Wednesday, December 17, 2008

When finals attack...

Finals week is upon us!  So really it isn't as bad as it could be.  I had three on Monday (one was just an interview) Yesterday I didn't have any so I drove up to Fort Wayne to meet Mom and put new tires on the car.  Well you can't just go up to Fort Wayne and not go shopping, so that is what we did.  I finalized some Christmas presents.  I think that we are now done them all, except for Ally's I just need to do a few more things for it and that too will be done.  I am super excited for that present to be opened and also for Robert (little) and Stewart to open theirs, these are probably the best Christmas presents this year.  Sorry everyone else, but that might just be my opinion because I had more fun getting theirs.  Well on the way back home from Fort Wayne yesterday that was a big nasty snow/winter storm that came in.  Sadly enough for me I got stuck on I-69 for just under 2 hours while the police and such cleaned up the interstate because of an accident.  But there is a happy ending I got home okay, picked up Phil at the school, and went home and worked on stuff while watching My Fair Lady!  Today I had another final for my health class.  Phil has one here in a bit and then he is off to work and I will be heading home to clean up and start getting ready for break!  

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A tea party...

This video was an evaluation for the class. I thought that it was super funny and thought that everyone might like it! Oh the class is about bringing creativity into the classroom.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bees! Bees! Bees!

Just a quick update on something extremely exciting!  I have been accepted into the immersive learning project about honey bees!  We are going to create an exhibit for Minnetrista about bees and why they have been leaving their hives.  I will get to go to Chicago to check out museums and the Indy museums too!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Here are some pictures from our adventures with Mom and Dad from the last couple times we were up there.  I wouldn't have to post these if someone else would update her blog...
(Oh by the way that was a hint.)

The Game of Life (or should I say Risk)

So things have been quite crazy here in Muncie for us, and it really doesn't help that we have both been sick.  Last week was Phil's week to be sick and now it appears to be mine except I had a fever all afternoon and skipped class to go to the health center and wait for two hours.  (I don't like the idea of universal healthcare if it will be anything like this) The doctor I had was actually really good and told me what to do and why, most of the time they just say come back next week if you are still having problems.  Personally I am going to be pretty much finished with most of my classes within a week of Thanksgiving which will be great!  Already three of my finals have been canceled or at least don't take place during finals week!  On Friday I have a huge presentation for Health Science about dental health it takes all day and I will be working with third graders all day long.  There was a blood drive the other day on campus and we both gave blood (I about passed out, seeing stars and the whole bit)  Phil even won one of the drawings for a gas card for five dollars!  Okay personally I am thinking snacks, but I don't think that Phil agrees with me on that.  Last weekend we went to Batesville to see James in a Seussified version of Romeo and Juliet.  It was super fun to just sit around and do nothing for a few days.  On Saturday I participated in my first game of Risk with everyone, in the end I joined up with Phil to beat James and take over the world as King and Queen... Very fun.  (oh by the way I am the cool person in charge of Europe)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Hey I just wanted to let everyone know that I passed the Praxis!  It took me a little over three hours I still have to wait a few weeks to find out if I passed one section of it (writing) but I should (hopefully) So hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008



8 shows I like to watch:
1. Stargate Atlantis
2.Phineas and Ferb
3. Word Girl
4. House
6.Stargate SG-1
7. Sesame Street

8 things I did yesterday
1. Slept
2. Ate
3. Waited 
4.  Studied
5.  Took Notes
6. Worked
7.  Showered
8. Facebooked

8 favorite places to eat
1. Cheeseburger in Paradise
2.  Woodworth
3.  Biaggi's
4.  Outback
5.  Olive Garden
6. Qdoba
7.  Arby's
8.  El Arriero

8 things I am looking forward to
1. Halloween
2. End of the semester
3. Thanksgiving (long break from school)
4. Disney World
5.  finishing college
6. Getting out of Muncie
7. Not being poor
8. Not working or going to school

8 things on my wish list:
1. A free & finished degree in education--it's like a get out of jail card!
2. A job that pays above minimum wage and doesn't involve food
3.  Yarn
4.  Cat
5.  mansion
6. cleaning lady
7. Suddenly become rich and neither of us have to work again
8. All of the colored dots to come off of our car

8 wonderful gals that I now tag:
(I don't think I know 8 people)
1.  Mom

If you want to tag yourself and do it then leave a comment and say that you are tagged!

