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The Parable of the Guinea Pigs

we had fast and testimony meeting today since next week is conference.

a sweet little 9 or 10 year old boy got up to bear his testimony.
he told a story about a guinea pig he got for Christmas that died.
to replace the one original guinea pig, his family got two more.
he talked about how blessed he was to have these guinea pigs and that He made it possible.
he also said that he is thankful that He gave us animals to love us and to teach us how to raise our children.

sal and jay, thanks for teaching us how to raise our future children...

days like this.

"i'm sure i'll collect and take the light wonder bombs
to the point in the universe
where sound does end.
it's the back porch of God's summer home.
and it's so quiet here, 
you float.
it feels the way cotton candy tastes.
and i say to Him God, why do i call you God?
and he says, 'because Grand Poohbah would sound ridiculous,'
and i say yes!
i knew you've had a sense of humor.
i saw what you did to phoenix
but God, so many poets have tried to tackle it
ginsberg, corso, and they missed.
what is holy, what is actually holy?"
-derrick brown

it's cold.
knit sweater and a cup of tea kind of day.

the kind of morning where your bed wont let go of your body.
your animals are snuggled at your feet.
when your alarm goes off, its still dark out.

days like this make me think of certain poems.
like buddy wakefields hurling crowbirds at mockingbars (hope is not a course of action)
and derick browns "a finger, two dots, then me."
and many other emotional and heart wrenching poems.

if you havent heard/read buddy wakefield, go do it.
but here is derrick browns poem.
because its the one that really keeps going through my mind today.
(go ahead and read it at my funeral or something garrett.)

Grown ups.

remember when Garrett got a job?
well, he loves it. (phew.)
and they treat him really well.
most days garrett takes me to work at 7:45am on his way to work.
and then he picks me up on his way home from work at 4:00pm.
this system works out really well most of the time.
i do travel all over the valley for work, but most days we just carpool because duh,
wouldnt you rather have someone else drive you around and keep you company?
me too.

the other day i had to be in west jordan at 6:30am
so i took the car.
when i picked garrett up from work i got to see his office!
(which i hadnt seen before.)

look at him making business calls and "creating flexo excellence" 
(what ever that means.)
we are so blessed to have such good jobs, with great schedules!

want to know what the best decision we made this month was?
getting gym memberships.
we werent doing yoga as much as we wanted to because after work we had no motivation.
so now we go to the gym.
and we actually go.
its great.
the past few times we have gone weve spent an hour and half- two hours there at one time.
and it feels so good.
plus, (i know it supposed to be bad for you and cause cancer and stuff, but so do cell phones right...) we have unlimited tanning...
i like to call it motivation to work out.
knowing that as soon as im done doing that cardio, weights, and 12 minute abs that i get to go lay in the warm tanning bed for 8-10 minutes gets me through it.

they also have hydro massage beds and this cool red light therapy machine that is supposed to help with tight muscles, stress, bad acids, and a whole list of other things.
so thats pretty cool.
basically, gym memberships are really great.

animal love.

i realize, as im sure you have too, that our animals rule our lives.
but what ever. we love them so much.
and they are entertaining and loads of fun to have around.
so im just going to keep talking about them and posting pictures.

we got jay to keep sal company during the day.
and through sal looooves to chase him around 
and jay encourages the chasing sometimes/most of the time.
they really are becoming buds.

when we leave the house in the morning we shut all of the doors and let the animals roam around freely.
we even block off the bedroom door sometimes because our apartment is old and you can just push lightly on the door and it opens.
usually when we get home from work both animals run to the door to greet us

well, the other day we came home and the house was quite.
no animals around
all of the doors were still shut
and i swear i thought someone had stolen our animals.
garrett opened the bedroom door and sal stood up on the bed with a look on his face like 
"oh, your home...?"
as jay slowly crawled out from under the bed and stretched.

these two are having all sorts of adventures together, snuggle up together, drink out of the same dish at the same time
and sal has less anxiety about us being gone during the day.
but he is still just as excited to see us when we get home.
(and garrett looooooves jay so much. i didnt realize he liked cats. and i dont think he did either.)

i sometimes think that jay is starting to pick up some of sals habits
and is starting to act more like a dog than a cat...

when we first got jay, sal started to "act out" as we would say in my field of work.
he was like a jealous older brother.
which means sal spent a lot of time in his box.

in his what?
when sal was just a lil guy and would do bad things no matter what we did, it seemed like he still didnt care.
you could pick him up by his scruff and scold him and his tail would still be wagging.
and we didnt want to hit him or anything like that.
so the vet suggested putting a box over him.
his breed has really bad anxiety and doesnt like to be alone.
so when he's in the box one, he's all alone.
and two, he cant see what we are doing and it drives him crazy.

