Monday, September 19, 2011

A New Toy!

We successfully made our first major purchase tonight, found out we both have really good credit and fulfilled Jared's life long dream. . . we got a new (well technically "certified" used according to Jared) car, and not just any car, but a Subaru!! We've made it two and a half years with only one car but now that Jared is commuting back and forth to SLC everyday and given that we'll need another one when I start teaching full-time next year, we decided now was a good time to start looking for a deal! We found the Subi (like Sewbee, pretty original nickname eh?!) this past weekend at a dealership up in Salt Lake, it's a Subaru Impreza Wagon. We both like the look of the hatchback, plus it'll give us more room for all of Jared's mountain man gear. He also likes it because it is a stick shift and he thinks it's pretty cool to go fast through roundabouts and sharp corners, figures. . . Anyway, here's a few pics.

 This is the face you get when you 
ask for a "cool guy" pose baha

 He's so happy!

Demonstrating how the trunk cover thingy works

Ha, this is fitting, we just watched a commercial about a guy who talks about how his Subaru "saved his life" blahblahblah, so Jared looks at me and says, "It's perfect, his Subaru loves him like our Subaru loves us!" haha what are the odds?!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cute Video

Wow I've been on a bloggin roll the past couple of weeks!! I was on campus today and I walked passed a little toddler that looked so much like my sister's little son Drake. Whit emailed me this super cute video of him the other day. He's about 2 1/2 years old now and he's been working on saying all of his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles "real" names because he's called most of us by our nicknames. I've always been "B" to him and Jared has always been "Bah" (originating from Whit always calling Jared "Jare-Bear" or just Bear) Anyway, he knows that my first name is Stacie and I'm pretty sure he knows "Bah's" first name is Jared, but he thinks he's pretty funny in calling Jared "Bear" as well!

The beginning of the video is him telling us that he calls their dog a sneaky bugger, haha and that dog totally is a sneaky bugger, pretty sure my bro-in-law wants to drop kick him off their deck!

Today I got observed by my "mentor" faculty lady while I was teaching my class. She's super nice and I really like her, but it's a tad bit intimidating having somebody there watching your every move and you can see her scribbling crap down on her notebook out of the corner of your eye! And my lesson?? Totally did not go how I was originally expecting. Gotta love those times when you have absolutely no idea what the students are saying, I probably looked like an idiot up there but oh well, that's teaching for ya haha!

Another funny note. . . Jared told me that he dreamt he was Harry Potter last night, baha! He went on some mission to kill bad guys and right before he woke up he heard a voice (his reenactment made it sound like a mix between Dumbledore and Snape) say "Well done Harry Potter." haha, so random but hilarious at the same time!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Workin Man

Jared had his first day of work today! I probably should have packed him a lunch, but lets face it, I'm not a morning person and I had to get to campus early to prep for my class this morning! He had to do some sort of new employee orientation thingy for a while but then got to spend the rest of the day designing, so it was a good day overall. We spent the entire evening filling out a bunch of paperwork for taxes and insurance, but it's kind of fun to do it when you know you will actually be getting steady income from now on, it's pretty awesome! 

 First time ever having to fill out a W-4 for a real job!

The cool garage clicker he gets so
he doesn't have to pay to park

We got a nice little surprise tonight. We got a check back from SRAM (the company in Colorado Springs that Jared interviewed with) and they reimbursed us $630 dollars for our gas and milage from when we drove out for Jared's interview!!! We had only spent $170 dollars on gas and stayed with family the whole weekend, so we made out pretty well with these people! I might feel about 2 seconds worth of guilt considering he didn't take their offer, but if they're willing to give us that much for driving out there, then I'm more than willing to swing it by the bank and make a big fat deposit into our account. Ha, Jared asked if he could buy something with the money and I said no way considering we are now responsible for paying back a fairly significant amount in student loans, but oh well, at least we don't have to worry about 630 dollars of it!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Some Great News!!

No people I'm not pregnant let's just get that out of the way right now :)  But, we do have some really great news to share. This. . .

 Nose Picking. . . 

 Tent building . . .
(in the family room no less!)

 Lego Loving. . . 

 Hardcore Hiking. . .

Super cute 
(I kind of like this picture, so I threw it in there)

dude just accepted his first "real man" job (I like to call it that because it sounds cool)!!!!! He'll be working full-time as a designer at a advertising/design firm called Axis 41 up in SLC. We are seriously so excited and relieved that it all finally came together. This summer has been a tough one for us, we've learned a lot about patience and faith through this whole job hunting battle, but we are grateful that everything always has a way of working out in the way that it needs to. Thank you to everyone for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, you don't know how much we appreciate it.

For now we will be staying in our apartment here in Provo because I have to be on campus to teach and we only have one car, but we'll probably end up moving further north in either December or the end of the school year.

In other news, teaching has gone great so far this semester. I was super nervous for the first week, but now that I have gotten to know my class it's really been more fun than anything else! I teach a math class that Elementary Ed. majors have to take, so all of my students are girls. I honestly feel more like their friend than their teacher because I'm only a few years older than most of them, but I think I've done a pretty good job in helping them learn the concepts they need to while keeping class enjoyable at the same time.

Anyway, just wanted to fill everybody in on the good news! :)