Monday, April 26, 2010

Graduation 2010

The ceremony was fun. I was so glad to be sitting with my cohort - the people I had suffered with for the past 3 years - and it was great to wear the Harry Potter robe and hear the speakers. I was kind of dreading sitting through a long program, but it was fantastic. The student speaker talked about persevering and how the Australian Olympic row team had one member - Lay Down Sally, who gave up at the last quarter of the race by laying down in the canoe. Tragic.

Then, J. Willard Marriott told the story of his father - son of a sheepherder who knew his dad would work for the bank for the rest of his life and his only way out was to get an education. So he worked hard, went and started a restaurant in Washington D.C. and eventually expanded to hotels.

The cool parts about the ceremony included, but were not limited to: Dean Cornia had different groups of people stand - Stand if you met your spouse at BYU, stand if you are an international student, stand if you've served a mission. Standing with all of the returned missionaries felt powerful. After walking across the stage, they had all 600 of us sign a piece of the Marriott center basketball court floor. I signed my name right above the M in Marriott because I wanted my name to be noticed if people were reading names. But it wasn't reachable from a normal angle, so I wrote it upside down from the top. Only a graduate school graduate could have pulled it off.

Finished! Hallelujah, this degree is finished for this girl. How am I going to celebrate? Have another baby in October, that's how!

Monday, April 12, 2010

When it Rains, It POURS

It seems like we have a ton of family pictures lately - here is the next batch.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girls

Happy Birthday, girlie girl (thank you Grandma Jeanne for the AWESOME birthday accessories). We love you so much. You have learned how to give a kiss. You say "mmmmmm" and then you can actually pucker up. You know how to army crawl to get wherever you want to go. You LOVE sitting by the train that Nana got for your brother when he was one. You push all the buttons and turn the pages to the music. You sleep perfectly through the night. I put you to bed at 7 pm, the same time as Johnny boy, and you usually wake up around 8 or 9 am and drink 7 ounces of milk from your bottle and then you go right back to sleep for 3 more hours. Then you're up for oatmeal for lunch and playtime and you take another nap around 2 o'clock and then you wake up by 4 and have another 7 ounces and then another bottle at 7 pm and then bed. You are like clockwork, girl - so dependable and so mellow and cheerful. You giggle when Johnny boy tries to kiss you. You have started to say "uh-oh" when you drop things and "wow" whenever I say it to you. You can wave hello and goodbye. You are so darling. Everywhere we go, people comment on how beautiful you are. Your lips are so dainty. You are our little doll. We love you so much, cute girl. Happy Birthday. Love, Mom.

Dear Evelyn,
You've got your mother's eyes, and lips and looks. You are so cute on your birthday today. I'm so happy to have a little girl. I love you, Evelyn. Love, Dad.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Show some Love

My first attempt at video on my blog. But these dance moves were too amazing not to post for all the world (Mexico) to see. Blue Team ROCKED the HOUSE.

Conference was over Easter weekend. Johnny boy got an Easter basket with lots of plastic eggs and treats. He has been begging to hold the eggs when I make breakfast in the morning. He carries the egg around all day and inevitably drops it and breaks it, sending him into a fit of absolute tears. I couldn't figure out why he was so infatuated with eggs and so upset about breaking them until I was actually thinking about the Land Before Time movie he watches. It's all about the egg snatchers and the baby dinos taking care of the chomper egg.

So, anyways. This Easter Johnny was playing with a freaky bunny that giggles and shakes to music like that tickle me Elmo toy. It totally occupied him for a freaky amount of time.

The other favorite activity of the day was mopping the kitchen floor with Nana. Johnny was an eager albeit ineffective helper.

We're all about keeping it even-steven in this family. So since I've painted my nails once in my entire life, it was only fair to paint Eve's nails at least once. Collette had her cute niece over during conference so we joined the pretty parade.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

one, two, three, four, five people are in my family (Oct 2010)

we are best friends and love each other.

That's our family.