Saturday, May 30, 2009

Well we finally made it to tucson...im sure all the fellow teachers in the van HATE me by now for making them wait for HOURS but hopefully they'll get over it!
Car dealers SUCK! Unless you have Smitty picyures of him, the new car, and the whole story tomorrow... Just know that the 6 teachers with me are really patient!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Johns on the phone with the dealership in phoenix... We're screwed is the summation of the conversation
Well no car in vegas for us today lets hope this deal is for real tomorrow or we're out of luck and back to square one.
Well just got done with the insurance and that went great! The bank was pointless I think she applied us for any old loan/line of credit so were off to vegas

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nothing new...rrrrriiiiiiight

Well not a whole lot is going on here... It's been at least 100 degrees every day this week. John has had school all week (they're last day was today) and I'm working every day as usual through June for some extra money.

The only thing that's different is that John's grandma has been in the hospital for a week or so after having major surgery. She had a baseball sized ulcer and they had to cut out part of her stomach and reattach the intestines. She ate her first meal in a while yesterday so hopefully she will be all recovered and headed home soon!

We also have been without a car for 2 weeks now. Our car is dead. Everyone seems to think they can fix it and that our repair shop is ripping us off, however we've taken our car there for 5 years and we trust them. It has been sitting outside Bob's house inconveniencing him for over a week now. But alas, it is dead and we will not be paying the $1800 to fix it.

Kami has been very kind and let us drive her car as often as she can since she's been up at the hospital with grandma so much. We sure do appreciate all of her help! Luckily we have many friends who have driven us to and from school, church, meetings, etc as well as handing over their keys to their cars for us to drive. I can't imagine nicer people than those that have helped us out. You know who you are, even if you've offered and we have it already figured out we really appreciate your offer!

So with all the car issues, our car being 11+ years old and having over 180,000 miles on it we are buying a new car. We thought we found the car we wanted for a FANTASTIC price... but with all of the fees it's too much for us, so we're trying to negotiate, however I'm not sure what will happen. We're also looking into the same type of car at many other dealerships. If we had a way to get to where we need to go to figure out financing and look at some ACTUAL cars instead of just online I would feel better about things, however, since we have no vehicle I doubt that will be happening.

John starts school on Monday up in St. George... how he will get there I'm not sure. Maybe he'll ride his non-existent bike...

So there's an update for you. Hopefully the new update will be pictures of MY NEW CAR! At least that's what I'm hoping... but likely not since my husband can't ever make a decision.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

One of the Longest Days of my Life

It is 8:30 pm. I've been at school for 13 hours. I've cried and laughed multiple times today. I also went on the water slide with my kids. I'm tired!

Here are some highlights

  • Water Day, Sun Burn, Went down the slip n slide with my kids, was wet for HOURS afterward ( I was fully dressed)
  • On our end of quarter test the kids have to write a friendly letter... Imagine my surprise when reading one of the letters it went like this

Dear V,

I like you. We have the same shoes. When will you come to my house? You are nice. I like you shit.

Sincerely,

K

Yup I like you shit... Now I'm not one to swear, at least not often... but I've retold this story so many times today, just so I could laugh. She was trying to say I like your shirt (I asked her). TOO FUNNY! At least I had a bright spot in my day :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

More from LA


These are pictures of Dana's banana tree (you know, the one last february she thought was the coolest thing ever that we had great fun taking pictures with...) that we both thought was so COOL last year when we were there. This time you can see how many it has...however they aren't bananas (like the ones people eat that are yellow)... they're plantanes. If you haven't tried plantanes, you're missing out. I've only had them a couple of times but I LOVE THEM!


They also had beautiful roses over by the green house. The one of the tight rose bud is currently our background on our computer... it is an amazing picture and I still say...I took that picture... I have a great camera for taking close up flower shots!


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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Steph's Baby Shower... I need pictures of this new little one!

Well I've been told the new addition to the Peterson family arrived on Thursday, have NO details nor have I seen any pictures like I was promised... Okay you guys, do you feel guilty enough yet! Good! I'm so excited about their new little addition to their family.
I've become quite attached to their little family the past two years, and will be sad to see the majority of them not be at our school anymore. But as long as Steph keeps her blog updated then we'll be ok. (hint hint) Plus, I know where they live... and hopefully the new big brother will still think it's cool if I come watch him play baseball!

A couple of weeks ago we had a baby shower for her at my house. It was so much fun! Almost everyone from school was there, and we had a great time chatting and having Steph open all of her gifts for the new little one. I learned from this that my house isn't very big and I don't have enough seating for all that were there! Sorry about that guys, but I must say it was better than the library's hard chairs. Don't you agree? Anyway, congratulations Peterson Family! We're SO thrilled for your new little addition, hope it's a smooth transition!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Los Angels Temple



John and I were privledged to stay quite near to the temple while in LA this last weekend. We were also extremely disappointed that the temple was closed for its two weeks of cleaning while we were there. Alas, it's a beautiful place to be and the day we left we got some gorgeous pictures.

More from LA later :) got to go to school.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

So my car is dead and I'm stuck at the board meeting and my phone (source of entertainment) is dying! HELP!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dana avoiding the bouquet toss...

video

"Superfruit"... In my backyard!



We bought a pomegranate tree a couple weeks ago. John has planted it in the ground and it is blossoming and pomegranates are starting to grow! So exciting!


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Mt. Timp... in all it's glory!



This is John's favorite picture from our drive up Provo Canyon last week to JC's wedding reception. We had a blast, the drive was so pretty and yes on April 25th it SNOWED... A LOT! As we walked into the wedding reception from the car huge snowflakes began to fall. I have one picture and a couple of videos of Dana that I'm going to try to upload. I also may add a slide show of all of the pictures I took from the car on the way up. Happy Satruday... I'm so glad it's here in 3 more Saturdays I'll be all done with school! YAY!

Update:


The rest of the Provo pictures... Playing with picasa collages... and I included the one of JC and I at his wedding reception... some highlights of the evening were talking to a friend from hs (right... want to know more about the conversation see my other blog!), but really, highlights included playing with the twins, seeing families I've known forever, watching Dana dance so that she wouldn't have to "go catch the bouquet", the scenery... as you can see it was gorgeous and seeing a great friend so happy!