Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The wedding dinner the night before
Waiting for the bride and groom ~Friends~
Just Married!--Oh, and they are going to FIJI on their honeymoon!
Barbs and her cute nieces Reminiscing on our wedding almost TWO YEARS ago!
Friday, April 18, 2008
They love their Volunteer football and so will we!
This building look familiar to you BYU students? UT's version of the SWKT!!
Rumor has it tulips are a tradition
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
twenty years ago I...
1) was just a baby lived in California
2) probably slept a lot more than I do now wore tight little orange shorts
3) was the youngest child in my family "really liked Flight of the Navigator"
ten years ago I...
1) was looking forward to being a Beehive wore flannels and a shark-tooth necklace because I was cool
2) entered my awkward stage, I'm still trying to get out played the baritone saxaphone
3) did basketball, soccer, and track all at the same time thought Joey Shim was my soulmate
five years ago I...
1) had my first boyfriend was knocking doors in Vienna
2) got my drivers license gained 20 lbs on the wonders of wienerschnitzel
3) learned how much my parents love me came to truly know the Savior
three years ago I...
1) was preparing to go to college learned chemistry had no part in my future
2) sent off a missionary swore off love
3) found true love met the prettiest redhead I ever did see
one year ago I...
1) moved to Indiana convinced Erin to move to Indiana
2) fell in love with Sammie the dog taught Erin to love dogs
3) became a devout Cubs fan watched the Cubs every day on TV
so far this year I have...
1) gotten straight A's gotten accepted into grad schools
2) started a blog;-) learned I never want to be a ward clerk again;-)
3) become part of a Relief Society Presidency (weird) found out the spiders are out to get me
1) missed the Biggest Loser finale hosted a bratwurst party
2) learned more about making cheese than I ever wanted to know had my last undergrad class
3) had my last day of classes rejoiced in the Cubs' 9 to 5 victory over the Reds
1) studied didn't study
2) went to the Temple went to the Temple
3) went shopping bought Erin clothes
tomorrow I will...
1) go to Midway for Barbara's wedding dinner study. . . a lot
2) study for finals see my sister Becky
3) get MMR immunizations (Booo!) kiss my wife
in the next year I may...
1) move to Knoxville, Tennessee become a runner again
2) have a new family member on the way? (puppy or child, who knows) enjoy my puppy or child
3) graduate from BYU (I better, anyway) correction . . . I WILL SEE MY CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES
In memory of a semester come and gone too soon (though, I am grateful all the work is behind me), here is a review of Winter 2008's Professor Line-Up:
Dr. Cooper, PlSc 170, Intro to International Relations: This class involved 15 papers (not kidding) and 3 essay exams. Not easy. However, his lecture style was interesting. He wrote on the chalkboard, which I love (I hate powerpoint presentations). It was very down-to-earth type teaching. And everything was so interesting, I really enjoyed it. Plus, he was really witty, so I laughed a lot in his class (even when no one else did).
Mikeala, Soc 426, Sociology of Work and Occupations: This class was was h*ll because we had to write a 15 pg research paper. That doesn't sound that bad, but it was. I also chose to do it in a group, which always makes things more complicated and drawn out. Mikeala, however, is the nicest person on earth. She invited students over to her house, fed us deserts, and talked about our projects in depth. We would have died without that. She is smart and really knows her stuff. I didn't really care that much about the topic of the class going in, but I had a friend say the class was worth taking just because she taught it; he was right. Plus, she let us watch The Office 5 or 6 times in class, and it ALWAYS applied to our class lecture perfectly.
Well, I was going to write about all 5, but that would be boring and these two are actually the ones I will miss most (strange, these were my two hardest classes). The point is that I really love school--the learning part of school. And I'll miss its when its over. Honestly, there is a super big chance this will be my last full semester at BYU, which is an exhilarating and heartbreaking thought. This summer is truly going to be a summer of change: tonight we had an MTC party (Chris works there) with the German zone. I was thinking about the first one I ever went to over 2 years ago when Chris and I were dating. The zone has changed completely, I hardly know anyone now. Chris has been there so long, he is really ready to move on. But the MTC, BYU, all of it is part of the only life I have ever known with Chris. The people we have grown to love here be hard to leave. Even if I didn't see them that often, they were always around, and I liked that. Tennessee will be so good for us; it will make us stronger not only as individuals but also as a couple, as a family. (I guess the cats out of the bag; we're 99.9% going to Tennessee--Go Vols!) It will be a whole new setting with new challenges and new adventures. And we won't have anyone but each other. Anyway, back to the semester. Its over. I've got 2 hard and 3 easy finals, a friend's wedding, a husband's graduation, the beginning of a jam-packed spring term, deep cleaning and organizing, and a camping trip all ahead of me in the next few weeks. So I guess I won't have too much time to miss those classes after all!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Speaking of weddings and general authorities, one of my best friends from high school is getting married this coming Saturday in Salt Lake. Now, her sealing to a great guy is by far the most exciting thing happening that day, and I'm so excited for her and grateful that I can go witness this important event in her life. But guess who is sealing her? President Uchtdorf! I'm excited to be in his presence; so close to a member of the first presidency--it will be a first for me. Chris, however, met President Uchtdorf once before when he "dropped by" the German zone at the MTC!
#2. I'm getting old. Ok, not really (my last birthday was the one where I reached legal drinking age), but I'm feeling more 'adult' lately. I probably should have felt that way when I got married two years ago (give me a break, I was 19!) but I feel like I've changed a lot even since then. I think it has a lot to do with school--I'm ready to be done with school. Its weird in high school when you are a senior and you start to feel too old to be in high school. Buts its REALLY weird when you start to get that feeling in college.
