Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Nate thought that would be funny to leave a cliff hanger like that but no, we were called to be nursery leaders. It should be exciting! Sorry guys. :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Secret...Agent Man! Secret...Agent Man!

So, this is Nate this time, I guess it is my turn to write a little on here.  Rachel and I had an awesome weekend.  Saturday we went up to Mesa and went to the temple.  It was way fun.  We had gone intending just to do a simple temple session, but we were intercepted and asked to help with sealings.  It was the first time Rachel and I have had the chance to do sealings together since the ceremony was our own, and it was a great experience being there together.  I enjoyed listening to the promises again and I realized just how little I was listening when it was our sealing.  After the sealings we did a temple session, which was the longest session of my life!  The room was packed!  But it was good to be there and I'm anxious to return.

After the temple we went and spent some time with my grandparents.  My grandma wanted to feed us leftovers ("gotta clean out the refrigerator!") but my grandpa was quick to insist we go to this great mexican restaurant called Rosas.  Rachel is now the only person I have ever seen fill up on the free chips and salsa.  Bread at some restaurants I can understand...bread is filling.  But chips and salsa?  Weird.

We went to IKEA so Rachel could do some shopping, but I was a jerk and rushed her so we could go see an IMAX movie, which we ended up not watching.  So Nathan got the bad husband award that night.  I did get a wicked desk organizer to keep track of bills and incoming papers.  I don't remember becoming an old fart, but at some point it happened.  So sad.  So so sad.

We did have some more excitement on Sunday night, however.  It will forever be known as Operation Sweet Tooth.  Rachel and I were sitting on our couch being
 goofy when we  both realized we wanted ice cream.  But alas, it was still the sabbath, what were two mormons to do?  We couldn't go buy ice cream, so we stole it.  
We drove up to my parents house with the intention of breaking in, taking the ice cream and sneaking out.  We laughed nervously as we crept through the darkness, avoiding the cactus and trying the front door.  It was locked, so we snuck around back, just to find my family was all in the living room watching t.v.  So we snuck around to the other side of the house, crept into the back yard out of the families line of sight, and crawled over the wall leading to the back patio.  While trying that, we both hit a wind chime, me more than Rachel, and we thought we were caught.  Amazingly, my parents were oblivious.  We opened a back door, walked as quietly as possible, right through the kitchen where my family was, into the garage, got the ice cream, climbed back out through the kitchen, unlocked the front door and got out, all without being seen!  I was pretty proud, but Rachel's sense of decency decided to make an appearance, so we had to come clean.  My folks thought it was hysterical, so no harm, no foul.  On the plus side, we ended up with some good vanilla.  

Work goes well.  Training has about 5 more weeks I think.  I'm learning and having fun, so that is something.  Rachel got a job as a teachers aide at a montessori school here, which is very exciting.  It sounds like the exact kind of place I would never send a child of mine, but Rachel excels in any situation where she is caring for children.  Which I'm grateful for because of our other big announcement........

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Zoo

Last week our newphew Hyrum and I, had a day date. He came over and we went for a drive, ate at Wendy's, and then went to the zoo. He had dressed himself that day and he got compliments everywhere we went! It was so much fun, we spent all day there. It was the best date ever! No offense Nate! ;)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Baack to shkool, baack to shkool..

So, school started today! Wahoo!! I am attending Pima Community College in Tucson AZ. It's a big deal here and there are like 9 campuses all over town. All of my classes are at PCC West and it is the most beautiful location! It's in the middle of nothing but mountains and cactus and it has a killer view of the city.
I'm easing back into full time with 9 credits. First is my social work class which is taught by none other than a time-warped Mr Jefferson!
Just kidding but he has the hair, mustache, tan tweed blazer, orange and brown tie, and brown polyester pants. He has a doctorate and his last name is Lewis so he even refers to himself as "Dr. Lewis". But seriously the nicest man in the world and I'm excited for this class. Next is Group Work. Very touchy feely but I love it. We will learn how to work in groups and explore our feelings. (Social work major requirement, I promise!) The teacher blazes in with a Hawaiian shirt and three pink pasty boxes. He pulls an entire coffee machine out of a closet and opened up his own diner. He's energetic and funny and I like his choice in doughnuts. ;)
And to close out my day, is my History of the Holocaust class. Very interesting but the teacher is QUITE strict especially about attendance. Miss twice, he drops you. The door is closed the second class starts and if you get there and its closed, well then don't even bother coming in. Very much accidentally, I was telling my mom about his attendance policy and was about to say "He's such a Naz-....." realized half way through the word what class it was and felt so awful!! I need to be very careful I don't say that in class!
"He's not a Nazi. He just happens to be a little eccentric. Most geniuses are."
- Kramer, in "The Soup Nazi"

Sorry I wrote so much! First day of class is loosening my bloggers block. (say that 10 times fast! bloggers block, bloggers block, bloggers block,.....)

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Christmas was both fun and stressful. Nate and I were both going through the "last days of work and trying to pack for a long move" highs and lows. It was our first Christmas together and it was a great first. My mom came to visit and to motivate me into packing. We had a tiny tree so we didn't have to pack a lot of things up because we were leaving the next day.

We got a Wii a couple months ago and we love the sport games. The Sunday my mom was here, we taught her how to play Wii golf (I won!) tennis (She won.) and boxing (She kicked my butt!)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A First Try

Rachel has had fun recently reading our friend's blogs.  It seems like almost everyone logs on and writes about themselves for thousands to read.  So she got real excited and set up a blog, then realized she didn't know what to write.  That's where I come in I guess.  We've tried doing the weekly e-mail to family thing... and moving two states away seems to have ruined that.  So we are going to try this as now.  Now, if you want to know what's happening, you can come check us out on your own.  I guess this is a sort of lazier route, but hey, we're students.  That's fair.  
School is starting soon.  I also have my training with the bank.  But I think we are the most excited about Rachel's work opportunity.  My Real Estate Agent friend wants Rachel to do the management of rental properties that we had talked about earlier.  More about that later.  But this is our first try at this.  Hope its good!