If You Don't Like the Weather, Wait 10 Minutes

4.30.2009
Only in Idaho...

This morning it was sunny. When I went to the store this afternoon it was calm and overcast. When I came out of the store it was hailing, snowing, and blowing and slick as snot.

Whatever.

The GB Program

4.29.2009
Okay, so he can be a little annoying sometimes, but I think that's part of the entertainment. I still like him. I've begun watching his show at 3:00 every afternoon if there are no patients in the office (which seems quite often). I'm not an expert in politics, but I like what he has to say; it makes a lot of sense. Plus, he makes me laugh. :) haha

And yes, I sometimes feel like a very few elect people are running the world and my life, but Glenn Beck says that's not true. Whew! So there really is something I can do? We really can band together and make our voices heard? Good really can triumph over evil? Wahoo! I think I'll try to do my little part.

Glenn Beck has a list of 12 Values and 9 Principles. I think if Americans (including me) embodied these values and principles, we'd improve as a country and a people significantly. It's empowering! Please read and feel free to tell me what YOU think!

12 VALUES:

Honesty
Reverence
Hope
Thrift
Humility
Charity
Sincerity
Moderation
Hard Work
Courage
Personal Responsibility
Gratitude

9 PRINCIPLES:

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Dancing the Night Away

4.27.2009

My Honey and Me

Bron and I love going on dates. It's a weekend tradition I hope we continue for the rest of our lives, even if it is just a special treat and a movie at home. Oh, and I LOVE dressing up! Bron loves it too. He's the reason for my closet full of high-heeled shoes. I like looking good for my honey on occasion. It's a lot of fun!
Saturday night my in-laws, Flint and Merri Sue, took us out to dinner to celebrate Bron's graduation. I think we're more alike than we'd ever like to admit. We're all pretty social, love sea food, and are suckers for a good book. People complain about their in-laws. But I like mine! I think I lucked out.

Then it was off to the 2nd Chance Prom! A local radio station puts on a free dance every spring; anyone can come. I finally had an excuse to wear my chi-pao from my trip to China. It's beautiful! Bron and I like to dance any chance we get. And my hubby can dance! However, I really think he just likes making me dizzy... until I spun around and got my hair stuck on the button of his jacket! haha It was a fun night just dancing together and staring at other people's outfits and dancing styles. Ages there spanned from teenagers to the elderly. And everyone seemed to be having a good time. What more can be said about a dance other than it was wonderful to be close to Bron and totally worth spending some quality time together. I'm totally in love with my husband. Thanks for a good night, Sweetheart!

Grad School!

4.22.2009

Good news! Bron got accepted to graduate school at the University of Vermont! We're so excited!!! Bron is going into Ruminant/Dairy Nutrition. He will be going to school in Burlington, Vermont and doing research at the Miner Institute in Chazy, New York. It is such a good deal, it's too good to be true! Bron will have his tuition paid for, plus be given a stipen for working at the institute. Not bad, eh?
So Chazy, New York will be home to us for the next two years. Wow. A big cross country move. I'm kind of excited for the change and the adventure. A little nervous too, of course. But I've moved a few times before; every place has something good about it. I think this will be a great experience for the both of us! Chazy is an itsy bitsy town in the northeast corner of New York next to lake Champlain. I know, I had to look it up. It's about 10 miles from the Canadian border and an hour from Montreal. Cool! This is going to be one awesome adventure.

Moving day is tentatively scheduled for the end of May.

5 Dollar Wonders

4.20.2009

Has any one else discovered the "Five Dollar Bin" at Wal-Mart? It's our favorite part of the entire store! Every time I go with Bron, we must stop by and peruse through the assortment of movies. Almost all of our collection of DVD's have come from that Wal-Mart bin. Needless to say, we've exhausted its contents. However, Friday I found a little treasure: "Memoirs of a Geisha". So I quickly swiped it up and took it home. Saturday night after our date, Bron and I bought a platter of sushi at the deli and went home to watch my movie. How appropriate: sushi and a movie about Japenese women! I'm so lame! And yes, my big, burly, steak and potato eating husband LOVES sushi!

