Frustration: Doesn't cover it.

I got on today to start updating this old blog.

Then I saw quite a few of my posts had a dumb grey "do not enter" sign where my pictures should be.

Apparently most of my pictures are gone... because I didn't realize not wanting them on my phone would delete them.

Ugh. So much work is just ... GONE.

I may not need to switch from blogger now because my precious blog is just torn apart without pictures.

Father's Day

For Father's day, Rob and I each picked a shirt for my dad.

I picked one that describes him perfectly:
Relax. I can fix it.

Rob picked this one... I didn't think my dad would actually wear any of the shirts - but they would funny and cheap so we got them anyways.

The other day he came outside and he was wearing the shirt. 

For those that know him... you would know that this shirt suits him well- he is such a boy.

Birthday! twenty-three

The only pictures I got from the day were Tristan waking me up in the morning for a Birthday Snuggle and later when he helped me open my present.

The day started off with Tristan hanging out with me and making the day extra special. After I got ready and hung out with my mom, him and Rikkell. Rikkell refused to have any pictures that included with her posted though.

Tristan and my mom took me to Ross to look around after I opened my present from them.
Rob picked me up from Ross when he got off of work (across the street) and we went to go eat. We stopped to get Five Guys and bought movie tickets to go see Man of Steel. I wasn't super impressed with the movie and grew a little bored throughout it. After we went home so Rob could change and made our way to T-mobile where Rob bought me a new phone for my birthday [samsung galaxy s4].

Then we headed to Brick Oven for dinner where I enjoyed the most delicious calzone ever. After we met Jon at the movie theater and saw "This is the End", which was completely hilarious.

It was a great day and just fun to not feel too rushed to do anything. I think I gained five pounds just in the one day.

This last Sunday, on June 30, his family had a birthday dinner for me. They pretty much know that they should always just plan on having pasta for dinner, but Rob planned everything out and made it even better than I could have imagined. He made probably 30 pounds of homemade fettuccine - garlic and herb flavored. I've never had more delicious noodles.. then everyone else had such yummy food - the best alfredo, a tasty salad [with a million croutons - my favorite!], angel food cake with strawberries and homemade whipped cream, and buttery-parmesan-y rolls.
I drool still thinking about it!

I was so spoiled this year and was so happy to spend it with friends and family.
Hopefully we'll have another great year now being twenty-three.

Boondocks - June 20

Rob playing miniature golf
Brylie swinging behind her back and with her eyes closed
On June 20th, we got to go to Boondocks for Rob's work party. I had just gotten done with doing respite all week and sleeping at someone else's house and hadn't seen Rob for basically 4 days. That's the longest we've been apart. (awwww)

So that night, we headed up to Sandy and used a gift certificate that Rob had received for Christmas form his sister. It was to Carvers Steak and Seafood. I thought it would be like a little better version of Texas Roadhouse.
Clearly, I was off by a million percent. I walked in with shorts and a tank top and Rob was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a hat. We were so under dressed it wasn't even funny. We went on like nothing was wrong and started to pick from the menu. That is when we realized how classy the place really was... and how little on the menu I would be able to eat. [note: I am the pickiest person you will ever meet.]
Finally, I decided on a salad and added chicken so we could still use the gift certificate. I don't even like chicken. But it was the best part of the salad. It was dripping the dressing and I HATE salad dressing. I basically just eat the lettuce in salads. I was literally taking a bite, taking a swish of water to rinse off the dressing, chewing a few times, then swallowing the rest in my mouth like a pill. It was entertaining for Rob but certainly not for me.

After dinner we headed over to Boondocks, which made up for the not so fun dinner for me. We did go-karts, miniature golf (best ever!), arcade games, and laser tag. It was so fun to go and not have to worry about anything. The best part of the night was playing golf. At Boondocks they have these spinners... they weren't on every hole, but we definitely used them when they were available. You had to spin before everyone started and then you had to follow the instructions. Some things were for your benefit, and others made it more difficult on you.

A few we had were:
  • Use your foot instead of the club
  • Your opponent must do their first swing backwards, behind their back
  • Swing your first hit with your eyes closed
  • Take 1 away from your end score
  • Switch scores at the end of the hole with any opponent
  • Switch balls after the first hit of every player
It really was so fun... it made the night so much more enjoyable because I'm horrible at golf and it put me on an even playing field with Rob.

