Saturday, December 5, 2009

Back to School!

The title expresses much more enthusiasm than I actually have inside of me about being back. However, where we left off, something very exciting was about to happen-- in the BYU- Utah football game! We were in the 6th row in the end zone, and we got to rush the field when we won in overtime! It was the most intense game of my life. I literally felt sick for the entire 4th quarter.

After the game, Heather, Christine, and I went to the Loft. There, we met Jaren and Jaten. Jaren came up to us and said, "Hey, so my friend just got back from his mission 3 weeks ago and he hasn't been kissed since he got back. So I want one of you girls to kiss him tonight." Heather and Christine immediately said they would not, and when he turned to me, they were like "Kelly it'll be so fun, you should do it!!" So after much hesitation, I said okay. It is, after all, on my bucket list to kiss a stranger. However, Jaten, the recent rm, was far too nervous, which was fine with me, so he ended up just getting my number. More on that later.

That night Jared invited us to come over again, I don't remember why, but we ended up staying forever late, so I was majorly sleep deprived during church.

Sunday we had a singing Sacrament meeting. It was kinda cool I don't think I've ever done that before. Then, after we had combined RS and EQ, Nathaniel came up to me and said "Kelly I choose you." "What?" "I pick you!" "For what?" "To talk about the talent show with me!" "Oh, like announce it at Ward Prayer?" "No, to emcee it with me!"

So I accepted, even though I definitely am inexperienced in that field, and it probably showed. Anyway, that night we discovered that we still didn't know what we as the RS pres were doing in the talent show, so we decided to just do the Mean Girls Dance to Jingle Bell Rock, except we edited it a little to make it more appropriate. It turned out way cute, though.

Then we had a buncha people over to watch Get Smart and 17 again. It was way fun :)

Monday reality struck, so I tried to study, but I really sucked at it because I didn't get any sleep Sunday night either (I was doing my homework due Monday) so I mostly just drove Scott crazy being weird. That night we made gingerbread houses for FHE, which were cute. I mostly just ate. Then Nathaniel and his friend Greg took me and Kal to Denny's to plan MC-ing. We decided to do two truths and a lie for most of the acts, so that turned out entertaining.

Tuesday and Wednesday I mostly just studied. Wednesday Jared took me on another date, this time to Olive Garden, so I was happily fed. It was a fun date :) I planned on studying the whole rest of the night, but it didn't really work out, because a million people came over to visit me. They all wanted to talk and hang out and put me in a movie (which I agreed to) and serenade me and tease me and I wanted to die by the end of it, because I just wanted everyone to leave.

So Thursday I took my test (it took 4 freaking hours), went to Mcomm, practiced ASL, and ran home to change and have Tasha do my hair (she did a great job btw :) ) and rushed to the talent show. It was a great success, we have such a talented ward. It was so fun!

Then, Jacob said we should all go to Denny's so I texted everyone in the ward whose numbers I had and told them to come. I was surprised at the awesome turnout, we had at least 20 people maybe more come, and I texted 21 people. So that was really fun. Then we all went and watched the Grinch at Kellen's.

Friday I did an accounting project, which was really easy actually. Then I got a call from Jaten, who asked what I was doing tonight. I said Freeze Fest of course! And so we met up with him and Jaren and 2 of their buddies. We hung out with them for awhile and danced and ate cookies and took pictures with COSMO who tickled me during the pictures which was funny. Then the boys had to leave because one of their friends had an emergency or something so we were just dancing and all of a sudden these two guys came up and were like hey, we don't know how to dance can you teach us? So we did... kinda. And one of them gave me flowers he found on the ground. They got hot chocolate with us, and we learned we all live in Raintree so they got our numbers too :) Then Heather and I went skating. In the middle, I felt someone grab my hand, and I assumed it was just one of my friends who were there, but it was COSMO! I'm pretty much in love with him! He also took a picture holding me and Heather and spun us, which was fun.

Then we went home and got a bunch of people to watch Elf with us. Most of them I didn't know, but it turned out fun, too. And today I just did part of the Isys project due soon.

Anyway, it was a very busy week, but still fun :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Break!

So, this week I only had to go to school on Monday, and that was IT. You'd think that I would be so productive with nothing to do all week, but I hardly touched my homework... oops. However, I am almost done with my practice test for Accounting if that counts for anything.

Sunday I went to church and Heather came too! I also had tithing settlement. I just wanna say that I have the best Bishop in the whole world. At the end of the interview, he asked if we could end with a word of prayer, and he prayed for everything that could possibly be an issue in my life. It was honestly one of the nicest things anyone has done for me.

That night I went to a crepes party at Nate's house. They always end up drawing quite a crowd and bringing people I know randomly together, so it turned out fun.

Unrelated, but Monday my back hurt SO bad. I didn't know why, but I did manage to get about half of my FHE brothers to try to rub it out, so I considered it a successful evening. Haha. We finger painted cards and brought them to the nursing home. Then me and the RS presidency had a meeting and went to Starbucks for hot chocolate/ caramel apple cider, and drove around. It was so fun, I love those girls to death. Then we went over the Chris and Brent's apartment to watch a movie, which was fun until I was thrown to the floor and kicked randomly. Thank you Brent :)

Tuesday I went to the BYU basketball game where we owned 107-51. Then I went to Inn-and-Out for the first time in my life. I thought it was good, but nothing could really live up to the hype. Then I went back to my apartment to find my Tashi, Tasha, Rico, Katelyn, Kali, Kellen, and Kayla all eating French toast and bacon and all sorts of yummy breakfast foods around the table. Apparently they had an impromptu party. Then we went to visit Rico's crew at the hot tub, and listened to a girl play the piano in the clubhouse while Tasha waited her turn. Then Tashi realized that some of her friends were in the hot tub, so we went to visit them. They invited us back to their house to watch So you think you can dance! So we did, and then we went to this party at someone's house, except it was pretty much over once we go there, so me, Tasha, and Kaleigh went hot tubbing, where we were asked really awkward questions to pass the time. But it was fun.

Side note: that night, before Kaleigh came out with us, she had kind of a funny experience. She got a text from a guy named Kelly in the ward, who was her awkward home teacher. She thought it was me. So the conversation went like this:
"Hey what are you doing tonight?"
"Oh hey girl! Nothing I just got off work!"
"This is Kelly Johnson.*name changed* Wanna watch a movie??" (In her head this didn't register, and she still thought it was me)
"Yeah we can watch a movie I'll be home in five minutes come over!"
So he came over and she was sitting on her laptop. She told Tasha and Tashi that I was coming over, so they were all expecting a girls movie night. He came and sat on the couch, and she realized, as she surfed facebook, that my name was really Kelly Connor. So then she was like "Who the crap is Kelly Johnson?!?!?!"
"... That's me!" he said. So that was embarrassing for both parties I'm sure, but he still stayed to watch a movie, and we came in the middle to interrupt before going to the hot tub.

I should also mention that the reason my name popped up so quickly was because my darling FHE brother, Kellen, changed my status to engaged on Facebook. That lead to an interesting evening of phone calls and texts and comments all over my life.

Wednesday I slept mostly because I got home at 5 from hot tubbing and talking to the girls for an hour or so. Then I packed and Heather and I drove with Tashi to Colorado. It was about a 3 1/2 hour drive, and we were supposed to start at 5, but then everything bad that could have happened did happen. First, we went to pick up Myles, her brother in law. Then, we went to get her brother, Scott, who we were caravaning with. He had locked his keys in the car, so Heather and I called AAA and they came to get them out. In the meantime, we sweet-talked the guy in the clubhouse so he let us girls stay in there until the boys came and he let us into Scott's apartment (those keys were locked in the car too). Then we decided that it was late enough that we could caravan with her other brother and his wife and 2 daughters, who were 1 and 2, and 15 months apart just like me and Heather. They were still rushing around packing things, and so we finally got out the door at 7:30, and out of the gas station at 8, because they forgot about everything at their house as it turns out, so we just waited. on the car ride, we talked about what any group of girls talks about when they get together: boys. It was so fun.

We finally arrived around midnight. We all three squeezed on an air mattress, and then woke up to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Then we ate dinner, napped, and went to the park. We played Catchphrase until it was time to go. Their family was so sweet and hospitable the whole time, I honestly loved it. I'm so glad Tashi offered to have us come. On the way back we talked more, and ended up getting home about a half hour early thanks to Tashi's speedometer not working :)

That night, Heather was sleeping over, but Jared started talking to me on Facebook and said Tashi was over and would I like to watch So you think you can dance? And I did, so I did.

Then Friday, this random guy who friended me on Facebook who I assumed I must know because we had five friends in common but ended up not knowing (apparently I was in a snowboarding ad for Sundance and he wanted someone to go with) invited me to go to the basketball game with him. I didn't wanna go alone, so I found out Mike was going, and invited Tasha and Jared, so we all went, and he ended up having to babysit his brother's kids anyway, so all the planning was unnecessary. We won, by the way, even though for a little bit I was worried. Then Natasha, Jared, and I went to get free Magleby's because it's free if the Cougs score 80 or higher, and visited Winnie at work. She and Christine were there, and they were closed, but they still let us in and gave us random free food which was nice. Then we went back to Jared's apartment, and Duran was there. He suggested o go watch Twilight, and so we did. It was soo over the top mushy I couldn't believe it. Jared hated it, he was sitting next to me and he couldn't watch half the time. Jacob was looking mighty fine though, I must say. He was for sure the highlight of the movie.

