Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Heber Fever

I have officially accepted a job offer in Wasatch County School District (actually, I accepted quite a while ago, but am just now updating the ol' blog). It is a full-time position at one of the elementary schools in Heber City. I'll also be working part of my time with the preschoolers as well as the 7th graders in the middle school. I'm pretty excited to have a variety of ages to work with. I'm looking forward to working in the district. It's a smaller district, and I'm excited to feel part of a team.

Remember how I was in a never-ending debate of doom over whether moving to Heber was a good idea? Yeah, I remember it too. Well, Bob and I finally put on our big girl panties and made a decision. Well, I guess Bob put on his big boy briefs... that's besides the point. The point is that we have made a decision.

Drum roll please....

We have decided to move to Heber City.

Ooh...pretty valley.

I'm pretty darn excited about this decision for the following reasons.

#1: Heber is new adventure where Bob and I can try new things and meet new people.

#2: 15 minutes to Park City. Can you say "Ski Bum"?

#3: 15 minutes to Jordanelle Reservoir, 10 minutes to Deer Creek Reservoir. Clearly, we'll need to buy a boat. Wait, those are expensive. Maybe a canoe?

#4: Fresh air year-round.

#5: Hello outdoors! Hiking, swimming, biking, horseback riding (clearly we'll need to make some friends with horses), 4-wheeling, et cetera.

Now we just need to find a place to live. Why is it so hard to find a place that has 2 bathrooms, and is pet friendly for under $1000? I found this cute home for rent, 2 bed, 1 bath and pet friendly, but the rent is $1200 a month. Exsqueese me? It would be cheaper for us to buy a cute little townhome with 3 beds, 2 baths just down the street.

If you know of anyplace that is renting in Heber with 2+ bedrooms and is pet friendly for under $1000 I will buy you a pizza. If there is a fence backyard I will throw in breadsticks AND sauce. Seriously, you can't ask for a better deal than that!

Bob's dad really wants us to buy right now. We're still not sure if we'll buy or rent, but either way I'm sure we'll find a fun place to call our own.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Doctor and Master

Bob has now officially graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. All that's left is for him to take and pass the Bar. His graduation ceremony was long great. All I gotta say is that lawyers LOVE to hear themselves talk. Despite this, the speakers were quite good and the company was fantastic. Bob had himself quite the cheering squad complete with me, my mom, his father, stepfather, mother, stepmother, two sisters, one brother, one half-brother, and 4 nieces/nephews. We love our Bob.

I'm currently in the middle of reading "Room," among other books. (Did you see my new 2012 Reading List here?) I've been a reading fanatic lately. Anywho, since I'm completely absorbed in Room and Delirium, I'll just finish this post with pictures.

The Graduate

Bob's sister, Mariah, made him an AWESOME lei. 

Bob and his [single] friend Aaron. Here's looking at you, ladies!

Good lookin' couple if I do say so myself

Bob + 2 neices, 2 nephews, and 1 half brother. So much sillyness!

Bob & Momma Kim

Stepfather Thom and Momma Kare

"Doctor" Bob and "Master" Cilla. We Did It!

Here's a final funny story for you. Bob and I decided to take this last picture right before getting in the car. Notice how Bob has his purple tassel? Later in the day I was looking for it to add it to his undergraduate tassels and it was myteriously missing. We checked the entire apartment (it's 600 square feet and didn't take long to go through) and in and around the car. The tassel? Still missing. I even drove back to this parking lot to check the ground. No tassel.

I'm going to assume that some starving law student couldn't afford his/her tassel so they swooped in all 007-like and stole the tassel while Bob was getting in the car. There is really no other explanation for it. Also, since I'm such a sentimental nerdo I went to the University Bookstore a few days ago to purchase a new tassel. Ah, memories.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Master Cilla

Thursday, May 3, 2012 was my graduate school convocation ceremony. I am officially a graduate of the University of Utah in Speech Language Pathology.

I am a Master.


I am so relieved to be [almost] done with my program. I have 1 week left of my externship with Granite School District and then I will officially be done. By this Thursday around 3pm I will be dunzo, finished, complete! I love this feeling of peace in my life right now. In fact, I currently have 3 library books in my possession with a full intent to read ALL of them in the next week or so. Man, I've missed reading for pleasure.

And now, since a picture can tell a thousand words, here are 22,000 words on my progression from High School Graduate to Bachelor to Master. Is it just me, or do I look like I have more wrinkles in my Master's pictures? Man, stress does a number on your face. Enjoy!

First off, Cottonwood High School Graduation. June 2005

What's cookin' good lookin'?

I'm thinking...I'm thinking...I'm thinking...

All dressed up and ready to go!

Support from an awesome Momma. 

Dinner at Olive Garden.
L to R: Brother Jordan, Momma Kim, Brother-in-law Ryan, Grandma Shirley,
Grandpa Gordon, Papa Mark, Me, and Auntie Lizzy

Now on to University of Utah Bachelor's Graduation. Degrees in Behavioral Science and Health and Communication Sciences and Disorders. May 2010

Curly hair was the 'do of choice in 2010. Good call, Cilla.

 Not too much garb on. Just the classic cap, gown, and tassels.

Brother, husband, and parental support.

Extended family!

 Extended family x2!

This graduation I had me a husband. Go Team Neve!

And finally, Graduation from the University of Utah with a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology! May 3, 2012

The Master's and Ph.D. candidates entered the Huntsman Center from the tunnel. Very official.

  My sister-in-law Maraih (on the left) suprised me with some gorgeous handmade leis. Thanks, lady!


As alwasys, Husband Bob was there in full support. 

Mom, Dad, and Yours Truly

Lots of extended family support this year. I am so blessed!

I think I love this man.

In our Grad program everyone seemed to end up with a "buddy."
This is my buddy. Miss Ashley Lamph.


The whole gang joined up for dinner at Spaghetti Factory. It was delicious!

Well, there you have it. My progession from High Schooler to Bachelor to Master. Will there be a jump to Doctor next? Hells, no. At least, not for 5-10 years. I have been at the University of Utah for 7 consecutive years. As much as I love the campus and love learning, my brain is F-R-I-E-D. I'm looking forward to no more studying, no more tests, and no more stress (at least, stress that is school-related).

In looking forward to the future, I'm excited for so many things. Babies, salary, insurance, and most of all, spending more quality time with friends and family without an article or notes stuck to my face. 2012 and beyond are bright my friends.

For I am The Master.