Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seals of a different Kind

Today was no ordinary day at work. Instead of being at the Olympic Training Center out on the field hockey pitch, I spent the day with the team at the Navy Amphibious base on Coronado getting a small glimpse of what the guys go through as they try to become a Navy SEAL. This was actually our (when I say our i really mean their second trip...I got to stand and watch instead of being abused thank goodness) second trip and workout with the SEALs. I have to hand it to the girls, they did amazing and showed so much toughness and perseverance. They got "wet & sandy" about 20 times, carried boats on their heads, ran down the beach carrying boats, ran back down the beach with 40lb rucksacks on and did countless situps and pushups. We only had a few injury casualties but nothing unmanageable. Everyone finished exhausted but with a smile on their face. (Probably because they were so excited it was over)

Hats off to the USA Women's Field Hockey team!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Whale of a good time!

So, have I mentioned how much I love groupon? Well I do! Last month I found a 2 for 1 ticket deal for a Whale watching tour in San Diego. I jumped on the opportunity thinking it would be a great thing for Danny and I to do before things got super busy for me again at work. We had such a fun day, saw a few whales breach and even got to talk with the Padres catcher Nick Hundley! So glad we went!

Beautiful San Diego Scenery

If you strain hard enough you can see the whale blowing water out

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Evolution of the Shave

Over the past 4 or so months Danny has being growing this heinous beard. It wasn’t a dare, he didn’t lose a bet, and he openly admits that he didn’t like it that much. So why did he grow it you ask? I think at first he thought it was fun, and that maybe he would gain a little more credibility in the survival world but I’m pretty sure he continued to grow it for 4 months because he knew how gross I thought it was. He likes to do things he thinks are funny just to annoy me.
For Christmas I dropped him a hint by giving him a gift card to “Urban Shave”, a barber shop, for a hot shave and a haircut. He decided not to use it on his initial shave because he wanted to have a little fun along in the process. He called it fun, I called it a little scary with him turning from a mountain/homeless man to a my great uncle Jerry, to a biker, to a convict, to an old western man, to a 1970’s baseball pitcher with some sick thing on his neck and finally back to the man I married.
He truly is a new man. A woman that we see every week in church asked him if he was new or visiting. I guess we know what to do if we ever need to hide out.

Here’s to a smooth face and not getting a mouth full of hair in a kiss!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I can't believe that Christmas has already come and gone!
We had such a great time gearing up and preparing for everyone to come. It was our first Christmas together as a married couple, and although our 2 bedroom apartment is small we were able to cram 8 people in for Christmas day festivities.

Mom and Dad Young came out a few days before Christmas and we were able to bring them to some of our favorite places around San Diego.

22 December 2010- They arrived on one of the last days of the torrential rain storm that we were having and were able to witness the San Diego river flowing over one of our frequently travelled roads. There was a break in the rain so we decided to go up to Julian to take a stroll around the town and show them the ropes in apple pie and dumpling eating. Our trip was cut a bit short with the return of the rain and even some hail when we were up there, but we still had fun. Danny even found a sweet hat that he's been looking all over for!

23 December 2010- The rain finally stopped for good and we enjoyed some delicious sushi and a relaxing walk through Balboa Park. All Mom and Dad had ever seen of Balboa Park was in our wedding photos, so we decided to show them the park first hand. We even recreated a few of our original wedding photos...with a little twist.

That night Danny took off for the Pointsettia Bowl with a few friends and Mom, Dad, and I grabbed a few last minute gifts.

Christmas Eve!- Since San Diego has so many beautiful places to see we decided to get up and spend part of the day at Cabrillo National Monument. It's one of our favorite places because the views are incredible, and there are cool trails to walk.

After Cabrillo, we picked up the last few things we needed for our Christmas cooking and baking, and it was off to the races. I ended up preparing the Eggs Portugal and Baked French Toast Casserole, the day before so I could just throw them in the oven in the morning and I also made the Pumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Roll the night before. I had never made a Pumpkin Pie before and I think I need to practice a bit more before next year.

Mom and Dad Carpenter arrived that evening and we all thought it would be cool to attend a Catholic Midnight Mass, so off we went to the Mission San Diego with both sets of parents and Julie. It was a different experience than we were used to but nonetheless, it was a good one. There was good Christmas music and many friendly people.

Christmas morning we woke up with excitement and saw that Santa had been there! There were tons of gifts and we were anxious for the Carpenters to arrived so we could begin the festivities. We started with the reading of our last Advent message which happened to be Luke 2. We grabbed a bite to eat of the yummy eggs portugal and baked french toast casserole, and began the gift opening. Everyone was very generous, and we were very blessed to get some cool things.

