Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!!

Wow Christmas is already here. Time has already flown by. I can't believe it. It is really nice sharing Christmas with Kyle. Combining traditions of his with traditions of mine. Fun thing is both of us grew up having cinnamon rolls for breakfast so that is exactly what we did. Kyle made home made cinnamon rolls. It was fun though because with it just being the 2 of us we were able to save the presents from the last reception in Nauvoo to open on Christmas morning along with the presents we got each other. Funny thing is we got each other the same thing. We got each other a blender... same brand and everything! It was rather amusing.
We are going to go to see a movie later today that will be something new for me. We are going to go see Alvin and the Chipmunks (never thought of going to a movie on Christmas!) But why not!
I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and remember to cherish the moments of family, friends, and Christ today! Merry Christmas!

check this out! Its beautiful!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

its offical i am hitched!

Well the wedding was over a week ago and I am just now getting to blogging. Well partially because I am wide awake and Kyle is still asleep. Weird I normally am so tired and I haven't gotten much sleep lately due to being sick and coughing all the time. Grr!
Well the wedding was beautiful. I can't tell you how all morning I was stressing out worried that he was going to change his mind. I am so relieved that our wedding was early and not later. I would have been a basket case. As it is I didn't sleep the night before. It was so great because some of my family even made it down. Some that I haven't seen in 8 years. It was so great!
Ahh can you feel the love? Sorry its kind of a sappy picture but I was so happy that day it really was the best day of my life! I have no regrets and really am married to my best friend!

Sisterly fashion! The night before for my baccalaureate party we went and got pedicures! Best baccalaureate party ever if you ask me!

The Las Vegas temple so perfect for the wedding! I can't imagine getting married any where else!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yesterday I had an emotional breakdown.... 17 days till my wedding and my dress doesn't fit. My boobs are to big! I swear I had a melt down. If it were not for my mom and older sister I would have been so emotional.... Thanks guys. Things will work out.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wedding plans.... going crazy!

Wow today Kyle reminded me of what a great guy I am marring! (Well I knew it but sometimes its nice to be reminded.) I spent the day running around trying to get last minute wedding things done, I went and and got the ties for all the guys in the wedding party. Lots of blue and purple ties. I even got one for Beck! He is going to be the most attractive baby boy there.... okay so he most likely will be the only baby boy there but hey I can be bias too can't I? After all I am going to be his favorite Aunt Mariah!
But then I cleaned the apartment, and ran Diana around. I got home and was still doing things! But what does Kyle do? He is sweet and comes over after a long day at work and makes me dinner. Nothing special he does that all the time because he does the majority of the cooking but still it made me realize and remember how sweet he is. He had a long day. He could have complained and had me cook but he didn't he was sweet and cooked dinner.
I am defiantly marrying the best guy in the world!
Sorry ladies in 19 days he will be all mine! But now its crunch time and things are getting closer honestly I CANT wait but part of me is a little nervous. Not to be married to Kyle but to have to live with a man... I mean after all guys (most guys) are dirty and what if he has weird habits I don't know about? I know I worry to much!
I was also thinking of a song Kyle and I like to listen too. It really explains our lives so much. Both of us have had our share of failed relationships but we learned from them, and they really did lead me straight to him.
"Bless The Broken Road"
Raskal Flatts

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You've been there you understand
It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true


Now I'm just rolling home
Into my lover's arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

Kyle is the one man I want to spend forever with. My broken road ended with him. He is my rock! My northern star. He is constant and filled with love. I can't wait to be his wife. I only fear that he will realize how flawed I am before he says I do....
The last few days I have been an emotional basket case. Stupid birth control pills.... They make me a little more moody then normal. Plus I am starting to stress out. Wedding plans are going but its crunch time.... ahhh

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Well life has been kinda crazy the last little bit. I moved apartments and that was stressfull enough. We moved seriously everyday for an entire week! I was more then ready to be done. I am even more then ready to be done with boxes! I HATE boxes. I am realizing that yes the apartment is about the same size but it is 1 bed room and Kyle has started moving his stuff in as well, I am learning there is not as much room..... grr. Oh well. The kitchen has EVERYTHING we could possible ever need. Well everything except a toaster! But I am excited because I have a washer and dryer in the apartment. Its a tiny one, really cute but its better then going to a laundry matt!

