Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tis the Season!

So, this is my probably my favorite season. It gives me time to reflect on the things I am grateful for and spend lots of time with family. And on top of that, I love the snow!! (minus the bad roads.)
So here is a list of the things I am most grateful for...!

#1-My Husband -- Skylar is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I am so glad that we met in the 7th grade, and remained friends all thru high school. I am so glad that I am his wife for time and all eternity, and I am excited to raise a family with him in the future. He is my best friend and I wouldn't change it for anything. I'm glad he is willing to do what it takes to support us while I go to school, and make it so we can live a happy life. Even though he won't read this.... I love you Skylar and thank you for being the best husband ever and for all you do for me! You mean the world to me!!

#2-The Gospel -- I have never been as grateful as I should be for the gospel. Growing up it was just one of those things I did because I was raised that way. It became "The Routine...". I went because my family went. I went to seminary because my parents wanted me to, and because I needed to, but did I really understand why I went?? No
. It wasn't until after high school, and after I got back from New York did I start to fully understand the meaning of the Gospel. And now that I have gone through the temple, and been sealed, I am starting to see a bigger picture than just going through the motions. I am gaining a better Testimony, and beginning to understand things a whole lot better. I miss going to seminary and learning the lessons that our teachers taught soo well and on our level.  I look back, and seminary was one of those things that just "keeps ya goin". I'm glad my attitude has changed and I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the Church.

#3- Family -- How I love my family. I would have never said that a few years ago. For a long time me and my parents clashed alot. We didn't ever get along, and I thought they didn't know anything. Alot of that was my attitude towards life, and it was the "I'll do what I want" attitude. And it got me no where. It took alot to regain the trust and to build our relationships. Lots of fights, tears, conversations, and advice got me to where I am today. There are things that my parents did that I hated them for, but I look back now and thank them for what they did. They are the best parents in the world, and I love them to death. Also, how can I forget my siblings?? I have the best big sister, younger brother, and younger sister in the world. They are so awesome, and I love each one of them! Thanks family for being the best! And I can't forget the in-laws. I appreciate their support and love! I'm lucky to have them as my in-laws, and I'm glad they raised such an amazing son that I was fortunate enough to marry!

#4-Technology -- I'm not sure how people lived in the past. It was not many years ago that the cell phone came out, and the internet became a big deal. I remember when my parents got their first cell phones - and they were the coolest thing! (even
tho they were like a block of wood!). I am thankful for phones so that I can easily communicate with Skylar and my family and friends. I am thankful for the internet for allowing me to keep in touch with friends and family that are harder to communicate with on cell phones. And for also allowing me to video chat with skylar while he is away for long periods of time. It has made my life easier and I'm not sure if I would know how to live without it. (which may not be a good thing, but for the time being, its great!)

#5-Life -- Every day I wake up, go thru my morning routine to get ready for school, go to school, come home, and whatever else I need to do. I never really stop and think about life. About the health that I have, all the breaths I take, the trials, and the opportunity to do the things I do. I have a goal to be more thankful on a daily basis, and to thank my Heavenly Father for more things every time I speak to him. It is great to be able to walk, and breathe, and see, and hear, and all the little things that we all take for granted. Life is a beatiful thing. Lets be thankful for it.
Those are just 5 of my things I am thankful for. There are so many that I could go on and on and on. But, I won't. I challenge everyone to take a few minutes and really think about what they are most grateful for, and to think about the little things we take for granted. It is the perfect time of year for this. I look forward to spending Thanksgiving with my family and enjoying delicious food, and shopping!

Sometimes Trials Are The Best Things For Us.....