And now, I'm blogging and getting ready to go to the BYU vs. Utah game!!! I'm so excited and worried. Hopefully we'll win! Go Cougs!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Birthdays and Business and Other Fun Stuff

Sooo this week, I began my duties for being in charge of birthdays in relief society. On Saturday night, I still hadn't gotten anything for it, and I started talking to Troy on Facebook. Troy is one of the pest control boys who we had over for dinner every Sunday this summer. He wasn't doing anything, so I told him he should take me to Walmart. He said he would if I bought him a Big Mac, which I agreed to. So, we happily trooped to Walmart, where I bought nail polish, lip gloss, and candy, as well as the deodorant he said smelled the best. Then, I bought him a Big Mac with his buy one get one free coupon, so I got one too! He took me back to his apt where he, his buddy Brad, and I watched 2Fast2Furious or whatever it's called. I didn't really follow a lot of it. But it was fine. Then I got home at like 3:30, and got up for Ward Council at 8, so that was lovely.

On Monday, we had a whole ward FHE where we learned our ward emergency plan, and practiced walking to the field. We also learned CPR and the Heimlich and stuff about bleeding.

Tuesday it was Tamara's birthday. Katelyn was such a doll and got her friend Joe? to use his brother in law's limo to take us to get ice cream at Coldstone. It was pretty sweet.

Wednesday I finally got an email letting me know I was accepted into the Business program!! I am so excited to have finally made a decision :)

Thursday I got to hold a FALCON! My Business Writing teacher is really into falcons, and he brought one in for us to see! I was so exicted, I was the only one who held it. I think everyone else was scared? I dunno...

That night I went on one of those sign up dates. Jared Bulloc was my date, and we just got ice cream at the Creamery on 9th. There were a bunch of Utah people there who decided to sing their fight song which was annoying, but the date was good. He was a total gentleman and whenever I would be about to leave the car he would stop me and be like would you mind if I went around and got it for you? And I didn't mind at all. I love boys who open doors for me, it's my favorite thing ever. Anyway it was a fun date :)

Then on Friday I went to lunch with Jeff, one of the DC interns. We went to this Italian place called Gloria's, which was really good. It was a fun date too!

Friday night I went hot tubbing with some of Katelyn's friends, and then we played this game called "Body! Body! Body!" It's like a more active version of Mafia. We played in this sweet abandoned Biomedical building/ club/ apartment (It used to be all three), that one girl had the keys to. We weren't allowed to touch any of the doors or alarms would sound. It wasn't very well lighted, except a little in the bathrooms, and there were boards and random things strewn all over the floors. It was incredibly dusty. And it was the perfect place for this game. What you do is draw, and you're either a killer or citizen. Then you walk around and any of the killers can kill you by slitting your throat with their hands (not really of course). Then they can move you or whatever, and go kill other people. Play continues until someone who finds a body (it could be a killer) calls "Body! Body! Body!" Then everyone comes and votes on who the killer is. If they vote right, the killer is out, if they vote wrong, the person just keeps playing and is immune from accusation. No killers can be killed, so that's how they usually find each other-- by trying to kill each other. It was soo fun! I was a citizen and a murderer (we played 2 rounds), and both roles are quite exciting. It's such a creepy place that it's scary even if you're a killer.

Today I went to the football game and we won! It was against the Air Force so I wasn't surprised. It was freezing though, so we left early. Today is Katelyn's birthday, but I had already promised my roomies from Freshman year we would do something, so Kali and I are just gonna go to dinner and then probably bring them back to our apartment for games with Katelyn.

Also, Kelsey got married today! I hope she had a wonderful wedding and has an even better marriage :)

Well, I think that's it! I'm about to go out to dinner with my freshman year roomies so I should go!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

You know how when you think the semester will get easier, and then it doesn't?

That's exactly what's happening in my life. Every single time I decide that it'll all be smooth sailing after _____, I am completely incorrect. Which is why I am sooo glad that in a month it'll all be over. This week was pretty stressful until Wednesday, and then it slowed down considerably. I wish that the work load would just even out, because when I do have time to relax I feel like I'm spending the whole time just trying to recover.

On Monday and Wednesday I did Bikini Body workout, Monday with Kellen, Chris, and Weston, but they quit pretty early, and Wednesday with just Kellen and Griffin, who stuck it out. It was fun. I think boys doing bikini body is pretty ridiculously entertaining.

So this week I went on two dates. One was Thursday night with a guy who used to teach me social dance. So he's been asking me out for awhile now, and I've never been able to... I mean I probably could have if I really wanted to but anyway, I saw him randomly on Monday and that night he texted me (yes, texted, I know it's against the rules) and said something to the effect of "You took me off- guard today, you looked beautiful, I'd ask you out for the weekend but I have to work so how about sometimes this week?"

So I went to my roomies and explained the situation and they said I should just go, this way it would be small instead of a weekend date, which would be big. So I said okay, and he said how about a late night dessert? And I said ok sounds good... and then he said okay, 8? And I was like oh... when you said late night, I thought it'd be later... so he said 10? and I said oh it doesn't matter I was just surprised. But then I realized The Office was on at 8, so I made sure that it was at 10. Because I don't miss the office for textually- scheduled dates. No sir.

So for some reason I really didn't wanna go when the time came, you know how sometimes you just feel like hurling when sitting at home on the couch is not an option anymore? But, I sucked it up and went, and it actually was fine. We went to Sammy's which is so cute, so that was fun.

Then, on Friday I went on a date with Jason. He was an intern in DC so we sometimes went to his ward. I randomly ran into him on Monday as well, and pretty much 10 seconds after I texted my dance teacher back about the date on Thursday, Jason called me. He asked me how accounting was going and if I would go out with him on Friday. We went to this murder mystery thing at the Spring Haven Lodge, which, by the way, is sooo cool! It's a beautiful cabin.

Basically what happened was we went there and they gave us name tags and drinks and we mingled with the cast. The story goes that this old man who owned the house changed his will a week before, and just barely died. He invited his entire extended family to come to the reading of his will, and so we just talked to the cast about the strange circumstances of his death, who they think should get the estate, and so on. Then they read the will, and the man who got all the money was a complete jerk who was engaged to a maid and dating the daughter of the high society family who expected to receive the large inheritance. Then he was mysteriously killed, the man who owned the estate in the first place came back and was like it was all pretend, I didn't die, but you killed someone! And then we listened to some of the characters being interrogated, and then met as groups to decide who done it. It was pretty entertaining, the acting was very good, and the whole atmosphere was just fun and mysterious. Jason got sooo into it, and kept noticing new clues and stuff, and I contributed my thoughts too, although I was not as interested in playing detective as I was in the food and socializing. Anyway, it was a cool date, I'd recommend it to anyone.

That day, something else really random happened. I was sitting there in the Cougareat with Carla after Heather and Lisa and Winnie had left me after the former two and I had practiced ASL for an hour. She asked what I was doing, and I said the murder mystery, and here, I'll show you a flyer hold on I'll run and get one. When I was walking back, I saw this guy standing at the table talking to her. I was like, "Oh he's cute, I wonder who he is?" and then when I sat back down he said, "Oh, you're back! I know you! Do you know me?" I didn't. Well, at least I didn't think I did. "Maybe...?" So we started going through where we were from, EFYs, places we've visited, where we lived, on down the line, and nothing came up. We didn't even have any friends in common on Facebook. His cute sister was there, and she made it more relaxed by teasing him about how he never knew me and how he just wanted to get my number, which of course, had crossed my mind. He was adamant that we had met before, and my name clicked with my face and he knewwww he had hung out with me before. Apparently he just moved here a few months though, and he never went here, and he is already graduated from an AZ school and applying to medical school. He served his mission in Dominican Republic, he's from AZ, and he might have passed through MD, but he doesn't know. So we're pretty lost. He got my number though, and I friended him on Facebook, so I guess we will see.

Anyway, I guess I should do my homework.

Love, me :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Past 2 weeks

So Saturday we took Meg to the airport-- me, Heather, Jordan Lee, and Meg. It was a disaster. We first tried to park at U of U because Meg wanted to see it. They were having a home game that day, so parking was impossible. Jordan and I drove around while Heather and Meg tried to explore. We got tired of driving around, so we called them to try to pick them up, but it turned into a 45 minute search because none of us had any idea where anything is. Then, we went to eat, and figured we didn't have time for the mall, so we went to spoon me instead, and took some pictures. Then we went to the airport. And then Meg thought she lost her ticket, but found it, and then after we dropped her off, Jordan got a ticket because she had an expired registration and was speeding. the cop let her off for the speeding though. I felt so bad for everyone.

The whole next week was filled with projects and tests and random things that my professors all wanted to throw at me at once. I was a very stressed girl. The Relief Society presidency went on that date with the EQ presidency. It was fun... only me and Shannon actually went because Lori had to work late and Tashi flew to Colorado because her Grandpa died. Shannon was on time, and I was about an hour late, so she spent quite a great deal of time with them alone... poor girl. We went hot tubbing and ate pizza and drank soda. Apparently they want to do it again... probably to see the other girls in their swim suits, and they don't seem too excited about it so I don't know.

Earlier that day, I missed the bus, and I started talking to this guy who told me how to get on the next bus, a different one, and which stop I should get off at, and where to walk. For anyone reading who doesn't know me, I know essentially nothing about directions. I've been going to school here for 3 years, and I still have no idea how to get around Provo, not even from my apartment to BYU. Then I was texting Lori and saying I would be late for the date, and I said in the text that I was walking part of it and "I dunno, some guy's explaining it to me..." and suddenly behind me this guy's voice said "Some guy's explaining what?" and it was Brian Delmage, one of my friends from MD! He said he would walk me home, because he lives right across the street at Wyview. It made me happy to see such a nice little miracle, because without him I would have wandered around forever.

