Thursday, April 25, 2013

Date Night

So I don't remember if I have said this before but our new apartment is right above the Craze (like no joke to get to our apt. you go inside the door that is right in between the 2 entrances). It crazy all the things you realize you have never done in a small town until you are leaving.  Well since we live above the Craze we decided we should go take a look around.  It's a pretty nice little place (kinda getto, but nice!) We were the only ones in like the whole place, I guess its not the happening place at 6:00 on a Thursday night.   We don't have much else to look forward to though because all we do is work so it was fun to "get away" for  a bit and do something fun.  
okay I don't mean to brag but we are going to have some pretty cute kids someday... ;)

Tomorrow we are heading to Boise for a Track work trip (Babe is driving for the school district and I get to tag along as well!) I love our mini paid for vacations! :) We are excited to get away for a little weekend and enjoy some nice weather (it snowed this week in Rexburg... yeah. Snow.) Babe took me to get Dramamine and motion sickness bracelets for our long school bus ride over there, and I talked him into a few to many treats so I think we are good to go! I'll let you know how it goes, stay tuned! :)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Photobooth pictures

It's no secret I am the favorite aunt "Belly" :) haha I just can't get enough of this my little Bella.  After singing the "Turtle" song about 50 times in a row I decided to turn on Photo Booth instead.  "Try this one!" she kept saying (I just can't get enough of her adorable little voice so of course I had to do each one she pointed to) This is some of the results of that: (sorry for the picture over load!)

 Told you picture over load... :)

 It doesn't matter what age you are, taking funny pictures is always amusing! :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Graduation Pictures

I am sooo blessed to have such an amazing sister/photographer.  I called her up last minute seeing if she would take a few pictures for my graduation announcement.  Here are a few of my favorite, what do you think?  Need a good photographer?  Check her out HERE you will be glad you did! 

Greysin's Baby Blessing

The thought of missing family functions while we are in Kansas kills me.  But because it was moving weekend we didn't think we could make it to Greysin's blessing.  I talked Babe into driving down  to Utah at like 8:30 Sunday morning.  I told him I would drive down if he would drive back, he agreed so we jumped in the car and went to surprise our family. It was the best quick trip ever!  I really am going to miss those quick trips so I have to enjoy them while I can! Kasey gave a beautiful blessing, and it just gets me so excited for our children's blessing someday.  I am so thankful for a husband that holds the priesthood and blesses our home and family with with.
Kanyin is such a hoot I just can't get enough of him.  I had these little ocean animal puppets and as soon as he would see them he would just smile from ear to ear, not to mention isn't he such a stud?!

"Yes, yes I am this good looking in a Tux"

Sorry for the Greysin picture over load ;)

What a reverent child... folded his arms all through Relief Society

um... Blue cupcakes!

His blue eyes just kill me, such a stud!

Moving Day

 Welp we moved... again.  It's kind of confusing so lets see if I can clear things up for you.  We had to move out of our Woodshed apt because they wouldn't let us extend our contract till the end of May.  Babe and I work for Madison school district and didn't want to leave until they got out of school even though we were done on April 12th.  So we had to find a new place to live for a month and a half.  We talked Sam into signing a contract of a cheap apt in Rexburg till Aug.  and letting ups live in it.  Its TINY but it will do for a while.  Once we move out Sam will still live here until he gets married and then he can live here with Vanessa :)  It worked out pretty well if you asked me.
So I had to pack up our Woodshed apt into a Inkom pile (where we will be storing all our stuff until we move to Kansas) a Utah pile (where we will live once we move out of Rexburg in May), and a Rexburg pile (where we are living now...) It was really crazy there for a while but I think we got it all sorted out now, even if we had to sleep on the floor for a few nights...
 We had to move out the day after graduation and lucky for us my parents came up for graduation and helped up move. It was AMAZING having them here.  My dad and Babe carried all the heavy things while my mom and I went to DI and on the search for boxes (which is a joke during moving time in Rexburg).  We rented a UHAL for the day which was such a good idea and fit almost everything in there.

