Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Little Man (Tanner Claiborne 11 Years Old)!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hunting

Some of my favorite memories as a kid is the times when my family and I would go camping with my extended family in the Utah mountains and the "men folk" would go hunting. The cousins would all get togther and have sleep overs in each others tents or campers and put on plays. Hunting is something that my dad continues to do at least once a year. This year he took my little brother Brady and they had a great time. This was Brady's first hunt and he also got his first deer. He shot a 9 point buck that wighed about 180 lbs. the morning they were leaving. My dad let him use his 30-06. My dad shot a 6 point deer, but after they tried tracking it for two hours they weren't able to find it. He was using his 243 (a smaller gun) and says that he needs to get better if he is going to let his son use the larger gun in the future.

Here is a picture of my brother with his first deer.
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I'm curious to see if they will be able to talk my mom into mounting it on the wall.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Long Time No Write

So I am finally getting on here to put up some updates! Sorry it has taken so long!!
Dallin and I drove down to SLC on October 20th to go to the BYU vs Eastern Washington game. We met up with Dallin's twin sister Karen and her husband Taylor as well as a few of my old roommates. The game was a slaughter and I think we ended up beating them 42-7 (or close to it). It was a freezing cold day. It started off rainy and not very fun, but soon the sun came out and it was beautiful. As the game progressed, however, the snow started to fall. It was so much fun. Here are some pictures that I took. Oh, it was also Dallin and I's 6 month anniversary...We made it!
This is before the snow...
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And during the snow.
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This is Karen and Taylor...
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And Dallin and I.
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I also cut Dallin's hair (after many days of convincing) and I think it turned out pretty good!
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This was our first Halloween together as a married couple. We made pumpkins and I cooked pumpkin seeds. We also had spaghetti, the claiborne family traditional Halloween meal!
Dallins picture is of the grim reaper and mine is a ghost with the word BOO at the bottom.
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Things have been going well for us. Dallin is going to Reno in February to compete in the LEED competition. He has been doing great in school as usual. We have also switched our tracks for school so that next Fall we will both be able to do our internships for school, which we are leaning towards going to Minnesota for.
We can't wait to head home to Florida for Christmas in 37 days where we will spend 3 weeks.
We have also decided to move our records over to the home ward in our town, so that we are no longer attending our family ward. We have attend this ward a couple times and really enjoy it.
The weather here has been great so far, which it grrrrreat for me since I have Florida skin, and great for Dallin since he works outside everyday building houses. It hasn't snowed since the first week of October and gets into the low 50 almost everyday.
I just found out that my brother Austin broke his collar bone. He did it in the first quarter of his last football game. He will be down for about 6 weeks and probably won't be able to play in the next sport season (whatever one it may be), so keep him in your prayers.
Well I think that is all for now. We love you all and hope all is well.

Quote:
"Just as a fish in a mountain stream must be careful of the luresplaced in its path to avoid being pulled away from the water, so must youand I be wise in order to avoid being pulled away from a happy,gospel-centered life. Remember that, as Lehi observed, the devil'seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself' andobtains 'power to captivate' (2 Nephi 2:27, 29) us when we involveourselves in unclean and evil things. Thus, do not be deceived into evennibbling at unworthy things, for Satan stands ready to set the hook. It wasthe very real risk of the hook being set subtly or suddenly that let theancient prophet Moroni--who actually saw our day (see Mormon8:35)--to pointedly warn you and me to 'touch not the evilgift, nor the unclean thing' (Moroni 10:30). "There is muchthat is evil and unclean in music, the Internet, movies, magazines, and inalcohol, drugs, and tobacco. As to any evil and unclean thing, my youngfriends, do not even touch it!"
-Marcus B. Nash, "The Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 49-50

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

New Wall

We finished this wall last night and I just wanted to put a picture up!

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mater

School started two weeks ago and we both are really enjoying our classes. One of my favorite times so far this semester was my first day in my foundations of child development class. After the professor handed out slips of paper with ages and characteristics of our age we were then asked to be that age (I was five). We spent the first half hour of class playing with toys and having story time. Dallin is excited about an application that he has submitted for a LEED Construction competition. If he is accepted he will be traveling to either Reno or Orlando to compete with a few other classmates. As for me I am hoping to graduate by December of '08 at which point I have no idea what I will do. I would still love to do something in Child Psychology, but I am also starting to lean towards teaching pre-school or Kindergarten.


This Friday Dallin got a new toy. He called me on his way home from work with a "I love you and I hope you are in a good mood" attitude. He shyly asked if we could just go "look" at a truck that was for sell in IF. I complied with no expectations. He told me that it was a 1980 Ford F150 and was in a tow trucks lot because the DUI owner wouldn't pay the storing fees and now the tow truck man owned it and was selling it for cheap. I about laughed at that. A 1980?!?!? Are you kidding me. It's 7 years older than I am. To my surprise however we pulled up and I quickly found the charm. It runs great and the heat works (which is good since the high was 50 degrees today). We bough it for $500 and now that is all Dallin can think and talk about. The best thing is that I won't have to walk home from work now because Dallin will be able to take the truck...or Mater which we named the truck after the movie "CARS".

