Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oh, weekends (:

Friday was the start of our weekend, as usual, and it started off by getting happy news that Kaylee had her baby boy!! Paxon Jeffrey Richardson, 7lb 9oz. He's so cute!! I am flying out to Arizona on Wednesday and get to stay until Monday! My mom is there right now, so I'm excited to see her too!

After hearing that news, we went out to eat with a couple of Cody's high school buddies and their wives. Brett and Alissa and Spencer and Mirisha (just married last week!). We went out to eat at DP Cheesesteaks, and if you haven't been there before, YOU ARE SERIOUSLY MISSING OUT! It was honestly one of the best things I've ever eaten. It's about $7 a person if you get a meal, but only like $5ish without the meal and just the sandwich. But we had a blast talking, getting to know Mirisha, and eating delicious food. Afterwards, we headed over to Trafalga for some mini-golf and batting cages. Since we bought the pass of all passes, it was free for us! Let me just say, I was doing so well for the first 10 holes or so! My score was +2!! I wanted to get a picture of all of us, but forgot. But I did get a picture of Cody in the batting cages!

I'm pretty sure Cody would live here if I'd let him. He was telling me that before I knew him, he would stop by the batting cages everyday after school and just hit all night long until they closed. HE LOVES BASEBALL!
Yesterday was so wonderful! I love being able to be with Cody every second of the day. We decided to hike up Stewart Falls. We had both been there before, but it had been a long time for both of us (Cody- since 5th grade, me-since 2010). So we brought our little puppy with us and had such a wonderful time on the trail, and it was so peaceful and beautiful! We didn't encounter people until the last tiny bit of the stretch before the actual falls, so the whole time was spent enjoying the beautiful world and talking our little hearts out. We absolutely love being outside and have missed it so much!!

Can you find me? *Hint- I'm the one "in" the water!

 There was a little bit of snow close to the falls, but the weather was so warm and sunny that I didn't even care! It was such a dream to be able to be up there!
Dex was our fearless leader on the way back down the hike.. He loved exploring and sniffing everything. 

We ended the night by going to Spencer and Mirisha's open house in Highland, and it was good to see them again before they head back to Idaho for school. 

Today was so peaceful! Cody and I slept in, like we do every weekend, then ate some yummy blueberry waffles and bacon. Then we got ready for church and had a lovely walk over there. I love living so close to our meeting house!!! I was feeling the spirit so strongly today, and loved the talks on The Family: A Proclamation to the World. For the closing song we sang, "Families Can Be Together Forever" and I was tearing up because I'm so blessed to have found my eternal companion, be living such a wonderful life, and to be know the truthfulness of the gospel. Then onto Primary, where I started teaching one of our Mother's Day songs! It was called, "My Mother Dear" and I had them do simple body movement/signs to get them to remember the lyrics.

"Like sunshine in the morning that wakens day from night,
Like flowers in the springtime so colorful and bright,
Like happy songs of bluebirds that fill the air with cheer,
A person bright and lovely is my mother dear."
This song also made me tear up because I miss my Mom. Good thing I get to see her in 3 days! Once the kids were more familiar with the song, we played this game, and it was really fun! They were all very engaged, and loved it!

Once we got home, I made some lasagna, and then we headed over to the park to enjoy the beautiful weather. We played Yahtzee, layed around, and even colored a little bit!

If I had to rate this weekend, I'd give it two thumbs up (: Excited for this next week, and send a few prayers our way that Cody's 2 interviews go well tomorrow!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

You guys... I'm legit now!!

BECAUSE I GOT A JOB!!! I'm so excited about it, so I'll share how it all went down!
I was looking at jobs on KSL and Craig's List, and found an opening for a pre-k teacher/summer camp job. Perfect! So I applied for that on my way to school, then later that day my friend Sarah sent me an add for a camp counselor up in Salt Lake! It sounded really fun, but I wasn't stoked about driving to SLC everyday. I applied anyways, just in case, and I also headed down to Blickenstaff's (my favorite toy store ever) and gave them my resume, because wouldn't that be the coolest job ever?! That was all last Thursday, and I was just really hoping at least one of them would call me back within the next week. Well, Monday I went to the dentist to have a hellish day (side note, hellish is a word? It's not even giving me a red squiggly line under it.. What?!) and as I was paying the bill at the counter, I got a phone call. I ignored it since my tongue and whole bottom of my mouth was numb, and quite frankly I sounded like an idiot. They left a voicemail saying they were from The Kids Connection (the preschool in Orem) and they wanted to set up an interview sometime this week!! I wanted to call back so badly, but knew I needed to wait a while so they didn't think I couldn't speak. About 2 hours later, I was still numb, but not as bad, called them back and made an appointment for Tuesday at 11! So the next day I headed over for my interview, which was super relaxed, we just talked for a while, she had me answer one question ("How would you handle a situation if a child dropped the "F" bomb?")((Nailed it, by the way)) and she showed me around the building, the classrooms, and gave me a little more information about it. So they showed me all of the positions they had available and told me to give them a call when I made a decision about what I wanted! It was strange because they didn't say they were still interviewing, but they didn't offer me the job. So I was thinking about it, kinda thought I had the job but wasn't sure.

