Thursday, June 17, 2010
Jon's all grown up... well, sort've ;-)
He did it!! He graduated with his Masters of Information Systems degree! I am so proud of him! He worked so hard and he had so much fun in this major. If you are interested in learning about the Information Systems program at BYU, just ask Jon. He will sell you on it even if you've never sat at a computer ever before- he loved it that much.
His graduation ceremonies were on the 22nd and 23rd of April. On the 22nd was the big convocation in the Marriot Center. The guest speaker was Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before we attended that we were able to spend some time with my dad, Shane and Seth. Early in the morning Jon put on his cap and gown and we headed to campus to take some pictures before the crowds. I am so thankful we did! Then we went up on to campus to look around a little bit and we also took them to J Dawgs for lunch. A must-do outing if you have never been! I miss it already! Then we ate it up at the "Y mountain" parking lot. Pretty view!
Later we met up with Jon's parents (Anne and Clyde) for graduation. Jon was wearing a "2010" blinking light pin that my sister, Shannon sent me for the marathon/graduation. It came in handy! We were able to spot him as soon as he came in and where he was sitting. He would turn it off and then others sitting around him would tell him to turn it on and tell their parents "see the blinking light? I am sitting around there". Awesome. :-) For dinner that night the whole family went out to Jon's favorite place (and mine too!) India Palace. I felt bad because the wait for the food was ridiculous that night. We waited forever! Then, Seth was a trooper and he was willing to try the food, but I don't think he was all that into it. Poor guy. Picky eater ;-)
On the 23rd we headed up to the Bean Museum on campus. We just wanted to show Seth different things to do on campus that was free. We bumped into some of Jon's family and then we headed back home to get ready for Jon's convocation. His program was having a luncheon at the Tanner Building so we headed over there for some free food. Jon was also able to show everyone the "MISM Lounge" and where he spent most of his time. Then Jon left to head up to the Marriot Center and we followed. We met up with Anne, Clyde, & J+V. Again, Jon had his light on so I could spot him! So handy! He turned it off when he walked up to receive his diploma ;-)
That night my dad took us all out to Sizzler. The food was great! I enjoyed it a lot. Then Jon and I took everyone out to Sub Zero for ice cream. Oh my goodness. I know, it's not "Blue Bell" or Cold Stone or whatever you really like- but it was my favorite place to go for ice cream. I will really miss it! Quick! Someone open up a franchise in Houston!
The next day I believe we went to the Tulip Festival up at Thanksgiving Pointe. It was a lot of fun to spend time together and see all the flowers. Heh, Jon was a little upset though. He had accidentally locked his keys in the car. They fell out of his pocket when he reached back in to get something. We had to call the police department to come and help us out. It was free and he had all the right equipment to help us out! Some police stations swear they don't have the equipment, but they will offer to break your window for you- or they will come out no matter what to break the window if there is a child or pet in the car.
Why do I know this? Because when we got to Austin during the move- I did the same thing. Only, I had to call a locksmith and pay him $50 to do it. And! He was a million times slower than the police officer who helped us at Thanksgiving Pointe! Go figure. Anyways...
Then later we went to a play up in Orem. For the life of me I cannot remember the name of it. We had a blast though. Shane was dying laughing. His laugh made the whole thing funnier! As soon as I remember the play name I'll tell you :-) (EDIT BY JON: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
The next few days are a little bit of a blur for me. We had a picnic/BBQ with Jon's family. We also had some family pictures taken there as well. We all had a really nice time with everyone. My dad, Shane and Seth were really helpful with helping us pack up a few things in our apartment. We really appreciated all of their help! Life was busy with graduation, family, the funeral, marathon, Jon's finals and being sick that we had little time to get it all done. Thanks guys!On Sunday morning I drove my dad up to the airport. I really enjoyed having him out to visit and I was thankful that he was finally able to meet Jon's family! It was the first time! He seemed like he enjoyed himself and I am glad for that.
I drove back down to Provo and we headed up to campus to give Seth "the tour". We also went up to the Cannon Center to have lunch. I wanted him to see where he would be eating if he came up here. We went to church and then we hiked the Y! It was awesome! We had a great time. It was a little bit of a challenging hike and I know the altitude was a kicker for Shane. I did amazingly well for having just run a marathon the week before! I am glad we got to do this before we left.
Monday morning the boys left and Jon and I were left to get the moving van and get packing and cleaning! Cleaning was really quick this time around. I had a few girls come and help me, but I had done some deep cleaning each month and it really helped it all go faster. Friends came to help us pack the truck and seriously it took them 20 minutes at most to get it all out of the apartment! Awesome! Thanks everyone for all of your help! We grabbed dinner at Quiznos and ate it on the floor of our empty apartment. It was bittersweet. Villa Rose- our first home together. We were ready for the new adventure of moving to Houston and we were really excited. We spent the night on our air mattresses and we ended up throwing mine out- it had a hole in it and I just didn't want to deal with it. We got up super early and packed up the rest of our stuff and we were off to meet Nate and Jess to start our caravan adventure!