Monday, October 27, 2008

That feeling you get....

...when you fall on your butt in the middle of a crowd of college kids. Ahh, this feeling hit close to home when I fell during Late Nite on Saturday night. Well the theme this time was I don't wanna grow up. It had lots of fun stuff like candy, movies, finger painting, and even roller skating! Well me being the silly person I am decided that we had to try it out since the last time I went skating was at the annual canned food drive at the skating rink in 6th grade! Well I did fine while we were skating, I went pretty slow but did a decent enough job, didn't fall once. Then when we decided to head home for the evening I went to take my skates off and had a hard time of it. Phil had finished taking his off and came over to help me. Well he took ahold of my one foot and yanked, and I suddenly was sitting on the floor. Quite a surprise. It would have been funny to see because I was standing between the skate holders and then I wasn't so whoever was watching probably had a good laugh about it. The evening was fun though. Before going to late nite we went to a party with some friends from the church. We played a game of Settlers of Catan, I suddenly came from behind (with the help of a sheep from someone else) to win the game! It was my first time playing so I felt pretty special! All of the pictures are from different late nites that we have been to this year and one from last year too.

P.S. I also added pictures to some of the older posts so check out all of them from October!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Camping, Battles, and Cowboys?

A couple weekends ago we were invited to go camping and attend Mississinewa 1812 with Ryan and Betty Jo Shrack. We used our park pass to get into Salemonie State Park, north of Muncie, and we reserved a campsite for our two tents. We have used ours' a few times but only in backyards, and the Shracks have never used theirs. We had some amazing Hobo dinners that the Shracks made from some of the beef from their family's cow. Of course we had the traditional s'mores over the fire and Ryan read a story for us. We slept in and made some pancakes and sausage on the 

griddle that the Shracks had given us because they had two. It was nice that the guys cooked both meals for us while we were camping! Once we packed everything back up in the car we drove to the battlefield for Mississinewa. We had a fun time watching the reenactment, listening to some folk music and eating delicious food! I saw my old Venture Crew there and talked to them for quite some time. Once we got back to our house we went grocery shopping and headed to Late Nite to pick up a magnet we made the last time. We weren't 

planning on staying but it was a great time. There was fried chicken and pie, an inflatable slide, bandana decorating, and western pictures! We couldn't do all of the other stuff that was there because we had food in the car that needed to get home, so I got out of line dancing!

Picture explanations--
Top:  phil and I trying on period hats...
Middle:  Ryan and Betty Jo Shrack
    Bottom: At our campsite in front of our tent...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Moving Madness...

We have finally moved!  We are now living in the Lyon's house.  We had lots of help to get out of the Bender's apartment both sets of parents came to help pack, move and clean everything up.  I have been able to get much done on any of it before hand because of classes and just a crazy schedule in general, but we were out and cleaned up with the apartment in a few hours.  The place is amazingly clean (it never looked that good while we were living there).  The Dads took loads to the new house while the women packed and cleaned he entire apartment.  Phil couldn't help much because of classes and work...or maybe it is like Dad and the groceries that need brought in... No really he had four classes and work so he is off the hook.  Mom and Dad came with me to the Presidents Own Marine Corps Band last night and spent the night in our spare room on their "great" new air mattress.  (if you couldn't tell it was a horrible experience for the two of them) They left early in the morning and then it was off to classes again for the two of us. We had a short group meeting for Free The Slaves (a club that Phil started on campus) where we talked about t-shirt designs. (if interested just ask).  Well I will have to getsome pictures up here but this will do for now... or should I say...That'll do pig, that'll do.
The top picture is of the street view the one in the middle is the living room (notice how clean it is) and the last one is of the fact that we have leaves, and a sign in our y-a-r-d!  Yes a yard!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Birthdays, Books and Boredom...