The day started out as good as any moving day would, good thing dad used to work for Baileys Moving and Storage so our trucks were packed full without a inch to spare.  On our way down to Inkom it started to rain, okay POUR!  There was even a bike race we had to ride behind so it took even more time.  Lucky for me I have an amazing husband and father that braved the rain and mud to move stuff in.  My dad was drenching wet and had mud all over!  Dads truck didn't have much power and kept sliding all over the yard until it eventually got stuck. We had to tow the truck out but all worked out in the end.  :)  Thanks mom and dad for all of the extra help and to my amazing in laws for letting us keep all our junk in their basement!  We love you all :)

We can't wait for this summer to move to Utah (with my parents) enjoy a wedding, California/ Hunt family vacation and, St. George/ Craven family vacation! YAY for family vacations!

Side note if you have any hook ups for San Diego please let me know (housing, disneyland, sights to see etc...) 

That one time I graduated from college

April 12, 2013 I graduated!  I can hardly believe it, I don't have to go to anymore schooling (if I don't want to) I even finished out the semester with a 3.9 (I only had 1 A- and it was just barely below an A  :( booo).  It's a really weird feeling to graduate, I am all on my own now.  I don't have my teachers there guiding me and helping me out, I now have to put what I learned into action.  I wish I could take classes everyday (without the homework and tests of course) but I love learning about children, behavior techniques, different stages, teaching, etc...  It's sad to think I will never teach at BYU-I again I have learned so much here.  I am so thankful for the spirit of this campus and for the many relationships I have gained here. I had to write a reflection paper on my experience in the PPE program and I thought I would share that with you (feel free to skip right past it to the pictures, thats the good stuff anyway.)

