Sunday, September 18, 2011

First day of school pictures.

Yes yes, I decided we needed to start a first-day-of-school-picture tradition, partly because it's fun to see the energy we have, but mostly I think it'll be a fun way to document J as he goes through the rest of NAU and then dental school. I think our future minis will like it someday.

Anyway! We have a biology class together. It's fun, but weird. Fun because hey! We're flipping married. Weird because we're married. Also, we've been having the worst bike luck! In the first week back, we got pulled over by a bike cop. He gave us a warning for going too fast. It was hilarious because he asked us for our drivers licenses, but then I let him know how we obviously didn't have our licenses. . . we're on bikes. Just another week later and Jake got a full our ticket for not stopping at a stop sign by the school. The particular area is a three-way stop and he was turning into the chemistry building. You have to see it to know how ridiculous it is! Lastly, this past week I was running a little late to chemistry, so I had to hurry and park my bike. I didn't even touch the bike next to me, but he wrote me a little note. I almost missed the note because it was on the ground after a storm blew it off, but I am so glad I found it! It really made me laugh due to the incorrect grammar. I love it.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Awkward Hitchhiker.

Jack served his mission in Korea, and some of his favorite stories are the ones about a time he had to hitchhike. He thought it was the best because he and and his companion would be trapped with the driver and their company and they'd be able to talk all about the church and get investigators from it.

That being said, whenever I see people attempt hitch hiking, I always tell Jack that I wish we could take them somewhere. Yesterday I got my wish.

We were getting ready to go to Snowflake but had to stop by WalMart and Burger King on the way. After we'd gotten all settled, we began to drive to the freeway, and at the on ramp, lo and behold was a hitchhiker with a sign asking to be taking to Winslow. Before I even knew what was happening, Jack pulled over to the side, I got out and moved the cases of his guns to one side of the car, and she got in.

This situation wasn't scary. She was our age-ish, didn't look like she was coming off anything major, and we were going right through Winslow so why not!? We found out she is studying at NAU for social work, has a boyfriend who was at work, graduated from Winslow High, and likes hard-core punk rock music.

When Jack drives, Winslow is about 40 minutes away. She had a doctors appointment at the Indian Health Care clinic and since J worked there doing an externship all summer, he knew exactly where to go.

Around twenty minutes into the ride, after asking if she wanted french fries and then asking all of the above questions, we had nothing to talk about. I didn't want her to feel awkward, so I kept talking. . . Anything I'd see I would ask her opinion.

Exhibit A:
Me- "Oh my gosh! Look at that dust devil!"
Her-"Yeah. . . . it's cool. . . "
Me- "I know, right!?"

Exhibit B:
Me-"Do you want to marry your boyfriend!!!???"
Her-"Um, on our taxes forms we claim living together. . . "
Me-"Oh my gosh! Fun!"

Exhibit C:
Me-"Really, we totally have a ton of french fries. Are you completely sure you're fine?"
Her-". . . . . starts texting on her phone and doesn't look up till we're there. . . "

When we finally dropped her off and J and I were alone in the car again, he so sweetly looked at me and asked me why I was so nervous to have her in the car. I, shocked-of course, looked back at him and let him know I loved our experience of my first hitchhiker. J pat my head and said, "we don't have to ever do that again. I think you scared her. . . "

PSH! I probably did.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


It has been way too long since our last update, but today is the day!!!!

First of all, let me tell you about weather here in good old Flagstaff, Arizona. . . it is SOGGY! Rain is not unusual here, and a lot of people I've recently met actually hate it! I don't think that I could ever hate rain, but the rain has only been super cold so far. I don't know if I'm really looking forward to the frozen rain! Either way, now I also know what people mean when they say "Fall is in the air!" They mean, "It's getting cold, so stop wearing flip flops and shorts and don't forget 5 pairs of socks on each foot!" It's such a fun transition, but holy cow. . . it is sooo different from Mesa.

School has started back us for Jack and myself. We knew this would be a tough semester, but I don't think I fully comprehended it. I thought it was bad last semester, only seeing him a few hours a day per week, but this is worse. . .we'll be home at the same time, but we can't spare time to talk or grades will suffer. It makes Saturdays and Sundays really nice though!

Lastly, our children need an update. I have been trying to train Earth, Wind and Fire and today special little Wind reciprocated some wisdom! I've been doing a clicking noise with my mouth and that means to stand up on their mini-hind legs. Earth has better things to do, and Fire has her own dumb trick that involves unlatching the water bottle, but little special-needs Windy did it!!!!! I've conditioned them (thankyoupsychologyterms!) by clicking then holding food above them! Those little fatties see food and jump through hoops. Anyhoo, today I clicked with no food and Wind stood up! I'm so proud of her little cowlicked self! I don't think she realized she did it, but that's probably due to her lack of brain power and self control. . . I don't care though! I've trained a guinea pig!

PS. I tried Bountiful Baskets for the first time last week, and have decided that the bread they have is the best. thing. ever. Don't believe it? You're dumb anyway!