well, since he was acting out and spending more time in the box it got to the point where when he did something he knew he wasnt supposed to do like stick is face in the kitty litter or pin jay down until he was meowing really loud, as soon as i would say "SAL!" he would head straight to his box.
and since he couldnt get the box over his head by himself, he just lays in it.
we sure do love these little guys.
i am so glad i married a man who loves animals.
so glad.

no gluten please.

i wish i could go to any place and instead of saying "no chicken please"
i could say "no gluten please."
that would be really nice.
someone invent that please.

my coworker who sees me snack on dried fruit, nuts, and rice chips all day was asking what we eat, you know, besides snacks?
well honestly, we mainly eat those kinds of snacks.
but when we do cook, we cook things like
Zucchini Fritters (with coconut flour)


Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet (with pink rice)

(obviously we had lots of zucchini from mamma hayes garden.)

we also just bought a tortilla press.
i see loooots of corn tortillas in my future.

we also have a cook book call Small Plates and Sweet Treat
a COMPLETELY gluten free cookbook with recipes that you would never guess were gluten free.

so really, we are eating pre-tay good.

AND get this.
with all the research ive been doing on gluten lately i learned a lot about the connection between autism and gluten.
and though there are no hard facts as to what/why taking gluten out of the diet of a child who has autism works, for some reason it just does.
i was working with a mother who has a child with autism and nothing seemed to be helping.
i suggested she do a little research about gluten, as well as gave her some of my findings.(along with consulting with her pediatrician of course)
I called her back this morning to see if things were getting any better..
(my job is really great in that we dont just connect families with resources and say "good luck" but we actually call them back and make sure they got what the needed and if not we make sure they do.)
boom baby. it is working.
thank you stupid celiac for making us go gluten free and helping others.

the long and short of it

our days have been long.
with short nights.
very short nights.
being an adult is starting to wear on me.
but i guess its good for us since, well you know, were going to be adults for a looong time.
we are blessed with good jobs , and shoot my job is even fulfilling.
(how could it not be when im helping families all day?)
we have families that love us.
animals that adore us.
(at this rate we will have a zoo by Christmas. come visit us, free of admission)
a nice home to lay our heads down in.
we live in a magical city that has adventures waiting for us.
our friends would do anything for us (and us them)
we get to attend a ward where we are needed. (you know how good it feels to be needed.)
we are going strong on not eating gluten, even though it is my weakness.
and you know,
i am in love with my life.
every. single. minute.


Welcome to the Sherwood home.
where every one needs attention.
nobody wants to leave your side.
3 am is play time.
what's your's is theirs
and when you leave for work every morning, they act as if their little worlds have been shattered.

back to school

on friday i picked matt up from the airport, ran some errands, picked garrett up from work and then we headed off to idaho to take matt back to school. it was a tight fit, but we made it work.
this was a much welcomed and needed trip.
it was so nice to have a break from real life and be back in rexburg again!
though i dont forget how much i love that little town and the people there,
it always surprises me how lovely it is to visit and be back.
i am so glad we are only 3 1/2 hours away.

while we were there we were able to make it to olivia's birthday party, have slumber parties with two of my favorite people around, move matt into his new apartment, play disc golf, take sal swimming at the warm slough, see friends play music,  and get a friend for sal!

meet jay gatsby, the newest member of our family!
he had just been neutered 30 minutes before we picked him up so its been an interesting 24 hours making sure he's not active, doesnt eat and is still happy.
him and sal are slowly warming up to each other.
but i can tell they are going to be the best of friends.
(at least they better be. we got jay to keep sal company while we are gone during the day.)

jay likes to get lost in sals hair.

when we go to idaho sal knows he can be free there. 
he runs and runs and runs.

when we were playing disc golf sal chased a little girl, a boy on a bike, tried to join some skaters on the half pipe, found two pieces of pizza in the grass and devoured them and tried to go swimming in the duck pond.

to say the least, he was a hand full this weekend.

its good to have so many good friends so close and to now have matt close as well!

family dessert night

we now live 15 minutes away from one of my aunts. 
weve started going to their house on sunday nights 
every other sunday we have dinner and the others we just do dessert because the kids dont get back from their dads until 7.
this week we made lemon sprinkle sandies
and they were sooooo good and pretty!

friends, fairs, and james taylor.

i love saturdays.
ours always seem to be jammed packed but in a relaxing kind of way.
our friend skyler came down to salt lake and is staying the weekend with us.
we woke up, had breakfast, and while the boys were playing super nintendo i did our routine saturday morning estate sale shopping.
i made off with a cool map of salt lake and a fancy rug.

the avenues has a street fair every year (and how it started is kind of a cool story.)
we headed up there and i had a hard time paying attention to the actual fair because i love just looking at the houses.
i even ran into a rose bush and had to pull 3 thorns out of my knee because i was so distracted by one of the houses.

there were so many vendors and yard sales on the side. it was a good time.

we went to stake out a parking space for the james taylor and motab concert early so went to the lion house to get some dessert and waste time.
i was able to see some of my previous colleagues and it warmed my heart.
it was raining so we went to the visitors center and hung out until the doors opened at the conference center.

james taylor was SO GOOD.
it was so cool to see him live after always hearing him growing up.
and then to hear him with the utah symphony and the mormon tabernacle choir was amazing.
i cant even describe how cool it was. 
and for it to be in the big ol conference center with such good sound.
he did two shows in the conference center and they were both pretty much full. (the conference center holds 21,000 people.)
it was a lottery system to get free tickets and out of 5 people in my family that tried, jess got tickets. (of course)
and i am so glad she did and gave them to us.

