Settling In

 One of the greatest joys of living in Utah so far has been seeing Holly and the kids more often.
Henry and Rusty are best friends. Henry loves to throw the ball, and Rusty LOVES to play fetch. Match made in heaven.

No school + no job = impromptu fishing trip in California! I didn't fish, I just took the pictures. I feel bad for the poor little guys. What did they ever do to deserve being yanked up from the bottom of the ocean like that? Especially Mom's first catch of the day, which unfortunately got hooked through the eye.
Poor feller. They sure were tasty, though.

 No trip to the Pacific is complete without an encounter with a shark!
Back in Utah, and now I have a job. I work at a Sport Clips. It's awesome! After 2 years in the Greatclips franchise I'm grateful to by trying out something new. I like listening to ESPN all day, which has a surprising amount of variety. It's much better than listening to the same radio station play the same top 40 songs. The women I work with are awesome, and the hours fit perfectly with my school schedule (which will start up in a couple weeks). What more could I ask for?
Look who moved to Utah: Mariah! On her first official day in Utah we hiked to the hot springs (and actually made it this time. I think I'm acclimating, finally). It was stinky, but fun. 
Mom has been joining Dad on all of his Hawaii trips, and I jealously stalk them while they're away. 

I picked up Christina early from the airport this morning and we walked around center street and ate Indian food before heading to the MTC. This was the first time I've dropped someone off for their mission and it was such a great experience! The excitement was palpable. As we entered the gates I felt like we were entering Disneyland. She was so excited, the other missionaries were so excited, everyone was just so happy! I can't wait to hear all about her adventures in Taiwan. 

Third week at church and I've been issued a calling: Gospel Principles instructor. Yikes! I've never had a teaching calling before (I was hoping for something musical), but I want to be a better teacher and this calling will certainly help me with that. I also gave a talk last Sunday about obedience and temple blessings. I was a bit nervous because I talked a lot about my temple experience and the importance of women receiving their endowments. I wasn't sure how most Utah bishops felt about women and the temple before marriage or a mission, but my talk was well received. I think this is a church-wide trend (hallelujah)!