After our time was up we cashed in all our tickets and bought all candy - yummy! We ate it on the way home and just enjoyed being back together.

I'm an Aunt! - Family Photos

Okay... this really should have been up a long time ago... but better late than never.
These are a few of the many pictures I took of the Bernard family the end of April. Tristan is just over a month old in these pictures. 
I'm definitely no professional, and I had to pretend that I know how to edit pictures. But that's what they get for asking me to do them.

Isn't he just the sweetest, most precious little boy ever? He is going to be spoiled rotten... but that's okay!


Crib Bedding Set

About a month ago my sister asked me if I might be willing to make a crib set for her. She hadn't found one that she loved but she found some fabric she really liked. I told her I would be more than happy to make it for my cute nephew.

She bought the supplies and I went to work. It really was a lot more simple than I thought it was going to be. 
I spent a few hours trying to figure out how the heck to cut everything out from such large pieces of fabric. After I got that down everything else went pretty quick.
Everything all cut out
On a Friday night, I decided to have fun and make the blanket while Rob was at work. It went super quick and was so easy. Why have I not made more baby size blankets before?

Crib Quilt
Crib Skirt
The next thing to be made was the crib skirt. We had decided to just make three panels and velcro them onto the crib instead of trying to attach them. They seriously were ridiculously easy. I loved the way they turned out.

 Next, and lastly I made the crib bumpers. These things were a lot harder than they should have been. I mostly struggled because I was nervous to sew directly on batting. I didn't know if it would ruin my machine. I also attempted a new thing and added cording to them. They mostly all worked out but in the end I had to completely throw one away and start over because it was way too wonky. I'm pretty sure I've got it down how to do it for now on though.

I made everything last weekend 3.22.13-3.23.13... I kept texting Kacee about it and I would hear back until I told her it was all done. The next morning (Sunday) I got a text saying she would be in the hospital until Tristan would be born. He was officially born that night. She kept telling me to pace myself and not hurry because we still had at least four more weeks. Ha! He came twenty-four hours after I finished. (More on him later...)

Yesterday I finally got to go up to Murray and meet the little guy. Once the NICU floor was closed, I followed Kacee and Mattie up to their house and we were able to put it on the crib. Luckily everything fit and nothing was super wrong. I was so relieved to see that!!

Now, we just need baby Tristan home in it to make it complete!



Life is moving on and I'm busy as ever again. I am stuck going to school almost every night and working nights also so I tend not to have any free time. The one thing I do love is having Fridays off. Well.. after the preschool I get to come home and have the weekend to myself.

The only thing that is going to stink is now Robert has a job!! Woo Hoo!!

Okay, that part doesn't stink.

Just the fact that he has to work weekends.

But he will be officially starting this Friday at RC Willey in Orem. It doesn't pay super awesome and it isn't an awesome amount of hours. But it will be something and work with his school schedule. As well as not be too much to overwhelm him.

I've just gotten so darn use to him always being around so now I have to deal with sharing him again.

The nice thing is that RC Willey closes at 9:00 so if he does close he won't be much later. And my classes go until 8:30 anyways so it will work out during the week.

And when I work on Tuesday nights, its close enough I could take the cute little girl on a walk and visit... if it was warm. :) That would be fun!

Hopefully he likes the job fine and enjoys it. It sounds like it will be super easy and he is excited to have some income again. His exact words were "We can go out to eat again! Prepare to gain your weight back."
Thanks for the support with weight loss Rob.

Just kidding. I think.

The preschool is going well, I am really enjoying it. It is such a change from what I was doing before. It will be interesting to see how things carry on through the year.

I did find out that if I wanted to attend school in the summer I would have to quit the school for the month of May.
I just barely started and would have to quit already!!
Um no.

So I won't be able to graduate until next Spring.
But I can then work my butt off this summer and save up money (now that I have been used to living off of nothing) and find a way to make the schedule work for Fall. Maybe I could work at RC Willey with Rob!! Best Idea. Ever.

