Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 In Review

Well well well, another year is coming to a close. I figure I'll do a recap of highlights throughout the year since I don't keep up on the blog very well. Maybe next year will be better right? Well here we go!

January: We celebrated our  2nd wedding anniversary. We went to Seattle again and ate dinner at the Space Needle restaurant. Possibly the most expensive meal I've had so far in my life but it was definitely the best steak of my life.

February:....I actually don't think much happened in February. We celebrated Valentines Day and Charliepop's birthday. Oh, we also contacted a realtor for the first time!

March: We came down to St. George to start our home search. Over 2 days, and 9 houses, we found our first home.

April: We celebrated Derek's 24th birthday on the 12th and on April 22nd, we signed the paperwork and became first time homeowners!

May: We celebrated my 23rd birthday on the 4th with my besties driving me all the way up to Logan to get ice cream. It was fabulous. On the 16th, we said goodbye to our hometown and moved down to St. George. We enjoyed one last bestie weekend before we were officially on our own.

June: We adopted Molly Polly from the animal shelter. We've absolutely loved having her in our family.

July: Again I don't remember much of July. We spent a lot of time exploring our new city and settling completely into our new home. It was brutally hot but we survived our first summer and are looking forward to the next one.

August: We went home to visit family and we got to see my youngest cousin get married. It was beautiful and I was beyond thrilled to see family and friends over those 2 days. We also started our first semesters at Dixie State University.

September: We started off the month with me getting a stupid kidney stone. I was pretty miserable most of the month but thankfully it passed without me having to have surgery. We continued going to school and working a ton

November: We were very excited to have our first major holiday in our own home. Derek's mom and brothers came to stay with us and it was wonderful to see family again

December: We finished our first semester at Dixie and got registered for the next one. Once finals were over, we drove up to PG to surprise our families. It was a wonderful weekend and much needed for me since I was very much homesick by this point. We got to do a bit of Christmas shopping this month and once Christmas came around, we got to celebrate for the first time all by ourselves. It was so weird to not be with family but we loved being able to carry over traditions and start new ones.

Overall, I think we've had a pretty good year. I wish I had documented more but there is always room for improvement next year. We're looking forward to making more memories and continuing to fall more in love with each other.

Here's to 2014. May it be our best year yet!

Friday, December 13, 2013

First Semester Down

So for those that don't know, I'm currently a freshman at Dixie State University. So far I'm loving it! I'm majoring in English to be an editor. Don't expect my blog to be professional though. It's my blog for goodness sake!


Since we've reached the end of the semester, I'd like to reflect on some things I learned during the last 4 months.

1. Yes I can whip out a paper last minute and receive an A but the stress of doing that is not worth it to me. Next semester, I'll start papers more than 2 hours before they are due.

2. I study better at the table because I focus more. I should most definitely stop studying on the couch. That's what I bought a desk for, right?

3. Just because you don't like the professor doesn't mean you can't learn something from them.

4. Having good communications with your professors gets you a long way.

5. When you are learning a language and have to take an oral exam, it's best to get lots of sleep the night before or you'll break down in tears and walk out in the middle of the test.(True story, but my professor let me come back in to try and finish, I still couldn't so she gave me half credit)

6. Find time to still have fun! Attend more campus activities and really get to know people!


I'm really looking forward to next semester. I'll be taking 17 course credits but I think I can handle it. I'm just so excited about furthering my education and finally having a degree. It's going to be amazing! I'm so glad we survived this semester!