Thursday, August 30, 2012

Our New Home

This is our lovely home. It's sooooo nice having a garage!

I must have a thing for red kitchens...

Wait a minute... I though he was done studying! Turns out a man's work is never done. 
We have added my desk on the right side of the room since this pic as taken.

Ya, we are the only couple I know of where the husband has more clothes than the wife. Yup- something is wrong with that statement, but it's true. In our last house, the guest bedroom closet served as Wes' overflow. But now we have one large closet and love it!

And last the best of all the game... our beloved pool! We swim almost every single day! Never gets old! And for some reason, my skin is tanner than it was when I lived in Kentucky... strange. How we ever survived without a pool is a mystery to me!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our BIG Move

We left our Louisville home Saturday morning, and arrived in Bakersfield Friday. We didn't take the most direct route, but we made it quite an enjoyable road trip. We started in Kentucky, drove through Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and finally crossed the finish line in California! We were able to see several church history sites and meet up with friends and family along the way.

Nauvoo temple at night time. Beautiful!

John Taylor is Wes' Great Great Great Grandpa!
Wes' parents came out for the graduation, helped us pack our stuff and load the moving truck, made the cross-country drive with us, then helped us find our new home and move in :) We were soooo grateful for the help and enjoyed spending almost 2 whole weeks with them! Thank you!!!

Trail of Tears/Hope

Room in the Newel K. Whitney store where the Relief Society was formed

Window where Joseph Smith was killed :(

After getting lost from following our GPS and MapQuest, we finally found Mt. Pisgah and a dog came running out to us. He was super excited to see us and rolled over so Wes could rub his belly! haha

(Mt. Pisgah) When the saints were traveling west through Iowa, they sent a group ahead to establish some ground, plant acres and acres of crops, and build homes. That way, when the saints stopped through, food and shelter would already be there. Unfortunately, thousands lost their lives there, but it helped so many more. This is also the place where Brigham Young enlisted over 500 men for the Mormon Battalion.

We visited Winter Quarters, the Pioneer Cemetery, and saw the Winter Quarters temple.

Old picture of ancient Navoo

The major tunnel outside Denver was closed so we took a huge 2-hour detour. This is the steady stream of cars inching their way through the mountains.

Driving through the canyon was beautiful! I miss the mountains!!

When we drove through Utah, we spent the night at my parents' house. It was so nice to spend some time with my family :) This is us driving to one of our favorite local restaurants El Mexicano.
(I also didn't get pics of our Kentucky friends we were able to spend time with along the way, but we spent the night with the Andersons in Grand Island, NE and endulged in Cafe Rio in Denver, CO with  the Nielsons.)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Meet Dr. Wes R. Cardall DMD, MS

Wes finished his residency at the U of L in June. He basically lived at the school these last 2 years and when he wasn't there, he was home at his desk working hard to become the best orthodontist possible. His residency was tough, but it's the whole journey that got him here. I am SO proud of him!! :)

Dr. Bednar presenting Wes his diploma

The residents said they wanted a big check when they graduated... and that's exactly what they got!
These boys (and girl) spent more time with Wes than I did these past 2 years! They went through a lot of hard (aka fun) times together... plank contests, beating each others' scores in "Fall Down", tearing phone books,...