Saturday, February 28, 2009

BYU Beat Utah

Today was a great day. The pleasant weather has stayed with us. :) I went to to a baby shower and dreamed of having my own baby soon. I went over to the library, picked up two books (The Two Princess of Bamarre by Gail Levine and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle) and the Pregnancy for Dummies DVD.

Jeffrey mentioned that he heard on the news that this February has been the warmest in Utah history. I believe it!

Evidence of the Great Weather :)

Jeff and I then went to the BYU men's basketball game. After a uncertain first half, BYU came out really strong in the second half and pulled off a commanding victory over the Runnin' Utes. Both teams played well, but BYU was really on fire. My favorite moment in the game was definitely when Lee Cummard blocked a Utah player's dunk. I didn't even know that it was possible to block a dunk. :) Way awesome.

We got there an hour early in hopes to get a seat in the student section where we didn't have to stand. We definitely underestimated the student section. We ended up in the very top with our backs against the wall, and it was nice to have something to lean on.

The students that got there much earlier were all given T-shirts and towels. At the beginning of the game, during the school fight song, all of those students waved their towels. It was a moving sea of white and was pretty cool. Jeffrey took this video of it.


Here we are, happy in the victory. I'm laughing, because this is our third photo attempt. In the first two, Jeff kept doing this weird smile that he says he didn't realize he was doing. He was showing no teeth and making his lips really thin. Hm. :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jesus Christ

This week, I finished The Kingdom and The Crown Trilogy by Gerald N. Lund. I really enjoyed them and appreciated all of the research Elder Lund had done. I thought that in writing the books he had found a beautiful way to share his insights with us and help readers like me gain a greater understanding of the people of around AD 30.

(If you don't know, these books follow the storyline of fictional characters who interact with Jesus and other real people written about in the Gospels.)

I finished the third book today (and what an uplifting ending it was to read descriptions of what it may have been like to be one of the people who were privileged to see the resurrected Jesus). I really recommend these books!

So, I've had Christ's life and ministry on my mind. Then I read my online scriptures, and my completed reading quote is this:

"So as I conceive it, we must stand adamant for the doctrine of the atonement of Jesus the Christ, for the divinity of his conception, for his sinless life, and for, shall I say, the divinity of his death, his voluntary surrender of life. He was not killed, he gave up his life. It is our mission, perhaps the most fundamental purpose of our work, to bear constant testimony of Jesus the Christ. We must never permit to enter into our thoughts and certainly not into our teachings, the idea that he was merely a great teacher, a great philosopher, the builder of a great system of ethics. It is our duty, day after day, year in and year out, always to declare that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ who brought redemption to the world and to all the inhabitants thereof."
—Clark, in Conference Report, Oct. 1955, 23

How incredibly applicable for what I am currently thinking about!

I know that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. He is our Messiah, Redeemer, Lord, and Creator. He lived on earth to show us the way, and He died that we might be forgiven of our sins and comforted in our sorrows. He was resurrected to overcome death that we might live again and return to our Heavenly Father's presence.

He loves me, and He loves you, and there is room in His gospel for all of God's children.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Rest in Peace

Mandy was laid to rest this afternoon by the veterinarian. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for taking care of her. And thank you for modern medicine that allowed her to pass away peacefully instead of starving to death.
I wonder if animals get to remember heaven or if this is a trial for them as well? Obviously not the same kind of trial as we have, because they are God's creations rather than His children, but I do wonder where exactly she is now. I believe in an afterlife for pets. I'm just a little hazy on the details.

I guess I'll find out when I'm in the afterlife, too!

Goodbye for now, Mandy.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

FM Formal

Jeffrey's major had a formal dinner for their opening social this year, and it was a lot of fun!

Hehe, Jeffrey mentioned it to me back in January, and I immediately got so excited. Jeffrey knew exactly what I was excited about, and he asked me why I was getting so excited and then casually tossed in that I wasn't going to fit into any of my formal dresses.

