Monday, December 27, 2010

[2010]

[January]
1. Did you have a new year's resolution in 2010?  I am sure I did but as the phrase goes... a goal not written down is merely a wish.
2. Who kissed you at midnight?  My darling husband kissed me before we fell asleep... we didn't actually stay up till midnight.
3. How did you celebrate the beginning of 2010?  We moved into a new apartment and I started my last semester of classes at BYU.  It was eventful!!

[February]
1. Who was your valentine in 2010?  My handsome husband!  I am a super lucky girl! :D
2. What did your valentine get you?  He bought me a rose that was chemically treated and will last for many years.  It is so pretty to look at every day!
3. How did you celebrate Valentine's Day in 2010?  We went to our Stake Dance, made a romantic dinner of lasagna, and the next week, we went to a BYU Married Ball.

[March] 
1. What happened that was different this month in 2010?  I joined Phi Kappa Phi and also received a huge private scholarship.  Both of these had lovely banquet dinners.
2. Did you wear green on St. Patty's Day this year?  Absolutely!  Holidays are worth celebrating!
3. What did you do for St. Patty's Day in 2010?  I went to school and had on lots of different green clothing items.  That evening I made corned beef, potatoes and cabbage.  I also made an Irish Soda Bread.  I found the recipes online and I think they turned out pretty well!

[April]
1. What life changing events happened during April 2010?  I took my last finals--ever!  Casey left me love notes in the testing center for me to find when I finished.  He is so thoughtful and cute!
2. Did you play an April fool's joke on anyone in 2010?  I don't think so... Casey knows me to well to know that anything I told him would be false.
3. What was your favorite part about Easter this year?  I really liked being home with my sweetheart in the morning.  He made me an Easter Egg hunt and I loved watching General Conference.

[May]
1. How did you celebrate Mother's Day 2010?  We went to church with both of our Mothers and then ate lunch with Casey's family and dinner with my family.
2. What was the most memorable part of Memorial Day this year?  We went camping for the first time together.  It was unbelievably cold but still our first campout!
3. What exciting things happened during this month in 2010?  We celebrated our 6 month anniversary.  Casey planned a surprise date and it was so sweet.  We went to the Salt Lake Temple, ate dinner at The Garden and looked at the temple the whole time (or each other's eyes...), and then watched the BYU Young Ambassadors perform in the Conference Center Theater.

[June] 
1. What vacations did you go on in 2010?  Casey was going to school during the summer so it made going on vacations a bit interesting.  We went to the Manti Temple (and it is GORGEOUS!) and then watched the Manti Pageant.  It was Casey's first time every seeing it.
2. How did you celebrate Father's Day 2010?  We had a BBQ at my parents house.
3. If you could, would you change anything that happened during this month?  Nope... the past is what makes the future better.

[July] 
1. What did you do on the 4th of July in 2010?  Since the 4th was a Sunday, we pretty much celebrated all weekend!  On Saturday, we went to a free breakfast at Macey's and then walked around Freedom Days.  In the evening, I worked as Gate Security at the Stadium of Fire.  I was lucky and was asked to go inside to a portal and was able to watch the whole show.  Sunday we went up to my parent's house and had Tortilla Pie (not really "American" food--we know... but it is a family favorite!), we took family pictures in matching flag shirts and went and visited my dad's mom.  Monday, we went to the parade (our chairs and blanket were on the road... never thought I would lay down in a street!) and then walked around Colonial Days.  It was a busy but super fun weekend!
2. How did you celebrate Pioneer Day 2010?  We ate monkey bread while watching the parade TV.  Then we went to my aunt's house for a family reunion of sorts.  To end the night, we went and watched fireworks at the same place we watched them the year before.
3. What did you learn this month that changed your life?  I heard some great advice from my institute teacher.  It meant a lot to me and will hopefully stay with me forever.  (Don't worry, I wrote it down--unlike my new year's resolutions! LoL!)

[August]
1. Did you do anything special to end your 2010 summer?  Casey and I were able to attend Education Week together.  I was sad to see summer end but grateful  have it close on such a spiritual high!
2. How was starting the new school year?  I could hardly believe that I was going to be teaching.  I wasn't really that scared because I have had a lot of experience with substituting but still slightly stressed because I had heard rumors of how much work it would be.  And writing your own lesson plans is by far different then just teaching someone else's.  All in all though, I have definitely enjoyed it!
3. Are there any special memories this month?  I graduated!!! :D  Ok... well technically, I just walked at graduation.  I will officially graduate in December upon completion of student teaching but still so super exciting! 