So, my heart is full, and I'm on an emotional rollercoaster as of the last couple of days. As you know, Skylar has been working on the Oil Rigs in Pine Dale Wyoming, and sometimes Texas and somethimes Colorado. He has been wanting to get into more than just working on the rig doing the dirty work. We have some friends, the Murdochs, and we love their family and look up to them. Dave, the dad, has been working on oil rigs for quite a few years. That means that he has been away from home for most of the years. By working away from home all the time, he has worked his way up the ladder and is now what they call a Company Man. I'm not totally sure what the job description is, but that is besides the point. He will now be at work for 2 weeks, then be home for 2 weeks. Not a bad schedule, and he gets to be home a whole lot more than he was before. So..... Skylar has been interested in getting to where Dave is, and we went and talked to Dave a couple of weeks ago about the whole job ladder, and all the details. He gave Skylar a number to call, and of course, he called. The company said that since he already had experience in the field, they'd like to interview him for a possible job position. So Monday, we took off at 5:30 AM and headed to Casper Wyoming for the interview. It was a long and boring drive, but it was quality time together. On the way there, a few times I would be thinking about the future, and I would ask Sky if he was nervous. His reply was, "No, I actually feel really good about this, I think I'll get it." We have been praying for the Lord to let us know if it was a good decision or not, and to please let us know which direction to go. Neither one of us had a bad feeling about, so we pursued. We arrived, and Sky went in to the interview and I sat in the lobby and waited. Finally the guy that was interviewing him came and got me,and told me I was welcome to come join them while we filled out paper work! Ummmm.......WAIT..!! Paper work?? My mind was in jumbles! It was so fast that I didn't have much time to react. I just kept thinking it was a good thing that he got the job and it will all be ok. So we filled out the paper work, had a tour of the shop, got new jackets for FREE (which was a plus!!), and said our thank you's and headed on our way. Ok.. so all within about and hour and a half, our lives changed completely. And hopefully for the better. We then decided that since the Teton Pass and the Hoe Back wouldn't be the best roads, we would take a detour down thru Rock Springs and head over the Layton, Utah and stay with his aunt for the night. We also stopped in Green River to say hi to my aunt and uncle that moved there and I haven't seen them in a few months. And it was nice to get out of the car and relax for a while. BUT... the drive from Casper to Green River was extremely emotional. It had finally hit me what was really happening. Skylar got a new job and will be away from home alot more than what he is at the moment. I wasn't sure how I felt about it, so we talked, and talked, and talked, and talked some more. and I cried and cried and cried and cried alot more. And the whole time I just kept having this feeling that everything would be ok. Skylar started questioning it because he was seeing me in so many tears, and felt bad. But we had a really great conversation, and we came to the conclusion that it was in the Lords hands and this was part of the plan. We now look at it as one of our trials we have to go thru. And yes, there are some benefits within this trial, but it is going to be hard. Skylar is finishing his last week this week with his job he is quitting, then he leaves Monday for North Dakota, and he will be there clear till just before Christmas!!! It seems like forever. And it is going to take all I have to make it thru. His schedules now will consist of him being gone anywhere from 20-45 days at a time, and being home anywhere from 5-10 days. This is going to be a huge change, and definatly a rough trial.
Even though this trial is going to be extremely hard, I am thankful that the Lord has given it to us. We are putting all our faith in Him, and relying on Him to help us through. I have been through trials before, some small, and others a little bigger, and I have seen His hand work in many. It was just a few years ago that I really understood what it meant to put all your trust in the Lord. I am sooo thankful that I have the gospel in my life and that I can rely on it day in and day out. I often think of the Army Wifes, and how they get through their days without seeing and sometimes not even talking to their husbands for longer periods of time than what I have to deal with. You guys are an inspiration, and I look up to you. It takes great strength to get thru. I am grateful this trial has come to us now, and not when we have a bigger family. I think it would be hard if I had kids that I was raising. I'm thankful that I have school to keep me busy for the most part, and I'm thankful for the family and friends that are around to support us. As we have spilled the news to friends, many of them have offered to let me come and hang out with their families, and for that there is a lot of deep appreciation. I have come the the conclusion that I am going to become crafty, and creative, and find things to keep myself busy. I have a list of crafts I'm going to work on, there are a few school activites I will be involved in, and I'm going to start hitting the gym a few mornings a week to help me stay healthy mentally and physically. I will miss Skylar every single day, but thanks to the new technology I can still talk to him as much as I want.
It will be hard to get thru his shifts, but when he is home, I will be eternally grateful and cherrish each and every day. I look forward to learning the lessons the Lord has in store for us, and really unlocking the mystery of why this trial has been given to us at this time in our life, because everything happens for a reason! I will learn to not take things for granted, and that even the most simple day of being together means the world. Our time together is PRICELESS no matter what life brings.!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Models? I think so!

