Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013

We had a really relaxing last Christmas for just the two of us!

Because of all the festivities that happened in December, we took it really easy.

We went to bed late on Christmas Eve because we were watching Netflix documentaries.

We woke up late and made orange cinnamon rolls.

We saw The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug! It was really great! We liked it a lot.

Since Flagstaff had beautiful weather, we went on a hike.

We had casserole and mashed potatoes for dinner.

Things got a little crazy when we got out the gatorade.

It was just a really great day. We looked at Christmas lights with hot cocoa. Jake sang songs about being stress free, songs about his shampoo, and songs about Sister Wives. It's just been a fun day. I'm so thankful for J. He is the best fit for me and I can't even begin to describe the love I have for him, because that would be too mushy for a blog post.

Waiting at the movies.

Our baby will be stinking cute. Let's be real. 

Graduation Celebration

Jake wanted to go to a Sun's ball game to celebrate graduation. We love supporting the Sun's, so we found the tickets for the soonest game, and headed down to Phoenix.

We left for Mesa the day after graduation. We slept in and began the drive after a nice and long lazy morning. When we got in, we did our routine of In N Out. No shame.

Some close friends were going to be sealed in the Mesa temple, and the invited us to attend! We loved being able to watch their sealing! And we got Pete's after. . . we didn't even stay to talk to anyone because I was starving from doing a session right before and not having any snacks to munch on! ha!

The basketball game was great! We had fantastic seats---because when your man graduates and wants to see a game, you go big! So we had great seats and could see sweat dripping off the players faces. We saw Mark Cuban, and if you know us, you know that's a big deal. One of our Sunday traditions is to eat lunch while watching "Shark Tank." Mark is a bajillionaire that we love from the show. When we saw him, I seriously didn't think he was himself because his jeans fit so poorly! You'd think a richie would have super fancy jeans, but he's just a normal dude. It was fun!

 At the games, Jake and I always look forward to the contests! There's a certain one that gives one person in the arena the chance to shoot from the free throw line for $777.00, the three point line for $7,777.00 or half court for $77,777.00! We love it, but hate it because the knuckle heads always try to make it from the half court shot. So this time the guy down to the court. I'm yelling at J (because that contest makes fans go nuts!) telling him, "I hope he makes it!" We always want the person to make it. So the guy chooses the three point shot! So then the whole crowd is going even crazier because this guy actually has a shot! And then he grabs the ball, lines up, and shoots. . . . and he makes it! The arena went crazy!!!!!!! Jake and I were jumping up and down and hugging because this random guy made the shot! I've been to several games with Jake now, and that was the best thing I have ever seen at a game! It was awesome. I'm laughing just thinking about it! It seriously was wild! We talk about it all the time!

We had to go home right after the game so Jake could speak in church the next day. It was a great trip to celebrate Jake! He told me later that that was definitely a favorite trip because everything we did was to celebrate him! It was great!
We have a problem.
He loves this place so much!

Next time we go, we're getting onion rings.

Oh heyyyy, Mark! You're rich!

Jacob is a graduate!!!

 Jake graduated!!

We came up to Flagstaff for him to get a science major for dental school in January 2011 and he finished his degree December 2013!

His actual major is seriously a mouthful. He graduated with a bachelors of science in biological science with a major in biomedical science and a minor in chemistry. Whew! When we were getting his announcements set up, he opted to go for a simpler way of stating it, but I like the way that long title sounds!

We had a fiesta for him prior to the commencement ceremony, and it was a blast. Once again, I have no pictures. Friends and family from out of town made the long drive to watch him walk, and it was definitely one of the best things I've ever watched happen in my life. I am so proud of him. He worked so hard and he studied so much. He has put in so many all nighters and he got his first gray hair, but it was so worth it!

His plan now is graduate school. We originally wanted him to apply for dental school while I was still in my hygiene program, and if he got in his first round, he and I would live apart for one year while he starts dental school and I finish dental hygiene. We realized that that wouldn't work for us and would, in fact, really suck! Plus, now with Mini coming, there is no way we could be apart.

