Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pumpkin Carving...A Little Late

We have a had a busy Fall this year! Kelly gave me a wonderful birthday. I was still adjusting to my job, so I was a little stressed on my birthday, but I guess that is the life of an adult. I think I am more adjusted now. I finally feel like I know most of my patients, and there are several (over 100, maybe 130), which really helps me know what I am doing at work.

Kelly is working with the 4th Fighter Squadron now, which is a different job for him. I think he likes it. He works with pilots most of the day. He enjoys the classified information he gets to teach them. Kelly is a news junkie, so his job is good for him...mostly. :) We are both excited for Georgia. We have been looking at houses online!

Yesterday, we got to see our friend, Emily Alley, and meet her adorable son, Johnny. He finally spoke to us as we were leaving. He said "bye." It was so good to see Emily. We love her and Johnny.

Halloween weekend we were in Arizona for my aunt's funeral. What an emotional family experience it was and continues to be. She was so loved. The Stake Center was full to the stage and back. We love the Haught Family and still think and pray for them. Family is what it's all about.

We finally carved pumpkins this year. As you can see, we still love our cat. We dyed eggs in June and carved pumpkins in November. It is the way of this Wood family, I guess! I feel so grateful that Kelly is here for the holidays and my birthday. It may not be this way next year, who knows.
The other two pix are for fun.

Kelly is so happy when she does that.

Yeah for Snuggies! Ha ha. A gift from Kelly for my bday.

Kelly did most of it. I supported.

The cat has already broken off. It doesn't help that is has snowed.

Cheesy picture of the finished product. :) That's the apron my sister-in-law, Katie, gave me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Woods went down to Georgia

We're moving to Georgia! I found out today that we'll be PCS'ing (aka moving) to Robins Air Force Base outside of Macon, GA. There I'll be flying on the back of a JSTARS plane (see below) and doing something intel-wise. So, instead of staring at a computer on the ground, I'll be staring at a computer at 40,000ft.

It wasn't our first choice of places to move, but I think we're both excited. I'm excited to try out a new job and eat every day at Waffle House. Cassi is excited to quote Gone With The Wind non-stop. And Greycoat is excited to meow with a Southern accent.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Conference Weekend

Conference was wonderful. Besides being able to watch from home, put away other tasks for the weekend, and eat good food, we heard inspiring messages from the Lord's Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. I felt very inspired by all of the talks. Some of the messages I loved were about working hard, stewardship, recognizing sin as sin and not trying to make laws to cover it up, missionary work, and protecting and uplifting the family. I also love listening to talks and thinking about other people I love listening, and hoping they find strength in what is being said.

It's also amazing to think other members of the church around the globe are listening to the same message for similar reasons. It is unifying. And lastly, the music is wonderful. I feel very good when I hear the hymns sung by the choir.

This year, Kelly and I watched at home together. On Sunday, we drove down to SLC to watch the last session in the Conference Center with my sister Meesa, her "friend" Colin, and her roommate and friend, Natassja Hill. Colin is getting baptized next Saturday, so this was a special day for him. Conference is a unique part of our religion, so it was great to see his reaction to it. He was amazed by all of the Mormons. He is from New Mexico. OK, so here are some pix from today.

It was very cold and rainy by this time. Good ol' Utah

Meesa and Colin

Plus Natassja-love the hair, Natassja!

Kelly and I saw the photographer who takes picutres for the Ensign walking around. We kept trying to make good poses so he would come our way. He walked by us twice and we walked by him several times, but he managed to avoid us and find 3 other families/people to take pictures of. I told Kelly to wear his uniform next time. Kelly says we aren't good looking enough.

We should find out pretty soon where we PCS (move) to. It seems as if all of our plans lie in that decision. So, we are waiting...but still very excited and nervous to find out. I love this time of year!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

For Some Reason...

this video reminded me of the Haught Family.They always put the important things first-Family. You are awesome, Tash. You are tough and sweet and good. Jen, you are so strong. Houston, I love you chooter. I love all of you, even Dallas who never can remember if my name is Kalli or Cassi (it's Cassi BTW). I love you so much Aunt Cathy. I have a little necklace you gave me for my bday years ago that has a "C" charm on it. I look at it and think of you. You are the toughest of all. I love my Kelly too and our families. I am grateful for temples.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

Kelly and I went to Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park Labor Day weekend. We are moving next year, so we need to take advantage of the beautiful things nearby before we end up in Clovis or something. Here are some of my favorite pictures. I had more, but blogspot was acting up. I am just amazed by the beauty in these places.

