Friday, August 31, 2012

We climbed a mountain!

The title of this post is true! Both literally and figuratively as a matter of fact. Over the past month, I climbed not one, but two mountains! The first time I thought I was going to die, and if it weren't for my supportive husband, I never would have made it. Of course, he had to lie to me in the process... haha, we climbed up to squaw peak up in Rock canyon, and at first he told me that it was a mile, maybe two, and it wouldn't take that long, then all up the trail (he had done it before so I trusted him) he would be like I remember this, we're almost there! Just through this meadow and we'll be super close! Yeah,  he was never right, we hiked for like 6 miles straight up it seemed like before we finally made it. I'm super glad we did though, the views were spectacular! Below is the proof!

So the moral of the story here is, even if they seem super hard at the time, climbing mountains is worth it. The other mountain we climbed wasn't as bad, we went up to the Timpanogos Caves with David's dad and sister, and while it's steep, it's paved the whole way with benches and stuff, so it's not too bad, and the caves were way cool! I don't have any pictures of that hike yet, but when I get em, I'll post them, because they too, are awesome!

As for the figurative mountains we had to climb, it's been a tough couple of weeks, but we've gotten through it! First off, we sent Eric, David's baby brother off to the MTC to prepare to serve in Mozambique Africa. And although he's not my brother by blood, I was super emotional about the whole thing, which kind of surprised me, but it was definitely for the best. We got to spend a couple days with him before he left, went to the temple, to Tucanos (yum!) and had a couple of family picnics before we finally said goodbye for two years! We're gonna miss him, but I'm super excited to see how he'll progress as he serves the Lord in Africa!

Shortly after Eric left, David's grandpa passed away. It was sad to see him go, but it was for the best. He had been sick for awhile, so it's good to know that he can rest from the cares of the world for awhile. Things like this though definitely allow you to take a step back and think about what really matters in life, and how you shouldn't take anything for granted, because this life is only for a limited amount of time, and you really need to make the most of it. It was really nice that it brought everyone together too, and I was really happy to see that his funeral was a happy one, where everyone just talked about the good times, and knew that he was in a better place now.

As for the last figurative mountain, schools started again... haha, this one is more for David because I'm done, but it's going to be a pretty intense semester! Not only is he taking the dreaded organic chemistry class, he's also taking 7 other science classes... crazy kid! He can do it though, I've never met anyone else whose so focused when it comes to studying. I can only imagine how much higher my GPA would've been had I had that kind of dedication! Oh well. It's going to take some adjusting for me too, not going back to school. It's kind of weird, having gone to classes basically my whole life, and now not having too, but I think I'm handling it alright. Really, it just makes me feel old, especially realizing that a lot of the players on that football team (who pulled off a GREAT win last night by the way!) are younger than me.... but that's okay, I've just moved on to the next stage of my life, and I'm excited about it!

It should be a pretty calm semester I think, nothing to big or crazy going down. I think we're going down to my parents for Thanksgiving, and we're going to his parents for Christmas. There might be some changes going on at my work too, but nothing is set in stone. Regardless, I'll definitely keep this thing updated!

Until next time!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Busy Busy Busy!

Well I think it's safe to say the honeymoon period is officially over for us. Not only have we hit the 3 month mark (yay!), but real life has finally set in. It's not the most exciting, but it definitely has it's moments! For the most part David is in school and I'm at work. I was promoted and put on salary which was very nice, but also meant an increase in hours, so I've been living, breathing (and definitely eating) pizza these days. I can't complain though, it keeps me busy and pays the bills which is all I need. David is super close to being done with summer term. He takes his last final tomorrow before a well-deserved 3 week break. We're excited to have all his family come down for his brother's missionary farewell to Mozambique, Africa! It's so crazy that he's going to be gone for 2 whole years! But I am definitely very very excited for him and for all the adventures he's going to have, going out and teaching the people of Africa!

We had a pretty fun month during July. We got to see tons of fireworks thanks to Utah having 2 firework holidays instead of one. For the 4th we went up to Squaw peak and watched all the fireworks going off in the valley, which was so awesome! There were so many! Then for the 24th, we had a barbeque with his extended family and lit fireworks with all his little cousins, which I've decided is so much better than just celebrating it by ourselves. There's just something about helping a little girl with her first ever sparkler that just adds so much to the occasion. We also had my family reunion up in Heber City. We all just gathered in this huge cabin for two days and ate food and played games, it was really fun. We also went tubing down the Provo river, which is something I've always wanted to do, but it was SO cold. Even for the middle of July, it was almost too much to bear. I had a hard time staying in the middle, so I always fell out of the current and behind everybody, but it was still really fun! My all time favorite thing we did during July though was go to the zoo!  Ever since I was little, one of my favorite animals has been polar bears, and they brought one back to the Hogle Zoo this year! We went with my mom and sister and brother, and we saw everything from the tigers to the elephants, to the giraffes and otters and the polar bear!

There's been lots of other happenings going on too, like my friend Natalie had a beautiful baby girl that I got to go over and hold! It was so precious. She's gonna be such a great mom. :) We're adjusting to our ward pretty nicely, David got called to be in the Sunday school presidency, and I'm just hanging around. I think they think I'm inactive because I've been rather hit and miss because of work. Oh well.

I think that about wraps up my ranting. I'm going to be betting about taking more pictures of our adventures. Cuz I feel like I'm boring without pictures. Oh well, I'll be better.

Until next time!