Monday, August 31, 2009


In kindergarten it was decided that I would need glasses. It was very traumatizing to be called "four-eyes" for the first few years of school (kids can be so mean.) I had a brief encounter with contacts in 6th grade and finally made the permanent switch in 8th grade. I have a pair of glasses that I use at night and for studying when I was in college. I absolutely hate being seen in my glasses. They make my eyes look HUGE and I get so embarrassed! All I can think of is being called "four-eyes" again.
Around the end of June one of my contacts chipped (I have hard lenses) which then prompted a visit to my eye doctor. While getting a new prescription I asked about wearing soft lenses. I've heard how much more comfortable they are and wanted to see if I could give them a try. My doctor didn't have my exact prescription in a trial pair but one very similar. She gave the pair to wear until a trial pair of my prescription could come in. The second I put them in I was addicted to the comfort. I couldn't believe I had been missing out for over 10 years! I couldn't even feel them on my eye. Hard lenses always feel like there is an eyelash in your eye but you just have to get used to it.
After a few days I realized I couldn't see as well as I had before. Everything was just too blurry. Once my prescription trial contacts came in I was really hoping they would work. To much disappointment they were worse than the first pair. So the doctor ordered a different brand. To my dismay they still didn't work. By this time it had been over a month since I could really "see". I had a huge breakdown and couldn't stop crying. You don't realize how important your vision is until it's gone. I was starting to wear my glasses everywhere. It was the only way I could see. I really really really didn't want to go back to hard lenses. Once you're had something so great its hard to go backwards. But I was willing to go back just as long as I could see again.
Poor Codee had to endure this emotional roller coaster with me. He finally took me to his friends dad who is an eye doctor in Lehi. I told him all my woes and he thought he could really help me out. Surgery is out of the question because my eyes are so bad. The technology isn't quite there yet. He ordered me 6 pairs of different brands of trial soft lenses. (Only 6 out of 30 contact companies make a prescription strong enough for my eyes. Lame huh?) And they only took 3 days to get in as opposed to my other eye doctors 2 weeks. Still... none of the soft lenses worked. I still couldn't see as well as I had before.
Our last option was to try this new "HYBRID LENS". The center of the contact is hard while the outer part is soft. They were only $400 bucks!! (my sarcastic voice) But if I ordered them and they still didn't work I could send the back for a full refund. So, what the hell. It has been over 2 months since I could see clearly. And you honestly can't put a price on your eyes. Well... drum roll please... THEY WORKED!!! I now have the best of both worlds. The vision I need plus the comfort of a soft lens. I can't even describe how happy I am. Even though my eyes aren't that great I am still so thankful I have them. I can't imagine what it'd be like to be blind. Thank you Dr. Gray for giving me my eyes back!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Codee and I have been engaged for almost 2 weeks. I seriously can't believe it! For the first few days I felt like I was in a dream. I had to keep pinching myself to make sure the ring on my finger was real. I was completely caught off guard by the whole proposal.
Just as we were about to leave to go camping I joked to Codee and told him not to forget my ring. I had picked out my ring a couple months ago and was just waiting for him to propose. I honestly had no idea when it was going to happen. I wasn't expecting it for a few more months. Little did I know, my smart alec comment would floor me a few hours later.
When Codee was down on one knee and I had just read the tree's message, I felt this rush of disbelief run through my body. I was completely shocked and didn't even see it coming. I looked at him and said "Are you serious?" (Not exactly what I'd pictured myself saying when I got proposed to.) He told me how happy he is with me and how he can't imagine his life without me in it. He said he wanted to be with me forever. And then... "Rachel will you marry me?" Before another second could pass I told him "Yes". How could I ever be so lucky to deserve this? He jumped up and kissed me. All I could think was that I was really and finally going to marry my best friend... officially. He pulled back and said "Oh, I forgot to put this on". He opened a little gray box and pulled out the shiniest ring I've ever seen in my life and slid it onto my finger. All of a sudden this ring had so much meaning to me... our life together (past, present and future), our commitment to each other and an everlasting bond of love and friendship. As another minute or two passed, the whole thing hit me like a ton of bricks. Everything that had just happened finally set in. I felt my eyes start to well up and I couldn't stop it and it just poured out of me. There I was in the middle of the forest with Codee and a ring on my finger. I told him how much I loved him and how lucky I felt to have him in my life. The moment couldn't have been any better. My cup had runneth over...

