Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Downtown Boston & Salem

My parents came out to visit this last month and we were able to see some sights with them. I walked the Freedom Trail with them one day and the next we went to Salem, Massachusetts. It was so awesome to have them here, show them some of our favorite things downtown and walk around a new place with them. Here are some pictures from their trip!


In front of Paul Revere's statue by the Old North Church.


Sunken headstones at the cemetery


We placed pennies on top of Paul Revere's grave - supposedly it will bring you fortune!


At the Holocaust Memorial near Faneuil Hall and Haymarket Square.


The Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge


In front of the Bunker Hill Monument at the end of the Freedom Trail.

Nick was able to join us on Saturday when we visited Salem. Turns out there's more to Salem than the dark history that is always written about it.


On the Friendship of Salem - a working sailboat docked in the harbor that is manned by National Park rangers.



Ahoy! It was also our 2nd anniversary and my dad treated us to a really nice lunch on the bay. We had crab sandwiches and fish & chips.


Beautiful day on the ocean!


Sometimes I think I'm really funny... there's a lot of kitschy witch stuff in Salem. Even pregnant witches!


Come back soon!

Life in Boston... in pictures

Because we've lived here for more than three months now (can you believe it!? time flies!) I haven't documented much, but do have some pictures of some of what we've been up to lately.

We went to several Red Sox games:


(The first game we saw we lost to the Blue Jays... booo...)

The second game we got to see a bench-clearing fight against the Rays. We also got poured on. $1 CVS ponchos for the win!


(And our seats were pretty dang good.)


I went on a business trip to Kentucky to train for my new work-from-home position and met one of my trainer's friends who took me for a spin on his bike:


Nick went on a (long) business trip to Chicago to train for his new position. While he was on the airplane I was checking myself into the hospital - long, boring story - it turned out that I was completely fine and I was only there for a few hours.

I went to the beach with my best friend - who I miss and needs to come back to Boston because I didn't spend nearly enough time with her.



We went to another Red Sox game against the White Sox, where I betrayed my home town by wearing my Boston hat. Sorry Chicago! I was also sad because right before that game the Red Sox released AJ Pierzynski, previously the catcher for the White Sox who helped them win the World Series in 2005. With him I lost my hope of rooting for both teams at once and called it quits on the Chicago Sox for now. This game was awesome because we came back to win and it broke a seriously long losing streak for the Red Sox.


Also, after this game marked a moment when I realized I actually looked pregnant - a girl about my age offered me her seat on the train.


We spent several weekends up in Maine on the beach, the lake, and hanging out with family.




Pretty exciting stuff, huh? And this whole time we've both been working and going to church and taking care of the little rugrat in my belly. We've been pretty busy but we're enjoying life together!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Baby G

We were so excited to tell our immediate family at graduation that we were expecting a baby. When we found out, it was almost impossible to keep it a secret. Nick would give me a goofy grin anytime something was mentioned about babies and I was worried people would find out very early on. We both did pretty well with keeping it a secret. I was the first person to flub to someone - when my best friend asked me at work if I was pregnant. I didn't know what to do, so I told her to meet me outside and I would answer her. We walked outside of the building and she screamed when I told her. I was excited that she would know, but I basically threatened her and swore her to secrecy. We also told Josh before he went into the MTC so he could hear it from us, since he would miss the announcement just a few days later.


We told our family after graduation. I had made candy leis for each of them, and I told Jake to record me giving gifts to everyone, and Nick had asked Molly to record on his phone. After giving everyone their leis, I handed Nick a t-shirt that read, "Graduating to Dad". I was about 10 weeks when we told them. Our families were so excited and that moment made it worth keeping it a secret. I even kept it from my mom, and I may have lied to a few people when they asked. Sorry! I was also able to tell my brothers the morning after graduation, which was bittersweet since we were moving so soon.

We waited to tell our extended family and friends until we knew things were a little more stable. Because we were moving all the way across the country, my insurance provider said that I should just wait to go in for my first appointments and tests until we had moved to Boston. Since I had no complications or awful symptoms, we waited until we had moved in to see a doctor. I was even more frustrated when after we moved in I had to wait another two weeks until my appointment. I felt like I'd waited long enough - I still didn't know anything about the baby and it didn't feel real yet. I was also super worried that something may be wrong, and I wouldn't know about it. Also, hormones don't help with the worrying and anxiety of not knowing what is happening and the stress of moving across the country.

We finally got into the doctor and I felt a lot better knowing that I was very healthy and had been taking good care of myself. We were able to hear a strong, consistent heartbeat at the doctor's and an ultrasound was scheduled for my 18th week. Knowing that everything seemed to be alright, we decided to announce to everyone that I was pregnant! We managed to keep it a secret until my second trimester. Luckily, I haven't had any morning sickness at all, and mostly I'm just exhausted all the time.

