Well, as we all agree, graduation ceremonies are pretty boring. As exciting as it was to be a college grad, I still fell asleep. BUT graduating with Mitch was way fun--I'm so glad I got to walk with him. And Nathan and Adrienne made graduation so much more bearable as well. The best part was all the yummy food we got to eat with family each night.
Sorry mom--I didn't realize I posted the picture of you with your eyes closed. You still look great!
Anyway, its official--Mitch and I are now college grads. wohoo--bring on the real world. Not really though, since we still have more schooling ahead of us. . .
I didn't plan it this way, but it turned out that my last day of class of my BYU undergrad career consisted of one class: Eternal Marriage and Family from Professor Brooks. I loved this class, but I wouldn't say that it was my most life-changing class or my most favorite class. But I am so glad I ended up with this one as my last, because I got to end my undergrad education with an honest man bearing his sincere testimony about the truthfulness of the Gospel and how important we are individually in the eyes of God.
Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking picking a challenging major like Economics without ever planning on performing heteroskedasticity test in my life again, but this testimony reminded me that whatever it was I learned, the knowledge I gained is shaping me to become the best person I possibly can. And I don't plan to end my education here. Thanks for a fabulous undergrad experience.
1. Mother--we had a mother/daughter/cousin date that included shopping, a delicious pot-luck dinner, and then Little Women, the Opera. Okay, I did not care for the Opera at all, its the new contemporary opera that is very tonal and Laurie was just flat out unattractive that it was hard to watch. Good thing I love the story so much that I could bare to sit through it. All of us had fun laughing about it afterwards. We missed you Natalie and Brooke, but we will do it again soon! I love my mother and sisters so much. I've been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law and sister-in-laws as well that I could die of happiness with how much I love the women in my life (okay the men are great too). 2. Madeline--I consider her more of a sister than a friend. We have been through it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly together. And now it is her turn to get married! We threw a beautiful shower for her thanks to Ali and Kelsey's fabulous decorating skills and my awesome panini-making skills. 3. Mitch--I feel like everyone that has a husband and has a blog that I follow have been blogging tributes to their husbands lately. I feel Mitch and I are well past the newly married stage of life that some of them are still in, but still, Mitch--you deserve your own post everyday for how wonderful you are. And as a tribute to him, I had to post this darling apple pie he baked all by himself from scratch. (this was just before the BYU game where we lost in the sweet 16.)
4. Cathedral of the Madeline--my sister Megan played in a small orchestra for a children's choir concert at this cathedral in Salt Lake on a Sunday evening. It was such a beautiful concert I loved it so much. And the cathedral was really amazing too, I wish I had taken the time to get some good pictures in. I spent so much time in Europe looking at amazing cathedrals, I feel blessed that close to my own home we still have some beautiful cathedrals.
5. Okay, no M for this one, but I'm so sad to announce that my floral design class is over. This was our last lab--glass cube center pieces. I love flowers. 6. Moab with the McClellans--We went to Moab with Mitch's family this weekend for General Conference. It consisted of mostly playing but we did listen to conference as well. We got to go jeeping on Friday and hike a few arches on Saturday morning. I can't wait for the next family trip! 7. Mary, as in William & Mary (sorry no picture for this one)-- Mitch and I hit a deadline for accepting a scholarship to the U for law school which meant that all other acceptances needed to be withdrawn if we accepted the scholarship (since we haven't heard from BYU yet we still have the option of going there if we get accepted). We did a lot of praying, temple attendance, debating, crying, talking to other people, etc., and finally found that we would rather go to the U than William and Mary. It was so hard but we found that for us personally, it came down to family, no debt, and my ability to get more schooling by staying in Utah, whether it be at the U or BYU. So we are here to stay for a little while longer.