[September] 
1. What school did you attend in 2010?  I taught at Lakeridge Jr. High.  Casey was at UVU.  It was nice that we were so close together.  He brought me my forgotten phone or lunch a few times.
2. How did you celebrate the welcoming of fall?  We went and had a campfire up a canyon.  We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and enjoyed the warmth from the fire and the brightness from the Harvest moon.
3. What was the busiest part of this month?  Writing lesson plans.  Wow!  That sure is time consuming!!!

[October] 
1. How did you celebrate Halloween 2010?  On Saturday (the celebrated Halloween) we went to the temple and then shared a shake at Iceberg!  On Sunday (actual Halloween) we had a family party to celebrate Casey's birthday.  It was really nice having everyone together--well almost everyone--from both sides of our immediate family.  I made a pumpkin cake and decorated it with pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.
2. How did you celebrate your birthday in 2010?  Casey brought me a dozen of my favorite roses to school.  It was SO cute and mean so much to me!!  After school, we watched "Letters to Juliet" and then went to a fiesta.  It was a wonderful first married birthday!
3. What did you do for General Conference?  We spent the weekend with Casey's mom.  It was rather interesting sharing a water bed.  In between sessions, we were helping to set up and decorate for my brother's wedding reception.  Then on Sunday, I was able to meet most of Casey's aunts and uncles and we all watched the morning session together.

[November] 
1. Where did you celebrate Thanksgiving in 2010?  We helped make Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparent's house.  Casey carved the turkey and did a beautiful job and I made the gravy because everyone else was terrified of it.  We at super fast and then went to Casey's mom's house for a second dinner.  There was so much yummy food and people we love.
2. What are you thankful for this month?  I am personally thankful for my sweetheart.  I love knowing that he will be by my side for eternity.  Life would be so lonely without him--I wouldn't have anyone to tell all of my secrets to!  I am also thankful for our cute apartment, a functioning furnace, modern medicine, my testimony, a living prophet, my education (and soon to be bachelor degree), smiling, cuddling, love notes, holding hands, my journal... ok this list is going to go on for forever...
3. How did you celebrate your first anniversary?  We went to a Marriott motel up by the Salt Lake airport.  We just loved being able to spend time together.  We enjoyed dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory, walking around (and dreaming) William Sonoma, sealings in the Salt Lake temple (I got teary eyed), looked at Elder Scott's watercolor paintings, wandered around Gateway, went on a carriage ride... it was perfect because I was with the one I love the most!

[December]  
1. What was your favorite thing that happened in this month in 2010?  I GRADUATED!!!  I'm 100% done with being a student!  It was SO nice to finish student teaching!!!  (Honestly, this semester went by so fast it is like I forgot to blink.)
2. What is your favorite Christmas tradition (either new or old)?  I have lots of favorite traditions.  I guess I will talk about a couple of new traditions this year.  I love both!  One is our advent calendar which uses nativity pieces and has scriptures/ activities on the back of each that focus on the Spirit of Christ.  I look forward to reading/ doing this with our children for countless years to come.  The other is our "reindeer notes."  I love the kindness and thoughtfulness the actions of writing notes has brought to both of us.  I hope to do this every year too!
3. How did you celebrate Christmas 2010?  We were blessed to be able to celebrate with all of our families.  Christmas Eve we partied with my dad's family.  We then spent the night with my parents and woke up to open presents with them!  We then headed off to be with Casey's family to share Christmas breakfast.  The next stop was lunch with my mom's family.  By the time we came home, we were tired but greatly enjoyed ourselves.  We spent the evening together reading all of our "Reindeer Notes."  This is seriously my *favorite* thing ever!  My favorite part of all of the celebrating = being with Casey all day!  :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

To Our Doorbell Ditchers

We will never know who our Christmas Angel is... 
but we are deeply filled with gratitude!!

Thanks 
for your 
love
friendship
kindness,
generosity, 
and 
sweet doorbell ditched gift!!


(P.S. This song is dedicated to you, doorbell ditcher... and we will just hope that you see it!  There truly are "angels among us"--thanks for being ours!)

