Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dallin's First Blog Entry

After seeing how much fame Courtney was getting from this blog, I thought it was about time for me to get in on some of the action. So here it is Dallin's first blog ever (and possibly last). This week has been a very busy week for Courtney and I. As winter semester finally ends, we began trying to plan the best we could for the rest of the year. With my new job about to start in Idaho Falls and Courtney about to begin the summer semester we decided that "mater" (our 1980 Ford pickup) just wasn't going to work anymore. Tear :(. It wasn't a an option for Courtney to drive around and it would of cost a fortune for me to drive to Idaho Falls everyday (8mpg). So we decided to start looking for cars and seemed to find nothing but options that were just too expensive or cars that seemed to be too much of a risk (bad condition or really high miles). We started to get discouraged until finding out that Taylor’s Sister and Brother-in-Law were selling their 2000 Chevy Blazer and was willing to sell it for $4000. This was the top of our price range but after finding out that the blue book was around $5,500 we decided that this was an excellent deal that we should consider. After talking it over we decided, if the offer still stood, that we would take it. So Saturday morning we went to take out a loan and found an excellent rate from a credit union and headed down to Provo to purchase the Blazer. Kyle and Aubrey (Taylor’s Sister and Brother-in Law) had taken very good care of the Blazer and it was in excellent condition. While we were driving it around and checking it out, all we could think about was how great of a deal it was. They gave us all the information that we needed to know and after doing the paperwork it was now ours (along with the payments). Now that we are home in Rexburg, we are even more excited about our new purchase.
In other news, our one year anniversary is approaching which we are excited about. Back when we were married, we agreed that Courtney could get a wedding band for her ring at our one year anniversary and so we went and got her one this week. Below you can see both pictures of our new and improved “Mater” and Courtney’s new and improved ring. Enjoy!!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Dallin and I spent our first Easter together as a married couple yesterday. Although, I was homesick, and I missed the great traditions and baskets that my family would normally do, I was still able to remember the purpose of Easter...

15 April 2006 SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the following Easter message:

"At this wonderful season of hope and renewal we testify of the glorious reality of the atonement and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. The empty tomb brought the most comforting assurance that can come into man’s heart. This was the affirmative answer to the ageless question raised by Job, "If a man die, shall he live again?" (Job 14:14).

"As stated by the angel on that first resurrection morn, "Why seek ye the living among the dead?" (Luke 24:5). "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said" (Matthew 28:6).

"This is the promise of the risen Lord. This is the relevance of Jesus to a world in which all must die. Of all the victories in human history, none is so great, none so universal in its effect, none so everlasting in its consequences as the victory of the crucified Lord, who came forth in the resurrection that first Easter morning."

We did dye eggs that I made deviled eggs out of Sunday night, here are some pictures of our creations:



Dallin also just got a great internship/job for the summer. He will be working for Idaho National Laboratory, doing drafting, and he will also be making twice as much as he is now. The only down side to this is he will need to drive to Idaho Falls everyday, which just isn't feasible since his truck only gets 8 miles to the gallon. I will also be in school and working, and with a busy schedule I will need transportation during the day and I refuse to drive that truck. So we are in the market for a cheap vehicle that will last us at least through the end of the year.

We found a great deal on a car that was just a little more than we are willing to pay. We called my parents and got some great advice and in the end we decided to keep looking. We will see how it goes. All I know is that I hate car shopping and I can't stand sleazy used car sells people.

We attended church yesterday and really enjoyed the messages that were shared there. When we attend church Dallin and I purposefully find a spot behind a family with cute younger children. Dallin especially loves to make faces at the younger children and get them to smile and giggle. This Sunday we sat behind the 1 1/2 year old girl that we have donned as the cutest in the ward. Halfway through the meeting, while the choir was singing a beautiful Easter song the little girl climbed up on the bench and started poking Dallin and I. A little while later she pointed to me and called me mom, then she tried to climb under the bench to come visit us. When her dad stopped her she had a fit and was taken out to the foyer. We can't wait to start our own family, but until we can we are happy to borrow others. Dallin and I have also started working in the primary as substitutes and I even did the music last week. I loved it, even though I was very nervous since children can be the worst critics. I think it went well.

Last Thursday was offically the first day of spring, and people are very excited here to know spring is finally here. Personally I think they are all crazy. My idea of spring is no snow!! It has started to warm up (to the low 40's woo-hoo--not)and the snow is starting to melt, but not fast enough for my opinion!

School is starting to get pretty stressful as it nears the end on April 10th, but we can't wait to get one more semester behind us.

We love you all and hope everyone had a great Easter!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Birds -- Music To My Ears!

I heard birds today. I didn't even realize they were missing until this week!! They must not be very smart, because if I left somewhere to get warm for the winter, I don't think I would come back!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sniffles, Smiles, and New Toys!

Last time I wrote Dallin was out of town in Reno competing in the Lead competition for the Construction Management program here at BYU-Idaho. Please don't ask me what he did there because everything he tries to tell me about it comes out sounding like a whole different language, one that I do not speak, at all. From what I do understand, he was in the Lead group, which was one of a few different teams that went to compete from our University. His team was given a problem and a certain amount of time to come up with an answer and present their findings. February 14th, our first valentines as a married couple might I point out, they were in solitary confinement, where they each worked on different parts of the problem. Dallin's did a great job, but they didn't place in the top 3, but I believe 3 other teams from our campus placed 2nd (better than BYU and Dallin would like me to add that it was better than the Florida team). Now, if all of that sounded like something foreign, I'm sorry I tried.

Dallin just got a new job building houses in Rexburg. The pay isn't the best, but he doesn't have to travel far to get to work and he can use it for one of his internships in the summer if nothing else turns out. It may not be his favorite job for the time being, but we are counting our blessings and it gives us each more motivation to get our degrees.

School is going well for both of us, but we are both ready for it to be over. Dallin is still enjoying construction management and is applying for internships for this fall. I am really starting to enjoy my major of Child Development. We worry about our future children and how much fun they will actually have with the knowledge I am gaining about everything that affects children, however, I am also learning great ways to teach children in ways that they will love and enjoy. With the plan of both of us graduating next summer, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

My seasonal depression is starting to melt away along with the 4 feet of snow. Slowly, but surely the temperatures are rising out of the negatives and are even reaching the low 30's. I never thought I would enjoy 30 degree weather, its sad if I think about it too much.

My birthday was on Monday. I found out the week before that one of my favorite restaurants had a location in Orem, Utah. So we decided to go and visit Dallin's sister for the weekend and go out to the restaurant for my birthday. When my in-laws found out our plans they sent me a gift card for that restaurant for my birthday. After heading out Friday afternoon, we got a phone call letting us know that the restaurant closed about a year ago. Well, me being the optimistic one (not) wanted to turn around and go home to sulk for the weekend. My loving husband, however, convinced me that we would still head down and have a relaxing enjoyable weekend. Well, by Saturday afternoon, I was feeling miserable with a new cold that lasted me through the weekend and kept me flat in bed on my birthday. I did get a new sewing machine from Dallin and a gift card to the local glorified craft store from my parents, I am happy for my new toys despite the actual birthday.