Memorial Day

In the past, Memorial Day has just been a great break from work and a chance to go do something fun. This is the first year in a while that we haven't gone anywhere. So, we had the chance to go see some graves of loved ones and reflect on what the day is supposed to be about. First off, I miss Adrianne so much! It was hard to see her smiling face on her new headstone. I choked back tears thinking about how much I want to talk to her again. She was a great friend. Losing her made me realize how important it is to appreciate the people who are true friends.
Second, I miss my aunt Kim. She was always a warm light whenever we got together. I miss her smile, hugs, and love. She was such a great person. I can't wait to see her again. 
Third, I really am so grateful for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us and fight for our freedoms. I've had a bad attitude about America and the concept of freedom lately due to government and political issues. But that aside, there are still people fighting to protect our land and the people in it. I am so grateful for their sacrifice and dedication. I'm also thankful for the families who let them go serve. I wouldn't be able to do it. I'm glad someone can.
I find myself getting caught up in things that don't matter at times. I know it's one of Satan's ways of distracting me from what's important. It's hard to notice. I'm glad we have days like today when I can think and reflect and center myself again with the things that are really important to me. Thank heavens for life!


Information Update

I'm pretty good at updating events in our lives, but not necessarily about what else is going on in our lives. So, I will attempt to do that now.

First off, Cory is LOVING Kennecott. He's just in training right now, so he hasn't started his long shifts yet, but he's getting up at 4:45 every morning to get out there by 6:30. He loves the atmosphere and the many things he's learning. He also thinks they'll put him in a welding position, which we didn't think was going to happen for a while. He says it feels like a family and they take care of their own. I love that he comes home happy every day now that he's finally started his career. He's always telling me about the trucks, the history, and the people. I'm so proud of him and happy that he's loving it there!

The most common question after we're asked how it's going out there is, "So are you going to move out there?" We don't know. It won't be for a few years since I'm going to be heading to Weber State next year. We've been looking at houses, just to get an idea on how much they cost. Herriman is pretty expensive since it's still a brand new neighborhood. We may end up moving out there after I'm done with school, but for now we're planning on staying around Bountiful. Our plan is to pay off all our bills in the next couple months, save for Hawaii, then start saving like mad for a house. We want to buy one next summer. Granted, this could all be subject to change, but this is our plan for now. We can't wait to get a home of our own. Looking is both exciting and depressing because it makes us want to move out now. But we want to be smart about it, research as much as we can, and save some money first.

I've also been freaking people out because in our planning for the future, we've had to factor in kids, and how much they cost. I've asked around about formula costs, diapers, and whatnot. I'm not clueless about children, but I do want to get a solid idea on how much they go through a month and how much that's going to cost us so we can factor that in. We don't want to forget any expense when we figure out how big of a mortgage payment we can afford. Anyway, so as you can imagine, I've gotten a lot of people's hopes way up. Cory and I want to be vague about that because it's really not up to anyone but us... so, let me just say this: we have decided when to have them. Obviously, it's in the future. They are coming, but on our time, and the Lords. We've prayed about it and have made a firm decision. When it happens, you'll all know. Sorry about getting the hopes up. We're not pregnant right now.

As far as an update for myself, I have two weeks left of work. I have never been more sad about that than this year. I've loved all my kids all the years, but this year has been so great and we've had such a tight class family that it's really going to be hard to let them go. They are such a great group of kids and there's not a single one that I'm not going to miss. It's not going to be easy. I've been psyching myself out about the half-marathon. Whenever I have hard running days I get down on myself and wonder why in the heck I signed up. But, I really do want to accomplish it. I have just under 3 months to keep training and get myself ready. I need to be more consistent on my cross training days because they made a HUGE difference for my endurance. I'd also love a running partner so if anyone is interested, I run Monday's, Wednesday's and Saturdays. Saturdays are my long days. Hit me up even if you just wanna come one of those days.

Life is wonderful for us right now. I really couldn't ask for more. I can't believe how blessed we've been. We have a great relationship, wonderful families, everything we need, and pure joy. I love it!!


Another Fun-Filled Day!

This morning I had another 5k to run. It's the fundraiser my school puts on every year so I feel obligated, in a good way, to help out. Anyway, last year was cold and it POURED!! This year, no rain thank heavens (my headphones were able to stay in) but it was FREEZING!! In fact, the race started a little early so we could all get moving. The turn out was good and I think most everyone had a lot of fun. I had 3 kids from my class run it and they were all trash talking me that they were going to beat me. Well, one did and when he and his dad passed me, he had a huge grin on his face. Way to go, man! You're awesome! Here are some pictures from that...

Me before the race. It looks warm and beautiful, but it's not
Waiting to start. I'm in the pink shorts.
And we're off...
Me trying to shove my ipod in it's pocket
I'm done!

Although 5k's are fun, I think I'm done doing them for a while. I need my Saturday's for much longer runs so I can be ready for my half-marathon. I'm up to 8 miles!

In the afternoon we went out to Tyler and Tory's so we could celebrate Brock's 2nd Birthday. I can't believe he's two already. Where does the time go? He was sick so he wasn't as chipper as usual, but he still had an awesome time. Tory decorated the house while he was out with his dad and grandpa for a birthday lunch. When he came home, the decorations surprised him!
When he saw them he threw his hand over his mouth in a shocked expression for about 10 seconds. It was so freaking cute! He played in the balloons...
I have cuter ones but this one is so funny! He's screaming in joy, just to clarify...
He opened new shoes that he LOVED
Got lots of clothes, including this t-shirt that couldn't be closer to the truth
And he wore Mickey Mouse ears the whole time. In fact he had a cow every time they fell off.
He also got some toys and movies. I think he had a great birthday. Happy birthday buddy! You're the most adorable guy ever! We love you!