How crushing and true. I have kept them in the back of the closet wishing I would have something to wear them to, and now I do and can't! Such is life, eh?

So part of my Valentine's Day present was that Jeffrey bought me two beautiful maternity dresses! One is the dress you see featured to the right, and the other is the chocolate chip colored one (hehe brown) that I wore to church last Sunday. Don't I have a thoughtful hubby?

The evening was great. There were lots of students, professors, alumni, and dates there. There was a four course meal, etiquette lesson, video presentation, speech, and dancing. Jeff even danced a song with me. :) And I learned where our tradition of wrapping silverware in napkins came from!

Since Jeffrey had paid his dues, our tickets were $5 for both (not each). I feel bad for anyone who went who hadn't paid their dues though! Their tickets were $90!

After the formal, we went over to Legends Grille, because we do not have cable, and Jeffrey has to watch his Cougars play. :) We are both pretty exhausted but trying to hide it for the sake of a quality photograph. Haha.


For those of you who have known me for a while (outside of the last three years), you will know that I have an amazing cat. Her name is Mandy.

When I was eight years old, my family moved to Brazil. Now, I adjusted pretty well, and I loved living there, but when I was nine I was a little lonely. I prayed and prayed for months to have a little something of my own to cuddle and love.

Around Thanksgiving, we were at Walmart and were trying to find a parking spot in the parking garage when someone in the car (I honestly don't remember who) saw something. That something ended up being Mandy. A tiny, emaciated little kitten all huddled up trying not to die.

We stopped and put her in our trunk (she was very dirty and had poop and vomit on her, and there is air to breathe in trunks). We bought cat stuff while at Walmart and took her home with us. The veterinarian was able to keep her alive for us, and I had a cat.

I named her Mandy because of Walmart. In my nine year-old brain, I thought "Walmart . . . Mart . . . Marty . . . Mandy." :)

She has been a source of joy ever since. She saw me through the rest of Brazil, moved with me to Indiana, came with me to college in Utah, and then had to go to my parents in Michigan, because my current housing does not allow pets.

Click the image to view a larger version.
She has been a comfort, companion, best friend, and family member. She would cuddle and sleep with me at night. She would follow me around when I was singing, and if she felt like it she would come when I called. When I would cry, she could always tell. She would jump up next to me and let me hold her.

She has loved me even when I played mean tricks on her (young children aren't always the best pet owners), and she survived even when she should have died (not only her birth and kittenhood at Walmart but a sad experience in 2004 when she went without food and water for three weeks).

She helped me survive the loneliness that was freshman year, when I wasn't sure why I picked BYU or what I was doing in Utah when I should have been at Purdue with all of my siblings and still in Indiana with my other friends and family.

She has lived at least 14 long, good years.

You may be wondering why I have decided to talk about my beloved pet. I spoke to my mother this morning, and Mandy has cancer in her abdomen. She hasn't been eating normally, so my mom thought she had a hairball stuck in her system and took her to the vet. Unfortunately, it is cancer and a very fast one. Luckily, it causes Mandy no pain, but it will eventually cause her to starve to death in about two weeks or so.

My mom is going to put her to sleep sometime this week, and then she and my dad are taking her to my grandparent's house to be buried in the backyard next to other family pets.

I wish I could hold her one last time and tell her how much I love her and how much she means to me, but I know that she already knows and she's a cat, so I really can't justify flying home. A pet is a pet in the end.

I am grateful that I got to see her over Christmas. I wasn't supposed to, but my mom felt strongly that she should drive to Michigan to check on the pets, so my parents and I drove from Fountain City, Indiana to Waterford, Michigan to Glen Este, Ohio in a 30-hour period. We laughed at ourselves for the silliness, and many people laughed at us as well, but now I am so glad that we did go, because I got to see Mandy one last time, and I hadn't seen her since the summer of 2007.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


So, I have three beautiful, amazing nieces: Hallie, Annibelle, and Ruth. After Hallie was born, some people mentioned that she reminded them of me. I have no idea what I was like back then, looked like, etc., and I sadly have never been able to spend enough time with her (she and my other awesome nieces live across the country) to validate this claim.

