- I had 5 roommates
- 2 of those roommates got married (since I've moved to Boston I've had 4 roommates get married, 1 roommate work on the Mitt Romney Campaign, and 1 roommate go on a mission)
- My sister Danielle got married and I gained a new Brother-in-Law, Kevin Tvetan
- I worked 3 different full time jobs
- I got a car
- I applied to multiple Grad Schools
- I started teaching early morning seminary
- I've had 2 church callings
- I taught a 6 week beginning ASL class
- I directed a musical fireside, "Come Unto Christ"
- I managed to stay in my house but I changed rooms
- I continued to figure out my life
- I enjoyed Boston to the utmost
- I didn't date enough but I made lots of wonderful friends
- I made (booked the tour) a dream come true...almost (Italy in February)
- I ate too much food, didn't play enough piano, and didn't get married (ha ha)
- But BYU did great in both football & basketball, the Red Sox won the World Series, and the Pats & Celts are doing well
- I loved a lot, I lived life, I made lots of new friends, said goodbye to old friends, explored New England, went to lots of dances, had a great time at the Education Conference, and have even been able to use my ASL interpreting skills
- Saw Natalie's hair change from Blonde to Red
- Spend New Year's Eve with my BFF (Michael Sackett) in NYC
- I organized a huge appreciation event for AFC
- Got to see Dad run the Boston Marathon
- Went surfing
- Read a lot of great books
- Fell out of a canoe--fully clothed
- Saw Nickel Creek perform in Boston live
- Went to a few Red Sox games
- I had toe surgery
- I climbed a very very tall tree
- I learned how Violin's are made
- People that visited me: Joey & Savannah, Sarah, Annalee, and Mom & Dad
- States I went to: UT, AZ, CA, ME, NY, NH, and VT
Monday, December 31, 2007
This is just a part of my extended Shields Family!
Here we are at the new Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni Center. Go BYU! We are all Alums!
The married couples wearing their new Christmas attire
Alexa dancing with the snowman
Chels & mike
The 5 sisters
Mom and her sister Kris
Mom with the girls
Clay, Kaitlin, and Alexa
My uncle just breed his pure bred German Shepherd Husky, Kayla, and she had 4 of the cutest puppied ever. We had a great time playing with the puppies.
I can't believe how tall Scott & Eric Sackett have gotten!
Mike & Me (no, I'm not hurting him)
Some how between the last time I saw her and now Megan Sackett grew taller than me!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
- The girl I visit teach has two of her designs on Kleenex boxes.
- I am very sore from shoveling heavy wet snow.
- I look good as a Christmas Tree!
- I got a new job and I love it!
- My Seminary class is going well (although we are all ready for a break from these early mornings).
- I'm trying to decided if I should feel bad that I didn't send out a Christmas "Update" when my friends send me Christmas cards and letters with pictures of their beautiful kids or if I should just be glad that I'm still on their list.
- I'm going to Italy in February and making a dream come true!
- I've almost read every Jodi Picoult novel.
- As of December 30th I will have a car.
- I seem to have lost my Epi-Pen---have any of you seen it?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
So Nat and I shoveled away and had a great time I might add. It's been a long time since I was outside really shoveling loads of snow. I kind of liked it and I'm loving the Winter Wonderland!
The Elephants were my favorite part of the show ( and the white Siberian Tigers)
This trick was pretty mind boggling. They got 7 motorcycles going in this little metal round cage at one point! It was amazing!
In October we had a regional Education Conference where Elder Holland came out here to speak. There were great teachers, speakers, and events that brought single adults from all over the East coast together. I had a great time and was able to meet Elder and Sister Holland and talk to them for a few minutes. It was truly an incredible experience. Here are more pictures from the Conference taken by Timothy Connor.
I was a flapper. I thought this was a great and easy costume. I wore this on Halloween day to my seminary class. My students were a bit surprised (I think they thought I was dressed like a hooker). When I asked any of them if they knew what I was no one knew. When I told them I was a flapper from the 20's they still had no idea what a flapper was. I was a bit embaressed and took off my wig and boa to teach the lesson that morning. Ha Ha
The Winter Gala
Danny came down from Vermont to hang out with the Boston Crew and attended the Gala with us. Earlier that day Danny and I checked out the Old North Bridge and the Minute Man Museum and sights.
This dance was more fun than any of us anticipated!
Esther & Kylee
As part of the festivities that was Natalie's Birthday 14 of us ladies decided to go to the "Urban Nutcracker". We had a great time and the day just got better with the Relief Society Christmas Concert later that night and then of course Natalie's Birthday Bash!
