Sunday, December 12, 2010

random tidbits

I'm not good at coming up with things to blog about, but I'm trying to be better at blogging...and then eventually, maybe I'll be better at figuring out exciting things to blog about. So, I'm just going to share random things that cross my mind. Beware: my mind is EXTREMELY proceed cautiously.

-When I have a bad day, I always crave ice cream...not jut any ice cream. I want vanilla ice cream. And, if it's available, I will probably drown it in caramel. But, often, even when I don't have a bad day, I'll crave ice cream. Currently, this looks/sounds divine:
...the Sonic Sugar Cookie Blast. I've always thought it would probably be pretty tasty, but I saw a commercial that was describing it the other day, and I was practically drueling....mmmmmmmm!!!

-my daughter is wearing nothing but a diaper right now. Why? you may ask. Don't worry...she's just learned how to undress herself. She can take her diaper off too, but we're keeping a close eye on her so she doesn't take that off right now. I totally don't care about her undressing herself randomly as long as we're at home....but I will NOT tolerate her running around with no diaper. That's just asking for pee all over the place.

-Jared's birth-mother's (he's adopted...I'll have to share that story sometime) family LOVES Taylor. We go over to the Bressler's house every few months, and at almost every visit, they supply her with a new wardrobe. I love it because all of the stuff is SUPER cute, and it saves me TON of money. This last time we went over there, they got her some new shoes. This is what she's wearing right now (along with just her diaper...she's so cute:

. So stinking cute.

- I have recently really started to appreciate shoes. I think if I was ridiculously rich, I would make sure I had 2 pairs of shoe in every color: 1 pair would be heels and the other would be cute flats. Shoes are fun.

-I work in a pain management office that deals mostly with prescribing the really hardcore medication. Because of this, we have to be VERY strict...we make all of our patients sign a "pain contract" that basically states they will submit to random urine drug screens, get pain meds from ONLY us, and that you will take the medication AS PRESCRIBED...unless you can take less...but NEVER more than prescribed. As I said, EVERY patient signs this, but there is a large percentage of patients that don't follow it, which results in us discharging them from the practice. Anyway, we're very careful. But, patients are getting very creative in their lies. WE had a patient who came in 2 weeks early for a new prescription. This is a HUGE no-no. But, she spun a story about how she was going to be flying out of state for the holidays and wouldn't be back in time for her monthly appt. Our PA told her if she brought in her flight itinerary and her pills that she had left (so we could count her pills and verify she was taking them a prescribed). So, what did she do? She brought in a fake itinerary. And, apparently, she didn't think we would verify it. Needless to say, she was less than pleased when we caught her in a lie. Also, I could be wrong, but isn't it common knowledge not to drink alcohol when you take narcotics? I think the pain contract says something about it too...So, imagine one of our Nurse Practitioner's surprise to discover an empty bottle of liquor in our restroom....I just have to shake my head all the time. Also, I've pretty much lost all of my faith in humanity. Yikes.

-Taylor has done pretty well doing without her "boppo." I'm grateful. Our next project will be to introduce her to the potty...I think she's about ready...we bought a potty for her for Christmas, and it plays music as a reward when you pee in it. I'm really scared though. I have NO idea where to even start with potty training. Suggestions?

-My Ward's christmas program is next week. I'm choir director of my ward I can confidently say that it's going to be great. I chose the songs and I had my awesome hubby write the narration. But, when I say "write" i mean compile. 99% of it he took straight out of the scriptures, quotes from latter-day prophets, and from Preach my Gospel. You can't really go wrong. If you're interested, we meet at 8:30 at the Lehi Stake Center. Hit me up if you want to know where it's located.

Ummm...I think that's enough random gobbeldygook for now. You're a champ if you read the whole thing. :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Updates, updates, updates.

So. There are many things that I should document, due to the fact that I never blog regularly, so this will just be a smorgasbord of random things....have fun!

-I don't work full time any more!!! HOORAY!!! My husband got hired full-time at my office doing computer IT stuff, so I needed to cut my hours to make it possible to have someone to watch Taylor. I do, however, need to work no less than 32 hours to keep my medical benefits (which is necessary if we ever want to have another baby). So, it's not TONS of time with Taylor, but it's a good six hours a week that I didn't have before. It's been really fun! I could tell a difference in her happiness (although she's a very well-adjusted child, she still missed her momma) in just the first few days. It's been such a blessing! I can't wait until I can be a full-time stay-at-home momma. Motherhood is AWESOME! Challenging, but awesome.