Well, I was looking through some of my baby pictures, and I found one that I thought kind of looked like Hallie.

Mimi on the left and Hallie on the right

You can decide. Similar or not? I would say that we definitely look related. It is a little hard to tell, because I think I'm a year or so older than Hallie in the dates of these pictures.

Our eyes are different shades. Hers are more green/hazel than mine. I think our noses are pretty similar, and we've definitely both got the chubby cheeks. Our hair looks very similar; I just have more. I think the shape of our eyes and eyebrows have a lot in common maybe.

It doesn't surprise me too much, because people often thought my sister and I were twins when we were growing up, and we really only looked like sisters, not identical. Just yesterday though, my supervisor saw a picture of my sister and said he at first thought it was me before I said it was Amy. So maybe we still look a like, a bit at least.

Anyway, I love looking at Annibelle, Emily, and Hallie and wondering what Jill will look like. I can't wait to see her!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fancy Pants House

Jeffrey had a school assignment that required him to be a project manager on a home building project. He had to write up the plans and the supervise the creation but not touch it at all. He had to have someone else do it completely.

Well, I am of course the resident someone in his life. Haha. So, it was my privilege to create this house.

I have never created a house before, and I was not allowed to use a shoe box. :( So, I am very proud of how it turned out. Hehe.

I glued scrapbooking paper onto computer paper onto pieces of cardboard. I used the edges of a cardboard boxes as hinges to get my different sides to stick together.

It looks a little cartoonish, but I decided I was building it as a house for Jill. She could probably fit inside of it right now. She might take up the whole house though.

Anyway, this is just a post for me to brag about the house I built.

And try not to get too excited. My belly really isn't that big yet. For some reason I am leaning back a lot in this picture. Maybe because I am trying to rest the house on my belly, I'm not sure.

My belly is getting bigger every day, but I think this picture overaccentuates the growth.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ice Fishing

My fearless warrior of a hubby had no work or school this President's Day. He was invited by one of our neighbors and friends (Riley Nay) to go ice fishing with some other guys from our ward down somewhere in Utah. (Sadly, my Utah geography is still very vague.)

He woke up insanely early and got entirely bundled up, and off he went. Sadly, one pair of his gloves were dropped in the parking lot. :( Poor guy. He had another pair though and borrowed his friend's wife's pair (sorry, Chelsea!), so he did survive.

Anyway, they were out there for hours and caught nothing. Luckily, they were able to use the holes from past fishers, so they only had shallow ice to break through to get the fishies. A few hours after they got there, another group of men started fishing down from them a bit and caught 6 all at once! Those guys had a fish finder. So, those apparently work.

A bit of excitement happened when Riley thought he caught something, and it was huge. He pulled with all his might. Jeff was worried the pole or string might break. It was completely bent, all cartoon-style, with Riley trying with all his might to reel in the big bad fish. Haha. When the string wouldn't reel anymore, they became suspicious. Jeff knelt down and noticed that the hook was actually caught on the ice, so Riley was trying to reel in the lake itself. An ambitious goal, and there definitely would have been some fish in there, but haha, too big a task for one small fishing pole.

Another humorous thing is that as the sun came out, the ice would make really loud cracking, popping sounds. As novices, this was rather frightening to Riley and Jeff who would jump and run around a little bit the first few times. They felt better when they saw 4-wheelers and people camping on the ice, and when they dug through it and saw that it was very, very thick ice.

The day was not a total loss however. The boys had a lot of fun, and Jeffrey did end up catching a fish! The guy who knew what he was doing (Sage Kelley), was very proficient and killing, cleaning, and gutting it. Which is very lucky, because Jeff would have had no idea.