He was accepted at ASU and NAU for biology and got "teaching" positions at both, and A.T. Still for public health. After a lot of decision making and praying, he decided to go with A.T. Still. He's been on the campus numerous times and talked with students in the dental school, and each time he speaks with current students they told him that they'd done a semester of public health prior to applying to the dental school. He's done so much work in the community (and A.T. Still lovesss that) and his GPA is over what they're asking for, so we feel like he has a good chance, and already being a student boosts him a little.

This is after his very last final of undergrad! It's blurry because it was 8 am and we had just had an epic dance party celebration.
 He is applying for dental schools this round, and he's planning on applying to any and every school he qualifies for. Applications aren't due for quite some time, but Jake's getting an early lead. It's so exciting!

This is before he had seen me! I love it so much! I was shouting his name forever!!!

He finally saw me!

Ashley and Jake have been in so many classes together! We love her!

We will always love Katrina Rawr! She also was in a million classes with J!

Walt, Vonnie and Becky all drove more than 2.5 hours to celebrate with us!

Jake had walked and wanted to leave. This is right before he left to "go to the bathroom."

He's so happy!

All of our smiles look forced, and I don't know why! We love my family!


Justin is one of Jake's best friends, and he came up from Mesa to celebrate! We love you!

I'm slouching. My orange bag had so much stuff in it!

The wind and snow were making his garb all funky!

He is so fancy!

Laughing like fools because it's graduation!

Jacob will always be a lumberjack!

Thanksgiving 2013

I love Thanksgiving. It's worked out for us the past 3-4 years to see both families, and this year was no exception! We especially loved having the break this year. Thanksgiving was later than usual, so school had dragged on like melting glass! We welcomed that break with open arms (and bellies!)

We started the trip off by leaving Flagstaff on Wednesday afternoon. We stopped at the Anthem Outlets (it's a routine. Phoenix = outlet shopping, plus they have the best bathroom!) and looked around at Nike and Columbia. Those are our favorites, so we have to stop every time.

Another routine we have when traveling to Mesa is stopping at the In N Out burger in Anthem. We tend to not eat before the trip so that when we get to town, we have ample room for burgers and fries!

When we finally got to my parent's house, I realized I had completely misunderstood my mom! She had given out assignments and we were supposed to be in charge of the sweet potatoes. For some reason, I had it in my mind that the sweet potatoes that I was assigned would be purchased already at the house. Wrong! Luckily, my mom wasn't deterred by me and those sweet potatoes got done! Next time I will not fail!

The day of Thanksgiving panned out with us going to the Uchytil lunch at noonish with pies (that I didn't forget about!haha!). Roxanne always goes 110% with that lunch, and she makes up the best and funniest games ever! Everyone ate as much as possible, and then we started the funtivities! Sadly, I don't have many pictures, and the ones I have are taken by Jake, meaning that I have no idea where they are! I seriously need to get better with taking pictures!

After an afternoon of games, we headed over to my side of the family for dinner. I'm a lover of home cooked food by mom, so I was in HEAVEN. The weather was perfect, so we ate in the backyard and had the cutest, fancy name plates done by my nieces, and possibly a nephew or two.

Somewhere mixed in to this trip was a family outing to see "Frozen" and a guy's golf trip! I'm soooooo thankful I at least have pictures of the boys before golfing because that sight was just magical!

Everything about this is incredible! I love my golfing family!

My mom also spoiled the heck out of me and Mini! She took me shopping for fabrics to make quilts. It was a process, but we eventually found everything, and I'm thrilled about the fabric. I made a quilt in high school that turned out WAY pinker than I expected, so with this collection I really wanted to stay away from too much of any one color, and we found the perfect piece! I look at it every day, and I love it more and more! I haven't started cutting yet because I can't decide what kind of quilt I want to do. So many choices, so little time. . . seriously.

I love this. I love this so so so so much.

