Thursday, September 4, 2008

Post #1

Hello all! I know you have been waiting with bated breath to hear about Russia, but I promise I have good reasons for being so slow.

Reason one: I'm not in Russia. I'm in Provo, and have been (or at least in Utah) for almost a month now. I drove out on Aug. 11th thinking that my cousin Lisa and I would soon be leaving to tour Eastern Europe before starting our program in Moscow, but my visa took much longer to arrive than planned. It actually didn't arrive until today, and I'll be leaving early Monday morning.

Reason two: I'm really having a hard time starting a blog. I enjoy writing, but not for others to read. So, I will need lots of encouragement (in the form of comments and emails).

And, since I won't be leaving for Russia until Monday, here are some pictures from Utah. It's been tons of fun having time to visit friends and family members. These pictures are from our river trip on the Snake River, and a hike around Jenny Lake in the Tetons. This tent is my aunt and uncle's. It's older than we are, so we were very proud to have put it up without any help. And the baby is my cousins' brand new little guy--his name's Caleb. Um, and I'm having obvious difficulties posting pictures, so if any of you seasoned bloggers have any advice on how to rotate pictures, I'd appreciate it!


Emily said...

you had better believe that I already have you on my google reader and I am checking everyday!!! I hope to hear from you since I still havent heard from Lisa. Oh and by the way I have learned you have to have your pictures turned before you put them on I dont know how once they are on blogger. I will be checking so update! I got the package you guys are amazing!! So pictures will be on my blog soon!

Multimer said...

Sweet blog! That big green tent is killer! You should take it with you to Russia in case you decide to stay and join a nomadic tribe and journey into Mongolia.

PS - i don't know how to help you rotate the pictures, but i'm sure there's a Google forum for this Google/Blogger thing. Good luck!

Jamie P C said...

I love that you have a blog!!! If you want to visit ours go to's a secure site and I don't know if you were added before, so if not, email me and let me know so I can add you to our list! :) Loves!

Michal said...

yay! i was just saying to jared that i needed an nicole update. i can't wait to read about all your russian adventures.
and emily is right about the photos. you have to flip them on your computer first.
you're in my google reader now . . .

Traci said...

Wow, I'm glad to see you've taken the plunge into the blogging world. Stathis and I will be joining you shortly. We realize it's the best way to share pictures and updates with family across the country. I miss that green tent...we had a lot of great camping adventures in that thing growing up! Hope you get to Russia soon!!!

Kim said...

Hi Nicole,

It is sooooooooooo great to hear from you. We have all been wondering about you and we miss you greatly. The semester is not the same without your smiling face, creative ideas and Spanish chistes. I'm only teaching at Solano this semester. I've been to see Dr. Crawford several times and he's great! Looking foward to hearing about your journeys and seeing more pictures!

big hugs,

vcarrier said...

Hi Nic,
I'm not sure you got my last message. But I wanted you to know that I like the fact that you have set up a blog. It's a great way to communicate. I liked seeing the picture of our old tent once again. Good luck on Monday! I'll be thinking of you. Love, Aunt Vickie

Mary Marie Cox said...

How much fun! I am so excited for you! We ladies miss you at the temple, but are so happy that you are going to have such a grand experience. Love, Sis. Cox