That night Caitlin came into town. I was pretty lame for her visit, because I kept studying for Accounting 210, which was SO HARD btw, I got a 77.5%, which made me quite happy actually. I got a 98% on my marriage and family test, AND Andrew's, my ASL professor's car got broken into, so they stole his bag with the tests, and we all get 100%s!!!!!!! That made me so happy :)

On Friday night, we went to the stake Halloween party, which was fun, and then to the Alpine village dance party. It was fun, too, we saw Adam, one of the pest control boys, and he introduced us to his friend, Mark, who got Heather's number. The Saturday night we went to this big block party at 50 East, it was fun, it turned into this big moshing thing, but it's kind of entertaining to be all falling into each other, I think. Then, Mark texted Heather and told her to come over and watch a movie, and so we went and watched this scariest movie about this family who moves into this house and the previous owners we all killed by the father of the family because the voices told him to do it.... it was sooooo scary! We also held a boa constrictor which was cool. the boys were more scared than we were I think. But we have Hammer in our blood so we like snakes. Thanks mom!

This week I just studied, and took tests, and then I just relaxed. Anyway, we're going to the temple tomorrow morning (I'm so excitedd!!!!) so i should get to bed. Night!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pirates, Masquerade Ball, Enrichment, Meghan, Car Troubles

So on Friday we went to the Pirates place- me, Tashi, Shannon, and Lori (the RS pres). It was so fun! We had to wait40 minutes for our table, but it ended up ok, we just took a lot of pictures. Then we waited forever for our food- like 40 minutes kind of forever, and people around us who go there later than we did had already paid and left by the time our food arrived. Apparently the pizza got dropped. I felt worse for this group date near us who still hadn't gotten their food by the time we left. We did get free tokens from Captain Jack Sparrow, and played in the arcade so we all earned huge rings that we wore to church on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, testimonies went fine, I'm glad it's over, filling 5 minutes wasn't as bad as I thought it was. Sunday was such a good day. It was so relaxing. Tashi's cute roommates were so sweet, one came up and gave me a brownie she made just randomly :)

On Saturday we went to the Masquerade Ball. It was so fun to dress up and look pretty.

On Tuesday, the beginning of car problems began. Scotty came over to study, and parked in this area that's not Raintree parking, so he got towed. I felt sooo bad for him. So that night I made him cookies and I wrote a note for his car. It said something like:
Dear Scotty's car,
I'm so sorry you got towed! I hope it wasn't too scary, and that the tow truck was nice and friendly. Hopefully, you make a full recovery soon. I know you can do it! The cookies are for you, don't let Scotty eat them all.
PS- You are really really ridiculously good-looking.
I don't know how much the car enjoyed it's card, but Scott seemed to like it. And the cookies, even though when I made them, I added waaay too much water (they were cake cookies and I added the amount on the box, not online), and had to sit and spoon out as much as I could. It made them really soft though, so it was good.

On Wednesday, Meghan came into town. This was quite the visit. Tashi drove me to the airport, and when we got there, this guy who Meghan met at EFY when we were 15 who had not seen her since who had kept in contact with her and sent her a diamond necklace and asked her to wait for him (which kind of freaked her out) randomly decided to surprise her and show up at the airport. Thaaat kind of scared the crap out of her, so she decided she didn't want to go with him to Utah State. Which was great, because I didn't want to go either. It would be me, her, and this guy, who we'll call Joey. He tried to find another guy to go, but apparently it was impossible. But being in the car with the two of them for 4 hours and walking around campus for at least one, would have been torture.

On Thursday night we had Enrichment- well, not Enrichment. We're not supposed to call it that anymore. We made gourmet caramel apples. They were so good. It also kicked off our second dating scheme. The boys who wanted to signed up and said how many dates they wanted to go on. The deal is, the girls fill in the slots with their names and numbers, and they have to all get completely filled. And the guys must in turn actually take them out. I signed up for 3 random guys... the problem is a lot of the girls have an attitude about it. They don't want to do it. I've heard every excuse from "What if he doesn't wanna take me out?" to "My mother taught me better," to "Why don't they just be men and ask me out??" which I can see the merit in all of them. But the main problem is, if no one signs up, guess who has to? Yep. The RS presidency. So I don't even want to know how many dates I'm going to end up going on if people don't sign up. And I don't mind dates. But I have school and friends and other things. And I was always raised that I can say no to dates. And this will basically take away my agency in the matter. So that legitimately bothers me. Because I really want to be good in my calling. And so I know if I am asked, I'll sign up. Ugh, and it makes me sick. There's this one guy who has 5 slots by his name. FIVE. Most guys have 1 or 2, and a few have 3. But then it skips to one with 5. And he has had no one signed up for his name. And I don't want to go on a date with him at allll. So hopefully we'll be able to talk at least one poor other girl into signing up. Because if not, it won't fulfill the deal, because only 4 of 5 spots will be filled with the RS presidency.

So on Friday, since Utah state fell through, instead, he took us to lunch at Macaroni Grill. It was nice, especially because he paid, even though we definitely didn't expect him to. Then that night we were trying to figure out how to get to a party. We were gonna take the bus, but we couldn't figure it out. We invited him to come, but he said he was in SLC. We decided to just walk. Until like 10 mintues later he texted us and said he was coming to rescue us and pulled up next to us. So we got in and went to this Electronic Dance Party. While there, I saw a lot of people from my ward, which was fun. Then me and Meg started dancing with this random group of guys and we talked to them for like a half hour and took pictures with them by this really good photographer, pics are at Then they said they were leaving, but turned back after about two minutes and asked us if we wanted a ride home. So, not being able to find Joey, we accepted. This one guy seriously thought Meghan was sooo cute. He was hitting on her all night. But he didn't ask for her number. Which kind of bothered her. A lot. So she took it upon herself to find him on Facebook. It took a while, but she did succeed.

Then today we went to SLC. Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong today did. We couldn't find parking at U of U because it was a game day, so Heather and Meg just got out and walked around and it took 45 minutes after we started looking for them to find them. I felt bad because Jordan Lee was driving and everyone was getting so frustrated because no one knew where to go. Finally we found each other, and then we went to lunch at Cafe Rio and dessert at Spoon Me, because we decided there wasn't enough time to go shopping. Then soda spilled all over the back of the car, and Jordan got a ticket for expired something and speeding, but she just got a warning for speeding and a citation or something. I felt so bad. We got back just in time for the game, which we left early and lost dramatically. So sad. Now I'm going to Walmart with Crystal and Heather! Bye!

PS- Update: Philip called me to talk to me for the last time before he goes on a mission. I will miss him but he will be great! <3

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oh I have mono... I hope you don't mind

Haha did that title surprise you??
Well read on, and you will know why I said that.

Okay, I know this is early, but I really don't want to study for Isys right now, and I'm worried about having time to do this on Saturday, so I will summarize what I have done this week and what I will do in the near future.

First of all, my lesson went pretty well. It was about families, much like my talk, but I managed to think of more stories about my family so the girls didn't get too tired of them. It was only about 15 minutes because we tried to organize visiting teaching that Sunday... that was an adventure haha.

This Monday we had FHE, as usual. It was okay... we played baseball.
I don't think I've talked about my lack of ability in playing sports, but it's pretty bad. It's never that big of a deal to me, I'm willing to participate, but I prefer to have as little responsibility as possible. That's why when I was constantly called up to re-demonstrate my utter incapacity to hit the ball, when I struck out over and over again, and they continued to make me take another turn and told me I could do it, I got really really reaaaaallllllly frustrated. They had a team of like 15? and only 5 of us were girls. They decided that it should go boy girl boy girl alll the time. It literally made me sick when I heard them call out "Girl? Girl?" every other person and I knew that it was getting closer to my turn. I got so excited when we got outs because it was less likely I would ever have to fail in front of everyone again. In my opinion, the first time it's nice because then you're just being inclusive. The second time it's nice if I act like I want to because I want to prove that I can.... but when I know that I can't and everyone else does too, it's just torture to make me prove it over and over again. Every time they asked, I said I didn't want to, but it didn't matter; I still had to demonstrate why I didn't want to... which was painfully obvious to anyone around me.

So I was in a remarkably bad mood by the time I left. Then, I came home and after about an hour of studying... or wasting time on the internet, I heard voices in the living room. Male voices. So, naturally, I wanted to see who was visiting, and I was hungry so I brought out some soup to heat up. It was these boys who are friends of Katelyn. One works with her, and the other two are his friends. They invited us to come hang out with them, and we decided to drive separately so that they didn't have to drive us home. When we were about to leave, we ran into these other random boys who were from the other side of Raintree. They were looking for ice cubes so they could make a slushy, so we gave them ours, and they said they would bring some back to us the next night. Then we went to the other boys house, and they decided we were gonna watch a movie called Drumline. Which was kind of disappointing because we thought we were going to actually go out and do something, and movies with boys aren't thaaat fun if you can't cuddle with them anyway right? But we were pleasantly surprised. The movie was pretty good, and whenever anything upbeat came on, we had a dance party on my couch, so it was really fun.

On Tuesday, those slushy boys did make good on their word, and brought us some slushy. I was the only one home, so I accepted it happily. Here's the thing: They gave us a slushy in their container. So I think what we're going to do is return it and something else in our container and see how long we can keep it going... should be fun :)

On Wednesday, a girl in my ward, Kaleigh, who lives upstairs with Tashi (the 2nd counselor in RS), was having an open- invite birthday party, so I rode with them to the tumbling gym in Provo. It was amazing to me how everyone suddenly became gymnasts. The boys, expecially were so daring in their ridiculous stunts. It was way fun to watch. I met a lot of fun people, too, and it was way fun to hang out with Tashi and her apartment. They are the sweetest group of girls.

