Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Monday: Just school and work.  For FHE, we filmed a video for our ward Oscar's night on Friday.  It was a lot of fun.  It took a while but we had a blast filming it.

Tuesday: Happy Birthday to me! I had a fantastic birthday :) It was full of happy birthday wishes and lots of love :)  The best happy birthday message I got was from Hunter it said: "Happy birthday! You are no longer a teen.  You're now half way to a mid-life crisis." Thanks Hunter.  How uplifting ;) I had class until 8:00 (boo!!) but after, Ben took me to Costa Vida for dinner and it was quite delicious.  After dinner, we went to his house and I opened my presents.  I got a pretty scarf and jewelry from my parents.  Hannah got me earrings and a necklace and Hunter got me a sweet pair of sunglasses.  And, last but not least, I opened Ben's present (which I didn't think he was getting me because he had just given me a ring last week!).  He got me a Kindle! I absolutely love it.  I can do readings for my classes on it and it is so much easier to do! I read a lot faster on my Kindle than I do on my computer.  After I opened presents, we went and got frozen yogurt, my favorite :)

Wednesday: More gorgeous spring weather! Ben and I ate lunch outside before having to go to work.  After work, we went grocery shopping and did homework outside in the wonderful sunshine.  We went to institute and I was completely exhausted by the end of the night.

Thursday: School and work were fine.  I got to teach in the schools for my dance class again and that was really fun.  After that, I picked up Ben from campus and we went shopping for clothes to take our engagement pictures in.  We were fairly successful! Ben got pants and a shirt and I got two shirts :) All in the right colors and sizes and everything! We were very successful.  And we only spent $16 :) After shopping, Ben and I picked up Anna and we went to Brick Oven with his aunt and cousin who were in town as well as Brooke and Gordy.  It was really fun to meet more of Ben's family :)

Friday: This was such a great day! I got lots of homework finished (I'm actually ahead in one of my classes!!) and I had a wonderful Jamba date with Alex and Sydney.  After that we had a quick advertising meeting.  Then I met up with Anna, Alex and Sydney and we piled into my little car to pick up Brooke to go wedding dress shopping!! We went to Allyse's Bridal and Lauren James.  I had so much fun trying on dresses and all of my lovely girls said I looked beautiful :) After dress shopping, I picked up Ben and we ate dinner and went to our ward Oscar's night.  The movies were great! Our ward is so creative and talented.  Here is my favorite video from the night. And here is the video my group did.

Saturday: Ben and I worked on homework for a few hours then went to the store, had J Dawgs for lunch, then we went up to Sandy to pick up tickets for a Real Salt Lake soccer game (they were free with our Pass of All Passes!) then we went back down to American Fork and looked at DI for a shirt for Ben with no luck. Then I started feeling really sick.  But, we kept on shopping.  We looked at Ross with no luck for a shirt, but Ben got a pair of new shoes.  I was feeling a little bit better so we went to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and got free wings :) After dinner we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and registered.  It took a reallly long time but it was really fun.  We came home and were completely exhausted.  But it was such a great day :)

Sunday: Church was amazing as always. The lessons and testimonies today were especially good :) After church, I finished making a birthday dinner for me and Brooke while Ben went home teaching.  Brooke, Gordy and Anna came over for dinner and cake and ice cream.  We ate outside because it was gorgeous! Then we came in and played Dominion.  Gordy and I tied with the most points.  After dinner we had cake and ice cream and us girls talked while Gordy gave Ben a hair cut (yay!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Big Announcement

Monday: The weather was gorgeous! I wore sandals and didn't take a jacket to campus.  It was wonderful! Work and classes were fine.  The only downside was I hurt my thumb pretty bad when I was taking out the garbage.

Tuesday: Devotional was perfect.  It was just what I needed to hear and it fit in perfectly with what I had learned that morning in Marriage Prep.  Since I didn't have my evening class, I went with Ben and two other people from our advertising group to Buffalo Wild Wings again for more research.  It was lots of fun and I dominated at trivia :)

Wednesday: Classes were good.  Since my super late class is over, I picked up 3 more hours at work.  I got to eat lunch with Ben outside in the gorgeous spring weather.  After school, Ben and I had dinner and he dropped me off so I could go to a dance lab and he had to go get some allergy stuff from Wal-mart then we met at Institute.  Bronco Mendenhall spoke for a fireside and it was really good.