This tale has a slightly sad, or humorous, ending. Jeffrey brought it home and let it thaw out. He excitedly seasoned and baked it. Then he tried to eat it. He's never had wild fish before and was frankly at a loss at what to do with the bones and other body parts that remained. He ate what he could, and the fish ended up in the trash.

He tried though. Diligently.

Interestingly, the lake has a rule that you are forbidden to catch and release. You are required by state law to kill and take with you everything you catch. I wonder if the lake is overpopulated?

Anyway, the only thing I like about fishing is being outside and being near water, so I have a feeling that ice fishing is not for me. I hate the actual pole and killing the fish part. I have caught two fish in my life, and I cried both times.

Intellectually, I know that fish are here for me to eat them, but emotionally all I can think about is that it used to swim and breathe and have a life, and I killed it. And intellectually again, I know that death is not that bad or even the end, but emotionally, sigh. Yeah, I just feel bad.

If you would like more information about this adventure, Riley blogged about it, too. Click here to see his pictures and commentary.

The Name Game

I saw this on my friend's blog and thought it was fun. :) I decided to do Jeff, too. He's in italics.

Michelle Collett ♥ Jeffrey Collett

WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (mother's and father's middle names)
Lee Hurn
Allen Lynn

NASCAR NAME (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
Benjamin Gordon
Eugene Wells

STAR WARS NAME (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)

DETECTIVE NAME (favorite color, favorite animal)
Cerulean Ferret
Orange Monkey

SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, town where you were born)
Halley Fairport
Wells Provo

SUPERHERO NAME (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "the" to the beginning)
The Purple Hot Chocolate
The Royal Blue Water

FLY NAME (first letter of 1st name, last 2-3 letters of your last name)

STREET NAME (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)
World Class Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies
Vanilla Peanut Butter Peanut Butter

ROCK STAR NAME (current pet's name, current street name)
Mandy West
Sammy West

PEN NAME (1st pet, street you grew up on)
Corky Hereford
Butterscotch Wood Forest

YOUR GANGSTA NAME (first 3 letters of real name plus "izzle")

YOUR FOREIGN NAME (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, first two letters of your middle name, last two letters of your first name, then last three letters of your last name)

I think I did those right. I guess only my sister could really call me out on them. Haha. Jeff could, but he doesn't read my blog. I tried to be accurate, but some things are debatable, like the town I was born in (do you put where the hospital was or the town my parents actually lived in?), or where I grew up (we moved a lot), or my favorite animal (there are many favorites), etc. So yes, sometimes I was choosy to make the name sound cooler. I'll admit it right now. ;)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Quote to Share

"We should not be discouraged or depressed by our shortcomings. No one is without weakness. As part of the divine plan, we are tested to see whether we master weakness or let weakness master us. Proper diagnosis is essential to proper treatment. The Lord gave us this remarkable assurance: "Because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong" (Ether 12:37). But wishing for strength won't make us strong. It takes faith and work to shore up a weakened cord of integrity."
—Russell M. Nelson, "Integrity of Heart," Ensign, Aug. 1995, 19

I think we would all be amazed if we could see what Jesus and Heavenly Father see when they look at us.

Edit the HTML

Yay! Jeff just showed me how to edit the HTML, so I could get the text on my blog (the main body text) to have a wider space. Woo-hoo! At first I went a little overboard, and it was so wide that my sidebar got stuck underneath my posts, hehe. I actually liked it that wide though, so I found a background that could let my text be as wide as I want. I made a new, wider banner to match and had lots of fun. :)

Yay for fancy husbands!

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I just read a really interesting short article from Focus on the Family. The article discusses how public health education classes treat sex differently than every other topic taught. I had never really thought about it that way, and I thought they had a valid argument. You can read the article here.

Hehe. On a side note, Jeff is reading one of Gerald Lund's books. I'm trying to remember the series title. It's like The Crown and Kingdom or something (I feel dumb for not remembering). He keeps drifting off though, and then the book bonks me on the head (because he's turned sideways next to me). Hehe. It's funny. :) It's a gentle bonk.

Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine's Day, a day when I especially celebrate the love I have for Jeff. A holiday with a few rumored pasts, and I am not sure which one is true (where Valentine's Day came from). One tells of a Catholic priest many, many years ago who secretly defied the government. The leader of the nation had learned that the single men who fought in his army were more dedicated and ruthless and les distracted than the married men, so he banned marriage for his soldiers. The Catholic priest, knowing that marriage was ordained of God, married many soldiers and their loves in secret defiance.

I like that story. Whether there really was a priest named Valentine who did that, I do not know.

It seems that through the years marriage has had little tiffs and battles. Now marriage, and the traditional family, is fighting an all out war.

I encourage all of you to read the article below and sign the official petition by clicking the link.

Whether you do or don't, Happy Valentine's Day. God loves you.

February 12, 2009

Breakdown of the Family Called a “Triumph”

Well, finally a UN official has admitted it.

Arie Hoekman, representing the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at an event in Mexico City, declared without mincing words that the breakdown of the traditional family is a “triumph” for “human rights.”

As a leader of UNFPA, a UN agency that receives millions of dollars annually to promote “family planning,” Mr. Hoekman’s words indicated that their underlying goal just may be to “plan” the traditional family out of existence.

UNFPA has been successfully working toward achieving that goal, as many countries (thanks to UNFPA’s effective programs) are not producing enough babies to replace or support their aging populations.

Mr. Hoekman went on to say that high rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births are not a social crisis, rather they represent a “triumph” of “human rights” against “patriarchy.”

These comments employ a definition of “human rights” that is foreign to me and to most of the families around the world and which directly contradicts the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”

We are entering into a new era where many claim that “human rights” are supposed to include the right to abortion, the right to sex whenever, however, and with whomever, and government is to pay for the consequences. And now this? That the family is an impediment to human rights?

Remember that Arie Hoekman represents the very agency that President Obama wants to give millions of U.S. tax-payer dollars, largely collected from the very group this UNFPA official denounced—working families.

This time the UN has gone too far.

We have people from over 80 countries who receive this newsletter. Let’s show the UN that people from all around the world are incensed that a leader in a UN agency is publicly denigrating the family.

Please join us by clicking here to add your name to the list of people from around the world in support of our letter, denouncing the statements made by Arie Hoekman. The letter will also call for an audit of the United Nations Population Fund that would include an assessment of how their programs impact families around the world.

We will send this letter to all 192 UN member states, which, at a minimum, will make them aware of these outrageous statements, if they are not already, and which could initiate some action on the part of pro-family governments to clean up UNFPA.

Click here to add your name in support of this letter. We need thousands of people from people around the world in order for it to have an impact so please pass this alert on to everyone you know and ask them to stand for the family.

Sharon Slater
Sharon Slater

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I am pretty tired. I worked 10 1/2 hours today. I have worked over time every week for the past three weeks. We have hired 84 new outsource writers in the past three weeks, and I manage all of them, plus the ones we had before, so I'm at like 120 something now. The company plans to hire at least 100 more. I am happy that we can provide jobs for this many people, but I'm wiped out.

To give you an idea, when I leave for the baby and to move to wherever Jeff gets a job, I am being replaced by two people.


So, yeah, I'm awesome, but haha, I don't think I am two-people awesome.

Right now I'm just a tired little girl.

I'm going to talk to my manager about it. He keeps asking me if I'm okay, if I'm overwhelmed, if there is anything I can delegate. I haven't delegated anything. In fact, he did a little bit of my job for me yesterday, and I was upset. Haha. I didn't tell him I was upset. I thanked him and let him know I appreciated it, because when I'm rational I do appreciate it.

The truth is (and it probably won't surprise many of you) that I'm a control freak. There. I said it.