Sunday, August 16, 2009


It took me a really long time to decide how I was planning on proposing. I wanted it to be just the two of us, and something unique to just us. Before Rachel moved to California last summer, I went up into American Fork Canyon and carved our initials in a tree, and put it in a frame for her to take with her. I decided that I would do something similar to that, but I would carve our initials, and below that carve Will You Marry Me. My friend Nate and I went up to where Rachel and I were planning on camping this weekend, to carve everything into the trees with me. Everything went fine with the carving, but I was so nervous the whole time. Even though it wasn't going to happen for a few days, I was having butterflies. The time came for Rachel and I to go camping, and it really wasn't looking good for us. The weather didn't seem to want to cooperate with my plans, and the thought of having to come up here again another weekend when it was sunny, was not making me very happy. We arrived at camp and set up the tent and things, then the rain came. It rained for 30 min or so, and then it stopped. I knew I wouldn't have much time before the rain returned, so I insisted that we go on a walk. I could tell that she was a little apprehensive about going on a walk, but I wasn't going to take no for an answer this time. We began walking and the thought of what was going to happen was setting in. With every step, I was becoming a even more of a nervous wreck. Rachel told me later that I was walking so fast, she thought I was choking Togo with leash because I was dragging him up the hill. We got to the spot that we had marked, and I took the leash off of Togo and said "I wonder if he'll run after me into the trees?" I ran, and of course Togo wouldn't follow (He doesn't love me near as much as he loves Rachel) I asked Rachel to come up here to see if Togo would follow her. As she walked up to me, I crouched down acting like I found something in the ground. I told her to come over and look at what I'd found. As she got close, I said "Hey, look at that tree, that's cool." She turned and looked at a tree that I had carved hearts in, but missed the tree that said will you marry me. She turned back again and I said "The other tree." She turned and looked at it for what seemed like an eternity. We are both pretty blurry on what was said next by either of us, but she did say YES (of course) and it turned out to be a really great experience. Pics will be up soon. Sorry, if my story is a little unclear, but it was hard to recall all the details.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Last weekend we took a hike up to Bridal Veil Falls. It was seriously gorgeous! At the bottom of the falls in a pool of water where everyone hangs out. The water was FREEZING!! But it was so nice to cool off in the hot sun. We took Togo and Shelby with us. Togo did NOT like cold water one bit. But Shelby had so much fun playing in it. It's a hike we will definitely do again in the fall, when the leaves are changing.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Heber Rodeo

Saturday we went to the Heber Valley Rodeo. I've gone every year since I was young (minus last year when I was living in Los Angeles). My grandma and her 2 kids came, along with my aunt and uncle. And we met Codee's cousin and his wife and 2 little girls who live in Midway. (Check out my steer wrestling and calf roping pictures on my photography blog)

Before our drive up to Heber we stopped at 7 eleven for some Slurpee's. As my uncle Bret was getting his, the machine let off a cherry Slurpee bomb all over his shirt. He lives in Layton, 45 minutes away, so we stopped at Sears so he could get a new shirt. All of us could not stop laughing the entire drive up.

Once at the rodeo, we walked around the fair and I rode THE TORNADO with Mariah and Anthany. I was so dizzy for about 20 minutes. The rodeo was so much fun! And luckily no one really got hurt. After the rodeo we went to the Dairy Keen (best shakes in Heber if you ask me). Codee and Mariah kept making weird faces at all the people inside. We were all laughing so hard! Codee is going to kill me for posting the picture of him....
Bret with his cherry slurpee bomb
Riding the tornadoCute Sydney
Mariah and GrandmaDon't kill me Codee... I love you hunny!