Zoo Fun

Back when my sister and her kids were still at my parents they came down to Logan to see us one more time before going home. We went to lunch at Chick-fil-A, then Greg and I took the kids to the zoo. We had a lot of fun. Those kids are so goofy! (Also, these pictures are completely out of order, but it's all good.)

If you didn't know, Logan has a zoo. Not even kidding. It's full of birds, and ducks, and basically any animal you would see in your backyard in Wyoming! It's not very big, but Greg and I enjoy it, so we took the kids and just had a lot of fun. These two are crack-ups, and Lilli is so dang smart. She knew things about the animals that even I didn't know.

It was pretty funny watching these kids do this jump. They are too funny.

I think this was my favorite part of the day. I posted a super cute video on instagram a while back, but being the good aunt & uncle we are, we spent about $1.00 to buy some duck food for the kids. They had fun feeding the baby ducks and trying to pet them through the fence. It's so funny what little kids find entertaining. Their laughs were the greatest!

Basically every photo I try to get of Greg & I....

There is also a park right next to the animals that the kids had fun playing at.

We were watching the turtles, and one of the turtles got really close to the fence. Alex was trying to reach through the fence to touch it. Greg told him that if the turtle bit his finger, we'd have to cut off his finger. This was his face.

He really did have fun.

Me & Alex. He was so funny because he kept saying, "I'm so bored!" But then when his mom came to get him, he started crying. He mostly wanted to go back to our house to fill up on junk food! But it was a lot of fun spending time with the kids. They live too far away and I don't get to see them near enough!


Thursday Three | 10.01.15

        • I survived my first official day of being a real adult. 8 hours. Now I want to quit!
        • I think people need to fully read my emails before freaking out and getting all upset with me. I am just one person. Seriously. Just one! 
        • General Conference weekend! Woot woot! Party times!
                        Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.


                        Thursday Three | 09.24.15

                            • I played the piano at a church meeting for the first time in about 2 years. It's always awkward when they ask, "does anyone know how to play the piano?" And ol' sclero-hands here is the only one. I hate saying no, so I did it. It wasn't awful. Luckily I was saved for the closing hymn. #scleroderma #sclerodermaprobs 
                            • Beginning October 1, I will officially have my first legit full time job. No more of this work extra hours without the benefits. Not sure how I feel about it. I hope me and my sclero-ridden body can handle it. Same job, just one of the full timers is quitting. #yetanotherchange 
                            • Looking forward to my curtains getting here. I hope they aren't awful!
                                          Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.


                                          Thursday Three | 09.17.15

                                            • I think people are overly sensitive and feel entitled for whatever reasons. Its one of the main reasons I hate getting on Facebook. #cmonamerica 
                                            • I wish I could take all the pain (physical and emotional) from all my friends/family...it's hard seeing people experience hard things.
                                            • I had the brilliant idea the other night to visit every town, in every state. Starting with the first state, and visiting towns in alphabetical order. I don't know if that's possible, but who's in? I'll buy the snacks and provide the music! #comewithmeonanadventure
                                                        Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.


                                                        Thursday Three | 09.10.15

                                                        • This is me many years ago, but I sure was cute. Not gonna lie, I may have teared up a bit. I wish I could remember what life was like as a kid. #canibe5again 
                                                        • I need to learn to just do what I can. Say no. But I can't.
                                                        • Long, busy days and nights make me a bit tired....physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.
                                                                  Thursday Three was developed by Kristin from RUKristin. You can read more about it {here}, then play along over on Instagram and follow me @bre11414.


                                                                  The Boring Lately

                                                                  I'm so behind on posting. I always say I'll do better, but then I don't. Therefore, I give you the boring lately.

                                                                  This summer just kind of flew by. I had a few family events which I will post about later, but the rest of summer was filled with work, a few Coldstone runs, and pretty much more work. It was a good summer though. I can't wait for the time when I get summers off with Greg so we can go spend 3 months in California or something. But he stayed busy working a bit from home, doing a few things around the house, and conquering evil or whatever he plays on the Xbox.

                                                                  We watched Netflix quite a bit: Alphas. Undeclared, Supernatural, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Psych (me for the 3rd time), New Girl (me), Young & Hungry (me), and Friends (me).

                                                                  Like I said though, I feel like the majority of my time was spent at work, which is fine, because I love my job and my coworkers. I've been staying a bit busy with quite a few different 'projects'. As we have a new manager, our area manager has been coming up to Logan a bit more than in the past. He is awesome. I've had the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about various work related things. One of the more recent things has been web apps. About a year ago, Donna and I were asked to help with loan applications that were submitted online. At that time we had just switched to a new online banking system, and holy moly the calls that came in were ridiculous, so we were asked to help out. I loved it. I was still new to loans, so it was a great learning experience, and I was able to get quite a bit done.

                                                                  As the year progressed and the call volume decreased, we slowly started getting less and less until we were finally given none. It was a nice break, but I have an issue with other people doing things, and not doing them right. So I would bug Steve and tell him to tell Mike to let me do web apps. Last month when Mike was here, he called me in to talk with him, and we had a great talk. I told him that I really wanted to help out wherever I could, and that I was more than happy to help with web apps, or whatever. Being in Logan we are at a disadvantage because we aren't able to be 'promoted' or do different tasks like people down in the Salt Lake Area, were our corporate office is, and the majority of branches. It's been quite frustrating, and especially with the recent changes to our branch that did not go the way it should have.

                                                                  Anyway, as we were talking and I was expressing my willingness to help with whatever, Mike paused for a minute, then said, "I don't know if anything will come of this but...." then he explained that the branch that was currently doing the online membership applications was losing an employee and weren't sure if they would be able to continue with the load of the online membership accounts. The original plan was to give it to another slow branch, but then he asked if I were given the task, if I would do it. I told him, "I would love to do it."

                                                                  Now he told me beforehand that he didn't know if the final deciders of this would agree to it, but he said that he would talk to them and let them know that I was interested and would be willing to take it on. The next week I got a call from him letting me know that I had been added back to the loan apps queue, which was awesome. He said he had passed the word along about the membership apps, but hadn't heard anything back. He actually said it was a very slim chance, which I assured him was fine, and thanked him for the opportunity anyway.

                                                                  I got a call from Mike the next Monday letting me know that I had been added back to the web apps queue, and that he hadn't heard back about the membership apps. Later week, the guy above Mike  was at our branch, and called me in to the office with my manager. I figured A: He was going to tell me they had decided to go with the other branch; B. They were going to have be do them; or C: I was fired. Strangely I was leaning more to the last one, because I can sometimes be a bit sarcastic and my big mouth often betrays me, but he actually asked if I would be willing to help. Of course I said yes. It made me super excited.

                                                                  It's been a lot of fun to be able to do them. I've done them for about a month, and have had about 75 or so apps, when I was originally told 5-6 / week. Lol. Week 1 brought me 40, so that was exciting. I hope I can do well at it. I've seen some success, and have really enjoyed the opportunity. It keeps me busy, which I love.

                                                                  So, that's awesome. Haven't really been up to too much else.....I'm sure I'll post again soon, since I've been so bad at posting more.