Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Graduate

Fresh off the stage as the newest BYU graduate!!

I'm done; school is over and I have a masters degree - I can not even believe it! Graduating from BYU was such a bitter-sweet experience for me. I am totally a classic nerd. I love everything about school (reading, lectures, walking to class, late night study sessions, the pressure of an exam, and even the office supplies), and yet I was so ready to move on to the next phase of my life as well. 

Graduation was wonderful and I felt so so so blessed to have my family there to support me! They have been such a strength to me as I have completed my school work and have been all the encouragement I have needed to make it through. I had quite the section of supporters in the crowd: Michael, my mom and dad, Bradley and Andrew,  Steve and Jane Anne, Marlies, Grandma and Grandpa Lambert, and Grammy and Grandpa Murphy. I felt so special and loved that all of these people were able to be there! 

I was lucky and blessed to have both sets of my grandparents with me. I love all four of them and they are such amazing examples to me of the person that I hope to become! 

Taryn walked the same day as me, even though she officially finished classes in December. We were roommates for our first two years of college, and we have been best friends ever since! Some of my very best memories of BYU were made hanging with this girl! 

These ladies got me through the accounting program - study groups often turned into just chatting sessions because we were all just burnt out. They are all such accomplished women, and they are definitely going to make a difference in this world - in more ways that just accounting! 

The Tanner Building was my home away from home for the three years that I studied accounting. I have to admit, it was not a bad building to be stuck in all the time compared to other places on campus. The accounting program was definitely hard and taxing (no pun intended), but I know that it made me a better person for it and has prepared me for a successful life ahead. I developed meaningful friendships with my colleges and professors, and that makes all of the hard work worth it. 

The most important thing I learned in that intense program was that I can do hard things. I was so intimidated as I applied to and started in the School of Accountancy, but I did it! I put my mind to it and before I knew it, I was done and had accomplished all that I had set out to do. I can do hard things! 
I have loved every minute I spent at BYU; it will always hold a special little place in my heart. One good thing about Michael still being a student is I get the best of both worlds; he even said I can buy his books for him in the fall :)  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Coach Mike

Michael volunteered to be a Jr. Jazz basketball coach this season for a group of Provo middle-schoolers. It was so fun to watch Michael as the leader of this little team - the boys just loved him and thought he was so awesome! 

The team was pretty terrible...but they still had fun season working on their lay-ups and even made it to the second round of the play-offs! They showed a ton of improvement from the start of the season, which I think proves how great their coach was! 

The city provides each team with some tickets to an actual Jazz game and so we got to take eight of the boys. I was a nervous wreck the whole time! I was just so certain that we were going to come home with fewer boys than we left with - in the end it all turned great! It was really funny to spend an evening with a bunch of eighth grade boys, but it was fun to get to know them all and see how much they admire Michael! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Urquhart

One of my closest cousins, Allison, was married to her sweetheart, Dan, on April 19th! We are so thrilled for them and are excited for them to start their new life together!!

They were married on the Thursday that was the last day of finals of winter semester at BYU - that is the exact same day that we were married last year! We had a fun time reminiscing because 52 weeks earlier it was our turn for all the wedding fun. 

They were sealed in the Salt Lake temple, had a lovely luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and a beautiful reception at the Provo Library. Allison was such a gorgeous bride!! Michael couldn't come to the day activities due to finals, but we was able to join us for the recepetion that night! It was really fun to have so much of the Lambert side of the family in town for the event - it's always fun to catch up with everyone! 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

our humble abode

Right after we were married, we lived in Lehi in Grammy and Grandpa Murphy's town home for the spring and summer (THANK YOU!!) - but Union Square in Provo is what we consider to be our first home together.
Now that we are about to move out, I am finally documenting this place! We have loved living here and are sad to go, but I guess it is time to move on to bigger and better things (well, maybe not bigger yet...)
We moved here at the beginning of fall semester and it was quite the process! Luckily, the apartment is fully furnished, so we didn't have to worry about planning for furniture, but we did have to take care of lots of little things - which meant lots of shopping trips like this one. 

We have loved this little place of ours! It is pretty small and very old, but is has been just right for us!