Saturday, September 29, 2007


I just thought we should add a little humor into our blog. Hope you like it.

Welcome Winter!

Well, it has arrived. On September 29, I look out the window as I shiver in my robe and see snow. Yes, snow. I don't get it. We didn't even get a fall. Yesterday it was 76 degrees! Today it is obviously freezing. Great. At least it's not sticking yet. Soon comes the time for scraping off windows, digging out the car, squeezing my nostrils together to thaw my nose hairs (yes, they actually freeze-it is a very weird sensation) and eat lots of chicken noodle soup. I hope you all enjoy your leaves and crisp breezes while I enjoy the below zero ice winds that cut through you like a knife! The great thing is, campus is under HUGE construction meaning the route to classes is even longer. What a joy Rexburg is in the winter time. BUT, alas, I do love it here. It is a wonderful town. I have just been dreading this time of year for a while now and now that it has come, in SEPTEMBER, I am a little sad.

PS- You know how when you look up the weather they have little pictures of sun, clouds, rain...or snow? Well, this was the picture I saw for rexburgs weather:)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Just a little update!

So I am in the library and I just finished my accounting homework and have a little bit of time left, but not enough to really get into another assignment. SO-I thought I would update y'all with my life.

WORKING OUT- Yowsa, lets just say- every movement involves some sort of pain. Monday I ended up going to Abs that Rock with my friend Kristen. She was so awesome- she kept saying, "Come on, you can do it! One more!" When we had partner stuff. Anyway- it was a pretty intense 30 minute workout for Abs ONLY. To create the picture in your head- by the last five minutes, I literally couldn't hold myself up. I went to sit down on the ground, my bum hit and I literally fell over. I couldn't even hold a sitting position! The last set of push ups, I couldn't do them. I WANTED to do them- it wasn't desire. I literally could not physically hold myself up. I kept falling over. Anyway- today I am WAY sore. Which is good- that means I worked hard. OH yeah- at the end of the class, the instructor was like- ' okay now this was the easy stuff, so if you want a real good workout, stay for the next class' Kristen and I looked at eachother in astonishment. I was insulted! I got over it though...Last night Kristen and I did the eliptical in the fitness center and she did it longer than me, but I did it for 21 whole minutes! Can you believe that? I was pretty proud of myself actually. Clay put it this way- I willingly put myself through pain for 21 minutes. I guess it was just really hard becuase I haven't worked out in at LEAST a month. Probably more. So being out of shape, I am proud of doing 21 minutes worth of eliptical workout.

Tonight we are going to a hip hop class! We walked in on it before Abs that Rock and thought it looked awesome.

School's going good. Clay is taking his first accounting class because Business Majors are required to take like 2 I think. Anyway- he got an A on his first test! I was so proud of him. I think I was more excited than him about it. I helped him study a bit, and realized I really do love accounting. Wierd huh? :-)

OH yes- Lastly. Good news! Yesterday I didn't wear mascera and my eyes TOTALLY didn't itch. I was finally relieved. So today I tried my old mascara that I used to use, that I don't like nearly as much as this new kind that kills my eyes, and my eyes don't itch. I will just have to wear the old kind and suffer my potential good looks.

Alright- time to go! I love you all and miss you soooo much.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Allergies and Distraction

Okay. I am in the library at BYU-Idaho right now. Usually I am being a very good hard worker on whatever assignment I have to work on (usually accounting). Well, I finished my accounting on friday and have a few other assignments due tonight by midnight or tomorrow, but I just can't bring myself to work on them. I honestly tried doing one assignment and it's making my brain want to collapse. I don't know if a brain CAN collapse, but that's what mine feels like doing. My other assignment is to write a paper about tax proffessionals and their roles and I decided that once I get home, I will call dad and talk to him about that. It even said on the assignment to just talk to a professional. Now, I have a problem with focusing A LOT on the future. You may be thinking- that's a good thing right? Well, it is to an extent I think. My obsession is way past that extent. I can't help it, I always am thinking of the next big thing. For instance, I cannot stop thinking about my internship next semester. I actually DO need to be thinking about this, but I cannot think of anything else at the moment. I figure I need to get this done and find an internship soon so that I can move on and focus on other things.

