Zion Part II

Random funny:

Last night I realized that it was my 8/12 Birthday. I told Ken, and he said, “Well, you could have just reduced the fraction and said it was your 3/4 Birthday. Apparently the business school doesn’t teach you how to reduce fractions.”

3/4, huh? Well apparently the engineering college doesn’t teach Ken how to reduce fractions correctly. Another point for why business is better than engineering. :)

Anyway, on to the point of this post which is to prove to Stacy LeCheminant, and anyone else that was questioning if I went to Zion or not because I didn’t post any pictures of myself, that I actually did go to Zion. I was just trying to get out of posting a picture of a sweaty, non-showered, pregnant lady. So view at your own discretion.

Yes, I shimmied down that ledge pictured behind me while gripping the chain as hard as I could. I was pretty excited that I made it considering that there was a huge drop-off. Ken had to persuade me to let go and take a picture. I was basically leaning on the wall as far away from the cliff as possible, but Ken talked me into getting this close to the edge.


Last First Day of School

Well, today was my last first day of school. Kind of sad. I really do enjoy learning, and I know that I am going to miss it a lot when it is over.

In this picture, my hair was doing funky things. It kind of looks like I have short hair, which just confirms my belief that I look better with long hair. That’s actually something I am debating right now. I’m not sure if I want to get a “mom haircut” or not in 5 months. It would be so much easier to take care of, plus little Kenny wouldn’t be able to grab onto it as much. (My adorable niece Marli reminded me this past week how bad it hurts if a baby pulls on your hair.) But then again, I seem to always cut my hair short on impulse, and I can see myself randomly getting brave and just doing it . . . even if I don’t actually want short hair. One time my car broke down by a “hair salon”, and so I spontaneously decided to chop my hair. Man, I will never live that haircut down. Such bad bangs! Why did the lady cutting my hair let that happen?

Anyway, enough of the tangent. My last semester ever! Sigh. I love BYU. Seriously, BYU has been one of the best decisions of my life. I would never trade anything for all of the memories I’ve had here. I guess it’s time for ole’ reminiscing photographs from freshman year.


Here’s when we got creative and skipped the hour-long line to get a picture with the Mormon celebrity, Kirby Heyborne. Such quality.

Oh, and here’s the day that Stacy was nice and made an english muffin for me with jam on it for breakfast because I was running late, but then sabotaged me by putting it on my chair.


Here’s when we were Cindy Lou Who for a Halloween party. We got second place. Oh yeah. (Those sequin tops scratched our arms up trying to get them on and off. It hurt so bad. They may or may not have been for little girls and were too tight.)

So anyway, enough pictures. As you can see, it’s day one of fall semester, and I’m already trying to get out of doing my homework. Off to a good start, self.



Zion National Park

So last week we went down to Zion National Park. I would be lying if I said I was excited for it. I was a bit nervous because we decided we were going to camp. It’s a bit tricky to sleep on hard sand when you are 5 months pregnant. Also, since Utah has had so many wildfires this year, you couldn’t have fires . . . even to cook on. So it was a bit interesting eating trail-mix, granola bars, crackers, and apples for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was also worried about keeping up with Kenneth since going up hills makes me waddle.

Got to say, it as actually really fun! I really enjoyed it.

We went on a lot of fun hikes, and I really enjoyed spending 24/7 with Ken (I don’t want to ask him if he did, though). We played a lot of games, one of which was Egyptian Rat Screw. Have you played that before? It’s a card game, and the point of the game is to get as many cards as you can. Well, don’t ever play that game with Ken. He is so good at this game. I have been trying to beat him for quite some time, and I actually got really close! Ken only had 5 cards. I was about to win, and then Ken cheated!!! Rude, huh?

Anyway, when we were on the hikes, Kenneth took every opportunity he could to hang from something or climb on big rocks.

Also, did you know that Kenneth really enjoys steamed carrots? Well apparently he really wanted them down in Zion because he put the carrots in the car, and it got so hot in the car that the carrots were soft. Also, the squirrels got into them as well.

The squirrels down there are crazy! They are so fat, and they aren’t scared of people. When we would eat, they would come out and try to get as close as they could to steal food from us. Ken was trying to get one away from us one time, so he lightly threw a rock and hit it on the back. Well, the squirrel ran away, but then it came back, so I tried to hit a tree with a rock to make a loud noise and scare it away. I threw it hard, and since my aim is so good, I hit it in the face! I felt so incredibly bad! Poor little guy. He didn’t come back, though.

So overall, good vacation! It was nice to wake up and see this-

Little Kenny

Well, it’s confirmed. We will be having a baby BOY in January. :) We couldn’t be happier.

When we went to the ultrasound, the technician couldn’t get a profile shot of the baby, so she started poking him to try to get him to move. He didn’t like that (and didn’t move anyway), so he threw his fists out as hard as he could. We saw it on the ultrasound (and I definitely felt it as well).

