April 30, 2010

Table Runner

So, remember that table runner book my mom gave my for my birthday?  Well, while my parents were here for my graduation, we went to the fabric store and they bought me everything I needed to make my first one.  I started it (with mom's help) a week ago and finished it last night!  I think it turned out so cute!  I have to just show it off for a minute...
I love having a sewing machine!  I have plans to make so much this summer and I'm super excited!

April 27, 2010

Visit from the Brayleys

I'm sure you all are sick of reading about my graduation excitement, so I'm going to just skip talking about all that and just write about the lovely week I had hanging out with my parents.

So they got here on Wednesday.  The forecast was for rain, but when they got off the plane in Salt Lake City, the skies were blue, there were just a few fluffy white clouds, and there was a bit of a breeze.  All in all, a beautiful day.  We went into Temple Square and got lunch at a sandwich place.  Pretty good, but the cookies were stale...  When we came back out to go to the Conference Center, the sky was cloudy and grey, and the sidewalk was wet.  So we took a peek inside the Tabernacle and headed off to the Conference Center.  Once inside, it started to pour.  Good timing, folks.  Anyway, we toured around the building and couldn't go on the roof because of the rain, so we went over to the Church History Museum.  It had some pretty neat exhibits, including Joseph and Hyrum Smith's death masks.  We went back to Provo and my parents took us to Fortune for dinner and then Wal-Mart to buy Aaron a lantern for his birthday.  Now we're all set to go camping this summer!

Thursday was beautiful.  We had a late start, but we made cookies for my cousin in the MTC and went up to campus so my dad could see some people he knows and so I could show my mom my office.  We got some Jamba Juice too, and headed back home.  Graduation took most of the afternoon, especially with all the pictures we took before and after.  We came home to crock pot orange chicken. Yum.

On Friday, my College Convocation took up the whole morning, but by the time it finished, the morning rain was done.  In the afternoon, we went to the fabric store to buy supplies for my new table runner (more on that when it's actually finished) and to another store to pick out a diploma frame.  We watched Star Wars: Episode VI that night.

On Saturday I started on the table runner with Mom's help.  After working on that for most of the morning, we picked up some Subway and went to Bridal Veil Falls for a picnic lunch.  We walked to the falls and then headed back.  We went to Costco, where my parents decided to buy Avatar.  So after a dinner of taco salad that night, we watched it.  I was really impressed.  Amazing graphics, really.  But "unobtainium?"  They couldn't come up with a better name?  Oh well.

On Sunday we went to another ward's Sacrament Meeting, where we didn't pay much attention since they were changing  both councilors in the bishopric so all the talks were about the new and old councilors...  And then we ate some lunch and dropped my parents off for their flight which apparently had to land to refuel in Richmond.  Mom's facebook status this morning: "Non-stop flight to from SLC to BWI should have been 4 hours, but a little thunderstorm, and a diversion to Richmond to refuel, made it more like 9. Home at 2:45 a.m.!"  Poor parents...

So it was a great visit.  I hadn't seen them since Thanksgiving, so it was really nice to have that time together.  It was especially nice because we had a lot of time to just hang out and do whatever we wanted-- which made for a very relaxed visit.  It was fun.  I'm sure they're glad to be home, sleeping in a real bed in a real bedroom (instead of an air mattress in our living room) but I think they had a good time with us too.

(I couldn't resist... more pictures on facebook if you're interested)

April 21, 2010

Yay for Family!

Well, Aaron and I are both done with finals!  It's such a good feeling to be done but at the same time it doesn't really feel real yet since I'm still working at my on-campus job for several more months.

And my parents are getting here tomorrow for my graduation!  I haven't seen them since Thanksgiving, so it'll be great to hang out with them for a few days.

My oldest brother, Doug, called me yesterday and they're definitely going to come visit us this summer!  They have a gap between Doug's current job ending and his next job starting, so they're taking a trip to Canada to visit the grandparents, coming down to stay with us for a bit, and then visiting Cassie's family in Arizona in August.  My nephew, Archer, is so cute and I'm excited to see him again, especially since I've only seen him once since he was born last summer.

Aaron's younger brother is going to be coming out to BYU in the fall, so Aaron's parents are coming to Provo to bring him out to school.  So we'll get to see them this summer too!  And we're probably going to drive out to Las Vegas with them and meet up with Aaron's brother (and family) from Arizona before Fall Semester starts.