It has been quite some time since the last update on the blog.  I warned you though.  So last Friday was Phil's birthday, so happy birthday!  Then that night we drove up to Warsaw to stay with my parents.  On Saturday morning the womenfolk (Mom, Tashina, Kim) went to the Chicago Temple while the menfolk (Phil, Dad, and Matt) watched the girls and went to the Johnny Appleseed festival in Fort Wayne.  The Temple trip was composed of two huge charter buses and the women of the South Bend Stake Relief Society.  It was a really fun trip with all the women and the perks of NOT driving through Chicago.  When we got home Dad had made some yummy Chili out of was to be taco salad over the fire.  The Grubbs Family came over for the fire and so did some of our neighbors.  I made some brownie pudding in the dutch oven for dessert, it was really good.  Then on Sunday we had a Birthday party for Mom and Phil.  We had a cookout and cornbread casserole and the most delicious casserole of all time, hash-brown casserole!  Phil and I made a strawberry-lime jello cake (strawberry cake with lime jello)  for the birthday cake, it was quite good and we got to take home the leftovers!  We drove back to Muncie on Monday morning just in time for me to head off to class and for Phil to study for a test.  Things have been busy with school and such, but I haven't worked at all this week because there is nothing to do really while Phil is in class, except homework....Yeah this is proof that it isn't happening. 

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Okay so this was the first week of classes for the fall semester.  We are both taking 18 credit hours, Phil is working three different jobs, and I am looking for a job at the moment (I have a few interviews coming up)  Things are a little busy around here so I don't know how often I will be able to update the blog my goal is three times a month at least.  We both have Monday off for Labor day so we are going to Indy for Aunt Kate's birthday and to see the fam.  I can really tell the school year has started because we are already spending a good part of Saturday at the library on campus doing homework, or at least that is what we were supposed to be doing, but  the pictures tell a slightly different story. I don't know who decided to but a photo booth on a laptop for college students, but it sure wasn't any professor wanting a paper!  I always seem to take pictures with it instead of doing something else.  This morning we went to the local farmers market and got lots of yummy produce like eggplant (neither of us have had it so we are experimenting tonight), tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, and spaghetti squash. Then we went to the primary activity so Phil could play his Ukulele for the kids since it was a Hawaiian theme.  Well my text book is calling my name... actually it is really good it is a fun read its A Whack on the side of the Head, it's about developing creativity.

Friday, August 22, 2008

It's Always fun when Robert Comes....

Okay so this has been a very exciting week! I will start at the beginning though so you don't find out about the title unto the end.  Okay so on Tuesday we took a crazy trip to Indy because we had forgotten about the free tickets to the Indiana State Museum that we had won for donating blood.  We saw lots of different things there and then had a picnic on the canal behind the museum.  After we saw the museum we went to the Half price bookstore near Aunt Kate's house.  Once we finished up there and spent a whole two dollars on six cassette tapes we found for the car, we called Aunt Kate to see what she was doing in the evening.  We meet her and went out for a wonderful dinner at Red Lobster, I tried some of Phil's fish, just to let you know.  Then we finally headed home and then Phil had to work at Midnight for Marsh.  Okay now the main event of the week...drum roll please...Robert's Home Coming!  So Robert is Phil's next younger sibling in the line starting with Ben (Charity), Amanda (David), Phil (me), Robert, Thomas, James and Sarah. Their missions overlapped so they didn't see each other for four years!  His flight was supposed to be in last night in the evening, but instead it was about 12.30am! Today we spent the day cramped in the together with Mom, Dad, and Robert and of course the two of us quite a fun adventure all over southern Ohio and Indiana.  We went to the dentist the Stake Center to get him released and then to the eye doctor.  As you can tell we had some fun too along the way! 

Sunday, August 17, 2008

In the Glow of the Golden Arches...

