Saturday, February 21, 2015

More Valentine's Day Fun!

Thank you, Kiley, for your post!

It was definitely a fun Love-Day for both of us. So much better than when we had to celebrate Single's Awareness Day. Anyways, here is the beautiful video that Kiley made for me. What wonderful memories! :)

Cupid's Curse 2015

Hello all who come by this,

February is packed packed packed. Last post I mentioned that Sam and I were recruited to play in a quartet Valentine's Weekend. Well, it was a lot of music to learn, which made February busier than it already was. That, and school has gotten really busy for me and Sam takes the boards on Monday- AH! Did I mention that Sam and I got colds one after another? Sweet Joey was willing to be babysat through it all. Here is the advertisement for the show and masquerade ball we played in:


Thursday night, opening night was skim, but it was a little to be expected. It was super tiring to play for two hours way into 11:30 at night. We watched the show before playing and it was impressive to see what they put together in three short weeks. The best part was this creepy dude that came in from the back. Our string quartet was sitting in the back so we saw him coming in, but the other people dutifully watched the front waiting for the show to start. The guy really had his role down, complete with a really creepy laugh. The rest of the show was interesting, the special effects were cool, and they even played Dvorak's New World Symphony over and over again!The second night was quite like the first with a little more people. This was a better night because the people were more engaged and one person even told us we were the best part. They brought in "human statues". Here is a picture of Sam and me there:

However, on actual Valentines Day I received a text that the event was cancelled due to poor sales. I was sad but was willing to forgive the rest of the contract that they signed with us. It started getting fishy when the other group members asked for half pay (they could do that because of the contract). Meanwhile Sam went to the venue to grab all our stands we left the night before. Sam noticed that the event was not cancelled as everything was still there and employees still working. So, instead of playing two hours of music after the show, we made a deal to play an hour before the show started for half the price of what we would have gotten. A little sad, but it worked out nicely that we weren't playing so late and the people didn't have to pay us as much. Probably better for the audience as well. Afterward we were fed a couple other stories, including how the bar would not be available after the show, so they were going to cancel the masquerade ball (which was a pretty lame cover-up for trying to cancel the quartet). The more lies they feed us, the more we see the truth that they just didn't want to pay us (for two hours all three nights we were going to be paid $1500 total). Oh well, it was still fun.
That hiccup didn't ruin our Love Day. Sam made blueberry pancakes in the morning. I showed him a video I made for him. We went to Costco where Sam picked out a bouquet of flowers for me. Then he took me out to lunch at Macaroni Grill (one of our top favorite restaurants). It was unclear what the evening would be like because of the drama with the ball, but in the end we watched a movie together with Joey. Here is my lovely bouquet:
I can't wait for the rest of February to be over: no more studying for the boards, my birthday, easier work load, and did I say we are going to Portland, Oregon for Spring Break? Woot!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

January 2015

I started school full time half way through January. The schedule didn't work out as nicely as last semester, but lucky (for me) Sam doesn't start classes until end of March so he stays home with Joey to study while I go to school. I was told the music minor requirements changed since I was readmitted to UNM, and I had to take extra cello lessons. I thought it was a blessing in disguise because I felt my skills waning. However, a couple weeks into the lessons and a lot of miscommunication, I had to drop them. At first I was devastated, but it turns out that I didn't really have the time for it anyway. I could graduate without them. Sam and I were also recruited to play in a masquerade ball during Valentine's weekend. Lots of music to learn in a few short weeks!

Joey started occupational therapy to give him a little boost in development. He loves cars more than ever and started a new love: movies! It is so hard not to let him watch more than one a day as he whines for them and constantly brings us different ones to us. He's such a picky eater, but we did solve his constipation problem! Here are some pictures of our date at Fudruckers (his favorite was the ketchup):

Sam is busy busy busy studying for his first step of the medical boards. He takes them on the 23rd this month, so pray for him! He also is seriously magnifying his calling by going out with the missionaries 2 1/2 hours a day! Sweet husband.

One good thing: not a lot of people saw this price for gas, and especially as they are sky-rocketing now. Cheers for Smith's gas points! Happy February!

Kartchner Family 2015

January has proved to be busy. This month is proving to be even busier. However, since I don't feel like writing a paper write now, I'll write a blog post instead. My side of the family got together the very beginning of January to have family photos, and here are the final edits. My mom wanted a couple backgrounds to choose from:

My mom wanted the beach

How about the forrest?

Paris: Yes!
Sibling love.

I forgot how this picture happened.

All the cousins.
 Surprisingly there were no additions since the last family photo. Rare for this family!