Oh! Friday night Bron and I took another bike ride. It's 14 miles around from our house to the top of the hill of Kelly Canyon. Bron nearly puked. :)

A Funeral, Graduation, and Easter

4.15.2009
Wow! What a long, fun, family-filled weekend!

My weekend started with Grandpa Nelson's funeral on Thursday afternoon. Grandpa passed away Sunday April 5th. The funeral was really well done. There were a few talks and a couple of musical numbers. But the best part was the spirit felt there. I had the distinct impression that absolutely the only thing that matters in life is FAMILY. Just like it mentions in the hymn,"O My Father", we're all strangers here on earth; we're all children of our Heavenly Father having a mortal experience. We're supposed to help each other, serve one another, cry together, laugh together, and just support one another through all the ups and downs of life. What a great blessing it is to know that I can be with my family forever. I love ALL my family too. The more I hang out with the Nelson side of my family, the more I like 'em! I think I've finally got the family politics and who's who mostly figured out. They make me laugh. :)

Bron graduated with his bachelor's degree in Animal Science on Friday morning!!! Wahoo! I could tell... he was genuinely happy and excited. :) Do you know what he told me last night? He said he smiles in pictures because he knows it means a lot to me. Now how many women have a man like that?!? I love my man!


Birthday Boy and Merri Sue

Saturday was Flint's (dad-in-law) surprise 50th birthday party! My sis-in-law, DeAnn, (thoughtful girl) put together a scavenger hunt around town for him. He was the last to arrive at Craigos (the best pizza place ever). It was totally out of his element... which made it so much fun! We made sure he got practical old man things like a cane, vitamins for 50+, and metamucil. :) hehe


Bron with his brand new bike!

Saturday Bron bought himself a graduation present: A MOUNTAIN BIKE!!! He "test drove" some out in the parking lot. When it came to the most expensive bike with the nice gears and big tires, his face lit up. This was "the one". So we bought it! He's thrilled. I told him his life sucked this last semester--just milking cows and going to school--he needed a hobby. So he's found one. He's wanted to get into biking for a while now. Monday night I borrowed a bike and we went on an 11 mile loop: up hills, across 3 bridges, and on and off dirt roads, against the wind. Not kidding. My legs felt like jelly. But it was a BLAST! We're gonna do it again. We finished off Saturday at the all you can eat steak house with some friends who graduated too.


Travis and Kim


Tyson and Steph

Easter Sunday was yet another day spent with family. I wore my bright pink bride's maid dress from my sister's wedding to church. I knew the girls in my nursery class would love it. They drooled. They called it a princess dress! :) My favorite part about Sunday is dinner. Not just Easter Sunday, but every Sunday. We eat over at my in-laws and our momma can cook! After lasagna and french bread, we had an egg hunt in the yard for my nephews and little brothers. It was pretty entertaining. And the weather was perfect.

So this is living the good life...

P.S. Thanks to everyone who made Bron's graduation a good one. :)

Ode to Joe

4.08.2009
Happy Birthday, Joey!!! My little brother isn't so little anymore. Today he turns 23 years old. He's been a man for a while now. Joe is in the navy and is currently on his 3rd tour of the world. His life is just one big adventure! He always comes back with crazy stories--and I'm sure he's keeping some details to himself.


Joe in his element: driving the boat.

I'm just a year older than my brother. We were pretty close as kids. When we get together, the truth about our childhood comes out: "Do you know how Wings [our parakeet] really died?"
I'd like to think that we're still pretty close. He's my brother! We have the same parents, same background, and remember each other's childhood like nobody else. And although our relationship has changed since we've become adults, (a whole other strange topic) I'm proud of who he has become and hope we'll be friends for the rest of our lives.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOEY!!!

I LOVE SPRING!

4.07.2009
Have I ever mentioned how much I absolutely love spring?!? Yes, I love it and it's finally here! (At least for a while... Idaho weather can be so fickle.) But spring is here today and so I'm celebrating with a picture of my favorite flower. I love sunflowers. They're happy and yellow and remind me of all the life I've been missing these many awful, gray, wet months. I can finally go running outside again!

Life is good here for the two of us. Bron graduates with his bachelor's degree in Animal Science on Friday. Wahoo! We're both really excited! And we're just waiting to hear if he gets accepted to a master's program in Vermont. I'm betting he'll get a letter via snail mail. So we keep checking the mailbox like a bunch of retired folk who have nothing better to do. :)

I'm just working for now. I work for an ophthalmologist office. I also teach violin lessons two nights a week. It keeps me busy, but I really enjoy my students and my life (most of the time).

Welcome to our Blog!

4.06.2009
Welcome!

This is an attempt to chronicle all the adventures in the lives of my best friend and sweetheart, Bron, and me. I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing yet, but I do enjoy reading friends' blogs. So here goes! Happy blogging to meee!