Tabernacle Teaches Thinking

I learned a great lesson from the news that the Provo Tabernacle burned yesterday (December 17, 2010) morning...  Allow me to share my insight.

For the past block (1/2 of semester) I drove by the Provo Tabernacle EVERY day while driving to student teaching--twice a day.  It seemed like it would always be there.  It is a beautiful building but many a times on my early morning drive I was so tired, the building was often overlooked.  I thought it would never change... it wasn't something to pay attention to but rather just something to look beyond.

As I learned about the terrible news of it burning (thanks to a former BYU teacher on facebook), I couldn't believe it.  How could this amazing building be gone?  I really thought it would be something that would be there forever... not something that would be there one day and gone the next.

As we turned on the news, I was really struck with not taking things for granted.  Last springtime, our stake had stake conference in there.  I think I have been in the building before but this time is really the only time I remember.  Casey and I took the opportunity to wander around the WHOLE building and read EVERY caption below EVERY picture.  (Unfortunately, I don't think we have any pictures...)  We arrived very early for conference and decided to enjoy the deep heritage of the building.  There were fascinating stories to be told.  The pictures portrayed the legacy.  The craftsmanship was detailed.  The benches were hard.  The organ was impressive.  The windows were stunning.  The structure was castle-like.  The spirit present was touching.  I truly am grateful for these beautiful memories that I will cherish and look back on with fondness.

But as I was pondering about not taking things for granted... if I would have known that Thursday was the last night, I would have taken more time to walk around and enjoy the moment.  I would have taken pictures to last a lifetime.  I would have looked at the building instead of looking past as I rush on with life.  It was a simple reminder to live each day to the fullest, spend a little more time with the ones you love, capture the beauty of the moment, make memories happen....

Thankfully the building is not something I will have eternal relationships with but the lessons it taught me will be applied to those whom I deeply love and treasure as family and friends.


(Photos courtesy of my dear friend, "Pepper" and her hubby--and their blog.  They were taken on Dec 12, 2010.  I used hers because we don't have any pictures...)
P.S. Warning for my mom... Pepper's blog has pictures of the burning building too... I personally don't suggest you (Mom or anyone that has nightmares of burning buildings) click on it.  But everyone else, PLEASE do!  She is the reason I have a nickname of "Salt."

"And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count.  It is the life in your years."  --Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Graduation Celebration

Yesterday morning, I worked hard to finish scanning in a few worksheets/ handouts.  I had to have an electronic copy of everything I used while student teaching so I could burn it all to a CD.  Once that was done, relief was written all over my face and my smile began to glow.  I was so excited to wear my brand new t-shirt.  It said "BYU Alumni 2010--Go forth to Serve".  I have been waiting to wear this!  I was so excited to take it out of the package! :D 


Casey and I went to campus together and shared a picnic.  This was such a wonderful "last day" experience!  He made tuna fish sandwiches--he really is amazing!  Then the celebrating began.  We went to the bookstore and bought the new ornament for our tree this year in celebration of my graduation.  It is a beautiful (really the color is very pretty!) blue ball with the BYU logo and cougar stamped on it.  That was not exactly what I wanted (I dreamed of a graduation cap ornament with BYU and the year on it--but that obviously does not exist) but will fulfill its purpose in the years to come.


Casey headed off to the library and I went to the final Seminar.  I turned in everything and that was a *WONDERFUL* feeling.  I am seriously done! :)  It is kind of funny how many acronyms the education department has.  I still don't even know what most of them stand for but we uploaded all of the information online.  Several of the forms to complete were like long "facebook" surveys.  Well, finally everything was done and my Teacher Work Sample handed in.  It is still hard to believe that everything is done.


Fortunately, seminar went quickly (they did it on purpose for me!).  Casey came to pick me up and we drove north.  We met my parents at Wendy's.  Sidenote--I just have to say their grilled chicken wraps are DELICIOUS!!!  Anyway, Wendy's was not the destination--just a pit stop to fill our hungry tummies.  


We went and watched "The Forgotten Carols."  I love that play/ musical!  This was the perfect graduation celebration for me!  On my left, I was sitting by my number one best friend (Casey) and on my right my second best friend (my mom).  My dad, sister-in-law and brother were there too.  My whole family-minus my little sister because she is up in Logan finishing up her finals.  It was Casey's first time seeing it.  I love watching him laugh so much.  He cracks up over the silliest little jokes and it is so cute!  That play is so touching.  I definitely recommend it to everyone!  And the music is amazing!  I own the sheet music and CD and I think it is time to bring them out of storage! :)  While we were there, some people saw my shirt and congratulated me for it.  I love being Alumni!!!  I have worked so hard for this and now it is really here!
See my totally *awesome* shirt! :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

the end of OUR "firsts"

We have had a wonderful first year of marriage and can hardly believe it has already been one year!!!