Thursday: Classes were good.  Work was fine.  The weather was gorgeous again so Ben and I ate dinner outside then we went to the Temple.  After we got out, we walked around the grounds.  We sat down on a bench and were talking for a bit.  Ben pointed out something that was behind me and when I turned around he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand :) Yes, the big announcement is that we are engaged!!! We are so happy :) We Skyped his family then drove around Provo to visit the various siblings.  We talked to my mom and sister, then my roommates, and finally my dad.  It was such a great day :)

Friday: Just the normal homework and group meetings and Jamba with Sydney, but Ben and I were engaged which made it better than usual :) We went roller skating that night for a date.  I didn't fall or hurt myself so that was a great accomplishment for me.

Saturday: Happy St. Patrick's Day! To start off the day, Ben and I went up to Bridal Veil Falls before it was supposed to start to rain.  We took lots of pictures and just walked around.  After that, we went up to Thanksgiving Point for a bridal fair.  We won a $75 photo pass to the Reception Gardens at Thanksgiving Point to take our engagement pictures there and we won $100 off announcements.  It was a very successful few hours.  After that, we went to Tucanos for an early birthday lunch/dinner.  It was soooo yummy.  We were both ridiculously full afterwards but it was great.  We went home and sat on the couch for a bit before I had to go do laundry.  After that, we went to a birthday party for Ben's friend Jenn.

Sunday: It SNOWED! What happened to Spring earlier this week? We had stake conference and heard lots of wonderful messages.  After church, we picked up Bridger and went to my grandparents' in Highland for a birthday dinner for me.  We told them and my aunts and uncles about our engagement and everyone was happy for us :) I got a princess cake with 20 candles and it was great.  My grandparents' got me a Cosmo Cougar PIllowpet.  Hunter got one for Christmas and I was quite jealous of it so they got me one too :)

It was such a great week :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy, Happy Sunshine!

This last week has had the most GORGEOUS weather! I wish I could spend more time outside instead of in class, at work, and doing homework that has to be done on a computer.

Monday: My IP&T class got canceled so I got to eat lunch with Ben and we were able to sit outside in the sunshine for a while before I had to go to work.  The rest of the day was spent at work and working in my advertising group for our campaign.  After that, there was an advertising review for the midterm so Ben and I didn't get home until almost 8:00.  We made a quick dinner, had FHE and studied for a bit.

Tuesday: Devotional was very powerful and very emotional.  Anna sang with the University Choral and they did very well.  The rest of the day was spent in classes and at work.  Yay for Tuesdays.

Wednesday: School was good.  I didn't have work and it was my last TELL class of the semester! WOOHOO!!! The class was not super terrible, it was just at a terrible time and I was very happy to be done with having class from 6:50pm-9:00 or 9:30 pm.  I took my advertising mid-term and didn't do as well as I wanted but I didn't fail.

Thursday: Another gorgeous day! I only had Marriage Prep and work until 2:00 and then I was done for the day.  I picked Ben up from class and we went to the Temple which was wonderful.  After the Temple we had some roommate bonding and went with McKensey and Ashley to Yogurtland.  It was absolutely delicious.

Friday: I got about half of my homework done (I have a big project due next week) in the morning when  I went to campus with Ben.  I had Jamba with Sydney and it was delightful.  We actually got stuff done in our advertising group this week! After Ben and I ate lunch, we went to play a round of mini-golf at Trafalga because the weather was SO NICE!! We came home and ate a quick dinner and went to wait in line for Divine Comedy.  It was really good this time.  Really funny, lots of glow sticks, it was a great date :)

Saturday: Ben and I went to yard sales in the morning.  It was really fun.  We got Taboo for $1 which was great! When we got home, we worked on taxes and homework before eating lunch.  We went to campus so I could go to an extra credit debate and Ben could work on stuff at the library.  We stayed on campus the rest of the afternoon working on homework.  I saw a few girls from my ward last year including my old visiting teacher.  She is so sweet and I loved seeing her :) Ben and I ate some dinner and went to a movie at the International Cinema for his ASL class.  It was a very interesting documentary called Audism Unveiled.  I learned a lot and  quite enjoyed it.  After the movie we went to get Jamba Juice for free thanks to gift cards and a coupon.  We went and wandered around the mall for a bit before coming home.

