Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Anyway, the thing I wanted to post about was a little note about some of the awesome names of kids in my class. I'll share one or two when I can. I think their names are awesome. Living here may have an effect on how I name my future children. Many of the children in my class have interesting names, but there are also some fairly conventional names, like my sister's beautiful name - Jennifer.
The first name of the day is Uniqua. It's pronounced like unique, but with a wuh sound at the end. The name is much like the girl - pretty awesome.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Here are only some of the billions of reasons that we love you Brent:
1. You are always showing us that you love us too. Everything that you do is so genuine. Thanks for spending so much time on the phone with me lately and lifting me up. I know you really care.
Brent is always doing little things for me and Brinley to show us how much he loves us. For example, last semester Brent helped me so much to be able to get through my last few months of school with a baby. I couldn’t have done it without him.
2. You are so much fun to be around!
For anyone who knows Brent, you know that he always wants to be playing. All of our nieces and nephews love Brent so much because he takes the time to go out and have fun with them. He is always coming up with some sort of game, activity, or competition to do. Life is never dull when we are around you and I love playing with you!
3. You are so understanding and patient with me. Whenever I am being irrational (which may be a little too often), you are patient and never get upset. You just help me through it and I really appreciate it.
I am so thankful I married a man who is so level headed. For the almost two years that we have been married I have never seen Brent very upset and have never heard him raise his voice in an angry tone. It keeps our lives so much more peaceful. I feel like this is not necessarily a talent that I have, so being married to someone who helps to remind me to stay calm is really a blessing.
4. You are so trustworthy. You are one of the only people I know I will never have to worry about. You stay true to your word. You always do what you know is right. Again, you are what gives us so much stability in our relationship.
Me and Brent will be apart for a month, but I know that he will continue to be the exact same person apart from me as he is with me.
5. You are a great provider, protector, and presider.
Brent is working so hard right now in Mississippi. Everyday he wakes up at 4:15 in the morning and works hard all day. All I know is that if I had to wake up that early, I wouldn’t even be functional. He is also a great leader in our house and a great father to Brinley. She got the best.
6. You make me want to be a better person. I have learned so much from your example ever since I have known you. I hope that Brinley will be able to learn from you the way that I have. You are the best person that I have ever known. Somehow I got lucky and tricked you into marrying me.Brent as a daddy:
Thanks for being the best dad and husband in the world. I can't wait until I can be with you again. Happy Father's Day! We love you!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
So I have had the hardest time getting Brinley to eat ANYTHING. She hates food. She will purse her lips as tight as she can and not let anything in. Until today. I gave her what they call a baby bisquit today, took of her shirt, and let her go at it herself. I don't know if it just tasted really good, or if she liked being able to feed herself, but whatever it was, she loved it! It was really fun getting all of the food off of her after. Totally worth it for the 20 minutes of happiness.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
We had the chance of being invited to a catfish fry in Greenville MS. We were right by the Mississippi River and they had an old river barge that used to frequent the river. Not a great picture, but a cool boat.
It was a long day of apartment hunting, but the bayou and the river were pretty cool.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Goodbye Colorado. Hope to see you soon. Kansas...not so much.
I had to take a little detour to make it to Oklahoma. Missouri didn't even have a sign on the road where I entered the state, so I had to take a picture of their sign when I was leaving.
I entered Arkansas at the very northwestern corner and I drove diagonally across the state, through little rock and exited the state at the very southeastern corner. It was long, but I have to say I thought it was beautiful and very green. It was pretty cool.
We'll see how many more states we add to the list while we live in the south.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
We get to share our bathroom with the two guys next door. Aren't the dorms great!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
A little background information for you - I was born in Colorado and I have only traveled east of Colorado one time. That time was to a lake just on the border of Nebraska and Colorado. I have never been east or south, never left the country, and only lived in Colorado, Utah (for school), and California (for my mission). Also, those three states are the only states I ever went on vacations to, so this trip was going to be something new for me.
Christa, Brinley and I went to Colorado and stayed there for a few days until Christa and Brinley flew home to Utah. I left the next afternoon (after fixing the air conditioning in my car) and drove to Wichita Kansas where I slept in my car in a grocery store parking lot.
(The sun was bright and I was really tired, but that's where I slept)
I got up the next morning and drove farther east, touching 5 states - Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and ending in Mississippi.
That night, after some searching, I slept in a Wal-Mart parking lot that wasn't too scary.
I liked this other Wal-Mart that had 3 entrances, one for the food, one for the other stuff, and one for the liquor.
Thankfully, Sunday was the next day and I was able to find the church and ward we will be attending. We will be living in Arkansas, attending the Greenville Mississippi Ward, and be a part of the Monroe, Louisiana Stake. I think that's pretty cool.
Today after church I drove back to Arkansas and checked out where we will be living. Its a really cool town on the edge of a giant lake.
You can see from this lookout the docks on the left. We are hoping to rent a house that is right on the lake to the left by those docks. It is a huge lake and really beautiful. I saw people swimming and playing in it and petting alligators. They are so tame here. There were boats and canoes and all sorts of stuff. Unfortunately I didn't actually see any alligators, but the fact that people were swimming in it means that they probably aren't in the lake. YouTube did prove to me that there are alligators somewhere here.
I liked this stretch of the lake where the trees are growing out of the water. It looks cool. Oh, and sorry the pictures aren't great, I took them with my phone because my camera doesn't have a memory card. I left it in our video camera in Utah. So I can only take like 5 pictures on the camera and I can't put them on my computer. My phone doesn't zoom or anything either, so sorry.
One way cool thing is the new bridge that is being built over the Mississippi river. Here are some bad pictures of it that I took while driving over the current bridge.
I think its pretty cool looking. It will be better than the other one and have more lanes. Here is another picture of the start of the bridge. This picture is what most of the roads look like, minus the bridge on the right and minus the curves in the road.
Anyway, now I am showered and sitting in the air-conditioned house of my new Bishop. He heard that I slept in the parking lot of the Greenville Wal-Mart and offered me a place to stay at his home. He and his wife are very kind and I am so thankful for their hospitality. The members of the ward are so nice and welcoming. Many drive an hour to get to church every week.
Well, I figure I have had a good day and I need some rest. I am really excited to sleep in a bed tonight. It feels good to write this, knowing that this is my way of connecting back home with people I know and love. Have a great night!
Thursday, June 3, 2010