Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Download

Feb 26, 2012

This past week has been a little hectic. We got back from Florida on Monday, well technically Tuesday morning early and I have been playing catch up ever since. School is pretty busy right now, it seems like all of my teachers plan tests and projects at the same time, so I go from fairly easy to a lot of work in just a week or two. I still like it though, and I am really glad that I get to go to school right now. I feel very blessed to have that opportunity.

This week I had a chance to get together with my friends, a few times, which is pretty rare. It seems like I don’t really get to see them that much because we all have such crazy busy lives, but I really am so glad when we get together. I have some of the best friends. I think its really incredible that even though we are all in such different places and doing such different things, we really have stayed good friends. I know not a lot of people still talk to their high school friends, much less hang out with them so I feel so lucky to be so close to my friends still and to be able to get together, even if its just once a month. Friends really are so much fun. Sometimes I have a hard time thinking that I want to be social and to hang out, but I am always glad when I am.

I am so lucky that my birthday celebrations have just continued, it really turned into birthday week for me (which I LOVE). The law office friends surprised me on Friday with a birthday party. It was so sweet of them. They are so thoughtful and kind to remember me and to help make me feel special. It really was such a pleasant surprise. Then on Saturday we did a little celebration with my family and my mom and my sisters and my nieces gave me some really thoughtful sweet cards. Then today (Sunday) we celebrated with Sam’s family. It was really so sweet of everyone to help make me feel so loved and important for my birthday. I am really such a lucky girl to be surrounded by so many kind and thoughtful people.

This past Saturday(the 25th) was my Grandpa Dee’s passing anniversary… I think he has been gone something 13 years. That seems crazy to me. In a bizarre twist of events, Friday, my mom’s aunt Annie passed away. On my mom’s side of the family there is a really weird connection to February 25th ( and surrounding days) so many people have passed away on that day. But when I think back to my Grandpa Mack I have very fond memories. He was so kind and sweet, and worked so hard. I remember always looking forward to seeing him and loving to go to the horse races. I always wanted to be the one to wear his cowboy hat when he switched to a baseball hat. He was such a great man. I really wish that I would have got to know him as a adult. I feel like as I get older I learn to appreciate thing about my parents and my grandma that I never noticed as a child. It’s interesting what kind of perspective you get the older you get. I guess that something to look forward to.

Sam and I have been so lucky to be able to teach primary. We just love our class and have loved all of the classes we have taught. This Sunday my mom, McKall, Jentrie, Staelie, and Stockden all came to our ward because my mom needed to leave town as early as she could to go to Annie’s funeral. I was thrilled to have them. Because my class is so small normally it was fun to have all of them in there with us. They are so sweet and so smart. They know so much about the gospel. We really had so much fun. The lesson was about Heavenly Father watching over us, so I had found a cute idea to make glasses out of pipe cleaners to help the kids remember Heavenly Father is “watching” them. There turned out so cute. I just had to take some pictures.

After church we Sam and I love to take Gator on the trails or to the park. The weather has been so beautiful here that we just can’t but be outside as much as possible. Here are a few pictures from today

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 2 in Florida!

The second day we were in Florida we went to Universal Studio. We were so excited to see the Dr. Suess area and the Harry Potter place. It was awesome!! My favorite part was the Harry Potter area. It really made me feel like were were at Hogwarts. We loved it there, but by the end we were pretty theme parked out.

Florida for my Birthday!

This year I turned the big 25 and I really felt like I had to do something so fun to celebrate this horribly old age, so DISNEYWORLD it was. I found us a really good deal and off Ash, Kate, and I went to Orlando. Check Florida off my state list. I was really pretty excited to go. I really think I just wanted to feel like a little kids for just a little bit longer, and where is it better to be a kid than at Disney. I told everyone before we went that I had a few requests while we were there, I wanted a birthday button:

A Churro

 Mickey Mouse ears :

A balloon

We had the best time and rode rides, ate such good food, and got some awesome treats! We absolutely loved DisneyWorld! Best Birthday EVER!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Download

So I always say this but I really am going to try harder to keep this blog updated. I always love to go back and look at it, so I just need to stay on top of it. So, the new plan is try to to post every Sunday. Hopefully I can stay on top of it-- we'll see.

Lately thing have just been pretty busy. I have started school again full time and it is quite the adjustment from work full time. I really like school and I like to learn but I really miss my old paycheck. I really don't have too long left though and then I can get back to my normal income. I am studying psychology and I will hopefully have my bachelors done in less than a year ( I guess they aren't going to be offering any upper division classes in the summer, and if thats the case it will take me a little longer than anticipated) I am not for sure on what I want to do with that, my main goal has really only been to get a bachelors degree. I have been thinking about going to nursing school. I am not really sure if thats something I would like, but I feel like my personal injury background would really be an asset to me. We'll see though, first step is bachelors.

