Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't kiss the one with the germs!

This week I've been battling a cold. The same cold Matt had all weekend. This is what I get for kissing him while he's sick. I feel bad because I'm such a horrible sick person. I'm way too much like my dad! DayQuil and NyQuil have become my best friends this week. Sad I know.

On a much happier note, I've gotten the urge to be crafty lately. I've been looking through some of my friends blogs and I really just want to make something! I want to take the big gaudy gold mirror that my mom used to have in her bedroom until she couldn't stand the look of it any more, and paint the gold part black, and use it in my bedroom. I know she won't mind if i take it, now I just have to remember to get it when we go up there for Austin's farewell. (Matt's not too thrilled with the idea I don't think, but he said I could do whatever I wanted. I don't think he knows how scary that could be for him.)If you haven't noticed the new colors for the blog, they are my newest color obsession. I have all these ideas floating around in my head for how I want to decorate our bedroom. I doubt it will happen, but i can dream. Since I can't change the color of our white walls, I want to make a black padded headboard, and a new duvet cover out of a patterned fabric with all three,or even two of the three, colors. I'm kinda liking this one for the bed:

Could be kinda fun, right? With some black binding and some black buttons maybe? I feel like I need to do something to make my apartment,especially the bedroom, feel like a home instead of like my dorm room and I think the best way to do that would be to make it look good and have some kind of theme. I love having all of these ideas and getting to try to come up with a way to make them fit together! I just wish I had a sewing machine so that I could actually do half the crafts that I want too. Maybe I'll get one for Christmas. (hint hint)

The other craft I'm dying to try are the fabric flowers that are all the rage right now. I think I could have a lot of fun doing those, and I'm pretty sure all I'd need would be a glue gun, which I already have, and the fabric for them...Hmmm I'm thinking there's a trip to the fabric store in my future:D Love it!I know what Emily and all the girl cousins are getting for Christmas! I don't think that Madison will wear one, or she'd get one too.

OH! I have to tell you all that I got a steam mop for all the tile that we have in our apartment. (The living room, kitchen, and bathroom are all tiled) I don't mind mopping the floor, and I'm still convinced that it gets done better when I do it on my hands and knees, but with school and homework and everything I don't have time. I've used my mom's before and it worked pretty good,so I got one too. I used it last night and now my floors are all clean, and it only took me 5 minutes! How wonderful is that?! Love it!

I think it's a good thing that I write these posts on Friday afternoons, I'm always in a better mood. Especially this week because we got to wear jeans to work for spirit day! Go Cougars!

Spiritual Note for the week:
Last night as Matt and I were talking about when and how we're going to go to Russia, I got to thinking about the Lord's will, and I can't help but remember that he knows better than we do what we need. Right now we have quite a few things that we recognize as being in His hands. Applications for my program, scholarships, and study abroad programs are all things that once they have been turned in, we have no control over the outcome. It scares me to death, but I just have to have faith that if we have done everything in our power to make sure it's our best, he'll take care of us. I always wonder if my best is good enough, or if I really put in my best effort. I realize that He knows my heart, and that He wants to bless my little family, so I have to give it over to Him and not worry so much.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

It was the best of times...

On Saturday Matt and I went to Vernal, Utah to go to the temple since it was Austin's first time through. (we brought Sydney and Ashley too.) It was so wonderful to be in the temple with so much family, my mom and dad, Austin, Matt, Ward, Heather,and I were all there, along with the Larsen's and the Green's. I'd never been inside the Vernal Temple except for the Baptistery. It is absolutely beautiful. The craftsmanship of the wood work is exceptional, as well as the stained glass. I cannot even begin to describe the wonderful feeling that it was to be in the celestial room of the temple with my family. As we were standing there I had a thought come to me that that was exactly what it would be like when I die. I'll cross over and go through the veil and have all my family waiting there for me. I've always been afraid to die, it's just such an unknown. But after that realization, I'm not so afraid any more. It's not a time to be sad, it's a time to acknowledge a life well lived and think of how happy that person must be to be reunited with their loved ones. Alas, I'm getting off topic.