This is my fav part of the entire apartment. A walk in closet... I have to share of course but its a walk in closet!

This is the living room, I am excited the painting I have had for well over a year has finally made it up on the wall and not just up against the wall!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Well it is official I have moved into the apartment Kyle and I will be living in. Oh my word what a hassle. Who knew moving ten minutes away was going to be so much work. My car has defiantly gotten a work out. Right now I still have things are both apartments. One day of moving apparently was not enough. I seriously wish I had just rented a trailer or something. Would have saved me so much time and I would have already been done. Well at least my bed is here..... and my clothes, though I forgot my towel. I do have a washer and dryer in the apartment so I am happy about that one. No more paying to do laundry. Happy day! Oh happy day! 
But the next couple of weeks are going to be kinda crazy, I'm finishing moving, then this weekend we are going down to Vegas to get kyle's stuff and our marriage licence. Then Kyle is moving in with his aunt till the wedding at the begging of the month. And then the count down really begins.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mission reunion

Well tonight was my mission reunion! I realized how glad I am to be home! As much as I loved being a missionary and as much as I had the worst adjustment, I am soooo glad to be home. It was so awkward seeing everyone that I had served with. I realized how few I actually knew. I was closer to the missionary couples then anything else!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

So thanks to an older post of Nichole's I was able to come across a sight that listed 40 top things that technology has killed I wanted to list my favorite from that list....
1. Using Proper Grammar and Punctuation

Status: On life support

txting and iming has made proper grammar seems kinda old skoo, dont u thnk? heres hoping 4 capitalization & punctuation 2 make a comeback in emails & other writing. the gr8 gatsby probly wuld hv been way less gr8 if it wuz written like this. lol

Yeah this one is true and so sad! Once upon a time we lived in a world that was governed by how we speak. The other day a girl came in to work seriously speaking as if she were texting! "OMG! LOL! G2G!" No lies! I was ready to slap her!

2. Getting a Busy Signal

Status: Nearly deceased

Thanks to advances in voicemail and call-waiting technology, you rarely hear that annoying broken tone any more. Unless, of course, you're voting for American Idol or listening to Pink Floyd.

I remember as kid using the *66 when I really needed to talk to someone!

3. Paying for Long Distance

Status: Nearly deceased

Once upon a time, people had to pay expensive per-minute fees for long distance. Then, the big bad cell phone came along and blew those charges away like a straw house. The end.

With cell phones no one pays for long distance any more!

4. Waiting to Get Photos Developed

Status: Showing signs of illness

Though film-based cameras aren't completely gone, the advantages of digital snapshots --namely, that you can view a picture immediately after taking it and that you can discard bad shots at no cost--have certainly made traditional cameras far less common.

Digital cameras aren't they great?

and lastly 5. Removing the Perforated Leader Strips From Continuous-Feed Paper Printouts

Status: Nearly deceased

Born in the 1970s, the dot matrix printer delivered low-quality printouts for nearly two full decades before ink jet technology offered an alternative that was slightly less hard on the eyes. The dot matrix printer will be remembered for its frequent paper jams; for its slow, noisy operation; and for the thin strips of perforated paper that you had to tear (carefully, so you didn't end up with a document that looked as though a tiny but voracious shrew had been sampling it) off the left and right sides of a printout once their work of keeping the paper properly aligned in the printer was done.

I enjoyed doing that as a kid! I would make things out of them!

So I know its random but aren't we all. Thin about it though what do you miss most from your childhood? I miss the zebra gum, or watching tail spin, or just how laid back it was. What ever you miss why let it die?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2 Months and counting!

