Thursday, May 24, 2012

Welcome Home - Good bye

While I was gone Stephen planned a Welcome Home party for me with my roommates. So on Tuesday we had a BBQ family dinner. Stephen and I got a small cheap BBQ with our gift cards and we made meat and vegetable skewers. We had a great set up in our backyard and the Utah weather was perfect. Everyone stayed over for hours chatting with a lot of laughing. I love these girls, they are my family.

But it was also a goodbye dinner because Carly and David are moving to California. Thankfully we will still see them a few times this summer, but we are all heartbroken to be losing them. This was our last "family dinner" as we call them, and last night we all went to Zupas for our last night. We just love each other a lot!

my cute husband, he did a great job on the BBQ

meat and vegetable skewers
see the stake! everyone was surprised, 
but I am just an accommodating host

typical situation: everyone inthralled by David...he is hilarious!

The Newrows
off to California for a real job and a big life

Caitlin and Brock

Jessica and Austin

My roommates...forever

Aren't we cute?!

the set-up
We are blessed to live where we do, 
we look forward to lots of summer nights out here with family & friends

making good use of our huge couch

love self-timer

My last tour

I have been on the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble for the past three years. It has been such a great opportunity. I have traveled all around the western states, the midwestern states, and Easter Europe. We perform for ambassadors when they visit BYU, and in the Marriott Center once a year. This team was a huge part of my college experience and I feel so blessed to have been able to do it for three years. I just got home from my last tour which was bittersweet. I love dancing and performing, but I love Stephen more so I am happy to be able to be home more with him.

This tour included:
Farmington, NM
Alamogordo, NM
El Paso, TX
Midland, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
Laredo, TX
San Antonio, TX
New Orleans, LA
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
Texarkana, AR

25 days
5,000 miles of driving
10 theatre performances
5 school assemblies
5 interactive activities with mutual or YSA groups
5 school workshops
3 church firesides was the busiest tour ever!

Alamogordo, NM
We felt pretty cool about this

Alamogordo, NM
White Sand Dunes

El Paso, TX
Load in - we bring lights, risers, mics, costumes, props
We come with a lot of baggage

Midland, TX
This was a brand new venue, and we got to add our names to the wall
right next to "Lord of the Dance"
(yes, I wrote BYU IFDE:)

San Antonio, TX
Host kids - Nina and Ella
Nina made me a name tag, and we slept in their pink bedroom

New Orleans, LA
Oak Alley Plantation
The oak trees are 300 years old!

New Orleans, LA 
Swamp Boat Ride
the alligator is 12 feet long and he is hand feeding him chicken

New Orleans, LA
a baby alligator

New Orleans, LA
Host kids - Carson, Tyler, Hallie, Brooklyn
We stayed with them for mother's day

Houston, TX
Look Michael, it's really green!
I liked east and west Houston, so I'm sure south Houston is great too!

Houston, TX
Battleship Texas, the last of it's kind

my home for the past month

Texarkana, TX
my last dance show with the "leaving people"

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Big news

The week I left stephen and I each had some big news in our lives. I got a teaching internship at Lehi junior high teaching Foods, and Stephen was called as a second counsellor in a Byu singles ward bishopric. We were so grateful for both of these opportunities. Bring on adulthood!

Half way home

I left on tour 12 days ago. Therefore tomorrow afternoon I will be half way home to my husband! We have been able to talk every day and FaceTime when I am brave enough to ask for wifi from my host family. Tour has been fun, awesome to perform for thousands of people, and stay with host families. But this is my last tour, really even my last experience with dance. And I am happily leaving at the right time. Stephen has been doing pretty well in my absence. I think every inch of our home has been cleaned. He says he doesnt even remember what it's like to be marrieds.I said he was being a little bit dramatic! Here is where I have been:
Farmington new Mexico,
Alamogordo new Mexico,
El Paso Texas
Midland Texas
Corpus Christi Texas
Laredo Texas
San Antonio

tomorrow Half way home Stephen!