tomorrow is my

very first day as a primary teacher! i get the opportunity to teach the sunbeams, and i couldn't be more excited! although i am scared, i am trying my best to put together a lesson that will teach them about being a good example, and following in Christ's footsteps! my 4-year-olds are the cutest kids ever, and i just hope that they'll like the lesson :) as i'm writing this, my adorable dog bailey, is snoring peacefully on the floor beside me... she usually does that when i'm on the computer!



family pictures

about 3 weeks ago, before david left for his mission, we went to fotogenix to get family pictures done! here are some of the gorgeous pictures!



i recently came across

a blog, called 'twigs & honey'. it's a woman named myra who makes gorgeous headbands and other wedding pieces. her blog is so cute and quirky, i love it! if any of you are looking for something for a wedding, go to THIS website!

so this morning i got a phone call at 5:30 am... since nick has work now he calls me every morning before work even if i'm asleep. he said he and his parents might be coming out for thanksgiving! i am SO excited! it's been six VERY long months since i've seen him and i'm about bursting with excitement right now!

oh and tomorrow is thursday. which means... THE OFFICE! :)




so life has been boring these last few days... such is life. nothing too exciting has happened. brennley and shayla came over on tuesday, and brenn has discovered the kitchen. if i set her down for one second, she'll crawl to the kitchen to try and get some of bailey's dog food. she's so cute! :)

last night i went to an old friends house for a party to watch a new episode of "the office". i'm five seasons late, but i'm now addicted. michael and dwight's stupidity just makes me giggle! afterwards we played balderdash which is a hilarious game, and catch phrase!

halfway through the party i recieved some joyous news - the cougs LOST to TCU! (gasp) i was just as surprised as anyone, but it definitely made my night! now lets just hope utah can step it up and take TCU down! i'm excited because chris and i got tickets to the game! we're going to be sitting with the MUSS, and even more exciting - it's going to be a blackout! i've seen them before and they are awesome! so i'm excited to participate!

also, elder david gage has been having a wonderful time on his mission, even if he is still in the mtc! :) if any of you know him and read this and want to know what's going on, click HERE for the Gage Family blog!


so after my frazzled brain couldn't remember where i had put my jacket last winter, i was forced to realize it was gone forever. so this last week, i got two new GORGEOUS coats! the first is a knee length black, wool coat that i'll be able to wear for years!

the other is a ski/snowboarding jacket.

i'm just greatful my mother has an eye for good sales ;)



what an eventful week!

so many things have happened since my last post!

first of all, my cousin david (who happens to be one of my best friends) left for the provo mtc this morning! i was able to see the pictures his family took and i got to see his name tag - i couldn't read it for the life of me! good thing i don't have to learn samoan!

also, this past weekend was general conference and i had the opportunity to go to the sunday afternoon session. i'd never been, so i was incredibly excited! the talks were amazing, i especially enjoyed elder russell m. nelson's talk. i found it funny he compared marriage to shopping ;) here are some pictures from sunday!

this is our group in the conference center - asia, jess, me, taylor and brianna.

i was so happy to have gotten a picture of the seventy and most of the twelve. i wasn't able to get a picture of the first presidency because you weren't allowed to take pictures once they came in.

twenty one THOUSAND people were in this building - it was absolutely beautiful!


today shayla and brennley came over for piano lessons! i love it when they come because i get to watch brenn during the lesson. today we went out and played in the grass and i got some adorable shots of her!

she's slowly being more vocal, and today she kept trying to say "bailey", which is our dogs name. she loves to use the sign for "dog" while whispering "bay" which is her way of saying bailey.



the best first two dates

i've ever had! i recently met a guy named chris strebel and he asked me out on a date. he ended up being an hour late since apparently i give horrible directions! we had planned to go to a movie night up at the U, but were way too late to go to it, so we decided to take a drive up to park city. about two miles up the canyon, we blew a tire and had to pull into bridal veil falls to change it. it was dark by then, so park city was a no go! we ended up getting wendy's and having a picnic in front of the provo temple. apparently it went well because he asked me on a second date the next day!

the next day, he picked me up around three. we went to his house in sandy for a bit to pick up some stuff, and ended up looking at his artwork (he's an AMAZING artist) and talking to his dad for about an hour. afterwards we ran to his school (the art institute of SLC) to scan in something. he showed me all of his work on the computer, which again, is amazing!! we then headed up to park city for the night. we walked around, laughed a ton, and made fun of a lot of things in antique shops. after about 2 hours, we went to dinner at the olive garden back in SLC and ended up going to temple square. it was empty, so we found a bench and talked for an hour and a half. he then showed me gravity hill (weirdest thing ever!) and we wandered the salt lake cemetary trying to find president hinckley's grave. after no luck, we headed back to the car but discovered we had no idea where we were parked. we looked for a half hour before we found it. theeeen we finally headed home. such an exhausting day, but i had the best time!

so here's some advice. if you want a fun date, wing it! have ideas, but don't plan! you never know whats gonna happen :)