Then we went to an after party at a house that I learned was the same house I went to for Dew Fest or whatever a few weeks back. There was this bar tender guy their making virgin drinks that were really good, and at one point I asked this girl Caitlin (Tashi's roomie) if I would taste her drink. Right after I did, she said "Oh I have mono! I hope you don't mind..." "What?!" I choked, trying to remain calm. "Yeah, I hope you don't mind!" she said. "Are you serious???" I asked, incredulous. She finally admitted she was kidding, but she really got me for a minute haha. I also met this guy who Nate is setting up with Crystal, Heather's roommate. His name is Ford. It was fun because then I got to tell Crystal about him when I got home. I'm kind of excited about it because it almost makes me feel like a matchmaker. Even though I'm not setting them up... but I talked to both of them about the other... anyway it was a fun night. This other random guy there got my number too. It was funny how he asked. He'd talked to me earlier that night, and I noticed my wallet was missing. I didn't find it before I left, so he came up and said, "Hey, I hope you find your wallet." I smiled and said me too, and turned back to the girls I was with, mostly because I knew what was coming next. He tapped me again and said, "Could I get your number so I can know if you get it back?" So I laughed and said sure. I'm pretty much completely uninterested, but I did think that was kind of adorable. I love how awkward boys sometimes get when asking for numbers. So funny.

So now it's Thursday, and tomorrow Scotty and I are studying all day for the Isys test. Lovely. Then I'm going out with my lovely RS ladies, to this pirate restaurant thing and the Nickelcade. I'm excited :) I seriously love these girls. Then on Saturday I'm going to the Masquerade Ball! I'm super excited, at first I thought I was only going to know Crystal, Heather, and Christine, but last night I learned Tashi and her roomies are going too. I think a bunch of us are getting ready together :)

Also, on Sunday, all the members of the RS Presidency are bearing their testimonies in Sacrament Meeting for 5 minutes. That seems so long to me. Especially because i already spoke in church and it was ten minutes. When people bear their testimonies for 5 minutes I'm usually like omg get offfffff the stand.... usually they're not ever testimonies, they're like I know my roomies are true and I'm so thankful for ________, and I'm gonna tell you how great my family is, and this is my travel log, and this is my hospital log and I wanna just be like.... SHUT UPPPP. So hopefully thats not how everyone feels by the time it gets to me.

Anyway, now I suppose I should study. Bye :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009


This week, starting Sunday, I was sick. I'm pretty much over it now, but it was annoying all week. I was lucky because I only had one test this week, which I actually took today-- the grammar test, which wasn't that bad. I think that being sick makes me less productive, which I'm sure is a usual effect, but the reason is my mind-set. I just think that because I'm sick, I shouldn't have to do anything. That makes me more chatty than ever. My poor study buddy was probably dying because all I wanted to do was talk. So mostly this week I studied (Accounting had 3 quizzes due...) and chatted. On Thursday I watched the Office, of course, and it was the wedding! So adorable. I still haven't talked about the first time I watched the Office this season, and I have said I would for awhile, so here we go:

A guy in my ward invited me, Christine, and Heather over to his apartment to watch it. So we happily trooped across Raintree and talked for a few minutes until it began. One of his roommates came out, and we said he could watch with us if he wanted to. He said no, he had homework, or something, and then stood to watch the first part. At one point, it shows Meredith rubbing herself all over one of the interns pretending to be reaching for something... so I mean relatively funny, but this guy laughed for the ENTIRE REST OF THE SEGMENT INTO THE COMMERCIAL as loudly as possible!!!!! It was so loud that I could not hear the lines and it was seriously pissing me off. Like legitimately. Then he left and I was like Praaiiseee the Lord!! ... except he came back and said, "You know, I think I'll watch this," as he sat down RIGHT NEXT TO ME. He continued to laugh obnoxiously the entire rest of the episode. I seriously wanted to die. I hate not being able to hear when I've never seen something before. And I am serious about the Office.

Also, it was Heather's birthday this week!!! I have the most beautiful wonderful sister and I love her a lot! It was Winnie's birthday this week too :) I love her too!

On Heather's birthday we went to lunch at Tucanos. It was so good! I had never been there before, and seriously the guys came with food soo quickly, it was pretty much impossible to keep up with them. It was really fun, though. The plans for the night changed multiple times. First, we were invited to party #1. But they kept asking if we were coming. Every. Single. Day. It was so intense it made me not want to go. Then we were invited to party #2. It sounded pretty fun... but we didn't know which we should go to. So we finally decided to go to party #2. Then, Heather called me a half hour before we were about to leave, and asked if I wanted to go to a Haunted Forest instead.

Sooo we went to the one in American Fork. We also went to Psycho Manor. I was surprised at how un- scared I was. I went Freshmen year and I almost died. I remember the worst part was when we ran into this huge guy with a jack in the box. He said he wanted me to wind it up. I really didn't want to, so I whimpered "Nooo!" And all the boys decided to show off their manliness by offering to do it, but the giant would not hear of it. "No, I want her!" he said, pointing at me. I hesitantly went and began to wind,but nothing happened. "You broke my toy!" the giant yelled, and then chased me with a chainsaw. The entire time I was grabbing onto the people in my group in terror. This time I was definitely holding onto everyone in my group, but I was not nearly as scared. It was pretty fun I thought. A little too long, though. I was pretty much over it after we were halfway through. I think Psycho Manor was better.

The people who went were the following: me, Heather, Christine, Winnie, Lauren (Winnie's friend), Jordan (my roomie from freshman year), Danny, a girl he brought, Dallin (a friend of Winnie's we met before), and Jeff and Spencer, brothers who were friends with Lauren. The boys were so fun! Jeff is actually in a lot of the same classes with me, and I talked to him and Spencer most of the night. We went back to Lauren's house for hot chocolate afterwards, and it was really fun. I'm glad we chose that option :)

Anyway, I think I'm done. Tomorrow I have to give the lesson in RS, Shannon called me this morning and said they couldn't find anyone soo hopefully that works out. I've never given a lesson before, so I'm a little nervous, but I'm sure it will be fine... anyway I'm out :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

School, General Conference, The Big Country

So this week has been all about school. I had 3 tests: Isys, ASL, and Accounting 210. I don't know how I did on the 1st 2, because the grades are not posted yet, but I did pretty well on Accounting which makes me glad because I studied pretty much allll week for it. It's exhausting to do nothing but study, let me tell you. Scott is a pretty good motivator for me. He always wants to study so then I do too. Isys seemed pretty easy to me, and ASL was... interesting. I couldn't see anything he was doing for the finger spelling part because he would sign to just the sides and not the back, so no one in the back to see. It was probably the most frustrating thing of my life.

Speaking of ASL, I am overdue on a story about it. So the other day I ran into this guy, Andrew in my ward. I ended up telling him I was about to go to sign language class and he eagerly signed I love ____. I didn't know the last sign, so I asked what it was. He said it meant make out. So I laughed and went on my way to class. That day we were talking about directions, and how deaf people use their tongues to show that something is far away. Andrew (the teacher, not the guy in my ward) said "Deaf people use their tongues a lot!" This struck me as very funny, because what is one of the main and best things people generally use their tongues for? Making out of course! So I started laughing and made that sign. I thought it was a very good joke... Andrew just looked at me, and said (breaking the no-talking rule), "Necking?? Realllyyyyy????"... "Making out??" I said, repeating the sign, a little uncertainly. Andrew sighed. He then showed us the signs for necking, making love, and kissing with tongue. Everyone was fascinated. I don't think I've seen our class pay so much attention before. It was pretty embarrassing, though. I didn't think he'd react in such a shocked manner.

So anyway, after I finally took the Accounting test, I went to the game for about half of it until Heather, Winnie, and Christine decided to leave to go get ice cream at sub zero. Apparently some guys who were friends with Winnie invited us. But then we changed our minds when they informed us that they were on dates. That made me laugh... I mean if I was on a date and suddenly the guys started texting their other girl friends and asking if they wanted to come too I would be pretty confused about if the date was over.... or what?

So then we went back to Winnie's and then to Christine and Heather's. We hung out with Krystal (their roomie) and some guys she had over until we heard all this music coming from outside. Apparently some guys from Glenwood decided to start a spontaneous dance party in the parking lot, so we went and joined them (of course) for about an hour or so? It was very fun... really random. At one point 2 of the girls who are in the RS presidency came...

OH! I forgot. I was called to be the RS secretary last Sunday. It was interesting, because I was asked to meet with the Bishop at 9:30am, and was sustained at 10am. I just love my little presidency. I had met the president at 1st counselor the week before after I gave my talk. I never met the 2nd counselor before, but she's adorable too. Their names are Lori, Shannon, and Tashi. I am so excited to serve with them :) It will be quite an adventure because none of us have been in a presidency before, except if you count young womens, which I don't because I know I had lots of callings in it, but I honestly don't remember which callings (maybe I was Beehive President once?) and we did basically nothing.