In our first year we have...

  • lived in 2 apartments
  • attended 7 different temples (Logan, Mt. Timp, Salt Lake, Manti, Provo, Draper, Boise)
  • stayed overnight (aka vacation) 5 times (7 if you count our parents' houses)--some of those were simply overnighters
  • completed 48 credit hours (and enrolled in 24 more)
  • went to 3 dances
  • taught 15 Sunday School lessons
  • listened to 4 different graduation ceremonies (Lisa's commencement, Lisa's convocation, Hannah's [best friend] commencement and Hannah's convocation)
  • visited 3 people in various hospitals
  • celebrated every "first" holiday
  • attended 3 receptions/ open houses  
  • joined in 2 mission reunions (one was his mission president's homecoming) 
  • wrote 115 blog posts (116 if you count this) ...and...
  • said "I LOVE YOU" every day--multiple times a day!
And thus begins the 1st day of our second year of marriage... :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

One Year Later...

One year ago today was the most 
special, amazing, exceptional, memorable, significant day of my life!!!
It was filled with love, joy, hope, peace, excitement, thrillgratitude, and eternal love.
It was the best day of my life--to that point.  
(And since then I have had 365 more best days.  No these days have not been perfect; they have been filled with trials and moments for learning along with the seasons of joy.  But still, each day is better then the previous.)
And I am so deeply thankful that I get to spend ETERNITY 
with the one I love the most!  
Eternity is a very long time... 
and I can think of nothing sweeter than to spend it with my best friend.
Happy One Year Anniversary!!!
(I look forward to an infinite more!!!)



Tomorrow morning if you wake up 

and the sun does not appear
I will be here
If in the dark, we lose sight of love
Hold my hand, and have no fear
'Cause I will be here



I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind
I will listen
And I will be here
When the laughter turns to cryin'
Through the winning, losing and trying
We'll be together
I will be here



Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the future is unclear
I will be here
Just as sure as seasons were made for change
Our lifetimes were made for these years
So I will be here



I will be here
And you can cry on my shoulder
When the mirror tells us we're older
I will hold you
And I will be here
To watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here



I will be true to the promise I have made
To you and to the One who gave you to me



Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the sun does not appear
I will be here
Oh, I will be here.

(Steven Curtis Chapman)

Monday, November 8, 2010

City Girl

Today my kiddos (ok... they are really not that much younger than me but for some reason, I still like to call them kiddos--but never to there face... that would likely be a disaster!  Anyway....) were making chicken nuggets.  It turned all right.  The kids followed the recipe pretty well but unfortunately the recipe was not the greatest.  (It was the one my mentor teacher used.)  I don't think I am going to jump right up and make them.


Anyway, one of the guys in my class comes up and asks why I didn't buy fresh chicken.  "Um... well because I don't know how to buy fresh chicken," was the best response I could come up with.  He was SHOCKED!  He then wanted to know if I had ever eaten a fresh chicken (meaning never been frozen and not from a supermarket).  I thought this answer was obvious but he clearly didn't think so.  No.  If I don't know where to buy it from, how could I have eaten it???  This student was so puzzled that I had never experienced any of that.  I grew up in a city... a big city!  We bought all of our food from the store.  I have never killed or defeathered or skinned or etc any meat--ever (yes even on Trek... I didn't have to do this).  


We were both intrigued by the other's lifestyle.  He wears cowboy boots and work jeans everyday.  He gets up early and helps with farm chores.  I wear church shoes and teacher pants.  I stay up late and write lesson plans everyday.  We have completely different lifestyles.  But it is SO interesting for me to learn so much from watching my "country" students.  


It was also an eye opener moment for me when I learned what the "FFA" class stood for--Future Farmers of America.  In the class, they raise their own pigs and then sell them for people to buy (and eat).  They learn how to give farm animals shots and etc.  I had never even heard of such a class.  I am learning so much about culture and lifestyle and fashion while teaching at my high school.

