Pumpkin Party

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I am now officially onboard! (This is Shelli.) After many months of not joining the blogging community, I am now a part. For those of you who have been wanting to hear from me, you have finally had your moment! Hold on to it, cherish it, because this may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Despite being our respective ages of 25 and 22, Kelly and I never cease to find the childish nature inside of ourselves. We had our own little festive pumpkin party tonight, filled with pumpkin carving and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. (Sorry AD & T-Rav, we couldn't "find" the recipe to your famous pumpkin, noodley, corn, cheese, mush stuff.....we were heartbroken.) But nevertheless, we did have a fun and festive time carving away at our own happy little faces. Kelly designed his face perfectly, crafting away at the tiny details, while I chiseled away....pumpkin chunks flying everywhere! As we set them aglow they made us laugh, and reminded us of how important it is to be a kid!

breath of fresh air

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ever have those days, where its just not right to be inside. I had this feeling last night. I got off work and wanted to be anywhere but home (Shelli isn't home until about 8:30 pm, so thats probably why). Some days its just too beautiful outside to be inside, others, you just need fresh air no matter what the weather is like.

Yesterday, I was off work, home and out the door again before that door shut behind me. No more claustrophobic apartment. Just the grandeur of God's creation, once I left the busy traffic behind anyways. I wound up a couple miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, just for fun. I hiked around for a while and snapped off some photos. It will never cease to amaze me the things God will use, at random, to refresh my soul. I just needed something alive and fresh, something majestic to breathe life into me. This helped. A lot. I enjoy the outdoors, I grew up in Moab for Pete's sake, but I do not enjoy it nearly as much as many I know. Many thrive in it. But for me, it is the occasional breath of fresh air I need.

I will leave you with some photos and a question: Whats your breath of fresh air?

4 states, 4 days

Monday, October 15, 2007

...and we're back. Since late night departure Wednesday we have been on the road. 1,600 + miles, over 27 hours, 12 Snapples, and two bags of sunflower seeds later and we are home. Its good in many ways, saddening in others. I enjoy the open road. I do not enjoy the constant sitting and uncomfortableness of prolonged travel. A couple hours in a car, and next time we stop for gas I turn into Rice Crispies. I enjoy the feel of my own bed after a long vacation from it. I sleep sooo much better at home.

Wednesday night we stopped in Las Vegas to visit briefly with my Aunt and Uncle who live there. They have a gorgeous home and they are so wonderful to spend time with. They have incredible wisdom to share and are a ton of fun.

Early Thursday it was off to Azusa, California to visit Azusa Pacific University. We arrived toured the campus briefly and stopped in to meet with the Nursing school advising staff. Shelli made friends at the bookstore, we toured some art galleries and called it a day. Azusa has a beautiful campus nestled up near the foothills of the "mountains" just northeast of Los Angeles. We found our hotel and enjoyed a quiet lazy night of pizza and hot tubs before bed. Tomorrow... San Diego.

San Diego was a blast as well. After taking a leisurely drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, enjoying the scenery and Oceanside beach along the way, we had to backtrack our way to our hotel. Quick change clothes and out the door to downtown San Diego for David Crowder live at the House of Blues. Incredible. We enjoyed dinner (Well, at least I did, there was not much on the menu for Shelli unfortunately, but we figured it out) at the House of Blues, which got us early entry into the show. We spent the entire night soaking up the sweat and spit of the musicians. Good times. It was amazing to see a band like the David Crowder Band live. I noticed of the six guys on stage only two didn't play three or more instruments during the show. Throughout the duration of the set we saw guitars, drums, bass, keyboards (3), the keytar, cello, electric violin, various sound effect devices, banjo, and (my personal favorite) a... get this... modified guitar hero guitar. I can't write the words to explain this, you'll have to ask. Following the show it was quickly back to the hotel and into bed. We were asleep in less than seconds.

Saturday was back to Vegas, we left midday and got in around three. We spent the evening with my Aunt and Uncle out at an Italian Grill restaurant called Carrabbas. Pretty tasty. Then we headed back to my Aunt and Uncles before taking off down to the Strip for a comedy show at Harrah's. OK, not great, but still fun. Back to the house, off to bed.

We enjoyed a lazy Sunday morning at my Aunt and Uncle's. Shelli woke up, moved from the bed to the couch, slept, woke up, moved from the couch to the truck, and slept as we drove home. We got out at about 3pm, and would've been home around 8-9ish if not for the 2 hour delay in the Virgin River gorge in Arizona. There is a fifteen minute (30 min. both ways) stretch of road through Arizona on this entire trip and we spent a total of three hours on it. Not funny.

Now we are home, back at work, and thats the story.

long nights

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

So this weekend its off to California, fun in the sun and ocean sunsets. Shelli is looking at Azusa Pacific University and the possibilities of a Masters in Nursing, so we're going to check it out. We'll have the chance to stay with my aunt and uncle in Las Vegas on the way there and the way back, and then we'll visit both Los Angeles and San Diego Campuses while we are out there. It will be a great opportunity to just get away as well and have some time together. Life tends to get so busy sometimes its hard to find the time you need for everything.

I find great joy in completing projects I have had on the table for a long time. Things that I work on in my spare time, but just never seem to be able to finish. Usually because they are time consuming projects, and time is a scarce commodity in my world. Well, last night was one of those nights. I revamped my portfolio online and changed up my website so its a little flashier now, and showcases more work. I am excited to have this pretty much complete, and I know Shelli is thrilled since I have been up 'til about 1-2am every night, and working on it straight through after I get home from work. Now she can have her husband back! She is not the only one excited about that, but I appreciate her patience and love enduring me through this project, she has been wonderful!!

So without further adieu check out the new site at http://www.keldesignonline.com and we'll check ya'll when we get back...