Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Turney Christmas Suprise

Our original plan was to drive to So Cal and spend a week playing in Disneyland etc. A week before execution of the plan my mother in law decided Cancun instead. We probably would have gone if Adam had been able (or willing) to take off work but we both had to get back to real life so the Turney's found a great flight out of Las Vegas and stayed with us for a few days anyway.

The reason I'm writing this post is because of the gift they (my mother in law) gave us. She gave us a Scrapbook with pictures of us...only these pictures were a little odd. Adam in times square, Me at the Met, Both of us raising a flag at ground zero...as we got to the end of the scrapbook we found two tickets to NEW YORK CITY! We get to go the week of Spring Break!!!! We are staying at the Marriott on Times Square and we have a "city pass" Which gives us access to many of the fun and amazing sites of New York! We are so thrilled and shocked and grateful for a fun trip before the baby comes!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas

Christmas with my family was amazing. I love my family so much.

We started off at my grandparents where they let us hang out for a while before Lesley's Christmas Party (all caps). They are such awesome Grandparents and I am so fortunate to have them. Backtrack a little, silly Adam took a benadryl and was SO tired driving to St. George that when he told me what he'd done I made him switch seats with me and I took over for about three hours. It made the trip fly by a lot faster and I wasn't feeling well just sitting there so it helped a lot.

The party was awesome. I have such an amazingly talented family from the food to the music it was awesome. It was great to have everyone there including Carly. At the party we all took Sean, Megan, and Carly aside to give them two presents: Pink and Blue Booties :) Megan, Sean, and Carly freaked out jumping up and down and shouting. Megan started to cry and even Sean got a little misty eyed. That's how we told them I was pregnant. Then my dad announced to everyone and it was fun.

Sunday we had a great day with Mom and Dad singing in the choir. The Christmas program was great!

Monday was Megan's Choir performance in Salt Lake. We met Cait and her boyfriend Richard at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and we all enjoyed Weber High singing Christmas Carols.

Tuesday Sean, Mom, Adam, and I all went to the Ogden Temple and did sealings. It was great to be there with my Brother.

Wednesday was Christmas Eve and my mom made a delicious meal as always. I fumbled at half time but it was a great meal. We also went to go see the movie Seven Pounds which was really good but not really a Christmas Eve movie.

Thursday of course was Christmas. I was so excited I woke everyone up except for Adam who was already awake. We took time to enjoy the morning in our PJs and open our wonderful presents. I was very excited with my Disney Blu Ray collection, my iHome which I have been dying for, and my new scriptures. It was so snowy up in Pleasant view that we spent less time down in Bountiful and Salt lake and missed seeing most of my aunts and uncles on my moms side but it was fun just hanging out in our PJs and watching movies.

The rest of the time was spent being nice and lazy. Pregnant women like that :) umm also we went to the Crouches and it was awesome! We had some great food and fun games. I am so good at loaded questions lol or at least I'm usually on the winning team ;)

I love Christmas and I had fun being in Utah!

Timothy Turtle Turney

Some of you may be wondering at the strange little baby ticker on the right side of our page... I thought it was a cute one although I look nothing like the mommy in the picture and wont for a very long time. The reason why the name says Timothy Turtle Turney is because that is the name my Dad has bestowed upon my lucky child. No one else has come up with a better one and until the little guy actually is a boy or a girl I guess we can go with that.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It's Official...

Author: Adam Turney
Now that we have told both of our families we can share the news with others that have not been informed. Melissa is pregnant with our first baby. The doctor has said the expected due date is about August 5, 2009, which will be our 3rd anniversary. We do not know if it is a boy or girl just yet, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for a boy so I have someone to play video games with or throw a ball around in the front yard. We are both extremely excited for the new adventures having a baby will present to our family and we look forward to the arguments we will undoubtedly have about how to properly raise the baby. Oh, and for those that read the blog about Melissa going to the hospital for the flu...it was actually for extreme morning sickness. Fortunately, Melissa seems to be doing much better with the help of some medicine even though she still feels some sickness.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Day!!!