I hate letting other people do things for me. I just honestly think they won't do as good of a job as I will. I guess I'm a little vain, too.

So, I'm a tired, vain control freak who is working way too much and just wants to sleep when she gets home, but then she wouldn't spend any time with her fantastic hubby, and that would be a real tragedy.

I feel better now that I've blogged about this though!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Funny E-mail from my Cousin

My cousin sent me this e-mail, and I thought it was interesting.

Disclaimer: I did not personally research the answers to the questions below. I apologize if any of them are wrong. Trust it as much as you just any e-mail forward you receive. :)
  1. How long did the Hundred Years' War last?
  2. Which country makes Panama hats?
  3. From which animal do we get cat gut?
  4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
  5. What is a camel's hair brush made of?
  6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
  7. What was King George VI's first name?
  8. What color is a purple finch?
  9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
  10. What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Check your answers below . . .

  1. How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years
  2. Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador
  3. From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses
  4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? November
  5. What is a camel's hair brush made of? Squirrel fur
  6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs
  7. What was King George VI's first name? Albert
  8. What color is a purple finch? Crimson
  9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand
  10. What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? Orange (of course)

What do you mean, you failed? Me, too. :)

(And if you try to tell me you passed, you FIB!)

Pass this on to some brilliant friends, so they may feel useless, too.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bethany Bowman

So, I have a beautiful cousin named Bethany Bowman. Things didn't work out with her parents, and they were divorced. She went with her mom, and my relation is her dad (my mom's brother), so I basically hadn't seen her in 20 years? 17 years? (I'm not really sure when they were divorced, but I haven't seen her since I was little.)

My mom tried to keep in touch with Bethany over the years, but Bethany was too little when it happened to really remember us, and I'm sure my mom reminded Bethany's mom of her ex-husband, which presumably wasn't a pleasant memory for her. (I love my uncle by the way; I think he's great. I know nothing about why they got divorced, etc., so I have no opinion or voice on that.) My mom would send letters and call once or a few times every year. Bethany's mom remarried a great guy, and she had a whole new family with a brother and sisters.

Bethany moved to Utah this year, and one of her sisters was in charge of her mail. Her little sister had no idea who the Bolings were, so when Bethany came home for Christmas, she was given my mom's most recent letter—the 2008 Boling Family Letter. Bethany contacted my mom, and who was lost is now found!

My mom let her know that I was in Provo, too, and we were able to see each other. Bethany moved to Iowa a week after I saw her, which was too bad, but it's okay, because she's getting married in Nauvoo this spring, and her fiancee is in Iowa, so it's definitely better for them to be near each other than she and I. Haha.

Anyway, it was really wonderful to catch up with a cousin who I hadn't seen in so long, but who is very close to my age (just a year or two different). I had always wondered how her life had turned out, if she was happy, still a member of the Church, etc., and it was really great to see her again.

And now we're facebook friends, so I'll always have a way to get in touch with her, no matter where she moves. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Rachel Leetham is now Rachel Dew!

I had a wonderful coworker (and friend) for a little over a year. She was a swell girl named Rachel Leetham. (You may remember me blogging about her bridal shower a few months ago.) Anyway, she was sealed this morning for all time and eternity to Ryan Dew. :)

It is really quite fun for me to see them sealed, married, and so happy together, because when I met her, she was about to meet him or had just barely met him—I'm not sure.

So, she would come to work, and we would chat, and she wasn't dating anyone, etc. etc.

I remember going on her facebook profile one day and seeing a picture of some Ryan guy.

In fact, he had an entire photo album to himself with just one picture! I had to tease her about that of course and ask who the lucky guy was. :)

She blushed a bit, because she's Rachel, and said that he was Ryan this guy in her complex. I think she already liked him, but she's shy and he was shy and one of her friends liked him, and the normal obstacles arose. :)

A lot of months passed, and there were more pictures of him on Facebook for me to tease Rachel about. Then the comments back and forth between Rachel and Ryan on those pictures was always good fodder for work conversation.