Education = frustration!

There's no gentle way to put this so I'm just going to come right out and say it - I HATE SCHOOL! I love teaching it, but I hate being the student. I liked it when I first started 7 years ago, but after someone has been in school as long as I have, they should be making thousands performing open-heart surgeries. I clearly am not. I have nothing to show for it so far. Here's why...

I began my career of college at the tender, naive age of 18. I was at Utah State University. I was young, ambitious, excited, on my own . . . and I had no idea what I wanted to do. My choice of majors has flopped around from natural resources, piano, photography, psychology, human development, and finally elementary education. I have a VAST array of classes under my belt. I didn't pick El Ed until my final semester at USU. To make matters worse, I encountered a troubled personal life that forced me into depression and I got sick. I didn't give a hoot about school when just getting out of bed every day was a near impossible challenge. So, my grades suffered. I took a year off  and stayed in Logan to recover. But that didn't work. My luck got worse and so did I. So, I moved home, met Cory, became happy again, yadda, yadda, yadda, basically got my life in order. School was a priority and I KNEW (and still know) that I want to be a teacher. Cory was getting his welding degree as a full time student at the time. So I decided to work and do classes part time to start up again after 2 years off. That was 2 years ago. I'm very close to finally having an associates in pre-teacher education at SLCC. So, what's my next step?

I am a die hard Ute fan. I bleed red through and true. I've always wanted to be a student there, plus it's close to our home. As I mentioned a while ago, I met with an adviser there and was told after 5 years of school, I still had another 2.5 years of FULL TIME enrollment to graduate. I cried. I was not a happy camper. To maker matters worse, Cory can't get insurance at Kennecott for another year so I have to keep working full time so we can be insured until then. That's another year tacked on to the never ending time spent in school. So, I will be 30 by the time I graduate. I was very close to giving up. Until today. I was emailing an adviser at SLCC to make sure there wasn't anything I was missing and glanced over the required classes one more time. It lists the required classes for all major Utah universities that are needed to transfer there. To my amazement, the "U" requires about 10+ more classes than anywhere else. Weber requires 6, 4 of which I've already taken. Ah!!! So, I'm thinking Weber may be the best option. I don't want to go there. But their program is ranked nationally, it's a lot cheaper, and if it's faster, sign me up! My next plan of action is to meet with someone at Weber and find out all I can. I REALLY hope it's good news. Maybe I can graduate by 29 instead :).

My school career has been so fun, I think I'll consider going for my masters!


Fantastic Weekend!

Wow, what a fun weekend. We started out Saturday morning with the Race for the Cure. It was pretty fun. I've never seen so many people all doing the same thing in all my life. It was a really easy run and I turned in my fastest 5k time so far. I remember the days when 5k's were major challenges and now they're easy. I did realize however after being passed by lots of people, including a 6 year old, that I just need to accept the fact that I'm a slow runner haha. I may never be one of those people who finishes under 20 minutes. And that's ok. Anyway, here are so picture for that...
Here's all the people. I was at the very start and there were thousands of people behind me. An hour after it started there were still tons and tons of people walking it. Crazy!
Here's some random people crossing the finish line. My family missed seeing me go across...
My loving and ever so supportive husband. I love him!
Next we were off to Logan for Dustin's graduation. It was fun to take a mini trip up there. And we're so proud of him for accomplishing something so awesome! They broke down the ceremonies by colleges so it wasn't outrageously long.
Here he is walking
I don't know if you can tell but the guy in line has a brand new baby in his arms wearing a cap and gown. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen!!! The dean made him turn around and show the audience and everyone all together went "Aw"! It was funny.
More pics of the happy guy!
Mother's Day was awesome too, but I'll have to talk about that later. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!


so close!

I checked my grades today. I got a 3.95, which I'm angry about. I wanted a 4.0 so bad this semester but because I missed 1 day of kickboxing, I got an A-. Oh well, a 3.95 is still pretty good. Just waiting on cory's grades now.


Woohoo!! We're Done!

As of Thursday night, Cory and I are Finally done with school!!! Well, Cory's completely done, which means I can go back to doing the school work of one person. I am proud of him though. I, however, will finally graduate when our kids graduate from college. Only another 25 years or so... not too bad. the truth is school has totally been stressing me out. I still have so much to do and going at a snails pace with taking 2 classes a semester is NOT what I had in mind. The original plan was to quit working when Cory got the Kennecott job so I could do school full time, but he can't get insurance out there for a long time so I've gotta stay another year at least. Gah!! Oh well.

I told Cory that we needed to celebrate somehow. The only problem was Friday, I woke up with one of the worst stomach bugs ever! I was so sick I lost 3.5 lbs in a single day and slept off and on for 24 hours. I'm feeling better today, thank heavens. Maybe this evening we can celebrate somehow. I was miserable!!

I would also like to remind the world that today is May 1st and it's snowing... I HATE Utah weather. We needed this snow oh... 5 months ago! 35 degrees is not my idea of spring.