Author: Adam Turney
Today it snowed heavily in Las Vegas. The entire city was covered in snow, which is an extremely rare event to behold for this area. It snows on a yearly basis, but never to the point where you can go outside and build a snowman or see people at the park sledding. Today was parent-teacher conferences and the snow got so heavy (by Las Vegas standards) that we were encouraged to call the parents and cancel some of the appointments to ensure their safety. Then a rumor began that we might have to cancel school for Thursday. Driving home from a work party it did not seem necessary to cancel school, but about 9:30 PM the school district announced that school would indeed be canceled for Thursday. When Melissa and I were watching the news earlier it was mentioned that school could be canceled and I immediately joked that we needed to say a prayer...but I wasn't really joking. Anyway, I get to enjoy a relaxing day off from school and hopefully the snow will keep up and they will cancel school again for Friday...but then my students couldn't give me the presents they got me so I think I can handle enduring through school on Friday (I am excited for Christmas).

Happy Snow Day!!!!


Clark County School District has cancelled school tomorrow due to the AWESOME SNOW that Las Vegas is getting. Aparently it hasn't snowed like this since 1970 which is not that long ago but we didn't live here back then (or at all) so it is pretty exciting for us.

Tonight we went to our We Serve Christmas Party at Al Dente on the strip. The food was delicious and we had fun walking along the snowy strip. Aparently the strip is a lot more awesome when its snowing because all the sleeze bags take their porn elsewhere.

We are excited for our unexpected day off tomorrow. Hopefully it will continue through Friday and we won't have any more school until next year :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Quiz- From Darci's Blog

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping Paper for SURE! I love the look of a beautiful box tied up with a bow and gift bags are always awkward because there are those people who pack them and then if you reach in and there is nothing there you feel greedy :)

2. Real tree or Artificial?
Real! I always loved going out into the snow (at walmart, smith etc) and walking through the trees as if you were in a mini Forrest with my family trying to find the perfect tree. Picking the tree always ushered in the Christmas season. Now that I'm married I can appreciate the work my parents put into picking out the tree because I prefer to decorate with an artificial tree (which we will buy after Christmas so it is nice and inexpensive). That's right, we don't have a Christmas tree, because we always spend it away from home.

3. When do you put up the tree?
If I had one, I'd put it up the day after Thanksgiving so I could enjoy it while I can.

4. When do you take the tree down?
Last year when we had one I took it down before traveling for Christmas. Seeing the tree after Christmas makes me depressed so I like all decorations down ASAP.

5. Do you like eggnog?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE eggnog. It is a beautiful holiday drink but I haven't had any this year and I think I'll pass until next year.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I'm going to go with Darci on this one and say my American girl doll. I got Kirstin when I was ten and I loved her. Another great gift was the Harry Potter Hardcover set from Adam last year. I was so so happy! My mom always made us scrapbooks and that is also something I truly treasure.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
Adam hands down...cause he always just buys what he wants all year long so when it comes to Christmas I am stuck with really lame stuff.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Anyone in our family- they are not shy on telling what they like.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes! I love my nativity scene. It is a hand carved wooden painted scene from Russia with lots of neat colors and expressions. I love it so much and I wish I'd bought more for it! I also want the Willow Tree set eventually because it is so beautiful. My mom has hers from Israel so maybe I'll inherit that one day. I love that one because it comes from the land where the Savior was born so it was pretty special.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
It depends. I love how my mom does it. She basically expresses her love in them rather than talk about herself or what the family is up to. I don't really think e-mail counts. Adam and I are yet to send out Christmas cards. Maybe next year...

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I've yet to meet a present I didn't love! I'm so easily pleased I guess :)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
A Christmas Carol. My Dad and I always read the book then watch the movie together. I also love the movies we'd watch all December as a family such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph, The Grinch (Cartoon), and Home Alone. Elf is a new favorite.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I like to start in about October and finish by Thanksgiving but it didn't happen this year with our busy school schedule.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Nope.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Oh man, each Christmas Eve my mom who is the BEST COOK EVER makes our favorites: Steak, 48 hour marinade Chicken, Crab, Chocolate fondue, etc. It is the best meal of the year.

16. Lights on the tree?
Yep. Lots of clear lights. I also like pearls stringing the tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Oh Holy Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Travel Home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donnor, Blitzen, Rudolph, and Olive the other reindeer.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Ummm I like both really. Grew up with an Angel.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Special Books and Pjs on Christmas Eve and Everything else in the morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
People begging for charities. Sorry that sounds mean but I don't like that. I'd rather do a service project for charity rather than begging on the street.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
Red, I love the traditional red and green color scheme. I don't like ornament themes though, too trendy.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Already talked about it

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
New Scriptures, Books.

