Thursday, July 15, 2010

one year ago...

Some of you might be wondering what I was doing one year ago today... seems like a legit question right?!  

Well, since you asked... 

One year ago today, I was at EFY and was walking well over 4 miles a day.  My poor ankles couldn't take the impact.  I was granted a short leave in order to go run and buy some ankle supports.  This leave turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise!

EFY kept me so busy that I had very little time to talk to Casey.  We talked as much as we could on the phone but it wasn't very much or was super late at night.  Nearly the entire time that I left on my leave (to Walgreen's) I was talking to Casey.  

He asked me a very important question... we had a DTR over the phone... LoL!  It was hard though because I was gone for whole weeks at a time.  Anyway, I bet you can already guess but one year ago today, Casey and I officially began dating!!!  

Funny sidenote:  When I left for EFY on Sunday (just a few days before we were officially dating), I started crying because I didn't want to leave Casey.  It was tragic!  I hadn't been homesick for since I was a young teenager but now as I was leaving, I was Caseysick!!! :(  The picture posted below was taken a week or so earlier while we went on a picnic!  My mom printed it for me from her computer because I was so Caseysick and put it in a frame.  I kept that on my dresser that week and it still sits on our computer desk today! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Busy Days with HUGE Blessings!

There have been so many wonderful things happen this week! :D  I honestly can't believe that it is only Wednesday because that means that there is another half week to go of amazing blessings.  But for now, I want to focus on what has meant so much to me!!

*My car, Cami, obtained only minor injuries from the hit and run she was involved with sometime during the night.  We are honestly so grateful that the car was not hit worse than it was.  
*Also, some more blessings is that I drove the car the day before and then we drove it to church so we could prove it was the previous night.
*And we were able to attend our entire Church meetings and file the police report after!

*I was able to take bridal pictures in the morning!  (Note:  I imagine everyone has already heard this story... but just in case... I picked up my wedding dress the day before our wedding because it was made wrong and then stuck in customs.  I was never able to take them before our wedding because my dress was literally stuck in China!)  They turned out beautifully!  My cousin did them and she is *amazing*!  If anyone needs a good photographer, let me know!!!  (BTW:  I will hopefully post some more of my favorite bridals later...)
*My mom took me shopping after my bridals and we were so deeply grateful!  
*My little sister came and spent the night with us and it was fun to see her!
*We had ward FHE and popsicles! :)  I found my favorite flavor--rootbeer!

*We had a wonderful institute lesson!
*Nothing broke when our kitchen shelves fell (Casey put an opened box of Graham Crackers on it... makes me wonder what is in the crackers... hee,hee,hee).  We had a tile quote plaque on there as well as some candles, toaster oven, etc and nothing broke!  I was especially grateful for the tile!
*Our room was cold while we slept.  (Normally I wake up sweating so this was a nice change!!!)

*I dropped my sister, Julie, off at the space center in Pleasant Grove and then had some spare time before my interview.  Julie walked me around all of the space ships and then I was in the command room for awhile
*My second interview at Stevens-Henager College as at 10 am.  I thought it went REALLY well and was certain I would be hired soon.
*My back was adjusted by the chiropractor and wow did it feel really good!  (Maybe too good... I might be addicted... LoL!)
*At 3:26 pm, I missed a call (at the chiropractor).  When I checked my voicemail, it was from the person who interviewed me stating that I am officially hired and they would like to have me come fill out the paperwork tomorrow morning!!!!!!! :D  Seriously, this is the biggest blessing for us because I have been applying for jobs since March!  And the great news is that this will turn into a full-time job once I graduate from BYU!! YEAH!!! :D  I keep jumping up and down and squealing!
*Casey and I are going to go out for ice cream to celebrate the end of my job hunting!

Friday, July 9, 2010

"The Lost Chord"

I know this post is a little old considering it happened on Father's Day... but I am sure that there are some who will still appreciate seeing this!

While we were up in Salt Lake on Father's Day, I went to visit my grandparents while my darling husband stayed at my parents house to study for his final the next day. (Note: Normally Casey tries really hard not to study on Sunday but with his final being first thing, bright and early the next morning, he felt he needed to.) Anyway, while we were at my grandparents (mom's parents) my grandpa was laying on the couch--like always. He is really showing the signs of old age. There have been some times that he doesn't even remember my mom's name or that I am married. Some days are better than others. I have always been my grandpa's shadow and loved to follow him around and help him while I was growing up. I still love spending as much time as possible with him. I was sitting in the rocking chair right next to the couch and spent a lot of the time just talking to him very slowly and clearly while everyone else chattered away amongst themselves with my grandma.

