The Mrs. and I

Friday, December 18, 2015

It's Only Been a Year...

   Hello blogging world! It's sad to say that this is my first post all year and it's December 18th.....whoops. I've had good intentions all year about posting but I just haven't done it. Life happens, you get busy, have late nights, early mornings, plus I write in my journal most days/nights, so this kinda takes a backseat to all of that. We're here now, though, so I'll try to make a better habit of blogging.

   A lot has happened in a year, as you can imagine. We feel a lot more settled in our home now, we've added two neighbors right next to us, which isn't ideal, but what can you expect when you live in a townhouse. The young couple next to us are SO loud, it's ridiculous. We've never heard people slam their doors more than these guys. And supposedly you shouldn't hear your neighbors with the design of these houses, but oh we can certainly hear them. They finally got rid of their truck that they consistently parked out front, which they weren't supposed to be doing, so that's nice that we don't have that nuisance to deal with. They're nice enough people, just... a little noisy. Overall, though, we really do love this area. Our ward got changed about two months ago, so basically aside from these townhouses, we gained brand new people, so it's been a little hard getting to know everyone after we felt like we were getting to know everyone in our previous ward. But that ward was growing like crazy so it only made sense to split it and rearrange the boundaries for all of Nibley in the process. We get to go to a lot newer church, though, so that's a nice bonus. The one we went to is like 40 years old or more and just a bit outdated, so yeah this change has been nice all the way around.

   Let's see, what else...... oh yeah! So when I last wrote, I was miserably cleaning houses for a living, but not long after my last post, I was able to get a job interview with Logan City in the water department. I felt like I interviewed well and was very hopeful, but when the call came that I didn't get it, I was crushed. I was so ready to be done cleaning houses. I was sick of all the complaints, not knowing your schedule until the week of, coming home to wash all of the rags every night, I was just sick of it all. I kept working, though, we kept paying our tithing and were just hopeful that something would come about. Maybe three weeks after that, I got a surprise phone call and I don't think I answered it; I didn't recognize the number. They left a voicemail, I checked it and it was Paul from Logan City saying the job had reopened and they wanted to offer it to me if I was still interested. Uhhh yes please!!!!!I called back, got all the details figured out and told them that I would start a few weeks from then. I felt like I should give the cleaning company a week or two to try and find someone to replace me. So the week of my birthday, February 15th, was my last week of cleaning and I was so elated. It was an exciting but a tough week as well. My Grandpa Warner was in poor health. His lung cancer was taking it's toll and he was slowly losing his strength. I saw him on my birthday, that Sunday, and that was the last time I saw him in good health and, well, alive. He was in great spirits and was so excited for me getting this new job. That made me feel good and that he was proud of me. Sadly, he passed away just six days after that, on February 21st. We were set to go down to Coalville that day anyway and I thought we'd be ok to see him later in the day, that he'd still be with us. Just as we were getting ready to leave, some time in the afternoon, my phone rang and it was my Mom. Immediately I knew it wasn't going to be good news and it wasn't. We both broke down over the phone, it was really sad to lose a loved one, it always is. He was the only Grandpa I ever knew on this earth, and while we weren't super close, I always looked up to him and respected him. He was on his hospital bed that they had had for him and I just kept looking at him, expecting him to start breathing and we could talk to him, but that wasn't the case. I did have the neat opportunity to help carry him out to the hearse, as I was the only other man there besides the funeral guy, so that was a cool opportunity to help carry him out to the car. Something I'll never forget. One of the good things that come out of funerals is that it provides you a chance to reunite with family members that you may not have seen for a while, so that was a good thing in that respect, and I was able to speak about my Grandpa in the services as sort of the spokesperson for my immediate family. It was a very hard few days but we know we'll see our Grandpa again.

  Anyway, the job at Logan City has been great! I felt really overwhelmed in the beginning because I felt like I needed to know everything right away, so I put a lot of pressure on myself. My co-worker/trainer, Jared Brinkerhoff, had a lot of knowledge of the water meters, how to fix them, their sizes, how to install them, how to check for leaks, things like that, and I was just blown away at the things that he knew. I thought I'd never get to the point he was at, but over time and with him moving away for another opportunity a few months after I started, it put me in the lead position of the meter readers and I had to learn pretty quickly. But I feel like I've got a good handle on things now, I understand a lot of what's going on, my bosses trust me and rely on me, so that helps and I enjoy doing what I do. Plus the benefits that we get, insurance paid for, free access to the rec center, library and golf course, they've got a ton of perks and it's really awesome. I'm very thankful for it, it's been great for us :)

   To wrap up, our little boy, Camden, turned 2 on November 7th and he is one funny, smart, independent, good-natured little boy and we just love him so much! He gives us a run for our money sometimes, but oh man we would never trade him for anything. It's amazing that you can love someone so much and you wonder what you ever did before you had kids. He's a great boy and we are sure grateful to be his parents :) There is MUCH more to tell, Maggie's new job, a trip to Hawaii, a trip to Disneyland, just all sorts of fun things. So until next time, I'll wrap it up there and will write soon!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Out WIth The Old, In With The New

   It seems like we were just turning the page from 2013 to 2014, yet here we are in 2015 already. Time seems to fly by as you get older and I hate that it does. Fifteen years have passed since we moved from Lyman, WY, my beloved hometown that I never wanted to leave. Fifteen years have passed since I started making new friends in Coalville and I'm forever grateful that we did make the move from Lyman. I am also grateful that it was/is only an hour away so that I could still maintain a relationship with them. Some of my very best friends to this day are from Lyman. A lot of their families have since moved away, but some are still there and I look forward to seeing them when we get out there a few times a year. Both areas, Lyman and Coalville, have been really good to me and my family and I'm thankful for the friends/family that I still have there.

