Wednesday, June 19, 2013

And we're back...

Life lately has been nothing short of crazy busy. Seriously. I am finally sitting down to write some updates and just waiting for the baby to wake up, because I am sure he will really soon. Here is a little Cliff Notes version of what is (and has been) going on with us...

-I finished my first year (and only year) of teaching. I taught 1st grade at Westside Elementary in Springville, UT. It was a great (extremely hard) and learning experience for me. I learned so much about 6-7 year olds, how to best teach to their level, what they are capable of and can achieve, how to be a good parent and to make sure to volunteer always for class things because it is great to see you child in the classroom and how they really behave. My favorite quote from one of my students went like this:
Me: "Today we are learning about nouns! Does anyone know what a noun is?"
Student: "Yes! My dad says it to me all the time. John, you come here right NOUN or you're grounded!"
Thanks to all of those of you who helped us watch Bennett during that time. I was fortunate enough to not have to take him to a babysitter, he just bounced between family members houses until Carlie moved in and we were able to make a morning, afternoon and evening schedule work between the three of us working and going to school. Though I thought life would be a little less hectic staying home full 5 month old sure keeps me busy!
I was "Little Miss Muffett" for Nursery Rhyme Day
 My empty classroom...
My wonderful 1st grade team 
-Aaron went to Winter term at BYU and finished Spring term tomorrow! Hallelujah! I don't know who is more excited, him or Bennett and I. We need some Dad time!
-Carlie moved in with us end of April to help out with Bennett until she gets married ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW! I am basically the maid of honor...woot woot! I am so unbelievably excited and also sad for the wedding! I love her more than anything ever and we have always been best friends and so I am excited she is getting married but sad we will never live under the same roof again and she has a new best friend. She is marrying a wonderful guy though (I mean how could he not be with a name like Aaron?) and I am happy for them to spend eternity together. They will do great things.
-Bennett is growing like a weed  and is now 5.5 months (check out his blog for more updates)
-We are moving in 2 weeks to Bountiful. We are going to move into my Grandma's basement. Her memory isn't as good as it used to be and so we are moving in to help her. I will cook the food, take care of her medicine and drive her places. Aaron will commute to BYU on the frontrunner a couple days a week. It is truly a blessing for us to do this and for me to be able to stay home with Bennett full time.

-Up ahead we have the wedding, Wray Family Reunion, AZ trip for the reception and then a vacation...but more on that later.

Love you all!

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