On that note, it's General Conference time! I love General Conference :) I remember as a little girl we would go to the Stake Center and watch it. We would always try to get mom and dad to take us to the nursery room so we could play instead of sit in the chapel. They tried to keep us in the chapel as long as possible, though. We were to take notes on every talk, and if we did, they would pay for us to all go see a movie as a family. This guaranteed us listening to every talk. We would also do "Conference Reports" for the next family night, where we would each pick a talk (or ten if you were dad) and talk about it for the camera and bear our testimony. We always fast forward them when we watch family movies, but maybe that will change one day. I still remember claiming talks when a general authority would tell a particularly funny story and then fighting over them when more than one sibling wanted it. Usually we would find another story in a later talk and that would make everyone feel better. I remember one time making as many faces at the person giving their report as possible... sometimes we get really irreverent... but one of my favorite talks today made me feel better about our inherent random irreverence that manifests itself as the most inopportune times.

Elder Bednar talked about love and concern and diligence in the home. One part of the talk sounded so similar to my life. He talked about how during scripture study it seemed like the kids didn't pay attention or seem as spiritually edified as they would have hoped. Many times it would be interrupted with "He's touching me!" and "She's breathing my air!" This was so much like my home. We would be so irreverent! I remember one time tickling little Sarah all of scripture study and pretending I wasn't touching her. This was probably just this past summer... maybe we'll never grow up! Prayer usually ended up with all of us giggling about nothing in particular, but not being able to stop. It's so fun to be best friends with your siblings! The point of this is mostly that it was still effective. I still learned so much in our daily scripture study. We would often complain about how long it was, but the truth is I am incredibly grateful that my parents had the patience to do it. My favorite game we would play was fill in the blank. We got to be incredibly good at it. Someone would read part of scripture and pause and everyone would try to guess the word as quickly as possible. Sometimes we would count points. Another time, we had a tent that you would set up on a bed, and we set it up to pretend to be listening to King Benjamin. And one time, we decided to sing the scriptures when dad was gone. Mom told us excitedly that that night we would sing the verses, because daddy was going to be at a meeting. We'd asked to do that many times, because scriptures, like songs, have verses. Dad never thought it was a good idea, so we only got to do it that one time, but we had so much fun.

I also randomly thought of a daddy daughter date I went on when I was very little. Brother Potter, who was my parent's bishop when they were in singles ward, was having a party for his birthday maybe? He is very well off, so he got a whole theater reserved and had a bunch of his friends come to watch "The Big Country" with him. For some reason mom couldn't go, probably a calling or something, so daddy asked me to go with him. I got dressed up, if I remember, and we went to watch it. It's a very long romantic movie, and so there was an intermission in the middle. I remember lots of people coming to talk to me, because I was little, probably, and dad was going to take me home, but I wanted to see the end, so he let me stay. I remember getting little winks and elbows and "Oh, you wanna see how it ends, huh??" from lots of people. Anyway, it was just really fun, and I'm glad my daddy thought to take me :)

Next time I really will talk about the 1st episode of the office... promise.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

This past week and a half

So, last week I didn't write anything but my talk, which I think is hardly fair, so I will sum up my week last week too. I guess the most eventful things were:
*3 dates, 2 on Friday night
*the football game.... soo saaadddd
*my talk

So I first went on a date with a boy who we will call John on Tuesday. We went to dinner at this Mexican place with his brother and his brother's gf and then watched a movie at his house. Dinner was really fun, and very good. It was kinda weird to meet his whole family at his house. Cinderella Man is a good movie. I got home wayy later than I wanted to, though, which struck me as inconsiderate? Especially on a school night? Usually I'm not like that but I had absolutely no say in the movie, even when I pointed out how long it is, he was very firm about how I would like it and that's what we were watching.

This may or may not have anything to do with this date, but it really bothers me when boys think that because they buy me dinner they're allowed to touch me. Especially when I am clearly showing that I would rather they keep their hands to themselves. I feel like I might be coming off like I just don't like people to touch me, which is very untrue. Actually, I'd say the opposite is true. I just don't appreciation the assumption that they have a right to. And I don't appreciate being forced into awkward situations.

Okay so that Friday I went on a date with John again, we went 4-wheeling. And I shot a gun for the first time in my life. It was very exciting! It was actually my first time 4 wheeling as well, except for maybe 5 minutes a few years ago. It was fun, but I was sore the next day. I think that 4 wheeling is pretty sweet, but I get tired of it after about a half hour. He also got me a Wendy's kids meal, which is pretty much my favorite thing.

I told him that I had to be home by 7 because I had a date at 8, but I didn't end up getting home until 7:40. So I took a shower, and my roomies blow-dried my hair while I did my make up. It was quite the adventure, but I was totally ready to go by the time my date arrived. It was a double date with Kali, which was fun.

Our date was probably the most classically Mormon date I have ever been on. Our dates were pretty adorable about how pumped they were about the whole thing. We made cards and ding dong ditched random houses with brownies we made. Then, we went to this grove of trees and sat on some blankets and read scary stories. They were from those scary stories books that aren't really scary, but are very entertaining. So that was fun. We did have to change locations when the sprinklers turned on around us though. Haha.

Saturday was spent writing my talk, which you had the pleasure of reading last time, and going to the game. The game was the most devastating loss. It made me so sad. That's all I really wanna say about it.

Sunday, I gave my talk. I was super nervous, especially when the speaker before me left only 4 minutes, but it went really well. I hardly read from the paper, and the congregation laughed at all my funny stories and were just so nice about it afterwards. I have seriously never in my whole life been so complimented on a talk. So many people came up to tell me they enjoyed it. One boy came up to me 3 times to tell me that it was the best talk he had ever heard. Lots of people told me that I have the best parents ever, which I mean, it's the truth :). The Bishop complimented me on it at church and again at ward prayer. He told me that he told lots of people about how fantastic it was. Needless to say, I was very flattered.

Then this Monday we had our first FHE as a family. It was so fun! Kayla, my roomie, is the mom. She had us play pudding twister, which quickly turned into a pudding fight. Then we all went and jumped into the pool in our clothes. It was way fun. Not everyone participated, but I bet about half of the family was actively involved.

This Wednesday was True Blue Football. I went last year and thought it was amazing, so this year I went with Heather (my sister) and Christine, her roomie and our friend. Heather was very upset about all the foam getting in her eyes, but Kali, my lovely roomie, was very helpful with letting us use her clean t-shirt (she wasn't participating) to wipe them. Kali is the nicest girl :) Then we went to the Cannon Center and changed, washing our very blue clothes in the sinks and wrapping them in paper towels so they didn't leak through the bags. Then we ate dinner at the Cannon, which is always ridiculously filling. As Heather likes to say, we stroll in, and roll out.

I guess the only other thing I should mention is that now I have an official study buddy. His name is Scott, and we have 3/5 classes together: MComm, Isys, and Accounting 210. We aren't actually in the same MComm section, and we have different teachers (which makes him much less lucky than I am), but we still are learning the same things. Usually, we just sit next to each other somewhere in the library and study by individually until we have a question. Or we work through difficult problems together. I can honestly say it is probably the most productive studying ever. It's so nice because I'm pretty good at studying by myself, but I don't really like it. So, this way I kind of get the best of both worlds. I also have someone to explain things to, which is very effective in helping me learn. And, I have someone to help me understand things I don't understand.

I wanna go to bed now, but I am thinking of two things that I will include in my next blog... an awkward experience in my ASL class, and watching the 1st season of the office. I'm sorry to everyone in my class who ended up reading this.... I know it's ridiculously long.

Soo that's pretty much it. Now I'm just preparing for about a million tests so should be fun!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

parenting talk

Good morning. I have been asked to speak about parenting and grand-parenting and how that relates to the gospel. This talk was an especially difficult one for me to prepare, because, as you can probably tell, I am not a parent. And I am certainly not a grandparent.

So I guess I will start out by introducing myself and talking a little bit about my family. My name is Kelly, and I’m from Maryland. I am the oldest of 7 children, and one of them goes to BYU with me and is here today. The rest still live at home. I was born into the church, and I have two wonderful and active LDS parents, who I will be talking about quite a bit in this talk. My mom was born into the church, and my dad converted when he was 25 and later served a mission in Guatemala. They were married in the DC temple and just celebrated their 21st anniversary. I love my parents and I have always known that they love me. I wanna talk about a few things that they have done that I think exemplify some of the most important things in parenting.

One of the first things I thought of when I was given this assignment was how grateful I am that I was raised in a home with the Priesthood. Every time we began a new school year we were each given a blessing. I have always known that I can ask my dad for a blessing and he will be perfectly happy to give me one. Sometimes, he has even sensed my need for a blessing when I didn’t even think of it myself.

One example I can think of happened this summer. I went home for the summer to work as a floating bank teller, so I would go to whatever branch needed me. Sometimes I really loved where I was stationed, and sometimes I didn’t like it so much. So one Friday I was at a branch that was not as fun as some of the others, and it seemed like everyone was picking on me all day, whether it be the customers or the other tellers, and these tellers were now all older than me because the one guy who had been my age who I would usually talk to there had just left that branch. Fridays are very busy, so on top of all that I was very stressed, especially because when I would go to help a branch out, the other tellers usually took that as an opportunity to do less and let me do most of the teller work while they went off and did other things in the bank. When I finally got home, I was feeling very taken advantage of and underappreciated, so I did what any respectable college girl who had a hard day would do: I started to cry.

I’m usually a very cheerful girl, and my dad absolutely hates to see me cry, which I’m sure a lot of you girls can relate to, so he instantly went to work trying to help me to feel better. He kept asking what he could do, if I wanted him to go order out from whatever restaurant I wanted, if he could go talk to the people at my work, if I wanted to go do something, anything, and I just wasn’t very interested in any of his offers. He eventually left, and came back a few minutes later, and said, “Well there is one thing I can do for you.” I waited for the punch line, not expecting it to be something that would actually make me feel better, but I was very wrong. He said, “I could give you a blessing.” It caught me off – guard, but I was surprised to realize that that was exactly what I wanted and needed. So I accepted his offer, and I felt better almost immediately after the blessing. I am so grateful to have a dad who holds the priesthood and who uses it worthily to better the lives of the members of his family.

