The Vanderhorst Family

The Vanderhorst Family

Monday, May 2, 2011

Zero Excuses

That's right, I no longer have excuses about why I haven't been blogging very much. School+work was excuse enough for me, but with a crazy semester behind me and my afternoons to do pretty much whatever I want, I promise this summer I'll be better about keeping everyone updated on a day in the life of being a Vanderhorst :) So, because I'm an organizer and have much to catch up on, please refer to the subcategories below.
So, what to say about my husband--he's a hard working man! We both had a really hard semester, and neither of us thought we would end up getting very good grades at the end. Well, Grant (and me I guess hahaha) can attest that HARD WORK PAYS OFF! We both worked so hard this semester and it didn't seem to be showing in our grades, but Grant ended up dominating his classes, and I did better than I thought I would. Let me just say, prayers are answered. The Lord will help those who do their part and will put in the work. Also, Grant and I really worked on having a positive attitude in the midst of everything, and that really did make a difference. We tried being grateful for small things, and remembering the blessings that we've received. I can't say we were perfect at it (I mean, who really is positive and grateful during the whole time period of a trial) but we definitely tried to be aware of it and it made a difference. It was a very uplifting experience to work through that trial together.
Anyways, Grant got accepted into the business school at BYU and is currently taking classes for Spring term--he's enjoying his classes (but I know he'll be happy for a break during Summer term) and he is also working at the RB (gym/workout building) which he said is pretty laid back, so he has a lot of free time to work on homework. Grant is also working with one of his friends doing a window washing business, so he's keeping himself busy, but is enjoying it.
Yes, it's true, I found a job after sending my resume to 87 different postings on Craigslist/KSL! I did get a few job offers, but none of them seemed like the right job. It was either starting during the last couple weeks of the semester (and I would have died) or the hours were ridiculous, or for one reason or another it just didn't feel right. Well, again, ask for and live worthy of Heavenly Father's help, and He will help us! My job at ENR has been such a wonderful blessing, and it's not a dream job, but a job none-the-less. I work as a customer service representative and ENR is the provider for dietary and nutritional supplements as well as cosmo products. I answer phones, do live chat, and answer emails. Most of the time it's pretty good, but it's definitely a test of my patience when you have a customer yelling/cussing at you over the phone. Nevertheless, it is a good exercise for patience, sympathy, and empathy. I do love the people I'm working with. They are all very patient and understanding with me, and all are very willing to help. We have a lot of fun, and I'm glad that the work environment is so positive and encouraging.
Right now I'm serving as a Visiting Teacher and Relief Society pianist. However, I just asked my Bishop if I could start working at the temple, and he said that would be great! I guess the temple is always asking Bishops for new workers, so that would be an amazing experience.
What do I do for fun? Well! Grant and I got some year long passes to Trafalgas and to Seven Peaks, and so did our friends the Christoffersons, so we are going to be going to Trafalgas and Seven Peaks a lot this summer. Also, Marnae (Sister Christofferson) and I got all summer passes to do fitness classes at BYU (yoga, water body blast, RIPPED, Zumba, etc.). So, this is going to be a great summer!

Well folks, sorry for the long update, but I had a lot to say. This life probably won't change very much over the next 4 months, so my next goal is to be better about taking pictures :)


  1. where did you get your BYU pass?! I want one!

  2. Guess who just became a follower of your blog? :) And, as it happens, I'm sitting in the RB waiting to start our first pilates class. Haha!

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  4. We have a Trafalga/Seven Peaks pass too! We go to trafalga all the time. We should totally do a double date sometime!

    And Forrest and I asked our bishop to work at the temple a few months ago as well. He told us the same thing, and we got an interview with him and he sent it on to the stake presidency...but we haven't heard anything back yet. :(

  5. I love your blog too :) And I just have to say . . . I miss you terribly :((