Thursday Three | 06.26.14

  • Really trying to do better eating extra small meals/snacks. So if anyone has good suggestions for simple things to take to work, I'm all ears. 
  • I'm super excited for the #northernutah2014 #steppingouttocurescleroderma 5K this Saturday. So excited! 
  • I get frustrated talking to my therapist because he makes me see situations from different perspectives. How dare he! :) But grateful for the mental help. It's needed.
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.


Since the Last Post

It's almost the end of June now. Somehow the days just seem to be flying by. We don't really do a whole lot, but somehow I've got quite a few pictures here. So here goes.

We broke in my new walking shoes by taking a walk around the caboose. The weather has been getting warmer lately, but we took advantage of the not so super hot weather and took a little walk in the sunshine.

And then we got home, and I wanted to sit on the porch, so Greg told me I only could if I lifted weights and drank water. It's a tough life!

Trying to eat new things. I actually somewhat enjoyed this, even though there are onions and peppers in it. This was shortly before my food made a reappearance.

For our June Relief Society Activity, we decided to hold a "Lunch in the Park." It was super hot, but it was good to see the few sisters that did show up. It's hard to get sisters to show up. But I'm grateful for the ones that did come.

The 14th was our company summer party down in Salt Lake. I have never been in the 4 years of working for the company, but this year the whole group of us decided to go together. We had a great time chatting on the way down, then chatting with each other at the party and trying to guess who was who and avoid having to talk to any of them. (Kidding, but we weren't really that chatty with anyone but each other.)

They held a special drawing for any of the employees who came from the St. George and Logan branches, and guess who won this bad boy....Me. Greg and I have dance parties every night. I also won a gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings. Too bad I didn't take home the Disneyland Trip. It was actually a lot of fun, and it was good to see the few people that I do know that aren't in the Logan branch.

Father's Day came and went. I had a harder time with Father's Day than I had with Mother's day for some reason, but I won't get into that since I kind of went off on Mother's day already. But I want to wish my Dad a Happy Father's Day. Thanks for being there for me, and for your example. Thank you for loving me and being the greatest dad ever.

Sometimes life gets boring, so we go to the Willow Park Zoo and watch the crazy animals. Here are the turtles at feeding time.

Hastings was having a sale on their used books, so I picked up a few of these Nancy Drew books to add to our massive book collection. I can't wait to get a bigger house so we can put these in our library.

Lilli was getting baptized in Cokeville on Sunday, so Greg took me to meet my parents so they could take me the rest of the way to Cokeville.

We had loads of fun. The weather was gorgeous, and I had a great time watching the kids. They are so goofy sometimes. Lilli got a bow and arrow for her birthday, so the kids went outside for a little fun. For the record, though, it was Kandyce who told Lilli to "shoot an apple off Alex's head."

It was beautiful there in Wyoming.

I gave Lilli my old camera for her birthday. It was fun watching her take pictures of EVERYTHING. Hopefully she continues to take lots of pictures.

Here's Liam ready for church. Clay couldn't find the car keys, so Liam and I played with the adorable kitten, and he showed off his stylin' church clothes.

Then we went for a walk to go see the cows.

The only time he will hold my hand is when mom & dad aren't around and he wants to go see the cows.

Church was good. The Teicherts spoke about family, and they all did a fabulous job. They are one of the families I always admired growing up, and loved spending time with them on our family vacations. They are wonderful people, and I love them so much. Also, Livi, I loved your talk so much, I think I'm going to use it for my next lesson. Seriouisly, it rocked!

Lilli's baptism was that evening. She is such a smart cookie. My mom gave a talk on baptism, and she asked Lilli if she thought Jesus had to be baptized. Lilli's response, "(Pause)...Well, no but Heavenly Father commanded him to be baptized, so he was." It was the cutest. She looked so beautiful when she came out in her white dress. She was literally glowing. I know some people outside our religion feel that 8 years olds are too young, or they are forced to be baptized, but I truly believe that they know more than we give them credit for. Lilli's mom and dad didn't force her to be baptized, they let her make that decision. She will be so blessed because of it.

After, we went back to mom & dad's for brownies and ice cream. There was lots of family there, and it was so good to see everyone. I even got to hear a story about Grandpa Stan, and that's always fun. (I retold that story HERE, because I want to remember).

It's been a good month, despite the stomach issues and tiredness, and everything else life throws at me.

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9 // Learn more about my ancestors

Number 9 on my list is really important to me. One thing that has been really encouraged by our church leaders is doing our Family History, or Genealogy. I've kind of had a bad attitude about it, but then I realized I was going at it all wrong. Instead of just searching for names, why not get to know these people I'm researching, and why not start with those closest to me.

For a while now, I've been really wanting to get together with my Grandma Norene and learn more about my Grandpa Stan. He passed away before I was born, so I know very, VERY little about him. In April we  had a Relief Society Activity where we learned a little about the importance of keeping journals and personal histories. I was so moved by it, that I made the decision to ask my Grandma if I could come over sometime and learn more about my Grandpa. For whatever reason, he was just not talked about a whole lot, so there is a lot for me to learn about him.