Wow only 2 months to go! Time is going so fast but at the same time not fast enough! I can't wait till I can say Kyle is my husband and not my fiance'! So exciting. Things are coming together though. Invitations are ordered and on there way (to me at least!) Pictures have been taken, the cake in Vegas has been ordered (this is a picture of the cake! Kyle picked it out. Didn't do a fantastic job?), my dress is being pressed, but yet there is still lots to do! Each day that goes by is a day closer to Kyle and I being married for time and eternity. 
It was funny but the other day I was reading thoughts I had growing up. I always felt that there was only one man for me, one man that I would be truly happy with and one man that I would be willing to spend time and eternity with. I never thought I would find that man. But I have. I have found the one man that completes me, the one man that makes me the happiest I have ever been and he is my best friend. He has become the person that I turn to when I need advice or comfort. He is the one that I want to spend all my time with, no matter what we are doing. He is the only one I don't mind messing up my kitchen. (Everyone else I have issues with!) I love Kyle with all my heart!
I have fallen for other guys in the past but there was always limitations to what I felt. I never was completely happy. I didn't understand that until recently. The other day Kyle came by work and we went to lunch at the food court. (Nothing too exciting when you only have a half hour.) But on our way up we passed on of my ex boyfriends. It made me realize so much. While I was dating the guy I thought I loved him, yet I still felt being with him was a choice of being happy or being happier. Now I understand that because with Kyle I don't have to hide who I am. I am able to be myself. I am able to be "happier" I am able to love unconditionally. That is such a blessing that I didn't even realize until I experienced that blast from the past. The Lord works in mysterious ways!

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Lord's Hand in all things!

I have done a lot of thinking the last couple of days and realizing how often the Lord has carried me through trials. For instance me being in Utah. I never would have moved to Utah if I hadn't of been planning on going to LDSBC (which I am having nothing but problems getting enrolled in.) It makes me wonder if the Lord uses these reasons for us to make a leap in order to bless us greatly. If I hadn't of moved to Utah I never would have meet Kyle. I never would have started dating him and I would not be engaged right now. 
But lets go back further each decision that we make helps mold us correct? Has helped make us who we are. So what if these experiences never happened would I still be the same person I am today? What if I had not of served a mission? Would I be who I am today? NO I would not. Each experience whether good or bad has made me who I am. The woman that I am now is because of those trials, those decisions. And I will forever be grateful for that. The Lord has blessed me greatly.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Trip to Vegas

Well Kyle and I took a trip to his home town of Las Vegas for a wedding reception. (It was his sisters!) It was a trip filled with work and play. Friday when we got there he took me down to the strip to see what Vegas is known for. We went to the M&M factory, we went and watched the water show out side the Bilagio, we went to Cesar's palace, I saw the worlds largest chocolate fountain and then we went to see Phantom of the Opera. It was amazing! The whole trip was great. We celebrated my birthday on Friday because we were not sure how crazy life would be on Sunday. Honestly I am grateful that we did. I had a blast!
Then on Saturday we spent the majority of the day helping set up for Jen's reception (which was out side) It was kinda hard because it was raining all morning but it cleared up into a beautiful evening. I meet lots of people and honestly remember no one. 
Then Sunday after church and a nap we headed home. As fun as it was I was grateful to be sleeping in my own bed again. There is just something about your own bed that makes coming home all worth while.
This is in honor of the Phantom of the opera, but with a little twist. I laughed so hard when I saw this. Partially because I am living in Utah and understand a lot of the Utah jokes. I mean this was made by BYU students after all.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New bra at work

So this post is via request of Nichole! (Go Nichole!) She wanted to know what I thought of the new bras at victoria secret.... well the new body by victoria (bbv) bras are the same old bra with new touches. I didn't like the old ones so it stands to reason that I wouldn't like the new ones right? But I thought I would give it a try one of the new bras (the demi) has memory foam in it. Well my fav bra is the dream angels demi which is memory foam as well so I figured I would give it a shot. Yeah NOOO. Not a fan. I dont know what it is about the bras but I just dont like them. They are not all that comfy to wear.
So walla the review of the new bra!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My mommy is here!!!! I am excited to see her. Get to spend some time with her.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Press showing of Julie and Julia

Well tonight I was able to get tickets for the press releasing of Julie and Julia. Diana was going to come with me but ended up working. (Sad day I know. She would have loved it.) So I dragged Kyle along with me. Not that he minded I mean it was spending time with me and the movie was about cooking. Two things Kyle loves! 
The movie was cute. Not really what I was expecting but then again I am not exactly sure what I was expecting. Who knows. I did laugh quite a bit which is always a good sign. They portrayed Julia Child as the proper lady in the 1940's and I think that is what made me laugh the most. I could imagine my grandmother doing many of the same things she did in the movie. I mean after all my Grandmother was a perfect Irish Lady. (With an added temper.) 
On the other side I was able to relate a little to the other leading character Julia. She can cook and finds it relaxing. I on the other hand burn water. How do I compair you might ask, well she has melt downs in the kitchen while cooking. Yes I have done that many times. Too many in fact. But even amide her melt downs she was able to learn to adapt to life, and not stress out. Maybe I need to take a lesson or two from her. What do you think?
I will be the first to admit that I stress out to easily, and that I over react way too much. Maybe if I could travel back in time and take a lesson on patience and endurance from my grandmother it might be a little better. But I must learn and press on. One day at a time and definitely nothing worth stressing out over. See what a good start I am already failing!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The proposal

