Thursday, January 31, 2013


I can't believe that January is over! This month has FLOWN by...but that's okay because I am SO excited for February - Valentine's day, going to the Santa Barbara lacrosse tournament to watch the BYU women's team play, and lacrosse games finally starting for the team I coach. 

So...before I get too excited about this next month, I'll do a recap of January!

  • At the end of December, Dave got a job working for Chase Bank as a personal banker! We were SO excited for this because it meant that we got to move into an apartment! Dave's parents graciously let us live in their home for about 5 months after we moved from Utah, which was so absolutely kind of them. But we were happy to have some sense of independence again :]
  • So, we found an apartment through one of my dad's clients and moved in on January 12th! It's great - two bedrooms, big kitchen (soooo much bigger than our apartment in Utah!), and it has a pool, although it has been a little too chilly to use. Here's a few pictures of it:
This is what you see right when you walk in - living room in the front and kitchen farther back.

That little doorway on the left leads to our bedroom. 

The closet that you can see in our room on the left is huge! It takes up the whole wall, which Dave was obviously thrilled about. 

The other bedroom is across from ours, and we use it as an office. In between the two rooms is a bathroom. Pretty much everything in there has a sweet 70's vibe to it, but it's my favorite room in the house because of one very special feature: the heat light. One of the switches turns on an awesome red light. I couldn't make a post about our apartment without putting up a picture of me in said red bathroom: 

I was told that everyone looks like Satan in the red light by my little 6-year-old cousin, Adam. I'll admit that the light is very flattering (ha).

And finally, a sneaky, through-the-window shot of the pool:

  • I had been looking for a job EVERYWHERE. Seriously, everywhere. And I finally was hired as a Substitute Aide in the ABC School District. After about a week of subbing, I was offered a permanent aide job in an elementary school, and it is PERFECT! I am a resource teacher, but I basically do whatever the teachers need me to do. I go to all upper-grade classrooms. I needed to find a part-time job because of lacrosse, and this one goes from 8AM-12, meaning I am still able to coach! 
  • Finally, Dave and I got new callings in our ward. Dave is the secretary for Young Men, and I was called as the Girl's Camp Director, if you couldn't tell by my pins :] We are both excited to work with the youth!
For the past few days, I have been in awe of how blessed we are. Writing everything down here makes it much more obvious. Everything seems to be falling into place, even though it seemed as if it never would. Doesn't it always work like that? Anyway, I've really been trying to have a more positive, happy, fearless attitude, so I'll leave you with a few quotes that have been inspiring me lately. 
Happy February!


  1. Yay! I didn't realize you guys had found jobs AND got an apartment! That's great. Also, I love the heat lamp idea. I'm always cold - I would totally bask in its creepy scarlet rays.

    We should hang out. For real.

  2. Shell! So many cool things are happening for you!! I'm SO jealous of your heater light and even more excited to see you in 2 weeks!!