School for Bret starts in August. He got accepted to Iowa, Indiana, and Minnesota. He is on the wait list for Ohio, but we aren't waiting any more. We know that we want to go to Indiana. All the schools have good programs, but in the end it came down to the funding that they offered. Plus there were some random connections here and there that made us think a lot about Indiana. A professor there googled Bret's name a while ago and has been in touch with him ever since he applied to Indiana the first time. He is a member of our church and seemed to want Bret to come there. He even worked out some extra funding and also summer funding for Bret! It was extremely nice of him. It also seemed like quite a few people Bret talked to mentioned Indiana in some positive way or another. And we have FAMILY close by! Bret's sister and her family are just an hour and twenty minutes away from where we are moving. He also has another sister and her family in Pennsylvania-which might be around 8 hours away. We also know a few people who have gone there and loved it and loved the area. Another BIG plus is that it is a place about twice the size of Missoula-so not the big city, whereas all of the other schools are in HUGE cities and we would be right in the middle of them. I would have gone if that was the place we chose to go, but MAN am I happy that I don't have to live and raise my kids in a big city. Nothing against it, but if I had the choice I wouldn't. I am definitely a small town kind of person. I actually went online and started applying to housing in Indiana even before we knew we were going there. It was the only place I did that with, and I'm not even sure why because as you may remember I desperately wanted to go to Minnesota in the beginning. Funny how things change. However, it does make me feel very sad to be so far away from most of our family. I don't foresee us making the 26 hour drive home all that often. But all in all, we have felt very good about going to Indiana. So there ya have it. Anyone know anything about Bloomington, Indiana? For fun...here it is:
Me and the kids went to my parent's house for almost 2 weeks. Bret is insanely busy and couldn't come until the last couple days. We had a great time! I did get a flu bug, but thankfully it was only me and it lasted just one night. Kade absolutely LOVES it there. It is so spacious, they have fun games, 4-wheelers, my 2 little brothers to play with, and we burned my parent's huge pile of junk while we were there. Kade liked the burning a lot. We made doughnuts, shrimp, and all sorts of yummy food. My mom started sewing me a new dress, we went to a scout auction, and we visited my cousin Jens who has been dealing with cancer for some time now. I am so glad that we were able to see him and It was so so good to see him and talk with him. I often think about him and of all the things he has been going through. We also watched conference at my parent's house which was nice. I love conference and really need to read each talk again when we get the Ensign. It's hard to watch conference with kids and all the distractions that happen! Oh, and one last thing that happened there.....
I get kind of bored of my hair sometimes and usually cut it. This time I got a trim and had my mom dye it. I have always highlighted it in the past, so this was a fun change. Levi said I look like a "cold one" (Twilight). Oh well, maybe I can change that this summer.