What Does Your Community Have to Offer?

So, today I went to our City Hall for the first time. I luckily found out this past Friday, that this Monday was the last day I could register my dog (a yearly thing) without paying a late fee. So, I stopped in to register Wheatley and I’m pretty sure the three people ahead of me in line were doing the same thing. Procrastinators Unite!

Anyways, while I was there, I stumbled across the library newsletter. Bear in mind, we had been to the library on Saturday and I skipped over the newsletter because it had this giant head “1000 Books before Kindergarten” and I thought it was a flyer for that program. But, this time I stopped to look at it and there were so many cool things!

First of all, I learned that our county has subscriptions to a bunch of eMagazines that I can get for free with my library card. So, I spent the afternoon looking through CookingLight. I’m also excited for Better Nutrition, Bon Appetit, This Old House, Interweave Crochet, Southern Living, Good Housekeeping, and Time. I can download them to my phone too, like an ebook (which our library has a lot of too)!

Secondly, they have this streaming service called Hoopla through the library. This is limited and I can only borrow six seasons or movies a month but, that’s okay. It has a lot of older movies but, they look like fun. We recently gave up Netflix (in favor of only using Amazon Prime) so, this might give us another outlet.

Third, the community offers “Financial Literacy for All” classes. After reading descriptions,  the classes seem fairly basic and not like something we would need to attend but, I think it is awesome that they offer these classes.

Fourth, they offer all kinds of events and performances for the community. There is a Celtic Music Performance we might go to. There’s also things like “Utah Puppet Theater,” “Star Wars Gala & Dancing,” ” Sensory Faire,” “Literary Arts Spring Into Books Festival,” and a “Burgers and Brownies” get together. I’m 90% sure these are free and if not, I’m in for a rude awakening. They also have some classes. I think we are going to attend one called “Tesla Coil Science.” It’s a class on you guessed it Tesla coils and it includes a light show and the opportunity to experiment with mini coils as well. There’s a gardening class, a duct tape craft class, a storytelling lab, etc. The classes are for different age groups. I’m jealous of some of the teen classes.

There is a lot that focuses on kids and I keep thinking, “when Little C is old enough, I get to do all these fun things!” But, there is also a lot of opportunities for free date nights!

I know I just sounded like a massive ad for getting involved in your community, but I’m excited! I’m also planning on looking at our city’s website now and seeing what the city has to offer.

Are you involved in your community? What fun things does your community do?

xoxo,

Kels

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The One Chore Rule

I won’t pretend to be an expert on marriage or even to have lots of experience in it. Mr. B and I have only been married for a year and a half. Sometimes its been hard, but, mostly it is just awesome. I love being married. We talked a lot and did a lot of preparation before we were wed. I took three different marriage prep classes at BYU, one was from a religious perspective to count as a religion credit, one was from a secular perspective for my major, and the third was an extra free mini-course that BYU offered for engaged couples. Mr. B took the last one with me. It had strong religious undertones (it’s BYU y’all) but, mostly focused on the day to day of actual marriage. I think that class helped us the most but, that might have been because we took it together. I highly recommend taking a marriage preparation class together. It was so fun and a huge help. Anyways, as you can tell we did a lot of preparation and really focused on giving ourselves a solid start beyond just our love for each other.

One of the things we decided back during our engagement period was a funny little rule that I’d never heard of anyone doing before. This rule is that there is one chore we could choose that we didn’t have to do for the entirety of our marriage. I chose never taking out the trash and Mr. B chose never doing the dishes. In full disclosure, we haven’t exactly followed this. I take out the bathroom trash a couple of times and Mr. B has done a couple of dishes. Since I’ve been pregnant, he’s washed all the Tupperware containers that we’ve accidentally let get moldy and he also did the dishes three times during my first trimester when I could not stand the smell.

However, I think the rule has been very helpful mostly because we knew what each others least favorite chore was from the get go. I think the whole point of the rule is that it has really helped us be more aware of what the other hates doing and, in turn, realizing best where we can serve one another.

How did you prepare for your marriage?

xoxo,

Kels

 

Photo Credit: Dru Kelly