I'm sorry it's been so long since I last updated the blog. I've been super busy! The holidays flew past - I can't believe it's nearly February now. When did THAT happen??!
Clearly my antlers had issues. :)
Cute little family, they're all growing up so fast!
Travis was on the good list (I don't know how that happened!) ;)
I have started my student teaching and, to be honest, I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I'm student-teaching at a middle school in the Jordan School District - the same district Travis works for - so we commute together every morning. This has been really awesome because we get to spend a little more time together every day. On our way up we listen to religious talks/lectures. Lately we've been listening to an incredible set of lectures by Truman G. Madsen. We were given this set of lectures (on CD) as a Christmas gift from Travis' parents and we absolutely LOVE them. The things Truman G. Madsen speaks about and understands are so deep. Trav and I often find ourselves listening to lectures multiple times. It's nuts! Another cool thing about commuting to "work" every day is that we pass FOUR LDS TEMPLES! I posted pictures of the temples at night because they glow and it's absolutely gorgeous. This is how they look when we pass them in the morning hours because it's so early the sun hasn't peaked over the mountains yet. Aren't they so beautiful?
MOUNT TIMPANOGOS TEMPLE
JORDAN RIVER TEMPLE
OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN TEMPLE
I'll give more details about student teaching when I have more time to write. Just know I love the school I've been assigned to, I'm thrilled about the administration and faculty members of the school (there is so much energy at this school it's ridiculous!) and I absolutely respect and adore my cooperating teacher. The students are pretty awesome as well. I won't lie, I'm relieved things have been so great. Last semester I was having doubts about teaching. I didn't know if I would enjoy it as much as I thought and I'm honestly so happy to say I was wrong. I'm loving it. :)
Travis is a stud, what more can be said about him?! He's awesome. He's been so patient and encouraging. I drop him off at his school and head north to mine and when I pick him up at the end of the day he gets in the car and asks, "How'd today go?". I'm grateful he cares enough to ask and TALK about it. There's so much running through my head every day...Travis is simply awesome. I'm so lucky to have him.
My brother, Kolton, did come home from his mission. He has now been home for almost two months and is still suffering pretty serious headaches. He has had numerous appointments with a variety of doctors. He's stopped medications, started others, been to a physical therapist, went and did homeopathy (I'm a huge believer), and most recently had a spinal tap (shudder) - and still NOTHING. The good news is Kolton isn't just laying around feeling sorry for himself. He's actually started going to school. He's taking a full load but seems to enjoy being busy. Oh, FYI, he was released as a missionary but will still have the option of going back out and finishing once things have been figured out and he isn't suffering. He won't be sent back to Mexico though. It'll probably be somewhere state-side. We don't know if he'll actually go back out but we're not worried about it right now. Our number one priority is to get things figured out so he can get better.
Okay, I'll post more later.
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