Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Senior Night

Ah the bitter sweet Senior Night.  This year was most definitely hit closest to home because I've known these boys since many of them were freshmen.  Lance coached them for two years and they became my friends!  We traveled to California and Nevada together and had many in depth conversations with these boys.  Lance and I both thought we were going to be extremely emotional, but I don't quite think it's hit us yet.  We still have more games to play next week in the state tournament.  I think it'll hit us both this summer when they all leave on missions and espeically hit us hard next fall when none of them are in the gym.  We LOVE these boys and are so happy for our friendship and their success!

 This is Tyler, my contractor's son.  He is 12 and when he grows up he wants to be just like these two boys, Chandler and McKay.  It was so sweet to watch how Chandler and Mckay interacted with Tyler and really made him feel special!
 Half of the senior boys. I will certainly miss them!!! (sorry the photographer got in the way of me taking a picture of the other half!!)

Friday, February 15, 2013

we're blue.... or grey

We have been going back and forth as to whether or not we want to have a blue house or a grey house.  At first I was dead set on grey because I thought it was more neutral and wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb, but Lance mentioned that blue was more country/farm and fit the Draper neighborhood we are building in.  The house directly behind us is blue, but all of the surrounding houses are shades of red and brown brick.
So today we drove through daybreak looking for some ideas

and this is what we've found

House #1:  Located in Draper. My grey inspiration.

House #2 a medium dark blue.

House #3 a bright light blue.

House #4 a powdery light blue.

House #5 light blue with a hint of grey

*** We've decided on GREY!!! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

the minor details

Just yesterday I went on a little journey with our contractor to pick out the little things such as doors, hardware, and stone.  Who knew all of the minor details associated with these decisions!!  Round, Egg, or Lever shaped knobs? Oil rubbed bronze, satin nickle, ect, size, type and color of stone as well as color and amount of grout!  AHH!!

These are the things we have decided on thus far.... 

Hardwood on main floor... a combination of 4, 6, 8 inch boards.

2 panel square doors.  Oil-rubbed bronze handles.
 a combination of the following three stones.  a thicker heftier stone with a dark grey skinny stone and a river rock skinny stone.

 ... We still have tons and TONS of things to pick out, but things are starting to get FUN!!

In addition, Lance and I got a steal of a deal on our dining room table that we bought from World Market.  Their store was having a furniture store, but I joined their club and got an additional 15% off my total purchase... so we were able to buy 6 chairs, 1 bench, and a table and saved 550 bucks!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Goodbye Olympus 2nd

Today made things extremely real.  We woke up and got ready for church and drove up to our old ward for the very last time.  We drove past our duplex which had cars in the driveway notifying us of occupancy.  We were 10 minutes early for the first time.... ever. We were even able to get a cushion seat!  Our dear friends Jenny and Rich blessed their two little miracles today and I was emotional the entire sacrament meeting.  Jenny and Rich have been such a great example of faith, optimism, and love.  I remember the first Sunday in our ward nearly 3 years ago and I saw Jenny and thought, that girl is cute. I really want to be her friend.  Now 3 years later I consider her a dear friend and I'm so grateful for her support and advice as Lance and I journey through infertility.  Her two twins are the product of in vitro and are literally little healthy miracles.

Towards the end of the meeting I made my way up to the stand and sat next to her waiting for a few kids to finish the bearing of their testimonies.  From the moment she started to bear hers I was already in tears.  This of course made the bearing of mine challenging from the get-go. 

It's friendships and examples from people like Jenny and my dear friend Ashley that make me eternally grateful for moving into our little duplex in Holladay.  They have helped me cope and understand the process and have been great sounding boards because they have been through it and both have been blessed with children, Jenny via in vitro and Ashley through adoption. 

I am so grateful for the friendly hallway conversations we were able to have with Brother Combs who was our Temple Sealer as well as fellow ward member.  What a great reminder of our commitment to each other than to see the wonderful man who made our union official. 

Overall I am so so grateful for all of the friendships we've established that will continue beyond our 3 years living in the ward.  Thank you Olympus 2nd ward!  We love you!