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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The RING!




This is the ring I picked out. I'm getting a .60 karat diamond, no wedding band, and all white gold. I can't wait for it to come!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I'm Engaged!


Brent and I the day he came home. We hadn't seen each other for 22 months or spoken for about 11 months.







Yes, the rumors are true. Brent and I got engaged tonight. It's kind of a long story, so I'm doing the best I can to tell it all.

There's kind of a pre-story to the story. Brent and I met....well, we don't really remember when we met for the first time, (Brent says it was a birthday party at Claire's house) but the time that really counts is when I went to Homecoming my junior year. We both had different dates, but we danced a few times. We went to Christmas dance that same year and started really liking each other.

He left about 15 months after our first real date to serve an LDS mission in Mesa, Arizona. I wrote faithfully for about 22 months, when I characteristically had a panic attack about the entire situation and told him that I needed a break.

I lasted 3 whole weeks withouth him and with some counsel from my bishop. started writing to him again.

We were just working out the kinks in our relationship when I had 2 voicemails from his dad first telling me that Brent was coming home sometime in the week because of some issues with testicular cancer, and the second saying that Brent was coming home the next morning at 10:13 am on some delta flight....

You can only imagine that I was a little more than unprepared. I rushed through the next several hours trying to get assignments done, go shopping for a new outfit, and pull myself together enough to prepare for the next day.

Brent came home December 3rd, where he got off the plane at 10:30, was in doctor's offices for most of the afternoon, was released at 7:30 that evening. The next day he had surgery to remove the cancer, and we've been in and out of the doctor's office ever since.


Brent and I at Temple Square about a week ago

I feel a little crazy because Brent's only been home for 2 1/2 weeks, but we've had a lot of time to talk and to spend getting to know each other. In some ways, it feels like he never left, but he's a man now. I dragged him into Morgan Jewelers on Wednesday night just to look around, and he spend today with his father talking about marriage and his future. He decided that there was no time like the present.

So, he was supposed to meet me early today, at around 1 or 2 in the afternoon. He kept calling me to tell me that he was working on something with his father and that he'd be with me soon. He finally called me at about 6 and I picked him up from the train station. He told me he'd been looking at rings with his dad and asked me how I felt about it. I told him that I felt like it was really fast, but that I wasn't panicking like I usually do. I told him I felt okay with everything.

When we got to my house, he took me for a walk around my house, and told me that he knew he didn't have a lot to offer right now, and that it would be a huge gamble for me to accept him. He told me that he didn't have a lot to offer, but that he would always put God first in his life and that he loved me. He knelt down in front of a light post and pulled out a ring. I said yes, and then he explained that the ring he bought was kind of a placeholder and that tomorrow we'd go look at a place where we could design a custom ring. I'm feeling pretty attached to the ring I have now, so we'll see how different looking it ends up being.

The light post where he proposed!

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now, and I can't wait to start my life with my best friend!

My beautiful $100 ring. He did a really good job picking it out!



The snow where Brent knelt down to ask me to marry him. He was pretty relieved that I said yes!

Monday, November 17, 2008

4X4

Kathy tagged me in this, expect hers was 3X3. Pick the 4th picture in the 4th folder in your my pictures and blog about it.This is a picture of Brent and Claire. They are two of my best friends. Claire and I met when I was 14 and have been really great friends since then. We were roommates last year and I miss her a lot this year. She is so much a part of who I am today. She's one that I will always love. I hope that no matter how much time passes, we can always catch up and be friends again.

My favorite memories with Claire
1- Caroling in Salt Lake City every Christmas
2- Playing in her closet and trying on her crazy clothes
3- Swinging on the swings with her at 2 am in below zero weather
4- Laughing so hard we couldn't move and falling asleep in our hallway
5- Being in Godspell with her as the director
6- Anything related to Halloween
7- Birthday parties
8-

I love my Tink. I miss her so much right now, after writing this.