-Currently, I am listening to the sound of Taylor screaming in her bedroom. I put her down for a nap (which she hates), and it's day 3 of no "boppo" (if you don't know what that it, see previous post). Now, I'm not sure how much of her unhappiness is due to the lack of her boppo friend or her gneral distaste for naptime. But, I have to keep a keen ear out...she has this new fun game where she'll throw everything out of the crib when she gets really mad. Then, when she has nothing left to throw, she takes of her pants and diaper and throws THEM out of the crib (my Father-in-Law has had to deal with this the most as he usually watches her in the morning...he's had to wash her sheets about 5 times in the last 2 weeks...but there has only been 1 poopy diaper experience...). I just used random types of tape on the diaper tabs (there is a surprising lack of duct tape in this household) and hope that discourages her...we'll see what happens.

-EVMCO had the most AMAZING christmas concert last weekend (if you don't know what EVMCO is, click here. I didn't actually get to hear since I was participating in the choir (and with a 200 voice choir and full orchestra, it's hard enough to hear yourself, much less what the whole group sounds like), but the whole thing was amazing. If you missed it, you really missed out. We have another performance in March titled "Bring the World His Truth." One of the directors, Brett Stewart, is an amazing, talented composer, and has composed an oratorio entitled "Messiah in America." The entire text comes straight out of 3 Nephi. It is going to be REALLY amazing, and I'm so glad that I get to be a part of it. Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased through the Mesa Arts Center by clicking here.

-I am always looking for new music. I tend to get stuck in a rut of what I love and then never expand. I currently love Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Mraz, A Fine Frenzy, and Brandi Carlisle. My friend at work introduced me to Florence and the Machine, and it has me intrigued. I want more! Suggestions? I like music that is heavy on vocals...but even if it's rap, as long at the singer can actually SING and sing well (I guess I'm a little bit of a snob in that regard...), I'm not picky on the genre. Any suggestions?

Well, I need to start getting ready to go in to work. Peace out!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Pacifier

No. I'm not talking about the movie with The Rock. I'm talking about the baby husher...or binky...or passy...or boppo (that's what Taylor calls it). To different women in different stages of motherhood, the "boppo" represents many things. When Taylor was an infant, I ENCOURAGED the pacifier. I wanted her to learn to love it so it would keep her quiet. Now, that stupid boppo and I have a love-hate relationship....I love it because Taylor goes to bed SO easily with her beloved boppo, but I hate because she will ONLY go to bed easily with her boppo.
With Taylor being 20 months old, Jared and I feel that it is high time to ditch the thing. As it is, we've only let her have it at bedtime/naptime. And, sometimes we'll bring it with us to Church so she'll stay quiet during Sacrament meeting. Today, though, I was very careful NOT to bring her boppo to church...and then she stashed it in her diaper bag when I wasn't looking! She is WAY too smart!
But, I digress. So, back around the time she had just turned one, I actually got Taylor totally weaned from the blasted pacifier...we had like a good 2 weeks of her not needing it. But then, she got really sick, and she slept SOOOOOOO good if we gave it to her. I figured, "hey. I weaned her once. I can just wean her again, and it should be even easier the second time around." FALSE. IT is MUCH harder the second time around. I'm not quite sure how to do it..but I WILL be successful...eventually?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'm Still Alive!

Sorry fellow bloggers...actually I probably don't have anyone reading this anymore. Sorry I haven't posted more frequently. Life has been insane! I will try to have a real post soon. So, of course I don't have any pictures of life, but here's a randomb one from google images for you to enjoy.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ivy Designs Guest Giveaway

Ivy Designs Guest Giveaway

Well, I really need to learn how to sew...and these patterns are sooooooo cute! and they would be so cute on Taylor!! Fingers crossed that i win it :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Good Things

I'm really happy today! I feel like really positive things have been going on in my life lately (or else, I'm just better at focusing on those things rather than the negative). Here's a list of some reasons why I'm happy today:

-I did some online family history indexing last night. Sacrament Meeting last Sunday was all about the need to do indexing, and I really felt like I needed to do it. I'm NOT a motivated person, so when I feel an urge to do something like this, I HAVE to jump on it or else I never will. So, I started doing it and I LOVE it! I used to do it with my mom YEARS ago before it was all computerized...I know it's a little strange, but I LOVE data entry. And, I feel like I don't really have time to research and do my own family history, so I feel really happy that I've found a way to contribute and help someone else with their own geneology.

