Friday, October 14, 2011

Camping, Car and CT

I Love to go camping! There is something about working together to put up a tent, all the noises you hear as you fall asleep, the feeling of cuddling in your flannel sleeping bag, needing to use a flashlight, eating breakfast cooked on a campstove, hearing the zipper sound as you open the door, the list goes on and on. Chicago is not famous for its hot camping spots and it kept getting later in the year, so I convinced Blair and Nathan to camp with me even if it was in the backyard. They were good sports and I was soooooo happy!!!!
One of the perks of working for Colgate is a company car. Every once in a while Blair gets a new one and it arrived yesterday. It's a Ford Fusion. Fun for him! He also is starting a new position, still in the same office. Once again, it is clear that the timing and the job are evidence that Heavenly Father is watching out for him.
Sorry I don't have a picture to go with this portion of the post. Lauren started with a cold which turned to a sinus infection. The first antibiotic didn't work, so the doc ordered a CT scan which led to another antibiotic but her nose continues to swell and her head continues to hurt. So she is off to her 4th doctor visit without me. She never seems to have it easy, does she? She is loving the life of a college student though!

Monday, October 3, 2011

BYU Update

So you haven't heard from me in a while mainly because I am 1400 miles away from the rest of my family. I can't believe I've actually been out here just over a month already!!! But here's a quick update on all that is happening here in Provo, Utah at the amazing Brigham Young University!!

First off, I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!! Everyone is so incredibly kind and friendly; the Church plays into every single subject (my writing homework this weekend is to analyze the rhetorical strategies of the conference speakers); people openly talk about testimonies, missions, and getting ready for church lessons; we have a Family Home Evening group; I can attend the temple every single week; and so on.
So here are just a few of the activities I've been up to since being away from home.

Football. Yes I am learning to enjoy the games. Of course the only one I've been to so far is the University of Utah game in which our Cougars pretty much got run over, but it was still fun :)

My amazing friend Alyssa - we were EFY roomies last year and got our football tickets together.
Below is the view of the halftime show from my aunt and uncle's box seats. We were actually sitting on the very far left edge of the bleachers in the background.

I have been to a choir concert (incredible!), a Jimmer All-Stars Event (got lots of pictures for Megan), and to Target (a big exciting adventure for us college students who have our own little world here on campus). I went to Rascal Flatts with my aunt Carly - so much fun!!!! I have been to several devotionals, attended the General Relief Society Meeting with my aunts, go to Ward Prayer each week, and look forward to Family Home Evening as the highlight of my Monday. Seriously, it's the only reason I get through my Mondays. I have heard 2 apostles speak at BYU - Elder Oaks at a CES Fireside and Elder Andersen for a devotional. I have the incredible opportunity to attend the temple each week, recently every Tuesday at 5:45am though that will be changing to Thursday morning.

Rascal Flatts is amazing! What more can I say? This was them performing "I Won't Let Go," one of my favorites!! :)
And this is my FHE group - they are AWESOME!!! I love these guys :) We went bowling and I actually got a strike for once in my life!!! The rest of the game was pretty awful but I started out with a strike!! I was pretty excited :) Anyways, this is me, Annie, Logan, James, Alec, Angela, Newel, Andy, Austin, and Kyle in front.

So yeah. That's pretty much my exciting life. I have mountains of homework to do and it's a hard realization to see that everyone here is just as smart as I am so I have to now work three times as hard to get the grades I had in high school. My last test was a bit of a wake-up call...haha

By the way, General Conference was amazing!!!! Even though I was away from my family for the first time ever and missed going through 72 hour kit snacks (though I did not miss eating the MRE's or made ready to eat meals that we've had for six years now), it was an awesome weekend of listening to the prophet and apostles and other general authorities speak. I LOVE this Church and I love being here at BYU!!! Go Cougars!!!

And remember to smile :)

By the way here's the link to my blog: I'm hoping to keep it updated more often and that's where my BYU updates will be from now on. Enjoy!!