We are celebrating the end of an era for this weekend-the end of Phil working at McDonalds!  So exciting and wonderful!  On Monday he starts working at Compass, a new tutoring place for high school kids.  Oh and he actually gets paid for this tutoring unlike the last 2 semesters where he did the same thing but for service hours, not money.  I am hoping to get a call from the garage on campus to know whether or not I got the job, I hope so otherwise I will begin working in foodservice again.  On Saturday we were able to go to the Columbus Temple on a ward Temple trip (only 5 people from the ward went)  We took an older lady, Polly Smith, she was a hoot.  She always says that she is only 4 years church years that is, she told a ton of jokes in the car and was just great fun.  The Temple was as usual a wonderful experience for us, we were able to do an endowment session and sealings so it was a very productive day, actually I only have one or two names left until I am through with all the ones Mom had for me last time!  Today church was good the talks were all about modern and ancient Temples and we sang some super fun hymns.  Oh and another added bonus was that Polly brought us some delicious banana bread and her recipe for it and some whole wheat pancake mix.  Phil is off at a Stake Priesthood meeting so I went on a baking spree, I baked some chocolate chip cookies (okay pretty much the only kind of cookie), I cooked some chicken from the freezer up so we have some ready to eat whenever we need to for casseroles or what not, actually I need to bag it up and freeze it again, and I started a loaf of bread so we can eat some sandwiches this week!  Well Phil should be coming home soon so I better finish cleaning up the kitchen! Oh and the second picture is of me in my Marsh uniform if you couldn't tell (I thought I should since I have one of Phil in his uniform) The third picture is one that Phil has been bugging me to put up so here it is...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

From Putt-Putt to the State Fair...

It was a very exciting week Monday we took a random trip to Putt-Putt in Anderson, Indiana and to Mounds State Park.  That was our Family Home Evening for the week, it was funded
 by Grandma Horn, so thanks!  Phil's Mom came up on Wednesday for a bit with his sister Sarah, she went to this really nifty flea market and got a whole bunch of super cheap produce and share the goods with us including asparagus, peaches, pineapple, watermelon, and salad!  We went out for lunch and sat around and talked for awhile.  It was a fun day.  Then Thursday resulted in a massive day of preserving fruit and veggies. We used the majority of the peaches to make jam and preserves, we ate some of the pineappleand made jam out of it too.  (it was quite yummy)  We froze the asparagus to have for this winter.  Everything turned out wonderfully and totally made a mess in the kitchen, but to have all of the food for later will be great.  Friday after Phil got off work we drove to Indy to meet up with Matt, Tashina and the girls to go to the State Fair, we were later joined by Mom and Dad.  We had a great time and stayed up late talking.  Phil and I slept outside in our tent in the backyard and in the morning we all went out for a giant breakfast afterwards Phil had to leave to get to Muncie to start his 12 hour work day.  I stayed in Indy with the family and went to the orchard that Tashina loves and got pears and apple cider slushies!  Yum!  I went back to the Fair with Mom and did all of the things we wanted to do and didn't have a chance to do the day before, and while we were there I won a drawing for a free book of Indiana Trees and a super handy and nice bag.  After we finished up at the Fair we started our way back to Muncie and ate dinner at Steak-n-Shake.  Finally on Sunday we both had to get up and work on lessons for our different callings mine was for the nursery, which was a complete success with the whole goal of the kids blessing the snack, and Phil's was for Elders Quorum.  We went on a long walk to celebrate our 2 Month anniversary and the cooler weather.  Tomorrow we are going to travel to Indiana Beach to use our free pass and have a last big day before the stress of school starts up again for a few months.  

