Monday, November 8, 2010


It has been 2 months to the day since I posted. I promise we didn't fall off the face of the earth. We have actually done some pretty fun things, the problem is that I have forgotten to bring my camera to those fun things and haven't remembered to remind my mom to send me pictures of some of the fun things, so I have been trying to wait until I had pictures. But, it's almost Thanksgiving, meaning more holiday things are going to happen, so I need to post about these fun things before it's too late!

So, let me start out with our most exciting news: JON PASSED THE BAR EXAM!!!!! Yay!!!! He found out at the beginning of October. He saw it posted on the internet and he called me from work with the news - and I cried because I was so proud of him and just so happy! It was great because, for those of you who know Jon, he is very humble about things. He doesn't like to toot his own horn and he tries to play down his accomplishments, but you could see the pride and excitement in his eyes when he got home and was telling me all about it! I could not be more happy for my genius husband!

Oh yeah, he also got a job! It's a law clerk position until all of his paperwork goes through for him to be admitted to the Arizona Bar and become an actual attorney. It's with a big firm in Phoenix so it's pretty fancy. And, it's really nice to have a job - after living for even just a couple of months without one, we recognize what a blessing it is! The down side is that it is a pretty long commute (a little over an hour both ways in rush hour traffic) and some of the people above him are a little difficult - but Jon is such a nice and easy-going guy, it is really hard not to get along with him. He is really learning a lot about the kind of law he is working on and he is gaining a lot of experience - and bringing home a paycheck - so we are really content right now.

I have been going to school. Sometimes I complain (about one class in particular) but the truth is that I am loving being back in school! It is so exciting to learn things and be in a classroom. It's even exciting to have homework! The one thing I am learning is that teachers think that they are right about more than just their subject. I have a couple of teachers who think that they can spout off about their political, and life views as though it is fact and we are all supposed to take their word for it because "they are the teacher". Well, that may work on some of the high school kids that are in my classes (I'm at community college for a little while till I finish some classes - so some of the kids are still in high school) but it sort of irritates me. I want to raise my hand and say, "what does this have to do with Public Speaking?" but of course I don't.....that would be rude. By the way, I really like my Public Speaking class.

In other news, I turned 23 at the beginning of October. I want to say thank you to everyone who called, sent text messages, or commented on my facebook. I didn't realize I was so loved! You are all so wonderful!
For my Birthday, my family came down to celebrate with me. We had a BLAST!! My dad (who always makes special birthday breakfasts for us) got up early and made me some biscuits and gravy with granny potato hashbrowns (my great granny bottles potatoes, and they are the best when they are shredded up for hashbrowns) - Oh my goodness, it was so darn good!!!! It is seriously my favorite breakfast! Thanks Daddy!!!
Then we all got ready and we went to a place called "As You Wish!" I don't know if you have heard of it, but if you haven't, it is a place where you can paint ceramic stuff (plates, cups, little statue things) and then they burn it in a kiln and then you have a fancy, one-of-a-kind thing. It was so fun! We all got mugs, except for my dad who found a little box that he really liked, and we painted them. Turns out we are quite an artistic bunch! I didn't realize how talented we all are! Each of us added our own personality and everything looked amazing! It was fun to sit around a table and laugh and joke and paint and just enjoy each other's company.
Then my parents took us to Joe's Crab Shack where I got some king crab legs. All I have to say is YUMMY!!! There is nothing like crab legs!
Of course we had to go to the mall to pick up some Mrs. Field's mini chocolate chip cookies because that is what I wanted instead of a birthday cake. They are so darn good!
It was an awesome Birthday, but it didn't stop there........
On Sunday (my Birthday was on Saturday) we watched General Conference. Jon was able to hook the computer up to the TV, so we could actually watch it on our TV instead of all gathering around a little computer screen. He is so handy. Between sessions my mom made me my traditional lasagna dinner. My mom makes the best lasagna of anybody ever - no contest! And every year she makes it for my birthday! This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember, and a very tasty one at that! And Laney made me a yummy chocolate cake. Am I spoiled or what!?
It was an awesome Birthday!

The other super fun thing that has happened since I last posted was Halloween. Normally, I am kind of a Halloween Scrooge. I don't really like decorating for Halloween, I don't like scary movies or scary I am not a huge fan. But this year we went up to Snowflake. We had gone to the Willis Pumpkin Patch and picked out our favorite pumpkins and we were excited to carve them. Last year we did an amazing job - so amazing in fact, that people in my mom's neighborhood were telling her how great they were and how they couldn't wait to see what we came up with this year. Let me tell you, they were pretty great. As soon as I get pictures, I will post them because I realize how badly I am teasing you!
Then we had dinner (Mom's bacon and egg linguini - yum, yum!) with my Uncle Sam and Aunt Reah, followed by a Rock Band tournament while the trick-or-treaters came. It was so fun!

Since Halloween I have had a head cold. That is not fun. But my sweet husband is so good to me. He has taken great care of me and I am happy to say that I am 100% recovered! Now I have to get back to doing all the stuff I didn't do while I was all stuffed a big homework project that is due on Wednesday....

Well, that is our life in a nutshell up to this point.

I promise to do better at taking pictures and at posting!


Kay and Krystal said...

Such a blessing that Jon now has a job, I hope he is just loving's so nice that he is all done with school. :) I'm glad your enjoying school too, it's kinda crazy going back and getting into the habit of it all again huh?

Brenden+Nikki said...

Oh Mal I can't tell you how happy this blog post made me! Things are going so well for you guys and it has sounded like a fun couple of months too! That is always a good thing. Fun with family is such a good feeling. Anyway, you guys totally deserve it which is another reason why it makes me smile. We love you guys and are so proud of both of you!!!