Friday, January 28, 2011

Klondike Derby

Nick got a new calling in our ward end of December, he is now the 1st counselor in the Young Mens Presidency.  Our ward only has 4 young men (3 deacons and 1 teacher), they're good kids and Nick has enjoyed his calling so far (pizza parties and laser tag-SWEET!) Last weekend was the stake Klondike derby.  Camping in the snow and winter survival, sounds too cold for me. Young Women never did anything like this, thank goodness! Fortunately it wasn't TOO cold, no one got frost bite and the boys had a great time.  Nick was more than ready to come home by the end, he's not really into the outdoors as much as when he was younger, he's more into sports now.  But he did admit to having a good time.  I laugh when I think of scout camp coming up this summer, Nick just groans :) 
While the boys where out freezing their buns off, I had my sisters and sis-in-law over for a slumber party.  We ate pizza and candy watched a movie and stayed up late. Poor Jamie got a upset stomach and decided to throw up- awesome.  Never let a 9 year old go nuts eating junk food- lesson learned. Other than that everyone had a good time.  Of course when Nick came home with all his gear our house had major campfire stink!  This is one of those time a garage and backyard would be nice. Right away I made Nick strip down trow his clothes straight into the wash and made him take a shower! Only problem, his ski jacket STILL STINKS!  It's aired out for a couple days and I've washed it twice now!  I'm kinda mad, cause that was a new nice ($$) jacket and hope it's not ruined. Any suggestions? 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Laugh So You Don't Cry

This is how my day went:
Woke up at 3:45 AM, got ready and left for the temple at 4:35 (it's Tuesday, my temple day).  Arrived at the temple 4:50ish,  greeted by the sweet elderly gentleman at the recommend desk. Scanned recommend--"Sorry but this recommend isn't valid"  ME: "huh?"  "It says here this recommend isn't valid"  
My recommend expires this month and I though I would be on the ball and renewed it this past Sunday before the month was over.  I had left my new recommend in my scriptures, my old recommend still in my temple bag. Apparently, as soon as you are issued a new recommend your old recommend is automatically invalid AND I didn't know this.  
AWESOME, so what do I do now?  Of course they can't let me in with an invalid recommend, and it's now 5:00 in the morning and of course the temple recorder isn't there yet to verify my recommend.  Sooo my only option is to drive back home and get my new VALID recommend.  As I'm driving, I'm praying "Please don't let me crash, or die, or get a ticket"  I wonder if it's ok to pray not to get caught while breaking the law. Grab my recommend and rush back to the temple, get to the desk and it's Nick's recommend (ok that part isn't true, that would have made for a REALLY good story).  I did make it back to the temple without crashing or dying or getting pulled over which is a miracle-I was driving pretty fast in the construction zone. As I was frantically driving home, fighting back the tears, this quote came into my head.
"The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it.
You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh.
Crying gives me a headache. If we can't laugh at life,
we are in big trouble."
It's from Sister Marjorie Hinckley and one of my favorites. It really was a tender mercy, I just had to laugh at my predicament and express my gratitude that out of all the possible scenarios this wasn't that bad.  I was only a little late for my shift and surprisingly still had a little bit of the spirit with me, the rest of my day went smoothly.  I feel so blessed to have a Heavenly Father who loves me, is aware of me and has a sense of humor.   

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to a New Year!

We rang in the new year a little early last night since we were both 
asleep by 11:00 and woke up early to this wonderful weather forecast
Yup, that's right 3 degrees in Provo people!
Before we get too much into 2011,
 here's a little recap of how we ended 2010
Nick finished the fall semester with a 4.0 GPA YA BABY!! 
BYU graduate school has been our #1 choice but after the lovely 
weather we've been having UofA in ARIZONA is looking nice and warm
Nick also got hired for an internship in Orem-YAY! BUT it's not a paid
internship (yet) so 2011 is going to mean we gotta start to budget (eek!)
In Sept I started serving at the Mount Timpanogos Temple
as an Ordinance Worker.  A major perk of working as an RN
is I only work 3 days a week soooooo what better way to spend one of 
my days off then to serve in the Temple.  I work every Tuesday morning
from 0500-1100.  Words cannot describe what an amazing experience
and blessing this has been.  Even though it is SUPER early, it's the
 highlightof my week.  I took this picture earlier this week 
I wish I had taken a picture the Tuesday before Christmas when we
 had that huge snow storm, everything was black and white and the 
Temple looked incredible
2010 was a great year and we're looking forward to whatever
comes our way in 2011!