#3. SAHM. (Thats Stay-At-Home-Mom, for those of you not clued in to the lingo, like me 2 days ago). Five years ago I wanted a PhD and no husband or kids for a long time. And then I thought when I had kids I didn't want to stay home. I used to feel like pressure from others would make me stay home with kids (that is in NO way true). However, as I've reached my "old" age, I've realized that SAHMs are a real blessing for those who can afford it (its hard these days!). My mom is a perfect example. My entire childhood I came home to my mom. I think back to those kids with the keys on their coats who had to let themselves in when they got home--I'm grateful my mom was home waiting for me. I can't imagine where I'd be without that, without her to talk to. Of course, everyone has to do what is right for their situation, and I'm all for the career woman if that is what she wants (I'm a sociology major, for crying out loud), but recently I've felt the strongest desire to be a SAHM. I want to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen;-) (I have a few 'feminist' professors who would be dying if they read this) Someday I'd like to go back for a graduate degree in Sociology, Political Science, or Social Work, but for right now I'm looking forward to the next stage in my life--too bad I'm not quite finished with the current stage.
Thats all. Enjoy the Sunshine!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Y- Your favorite food: Corn chowder a la Chris; Sweet Pork Enchiladas a la Costa Vida. Wienerschnitzel and German potato salad.
Monday, April 7, 2008
My top 'nice-looking' choice on the male side is Christian Bale (aka, the reason I won't mind watching the newest Batman when it comes out this summer):
My female: Heidi Klum
Chris is not very good at choosing his 'nice-looking' people. His male is Vin Diesel (ha ha, he's not going to like this post very much), but mostly because he aspires to have muscles like that someday:
Then a couple weeks ago we were watching the Celebrity Apprentice. I was in the kitchen and he came in and said "So, I think I found my Christian Bale." I laughed. Who was it? U.S. softball player Jenny Finch:
I'm so glad he found her;-)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Me: You know, it doesn't really even seem like he died. He's been here my whole life, as long as I can really remember anyway. It doesn't seem like he is really not going to be here anymore.
Chris: Yeah, thats true. It probably won't sink in until Conference.
Well, its Conference today, and its starting to sink in. President Hinckley is the only prophet I've ever known. He had such a profound impact on my life and the lives of so many young people (and older people too, of course). It is strange to me that he won't be there today. It will be sad to me, I'm sure. This months Ensign was a little sad to me too; bittersweet really. I think I'll always think of President Hinckley as 'my' prophet. I am, however, grateful that the church has a living prophet and I do know President Monson is called of God--and he is so great too! So it all works out in the end.
In memory of President Hinckley, I thought I'd post this story. Its a conversation between my aunt and 4-yr-old cousin that occurred shortly after President Hinckley passed away, and I just thought it was so sweet (hopefully you don't mind me sharing this, Dore):
We were lying in bed talking and she said, “I don’t want to die.”
“Most people don’t die until they are really, really, really old.” I replied
“Am I almost really old?” she asked.
“No, it will take a long, long, long, long, long, long time for you to be that old.” I answered.
She then asked, “Are you that old? Are you going to die?”
“No, I have a long, long, long, long, time until I am that old. Everyone has to die, but it is not scary or sad, it is really happy because you get to go to heaven.” I said.
Novalie’s eyes got really big and she said enthusiastically, “And then I can see President Hinckley again.”
“Yes, you will see him and Joseph Smith and all the other prophets. But, you have to make good choices in order to go to heaven.” I said.
She responded, “I have to try to be like Jesus if I want to go to heaven. What happens to the people who are bad?”
“They go to hell.” I answered.
“Oh, mommy, don’t say that word, I don’t like it.” she said.
“Me neither, so we better try to make good choices.” I said.
“I will because I want to go to heaven with President Hinckley because I miss him.” she said so sweetly.
(Erin again) No wonder the scriptures teach us to be as little children!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
1. Time slowed down for once. I skipped class this morning (oops) to work on my big research paper and I was actually very productive and am now almost done. Time went by slowly, which was a real blessing considering time usually speeds up when you are in a crunch.
2. Warmer weather. The last few days have been a return to January here in Provo. On Wednesdays I have to ride my bike to campus (due to Chris going to work at 7:45--I can't be ready to leave by then!) and I've been dreading this Wednesday in fear of snow. So I bundled up and walked outside at 11:45 and it was warm(ish). I had to put my gloves away and take off my coat. It was actually a beautiful ride.
3. Happy Boss. My boss is a lot like me: when he is stressed he gets very quiet. So when we are both stressed, the office is dead silent. Today, however, he was in a great mood--this isn't a rare occurance, but it was nice that it happened today. He laughed and joked and chatted. It was a nice day at work, which is always a plus.
4. Paper surprise. This is a long story, but to cut to the chase I've been under the impression that I had to write 5 papers (short, but still take 2 hours each) by next week. This has been stressful to worry about on top of all the big projects going on now. However, today I looked at my grades online and found I had already written 3 more than I thought I had (we have to write 10 throughout the semester; I thought I had only written 5, turns out I have written 8). So I only have 2 more to worry about!
5. I'm having a good hair and face day. I don't do my hair very often due to early classes, but since I stayed home this morning (oops again) I let it air dry and actually straightened it (that is doing it, in my book). And it actually turned out looking nice. As for the good face day: you might think I'm crazy but I actually think I have good and bad face days. Some days my face just looks bad; not just smeared eyeliner and baggy eyes, but my face itself looks different and worse. Its hard to explain. Anyway, today's face looked good to me, shocking after my 4-hour night's rest. (PS if anyone actually saw me today and would like to disagree, please keep it to yourself, ha ha).
The Lord does bless you in the littlest ways when you need it the most.
Proof: Bad Face Day
Good Face Day