Monday, December 15, 2008

I Love X-Men

Author: Adam Turney
I know some will call me a nerd for posting this, but I cannot describe the excitement that flows through me whenever I read about rumors of upcoming movies based upon the X-Men universe. When the first X-Men movie was released I was almost jumping out of my skin to go see the movie, and I had to wait to get through school and work before getting to see it (I know, shocking I didn't skip school). We dragged our girlfriends to see the movie and even they admitted it was entertaining. It was like heaven for me. Then came the second and third movies and again I was like a giddy little school girl or a child waiting for Santa to drop off my Christmas presents. Well tonight I happened to visit one of my video game websites and was shocked to see a trailer for the upcoming Wolverine movie. I immediately watched the trailer and was again filled with a sense of uncontrollable urge to delve into the X-Men universe. My favorite X-Men character, Gambit, will be in the film...I have been waiting 20 years for this. I am including the trailer for all those that are interested in watching. Oh, and for those in love with Hugh Jackman you will be happy to know he is throughout the whole movie (it is based upon his character Wolverine). Enjoy.

IT SNOWED TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I thought I should reflect on the season and seek the Christmas spirit. Perhaps I should have done this a little earlier on in the month but today especially was a brilliant day because. It. Snowed. I was so amazed and shocked and happy. As I type now it is snowing. Aparently it snows every several years in Las Vegas for about a day. It doesn't even stick to the ground but it is real and I'm thrilled. Adam's fourth graders even laughed at me because I am subbing at his school and it was my lunch time. I ran into Adams class and whispered in his ear "Adam its snowing for real!" and Adam turned to his class and said "Mrs. Turney is pretty happy that its snowing today." They teased me a bit about it. I almost started crying because I was happy. You all should know that I am more of a cold snowy person rather than a hot sweltering person. Not only that but I love seasons and I've missed out a lot on seasons since moving to Las Vegas. There are basically two seasons here- hot and luke warm.

My dad even teased me because I called him and I was so excited I didn't wait to get my words organized and I told him "Dad it snowed and its real snow like big fluffy snows!" He thinks I've been away from Utah too long that I don't know that they are called "flakes"

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Horribly Underimpressed

Author: Adam Turney

We finally finished another semester of college classes and I am incredibly grateful to be rid of this past several months. I am horribly underimpressed by the performance of UNLV and the professors at the school. Melissa will easily add her two cents on her feelings of disappointment with the education department at UNLV. Let me explain a little that leads to my feelings. First of all, something crazy possessed me to decide to undertake a dual Master's program and instead of taking a meager 6 graduate credits a semester I took 12 graduate credits all at the same time. I had an online course that was horrific in every aspect, especially the unattentive professor. I took a finance class where the teacher would ramble on forever and never explain to the class how to answer any of the problems on his assignments. Then I had a practicum class where the professor did a huge disservice to the eight students in her class by failing to offer any kind of productive help, and now we are significantly further behind our colleagues in the other class. She really has no place teaching a course she knows little about. And finally, I had one class that was semi-enjoyable, but that was only because I was able to work on other classwork during the class and the teacher explained on the first day that we would all get A's. Add on top of all this the countless hours of extra work I have picked up at school for my leadership training, the larger class size of fourth grade, and my tragic loss of playing World of Warcraft and it has been a semester I am happy to be rid of.
Now I only have one more semester in my Educational Leadership program and I will be able to graduate with my first Master's degree in May. It will be a huge relief to be finished with that program and only have to worry about one program again. One of my professors said I was foolish for taking on two programs at once because then I could not devote all my attention to her class, but I felt like she was foolish because she never helped us during her class. Oh well, hopefully when I become a University professor 20 years from now I can rectify all the wrongs that I witnessed and none of my students will feel relieved to get away from me because I was one of the worst teachers they have ever had. These next few weeks will be a well deserved break from my busy life...and then I can start focusing on the next year, 2009, and our graduations.

Dear Carly: Tag You're IT!

Dear Carly Hirst,

I don't really know how to tell you this, but I’m joining the Convent. I think I realized it at the Elton John concert when I quoted Forest Gump and I saw you sit on my father. I'm sure you're ashamed enough to understand that Santa doesn't exist. I'm returning your toe ring to you, but I'll keep your book of poetry as a memory. You should also know that I am better off without you and you ruined my attempts at another world war and world domination

Best of luck on the sex change,

Melissa

NOW YOU, Pick a friend, any friend, choose the correct answers, and fill in the blanks in the message at the bottom. Tag them, See what they say. It's Funny!

