Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Well Spent Spring Break

So this last week was Spring Break for Sean. We went up to Logan on Thursday to check out housing, crossing our fingers that we'd find SOMETHING, even if only a decent lead. I have only been to Logan once before and I didn't pay much attention then- so it was an adventure. It was kind of nice to pass SLC and keep going. We had brunch at IHOP in Springville:Ian loved his chocolate chip smiley face pancake. I throughly enjoyed my Nutella Crepes and Sean had a yummy bacon omlette.
We did manage to successfully find Logan without getting lost once. It was beautiful and warm when we left Cedar but towards Logan there was still snow on the ground and I'm sure with this new storm there's a fresh blanket of the white stuff. We found the school, though parking was a NIGHTMARE! They have signs that say "Visitor Parking" with an arrow...we decided it's a trick. They want the visitors to look like idiots and drive in circles. There was no visitors parking- none that we found anyway. Luckily, thanks to Sean's mad parallel parking skills, we found a spot. We walked over to the institute to find a huge building that has random hallways everywhere. Being a female, I asked for directions to the posting board. We found it in a room I never would have gone into on my own. There were 8 or 10 listings for married housing and we called on about 5 or 6 of them. We only got to look at three of them.

One of the places Sean liked was an aparment in a 4plex that this cute old man owned. The apartment itself was nice but I didn't like the neighborhood. It was in a place nicknamed "the island" and was kind of run down. I just wouldn't feel safe there with a toddler and new baby by myself all day. The rent was cheap though. $400- hard to beat.

Number 2 was the upstairs of a duplex in a cute corner house. It was 2 bed, 1 bath but a bit old and quirky. I kind of liked this place. I really liked the fact that the owner (who is not much older than us) had lived there before so he knew about the weird quirks and was honest about them. Like the washer being in the kitchen and the dryer in the second bedroom. That was weird. But it had a lot of windows and was NOT in the basement--which is a plus for me.

Then house number 3 was actually a house. When we first drove by it Sean wasn't so sure about it. But after getting to look inside-he was sold. It's actually a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house with an unfinished basement. We would have the whole thing to ourselves. It also has a big backyard that is shared with a neighbor. The bedrooms are small and the carpet is...um dated. There's green shag in the master bedroom. A few rugs will take care of that. We loved it. It's older but has charm and possibilities; room for improvements--which Sean and I like to do. And it's yellow. A cute little yellow house with a porch and a yard. And the rent is within our budget. The woman showing us the house really liked us (and I liked her) and she called us that evening and said if we were serious about it they would hold it for us. So we have a house! A bonefied house with a yard and room for 2 kids and lots of storage. We are both VERY excited about it.

We also found the DI up there and found a cool bomber jacket that would have been cool for Ian if he needed another jacket (but he doesn't) so we took pictures of him in it. Very Cool little Maverick (though Goose is my favorite-but he dies). Now he just needs his RayBans and Motorcycle.

Heavenly Father sure has kept his eye out for us. Things are just falling into place. It's funny how that happens when you just move forward with a little hope and faith. (or a Lot of hope and faith).

We also got to visit with Sean's friend from high school who lives up there and his wife and kids. That was a lot of fun. They're a cute family.

All in all it was a good trip. I'm currently in SLC while Sean is doing Weapons Qualifications for National Guard. We're staying with his sister and it's so nice to visit with family. Hopefully in Logan we'll be getting internet at home so we can Skype with the family who are far away.

Hope the weather doesn't give us too much trouble on the way home tonight. Tomorrow it's back to the real world of school and work and chores :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Still goin' strong

Sean and I just celebrated our 3rd anniversary. WaHoo! It's crazy to look back and see what has transpired over the last 3+ years. Here is a brief look back:
2006 : March- went to California and got married. Had to buy a car because we wrecked our other one and no one would let us rent one. We still have our Jetta (Nena) and we love her though she is starting to show her age a bit. We got to go to Pismo while we were out in Cali for our wedding and that was cool.
May-I graduated from SUU and finished up an incomplete class in December. What a relief to be done. It's amazing to me that I survived it. Looking back I probably would have changed my major but I only had one semester left and couldn't afford two more years. All in all I'm grateful to have my degree. We also bought our 4Runner in May and took it to Blanding for our Open House. The open house was lovely despite the breeze. We had the BEST reception food ever: pickles, cheese and MEATBALLS. I was very careful and didn't get ANY on my dress.
August- I started working at Cedar Middle School as a Study Hall aide. That was an interesting adventure. I later worked in Skill Building for kids with behavioral issues. It wasn't the job for me but I'm grateful for the experience. It was crazy how it all happened too. I had applied to a gagillion places all summer and nobody was hiring. Then one day I saw this job posted- gave them my application and the next day had an interview and the next they offered me the job. I started the following Monday. Sean also went back to school in August.
December we found out that I was pregnant with Ian (we found out on New Year's Eve but couldn't tell anybody).
2007: March- On our one year anniversary we were Sealed for time and all eternity in the St.George temple. It was a dream of mine and it finally came true. That was cool. My father in law joked that I could still get out of the marriage before the sealing...I'm glad I didn't :) So I got to wear my wedding dress 3 times--more than most people who have only been married to the same person. Though being 3 months pregnant it fit a little differently.
May- We moved to our new apartment that friends of ours used to live in. It was really hard for me to move wards but in the end it's been good. Plus there was no way we could have a kid in our "cubby hole" apartment.
July-I spent Pioneer Day weekend going up and down Blue Mountain in Blanding for the Hurst family reunion. Sean had National Guard and so he could only come up one night. It was a lot of fun. On our way home we blew a tire just north of Monticello so we had to change our plans a little.
August-My water broke 3 weeks early and Ian was born (after 21 hours of labor). Talk about life changing. My mom came out to be with us for a week and what a help that was! When she left it felt really weird-- we were totally on our own with a newborn baby.
November-Ian was blessed. It was good to have a lot of the family together again.
December- Christmas in Cali. First trip to Cali with a baby. 11 hours instead of 8. Overall not as bad as I had expected.
2008: March: 2 years. Dani and Fielding got married a week before our anniversary so we were in Blanding to celebrate with them. Ian looked so cute in his little suit.
May- Mike and Ashley tied the knot in California and Ian got to wear his suit again (sorry all my pics are at home). We almost didn't make it in time for the ceremony because Ian fell and hit his nose on a trash can. We weren't sure if it was broken. He was fine after a little ice. But that was scary. The wedding was awesome!
October- Found out #2 will be joining our family in June. Ian experienced his first deer season. He didn't like some of the early morning hiking. We all just needed a nap at that point.
December- Christmas in Cali again and then Grandpa and Grandma Hurst joined us for New Years.
2009: February- Sean applied to Graduate school in Logan
March- well- that's now. 3 years sure has flown by. I can't wait to see what the next three hold.