-We had a little FHE with Taylor on Monday about Jesus and how He loves us. Obviously, it was a VERY short lesson, but in the middle of the lesson, Taylor grabbed the framed picture of Christ out of our hands and hugged it to herself with a big smile on her face. It was the SWEETEST moment! I really believe that she understood that her Heavenly Father loves her, even if she can't tell us.

-I found out that from now on, my EVMCO rehearsals are going to start a half hour later, which will allow me to spend a little bit more time with Taylor and I'll be able to put her to bed! Hooray for not being a dead-beat mommy!

-My boss's wife is working in the office now and Wednesdays and Fridays. I LOVE her! I feel like she spreads happiness and positiveness wherever she goes! She's such an uplifting individual (which is sorely needed in our office environment).

- I'm in the process of reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's been really slow going because I don't have TONS of time to read and because, while I know it's going to amazing, I've had a really hard time getting into it since I can only read it a few minutes at a time. However, I'm starting to really enjoy it! And, even though it's going to take me a long time to read it, I've been able to get lists of books to read by the time I finish, I don't think I'll EVER run out of things to read!

Well, I know there's more things going on in my life right now, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head :) I love being happy!

Friday, September 10, 2010


This is what I look like at work today:

I'm usually tired on Friday mornings for a couple of reasons: 1) I have to get up early at be at work before 7:00 am and 2) I have EVMCO rehearsal that goes until 10:00pm on Thursday nights. Today, however, I'm pretty much like a zombie. Last night, we had our final rehearsal for Rob Gardner's Lamb of God, which is premiering TONIGHT!!! It was an AWESOME rehearsal, but VERY grueling. The chorus for the show is standing during the duration of the show, which will be about an hour and half, which won't be TOO bad. But last night, we were standing for about 4 hours for the duration of the rehearsal. Holding choir folders...cramped in with 200 other choir members. It was exhausting. Oh! But there is an upside! Brandon (the EVMCO director) told us that we would NOT be required to wear heels!!! Such a relief. I LOVE heels, but I think it would be against my 8th amendment right to wear heels for the duration of the preformance. Seriously. It's kinda grueling!

In other news, Taylor is teething her molars. Which, if you can imagine, results in a very happy baby. And I mean that in the most sarcastic way possible. Poor girl had a fever last night..and earlier in the week, she's been constipated, irritable, and all around just a really happy girl. When I put oragel on her poor gums last night, this was her reaction:

I've given it to her before, but I don't think she liked it much (also, I'm at work, and I don't have any ACTUAL pics of Taylor with that's why I'm having to resort to Google Images...which I love).

Hooray for Fridays! Hooray for Lamb of God.. Seriously, if you don't have tickets yet, you should go get them. It's going to be amazing!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Lamb of God

If any of you are familiar with any of Rob Gardner's work, then you know it's AMAZING!!! Next weekend, he will be premiering a new production called "The Lamb of God." As a member for the EVMCO, I'm privileged enough to sing in the chorus for it. Please, please, please come if you can. It's TOTALLY worth the time. Every Thursday that we've been practicing the music has been an amazing spiritual experience. I'm so excited to be able to sing about Christ, and share my testimony through Rob Gardner's words. Click here for more information.
The soloists are amazing, and the EVMCO choir is the BEST choir I have ever been privileged to be in. It's gonna be AWESOME!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


As can be seen by the video on my previous post, we're teaching Taylor how to say "I love you." Now, I don't think she has any idea the significance of what she's actually saying...I'm pretty sure she just knows that it makes up happy and is just repeating what we tell her to say. Regardless, it warms my heart more than anything in the world. I literally can just watch that 5 second video on a bad day and I feel infinitely better. Today however, as I was at the sink washing her sippy cups, she peeked around her high chair at me and said in her cute little voice "luh-loo." I thought my heart was going to burst!!! She said it totally unprovoked! I love my little daughter so much! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father saw me fit to take care of His sweet little daughter. She can definitely be a handful sometimes with her HUGE personality, but she is so sweet and innocent and can make me feel like the luckiest mommy alive. I love being a mom!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Misc Mumbo Jumbo

This post is going to be a potpurri of happenings and will probably end up being disjointed and crazy...but that's pretty much my consequence of NEVER updating...