1. What's the color of your shirt?Blue – our romance is overRed – our affair is overWhite – I’m joining the ConventBlack – I dislike your eyelashesGreen – our socks don't matchGrey – you're a pervertYellow – I'm selling myself for candyPink – your nostrils are insultingBrown – the mafia wants youNo shirt – you're meanOther – I'm in love with your cat (purple!!!)

2. Which is your birth month?January – that night you picked your noseFebruary – last year when you peed your pantsMarch – when your dwarf bit meApril – when I tripped on peanut butterMay – when I threw up in your sock drawerJune – when you punched me in the faceJuly – when you smacked my buttAugust – when I saw the purple monkeySeptember – when you farted in the bathtubOctober – when I quoted Forest GumpNovember – when your dog humped my legDecember – when I finally changed my underwear

3. Which food do you prefer? Tacos – in your apartmentLasagna – in your carPasta – outside of your officeHamburgers – under the busSalad – as you were eating Kraft DinnerChicken – in your closetKebab – with Jean Chr├ętienFish – in a clown suitSandwiches – at the Elton John concertPizza – at the mental hospitalHot dog – under a street lightOther – with George Bush and Stephen Harper

4. What's the color of your socks?Yellow – hit onRed – insultBlack – ignoreBlue – knock outPurple – pour syrup onWhite – carve your initials intoGrey – pull the clothes offBrown – put whipped cream onOrange – castratePink – pull the pants off ofBarefoot – sit onOther – drive over

5. What's the color of your underwear?Black – my boyfriendWhite – my fatherGrey – the Catholic PriestBrown – your ‘My Little Pony’ collectionPurple – my corned beef hashRed – my knee capsBlue – my salt-beef bucketYellow – my illegitimate child in GhanaOrange – my Blink 182 cdPink – the Montreal Canadian’s goalieNone – my prized statue of Michael Jackson in the nudeOther - the elephant in the corner

6. What do you prefer to watch on TV?Scrubs – manO.C. – emotionalOne Tree Hill – openHeroes – frostbittenLost – highHouse – slySimpsons – cowardlyThe news – scarredIdol – masochisticFamily Guy – senileTop Model – middle-classOther – ashamed

7. Your mood right now?Happy – how awful you areSad – how boring you areBored – that Santa doesn't existAngry – that your smell makes me vomitDepressed – that we’re relatedExcited – that I may pee my pantsNervous – the middle-east is planning their revenge on youWorried – that your car sucksApathetic – that you need a sex-changeAshamed – that I'm allergic to your earlobesCuddly – that I eat garbageSilly – that there is no solution to you being dumbOther – that your driving sucks

8. What's the color of your walls in your bedroom?White/Beige – your toe ringYellow – your love letters to meRed – your Elton John posterBlack – your pet rockBlue – the couch cushionsGreen – the pictures from VegasOrange – your false teethBrown – your nose hair clippersGrey – our matching snoopy underwearPurple – your New Kids on the Block blanketPink – the cut toenailsOther – your booger collection

9. The first letter of your first name?A/B – your photo with the mustache drawn on itC/D – the oil tank from your carE/F – your neighbor's dogG/H – my chastity beltI/J – the results of that blood-sampleK/L – your left earM/N – your book of poetryO/P – my common senseQ/R – your momS/T – your collection of butterfliesU/V – your criminal recordW/X – your glass eyeY/Z – your lock of hair

10. The last letter in your last name?A/B – told my psychiatrist about the bruisesC/D – never will forget that nightE/F – always wanted to break your legsG/H – hate your cookingI/J – mocked you behind your back constantlyK/L – will tell the authorities that you did not steal that whale in the back yardM/N – gave my confession today about the moose poachingO/P – was interviewed about the car you stoleQ/R – always will remember the pep talksS/T – get sick when I think of your feetU/V – will try to forget that you broke my heartW/X – haven’t showered in a monthY/Z – am better off without you

11. What do you prefer to drink?Soft drink – I’m off to lead a new life as a lemonCoffee – I will haunt you when I’m incarnated as an EskimoMilk – the apartment building is on fireWater – thanks for the cocaineCider – I have a passionate interest for miceJuice – you ruined my attempts at another world war and world dominationMineral water – you should get that embarrassing rash checkedHot Chocolate – your cucumber fetish is weirdBeer – I'm scratching my butt as you read thisWine – our friendship is ruinedHard Liquor – I love Oprah WinfreyOther – you should stop picking your nose

12. To which country would you prefer to go on a vacation?Thailand – Warm tingly sensationsAustralia – Best of luck on the sex changeFrance – Love alwaysSpain – Go drown yourselfChina – You make me sickGermany – Please don’t hurt meJapan – Go milk a cowGreece – Your everlasting enemyUSA – Greetings to your frog LeonardEgypt – Kiss my buttEngland – With tears of sadness

NOW ITS YOUR TURN!

