Monday, July 28, 2008

My family

I will soon come back and regale you all with delightful tales of my family reunion, but for now, allow this picture to suffice.

Back row: Peter and Mindee Boling, Jeff and Mimi Collett, Devin and Amy Rose, Daniel and Rachel Boling, Philip Boling
Front row: Ben and Verda Homer, Marcia Boling, Hallie Rose, and Vickie Boling

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Church in Muncie

As all good things seem to come to an end, so did our trip. On Sunday, Dan and Rachel; Mindee and Peter; Mom, Grandma, and Dad; and Jeff and I traveled to Muncie for church. Unfortunately, Amy, Devin, and Hallie had to return to go to their own ward in Lafayette. It happens.

It was wonderful to be in our old home ward and see many good friends. After church, the McCartneys opened their home to us and allowed us to bring our picnic to them. Aaron McCullough and Joe Jackson joined us as well.

Amanda McCartney and I

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Zoo Day!

After enjoying a very delicious breakfast Saturday morning, we headed out to spend a very hot day at the zoo. Highlights for me were the dolphin show, the meerkats, the koalas, and the elephant show. The Indianapolis Zoo is, as always, a pleasure to visit. It was very hot though, so I was required to get myself some Dippin' Dots. ;)

Grandma, Dad, Pete, and Dan (at the elephant show)

Amy, Rachel, and Jeff (at the elephant show)

Devin, Hallie, Amy, and Mom (at the elephant show) Doesn't Hallie have a great expression? Like she's checking out the scene and thinking about it? Hehe

Jeff and I. (a required picture to take!)

All the Boling siblings touching an elephant's bum! I was surprised by how spongey the elephant felt. I thought it would be hard and dry, but it was like a sponge.

Jeffery petting a shark. One of them porpoised at me and scared me greatly. I screamed, which scared others greatly. ;)

Hallie, styling as always, with her doo rag. Isn't she just the cutest little girl?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Family Reunion

The Homers in Indiana gathered together Friday evening to enjoy delicious lasagna made by Devin and Amy, garlic bread by Mindee, and ice cream cake courtesy of Coldstone. :) The highlight of the evening was the genealogical presentation. Mom made a slideshow with pictures of all of us throughout the years. She also made a large family tree complete with pictures. Grandma and Grandpa Homer both prepared little talks about one ancestor each. I have that on tape, but I haven't figured out yet how to connect my video camera to my computer, so those remain stuck on the camera for now. :)

Grandma and Grandpa Homer :)

There's my cutie with my cutie! (Jeff and our first niece, Hallie)

Hallie spends some quality time with her second cousin (my first cousin once removed), Noah.

Proud papas: Andrew Homer with Owen Homer and Ben Homer with Noah Homer

The Stephen Homers (front to back): Stephen, Ramona, Verda, Benjamin, Benjamin, Heather, Noah, Stephen Jonathan, Earl, and Robert.

Some of the Terry Homers (front to back): Ann, Terry, Benjamin, Verda, Kathryn, Andrew, Owen, Paul, and Jeremy.

Grandpa Homer with his great granddaughter, Hallie Rose.

Me with my Homer grandparents. This is back at the hotel after the family reunion during the gift exchange.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baseball Game!

To begin the festivities, we went to a baseball game in Indy. I am not sure who the Indianapolis Indians played, but we sure beat them!

Here's the field. I think it's pretty nice for a minor league team.

Here's Laurie, Kyle's friend, and Kyle (Jeff's youngest brother). Wasn't that nice of them to drive up from Cincy and join us? :)

Of course, I had to take a picture of Jeff and I. That's how I roll.

Here's Grandma (Dad's mom), Dad, and Mom.

Rachel and Danny. (Dan is my brother.) They have a baby due in January! Yay! Another bouncing baby Boling!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Healing Wounds in Marriage

So, my married ward Relief Society presidency included me on the mass mailing list that included the talk they will be discussing in church this Sunday. I won't be there, but I read it anyway, because I thought it sounded interesting. It was very interesting. I agree with it completely.