Well since so many people have wanted the details of the proposal I have decided instead of sending off tons of emails that you are welcome to read this if you would like. Kyle is the most amazing man ever, I am so lucky. Well he was cooking me dinner like he does often. (he is an amazing cook! So talented!) 
Well while he was cooking I was plotting, I had wanted to heart attack his car for a few days but every day either he got there after I did or it was raining. So it didn't get done. But I told Kyle that I needed to run to the store for something. Well he first tried to convince me that I didn't need to go just then, and then told me I was not telling him the whole truth. i told him he was right but before he could convince me to stay I ran out to do my lovely deed! (I learned after the fact that I totally ruined his plan he was going to pretend he needed something from the store and send me out.)
Well when I got back he had set up Orange lillies (as close to tiger lillies as he could find, a glass of sparkling cider, a bear and he had even made a slide show of the two of us. (my mom had been emailing pictures of m to him.) It was so sweet and so beautiful. After the slide show was over he told me there was something special about the bear. I am a little slow and he had to tell me to squeeze his foot. I did and I hear "Mariah I love you, will you marry me?" 
Ok so I didn't think he was serious! I mean he has asked me times before I just didn't realize this was the real thing. Then I turn to him and he is pulling out a ring box. Then it hit it was for reals! of course i said yes! So happy!!!! Here is the bear sorry its side ways.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Im engaged!

Wow everyone so big news I am engaged! I am getting married! Ahh so excited. Ahhh. So happy! Its hard to believe!
Plus my nephew Beck Abraham Ivie was born this week! It has been a great week!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Weekend of the fourth...

Hope everyone enjoyed there Independence day. I had a good weekend. I took a few days off from work and went with kyle to his family reunion in Moab, Utah. Lots of people and lots of little kids running around. We spent 2 days cleaning up his grandparents home. Yard work, cutting trees, painting, the whole shebang. It was a lot of work and honestly the whole weekend I got very little sleep. But it was fun, I am glad that I got to go. Yes I was hot and sweaty and very dirty for 2 days but I had fun. 
I had never been to Moab either so that was an adventure. Oddly enough I was so tired that I really didn't enjoy the fireworks. Sad I know. I was falling asleep on Kyle's shoulder.  Basically as soon as the colored spectacle was finished I got shooed off to bed which I was thank full for but really didn't get to sleep for a few more hours. Kind of hard when you are sleeping in the living room and people and coming in and out. But it was alright, I didn't mind really. Just VERY tired! 

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Life is carzy!

SO its been far too long since I last posted and I have no excuse other then my lack of TIME! So I am making time. So let me catch you all up.
I have been working still at Victoria's secret. I enjoy my job (most days.) Nothing overly exciting going on there. I get to deal with the usual wanting to kill the customers for messing up the panties that I JUST folded and they watched you do it. Yeah that is why I am glad that I work mostly in the beauty section of the store where most people don't get mad at you for not having the right color bra and you don't get mad at them for messing things up. Isn't life grand?
But well I finally went on a date! Amazing I know. The first one was awkward. I think mostly because it had been so long since I had been on a date. It just felt weird. That and I swear Utah dating has a different feel to it. In the words of the movie singles ward "You are automatically being evaluated for time and eternity!" Ahh isn't dating so fun!?! NOT! Well alright anyways it was a little odd as well because the guy looked like a guy that I knew and he kind of creeped me out. But hey it made it a little more interesting right?
Well then on Sunday I had another date with another guy. Well things worked out and now I am dating him. He is a great guy and treats me like a princess. He is sweet, thoughtful, amazing. We will go to the temple together every once in a while, he cooks me dinner, and just enjoy one anothers company.
Well I am also excited because it is now official. We have some where to sit, I went and bought a futon and Kyle was here to make me dinner and helped me put it together. He is amazing. I think Diana is more excited about the futon then I am because now she has a place to sit and watch movies or play on her computer.
Well there you have it a quick up date on my life...
As for Diana, well she has been working. No dating yet but hey that is what I am here for right? Oh the plotting begins.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Week of Blessings

