Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Welcome to "Loverbirds on the Go" (previously "The Pando's") and happy new year!! 2013 was a fun and eventful year for us but we sure are looking forward to what 2014 will bring. Here are a few things that we are looking forward to this year:

- Derek graduating from his MBA program at BYU
- Me being half way through my MPH program
- Moving back to California (!!!)
- Derek starting his job at LinkedIn

The last one on the list has us especially excited at the moment and is the reason I decided to change the name of this blog. Although this is definitely our personal family blog, I wanted to focus it a little more on travel. Derek and I are both passionate about traveling. We love to meet new people, experience new cultures, try new foods, and just go where we haven't gone before...whether that be to a new country or to a nearby city we have yet to explore.

Also, much of our time has been consumed with planning a trip through Europe and South East Asia this spring/summer; 13 counties in 7 weeks! We are both grad students so...let's just say the money is not flowing for the time being. We have been taking a lot of time/energy to plan this on a budget and have come across some great tips that we hope to share with others. I am also excited to get other people's thoughts and experiences on these subjects too, so please share!

And again, WELCOME!

Thanksgiving 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

I'm only a month late in writing about our Thanksgiving...that's not too bad, right? This month has been pretty hectic as Derek and I have both been finishing up our semesters and taking finals. As of yesterday we are done and free for the holidays!
We had such a fun Thanksgiving in Bakersfield, CA where my brother lives with his wife and 2 kids (who happen to be the cutest little niece and nephew on the planet). It was a long 10 hour drive from Utah but it was well worth it to spend time with my family. We played catch phrase for hours, made s'mores over a bonfire, had ping-pong competitions, watched Christmas movies and, of course, ate delicious food around the clock.

I made this video for my family to capture our fun moments together. Watching the video makes me miss them so much! I am grateful to have such an amazing family that I love dearly. They are my favorite people and I love every second I spend with them. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

Berry Picking

Friday, October 18, 2013

Derek surprised me and took me berry picking a few weeks ago while the weather was still nice. Going to the farmers market is one of my favorite activities, so he figured he would take it one step further and take me straight to the farm. It was awesome! We went to McBride Briar Patch which I highly recommend (the owners are the nicest people!). We picked some raspberries, tomatoes, and apples and also got to feed some deer and the biggest goat I have ever seen.

I promise he was not on the phone the whole time. It was just the only time I was able to take the camera away from him.

I can't wait to have a backyard and grow a garden. For now, a Topsy Turvy will have to do.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Moab has been on our "Utah Bucket List" since we moved here last year. Since we only have about 7 months left until we move back to California (not that I'm counting...), we decided to make it happen last weekend. We went camping with Brian and Meredith (brother-in-law and sister-in-law) and our friends, the Alards. We were all a little nervous as we drove to Moab in the craziest thunderstorm I have every experienced, but it turned out the be a beautiful and sunny weekend.

I am so glad we were able to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes Utah has to offer. 
I am definitely partial to California, but Utah has its perks too!

Celebrating 2 Years

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Our 2 year wedding anniversary was a few weeks ago (Aug 13th) and we had a fun time celebrating! We started the day off by heading to the farmers market, one of my favorite activities. We get roasted corn on a stick every time we go to munch on as we walk around.

 After buying some snacks, we headed to Shoreline Lake park for a picnic. This is where Derek proposed to me so it seemed like an appropriate place to go. Shoreline has been my favorite park since I was a kid and my mom would take us kids there.

We ended the day with dinner at Left Bank, the French restaurant where we had our first date. They gave us a complimentary dessert with a candle on it; it felt like celebrating my birthday all over again. 


San Francisco

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Last weekend we spent all of Saturday in the city.
 It was pretty nostalgic being there, especially for Derek since he lived there for a couple of years. 
He was living there when we were dating and I remember some of our very best dates were in the city.
We drove up then took the muni to Embarcadero to spend the morning at the farmers market. 
We sampled delicious peaches, nectarines, plums, etc and then got some lunch.

After letting our stomachs settle a little bit we went on a 9 mile run that Derek plotted for us. 
It was by far the most BEAUTIFUL run I have ever done! 
The weather was perfect, 75 degrees with a slight breeze to keep us cool. 
I loved running by all of the charming homes and everyone seemed to be out on picnics or walking their dog.