People get divorced for 1 reason: one party or both parties became selfish. Whether that means one person was being abusive and wouldn't stop or one person decided to give up or whatever, it means that someone put something else in front of his or her marriage: be it a job, another person, feelings, etc. You get divorced when you decide something else is more important than your marriage. In severe cases of abuse, then it is good to get a divorce, because you and your children do not deserve the scars; however, in all other cases, I think people need to learn to stick it out and make their marriages happy, wonderful things again.

Anyway, this guy said it all a lot better than I can, so here is the link:
Healing Wounds in Marriage
by: Victor B. Cline
Ensign, July 1993

I'm just too blunt or ignorant to make it sound as good and smart as he does. I encourage you all to read it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Bah Hahbah ;)

So, three summers ago I moved into a barn with my sister and her friends in Bar Habor, Maine. Bar Habor is located on Mount Desert Island near Acadia National Park. It's breathtakingly beautiful and quaint—quite a tourist attraction! Lots of great people live there all year round, too.

On Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park is Cadillac Mountain. It is the tallest mountain north of South America (Brazil, I think). So, from about October to March, it is the first place that the sun rises in North America.

I went up there one morning with my friends, and these are the pictures I took of my sunrise. The sun is rising over the Porcupine Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Anna Banana

We went to the mall, and when I see an opportunity to try on something like that. Well, you know I can't let that slip through my fingertips!

Anna and Mimi. Just half of the fabulous MANA. It was really good to see her again. It's interesting how so much can change, but some things (like good friends) always stay the same.

Anna and her hubby, Dave. They move to Hawaii on Tuesday. What a place to move to, huh?

Spiderwick Chronicles

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1) The Field Guide by Holly Black

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really thought this was a great series. I especially loved all of the great illustrations. I definitely will encourage my children to read these books. Very imaginative.

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The Host

The Host: A Novel The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I think I may have liked this even more than the Twilight series. I loved how it ended up being this intense love story, but not just boy/girl romantic. It was child/parent, citizen/society, friend/friend, everything love. I thought it was amazing.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

When You Look Me in the Eyes

By the Jonas Brothers

"When You Look Me In The Eyes"

If the heart is always searching,
Can you ever find a home?
I've been looking for that someone,
I'll never make it on my own
Dreams can't take the place of loving you,
There's gotta be a million reasons why it's true.

When you look me in the eyes,
And tell me that you love me.
Everything's alright,
When you're right here by my side.
When you look me in the eyes,
I catch a glimpse of heaven.
I find my paradise,
When you look me in the eyes.

How long will I be waiting,
To be with you again
Gonna tell you that I love you,
In the best way that I can.
I can't take a day without you here,
You're the light that makes my darkness disappear.

When you look me in the eyes,
And tell me that you love me.
Everything's alright,
When you're right here by my side.
When you look me in the eyes,
I catch a glimpse of heaven.
I find my paradise,
When you look me in the eyes.

More and more, I start to realize,
I can reach my tomorrow,
I can hold my head up high,
And it's all because you're by my side.

When you look me in the eyes,
And tell me that you love me.
Everything's alright,
When you're right here by my side.
When I hold you in my arms,
I know that it's forever.
I just gotta let you know,
I never wanna let you go.

When you look me in the eyes.

And tell me that you love me.
Everything's alright,
When you're right here by my side.
When you look me in the eyes,
I catch a glimpse of heaven.
I find my paradise,
When you look me in the eyes.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I gave a talk today.

So, Jeff is the first counselor in a singles ward, and today I gave a talk on dating with the Spirit in combined Relief Society and Elder's Quorum. The journal entries may sound a bit up and down, because I had to cut a lot (a lot a lot) out to fit my time constraints. What you have below ended up being 3 1/2 pages. My original talk was 16 pages.

So, I’ve been asked to talk about dating. Not just dating in general, but dating with the Spirit. There’s a big difference. So, you can go to just as easily as I and search and find out what our leaders have said on this topic, so I decided not to do your homework for you. Those aren’t my testimony or experience.

