the year started off nicely with new year’s celebrations at the hillerys’. krista and I had fun buying useless things at the dollar store, and making a nice bridesmaid dress for me. kimberlee and quentin’s wedding was quite lovely. it was chilly and windy, but the sun was shining beautifully at the
jarom got me hooked on winter sonata, a 20-episode korean soap opera. I think I qualify as a fanatic now. for valentine’s day he made me a delicious korean dish, which has become one of my favorites. school was going fairly well until I took the second midterm for my hist 400 class...I got a 19! out of 100! luckily I think my test scores can only go up from there. for a different independent study class I interviewed grandma hillery and used it as the basis for a personal history, in which I highlighted general historical trends in family life since the 1920s. I did get an a on that paper. I found out that aubrey and jardan, who got married the same day as kimberlee and quentin, were expecting a baby! around the end of february I made the decision to apply for spring term, since my chances of being accepted would be greater than for fall semester. this meant I planned to stay in
the deadline! everything was set to be completed, but of course, there was a problem. I had retaken the midterm I failed, and the teacher was extremely slow in grading it despite my numerous reminders and pleas to process it quickly. I was unable to finish in time to apply for spring, summer, or fall. however, I did get a better grade when I retook the midterm! for jarom’s birthday I made him a big breakfast of buttermilk pancakes, orange-cranberry bread, eggs and sausages, and blueberry muffins. unfortunately I didn’t read the recipes very carefully beforehand, and the batch of pancakes made enough to feed about 20 people. oops. julia, jaime and I mailed off a birthday package to our friend elder gustafson.
the weekend of general conference, julia and I planted flowers in the window boxes outside the
I started working at mha associates again, this time as a peon making manager’s pay. it really seemed to be the best of both worlds. for most of may we were doing a job in
where to start? kendy graduated from armijo, jena had baby evelyn, jarom and I went up to see elizabeth, I started doing a special job in pleasanton twice a week, and we got a pet! I came home from work one day to find that kendy had gotten a pet bird; in the name of fairness I demanded permission to get my own pet. jarom and I spent a few hours at petco trying to decide what to get. in the end we bought a chinese water dragon, who we named li mu bai (mu for short). sadly, it turned out that mu was very sick. we didn’t find that out until we took him to the vet a week after buying him. I decided to return him to petco so they could nurse him back to health. originally I was going to wait for him to get better and then take him back, but due to some poorly communicated information, I changed my mind and got a new lizard: shu lien. she was adorable...and died four days after I got her. jarom marched us back to petco where we got mu back, since we saw that he was healthier and could be taken care of easily. during all this lizardness we took a trip to
the weekend of the fourth of july, lots of family came out for evelyn’s baby blessing. it was quite interesting to go to the
one of the best days this summer was the day jarom and I spent exploring the creek at oakbrook. we caught minnows with our bare hands, picked wild blackberries, and climbed trees over the stream. I decided sprint was not for me; jarom and I switched to a family plan on cingular. this meant I got a new phone–the mika-sized pantech c300. cute! jarom’s car sort of blew up while he was rescuing me in
jarom went to
I found a really good deal on an apartment in
aubrey had her baby, eve. at roberts we had an employee craft night, which was not as well-attended as the signup sheet had implied.
ben and krista started getting ready to move down to