Now Brent, what do I say about him? He is the love of my life. He's been gone on his mission for 22 months now, so I'll get to see him really soon. I met Brent through Claire, so I think it's fitting that the picture is of the two of them. Brent was like a brother to Claire. It was really fun to have her to hang out with when we were dating, and we've been able to talk to her about each other when we had great stories to tell. Brent and I started dating in November of 2005 and have enjoyed each other's company ever since then. We've had our ups and downs, but we love each other and hope that we can pick things back up when he gets home.

I Love Christmas!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I love wrapped gifts! One year when I was growing up, I wrapped almost all the gifts. I even think I wrapped most of my presents. My mom would give me a box to wrap and then I would ask what to write on the label. Sometimes she'd say, "you!" I also loved making up crazy names for the labels. I would use email addresses, riddles, middle names, all kinds of things to make it more interesting on Christmas.
2. Real tree or Artificial? I love the real trees. There is just an energy that comes from something living. I imagine I'll probably have artificial, but I LOVE the real trees.
3. When do you put up the tree? When my roommates bring it up.
4. When do you take the tree down? When we come back from Christmas Break.
5. Do you like eggnog? I used to. It has too much sugar now. If anyone finds sugar free eggnog, they should let me know!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I remember getting a really great plastic vanity. I also remember really loving a dog that walked. I can't remember too many gifts as a child. As a teen, my best gift was probably my lap top. I use it everyday.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad

8. Easiest person to buy for? Myself? haha! No, I usually can find something for about anyone.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? I do, but I forgot to bring it with me. I guess I can have it up for the two weeks I'm here after thanksgiving.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither so far. I'll probably do a Christmas blog or something. :)
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? My ACT score. It was lower than my first one. That was a disappointment.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie(s)? I love A Christmas Story, I don't care that most people say they feel like they've dropped an IQ score after watching it. I still love it. I also love a Charlie Brown Christmas. I DO NOT love Mr. Kroger's Christmas or Home Alone. Let it be known to the world!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Sometime in November. My family loves the day-after Thanksgiving tradition. But, if I see something spectacular, I'll buy it before then.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?Probably. I have have no idea though.
15 .Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?Sweets, I'm probably going to send myself into diabetic coma one of these years. I also love the fruit and nuts.
16. Lights on the tree? I like white lights that twinkle with lots of colorful ornaments.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, as performed by the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan. I love almost all Christmas songs though.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Probably not. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, ....Rudolph....Olive? Okay, I did it. Wahoo!

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? It depends on what we can talk mom and dad into. :)
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Traffic, SNOW, and crabby shoppers.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I'm a bit obsessed with green. It comes out this time of year.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? I don't care about what we eat as much as being with the family.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? To get through my finals!
26. If you had to choose, presents or a stocking? Presents

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Babes and a Baby


We have a new member to welcome to the Jones family! My sister Michelle had baby number 4 on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm. His name is Preston Michael Fredericks.

Anytime a new baby does something, it's very exciting and everyone has to see.



Chelise is so excited to be a big sister againAlec holding Preston. I was Alec's age when Alec was born. I wonder if they'll have a relationship anything like Alec and I.

The first thing Dallin said when he walked into Michelle's hospital room is "this looks boring!" But, he seemed pretty smitten with his baby brother.




Melissa and I got Burger King for people who hadn't eaten yet. We decided everyone that wasn't a parent deserved a Burger King crown.
Melissa and Jeff in a photo war

4 out of my 7 nieces and nephews

Erin, Ashley and I decided that we didn't need no stinkin' boys to have a good time. We went to dinner at Chilli's last night. We got a few whistles from boys on the street on the way into the restuarant, so we must have looked pretty good.


Me, Erin, and Ashley.
Erin said, "Make a model face!"
Full body!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Goldilocks no more


It's time for a change!