Well, we're getting along great. Things are good. Just busy busy busy. Like I feel like I'm beyond busy. But its good as long as I keep up on homework.

But we love you all!!! 


New Job

I have been so back and forth as of lately for what to do for my job situation.

I was getting tired of not having coworkers and adults to talk to and see on a regular basis. In the school I not only had the wonderful ladies that I worked with, I also had everyone else at the school. If I walked into the office I had wonderful ladies to greet me and ask me how everything is going. There were so many wonderful people at Canyon View.

Rise has been great and I love my clients to death, but I can't quite afford working for them, almost paying to work for them. I also don't have contact with anyone else. I was able to work my schedule for school around and switch things up. I started getting on the hunt for a job in a school.

My good friend Kelli told me she would have an opening, but not for sure until February 1st. In school terms that means no paycheck until the last day of March. I would love working for her and with all the students that left Canyon View and moved on to Orem High. I would have known the routine and all the students. There would have been only a handful of students that I didn't know.

I miss some particular students so much that I have dreams about them. I wish that I could keep all of them.

But I didn't know how I would make the money work. Rob has been out of a job since August and has been looking but nothing has worked out quite yet.

I started applying for a few different jobs and went to a couple of interviews. I was even excited for a junior high in Orem where one of my "clients" from Rise goes. I was devastated to  leave her and cried so much over it. I ended up not getting the job.
(Ask Rob about that one. He doesn't know why they wouldn't want someone who worked in a junior high for four years... but we'll get over it)

Then I heard from my aunt Kinna and cousin Sydney about a job at the preschool for special needs students (and tuition students) in Lehi. I debated since I haven't worked with kids that young and its so far away and different hours than normal.
It wasn't until I talked to Sydney more and she kind of talked me into it. For wanting to get into early intervention, I don't have any experience with littles with special needs. I needed something more that would make me stand out.

So I interviewed and that day Kelli texted me telling me I could have a job at her school the following week. I was so torn of what to do. I was debating even after Sego Lily called me back and said I could have the job. I just felt funny and didn't know what to do. I would love love love love love to work at the high school. I even visited and it just felt amazing to be back with the students and in the school.

Again, Sydney came to the rescue and we decided I should go in for an observation day.. just to try things out.

I went in and instantly felt like I could do it. Its definitely not what I'm used to. Some of the students are higher than students I worked with in the junior high. It was a whole new setting but I got to play all day long. The kids didn't care who I was as long as I played  with them and it made me super excited.

I feel so much better about going to work there, plus I'll get to see my aunt a whole lot more often! I'll be starting Monday and hopefully everything goes as smoothly as it did today. There was definitely screaming/fighting/name calling... but not more than I'm used to.
I'm excited to start the next chapter in my life!



This year was quite different for all holidays. Everyone was sick for Christmas, including Rob and I.

Everyone was still kind of sick for New Years Eve and Rob and I were almost getting over our sickness/death.

We decided to out to dinner to celebrate us two. We started out trying to go to one of our favorites, Terra Mia. They were doing a weird party and we couldn't get the food we wanted so we decided to go somewhere else.

We attempted several different restaurants but ended up at Olive Garden. Rob has never been and we've tried a couple of times but its always been way too long of a wait. We decided our New Year's Resolution would be to finally stick around to go to dinner there.

It was delicious and so fun to go out and eat. Rob said that we didn't really fit in there since it was a lot of people dressed up and it seemed like a nicer place. We definitely didn't look like we fit in.
We'll see if I will ever be able to get him back there.

After dinner we were going to go get some ice cream at a yogurt place, but we were both stuffed. So on the way home we stopped at Macey's to get some ice cream and treats to make our own shakes when were weren't going to throw up anymore.

We watched different shows on TV, nothing too exciting and waited for midnight! Once it started getting closer to 12:00 we changed the station to watch the ball drop.
Then it was time for bed. I was way way way too tired. Every other day I can stay up until 2 or 3 but when you are supposed to stay up I just couldn't help but want to fall asleep.

It was definitely different to not be celebrating with anyone else and not playing games with his family, but it was still so fun to just spend time together and hang out.

I'm still hoping that next year we will all be healthy so we can hang out and play! :)