   We are a little further away from my home now, as we made the move to Logan this summer, but we are still close enough that we can visit fairly frequently. The move hasn't been all that tough on me, even though I only know a few people up here, outside of Maggie's family, of course. I have moved several times in my adult life and have been fortunate enough to acclimate and make friends fairly quickly. Our ward is awesome, we feel very welcome each time we attend church and everyone is just so nice, it's great.

   Anyway, here's a quick review on our year...

   My job at The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge ended at the end of March and I remember that I could not wait for it to end. It wasn't a terrible job, I just hated having to dress up every day AND having to be clean-shaven. I HATe jobs that require that. Why can't you have facial hair as long as it's well kept and groomed nicely? It seems pretty discriminatory if you ask me, but hey. I was outta there and never looked back. The job was a blessing for us, looking back. It gave us a steady income for the winter until mosquito abatement started up again, but man those three months of working there seemed to last forever. Answering all of those phone calls, making reservations, giving tours, checking people out after their services were done, dealing with people who never seemed to be happy no matter what you did, just all of those things were enough for me. Customer service jobs aren't my favorite. This one was short-lived, however.

   We moved in with my parents at the first of April in an effort to save money to prepare for building our house in Logan (Nibley). We lived with them from April until about the 24th of July, so nearly four months, and it was a learning experience for all of us. It was nothing against my parents at all, it's just hard to be in a smallish house with your parents for that long, you just don't have a lot of privacy, but overall, it was a good learning experience and we were able to save a lot of money from not having to pay rent or utilities. I stayed working at mosquito abatement to ensure that our loan would go through. I was making enough money to get us qualified for the loan, so I couldn't quit working there, even though I was commuting over an hour and a half nearly every day for over a month. It got tough as the days went by, just a lot of driving, but sometimes you do what you have to do to make things work.

   We lived with Maggie's parents from the end of July until about September, when our loan FINALLY went through by about September 8th. Hallelujah, we thought. Again, nothing against Maggie's parents, it was just hard not having any privacy. The building company allowed us to move in early so that we could get our stuff in, though, so that was a nice thing and we were grateful for it. Once the loan went through, we breathed a huge sigh of relief. After about six months of doing all the house stuff, the planning, the building of it, the moving in, it was all over. Now we were on our own, in our new place, and we were SO excited.
   We have been in our house for nearly four months now and it has been really nice, really nice. It feels like a home and we are very grateful to be in it. Three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a two-car garage, pretty good storage space, it's been great and we look forward to more years in it.

   Halloween came, we couldn't really decide what we wanted to dress up as ( I hate dressing up), but we finally came up with the idea of Camden being Mickey Mouse, Maggie would be Minnie Mouse, and I would be Walt Disney. Mine was simple, I just needed a classy suit, shave my beard to a mustache, and attempt to part the little amount of hair I have left. Easy peasy. We had hoped that Camden would be walking by then, but he didn't quite figure it out yet. That's ok, he would soon learn. We had a great Halloween and Camden had himself a little treat on the drive home. I set his treat bucket in his lap in the car seat and thought nothing more of it, since we just had a short drive home. Well, I go to get him out and he had bitten the wrapper off of a Kit Kat and was chowing down, chocolate all over his hands and face. Ha ha little stinker. We couldn't help but laugh :)

   One week after Halloween was Camden's 1st birthday. How could he be one already?? I tell you, time moves way too fast. We had his party on the 8th (of November) and it was a big success. A lot of our family and friends came out to it, in fact some of them had to sit on the stairs going upstairs because there wasn't room anywhere else. It was a great turn out and we had a lot of fun. Cam chowed down on his birthday cake, getting it ALL OVER THE PLACE, but it was so fun to watch him :) We now have a one year old and it's crazy to think about.

   Around Thanksgiving time, he finally figured out the walking thing, getting around better and opting to walk more than crawl, so now we had a mobile one year old. He goes a hundred miles wherever he goes and two hundred miles an hour when he's after something. He scales the stairs at our house like it's nothing, he's figured out how to go down them backwards (on his belly), and he gets mad if he can't go up the stairs. He loves to read books and he loves when you tell him what sounds the different animals make. And if you don't pay attention to him and make the sounds, he lets you know with a loud yell, like "hey! pay attention!" He is a little stinker sometimes, he is getting into everything, but he is such a good boy and we are so thankful to be his parents :)

   Oh did I mention our trip to Hawaii? We went in April and we absolutely loved it! Hopefully we can go back again soon. Here are some pictures/videos from 2013.