Now, obviously I’m married and in love with Jeff. However, Jeff wasn’t the first guy I dated, and I’m not the first girl Jeff was in love with. In fact, most of the people you date aren’t the person you marry. What makes that difference? Sure, sure there is physical attraction and sparks and things in common and favorite hobbies to share, etc. but a lot of people like the same things you do. What is it that really gets you there?

Well, I think it’s the primary answers: prayer, reading your scriptures, and going to church. I think that is what makes the difference between dating and finding the person you want to marry and being the person that person wants to be married to. Let me illustrate this with my journal entries. Watch how I went from an uncertain girl to a happy wife.

June 26, 2005 ♥ Genesis 2:24. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” ONE FLESH. Will I ever trust myself and someone else enough to become as “one flesh”? Will I ever be able to give someone that much power in my life? It sounds so wonderful and amazing, but it doesn’t seem like something I will ever allow myself to experience.

June 28 ♥ I was sitting in institute when I was struck with the feeling that I should break up with Jacob. Whenever I pray about it, I feel peace, and I know I’m making the right decision. I’m not ready to be in a relationship either. I’m not a person worthy of guys and missionaries like him yet.

July 11 ♥ I really could have spent the rest of my life with Jacob. However, I feel that way about Dan also. However, we have a God of miracles and happy endings, so I know that if I make the right choices I will end up with Jacob or someone as wonderful as Jacob. I wonder if I will end up with Jacob or Dan or some mystery man I’ve never met. Haha. I obviously ended up with the mystery man!

July 21 ♥ I’m at the Laundromat watching a really old couple. They’re still married and in love. The love of still-married, old people is amazing. They have made it through so much and stuck together for so long. Eternal commitment. Oh my gosh wow. Does someone exist that I could love in return for eternity?

August 8 ♥ Raya asked me if I missed Kevin. I said, “No, I’m just bored without him.” I wonder if that’s true. I mean, I miss doing stuff with him. I miss having him around, but I’m not pining away or sitting around restless. Why don’t I miss people? When am I going to trust someone enough to attach myself to them?

August 13 ♥ I need to stop just dating people and focus on marriage material, but at the same time, the guys I would want to marry are all on missions or about to go. Sure. No guys.

August 27 ♥ So after this summer, I have realized that I don’t want to date some guys, because I would never marry them, so it would just be a fling or very dangerous, so there’s no point. The rest of the guys I don’t want to date, because I actually could marry them, and I want to see if Dan and I are as compatible as I think we are. Haha, now I’m waiting for a guy who doesn’t even know that I like him, so I can completely avoid the issue of dating anyone available. Marriage is scary!

September 12 ♥ I have made one friend in my new ward—Jeff Collett. He’s from Ohio. He seems pretty cool.

September 22 ♥ How am I going to pick one day whom to marry? I don’t have a favorite color, song, book, movie, or anything! So, Jeff asked me out on a date for Saturday. He said I could think about my answer and get back to him about my decision. Have I ever made a choice?! Oh, Jeffrey is making things confusing for me isn’t he? But he’s smart. He is actually giving me time to think about it, so I can’t blame it on him later. It’s all my decision.

September 26 ♥ I got a blessing from my home teachers yesterday. You know how unhappy and lonely I have been feeling? It is amazing how good I have felt since the blessing! I’ve felt totally at peace and comforted. I am so grateful for the priesthood. All of my turmoil and unhappiness was swept away with the help of a blessing from my home teachers.

September 27 ♥ So . . . remember how lonely and miserable and unhappy I was the past month? How I wanted someone to talk to—to confide in? How I felt so alone and couldn’t find happiness? How I could only find peace in the scriptures? Well . . . I’ve been praying and fasting about whether or not to continue hanging out with Jeff, and I really feel peace in the idea that God put him here to be my friend, support, and listener right now. I don’t know where that places Dan and/or a mission, but I do know that Jeff is blessing my life. My roommate, Amber, got engaged to her boyfriend, Nate, last night. She is so happy. I am so not ready for that! Hm, I’m doing better. I’ve had a blessing. I’m reading my scriptures. I’m praying, and I’m fasting, and guess what? I have peace. I’m still not ready for marriage, but I’m not freaking out about dating someone who I could marry and I'm not wasting my time dating someone I couldn't marry. I’m not scared!