So the next day I called them back and said that I wanted the pre-k position, which is from 7am (yikes!) to 3, as the ONLY preschool teacher. (What am I doing?!?!) They then told me they were still interviewing until Monday, so I said "Okay! That's fine!" and asked them to call me back when they had a decision. Low and behold, the very next day (Thursday) I'm sitting in my only BORING class, and I get a call from none other than... The Kids Connection! So I ran out of class and answered the phone to hear her say "So I talked to Becca, and we were wondering if you would like the pre-k position?" I tried not to scream and jump up and down (because I was in the middle of the hall) and gracefully accepted the job (: I start the first Monday in June and will be subbing for some of the classes in May so the kids will get to know me! I'll be the preschool teacher in the summer, and they have a little more relaxed program during the summer, and then most likely, if I still enjoy it there, I will continue on to be the only preschool teacher year round!!

I am so flipping excited! Kinda nervous, because I'm fresh out of school with only one semester of student teaching under my belt, but the ladies at Kids Connection are awesome and I think I'm going to have a heck of a time there!! I'm so excited to be in charge and plan all sorts of fun lesson plans!!

Thanks to all those who sent little prayers my way! (Meaning my Mom and Dad, because they're the only ones I told besides Cody) Love you guys! It meant a lot to me (:

Monday, April 8, 2013

The time I bawled my eyes out at the dentist.

Last Monday I went into the Half Price Dental Clinic in Orem/Provo because we don't have insurance. I knew I had some cavities, and I also had a really ugly looking one that I could see that was close to the front of my mouth. Gross. Which is the reason I went in. They ended up fixing a few others, and I had to reschedule to get the rest done. I chose the next Monday (today) and was planning on getting all of my other cavities taken care of so that I'd be good to go. As the dentist started drilling out the ugly one, apparently a piece of the cavity fell down into my nerve, and he said I'd need a root canal.. As soon as he started to say it, my lips started quivering.. That tooth originally should have only been $120, and now it's turned into $425 today, and then another $450 in then next two months. And that's when I started bawling my eyes out, feeling like a complete idiot, but not being able to stop. And it wasn't a pretty cry either, it was the kind where there's a ton of quick breaths, and you look like you're going over a million speed bumps in a row.  I apologized to them, and they gave me a few minutes to compose myself. I'm the kind of cryer that if anyone talks to me or asks me if I'm okay while I'm crying, I'll go into an even deeper cry, and that even happens when I see other people looking at me. So when all the dental assistants were walking by and trying not to look at the girl hysterically crying, I was also trying not to cry even harder. Boy was that tough!

Anyways, he did the procedure, which luckily wasn't too painful or long, but I was still fighting back tears.

Why is it that when you don't have money, big expenses come up?

Oh life, you're so cruel sometimes.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Want to know what's going on in my head?

I went to the dentist on Monday and got some cavities taken care of. When I went in there, my teeth were fine, no sensitivity, no irritation, nothin. But ever since then, my teeth have been INSANELY sensitive to hot/cold, they hurt constantly, and.. they hurt! I really hope this is natural, because I do NOT like it. And I have to go back in on Monday and get the rest fixed. And then my WHOLE mouth will be in pain.. Just kidding. Well, I hope I am.

I've been REALLY wanting to clean up our yard, but because of all the homework that I have to finish in the next 2 weeks, yard work has been put on the back burner. But speaking of yards, we have some flowers coming up finally, and they're so funny! During the day they'll be super big and full, and by around 5 or so, they'll close back up! I don't know much about flowers or plants, so this might be a normal thing, but I've never seen it before!

