Monday, September 27, 2010

Jay's Occupations

Jay has been looking into several fields for his future career. Possibly the most promising has been his recent interest in dentistry:

Joe's tooth was hurting him a few weeks ago and Jay took wonderful care of him. Jay told him to open wide. And when that wasn't wide enough, Jay helped him open wider. He took a close look at Joe's teeth.
And then a closer look:
He felt around a bit...
...found the problem tooth...
...and tried to pull it out. He even gave Joe a foot massage afterword for being such a good sport. (Reflexology perhaps?)
Joe said it was very relaxing and Jay thinks Grandpa Brady should consider giving foot massages at his office.

Jay has also explored culinary arts so he can be like his Aunt Traci. He loves tasting his food,
..and mixing.
But mostly tasting. If these career paths don't work out though, he is sure to have a job in construction. He loves to build temples. All day long. Everyday. Here's a sample of his work:
When you ask him what he's doing, he'll tell you, "I building a temple mommy."
What a spiritual kid, huh? We're so proud.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

School Project

I just did this as a project for my photoshop class. This is Jay a year ago. The project itself is not that spectacular or difficult but he's just too cute not to share.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


It's late. I had a migraine today and most of this probably won't make any sense at all. I can't sleep so I figured I'd jot down a few of my thoughts lately.

School started a few weeks ago and life has been very busy. I go to school every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night with two breaks for lunch and dinner. Poor Joe takes work off to watch Jay, except Thursday mornings when Katie (bless her heart) takes Jay for a few hours to let Joe work. It's been incredibly hard, especially for Joe who is trying to build a business only being able to work Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For a while it felt like Joe and I were living two very separate lives with very separate goals. But then something pretty incredible happened. I realized that our circumstances were not going to change. I am supposed to be going to school right now. Joe is supposed to be starting this business. And, as a couple, we are supposed to come together and get through it all. All of a sudden, the idea of us being a partnership just clicked. We could be selfish with the our time, trying to accomplish our own goals, or we could do everything possible to help each other.

Before this realization, I was starting to feel sorry for myself. You see, I have always wanted to graduate. I adore school. I get very excited to learn new things and turn in homework and take tests and get shiny little A's on my transcript. The problem is that I have been to three other schools (when I was single) and none of those experiences were this hard. Doing homework during the day is nearly impossible with Jay needing my attention. I would love to have time to go to the lab, or library, or chat with professors, but as soon as class is over, I dart home to put Jay down for a nap or spend a few minutes with Joe before I head back to school. I kept thinking, "I have been praying for the opportunity to go back to school for years now, and now that it's here I can't even enjoy it." And I know Joe feels the same way about starting his business. He's wanted to do this for a very long time and my school is kind of putting a damper on that.

BUT our attitudes are changing. I've realized that I need to live more in the moment. When I'm at school, I need to be at school and not constantly thinking about home or feeling guilty. When I'm at home, I need to focus on Joe and Jay. Joe has the opposite problem. He focuses too much on the moment and forgets the long term.

This week has been so much better. I feel at peace. I appreciate school more, and most importantly, I appreciate Joe more. This is going to sound so dumb, but I felt a little older this week, like a real married couple. I thought, "Man, this is a mature attitude I'm having right now." And then I realized that only an immature person would think they were being mature. Oh well. It's gotta be a step in the right direction.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Are You Ready?

We are. Katie and I just made shirts for Jay and Gage to wear tonight. We made two for each boy and they turned out super cute. I can't wait for Jay to try his on. We're having a party over at Rick and Katie's (Joe's brother). It's tough to find Bronco gear down here but we're being creative. Joe actually found Boise State, blue and orange tortilla chips in Grantsville, UT. Random, huh?

Anyhow, Go Broncos!
(I realize that I sound like an obsessed fan... I'm really not. I just get excited when they get to play in a game that means something.)

We Did It!!!

We made it through nearly two full months of 100 degree weather or above! And now (reportedly) those days are behind us and we get to enjoy wonderful weather until next summer. Bring it on.

And speaking of bringing it on, we're all very excited about the BSU vs Virginia Tech game tonight...

Go Broncos!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Does anyone else feel like cleaning your house is like eating an elephant one bite at a time... only it's a magical, self-regenerating elephant that refuses to go down without a fight?

Today the elephant started eating me. Ug.