Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Farewell to BYU...

I thought I would first just share some insight with each of you readers. To attend Brigham Young University has been my dream since I knew what it was. My parents both attended BYU, and several of my cousins played football for BYU. What can I say? My blood runs blue... cougar blue! What many of you don't know is that I didn't get into BYU at first. I was completely devastated when I received my rejection letter. I attended BYU Idaho my freshman year. It was fun, but still not the goal that I had set. After returning home from my mission I was committed. I actually applied to BYU again while I was on my mission and still did not get in. After my third attempt of applying my hard work, determination and perseverance paid off. I became a full time student at Brigham Young University. I began my journey to fulfilling my life long dream.

There were semesters that I really struggled. Those long nights studying for American Heritage and Accounting in the Library are oddly some of my fondest memories. Staying at the library until 2:00 AM when you hear the music blaring and having them tell you to GET OUT and GO HOME.
There were also those semester where I really thrived. Last semester I got a 3.7 while taking 16 credits and that was the semester that Lily was born. That is certainly something that I never thought possible.

Today, I presented my capstone presentation in the basement of the MOA to our faculty and our client that flew in from Los Angeles. It was a great culmination of everything that I have learned at BYU and gave me an appreciation for the education that I have received. There is an amazing feeling when you are on campus. Today as I made my way across campus and drove home it started to set in... I am done! Am I really done? or is it just the beginning. Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve. May be a cheesy line, but for me it exhilarates me. This is what BYU is all about.

To sum up my thoughts, and not bore you to death I thought I would make a list of some of the things I will miss most:
* Eaves dropping on random couples DTR's in front of the Wilk or Library. These DTR's usually evolved around whether they received a spiritual confirmation to date or not... these are some of my favorite eaves dropping convo's.
* The random singing guys that sing between classes.
* The couples that choose to sit in a very public location, usually on the grass in-between buildings and just stare into each-others eyes... SHOCKING what some people will do.
* I will miss being a BYU student when we beat the U of U at Basketball or Football. Being an Alum and watching it will be fun,but never the same....
* I am obsessed with the vanilla frosting sprinkle donuts that are offered at the bookstore. Nothing is better... the month of December was dedicated to a bi-weekly visit for these donuts.
* The Brimhall. This is the building where all my advertising classes were held. It was my home away from home, and I felt that all the people that were on campus that were most like me took classes here. We had some good times.
* Doug McKinlay's classes. He was the best professor I had. Loved his dedication to helping students learn. He is... THE MAN.
* Favorite food joints included: Fro yo, Pudding on the Rice, Hollywood Juice Cafe (RIP), Smart Cookie, Guru's, California Pizza Kitchen, and Outback.

Now it is time to work for a living! Wish me luck! I just got a job as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator with Ivory Homes and am very excited!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


His name: Jonathan William Lefrandt
How long have you been married? 1 1/2 years
How old is he? 24 (he's my second baby)
Who eats more? In one sitting...him. I snack more throughout the day though.
Who said "I love you" first? Him of course...I would have never.
Who sings better? Well he's the one that gets calls to be in the ward and stake choir so I'll go with him :)
Who is smarter? When it comes to math or directions...definitely me. When it comes to creativity or money management...definitely him.
Whose temper is worse? Sad to say, mine. And that's saying something.
Who does the laundry? Me
Who does the dishes? We both do.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Jon. He claimed it the second we got married.
Who pays the bills? He does. I claimed that I didn't have to the second we got married. :)
Who mows the lawn? HOA
Who cooks dinner? Me
Who drives when we are together? He does...but I am always navigating. And not because I'm a back seat driver. He even admits that when I'm in the car with him his brain shuts off.
Who is more stubborn? Jon
Who is the first to admit they are wrong? Me
Whose parents do you see the most? I feel like it's pretty equal.
Who proposed? He romantic.
Who has more friends? probably about the same. Most of his are still in Washington though.
Who has more siblings? Same Same 6 and 6. One oldest, one baby...they say that's the best combo!
Who wears the pants? Jon, only because I let him :)