Sometimes after girls make a change in their life, they feel the need to change the outside too. So, I of course stereotypically went out and bought some dye (non-permanent) and dyed my hair. It's called "Navajo Bronze," very exotic. My girl Stephanie came over and we died hers too. We made a girls' night out of it and watched While you were Sleeping and did facials. This stuff will wash out in about 2 months, but it will be fun while it lasts!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

8 Random Facts about ME!

Kathy tagged me on this....a really long time ago. But, I haven't had notecards lurking from across the table like the are right now. This seemed like a good diversion (:

1. I'm not sure how random this is, but my absolute favorite color is green. I think it borderline's on obsession. I'm love color as it is, I'm one of those people who will pay more for something if I can get it in my color. If I can get it in green, watch out. Right now, my phone is green, my wallet and my purse are green, my headphones for my MP3 player are green, my favorite pen writes in black ink, but has a green casing, just to name a few. If you ever are in doubt, just get something green for me.

2. The color yellow is growing on me. People keep telling me that my personality makes them think of yellow, and it's frustrating to me. It's not that I don't like yellow, it's just the last on my list of favorites. I really wish people would associate me with green. However, I do get some funny color associations, like my roommate who told me I was purple because I'm an eggplant. I guess that mean's I'm unique.

4. I like my body and myself. I was talking with my professor the other day about plastic surgery and I told her I could never have plastic surgery. I don't have a perfect body by any stretch of the imagination, but it's MY body. I can't think of anything to change; it wouldn't be mine anymore. I'm also VERY attached to my curly hair. It's a great big part of my identity. I think my URL for my blog even says "numberonecurliegurlie" One of my greatest fears is that I'll have babies and my hair will go straight. I would have an emotional breakdown, I'm pretty sure.

5. I'm a social work major at Utah State University. I really love going to school and I'm really excited to get out there in the world and help people. My goal is to eventually start programs for females to help them love their bodies and themselves. Next year for my practicum, I think I either want to work for LDS Family Services or Avalon Hills, the inpatient clinic for girls and adults with eating disorders.

6. In my Junior year of high school, I learned about fantasy prone personalities. To my understanding, they are people with vivid imaginations who constantly night dream and day dream. I am pretty sure that's me. I have such vivid dreams I often get them confused with reality, especially since I add some fantasticalness to reality. It's not unusual for me to ask my friend if I dreamed something or if they remember it happening too. Sometimes I really can't remember. I also imagine how situations I am anticipating will go. Sometimes I get so involved, I start acting them out. If you ever see me muttering to myself, that's probably what I'm doing. You can just ask who I'm talking to.

7. I absolutely hate being alone. The other day my friend Myles and I were talking about the difference between introverts and extroverts. He said that he heard that both groups like people, but that introverts get energy taken away from being with people while extroverts gain energy from being with people. I am MOST DEFINITELY and extrovert by that definition. I hate being alone and I get lonely so easily. Last semester was really hard for me because I only had 2 roommates who were RARELY home. I spent a lot of time looking for people. I do need time to myself, but not very much.

8. I always have a hard time using up the rest of things. Like this survey, I couldn't think of one thing that was more important than another one to use. So, I used this. I'm kind of a horder. I use things until they have just a little bit left, and then I save it until I NEED it. I have 1 whitestrip left, waiting for a rainy day. I have a whole bunch of lotion bottles with a few squeezes left. I'm getting better about throwing things out and using them, but it goes against my nature.


Anyway that reads this and has a blog and hasn't done it yet, you are now tagged!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Paint Dance!



A new tradition at Utah State University is the paint dance during homecoming week. Last year it pioneered and it was so successful, they decided to do it again. We went to the hyper field and danced to music while pouring and splashing paint on each other. It was really fun. It's times like this I am reluctant to grow up and move on from college. How many "responsible" adults get to cover each other in paint?


Me, Amanda, and Alison


I was trying to get a full body shot


We were having a group rumble. It kind of looks like some strange modern art.


Apparently I have attitude in this picture.


The whole group!

Happy Halloween!

This year for Halloween, I decided to be storm from X-Men. It didn't work out quite perfectly, considering the fact that I'm about as white as you get, but I enjoyed having an excuse to make my hair crazy. My friends Molly Petersen and Wendy Moyes came from Farmington to attend the Howl with me. Wendy was a bag of brown sugar, and Molly was an elf. The Howl was fun, but there were SO many people there. A friend of mine that was on the committee told me that there were over 5,600 people there that night! No wonder the dance was so hot and sweaty. I mostly enjoyed the excuse to dress up and to party with my friends.