After our run we headed over to Tony's Pizza (after we showered at 24 hour fitness, in case you were wondering). Tony's is one of Derek's absolute favorite restaurants. He was in heaven.

After this trip I was a little more convinced that I could live in the city, even for just a year. It might have just been the beautiful weather though...I forget that it's "hoodie weather" about 95% of the time.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monday, July 1, 2013

Derek has been at his internship for a month already and time just keeps flying by! I have been enjoying my weekends in California; it feels like I am on vacation every weekend! We have all of our weekends planned already to ensure that we can fit everything in. This past weekend was our trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have been several times and have fun memories of going to the aquarium on school field trips, but this was Derek's first time. He had never been to Monterey before and was very impressed. He even said he "could live there." Although he could live almost anywhere and be happy, so I'm not sure if that is saying much.

I am so impressed every time I go to the aquarium. They do such an amazing job with their exhibits and you can really tell how passionate they are about the ocean and marine life. My favorites are the jellies, sea otters and stingrays. 

After a few hours at the aquarium we were ready for some food, so we walked down Cannery Row and ate dinner at Bubba Gumps. This was also another first for Derek.

We're planning a trip to Carmel with my family this month so we hope to be back near Monterey soon!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

February was a busy busy month for Derek and I--well mostly for Derek. He went to California 3 separate times to interview for summer internships and he went to Philadelphia another weekend for a business competition. We were at the Salt Lake airport at least once a week. We are both so happy to have all of that over with and that Derek has accepted an internship at...


LinkedIn was Derek's #1 choice for his internship this summer so we were so excited when he got the offer! He will be doing product marketing for one of LinkedIn's products and it seems to be a great fit for him. We are so excited to be going back to Mountain View for the summer! Unfortunately, I will only be able to spend half of the time in California and half of the time  in Utah as I still have to work. But I am so grateful that my company is trying to be flexible with me so that I can spend as much time in CA as possible. The good news is that I will get to hang out with Sally when I am in Utah which I am really looking forward to! I imagine our time will be spent cooking and sewing all day long... :)

We contacted our old ward in CA and were able to find an apartment to rent while the family is away for the summer. We will be back in our old ward and living only a mile a way from LinkedIn which is awesome! I am so proud of Derek for all of his hard work and diligence when it came to finding an internship. It was extremely time consuming and he also had to juggle his school work on top of that. Here is my cute husband after his interview and after he got the offer:

Congrats Derek!!

New Job

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I have been at my new job for about a month and a half now and I am loving it! I am working as a health coach for a corporate wellness company called Orriant. My coworkers are great and I truly enjoy what I do. Orriant's clients are companies around the United States and the participants that I work with are employees of those companies. Each company sets "company standards" for their employees based on BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat %, cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides. Each employee who would like to participate in our program takes a health assessment and if they don't meet their company's standard, then they are required to work with a coach. That's where I come in! I provide education and counseling to my participants and help them set and achieve their goals. Since we have clients all over the U.S. (we have clients in every state!), we do all of our coaching on the telephone. Although I--and all of my coworkers--would prefer to coach face-to-face with our participants, this method allows us to reach many more people.

I love the atmosphere at work. Everyone is passionate about health and the office is very "health-friendly." Some of us even sit on a stability ball instead of office chairs! Here is a quick look at the office:


 I feel very blessed to have gotten this job. It is so fun to work for a company that you believe in!

One Year Older...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Last Thursday was Derek's 28th birthday! We usually like to make his birthDAY into a birthWEEK, so we really celebrated the whole week. We started out the week by playing in the snow (sledding and snowshoeing), but then it got way too cold to be outside. So on Thursday we went to see a movie, ate some delicious Cafe Rio for lunch, went to a BYU basketball game, and tried a new restaurant for dinner.

On Saturday we threw a little birthday party for Derek. Brian, Meredith, Sally, Danny, Ashley, Anabel, Gibran, and Sam (Gibran's girlfriend) all came over for dinner. Sally made one of Derek's favorite dishes, brisket, and everyone else brought a yummy side dish to enjoy. Later on in the evening we invited friends to join us for some cake and ice cream. We had a great turn out and it was so much fun to catch up with friends.

Derek even made a time lapse video of the evening on his GoPro. I love to see how much fun he has with his new toy, he's like a kid in a candy store!I think you should all expect lots of videos from us in the near future :)