Now, all of this fuss isn't helped by my horrendous neverending allergies! I don't understand. I decided to get equate facial wipes so that I would actually wash my face at night. Well, I have been sneezing a LOT lately- I mean...A TON! More than I have in my life. So the other night, I woke up in a frenzy sneezing and itching my eyes and crying because I was literally in PAIN I was sneezing so much. Clay and I thought and thought, at 2am, what could cause this? We decided it was the facial wipes. SO- I stopped using them. The sneezing lessened but the eyes grew itchier. Clay thinks it's our shampoo. It is possible, but I think it has to do with makeup. This is the worst possible thing because I've FINALLY started feeling like I know how to do my makeup. Seriously, I have felt so good about myself lately because I have finally found a way to do my makeup that I like, and is easy. So anyway, now that my eyes are acting CRAZY- I feel like I shouldn't do my eye makeup anymore. I am so confused and sad. I have never experienced anything like this. I have had allergic reactions to mangos, and sudafed that led me to hives all over, but not this. The sneezing and itching is horocious. I AM SICK OF IT!

Any advise?

Anyway- sorry for all this complaining. On a positive note, I decided I need to exercise. BYU-I has these free classes at night and I am going to start doing them. I really just hope I love them so that I stick with them. They have just started doing these things called "Getting Started Classes". So they are all the cool classes for people that aren't inshape like me. So tonight I am doing a Step class. I am way excited. Wednesday I am doing one called "Abs that Rock". Cool huh? I really just want to get in some good habits I guess.

Well I must be off. It is time to get Clayton and go EAT. I love you all and miss you!!!

By the way, this computer doesn't underline all the misspelled words so I might have misspelled words...sorry.

Friday, September 21, 2007

My Schedule

A few family members have asked to know my schedule this semester so they know my availability for phone chats and things like that. Here it is!
Monday: I have class at 9-10am, 2-3pm. In between I do homework, and usually don't have my phone on. Still, you may call in case I have time.
Tuesday: Class from 9:45am to 4:45 pm.
Wednesday: Class at 9-10pm, 2-3pm, 4:30-6:30pm.
Thursday: Same as Tuesday except I have a break between 1:00 and 3:15
Friday: Same as monday.

Hope that's not too confusing. Hopefully there aren't any stockers reading my blog.

Love you!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Life for Danielle

Well I am going to start off with a question. Have you ever had an onion with an EXTREME onion smell? I have chopped, eaten, smelled many onions in my life (especially this last year) and I have NEVER experienced an onion like the one that is sitting in a ziploc bag in my fridge right now. This onion has caused my entire fridge to smell like an onion. In fact, I just got the grapes out of the fridge, and they have a slight scent of onion on them. Thank goodness they don't taste oniony, they just smell like it a bit. When I open the fridge, the smell permeates my kitchen for about 10 minutes afterwards. I just smelled my hand and IT smells like onions. I haven't even touched an onion today. Why is this? I have never had an onion do this before. It confuses me.

Anyhow, as you may have discovered, I am eating grapes. Green grapes to be exact. There is something about grapes lately that just make life better. The crunch of freshness is priceless!

Life has been good. Clay and I have been soooo blessed. I truly feel like Heavenly Father is blessing us extra lately for some reason. Life has been like this: Every morning I wake up at 7:00am (or so...every once in a while a snooze gets in)-the fact that I am able to wake up that early every morning is simply amazing. I wake up, and I am okay with it! I then check the blog and my BYU-I email. I eat or go take a shower and then eat. Every morning I drink a Carnation Instant drink with soy milk. I feel that it is a very healthy breakfast- correct me if I'm wrong! And it is sooo easy! I then get ready for school because I have TIME to get ready. In semesters past we've woken up at the very last minute and I always felt disgusting because I never really got ready. Now I always feel cute because I put my makeup on and brush my teeth (yes, I sometimes went to school with un-brushed teeth). I then go to school where I have amazing teachers who always start the class with a prayer, inviting the spirit. Each class has put me into a group so that we can discuss our confusions in the chapter and so we can realize we aren't complete idiots-other people are confused too, and everyone for the most part is dressed and groomed nicely as well as smiling at you as you walk by. As much as I can't wait to be done with college, I know I will miss Rexburg and it's beloved BYU-Idaho. The spirit that is there- which here we call the "Spirit of Ricks", is very unique. After school I come home and do homework or grocery shop or take care of the apartment. The fact that I can stay home and not work is such a blessing. There are so many that are going to school and working, or going to school and working while carrying a baby in their tummy. Then when Clay comes home we talk and laugh and amazingly enough, love each other more each day. Don't get me wrong, of course we have our struggles, but lately life has just been wonderful. It's weird because so many times I look at other peoples life and think, man they have it good. Or, I really hope I am like that someday. Or, I wish my life was like that. But I really feel like if we all just looked around at all the good things we DO have- because no matter who we are and what we look like on the outside, each one of us DOES have problems of our own and trials that many people can't see- we would see that we really are blessed. I feel like a reason Clay and I are so blessed is because we ARE so grateful. Especially lately. We don't take what we have for granted, for the most part.

