. So, I throw the stuff covered in detergent in the laundry, and head to clean the bathroom. While scrubbing the sink, I can hear the washer draining, and some "glub glub glub" sounds. Uh Oh. Next thing I know, there is water shooting out of the toilet, and water bubbling (LOTS of bubbles, which I attribute to the soapiness of the laundry) up from the drain in the shower! AH! I have a geyser!

Turns out, we have a blockage. DUH. Great. So, Wednesday night at 9:30PM, the rooter man shows up with his snake thingy, and gets down and dirty. This made Old Man Carl's day, or night, whatever. He hasn't this much action in years. He even got the energy to make it down the stairs to check it out. Bless his heart. No, really.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I may possibly be killed for posting this

Seriously, I might.

This is Josh Hula Hooping on Wii Fit.

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He is right, I can't do it to save my life.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

DWTS

Did anyone out there watch Dancing with the Stars? If you did, give me the scoop. Who got the boot?

I love this show. So much. Why? I have no idea.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ok, Ok!

I got the third degree from Keli the other day on the fact that I still have a blog. Oh yeah, I guess I do.

Things are going well for the Quinski's, except we haven't been doing nearly enough water skiing. In fact, Josh traded in the wetsuit for a snow suit and is out enjoying the fresh 100 inches of snow that have fallen in the last 4 days. I am actually not exaggerating this time. I heard it on the news....

I haven't been riding as much as I would like either (hence the weather, and an enormous amount of laziness) but I am trying to get motivated. Troy tried talking me into the 1000 Warriors, but that isn't motivation, for me, that is a death sentence!

Our little apartment is coming together. We are still constantly trying to get rid of the lingering smoke/old man/basement smell, and I have even come across a few spiders. Yep, still a chicken for our eight-legged friends. Thank goodness for a husband who thinks I am ridiculous. :)

These last couple days have been extremely trying for me. I found out some news Tuesday, and it affected me more than I thought it would. I thought I was prepared for this, but come to find out, I wasn't. I have been feeling especially lonely lately (no, this isn't a pity party for Meg) and it just seemed to all happen at once. I thought last night, as I was down in Riverton visiting my mom's new headstone, which is beautiful, that I know that I could stop in to numerous different neighbors and friends houses, and they would just let me cry. Thank you all for that. One of these days I may show up on your doorstep. Lucky you.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are all meeting in Vegas in April for a very special cousins wedding, and I can't wait to be all together again. These are the moments that I cherish most.

Speaking of this very special cousin, I still haven't received a wedding invite, so maybe I will not be attending the wedding.... Guess we will see! :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

My new toy...


I love it. It is so fun, and it really is a workout, well, for those of us who are out of shape it is a workout. We were up until the wee hours in the morning Sunday morning, and my body is still in pain today! Or that could be from the first ride OUTSIDE of the season, in, um, like, 6 MONTHS!!

So, my fitness goal is set, and home I go to get in my electronic workout. :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Waterskiing, in MARCH!

This is me, in all my glory, and 3, yes three wetsuits....






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Josh, Dave and I celebrated the beginning of Spring Break by going down to St. George to get the boat out for the first ski of the season. Even with the water only being 50 degrees, and your feet going numb, the skiing was pretty great!

Friday, March 13, 2009

"A" for Effort

So, when I bought the wagon back in September, Josh and I had the discussion of taking the car to the dealer to get serviced, or having him do it. He was adamant about changing the oil himself, and because I am such a wonderful supporting wife (yeah, right) I let him win this battle. Little did I know, I would soon be the one winning the battle.

This was our conversation Wednesday night after Josh had changed the oil Friday before we drove the 800 miles to and from Las Vegas:

Meg: Hey, can you go check the car. It seems to be shifting funny.

Josh: Sure, I think I need to drain some oil, because I think there is too much in it.

Meg: (20 Minutes later) So, whats wrong with the car?

Josh: (While surfing the web, and biting his lip) Um, I think I might have drained the Transmission Fluid instead of the Oil....

Meg: YOU DID WHAT??? (I won't go into much detail here on what was said, mostly because my mother in law reads my blog :) )

No, to Josh's defense, they do look a lot alike. When I took it to the dealership (Dan) to fix it, he was gracious in letting me know that Jiffy Lube does it all the time. Thankfully, the car didn't sustain any damage, and was just a few $$$ short of Transmission fluid and a few $$$ full of Oil. So, this is one of those "I told you so" moments, but of course, being the wonderful supportive wife I am, I let this one slide.

(Don't read if you gag easily)
I do have to take a moment though to defend my darling husband. I am so thankful to have a husband who is such a handy man. Whenever something breaks, or the fluorescent lights in the bedroom go out, or when the door jamb gets stuck, or the moulding is missing and letting Old Man Carl's cigarette smoke leak in, or hang our new TV, and MANY MANY picture frames, and even change the oil in the car, he is ever so willing to help me. I couldn't ask for anyone better! I love him so much, and being married to him has made my life in balance again. I couldn't make it through a day without him. He listens to me complain (A LOT) and listens to me cry, and vent, and makes me laugh (A LOT) and always makes me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. I hope that I can do for him what he does for me. Except the beautiful woman part, that would just be weird.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Whew!

