Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cancer Fashion Show, Boise, Baptism, Talking to My Missionary and Much Much More

     Dearest faithful followers (a.k.a. all 11 of you...),
                 I'm sorry that I haven't blogged in over a month! Gosh I can't believe how time has flown at all. And so much has happened! So I guess I should just give you a run down. Texas was so fantastic! Having Lauren come was great and then being able to spend time with my family was just what I needed. I was there for a total of about a week and a half. It was a constant party the whole time, and I left quite exhausted. While there I was able to volunteer at the annual Cancer Fashion Luncheon. It is an amazing program with amazing rewards. Each year kids that are currently battling cancer get to go to Dillard's and pick out an outfit. Dillard's in return buys that outfit and allows the kids to model it in a fashion show. The fun doesn't just stop there. They also get to be escorted by someone famous. This year the line up included; Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Haley Duff, professional soccer players, tons of NFL players, MBA players and more. It was great! And each kids get to have one of these great people who volunteer their time, escort them. It's an amazing program. At the luncheon there is also an auction and people buy things like trips, flights, and much more. Everything that is made is pure profit that goes to battling cancer. I got the pleasure of being a back stage buddy. I got to hang out with two awesome girls and help them prepare for the day. Did I mention that they also bring people in to do hair and makeup? Yeah, it's pretty sick! Anywho the day was great! Everyone was so cute and I got to see many of my old doctors and nurses! It was perfect!
    The very next day after the fashion show my mom, dad, and nephew Gavin flew to Boise, Idaho for my brother-in-law Shawn's swearing in as a lawyer! Man oh man, can I just say that I am so proud of Shawn! He has worked so hard for so long to get to this point and now he is! He found out that he passed the Idaho State Bar in April and since then we have been ecstatic! It is a little bitter sweet though. Heather and Shawn were living by my parents and so it was kinda hard to see them go. I am so excited that they are closer to me, but I will miss being able to see them every time I am home! Heather is in her last trimester! She is having a little girl and miss Millie (nickname) is due August 13th! I am counting down the days until she is here! Anyways we are all so proud of Shawn! Going to a session of Supreme Court and watching him be sworn is was a pretty cool experience. It didn't make me any more interested in politics, but it did make me have so much respect for what lawyers and those of the government due for us! It was way cool!
 The new layers taking their oaths!
    After a few days in Boise we headed up to Pocatello, Idaho for my first niece's baptism! I can't believe how old she is! Gosh I seriously don't know where time has gone! I was only 11 when she was born! She has grown up to be this beautiful girl and so funny! I just love her! Her baptism was amazing! It was great to be a part of it and apart of her 8th birthday. It was great to get together with friends and family and share such a wonderful experience! I am so proud of her! 
    Literally about 2 hours after Tommye-Lynn's baptism, I headed off to Provo! Gosh was I nervous to come back! I thought that I was going to hate the summer and that I would end up wishing I could go home, but actually it's been nothing but bliss. I am so so so happy and I am so glad that I chose to stay. I will admit the first couple days were tough and crazy, but I have settled into a routine and I love it :) I am going to school at UVU which I LOVE! I didn't think I would like it, but man it is great. Don't get me wrong, I adore BYU, but for me it wasn't the right place. UVU has tiny classes! There are like 10 in my class right now. One reason is because it's summer, but UVU tries to keep their classes pretty small. This is just so much better for me! And I kinda like going to school away form where I live. I live on one side of town and UVU is on the other. It kinda keeps things separate for me. I am also working full time! I work at Vivint in their customer care call center. The first week of training was so hard! I cried like 3 times! I have to know how to completely program 3 different security panels, so it's quite a bit of information! But now that I am finishing up week two and starting to get on calls, I love it. I really really do! I love know that our security system has helped so many people and that they love it. I love that I can make someone's day by fixing something for them, and I love turning someone who is so mad into someone who is grateful for my help. Yes, it is hard getting yelled at. Yes, we have some cra cra customers. But I really do enjoy it. It's been a great learning experience for me! 
     Okay, okay, okay. Let's get to the important thing! I TALKED TO DANIEL ON MOTHER'S DAY!!!! Can you guys believe it? I was so excited and kinda surprised! Daniel and I had decided that we would leave it up to his family whether to invite me or not. Since it was Mother's Day and they only get to talk to him a couple of times a year, we wanted to be extra sensitive to that. And I didn't want to just come and take up time that they get to talk to their son without them asking. So I waited, and waited, and waited, and nothing. I was already planning on going up for Daniel's Brother's Reception on that Saturday before Mother's Day, but I wasn't planning on spending the night with them. Long story short, I got asked to stay and man was I so excited! After the excitement kinda died down a little bit I was really really really NERVOUS! I mean what do you say to someone after 11 months? What if we had nothing to talk about? What if the sparks and feelings weren't there? I was freaking out and I had plenty of time to do it because I was the last to talk to him before his parents said goodbye one last time. When it was finally my turn, my heart was racing. I decided that I would just pretend that it was normal even if it wasn't so I just started with a Hello! It was amazing. I'm telling you it was like he had never left. Our conversation was so normal and so easy and I could tell that all the feelings I hoped were there were. I was ecstatic! I mean I had put 11 months of good hard effort into this so I wanted for us to still feel the same way, and we did. It was so good! And I didn't even cry! I was on top of the world after the call! When we got off the phone we both said "I love you" at the exact same time and then just laughed. We are still so in sync. I don't know how things will be in 12 months 3 weeks and 5 days, but I do know that our friendship hasn't changed but only grown stronger. And every lasting relationship starts with a good friendship right? I'm keeping my fingers crossed! But really we are both just so happy where we are now. He LOVES his mission and I love my life too. We love talking to each other and corresponding through letters and emails. We love looking forward to our future together. But we are both still trying to be smart about it. We know all the "what ifs" and we think about them often. Everyone wants to be the girl who ACTUALLY waits and the girl who it ACTUALLY works out for her, but not everyone can be the exception to the rule. Right now though, I'm not worried about it. Whatever happens, whatever turns this takes, I can handle it. And I am never going to regret everything we have been through because I have learned so much, and these have been some of the best years of my life. Talking to him was amazing. It reminded me of every reason I feel in love with him. It reminded me of every reason that he is so much better than any other boy I have gotten close to dating, dated, or thought about dating. There are some amazing guys out there, but they're just not my Daniel. :)

 All in all, I am so happy! Things are going so well and I just love my life right now. I know that's totally gay and so annoying to read from a blog, but I really feel like things are just perfect right now. Now talk to me in a month and it might be a different story, but right now I am perfectly happy and content. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful few weeks since I last posted. Happy late Mother's Day to each of you. Hope all is well with your family and friends!
Until Next Time,