Thursday Three | 05.28.15

        • Spent last night and today in Cokeville for my brother's graduation and got to spend time with my nieces and nephews. I'm too tired so I'll post pics tomorrow. 
        • #sclerodermaawarenessmonth is next month. It's going to be a party. 
        • After being in a house with three dogs, it feels so good to be home and clean of dog hair. (Though I love the dogs, dog hair and "kisses" gross me out.)
                            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 | 05.21.15

                                • All this rain makes me super duper happy. It rocks my world.
                                • New kid is cool. Ain't no Caleb 😭, but I think he'll do.
                                • I have stuff to do and 0 motivation. Good thing it's a long weekend
                                                  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 | 05.14.15

                                                    • I wish I could just speak my mind and 'argue' professionally.
                                                    • Went to refill my domperidone, and learned that it can only be sold to vets now. Tried to call my GI and he's out for the rest of the week, so we'll see how the stomach does. I've been without since Monday, and while I haven't puked yet, I can definitely tell a difference. #scleroderma #sclerodermaprobs 
                                                    • Work. People. Frustrated. #youcanttakewhatismine! I told my coworkers if we were basketball players, I'd be @kingjames, because I'm that awesome! (And confident ;)
                                                                    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 Rest of the April....

                                                                    Well the rest of April kind of came and went. The weather has been so random. A day after the amazing snow storm, it looked like summer. I was eating in my car because the breakroom smelled like popcorn and was making me nauseous. (In case you wondered).

                                                                    Kennan had a track meet in Smithfield, so I went and spent the day with my parents watching Kennan run. It was a beautiful day and I got quite sunburned. It was fun to be able to watch Kennan run, and jump. None of the rest of us Thompson's had any abilities other than not dying while running long distance. I don't know that we were necessarily amazing at running, but we sure tried and were part of only a few who could do it.

                                                                    I had to drop Greg off at the jail for the first time. His High Council position is over the jail branch. I dropped him off bright and early, went home, tried to read the lesson for that day, but decided to take a 20 minute nap. An hour later (10 minutes before church), I woke up. I made it before the opening hymn was even started!

                                                                    Sometimes I'm surprised that my co-workers just don't kick me out. Well, I guess they do throw me under the bus anytime someone from corporate comes up. Somehow it always comes out that I'm the one who does the pranks. Funny story, yesterday our CFO came up and was talking to us, and at the end he said something like, "Have any of you ever choked any of your co-workers out?" Two of my co-workers pointed at me and said, "Yes!" So I responded with "twice." There's only 32% accuracy on that. It's more of an inside joke. But then Steve also told him that if there were any pranks, I was behind it. Our CFO said, "Really? That surprises me. I took you as more of the quiet, innocent type." I tried to argue that I was, but my co-workers told him the truth. They do it all the time. So, I have to get them back some how!

                                                                    With Caleb leaving us, I had to make him a going away present that he would always remember us by...

                                                                    So, every now and then we get the pleasure of helping some of the USU football players that come into the credit union. I just helped this good looking kid that came in and had some questions. After he left, Caleb asked me if I knew who that was. I didn't, so he told me he was a football player. That of course led to a good discussion with the rest of my co-workers. Said football player was going to be coming back the next day, so we were all ready for him to come in. Donna and Kim hadn't seen him the day before, so when he walked in, I looked at both of the girls and nodded his way. They checked him out, and we all got all sorts of giddy like little Jr. High Girls. He isn't the first one that we've all had crushes on. We have some really great "tight-end" jokes. We are pathetic.

                                                                    Switching gears. I have been slowly trying to de-junk our house. Especially our kitchen, which has food from about 10 years ago. I was going through one of our drawers, and when I pulled it out and started taking out the napkins and crap that was in there, I saw this....

                                                                    I literally thought it was some gremlin. I don't know why. It scared me, then I busted up laughing when I saw what it was.

                                                                    As mentioned in a previous post, I celebrated my 5 year work anniversary. When I cam to work the Monday after, I got this....The poster is still hanging by my station.

                                                                    And lastly, I got my hair done again. I was going for a Rose-Gold look. Sometimes I see it, sometimes I don't. I felt bad because I kind of rushed my sweet friend Tami because I was going to dinner with some friends that evening, but I love it. It's different, and has been a very long time since I have been this light. I wish I could afford to have my hair done at least once a month!

