Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Nie Nie Dialogues

I have recently come across the blog of Stephanie Nielsen in the past week. Some of you may have heard of her. Her and her husband are an LDS couple who were in a private plane crash in August. They are both in critical condition, recovering in a Phoenix hospital. They are parents to four children. Her blog, titled "Nie Nie Dialogues", has been an inspiration for me and for other friends and strangers that have read her entries. Her outlook on life makes me realize how grateful I should be for all the things I have, despite adversity and trials. I recommend all of you mothers, wives, and future mothers and wives to read her blog yourself, and see if she makes the same impact on you as she has on me. You can find the link under "My Favorite Blogs" or below:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stitch's Day Out

We adopted Stitch, our cat, several months ago. He was a rescue cat that my loving husband couldn't not take home, much to the surprise and excitement of his wife, the animal lover. When we got Stitch, he was declawed, therefore destined to be an indoor cat, much to Brick's chagrin. So over the past few month's Stitch has spent every waking moment indoors. We didn't think much of it until a couple of days ago when we decided to see if Stitch would come outside. Stitch was very reluctant, waiting inside of the front door for several minutes, before deciding to take the plunge. As he crossed our "desert" landscape of rocks, he winced at the pain under his "indoor cat" paws. It was pretty funny to watch. Here are a few pictures of him we caught that day, as well as one of me before heading off to work.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wow, I am such a loser. It has been months and months since I last posted a blog. I guess I better now, before everyone deletes my blog from their list, if it was there in the first place. It has been a crazy few months with little time to write. In newest news, we closed the salon. As sad as it was to do so, I am much happier not managing and being able to just worry about my clients. So after a string of booth rentals, I finally settled on converting Brick's extra office space into a studio salon. I moved in last week and I am loving it. Brick worked so hard with getting the plumbing in and laying the floors and mounting my station. Thanks Brick. This is the only picture I have of it so it doesn't look quite complete here. But you get the idea!

In other news, Brick and I are moving back to Gilbert in January. This will be our last Christmas together in our first home together. I am excited to be closer in, but it's still bittersweet. It will be really nice to be closer to our families as well as closer to our jobs. I am hoping to move back into my family's ward, and if not, at least my family's stake. So we have three months to get everything packed up. I hope that I have the sanity left to do all that. We have so much stuff! I guess it's time for a way overdue garage sale.

In addition to new job and new house, I started school in August. I decided I wanted to go back to school for my nursing degree, but we will see how far it gets. It's hard to take the time to go to school when you know you can make a lot more money if you trade school hours for work hours. Brick has been very supportive while I am constantly changing my mind about what I want to do. He is very patient!

I am sure there are lots more things that I am missing when it comes to our summer. I am just surprised I was able to sit down and write this much! Hopefully I will write again before another five months goes by!