I love the way they sit and their wet chins!

Loved seeing this too!

Kelly and Old Faithful. It wasn't as cool as we thought, but impressive because it shoots off ever;y 90 minutes.

Just amazing. I hope Yellowstone never blows.

The Grand Tetons!

Hiking near Jenny Lake

Daddy Moose, aka Bullwinkle

Kelly is in Vegas for 18 days, which is much better than Afghanistan. I get to see him next weekend too. He is working Green Flag with the fighter squadron, which will give him some good experiences. I hung out with my not-so-little sister Meesa (she is going to BYU) last night and today. We had fun going out to dinner and chatting. She is so beautiful and grown up!

We put in our list to PCS this week. Kelly’s commander forgot to submit it on the day it was due (great), but he got it in two days later with a good recommendation. Some of the places are UK, Denver, Florida, West Virginia, Nebraska, San Antonio, and many others. We aren’t holding our breath for the UK, but we’d love it. We will like any place, though. It'll be an adventure. We’ll keep you posted!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Some exciting news in our family...I got a job as a full time Registered Dietitian! Yay! It is at South Davis Community Hospital in Bountiful. Not to bore you with the details, but basically I will be in charge of making a nutrition care plan for each patient, which ranges from pediatric to geriatric.

Also, Kelly likes his new squadron. He has better hours (so far), which we were not expecting. He also gets to research current intelligence and present it to pilots, which has always been the favorite part of his job.

The two of us are adjusting to me working. Kelly has been very helpful with the housework, landry, dishes, etc, since I am no longer home all day. Tomorrow we take our first dive together since I started taking scuba. It is at the Crater in Heber City. I am a little nervous, but I need to do this to become certified. I am glad Kelly is coming.

In other news, two weekends ago we went to Huntington State Park and Price,UT for a Wood Family Reunion. The Lake reminded me of Caballo and I felt nostalgic. We had a blast. All of Kelly's brothers and families were there. They came from CA, South Africa, New Mexico, UT, and Boston. Below are some pix.
The Family. Too bad greycoat isn't in the picture. :)

Eating lunch at Huntington State park

Ginny and Lucy. Ginny caught a crawfish and was showing it off when Lucy picked up a rock to show off too.

The storm coming in. A lot of what we brought flew off the tables while we were racing to get out of the water.

It was a hot day, so the water felt GREAT.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time"

This is a video Cassi and I liked. Although we're not having an especially hard time right now, it's a good reminder that many people are, and a good kick in the butt to get us to help them.

Stupid cuts off the right side, but I think it still gets the message across. Anyone know how to make the blog wider?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Born the on the 4th of July

Happy 4th Of July!

Kelly and I made a list of why we love America:
(feel free to add your own favorites)

1. We call Crepes "really thin pancakes" just to tick off the French
2. Public trash cans
3. Activities such as demolition derbies, rodeos, and state fairs which come with very interesting people and fattening foods such as fried oreos
4. Free refills and drinks that come with LOTS of ice
5. Sasha Cohen, Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskal (that's for you, Carrie), Kristi Yamaguchi, Michelle Kwan, Carly Patterson, etc.
6. The best dang ice cream
7. Free public toilets (Kelly says "good toilets")
8. George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, all of the founding fathers, Abe Lincoln, Susan B Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Ronald Regan, FDR
9. The Prophet Joseph Smith; freedom of religion
10. The Rockies
11. Iowa corn
12. New Mexican chilie
13. Monsoons
14. California oranges
15. Hawaiian pineapple
16. Everyone else has silly accents
17. We invented the internets
18. Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Frank Lloyd Wright
19. F-16, 15, B-52
20. Country music
21. Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, White Sands, California beaches
22. And-We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"They Say It's Your Birthday!