The church has always been an incredibly important influence in my home. We learned to read, as probably many of you did, from the scriptures. We had family scripture study almost every night.

President Benson said, “Increased love and harmony in the home, greater respect between the parent and child, increased spirituality and righteousness are not idle promises, but exactly what the prophet Joseph Smith meant when he said the Book of Mormon will help us draw nearer to God.”

The scriptures really did come alive for us, and we learned to apply them in our lives. One time, my little brother Joseph, who was 4, got in trouble and had to sit in time out. My dad felt sorry afterwards and asked my mom if they should just let him off the hook. My little sister Julie then looked at him very seriously and said, “Dad, mercy cannot rob justice.” She was 6 years old.

We also said family prayer together every night. It used to drive me crazy because we didn’t just have one prayer, but nine prayers, because every single person in our family had to pray. It would usually take about a half hour. Now we all are assigned a day on which we pray, and that has considerably shortened things, but we definitely learned to pray, and I have often heard my parents pray for me and my other siblings. We also learned “prayer defense”.

My dad told me a story about how one night, in a scene that was actually very common in my home, my sister Heather and I were having a hard time getting to sleep. We were and still are the best of friends, and since we were in the same room we would often talk late into the night. This particular night we were being especially loud, so my dad came downstairs a few times to quiet us down, but it didn’t work. Finally he jumped downstairs and said in his most threatening-but-not-really angry dad voice “Here comes the mean dad with the iron hand!” When he got into our room we were both kneeling down on your beds and Heather was praying with her bottom stuck up in the air – “Please help daddy not to spank our bottoms because our bottoms are so precious.” I’m pretty sure we got away with that one.

Another thing my parents did was take us to the temple often. I live about a half hour away from the Washington DC temple, so we would go to take pictures there, and to see various displays, and I always knew that the temple was important to my parents. I knew that that was where I wanted to be married someday, because that is where families can be sealed together forever. I was taught to love my family through the example of my parents.

I think that part good parenting is loving each other, and making that very clear to the children in the family.

President Hunter said to fathers, “You should express regularly to your wife and children your reverence and respect for her. Indeed, one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

I have always known that my parents love each other. Sometimes my dad will come into the kitchen when my mom is busy cooking and turn on the music and start dancing with her. They still act like teenagers a lot of the time, and I honestly find it adorable. Sometimes I’ll be standing there and my dad will run into the room and grab her around the waist and tell me, “I just love your mom, I’m so glad I’m married to her!” I have heard both of them express love for each other on numerous occasions, and it is important to me to see how happily married they are.

They also showed us that they loved us. There was never a time I could not ask my parents for help with school work or virtually anything else we were struggling with. I remember that middle school, mostly the beginning of it, was especially difficult for me. My mom would pick me up from school every day and talk to me about my day and just be my friend. I have noticed her doing this with all of the children since, and she told me that she just wanted to be with her kids because she knows that middle school can be a hard time. She always packed lunches for us, even up to high school, and sometimes when I was home for the summer too. Many times they had notes that she would write expressing love and telling us to have a good day. Whenever we came home from school, she would fling open the door with an ecstatic “Welcome home!” She was always sad when the summers ended and she couldn’t have us at home all the time anymore.

This helped foster a lot of love in our home between siblings. Although we have our occasional fights, I have a great relationship with each of my siblings. I believe that a lot of this is because my parents taught us that loving each other is so important. My sister here at college is honestly my best friend in the whole world.

The world has a view on parenthood that ranks it below many other good things in life, such as a successful career. Many times motherhood especially is attacked. President James E. Faust contradicted this notion. He said, “While few human challenges are greater than that of being good parents, few opportunities offer greater potential for joy. Surely no more important work is to be done in this world than preparing our children to be God-fearing, happy, honorable, and productive. Parents will find no more fulfilling happiness than to have their children honor them and their teachings. It is the glory of parenthood. John testified, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 Jn. 1:4.)

God knows this and wants us to experience it because out of all the jobs he has, the most important is being a professional dad to each of us. He has said that “this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” His children are what bring him the greatest joy, and he wants us to experience that as well.

I bear my testimony that I know that parenthood is an important goal for all of us, no matter how far away it seems right now, and as we live righteously and prepare for it we will be blessed and later our families will be blessed as well. I know that part of God’s eternal plan is for us to be married in the temple and raise eternal families in love and righteousness and that raising children in the church is the best and only way to do that because it is the only true church. I know that he loves each of us and is anxious for our happiness and growth, and that is why he gave us a Savior. I know that through his perfect atonement we can become perfect someday as well and return to live with Him and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


So BYU, formerly ranked #20 beat Oklahoma, formerly ranked #3, 14-13 in their first football game of the 2009 season last Saturday!!! It was such and intense game, and I was pretty much dying the whole 4th quarter. I never liked football until I came to BYU, and now I looove it. I especially love to watch it live, but on TV is still good, especially if it's high def with everyone in your apartment complex! Which is exactly how it was. A guy who lives in Raintree is the son of a manager of Wilson Diamonds, or something like that, so they provided pizza and soda for everyone who came to watch the game in the common area. Today, I just got back from watching the game against Tulane, where we KILLED them btw, and they did the same thing except for at Glenwood this time. This week has been pretty good, I ran into a lot of people I didn't expect to see:
1. Vince Eisinger. I don't know if I've ever mentioned the Eisingers in my blogs before, but Brittany was my best friend as a child, then they moved, so we pretty much lost contact, and then she moved back and now we are still really good friends, I just love her. Anyway, so Vince is apparently in my accounting class, and we ran into each other as I was walking out of a door he was trying to walk into. He's engaged now, which seems super quick to me, but it was just crazy to run into him.
2. Curtis Penfold. Okay, I don't remember him very well, but I remember his dad used to play the piano with his feet. He randomly came and asked to sit at the table Heather and I were sitting at, and we said sure. He asked where we were from, and when we said Maryland, he said "Oh I lived there as a kid, I lived in Laurel, you've probably never heard of it." And we were like... oh contraire! If ever there was a city in Maryland we heard of, it was Laurel! So we figured out our families know each other so that was cool.
I think that's it, I did randomly see a lot of people I know at the game today, too...
Last night was Fall Fest at BYU, so me, Heather, Jordan, Kali, and my new roomie Kayla went. It was a lotta fun, we did speed dating which sucked... most of the boys were freshmen. I think they should be assigned their own tables and not be allowed to mingle with girls older than they are... because they are automatic "no"'s. The way it ran was you wrote down their names, and marked y or n next to them if you wanted to keep in contact. I said y to one, even though I'm not super interested, but he seemed nice. And he wasn't a freshman. So we could hang out. They give both people the other's contact info if both say yes. So I guess we will see... I'll be fine either way, though. We also did an obstacle course which I totally failed at because I was wearing all this super-hero garb, so I was sliding and dying everywhere. Those things are super fun though. The we went to Red Mango, which was also fun. We took a lot of pictures, they're in my "Superhero Day!" album on facebook. I was Fantastic 4, the one Jessica Alba plays. Heather was a Power Ranger, using Kali's costume from last Halloween that we got at DI. It's actually a kid's costume, and Kali cut it so the pants have no waist, and the top only goes past her boobs, so she just wore a shirt under. Kali was Mrs. Incredible. It was really fun, a lot of people complimented us on our costumes. And we took some pretty sweet pictures, too. We also went to Red Mango afterwards. I didn't really like frozen yogurt when I first had it, but Utah is obsessed-- there are only about a million Provo frozen yogurt places, and now I pretty much love it. Anyway, I have a lot of homework I need to be doing if I'm gonna go to Rock the Block tonight!
Love, Me

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My New Assignment

So, for my business writing class, my teacher has declared that we will all blog at least once weekly. Some people in my class hate the idea, I'm sure some are excited, and I am kind of in- between. It's kind of like keeping a journal, so maybe I will enjoy it when I look back. I usually blog about once a month, when Heather tells me I should, so maybe this will help me shorten my entries? We shall see. She's pretty ridiculously excited I got this assignment. I think it has to be 150 words, and Brother Clarke said that we can write about anything, the point is to write. He said we could even say I hate Brother Clarke. I hate Brother Clarke. I hate Brother Clarke. over and over again. But I don't, so I won't. He's been pretty entertaining so far, and he has some of the better reviews on rate my professor, so I think it should be a good class.
Speaking of classes, I started school this week! I am in Accounting 210, Information Systems 201, Business Writing or M Comm, ASL 101, and Marriage and Family. I guess I'll go through them and say my feelings about them:

Accounting: Umm I'm very scared. I took Accounting 200 last semester, and I don't remember a lot of it. We're just reviewing now, and what I don't remember scares me. But, I'm re-teaching myself, and I got all the quiz questions on the 1st quiz right, so hopefully I will continue to do well. I am actually putting off getting ready for the 2nd quiz as I type this up.
ISYS: I'm kind of scared. I'm sure it will be challenging, as I am not super good with excel and I don't think I've ever used Access, but one guy in that class already got my number so hopefully now I have a study buddy? I will definitely need one. The professor seems nice, so I'm kinda interested to see how it goes. I know it will be useful, anyway. Now we are just learning stuff about competitive advantage, so not too hard.
Business Writing: I feel like this class is a good mix of writers and the professor seems nice and funny and willing to work with the students, so I'm not terrified, but I can see it will be a lot of work. It seems to me that it's just learning how to write in a different way, which I had to do last semester in my News Writing class. Once I learned how, I got to be pretty good at it, and really started to enjoy it, so I think the same thing can happen here. I'm naturally decent at writing, so I think it will be work, but not overwhelming.
ASL: I'm pretty excited about this class. I'm taking it with Heather, because we decided it'd be fun to be able to talk to each other in "code". Kali took it last semester and so did Christine, and they thought we would be fine. It's definitely a beginner course, so I'm excited to learn. As part of the class we have to practice outside of class with someone else for a half hour, then an hour, and then an hour and a half every week as the semester progresses. Heather and I did our first one today. It was in the Cougareat, and we basically had to spell and gesture every single word. It was fun... but mostly awkward. I was worried someone would come up who we knew and we wouldn't be able to talk to them, but luckily no one came. We played I spy and showed each other cute boys and tried to talk about some of the events of the day. We had to get most of that out while we ate and talked in English first, though.
Marriage and Family: I'm excited for this class. I love my professor, he is adorable. He seems like one of those bishops that you just love. I think it will help me to not be so scared of marriage. Not that I'm terrified, but it just seems like something so far away I guess... I mostly just feel completely unprepared which is okay, but it's sort of less okay in a BYU environment? I don't know how to explain it. I think part of it is I'm the oldest and Heather has already told me it's my job to get married first so that means I hafta get married within the next 3-4 years if she gets to get married when she's 22, which is her plan. And clearly that won't dictate what I do, or even what she does, but it something that seems so close and yet so far, and so ridiculously uncertain.

I love my ward so far! My bishop is seriously adorable. I love him. It's very clear that he loves us and wants to be a good bishop for us. We've already had some really fun activities. This ward has ward prayer which I love! I never had it last year, so I'm excited to have it again. Last time we divided ourselves into groups and met the people around us, and then we went to get to know people who had the same 1st letter of their 1st names. We also had a spiritual thought, and then I stuck around and talked for probably another half hour or so to other new people. I met one guy who served in my mission, Josh Keele... I didn't remember him, but he remembered my family! He's actually not in my ward, but he was at ward prayer. Then, on Monday, we had a huge FHE at the bishop's house where they fed us a potato bar, and that was fun too. We did speed dating, and a game where we were competing to know each others names. Tonight there is a get to know the bishopric at the raintree clubhouse, so I guess we'll see how that goes.

One sad thing is that Heather is not in my ward :( But, that means more networking for us! I've already met a lot of people in her ward, and we visit each other all the time. It's nice to be so close that I can hang out with her whenever. I like her roomies too :) I also love my roomies! I only know one of them, Kali, and the others I don't know very well, but they have been nice and fun so far. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of these people this semester!

I definitely need to stop writing this now... oh the apartment is okay, the dishwasher is broken, the toilet screams (no really, it is sooo loud) seemingly unprovoked, and, AND there is one more problem: on Tuesday, I believe, I walked into my apartment. I said hi to Kali, who was sitting complacently on her bed, and then hopped onto my bed... WHICH PROMPTLY FELL RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER ME!!!
Apparently the wood that supports the mattress shifts sometimes, so any weight put on the bed causes it to collapse. Um. Ridiculous. I mean what if that happens when I am asleep??? I have three huge bruises on the backs of my legs, and pictures will be posted on facebook of me and my poor bed. We put it back together though, no worries. Okay, sign language is in a few minutes so I must go... I guess I was just as long winded as usual. Get used to it!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This Summer in Review :)

So, when I first came home I was very very verryyy apprehensive. Last summer was okay, but I just looove being at BYU. Heather was coming home with me, so I was comforted in that I would always have a best friends with me, but I was still worried. Especially because her bf Jake was leaving on a mission, but it has actually worked out very well.

So mostly this summer I have worked, and that has been interesting. Last summer I mostly just looved my job, and this summer I was definitely grateful for it, because it kept me sane and made me money. It was also in air conditioning, and I was, in general, treated well. However, I didn't love it as much, because it wasn't as organized and I often did not know where I was going. I also began to realize how much of a pawn I am. Sometimes different branches would seem to fight over who needed a floating teller more, and it struck me as almost catty. And I had little to no say as to where I was going, even though, having been at the branches, I knew a lot about their need levels. So, I was grateful to work there, and I would do it again next summer for sure if I was coming back, although I think I am going to be staying in Utah and taking classes during this next summer. One of the first highlights of the summer was when Winnie and her sister Helen came to visit. We took them to NYC, which was quite the adventure. Heather's blog gives more details on that, you should read it :) Another fun event you should look at her blog for is the family reunion we went to this summer for my grandparents's anniversary.

We also toured DC more than I have in my whole life this summer. I remember going once to tour it when I was at a youth conference, and a handful of other times we probably went to see random monuments of memorials, but I never really appreciated it. I thought that youth conference was incredibly boring, mostly because, if I recall, they had people dress up and pretend to talk like historical figures or something. All. Day. Long. And don't get me wrong I looove those awesome stories about George Washington and the other amazing and brave men that helped to build our nation, but it was hot, and we were so closely monitored that we didn't get to go explore the city on our own, and I don't think we saw many cool monuments except from a distance. So my touring of DC started with a date where we did picture tag in the FDR memorial I believe. It was really fun, and that is a beautiful memorial. It's kind of like a huge rock garden, with fountains and statues... It's very pretty.

The next weekend, I was invited to go to a baseball game by another guy in the singles ward because his brother was in town so he wanted to get some other people to come too. I got my sister and four of the pest controls boys on board(Jordan, Joshua, Troy, and Taylor), and we got on the metro. When we were about halfway to the stadium, Jeff (the guy who invited us) called and said all the cheap tickets were sold out, so we decided to just tour DC. This was a challenge, because even though we had lived there our whole lives, we didn't really know much about the city. However, I thought we winged it rather well. We saw almost all of the memorials, took a ton of pictures, and by the end of the night the boys seemed to be enjoying themselves too. Especially when we finally found a McDonalds for us to eat at. All night they had been complaining that they wanted food, but no one was willing to ask for directions, so finally I did, and there were two options: walk about two minutes to a small snack place, or walk about a half hour to 7th street, where there were tons of restaurants. The boys wanted to go to 7th street, so we walked there. by the time we got there, however, nothing was really open except bars and McDonalds. Heather, Taylor, and I were under 21, so those were out of the question, so into McDonalds we went. When we went inside, the door was opened for us by a police officer with a club. He was id-ing a lot of people, but he just let us in. There were tons of black people outside screaming at him and each other. One girl kept saying "Why you rattin' out ma friends??" We didn't really know what was going on, so we just ordered our food, ate, and left. While we were exiting, the chatter had escalated to a roar. Everyone was yelling at the police officer, each other, themselves. It actually didn't seem to matter who was listening. We literally saw a group of girls clearly walking together, all shouting as loud as they could about the situation, and no one was listening to each other. They all faced forward and yelled pretty much at the air as they walked with as much attitude as possible. Taylor got up the nerve to ask the police officer why they were checking IDs, and was instantly put in his place: "Did I check your ID?" "No..." "Well then just walk away, just walk away, don't ask me any questions! There are gang members all over this town!" He apologized as we all walked hastily away. What surprised me most was how okay the boys seemed with the situation. They did not seem to think there was any danger, and they were perfectly content to chill outside with the angry mob until they saw how uncomfortable Heather and I were with what was going on. I was very glad to have four such manly men in our company, though :)

Speaking of pesticide boys, they made our summer so fun! The ones that usually came over were Jordan Lontine, Joshua Robinson, and Troy Campbell. We met Jordan through a double date we went on with him and Eric Stephens from our stake. I already talked about that date in a previous post, so feel free to look back. That Sunday Jordan texted me and asked if I wanted to hang out after church, and I invited him to dinner. After that, he started bringing over Troy and Joshua to dinner as well, and that tradition went through the summer until they left. Later on, TJ Albertson started to come over as well, after he moved in with the original three, and we also had Cole and Taylor over one Sunday after Josh and Troy had left. TJ even brought some of his old roommates over one time. And our family just loooves all of them :) They would come over and eat and talk to us and play with the kids and hang out for forever. Usually they would come over atlike 5:30/6, and stay till anywhere from 8-11, depending on the week. It was so cute because they were such good friends with our whole family. They will listen to the younger girls (Nicole and Julie) talk about their social lives and their boy issues, and give them advice. They let the boys and Sarah climb all over them and get shoulder rides. They would even stand around and talk to my dad. For like everrr. Especially Jordan. He will usually take about an hour or so to talk to my dad in the kitchen. They became very comfortable in our house so they would go wherever (except upstairs I guess, they usually stay downstairs or in the basement). The kids would usually take various ones to see their creations or how good they were at the pull up bar or to get shoulder rides, so they were rarely all in the same place, but I loved it because it was so chill. They were all so different, but they truly made our summer so fun simply by being there. Our whole family looked forward to their visits, and they basically became a part of our family. Our summer was so much more fun than it would have been without them. For the first time in my life, Sunday was definitely my favorite day of the week. I'm really excited to see them this school year because Troy and Josh will be in BYU housing, Jordan will be at BYU, and TJ will be at U of U (boo!).

Anyway, this summer has been a lot of fun. I can honestly say it was probably ten times better than I expected it to be. I made lots of new friends and some money, and got to spend time with my favorite people in the world, my family :) I'm so glad I decided to do it!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The 4th of July!