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We have also finally gotten around to decorating our apartment, a little.

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Now, let me talk to you about Fantasy Football. Dallin and I are a team on the "Sauser League". My main request was to have Tony Romo from the Cowboys be our main QB, which of course they all got a laugh out of. However, today we didn't play him and the QB that we did put in got us negative points and of course we lost the game. Dallin and I quickly realized that we had made a mistake putting in our back up QB and we will end 3rd week with a 3rd loss. O, well.

I got a new calling in church last week. I am now the RS music coordanator.

We went to my old roommates wedding this weekend also and I was able to get some pictures with my new hair so let me know what you think.

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I think that is all for now. We both got new cell phone numbers:
Dallin-208-357-6493 Courtney-208-357-6494

We love you all!

Quote: "I find that if I pray not only to have a witness of the truthfulness of the scriptures but also to have the Spirit with me as I read, my sensitivity is heightened, and I see ever so much more clearly. I can see where I am in my life and where my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I can understand principles of truth, and I can see how to make the needed changes in my life. I can feel assured that the Lord will help and strengthen me to accomplish the task. Thus the scriptures become written in my life."When we read the scriptures we are hearing the voice of the Savior. He is not absent from our lives. He is actively positioned in the verses of these holy books."
(Cheryl C. Lant, "My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 77)
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Football Temples and Rain

This weekend, since it was a 3 day weekend, Dallin and I headed down to Utah to visit his twin sister, Karen, and her husband, Taylor. Saturday morning Dallin and I went to down town Salt Lake to walk around the Gateway mall (in all the time I have spent in Utah I have never been there). I loved it. I have decided that despite all the ugliness all over the rest of Utah they sure take care of downtown SLC and it is very pretty right now. On Saturday we watch the BYU vs. Arizona game at Taylor's parents. BYU played a good game and won (of course). I can't wait until football season starts, because I am very excited about fanasty football.

Dallin came home last week and asked if he could go buy a gun to go hunting. To his suprise I told him that would be great and then he and his friends from work could go out to my dad's hunting land in montana. We will see if that happens.

Last weekend we went to get our hair cut and I went to a dark brown color again. I'll get a picture up soon so everyone can see it and tell me their opinion.

I found out two days ago that the Rexburg temple will be done and avaiable for the open house starting December 29th. The dedication will be February 3rd and then open the next day for sessions. Dallin and I are both very excited. Here is a picture of what it looks like so far!

Bonny arrived safe and sound yesterday and she is very excited about school which starts for all of us on the 12th. She showed up on the coldest day so far since Dallin and I have been here. It was in the high 50's and very rainey. Once again I am dreading cold Idaho weather!

Thats all for now...

Quote of the day:

"Let us all recognize that each of us is a son or daughter of ourFather in Heaven, who loves all of His children."

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Need for Greater Kindness," Ensign, May 2006, 58)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A New Life

Hi Everyone! So I thought I would start this page so that we could keep friends and family informed of our lives all the way out here in Rexburg Idaho. Sunday Dallin and I finally attended our ward for the second time in a row. We have been here for almost 3 months, but seem to find ourselves in utah every other weekend, so we haven't been able to attend our own ward more then every other weekend. Despite that we love our ward.
We also celebrated four months of marriage yesterday. We spent the night driving around town talking. We drove by the beautiful Rexburg temple. It is really starting to come along. Dallin and I have our fingers crossed that it will be done sometime this fall. I will have to go take a picture and get it posted up here. What a blessing it will be to have a temple within our town.
Dallin is still working in Rigby building homes. He likes his job, but it sure wears him out. I just started a new job at BYU-Idaho Alumni and Friends center. I love it so far. It allows me to feel of the spirit of the gospel. It also allowes me to become more involved in the structure and history of the school.
Dallin continues to be an amazing husband and is very patient with my moods. I am still struggling with being homesick and I am sure Dallin thinks I have a little OCD when it comes to keeping the apartment clean and money in the savings account. Nevertheless he always humors me.
Daily quote:
"Sometimes we just lose our focus and drift away. Sometimes we have our feelings hurt or some other problem occurs. It all ends up the same,and we fail to claim the blessings that can be ours. Pride, distrust,deceit, discouragement, and many kinds of sin can be removed by a change in our hearts and by following the path that the Savior has shown us. . . .The Savior has paid our ransom. He loves each of us and reaches out to all who will come and follow Him."
Elder Ned B. Roueché, "Feed My Sheep," Ensign, November 2004, 30