Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cute Pictures in Kanosh

I know this is a little out of order, but I found these pictures and thought they were too cute to not post them. Jared made this soldier when he was in high school.

Emmalee and Ariana loved the snow!! They didn't want to get out of it even when they were freezing.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ever felt like a bowling ball??

Okay, so I can tell you exactly how a bowling ball feels. I know what it is like to go down the lane, using the bumpers for support (so you don't go in the gutter), and turn every which way while trying to knock down the pins at the end of the lane.

As most of you know, I start the nursing program this semester (tomorrow, actually), or that was the plan. In previous blogs, I wrote that my plan was to not have a plan, or so I thought was my plan. Things are constantly changing, whirling me in every direction. As I travel down the "alley" of life, I feel as though Heavenly Father "bumps" me back in the lane to prevent me from rolling into the "gutter". Jared got a call a couple of weeks ago informing us that our command sponsership (something that lets me and the girls go with Jared) to Korea has been approved. All my books were already purchased and I was going to my first nursing meeting the next day. I was so confused as to what to do. What would Heavenly Father want me to do? I prayed and found no answer that brought me comfort. Either I stayed home with both our girls for a year and get my LPN while Jared was gone, or, I go with him, throw away all the classes I have been taking for the last couple of years, and scramble to get things ready to go to Korea.

After deciding to do the latter, I swallowed the lump in my throat, cancelled all my classes for this semester, returned all my books, and booked four plane tickets to Korea through the military transportation office. I then scheduled for our household goods to be picked up. That's when I found out that we are only allowed to ship over 2250 lbs with us. Now, if you don't know, a normal room has about 1000 lbs in it. We have a 2100 sq ft house, with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We also have a piano and very heavy bowflex dumbells. So, for the past couple of days, Jared and I have been majorly downsizing.

I am so grateful for all of these experiences that we have had, and I feel so grateful for all that we have. I feel like Heavenly Father is bumping me back on course when I get a little towards the edge. I also feel grateful that Jared and I have the opportunity to be together in Korea for a couple of years.

Jared turns 27

For Jared's birthday, the girls and I bought a bag full of balloons. I tried blowing them all up by mouth, but that quickly became a chore. Then I remembered that we have an air compressor, and about half an hour later, I was finished.
Jared loves buffalo wings, so that, along with tons of pizza, was the specialty of the night.

Jared loves Spongebob Squarepants, so the girls helped me decorate the cake.

Christmas Eve and Santa

Every year in Kanosh, on Christmas Eve, they have a Primary program. All the kids had to get on the stage and jingle bells to call Santa Claus out. Ariana and Emmalee were both very excited when they saw him.

Sledding in Kanosh

First of all, I have to apologize for not keeping up. We went to Kanosh for Christmas and had a blast!!!! Here are some pictures of us sledding at Black Rock.

Jared and Emmalee

Jared and I went down a couple of times.

Carinne and I thought it would be cool to slide down the hill on this sled.

Little did we know, it was a death trap. We both feel off and rolled over eachother until the bottom of the hill slowed us down.

This huge inner tube was so much fun. From left to right is Zoie, Me, Ariana, Jared, and Melanni.