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Winter semester 2016

Christmas of 2015 Bryan and I both came home from college. We went and visited Grandma and Uncle Wayne in Fresno.

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Otherwise our Christmas was celebrated in Las Vegas.

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And we took a family photo. Just one with my camera on a timer, but we needed a new one so this is it. Over winter break we did go take a professionally done family photo at Penny's but I don't have that one.

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 Soon after New Years, Bryan and I both left for school again. 

Stacy and I had been roommates fall semester but she was off track for winter semester, so it was just Austen and I left plus 4 new girl's. We got a new Kayla, Kayla Olsen, Sam, Karlie, and my new roommate Giselle. Giselle loves to read and also loves anime just like me so it was good. She's now preparing to serve a mission. Kayla Keiser is currently at the MTC preparing to serve her mission in Japan. 

I mentioned many months ago that I went to see Mary Poppins at the local high school with some friends from my American Foundations class. One of those friends, Calvin Garrett, was kind enough to drive me down to Provo at the end of the fall semester, and we texted over winter break and set up a game night for when we got back to school. Then we ended up going to I-Night (the evening after move in day, there's a bunch of fun activities and people to meet) together and it ended up being a lot of fun. We ran into people we knew from the fall semester and also some of my new roommates. We played laser tag, went roller skating, listened (but did not sing) to karaoke, and played in bounce houses. It ended up being a date and we turned our game night into a date too. We went on a few more dates in that coming week and studied together on campus a lot and soon we were boyfriend and girlfriend.

  We were both super busy with classes. I was working on color and design homework a lot of the time and it was crazy and took everything back to the basics. The color wheel and color schemes were popular topics in this class.

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  All of the final products we made were in paint. We had to paint a lot of  squares/rectangles of color and then cut it out and paste it on to the template. We were able to create our own designs eventually. Everyone had to create lots and lots of thumbnails. Here's some of mine.

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  These particular ones were done near the end of the semester. We had to pick our best design to enlarge and paint in a color scheme of our choice. Can you tell which design I chose?

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This was another piece I did for this class:

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These images were scanned into my computer, at a very good resolution, so I don't know why they are so small and bad quality.

Over Valentines Day we had a three day weekend so Bryan came up from Provo to visit and meet Calvin. I made muffins so we could have real breakfast and I got him a place to stay over in the guys apartments in Building C

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We ended up driving just out of town and going shooting and then we built a snowman and used shell casings that were on the ground for the eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. We even gave it hair and arms.

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For Valentine's Day Calvin and I didn't really do anything, but we went on a date right before because we knew my brother was coming up. But I painted him this dragon and he gave me the rose. 

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  Throughout the semester my roommate Giselle would have a couple of friends from back home over for Friday movie nights. Eventually this turned into Avatar night. We watched all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender throughout the semester. We being: Giselle, her friend (and eventually boyfriend) Antonio and his friend Dean and occasionally his girlfriend Holly, and Calvin, and I. As the series was nearing the end Giselle and I planned an Avatar party and we made "fruit pies" and decorated the apartment and for the season finale we had food and mourned the end of Avatar… for a children's show that's kind of sad…..

2016-02-20 20.08.33.jpg The fruit pies were delicious!!! I loved the peach ones.We made Peach, Strawberry, Lemon, and Blueberry. All of them were excellent.

 

2016-02-20 20.08.38.jpg These are supposed to be flames…. As in Fire Nation… but you'll probably only understand if you've seen the show. 

  As we continued dating Calvin and I started talking about getting married. He proposed on his birthday March 15th. He took me to the temple and asked me there. I think that it was cute. It was also my roommate's Kayla birthday on the 15th as well so I baked a cake and made some cake pops. 

2016-03-15 18.22.14.jpg Okay so not really cake pops, but sort of improvised cake pops. Sam and Karlie bought Kayla a couple new shirts which was nice. At the beginning of the semester Sam turned 18 and at some point Karlie turned 20. But on March 15th Kayla turned 19 and Calvin turned 22.

2016-03-15 16.16.05.jpg Calvin gave me a very simple, beautiful ring. We kind of picked it out together. Later he got me a ring different, beautiful ring, and I got him a ring too.
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Then it was Easter and on Saturday Calvin and I went to a ward activity in his ward and we dyed eggs and had Jimmy Johns for lunch. That was fun. 

