I can still remember Kyle Lane's graduation speech centered around the Party Like it's 1999 theme...as I'm sure every graduation speech around the world that year was. I have such clear memories of high school. It's hard for me to believe ten whole years have gone by. Ten years, really? But then I think of where my life is now and how much I've changed and accomplished in the past ten years. I'm truly a different person than I was while partying when it actually was 1999. It hardly seems possible that my life could change that much in only ten years. I have come a long way since then.
- moved away from home (to live with all girls I didn't previously know...a huge culture shock to a girl with no sisters)
- lost my dad
- got married
- was president of the Iotu Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a national communications honor society
- graduated with a bachelors in Speech Communication (after changing majors 4 times)
- bought two houses, lived in 4 states, had 8 different addresses
- held my first real post bachelor's degree job...and held 5 jobs all together (do you remember when I dropped my whole box of pictures...yeah, that situation still hasn't been remedied...I KNOW I have some great pictures of my first job..as well as some of these other things)
- gave birth once, twice, three times and have three crazy boys to show for it
- gained weight...who hasn't...and if you haven't, don't tell me
- sat through TWO of Spencer's college graduations and working up to a third...good thing PhD's take so long. I'm not ready to sit through another one yet...this time with THREE kids in tote (Though nothing could be worse than 3 hours in bleacher seats while 8 months pregnant)
- served as Young Women President (when I was barely older than the Young Women myself)...also served as a RS counselor, YW counselor, teacher in RS, the producer of the Stake musical, activities chairman (twice), Stake Primary Board, on the Enrichment committee, and a brief stint as a primary teacher
- Bought a dog and an SUV and hosted holiday parties...and all the rest of the things grown-ups do
- lost a major organ...ok, just my gallbladder...it's not necessary any way, right?
- learned and accomplished and grown in a million different ways that certainly can't all be listed