Saturday, March 3, 2012

Malware, Booo!!!

So I'm not sure if it was a comment on my last post or something else but I was able to work around the malware warnings and delete this post so hopefully there won't be anymore problems!! So sorry for the inconvenience!!! The post minus comment or picture or whatever caused the problem is as follows!:

Over the summer, I was seriously considering whether or not I should attend Texas Tech University; not debating the university, but whether I should continue my education at all.

The more I thought about it, the more confused I became. Spencer and I both firmly believe that I need to stay at home once the children come, taking care of them and the house. However, until they come, I need to work. I felt really ... small... because of my lack of aspirations. We also feel that, once the children are either all in school, or later graduated from school, if I need to work the requirement in the future will no longer be (generally) an Associates, but a Bachelors.

Once we came to this conclusion, I was bothered because I feel like getting a Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) seemed unnecessary for the particular field I wanted to go in. I was feeling very discouraged and confused. We prayed about it frequently. I didn't want to pay $16,000 for a degree I might use in the future.

Then, the last few weeks of the summer, several things happened. I found out that I had received two grants, paying for over half of each semester for the next two semesters, making my tuition less than what I paid at the local community college. Money was no longer the issue, so we decided to ponder degree options.

After more praying, and self-assessment with Spencer, we decided I should go into Psychology. I'd like to be a school counselor, but a part of me would love to be some sort of therapist, (psychotherapist), counselor, or psychologist.

Now, I feel like I'm doing what the Lord wants me to do. I'm not entirely sure where I am headed yet, but I know it's in the right direction, and I'm so thankful for His help. I know I'm doing what he wants me to because of the experiences I've had in my classes. I'm taking Psychology and Religion, and nearly every day I just want to stand up and shout, "But I DO KNOW the TRUTH!!! I can share it with you ALL if you just listen!!! You don't have to wonder anymore!!!". In my Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy class, one of the first things we did was make a list of things needed for an effective therapist. I felt like I was making the list of my strong suits, of the gifts that the Lord has given me.

I know I've made the right decision. It such an overwhelmingly comforting feeling to finally feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be doing what I'm supposed to be doing, regarding school and possible future careers. I guess this was just my way of A) Letting family and friends know what's going on with me and B) Showing my gratitude and appreciation to the Lord for guiding me, and sharing my testimony that the Lord may not answer your prayers immediately, or even in the way you think, but that He WILL.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Let it Snow!

So my family has a blog called Word Joust where we play word games made up by the players. It's a lot of fun! The winner of the game comes up with the next one. It was my turn to come up with a game. On occasion, a picture will be put up to help illustrate the game or to add festivity and fun to it. The one I found was too funny not to share here as well!

Maybe it's the Evans blood? :)

Happy Holidays everyone!!! Those in Lubbock, enjoy the snow!! I hope to be able to post about the Christmas season later! I have a few craft ideas in mind that I may take pictures of and post. I just need to get myself a sewing machine first! If you have any ideas or suggestions, please share! I'm still at the beginning stages of all of my Christmas Creations!!! :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Far Too Long

It's been way too long since my last post!

I would love to take some pictures of our new apartment and put them up! Right now I plan on doing it, but I may very well get lazy and not do it. However, as of now, stay posted!!

I started my junior year at Texas Tech University. It's been crazy, crazy stressful, but I know it'll get better with time. I am going for my Bachelor's in Psychology. I also feel like I'm getting CAPITAL LETTER -happy in this post lol.

The latest news: Spencer mis-stepped going down some steep stairs at the leisure pool and broke a bone in his foot. For you medically inclined, he has a fracture in his 5th metatarsal (the small bone behind his pinky toe.) Nothing is out of place, so there was nothing they could do about it, but they gave him a boot to make walking a little easier on his ankle, which has been nice.

On my part, I was having really bad chest pains whenever I breathed too deeply or exerted myself. I went to the get it checked out, after having ruled out heart burn, and I was diagnosed with Pleurisy. Basically, the lining around my lungs and chest is inflamed. I had to have a blood test, an x-ray, and an EKG done today. I went to the Student Wellness Center at Tech. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE STUDENT WELLNESS CENTER if you are a student at Tech!! I had the best medical service and experience I have ever had. I don't even have health insurance, which worried me, and yet I walked out only paying $65 for the visit AND all the tests/x-rays.

