Monday, December 21, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our Trip to NY

We left the kids behind to head to Western New York. Miracles happened to get us both there in time for Nick's interview with SUNY Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine. We sincerely appreciate all the prayers on our behalf. Emily flew out on Thursday right into a horrible storm. All flights going into Buffalo were canceled and she was re booked for the next day, thus missing Nick's interview. She was VERY upset and luckily made a friend to help ease the stress. After sitting in the Detroit airport for a half a day, she decided to ask if she could get on standby for a 10pm flight (the only one that had yet to be canceled). The NICE lady that helped her gave her an actual seat on the flight (which had over 20 people on standby) and it was even on TIME. Emily's friend got on the flight as well and were able to book and share a last minute hotel room in Buffalo. The next day, she checked the flight status and all the flight going into Buffalo from Detroit were canceled as well. Are we being looked after or what!?!? She happened to get on the only flight that actually landed in Buffalo. Nick's flight was slightly delayed and we ended up being 30 minutes late to the interview, but we made it!!!

After the interview we spent a few days touring the local area.

Day #1 (Palmyra, NY, Sacred Grove, Palmyra Temple and Hill Cumorah)

Amazing! We both fell in love with Palmyra! There is a special atmosphere there, that you cannot push away. Even in the winter as we walked through the Sacred Grove, the trees themselves seemed to testify of the events that took place. I would definitely recommend this stop to anyone passing by.

Smith Home (Mother Smith's Kitchen, Joseph's writing desk)

Walking to and in the Sacred Grove (we were on a tour with the mission president and the local missionaries, it was pretty cool)

Hill Cumorah visitor's center (we had the oppoturnity to see an amazing exhibit by Angela Johnson, my photo's of the art did not turn out so well, but you can see them on the artist's website)

Palmyra Temple (the only temple with glass windows to overlook the sacred grove)

Day #2

We slept in until 12 and braved the cold and rain to visit Niagara Falls. Since we dont have current passports, we had to stay on the US side, but the views were nice none the less. Everything was frozen. The mist from the falls kicks up and then freezes on everything. It was like a winter wonderland. And wasn't as cold as it looks.

We also took the opportunity to try the local "Buffalo Wings" in Buffalo, NY and were NOT dissapointed. Although the dent in our pocketbook was considerable, we keep wanting more.

Day #3

Lockport, NY - Departure Day

Some photos depict the locks that they used to help the boats change elevation (without going over the falls, LOL) The locks are still functional for tourism, however are not really used anymore. The river is the Erie Canal. The ice in on Lake Erie. We drove along Lake Erie to try and see some Frank Lloyd Wright estate, but it was closed for the winter.

We slept a lot. Talked a lot. Went to a movie (2012). Got lost a lot. Our plane coming back to Salt Lake went through heavy wind, so we had to stop in Sioux Fall, SD for fuel causing us to be a hour and a half late.

It was a good trip. We had a good time. It's good to be home, although I think the cat missed us the most.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Family Vacation-Summer '09

Upon quitting his job at UPS, he had some vacation time to use. Life was crazy with Nick studying for and taking the DAT, applications and job changes. We felt the need for a little respite, so we headed up to Grandma Gibbons' cabin at the spur of the moment. We hung with Grandma and spent a day at Yellowstone. We had a blast! The kids complained because Yellowstone "smells like rotten eggs!" But they had fun playing on the 80 acres. Cooper whittled with his knife, they played "Lord of the Rings" in the brush, waded in the creek and rode 4 wheelers.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dental school Interview Sample Questions.....

So in preparing for dental school interviews, we've been compiling sample questions from various places. I guess you have to do some deep thinking before heading into these interviews... here are some of my favorites out of the hundreds we've found.... (keep in mind, these are real interview questions!)
  • What do you think of Jack Kevorkian?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  • Describe a typical day from your elementary school days.
  • Do you think this whole process is bullshit?
  • If you could be any type of cell in the human body, which type of cell would you choose and why?
  • What would your best friend say to convince me to admit you to our school?
  • What was the last movie you saw? What did you think about it?
  • You are granted any three wishes by a genie. What would your wishes be?
  • If you could invite any 6 people to dinner, who would they be and why?
  • Have you ever written or sent a letter to a political representative in which you have expressed your views on a subject?
  • Do you like to be alone? What do you think about when you're alone?
  • How would you express your concern for a child who needs a painful procedure?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Interim Insanity

i feel guilty as i work throughout the day. the boys are so cooped up during this "fall interim" of 2 weeks with no school, literally climbing the walls. on the days that guilt gets the better of me, we amble over to the park while they are permitted to release their craziness and have a ball.

we took a bath in the fall colors, felt the breeze as it sprinkled leaves on our heads, i realized that this little jaunt to the park isn't just what the boys needed, but an unexpected respite for mom as well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

six years old

there was cake and lobster

and i got some blendy pens

but here are the highlights....

and now i'm six, what a way to string in another year of life!

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm free to be three and make a mean cookie!

today, it's MY turn to make treats!

mom and dad say i'm too young to bake, well i showed THEM!

mom said candy bars were too complicated.

dad said that it's too cold for root beer floats (again)

so i'm making pumpkin cookies.

recipe (simple enough for me):

1 spice cake mix (just the mix!)
1 can pumpkin
chocolate chips

mix and bake and bake at 350 for 10 min.

my family is going to be so impressed!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

conference day #2

once again, we went to the farm for the second day of conference. many friends and family were there. we had fun hanging out, and playing in between sessions.

thoughts on conference:

my favorite talk:
Jeffrey R. Holland! AMAZING talk, my heart was pricked over and over again. Elder Holland has an innate ability to state things bluntly and tactfully. It's not available online yet, but i WILL be listening and reading it again! (I highly recommend going to and listening, it was sunday PM session.)my favorite moment:
probably staying up 'til 5am talking with family. nick has a wonderful family and i appreciate moments to grow closer to them!

what I need to improve upon:
my impressions of this conference can probably be summed up in one word: DILIGENCE
as I strive everyday to be better, as a mom and wife mostly, there is a constant pressing need for me to be a reliable source of strength for my family. especially in a spiritual way. i don't want to be a passive Christian! i want everyone to know that I know He lives! and i will strive to show this more in my everyday interactions with friends, acquaintances and mostly my family.

why i love conference time:
really? do you have to ask? well, I remember thinking as a youngster how awesome it would be to attend general conference in person. to sit at the feet of a living prophet of God and hear his words. i have, since that day, had the opportunity a few times to attend conference, and although it's supercool to be in that HUGE crowd while singing the hymns and to just feel the general oneness that is present, i LOVE to be at home and witness that same sweet sensation fill my living room with the opening hymn, looking into the faces of my little ones as they feel the warmth and love of our prophet and apostles, and allow them to see the tears stream down my cheeks as i raise my hand to sustain our leaders, i mean really, how can you not love truth, goodness, upliftment and peace?