Chaos....and more chaos!
Well I now know why so many teachers are always a little on the edge. I have started trying to set up my classroom and get everything together for the first week of school. There is so much to do!! I'm trying not to get too stressed, but it's hard. SO much to do in so little time. I just spent over 3hrs cutting out laminated decorations for my classroom and I didn't even finish! But, as always, I'm sure things will work out and I'll get everything done. It is kind of fun setting up your very own class. I'm doing lots of really cool stuff for the kids. We should have a fun year.
Life in Utah is still interesting. There is just a different breed of people here. It's not bad...just different. It will take me a while to get used to things here. I sure do miss the Minnesota Nice though. I thought all of the happy Mormons here would be extremely friendly...but they're not. Oh well..I guess I'll just have to make sure to come back and visit Minnesota often. One really cool thing is that there are so many different places to eat around here. I bet I could eat at a different one everyday for a year, and never have to eat at the same one twice. It's crazy! I'm excited to try all this new food.
Since I've been here I have become re-aquainted with family friends of ours. It's a hilarious Brazilian family. My dad served his mission in Brazil and he happened to meet another missionary in his mission who was actually from Brazil. His name was Henrique. Well, Henrique and my dad became good friends, and Henrique and his entire family now live here in Utah. They have sort of adopted me now. They harasss me and force me to come over and eat very large meals (they're super good meals!!). They are taking really good care of me and I am very fortunate to have them around. They have 4 kids and they are a lot of fun to hang out with too. I have had so many good laughs with them!!
Here are some pictures of Utah:
The Mormons are watching you!! (This is huge blow-up missionary on top of the Missionary Mall in the town I live in). It's hilarious.
This is the front of my school.
Here's the entryway of the school. It's beautiful. If you look out the wondows you can see the mountains.
Here's a picture of Clarence running around in the weeds in our backyard. We have a pretty good view of the mountains.
Here's a picture looking out over my front yard.