October 4 ♥ Jeff had tickets to General Conference. He invited me, and it was wonderful to be in the Conference Center. I am supposed to be thinking about whether I’ll date him—to be his girlfriend. He asked and then gave me time to think about it. Check this guy out! He invites me to Church activities, and he gives me time. No pressure. No rushing. He tells me how he feels and then lets me sort out my feelings. No spur of the moment, poorly thought out decisions can be made now. Again, it’s my choice and will be my responsibility.

October 6 ♥ So, I’m dating Jeff. Jeff Collett is my boyfriend. Jeff makes me really happy. Wow. I have a boyfriend, and I’m okay with it! I’m not thinking of excuses to run away!

October 14 ♥ Jeffrey . . . he was so unexpected. I really like him. Today we were joking about marriage and babies, and I didn’t get scared. I think I am falling for him, and the only thing I’m afraid of is that I don’t know how he feels. Oh my! I’m falling hard. I’m not scared.

October 19 ♥ Jeff almost broke up with me yesterday. This may sound weird, but it was an amazingly spiritual experience for me. As we talked, I kept feeling this overwhelming feeling of peace and warmth. It was as though someone was holding me and whispering, “There, there Michelle. It’s going to be okay. You are strong enough to handle any outcome and everything is going to work out.” I knew that even if Jeffrey did break my heart, I would survive. I knew (and know) that dating Jeffrey was the right thing to do. I am so grateful for everything that he has already taught me. He’s shown me that it is possible to be happy while dating and to have someone respect and cherish you instead of use you. It’s been amazing. I also knew that if Jeffrey decided to toss me back (as long as I kept following the Spirit’s promptings) that I would find some other guy as wonderful as Jeffrey or maybe even more wonderful (if that’s possible). God takes care of His saints. Jeffrey ended up deciding to still date me and to come and meet my parents. I lost the Spirit a little for a bit and starting turning back into the Mimi that expects guys to hurt her and who overanalyzes everything, but then I knew that would make me unhappy and wouldn’t be fair to Jeffrey, so I prayed for the ability to trust and regain my earlier peace, and I received it! I am so happy to be Jeffrey’s. Wow! Look what you can feel when you have the Spirit! He will comfort you; He will bring peace to your soul when you are doing the right things and living the right way, and I was. I was reading my scriptures daily and going to the temple weekly.

October 20 ♥ So, Jeffrey and I officially have plane tickets for this Christmas Break, but for some reason I am not flipping out. We’re also talking about taking a religion class together next semester. That’s pretty long term. Since we’re only supposed to date people we would marry, I prayed about it and I could. That’s pretty early, huh? It hasn’t even been a month since we’ve been dating. I honestly think it never is too early. I didn’t ask Heavenly Father if Jeff Collett would be my husband. No, ma’am. I thought about the way he treated me and made me feel, and I decided that I thought I could marry him. Then I asked Heavenly Father if it was okay. The answer was yes. I still didn’t know if I would marry Jeff for sure, but I knew it would not be bad if I did and I knew I could keep dating him. I wasn't wasting either of our time.

October 25 ♥ Our first date was a month ago yesterday. It’s kind of weird to be dating someone I know I could marry. I guess weird isn’t the right word . . . maybe wonderful and different. Yeah, that’s how it is. Shh . . . this is a secret, but I love him. I haven’t told anyone else. Oh, so now I love him, huh?

October 26 ♥ I hope Jeffrey isn’t worried, stressed, or preoccupied with the marriage thing. We’ve only been dating for one month; we don’t need to be concerned yet. Especially since I’m not concerned at all! I’ve already prayed about it and know marriage would be okay. This peace is amazing. I should pray about everything! It feels great to have God backing up your decisions. I know I could marry him, and I also know God could help me get over him if need be. Yes, the peace was amazing and is amazing. Even now when I need it, I can find that peace that I gained almost three years ago, and I know it’s still okay.