On Sunday, I was in Cokeville for my niece Lilli's baptism. After the baptism we were at my parent's house eating brownies and ice cream, and my sister Shari started talking about how she hadn't been to the dentist in a while. This led to talking about teeth, and my Grandma just came out with, "Your Grandpa Stan had perfect teeth." As soon as she said that I got a little excited. She went on to talk about him and his perfect teeth. She told us that he never had a cavity in his life, but he did have a false tooth.

Grandpa Stan used to participate in Cutter Racing, which is a race featuring two horses, a driver and a chariot racing together down a quarter mile of track. When it is done on snow they use skis on the sleds, but this particular race, Grandpa Stan was on dirt, so his sled had wheels. As he was racing, a rock flipped up and split one of his teeth vertically. It was replaced with a false tooth.

It wasn't a long story, but it was a fun couple of pieces of trivia that I didn't know about my Grandpa: he had perfect teeth, except for his false tooth, and he participated in cutter racing. I also learned what cutter racing was. Then I was able to learn a little about my dad and uncle. Apparently my Uncle Stan also has perfect teeth, while my dad doesn't. Thanks dad!

As I was getting ready to come home, I gave my Grandma a hug and she said, "I'm looking forward to you coming over so I can tell you more stories." It made me incredibly happy. I plan to write stories here that I learn about him, or any of my ancestors, as well as posting them over on FamilySearch.org. I am so dang excited! I want to eventually also put them together in a scrapbook, which could just be one of my goals for next year.


Thursday Three | 06.19.14

  • I feel done. Just done...crazy how 9 months can feel like forever. I feel like I've had this disease for ages. Sorry for complaining so much..I need to be done with that too. 
  • I bought three new maxi skirts this week. I wore one today and it is cute. 
  • My fingernail polish is already chipped, like horribly. Sad day...
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 | 06.12.14

  • I hit my goal of two 200 calorie snacks (in addition to my regular meals). Even though I may have cheated on the last one...it was only 140. But at least I said yes and ate.
  • I think the heat wears me out. I love that it's warmer, but I feel so dang tired all the time.
  • Apparently 3 got cut off? Guess it wasn't important. Something abut work and incentives and how I work for free basically....
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.


Not So Much...

...of stuff going on around here.

Monday, the 26th, was a holiday so I didn't have to work. Greg and I went and watched the new X-Men movie, which I really enjoyed. Then we did a little shopping where I got some new black canvas shoes, and some new "walking shoes." Yes. that's right folks. I'm officially an old lady, having to buy walking shoes instead of running shoes. (No offense to you youngies who buy walking shoes too.) I'm hoping I can eventually break them in so I can put them on without the help of Greg, but they don't have laces, so they should be easier for people to put them on me. Man I wish I had my flexibility back. Though I did learn the other day that I can kneel on the ground. I just have to sit on the couch and ease myself onto my knees. Then to get back up I have to like slide myself up the couch to a sitting position, then stand up from there. It was epic.

Tuesday, the 27th, I went back to work. Good times, folks, good  times. I am quite consumed with loans at the moment. It's quite crazy, but it's a great learning experience, and I get to work with some awesome people, (and some not-so nice ones), and people that don't typically come into our branch. Now if only I could convince people to purchase MBP, GAP, and Debt Protection.

Tuesday was also Greg and my 9 year anniversary. Time sure has flown by. I'm lucky to be married to such a great person. We actually made our anniversary dinner on Monday, steak, shrimp, and crab. Crab is my favorite. I could eat it all the time, for reals. For our Tuesdsay dinner we went to Five Guys, which was also delicious. I even ate my entire burger. Be proud of me. It's quite the accomplishment.

Unfortunately, that night/early morning was not so great. My stomach has been kind of acting up the past week or so, but it hasn't been too bad that I couldn't function. Tuesday night I just couldn't sleep. I got up about 3-4 times to go to the bathroom, and on my third trip I ended up throwing up. Normally it's not so bad, and I can fall asleep soon after, but not that night. I just didn't sleep well at all, so when my alarm went off, I really did not want to get out of bed. Greg told me I could just stay home, and when he says it, I do it! JK, I always feel so dang guilty, so I really had a struggle with it. The night before I had read this quote that really helped me make my decision.

So, I stayed home, slept until 11, watched 4 episodes of Psych, ate some crackers, drank some apple juice, then took a short nap until Greg got home. I was totally lazy, but sometimes I just need a day to rest.

I was able to go back to work the next day, and I felt fine. I got a loan closed, and worked on getting caught up from the day I missed. For some reason people keep thinking that they need loans. Oh well, I really do enjoy it.

I actually wrote this post a little while ago, and am just now getting to post it, so sorry if it so abruptly ends. I'll be back to post more!


Thursday Three | 06.05.14

  • I have had a rough week. Stomach hurts, vomiting often, food doesn't satisfy. I try to put on a happy face, but unfortunately IG gets all my feeling, so I'm sorry for that. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow, so we'll see what happens.
  • I got invited to go to Hawaii, but we turned it down this time. If our way had been paid it may have been a different story... jk, health was the reason for turning it down. Maybe someday!
  • I think what I'm missing is a healthy dose of One Direction. I haven't watched the movie in a while and haven't seen many pics on Pinterest. I'm thinking that is the reason for my health issues.
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.
Maira Gall