Friday, December 31, 2010

¡adios 2010!

Hey!  I really can't believe that today is the last day of 2010! I am happy to look back and see that a lot happened in the last year!  Both good and bad of course ... I got back from my mission, worked with Betty until she passed away, also endured the passing of my sweet dog, went to Guatemala for a few months to continue my spanish study and do service, was told I had AIDS by a Guatemalan doctor (which I, by the way, did NOT!), did my first spring/summer terms at BYU, started dating Brian, finished another semester of nursing - pediatrics and labor/delivery, got accepted to the Ghana study abroad for spring, spent lots of good times with friends and family, and much much more! It has been quite the full year to say the least! I am excited for what 2011 has in store for my family and me. Tonight I'll be working on some goals - I better make them good! Here are some pictures from over the break here in New Mexico... with more to come of course!

The annual Christmas cookies! These are the "special" ones
Mom's Christmas sweaters! Thanks for letting us borrow them momma!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christ: The Real Gift of Christmas

Want to see a really sweet website to catch the spirit of the true meaning of Christmas? Check it out! Lots of great videos :)

Christ: The Real Gift of Christmas

Saturday, December 18, 2010

airports, illegal weapons, and the TSA police

So you may think that this looks like a real gun.... well, so did the police (TSA) at the airport. Adam (Sego) and I were happy to find out that we had the same flight home - so at least I had someone to share the madness with. The airport adventure began like any other. Janet had warned us not to go through the "special scanner" because apparently it strips you naked and the airport personnel can see, well, EVERYTHING. I vowed to avoid that line. Only, I wasn't so lucky. We were running a tad bit late and so I jumped into the shortest line to speed the process along. Bad idea. Yep, you know what happened. There was a reason the line was so short.

So, after enduring that embarrassment, I was waiting patiently for my backpack, carry-on, and shoes to come down the line. Red lights started flashing and an old security guard confiscated my backpack. He said there was something "suspicious" inside. I realized that I hadn't removed my pepper spray and got a little worried! He was frustrated to find that I had my purse and my makeup back inside of my backpack and sighed heavily and told me it was going to "be a while." I wondered whether you could get arrested for bringing pepper spray into the airport. Well, it wasn't the pepper spray (he didn't even find that!). Instead, he found my little bottle of vanilla lotion... which passed the test because it was only 3 ounces. Phew, with that crisis averted, I looked back to get my carry-on bag. What I saw was not good. There was a group of security guards huddled around the monitor x-raying my bag... pointing... muttering... and CALLING THE POLICE. Uh oh. The old man security guard informed me that I was "in lots of trouble." Adam was just laughing... and honestly I was too. I hope it wasn't disrespectful. 

So, the police came and looked at the monitor. The old man security guard asked me whether I had anything I needed to tell him. Whether I needed to "confess." I confessed all right. I told him I had clothes and Christmas presents in there. The police walked over and took me to the side and asked me in a calm manner, "Ma'am, do you have anything in your bag that might resemble, you know... a gun?" I had to think about it for about 3 seconds and realized that I DID have a gun in my bag! Not a real one though. I bought my brother a nifty miniature potato gun for Christmas (see picture below). Unfortunately, it does look like a gun... even made out of metal! Long story short, they confiscated my arsenal and I was allowed to pass w/out handcuffs.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

pictures and a bit of an update!

I can't believe it's almost Christmas! Friday I will be home with my lovely family and I am super excited about that! There are so many things I haven't blogged about - Thanksgiving trip to Logan with mom, dad, and Brian (where we almost got killed by a spinning car on the freeway in that "blizzard" - yikes!), mom and dad's birthday party, last weeks of clinicals and school, adventures at Jamba Juice, etc etc. I figured since I don't study on Sunday, I could at least post some pictures :). So, enjoy!

Mom and Dad at their birthday party! As you can see, they have quite the different taste in literature ;)

About a month ago Andrea and I went to see the Christmas lights at the Riverwoods and it was SO MUCH FUN to be with her! We saw the lights, did a bit of Christmas shopping, and of course got a milkshake!

Going to temple square to see the lights is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season - it is soooo beautiful. I don't remember ever seeing the floating lights in the reflecting pool before. As you can see from the photo, it was really foggy, but honestly that made it look even more magical!

I like this picture for several reasons. #1. you can see that I decorated my apartment for Christmas! Oh how I love Christmas. #2 Brian and I have cool stickers. #3 yay for cheesy smiles

Also on temple square - can you see the snow and the sheep in the background? - It was part of a life-size nativity set.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

school school the golden rule

We were learning about cognitive delays and special needs kids in my pediatrics and were shown this video - check it out! I am taking my last midterm tonight, took a final on Monday, and I have another final coming up this Monday, three on Tuesday, and my last one on Thursday. YIKES. One day I'll have time to blog again :)

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