Thursday, November 29, 2007

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Here is a picture of me with some of the best women I have ever known! This is the YW presidency that I am privileged to serve with. Janaca (the one on the end in the red) posted the same picture on her blog, because I know she feels the same way I do. We're a young presidency... in fact, I think each one of us has been mistaken for one of the YW at one time or another. I was so embarrassed, but the first time I met Keri (the one to the right of me) was at an activity and I went up to her and said, "Oh, so are you a new Laurel?". Not my brightest moment! But I guess what goes around comes around, because a few weeks ago we had a guest speaker in YW and she kept looking at me and asking me if I had my license yet, assuming I was one of the YW! I'll take it as a compliment :)

Anyway, as soon as this presidency was called, I instantly felt like I had made 3 new friends. In fact, I actually look forward to presidency meetings, just so I can spend some time with all of them! Our last meeting we had ran late, and we were so tired, that at one point we got a case of the giggles so bad we could hardly continue. But we work hard because we know we are there to serve the girls.

This picture was taken at our Evening of Excellence on Tuesday night, where we honored the girls for their work on their Personal Progress. The parents, bishop, RS president, and stake YW presidency were all there too, so we were nervous! Three of the girls received their Young Womanhood Recognition Award, which is a big honor and takes hours and hours of work. We were so proud of them! However, although the night turned out great and I think all the girls enjoyed it, it was SO much work! We've been planning it for months. We wanted to make a big deal out of it so the girls would feel special, but all the work put into decorations, individual certificates and gifts, activities, refreshments, talks, etc., was exhausting! We were at the church for hours on Tuesday... hence the title of this blog. I really do feel so blessed though to love the women I serve with. I know I can depend on each one of them and we work well together, plus we have fun while doing it. I know that we all are so relieved that the night is now behind us! I seriously need to write all my old YW leaders a letter thanking them for their efforts, because back then I never realized how time consuming it all was.

Despite all the work though, knowing that the girls enjoyed is what mattered. We have a sweet girl who just turned 12 and entered YW. She is very shy and quiet, and hasn't come all that often. However, that night she sent each of us a text afterward saying how glad she is to be in YW and how much fun the night was and telling us thank you. Knowing that we reached even one person made it so worth it!

Friday, November 23, 2007

I'm thankful...

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving yesterday! We went up to Heber to my uncle's house and had a great meal with lots of loved ones. Gertie made her big debut and had a grand old time. There were 4 other dogs there, so she had a blast trying to chase them around. Since she's such stocky little thing, the poor girl had a hard time keeping up! But everyone loved her and she got all the attention she could possibly hope for. She is completely wiped out today though from all the excitement! She slept from about 8:00 last night to 10:00 this morning, and now she's sleeping out in the sun again. Lazy dog! She was a really good girl though...not one accident in the house, and she didn't knock over any kids. It was a success!

Anyway, I truly have so many things to be grateful for and feel the need to share them :) So, in honor of the holiday yesterday, here's my list of things to be thankful for:

1. Having someone to love, and having someone to love me! Brady is a fantastic husband. He's sweet and funny and a good person... AND he's a great cook! Definitely gotta be thankful for that!

2. I have a wonderful family. My sister Natalie is home from college this weekend, and it is so nice to have everyone back together again! My parents have always been willing to do anything for me, and I love spending time with my sisters. They're some of the funniest people I know! These days its hard to find a "functional" family, and I feel very lucky to have a close-knit family members that love each other. I also feel so blessed to have a family that is strong in the church. Not only that, but I happened to marry in to an awesome family as well :)

3. The chance to get an education. Even though it feels like I will never graduate and I'm so sick of going to school, I'm very blessed to be able to get an education. So many people around the world, women especially, can only dream of being able to go to college.

4. My health. Not only my health, but as a whole my family is healthy too, and that is a great blessing.

5. A good job. Yeah, I'm thrilled to not have to work for 4 days, and the thought of having to go in Monday makes me groan, but I do have a very good job and I'm grateful for that. I have amazing coworkers that I love and the company treats me well. Who could ask for more?

6. Being able to live in the good ol' U.S.A.! You know that song "Proud to be an American"? Well, as corny as it sounds, that's how I feel! Sure, the country isn't perfect, but I'm darn glad to live here!

7. Being able to serve in the Young Women's organization. It's a lot of work, but I've learned so much from this calling, and serving the girls has made me a better person. Plus, I love the YW presidency! I feel like I instantly made 3 new friends. They're wonderful women and a great inspiration to me.

8. Laughter. What would life be without laughter? What a sad thought...

9. Friends. Gotta love 'em!

10. To be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Saved the best for last! Having the gospel in my life has blessed every single aspect of my life. I'm grateful for temples and the priesthood, so I can be with my family and husband forever... I'm grateful for the comfort it brings me because of the knowledge I have...and I'm grateful for my Savior.

Hopefully everyone else has been able to count the blessings in their lives this week! I think if everyone in this world did it more often, it would be a better place to live. I know I'll try to show more gratitude each day :) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Brady!

This last Friday was Brady's birthday, and the lucky guy got almost a week long celebration! On Wednesday night we went and stayed at the Johnson Mill Bed and Breakfast in Midway. It was so nice! We loved the room we stayed in, and the grounds were beautiful. The best part though was just being able to spend some relaxing time together. Our schedules do not match up at all, and we rarely get the chance to just sit and enjoy one another's company without having to stress about anything, so it was wonderful! Unfortunately I was starting to get a cold while we were up there, but it didn't put too much of a damper on our fun.