My other coworkers and I (specifically Bekah) loved hearing about how things were going and what new developments there were.

Finally, Ryan and Rachel made a bet with each other about the spelling of a person's name from the scriptures, and the stipulations were that if Rachel won, she got to go on a date with Ryan, and if she lost, she had to go on a date with Ryan.

It turns out that they were both right. The name was used more than once for different people, and one spelling had a C and the other a K, so they went on their date.

He planned a fantastic date, to a dinner theatre. She was all, "I don't know if he likes me." I told her that if he didn't like her it would have been a short date to get ice cream, not an all out fancy evening at a dinner theatre.

More dates continued, and some funny things happened. And it was such a fun romance to follow.

I definitely wouldn't trade marriage for dating again for anything in the world, but it was very enjoyable to live vicariously through Rachel again with the woes and ecstasies of first dates, hand holding, first kisses, etc.

Then he proposed, they met the family, and Rachel stopped working at Heritage. Haha. Sad for me, but good for her to be able to move on.

She know lives in Idaho, because Ryan transferred from BYU to BYU-Idaho, and I really miss getting to see her every day.

It is manageable though, because it is so wonderful to know how happy she is and how wonderfully everything has gone for her.

She and Ryan are both great people, dedicated to living the gospel and making their marriage work, and I am very excited to see what the future holds for them.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pregnancy Hehe

So, today I was asked how my pregnancy was going. Specifically, I was asked, "How's your pregnancy going? Is it more pleasurable or painful?" I thought that was a funny question. :) My response was that it was exciting, with some pleasurable and painful mixed in, but mostly just exciting!

So here are what make up the mix . . .

Pregnancy Woes
  • Acid Reflux (second trimester)
  • Headaches (first trimester)
  • Back Pain (first and second trimester)
  • Nausea/Throwing Up (first trimester)
  • Itchy Belly (second trimester)
  • Charlie Horse Leg Cramps (second trimester)
Pregnancy Joys
  • Being pregnant!
  • Hearing the baby's heartbeat
  • Seeing the baby in ultrasounds
  • Feeling the baby move
  • Hearing Jeff talk to the baby (hehe, so cute!)
And the newest pregnancy joy: Seeing the baby move!

Yesterday, for the first time, I saw Jill move! I could feel her, and she was moving like crazy. I usually only feel her on the inside, and I don't try to feel her on the outside (by putting my hand on my belly, like how Jeff has to feel her), so I decided to try it. I put my hand on my belly, and all of a sudden my hand moved!

I thought my eyes had played tricks on me, so I moved my hand, and my belly moved again three more times!

It was so exciting! :)

I thought I would have to wait until like 35 weeks or something to get to see Jill move in my belly, but it's already happening at 27 weeks!

Happy happy joy joy!

Aren't I a lucky girl?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dinner with Friends

Jeffrey and I got to enjoy a nice meal with old friends today. Reed McGrew and I met when I was 12, and he has been one of my best friends ever since. Below you see a picture of Reed and his wife, Abby, and their beautiful baby, Andy (John Anderson). Andy is just two months' old. What a cutie! :)

Abby made a delicious meal. She called it white chicken chili, but it was unlike any white chicken chili I had ever had. She added cream cheese and sour cream into the broth, so it was really creamy. I just loved it!

Back Row: Reed McGrew and Jeff Collett. Front Row: Abby and Andy McGrew. Mimi and Jill Collett. Shucks—Jill is still inside . . .

To finish out a nice evening, we played some euchre. That is the most popular card game of the central states region. If you've never heard of it, then you're obviously from the South, East, or West, and it's your loss. Haha. Come over, and I'll teach you!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Yay! My visiting teacher, and nice friend, Rebekah Stay goes to Bon Losee Academy. She graduates this summer. I haven't had my hair cut since last June, so I definitely needed a haircut! :) She gave me this cute one!