Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Study, study, study

So I have been studying/working on editing stuff for all hours of the day since Friday, and I am going a little crazy!! I didn't think that all of my papers and finals would take the ridiculous amount of time they have taken, and I had hoped that I would be able to work more this week. However, once again my school life has taken me by surprise again and taken over any amount of time I thought I had.

I had a huge ten page paper plus a final due last night, which I was working on until the very last minute. However, I am proud to say that when I dragged myself out of bed this morning and looked online at my grade, I ended up with a 97% IN THE CLASS!! WHAT?? I got a 92 on my huge paper and a 94 on a final, and since I did well on all the other work throughout the semester I ended up with a 97%!!! So for all of that hard work I have done, and suffering through 18 credits and a job this past semester, this one class has made it worth it and at least gave me a little feeling of success! Just five more grades to go, then I get to party it up in good ol' VA!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


For those who know me well, you will not be surprised that I was RIDICULOUSLY excited for the new Harry Potter movie to come out, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Unfortunately this year I had to deviate from my normal course of going to the midnight showing and dressing up with all of the other Harry Potter crazies. I had a ton of schoolwork and work due that week, so there was no way I was going to make it. However, I was able to lend some of my Harry Potter gear to both my friend Halie and BIL Bryce. Glad to spread to Harry cheer any way I possibly can!

Anywho, Brad and I were able to go see HP7 the Monday before Thanksgiving. We went to this random theater up in Sandy since we were picking up my mom from the airport later that night, which turned out to be THE GREATEST IDEA EVER. We arrived right before the previews started because we got stuck in some traffic, and I was worried that we would have horrible seats. However, I think we picked an obscure enough location because there were only about ten people there and we had awesome seats! I love me some Harry Potter. Even though we couldn't go the first night, I still had to dress up of course!

So happy to get good seats! Also, I was happy that this film actually FOLLOWED the Harry Potter book. Most of the past movies have been quite upsetting to me and have not really lived up to my expectations. This movie, however, was a pleasant surprise, and I am so excited for the next installment! Long live Harry!

We also went to a Jurgensmeier Family Reunion this past month. We met up at a church house in Bountiful and had tons of fun playing minute to win it games and eating food. My team even won first place, gift cards to Dairy Queen! It was fun getting to spend some time with the Jurgensmeier's

We have really been having a great Fall semester. I thought it would be terrible with all of my difficult classes and work, but it has actually been really rewarding and fun. We love our new apartment, our new ward, and our second year of marriage!


Marianne and Brad

P.S. Sorry for the reposting of my freshman ward reunion. Oops!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Reunited and it Feels so Good

Another thing that has been consuming our time this semester is hanging out with good friends. A lot of my friends from freshman year came home from their missions this summer, and one of Brad's besties Nicole came home from the Czech Republic in November. At the end of summer, we had a freshman year reunion with a lot of my friends. It was so fun to see everyone again and catch up! A lot of the girls from my freshman ward are married, and a lot of my guy friends were totally weirded out by that, haha. I think they are starting to get the hang of being in the real world. Here are some pics of our group at the reunion! We had a few husbands there who gladly took pics for all us girls :)

The girls from DJ 3200 and 2200!!

The boys from Budge 1100 and 1200

We had such a great ward freshman year, and I really made so many great friends. It is so nice to have everyone around again and get to see how different so many of the guys are since their missions. We even have a volleyball group with some people that meets every Friday afternoon. Love it!

For those who don't know, these are two of my very best friends from high school, Sarah and Pete. We were all in the Brambleton Ward together, and we called ourselves the Brambleton Boom. We actually have a fourth member, Kenton, but he is still on his mission in Chile and will be returning in April. I need to say that Bobby Kuhn is also a member, and he will be returning from the Dominican Republic in September (I think...). But without these two people neither senior year of high school nor freshman year would have been half as fun and amazing as it was. I am so grateful to have great friends as these to share everything with. We really helped each other out. We missed you Pete!

Morning with the Nephews

Well we haven't posted in a long time, but we have done a lot of fun things since school started. One of the first things was hanging out with our nephews, Ashton and Weston. Tommy and Shayna came up to Utah for the weekend, and Brad and I had the pleasure of baby-sitting Ashton and Weston one Saturday morning

First off, all of the boys had a great time wrestling and playing. They love their Uncle Brad!

Next we had some fun at the playground in front of our apartment complex. We were swinging on the car swing (perfect for the boys!) and also had fun playing wiffle ball. Ashton and Weston sure do love the park!

Then Ashton and Brad spent some time racing on MarioKart Wii while Westy and I ate some snacks and played with the beloved bouncy ball. We had so much fun. Thanks for coming to visit Tommy Shayna, come again soon! We love you guys!

Marianne and Brad