Thursday, August 28, 2008

Anniversary Date

Last night Nick and I went out to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary, a day late but we still celebrated!! After Nick got home we drove to Cle Elum and went to Mama Vallones Steak House for dinner. It was sooooo good! I had lasagna and Nick ate a steak, both were really good. The service was amazing and and the food was incredible! What else could you ask for when you are out on a hot date? This Saturday as part 2 of our anniversary date we will be going to the X-Treme Bull Riding event at the Rodeo and I am SUPER EXCITED! Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary Nick!

Tomorrow Nick and I will celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary so I thought I would do a little blog to tell our story in celebration of the day!

This is our very first picture together, we met in Sept 2004 at the institute during a singles branch activity. I thought he was cute so I went to talk to him and get to know him. We exchanged numbers and soon after we started dating.

This isn't the picture of "the" kiss but we shared our first kiss on Halloween day 2004. That night we were goofing off and got in a tickle fight. Nick had me pinned down and said "guess what" and before I could respond he leaned down and kissed me, it was just a quick peck but to this day I still get butterflies thinking about it.

On April 18th, 2005 Nick Proposed! The day of the proposal Nick took me to Yakima to pick out the "perfect" ring. After we found my ring, Nick took me out to dinner while my ring was being sized. After dinner he went back into the Jewelery store without me to pick up the ring and little did I know Nick put the ring in his pocket (he put the box in the back seat, so I thought it was there all along). On our drive home he told me he loved the sunset and wanted to take a picture so we stopped at the view point that looks over Ellensburg. We both got out of the car for a minute, the wind was blowing and it was cold so I headed back to the car. Nick told me "you can't get in the car just yet," I asked "why not?" Then he kissed me and gave me a hug and then he got down on one knee and said "Reba Michelle Rhodes, will you marry me?"

And on August 26th, 2005 we got married. We were married in the Seattle Temple. It was the most beautiful day, the sun was shining so brightly, that the temple looked as though it was sparkling. We were pronounced Husband and Wife at 11:23 AM. We took lots of pictures, ate lunch and went back to Ellensburg for our reception, that my mom so beautifully put together. Our wedding day was the best day of my life, I have never felt so beautiful as I did that day.

Nick, I love you so much! You are and always will be the man of my dreams! I am so thankful that Heavenly Father sent you to me. You have truly been the answer to my prayers. Thank you for always being there for me through the good times and the bad. It has been an amazing 3 years with you and I am so thankful that I have the rest of my life and Eternity to spend with you. Happy Anniversary! I love you!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Family Photos

A couple of weeks ago, we had some family pictures taken with my family. We all drove up to the Teanaway River and had our pictures taken there. The weather was so nice. We definitely couldn't asked for a better day. Here are a few of the pictures that we had taken. There are more to come, we had a couple more taken yesterday because there were a couple of shots we forgot to get the first time.
From left to right: Nick, Me, Carolyn (sister in law), Aaron (brother), Jared (Nephew), Mitch (brother), Grandpa Pinky, Grandma Judy, Jordon (cousin), Mom, Dad, Garrett (brother), Kristl (Aunt), and Kara (Aunt) All the pretty girls: Kristl, G. Judy, Carolyn, Me, Mom, and Kara
All the handsome boys: Garrett, Dad, Jared, Mitch, Aaron, Jordan, G. Pinky, and NickMy Family: Mitch, Aaron, Me, Mom, Dad and Garrett.I think this picture is so cute!This is a great picture of Aaron's family

My cute Parents

We really like this picture of us!

Kandice got some of the cutest pictures of Jared!

Mitch, Mom, Dad, Garrett, G. Pinky, Kara, Mark (Kara's BF), G. Judy, Jordan, Kristl, Jared, Aaron, Carolyn, Me and Nick!

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tag! You're it!

20 years ago I was.... 2 years old, I loved Winnie the pooh and REALLY enjoyed talking (I guess some things never change)! I also loved to take rides on my Dad's 3 wheeler with him and my dog Mandy. 10 years ago I was.... 12 years old. I was going to be in the 7th grade and was trying to figure out who I was. I loved sports and was starting to notice boys, and come out of my tom-boy stage. I played Softball, Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis that year. 5 years ago I was.... 17 years old. I was about to be a Senior in High School and couldn't wait for High School to be over! I loved playing softball and hanging out with my friends. I spent all of my extra time that summer with my friend Greg hiking, playing in the river and goofing off! I didn't really have any plans after high school yet, I just knew that eventually I would go to beauty school. 3 years ago I was....19 years old and about to get Married! On this exact day last year I had one week until my wedding day and I was helping my sister in law Kristin get ready for her wedding the following day. I just finished beauty school and was working at the Studio and loved every minute of it! I spent every waking moment with Nick and couldn't wait until our wedding day and I was so excited to see what our future had in-store for us. So far this past year I....Turned 22 years old. The Studio merged with Visante and I liked it at first and the likeness quickly went away. I missed my tight-knit Studio family! I quit my job at Visante and began working for Crestview Terrace Apartments and I have been enjoying it very much. It was one of the hardest choices I have ever had to make to leave my friends and clients but it is really working out for the better. Nick started working in West Seattle for Absher Construction and left me in Ellensburg until he finishes his internship in December. Nick and I have been dealing with an on-going fertility struggle which hopefully someday will come to an end! This past year has been one of the hardest and most trying years of my life but there have been several good things that came from it as well. Nick and I have grown even closer as a couple while helping each other with our ups and downs of life. Now that we don't get to see each other everyday we have been able to cherish the time we have together even more! I have been able to spend a lot of time with my family and we moved into a beautiful new apartment. Yesterday I... I made breakfast for Nick at 5 am, before he left to go to work for the week. I went to work, and then I spent the evening celebrating my Mom's birthday. My dad made an amazing carrot cake and homemade ice cream. It was so yummy! Next year I will.... 23 years old and hopefully be a mother, or at least be pregnant. Nick will be almost done with school, and will probably be working for Absher again but this time just for the Summer. I will most likely have the same job, just workin away until Nick and done with school. I will be an Auntie to two wonderful kids, Jared and Baby Ally (who will be arriving soon). I tag....the 3 C's Carolyn, Cindy, and Carole (aka Mom)