November 3 ♥ Am I dating Jeff just to be dating someone or because he’s Jeff? No, I am dating Jeff because he’s Jeffrey. I am not dating him to just have a boyfriend, because I did not even want a boyfriend. Is Jeffrey a good match for me? He teases a lot, but he’s really considerate and kind also. Do I really know him? Does he really know me? Do I really know me? Is it possible to really know someone? Do you ever actually stop getting to know someone? Sometimes I feel really insecure and unconfident, and I think Jeffrey would prefer a girl that cooked more and knew more about children. Then I remember there’s no reason for me to worry about those things, because that’s his decision—not mine. I’m starting to get confused. I’m losing my peace. Why do we lose peace? We let doubts creep in, and there is no room for faith and fear at the same time. I thought I loved this guy and knew it would be okay!

November 11 ♥ I think I might already love Jeff, but I am not sure. I’m definitely the closest to love that I have ever been. [One page later] So, I know that I love Jeffrey, but is it spend-the-rest-of-my-life-with-you love or enjoy-my-time-with-you-and-always-have-fun-with-you love or I-am-okay-with-your-flaws love or you’re-an-amazing-friend love or you’re-a-great-person love or the-way-I-love-everyone love? Or all-of-the-above love? I know I’d prefer to spend time with him than do anything else with anyone else. Is that love? Love is confusing, isn’t it?

December 1 ♥ I wonder when Jeffrey will propose? I’m pretty sure he will. Next month? Three months? I don’t know. I definitely think it would be worth it to make it work with Jeffrey. I could commit to him. It is kind of weird to be in this situation. I can’t possibly be this girl falling in love. However, I still don’t feel like we’ve been dating long enough to make that kind of step. So I hope he doesn’t propose anytime soon. I don’t think it will be soon, because he says he’s scared of being wrong. I’m pretty confident in our relationship now, but it’s still weird to me. I’m not used to being in love.

December 4 ♥ Happy 3 months of knowing Jeffrey. Hmm . . . is there someone out there who could make me happier than Jeffrey? I can’t believe sometimes that I’m dating a twenty-three year old. Will he be able to provide for me and my family? I must not love him heart, soul, mind, and body yet. Some part of me definitely loves him though. I love him; I love him not. Seems to be up in the air, huh?

December 8 ♥ He told me he loved me. I wanted so badly to say it back—I thought it would burst out of me, but I didn’t have the guts. I’ll tell him tomorrow.

December 12 ♥ Wow. Being in love is so cool. Wow. I really hope Jeffrey and I get married instead of breaking up. We’re alike in the right ways and different in the right ways. I love Jeffrey Wells Collett. I’m pretty much just plain happy now.

January 11, 2006 ♥ Jeffrey and I are getting married! He finally stopped being scared! He hasn’t proposed yet, because he wants to have a ring when he does it. It’s really exciting. I’m really happy. Sometimes I worry I’m making the wrong decision, but I’ve prayed about it and I know deep down it is right and could only be wrong if I make it so. I love him, so all that is left is eternal commitment, and I can totally do that. That’s it. I knew it, and the Lord knew it, and I couldn’t deny it.

February 24 ♥ Jeffrey and I really frustrate each other sometimes. Through the frustrating moments I am learning how to pick my battles and just let the little things go. I am also learning how utterly committed we both are to making “us” work. I am filled with joy. Yeah, even though we’re in love and engaged by this point doesn’t mean we can’t get annoyed at each other.

March 3 ♥ Jeffrey is so amazing! So today, we’ve been engaged for a month and dating for five months. Tomorrow we’ll have known each other for six months—half a year! It’s amazing how your perception of someone can change if you’ll just open your heart to them and endless possibilities. That’s true! I sure didn’t know I would marry him when I met him. I had decided I wasn’t going to date at all that year!