You're gonna have a good time..."
Happy 27th Year of Life, Kelly!
Some things Kelly accomplished last year:
First year of marriage
First deployment to Afghanistan
First cat-greycoat
First time back to visit his mission in Germany
I don't know how those turned into "firsts"

I am sure there are more, but that gives you an idea. Kelly renewed his altitude training course recently, so next week he will probably fly in a jet! That will be his first time in a while. He also moves to a fighter squadron soon, hopefully next week. We are careful not to rely too much on Air Force plans. :)

Today, Kelly may receive his first gun. I am a little nervous about the prospect. This is why we have been talking about it for a few months. It is rare for us to do things spontaneously, especially not a gun purchase. But hey, what is the point of being in the military if you can't have a gun of your own?

Our cat brought a dead mouse to the door yesterday, which is a sign of love and that she is trying to impress us. I guess she knew it was his birthday. It was too gross to take a picture, but you get the idea. I am grateful that Kelly is here and that we are married in the temple forever. I am grateful he has the priesthood. And, I am grateful we can both have nerdy interests (Harry Potter, WWII, Axis and Allies, Rockband, cats/animals, etc.). So, Happy Birthday Kelly!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day...and Mother's Day

Happy Father's Day Dad!
I also say Happy Father's Day to my Grandpa McCuistion, my brothers, my father-in-law, brothers-in-law, and my dear husband who will someday be a dad. I also say thank-you to my Heavenly Father who blessed me with a wonderful family.

I won't be too cheesy, but I wanted to tribute this post to my Dad, Kim Hakes. I also tribute this post to my mom for a late Mother's Day post. I am not too eloquent with words, BTW. Enjoy, mom and dad!

When I was little, my dad taught me to jitterbug. Here we are doing it on my wedding day.

My Dad (and Mom) is the reason I was able to go to and graduate from college. He was so supportive, both financially and emotionally.

Dominoes, that and Mormon Bridge are classic games we played at home or at the cabin growing up. Dad and his mom, Grandma Hakes, often taught us how to play. The best part is when dad makes corny jokes and then says "the jokes never start" instead of "the jokes never stop."

This is one of my favorite memories of being home while Kelly was deployed. We just jumped into the car and went to see "Swing Vote" and then grabbed some pizza afterwards. Favorite memories with dad and the fam are going to see movies and eating out or BBQ at home. Dad is so easy-going about what we do.

My dad always treats my mom well. They are best friends, and they still hold hands when they go out! One of my favorite stories is even when they had 4 or 5 or so kids (they had nine total), they would still go to the hospital and look at the newborns through the window. They love kids and they love us!

Mom and her two grandaughters, Hailey and Julia. There are two more due this year. She is a wonderful grandma. I am always amazed at how she bonds with each grandkid. She even bonded with my cat when I was living at home, and she already had a cat. I think the best description is she has a mother heart.

Before I married kelly, I went to mom with most problems and frustrations. She is good at solving problems and she is very inspired. She was so understanding when Kelly was deployed and I was living at home again, which was weird at first. I also have fun with her when we go to curves or get cones or take walks. Growing up, I loved my summer "date" with mom. I also love getting together with my sisters and mom now. Love you, mom.

I also want to say that I have a wonderful mother-in-law. Janelle is so thoughtful. When Kelly was gone, she often invited me over for dinner which was a great change of scene. We also went out to eat together and had lots of fun. She is also a wonderful Grandma!

Happy Father's Day to Karl, Kelly's dad, too. He took me shooting for my first real time. I am excited to see what else Karl will take us to do that I have never done: fishing, Alaska, who knows? He is a great husband and father.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tying Up Loose Ends

Yeah, it has been sometime since we have posted...woops. Blogging is kind of like journal writing. You want to do it and you know what you should/want to write about, but when you don't for whatever reason, it is overwhelming to catch up and so you avoid it for a while. The good news is I finally got journal writing down! Here are some random pictures/info from what Kelly and I have been up to.

Even though we aren't parents, Kelly made me a mother's day meal and such. It was very sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed having Kelly cook b/c I learned how he likes to prepare food. Normally, we cook together or I cook (I like to and I have no job).