We were gifted a crib from a woman in my ward! Angela's kids had all used it, and when she found out we were expecting, she offered it to us! We graciously accepted it, and then realized we might not have room for a crib in our apartment. We loaded it into our car to take to my parents for safe keeping. While there, we wanted to go to Ikea because I assumed they had small cribs since everything else they sell is miniature sized. Surprise! Their cribs were the same size as the one from Angela. After coming home, we got the crib out of the storage shed and my dad and Jake got to work. Dad filled and redrilled all the holes for screws, and Jake has been sanding the heck out of that sucker! The crib was gorgeous to begin with, but it's going to sparkle when we're through with it!
Before going to Mesa! That's the crib behind us.

Our Thanksgiving trip ended too soon, but we were glad to get back home to Flagstaff. We love love love seeing family, but there is nothing like being in your own bed!

Sunday, November 10, 2013


We have been waiting a LOOONG time to announce it, but coming late March 2014, our duo is becoming a proud trio!!!!

We are thrilled that our baby is a girl, and J and I are both steadily increasing our obsessions with ruffly socks and headbands!

We've been calling her Mini. That is NOT her name, and we don't know what her name is. Mini originated from us wanting "miniature Denhams." Before we knew the gender, we called the babe Mini.

As for me, I was sicker than a dog for 18 weeks! Whoever says this nonsense about the first trimester ending and feeling glorious immediately--well, they lied. But I do feel pretty marvelous now!

School was pretty rough to start with. We have 8am-5pm schedules and that doesn't leave much time for feeling awful, and I feel like Heavenly Father really blessed me. I was able to get up at 6:30, get all my sickness out, go to school all day without issue, then come home and be sick all night. I'm thankful that I had the strength to get through homework and clinicals, and I know it's because of our faith.

Funny story. One of my sisters, Merry, moved to Flagstaff, and her timing was impeccable! There was a day when Jake was in late lab until 10:30pm, and I was home alone, with no car, and unable to eat or drink anything. I called Merry, and the sound of her voice made me cry like a crazy woman (because I am one, duh.) She brought me chicken and soda, and then sat with me until J got home. It was incredibly pathetic of me, but super awesome to get her all to myself!

Mini likes to kick. She kick, kick, kick, kicks, and then crosses her legs. After a little break, she starts right up again! It's awesome. She also likes to move. It makes the ultrasound techs a little anxious, but no one else minds!

 In other news, Jake is graduating in 40 days! He is going to be a decorated graduate. He earned Latin honors, and is graduating magna cum laude. He's brilliant. Oh also, we always laugh at the title of his bachelors. He's graduating with a bachelors in science in biological sciences with a major in biomedical science and a minor in chemistry. If that's not a mouthful, I don't know what is!   He's applied for a few different master's programs, and each of them have pros and cons.

We just love Flagstaff. Thinking about leaving here makes me so sad!!! I know we still have a full year and six months to go, but I just can't even stand the thought of it!

Our original announcement.

Woop woop!!! PS. Jake was all about my jazz hands.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hygiene school has changed me.

1. I've become an irritated driver. Mind you, I'm not aggressive, just annoyed. When someone cuts me off, I get irritated; if I hit every red light--instant "for reals!?!?!"; j-walkers 15 feet from the crosswalk. . . oh no. And this is because I need to study, always.

2. I don't know what the word 'procrastination' means anymore. Too much is due every day to put something off.

3. I go to bed at 8:00pm, 9:00pm latest. If I'm up later than that, my poor husband gets a grizzly bear wife. Sad. On weekends, I'm a wreck because I'm so tired but our friends aren't!
Me, on weekends.

4. I've lost weight. I don't like this. I like weighing my normal range. I blame it on being dehydrated, and not having enough time to prep food for meals. My skin looks weird and my hair doesn't shine because I'm hungry. . . also, I think I'm pre-diabetic, but that's a self diagnosis.

5. I fall asleep in random places. Jake and I have a dumb game we used to play--when he'd walk in a room, I'd pretend I just woke up. I'm serious-it's lame, but we love it and it makes us laugh. Now, however, this is my reality. I fall asleep on the floor, watching Master Chef, doing online quizzes, in the bath, and sometimes when I'm eating. It's hilarious, I'm sure!

