Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sorry

I know it's been a couple weeks since i've blogged, but you know what? It's been a busy couple of weeks, so I feel justified. :)
I started work as a nanny over 3 weeks ago and I can't believe it's been that long!
I don't get paid super well, but both parents are teachers, so what do you expect? I don't mind though. The kids are really fun and they let me do my laundry over there, so once Brad and I move back to University Courtyard next Tuesday, we won't have to shell out 1.50 everytime we need to do a load of laundry.

Besides nannying, Brad and I have been trying to be better in the gospel I guess you could say.
We've been working on having FHE every Monday and putting into action the things we talk about.
Our first FHE, Brad read parts of an article from the conference Ensign about temple attendance, so we decided to make an effort to go to the temple at least once a week.
Our second FHE was about the effects of video games on individuals and on families, and Brad seems to be doing better about not playing games so much.
THis past Monday we read from the Sept. issue about food storage, so we decided that everytime we grocery shop, we'll pick up a little extra for food storage.
We've also been making an effort to pray together every night.
I feel as though our lives have been a lot more blessed since we've been constantly trying to do better.
For example, Brad has two job interviews!!
Well, one of them, at Taco Bell, he had yesterday and he'll hear back on Tuesday whether he'll get the job or not. The other interview is for an on-campu job and will take place next Wednesday. Woo-hoo!
I really feel that after 9 months of unemployment, the Lord is finally blessing us with work because of the efforts we've been making.
Thank you Heavenly Father!


We went down to Utah last weekend for our niece, Riley's, 3rd birthday.
On the way down I discovered that my Aunt Kathryn was also throwing a big family pool party!
So on Saturday we went out to this Pirate themed pizza place for lunch and then went to the pool party, which was pretty awesome.
I love my family and wish I could be a little closer so that I could always attend these fun get-togethers!
On Sunday there was apparently no church because a temple was being dedicated, so we played with Riley's birthday presents and ate cupcakes and things like that.
Brad's sister Maria also drove all the way up from Albuquerque to come to the party, so not only did I get to spend time with tons of people on my side of the family, but Brad's as well.
It was a really nice weekend and i'm glad we went.

I'm sure you're tired of all my writing, so here's a few pictures. The first one is just of a picnic Brad and I went on and the rest are of me as a nanny with the kids.


I didn't want to do too many dishes when we got home, so we just ate hamburger helper and chocolate pudding out of big bowls.
Me and Kyah at the park.
She dug up an earthworm in the dirt.
And this is me holding it. Worms are so cool!
Sam and I.
Going down the slide with Kyah is pretty much Sam's favorite thing to do ever.
We built this awesome fort two days in a row and then crawled inside and watched Barbie movies.
We love to make crafts. Last Monday maybe is when we made these book holders. They're already a little ripped up and stuff, but they were super cute at first. Just some cereal boxes we cut up and covered in paper.
One day we made some country time lemonade and then I thought it would be a cute idea to use the empty bottle as a crayon holder. It was pretty late in the day and we only had about 20 minutes before Kyah's parents got home, so we made this super quickly.
Yesterday we made cardboard butterflies! There's onlt 3 in the picture, but we actually made another bigger one and then wrote each member of her familie's name on them. So the big one was Bryan, then Jessica, then Kyah, then Sam.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yellowstone

Brad and I went with my brother Paul and his roommate Jason to Yellowstone this past Saturday!
None of us had been before, so it was quite the adventure!
We left Rexburg around noon, and it was only an hour and a half to get there, so we got to spend a good amount of time in the park.

Here's Brad and I on the drive. I didn't really think that it would be cold in Yellowstone, but it SO was! Luckily Paul had his BYUI hoodie in the back so I wore it most of the time, even though it's about 20 sizes too big for me.
It was pretty neat to see trees all fallen over all over the place! Most were from a big fire that happened a few years ago, but it was still cool.
Walking to see some little mini geysers.
This is bacteria! Gross, right?!
The Celestine pool is what this is called, I think. It was gorgeous. You could see right through the water.
I used to have this obsession with moose, and when I saw a matching pink/brown tee and cap combo with a moose on the shirt, I couldn't resist! (Sorry there's a seatbelt covering the cute moose)
This waterfall was way more pretty in person.
On our drive out of the park, we decided to stop at one of the many side trails and go on a hike in hopes of seeing some animals. Little did we know it was 3.5 miles uphill and we were all out of shape. Plus, we didn't see any animals.
Taking one of our many breaks.
There was a tiny little view of a lake, but this is the only view we had the entire hike. The rest is all just trees.
We were SUPER disappointed when we got to the top of the trail because we thought there would be something cool, or at least something to look at, but all there was was THIS! Absolutely nothing!
We passed this pond just entirely full of lily pads. It was gorgeous.
Sorry. The video of old faithful is sideways and I couldn't get it to flip up.



This is called a paint pot. All this goop just bubbles away. (Sorry it's shaky. Lot's of tourists were bugging me)


This is just some little gushing thing. It was spewing out grey stuff and looked neat.



All in all, it was super fun, although we only saw a few elk from a distance and one elk WAY up close on the side of the road, but no bison or moose or anything. :/
My brother bought an annual pass, so maybe he'll be nice enough to take us again?

This coming Saturday, maybe Lava Hot Springs? :D