Dear (_YOUR FRIEND'S NAME_),

I don't really know how to tell you this, but (_1_). I think I realized it (_2_), (_3_) and I saw you (_4_) (_5_).I'm sure you're (_6_) enough to understand (_7_).I'm returning (_8_) to you, but I'll keep (_9_) as a memory.You should also know that I (_10_) and (_11_).
(_12_),
(_YOUR NAME_)

What in the World

Ok so I am catching up on this week: Wednesday morning I walked outside and what did I see?

Five to Seven police cars parked in my driveway. Ummmm....

I was taking out the trash in the morning and these police officers were staring at me. I just looked at them and sort of smiled like "ok whats going on guys." The police officer closest to me asked "is this your first time out today." I assured him it was... and a couple of the officers started to laugh and joke among themselves. I asked if there was a problem and this is what they told me:

"Three bad guys were breaking in to a house down the street and when they heard us coming they jumped a couple fences into your backyard and hid in your boat."

ummm....

"There are four police cars in your back yard apprehending the guys, nothing is damaged or anything but you may want to cover your boat."

Great...

So that was my police encounter for Wednesday. It was pretty incredible. I'm glad that it is over and that I didn't encounter the "bad guys" and grateful that they didn't try to hunker down in my house!

Hydrophobia: Me and Old Yeller

So on Sunday morning I woke up with the flu. Not so fun. My immune system had been weakened by a cold that I'd had all week and because I have always avoided the flu shot I guess I was more susceptible. I was sick all day but it was more of a weak stomach. I was still able to go to church and to eat but I was throwing up. By Sunday evening I thought I was going to die. I crawled into bed crying and turned on the TV and what did I see but one of the classic films of my childhood: Old Yeller. When I was watching it they kept talking about the disease "hydrophobi" in their Texas drawls. I realized as my brain worked slowly that was what they called rabies because part of the disease is classified as fear, or inability to swallow water.

What does this have to do with the flu? Well I attempted a glass of water (you have to understand by attempted I mean guzzled down because I was so dehydrated) and it was the absolute worst thing to throw up. I actually ended up in the hospital on Tuesday after almost 48 hours of vomiting every 40 minutes. Luckily I was fortunate enough to be able to go and was rehydrate and given some medicine. I feel great now! I'm no worse for wears except for a couple strained back and stomach muscles from the violent vomiting (seriously, it was horrible).

So I think I have hydrophobia now as I have not had any water for fear of the consequences. I know that it was all the way on Monday and today is Friday but I still don't want to drink water. I've been sucking down the Gatorade still replacing those electrolytes! It was quite the week and I'm just grateful for how I feel now and the fact that I was able to get to the hospital and become re hydrated.

Perhaps I'll try to drink water today.

Also I'll never eat Saltine Crackers again.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Lesley's Christmas Party

I cannot put into words how excited I am for this years Christmas Party. In 2006 I missed it for the first time in my entire life and when I say entire life I mean since I was two months old. I was so so so sad and couldn't believe it. Even though I was honeymooning in Mexico in 80 degree weather I couldn't reconcile the fact that I was NOT at the party. Last year was my first Christmas away from home (spent with the In-Laws) and so again I missed it. Next year I will most likely miss it...unless I decide to come up to Utah for a few days before heading to California...but THIS YEAR I WILL BE THERE!

Christmas usually doesn't start for me until the night of the party. This party is the best party in the whole world. In fact I have a request this year may we all please get in a circle and try to sing "All love Together?" I think it will sound a lot like wrong song and it may take the whole party but we can do it I'm sure! If not there we should try on Christmas day. We did it while we were up for the weekend but Adam said he "didn't know the words" which was funny because there are only three plus the names.

