Monday, September 13, 2010

An Update a Day, is obviously not Savanna's Way :)

It's funny how you want what you can't have.

Until recently, I've been OK with pushing this blog to the back burner (or, to the burner that resides in the black hole well beyond our galaxy).  BUT, a few days ago I tried to log in and found that Daven had changed his email password.  Never have I been more motivated to update my blog--when I can't update it :).  I guess I need to add myself as one of the blog owners...that would be ideal.

As you may have guessed, a lot has happened between now and *ahem* what was it?  April 22? 

1.  Daven no longer works for Key Equipment Finance.  He works for State Farm Insurance.  He started in May and is licensed and has passed all of his Insurance exams.  You Nebraskans (especially the 4th warders/Holmes Lakers) will like this:  Daven works for his old Young Men's Advisor: Vance Yoshikawa!  Isn't that crazy?  Vance happened to come along right as Daven was ready for a change...perfect timing.

Daven will work under Vance for a few years then open his own Insurance office.  After three or four years of owning his own office Daven will then have the opportunity to work for Corporate State Farm.  This job is perfect for Daven!  He's one of those guys that is good at everything (which is sometimes annoying when you want to teach him how to snowboard, and it turns out he can snowboard better that you--but that's a mix of me being an extremely  s  l  o  w  learner when it comes to coordination-required skills and him being a natural).  The simple fact is he's good at what he does because he demands perfection out of himself.  I think anyone who really knows Daven would see that pattern in everything he does.  The job is not finished until it's perfect.

2.  I know I never talk about my job on my blog, but my job is going well, too.  I moved into a bigger office the end of October and it is suh--wEEeeet!  (When I make comments like that, it makes me feel like I really don't belong in corporate America, but maybe a high school classroom instead).  I work for Encana, an oil and gas company.  I've been there for two years.  Love the people, love the work environment, but I've gotta say it ( and by "it," I mean working 50+hrs/week at an office and no mini-Davens or Savannas running around) is not exactly what I envisioned myself doing after almost 5 years of marriage.  But, for update's sake...yes, my job is nice.  I mean, it's an oil & gas company that's NOT BP, so it's not exactly hurtin' right now.

3.  Bob and Teresa visited in July--again, always productive when they're in town.

4. parents came to visit at the beginning of July and we went white water rafting.  Although my dad is a Navy boy, I've never actually seen him on a raft, or even a boat.  Needless to say it was an exciting adventure!  We also attended the July 3rd fireworks show at the Rockies Stadium.  It was spectacular!!

5.  Rex Round Up was Ridiculously Rowdy and "Re"mem"ber"able ;).  My Uncle Curtis oversaw the raising of the four walls to our Rex pavilion/lodge.  He and some of my cousins that live close to Randolph, UT put up the roof over Labor Day weekend!  Thanks so much to all of you that helped!  Wish we could have participated, but I'm excited to see it and help out next year!!

We also ran/walked the 3K I mentioned in my April post, but it turned out to be more like a and I clocked it wrong...ooooops :) !  It was a blessing in disguise.  I walked with my cousin, Dalene.  You have to understand our family is HUGE.  I'm the youngest of 52 grandchildren and my cousin is in the generation older than me, so we didn't exactly grow up together.  Walking with her was one of my favorite memories of the reunion--thanks, Dalene!  To top it off, we were in the mountains, on my Grandpa's ranch with a bright blue sky!

7.  August was the Kearl Reunion in Orange Beach, AL.  BEST. EVER.  Our HUGE condo was smack-dab on the beach.  The sand was so fine and soft.  The water was warm and we swam with a SHARK!!  Seriously!  Daven and I were boogie boarding and a shark was skimming the same wave as us.  It was literally right next to us.  Of course, me being an eternal optimist, I thought it was a dolphin because of its color, wasn't...  However, we did see plenty of dolphins, and we found quite the colony of colossal crabs, too.

By the way, I have the cutest nieces and nephews.  Olivia and Price (Cheyenne's), Elsie (Desiree's).  Keegan and Triston (Ian's) weren't able to make it!  We missed them!

8.  In May we bought an SUV.  It's a 200? Toyota Sequoia.  We paid in cash and I was soooooooo sad to see my bank account deplete.  Next to our house, that was the largest purchase we've ever made!  Boo, for growing up.  BUT, we love it and after we said a sad goodbye to the 30-year-old 'burb, we kind of needed it.  I think.  We do look silly driving it when it's just the two of us.  This was a recent conversation I had with Daven:
S:  Remind me again why we bought this?
D:  For the towing power, of course!
S:  We don't have anything to tow.
D:  It's not what we don't have, it's what we will have.
S:  You mean, a boat?
D:  Yes, --Daven continues to describe the exact type, make, dimension and style of our non-existent boat--a description that I never remember hence this very descriptive sentence.

Luckily I have the Young Women to fill it up at least once a week :).  Also, Daven says we are "taking it back" if we are not in the market for car seats within the next three months (no, this is not an announcement).

9.  Our next big event is Christmas in Boise!  We will miss the sub-zero temperatures, 50 MPH winds, ice storms and all-day power outages that usually greet us in Nebraska, but it will be fun in Boise nonetheless.

I have pictures of some of the above events, but I'm having issues with blogger and my slow computer.  Or, rather blogger and my slow computer have issues and they're just taking it out on me.  I guess pictures will be in a separate post.