This week has been so amazing, Heavenly Father has been blessing us so much. He has blessed us for our obedience in moving out here to Salt Lake. I was asked at work if I would be interested in a management position. It would be in the beauty section of the store and so I would spend the majority of my time in that part of the store. But that is were I am more comfortable anyways. Then I saw my trainer from my mission. I love her so much it was great to see her again it has been almost 2 years since I saw her. I also saw another companion from my mission, Liisa Erickson. She is going to school in Provo so I went down and spent the day with her it was a blast. I had so much fun. 
This week really has helped me realize how many blessings I am being blessed with, everyday the miracles and blessings God is giving me.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

So this week has been rather interesting.  Working mostly. But it has been interesting as well, my niece Bethany went to the hospital and had to have surgery.  She is doing better and will be going home tomorrow. 
While at work I had a few interesting things happen, I had a really old guy come in and start hitting on me and then leave. Odd! Then I had a drag queen come in, in his male form and started showing me and a co- worker pictures of himself. I was shocked needless to say, because I come from small towns this just doesn't happen. Apparently it does.
Then Diana's boss who is gay offered me a job, with out speaking more then 2 words to me. It was rather amusing to say the least. It has been an interesting week, but fun!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First day on the job!

Well today was my fist day at work! It was mostly just this is this and that is that, oh and the whole this is how we talk to our customers. It was rather amusing but I swear I came home smelling like a fruit basket or something. Today was spent mostly in the beauty section. The make up, perfume, and lotions. Naturally they had us sampling the products. As a result I came in smelling like 3 different lotions, 4 perfumes and had a total new look then when I left. 
Amusing actually. I work tomorrow as well but I am working in the bra section. I am only hoping that I don't make a total disaster of it. I mean it looks way complicated. I was a few minutes early today and so they had me hop into the bra section and shadow the girl that was in there looks way confusing! But hey I guess that is what I am there for to learn! One day at a time doing one thing at a time until I finally get it. When that day comes I think I might have a heart attack. There is just so much to learn and so much to know how to do and such..... 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Craziness of me!

Well I start work on Wednesday! I am really excited, a bit relieved to tell you the truth! I was starting to stress out, because they told me that I got the job but hadn't told me when I started. Stressful! 
Oh I hooked up Diana on a blind date! Ha ha. She tries to pretend she is indifferent but you can tell she is excited. She is doing well transitioning to the big city. She is getting alone with the other singles in our ward. Then again they all thought she was the older of the two of us and they didn't think we were sisters. Hum. I mean we saw one of my friends that had never meet Diana before and he could tell that we were sisters. I swear something is up with the singles in the ward, maybe they are all crazy. What do you think?
So for Easter we went to one of the singles' houses and they had a pot luck. It was nice to meet more people but it was awkward. I had forgotten how a lot of singles have clicks, I mean we all do people that you are comfortable around. It just makes new people feel awkward and out of place. That was totally me last night. We were both so tired after that we went to bed early... bad idea! We both woke up and couldn't get back to sleep until around midnight. Ahh the pain! Okay so not so much!
Today Diana continued the job hunt. I thought it would be nice to go running, why not right. Wow I am so soar! I over did it. But it was not just the run I also walked around the mall with Diana for quiet a bit and then Diana, my friend Jeff and I went on a hike. Between everything.... oh plus volleyball with the singles.... Not doing that every day!
The hike was beautiful though! I didn't think you could find a place that felt like you were in the mountains of Montana while only being a mile or so away from the city. It was nice.
Volleyball was great! Fun like always, not as bruised up as I was last week which is good. 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