Monday, October 25, 2010

a pair of mittens

I never thought that I could learn so much about my faith, my testimony, my role from a pair of mittens.  A PAIR OF MITTENS...  but I will never be the same.  The mittens changed me.


I have learned of knits (type of fabric).  I have talked of knits.  I have touched knits.  I have watched others sew knits.  I have never personally sewn a knit before.  It frays.  It twists.  It unravels.  It stretches.


I realized Saturday, how difficult sewing mittens are.  First of all the pattern was not perfect.  I have small hands and the mittens were too small for me.  I was frustrated and redesigned the pattern and eventually ended up with something that would fit my hand.  I thought of how grateful I am that in life there is a perfect pattern.  I don't have to worry about Heavenly Father's pattern not fitting my hand or life because it is a perfect fit.  He designed it and knows what He is doing.  


When I was looking at the pattern (even the one I designed) I could not figure out how it would actually create a mitten.  It was awkward looking (the one I downloaded was super confusing).  The pieces didn't seem to ever fit together.  As I kept a larger perspective though, I could see how it would all fit together.  This is just like life.  It is SO easy to become caught up in having a narrow focus.  You only see the one seam you are sewing and even that is wobbly.  Focus out.  It will all work out because He really does see the bigger picture and know how each piece of the mitten will fit together.


As I finished each step of the mitten, I eagerly showed it to my husband.  I was so thrilled when I finally had a pattern that would fit my hand.  I loved being able to show him the lining was done.  I rushed to his side to show him the wool mitten.  I placed them on my hands time and time again once the button was in place.  I didn't just celebrate the final product; I enjoyed each step of the journey.  We celebrated together.  My success became Casey's victory.  I am so grateful that I have an eternal companion by my side that will always celebrate each step of our journey.  


Finally the last thing I learned was a quote from Elder Scott.  This quote showed up in the lesson we were teaching yesterday and the mittens changed the meaning.
"As a mother guided by the Lord, you WEAVE A FABRIC of character in your children from THREADS of truth through careful instruction and worthy example.  You imbue the traits of honesty, faith in God, duty, respect for others, kindness, self-confidence, and the desire to contribute, to learn, and to give in your trusting children's minds and hearts.  No day-care center can do that.  It is your sacred right and privilege." (emphasis added.  Ensign, Nov. 1996, 74).
Just like all of the threads are weaved together in a knit, my influence will be weaved together on my (future) children.  Each trait is a different thread and if one unravels, the rest is sure to follow.  I don't know what it is like to be a mother but just as I had success with sewing a knit for a first time, I hope (someday) I will have success in weaving the patterns into my children's lives by teaching and being an example.


My Beautiful Creation...
just like each of us--God's beautiful creation!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Blessings of the Temple

Yesterday afternoon, Casey and I had the opportunity to attend the temple.  I realized that it was about a year ago when I went through the temple for the first time.  We love going to the temple together!!!  It is a wonderful experience to be with the one I love the most in the place I love the most!  


I love this message shared by Pres. Monson.  "In the holy temple the precious plan of God is taught.  It is here that eternal covenants are made.  The temple lifts us, it exalts us, it stands as a beacon for all to see.  It points us to celestial glory.  It is the house of God.  All that occurs within the walls of the temple is uplifting and ennobling.  The temple is a place of tranquility, it is a place of kindness and love and light."  (Note:  this quote is from the Mormon Messages, "Why Mormons Build Temples" at 2:20.)


Recently, my mom was doing family history and she found some of our ancestors that desperately wanted their temple work done, one woman in particular.  Her husband's work had already been done.  She wanted to be with him again.  It was a choice opportunity to take her all the way through and have her sealed to her beloved husband.  The spirit was so strong.  I would cry at times and try to choke down emotions.  The temple workers that were helping me experienced the same wonderful feelings.  

I am so thankful for the blessings that come through the temple.  Life really does continue after death and families really are forever through the sealing power.  I will forever be grateful that Casey and I made the decision when we were young to live worthy to one day enter the temple so we could be married for time and all eternity.  The blessings are still conditional upon our worthiness.  But day by day, we keep working on it and together we will make it!