I love this program. I love the girls and guys I'm with. I love teeth. I love gingivitis. And I love that I get to be so tired learning something I love so much.

And I'm happy happy happy with scrubs!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

back from hiatus.

I'm trying to come off of a blogging hiatus. It was unintentional, but life gets so busy!

Our summer was pretty uneventful. With Jake graduating this December, he needed to do a few classes in summer sessions. He took biochemistry and six more credits for liberal studies. He did really well! He has two personalities: one is school-Jake, and the other is no school-Jake. Both versions are awesome, but for people that haven't seen him in school mode, he is intense! He doesn't put off his school work, he is always on top of assignments, and he just always knows what's going on. We always joke when school's on break that fun Jake is here, but he's really fun all the time.

Before the second session of summer school, we celebrated Independence Day!! We stayed in Flagstaff again, and it did not disappoint. We all got extra long weekends, and we played hard. For the fourth, we did the usual downtown walk and played at the parks. At the parade, there was a real, bald eagle and I have never seen Jacob so excited to take pictures!!! It was awesome! For fireworks, we went to Winslow again. Last year, the wind was really bad in Winslow, so I was nervous about getting ash in my eyes, but it was PERFECT. No wind, no flying ash, and remarkably, not many people.
Bald Eagle!!! So cool!

The next day, we wanted to go on a short hike and play in Sedona. We packed a really weird picnic (the cheese I used on our sandwiches was bad. . . ha!) and took off! We had so much fun. We found a little beachy area that was practically ignored, so we played there for a while. Then we hiked a little more and found a secluded rock slide, and we played there for even longer. When we were done playing, we all went and picked up fast food for dinner, because we'd played too hard to make anything!
Click on this one to see it bigger! The gang, minus Zack. He's taking the pic!

After that weekend, school-Jake was back :) He was at school from 7 am to 7 pm. I worked full time at the dental office, and kept up with my hair clients. We were busy all the time, but it was manageable. I think it helped that we both had really good attitudes about our insane schedules. We didn't see each other too much, but it was worth it to get so much work done.

School is back in session now. Jake is in his last semester of his undergrad!!!! We are stinking excited for him! Prior to serving a mission, he did a lot of random classes at the community college, and when he got back from Korea, he was extremely passionate about international business. After a few semesters of IB classes, he ultimately decided his heart was in dentistry and science. Jake started his biomedical science degree with a minor in chemistry in January 2010 and he's finishing in December 2013!! Woop, woop. He's great. As for the future, he's going to be starting his master's in January. As of where, we aren't sure. This man loves ASU, so I'm pushing for an extended campus bio masters through them; it's more expensive, but his family is a family of sun devils! He would rather stay with NAU and teach so that school gets paid for. Who knows.

I started dental hygiene school. So far, it's been really good. It's a hard transition because I'm used to having spread out classes and different due dates for completely different classes. In this program, everything tends to mesh together, and there are assignments and tests every day. It makes me tired just thinking about it! Holy cow. But I love it. Also, my schedule is stellar. I have class Monday- Thursday, and on Thursday my lab starts at 3. It's extremely manageable to get everything done and I'm still able to work a pretty normal office day!

On a few random notes, Jake used to have a feral cat that would visit him daily. He named it Salem, after Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He would feed it and pet it. One day it visited us and looked more mangy than usual--and after that he never came back. I think he died. . .sad. Also, I got my braces off!!! Hallelujah. To celebrate J took me on a date for steak. I had braces when I was in high school, and they were ceramic and clear. That meant I couldn't have mustard and steak sauce or it would stain the brackets. When I got my high school braces off, my parents took me to celebrate with steak! So Jake continued that tradition and we went for steak. It was fun!
Jake and Salem.


Jake seriously loves salad.

Right now, NAU's website is down so Jake is playing a game, and I'm going to watch Parks and Rec. Splendid Sunday night.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Right this second. . .

