Saturday, July 9, 2011

Where to even begin.....

Yes, I failed at the quick update.  Thank you for ridicule Mom, and Liz.

So, basically a lot has happened since March, so I will do my best to recap the events of the past 3 months.  This in an insanely long post (with many pictures), so beware.  It will be worth it in the end, I promise!!

Let's take a look at April.....

We celebrated Cam's 25th Birthday on the 26th.  In true Lindsey fashion, there are no pictures.  Well, actually there were but the never made it to the computer because they were on my phone that took a swim in the washing machine.  Oh, well.  I like this picture better than the one I took on his actual birthday.

On the same day......Cam took his very last final of nursing school......which lead to the next event in May.....

Graduation from Nursing School!!!

Yes, I cried the entire time.  He finally made it!!!

Lauren, Cam (the Nurse), and Karine

The Nurse and Big Dan

Cry Face, the Nurse, Dad, and Cort

Tayler, the Nurse, Cry Face, Mom, and Wes

Karine, the Nurse, Greg, and Lauren

To celebrate, we had a little party with family and friends at Millcreek.  Again, no pictures.  This time, it was because I was being the "hostess with the mostest".  We had a great time celebrating Cam's years of hard work, and also giving thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way!!

After graduation, came the NCLEX (nursing boards).  After 5 hours, and 275 questions....he passed and is officially a Registered Nurse!!  The department of licensing iPhone app proves it!!

I'm so proud of all the hard work he put in over the past 2 years.  A long time ago, we made a plan.....we will call it our 5 year plan (since we are now in our 5th year of being married).  Through a lot of hard work, sweat, many tears, and sleepless nights.....we made it.  Who knows what the next 5 year plan will include!!

While Cameron's graduation in May was probably the highlight of the month, we also did something pretty substantial.  

We became parents...... 

To this handsome little guy......Bruce Wayne Romero.
(he looks like a bat when he lays on his back....hence the name.)

I have always had an incessant need to mother something.....that is probably why I became a teacher.  Well, since we aren't really ready for a human child (yes, I will have one sooner than later, please don't fret), we decided to get a puppy.  I begged, and pleaded for a really long time, and Cameron finally gave in and we found this cute little Puggle (Pug/Beagle mix) on KSL and couldn't resist.

We absolutely love him!!  While he can be a menace at times.....remember, he is still in the ragging puppy stage....we can't imagine life without him.  He has so much personality, which is hard to miss.  

Just look..........

I know I am biased.....but I think he might be the most adorable dog on the planet!!  And, he really is pretty smart.  For only being 3 months old, he can sit, lay down, almost roll over (not consistently just yet), and he is almost 100% potty trained!  We have an accident from time to time, but it is usually our fault.  

I can't get over how much he has grown since we got him.

 June finally came, which meant the end of another school year.  It blows my mind to think that I have taught over 125 students now.  The last day of school is always bittersweet for me.  While I love my class, and what I do, I also love my summer break!!

June 16th was our 4th anniversary.  Seriously, where has the time gone?

As usual, we kept things low key and went out for sushi to celebrate.  No need for gifts or fancy vacations for us....we just like hanging out together.  However, we would really like to go back to Mexico (where we went on our honeymoon) next summer for our 5 year anniversary.  
Hopefully, we can make that happen.  

This summer I have a new obsession, but it is a good one.....

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-Op

Yes, I got all of these goods for just $15!!  In an effort to be more healthy, and eat more fruits and veggies I signed up for a basket in June and fell in love.  Saturday morning is almost like Christmas for me!  I go and pick up my goods for the week.....and can't wait to see what I get since they are always different!!  Everyone should do this!!  Click here for more info.  You won't regret it!

Most of you know (or at least I think you know) that my step mom Cortney was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year.  Not going to lie, but this has been a real source of stress and anxiety for all of us.  Well, she began her chemo treatments the first week of June, and is now more than half way finished with the cycle.  I am not going say that this process has been easy for anyone, especially Cort.  It has actually been hell.  But, Cort is a trooper and one strong cookie!!  This process has made me realize just how string she really is.  We knew the chemo would cause her to loose her long, gorgeous hair, so she decided she wanted to shave it off before it started falling out on it's own and donate it to Locks of Love.  To make the experience a little lighter, she decided to have a head shaving party.

Cort, Meg, and Beau pre-shave

The donation......


Yes, 2 mohawks!!

So many friends, co-workers, and family members came to support Cort and shave their heads too.  My family has been showered with love, support, prayers, and well wishes in the past few months.  We so appreciate everything everyone has done to help!

Especially this............

Last month, one of my best friends in the whole world, ran in a Ragnar race raising money for the American Cancer Society.  Cancer has impacted so many people, including Liz, so she decided to run, and ran in honor of those battling cancer currently, previously, or for those who lost their battle.  This seriously made Cort's day, and even made her cry.  Thanks Liz for running for such a great cause and including Cortney in your experience!! 

I also decided to take a leap of faith in June and go back to finish my Masters' in school administration.  I was hesitant after the previous bad experience I had (which I won't go into), but after a lot of research I decided to become a Phoenix.

I have been so impressed with the University of Phoenix thus far.  The class sizes are small (only 11 people in my cohort), and the seem to really care!  I get a call weekly from my academic and enrollment advisors to make sure I am doing ok, and if I have any questions.....which is so different from my previous experience!  I would highly recommend this school to anyone interested in higher education!  The next year of my life is going to be CRAZY....but in the end it will all be worth it.  


My sister was named the U23 National Time Trial Champion a few weeks ago at Nationals in Augusta, GA!!

And....she is off!!!  Finishing 40 seconds faster than the next rider!!

Stars and Stripes.......and the GOLD medal!!!

I am so proud of Tayler and all her accomplishments!!  

And, I am SO excited that I get to see her race in person in 2 weeks in Bend, OR!!

Over the 4th of July, we went to Cameron's family reunion/stay-cation at his aunt and uncle's house in Farmington.  It was nice seeing his family all together and in once place.  Brucey had a great time playing with the kids and Matt and Shar's dog Baxter.  Eventually, he went to sleep and I couldn't resist taking this DARLING picture of Edward and sleepy Bruce.

Good food, family, and can you go wrong?

Like I said in the beginning, this was the longest posting ever!!  But, I am all caught up!!!

Thanks for reading! 

 Come back next time to hear about our adventures in Bend!!!