We're grateful for everyone's love and support and we hope that you'll love our munchkin as much as we do already. It's amazing thinking about what is about to happen in our lives and I'm so excited to be starting a family with my best friend!

Moving!

Moving cross-country was quite an adventure. To prepare to move we sold all our furniture since it wasn't worth the money to get it to Boston, I had been packing since I had finished working, and we sold the last month of our apartment contract. Nick put a hitch on our car because it was cheaper than renting a truck and hauling our car.

When the day came to pick up the trailer, we had a bit of a surprise. We had reserved the smallest enclosed trailer that U-Haul carries, and reserved it at a store that said they had them the day before we were moving. The afternoon we showed up to get the trailer, it was larger than what we had ordered. They had upgraded us for free because they didn't have the smallest size. While this may seem like a great gesture, for us, it was not. Nick had already figured out how much our stuff weighed and with the smallest trailer's weight we were pushing the limit on what our car could tow already. With the heavier trailer, we were pretty sure our transmission would be shot. We did appreciate not having to try and cram everything into the trailer, we had more room, and we got to keep several small things we were probably going to end up throwing away.


We stayed up most of the night before we left cleaning our apartment (thank you to Steve and Carlie for helping). We ended up sleeping on the floor that night and woke up, packed the rest of the trailer, and checked out of our apartment. Our landlady was nice enough to take a picture of us right before we hopped in the car.


To start the drive we decided to go straight through the mountains first, so if we broke down, at least we'd still be in Provo Canyon close to family and not stranded. It was very slow-going, but we soon realized the car would be able to handle the weight, as much as we could tell. We did have some issues through the middle of the country with 30-40 mph winds battling us with the large trailer catching the air. Our gas mileage was awful, but the drive took us 4 days and we stopped each night and stayed in a hotel.

Highlights of the trip:
-Nick was super nice and let his pregnant wife sleep during most of her driving turns the last two days
-Visiting my hometown and eating a Chicago hot dog at my favorite restaurant
-Nick getting caught in a dust storm while pumping gas in the middle of nowhere
-Our car and the transmission still works
-Every thing in the trailer made it in one piece!


We made it safe and sound to Maine and hung out with family for over a week before we could move into our apartment. We loaded up the trailer again and drove to Boston and moved into our new fancy apartment. Coming from a 50's cement block 1-bedroom apartment, our brand new 2-bedroom apartment makes us feel like real adults.


May 2014

May was an exciting month for us. We went to Las Vegas, sent Josh on his mission, and Nick graduated! Graduation was even more fun because Sam, Steve, and Carlie were also graduating.

Before we left the West, I wanted Nick to show me around Las Vegas since I had never been. We stayed in the Excalibur, walked around the strip, saw the Bellagio fountains, and checked out all the major hotels. We may have gotten lost in the MGM Grand - not sure how people navigate that place when they're drunk.



Our favorite hotel was New York, New York. It is just an impressive structure with all of the different buildings, the roller coaster, and then having New York restaurants and facades inside the building. Very cool.


We got to pick up Josh from the airport before he went into the MTC. He slept at our house and we could tell he was filled with nervous excitement, he couldn't stop talking the whole time he was with us. We were really glad to be able to spend some time with him before he left. He'll do a great job in Colorado!


Graduation was a blast! We were glad a lot of family was able to attend with everyone graduating at once.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

what I know.

What I know:
- I have been out of school long enough to be bad at basic math
- how to write a professional email
- how to make Nick laugh
- what scares me
- how to empathize with others

What I don't know:
- anything that involves the maintenance or repair of my car
- how to do my taxes (thank you Turbotax)
- when to stop talking
- how to rely on other people
- the number of times it is okay to Google things every day

Things I am working on:
- saying I'm sorry
- calling my mom
- keeping habits I know that are good for me
- deciding to be nice rather than right
- treating people better every single day

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be an adult, or how exactly you grow up. I always assumed that when you graduated from college you magically turned into a person who always did the right thing, never made stupid mistakes, and had total control over your life. And being out of college for two years, I have realized that I was dead wrong.

It was just a few years ago I was dancing with my college roommates at a pseudo-rave until 3 in the morning. How did I get to being married with a 9 to 5 job? Who is this adult Kristi who pays the bills and decides a blender is exactly what she wants for christmas? I have gone shopping and seen black blazers and thought, "I would wear that all the time." When did I graduate from shopping in the juniors' section?