I am
Listening to a car that sounds like a dying animal.
Wondering why the dying animal has made the noise for over 25 minutes straight.
Smelling skunk that sprayed behind our house, but is flourishing our home due to our window fan.
Debating whether or not to go have a hissy fit outside about the ridiculous noise.
Scared to go into our bedroom. I'm home alone and Voldemort is scarier than ever.
Scared to go to the bathroom because we watch WWZ and there could be a zombie in there.
Confused at how I can be afraid of such wonderful things.
So glad I get to wake up at 8 tomorrow, rather than 6:30.

Really though. This sound outside is not helping with my fear that Voldemort is about to walk in this house. Oh my word.

To get my mind off of my impending doom, here is a picture of Jake with a twizzler. He ties them in knots, and then uses it as a rope to knock things down at our house. It's always fun.

Oh my gosh! Jake just got home! Now I can stop being a wuss in my own house! Hooray!
Concentrated work.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anniversary number 3

On Monday we got to three years of marriage. J got me the prettiest flowers, and we got burgers at Wendy's for dinner to accompany our errands. We needed to drive to Snowflake, pick up a car, and then drive back, so we decided to celebrate a few days later.

Jake and I got a piece of junk mail that had a key on it. The dealerships send a million out, saying that one key will open the door to a car. If you're the person with that key, you win the car. J didn't want to try the key because he knew we'd lose, but we did the scratch off thing on top of the coupon, and we won a gift card for food!

We decided to use it and go to a local place here in Flagstaff. It's a steakhouse called Black Bart's, and the servers sing!! We thought it sounded like a version of Organ Stop Pizza with a few tweaks, and we planned it for our anniversary celebration!

Today, after work, we went to Black Bart's. To start off with, it seemed sketchy. We pulled up, and I immediately wanted to go somewhere else because you park in a trailer park. But we went in those doors, and it was magic. If anyone has seen The Red Green Show on PBS, this place made you feel like you were in the lodge, reciting the man's prayer of "I am a man. But I can change. If I have to. . . I guess."

Mounts of elk, deer, and a million other things were everywhere. The place was dimly lit with mismatched chairs at each table. A huge stone fireplace was right at the entrance. It just was great!
We got seated immediately and ordered our waters and sasparillas, and when the server brought it back, a piano started playing. . . and every.single.server. went and stood by the piano and sang to us! We were welcomed with "Consider Yourself" from Oliver, and it was fabulous.

My steak came out rare instead of well done. The rolls weren't all they were cracked up to be. But the sweet potato fries. . . Best things ever.

Our server and his gang of singing coworkers congratulated our anniversary-ing with a song of Happy Anniversary, sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, and our favorite Happy Honeymoon. It was seriously the best. And the deep fried ice cream was Jake's favorite.


Even with food, they still sing while they pass it out. Notice the South Pacific sign.

Stargazer Lilies. Day One.

Day Three. So many more lilies opened!

This story is mainly for Bear and Mom. See the South Pacific sign in the background of the blurry picture? Jake said, bless his heart, "I think Hugh Jackman was great in that movie." I laughed and said, I'm calling my mom right now to tell her what you just said. hahaha!

Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together. -Red Green.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

To My Dad.

 Dad, happy father's day. I love you, and you are the best there is.

PS. We love you, Old Man.

Friday, June 14, 2013


I like to sew. I like to quilt. I don't like to bind quilts. I tried to learn how to bind from YouTube and the directions weren't too clear, but I did it, and it turned out alright. There's  something I like about quilting that drives others crazy: mistakes. In the first quilt I made with my oldest sister Sarah, I can see places where my seams don't line up perfectly and I know that's because I wanted to read the new Harry Potter book more than I wanted to sew at the moment. I think the mistakes are fun to remember. This quilt was SOOO easy since I just bought a jelly roll of precut strips, but figuring out that binding was a mess . . . and if you look hard, you can see it, but I love it! I love that someday I can show this to my mini's and say, "This is where I learned to bind. Can you tell!?!?!" And then we'll laugh and eat popcorn.

Somehow or another, this "throw" ended up being massive. Amen.

I love gray. I bought these because they were cheap! Hello, Clearance!