Friday, October 17, 2008

It's a bird, it's a plane, now wait....it's a date?

That's right ladies and gents, you heard it here first. I went on a date this past weekend. I actually went on two. Can you believe it?

Now, before we all get too excited, neither of these dates was anything very serious. I went with two of my best friends. I went with my "brother" Myles to the IMA dance and had a wonderful time. I got to get all dolled up, which is my favorite. I even taught Myles to dance a little bit, even though he was much better than he gave himself credit for.




This is before Myles came to get me. Erin insisted that I looked cute so she took my picture.


Our roommate Ashley is kind of the expert on hair around here. She was pretty creative, I was really pleased.







Matt and I doubled with a friend to go to a Hockey game. We killed the opposing team, 16 to 4. They were from Denver though, so Matt and I were kind of secretly rooting for them since Matt is FROM Colorado and I lived there during the summer.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Roomies




These are my cute roomates from this year.

From the left we have Erin Cottle, Ashley Cottle, ME!, Amanda Snow, Krista Yardly, And Alison Strong.

Erin and Ashley are roommates and sisters. Erin is a Political Science major and just got back from a mission in Uruguay. She's already almost engaged and we're going to miss her when she gets.

Ashley is a graphic design major. She's a lot of fun and has a very energetic personality

I'm me, you know me.

Amanda is my roommate. She's absolutely amazing. She's a convert to the church and blows me away on a regular basis. She is a psychology major so we have a lot of psychology and social work banter that goes back and forth.

Krista is a pre-health and nutrition major. She loves to run and wins races all of the time. She is always so happy and bubbly. The boys love her too. :)

Alison is from a family of 12 kids. She is the oldest. She is a nursing major. We just love her and her sense of humor around here.

I've been really blessed with my roommates this year. Someone is watching out for me!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Back to School and 80s Dance!







I moved back to the fine city of Logan just last week. It's so great to be back. I forgot how much I love it here. The weather has been really nice and I'm just enjoying it as much as I can because I know warm weather in Logan doesn't last long. Anyway, school has been really great so far. I love all of my classes, and I especially love my UTF job. (UTF= Undergraduate Teaching Fellow). I help out with the SOCIAL WORK 1010 class. I took it last fall and the professors must have been impressed with me because she asked me to help teach the class. It's really fun. I'm also taking a creative arts class that meets with 800 other students in the concert hall. For Creative Arts we go see local performances and critique them. Our first performance is High School Musical in September. Boy oh boy....

I'm also taking a social stats class. I like this class just fine, I just have to reteach myself to think in mathmatical ways. I keep asking questions that don't pertain to math. I think I entertain my professor.

I have a research class that is pretty interesting so far. We've already started our final projects. We have to come up with a survey to give out to students and see if we can find anything statistically significant. Right now I'm thinking I'll be doing the correlation between Emotional Intelligence and varoius majors. I just have to figure out how to get past that IRB!

For Institute I'm taking Miracle of Forgiveness. It's been pretty good so far, but I'm a little frightened. I heard that even President Monson felt like he was going to Hell after reading that book. But, it will be a good experience and I'm excited to learn more about the atonement.

Lastly, I have a practice class. We get to do all kinds of crazy things like role play, participate in activities, and anything else that will help us be a better social worker.

And, as with any college student, my life is anything but all school. I've have a great time with my new roommates and I really love my new apartment. I'm already known as the shoe girl in my new ward. I wore green shoes to FHE and blue shoes to my bishop's interview. We'll have to see how long that sticks. They wasted no time in my new ward, I'm speaking in Church tomorrow about the 6th article of faith. Wish me luck!

The best part of WOW (Week of Welcome) had to be the 80s dance we went to last night. I kind of felt like I was born in the wrong generation because I fit in pretty well at the 80s dance and I knew all the music. It was fun to dance to Thriller, Sweet Child of mine, and to see all the crazy outfits everyone came up with. It was kind of humbling to see things from my closet turn into an 80s costume, but I guess that's just who I am.