Saturday, July 26, 2008

New Year's Resolution - July

Okay, so we kind cheated a little this month. We didn't go into Salt Lake but we tried out a restaurant by our house. We went to see the new Batman movie. We got there late and had to sit in the third row from the front. First time I've ever gotten motion sick during a movie. I spent the majority of the movie with my eyes closed, head on Brian's shoulder, just listening. Even if I wanted to leave, I couldn't because I was so sick. When we got outside Brian looks at me and is shocked to see I am actually green! (My mom can testify about that. When I was a kid she always knew when I was sick.) I felt like eating would help so we tried out a restaurant right next door to the theatre called the European Connection. Very yummy! They make a fresh crepe right in front of you and then you tell them what to put in the middle. I had ham, cheese and lots of veggies. Brian's was kind of like a fajita. We had a Nutella filled one for dessert. Since it was so clost to the end of the month we decided to declare it our restaurant for the month of July.

Then I found out it is a favorite of cousin Heather's so I went again with Heather, Jason and Emma. Yummy once again. And super smart Heather added cherries to the Nutella. Oh yeah....it was GOOD!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We Are Proud To Announce...

We have some super happy wonderful news!!

Brian got his first welding certificate!! :)

The certificate is for Overhead Groove Welding. It means he can weld overhead where he has to fuse two pieces of metal together.

Way to go baby!! I'm sooooo proud of you!


Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday Sillies!

Okay...I really need to get my blog on and I will. Once I get the pictures to go along with the blog. It just won't be the same without them. But I had to tell you about my cute primary class this Sunday.

I have two boys that like to sit by eachother but, to sum it up, no one likes it when they sit together. So I always give them a chance (or 10) and then I move one of them. This Sunday when I asked one to move he looked at me with this "my life is over" look and said "Not musical chairs again!" Hahaha....maybe if he actually sat during primary he wouldn't feel like he was always moving!

A girl came with a purse. I commented on her lovely purse and of course she was so proud! I asked what kinds of things she keeps in it and she told me only her most special things. The things she doesn't want her brother or sister to get. So a few minutes later we do a coloring activity in sharing time and she brings a box of crayons out of her purse!! SO CUTE!!

During our lesson we went for a walk with beans in our shoes. Hey, don't give me a bad time! It was in the lesson. We were talking about repentance. If you want to know how beans and repentance relate, perhaps you need to ask for a primary calling. So anyways, I went over a couple of rules before our walk. After the second corner three kids took off running. I called their names to stop them and one of the girls says, "You broke the rules. No yelling." What a good example I am!! Then I get the three runners attention and tell them that now we all have to go back inside because they ran. Another girl (who was not involved in the above stories) says, "Ah man. I hate when adults do what they say."

During our lesson one boy asked where I had been the previous Sunday. I explained my Aunt and Uncle had served a mission in Russia and I went to see them talk in church now that they were back. The girl who hates when adults do what they say raises her hand, waving it around excitedly. When I call her name she says, "That's where my mom said she's going to send me." (I'm assuming she is told that when she is in trouble.)

And the best one - the same girl mentioned above was soooo wiggily (just like every week) that I commented to her I needed to get her a chair with a belt so I could buckle her in. She very excitedly tells me that her teacher ties her to her chair in school with her coat!! She was so proud of that!

Oh my...the joys of six and seven year olds! Anyone want to substitute??

Sunday, July 20, 2008

School Classroom and Camping

After three more days in training I finally got to spend two days at my new school! We had some meetings and I got to meet all the staff. My principle, Norm, is extremely nice. I already have some friends from training and most people are super nice. The PTA president is on FIRE!! Anyways, by the time school started I had my classroom all set up, the first three weeks of lesson plans completed and I still felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I only have 20 kids in my home room class but the kids rotate throughout the day, with me teaching only reading and spelling. Here are some pictures of my classroom. School starts on the 28th!!

We also spent Friday night at our ward campout. It was sooooo nice to just be somewhere else and enjoy the cool mountain air. Brian and I are on the activities committee so we were in charge of children's games. We played a hilarious version of flag football, went on a scavenger hunt, played a game where we jumped over the "river" (two sticks that we kept moving further and further apart), and did a pinecone toss. The kids had fun - I was ready for a nap. Tim, Crystal and Gavin joined us and we all stayed in our huge eight man, three room tent. We chased squirrels, came across a skunk and ate hobo dinners and cake made in an orange. Brian devised a super cool way to reheat pizza over the fire. Some ward members brought left over pizza and the teens were trying to reheat it. Brian got a stick with two prongs at the end. He wrapped tin foil around it and WAH-LA - an over the fire pizza holder! And don't forget the smores! I, of course, took no pictures. Really what is my issue here??

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fun-filled Weekend!