What a weekend! I'm sad that it is over however. I cooked, cleaned, washed, bathed, dressed, changed, taxied, biked, and had a blast doing it all!


I was lucky to spend the weekend watching Jill's kids while her and Aaron lounge in the sun and sand of the Caribbean. Suckers. I hate them right now as I am sitting in my Basement apartment watching the snow pile higher and higher. It's March!!

Thursday night I flew down in just enough time for Jill to pick me up, pack some things, say goodbye to the kids, put them to bed, and head back to the airport. I slept all night thinking the baby monitor was going to go off at any moment. Lucky for Gracie, it didn't. Up bright and early to get the kids off to school, with time to spare I might add. Gracie and I had a blast. I love this little girl SO much! I miss my nieces and nephews so much, and this just reminded me.

Friday night Josh made it, after the longest drive of his life, he says. I think it was just because he drove straight through, like with no stops, which means he can hold it FOREVER! He says it was because he wanted to see how good of gas mileage the car could get, but I know it was because he missed me. :)


Saturday we took Gracie and Mckinley bowling, and I laughed so hard! Gracie loved every second of it, even when it wasn't her turn or her lane.... She thought it was great. McKinley kicked our butts in bowling. She even had a strike, and she was bowling between her legs!




By the time we left, I think Gracie and I were best of friends. She learned to say my name, until I got there, and didn't remember it until I gave her to Lani, and she cried and screamed my name. Talk about completely hard to resist! I cried all the way home.
I think everyone thought this would be good birth control for Josh and me. Unfortunately it was the exact opposite for me. I can't wait to have a little Gracie of my own, however, I am sure she won't look anything like this....

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lesson #9

Ok, I am warning you. Don't read this unless you are in a place where you can cry your eyes out, because that is what I just did. I am trying to plan my lesson for YW this Sunday, which is on Honoring your Parents, and I happened across this article. The author is unknown, but whoever they are, I thank them. This touched my heart.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked.

God answered her "Yes, this way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of it, but the end will be better than the beginning.

The young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and reminded them to feed the dog and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone on them and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the nights came, and the storms and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children, "a little patience and we are there."

So the children climbed and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.

Year after year she showed them compassion, understanding, and hopes, but most of all...unconditional love.

And when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you."

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children."

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her their strength, just as she had given them hers. One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.

And Mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children after them."

And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates."

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her.

And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother is more than a memory. She is a living presence. Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winters day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is your birthday morning. Your Mother lives inside your laughter and she's crystallized in every tear drop.

A mother shows every emotion...happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrows - all the while hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space, not even death!

Monday, February 23, 2009

I am one tired Wife!

So I fall asleep on the couch, like, every night. Josh and I will settle in to watch a movie, or a little Arrest Development, and I am out like a light bulb, or in our case, two fluorescent lights.

This is fine, except I HATE to wake up. I hate to have to wake up for almost anything, even my husband apparently, because this is the text message I received last night while Josh was tucked away in bed reading his book:

"Come to bed please, I love you"

He thought this would wake me up. It didn't.

Friday, February 13, 2009

It's got to be Mom...

So, I had a little breakdown last Sunday. I have been having some serious "feel sorry for myself" days lately...

So, when I had my little breakdown, I went up to her room and just cried. "I need something that is hers, just to have it, to feel what is left of her on it". So, what did mom have more than anything else??? LOTION!

I grab a HUGE bottle of Avon pink lotion, which she put on her feet every night before she went to bed. I love that smell.

Sunday night, as Josh and I were getting ready for bed, the lotion sat closed (with a push and turn lid, I might add) on my nightstand. We laughed and laughed about a friend who's husband accidental wet the bed right after they got married and peed all over her. I was laughing so hard, I almost peed the bed right then.

5:30am rolls around, and I feel something cold on my back. I roll over to feel something wet on the sheets. So, what is my first thought? "Josh or I have wet the bed!" To my surprise it is a little sticky, and smells quite nice... At that moment I feel the half empty bottle...

Somehow, I had opened that HUGE bottle of Mom lotion in the middle of the night, and slept with it open. The sheets were so saturated with lotion, that there was a 6 inch puddle.

When I told Keli what had happened, her answer was "It's got to be Mom, you lucky". I'm going with that. She visited me, and left a little something behind for me to remember. I love you mom, come visit me anytime, I miss you so much!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Welcome!

Welcome to our new blog! We are the Quincy family, and we love to waterski. Hence the name. Aren't I clever?? This is about as far as my creativity takes me....

Stay tuned!