Dexter learned how to shake.. and it's freaking adorable. Sometimes (if I have food to give him) he gets so excited that before he shakes, his front two paws do a little shuffle thing. I can't describe it very well, but trust me when I say it's the cutest thing in the world. (Also, he got a hair cut yesterday.. I love when he comes back from getting groomed; he's so soft, extra cuddly, and makes me think he's just a baby again because he's so tiny without all of his hair!)
He even shakes when I don't have food for him!
It's been 3 1/2 years since I've looked for a job. (unless you count when I looked for a job last summer, only to quit 2 weeks after I worked there.) And it feels so weird! I applied for a couple summer camp jobs that would be a blast, and gave my resume to my favorite toy store in Provo. We'll see what happens, I guess! Cross your fingers that I get a super awesome job (:

I'm going crazy in Utah and NEED to get out. Cody and I have planned 2 trips to St. George (yes, I know that's still in Utah, but it's better than Orem, alright?) only to have them canceled by stupid things. One of which was this weekend, and I'm very mad about it. I think we might just have to take off to California for the summer. Or forever. That would be wonderful. (You think I'm joking, but that would be my dream come true. I even looked for apartments and work for Cody and I last month. I want to live there SOOO freaking bad.)

Time is going by so slowly right now. Probably because I know I should be doing homework, I miss Cody, and my teeth hurt. I just want it to be 7:50 so I can go pick Cody up from school.

This blog post took a depressing turn. Um, let's see. My best friend, Carly, got a tiny turtle and named him Patrick, and he's so stinkin cute. I can't stop thinking about him and I want to buy one SOOO bad. I ask Cody for one on a daily basis.

I also found this blog today and she has a parrot, so naturally, I want a parrot. Except I found this website (thank goodness) and realized that I probably shouldn't get a parrot. Parrots are a lot of work. And if I can't even feed myself fresh fruits and veggies, I'm sure as heck not going to feed a parrot any! (If you couldn't tell, I'm trying to say parrot a lot. It's kind of fun. It makes me feel like I'm a pirate, but for no reason related to pirates (because they clearly don't say parrot a lot) except that sometimes they have parrots on their ships. Or shoulders.)

School is stressful. I'm glad I only have two more weeks of it. 

FOOD! Remember when I posted a few days ago about not ever knowing what to make for dinner? Well, I made delicious Roast with potatoes and carrots (recipe from my mom. and FREAKING delicious).
I also made these mini chicken pot pies, and I cut up onions for the first time since we've been married. (I hate them, so they never go in our food) It stunk up the entire house, and just the smell of them in the food made me hate the end result. So I only ate 2 (which I'm proud of myself for getting that many down) and Cody ate 4. He said he liked them, but I thought they were just weird.. And eggy. Not sure if I'll make those again.

We went to The Pizza Factory and got the Chicken Alfredo pizza and their famous bread twists. I was in heaven. Also, we went with Karson and Dallin, and last time they went, Karson found a girl that he thought was super cute, hence the reason they went back. Anyways, the girl didn't end up being there, but he wanted to know when she was working, so they asked me to ask the waitress that was serving us. So I pretended like I knew the girl Karson thought was cute, and I went up to our waitress and said, "Hey, does a girl named ____ work here?" (I can't remember her name now). And she said "Um, yeah, she does." Me: "Cool! Does she work very often? Or do you know when she'll be in next?" Girl: "Yeah, she actually works a lot.. but she's in St. George for the week I think." Me: "Okay, thanks!" Girl: "Yeah, no problem! I'll tell her that.. some.. girl? stopped by?" Me: "Yeah, sounds good!" (not wanting to pretend like I knew her and definitely didn't want to give her my name.) And then we left. 

And when we got up the hill, almost to our house, I realized we left our left overs on the table in the to-go box. So we had to turn around, and I made Cody go back in so I wouldn't accidentally run into our waitress and have her ask me for my name to tell her friend. Thankfully, the food was still there, and we're having that and our roast for dinner tonight. MMM.

I also almost bought a kitchen-aid from walmart, because it was $199.00 instead of around $400 that I've seen everywhere else, but I didn't. I made a smart money choice and bought a $25 hand mixer instead (Because I broke mine by trying to mix bread dough, and the dough got up into the machine.. Whoops).

Holy cow, I just wrote a book. If you made it to the end, go eat some gummy bears. You deserve it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2 more weeks of school.

Technically 2 and a half, since it's only Tuesday. But let's just say I had somewhat of a panic attack when I heard this news today. I guess I could have done the math by myself, and I knew the semester was coming to an end soon, but 2 and a half weeks away!?! I have so much work to do, it's not even funny! So besides this post, and probably a few more when I get tired of doing homework, I'll be MIA from the entire world until I finish. And when I say finish, I mean, I'M GOING TO BE FREAKING GRADUATING, SO I WON'T HAVE ANYMORE SCHOOL TO GO TO OR HOMEWORK TO DO!!!!!! To say I'm excited is an understatement, BY FAR!

You guys. This is going to be awesome. Pray for me that I can finish all of my homework and tests and final projects and portfolios in time. And that I don't pull all of my hair out.