First off, we went out and bought Taylor a big-girl carseat (she's barely big enough even though she was 15 months old when we got it...):

She likes it ok, but then again she's not really a fan of the car (unlike most children). I do think she likes it better than her infant carseat though...she can reach her feet more efficiently, which is important for the act of swiftly taking of your shoes and throwing them once you get in the car. Yup. That happens every time. However, I'm noticing that if I play certain music while I'm driving, she tolerates the ride a lot more. So far I've discovered that she likes Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlisle, and Jason Mraz...all who are actually MY favorite too! What can I say...she has excellent taste in music :)

I'm auditioning for a choir!! I'm really excited, but trying not to get my hopes up too high about making it (I haven't done any REAL singing and REAL sightreading in a loooooooooooooong time!). It's the EVMCO (East Valley Mormon Choral Organization). This quarter they'll be preforming at Gammage in September for the new Rob Gardner production, and in December they'll be doing their annual Christmas Concert at MAC. I'm really exited about it!

RehabArizona (where I work), had the most awesome swim party/bbq last night! It was over at Rhodes Jr. High where the pool was just redone (they have a wave pool area where you can surf!). I mostly hung out at the splash pad..Taylor LOVED it! She was laughing hysterically the entire time! She is such a freaking adorable girl!

Oh! Jared has a part time job now, along with still running his company. This is super cool because he wasn't even looking for one! He was just offered it! He's now working at my office doing IT computer stuff. It's really fun to see him while I'm working ( you know you're still love with your husband when you get butterflies in your stomach when you see him unexpectedly)'s nice to have him pop in my office from time to time and say hello!

I could add a lot more to this, but for the sake of time, I will go ahead and close, but not without showing you a piece of my awesome life:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Reporter Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

I've never done a giveaway thing before, but my SIL introduced me to this site, and I LOVE this dress! I want it!!

The Reporter Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Can you say 'stressed'???

This past week has been so insane for me! At work, I'm responsible for prepping all the charts for all of the doctors...and keeping on top of all referrals and insurance authorizations that allow patients to be seen by us. Since there are 5 drs that work at my office, this can get really stressful at times, but this past week was ESPECIALLY nuts. There was recently another pain management dr in the valley that had all of his office shut down by the DEA (the Drug Enforcement Administration). He had 3 offices and HUNDREDS of patients. So where do they go? They all call my office. There has been such a huge influx of patients! Which should be good for business...I shouldn't complain, right? I mean, it's job security for me...and especially in this economy when most businesses are having a decline, my office is expanding. It's really fortunate. However, it's really frustrating when insurance companies decided to crack down on everything and make cuts...I get to be the one to call the patients (who are heavily medicated on narcotics, and a good portion of them are bipolar or have other behavior health issues) to tell them that they can't come see us anymore because their insurance company sucks. Who enjoys getting this news? Nobody. Who cries and simultaneously chews out the messenger? 90% of patients. I want to pull out my hair.

Ok. Enough complaining. Why? Because i have ALL NEXT WEEK OFF!!!

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Nope, I'm not going anywhere exciting...I'm just going to be a stay-at-home mom! I'm really excited to be able to spend time with this little cutie:

I have grand plans!! So happy!

On another topic, Jared took me on an awesome date last night with our friends Josh and Dyan. We ate here:

then to see this:

which I LOVED!!! I know it's not historically correct and everything, but all that aside, i LOVED IT!!! I love renaissancy, revolutionary movies with good action and some decent romance mixed in humor. This had ALL of it. SO GOOD!...and excellent start to some wonderful de-stressing time!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

So much for the goal of blogging more often...

Guess what? This post is actually going to have real PICTURES!!!! Amazing, I know. So, because I work full time, I don't really have a lot of time to take Taylor on outings. However, I had Memorial Day off, and my awesome SIL Leigh had the idea of taking our kiddos the ZOO!!!! This was Taylor's first zoo trip! It was awesome, but I think she'll appreciate it more in a few years :). Here's some of the sweet stuff we saw:

Notice how the mckaw is waving at me!

See any resemblance between the monkey and Taylor?

Did you know the zoo has a splash pad for kids? It's pretty sweet, and Taylor LOVED IT!!

No matter how much fun she had though, after just a few hours, I had a sleepy baby.