March 29 ♥ Jeff and I almost broke up. He and my mom are not bonding. She keeps crying all the time about losing me to Jeff, and I just didn’t feel strong enough to handle it, and I thought forget it, I’ll just wait and marry someone she likes. He started taking the ring off my finger, and all of a sudden I knew that it needed to stay on and that he was the guy I wanted for eternity. Wow. One of the strongest feelings I can remember having was when Jeff moved to remove my ring. I knew, heart and mind, that I wanted to marry Jeff Collett, and that my mom would come around, because Heavenly Father had let me know months ago it would be okay.

April 30 ♥ So Jeffrey Wells Collett and I tied the knot on Friday, April 28. It’s a long story . . . We were sealed in the temple for all time and eternity!

So there it is. How did I start out? Terrified. Confused. Unsure of myself and my ability to love. What changed? Before I met Jeff, I dated quite a few other nice, honorable guys. There was nothing wrong with them, and they were temple-worthy. I wasn’t ready though. I was a mess. How did I get out of my mess?

I took Gordon B. Hinckley’s challenge to read the Book of Mormon. I did baptisms in the temple every Tuesday morning before my classes. I put a picture of the Savior in Gethsemane next to my bed, and every night before I went to bed I thought of at least one way that the Atonement affected my life that day. I wasn’t ready to fall in love with a guy I could marry until I had gotten my life in order and became someone ready to be married in the temple. Jeff is just lucky that he found me at that time before someone else did. ;)

Even doing all those things though, you’ll remember that I still got scared at different times. What did I do to overcome those paralyzing moments? I prayed. I lived so I could keep the Spirit about me, and I felt His comfort. When I did get freaked out, it was usually because I was slipping or Jeff was slipping, and we weren’t living as righteously as we could have. Whenever I was ready to pray and come back though, I was able to find that peace.

I hope this has helped somewhat. I just wanted to share my experience with you. Just get yourself ready, and then wait patiently as someone else is getting him or herself ready to be with you, too. They don’t all find you as quickly as Jeff found me.

While I don't know how or when it will work out for you, I do know that you will all have exactly what you need in your lives to be happy and to become the person you are supposed to be, if you follow these guidelines I've set out: pray, live to keep the Spirit in your life, read the scriptures, fulfill your calling, etc. Although some people do not find marital happiness in this life, I do know that everyone who lives worthily will eventually find it. Please don't think that just because you leave BYU single means that you will be single forever. My brother-in-law did his undergraduate and graduate at BYU and left single. Then he went to get his PhD at Purdue and met my beautiful big sister. My sister-in-law also did her undergraduate and graduate studies at BYU and didn't end up with someone until she went back home to where my brother was then living. BYU is not the end-all. You have eternity to find your companion. My dad's cousin didn't find someone to marry until she was in her 50s, and she is happy now.

Love is confusing; it's a leap of faith into the unknown. Luckily, marriage is more than just love, more than just the confusing part. It's determination, patience, endurance, flexibility, and commitment. Those factors are what come from basing your marriage on the foundation of Christ, and they're what keep a marriage strong. Those things make a marriage work, and love makes a marriage worth making it work.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Baby Bellows

Brooke and Zach ran to the store for a bit and left Ryan with Jeff and I. I felt very, very honored. Sigh. He's adorable.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bishop and his counselors

So, we got to have dinner with the Bishop and Sister Metcalfs, the Bigelows, the Haslers, and the Rices. It was a special evening of seeing old friends and retelling lots of memories. The food was absolutely delicious. I can't believe how quickly babies get big!

Rick and Juliana Metcalf; Jeff and Michelle Collett; Brody, Seth, Cheyenne, and Bryant Bigelow; Glenn, Jenae, and Olivia Hasler; and Chris and Candela Rice.

Sisters Bigelow and Hasler

Sister Rice and I

The only sad thing amidst all of the exciting part of moving on from BYU and going to Cincinnati is leaving the good friends we've made here.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Dinner with Cousins/Old Roommates

My Aunt Cyndy from Texas was in town on Sunday (and probably is still in town) visiting with her daughters, grandsons, and sons-in-law. Kyle called on Sunday and invited us to dinner with them. It was quite a dinner! Kyle and Melissa had a 13-pound turkey to share. I enjoyed it very much. I took a picture of Jeff's shoe next to little Everett's shoe. :)

So Jeff had never seen a hedgehog before. Since they're nocturnal, Meg wasn't too friendly. She was growling a big and kept trying to but him with her quills. Jeff was a little disappointed that she wasn't bright blue and didn't roll up into a ball for us.

