As you may have read I was kicked out of BYU. What you didn't read was why. Before I get to the why, I might add that another family member (Robin) later redeemed the family name by being VALEDICTORIAN of her graduating class. (Show off!)
Now what was I.....ohhh yes...... BYU. I am totally a BYU football fan! I always have been! Ever since my first Homecoming date to watch Steve Young quarterback! Did I mention that Sharlene Wells (Hawkes) was my RS Pres my freshman year (and she was dating Steve Young).....how cool is that! I was cool by association......at least that's what I thought. I was a freshman!
Did I mention that there was an undercover cop that lived in the dorms that I lived in? Not the same building because he was a he, and I am a she. But in the same building as my friends from Canada because my friends are hes. My friends were friends with him and didn't know that he was an undercover cop. (They didn't find out until after the bust.) He was there to try to uncover a drug ring on campus. He pretended to be a student but he was really married and had a child. He would sneak home
WHAT?!?!?!?! DRUGS??? At BYU????
But that's not why I was kicked out (or my friends). But that is why a member of the men's swim team from Hawaii was kicked out.
So, other than some guy slipping on the top of 2 flights of icy stairs and taking me down to the bottom with him, my freshman year was pretty cool and lots of fun. (I even got to see Robert Redford at the local Hart's-he's much shorter in person.)
The following September as my friends from my freshman year returned to school for their sophomore year, I remained at home. I had to work. I didn't have the funds to return back to BYU, so I stayed at my waitressing job while everyone returned to school. It was hard. But I really wanted to make it back to new-found love.......the mountains!
Fast forward to the next September. I drive 1900 miles in an unairconditioned car with my friends to get to BYU. IT WAS HOTTTTT!!!! We finally make it into my new place of residence as set up by one of my good friends my freshman year.........and I see a face from home. A guy who served a mission in Canada. I loved this guy....not love, love, but he was cool, you know! I jump out of the car and yell......JERRY!!!!! (name changed to protect me.) And here I am all haggard looking from being in a car without a/c for so long. He looked around and tried to make sense of it. I was out of place. Then he comes running over and scoops me up, sweaty and all!
His friend thinks he (Jerry) is too good for me.
UUUUUHHHHHHHHH.................. Jerry forgot to tell me he was still married.
I end it.
NOPE......that didn't get me kicked out! hehehehe!!!
One year later......I meet let's say his name is Chad. Chad is a return missionary. Chad teaches at the MTC. Chad has high self-esteem. April not so much. Chad and April date all summer. Chad's friends don't think April is good enough for Chad (Chad's words). Chad and April continue to date in spite of Chad's friends not liking April. April's roommates don't like Chad. They think that April is settling with Chad (but they don't tell her until after). April can't see it yet. Chad encourages April to make changes to her personality. April encourages Chad to make changes to his personality. He doesn't think there is anything that he needs to change. April and Chad get engaged. April puts the down payment on the ring because Chad just bought himself a new wardrobe. After 1 month of being engaged Chad wants to run off to Vegas to get married. April says no. After 2 months of being engaged, Chad wants to just date again. April says no. April ends the relationship just before Christmas.
The grades suffer and NEVER recover. The next semester is a blur. I am prepared to go home to Canada. I am prepared to begin a life there and leave my beautiful mountains behind.
The letter from BYU Academics just solidifies that I am done. It begins............
Dear April, We are sorry to inform you that you will not be able to return to BYU until you have successfully completed 2 semesters at another accredited college attaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher......yada yada yada.
That is how I got kicked out of BYU. BAD GRADES! My mother's worst nightmare. Probably why I did it! hahahaha!!!
And they (Drew and April) had happy times interjected with some sadness ever after. But they loved each other completely.
This is our family right now. We have one son who is in Madagascar serving a mission. He has 5 months left. Our other son pictured here is a senior. Our time with him is winding down. This blog is for these men in my life. I love them with all of my heart! They mean more to me than words can describe....sometimes I am speechless (in a bad way too). That is all part of life. At the end of the day we love each other for each other, good, bad and not so pretty!
I am the mother of two awesome boys! One has recently returned from a mission for our church in Madagascar. Soon to be a Freshman in college.
The other is a Freshman in college and will be venturing out on a mission in the next year.
They have both brought me a lot of happiness and made me laugh! I am so blessed to have them in my life! They have had to go through things in life that some would feel are not fair, but they have not complained. They go through life with a smile on their face. They are a great example to me.
I am also the wife of an amazing man!!! Seriously! He does it all! He complains even less than my boys!!! I could not ask for a better companion than him. He is a great example to his sons. He works hard all week long, comes home and begins his work on our home and then continues to serve at our church. Yet, I do not feel neglected. He is there when I need him. He brings me lunch every day at work, he helps out at home, he loves me for me....what more can a woman ask for? Yep, I got him!!!
Can he be serious? Nope!
Our freshman....in college.
The Hubby (and his pal)
His only flaw....he doesn't know how to smile...hahahaha
OUR FAVORITE THINGS......
In the summer we LOVE to go to Lake Powell with my sister and her family. We have a blast there! There is never a dull moment whether it be from the kids, storms, bats or giant mice. We are constantly entertained by something or someone! Here are a few of my favorite memories.....
The Balloon Launcher
Many items were launched in 2005. Grapes, rotten tomatoes, live fireworks. ( I was the target for the fireworks.)
It was higher than it looked, especially for a scaredy cat like me. And by the way, I told Drew I was jumping, but didn't. He did!
My favorite place to be on a hot day! With one of my favorite nephews! (When he's in a good mood that is!)
A fun past time...watching others get their butt kicked on the molecule! Oh yeah!!!
Yep...the ride of my life....it hurt!
Bracing for the Storm
B-I-L and Hubby being pelted by the rain. The toys had to be secured!
The Many Faces of Hubby
Ok...he doesn't have many faces, in fact it's like pulling teeth to get a real smile out of him, so this makes this shot great!