Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Deep Breath

Deep Breath: I have finished a very intense, involved paper for my Milton course. John Milton is such a gifted writer and scholar, and I have become a better person from reading his works. I ache to spend more time learning. With a few weeks left in the semester I am yearning for my single days when I could spend all day in the library reading and writing. For some (my husband) this is called torture. I have been very lucky though because Jane sleeps up to three hours during her nap time, so I can get A LOT done in that time. My parents also help watch her when they can, and I am grateful for their help. I have also been very thankful that I have been able to be home with Jane full-time this semester. She says a new word just about every morning, and I love to be around when she is tucking in a baby doll or getting caught with ornaments in her hands. We are having our own Christmas this year, so we decorated a tree and I set out all my decorations. Jane loves the lights and all the figurines she can play with while I am not looking. We are excited to start our own Christmas traditions. We normally travel during the holidays, but we are grateful to be able to have a relaxing Christmas season in our own home. We will miss Cody's family, but we will not wait too long to visit again.

Holding Breath: Cody is finishing up a semester and it will, like all previous semesters, be a challenging endeavor to finish. He is working hard, and we are enjoying planning/preparing for the future.

We are looking forward to the holiday season and hope that all our family and friends--you know who you are--have joy and peace!

Friday, October 26, 2012


Every person has a poem to write.
I am a poet.
Someday I will actually share my poems.

Here is a poem that I love.
You should find a poem you love.

Her Kind 
by Anne Sexton

I have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.

I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Love of Learning

Change is a great teacher. Here are a few changes that have taught me.

My mother got a job teaching kindergarten in Rexburg, ID. We were all so anxious for her to be able to get a job and I was blessed doubly. My mom got a job and it happened to be where I am living. We have been so happy to have us here with us. I have watched my mother put in so many hours in efforts to make her classroom and instruction the best that it can be. I am thankful for her example of determination and hard work. I have been reminded how important a teacher is in the life of a child/student.

I finished up Summer Session on September 7. I forgot to take a picture of the class. I am sad about that, but the interviews with each student was a joy. I had a lot of responsible and intelligent students that made discussions and reading their writing a pleasure. I am now taking a break from teaching. I began taking six credits for my Masters degree August 20th. I am thoroughly enjoying my poetry course and studying the life and writings of Milton. When I am brave enough I will post a poem that I have written. After all of my time encouraging and trying to exemplify learning, I am able to apply this to my own learning, more focused than I have been able to in the past. Learning continues to take hard work and time, but I have found that my search for knowledge, understanding and application go far beyond my desire for a good grade. I have to have faith in what I tell my students all the time...If you really put in the time and learn to love learning, the grade will take care of itself. Plus, grades do not accurately reflect someone's learning, however precise the system.

Cody is back in school after a seven week break. He was able to visit family, go to scout camp, camp with us, went hunting with a friend and continued to work over the break. Cody is taking some challenging, yet very practical classes this semester. I am proud of him and look forward to being able to support him more exclusively now that I am not working for awhile. I really enjoy being able to learn along with him and discuss subjects from his classes.

Jane is eighteen months old. She is probably one of my greatest sources of learning, which I believe God probably intended. She can go from giving kisses and talking to you as she bats her eyes to arching her back and screaming. She is truly a sweetheart, but she, I think like most toddlers, is testing the parents. Everyone tells me consistency is key. If only consistency didn't take patience, time and sheer willpower. There are many glimpses of hope though; the most recent was taking her to the city library. She did not knock every book off the shelf, but rather looked and talked at the books and then moved on. We stayed substantially longer than I have in the past and it was lovely. I love libraries, books! Some of her new hobbies include the harmonica, taking out every dish in my kitchen, and reading her books by herself. She still has a shock of blond curly hair and has recently been deemed a genetic phenomenon by a friend. =) She does look a lot like her grandmother though.

I have a terrible backlog of photos that I will share and label below.
The Zoo

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chef Needed

My husband has asked me to take some culinary classes. 

I watch in awe at mothers and wives that find such joy in cooking meals for their family. I have spurts of not minding cooking, but never joyful, care-free feelings as I chop an onion, dice a tomato or burn the butter intended for sauteing. Whether this is attributed to my mother's tyrannical behavior when she cooked meals growing up or my feminist determination to show that men and women can trade roles occasionally, this realization about myself has led me to think that every mother that hates (oops, dislikes) cooking should employ a person that loves to cook and plan delicious meals. If a professional chef were affordable, it would be among my first expenditures.
Reason #1: My family would eat tasty and healthy meals consistently. **
Reason #2: I would be very happy and helpful during mealtimes.
Reason #3: If my grandmother's theory that "cooking is an expression of love" is true, then the food that we all ate would be filled with love and lovely nutrients.
Reason #4: I could even learn a few things from the chef, when I felt inclined.
Reason #5: I could spend the time that I am usually stressing about what to cook, how to cook it and where the ingredients went, guilt free and engaged in some worthy cause (not to say cooking is not a worthy cause).

