Friday, January 18, 2008

I think I've been tagged!

So after reading Anna's and April's blog I think I've been tagged. If it's not me you were speaking of, and there's another Holly you'd be more interested in getting to know-well then you'll have to introduce me to her. Without further rambling, here I go:

How long have you been together? We just surpassed our 3 year mark in October, so we're young'ins compared to the large majority out there.

How long did you date? That's difficult to say since our dating/engagement period seemed to blend together with either of us having a recollection of specific dates. Despite this, I think I'd be safe to say 3 months of dating and then another 3 months of engagement. I'm sure Anna would say "that's so Utah" and she'd be right, but Paul will always say that he had to work fast so that I wouldn't go back out west for school.

How old is he? He's 26, the same as me.

Who eats more? Oh without a doubt, ME! Paul always says its unfair, because I always eat all of my portion and half of his. Paul's pretty lucky now though, with me being so pregnant I get full so quickly and he can eat all of his food.

Who said I love you first? That was Paul. I had wanted to say it much much earlier, but didn't want to rush things(or Paul). I think there was an unsaid understanding that we both loved each other, so he/we didn't end up saying it until very late in the game.

Who is taller? Even with Paul being a compact 5"5, he is a good 4 inches taller than me. On that note, I think I should tell you that once someone told me he wasn't really datable because of how short he was. I told them it wasn't a problem for me though! Paul always likes to comment, that this picky individual is still single.

Who sings better? Well, neither of us are known for our singing voices (Paul will always say that his family is NOT musically talented), but if awards were given out to those who could sing like Kevin Cronin, Freddy Mercury or even Peter Frampton Paul would take the gold. Paul excels at masking his voice and imitating others.

Who is smarter? Paul, no contest.

Who does the laundry? I do. As a result of Paul taking on his own laundry responsibilities at age 5 (ask Joanne about that), he's never been too meticulous about laundry. I on the other hand am a little more particular, therefore I do it.

Who does the dishes? I do, not because Paul wont do them, but its because I want them done so quickly. I don't like dishes to sit, so I end up doing them immediately.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Just as April, I'm always a little confused about this one. If your looking at the bed, I sleep on the right side.

Who pays the bills? Traditionally I have, but since moving to Germany everything has changed. We're taking the leap to automatic bill pay, and Paul's getting all of that set up.

Who mows the lawn? In the past we haven't had a lawn, but now that we do Paul is looking forward to taking care of it. Paul is a big fan of "nice lines" and these sorts of things (he's worked landscaping/ grounds keeping jobs for several summers) so I'll let him do that and I can focus on starting a garden.

Who cooks dinner? Surprise, that's Paul! Paul actually is a fantastic cook, and we both love cooking together but he traditionally does more day to day cooking and I like to do the entertaining and special stuff.

Who is more stubborn? Definitely, without a doubt-me.

Who kissed who first? I can't say, I think its a draw.

Who asked who out? Well Paul definitely introduced himself to me first (about 3 times), but I think it was a mutual decision that we should hang out. I actually was dating someone at the time, and so after I told Paul that I had broke it off with my long time boyfriend- he knew exactly where we stood.

Who proposed? Paul officially did, but I made the decision to stay in NY before he proposed or even spoke of it. After telling Paul of my decision at a Domm family barbecue, he said non-chellantly "so we're getting married". Don't worry, that's not how he proposed. A few weeks later when he had the ring, he did it properly.

Who is more sensitive? Me.

Who has more friends? I think that's pretty equal.

Who has more siblings? Paul. He has 6 and I have 5.

Who are you tagging? Hmmm. Has Deborah already been done? I'm sure she has. I have to get back to you on that. Maybe I'll be happy just catching up on every one's blogs. I know that's lame, but I'm new to the blogging world, and I feel this new past times sucks up allot of my time already.

Hopefully my ramblings (and poor excuse for grammar) were somewhat informative and maybe even interesting. I've got to sign off otherwise the rest of my unpacking will never get done!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Is it true, am I BLUE?

