Monday, April 28, 2008

San Francisco awaits

We're going to San Fancisco on Wednesday for our 1 year anniversary! I'm so excited. We're staying at the San Francisco Marriott, below.

We've both never been there and we are quite looking forward to it. Any tips or must-see advice? I want to ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, I'd love to see Alcatraz, and Rhett already got tickets to a San Francisco Giants game. So far, that's the list. So if you've been before and loved something, please share!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Here's to Sarah

My little sister Sarah turned 21 this week! April 14th to be exact. So do I still get to call her "little"? Regardless of should or shouldn't, I probably always will.

This is my ode to Sarah in picture form. She's pretty much one of the coolest people in the entire world, and I just can't get enough of her.

She loves her dog. She named her little dachsund Tank. Now she has one named Boo Radley.

We explored our Italian heritage together. Fara San Martino - this is the town in Italy where we're from.

at my wedding

close up

a romantic moment.

foilage is so delicious.

At laguna beach.

Ah, that face. How can you not love this girl?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

the original

There is only 1 Natalie Buttars in America. I'm quite pleased.
LogoThere is
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

The one, the only.

Good to meet ya.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

call me a grump

Every so often I have to work a Sunday, which I really don't prefer. But apparently the babies here at the hospital are pretty excited to get out into the real world, and they just can't be reasoned with. I'd much rather they all wait to be born until Monday, but again - unreasonable. So when I have to work a Sunday here and there, I understand. But this morning I woke up with a seriously bad attitude, I did NOT want to go to work. I procrastinated getting out of bed as long as I could, rationalizing that the traffic would be a breeze at 6am on a Sunday morning. That only bought me a few minutes before I had to give in to the inevitable.

On to the highlight of the day. Around 11:30am, one of my coworkers beckoned me into one of the empty patient rooms. Waiting inside was a handful of fellow employees, and a cute young married couple there to give us a spiritual thought and the sacrament. I was so incredibly grateful for this gesture of thoughtfulness, that they would care enough to bring the sacrament around to all the hospital employees who wanted it. I suddenly felt so selfish and embarassed by myself and I felt my bad attitude melting away. And in this new and different setting, as this young man in a suit kneeled on the hospital floor to say the prayer, I listened in a different way and was so touched by the meaning of the words. I try to pay attention to them every time but to be honest, I'm frequently distracted. This time it meant so much more to me and I found myself getting really emotional. I quickly composed myself since I was still at work, but left feeling so much gratitude. So thanks to that nameless young couple whoever you are. You made my day.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Hey, eleven months.

To celebrate our eleven month anniversary, we spent a week in Cancun. (not really, it was a family trip - thanks mom and dad!) We just got back last night. Do I really need to explain to you the superiority of our weather in Cancun compared to your slushy snowball back here in Utah? I'll let the pictures rub it in a bit.
(I wrote comments on the pics, but I guess they don't show unless you scroll over the picture.)

My favorite adventure of the trip was the zip line through the jungle - try it someday. The final zip line drops into a deep freshwater pool, and it was delightful. In another blog, I'll tell you about our scuba diving disaster and amazing rescue. Definitely another day.

One more month people. Then the hardest year of our marriage will be over. {sigh} What a relief. That's what they say, right? First year's the hardest? Strangely, we haven't noticed. So if this was the hardest year, then bring on the eternities of marital bliss! Can't wait. This year has been a breeze, and absolutely flown by. Does anyone else feel like we just barely got married? I guess we must really like each other, that's all I can figure. Call me cheesy, I don't care. This year hasn't been easy, not at all. But it has been happy in all of its craziness. 4 moves, 2 states, and a couple of new jobs later, we're still happy. We are truthfully happy, without sugar-coating or omitting details. I think that's something.