Now that I have gotten the hang of my schedule and organizing myself, school hasn't been too bad. Don't get me wrong- school is HARD and I do occasionally have those stress attacks creep up on me, but that is sadly inevitable for the young married college student. All in all, I can handle it and create enough time to play Nintendo Wii with my husband every once in a while.

Tonight we played. He beat me in golf and tennis, I beat him in bowling and Fitness.

Okay, now the grapes are beginning to taste like onions. This just isn't fair!

I have also been able to play piano a bit. It's wonderful. I really do LOVE the piano. I am sooooo grateful to my parents for paying for piano lessons all those years. I know I complained a lot- for practicing and stuff, but I am so grateful that I can play the piano. When I play songs that I have memorized, I find myself getting so wrapped into the song that I begin to close my eyes and I'm not kidding when I say that the adrenalin inside me builds up and keeps going until the end nears and I slow my emotions and peace arrives. It is such a range of emotions when I play the piano it almost feels spiritual. I don't mean spiritual by like...hymns, I mean with all of my songs. These men and women that create these songs are inspired in my opinion.

I just want to say that I love my husband Clay so much. He is so good to me and such a hard worker. He never complains about him working and me staying at home, and is always assuring me that it is okay that I don't work. He always tells me I'm smart and pretty and he always laughs at my jokes. I am SO blessed to have him as a husband and friend and I love him more than ever. I know that this is really random but I just wanted to say it because I am realizing more than ever that he is so perfect for me.

Alright. This has been quite a blog. I shall leave now. It is irritating because after I write my blog, about an hour later I realize I wanted to put something but I forgot and I feel it's too late to change it. Does that ever happen to you? Oh well. I am going to use my onion smelling hands to take my onion flavored grapes to my onion denominated fridge. Wish me luck.

I love you all!!! I miss you too.

PS- I was going to put a picture of Clay and me to spice it up a bit, but it wouldn't load for some reason. Sorry.

Monday, September 17, 2007

No Bake Cookies

So- I have never liked no-bake cookies. I and Clay have always thought they were SICK-O! Anyway, Patty, Clay's mom, made no-bake cookies last night and both of us LOVED THEM! I don't know what is different about them, but they were dang good. I was telling Amy about them and told her I'd e-mail the recipe to her, but decided to share the love with everyone. Here is the recipe- very simple, but somehow amazingly delicious.

Bring to Boil:
1 cube butter (melted)
pinch of salt
2 c sugar
1/2 c milk
1/4 c coca

Let Boil 1 minute stirring

1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbs CHUNKY peanut butter
2 1/2 c oats


I just took this white/french bread out of the oven. I got the recipe from Lizzie a couple years ago. I LOVE this bread. Everyone who eats it loves it, and it is sooo easy. I will put the recipe for this as well. I know they don't look that pretty. If i wanted to make them pretty, I could...maybe...but I really just like the taste. This is why I just plopped them on there. This is actually a two loaf recipe, but I decided to experiment and put it into four loaves to see how it turned out and how big they would get. That is the REAL reason why they look so funny.

Lizzie's French Bread (that is how I have titled it)

4 1/2 tsp yeast
2 1/2 cup warm water
3 Tbs. sugar

5 Tbs. shortening
3 c. flour
1 Tbs. salt

3 c. flour

Wisk yeast, warm water and sugar together and set aside. Mix shortening, flour and salt in mixer. Add 3 more cups of flour and mix. Let rise 10 minutes and then mix for approximately 15 seconds. Mix five more times after the first rest with 10 minute rests in between each mix. Twist dough in 2 and roll into 2 loafs. Spray cookie sheet, let raise 1/2 hour with towel over it. Slice top. Bake at 375 for 25-30 min.