I have Mondays off from school, so I have had the opportunity to watch our little friend Emmett while
his mom went to work. Well, now she isn;t working anymore because they hired a full time secratery
so she could be a full-time stay at home mom. Which, is a great thing for her, but sad for me. I loved my mondays so I could play with him ALL day. But, I still go play every once in a while!
I have been watching him for quite a while, and every time she gets home she asks me how much she owes me, I always tell her nothing, because I totally enjoy playing with him, and they have done so much for us in the past. Well, she really wanted repay us somehow and I know she loves taking pictures and I love the work she does.. So I asked her to take some shots of me and Skylar. And she was more than thrilled to jump on the opportunity. So a couple Sundays ago after church we headed to Freeman Park in Idaho Falls and started shootin some photos. It was the perfect picture day to get the right fall feel. It was cloudy, rainy, and chilly. Most people would cringe at the thought of taking pictures in that kind of weather, but it gave the pictures the perfect effect and I absolutely love them and the colors are gorgeous and PERFECT!! I can't wait to get them printed bigger and get them on my wall to show off!! I'll show off some of my faves below! let me know what you think!! And a HUGE Thanks to Ann for doing a fantastic job!! Your the best!!!

Quick Update!!

Ok.. I think I'm the worst blogger ever!!
I never blog about anything we ever do! so... here it goes...
I am still in school at Evans. And I have 7 months left. And I'm sooo ready
to be done!! However, I am still loving it! Lots of drama, but thats what happens when you
put 65 girls and 1 boy in the same building! We just learned how to do nails, and I
really enjoy doing them! I love learning the new things and techniques.
And I have awesome family that comes in to let me play on them!
So come see me for a fun and fabulous experience!!
I also hang out with family, play guitar hero by myself, and have sleepovers with my
sister every one in a while just to keep me company!!
We also just had spirit week at  school the week of halloween.. I will post pics soon!
On halloween - since I was all by myself, I decided to go to our wards trunk or treat
with the Jones! They are pretty much like my siblings an Lil E is pretty much my nephew!
They are so kind and loving to let me hang out with them so much!
I really do appreciate it! Then I was off to the Thompson Party.
I have never seen so much yummy food in my whole life on Halloween. There were
carmeled apples, sugar cookies, candy, muffins, chili, corn dogs, rolls, pizza, pop, and sooo much more!
I think its time to also go on a diet for a while! But maybe I'll wait till after the holidays!

Skylar is still working in Wyoming. He could be possibly shipped to
Texas or Colorado to work for the same company, there are
just more pads to drill on for right now.
He is waiting to hear on a different job tho. That is why we are taking
a road trip to Casper, WY on Monday. Sounds like he will get it,
just have to have the interview. So that trip should be interesting.
He is loving the work he does. He is the kind of guy that enjoys working really hard.
He hates the work when you just sit around waiting for something interesting
to happen.So I'm glad he enjoys it!

Also, I am SOO excited for all of the holidays that are before us.
I am so thankful for family and friends that are so close to us. This is my favorite
time of year. I get to really think about the things I am grateful for, even tho
its no exuse to not think about them the rest of the year And I love
spending time with family.
I am looking forward to posting all about our holiday excursions!!