Thursday, June 19, 2008
Not a huge surprise to anyone...David and I got engaged just 2 months after graduation.
We were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on December 15, 2001. We built our home in Coltman just under 4 years ago, and we love it here.
David is the Manager of Idaho Sod, and absolutely loves it. He also finds time to run our own little farm. He works long, hard hours in the summer, but gets to enjoy his winters off! We look forward to snow around our house! David is the Teachers quorum advisor in our ward, and has found Halo Parties are quite the bargaining tools for Eagle Projects!
Just after High School, I got my Dental Assisting Certificate and worked as an Orthodontic Assistant up untill March of 2007. We found out we were expecting and I quit my job to stay at home. I am the 2nd counselor in the Young Womens in my ward, and that, along with being a mom, and helping out with the farm, keeps me very busy.
Aiden Wesley Belnap joined our family on November 10, 2007. After a scary, and very long awaited pregnancy, he came 4 weeks early, and has been in a hurry ever since. He is the light of our lives! We are very proud parents! He is growing like a weed, and keeps me on my toes!
It has been great checking out everyones blogs, and it is good to see everyone doing so well! Thanks Jorelle for all the work you have done on this blog, it is fun to catch up!
I met my husband, Brian, through friends shortly after we graduated, but we didn't really start dating until several months later. He graduated from Madison (oh the rivalry!). The fall after we graduated I moved to Twin Falls and went to 1 semester of college there. I decided I didn't like it, so I moved back home and went to another semester at ISU. While I was going to ISU, I started working at the private airport in Jackson, WY, part time. It was so much fun that I started full time after the semester ended along with Lindsay McLain, who we also graduated with. Who wants to go to college when they can meet famous people?? It was truly the best job I've ever had, and the people we met were awesome. Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee, David Letterman, the Vice President and Secret Service guys, just to name a few.
Brian and I eloped and got married under the antler arches in Jackson's town square on October 12, 2002. We had a "public" wedding in August of 2003. Braeden joined us in July 2004. He is so fun! Cutest little boy ever. McKinley was born in March 2007. She is our miracle baby. At our 20 week ultrasound we found out that she has a VERY serious heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). My doctor in Idaho Falls told us there was nothing they could do for her and she would live at most 2 weeks after she was born. Fortunately he also sent us to Primary Childrens Medical Center in Salt Lake for further testing. We are SO grateful for the doctors there! We quickly learned that, not only WAS there things that could be done for her, the hospital had been very successful in helping this babies lead fairly normal lives. To make a LONG story short, she was born in Salt Lake and had her first open heart surgery at just 25 hours old. She has since had a second open heart surgery, as well as an intestinal surgery. McKinley will have hopefully just one more heart surgery, between 3 and 4 years old. You would never guess by looking at her that there is anything wrong. Baby Emerson (our surprise baby) will be joining us ANY day, hopefully sooner rather than later!
We are currently living in Rexburg, but we're building a house in Rigby. It's ALMOST done! It's been a LONG experience (we've done everything ourselves) but it's worth it!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Ok, so I'll do a post. I hope it will cause all of you others who check this site to send me your posts! I don't want Ariana to be the only one, so I'm going to tag, Sarah Dinsdale Merrill, Nate George, Justin McDermott, Erin Womack and Nicole Stucki. Also whoever else I asked, Alisa Anderson, Sharlie Winder. I want you all to send your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org! You have 1 WEEK!
After High School I went to ISU for a semester, and then I went to BYU-Idaho where I finished a bachelors in Biology. (imagine that, still a science nerd) While I was at college I found myself playing around on LDSSingles.com. At the time my husband was living in Oklahoma, but he was coming to school here, so he started searching for girls in the area. We talked online until he came to school, and then we met in person and started dating. We dated for 5 months, got engaged, and got married December 30, 2003. Since then we have lived in various houses, but we haven't left Rigby. (I've probably been in wards with some of your parents.) I now have two beautiful girls named Ella Jean and Elena Pearl. As you can tell, my husband is a little outnumbered with all of us girls, so we have two cats and a dog that are all boys to even the odds. My husband will be graduating this fall, and we will probably be heading back-East for grad-school. Hope everyone is doing well, and I will see you all at the 10 year!!!
So after high school, I went down to LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, and went into Business and Interior Design. I did about 1 1/2 years. I would love to go back and finish up! But, one summer when I was home I met Andrew McClellan, he graduated from RHS in 1999. I left school and we moved back to RIgby and got married December 13, 2002. We started a construction company and started building homes. We had our first baby on November 10, 2004. Nathan is now 3. Then July 5, 2006 we had our second boy Benjamin. He is now 2. We have a third on the way and I'm due sometime around Christmas. We have moved 10 times and every single move has been within the city of Rigby. Except for one move to Iona. What can I say, we love RIgby. We now live over in the northwest part of Rigby. I had a little business called The Paisley Barn and The Paisley Barn Kids, it was a home decor and kids store. It was fun, but I sold out about 2 months ago. I also co-started Serenity Day Spa and Salon in Rigby and sold out of that business as well. So I just stay at home and garden, cook, sew, blog, and read. I can't wait to see what everyone else is up to! Jorelle
Monday, June 9, 2008
I moved to Provo after graduation and attended BYU. While there I met Spencer Uminski from San Antonio, Texas. We met my first semester there (he was in my ward...my hometeacher even, shocker, I know!) and became pretty good friends right off, but didn't start dating until five months later. We dated for 8 months, engaged for two and finally were married on November 27, 2002. After he finished his master's program in civil engineering he got a job designing subdivisions and commercial sites such as Lowes, Walmarts, Walgreens, Kohls, etc. We built a house in Syracuse, Utah, just north of Salt Lake, November of 2003, just after the birth of our first child. We've lived here since and now have two more children, making a grand total of three! Forrest-4 1/2 yrs., Nadia- 1 1/2 yrs and Marek-4 weeks. We are moving to Idaho on Saturday. I'm a stay-at-home mom and love it! I'm looking forward to the small town life again, although I've loved Utah and will miss it grately.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
So I thought of something that would be really fun, since no one wants to post about themselves, please send me any pictures you have during the school years. I've got some really great pics from Middle School and Jr. High. So send the pics and let's reminisce! Some of you are going to hate me for some of the pictures!