I knew a while ago that all of this was going to happen, but I'm just realizing that I'm going to see 3 of my 5 (immediate) family members and 4 of Aaron's 6 (immediate) family members without going too far from home!  It's going to be a great year!

[Un]fortunately Aaron's taking 6 credits during Spring term this year.  While that's great because it means he'll have a lighter load during his last two semesters, it also means that I'm going to have to let him work on homework in the evenings, so I'll have to distract myself by doing other things.  Luckily I have my handy summer reading list to work on, and I'm also hoping to do some more sewing and scrapbooking.

Also, Aaron's birthday was this weekend and we had a great time celebrating!  We had some people over (the same people that came over for the murder mystery party for my birthday) and made homemade pizza and played games.  I even made Angel Food cake for the first time, and I think it turned out great!  So happy birthday honey!

April 12, 2010

All kinds of excitement!

Well, I just turned in my last research papers of my college career!  All I have left is a written ballet final at 4:00 this afternoon, and a 3 page essay take-home final due on Friday by 5:00pm.  I did my gymnastics final this morning, turned in my 12 pager on symbolism in LOTR and did a presentation on it, and turned in my 10 pager on Hitchcock and Poe.  What a day.  And you know, it's really too bad I don't know French, because learning these French ballet terms would have been a lot easier if I did.

So Aaron's birthday is on Sunday.  I'm struggling a bit to think of something to get him...  Unfortunately, this boy has expensive tastes!  The only things he can think of that he wants are a desktop computer, a new digital camera, ratchets, and an angel food cake.  Well, I already bought the ratchets, and the angel food cake pan is all ready to go, but I just don't know.  And my parents asked me for suggestions of something to get him, but I can't tell them anything because, well, I'm basically out of ideas!  I know he's satisfied with just getting the ratchets from me because he's easy to please when it comes to gifts, but I feel a little lame just getting him some tools.  No, it's not that I feel lame getting him tools, I just really want to make him happy.

So I have to get my countdown on here because everything is getting so close!
  • End of classes: 1 1/2 hours
  • Aaron's birthday: 6 days
  • Mom and Dad get here: 9 days
  • Graduation: 10 days
  • 1 Year Anniversary: 34 days
 On another note, Aaron has been working at the BYU Telefund for...ever... and he got a new job doing IT stuff that he's going to start either later this week or on Monday!  I'm so excited for him! He'll be graduating next April, so it'll be good that he has a whole year of relevant work experience before he starts a real, big-boy job.  Yay!

I'm so excited to see my parents next week!  I feel like I haven't seen them in forever, even though it's only been since Thanksgiving.  Though, to be fair, I think this is about the longest I've gone without seeing them.  Crazy.  They're staying with us in our one-bedroom apartment, so it's going to be a little tight, but I'm okay with that because I'm so excited!  I just hope the weather is good while they're here!

April 5, 2010

Summer Reading?

Ok so Aaron and I were talking the other night about the summer.  He's decided that he's probably going to take some classes over the Spring/Summer terms, which has made me decide that I need some awesome things to occupy my evenings when he has to be working on homework.  I've been gradually acquiring scrapbooking supplies, and I have tons of sewing projects in mind that I'd love to work on.  But I also want to do a lot of reading.  I read a lot for school, but with the exception of Lord of the Rings this semester, my school reading has never been really FUN reading.  So I'm going to start a book list of things I want to read this summer.  I'm open to any and all suggestions, so please let me know if you've found something great!
  • Harry Potter (I've read them all but I want to reread a bunch before the movie comes out)
  • Twilight (I've heard good and bad about it- I just need to know what I'm missing)
  • Les Miserables (Love the musical, never had the time to get very far into the book)
  • Wicked (All three in the series-- read them before, but I want to reread)
  • A Walk to Remember (Great movie)
  • The Notebook (Great movie)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • Wheel of Time series (Recommended by Adam)
  • Fablehaven series (Recommended by Adam)
  •  As A Driven Leaf
  • The Hunger Games
  • Deception Point
  • Book of a Thousand Days (Recommended by Johanna)
That's my list so far!  Leave me a comment if you have any other suggestions!