I am realizing more and more that no one taught me to be an adult. How do you become a normal, functional, and well-adjusted adult? I aced a class in college where i had to learn about taxes. But I was completely unprepared for the real thing - it is a good thing we are related to some accountants. No one taught us how to be adults just like my friends having children were never given an owner's manual. We're all just kind of figuring things out as we go.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Our Trip to Boston: Part 2

Before we went to see the Red Sox play the Yankees on Saturday, we spent the morning hanging out and exploring with Dennis, Steve, Carlie, and Sam.  We walked around Boylston Street and wandered around the Boston Public Library. We loved the old parts of the library that looked like Hogwartz and I especially liked a reading room that reminded me of The Music Man.

Marion the Librarian


Nick in a room filled with locked cabinets with first edition books
After exploring, we rode the train down to Yawkey Way to go to Fenway! People say going into Fenway Park for the first time is magical, and they are so totally right. I have always loved baseball and being at the ballpark, and it was awesome to step back into time when you walk through the gate at Fenway. I love the look and feel of such an old and historic ballpark.

No big deal, just Big Papi hitting a homerun.


It was a great afternoon. It was wicked hot, but I got a box of Cracker Jack, sang Sweet Caroline with my husband, and watched the Red Sox whoop the Yankees. Great day.


Our seats in center field right below the massive video board.
The Guerrette's at Fenway!

The aftermath of a long day of walking and sitting in the sun.
On Sunday, we went to Steve and Carlie's ward and ate dinner with them and the family they lived with for the summer. The next day we were all by ourselves to explore the city!

We started the day by picking up where we had stopped on the Freedom Trail. We stopped by Mike's Pastry for some treats :) While we ate, we read about the Paul Revere house and it is amazing that it is still standing for being so old!

Whoopie pies!
Mike's Pastry classic cannoli
Our next stop on the Freedom Trail was the Old North Church, on the way there is a massive statue of Paul Revere's Ride. One if by land, two if by sea...



The Old North Church was pretty cool because they use it still to this day and people used to buy the boxes they sat in and even decorated them. It would be like upholstering and customizing your pew at church, kind of silly, if you ask me. After the church, we headed down to a cemetery where lots of old graves lie, especially those of the dead Masons. The sideways gravestones kind of creeped me out.

Graveyard straight out of a horror movie!
Then our last stop on the trail (we barely made it to Bunker Hill, so I'm not sure that counts) was the U.S.S. Constitution. It's the oldest functioning warship - we got to see it from the dock, but there was some sort of naval event going on and they wouldn't let anyone take tours inside the ship, which was a bummer. We did get to go in the museum and poke around and see all of their artifacts.


I loved this picture (on the wall behind me) of the women who made the chains for the warships, showing off the smallest and largest sizes they make.

Ahoy!
'Old Ironsides'
After resting our feet and eating a late lunch, we realized it was our last full day in Boston, and that we really wanted to fit in one more thing - a tour of Fenway Park! We tried to go before the Yankees game, but it sold out very early in the morning. We looked up when the last tour was and when they stopped selling tickets, and realized we had about 30 minutes to make it back to Fenway, and we were all the way across the city! We ran to the nearest train station and rode all the way to Yawkey Way, and I had Nick run to the box office from the station to get us tickets in time. We made it into the last tour of the day! And we were so glad we did it. We waited for the tour to start under the air conditioning in the gift shop, and then followed our guides into the historic Fenway Park.

The view from the original seats in Fenway


On top of the Green Monster!
 Our guide walked us through the main concourse behind home plate, up to the next level, and straight onto the Green Monster. It was so awesome! One day Nick and I hope to sit in those seats and watch a Red Sox game. What a view!

Our guide then took us up to the press boxes, where all the famous announcers broadcast from. I loved seeing where Matt Damon sat when they filmed 'Moneyball' and Nick loved seeing where ESPN and NESN broadcasted from.




These two pictures are hanging in the hallway on your way to the press boxes. They are shots from when the Red Sox last won the World Series. There were newspaper clippings, photos, and memorabilia all over the place - there is even a private cafeteria!


After our tour ended, they let us come back in the park for free to watch the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team play the Boston First Responders. It was amazing to see a group of heroes play on that field. It was also pretty cool see some of those guys hit a softball off of the Green Monster too!


It was a long vacation, and we decided to splurge on ordering room service before we left. We opted to share some New England Crab Cakes and we got some goodies from the 7-11 down the road to make it a proper meal :)



Nick saying goodbye to our fancy hotel room
Our last morning before we flew out we left our bags with the concierge and went exploring. Our last stop before we flew back out to Salt Lake was Harvard. We walked around and weren't super impressed with the campus (am I biased that I think BYU is prettier?). I would love for someone who knows the good spots to show us where to go, but we just walked around for a while until we saw the admissions office, and had to show some BYU pride!



Overall, we loved our first real vacation together. We fit so much into a week and I loved seeing the city. I looked forward to the trip all summer, and it was so worth it!