Well, now that it is officially summer and “supposedly” I have more free time, I’ll give a quick update as to what Chase and I have been up to the past few weeks. First a recap of graduation. Graduation day was long but good. Graduating from ASU is definitely bitter sweet. I for one enjoyed going to school and I’m sure come fall I’ll wish I could take a class or two. What I’m pretty sure I won’t miss: driving to and from campus (this was long and caused me to associate with drivers who most definitely do not know how to drive and should have their licenses provoked FOREVER. Even after 4 years I never really got use to it), group projects (GOODBYE forever. I KNOW you will not be missed) and homework/exams. Yes, the list of the things that I will miss is longer. I’ll miss the Institute, going to the football games as an ASU student, the SRC, the escort service (another story for another time), seeing various sisters, cousins and friends around campus and meeting up with them for lunch-the list goes on and on but I’ll stop for now, but it was indeed a good 4 years. After attending on llllooooonnnnngggg ceremony, going out to lunch at Sweet Tomatoes, then attending another llllllooooooonnnnnngggg ceremony, I became an official college graduate. That night my mom put together a party for me where we ate brownies, mini cheesecakes, dips galore, Brazilian lemonade and play kinect dance central (love that game and Chase does too even though he may not admit it at first.) It was party no doubt. Just leave it up to my mom! She is the best. (Graduation pics soon to come!)
That weekend Chase and I headed up to Pine Dale AZ where his family has, what was once a cabin but it got burnt down in a fire about 10 years ago, what they currently call “the shack.” It is a nice shack if you ask me and their next project which they started while we up there, is a shower! Don’t ask if the shower has a cover over the top of it, for this matter is still under discussion but anywho….Going up to Pine Dale with Chase’s family is always fun and relaxing. A typical day up there, besides the work he and his brother and dad do, consists of reading in the hammock, going for a hike, eating, games, quad riding/riding Chase’s little, and I mean little, dirt bike, shooting and going spot lighting in search of elk (not elks- fyi.) Chase’s little bike is actually quite fun and let’s just say it wouldn’t be very difficult for him to convince me we need another one so we can ride together. Here is a picture of Chase getting some sick air (side note: it took a while for the photographer aka me to actually get him in the air so needless to say Chase’s behind was a bit sore afterwards just don’t tell him I told you that.)
We came home from Pine Dale rested and ready for the week which was the first week of full-time work. Well, technically I’m still interning at the Mesa Arts Center (only 8 1/2 hours to go!) which preoccupies me on Mondays and Thursday but other than that you can find me at work, or at home where you can find me working on work. Haha jealous? I don’t mean to complain. I enjoy my job! It will just to nice to rather than have to think about 50 things at once which all demand my time to be able to focus on just one thing during the day. Chase is also working full time and continues to be the hard-worker that he is! He has also taken up various tasks around our casa as well. Just this Saturday past, he spent all morning working on putting up new fiberglass along the side of our carport. With the help of his fam it looks great and the update was much needed. He also takes great care of our garden.
I love our garden. We planted it a bit late, so I can’t wait until everything starts to come on! We planted: pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, strawberries and a variety of peppers (bell, jalapeños and Chase’s favorite-habaneros!) I’m sad to report our strawberries aren’t looking too good-they just can’t take the heat-but everything else is looking good and happy. We are pretty sure that come a couple weeks we are going to have a good amount of vines wanting to go each and every way due to the pumpkins, cantaloupe and watermelon all growing outward instead of upward so we’ll see how this goes. Here is pic of Chase and our garden a few weeks ago. A picture of it now would show much larger plants and unfortunately some unwanted grass that we can’t get rid of. Oh well, we digress.
We spoke in church yesterday and apart from having a lot less time to speak than we were planning on (especially Chase), it went well! It is nice to be done with it though and to once and for all welcome summer in (with very open arms). Chase’s birthday is this Saturday, all our plans remain in the air at this moment in time but I’m sure this weekend will be a blast no matter what we end up doing. We both have Monday off of work too so we definitely can’t complain there! As far as summer plans go…a disneyland trip is in the works, Pine Dale is in there, and some other vacations are also still up in the air. On June 7th we get to go see Les Miserables at Gammage (a wonderful Christmas from my mom!) and I can’t wait. I saw it in London and few years back and fell in love with it. By the end of the play Julie, Katie and I were all in tears. And not like one tear running down our cheeks but buckets. I can’t wait.
Here are some more random pics taken over the last few weeks.
Me and baby Bennet celebrating my 22nd birthday. It was a really good day!
This was the tea-party my mom put on in honor of the royal wedding. (I have pictures of everyone completely asleep around 1 a.m. but I’ll be nice and not post those.) Nothing like not going to bed until 5 a.m. and having to be at work by 9! Haha the memories are worth it.