Sunday, November 2, 2008

We love holidays! We have had so much fun decorating our house for Halloween this year and can't believe how fast October came and went! If we are lucky Christmas will sneak up on us just as fast! (We can only hope!) October for us Whatcott's was such a crazy month with Todd's brother Cody leaving on his mission to Omaha, Nebraska. We are so proud of him and are so excited to hear about his experiences over the next two years. He is going to be such a great missionary and is such a great example to us. We sure will miss him!

Of course Halloween isn't complete without some awesome pumpkin carving! Every year I think it can only get easier because you know exactly what to expect and what you want to do, but as always I choose one that is way to hard for my talent. My pumpkin of course is the one with the Disney castle carved into it! As I set to work on my carving Todd made it look pretty effortless as he carved the coolest Jack Skellington pumpkin from Nightmare Before Christmas! He just free hand drew it with a sharpie and it turned out perfect! Then he got the opportunity to set to work on our other two pumpkins because I still hadn't finished mine because I didn't anticipate it being so thick and I really had to work at it. (Excuses I know, really it was just because Todd is the best pumpkin carver there ever was!) This is at the end of the night with all of our sweet jack-o-lanterns!

Monday, October 20, 2008

This years hunts came to an end when Todd's grandpa LaGrand got his moose. They scouted for weeks to find the biggest and best and eventually decided on the one he wanted. He is huge! I can't even imagine hauling him down the mountain. I could barely even walk in the mountains let alone carry hundreds of pounds of moose with me! They had a great time and sure are sad it is over. Although I am glad that they have a great time hunting together and I wouldn't discourage it ever, I am sure glad to have my husband home again. My weekends were tending to be a bit on the lonely side. Gus missed him too of course!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

We love fall! The leaves are changing and the canyon is beautiful! Todd of course is loving the small amount of spare time between work and school that he gets to fill with sports and hunting. It feels like he has been gone every weekend since the hunts started and I know there are many more ahead! I decided to go up with him a couple nights this week and even though I am not the quietest walker, Todd was so nice to let me stumble along behind him. I am pretty sure that I was more of a bother than a help, but it was fun to go relax and try to help him look for his deer. I still can't believe that it is already October! I am so excited to put up our Halloween decorations and I just can't wait to carve pumpkins!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Alaska 2008

Well time certainly has been flying by! I can't believe that it is September already! We had a great August, getting to spend the first half of the month in Alaska fishing and relaxing before Todd had to start back to school. We had such a great time up there that it got really hard to leave. We put out the skate a few times and ended up bringing up more Halibut (even a 90 pounder) than last year, and although the silver salmon weren't quite in, it didn't discourage us from going out and fishing to our hearts content! We even got to experience something new by learning how to catch shrimp. They were ugly little buggers but they were so delicious, as much as I thought I loved shrimp before I can't even tell you how much I love it now. Unfortunately I know I will not be able to have it that good for at least another year! We also got to put out crab pots, and it was truly a miniature version of Deadliest Catch. I even decided to be brave enough to pick one up, it didn't last long so it was a good thing we all had our cameras handy. We didn't see as many bears this year but plenty of eagles, and there were so many whales it was amazing. Todd and I had quite a close encounter with a hump back whale that jumped all the way out of the water, head to tail, not too far away from the 12 foot aluminum boat we were trolling in! It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my entire life. As always the sunset was amazing every night and one night the fog came in and only made it all the more beautiful. We had such a wonderful time and are so grateful to have the opportunities we have had this past year to create such great memories with each other and are excited for many more! You can click here to check out ALL of our pictures.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