I thought I would take a moment and tell everyone a Happy Easter. It amazes me how much love the savior must have had for us. If we realize the history behind Easter. It is not about the chocolates, the eggs, or the bunny but it is centered in the atonement of Christ and the Resurrection. Jesus Christ suffered and died for US! Jeffery R. Holland says it perfectly when talking about the Garden of Gethsemane "To the thoughtful follower of Christ it is an amount of surpassing wounder that the voluntary and merciful sacrifice of a single being could satisfy the infinite and eternal demands of justice, atone for every human misdeed, bear every mortal infirmity, feel every personal heart ache, sorrow and loss. But I testify that is exactly what Christ did for every one of us. I bear witness that the atonement is the compassionate foundation and central fact in God's eternal plan for our salvation and our happiness. Is it any wonder that we walk quietly and reverently hear? Is it any wonder that we make sacred convents because of the love that was demonstrated hear? Is it any wonder that Christ the greatest of all partook of the bitter cup and did not shrink hear? That we might not suffer, if we would repent and come unto him." With the reality of Christ atonement and the purpose behind our celebration we all need to take a moment from our party, our egg hunts, our song singing and thank heavenly Father for the atonement of his son Jesus Christ! 

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Well everyone I am in Utah alive and well. This last week has been spent finding a job. Happy to say that I am now working at Victoria Secret. Ironically enough. I love the tender mercies that Heavenly father sends us, because honestly I had no intention of even applying there but I kept having the prompting to apply, and apply now. Well I applied and 2 hours later had a job interview. They interviewed 3 of us at the same time, and honestly I was the oldest and most qualified but I doubted that I would get the position. But I did. I was amazed!
Well Diana and I went to our new wards singles FHE and loved it! They actually have FHE lessons like we are suppose to! Then after the lesson we went to the stake center and played volleyball for a few hours. It was a blast! I got some huge bruises but it was worth it. There were a lot of singles there but once again I fear I am the oldest one there. But even though that may be true I felt completely at peace. I know I am were the Lord needs me to be!
Yesterday Nichole, Peter and the girls (my 3 nieces) were in Salt lake and so we spent the day with them. We went and toured the conference center because they wanted to see were President Monson spoke from during General conference. They were so excited. At lunch time they had fun coloring Aunt Mariah and Aunt Diana's rug with peanut butter and jelly, but it all came out so no worries. Oh the joys of children!
Well best of luck! 

Monday, March 9, 2009

St. Patricks Day

So I figured with St Patricks day to find out a little more about the holiday. So here is what I found...
March 17 marks the feast day of Ireland's patron saint, Patrick. St. Patrick (386-461), a cleric in the Catholic sense, is credited with banishing Ireland of snakes, even though Ireland never had snakes. Because of this, St. Patrick's day is an official holiday in Ireland, but it is celebrated informally worldwide by people of every ethnic background.

The first recorded celebration of St. Patrick's Day in the American Colonies was in Boston in 1737. These early celebrations were by men of wealth and means living in the colonies.

In the wake of American independence, many Irish Catholics from all walks of life were continuously lured to the United States with the promise of religious freedom. It was this movement that prompted St. Patrick's day to take on a more common man personae.

In 1827 restrictions on Irish emigration was lifted by Britain, and by 1835, more than 30,000 Irish immigrants were arriving in New York each year. These impoverished, uneducated immigrants established themselves quickly with their undying loyalty to their new country. The Irish came in droves and promptly joined the police and fire departments and railroad companies. To this day, many police officers, firemen, and railroad workers carry on the tradition of their forefathers by doing what their daddy did. Just look through the roster of any New York or Philadelphia police department or fire company and you'll see a plethora of Irish names.

As the number of Irish-Americans grew, so did the celebration of St. Patrick's day. Along wit hthis came the political power of the Irish communities in Boston, New York and Chicago. It was these political groups that helped get John Fitzgerald Kennedy, our nation's first and only Catholic President into office. This also explains the Boston Celtics and the Chicago River being dyed green during Chicago's St. Patrick's day celebration.

Many of the Irish in America used the March 17th celebrations as a platform for their American right of free speech. The 1970s brought a tone of political activism on St. Patrick's day with fundraising for Irish charities calling for the withdrawal of British occupancy in Northern Ireland. This brought the awareness of The Troubles in Northern Ireland to the United States.

First blog ever!

Hurray I am now blogging! So exciting right? No not really! But anyways, I am getting ready to move! Yes that is right move! I am moving to Salt Lake City and going to school there I am way excited. Living on my own again and going to school. A little nervous I will not lie, well I haven't been in school for 5 years. A little scary! But it will all be good!