Friday, May 29, 2009

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like...SPRING!

As usual, I have lots of pictures to show what we've been up to lately...

Floral design lab this week was silk flowers (can you tell?). I used flowers left over from the centerpieces at our wedding and then added some purple flowers. It's small, but I love the colors.

I had my last cake class this week. I am not so great at the roses, but I still think I made a pretty good-looking cake!

For Memorial Day, we went to a barbecue with the professor I am an assistant for (Brother Cowan) and his family. After a fine meal with them, we went to the Holdens'. Russ and Steve broke out our little grill and we had chili dogs. We also went to the Provo Cemetary to look at the flowers. I was SHOCKED at how many there were. I don't know if I've ever been to an American Cemetray on Memorial Day before.

Russ has been playing intermural softball with our friend Brian, and Bonnie and I have enjoyed cheering on the guys while they played. The season is basically over now, and Russ managed to pull both hamstrings multiple times. He still had lots of fun and lots of good plays :)

An assignment for my Astronomy class was to learn about 30 constellations and 20 stars. It was really cool! I feel so educated - although recognizing them in a planetarium and in the real sky are two very different things. Then I called Russ and had him come to the Science Center observation deck. This is what we saw....

Saturn wasn't that BIG but it was that clear. It was incredible. The moon was SO COOL to see, much brighter than in this picture. The craters right where it is getting dark are the best.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Better than a Trust Fall

This past weekend, Russ let me cut his hair. It was a very tense experience for him, but I now know how much he trusts me. Sure there were threats like, "If I have one bald spot I am shaving my head bald" and "Please please please please please don't cut my ears. I have had my ears cut too many times! Those scissors will cut skin", as well as many clamped jaws, BUT my lack of confidence probably didn't help much either.
DISCLAIMER: Neither of these pictures are very flattering, but just focus on the hair!

In the end, it was a lot shorter than he had intended it to be (I think the clippers we used were numbered differently or something), but it still looks good. Actually, now when I just see him out of the corner of my eye, I think he's my brother!

Although that is a creepy/stalkerish picture of my brother, you can still see the comparison. I do have other pictures of Tyler, but most of the time he makes faces so I cropped this candid picture.

In other news, I had another cake decorating and floral design class, so here are my newest creations..........

floral foam design

look at the cute little clowns!

I made 3 other ones but donated them to a Special Education Prom... although I only had my cell phone, technology today is really cool, so they looked something like this:

cala lily boutonniere, carnation boutonniere, and wildflower boutonniere

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kris Allen anyone?

This is probably the most frivolous blog post I have ever written, but oh well! I know this is really silly, but Russ and I have been watching American Idol all season and this week is the big finale. We are even having a party. For the most part, all of my favorites made it pretty far. I have gone back and forth between being a Kris fan and an Adam fan. Adam is probably more talented, but Kris is also talented, seems like a good person, and sooo PRETTY!

So I will be happy with either one winning because they are both going to be stars anyway. Does anyone else even care about this?

^^Kris and Adam^^

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I Had a Good Day

This post is a follow-up to the bad day I had about a month and a half ago. I had applied for a teaching internship and was turned down. It was really disappointing at the time, but since then I have enjoyed not having to student teach this Spring Term and the idea of graduating in December isn't a bad thing.

Well. Last week I (and about 20 other girls who also signed up to be alternates)
got an e-mail saying a position opened up for a 1st grade internship and that we could interview for it if we wanted to. I can only teach K-3 and this was 1st grade, which was a plus. Other internships may open before the end of the summer, but they could be in grades I couldn't teach. The only downside was that the position was in Santaquin - about 24 miles away. I thought and prayed about it and decided to give it a shot.

So on Monday I went to interview, along with 10 other girls...for this one spot. The interview was very different from the last one I went to. They basically just asked me what my strengths were, what I would do for the students and the parents, and about 2 other similar questions. I left and they told me they would e-mail me their decision by Tuesday. I walked home and talked to my sister, analyzing the interview and my responses, and as soon as I walked in the door, I got a phone call. It was the principal telling me that as soon as I left they knew I was the one they wanted to hire so why wait until tomorrow! IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST PHONE CALLS OF MY LIFE! :)

Apparently one of my teachers went there before my interview and spoke on my behalf, apparently saying positive things. Plus, the Nebo School District liaison (Russ works with her husband) said good things about me too - I think. SO I feel very grateful not only to have gotten the position, but to know people who probably really influenced their decision more than anything I said or did. I also feel for the girls who didn't get this spot. It's really hard to get turned down for the thing you have been studying hard to do, and now they have to keep doing this again all summer - which was my biggest fear about not getting it.

Now I am a first grade teacher at Orchard Hills Elementary in Santaquin, Utah! I am really nervous now and feel like I have no idea what I'm doing! BUT the real point of this post is that I wanted to just say that things really do work out how they are supposed to. I know a lot of people told me that after I got turned down. And I still got a position, but if I would have gotten the internship when I applied for it in March I would have been student teaching right now. Since I didn't get it, I have been able to...

1. Take astronomy and floral design completely for my enjoyment

My first flower arrangement

2. I am in a cake decorating class (at a craft store here, not BYU) that I know I wouldn't have had time to take if I was student teaching right now.

My first cake

3. Also, I have been able to continue to work for Brother Cowan. I don't know if I have ever mentioned working for him here on the blog, but he is a professor at BYU and is blind. I have worked with him for about a year so I know the routines and where things are, etc. I am his only assistant right now (usually there are 2). If I was student teaching, I would have had to quit my job and he would have had to get a completely new assistant and "train" them and get to know them (last summer when I was new he still had another, more experienced, assistant).

So for those reasons and many many more (I'm sure), I am glad that I am not as in charge of my life as I sometimes want to be.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Last week after I finished finals and while Russ was busy with check-outs, I flew down to Texas to visit Lissa, Jason, and KIERA! I had a lot of fun while I was there, and it was a relaxing trip. I got to take naps (not intentionally, I just fall asleep wherever I am), read some books (courtesy of Brianna :D), and was a free - and willing - babysitter! The trip was too short, but I had to get back to Russ and for school. Russ was so busy while I was gone that he recommends I go somewhere during check-outs next year too, and think I will! Here is my trip summed up in pictures:

Going to church!

Crawling and then pausing for a photo shoot :)

What she did most: get into things she wasn't supposed to and eat things (even that VHS!)

Eating solids (prunes, gross!) and watching Baby Einstein about the solar system

This is one of my favorites. She wanted to play AND watch her movie at the same time.