Friday, January 25, 2013

Life Lately

This past weekend I played mom for 5 days for 2 little girls (3 and 18 months). New respect for working moms. And single moms. And moms in general. Go all of you. I need another couple years. And a husband. Maybe a boyfriend would be a good start. Guess I should start accepting applications.

Speaking of applications, I didn't get accepted with Teach For America. But I seem to have a very promising possibility with one of my MBA schools. And I am enrolled in a class to get my teaching certificate to just teach in the fall if I decide to hold off on grad school. Unfortunately that just adds choices to my future and choices are not my forte. Sometimes I secretly wish that our world was like The Giver and we were just assigned our job/family/life and told exactly what to do. But then I remember that I voted against that a long time ago and the whole reason I am here is to make choices. I just don't like making them.

One thing I do like doing is teaching dance. Especially my super awesome 6-7 year old class that is dancing to My Boyfriend's Back and they look freakin' adorable doing it. Oh my word. I love it. One of these days I may just have to record their dance and put it on here because I am slightly obsessed with how awesome they are.

The other day one of my dancers was driving me up a wall. Actually two of them were. And there were only two girls in the class. It was one of those days. Anywho. I was about two seconds from losing it - which has never happened before contrary to what my family may think - when she so sweetly looked up at me and told me that when she grows up she wants to be a dance teacher at Dance Element with me. I melted a little and never lost it that day. 

In case you couldn't tell, I am procrastinating right now. Rambling on about the little things in life so I can avoid writing my talk for church on Sunday. I have to speak on missionary work. And I have no clue what to say. Speaking of missions, Wyatt leaves in less than 2 months!! I'm gonna miss that kid. But when he leaves I get his room. My own room! For the first time EVER. His departure will be a bittersweet day.

New Additions

*This was written a couple weeks ago and I completely forgot to post it. Whoops.

As a final wrap up to 2012, there were a couple new additions to our family! The first was this cute little boy:

I have wanted a chocolate/black lab for awhile and two days after Christmas I found Jazz for a super good deal and so I bought him! My mom was with me when I got him, but my dad had no clue until I sent him this picture with the caption "Merry Christmas to me!" He responded by calling my mom asking what that was and who it belonged to. 

The second addition is my new cousin Madison Kay. She is Jolyn and Chris' little girl. She is so awesome. I have already decided I am going to be her favorite. And she is adorable. Last week I spent two afternoons just holding her. I need  a baby in my immediate family.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Farewell 2012

2012 had it's ups and downs as every year does. But I feel like overall, it was an up year. Here are the highlights (and lowlights) of 2012:

-Finger painted a mural on 3 bedroom walls
-First real broken heart
-Skiied in Utah
-Certified ZUMBA instructor
-Graduated BYU
-Said goodbye to living with my awesome roommates and friends
-Moved to Arizona
-Went to Disneyland/California Adventures
-Wyatt graduated high school
-Went to Magic Mountain
-Started teaching dance again (YAY!)
-Certified kids ZUMBA instructor
-Started watching the best 2 little munchkins
-Started looking for a grown up job
-Roadtripped to Cali with my dad
-Roadtripped to Cali with my dad (again) and Wyatt
-Visited 18 states in 15 days. Some of our highlights were:
Independence, Missouri. 
St Louis
Santa Claus, Indiana (and Holiday World)
Kirtland, Ohio 
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Sheetz (restaurant/gas station back east) 
Wisconsin Dells
Mall of America
The Badlands
Scariest wind/thunder/rainstorm of life while sleeping in a tent. In the middle of nowhere South Dakota.
Mount Rushmore
The Cherry Cricket (best hamburger ever is found in Denver)
-Kept looking for a real job
-3 of my best friends got married within 3 weeks of each other
-Went skydiving (again!)
-Got a second and third job teaching dance
-Got a real job! (that made job #4)
-Began the process of putting 10,000 miles on my car in a matter of 4 months
-Saw Les Mis at Gammage
-Bought an iPad
-Got super stressed with my schedule. Result was shingles.
-Went to Provo!
-Applied for and got an internship with the Susan G. Komen Foundation
-Decided to take the GMAT and apply to MBA programs
-Started training for my first marathon
-Happy Thanksgiving!
-Kicked the GMAT's butt
-Became obsessed with the Walking Dead
-Got a much needed break from work
-Made an awesome Les Mis t-shirt
-Celebrated Christmas with family
-Saw Les Mis the movie (obsessed much?)
-Rang in the New Year babysitting my favorite 2 little munchkins!

As far as my goals for 2012 went (made back here) I did decently on them. While I didn't do all of them exactly, I did what was best for me and I feel accomplished.

Now I need to decide on my goals for 2013!