On Friday night we met up at Goodwood in Draper for a birthday dinner with Brady's family as well as my family. Then on Saturday, I threw Brady a little surprise party with a couple of his friends from Grantsville. It was fun because he had no idea it was coming! Then Sunday was a birthday dinner at my parents house. That man was spoiled! He sure deserves it though, he's a great husband and I'm so lucky to have him. I was glad we could make him feel special.
Married life is fun! It has it's ups and downs, and it most certainly isn't easy, but it can be the most rewarding and fulfilling thing in the world. I'm so happy I have someone special to spend eternity with!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I've been tagged!

I was tagged by Kateka and Janaca!

The rules of the game should be posted at the beginning of the post. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

So here's a few interesting things about me you may not know:

1. I'm actually very emotional:
I can cry at the drop of a hat sometimes! The funny thing is I rarely get offended or my feelings hurt, and even if I do I never cry about it. But movies, Relief Society, a song, or even a touching commercial can make me cry. Any time I see someone start to cry I start to almost immediately. Anything that I have strong emotions about makes me cry if I try to talk about it. Brady thinks I'm nuts sometimes, but I can't help it! My whole family is the same way, so I blame it on them. I have 2 good examples: First, my dad had to give a talk in church on Mother's Day once and he got a little emotional when talking about his mother and my mother, but if someone had looked at the bench with my mom, my 3 sisters, and I, they would've seen 5 sobbing women. Secondly, a couple of years ago one of my cousins got married. He's always been really shy, but he promised his wife that if she married him he would play the guitar and sing to her in front of everyone, even though he was absolutely terrified. Well, his wife just sat there and smiled without getting emotional at all... but look over at the table with my family, and once again you would've seen 5 sobbing women. Pathetic...

2. I was the Dance Sterling Scholar at my high school:
It was a dream of mine for years, so I'm proud that I was able to accomplish that. (And it didn't take me 6 years, unlike some things *cough* College! *cough*!)

3. If circumstances allowed, I'd love to be a chef:
My family would never guess this, because growing up I hated cooking. Most people know that my husband is a great cook, but not many people know that I can actually cook as well (probably not as well as Brady though!). However, maybe in another life or something I'd love to go to culinary school and make amazing creations out of food.

4. I almost died as a kid:
It's a long story, but I spent a week at Primary Children's Hospital because of a serious intestinal bacteria that I got. I was sick for a good 4 months and became severely dehydrated and malnourished, and for a while there the doctors were even afraid I had cancer! Luckily it was something that could be taken care of with a few rounds of strong antibiotics. Man, was it miserable though! I wouldn't wish an illness like that on anyone!

5. Like Kateka, I also have an extremely overactive imagination:
At moments where I have nothing else to do but think (showering, doing my hair, driving), my imagination tends to run wild with crazy things sometimes. Because of this, I am afraid of everything! I'm always thinking of worst case scenarios and am totally paranoid about all sorts of scary things happening. I'm such a wimp, I hate when Brady has to be gone overnight, I can't stand sleeping alone. Even my youngest sister is braver than I am! I try not to let people know that though :)

6. I know way too much about celebrity gossip:
It's embarrassing, because I feel so petty and worldly, but it's an addiction! I get so bored at work sometimes and start to surf the web, and always has sections on celebrity gossip. I am ashamed to say that I could probably answer practically any trivia question that you throw at me!

So that's me in a nutshell! I don't think I'm going to tag all 6 people, but I tag Toni, Heidi, and Carly!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Jazz Fever!

Most everyone that knows Brady knows that without sports, he would basically cease to exist. Throughout most of the year I tend to just tolerate this obsession, but when basketball season starts, I'm right there next to him yelling at the TV! I grew up watching the Jazz play, so I always look forward to the season starting. Fortunately, since Brady's company is owned by Larry H. Miller he gets free tickets to the game every now and then, and they're always lower bowl. Last year we had the chance to go to a few playoff games, which was a blast! The playoff games are so crazy. I would be yelling at the top of my lungs, and not even be able to hear myself because everyone else was doing the same.

Last night we got 16th row tickets to watch the Jazz play against Memphis. The Jazz killed them (yay!), so it wasn't the most exciting game ever, but it was still really fun to watch. It's also a fun time for us to just hang out together and do something we enjoy. And it's FREE! Everything is more fun when it's free :) It's also fun to watch the people there... the drunk girl that can't find her seat or even walk straight...the heavy metal guy that's headbanging to the music as the camera is on him, and then decides to stand up and show his big hairy stomach and chest to everyone (so funny!)...the cute little babies who have had their hair and face painted by their fathers...and of course, the Jazz bear and all his crazy antics...Ah, good times!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Happy Halloween!, a week ago...

So I'm a little late with my Halloween post, but better late than never! That's what I always say! Halloween was ok this year. We had trick-or-treaters come for about 20 minutes and then nothing the rest of the night. We still had a good time though. Brady made an awesome dinner and we tried to dress Gertie up in her angel costume, but it didn't go too well. She definitely wasn't a fan! I was a rabbit and Brady was a missionary. We tried to get a decent picture of Gertie, but she just wouldn't have it. Other than the holiday, things have been pretty uneventful lately. We're just trying to survive the rest of the semester and keep up at work. Sadly, it looks like next semester is going to be rough... we'll never get to see each other! Hopefully we'll be finished with school soon and be able to relax a little bit. Oh, and congrats to our friends Doug and Toni Nelson who had their baby boy this last week! Check out the link to their blog on the right to see cute pictures of the baby.