Both of our problems can be resolved with the right amount of ibuprofen and time, thankfully! I feel really blessed that Spencer's foot wasn't more severely injured and that my chest pains weren't more severe than they are.

I could go on longer, telling about my classes (I'm taking a Psychology and Religion class that is interesting) but I don't have a lot more time. In short, the other thing I want to share is we have both involved ourselves at Tech. Spencer was accepted into a Photography internship, and I joined the Celtic Ensemble! lol This will be an interesting semester.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Everything's Weirder in Utah

So Spencer and I, along with my family, left for Hatch, Utah last Thursday. We got here last Friday and jumped right into things! We had one of the family reunions on Saturday, then jumped into what we call the "Hatch Experience".

We haven't played in the 'creek' yet, but we did go down there. After hiking in the hills behind my great aunt's house, Spencer and I found some great skipping rocks and revisited the creek. We have also gone to Cedar City, Panguitch, the Red Canyon Indian Store and Bryce Canyon Visitor  Center. We went to Ferryland and the Tropic Reservoir. I caught a water snake there and Spencer held a snake for the first time (outside a boa constrictor in elementary school). We went to the local store Mugwumps, full off random things. We played at the tiny park, saw some deer, caught some fish at Pine Lake (which was extremely gorgeous! Between my uncle, dad, Spencer and I, we caught twelve trout!), and hiked to Mossy Cave! Niels, Nathan, my cousin and I hiked back through the stream to the water fall and we got some great pictures! Hopefully they will turn out since we took them with Nathan's old camera. But throughout this whole trip, we have gotten some great pictures! If I remember, I'll post them on here and/or facebook.

We are having a great time! We will be heading back on Sunday, driving the full 18 hours straight! We sure miss our Tori bear! I should have written a post for each day we have been here but I didn't. Shoulda coulda woulda. I hope everyone is having a great summer themselves!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What a Beautiful Day!

Today was a wonderful day in our neighborhood! ;)

Spencer and I went fishing this morning. We didn't have any luck, but I did chase two fish in a small tiny little creek that ran off from a dam, and then another little tiny fish tried biting at my bait, but it was too small for the bait I was using and gave up. It was fun though! I love exploring! I heard what sounded like a tiny hammer and nails being hit into wood. I looked up, and it turned out to be a bird pecking at a tree! Nature... Then, thanks to my new water shoes!, I was able to wade through my little dam-run-off-tiny creek. :) It was a lot of fun for a little kid like me.

Then we finished up the last of the thank you notes and attempted to mail them. We were mailing ONE to Germany, and when we asked how much postage would be, the UPS teenage boys working told us that it would be $48. We were like.... "?!?! No.... You mean the international stamps that you place directly onto the envelope to mail this letter to Germany are $48??" ... "What?? I've never heard of international stamps...." Ugh little boy, nevermind, we are out of here!! (No I didn't tell him that...). So we went to Canyon Crossing, were FINALLY able to get everything straightened out and got to see what our floor plan looks like!! (Another "finally"). We are way excited!!

We took the thank you notes elsewhere, found out the stamps are only  .98 (that's more like it), and sent them off.  Then we bought soap for our new dispenser :), matching toothbrush holder and trash can included! lol

Things are great! Now we are just looking for jobs and getting ready for Utah and Dallas!!!!

Which reminds me... I am now the 14-15 yr old's Sunday School teacher, and I'm going to be out of town for three weeks!! I need to find a substitute!!!!

Until next time! <3 Maybe I'll post about Girly Girl Night this Saturday. :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

You've Got a Friend In Me

So first, I have this new design, but I have some crazy ideas that are going to take me a while to do, so don't get too used to this one! :) Okay, now to the main event.

Shayla Crooks just left for Utah a few days ago. She reports to the MTC on June 29th for her mission in Can't-Pronounce-It, Guatemala! I'm so excited for her! But I'm going to miss her so much, so in her honor, I dedicate the rest of this post.

We met at girls camp when we were 12 years old. I don't really remember a whole lot in those early days except that I thought she was cool, and it was nice to have someone my age to hang out at camp with. She was from 2nd Ward, so I didn't really see her all that often, being in 1st Ward.

Then when we turned 14, we went to seminary together. This being at 6:30 in the morning, and Shayla being Shayla, this wasn't the greatest of times. She has a very loud personality, and that was a bit much for me that early in the morning. So I "put up" with her. lol Boy was I missing out!