           When I was little I always new I wanted to be a teacher, just like my dad.  When I got to college this was still my dream so I majored in Elementary Education.  While in one of my child development classes a girl came into our class to present on the Professional Preschool program.  I always knew I wanted to work with young children but I thought that the only to do that was to become an elementary teacher.  As soon as she finished her presentation I knew that was what I wanted to do.  I had such peace and was so excited to change my major and do something I really loved.  I went right after my class was out to officially change my major, and what a difference it has made. 
            My first semester in the PPE program was so exciting but also so scary and frustrating at times.  I will admit I have learned how to fake my way through school, but I couldn’t do this in our preschool classes.  I had to work my hardest to get everything ready on time; I had to be creative, independent, hard working, and self-efficient. I couldn’t just fake my way through a lesson plan and expect my day to go smooth, I had to put everything I had into them, not just for me but for the children I was teaching.  I really tried to become the best that I could be.  I often got frustrated and confused by the amount of things we had to do with little explanation.  It was hard at first getting used to having multiple teachers and different teaching strategies from all of them.  I had to learn how to become flexible, follow multiple teaching strategies, and learn in different ways. 
            I remember getting to know the other girls in our class really well and spending so much time together.  I am so thankful for those relationships and for the lasting friendships I have made.  I feel like we have all grown so much together, we have been through so much together and I am blessed to work so closely with those amazing girls.   I thought I finally had the system down and that I was getting in the hang of everything I had to do.  I knew where everything was located, I thought I was pretty good at writing lesson plans, and I was getting better at thinking out of the box.  But like I said earlier I had to learn to be flexible when I started my Lead semester.
            When I walked into class for the first time my lead semester I felt like I was prepared and ready for the semester ahead.  I was excited to see my friends again, even though there were only three of us in the class.  That’s when I found out almost everything had changed.  Our lesson plans were different, classes were changing, and even our resources were being moved around.  I think the teachers did a great job at helping us understand the new system.  The first few days we took the majority of our class time asking questions and learning about the new system. I glad to understand the new lesson plans now then when I was a supervisor.  My first semester I remember being so nervous to meet a new team, I thought that a few of them hated me even though we got along.  I was also nervous for this my lead semester but I was so blessed to get the team that I did.  We got along from the very beginning became very close. 
            I really enjoyed being the lead because I felt like I understood more and knew what I was doing.  I hope I wasn’t a “know it all”, even though I am sure I was at one time or another.  I had to become a supervisor early when Clarissa went into labor.  But I loved the challenge and our team really stepped up and worked together to get everything done.  This is when I felt like we were the closest.  This semester I also worked hard to do thing I had not done before. One of my favorite lesson plans was during my lead week.  I talked about light and dark the last day we had a glow in the dark day.  The children decorated shirts and I decorated the room in glow in the dark stars, black lights, and everything I could think of that would glow.  Looking back now there is so much more I would have done but I still remember this lesson and the fun it was.  Not only was it fun but also I felt like the children had caught on to what I was trying to teach that whole week.  We did a review of different types of lights and the difference between oblique, transparent, and translucent.  I don’t think that they would be able to remember the words but they knew what each was and helped me by grouping each of them.
            My supervisor year has been one of my most challenging and hardest but also one of the most rewarding.  This is when I felt like I really implemented what I had learned in all of my other classes.  I loved feeling in charge, but hated some of the responsibility that came with it.  I have a hard time with confrontation and it scared me to have to be the “boss” of six other girls who were all looking up to me to teach them what they had to know.  I also have a hard time delegating so this semester taught me a lot on sharing responsibility.  I stated to get burned out early on by all of the things I was trying to do.  I had to put my trust in my team to make the right choices and to also learn on their own.  This was frustrating for me though because they are all so different and have their own ideas as well.  Being the leader I had to learn to implement everyone’s ideas and learn that not everything as to be my way. 
            It was really hard for me to have some of the girls in my lab that I did.  I got frustrated really easily with some of the girls when they would choose to ignore my suggestions and things that I might have told them would work better.  I felt like I had to fix a lot of problems that didn’t need to happen if they would have just trusted me.  But that just goes back to having me step back and let them learn on their own.  I also wished that I could understand some of the thing they were thinking.  Being a non-confrontational person I felt like I let things slide a lot more because I was trying to be more of the friend then a leader.  If I had any advice for a future supervisor it would be to still have friendships but don’t be afraid to take charge.
            I have really enjoyed being in this program, the things I have learned, friendships gained, and for the time spent with all of the children I got to teach.  I have grown so much over the semesters and feel like I am a stronger and better person because of it.  I love going home and teaching my husband about the things I have learned and talking about teaching strategies that we want to implement in our own home with our own children.  I love seeing things that I was taught work on the children like, validating feelings. I love understanding about children more and the stages they go through.  I love teaching others about the things I am learning even if I talk about it all of the time.  It is so hard for me to not try to “parent” my sibling’s children and tell them why the strategies they are using might not be working.  I love teaching my family about different techniques to use on children, but I have to be careful not to tell them what to do and just teach them about what I have learned. I am scared to move on and forget the things that I have learned or how to use them.   I wish everyone had to learn the things I have, I feel like so many thing would be different if they had.
            I am so blessed to be in this major and learn from amazing teacher, and from the sweet children I in my classes.  This was exactly what I have always wanted to do and I am so thankful for the girl that came in to my class to teach me about it so that I could finally love what I do.  I am thankful for the classes I have had.  I was talking to someone the other day that said they hate school and can’t wait to be finished.  As hard as it was I wish I could always be taking classes and learning more.  I love learning about children and how to apply it, I feel like they are not just subjects that I have to take but they are more classes I want to learn more about.  It is so easy to go to school when you love what you do.  I am so sad to be moving away from BYU-I, this program, and the relationships I have made.  But I feel finally feel ready to go on my own and try to change the world one child at a time. 

The sun was in a bad place for picture taking...

So I just turned the sign around :)

 Sorry for the picture over load but there you have it, I am now a college graduate! Yahooo now on to the rest of my life! :)