Freakin' huge snowbanks out here...they're as tall as I am. That hole at the end of the driveway is one of our entrances into the fort.
I was diggin' away on one end of the fort...
While Trav took over the other side
We worked on the fort for about an hour and a half - finally meeting up in the middle of the snowbank. We had to stop after because I was frozen. I honestly couldn't feel my legs or feet.
Trav and Nolan decided to get as much done on the fort as possible the next day. They opened it up and found our grassy carpet.
You can't get the full idea of how long the tunnel was (before it was made into a "fort") but this shot gives you an idea.
Aw, Brothers :) Nolan was chiseling away with a hammer while Trav used the shovel. This snow fort was awesome!
Inside the snow fort.
We were going to do more throughout the week but found out it was supposed to rain. And as we know, rain melts the snow. So we decided to stop and keep it as it was. Sure enough, the rains came down and the fort collapsed. But it was fun and TOTALLY worth it!
Go figure. As soon as I publish my last post, I check (to reconfirm I passed!!) and my GPA is posted now. So, here they are:
Instructional Media (2 credit hours) A- Curriculum, Instruct, & Assess (4 credit hours) A- Private Oboe Lessons (1 credit hour) A Group Vocal Class (1 credit hour) A String Practicum (1 credit hour) B Chamber choir (1 credit hour) A Women's Choir (1 credit hour) A Music History & Lit (3 credit hours) B Small Ensembles (1 credit hour) A Private Vocal Lessons (1 credit hour) A Advanced Independent Study (2 credit hours) A
I passed all my classes! I took 18 credit hours (and worked part-time) this semester. I honestly didn't know if I was going to pass one or two of my classes. They were a little more demanding than I'm used to. So, yes. I was honestly, truly worried. I will post my grades as soon as I can. I'm waiting to get the word on my GPA. I'm sooooooo happy! Oh my goodness! It feels like a weight has been lifted.
Also, in a little over 24 hours Trav and I will be on our way out to Minnesota to spend Christmas with his family. This is the first year we've done this, so we're pretty excited. Travis' parents usually come out to Utah but since they're serving a local mission they're not able to this year. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to spend Christmas in Minnesota. It's been nearly 8 or 9 years (I believe) since Trav has been home for the holidays. So, here's to hoping I don't freeze to death out there!
Burned down this morning. As far as I've heard, it's a total loss. I'm sick about it. This building is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. I had always dreamed of performing in it. It has been used for LDS church meetings, choir performances, and many more activities. This is so awful. Click here to read an article and see pictures.
Hopefully the church will reconstruct it. Everyone is in shock. This is so sad.
I pulled these pictures (below) from the Salt Lake Tribune webpage (the link I created at the beginning of this post). There are more pictures posted on their site.
I look at these pictures and I can't help but to cry.
What's harder is this building has sentimental value. We took family pictures here, in November 2008, before Mercydez passed away. This building's grounds and beautiful architecture can be seen behind my family as we surrounded our precious Mercydez.
Yes, we're alive!!!!!! I took my last final today and I can't even begin to express the relief I'm feeling. This horrid semester is DONE!!! I made it!
Trav has been awesome the last few weeks. To say I've been stressed is a HUGE understatement. I've been up late, getting up as early as I can (sometimes sleeping longer than I should), stuck to a computer or in the piano room practicing. We haven't had a lot of time together. In fact, this entire week I've only seen him on average 5 minutes each day. He's usually up and gone before I get up each morning - and in bed fast asleep when I get home. It's sucked. Big time.
So, we hope to make up for it this coming week by doing whatever we want in the evenings. He has to work through Wednesday (as do I) so we can only take advantage of our evening hours. But I'll gladly take what I can get! We'll watch movies, do a little shopping, eat nummy food, and waste time. It sounds marvelous!
We were able to sneak in a little fun during the last week, thankfully. We had a extended family Christmas party and had a ginger house decorating competition. Here are a few pictures:
The finished gingerbread village
It was a straight up tie...hard to imagine why! They're all so beautiful! Hehe.
A cute story though (if I have my information correct): apparently after we separated into teams, Grayson went into a corner of the house and prayed that his team would win. Isn't that stinkin' cute?!