Monday, February 23, 2009

Thomas Family Picture

This picture was taken over Thanksgiving weekend and yes I am just now getting it posted but what can you do right? My sister in law, Courtney is experiencing college life as a Freshman at UVU. I don't know if i'd say she's enjoying it but she has had some fun times and made some good friends (I know that because we work together at Allyse's Bridal and she has made friends with all the cute, fun girls there). Court is definately full of life and I think she's enjoyed having a sister for the first time in her life just as i've enjoyed having a second sister. My brother in law Chase is still working his way up at Wells Fargo and he is enjoying living with all his buddies in a house near the U of U. He has a new girlfriend so instead of leaving right after dinner on Sunday he has actually been staying around with Jessica and hanging out with the family. We are loving it. Mona is still enjoying her work and I enjoy teasing her about how she puts in way more hours than secondary education teachers. She doesn't get home until between 5 and 6 everyday but when I was student teaching at the junior high and high school I noticed all the teachers left half an hour after the bell rang. Kelly got a new job and is enjoying it so far. He is still the "dog whisperer" in the family. Whenever he's around all the dogs want to be around him. Hey when you've got it, you've got it right?!

Four and Counting!

Well it's been an exciting few weeks for us. Ethan has been accepted into four law schools so far and we are waiting to hear back from a couple more. So far he has been offered a spot at St. Thomas (our first choice due to the full tuition scholarship), Drake University, Gonzaga University, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Getting the scholarship at St. Thomas has kind of taken the excitement out of getting accepted at these other schools because we know that we can't turn down that kind of offer but it's still nice to know that several schools are intersted in my husband. Gonzaga was at the top of our list besides University of Utah and UNLV because of it's beautiful campus, decent weather, outdoor activities, and low cost of living (from what we heard) but we are getting excited about the prospect of living in Minneapolis. It's nice to know that we will have family there (at least for 1 year) while my brother Calder finishes his last year of law school and his wife Ivy works towards her degree in Engineering.

We're Moving to Minneapolis...We think!

Well it's official, Ethan got into law school! The school is St. Thomas and it is in Minneapolis. The first letter Ethan got was a rejection and he was so worried he wasn't going to get into to any of the schools he applied to. He is usually really calm and doesn't get stressed out easily but I noticed a change in his disposition after that first letter. He was definately worried so when we got accepted he was so happy. It was on a Monday and we had both just finished work. He opened the letter as I was looking for seasoning for the steak he was going to cook for dinner. He read the first line aloud and we started celebrating right after hearing the words "congratulations, you have been accepted..." We probably celebrated for a good 10-15 minutes before going back and actually reading the whole letter. Then came the shocking part...St. Thomas offered him a full tuition 3 year scholarship!!! We were literally in shock! We proabably re-read it 10 times just to make sure those words were still on the page. The boy who was worried he wouldn't get into a single law school just got a full tuition scholarship! I was so proud! We called his parents and then my parents who were all so excited for us (although I think Mona was secretly sad because she really doesn't want us to leave Utah). Last we called my brother who is also going to law school in Minneapolis at a different school. He was the one that convinced Ethan to apply to St. Thomas. Finally after all the calls Ethan said there was no way he was cooking tonight so we went out to celebrate the amazing news. What a great day!