Sunday, July 18, 2010

Small Updates

I guess if I wait until we have big news to share then we would never blog (hence the 6 month hiatus...) so I would like to share small updates.

We saw Inception yesterday and we're still trying to make sense of it.

We've been attending the married ward again for a few weeks now and it's not so bad. We've made some new acquaintances, met our next-door neighbors and my new visiting teacher and I discovered that I was her TA once upon a time.

It is only the 18th of the month and I have already completed my visiting teaching. New record.

Today is my Grandma Ruth Ann's birthday. She is one special lady and I'm lucky to have her in my life.

Kevin is officially going back to school for fall semester. He will be leaving his job at the library that he's had for 4 years - so it is a lot of change, but we are excited to move closer towards graduation, leaving Provo (we better!) and post-student life!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Last Six Months

Hi all! I'm sure some of you thought we'd dropped off the face of the earth. It really felt like it at times, but here I am while Kevin's napping so I thought I'd blog for a bit. I guess I better summarize the last six months of our lives:

I guess we did blog about our Las Vegas trip, but it was awesome and worth mentioning again. At the end of January my parents came to visit and we celebrated Christmas with them. By the way, Christmas in January rocks - you can get some good deals on gifts for people after Christmas.

Another month of Utah winter. Blech! Kevin was sick on Valentine's weekend so that pretty much sucked. I'm sure something good happened that month but I can't think of anything :).

Well, winter continued, of course, but some good opportunities occurred. A new positioned opened up at the DownEast Outfitters corporate office - I applied, interviewed, and in a surprise to no one but myself, I got the job. I'm now the Assistant Manager of Apparel, or Assistant to the Manager of Apparel if you'd like (that was an OFFICE reference for those who didn't recognize that!) Pros: Sweet raise, awesome new team to work with, no more working Saturdays at a busy mall, not working at the mall, and I could actually go on. Con: driving to downtown Salt Lake City every day from Provo. It takes me at least an hour to get home in good traffic.

We celebrated Easter with Kevin's family and were also able to attend our niece Hailey's 3rd birthday - it featured a Little Mermaid theme so I was in heaven. Although I was offered my new job in mid-March, I started in early April, only to find out that since my replacement hadn't been found for my Store Manager position, I was now stuck with two jobs in two different cities. It was tough juggling two completely different jobs all month, but I made it through (thanks to Kevin for listening to many tear-filled, stressed-out rants). My little sister became a big girl and graduated from BYU with a degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development. So proud of her. Oh, and it also snowed and rained a lot during this month.

(obligatory blog post picture: L to R me, Grandpa and Grandma Heitman, Katie Miller)

May 3 I officially started my new position full time at the corporate office. It's been such a huge blessing and an amazing opportunity. I work with a great team of people and I'm learning so much every day. Some days it's a dream job - I've helped style for local TV show segments, I've been the assistant stylist for a photo shoot, worked on our fall catalog (you're going to love it!!). On those days when I'm sitting in front of my computer staring at spreadsheets all day, I have to remind myself that the spreadsheets make all of the fun work possible :) and most jobs have parts that aren't so fun. Annnnnd, it snowed on May 26. Enough so that it made the roads dangerous and it was measurable at the airport - setting a state record for latest measurable snowfall at the airport.

Today was a bittersweet day. Kevin was released from his calling as the second counselor in the bishopric of a BYU single student ward. We've been attending this student ward for the past year and we will greatly miss all of the people we've served with the past year. I will miss having the "kids" over to our homes on Sunday evenings and playing games with them. We have been so greatly blessed this year by the Lord through this calling and in other ways in our lives. We will start attending our married student ward again next week, and while we're a bit apprehensive about that, we have faith that it is where we are supposed to be.

Here's to blogging more than once in the next six months (but no guarantees!)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy New Year!

So, we celebrated Christmas together at home this year. It was so nice to just relax together, watch the movies we had bought each other as gifts, and pretty much just be happy to not go to work. We went and saw the Blind Side on Christmas Eve (loved it!) and also saw Sherlock Holmes over break as well. After the craziness of the holidays and finals, we took a little vacation earlier this month. Thanks Southwest for having a sale in October and allowing us to book some very cheap flights! We spent a few days in Las Vegas shopping, sightseeing, and of course, eating at restaurants.

here's where we stayed:

Not a bad price but then they stick you with a mandatory $22 a day resort fee. But even with that it was still a pretty good price for the location (center strip, next to Mirage) and it was a brand new, good-sized room.

We are silly. One of the only pictures with both of us in it.
It actually might be the only one in focus.

One of the highlights was visiting Madame Tussaud's wax museum. It was pretty cool, although the gift shop sucked. Here we are with a few of our celebrity sightings:

In case you couldn't figure it out, from top to bottom:
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones
Kevin shaking Al Roker's hand
Sarah with her plastic friend Britney Spears
Kevin blocking Angelina Jolie, because he wants Brad Pitt for himself
snuggling with Cameron Diaz
judging with Simon Cowell
and playing with... crap. I forgot who the trumpeter was. I just liked the disco piano.

And Kevin's temptation to gamble. A Star Wars slot machine.

The end.