**The raising and mixing part is a little confusing- if you don't get it, call me or Lizzie and we can explain I'm sure.

This really is VERY simple. I love it. PLEASE make it, so you can enjoy it.

Just to update- I am feeling better about school. I got all my accounting homework done and feel like it will all be okay. I am organized and good.

I love you all!!! I miss you all!!! Thank you all for your wonderful comments all the time. I love you- really, I do.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Here's our fun dance!

Random stuff

Before I started school I did a few things like start a quilt, and paint a picture. As you can see, none of these pictures are the highest quality. I don't know why...but, they were the best I could do. So there are some pics

This is the awesome bag I got for $2.95 at the bookstore. I think it is SO CUTE! I carry my books in it!
This one is of me wearing it- I had to do a timer and for some reason it ended up blurry. I really just wanted you to get the idea of what it looked like when I was wearing it.

This is the quilt I have started. I LOVE the colors. (Mom picked them out) The border turned out interesting. I couldn't quite figure it out and decided to kind of make it up. There are borders on the sides...but not on the top and bottom. I still think it looks great though.

This is the painting I did. I know it looks like a little kid could do it, but Clay and I think it looks cool. I enjoy painting. I am not that talented at it-this is the extent of my talent, but I think it is very relaxing.

As for an update. School is a stress! Yes...major stress. It seems like USUALLY, I start the semester off organizing my time and thinking- oh yeah, I can handle this. Not too bad. This time I organized myself and found myself thinking- how in the world will I get all this done everyday?!?!! We'll see. I guess I just need to get used to it and get back in school mode.

So we have this awesome place to rent movies. It's called Horkleys. It's a gas station with a conveinience store. The store has rentals. Old movies- $1.00. New Releases- $1.50! Awesome huh? The only downside is, they don't have TONS in like the big rental places. But hey, you can't beat the price. Oh, and they are always due the next day. Anyway, we rented "I am Reed Fish" from there last night. I wanted to rent it because Alexes Bledel (Rory Gilmore) is in it. I know she's not the best actress or anything but I can't help but want to see everything she's in. Plus, the story sounded interesting and the front cover said- "Feel Good Movie of the Year". I love to feel good, sounded like a good choice. Anyhow, it is like an Independent movie or something. It was interesting. I'm not going to spoil it for you just incase your DYING to see it for some reason, but the feeling I had throughout was like...'I don't know whose side I'm supposed to be on...was that a good ending or a bad one? and how exactly did he find himself? that was weird...' those are just a few thoughts I had throughout the movie and after the movie. I don't recommend it. We did see some other independent films we want to rent though, in the previews!

Well, I am going to get off now and finish Chapter 1 homework for my tax class, then read chapter two and do that homework. After I do that, it will at least be lunch time.

Love you!

PS- Did you guys notice the little button right next to the picture button on here that lets you upload a video? I don't know if it's been here forever, but that might be easier than Youtube and Googlevideo.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Quick Update

Well I decided this morning I have a bit of time so I would update y'all. haha. Y'all. Lots of people say that at school- the ones from alabama and stuff. It's funny. ANYways. Yesterday school started. It was good. I already changed one of my classes for the BETTER. Same class, different professor. It's for Microeconomics. I took this same teacher for Macroeconomics and LOVED him. He is such a great teacher. I was signed up for a guy that had retired and decided to come back and teach one class. He is old, has hearing aids, slow, un-animated, doesn't know how to work byui computer systems and I decided I just couldn't handle it! I fell bad saying all that, he was a good person at heart...I just knew I would struggle with paying attention.

One of my teachers doesn't even have a bachelors degree. He is my accounting software instructor. He is gaining his bachelors right now. I think the reason he is able to teach is because it's not a required class, it's just an indepth look at quickbooks, and he has been using quickbooks since it began and is a pro with it. I guess CPA's are always calling him and asking him for help and stuff. And he owns three businesses. So, I think he is qualified enough.

Today I start Intermediate Financial Accounting and Intro to Income Taxation. I also have Business Law, which Clay is taking with me! That will be nice. So if we are talking about whoppers, tuesdays and thursdays will be whopper days. Heavy classes. The accounting classes are back to back in the same exact class room. That'll be interesting. I already read the first chapter to the taxation book, and oddly found it interesting. So that's good.

