Monday, July 20, 2009

Back in Business

As some of you know, I taught piano before having my boys. I haven't taught since. I am finally at a point where the thought of taking on some students doesn't completely overwhelm me. I have decided to dive back in! I am only going to be teaching two nights a week. I think that's about all I can handle. I'm excited. For the most part, it's a lot of fun and very rewarding. My student's will start with me right after Labor Day. I'm soaking in my evening time while I still have it. Wish me luck!

Monday, July 6, 2009

What our July 4th looked like...

On the 4th we had my parents and Lauren in town to help us out with a little yard project. Sounds fun, right? It was actually my Dad's idea (he's kind of a yard work junkie) and I wasn't about to turn them down. I know very little about the art of landscaping. My parents however, have some serious knowledge in this department. It was so fun to watch them work their magic. Just to shop the nursery with my mom was a treat. She's knows it all. I did my best to soak in as much of it as I could but I have a long way to go. It was so fun to have them here. We did feed them at the end of it but it wasn't near enough to pay them back for all of their help.

Here are a few BEFORE pictures of the area we worked.

And here the AFTER shots. Go ahead...ooh and ahh all you want!
Don't worry, we will add sod to that little spot shortly.

Now that you know what we accomplished, here are some pictures taken along the way.

Just like a little puppy.

Livin' the life...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

June Good-Byes

Last week, we said our good-byes to Shane's parents. We had the opportunity to go with them to Salt Lake where they would be set-apart for their mission and enter the MTC. My parents watched our boys so that we could go and we are so grateful. To be with all of Shane's family without the kiddos (except for the newest grand baby) was awesome! We had such a good time. The night before, we were able to just visit, laugh, and reminisce. We also shared some faith-building moments as well. I thought it was a great way to spend our time together. Good bonding moments...cheesy but true! The next morning we met with Elder Cook and Elder Gonzales. What an awesome experience. It was amazing. I'm so grateful to have shared in this experience with Shane and his family. There was a feeling there we won't soon forget. My testimony was strengthened. My faith increased. I am ever grateful.

The whole fam.

Mom and Dad and their boys