Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Butterfly Effect

Isn't it incredible (and kind of scary) how one little thing can turn into a life-altering chain of events? Everyone has their stories, this is mine.

One day in August 2009, my dad called me and asked if I would like to go to New York with him. I had so many reasons to stay home, but how could I pass up an opportunity like that? So, two weeks later, it was just my dad and me in the city that never sleeps. New York is indescribable, it feels like a whole different world, you HAVE to experience it for yourself to appreciate its vast size, busy-ness, and feeling!

We went to a Met's game, saw Wicked on Broadway, viewed the whole city from the top of the Rockefeller building, ran in Central Park, and most importantly went to 2 Yankee's games. Why would going to a baseball game be so important? Well, before the 2nd game started, my dad and I went into a little Yankee's souvenir shop and bought a cute Yankee's jacket for me. The week ended too quickly and we went back home to our normal lives.

2 months later, it was mid-semester and the MLB postseason, the Yankee's were playing the Angel's, so I decided to wear that Yankee's jacket to class. Before leaving my house, I told my mom, "A boy is going to talk to me today because of this outfit." I was kind of joking, kind of serious. I got to my Abnormal Psychology class a few minutes early and I sat in my normal seat near the door. A handsome boy, whom I had never talked to, walked in, looked right at me, and said, "Yankee's huh?"

I had a million reasons to decline my dad's offer to impulsively go to New York that August: I would miss the whole 1st week of fall semester, I was participating in a triathlon 2 days after we would get home, I would have to ask for time off work... BUT It's a good thing I accepted his offer because that handsome boy who said, "Yankee's huh?" is now my husband.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Grandpa Park

On Tuesday, my Grandpa Park passed away. He had been suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis, a lung disease, for the past few years. It made it really hard for him to breathe. I was at work when I got a text from Chris that said, "We have to go to the hospital now, I'm on my way to get you." My wonderful supervisor Erin let me leave immediately. We arrived at St. Mark's hospital and we could all tell that he didn't have much time left with us. He was hooked up to a machine that was basically breathing for him. Luckily, he was able to speak to each of us individually. He told me that I have a good heart and that I picked a good husband. He also said, "You need to send me a great-grand kid before I go", I told him that wasn't very likely. Chris then said, "Make sure you send us good kids." Grandpa replied, "How about I send you a black baby?"...that is so Grandpa Park, always able to lighten things with a joke. One of the last things he announced to everyone was, "If you don't take care of Grandma, I'll HAUNT YOU!" The whole family was gathered there in the hospital when he passed away later that afternoon. 

It was a very sad day, but amongst all the tears, I felt completely comforted. I know that we will all see him again. I feel so lucky to have the Gospel in my life and to know of the Plan of Salvation. I understand that this is just a step in our journey to living eternally. I can't imagine how devastated I would feel if I believed that to be the last time I would see my grandpa.

Grandpa Park was such a good example to everyone around him. He was always giving to others. He had such a unique sense of humor (unless you know my dad, they are basically the same), he would say whatever was on his mind (just like my dad haha). 

Just a few favorite memories: 

I am the oldest grandchild, so when I was born, Grandpa didn't quite know what to expect with kids. In their home, they had a drawer of flour and a drawer of sugar. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I would run into the house, go straight to the drawers, and start mixing them by the scoop-full. That's when Grandpa coined my nickname "Hell On Wheels", he called me that all the way from age 2 to 22.

Just like everyone who knows him, Grandpa really liked Chris. One day, we were having a family dinner/party, Grandpa was saying the blessing and he said, "Thank thee that Chris could be here with us..." the whole extended family was there! I love that memory! Another day, my mom called Grandpa and told him that the family would be coming to visit, all he said was, "Is Chris going to be there?!"  

I am really going to miss Grandpa Park, he was a great man. I look forward to the day we meet again.