                                                                    As I mentioned, I went to dinner with some of my closest friends to say goodbye to one of our beloved. We had a great time laughing and reminiscing, and none of us wanted it to end. It got awkward at the end, because really, none of us wanted to say goodbye. But, we did. It's sad to see him go, but he's still "with us" in a way. I'm happy for him and the chance that he had to move up and on. He'll be great where he is, and hopefully he'll find him a wife! ;)

                                                                    Also, this is the end result of Caleb's gift. I liked how it turned out.

                                                                    Thursday Three | 05.07.15

                                                                    • I really don't like cleaning off my makeup. I don't wear much, but I hate washing my face. 
                                                                    • Sometimes I forget I'm "sick" and then I try to do something normal and realize that I still can't do that.
                                                                    • I spent my evening putting Zayn's face in our work 'portrait' so I can send it to Caleb and let him know he's been replaced. #iseriouslyhavenolife #youthinkimkiddingbutimnot #nolifehere
                                                                                  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.


                                                                                  April, April, April

                                                                                  Well, the first of April was April Fool's Day. Now had things gone a different way, I had an excellent prank to do on Steve, however, I couldn't do it. so we did the next best thing. We've been cleaning out all the supply rooms, and in our back one there is a whole bunch of crap. So, what do you do when there is a whole bunch of crap that is not being used? Pull it all out and put it all over your co-workers desk. We thought about having someone hide under the table cover, which, let's face it, would have been hilarious, however then wanted me to do it, and it just wouldn't have been good. I had Steve and Kim help me set this up at Caleb's station so he had fun cleaning it all up.

                                                                                  Then, when Steve went to lunch, we moved all of the same crap over to his desk. We are so funny. He was so certain that we wouldn't do it to him. Psh....So "Gull-able". (Seagulls are like our mascot or something. They aren't ducks, even though that's what everyone things they are. I however see a pineapple on our logo every time I drive to work.)

                                                                                  Steve loves us!

                                                                                  That weekend was General Conference, so we of course, due to tradition, had to go get a shake from Arctic Circle. This was the first year we have been in and out in under 10 minutes. Most the time it's upwards of 45 minutes. It was awesome!

                                                                                  Just some pictures of the Logan temple. I love it!

                                                                                  Things with my Etsy shop are going really well. No I'm not making millions yet. I need to do better marketing myself, and I could probably charge more, but I love what I do. One of my customers requested a "Roadmap to Retirement" for one of her coworkers. It was so much fun to do. I'll have to post the entire thing, since I also did a chalkboard infographic as well. I loved them both, and even though they definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone, I love custom requests!

                                                                                  Funny story, I was bored at work so I emailed this to my coworkers (I do this often), and said "Caleb, guess who this is about?" I kid you not, not even half an hour later that member came in. It was awesome. I wish I could tell you the whole story, but basically a member was trying to add stuff on paper and it wasn't adding up to what Caleb's calculator said, but the member wouldn't have it. Finally he just told her she needed to get a calculator. We laughed.

                                                                                  The absolute best part about April was the SNOW! That's right, we FINALLY got snow! It was amazing, and it just snowed and snowed and snowed. It didn't stick to the road either, which was awesome, but it snowed for about 2 days straight. I loved it, and was just about the only person in the entire world who did.


                                                                                  And I think that's about it for now. I need to upload the rest of my April photos, so I'll be back soon!


                                                                                  The Rest of March

                                                                                  +I really need to do better at staying ahead with my blogging. I think about what I want to write quite often, I just fail to actually write it.

                                                                                  We were able to convince our Relief Society president to do quarterly activities instead of monthly. We just didn't have the attendance or budget to justify monthly, so my activity leader and I decided to try and make the quarterly ones super fun and exciting to get more attendance.

                                                                                  Our first activity was held one March 11. We went with a Superhero theme. We wanted to do kind of a get to know you, so we asked people to share their super powers (aka talents, etc.) We had an awesome turn out, and we had a lot of fun. We had pulled pork sandwiches, fruit and cupcakes for dinner, followed by a get to know you BINGO that was a lot of fun. Then we had one of our board members give a little talk on how we are all Superheros, tying in our Relief Society theme. She did a great job. I wish I had asked for a copy of her talk. It was really great.

