So starting at the beginning of December Stephanie and I stepped it up and started to study quite a bit together. We started meeting at Panera or Starbucks and study while we ate. It actually was super effective. The last two weeks we didn’t really have class anymore, we just had time to study on our own- which is surprisingly hard.
On the day before graduation, Wednesday, Mom and Dad and Becca flew into Roanoke and stayed in a hotel 15 minutes away from my apartment. Nate and Kelly and their kids drove into town just before dinner. Following the white coat ceremony we picked up some chocolate silk pie at the store and we had dessert and chatted in the hotel room. It was fun to have Nate and Kelly with us. They make everything fun!
As you can see- Becca made me a (very flattering) graduation crown.
The Roanoke Star
Saturday I studied in the morning and then met up with the family for dinner (a local BBQ place) and then went to Walmart and bought some supplies to play a guess that song game. It was actually fun, and then we played 42 for a bit.
My Roanoke YSA 1st ward.
The highlight of Sunday was our beautiful family musical number. We sang 'Angels we have Heard on High.' Little Lyla and Ruby didn’t want to just watch us from the audience, so they came up half way through the song and started conducting. It was SUPER hard not to laugh and of course everyone in the audience was chuckling, but we made it through without breaking down. There are some awesome people in the Roanoke YSA ward!!!!
The StanleysIn the middle of our 36 hour drive across the US we stopped off at Joe & Naomi's home for the afternoon/night. It was fun to play with them for an evening!
Fun memories from the drive- Mom having us listen to some fun books (how to win friends and influence people, making miracles, dave ramsey financial planning, and then some fiction books Ammon and Abinidi). We started a couple of the books and I was literally falling asleep listening to them. Haha. And we couldn’t listen to them on my radio so we were sharing the earphones. It worked okay, except mom kept moving forward and backwards and knocking it out of my ear.
The other funny story was that mom couldn’t ever figure out how to work the AC/heater. There was one time when she wanted the heat on but instead to clicked the button for more air…so a bunch of cold air was blasting us. She couldn’t figure it out and so she just turned off the air and decided she could live with being cold. Maybe you had to be there, but it was pretty funny.