Our family picture with our cat, Greycoat or the Coat, or Coto. She kept me company while Kelly was deployed. Kelly insisted on putting this picture in our ward directory, so people probably think we are obsessed with our cat...It was more funny to us than anyone else, probably.
My lovely sistas. Hot stuff. Meesa, Kalli, Me, Carrie, Cami, and little Cora in the womb.

The Hakes' siblings-we'll get Chris next time. :)

Almost the whole gang. I love how Julia is looking at Dad's (Grampa's) facial expression and not the camera, which is what he was trying to get the kids to do.

Kelly's two nieces-a very tired Lucy and a cute Ginny. I like Karl's (Kelly's dad's) smile in this photo.

Our lovely lilies are blooming! Now if I could just get our tomato plant to do something. I don't think our little balcony gets enough sun.

We got back from Colorado Springs last Thursday. Kelly did the altitude chamber for work, and I got to hang out and finally tour the AF Academy. This is us at Garden of the Gods-so beautiful. It was cold and rainy most of the week, but such a beautiful city! I got to see the dining hall that I learned about at BYU in my Foodservice Management class. I also got to meet some of Kelly's friends form the Academy.

Wooh, that was a lot of info! One last thing is that I passed my registered dietitian exam the end of May! Now I will hopefully get a REAL job. It has been so nice to have the time to hang out with Kelly. He starts with a new squadron in a couple weeks which means he will have irregular work hours, but the job should be more interesting.

This is Kelly and I sliding down the mountain we hiked in the Alps of Grindelwald, Switzerland. It was steep and slippery, so we improvised.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Unlike most people, I didn't realize Venice was mostly situated on water, minus industrial Venice. In order to get to our hotel, we had to park in a parking garage and take a ferry to our hotel. After that, we either had to take a water taxi or the hotel "shuttle" to get across the water. It was crazy! A couple of words to describe Venice: romantic, great food, ancient beauty, and water. We were very impressed with Venice and liked it even more than we thought we would. Even though it was a couple extra days of driving, we feel it was very worth it.
Beautiful Venice. The view at the Rialto station.

Sorry it is blurry; I took it. This is the residential area and the canals are lined with boats. No cars, no bikes.

Kelly in Venice in the morning.

I was amazed when I saw this; foodservice deliveries Venice style. I don't think those boats have climate control.

Kelly couldn't resist taking this picture. The boat was full of Asians and they were waving and smiling and taking pictures of us during their ride.

Our Gondola ride. We felt like we couldn't go to Venice and not take a Gondola. Althought it was fun, it wasn't our favorite thing we did there and it was expensive. It did show us Venice up close. Our favorite thing was walking around for a couple of hours that night. The town is full of bridges and beautiful buildings which look great at night. See below.

This sums up our walk that night.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Europe in a Nutshell

Kelly and I just returned from a 2 week vacation in Europe. The purpose of the trip was to celebrate Kelly being home from Afghanistan (yay!), but to also visit the cities Kelly served in during his mission, which was the Frankfurt, Germany mission. Kelly and I plan to post a little exerpt from our trip each day for the next couple of days. We flew into Munich at 9am and went straight to McDonald's to eat lunch. FYI, Germany does not have ice cream cones at McDonald's. Then, we headed for Dachau, the site of a concentration camp during WWII. I know what you are thinking, what a great way to begin the trip! I am a nerd for WWII history books, and Kelly kind of is too, so it was interesting for us to see.
The gate translates in English as "Work Makes Free." It was an ominous sign to read as we entered the camp. Wearing my red jacket, I felt like the little girl on Schindler's list.

This picture shows the enormity of the camp, as well as the drap buildings and grey, cold sky. I can only imaging how many cold days these people endured here.

Behind Kelly on both sides are the two remaining "barracks". Behind those are rows and rows of foundations for barracks that used to be there. Inside the barracks are rows and rows of bunk beds that they were crammed into.

On a lighter note; we travelled from Munich to Salzburg the next day. Salzburg: the home of The Sound of Music and Mozart. Here is one of the homes Mozart lived in. We watched Amadeus after touring his home.

This is me "dancing" in front of the statue where the kids and Maria danced during the "Do, re, mi" song. We looked for this forever, and then we realized we had walked past it twice already.

And this is some random cow advertising The Sound of Music in downtown Salzburg.