We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

We Found An Apartment In Lincoln...Pheew!

It's called Gate Park Apartments. Here are a few pictures!































Here is a link to see a 360 degree tour: http://www.gateparkapts.com/tour.htm

Here is the layout, minus the deck/patio. Our apartment is half underground (garden view) so we have no balcony or patio. But, we've been told the windows are nice and big! And being half underground maybe we won't have to run the air conditioner as much in the summer!
























Features:
Convenient Central Loc. (3.88 miles from campus, .78 miles from the church)
Beautiful Brick Exteriors (as you can see above)
Garages (we get a garage!)
Quiet Community
Bus Line right across the street (bus fees are included in Nathan's tution)
Walk-In Closets
Ideal Location!!
Efficiencies, One & Two Bedrooms (it has a dishwasher!)
Beautiful Clubhouse (ummm...ok!)
All Electric
Controlled Entrance
Laundry In Each Building (ample laundry facilities, we'll have to stock up on quarters)

There is also a huge looking park right across the street, called Bethany Park. I couldn't find any pictures online but on the map of Lincoln it looks really big. And there is a huge Mall very close as well. That will be a nice place to go and walk in the winter.

We are so excited!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

3 Month Old Pictures...

I have been meaning to post these adorable pictures of Marlayna. These were taken by a friend of a friend on July 7th, just a few days shy of Marlayna's 3 month birthday.

















































Here is a our serious baby.























She's dreaming of getting married in the Temple someday!
























This little piggy...

























Yesterday we had to stop into the doctor's office and have Marley checked out. She is now 10 lbs. 6 oz. The doctor says she is thriving. Her 4 month check up is on the 11th. She is growing so fast! We love her so much!

Monday, July 21, 2008

TAG

My sister did this "tag" game on her Blog and thought it sounded like fun.

1. Add a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses.

If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I wish... I'm glad...

I wish…

I wish my life wasn’t so hectic. Well, maybe it’s not, but it feels like it to me. Maybe if I was more organized…but, I don’t feel disorganized.

I wish I could let go of STUFF. It’s hard sometimes. I never know if I’ll need it. Maybe I feel disorganized because I have too much stuff and it’s ALL in two little rooms…and some under the stairs.

I wish I was better at blogging. Since I had Marlayna it seems so hard. But, I’m going to try harder.

I wish I was all caught up on reading all my friends’ blogs.

I wish I was a better member of the church. I could do better and I’m gonna!

I wish we could take the garden with us to Nebraska. (So does Nathan).

I’m glad…

I’m glad that I married Nathan.

I’m glad that we had Marlayna.

I’m glad that my parents are so generous and loving.

I’m glad that Nathan’s parents are so generous and loving.

I’m glad I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I’m glad that it’s Thursday, because then tomorrow is Friday!

I’m just glad.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New Post....FINALLY!

I don’t know why I haven’t blogged for a whole month!!! It’s my last full month of maternity leave; June has gone by SO fast! I have been savoring my time away from work and all my time with “MY PRECIOUS!” (Said like Gollum from Lord of the Rings).

A lot has been going on…I suppose I should start with the big news. Nathan has been accepted to graduate school in NEBRASKA. We are moving!

Basically, Nathan was just applying to the U because they have the program he is interested in and because we kinda wanted to stay in Utah. However, after he took the GRE, the University of Nebraska sent him various emails telling him to check out their GIS program and that they wanted him to come to their school. The first time he got an email we laughed about it…Nebraska!?!?! Yeah Right! After the second email we started thinking about it, and checked out their program through their website. It turned out that their faculties’ research aligned better with Nathan’s interests, than the U, and when we got to the financial information page it said that most of their graduate students went to school for FREE! We were hooked…at least hooked into applying and seeing what happened.

SO! He got an acceptance letter from the University of Nebraska in early May. It included the great news that he was also awarded a fellowship, which was based on his academic performance thus far and that it would cover all of his non-resident tuition. It also said that he didn’t have to do anything else besides send in the form to accept it!

This has been an interesting experience and I think Nathan and I have learned much. We are excited for this adventure and we are totally appreciative of our families’ overwhelming support for our decision to take this opportunity in Nebraska. Since we made this decision we have received more information from the GIS program at Nebraska that only confirms that Nebraska is where we belong for the next two years.

Nathan is excited to go back to school. He LOVES to learn. I’m excited for him! This is truly going to be an adventure!

We are still looking for housing out there. We immediately applied for the university family housing and soon found out we were #70 on the waiting list. Chances are we won’t get into family housing at all….ever. So, we are using the internet to find an apartment in Lincoln. It’s a fun process (not really) but it will speed up now that it’s July 1. Everyone was telling us that they wouldn’t know what openings they would have until after July 1. BAM! July 1, game on!

In a nut shell…Nathan has been accepted to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He will be working toward a Masters in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which is basically a two year program. Our last day of work will be August 15, that night we will pack all our stuff in the biggest U-haul trailer available and embark on our move the very next morning. My mom and dad are pulling the trailer behind their Toyota Tundra and we will be driving our Honda. It’s gonna be fun! The closer it gets the more nervous I get…but, I KNOW it is right. Faith not fear!

Ok. This blog is long enough. I’ll write another one soon. I truly have a lot to blog about! Sorry I took a month off. Hopefully someone is still checking our blog.