We also had a good time preparing for Christmas Dinner. Everyone chipped in, but this was the first Christmas Dinner that we have hosted in our home so it was a fun one for us. We had Ham, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, green bean casserole, rolls, and cottage cheese fruit salad. For dessert we had Apple pie from Julian, Pumpkin Pie that I butchered, and Pumpkin roll that I very much enjoyed.
Along with our Parents and Julie, we were able to have out neighbor and friend Susan join us for the feast.

Before the night was over, we had fun talking to family all over the country including Mark who is on his Mission in Pittsburgh PA, and we topped the night off with the movie, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". We actually played "The Newlywed Game" with Mom and Dad Young, Julie and Mike for the late night show and Danny and I claimed a commanding spot in last place. We are now contemplating couples counseling. haha

The day was a great success and we feel so blessed to have such great families to spend time with during the Christmas season. We are so glad that we have a special day to celebrate the birth of the Savior, and we are trying to keep the Spirit of Christmas with us as well as in our home year round.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Trimming the Tree!

 Usually in the past, I've tried to get a tree the day after Thanksgiving. It's been a fun tradition for me and it helps me to get excited and feel the spirit of Christmas. This year the fact that we were in Kentucky for Thanksgiving and didn't get home until Dec 1st put a small wrench in my usual plans of getting a tree the day after Thanksgiving. Although we weren't able to get our own tree, my itch to get one up as well as some other decorations, was satisfied as we were able to help Christy and Steve get some of Christmas garb up. Even though we left before it was all set up, their house looked amazing with lit wreaths in each window, a warm welcome to their house.

December 3rd, we set out in search of the perfect Christmas Tree. Danny had been working on some business stuff most of the afternoon in the Mission Valley Library, and I had been out running errands. When I returned to pick him up, we stumbled upon the Ikea Christmas Tree lot in the parking lot just next to the library. They were selling any type and size tree for $20! We ventured in and saw a cute family holding up a 10-12 ft tree they had just found for their house.
Within 5 steps of our arrival, we found a tree that had already been opened. We stood it up and saw the beautiful shape that it had. It looked like it would be perfect for our living room.  Danny wanted to get it right away without looking at any others but I felt like I'd be cheated of the whole tree picking experience if I didn't at least spend 10 min looking at trees. We cut a few more open, but came back to our original one. We tied that puppy up paid our $20 and carted our new tree home.
We set the tree up, gave it a well deserved drink and time for the branches to settle before we started decorating it on Dec 5th.
We got in some festive Christmas gear including our bobble Santa Headbands and started first with the lights. Luckily, both Danny and I agree that white lights are the only way to go. We chose to do more of a homemade theme for the tree this year with bright green being our main color. I made most of the ornaments out of felt and yarn, but we also managed to add a few elements from our wedding decor by adorning the tree in some of the ribbon we used on our wedding day. It worked perfectly since our theme for our tree included the same bright green as we used in our wedding.
We ended our tree decorating festivities by placing the star on top and having some hot cocoa. Danny got the pleasure of placing the star this year since I couldn't reach the top of the tree even when standing on a stool. Maybe I'll grow a little before next year.
It was a fun night decorating our first official tree as a married couple. We are excited for many more to come!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Carpenters est 4.17.10

The day that we were all waiting for....
   all of the stress of planning a wedding is finally over! Although it was hard to keep everyone happy in the process we made it and had a great day!
We were sealed in the San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Saturday April 17th, 2010 and had so many of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. After our sealing we spent hours with our awesome photographer Kris Sundberg from Burnt Exposure, taking a zillion sweet pictures. We hit In 'n out, Balboa Park, and the beach all before we made a grand entrance into our reception. We had the most beautiful set up at the Del Mar Powerhouse, with great food and a live band that played Frank Sinatraish music all night long. We didn't do the traditional bouquet or garter toss that evening, but we did get a little carried away with cutting the cake:) At the end of the evening we headed south to the Hotel Del Coronado, a historic landmark in San Diego, to spend the evening. All in all it was a great day...we couldn't have asked for anything better. We are so grateful for our amazing friends and family who made it happen for us!

Bridesmaids L-R: Emily Duffin, Anne Copper, Amy Pond, Christine Theriault, Arielle Verhaaren, Katie Fawcett, Stephanie Thomas, Mishay Whitsitt, and Amy Bang

Groomsmen L-R: Daniel Kunz, Jeff Russell, Brandon Williams, Sean Gardner, Chandler Dove, Dave Romney, Cody Shepard, Clayton Ashcraft, Troy Karren, Matt Cristiano, and Rick Bogart