November Family Newsletter

Dear Family,

Well this is the first time we have submitted a letter in the family news. We have talked about doing it, but it just never got it done. The month of November was busy and went by so fast. Our lease ended at the end of November, so we had to make a choice to either stay in our small one bedroom or upgrade to a two bedroom. We choose the later. Our address stayed the same, just the apartment number changed. We now live in # 241. We like it much better, there is much more room. Wes’s little brother, Clancey, might move in with us until he goes on his mission this coming summer. We enjoy having him around and think it would be a way to help him save some money and prepare for his mission. But we will see what happens.

We went up to Colorado for Thanksgiving. Chad and Mindy invited us to have Thanksgiving dinner with them. Mom and Dad came over from Meeker as well. It was a lot of fun. We arrived there on Wednesday afternoon and that evening we went to Chad and Sam’s company party at Rib City there in Fruita. It was a great dinner and good company. Thursday we helped prepare the dinner and played with Carli, Regan, and Mollie. On Friday morning we got up early and went Black Friday shopping. It was a lot of fun and we got some really great deals. It was Amanda and Mom’s first time going. I think we will be going for the next years to come. We drove home on Saturday and stopped in Springerville to stay the night with Wes’s family. We made it back to our home on Sunday evening. What a wonderful few days off that was!!

As soon as we got back we started packing our old place up and moving to the new one. In the middle of the week Wes got really sick and was out for the count and couldn’t help much. So I moved all that I could and by Friday we were ready to move all of the big stuff. Wes had set up with one of his friends to help up by using his truck. Friday morning was beautiful… well for part of the morning, then it started raining. Yep we moved all our stuff in the rain. His buddy with the truck showed up about an hour after we started, thank goodness! When it was all said and done we were soaked to the bone and had a big mess at our new place to clean up. Now everything is all put away and it is starting to feel more like home.
We love you all and hope everyone has a safe Christmas season. Hope to see all the cousins at the cousin party this year!!

Love, Wes and Amanda McBride

Moving in the Rain

We got back from Colorado on Sunday, November 25, knowing that this week was going to be busy moving. We had signed another lease at our apartment complex, but for a two bedroom. Monday I started packing when I got home from work. Planning on moving everything over on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wes got sick unexpectedly and was unable to help me move things over for a couple of days. That really set us back, but we are troopers and did what we could. We planned to move all of the furniture on Friday the 30th, yep the last day of the month. We had to be completely out of our old place by the end of that day. Half way through the morning it started raining. We had no choice but to move in the rain. Wes had John and Camden come over to help. Camden was going to bring his truck. Wes couldn’t get a hold of Camden and wasn’t sure if he remembered or what was going on. So when John showed up we had to start moving everything we could. We got a few things over to the new place when Camden showed up. We were so happy to see him come with the truck. It made it so much easier and faster to finish up. We were able to finish in a little less than two hours. By the time we were done we were all soaked and exhausted. We are thankful for wonderful friends that are willing to come and help us out in a time like that. We are now all moved in and making our new place feel more like home. Thanks to John and Camden for all the help!!

School, Sickness, and Stuff

I did it… Again it’s over and a month break is ahead. It will be a breathe of fresh air as the next year will prove to be trying. I have made a goal for my family that I will be done with school in a year. We just finished our presentation and i’m just here enjoying the rest that i’ve been waiting for in this very chair. Things are going quite well despite the fact that i’ve been sick for the last 3 days. I seriously can’t remember much of this week, and haven’t been able to think straight the majority of the time. I hope that i haven’t missed too much of my life, and i know that my clients at worked have missed me. Amanda was great in taking care of me and I love her even more. We had a goal of moving this week that must be done by tomorrow, and she’s done so well at moving the majority of everything little by little. Hopefully tonight since i am able to function somewhat i’ll be able to help finish up everything but the large stuff that we’ll move tomorrow after work with Camden and Atley.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

We “saddled up” saturday morning and headed back to RV on the way home. The trip was very smooth, and we got home muy fast. At home we enjoyed the evening with the family and even went out and saw my Grandma’s new house. The next morning before we headed home we went out and met Jigsaw, the families’ new colt. A 20,000 horse my dad said… It’ll end up costing them 20,000 before it’s all over.

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving… Just pulled them off the camera to take a look at them and figured i’d upload em.


Roadtrip to Fruita

we’re on our way to celebrate our first thanksgiving together. Almost knowing each other a year has us talking about many things, one of them being the fact that we are starting traditions that we will carry on with our fmaily in the future. The “baby candle” episdoe looms and brings much insight to the decisions that we are making. As we drive up 191 toward Moab right now i figured i’d take the chance to post this now that we are out of reservation land with no data service. Yesterday was very crazy and had me running around like a mad man. Amidst all that i found myself in the office of my academic advisor to find out if the goal of finishing my bachelors degree in a year is concievable. After 2 hours we deduced that in fact it would be if i would dedicate myself to it. Right after getting back i signed on our new apartment (pics coming i’m sure), and ran home to pack. Amanda met me there and we got packed, talked to my bro for a bit, and then headed up to RV. the trip was smooth and we had a great time just talking to my fam (and marcy, the new cat). We had breakfast at Booga’s and headed on our way. 5 hours into the trip today and we’re in the middle of the Utah goodness. Beautiful this time of year. Anywho life is good and I think we are ever so thankful for the lives that we have. Got a one year plan now… Bring on the turkey.

The Baby Candle

So today Wes and I got the news that he didn’t get the job at TEP. That was a sad moment in our day. We both wanted it so bad, to move out of the city, and start working on our family. We were very disappointed that he didn’t get the job… but now that we had our answer, our sandy future now had somewhat of a foundation. We are able make life decisions, and that is a great feeling! So when I got home from work we sat down and made some goals for the next year. We made some great goals individually and as a couple. With the recent events of learning that we need to have children sooner than later, that was one of the topics/goals that was discussed. It is a very scary, stressful, and amazing topic to discuss, espically because we have only been married for almost 6 months now. As we started to discuss this topic of when to start trying to start our family Wes got quiet and let me do most of the talking. He is very fidgety at times, and extremely fidgety at this moment. As the conversation went on he started to pick at the candle we have on our dining room table. The more we discussed, the more he picked at it, eventually ending up with one side broken down, and all the little pieces inside. It is now the “baby candle”, and I am sure he will continue this process until the candle is pretty much gone, and maybe even start on another one:) Although this is a stressful time as we plan to start our family, we are very excited to have a solid future, for at least another year… And then who knows…


Wilderness Survival pt.2

Woke up like 3 feet from where I fell asleep, and without a migraine. In the middle of the night one of our scouts thought he was trapped in his sleeping bag. He went nuts, screaming for help. The next 5-6 hours was filled with trainings and techniques for the scouts to learn. We hiked back to the burb and the Tahoe and headed home. It was a totally different experience that I had anticipated. I am glad that my outlook on things is changing, but I still see my old self alot.