I will be very mad if I get out of the whistle game too soon. I'm anticipating a great song from Uncle David. I am dying for aunt Lilian's sugar cookies (especially the green ones) and I have a thing or two to tell Santa because he hasn't visited me once since I got married?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

So I'm counting down the days until the party...less than two weeks now!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Why I love my Job:

Where else would you hear the question: "Mrs. Turney, you wanna know whats weird about the sun?"

Where else can you hear: "Escuse me but I gotta go bafrum and its a mergency."

When was the last time you walked down the hall and had 50 fourth graders wave in excitement and yell your name?

What other job can fill a room with laughter at the mention of bodily function?

What other jobs do your clients speak so freely (not to mention innocently) and without shame or guile on subjects on religion and politics?

Where else can all problems be solved with paper rock scissors?

And BEST of all...where else do you get the feeling of joy when you watch a child finally catch a concept and LEARN something. Their eyes light up and their smile never quits.

Finished Semester Four Pa Rum Pum Pum Pummm!

I just submitted my final assignment online! I still have a few to turn in tomorrow but I have completed them all and as of six thirty pm tomorrow I will only spend about three more hours at UNLV for the rest of the semester. Adam is done as of tomorrow also which is awesome for him! He has been working SOOO HARD and I'm grateful for his dedication and focus.

So now what do I do for the next month...Play and Substitute!

Christmas Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

As Adam and I are both lazy and not wanting to spend the money to print out and send out Christmas Letters we are doing one on our blog. Christmas letters are usually just "catch up notes," a little reminder that we are still alive and doing something :) So this is what the Turney's have been up to in 2008.


What a FANTASTIC year we've had! 2008 has flown by and been crazy busy for us both. At the beginning of the year Adam was teaching third grade at Tanaka Elementary and I was working at Wells Fargo. We were both beginning our second semester at UNLV. We were moved up in our Primary right along with our kids who we loved. We sold a car and bought a newer more efficient car.


We were able to enjoy several fun trips, including a fun "second honeymoon" in Southern California, and a trip to San Fransisco for our friends David and Tera's Wedding.


Now Adam is teaching fourth grade, we've been released from the primary and are now loving our new callings in Sunday school and Young Women. I quit at Wells Fargo (yippy!!!) and I'm now substituting for the Clark County School District, about to begin my fifth semester at UNLV. Adam began his SECOND masters program and I am so proud of him. He will finish with the first in May and the second the following May 2010. I will graduate with my B.S. in Elementary Education in December 2009- it feels so close!


Looking back on this year we have done alot but it all seems very blah/routine now! School and work pretty much weaves the pattern of our life right now and we are looking forward to a change once we are graduated! I plan to win the lottery and then Adam will double it in the Slots and on the Tables. So next year you are all invited to our 34 bedroom mansion in Cabo San Lucas!


Most importantly we love you all and we are grateful for everything you do for us!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Really Long Post...Don't bother with it...I just want to save it From Bebo