While I am in school I am working a few different places. I started working a the Southwest Center, which is a behavioral health center. I work with the youth. It is a really good job to have while I am in school for a number of reasons. Number one, I am studying psychology and we have two psychologists on our floor, and a number of LCSW's, so I get a good idea of what this side of things entails if I choose to go that direction. Number two, the work is really easy and doesn't take a lot of brain power which is nice after packing my brain full of information at school. Number three its giving my medical office experience. I have wanted to work in a medical office but never really had any experience, this will be nice to have if something else ever opens up. And number 4 the hours are great for school. I am also still working at the law office a little bit, my goal has been to get there 10 hours a week, last week I got 9... so I am getting closer than the 5 hours I have been averaging. I like it because I can go when I have time and I like the work... its my comfort work. I know it, I can do it, and I know I am good at it. There is something so nice about working somewhere and knowing exactly what to do and how to do it... you don't have too many questions you just come in and get it done.

Sam's doing is same old thing.... Working.. sleeping, eating. :) We just starting going back to the gym and got a gym membership together. We like to go right after work. We both say how good it feels to get back into the swing of things and to get back into shape. We love to go sit in the sauna after too, its so relaxing. Sam is a pretty serious worker outter though. He has no happy medium.. its all or nothing, and when I say all... I mean all the time and intense. I guess thats why he looses weight so much faster than me. He loves it though and its really good for him, so no complaints here.

We have been slowly working on our house. The next big step will be the back yard. Sam got everything ready to put grass in, now we just need grass. I am thrilled to death! I am excited to be able to sit on the back patio and eat meals. I love outdoor living. I hope we have all the backyard landscaping done by April or May.

Then for the bigger news, we have decided to put our house up for sale in July! Crazy huh! We have lived here for three years and we are ready for something a little newer and closer to my parents. I am in the process of de-personalizing our house... neutrals on the walls... etc. It has actually been pretty fun and I don't hate the neutral colors like I thought I would. I have quite a bit left to do, but I am getting started. July will be here before you know it. Is it weird that I am more worried about selling our house than I was about buying it? I just feel like so many more things can go wrong. I feel like we have a lot invested in this house and I am scared people aren't going to like it, or that we will end up having to pay something.. etc... so wish us luck and let me know if you know someone looking.

Valentines Day is coming up soon. I have mixed feelings about Valentines. I love the concept of letting people you love know that you love them, and making sure there is some specific time set apart of that, but how come it takes a holiday sometimes for us to show love? I wish that people sent flowers just because its Tuesday, or wrote a nice card just because its Thursday, or went out to a nice dinner just because its Wednesday?? You know what I mean. I think that we sometimes forget to show love on a daily basis, I love that there is a holiday to remind us though. I have been trying hard to do nice things, just for nice sake. I know I need to do better, but I'm a work in progress. So Happy Valentines...  I hope that everyone gets to spend time with someone they love! I am lucky to have so many Valentines in my life, why have just one when there are so many people that I love!

This last week on February 10th Sam's family celebrated a holiday they call "Ricky Day" its the anniversary of his dad's passing. His family is so cute and every year they go get a Lime Ricky to celebrate and remember Ricky. I love that! I love that, that day is a time when they all come together and do something as a family and remember all the great things about their dad. I feel so lucky to be apart of the Weldin/Gibson family. Sam's sisters and family are some of the sweetest most considerate people I know. I am sad that I never got to meet the late great Ricky Weldin, but if his family is any indication of who he was, I truly missed out on a great man. Even though I never met you, Ricky, I am glad that I get to share your family! Til we meet.

 Thats pretty much whats been going on at the Weldin house this week. Hopefully I can stay on top of this blog and enjoy it for years to come!
Much Love!

Our little dog

I am seriously obsessed with our dog Gator. He is the best little thing ever. I feel like he is my little kid and I just love it. I always said I would never be one of those weird dog people, but I can admit it now, I totally am. I just love him. He has so much personality and he just makes me laugh all the time. He is on of my favorite running partners, and I love to see him waiting for me in the kitchen when I get home. Dogs seriously are the best companion. As I have studied psychology more in depth this semester, I don't feel as bad about being so obsessed with my dog. Dogs and pets in general are a good coping tool for people. They are also really good for people to learn how to care for something, they help people feel less depressed and they create as sense of belonging. So, my excuse for being so in love with my dog is that its good for my mental health. Bear with me while I share some pictures of my alternative therapy... its either this or many years of counseling :)

The long, and short of it

 I have been dying to get extensions. I have some serious hair envy every time I see a girl with some long beautiful locks. I have tried forever to grow mine out, but it just gets way to damaged and I end up cutting it all off. Solution= extensions. The only problem has been that they are EXPENSIVE! Geez! Well I found a solution. I got some clip in ones. They were a fraction of the cost and still just as fun. I am still getting use to them, but so far I am in LOVE! How fun right! I feel like you can't really tell how long they really are from these pictures, but you get the idea.

Our Christmas Card--- Better late than never

Ok so I have been reading through some of my last posts and realized I never posted our Christmas card. I realize its almost two months late, but I did get them sent out on time.

I have been loving Pinterest lately and have found some really amazing ideas, and our Christmas card this year was one of them. There is this really old little building in Santa Clara that I am just so in love with, I run by it all the time. I had been dying to do some pictures there. All of the sides look completely different, I don't think it could be more fabulous had I sanded it myself,  and in fact I don't think this will be my last photo session there either. Sam's sister Brooke was so sweet and came and took these pictures for us one day after work. We literally had 5 minutes before the sun was down, but I must say I was pretty pleased with the results. So, Thanks Brookie!

So Merry (belated) Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!