(that glowing body is james taylor. no pictures were allowed and there was an usher sitting right behind me so i had to sneak this.)

the end of the world and candy corn.

today has been weird.
there was some kind of crazy wind storm that blew in toons of salt from the salt flats.
one minute you could see the mountains and down town, the next they were gone.
it really freaked me out.

and then we went to see world ward z...
ahh geez.
my life has been changed/ruined by that movie.
it was good, but i hated it.
it was so intense.
too intense.
i didnt realize until we were walking out that i had been clenching my teeth the whole time.
so now my jaw hurts.

garrett got a job.
we went out to celebrate tonight.
like the rest of us, he does not want to grow up and commit to a 40 hour a week job.
so as you can see, he was not overly joyed.
(but he is. mixed feelings ya know?)
he got to pick out of the whole state of utah where we ate.
and he picked taco bell...
his reasoning was that since we are starting a strict GF diet on monday, he will never be able eat taco bell again.

if you know me then you know i looooove holiday candy.
peeps, jelly beans, candy canes, conversation hearts, and yeessss candy corn.
i was listening to NPR on my way to work the other day and they mentioned starburst candy corn.
apparently that night i told garrett all about them in my sleep.
so naturally we had to go search them out.
and ohh baby, they are delicious.

How Cuute.

Can we talk about how cute little James Bridger is? 
Jared and Jessica did good.
This is my first time being an aunt (on my side of the family)
and i am so excited!
Thankfully my mom lives right next door so i get lots of cute pictures of this lil guy.

Ensign Peak

On this fine labor day we originally had planned a 7 mile hike in the canyon to a beautiful lake. But then there were thunder storms in the canyon.
So we opted for a 1 mile hike up Ensign Peak.
When I lived in SLC before, our singles ward used to do this very easy and short hike for FHE whenever someone forgot to plan something. (which was at least twice a month during the summer)

Though it was no 7 mile hike to a lake, it was nice to just be hiking around out side before it gets too cold.

After the hike we let Sal run wild in a soccer filed at a church building.
He loved it so much.
We used to take him to the dog park regularly but he had an indecent where he was trampled on by other dogs and now he's scared doesn't run around when we go.
He was so happy to be so free!
Here is proof.

Look how big his smile is!

Happy Labor day.

oh, hi.

I thought once we got internet I would be better at updating this little blog. (for my mothers sake if not for anything else.)
I've just been so busy with work, trying to keep my house put together, and having fun with my little family.
But I am now recommitting myself.
Here are some highlights for the past few weeks:

When we got internet, one of the first things we did, besides purchase car insurance, was re-watch the first half of season 5 of Breaking Bad.
This is Garrett sitting on our free couch with a bowl of home made fries and 3 kinds of BBQ sauce.
That's what dinner looks like at our house sometimes...

We happen to live in what I consider a really good location. We are right behind State Street, but still in a neighborhood which means we have at least 50 different places to eat with in walking distance as well as vintage shops, and at least 15 tattoo parlors. There is a place called The New Golden Dragon, about half a block away from us. I am pretty sure this place is our new favorite Chinese food restaurant. 
They give you SO much food for so little money, its in a big reception hall type room with lots of big beautiful chandeliers, high ceilings, and it's just about as good as Ying Yangs.  (Garrett promises that he was in fact happy on this date.)

Here are our most recent Sunday morning photos.
We live in an inner city ward. This means that we don't have a ton of members, 6 service missionaries, lots of non-traditional families, and people from all walks of life. 
When we moved in the Bishop, who is a cute little Hispanic man, said we were a God sent.
On Friday night we met with a member of the bishopric and got callings.
Garrett is the first councilor in the young men program and a ward missionary.
I am first councilor in the young women.  
It is going to be a really great calling but really hard. 
Most of the kids in the ward come from broken or mixed families and are looking for someone to look up to. And there is on average of 2 people that actually come in each the ym and yw... 
but we are so excited to be in a ward that needs us!

And how can I make a post and not talk about this fluffy guy!?
Sal is almost 6 months old and is getting so big and smart.
Lately hes favorite thing to do is crawl/slide under the bed on the hard wood floors and jump in the shower with us any chance he can get. That dog loves water.
He is such a cuddle bug, especially in the mornings and always wants to be part of the gang.

I sure love this little family and the new adventures we are having together.

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