June 13: Our regular math instructor came back, and he delved deeper into the lessons, and also gave us more time to figure out problems and work with our table. He walked around and talked to each group after every problem, so the day seemed to go by a lot slower. One particular problem--the chocolate milk task--really irritated me! I couldn't figure it out, and every time I tried, I got a different answer! After that, whenever I got frustrated or bored, I made designs out of the linking cubes (math manipulatives) that were on the table, and that seemed to focus my creative energy! I discovered that I sort of knew one of the ladies sitting at my math table (besides Kim and Janna of course)! She used to be married to Josh's 2nd cousin--her mother-in-law is Josh's dad's 1st cousin from Jerome. I totally remember meeting her once at a family reunion many years ago, and have heard Sally (her mother in law) refer to Darci and her 3 kids before. She also knows my friend Kerry, so that was a fun surprise! I loved that we were at the same table together! She was hilarious fun, and was kind enough to even bring me fountain Dr. Pepper two mornings later that week! It was very rainy all that day, so we ate our lunch back at our hotel room again. That evening, Janna and I went to the newly re-dedicated Idaho Falls temple. We ate dinner in the cafeteria and did a session in addition to some initial work. It was so wonderful to be back in the temple there again! In Salmon, there was so much rainfall received that day that Josh had to cancel Men's League that night due to excessive water on the course. He doesn't ever remember having to cancel Men's League before for that reason in the 17 seasons he's worked there, so that was a pretty big deal!
|I built a patterned wall!|
|my (sort of related) friend Darci|
June 14: In Salmon, the day started out foggy but it began to clear up, and by afternoon, the skies were blue and summer had returned! We were happy to see the sun that day in Idaho Falls as well. Janna, Kim, and I ate our lunch outside at a park near the school that our class was at, which was a nice change. That evening, Eve drove over from Rexburg to Idaho Falls to meet me. We had dinner together at a Vietnamese place that neither of us had ever been to before. I really liked their noodles! Then we went to the movies afterwards to see "Megan Leavy"--based on a true story of a woman who was in the Marines and trained a combat dog. I totally cried! I hate crying in the theater--it's so painful because I'm trying not to sob! It was great seeing Eve; I needed a friend to talk to, and she was just what I needed to be around to get out and relax! My mom took Kanyon swimming at the Natatorium in Tremonton during the day--he had a lot of fun (he was really looking forward to swimming a lot this summer, and my mom helped him make that wish come true!).
|Josh captured this on the golf course|
that morning amidst all the fog
|Look at all the new snow on the mountain!|
|At the natatorium, my mom got this photo of Kanyon ready to jump in.|
There's a viewing area for non-swimmers in an upstairs area with bleachers
|My 2nd pattern using linking cubes|
|I loved the decor on the walls!|
Also, those noodles were delicious!
June 15: My mom took Kanyon to the Tremonton library park that afternoon with my sister-in-law BreAnne and her son Brendan. Kanyon and Brendan played together really well! I'm glad for the opportunity he had to spend time with cousins while he stayed with my parents! In my math class, the same ladies sat at the same table every day, so by the 4th day we were getting along pretty well. We decided to all go to lunch together out at the Thai Kitchen. It was a lot of fun! And I really liked the food! I love trying new food, and I love eating out with others, so it was a great combination! It was my favorite part of the day! After the class ended for the day, I drove to Blackfoot to go to a dinner at a fellow MMoM's house. I belong to the facebook group Mormon Moms of Multiples, and one of them was hosting a dinner. Since I was going to be nearby, I committed to going. There were only 2 other moms who came besides me and the host, so it was kind of a flop. I stopped at John and Linette's house on my way back to Idaho Falls, and had a nice visit with them. I called Josh after I left there, and talked to him on the phone the rest of the way back to my hotel. He told me that the twins had ridden their motorbikes to Roylance's house that afternoon, and then to the Bennett's house out on Kirtley Creek as well. They all spent the night at Colter's house, which was a fun treat for them. He also told me about the funniest piece of mail he'd gotten that day--my mom had gotten Josh a Father's Day card and had Kanyon write on it before sending it in the mail to Josh since she knew Kanyon wouldn't be home in Salmon for Father's Day. What he wrote was so raw and honest, it was a crack up!!
|McDonald's chicken nuggets are his new favorite--he says he doesn't like |
Burger King's chicken nuggets anymore after trying the McDonald's ones,
because the McDonald's ones are so much better!
|Darci, Kim, Janna, Susan, and Daralee at the Thai restaurant.|
|My 3rd (and 4th) block designs--I moved on from patterns to images|
|This arrived a few days in the mail|
BEFORE Father's Day. Too bad!!! haha
June 16: My LAST day of the TMT college class!!! Yay! We even got an early release, which was fantastic! I had learned a lot in the class, and was so glad that I'd had the opportunity to go. There were about 40 teachers in the class, and I met and talked to so many of them, which was so nice. But it had been a long week and I was so excited to go home! I had to do a bit of shopping first, though. After doing all the mundane shopping, I purchased a new camera that I've been longing to get for years, thanks to my parents (they sent me some college graduation money, and I saved it just for that purpose). I was so excited to see my family again that nightd, and to sleep in my own bed, too! I really missed it after sharing a queen bed all week with my coworker.
June 17 Jonah and Micah were heading to Scout Camp at Bear Lake with my dad the following week, so I drove back down to Idaho Falls after lunch to take them to meet up with my dad that afternoon. At the last minute, Josh decided to drive down with me, which was so nice! We dropped off the boys, their scout backpacks, and extra overnight bags with my dad, and he took them back to Tremonton with him. Josh and I did a little bit more shopping, then drove to Salmon and hung out with the Jackson's for a bit. We played corn hole and dominoes, snacked, talked, and laughed! I enjoyed spending the day with my husband; I'd really missed him all week!
|Josh captured this beautiful rainbow on the|
golf course that morning
|I was so glad that I was able to witness this Peonia blooming|
by our back porch--I was afraid I'd missed it being gone all
week. For some reason, out of my two plants, I only get one
amazingly awesome bloom each year!
|My new friend Susan from the math class|
gave me these earrings, so I wore them
the day after my class ended. I love them!
|Josh and Phil hanging out on the swing|
that Phil built out of a trampoline frame!
|Phil gave Daniel some drink shots he didn't|
want, and I successfully made a tower out
of them after several patiently-placed attempts
June 18: Father's Day! Unfortunately, the only child home was Ammon, and he was gone all day playing in a tournament, but he did leave left Josh a nice surprise gift on his recliner that morning! The twins had gone shopping for him at the Amish store the previous day and had gotten him some of his favorite things, and Kanyon sent that (funny) card earlier in the week, so he wasn't completely forgotten on his special day! I got Josh a new charcoal cooker for camping, and a side-by-side inflatable tube for floating the river. We went to dinner together that night at The Broken Arrow up in Gibbonsville because they were having a special prime rib dinner just for Father's Day. Josh had never had smoked prime rib before--it was nice! It was an untraditional Father's Day, but I admit that I was happy to have the opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with him!
|"Engine Ruiner" is in reference to the|
mower that Josh and Ammon use to mow
their personal clients' lawns with--Ammon
accidentally burnt up the engine in it
earlier that week. It got overheated on a
large job he did on a super hot day.