Isn't that how all Faerie Tales begin? Well this is the story about MY faerie tale that began not so long ago in a place very near, Rexburg Idaho.It was the begining my second year at BYU-Idaho, not too anxious to start all over again with my boyfriend Drew on a mission in New York and my favorite roomate Alicia getting married and leaving me behind but I was anxious to get out of my house and away from my family which represented the lack of freedom I had come to love in Rexburg. I wasn't up here a week when I already had to miss my first classes to attend my cousin Jeremy's wedding in Salt lake. I had talked to all my teachers and they were understanding and I talked to my roomate Catherine who promised to save me a seat in Bio Lab. The wedding was beautiful and romantic but by the end of the week I had to again return to school.The day was May 10th. I made my way at 8 in the morning to my first class- bio lab which I was not worried about having a promised seat next to a friend...well, turns out she didn't have as much controle over it as we thought...or she didn't want to be in my group. Whatever the reason I was without a group so Brother Zenger assigned me to a group of two boys. Ben Decker and Adam Turney. As I walked toward my new group I got really excited (though I didn't show it on my face) as I was assigned to the hottest guy in the whole class (possibly the WORLD) before I even sat down the flirting began. I found out Adam was an El. Ed major (so cute) and served his mission in Australia he told me he was 24 (his first lie) but was actually 23. An imediate connection happend when I told him my 20th birthday was 5 months away exactly, his 24th birthday was 5 months and one week exactly. We mentioned that we should have a party and celibrate together (keep reading to find out...) After our lab, the three of us were quite hungry so we went to Wendy's (which was of course ladies choice) and had quite a few laughs. From Adam's blog you can read "class is something to look forward to for each of us since we all seem to get along so well. I am sure you are wondering if Adam thinks she is cute...okay, I will admit that I do, but I am trying to not jump to any conclusions and just enjoy the ladies before attempting to entertain any future ideas."That week the boys were over at my house, each of them took turns hitting on me because...well you've seen my pictures We were all playing around when suddenly my phone rang. Yep it was adam, across the couch what a dork. he'd found my number on the message board at my apartment and thought it was funny to call me...Jump ahead to may 14th. A phone call to my cell, its adam asking "me" if I want to go out to the sand dunes with some of his friends for a fire and roasting stuff. To be honest I didn't really want to go. I would have rather stayed home and thought about my missionary who I missed so much but I said let me check and see if my roomates have anything going on...they didn't so I reluctantly called him back and he said he'd pick "me" up soon. I waited and waited and WAITED! ok it was only like 15 minutes but I was still waiting. Then he called me back and the phone call went something like this:Adam: Hi...this is Adam Turney...Melissa: Yeah I knowAdam: Did I just call youMelissa: yeah...Adam: Who is this!?!Melissa: Melissa Marsden Adam:Melissa: Your lab Partner Adam: OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH ok I'll be right there...Adam thought that he had called a girl named Katie who he'd been semi dating for a week or two when in fact he accidentally called me. We went on one of the best dates either of us had ever gone on. going to a place called "the crack" we lit a big bonfire and spent the night getting to know trivia about each other such as I'd kissed 5 boys he'd kissed 3 girls...he came home 10 days early from his mission because he had cancer...I had a missionary...etc. the whole night was a blast. Later on we went off roading in a brand new ford F-150 and someone fell out of the bed of the truck. This was when I got to really see Adam's true colors meaning, he waited until after she wasn't dead to laugh. it was pretty dramatic but he thought it was one of the funniest things ever. I was terrified, shaking all the way back to the apartment. We got to the apartment and hugged goodnight. Then we just held on. We started dancing and talking and spent an extra two hours outside my apartment just laughing and playing.This was only the beginning of beginning. Class was very fun that week then Friday I went over to his apartment for reasons that I now forget (and you'll see why in a minute) I spent a few hours over there and even missed a class (I think it was biology) We were flirting and teasing as always and then suddenly (oh so suddenly) we were kissing. SO RANDOM! So we became kissing buddies kissing whenever we felt like getting a quick fix, I know its not that romantic or moral but dang was it fun! He continued to date katie for a few more weeks and I continued to just be in love with my Drew until one week things started changing. It was after memorial day, we could both feel the sparks flying but we had such a perfect friendship and the kissing was bliss that we didn't want anything to change, but as if it was beyond our control things were changing. We were falling hard for each other. One night he surprised me at work and took me home. We spent hours in the car talking and getting to know each other. It was wonderful. I felt myself starting to let myself fall for him instead of resisting the inevitable. I guess we could have just avoided each other but even that was impossible as we longed for each other while we were away. One night he even came to see me after being on a date with another girl because I could offer him the kind of hug he'd been missing.