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Apple for the Teacher

My 7th grade class learned all about childcare and preschool for the past week.  Yesterday and today were the capstone experience for each class as they had preschool day.  I wasn't sure what to expect with most of the 7th graders bringing a preschooler.  That is A LOT of kids for me to be responsible for!  I was very pleased with how well it went though!  I only had to deal with one 7th grade behavior problem!!!  The 7th graders planned some great lessons and all of the preschoolers loved going to the "big kids school."  It was a great experience for everyone involved.  (And I LOVE preschool--for sure on my top favorite list of classes to teach!)


Anyway, yesterday in preschool, I see one kid hanging out by his dad.  I go over to him thinking I am going to have to pry the preschooler away from his dad and convince him to stay at preschool.  When I notice he is holding an apple.  My first thought is that this kid has a strange attachment (like holds on to an apple instead of a blankie) and then my next thought is the kid must have some medical problem that requires him to eat more often.  So I squat down to his level and am about to inquire what his name is followed by what is going on but the preschooler shoots the first question.  
"Are you the teacher?"
"Yes I am."
"Here this is for you.  An apple for the teacher."
Shock.  Smile!  "Thank you that is so sweet!!"


That preschooler seriously made my day!  It was the cutest thing ever.  And even if preschool had been a bad experience, (which it wasn't) that would have made it all worth it! :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great Quote...

My mentor teacher told me this quote the other day and I totally thought it was worth sharing!


"You can tell a lot about a person's character by how they handle these three things:


  1. Tangled Christmas Lights,
  2. Lost Luggage and
  3. Rainy Days."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Count Your Many Blessings"

...NAME THEM ONE BY ONE!!!


So I am counting my blessings...


1.  Casey!  He made me breakfast this morning!!!
2.  Casey!  He washed my car last night and left a love note written on a napkin inside.
3.  Casey!  He cleaned up the living room.
4.  Casey!  He vacuumed!!! :D
5.  Casey!  He wrote a love note and put it on our fridge.
6.  Casey!  He tells me stories at bedtime (no, I am not too old!)
7.  Casey!  He washes the silverware as soon as we are through so it won't get old.
8.  Casey!  He made the bed this morning after I left in a frantic rush for school.
9.  Casey!  He gives amazing hugs!
10.  ♥ C ♥ A ♥ S ♥ E ♥ Y ♥ ! ♥   He loves me forever!!


10 months ago was the most special day of my life!  I am so eternally grateful to be able to count Casey as my blessing!  Happy 10 Month Anniversary!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I have a plan...

It is late so this must be brief... but I have a plan to try out with my challenging class.  I am going to start acting like they are my favorite class.  I am going to love everything about them from their questions to random comments to interesting situations.  I am going to put the quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe into practice. "Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse.  But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be."  I am going to apply this to my class.  I am going to make it work!  I will write about the (hopefully positive) results later!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Casey's First Impressions... (written by Lisa)

I seriously *love* that I married a computer genius!!!  I set a password on my little netbook computer.  Starting next week, it is going to be trooping back and forth to school with me and I wanted to make it so my students couldn't just use or touch it.  Well, I am sure that I knew what my password was but there was no way it was logging me in.  :(  I didn't know what to do and Casey was gone doing laundry!  (He really is AMAZING!!!)  Luckily for me, he knows how to hack into the computer and reset the password.  It only took about 1-2 hours but hey at least we are able to recover my computer!! :)  Thanks sweetheart! <3
at the desktop
With other news, Casey seems to have enjoyed his first (half) week of school.  He is already swimming through homework!  And beginning on Monday, I will be joining him....  He really seems to like his "Information Systems and Technology" class as well as "Web Design Application."  It always is such a relief to be able to take classes you enjoy instead of just chugging through generals.  


Side note:  I remember one time in my class the teacher wanted to know why we were taking the class and when I said it was required for my major he just blew me off like it was a have to class.  The teacher didn't get it though--just because it was required for my major does not mean that I was in the class by force!  I picked my major and enjoyed (most) of the classes required.


Anyway, back to Casey.  He says his Ethics and Values class is kind of interesting.  The teacher is bright, cheerful and on the ball.  He says the first day of class she decided that she wanted all 40 desks to be turned into a huge circle.  Casey says that experience was very interesting because it was a very small classroom and it was rather difficult to cram all of the desks into the circle.  He says her notes/ papers are like staring at Greek and a lot of his classmates were lost when trying to decipher the code.


