Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fun's Over....

Well summer vacation has come & gone! I am now starting my sophomore year in college. This is going to be an extremely busy semester (I can tell already)!! On top of taking some very difficult classes this semester (Calculus, Statistics, Organic Chemistry I, & Human Anatomy) I am also a Chemistry 1020 TA, which means that I have to teach a Chemistry Discussion & Lab Section.

When Carla Beckett asked me last Wednesday (8/19...4 days before school started) if I'd be interested, it didn't sound too difficult so I told her I could handle it. Well, she didn't tell me that on top of teaching a discussion & lab, I also have to have an hour of office hours, an hour of Tutorial hours, attend weekly meetings (every Thursday), plus I have to go to a 4 hour safety training & another 1 hour safety training, attend the student safety training (which I have to teach part of), grade all the assignments from both lab & discussion, & proctor exams throughout the semester & grade them afterward. WOW, a little more time consuming than I thought, but it will be fun. Even though it makes me really nervous to get up & teach students who are only a year younger than me (some are older than me as well), I'm really enjoying it. Not only do I get paid to teach, but it will also look good on my application for pharmacy school :) !!!

This week I already have homework assignments in 3 of my 4 classes (Human Anatomy, Statistics, & 2 assignments in Calculus). Labs haven't even started yet, so when they start next week it'll be even more time consuming.

Even though it's going to be a lot of work, I'm really happy to get going & get into the grove of school again. I still have plenty of down time, which I use to study. This school year is going to be busy, busy, busy, but it's worth it. I really like all of my teachers they are excellent so far & are really nice. I'm sure as the year goes on I'm going to have to remind myself of this post (saying how happy I am about my busy schedule). Here's hoping for a fun semester!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Hair Do....

I know I just posted earlier today, but Melissa came down this afternoon & cut my hair. I love it!! Thanks Liss I love You!! She is sooooo talented & is finally done with cosmetology school!! Congratulations Lou!! & Thanks, you always do such an awesome job!!!

This is Before....

And This is After....

Happy Birthday Kara!....

Today is my beautiful sister Kara's birthday!! I'm so grateful for everything that she's done for me & what a great sister she is. She is a great sister, mother, wife, daughter, & friend. She cares so much for everyone & is so talented in many ways. I'm very blessed to have a sister like her.

Because of her my first year of college was much easier & a lot more fun. It made the transition much easier. I don't know what I would have done without her & her family there. She is so kind, nice, & understanding. She's so sweet to everyone!!

Thanks Kara for everything you do for me & for everyone else!! I Love You Soooooo Much!!!! Happy Birthday! I Hope You're Day Is GREAT!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Not that exciting of a post :)

When I was at work I found these quotes that I really liked & made designed them on Photoshop.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Where Has The Time Gone.....

I cannot believe that the summer is almost over!! In one week from Friday I will be heading back to Laramie... The summer has gone much too fast. Wow how time flies!

This summer I've mostly worked at the Drug Store & hung out with friends & family. Nothing overly exciting, but it was nice to be home for a few months. It was a nice break. Although summer has gone much too fast, I'm excited to get back down to Laramie and get started with school again. The sooner it starts, the sooner I can get done.

I have also had lots of studying to do this summer & other things to fill out for school. I have to study for both my pharmacy-tech test & PCAT test. I also had to fill out the majority of my pharmacy application this summer because it is soo time consuming that it would be very difficult to do during the school year when I'm busy studying for all the tough classes I have this semester. I can't believe that it's already time for me to apply for pharmacy school (WOW, CRAZY!!)

I've really enjoyed my summer & being able to be with my family for this fun summer full of great memories!! :)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Las Vegas, Nevada....


For our family vacation this year, we went to Las Vegas. It was so much fun!! On Monday July 27th we flew from Billings to Salt Lake & then onto Las Vegas. Holy cow talk about a different world. I have never seen so many taxi cabs in my life (not even when I went to New York City).

We got into Vegas around 2:00 in the afternoon Vegas time (3:00 in Lovell). The airport is crazy and so big we had to get on trams and shuttles just to get our luggage and rental car. Luckily our car came with GPS or else there was no way we would have been able to find our way around. We didn't really do much, except drive up and down The Strip seeing all the cool buildings. For the rest of the day we were lazy at the hotel, drove down the strip again at night, and went swimming after we got back to the hotel.

After eating breakfast and getting ready, the family headed to the Mandalay Bay to see what parking was like and also to pick up our tickets for The Lion King. We walked into the casino and then through different shops that were in the bottom of the different hotels. We thought it would be fun to go Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Since traffic & parking in Vegas is a nightmare, we decided to walk down the strip. We didn't quite realize how far the Wax Museum actually was and how hot it was to walk outside (I think it was around 115 degrees). We finally made it and it was soooo much fun. We decided against walking back to our car in the blistering heat & instead decided to catch a cab back to where our car was parked. After getting back to our car we headed back to our hotel where we rested up, got ready, & went to watch The Lion King that was in the Mandalay Bay Hotel Theatre.

Wow!! The Lion King was absolutely amazing. I never thought Broadway was that cool until I went to New York & had the privilege of seeing 2 Broadway plays. From that moment on I think Broadway is one of my favorite things ever. This is the second time I watched The Lion King and it was so amazing. I can't even imagine all the hard work and dedication it takes to make that production as perfect and flawless as it was. It absolutely blows my mind!!! We sat in the 2nd row, so we were able to see all the cast up close!!
In the morning, we set off to see the Las Vegas Temple. The houses that were on the way to the temple were beautiful, but the yards not so much. Nobody had any plants or grass with the exception of cactus plants, some palm trees, & rocks. When you reached the temple however, the temple grounds were BEAUTIFUL!! The lawn was so green and well kept. Real flowers were in the flower beds. What a difference!!! The Las Vegas Temple is absolutely gorgeous & it stands out from everything around it.

After walking around the temple grounds, we went shopping at one of the outlet malls to pass some time. The heat made everyone really tired so we went back to the hotel to relax. Later that night we went to a show called Legends at Harrahs (one of the hotels on the strip). There were impersonators of Dolly Parton, James Brown, David Bowie, Brittney Spears, The Temptations, and Elvis. That was such a fun show, and we were really close to the stage (3rd row).

Before we headed to the airport to go home, we went back to the shops to pick up some souvenirs for us. I got a poker set that has Las Vegas wrtten on the chips & playing cards. I thought that was a pretty appropriate souvenir considering where we took our vacation & what it's famous for. :) We also had to go back to Harrahs so Dani could pick up a shirt she wanted to get.

Around 2:00 we headed to the airport to head home. Our plane was suppose to leave Vegas at 4:20 but was delayed until 4:50. Which wasn't a big deal except when we finally did get onto the plane we kept getting delayed even further and ended up leaving an hour later then we were supposed to. We missed our connection to Billings by 5 minutes. Luckily, there was another plane heading to Billings a few hours later & there was enough room for all of us to have seats. By the time we got into Billings, got our luggage, and finally got home to Lovell it was almost 2 in the morning!! It was a very long trip, but it was so much fun!!!!
Thank You soo much Mom & Dad for taking us on such a fun family vacation and giving us such a great experience! I had such a great time, saw a lot of fun things, & made some great memories. I Love You Both Very Very Much!!!