Here's Jeff and I holding Everett (Melissa and Kyle's baby). Micky, the dog, tried to get into some of the action as well. :) Everett is a very happy baby.

This is a great shot of Griffin, Sarah and Jeffrey's little boy. He loved it when people clapped or snapped their fingers. You believe me right? I mean, look how happy he looks!

So this is Aunt Cyndy with her daughters, Melissa and Sarah, and their boys, Everett and Griffin. They are seven months old. It was a very nice dinner, and I am glad that Kyle thought to invite us.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy Fourth of July

So Jeff and I had a great Fourth! We went up to Kaysville like usual to celebrate with various aunts, uncles, and cousins of Jeff's. This year though one of Jeff's siblings was out here, so we got to go with Jason and Amy. That was great fun. We enjoyed a very delicious barbeque, and Amy humored us Midwesterners and let us teach her Euchre.

After the barbeque and games, we headed over to the community college in Kaysville. For the fireworks show. We get there early (so we can still see where we're sitting hehe). We played some more cards, and I took a nap. I got to eat lots of gummy bears, so I definitely enjoyed that. It was cool, we could see three different firework shows while waiting for ours to start, so that was cool.

Before the show started, the announcer said that a little boy was standing with him who couldn't remember his name. The announcer described what the boy was wearing and asked his parents to come find him. How terrifying would that be to lose your son at a dark, outdoor, very crowded event? I felt kind of scared and sad for them.

Okay, okay, when I am waiting for things to start sometimes I take pictures of myself . . .

I managed to get a picture of one of the fireworks. I was pleased with myself. I know I should be waxing poetic about how wonderful the US of A is, but I'm tired right now. I do want it to be said that although I am occassionally annoyed by Americans, I completely and utterly love America.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Back in Provo

So I am back now! Jeffrey picked me up from the airport midnight on Monday. It was a little hard to go back to work with that little sleep on Tuesday, but it's all good. On Wednesday, life was back to normal, and I got to go to another softball game.

So this adorable tiny little dog was actually able to pick up that huge softball! It couldn't at first, but he persevered and got it! It was crazy. It must have been because of the texture of the ball, because his little mouth was not big enough.

There's my handsome! He had at least two runs (one was a home run). :) Yay. He also was the pitcher. What a fine fellow!

Brooke and Ryan when with me to the game. We walked over. It was a nice walk. On the way back, a girl asked me about my shirt; well, she tried to ask me. Her English was not too good. I decided to take a chance, and I spoke to her in Portuguese. She was from Sao Paulo, and she is here learning English, so she can go to BYU in the future. It was really fun.

Brooke and I enjoyed our walk; it was a nice time to catch up. It felt like it had been forever since I had been able to chat with her! :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Marvelous Monday

So Monday I woke up at my sister's house. Amy told me the night before that Hallie would probably wake up around 5:45. Sure enough, the next morning I heard a happy little voice and when I looked at my watch, it was 5:44! What a punctual cutie!

That adorable outfit is courtesy of Jeff and I. ;)

Sisters. You're diggin' the pants, I know!

Mommy & Daughter. Don't you wonder what Hallie is pondering about in this picture?

I finally get my hands on that cutie patotie!

I love how you can see the drool reflecting on her chin.

I think we have the same nose and face shape. :)

There's Danny and Rachie! I got to stop by and see their new apartment before we rushed to the airport. It's a nice place. They have a great view of the lake.

Almost all of the Boling girls.

One last one of my beautiful Amy and Hallie.

So haha, it may be funny to take a picture of the chair, but this was in ECONOMY class! Can you believe it? The plane was called an Embraer or something, and it was so amazingly comfortable! The headrest moved up and down; I thought that was so cool. I would ride this one again any day. It was with Northwest, but it wasn't actually Northwest; it was some smaller airline that does flights for them or something.