Okay so now I will start this... I probly won't finish, though. The 4th of July was so fun! Heather and I, along with about 12 pesticide boys (one with his wife) and 2 other girls we had never met before, went to DC to see the fireworks at the National Mall. Believe it or not, having lived very close to DC every single year of my life on the 4th of July (excluding maybe one year when I was at a family reunion in Utah), I have never ever gone to DC to see the fireworks. We always went to the Laurel or maybe the Columbia or Baltimore ones? I don't even know, I just tagged along to wherever my family decided to go. I was even hesitant about going this year, but when Heather and I were asked by about 4 different groups of people, I decided there must be something to it, so we planned on it.
First of all, there was a breakfast at the home of the bishop of the singles ward. Jordan, Josh, Troy, TJ, Heather, and I squished in Jordans 5 passenger and off we went! There we met a girl named Mary, who knew one of the pest control guys. She was going to DC, and offered to let us park at her house so we wouldn't have to pay for parking at the metro station. So, we left the breakfast (it was wonderful, btw), and went to Shoppers to get some food. Mary and the boys bought a ton of food: huge subs, chips, cherries, grapes, gatorade... it was lovely. Then we went to the metro and I figured out our route to DC. We got a really great spot by the Washington Monument, and ate our food.
Then, about half of our group (Me, Heather, TJ, Joshua, Kyle, and probably one other boy) decided to go see some museums. We only actually went into the Smithsonian Museum of Natural history, and it was very fun. We took lots of pictures :) We then walked all the way back to our original spot, which took about a half hour. When we got back to our spot, everyone else in our group had left. When we called them, we were informed that they had moved to the Capitol building, so we walked about 40 minutes back to there. When we got there, they had just been informed that they would not be able to see the fireworks from where they were sitting, so we all walked back to the National Mall. It was a hecka lotta walking. I was helped along by Troy and Joshua, however, who both gave me piggy back rides. My favorite was when Troy gave Joshua a ride however, and I heard him say "Dude, stop digging your knees into my kidneys! I'm gonna be spittin' blood for the rest of my life!" It was certainly not directed at me, and Troy didn't even know I was within earshot, but I thought it was one of the funniest things everr. I told Heather, and we both thought it was so funny we almost peed our pants all night. When we got back to our spot, we sat and played cards and talked until finally the fireworks started. It was an AMAZING show. They did a spectacular job!
Then, it was time to go home. However, before we could, one of the boys (I can't remember who), decided that he had to pee. Badly. The boys thought it was a fantastic idea to put a blanket around him, and let him pee into old gatorade bottles. They then decided to leave his pee on the ground, which was probably one of the grossest things ever. I felt so bad for the person who had to clean it up, but I certainly wasn't going to do it, so I just let him leave it.
The actual getting home was far easier said than done. If you think about it logistically, most people who went to see the fireworks took the metro at different times throughout the day, and usually ended at one of about three stops. Once the fireworks were over, everyone wanted to go home. At the same time. From the same three stops. Walking through that huge crowd of people during the mass exodus was quite an adventure. Our group was pretty huge, so getting separated and lost was a very real risk, so a bunch of us ended up holding hands in a long line of people. We waited in line for probably 1 1/2 hours? I'm not exactly sure. But it took forever... . We finally all met back at Mary's, only two people got left far behind us (Jordan and Mary's friend whose name is escaping me), but we were happily reunited. Mary and her friend stayed at her house while the rest of us went to ihop, which was pretty fun. Highlights include the straw eatiing contest, for lack of a better description, and Garrett's amazing storytelling skills.
The straw eating contest is where everyone tries to put a whole straw in their mouth, and they can't use their hands. It takes skill. I promise :) Try it. I dare you. It's a fun group activity. Garrett also told us a riveting tale about how he heard the radio turn on by itself in the middle of the night, and woke up all of his roomies holding a bat in his boxers, looking for the intruder who did it.
At long last, we went back to to car, where me, Heather, and Joshua all tried to cuddle comfortably in the back seat. Just when I was about to fall asleep, Jordan got pulled over and we all had to sit up, buckle our seatbelts, and look presentable. Finally, we got home maybe around 3? I honestly can't remember. But I'm pretty sure it was one of the funnest days of the whole summer. I was in amazing company; with Heather, the girls, and some of my favorite boys in the whole world, along with a lot of other boys who I didn't know, but in general I do love men, so the odds were pretty amazing in my opinion.We had a picnic, went to a museum, watched fireworks, laughed, talked, took a tonnn of pictures. Although some parts of the day I was annoyed (like when we walked a bajillion miles across the whole district), I was always having a good time. It was a really fun experience. I'm so glad we decided to do it :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Working, Dating, Birthdaying, BBQing, Peeing in Cups

Heather told me to update this...So I am!!! I always obey her :) Not really. 
Anyway, I think I will update everyone on my life. So I guess most importantly, I started work, finally :). I first had to go back to training. At first I was annoyed because it was so far away, and I knew most of it, but I feel like it was good for me. I feel a lot more comfortable about all the transactions I had to do and I really liked the people I met, so I am glad I got to do it. For those of you who don't know, I am a summer teller at PNC bank.  I think I have said how I love my job. It does a variety of things for me that I think are important:
  • It makes money. Duh. Why do people get jobs?
  • It keeps me occupied throughout the day. Before I had this job I spent all day sleeping, facebooking, reading fml and textsfromlastnight, eating, listening to my dad yell at heather about not having a job, doing household chores, driving siblings places, shopping ( I used to like the Columbia mall... I think I need a full two months to purge), being bored... I was not very productive. 
  • It makes me feel smart. Not to insult mall jobs or food service jobs, which are great, I have had both, but I feel like this job is more... professional? I think that is the word I am looking for. It is a very big responsibility, I think, to work with that much money at a time. I think that is good for me, too, because I think I shy away from responsibility that could end up getting me in trouble. If I lost the money in my drawer, I couldn't blame anyone but myself, and I think that is good for me. This job forces me to be very vigilant in caring for "my" money. 
  • It makes me use a lot of my talents. Not only does it use my math and money- counting abilities, it also uses my socializing abilities. That's my favorite part. I love talking to the customers that are nice and telling them happy birthday when their licenses tell me it's their birthdays. I love earning stars for being nice to them. I even like to listen to them tell me their life stories, or about their grandchildren. And sometimes I even think it's funny when the guys hit on me.
  • I have a lot of fun at work. Example: We just got new bluetooth head sets for the drive thru. So, technically, we don't have to stand at the window for the customers to see us. On Saturday, one of the guy tellers, Daniel, and I, decided to have him stand in the window and mouth the words while I talked into the bluetooth so it looked like he had a really high voice. It was so funny. I also love to eat the lollipops and I think all the smiling I do to be nice is good for me too. It makes me happy. 
I think this all is very ironic because I took a test that said which jobs I would like and which I should avoid, and being a teller was one I should avoid. But I genuinely enjoy it, so whatever, who said tests were right?

It was also my birthday this month! It was such a miserable day, because I got super sick, and felt like crap all day. That night I went to see BYU dancers, and it was fun to see Ian, our old dance teacher. 

Also, my bff Heather Gallagher threw me a surprise birthday lunch... again haha :) I love her so much she is the nicest friend! Me, her, my sister, Maureen, Mihiri, and Sophia all went to a Chinese restaurant in Baltimore and ate and caught up. I have missed my friends it was so fun to see them. I was touched they came to surprise me. Then we went to get frozen yogurt at this awesome place where we made spoons of ourselves. It was so cute!

That night we had a BBQ at our house. At first I was sad since no one my age was coming, but Philip, Tommy, and their friend Michael from BYU came, as well as Pat and Dave Jenkins, my favorite twins, and Heather and Jenna Gallagher. It was so funny to watch the boys play with my new best friends, the little Parish girls, age Olivia and Audrey, ages 3 and 5. Those girls are so sweet :)

In other news, Heather and I went on a double date this weekend, and it was really fun :) Eric Stephens from our institute class and his old mission companion, Jordan, took us to a driving range and to Olive Garden. I sucked at driving golf balls, but I made up for it by being amazing at eating. Haha. The boys were so funny and told us tons of mission stories. We were very entertained. 

I think that everyone reading this should know that I think going on a double date with my sister is the funnest thing ever. If boys ask me on dates by myself, I will go usually, but I will basically always go if it is with Heather. We compliment each other well and have so much fun together. I think we bring out the best in each other. I love her <3. 

We actually ended up having Jordan over for dinner on Sunday night. I think I always forget how crazy my family is until people come over to dinner. He seemed to like it though, and the younger kids loved it, as they always do when they have someone new to be their captive audience. 

Also, this weekend we went back to singles ward. I love that ward. This time 4 guys got my number in the span of like 1 hour. I think I make more friends in 3 hours than I do in a whole month of not going to that ward. It's kind of like BYU on steroids. So much  fun :)

Oh I also got an MRI at NIH. I want to take a moment to talk about how counter- intuitive it is to make girls take pregnancy tests right before MRIs. Pregnancy tests mean you have to pee in a cup. For some reason I like can't do it. I always pee before it, because I forget, and then try so hard and I have nothing to pee. This time was no exception. I tried to make up for it by drinking a bottle of water in the car on the way, and probly two more in the waiting room, and then I still came out with an ashamed look on my face. They promptly handed me a bio-hazard bag to proudly display my inability to pee while I sat in the waiting room drinking more water. Finally, I was able to pee in a cup, and then I went to my MRI. They got me in very early, and I peed RIGHT BEFORE the MRI. But guess who had to pee sooo bad starting 10 minutes in? That would be yours truly. Really terrible timing. I was like dying for the whole procedure. It makes it difficult to not squirm, trust me. 

Okay I did a lot more than this this month, but it's bed time. I hope you enjoyed!