Graduation

Cue the graduation music. 

Here is Reed in the graduation robe and hat I made for Kenny when Kenny walked with us at graduation. I thought it would be fun to take pictures of all of our kids in this outfit when they are babies. It will fit very nicely into their future graduation slide shows. A good picture comparison between them as babies in robes and then as teenagers graduating high school… I’m already getting teary. ;)
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^pondering all he has learned in his schooling ;)

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^smiling at big brother

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BYU

Over 7 years ago, I was getting ready to go to cheerleading practicing, and my dad pulled me aside and said that he needed to talk to me. He told me that my family would be moving to Utah. Since I was a junior in high school and would be pulled away from my senior year, he gave me the choice to stay in Cincinnati or to move with my family. I prayed about it, and I felt like I really needed to go to Utah.

My whole senior year, I was looking for the reason why I had felt that I needed to move to Utah. I thought it was because I needed to help someone. Come to find out, I was really helping myself.

One day during my senior year, I was sitting in Calculus class, and my name came over the intercom. I was told to go down to the office. When I walked through the office doors, my counselor was standing there waiting for me, and she told me that I had received a scholarship to BYU. I was floored. I honestly could not believe what she had said. I nearly dropped dead right there in the office. See, I had really been debating where I wanted to go to college. I was very concerned about money, and I wasn’t considering BYU very seriously (even though I really did want to go there) because it was more expensive than my other options where I had received scholarships. A few months back, I had applied for a BYU scholarship that one Lehi High student would receive. I thought nothing of it, and honestly had kind of forgotten about it. Who knew that the application that I filled out would drastically alter my life?

I can honestly say that I would not have gone to BYU if I hadn’t moved to Utah. I wouldn’t have received that scholarship had I stayed in Cincinnati. I am so grateful for the donors who made it possible for me to go to BYU. I am so thankful that I prayed and felt impressed to move to Utah. BYU has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I met such great, amazing friends who have taught me more than I can even express in words. I met my handsome, loving husband here at BYU. I now have a sweet little baby boy who I love dearly. I have learned so much in my time here at BYU both spiritually and academically.

And here it is. My adventure here at BYU has officially come to an end. Both Ken and I (and baby Kenny) graduated today.

Baby Graduation Cap and Gown

So many good memories and experiences here at BYU. Was it hard at times? Yes, but it was beyond worth it. I will forever be in debt to those donors who made it possible for me to come to BYU.

Stages of Life

 

Well, we have a definite roller now. We have been trying for a while to get him to roll again, and he finally did it tonight. Ken and I were just talking and then all of a sudden Kenny rolled unto his back like it was no big deal. I just saw it out of the corner of my eye, so I really wanted to see him do it again. I put him back on his stomach and immediately he rolled over again. I kept on trying to get a video/picture of it, but he was too fast. As you can see in the above pictures, I got the beginning and the end, but I can’t seem to get the middle part aka the most important part of him actually rolling over.

Each time Kenny reaches a new stage, I get a bit nostalgic. I know that it’s completely ridiculous and silly, but seeing him roll over tonight really made me realize that each moment is precious. You can try to catch it on camera, but usually it doesn’t turn out as good anyway (especially having me as the photographer). I have officially made a “treasured moments” folder in my brain to store all of my favorite memories and images. Like when I walked out of our apartment this evening and the full moon was just coming up over the mountains. It was so beautiful, and I thought about running in and grabbing my camera,  but I knew it wouldn’t turn out as well as how I saw it at that moment. Life is such a blessing, and it’s good to just take a second and drink it in every day. My baby is growing and reaching new stages, but that’s okay. Each new stage is its own new little adventure, and it’s good to find joy in the journey.

Our little family is coming up on a big new stage quickly (moving across the country), but I’m up for it. Am I a bit nostalgic and sad? You bet. I have loved the time I’ve had here in Utah, and I love all of the people I’ve met. It’s crazy to think about how I’ve lived in Utah for nearly six years now, and tomorrow Ken and I will officially graduate from BYU. To say the least, it’s a bit surreal. And sad. And scary. And emotional. My friend Stacy does a really good job of recapping some fun stories we’ve had together. I wish I could remember those stories as well as she can, but I guess I’ve tried to block out some of the ridiculousness. :)

Got to say, I love life, and I love the possibilities that life has in store for us. Each new stage may be hard, but it’s all part of growing and learning.

 

 

35 Weeks

35 Weeks

Here’s 35 weeks!

It has become pretty uncomfortable trying to walk to/from school. As a result, people give me what I call “the smile”. The smile is people’s way of saying, “wow, you look ridiculous waddling around and trying to walk up those stairs, but keep up the good work.” Or at least that’s how I interpret it. People have been smiling at me way more than usual at BYU (which is saying something because people smile a lot at BYU already).

Speaking of, I am now an official BYU alumna!!! I took my last final two hours ago. To be honest, I’m kinda sad. I’m going to miss BYU and the opportunity to formally learn. I really enjoyed being a college student. Thankfully, I am able to work at my job during the Christmas break still (3 weeks people! And since I finished my finals early, it’s more like 4!). I’ll be working until January 4 (but we’ll see if that actually happens since I am due January 13).

It’s really weird that two big pieces of my life are coming to a close. I have been going to school since I was 3 (JoySchool! woohoo!), and I got my first job(s) when I was 12 (referring soccer and teaching dance/gymnastics). I know I am going to miss work, too.

Oh well! Something better is coming along! :)

27 Weeks

Here I am at 27 weeks. (Do you like my slippers?)

Things that have been happening recently:

  1. Little Kenny has started hiccuping. So cute! It makes it hard to stay focused in class.
  2. Free KSL is the best thing ever! I got some awesome baby stuff for free yesterday that I am so excited about.
  3. Kenny loves to stick his head out over on my right side. I still find it so weird to watch my stomach move when I have no control over it.
  4. Kenny loves to do jumping jacks (at least it feels like it) every night at 10:30. He is pretty consistent about it.
  5. I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions for a little over a month now. It took me a while to figure out what the awful pain was, but eventually I realized what it was after reading the symptoms online. Apparently they are worse the more dehydrated you are, so next time you see me, order me to drink a whole bottle of water (as long as there is a bathroom nearby).
  6. It has officially become hard to bend over to get things. Whenever I try, it is usually accompanied with a grunt . . . or the sound of ripping pants. (Yeah, that happened the other day. Super embarrassing.)
  7. We are officially halfway through the semester! Man, it’s so easy to keep track of how many weeks of school are left when I constantly count the weeks of my pregnancy. The end of the semester definitely won’t sneak up on me. :)
  8. Ken went to Dallas for an on-site interview a couple of weeks ago. When he got back, he brought these home to me-

I married a great man, but we all knew that already. :)

Also, the biggest news for last . . . Ken got offered a job (with the company he had an on-site interview with), so we will be moving to SOUTH CAROLINA next year! We are so excited and feel really good about our decision to accept the offer in South Carolina, but we will miss all y’all living in Utah. (I’m already practicing my southern accent.) Kind of crazy. Between graduating college, having a baby, moving to South Carolina, and starting a real job, we’ve got big changes within the next year or so. :)

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.