Ok So where I left off we were just falling in love... (I know this is a long story but it's the best one you'll ever hear so feel lucky)Adam and I were very comfortable just being friends but then he asked me a question: "melissa, you know you don't have to kiss me to be my friend right?" I know, was my reply. "Then why do you do it," he asked...after a long deliberation I did something that could have change the course of our relationship. I texted him and told him that I knew why I kissed him. He called me back and asked why. By this time it was 2 in the morning. I told him it was because I was beginning to fall for him. After expressing my true feelings, he went into this whole speech about how he doesn't get involved with friends because those kind of relationships ruin friendships and I thought that's just great I just drove away my best friend... and went to sleep humiliated and crushed. I saw him the next day at church in a random moment and I was told that the moment he saw me he thought "I will have her" seeing him wasn't weird at all so I was happy. That day because of the silly mood I was in, I sent him a random text simply saying "yes" because of a brad paisley song we always listened to...instead of replying wow like I had expected him to because of the song (she said yes I said wow she said when I said how about right now)he replied what? I explained about the song and he said "oh I was hoping that you were reading my mind and answering the question I've been wondering all day, now I have to wait to ask it since I have lost my courage. Completely confused I prodded and pushed but to no avail... he wouldn't ask the question. That night Adam came over and I asked if I wanted to take a walk with him. We were walking through the gardens of BYU-Idaho and it was a lovely night. We both had jackets on because it was raining but I didn't mind. It was a very serious night, the night that I realized he felt the same way that I did, that we were on our way to starting something beautiful. Sitting on a bench in the gardens he took my hand and we sat there for the first time, hand in hand. Amazed at the wonderful feelings we were experiencing. It wasn't a big deal to kiss for some odd reason. Perhaps it was because we were two lonely people looking for a friend and we found that friend and happened to kiss them. Holding his hand was wonderful. If you've seen Mary Poppins you will recall the part where they hold hands and leap into the sidewalk chalk. I felt that by holding hands that we were leaping into a great adventure that would change our lives. There was still my missionary but I couldn't deny the strong feelings I had for my friend. I couldn't deny the happy excited feeling I got when I was around him and I never wanted to be around him simply for the kissing. It was the amazing communication that we had because we were able to start off as friends so we could feel comfortable enough to be absolutely honest- no masks.Days later (2) Adam and I were at devotional. It was the first given by president Clark so it was exciting and adam was excited that there was a real person who was to be our president. I wasn't too excited for that day because he was flying to California to go to his brother's graduation and would leave me alone for 24 hours...I know I am pathetic you don't have to tell me. while sitting in the devotional...RIGHT BEFORE THE CLOSING PRAYER asked me "do you want to know the question now" I said YES! and he said "Will you be my Girlfriend" and I said yeah! So then right after that he took off to california and I didn't talk to him...romantic I know...He came back the next day tired and sick. By that wednessday we hadn't kissed in nearly a week...I guess it was because we were nervous or something because now our relationship could change. I did however kiss him on thursday and by friday morning my throat was soar. Too bad because this was the weekend when his brother Addison came to EFY and my friend Jessica came to hang out for the weekend. We also had a date coming up on Saturday so I didn't want to be too sick, well turns out I was so sick I could hardly enjoy anything. we went to Big Judds with adam as my date and addison as jessicas. adam and I could only finish half the hamburger! After we went to a grave yard and hung out. when they took us home, Addison and Jessica went to the car and made out and we went to our car and talked because I was sick. I knew he was falling in love with me at that point but I didn't know exactly how to handle it. I hate to bring up Drew again but he was a HUGE factor as I was going to marry him when he came home but things don't happen like you plan I guess...The next weekend was really great because we were going home to Utah to surprise my parents and I would also meet his parents because they were vacationing in park city.

1302 days ago...

Adam published this entry on his blog:
A Girl in my Biology Lab

A pleasant surprise Ben and I got this morning in our Biology Lab. Most of the groups in the class have three people but somehow we ended up with only two of us, two guys. That is just fine because it means that we stay on task because we don't have any real distractions in the form of a girl to talk to or flirt with. However, Melissa was just added to our group and now we are three with one girl.Today's lab would have been done with ease and we would have left about an hour early but with an added girl for us to give attention to, and give us attention, we found that we took up almost all the time in the class today. It is a whole lot more fun having a girl in our group, it added a bit of life to a rather boring lab class. Melissa is really easy to get along with too, and after class the three of us headed to Wendy's to get a bite to eat since we all missed on breakfast.

It seems funny to me how all of a sudden we went from just two guys doing a lab to a small group of friends that will probably hang out in our free time. Since it is a lab class we are required to do a science experiment on our own and now it will be a whole lot more fun with a fresh set of ideas from a lady, rather than from just two guys.The three of us are each at different points in life too, which makes it a bit more exciting. Ben is just recently 19 and will go out on a mission sometime in the near future...we don't know where he will go, as he has not received his call yet. Melissa is also 19 but will turn 20 a week before me. She has been at BYU-I for a short while now and hasn't decided upon her major just yet. She seems focused on her education and having a good time and will be spending six months in Russia teaching kindergarten kids to speak and read English. And then there is me, a 24-year-old guy that lived in Australia for two years, will hopefully be done with his BA in just over a year, and is always on the lookout for a potential future Mrs. Turney.

But yeah, class is something to look forward to for each of us since we all seem to get along so well. I am sure you are wondering if Adam thinks she is cute...okay, I will admit that I do, but I am trying to not jump to any conclusions and just enjoy the ladies before attempting to entertain any future ideas.