Craig Richard Park, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away March 15, 2011 surrounded by his family due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. Craig was born August 20, 1940 to John Sidrick Park and Stannie Amelia Burt Park and was the youngest of seven children. He was raised in Bennion and attended Granite High School. He served a two and a half year mission in Paris, France from 1960-1963. He married his eternal sweetheart, Barbara Rae Bailey, in the Salt Lake Temple September 6, 1963. They were blessed with five sons and one daughter and 21 grandchildren. He loved time spent with his grandchildren; each one knew they were his favorite. He was a gifted cabinet maker and passed that skill onto each one of his sons and son-in-law. He was also an accomplished pianist and trumpet player. Craig was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings throughout his life including a recent mission with Barbara to the Congo and South Africa where they developed many close relationships. Preceded in death by his parents and five brothers. Survived by his wife Barbara, sister Beth Smith (Joseph), children Spencer (Robyn), Bryan (Terri), C.J. (Lisa), Russell (Amber), Michelle Nelson (Jared), Jason (Joslyn), and 21 grand-children. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 19th at 12:30 p.m. at the Bluffdale 5th Ward Chapel, 15040 South 2040 West. A viewing will be held Friday, March 18th from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy (10600 S.) and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. prior to services at the church. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Remember back in January when I told you about my "baby ear" disease...well I'm happy to say, that after 5 months...IT'S GONE! I am completely back to normal. It has made all the difference in the world. It started in October and it finally just went away a couple weeks ago. HALLELUJAH!

Does anyone know where we can rent 2 scooters? Please let me know, if so!
My Grandpa Park is in the hospital. He has been having problems with his lungs for the past year or so. He has been on 100% oxygen all day. It's not looking so good. We're all hoping and praying that he'll be okay.
Ryan (Elder Park) is doing really well on the mission. It's almost been a year, I can't believe it! He is in West Jordan right now, that's where we lived until I was in 3rd grade. He actually got to go into our old house, the same people who bought it from us still live there. They let Ry and his companion come take a tour of the home. I have never been into an old house of mine, I feel that it would be the craziest thing ever!
And last, but not least, Chris and I are still doing great! Happy as can be! We are getting really anxious about law school, the price, and where it's going to take us. We know that everything will work out no matter where we end up.
I love him more than anything in the world.

That's about it for now. Nothing too exciting has been happening, just life. Oh, we did find out that we're getting a new nephew in June! Chris's brother Scott is having his 3rd son...which means when we start having kids, we'll have to bring some GIRLS into the picture. We'll see!

Thanks for reading. XO

Monday, March 7, 2011

My 2 new loves...

I discovered something new that I LOVE... and I think Chris loves my recent discovery even more than I do (drum roll please...)


My mom is an AMAZING cook. She also likes to do things on her own. So, I knew basically NOTHING about cooking my whole life. While we were engaged, I kept getting more and more nervous about the idea of having to cook for my husband each day when I had never cooked a meal in my life.

Turns out, it's really not that hard! And I love it! I love planning everything out and seeing it all come together! Chris is so sweet, he lets me take pictures of our dinner everyday before we eat... here are some of our favorites so far.

Pork Tacos

Steak Fajitas
OHHH my gosh, these were AMAZING!!!

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
(aww cute, my 1st casserole)

Stir Fry with Lo Mein Noodles

But sometimes on date night....we just go out for Chinese food.

My oh-so-serious/focused (and handsome) husband driving. After we went and ate Chinese food, we drove up to the Draper Temple for quick drive-by. I'm so jealous of the people who live right across the street from the temple, how AMAZING would that be to walk out your front door each day?! I'm not complaining, of course. We're so blessed to have THREE temples in sight!

My 2nd new love is...


I'm pretty obsessed. It's SO fun, it goes by way fast so you barely even realize the AMAZING workout you're getting! PLEASE COME WITH ME! Wednesdays, 6pm, at the gym. Also, I got some Zumba videos that I do almost everyday at home in my living room. I would love company!

On my most recent post, I told you that Chris had 2 letters waiting from Houston and Alabama. Turns out 1 was an ACCEPTANCE LETTER (to Houston) and the other was just Alabama informing us that they received our financial aid application. Lame. So we are still waiting to hear their decision. I'm LOVING the Houston Temple.
So gorgeous!

For FHE tonight, Chris and I did the P90X workout called Kenpo X. I love working out with my boy. I can't wait for it to warm up so we can start running together again.

Anyway, thanks for reading! XO