We had such a fun weekend! First of all, I started my new job this week. Just training but it's nice to have something different to look forward to. Then on Saturday, after training, we met up with Crystal, Tim and Gavin to go to Lagoon. How could you not have a fun time at Lagoon? Except the Samuri was not working - again! Crystal and I saw these poor Lagoon workers cleaning A LOT of barf off of a ride. You could totally smell it. Disgusting! Gavin is young enough that he doesn't need a ride passport. However, they let him on lots of rides so this time he tried the bumper cars. It was awesome to watch. He would turn around and around in circles and absolutely LOVED it when he would crash into someone. Brian and Tim went on the SkyCoaster. You couldn't pay me enough money to go on that ride. I tried to post a video of the adventure but it was too many MB and I couldn't make it smaller.

Then on Sunday we went to Provo for Uncle David and Aunt Marie's mission homecoming. They served as mission president in Russia. It was so fun to watch the little mini-reunion between their missionaries who came to hear them speak. We got to see some of our cousins and catch up. Afterwards we spent the evening with Heather, Jason and Emma! We ate yummy food, laughed a ton like always and played Mario Olympics on the Wii. Of course I didn't take any pictures. Stinky me.

We love fun and family filled weekends!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Last Day of Work!!

Today was my last day of work at DDI Vantage. Yes, after seven years, I'm finally moving on! So we celebrated today by eating at my favorite restaurant - Sweet Tomatoes!! I'll be honest, I haven't really worked for the last two plus weeks. I have been training and so I can't do the work, or Sarah will never learn! So we all played today at lunch. My co-workers are so sweet. They gave me gifts! Things that I can use at my new job!! So wonderful my co-workers are. I will really miss them. It's still not real. I feel like maybe I'm going to a training and will be back. But then I will soon find myself in a portable, getting ready to teach 5th grade reading!! I start training tomorrow and my kids start school on July 28th!

Here we are getting our salads...
Eating all together...
Dellitt, Patrice and Martha V.
Shannon, Sarah and Zildy
Maritza and Martha C.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Weekend in Canada and Montana...

We headed to Canada this weekend for my high school reunion. We had so much fun with mom and dad. We ate good food, got to sleep and hung out together having a great time. Thanks mom and dad for everything!

We flew into Great Falls, Montana because there is now a foreign flight fee to go to Calgary. The drive is about the same amount of time, so it really makes no difference. So we picked up our sexy rental car, a Nissan Maxima, which Brian had tons of fun driving and enjoyed our weekend.

Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Utah. Well, we didn't make it on the flight and the next flights were the next day. So we looked around at other options. The only hotel we could find was $150! Plus, the chances of us getting on a morning flight did not look good. We decided to try Helena. So we looked into another car rental. It was cheaper than a hotel but expensive never the less. We only had to drive 1 1/2 hours to Helena and the price of the rental car for that drive was the same as the rental we had for for three days!! Anyways, we made it to Helena, got a little sleep and made it on the first flight of the morning.

Free flight benefits are always an adventure. Thanks again mom and dad for all the fun!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

13 Year High School Reunion

After discovering Facebook and hooking up with tons of friends, I met up with some of them the next time I went to Canada. We never had a 10 year reunion so Shannon and I decided to put together a 13 year reunion. It was just for fun and a chance to actually see people. We just put the word out on Facebook and hoped the people not on Facebook would tell others. We rented a picnic place in our home town, Coaldale. It has a play ground for the kids and a huge barbeque. It was a lot of fun and incredible to catch up with so many friends! (more pictures coming so check back later)

Shannon, Rob and me
Shannon and her family
Deanna and her familyMichelle and her family
Dana, Jen and their men
Tracey and her boys.
Vicky and her boyfriend.
Sheri and Tammy
Tyler, Alex and their family
Dana and Stephanie.
Stephanie and part of her family. She is missing four of her kids who were already in the car.

Here is a group shot, although some people had already left and some came afterwards. Not bad for a class with only 100 graduates!

Troy and his wife.
Chris and O.J. and their bald heads
Chris and his girlfriend, Chuck, Jed and his wife. Front row O.J. and Chad.
Kevin and his fiance...they are getting married in about three weeks!
Troy, Chuck, Chris and Tyler.
Shannon's little girl, Lauren.

Renny and his wife. Their kids were camping.

Laurie and her family. Her two oldest kids were camping.
Alex and Sloan, Stephanie and Tessa.

Rob, Heather and family.
Tammy and husband, Shannon.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

NEW WINDOWS!!!

We finally got our new windows! I LOVE them but they left such a HUGE mess. It took me over seven hours to clean our teeny, tiny house. I took a bunch of pictures of the process. Since my cats couldn't be there, I took them to work with me. It was hilarious! Phanta hid the entire time and Mokie loved all the places to explore. My co-workers loved them. What a day!

Here is the big front window before....

Now it's totally gone!!

And after!!! Don't they look incredible??

Here is one of our bedroom windows from the outside...And the brand new window! I love that there is less green!

I won't bore you with any more window pictures. Just know we love them and had a very crazy adventure trying to get our air conditioners back in. Let's just say, installation is very different in new windows verses crappy old ones. But we are loving the windows and the return of air conditioning. Now to test the power and gas bills. Here's to hoping they decrease!