I asked my grandpa if anyone ever played his piano any more. He said no but that he sure missed it. My little sister went over and played a couple of hymns and then my mom went and found some difficult piano songs and was going to play that for him. She played a few and everyone kept happily chattering but grandpa and I listened. Grandpa misses the piano in general and I miss hearing my mom play it.

Then as a complete surprise to everyone in the room, Grandpa began singing. A little history lesson for those that don't know, but Grandpa sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1959-1981 as a Tenor. He sang all over the world and I have loved growing up hearing the stories related to the choir and traveling including Europe, singing at Pres. Nixon's inauguration, Mount Rushmore, Mr. Kruger's Christmas and many more.

(Grandpa is on the bottom row on the far left side. He used to sit right in front of Richard Condie, the conductor and would help him and arrange his music, etc. They assign a non-choir member to do these responsibilities after Grandpa had his heart attacks. This picture would have been taken in the early 1960's.)

(Grandpa is on the top row of men, right next to the alto. This was used as a postcard.)

The reason why Grandpa singing on Father's Day was such a huge deal was because he had not even tried to sing for so long. I didn't realize how important it was until I looked up and saw Grandma crying. I quickly grabbed my phone and tried to take a video as fast as I could. I did not know how long the singing would continue but wanted to capture it once I realized how much it meant to Grandma. The videos are not the best quality... but the memory is priceless! :) Oh and make sure your volume is up loud. Between the static of the phone and Grandpa singing softly, it is slightly hard to hear.

(This first video is in the middle of him singing "The Lost Chord." It is the first song Grandma has heard Grandpa sing in well over a year, if not longer. I don't remember hearing this song before but I keep thinking how the title of it is almost ironic. This experience really was the finding of a 'Lost Chord' for Grandpa.)

(This is part 2 of "The Lost Chord" because my cell phone was set to only record for 30 seconds so it could be sent in a text message. Originally, I didn't want to take the time to switch modes because I was afraid he would stop singing.)

So, now you have to bear with me because I started playing the piano and my sister was recording things with my phone. My piano skills are rusty--so be patient! And also, my sister did not know how to use my phone very well so she is doing the best she can. Again, it is not the best but we all agreed that it was better than nothing!!

("I Need Thee Every Hour" At the end, Grandpa is wondering why these songs are never sang during Sacrament Meeting anymore. Julie and Grandma state that people still sing them. The reason Grandpa doesn't realize that they are still being sung is because he has the Sacrament brought to him now.)

(So this last video is really going to need some patience. It starts out near the end of "I Stand All Amazed" with Grandpa singing. Well, one of the cords near the end, I completely mess up and my mom starts laughing. Then the next verse my mom continues to sing and then when I get back to that same cord... it presented problems once again. Well, Grandpa tells me to go back and fix that cord before I can go on and so I continue to struggle with it. As the video is ending, you can hear Grandma telling the story of how Grandpa was supposed to inherit his parents old piano because he was the only one that really learned how to play out of his siblings. But it ended up staying in the house he grew up in.)

This was such a sweet experience for all of us! And the most amazing thing happened!!! :) Grandpa's memory came back to him after all the singing (the power of music!). He was able to tell me about his day and details from the past and then he talked a whole bunch about Casey (really amazing because a lot of times he has no idea who Casey is!). He told me how blessed we were to have each other and how Casey is such a good boy. I truly am blessed to have such wonderful men in my life whom I love so dearly!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

the simpleness of yesterday...err, yesterdecade

While I was attending training to work as Gate Security for Stadium of Fire, we had a fairly long presentation on how to use...
...the police radio.  I thought it was the funniest thing when the officer kept emphasizing that you have to hold the button to talk and then you have to let go.  And also, the key pad on the front, does not text--you have to actually communicate through speaking while pressing the button and then let go.  
This presentation went on for probably 15 minutes and I kept laughing (quietly!) for most of that time because it was so funny hearing the officer explain how to push the button and let go.  Really... has our generation forgotten how to use walkie-talkies/ radios now because of the convenience of a cell phone?