**Let me make myself clear. I do cook healthy, and sometimes tasty, meals for my family, but I think that my life (and my family's life) would be infinitely better tasting and better used if I could employ a cook.

Now, if any of you have the secret to enjoying cooking and you have actually disliked it at one point, please pass your wisdom my way because I don't think I am going to be able to hire a chef for a few more years. =)

The End and the Beginning

Spring Semester ended on July 18. I had a wonderful and stressful time meeting with students to determine their grades for the semester. I love to talk to them about their progress and learning, but I don't especially like giving grades. In an ideal world there would be no grades or time constraints, but we don't live in an ideal world. However, my students wrote some really quality papers, did some deep and active reading and showed that they know how to think critically. I really enjoyed the course, and I am glad that I learned from it. I am now teaching English 201 during the Summer Session, which began on Monday, July 23. I have a great group of students that discuss well, have a wide range of backgrounds and seem to be genuinely interested in learning. I am excited to teach the course again, so I can hopefully improve upon what I have already done. Soccer is still kicking my butt. I think I am may give up soccer and take up tennis again. I just don't run up and down a soccer field for as long as I used to or would like to. Maybe I can run back and forth on a tennis court a little better. Maybe my real problem is that exercising is more of a chore now because I don't exercise to have fun, I exercise to loose weight. Whatever my motivation, it doesn't excuse me from trying to find some satisfaction in being active.

Cody also finished Spring Semester. Online classes proved to be more work than we anticipated. He started with 12 online credits and ended the semester with 9. However frustrating this is, I am glad that we were able to keep going to school during his off track. He is looking forward to the seven week break. He is the assistant scout master in our ward, so he will go to Scout Camp and then home to visit his family in Alamo, NV. I hope these vacations rejuvenate him, so he can start school again. He is still working at Jiffy Lube. He enjoys the work, and we are grateful he has a job.

Jane yells "Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom" in the mornings until I get up and get her. She is very affectionate; I especially love her kisses that are accompanied with the sound, "Muah". She likes to sing nursery songs and dance. She is a fruit lover (peaches, pears and blueberries are her favorites). Jane is getting the last of her teeth and, I think, growing. Our neighbor's son got home from a long summer trip and saw Jane and said, "O, Jane has gotten smaller." =)

We have spent a lot of time in the water lately...little pools at friends houses, sprinklers and city pool.  It is plenty hot here in Rexburg right now, and since it does not stay hot very long here, we swim and enjoy the heat as much as we can.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing // Allred-Special Song that I Needed Today

Monday, June 18, 2012

Out of Shape and Picture Updates

I played a lot of soccer growing up. I played in rain, hail, sweltering hot temperatures and with injuries. What I have not ever done is played after having a baby and after a four year break. A friend of ours plays on an adult league in Idaho Falls and asked if I would be interested. I was very eager to sign up because I have been trying to find something that would motivate me to exercise more consistently. Last night was my first game and there is one word that can sum up the experience...SORE. I caught myself lifting my leg with my hands to get out of my car today. It was actually comical and somewhat disheartening. I did have a great time though, despite our loss, and it reminded me that I may have the capacity to get back in shape. Everyone on the team is friendly, so I think it will be a great season. I am grateful for the chance to get out on the field again.

Winter 2012 Semester Students

Winter 2012 Semester Students

We stopped at Cove Fort to eat on our way to St. George. Jane is eating Gouda cheese!

Wagon ride to the park.

Jane sat in the back and Beka and Caleb pretty much laid on her the whole way to the park and back! haa.

Graduated with Honors! Way to Go Mom!

Mom and Jamie

Me and Mom

Brittany Degan, Alyssa Cordova and Hannah Cordova at Junnel's wedding in NorCal.

Friends at Junnel's wedding

The Reception Barn

The white tent was right by a stream/river and the actual ceremony was held there. 

Old Faithful

Buffalos at Yellowstone

Joanie came to visit and sing to us.

Joanie and Blaine stayed with us for a couple of days! Horray!


Playing with cousins


Kevin and Jane


Jane and Lucas

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