Sunday, July 20, 2008

Two classes down- One to Go!!!

Things have been going great here in Washington. The classes have been very beneficial and not too stressful. We've found plenty of time for some nice R & R, and just a few more days to go! It's sounds like I will be arriving home in the middle of moving! If our inspections pass on Friday!!!

Washington update:
The dorm room. Thank you Shelley for bringing the T.V. and fan, and your laptop AND your cell phone! What year do I live in? We are definitely living the college life again; Marshmallow Matey's and communal showers! I was a little scared at first, but now I quite enjoy those showers. And who doesn't love cheap Lucky Charms?
The beautiful city of Seattle! From that view I saw the water, mountains, tons of trees, buildings, and cruise ships! It has been WAY too long since I've been to a big a city.
Last weekend we went to Seattle to visit Shelley's old roommate Amanda. She took us to Pike's Place, an outdoor market. And we ate at Chipotle's twice! Yum!

Vegetables, Fruit, and Cherries-EVERYWHERE!!!

It smelled pretty fishy, I didn't mind too much. I got a sample of smoked salmon, and it was tasty!
And tons of fresh flowers! They were only five or ten dollars! What a steal, if I lived in Seattle I would have fresh flowers all the time!
And we got some free entertainment. These guys were singing the Beatles. Sorry I didn't catch a picture of the nude bicyclists! I was behind a crowd so I only saw their backs and one bum!!! Apparently it's legal to be nude in Seattle as long as it's not obscene. When is it ever NOT obscene???
I have been LOVING all the fresh fruit stands; peaches, pears, apricots, and cherries!
My friend Shelley bought this 6 pound bag! I thought it was a little extreme, but now I owe her an apology because she has shared so graciously with me, which I am very grateful.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Embarking on a New Adventure

Well, after 3 years of thinking about getting a masters degree, it is actually going to happen! I am heading up to Washington for three weeks to start a program designed especially for FCS teachers. I will take 3 classes during the 3 weeks, then continue a couple more classes online during the Fall and Winter. I am soooooooo happy my good friend Shelley who graduated with me at BYUI will be my roomy and motivator. It's going to be like camp! Maybe, I really don't know what it will be like but I am very excited. I am sad to leave my family, but I know this is a great opportunity for us. Maggie will probably be walking like crazy, I might miss moving day and getting the keys to our very first home, and I might miss Benjamin saying "where's mama?" And poor Seth will be taking care of the kids, working, and working on the houses. Anyone in the area that might have a free evening, please PLEASE call Seth to see if he needs a babysitter so he can work at the houses! Oaky, that's my plea for help. Thanks a Million!!!I'll be taking a greyhound up there. You might be thinking, oh that's too bad. But don't worry, I must say that I am a greyhound Pro! While still in High school, I went from Tulsa to Orlando through the deep south with all my siblings and no parents! I became quite the mother hen as we transferred buses in the middle of the night, sat next to some very nice ex-cons, and stopped every two hours to hear the driver say over the intercom, "smok'm if you got'm." What great memories I will always cherish. Thanks Dad for letting us crash your vacation with mom.

So I'm off to become the best Family and Consumer Science teacher EVER and to hopefully someday land a job at a University to encourage many many others to become FCS teachers so these programs will stay in the schools to teach the students basic life skills, instead of being cut due to positions not being filled or budgets being cut for new emphasis on academics, darn you NCLB! Fourth of July
We spent the afternoon having a BBQ at our new house with our new neighbors. Seth got some work done at our house. They built the back steps and patio, and worked on more fences. We are still waiting for the electrician to show up! Uuurggh!

Thanks Grandma for the great 4th of July outfits!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

First Steps

Maggie is about to take off! She really has taken a couple of steps on her own without holding on to anything. She is exactly the same age as Benj was when he took his first few steps, crazy!

Can anyone please tell me how to post a video that's not sideways?! I am so pathetic, I still havn't figured it out!