Saturday, December 4, 2010

I love BLACK FRIDAY! This year though I have to give my appreciation for a husband who would get up at 2am and stand in line for 2 hours by himself in 20 degree weather just to buy his wife a vacuum 50 percent off. I do have to say though, this vacuum is everything I was hoping it would be!


This year for Thanksgiving we headed to Chicago to get together with Nathan's family. Here are a few pictures to sum up our trip!

Would you expect anything less from Nathan?

We waited in line to go up to the top of Sears tower,


we made a stop at " the bean",

we attended a minor league hockey game,

and lastly of course we played with the BABY! We just love her and it was so fun to FINALLY get to see her.
It was a fun and much needed break from both Rexburg and School!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


This portfolio is 5 years in the making and tomorrow could be the biggest day of my college career! Tomorrow I get to present this portfolio to a committee made up of teachers and community members. This portfolio will come along with a 15 minute speech of what I have learned and a question/answer period where the committee can ask me anything they think I should have learned in the last five years. Scary.... I think so! Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


As most of you already know for the past few months we have been blessed by the Lord to have this wonderful little girl living with us. Everything we have done has been in the best interest of Emily and we have strived to give her everything she needs and the right tools to carry on successfully in life. We are so proud of Emily and the progress she has made in the last few months. We are so proud of the friends she is making at school, her social interactions, and her ability to follow the rules and make good choices without being micromanaged. Unfortunantly the parenting decisions that we, the therapist, and the school have been making regarding Emily is not what the family that gave her to us wanted. Because of this Emily was taken from our home this morning by the police and her parents. We don't know where she is headed or what her future plans are because there has been no communication about this from the family to us but we love her and hope for the best in every aspect of her life, and we leave this situation knowing that we did exactly as our Heavenly Father wanted and we gave not only our best but literally everything we had. We hope that all future decisions that are made are in Emily's best interest and that she continues to progress as the wonderful daughter of God she is.

Monday, November 1, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I love love love holidays, and that is exactly why we in my favorite part of the year. There is a holiday to celebrate every month. October was of course Halloween and Nathan and I couldn't resist dressing up as skeletons (don't judge our home made costumes). We tried and begged and pleaded with Emily to be a skeleton with us but all she could do was say, "I don't want to be that because It is scary." I am sure if I was 7 I would much rather be a Unicorn than a skeleton to0. Maybe next year.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I love this place! I love the peace, tranquility, and pure joy it brings into my life every week. But most of all I love how it helps me calm down and put my life back in perspective.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Halloween! Saturday afternoon we drove out to a pumpkin patch in Idaho Falls. Picking pumpkins and carving them was one of my favorite things to do as a child so I was really excited to go. It took Nathan and Emily a little bit of time to get into the "pumpking picking" spirit but after they did it was so much fun. Sunday afternoon we carved them with our good friends the Haderlies. I forgot how hard it actually is to carve pumpkins but overall I think they look pretty good.















Friday, October 8, 2010

A couple of weeks ago for family night we all set some goals... Sadly to say only one of us actually met our goal... but I will let you guess who it was.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life.
-Thomas S. Monson

If you didn't get a chance to listen to the Relief Society broadcast read this talk from President Monson. It never ceases to amaze me how he says just what I need to hear.
http://new.lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/charity-never-faileth?lang=eng

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bear World! We finally went to Bear World this weekend. We had been talking about it for a long time but it was just so expensive so we never made it out there. My sister came into town this weekend and she really wanted to go, so she did a little research and found some awesome discount coupons online. These pictures are uploaded all out of order but just so you know I never used my zoom! The bears were really that close and they were so cute. We also feed some animals in the petting zoo and took a little guided tour that tells all about the different animals and lets you feed the Bears. It was so much fun for all of us, much better than we actually expected. At one point in the drive there was a huge Bear sitting right up against the car window... it was awesome! Nathan was getting so nervous the Bear was going to scratch the paint on our new car... I just laughed. If your ever in town it's worth the stop... with the discount coupon.









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Friday, September 24, 2010

" Comparison is the thief of Joy"
-Anonymous

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Exactly what I want to say but just in better words and written by someone possibly more credible... then again I did get this off the internet so I don't REALLY know how credible it is... but enjoy anyways.


Pictured is a young physician by the name of Dr. Roger Starner Jones. His short... two-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis"..

It's worth a quick read:


Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.


While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture" a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.

