Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is Teddy a nice Dog?

You might be wondering why the question. Well while Michelle's parents are out of the country they asked the Woolley grandparents to look after Teddy, the dog, until Tina gets back into the country. One of Michelle's Mom's requests was for us to get his, teddy's, hair cut. I set up an appointment with PETCO like I was asked, but when Michelle went to take him they said he had to have a current rabies vaccination, which turned out to be a year overdue. Because you have to wait two days for the vaccination to be valid after being administered we had to get the shot that day. Nettie stopped by and ended up coming with us on the adventure.

On the way to the Vet's Michelle was talking about how smart Teddy is. He just has this sense of those who might hurt him, or just do something he doesn't like. We walked into the pet store and passed a few patrons with out any response from Teddy. A few seconds later one of the workers walks by and Teddy begins to growl and bark. Teddy knew what was coming you could see it as he shook at the thought of what was going to happen. After about fifteen minutes of waiting we were called back to the exam room. We just stood there for a few minutes talking before the tech came in to get a little information. As soon as she walked in, I don't think Teddy even saw her, Teddy began to growl. How does he do it? It was at that point we decided we should put on the muzzle. Teddy looked pretty good in it it. We should buy one for around the house.

After another twenty minutes of waiting the Vet finally comes in. Teddy begins to growl while the Vet asks, "Is Teddy a nice dog?" We explain that he is as long as you aren't a weird stranger, Vet, Groomer, Vet Tech, or any other person that he might think will annoy him. That list has included every single one of us because I know he has gotten mad at all of us at some point in time, we just know to stand back and let him be. The Vet was very nice and although Teddy growled and barked a little I was there to comfort him and keep him still. Nettie helped a little, and Michelle took pictures, but I think I held it all together. All in all the experience was good. I just wish that I could be there for when he gets his haircut. Those groomers better watch out.

Just a little side note, over the last week I have heard that having a dog is a lot like having a child and I think I want one, a dog that is, not the child, yet.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Friends, Family, and the Great Outdoors

The title explains it all. Today was spent with friends and family in the outdoors. Jill's family was down from Oregon for a family reunion in Aspen Grove and they finished this morning so Michelle, Dy, and I decided to go down and spend some time with her and the kids. The day was just beautiful so we had to spend a little time outside. Mother Martin wanted to take the kids to Bridalveil Falls. We enjoyed the walk up to the falls while the kids used their scooters. There were a good amount of kids wading in the water and just having a lot of fun. Some of the other kids were collecting bugs so Lizzy had to join in. On our way back to the car I got my chance to ride the scooter. I think I just might by myself one. It was so much fun to race little Andrew back and forth while we waited for the women to make their way back.

Our second outdoor excersion was up Little Cottonwood Canyon. Shan and Jed decided to plan a campout with a bunch of friends. It was really great to get together with just a few of our friends around the area. We all prepared tin foil dinners which took a little while to cook because of some coal problems, but it wasn't a big deal for me to wait because I had eaten four other meals before I got up the canyon. I just can't help myself on the days I have off. I can see why I have filled out so much. Anyway we had a blast talking about old flames, being preagnant (not me, but a few of the girls..... Not my wife), and all the funny things that have happened in our lives. When we all get together there isn't a quiet moment. I was surprised that no one came to complain, but I am glad they didn't because it would have ruined the wonderful moment. Actually we did have one interruption. Did you know that if you bring a domesticated animal past the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon you will be fined 600 dollars the first time and if caught again you go to jail? Crazy! I am glad I now know because I don't want to go to jail, but I am sure after the first time of paying 600 dollars I wouldn't do it again.

Shan and Jed made some great cobbler to go along with all the other junk food that was brought. There was no way that anyone was going to starve. Michelle and I had to leave that night because she had to be at work the next morning, but it was nice to be able to come home and sleep in our own beds. That is why it is so great living where we do. You can drive a half an hour away and be in the mountains and then come back in no time to civilization. I can't wait till our next outdoor adventure.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

First Place

I would say that one of the most exciting things about being married is getting a place together. Now I have seen a few of the places that my friends and family members had when they first got married, and have even heard the stories from the grandparents about their first place and I have to say that ours is pretty good for the price. It is barely enough room for all we have, but it will allow us to save for a house while we decide where we will end up over the next year.

It is a one bedroom, one bathroom basement apartment in Taylorsville, Utah about 4900 South and 1400 West. We consider ourselves still on the east side because we are east of Redwood Road, but we are pretty much on the border. The kitchen and living room are all connected so it seems like a big space. The bedroom is somewhat large, and the bathroom is a good size. The best part about it is it has a laundry room with a washer and dryer. I think it makes it all worth it. Over the first few weeks of moving in we decided to splurge a little and make at least one room look good. We chose the living room since it is the one everyone will see the most.

Michelle and I have become good at spending money, but I think it is worth it. We were going to hold off on buying new couches, but we couldn't wait. Actually Michelle was the one that wanted to wait, but she gave in. We haven't got the new couches or coffee table yet, but we hope in two weeks they will be here. We are still making a few adjustments, but I think it is coming along quite nicely. As soon as everything is put in its place I will post more pictures.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Arizona Reception

Right after our Honeymoon we stopped in Gilbert, AZ for a reception at my parent's house. Most of the Martin Clan drove down for the occasion including the Woolley Grandparent's. It was great to spend time with all the family again and hang a little before returning to reality. Seeing so many people I hadn't seen in years was great. The only thing is everyone said they didn't recognize me in our engagement photo. I guess I have just filled out over the last few years. The reception turned out great and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Here are just a few pictures from the trip and reception.

Nothing like a little Arizona pool day in the hundred degree weather.

Puerto Penasco, Mexico - The Honeymoon

Otherwise known as Rocky Point, Mexico by those from Arizona. I don't know why because I don't think it is a literal translation. It doesn't matter, but this place was great. It is like a little paradise just hours (four hours driving from Phoenix, AZ) from the United States border. We stayed in this great resort right on the beach. For very little money a night we got a one bedroom, one bathroom condo with full kitchen and living room, and an ocean view balcony. Since we were there at the end of the off season as well as during the week, we had the whole place to ourselves. I am serious, there wasn't a soul around.

One of the highlights of our trip was a Fiesta Cruise Dinner which was suppose to include a two hour boat ride during sunset and dinner. We got it for free. Well, we had to spend three hours of our lives to get it, and that's another story, but once again no cash involved. The cruise ended up being as ghetto as could be, but the sunset was beautiful and one of the couples shared some fireworks with us. It turned out to be a great adventure.

Other than relaxing every day we ate a lot of food. There are some good places to eat if you go around town. We looked up several places on the Internet to see what people recommended as well as asked the natives. I don't think we were disappointed at any place. For dinner one evening we ordered a seafood platter. They said it would feed two, but they didn't mention after the two of you ate there would still be enough food for two more dinners. It was huge, but tasty.

While there Michelle and I worked on our tennis game. We soon found out that we have a lot of work to do and I don't think we will be going professional any time soon.

I definitely think we will return to vacation there again. We didn't know what to expect at first, but it turned out to be wonderful. Maybe we will buy a vacation home there. I think that would be nice.