Recently while visiting Deborah's blog I took a color-test. You know what I'm talking about, one of those tests used by pchychologists to tell you what kind of personality you have. Well, I took it and I came out Blue. I was pretty surprised and well, honestly I had felt like I received an A on a test when I knew I should have gotten a C. If your a little confused let me explain. This nice test said I'm blue because it's the most soothing shade of the spectrum, and that others are calmed by my "soothing presence". Recently with my due date less than a week away and our home still in the process of being put together, I'm far from a soothing influence (ask Paul). Last night my insanity reached a new level as I explained to Paul (I really don't deserve him), that I could not relax and be ready for the baby until everything was hung up and in its place on the walls. This included my Pottery Barn sconces which we had previously given up on because our walls are made of CONCRETE. I justify my neuroses by saying its the overload of pregnancy hormones, and my need to "nest" before the baby comes-but, in reality I think I'm just crazy. ))Take the test and see what you think. I thought Deborah's outcome was spot on (it said she was orange), but if your receive an outcome that is a little off -let me know.

On a lighter note, two days ago I passed my German Drivers Test! This is a big relief as its a very hard test, and I didn't want to worry about it later on when the baby comes. This good news came at a perfect time because my car had just gotten in from the port. Now comes the fun part, finding my way around!

The Color Test

Take this test!

You're blue — the most soothing shade of the spectrum. The color of a clear summer sky or a deep, reflective ocean, blue has traditionally symbolized trust, solitude, and loyalty. Most likely a thoughtful person who values spending some time on your own, you'd rather connect deeply with a few people than have a bunch of slight acquaintances. Luckily, making close friends isn't that hard, since people are naturally attracted to you — they're soothed by your calming presence. Cool and collected, you rarely overreact. Instead, you think things through before coming to a decision. That level-headed, thoughtful approach to life is patently blue — and patently you!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy Day, The Ships Come In!

Yesterday, our goods from the states came in and Paul and I couldn't be more happy. We had found out at 4pm the night before, so to say the least we didn't have allot of time to prepare. With little notice the base FMO (Furnishings Management Office) wasn't able to pick up our loaner furniture until next week. This meant we would have goofy looking loaner furniture (think the dentist office waiting room) along with all of our own stuff. This didn't make me happy, and as a crazy pregnant wife who has just wanted a nice looking home (after being here for over a month with nothing, the prospects of having one is pretty exciting), I was set on taking care of the situation. So instead of leaving the loaner furniture downstairs (like Paul suggested) I convinced my WONDERFUL husband that we should store them in the third floor extra bedroom! We expected the movers to come between 8 and 9 am, so Paul and I were up bright and early moving furniture. At this point I thought, if this doesn't induce pregnancy-I don't know what will. Well after waiting and waiting (and cancelling my European drivers test in the morning) and then more waiting (and then having to cancel my OB apt. in the afternoon) the movers finally came!
Last night I was teaching a class at RS Enrichment and so I couldn't spend the night unpacking. As a result, I woke up early this morning (I felt like a child on Christmas morning) ready to unpack my things! Soon I will be able to relax knowing that if I go into labor (we have a little over a week until the due date) we will actually have a FUNCTIONING home to bring our little guy to (along with a car seat and a crib!).

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Years in the Swiss Alps

Afer visiting France we decided the perfect place to spend New Years Eve was in Switzerland. We stayed in Interlachen Switzerland(it came highly reccommended by friends), and were surrounded by some of the most beautiful alps. The first picture was a view taken from our hotel window.

Colmar, Colmar and more Colmar

We loved Colmar so much we thought we'd share some more pictures with you. As you can see, Colmar was decorated to the brim for the holidays. Even days after Christmas (when we arrived) Christmas markets were in full swing and carols could be heard playing in the distance. Paul and I stepped inside one of their larger cathedrals and were able to enjoy a little bit of a holiday organ concert. As I walked around this magical little city, I had almost forgot that Christmas had already come and gone.

Frohe Weihnachten from Colmar!

After leaving Metz in Lorraine we traveled to the Alsacian city of Colmar. This city combined the wonderful cuisine of France with the fairy tale architecture of Germany. Colmar was cozy and just the perfect place to wander around and browse local shops. Paul and I decided that this was definately one of our favorite French cities. Hopefully we can share it with some of you!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. Paul and I enjoyed Christmas dinner and games with a family in our new ward, and then attended a squadron Christmas party later on that evening. As none of our belongings from the states had come and there was nothing keeping us home, we decided to do some traveling on Pauls 4 days off. First we drove to the French city of Metz, located about an hour from us in the Lorraine region.