Now onto his biology class.  Biology classes are known for being extremely difficult on campus.  His textbook even looks intimidating....  Casey has decided that he can NOT miss this class if he wants to pass.  Just looking at the syllabus, I tend to agree.  Here is to hoping that we will not collect any of the sharing cold germs this season!!!  His biology teacher is a Veteran and Casey views him as a grumpy, impatient person but is grateful for the jokes he cracks.


When Casey speaks about his Information Systems class, even though he has only attended class once, his voice lifts and his eyes begin to sparkle again.  I guess anything is more interesting than biology....  He first impression of the teacher was that he is great and seems fit for the job.  Casey appreciated that he is in-touch with technology--we would hope so since that is what the class!  He is anticipating the work load to be challenging but is looking forward to learning a lot along the way.


The web design class has an interesting yet delightful teacher.  Casey had a really hard time coming up with a way to describe her.  She is very up-to-date with the internet and therefore a great teacher for the class.  She has not taught in person for awhile because she was only teaching online sections but Casey thinks it should work out.  He is already certain that he will enjoy it and he is grateful that it won't be quite as challenging as the other computer class.


Casey is also taking a Book of Mormon institute class this semester.  I was able to go with him to class on the first day of school.  I am slightly sad that I won't be able to return again throughout the semester but oh well....  I was impressed by the preparation this teacher had spent--and it was only the first day.  He jumped right in with both feet.  He had a great teaching method for playing a game with the students on the first day.  It was a great ice breaker and I may copy his strategy here soon.  Casey was surprised to see how small the class was when we walked in but loves the teacher's strong testimony!


This semester is going to be a learning one for the both of us, that is already certain.  But thankfully, we are in this together and I know we will survive.  I truly am thankful that this is our first and last semester with us both going full time!  Even that will be a learning curve for us... but with the Lord's help, we know all things are possible!!!
studying at his "office"
P.S. I love his widows desktop!!!  And he has a picture of me
(hard to see but its a bridal picture in the frame) next to him!! :)



Saturday, August 21, 2010

Great Newlywed Advice!

Today is our 9 Month "Anniversary"!!!! :D  I love that each month is better than the one previous--not because our life is easy or problem free but because we continually work to make it better.  To celebrate this momentous occasion (it is our last single digit month anniversary), we are going to the temple and then later to the fair.  For breakfast this morning, I made Egyptian Eggs (I have heard them called SO many different things) with the center cut out into a heart! <3


Well, I thought I would share some excellent advice we heard about marriage.  I have heard a lot but this was probably some of my favorite and it really helps...  


Advice to the Newlyweds:
1. Divorce is NOT an option!  Never even mention the "D-Word" in your home or toward each other.
2. Drive to the temple!  Solve your problems there together.
3. Date your spouse every week!  Keep the love and excitement alive!


Happy 9 Month Anniversary!  I love you FOREVER!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It Still Exists

Chivalry


chiv-al-ry [shiv-uhl-ree]
noun
the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, includingcourtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms or gallant gentlemen


I thought chivalry was going out of style but I have been proven wrong.  I am used to my husband and very grateful for his generous and thoughtful actions but I didn't really think I would see many others using it anymore.  While we were riding the bus up to visit my grandparents and help them with yard work and vacuuming, a man left his seat for 3 women entering the bus so they could sit together.  I thought it was very gracious but then I realized that one of the women was blind and I kind of just blew off his noble action because of the disability.  Later on the same bus, two other men gave up their seats when a group of three teenage girls entered the bus.  This time really was impressive because their was no disability to involved--just the kindness of two strangers.  Later on TRAX, I watched a similar thing happen.  There were still some seats on the train but one lady was standing in the middle.  The gentleman sitting near her gave up his seat and then stood.  I thought this was so thoughtful because their were still some seats at the far ends of the train.


Yesterday at my first day of Education Week for this year, I walked into a class and it was very full.  I saw my husband and was trying to find a seat near him or two together so we could enjoy the class by each other.  (He is my best friend after all and I *love* spending time with him!!!)  Well, there was a seat behind him and that was about all I could find.  I told him I Love You in sign language and was sad that I would have to sit a row behind (but still grateful for a seat!).  Well, the person sitting next to Casey stood up and climbed over everyone so he could sit in the seat behind us.  It was so thoughtful of him and meant so much to me!


So thank you to the chivalrous men in the world.  It means a lot to me and I notice your  gallant efforts.


My Knight in Shining Armor! <3