Friday, September 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Jay!

Tomorrow is Jay's Birthday...he is on a business trip in Tennesee so we thought we would show a few pictures and brag him up a bit, so he would know that we love him and are missing him and wishing we could make his day great! We are going to have to celebrate all week just to make it up to him.

Jay was born September 20, 1970 to Loyd and Jane Warnick in Upland, CA. He is the youngest of 5 and I'm told that all of his older siblings adored him and between his mom and sisters he really had 4 mothers. He grew up moving back and forth a few times from CA to UT. He loved playing baseball growing up and has enjoyed coaching all of Logan's teams these past few years.

Jay graduated from Taylorsville High School, Ricks College (Journalism), and Utah State University with a degree in Horticulture. He served an LDS mission to Milwaulkee, Wisconsin. He spent the first 11 years of our marriage and his career as a fields director and groundskeeper for the University of Utah, BYU-ID, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Seattle Seahawks. (Hence all the moving). He now works for World Class Athletic Surfaces and sells the paint, stencils, and all to keep the games going.

Jay is such a wonderful person. He is a loyal friend and companion. He never says anything negative about anyone. He is a fantastic husband and father to our 4 children. He is always trying to figure out who needs a little help and has helped countless people with sprinklers, landscapes (both design and installation) and helped the masses move in and out of different neighborhoods (the joys of owning a truck). He sang in a quartet in our Salt Lake neighborhood for a year or so in 2000. He loves fly fishing and airplanes. If he has one unfulfilled dream in his life it is to be a pilot. He still has hopes of owning a motorcycle or an airplane...we'll see. His favorite color is green and he was recently called as the Elder's Quorum President in our new ward (they just split our huge ward).

There is a lot more to Jay than all of this, but I hope I hit some of the high points and you learned something new about him. We love him lots and hope he has a great day. Jay is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I am so thankful to be his wife. Happy Birthday Jay!

Happy Anniversary to US!

Jay and I have been married for 13 years today! Where have the years gone? Now that we are back here living in Logan it seems like just yesterday that we were dating and falling in love. Jay and I met in the fall of 1994. He was starting his last year at USU majoring in Horticulture, I was working in my first salon, UpperCuts, on Main Street in Logan. He was the Family Home Evening Coordinator in our singles ward and I was one of the "moms" over one of the groups.
We met in Aug/Sept, but didn't really even notice each other much until after we returned to school/work in January. We more than noticed each other when our Bishop had a meeting to get us all excited about planning fun FHE's for the new semester. We played the game where you tell two truths and a lie...nobody could believe that I was the 3rd of 13 children and thought that was my outlandish lie, but it's TRUE. I noticed how complimentary Jay was of his FHE partner and what a nice guy he was. I thought it would be nice to get to know him better.
The next night our ward had a dinner and square dance...we were in the same square and flirted as we passed each other. A few days later Jay called me using his calling as an excuse and we ended up being on the phone for over an hour. He came up with a couple of his roommates and asked if we were going to the USU basketball game the next night. I wasn't planning on it, but when I got home from work it sounded like fun, so I called him to see if he was still going. I wasn't a student, so we tried to get me in using my roommates activity card which was promptly taken away and Jay paid my way in and then sweet talked the girl into giving it back to him. Smooth talker!
We started seeing each other every day after that. He would stop by on my day off after class. I would make him dinner, we went to a few concerts (Celtic Night on St. Patrick's Day was our favorite...oh! and dressing up and going to the Symphony), I watched him play his softball games and bandaged up his knee that wouldn't ever quite heal. The more time I spent with him, the more I was hooked. After only two weeks of hanging out with him I knew I was in trouble.
I told him I loved him the night before he went to Seattle over Spring Break with the Plant Science Club. I thought I had completely scared him away and that I wouldn't see him much after that, but after being introduced at Stake Conference from the pulpit as Jay's "special friend" (his dad was the Stake President), and spending some time with his family, he decided I might be a good risk. He proposed on Memorial Day 1995 on our way back to Logan after spending the day in Pleasant Grove with his family. When we told his parents, they said, "Good, if he didn't propose, we were going to."

We were married in the Salt Lake Temple at 9:30am on Sept. 19, 1995. We had a lovely luncheon at SLCC (which was where I graduated from) hosted by Jay's parents. Ran to our tiny basement apartment in Sugar House long enough to curl my hair again and were off to the Lion House Garden for our reception. I loved every single thing about our wedding day. The only thing I felt bad about was that people stood in line for 2 hours at our reception to see us...I think the whole Taylorsville Stake came and half of Salt Lake and Kamas too!

Jay is the perfect husband for me. He completes me and balances me out in every way. He is the most amazing kind and considerate of others and their needs. He just keeps getting better as the years go by too. I know we wouldn't have survived this last pregnancy and having a baby again after 5 years without all he did to keep everything going while I was so sick and otherwise out of commission. He works so hard in all that he does and makes sure that everything gets done and done right. I love you, Jay, Happy Anniversary!

This picture was taken 2 years ago at my sister's wedding, I guess we should probably get another one sometime soon, I'm just usually behind the camera!

Time Out For Women

Last weekend, my mom and some of my sisters came up to Logan to go to Deseret Book's Time Out For Women. It was amazing...great speakers and musicians...very uplifting...just what I needed.
Top row: Emily, Allie, Dianne. Bottom row: Mom (Patsy), Heidi, Merilee, Kristin. Thanks Dad and Jay for watching the kids so we could go. If it comes to a town near you, I highly recommend is well worth your time and the money!

Friday Night - Mom, Emily, Kristin, Dianne

Baby Matthew's Cute Noises...

The other day Matthew was just being so cute, we had to get in on camera. He's getting so grown up and seems to change every day. Spencer was actually also telling me about his day at school, so you will also hear him reciting Hickory Dickory Dock in the background. Matthew is starting to scoot around, not really crawl, but he is able to get around a little and he loves to pull up to stand on all the furniture. Looks like we are going to have another early walker at our house.