Saturday, June 26, 2010

too much time at school

So, one Monday, the 7th of June to be precise, I was up pretty late working on a term paper. Around 2am I came into my room, to get something, and found Thomas putting some lotion on his head... his bald head. Wow. I guess I wasn't spending enough time with my family!

No, really Thomas has wanted to shave it for awhile, and had been talking about it. He had Mike buzz it, then shaved it. Crazy. Way to take control of the thinning!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Getting Caught Up

Summer has officially begun! I'm DONE with my classes! I finished up my last three classes this Spring, and will soon get a nifty diploma in the mail! I haven't been blogging because I was in school (and I loved it! I had great classes, with fantastic professors: a good way to end my undergraduate career!) Now I'm just catching up on the last two months!

The Duck Pond

It wasn't all insanity with Daddy, and the boys did some fun things together, including several trips to the Botany Pond at the South end of BYU campus.

Thomas found things much easier if Evan remained strapped in the stroller: otherwise he'll run towards the water, trying to get in, yelling "quack!" at the top of his lungs. Notice that he's eating the bread?

They loved seeing the baby ducks, especially the ones hiding under their mommy!

Thomas the lumberjack

Our next door neighbor wanted to get rid of this giant tree, and got quoted a really high price to remove it, so Thomas volunteered to chop it down for him. It was quite the project, but he had a lot of fun with it, and it led to many other tree-chopping opportunities! We have so much wood in our back yard now, and some mulch on our beds from all the branches!

Evan was so excited to go and "help" Daddy, he put on Thomas' gloves and one of Parker's shoes!
Running to get daddy
I think this is one of my all-time favorite pictures!

Craziness with Daddy!

With classes starting after graduation, Thomas got to be a full-time dad while I was at school. 9 credits in only a few weeks!

The boys enjoying the spoils after a trip to Costco... their favorite place. If ever we run out of anything, Parker tells me we need to go to Costco to get more. Evan will ask to go as well: we like it since the boys can sit next to each other in the cart....

Graduation: April 2010

Notice the "Y" on the mountain in the background? Thomas was really excited the picture worked out that way :) So, I reapplied to BYU back in January to go back for Spring Term and finish all my classes--since Thomas would be done, he'd be able to stay with the kids so that I could finish my three classes. There ended up being a huge hassle with my ecclesiastical endorsement. I'd had the necessary interview with my Bishop, and got the form in on time--Thomas hand delivered it--but it ended up being the wrong form for readmission (although it ended up that I DID need that one to apply for graduation). I wasn't able to meet with the Stake Presidency until after the application deadline, but called and talked with the admissions office, and they said that as long as I explained my situation, I'd be fine. I sent an email explaining everything, and did get readmitted, but for Winter 2011--not acceptable! I sent an email to the head of admissions himself, got a phone call the next day, and was readmitted for Spring. Being an English major paid off in that situation: it was a very well written email! The fantastic Humanities advisor got me all set to walk early (Thomas, his brother Jonathan, his wife, Amanda, and Thomas' brother-in-law Robby were all walking in April too....) and helped me choose better classes than the ones I was trying for. I took a full load in Spring, and LOVED it!
Thomas and Evan before everything started. The boys got to sit with both sets of grandparents! Parker eventually fell asleep--after his Grandpa Nordquist walked him ALL THE WAY around the Marriott Center.

Thomas, Theresa, Amanda, Jonathan and Robby.

You can see Evan "waving" on Mike's lap, Parker on my Mom's lap, and Thomas' dad further down... We sat just below them (well, several several rows down...) in the Marriott Center
We were lucky enough to be in colleges that they placed together, so we got to sit together the whole time. I will confess, sitting by Amanda was WAY more fun than graduation's supposed to be--but, we did pay attention too! I never would have walked had everyone else not been walking. But, a fantastic sister in the Relief Society Presidency of my ward talked about how important it would be for my children to see that I'd graduated from college, not just hear about it. And, it's always fun hanging out with Amanda!
Evan LOVES hats, and so had a lot of fun with ours after the exercises :)
The next morning we had the processional at Provo Tabernacle, EARLY! Mike stayed with Evan at home, but my Mom brought Parker since he was awake. She was too late too find seats with my in-laws, so she ended up sitting up in the balcony near us, so Parker walked back and forth between her seat and ours. That made it fun.
Once again, we were able to be with the rest of our family: no point in going to more than one processional! Jonathan and Robby both graduated in Construction Management, so we went to their Processional, which was a lot smaller than the Humanities one would have been: and a lot quicker! We created quite a stir since we were the very first people to get our diploma covers, and there were five of us. Thomas was the last of us, and actually got a laugh, as the announcer said "Also walking with..." We're just an unforgettable family :)