Monday, August 4, 2008

Oklahoma Outdoors

So to begin our exciting and action-packed weekend we went to see the musical Oklahoma outside at a local park by an area theater group. The show was sadly cut short right after the wedding of Curly and Laurie, because of the storm that was quickly approaching. I made some yummy chicken to take on a picnic to watch it since Phil was getting off work half an hour before it started! We walked down and afterwards we were planning on sitting around and playing guitar, but
plans changed due to the weather and instead moved it inside our apartment. On Saturday morning we woke up early and went to the local farmers market where we got some green tomatoes and some bell peppers and a cool strange purple pepper! Then we drove around and ran some more errands around town. While we were out we picked up some milk and discovered that the price had jumped 20 cents in one week! Err.... We both had to work in the afternoon and evening and I didn't get off until 11pm so Phil made a wonderful dinner of Green Fried Tomatoes! Then on Sunday we both had to get to church early because we had meetings for our new callings. Nursery was much better today, it was probably better that it was the first day that was the worst and not yesterday because I wasn't expecting anything that week. But I did find out that the Nursery leader will be gone for the next two Sundays so I will be the one in charge, poor kids... Once we got home from church we had to start making dinner for the couple that was coming over for pizza dinner. It was a fun weekend though it was a bit crazy with work schedules and such. ....oh by the way... I have pictures but left my camera at home and I am on campus so there will be pictures up at some point...sorry

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Drain Dilemma

Last Sunday as I hopped in the tub to take a quick shower I quickly found myself standing in a tub full of raising water!  I was not pleased with this since I had just cleaned it on Friday while Phil was at work.  We couldn't do much about it on Sunday because we were having a new couple in the ward our for the traditional Sunday pizza dinner.  On Monday we attacked the tub with hangers and every long flexible item able to be shoved down a tub drain (which really isn't much in our apartment) So the next thought was chemicals, well after the 11.30pm run to Wal-Mart run was in vain because they didn't work, but we did remember that Phil had to go to work at midnight so that was good at least.  We then called the landlord who has never actually returned our call to see what he wanted us to do.  Then I Wednesday morning I had enough and went to the wonderful world of the Internet and looked it up on Yahoo and found an article from the University of Florida (I find this super funny, and I don't really know why) on how to solve the problem.  The answer was a plunger!  Okay and some screwdrivers, wet rag and a tub full of water.  So I took off the plate that is supposed to control whether the water goes down the drain or not (which is just for looks on ours) stuffed a wet rag in it and turned on the water to fill up the tub.  Then attacked the clog with all of my plunging abilities! It took about 3 minutes of this and suddenly I was standing in an empty soap scummy tub!   I was thrilled to have actually conquered the silly thing!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Warsaw Work

So this week Phil was supposed to be at Scout Camp for the ward, but all of the kids except the scoutmasters dropped out at the last minute, so they didn't need him to go. So instead we went to Warsaw to tackle the front flowerbed next to the road. We only planned on doing a third of it this weekend but plans change and we (okay I should say Phil) finished the whole thing! I didn't do much to help the first day I washed the car (to get the stuff off from the Batesville reception) then I went grocery shopping with Mom. The second day I shredded Zuchinni from the garden and baked some wonderful cookies. Oh and I also played with the cat that decided to come and "help" Phil with the yard work, but I did some work. It was a fun break from the normal week. So I just realized that it is only one month until school starts and everyone will be back for the year! I also just found a few of the pictures from the honeymoon so I will put those up too, oh and we don't have an after picture because it was dark when we finished and we left early in the morning so yet again it was dark!

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Duck Pond Day

So I decided that we needed to put some post wedding pictures up so here are a few from the various activities in the past month.  The bulk of them are from Saturday when we went to the duck pond on campus to feed them leftover popcorn from our month anniversary celebration.  So the first picture of me feeding the ducks on the North Side of Campus.  The next is of us at the duck pond while feeding the ducks and the random bird and turtle that came along for the free food food as well.  The next picture on this tour is of Phil in his work uniform, a McDonalds Man, but now he has a new hat, not the pretty purple one.  Ahhh...This one is for the Call family, especially Phil's Mom, we wore our matching Batesville shirts to Indiana Beach when we went with my family for the Zimmer Company Picnic!  The final picture is Phil squinting at me while having a goofy smile.  Isn't he cute, I thought it was a funny picture so I thought I would share it all with you too!  So this is a little bit of the stuff we have been up to lately tomorrow we are going up to Warsaw to do some landscaping for Mom and Dad.  Then it is back to the daily grind again...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


