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September 29, 2011

It's Officially Fall!

I revamped the blog. I really wanted it to look bright and cheery, especially with the dark days of winter fast approaching.

I am so in the mood for fall it's about to be ridiculous. I go through this every year...once the fall stuff is on the shelves at the store I have to look at it. Honestly, I feel like I might be sad forever if I don't just walk up and down the aisles with the decor. Scott doesn't like it much, but he knows not to stop me. Sometimes he even lets me buy a little something to put up in our apartment. What should I add to my fall decor? Hmmm.

Aside from the chilling-to-the-bone cold that is winter in Iowa, I am also looking forward to winter. Ok, not winter as a whole but more like December winter. December winter is exciting because Christmas is coming. The snow and the cold don't bother me because there are things to look forward to! Then Christmas passes, and I'm still mostly excited for New Year's, but January 1 hits and I am not the happiest of campers. From then until February 14 things are pretty dreary (and really cold).

Rewind. I am jumping WAY ahead of things! Right now, I have more ideas than I have time for. I keep picking a project, working faithfully for days, then picking a new project before the first one was completed. What to do? First on my list should be deep cleaning the apartment, then I can really focus on the fun things!

Posts to look forward to: General Conference and Family Photos! That's right, it's conference weekend! Words can hardly express my feelings. Also, we are going to get some pictures taken of Scottie and I. I am looking forward to it - hope you are too!

A taste of fall at DMU.

September 24, 2011

I Miss My Online "Social" Life.

It's been over a week since I blogged. Not long, but I haven't really even checked on blogs I'm following (which is seriously every day). Where has the time gone? I'll tell you, maybe with some photos.

Scott @ School. He finished up three more classes and is keeping his grades up nicely. We heard a lot about year two being more difficult, but so far it has been better than year one. I think it helps to have one year down so you know better what to expect, not to mention that Scott feels like he is actually learning to treat patients. Not a bad thing, right?

Scott @ Home. Scottie boy hasn't been feeling well the past little while - he's had some issues with reflux and stuff so the doctor gave him some medicine to help him for the time being. It's nice that we can sleep again. On a better note, Scott does the dishes and the other night I came home with dinner waiting for me. I had been at work all day (and had stayed late to catch up on hours) then I went to Young Women's and got home after 9:00. I was starving and planning on popcorn for dinner since I didn't want to cook...he knows me well.

Scott @ Marathon Training. Fo' real. Scott is running the Des Moines Marathon next month with his cousin Jeff. He has been training hard for weeks and it's going well! Today he ran 19 miles. I get tired just thinking about it. Jeff is going to stay with us while he's here...I feel bad having him sleep on our tiny air mattress (that tends to deflate throughout the night) the night before a marathon. Maybe we can figure out something else...suggestions welcome.

Rachel @ Work. Work is awesome. Last week I was still "training" for my new position because I didn't have access to anything I needed. This week I moved desks and started working on my own. I can now plan my own schedule and basically do what I want as long as I stay full-time and get my work done. Superb. I have missed my freedom! It can be tough to grade other people on their customer service skills, but it's going well!

Rachel @ Home. Basically our apartment hasn't been clean (I mean really clean) in a while. Maybe since we came home from our trip home (yeah, everything is home. Utah, Idaho, Iowa...). I want to get some deep cleaning done so I can decorate for fall and we can bunk down for winter, but some of the projects lead to bigger ones...and our whole bedroom is a mess. A basket of clothes I don't know where to put, a basket of clothes to be ironed, dirty clothes with no basket, and boxes of winter clothes that I need to unpack and put in our closet. Humph. Also, everything else is dirty. The floors, the fridge, the sink, the I tackled a few things before heading to leadership training and the Relief Society Broadcast.

Rachel @ Church. My calling as the Young Women's President is teaching me lots of new things. Mostly how to deal with difficult and awkward situations, although I do enjoy the Sunday lessons as well. :) The girls and I are getting to know each other and so far the ball is still rolling! Getting the girls involved it tough. With so few girls, it is actually a little tricky to keep them all involved.

Scott & Rachel. We went out to dinner, went grocery shopping, sang and danced (in the privacy of our apartment where others couldn't laugh), got some great advice about Scott's first set of boards, attended a picnic at DMU in honor of the new president, watched lots of movies, watched the premiere for each of our favorite TV shows, and got a package from home!

Our package from home! New York gifties and gluten free snacks!
It included a bag of all the dry ingredients needed for oatmeal cookies (yum!) that tore open during shipping...
Scottie's hat will the oatmeal mix on it.
We took a sticker off the brim to see what the hat should really look like.
My purse (that I love) also covered in oatmeal mix.
We (meaning mostly me) cleaned everything on the porch.
I got pretty dirty and so did the deck.
The end result - just like new again!
For all our Utah fans (maybe only Erin...)
This was a car in the DMU lot on game day (BYU vs Utah).

September 10, 2011

Oh College Football, How We (Meaning Scott) Have Missed You!

Scott: Georgia is playing South Carolina who is the number 12 team.
Me: Cool.
Scott: Who do we want to win?
Me: Oh this is important stuff. Georgia.
Scott: Why do we want them to win?
Me: It will help Boise State!
(Note the exclamation point. I was pleased with myself.)
Scott: But how will it help Boise State?
Me: Uhh... Why are the questions getting harder?
Scott: Because Boise State beat Georgia.

And then I understood. By Boise beating Georgia and Georgia beating the number 12 team, it's as if Boise is the one that beat the number 12 team. It's all coming together (it only took four years)! This football ranking stuff is waaaaaaay too complicated. Now, a tribute to our team.

I am a Bronco. By marriage, of course.
This is his uniform (but it's kind of worn out now. He needs a new one).
Just after we got rid of our TV Scott decided he had to play Nintendo 64.
This is a photo of the moment he found that our TV/VCR combo would work.
Such joy!
A Christmas gift from Joey. Awesome!
The Fiesta Bowl with cousin Jeff.
Game Day. Scott can't find his Boise State hoodie. Panic ensues.
The end result? Clothes everywhere with the hoodie prevailing.
Watching a BSU game last September.
Watching BSU win while talking to his buddy on the phone.

September 8, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

One word to describe last weekend: awesome.

Over the past few weeks at work I have been interviewing and anxiously awaiting results. On Friday I was offered a position on our Quality Monitoring team! Now I get to listen to all the recorded calls for "quality purposes". The new gig has a lot of perks - I am very excited! That evening we went to an Iowa Cubs game with a few families we are friends with. It was lots of fun! Scott and I were dying for stadium hot dogs, but we didn't give in. Next time we will. :)

I love when we have the chance to sleep in and just stay in bed. On Saturday we did just that. After laundry and light cleaning we went to Brad and Erica's house for lunch. Grilled chicken and veggies = delicious. After lunch the boys had some study time while Erica and I hung a railing back on her wall. I felt so accomplished! After a run to Costco we joined the boys for the Boise State game and dinner.

Sunday was very low key which was really nice after a fairly hectic few weeks for both of us. We spent some time together and Scott studied a lot in preparation for the next hectic week at school.

For Labor Day on Monday Scott went on a nice long run, right in the 15 mile range (preparing for the Des Moines marathon!) while I spent some more time helping Erica with things around her house. We hung new blinds (among other things) - thank you to Erica for the practice run at having a house! After getting some laundry done, Scott and I took a walk around Grey's Lake. Beautiful! We also got pizza for dinner. Mmm.

Sometime during the weekend we also watched That Thing You Do. LOVE that movie and music.

Us at Grey's Lake
A shot of the lake (beach included) and downtown Des Moines.
Another shot of the lake.