Well, later tonight I will probably take some pictures of some things I've been doing before school and post them. Quilt, painting, awesome bag I got from the bookstore for 2.95!!! Alrighty, love you all!!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Books, Music, Cold feet

WELL- a big change has wrought upon Rexburg in the past WEEK. Suddenly, cars and people EVERYWHERE. Walmart and grocery stores are carazy. The students have come. Also, the loud music I told you about, that started...friday I think? Guess what, I can still hear it! It is still going on. I am wondering how long this will go on. It is coming from my bank, US bank, right next door. Lovely. It gets better- yesterday around 2:00, another bank, across the street from US bank- literally, decided to start playing country music. WHY? I have no idea. Anyway- all day yesterday I was listening to a mixture of country music and pop music. I'm hoping it ends within a few days.

Yesterday I went to get our books. Both of us combined, they cost $607. The funny thing is, we made out good! Our friends spent over $900. Clay only had to get one book. Amazing. The good thing is though, we don't really pay for it. It's just a bummer because we get that much less leftover money from grants/scholarship. I am SO grateful for my scholarship and our grants. We are soooo blessed. Oh yeah, I was standing in line for 45 min or more. It was kind of sad. I was holding with my two weak arms a basket full of 4 FAT books, and 2 average books. I was panting the whole 45 minutes. Then, I kept trying to talk to the girl in front of know...trying to make the wait a little more enjoyable than looking at all the merchandise that is soooo wonderful- I wanted all of it- but she wouldn't really carry a conversation with me. I would ask her a question, she would answer and turn around. I would just say something, she'd say...oh, yeah...turn around. That stunk. About all the fabulous merchandise, I kid you not- the line existed in every part of the store except the books. So all the clothes, water bottles, home decor, etc. shoved in my face. I wanted it all, especially because I love BYU-I and am proud to be a student. Anyway- that was my experience at the bookstore. When I got home I realized I got a wrong book. Now I have to go back today to get the right one. At least I wont be carrying what seems like my entire body weight in my arms.

The other change in Rexburg is- it is cold! Not like...winter cold, but chilly for summer. I wake up and have freezing feet. I put on a robe when I wake up now. It's odd. I am used to this time being the hottest. It's just odd because one day it was like high 80's the next day it was low 70's and never went back.

I also wanted to say- sorry I am doing all these long writing ones. I decided this is like my journal, and I really do put meaningless things in my journal as I do in here, so if you're bored, sorry you don't have to read it.

Lastly, I am making a quilt from some fabric mom gave me when I was there. I have sewed all the squares together, now I think I am going to put a border thing around it and do the back. I am not positive exactly HOW I will do all this, it will definitely take some thinking. But I am sooo excited. The squares are wonderful! I hope it turns out well.

Okay, that will be all for today. School starts tomorrow, I am excited but not at the same time. I am excited for a routine to start again, but not that excited to get really stressed. I already got an e-mail from one of my accounting teachers saying that we should check out the syllabus because the first day we are diving into the first two chapters and the first assignment is due the second day of class and its a- I quote- "whopper", so we'd probably want to get an early start on it. It makes me nervous. I fear that I've just gotten lucky these past few semesters- ah, whatever...I am sure it will work out.

Okay I just had to add this last thing because this song started playing...AGAIN...while I was typing. Do you know the song that goes- "Your way to beautiful girl, that's why it will never'd have me suicidal, suicidal, when you say it's over..." okay- his voice is so annoying. Anyway- I hated that song before this whole music bank thing was going on- now I REALLY HATE IT. I have heard it probably 10-15 times AT LEAST since friday. yuck. By the way- for some reason I never think to figure out the real words and think that a song is saying certain words that don't even exist, that's just how it sounds and I sing it that way. I was singing "so exito so exito" I thought he was saying like.... so excited, except making it cool sounding or something. ANyway, Clay corrected me after we heard it so many times. hehe

Sunday, September 9, 2007


Well, I don't know how many of you knew this- but I was planning on taking 20 credits this semester. Next semester I was going to do an internship and take 8 credits at the same time. Then, the following two semesters I would take 18 credits each. This would all lead me to graduate december of 08. It was last night that I decided I am nutso! The idea of graduating in a year sounds GREAT- but...I really don't want to stress myself out to the point of insanity to get there. I really was feeling stressed all of a sudden about starting this semester with 20 credits, and I was even more stressed about interning while going to school. I talked to Clay-who by the way didn't even realize I was planning to take all these credits...I don't know how he didn't know that- and he too felt it was too much and I've decided to drop a class for this semester, not take any next semester, only intern, and graduate a semester later than planned. Let me tell you, the second I decided to do it I felt like my entire body just sighed with relief. I will still be taking 17 credits this semester, but I think it will be okay. If after the first week I don't feel good, I will take it to 15. I am sure I can handle it though. So NOW- my graduation date will be April of 09, and I am completely satisfied with that date. YAY!