5 things I was doing 10 years ago
1 .Attending Lincoln Elementary School
2 .Playing with dolls
3 .Riding a bike, instead of driving a car
4 .Annoying Matt about girls
5 .Wishing I was in Young Womens

5 things on my to do list
1. Wash the car to get off the wedding decorations
2. Buy milk
3. Call my Visiting Teaching Companion
4. Make our bread so we can eat lunch tomorrow
5. Sign up for an English Class for the summer

5 favorite snacks/food
1. Peanut Butter
2. Milkshakes
3. Cheese
4. Popcorn
5. Marshmallows

5 things I would do if I was a billionaire
1. Finish School
2. Retire
3. Buy a house
4. Hire someone to clean for me
5. Go shopping and maybe buy something not on clearance

5 bad habits
1. Putting my clothes on the floor
2.Not wanting to go to work
3. Procrastination
4. Constant snacking
5.Sleeping while Phil is at work at Marsh

5 places I've lived
1. Warsaw, Indiana-Market Street
2. Warsaw, Indiana-Sunset Circle
3. Muncie, Indiana-Studebaker East
4. Warsaw, Indiana-Sunset Circle
5. Munice, Indiana-Rex Street

Enchanted Evening

Things have been busy lately but not too bad they could always be worse, like the week Phil worked 40 hours at McDonald's and 12 at Marsh Grocery Store! We normally have a few days together during the week where we run to the store and do the small things together that most people would call boring. I think it is important to get joy out of the little ordinary things so the few times something extraordinary comes around it is even better! For example... Today we both got off of work at 6pm and Phil rented Enchanted from Redbox for free. I wanted to watch it for our one month anniversary but Phil didn't want to see it really, but he said I could watch it tonight while he worked on Thank You cards, well we both ended up watching the movie! Oh some exciting news for next week. Phil is going to Scout Camp with some of the Young Men because the scout leaders couldn't go so he is spending Tuesday night at the camp which is just north of Fort Wayne, which means I am going to spend Tuesday and part of Wednesday in Warsaw with Mom and such! It will be a fun time to see everyone again during the week with no big event taking place! Well see everyone up in Warsaw next week (if the schedule at work turns out right)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

End of weekend vacations...

So things have been busy down here with work and what not. We have been traveling an awful lot lately on the weekends, but that should be over this weekend after Indiana Beach! I am so excited to go this year for a break from everything! Work is really fun I don't mind it too much I just need to get more hours so I can actually make some money to survive hopefully hours will pickup once I am home on the weekends and they aren't punishing me for having a life outside of Marsh Supermarket. We went on a bike ride after work yesterday because I was off at 7.30 and Phil was off at 6.00. We rode on the Cardinal Greenway for a nice bit, when we turned around to come home Phil stopped to fill up his tires because they we low. Well the pump decided that it didn't want to put air in and instead let it all out. So we had to carry the bike home the entire way back. We were probably quite a strange sight one person pushing a bike and one person with a bike on their shoulder! But there was a blessing to be had in all of this, the rain held off until we were home, and then it poured! Today Phil went to work at 7.00am and gets off at 1.30 so we are hoping to have a fun-filled afternoon and evening! Oh and I am off today too. So I have decided that married life is absolutely wonderful!

Monday, June 23, 2008

It's a married-ful life!

So we have a new blog!  We have been married for two weeks and it has been great!  I love being married and seeing Phil all the time.  So here is a basic layout of what is going on in our lives.  Phil is now working at McDonald's during the day and working a few nights a week at Marsh (grocery store)  I am a cashier at the same store during the day and I don't work nights.  The store seems really great, except today while I was at my first day of work one of my co-workers license plate was stolen, mine is still there though!  We have one last reception this weekend, then the following weekend it is my birthday and Matt's so my family is having a big get-together in Warsaw.  Then the weekend after that we have the Zimmer picnic at Indiana Beach, we aren't sure if we can go yet, but I really want to go.  Here are a few of the wedding pictures that Dad took.