Sunday, December 21, 2008

We just got Elfed

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas

Here is our Christmas Card. We are being "green" this year and emailing/blogging it out this year.
Merry Christmas. We hope all is well with you and your family!

Love, Brad and Rachael Huntsman

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Caribbean Cruise

Okay I just wanted to brag a little. For working in Alaska for Royal Celebrity/Caribbean last summer, Brad and I both get basically a free cruise. We have to pay taxes and gratuities. So it works out to about $20 a day. Brad has been promising his parents for 3 summers that he would take them, so we decided to take both of our parents. We get two cabins on the boat, I'm not sure how all six of us are going to sleep but it will all work out somehow.

We have to go on a stand by basis. We picked two Eastern Caribbean Cruises that leave in February. They both leave around our one year anniversary. So we get to spend it with our parents. One is an 7 day and the other is 8 days. We bought our plane tickets and its official. We won't know until a few days before the cruise if we get on but it will still be a fun adventure if we won't.

Wish us luck, everyone needs a vacation from the snow in February. You can all count down with us, that is why I put the countdown on our blog, so I know how many more days we have left.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Little Update

Well its been a while since we wrote anything so here is an update. Brad is working for Verizon Wireless. He is in Salt Lake for two more weeks (until Dec 20) for training. I hate being apart! I can't wait to have him back. I was able to come down this weekend and spend it with him. We went to the BYU vs. USU game at the Energy Solutions Center in Salt Lake tonight for free!!! Can't complain about free. It was a great game. GO COUGARS!!! BYU won! Watch out for the USU fans though, they are pretty loud. After the game, we went and walked around Temple Square. I love that place during Christmas. There is such an amazing feeling there.

I am working at the County Extension Office doing office secretary stuff. I love it. It is only 19 hours a weeks. I can come and go at my own time. Its a perfect job for me, especially with Brad gone I can spend the weekend with him.

We had a great Thanksgiving with his family in Mapleton, UT (just south of Provo). His parents and sisters came down and got to spend some time with them. We went to Soda Springs on Thursday night. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, we go get Christmas trees with my mom's family. It's great and we had a fun time getting our tree. See the pictures below. When I get a picture of the tree all pretty, I'll post it.

Me sawing down our tree

Brad & I with our tree

My family - minus my little sister Tauna and little brother Telford

Lisa, Brad & I on the drive out

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We got jobs

We are employed once again! Rachael got a great job at the Bonneville County Extension office doing 4-H and helping them with a grant. I just got hired at Verizon Wireless doing sales. It will be part customer sales and part business sales. Wish us luck.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Things we saw & did in Soda Springs

We went to my parents house for the weekend to make chocolates. My mom has learned how to make hand dipped chocolates from my dad's sister. So we decided to give it a shot. Here are some pictures. We made mint, vanilla and maple nut chocolates and peanut clusters.

The starting of the chocolate centers.

Adding some flavor to them.

The center of the chocolates.


We also saw a musk rat walking down the street in front of our house. I live on the main road that goes through Soda and the huge rat was just walking down the street minding his own business. He finally walked over into the Alco parking lot, we figured he was just going to pick up a few things.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Boston, Maine, & New Hampshire

Fenway Park - Brad's favorite place. We did a tour and they took us all over. One of the pictures is of some of the original seats from 1934. They were not fun to sit on for very long.

Freedom Trail and Cheers - We walked a little of the Freedom Trail. We went past Paul Revere house, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill and the original Cheers.

Cranberry Harvest Festival - Some of our guests had told us about the cranberry harvest that happens in October. Brad did a little research and found out where it was happening. We went out to a place on the Cape and saw them harvesting the cranberries. Cranberries grow on vines in bogs and then they fill the bog up with a little water and take a machine through them that knocks the berries off the vines. Then they fill the bog up with more water and get a vacuum hose and suck up the berries into a large truck. The berries then go to the Ocean Spray factory that is just down the street. The other interesting thing we learned, is that they rent out bees for a few weeks to pollinate the cranberries.

Plymouth - Brad's ancestors came into America here. His 9th great grandpa was the first governor of the pilgrims.

Maine & New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New York, New York

Okay, I'm sorry this has taken so long to get some of our New York pictures up. This is going to be a long post but it will be good, I promise.

Museum of Natural History - for those of you that have seen Night at the Museum, this is the museum they filmed in.

World Trade Center - we did a walking tour with a guy that worked on the 82nd floor of the first trade center that got hit. He shared his personal story with us. They are rebuilding the block, 16 acres. They are going to put reflecting pools where the orginial buildings were. Then, a few more towers and a really big one called the Freedom Tower. It is going to be higher than the orginal. It will be 1776 feet, symbolic of the year our country declared independence. There will be a memorial building built between the reflecting pools.

Wall Street

Empire State Building - we took a tour that goes all the way to the top. It was an amazing view up there.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Time Square, 5th Ave, Broadway, & David Letterman Show - we went to the Letterman show. They didn't let us take any pictures, except on the outside. It was fun to be that close to David and the band. We were about 10 rows from the band. Debra Messing was one of the guest stars.

Yankee Staduim & Fun with Andy & Stefany

Phantom of the Opera - My parents bought us phantom tickets for Brad's birthday. We were twenty rows from the stage. It was so amazing. We got all dressed up for a night on the town. Thanks mom and dad!

Central Park Zoo - it was an interesting zoo experience. I was very disappointed that I didn't see zebras, hippos, lions or giraffes. I was basing my expectations from Madagascar (the cartoon movie). They were from the New York Central Zoo. I assumed it was Central Park but it really is the Bronx Zoo. Sad! We also saw monkeys eating off each other, turtles doing turtle things and our trip would not be complete with the homeless.

A special thanks to Andy & Stefany for letting us crash on their living room floor. You guys helped make this an awesome trip!