Julie and Matt (visiting from Vermont)
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Thanks Mom & Dad, Chels & Mike, Danielle & Kevin, and many others for being so supportive as strings in my life are getting pulled. I love you all very much!
Monday, December 03, 2007
So what happens when you are the teacher and all but 1 of your student don't show up?
I waited until 6:30 am (well past the 15 minute rule) to cancel class. In the meantime I talked to my student and her mom who had come to class the morning for Seminary from Woburn.
Who knew the snow would scare everyone away--certainly not me.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
- for the Old North Bridge
- that I live near my amazing sister and husband
- for living the questions
- for making things happen
- for the unexpected
- for Kigatsuku
- that I live in a beautiful house
- for my eternal family
- that I have amazing friends
- for music
- for good books
- for first kisses
- that I'm surviving a broken heart (not from romance)
- that the last thing I said to my brother was kind
- for holding hands and butterflies
- for fireworks, waterfalls, stars, trees, swings, and rain
- that not all my prayers have been answered how I wanted
- that some of them have
- to know there's a plan
- for punk kids, early morning seminary, and sleeping in
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
So here I am at about 3: 20 with hives all over my body. I have no idea why or what I'm allergic to. The only thing I can think of is that I'm allergic to working during the holidays. I guess this is my body's way of saying---GO HOME!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I may have gotten my love for writing from Dad but I got my love of reading and words from you. You are my wordsmith. You seem to know just about every word there is, how to spell, it and what it means. My love for reading started at a young age when you would read to me. This love of reading and words became my major in college and is still a big part of who I am. I believe there are a few more things about me that come from you or are inspired by you but I have a hard time separating me from you and at any one point. Love ya mom!
Don't Settle for less
Hugs & Kisses
Though Grant could be rowdy, obnoxious, and into everything and everyone's business--he also had a heart of gold. I remember many times he would be angry at me and then minutes later he would sit next to me and hug me. He would love to just be with his sisters, hold their hands, sit next to them, hug them (hit them), and even snuggle up next to them. Mom Granty got that from you. Grant fought to live when he was born, the struggled while he was alive, and he was only with us for a little while. It was your strength, wisdom, courage, love, honestly, and devotion through the thick and thin has been and continues to inspire all who know you.
Whether they were dad's family or your family--you filled up our home and lives with traditions. Danielle loves these traditions and just the other day was reciting to me a bunch of the family traditions that she treasures. I don't know if Kevin knows what he's in for with carrying on those cherished traditions. Mom you have always been the one encouraging us to go pursue our dreams but you are also the first one to want us all back at home with you together. Danielle exemplifies this as the middle child. She loves to be surrounded by her family (though she might not readily admit this). I think it's going to be a struggle for all our in laws to realize that we Shields have our traditions!
Little Miss Black Book
You knew it would happen eventually. With 6 girls you knew that at least one of them would be like you were as a girl-boy crazy! I hear it told that in high school and college you were the dating queen and had to swat the boys a way (heaven knows why I didn't get that part of you??). Well Kaitlin has clinched that spot by having her first kiss first (well, so far), having boyfriend(s) in high school, and for running up your cell phone and text messages.
I remember you singing in the kitchen, in public, or where ever your heart desired. We'd say stop and get embarrassed but you'd say, "You don't want an ordinary mom do you?" Well, mom as a result you don't have any "ordinary" kids! Alexa exemplifies your freedom to express how you feel. You've never been one to hold back. You get what you see and people love you for that.
I know you have spent the better half of you life trying to fool everyone into believing that you didn't have a wild side--but the truth in manifest in Clay! We all know you didn't do anything to crazy and wild in your past, but mom--you did ( and still do) have a wild side. Clay is spitfire and full of wild child but he also can be very complimentary and sweet. Besides we got to give him credit for being surrounded by girls, girls, and more girls all the time. It's no wonder he's a bit on the wild side!Mary & Martha
Camryn is mom's little helper. She is Martha in that she helps with dishes, does her homework, practices her piano, and does what mom and dad say. She is Mary because takes the time to pray, to write letters to her sisters far away, to say she loves you, and to do so many little things that matter so much. She, like you mom, is both Mary & Martha. You take the time for the things that matter (even if they don't seem to make a difference at the time): FHE, Family scripture study, family prayers, family reunions, watching family videos. You also do the things that a mom does-the practical, needs to get done stuff: driving kids every which way, making food all day long, laundry, cleaning, and so much more!
Family....isn't it about time!