Sunday, October 4, 2009

UEA Weekend

UEA weekend was filled with spelunking at Craters of the Moon, archery at the sand dunes and the ISU homecoming. Ben, Will and Lily got to ride in the parade with their Grand Marshall Grandparents, Roger and Nancy. Gotta love UEA.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Heist

I'm such an amateur. I'm not really sure how this is going to work, but I'll figure this out somehow...Ben composed song a while ago on the guitar, he titled it "The Heist". His guitar teacher taught him a base line for the song, a little garage band drum magic and Ben has his first recording! Click on the link below to hear it. Let's hope this works!

Happy Halloween! (muwahahahah)

Halloween seemed to come really early this year. Suddenly it was 5 days before and we had no costume for Ben (Big plans, just nothing done yet) ideas for Will (we're big on planning) luckily Lily was taken care of (surprisingly a fairy-not a princess).
Monday we bought Ben some trash cans - he was so excited. You see, we made Ben's costume out of 2 red trash cans (tota
lly cool idea - but wow that was a lot of work. Have you ever tried to 'cut' a trash can? Let alone cut a trash can in a desired shape? Suffice it to say we all had blisters.) If you come by be sure to ask to see it. It's not on display, but Jay and Ben will gladly show off their handy work.
While Ben and Jay were furiously making patterns and creating, Will was still in need of a football helmet. Have you ever tried to buy a football helmet? It ain't easy - especially if you're going to be picky and want
a certain college football teams logo on there. After 3 days of looking, calling (why on earth wouldn't U of U bookstore not have a helmet?!), and web searching we ended up buying a Raiders costume. A little red spray paint and VOILA! Only we needed the drum and feather logo. I went to the U of U bookstore to get the stickers and GUESS WHAT?!! They had helmets on the shelves. Just put out that morning...isn't that great? (AAAAUUUUGGGHHH) Ah well. Bygones.
Next thing you know it's time to
trick or treat. We even saw Carlos Boozer out trick-or-treating! His kid's costumes were nowhere near as cool as Ben or Will's...I'm sure he was really jealous.
Jay and I went as Han Solo
and Princess Leia. The pictures were erased in a freak deleting accident - but we were awesome.

Lily had to walk on the other side of the street past this house. Too scary!

Hope that your Halloween was spooky and everyone still has candy left over!

Friday, September 26, 2008

To be an Outreacher

Looking back now, it's hard to believe that we debated whether we could spare the time to go to dinner at Ron and Sandi's house this evening. Under those smiles is sheer terror.

When I decided 2 or 3 years ago to get my grad degree in Speech and Language Pathology I was thrilled to find out about USU's outreach program. I could take my classes online and spend a few short weeks over the summer taking classes. It wouldn't be so hard! I knew that it would be a challenge. I knew that it wouldn't be easy. I knew there would be some sacrifice.

I had absolutely NO idea.

It's nearly impossible to explain to someone what it's like during an outreach summer. I've tried. People always think I'm exaggerating.

I try to tell them about one week that began with a test and then over the next 4 days we had 4 papers and 5 presentations to give. I tell people that I only slept for 8 hours that week. I explain that if it weren't for the blue RockStar I'd never have made it. (coffee is a wimp). Generally I get a shocked expression and then a smile and a nod. (for some reason people are prone to not taking me seriously)

It's hard to convey the sense of urgency that 15 weeks of classes crammed into 6 weeks is really like. You find yourself questioning if there's time for extra curricular activities . . . like sleeping, showering or eating.

The monumental amounts of information that is forced into your brain. The unbelievable amounts of information that your brain can absorb! The amazing butt muscles you develop sitting for 8 hours a day!

The one thing that really surprised me -and was even more important than RockStar in helping me survive- were the friendships I forged in 6 short weeks. I think I might understand a bit of how soldiers feel about each other when they go into war. Going through Hell can really bring people together!

In 2010 we will be finished with this odyssey. It will be so nice to get a life again and not have to study constantly--but I have to say, I will really miss spending my summer in sheer panic with each and every one of those 25 people that I've come to care about so much.

It's been hard, but I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.

Looking forward to Summer '09 and all of us feeling overwhelmed and freaked out together!

About Me

Salt Lake City, UT
Mom of 3, wife of 1, grad student, SLP, and general all around cool person