She said that everything looks normal, and he is developing well. She said that his head/body ratio is a little disproportional, though. Guess those Manning genes have stuck around. His head is pretty big for how small he is. He is about 11 ounces right now.

It was so fun to see him for the first time today! Got to say, I think he already has quite the personality, and I love him. :)

19 Weeks & Counting

Guess what? Only two more days until we find out the gender! Go ahead and cast your votes on whether you think it is a boy or a girl. The winners will receive a free “get out of changing a diaper” coupon. :)

So here I am at 19 weeks. At church today someone asked me if the gold belt was to show off my baby bump, to which I replied, “yes”. I feel like wearing a belt above your belly is the universal sign for “I am pregnant. Give me your soft seat”, and so I will take advantage of that.

Side story: We drove down to Zion National Park this past week, and on the way down we stopped to get gas and conveniently the gas station had a Dairy Queen. (Woohoo!) I ran inside to get a Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard . . . and realized that it was 9:30 a.m. and they weren’t open. (What? People don’t usually want ice cream for breakfast?) I saw workers inside though, so I touched and rubbed my stomach (another universal pregnancy sign) and asked if they were open. They said no, but I could come get some ice cream! They were so nice, and it made my day.

Anyway, my sister and brother-in-law stayed with us last weekend and then this weekend. They said that I grew a lot in the one week that they did not see me. Ken also has admitted that I have now passed him up. He pretends that he can stick out his belly really far . . . pretty sure I passed him up before I was even pregnant, though.

Also, Ken felt the baby kick for the first time this past week. After countless times of bugging him to feel my stomach because the baby was moving a lot, Ken was finally able to feel the baby.

Some things that have contributed to me “showing” because I have been craving them lately:

  • Nachos and cheese!
  • Popcorn

So anyway, we are really excited for the ultrasound on Tuesday! Remember to take a guess.

Ken’s Internship

Warning: Ken is writing this post so it probably won’t be nearly as witty and entertaining as one of Rachel’s posts…

Rachel’s been bugging me since my internship started to write a post about it. She very politely just told me, “you could write a blog post about your internship, since it ended yesterday,” (hint hint).

Anyway, for the past twelve weeks I’ve been working at IM Flash Technologies in Lehi, UT. IM Flash is a joint venture of Intel and Micron and has been around since 2006. They manufacture NAND flash memory on silicon wafers, which end up in things like iPhones, iPads, iPods, (insert future apple product name here), and so forth. If you can’t tell, Apple is one of the biggest customers of our products.

Overall, the internship has been a great experience. I never thought I would work for a semiconductor manufacturing company, but I’m glad I’ve had this short glimpse into this industry. There are a lot of different departments at IM Flash, called “areas,” and I worked with the wet process area. The link below is to a Wikipedia article about etching processes, in case you have a hankering to be nerded out by chemistry stuff.


Some of my favorite parts about working there have been

  • The people. Everyone that works there is really helpful and they were all very patient with my constant questions.
  • The culture. IM Flash has a great set of values (Integrity, Commitment, Execution, Teamwork) that aren’t just words posted on a wall in conference rooms. Everyone that works there strives for excellence by living those values.
  • My carpool. I rode with some other BYU Chem Eng students and it was a lot of fun to get to know them better and have some good times talking about the most random things to/from work.
  • Free stuff. They treated us like kings. We went to Lagoon, out for dinner/lunch, and were given gifts. Living the life as a college student trying to bum as many free meals as possible.
  • The cleanroom. I got to work inside of the cleanroom for a few weeks and got to wear these bad boys everyday.

Above is a picture of Conan O’Brien when he visited Intel. Here’s a link to the Youtube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMT9Obytq2I. It is very funny.

Not sure if I’ll end up working here full-time after graduation, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to be a part of the worldwide leader in flash memory manufacturing (did I mention that IM Flash won the Semiconductor of the year award this year, and also has the smallest transistor size in the entire world right now? It’s 20 nanometers!).

Shave Ice

I love when my sister and brother-in-law come and visit! Even if it is just for one night so that we can drive them to the airport. :)

It’s fun to play and chat with Tracey and Jacob. Plus, they bring this cutie-


This is Marli and Dad just chillin’ on the couch. She has just started to crawl, and it is adorable! I was making dinner in the kitchen, and she crawled all the way to the kitchen to wave and giggle at me. What a sweetheart!

So while Jacob and Tracey were here, we knew we had to take them to Hokulia shave ice. Best snow cones ever! So while we were there, we gave a little to Marli, too.


Her face goes quickly from the picture on the left to the picture on the right. The cold from the snow cone scares her at first because it is so cold. Once it warms up, she is happy again. It was so fun to watch her cute little face get so sad and then so happy. haha


Marli and me are best friends. Just ask her. If she doesn’t say anything, that means she agrees. :)