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Monday, January 25, 2010

We Made it!!!

Matt and I arrived in Guadalajara at 5 am in forty degree weather, something we did not expect.  Taking the red eye flight from LAX can be exhausting.  We took a really cool bus from the airplane to the terminal.  So when you go through customs they do a random customs check.  You push a button and if it turns red they check your bags.  When we pushed the button it turned RED ahhhhh.  It was okay though because we didn't smuggle anything into the country we just felt bad for the girl looking through our bags because we had 7 of them for her to look through and they were all full.  She found our temple and clothing and asked some questions.  Almost a missionary moment.  It was exciting. 

After customs we got a ticket for the taxi and that was adventure. It took twenty minutes to get the neighboorhood, but about forty-five minutes to find the street the house is on. We felt so bad and needless to say tipped the driver generously. We did suprise Lupita by arriving so early, but it turned out to be okay

In front of our house

The Palm tree and cool bug in front of our house.

Once shown our temporary room we crashed for 5 hours because the room that is better was currently occupied until Saturaday by two girls from New Jersey (who were really nice and college girls that loved to go out and party).  Anyways, I took some picutres of our first room.  There was a t.v., dresser, bed, and across the little patio a bathroom. 

This is the bed

The dresser with all our suitcases in the way

The window

The T.V.

The Door

Outside looking in

The Bathroom we used

Toliet side

Shower (we are really luck that we get hot running water)

They did laundry right in front of our room

After waking up we decided to go for a walk because the weather had warmed up to about 75 degrees it was crazy.   We have a ten minute walk to Walmart with a movie theatre (they show some movies in english with spanish subtitles), 15 minute walk to a HUGE shopping center, Plaza de Sol, where there are probably 20 shoe stores (it was crazy it felt like there was one every other store).  We walked to Plaza de Sol Saturday night and had gelato and observed the culture.  It was so much fun.

Saturday morning we went to an endowment session at the temple (the busy day there we didn't know).  It was about a 30 min walk.  There is a Home Depot right by the Temple and Carls Jr. and Blockbuster.  Also there was another movie theatre.  We live on the border of Guadalajara and Zapapan the nicer part of the city. Our church is right next to the temple.  We chose a Spanish ward so that we could get to know people in our area and so that I can learn spanish a little quicker.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sitting, Waiting.

So in our wait for our leave to Mexico Matt and I have been spending our days playing Super Mario Bros on the WII and it has been quite entertaining, getting all the secret things.  I am starting to think that I am really really really lazy, but there is only so much other stuff you can do.  We are reading a book too and everything expect switching our phone bill is ready so go down.  Oh and not having a car is no fun. 

We are really excited for our adventure in Mexico to begin. The university is being slow about approving his internship, but we have a place to live down there and a reserve of money to live off of; if the school doesn't approve than it becomes a fun vacation with matt getting international job experience and both of us learning to love the people.  I really hope that we will be able to have a missionary opportunity. 

Anyways,  we hope that we will have internet access so that we can keep you all updated on our adventures. 

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Just Starting

Okay so Matt and I met in January 2009 and were married on July 30th, 2009. We moved really fast, but we could not be any happier. We are really happy and loving life. I graduated the week before our marriage which was really excitng. I now have an education that someday I hope will pay off.

On our honeymoon we went to Oregon and had some car trouble, enough to put it in the shop for the week (the first sign the Talon was dying). The joint connected to the axel (I really couldn't tell you exactly the parts, but it is a very rare break) snapped while driving through a canyon on our way to the Shakepeare Festival. So instead of touring and seeing everything we planned we got to stay at our condo and enjoy each other. So much better for sure.

After the honeymoon we moved into our first apartment in Rexburg, ID. Matt had one semester left before he graduated. It was a really nice apartment. We got a deal for a very large two bedroom apartment with a washer and dryer and large kitchen and living room and gas fireplace. While living there I had to find a job for four months and I could not find any accounting related jobs, I was really sad. I however found a job at a call center (where people would call in and place orders from a catalog) that was temporary until december, PERFECT!!, for decent pay. I really enjoyed that job and loved the people I worked with.

Matt graduated (walked because he still needs his internship) in december and we went down to Utah to temporarily live with his parents in Ogden. Christmas was fun because all of matt's family came. He is the youngest of 8 kids which means all his brothers and sisters are set in their lives and live across the United States. They all came home for Christmas. It was the first time I met Matts oldest brother and his wife from Washington. We did split Christmas day between my family and his so life was a little crazy.

During the last month or so of Matt's last semester he applied for an internship in Guadalajara, Mexico. Which we did not hear anything until December 28th. So we are going to Mexico from January 24th to April something. So excited. It is going to be an amazing experience. Anyways this brings us up to current events. On our way back up to Matt's parents house January 2nd the exact same thing that happend in Oregon happened on the other side to the other wheel joint/axel. So now we are trying to figure out a way to get to Mexico. Should we buy a car and still drive down (this is what we orginally decided we were going to do) so we can see the country? Or fly and pay more for buses to see things when we are down there. I think we might buy a car just because we will need a car when we get back. It is cheaper to drive down then fly.

Anyways, I am going to keep this updated throughout the years to come. I can't wait for all of the exciting adventures that lay ahead of us. Until next time I post. I might put some pictures up, but I might wait until I have pictures from Mexico who knows. Adios until next post.