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Build your own dreams, or someone else will pay you to build theirs!

Friday, April 13, 2012

What I do

I have had a few conversations lately about exactly "what I do" when I am not chasing a 3 year old, cleaning the house, or hanging out with my cute hubby. When I count my blessing my job is near the top of my list. I have been so blessed to work in the field that I do. I work a lot of hours from home and attend meetings and advocate for individuals who often don't have a voice.  I am able to set  MY own schedule, and lets face it a nice salary always helps with job appreciation. There are weeks when I work 20 hours, then there are weeks when I work about 5, all depending on what I set up. I love the flexibility I have, the people I get to interact with, the lives I can help,  and the extra financial support I can give my family. To learn more about Apex Behavioral Consulting. Go HERE


Be­hav­ior Con­sul­tant

Va­lerie has her Bach­e­lor’s De­gree from Utah State Uni­ver­sity in So­ci­ol­ogy, and a Mas­ter’s de­gree from Idaho State Uni­ver­sity. She has been work­ing in the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity for the past 9 years. Va­lerie started her ca­reer as an In­ten­sive Be­hav­ioral In­ter­ven­tion­ist (IBI) in the state of Idaho. IBI is a ther­apy sim­i­lar to ABA which in­cludes “learn­ing to learn” be­hav­iors: im­i­ta­tion, co-op­er­a­tion and at­ten­tion.
Va­lerie also had the op­por­tu­nity to work as an ABA ther­a­pist in Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon. She en­joyed her time there, and gained a strong back­ground in work­ing with the autis­tic com­mu­nity, and also an un­der­stand­ing of var­i­ous state fund­ing pro­ce­dures, and pro­gram op­por­tu­ni­ties.
Va­lerie is ded­i­cated to help­ing fam­i­lies and providers, un­der­stand be­hav­iors. Her goal is to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment which al­lows in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties to reach their high­est level of in­de­pen­dence.
Va­lerie sup­ports clients in Utah County and surrounding areas as a BC2 be­hav­ior­ist.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Temple Weekend

 Living close to family has it perks. One of them being overnight babysitters. Lee's brother begged to have our son for the weekend, and we happily gave in. 
 Utah Capital. Favorite SLC neighborhood. 

We spent the night in the city and basically just "hung out" with no interruptions, something that isn't always possible with a 3 year old around. 
 We had some of the most amazing Sushi at this cute little Sushi Bar near the Delta Center
 (aka Energy Arena) 
 Then off to the temple. 7 years ago we were married, 2 years later we were sealed in the SLC Temple. This was our first visit back to that amazing temple 5 years later. 
 The architecture and story behind this temple speaks volumes for the saints who sacrificed to  make it a reality. 
 This is  a stature near the new City Creek Center. The walkway with the new creek running through really adds a lot to downtown. 
Clarity. Peace. Hope. Eternity. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

3 year old pictures

 Three Year Old Update 
Jackson goes to preschool at Learning Dynamics on Tuesday's and Thursday's. He knows all of his letters, their sounds, numbers, shapes, colors, and is learning sight words. He also attends Way to Grow day care about 5-10 hours per week. He enjoy's playing sports, this Winter/Spring he was able to try the Itty Bitty Sports Program at AF Rec center. In January he did basketball, then in March Soccer/Football. In May he will start T-ball. 
He loves Winnie the Pooh, Batman/Superman, and playing pretend. He has really surprised us this year with his stamina, he hiked the the Y' in Provo without help. ( 2.4 hike) .
 He is a very thoughtful little guy, and tells me he loves me. 
His imagination can take him to magical places, one minute he will be the captain of the boat, the next minute he is Ammon from the scriptures, and then he is suddenly on all fours pretending to be our dog Mogli's puppy brother.  
He likes to play with the other little boys on our street, and has even gotten brave enough to walk to their door and ring the doorbell-why Mom watch's from the porch. I am proud at the new ways he is challenging himself. I can tell that age 4 is going to be a big year for him with lots of independence and growth. 

 And yes he does look like his handsome Daddy, brown eyes and all. 

"The Little One That Follows Me"

Author: Unknown
A careful woman, I ought to be;
a little one follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear they'll go, the self-same way.

I cannot once escape their eyes,
whatever they see me do, they'll try.
Like me, they say, they're going to be,
that little one that follows me.

They think that I am good and fine;
believe in every work of mine.
The bad in me they must not see;
my life to them, must, an example be.

I must remember, as I go,
through summer's sun and winter's snow,
I'm building for the years to be,
for that little one that follows me.

Awesome pictures by my friend  Mariah- check out her work here- Mariah

Sunday, April 1, 2012


This is a picture of our puppy Mogli a few weeks after we got him, around September. He was two months old when we got him, and he is about 9 months now. TO have or not TO have a dog. That is the question right?
 I grew up with an outside dog.  Which meant they were all outdoor dogs, they went with my Dad and brothers on the horses hunting, and other "country" things. They were usually labs or Golden Retrievers and belonged to my brothers. I loved them to a point, but because they were always outside, it meant they were somewhat starved for affection. The smelliness of living outside and  the constant running away when they were unleashed was annoying. I didn't want that. 
 I wanted a dog for Jackson. I wanted a dog for myself. I wanted to have a family dog. I knew they could add so much love and companionship to a family. I also like the extra exercise walking a dog daily gives a family. Lee just happend to be back in Portland when I took the leap and got Mogli. He came around eventually. Jackson picked him out and named him after one of his favorite Disney Characters. 

I can't say he has been a perfect dog, or the adjustment has been painless, but we have crossed the threshold and will be dog owners for life. He is a great dog, and luckily a smart one. There have been a few chewed toys, and some scolding, but as you may know, labs are very smart. He was potty trained in less than a week. He is allowed in some areas of the house  during the day when we are with him, and the rest of the time including at night, he is outside. 
This is for a couple of different reasons. The alternative to having him sleep outside would have been to crate train him as a puppy to sleep inside. This would have been fine, except we spend a lot of time at both of our extended families homes, who have an absolute no dog in the house EVER policy. So I knew that Mogli would be sleeping outside when we visited. Mogli needed to sleep outside during the cold months in order to gain the extra layer of fat he would need if we were somewhere he couldn't come sleep in the house. So far the arrangement has worked out great. Lee made him a cute doghouse in our backyard, which is huge and fenced in-just perfect for a dog. In the morning I will let him come downstairs with Jack and play for a while, then we usually go for a walk to the park. I love having a dog, I love watching my son with a dog. I love the lessons of pet ownership that having a dog provides to my son.  Of course the clean freak in me is vacuuming and shampooing downstairs a lot more, but the love he brings is worth it. And yes, we bath him regularly and shampoo him, so luckily he doesn't smell like a dog. So that's that. he is an outside dog, with visits to his designated areas, and it is working out great. 
We have a black lab, named Mogli,  and he is here to stay. 

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