Sunday, June 26, 2011


Monday, June 20th was our 2 year anniversary and a few weeks before it, Jeff and I realized that we would be apart on that day! He would be at our new apartment in El Paso while I would be driving down from Vegas to El Paso with my mom. I had a friend's wedding to attend the Saturday before and Jeff and I figured I could go to Las Vegas to attend the wedding while he, his dad, and brother moved all out things to El Paso. While making these plans, it didn't even cross our minds that we wouldn't be together on the 20th.

So, on that Monday, my mom and I started the drive. She told me we'd drive until Phoenix and then stop for the night and continue to TX the next day. I thought it sounded like a good plan, and although I was a little sad that day, it being my anniversary and not seeing Jeff, my mom and I had a nice time together. At about 4:00, I feel asleep as my mom was driving and I woke up 2 hours later to a knock on my car window. I woke up and saw Jeff outside my window at the Phoenix airport with a dozen red roses. I was so surprised and so happy! My mom had been in on it the whole time.

We dropped my mom off at her hotel and then Jeff took me to an amazing restaurant called "The Compass" in Phoenix, which is an elegant circular restaurant, located on the 24th floor of a Hyatt resort in downtown Phoenix. The entire restaurant rotates, so in the 2 hours we were there, we saw the entire city, the sunset, and the city lights. After dinner, Jeff told me about an amazing hotel/resort he'd found reservations for online, and the best part was, it was on a golf course :)

Moral of the story...I have the most wonderful husband in the world! :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Goodbye Provo-Things We Will Miss

Provo, UT has been referred to as "The Bubble" since the beginning of time, but we really like the bubble and it will be sad to leave after four great college years here. Here's what we will miss the most:

-Walking outside on Sunday and seeing home and visiting teaching companions walking to their appointments
-So many friends within a 5-7 minute walk from your apartment
-Yogurtland, Earth Fruits Yogurt, Yoasis, Yozone, Spoon It Up, Spoon Me, Golden Spoon...
-Attending church at the chapel next to the BYU football stadium
-Walking on BYU's beautiful campus
-Your entire ward on one street
-Renting Tandem Bikes and biking past the Provo River
-Tucanos Brazilian Grill
-Wilson Diamonds Store
-The Movies 8 Dollar Theatre
-BYU merchandise in every and any store
-The BYU/Utah rivalry games
-The tune of 'Come Come Ye Saints' played every hour at the Bell Tower
-Sitting in Denny's and hearing the conversations behind you:
"I just prayed about it and I felt it was right,"
"The scriptures tell us..."
"My friend, he's just so...Christlike!"
-Working at Campus Craft & Floral
-The Creamery on 9th
-The CougarEat
-The Police Beat in the Daily Universe newspaper (always good for a laugh)
-The Y on the mountain
-7 temples within an hour drive
-Having a picnic outside and before you know it, having 3 other couples from the ward walk by and stop to talk.
-Pink Trees in the Springtime
-Driving by the dorms and remembering
-BYU Divine Comedy Shows
-Brick Oven Pizza

When my family first dropped me off at college in Provo, my sister Amy said, "Jill, you're going to miss this someday. I've only been graduated for a few years and I miss it everyday." When she said that, I thought, "I can't really see that." Four years later, I definitely can. Although we are excited about Texas, we'll miss "The Bubble." Bye Provo, thanks for all the wonderful times.