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I won a chocolate bunny for one of my eggs.

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I think it was for the variegated one with the swirls on it.

The next day was Sunday and we went down to Blackfoot for Easter Dinner with Calvin's family. I made the rolls that I always do, and dinner was delicious. 

Somewhere in here was General Conference. I made the traditional cinnamon rolls, which were also delicious, and Calvin and I ate them with my roommates and his roommates.  I made an Oreo frosting icing to go over the top. I seem to really enjoy making food (and eating it… hehe).

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Calvin and I went to the Snow building to watch the school's production of Peter and the Starcatcher which is based of the book Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. I'd been wanting to see it since I heard about it back in high school. It was pretty good, but I was a little disappointed since I had been awaiting it for a while. Since I had read the books it was much easier for me to follow than for Calvin who hadn't. They took the book and turned it into quite an abstract idea.

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  For my Eternal Families religion class we had to do final projects that took at least 10 hours and we had to explain how we made whatever we made, why it took 10 hours, how we were going to incorporate it into our homes and something we learned how to do while working on the project. My project easily took ten hours. A lot of it was spent in the store deciding what materials I would use for my project. Here's almost the final product.

2016-03-31 23.14.38.jpgI got metal sheets and a little chalk board and glued them to the wood and got little glass gems, paper, and magnets to make little decorative magnets for the metal sheets and I sewed a blue and green and grey bag together to keep little pieces of chalk together. And then I had Calvin help me put the little hooks in the bottom because I tried to do just one and ended up with a blister and it took me at least a half hour to get just one screw in. Calvin put the other three in half the amount of time it took me to do one. I also ended up spelling out HOME on the upper right corner using wooden letter blocks. On the back I used a wood burner and burned Families are Forever into the wood. And the quote on the front is done with vinyl lettering. 

 That was my final project for religion, but for art history I also had to make something. We had to pick a work of art or a time period to base our project off of. Many people made rice crispy treat sculptures of cathedrals and the pyramid, I chose the cave painting style of art and attempted to use my graduation gift ( a Wacom tablet that you hook up to your computer to do drawings on your computer) to make a cave drawing of the cover of The Lion King. It didn't work very well, but I still got a decent grade on the final project. I got parts of it right, but the lion was just too difficult. 

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Then it was the end of the semester. I baked a cake to celebrate. I decided to be a bit silly with it. 

2016-04-06 19.03.12.jpgIt says "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year JK - Final's Week"

It was chocolate cake with pecan frosting. It was going to be delicious, but I had a stomach ache when I made it so I didn't eat any and I needed to get rid of it so I could wash the pan and pack up my room because I was going back to Las Vegas to work for the Summer before Calvin and I got married. So I left some on a plate for my roommates and then took some across the hall and then I took the rest down to the first floor to my cousin Victoria's apartment and gave them some also. Looking back it's a shame I never got any. 

Finals were over and I had been trying to find a ride home on Zimride, but had been unsuccessful. So Calvin offered to take me all the way home since Bryan and I got out of school at different times and he had decided to stay in Provo for the summer and keep his job. So Calvin drove me all the way home at the end of the semester. His parents Gaylen and Bobbie came along too so that Calvin's and my parents could meet. On the way down we stopped at Cove Fort and Calvin's dad, Gaylen, took some pictures of us since we had been unable to do so ourselves throughout the semester. 

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Calvin and I were not thrilled about having to spend the summer apart, but in the end we were convinced that that would be best. We would be able to save for our marriage and for college, as well as get to know each other better while being apart. We planned to visit each other multiple times throughout the summer so we were just hoping that those visits would end up panning out (they did).

Mom was finishing up her Masters program as well as her regular teaching job at one of the many local high schools in Las Vegas. So she was busy, busy. Thomas was in a school play. so when I got back for the summer I was able to see that. Game of Tiaras it was called. Having previously gone to the same school I was also able to see some old friends in it as well. 

I'll try to update more later, but this was most of my winter semester at college. Now it's time for summer. Brief summery (and spoilers haha): I got a job working nights at Wal-Mart, Calvin and I planned our wedding, Mom got her Master's (YAY!!!), Bryan and Thomas both had birthday's in May, my mom and I took several trips including a couple to Mount Charleston, a couple to Utah and one to the beach, more wedding planning, the 4th of July, Sunday dinners with Lara, and my wedding on August 5th. 

 

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