Monday, July 23, 2007

At last ...!!

Hi Uppers. I just had to give you the good news that I have finally found a job! It's about time!

So I have been working with a placement agency and they sent me on an interview at an investment banking firm downtown. First off, the office is amazing. It is located on the 10th floor of the building directly south of Temple Square and overlooks Temple Square and the capitol building. Beautiful!

The interview was so comfortable and I just talked myself up like I have never done before. I interviewed with 3 people in the office, and then they called me in for a second inteview later that week to interview with all six of the people in the office - one on one. I have never had an interview like that before, but I got to talk myself up to each of them. And when I was leaving they sent me away with a box of candies. This is the first time I have ever gone away from an interview with a gift!

A few days later they called and asked if I could start on the 25th. Yeah! So I will begin by job as an executive assistant at George K. Baum investment banking firm on July 25th. I think it will be a great job for now, with the long-term potential I have wanted for so long. But I am also hoping a position will come along that pays more and is a position of greater responsibility. I don't mind being an assistant as long as I am getting paid well, but I know I have so much more potential and I really want to realize that potential sooner than later.

Thanks to all of you who have kept me in your prayers - I have truly felt your love! I am really looking forward to getting back to work - it has been way too long! Wish me luck! Love you all.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

It's been a LONG while...

So, I’ve already finished my first trimester…………of massage school of course. Our second set of classes start tomorrow, which I’m excited about because the last classes had become pretty boring. Having done the college thing twice already, it was too easy, and I felt like a lot of it was fluff stuff…communications, ethics, etc. We really didn’t learn a whole lot of massage. I’m hoping we start getting more into the meat of it now. I’m not so excited about it, because I’ve had a couple of weeks off of, and I’m not ready to jump back into the busy life again. We also start clinic this week, which means that we work on “real” people and do “real” sessions, as compared to those we do on our classmates in class. That is a little scary, but hopefully it shouldn’t be too bad.

I’ve also been working on a stretching certification that is awesome. We just finished up the second level this weekend. I’m really hoping to be able to combine the stretching and the massage together from more of a rehabilitative standpoint, to be able to correct imbalances in the body. I’d love to work someplace that has a nutritionist and a chiropractor to be able to approach healing from every angle.

I’m actually currently working at a chiropractor’s office as a stretch therapist. I had to quit my job at the physical therapy clinic when I started school and find something part time. I go straight from school, and get off about 7 or 7:30. It makes for very long days. I rarely get to eat dinner before 9, and then it’s time to get ready for bed and start all over again. I will definitely be glad when school is over again. Not only that, but I am not making enough to cover all of the bills, and my savings is dwindling very quickly. Oh the joys.

I’ve had a few little vacations this summer. We met Nich and Matt in CO (along with Cathy and her sister) for a little white water rafting. It was good to see everyone and a fun adventure as well. The water was freezing, and I lost a contact on the river, but all is well…

In June I went with David to his family reunion. We spent the week in Island Park, ID, which is about 45 minutes outside of Yellowstone. We stayed in a cabin right on the lake. It was gorgeous there! We did some hiking, waverunners and water skiing (again cold water!), and also a trip to Yellowstone. At the end of the week, we went to SLC for his brother’s wedding. I was a little surprised (and confused!) when I saw Red and Sarah in one of the pics on the wedding video. But then we did all go to BYU, and we know what a small world that is.

I had a week and a half back at work, and then we went to San Diego for the 4th of July with my family. We spent the weekend on the beach, we went sailing and to the Wild Animal Park. Now I’m back to reality with no vacations in sight. It’s a little depressing…

Anyway, I think that I’ve caught up on pretty much everything now. For those of you who knew Granger, he is getting married on July 31, about a month after he got engaged, and maybe 6 weeks after he met her. WOW! But hey, he’s happy.

I think about you all every day, even if it doesn’t show through my writing or keeping in touch. I love you and appreciate your friendships, and am so grateful for the memories we share!


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Catching up!

Hi girls! I love this blog. It is so fun to see pictures and hear all of your news. I'm glad everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July. I have been playing hostess for the last few weeks for family and friends who have been out visiting. But I shipped the last of them off yesterday and I am looking forward to sleeping! Last weekend I was in NYC with Sarah, Emily and her friend. It was so much fun and we had a great time shopping and seeing shows. Chinatown is addicting. I wish I had more money that I could spend on knock off purses! I did get this really cute Dolce and Gabbana bag. I love it!

The 4th of July was fantastic. Celebrating our freedoms and liberties in the Nation's capital was so fun! We had a picnic with friends and family and the fireworks were great . It has been a very fun summer so far here in DC. Hot, but fun! Why don't you all come and visit sometime!

Love you girls!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Joe leaves tomorrow :(

We signed papers on our house today and get keys for it on Thursday. Here is a picture of Joe and I in front of it though you don't see much of the house.

