Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Joys of FACS

One of the really wonderful things about my major, is that there are absolutely no boys in it. (did you hear that hint of sarcasm?)  Really though. Family and Consumer Science Education, or as some like to call it, Home Ec, is not something that really appeals to the male population. I mean cooking, sewing, and interior design are fun and all, but for some reason men just don't major in them.
Here's the funny thing. It's like we're training to become the perfect wife and mother, but we don't meet any boys in our major classes to marry. Yeah that's what our wards are for, but I've never really had much luck with the boys in my wards.
So in my Food Science class, they hold a special section for the FACS majors, because we don't have organic chemistry background. They basically dumb it down for us. Well, several other students who aren't FACS majors (who happen to be male) were signed up for our section, and every time one walked in our class, our teacher would send them away to the other section. Sigh.
And in my Parenting and Child Guidance class, of the 5 boys in it, 3 of them are married and the other two are in a relationship. Same story goes for the rest of my classes. But - there is cute boy in my Food Science lab group. The lab has students from all the sections, so there are several boys in the class. Gasp!

But whatever. It's not like I'm here at BYU to married or anything. You know, there's that whole education part. That's important too. And I'll just ignore the fact that all my friends/acquaintances are married or engaged. Or going on missions. I get news of a new engagement every time I get on Facebook (that may be an exaggeration.)
But ignore my ranting. It's not all I think about I promise. I think about other going back to Jerusalem, or Ireland. Or anywhere. Did you realize it's been a whole year since I left for Jerusalem? It's hard to believe that time has moved so fast. My guy friends are starting to get home from their missions. My girl friends are leaving for theirs. I never thought this day would come. Or at seemed like it would take longer to get here.
Well, it will be a good semester. And, I get to look forward to visiting my sisters and brother in-law over President's Day weekend! And we don't have school this Monday! woohoo!!

Here are some of my cute roommates and I at Cocoa Bean! Nicolle came to visit :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Year in Review

Happy New Year to one and all!
Didn't this year go by fast? I can't believe it's over already. 

I remember having a roommate talk once and someone asked, "In the past 20 years, which year has been the best?" It didn't take me too long to think about it. 2011 has probably been the best year of my life. I guess there are a lot of reasons. 2010 was good, but some crazy things happened that last semester of school before Jerusalem. My little nephew Jeffrey was born almost 3 months premature. That was stressful! The school work seemed more difficult (my sewing class took over my life)....there seemed to be a lot going on. 

But then I started the new year of 2011 off with a bang! I had a feeling it would be a good year, going to Jerusalem and all. I remember driving to the airport at 5:00 in the morning with what felt like a beehive in my stomach. "What am I about to do?!" I asked myself. "I'm going to live in the Middle East for the next 4 months!" Most of that fear subsided once I got to the airport and started socializing with my soon-to-be best friends. 

Jerusalem made my year. It changed my life in so many ways. Not only was I able to add 3 new countries to my list and see incredible things, but I gained such a strong and sweet testimony of the Savior. I had experiences that are difficult to describe to people who haven't been there. I made 80 new best friends. And I got to see the pyramids. I can never express how grateful I am for Jerusalem.

Though the summer started off rather difficult (not being in Jerusalem and all), it ended up being really wonderful. I developed some really great friendships in my single's branch, and I was able to have some great missionary experiences at the restaurant I worked at. I really did actually enjoy that summer job. 

And of course, this last semester has been one of the best. I absolutely love my roommates. Faith, Jamie, and Ashling went to Jerusalem with me, so of course we loved each other. But Brooke and Nicolle were just as wonderful! We all fit together so well, like the puzzle that we completed before the end of the semester. And I love my ward! Though I was a little apprehensive about the grades I was going to get it actually turned out pretty well! 

All in all, it was such a good year. And to top it all off, Baby Jeffrey is the cutest things in the world and he is doing so well, and we have two new babies on the way! Yayyyy! 

So, here's to 2012. Some say it's the end of the world, but I say let it be the beginning of a great new adventure and a brand new start to life. Take every opportunity you can to learn more, love more, and be the best person you can be. 

Here are some pictures to sum up my year.



Camel ride in Egypt! 
On top of Sinai (My 20th Birthday!)


Petra, Jordan

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

The Joseph Smith Farm, Palmyra, New York

The Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Jamie and I at the Ensign Ranch Branch Campout

Sunrise on Mt. Timpangos, Utah

Success at the Red Rock Relay!

Disney Princess roommates dressed up for Halloween

My adorable nephew Jeffrey over Thanksgiving.
All in all, I'd say I'm a pretty lucky and blessed girl.