First day of school today! Hip hip hooray!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I'm definitely super excited about finally starting school! I've only been to my soccer class and Cole is currently in his intro to Middle Eastern studies class, but it's been a good day so far! Getting to ride down Provo canyon with him to class everyday is going to be wonderful. :) While we were dating/engaged I hated that I couldn't be with him every minute, but now that we're married I get to do exactly that! 

It's great getting to have your best friend by your side while going through an experience and time of life like we are. We're both a little nervous about some of our classes, and about what our future holds as far as internships and jobs are concerned, but I know that if we just keep encouraging each other and helping each other along the way we'll be able to accomplish anything we set our minds to. The most important thing to us is to make sure that we pray to our Father in heaven and put Him first in our lives, so that we can be led and guided to do the things that will be most beneficial to us and our life together as He sees fit.

Not only are we excited about school but also about BYU sports being back in action! Being a girl who was born in raised in Texas, football has been a big part of my life so I'm SO ready to watch some college football! My heart is a little torn about who to cheer for on September 7th when BYU plays the University of Texas, but let's just say I'll be happy no matter what the outcome is - but it'd be better for me to be loyal to my school, so I'll cheer a little harder for my Cougars. :) 

I know that I'm ready to see JJ DiLuigi tear it up on the field!

Inspiring Books

Friday, August 19, 2011

So this summer I've read two books that have touched my heart big time. The first one that I read was called Global Girlfriends. It's a book written by a woman who had the desire and dream of helping women artisans in impoverished countries sell their products to women here in America so that they could make a living for their families. The book is about her adventures in starting her business in her home in Colorado and eventually traveling all over the world to see the women that she was helping and teaching them how to be better at making products that women here in America would want. It's a wonderful read and a very inspiring book that made me feel like I could make a difference in the lives of others by finding a way to make my dreams come true. I actually ended up buying a super cute wooden bangle bracelet that was handmade by women in India. I personally feel like I made a difference by buying that bracelet and helping a woman in India support her family. 

The other book that I read was called The Help. I saw previews for the movie a few months back and when they said that it was based off of a book I wanted to read the book, so I did! It was an amazing book. I laughed and I cried. We went and saw the movie and I laughed a cried a lot during it too. Definitely a must see movie and a must read book!

 Growing up in Texas we learned all about slavery - almost every detail. I can remember my heart always going out to those who had to endure such rough times just to have a chance at life and this book brought back those emotions for me. It is SO sad to me that people had the nerve to treat black people the way they did. I am definitely a proud Texan, but I will not say that I'm proud of the fact that so many violent and cruel things happened to people in the south just because they had a different skin color. I hope that had I lived back in the days of slavery, segregation of races and during the civil rights movement that I would have been alongside those who were fighting for the same freedoms that I had supporting them and fighting for their rights all along the way.  

Lake Powell

Monday, August 15, 2011

This past week we were able to go to Lake Powell with family and we had a blast! Cole had been a few times before and has always raved about how awesome it is, so I was super excited about going. It is such a beautiful and fun place and I'm so glad that we were able to go this summer! 

Lots of R&R happens on the house boat at Lake Powell. :)

We went on a "hike" that I wasn't too fond of, but there was a pretty view. 

Cole was helping to teach Mckay how to ski. 

And then I attempted to ski - it took me a few times, but I finally got up!

Jessi and Nate enjoying the boat ride!

Uncle Chris was nice enough to take us out on his boat and teach us his skills. :)

Cole tried some new tricks on the wakeboard and did a good job!

This rock is known as God's thumb - pretty cool!

Cole wanted a shirt to wear while he went on another hike and this is what he decided to wear. Such a goof!

We got to see the national monument known as Rainbow Bridge. Pretty fascinating! 

All the Gordon siblings. :)

All the Gordon's again including cousins Sarah & Anna Jensen. 

CJ had a really funny looking mustache from drinking her Gatorade, so I had to make sure and document it with a pictures. Haha! Gotta love her! 

Tubing gets intense! Poor Cole got an elbow in the face and now has a puffy lip. 

Jessi and Madi on the tube.

Then it was our turn to go and we were CHAMPS! We didn't fall off at all. :)

We slept on the top of the houseboat so we woke up to a beautiful sunrise like this every morning. 

We tried to launch bad plums with the water-balloon launcher...

But it ended up breaking!

So then Cole and Nate tried to play Lacrosse with the plum and some shovels. It was quite entertaining! 

More wakeboarding action.

Notice the slack in the rope - I'm thinking he ate it pretty hard the moment after this picture was taken. :)

Then I tried to wakeboard. I got up but I was pretty uneasy.

So I tried to ski again and popped right up! I even went outside the wake! 

And Cole was able to finally get up on the slalom  ski and ride it for a good while.

We came home with some soreness from the water sports, good laughs and memories, and successfully went the entire week without  a bad sunburn! This was a goal of ours before we went since Cole is pretty prone to burning. I hope our kids get my skin complexion and ability to tan. :)

We're not quite sure when the next time we go to Powell will be, so we're SO grateful for those that made it possible for us! Thank you Darin, Lisa, Chris, Teri, Joan & Garth! We love you all and we will forever remember our time together at Lake Powell!