Today was our ward conference. I wanted to share this bit with you because the majority of readers are women. In Relief Society, President Strong, our first counselor in the Stake Presidency, talked to us. He said the greatest compliment he could give to women is that they are gullible. Everyone laughed but he went on to say that men and the world often joke about women and how gullible we are. But he said that it is a truly wonderful thing to be. Gullible, is just a negative way of saying that you are trusting and believing. I think that is SO true. We naturally opt to believing in someone and trusting that they are good and honest. Therefore, we are gullible, and should be proud to be so. I thoroughly enjoyed his talk. I have heard him speak to my old wards Relief Society as well and both time he just makes me so proud to be a woman. Anyway, I just thought you would enjoy that.

One last thing- Clay and I have discovered a new little snack from one of our friends and have been doing it for a while. I had never heard of it before- neither had Clay, but we really like it! It sounds weird, just try it. Put cream cheese on a plate, pour salsa on top of it so it completely covers it, eat it with corn chips! Yummy. Sorry if you have all tried that before- we hadn't and we like it a lot.

Alrighty- love you and miss you all!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Horocious lines!!!

Okay, I have a bad habit of making up words and tonight I thought up a pretty good one! Danielle likes to laugh at them but I just want some opinions on the matter. horocious, "her-oh-shus" meaning something really bad, a combination of atrocious and horrendous. This one came up while we were walking from the car into Broulims grocery store to pick up some pop cycles and I was referring to the bad lines with a new semester of college kids and their mothers. I dont really think these things through or anything, or give them much thought, they just kind of come out. And I thought this one was pretty good. So tell me what you think, could it work?

Friday, September 7, 2007

Major Changes and LOUD MUSIC!

Okay. Lets start with this morning because it is still ONGOING! The truth is I am starting to not mind it, now that I am out of bed.

So you know, we live on main street. It's pretty busy so we get loud motorcycles or booming cars everyonce in a while that we can hear very clearly. This morning I heard the loudest music I'd heard yet besides the dance festival I blogged a month or two ago. I say- what is that? Clay says- someone just showing off. I was rather impressed with their sound system because it wasn't just BOOM...BOOOM....BOOOOOM.....It was the song very clear and it sounded great. Then it never really stopped. Also they didn't play the whole song, it was like radio style or something. Finally I realize someone on the street is playing it from loud speakers and decide to get up. I am wondering if there is going to be a parade today or if they are having some welcome back students type of thing. Rexburg soooo does that kind of stuff. Anyway, it was just sad because today Clay isn't going to work because he is sick (more sad than the music) but we were going to sleep in together...Clay was able to sleep through it...I on the other hand, could not.

Now onto my other subject. Clay is changing his major! You might all be thinking- wait didn't he do that already? Well yes, but the thing is- this is like his 4th semester and he is young and has time to do this type of thing. The funny thing is, he is changing it back to what it was before. Business Finance. Well, I don't know if finance was his emphasis before...but it is now. Basically he wants to be a financial advisor or something like that. After he was told that he could do many different things like that with a Business major, he decided that with his selling skills (very good) he could do great in Business. Also- Clay and I have always felt a tiny unsettled about geology. We both knew he was good at it and loved it and it had a good future, but were a little worried about his health and abilities in the field. All in all, we've prayed thought, talked to people (dad and shad) and decided this is the right decision! We are both way excited. In fact, this allows us to take a class or two together. It kind of stinks because he will be taking like...5 or 6 classes I took these past two semesters. OH well! And the awesome thing is, we think he only took one class that he doesn't need because he is going to get another emphasis in geology- it's all going very well- the transition I mean.

As for other news....we watched the movie "The Ultimate Gift" last night. I liked it a lot- but a warning...there are some corny and wierd parts. Sometimes your like- what?! Why are they acting like that? This hasn't even happened yet...And there are some corny lines...the main character I could tell hasn't acted a lot...but it had a great story and I enjoyed it.