We went to Cafe Rio after we were done at the temple, since it's the only good place to eat in Vernal. (And no Matt, Golden Coral does not have good food. Ever. End of story.) While we were there Mom and Austin informed us that they had bought steaks and salmon, and if we came home with them, they would feed us. Plus, they argued, we were already half way home. Of course I was all on board, I'm never one to turn down good food, especially if I don't have to cook it, and I'm even more unlikely to turn down a trip home! Syd and Ash were pretty easy to convince. Now Austin only had to convince Matt. The hardest part of that was the fact that Matt had left his Russian homework back in Provo, and really needed to get it done. But when we presented the idea of not telling his mom and dad that we were coming home and just walking into the house on them, he was game for going home too.

It was the worst of times...

As we were leaving Vernal, we went on a road that had some kind of repaving project going on. We hit a bump, apparently not going slow enough, and after that we heard a strange clicking sound coming from the front driver's side wheel, we looked at it when we stopped for gas, but didn't see anything wrong, so we started on our way home. Some where between Vernal and Rangely, our car started shaking like we had a flat tire. So we stopped to fix it, thinking this was really a pain. But when we got out, the tire was fine. So we kept going a little ways further and it was still shaking and something was obviously wrong. Matt started looking at the tire closer and we realized that there were 2 lugnuts missing on the tire! Matt could see in the tire where the bolts that hold the tire on to the car had been sheared off. Lucky for us, we still had cell service and could call my mom and dad to come back and help us. The boys got the car to the point that it was driveable. (Turns out the remaining 3 lugnuts were only hand tight! YIKES!) Matt and Austin drove in the car and I rode in the car with my mom and dad. We made it home, but much too late for the promised steaks and salmon. BUT we did get them on Sunday before we went home, no worries on that part! We also did end up scaring Lorna pretty bad when we walked into the house and said "Hi Mom!" She was not expecting us at all! Poor Matt spent all Sunday afternoon fixing the car so that we could make it back to Provo for our classes on Monday. He and Dad saved the day though by getting the car fixed! I'm so proud of my boy! I wish I'd gotten a picture of him working on the car, he was so cute covered in grease and break fluid :) We eventualy made it back to Provo after having an adventure filled weekend, all ready to start out the week with a map quiz we had forgotten until we got home at 11:30 Sunday night. Oh well, it wasn't too bad.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A lilttle bit of everything

Matt and I have known each other since I was 8 and he was 10. This was when I moved to Glenwood Springs. We were friends all through high school and he would take me to seminary every morning. He was my first date and I was his first kiss. We got engaged on my 20th birthday, and we were married on July 24, 2009.

Right now we are both going to school at Brigham Young University. We love it here! I am studying to be a High School History Teacher with a minor in geography teaching. Matt is studying International Relations with a minor in Russian. We should both be graduating in April of 2012. Right now we're trying to get our acts together enough to go on a study abroad to Russia either this spring/summer or next fall. We're really excited about getting to spend time in another country learning the language and the culture. Right now we're just waiting to see what kinds of scholarships we can get so we can decide when we can go.

This semester we are taking 2 classes together, World History of WWII and European Geography, we love having these classes together! Not only do we get to spend the first class of the day together, but we also only had to buy one set of books! Woohoo for saving money on books!

We both work on campus, which is great. Matt works in one of the coolest places on campus, Special Collections in the library. He gets to work with all the really old and rare books that BYU has. He sees some pretty cool things. Oscars, Original copies of the Book of Mormon, Jimmy Stewart's accordion, Gutenberg Bibles, etc. It's all so cool! My job isn't as cool, but I know almost everything about BYU admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. I answer phone calls or work at the window helping people with their questions and taking payments for tuition. The best part of my job is that I get to work with some seriously awesome people!

In our spare time, when we have some, we like to spend time with our friends playing games or watching movies. Our all time favorite game to play with other couples is called BANG!. It's an Italian game about the American Old West. It's great fun, and always sure to have people saying awkward things to each other. Recently our friends Sean and Heidi McQuay have introduced us to a game called Pandemic, it's quite unlike any board game in that you aren't competing against each other, you're competing against the board and the cards. We have yet to win the game.

Sorry this post is so incredibly long, I'm at work and I don't have a lot to do today.