                                                                                  We had a lot of fun, and I was happy about the turn out. I had an inactive sister come up to me and say, "This is the funnest church activity I've ever been to." And another sister said, "I wish we could do this every month." After complaining about our lack of budget, the stake relief society president told my president that I could, "Have as many activities as I wanted, and to spend as much money as I need." It was awesome, and made me feel like I was doing something right...(Even though Melanie was the one who did everything. She's awesome!)

                                                                                  Here is the poster I made for our activity. We were able to advertise for close to 2 months which was awesome. Funny story though. So we share our building with another ward who comes in after us. I had put this up outside the relief society room before our class. There is one of those clip things on the wall that is long and can fit more than one poster. Well, I come out after class, and the other ward had put their flier right over top of ours, instead of sliding ours down and putting it next to ours, right over top. I was not happy, but instead of throwing theirs in the garbage, I just calmly took ours out and slid it down. It was hard, let me tell you!

                                                                                  For our reminder, we made these superhero suckers with the information on the cape.

                                                                                  Due to some issues with the other ward, last year we moved our activities to Thursday evening, which we felt was not very convenient, so this year, we asked the Young Women if they would like to combine with us every quarter  so we could get the YW leaders out, and not have to spend another night away from their families. So we moved our activities to Wednesday night with the YW.

                                                                                  My partner-in-crime and I. We served in Young Women's together many moons ago, so when Bishop (NOT ME!) suggested her as my activity board leader, I didn't say no, even though she had just had her third baby. I knew that she would follow through and work hard to make or activities successful. So far she hasn't disappointed! ;)

                                                                                  At the end of February, Greg and I were asked to speak. Before we got up, our stake president got up and told us that they were rearranging our Bishopric in two weeks. Apparently lots of people thought that it would be Greg since we were speaking. Luckily they were wrong! I even had a sister tell me after I spoke that I would "make a great Bishop's wife". Not sure what that meant, but whatever.

                                                                                  I had been teasing Greg about it all week because he was actually a bit worried, but when we didn't get a call we knew we were in the clear. That was the week I went to Casper, and on Thursday when I got to Cokeville I called Greg and he told me that the Stake President wanted to meet with us. I started laughing and said, High Council? (One of the new bishopric members was previously on the HC, so there was a spot open.)

                                                                                  Sure enough, when we went in to meet with the stake president, Greg was issued a call to serve on the High Council. This meant he would also be ordained to the office of High Priest.

                                                                                  Greg's dad ordained him, and his older brother and his four kids came. We don't get to see them too much even though they're only about an hour away, but it was a lot of fun to have those kids there. They are the cutest.

                                                                                  The next weekend, one of my friends and teammates from college was getting married and had her reception here in Logan. Her mom coached with my dad over in Bear Lake for many years, so we've known Katie forever. She also played with Kandyce in college, and then they roomed together here at USU, so Kandyce stopped by so we could go together.

                                                                                  Liam is probably my favorite child. He is a little stinker and was crying while Kandyce was getting changed, so I just kept asking him questions until I finally got a good response. From then on we were BFFs. We sang songs in the car while waiting for Kandyce to get some cards at the dollar store, and then we went and played outside. Even though he can be a bit of a stinker, he's so dang cute. I just love him!

                                                                                  And of course, chubby little Myka was there also. She is just the happiest baby. I love her and her cute chubby cheeks.

                                                                                  So, after everything went down at work, I was working Saturday with Kim. Steve stopped by with a drink for each of us. Awesome! Then maybe an hour later, Donna showed up with drinks for us as well. The reason definitely deserved two Dr. Peppers. No more changes please! My heart can't take it. It was pretty funny though

                                                                                  For our 5th Sunday lesson, we had the LDS Employment Resource Services (?) people come. I was totally paying attention, when I looked at the board, and what was supposed to spell LDS ERS, totally looked like LOSERS. It was funny. About 3 minutes after I noticed, the high councilman sitting next to us looks up, leans over and says, "I thought that spelled LOSERS on the board." It was awesome.

                                                                                  Greg surprised me by taking me to see Insurgent one evening after work. Oh my, I loved it! I thought it was so good. Thanks hubby for taking me. It was a great way to end March.

                                                                                  © GREG & BRE AULLMAN
                                                                                  Maira Gall