Respectfully,
ROGER STARNER JONES, MD

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We decided after a hectic and crazy first week of school we needed an outing, so we drove out to Mesa Falls and had a picnic.

We then walked around a little bit but there were LOTS of people who had the same idea we did so we didn't get to do as much exploring as we would have liked.
After we left Mesa Falls we headed down to a spot on the river where you can feed fish. Apparently this place has been there for at least 30 years so there are fat fish a plenty just waiting for your cheetos, ham, cookies, or just about anything you might have left over from your lunch!

I have to say it was such a beautiful day and so nice to just get out and enjoy Idaho!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Today was Emily's first day of school! She will be going to Lincoln Elementary here in Rexburg. Yesterday she went and met her teacher and her new classroom. She was so excited this morning and could harldy wait for it to be 8:10 so we could leave. When I asked her what she is going to do at school she said, "make lots of friends." I guess Nathan and I are just not that fun.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Proceed at your own risk! Here is the update and some of the pictures from our trip. August 26th Nathan finished up the last day of his internship at Flint Hills. It was a bitter/sweet moment. He was ready to get back to Rexburg and finish up his education but sad to leave Flint Hills. Luckily they made the leaving a little easier by extending him a job offer. If all goes as planned we will be headed back to Corpus Christi in April, this time as permanent residents.
Our good friends Derrick and Amanda flew in to Corpus to drive back to Idaho with us. Before we could drive out we had to visit a few places around Corpus. We started off at the Lexington...



and then we headed to the beach! If there is one thing Nathan and I love about Corpus it is the beach!









The next day we packed up all our things, cleaned the apartment, and headed out of town.





Our first stop was San Antonio. After checking in at the hotel, we stayed in the historic Emily Morgan hotel, we headed down to the River Walk and hopped on to a boat for a tour.












After the River Walk we came back to the hotel for pizza and swimming. Anyone who knows Nathan and I, or Emily knows we will never miss an opportunity to swim. This pool was actually pretty cool because it was 1. made out of stainless steel and 2. changed colors every 15 or 20 seconds.












The next morning we headed out to see the Alamo.







Emily couldn't get enough of the fountains and the large fish.






Next we headed to IHOP for probably the worst restraunt eating experience I have ever had. To say this IHOP was ghetto would be a large understatement. Two hours later we left, still hungry, slightly sick, and feeling pretty gross. Don't be deceived by the smiles on these boys faces, it really was that bad.







Before heading out of San Antonio we stopped at the Temple. This could easily be one of Nathan and I's favorite Temples. If your ever in San Antonio stop by because the stain glass alone is worth the trip.






After that we head to Austin, Oklahoma, Denver- to see the outlet malls, and then Friday morning we finally rolled into Rexburg! We are so excited to be back and hopefully the next 8 months will be great as we finish up with school and then head out of here for good.









Saturday, September 4, 2010

I really wish Mary Poppins would stop by for a visit today. But since I know she won't I better get started unpacking and cleaning.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy (almost) Anniversary Nathan! Our Anniversary is actually August 30 but since the next two days will be filled with packing, cleaning, and preparing to move and the then the next 5 after that will be spent on the road with some of our best friends I had to post an early celebration of our two years of marriage!

I love this boy! And I am so grateful for everything he does for me! These last two years have been an absolute dream and marriage has been way more fun than I could have ever imagined! So here is to the past two years and an eternity to come!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It might be awhile before the blog gets updated... It's not that I don't have a whole camera full of great pictures from our wonderful summer here in Texas... It's that I can't find that camera, and worse than that I am pretty sure that camera is somewhere on the beach, sipping lemonade and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.

Why must I always lose things?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This is the best description I could find of my life right now....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Create

For those of you who think you are not creative... watch this.

Do you need something a little inspiring?



I know it has been out for awhile now but after we listened to this song 5 or 6 times on the way home from girls camp (strictly at the request of the girls in my car) I decided it wouldn't hurt to watch it again. After all Haiti is still struggling in an uphill battle and can always use our thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We traded in this....
For this...
I guess it was an early anniversary present, mostly for Nathan who so desperately wanted a truck but was willing to compromise as long as there was 4 wheel drive and a tow hitch.
Either way though we both love the car and are excited for the many fun filled adventures we will have in it over the next ten years.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday: Have a late lunch out on the beach.



Build a few sandcastles.


Play some Frisbee

Relax... and then go home.

And some of you wonder why we love this place.