Love to you all,


Friday, July 6, 2007

Hot Desert Sun

Happy Independence Day!
Well, we are fully into the beastly hot summer. Actually, it has been hotter than normal for this time of year. We've been living it up in the 100's and 110's. YIKES. We got away from it for a few days while we went to Utah (although it was pretty warm there too). Just a short little trip, but we went to a baptism (Sean's sister's husband), a family reunion, a birthday party and a baby blessing.... plus all the other playing that went on. It was fun. I stayed with Charity and her husband for a few days before Sean met up with us. We brought home my two brothers, Caleb and Corbin, and my little neice, Genevieve. They are all staying with us for a couple of weeks, and then my family will pick them up on their way to Idaho for my sister-in-law's graduation from BYU-Idaho. We have been doing a lot of swimming and playing indoors (it's just been so crazy hot). We had a fun barbeque on the 4th of July, and there was a good fireworks show right here in town. During this time of year I try to reflect a little on the blessing it is to live in this country. We are so blessed to have all that we have...and often take for granted. Even things as simple as food and grocery stores are things that don't come very easily for a good part of the rest of the world. We are also so lucky to have the freedoms and rights that we enjoy here: the freedom to think what we want, to say what we want, to believe what we choose. I feel such gratitude for all of those who fought and risked their lives so that we might enjoy this land of liberty and its freedoms....and for those who continue to fight for those values that are important to us in this country.

Thursday, July 5, 2007


How do I go about adding pictures to the blog??

Joe's Home

This is very new for me. I hope this works. Melissa thanks for setting this up for us.
Well Joe has been home the last 2 weeks for his R&R. He's asleep right now so I thought I would sneak away to catch up on some emails. We have had a fabulous vacation. Luckily work gave me the full 2 weeks off. These past two weeks we have stayed at some really fun resorts in town and also went up to Sedona, AZ where we went to an African zoo, hiked, played in streams, caught my first fish and cooked it all by myself, and went to several Indian ruins. We have seen a few movies, always more fun to go to the movies with your husband, and have gone bowling. We close on our house next week so we have been in a lot of meetings for that as well. Joe's brother is arriving in Arizona today so we'll spend the weekend with 2 of his sisters who live here and is brother. They picked a terrible time to visit today was 115 degrees. His brother jokes and says he is taking a vacation to the surface of the sun.
Joe goes back Tuesday and will be gone for another 6 months. I got an email from the Lt. General of the Army that said no more extensions, Yeah!! so he will be home now in January after serving 15 months. I'm coming up on month 9 so only 6 more to go.
Work is going well. Luckily with the heat the snowbirds go home and work has really quieted down. I plan to work there through November but get out before another winter. They are bruttle! 15 hours with barely a break. I am still learning everyday and love what I do.
Love you all,

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Priesthood

I am grateful for the Priesthood. Tyler was able to bless Kathryn on Sunday, what a wonderful experience. I loved watching many of the important men in my life walk up to the front of the chapel and join together in a circle. Kathryn was given a beautiful blessing. Prompted by the words Tyler spoke, a feeling came into my heart that Kate is going to be a strong Young Woman. I know the blessing came from her Father in Heaven and I get choked up everytime I think of how recently she left His presence to be with our family. How unworthy, yet empowered that makes me feel. I know the Priesthood is the Power of God, and I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the way back to our Heavenly Father.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Life Is Good!!!

Okay, so I just wrote a whole entry and then it disappeared, so this is not going to be as good.

Anyway - this is my baby, LUCKY. I adopted her from the Humane Society in April, and she's been spoiled because I've been home with her all day since I got her. When I go back to work she will have a rude awakening. She loves to play fetch with the tennis ball and would play all day long if I had the energy for it. It was hard leaving her for 10 days for my Lake Powell trip, but luckily everything went well and she was still alive and healthy when I got back, and my house was still in tact!

I just returned from 9 glorious days on a houseboat on Lake Powell. There were 10 adults and 17 children - and it was a blast. I think my brother mostly wanted me to come because his wife's brother, Matt, was coming and is single also. My brother is trying to marry us off.
Here I am wakeboarding, and I'll tell you what, thank heavens the wakeboard has boots because tankinis and wipeouts don't mesh well! I feel pretty good about my progress on the wakeboard - by the end of the trip I was able to go in and out of wake, which I've never been able to do before.

So this is the houseboat - it is amazing. 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, A/C, a great kitchen with a microwave, gas range, and 2 refridgerators. And it has a 42" flat screen TV for watching DVD's or satellite TV. The men were happy to be able to watch Sports Center each night after the kids went to bed.

Most of the kids and Matt and I slept on the top and were much cooler than those inside since we turned the A/C off at night. Anyway - this is a vacation I could see myself taking every year! I guess I better start making some gooooood money then!
The moral of this story: life is good, even when you're unemployed!!!!!!