We start school on Wednesday. I think now that school is starting, I've finally started to enjoy this vacationing thing. It always seems to work out that way...

I really love being able to take care of the apartment. I know I am meant to be a homemaker. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get myself to do a lot of homemaking things, but once I do them I am so happy. Clay is also very much meant to be a worker. When he decided to stay home from work, he said...well- I might end up going to work...I'll probably get bored. Silly boy.

Clay and I have been very grateful for our life lately. I am just sooo satisfied. We love each other, we love our apartment, we love our car, our bikes, we have enough money to feed us and go on some dates. We have the gospel, wonderful families, everything. It has just become so apparent to both of us this past week for some reason. Then last night Clay told me about a guy he knows that has been married 4 months and his wife is asking for a divorce. It is a terrible situation. I feel so blessed. I hope you don't think I'm bragging about my life or anything- trust me, we have our struggles, but in the big picture, even for the most part, the little picture- life is wonderful.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Signs and stuff

Here are the signs I made when I was at the coast. It is so easy. Amy and I went to our local lumber/hardware stores where they have lots of wood and asked if they have any scrap wood. It took a while for the guy at my store to understand what I was talking about, but basically you go and get scrap wood and it's FREE! You then have someone you know with a table saw (i think that's what it is) cut the wood, if you don't know anyone- i think the store would cut it for a small price. THEN- for the font, print out your phrase from your computer with your desired font in size 300 or so (depends on the phrase and how big the board is) and then get tracing paper and TRACE on the lettering. THEN YOU PAINT! It's sooo easy and lovely. I am planning on doing more blocks for holidays. The one sign- "The Walkers Est. 2007" I am giving to our friends that just got married. The one with the leaves Clay made. All of them look better in person, but I'm sure you can imagine. If you click on the bakery one so it gets bigger you can tell that i sanded the corners and it looks sooo cute.

Cute huh?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

We're Back!

Okay, so I know I said I'd blog...but the thing is- I didn't take many pictures because mom was and I was having a good time and well, I'M SORRY! Really, if you want to see any pictures from the trip- look on mom's blog. She will have some.

Well, the trip was wonderful! I think the biggest success of all was that Clay came home feeling completely comfortable with the Jentzsch's (I'm sorry Greg and Meg if I spelled that wrong....) and the Winegardners and with my parents. We were able to spend a LOT of time with everyone so it was way fun. Among the many things we did- we went to Strawberry Hill- which for those of you who don't know, it is a hill that has a bunch of tidepools with sea enenemie's (don't know that word either!). You will probably see once my mom finishes her blog that Mom, Clay and Greg decided to touch their tongue to the tentacles of a seaenenamie. Don't ask why, I HAVE NO IDEA! They asked me if I was going to do it- Anyway- that was fun...Clay LOVES that kind of stuff- creatures, that is.

One thing that was ongoing most of the trip was Amy, Megan and I made little signs. I will take pictures of them and update later today probably. They are soooo cute. You will understand after the pictures if you don't already. We also made decorative blocks. Mine say "BOO!". We watched movies, the boys played video games and built an egyptian thing on the beach, went shopping, went to Courtenays bridal shower, went to the temple, and lastly went to Jakes show!

Jakes show deserves it's own paragraph. Now, I am the youngest in my family and still under 21 and Jake usually plays at places that are 21 and over. I have barely ever seen him play. I have seen him play once as Cabinessence...and once as Marigold, I think. Anyway- Jake was playing an ALL AGES show while I was there so I got to go and it was SOOOOO FUN! I think everyone needs to see at least one of their shows simply because they are AMAZING. They sound 10 times better live, in my opinion, than on their CD...which a lot of bands cannot accomplish. Jake is so talented. I wish I lived closer so I could go to more shows. It was so fun and entertaining because the entire band was so good and I know I could be biased..but I really do think Jake's voice and talents are the best:-) I was sooo glad I got to go. I will put some pics of that too when I decide to do all that.

Clay and I got our hair cut by megan and it looks SOOOO GOOd! I love Clay's hair. It is soooo cute. And mine is good too:-)

We also played the Wii a bit while we were there and that was fun too. Everyone thought it was fun. I can't quite think of anything else we did besides that. It was a great trip and both of us wish we could've stayed a little longer. I love my family so much and feel so lucky to have them.

That's it for now! Love you all!