Thursday, August 28, 2008

Run for the Boarder

To celebrate my brother Jason's return home from his mission in the Baltics, my family spent a week together in Mexico. The Stowell family ditched our usual vacation style - do everything possible - and we did as little as possible! We spent the whole week relaxing by the beach and pool, drinking pina coladas, and hanging out. I may be converted to this type of vacation style - me likey!

Italian Vacation

For my graduation, my parents gave me an amazing present. They offered to take Bret and I on a vacation of my choice. Since my parents and I had been to Italy together several years ago and absolutely loved it, I was dying to go back and share it with Bret. We spent two weeks exploring Rome, Sienna, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Portofino, Milan, and Venice. We visited lots of art galleries and museums, spent time on the coast, went hiking, and ate a TON of pizza and pasta! Bret even gave us the Angels and Demons tour in Rome after he read the book on the flight over. It was non-stop laughs with my Dad and Bret driving our Passat station wagon on the Autostrada. We became even more histerical when my Dad came up with a new Italian name to go by everyday and then composed songs about our Italian adventures (usually the ones we wanted to forget). All in all, it was a trip to remember!

I've created a slide-show of our pictures. Hope you enjoy!

Glad to be a Grad


These were my thoughts, over and over again, in April when I graduated with my Masters of Educational Psychology with a specialty in Professional Counseling from the University of Utah. I'm just going to take this opportunity to brag that I graduated with a 3.8 cumulative GPA. The program was 3 years of course work and an intense internship. My internship was at Sandy Counseling Center where I provided therapy for children and adults. I loved working with kids and really found my nitch in the counseling field. Right now I'm using my degree in a corporate setting, but hope to return to the clinical setting, part-time, very soon. This degree was a long and tough haul, but now it is finished I can say that I'm glad I did it and I'm proud of this accomplishment.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The First Ever Newton Blog

Welcome to the first ever Bret and Cherissa Newton blog! I must admit that I've been putting this off for a long time. But, after browsing through our friends' and family members' blogs this summer, I wanted in! Since our family got started in 2003, it has been a whirlwind of events. As life doesn't seem to get any less busy, this will be a great way for the Newton family to stay in touch and share our eventful lives with those we love.