Sunday: Another gorgeous day! Church was lovely :) The talks were great and the classes were fantastic. After church Ben and I had dinner and went for a nice, long walk in the beautiful sunshine.  After our walk, I made a treat while Ben indexed.  Then we played some games and finished my Marriage Prep readings.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Test is Over and March is Here!

Monday: I went to work a little early and Ben started his big Poli Sci 328 midterm.  He was really stressing out about it.  I had classes and worked some more.  Ben and I went home to eat dinner then I dropped him back off at the library to work on his test for a few more hours.  I worked on some homework and went to FHE.  When Ben's brain hurt, I went to pick him up and it was snowing HUGE flakes.  Easily the biggest snowflakes I have ever seen.

Tuesday: It was still snowing! We had a campus forum by Dr. Ben Carson.  It was such a great forum.  We have had really good ones this year.  Last year I remember having some boring and not so stellar forums but this year's have been phenomenal.  Classes were good and work was fine.  Ben was still stressing about his test.

Wednesday: I loved my multicultural education class (as usual) and after class I wrote an email to my professor telling him how much I enjoy the class.  After my morning classes, Ben and I came home and ate some lunch.  I made muddie buddies for my visiting teachees and Anna while Ben worked on TA stuff.  Ben went to class again and I talked with Becca :) After Ben's class we came home and ate a yummy dinner that I made from a new recipe.  I went to class and Ben went to institute and life was great.

Thursday: Happy March! That means my birthday is soon :) Ok, not until the end of the month but I really love my birthday and celebrate it at least for a week (but usually a lot longer than that :).  It was my grandpa's birthday as well as Ben's nephew's. AND Ben and I have been dating for 5 months.  Crazy huh? My dance class got out super early, so I went for a run before getting Ben from class.  We went to his apartment and were able to talk to his roommates for a while before heading up to Lehi to go to Buffalo Wild Wings.  In Advertising, we are a pretend agency and Buffalo Wild Wings are our client so we had to go as a group for some research.  The food was really good and we had a lot of fun with our group.  After dinner, we headed up to Salt Lake and went to Temple Square for a little bit before it closed.  Then we went to Mike and Amy's and spent the night there.

Friday: I woke up earlier than I usually do thanks to three, sweet, wonderful, cute little boys :) Ben and I helped Amy with the boys.  She took Bradley to the doctor's while Ben and I played blocks and watched a show with Aaron and Max.  After Amy got back, we took the two older boys to play in the snow.  We brought them in for snack and finished watching the show we had started earlier.  Amy came home with Bradley from another errand they ran and then we all went to the library for the boys to get new books to read.  We came home and ate lunch and everyone took naps (except Amy because she is amazing and a Supermom).  Later that night, we had a birthday party for Max.  Gordy, Brooke and Anna came up and we had pizza and a delicious cake.  After putting the boys down for bed, we all played a game and then everyone headed back down to Provo.  I was exhausted by the time we got home.
 The boys had very chocolatey faces after snack.  

Saturday: Since Friday was our fun day, Saturday was a work day.  Laundry was done.  Homework and a project were completed by 11:30 am.  Then I started a take home mid-term that was poorly worded and confusing but after lunch, I finished it and it only took me 2.5-3 hours total.  That night, Ben and I both felt kind of blah and we didn't really want to do anything, but we decided we should.  So, we went to DI and Big Lots just to look around.  Afterwards we got some pomegranate frozen yogurt that was really good.

Sunday: Church was lovely :) We had a Relief Society lesson on temples that was wonderful.  Ben and I had one of my favorite dinners ever: Chicken Angel Hair Pasta.  It is a crock pot meal so it was nice and ready when we got home from church.  After dinner we watched a CES fireside by Elder Cook that was really good.  Then That Darn Cat came on BYUtv after so we watched that as well :)