July 23, 2008

Just a little update on what we have been up to the last couple of weeks: In June we went to the Strawberry Days parade and Todd threw me such a wonderful birthday party barbecue which was followed by the rodeo, how could we resist the strawberries and cream?
Then in July we had a great Fourth with a parade, a barbecue and the PG fireworks that we got to watch from Todd's parents backyard since the city moved where they launched them from the high school to the junior high. We also got to watch Todd, Cody and Ryan light a bunch in the street. Gus did so good watching the big ones in the sky and really was quite amused, but when it came to the ones that were close up and screeching he wasn't exactly brave and had to go inside.
The next day we went to the Bees game and got to watch the fireworks from the outfield and it was so great! It was crazy being so close to them that by the end we were all covered in small pieces of burned fireworks that fell from the sky. My other favorite part was the outfield was like soft carpet and was so neat, one day I wish my grass could be like it.
Other than that things are going the same as usual, but I did want to add a small note about our funny little dog. Since it is summer and I feel that he gets too hot in his kennel (which he does like to be in) I decided to get him a new bed that would let him be more comfortable. He seems to like it a lot, long as it can sit on the end of our bed that is! Also he really really loves to hang his head out the window and lean into the wind. It's funny cause it makes his face look super skinny and he usually ends up sneezing a few times. He thinks he is pretty brave because I am usually holding onto him, so I guess we will have to show him that if he leans to far he might fall!
Oh and I decided that it just wasn't fair of me to hog all of the blogging, so I am going to let my dear husband add a few of his own thoughts:

hmm hog all the blogging huh, all two of them so far. haha anyways fourth of July was great we have had a fun summer so far and we are getting excited to go to Alaska. I love it up there. It is nice to be away from everything and just go fishing. I am also excited about the hunts this year. I am hunting archery elk and muzzle loader deer. My Grandpa Whatcott drew out for a moose tag also so we are scouting for that. Rose talked a lot about Gus, I never thought I would have an inside dog. I always thought that was dumb of those people who took their dogs everywhere and treat them like they are a kid or something. But I kinda like him. He acts tough but he is a wuss. My favorite is when he gets wet he goes crazy and runs around and jumps and barks and spins around trying to play with me. Its pretty funny.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rose and Todd

Our story started back in the fifth grade, but our adventure is only just beginning. Todd got home from his mission (Houston South) in December of 2006 and I ended up at his homecoming in January. A phone call later and a promise of hot chocolate we ended up going ice skating. After that night of guitar hero and realizing that I was falling for his charm and his sweet guitar moves, we became inseparable. We got engaged in our fifth grade classroom on March 28th and exactly four months later on July 28th we were sealed together for all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Everything went perfect and it could not have been more beautiful. The next day we flew to sunny Puerto Vallarta and had a wonderful time at our beach side condo with a private bay to snorkel, canopy tours in the jungle (where Predator was filmed), and humid humid weather! Despite all our efforts to make sure not to drink the water, Todd must have swallowed some while in the shower or maybe through eating the ice because besides feeling awful on the last day in Mexico, he also got to spend some quality time in the airplane bathroom the whole way home.

Once we arrived home from Mexico, we ended up in the emergency room that night for a few hours. After picking up a few prescriptions at Wal-greens on the way home we emptied the swimming suits and shorts from our suitcase and traded it for jeans and long sleeves and headed to bed for about two hours. We then got to spend the whole day traveling by plane and ferry to visit Grandma and Grandpa Richards in Alaska. At this point Todd was still pretty sick. Despite the two days or so of difficulties, we consider ourselves extremely lucky to spend 10 days fishing for salmon and halibut and watching for bears while enjoying one of the most amazing places in the entire world.

Since then we have come back to reality and have just been getting our fun life together with six months in an apartment in Provo and the recent move to P.G. Time has flown by as Todd has been working full time for a company in Springville called Trivani as a Media-Specialist while going to school full time in graphic design. I have been working doing medical transcription and keeping things together at home. We had an addition to our family at Christmas and he is the funniest little ball of fur named Gus Rupert Whatcott. He is a malti-poo and he makes us laugh...most the time.

So I guess that is us, the Whatcott's, and we couldn't be happier.