Also, to keep Leigh and I entertained just as much as the kids, she took an idea from Danielle Lussier and decided we should do a color challenge. I would post my pics, but they look like a 5 year old took them compared to Leigh's. So, you can see hers (and learn more about the "color challenge") HERE Good times!
As for other updates:
Jared just got a part time job...which is especially exciting because he wasn't looking for one! He'll still be running his company SignsXtra (by the way, if you know of anybody needing a building sign, vinyl graphics, or ANY sort of sign, hit us up!), but he'll also be working for...RehabArizona (where I work!)!!! He's going to be and I.T. guy! My boss just called him up the other day and wanted to know if he'd be interested! So excited! With his extra income, we'll be able to pay even MORE of our debt off! AWESOME!!!

Taylor's getting to be pretty crazy! She's so stinking cute though! These are some of her favorite things:

Very odd combination, no? I honestly don't think I've seen another 14month old with as much personality as she has. While that make her a handful at times, it's also kind of endearing!

Well, I think I've gone on long enough and put up MORE than enough photos...but let me leave you with just one more photo:

a video to show her personality:

and a video to show the pros of reusing the strawberry flats:

Life is good! Hopefully, I can keep blogging more regularly...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Taylor!!

Taylor's FIRST BIRTHDAY was on Tuesday, April 6th. I'm going to post another time about her party, so, to tide you over, I thought I'd post a picture of her (compliments of a surprise photo shoot by her Aunt Kelly):

I love you Sweet Pea! I can't believe you've been in our lives a year already!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

It's time for a change!

Ok. Anyone who knows me will agree with me when I say that I usually spend very little time on my appearance. Of course I never consciously look unpresentable (unless I'm just going over to my parent's house or making a quick trip to the grocery store...although I know that latter is a fashion faux pas), but very rarely do I actually spend a minute on my hair or wear makeup. It's even got to the point when sometimes I don't even wear makeup to church. Now, some people may use the excuse for me that I have a child and spend my time on her (because really. I think I make her dress pretty darn cute most of the time). I've used that excuse multiple times myself. Some people may even argue that it's HEALTHY to not spend too much time on the physical appearance. Makeup isn't that important. Don't get me wrong! I'm not trying to offend people that don't wear makeup or anything! I totally understand and agree with you that makeup does feel pretty silly sometimes. However, I've noticed in my own life that if I'm looking more presentable (e.g. have my hair done, wearing makeup, wearing clothes that actually fit me instead of being really baggy and shapeless), my behavior is more professional and I don't feel like I'm lazy!
Where did this sudden, but long time coming, motivation come from? A TV show. Dont judge me.

On Saturday mornings when I want to be sleeping but Taylor wants to get up, I turn the TV on to keep me awake while she plays. This is always the show that I turn on. This show gives me inspiration. I've been trying lately to change my image to be more sophisticated and age-appropriate. This show gives me the motivation I need to change (i know..kinda sad). The last couple of shopping trips I'd had were a little depressing. None of the shirts fit right, so nothing looked good. So I felt ugly and fat. Ok. I'm not ugly and I'm not fat. So, what's the problem? Um...Lisa? How about you stop shopping in the junior's section? And how about you stop analyzing that stupid number on the tag and just get something that FITS RIGHT. These are simple things I knew in the back of my mind, but "What Not To Wear" has given me the strength to embrace it. Like I said. Don't judge me.
Now, I spoke of my hair. I had crazy long hair that I never could find time to do anything with but stick in a boring ponytail...everyday. Even for church. Notice I said "had". Solution? HAIRCUT!! YUP! I chopped off my was overdue.

Now, it's super low maintenance. Yay! Also, I look a lot more put-together and not so frazzled.
What about the makeup issue? Well, since I started watching "What Not To Wear", I've been loving the idea of makeup more. Carmindy, the makeup artist on the show, is all about enhancing natural beauty instead of covering up. She always looks amazing and makes the women on the show look amazing, all while not using tons of makeup. I figured she used really special, expensive makeup. Wrong! Jared's sister, Kelly, found out that Carmindy's stuff is a line of Sally Hansen stuff! And it's sold at Ulta! we both bought a set last night which consisted of:

all for only $20! I used it today for church...that's right! I wore BLUSH!!! Anyone who knows me well, knows that I've never been successful with applying blush...that is, unless it's for stage makeup. I'm like a clown. Today though, Jared couldn't tell I was wearing any while his mom and sister could. I'll take that as a VICTORY!

