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.