Then we were sophomores. The highlight of our friendship, and Shay would agree I think. I was scrambling a bit because I didn't have that many friends at Monterey in the beginning. The main issue being where to eat lunch and who to eat it with. I tried a few groups out, but then I re-met Shayla and Hannah. They had been friends in junior high. We had several classes together, even after my crazy schedule finally settled, and we became best friends. We walked to Shayla's house for lunch nearly every day. We had great times! Crazy English projects, odd food combinations that are classics now, unforgettable walks to and from Shayla's house... the list goes on! I think this was the year that biff originated. We use it as...anything! Good, bad, noun , verb, adjective, or even just an exclamation. "Ah biff! I totally biffed that..." We use it to this day! Along with some other people in our high school who caught on lol.

Then our junior year came around... Hannah and I had a little ...okay, big... conflict, and divided our friendship. To get a little juvenile, although I was clearly the victim, Hannah seemed to be playing the pity card to me, and all of our friends hung out with her. Since I wasn't welcome where she was, I was left alone. Shayla later told me that she hung out with Hannah because she thought I would be able to land on my feet and make new friends. I'm not sure how this sounds through text, but if it sounds bad, it wasn't. It made sense to me, and was glad she explained when she did. She didn't stop being my friend either, like some might have. I'm sorry to have put Shayla in that position to where she felt like she had to choose, so it was really my own fault.

Booooooo!!! Junior year was stupid! Let's skip to the better year! SENIOR!!!! Being too forgiving in some people's eyes, Hannah and I became friends again at the beginning of the next year. I don't really remember talking anything out, I just remembered being sick of being immature adolescents. I know how much she had felt bad for what had happened, and I missed my two best friends. I remember going and sitting by them, her taking it as "apology accepted", and moving on with life. Things were never quite the same, but we still had amazing times! Especially with Shayla and I. We were never closer before than our senior year. I wish I had time and room to share every good experience I had with Shay, but it wouldn't do it justice anyway.

Then after high school, I think we grew apart a little. Not in our relationship, but we just didn't make time to see each other outside of church anymore. I started dating guys more seriously and I just didn't make time, like a fool. After a kind of nasty breakup, I decided to change that. We started scheduling girl's nights every Wednesday. We had a blast!!! We've had food fights and made music videos. We've painted our faces way too many times, but still not enough. We have had a kids night and a spy night, a murder mystery night and a modeling night (maybe two... lol). All of these pictures can be found on facebook!

Most importantly, I don't know where I would be without Shayla Crooks. She has been my lifeline so many times that I can't even count them. She has always been there for me. When I had a nasty break-up, she carried me until I was back on my feet. When I made a mistake, big or small, she was there to listen, not judge, and forgave me every time. When I got married, she was there for anything I needed, along with several other amazing friends who helped out. Even when she didn't even know I needed her, she was there. The times that I felt the most alone in this world, she was there to remind me that I wasn't, not even close.

I could go on about amazing this woman is, but I won't. This Disney loving fiend will always be remembered and welcome in the Rogers house, and I wish her the best of luck in Guatemala! I'm very excited for her, but not as excited as I am for the people of Guatemala! I'm so overwhelmingly proud of her!

Food Fight!!

Jumping on the bed in NYC!

Detective Murder Mystery Night

Rock n Roll Girls Camp

Guys Night

"Sprite" Party!

"Last" Girls Night

Valentine's Dance

Wonder Woman Shayla Crooks!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Well, my first public attempt at a banner. I'm not very good with this sort of thing. The only "picture editing" software I use is Paint. Yeah, Paint. I took a class on photoshop and graphic design but it was dumb and I feel like I didn't learn anything.

I wish I had more to say about that. It's been a really long, really odd day. Spencer and I aren't fighting, but there are a few things that I have been less than happy about today. I'm just wallowing in it until I can decide whether I am overreacting or not.

I am babysitting my neice, Tamra, this week. And next week, if this week goes well. She is spunky and very feisty. She is an extremely smart girl, but this can mean she can be a handful at times! lol

I made Spencer Angry Birds cupcakes last night. Baking the cupcakes only took 30 mins to prepare and bake, another little while to cool, maybe 30-45 minutes to frost them, then another 2 hours, roughly, to decorate them. I used to work at Mrs. Fields, but I was too young to be made any kind of shift manager, so I never got the chance to decorate the big cookies, even though I have the know-how and the just. I just lack the experience. Here's a picture of them.

That's all I have for you today. Time to keep on keepin' on!