Again, I'm not knocking anyone who isn't in to this stuff...and, I don't anyone to make the mistake of thinking that this is the focus of my life or that I preoccupy all my time thinking of worldly things like this. Like I said, I'm just trying to change my image so that I look different than I did in high school... I'm not only an adult, but I'm a mom. I need to start looking and acting that part. Ok. I'm off my soap box. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I have the sweetest husband ever!

Why, you may ask? Well, because he showed up to my office today, totally spontaneously! And as if that isn't awesome enough, he brought me this:

Butterfinger blizzards are the best!

I love you Jared!

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Dreaded Screaming Monkey

Everyone has things they are afraid of. For babies, that list is usually quite long- vaccuums, the dark, monsters, vegetables, etc. So, as a mother, I was expecting these things to register a reaction of fear. Taylor is crazy. She's not afraid of ANY of these things (although she did freak out a little when Grandpa Payne was using the hose to vaccuum something and pretended to vaccuum her arm...that was REALLY funny!). In fact, there's only one thing in all of her 9 and a half months of life that we've discovered actually scares her:

It really is one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

This is for my friends who've removed me from their blog lists because I never update :)

Well, friends, that is if I have any left after my 9 month blog break, I'm alive. And how do I know it's been 9 months? Because the last posting, done by my awesome sister-in-law Leigh, was the day after Taylor was born...and she's 9 months old now. Geez! So, here's a quick update:

Taylor is FREAKING adorable and super tiny. That's right folks. Tiny. At her 9 month check up, she weighed in at 14.9 pounds...which in the 3% of her age. I PROMISE I'm feeding her. In fact, I'm pretty sure eating is what she does all day...and, she's in the 10% for her height. So, yes. She's little. Or, as Grandpa Payne says, she's a "gidget. But please. Look at this face, and tell me she's not the most adorable thing you've ever seen:
Ya. I know. GORGEOUS!!

Anyway, Taylor is all over the place. She is WAY too brave for me to handle. She tries to climb out of her highchair, scales the couches, scales her crib, and climbs anybody who's holding her. Seriously. She's a little climber. And a crawler. And a wannabe walker. And a jabberer. And the best, sweetest little girl that I could ever ask for.

Alright. Enough gushing. I will be posting more often now, so hearing about Taylor's antics will probably be more than you'll be able to handle. On to more updates:
- I'm still working full time at Rehabarizona as a insurance checker/chart prepper/auth keeper, etc. I don't really know what my official title is. I don't know how much longer I'll be working...if life ran the same way it does in my dreams, I'd be home all day with my baby girl (and learning how to do crafts at Leigh's house :) ). But, well, life HAPPENS. At least I like my job and where I work. Honestly- me working where I do has been a complete answer to my prayers. That's another story for another time.

-Jared, Taylor, and I are currently living with the Paynes. Now, when I've told people this in the past, I've gotten sympathetic nods and hms. DONT' WORRY! Living here is FUN! I'm not gonna lie. I get along with my in-laws REALLy well! We were here so much anyway that we practically were living here, so it's not such a big adjustment. And, it's a pretty smart financial move. Now Jared and I can work hardcore at getting out of debt and building up our savings. Hooray for positive changes!

-I have a new calling. I was working in the Young Women program as a Laurel advisor. My girls were the best. And, I felt young and cool. But, with Jared in the Young Men program, both of us getting to mutual right at Taylor's bedtime was a little bit of a problem. So one of us had to get released. I knew it was going to be me right off because Jared is a miracle worker with the YM. I was at peace with that (even though I knew I'd miss my girls). What I didn't count on was the calling that they extended to me....WARD CHOIR DIRECTOR. Uh. What!?!?!? Yes. I know. Insane. I felt right away the ironic confirmation that I was supposed to have this calling, but I swear I could hear Heavenly Father chuckling at the same time. Here's the thing. I kinda quit singing for a while (long story...). There's a good majority of my ward who had no idea that I can sing. In fact, when Bro. Peterson extended the call to me and I accepted, he said, "are you even musically inclined?". Boy did I feel sheepish. See, I'd been feeling very much that Heavenly Father was disappointed with me for not sharing my talents. I just didn't know He was going to get even with me. Anyway, this is literally the scariest thing I've ever done. I would much rather sing solo in front of a million people than actually direct a choir. I feel REALLY out of my element and really wish I'd payed more attention all those years in choir to the actual DIRECTING.

Ok. I'm tired and this is all starting to sound garbled. I'm sorry if none of this made any sense. But come on. It's a post. That's PROGRESS!!